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Thankful Thursday

11 Oct

I’m thankful…

1.)  I was able to work from home 3 days this week, with only 1 day left of actually going into the office before the baby comes! Can’t believe it!

2.) The little one has been crazy active allowing me to not worry so much about him/her.

3.) I was able to already to check one thing off my pre-baby maternity leave list and prepare one meal to freeze – yummy Paleo Pumpkin Chili. I was this close to eating it for dinner, but thought better of it. It will definitely be a treat dinner for after baby!

4.) For the Hubs and all the extra stuff he has been doing to help out, including going out and buying a new exercise/birthing ball after The Pups popped the one I was borrowing from my mom.

5.) The Giants held it together and came back to tie up the series at two! I’m also lucky in that I work from home tomorrow so I can watch the game again! Wahoo!


A New Way of Finding Recipes

9 Jan

I’m not a chef, no where close, but I do like to try new recipes every now and then.

My usual go to places to look for recipes are either ones I find on the blogs that happen to be in my reader or good old standby sites like Foot Network and All Recipes.

But last week, I came across a site that I really loved even just looking through! I haven’t yet tried any of the recipes yet, but I’ve already pinned a handful I can’t wait to try!

It’s called Recipage and it was created by Emily and Casey Malone. Emily is the blogger behind Daily Garnish another awesome blog that I love to read on a daily basis. You definitely should add her blog to your reader as well if she isn’t already a staple.

Image Source: Recipage

Recipage started out as a service that bloggeres could use to integrate recipes they create into their blog layout. Emily and Casey then recently turned all of the recipes entered into Recipage into a searchable database! You can search by type of food, occasion, type of diet, you name it!

I also love the front page where there is a featured blogger and a compilation of the most searched, most emailed and most printed recipes. I LOVE that part because sometimes you just don’t know WHAT to search for.

A compilation of TONS of blogger recipes in one place… ME LIKE!!!

I highly suggest you all check it out! I know some of you that are creative in the kitchen will even have a use to SIGN UP for Recipage and share your recipes with an even larger audience!

Let me know what you think!

What are your favorite places for looking up recipes?

Sunday Celebration!

25 Sep
Today I am hosting a baby shower for my friend Teresa. I decided to go with a fall flower theme instead of something more traditional. I was inspired by all the beautiful flowers I saw at the grocery store.


I even decided to buy a flower pot for each guest as a favor. I used some yellow ribbon and a hand made tag for each one.

Brunch type items are on the menu and good conversation is going to be the entertainment!

Only a couple more weeks until we get to meet Baby G! 🙂

Fall Loves

23 Sep
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 I love the first day of fall!

Although some people may think that the first of the year is a great time for new beginnings, I think that this time of year is just as good. Fall means school has just started for the year (a time I LOVED and sometimes wish I could go back to). It means mornings when you can walk outside and smell the crisp autumn air. It is where the days get shorter and its time to light pumpkin spice or cinnamon candles. It’s a time where you know the holidays are just around the corner. It is college football time, where the Hubs and I can root on our Golden Bears. It’s the start of a new Fall TV season where the Hubs and I get to curl up and watch our favorite shows, both old and new. It’s a time when I get to pull out my sweatshirts, comfy PJ’s, and slipper socks. I do LOVE fall!

It wasn’t until recently that I really realized that FALL was in fact my favorite season. And this year I fully intend to embrace the fall season and ENJOY it!

I’m hoping that with the start of fall, it can also be the start of a new season of blogging. I miss having a journal and a place where I can look back on what I’ve done and what I would like to do.

So here’s to this to making this Fall a season to remember!

Do you love Fall as much as I do? What’s your favorite part?

Kindle Woes

5 Jan

On New Year’s Eve, I went to go read my Kindle for a bit before dinner with The Fam and was SHOCKED to see this:

Broken Kindle
A small section of the screen was now BLANK! I couldn’t believe it! I had just read the Kindle the day before at lunch and everything was fine!

My Kindle 2 was only 5 months young. There shouldn’t be anything wrong with it!

Since The Hubs bought my Kindle at Target, I wasn’t sure whether I should go there or call Amazon about getting a replacement. I opted to call Amazon since it still fell under a 1 year limited warranty.

Amazon customer service was really helpful and quickly had another Kindle shipped out. I was so excited that they didn’t give me any trouble, that I FAILED to ask whether I would be getting a new Kindle (a KINDLE 3!!) or another Kindle 2.

Turns out since I have had my Kindle for more than 30 days, I would be getting a REFURBISHED Kindle 2. I was NOT happy! For $200 bucks, this thing should have lasted for more than 5 months with NO issues! I did ask if my warranty restarted with the new Kindle and Amazon said that it did. If ANYTHING goes wrong with this new Kindle (which I just got today), I WILL be asking for a NEW Kindle and will not settle for anything less. I’m crossing my fingers it won’t come to that though!

Has any one else had any problems with their Kindle? Did you end up getting a refurbished one too?

Also, has anyone read Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon? I feel like I’ve been reading it FOREVER and am only 77% done. I don’t want to quit now since I’m SO close to finishing, but I’m eager to start The Help!

Day 12 – #Reverb10 – Body Integration

13 Dec

Prompt: Body integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?
Author: Patrick Reynolds The Knowledge Workers Survival Guide @patrickcantype

I’m gonna do this one quick since I have to catch up on a day.

I think the moment where I felt most integrated with my body was over the summer when I had tried to take up running. There was one day where I had ran over 7 miles straight (the most I had ever run). As I was running up our driveway at the end of the run, I felt a surge of energy. It was crazy that I could feel so good after pushing my body so hard.

Unfortunately, after spraining my ankle, I sort of stopped running as my form of exercise. Now I’m apprehensive about starting again since I would basically have to start from scratch.

Getting’ Into the Swing of Things

5 Jan

Why is it so hard to get back into the swing of things at work after the holidays?

We’ve had a couple of glorious days off for the past two weeks that have supposedly allowed us to recharge our batteries and gear up for the year ahead. We have an easily identified date where we can start out fresh and make a precedent for 2010. But boy is it hard to get out of the holiday vacation mentality.

Maybe it’s the fact that there isn’t another holiday in sight until February and then not another until May. Maybe it’s the letdown after all of the hustle and bustle we’ve been through due to the holidays. Maybe it is all the random stuff I have floating in my head about the things I want to work on within myself the upcoming year or errands and at home tasks that need to get done. All of this chatter in my brain just prevents me from focusing on the present (a constantly recurring theme in my life that I’m sure I’ll be talking about on many more occasions).

Whatever it is, I wish that I could get out of my funk and get down to business. I know that I would feel so much better if I hit the ground running and just got stuff done. I love the feeling of accomplishment and checking things off of my to-do list. So today, I’m going to FOCUS on the tasks at hand here at work…prioritize what needs to get done and make sure I can chip away at each item as best I can. Here’s to getting out of this rut and feeling all that much brighter and lighter because of it!

Do any of you feel the post-holiday slump? How do you climb your way out of it?