Last Race Weekend of the Year + Wedding Photos Sneak Peak!

Kaci’s amazing photographers of S+W s i m p l y weddings shared a sneak peak album of Kaci and Drew’s wedding. They’re so pretty, and we cannot wait to see the rest!


They asked that someone say a word to make us all laugh, and I did us the honor. You can use your imagination as to what was said. 😉


Kaci chose to remove the ribbon and had this custom necklace made for her dress. It matched her beautiful jewelry as well.


So sweet!




Their delicious naked carrot cake.


Two of our amazing friends!


Alright, so to start with our weekend recap. I had a bowl of fruit with cottage cheese and banana bread with peanut butter for Friday’s breakfast. We loaded up the truck to head to VA to race at VIR once more this year.


I had that ‘haven’t showered and still look asleep’ look.


Lunch for me was leftover pizza and vegetables, and I made Matt a roast beef sandwich.


GF Bites for dessert.


After getting settled, I showered and heated our dinner. I made four trays of roasted seasoned vegetables, rice, and pesto pork chops for dinner on Friday and Saturday.


Saturday started early, and we enjoyed these oatmeal cups with banana on the side. I added some roasted seeds to mine.


Matt ran two qualifying sessions and got his time down to a 2:17 lap. Unfortunately, on the first turn of the first lap to his 1.5 race, he took the outside of the track and collided with another car that had been tapped and spun around to a stop. Poor Matt was towed back and started working on the frame. Thankfully, it was just structural damage, but it sucks all the same. He couldn’t race any the rest of the weekend. He has dash cam footage of it, and it’s awful to watch. So upsetting!


I heated us each a frozen entrée for lunch plus more vegetables on the side.


The theme of the weekend was Goblins Go, so I had to wear my skull leggings.


We had the same dinner and then later dessert that included splitting a Yoplait vanilla custard yogurt + pumpkin spice mini scone and peanut butter for me / pumpkin spice Cheerios for Matt.


We slept well and got up on Sunday feeling more well-rested. There was a group set-up across from us that were loud and obnoxious on Friday night until at least midnight. Some people can be so inconsiderate. Anyway, breakfast was a plain oatmeal cup to start with plenty of spice, egg, and cheddar added before microwaving into a muffin of sorts. A sweetango apple on the side. My new fav variety!


Lunch was Amy’s frozen poblano enchiladas. Unfortunately, somehow water got into Matt’s, so it was not good. I offered to split them, but he refused. We ate the last of the vegetables plus some tortilla chips then split a Yoplait banana custard yogurt. We finally hit the road around 1:30.


We decided to stop at Aubrey’s like we did in March. We each had a salad, and I had their small plate of steak and gnocchi with arugula, parm, asparagus, and a wine sauce. It was de-licious, but a bit salty and too much sauce. Still hit the spot.


Matt went with his go-to of salmon with lemon caper sauce, smashed potatoes, and sautéed spinach.


After we got back home and unpacked, I had banana bread with peanut butter before getting ready for bed.


Sweet Jackson had to check out my duffle bag!

My outfit yesterday was a dress and fleece-lined leggings, both from Kroger! A total of $21 + tax. Not too shabby. It’s finally feeling like fall now too!


Have a great day!



Kaci & Drew Got Married!!

This past Saturday, October 7th was the day Kaci and Drew said, “I do”, and it was a gorgeous wedding! I don’t have many photos, and I wanted to wait for her professional photos to be available before revealing her gorgeous look. 🙂 But I’ll share a few highlights.

On Friday, Kaci, Sara, Susan, and I met to get our nails all prettied up for the big day.


Our dad and step-mom, Karin were able to visit both Matt and my place as well as Kaci and Drew’s home Friday afternoon. I so loved it! They haven’t been able to visit until now, and it was so fun showing them our digs.

After getting ready, I went by the floral shop to pick up their gorgeous flowers and then out the lake house for the rehearsal dinner. Karin took many photos that I’m excited to see. I think Matt blinked here. Ha. Kase looked so cute! Drew’s parents catered Dead End Barbeque that was deeelicious.


The cute couple!


Kaci was an amazing and beautiful bride, and Drew was so handsome. They are perfect for each other, and it was a really fun wedding. Matt and I took some fun photos in their Alice in Wonderland photo booth! The photographers were so awesome and took some professional photos for us as well. My airbrush makeup turns so white with the phone flash. Ha


They departed for their honeymoon on Monday, destination Isla Mujeres at the Zoetry Villa Rolandi. Those rings ❤ Please keep them in your thoughts that they have an unbelievable time and make it back safe and sound on Sunday.


Kaci is now Kaci Snider, and I couldn’t be happier for her. We managed to host two weddings at the lake house two years in a row, and I’m so grateful for our property. I know our grandparents and mom were smiling down on us on both of our days.

Rocky Top You’ll Always Be Home Sweet Home to Me

I had such an awesome weekend, and I hope you all did too! I’m going to backtrack to Wednesday and Thursday to show you some creations I made. First up this owl waffle thanks to Love Grown for sharing someone’s idea. Isn’t it a hoot?


I made Erin’s banana bread with chocolate chips on Wednesday evening. I’ve started trying to take some food photos on my favorite table. I think it’s kinda cute. 🙂


I had to take a photo on my grandmother’s China once it was sliced. I love it! Although next time I’m going to reduce the chocolate so that the banana is more pronounced.


On Wednesday I taught the renal lecture for this year’s dietetic interns. My former internship director sent this to me, AND she wrote to my Director of Operations to brag on my contribution to the program. He forwarded said email to my lead RD and managers. I was absolutely shocked and so grateful!


Although I’ve been on a tea kick, Friday was National Coffee Day, so I had to participate. I had tea that morning, so I chose a decaf pour over with steamed whole milk. It was fantastic.


Autumn SnapChat crown ❤ ❤


Once home, the babies and I relaxed together. This sweet baby had to stay at the Animal Hospital all day for blood work and evaluation. Everything looked great, so Matt and I had to give him his chemo meds that night.


We had leftover spaghetti with mozzarella. Unfortunately, I made a novice mistake and cooked too much pasta in too small of a pot. I need another large pot. But Matt was thankful for this meal, and I appreciated that. I bought more sauce and plan to redeem myself soon. Ha


Those paws! All the heart eye emojis.


We watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Friday evening, and it was pretty comical.

On Saturday, I had thawed cherry berry blend with cottage cheese, pepitas, and a pumpkin muffin. I slowly sipped on tea then got myself ready to attend the tailgate with Kase and Drew! I try to go once every year. One and done.


Matt made an eggcellent waffle sandwich with rotisserie chicken deli meat, avocado, spinach, and cheddar. Jax loaf in the background!


Us trying to figure out how we wanted to stand and pose. Lol!


My sweet twinkie. This marked one week until their wedding!


I enjoyed several of their delicious snacks. They all hit the spot.


Twin sandwich with Cindy. 🙂


They smoked the pork at the tailgate and had coleslaw, deviled eggs, and parmesan chicken sliders. I went bun-less on the pork and was pleasantly full.


With more of the girls. Sorry it’s a little out-of-focus. I’m not sure why.


This guy was funny and told us we needed a better background than the dumpsters. Then he photo-bombed us.


One last snap for good measure.


When they headed to the stadium, I came home and took an amazing bath with the lavender Epsom salt from Barre3 Knoxville. I read my novel and just relaxed.

For dinner, I made a quick salad with cooked sweet potato, roasted almonds, and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Matt was meeting up with a small group to honor a gentleman who recently passed away, so I continued to read my novel. I switched over to do a word find before bed. You could say I tapped into my inner 80-year-old. Hahaha


Matt was a pawesome cat dad and fed the babies both Saturday and Sunday morning. This is how I woke up. That tongue! Girlfriend was happy.


I made really fluffy cheese scrambled eggs to go with my warmed banana bread and then coffee. I felt the aged cheddar wasn’t as strong as I would like, so I added more after this. Cheese ❤


I’m having a hard time believing it’s October and only 2.5 weeks until our one year anniversary! My favorite month by far, and this is my favorite owl, so it’s very appropriate.


Matt’s creation: two over easy eggs on a cheesy hash brown patty with wilted spinach, banana bread, and the other half of his apple. He ate the first half earlier in the weekend.


SnapChat again, and this time it disguised my bedhead.


After shopping at Planet Xchange and Kroger, I came home and had a late light lunch of wilted greens, heated sweet potato, tahini, avocado, and pepitas. I had an apple after this.


My awesome finds!


I bought the gray Gap cardigan to keep at my home clinic because it’s always so cold.


My sweet laundry helper! I was able to wash three loads. Woot.


He likes to snuggle in it more than fold it. 😉


I committed to 40 minutes of Barre3 and felt so. good.


Matt was again awesome and helped me finish our dinner. Lovely rice with baked dill salmon, Matt’s homemade tartar sauce, roasted broccoli, and beets. Unfortunately, these canned beets from Kroger lack flavor. Shoot. Still was a really tasty meal!


I was so excited to find fresh GF pasta! I bought so much great food and had a lot of coupons. The cash register scale was broken, so they gave me my nearly five pounds of bananas for free. Score!


Another fun find.


Dessert was Fage with thawed tropical fruit, GF cinnamon graham crackers, and roasted almonds. We stayed up too late watching Gotham, and then I was wired. Woke up at 3 for a little bit too. Whoopsies.


Even still, I was ready before 7:30 so that I could meet at UT campus. The accrediting agency for nutrition, ACEND wanted to speak with the area’s internship preceptors. I was proud of myself for being ready so early. I need to keep this up for sure.


Rockin’ one of my “new” shirts and a bold lip.


Hope everyone has a fabulous week!


Autumn Shows Us How Beautiful It Is To Let Things Go

After a rough two weeks of first stomach trouble then severely awful sleep, I’m happy to report I feel so much better! This weekend was exactly what I needed.

Although Friday marked the first day of fall, our temperatures have been summery. But I don’t want to rush the cold. I’m happy to let fall ease into the mix.


I apologize for the poorly lit photo. This was the last of the blueberry baked oatmeal with fluffy scrambled eggs and yogurt. I’ve been on a tea kick, so I had green tea with honey after enjoying this.


Fall-inspired outfit. 🙂


Barre3 Knoxville was hosting their Open House on Friday, and I was looking forward to it all day! Kaci and I met up there, and they had some delicious snacks available as well as juice from the Juice Box. The pistachio-stuffed date was heavenly. I ate this before class to give me a boost, and I think it did the trick!


Pre-class photo. My girl killed it, and I was beyond thankful for this workout. My body needed it to rid me of any pent-up anxiety + to tire me for a good night’s sleep.


Kaci won their raffle drawing! Here she is with our incredible instructor, Landon.


Loved this arrangement! To the bottom left you’ll see the lavender epsom salt they kindly gave to all who attended.


Our sunsets will never get old.


Dinner looks kinda sad, but Matt made a quick tartar sauce of sorts to go with the salmon burger. ‘Twas delicious.


A mix of cereals with an apple for dessert + a calming drink and two Melatonin. I was determined to sleep, lol. Thankfully, I did! I don’t know what was to thank, so I’ve been taking the Melatonin and intend to wean off of it and hopefully will continue to sleep well.


We decided to treat ourselves to brunch again at First Watch, but this time we went on Saturday instead of Sunday to avoid the church crowd. We always seem to get the sun at our backs. Haha. My handsome man. He joked that he needed a haircut, and he did cut it on Sunday. 😉 Take one.


Take two.


These cuties joined us! This day marked exactly two weeks from their wedding. Eeeps!


I tried their carrot ginger chai, which was delicious and refreshing.


I had their seasonal special of buttery biscuit with apple butter, lemon-dressed arugula, egg, cheddar, and sausage along with potatoes. Mmmm it was awesome!


Matt chose their market hash.


He added their millionaire’s bacon on the side – cayenne, pepper, brown sugar, and maple. I tried a bite, and it was perfectly smoky and sweet.


Kaci and I loaded up Axl and then headed to the lake house to clean in anticipation for their big day. I mean look at that view. All the heart eyes.


Drew’s parents were oh so sweet and stained our deck! It’s a gorgeous honey shade, and it compliments the house perfectly.


The temperatures are hot, but there are some signs of autumn.


Kaci was super sweet and gave me this necklace that she won in her Barre3 raffle prize bag.


Just a happy dog with his stick.


I can’t get enough of fall foliage. ❤


I had the remainder of my potatoes with wilted spinach, tuna, and a carrot for lunch.


Kase was craving a mocha, so we went by K Brew on our way back. I haven’t been drinking coffee much, but I decided to get a decaf Americano with some milk. Take one with the sun in my face, lol.


Take two, and look at Axl’s tongue! He was wanting some of his momma’s whipped cream, but unfortunately, it was chocolate. So no treat for Axl Rose.


Our fridge was looking really sad, so I pulled together a roasted veg and bean bowl with rice for Matt.


I had his toast from brunch since he couldn’t eat it.


Dessert was fruit, yogurt, and chopped roasted lightly salted almonds. I’ve been loving them lately.


For breakfast on Sunday, I made banana-whipped oatmeal with oats, milk, espresso salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, giner, allspice, vanilla, peanut butter powder, pumpkin (’tis the season!), and then served it in a nearly empty peanut butter jar. I sprinkled chia on top and enjoyed it slowly.


Someone else thought it looked fabulous too!


Score! Also, look at Jax loafing in the background. Haha


Before Barre3 on Friday, I stopped by Barnes and Noble. I’ve been needing to get back into reading, and I’ve loved Ruth Rendell’s writing. I was sad to have finished her Inspector Wexford series years ago, but I need to branch out more. I also got another word find book. I like to do them to relax.


Speaking of relaxing…


Lunch was a Kashi vegetarain bowl that I topped with yogurt. It was great! I had part of an apple for dessert.


Look at Jackson’s back foot. He’s so flexible and squishy.


Sunday marked six years ago that we officially adopted our sweet little man! Quite an appropriate word find subject, huh?


After grocery shopping and stocking up on great foods, I made Simple Mills pumpkin muffins. I topped them with a quick brown sugar-cinnamon streusel and toasted pepitas.


I had to try one for quality control. 😉


Kaci came over for a little bit, which I loved! She was so kind and bought the babies some more food too.


I made Abbey’s GF No Bake Bars, and they are phenomenal. I used chocolate puffed rice cereal, and I really love the taste and texture.


For dinner, we had baked pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes seasoned with butter/curry/cayenne/salt, and a salad-in-a-bag mix that had cranberries, pepitas, and a lemon poppyseed dressing. Quite harvest-like. I was really pleased with this meal. So flavorful.


For dessert, I had berries with yogurt, sunflower seeds, and shredded wheat. Gotham season 3 was just released on Netflix, so we’ve been watching it. It’s quite corny but entertaining.


Look at these sweet babies. So snuggly!


I hope everyone is off to a great start today and has a lovely week ahead!

On The Mend

Phew, last week was not one I’d want to relive. On Tuesday, I came home and completed a Barre3 workout after work. I started to feel blah but hoped it would help. During the workout, I felt awesome, but as soon as it was over, boy did I feel like crap. I went to bed early then took off work on Wednesday. Rachel got sick twice while I was home, and it worried me how she couldn’t keep down her food. Kaci was amazing and came over to take her to the vets. They drew some lab work and became concerned that she could’ve gone from more or less pre-diabetic as she has been since February to diabetes. So Kaci headed to the Animal Hospital. It felt like a nightmare to have yet another one of our babies being admitted. She stayed overnight and was given great care. Ultimately, they ruled her perfectly healthy, but after a hefty bill, we had no answers as to why she got sick. Ever since Mason’s diagnosis, we just get nervous. She’s been so snuggly and right back where she belongs.


Jackson’s face is so fluffy and makes me want to smooch him all over!


Dinner was simple: steamed spinach with a chicken burger and avocado, broccoli slaw, and roasted potatoes.


I don’t know if it was because I laid around feeling awful for a few days, not getting much activity at all, or what, but sleep has been lousy too. Looking forward to getting back on track asap.

Saturday morning I got up and put together Alexis’s Blueberry Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal for breakfast.

While it baked, my appetite was on fire, so I whipped up a cheddar omelet to tide me over.


I didn’t have pecans, so I topped it with trail mix. Otherwise, I stuck to her recipe. So pretty!


Girlfriend has whiskers for days. 😉

I got myself ready to go spend the day with Kaci and Drew. Matt had to work on a gentleman’s Jeep, and he ended up having to help someone else with their car as well. He was super busy all day.

I was sure to wear my orange and white for the UT Vols vs. FL Gators game. We won’t go into specifics on it, but my sis and Drew are very upset by it.


I’ve been on a headband kick trying to tame this mane. I had hopes of growing the layers just long enough to have my hair styled wavy for Kaci’s wedding, but I’m getting it cut today. It’s too long for me.


Another weird thing from this past week’s stomach troubles is I’ve not been wanting hot coffee. I did stop by K brew and got a half caf iced latte, which was refreshing. Our temperatures have gone back to the 80’s.


Kaci was really sweet and let me eat the last two slices of their pizza. It was from a local restaurant near them, and it was so good!


We ran a few errands before kickoff, one of which was at Home Depot. I didn’t buy any mums or flowers, but I had to at least take a few photos. They were so pretty!


Kaci and me with Axl while he sported his UT bandana.


When we went by Target, I had to get a box of pumpkin pie Larabars.


For dinner, we had a simple salad and the soup I had made. I also ate some crackers and hummus beforehand.


SnapChat filters to kill some time.


Dessert was hidden fruit, flakes, cocoa puffed rice cereal, roasted almonds, and milk. Matt and I finished watching the show The Defenders on Netflix then called it a (late) night.


I got up before Matt again due to feeling restless, so I made a cottage cheese bowl with multigrain Cheerios, flakes, roasted almonds (I can’t get enough), and one of the protein cookie dough balls I made recently.


For lunch, I ate turkey and avocado over greens with blue corn chips and a carrot with the last of the hummus.


The babies snoozed in the sun after eating their lunch.


Jax wanted to be near the kitchen. 😉


I went to Lakeshore park and walked for 1.5 hours. The weather was super nice, and I really enjoyed moving my body.


Not too shabby!


I popped into Status Dough for an old fashioned. Unfortunately, they were out, but I chose their lemon poppyseed. Super delicious! I saved about a quarter which I enjoyed today with yogurt as a mid-morning snack.


For dinner, we had baked beans, roasted sweet potato, roasted green beans, and roasted eggplant/’shrooms/garlic.


Matt and I watched the documentary on Bruce McLaren. I cannot believe that he was able to accomplish all that he did, win so many races, and contribute so much to the sport of racing all by the age of 32. Tragically, he died while testing a car in a freak accident. This August 30th he would’ve been 80 years old.

A little outfit of the day shot.


I hope everyone has a great week!

A Glimpse of Fall

Somehow, I’m sitting in my office, it’s 11AM, and we’re already on to another work week. Say wha?

Alrighty, so let’s backtrack to Friday morning. I had a multigrain maple instant oat pack soaked overnight in milk. I stirred in almond butter and had an apple on the side.


A snapshot of my outfit that I shared on Ig stories. 🙂


Lunch included baby romaine, grape tomatoes, steamed cauliflower pearls, hummus, goat cheese, sugar snap peas, and rotisserie chicken. I had some tortilla chips on the side.


A patient’s wife surprised the staff with Ham ‘n Goody’s iced lemon cookies. They melt in your mouth and are divine.  After I finished my lunch, I went out on an amazing walk that was warm but breezy with a hint of fall to it. The blue of the sky even changes this time of year, and it’s my favorite. Anyone else notice this?


For dinner, we had barbecue pulled pork sandwiches with homemade broccoli slaw. Mason’s face says it all!


Super kitty!


Matt started water for us, so I had pumpkin spice tea with the International Delight one-touch latte.  #basic and I know it.


I also enjoyed a banana with drippy peanut butter and cinnamon. We watched the movie Gifted, and I loved it!


On Saturday, I made Anne’s gluten free, high protein pancake . I topped it with Greek yogurt, thawed wild blueberries, maple, and glazed nuts. It was awesome! Anne reminded me that I need to let it cook low and slow for 10  minutes before flipping. Clearly, I struggled, but this just means I’ll have to make this often for practice. 😉


All three of the babies took turns snuggling with me. Made my heart so happy!

I made hummus using a Bush’s hummus packet and a can of Great Northern beans. We took this with sugar snap peas, crackers, and spiced nuts to a friend’s house for game night that evening.


For lunch, I made a simple salad with baby romaine and cauliflower pearls with ranch.


I tried this lasagna, and it was really enjoyable!


I stretched and completed one of my fav 10-minute Barre3 routines. I was fortunate to get to take a free in-studio class on Thursday that was amazing. This helped me to stretch out my slightly sore muscles.

Matt snapped this of Mason and me before we left. ❤


At the gathering, we enjoyed a sausage dip, cheesy chicken dip, chips, crackers, my spiced nuts and cinnamon sugar almonds plus a rice krispies treat later.


My cute man. :* We played two games: one that was like the game telephone, but instead of passing along a word or phrase by mouth, you had to draw it. Then the next person would interpret the drawing, write down what they thought it was, then the next would draw and so forth. It was pretty hilarious! We finished by playing Cards Against Humanity.


Up and at ’em on Sunday for brunch at First Watch! One opened near us, so I wanted to visit. Rocked a 70’s vibe.


We set up my phone to get a photo. These are so dorky, but I love them!


Unfortunately, we had about a 30-minute wait, but I love people-watching.


I wanted one of everything on their specials board!


Cute, free coffee while you wait.


More coffee because coffee is life. 😉 We got to eat outside, and it was perfect.


Matt enjoyed their sausage quinoa breakfast bowl that comes topped with two over-easy eggs.


A side of fruit.


I went with their smoked salmon eggs Benedict on ciabatta. I’ve been to First Watch three times and have order a smoked salmon dish each time. It’s so good!


Eyes on fleek. Bahaha that phrase is ridiculous. But Pixi Beauty has been helping me to look like I know what I’m doing for five years now. I love their products! I shopped at Aldi and Kroger because I can’t go a week without. Lolz. Side note: without fail, I receive at least one compliment each time I wear these earrings. I received two while at brunch.


I made this protein cookie dough by Brittany as some snacks for the week, and it’s phenomenal!


I also whipped up this soup consisting of seasoned roasted onion/carrots/baby potatoes/garlic, can of seasoned stewed tomatoes, dark red kidney beans, beef broth, and the rest of the broth from making our beef roast. It smelled so good and admittedly made me excited for fall! We now have it for dinner tonight and several more meals throughout the week.


I made another salad with our rotisserie chicken that we’ll be enjoying today for lunch.


Meal prepping can work up an appetite. 😉 I enjoyed some of the hummus and crackers with a carrot.


While I was waiting for Matt to get home, I decided to vacuum our guest room (the babies’ room basically). While doing so, I noticed these gorgeous colors peeking through the blinds. I ran out to the front of our complex and took two photos of the sunset. They don’t even do it justice. Simply breathtaking.


For dinner, we had a simple salad with cauliflower pearls (they show up multiple times in this post) with cilantro, scallions, and sautéed shrimp seasoned with Old Bay.


Dessert was late but oh so tasty. Into the nearly empty almond butter jar went yogurt, flakes, chocolate chips, and a banana on the side.


I want to take a moment to remember all those who not only lost their lives on September 11, 2001 but all of those who were affected by the loss of those lives.

Here’s to a great week ahead!



Friday Finds + Favs

We made it to Friday! Although I hate that the week feels like it flew by. I was just talking to a coworker yesterday about the speed at which we perceive time as we age.

Anywho, I wanted to share a quick Friday finds post. This morning I received my Free Friday Kroger coupon for Oui by Yoplait. I’ve been eye-balling it, so this was perfect timing. It’s so good, and I love the cute jar along with the homemade appearance of it!


I love when companies include positive notes/affirmations on their products!


Next up are these kefir cups by Lifeway. Matt and I first tried their blueberry with lavender. I didn’t stir it well enough, so the last few bites were practically just the kefir. I love Fage plain Greek yogurt, but if it gets tart enough, my body is like no way jose. So that was a struggle to finish. However, I stirred up the chocolate cherry flavor better, and it was lovely. I have the strawberry rosehip to try tomorrow. I do love that they come with a spoon. So portable!


I found this pulled pork at Target maybe two weeks ago, and I already bought another container last weekend. It’s so good! While I love to cook, it’s nice to have convenient items on hand for those nights or times when you need something quick.


I learned about these amazing bento boxes from Kaci’s future (almost!) sister-in-law. They are BPA free, microwave and dishwasher safe, and reusable. We used them to pack up some of the Moe’s food from Kaci and Drew’s shower  last Saturday. By Sunday morning, I had placed an order on Amazon. 😉


We chose these shoes to wear in Kaci and Drew’s wedding, and I love them! I’m really falling for the scallop and blush trends.


I couldn’t help myself and bought this cardigan last Saturday. It’s by one of Target’s new brands, A New Day. I’ll be wearing it for Matt and my one year anniversary photo shoot, which is only six weeks away! Eek!


I know I shared these pillow cases last weekend, but I wanted to mention them again. While I’m still sad that our pretty colorful ones “died”, I love the neutral, classy vibe of these.


I discovered Pixi Beauty products several years ago, and I really love their makeup. I decided to try a new lip tint shade and went with Pixi Pink. I never used to love pink, but I’m really getting into it now.


And there you have it! My random finds + favs list. Have a great day and weekend!

Showers on Showers

Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone is off to a great start today. Matt and I had to work, but so far, it’s been a nice day. Unfortunately, I had to take Mason in for follow-up blood work. It always breaks my heart to take him over there.

I wanted to share the breakfast I made for Thursday before getting into our weekend recap. I made these Wednesday evening, so it was super easy to just heat and enjoy. For each of our ramekins, I scrambled two eggs with milk and spices then poured the mixture over the remainder of our pulled pork. Added sharp cheddar and baked at 350 until the egg was set.  We enjoyed them with avocado on top and roasted turnips and potatoes with ketchup. Quite fancy for a weekday breakfast! All of my babies captured in the shot too.


For Friday, I put together a jar of oatmeal for each of us to soak overnight before heating in the morning. Into the jars went a packet of the instant oatmeal I’ve written about recently (so good!) with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, and milk. I topped them with peanut butter and banana.


I always say this, but it blows my mind that another month has come and gone. This is our pretty calendar at home. Well, one of two we have in the kitchen. Never can have too many.


Friday mood as demonstrated by Rachel!


I shopped at Kroger and stocked up our refrigerator/freezer/pantry. Our sweet boys relaxed on our bed after I had gotten home and fed them that evening.


Dinner was some of our leftover roast with roasted vegetables along with steamed Brussels sprouts peaking through.


Clearly I was on an oatmeal kick. For Saturday’s breakfast, I soaked strawberry shortcake instant oats with milk then topped it with peanut butter and eaten cold. A very freckly banana on the side.


Matt made an egg and chili lime turkey waffle sandwich with arugula and cheddar. He gave me a bite, and it was delicious.


After getting a quick bang trim and making a Target run, I treated myself to a solo Chick-fil-a lunch. Was exactly what I needed.


Matt and I were attending Kaci and Drew’s Couple’s Shower Saturday evening, so I made a batch of spiced nuts. Unfortunately, they weren’t as spicy as all the other times I’ve made them. But they’re still tasty. My title refers to the rain showers we received, which consequently dropped our high into the 60’s on Saturday. It was so weird to be cold on Labor Day weekend!


I committed to a Barre3 online 30-minute workout then had a snack and got myself ready. The sweet bride-to-be looking oh so pretty!


The lovely couple!


My sweet sweet man. His eyes are all squinty because we were laughing, and I think he about blinked. Haha still so cute.


Kaci’s future sister-in-law hosted the gathering and did a fabulous job! She catered Moe’s Southwest Grill, which was so very good. Matt and I had stopped on the way to buy chips and coffee. I wasn’t sure if their chips were gluten free.


An end-of-the-night group shot. I so love this! We were laughing so hard. Only three days shy of the one month countdown!


I tried to keep Matt from drinking wine, but since he couldn’t have any beer, he went with it. ‘Twas a mistake because he felt like crap. But he was cracking me up on the drive home. I had somehow accidentally let myself go too long with out eating, so by the time I ate dinner, I had crashed pretty hard. Just headachy and a feeling of weakness over me. Anyone else feel it that strongly? I have ever since high school when I did not understand my body’s needs and wouldn’t eat enough to last through afternoon marching band practice. Dinner and the cookie cake not pictured leveled me out really well. I still had a baby mug of shredded wheat with dark chocolate covered almonds before I got ready for bed. Matt was already snoozing. Mason was wanting me to hold him!


This is how we woke up on Sunday. ❤


Mason snuggled up with me on my pillow.


I was craving a classic of fluffly scrambled eggs with buttered toast. It was good, but the tomato had spoiled. Gross! So I had to toss it but fortunately had some cherry tomatoes. I hate wasting food!


The latest issue of Food and Nutrition magazine came, so I completed another quiz and logged it for my continuing credits. I’m so close to being ready to submit! Every five years us RD’s must accrue 75 continuing credit hours to maintain our credentials.


Unfortunately, when Matt got downstairs, his sinuses became so inflamed and clogged. We had no idea why, but after he ate breakfast, he laid down for a catnap. Meanwhile I made Brittany’s PB&J Bars. All assembled to bake.


Sleeping beauty. 🙂


After baking. It was bubbling and smelled soooo good. After it cooled, I cut it and enjoyed a bar. Ohmygosh, these will be made often.


One of the babies accidentally had a hairball on one of our pillows recently, and I tried to wash the cases. They did not survive the wash. Womp womp. I ordered these cases on Amazon, and they were delivered yesterday afternoon. We are really pleased with them.


I treated myself to a decaf latte from K Brew sprinkled with cinnamon.


I then went over to Kaci and Drew’s for the afternoon. I brought Moe’s leftovers to enjoy for a late lunch.


As always, I had to go by Kroger again because my bathroom sink started to become clogged. I treated both mine and Matt’s, and now they drain perfectly.

Dinner was freshly roasted vegetables with some of the roasted potatoes and turnips + sardines and hummus. Random but tasty.


We both had a smoothie late, but I enjoyed it and my time with Matt. He did, however, choose some adult cartoon to watch. It was disgusting. He laughed many times. Rachel and I just watched with surprise that it actually was made and available on Netflix. When I say Rachel, I mean Girlfriend will actually watch the tv with us. It’s hilarious!

This was how our sweet boys laid for a bit this morning. Brotherly love!


Wishing everyone a safe and fun Labor Day!

Kickass, Make Pies

This past weekend was quite fun, especially because it involved a fried pie celebration.

Friday began with a brunch-y breakfast. Matt and I split one each Garden Lites zucchini soufflé and roasted vegetable soufflé. I topped with one with sharp cheddar and one with avocado. Enjoyed with toast and jam, and we split a tangerine.


The sunrise was so pretty!


I saw my therapist after work on Friday, and it was fabulous discussion. Once home, we enjoyed wild rice, rotisserie chicken with bbq sauce, roasted vegetables, and baby tomatoes. Fun fact: wild rice is actually a grass seed and not technically rice. Now you know!


For dessert, I had Greek yogurt, with banana, cinnamon, peanut butter, and a toasted waffle.


Unfortunately, Matt didn’t feel great, so we went to bed “early” aka 10ish. We slept well and then I made an oatmeal “muffin.” I scrambled an egg and splash of milk into a Quaker overnight oats cup, microwaved it, then topped with almond butter. It kept dripping off, so that’s why it looks like a mess. I added yogurt for creaminess and protein. The muffin was a tad chewy but tasty nevertheless.


I realized I hadn’t frothed milk for a homemade latte of sorts in a while, so I made strong coffee and added said frothed milk plus local honey.


I was rather productive by completing chores, repainting my nails, and completed a 30-minute online Barre3 workout. I won a free in-studio Barre3 class by being one of the first three commenters on their Instagram post. I can’t wait to attend!

I rocked a little retro look to attend Dale’s Fried Pies five year anniversary party!


The cutest little food truck.


The Party was held at The Central Collective.


Beautiful local artwork and adorable corn hole boards!


They were giving out free pies, and I of course locked eyes on the banana Nutella. I also couldn’t resist a mug.


They set-up a band in this space, but I snagged a few fun photos before they did. Love a good photo-op!


The young girl I asked to take these offered to take a side angle shot. She was so sweet!


They also had free ice cream. Mmmm. The owner of Dale’s Fried Pies, Dale Mackey, is adorable and so sweet!


For a more substantial lunch, I headed over to Tomato Head. Love their art and string lights!


I went with their chef with smoked turkey plus mushroom sesame vinaigrette. It hit the spot!


I shopped at TJ Maxx and found new pillows, trail mix, and a new table lamp for our living room. I then met up with Kaci and Drew at the mall to look for bridesmaid shoes. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any luck. Womp womp. But I loved seeing them! I also noted how weird tweens and teens can be. I shudder to think of me at that age, lol.

Once back home, I wasted some time with good ole SnapChat.


I will forever love their flower crowns.


I made tuna salad, the last of the wild rice, wilted baby kale and warmed roasted vegetables, and sugar snap peas for crunch.


I went on a walk after dinner, and it was the perfect time. Not hot, not sunny, just lovely.

Dessert was a mug of yogurt with banana, cinnamon, Multigrain Cheerios, and flakes.


We did some list making and meal prepping for this coming weekend at the race track! Rachel was sooo cute all smooshed in my lap.


Macey checked out our new lamp and approved.


As soon as I got out of bed on Sunday, Mason wanted snuggles. This always melts my heart into a puddle.


Breakfast was rather epic to me. Two toasted waffles topped with Greek yogurt, thawed wild blueberries, trail mix, maple, and half a juicy peach.



After taking care of chores, I had this delicious lunch. I found jarred soups in Target’s produce section, and I added it to some cooked cous cous. I made a salad with the last of my trail mix and Caesar.


After grocery shopping, I had a mug of shredded wheat with peanut butter and milk. So classic, and I’ve been craving shredded wheat.


I prepped two pans of roasted vegetables for the week.


Jax is so adorable!


Who cares about the eclipse today when you have this one-of-a-kind galactic eye? ❤


The babies have taken turns sleeping on a pair of Matt’s work pants. Jax left him a banana, haha.


We had some of the roasted vegetables, roasted crispy potatoes, jalapeno ketchup for me, and rotisserie chicken. It’s the chicken that keeps on giving!


Matt went on a walk with me, albeit a little reluctantly. 😉

A bright look for the start of this week!


They passed out a Moon Pie for us while in our monthly meeting. Who all has had one and what do you think?


I was sad to see Monday, BUT I’m meeting up with Kaci later for Cruze Farm’s eclipse ice cream special! Hope everyone has a great and safe day! Protect those eye balls!

**Editing to add my sister Cruze Farm date!


Raspberry sorbet swirled with vanilla cream, dipped in chocolate, and sprinkled with gold moon dust!




Colleen, owner of Cruze Farm, was super sweet and snapped this photo to share on their Ig stories. Loved this visit!