Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February's What's Up Wednesday

I'm linking up with Shay and Mel!

1. What we're eating this week.....
Monday: We ate at Chick Fil A for Spirit Night, a fundraiser for our school.  No cooking for me!
Tuesday: I made homeade spaghetti sauce (found here) so we had spaghetti, salad, and bread
Wednesday: Tonight, I am making Shay's Chicken Tacos with a side of guacamole.  I am fairly confident my last meal will be queso and guac!
Thursday: Thursdays are crazy for us.  Pal Barger will be providing dinner for the McMurray family! For those of you unfamiliar with Pal's- think In and Out Burgers- though I've never had In and Out but I think it is probably similar. 

Friday: Weight Watchers Potato Soup.  This is so easy.  Get a bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, southern style, 5 cans of chicken broth, and two packets of chicken gravy.  Throw it all in a pot and cook it.  Dinner is done.
Saturday: Barbaritos!
Sunday:  French Dip Subs

One of my goals during Lent was to try one new recipe a week.  Last week, I made No Bake Energy Bites (Holy moly, these are so good!) and crock pot mashed potatoes and this week was the spaghetti sauce and chicken tacos.

2.  What I'm reminiscing about....
I love TimeHop.  Today, I was reminded that I was at Opryland Hotel at a special education conference.  This is one aspect of working that I miss.  

3.  What I'm loving....
My Yeti cup that my Valentine bought for me!  He came through and got me the bigger one.  Now I have one for coffee and one for cold drinks!

4.  What I've been up to....
I am {very} slowly working on cleaning and organizing our basement.  Holy cow.  I am convinced the more space you have to store stuff, the more you keep.  I worked down there last weekend and made some progress.

5.  What I'm dreading....
It's not that I am DREADING baseball season, but I am a little apprehensive about our weekends being spoken for.  I got an email as I was typing the blog post of the finalized tournament schedule.   I  hope that Carson gets to show what he has learned in his private lessons in a game situation.  I also hope that we can keep parent drama away (long story there) and everyone can keep the focus that it is just a game. 

6.  What I'm working on....
Basement Purge of 2016!  See above

7.  What I am excited about......
Well, I thought I could get excited about the possibility of Chad and I flying to California for a super quick trip in May.....  BUT... it isn't going to happen.  He is up for some kind of award for a bridge he designed/built/whatever.  If he and his team wins, the award ceremony is in California.... the same day as Carson's fifth grade promotion.  WOMP WOMP WOMP. 

8.  What I am watching/reading....
I just finished The Beach Club.
I am looking forward to watching Fuller House this Friday!  

9.  What I'm listening to....
This....  So, so, so amazingly awesome.  He sang this at Farm Tour and to be honest, my brain was on Luke that I let this gem slip by me.  

10.  What I'm wearing...
Workout clothes.  I went to the gym this morning for the first time in forever.  Go Me!

11. What I'm doing this weekend....
Working in the basement.  We really don't have any other plans and I am ok with that!

12.  What I'm looking forward to next month....
Even though I do have apprehensions about baseball, I am looking forward to seeing Carson doing what he enjoys doing. 

13.  What else is new....
Chad and I made the decision to join a church this weekend.  There is a long story behind how we got where we are but we left our church last year and had been looking for a place that suited all of our needs and we found it.  

14. What is a favorite Easter tradition.....
My favorite Easter tradition is watching the kids hunt Easter eggs at my parent's house.  My dad hides money in the plastic eggs.  I am talking cold, hard cash too!  He never did this for me growing up!  

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Five: Things I Would Purchase Again (and things I would not)

Greetings Friends!  We made it to another Friday.  I can't believe we are already half way through February.  We got our baseball schedule this past week- so there's that.  It is going to be a busy spring.  I am happy to report that I seeing a big, yellow ball in the sky!  I had forgotten what the sunshine looked like! I am happy to see it!

Our week started out with more snow.  Another 6 inches to be exact.  Luckily, the kids only missed one day of school and the rain quickly melted it away.  I am so over the snow!

For my Friday Five, I am linking up with April and Erika for five things I would purchase again and five things I would not.

Let me preface this by saying I am not good at graphics and bloggy stuff.  I basically grouped my five together and took a pic with my iPhone and will link the products to Amazon.

First up, things I would definitely buy again!

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste I have been a Crest girl for quite some time but I felt like it wasn't working for me anymore.  I do drink coffee and tea so I needed a good whitening toothpaste.  So far, I am loving it!  It doesn't get as "sudsy" (is that a word?) as the Crest but I do feel like I get my pearly whites good and clean.

Proactiv+ Deep Cleansing Wash I have been a Proactiv User for a couple of years.  I love it but felt like my face was still oily and dirty after using the regular soap.  I added the micellar water (more on that in a minute) thinking that would help but it didn't.  I got on my proactiv page and read some discussions about the deep cleansing wash.  It is supposed to be a body wash but it has been a game changer for my face!  I use it only at night after I take my makeup off.  My face finally feels clean!

Redken Diamond Oil I think I have found the holy grail for my hair!  This stuff is the!  I REALLY wanted to try the Moroccan oil that everyone raves about but the last time  Jamie colored my hair she used this stuff and I was HOOKED. This is the lightest oil on the market.  I need a light oil since my hair tends to be on the oily side (and I am not washing it daily). Can we just talk about the beautiful glass bottle? I hope I don't break it!  This stuff is pricey.  I bought a travel size bottle to start with to make sure I still loved it and went to Ulta yesterday and stocked up on some things and this ended up in my bag.  Redken products were buy two get one free so I got shampoo and conditioner and the Diamond Oil.  My hairdresser said this stuff would probably last me a year- a total justification for spending $32 on it!

Loreal Sleek It Heatspray I have used several different heat protectants and have decided I like this best.  I do love the Chi heat protectant but it is pricey for no more than you get.  The only thing I don't like about this stuff is the trigger spray.  The first day I used it, I dropped the bottle and broke the trigger so I had to buy another bottle.  Oops!

Sally Hanson Miracle Gel Top Coat  I polish my nails frequently in the winter.  My hands get so dry and I had read online that if you polish your nails, you trap moisture in under the nail bed.  I can tell a difference.  The Sally Hanson stuff is a game changer because it doesn't chip the polish.  Before I used this, my at home mani MIGHT last a day- now I can go four or five days!

And five things I wouldn't purchase again....

I am not saying these products aren't good products- they just weren't for me.

The Wet Comb Santa left these in mine and Caylee's stockings and within a week, both combs were broken.  It was poorly designed.  I emailed the company and told them I wasn't happy and they sent me two new ones!  I must admit, I don't use it daily but I have learned to be super careful when I do use it.

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray This stuff feels super heavy for my hair.  I love the concept of it, but it is too much for my hair.

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Shampoo  Again, I wish I could love it, but I don't.  I talked about this in another post.  It doesn't make suds well (I don't think it is supposed to).  I just didn't feel like I got my hair clean.  I am going to keep it and use it on Caylee's hair.

Micellar Cleansing Water The jury is still out on this one.  Again, I love the concept- just not sure it is for me.  I use it and my face feels oily even though it says it is oil free.  Nothing stands up to coconut oil for taking off eye makeup!  I will keep using it for eye makeup removal but not for the rest of my face.

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream  This stuff is HEAVY for my hair.  I wanted something to lock in my beach waves after using my hair wand (which I FINALLY mastered) but this isn't it.  It feels like glue in my hair.  No thank you.  Again, I wish I could love it, but don't.

What have you bought lately that you loved?  Or not loved?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Five: The Love Edition

You know what today is and you know what I am going to do!

Linking up with Erika and April!

Unless you have been living under a rock (or haven't stepped foot into a grocery store this AM like I did), you know this weekend is Valentine's Day.  I have said it before and I will say it again: Valentine's Day is overrated.    I mean, why do we have to have a holiday to tell people we love them?  We should say AND SHOW IT daily {speaking to myself here}.  When I think of Valentine's Day, I am reminded of two of my high school classmates who were killed in a car wreck on Valentine's night our Junior year.  My mind drifts back to the hours and days following their wreck.  Our community came together and showed lots of love to the family and to us as a class.  

As far as how we celebrate now, we don't really make a big deal of it.  Most years, I will get the kids something small, and something small for Chad.  This year, I am behind and have purchased NOTHING.  I need to get busy.  

Chad has been gone all week and is supposed to be home tonight; however, he is bringing snow with him.  There is a snowstorm coming and he will be driving into it.  I am ready for him to be home so that I can get a good night's rest.  I don't sleep well when he isn't home (most nights) and Elmer was my alarm clock at 4:30AM this morning.  

I am getting better with the whole solo parent thing but this week was crazy!  On Monday, Tank had to go back to the vet.

We interrupt this blog post for a Tank update!!!!!!!
Tank had been having some sinus congestion again so I took him back to the vet on Monday for a recheck.  Dr. Cherry took a look at the tumor in his mouth AND IT IS ALMOST GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Praise the Lord!  We still don't know if it is cancer or not but we will take the good news!  Before Christmas, the tumor was so big that Dr. Cherry could have stuck his thumb in it; and now, he has shrunk significantly!  He is being treated with a different antibiotic for the sinus infection and is doing much better!
The kids were out of school on Tuesday for snow.  Caylee had a dentist appointment that I ended up keeping.  She had been complaining about a place in her gums.  I am not one to rush to the doctor/dentist at every complaint but when I looked at the place, it looked like a tooth was trying to come through with nowhere to go.  My assessment was right and they ended up pulling two teeth.  Wednesday, Elmer had to go to the vet (I need our own room there), I had a doctor's appointment, and Carson fought World War III with his contacts!  Needless to say, I am ready for some downtime!

Hopping back on the Valentine's topic, one overachieving child had Valentine's ready a week ago AND her box crafted, one waited until 8PM to do Valentine's and asked his sister to make his box!  These are accurate descriptions of the personalities of my kiddos!  Caylee chose to handout StarWars tattoos and Carson bought FunDip (sorry, teachers).  Caylee and Chad's mom got a kit at Michael's several weeks ago and made hers together.  I thought it turned out super cute!

Caylee loves to bake so this was perfect!  How cute are the dishtowels hanging on the side?!

My oldest child will hand out Valentine's for the last time, and I am ok with that because the next time he gives Valentine's, it will be to one girl. (Ella Kate, maybe?  I hope Andrea is ok with that!)  ;)  I got a cup yesterday from St. Jude and it came in a white box so Carson asked Caylee to turn the box into a baseball.  This is what my eight year old came up with....
If I were the Pinterest Mother of the Year, I really could have gussied it up, but I am not.  Caylee, on the other hand, will be THAT MOM when she is grown, and I am ok with that.  ;) It was a little odd walking into school and seeing all types of boxes- some CLEARLY done by someone else and some done by the student.  We were on both ends of the spectrum.  HA!

I had the pleasure of meeting a representative from St. Jude yesterday for lunch.  After the half last year and asking Sarah alot of questions about their time there, God placed in on my heart to get involved on a deeper level with St. Jude- both fundraising and volunteering.  I was able to get connected with my new friend Rebecca and I am going to be helping to plan the St. Jude Run/Walk in September for my area!!  So exciting!  She also gave me ideas on raising money as a St. Jude Hero too.  St. Jude forever has a special place in my heart!

Three of the four of us were happy after the Super Bowl!  I am afraid Carson is turning into a bandwagon fan- he likes whoever is popular.  I must say that I am not impressed with Cam Newton's behavior at the press conference.  I know I shouldn't judge because I wasn't there and didn't hear the questions and comments being thrown out at him, but I don't think a Peyton or Eli Manning would leave a presser.  I hope Peyton retires and comes back to Tennessee in some capacity!  

The kids were dismissed from early for snow today so we are all basically being lazy, and I am ok with that!

Have a wonderful love filled weekend!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday!

Yup, it's Friday!  The day I look forward to all week!

Linking up!


Lent begins next week.  Even though I am not Catholic, I participate in Lent (some years).  At dance this week, Caylee's teacher and I were chatting about it and she gave me some good ideas and motivation.  This year, for lent, I am

(1) Turning off my Facebook and Twitter. 

I have done this before and I keep saying I am getting rid of my Facebook for good but I never do.  Social media can really suck you in and take the life out of you!  I constantly compare myself  and my life to what others post even though I know darn well that they only post the good stuff!  It's past time for a break from it!  I don't use Twitter except to follow celebrities so I will not miss it.

(2) I am going to fix one new recipe per week.  I am so bad about fixing the same stuff over and over and over.  I have some great cookbooks and I need to be using them!

(3) I am going to drink at least 32 ounces of water daily.  I did this when I was losing my weight and I need to get back into the habit.

Last week, I posted about switching makeup.    Well, I had to take the Clinique back that I purchased because I thought it made me oily.  Turns out, they matched me up with the wrong formula! UGH!  They did allow me to return it and I am now wearing the Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation.  Granted, I have only worn it one day but I can tell a difference.  I also bought their primer because the powder needs something to stick to.  I was a little upset with the first clinique specialist that matched me up wrong- not only did she mismatch me, she never bothered to mention a primer.  Luckily, I already knew I needed a primer and I had some at home I used from a sample.  Oh, and the Micellar water to remove makeup is great.  I will still pull out my coconut oil to remove stubborn eye makeup but I finally feel like my face is makeup free when I do my proactiv regimen.

The kids were out of school today for parent/teacher conference.  We are blessed with great teachers (and great kids).  With Carson going to middle school next year (insert ugly cry), Chad and I wanted to meet with 5th grade teachers to address our concerns.  While our concerns are legit, they were very reassuring that Carson will be fine and that he is  making improvements.  Maybe one day, I will do a blog post on our concerns- nothing major!

Chad wanted to sign up for another 100 mile race, which caused some friction at Casa Mac this week.  It is bad enough that he travels quite a bit for work but to add training for an endurance race makes for an unhappy mama/wife.  It was a struggle for our marriage the last time he did a 100 miler.  I was a runner's widow- I rarely saw him.  I am all about setting and reaching goals but I also think you need to be reasonable.  Chad is short on time as it is and with endurance training, your time is given to your training and not your family.  In the end, he didn't sign up for it, which I am sure he wasn't happy with.  Touchy topic around these parts

There is a little football game this weekend!  We are cheering on our Peyton; although, Carson is a Cam and Peyton fan so I think he will be happy either way!

Happy Weekend!

Carson's room is Broncos theme!