Monday, June 18, 2018

Fun, Food, Flowers and Fathers

Happy Monday everyone!

Last Thursday afternoon, Miss S and I headed off to my parent's house for a mini vacay 
and to celebrate Father's Day with my dad.

Our plan was to spend lots of time here...

Unfortunately, thundershowers rolled in each day around lunch time, but we were able to
spend some quality family time together. We also relaxed on the back porch...

My parent's yard is worthy of a spread in Southern Living. These hydrangeas came from
one of their flower beds...

We may not have gotten a lot of sun on our visit, but we did have an abundance of 
delectable food...

Thursday night was Shrimp Au Gratin with green bean bundles and carrot salad...

Friday's lunch was this delicious chicken salad fruit salad...

Dinner Friday night was another delicious southern staple...

Meatloaf, turnip greens, and cauliflower "mashed potatoes."

What a wonderful time we had on our visit!

I'm upset with myself that I didn't get a picture with my dad while we were there.
I guess we were too busy eating and relaxing, lol!

So, in honor of Father's Day I had to pull out a couple of pictures from several 
months ago.

Miss S with the best Papa in the world...

and me with my wonderful daddy...

p.s. This pic makes me miss my shorter hair!

We were back home Saturday evening, and went to church on Sunday. Also, I did 
come to my senses and get a picture of Miss S and Hubby on Father's Day...

We had a wonderful little getaway to visit my parents and a wonderful weekend back
at home to celebrate Hubby!

This week is going to be another crazy one. Hubby is having his second surgery for
carpal tunnel. This time he will be having his right hand done. So, with the goal of
preserving my sanity, I will be giving myself Wednesday off from blogging.

I will see you back here on Friday!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

They Steal The Show

Who am I to blab on about myself when these two cuties are living their best lives?

Aren't they just adorable?

Miss S and I are heading to my parents house tomorrow for a little mini vacay,
but I will see you back here again on Monday.

Have a great rest of your week!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Colors, Games, and Summer Reading

Friday started off just like every other day of the week for these two. Tug of war is 
their game of choice, closely followed by chase. Roo has the advantage when they 
play chase because he can easily scoot under tables and chairs to get away!

There is something so sweet about an 85 pound lab and a 9 pound miniature dachshund
being best friends. They make my heart happy on a daily basis!

Miss S and her future roomie have chosen colors and started planning for the 
common areas of their apartment. This is the shower curtain they will be using
in their bathroom.

On Friday afternoon, while browsing at Target, we picked out this pillow in the 
same colors for their couch.

I love that these colors are warm and cozy while still being mostly neutral.

Here is the floor plan of their 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment for next year...

On Saturday, Miss S went to a birthday party celebrating her sweet friend's 19th
birthday. I'm still not sure how all of her precious friends are now 19 years old. Where
did the years go???

On Sunday we did our usual routine - 


lunch with Mother-In-Law



As far as my summer reading goes...

I finished the fiction book I was reading called The Summerhouse.

So this is what I am now currently reading...

I'm not particularly great at summarizing books, but I did enjoy The Summerhouse
and I'm enjoying All Summer Long as well.

I guess that's about all that's going on around here lately.

How was your weekend?

Any great summer books I need to read?

Anyone else wishing they were here right now?

Have a fabulous day!

Linking up here today...

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Furry Hello

Happy Friday everyone!

Nothing particularly blog worthy going on around here, but the sweet fur babies
did want to pop in and wish you all a fabulous and furry Friday!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you on Monday!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Monday Motivation and Funny Fruits

Happy Monday everyone!

I don't know about y'all, but this girl could use a little Monday pep talk.

I feel a little funk stalking me from behind just waiting to pounce, so before 
that happens, let me start this blog post off with some encouraging and
positive words.

I think I will be keeping those two quotes on repeat until that nasty funk tucks its tail
and runs the other way!

In the meantime...

Let me quickly catch you up on our weekend.

My girl had me at the gym on Friday AND again on Sunday! I started both gym 
sessions off with a warm up of about 2.5 miles on the stationary bike.

While I biked, I listened to Kalyn's Coffee Talk podcast.

She may only be 24 years old, but she is wise beyond her years. Her words
are so encouraging and thought provoking. 

On Saturday, Miss S and I finally started our chalk painting. We have an entire 
bedroom set of furniture to do, but we wanted to start small to figure out what
exactly we are doing.

This is what we used...

Here is the nightstand we worked on...

After one coat of chalk paint, it looked like this...

I will snap another picture after we finish painting and distressing it. So far she is very
happy with how our project is going.

On Sunday we tried a new fruit....papaya.

The seeds look pretty yucky, but were easy enough to scoop out with a spoon.

Our papaya wasn't too sweet and didn't have a whole lot of taste, so maybe we cut
it before it was totally ripe???  We aren't really sure!  It was ok, but we were expecting
a little more flavor and sweetness.

And that wraps up our weekend.  I'm headed off to meet up with clients at the gym,
and then Shelley has a vet check up this afternoon. Poor kitty baby hates car rides
so this may be a stressful event for all of us! 

This is going to be a busy week for us, and I am feeling very behind on my
"to do's" around the house. I will be taking Wednesday off of blogging this week,
but I will see you here again on Friday!

Have an awesome week!

See ya Friday!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Misleading Branding Is So Frustrating

Switching over to more natural, non-toxic products is not an easy task.

First of all, change of any kind is typically difficult because we as humans are
totally creatures of habit.

Second of all, the branding of products can be very misleading.

As if making healthier choices for your home and family isn't already
difficult, the least companies could do is stop the branding misconceptions.
The wording that companies use make you feel so good about the choices
you are making when trying to choose healthier options.

For example, if you have watched any cleaning videos on YouTube, or have
read any blogs about safer cleaning products, you have likely heard of the brand
Seventh Generation.  

I happen to be fairly gullible, so if I see a product labeled as "natural, botanical,
plant based" etc. then I am likely to believe that it is a better product. Just look
at its packaging. Doesn't it look like a smarter choice?

I have tried my best to stop using my beloved Clorox wipes. I didn't bother to
do any research, I just assumed because the brand Seventh Generation was so
highly praised by supposed "non-toxic" influencers that Clorox was of the devil,
and Seventh Generation was a God send.


Luckily before I made a special trip to purchase the "botanical" wipes, I chose to do 
a little research.

I was absolutely shocked to find that the Seventh Generation wipes rate a D

Yes, a D!

Some of the concerns are: 

skin irritation/allergies/damage, damage to vision, chronic aquatic toxicity

I am certainly no expert on safe, clean, natural, non-toxic product, not even close,
but I do know enough to realize that a product that rates a D should not have
earned the reputation as the end all, be all, better product.

If you are wondering, the Clorox wipes also rate a D, but at least we don't see
the Clorox brand marketing itself as a natural and "better for your home"

Maybe Seventh Generation's "D" is a better "D" than the Clorox one, but nonetheless,
it is still a D rating.

Also, if you were wondering about these wipes...

They rate even worse! This product received an F.

My goal for writing this post is to inform my precious readers, not to bash a certain
company. If you currently use Seventh Generation and love it, I am certainly not
asking you to change or stop. I just want you to be aware, so that we aren't blindly
trusting products solely based on reputation. As far as reputation, Seventh Generation
is the hands down winner. They are doing a fantastic job in marketing their cleaning
wipes as smarter choices.

Some days I just have to walk away from trying to make this transition. It is
overwhelming and frustrating, and definitely no easy task. We can't trust branding
or advertisements. We have to do the research for ourselves, and it takes time.

My goal in order to try to maintain sanity is to achieve and 80/20 ratio of non-toxic
items in my home. If I can find and use 80% non-toxic items, I will feel like I am
making a difference for the better in our lives.

I will leave you with links to the EWG sites so you can research products
on your own if you would like to. You may find that some of your favorites
are perfectly safe, and you may be surprised by more "safe" products that are
not actually safe at all.


Tell me:

Have YOU ever been mislead by a product's packaging or advertisements?

Have a beautiful weekend and I will see you on Monday!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Someone Send a Submarine


This has been my view for what feels like 100 days. 

We lost power on Monday night and then again yesterday too.

If the weather continues like this much longer, I think I may have to follow Roo's

Hubby did brave the rain long enough on Monday to make some delicious steak kabobs
for our dinner. We may get water logged, but at least we won't go without something
good to eat!

That is about all that is going on around here this week.

I will see you (and hopefully some SUN) back here on Friday.

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