Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello friends and happy weekend!

Let's just pretend for a second that we are all at the beach, and that it isn't
pouring down rain outside. Maybe if I turn on all the lights in our house
I can pretend that it doesn't look like it's 8:15 at night out there.

Miss S and I had planned to visit my parents this weekend, but she is sick
and feeling/looking quite pitiful. We are hoping for a miracle turn around 
and that we can get over to their house tomorrow.

In the meantime, let's talk about some of my favorite things from the week!

Recently I have been using Walmart's Grocery pick up service again. I used it several
times when it first came to our area, then kind of got away from it. Well, the past couple
of weeks I have used it again and I am so happy with how easy it makes getting groceries.

I also love that our local pharmacy has a drive up window. Running errands without
having to get in and out of your car is so much quicker and easier. Especially with
summer heat and humidity.

The pick up life is the life for me, ha!

This protein cookie is so good. It's soft, and tastes fresh baked. I love to pop one of 
these into my work bag and snack on it for a couple of days.  The last bite tastes just 
as fresh as the first.

Miss S has a new favorite hair brush.

She says it makes blow drying super fast and easy, but we also love the fact that it
is so easy to clean. Other brushes seem to hold onto hair that gets left behind in a
brush, but this one is easy to get to and get all the hair pulled our for a fresh and
clean brush with every use.

I am loving this CC Cream by Physicians Formula.

Lately I have noticed more of an issue with dark circles under my eyes, and redness
on my cheeks. This product helps with both of those things. I can really see a 
difference in my skin's appearance when I wear it. I also like that it has a SPF 30. 

A family favorite for the week is the return of Big Brother. This is the cast of Big Brother 19!


Expect the unexpected and let the craziness begin! The new cast just moved in on 
Wednesday and already, one house guest has been evicted, one house guest has 
already become HOH, and two more have already been nominated for the next 
eviction. Life is never dull in the Big Brother house.

If you missed my vlog from Wednesday, you can view it here, or simply watch

You can view my YouTube channel by clicking here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Good Lessons, Bad Lessons, and a Vlog!

Happy Thursday everyone!

A good lesson...

Thanks to my sweet and smart mom, this blog post today is possible. While I was
whining to her about my computer doing it's old tricks again, she suggested I try 
calling the Geek Squad support number before hauling my laptop back to a Best Buy 
store again. The issue I was having is the same problem I have had before where 
the computer will randomly (and permanently) disconnect itself from our wifi and 
switch itself to airplane mode.

I am not a big fan of calling strangers on the phone, especially about techy stuff, but
I took my mom's advice and took a chance. A very nice lady took my call, and 
after only a few minutes, she had my computer back online and working perfectly.
She even stayed on the phone with me as I wrote down step by step how to repair
the issue myself the next time. I am so happy this was an easy fix! That was so much
better than hauling my laptop to a store, then waiting two or more days while they
run various diagnostic tests before finally making the repairs.

This was a good lesson, and when my laptop tried to start that mess with me again
last night,  I was able to take care of it myself!

A bad lesson...

Miss S and I were talking about the new Matcha craze we have been hearing about
and decided we wanted to try the Iced Green Tea Latte at Starbucks.

Have you heard about the benefits of Matcha?

(When I read that it enhanced mood, that alone sold me, ha ha. With Miss S moving
away to college soon, mood enhancement is high on my list!)

We were near Starbucks yesterday afternoon and got our green tea latte around 5:00.
The taste was fair; I didn't love it, but didn't hate it. I think I will try it as a hot drink
if I decide to try it again though. The Matcha powder did not completely dissolve
in the iced version, so I'm curious if that will change the taste at all in the hot version.

Unfortunately with all the excitement over Matcha, I forgot one thing...

Green tea has caffeine.

It was after midnight (and after taking melatonin) before I was able to fall asleep.

Note to self.... NO caffeine ever! Especially after lunch! Definitely a bad lesson learned.

And on a lighter note, here is a just for fun vlog of my day yesterday. I hope you will
watch and enjoy.

Have an awesome day and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Just Not Happening

Hello all!

I tried everything I know how to do on my end, but a fun blog post for
today is just not happening.

My computer is on the fritz again. I won't even attempt to explain how
frustrated I am, because unfortunately it won't do a bit of good!

I plan to take it in for repair tomorrow, and do not know exactly how
long it will be out of commission.

I hope to be back blogging with you SOON!!!

Just in case... I want to wish you a Happy Fourth of July!

I hope to be back before then, but we all know computers have a mind of
their own! I appreciate your patience and understanding!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Peach Madness + Dorm Shopping

Happy Monday everyone!

Hallelujah the sun is shining! It is nice to see the sunshine and hopefully have
a little break from all the rain and flooding. Our backyard has ruts in it from the
water rushing across it so briskly during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Cindy.

When I left you on Friday, I was taking this little red handful cutie to get his nails

Oh how he hated it! He squealed and hollered like they were cutting his whole foot off. 
(I was standing right there watching him and they were hardly even able to touch him.)
It was terribly traumatic for both of us, so we have got to figure out another
way to accomplish this task.

Friday evening, we were having more rain and wind, and about 6:30, our power
went out. As a mom of a child who is only 45 days away from moving away to
college, the power going out was a gift straight from heaven. It was wonderful!
We all sat in the family room together with nothing but candlelight and laughter.
I was so thrilled that we had this precious time together.

Roo and Hunter figured that if the power was out, it was the perfect time for
a little nap...

Hunter can hardly believe that Roo turned him into his own heated little nap spot!

- Saturday -

On Saturday, Hubby planned a family fun day!

We went to Clanton to go to Peach Park and Durbin Farms.

Here is the Peach Park sign from the interstate...

When we took the exit, we were shocked to find out that something unusual
was taking place in Clanton. Typically, Clanton is a small, sleepy little town
without much traffic or commotion. Not so on this Saturday. Traffic was backed
up for miles in each direction. Going left to Peach Park did not seem to be an
option, so we headed to Durbin Farms first.

After asking around, we discovered it was Peach Week in Clanton. They were
having a Peach Festival, a Peach Pageant, and lots of other festivities celebrating
their famous Chilton County peaches. It was a zoo in Clanton! Thankfully, we were
out of the car and in a great place to spend some time browsing.

Miss S and I immediately spotted some football decor...

Life has a sense of humor, because this Bama grad is soon to be an AU mom.

After we browsed around at the home decor goodies, we turned our attention to getting
some fresh fruits and veggies.

Hubby and Miss S found fresh peaches!

When we finished looking around Durbin Farms, we braved the traffic to go just down
the road to Peach Park. When we crossed over the interstate, we spotted all the
traffic headed south, most likely to the beach... So glad we were not caught in that!

And we made it...

Along with all the rest of the crowd that wanted a break from the traffic!

It didn't take me long to spot a really cute t-shirt...

After browsing around a bit, Miss S was over the crowds of people getting in her
personal space, so it was time to head toward the checkout.

It was close to lunch time and I think she was getting hangry, ha ha.


We went to a new restaurant in Clanton called The Neighborhood Grill.

The food was pretty good. I won't leave home and drive to Clanton to eat there again,
but if I was already in Clanton, I would certainly go back.

We headed back home after lunch because Miss S was ready to start dorm 
shopping. The huge shopping list was weighing on her mind, and she wanted
to get started with it.

Once we dropped Hubby off at home, and visited with the fur babies for a few minutes,
Miss S and I were off to Walmart.

And $335.85 later here she is...

Dorm shopping was a mixed bag of emotions, but has to be done.

She's worth it though. As a matter of fact, I think Miss S is the...

According to Miss S, we are now about 70% finished with dorm supply shopping.
She is happy to have a large chunk of it out of the way and feels a little more
relaxed since we are getting things ready.

By the time we made it home from dorm shopping it was dinner time, 
and Miss S stayed home with us once again!

I can't even remember the last time we had our baby girl home with us two
nights in a row!

- Sunday -

Sunday was way less eventful than Saturday. We had church, lunch at Mother-in-law's, 
and then I had a staff meeting at work. Those darn meetings come around way 
too frequently if you ask me!

I'll see you tomorrow!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Freaky Friday

Oh my goodness, with all this rain, I am trapped in the house with two wild 
animals! These puppies are wild as can be. I am not sure who is the worst
influence. It's a bad case of "monkey see, monkey do" around here and poor
Shelley and I are tired from all the crazy.

This little one...

absolutely has to have a nail trim today. Every time he comes near it's like being
attacked by Edward Scissorhands. My right leg and my left arm look a little 
like I've been in a knife fight.

I'm not thrilled about getting out in the rain, and he isn't going to be thrilled about
getting his nails done, but it absolutely MUST happen today.

He has also decided this week that he is no longer happy sleeping in his pack
and play.

Where did my sweet little cuddly baby go? 

Tropical storm Cindy, can I blame this on you?

I want my Roo snuggles back.

Oh and this one...

This one hasn't been able to run and play outside this week, and he is about to lose
his mind. He has so much pent up energy, he may pop at any moment.



Well, unfortunately, my to do list for the day and weekend is plenty long,
so I suppose I should stop my whining procrastinating and get moving.

However, the temptation to spend the day here....

is very, very strong! ha!

Have a wonderful weekend! If you have sunshine where you are, please send
some my way!

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