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Mondays Musings

Jan 6, 2014

First Monday of the New Year and I am feeling motivated and refreshed- minus the lack of sleep around here, although I swear my body is getting used to two hour increments of sleep!   I have to say as tired as I am , I don’t mind the late night feedings because it is really the only time Frances Moon and I have alone to bond.  

Now that I am officially six weeks post birth, I am ready to kick things into gear and start exercising and eating healthy.  I even have Matt on board for eating healthy. I want to start back our meatless Mondays and eat more fresh veggies.   I decided to attempt to meal plan something I am not very good at.  I like to decide what I want to eat that day and hit up the grocery store, but now with two kids I don’t have that luxury.   I recently got both these cookbooks and really love them.  The Raw Detox book is filled with great smoothie and juice recipes and Giada’s new cookbook looks awesome.  The new issue of Cooking Light also has some great Kale Salad recipes that I am trying out this week.

In keeping with my attempts to be healthier this New Year, one of my main goals is to drink more water and most importantly to start my day with a cup of warm lemon water.  I can’t tell you how many celebrities swear by this trick, its so easy.  It really hydrates you and supposedly makes your skin tighter and fresher.  I started this 21 day detox where you just drink a cup of warm water every morning right when you get up before you eat or drink coffee and I swear my skin is already looking better on day 5.

http://ourlittlegreendot.com/natural-beauty-morning-detox-routine/

I am also all about getting organized this New Year for my blog and personal life.  I bit the bullet and ordered this GIGI New York Embossed Snakeskin Planner.  I love the look of it and the fact it features monthly and weekly pages.  I even had my initials embossed in gold on it- once it arrives I will share pics, but I already know I am going to love it!

For Christmas I bought my Dad these shot glasses carved out of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.  I read about them in Oprah’s magazine when she featured them on her favorites list – gotta love that my girl Oprah loves her some tequila.  After seeing my Dads I knew Matt and I needed a set.  We used them last night for our taco night and they are awesome.  They provide the perfect hint of salt with your tequila.  Beware though the longer your drink sits the saltier it gets.   These would make such a cute gift with a bottle of tequila:)  Plus you gotta love the gorgeous pink color.

You can order them here from the Spice Lab.

Rebecca Taylor is offering an additional 25% off all sale items and there are some great deals, check out the whole sale HERE
Use code RTWINTERSALE when you checkout.

I have this Colorblock Sweater and love it. It is so soft and lightweight.  It also comes in a blue version.

I would love to add these beauties to my closet.
PYTHON BLOUSE|| LEOPARD SWEATER || FADED LEOPARD TEE || EMBELLISHED TEE || ARTISONAL BLOCKED DRESS ||
How cute does the Python Blouse look on Sarah Michelle Gellar?

http://rstyle.me/n/ecaprgf5

I am looking to invest in a new pair of running shoes, it has been over a year since I bought my last pair and they are on their last leg.  I prefer lighter weight ones, I am considering these Nikes- any other great recs for running shoes.

|| NIKE FREE 3.0 V5 RUNNING SHOE||

I just finished reading the Husbands Secret per Amy’s rec and it was such a good read.  One of the best books I have read in awhile.  I highly recommend it.  I have been doing alot of late night reading on my Kindle while I feed Frances.  Any other good books I can add to my download list?

Lastly,  I have to share a few pictures of Frances Moon  She is getting so big, 6 weeks today!  She really is the sweetest most easy going baby.  We love her so much!


xoxo

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Monday’s Musings

Feb 6, 2012

This weekend my diet consisted of Pizza (twice), Chick-Fila, Nachos, and Homemade Big Macs. That is right I ate like a fat kid this weekend. My sister and her husband came over Saturday night and cooked us the Homemade Big Macs via Pinterest and they were amazing. The sauce tasted just like the real kind.




Then after our Big Mac’s we watched several episodes of the show Oddities on Discovery Channel. Please tell me someone else has watched this before. It is about these people that own a shop called Obscura in NYC and they sell the weirdest things like sculptures out of fingernails, mummified private parts and animal fetuses. I know you are thinking why the heck were you watching this? But it was like a train wreck I couldn’t look away it was so intriguing.



I am hooked on these Cranberry Oatmeal Dunkers from Trader Joes they are ridiculously good. You will not be able to eat just one.



Have you seen this artwork by Cozamia? It has been floating around Pinterest and Megan from Honey We’re Home blogged about a piece she just bought. I love the unique prints. You can pick and choose your size and framing options and it is super affordable! I can’t decide which one I love more


I am obsessed with everything about this outfit. Anyone know where I can find jeans this color?


I have to admit I did not watch any of the game last night (I am so not a sports person) but I did watch Madonna’s half time show and I really enjoyed it. I was pretty impressed, for 50 years girl can bust a move and looks pretty amazing! I loved that she did some of her old songs and loved when Cee-Lo came out.


Ok, that is all the randomness I have for this Monday Morning. Enjoy your Day!

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  1. You're so darling. Loved your diet this weekend. Looks a lot like mine yesterday.

  2. KatiePerk says:

    Homemade Big Macs? Delicious! I need to scoot to Trader Joe's soon, I am running low on our staples and will need to pick up some of those dunkers too! I really like that print site!

  3. Your first sentence got me to laugh out loud at my desk and I'm sure the guy next to me thinks I'm crazy. And yes I'm reading blogs at work! Need to try the homemade big mac. Have a wonderful day!!!

  4. Sara Mueller says:

    I love the flowy top! I need one!

  5. caycee says:

    Girl saw those jeans in that color this weekend at Copper Penny! Going to get those cookies now šŸ˜‰ Loved all the junk you ate this weekend my kinda diet!!!! Love You!!!

  6. Zara has some very similar jeans! Absolutely love them. And agreed about Madonna, she really was impressive for being 50.

  7. Katie says:

    I have been stalking Cozamia! I really want one of those prints. I also love those aqua jeans!! Piperlime has some similar to those…like these Joe's Jeans:

    http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=78016&vid=1&pid=915844&scid=915844002

    Gotta love Pinterest!! šŸ™‚

  8. megan says:

    Love those prints and you're right, they are definitely affordable! I loved Madonna's performance and "Like a Prayer" was my favorite!

  9. I am trying SO HARD to stay away from crap food right now and you're fun posts on foods are not helping! ha! On another note, I really love those jeans. I have some cords in the same color and just love them!

  10. Madonna was great! Yumm all that food sounds delish!

  11. Homemade Big Mac..yes please. This could be trouble. Can't wait to try it.

  12. Homemade Big Mac..yes please. This could be trouble. Can't wait to try it.

  13. sampenner says:

    Love your Monday musings! That Big Mac looks delish! I have never seen that show but I will admit it sounds like something I could easily get glued to. Looks like it was a lovely weekend for you, dear. šŸ™‚

    XO,

    Sam
    http://www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

  14. I think I need to make those burgers. And love those jeans too, I've seen that photo on pinterest too. I blogged about Cozamia awhile ago when I was looking for affordable art. Been loving some of their newer prints!

  15. You can find that color in Joe's Jeans. Joe's makes every color imaginable. Look at http://www.zappos.com or http://www.nordstrom.com

  16. I'm loving that artwork…totally want to invest in a piece!

  17. Love Cozamia, I've got my eye on a few pieces. I really need to make a trip to Trader Joes! I live in Canada but really close to Bellingham, WA. I think some cross border shopping is in order.

  18. Andee Layne says:

    those dunkers from trader joes are trouble! so good! and you cant go wrong with a homemade Big Mac šŸ˜‰

  19. Big Macs are my favorite! I'll need to try that recipe! Looks delish! Love the color of those jeans and that artwork is fabulous! Would love a piece for my daughter's big girl room! Have a great day!

  20. Wow, homemade big macs? That sounds really good and the pic looks great. I am really going to run through the ailes of Trder Joe's looking for those Oatmeal cranberry dunkers. Now, that is right up my ally. I'm an oatmeal cookie fanatic and I like cranberry, so this maybe a perfect match for me. Can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing all!

  21. I think everyone in the world ate like a fat kid this weekend! lol
    Those pictures are beautiful, checking them out.
    and I didn't watch the game either, but did see the 1/2 time show. LOVE it. I too was impressed. Running up and down bleachers, dancing, and in heels?! IMPRESSED! šŸ˜‰

    http://stilettosanddiaperbags.blogspot.com/

  22. Jill says:

    Home made Big mac"s…yes please!!

  23. Taylor says:

    I am so incredibly jealous of those homemade big macs!! They look amazing! And I love those mint jeans!

  24. Our diets sound quite the same this weekend! I love all the colors in that artwork!

  25. Pris says:

    Those Homemade Big Macs look soooo good! I just went and repinned the recipe!

  26. Bud and Leo says:

    ok that show looks cra- I can't take it šŸ™‚ but I would be hooked I'm sure too! and those prints are GORG! I have seen them on pinterest and didn't realize that they are so affordable. I seriously am going to get one. I tried to order one from Made by Girl but she is sold out. And I loved Madonna's outfits but she seemed to be dancing in slomo? šŸ™‚ xo Lis

  27. Oh I've been looking for a new maxi! Love that one. But then I got kinda… um… distracted by that next image šŸ™‚

  28. Krissy says:

    You can find those jeans on piperlime…Rich and skinny makes that color šŸ™‚

  29. Krissy says:

    You can find those jeans on piperlime…Rich and skinny makes that color šŸ™‚

  30. I got that print in the mail already and it looks great- I probably should have gotten it in glossy instead of matte though. I'm planning to get it framed asap!

  31. I got that print in the mail already and it looks great- I probably should have gotten it in glossy instead of matte though. I'm planning to get it framed asap!

  32. Michaela says:

    Those jeans are at forever21. Just saw them on a blog yesterday. Holy moly that outfit is amazing. Want it…wait no, I think I *need* it šŸ™‚

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