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Mondays Randoms

Jan 7, 2013

Happy Monday friends!  Hope you had a great weekend!  Ours really good,  my brother and his wife came in town and Sterling basically potty trained himself- more on that later.

Today I am so excited about a few things:

1) I just found out my girl Gwyneth is coming out with a new cookbook in April.  This made my day.  I love her can’t wait to check out her new cookbook.  This makes me so excited!

2) The new season of the Bachelor starts tonight.  This show is my happy place.  I can not get enough of all the crazy girls that participate in this madness.  Nothing makes me happier than a Monday night curled up on the couch sipping my wine watching all the embarrassing things these women do to get a rose.

3) I finally started watching Homeland.  Matt got the DVDs for Christmas and we watched 6 episodes this weekend.  It is sooooo good.  I just want to hole up and watch the rest of the season. It is all I can think about.  Addictive.

4) I just found out that Theory makes a dress version of the purple blouse I blogged about Saturday.  Need it and love it.  And it is on sale which tempts me even more. 

Now lets chat about our weekend.  Thank you for all the cold remedy recommendations.  I am not a hundred percent better but I don’t feel like I am slowly dying anymore.  For those of you that are curious I used Emergen C + Cold Eeze + Alka-seltzer Cold and I drank plenty of liquids.  All worked great.  Also thank you to Chimmey for your ginger tea recipe- I made that and drank it all weekend, so good! 

Saturday night we were lucky enough to get a night out downtown with my brother and his wife.  My in-laws are the best babysitters and always so helpful!  Here is what I wore:

{Cashmere Dress and Leather Jacket both Banana Republic both are old.  Similar sweater style dress HERE, HERE, and HERE.  Similar Jacket HERE}

Gotta love a versatile dresses.  I had to laugh because I wore this same dress the night I went into labor with Sterling.

Pretty big difference from that to this.  It was basically a shirt on me while I was pregnant but a staple in my closet obviously that has lasted awhile!  Hence why you don’t need to buy maternity clothes while pregnant you can just squeeze into things you already own!

This weekend Sterling decided he was ready to be potty trained- well really there was no training involved.  He told me Saturday he needed to poop in the potty and has been doing it ever since then.  Although we still rock diapers at night.  I am sure we will have some accidents to come but so far so good.  I guess he was just ready. Probably helped that I kept putting it off because it scared me!   And just like all men he likes a little reading material while he goes.

Afterwards he got a trip to the park for his stellar bathroom skills.  So proud of himself.

I will leave you with this- so true!  Love Charleston.



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  1. Ok. Many things here. You know I love me some Gwennie. You look fabulous in your leather jacket my love. Homeland is absolutely amazing. I killed both seasons in a week flat. Pretty ridiculous. Annnndddd your son is a genius. A cute genius at that!

  2. megan says:

    I never think Sterling can get any cuter, and then he does! I love that little sheepish look he is giving you while he is on the potty. And then how happy he looks at the park! You look so pretty in your outfit you wore dt Saturday night!

  3. caycee says:

    Girl you are rocking that dress!! HOT!!! Thank you very much for getting me hooked on Homeland you/me and that damn instagram!! Cant wait for our barre date this week!

  4. I love that you rocked that dress the night you went into labor and over the weekend – it's a fantastic dress. And yes, Charleston is always a good idea!

    Haute Child in the City

  5. Ummmmm. I cannot believe you looked so amazing the night you went into labor. Seriously?! That cookbook looks right up my alley! Can't wait for the Bachelor either! We need to text while watching!!!

  6. Homeland is the best and so addictive! And you were one hot preggers šŸ˜‰

  7. Glad you're feeling better. And isn't homeland probably the best thing EVER???

  8. Laura says:

    Wow! I need more intel on the potty training! I tried very unsuccessfully to train my son last year when I was 8 months pregnant. He will be three in April and I'm terrified to try again!

  9. Jill says:

    GP has another cookbook?? So excited!! I also love the crazy girls on the bachelor

    Happy Monday

  10. yay for Sterling potty training! It's really so much hype for nothing isn't it? Those smart little babes just know what to do! Love you in that outfit from Sat night with the leather jacket, awesome look!

  11. Courtney says:

    He needs to be a baby model!!!

  12. Just started following your lovely blog! I heart Gwyneth and can't wait to get my hands on her new cookbook.
    p.s. Your son is adorable.
    The Pumpkin Spot

  13. I love that green dress it's so cute!!! I haven't watched the Bachelor in so many seasons, I can't wait to watch it tonight!!

    (Formerly Simply Lowcountry)

  14. Ashley says:

    The beau and I watched e first few episodes of Homeland this past week and love it! So addicting, can't wait to check out gwyneth's new book!

  15. 17 Perth says:

    Haha. Love your maternity picture! Hilarious. And that dress looks awesome–love it with the black tights! And your little man looks adorable at the park–love his style too.

  16. Christina says:

    THANK YOU for reminding me to watch The Bachelor tonight. I can't wait to dish about it!

  17. Bud and Leo says:

    love catching up with your blog! that is seriously insane that that dress is so versatile– and aweseme. I too am PUMPED for tonight's bachelor- bring it! and I need to start Homeland but I'm afraid if I do I'll get nothing accomplished for a week!!!

  18. Dina says:

    Love the quote (I'm a grad of the College), Homeland-um yes obsessed, try out Jericho-we watched the whole series in like a week!, Downton Abbey is a must too!

  19. Ashley says:

    that photo of sterling is HILARIOUS! good for him (and you)!

  20. I'm so excited about that book! I love Gwyneth!!! And saying I'm excited about tonight would be a total understatement!!! lol. Can't wait!

  21. Taylor says:

    i laughed so hard at that pic of sterling when I saw it on instagram! that dress is too cute – amazing it has held up so long and through a full pregnancy! im so jealous you are just starting homeland the first week when i watched 9 million hours of it was the best!


  22. I love these posts. So hot in that dress, little lady. Holy smokes. And Sterling makes me smile!

  23. We are addicted to Homeland in our house too! I legitimately did not move from my couch for a solid weekend to watch the entire first season…and second season!~Brett

  24. I knew you would be OBSESSED with Homeland…I am dying for Season 2 to come out! It's only available in Australia right now, silly Aussies!! Yay for potty training and The Bachelor of course!!

  25. Just finished the second season of Homeland last night! Now I feel a huge void in my evenings ha!

  26. The wife says:

    Watching the Bachelor right now and completely cracking up over the kissing scene!!

  27. Nat says:

    Sooo happy the Bachelor is back- nothing better than crazy desperate girls!! Isn't Homeland amazing? We love it! You look great in that dress with the leather jacket!

  28. B.Moffatt says:

    Homeland is easily one of my favorite shows. It just keeps getting better and better! Enjoy!

  29. Gwyneth's new cook book!!! So exciting and MUST. START. HOMELAND.

  30. So fun to see another person who is into the Bachelor like I am!
    My daughter just turned 2 and is all about not wanting her diaper on. Awesome. Potty training is the one thing I have dreaded since day one. I just ordered her a potty and she thinks it a toy. Not cool. At the very least I heard its a good idea to entertain the idea with her and not push it. If you have any advice/ tips on potty training I would appreciate it.

  31. Love that watch! I'm pregnant with my 2nd & since I'm not working I haven't bought much this time around. Trying to get by with leggings and long tops. Blouses have been great since they are so roomy- I'm glad they in right now! I love seeing all of your recommendations.

  32. Chimmy says:

    I'm so glad you tried the ginger tea! Awesome!

    So that's probably the hottest "labor day" dress I've ever seen!

    I can't wait to visit friends in Charleston and Edisto in the Spring!

    The ladies on the bachelor did not disappoint in the crazy department… wow.