Monday, June 27, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Life Lately

Can we just talk about this amazing sunrise? I was on one of my walks last week with Mann and I've decided it's worth it to wake up at 5:30 for this. The earth is filled with His glory.

G and I had a taco night and I decided to make sangria with it. I used vodka, can La Croix Passionfruit and white wine. Delicious!!!!

I was reading a blog and saw this recipe posted and had to screen shot it. I made these last week and G and I are obsessed. I even brought some into work and they were a huge hit. These are so easy and so yummy so please make them. You won't be sorry. 

Last Wednesday I met a few girlfriends for dinner at a new brewery that opened a few towns over. It was a gorgeous, hot, sunny day so we sat on the patio and drank sangria. Can you tell I was on a sangria kick last week? It was so much fun. I had the mac and cheese (of course) and it was so good. They forgot to add bacon and spinach so they took 50% off which was great customer service! And that pasta fed me three times.  Can't beat it! It was such a neat restaurant, I love this beer sign inside. Can't wait to go back!

This weekend G and I put our pool out and spent Saturday floating and reading. It was so relaxing. 

Sunday we celebrated the best dad I know. We grilled steaks and sat outside and chatted and spent good quality time together. Brad was in town which was fun and Ella was the cutest as always.

I love this picture so much! Ella with her grandparents splashing in her pool. We had so much fun in that little pool!

I'm trying to get into a new show since Damages is done. I started Grey's Anatomy and I love it because Shonda Rhimes, of course. A writing genius. But the hospital setting just stresses me out too much so I started Friday Night Lights and I could get into this. It's a little too much football for me, but it's well written and I'm into it.

So that's life lately. I promise there will be a day I write real posts about other things other than Manny and life lately. I'm slowly getting my routine and rhythm and feeling the itch to write more and go deeper with you all. Happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mondays with Manny

Look who got himself stuck in his leash.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Life Lately

My work is amazing and kicked off summer hours where twice a month we get to leave at noon on Friday. This past Friday was the first one and it was awesome. I met my mom for lunch and drinks. We sat outside because it was a gorgeous day. I had a turkey club and it was delicious. We walked over to wine taste and then for a cup a coffee. Then my mom came over and we sat on the deck to drink our coffee and chat. Then we took Manny for a nice long walk. It was just the perfect day!

My mom left and my sweet neighbor texted she found a mini fridge at a garage sale. G had been on the hunt for a new beer fridge and he was so psyched she found one. I stopped over to pick it up and brought beer to thank her and so we enjoyed a drink and sat on her cute porch under her awesome new candle chandelier and chatted.

Saturday was sunny and 90. We headed to the beach for the first time this summer. The water was so refreshing and it felt so amazing to float in the lake again. I always have high hopes I'll get to do some reading on the beach, but G is not much for laying on the hot sand so we spent the whole time floating. It was magical.

Sunday we did church online and then hiked with Manny around the lake. We saw this sweet duck family all in a row, how funny! Speaking of wildlife, we also saw a fawn in our backyard Sunday morning.

It was such a nice day. The weather was perfect. Sunny, 70s and breezy. We talked and spent quality time together. 

I'm obsessed with La Croix Lemon right now. It's my JAM.

I'm also loving Triscuits with 2 slices of Muenster cheese. It's a 9pp dinner and I'm obsessed.

I started a new morning routine. I'm waking up at 5:30 and walking Manny for 30 minutes and then eating breakfast outside. It really just sets me up for a great day because I start the day on such a high note.

Reading on the deck or in Manny's chair. It's our new sitting chair and Manny has claimed it. Look at him eyeing me in this photo.

And that's life lately. Spending lots of time outside. Quality time with mom and G. Lake time. Reading on the deck. Eating on WW and I owe you an update soon. What's new with you?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mondays with Manny

Deck sitting. It's not his favorite thing, but he does enjoy being with us so as long as he gets a chair he'll tolerate it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Life Update

I owe you a big life update so this post is long and full of pics. Don't say I didn't warn ya!

Farmer's Market fun with my neighbor. I got dog treats for Manny, soap, lotion and asparagus. So much fun! It was a beautiful day so it was nice walking around and then we grabbed lunch. A fun day!

Speaking of the Farmer's Market, I bought tea there and I'm obsessed. I had such a migraine and drank the Migraine Tea and I think it helped!

Your eyes are not deceiving you! Manny is in the lake on his own! I think he was so hot from our walk that he went in by himself to cool off.

Fun with my sweet girlfriends a few weeks ago. We ate good food. Laughed. Caught up. Good times.

So I realized I'm not crafty so I bit the bullet and purchased a wreath on Amazon. I love it!

Isn't she the happiest kid you ever did see? She is just so much fun. She loves life. She loves to laugh. She loves to be goofy. I hope she never loses that spunk. She is so stinkin' adorable.

The first time this year putting my feet in the water and it felt amazing. I forgot how incredible sand between my toes feels.

I hosted a brunch and I made blueberry muffins, spinach feta quiche and mimosas. It was a lot of fun. We got to caught up with some favorites, laugh and just relax. 

I got to spend time with my sweet friend Jess. I haven't seen her in forever and it was just so great to catch up with her. I miss her so much!

We have been having a few good thunderstorms and there is nothing I enjoy more than reading a good book while it rains and thunders. So relaxing! I'm reading All The Light We Cannot See and I'm not gonna lie it's hard to get into. I'm about forty pages in and ready to quit. The writing is beautiful, but I'm not into the story. I am stubborn so I may give it another ten pages before I call it quits.

My neighbor's flowers are so gorgeous. She has this beautiful garden that she spends so much time in and I get to enjoy the beauty of her hard work.

The weekends have been so lovely lately so G and I have been hiking at the lake with Manny every weekend. I love sweet summertime!

We went out for lunch and sat outside and I tried a gin and St. Germaine martini and that is my jam. So delicious!

I'm really into iced coffee lately. I'll brew coffee and stick in the fridge and pour it over ice the next morning with a splenda and 1T of fat free vanilla creamer. It's a tasty 1pp treat!

Who knew Rue 21 has great candles? I really like the way they smell and they last longer than Bath and Body and they are only $9.99.

Office perks! Every few weeks we get homemade popcorn and it tastes just like the theater popcorn. YUM.

Did I mention how happy Ella is? I love her so stinkin' much. Being an aunt is the BEST.

I have finally perfected my green smoothie. 2 cups spinach, 1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 cup coffee, 1 banana, 1 drop vanilla extract, 1 cup almond milk, and 1 cup ice. SO GOOD!!

I hosted dinner with some great friends. We had deep conversations, laughs, and good food. I made pot roast and it was just a perfect evening.

The weather has been crazy. One day we are laying in the hot summer sun.

The next it's snowing and we have our fireplace on.

But I think summer is here to stay. We had homemade limoncello on the deck with my parents. Garage saling. Long walks with Manny. Deck sitting. I big puffy heart summer!

I'm still on an Aldi kick. The Greek dark chocolate and almond Greek yogurt is my new obsession. Along with their hummus. Pizza. Cheese. Quiches. Flowers. Pretzels. Lentil and edamame chips. Triscuit knock offs. Produce. Spinach. Almond milk. Champs. Seriously, it's all so good!

And more lake time. Because when summer is only three months long you gotta squeeze all the fun out of it.

So that's life lately. Savoring summer. Spending time with good people. Farmer's market. Garage sales. Patio sitting. Long walks at the lake. Hosting. Reading. Living life.

Monday, June 6, 2016