Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites 4/29/16



Hi everyone! It's Friday and I'm linking up with Erika from A Little Bit of Everything Blog, Andrea from Momfessionals Blog, and Narci from Grace and Love Blog to share my favorite things from the week! You can save this graphic and visit their pages to link up as well.



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Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers!! To me, these just taste like summer. We tend to make these often in the summer as an appetizer when we are grilling out or having friends over. I made these this week, because even though its technically still spring, I'm so close to being on summer vacation from school, I have summer on my mind! You can see my recipe for these peppers here.






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Ahh... light at the end of my grad school tunnel! 
This one may be a little hard to see, because it is a picture of my computer screen, but it is a confirmation that my online final was submitted successfully. This week I had a final exam in my Cost Accounting class, and it was killer! I am SO RELIEVED to have completed it. Just one more final next week stands between me and summer break, and although I still have a full time job to keep me busy all summer, it will be nice to come home in the evenings and not have to do homework. After this semester (which ends next week), only 2 more courses stand between me and my MBA. Making progress towards this degree is definitely a favorite of mine!




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New Shoes are always a favorite for me! I ordered these sandals from DSW last week, and I didn't want to pay for shipping, so I had them sent to the store. This week they arrived and I used it as an excuse for a girls' night! A friend and I went and picked them up, had dinner and Olive Garden, and did a little shopping at Ulta. That's my kinda night :). Anyways, I got these shoes home and I really love them! I usually wear a size 5 or 5.5 shoes, which can be hard to find. When I can find cute, adult shoes in my size, it's so exciting! I can't wait to wear them this summer. I am not getting compensated to advertise these shoes, btw, I just really like them!



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Melissa Ethridge
This is my 4th and final favorite for the week! This weekend my mom, my cousin, my aunt, and I are going to the Melissa Ethridge concert! My mom and aunt both really love her. I can't say that I am a mega, lifetime fan or anything, but I do know and like several of her songs. I'm mostly excited to get some girl time with a few of my favorite ladies! My mom and I both have birthdays next week, and we decided that in lieu of exchanging gifts, we would just go to the concert, have dinner, and spend the day together. To me, this is the best gift! Life is so busy, and it seems that girls days with my momma are few and far between. Looking forward to this all week has definitely been a favorite for me. 


 

As you can tell, this week was a busy one for me! One final to complete, a girls dinner and shopping with a friend, and one more final to prepare for. This weekend I am volunteering at my alma mater's college graduation, and attending the Melissa Ethridge concert with a few of my favorite ladies. Happy friday everyone! I hope your week was great and your weekend is even better! 





Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Favorites! 4/22/16

Hi everyone! It's Friday and I'm linking up with Erika from A Little Bit of Everything Blog, Andrea from Momfessionals Blog, and Narci from Grace and Love Blog to share my favorite things from the week! You can save this graphic and visit their pages to link up as well.

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My first favorite of the week is this weather forecast!! Yesterday was rainy and kinda dreary here, so I'm looking forward to some sunshine and nice temperatures this weekend!


Spring has sprung! 


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My second favorite is this spinach Alfredo pizza I made last night! It was delicious! Thin crust, Alfredo sauce, mozzarella and Italian style cheese, spinach leaves, chicken, bacon, and red onions.... so good! 



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Another fav for this week has been the song "Good Father" by Chris Tomlin. This song just really speaks to me lately. I have really been trying to remind myself everyday that God is good, no matter what is going on... good days, bad days, God is still good, and He has it all in control. For more info, you can read my most recent update on our infertility journey here. .




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My final favorite for the week is this handsome guy! He and I have both been so busy the past two weeks, I feel like we really haven't gotten to spend much time together. I am looking forward to getting to spend some time with my husband this weekend. We are planning to start our weekend by having friends over tonight for Mexican food, margaritas, and birthday celebrations!



Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a great weekend :) 



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Infertility Update April 2015

Well, this month was not a success in the baby making department. Actually, it was a super-fail for me as far as charting goes. I started the month not being very motivated, and therefore less-than-focused with charting my cycle.  Last month's cycle was longer than usual, and very sporadic as far as signs of ovulation go. I assumed this month would be no different, so I didn't pay very close attention at the beginning of my cycle, since I figured ovulation was much farther out (like last month), and as it turned out, I totally missed my window of ovulation. Because I didn't catch that I was ovulating, I didn't take progesterone, and before I realized, it was too late. So obviously, this month wasn't a huge shock that we didn't conceive, because we weren't super focused. 

Maybe that's not a bad thing? It’s kind of nice to not feel like every day is revolving around charting and all that. Life seems to be pretty busy these past few weeks, and it's been nice to focus on something other than getting pregnant. I almost feel guilty as I type this post, because it may sound like I really don't care about getting pregnant, and that's not true at all! I really do want to experience pregnancy and start a family, and so does Lee. We talk about it almost every day. After 2.5 years of trying, though, it just starts to get old... ya know? I get tired of wondering if we should or shouldn't plan a trip for a certain month, because what if I'm pregnant during that time? It's not just vacations, I feel like a lot of our larger life decisions over the past few years have revolved around whether or not we will soon have a baby, or will we have doctor's appointments for fertility treatments... it's like this constant feeling of being in limbo, and feeling uncertain about what the future holds for us. This past month, I was just over it. 


All that being said, this current cycle I have been much more attentive with my charting so far, so we'll see how it goes. Besides that, not much else is new with us. Although I don't have much else major to report, I think it is important for me to mention that throughout all of this, God is so good. All the time, every day. There are days when I'm really questioning his plan, and I feel like he has totally forgotten about me, because why else would he make me wait this long? There are days when I just feel defeated, unworthy, and broken down. Those days are few and far between, but when they come, they crash in like a ton of bricks. Then I have days when I have zero doubts that God will bless us with a baby, and I feel so encouraged. On those days, infertility seems like no big deal, because I know our breakthrough is coming... and then, of course, there are lots of days like I had this past month where I just felt indifferent, and lacked the motivation to worry about it. I think most people dealing with life's struggles can relate to that... not just infertility, but through any of the curve balls life throws our way, there are good days and bad days. God has NOT forgotten me, nor does he think I am unworthy... I think the best time is right now, and he has a plan better than I could even imagine. I sometimes just have to remind myself that on the good days, God is good, and on the bad days, God is still good. 

Thank you for reading and keeping up with our blog! Since my school schedule is winding down and I'm starting to have more free time after work, I've been getting back into the swing of blogging more. Over the past year or so since I've started this blog, it has been really enjoyable to be able to share bits of our life with you all,whether it be fun recipes I've tried, random social blog posts, or updates on our journey to start a family. Lee and I are so thankful for those of you who read and pray for us. I would love to return the favor. If there's anything I can be praying about for you, please let me know! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Favorites! 4/15/16

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!! I'm linking up with Erika from A Little Bit of Everything Blog, Andrea from Momfessionals Blog, and Narci from Grace and Love Blog to share my favorite things from the week! You can save this graphic and visit their pages to link up as well.


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Free Starbucks!! Whoop whoop! On Sunday I spent the whole day working on a term paper for my accounting class, and I definitely needed coffee to get through the day. Luckily, I had a reward on my Starbucks app, and I redeemed it for a Venti Caramel Macchiato. I think this may be my first time ever ordering a Venti drink at Starbucks, but given the circumstances, it was totally worth every calorie! I was especially happy that I redeemed my free drink before the new rewards chaos started. 

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You are probably looking at this pic and wondering what in the world it is.... It is a pic of my computer screen after I submitted my term paper. AHH! IT'S FINALLY DONE! I am so relieved to have that marked off my to-do list. Only one more paper and two exams stand between me and the end of the semester. As long as I can survive the semester, I will only be 2 classes away from earning my MBA. I feel like I have been in school FOREVER, so I am so excited to see some light at the end of the tunnel! 

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Drywall= done! Next up: painted walls, and new flooring ! Woo Hoo! 

What is this chaotic mess? Its a pic of drywall in our basement... We have been expanding the living room in our basement for what seems like forever, and for the past 2 weeks, we have been having drywall put up. It is finally finished! YAY! Next up: New flooring and paint!


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I've been using this sauce as salad dressing! I bought it at Schnucks. 

I have been using this sauce as salad dressing! It is only 30 calories for one tablespoon, and it is very similar to the peanut dressing at one of my favorite Asian restaurants here in town. I like to put spinach, chopped bell peppers, chopped red onions, shredded carrots, sunflower seeds, shredded cheese, and won-ton strips on my salads when I use this dressing. One night this week I even sauteed some shrimp in the skillet and dumped them on a salad with this dressing and called it dinner. So yummy! If you're looking for a low calorie dressing that doesn't taste low calorie, try this one!

For the past month or so, Lee and I have been trying to eat healthier and shed some pounds before summer (aka boating season) gets here. We started by doing the 3 day military diet, and we did that for 2 weeks. 3 days on the diet, 4 days off , and we both were able to drop about 5 pounds. No working out, just following the diet. After 2 weeks, the foods on the diet got really repetitive, so for the past 2 weeks, we decided to just work on eating healthier, smaller portions, and add in exercise. So far, we have done really well with eating smaller portions, making healthier choices, and still having a splurge here and there to keep things fun. We are both slacking on the working out part, but we've both been busy with work and school, so maybe once things slow down, we'll jump back on that train.  Just changing our diets and not over-eating has really made both of us feel pretty good! 


So those are some of my favorite things from the week! I am looking forward to finishing up my last group paper this weekend, and spending some time with my husband since we've both been pretty busy all week. I hope you have a great weekend as well! I'll see you back  here next week for my April Infertility Update!! 





Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stranded with 3 things! April Edition

Hello friends! When I first started blogging, my main goal was to keep my friends and family posted on where we are in our infertility journey, so I didn't have to tell the same story over and over... But then I soon realized that blogging is really fun! So next I started sharing some of my favorite recipes, and even linked up on a few social posts with some of my favorite bloggers. The past 8 months or so I have pretty much just stuck to infertility updates because working full-time and going to graduate school has kept me overwhelmingly busy! Now, I am nearing the end of the spring semester, and the work load in my classes is finally starting to dwindle down. HALLELUJAH!

Since I'm now nearing the end of my semester and am slowly starting to get more free time, I decided it would be fun to do some more social blogging. So today, I'm linking up with Mix and Match Mama Blog and A Little Bit of Everything Blog for their STRANDED! series!




For this series, check out the dates and blog about the 3 items you'd take with you if you were stranded on a dessert island! 


So today, I'll blog about the 3 from my medicine cabinet that I'd take with me if I were stranded on a dessert island.


Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Shampoo & Conditioner

NUMBER 1: SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

The first thing on my list from my medicine cabinet would be shampoo and conditioner! My hair is kinda straight, kinda wavy, pretty frizzy (especially in the heat), and gets super unruly when I am in water all day (swimming, boating, etc.). So the first thing on my list would be shampoo & conditioner! Some people might say this is cheating because it's actually two items, and if that's the case, then I'd choose some kind of 2 in 1 combo, although I really prefer my shampoo and conditioner separate. 




NUMBER 2: DEODORANT

Unfortunately, I am a super sweaty person... its disgusting, really. I just don't think I could live on a dessert island without deodorant. Everyone would be so stinky without it!! So my number 2 choice would definitely be deodorant for all! 




NUMBER 3: CHAP STICK 

There are few things worse than chapped/sun burnt lips!! So my 3rd medicine cabinet item would be Chap Stick, with SPF. 


If I had to guess, I'd say the 3 medicine cabinet items my husband, Lee, would bring on a dessert island would be Sunscreen, Neosporin, and Toilet Paper.... those are my guesses for him. He is a sunscreen freak in the summer, which is great, because he always reminds me to keep my skin protected, and he also thinks Neosporin fixes everything medical related. Toilet paper... well that's pretty self-explanatory, haha :)! So since he'd have those essentials covered, I could choose items that are not necessarily ESSENTIALS, but definitely needed for comfort! 

So those are the 3 things I'd take with me from my medicine cabinet if I were stranded on a dessert island: Shampoo/Conditioner, Deodorant, and Chap Stick. What would you choose? Visit Mix & Match Mama's page or A little Bit of Everything Blog to link up & let us know. The next link up will be May 11, where we discuss the 3 books we'd take with us if we were stranded on a dessert island. Happy Wednesday, friends!