Five Fact Friday

Happy Friday! Hope you guys are ready for the weekend…I know this girl is pretty darn excited…

1. Keely and I will be doing some grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s today. I’ve been meaning to get there but haven’t since we’ve moved to the city…can’t wait to check out my new TJs

2. I have a much-needed hair appointment tomorrow and planning to go DARK again…I’ll make sure to post a picture on Monday.

3. Keely is staying at my parents on Saturday night so we are planning a little date night out with some friends.

4. Sunday Funday will be with Keely, Grandma & Grandpa at Millennium Park and I can’t wait till Keely seems the BEAN!

5. Limiting coffee is going very well. Since I’ve started, I’ve only had two cups of coffee at it’s been after my green tea in the morning.

Quote of the Day

It's "Friday Baby"! So cute! Funny. Go crazy #quote

This is Keely with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter!

Day In The Life With A 2.5 Year Old

Hey Peeps! It’s almost the weekend (again) and I am SO ready for a little night out. I seriously can’t believe how fast these weeks are going and soon, the summer will be over and my favorite season will begin!! Anyways, I wanted to give you a little “day in the life” post as it’s been a while and now I have a fun & silly 2.5 year old on my hands. I’ll give you want our day looks like on an “off” school day. We have been dealing with a toddler that’s giving me a little trouble going to sleep (wants me to sleep with her and our bedtime routine is now taking us about 30 minutes – I know CRAZY!) plus she’s been getting up before 7am which is early since two weeks ago she was sleeping from 7:45pm-7:45/8:00am…not sure if it’s a growth spurt or the fact that she’s in school three days a week. I don’t mind her getting up by 7am on weekdays as I am up by 5:30am to workout and get work done before Bob leaves for work. Anyways, if any Momma’s out there have suggestions, please send them my way. Let’s get this day started…

5:30am – Alarm goes off and it takes me about 2-3 minutes to actually get my booty outta bed and in my workout clothes

6:45am – Workout completed & ready for a shower

7:30am – Shower done & a few emails are sent out for work

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7:45am – Keely is up and we are ready for some breakfast (some days she won’t eat till closer to 8:30am-9:00am as that’s when they eat in school)

9:00am – Dressed and ready for the day

9:30-10:30am – Playtime at the beach or park (sometimes the zoo or museums)

11:00am-12:00pm – We play on the balcony, have some lunch and read some books (might take in an episode of Curious George or Cat in the Hat)

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12:30pm (Mondays) – Momma’s gotta do a quick conference call (by quick I mean like 5 minutes) while Keely finishes lunch

1:00pm-3:00pm Naptime (for Keely)/Worktime (for Momma)

3:00pm-400pm Playtime and Walk with Hanker

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4:00pm – I start to get dinner prepped and Keely plays in the living room

5:00pm – Eating dinner

5:30-5:45pm – I clean up dinner and the kitchen

6:00pm – Usually we try to take a walk to the park (with Hanker, again) or just play out

6:40ish – She is in the bathtub or shower

7:00pm – Chill time – she likes to watch either Peppa Pig or Caillou before bedtime and I am okay with it.

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7:30pm – We go to her room for our nighttime routine (again, taking longer for the past two weeks)

7:50pm – I leave her room and hear her calling me a few but sadly ignore it. (breaks my heart)

8:10pm – Finally there is silence and it’s time for this to relax on the couch.

9:30pm-10:00pm – Bedtime for me

What’s your favorite time of the day? Mine has to be when Keely and I have a picnic lunch (everyday she isn’t in school).

Quote of the Day

Typography Print "She is your LITTLE GIRL" nursery art - children's room art -  Size 8x10 - ENGLISH

She is my EVERYTHING!!

MIMM

It’s Monday!! Another weekend over and another week to begin. This weekend was full of fun things and I hope the fun things continue…

Today I am linking up to the beautiful Katie @ Healthy Diva Life for another addition of MIMM…let’s get this party started!!

MiMM MIMM #106 Silent Weekend Highlights

Marvelous is…

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My Everything!!<3

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A family that bowls together, stays together!! K LOVES bowling!!

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Sharing ice cream with Daddy & Papa is so much fun!

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Childhood friends are pretty amazing!! Erin’s Baby Shower with my cousin Mary Beth.

Sam Smith-Stay With Me

Sam Smith is AH-Mazing!

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Perfect for a MONDAY. <3 Your smile is BEAUTIFUL!!

Friday Favorites

Happy, happy Friday!! Are you all ready for the weekend?!?! I know I am totally ready for the weekend especially since we have some fun things planned. Today, I am linking up to Heather @ Housewife Glamour for another addition of Friday Favorites. What are you loving this week?

Friday Favorites Button Housewife Glamour

Favorite Outfit

Southern Charm

Favorite Quote

Take time to be thankful for everything you have. You can always have more, but you could also have less. #inspiration #gratitude

Keely is seriously my EVERYTHING!! Take a moment everyday to be thankful for what you have as life goes by quickly!!

Favorite Dessert/Snack

“Cookie Dough” Greek Yogurt    1 individual container of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt  1 tbsp nut butter (peanut butter, hazelnut butter or something like the chocolate almond butter pictured above)  Optional: 1 tsp mini chocolate or dark chocolate chips; 1 tsp brown sugar  Stir all ingredients together in a glass or chilled bowl until well combined. Top with chocolate chips or brown sugar.

BEWARE…it’s AMAZING!!

Favorite Humor

The difference between dogs and cats - so true

So funny and SO true!!

Favorite Place

I am an Illini and so proud to be from the City by the Lake. Such a sweet home. Navy Pier Chicago (aerial).

My kinda town!!

WIAW…Trying a week without Coffee

Happy Hump Day! So this week I wanted to try something new with my eating habits. I am not one that really watches what I eat but just try to eat as healthy as I could possibly eat while thinking, I only live once…right?!?! So this week, I am giving up coffee. I was never a coffee drinker till earlier this year when it hit me that I was totally missing out…well, as much as I’ve been enjoying my cup of coffee (okay, maybe 2 cups…okay, sometimes 3…I know HORRIBLE) a day, I’ve also missed my daily green tea. I’ve usually added tea (green tea & detox) in the afternoon and evening but so far this week been doing a cup or two of green tea in the morning then a cup of detox tea around 6:45pm. So far so good. I feel like coffee has been making me feel a little bloated (I know, weird since it’s suppose to the opposite) so with green tea it’s been helping a lot. Now, again, it’s only Wednesday so we will see how the rest of the week goes but so far I’ve been pretty energetic throughout the day. Anyways, I am linking up today to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for another addition of WIAW or should I say, What I Ate Tuesday!!

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Breakfast – Spinach Scrambled Eggs, Banana Bread with Almond Butter, Strawberries & Green Tea

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Mid-Morning Snack – Iced Green Tea & Yogurt with PB2 & Granola (seriously my favorite snack EVER!!)

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Lunch – Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Sweet Potato Fries – Sometimes it’s important to get up from the desk and enjoy lunch out…I most of the insides of each wrap then a few fries but it hit the stop and was nice to get out for a walk.

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Dinner – Smaller Chicken Salad because I wasn’t really that hungry…YUMMY!! (not pictured)

Quote of the Day

"Respect Is Earned. Honesty Is Appreciated. Trust Is Gained. Loyalty Is Returned"