Archive | September 2012

Fat Friday

Yaaaaaay, it’s here! Fat Friday is back! OK…so maybe we eat this way everyday, but it makes us feel way less guilty if we put a label on it and treat it like a celebration 😉 Fat Friday is a new tradition we started in our house last month, but its just a continuation of a tradition stemming from childhood. Every Friday when I was younger (up until last year when John and I moved to GA) the whole family got together at my Grandma’s for pizza and ice cream. This has seriously been one of my most favorite and cherished memories to look back on! So long story short, we decided to bring a little of that fun to our house and have pizza and whatever the heck else indulgent we want on Fridays and that’s how the name Fat Friday was born. Can’t wait for dinner!

This morning was seriously gorgeous. We were up bright and early because we have a sick baby on our hands (pitiful) which means I got to enjoy the only two perks of being up before the sun: coffee and the sunrise.

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Now it’s off to go cuddle with my sick baby and start my day of feasting! Happy Friday 🙂

Things I’m loving

Is it just me or does the weather make life so much more enjoyable? I feel like a teenage girl with a crush when the cooler temperatures start to come back. It’s so annoying to John I’m sure haha I’m constantly gushing about how perfect it is outside, starting to care about exercise again, starting (and minutes later forgetting about) plenty of craft ideas. Fall, Holidays, hoodies….my lifelong loves.

Here are a few of the specific things I’m really loving lately:

Pumpkin spice waffles-not the healthiest, but definitely delicious! Try them with maple syrup and a scoop of PB…mmmm

Anything and everything fall scented

Crockpot meals


Walks with my boys


Fall skies and scenery




One man’s trash…

Oh my gosh I FINALLY did it! I got off my lazy butt and completed a project. We moved into our new home back in May, and four months later, we are still without so much needed furniture. This is due to a variety factors with the main two being: laziness and frugality. John and I are both usually exhausted so when we finally get time to ourselves, we would rather use it lounging around than (god forbid) doing any type of manual labor or shopping. Necessity led to productivity in my case recently though. We needed end tables in our bedroom, but I (being the cheap@$$ that I am) could NOT bear the thought of spending $100+ on such small items. After months of practically rolling off he bed just to plug my phone charger in or turn a lamp on, I decided it was time to pull out the big guns. Time to conquer a craft! So, long story short…I just finished redoing one out of two crappy, old end tables we had lying around in storage. It took me chipping away little by little (ok let’s be honest, I started one day and didn’t even look in the end table’s direction for at least another month) but it is finally complete! Proud moment for this lazy woman 🙂







vindow viper

I don’t feel like I should start a post about my bland day without first, acknowledging the date. 9/11, 11 years later, and I know many people who are still very much feeling and living the effects of that day…so thank you to all who risked their lives to help out on that day and every day since.

We woke up this morning bright and early despite having a baby-free home and getting little to no sleep last night. Starbucks was in order. John left to go grab our coffee while I feasted away. I am obsessed with this cereal so please, if you have a Target nearby, run out NOW and grab a box….you will not regret it. 

go get you some!

I made the hubs some waffles on his return home and hopped in the shower after adding a post to . We are going to run out to Best Buy and Kroger in a few and then go pick up the monstas. I see a whole lot of cleaning in our future today, but I promise a better update later! See you then.

Whenever I decided I’m going to clean, that annoying childhood joke about the “vindow viper” pops into my head….anyone remember it? no? Great…proof that I really am NOT funny.

Monday funday?

The day started off like any other: wake up at 7, watch the news, change and feed babies, go for a family walk, breakfast, play, nap.





20120910-200132.jpg but then we got surprised with visitors! My sister Cara had some dental work done today and got to stay home from school so they decided to come on over. The boys were more than happy and pulled out all their new tricks like sitting up and pre-crawling.





20120910-200723.jpg After a little playtime, the boys went down for naps and us girls went to Hobby Lobby on a mission: this guy needed a new eye!

20120910-200831.jpg I love my babies like crazy, but sometimes a little alone time with my mom (and sisters) is necessary. Very thankful for the trip! We started with Starbucks and I ended up with new Halloween plates and movie decor for johns movie room…success! (yes, said in the Borat voice.)



20120910-201053.jpg My mom dropped me off at home and we made a plan to all have dinner at her house and let the boys spend the night so John and I could have a small break….what a fantastic surprise!! So, I’ll finish this post with pictures of how we are spending this relaxing evening and then it’s off to bed and hopefully to the gym in the morning!





Crockpot Mac and cheese

It’s football Sunday so the hubby gave me his requests last night: Mac and Cheese and Pigs in Blankets. Both great choices, my dear! 1) Because they are delicious but more importantly 2) Require little to no effort for me 🙂 Let’s get started:

Completely calorie-free ingredients.


First, melt the butter in a pan


Next add the cheese and stir until melted.


Combine all other ingredients in crockpot


Add the ooey, gooey, glorious cheese.


Add Macaroni, stir, and cook on low for 3 hours. Voila. Easy cheesy.



  • 1 box macaroni
  • 8 Tbs butter
  • 5-6 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 7 eggs (I only used 3)
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 2 cans condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk (i used 1%)
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp dry mustard (i used regular spicy brown…because its delicious duh.)