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Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

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We have had a great weekend. Friday night, we had a fun dinner out to surprise my friend, Jessica, for her birthday! We went to The Daily Kitchen & Bar which is very popular and has the coolest decor!



Saturday morning, we hit the soccer fields bright and early. This is our third week and Clyde still won't play. Suggestions welcome on how to overcome this! Help!


After soccer we hit our neighborhood playground.



My sister and brother in law went out of town for their anniversary, so we watched my niece and nephew for the afternoon. It was rainy so we saw Despicable Me 2! Again! We took Gammy this time so it was new for her. They love it!


My menu planner this week is posted on Whitney's Loan Officer Lately blog. Click on over here to check it out.

I just met Whitney this year and she is great. Very sharp and a Wahoo! Be sure to check out her blog, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Another Home Update

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My gorgeous and smart client, and now friend, Kristen, bought a town home in Glen Allen, VA last November. We worked together for a while and Kristen claimed she was my worst client and that was so far from the truth. She is just the sweetest and I am so happy we found her the perfect home.

She has made some fabulous updates to the kitchen in her town home. It went from this before.

Not horrible but definitely not awesome like this...


And smart Kristen saved the old kitchen cabinets and relocated them to her laundry room to make some great storage there. She is working on finishing the laundry room now and hopefully she will let me share that before and after also because that room wasn't even dry walled when she purchased the home.

And because we all love a good before and after, let's review.

It looks terrific! I love the counter tops. Updated kitchens and bathrooms are on the top of home buyer's lists. These improvements will surely get Kristen a quick sale and great return …

Menu Planner

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Happy Monday! Nothing too exciting this weekend. We are still getting into our back to school routine. Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Sunday - Broccoli, Cheese & Potato Soup with Cheddar Zucchini Corn Muffins (We had this last night and is definitely a keeper)

Monday - Sante Fe Stuffed Peppers

Tuesday - Chicken Piccata, Risotto, Green Beans

Wednesday - Keep it Clean Tilapia, Asparagus, Red Potatoes

Thursday - French Dip Sandwiches, French Fries

Summer Reading

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It's almost that time, time for all my favorite TV shows to come back on and for me to go into reading hibernation. The summer is when I hit the books and this summer was particularly good because I was able to fit in a fair amount of poolside reading now that C and C can swim! It was nice.

Here's what I read....
I picked up Safe Haven for $1 at a yard sale. I really loved it but I don't recommend the movie! 

I purchased The Happiness Project in the airport on the way home from Michael's and I trip to Las Vegas. I read about 100 pages but couldn't get with it. I know people love it and it gets great reviews on Amazon but wasn't for me.

I got the recommendation for Guilty Wives from Natalie at Designer Diaper Bags & Dirty Diapers. I loved it and even got my sister-in-law to read it. She loves to read but said she didn't like James Patterson but she liked this book and read another by him after. The short chapters are good because I normally am getting interr…

Birthday Menu Planner

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Happy Monday! Today is my 36th birthday! (Not sure how I feel about being 36 yet, downward slope to 40?) Anyway, I am very excited about my day. Camille is already at school and Clyde will be headed out shortly. I plan to do some shopping this morning with my mom. And remember this post about the tan tote? Well before I pulled the trigger on one of those bags, I ran across a Ralph Lauren bag in a deep red and a dark hunter green at TJMaxx. I love the style but wasn't wild about the colors. So I took a picture of the label, came home and put the details into Google and discovered that Ralph Lauren made it in tan this season and Macy's carried it but the price was way more than I budgeted. Womp, womp. Then enters my fabulous, internet savvy husband who finds the very same bag, new with tags on eBay for a reasonable price. Woohoo! Happy Birthday to me!


What do you think?

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Sunday - Pioneer Woman's Sumple Hearty White Chili and Zucchi…

New Tan Tote

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My birthday is coming up next week and I really want a new bag in tan. A year and a half ago, I splurged on this bag from Kate Spade, I have carried it every day since so I feel that I got my money's worth. But man am I ready for a change. I really like a tote style that it large enough for wallet, phone, crayons, small coloring books, tissues, wipes and also the occasional file folder. But not so large that it looks like a suitcase. And I decided tan would be a good hue that works well with most colors.

Here are the top contenders...


Which would you go with?

We made it! First Day of School!

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We made it through the first day and my sweet girl was smiling as she got off the bus! Phew! And she gave me tons of details about her day. I am feeling like one lucky mom.







Back to School Menu Planner

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I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday weekend! We are home in order to prepare for back to school on Tuesday. Yesterday, we went to a really fun birthday at the Goochland Fire Station. Here are a couple pictures that the host was kind enough to share with me.



Camille starts kindergarten on Tuesday and says she is excited so we will see how that goes! I am definitely that crazy mom and have over analyzed everything for this sweet girl.


Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Sunday - Tilapia Piccata, Wild Rice, Squash & Zucchini Saute

Monday - Ribs, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans

Tuesday - Zatarain's Jambalaya mix with turkey kielbasa and chicken, Salad

Wednesday - Enchilada Lasagne

Thursday - Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes, French Fries

The Switch

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If you're one of the four hardy souls who visit this abandoned dump on a regular basis, I can only assume you're suffering from Alzheimer's. Only someone without a memory could keep returning to read the same post day after day without update. If that's you, you've already read this yesterday.

Now I can't even remember why I started this obnoxious site. I recall getting a little annoyed with BS real estate media reports. Something that may have been noticeable at one time or another. Initially, I had nothing more than mild contempt for the media. It has grown.

It was fun for a while. People talked on forums. Came to visit. Occasionally left a comment. Even babes writing for respectable publications referenced me in their work. The impact had some Tasmanian media peeps actually being more measured in their spruiking. And fewer real estate goons were prepared to take ice-cold stats and pimp them in the media as scorching hot. Someone was watching.

But why did it all…

Our week away....

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We have just spent 10 days away from home! It was the best but I am tired today. Back to reality tomorrow...our final week of summer before school starts. I have mixed emotions because we have a big milestone coming up...Camille starts kindergarten. I can't believe it and I am a little anxious about the transition. And I am not sure I am ready for summer to end. We have had such a great one...Camille and Clyde have been so much fun this summer and we done so many wonderful things. Here are some highlights from our week away.

Two Fridays ago, we dropped Camille and Clyde with Michael's parents (Neena and Moe) and then went with friends to Wintergreen for two nights. It was unseasonably cool which was great and we had probably a little too much fun as evidenced by the picture below.





Meanwhile, Neena and Moe took Camille and Clyde to a sleepover at the Aquarium which they loved! How is that for fun grandparents!


Sunday, Michael and I drove from Wintergreen to Sandbridge and we staye…