Sunday, 22 September 2013

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

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.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Another Home Update

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 on her investment when the time comes.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Menu Planner

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

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....
Safe Haven by Nicholas Spark
I picked up Safe Haven for $1 at a yard sale. I really loved it but I don't recommend the movie! 

The Happiness Project  by Gretchen Ruben
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.

Guilty Wives by James Patterson & David Ellis
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 interrupted by someone's need for a snack.

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

Another recommendation from Natalie was The Engagements . It follows several couples over different time periods and their unique views on marriage, divorce etc. This was a slow read for me but I got so far into it that I was determined to finish it.

Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
I picked up Now You See Her from the library because I loved Guilty Wives so much.  I had no idea I liked these mystery, thriller and suspense type books. But they are very quick reads for me. Definitely recommend this one.

Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer

Next up was Summer Breeze. This is a very light, easy read about friends with a little bit of romance and a great setting. I enjoyed it.

Island Girls by Nancy Thayer
I just finished Island Girls over the weekend. I liked it but enjoyed Summer Breeze a little more.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins in on my nightstand now. I started it in the middle of the summer but couldn't get into the story so put it down for another book.  I am thinking I may give it another shot.

What did you read? Anything that you loved and would recommend?

Monday, 9 September 2013

Birthday Menu Planner

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 Zucchini Cheddar Corn Muffins

Monday - Open

Tuesday - Spicy Sausage Pasta

Wednesday - Kickin' Mini Meatloves, Beans & Rice

Thursday - Girl's Night

Thursday, 5 September 2013

New Tan Tote

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...

BillyKirk Leather Tote Tan
MeChar Holly Tote

Cuyana Leather Tote
Merona Tote Handbag
Madewell The Transport Tote

Banana Republic Presidio Hobo
Which would you go with? 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

We made it! First Day of School!

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.

My niece Vail is on her bus and came to our bus stop so she could sit with Camille. This made things much easier! 

Clyde missed her like crazy! He was asking me all day when is Camille going to be home. We even had to drive by the school to see if we could see her on the playground. He was in charge of Mimi and made this bed for her. #meltmyheart

There has been a lot of talk about Camille starting kindergarten but this sweet boy starts his last year of preschool tomorrow. We met the teacher today. He is going to do great. 

There goes Clyde running up the street to meet the bus! 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Back to School Menu Planner

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