Mini House Tour

Just a little iPhone tour of the new house! We had our final walk through and will officially close on the 16th. 
Split garages – one is a 2 car and one is a single. I call the big one cause I’m terrible at parking. 
Front door and my favorite spot – the ‘mudroom’ area with the built ins for jackets and shoes. Both of my children have an abundance of both thanks to an Oma who thinks they outgrow them monthly 🙂

Entry way.

To the right is Oliver office, lots of light!

Right past that is the laundry room, we also have enough room for our extra fridge {aka the chicken fridge!}.

Then we go past the stairs to the living room/kitchen.

Across from the laundry room is the ‘dining’ room which will be used for more of a family office/homework area.

Living Room – still need to get a mantle made.

Kitchen – absolutely love that we were able to get dark lowers and white uppers! Not a fan of the fixtures, but I’ll wait until we move in to order any I just can’t decide when I’m not living there and seeing it every day.

My kitchen gets lots of natural light and has the cutest little window seat to the right. Just need to find the perfect table!

Quartz counters – dark grey Blanco sink.

Master. Double the windows I have now which I love but going to be a small fortune to shade/curtain them all.

Masterbath. I was a bit worried about the dark grey flooring, but with the white cabinets I think it turned out great!
I am also pretty excited about a shower seat! We have the smallest little shower now and it’s like upgrading to a king size bed for the first time LOL You’ll never want to go back!
The house backs up to a greenbelt so our fence is not a privacy fence, Oliver is afraid everyone will see him naked so we need to get blinds asap. 

I’ll continue with the upstairs another day!
Paint: Sherwin Williams agreeable grey
Kitchen Counter: Quartz Lusso
Cabinet Colors Sherwin Williams Extra White and Mindful Grey
Backsplash : Interceramic Marble Mosaic {contemporary blend lantern}Bath
Masterbath floor: Interceramic Habitat Smoke 12×12

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And, I’m back.

For the first time in months I’m home alone, well Oliver is in his office, but he rarely comes out unless it’s time to eat. Aiden started pre-school today, back to the same school he was in last year, he was not happy about it. He cried all through meet the teacher last week, but after watching an IG video of his BFF going to school {happily!} he started to get excited about it. 
Nope. Oliver told me he not only cried, but threw a fit. He just doesn’t like people, like, at all. He takes so long to warm up to anyone – just recently started saying hi to one of the girls at Crossfit and we see her EVERY SINGLE DAY for the last 1.5 years! 
This is his happy place, surrounded with toys and dogs. He’s been asking for either a dog or a baby sister, I told him Aunt Katie is his best shot for either of those. 
Actually now that we have a fenced in yard and are home like all day long I could probably be talked into one, maybe. MAYBE. Plus that roomba does a bang up job vacuuming! Hard to say no to Aiden with his, pweasssse. 
This girl is LOVING her new school and so am I! A lot of the reason we moved was for them to be in a better school district, we are lucky that we didn’t have to move far. She loves that she can wear whatever she wants every day, we haven’t had a single argument about her outfits and she’s dressed on time each morning. Granted I am letting her wear whatever she wants, but most days she asks my opinion before she leaves. 
I love that her teacher emailed me on the 5th day of school to update me on her progress with math, let me know exactly what to tell her tutors to focus on, and I didn’t have to even request it. We have a really great routine going right now – she rides the bus to and from school – we spend evenings either at soccer or math tutoring and CF kids. 
I had a discussion with her doctor about her terrible sleeping habits and she told me to do a white noise machine {not like nature noises or waterfalls, but straight white noise} and if I felt like she needed it, melatonin. I was trying to steer clear of that because I heard it could be addictive, but she assured me it wasn’t. I now give it to her nightly and her energy level is way up – she’s waking up easily, not passing out after school and staying focused for math and soccer. Before she would wake up nightly and was exhausted after school. 
Now I’m off to pick up the bald one who now has hair and refuses to cut it. I plan to bribe him with ice cream and the park to not be mad that we dropped him at school. 

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How to Keep your hair UNICORN bright.

SO many people told me not to do bright colors on my hair because they fade out really quickly, but that hasn’t been my experience at all so I’m going to share what I do to keep it bright. You know, for future reference, Fall may not be the best time to go pink or purple, but come Spring it’s ON!
YES. You have to lighten your hair, can you put colors over dark, sure, but it won’t last. When I went pink we did heavy highlights first and used Joico color over top. 
I only wash my hair every three days – usually straight day 1 – curled day 2 – and a bun or braid on day 3.
That for sure keeps your color fresh longer, but using a color depositing shampoo/conditioner helps tremendously!  Lightening your hair dries it out, so I used It’s a 10 Haircare Miracle Shampoo 2x a week and the Viral Color Wash 1x a week. I also used Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner each time I washed.

When I went back to change from pink to purple we had to use a color stripper that turned my hair white, then added Joico {darker} purple at the roots and a {lighter} purple on the ends.

Leggings are bombs! From Zyia

I’ve also started using a The Beachwaver on it instead of my curling wand, the clamp style really just saves my arms from having to hold my hair around the wand – plus no burning myself. I think it’s better than a curling iron because my hair {that is naturally stick straight} holds curl longer with a wand/beachwaver.

I pretty much have children all over Dallas thinking I’m a unicorn because of my hair. I’ve had such a positive reaction to my hair that it’s been a great experience for me, it’s not something I plan to keep up, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts 🙂 Do things in life because YOU want to, whatever makes YOU happy.

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Recipes, Macros, Weekend Wear.

Friday to Sunday you can pretty much find me in joggers or leggings, we just got them in at OMB and I’ve been wearing on repeat. Real pants are overrated, especially on the weekend. I realized I don’t even have a pair of heels in my closet, I DID finally try a pair of wool sneakers from All Birds. BOMBBBBBB! They run a tad small, but were honestly so comfortable and my feet didn’t sweat at all in them despite it being 90 degrees! 

Top found here.
I got the olive green, perfect for Fall! I would size up a half size though if you’re in-between. 
The real reason I’m here is to share my latest and greatest food prepping meals {so when I get 75 DM’s asking I can say check the blog!!}
You NEED this – it’s $20 bucks and easy to use – Pro Vegetable Chopper by Müeller
I {or Madison!} chop up any veggie I might need to cook a meal with, making it super fast and easy to cook dinner. 
Like this zucchini lasagna – I’ve been making this for a few weeks and it’s kid approved. I use fat free cheese and turkey, but you could use any meat and cheese you like. It also reheats REALLY well for lunches!
This week I did spiral my sweet potato for a bake, the noodle cook faster in the oven. 

This is saved on my Paprika app, it saves your recipes from online to an easy to read format. No more scrolling a blog post to find the ingredients and directions!!!! Seriously you need it. I say that a lot, but whatever makes life easier – right>! I only wish it had a share feature so I could let you all see my recipes! 
I used sausage on here and fat free cheese, we are having this again tonight and just looking at this picture is making me hungry. 
I am still counting macros, but not trying to lose weight – trying to gain muscle, still. It’s hard. My body likes to gain fat, not muscle. It’s annoying. I wanted to quit, a few times. I’m sticking to it though. I went up a little too fast on my reverse, so I backed off a little bit to let myself even out. I haven’t weighed in a while, cause that’s overrated too. Anyways – I hit a pr on my back squat today which is not bad considering I’m still working my left leg back to 100%. I REALLY wanted to get 200, but 195 is a solid effort and there is always next time. 

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Getting Deeper

(Cat, I’m just waiting for your dirty joke with this title, I’m aware…) As I stepped onto the mat today, I stepped on with my ego in the way. It suffered a bruising recently, and my guard immediately went up. I’m pretty sure I was shooting “don’t touch me” vibes towards the lovely instructor. I […]
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How I’m Getting Through a Tough Holiday Season

I had no idea how good I had it. My first 31 holiday seasons were blissfully simple. Sure, there was some drama here and there, because what’s a family without drama? But there was an abundance of everything: love, food, gifts. My parents were together, and we spent every holiday with extended family, too. All […]
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All things Pumpkin.

Do you know the worst part about moving – changing everything in life. Insurance, DL, automatic payments, and your address with about a 100 different clothing vendors. 
Found out today that we actually DON’T have any homeowners insurance, got a call from our title company that our check was returned to them….maybe JUST MAYBE because it was due like a month ago! Somewhere within a span of a few day our mortgage was sold to a new company – our insurance was moved to a different company and I’m spending hours on the phone talking to people who have no answers for my questions. Whew. pour me a glass of wine, I just don’t understand how this all works. Yes Jane just deposit the check in my escrow account, send me a bill, and call my mortgage company. They should have a class for this in school. 
In other news – every 8-10 year old girl wanting to be Mal should get this wig from Amazon! It’s so cute and great quality for less than 20 bucks. I tired REAL HARD to get the kids to be something cute and matching, but alas they both had really strong opinions about what they wanted to dress up as. 
Aiden called me a butthole today. Told me ‘you’re not the boss of me’. He also said I’m the ‘best Mommy ever’. He freaks out if I don’t let me open the garage door and start the car. He insists on packing a bag full of cars and snacks every time we leave the house. His hair desperately needs a trim, but I just can’t pull the trigger on those blonde sweaty curls. He randomly walks up and slaps me on the leg and yells out ‘SLUG BUG’ and there usually is one, he can spot them from 7 miles away. 
I did ask his preschool teachers if he was interacting with the other kids in class, he has 1 friend he plays with a lot at home, but other than that he seems to not like other people. He does a lot of growling when people talk to him or wanting to leave the playground if other people show up. They said he’s totally fine and plays well with his classmates so I guess he’s just like that around me. 
In all things Pumpkin news: This is my new favorite RX bar – the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor!!! Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt is a very close second. My gym ordered some, but you can find them online. Another fav is the Pumpkin cheerios I stock up on at Target. 

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Weekend Warriors

After our Saturday morning workouts, soccer for her and CF for me, we rinsed off and got dressed. She was so excited for the art party Mimi was having at her house for friends, she picked out this outfit a week in advance. She’s pretty obsessed with a cold shoulder and her new booties. I took her to Kohls for some dressier shoes – legit had to shop the women’s area. I can’t believe she can almost wear the same size as me! My dress is from OMB – my shoes are the wool ones that I’m obsessed with from All Birds.
Oliver and I dropped her off at the party and headed to Trader Joes for our monthly run, but first lunch at Rockfish. They had a new salad with sweet potato, it was good, but not as good as the other one that has spinach and orzo! We’ve been listening to Podcasts tougher in the car, just finished Serial season 1 {Adnan totally did it!} I’ve tried to get into S-Town but it’s not grabbing my interest, I’m going to give it another episode before I give up. I felt the same was about Shameless on Netflix and now I can’t stop watching before bed. 
It’s my favorite time of year at TJ’s – PUMPKIN SEASON. They have the best selection of all things pumpkin included cookies, cinnamon rolls, ‘poptarts’, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroons, ice cream, and coffee. Whew. Hard to choose, but some items just would never fit into my macros – like the cinnamon rolls at 51c EACH, y’all know I’d need 2. Also the butternut squash mac and cheese is SOOOOO GOOD. 
I did treat myself to a cookie box, they are good, but not so good I’ll eat them all in 2 days. NOW the same can’t be said for the stupid bags of Cheeto Puff things that are reduced guilt there, seriously my weakness. I love crunch and chips and cheese. Uhhhhh. 
Sunday we spent working out, food prepping, and cleaning. I’m between cleaning services and I have had to suck it up and do it myself. Well actually I split it with Oliver, had to have a heart to heart with him about how we BOTH have to help. He prefers to do things like dishes and laundry so I do the bathrooms and floors. Madison is old enough to actually be helpful, as long as I let her blare her music through the Alexa. Sure we can listen to Descendants AGAIN if you vacuum the floor.

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Extra, just like Guac.

Monslay Shirt

Seriously, I have purple hair and a velvet shirt on, do you think other peoples opinions bother me? Not one bit. 8 years of blogging and having every mean thing imaginable being said about me has toughened me up, not in a bad way, but I’m not sitting at home crying because not every likes me. I see that as maybe one of the best qualities about myself. 
Does it wear on me somedays, you bet. Then I just step back a little bit until I’m feeling more clear headed. It never fails to amaze me that the same childish problems come around AGAIN AND AGAIN when you have a group of women who see each other. 
I’m pretty much the definition of extra. I am loud, I laugh a lot, I cheer loudly – that’s just who I am. Always have been. One thing I am not is mean, even when I want to be standoffish to someone I have a hard time because I don’t want to hurt their feelings. 
At my last job I learned that not everyone is going to like me – there was a girl there who just downright did. not. like. me. Was it anything I did to her? No. She didn’t like how talkative I was with our boss, me being friendly in her eyes was sucking up to him. She took offense to every joke I made, I was pretty upset about it for a while because it seemed unfair, but I can’t control if other people like me. I was super nice to her everyday, greeting her and complimenting her outfit or something. I acted like nothing was wrong and went about my business as usual. 
In typical mean girl fashion she did what they all do – she talked bad about me to co-workers to get them on her side. Power in numbers I guess. 
The point of this story is that I stay away from people who gossip about others. I learned to always form my OWN damn opinion about people. There will always be people who don’t like you and if they happen to be women you can be certain they are talking about you. Don’t let others change you, I will not tone myself down to please anyone else. God and I both know my heart and truth about how I treat others, that’s enough for me. 

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Yeah, I run.

I was so bummed when they canceled Madison’s soccer games Saturday – it was finally a cool, crisp morning and I was really looking forward to sipping my coffee while yelling at her on the field. It rained pretty much all day Friday and the fields were still too wet to play on. So I was forced to go to the gym. Sitting around watching TV or cleaning the house is not how I like to spend my mornings, might as well sweat. I swear the days I don’t workout I’m SO TIRED, like hey I got a solid 10 hours last night but I might die if I don’t get a nap in today. It’s weird. I feel better and eat better when I get a bit of a workout in. 
I’m slowly increasing my running. I started by just running bleachers, then I added in a mile on the track, now I’m doing bleachers to warm up and doing 2 miles after. I’m also doing 5 miles one morning a week. I’m about 4 months out from my last knee surgery, bless it’s hard to be patient while I get my strength back! My entire left leg atrophied while I recovered, so while my knee doesn’t hurt all the things connected to it are sore – quad, hamstring, calf, ankle, and hip. I’m a pro stretcher and I ice down after every workout. I go get adjusted regularly too – best thing for my hips to my ankles.
Fall puts me in the mood for protein pancakes! Oliver thought he was being nice by brining me Pumpkin Spice Oreos so I’m putting them to good use – one at a time. I threatened his life if he brought home the Cookie Butter Oreos – I hear they are the best ones yet. Best if I don’t know what they taste like, then I can’t think about them.
I make a batch of pancakes and split them up for 2 days. recipe from Poppy Locks.
40g oat flour
15g coconut flour
92g egg whites
90g almond milk
14g protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Her ebook has tons of topping ideas – I’m doing easy with some pumpkin yogurt and truwhip with an oreo.
I decided for meal prep this week to cut up my chicken, toss it with the truffle rub, and bake it at 375 until it reached 165 degrees. Then I split it up into 5 containers with Trader Joes Fire Roasted Veggies and spaghetti squash – I heat and top with goat cheese for lunch. So easy and tasty!! 
If you haven’t tried this Truffled Rub yet you should – I’m not sponsored by them in any way – they just literally have the best seasoning! I’ve been using it every week for a long time now and it just tasted good in so many recipes. Highly recommend if you have an aversion to chicken. They do charge shipping, but I just order bulk so I don’t have to order very often. 
These crazy kids went swimming, it was barely mid 80’s. Nuts. Poor little Aiden’s lips turned blue, but he was determined to hang with his sister. Aiden has tons of energy lately – he’s always jumping, yelling, running, playing, or something. I miss little girls who play quietly with dolls. He comes home from Papa’s house {my dad} and smells like a boy, dirt everywhere, and wild hair. I keep going back and forth on cutting his hair, it needs it, but CURLLLLLLLS. I’m shocked he is still so blonde, Oliver’s hair was lighter when he was young, but I have a feeling Aiden might keep his blonde like his Mama. Not that it matters because he is Oliver 2.0 for sure – even when he talks or looks at you. 

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