What's Up Wednesday - January 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What we're eating this week...  At this very moment I have Chicken and Dumplings in the Crockpot! This week I'll also be making Cauliflower Pasta and Quinoa Turkey Meatballs.

What I'm reminiscing about... our travels from the years past! I cannot believe how blessed we are to get to travel back to Europe with our baby boy this summer!

Old photo from Cinque Terre
What I'm loving... did any of y'all catch the pilot for Home Town on HGTV this weekend? I watched it twice on Sunday because I wanted Ben to watch it with me. The whole show was so charming and put us in such an incredible mood. I wouldn't say that Laurel's decor is exactly my style, but I loved what she did so much and she really inspired me to integrate more meaningful pieces into our home. Seriously, as we watched I realized that our living room houses almost nothing of meaning. This has to change and I'm brainstorming! :)

What we've been up to... it's been a busy time for us, Ben's got basketball season going and has also been showing a lot of properties. We've got a lot of big dreams up our sleeves!

What I'm dreading... sending my beautifully baked bundt cake to school with Ben, haha! I tried this  easy recipe for Ben's school potluck.. and I am so ridiculously proud of it! Now I want to try all the recipes! Haha!

What I'm working on... Sweet Baby Strader's nursery! I'd love to have it done sooner rather than later. :) I also just got a photo book in the mail with all of our gender reveal photos.. it turned out so great!

What I'm excited about... our lives changing forever in just a few short months. Every time I feel the baby kick I'm reminded of all the joy ahead.

What I'm watching/reading... I've been having a hard time getting into any tv shows other than The Bachelor, haha! Maybe I'll come around but I've been letting even my favorites pile up on the DVR. Who knows why! Yesterday Kiera Cass released a new book (The Siren), so I've just started reading that!

What I'm wearing... I've finally had a second trimester rush of energy (just a few weeks before third trimester, haha!) and my nausea seems to FINALLY (knock on wood!) be under control. This had had me wearing work out clothes most of the time so I can either run to the gym for some cardio or get strength training done at home. It's crazy how working out has become something that makes me feel more myself. One thing that I'm looking forward to after baby comes is getting back into some really high intensity workouts that kick my hiney. It's such a good, humbling feeling and I love it!

What I'm doing this weekend... we have our last clear weekend before a really busy few months ahead, I'm hoping we'll be enjoying a whole lot of nothing, just quality time!

What I'm looking forward to next month... We have such a fun, busy month ahead! Two showers for me, I'm hosting one bridal shower, my birthday, Valentine's Day, and two out of town weekends! Whoowee!

What else is new... not a whole lot! It's been a pretty ordinary week around here! :)


  1. That bundt cake looks delicious! And those quinoa turkey meatball sound so good, too! You will have to share if they taste as good as they sound. I watched home town too and I loved it!!! I really hope that hgtv picks up the show. Would definitely be a must see for me.

  2. What a great link up! I love this format.

    Also, I hadn't seen that TIU recipe yet, think I'm going to add it to my list of things to try.

  3. Still so in love with your gender reveal photos :-) And I bet you are so excited to travel with your sweet baby boy this summer! How special will that memory be to your family!?

  4. Congrats! Loved the gender reveal idea-yah! And the bundt cake?! Looks delish to say the least!
    Kate::A Little NW Charm

  5. What an adorable gender reveal idea!! The pic came out too cute! =)

    Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

  6. Stillllll loving your gender reveal pictures! I thought I was over seeing pictures of everyone's reveals, but yours made me change my mind. ;)

  7. I did not watch Home Town, but now I am going to search for it and make sure I do! Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. Yay for bundt cake success!!! And let me know how the meatballs turn out!

  9. Can I just say that first of all, as I open all my blogs for the past few days to catch up, I always hoard yours to save till the end? Is that weird? Lol, but really-I love these posts! And I just picked up the same Lilly dress you wore in your gender reveal pictures, it's so comfy and definitely a keeper!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  10. It sounds like have a lot going on in the next few weeks, how exciting! Ah, I'm so jealous you get to go to Europe. I bet it will be gorgeous!


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