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Top Ten Things I Carry With Me Feb 22

Joining in the fun with Katie at Sluiter Nation again today.

1. Blackberry Torch.

2. Keys

3. Wallet

4. Water bottle

5. Notebook and crayons or book

6. Sippy cup

7. Either my Tignanello purse or my daughter’s toddler backpack, depending on where we’re going

Those 7 items are all I NEED, but you can also find lip gloss, ibuprofen, wet wipes, tissues, a brush and mirror deep in the depths of my purse. You might also find a dozen receipts or a snack. I’ve learned to keep what I carry to a minimum to save my back as my daughter gets heavier, and leave tons of things in the car, which include diapers, wipes, other toys, snacks, and the stroller. But those 7 things I listed? Are always within reach.

5QF! Feb 18

1. Have you worn the same outfit more than one day in a row?
No. I wear a lot of very similar outfits, but to my knowledge, I have never worn one two days in a row.

2. If you had to choose any LARGE city to live in, which would it be?
How do you define large? I already live just 20 minutes from Orlando, FL, and generally like it here. Does San Diego count? I’m curious how it would be to have beach, mountains, and desert all within driving distance.

3. Fly or drive with the kids on vacation?
D.R.I.V.E. It might take longer, but you see so much more in the process, and you can take more things with you. If you get sick or antsy, you don’t have to worry about disturbing anyone else.

4. What is your idea of “spring cleaning”?
I don’t really do this cleaning stuff. I do dishes and laundry mostly, with a little vacuuming thrown in for fun. Wipe counters and Swiffer floors when they get too gross to tolerate. But two or three times a year I decide to get rid of old clothes, organize closets, and get the carpet cleaned. So I guess that’s what I call spring cleaning.

5. What is the best book you have ever read?
Ummm… What? I’ve read a LOT of books, most of them in the romance or mystery categories and you want me to pick the ONE BEST book I’ve ever read? Impossible! I mean, come on, I have three favorite authors. I stalk websites to find out when Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Lowell will be releasing new books. Not only that, what I read depends on my mood for the day. Do I want suspense? Romance? Comedy? All of the above?

I’m freaking out over this decision. I’m also a Harry Potter and Twilight fan. But is one of those the best book I’ve ever read?

Ok, let’s answer the question this way. The book I most frequently read is Birthright by Nora Roberts.

Wow that was stressful. 😉

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Ah, the Keurig… Feb 17

**Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post, but I wouldn’t turn down Keurig freebies if they happened to come my way. Just sayin’. Also, any links marked with an asterisk are Amazon Affiliate links. **

Between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, many people have received or purchased a Keurig coffee maker, myself included. A conversation today with DadStreet has me waxing poetic about mine, so putting those poetic ramblings on the blog sounded like a great idea.

* Because the husband loves me and knows how to shop for a steal, I got one of those bad boys at Christmas. It also came with 60 k-cups. Yes, you read that correctly, 60 k-cups which included a sample box, 2 boxes of hazelnut and 2 boxes of Nantucket Blend.

With all those options included to choose from, I was even more excited than usual for our traditional Saturday night gatherings. Why? Because it means that everyone (or at least the coffee drinkers) can all make a different cup of coffee and we could try them all!

It took a few weeks, but we did work our way through all the flavors. It was an educating experience, because while apparently I like strong coffee, I don’t like and/or can’t drink extra bold coffees. I had also never realized how much of a mess a regular coffee maker makes. It never SEEMED like a big mess, but now cleanup takes 2 seconds. Pop open the top, remove the used k-cup, deposit in trash. Done. No grounds flying out of the coffee filter and onto the floor, no baskets to clean (except if you use the my k-cup and it even seems easier to empty and clean), no coffeepot to scrub.

Let’s talk about my favorites so far!

Light Medium Bold
Green Mtn Breakfast Blend* Gloria Jeans Butter Toffee* Green Mtn Nantucket Blend*
Extra Bold Decaf Iced
Green Mtn Newman’s Special Blend – Extra Bold* Decaf Breakfast Blend*

Perfect for an evening coffee craving

Would love to try the iced teas including

Sweetened Lemon Perfect Iced Tea*

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Top Ten Tuesday: Wears Feb 15

Brought to you by Katie at Sluiter Nation!

As a SAHM, I have a really boring wardrobe. This is mostly by choice, because I never want to feel guilty about rolling around on the floor or climbing around the playground with my daughter in whatever clothes I’m wearing. Despite the lack of fashion awards, these clothes are comfy, and can be dressed up with just a good jacket, pair of shoes, or jewelry, for those who are inclined to do so.

My #1 favorite thing right now is Levi’s 529 Women’s Misses Curvy Mid Rise Bootcut Jeans. I wear jeans or yoga pants 95% of the time, and it has been difficult to find jeans that fit without creating a muffin top or showing far too much crack. Now that I’ve found these, I’m obsessed. They’re made for women who don’t have perfectly proportioned waists, hips, and thighs. Love.

In case you didn’t catch it, my #2 fave thing is yoga pants. 😉

My #3 fave thing to wear are Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Pocket Teefound at Target. Or Kohl’s if they happen to have them.

#4 is Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Long and Lean Tank from Target. These are not flattering to the figure, but they are comfy and great for lounging, sleeping, or working out.

My favorite thing about winter is my #5, cute pajamas. Especially cute pajamas in wonderfully fuzzy flannel.

I love Florida for many reasons, one of which is that I can wear flip flops almost year round. Reef makes my fave, they last forever, and I’ve never found a more comfortable pair!

Another reason I <3 Florida is for bathing suits. Not because I look great in them (I swear I will again one day!), but because wearing one means I'm headed to the beach or the pool with the babe! I'm hoping to add another to my collection this year. 😉

When I can't wear flip flops, Skechers are my fave sneakers. I was also excited when my daughter’s feet got big enough that they made cute Skechers for her. Now I’m constantly on the lookout for clearance deals so she can have super cute shoes too!

Let’s see… I’m up to 8, is there anything else I wear a lot of? Oh! Hoodies! Between warm temps and me always being hot, I wear a lot of shirt and hoodie combos. It’s real easy to adjust the layers to mother nature’s whims.

I think that’s everything I wear. It’s only 9 things, but like I said, my wardrobe is pretty boring as a SAHM. 😉

Living in a State of Denial Feb 07

It’s time to stop ignoring the scale and post the current number for the world to see.

This week’s weight: 156.8

Yep. A gain. Again. I love food. I hate exercise. The combination was bound to get the best of me at some point in my life.

The husband was looking up new fitness plans to inspire him to get moving again and found Fit Yummy Mummy and showed it to me. Despite some skepticism, I’m going to give it a go. Anything to inspire me to move more is a positive. I’ll use the McFatty Monday updates to let the blog world know what has worked and what hasn’t. Even if my weight doesn’t go down, I’m hoping it will have an effect on how my body looks. Time will tell.

For now, I’m off to start Phase 1 and then run some errands while the babe is in school. Wish me luck! I need all the encouragement and support I can get! 🙂