A brutal annihilation

Hi friends!

Our smallgroup made gift bags for kids on Thursday night. We each brought something different (toys, chapstick, lotion, books, cards, bubbles, etc) and then we all filled each bag with the items. It was a great activity to do together and I am sure the kids will be excited to receive their bags! Jamie and Jeff, the co-leaders of our group, delivered the bags to a childrens’ charity over the weekend. πŸ™‚

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My new leave-in conditioner arrived in the mail! I love this stuff. It smells a little funny but the fragrance fades when it’s in the hair. It works so well at taming frizz that I am willing to look past the funny smell. If you have curly hair and are looking for a new leave-in conditioner, you should consider this one! Find it HERE πŸ™‚

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Frozen Greek yogurt is back in my life and I am ok with that. Such a refreshing treat for summer (or any time of year hah). I saw a couple other flavors but I keep going back to chocolate. It has my heart.

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When Joel and I got married many moons ago (10 and a half years!), his mom gifted me beautiful leather-bound bible with my name embossed on the front cover and a lovely hand-written inscription on the inside. She passed away several years ago after a long while of battling dementia. She was the gentlest and most loving person ever, and was always a shining example of kindness. Recently I noticed that the leather on my bible was starting to peel. To protect it from getting more worn over time, I bought one of these bible-covers that zips up. It has a handle on the spine, a pocket on the back, and also a pen-slot on the inside. I’m glad my very special bible will be safe and sound inside. You can find it HERE.

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Natasha and I got together for brunch at the State Street Cafe –> she had an egg salad sandwich and I had the loaded waffle. It was pretty darn good! The State Street Cafe is an awesome spot for breakfast, brunch, or lunch – their prices are reasonable, their service is great, and their food is delicious! I have never been let down πŸ™‚

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I read this entire book over the weekend. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of those books that just sucks you in and doesn’t let go. It made me cry! I was captivated by every word. I can’t wait to discuss this book with my book club. If you are looking for your next read, you should definitely consider this one (The Kite Runner, by the same author, is amazing too!). I will 100% be checking out his other books now.

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Hot dogs made an appearance for lunch. I like mine with mustard, ketchup and sweet relish on top. I would have added red onions too but we didn’t have any.

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Joel is reading The Happiest Baby on the Block. I absolutely loved this book and felt that it provided incredibly useful tips for those first few months with the baby. It’s no surprise that so many moms I know recommended it to me! I also liked that everything was backed by research. So far Joel is enjoying it too.

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A honeycrisp apple with peanut butter made for quite the awesome breakfast. I find that I go through phases with apples. When I love them, I seriously love them. And other times I’ll go months without having one or thinking about one.

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Joel’s lasagna dinner, accompanied by homemade bread and a salad on the side. The perfect meal to enjoy while watching World Cup games. We never catch the games when they are happening live, but the re-runs are still pretty exciting. We watched the England vs Panama game from a few days ago. England won 6-1… it was a pretty brutal annihilation of Panama, ouch.

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It goes without saying that we made another trip to Home Depot over the weekend. I don’t think it is possible for us to go a full week without going to Home Depot. #homeownerlife. This time we were looking for a chest-freezer that we had seen on their site online. Unfortunately they didn’t have it in the store so we will probably need to have it delivered.

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Sunday consisted of church in the morning –> once again, my awesome husband pulled up a chair for me to prop my feet up on. Just another day in the life of attempts to stay ahead of that foot-swelling πŸ™‚

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After lunch we walked over to Panera for lunch with a few church friends. I normally get the chicken frontega sandwich at Panera, but this time the broccoli cheddar soup sounded appetizing. This soup is so darn good. I remember going to Panera with my friends back in college and ordering this soup in a sourdough bread bowl. We would split it and hang out at the Panera for a while doing homework or just chatting –> good times πŸ™‚

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After lunch Joel and I walked to Vivi so that I could get my bubble tea fix for the week. Taro milk tea with bubbles HIT THE SPOT bigtime.

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We then stopped by Natasha’s to pick up her hand-me-down high chair. Her daughter has outgrown this high chair and she was excited to pass it on to our little guy. It’s the coolest high chair –> way nicer than the one I had originally registered for! The chair goes up and down so it’s great for tables of any height, and there are wheels under the base (and a foot-brake that Joel is working on fixing) so it’s easy to move the chair even with the baby inside it. I also love that it is super easy to wipe clean, and the removable trays are dishwasher safe. Yet another awesome hand-me-down from Natasha! You can check it out HERE.

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It rained Sunday evening, so we set a big bowl on the patio to collect rain-water which I used for all my indoor plants. I’ll have to remember to do this more often! πŸ™‚

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What team are you cheering for in the World Cup? Curly-haired gals, what are your favorite hair products? Got any book or show recommendations?Β 

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