Bye Stella.

We had a 4 day weekend at our house, just a little taste of what the next few months will be like at our house. Chaos. Every one home all the time, it's going to be a bit crazy trying to get work done for sure. Madison has summer school, YMCA camp, soccer, and tutoring so lots of me driving her around, because of her busy schedule we opted to not send Aiden to anything this summer, but he'll start preschool again 3 days a week in the Fall. Weather permitting we will be taking half day on Friday's and swimming with friends. 

Friday we had a huge rainstorm and the soccer fields flooded so my tournament was canceled, huge bummer. I went for  a 8 mile run in the misty rain with Poppy, it was fun because I haven't been able to run with her very much! Treated myself to a skinny latte before heading home to shower and go to breakfast with Oliver. 

My parents wanted to take the kids to Ham Orchards to pick blackberries, it was a muddy mess so I passed and Oliver and I had a nice breakfast date and walked around the farmers market. 

Then we spent a little time at the pool, I don't really like to swim until it's like bath water - so like late July around here hahahaha. Madison and the dogs don't care, the rain is keeping the pool cold! We cooked out and enjoyed some dessert my Mom brought back from the orchard.

The peach pie and peach ice cream from Hams is AHHHHHMAZING. I wasn't even judging Aiden for face planting in it. 

Sunday we tried to sleep in, this girl is just a morning person and is in my room around 6:34am daily. She's just so sweet and cuddly in the morning I can't even be mad. 

It was the last weekend for Scarborough Fair so we drove the hour to check it out, camel rides, face painting, fair food, and lots of people watching.  

Aiden was really loving the petting zoo, he wanted to feed all the animals, no fear. Then he kicked a chicken, unprovoked. Abort! Petting zoo time is over. 

We had a good time, but taking kids to these type of things is so expensive and Aiden's not even old enough to ride anything. 

Monday Oliver and I went to Crossfit to attend our first Murph! 'Murph is a CrossFit Hero WOD named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. He was 29, of Patchogue, N.Y. Lt Murphy was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after his death. The workout was one of Mike's favorites and he'd named it 'Body Armor.'

The workout consists of a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and another 1 mile run. You're supposed to do it all with a weighted vest or 'body armor' but I'm not that strong yet. I did complete the full workout, but I used a band to assist with pulls ups, I finished in about 46 minutes. I don't think I pushed myself hard enough, but I've never done this workout so I opted to not kill myself. Next year I'll have something to strive to beat! 

I have to say I will be looking forward to this every year, it was so much fun!! I got to workout with a bunch of people then we all hung out while drinking and enjoying food. Pretty much my perfect day :)

Madison loved it, she made about 14 new friends and would've stayed all day if I let her. Oliver completed the half murph, I'm SO proud of him for sticking with it!! He's improving every day! 

This turkey decided for the first time to refuse to nap, he kept asking to go to bed, I took him to his crib and laid him down - about 3 minutes later I hear him banging on the walls. We repeated this about 4 times before I just gave up, which of course came to bite me in the rear about 6pm. I still managed to get my chicken prepped - my Diet Bet starts today! Oliver also started counting macros - so it's going to be a busy week for me ;)

You still have plenty of time to join - just click here. It's a $35 bet to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. I highly recommend downloading the Diet Bet App to submit photos - they make it really easy!

If you joined and would like a private Facebook group please leave a comment here or on Facebook - if I have enough interest I'll post the link to the group on the Diet Bet activity page. 

Just found another wine I really love, but with reduced calories wine will be the first to go. I just need to keep my macros for food that will keep me full. 


DIY Tan.

Jesus tank. 
Unfortunately that tan on the left was all real, real orange and real damaging. I've since learned to DIY my own tan at home and save my skin. I usually spray myself, but I know some of you aren't comfortable doing that and I've found you a fantastic mousse and I've tried them all. Fake Bake, St. Tropez, Tan Towel, pretty much anything you can buy at Ulta. It's called Loving Tan and I used the dark color {I'm naturally very pale}. The picture on the right is day 5 - the color is still very even and nice even after some really sweaty workouts! 

I'm super impressed with the way it's held up during some humid workouts this last week.  Use code SKINNYMEG and you'll get the applicator mitt free, that's how I applied mine. I did have Oliver do my back, also it's quick drying so work in small areas! 

TJMaxx was calling my name the other day, they have the best workout pants, cheap. Forever I found a pair of New Balance grey ones that I absolutely adore - I found them in a capri for summer! I can't find them online or I'd link them here - but the brand is New Balance and they are super soft with a wide waistband. 

Harem Jumpsuit + Denim Vest 

Aiden finished his first year of preschool, we were so excited to go and watch him at the school performance. He performed perfectly at the Christmas one and we had terrible seats and couldn't really see him - this time we were front row!

He saw me and was not having it.

I mean, that face!!! You just can't not rescue him. He doesn't scream or throw a fit, just silently looks sad. It slays me. 

Schools out today and Monday - just a little taste of what the next few months will be like around here. Everyone home, every day - should be interesting. 


Master Bedroom Update.

My master bedroom is slowly becoming my new favorite spot in the house, I leave the men and children in the living room while I relax on my {always made} bed. If you've been following a while you might remember that I bought a Foam Mattress off Amazon- well it's been 2 years and we are still LOVING LOVING LOVING it!! I was so hesitant to buy a mattress online, but it's been one of the best purchases we've made. 

The coverlet is West Elm, but was a clearance item.
The bed is another fantastic purchase from Nebraska Furniture Mart. IT'S ON SALE!
The dream catchers were a gift from my Mom - the big one is from Etsy

I've had the hardest time finding dressers {I can afford} for this room, I decided to keep this one I refinished years ago and find her a match - the hunt is on! 

The chair is refinished from a local company - Back Alley Furniture. The pillows are HomeGoods - that store always has the best pillows and I have a pillow obsession. I also took down the heavy silk drapes I had and put up linen - it just lets the light flow in and changed the entire feel of the room. Oliver's not a fan he says everyone can see in, dude we live on acre lots, no one can see in our house. I love the light!

Speaking of curtains, I had the old ones rigged up until someone told me that make curtain rods for bay shaped windows, duh! Why did I not think of this? Amazon to the rescue - Umbra Bayview Adjustable Drapery Rod System for Bay Windows, Bronze . They are bendy and adjustable - super easy to install. The light fixture is vintage from a flea market. 

The metal sign is from Magnolia Market, another birthday gift from my mother, it's very very very heavy! I tried to get Madison to hold it up while I nailed it in - after almost losing a toe I decided to find someone stronger.

Our family pictures were all so good I had a hard time picking which ones to hang, but this grouping is so perfect in here, the purple accents I'm loving so hard. I got a great deal on Groupon


Fix My Lashes.

It's days like Friday I really feel how blessed I am to work for myself, to be able to take a half day to spend with Madison at Field Day was so much fun! She was so happy that Oliver and I were there, I'm glad we had a beautiful day too with so much rain lately. 

Saturday I should've gone on a long run to prepare for my upcoming half, but I"m obsessively watching The Fosters on NetFlix and staying up past my bedtime so I opted for a bit of HIIT and upper body at the gym. 

Aiden spent the night with Mimi alone, then I picked him up to head to a crawfish boil at a friends house.

I bought him a new carseat so my parents could have mine, I kept the new one because they thought it was a good idea to let him eat chocolate ice cream in it. It must be really comfortable because he feel asleep in it 3 times this weekend and he rarely sleeps in the car. 

Had a blast at the crawfish boil, did NOT eat those gross cockroaches, but I did partake in the mango ritas. My friend Amber moved further away from me and I don't get to see her as much as I would like, but this will be my first summer in a while where I don't have to go to an office job so I'm implementing 'summer' hours and we'll be meet Friday for swimming with the kids. If Fossil can do it so can I :)

Madison ran off with her BFF the moment we got there - I saw her once again when she begged to spend the night. Aiden on the other hand likes to bethisclosetome. 

Sunday Daddy left us to go fishing all day, Madison spent the night with her biffel, so Aiden and I snuggled and stayed in our jammies until it was time to go pick her up. 

I was actually going to skip my indoor game to let my knee rest, but then I remembered it was the finals so I bucked up, drank some spark, and went to play. Games get a little aggressive when there is a championship t-shirt involved. I should've just let the dude have the ball, but I was fighting him for it against a wall and he shoved his elbow into my eye and when it was over my lashes were gone. We won so then I had to stay and hang out for an hour before we played again - looking like a 2 dollar hooker. It's so bad y'all.

I wore a hat to the gym today so everyone wouldn't wonder what the heck happened to me - when I got home Madison looked at me dead in the face and said 'Did everyone make fun of you?'

That kid. 

I texted my lady with my LASH EMERGENCY 911!!!!! hahahah thank God she's getting me in later today, not sure what she can do to fix it, but I'm gonna hope for the best. Next time I'll just let him have the stupid ball. 


Exercise + Food

Headband is Brady Bands

I'm going to take out my extensions today - summer running means my entire head is soaking wet and I can't be getting the weave wet every day - takes too long to dry. I think I'll put some back in closer to Fall.  I'm trying to not slack on my running, I have a half coming up in 2 weeks in SAN DIEGO! I'm pumped!!!! The race starts at 6:15am which is like 4:15am Texas times, good thing I'm a morning person. The headphones are BackBeat Fit Wireless Headphones my favorites for running, I can keep one side in and the other out for conversations with my girls.


I'm trying to run 2x a week with either soccer/running on the weekend. I despise hot running really hard, but I hate starting over even more so I suffer through and dream of when it gets cold again. That first chilly morning when you are flying and it's like super amazing - I think about that when I'm chugging up a hill feeling like I'm running in mud. 

My running buddy text me last night - let's run fast tomorrow. I really wanted to say no, I don't feel like it, but I'm too nice and went anyways. This is pretty much how I felt the entire time, but no one gets better sticking in their comfort zone. It's ok to be pissed, to cuss, to hate it, but once you finish. Ahhhh. THAT'S the feeling you remember!!!!

I'm super excited I finally got to snatch today at Crossfit. I've been waiting to try it - I had to google it because I didn't even know what it was hahahaha.

Oliver snatched more than me, I tried to go heavier, but my dang right arm wouldn't get straight. I always wondered why they use such big plates that only weigh 10 pounds, but it's actually very smart because that way you can deadlift or whatever starting at a lower weight - at a regular gym just using a 10 pound plate would put the bar really far down.  I wish they had mirrors though, I have a hard time feeling if my arms are actually straight or not, I think one is and one isn't LOL

A reader shared this recipe with me and it was easy and yummy, my favorite combo! Riced Cauliflower, Dried Cranberries, Toast Almond Slices {I put in a hot skillet for a few minutes}, blue cheese, and chicken. Filling and low cal. 


Deep In My Heart.

Let's just start with the highlight of my weekend. My indoor soccer game on Sunday is co-ed, one of the guys on the other team looked at me and said 'I got you, I'm about to shut you down'. Uh, ok dude. Totally unprovoked at that - about 30 seconds later I scored on him. It felt so good, like deep in my heart. hahahhahahha. He didn't make eye contact for the rest of the game. 

The weather this weekend was perfection, slightly cool, but sunny. We had a fantastic playdate with our friends followed by dinner, I'm super proud of all my food choices this weekend despite being out and about every day. We had dinner at Cotton Patch, the last time I went there the chicken was so salty I refused to go back. This time I didn't order the regular chicken, but the 'healthy' one and it was delicious - I think the seasoning they use on the regular one is what made it so salty. 

Madison was asked to be a Pen Pal and she was so excited she wanted to go home and start writing a letter about her day. 

Sunday we slept in, cleaned the fridge, went to church, and then the grocery store. That New Age wine is still my top ranked so far, so so good. 

Oliver wants to start macros, I promised to help him if he could log his food for a week. So. Many. Questions. Oliver is the 'quick question' guy. What about this? How do I do this? ahhhhh. I'm willing to help, but he has to do the work for himself. I'm sure this is going to expand our already huge grocery bill, but I hope it motivates him to stick with a program. He was on board when he heard he was allowed to still drink beer. If it fits, of course.

Aiden still working on luring out the cat. Miss Kitty is not his biggest fan, but he's persistent if nothing else. He also is on REPEATTTTTTTT. Y'all, it's so bad. haahahhaha in the car: "Momma, Momma, Momma, Momma, Mommmmmaaaaaa, MOMMA, MOMMA, MOMMA!!! MOMMA!!!!!' What Aiden? 'Cow'


Ended the weekend grilling out, I even went to bed with my chicken prepped and my kitchen clean. Slept like a baby.


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