What's Up Wednesday: Sept 2018 Falling into New Routines

Hello end of September! September you were such a big month with school and activities starting back up and a whole lot of work deadlines. Since it is the last Wednesday of the month, I am linking up with MelShaeffer, and Shay to talk about what I have been up to this month. Let's get to it.

What We are Eating This Week

Monday-Smoked paprika chicken thighs with roasted vegetables and rosemary potatoes.

Tuesday-Running Daddy has marathon training so Hockey Guy and I will do something easy like burgers and dogs.

Wednesday-Chicken pesto pasta with salad.

Thursday-Parmesan roasted shrimp, jasmine rice, roasted vegetables.

Friday-Pizza night...always.

What I am Reminiscing About

With the start of school, I have all the school feels. I cannot believe that Hockey Guy only has two years, this year and next, left at our school. He started as such a little kindergartner and now is a big middle schooler. 

I am also reminiscing about my old apartment as my friend went by the building today and said it was for sale. Let's put it this way, that while this place needed some renovations to say the least, if I never moved in there, I would never have had the life I have now. I moved into a friend's apartment when she bought a house and we became even Better friends because of this. I became friends with the girl across the hall from me and through her I met Running Daddy. It will be interesting to see what they do with this place when someone buys it. It was built in the 1800s and while priced well, it needs a crazy amount of work.

Friday Favorites: Carolina in My Mind and on My Heart

It's Friday so I am linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea and The Blended Blog to talk about what brings me Joy.  What brings me Joy is the beautiful Hilton Head where we spent our vacation last week. I have been wanting to do a travel post about our trip, but with the impending hurricane about to hit the area this weekend, I decided to take this Friday to talk about how special this place is. Carolina is truly in my mind and on my heart.

For about ten years, we went to Bethany Beach, DE. We really loved it and we had a lot of fun there. With a my new job, we decided to travel in August instead of July and we also decided to look to go to a different destination. Earlier this year, we started to talk about Hilton Head. Running Daddy said he didn't mind the drive, it's about 8 hours from here. I found the sweetest little house in Sea Pines that was renovated last year and we were off.

This was honestly the Best vacation that we have had as a family--probably tied with Disney and Atlantis. I was completely relaxed on day two and got a feel very quickly why Travel + Leisure named Hilton Head the Best island in the Continental U.S.  It is definitely now our favorite beach destination and Running Daddy and I are even talking about retiring there. What makes Hilton Head so special? So many things.


Ten Things
You Didn’t
Know About Me

I have been having such fun linking up with The Blended Blog lately. Today, we are talking Ten Things You Didn't Know About Me.

If you have been around my blog for a little bit, you know that I am a hockey and lacrosse mom, I am from New England, I love fashion and cooking, I love the Hallmark Channel, have lupus and I am gluten free. I really like this topic because it kinda forced me to stop and think of some fun things that maybe my readers and even people I know didn't know about me. Hockey Guy and Running Daddy helped with this list becaues there were a few things I didn't even realize until Running Daddy mentioned them.

I have broken my leg...twice...two years in row. Same bone, same leg. I broke my tibia ice skating in kindergarten and missed almost  the entire second half of the year. I then broke my leg again in first grade skiing. Let's just say that you probably won't see me in the winter Olympics any time soon...or ever.


Friday Favorites: Cute Comfy Shoes, Batch Cooking, fall make up and New Favorite Housewives

While parts of this week flew by, it did seem like Thursday aka Friday Eve kinda dragged on. Even though it is supposed to rain again this weekend, I am actually looking forward to it to get things done. It's a little late when I am writing this but I am happy to be linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Here's what I am finding Joy in this week.

1) Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken 

If you stopped by yesterday you learned all about the batch of pulled chicken I made in the slow cooker. This recipe is so Good and makes enough to freeze for several meals.  I am trying so hard to make our evenings easier so I think this chicken is going to be on hand at all times. If you missed it, you can read more about how to make this chicken here.


Batch Cooking: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

About eighteen months ago I started making chicken in the slow cooker for things like baked chicken tacos following Mix and Match Mama's guidance. In my new goal of not driving myself crazy and trying to make our lives easier, today I decided to kick it up a notch by adding some additional seasoning and cooking a big batch of pulled chicken for future meals. 

I don't mean to brag but this is pretty much how I feel after seasoning a big batch of this chicken and bagging it up for future dinners.

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This chicken is so Good and versatile that I had to share it with you here.


The Blended Blog Asks: How Do You Cozy?

September is here and while we had a Good summer, I do find Joy in the upcoming cooler weather. Today I am linking up with The Blended Blog to talk all things cozy as we head into fall.

1) Slippers--Yes or No?

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Big yes. I love slippers because some of my health challenges mean that I my hands and feet get really cold. I am totally into slippers and slipper socks when it is not quite cold enough to wear actual slippers.

The two slippers that are currently in my rotation are Uggs and Land's End. I really think that Uggs in general are the Best in winter foot wear when it comes to warmth. I was able to pick up the Ugg bootie style on sale about two years ago and they are doing a really Good job holding up. I also really love the pink slippers from Land's End that I was gifted last year at a blogger conference. We all had the choice of light or hot pink and of course I chose the hot pink. The Land's End slippers do a really Good job of keeping the toes warm if your your budget needs something at a lower price point. Both make really Good gifts too, so remember that if you are already starting your holiday shopping.  Yes---I just said holiday shopping in early September, don't hate me.
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