What's Up Wednesday :: September 2015

It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

Here we go!
What We’re Eating this week.....
Monday - Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Broccoli Slaw
Tuesday- Baked Santa Fe Tacos
 Wednesday - Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Thursday- Leftovers
Friday - Friday Night Pizza Night!
Saturday- Beer & Sausage at our friends Oktoberfest Block Party!
Sunday- Chicken Tortilla Soup

I also bake a treat each week with the girls.
 This week we are making Pumpkin Bread! This is one of the most popular recipes on my blog!
Pumpkin Bread Recipe {HERE}

Every year on October 1st, I make pumpkin bread to welcome my favorite month, October!
Even though Fall officially started last week, here in California it is still 90 degrees, so I always wait until October 1st to bust out my Fall decor and I wait until then to start making all my favorite pumpkin treats.

This weekend I will also be making my Pumpkin Brownies to bring to Oktoberest!

Recipe {HERE}
What I'm Reminiscing about.....
 Since September is Claire's birthday month, I have been reminiscing about her as a baby...thanks to Time Hop!
Baby Claire!
She was always so smiley :)

 Whenever it's one of my kids birthday months, I always love looking back on their birthday parties that I've thrown for them.
Here is a walk down memory lane with Claire's Birthday Parties!
1st Birthday - Ice Cream Cone Theme
2nd Birthday - Ladybug Theme
3rd Birthday - Cowgirl Party (this is one of my Top 3 favorite parties ever)
4th Birthday - Candy Shoppe Theme
5th Birthday - Tangled Theme
6th Birthday - Mermaid Swim Party

 What I'm loving.....
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 I am so thankful for R+ F products and how they have helped change my skin, sun damage & got rid of my pregnancy melasma! 

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What We've been up to.....
 September was another busy month!
Our month started out with all 3 kids getting sick with a random fever/tummy issues.
We had to postpone our Back to School Feast by a couple days, but we had it & it was a blast:

We had Claire's 7th Birthday Tea Party:
It was such a sweet party!
  I was also in Austin a week and a half ago for our Rodan + Fields conference....so much fun!

We also celebrated my nephew Jack's 3rd birthday at a Trash/Dump Truck Party!
Our weekends have been busy with soccer games for the girls!
Sad, dead grass because of the California drought :(

What I'm Dreading.....
 I'm dreading running 12 miles this weekend in the heat...the weather has been so hot this month, it makes it hard to go on long runs when it's in the 90s.  My 1/2 marathon is in 2.5 weeks and this weekend I have to run 12 miles, then I will taper off for the last 2 weeks. I did 11 miles on Sunday & I am not looking forward to running 12, but....you gotta do what you gotta do.

What I'm Working On.....
Lots and lots of running. Ha!

I'm also working on getting my house organized...the first month back to school is always CRAZY.
It takes me about a month to get back into the routine of going back to work, grading papers, doing homework with the girls, taking them to soccer & dance, etc.

Now that we are a month into school, I am feeling good about our routine, but my house is so unorganized...need to work on cleaning out stuff!

What I'm Excited About.....
 I'm excited about Kevin's work project being done this weekend!!!
He has been working 80+ hours a week since mid July working on a major project (basically like his Thesis) It is due in a few days...I am SOOOOOOO excited to have him home and not working such long hours! All of us miss him!

What I'm Watching........
 About a month ago, I decided to start watching Grey's Anatomy. I had never seen it before & several people told me I would love it. Because Kevin has been working so much, at night, I started watching it....I am finishing Season 6 as I type this.
Yes, that's right...I have watched 6 seasons in a month....so embarrassing.....but it's SO good!!! Ahhh!!! I cry almost every episode!

Kevin and I are still watching House of Cards, but we haven't watched it since the end of July since he has been working so much. We are on Season 2...I can't wait to start watching it again next week!

What I'm Reading.....
I've only read 1.5  books this month 
I finished this book:

And, I started reading this book:
An Abundance of Katherine's
I haven't finished it yet.
I would like to blame that on being busy with being a mom, teaching, training for a 1/2 marathon, etc...but the REAL reason I haven't finished it is that when I have down time at night when the kids are in bed, I would rather binge watch Grey's Anatomy. Ha!
Just keeping it real :)

What I'm Listening to.....
I am still loving Today's Hits on Pandora when I do my running!
I am loving Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato.

What I'm Wearing.....
Since it's Back to School...I am wearing lots of skirts & dresses since the weather is still in the 90s. Ugh!

  Skirt // Tank // Shoes // Earrings // Bracelets

 Here are some of my outfits I wore when I was in Austin:
 Tank {Stitch Fix} // Skirt

 Going to dinner & 6th St Oufit:

Shirt // Jeans // Booties // Cross body Purse

Our gala evening at Convention:

Dress // Shoes // Necklace (use code mellarsonxoxo to get started!)
What I’m doing this weekend.....
The girls have soccer games, Kate has a birthday party & I hope we can watch football because Kevin will be done with his project by Sunday!
 I am also going to decorate our house for Fall this weekend since the weather is dropping to the 80s :)

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
We have a lot of fun things planned in October...running the Nike Women's 1/2 Marathon in San Francisco, going to Disneyland, my Grammy's 104th Birthday & of course Halloween!
I've always wanted to go to Disney during Halloween Time...I can't wait!

October is going to be an awesome month!
What else is new.....
Kate started a hip hop dance class. She did ballet when she was 3, but that doesn't really count ;)
So, dance is new to her...she has been asking for the past 6 months if she can take a dance class and one of the local studios has a Taylor Swift Dance Class...all the songs they dance to are Taylor Swift.
 Kate is loving it!
Question of the month is:
What is your favorite Halloween Tradition?
For the past 5 years since we have lived in this house, we have had a Halloween Party.
We invite friends over for appetizers & Taco Soup and then we all go Trick or Treating around our neighborhood. It is so fun! I look forward to it every Halloween.

Here are my past Halloween Parties:

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  1. I have no idea how you find time to read and run in the midst of all you've got going on! It's really impressive! Your halloween parties look like so much fun! Have a great Wednesday.

  2. I'm with you, I just recently started watching Grey's as well and it's really hard not to just sit and binge when I'm at home! I love all the birthday party ideas, so original and cute!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

  3. So much to love in one post! And I love your cute outfits!

  4. How cute are you in all of those pics?!?! Plus, I love looking back at the baby pics too :). Happy Wednesday friend! xo

  5. As you probably know, you are my favorite blogger! Love your outfits and fall baking. Will you share your recipe for your pumpkin brownies?

  6. All the songs they dance to are Taylor Swift!?? Ebby Lee would die! That sounds like so much fun!!

  7. Oh my gosh all that food looks amazing - making me hungry for dinner already!

  8. I will be remembering to make those pumpkin cheesecake brownies soon!!
    I am glad Kevin will be done with his project in a few days.
    You look beautiful in that black lace dress!
    And I so want to throw a Halloween party now :)

  9. My daughter tried ballet when she was really little too and hated it. We are now on our 3rd year of Hip Hop dance and she has found the thing she loves!

  10. Gah!! So much good stuff in one post! Your recipes have me drooling, your outfits are perfection, and your girls are adorable -- as always!! :)

  11. Claire looks so much like her daddy! I went to Austin this week for a workshop and took your advice and headed over to the Ranch 616...holy yum!! Didn't get a donut though but I am totally taking my kids there next time we go. So stinking proud of you for stinking to your training. You are going to do great!

  12. That Cajun pasta looks DE-LISH! Just added to my menu for next week :-)

  13. The Taylor Swift dance class is genius! Every dance studio should do the same!!

  14. I am jealous! You will love Disneyland all decorated for Halloween. They go all out and there are fun touches everywhere you look. I heard they even have Maleficent rice krispie treats this year!

  15. You will LOVE Disneyland during Halloween month, it is awesome! I decorated for Fall two weeks ago because I couldn't stand it any longer and made pumpkin muffins last night :). Tatum and Anna want to take dance so badly...have to wait on that one! And oh my gosh...wait, just wait until you are all caught up with Grey's! Nothing gets in the way of my Thursday nights. :)

  16. You guys are going to have so much fun at Disneyland!!! Disney at Halloween time is my favorite :)



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