What's Up Wednesday :: June 2016

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..... 
Summer means we BBQ or Grill almost every day! Lots of fresh ingredients are consumed during the summer months! Yum!
Monday - Leftovers

Tuesday -  Chicken Taco Salad:
Wednesday - 
Zucchini Lasagna

Thursday -  Grilled Salmon and Avacado, Bacon & Corn Salad:
 Friday -  Friday Night Pizza Night!

Saturday -Tri Tip and Caprese Orzo Salad (I will be blogging this next week!! So good! I am also making it for a 4th of July party)
Sunday - 3rd of July Party at a Family Friends house...they are making Ribs!

I also like to bake something each week & since it's summer I am baking more than 1 thing each week. Because I have so much zucchini from our garden, yesterday I made my Chocolate Chop Zucchini Muffins.
I love using this cookie scoop to make muffins!

Using a cookie scoop makes it so easy to make muffins & cupcakes!

I also made a batch of my Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
 I actually left out the chocolate chips because the zucchini muffins have chocolate chips & I wanted a non chocolate chip muffin :)

What I'm Reminiscing about.....
 My friend & business partner Bridgette's Lexus Party. Bridgette is the one who got me started with Rodan + Fields and she just earned a Lexus from R+F. We had a big party to celebrate. It was so fun & I am so proud of her!
These girls are some of the amazing women on my personal team who are local. We are missing another 20 girls who live across the US & Canada.
 It was such a fun night! Love our team!
 My dress // Shoes // Earrings

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What We've been up to.....
Crossing things off our 2016 Summer List:  
The girls had Lego camp the first week of summer & last week they had VBS.
Luke started daily swim lessons last week & this week.
We had a family reunion this past weekend with my Dad's side of the family.
Monday we went to the American Girl Store & today we are going to the Fair! 
We have been busy, busy, busy this summer & it's only been 2.5 weeks!

What I'm Dreading.....
I am dreading training for Half Marathon #4 in during the hot summer months. I forgot what it's like to run in the summer with temps in the high 90's-100's. Eek!

What I'm Working On.....
 I am working on Luke's 4th Birthday Party!
It's a Construction Theme...which is fitting since our backyard is a construction zone.
Luke picked out this theme a few months ago & can't wait for his "Diggy party"
(He calls diggers....."diggy's")
His birthday isn't until August, but I am working on the invites this week.
I just ordered these items for his party:



Fondant Toppers:


I love planning parties :)

What I'm Excited About.....
We've been re-doing our backyard...it's under construction & looks like this:
We are getting rid of some grass & we ripped out some of our old patio. The new one is getting poured by the end of this week!
I am VERY excited for phase 1 of this project to be over...so much dirt everywhere! 
Phase 2 will be in a few weeks...getting a structure built off our house for some shade since our backyard is the hot zone with no shade.
Phase 3 will be ripping out the dead grass and putting in new sod.

Phase 4 will be the outdoor kitchen.

What I'm Watching........
 I got the girls THESE DVD's for Summer, so we have been watching them. We are almost done with Season 1. 
Full House DVD's {HERE

I am also watching The Bachelorette
 Who is your favorite? I have no idea who JoJo is going to pick!

and because it's summer and no new epsiodes are airing with regular shows, we have been watching  HGTV...especially Fixer Upper!

 Love this show!

What I'm Reading.....
I have read 6 books this month:

The Boys in the Boat
This was a great book...4.5 out of 5 stars!
I love books based on true stories!

Inside the O'Brien's
Heartbreaking.....4 out of 5 stars!

Bossy Pants
This was just okay for me.....3 out of 5 stars

The Beach Trees
This book was boring, I couldn't get into it....2.5 out of 5 stars

Pretty Girls
If you liked Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, you will love this! 
 I give it 4 out of 5 stars

The Nightingale

I heard this book was AMAZING.
It took me about 100 pages to get into it...and then I couldn't put it down.
5 out of 5 stars....it was bruti-ful...Brutal & Beautiful.

What I'm Listening to.....
I am still listening to Pandora's Top hits on my runs.
In the car, my kids make me listen to the VBS sound track from VBS last week. I am SOOOO sick of it.  Who else feels my pain?!? LOL.
What I'm Wearing.....
Summer is when I am lazy with my clothes since I don't have to teach.
I am wearing a lot of this....Running clothes & running shoes:
If I'm not wearing running clothes, I am most likely wearing a bathing suit & a swim suit cover up & these flip flops:

What I’m doing this weekend.....
4th of July Weekend!!!!
 My dad's birthday is on Saturday (Happy Birthday Jimmy!) and we are all going out on his boat on Saturday. My kids are so excited.
On Sunday our friends are having a 3rd of July party and then of course it's a 3 day weekend because the 4th of July is on Monday! Yeah!

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
 There is so much to look forward to in July:
4th of the July, Going to Lake Tahoe, Performing Arts Camp for the girls...
I love July!

What else is new.....
I got a new Stitch Fix this week and I LOVE it. It's so patriotic!
 I kept the white shorts, blue shirt & paisley tank top.
 I would have kept the stripe shirt & white skirt but I already have things similar to them :)

I LOVE Stitch Fix
It's like Christmas morning every time the package arrives!
I get one every month, but you can adjust if you want it monthly, every other month, etc.

Not only does it come with 5 items, but it comes with a note from your stylist (so nice!) and it comes a print out of different ways you can style the pieces they sent you!

And, it tells you what brand they are. It's like your own personal Pinterest.
Sign up for Stitch Fix if you haven't already! So fun!

Question of the month is:
What is your favorite 4th of July Tradition and/or Recipe?
We are going to our friends house for their annual 4th of July French Toast Breakfast.
Then, we walk to our town's 4th of July Parade.
Then, every year we host a 4th of July Pool Party & Sausage Fest (although we didn't have it last year  because our kitchen/back patio was under construction replacing some things because of a water leak) And, this year our backyard is totally under construction, so we will probably do something with our neighbors!

To see our 4th of July Traditions from years past, click HERE!
It's one of my favorite days of the year!

My favorite 4th of July recipe is hands down Jimmy's Homemade Ice Cream. Every year since I can remember, my dad makes his homemade Ice Cream for the 4th of July.
 My favorite flavor is Cookies & Cream:
Jimmy's favorite is Butterfinger:
 It is the best ice cream ever.
HERE is the recipe & step by step tutorial.


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  1. I'm going to need to stop back for that Orzo Salad recipe! :)

  2. Outdoor kitchen? So amazing! That Orzo salad looks delicious!

  3. I am excited for the orzo salad. Also, I hear you about training in the heat, it is brutal. I am excited to see your outdoor kitchen also! Have a great day.

  4. OBSESSED with your dress in the R&D pic. So sad they don't have my size! It looks fabulous on you!

  5. Wow what a transformation your yard is going through! It's going to look awesome! Those brown sandals are so cute! Homemade ice cream? Yes, please!!

  6. Wow, so much backyard work, I remember those days, they feel long but when it's all done, so worth it! I threw my son a 3 year old construction party too. Here's some ideas http://www.foxysdomesticside.com/2013/07/construction-themed-party.html. My construction tools has the most pins on Pinterest. Homemade ice cream, nothing better than that! Looks like you have a great weekend ahead of you!

  7. Looking forward to the Orzo salad recipe. Also, I'd love to know how you prepare your tri tip! Happy 4th!!

  8. I can't wait to see your finished back yard! You're never going to want to leave your house!

  9. I love your Fix! That red striped top is darling. I have got to Pin that ice cream recipe, y-u-m.

  10. I almost got the Kristin Hannah book at the library this week! I got Brooklyn instead because I want to read it before I watch the movie, I will try that one next though! Aren't you proud of me? ;)

  11. I had to laugh at your kids insisting you listen to the VBS cd in the car! My kids have been doing the same. I wonder if we are sick of the same songs! They haunt me in my sleep now.

  12. Hi Mel- Sorry to bother, but I love your blog and just got back into blogging myself. I'd love to link up for the What's Up Wednesday posts, and I was wondering if you have a schedule of the monthly question listed somewhere that I'm overlooking? If you're able to share, I'd super appreciate it! Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Allie! The questions are the same each month, at the top of this post!

  13. Loved this post... and that mixed pattern dress is perfect on you!!



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