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What's Up Wednesday: March 2018

Rebecca Brittain

You might say goodbye, I say hello!

Goodbye, March.  Hello, April.  

I am linking up with Shay and Sheaffer to share my monthly recap and as usual cannot piece together in my mind where the month went.  God bless it all.  

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What we're eating this week:

This week we’ll be eating simple and healthy meals.  I have some chicken breasts, shrimp, and steaks in the freezer so my goal is to use those with the fresh vegetables I have on hand (green beans, Brussels Sprouts, onions, kale, zucchini, spaghetti squash, potatoes, plus all the fixings to make salad).  Lean, mean, and green.  Well, maybe not too mean but definitely lean and green! 😉

I did make this Whole 30 (adapted to Paleo) pumpkin and apple bake for breakfast last weekend.  Let’s just say the tweaks I made to the original recipe were beyond delightful.  The original recipe is probably great as is, but I had some different ingredients and ideas.  I’ll be sharing the recipe soon! 

Pumpkin apple bake

PS – there’s never a wrong time to enjoy pumpkin year ‘round.

What I'm reminiscing about:

Gosh.  I had to think for a second…my mind was totally blank for once.  But then I started thinking about last year in March and what a tough month is was for me, but how April shed some light and things began to shift.  I went to Tennessee for Easter last year and enjoyed seeing my family so much.  

What I'm loving:

I am totally loving these crispy broccoli florets!  Goodness gracious.  It tastes like how I roast them in the oven until they’re crispy, only these are readily available to munch on like a chip.  The FH and I are loving them.  We found them at Sam's Club.  However, it seems you can find similar ones at Trader Joe's (go figure!) and I will certainly try them the next time I venture to Trader Joe's.  The reviews on Amazon aren't great for the TJ version, but I'll give them a shot.  Meanwhile, we've stocked up on the Little Green Forest brand below that we know is scrumptious!

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What we've been up to:

We’ve been up to a little bit of everything.  Dinners with family and friends, wedding planning stuff for our wedding as well as for friends’ weddings, work work work work work, spring cleaning around the house, and literally trying very hard to have down time alone and together with the FH.

This is from last week's wine night at my friend's house with good wine & cheese and a lot of (always needed) girl chat.

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Saturday night we had dinner at Marais and it was really good!  The restaurant was super pretty with beautiful chandeliers, too.  We went to an 80's bar afterwards and enjoyed the music so much we stayed much later than intended and danced the night away.

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What I'm dreading:

Nada, except Houston’s heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. 

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What I'm working on:

I am working on a new schedule, preparing to train someone, wedding stuff, myself, and always my faith.  I am counting down the days to when life slows down soon and I can shift my priorities around, get back into reading the Bible and then evaluate what work needs to be done/time invested into the blog.  I have admittedly been staying afloat for a while as I’ve been in the busiest season of my life yet, but knowing all along it is temporary, to embrace it, and to give myself grace to let things go for now…and its worked!

What I'm excited about:

I’m excited about Orange Theory and working out with the FH.  It always helps to have a gym buddy, but it’s even better for it to be a significant other and to know you’re both working hard at being healthy together.  Plus, it’s nice to have an intense work out that switches things up in between my other works outs or runs.

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What I'm watching/reading:

I haven’t been watching much of anything since The Bachelor ended.  Arie was/is a disappointment, not the season itself but him specifically and how he handled everything...and that is an understatement.  Any shows that you’d recommend that we watch?  If I ever have time to sit down right now it’s usually not to watch TV but the day will come when our evenings will be a little more relaxed.

I finished the book of James bible study from my church and am currently not reading anything!  I haven't used the treadmill or elliptical recently so I'm delayed on my reading.  I did tap into a book I read a long time ago called Grace Filled Marriage while on the treadmill part of Orange Theory recently to help pass the time and I picked up The Light We Lost in paperback the other day but plan to save it to read on vacation next month.  

What I'm listening to:

I am listening to sermons by Pastor Ron Hindt from Calvary Houston on my drives in to work.  They are played on 100.7 on the radio.  He’s great!  I also still listen to my podcasts Hope City, Joyce Meyer, Breakaway Ministries, Bayou City Fellowship, and Marriage Today.  If you want to feel good, learn about God, love, marriage, and start your day off right then I highly recommend listening to any of those podcasts.  God is so good.  I cannot imagine my life without them.

What I'm wearing:

Don’t even get me started.  I have been shopping online like a crazy woman recently while knowing full well that a lot of what I order will be returned and has been.  Reasons like ordering two different dresses knowing I want one or the other depending on which one fits me best or ordering two sizes.  I am planning for and making pack lists for five trips I have in the coming months and trying to take advantage of sales while I can snag them.  

Some things remain tried and true.  I love my Leith racerback dresses that I've shared a dozen times before.  It is back in stock and currently comes in SEVEN colors.  Shut.the.front.door.  Stock up while you can.  It's perfect for work or play.  It can be dressed up or worn with sandals.  I currently own it in three colors and rotate to wear one per week at work.  It is the most comfortable work outfit I own (and am actually wearing the black one as a type this).

I'm also rotating in weekly one of the four colors I own this BP midi dress in (and it's 40% off right now).  It now comes in five colors.  There is no shame in my game making my work attire comfortable and easy to grab and go in the mornings.

These BlankNYC boyfriend shorts were all the rage last year and I ordered them but returned them.  They're actually very comfortable and look great on everyone I have seen them on.  However, I prefer not to wear shorts and looked at the umpteen pairs I still have (some with tags) and decided to be financially smart and return them.  I'd totally recommend them though!  Great reviews too.

I purchased this gold mesh sweater from Lulu's for $23 final sale.  I love it!  I can't wait to wear it.  It also comes in a rose gold on sale for $39 (not final sale).

Then there's this open back sweater from Lulu's.  It's love.  All love.  It's loose and comfortable, yet hangs nicely so it doesn't make me look wide.  It's thin in material which is perfect for our spring evenings when the temps dip a little bits.  It's runs large so size down.

I think I'll save all of my other fabulous finds for the weeks to come as I'll be wearing and sharing them. =)

What I'm doing this weekend:

It’s Easter weekend and I’m off on Friday for Good Friday.  HOORAY!  I’m not sure what I’ll do on Friday.  Saturday my mom and I will do some wedding stuff and have lunch together.  Then, on Sunday I’ll be celebrating the Lord’s resurrection at church and have our families over for Sunday brunch afterwards.  Pretty much, this will be a very relaxing weekend with a lot of family time.  My favorite.

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What I'm looking forward to next month:

Next month I’m looking forward to a lot of things. 😉 

What else is new:

I think I've summed it all up already!


How was your month of March?  What were your highlights?  Are you looking forward to April too?  

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the week!

XOXO

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Friday Favorites - February 23rd 2018

Rebecca Brittain

Friday is here and it's the last Friday of the month!  What-what?  February is a short month, but it actually felt long to me with so much packed into these four weeks.  I'll chat more about that next week though.  For now, let's bask in the delight that the weekend is here again!

I'm linking up with Andrea to share my favorite things from the past week(s).  In no particular order...

Favorite #1

Nordstrom's sale.

It ends February 25th.  I tried really hard not to order these things over the last month or two and then BOOM.  They went on sale.  I ordered them all before my sizes could sell out, thinking I could always return them.  WRONG.  I love them all.  Soft, comfortable, perfect for work or leisure, and a great price.  UGH.  I can just feel my dad shaking his head at my spending right now from several states away.  ;)  But, at this discount I simply had to buy them.  And, I don't regret it.  Neither will you.

I mentioned this BP Gathered Waist Midi dress before and how incredible it is.  I now own it in four colors.  It can be worn with sandals, heels, boots, and possibly some Chucks.  It's on sale for $23.40 from $39.  Snatch it up while you can!

I actually needed a new black cardigan as mine have been through the ringer and worn out and shrinking from washing so many times.  I finally bit the bullet on this BP Ribbed Knit Cardigan when it went on sale and it is so soft and perfect for work or play.  It's on sale for $23.40 from $39 as well!

Some other favorites on Nordstrom's sale:

Lush Knit Maxi Dress - 25% off and because when would you not use this from March through November with or without a jacket or cardigan?

This Leith Easy Circle Cardigan just looks so cozy.  It makes me want/miss/need cold weather and a fireplace.  It's almost completely sold out, but you may can catch it in your size or keep an eye out for it.  40% off!

This BP pendant necklace is just so pretty and easy to wear.  Great for you or for a gift, on sale and less than $12.

These are 25% off and less than $9.  Need I say more about these BP Medallion Tassel Earrings? Comes in four colors.

And for good measure but from DSW, these Lucky Brand Kaelyia boots are fabulous and comfortable.  I sized up 1/2 size.  The gray looks more like a taupe, and the black are gorgeous.

Favorite #2

This past weekend.

It was a long weekend for me (hooray!) because of President's Day which is always a fave, but what made it exceptional was that it was jam packed full of time with some of my girlfriends.  I had them over for a wine night so they could see where I'm living now and they surprised me with a mini shower because I had declined my family and their offers to throw me a bridal shower with all of the wonderful ladies in my life (I don't like the attention of a giant shower).  It was so sweet of them all to find a way to celebrate me, despite my insistence not to!  

Part of the decor they sprung upon me was a bunch of wooden signs with bible verses about love and marriage.  I had to share at least one of them with you.  I stood in shock and they whipped into the house with boxes of food, flowers, and these signs.  I took one look at it and cried.  God is so good.  I can't wait to figure out places to put each of them.

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I also got to go wedding dress shopping for one of my newly engaged friends, and spent Sunday catching up with another all day in front of the fireplace, over lunch, and getting our nails done.  My heart is full.

Favorite #3

This past week/weekend marks the 3rd anniversary of my trip to Europe with one of my besties and we try to celebrate it every year with a meal from one of the countries we visited on that trip.  Well, now that she's moved out of state and I'm not as centrally located, we opted to visit at the casa instead of meeting at an Irish, English, or Scottish (do they exist?) Pub like we have before. 

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So, I opted to use the quintessential Irish Country Cooking cookbook she gifted me a while back to make us Cottage Pie and butternut squash soup from the recipes in the book - because she basically flagged 80 recipes with YUM! and MUST MAKE!! when she gave it to me.  ;)  I failed to take pictures of the meal itself, but I did take one photo of the before content.

This time I followed the recipes precisely by the cookbook.  Next time, I'll make them Whole 30 or Paleo friendly.  Meanwhile...#kerrygoldforlife

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Favorite #4

On Monday, I jetted out the door for a couple of errands and to meet some of my ladies for lunch (before heading home to cook the above meal).  I paused long enough to snap a photo because I love my new jeans from Old Navy I wanted to share.  They're so soft and comfy, yet feel slimming at the same time.  I'm so glad I randomly gave them a try and I love the "distressed" knees.

Jeans: Old Navy mid-rise raw-edge Rockstar jeans 

Similar blouse: option 1 / option 2 / option 3

Similar grey cardigan: option 1 / option 2 / option 3 (cashmere) / option 4 (duster) / option 5 (faux fur) / option 6 

Similar sandals: Jack Rogers (on sale) / Francesca's / Bernardo

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Favorite #5

Rachel.

I have so many amazing women in my life doing wonderful things that are making an impact in this world.  One person at a time.  One day at a time.  We can all make a difference somehow that will have a lasting affect on the world, glorifying the Lord's kingdom.  I am becoming more aware of this every day, watching my friends blossom, my female family members blossom, and even the women I don't know very well but interact with on social media or other blogs.  It is inspiring!

Well, my Rachel is doing some pretty incredible things to raise awareness and fight human trafficking and sex trafficking in our (large) city.  Her church, Bayou City Fellowship, created this snippet of Rachel to share during their service last weekend.  It brought me to tears. To say I am proud is an understatement of my emotions.  She is courageous and walking in faith.  I LOVE this video.

I've visited her church in the past a dozen times as well, and if you're looking for a great podcast to add into your listening feed or a church to try out - you might find a home at Bayou City Fellowship.  I enjoy the podcasts from their services.

Favorite #6 **Bonus**

This song.  Every word.

"Reckless Love"
 

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah

There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me
There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me
There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me
There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn't earn it, I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah


How was your week?  What were the best things that happened to you or that you discovered this week?  I have a list of things I could keep talking about, but know this is long so will let you know officially enjoy your weekend.  I hope it's amazing and relaxing!  For those of you headed out to enjoy the last two nights of the rodeo cook-off I hope you have fun and stay safe!

XOXO

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