Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday: Top 5 Pictures

Hi! Thanks for joining me today as I link-up with Andrea at Momfessionals for Show and Tell Tuesday! Today, it's all about our top 5 pictures. Of course I have plenty more than 5 favorite pictures, but the last decade of my life has been the best yet, so all of my pictures are fairly recent. Here goes!

Robert and I got married on June 21, 2008 in his hometown at his Memaw's house. While I love my husband and cherish our wedding day, my favorite picture from our wedding is actually this one of me with my Nana and Popo. To be able to have them both there to celebrate with me was so special, and I think you can see in this picture how much their love made me happy. They always called me "Miss Al," and I can hear my Nana's Wisconsin accent still to this day. My Popo passed away less than a year after my wedding, and my Nana passed a few years after that. I will forever treasure this picture of the three of us. (Also, can we talk about how cute and fashionable they were? Our wedding colors were pink, lime, and black, and I never asked them to dress the theme, they just did because they were absolutely adorable!)

I posted this picture on Instagram a while back, and it's my favorite picture of both of my kids as babies. I love that Trip has on the pajama pants to a set in his picture, and Ari has the pajama top to the set on in her picture! Both pictures were also taken in beds at their great-grandmothers' homes- Trip at Nana's and Ari at Memaw's. I'm not a big baby person, but I could just eat these two up! 

This is my favorite picture of my oldest monkey, Trip! Robert took this last year at the very beginning of summer. I love how this picture shows my Doodle's spirit and love for the pool and being outside! 

This is my favorite picture of my littlest monkey, Ari. I usually do a whole big photo collage to post on Facebook for each of my people's birthdays, but this past year, I felt that this one picture spoke volumes about my Roo's personality. 

This is my favorite picture of the two of my babies together. It was Trip's last day of kindergarten, and Ari and I were out early that year, so we got to walk him to school. They're best buddies, even on the worst days, and I always say they sound like partners from a cop show- Doodle & Roo! 

Ok, so now you have me feeling bad that I didn't post a single picture of Robert, so I'll leave you with a vintage 2008 one that basically sums us up: 

Obviously it's not my FAVORITE picture of us, but as you can see, we have a fun love! (And obviously, I'm irresistible, duh!) Okay, okay! This one is probably more of a favorite from our wedding rehearsal:

If you've missed any of my previous Show & Tell Tuesday posts, check these out:

You can follow along with me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin'

And, it's week 13 of my Tuesday Training series! Head on over to my post from earlier this morning to get in a fun dance workout that will make you sweat! Check it out HERE!

See you back here tomorrow for the What's Up Wednesday link-up with Mel, Sheaffer, and Shay! See you soon! 

Tuesday Training: Week 13

Hi there! Welcome to week 13 of our Tuesday Training sessions! I don't watch Dancing With the Stars, but I do know that a lot of celebrities go on that show and get into amazing shape. Dancing is a fun workout that feels easy even though you're working up a sweat. We did a great dance video back in Week 5, but I've got another one for you today from Jenna Dewan Tatum's trainer. If you've got two left feet, no worries! I love Anna in these dance videos- dancing is a little out of her comfort zone (heck, it's way out of mine!), but she gives it her all! Check out the video: Dance Cardio Boot Camp From Jenna Dewan Tatum's Trainer

Later this morning, I'm linking up with Andrea to share my favorite pictures for today's Show & Tell Tuesday. Check out that post HERE. See you back here for tomorrow's end of the month What's Up Wednesday link-up! See you soon! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Life With the Lees: Weekend Recap 3.27.17

Hello there, Monday! This is quite possibly the most boring post I've written yet as we spent a lot of the weekend cleaning our house and cooking a lot for our brunch with neighbors yesterday.

I love that Robert downloaded our DVR app onto my phone, so I've been able to cook and clean while watching my shows. Have you watched Sweet Home Oklahoma on Bravo? It is hilarious!

Ari had her first baseball practice last week and loved it, and her coach played college ball and said that we had to go buy actual baseball pants, so we ventured out to get some more gear.

My monkeys and I hit up the grocery store while Robert went to take his Calculus exam. Can we just stop for a moment and ponder WHY an adult would WANT to take Calculus 3? (He's working on getting his Master's degree and has to get a few extra math credits in.) I dropped out of Calc 1 in high school, and the only reason I passed the first semester is because I'd write things like, "Go Packers!" or "Cheeseheads rock!" on the top of my papers so my Greenbay fan of a teacher would give me bonus points!

While we shop, we use our Shopkick app that Lisa has me hooked on! Do you use it? I love it most days, but I will say I'm super irritated with their referral system. I referred 2 people and was even standing right next to my friend when she completed her first walk-in, and Shopkick denied me the referral. Even after emailing them, they denied it. Other than that, we do enjoy scanning products at the stores to get our points and then we spend them on Target gift cards.

After baking and cleaning up the house, I had to keep everyone out, so we headed out to Longhorn Steakhouse for dinner since we had a gift card. It was nice to get out, but I'm super excited to try a bunch of new recipes that I have pinned. Check out my Pinterest boards HERE

We hosted a brunch with our neighbors yesterday, and we had a wonderful time! Ari and I made Trisha Yearwood's coffee cake, sausage balls, egg casserole, breakfast pizza, Monte Cristo sliders, orange muffins, and banana bread. Our awesome neighbors brought some amazing dishes to share, too. There was a French toast creme brulee that was to die for, and my My Fitness Pal app was super over, but it was SO worth it!

The kids played some more baseball after brunch, and then it was the usual weekend chores before bedtime.

I'm headed to Trip's field trip on Tuesday, and then Ari has her first baseball game this weekend. I hope you have a great week ahead of you! Stop by tomorrow for my next Tuesday Training session and my favorite photos link up with Andrea at Momfessionals! See you soon! 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello, Friday! If you had to go back to work this week like me, then you may be feeling like me all weekend:

Last Friday, I shared my five favorite bloggers that I've been following for years and who helped inspire me to start blogging. Today, I wanted to follow up with that same topic and introduce you to 5 new to me bloggers that I'm really digging lately! I found most of these ladies around Christmas/New Year's, and I've been checking in each weekday since.

1) Cardio Cab & A Keyboard

Amanda is a mom, DIYer, health & fitness fan, and is funny to boot! She shares her Healthy Girl Challenge ideas to motivate readers to make better choices and has great advice about cleaning, organizing, and building. Oh, and she loves anything pineapple, so I feel like I've met a long lost sister! Check out Amanda's blog, Cardio Cab & A Keyboard HERE.

2) Coast to Coast

Lisa is an east coast gal living out in Cali, and she gives me so many goals in life! I love the relationship she has with her kids- it's so inspiring! But, I also love all of the recipes and fashion that she shares. I need her to make some cookie decorating tutorials- she's got a gift! Check out Lisa's blog, Coast to Coast HERE

3) Living On Cloud Nine

Andrea does it all! She's a mom, a fashionista, a great cook, and such a positive blogger! I adore her style, and I appreciate that she's willing to take risks. I even picked up a pair of fun printed pants the other day and almost talked myself out of them but then thought, "Andrea would totally tell me I could rock these!" Andrea also hosts great link-ups, so make sure to check out her blog, Living On Cloud Nine HERE

4) Mommy In A Nutshell

Tara is a mom to two young boys, and I really appreciate the variety of her posts. I'm so type A that I have to put myself on a specific topic schedule, but I love that Tara shares everything from recipes, favorite finds, parenting experiences, and trip reviews. Check out her blog, Mommy In A Nutshell HERE

5) Stang & Co.

Like Tara, Mackensey is also a mom to two little guys! She shares lots of great fashion finds, weekend recaps, and her Instagram stories crack me up (and make me ever so grateful that I live in much warmer Texas than Minnesota!) Check out Mackensey's blog, Stang & Co. HERE.

I love reading these ladies' blogs, and if you want to see even MORE of my favorite bloggers, head on over to my right sidebar and go say hello to some awesome bloggers! I also have a Pinterest page with links to my favorite bloggers that you can visit HERE.

In case you missed any of this week's posts:

Follow along with me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Bloglovin'!

Linking up with Erika, Narci, Andrea, Tif, Della, & Katie

Have a wonderful weekend! We're hosting a brunch with lots of neighbors, and I can't wait to catch up and get to know some better. (I'm also planning on savoring a free weekend before swim team and baseball start!) I'll see you back here on Monday for a weekend recap! 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Try It Thursday: Chocolate Chip Cookies & Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies

Hello baking friends! Thanks so much for stopping by today for a super basic but super delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe! And, you're in luck- Robert doesn't eat chocolate anymore, so when his sweet tooth is calling, I just change up the chocolate chips to make him peanut butter toffee cookies. 

I don't know about you, but there is no need for me to make a batch of cookies that results in over 4 dozen cookies! So, the recipe I'm sharing with you today is actually a half batch, but it still results in approximately 2 dozen cookies. 

Scroll on down for the ingredients and directions...

* 1 and 1/8 cups flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 softened stick of butter
* ~1/3 cup sugar (or 1/4 + 1/8 cup)
* ~1/3 cup packed brown sugar (or 1/4 + 1/8 cup)
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 egg
* A little over 3/4 cup of chocolate chips (This is IF you are just making chocolate chip cookies)

***If you plan to divide your dough to make 2 varieties, then I'd suggest about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and then 1/3 cup of peanut butter chips and 1/3 cup of Heath Bits o Brickle toffee bits.

* Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
* Beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg until mixed.
* Add in flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.
* Add in your chocolate chips and mix OR divide your dough into separate bowls and add in your chips.
* Create about tablespoon size dough balls and bake for approximately 9 - 11 minutes.
* Enjoy! 

Thanks for stopping by today! I've been busy organizing, so you can view ALL of my Try It Thursday recipes on THIS Pinterest page! Link up to share your favorite recipe of the week, and make sure to stop by and visit the other bloggers. See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday: Maxi Skirt + Chambray

Happy Wednesday! Thanks for joining me today as I link up with The Pleated Poppy and Andrea Nine to share a recent outfit! I had pinned THIS a while back for ideas on how to style a maxi skirt, and then recently, I found THIS pin about how to style a chambray shirt. So on a chilly spring day, I put together this outfit for work:

Maxi skirt: Target Mossimo (similar)
Tee: Target Mossimo (similar)
Chambray shirt: Target Mossimo (similar)
Sandals: Target Merona (same)
Necklace: JewelMint (similar)

Thanks for stopping by today! Tell me your favorite way to style a chambray shirt or a maxi skirt in the comments! Meet me back here tomorrow to link up and share your favorite recipe of the week for my Try It Thursday post!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Training: Week 12

Hello! Thanks for joining me for our 12th week of workouts! Today, it's all about the legs. Remember Teddy Bass aka Cameron Diaz's trainer? He gave us an awesome arms workout in week 6! You don't need any equipment for this workout, so go ahead and push play on this great video to tone up your legs: Popsugar Fitness 10 Minute Legs & Glutes Workout With Teddy Bass

Don't forget that I've collected ALL of the Tuesday Training videos onto one Pinterest page. Check it out HERE!

Have a great day, and I'll see you back here for What I Wore Wednesday! See you soon!