It’s the first What’s Up Wednesday of 2017!!!
Once a month, my friends Mel, Sheaffer and I host this link up where we share some random and fun stuff that’s up with us today. If you blogged WUW too, make sure you link up at the bottom of the post! Every month, we answer these questions…
…in our What’s Up Wednesday posts!
So, let’s get started!
1: WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:
My Meal Planning Monday this week is a real winner! All five entree recipes are not only really simple but they’re insanely delish! My Sausage & Lentil Chili in particular has been a big hit lately. To see the whole meal plan, click HERE.
2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:
Yesterday, I blogged about how some of my friends went with me to Catherine’s LoweCo party. It was such a fun night and I’m going to be thinking about it for a long, long time!
3: What I’m loving:
Well…truth be told…I’m loving something I thought I never would…I’m making my kids lunches in advance. I know. #imsolame
Here’s the deal…I’m big on having a very peaceful house. I don’t like a lot of chaos, so one day I realized that I didn’t like those moments right when my kids get home from school because it’s just CRAZY, so I needed to do something to make it more peaceful for all of us. The thing is, everyone is hungry, everyone is throwing their stuff down on the counter, everyone has homework to do, I’m emptying lunchboxes, emptying backpacks, helping kids, feeding kids…it’s a mad house. So…I thought to myself…if I would just make all of their lunches and snacks for the week on Sunday afternoon, then this would eliminate one huge aspect of the crazy hour. So, in mid-December, I started doing just that…AND IT IS DELIGHTFUL. It’s funny how removing one thing from the madness can help so much. On Sunday afternoons, I’ve been making everyone’s lunches and snacks for the entire week and then that’s one less thing I have to mess with on a daily basis. I know it’s silly…but I am joyful every time I can just quickly empty out a backpack fill up a lunchbox and move on to something else. #youknowyoureamomwhenthisexcitesyou
4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
I’m getting new floors and some cabinetry work done in my master closet right now, so my house looks like a tornado went through and dumped mine and Andrew’s clothes everywhere. We’re very type-a tidy people…so you know, we’re not used to see our stuff out everywhere. We built our house 2½ years ago and really, I can probably only count like 3 things I would change if I had to do it over again. I unfortunately disliked the carpet in my bedroom and master closet pretty quickly. We picked a different carpet for those two areas and we basically disliked them both from the beginning because they showed every little thing. Annnnd…with four kids and a dog, it did not take long to look gross. We replaced the carpet in our master a year and a half ago and are now conquering the closet. So, that’s what I’ve been up to…trying to find my clothes among the mess. They’re replacing the flooring and working on my shelves a bit too right now…so, I’m anxious to see it when it’s done.
5: WHAT I’M DREADING:
Sweet Ashby has another procedure this week.
6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
Did you know that we send more people to Walt Disney World in the fall and over Christmas than any other time of the year? So that means…right now, we are hoppin’ over at Mix and Match Travel Agency. It seems like every client has their heart set on going to Disney during the glory days of fall or during the holidays. If you’re thinking about it…now is the time to act! Things book up quickly during that season…and for good reason! It’s a spectacular time to visit WDW!!
If you are planning your 2017 vacation (or even 2018!), email us because we would love to help! firstname.lastname@example.org.
7: WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
Scandal returns TOMORROW! I love this show and it has been off the air since like May…so, I’m super pumped for it to return tomorrow. #teamfitz #teamjakepeoplearegoingtocomment #imbracingmyselfnow #butijustlovefitzsomuch
8: WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:
Seriously…I know that I’ve posted a pic of One Tree Hill on every What’s Up Wednesday for like 8 years…but, I’m finally almost finished. #ineedmylifeback I was loving it through season six and then it got slllllllooooooowwwww for me in season 7 and I didn’t care about a single character or story line…but I’ve committed myself to this silly show and I’m going to finish. #goals 😉
And on Monday, it’s my January Book Review!! I’ve read a ton this month…so, we should have a lot to discuss. If you missed my 2016 Book Review (where I listed every book I read during the year and linked to my reviews), click HERE.
9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
As soon as the holidays were over, I switched off my Christmas music and put it right back on my favorite every day music to listen to around my house…the French Cooking Music Radio on Pandora. I turn this on as soon as I wake up and turn it off right before bed. It’s just great music to have in the background of life (or One Tree Hill).
10: WHAT I’M WEARING:
I most definitely have a uniform and this time of year, it’s a sweater with jeans. Every day.
So…because my closet is in disarray, I had to take a pic of this sweater at the gym…
…um, you need it. It’s called a sweater but it’s very thin and light (not itchy at all because you all know I HATE ITCHY SWEATERS WITH A PASSION LIKE NONE OTHER!). It fits loose in all the right places and I have been layering it with one of those tanks I always talk about. It’s easy to wear while taking care of two little girls all day and then I also can wear it at night too. It comes in four colors and I just bought the gray as well on Tuesday because…hello? It’s so comfy and soft that I feel like I’m wearing a sweatshirt around my house.
Ha! I was leaving the gym and walked past another mirror, so I took another picture. Since I have no mirror at home for the time being (because of the closet chaos), I’m having to get creative :).
And speaking of sweaters that I wear on rotation…
…this one is still 40% off right now! (And now, you’re all looking at my carpet and checking for spots, right?! Ha! There are LOTS of them!) And see…I wear the same booties with all my sweaters too 🙂 .
11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
You know…family stuff. The kids have basketball, Kensington has a birthday party to attend, church…all of that kind of stuff. Is it Friday yet? Because I’m already ready.
12: WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
Every Valentine’s, our kids’ school has a family Valentine’s dance…and Ashby Shull has owned it the last two years in a row. I mean…she walks into that dimly lit elementary gym and becomes this other person who dances like a mad woman until we drag her out at the end of the night. I cannot wait to do it again this year!
13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW:
Eeeeks! I think that’s everything!!!
Bonus question this month: Who is your all-time favorite Bachelor?
I’m excited to read through these posts and see who everyone picks. So, we all know that Sheaffer recaps the Bachelor and Bachelorette every Wednesday after each episode. You can read her posts from this season HERE. Well based on reader comments, I think it’s safe to say that this season’s Bachelor might not be a fan favorite…so, we thought it would be fun to see who everyone loved the most as a Bachelor. I mean…the obvious choice for me is this guy…
…Sean Lowe…because I watched his season and his family looked so darn nice.
I must say, even though he is my little brother, I think he was an excellent representation for the Bachelor and did an amazing job while on both the Bachelorette and Bachelor…
But he shines the most…
…in normal every day life as a husband/father/son/brother/brother-in-law/uncle and friend.
Buuuuuuuuut…because it would be totally lame to say my brother was my favorite Bachelor and leave it at that, I’m going to tell you who my other favorite is. Fun fact…I’ve told friends this for years, but back when Sean was on the Bachelorette/Bachelor, I would ask EVERYONE who their favorite Bachelor or Bachelorette was (and I would ask who their least favorite was too). I’m talking EVERYONE. I asked everyone from the lighting guys to the sound people to the makeup and hair team to the cameramen and producers and even Chris Harrison…who their favorites were and almost unanimously, they said the same two people that they liked and the same two they didn’t like. I will not reveal the two they didn’t like (every single person said the exact same girl)…but I will reveal who the majority said they loved the most because coincidentally, they were my two faves too! Other than my brother, my favorite Bachelor (and a big favorite of theirs too!) is…
Oh how I loved me some Brad Womack. And bonus…we got two seasons of him. I thought he was nice, sincere, chivalrous, charming, sweet and not bad to look at either. I have always liked him and you’ll be pleased to know back when I was asking people (2012 to 2014), he was a favorite of the crew too. Many of them said their favorite Bachelorette was the one who I loved the most. Ready? I loved watching this season…
…Jillian Harris. How fun was her season? Remember? They basically stayed in Canada during most of it. Ed left…Ed came back. I just remember her being ADORABLE during the entire season.
So, I heart Brad and Jillian…who do you love????
Okay! That’s What’s Up Wednesday today! If you blogged too, make sure you link up below.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!