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Marvelous Monday {# 7}

Hey there! I’ve got to be honest, lately I’ve wanted to blog but we’ve just been so busy enjoying summer, meeting new friends and hanging out with old ones that the time to sit down and write just hasn’t been there. As much as I wish I could be more regular about blogging, I’m ok with it  just being a thing I can do for fun ,whenever I like. My only hope is that you’ll enjoy the snippets of random stuff I jot down here on the bloggy when I do make time for it! If not, I’m okay with that too. 🙂 So cheers to fun randomness and oh yes, another Marvelous Monday!! ❤

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This weekend was pretty low key with some cleaning and lots of family time. ❤ (Weekends like this are my favorite!!)

Marvelous to me is…being completely lazy and watching cheap movies from Redbox.

movies(Neither was what we expected but both were equally entertaining.)

Marvelous is…a sweaty, post-workout smile along with a cutie who napped in his room like a big boy!

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Marvelous is…Enjoying some sweet Sunday snuggles with these too adorable guys!

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Marvelous is…swooning over these juicy peaches from the Farmer’s Market.

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Marvelous is…playing with this handsome guy, who lately has been making lots of smoothies and even makes the smoothie sound (=his interpretation sound of a blender).

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Marvelous is…lounging poolside with a darling friend of mine. ❤

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Oh yes, and Marvelous is…adding new lipstick to my ever-growing collection.

20130715-110135.jpg{I’m obsessed!!! Must have ALL THE COLORS! LOL}

Marvelous is…creating this tasty summer sandwich:

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{smoked gouda, fresh sliced tomato sprinkled with a dash of salt & pepper, avocado and mayo…SOOO GOOD!!)

Marvelous is…receiving these beauties from a sweet gal pal:

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Lastly, Marvelous is…

My birthday (today)!!!! 😀 And..

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Although I’m a year older today, I’ve gotta say I feel no older than *23*!! That’s *my number*… I’ll forever be *TWENTY-THREE*!! 😉

Hope your Monday is Marvelous too!

❤ Alicia

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Take Time Tuesday {#6}

take-time-tuesdayThankful for…

20130514-152943.jpgmy loves

20130514-152953.jpga yummy mother’s day lunch

20130514-153153.jpgsweet cards

20130514-153028.jpgfilled with silly & sweet notes!

20130514-153013.jpgan AWESOME package from Green Fork-N-Spoon that I won in a giveaway! {thanks, Sunnie hosting!}

20130514-152959.jpga super scrumptious lunch

20130514-153004.jpgthis little ham ❤

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this tasty, successfully made (YAY!), smoothie! {Strawberries, Mango, Banana, Coconut Milk, 1 scoop protein= SOOO GOOD & perfectly textured like a MiLKShaKe!!}

Happy Tuesday friends! What are you thankful for lately!?

❤ Alicia

 

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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter friends!!

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Thankful Thursday {on Friday!}

I meant to post this yesterday as part of Jessie’s Thankful Thursday edition link up but….I sorta got caught up with homework and watching little mister practice his *WALKING*!! YESS!! He’s taking steps ALL ON HIS OWN, the other day he walked across the living room…WHAT!?!?!? I KNOW! 😀 I’m excited yet SO SO SO very worried at the same time, life as we know it is going to be completely UPSIDE DOWN once my baby (almost toddler) begins walking….and then running. :-/

As part of Thankful Thursday, I was to acknowledge how thankful I am for my little sugar bunny.

MommyI cannot imagine my life without him and I adore every second of the day because of him.  He is truly such a wonderful blessing; I often think to myself  “how did I get so lucky!?” Parenting has obviously changed my life drastically, sometimes days are rough but in all honestly, the tough days mean nothing when I see his sweet smiling face or hear his adorable little laugh. It’s so hard to believe that my little love bug is not so little anymore and is becoming more of a big boy by the minute…I’m cherishing every little snuggly moment, all while being overly joyous and amazed by the new things he is accomplishing. ❤ There is nothing more honorable than being this little sweethearts mommy; for this I am forever grateful.

Baby & mommy

I love you to the moon and back.

p.s. If your a breasfeeding advocate like me, check out the sweet breastfeeding story of Mayim Bialik {the actress from Blossom…remember that show!?! :-)}

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Liebster Award!

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This is my very *first* award and I cannot tell you how honored/excited/joyful I am about being nominated, it truly means a lot! Thank you Renee at Fit for Motherhood. ❤

The Liebster Award is an award given to up and coming bloggers who inspire you. The word Liebster is a German word and means Beloved, Dearest, or Favorite. This is such a sweet and loving award, and I am honored to be nominated!

Here is how it works:

  1. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 interview questions you’ve been given by the person who nominated you.
  3. Create 11 new questions.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in your post.
  5. Go and tell the person who nominated you, along with the people you’ve nominated about your post.

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I’m a total thrifter. I LOVE finding  unique, vintage looking things whether it be dishes or a cute top; I love the thrill of not knowing what I’m going to find and then finding something truly awesome.

2. I have a massive collection of pens; I have all colors and types and sadly I keep adding to the pile especially since every semester I get a new set for the new school year. I don’t count them or anything specific like that, I just absolutely adore a good pen that writes smoothly and has a nice comfy grip, and therefore I have a TON. I guess because I’m used to writing all the time I figure the pen better be comfy and cute.

3. Being pregnant helped me learn to love and truly appreciate my body. I’ve never in my life felt more beautiful than when I was pregnant; I seriously loved seeing my body change and learned to appreciate how wonderfully designed our bodies are.

4. I don’t like to drive; that doesn’t mean that I won’t drive, I just prefer not to. Ever since my cousin passed away in a car accident, I’ve always been spooked about the whole idea of driving and would rather avoid it at all cost.

5. I’m a bit OCD about nail polish colors, for instance, I cringe when I see hot pink toes in the middle of winter. I can’t help but think that the nail polish color should reflect the time of season. Maroons, greys, deep reds, browns should be used in the fall because they are fall colors, while pastels and subtle pinks should be used in the spring, with hot pinks & oranges and bright reds in the summer along and no color during the winter because no one sees your toes anyways. I know it’s weird but I just can’t help it..lol

6. I’m a DIYer, I love doing crafts and greatly enjoy getting craft ideas from Pinterest. I’m not saying I’m a pro-crafter, but I’ve just always been pretty crafty.

7. I’m not a big cereal eater and I don’t consider it a real breakfast. I think of it more as like a snack because I don’t think it’s filling like a real breakfast would/should be.

8. I have a complete love/hate relationship with running. I truly hate the thought of it; the anticipation before the run because is completely intimidating but the post run feeling is amazing and afterwards I feel I can conquer the world very time.

9. I LOVE the smell of crayons; it feels me with memories of childhood and the great joy that I had in school. Which is why I want to be a teacher so that I can help students fall in love with learning.

10. If I wasn’t a teacher, I would love to be a fitness trainer/nutritionist because of my passion for health and fitness. I would love to help others attain a fit and healthy lifestyle.

11. I have absolutely no patience for computers and technology, thankfully the lovely man I married is a technology connoisseur and computer specialist. 😉

Questions for me by Fit for Motherhood:

  1. What is your favorite breakfast? My favorite everyday breakfast is any type of egg scramble with toast. My favorite indulgent breakfast would have to be: PANCAKES!
  2. Do you prefer to workout at home or at the gym? Prior to baby I would have said the gym only, but now that I’m a mommy it’s more convenient at this time for me to workout at home, so at home it is…for now! 🙂
  3. What would your last meal be? PIZZA!!!
  4. What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition? Baking & decorating cookies…of course eating them!!
  5. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Both, I fluctuate between the two.
  6. If you won the mega millions lottery what would be your first purchase? A home close to family in Texas. 
  7. How would your friends describe you in three words? Kind, Compassionate, Sweet
  8. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Fiji 😀
  9. Do you own any pets? Why or why not? Yes, a cat and a dog. I feel that they are the perfect companions in life because they brighten your day and simply make life fun.
  10. If you could be anything in the world what would it be? I wish I could be in charge of the Department of Education so that I could change the dynamics of our current education system.
  11. What made you decide to start blogging? The desire to fullfill my joy of writing (particularly about becoming a new mommy) along with the opportunity to let my voice be heard and of course the ability to connect with awesome people around the world who share similar interests of mine.

Questions for My Nominees:

1. What is your favorite type of workout?

2. Who inspires you?

3. Twitter or Instagram?

4. How do you feel about your hair?

5. Do you watch college or pro football? If so, who’s your favorite team?

6. What is your favorite quote/saying?

7. Where is your favorite place to shop?

8. Have you/would you ever go skydiving?

9. Are you addicted to Pinterest, if so what are your favorite things to pin?

10. Would you ever be on a reality t.v. show?

11. What made you start blogging?

My Nominations:

1. Life After Swimming

2. Life A La Wife

3. Balanced Healthy Life

4. Making Good Choices

5. Life Half Full

6. Food in Real Life

7. A Healthy Slice of Life

8. Shanna Like Banana

9. Food Fitness and Family

10. Char Eats Greens

11. Tales of the Domestic Mama

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welcome…

*Aiden Carter*

Born on March 1, 2012 @10:38 pm weighing 5 lbs 6 oz.

Being a mommy is a FULL time job and I’m totally LOVING it!! More updated posts to come, including Mr. Aiden’s birth story! 🙂

xoxo-Alicia

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What I’m lovin…

This week has been pretty awesome, especially considering it was V-day and it has never really *our holiday,* in fact hubby and I were always on different pages when it came to the 14th of Feb. 😛 Honestly, I didn’t expect or think much of that day this year either because I knew the past ones weren’t a big deal for us. This year however it was simply perfect in the most non-overdramatic romantic kinda way. Hubby had said that he wanted cook dinner for me…which is super sweet but…he doesn’t cook much of anything<unless frozen pizza, baked wings are on the menu ;-)> I’m usually the chef of the casa or we collaborate together sometimes but it’s mostly me doing all the cooking. Anyways he kept asking me what my favorite dinner food was so he could make it and then it hit me….I don’t have a *FAVORITE* food…of course I there are a few things I enjoy but not really anything that I absolutely LOVE and would call my absolute favorite meal of all time. Call me crazy I know, but I’m just an “ehhh…I feel like this today, or nah, maybe this instead.” I do so love BREAKFAST, I definitely think it’s my FAVORITE meal of the day, but to even pinpoint a *favorite breakfast meal* is hard to do as well since I’m always up for something new and keeping a good variety of foods on hand because the same thing over and over again is just NOT my thing. {Hubby can seriously eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner EVERY SINGLE DAY OF HIS LIFE  and be completely 11o% content. Not this chick though sorry!} Anyways, back to the story, hubby called me and asked to call the nice family owned Italian restaurant down the street to see what specials they had and what their wait list was and such for dinner. Of course, they were packed…so we decided to go to an earlier dinner at another fancy schmancy italiano restaurant….OLIVE GARDEN. {haha…fancy schmancy, not even but still good italian food to say the least 😉 right?} So with dinner plans, I forced myself outta my comfy workout clothes and put proper going out attire for our V-day dinner.  That’s when it happened…we had the most wonderful, sweet dinner together where we talked, laughed, joked and simply had a great time enjoying each others company  *Just the two of us* <insert the Will Smith classic: Just the Two of Us song> 😛 Now I’m not saying we don’t have nice dinners together at home or at other places, but there was something so easy, so calming and absolutely JOYFUL about that dinner and that EXACT moment. We laughed when we heard little babies crying and toddlers whining to their parents and said that that could be us in the very near future. 🙂 That day definitely made me realize, as I had started to before, that every moment of our lives is so important and one should cherish it whether it be calm and peaceful or hectic and crazy, because life only continues to evolve and you don’t get those special moments back. <insert another song here: Little Moments by Brad Paisley> {I’m a music lover, what can I say?!!}

*ME & YOU* ❤

So while some were either dreading the mushy gushy holiday, others were bragging about the jewelry, candy, and teddy bears they received, I was simply loving the *togetherness* I shared with my sweet hubby!! ❤

Like I said before, I’m not a BIG chocolate fan, my idea of the perfectly sweet gift…….FRUIT!!! 😀 & that’s exactly what I got….a TON of it and I was totally smitten over my Valentine for knowing exactly what would make me the happiest girl in the world.

Talk about a FRUIT FRENZY!! ❤ 😀

I had so much of it, It was popping up everywhere, but hey I’m not complaining 😉

{*Fruity cereal* oh yea!}

& even in a new to me combo…

{apple cinnamon greek yogurt+strawberries & blueberries+SUNFLOWER seed butter=DELICIOUS}

I love yogurt and fruit together but I had never added any type of nut butter to it until I tried it this time and all I can say is:

I’ve TOTALLY been missing out 😀 It was AHH-mazing!! 🙂

With all of this sweet fruit, I had sooo much energy this week that I totally got my workout on!!

{I’ve always LOVED interval workouts but after getting preggers those HIIT workouts sorta flew by the wayside, but with a bit of motivation I was back at it with some major motifications.

I did 30-45 second jog intervals and let me tell you it was AWESOME and I was in a sweating frenzy!! :-D}

My workout motivation totally came from this bad boy app:

{FIT Radio oh how I love thee…especially this DJ’s mix with Pitbull, Shakira, and Don Omar..*LOVE IT*..I totally felt like I could run a marathon with these awesome beats!}

Not only have hubby & I been in a state of pure bliss lately, my two lovely little fur babies have been sooo sweet and cuddly as well.

{My sweet sleeping beauties totally got the memo to: “sleep while they can” before baby gets here! }

With all the awesome DIY nail stuff via Pinterest, I decided to be a little creative myself…

haha so maybe you were expecting something outrageously fab looking…but hey, I like to keep it simple and cute sometimes so there you have it! 😉

Sooo these are all the things I’m LOVIN’ and it’s pretty fitting for this week…now I’m just waiting to meet a certain special someone who’s already captured my heart…

❤ Baby A ❤

Hope ya’ll have a nice weekend friends!

XOXO Alicia

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