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WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY {1/25/17}

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Last year, I started following blogger Shay Shull and one of my favorite posts of hers was a link up party she did with two other bloggers called What’s Up Wednesday. Once a month they share…

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And I thought it would be fun to join the club! Here’s what’s new with me:

What I’m Eating

I’m trying to cook a few of the million recipes I pin on Pinterest. Here are the two I conquered so far this month:

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SOO, GOOD. I highly recommend this soup from neighborfoodblog.com. I made it without the zucchini.

AND

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this yummy recipe from www.lecremedelacrumb.com. I made this a few months ago and liked it better then, but don’t know what I did different! Maybe the meat quality was better last time, I don’t know. But it’s still a great recipe and a nice change up from chicken.

What I’m Reminiscing About

The first two weekends of January, Aaron and I were complete bums. Well, that’s not entirely true, we did stuff, we just didn’t leave the house. Shut-ins might be the better term. AND I LOVED IT. I think it dawned on me that this is going to be a very full and busy year and it made me want to hibernate a bit. It was so nice to just hang out at home and watch Amazon Prime :).

What I’m Loving

A clean house. With the new year, Aaron and I took the opportunity to deep clean and donate all the stuff we don’t need to charity. I feel fresh and ready to take on the new year!

What I’ve Been Up To

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As Oscar season approaches, I’ve been on a movie watching kick! Last weekend I saw Hidden Figure and Split. You probably could not ask for more opposite movies, but I very much enjoyed both of them. Movies still on the list to see are Dr. Strange, Arrival, La La Land, Passengers and all the Oscar Nominated Shorts.

I’ve also been celebrating big milestones in the lives of some good friends. Two birthdays and a wedding mean lots of fun parties for me!

What I’m Dreading

The cold! It’s been warm this week and has been so nice. But as any true Minnesotan knows, it won’t last. I’m done with this crazy below zero stuff. I’m done with scraping off my windshield every morning and having wet mittens. I’m done with hearing my car make weird noises because it’s so cold. I’m done with the people who park right in front of my house on a snow emergency day so that the plows can’t get through and I have to deal with snow and ice mounds where I park all winter. But I digress. I’m ready for spring.

What I’m Working On

My goal for the month is to finish my Shutterfly books. Every year, I create a Shutterfly book with all my pictures from the year. I used to be really on it, but have fallen behind in recent years. Last week, I finished my 2015 book and dived right into 2016. Lucky for me, I have a few less pictures in 2016 (2015 was a big picture year…what with getting married and all :)), so hopefully I’ll be able to wrap it up by the end of the month.

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If you’re interested in making a Shutterfly book and don’t have a Shutterfly account, use this link to get your first book free! Careful though, they’re addicting and always have great deals that are too good to pass up :).

What I’m Excited About

This month I booked my spring break trip to Florida! My mom, aunt and cousins are heading down to sunny Fort Myers to visit my grandpa and his wife. I’m looking forward to the ocean and warmth.

What I’m Watching/Reading

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Aaron and I started The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime and we’re addicted and already flying through season 2. It’s about what it would be like if Germany and Japan won World War 2. It’s interesting to think about and there are some fun twists!

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And, as for reading, this month I got to choose the book club book and I chose Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren. You guys, it’s a true story about a girl just like you or me being in a harem. How does that even happen? So interesting. I first heard about the book when the author was on The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, and was so intrigued I had to read the book. It’s a very easy read and super interesting.

What I’m Listening To

My playlist for the month:

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 What I’m Wearing

I got these two tops at Maurices over Christmas and love them! They’re on clearance right now if you want to snag them. Just click the picture and it will take you right to them.

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What I’m Doing This Weekend

This weekend is all about the Golds! Our dear friends are getting married on Saturday, so we have the rehearsal dinner Friday night, will celebrate the big moment on Saturday night and spend Sunday recovering and getting ready for the week :).

What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month

February is a busy month for me! I’m looking forward to…

  • Going to Up/Down for the first time for a friend’s birthday
  • Celebrating my new niece or nephew at a family baby shower
  • Watching the Oscars with my high school friends (we watch it together every year!)
  • And many more plans yet to be finalized 🙂

What Else is New

Although I know I’m a month late to the party, next month I’m going to have a blog series on goals. Check back to learn how I keep my goals, what my goals for the year are, and some helpful tips.

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