Weekend Snapshots 26

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The year is halfway over, y'all.  That's right, we're half way through 52 weeks of 2016.  Half.  Way.  I just can't believe it!!!  It seems like I just started writing Weekend Snapshots posts a couple of weekends ago.  I tried to think of some way to commemorate the halfway point, but drew a blank, so it's business as usual with me and Ariana at 3twentysix.  We're still doing the link up and web stalking everyone - maybe we'll do something to celebrate week 52.  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by our backyard camping adventures!!!
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Sunday Confessions 26

The United States of Becky


I confess:  My house is a mess and I 100% don't care because I'd rather be out enjoying the awesome things to do this summer than be home cleaning.  Even if those awesome things happen to be outside and it's hotter than hot right now.  Yes, I'd rather be hot than cleaning house.

I confess:  I find it really difficult to be excited when someone announces a second pregnancy/birth.  My infertility really has me depressed because I want Jack to have a sibling and that's probably not going to happen at this rate.  At least I don't cry every day anymore.

I confess:  At the end of this month (so in just a few days) my Jamberry Consultant status is going to be downgraded to customer.  They have a sales minimum for a rolling 12 month period and I'm $5 short of keeping Consultant status.  I'm a little sad because I really love those little nail wraps and wish I had been better at selling them.  I know I don't have the time or energy to spend on that business anymore, but it's still a little sad that I couldn't've made something more out of it.  And a little ironic that my status is going to be downgraded over $5.  But I need to let it go because I'm not making any money from it anymore.

Linking up with United States of Becky
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What I Learned from Whole30

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It's been a few weeks since I finished up my Whole30 diet.  I made it the entire 30 days without sugar, without dairy, without beans, without grains, and I didn't die.  I enjoyed the diet for the most part, as difficult as it could sometimes be, but I'm not sure it was quite the life changing experience I expected.  What did I learn from 30 days of clean eating?  Plenty.  Would I do it again?  Absolutely (and I probably will).

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Whole30 Diet

The Whole30 Diet seems to be the newest diet craze in the world of the internet.  Whenever I would mention that I was on a restrictive diet called Whole30 to a "normal" non-bloggy person they were completely stumped as to what that meant and I was constantly explaining the diet to them, whereas it seems like everyone in the blogosphere has either heard of it or tried it (or is planning to try it).  I found that difference very interesting, so if you're planning a Whole30, expect regular people to not know what you're talking about.  For those who may not know what the Whole30 diet entails, I'll give you a quick outline of how it works.  The idea is to eliminate all inflammatory foods from your diet for 30 days to give your digestive system and tastebuds enough time to come back to neutral, or reset.  You can't have any sugars or sweeteners of any kind, no grains, no legumes, and no dairy.  You can have as much meat, vegetables, fruits, and (surprisingly) potatoes as you'd like - read more about the ins and outs of Whole30 here.  It sounds incredibly limiting and intimidating, but it's really not all that bad.

Thinking of doing your first Whole30?  Check out my Tips for Surviving Your First Whole30 here!
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Weekend Snapshots 25


It's Weekend Snapshots time already - man, time is just flying by over here (I guess it's because I keep myself so busy).  This edition of the Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by the many silly faces that Jack makes when I tell him to smile.  That kid is such a ham.  Make sure to share your weekend recaps with me and Ariana at 3twentysix so we can all share the internet love, and get in a healthy dose of webstalking.  Now, on to the recap:

Saturday:  My MIL asked me to bring her down to Wharton, TX (her hometown) to help celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of one of her good friends.  You might remember Wharton as the little town with the Tee Pee Motel where we all got sick back in April.  Well, this visit was so much better.  It was a little strange to be at a party where you really don't know anyone, but Jack and I made the best of it by mostly staying out of the way and taking some fun selfies against the photo backdrop that was set up.  I have to say, this was a totally Pinterest worthy party - all the decorations were in gold and the tablescapes were just lovely.  I'm not sharing a ton of those pictures because there are personal family photos in them and I'm not sure if they would appreciate me splashing them all over the internet.  The bride's wedding dress was set up on display and OMG, it was to die for!!!  After the celebration, we all decided to check out the Wharton County Museum since we missed it the last time.  Did you know that Dan Rather is from Wharton, TX?  Neither did I!!  The museum grounds had his original home moved to the grounds and preserved it for posterity.  It was too late to go into the cute little shotgun house, but we did walk around it (and Jack pretended to hide on the front porch before putting on a show for us).  On the way back to Houston, we could see a huge rain cloud up ahead - we were in sunny skies, but you could see the dark rain clouds on the horizon - it was so beautiful I had to stop and take a few pictures.  Once we were back in Houston, we picked up some dinner and invited Dennis to join us when he got off work.  We had a gorgeous post rain sunset and Jack wanted to take a closer look, so Dennis held him up over the fence to see.
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Sunday Confessions 25

The United States of Becky


I confess:  It's way too hot in Houston - the heat index has been over 100 all week, and all I can manage to do is daydream about moving to the Pacific Northwest.  The man Dennis learned to blacksmith from lives in Oregon and I have this entire daydream about Dennis quitting his job to work with Master Flash and us moving to Oregon.  It's unrealistic in so many ways, but fun to think about.

I confess:  It's not just the heat making me feel this way.  I've been feeling really overwhelmed by life in general lately, so it's much easier to daydream about being somewhere new with new possibilities, but the reality is that no matter where we live, the same types of regular real life things are always going to overwhelm me sometimes.  But it's so much fun to think about those Oregon forests!

I confess:  Hot, hot, hot, heat, hot, sweltering, melting, hot, hot, hot.  Too freaking hot.  And it's only June.  Hot.

Linking up with United States of Becky
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14 Day Yoga Challenge with Grokker

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Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved to go to yoga class.  She went with her best friend to a swanky private yoga center several times a week and was at peace with the world (more or less).  Then life happened - she got married, bought a house, and had a baby.  Long gone were the evenings of hot yoga class - she had neither the time, nor the money, nor the energy for yoga class at a swanky private studio and she missed it (when she was awake enough to miss things).  A solution must be found, she thought!!!  And there was a solution - a GLORIOUS SOLUTION!!!  Yoga and fitness videos ON DEMAND right in the comfort of her own living room!!!  What's that, you exclaim?  High quality, professional yoga and fitness videos on demand?!?  A virtual personal yoga instructor at your beck and call?!?  Is this too good to be true?  Well, friends, I'm here to tell you that it's not too good to be true and is in fact available for all through Grokker {affiliate}!!!
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Digital Detox Report: Weeks 1 & 2



I'm two weeks into my Digital Detox and I feel like I'm finally settling into my new, digitally reduced reality.  I know I said I'd be checking in here weekly with an accountability report, but with Mom visiting for a week (we were so busy!!!), I just didn't get the chance to report on week one - so you get a double dose of of my Digital Detox Report today!

Digital Detox

My Digital Detox is an attempt to reduce the constant distractions I face from the digital world.  Social media, and specifically FB (plus a healthy dose of FOMO) leaves me so distracted that I can barely get anything done.  Of course, as a blogger, I'm not able to unplug completely, but for the entire month of June my plan has been to eliminate all social media scrolling, distracting TV, and to put down my phone in an attempt to regain some focus, reduce my anxiety, and be more productive.
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Weekend Snapshots 24



Welcome to the 24th Edition of Weekend Snapshots!!!  This week's snapshots features the Dynamic Duo of my Mom and Jack at The Orange Show.  We've had one hell of a week with Mom visiting us and this weekend was just as busy as the entire week has been.  We've done something fun and interesting every day of Mom's visit, and all of us are exhausted (but in a we just had an amazing adventure kind of way).  Check out what we were up to this weekend and look for an upcoming post (or posts) about all the fun we had on Mom's visit.  Make sure to link up your weekend snapshots with me and Ariana at 3twentysix so we can see what you were up to, too!

Saturday:  After all the fun we'd been having all week long, Saturday morning was a lazy, laid back morning.  We slept in, had breakfast, and then just hung out a little while before Mom and I decided to take Jack to The Orange Show in the afternoon.  Jack saw one of our cats taking a nap in the not yet fully installed toilet in the bathroom and decided he needed to take a nap in the toilet, too (don't worry, it's empty and totally clean).  We enjoyed The Orange Show as much as we could, but it was so incredibly hot outside we weren't able to spend as much time there as we would've liked.  The heat here in Houston can be so punishing.  After The Orange Show, we ran some errands and then relaxed at home.  Mom decided to organize my new bookshelves and unpacked 9 boxes of books for me!!  It's so nice to have all my books on display finally!!!

Sunday:  Mom and I took Jack back to NASA (we went on Friday, too, and got a family membership).  We went through the mock-up shuttle (don't even get me started on how ANGRY I am that Houston didn't get one of the actual real retired space shuttles - WE HAVE MISSION CONTROL FFS!!!) and went through some of the exhibits we didn't see on Friday.  The three of us got to sit in an Apollo capsule launch simulator, Jack did some power lifting (and showed off his muscles), and he tried flying an astronaut jet pack.  Space Center Houston is so awesome and we'll be going there on the regular with our membership.

What were you up to this weekend?  Is it as terribly hot where you are as it is in Houston (seriously, I'm already ready for the "fall" we get here).  Make sure to link-up with us and have a great week!!!
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Sunday Confessions 24

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I confess:  I thought about skipping Sunday Confessions today because of the tragedy in Orlando, but I kinda feel like that's letting that asshole win - although I considered a day of silence for the victims of the shooting, I'd like to think they would get a kick out of this series, so I'm going to go ahead and write this post.

I confess:  I am very adamant about our need for gun control (and really I'd like to see the fucking things completely outlawed) and think there should be a background check tougher than a Top Secret clearance background check with a comprehensive mental evaluation before anyone can get their hands on a gun.

I confess:  I have major problems with organized religion (and not just the one that asshat is associated with).  I just don't see enough good having come out of religion to outweigh the bad that it produces.  You don't need religion to have a sense of morality.

Linking up with United States of Becky


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The Ultimate Summer Bucket List


School is out, it's hot outside, and it's light until 9pm - there's no denying Summer is here.  It's time for sno-cones, catching fireflies, vacations, and lazy afternoons.  Summer was always my favorite season as a kid and whether or not you have kids or are just a kid at heart, I've put together the Ultimate Summer Bucket List for all ages to help you get the most out of your Summer.  My Ultimate Summer Bucket List has something for everyone, so check it out and see how many of these fun summer activities you can cross off the list!
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Weekend Snapshots 23



Brace yourselves, Weekend Snapshots is going to be a super pic heavy post today.  This weekend kicked off on Thursday (sometimes it pays to only work 3 days a week - well, not literally pay because I'm totally broke from only working 3 days a week, but I'm making memories, yo) when Jack and I headed to Shreveport to visit my Mom.  The best part of visiting Mom this weekend is that we kidnapped her and brought her back to Houston with us to spend the week (mwhahahahah!!!)  This edition of Weekend Snapshots features Mom and Jack relaxing at our Starbucks pit-stop on the way back to Houston.  Make sure to link-up your weekend recap posts with me and Ariana at 3twentysix 'cause we love web-stalking ya'll.

Thursday:  Jack and I drove to Shreveport on Thursday (well, I did all the driving - he can't reach the pedals yet).  Since it was my first day off Whole30, we stopped at Starbucks and I got some sweet, sweet, creamy coffee and a slice of pound cake - Jack is the one who ate most of the pound cake, but I enjoyed a bite or two.  I love that Jack thinks the kids hot chocolate is actually coffee.  "I'm need coffee, too, Mommy."  As soon as we got to Mom's Jack headed straight for the sandbox.  He was super excited to have some new red shovels to play with.
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Sunday Confessions 23

The United States of Becky


I confess:  I was recently gifted a hand-me-down Garmin VivoFit {affiliate} and I wasn't sure I'd be much interested in it, but I am OBSESSED!!!  I am also totally surprised and how few steps I take on an average day at home (unless I go for a run).  And although I get 8 hours of sleep, I seem to be getting very little deep sleep - definitely less deep sleep than light sleep (I wonder if this is a universal mom thing or not - but I can definitely tell I'm not getting enough of the deep, restorative sleep I need).

I confess:  I'm so worn out right now that I just want to zone out and binge watch something, but I'm on my digital detox, so I can't.  And I just realized the new season of Orange is the New Black premieres this month and I'm not going to be able to binge watch it.  This detox is going to be more difficult than I anticipated.

I confess:  I overdrafted my personal bank account last week, and I'm so mad at myself.  It's not the first time I've overdrafted (and I know it won't be the last), but I've been trying so hard to pay attention to my balance and not overdraft.  Ugh, I am so bad with money!!!

Linking up with United States of Becky
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Run Houston Race Series: Minute Maid Park Recap

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Back in March, I ran the Run Houston! Race Series Minute Maid Park 5k.  The Minute Maid Park race was the second in a five part series of races all around the Houston area (I missed the very first one at the Sam Houston Race Park, but made up that run virtually) and the first I was able to participate in this year.  I found out about the race series when I went to the Houston Marathon Expo back in January - I've been doing 5ks for a couple of years now, but hadn't done any with finishers medals and I decided that this year I was going to do at least one race with a finishers' medal.  Well, it turns out I'll be doing 5 races this year with finishers' medals because not only do you get a medal when you finish each Run Houston! race, all those medals fit together to form a star!!  Sweet!!!

Race day started out at the ass-crack of dark - the race itself started at 7am (that's half an hour before sunrise, ya'll, and I am not a morning person).  I woke up easily enough because I was excited for the run, but Dennis and Jack, not so much.  I dragged them along with me to spectate, but in hindsight I probably should've just let them sleep.  They're both troopers, but were a little on the grumpy side that morning.
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Digital Detox

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We live in an instant gratification digital world.  Smartphones, tablets, laptops, tvs, and computers keep us plugged into the here and now, now, now, now, now.  We are constantly connected - jacked into the Internet and our newsfeeds afraid to miss one single thing (FOMO, yo).  I know I myself have become quite dependent on my digital hit of Internet crack and it's time for a detox.  I got this idea from Angie over at Chasing My Halo  (check out her detox series here) and figured now that I'm finishing up my Whole30 and have detoxed my body, it's time to detox my mind.
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