Life is grand and other updates

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We went to Montreal. Just the two of us. Bliss. We rocked it out to Arcade Fire, took in a CFL game and ate our weight in crepes, macaroons and everything that looked tasty. T’was glorious. Full recap later this week.

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Sawyer made it through two weeks of pre-school. We are still adjusting, but it is getting better every single day. And! We already have a playdate scheduled next weekend with some of his friends. #littlevictories.

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-pretending to be “mini-daddy” I can’t even deal with the adorableness of this photo-

We took our first trip to Patterson’s this weekend. A Fall staple, this first trip always carries so much weight in my heart – the beginning of my favorite season! I look forward to making so many fun memories this season. Trying to soak it all in.

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The Mister and I bought six doughnuts and an apple fritter as a result of our Patterson’s season commencement. Which we proceeded to eat on the car ride home. Because DONUTS. It wasn’t one of prouder moments, but a really, really delicious one.

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Upon finishing our binge watches of Game of Thrones, House of Cards and True Detective, we started Orange is the New Black this weekend. SO GOOD!

Despite sounding like a coach potato, I’ve actually been doing a lot of reading! Most recent fave – The Rosie Project. So delightful.

I desperately need a haircut. Desperately.

I also never got a pedicure this summer. Time to just give it up now, right?

The Mister turned 30. I threw him a surprise bromance (only boys allowed) party and coordinated a present of the (literal!) ages. I couldn’t be more proud of myself (or the all of the gentlemen!) for keeping it a secret.

I’m turning 30 next month. You know what they tell you about your metabolism evaporating with each new wrinkle and grey hair? It’s so true. Sometimes I only eat a single granola bar for lunch in preparation for a large pizza dinner. It’s not one of my finer moment, but girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. And giving up pizza just isn’t an option. #sorrynotsorry

Honeycrisp apples are back. That is all.

Quick lunch for Mom + $1 OFF COUPON!

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If it requires more than 5-10 minutes, homemade meals just don’t happen around here until dinnertime. And that’s on a good day. I’m known for grabbing a quick bar, making a bowl of fruit and yogurt or even eating a handful of turkey and cheese (like I said, “not happening”). As a working mom, I consider it a success if I get homemade dinner on the table – let alone anything else.

And as far as frozen meals go, I’m not really a fan. Something about putting a plastic-covered frozen blob in the microwave and calling it a meal just doesn’t appeal to me.

But when I heard about the new HERDEZ® Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls, I figured I’d give them a shot – I’m not one to turn down Mexican. Ever.

HERDEZ® Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls come in 10 delicious flavors. The most popular favorites are Beef Barbacoa, Carnitas w/ Charro Beans & Pork Chile Verde.

I bought the top three favorites, but decided to try the Beef Barbacoa first. What can I say, the photo on the box spoke to me.

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These take 5 minutes and 30 seconds to heat up. I may or may not have played Two Dots the whole time (ADDICTED) on my iPhone. I made a fresh salad with tomatoes, corn and a squeeze of lime, which made the perfect complement! I added a hefty scoop of guac and some cheese once my Herdez Frozen Bowl was done and was back to work in no time.

DELICIOUS. So much so that I didn’t even take a photo of my finished product — which is probably a good thing, because it wouldn’t have done it justice.

It should also be noted that the dish was consumed while listening to the new alt-j EP. So good.

Do you want to try a Herdez Frozen Bowl? Enjoy one today and save $1! Click here for your coupon.

Thank you to the makers of the HERDEZ® Brand for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try the Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls!

Our little preschooler

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I’m frantically running around the house. Sure, everything I need is sitting in a neatly organized pile I prepared days ago, but I still can’t shake the feeling that I’m forgetting something. My nerves are on high alert – my stomach in knots. I take a deep breath and smile, willing my body not to show my anxiety. “Ready, bud?!” I cheerfully ask. “It’s time to go to SCHOOL!”

This week was Sawyer’s first week of pre-school.

Just writing that sentence makes my heart hurt a little bit. I’m SO THRILLED for him and so excited for what the year will bring. But really? Wasn’t I just wishing him out of my womb? Our little babe has turned in to a little boy – and what a wonder he is! A sweet, curious, stubborn, passionate, joyful, sensitive, dirt-loving boy.

Sawyer — now that you are starting school, embarking on this new and exciting adventure into the big, wide world, I find myself thinking about all the hopes and dreams I have for you. Here are just a few…

Always be true to who you are. You are remarkable – every one of us is remarkable in our own way. Be the very best version of YOU. The greatest relationships you will ever have will be with those who know, love, and accept you for who you are.

I hope you always keep your love of learning and exploring. The possibilities are endless. The world is your oyster.

Please remember that it does not matter how popular you are. What does matter is always treating others with kindness and respect. THAT is what you will want to be remembered by.

You can do anything you set your mind to – anything. Well, except for football. And let’s just get this out in the open now. Really, don’t even ask for permission to play football. Because we (yes – Daddy, too) won’t give it. You have a beautiful, weird brain that can recognize any song after a few beats/notes and recognized all letters and colors before you hit 15 months. Don’t play a sport that could increase your likelihood of brain damage and concussion. Consider golf, maybe. Or swimming. Or competitive Tetris.

But aside from that, you can really do anything – we will always believe in you. Always. We are your biggest fans.

You are three and half years old. It happened in a blink of an eye. They say time goes by fast when you are having fun. Here’s to a few more blinks, baby boy!

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