Strawberry Sweet Mint Water + Mother’s Day Giveaway

Okay, seriously. How is it May already? I haven’t hopped on in what feels like forever, but today I had to make it happen. I have an awesome giveaway for y’all from UncommonGoods. Recently, they reached out to me and asked if I would like to try out a few items from their Mother’s Day Gift Guide. I’ve purchased from them in the past, so I know for a fact they have a ton of fun, unique products. Of course, I said yes right away. I may or may not have spent way too much time browsing the website, though. Fair warning if you head over there. You will find 100s of things that you “must have” right then. It’s tough.

The first thing that caught my eye was the set of convertible herb pots. I have the blackest thumb of anyone I’ve ever met, but I really wanted to find a way to have fresh herbs around the house. Spending 5-10 bucks every week on the ones from the grocery store is pretty lame. It’s been a few weeks and my mint, rosemary, and basil are still going strong. They are all about double the size as this now. Exciting times around here, right?

convertible herb pots

Of course, I had to also find something to use my beautiful new herbs in. Enter the Flavor Infuser Bottle. I chose it for two reasons: 1.) it’s glass and 2.) it’s really, really pretty. Come to find out it’s also incredibly easy to use and clean. I’m drinking more water, too. Huge win. My favorite combination so far has been sweet mint and strawberry. If you make this, you will not regret it.

flavor infuser water bottle

To round out my little shopping trip, I found the cutest and most functional teacup I’ve ever seen. It’s called the Tipping Teacup, because, well, you tip it to make and drink your tea. “On one side is a screened compartment in which you place your favorite loose tea leaves. Pour hot water through the screen and allow it to steep. Once it’s done, simply tip the cup in the other direction, lifting the leaves up out of the water.” <-What they said. It really works, though. Plus, it’s just kind of cool.

tea uncommon goods

Now for the best part: giving YOU guys something! I thought the Flavor Infuser Bottle would be by far the most popular of these three items, so I wanted to make sure one of y’all got to try one.

flavor infuser water bottle

Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will run until Mother’s Day and I’ll announce a winner right away!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! Check back In the mean time, if you want to find more awesome Gifts for Mom, you can shop until Thursday and still have them delivered in time. :)

Lately, I’ve Been…

I totally stole this survey from someone that I can’t remember, and I probably did it forever ago. I don’t know why I fill these out, because my answers are never as good as the responses of the people I take these daggum things from. Oh, well. It’s too late to turn back now. I’m also going to use Instagram images to illustrate my points, because finding actual pictures sounds hard.

Lately I’ve been…

Making: anything with buffalo sauce and blue cheese. I would even consider dipping cookies in there at this point.

buffalo shrimp salad

Cooking: all the convenience foods. Frozen veggies are my best friend right now.

Drinking: too much coffee and tea. I think I’m permanently jacked up at all hours of the day and night. It’s an issue.

Reading: Ehhh, nothing at the moment. I should probably work on that.

Wanting: a huge slip-n-slide for our backyard. No big deal.

Looking: forward to taking a vacation soon. Beach, here we come!

tybee island

Playing: Spotify playlists around the clock. Anyone have a favorite right now?

Wasting: time filling this out. It happens.

Sewing: nothing. Which reminds me, I should really learn how to sew.

Wishing: two of my favorite people the happiest of marriages. Jake, just say yes to Kayla at all times. Easy peasy.

jksbigday

Enjoying: this Starbucks Berry Refresher. I’m so basic.

Waiting: for bedtime. I. Am. Exhausted.

Liking: the fact that all of this rain has removed the pollen. That stuff sucks.

Wondering: if it’s possible to be addicted to pumpkin seeds.

Loving: life. You only get one, right? Better enjoy it.

Hoping: I can get that elusive 5k PR this year. Which means I should start training for that.

you go girl

Needing: therapy, probably.

Wearing: my pajamas. I ball hard.

Following: everyone on Instagram who posts pretty things like fancy lattes with pictures in the foam and peony bouquets. Because I don’t ever buy either of those.

Noticing: that I could be accomplishing a lot of things in the time it’s taking to answer these questions. Oh well. I’ve really committed now.

Knowing: that a big decision I’ve made recently is the right one. That’s always a good feeling.

Thinking: maybe I was wrong and I made the incorrect choice. Stop it, brain!

Feeling: excited for my boy’s third birthday in June. I should probably start planning a party or something. Pinterest, here I come.

family portraits

Bookmarking: all the recipes that call for a grill right now. Can’t help it. I need to be outside 24/7.

Opening: Play-Doh containers all day, every day. We’re sort of into mixing the colors together right now. It’s killing me slowly to watch it happen.

I should probably go get some stuff done now. Now it’s your turn. Pick one of these random things and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’ve been MIA so long I have no idea what’s going on anymore.

One Year Older and None The Wiser

Hey guys! I turned twenty-seven yesterday, but I’m still 100% more likely to act like a child than an adult. I feel like other bloggers typically share “27 things I learned in my 27th year” type posts around their birthdays. That’s not my thing. Mainly because I wouldn’t be able to think of anything. I still make poor choices on the reg. Case in point, I accidentally wore heels to the Masters. In my defense, I left work and headed straight there. But, man, what a dumb move.

masters 2015

And my child definitely takes after me, because he kept asking where “the tiger in the woods” was last week. Um. At least the kid’s good looking, right?

tiger woods

One brilliant choice I made, though, was buying both of these bad boys. I haven’t had an actual birthday cake yet, y’all. I obviously had to buy all the sprinkles. Had to.

smallcakes cupcakes
I guess I should also mention the fact that I never get on here, but that probably makes me sound like a broken record at this point. I’ll get back to it soon, but I haven’t had the time or energy lately. In the meantime, we better follow each other on Twitter and Instagram. I still live on those. ;) Have a great week!

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

I’m still not ready to post regularly again, but I thought it would be fun to check in really quickly. I swear I have actually done some stuff other than embarrassing myself on a daily basis. I guess I just want to prove that, y’all. Indulge me?

Family

fishing

My toddler is now a full-on kid, and I don’t know how or when it happened. He recently told me what an Octagon was and then proceeded to explain to me that if I added red and yellow, I would get orange. He knows so much new stuff everyday that I seriously can’t keep up. The only thing I can’t get him to remember is that some special occasions are once a year. Last weekend he said, “It’s never my birthday, Mama.” Tough life isn’t it, kid?

Fitness

running weather

It’s no secret that I’ve been in a terrible workout slump for the past few months. That being said, I’m actually optimistic that things are really going to improve this time. I’ve started running outside again, thanks to the later sunsets. <-Who else is excited about it? I also went up in my squat weight, which is insane since I haven’t been doing them at all lately. Rest clearly does you good, y’all.

Food

small cakes augusta

Um, I’ve been hitting the sugar hard to say the least. Instead of letting it get me down, I’m just going to remember that it always comes in waves for me. Pretty soon I’ll be bored and be begging for a change. Or, you know, a veggie. But, right now, I have Smallcakes on speed dial. I’d say it was an issue, but it’s been pretty freaking delicious. Get the salted caramel ones and thank me later.

Health

pendulum appliance

I know. I need to cut back on the sweets. Other than that, I’m feeling great. In related news, I’m working on my dental health. I can’t believe I didn’t mention this last month at all, but I got a pendulum appliance (that hideous thing up there) put in the roof of my mouth. I sound ridiculous when I talk, but it won’t be long until I switch it out for Invisalign. Which, as I’ve heard, will continue to make me sound ridiculous. All in the name of healthy, pearly whites, am I right?

Travel

sfia

I feel like I never properly recapped Vegas and then I was immediately flying to DC. Instead of trying to recap them both now, I thought I’d just touch on how much I appreciate the experiences I’ve had lately. Heading to DC was especially amazing, because we were able to lobby for things I’m passionate about: health, fitness, and children. It’s official, I Love. My. Job.

So, that’s pretty much it. Thrilling, right? Pick and topic and update me on your life now!

Day in the Life: Two in a Row

Fridaaaay! This week has been a freaking doozy, y’all. Not bad, per se. Just unusual. I originally wanted to share a fun “day in the life” type post this week, because I haven’t done one since I changed jobs. Then all hell broke loose and I had two days that were unlike any typical day. I’m actually starting to wonder if I ever have those to begin with, or if I was lying to myself when I thought I had some sort of routine. I started off tracking Wednesday and then I ended up not getting home until 9:30 PM, and I was kind of embarrassed that I never made time for a workout. Then I tracked Thursday, so that I could redeem myself. Nope. Thursday was wild. I’ll get to that later, though. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

Wednesday – 7:30 AM

I woke up, showered, drank my coffee, ate breakfast, and even played on my phone before my little man got up. And I actually had to wake him up, because he decided he didn’t want to go to bed until midnight. He’s such a party animal. We were equally as nuts in the morning.

goofs

Wednesday – 8:00 AM

After I dropped him off at school, I stopped by Whole Foods for fruit and chocolate for the all day meeting I was heading into at work. I told the cashier it was my breakfast, but she didn’t even bat an eye.

whole foods fruit and chocolate

Wednesday – 9:00 AM

Breakfast number two happened shortly thereafter. That cinnamon bagel was ridiculous. Panera, you impress me daily.

meeting

Wednesday – 12:00 PM

Before I knew it, it was time to break for lunch. Pass me the sugary salad, please. I don’t think I’ve ever had this much fruit before noon.

chick fila salad

Wednesday – Lost Track of the Time

Yeah, so at this point I’m not even really sure what happened when. Although I do know that I got chocolate from this cookie all over my white pants. It’s not that great of a look.

cookie break

Wednesday – 6:30 PM

We headed straight from work to Bees Knees, which is like the best reward ever. I’m pretty sure one of literally everything on the menu was ordered.

bees knees

Wednesday – 9:30 PM

I had big plans to work out when I got home, but that clearly didn’t happen. Bed, meet face.

crash

Thursday – 7:00 AM

I woke up the next day ready to work out, eat less sugar, and just be an all-around boss. It started off well. I had veggies and eggs, coffee, and a multivitamin. I even drank some water. Yeah. Bring it, Thursday.

veggie eggs

Thursday – 9:00 AM

I realized immediately that I should have had carbs or something at breakfast because I was starving two hours later. I ate a bunch of almonds and moved on with my life.

almonds

Thursday 11:30 AM

This is where things started going down hill. My coworker, Molly, brilliantly suggested that we go give blood. I told her I was terrified of needles, blood, and any kind of medical environment. I went anyway. I really and truly wanted to tackle my fears head-on. I mean, what could actually go wrong, right? We called everyone that declined to go with us wusses on the way out, which in retrospect was a terrible call.

Thursday 12:00 PM

We arrived at the blood center, and I felt like a million bucks. Needles? Blood? Whatever, I got this. I joked that I was going to pass out when it was my turn. We laughed. I signed up, got my free t-shirt and coupons, and headed to pre-screening. My blood pressure was good, my iron was fine, and they told me to hop up and head across the room.

I stood up and walked toward the line of chairs, but I started to veer off course. I got really hot, but I brushed it off because obviously no one is as tough and awesome as me. I made eye contact with a volunteer and mumbled that I probably shouldn’t be dizzy already. She tried to understand what I was saying, but I started to turn away… and scene.

I was out like a freaking light. I don’t remember anything after that but apparently I went down like plywood and tried to latch on to a lady giving blood on the way down. Nice. Real nice.

I woke up a few minutes later in the middle of the room, covered in ice packs, with my feet straight up in the air. Not embarrassing or awkward in the slightest. My first words were, “DID I JUST PASS OUT?” I’m an idiot. Apparently I’m the first person in history to pass out before giving blood.

Thursday 2:00 PM

I returned my t-shirt because I was too ashamed to keep it, but I still cashed in my “free sno cone” ticket. Then I chugged an orange juice and ate an Oreo cupcake. So much for watching my sugar intake that day. I had to go back to work without a cool bandage on my arm and without saving any lives. If anything, I slowed down the process for everyone else. But, I lived to tackle this fear another day.

slushie

Thursday 5:00 PM

After work, I picked up my boy and headed to Walgreens. According to him, we needed Play Doh and we needed it now.

play doh

Thursday 5:15 PM

Before I opened his new toys, I made him dinner. He requested carrots and apples. I am so impressed that he managed to eat better than I did, but I’m not surprised. He’s pretty smart. After he ate, he went to his grandparents to spend the night. He was jacked.

healthy toddler dinner

Thursday 6:30 PM

Ryne brought me dinner, because I totally played up the invalid card. I asked for a salad or cold sub. He brought a grilled wrap. He felt bad about it, so I pretended to be stoked. Unfortunately, it looked as if they coated the entire outside of the wrap with ranch dressing. Gross. I ate it anyway.

too much ranch

Thursday 8:00 PM

We went out to run some errands and this song came on. Clearly my luck was beginning to change. Pump it up, y’all.

jamming

Thursday 8:15 PM

And then I wasn’t as lucky as I thought. Oh well. It was worth a shot.

 

unlucky

Thursday 9:00 PM

I could have worked out, I guess. But that seemed like a crazy idea at the time. Plus, Scandal was on.

scandal

Then I crashed for the second night in a row. Better luck next week? ;)