Monday, January 30, 2012


Goooood morning lovebugs!
Did y'all enjoy your weekend? I'm never ready for Monday to come around....
but here we are. So I'm making the most of it :)

I'm trying a new routine and woke up at the crack of dawn this morning. Not even kidding. 
I normally think it's a sin to wake up while it's still dark out, but it beats rushing til the last second and feeling exhausted. Anyway, I woke up and took Toby for a walk. in the cold. Surprisingly it was refreshing and I know little man enjoyed it. I had my cup of coffee, made a smoothie, and packed my lunch for the week. I feel so accomplished :)

Since last week literally took it out of me, I decided to take it easy this weekend.
I'm so glad I did because I feel rested and in a much better mindset. 
I also tried my hand at my first ever Pinterest recipe.
It was the Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake. 
You can find the recipe here.
I substituted whole wheat flour for regular flour and I think it still tasted delicious. I would definitely make it again. 

I refused to open the Hunger Games on Saturday because I knew there were some things I needed to accomplish and I couldn't afford to sit around and read all day. But I did manage to crack it open on Sunday and ended up reading 11 chapters. I can't remember the last time I've been able to do that. I almost purchased the second book in anticipation of finishing the first, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. 

Ok, so remember when I was having shampoo dilemmas?
Welllllll if you recall, last week I said that I ended up getting the Paul Mitchell Extra Volume Shampoo. After using that for a week I decided to return it because it was way too heavy and ended up making my hair look & feel greasy. Not a fan.
Soooo now I'm back to old faithful - Herbal Essence Volumizing Shampoo
I figured that I'll use that until spring when I'll go get the stuff my salon sells. It's seriously the best set of hair products I've ever used. I'll share that with y'all once I start using it :)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the link-up on Friday!
I was surprised and excited by how many of you joined in. 
Can't wait to hear about your successes this week :)

happy monday!


Leslie said...

the Hunger Games are impossible to put down until you finish! I can't wait for the movie to be out!
and I'm trying to make myself get out of bed earlier too.. but it's SO hard! I could probably get so much more accomplished.. but when it's still dark outside I can't do it.

the girl in the red shoes said...

The Hunger Games is such a good series! I'm glad you like it...I could totally waste the day away reading it! And I hate getting up when it's dark out too! It just seems wrong.

Michelle P said...

I really need to start reading that book! I said I was going to buy it the other day, but I'm afraid of how much time I'll spend on it.

Bethany said...

Try Joico!! I LOVEEEEEEEE it.

Anonymous said...

My books need to hurry up and come in so I can start reading these books!!

Melody said...

Your dog is adorable and his name is so cute! Do you have any tips/advice for someone that's looking to become a small dog owner?

Sarah @ Simply Sarah said...

I totally agree with you about getting up early. It sucks, but it is so worth it!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

oh gosh, there are always such great finds on pinterest, but i'm always too lazy to actually make any. i might just have to make a change, because that cake sounds delicious!
xo TJ

Megan said...

Getting up early is awful! I however managed to be on top of my game today though too! I really need to check out the Hunger Games! Everyone is talking about it!! Glad you had a great weekend!

Val said...

I need to start reading Hunger Games. Thanks for inspiring.

Lauren said...

I feel a little bit behind because other than knowing the Hunger Games are a book, I have know idea what it's about :S And good for you for getting up early! It's kind of rewarding :)

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

I think I need to start reading the hunger games! Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend! Hope your monday has been going well!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

ahhh you made the buttermilk blueberry breakfast cake!?! Where's mine?! Haha, glad you tried it! I haven't yet but I am for sure!

Ashley said...

totally feel you on the waking up is SO stinkin' hard but it actually feels so good when you're not rushing around crazy! happy monday chica1

Katie said...

you can come hang out with me and the baseball players if you make us that delicious breakfast ;) just kidding, you are always welcome hehe

Catherine said...

That recipe sounds delicious!! I'll have to try it sometime.


Sweet Tea In Sicily said...

Love the pics of the pup!! And that Breakfast Cake looks DELISH!! I might have to try it soon :)


Janna Renee said...

Sometimes, if I have hair issues- I'll wash with my shampoo and then only use the conditioner on the bottom of my hair (pretty much everywhere but the roots), and it has much more volume! Just an idea!

Ashley said...

I couldn't get enough of the Hunger Games!! Loved that book! The blueberry cake looks de-lish - must try!

Whitney @ justacountry-girl said...

kev got me the hunger games for christmas. i am dying to read!

and that blueberry cake needs to be in my over ASAP!