August Carpool Book Club

Happy Thursday!!! I'm excited it is already Thursday but at the other end it is ONLY Thursday. It has been a rough week. Think of the positive and push aside the negatives. Today is going to be a great day.

It's already the last day of the month. So much to do to prepare for September, so many new things starting tomorrow and next week. But right now I am joining in Carpool Book Club that Narci over at Grace and Love does every month.
This month I read a lot. I am proud of myself. I enjoy reading and love taking the time for myself in the morning and at night, sometimes in the middle of the day too, to read a good book and let my imagination run wild.

Every morning I wake up early and get some personal development reading done for about 10-15 minutes. I like something that is motivating and inspiring.

I finished reading You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. The book really makes you think and look at your home life, you work life, your love life... It is a great kick in the ass book to get you going.

I have also started (and will have it finished this weekend) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It was recommended to me by another entrepreneur, but I have to admit I am not a fan. It just shows not every book is meant for everyone.

My girlfriends and I started back up our book club this month. The original goal was to read one book a month and take turns who picks the books. We have been reading books so quickly that just keep picking books, and I am still getting my own personal books read in the middle.

The first book we read this month was The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman. It starts off as a slow read but then really catches you. It makes you think what would you do if you found a baby and just lost 3 of your own? I cant wait to see the movie.

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner is a great quick summer read. What would you do for your best friend even if you haven't seen her in a few years?

The great thing about book club is reading things that you normally wouldn't, and normally don't think you like. I read this title and description and was like, I am not going to like this. Then I started reading it and was hooked. I read the book in 3 days. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli really makes you think how you treat other people, why not to share others secrets, and puts you back in high school.

Now onto my fun reads. I told you I read a lot this month. I get a lot of my books for free or cheap from Bookbub, I get daily e-mails with books that are on sale.

I enjoy romance novels, and billionaire books. A girl can dream right. A Bride for a Billionaire by Lauren Hawkeye is about a billionaire who has 30 days to marry or he will not inherit is fathers company. Will he marry for the company or for love?

I found the series "A Billionaire Love Story, The Kisses Series" by Krista Lakes. I got a few free books by her from Bookbub. I didn't know at the time it was a series, but I love that you don't have to read them in order for it to make sense. I have read two of her books listed below and can't wait to read more. There are 9 in the series.

Another book from Krista Lakes is Champagne Kisses: A Timeless Love story. It isn't part of the previous series but is linked to it. 

Lets see how many books I get to read now that Ella is in school all day, but I still have Austin at home with me, and we have a busy fall schedule. 

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Whats Up Wednesday

I know two posts in one day. Sometimes I just have so much to say and love linking up with other bloggers. Plus I have started a new schedule and have a little bit more me time, that is if Austin is in a good mood playing by himself. 

It is the last Wednesday of August. School is back in full swing, summer is over, fall air has started to hit early. Time for some What's Up Wednesday, I'm linking up today with ShaySheaffer, and Mel.  

What We're Eating This Week:
Sunday- Dinner at my parents
Monday- Spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread
Tuesday- Was supposed to be tacos. Ella came home and didn't eat her lunch so I made something I knew she would eat, chicken nuggets and veggie stir fry. (i didn't have chicken nuggets)
Wednesday- Pork Chops with green beans and red potatoes
Thursday- Quesadillas
Friday- Pizza
Saturday- Steak kebabs with peppers and onions
Sunday- Labor Day party at mother in-laws

What I'm Reminiscing About:
I can't believe Ella is almost 6, her birthday is in a little over a month. She is in Kindergarten all day. I remember the day she was born like yesterday. The day my mother called me at work to say Ella took her first steps, get got her first tooth 5 years ago today (wonderful TimeHop)...  Every photo that shows up on my Time Hop, I get so excited and sad about and want to share. Now I have my days to just Austin and I for a little while. Making my evenings with Ella more special.

What I'm Loving:
I hate to say this but I am loving Ella being at school. I know it is going to be so good for her. We may currently be struggling with tears and attitude but it will get better with time. My days are a lot more laid back but at the same time more a schedule and structured. I have my morning routine and lots of down time. Then our after school and bedtime routine. Plus I don't hear "I'm bored what should I do" 500x a day.

What We've Been Up To:
August has been a busy month with enjoying the rest of summer and knock more things off our summer bucket list. The last week has been preparing for back to school and Ella started this past Monday.

What I'm Dreading:
At the same time I like everything being on a schedule. I am dreading all the running around of cheerleading, PTA, play dates, and girl scouts that all are starting now also. 

What I'm Working On:
Getting organized, figuring our google calendar so everything is in one place, and starting a new virtual fitness group in a few weeks. I am still continuing on my daily health and fitness journey and doing what is right for my body. Going to focus on helping more people on their own health and fitness journey.

What I'm Excited About:
Fall, decorating and everything Pumpkin Spice.

Ohio State University Football season starts tomorrow. 

What I'm Watching/Reading:

Thursday nights my dvr is set to record "Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team" which I have watched on and off since the very beginning

I also record and watch "I Love Kellie Pickler" She is one of my favorite country artists and American Idol contestants. 

I have done a lot of reading this month. I'm kinda proud of myself. Check back tomorrow I talk about my the books I have been reading this month with Carpool Book Club. 

What I'm Listening to:

Aubriella is obsessed with this movie. We watch it everyday and have dance parties to the song. We also go on Youtube and get the music also.

I am in the car more and walking with just Austin, I am back to listening to more podcasts. Here are a few of my favorites right now:

What I'm Wearing:
Since working at home I barely put real clothes on. My attire consists on yoga pants or shorts and workout tank with a sports bra. However a week ago my favorite sports bra broke so I have ventured into wearing a real bra again and some normal clothes. For the month of September I am going to join Stephanie over at Wife Mommy Me in Dresstember. For 10 days of the month we are supposed to wear a dress, maxi or skirt. Time to go through my closet and see what I own and what I can wear and document it all. 

I am excited though to also break out my skinny jeans and cowgirl boots. Also my go to sweatshirts that I live in all winter long.

What I'm Doing This Weekend:
Cheerleading games don't start this weekend so we are sleeping in. Well that is the plan. We have no real plans on Saturday, Sunday we have a cookout for the Holiday at my in-laws, and on Monday Aubriella goes to her dad's, but we have no real big plans. It will be a somewhat hopefully relaxing weekend. 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
Everything Fall and Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice. The cooler weather, football games, and

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Wordless Wednesday

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First Day of School

Yesterday Ella had her first day of school. My little girl is growing up to fast and is a Kindergartner.

Aubriella attends North Olmsted school district. Kindergarten is full day, from 9-4. It makes for a long day, but she was ready to start.

Her school is also in our neighborhood so we plan on walking to and from school as much as possible, weather permitting. Otherwise I will be driving to pick her up. We will actually get home quicker if we walk, compared to sitting in the pick up line and having to be there so early to get a close spot.

It was her father's weekend, which means I picked her up at 730am. We went home had a delicious big breakfast to start off her first day. Funfetti pancakes, sausage, fruit, and juice. Surprisingly Ella ate most of her breakfast. She also has requested scrambled eggs with cheese and a sausage patty today for breakfast.

While eating breakfast we filled out her first day of school interview and read "The Night Before Kindergarten.: I found this cute printout interview on Pinterest (but forgot to save the pin to share).

She got dressed in her first day of school outfit she picked out and we took pictures. Her dress is from Target. She saw it at the store and had her mind set on buying it, but they did't have her size. We looked at 4 other Targets but finally ended up ordering it online.

Then started our 15 minute walk. Her father and father's girlfriend also came with us to walk to her first day of school. (notice how she doesn't have her bookbag, it was to heavy so I had to carry it) We got there early so we could really see how her mornings are going to be organized and make sure we were on time.

Ella had already meet her teacher last Thursday when she had her Kindergarten assessment, but I forgot to take pictures. She said she was only "A little nervous". When she was in preschool 3 days a week for a few hours a day we had on problems. Yesterday for her first day she said she cried 4x and was crying when she walked out of school. She didn't really give me a reason to why she wasn't crying either. Hopefully today will be better.

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Back to School Prep

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. My weekend consisted of getting everything ready and set up for Aubriella to start school today. I never realized how much thought and planning goes into starting school. Plus starting traditions and making sure everything runs smoothly. Hopefully all my planning and preparing pays off and everything goes great.

Last week I had to drop all of Aubriella's school supplies off to her teacher. I loved this since it meant Ella got to meet her teacher before the first day of school and we wouldn't be carrying two grocery bags full of stuff into school, plus her book bag and lunch box on the first day. 
On Ella's school supply list it said to have everything labeled with her name. I invested in a label maker to make my life a whole lot easier. When I named Aubriella, I didn't think of having to write her name 100x and in small weird spaced like on the side of a pencil.

I had a few girlfriends post online about there Back to School Teacher gifts. I loved the idea. (I know I am that mom) Some were pretty elaborate. I went kind of simple. I found the Teacher Emergency Kit label on Pinterest. I got a cute little black bucket from Walmart and used my label maker and put Ella's teachers name on the bucket. In the bucket I have a Hershey's chocolate bar, small hand sanitizer, red pens (not pictures), and a Starbucks gift card. 

Growing up I use to love getting lunch box notes. Even as an adult when I still lived at home my dad would randomly put a note in my lunch. It is just a little something to make you feel special and loved. I found all these cute simple lunch box notes on Pinterest. Printed them off, cut them up, and have notes for the next 40 days of school. 
Lunch box notes were also on a list from my daughters school of little things to do to help your child get through a full day of Kindergarten. Even though she is not able to read yet, the lunch monitors will be able to help her. (they have quite a few at her school)

I started this when Aubriella started preschool 2 years ago. I love seeing how she changes from pictures and what she wants to be. I also do a before school year interview and after school year interview. 

One of my girlfriends made her and her daughter Paracord bracelets. Her daughter deals with anixiety of not wanting to go to school. Even though I don't have the issue with Ella not wanting to go to school (yet and I hope never), we deal with Ella being shy and not wanting to make friends. I had originally got these bracelets to give to her before a cheerleading practice, but she got sick before one, and another one was cancelled so we didn't get the chance to do them. I gave them to her this morning, with a note, but also explained that they have magic powers to help her be BRAVE and make friends. 

I bought "The Night Before Kindergarten" at the beginning of the summer. I forgot I had it until I was getting school stuff ready yesterday. Unfortunately since Ella was with her father this weekend (I pick her up at 730am on Monday mornings) I didn't get to read it to her before she went to bed. I am however going to read it to her during breakfast today. 

School lunch, where do I ever start. Ella is not a fan of sandwiches, she likes hot foods but doesn't want to take those to school, her favorite lunchable is the pizza kind but it is a whole big ordeal with a spoon, scissors, and a plate. I modified and tried to make this as easy as possible for her, plus gave her lots of extras. Ella gets lunch and a snack at school. She can bring home whatever she doesn't eat. (in her lunch box is a spoon, the purple container has her pizza sauce, the blue container has her cheese) This plastic container fits perfectly in her lunchbox with a ice pack and drink. 

Last night I got everything ready and laid out so there was less stress and rushing on an already busy morning. The Descendants dress that she picked out to wear with her black dress shoes, shorts to wear under her dress, black socks (her choice), and her book bag packed and ready to go. 

I found this cute morning routine on Pinterest (i have an obsession). It works great for everything she needs to do each morning. We are going to give it a try for a few days and may end up coming up with our own. Ella said it doesn't say I have to brush my hair. 

Praying everything goes smoothly, no big hiccups, and no tears. I know it will be a rushed morning since I am that mom that needs pictures, a big breakfast, and to be at the school early. 

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday. I can't believe I am saying this, but summer is officially over. Ella goes to her dads tonight and starts school on Monday. It is going to be a rushed Monday morning and a big reality for all of us. But we are ready for new adventures. 

Today I a linking up with  ErikaNarci, and Andrea for some Friday Favorite from North Olmsted's Homecoming Festival that we went to last night. 

This year marks the 72nd anniversary for North Olmsted having this festival, and our first time ever going. This is the year we really get involved in our community especially since Aubriella is starting school, plus I have time to do things with being a stay at home mom. 

I have to say it is August aka summer and yesterday's high was only 70. It rained on and off all day. We had to pull out our jeans and boots (Austin needs a pair of boots this year) already. It is still supposed to be summer weather, not fall already.
We are working on letting Austin "run" free and not be in the stroller all the time little by little. Yesterday he did very well. He wasn't a fan of standing in some lines but overall did great. 

At the festival there are food trucks, a band playing, a beer tent, fair food and drinks, vendors, community booths, games, rides, .... We walked around all the different booths. Brian and Ella played a few of the community booth games. One was shooting a hockey puck into a hole and you got an ice cream sandwich. (you didn't have to make it in the hole to win). Ella was nice and shared with her brother, even without us asking her to. 

Last nights theme was back to school community reception. In a big tent all the schools had their PTA's set up with run little activities for the kids and you can sign up to be a PTA member, which we did. There was also pictures of what the new high school and middle school is going to look like once it is finished being built. Here Ella is getting a Emoji tattoo.

Ella's favorite part of the whole night was getting her face painted with Ariel. This was put on by the high school's art students. 

I have to admit I hate rides at fairs and festivals. I normally tell Ella no. Last night Brian agreed she could ride some rides. But then it started to rain so she was only able to pick 1 to ride. She choose the monkey barrel ride, which is a spinny ride. She loved it, Brian not so much. She was happy even though she would have loved to ride more.

Austin and I stood and waited for Brian and Aubriella to ride the ride. The ride had a top so they didn't get wet. Us on the other hand got wet. I put Austin under my shirt as much as he let me. A lady even offered a coat to put over his head, but his stubborn butt wanted nothing to do with it. We had checked the weather before we left and it didn't even show a chance of rain. Mr. Weatherman was wrong. The rain ended up cutting our night short, but we had fun. 

I just have to share my little princess is a flag football cheerleader for the school district her father lives in. Our school district doesn't have cheerleading for her age. She may not be a fan of going to practice and doesn't want to practice at home, but she loves wearing her outfit. 

Have a wonderful weekend. !!!!

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