Monday, January 30, 2017

Weekend Rewind

Well would you look at that...the weekend absolutely flew by and here we are again, back at Monday.  The start of a new week.  #givemeallthecoffee

Let's rewind back to Friday to see what happened this weekend in our little neck of the woods, shall we?

I had asked Madden Friday morning when he woke up what his plans were for after school that day.  His response was "I'll probably get a snack, then play in the snow, and then hang out and work on legos once it gets dark out." {a man with a plan;)}  I then asked him if he wanted to go on a date with me instead.  And if you follow me on instagram ( @jennaschaben ) then you already know his response, but if you don't it went just like this: "Mommy, I would love to, but I think I'm a little bit too little to go on dates." #blesshisheart  I just hope he always feels this way...

So, after school pick-up, and once the hubby got home from work to take care of Linden, Madden and I snuck out to a movie.  We have wanted to see "A Dog's Purpose" since we first saw the previews, so that's what we saw.  Word of advice if you decide to go see it.  Bring the tissues.  Because holy waterworks.  Also, it's probably a little more appropriate for kiddos aged over 5, as it does get pretty deep in some parts!  But overall, it's such a great movie with a fabulous message for us all!

We hit up DQ afterwards for some ice cream before calling it a night.  In bed before 9 on a Friday?  Perfection.

Saturday morning was spent with the boys and I hitting up the gym while Daddy went into the office. No better way to start the weekend than with a good old sweat session, especially knowing that I tend to let my eating habits get a little more lenient on the weekends. #balance ;)

Followed up the gym with a little Starbucks reward for all of us!  And question for you I the only weird one who drinks frozen or iced coffee in the winter time??

We laid low the rest of the day, watching Trolls on repeat, binging The Office on Netflix, and working on Legos and playing games.  Such a laid back day, but the perfect way to end a very (sick filled) week.)  If I never have to clean up another puke mess, I will be perfectly fine with that!

Even though we were extremely lazy on Saturday, we were all in bed by 8 that night and slept in until 8 on Sunday morning!  Holy cow...I cannot remember the last time I slept for a solid 12 hours! But man, oh man did it feel great!  I made a breakfast of eggs and bacon for the boys and a vat of coffee for myself!  We turned on Apple Music and just danced, played some more games and hung out until nap time.  I whipped up these super easy 3 ingredient banana chocolate muffins for Linden's Preschool class since he has to bring snack this week, and I may or may not have had a couple when they were fresh out of the oven! Seriously so good, and so so easy!

I then watched a marathon of Fixer Upper while snacking on these coconut chips.  Oh my word, for being a "healthy" snack, they are Dang good!  {Maybe that's where they came up with the name?}

I know this weekend sounds absolutely boring, but those are some of my absolute favorite weekends ever!  No plans, and just lots of quality time with my boys...just the way I like it.  Some may call me lame, but I know that I'm a homebody and I'm perfectly fine with that.  I know our weekends of nothing to do are limited and will change as soon as the boys become more active in sports and activities.  But until then, I'll be a lazy bum if I want to!

What about you?  Any fun activities from this weekend?  Are you a homebody or do you prefer to have every minute planned??

Until next time...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Favorites

TGIF y'all!  We made it to the weekend!  Or as they say in Madden's Kindergarten class: it's "Yippee Skippy Friday!"  Whatever you want to call it, there are a glorious couple of days ahead...

Well, let's get after it today, shall we?  I figured there was no better way to jump start my blogging return than to join in one of my very fave link-ups to read every week: Friday Favorites!  There are no rules to this, and it's a complete hodge podge of randomness, but that's what I love the most.  I love being nosy and am always interested in what others are loving at the moment.  I know that I walk away from most of these posts with some great new ideas every week.  So let's get to it!  Here is what I'm loving this Friday...

1.}  These Lululemon Align Pants.  I would be remiss if I didn't start my faves with some workout related attire ;)  But seriously you guys.  If you can't seem to gut the price tag that comes along with Lulu gear, I totally get it.  But these pants.  Oh these pants.  They are worth their weight in GOLD!  I received my first pair for Christmas, and let me tell you, I never want to take them off!  I mean, I own my fair share of lulu gear (just ask my husband) but these are hands down my absolute FAVE!  They literally feel as soft as butter and most days when I wear them, I have to do a double take to make sure that I am even wearing pants, because I almost feel naked in them! So.  If I haven't sold you on them yet, just go test a pair out in store.  Then thank me later ;)

2.}  These Power Crunch Protein Bars.  Ok, another "healthy/fitness" fave, but being that it's still technically the new year, I thought you might appreciate these little tid bits of healthy info!  I have eaten a lot of protein bars in my lifetime.  And I do mean a LOT.  But these bad boys are amazzzzzing.  I eat at least one a day.  No joke.  They are usually my after dinner "dessert" to curb my sweet tooth at night.  I don't know what it is about anything salted caramel flavor, but I am drawn to it whenever/wherever it is offered and these guys live up to my expectations and then some.  Delish.  I got mine through Amazon Prime because: hello, 2 day free shipping!  But I've also seen them at my local grocery store and Whole Foods. 

3.}  These CC Beanies.  I'm a hat girl.  I wear hats when I work out, I wear fedoras in the summer time, and floppy wool hats in the winter.  Not only are they adorable and a great accessory to any outfit, the main reason I love me some hats is because they require absolutely zero hair maintenance.  So I haven't washed my hair in four days?  No one is the wiser!  I own a lot of hats, so when I bought this hat for our most recent ski trip, I fell instantly in love!  They legitimately look great on EVERYONE!  And with soooooo many different color options, you can't go wrong.  I may or may not own 3 of them now...
4.}  This Vanilla Snowflake Candle.  Now, there's nothing like Bath and Body Works "Tis the Season" scented anything.  Hand's down my favorite scent from there.  But that's clearly a seasonal one, so when I was on the hunt for something to transition from Christmas to Spring, I found this one.  It is perfect.  Not too sweet and light, which is what I look for in the Spring, but not too spicy like I look for in the winter.  This is the perfect balance.  It gives me the warm fuzzies...and you will find it burning in my house everyday from now until April ;)

5.}  These Ugg Slippers.  I don't know about you guys, but when I'm at home, I don't want to be wearing my shoes, but I also don't want to be barefoot because my feet tend to be the first thing to freeze.  Insert these slippers or "house shoes" as I like to call them.  ;)  I have owned a few pair of ugg slippers and boots in my lifetime, but I just got these for Christmas and they are my absolute favorite ones to date.  They are not only cozy, but they legitimately could be mistaken for actual shoes and be worn out of the house. (Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything...)  So if you are in the market for slippers or shoes that are worth every penny, these are it.  They are literally like walking on puffy warm clouds.  Plus, there are a lot that are on sale right now, so add them to your Valentine's Day list.  Try them on, and decide for yourself...

Ok folks.  That's about it for my Friday Faves!  I hope that each and every one of you has an awesome weekend and get to spend it doing something that you love!

Until next time...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Life Lately


Oh my goodness. It has been far, far too long since my last post (almost 2 years to be exact)...

You know, I've been contemplating a return for the last few weeks, but could never make the commitment to do so. I could come up with every excuse in the book, but instead let's jump right into it and pretend like I never left this little space, mmmkay??

So.  Where do we begin?

Well, since my last post, our oldest (Madden, age 6) has started Kindergarten.  Seriously, I know.  I am still in denial that I am a Mom to a gradeschooler...considering the fact that I'm only 22...or something like that. ;)

And our not-so-little baby is now 2 1/2 and in Pre-school 5 days a week for a few hours.  Which seems crazy, but sooooo necessary for that little dude.  He is much happier (and so is Mommy) when he has some time away!

Aaron and I both celebrated turning the big 3-0 last year and are actually quite enjoying being in our "30's".  For as freaked out as I was about that number, it honestly is not as scary as I made it out to be in my own head!

I am volunteering at Madden's school at least once a week, which is something I have always dreamed of doing.  I know it seems strange to think that I would dream of being a parent volunteer, but ever since I was a little girl, I always begged my Mom to volunteer at my school.  Being a teacher herself, it just never worked out.  That said, Madden looks forward to seeing me in his classroom each week and I love getting to know his teachers better, as well as the other kiddos in his class.  Especially since he's constantly talking about his "best buds" and his "girlfriend"(insert major eyeroll for that one)...this mama's gotta know who he's spending all of his time with!  Plus, he still wants me there.  Something that won't last forever!

We still live in our same home that we bought 5 years ago, and absolutely love the fact that it's literally 2 blocks from the grade school.  Best. Thing. Ever.  Carpool lane? Ummmm...what's that? haha!  And even though we have no plans of moving from this house anytime soon, it never hurts to look at bigger and better!  A girl can dream, amiright??

I am still a lover of all things fitness and eating healthy (ish).  I live on coffee.  I love my fashion, although my dressier "cute" clothes are pretty much just saved for the weekends, as you can find me 95% of the time in my Lululemon.  And I'm not complaining. :D  And even though nothing is permanent, the hubs and I have no plans to add any more little "Schabens" to the fam.  Although, if you watched my instatories from the other day, I did have a very, very realistic dream about giving birth to a little girl.  Like creepy real.  I guess anything could "technically" happen. #teamnomorebabies

Alrighty folks.  That's about all I can think up to fill this little space for right now. Not only that, I gotta get ready to make the frigid cold walk to pick up the eldest from school.  Pray that I don't get frostbite.  Hmmmmm...that carpool lane in my toasty warm car isn't sounding so bad after all...

Until next time...