Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: July 2016

Today I'm linking up to share what's been going on with The Franks.

What We're Eating This Week.

I made this quinoa enchilada casserole from a recipe I found on pinterest and it was GLORIOUS. Y'all should definitely try it out.

I added avocado and tomatoes on top. However, my avocados weren't ripe enough. They look pretty but tasted pretty yuck.

It said to put in an 8x8 pan but a 9x13 worked better for us!

What I'm Reminiscing About....

My Little Angel Bear. My timehop has been getting me so much this past week. I can't believe how much he's changed in a year. It makes this momma's heart sad and also gives me baby fever like none other....but that will have to wait. 

What I'm Loving....

I got to spend so much time with my High School Bestie this past weekend and her new baby Genevieve. We had lunch, hung out and talked and made a Kroger run for the BEST COOKIES EVER. I didn't take a single pic which makes me sad but it seriously was just what I needed last weekend. If only Lexington, KY and Memphis were closer. However we did figure out Nashville is halfway so were trying to plan a girls weekend!

What We've Been Up To..

Well, our freezer leaked a week or two ago and jacked up our kitchen and dining room floors so were getting those fixed. And we've been doing some other things to get out house ready to sell. (That's a whole other post). We've been playing lots of "Choo Choo's". Declan is currently obssesed with any and everything related to trains. It's so cute how he says "Choo Choo" too.

What I'm Dreading...

Putting our house on the market eventually. The thought of keeping my house show ready makes me want to vomit and the thought of packing up and moving also makes me want to vomit. #goodtimes

What I'm Working On....

I've gotten back into the swing of things with Nerium. I have some new team members and I'm really excited about our future with the Company. #debtfree #sidegig #idriveafreelexus

What I'm Excited About...

See above plus some much needed lake time this weekend!

What I'm Watching/Reading...

Jared and I are currently decreasinging "Boundaries in Marriage" by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. 

What I'm Listening To.....

Podcasts, Podcasts and more Podcasts. My personal favorites are Joyce Meyer, Dave Ramsey and Life Church. Any other suggestions are welcomed!

What I'm wearing...

Nothing new but I did wear this chambray dress Monday and posted this pic on Instagram and FB and I got lots of positive feedback. I never think of myself as stylish so that made me feel kinda trendy. The Dress is from Old Navy. For size reference I got a small and it's ON SALE!

What I'm Doing This Weekend....

Heading to the LAKE!!! This will be my view. Hopefully the rain will hold off until Sunday!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month....

I can't think of any specific thing but there are definitely some fun things planned!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

 I LOVE LISTS this is why I decided to do a Top Ten Tuesday post however my follow through on my lists is not very good. Follow Through is a big goal for me this year.

 In 4 days I will have a 17 month old. How is that even possible? It's funny all the people that tell you before you have kids that the days are long but the years are short. Well let me just tell you all those older ladies are so true!

Declan has been super clingy and wanting me to hold him and be with him all the time and I'm not complaining one bit. I love that little Momma's boy.

 Declan has also started being intentional when he talks. He loves to say the "O" sound and his sweet version of "momma" melts my heart every time.

Sidenote: If you can't tell he has Aunt Shae Shae wrapped around his fingers and she will do anything for him. We also put his hair in "Coolio" ponytails.

 I decided the beginning of March that I was going to read more. I'm notorious for buying books and not reading them. Dave Ramsey would have a heart attack at the amount of books I've bought and never read. See that follow through thing sneaking up again. Well I'm proud to say that I've read three books since the beginning of March! I also discovered that our public library here in Memphis has an app that you can download three books at a time to your kindle for free!! Dave would be so proud!

Budget! Budget! Budget! I've decided that its time to be more intentional with paying off our debt and saving for rainy days. Our budget needs some work but I'm committed to making it work and Jared is on the same page. I'm reading "Total Money Makeover" and going through the workbook.

My side job....which I absolutely love and allows be to bring in income without sacrificing a bunch of time away from family and I drive a FREE LEXUS is really taking off. It's crazy what happens when you put your mind to something and really work at it!


Nerium which is my side job see #7 just launched an eye cream that is OUT OF THIS WORLD! It was developed at Signum Biosciences on the campus of Princeton. So Princeton's best shot at anti-aging! Nothing can hold a candle to that! Check out these pictures!

So the one above is a close friend of mine Cassie Carriger. These are her results A MINUTE after she applied the eye cream! #holysmokes #neriumdoesitagain

Jared started cross fit this week and I'm so excited for him! I think he's going to really like it. Now I need to get my butt in gear. 

I just love that man right there!

I need to practice more gratefulness. I know I can get so caught up with all the things I don't have when I need to focus on the things I do have. Jared and I had a grateful journal before we got pregnant and I think we need to end the day with that again. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

March Picture Overload Part One

WARNING: Picture OVERLOAD if you don't like pictures of our precious little angel don't read any further.

Who all voted in their Primary Elections??? We have fancy stickers in TN. 

How preppy and cute is he in his boots and vest? His Vest game has to be strong like Daddy.

Had to fuel up for dad's first basketball game of the season. He loves his tortellini.

He started out good sitting in the stroller but that didn't last long. Then we went to the bleachers and he flirted with any girl that would look at him. It's crazy to me how he already knows how to charm the ladies! The game went into overtime so we had to head to the hall way to run around but overall he was great during the game. 


Crazy Hair and he could care less.

I had to pull it out of his face since Jared was protesting a hair cut.

Nap time in the stroller while daddy was running errands.

Playing in the mud and throwing rocks. #allboy

He absolutely LOVES to sweep.

His poor molars are coming in but I'm enjoying all the extra snuggles. 

Since Daddy was feeling bad we went out to Mimi and Poppy's house so he could spend the night with them.

Scooby Snacks and Man Buns. LOL!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

13 Weeks

FULL DISCLOSURE: This post is from 2014 when I was pregnant with Declan I just never hit publish then. 

How Far Along? 13 weeks

Size of Baby: A Pea Pod (3 inches)

Gender: One day I think boy and the next I think girl. Can't wait to find out!

Weight Gain: 6lbs I gained 5lbs in the first 8 weeks because I was straight up lazy! The first trimester exhaustion is no joke! I started prenatal boot camp with Fusion Fitness at 8 weeks and it’s made a world of difference!

Maternity Clothes: I lost my job this week so I’ve been living in tempo shorts and large t-shirts which are heavenly. I have been living in maxi dresses too. I’m still not ready for maternity clothes but a lot of my clothes are pretty tight in the tummy area.

Nursery: Is still a guestroom.  

Movement: Nothing at the moment but I seriously CAN NOT WAIT!!!

Symptoms: The "girls" are still a little sore and HUGE! I’ve only been sick twice and it was in the car while I was on the phone. I guess I’ve developed carsickness or maybe I should just stay off the phone in the car.

Sleep: This is ALL I DO! Ever since we found out I’ve been sleeping non-stop and always feel exhausted. This growing a baby business is no joke! I sleep from 5pm then wake up for dinner and then go back to bed till the next morning. I usually wake up once to pee which is rather annoying!

Cravings: Sweets and Red Meat. Specifically Swedish Fish and Tops Hamburgers

What I Miss:  Turkey Sammies, Adult Beverages every once in awhile and my energy!

Best Moment This Week: Telling a lot of our friends. Our families have known for a while but telling our friends has been so fun! It’s still a secret on FB since I’m job searching.

Looking Forward To: Finding out what were having and looking pregnant not “fluffy”!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Goals

I was reading Mix and Match Momma this past weekend. Side Note..... I honestly can not remember the last time I actually sat and read blogs. Partly because I chase around a toddler and work two jobs and partly because I have a horrible habit of comparing myself to everyone. Back to the real focus of this post, I was reading Shay's blog and was intrigued by her starting her month with her goals and then reevaluating them at the end of the month. I know for a fact I'm not good at holding myself accountable so maybe if I write it down, blog about it and tell the whole world wide web maybe I'll actually follow through. So here go nothing!

2 Books: I'm notorious for buying LOTS and I mean LOTS of books and NEVER I mean NEVER finishing them. So I'm committing to finishing 2 and keeping track of them on my GoodReads account. Another idea I stole from Shay. She reads 6 A MONTH! Holy Moly! My two books this month are The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and The Miracle Morning for Network Marketers by Hal Elrod and Pat Petrini ( I gotta get my Nerium Game Strong Again)

Quiet Time: I was listening to a Joyce Meyer Podcast yesterday and it hit home with this Momma. She said everyone needs quiet time with God every morning which I couldn't agree with more and then she said it DOES NOT MATTER HOW LONG IT WAS. Wow, what a slap in the face! I seriously won't do it if I don't have 30 mins to do it. So many days I don't have that however Joyce said God loves you even if you give him two minutes and sometimes that's all I have and he loves me just the same. So this morning I sat in my closet after I got out of the shower and read through my First5 app for the first time in forever and guess what the topic was....ACCOUNTABILITY. Ding Ding Ding....I think God was in on that, LOL! They referenced Hebrews 2:1. Go and read it...GOOD STUFF right there,

Insanity: And I'm not talking about my life. I may be smaller than I've been in a while physically but my energy level and toneness (is that even a word) SUCK. So I signed up for 90 days free beachbody on demand and I'm going to do Insanity with my boy Shaun T. I was planning on getting up early yesterday and starting but we had a rough night with D (Excuses Excuses) so I'm starting tonight. Maybe I'll post some before and afters.

Think Before I Speak: This one is pretty self explanatory. I need to shut my mouth and count to ten and if I still need to say it then I'll say it. I can say some pretty mean stuff so I'm working on shutting my mouth more. And all the people said AMEN!

Blog 4 Times This Month: One down 3 to go.

Letters to Declan: When I was pregnant and after I had him I was severely depressed so I didn't journal or keep up with a baby book. It was a struggle to even get monthly pictures. I'm not sure if I'm gonna email them to him (yes, he has an email address) or just put them on here. We shall see but I want him to know what's going on with him and how much I love him to pieces. So much so it hurts sometimes. Maybe I can get Jared to join in on this one but we shall see. 

And no blog post is complete without some pictures of my little monkey bear! Gosh, he is so cute!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cuzzo Melany Gets Married!

WARNING: Picture Overload

This past weekend Jared and I traveled to the Land of Cheese to watch my precious cousin marry her Prince.

This was on the flight to Dallas. We flew through there to Milwaukee.

I sure do love this guy!

This was the wedding venue, Seven Seas. It was absolutely beautiful and the weather wasn't too shabby either. Hello, no humidity!! My hair looked great ALL WEEKEND LONG!

There's that hunk again! He loves me although I make him take a bazillion and one pictures!

This was the restaurant and pavilion looking up from the water. Jared and I love being on the water so we were in heaven all weekend long!

Auntie Karen, Dad and Mom happily obliged to take a pic for me!

Practicing. They had to rehearse on another patio bc they were having a fish fry under the pavilion and it smelled HEAVENLY!

How cute are they? Nick and Melany!

The whole bridal party getting ready to practice walking in. Her wedding party was huge but I had her beat by 4 people. What can I say...we have LOTS of sweet precious friends!

Sunset on Lake Nagawicka

This was the restaurant from the parking lot.

They rolled up singing and dancing to the rehearsal dinner!

Cuzzos and the Groom!

And yes there are four girls and they're all gorgeous and tall and BLONDE!

Uncle DJ and Jackson

Probably telling a joke! 


Leonardo take two!

My handsome date for the wedding! Sorry Ladies he's taken!

Mom and her baby boy since the Joses and Corums only make girls!

Uncle DJ, HunTER and John.

Little Sissy walking down the aisle.

The Bride and Groom. Her dress and veil were stunning!

Me and Auntie Karen. I wish we lived closer!

Aunt Sharon and her grand daughter and my god daughter Ella Ann!

Ella and I! She entertained us the whole reception!

Collin and Ella discussing Life!

Never a dull moment with these two. 

The cake...they had gelato too!

Love this man! He reminds me a lot of Jared!

Lisa and her handsome little man.

Cutting the cake

One of the grandsons with Auntie K and Uncle DJ

Mindy "the shy one" giving her speech. There wasn't a dry eye in the whole place. Can we also take a minute to look at that view????


Another Lake Selfie!

Sunset Part 2

Mr and Mrs Corrao!!!!

Ella and Aunt Sharon 

Father/Daughter Dance

Jose Girls!!! Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Pre Beer Chuggin Contest. Jared redeemed himself and pulled out a WIN!

Post Contest!

Thriller!!!! My family is cooler than yours!

Momma and her youngest niece and the photo bomb!