Happy Weekend! I haven't needed a Saturday as much as I've needed this one in a looooooong time... I started working at Chase this week (yay!) and training for a brand new job on top of volunteering at the church and keeping on top of all my duties as a mom has really drained me! I've been so tired. But I'm excited for this weekend so we can relax, have fun with family and friends and just enjoy these few days off of the craziness of the real world. Here's what I'm up to right now...

Watching - I honestly haven't even turned on the TV at all this week. 😱 I've just been too busy running around and when I finally get home, I just want to fall into bed. Hopefully next week I'll be able to carve out a bit of time to catch up on my favorite shows on Hulu. 

Reading - I'm reading One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus and The Rose Society by Marie Lu right now with a bunch of books in line to read next. So many good things to read! 

Eating - We've been getting down on some sushi lately. We spent my birthday evening at a local sushi place which we found out was all you can eat once we were seated so we went a bit nuts. And tonight we're going out to our favorite sushi place for their amazing happy hour with our friends and family to celebrate our birthdays. I'm so excited! 

Anticipating - Tomorrow is Nick's birthday and he'd like to go have a snow day to celebrate so this morning is going to be spent getting chains for my car and finding our warmest clothes for a day playing in the snow tomorrow. I love winter! 

Listening To - Having an Amazon Echo keeps our apartment filled with music most of the time. Lately I've been playing more Bob Marley and it brightens up the whole day. 

Working On - I'm in training for my new job for these next few weeks so my brain feels like it's bursting with new information. On the days I'm not at the bank, I'm still volunteering at the church office so I've been going nonstop! Staying organized and focused has become my top priority because there is just so much going on.

Loving - The weather has been crazy around here lately! It's been cold and blustery and super rainy. It even hailed on my birthday! So much! It almost looked like snow and it made me so happy. 

I hope your weekend has started off wonderfully and that you have some really fun stuff planned. What are you up to?

love & cupcakes, 


My Birthday Wishlist

I'm staring down another birthday on Monday even though I feel like I'm still a teenager playing at being a grown up. To ease the pain of getting older [and older and older...], here's a rundown of my most wanted birthday gifts this year. Feel free to send any of them my way. 😉

This Monster High doll is crazy cute!! I totally want her for my collection. 

And while we're talking Monster High dolls, this Lady Gaga inspired one is epic! 

I really, really, REALLY want to learn how to play the piano but since we live in an apartment with seriously limited storage space, I'll totally settle for learning how to play an electric keyboard that I can store vertically when I'm not playing it. 

I would love a rose gold necklace with an "S" for Scarlett stamped on it. So sweet!

[image via Urban Decay]

I'm totally in love with the entire UD X Kristen Leanne collection but this eyeshadow palette could be my everyday go-to. 

Presents are fun and all but seriously, for my birthday this year I just want to eat sushi until I can't eat anymore and then hang out with my family and friends. That's all the gift I need. Although if someone wanted to take my car to get detailed, I wouldn't mind that one bit. 

love & cupcakes;


scarlett style

It's been a little while since I've posted - things have been so busy lately! But even through all the chaos and changes, Scarlett has still managed to find her style... Here's what she's been rocking lately. 

I love those rainboots but my absolute favorite thing is when she decides to wear two completely different socks. Classic Scarlett! Which look is your favorite??

love & cupcakes, 



Happy Friday! Whoo... This week has been a doozy! Scarlett has been home from school with a fever for far too many days this week and I've been running around like a chicken with no head trying to juggle all the things. I'm so happy the weekend is finally here! I'm looking forward to a super chill relaxing weekend. Here's what I'm up to right now...

Watching - I just started watching 911 on Hulu and so far, I really like it! I'm going to check out The Resident, too, as soon as I get a chance. 

Reading - I'm about 30 pages into Annihilation and I'm not too engaged yet. Hopefully it'll reel me in pretty soon. 

Eating - Cereal has been my go-to snack lately... I really need to cut it out. 

Anticipating - I got a job offer! I'm supposed to start on my birthday [yay adulting!] and I have to say, it's already feeling so weird to think about going to work again. It's been quite a while since I've had to go to work. Hopefully the clothes I already wear will be okay for the workplace. If not, it's off to the mall I go! 

Listening To - I found this playlist on Spotify and it's got some old stuff and some newer stuff and it's kind of all over the place, but I'm digging it. 

Wishing - Right now, all I want is a nice big cup of coffee, a cozy spot on the couch and some serious uninterrupted reading time. Sounds like heaven... 

Working On - I started volunteering at our church's office a few days during the week and it's seriously throwing my routine off whack a bit. I'm working on figuring out what my new normal is going to look like. 

Loving - As much as I hate when Scarlett is sick, she gets pretty cozy and snuggly when she's not feeling well and I can't get enough. So sweet. 

I hope you have something amazing planned for the weekend! Scarlett and Nick have a daddy daughter date to go see wrestling on Saturday so I'm looking forward to some quiet time by myself - at least for a few hours. What are you up to?

love & cupcakes, 


catching my breath

It has been a bit crazy around here lately. 

Last week I had a job interview [I should hear back by the end of this week as to whether I got it or not] and I started volunteering a few days a week at my church's office and I feel like life has been a whirlwind ever since. Scarlett came down with a nasty stomach bug on Sunday afternoon and has been stuck in the apartment for the last two days solid. She seems to be on the mend, though, so hopefully we'll get back to normal super soon. The chores are piling up [especially the dishes!] and all I want to do is sit on the couch and watch TV... Not very productive, but it might be necessary for a little bit while I catch my breath and readjust to my new normal. 

It's nice to get up feeling like you have some purpose outside of just running the household. I get to put on makeup and brush my hair without immediately getting all sweaty by vacuuming or doing endless piles of laundry. It's definitely going to take some adjustments, but I'm already liking my new level of busy. I just have to catch my breath for a moment before diving back in...

love & cupcakes, 



It's February! My favorite time of the year! My birthday is coming and Valentines Day is only two weeks away. February is the best. Here's what I'm up to right now...

Watching - Nick has been home sick this week so there's been a lot of 30 Rock on rotation. And we've rediscovered our love of Scrubs, so we've been watching that a bit, too. Scarlett has become a huge fan of The Four and could watch it nonstop! 

Reading - I'm just about finished with Artemis and I've got three more books in line to knock out next. It's been a reading blitz around here lately! 

Eating - I just got ingredients to try and make homemade bagels. I have a bagel each morning for breakfast so if this is successful, it can really help with my bagel supply! I can even make different kinds so Nick and Scarlett can have some, too. Stay tuned - if it works, maybe I'll post about it. 

Anticipating - Later this morning I have a meeting about potentially starting a new job and I am FREAKED. It's been such a long time since I've worked outside the home that I hope I don't completely embarrass myself. Fingers crossed it will be a good thing! 

Wishing - This freaking weather has been insane. It shouldn't be 70 degrees in winter. It's not natural. Where did my winter go?!?!? I wish it would go back to being cold and dreary... Come on winter! You can do it!

Working On - I need to get better and packing school lunches for Scarlett. She's been relying on hot lunches at school far too often lately. Do you have any go-to school lunch ideas for picky little eaters? 

Loving - I'm loving all the Valentine stuff everywhere! My favorite day...

What are you up to this weekend? Anything fun and exciting? Or do you get to relax and enjoy yourself? 

love & cupcakes, 


Scarlett Style

This girl and her fashion sense... What can I say?? Take it away Miss Scarlett!

love & cupcakes,