on the wagon

Hi πŸ™‚ How’s your Dine-In December going?

I’ve been thankful for copious veggie soup leftovers to keep me on the wagon this week…

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(also brought a bag of Skinny Pop to share with my work friends- Β the pre-popped kind doesn’t make the resort smell like a movie theatre)Β 

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and also for an awesome girls’ night to keep me on the dine-in wagon.

With the exception of the first week of the challenge -I had Renee’s with Megan for lunch- and the holiday party, I’ve managed to enjoy all of our dinners without going out to eat! Skidoosh.Β 

After work last night, I went home to do the bedtime rituals with Oliv, and made a salad to take over to Meara’s for girls’ night.

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Greens from our farmer’s market box, these awesome spiced almonds (can’t remember the brand, but I got them at Walgreens), dried cranberries, goat cheese and homemade balsamic

+ vino

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For dinner, we had chicken enchiladas that were to diiiieeeee for, salad, veggie and cheese tray with crackers and hummus, wine, gingerbread cake and buckeyes for dessert. My first time trying buckeyes -a peanut butter concoction wrapped in a blanket of melted chocolate- and needless to say, I was a fan.

It was an amazing night with friends that I’ve known since the Valdosta days (some since the North Carolina days). It was kind of fun to be enjoying the same kind of night we used to often spend together, but with our husbands home at home with our sleeping babies. Funny how things change so much, but also remain the same.

Love this girl πŸ™‚


With meara

(Her cousin Natalie reads the blog! Hi, Natalie!)

This morning, I’m off to do the work thing. Hope you’re all enjoying the week so far and I’ll see ya later on the Fashion page.



Just for fun: Bella and Caroline playing together! Caroline is really starting to come out of her shell. Please excuse the ABCs singing caterpillar in the background haha πŸ˜‰Β 

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  1. OMG they are beyond adorable. Caroline really is coming out of her shell. She makes such a sweet BBF for Bella!

  2. KariLynne10 says:

    I love Caroline’s little rollovers! Too cute

  3. Hahaha Bella looks like she’s moving in fast forward! And I agree with the comment above, Caroline’s rollovers are adorable.

  4. Always love a girls night πŸ™‚ That Ravenswood Old Vine wine is so good, one of my favorites!

  5. All of that food sounds amazing! Buckeyes are my hubby’s favorite treat but I only make them around Christmas and we always eat way too many πŸ˜‰ it’s worth the once a year splurge tho!

  6. That salad is so festive! PS, I love Ravenswood wine. Such an affordable and delicious wine.

  7. That puppy video is adorable!

  8. Omg Caroline and Bella are so adorable together! They have so much energy!

  9. Buckeyes are incredible!!!
    Dine-in December is such a great idea. A couple of times I’ve been tempted to just have Chris grab food but thought better of it! So far – 100% meals prepared at home! The next week is looking sort-of packed so I better do some serious planning over the weekend if we are going to keep the streak going!

  10. Elizabeth M. says:

    That video is too cute! I loved when Bella jumped over that bag (or pillow) cracked me up! Love Caroline’s little rolls, they’re going to be best buds : )

  11. That salad looks yummy!

  12. Oh my goodness! That video was so sweet, they look like they are having a blast – between Caroline rolling over and Bella’s leaping, I love it!

    And buckeyes…I now have a craving, I haven’t had them in so long! Yum!

  13. Amanda Lee says:

    Love your necklace/sweater combo! Too cute!

  14. I don’t think I’ve ever drooled over salad pictures like I do on your blog!

  15. That salad looks so yummy. Love your necklace

  16. These buckeyes sound so good! So funny I had a ladies night yesterday too we had similar food and I loved hanging out with the ladies. You look stunning in that yellow sweater!!

  17. That salad looks amazing! Now I’m craving a huge salad with goat cheese. I’ll only eat them if they contain some sort of fruit and goat cheese so this one looks perfect for me!

  18. The dogs are so cute together. I’m glad things are working out so wonderfully with that πŸ™‚

  19. HAHAHAHA! I am dying laughing from that video! They are both hysterical! Bell was bouncing off the walls! SO SO funny!!

  20. Aww – Bella’s the best medicine / best mentor for Caroline, modeling what it’s like to feel happy, safe & loved. It’s working so well. Bless you for rescuing!!

  21. What a beautiful festive salad – Yum!!

  22. Goat cheese really is the best! I love that you are incorporating it in so many salads. I think many people miss this and never try it!

  23. That was adorable thanks for sharing ! Your husband is really outnumbered now!! 4:1 !

  24. Caroline rolled over like a champ! Looks like they’ve become quite friendly! so cute

  25. Coming from Ohio, Buckeyes are a must. I can’t believe that you’ve never had one before!

    I think an Amazeball version is in order πŸ˜‰

  26. omg, I love how Caro rolls and rolls over, lol πŸ™‚

  27. Love dinner parties like that. All those dishes sounds scrumptious. Buckeyes….heaven.
    Your yellow sweater is great!!

  28. Girls nights are the best! Way to go for finding time to have them even when life gets busy!

  29. Sooooo cute!

  30. What are the sprout type thingys in the salad? Looks delish!

  31. Buckeyes are one of my all time favorite holiday treats! Too bad they are so time consuming to make but they are worth it.

  32. Hi Gina, where did you get that beautiful yellow sweater. Too cute.

  33. My Mee Maw (great grandmother) used to make Buckeyes every Christmas. This post made me think of her and smile! Love little Caroline by the way.

  34. We definitely have the same tastes in salad combos. Dried fruit, goat cheese, and nuts all the way!

  35. it looks like they were always meant to be together. <3

  36. Good job on dining in! Yay for a great girls night and yummy food.

  37. My dine-in December is going great, even if it does mean some nights I’m not eating until 9:30pm. I’m actually more amazed at how calm and fine I feel going so long between meals, though I’m guessing that’s because I’m actively on-the-go rather than just sitting around (If I was just sitting around, I’d eat earlier anyway).
    Love your sweater! I adore yellow, so anything like that catches my eye πŸ™‚

  38. Love the video. It’s great that Bella has a friend that she can run and play with.

  39. Natalie @ freshlifefindings says:

    Hi Gina! Thanks for the hello πŸ™‚ I’m jealous you get to hang out with Meara, she is the sweetest. Nothing beats a good girls night! Especially when wine is involved πŸ˜‰

  40. Ditto..to I love the sweater/necklace combo and video of the furbabies playing.

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