berry nice weekend

[aka when your blog titles get a little lame after almost 10 years]

Hellooooo. Happy Monday! How was the weekend? Did you watch the Oscars last night? I always love watching them even though I usually don’t see 90% of the movies that are nominated. I definitely have a new list of things to watch, though! Fave dresses? There were so many incredible ones, but my very faves were Gal Gadot, Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence.

A little weekend recap:

Friday was Dr. Seuss day at Liv’s school, so she asked if she could be Cindy Lou Who. I had a liiiiittle too much fun doing her hair for the occasion.

Cindy lou who hair

It was a good day – I caught a workout and smashed through some work to-dos-


and later that night, we decided to check out a carnival that rolled into town. When you live in a small town, you’re constantly looking for family-friendly adventures, so it’s not always like, “Let’s go play at the mall arcade…again.”

When we saw the flashing lights and Ferris wheel, we had a feeling it would be a hit.


The girls rode a ton of rides and Liv had a blast jumping on the bungee trampoline contraption,

Chillin with the hound

while P chilled with the owners’ sweet Basset hound.

We capped the evening off with froyo at The Mix before heading back home, just to ensure the girls were filled with adrenaline and pure sugar before bedtime.

Strawberry picking:

Saturday morning, we slept in and decided to hit up Cracker Barrel for breakfast since the girls love their pancakes. CB is one of our long-time, random inside jokes – we’ll often read the billboards to each other on road trips in the most ridiculous voices – but their food is good, and it’s always packed in V-town. I’m a huge fan of their oatmeal because it has baked apples and raisins…pretty much like they put pie filling on top.

After breakfast, we headed to pick strawberries!

Picking strawberries

I was shocked to see that strawberry picking was so early – it was super cold a few weeks ago – but they had an incredible field full of fresh strawberries.

Picking strawberries

An entire gallon was $10. SCORE. We’ll definitely be back!

Picking strawberries

The weather was perfection, and the girls were super cute picking out their berries. We had no problem filling our gallon bucket.

Picking strawberries

Picking strawberries

Of course, this had to happen with some of the goods when we got home.

chocolate covered strawberries

The girls spent the rest of the day playing outside while the Pilot and I caught up on chores, watched them play, took turns going to the gym, and grilled burgers for dinner. (I made a “clean out the fridge” salad with spinach, romaine, olives, feta, tomato and Primal Kitchen dressing.)

Sunday morning, I made the girls their favorite banana pancakes and tested out these Simple Mills pancakes (<— ordered from Thrive). They were surprisingly amazing. I can’t wait to have them again and create some recipes using the mix.

Simple Mills pancakes

For dinner, we had gas station tacos aka La Taqueria. (It’s literally attached to a gas station.. and the best tacos, by far, in V-town.)

gas station tacos

We curled up to watch the Oscars and called it a night!

How was your weekend? Any fun activities or adventures? What’s your Friday night usually look like?



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  1. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on March 5, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Strawberry picking sounds so amazing. I love taking the littles apple and peach picking.

  2. Virjinia @ With Purpose and Kindness on March 5, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Those tacos looks amazing! And it does seem early for strawberries but glad you got a good batch! My Friday’s tend to be grocery shopping night and take out! It’s also a night when I catch up with any tv I may have missed throughout the week.

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 5, 2018 at 10:31 am

    We used to pick strawberries on my Grandpa’s farm. Some of my best childhood memories are from doing that! It was also when I discovered I was allergic to strawberries. I have to avoid them until my 20’s because they made me break out in hives.

  4. Christina on March 5, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Our favorite taco place in college was attached to a used car dealership!

  5. Lauren on March 5, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Oooh chocolate-covered strawberries! Is there anything more decadent?!

  6. C. on March 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Yes on Straberries!
    No on Oscars. I have never missed. However this year…. way to political, so avoided the whole thing.

  7. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on March 5, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Awww looks like a good time! My Friday night usually equals eating out and a movie, it’s the BEST! But this week I went to a women’s leadership meeting through my church, they talked a ton about white space and how to create more of it in your life! It was great!

  8. Milania Dela cruz on March 5, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Those pancakes look amazing!!!
    Friday nights are for movie nights over here! And just being lazy which I love after a busy work’s week.
    I watched the oscar’s too. I love glamour and the glitz. I love Jennifer Garner’s dress and Margo Robie’s!

  9. Jennifer on March 5, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Liv is really feeling that Southern saying “higher the hair, closer to god” XD

    That is early for strawberries! But I guess they grow them in greenhouses first, then plant them to try and get an earlier season? I permanently have berry-picking-goggles on! I was looking at your photo and thinking “Oh! There a good one!”

  10. Tracy on March 5, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    So jealous you went berry picking! Way too early for Kansas. (btw I like your blog post title!!)

    No on the Oscars… we are sucked into the new Netflix show called Seven Seconds. Have you watched? Soooo sooo good! Both you & the pilot would like it I think.

  11. Emily on March 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Loved the first line of your post bc as I was clicking onto the post and waiting for it to load, I thought to myself aw I love her weekend recap titles. 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

  12. Vince on March 6, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Berry picking is such a lovely experience. I love it as a cheap way to get berries but it also promotes such an appreciation of food and where it comes from.

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