Weekly Menu 16/52

After our crazy busy weekend, the last thing I wanted to do when I woke up this morning was go to the grocery.. so I didn’t.  I sat at the kitchen table and lettered the addresses on Rhett’s birthday invites.  I think they turned out really pretty & I didn’t have any mess-ups–score! So now that I’ve finished those & done my housework, I’m going to relax a little bit and save the grocery trip for once Rhett wakes from his nap.

Here’s what we have planned for the week:

Steaks w/ Sautéed Mushrooms & Baked Potatoes
Thai turkey meatballs (new!)
Avocado, Mozzarella Bruschetta Chicken
Spicy Peanut Noodles
Bleu Cheese Burgers & Roasted Cauliflower

The only recipe new to me is one my friend passed on, so I’m excited to try that! And the other two recipes I’ve linked to I have made before, but have yet to mention here on one of these weekly posts.  Both are amazingly delicious & for sure crowd-pleasers!  Steaks & burgers are also on the menu, but I figured you probably wouldn’t need recipes for those haha.

I’m off to go make myself an iced coffee & sit out on the patio until you-know-who wakes. May your coffee be strong and Monday short!


Just Things

Tomorrow morning we are getting up early to drive up to Ann Arbor to do some shopping & hit the IKEA which is only 30 minutes from there.. I’m so excited! I have my shopping list all ready and can’t wait to finally finish off the patio decor.  Plus, who doesn’t love shopping at IKEA? I’m such a visual person so their strategy definitely works for me. I’ll try to snap some of what we’re up to, so I’d love for you to come join us on snapchat! 👻ashtonrynearson.

spring go-to outfit

Remember those Gemma sandals I mentioned before?! Here’s a link for 25% OFF at Nordstrom!  And if I had to pick one go-to outfit for spring,  it’d be lace-up sandals, a pair of distressed jeans, a white tee, a light gray cardigan & a blush crossbody.

Did you know that 50% of the world’s children are potty trained by 1 year old?  I found that to be incredibly interesting, so I went crazy looking up all you need to do to make it happen! These two books are on my reading list early start potty training and elimination communication.. because hey, I’m all for diaper-less babies!

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar has lots and lots of health benefits, so I recently started adding it to my diet.  The first time I took a shot of it straight up and about puked. Ha!  It was so so sour & awful.  Then I searched for a recipe that would make it taste better.. I settled on a recipe of 2T ACV, 1t honey, 1/3 cup pineapple juice & a dash of cinnamon which makes it edible, but I still have to down it as quick as I can.

This article on self-awareness suggests 12 exercises that can fuel happiness and success.. I’m going to try playing devils advocate with myself! Sounds hard, but I think it could be good for me.

 I found what I hope is the perfect neon coral lip! At only $6 it’s worth a try.. this shade is called indie flick, but they have a whole bunch of other pretty options if this one is a little too bright for you.

nyx indie flick

Would you ever dine in the nude? ….in public?! This pop up restaurant in London will give you that chance!

Happy Weekend!

30 Before Age 30



You know the feeling when you’ve seen something or heard something multiple times & you think, is this a just coincidence or is it a sign? This week I’ve read a version of the “do it now” quote three separate times from totally different sources.  So I asked myself when I read it again this morning, is this sign?  Maybe it is. I guess the only way to find out is choose to either listen or brush it off.  As I thought about what “do it now” means, I have to decide how big that “it” is.  Is it to sell everything we have and travel the world? Or splurge on a treat every once in a while?

I’d say it’s somewhere between the two.  And because I’m an idealist-realist (yes I made that up) who loves to make lists, I have for you today the 30 before 30 list that I wrote when I turned 23.. in no particular order.

  1. Get married
  2. Buy a house
  3. Get another puppy
  4. Start lasting family traditions
  5. Start a family
  6. Take a hand lettering class
  7. Live and love a new city
  8. Buy a new car
  9. Go on vacation with just mom
  10. New Year’s somewhere fun
  11. Take an art class
  12. Eat something you’ve never had before
  13. See Paris with Danny
  14. Find out our genealogy
  15. Buy bikes & ride them!
  16. Run another half marathon
  17. Surprise Danny with a trip to Vegas
  18. Learn to play the violin
  19. Make friends with other mamas
  20. Choose healthy vs. skinny
  21. Take baby to the beach
  22. Find happiness in everyday things
  23. Grow a vegetable garden
  24. Buy a designer handbag
  25. Offer my time to charity
  26. Go to a concert
  27. Do something that scares you
  28. Start a collection
  29. Go sailing

Obviously I’ve already done some of these, but I didn’t want to ruin the list by striking through them.. so all that’s left to do is to decide if I’m going to listen or brush it off.  Maybe it was that I was supposed to write this so YOU’D get up and do something?!

Let’s both choose to do it now.