What's Up Wednesday | January

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Happy Wednesday Friends!
I can't believe it is already the last day of January!
This month really went fast!
And since it is the end of the month, I am linking up with Shay, Mel & Sheaffer for...
I am also joining The Blended Blog today for their fashion link up.
Check out my cozy January outfit under "What I'm Wearing" below :)

What We're Eating This Week...
Still trying to keep things healthy, but this weekend we will be having all the wings, pizza, cupcakes, etc. during the big game!

What I'm Reminiscing About...
Seeing these pictures of X from just a few years ago...

How has it already been 4 years???

What I'm Loving...
The feeling that I am on top of things.
The beginning of the year is always a good time because I feel ahead of the game.
Fingers crossed I can keep it that way!

What We've Been Up To...
We rang in the new year with some great friends,

we celebrated Mic turning 40,

and X started basketball.

When he isn't at his basketball game, he is at home practicing.
Yes, we have a hoop in the middle of our family room :)
#tomboymom #boymom

What I'm Dreading...
Thinking about wearing a swimsuit of any kind this summer.
I have been doing really well with my workouts, but this body needs a lot more help before I brave the beach!

What I'm Working On...
Growing my blog and Instagram following (@xtremelyv).
I am looking into courses on how to be better with both, as well looking in to collaborations with other bloggers :)
Let me know if you are interested in working together!

What I'm Excited About...
That we are (fingers crossed) just a few short months away from starting our big remodel on our house!
I am trying to hold back my excitement until it actually begins, but it is still exciting that the year is finally here!

What I'm Watching/Reading...
I picked up this book a couple of weeks ago at Hobby Lobby and I am loving it.
I only get to read about a chapter a day, but that works for me :)

And Mic and I just started season 7 of Game of Thrones.
I can't believe this is the next to last season!
Still recording This Is Us and The Blacklist, but I am so behind! :(
I must find some time to catch up!

What I'm Listening To...
I hopped on the free I Am Mom Summit and have loved listening to the women on there!
And I am cranking all the new JT tunes and Carrie & Ludacris' Super Bowl song!

What I'm Wearing...
I have been wearing my Vivofit 3 every day...and it definitely keeps me moving!
Since it has been snowy, I am still rocking one of the best purchases I have made...these Sorel boots (that I picked up on major sale - $67)!
The Elk/Dark Mountain color is still available for 50% through today with code SORHNY50!!

Another super comfy and warm item I have pretty much worn every single day since it arrived last month is this jacket from A&F!
Another amazing purchase!
 It is currently on Clearance for $72!

I have been wearing all of my new earrings this month as well :)
Willow Elizabeth gifted me both of these sets of earrings and they are even prettier in person!

And I grabbed these Nickel & Suede Leopard earrings during the presale last month.

And this pullover (the A&F dupe) has been on repeat!
So, so soft!
I would definitely size up if you order!

And my new jeans I scored from The Rack are always super soft and cozy :)

 Throw all these pieces together and you get the ultimate cozy outfit for January in Ohio :)

What I'm Doing This Weekend...
Watching the Super Bowl!
Who are you cheering for?
The New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles?

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...
I am hosting a wine tasting at my home,
helping out with X's Valentine's Day party at school,
spending Valentine's Day with my loves,
and celebrating my mom's birthday.

What Else Is New...
We have mice :(
Apparently it goes with living in an old country home, but I still don't like it.
I have thrown away so much food from my pantry.
So now I am on the hunt for some glass jars that I can store things in.
I am stuck between these styles....

Help! Which one should I go with?
I need them for pasta, for baking goods, for my protein powder, etc.

Fashion, Food, Fitness & Friends Goals

Monday, January 29, 2018

Today I am linking up with The Blended Blog to talk about my goals for Fashion, Food, Fitness & Friends :)

My closet basically contains two types of casual for work, and then jeans/shorts and graphic tees for outside of work.
This year I am trying to work on finding some cute pieces for the in between.
I never have anything cute to wear if we go out with friends for dinner and such.
I bought 5 or 6 new tops just to go with me to Nashville!
I need to up my game in this area, but I don't want to break the bank.
So I am on the hunt for some cute pieces that still say Vanessa this year.

I do pretty well eating healthy for my meals throughout the day/week, but I still can't stop mindless eating.
I sit at a desk all day at work and I always find myself reaching for something.
I know a lot of it has to do with the fact that I get bored staring at my computer all day.
I am busy, but I think I snack just to get through it.
I need to work on packing better snacks so when I grab for something it isn't that big bag of twizzlers I keep in my desk ;)

Keep up the good work!
My goals are to workout at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes.
I have been doing at least 6 days a week so far, and I have even up'd a few of those days to an hour and a half!
I absolutely loving working out!
I just wish I had more time in the day to do it :/
Last year I did invest in myself a bit and bought a year long membership for the Beachbody workouts on demand.
I love it!
I can pull out my phone, pick any type of workout I want to do and get to it.
Plus, I can do it at home.
Meaning I don't have to find a babysitter for X and I can do the workouts when it is convenient for me.
Most the time that is between 8:30-10pm.

My motto this is year is the more the merrier!
Because I am a bit more of a tomboy, I tend to be a loner.
I am forcing myself to branch out a bit more this year and embrace hanging with the girls.
Honestly, it can be tough for me.
Remember, I am the girl who would rather watch a football game and drink beer with the guys, than go get my nails done and go shopping.
But it is a new year and I am working on changing my ways a bit to enjoy life more.
I am hosting a wine tasting party in February,
I am going to the JT concert in May with a few friends,
and I am going on a girls only trip to Myrtle Beach to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday this summer!

What are your goals this year for Fashion, Food, Fitness & Friends?

Flexible Much?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Linking up with Erika, Narci & Andrea for...

Remember how I mentioned not too long ago that I was trying to just live in the moment more?
Well, that is exactly what happened yesterday and why I am just now writing this post at 10:30am :)

I am here now, so let's get on with my favorites from the past week!
I made my coffee To-Go on Friday morning and used one of my favorite travel mugs.
#alwaysreppin' #neverforgetwhereyoucamefrom

 I came home on Friday to some happy mail :)
The ladies at Willow Elizabeth gifted me these gorgeous earrings!
I absolutely love them!
 Grab yourself a pair of the Pantone Color of the year ones or those fun shiny silver cutouts!
They are always releasing new patterns! Check out all of their earrings here :)

Friday evening was X's first Upwards basketball practice.
#4 is my favorite ;)
I absolutely loved watching him out on the court!
I can't wait for him to play in his first game tonight! 

 After basketball we joined some friends for pizza at their house and were able to surprise Mic with a cake for his birthday :)

If you know my husband, one of his favorite things is learning more about the bourbons that are out there.
I thought it would be fitting to have a bourbon barrel cake made.
I think this turned out great considering we only planned this whole celebration a few days before!

Saturday was officially Mic's 40th birthday and I convinced him to go out to dinner at our favorite Japanese steakhouse.
A couple of our best friends joined us too!

Good friends just make life so much better!

On Sunday I made a stop at Target before I did my normal grocery shopping.
I mentioned these shows in my Target Picks post this week.
Seriously, don't they look almost identical to the Vince Camuto ones?
I have a feeling these will be my favorite spring/summer shoe!

I try to treat myself to Starbucks on Sundays when I do my grocery shopping.
When I ordered my favorite Caramel Creme Brulee Latte I was told they were upgrading me from a Tall to a Venti for free because they were trying to get rid of the excess product!

Rachel shared this with me when I was looking for some healthier/cleaner alternatives to butter.
Have you tried Ghee Butter before?
How do you use it?
It isn't my favorite yet, but I could see switching if I had a better idea how to use it :)

I started the blog week off by sharing some of my favorite tips on Self Care :)
I am open to more suggestions from you all as well!

Instagram = All the favorites
This is unfortunately 100% me :/

Please tell me someone else out there had this couch in their childhood home?

I honestly didn't know that backing into your parking space or garage was considered old!!!
I didn't think old people could do that!!!
This is how Mic and I park almost everywhere we go, including our garage!

So my little ole' Instagram account hit 1000 followers this week!
That is crazy!
Thank you! You are all my favorites!
And now I am planning a little giveaway in celebration.
Stay tuned friends!

It is Kindness week at school so each day the kiddos were able to wear something different (similar to spirit week).
X wanted nothing to do with crazy sock/shoe day or crazy hair/hat day.
But when it was time for wear your favorite sport/team day he was all about it!
He went back and forth, but ultimately decided to wear his New England Patriots Tom Brady jersey.
He later told me it was because the rest of his friends were wearing Ohio State and he wanted to change it up.
I definitely don't have a follower on my hands :)

Yesterday I worked from home because this guy finally had his 6 year check up.
He was having a blast goofing and dancing around while we waited for the doctor.
I seriously think laughing is his favorite thing to do!

When we were done, he put his pj's back on and we headed to our favorite store.
Yesterday was PJ day at school.
He was blown away that he was allowed to wear his pj's to the doctor.
And he questioned me even more that he was allowed to wear them into Target.
He didn't believe they would let him in!
I pray that he stays that way forever! ;)
 And on a side note....oh my goodness does this kid look like Mic in this picture!
Same smirk and stance!

I was in need of some coffee and we were right next to a Starbucks drive-thru so we grabbed one of my favorite drinks before heading back home.
And then I saw this.... 
I don't frequent this particular location so I had no idea they changed their drive-thru to 24 hours as of the 1st of the year!!!
So excited!

While X is still into Pokemon and Minecraft, his latest obsession is Beyblade Burst.
He picked up a few of them yesterday with a gift card he received and he hasn't put them down.
He even wanted to sleep with them!

And last but certainly not least, I saw this on Pinterest this week and it has become my new favorite.
It is now my screen saver :)

I hope you all have had a wonderful week and enjoy your weekend!

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