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THINKING ABOUT: On Tuesday Max tried chicken for the first time and hated it. What started out to be a 30-minute event turned out to last 1.5 hours from start to finish. The whole thing was a comical disaster. I was eager to introduce him to meat, but I wasn't keen on the jarred stuff and not entirely certain how I'd puree it on my own, so I opted to try Ella's Kitchen's Chick-Chick Chicken Casserole. Up until this point he hasn't been too terribly picky, so I figured it was worth a shot. BIG mistake. HUGE. The outcome of every bite got worse with each attempt. He turned his nose and spit it out. I couldn't help but laugh. After seeing me chuckle, he decided to spit/blow bubbles and baby food splattered all over the walls, kitchen table, and Beesly. Before I could wipe him down, he moved on to rub his head and his arms. How did it get in his ears?? I looked down and realized my favorite white tee was covered in Chick-Chick Chicken Casserole. Grrrrrrrreat! Somewhat overwhelmed by the scenario, I attempted to come up with a plan of attack. How was I going to clean up this mess? Where do I even begin? I opted to grab Max and bathe him first, which seemed like the best option at the time. But somehow since his previous bath, he learned to kick and splash in the water. When did this happen? The lively fellow was awfully proud of his newfound talent and before I could even digest what I was witnessing, my bangs and face were drenched with water and my outfit was sopping wet. It's cool, kid. I didn't have enough messes to clean up anyway... Needless to say, I was pretty ready for a gin-spiked beverage later that evening and very grateful for OxiClean and Magic Erasers.
FEELING: Loop giveaways on Instagram. What's the point? I understand people want to gain followers, but is it REALLY necessary? As a blogger I'm often approached by companies to promote products. This is not something I take lightly because I work hard to maintain a certain level of authenticity. If it's from a company that I adore and I've purchased from in the past, then it's worth considering but that doesn't mean I jump at every opportunity. In fact, out of hundreds of offers, I can count on one hand how many times I've agreed to work with various shops or venders and I've done so with transparency. I want avenues like my blog and Instagram to be places where I can express my creativity and share snippets from my day-to-day. I really hate that social media has become saturated with hawking products and gaining followers. That's just boring and tacky. When I open up Instagram, I want to double tap moments NOT giveaways or product placement. I understand that opportunities can come from both, but is it worth it? I think social media is a fabulous way to promote yourself or your brand while connecting with others, but there's something to be said for being mindful about how those tools are utilized. Next month I'll celebrate four years of blogging, and while I'll admit that One Fine Day's growth has been slow and steady compared to a lot of other blogs, I'll always choose quality over quantity. Who knows what the future might bring, but if I said good bye to this little space tomorrow, I can be proud of what I put out there.
THANKFUL FOR: Sometimes it's easy to get bogged down by the ol' routine. To keep things from feeling like the movie Groundhog's Day, we hammered out dates for upcoming trips this summer. Woo Hoo! At this point in time, we have something planned each month through August. While most of the trips will be spent visiting family in the Midwest, we're pretty excited to kick-off the summer by taking Max to Austin in early June. It will be a nice little getaway for the three of us. I couldn't be more excited.
EATING: In an effort to shake things up, I tested two recipes this week that are worth mentioning. First up, Just A Taste's Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles. Clearly I'm still digging the Veggetti because I've used it every week since it arrived and I continue to be impressed by this little gadget. Flyboy and I also really enjoyed this Chopped Chicken Taco Salad from How Sweet It Is. For the sake of our waistlines we opted to pass on the cheese quesadilla strips—although they look terribly delicious.
LISTENING TO: Last Friday I pulled The Rig into the carport after our weekly grocery haul at HEB. A new-to-me song by LunchMoney Lewis began playing on iTunes radio. Since Max was sound asleep, I figured it wouldn't hurt to sit and listen. The tune was catchy and the lyrics were a riot! Have you heard his song Mama? I guess you could say I became a quick fan of the ear worm because I proceeded to play it later that afternoon on repeat about seven times. I'm sorry I'm not sorry. In the event Max was ever invited on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, I'm fairly certain he would choose this ditty in a lip sync battle. I mean, a mother can dream...
READING: I devoured this feature in The Grace Tales about Melbourne-based artist Miranda Skoczek. Fellow art aficionados and color lovers, you're going to be in awe when you see Skoczek's eclectic apartment filled with an explosion of her vibrant artworks. Can you say gorgeous?! Oh, and Miranda's signature quirky eyeglasses are enough to make our girl Jenna Lyons beam!
LOVING: Are you familiar with the beautiful burlap-wrapped bouquets from Farmgirl Flowers that have been making the rounds on blogs and Instagram lately? Well hold on to your hats because they now ship nationwide!! Get. Out. While I've yet to purchase one of their drop dead gorgeous arrangements, I'm eager to give it a whirl. From what I've read, Farmgirl continues to get rave reviews for their quality and affordable bouquets (starting at $35). This could be a fabulous way to brighten someone's day or the perfect pick-me-up for yourself. Now I realize it's a little silly to get so excited about something I've yet to try, but it's nice to know there are options. So many times I've settled on sending friends and family pricey bouquets with gross fillers. This is SO much better!
Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!