Tuesday, April 27, 2021

BIRTHDAY TWINS BIRTHDAY WEEK | 11 & 42.

I was M.I.A. here last week for a good reason (for once!). We celebrated two birthdays, my in-laws came to town for the week, we had league games on Tuesday & Wednesday, a tournament on the weekend, and Craig was out of town. Plus it rained and was cold but I'm not sure that counts as an excuse. ;)

But I'm here to recap our week because we packed a lot of fun in and made some sweet memories with the grandparents!

All the activity kicked off on Tuesday. Craig's parents arrived from Alexandria, LA (about 5 hours away) so they could be here to help celebrate both Craig and Mason's birthdays the next day. (They are birthday twins!) And they always love to take in some games while they are here which is a good thing because there was a whole lot of that going on.

Tuesday night, Matthew had a game while Mason had a highly nutritious ballpark meal consisting of a hot dog, a coke, and some sour straws. I'm not even going to pretend we ate well this week. #dontjudgeme 🙈

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

THE ULTIMATE SUMMER READING LIST | 2021 NEW RELEASES

 

Hey hey, friends! Today's post is all about TWO of my favorite subjects: 

BOOKS & SUMMER!! 

I know it's only mid-April but thankfully all the authors I love so much start releasing their new novels around this time every year which always gets me in the mood for warm weather, sunshine, vacations, beach time, and lounging in the shade with a good book.

For me, I'm an audiobook girl 99% of the time because I love to multitask when I'm doing things I find tedious or, let's face it, kind of annoying...like when I'm doing endless amounts of laundry, driving around town running errands, doing dishes, brushing my teeth, doing my makeup/hair...you get the idea. I just love the way a good narrator can bring a story to life and make even the mundane chores something I actually look forward to because I know I'll have my book.

I know audiobooks aren't for everyone though and I get it. It can be hard to focus sometimes. After being an avid listener for over a decade, I've trained my brain pretty well on this though. However, when the weather warms up and the sun shines well into the evening, I love nothing more than to sit poolside or cozied up in my sunroom with my Kindle and just read.

I know there are a ton of you out there who love a good summer read. Whether you are someone who reads 50 books a year or you are someone who just wants a few options to throw in your pool bag this summer or take on vacation in case you get bored enough to crack up open a book, I have got you covered, friends! 

I compiled a list of upcoming new releases by some of my favorite authors in women's fiction. There are books in both the "chick lit" and "psychological thriller" categories which are my two favorites! I've got them broken down by the month they are set to be released and will link each one under the picture so you can click over and check it out, add it to your cart for pre-order so you don't forget, add it to your Goodreads account or just pin the pic so you'll have it to refer back to!

So without further ado, here are the books I've picked for my summer reading!

APRIL

1. Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez (Book #3 in The Friend Zone series). OUT NOW.
*Note: I've already listened to this one and it was a home run!!! LOVED it!
6. Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle. Released April 6th--available now!

UPDATE: Lost in Paris--not worth it. Skip it. The audio version is not good so maybe it's better if you read it? But 99% of the narrators in the books I listen to are amazing. But this one wasn't great only because she had to switch to speaking English with a French and Scottish accent frequently and it was TERRIBLE. Super distracting. But even if you read it, I don't think you'll love it.

The Good Sister--two thumbs up!

MAY


1. The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews. Release date: May 4th
2. Family Reunion by Nancy Thayer. Release date: May 4th
4. The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent. Release date: May 18th
*I put the wrong book cover in my collage in case you are wondering. I guess they went with a different one than what I found originally.
5. That Summer by Jennifer Weiner. Release date: May 11th
7. Lost Property by Helen Paris. Release date: May 13th
*Can't find this one on Amazon yet so I linked to Goodreads.

JUNE


1. When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. (Part of the Chicago Stars series. LOVE this series.) Release date: June 29th.
2. Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand. Release date: June 1st
3. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Release date: June 1st
4. The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary. Release date: June 1st
5. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. Release date: June 1st
6. Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins. Release date: June 8th

JULY


2. The Therapist by B.A. Paris. Release date: July 13th

What is on your "definitely reading this one" list for the summer? Let me know, especially if I missed one that you're looking forward to and I completely skipped!

And for ALL my book reviews, check HERE!

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Changing subjects real quick.

Sorry to constantly be talking about this but it's the only way I can communicate with all 360+ customers of mine and all you new friends who may be interested! #forgiveme #butdangthisstuffisgood

But this is for all my collagen peeps--new, old and future! There is a HUGE new collagen flash sale that starts tonight at 7pm central and will run until the 15th. I'm talking $20 off Trim collections (the fat-blasting collagen!) PLUS a FREE BOX OF GO valued at $45!! (Go is our energy and focus drink mix that comes in 3 flavors and you'll get a variety pack so you can try them all--FOR FREE!)

Friendly tip? Don't order until the sale starts! But DO NOT WAIT until the last day! The free Go is available "while supplies last" and it will not last the whole time.

If you have been contemplating the Lean Body System or Trim because you know you need a little help getting summer ready, I would love to talk to you and get you hooked up with this promo! There is no better time to do it, friends. I feel fairly confident saying you won't see another promo on the Trim/Lean Body System like this until probably November for Black Friday. (I could be wrong so don't hold me to that but from what I know, this is the biggest it's going to get for a while!)

We also have insane bundles that can save you over $100 on all the products you've been wanting to try. I'm going to try to create a separate post today that talks about all this for those of you who are interested but if you want to make sure you get in first, I'm just one DM away on Instagram, y'all! Find me @amandanall or on FB at Amanda Crain Nall.

Also, if you have a smartship that is set to run this month with a Trim collection, MESSAGE ME about that too! I can show you what to do so you can take advantage of the promo, save money and get that free box of GO! If you already had your smartship run, you can still grab this too and we can push your smartship back for next month.  There are ways we can do this but one-on-one messaging is the easiest. I'm here and my thumbs are ready to type so don't hesitate. :)

If you want a reminder of what the Lean Body System can do, here's my friend Haley. I've probably shown you her results before but watching her transformation is what got me started in the first place and I thought it might do the same for you. Plus I like posting pictures of people I know in real life and trust when they tell me what they did and didn't do to get these results. She did not work out during all this. She just lived her life as a teacher and busy mama to a 13yo, 10yo and sweet foster baby which definitely keeps her active!


It took a lot for her to post these but I'm so glad she did! Her before and after show exactly what these products. Help inhibit fat storage and increase lean muscle. Can you eat like a linebacker and still look this good? No. But you don't have to starve yourself either. Just eat normal, move around a little and let the supplements SUPPLEMENT your lifestyle! Give it a fair shot and you may just be surprised. ;)

UPDATE: CLICK HERE TO READ ALL THE DEETS ABOUT THE PROMO!! I figured one solid post about it would be easier than 300 DMs. ;)

Ok, I'm off to work on Etsy orders that need to go out today (including a cute new sign for a daycare center!) and get some new Amazon finds posted in the Deals Group! 

Happy Tuesday, y'all! 


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Friday, April 9, 2021

FRIDAY FAVES, EASTER, FASTER WAY UPDATE, & A GIVEAWAY!

Hello hello, friends! Welcome to another Friday Favorites where I share a random mix of all the things I've been loving this week! We've got books, pics, food, sales, shorts, and even another giveaway!

But let's start with this...

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH & FAVORITE MEME OF THE WEEK:

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY | MARCH 2021

Welcome back to the March Edition of What's Up Wednesday with Sheaffer and Shay! I love this little linkup!! If you read here and also blog, please feel free to drop your link in the comments so I can return the favor! I'm trying to expand my blog roll a little more and would love to read yours!

Now on to WUW...

 

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Friday, March 26, 2021

FRIDAY FAVORITES | SPRING EDITION

HELLO FRIDAY!!

Welcome back to another edition of Friday Favorites! It's time for that weekly random assortment of fun faves and finds with my girls Erika and Andrea!

Ladies, we are now officially into Spring, and I am starting to feel all the Spring vibes. Are you? Every year at this time, I get the itch to spring clean, organize and spruce up my house/redecorate it ALL. 🤦‍♀️ So it comes as no surprise that some of my faves revolve around that this week.

Let's look...

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The other day I posted my new plan for spring flowers in my Instagram stories. I'm going faux, girls. Don't judge me. I'm going to own this decision.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

WEEKEND WARRIORS.

 Happy Tuesday, friends! I've been meaning to do some catch up posting over here and wanted to start with our weekend! Crazy, busy, eventful, fun, cold...all words to describe it. Words that wouldn't describe it would be: warm, relaxing, calm...you get the idea. ;)

We have had nothing but relaxing weekends for months though because when it's not baseball season, we just don't have a lot going on that we have to run here and there for. Our idea of a relaxing weekend involves the boys running around the neighborhood with their buddies while Craig golfs (when he's not at a football camp) and I clean, organize, find a project and/or go to Hobby Lobby or Target and buy a bunch of stuff I just know I have to have to help me clean, organize or help with said project. 😂

This weekend not that. It was go go go!

On Friday afternoon, my parents drove in from Texarkana (about 2.5 hours away) to spend the weekend with us since both boys had their pre-season baseball tournaments. They grew up watching me and my brother play (my dad was my coach until I was 18) and we had tournaments almost every weekend during the summers. In softball, it wasn't unusual for us to play 4 or 5 games in one day and I even remember starting championship games at midnight! (What in the world?!) Thankfully, we haven't had a baseball tournament that nuts (yet).

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

💚LUCKY DAY GIVEAWAY!!💚

Hey hey hey! It's GIVEAWAY DAY!!

Ok, so technically, I should have posted this yesterday if I'm going to title it "Lucky Day Giveaway" but I wasn't able to until today and the title is just too catchy to change. So yep. A day late and a dollar short on that but we're going to roll with it! ;) 

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Friday, March 5, 2021

FRIDAY FAVORITES! | 3.5.21

 Happy Friday, y'all!! And Happy Spring Break to some of us! I am not sure how Spring Break arrived so fast but I'm totally here for it.



I'm back today with a fun list of Friday Favorites and you can bet that Spring Break is one of them!
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY! | FEBRUARY 2021

 Hey hey!! Happy Wednesday friends from good ole WARM Texas! Yesterday, I think the high got to 79 degrees, y'all. Just one week before, it was -3. No exaggeration. Texas weather is like the boyfriend that just won't commit.

Anyway, I'm back today for the February edition of What's Up Wednesday with Sheaffer and Shay and I'm excited to share #allthethings! These posts are so fun so let's get to it!

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Monday, February 22, 2021

SNOWPOCALYPSE 2021

I can't wait for the day when our world is not in chaos. Like seriously, can we just get a DAY? That'll be a good day. 

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Friday, February 12, 2021

LEADERSHIP RETREAT | SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Hey hey, y'all! Long time, no see!! It has been a crazy busy two weeks for me but a good kind of crazy busy! I spent the first half of last week finishing up Etsy orders and getting all kinds of last-minute shopping, organizing, and packing done before leaving for my very first Leadership Retreat on Thursday. I got back on Sunday and you mamas know how it goes. When you leave for a trip, it always takes a minute to get back into the routine. 

When I get out of a routine, certain things just get pushed to the back burner...this blog being one of them. (I know y'all have heard me say that before! haha) Why can't I be more Type A so I can just get all the things done?! I told Craig the other day that one of us needs to just step up and become a Type A personality...because we are both very easy-going and big procrastinators. I really need one of us to crack the whip, y'all. Why can't it be as easy as just saying "I'm going to become a Type A person." Close eyes, snap fingers, done. 😂 

Anyway, the good thing is that we recognize that we can get overwhelmed when we let things go too long or whatever it may be so that's good. We know our faults. We are aware. It's just hard to change a personality type! But I know that the busier I become, the more I need to at least try to pick up tips from those super-organized Type A people who seem to get everything done, no sweat. So excuse me for a second while I go search "How to Become a Type A Person" on Pinterest real quick. 😂 (Ok, I really did just do that and fell down a rabbit hole of personality quizzes. I'm clearly a Type B personality. That's really a thing!)

All of that to say, the last couple of weeks have had my head spinning and my house a mess but the fact that I'm even writing this blog post means I'm getting back to my routine and getting my $&!# together. Finally.

So about that trip...

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

#TBT: NFL LIFE Q&A & A VALENTINE'S PROMO!

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, y'all!

Last Sunday, I posted some throwback pics of Craig during his playing days in the NFL on social media in honor of the Packers and Bills playoff games that day. I know a lot of you guys are new readers and haven't heard much about that part of my life so I thought it'd be fun to answer some of the questions you asked in my IG stories and give you a little glimpse into what life looked like for us back then!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY | JANUARY 2021

Happy Wednesday, friends!! Today I'm linking up with my friends Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday for the first time since MAY!! What in the world?! I had no idea it had been so long since I've done this link-up and it's one of my favorites!! I'm going to try not to miss one this year but then again...I  make no promises when it comes to my blogging. 😂

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Friday, January 15, 2021

FRIDAY FAVORITES #153


Yesssss! Happy Friday, yall!

My weekend plans include a lot of organizing and purging more crap from my house and possibly doing a little home decor shopping. (So basically I'm going to be making room for new crap.) Does anyone else always feel the urge to go buy things for their homes after you take down Christmas stuff? I feel like everything just looks so boring! 😂 I got a Hobby Lobby gift card from my mother-in-law for Christmas so I may go put that to use tomorrow. 
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

SNOW DAY!!

Ok, so I may be reaching a little by naming this post "Snow Day" but technically, snow fell from the sky here in Mckinney, so we're going to count it, k?

We get teased with snow a couple of times every winter and rarely does it come to fruition. So when we heard snow might be showing up this past weekend, we all kind of just collectively held our breath to see what would actually happen.

On Saturday, we played outside (in the freezing cold) on bikes and scooters. Craig got me a bike for Christmas (first time I've gotten a bike on Christmas morning in 30 years!) and the boys think it's so fun when I ride around with them. Until they are ready for their turn steal my bike. 😂
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Friday, January 8, 2021

BEST OF 2020 | FAVORITES

Welcome back, friends! I've been wanting to share this "best of" list for a while now but I keep adding to it. I figured I just need to get it posted though b/c I've got a lot of favorites. It's hard to narrow them down. 

So these were favorites from 2020 in all different categories from entertainment to fashion to beauty products. So let's dive in!!

FAVORITE BINGE WATCHES

This one was really hard for me. I have watched SO MANY shows in 2020, as we all have. But when I thought about it, these were the ones that jumped out at me first so I went with my gut.

My #1 binge-watch of 2020 was The Queen's Gambit. I could not get enough. I was completely drawn in. I loved everything about it. The sets, the characters, the fashion, the story...it was fascinating and so well done!! Yes, the first episode is a bit rough in the foul language department but it gets better after that. This one just stayed with me and I knew as soon as it was over, I would be naming it my favorite of 2020.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

CHRISTMAS-PART 2

Hey hey, friends!! Happy New Year!!! I pray you guys all had the best Christmas and New Years and are ready for an exponentially better year in 2021. I know I am!

So last week, I posted Part 1 of our Christmas (you can find that here) and am finally back with Part 2-Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! It has been rough trying to get back into the swing of things with the blog, the Deals Group, the Etsy shop and everything else. I really tried to take a break from it all when I just wasn't up for it and it felt great! But it's time to get back to it!

So welcome to our Christmas. :)

Last year on Christmas Eve, I surprised Matthew with a small Chick-fil-A nugget tray of his own and he LOVED it. He's a picky eater but he will destroy some CFA nuggets. So this is always a favorite gift! We did it again in May for his surprise "favorite things in quarantine" birthday and it's apparently become a little tradition. So around lunch time on Christmas Eve, I ran up to CFA to grab Matthew's first Christmas gift (and lunch for the rest of us).

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