Monday, September 25, 2017

Day Out

Happy Monday everyone. It was a good Monday. The boys had Mothers Day Out and I actually had nothing to do. No meetings, no errands, nothing. First time in a long time that's happened! I love my MDO days when I can just relax and do fun things. I'm so thankful for our MDO program so that I can have some time to regroup. It's so important for me to be able to have that time. Not every mom needs that break or wants it. But I'm a much more patient mother when I get a few hours a week to myself and I have no guilt in admitting that. Plus, my boys love going so really, it's a win for all of us!
These two have always loved to cuddle and I still think it's so sweet. I love their little relationship. It's so neat to watch. People often ask me if I like having two dogs vs just one and I always say that I absolutely love it. I don't think I could ever have just one again. I don't feel guilty when I'm leaving them because they have each other. And they love one another the most. They are soul mates and I'm so glad they've always been able to have each other. I highly recommend two pups at once!! It's a lot of fun.
I've sat here for about 30 minutes trying to come up with more to say but sometimes there are just no words. So I'll just leave it at that. See you guys back here tomorrow!!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Falling For Fall

Hello Fall! It's officially fall but here in Arkansas it's still hot out. I think it's going to change soon though and by mid-October we're usually getting to experience fall in all its glory. The trees here are in the beginning stages of changing colors and I'm getting all the warm fuzzies. I'm ready to turn on my fireplace, pick out pumpkins, and wear my cozy cardigans! Also, I really want to take advantage of the beauty of fall and take a lot of photos. I always say it and I never do. I know I take a lot of photos already but I want to seek out locations, inconvenient locations even, and shoot the gorgeous fall landscape. I always see a beautiful spot and tell Scott I want to shoot photos in front of it and I never do but this year I am. Maybe one weekend Scott would be up for driving around Northwest Arkansas with me (the best fall foliage is about an hour northeast of here) to shoot all the gorgeous autumn locations. I told my Dad I wanted to do that (my Dad is also a photographer and takes amazing landscape portraits) and he said "Let's go! Let's do it together." Yes!! I think it will be so fun. Stay tuned!
Via AY Magazine--Harrison, Arkansas
I'm having a fall cleanout tomorrow in the form of a garage sale. Our neighborhood has one every spring and fall and I almost always participate because I love to get rid of clutter. I'm especially wanting to purge with this one since we're moving in the spring and I want to get rid of as much stuff as possible. I actually started cleaning out and pricing stuff a few weeks ago. It's all sitting in big tubs in my attic waiting to be sold. I still have some stuff to go through though so I'm sure I'll be up until midnight tonight trying to get it all ready. I love having garage sales. I price things too cheap probably but I just want to get rid of it. Whatever I have leftover I always donate.
That's about all we have going on with our weekend. It may not sound exciting to some people but since I love having a garage sale I'm looking forward to it. Ha! Y'all enjoy your weekend and I'll see you back here next week!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Plum

Fall is literally right around the corner (officially begins tomorrow!!) and I am ready! Earlier this week I filled my Bath and Body Works Wallflowers with fall scents and I got out some fall soap to put in my powder bathroom. It may be in the 80's outside but at least it smells like fall inside!! Next week the temperatures are supposed to drop a little and I think it will start to feel a little more like fall.
I've slowly started to shop for a few new items to add to my fall wardrobe. This outfit is perfect for that transition weather we have for a few weeks when you literally just don't know what to wear because it's freezing in the morning and hot in the afternoon.
I love leggings and these are so awesome. They're thick and are slightly high waisted so they suck the tummy in but not in an uncomfortable way. These leggings are super stretchy and very flattering. Everyone needs a pair. They come in several colors but I liked this plum color for me because it's different (aka not black like I always do).
This top goes perfectly with the plum colored leggings and it's also the perfect weight for this in-between weather. The fit is slouchy and length is perfect. Once it gets colder I can throw on a cream cardigan and wear this look all winter long.
Last but not least, my favorite new sneakers. I started getting into sneakers last fall. With two kids in tow, I needed some comfortable shoes when I was out running errands. I needed comfort but still wanted to look cute and like I put some effort into my look. Enter, sneakers. I searched hard for a pair just like these last fall but came up empty handed. When I saw these a few weeks ago, I knew right away that I had to have them! They will go with everything (I've already worn them so much) and they are Ugg's so they're obviously SO comfortable. I heart them.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

House Update

I thought I'd do a little update on our house building process. It's really starting to become fun because every week something new gets done and it all feels so real. We've been talking about this house for SO long now so to actually see it coming together feels good.
Here she is. Home Sweet Home. This week it has really come together and it actually looks like a home instead of a bunch of wood planks. The window are in, they got started on the roof today and by the end of the week they're going to be working on plumbing and electrical. When I walk through the house I just get excited. I can picture it all perfectly and I can't wait to move in!
While the boys are at Mothers Day Out, Scott and I are using that time to select things. On Monday we finally decided on our granite and got a lot of our tile/backsplash chosen. We have to go back on Thursday to finish the rest of the tile. We've picked out our wood floors (actually Scott did, I don't have a big opinion on floors so I just let him choose whatever he wanted). We have our cabinet designs finalized. Our paint colors, brick, stucco, shutters and roof are all picked out. We've spent way too many hours figuring out how we want our outdoor patio space to look (seriously took us forever for some reason) and Scott went through the house yesterday to mark where all of the light switches would go. I mean, there is so much to it. It makes me appreciate my husband's job (aka the insane amount of detail that comes with it) a little bit more. He'll ask me about a certain detail and I'm like "oh....I didn't even realize someone had to choose that. I just thought it got there on it's own I guess!!"
After plumbing and electrical comes insulation then sheet rock. Scott has warned me that it will seem super slow when that's happening because sheet rock takes forever. But after sheet rock comes fun stuff like trim and cabinets and tile so by the holidays it's really going to start coming together and I can't wait to see it!
I'll do another update again but for now, that's where we are! It's all really fun and exciting for us!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Game Day Recipes

Game days are fun. I love the feelings of Saturdays in the fall. Football on the TV, wearing my colors with pride, and also, eating a lot of yummy food. Game days are a great excuse for eating a lot of dips and making Razorback shaped brownies. Or at least that's how it works in my house. Today I wanted to share with all of you some of my favorite game day recipes. These are my go-to's on Saturday's. Maybe not all of them every Saturday....or maybe all of them! Click the links under the photos to go to the recipe.

I make these almost every game day. Everyone loves them. This is the perfect game day sandwich. I make these sandwiches so often and the recipe is so easy that I don't even have to look at the recipe anymore. I whip these up quickly and there's rarely any leftovers but if there are, they re-heat amazingly. Y-U-M.
Again, another easy recipe that's so easy to make I don't even need to look at the recipe because there's only three ingredients!!! Sausage, cream cheese and rotel. Mix together and you're done. I actually always do two blocks of cream cheese and two cans of rotel otherwise it's very sausage-y. Do whatever your taste buds feel necessary!
I love spinach dip and this is a recipe I've been enjoying for decades now. It's simply the recipe on the back of the Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix package. This is a cold dip and I serve it at almost every party I throw. It's easy to make ahead of time and it tastes delicious for days.
With all this salty you're gonna need some sweet and this strawberry cake will be your favorite game day food of them all. Make this cake the night before and it will be all ready for you to indulge in on game day. This strawberry cake is sinfully delicious and I haven't met one person yet who doesn't go back for seconds.