Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Favs–What’s Going On Over Here

Hello friends!  I’ve been a little silent this week, but really loud things are going on in my head :)  I’ve been busy creating new signs for my shop and thinking really hard about the direction I want this blog to go.  I’m most likely going to switch over to Wordpress.  I feel I can give better, more organized content with Wordpress, but I’m afraid of losing readers if I transition.  If you have any tips on that, please share.  Plus, there are a ton of other ideas floating around in my head about what content to share.  Needless to say, my “business” side has been in full force this week.  And I’ve loved it!  Thankful that Ryan is home half of the day so I can focus on some of these things.

Next week, I’m doing a more organized Friday Favorites.  Answering more specific questions for Friday Favs instead of it being random.  I might even start a Link Up.  Would you join?  Of course, you could still link up with your other favorite bloggers as well. 

Here are some of my favorites this week!  

{ONE} THESE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
They’re simply one of the best recipes I’ve made (not my own recipe).  They use cake flour and bread flour and dark chocolate chip morsels (I use Nestle Tollhouse).  But the best part is the sprinkle of salt on top (use Sea Salt or Kosher salt).
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{TWO}  NAIL POLISH
It’s no secret I’m obsessed with nail polish, but if I had to pick my favorite, I would pick this one.  It’s Sinful Colors “Folly.”  It’s a pinkish red.  It looks like a dark magenta in the bottle, but comes out more red.  I love it.  Sinful Colors is probably my favorite brand to use.  They have a million colors, their polish stays on just as well as other brands, if not better, and they’re inexpensive ($1.99). 
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{THREE} BIBLE STUDY
Every summer I go to a Bible study in Denton and it’s so encouraging each week.  It’s one of my favorite nights of the week.  Our leader is such a breath of fresh air in this overly accepting society with no morals.  I learn so much each Wednesday. It’s officially over for the summer, but we meet one last time for dinner. 
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{FOUR} PLAY DATES
The boys and I met some of our favorite friends at The Coop yesterday and both of them had such a blast.  We played for over an hour, then had lunch down the street, then came back and played another hour. Below, we were attempting a picture with all 5 kiddos.  Can you see Maddox sinking into the ball pit?
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{FIVE} DESIGNING
I could literally design all day long.  I have one million different ideas, some already created and some waiting to be created.  If I could just add them all to my shop!!!  Here are a few I added to the shop this week.
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{SIX} RUNNING A HALF MARATHON
I was reading one of my favorite blogs the other night and Mel talked about how she started training for a half marathon.  It got me thinking, maybe I should sign up for a race to force me to workout and run.  I decided I’d start with a 5K.  Then maybe do a 10K.  So, then I mentioned it to my best friend to see if she wanted to race any with me and she had been thinking the same exact thing.  Except, her friends had talked her into a half marathon (well, it was on her bucket list so she agreed), and she asked me to do it with her as well.  I knew I wanted to do a half marathon, but thought I’d tackle that in the beginning of next year.  Well, the race is October 24!!!!  Y’all that is exactly 3 months away.  The tough thing is I live in Texas and 2 of the 3 months left will include temperatures above 100 degrees.  I think I can run early in the morning when the temps are around 80 degrees.  I’m excited, but nervous for sure.  I still plan on doing a 5K before then so that my first race isn’t a half marathon :)  Wish me luck.  And if you have a program you’d recommend for half marathons, let me know.
It's all about courage and attempting what your mind says is impossible.


Have a great weekend!
Link Ups: Friday Favorites with Erika and Momfessionals and The Pick with Astleigh

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Favorites - New Car

This week was such a great week.  Something that’s been on our “To-Do” list for quite some time was finally crossed off.  We’ve been looking for the perfect car for at least 6 months now and have been actively saving for over a year as well.  We looked at several SUV’s and test drove a handful of them.  My top two were the Honda Pilot and GMC Acadia.  I really liked both, but every time I got inside the Acadia and turned around, I was in love with the interior (they have captain seats)! 

Last Friday, Ryan found an Acadia at a local dealership (we were thinking about traveling out of state to purchase one) for sale.  It was a good price and had 30,000 miles on it.  So after test driving the Pilot that day, we headed over to test drive and check out the Acadia.  It was perfect.  The interior.  Oh the interior!  So beautiful and luxurious…to me :)  It’s been 11 years since I had a “new” car.  I had been driving a Toyota Corolla since college and it feels great to get a new car.  Let me just say that Corolla was an awesome car.  I never had any problems with it than the usual battery change and a clock issue (that I didn’t even bother getting fixed).  It has 118,000 miles on it and still runs great.  I’m kind of sad to let it go.  I’ve been feeling spoiled in the Acadia.  Literally, I feel bad for driving around in a new car…what is wrong with me???

You know the good thing about being patient and frugal?  When you finally do get something nice, you appreciate it that much more.  God truly did bless us with this car.  So many things lined up and were planted perfectly for us to have this car and I’m so thankful.  This car is a 2013 Acadia.  I look a hot mess, but this was at the dealership right after we bought it.  It’s a gun metal gray with light tan interior. 

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I meant to take some good pictures of it for this post, but these were just a few I snapped that evening.  Beckham loves running through the seats and keeps asking to sit in the back.  There are so many things that are different for me driving an SUV.  I’m pretty terrible at parking right now.  It’s super hard to fit in our garage (we’re going to have to figure this out…any tips?).  I feel like I’m in a truck.  But I actually love it. 

We went to a splash pad today and I was able to change both boys into dry clothes in the trunk space, which was awesome.  I also don't have to bend down and put them in a car seat.  It looks brand new inside...never would think it's a used car.  We are really loving it.  I truly just feel so blessed.


Here are some other favorites from this week…

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Eating this snack.  I posted my guacamole recipe on Monday if you missed it.  There are some good tips and recipes in the comments too.


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I love this onesie Maddox is wearing.  Just like daddy (Ryan refs basketball if you’re confused haha)


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The boys enjoyed a splash pad yesterday, and Maddox really enjoyed the raisins I’m feeding him in the last picture.  His face cracks me up in this.  There was a small party going on there, and they were so sweet and offered Beckham cupcakes and juice.  So it was a super fun surprise for him!


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Then we hit up Sonic Happy Hour for a drink and a snack on the way home.  I love Beckham’s new smile face with his squinty eyes.  He loves cherries, so I get him a water with cherry in it.  He requested a corn dog as well.  We won't be eating in the car as often as before, but I figured he wouldn't make a mess with the corn dog.  Maddox was passed out :)


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I also love this picture.  I told him to go get his swim suit on so we could go outside and he comes out in this.  He wanted to “protect his feet.”  


Ryan and I have a date day/night planned today (he’s off from summer school) and I CANNOT WAIT!  I’ve been craving a date night so bad.  Have a great weekend!

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Guacamole Recipe

Why I haven’t shared this recipe on my blog is beyond me.  This is a staple for us and I make it often for get togethers, summer night snacking, and just because.  It’s simple, easy to make, and a crowd pleaser.  I don’t really measure when making guacamole, but I’ll include some measurements as a guide.

guacamole recipe

Here’s what you’ll need:
1. 2-3 Avocados (medium size)
2. Yellow onion, minced finely (about 1/4 cup chopped)
3. Red Bell Pepper, minced finely (about 1/4 cup chopped)
4. Cilantro (about 1/4 cup chopped)
4. Salt (a pinch or two)

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Directions:
Mash the avocadoes together.  Add the chopped onion, red pepper, and cilantro.  Add salt to taste.  Mix it altogether.

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I wanted to make some guacamole one day, but didn’t’ have any tomatoes, but I had a red pepper instead.  I decided to use it in place of the tomato and now I won’t use anything else (although I still enjoy a firm crunchy tomato).  It gives it a crunch and sweetness to it.  If you absolutely hate red peppers, just substitute a tomato. 

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I hope you try this version and let me know if you do.  How do you make your guacamole?  I love hearing other versions as there are so many good ways to eat guac!



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Hour by Hour Weekend + 10 on 10 {July}

Grab a cup of coffee…this one’s a doozy.  I’m combining two posts in one today since they overlap.  I’m linking up with Astleigh for Hour by Hour Weekend and Rebekah for 10 on 10.  I started 10 on 10 a couple of months ago where you capture 10 pictures on the 10th of the month.  This landed on a Friday this month, so I have my Friday to share with y’all in 10 pictures.  And I also took a picture every hour (give or take) this weekend (Sat and Sun) for Astleigh’s link up.  It was fun capturing the weekend, but I’m glad to not have to remember to take another picture. Haha.

FRIDAY: 10 on 10

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Once I fed Maddox his milk, he likes to go wake Beckham up.  It was almost 9:00 and this boy wouldn’t budge.  So Maddox helped himself to his piggy bank.


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Maddox gets breakfast while B makes his way to the kitchen.  When I held the camera up to my eye to snap this picture, he automatically smiled.  I think I take too many pictures???


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Beckham requested some coffee :)   I also did a load of laundry and put dishes away that were drying on counter.


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I sat down and read a Scripture we talked about during Bible study and my Jesus Calling while Maddox and Beckham finished eating and playing.


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I blow dried my hair (slept on it wet) and straightened it, while Maddox took his nap and Beckham watched a show.  Look how bootleg my blow dryer is.  I never bootleg stuff like this, but I want to find a really good dryer before I purchase it, and I just haven’t had time to research.  I also need to get a curling iron (and later a new straightener).  I mean, this is pretty bad..and probably really unsafe.


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I cleaned up a bit and made our bed.


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Got B dressed and we’re ready to go meet Gramma at Chick-fil-a.  I totally forgot to take a picture at Chick-fil-a so we jump straight to the evening #horribleblogger


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This picture turned out dark, but the boys are playing with daddy while I start to get ready to leave for my MOPS retreat that evening.


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Beckham playing with his new train Gramma got him.  He’s obsessed with these motorized trains.


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Maddox escaped and is “helping” me get ready to go.


I’m really bad and forgot to take any pictures that night.  I met these girls for the first time that night and got caught up in talking and having a good time.  Plus, I’d probably be the weird new girl taking pictures had I done so…haha.  I got home late and did a couple of orders and then went to bed.


WEEKEND BY THE HOUR:  SATURDAY, JUNE 11

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8:00 – Awake and headed to the second part of the MOPS retreat.  This was my outfit…ignore the toys and notebooks #reallife


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9:00-12:00 – Grabbed a coffee on the way and headed into the meeting.


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12:00 – Lunch at home.  Leftover chicken spaghetti from last night’s meeting and a nectarine.


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1:00 - Made the boys’ lunch…this is late for them, but Maddox slept late for his morning nap.


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2:00 – Did a load of laundry and made banana bread while the boys played outside with Ryan.


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3:00 – I headed out to test drive a Honda Pilot and grabbed a Sonic drink on the way since it was happy hour.  I like a Diet Cherry Limeade with white coconut (they accidentally added blue coconut too).


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4:00 – This is how I feel about test driving by myself.  I HATE going to dealerships!  FYI, I really liked the Pilot.


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5:00 – Get home and sneak up on this.  Two boys playing in the playroom quietly. 


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6:00 - Test drove another car with the WHOLE family at the dealership.  That was fun #not  I also really loved the Acadia.


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7:00 – We swung by Chick-fil-a on the way home to grab a bite.  This little guy had so much fun and got himself a cow to play with.


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8:00 – Still at Chick-fil-a.


9:00 (no picture) – I cleaned the kitchen (was dirty from earlier) and kids took a quick bath.  This is LATE for kids to be getting a bath and bed, but oh well.


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10:00 – Cleaned my desk and surfed the web/looked at shop


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11:00 – Ryan turned on this HBO special of the U.S. Women’s 99 soccer team: Dare to Dream.  I couldn’t help but join him on the couch and watch it for the next HOUR!


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12:00 – Took a shower, finished orders, and got in bed after cleaning off my night stand.  I actually got in bed closer to 1:30.



WEEKEND BY THE HOUR: SUNDAY, JULY 12

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8:00 (really 8:30) – Awake, but I just want to stay in bed and sleep!


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9:00 – Smoothie for breakfast!


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10:00 – My little stud ready to walk into church and get his donut.


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11:00 – My crew leaving church.  Maddox has to walk now like big brother.


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12:00 – Sword fighting with crayons at lunch.  We typically go out to eat after church.  We had pancakes for lunch.


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1:00-2:00 – We dropped daddy and baby off at the house and headed to see Inside Out at the movie theater.  He made it through the whole movie and loved his popcorn even more.


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3:00 – In a very rare moment, I passed out on the couch after we got home from our movie for a solid 30 minutes, if not longer.


4:00 – I have no idea…my phone was dead.


Grocery List Template
5:00 – Sat down to make a grocery list and ended up making this printable instead #graphicdesignerproblems  Feel free to save it and use it for yourself.


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6:00 – Dinner..leftover chicken spaghetti.


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7:00 – Bath time…too many pictures to choose one.


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8:00/9:00 – I put Maddox to bed and got on a mean determined streak of getting junk out of the house.  I had stared at a messy house too long.  I got to work in the kitchen and took down all the lights underneath our cabinet that were falling apart. Literally, one of the lights was hanging down.  I’m going to replace them with those touch lights.  This task led to wiping down cabinets, which led to cleaning off entire counter, which led to cleaning the kitchen, which led to mopping the floor.  Ryan came in from working outside and got a glimpse of my wrath need to clean, and put B to bed and helped me clean up.  He’s awesome.  My house looks MUCH better.


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9:00 – Start to do the dishes in the sink and…forgot to unload the dishwasher.  Ugh!  I hate that.  Cleaned more of the kitchen like I mentioned above.  I stopped taking pictures at this point. 

I took a shower, cleaned up my bedroom, worked on some orders, and blogged part of this post.


It was a fun and busy weekend. Hope you enjoyed seeing some glimpses of it.  I’m ready for a great week!

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