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Monday, July 21, 2014

mama's birthday wish list

If someone had an upcoming birthday, these are a few of the things she may or may not be wanting!  This is just a fun list of things I have been eyeing lately...and just won't buy for myself! ;)

[one] Against All Grain by Danielle Walker-I am no way PALEO or GLUTEN FREE, but I have found that my body responds really well when I watch the amount of gluten I feed it (I was recently tested for gluten intolerance to find out for sure and the test said I was not intolerant, but I some what disagree! ;))...and staying away from food found in the middle of the grocery store.  I've been eyeing this book since it came out, and Danielle is about to come out with a new one.  She shares her story of having an autoimmune disorder/disease and how eliminating gluten from her diet has completely healed her--as in she used to take hand-fulls  of pills a day, and have regular hospital stays every 6 months of so...and dealing with neither one since turning against grains!-which lead her to creating this cookbook!  The recipes in here look delicious and I am anxious to try them out!  

[two] Single Pearl Necklace-I saw this beaut on Pinterest...and usually when you see it there it's already sold out in the store, but this is actually still online and decently priced! {SCORE!}  I wear gold jewelry 100% of the time so this simple, dainty pearl necklace caught my eye as a good "everyday, classic piece" to add to my collection! 

[three] Capri Blue-Volcano candle in mercury glass-this is an oldie, and it seems like everybody and their Mama already has one!  ;)  I am usually one to steer away from "what everybody else has" but not this guy! =)  I've always loved the smell of this candle, just haven't ever had the guts to buy it for myself!  And....I really want to plant a succulent in that jar after I've used up the candle! 

[four] ACQUA di GIOIA perfume-this is not usually something I want or ask for...but I used it while I was visiting Abby and fell in love with it!!  AHH!!  I don't wear perfume everyday, but I definitely would with this yummy goodness!  Smell it next time your walking through the department store! {GOOD PICK, ABBY! =)}

What else am I missing on my birthday list?! 

Sadly, my birthday getting closer also means summer is drawing to an end, but don't let that get you down on the glorious Monday morning! =)
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Friday, July 18, 2014

b*ham lovin'

A few weekends ago...I packed my bags and my car and set off for Alabama!  My friend Abby recently moved down there from Columbia...and I'm so thankful she is finally within driving distance!

This was the only open weekend for the both of us all summer...so I'm thankful we could make it work!
She showed me her new "office" Thursday night before hitting up Mug Shots for some din!
Abby was off to work on Friday morning and I stayed home with sweet Baylor and got some work done myself!  I seriously wish I could clone that dog...he is the only dog I would ever want/welcome into my home! ;)
Friday night we went to a neat shopping center for dinner at a burger boutique!  After grabbing some pops from Steele City Pops we went to a late night movie with all the little tweens of bham! ;)
Saturday-Abby wanted to take me on an adventure!  Well...it's a good thing I didn't care what we did that day because her "adventure" was not something I would normally do! ;) {Maybe I just love her!}
We drove about and hour away (through rough country Alabama) to "pick peaches".  Well...little did we know the peaches were done for...so blueberries it was!
I had never in my life seen a blueberry bush...

There were bushes out there that you could tell hadn't even been touched!  I couldn't get to those bundles fast enough to drop down into my bucket!
Abby taught me the secret of blueberries!  The bigger they were the sweet they were!  We may have eaten just as many as we picked that we took home! ;)

That night we made dinner and a homemade cobbler!  Oh my woooord!

Sunday I got to visit Abby's church and then I was back on the road to get home to my little guy!

Thank you Abby for opening your home to let me come stay with you and Baylor man!  
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shaw wedding weekend {fayetteville, ar}

My last wedding post for a while!--sadly!  One of my best friends from HS tied the knot to a beyond fabulous guy on June 21st in Fayetteville, and I was so lucky and thankful to be apart of their wonderful wedding weekend!

I drove up Thursday morning...the bridesmaids that were there went and got their toes and nails done with Anna and her mom!  We had a blast reminiscing and sippin' on champagne!  ;)  That night we enjoyed some mexican food on the patio while enjoying the wonderful weather! 

Friday morning we were UP and at um to run errands!  That including getting the Bride a Starbucks drink!  (Let's just say...the barrista got to know my name by the time the weekend was over!)
Beautiful bride with my new friend Liz at the Bridesmaid Luncheon at Mermaids!--she flew in from Seattle for the wedding weekend!  Sweetheart beyond sweethearts, and so thankful to have gotten to finally meet and hang out with her! 
After rehearsal we had some downtime before dinner started! [LIZ, ME, FIONA]

 Beautiful Bride and handsome Groom!
 Dinner was at Hog Haus on Dickson, which is always fun!  The weather was great--we later went to a roof top bar to enjoy some more company and watch the amazing lightening show that was going on before heading home to get ready for the BIG DAY!

This girl was UP and ready to go bright an early!  A walk around the neighborhood at 6 am, a Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte and a few Red Bulls...and she was good to go!! ;) :P 

Bo did such an amazing job on her hair and make-up!  He also made the experience so fun for the rest of us!  Off to the venue! 

Getting ready for the first look!  =)

They were right outside the front doors of the church...doing a little peeking! ;) 
 ...and there they are after their first look!  (I knew I probably wouldn't have time to get another picture of the two of them!)

Aren't they the most beautiful Mother-Daughter duo you've ever seen?!  LOVE them both! 
The table and cake matched her dress! ;) 
Their signature strawberry wine--from a winery they visited when they got engaged!  
This cake was a cookie in a couple different layers!  They served it with milk! ;) 
 Love this! 
Rick's cakes do not need an explanation...sadly right after this picture "FANCY" by Iggy came on...and off to the dance floor I went...never to return.  :(  I didn't even realize I didn't finish my cake until the night was over...sad day, but I guess I was just having too much fun on the dance floor with my friends! ;)  

 This describes the Bride perfectly! 
Father/Daughter dance with SIL/MIL at the same time! 
It was a beautiful wedding weekend spent with life long friends!  I'm so happy for Anna and Robert and the life that they have officially started together!  Sunday morning rolled around...and back home I went!
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

mid week randoms

We've been away for a few days and it's been GLOOO-RIOUS--but at the same time I always itch for routine!  Just a few mid-week randoms for ya! 
Thank goodness for iPads on road trips!  & earbuds!  ;) (can I get an amen Mamas?!)
Thankful for iced carmel machiattos when I have a killer headache...
I checked out this book from the public library...I've read almost all of his books, but not this one!  (and yes that's large print...it's all they had!). & PS that sunscreen is worth a try for the smell alone if you haven't tried it already!
We've been on lots of adventures and eatting lots of yummy foods while being away which is alwats fun!  So far this fancy chicken fajita has been my fav!

Lots of things to catch you guys up on when we get settled back in and I can't wait!

How is it already Wednesday?  and in the third week in July?!  This summer has flown by faster than any summer I can recall!  

I hope you are enjoying yourselves and making memories with family and friends!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

little red lovin'

While I was away a few weekends ago...Poppy was on a mission to take R fishin!  Of course that required a trip to Bass Pro!
They went and spent the night with Nana and Papaw on the Little Red on Friday night. 
This was R's first time fishing in a boat!  They said it was fairly cool but they had a good morning!
R loves his Uncle G!

I'm so thankful that R gets the chance to do fun things like this at such a young age!

Thank you for taking him Poppy and Uncle G!
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