March Goals-How'd I Do?

Wow y'all! We've almost got another month in the books because March has 14 hours left in it. I'm just wondering where time goes because it seems like Christmas was yesterday. Anyway, I kind of look forward to the beginning of a new month because it's a fresh start, kind of like New Year's 12 times a year. This time of year is my favorite but I think I say that about every season because there is something wonderful about the start of each. I love this time of year because I love the flowers blooming, the grass turning green, the sun shining bright. I love grilling on the back porch with my honey and spending lazy evenings laying out in our hammock. I love windows open and fresh cut flowers in pretty vases. I love taking the top off my car or our Jeep and cruising around town. I love flip flops and shorts and all things pastel.

It just makes my heart and soul happy!

That being said let's check back and see how I did on my March goals!

March Goals

1. Ask my last bridesmaid to be in my wedding.
{I did not get to this one yet.
We had plans but something very important came up.
She's got a lot on her plate right now.}

2. Start wedding dress shopping.
{This hasn't happened yet either but
it's on my radar to happen in the next couple weekends.}

3. Maybe I should actually book the wedding planners, just sayin'.
This one DID happen! YAY!!
We have our date set, our planners booked,
package picked out, colors picked and
a beach house booked, too!

4. Get wedding invites ordered or start making them.
This one sort of happened. My Mom and I started them but
then I decided to go ahead with our engagement pics
and I'll want to use them so we're putting that on pause
for a couple more weeks.

5. Visit Ulta and buy the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Palette.
{This did NOT happen because $50 for make-up?
Nope. Not happening. Instead I went to Target
and bought a ton more with that $50.}

6. Start selling my jewelry.
This DID happen. After everyone loved everything I made
and really encouraged me to sell it, I did.
So far I've sold one bracelet to my sweet friend Brittany
so that's a start.

7. Wash my face nightly with my skin care products.
{FAIL! I did wash my face several nights but most nights i'm too tired
so I curl up in bed and forget it.}

8. Mate socks at least once a week (it's the chore I despise the most).
{Umm, nope! I despise that chore the most, obviously.
You want socks, you find them yourself.}

9. Send people more snail mail, just because.
This one I DID! I definitely need to do more of it though.

10. Less internet time in the evenings.
This one is something I've wavered on. Some nights I did great,
others not so well. Apparently you can't break old habits so easily.
It's a work in progress though.

11. Start my Wii-Fit work-out again.
{Nope and I have no reason. I need to get on it!}

12. Lose 5 more pounds.
This one I DID! And it does feel great.
I'm encouraged to keep on keepin' on.

13. Eat more fruits and veggies.
Veggies, yes. It's easy for me to add veggies to our meals
but fruit here has sucked lately. Luckily it's getting to be
fruit season!

14. Add social media buttons to my blog!
I DID! I'm not sure they're 100% correct but that's something i'm
working on. They're there!

So that's how I did with my March Goals, a lot of these will be carrying over to April. Not just because I didn't do them but some, because I want to continue to do them.

How did you do with your March Goals? Did you set any?


Hi y'all. I hope you're having a Happy Monday. Mine is going pretty good. I've managed to wash, dry, and fold 3 loads of laundry and go to Khol's to find my engagement pics dress.

I couldn't decide so I posted this pic on Instagram and Facebook asking what y'all thought.

I wound up getting the Robin's Egg Blue (it's the color of our wedding ;)

Then I came home and found this while I was getting out of the car.

It's my 3rd one in three weeks.
Last spring and summer I found 23, I think. I just walk outside, look down and find them. I don't do anything special or even look hard. In fact, if I look hard I know i'll never find one.

It's quiet funny to see what my family and friends post on these photos because they can't believe how many I find. I think they might get a little tired of it, too. LOL. The first one I found this spring my aunt wrote "oh beer, here we go again." She meant dear but beer was much funnier!

So here we are on this lovely Monday but what about the weekend?

What did I do? Well,

FRIDAY We stopped by my mom and dad's house after school. My Mom was about to go to the pet store so my buddy and I went with her. Of course we took Drago. I wish I had taken pictures of the silly pup @ the pet store. The wall from floor to ceiling is nothing but toys. We were playing with them to see what got his attention. Apparently he was overwhelmed because he sat there looking up at us and all the toys and cried.
Then we went to the bakery next door, Eva's. If you're ever near the mall in Douglasville, Ga then stop by Eva's and have a jerk chicken and pineapple panini. You won't regret it. Since dogs aren't allowed inside my buddy stayed outside while my mom and I went in and ordered then we left our buddy go in and get something. At one point when mom and I were inside I looked outside to see this.

Dylan was holding Drago up to the window, waving at everyone inside.
Of course everyone was oohhing and aahhing.
I mean, look at those two. Why wouldn't they?

After we left there we went home to see my honey who was home from work. It was already late (7:30) by then. Late enough I didn't want to cook + our kid had already had most of a panini and some noodles from the chinese restaurant, he wasn't hungry so my honey and I orded Chinese delivery and called it an early night.

Saturday was another lazy morning. Sleeping in until 8, drinking coffee in our pajamas, my honey worked on his gaming project, I made some bracelets then we took showers and went to my honey's mom and dad's house. His sister was there so there were tons of laughs and selfies.

When we left there we met my mom at our house and she took our buddy home to spend the night with them. My honey and I had date night at Buffalos in Hiram and it was delicious. Well end Saturday there.

Sunday we slept in until 9 which is un-heard of these days then we had some grocery shopping to do. Did our shopping then went to my mom and dad's for a little while. It was a gorgeous sunny day so they had the doors open and the dogs were running in and out. Dylan, my dad, and Alex were shooting Dylan's bow and arrow and we made plans for the wedding. We booked a beach house that will also be the location of the reception!!! We also booked the wedding planners, confirmed our date and picked out our package! Woo Hoo!! Now things are moving forward and i'm so excited. It's starting to feel real now!! EEkk!!!

Here are a few snapshots from Sunday!

I hope y'all all had as awesome of a weekend as we did.

Now let's show this week who's boss!!

Staying Happy.

One time I had a friend ask me "how do you stay happy all the time?" One of my best friends in high school called me Sunshine because I was happy pretty much all the time. Little does she know, every time I see her, even to this day, she brings a little Sunshine to my life. She's the only reason I still use the same pharmacy I always have. My soon to be Mother in Law noticed how much I laugh when she first met me. She's like that, too so we're basically one in the same. I love that she laughs at the same stuff I do, which is basically everything, unless it's something sad.

Truth of the matter is that i'm just as human as you are and with that comes times of feeling anything but happy. It's life but I try not to dwell on the un-happy times too much. You allow yourself to feel them, you allow yourself time to cry then you decide that it's time to move on. I don't know about you but crying takes an awful lot out of me and I don't like the feeling it leaves behind. Drained, red eyed, mascara run, tear stained face isn't fun for anyone so why not change that if you can?

I'm the kind of person who doesn't care if the glass is half empty or half full as long as there is something in it. That's reason enough to be happy, right? You can say "My glass is half full or wine" Or you can whine that your glass is already half empty of wine OR you can rejoice and be happy because there is any wine left at all. And no, it doesn't have to be wine but I do love wine. Which kind of person are you? I'm the very last because I think that finding something good in every. single. thing. is the absolute very best. You can turn everything around and find the good and beauty of it if you just believe.

That's something I try to drill into my son and Fiance's heads all the time. Find the good and believe in yourself. It frustrates me to see people whom I know have amazing lives and can't see that for themselves because they're so focused on the negative. I know depression is a horrible disease and I've watched people I love struggle with it. The struggle is real, I know but I promise you that you can come out on the other side. I believe because I've seen it happen.

If you can't think of anything good in your life, allow me to help you out. You woke up this morning. Isn't that good enough? It's proof that God (or whomever you believe in) wants you here for another day. You're blessed enough to wake up this morning and see the sun shining, or the rain falling. That's enough. Make up your mind to be happy. Only you can choose that.

Sometimes you have to be your own sunshine in life. You're capable of that, we all are, you just have to believe.
When I need to make myself happy or just stay happy I love to do these things.

♡ Turn up some music and dance (Pitbull, JLo, Beyonce) Whatever your jam is put up on LOUD and dance like no one's watching {they're not, they've all got their noses in their phones anyway.}

♡ Light a candle, turn on the We Bought A Zoo Soundtrack on Spotify, and write. Write whatever it is that's on your heart. If you cry in the process, okay. Cry then let it go when you're done.

♡ Write someone a note, address it, stamp it, stick it in the mailbox and actually send it.

♡ Call someone up and see if you can do something to help them out.

♡ Bake cookies or cupcakes (everyone loves those), double the recipe. Keep 1/2 then give 1/2 away.

♡ Go outside, look up at the planes passing by and think about where they might be going. In my mind they're always headed somewhere tropical that i'd love to visit. Imagine yourself going on that vacation.

♡ Make something, anything. You don't have to be crafty or even a great cook to make things. Just do it and enjoy the process.

♡ Write a list of at least 10 things you're happy for. No matter how small they are.

♡ Get on Pinterest and look for inspiring quotes.

♡ Go to your favorite store and look around.

♡ Go to a local park.

♡ Get outside and get dirty. A little dirt never hurt anyone, in fact it makes you feel carefree and fun.

♡ Walk. Around the mall, around your neighborhood, around the park.

♡ Play with a dog or cat (or any creature you think is cute).
Don't have one of your own? You know someone who does OR go to the animal shelter or pet store.

♡ Think about your dream day. Bonus points if you write it down and actually follow through with it.

♡ Go to a local bakery. Buy yourself a treat.

♡ Read.

♡ Make an inspiration board, either on Pinterest or actually out of a poster board and old magazines.

♡ Pray. God is always there.

♡ Remember not everyone's problems are your problems.

♡ Find inspirational blogs. I've got great recommendations if you need them.

♡ Drink more water.

Those are just a few things I like to do when i'm kinda down and out, having a bad day. Make it a habit though, not just on bad days. If you make it a habit you'll just become a happier person overall.

Take care of yourself, your health and your soul. Have a morning routine that doesn't involve grabbing your phone and scrolling Facebook the second the alarm goes off. That's something I've been working on lately. Instead I turn off the alarm and spend 5-10 praying for the health and safety of my loved ones for the day. I have been feeling much better since I started doing that. I'm not staying glued to Facebook all day everyday either. I check it a few times through out the day still, along with Instagram. I spend a lot of time here though, on my blog because it's my internet happy place. My afternoons i'm trying hard to break the habit of staying glued to my phone or iPad and enjoy quality time with my guys.
I'm trying to take care of myself, too by doing my hair and make up every morning even if i'm putting on sweatpants and a tee shirt and spending the day at home. At night i'm trying hard to get back into my bed time routine. It's important for me to take good care of my skin + it helps me wind down after the day. I love going to bed with a fresh face.

Try those things. I promise they'll help and remember this:

What's Up Wednesday.

Hi y'all! What day is it? Hummpp day. Yeah, that's a little old by now but we've made it half way through the week! Let's cheers to that!
I'm sure you're all wondering what's going on in my corner of the world. Maybe not.

Here's What's Up Wednesday.

1. What I loved about the past week: Sunshine. Glorious sunshine. I know here in Georgia our winter wasn't really all that bad but I have missed the sun and 70 degrees. Luckily we've gotten that back, mixed with rain, of course. We are in Georgia.
I love that we've been able to pull out our hammock when we have down time and lay outside, relax, and truly enjoy each other's company. I also love that we've had a few days where we've been able to take the top off the Jeep and my car and cruise around town. Oh, and being able to have the windows open in the house and air it out has been amazing. I'm so much happier with sunshine kissing my skin, bare feet, and the wind blowing through my hair.

2. What I am looking forward to: Spring Break. We may be going to the beach for a couple days to check out houses to rent for our wedding but even if not I'm looking forward to NOT having to wake my son up every morning and rush out the door. Who doesn't love sleeping in and taking your time going about your day?

3. What I am nervous about: getting everything ready for my up-coming wedding. I know it'll all fall into place and at the end of the day what matters is that i'll be vowing the rest of my life to my very best friend and my Dad will be giving me away. I'm trying not to be all stressy and let go of what doesn't really matter. Honestly i'm enjoying this moment in life.

4. What I have been daydreaming about: The beach, my up-coming wedding, continuing my weight loss and healthier life style, selling our house and moving,my jewelry sales taking off into something I never saw coming, opening my dream bakery.

5. What I ate for dinner last night: My honey's specialty chicken. Seriously, it's that good. He grills chicken then half way through he coats it with apricot preserves. {I know, the first time he made it for me I thought umm, eww but it's sooo good. It's a staple in our weeknight meals now.} I made a home made hash brown casserole that was out of this world delicious and we made grilled squash packets with orange vanilla balsamic. It was seriously an easy but delicious dinner.

6. What I am craving: That hash brown casserole from last night but we killed it. I'm glad it was that big of a hit though.

7. What else is new: My son got his report card. All A's except for math {we know about this. We aren't mad.} And I made my first official jewelry sale today!!

And then there's this in all it's weirdness glory {because for some reason THIS is what's stuck in my head.}

I mean, if only we all could look as fab when we're being weird. Don't act like you're never weird.

That's What's Up Wednesday! What's up with you today?
Feel free to copy and play along. I'd love to know what you're up to today.

Transformation Tuesday

I've been doing a year of happiness project over on Instagram where every day for one year you post one thing you're happy, grateful, or thankful for. I decided to share today's happy here, too. This one is something i'm really happy for because I feel so much better. I know some people are struggling with losing weight and maybe you don't know where to start. I'm here to tell you that with determination you can start exactly where you're at. You don't need a gym membership, shakes, supplements or anything else to get started. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things, at all! I'm not knocking anyone who uses any of that. My point is though that if money is an issue or self conciousness start with what you've got. Get off the couch, get moving and DO IT! Don't quit until you've reached your goals. While you're at it join me on the simplylovegratitudeproject.

Alex and I started our journey back in January. It's not been a secret I just haven't shared much about it because I wasn't seeing the results I wanted and if I don't see the results then how can I tell you that what i'm doing works? I'm down 10+ lbs and Alex is down about 16-18. All we've been doing is using the My Fitness Pal App and tracking calories. It's not about depriving yourself of the things you love to eat. We certainly don't. We've been eating everything we love; Chick-fil-A, China Garden, Hungry Howie's, etc.but in moderation. I don't call it dieting, we're not. We're learning how to cut out the cakes, and donuts (because if it were up to me we'd have those things all the time) and add in more fruits and veggies. You can do it, too. It's easy.

{Day 37} I know y'all are looking at this thinking why is she thankful for shorts? Stick with me, I'll explain. Back in the fall my honey bought these for me. Since then they've spent the winter in my closet, well today I pulled them out and put them on & they're too big! I've lost 10+ lbs since my honey and I started this get fit journey back in January! I've got a long way to go but it feels great getting started. ‪#‎simplylovegratitudeproject‬

Hello Heart.

For some reason today this just came to me. As I was taking a shower I got to thinking and all these thoughts came at me at once. I had to get them out. After I wrote in my personal journal I had to share some of those thoughts here, too. I think my heart knew I had some things to process and get off my chest so Hello Heart.

I've got nothing in this world to complain about. Nothing of much significance anyway. I have the most incredible family and true friends ever and all the material goods that don't really matter. I have a nice roof over my head, nice clothes on my body, delicious food in my pantry and fridge, and I drive a nice car. I've got more than a lot of people do. I realize this and i'm grateful but I still struggle. It's not with monetary or material items though. My struggle is finding balance.

I'm lucky enough not to have to work. My Fiance realizes the importance of me staying home so I can be 100% involved with our son. That's something no other guy I've dated has ever understood. Don't get me wrong, I'd go to work in a heartbeat before I let my Fiance work two jobs but right now that's not an issue. On that side of things life couldn't be any better. My Fiance doesn't expect me to keep the house spotless or have dinner on the table when he walks in from work. Most of the time I do though because that's the pressure I put on myself. I feel like it's my job as a stay at home mom/wife to take care of the house, dinner, and whatever else that ensues. I take my job as seriously as if I was employed outside the home. That's why there are times I stress about something as simple as clothes being all over the bedroom again or trash not being taken out or shoes all over the living room. I try so hard to live by the saying "excuse the mess, we're making memories here" but sometimes it's hard. Sometimes I forget that it's not so important that my house looks like something out of Southern Living magazine and more about the joy and comfort of my family and friends who enter our home.

Truth of the matter is that when I was in high school I thought i'd have life figured out by now and I'd be married with 2 or 3 kids and a couple pets running around the yard of our house that was enclosed by a white picket fence and that yes, my house would look like something out of Southern Living Magazine and my family would look like something out of a Gap ad. Turns out God had other plans for me in life, in fact he probably laughed at mine and boy am I glad. He sure knew what he was doing because I'm beyond happy right now. The happiest I've ever been. Do I have the husband? Almost. We're engaged. Do I have the 2-3 kids? No, but I have one amazing one that I wouldn't trade for the world. Do I have the house with a white picket fence? Not exactly but we have a small but great house that the three of us are making into a home, our home. I like small houses anyway. I grew up in a small house. Mom, Dad, Me, two brothers, dogs, cats, and reptiles and a slew of friends who were always with us. Those are the memories that I'll always cherish. I believe growing up in a small house made us closer because we had no choice but to spend time together so now I have no problems raising my family in a small house.

There's a quote I have framed on my shelf beside me. It's from Truman Capote in Breakfast at Tiffany's "I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods." I bought it at Restoration Hardware when my Mom and I were Christmas shopping because I read it and it was one of those quotes that grabbed me and I couldn't shake. It really resonates with me and sticks with my soul because it makes me think of that little house on Macedin Drive and all the memories that are still there. Yesterday my Fiance and son and and I were driving around looking at new houses and came upon the neighborhood I grew up in. I asked my son if he had ever seen the house I grew up in, he had but he was much younger. He said no so I made my Fiance go there. It was like a walk in time. Nothing at all looks the same, in fact, the neighborhood looks shady now but it was still like I went back in time. Those are the kind of memories I want my children to have. With Dylan it will be a little different because he's grown up in my parent's house and they plan on staying there forever but I hope when he's grown and we've moved out of this little house on Willowbrook he'll drive by with his family sometime and remember all the happy times we had. This house will be hard to let go of in a way because it's where we started our life as a family of three, maybe four before we can sell it. It's where we celebrated Christmases and Birthdays. It's the first house my son ever got to trick or treat out of. It's where Alex proposed to me in front of our Christmas Tree and it'll be our first house as husband and wife.

Truth of the matter is that even at 33 I have no idea what I want to do with my life besides being a Mom and Wife. God has taken the reins on every other aspect of life and put me where I needed to be exactly when I need to be there. I know this is no different I just wish that this was as easy as choosing to have my son or getting married to Alex. I thought I wanted to be a nurse when I was in high school. That didn't work out. Since having my son I thought I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I was even in school earning my degree for it but after several set backs i'm finding myself questioning that. Lately my heart hasn't been set on it and I want whatever I do in life to set me on fire with passion like it does for being a wife and mom. In a way I want it to help define me. I don't want it to be the only thing that defines me but I want it to be part of what defines me, if that makes any sense. I don't believe in the Common Core Cirriculum and have found myself wondering if I can teach something I don't believe in. I'm not sure I can.

I've always wanted to work with the Make A Wish Foundation but I think that would require a lot of traveling and that's not something i'm willing to do at this point in my life. So I've been thinking along those lines, still. What would give me the satisfaction of helping others and allow me to stay home based? Since I love animals, more than people some days, my heart has been saying working with service dogs. Dogs who are trained then placed with families of those with special needs. Now i'm just questioning if that would be the right move since I'll be getting married soon and having another baby (after we get married-no baby in the works yet).

I finally feel like I'm getting where I've always wanted to be in my life and for that I couldn't be any happier or more blessed.

Finding the positive

Hi y'all! Happy Wednesday. We're almost there, almost to Friday! For some odd reason I woke up in a horrible mood this morning. Maybe I had a bad dream. Sometimes I really dislike the way dreams seem to affect me through out the whole day especially when I can't even remember what I dreamed. Anyway, instead of staying ill all day over nothing, or at least something I'm not even sure of, I decided to turn the day around and be happy. After all, I totally believe people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

So what am I happy for today?

♡ The sun is shining bright (and I thought it was going to rain today)
♡ I woke up this morning (proof that God has a purpose for me)
♡ The birds are chirping
♡ Morning coffee while sitting on the couch with my sweet boy before school
♡ Being able to open our windows and let the fresh air come in
♡ Laundry-because it means I have family
♡ My son
♡ My fiance
♡ Listening to my music with the windows down in the car
♡ My parents
♡ All of my family
♡ And friends
♡ And pets
♡ The ability to make jewelry
♡ And blog
♡ And take care of my loved ones
♡ Dancing like no one's watching
♡ But living like they are
♡ Spending time with God before I grab my phone in the morning

I'm sure I could keep going because there is always something to be happy for. My challenge for you today is to think of the things you are happy for and smile.

Have a Happy Wednesday Lovelies!!


Hi y'all. It's Monday. I know, I know... who likes Monday? No one that I know, even so, it's a great day so far. I've got all the windows in the house open & candles burning so we can get some fresh air in here while I catch up on laundry and Dinner at Tiffani's. If you haven't watched Dinner at Tiffani's yet you totally should. Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Capowski) invites her celebrity friends over to cook and hang out with her. I'm pretty much down with most cooking shows but this one is like hanging out with your friends. LOVE.

Anyway, enough about that. Let's re-cap the weekend. We started out with no plans really except grocery shopping on Saturday and lunch with my best friend on Sunday but soon all of our plans changed and we had a weekend full of plans.

Unfortunately I did not take many pics this weekend. I was soaking up the time with my guys and family and i'm trying really hard not to be on the phone all the time when we're together.


Fridays are usually pretty boring around here, this one was no exception. Friday started off rainy and foggy, nothing new for Georgia lately. I decided to spend the day at my parent's house so I lugged my laptop, all of my jewelry making supplies, and my wedding planners/magazines over for the day. Around 12:30 I got a call from my kiddo, he was sick at school so I left and picked him up then went to my parent's house and gathered up all my belongings and headed home. We were home by 1:30 which was nice. By 3:30 my fiance called me and was getting off work early because someone close to him had passed away. That night was a super lazy night at home with homemade chicken 'n dumplings.


Saturday mornings are always my favorites. We sleep in, sometimes, and spend the rest of the morning lounging in our pajamas, drinking coffee and enjoying each other's company. We had several errands to run so we left our around noon and went to lunch at Popeye's because I was craving fried chicken something fierce. After that we went to Academy Sports + Outdoors. Every man's dream and to be honest, I like it, too because I love the Under Armour clothes and well, all the clothes really. So the guys do their guy thing and I shop for clothes. DUH! My honey bought me new clothes there and i'm not even sure what the guys got ;)
We went to see my in law's for a little while then took our kiddo to spend the night with his Mimi and Pa.

Drago always cries and gives his boy a hug every time he sees him, which is basically every day.

Then I found my 1st 4-leaf clover of the season

We were kid free and not sure what to do with ourselves by 5:30 that afternoon. So we finished our errands; grocery shopping, then went to my aunt's house and spent a couple hours with her. After we were done there we had to stop by our friend's house and get the instructions to take care of their pups for the week. We ended up going out to dinner with them at O'Charley's. It was so nice. It's always great to get together with them.


Sunday was glorious. I slept in until 9! That hasn't happened in forever! It was amazing. After I got up I had coffee with my love and enjoyed the morning. We had a memorial service to go to at 2 but we had to meet at my in-law's house before that so we got dressed and checked in with our kid to see what he wanted to do. He wanted to go with us so we had to go pick him up from my parent's house. We went and picked him up then home to get dressed for the service. It was a lovely service for a man who was close to my fiance's family.

After that we were starving so we went to lunch @ Panda Express. It was soo pretty outside so we sat on the patio and ate. I love patio weather best of all. We cruised back to Academy with the top off the Jeep. We were topless in the Jeep all weekend.

Since we ate lunch so late (4:30) it counted as dinner, too so yay me! I didn't have to cook last night. My honey and I took advantage of that and laid in our hammock for a couple hours.

We ended the night watching The Walking Dead, which I did NOT like :( I won't spoil it in case anyone out there hasn't watched it yet but it was not what I was expecting.

So that was our weekend. It left me feeling so refreshed.
I hope everyone else had an amazing weekend, too.

Foodie Friday

Hi y'all. We finally made it through another week! Happy Friday!! Woo Hoo! I'm totally exhausted today and in need of sleeping in and doing much of nothing but first let's get to today's Foodie Friday post.

This is one I made for my guys a couple weeks ago and it was a hit. In fact I made it to go with last Friday's Foodie Friday post.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as we have.

Weight Watchers BLT Pasta Salad


3 2 ⁄ 3 cup large macaroni shells pasta, cooked
4 cup tomatoes, diced
4 slice bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 cup lettuce, thinly sliced
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp cider vinegar
1⁄2 cup fat free mayonnaise
1⁄3 cup light sour cream
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 salt
1 pepper
In a large bowl, mix pasta, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce.
In a small bowl, mix sugar, vinegar, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.
Pour dressing over pasta mixture, stir to combine, and chill until ready to serve.

Happy Friday, y'all. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Desk Space.

Hi again y'all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday! We're almost there. Friday is within reach!

This week I've been busy digging out my desk in the Man Cave. Our house is on the smaller side, not that i'm complaining because I believe smaller houses grow happy families because we have no choice but to communicate and hang out. For the time being I have a desk, not a whole craft room. When I first moved in with my fiance I didn't need the space so it became storage for all of our junk to be shredded and our son's extra school supplies. Now that i'm blogging and getting back into crafting I desperately need the space, mostly for storage.

Before our son and I moved in here we were living with my parents. My mom has a pretty big craft room in their basement and it's stocked. Anything I ever wanted or needed was there because she's the most crafty person I know. She sews, paints, makes stained glass, scrapbooks, she's even dabbled in crocheting. When I lived there I rarely bought my own craft supplies and while they're still readily available to me I like to buy my own stuff and have it at my home so that when I decide to get my craft on it's all at my finger tips.

I've started making jewelry so that's most of my crafting supplies. Currently it all lives inside of plastic boxes inside a 31 carry all tote in my living room but I fully intend on expanding my collection. Soon it won't all fit in there! I also make wreaths so I need a place for all that, too!

When I decided to clean that space out and dress it up for me I looked no farther than pinterest for inspiration.

These are the pins that inspired me.

So much prettyness and girlieness!

Of course, once the ideas started flowing, my first stop was Target. Their Dollar Spot is fabulous, especially for office supplies.
Here's my loot.

I love to collect pretty cards and randomly send them out. You can never have too many, right?

Here's how things are shaping up so far.

There's still a lot to be done. I need my bulletin board hung, I may cover it in fabric first though. I need a trash can, a new rug and maybe a shelf + pretty pictures to be hung on the walls.

so far I'm in love though!


Hi y'all. Welcome back to Monday. I hope everyone is still with me after the Daylight Savings Time. I thought it wasn't a big deal until I read Becoming Adorrable's ( post this morning. Did you know that the Monday after DST begins everyone is less productive, work place injuries rise and so do the number of heart attacks? German researches believe our bodies never really recover from DST and that altering our circadian rhythm can be damaging to our health. It also puts people who are at risk of heart disease at a greater risk after sudden time changes. There are 25% more heart attacks on the Monday after the time change.

Read this article for yourself, it has some very interesting information.

With all that being said let's hope that everyone is having a wonderful Monday and enjoying the extra of hour we're getting in the evenings. I know we are! So let's get to the weekend. It was absolutely gorgeous this weekend. It was in the 30's and snow flurries were flying on Friday but nothing stuck. It was 65* for the rest of the weekend!


I spent the day at my parent's, seeing that their Corvette was towed back to the dealership (just a flat tire, so nothing major). I stuck around and played with the dogs and just hung out for the rest of the day since it was snowing. I wanted to be close to my son's school just in case they called it. They didn't because it didn't do much of anything. Nothing stuck, in fact, in quit snowing in less than an hour. I attempted to make jewelry but the dogs had other plans.

They wrestled in my lap and when that was done, Drago decided he wanted to help.

I picked my son and I up and we hung out at my parent's for a little while longer. When my Finace got home from work we went home and decided to order Hungry Howie's pizza for dinner. That was the extent of our fun that night.


We had some errands to run but we let our son sleep in. I made muffins for my boys.

Since my Dad was off work this day we had planned on going to see my parents at some point in the day but our son wanted to stay with them while we ran errands so we let him. It's easier on us and more enjoyable. I wish I could tell you that our day was exciting but it really wasn't. Two grocery stores, one book store and the Dollar General. Woo Hoo! We did see my soon to be in-law's which resulted in my fiance going to Best Buy with his Dad to replace their t.v. So I hung out with my soon to be MIL. She's the sweetest. She asked me to help her use her No! NO! laser hair removal so I did. I can say that it turned out to be pretty entertaining. We laughed a lot. She was a good sport while I figured that contraption out.

We ended up having dinner at my parent's house. My mom made a delicious chicken & broccoli pasta with Sangria and a chocolate molten lava cake. It was awesome!

After dinner my son made up a Wii tournament. I think he was the winner of that. Surprise!! (NOT).

My dad and son playing in the Wii tournament.


The weather was simply stunning. It felt warmer than 65* and the sun was shining bright! My Fiance, son and I went to a mexican buffet for lunch then home to clean house. Well I cleaned house, my fiance washed all our cars but first we pulled out our hammock and enjoyed two hours of sunshine while our lunch settled. It was nice to just lay outside, soak up the sun and talk.

After that we cleaned. Our house and vehicles are sparkling even though i'm still fighting through laundry. I made chicken salad and coconut praline cookies then we sat down and watched The Walking Dead. It was the perfect way to end a beautiful weekend.

I hope yours was just as nice.

Happy Monday!!

That time I was featured...

Ladies and maybe one gentleman (my sweet fiance) I have some super exciting news to share with y'all. Today I'm being featured on Stephanie May Wilson's blog!! Eeekkk!! I'm beyond excited like dancing around the house, squealing like the true girl I am excited. It's only the dogs & cat here with me now, they just think i'm crazy!

My post is My Loveliest Things but before I share that with you let me tell you a little about Stephanie. I found her one day while browsing Instagram. It seemed like everyone was reading and sharing pics of this book called The Lipstick Gospel I was intrigued to I followed the link and found this wonderful Instagram profile, full of positivity and happiness. I got on my lap top as soon as I could and went to her web site, subscribed to her newsletter and downloaded The Lipstick Gospel. For the next month I was hooked on reading this book during my hour wait in the car riders line to pick my son up from school. It was one of those books that made me say "Oh, yes, Me too" so many times while reading it and I was kinda of sad when I was done reading it.
Since reading that book I've been a huge fan because of her honesty and inspiration. One day on facebook she was asking for submissions to do a Loveliest Things post. I immediately jumped on board and sent in my submission. It was easy to sit down and write my loveliest things, it all just came from my heart. I hope you all enjoy it and find inspiration from it and definitely check Stephanie out, you won't be disappointed.

Thank you all, you can check it out here!

Foodie Friday.

Hi Y'all! I'm back with another edition of Foodie Friday. This has become one of my favorite posts to do because I love food!
Today's recipe is one I made earlier in the week. OF course it's a Pinterest Recipe but it is inspired by the Honey Chicken from Applebee's.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes

4 servings


1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise in half
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup honey, or more, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch


In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine honey, garlic and soy sauce. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Stir mixture into the saucepan until thickened, about 1-2 minutes; set aside.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

In a large bowl, combine flour, thyme, oregano, paprika and cayenne pepper.

Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Working one at a time, dredge chicken in flour mixture, dip into eggs, then dredge in flour mixture again, pressing to coat.

Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet, 2 or 3 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Serve immediately with honey garlic sauce.

My family loved it. I Hope y'all do too!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Target Tuesday.

Hi again Lovelies! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday. It's raining here in Georgia, no surprise. I feel like we're the new Seattle but it's still a lovely day because I got to go to Target! Any day I got to Target is a great day and best of all, they're putting Spring and Easter decor out which means warmer weather is right around the corner. Days filled with flowers and sunshine and all things bright and happy are within reach now, loves!

If you follow me on Twitter (or happen to be my fiance b/c he's heard about it non-stop) then you'll remember this grey day when I went to Target and the Dollar Spot was empty!

You'll have to excuse the text on it. I follow Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day and this was my photo for the day. Clearly though it was a BIG deal! I just can't find the original picture anywhere on my computer.

I've been nervous to go back to Target and see if they had re-stocked the Dollar Spot because I had this fear that they were either a) about to do away with the Dollar Spot at Target for good (my heart can't take it) OR b) even worse! Shut down the store forever! I realize now that I was being over-dramatic but what would a girl do without Target?!

Have no fear though! The Dollar Spot is very much alive and well (and I wanted to buy EVERYTHING in it today). The notepads, the clipboards, the iPhone accessories, the socks. I want it all!

Never do that to me again Target!

Before I carry on with my Target finds (no I did NOT buy everything in the dollar spot nor did I buy the purple sunnies I've been dying for) allow me to tell you why there was no weekending post yesterday. Because our weekend was pleasantly unexciting. Sometimes It's a nice change. All we did was clean house and grocery shop. We did go out to eat Japanese with my parents. They took all of us out to celebrate our birthdays! How sweet and delicious it was! The chef came to the table and asked whose birthday it was. My Mom said him, talking about my fiance and my Dad kindly said "we're celebrating all 4 of their birthdays talking about my mom, me, my fiance and our son. We're all January and February babies we just didn't get the chance to celebrate as a family.

I had the best sushi ever!

Sadly, that's the only picture I took at dinner. My sweet boy decided to "try" sushi. I say "try" like that because he used to eat it all the time when he was about 3-4 with me and my mom but then he got his own opinion and decided he didn't "like" it anymore. I was so glad he wanted sushi again though and even happier when he actually loved it!

That was the highlight of our weekend and not worthy of a whole post. Sorry to disappoint, I did not take pics of me cleaning house.

Back to Target though. I found some really awesome things, as always.

Here's my loot.

These nail polishes.

I wanted a light lavender but I refuse to pay any more then $5 a bottle. I found the essie color I loved then matched it to one similar and much cheaper.

The Sonia Kashuk ones were on sale for $1.24. I couldn't resist.

The make-up because I just needed it.

And this bucket is a Dollar Spot find. I have a weakness for them. I can't say no to them so I use them everywhere.
One in the kitchen for change.
One in the bathroom for my make-up brushes and eyeliners.
One by my side of the bed for my EOS, hair ties and whatever randomness I need.
One in my son's bathroom for toothpaste/toothbrushes.
One in my car for EOS lip egg, EOS lotion, trash, and water bottle caps.

This one is going into my honey and I's bathroom for our toothpaste/toothbrushes.

If anyone is ever wondering what to buy me, one of these or 40, is a suitable gift :)

And this stuff.
Easter Bunny Bait Crack!
I love a good trail mix but this stuff beats all trail mix.

Do yourself a favor and RUN to Target to buy some then eat 1/2 the bag on your drive home (even if it is only a mile). I may or may not have done just that!

Have you found any great Target finds lately?