Weekend Recap 10.21.18 …Last Weekend in Nashville Wrapping Up Loose Ends!!

Hey friends!!  I apologize for the absence…it has been a little crazy over here lately!  This past weekend was our last weekend in Nashville and it was pretty relaxing while still productive wrapping up a few last minute things before our move.  By the time you read this we will be well on our way to our new home in San Antonio, Texas!!!  My mom and I are driving my car down with the pups and the stuff we didn’t want the movers to pack while my husband is flying down separately.  My mom and I are making a pit stop in Dallas to see my sister and her boyfriend for a few days while my husband goes to the closing of our new house (!!!) and gets new carpets installed in the bedrooms before we arrive.  The moving truck is set to arrive in San Antonio on Saturday morning!  I am so ready to get all moved in and settled in our new house.  Moving can be scary, don’t get me wrong, but really, the excitement far surpasses the fear in  my eyes. My momma is staying a few extra days to help us get all moved in and I couldn’t be more grateful.  We are just so blessed with the best mommas in the world. 

We have been living with my dad for the past week while we are in between houses.  It feels so funny because we lived with him for a few months when we moved to Nashville before we bought our house here.  It feels like we just moved here and we blinked and now we are already leaving Nashville.  Time flies by SO fast at this stage of life.  I imagine it only goes faster the older we get. 

The pups have settled in quite nicely at my dad’s house.  My dad is so not a dog person, which is too funny because our dogs LOVE my dad. 🙂

Last week I threw a baby shower for my sweet coworker.  She and her husband have two older boys and found out (with only a 4 day notice) they were chosen to adopt a newborn baby girl.  She brought the baby to the shower and I was in love.  I came home begging my husband for a baby. 😉

The next day my mom and I had a lunch date with my sister’s best friend growing up.  She brought her sweet baby girl with her and I just couldn’t get enough.  Once again I came home to my husband raving about this little girl.  He said, “Is it time to get another dog?”  LOL.


My husband took me on a sushi date last week to a new-to-us restaurant in town.

Yall may remember that my dad lives near a park and you better believe we have been taking advantage of being so close to the park.


It has been a little chilly in Nashville the past couple days, but we have still been getting in our long walks with the pups!


Fresh air is good for all of us!

My dad had plans to go to London with a couple of his friends for the Titans game.  His flight Friday night got delayed a few hours so we got to have a late dinner with him before he left!  We went to Butcher and the Bee, which is known for small plates and sharing.  We ordered a bunch of different things, which was fun to have a taste of different flavors.

On Saturday I met my mom for lunch at Panera.  We are both obsessed with their autumn squash soup so we just couldn’t resist. 

After lunch my momma and I had an appointment to get our nails done.  I chose this maroon/burgandy color for fall! 

On Saturday night I had plans with my bestie, Rachael, to get dinner at True Food Kitchen.

We had a blast just chatting and eating yummy food.  I’m gonna miss this girl so much.


We had so tasty drinks too! 😉


After dinner we met up with my sweet husband for a drink before calling it a night.


Love this guy so much.


On Sunday I slept in then got to go see Rachael’s fiance, Eric’s new shop.  He is a fashion designer (an AMAZING one) and just moved to a new location.


Afterwards I took the pups on a long walk at the park while my husband hung out with his little brother from Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

We are getting in all the walks in the park we can while it is so convenient!  We are excited to explore some new parks in our new town in Texas!!! 

I have lots more to talk to you guys about, but it is time to get back to packing!!!  I will see you guys soon from our new home in San Antonio!!! Have a great day, yall!!!


  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. Do you take walks in the park often?
  3. How often do you see your best friend?

Weekend Recap 10.14.18… Comedy Show at the Ryman, Going Away Party, Lots of Family Time, Packing, Grand Ole Opry, and Football!

Hey friends!!!!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!! Mine was so full and so fun!  Before I get to my weekend recap, I just wanted to say thank you guys for all the love and support on this new journey of moving to San Antonio.  I have read all comments and messages and will get back to each of you all today! ❤ 

The movers came yesterday to pack up the whole house and they come today to move all the boxes and big items out of the house.  😦  I am so sad to leave this house that we have built so many memories in and that is so close to many of our friends and family.  It’s so crazy that it is all happening so fast. 

Our new house in San Antonio doesn’t have as many rooms as our house in Nashville so we decided to sell our set of leather couches and the chair and ottoman that matches so we didn’t have to do it in San Antonio.  The guy who bought them came over Friday to pick them up, but had to make a couple trips and we had to leave for dinner (and it was raining) so we put the couches on the covered front porch for him to pick up.  Riley was not happy about this at all.  He kept looking out the door and growling at the couches.  It was pretty funny.


Friday afternoon my mother-in-law arrived in town for the weekend.  Shortly after, my little brother and dad arrived at our house too.  We all had tickets to a show later (except my mother-in-law) so we made plans to have dinner together.  Every time my little brother comes over, he goes straight to this seat and Riley follows him and is sitting right next to him in no time.  It’s so precious. 


We went to Bricktops. As always, it did not disappoint.  My dad, brother, and me.



My mother-in-law, Cathy, and Jonny.


I got the ahi tuna and it was so yummy.  I get this dish often when we eat at Bricktops and it’s always delicious so it’s hard for me to pass it up.


After dinner my mother-in-law dropped the four of us off at the Ryman for the show.  Love this sweet boy. 


We are all obsessed with Jim Gaffigan.  He’s a comedian and he is one of the only few I know that is not vulgar.  He is family friendly and just genuinely hilarious.  My little brother has a lot of his routines memorized and he performs them for us and it is the cutest thing you have ever seen. You may remember, he did one for me when he came to visit me in the hospital.  The best way to cheer me up!  The show was awesome and I already can’t wait to see him again.  If you have Netflix, you should check out Jim Gaffigan. He has about 5 different shows on there and we have watched them all multiple times. 


On Saturday afternoon, a few of our friends and my parents hosted a going away party at our house (we just have a lot of entertaining space so it’s easier to have parties at our house).  How cute is this balloons sign?


And this table?!?!  They really outdid themselves. 


My bestie Rachael said that I had to promise to actually enjoy the party and let them deal with all the food and beverages.  After the party I told her that I have never eaten so much at one of the parties at our house because I am usually running around cleaning up and restocking food and getting people drinks, etc.  It was a really nice change. 🙂


Since it was a beautiful fall day, my husband pulled out the corn-hole for a few games in the front yard. 


After the “adults” left aka our parents, the “kids” aka us and all of our friends wanted to play beer pong.  The girls cuddled with the pups while the boys played. 🙂

Lissa, the dog whisperer.


I had to get in there too.  Callie is thinking, “Mom, when are all of these people going to get out of my house?”


Callie with the sneak attack kiss. 😉


Me and my besties.  I am really going to miss these two.  Can you spy Callie sneaking in the pic?


How cute are these hand-made Texas shaped cookies my mom made?  We made sure everyone left with at least one. 🙂


After all our guests left, Jon, his mom, and I headed to Amerigos for a quick bite to eat before our late Saturday night plans.  I got the portabella mushroom salad with salmon and it was amazing. 


Then we headed out to the Grand Ole Opry for the 9:30 show.  My mother-in-law had been wanting to go so we thought this was the perfect time to fit it in before we move. 


If you’ve never been to the Opry, I highly recommend it.  It is actually broadcast live as a radio show so we heard the live commercial breaks and announcers letting us know when to clap.  It was pretty cool. 


If you watch the show “Nashville,” you know who this is!!! Deacon aka Charles.  He actually can sing in real life.  🙂


We saw a couple familiar faces, but the rest were country music legends and we recognized quite a few songs. 


Can you guess who this is?


If you guessed Trace Atkins, you are correct!!  He always puts on a good show.


Sunday morning, Riley helped me pack a few suitcases full of clothes so that the movers wouldn’t pack them.  We are living at my dad’s house for a week or two before we head to San Antonio so we need a few things! Riley always hops in my suitcase when I am packing.  I told him not to worry… he gets to come on this “trip.”


Jon insisted that I try to fit into my suitcase… with Riley.  We didn’t fit, but it was pretty close.  Jon tried to zip us up and that was where the game ended. 😉


On Sunday afternoon, my bestie, Lissa and I, headed to the Titans game to meet up with my husband and his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters…. and yes, he had to tell him we are moving and it was sad :(.  Thankfully we were able to go into the my husband’s company suite so we didn’t have to sit out in the rain.  I mean… I like football, but not that much. 🙂


Lissa and me at the game!! They lost, but we still had a great time. 


In bed early on Sunday night because we were wiped out from this eventful weekend.  One of the last few weekends in Nashville and it was just perfect!!  We are just so blessed to have so much support from our friends and family.  We are really going to miss them.


  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. Do you like football?  If so, what team do you root for?
  3. Favorite fall/pumpkin flavored food or drink?

It’s Not Goodbye… Sharing Some Big News!

Hey friends!  I have been keeping a big secret from you guys for a little while now.  I had to wait until everything was finalized and all the appropriate people heard our news first.

Before I get to the good stuff, I cannot believe fall is here.  It feels like I blinked and summer was over.  I’m a little excited for pumpkin everything, sweaters, boots, and the beautiful leaves.  But other than that, I am forever missing summer.  


Yall, this husband of mine, he is the perfect example of what it means to put others first.  This guy works his butt off every single day so that our family (doggies included) can live the life we have always wanted.


A few weeks ago this guy got a big promotion and I couldn’t be more proud of him.  He has worked really hard for this.  Knowing he works so hard for our family to live the life we want is all I could ask for.  I am really really fortunate to be married to someone who dreams big and puts our family’s future in the forefront of his mind always.


Unfortunately, that means we have to say goodbye to Nashville for now.  Goodbye to our family, our friends, our beautiful home, our amazing jobs and coworkers, our city that we have called home for the last year and a half.



While were are very sad to leave and close this chapter of our time in Nashville, we have BIG dreams for our family.  Big goals and dreams do not get accomplished living in a state of complacency.  My all time favorite quote is, “You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.”  So while the comfort of living in Nashville near our friends and family has been nice, we know that in order to grow personally, as a family, and in our careers, it is time to make a move.  This move will get us one step closer to fulfilling our dreams for our family.

So this family is packing up our home in Nashville and heading back down south!  We are moving to Texas!  While I wish I could say we were moving back to Dallas, we are heading a few hours past there to San Antonio!

We thought long and hard about this move.  While it will definitely be one of the hardest moves for us (leaving our family and friends), we know this is the right decision for our family.  This will be our 5th move in 9 years (Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Dallas, Nashville, San Antonio) and our first move since Utah where we will know no one in our new city.  While this thought is scary, it also excites me.  This is a new chance to branch out and make new friends and discover more of what this beautiful country has to offer.  We truly believe that we get closer to our dreams when we step out of our comfort zone and try new things.  It makes us better people and better partners.


This opportunity is just too good for our family to pass up.  While we do hope to be back closer to family in the future, we know right now is the right time for a move.  We are still young, we don’t have children, and we are ready for this change.  Thank you all for supporting me and my family and our crazy, wild life of adventures.  We are really excited for this move (don’t you worry, I will be sobbing when I have to leave my parents, but my husband told me he would buy me some ice cream ;))!!!!!

I just need to take a minute to point out this lady right here, my momma.  I’m not sure where we would be without her.  I can’t even count the amount of things she has done for us while we have been in Nashville.  It is going to be a BIG adjustment for me not being able to call her to come over or see her every weekend at the pool.  


Our sweet friends are throwing us a going away party this weekend so it will be a nice little send off.  We are moving out of our house at the beginning of next week (we will live with my dad for a week or two…he is thrilled to have us and our pups as roommates again ;)) and then my mom and I will drive down to San Antonio soon afterwards to meet my husband and the moving truck at our new house!!!  We were able to sell our house in Nashville in less than a week and bought a new house in San Antonio a couple weeks ago.  I was dying to tell you guys why we were in Texas on our last trip.  My mother-in-law and I saw 35 houses in two days.  Our realtor said she thinks that is her record.  I know, I am a little insane, but hey, we found one we really like that will be perfect for us (we actually made an offer on another one, but got beat buy another offer on the same day!).  We are getting new carpets installed in the bedrooms before we move in, which will be nice.  The only other thing we have plans to do is renovate the master bathroom.  The rest of the house is completely updated, but the master bathroom is not layed out very well and the shower is tiny.  We have already spoken to a few contractors and want to get that project started (and finished!!) as soon as we move in.  

PS. the pups are super excited about the move too. 😉


A few people have been asking for pictures of our house in Nashville and I just never got around to taking any so I will leave the link to our house here and you guys can check it out if you want.  For security reasons, I will take my own pictures of our new house and show you guys once we get all moved in.  I will also document the bathroom renovation too!


I just want to end this post by saying thank you so much for all of your continued support.  You guys will never know how much it means to me.  Thank you for tagging along on my journey as we move about the country for my husband’s job.  



  1.  Have you ever moved to a different state?
  2. How many times have your moved in your adult life?
  3. Do you all live close to family? Or wish you did?

Weekend Recap 10.7.18 Girls Weekend and Blast from the Past!

Hey guys!!  I hope you all had a nice weekend and your week is going great so far.  My weekend was wonderful and passed by way too quickly as usual.  I told you guys my husband was away on a boys trip at the lake all weekend so I filled my time with my best girl friends, which always makes for a great weekend.  

Unfortunately I forgot to pull out my camera a lot this weekend and only ended up with a few pictures… some of them borrowed. 🙂 

Let’s back up to Friday when I had dinner plans with my bestie, Lissa, at a new Asian restaurant that opened recently in the Gulch called Sunda.  I forgot to take any pictures, but we started with the spicy edamame (soo yummy) and I got some sushi and Lissa got a salmon dish.  It was all delicious.  We called it an early night after dinner.

Saturday morning I got in a quick workout and took the pups on a walk before my other bestie, Rachael, came over to my house.  She brought the CUTEST basket with a sweet note, rose, and the most precious handmade cookies to ask me to be her bridesmaid in her wedding next year.  I said yes! 😉  Rachael was one of my bridesmaids in my wedding so I know just how special it is to have your besties by your side on your big day.  I can’t wait for her big day!


We grabbed an Uber from my house and got lunch at Whiskey Kitchen.  This lunch included cocktails because we were heading to our high school reunion Saturday afternoon.  

Our 10 year high school reunion was on the rooftop of Blake Shelton’s bar, Ole Red.


There weren’t a ton of people there (our graduating class was only about 81 people), but it was a fun afternoon chatting and catching up with old friends.  


Then Rach and I came back and relaxed the rest of the night in our pj’s with our pups.  We made dinner and watched murder shows until we all went to bed at 9pm. 🙂 . We are too fun.  


Sunday morning I got some things done around the house like washing the sheets, doing a couple loads of laundry, doing some dishes, taking the dogs on a walk in the park, and completing a short resistance band workout before heading to my momma’s house to help her with some baking.  We tried to lay by the pool, but every time we would get outside, the rain would start and everytime we were in the middle of baking, the sun would shine.  The universe just did not want us to have a pool day. 🙂  

Later Sunday afternoon my husband arrive home and we just had a relaxing, slow, Sunday night.  That’s all I’ve got for today, but check back in tomorrow because I have some news to share!! xoxo


  1. Best part of your weekend?
  2. Have you attended any high school reunions?
  3. Do you have fall weather yet where you live? (We are going to start getting some fall temperatures around here this week.)

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp… an Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Meal

Happy Friday Friends!!!!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I sure am!!  I have lots of girl time planned with my besties because my husband is on a boys trip at the lake this weekend.  My husband and I went to a movie on Tuesday night this week (they have $5 movie night on Tuesdays at a theater near us) and decided to see Crazy Rich Asians.  Have any of yall seen it?  We both thought it was pretty good and want to see it again because there are so many good one liners. 🙂 

You guys know that I am terrible about measuring/making exact recipes, but I thought I would share a yummy meal I had with you guys this week!  I have used cauliflower rice (ground up cauliflower) quite a few times to make a similar dish, but this time I went the easy route buying already riced cauliflower instead of using the food processor to make it myself.  It is 100% worth the extra few bucks to have this step done for you.  

I started by cooking up some chopped onion, mushrooms, and garlic in a pan on the stove.  Next I add some chopped carrots and red bell pepper.  While those were all cooking down I put the cauliflower rice in a pan with a little oil to start browning it up a bit.  After the veggies were cooked I added some frozen edamame to the pan with the veggies and let them heat up for a minute.  Once the veggies and the rice were almost finished, I combined them in the bigger pan and created a hold in the middle with the spatula to add in 4 scrambled eggs.  I let them cook for a few minutes, mixing them every so often with the veggies and rice.  When everything was mixed together I seasoned it all with salt, pepper, and fresh chopped parsley.  Then I topped it all with leftover shrimp we cooked the night before (seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder and chili powder).  I added a few dashes of tamari and dinner was ready!  


My husband and I both really like this meal and we usually make enough to have leftovers the next day too!  Yum!!

I hope you all have a great weekend!!!!


  1. What is one of your easy week night meals?
  2. Any fun weekend plans?
  3. Have you seen a good movie lately?

Weekend Recap 9.30.18 Workout Classes, Two Girls Nights, Pool Time and Family Fun

Hey yall!!! Happy hump day!!! This week has already been a little crazy so I’m just now getting around to writing about my weekend.  It was one for the books so let’s just dive right in!  I hope you guys all had a nice weekend too!  We had amazing cool weather in Nashville, thankfully, because we had about a week straight of rain before this.  How’s the weather where you live?  Is it starting to feel like fall yet?

Friday my bestie, Rachael, and I had plans for dinner at Geist.  I had been once before with my friend, Lissa, but just for a cocktail.  

The menu items are meant to be shared, which is perfect for Rachael and I because we like a lot of the same foods.  We picked a few different dishes to split and they were all delicious, although a little small.  We are hungry girls! 🙂

We got the 1. raw tuna, avocado, cucumber, 2. harissa yogurt, delicata squash, 3. warm kale salad, feta cheese, currants, and  the 3. glazed heirloom carrot, pistachio, greek yogurt.  Definitely a fun restaurant with very tasty dishes.  


After we got home from dinner, we walked into my house full of boys playing poker. 🙂 My husband and I both really appreciate our separate girl and boy time with our friends.  It is something that is not only important for our friendships, but for our relationship too.  I think it’s important to have your own friends and interests in order to feel fulfilled in your own relationship.  It also makes my husband and I miss each other and we get excited to see each other when we have been apart for a while.  And let’s be honest, girl talk is good for the soul!!! 🙂

Saturday morning Rachael and I went to an early morning spin class taught by one of her friends.  We were the ONLY people in the class… so that was fun! 🙂 It was a good workout and a fun way to start the day.  

When I got home from the spin class, I sat down to enjoy a nice cold smoothie and Riley jumped up on my lap then jumped up on the table.  I am SO not one to allow my dogs on my dining table (ew! lol), but this little guy is the BOSS in our house.  He’s getting older (maybe around 10?), but he definitely still has a lot of spunk.  


I can’t forget about my sweet girl, the most well-behaved in our household. 🙂


We didn’t have any plans during the day on Saturday so I headed over to my momma’s house for some time in the sun.  It was pretty cool outside so the water was really chilly (they have a heater, but we didn’t turn it on), but it was such a nice day hanging with my momma and catching up on my book!


Saturday night my husband had plans to get dinner with one of his friends that was in town so my friend Lissa and I had a fun girls night at my house.  When Lissa arrived I was finishing up putting highlights in my hair.  It was way overdue.


I used a different highlighting brand this time and I really liked it.  I did this for about $14, which makes my money-saving self so happy.  When I used to get personal highlights (in high school and college) I would spend almost $200 and then I would end up with terrible roots a few weeks later.  I tease about an inch of hair to the root and then put in the hair dye in small sections so it is more of a ombre look when it grows out so the roots don’t look like a blunt line.  I only highlight my hair about two to three times a year, which is so easy to maintain.  Speaking of maintenance…  I also just got my eyebrow microblading touched up, which is a HUGE timesaver for me.  Not having to fill them in each morning saves me so much time and I think when your eyebrows are done you can go with less makeup, but still look presentable.  


Callie loves Lissa (she watches our pups when we are traveling) so it is fun to see Callie get excited to see her.  


We decided to do a little baking/crafting and make some Halloween cupcakes and chocolate ghosts to put on top of the cupcakes. 

We are so talented, I know. 😉


After our baking adventures we did facemasks!  My husband was so lucky he got home in time to participate in the fun! 😉


Riley was super jealous he couldn’t partake.  🙂  Do you like the clips we used to pin back my husband’s hair? LOL.


Sunday morning Rachael and I took a Barry’s Bootcamp.  I still had a few free credits on class pass after signing up to take a class when my sister was in town.  This class was hard the first time, but this past Sunday it was probably one of the hardest classes I have ever taken.  We switched back and forth between weight training and the treadmill 8 times so it was nice to know each round wouldn’t be too long.  But it was still HARD!  

My husband had plans to go to an indoor trampoline park with his little brother so I opted to head to my momma’s again for another pool day.  It was about 20 degrees warmer on Sunday than it was on Saturday.  We actually HAD to get in the water because it was so hot outside.  Another beautiful day of laying in the sun, reading, chatting, and eating yummy poolside salads. Summer, please don’t go. 😦


After a few hours at the pool I headed home to get ready for my dad and little brother to come over for taco night!! All the fixins’ including homemade guacamole!!! Definitely one of our favorite meals!  My dad and little brother had just come from the Titans game.  I didn’t watch it, but I heard about it… it was an amazing win over the Eagles. 


My husband grilled up chicken for the boys’ tacos and I heated up the chili lime jackfruit in a saute pan.  Yall, this marinated jackfruit was something else!  I loved it so much.  We have had a few tacos nights this week! 🙂 All the yumminess: charred corn tortillas (we char them over an open flame on the stovetop), grilled chicken, chili lime jackfruit, sauteed peppers, onions, and garlic, grilled corn, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded mexican cheese, salsa, rice, beans, and homemade guacamole!!  You can see rolls and butter in the above picture… well we don’t usually buy rolls at our house, but my little brother loves them and we thought we were making a different meal, but decided on tacos later and well, we needed the rolls to get eaten. 😉 


This is the chili lime jackfruit I got at Sprouts.  You can get it online at thrive market too.  I highly recommend it.  


After dinner I had some couch time with my little monkey.  Riley is super sweet, but especially when he is tired.  


The other night Jon said, “the dogs are cuddling!!” which if you know our doggies, this is very unusual.  I came over to see this.  While this isn’t what I would call cuddling, this is a LOT closer than they usually sit. LOL.  


Just had to document this moment.  And they were definitely thinking… okay mom, please stop taking pictures of us… we still don’t really like each other. 😉


I hope you guys are all having a great week so far!!!!  I just wanted to say thank you SO much from the bottom of my heart for all of your support by reading and commenting on my blog.  I absolutely love blogging and am so thankful for readers like you guys that take an interest in my blog.  If there is ever anything you want to ask or know about me, just ask!  I am an open book and would be happy to do a Q&A post or a post about a suggested topic!  I’m always trying to come up with new things to blog about!  

SMILE friends!!! It’s a great day to be alive!!! XOXOXO


Have a great rest of your day and week!!! 


  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. Favorite type of tacos or taco topping?
  3. If you wear makeup, what is one product you can’t leave the house without?