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?

Girls Day, Sprouts Haul and Date Night!

Hey friends!!! Happy Friday!!!!  We made it!! I’m ready for the weekend! What about you guys?  I have a few plans with friends then I’m hoping to hang at the pool if the weather is good!  It has been so rainy here the last 5 or 6 days so we are due for some sunshine! 

 A few days ago I had an appointment near my mom’s house so we met afterwards for lunch at Panera.  We are both obsessed with their autumn squash soup and get it every chance we can!


After lunch we had to make a trip to Home Depot then we decided to get our nails done at a new salon. 


I picked this maroon color for fall.  


After we got our nails done, I headed to Sprouts to grab a few things.  I normally shop at Kroger, but love to stop at Sprouts when I am in my mom’s neck of the woods since there isn’t one close to me.  If you’ve never been to Sprouts, I would describe it kinda like a Trader Joe’s with lots of new and fun products, but it has a bigger selection than TJ’s.  I thought it would be fun to show you guys what I picked up!

I got the already rice cauliflower to make cauliflower fried rice, mushrooms and frozen edamame to add to that dish as well.  I picked up some green yogurts, bars, salad dressing, green juice (on a big sale!), kombuchas (also on a big sale), coconut milk (for butternut squash soup, and chili lime carnitas flavored jackfruit!  I have been wanting to make tacos with this jackfruit for awhile so I will let you guys know how they turn out!  


I had never tried this balsamic dressing before, but had it yesterday over a salad for lunch and it was really good!!  It is only 30 calories per serving too. 


Wednesday night my husband and I had plans to go to The Southern for dinner as we had a giftcard we needed to use.  


It is always nice to have a date night in the middle of the week to break up the work week a bit. 

I wasn’t too hungry so I stuck with a salad with grouper on top, my husband got a steak, and we split a side of asparagus.  It was all so yummy!

Since we were already downtown we stopped in Luke Bryan’s new bar for a drink on the rooftop before heading back home.  It was such a nice date night with my husband.  

I have dinner with my girlfriend tonight then a spin class in the morning!  I hope you guys enjoy your weekend!!


  1. Where do you grocery shop most often?
  2. How often do you go grocery shopping?
  3. How often do you have a date night with your partner if you have one?

Weekend Recap 9.23.18… Family Time, Tour of Nashville, and Relaxation!!

Good morning!!!!!  So happy to be able to squeeze in a couple more blog posts than usual this week.  It’s been a pretty non-eventful week , which is nice as yall know I don’t love having a ton of commitments during the work week.  

I’m getting pretty excited for the weekend.  We don’t have any set plans, but we are making some with a few friends so it should be a good one! 

Backing up to last weekend in Nashville.  My sister, her boyfriend, and a couple of her girlfriends stayed with us while they were in town for a friend’s wedding. 

My dad took us out to dinner at Midtown Cafe on Friday evening.  I got the salmon with asparagus and mushroom risotto.  Ever since I studied abroad in Italy, Risotto has been my love language.  I don’t have it often, but when I do, it is a real treat! So creamy and delicious!


My husband got this chicken dish that came in a puff pasty and he loved his dish as well.

The whole gang. 🙂


Saturday morning my sister, her boyfriend, and I had a scheduled workout class at Barrys Bootcamp.  Have you guys ever taking a class at Barrys?  It was hard and I was sore!  It is a combination of treadmill running and weight training.  I like the switching things up a bit and getting out of my normal routine.  

After getting cleaned up, we headed to Germantown Cafe for brunch with my momma!  I got the salmon salad, which was just perfect!


All the girls after brunch!


My sister, my mom, me, and our boys. 🙂


Everyone but my mom and I decided to “bird” home on the electric scooters.  They had a bunch of issues finding 5, then one would have a flat tire, then one would have a dead battery, etc.  LOL.  I think my mom and I made the right decision to drive home in the car. 🙂 

Saturday afternoon we ended up doing the double deck bus tour of Nashville.  I have always wanted to do it and now I can say I did!  It is pretty fun to be a tourist in your own city. 🙂


The Parthenon. 


Jonny and I on the bus!


So I told you guys that my sister and her boyfriend and friends were in town for a wedding.  Well the girls all got blowouts and looked beautiful and ofcourse it started pouring down rain.  My sister’s boyfriend, Max, improvised and opened up the back porch umbrella to transport the girls to the car without ruining their hair.  Too funny. 


My husband and I were going to grab a drink on a rooftop bar Saturday night, but the nasty weather had us craving a night in instead.  I made salmon skewers with this pesto and roasted brussel sprouts and portabella mushrooms with balsamic glaze.  It was a yummy combination!  I am obsessed with this homemade pesto and love that it uses almonds instead of pine nuts (much more affordable) and no cheese and it still tastes delicious! 


We spent Sunday hanging out, watching football, reading books, napping, meal prepping, change sheets, doing laundry, and getting things done around the house.  It was so nice not to have to be anywhere and to just have a full day at home.  


  1. What did you all do last weekend?
  2. Do you like mushrooms?
  3. Have you ever done any touristy things in the city you live?

Tacking onto My Husband’s Work Trip With My MIL

Hey friends!!!  How’s this week going for you?  I’m just soaking up this warm weather right now because I know the cold weather is just right around the corner.  I am not a fan of cold weather… unless I am skiing or watching the snow fall from inside a warm cozy house. 🙂 

I will be back soon with a recap of our weekend, which was so nice and relaxing.  We literally did nothing on Sunday and I can’t remember the last time that has happened.  

I told you a few weeks ago that I try to set an intention/goal/focus each week.  This week I am focusing on staying off of my phone at night.  I want to get more sleep and I want to read more of my book (currently reading “The Other Sister” by Lisa Gardner instead of watching shows.  

A couple weeks ago my mother-in-law and I tagged along to San Antonio with my husband.  He had some work to do there so we decided to explore the city while he worked.  We made a pit stop into Bird Bakery for a quick lunch once we arrived.  I got the tuna salad protein plate and it was so yummy!


That night we went over to an area of town called The Pearl.  I can’t remember the restaurant, but I got the fish special and it was delicious!

I love working out when I am out of town.  I always like to start my day by moving my body because it makes me feel my best.  I also know that I will be eating more and indulging a bit more than usual when I am out of town so moving my body helps me feel good while I enjoy a few cocktails and rich meals.  My husband joined me in the gym both days we were there and caught me mid run.  He was making fun of the fact that I like to watch Dr. Phil while I work out.  I know, it is weird. 🙂


For dinner the second night we went to Acenar.  It is located right on the Riverwalk which is really fun.  We started with the fish ceviche.  Yum!


I got the shrimp tacos and loved my meal.  Can’t go wrong with tacos in my book!!


We walked down to the water after dinner.  My mother-in-law and me!


My people!!


On the last day we drove out of town to explore the big hills outside of San Antonio.  They were soo pretty.  We grabbed lunch at Canyon Cafe before heading to the airport. 


I got the ahi tuna salad and it hit the spot!!  I love a yummy salad especially with fish on top!  


We had such a great short trip in San Antonio and I was so glad I had my mother-in-law to explore with while my husband was working.  We may just keeping tagging along on his future work trips. 😉


  1. Reading a good book right now?  
  2. If you are married or in a relationship, are you close to your partner’s family?
  3. Do you or your partner travel for work?