Happy Birthday To My Person

Good morning!!!  I am still so overwhelmed by everyone who has reached out and keeping me in their thoughts and prayers.  I can’t thank you all enough.  I am so blessed.

Before all the craziness began, we got to celebrate my sweet husband’s 31st birthday with close friends! We have been wanting to go to City Winery for a while now so we decided this was a great occasion!  

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We met some of our friends there for an early dinner.  We had a blast chatting away and sipping drinks (none for me while I am sick).  We got a bunch of appetizers and everyone really loved their food.  

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I made little treat bags for everyone too so some goodies were consumed as well.  Homemade cookies and chocolate covered pretzels!  (Clearly, I need to have a child as I am making goodie bags for my 31 year old husband’s birthday. ;)).  

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Then we sang to this sweet boy!!  He is a special one!  

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The whole gang!!  We sure did get lucky in the friend department!!!  

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My love. 🙂

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We got photobombed!!  

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My girls!!! 

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Three sweet boys at the bar. 🙂 

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I’m still doing well and getting lots of snuggles from these two. 🙂 

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I hope you all have a fantastic day!!!  

How was your weekend??

Weekend Recap 3.4.18 … Birthdays, Walks in the Park, Family & Friend Time

Hey friends!!!!! How are you all doing?  How was your weekend?  I hope it was a good one!  Today is actually my Friday as my husband, sister, and her bf head out of town tomorrow until early next week for a much needed R&R.  I cannot wait!!!

Before I go I wanted to pop in with my usual weekend recap because this weekend was an especially wonderful one.  Nothing too crazy, but lots of time with friends and family, which just makes my heart SO happy.  The weather in Nashville was also amazing so that was the icing on the cake for a perfect weekend!  

 These pups were super spoiled last week with lots of time at work with daddy.  They both LOVE to go and get SOOO excited when he takes them in the mornings.  Callie and Riley both have a fan club at my husband’s office and they look forward to seeing their favorite people each time they get to go to the office.  The young girls in the office even took Riley for a lunchtime walk on Friday so he was so tired when he got home. 🙂 

Friday night my husband grabbed a drink with a friend and I got in a treadmill incline walk before making some quinoa and veggies for dinner and calling it an early night.  My husband and I used to watch tv in our living room or basement each night after dinner, but lately we have been going straight to bed after dinner.  We do watch a little tv in bed before falling asleep, but I feel like such a grandma going straight to bed… usually in the 8 o’clock hour.  😉

When I give my dogs dentalife’s to chew on for their teeth they know they aren’t allowed to chew them on my rugs so they both run with their treats to the dog bed so I won’t take them away from them.  This is as close as we will get to them actually cuddling. 😉 

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Saturday morning started bright and early with a workout followed by some baking with my momma!  My mom hosted book club at her house on Sunday so I helped her do some baking and she helped me bake a birthday cake for my little brother’s birthday dinner on Sunday night.  Here is the start of it.  Funfetti dyed 4 different colors (yellow, green, red, and blue). 

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While my husband was out playing golf with a friend, I headed to the park with the pups to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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There were so many people and pups out enjoying the nice weather too!

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We spotted lots of turtles soaking up the sun. 

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We stopped along the way to play a little fetch and Riley was loving life!

Once my husband got back from playing golf, we headed over to watch my little brother’s hockey game.  They won!!! 

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After the game we went home to get ready for our friends to come over for a quick drink before we headed to the Gulch for dinner.  Riley didn’t waste any time making himself comfortable on our friend, Eric’s lap. 🙂  (The pups got haircuts this weekend so Riley is looking quite hilarious…)

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We went to Bar Louie for dinner to celebrate our friend, Jason’s birthday.  I got the pear and blue cheese salad with grilled salmon. yum!!

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Happy Birthday Jason!!!!!

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After dinner we walked on over to the Thompson Hotel and took the elevator up to the rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson, to meet up with more friends.  Love this guy!

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My sweet bestie, Rachael, and I on the rooftop. 🙂

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On Sunday we slept in then enjoyed some time on our front porch while the pups ran around.  

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This guy LOVES the sun and hates when we make him come inside. 🙂

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My husband and I took the dogs on a walk to the park after breakfast to enjoy the beautiful weather. 

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My husband had plans to take his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) to a movie on Sunday afternoon so the pups and I did some baking, cleaning and organizing around the house before heading back to the park for another walk.  What can I say… we all love the park on nice days! 

Once my husband got home, we got ready to head to dinner with my dad, his girlfriend, and my little brother to celebrate my little brother’s 11 birthday!  He chose Carrabbas for his birthday dinner, which is one of my favorites too!  Why is he growing up SO fast?? Time needs to SLOW down!  

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My friend, Rachael, sent me this picture that popped up on her timehop on Facebook last week.  This was us with my little brother at his 1st birthday party 10 (!!!!!) years ago. 😦

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I got the Johnny Rocco salad with grilled shrimp and scallops and devoured the entire thing.  SO tasty!

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After we ate, the waitress brought out the cake I made for my little bro while we sang Happy Birthday to him. 

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We LOVE this kiddo!!!! 

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I follow a lot of cupcake shops and bakeries on instagram so I decided to take a stab at a rainbow cake filled with sprinkles in the middle and it turned out so well!  My little brother loved it!  🙂 #favoritesister #atleastforonenight

Eating cake and opening presents!

A new video game and a $1,000,000 candy bar! 🙂 

We had such a great weekend celebrating two amazing guys’ birthdays, enjoying the outdoors, and getting caught up and ready for another week!  I hope your weekend was fabulous too!!

Questions:

  1. Did you enjoy good weather this weekend?
  2. What was your favorite thing you did this weekend?
  3. Any trips coming up?

Weekend Recap 2.26.18 Yummy Food, A Birthday Celebration and A Hockey Game

Hey Friends!!!! Happy Monday!! A new week, a new chance for a fresh start!  I am headed out of town today for work, but wanted to get my weekly weekend recap up before then!  I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend.  Mine was really nice with lots of down time and a few fun plans with friends.  

Ya’ll I have a new obsession.  I am LOVING taking baths after a long day.  I have never been a bath person because I usually am in and out of the shower quickly and it just seems like a task sometimes rather than a relaxing experience.  But ever since my doctor told me that I need to be taking a few epsom salt baths a week for my back, I have a new found love for baths.  I may have overdone it on the bubbles… 😉 

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On Thursday night neither my husband or I felt like cooking so we got take out from Eastern Peak, one of our favorite take out places. I got the avocado and shrimp salad and it was delicious as always!

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On Friday night we met up with some friends that were in town for a drink during happy hour.  Afterwards we came home and called it an early night.  We didn’t have anything on the agenda for most of Saturday, which was nice.  So this is what most of our Saturday looked like.  My husband and I were both exhausted and did a lot of lounging around all day with our pups.  It was heavenly. 

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On Saturday night we had plans for dinner downtown and then meeting up with our friends to celebrate a 30th birthday!  I asked my husband to take the picture on the left because this is one of the dresses my sister gave to me when we cleaned our her closet in Dallas.  Then when we were walking to dinner I realized that not only was the dress from my sister, but so was the jacket and the purse.  (Thanks Morg!!!)

For dinner my husband and I tried out City Tap House downtown.  

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We both started with a drink! 

Right before this picture my husband said, “I don’t like being an instagram husband.”  hahah Then he said, “this is my I don’t really want to take a picture with my beer face.”  Men…… 🙂 

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We split the crispy brussels sprouts for an app and were fighting over the last bite!  They had pomegrante seeds and a miso dressing that made them so freaking tasty.  My husband got the goat cheese pizza and I got the ahi tuna that came with a quinoa seaweed salad and a shrimp salsa on top.  Yum!

After dinner we headed out to the middle of nowhere to meet up with our friends at The Old School to celebrate our friend, Liz’s 30th birthday!!  Casey, Rachael and I had a blast catching up.  Liz is my bestie, Rachael’s sister.  Happy Birthday, Liz!!

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I thought this outtake of me being a diva was quite hilarious. 😉  We sure do love our friends!

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Sunday morning started bright and early with a workout before we headed to meet our friends for brunch before the Preds game.  The Preds game was at 11am, which is very unusual and while I like to have my Sundays to catch up and get ready for the week, it was nice to not be out late for a Sunday night game.  

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We won 4 to 0!!!! Gooooo Preds!

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After the game we went grocery shopping, did dishes, did a load of laundry, made soup for the week, took a long dog walk, and got ready for the week ahead. 

Alright friends it is time to get this new week started!!  I hope you guys have a great week and an easy Monday.  xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. Favorite restaurant for brunch? 
  3. Favorite birthday you have ever had? 

Christmas Celebrations 2017

Hi yall!!! How are you all doing?  I am feeling a lot better this week than I was the past few weeks.  I actually came down with an ear infection a few weeks before Christmas and could not get rid of it, but I am finally on the mend!  

Today I am getting back to recapping one of the best holiday seasons ever!  But first a picture of my sweet boy, Riley.  🙂 I just love this doggie more than anything.  He is my little cuddle bug.  

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My two nephew dogs were with us for 10 days! Did you notice the duck tape on the front door?  My husband put that up there because sweet Callie scratches the door when she gets excited when someone comes to the door.  Does anyone else have this same issue? 🙂

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Me, my daddy, and my sister! 

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This guy.  I don’t know what I would do without him.  

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On the Friday before Christmas my sister and I had a date at the nail salon. 

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Then my sister and her boyfriend had a party to attend and so did we!  Our friend, Bridget, had a potluck dinner at her apartment with a bunch of friends to celebrate her birthday!!! We all had a blast chatting, sipping some drinks, eating and laughing! The boys did come, but they weren’t allowed in the picture. 😉 

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Even little Cooper made the party!

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My sister’s boyfriend’s family sent LOTS of treats for all of us (even the dogs!!!) and my mom wasn’t hesitant to start the taste testing at 10am! 🙂 

You guys…. we did SO much cooking.  SO much.  I seriously needed a break from cooking after Christmas day.  We made homemade granola, mini spinach and feta tartlets, and cranberry brie bites.  

Murphy and Otis helped too. 😉 

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On Saturday night we had plans to attend our best friend Eric’s 30th birthday party! 

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We had a blast! 

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And even got to play corn hole! 🙂 

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We celebrated Christmas Eve at my mom and stepdad’s house.  Isn’t their dining room table beautiful? My mom always outdoes herself.  🙂 

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We had a delicious meal of salad, salmon, and lots of roasted veggies.  

All the “kids” after dinner.  

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Jonny starting the fire for us!

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We all got to open one present on Christmas Eve (this is a tradition my mom started with us when we were little… it is still just as fun and exciting today!).  The boys got new tool sets and the girls got cookie shooters to make all different types of cutout cookies.  We all laughed because if that isn’t gender stereotypes then what is? 😉 

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I am going to end here and show you a glimpse of our crazy Christmas next time!! I hope you all have a fabulous day!!! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. How were your holidays?
  2. Are you relieved they are over or do you have the post holiday blues?
  3. Did you make any resolutions or goals for 2018? 

Weekend Recap … Birthday Celebrations, A Benefit Concert, Yummy Food, and A Winery

Hey friends!!! I hope your week is going well!  Mine has been kinda crazy, but I am pretty happy today because we are headed south today for a wedding this weekend! 

Before we head out I wanted to recap last week’s events because there were plenty of them!  My mom offered to take Jon and I out to breakfast for my birthday.  My mom suggested The Cafe at Thistle Farms, which is a new cafe in town with an amazing mission of empowering and employing women that have been affected by trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.  

I got the yogurt with homemade granola and fruit and it was really good!

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After breakfast my mom and I headed to East Tennessee on a little road trip.  I had to go to work so she decided to tag along!  After work we headed to Cru Bistro and Wine Bar which I have been wanting to try for some time.  

I got the salmon, my mom got a pizza and we ordered some Brussel sprouts to share!  We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. 

After dinner we relaxed in the hotel and applied our facial masks. 😉 

The next day after a full morning of work we grabbed lunch at Panera before hitting the road.  I am currently obsessed with their autumn squash soup.  It is SOOO delicious!

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Less than an hour after getting home, Jon and I were out the door for a fun date night.  We decided on Henrietta Red for dinner.  

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I had been once before for drinks and have been wanting to try the food ever since!

We got a ceviche to start, I got the scallops and my husband got the fish and we both raved about our meals!  

After dinner we headed to The Ryman Auditorium to see Sheryl Crow for a benefit concert.  The show was absolutely amazing!!

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Friday night we just took it easy and hung out at home because we had plans on Saturday and I was pretty exhausted from traveling and being out late on Thursday night.  Saturday morning we went for a nice long walk with the pups and I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful changing leaves.  I just love fall!

Saturday afternoon we headed to Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel for some wine tasting with our friends to celebrate my birthday!!   

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My sweet friend Rachael organized the event and had balloons, gifts and decor waiting for me when I arrived. 😉 

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After our tasting we bought a few bottles of wine to enjoy outside before our dinner reservation.  

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Such a fun day!

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For dinner, we just hopped on over to the restaurant at Fontanel called Cafe Fontanel.  There was a live band playing (they sung Happy Birthday to me :)) so that made the night so much fun!  I got the fennel crusted salmon, which I loved!  Rachael even brought me a gluten free almond cake from a local vegan bakery!  Everyone came back to our house after dinner for some ping pong and relaxing!!  It was such a great extended birthday weekend celebration and I am just so grateful to everyone who made it so special!  I have such amazing friends!!!

We are heading to the airport to chase the warmer weather!!  Have a great rest of your week!!

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite cake flavor?
  2. Have your tried any new restaurants lately?
  3. What was the highlight of your weekend? 

Weekend Recap 6.6.17 … A Very Special Birthday and The Predators are in the Stanley Cup!!!

Hey guys!  I am spending the morning trying to play catch up with my pictures/blog from the past couple weeks.  I swear I will find a normal blogging routine one of these days.  We haven’t quite set a new routine after moving and have had so much going on in the evenings that it has been hard to find time to blog.  

This was me last weekend sanding and painting an old table my mom had.  We need something to fill up the space in a corner of our living room and wanted it to match everything else.  One we get the house completely together I will show you it’s place.  We are having a housewarming party in a couple weeks so we are moving right along with finding a place for everything.  I love having a deadline to get our house ready or else we may have been living out of boxes for a little too long.  

This was us watching one of the last Predators games at a bar.  But this last weekend, I got to watch the Stanley Cup in person!!  

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Before the game on Saturday, we headed out to Old Hickory Lake to celebrate my best friend, Rachael’s birthday.  She rented two pontoon boats for 30 of us.  It was such a blast!  Happy 27th birthday Rach!! 

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She may have had to be rescued after that picture. 😉 

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This guy was in his happy place. 

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After a few hours on the lake, we got dropped off to get ready for the game.  

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We hurried home and met up with my dad then the 3 of us headed downtown.  It was crazy downtown!! If you haven’t seen the pictures on the news, you should look them up!! Nashville really rallied together to support the Preds!!  It is days like Saturday that make me LOVE Nashville and all the people here.  

 

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We cut the end of the Alan Jackson concert then dropped my husband off to meet up with some friends.  Then my dad and I headed to the arena!

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We got these light up bracelets in our seats and I hadn’t seen them before.  My dad told me I had to put it on and I soon found out why!  The whole stadium lit up to the music at the beginning of the game.  

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The bracelets lit up different colors and different levels of the arena would light up at different times.  It was truly beautiful.  The pictures definitely don’t do it justice, but I did get a couple videos that I posted to my youtube if you want to see!  

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The place was packed and we barely sat down the entire time!!

We got a little nervous when the Penguins scored in the first 3 minutes of the game, but thankfully the Preds were able to pull it together and ended up winning 5 to 1!!!! It was so incredible to experience the crowd going nuts and all the support behind the Preds!

It was a madhouse downtown after the game!! 

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We went and met up with my husband and some friends for a drink while we waited for the uber prices to go down a bit. 🙂

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I am pretty excited to watch the game tonight!!!  Go PREDS!! 

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Questions:

  1. Are you a hockey fan?
  2. Have you ever been to a Stanley Cup game? 

 

Hi From Nashville, TN and a Happy Birthday!

Hi guys! Just wanted to pop in really quickly to say hi!  Sorry for the lack of posting, but I have been traveling and have been go go go since I landed Wednesday morning in Nashville!!  

I will catch you up on what I have been up to! My momma picked me up from the airport Wednesday morning and we went straight to a few stores for a little shopping.  Then we headed to the spa.  My mom and I got facials and they were amazing.  It was so relaxing and my skin felt amazing. 

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After our facials, we headed back to my mom’s house and made big salads for lunch!! yum!

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The rest of the afternoon was spent lounging by the pool and reading my book.  It was wonderful. 

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Wednesday night my husband and I went to Antonios for dinner with my mom and stepdad.  We all really enjoyed our meals.  I got the salmon (are you surprised?). 😉

Thursday morning we met some family friends for breakfast at Le Peep.  I got the veggie omelette and it was so good! 

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After breakfast, my mom and I headed to the nail salon for a mani/pedi.  Thanks for all the pampering, momma!

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I got this color on my nails and toes!

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After we got our nails done, we had to run into Kroger for a couple things and ran into this cutie!!!  My mom was her favorite!! Ah, those baby blue eyes kill me. 🙂 

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Once we arrive home, one of my mom’s friends stopped by so I could give them a class on “spiralizing.”  They both have one but hadn’t used it yet.  We spiralized sweet potatoes and yellow zucchini from my mom’s garden.  

We cooked the sweet potatoes in the oven with coconut oil, salt and pepper and we sauteed the zucchini with fresh tomatoes from the garden and topped it all with pesto (my mom and stepdad make fresh pesto, too).  It was amazing!!!

Thursday night my dad took me and my best friend, Rachael, out to dinner last night at The Yellow Porch.  It was so hard to decide between all the yummy options.  

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I ended up choosing the scallops, a special of the night, and they were so so so good!! 

Me and my daddy!

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Me and Rach!

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After dinner we all met up with one of my other best girlfriends for a drink at Greenhouse.  A very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my bestie, Lissa!! We have been friends since grade school and I couldn’t be luckier to have a friend like her! 

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Love these two girls so much!!!! 

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Me and my sweet daddy!  We had a blast!

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I just got back from a long hike with my dad and now I am off to get my haircut (it’s been ONE year!!!) before joining my college girlfriends for a weekend of bachelorette shenanigans! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Questions:

  1. What are you up to this weekend?
  2. How often do you get to see your parents?
  3. Have you ever had a facial?