Weekend Recap 2.5.18… Girls Night, Baking, Baby Shower, Night Out and Super Bowl Party

Hey friends!! How are you all doing?  Did you have trouble waking up today after the Super Bowl like me?  Mondays always come a little too quickly, but especially after a later than usual bedtime.  

How was your weekend?  Ours was pretty packed with lots of activities on the agenda!  

My husband takes Callie to work most days of the week (Riley wants to play constantly so doesn’t get to go as often) and last week he sent me this snapchat of Callie.  This is her chair and she only leaves it to go outside. 😉 

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Last week my husband and I finished up a new house project that I have been wanting for awhile.  We made this ladder shelf for our master bathroom.  I think it turned out pretty well! 

 

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I have been trying to take more epsom salt baths because my back has been feeling pretty miserable lately.  Now we have all the bath essentials out and ready for use! I got most of them at World Market.  That store is dangerous!

Friday night my girlfriends, Rachael and Bridget, came over for a girls night with drinks and appetizers!  We had a blast just catching up and laughing for a few hours.   Girl time is good for the soul! 

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Saturday morning began bright and early with a tabata workout with my momma at 7am!  We were both dying by the end!! Afterwards we tested out a new breakfast cookie recipe that we have been wanting to try! 

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The recipe calls for one big cookie, but we decided to quadruple it and make them into small, snack-size cookies!  They contain gf oats, vanilla, extract, unsweetened coconut flakes, almonds, dark chocolate chips, almond butter and cocoa powder.  They are pretty tasty!  We individually wrapped them up and stuck them in the freezer for an easy, yummy snack! 

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After a our workout and baking, I got cleaned up and headed to my friend Dana’s baby shower!  

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She is expecting a sweet little baby boy early this summer so it was fun to see all the baby boy details!

The host had us play a few fun games like matching baby phrases to candy bar names, matching animals to the baby animal name, finishing nursery rhymes, and finishing the phrase that mommy is thinking.  It was super fun!  

Love this sweet friend of mine and had a blast showering her and her baby boy with all the cute baby things!!  Such a special day!

On Saturday evening we had plans for dinner and a party with some of our friends.  We decided on Nickys Coal Fired  for dinner.  

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I decided on two veggie appetizers for my meal and they did not disappoint!  I got the cauliflower dish and the squash dish and both were equally decadent and delicious!

The whole group!  We laughed after seeing this picture with the chefs in the background. 😉 

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After dinner we headed to a nearby warehouse for a big birthday celebration for a handful of friends.  Rachael and I had actually been to a few parties here in high school (sorry, mom!) so it was hilarious to think about the good ole days.  The boys got in a few games of beer pong, there was a dj, a fog machine, and a bunch of 30 year olds partying like we were still in high school.  It was a blast! 

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On Sunday we slept in, took the dogs on a nice long walk, worked out and then began prepping for our little Super Bowl Party with friends and family.  We made a white bean dip, baked brie, smoked salmon platter, football cupcakes, a 7 layer dip, cheddar cheese stuffed bread bites, deviled eggs, veggies and more!

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Our friends brought vegan nachoes, another cheesy dip, and pizza bread!  I made this edamame salad, but subbed lima beans for the edamame and it was a big hit!  We had to have at least one healthy dish. 😉 

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Our friends, Rachael, Eric, Boomer, and Katelin came… along with my dad, mom, stepdad, and Rachael’s parents.  It was a fun group! 

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And ofcourse all the pups made an appearance!  Even little Cooper, Rachael and Eric’s pup, got to join the party!

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Sweet babies!

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Although none of us really cared about either team, we had fun watching the game and the commercials.  I heard a rumor that it now costs $5 million for 30 seconds of advertising during the Super Bowl.  I remember when it cost $1 million for 30 seconds of advertising and thinking that was insane.  How crazy is that?!?!

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My momma sneaking snacks to the pups. 🙂 

 

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During half time we headed upstairs to watch Justin Timberlake’s performance and get in a few games of ping pong.  I actually beat my mom for the first time ever!  She is really good!! 

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Sweet Callie girl enjoyed people watching and snuggling with anyone who would pet her. 🙂

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This weekend was full of fun with family and friends and that is the perfect weekend to me!  I love living near family and getting to hang out with them regularly.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!  I would love to hear about your weekend in the comments!! xoxoxo

Questions: 

  1. How was your weekend? What did you do?
  2. Did you watch the Super Bowl?  Who were you rooting for?
  3. Favorite Super Bowl snack? 

 

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 12.17.17 Family Time and A Holiday Party for a Cause

Good morning!! How is your week going so far? I am a little tired after a long road trip yesterday for work, but hey, it is almost Christmas so I am feeling great!  Last weekend was one for the books so I will tell you all about it!

On Friday night my little brother had a sleepover at our house!  The boys played video games, we made pizza, ate cookies and stayed up too late!  They had a blast!! Jon is going to be the BEST dad one day.  He is one of a kind.  

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Saturday morning I got a much needed haircut then rushed home to set up for our Holiday Party for a Cause!  Jon and I were wanting to have a Christmas party this year since we have a lot of family and friends in Nashville, but my heart was calling me to do more.  I have had the idea of filling backpacks for the homeless in my head for awhile and I thought that the idea to combine the Christmas party and charity event was perfect!  

We invited all our friends and family and gave them a list of items that needed fulfilled.  We bought 50 backpacks, but we needed some help filling them for distribution to the homeless around Nashville.  Our friends brought crackers, chapsticks, gum, lotion, wash cloths, sausage, cookies, muffins, granola bars, floss, toothbrushes and toothpaste.  

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They also brought McDonalds giftcards, wet wipes, muffins, waters, deodorant, tissues, scarves, pens, and notepads.  

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They brought socks, hand warmers and combs. 

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I literally get tears in my eyes when I think about how amazing our friends are.  They all showed up to contribute to our event.  Even the ones who couldn’t make it, dropped off items beforehand so that they could be a part of giving back to those in need.  

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We ended up with a LOT of stuff.  I was worried it wouldn’t all fit in the bags.  🙂 

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After everyone arrived, my mom had us play a little icebreaker game.  She made us all stand in a circle and passed out scratch off lottery tickets randomly.  She read the Christmas Story out loud and when she would read the word “right” we all passed the cards to the person to our right and then she would read “left” and we all passed the cards to the left.  At the end of the story, the people with the lottery cards in their hands were the winners! 🙂 

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Who’s gonna win!?!?!?

After the game, we all got in line and grabbed a bag to walk around the room and start filling! 

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Around and around we went to fill the bags!

With all the people who showed up to help, the bags were filled in no time!

Little Cooper was exhausted from watching all the bags get filled! 😉 

We have the most generous and sweet friends ever!

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After we finishing filling 60 50 bags we had some drinks and munchies!

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Jon and I plan to hand out the bags on Christmas eve and Christmas day around Nashville with my sister and her boyfriend.  I know there will be some very happy people around town!  My heart is so full and so happy knowing how many people were willing to help us with our little idea.  Jon and I have already discussed how we want to do this again next year and make it an even bigger event and fill even more bags!  

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We plan to document the distribution of all the bags around Nashville so stay tuned for another post coming your way!  Thank you to all our friends for helping us give back to those less fortunate this holiday season.  Your generosity will never be forgotten.  xoxo

 

 

 

Weekend Recap 4.25.16

Good morning!!! How was your weekend?  Ours was one for the books!!  On Friday, I drove to Arkansas with a friend and my two puppies to meet my husband (he was already there for work) at our friends’ house to surprise them for their birthdays (they both had birthdays on Saturday)!!  It was such a fun surprise and we had a busy weekend with lots of plans! 

After we arrived to our friends’ house on Friday afternoon, we had a cocktail on their beautiful porch! 

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The pups were happy to be out of the car!

A big group of us went to out to dinner and I got the beet salad, which was delicious!

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Me and the birthday boy!

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After dinner we hung out at the house while playing some games.  All the girlies!

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Our best attempt at a group picture Friday night.

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Saturday morning started bright and early with a run around the neighborhood.  Our friends live in a neighborhood with a ton of hills so I was pretty sore from my run.  I had to ice my shins when I got home last night. 

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After we got ready, we headed to Arsaga’s for brunch!  I got the kale salad and two scrambled eggs and it hit the spot! 

The girls after brunch! 

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After brunch we wondered around the college town and did a little shopping at a cute boutique.  I got 3 new casual dresses for our upcoming trip! 

After a little shopping, we came home and took a long walk with the pups and relaxed a bit before heading to Gloss to get our nails done while the boys played golf! 

After our nails were nice and pretty, we headed to pick up a few things from the store to grill for dinner.  We grilled salmon, burgers, and lots of veggies.  We dinner we sang happy birthday to our friends and cut the cake! It was a milestone birthday for our friend Rachel.  How cute is this cake that her fiance got?

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They blew out the candles (my friend Rachel and her fiance have the same birthday!! How crazy is that??) and we watched as Rachel opened all her “gag” gifts!  We all had quite a few laughs. 🙂

After dinner and gift opening, a bunch of their friends came over for a party at the house.  It was really fun!!  Then we headed to the bars for a little more fun.  Our first stop was this bar called Shotz.  The bar is known for its shots that are served in ice shot glasses that you throw on the ground after taking the shot.  I don’t do shots, but loved watching everyone else! 🙂  After another bar and lots of dancing, we called it a night.

We headed back to Dallas Sunday morning.  I drove the whole way while the boys slept…. I surprisingly had a lot of energy when we got home so after unpacking, doing the laundry, and taking the pups on a walk, I ran an easy 5 miles on the treadmill and ended up with over 18,000 steps for the day.  I am pretty pleased with that number considering I was in the car for 5 hours! 

I didn’t get a chance to do any grocery shopping yesterday (I avoid on Sundays if possible because it is so crowded) so we ordered thai food for dinner.  These fresh salad rolls with peanut sauce were soo good. 

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We were wiped and headed to bed early.  I made it to my Body Pump class this morning so my week is off to a great start!! I hope you guys had an amazing weekend and that your week is just as great! 

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. Do you like to dance?
  3. Do you get your nails done regularly?