Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday 5

Hey ya'll and happy Friday! This week went super fast and I'm really ok with that. However, summer temps finally hit - I'm talking 90's - ugh! Last week we had this random low drop to 50's and if ya'll know me, then you know I love some leggings and a sweatshirt .... WELL THROW EM AWAY because its hotter than a June bride in a feather bed!

This weekend is PACKED with birthday parties. We have a 2nd birthday on Saturday and a first birthday on Sunday out of town but luckily work is closed on Monday so the day off will be well worth it. Here are 5 things from this week that I just can't get enough of.  Linking up with AprilKarliAndrea & Amanda so grab the buttons and join in on the fun! 

Just booked my second stay for this month with the Hotel Roanoke and I am beyond excited. We have our annual girls reunion trip coming up in a few weeks and we decided on Roanoke (since that's where we went to college) and then I head back there for Miss Virginia at the end of June. Bring on the champagne! 

This lemonade - need I say more? Cucumber Basil Sparkling Lemonade

This cute craft we did for Mother's Day turned out so precious that I want her to make another one for our fridge! We made it for Nana last weekend!

These shorts from J. Crew: Find them here

And lastly, how about this little cutie rocking her Jessi's Design bow! We celebrate her first birthday this Sunday and I am so excited to squeeze her and her Mama!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WHW: Beach Ready

Hey ya'll and welcome to another What's Hap-'Pinning' Wednesday! Today, with the super warm temps around these parts, I'm thinking all things beach. Our annual OBX trips are later this year (first week in August and then first week in September) but when things slow down at work, students leave for the summer and the town becomes quiet - I just want to move to the beach immediately! Being by the water is literally the only time I don't mind heat and sweating (I'm a total Fall person generally) Below is a quick round-up of some tried and true favorites for a day at the beach! Grab our button and link up with us to join in on WHW!

First of all, I'm super into yellow currently! How cute are these bathing suits?

Striped Swimsuit
Gingham One-Piece
Gingham Two-Piece

Monogrammed hat is a must - check out Ashley with Premium Pineapple Embroidery to get one!
Beach towel or blanket 
Beach Chair - I love the backpack ones and use them every year!

Insulated coolor is a must and I also sometimes use it as my main beach bag! The Lilly Pulitzer ones are so spacious and super cute - this is identical to my bag!

A good book is definitely a must! I plan on reading this one since I'm like the only one who hasn't watched it on HBO yet! I just scored this for free at my bookstore yesterday! 

A good sunscreen is a no-brainer and I love the Neutrogena ones for both Andi and myself. You can snag these at any drugstore so be sure to stock up!

And for Miss Andi - a baby pool, toys, tent and her own little chair!

Ok so what am I missing? What are your go-to beach essentials? (of course cold beverages, snacks and maybe a little evian spray to keep in your cooler too, hehe!) 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekending: Mama Day

Hey ya'll and happy Monday! I didn't blog at the end of last week so I feel so out of the loop here. Mother's day weekend was a whirlwind and I declared that next year I'm just checking into a spa for the day (haha just kidding, it was wonderful) we had brunch ressies at our favorite spot in town with my family in the morning after church where we ate WAY too much and sipped mimosas and then that evening had a BBQ style cookout with my in-laws where we also ate WAY too much. Ah it was so good though and family time is seriously good for the soul. By the time we got home it was almost 9pm and I still needed to get things ready for the week. I ended up staying up super late just so I could enjoy a glass of wine (or 2) and binge some Gilmore Girls - happy Mother's day to me!

Church was also wonderful and we had a nice tribute to honor all the Mamas. Our new music director also declared it 'social media Sunday' and encouraged us to take pics and snap chat while he himself took selfies with the choir. It was hysterical and so much fun! This week it'll be a little slower, thankfully, and I'll keep little Lillie at the end of the week again. Andi will love that! (I used to keep her full time before I started my job in December) I hope ya'll had a fabulous weekend and again, happy Mama's day to all of the Mamas out there!

Linking up with Biana & Meghan for Weekending

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WHW: Yummy (skinny) Taco Dip

Hey ya'll and welcome to another what's hap-pinning Wednesday! I haven't shared a recipe in awhile because honestly I have really been lacking in the cooking department. I have GOT to step up my game with some new recipes or just meal planning in general. I tried meal planning back in 2014 (I know...a long time ago) and it went so well! Now with a part time job, church obligations, travel and a toddler - it seems so out of reach. However, I do know that it would in fact make things EASIER! Can ya'll shoot me your favorite meal planning tips, cheat sheets and ideas? I'd LOVE to hear from ya'll and see what works.

Last night I was craving my usual Mexican and decided to do a healthier version of good ole' taco dip. I packed my lunch yesterday (fresh salad from Mama's garden with all the fixin's, cottage cheese and blueberries) and was doing so great and then my boss brought in my favorite Costco brand of 7-later dip for the office. (insert hand to face emoji) I of course helped myself to a little bit and instantly knew what I was making for dinner. This recipe went over really well and is so easy to make! (disclaimer: its only 'skinny' if you and hubs don't finish it in one night)

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Skinny Taco Dip 
  • 8 ounces light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sliced olives
  1. Combine softened cream cheese, greek yogurt, salsa and taco seasoning until smooth and well combined. Spread into a rectangle baking dish or pie plate (I used an 11"x7" baking dish) . Refrigerate for an hour to let flavors combine (optional). Top with remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Monday, May 8, 2017


WHEW! Ya'll that was a jam packed weekend. I'm looking forward to going to bed early with an Advil pm tonight to just catch up on some ZzZz's. Friday I had an appointment out of town (yearly OBGYN checkup and seeing my Doc and the staff made me miss all the appointments when I was preggo ya'll....does Andi need a sibling?) Also that day, Andi had her FIRST (and super successful) dentist appointment. She absolutely rocked it and hammed it up with everyone there. Afterwards, I dropped Miss A off at my parents and went into prep mode for the Heart of VA festival that was taking place on Saturday. I organized a booth at the festival for our church and we did homemade water bottle labels, handouts and brochures. It was fun and a big hit but definitely took a good 7 hour chunk of time and I was exhausted. Afterwards we had a 30th birthday cookout and I could barely make it to 10pm.

Sunday morning rolled around and I got up early to go pick up Miss A, get ready and head to church. Once church let out we headed home to clean the house (it so needed it) and get things prepped for the week and I realized when your weekend is so busy, you need an extra day! That evening we took Andi to see the 611 steam engine that came through town. Since Hubs is a conductor for the railroad, we headed up to his work for a great view of it. Miss A was definitely impressed! Overall it was great seeing everyone and we had a blast - I'm obviously getting old because being out of routine is just plain tiring! haha!

Linking up with Biana & Meghan for Weekending!

Look at that big girl!!!

Love my little town!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday 5

Hey ya'll and #TGIF! We have our annual Heart of Virginia festival in our town this weekend and I'm heading up a booth for our church so Saturday will be busy but fun! On Sunday my sister and her kids are coming into town so that will be nice to visit with them and catch up. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and I'll see ya'll back here on Monday! Linking up with AprilKarliAndrea & Amanda so grab the buttons and join in on the fun! 

Here are 5 things from this week:

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WHW: New Deck

Hey ya'll and happy What's Hap-'Pinning' Wednesday! Today I want to share our new deck that we added outside of our kitchen french doors. We realized that the previous concrete stoop was sort of dangerous and not up to code so we brainstormed some ideas of what we could do to enhance the space. (I also think we were just craving a new home reno project!) We decided to extend it about 8 feet out with some railings and a decorative flower box beside the steps. The railing is also wide enough to set drinks, etc. on and I adore it! We didn't want to make it too large simply because we already had such a great patio space outside. The steps flow down onto the patio where we already have an umbrella, table and chairs. Now we just need outdoor string lights, more flowers and a possible bistro set and I think I'll love this new outdoor space as much as I love our front porch space! Way to go Hubs! Oh, and on top of the deck being finished, he surprised me with a brand new grill to add to the space!

Here are some before and after pics and also some of my favorite outdoor, entertaining space pins. Grab our button and link up with me or Jenn below to let us know what's hap-pinning in your neck of the woods!

Still need to cover with lattice maybe?