Fall Recipe Exchange

Happy Fall Y'all! It is FINALLY starting to feel like Fall here in Georgia! All the Praise hands! When I think of Fall and Food, I think of one-pot meals and crockpot suppers!!

I hope you will join us today as we share a few of our favorite fall recipes!! I will be sharing Baked Penne with Sausage and Peppers.

Our Weekend | Birthday, Bulldogs, & Bonfire.

Happy Tuesday Friends! I finally got our internet working. I think we have too many devices connected to it and it slows it down. UGH!

But all is good for now and I am recapping our weekend.

Friday, I weighed in at WW. I am down another -0.6 lbs so a total of 13.8 lbs so far!! YIPEE! I would LOVE to be down 20 lbs before we leave for our cruise!

Friday evening, Ella had 5 friends come over to celebrate her birthday.  The girls arrived around 6PM. We sang Happy Birthday and opened presents. 

Hello Monday | Fall Recipe Exchange Link Up

Hello Monday! Hello Back to Reality for us! We had a great fall break and a great weekend! I went to recap it last night and our internet was not acting right so I wasn't able to get my post written.

I was able to get it working this morning! Finally! I'll be back tomorrow for a recap.

But I did want to let you know that Wednesday, myself and a few blogger friends are hosting a Fall Recipe Exchange. I hope you will join us and share a favorite recipe or 2!!

Friday Favorites | Lipstick, Manicures, Pedicures, & Wine

You like the title of that blog post, huh! 😉 But really, Happy Friday Friends! I hope y'all have had a fantastic week! We sure have with the exception of having to have Ben's truck towed to the local dealership on Tuesday morning! It's always something, sometimes #adultingishard

I'm sharing a few of our favorites from this week!


Our Weekend with all the Birthday Celebrations

Happy Thursday Friends, Happy Friday Eve!!! We have had a low key Fall Break so far and it has been exactly what we needed!

I didn't get a recap of our weekend up on Monday because we hosted 2 birthday celebrations at our house this past weekend so when Sunday evening rolled around I was EXHAUSTED!!

Let me recap this past weekend now...

Friday the kids were out of school for their first official day of Fall Break. We spent the day cleaning house and setting up for the birthday celebrations but not before...

Coffee & Jesus

I am loving Annie F. Downs new book Remember God

Happy 11th Birthday Ella

I can't believe this time 11 years ago my "baby" was born. Really where has the time gone?

So today I thought it would be fun to share 11 facts and a few pictures of my sweet Ella!

Happy Birthday, Ella! 

Fall Home Tour

Happy Fall Y'all! I think mother nature is FINALLY getting the memo that it OFFICIALLY Fall and the weather needs to cool down. This weekend the lows are supposed to be the 50's. 🙌

I am finally getting around to sharing my Fall Home Tour... Come on in! 

 Happy Fall Y’all

Still Weekending....

Hey Friends! Happy Monday and Happy Fall Break! We had the best weekend celebrating a certain almost 11-year old that when the family left last night and I sat down at 8:45, I just didn't have it in me to edit pictures and get a post together for today!
But rest assured that we had a GREAT weekend and I will recap it on THURSDAY!

For those of you that are looking for the Hello Monday link; link up below!!




Friday Favorites | Birthdays, Books, & a Break

*I received this product to try from momsmeet.com but my opinions are my own. 

Happy Friday Friends! We are officially on FALL BREAK! It has been a fun week around here! As usual, I am sharing a few of our FAVORITES from this week.


4 Reasons Why Adulting is Harder than I Thought it Would Be...

Hi Friends! Happy Thursday! When I pick the kids up today from school, we are officially on FALL BREAK for 10 DAYS! We are just so excited!

Today I have a sponsored guest post by Alex Berger.

Adulting really is HARD sometimes. The struggle is REAL. Here are 4 reasons why...

Monthly Goals | October 2018

Oh, October how I love thee. Y'all know how I love to share my monthly goals so this month is no different.


Prime Purchases | October 2018

I really should have participated in Erin's "No Spend September"  because my Amazon Account this month was on FIRE and I didn't buy any gifts...Christmas, Birthday, or otherwise. EEK Maybe I need to "Outlaw October" I gotta try something.

I'm joining my blogger friend, Tanya, for Prime Purchases.


Hello Monday | Friends, Family, & Football Edition

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and will join us for this week's Hello Monday!! As usual, I am recapping our weekend but anything goes.

Grab our graphic and link up below!


Friday Favorites | Paperless, This is Us, & Hot Winter Nights

*a part of this post is sponsored by paperlesspost.com  

Happy Friday Friends! I hope y'all have had a GREAT week! It sure did FLY by for us!!

As usual, I am sharing a few of our FAVORITES from this week. 

What's Up Wednesday | September 2018

Since it's the last Wednesday of the month I am joining MelShay, and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday to answer the following questions...




What are you Watching?

It's a big week for TV. Lots of shows premiere for the Fall. I am so excited for the return of THIS IS US tonight! I have my box of Kleenex and a bottle of wine ready!! 

Hello Monday | The Fair, A Fall Festival, & Football

Happy Monday Friends! I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend! We sure did! I hope you will grab our graphic and join us! Like most Monday's, I am recapping our weekend! But anything goes...

Friday Favorites | Glitter Edition

Happy Friday Friends! This week has been EXHAUSTING both mentally and physically! But like most Friday's I am going to share a few of our FAVORITES from this week!

15 Years of Marriage...

On this day 15 years ago, I became a wife. It was one of the BEST days of my life. To celebrate 15 years, I am going to share 15 memorable happy moments of our marriage.

My Mama

UPDATE: Her treatment scheduled for today has been canceled and will be rescheduled later this week or next week. We know this is part of HIS plan. Thank you all for the sweet comments and prayers, keep them coming!!! 


15 years ago today, we were frantically running around doing last minute stuff to get ready for the biggest day of my life. My Wedding Day. I'll never forget the look on my mom's face when I did my last dress fitting the DAY BEFORE MY WEDDING and the dress still didn't fit. If I hugged someone they were going to see the "girls". She very calmly went to the seamstress and explained that the dress didn't fit and needed to be fixed in the next few hours. Needless, to say she got the job done. 😉 and note to self, do not mess with the M.O.B! I mean Mother of the Bride or MOB, basically the same thing, right? 😂😂

Hello Monday | Apple Pickin' Edition

Happy Monday Friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I pray that everyone has stayed safe from Hurricane Florence. 

I hope you will grab our NEW graphic and join us for Hello Monday! Link up below! Anything goes but as usual, I am recapping our weekend. 

Friday Favorites | Pumpkin Spice Edition

*I recieved this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. 

Happy Friday Friends! I hope y'all have had a GREAT week! I can't believe it is FRIDAY again! (But I am not complaining, we live for the weekends around her)

I am sharing a few of our FAVORITES from this week!!

Fall Bucket List | 2018

Happy Unoffically Officially Fall Y'all! Oh, I am so ready for pumpkins, leaves falling, pumpkin spice creamer, pumpkin spice bread, apples, football, pumpkin patches, and everything FALL!

I came up with 19 things I hope we get to do this FALL! 


I'm really excited about our list this year! What do you have on your Fall Bucket List? How do you Fall??





I need your help....

I mentioned in my September monthly goals that I would like to recap our wedding because September 20th, Ben and I celebrate 15 years of marriage. As I was starting to gather my thoughts and pictures for the posts, I realized that all of our pictures from our wedding showers, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding day, honeymoon, etc are on film.

Who remembers these guys???


I have probably 100's of these rolls. My question for you guys? Does anyone know how I can get the film onto a CD or a USB drive? I would love to mail them to a company and have the CD or USB mailed back to me. I tried doing a google search but it came up with machines to buy to do it myself. Well, that scares me to death. 

All of the best pictures are in my scrapbooks. I have a shelf filled with them. 


and the layouts look like this...


If I try to take a picture of the pictures it turns out like this...


Look how skinny I use to be! Look how short my hair use to be?? 

Remember me mentioning our first pug, Tazy. Look how little he was at our couple shower. 


I didn't get my first digital camera until I was at the hospital delivering Ian. I would love to share more of our life before the digital era because this is my new form of scrapbooking. 

Does anyone know how I can get the pictures from the rolls of film onto a CD/USB? I would forever be indebted to you. Thank you!! 



 

Hello Monday | Fall, Football, & a Nap

Hello Monday! How was your weekend? Fall is officially in full swing at our house even if the weather outside disagrees.

I hope you will grab our graphic and join us for Hello Monday!

Friday Favorites | Sky Valley Edition

Happy Friday Friends! I hope everyone had a great week. Does 4 day weeks mess anyone else up? I feel like I have been a hot mess all week. Please tell me I am not alone???

Today's Friday Favorites are going to be a little different because I am recapping our Labor Day Weekend Getaway to one of our FAVORITE places...Sky Valley, GA!

FUN Road Trips Essentials

*this is a sponsered post but all opinions are my own.

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is off to a great start.

We are right at a month away from Fall Break. This year the kids get 6 days off. We are so excited. Fall means pumpkins, football, leaves falling, apple cider, bonfires but it also means ROAD TRIPS for my family. A weekend trip to the mountains is a great trip for us. It can be a day trip or a weekend getaway. Either way road trip essentials are a must. Before we know it, it will be the holidays and we are on the road a lot during that time.


PRIME PURCHASES | SEPTEMBER 2018

Hey Friends! I hope y'all had a fantastic holiday weekend! We sure did! I am recapping our amazing weekend on Thursday so make sure you check back for that!

Today, I am joining my friend, Tanya, for PRIME PURCHASES!!

Friday Favorites | Fitness & Flowers

Happy Friday Friends! The kids are out of school today and we are headed to the mountains later today! The mountains are one of our FAVORITE places. It will be a weekend of family and football. EEK, I just squealed typing that...

Before I head into my weekend of fun, let me share a few FAVORITES from this week.

Monthly Goals | September 2018

Look at me posting on a Thursday! 😉 I have a fun week of post next week and I wanted to make sure that I shared my monthly goals to help keep me accountable.

What's Up Wednesday | August 2018

Since it's the last Wednesday of the month I am joining MelShay, and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday to answer the following questions...


Weight Loss & Fitness update

Well, this is a hard post to write. I have put off writing this post for 6 months because I am NOT where I was hoping to be on my weight loss journey.

Hello Monday | Adult ONLY lake trip

Hey Friends! I  hope y'all had a fantastic weekend! We sure did! Ben and I went on our annual ADULT ONLY lake trip.
Grab our graphic and join us! I'm recapping our weekend but anything goes...


Friday Favorites | Random Edition

Hey Friends! Happy Friday! Ben and I are headed to the lake this weekend for an ADULT ONLY trip with one of our FAVORITE couples!!
The kids are staying with Grammy and Grandaddy!! They are excited!!

Here are a few random FAVORITES lately...

Welcome to our Home

I have been wanting to share a home tour for some time now but it just kept getting pushed back because of my whole dishwasher/floor issue. GUESS WHAT?!?!?! Last Monday, I got NEW floors. If you are a long time reader then you know how much I love to show y'all how I decorate for holidays. I thought it would be fun to show you guys our everyday decor.

Welcome to our Home...

Here's a view into the kitchen from the living room.


Coffee Corner. You can read all the details about my Coffee Corner and how I love to make my house feel cozy here. 


Love this counter filled with some of my favorite MudPie and Rae Dunn bowls. It has all of my everyday essentials on it for everyday cooking.  


I changed the valance in the kitchen. I love these from JcPenny


I had a burgundy colored valance before. I think the cool white looks SO MUCH BETTER.  

My espresso cart.  If your a long time reader then you know I love my Premier Protein Espresso drink. 


This red hutch was Ben's grandmothers.  It is gorgeous. It is filled with my favorite plates, dishes, casserole dishes, coffee mugs, glasses, bakeware, serving bowls...all of my FAVORITES 


This is the counter next to my sink. I love the mixing bowl set from Kirkland's ( I can't find them online anymore). But the new Rae Dunn collection is pretty amazing. I love my new dish towels. 


The little nook behind my sink. This little spot is SO MUCH FUN to change out for the seasons. 


Let's take a peek into the Dining Room. Not a lot has changed in here except I added these curtains. I really think it changes the whole look of the room. 


Centerpiece. I found the dough bowl while we were antique shopping. Colleen gave me the mercury jars for my birthday and I had the hydrangeas. 





My china is one of my prized possessions. Ben's grandmother hand-painted each piece for us. His grandparents had 4 daughters. Those 4 daughters had 7 grandsons. She hand-painted herself and her 4 daughters a 12 piece place setting. Then, she processed to paint the 7 grandsons an 8 piece place setting. She was so talented.



The beloved bar cart. Oh, the fun I have decorating this little guy. Check out all it's different looks here. 


Moving into the Living Room.

Fireplace and Mantle. The mirror is from Kirkland's. That's what happens when you have a store about 2 miles from your house!


My cozy corner next to the fireplace. My FAVORITE place to sit each morning to enjoy coffee and Jesus. 


I love my little self to the left of my fireplace. After I took this picture, I realized it had steam in the picture. It is from my diffuser



This little box is PERFECT to hold my essential oils. Do you difuse oils? If so, what's your favorite blend? I made the decal for the top of it. 


Here is the loveseat. Can you see Duke? He loves sitting on the end table to look out the window. 


This table I found at an Antique Shop in Cartersville, GA. Ella and I love going antique shopping with Grammy. 


My new Entryway. I bet you are surprised the bench came from Kirkland's 😉


Here is the view of our living room coming down the stairs from our bedrooms. 


This has been our home for 15 years as of August 15th. We love our home. We have brought home both of our babies to this house. The decor has changed A LOT over 15 years. 

One thing I wish I could change about our house is that it faces the West...Well, we all know from school that the sunsets in the West which makes my living room really BRIGHT and HOT in the evenings. I really don’t like closing my blinds at 6:00 pm because that is usually when my kids are outside playing with the neighborhood kids and I love being able to glance out the window to do a headcount.

I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it for the longest time, but I recently found an Atlanta-based company called UHS Window Tinting and Blinds. Co-owned by Matt Erbrick and Robin Staveley, this family-owned and operated company offers window tinting services, as well as window treatments such as blinds.

Apparently, window films or window tinting can help with excess heat, excess cold, high energy costs (which I’m sure everyone in Georgia has been dealing with lately), as well as other benefits such as safety and security. You may be wondering how window films help with cooling down your house, right? Well, let me explain:

They help reject the sun’s heat while preserving your view, they complement and protect your decorative curtains and blinds, and they increase the comfort of your home. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds say, “As the sun strikes glass, the window film acts as a shield that blocks harmful UV rays, as well as regulates the amount of heat that passes through the glass. In turn, the interior of your office or home will have a more comfortable temperature, even without increasing the cooling or air conditioning capacity in the room. By simply having a window film on your glass doors and windows, you can be protected from the sun and reduce your energy costs at the same time.” In turn, they reduce up to 78% of the sun’s heat, evenly disperse natural light, and block up to 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays.

This is definitely something to check into, in my opinion, if you are struggling with high energy bills and uncomfortable rooms!

See how bright it can get in the evenings.


To see my craft room where I create all my glittery goodness, click here.  To check out bookbag area, click here. 

I hope you enjoyed a tour of our home.