I’ve stayed away too long….

*bonus points for anyone who can name the song that lyric is from!

Well hello my friends!  How are all of you today?  I guess I should ask how all of you have been for the past month or so…..

Yep, my last post on here was July 9th!  I decided to take a break from the blog to spend the remaining time of our summer break with my kiddos, and spent that time focusing on my family, house projects, vacations, etc.  If you guys follow me on Instagram then you should know what I have been up to.

My intentions were to come back around the first of August, but let’s be honest, I knew that wouldn’t happen with the start of school!  I am back now, refreshed (not really school/work is exhausting), excited, and 10lbs heavier from all our summer fun, lol :)

Now is the time to get things back in focus.  Work, routines, diet, exercise, and of course my spiritual health all need my return to reality at this moment.  So here is to the return of the crazy adventures of my life…………I’m excited to be back!!

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Let’s talk cake

I have been a little absent from the blog lately…….for various reasons. Kids, summer fun, no net service, work, etc. The list goes on. I would like to make it up to you. In the form of cake!

Now I can't give you cake, they have made the transfer then Internet option available…….yet. However, I can give you a recipe for the tastiest, easiest summertime cake ever!

 

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 can crime of coconut (ya know up piña colada stuff)
  • 1 container of whipped cream
  • 1-2 cups shredded coconut
  1. Mix cake according to box directions and bake……while this is going on open can of cream of coconut and mix well.
  2. When cake is baked use a fork to “punch” holes all,over the top…..I do mean all over!
  3. Pour the can of cream of coconut over the cake (or two cans if you really feel feisty).
  4. Place in fridge to cool completely.
  5. Mix cool whip and shredded coconut together, spread on top of cake and serve!

That is it! Easy, tasty, and totally addictive!!

 

 

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No Wifi :(

I have no Internet at my house currently so no WIAW post today. I am literally typing this in my 5 minute break at work. So instead I give you three things I am loving now……..

Dill havarti cheese
 
My homemade millet granola on top of sweet potato, topped with coconut milk!
 

My new sink!! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook……..you saw my pic of my hole

 

It went down a couple of weeks ago. Here is a before………

 

And here is after…….

 

I am a happy, happy girl!

 

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How to Appreciate Summer…

I had the absolute honor of celebrating the beautiful marriage of one of my dear friends Friday night! She was so beautiful :)

I appreciate the fact that I was off from work that day and could take part in the bridal party dressing.

It was a beautiful reception complete with wonderful foods and a full bar. That I must admit I visited probably one too many times that night.

Now today I am typing this out as I eat my breakfast before leaving for work. I have a full week of PRN at the nursing home this week. Complete with several 8 hour days……oh boy how I appreciate appreciate summer!

So the hubster is in charge of dinner for a few days. I finally have I'm getting onto the healthy lifestyle train with me, more on that later!

So no menu plans this week. Only work plans. But the. Again I haven't had a menu p,an for a while now with summer being in full swing. Being home daily makes throwing dinner together much easier, and well with so much fresh produce available we eat depending on what mama sends to me so it doesn't spoil, lol!

So have a wonderful Monday my friends, be thankful and appreciate the gifts that are give to you in life. Like a job, beautiful friends, a hubster that cooks, and of course SUMMER!!

 

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Welcome to the fam

Wow it doesn't seem like it has been a week since posting. I have been so super busy this week that time has slipped by. I am in full wedding mode preparing for my friends wedding tomorrow night!!

But I do have something special to share with you guys. If you follow me on Instagram then you know my lovely announcement. If you do not, well you should!

We have a new baby girl in the house! She is such a super spoiled sweet baby :)

Introducing our little Zoey!

 

Now the boys have been begging for a puppy for a while now. I was very skeptical to get one since we have a working household……meaning no one is a stay at home person. Dogs require attention!

Then I was thinking about all of the families that I know with animals that work. The animals are still well cared for. They are happy. They are just as spoiled.

 

AND well……it is really hard to say no to grandma when she wants to get her grandson what he asks for as far as birthday gifts go! Yep, that's right! He looked at grandma with those big blues of his and said “I want a puppy just like yours”.

So welcome to the family baby girl, we are delighted to have you!

 

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My Very First Stitch Fix Fail….

Do you guys remember a few weeks ago when I shared with you my love for Stitch Fix? I am sure you do!

I have been using the service for about five months now, and I am totally in love with it.

Sadly this months fix was the first fail for me :(

It wasn't because I didn't like the items in the box. Oh no! I was in love with the colors and patterns when I opened it. I just wasn't in love with the cut and fit of them…..,,,

Item número uno…..a very pretty skirt. I really loved the color of this skirt. What I didn't like – that it was a high waist skirt. I do not like anything with a high waist. Mainly because of my ridiculous “baby bump” that I still carry around, but also I must confess that I have a piercing which makes items with a high waist uncomfortable when sitting.

Up next was a very cute ikat print dress. It was a wrap dress, I hate wrap dresses :(. I really loved the colors/pattern, but I usually never buy anything that requires it to be tied around me. I will rock a belt with the best of them, but something that ties in a bow…..no thanks!

Then there was the maxi dress. Same story….awesome chevron print, beautiful colors, horrible cut. The dress was way to big for me, looked like a maternity dress (no offense to my expecting mothers), and was just really unflattering…..see for yourself!

Yep had to wear shirt under it……entire side of bra was showing!

I even tried belting it, and that didn't work either.

Now this little gem was my absolute favorite thing in the box! Until I put it on that is. While it,looks really cute the cut around the arms was just horrible, and if I raised my arms the shirt didn't fail back into place when they were lowered. I had to tug it back down and ain't nobody got time for that!!

The necklace was the only thing in the box that fit right, and in order to not lose my 20$ styling fee I kept it. Normally this little cutie would have went back due to price…..uh…..42$$. Now I do not mind spending money on jewelry, but I would have never purchased this on my own for that price. Since it was the only item in the box that worked it is what I kept.

So out of five boxes this is the first that didn't have any items to fit/keep. I say that is not too bad, but here is looking forward to a better box next time!!

p.s. if you would like to try the service for yourself I would appreciate it if you would use my referral code listed below, thanks so much!!

http://stitchfix.com/sign_up?referrer_id=3049712

 

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How can you share just one day?

Happy Wednesday to all of you! I have been sitting here for about an hour trying to figure out what to share today for what I ate Wednesday…….

 

I have too much to share, lol! I was having a very difficult time tryi g to narrow it down to one day, so I decided to share a random collection of foods with you guys. After all we have been eating such wonderful foods lately it is hard not to share.

Ham, spinach, and tomato on the best chibatta bread I have ever had!

Lots of roasted garlic hummus.

Lots of melon.

Grilled pork chops with potato salad, green salad, and garlic bread.

I told you LOTS of melon, lol!!

Sweet potato and black bean enchilada casserole, cilantro-lime rice (frozen bag from target), and fresh roasted squash.

Greek salad…….should have had dressing put on side! I forgot to ask and it was swimming…….

Pizza below eaten after salad. This was the hubster's Father's Day meal of choice!

 

Yummy boiled shrimp!! One of my favorite foods……..

With potatoes and fresh French bread. Yes, I have really stepped out of my box with bread lately!!

And……..the best dessert!! Sautéed peaches and blueberries in a little sweet cream butter, topped with one (yes I only had one) small scoop of the new Italian cream cake ice cream from Bluebell. I purchased a small container just to try it, and oh boy am I glad I did…..purchase a small container that is. This stuff is dangerously good!!

Now back to more structured eating, lol!! It is so hard with so much fun summer stuff going on! Remember to pop in at Jenn's to check out more WIAW posts :)

 

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Yogi On The Lake – wordless post

 

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My Dilemma

I have a dilemma! Of course this is not new for me. I always have some sort of dilemma going on. Usually it is what to make for dinner, what to wear, what shoes to wear, etc.

Today it is about color. Paint color to be exact. I am wanting to paint the interior of my home, mainly the kitchen and boys rooms. At the moment they are all different colors. I want to use one color to paint. I want a neutral color. That way I will not be ready to paint again once I decide to change decor, lol!

So I am asking for your help in deciding color. Keep in mind that my trim is white (which I hope to repaint to cream as well if hubster will agree), and my living room is a light earthy green (open floor plan). I would also like to possibly paint the living area as well but haven't decided??……

So out of the three above colors which would you choose??

A – coffee by valspar

B – kilim beige by Sherwin Williams

C – nomadic dessert by Sherwin Williams

 

 

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Sweet Sweet Summertime!

Howdy do to all of you!! I am hoping that your summer is gong as grand as mine. I really do love this time of year, not only because I am out of school, but also because there are so many fun things to do!

We spent Saturday on the lake with friends. They have a poker run every year for a local fire department fundraiser so we enjoyed friends, food, and very fun dancing :)

We are soaking in the sun on my new huge lake raft that I am so enjoying this year. One side is flat with a back piece that will lay all the way back with you for sunbathing. The opposite is a circle piece for people sitting up. It has to built in coolers and several cups holders……love it!!

Saturday night was spent on the dance floor…..and running back t the tv room to check on the game…..how bout dem tigahs!!!!!!!!!

LSU is headed to Omaha again this year, so exciting!!

 

Sunday the hubster and I spent the day together shopping, and eating a fabulous lunch! We went to a locally owned place in a neighboring town that has all Caribbean inspired foods…..so good! I enjoyed a shrimp rotis (wrap) that had shrimp, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and a super yummy sauce…..with Caribbean spiced sweet potato fries.

After lunch we went to academy to purchase bicycles for us. I am so excited that we now have bikes to red with the boys. I do not have a pic but I am sure some will be coming up soon since we are taking the camping this week. We leave today for “yogi bear campgrounds” in Pelahatchie MS. It is one of the boys favorite places to visit! Look for a recap post soon :)

So as you can see I have been busy with fun activities, spending lots of time with the boys, swimming, biking, and just plain enjoying myself! If only I could live this ah year round, lol! I hope that your summer is going as well as mine, and that man of you are getting out to enjoy all the fun seasonal activities.

The boys sure have with their “home made water slide”!!

 

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