February 24, 2017

Possible shopping problem...

| O N E |

Hubs was gone this week, traveling for work, leaving me to tend to our two children, while working full-time, all on my own.  I was terrified of the horror I just knew would ensue the second he left...To my surprise, I was able to handle it all just fine and the kids were so well behaved.  The kids even had baths over the last few days! It was fun to Facetime with Daddy while the kids, Sassy and I were snuggled in the bed together and again while we were all driving to school in the mornings.  It's the little things.

| T W O |

Last week I took my Mama over to a friend's house to play make-up.  She sells Mary Kay, which I had never tried before, and she offered to give us mini-makeovers.  Mama insisted on buying make-up for me, so it was a nice little treat for me to come home with lots of new make-up that makes me feel pretty.  I got new foundation, blush, eye shadow and mascara!  This make-up had me feeling so pretty one day that I even took a selfie in the bathroom at work...Shhhh, don't tell anyone...

| T H R E E |

I have purchased a few home decor items over the last few months that I am SO excited about.  I have been very overwhelmed with how to decorate our home and give it a style that represents our family.  The biggest source of frustration has been our walls.  We have insanely high ceilings, which makes it awkward to try and fill up wall space without it looking random.  Most items I have purchased so far have been at a local store who focuses on procuring items that are along the same style as JoAnna Gaines and the Magnolia line.  I am still waiting for a few of the items to come in, but here are some of the things I have purchased lately...


| F O U R |

So maybe I am shopping too much because I also just had to show you the adorable swim suits I purchased for Vivian for the summer.  I also plan to purchase a bonnet from the Beaufort Bonnet Company.

Mermaid Short Rashguard // Eyelet Ruffle Swimsuit One Piece // Beaufort Bonnet - Pink Savannah Seersucker
Bubba stays pretty basic with his style.  I am lucky he is clothed at all in the summer.  He is one of those kids that prefers to be nekked, especially in the summer.

Swim trunks // flip flops // sunglasses // hat

My Mother-in-Law has the most amazing pool that overlooks the large pond on the property.  We live there all summer long and I am ready for it...my body may not be swim suit ready...but I sure am!

picture from 2 years ago
| F I V E |

Mama and I went to get manicures and pedicures on Sunday afternoon.  My nails had gotten long and I wanted to get gel polish on them before they started to tear.  Well my nail tech told me about this new technique that involves powder and no painting, except for the clear coats.  While it was a little time consuming, it was SO worth it.  It looks like I have acrylic nails and I love it...not to mention there is no paint to chip.

| B O N U S |

Vivian is four months old today!  I can hardly believe how fast time is flying by.  Viv has handled a lot of change this last month with her Mama going back to work, but she has handled it all like a champ.  Now that she is out of her colicky stage, she is one of the sweetest babies.  She is always absolutely delighted to see you and the little things make her joyful, even at this young of an age. I never knew such a large piece of our family was missing until she joined us.

Happy Friday, y'all! Can you believe it will be March next week!?!?

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February 22, 2017

How to get happy...

We are in some strange times.  Our country is more divided than it has ever been in my 30 years on this earth and honestly, it can't all be one man's fault.  We, as citizens, need to take a little responsibility.  Social media has become a breeding ground for negativity and pure hate.  People are circling the drain of disdain and are viewing the glass as half empty, when it is always half full.  We need to send positivity and light to the leaders of our country and to every human, whether we agree or disagree with them.  There is always a winner and a loser..so there will always be a group of people that are unhappy with the outcome. No matter if you are democrat or republican...no side is ever 100% right about an issue, because very few issues are truly black and white.  

What the world truly needs is one big dance party.  democrats and republicans, atheist and evangelicals, old and young, people of every color and every size...we all just need to let loose and have a massive dance party with one another...So here is a playlist that everyone can get down to.  These songs are sure to put the happy in your heart.

I hope this playlist puts a little bounce in your step! Hang in there, it's hump day!

February 20, 2017

Coconut Lemongrass Soup

I will never forget the first date hubs took me on after having Bubba.  Bubba was about 6 months old and we were desperate for a night out.  We took our son to his grandparents and then drove to Newnan to try out a Thai restaurant.  At the time, hubs had never tried Thai food before and I had eaten at Thai restaurants maybe 5 times, but every time I only ordered Pad Thai...which is such a cop out. 

So here we were, two newbies stumbling upon a true authentic Thai restaurant down on the square in Newnan, GA with absolutely no clue what to order.  I don't remember what all we ordered, I just remember it changed our lives.  Thai instantly became one of our favorite food cultures.  We have begun to venture into the world of Thai cooking and I have to say, some dishes are insanely easy to make.  One of our favorites is the super easy and quick coconut lemongrass soup. This soup is #allaboutthatbroth.  The broth is so deliciously intense...to the point where I could care less about the chicken and the rice that is also in the soup.  Take a risk and try this soup, even if you have never had Thai before, this soup is the perfect introduction.

| I N G R E D I E N T S |
I was able to find all the ingredients for this soup at our local Kroger

2 chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
3 Tbls fish sauce
Juice from 1 lime
1 box of chicken broth
3/4 Cup water
3 Tbls ginger (I used the stuff in a tube)
3 Tbls lemongrass (Again, the stuff in a tube)
1/2 Cup Jasmine Rice ( do not rinse)
1 can lite unsweetened coconut milk

Garnish with:
red pepper flakes

| M E T H O D |

Marinate the chicken strips in the fish sauce and lime juice and set aside

Bring chicken stock, water, ginger and lemongrass to a simmer.

Add rice and simmer for 15 minutes, until rice is nearly done.

Add coconut milk and bring soup to just when it is starting to boil, then lower heat to medium low

Add chicken with marinade and cook until the chicken is done, about 10 minutes

Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro, lime, jalapeno and red pepper flakes to taste.

The only downside to this soup is that the fish sauce can stink up your kitchen, and your house...so it may not make the best soup for entertaining if you care what your house smells like when you have guests over like I do!!! You can make this dish as mild or spicy as you like it with the jalapeno and pepper flakes, which is the beauty of this dish. Basically, just try the damn soup.  It is delicious and you will thank me.

Happy Eating!