around here.

around here Natalie brought her stuffed animal to dinner.
around here Hadley is starting this little eye roll thing, it's hilarious.
around here bought some new pillows for the porch swing to freshen things up a bit.
around here grilled outside on my own, which I am getting the hang of finally!
around here letting Hadley walk all over the back deck by herself.
around here miss thang likes her mama's eggs....cajun style
around here she is getting so big, sitting at the table eating Chipotle like a tiny human.
around here started softball! Let's hope for warmer weather next week...
around here Hadley pulled all the pots and bowls out of the drawer, when I asked her to put them back she did. In her own 1 year old way. She's gonna be my little neat freak.
Starting on Monday May 9th,  I will be joining Ali Edwards in the annual Week in the Life! It's a fun little project that forces you to take photos and really think about what goes on in your week. 

Previous posts:
*SHOUT OUTS*
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+ Happy Birthday Amy Amy!
+ Happy 10th Anniversary Jonelle & Doug!
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cinco de thursday.

What's going on today? Cinco to be exact.

If you are going out to eat for lunch or dinner, I am sure places like our favorite mexican restaurant are going to be packed! It's so fun though. A bunch of people all happy to have some margaritas and yummy food. Maybe I'll save my calories to indulge in some white cheese! Have a happy Thursday!

Previous Cinco de Mayo posts:
2011
2012
2013

(Image via : zazzle)

52 weeks of Hadley : 18/52.

I'm going to be taking one photo of Hadley every week for a year in 2016. Nothing fancy.
No background setups. No fancy props. Just Hadley in everyday life.

Photo 18 of 52.

everyday accessories.

I thought it would be fun to share the accessories I tend to wear on a regular basis. I've never been much of a flashy jewelry wearer and because of that I do not have tons of different pieces.

Every single day, I wear the best wedding ring ever on my left hand (obviously) and the fitbit on my left wrist.  I feel weird wearing it on my right wrist, so that means I cannot wear my watch anymore! The watch pictured above is Guess, and it's my favorite! It feels even weirder wearing a watch on my right hand so I choose not to wear it when wearing the fitbit which is everyday now. I recently styled up my fitbit with one of these band covers, which helps to not have such a boring black band to wear.

Occasionally, I will wear a ring on my right hand and bracelet(s). My favorite bracelet for the past 3 years now, is the Open Love Charm Bangle by Alex and Ani. I gave each of my bridesmaids one of these for their gift, and I'm pretty sure they all wore them on our wedding day. For earrings, I like very simple. Usually some small studs of some sort, or if I have some longer dangly ones that match the outfit, I will wear those.

For necklaces, I have two that I alternate regularly everyday.  One similar to this one, my husband bought me for a birthday gift a few years ago, it's my birthstone aquamarine which I just love! And this one from my mother-in-law from Christmas last year.

For the rare occasion I need to be fancy, I will wear a little bit more flashy earrings and necklace. Nothing to extravagant.  I do have a "downtown ring" as my Grandma June used to call them when we go out somewhere fancy.

And that about sums it up for what I wear on a regular basis.

What do you wear for everyday accessories?

may is here.

Hello month of May!

April was a bit of a nutso month, and May is looking to be almost as nuts. So many things going on, having to be in so many places at once some days. But on a brighter note, excited for summer...more time outside doing whatever we want. Grilling, sitting on the front porch, chilling on the back deck, and dreaming of the oasis to be fixed!

Cheers to the start of summer month...to me at least.

(Image made in PhotoShop Elements)

around here.

around here taking selfies with the little babe while waiting for an appointment.
around here went out to eat at one of our favorite places, BWs.
around here we finally got the next car seat up! She is so much happier in the car now.
around here received lots of fun things for Admin Day! Beautiful flowers, balloon, and gift cards galore.
around here did the whole face swap thing on Snap Chat with a co-worker, cracks me up every time!
around here met up with a friend for dinner, was nice to catch up!

Happy Friday! Another busy weekend for us, I feel like a broken record every Friday. Baseball, a family party, and then volleyball. Lots of shuffling in between there. Let's hope the rain holds off so it's nice outside, but I have a feeling it's going to rain on Saturday. Let's hope not at least for the Flying Pig runners!  Have a great weekend...

dark chocolate truffles.

These are so so good! We have made them twice now. A nice little chocolate treat to fix those sweet cravings.
Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • pink salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cacao/cocoa powder
  • 1-3 tsp unsweetened almond milk
  • Stevia, to taste

Directions:
Place liners into a 3 mini muffin tins (I have one large mini tin and used maybe 16 or so.
Combine coconut oil, 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder, and Stevia
Pour just enough mixture of mixture into each muffin tin so bottom is covered
Place muffin tray into freezer
Combine remaining 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder and Stevia, to taste in a small dish
Stir in enough almond milk that mixture thickens into a paste-like, creamy chocolate
Remove muffin tray from freezer
Spoon a small dollop of chocolate paste into each muffin tin
Pour remaining melted chocolate mixture into each muffin tin so paste is completely covered
Return tray to freezer until outside chocolate has hardened
Store in fridge until ready to eat
I failed to get a picture of these yummy treats after they were frozen, but they are so so good. If you are watching what you eat, these are a nice little treat to fulfill the sweet tooth. 

Side note: I made these all wrong! The recipe called for only THREE little mini's, not enough for the entire pan. Duh! No wonder why their was not enough to go around. lol So when you are making these, the amount in the recipe is only good enough for three little mini's.  Sometimes I don't know how I do these things haha I omitted the salt because I am not a salt fan, but if you are than there ya go! I literally just noticed what I did wrong as I typed this post up after making them! How we learn right???