Posted on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Before I became a mother, I loved to wear sundresses all the time! They were simple, easy, and they always made me look nicer than I usually felt! Then I had Anabelle, and I pretty much went out and bought a new skirt for every dress that I could no longer wear… It’s pretty much impossible to wear a dress when you have to nurse a baby randomly all day. Now, however, Anabelle is finally almost completely on solids and I’m pulling all my dresses out of our storage closet! Easy, breezy, beautiful! I missed this!




Chloe’s Bachelorette Party

Posted on: Monday, July 21, 2014


I can’t believe it… It’s already Chloe’s wedding week! She gets married Friday! Last weekend we celebrated and threw Chloe her Bachelorette Party! I thought that this party was going to be the hardest party of the summer to plan, I mean how was I going to plan a Bachelorette party with a group of girls when only the bride is 21?… But quite honestly, it was by far the easiest, most laid back, a lot of fun and 100% Chloe! We headed downtown and started out with lunch at Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill. We then headed to the Buckle Up Music Festival on the river! Finished up at my house with a bonfire, s’more’s bar, wine and gifts! All we told Chloe was to dress up like a cowboy ;) The rest was a complete surprise! And then of course we dressed her up in pink Bachelorette accessories!


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That concrete slab turned into a spontaneous dance floor! This band finished strong.



Chloe and I just had to try some moonshine! I didn’t even know that was legal… They came in the teeny tiniest shot glasses.



Tall Heights was by far our favorite 45 minutes of the day! Bernadette, Sadie and I don’t know country at all, so the night before we sat on youtube and listened songs from all the bands so that we could know if there were any shows we just really wanted to see. This was the one! And after their show, we all agreed that we could have listened to them all day long!


Posted on: Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hey guys! Happy weekend! I announced this over my Instagram earlier this week and am super excited about it! I am part of a team of four contributors over on Little Inspiration! (Meet the other contributor’s here!) Angie’s blog is full of the cutest DIYs, most fun recipes and always has the most beautiful pictures! And her Instagram! Awesome! Her little kids are the cutest duo! Today she is having a fantastic giveaway in celebration of Kids Fashion and Playtime. Some of her all time favorite brands have agreed to sponsor and join us on this amazing giveaway.

This time around we will be having five winners, one winner for each prize.

The following giveaway prizes will include:

This giveaway will also be hosted via @blogali Instagram account. To enter to win and gain more entries on this amazing giveaway, follow instructions on the rafflecopter form below. Giveway ends on August 7th at 12:01am.

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Southwestern Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Posted on: Friday, July 18, 2014


I got into a routine recently and wasn’t trying anything new. I kept rotating between my basic, easy, quick and filling dinners… homemade Mac and Cheese, egg casserole (Yes, I like eggs for dinner!), quesadillas, sausage and veggies. I finally got in the mood to try something new and remembered pinning a southwestern stuffed potato months back. I couldn’t find it on my boards, so I improvised. Boy was I impressed! I love sweet potatoes. All you need to do is add butter and cinnamon and I’m happy! But this combination was such a compliment to the basic sweet potato! Why did I never think to throw cheese on it before?



Sweet Potato
1 Jalepeno
1/2 Onion
1 Can Black Beans


Wrap a sweet potato in foil and cook at 450 degrees for an hour or until soft. Meanwhile, rinse the black beans and add them to a bowl with the chopped onion and jalepeno. When the sweet potato is done, cut the sweet potato in half and use a fork to loosen the inside. Add lots of butter. Scoop the bean mixture into the potato and place back in the oven until hot. Top with lots of cheese, kale and then a little bit more cheese to hold the kale on top of the potato. Stick back in the oven till cheese has melted.


I’ve tried this recipe with both kale and cilantro. I like the flavor that the cilantro gives to the mix, but I like that I can add a lot more greens when I use the kale. Both versions have their benefits :)

12 months with baby Anabelle

Posted on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014


A year ago when I started taking these pictures, I just couldn’t imagine how much Anabelle would change, grow and develop every month. Every month I have loved putting together this post, but this month is bittersweet. It’s so exciting to see every month side by side, but this completes our little series! I can’t believe she is already a year old!

You can see my letter to Anabelle this month here, and my reflections over her first year here.

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