Five on Friday!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Hey there! It's been a hot minute since I joined in with 5 on Friday, but here goes with my five this week...

1 | This week I received an email that I had been chosen to be a part of the Junk Gyspy book launch team! I ALMOST FELL OVER! If you haven't heard of Texas sisters Amie & Jolie, their love for all things rust and junk, and their wanderlust souls, you are missing out my friends! Their first book, Junk Gypsy: Designing a Life at the Crossroads of Wonder & Wander, is set to be released in stores October 4th and I am so honored to be a part of this community with advance access to read and help spread the good word! I have taken a peek around and am literally so anxious to read and soak in every word in this book! More to come on this one...#junkgypsyBLT
Preorder here!
4 | Fun little fact...last year when I went to Round Top for the Texas Antiques Week we stopped at the Junk Gypsy headquarters and I met Amie! She was standing on the front lawn mingling and I could not believe my eyes. I acted like such a starstruck kid but she still was nice as pie and took a picture with me! I just realized I never did a post recapping my adventure through Texas and Round Top so I will get on that, but for now I will leave you with Large Marge herself and scenes from the front porch!
3 | In other news, at the end of this month I am headed to another Florida Georgia Line concert and I have been listening to their mixtape station on Pandora so I'm ready to sing my heart out, obviously! That station confused me at first, but I have come to absolutely love it. Now that their new album is officially released, they play a bunch on their new stuff and they have two songs in particular that are really cute and catchy about family. "God, your mama, and me" and "While He's still around." Go listen now.

4 | Anyone ever heard to always leave your house in the morning as if your grandma might stop by that day? Well, I usually don't and I had a neighbor/friend stop by unexpected and she had actually never been inside and of all days wanted a tour! She is the most fun, down-to-earth and about as real as someone could come, but nonetheless I was mortified. She assured me she didn't care, she understands, she has kids, blah blah, and that it was no biggie. But to me? You can bet I won't be leaving the house ever again when it's NOT clean. 

5 | Don't even get me started on our kitchen progress and the fiasco it has been..This seems appropriate for all it's been good for lately.
Off to clean my know, in case someone stops by. Happy weekending, friends!

Linking up with the Five on Friday & Oh Hey, Friday gals!

Easy S'Mores Upgrade

Thursday, September 8, 2016

I'm telling you what, you're not really camping, or living for that matter, if you don't enjoy a good S'more! Have you ever watched the Sandlot? If you haven't seen the S'more scene, you're missing out and need to right now! Although I prefer my mallows golden brown, not entirely flaming. Not that could entirely tell by the photo below...

Anyways, naturally over the years, I have tweaked the standard S'more recipe of graham cracker, chocolate bar, and marshmallow with a few different upgrades.

A few things we have tried include replacing the graham cracker with pretzel thins or switching the chocolate bar for hershey's caramel filled centers and various other candy bars. This weekend we packed Oreos to try which turned out fabulous when the Oreo cream center melted just slightly. Yum!

But I have to say, being a huge graham cracker fan as it is, my favorite combo so far has been switching out the chocolate bar for a Reece's peanut butter cup. I mean...
Another thing I will never understand is why people always wait until later in the evening to bust out the S'mores? The way I see it, when you want something in life, you've just gotta' go for it, hence my mid-day treat.

What's your favorite way to make S'mores?

Labor Day Weekend Camping

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Growing up, 3-day weekends were synonmous with camping. As I now have a Husband, 2 dogs, and a house and life of my own, sometimes things come up and we can't always make it. That has definitely been the case this year as we missed out camping over Memorial Day and the 4th of July weekend. Needless to say, after a few hectic months at work for both Ryan and myself, I was absolutely thrilled to get to join our family over Labor Day weekend at one of our favorite mountain spots! Away from cell service, technology, any real responsibilities or chores!
On Friday I got a surprise phone call from my little brother who asked if he and my little nephew could hitch a ride up with us. Ummm, yes! We were planning to take two cars anyways because we wanted to take the Jeep out and there was no way we could fit everything and 2 dogs in the Jeep alone. So he and Ryan rode up in the Jeep while I loaded up the truck and headed out with the baby and 2 dogs. I randomly threw in some old cds I came across and they turned out to be some of my best old tunes so we rolled the windows down, took in the mountain air and in a matter of an hour we arrived and were happy campers in the mountains.
The dogs were so well behaved, got to run and swim until their little hearts were content, and received plenty of love from everyone at camp! We bought this to help keep them contained in camp and it is the smartest, best purchase we have made in some time! They loved it and so did we.
Did I mention our dogs live a pretty rough life?
It was quite the memorable trip though with a little bit too much excitement for me! Ryan got stung by a bee right on his neck Saturday morning and I didn't realize how allergic he was. Since we've been together he was stung once on his arm and although it swelled up, I do not remember it being that bad! His whole neck swelled up and I was frantically looking for Benadryl (luckily I carry some in my wallet at all times since my allergy to walnuts!) 

My Dad busted out his backwoods first aid kid, circa about 1980 and we came across the sweetest forest ranger who supplied us with some topical insect Benadryl and that did wonders. It was a little nerve-wracking for awhile and I felt so bad for him.
Later that night, my Dad, me and Ryan took a Jeep ride to a lookout point and we were feeling on top of the world! Shortly after on our adventure we ended up getting stuck. Getting stuck in a Jeep isn't really a thing, except for some unknown reason our 4-wheel drive went out on us! We were basically stuck on the side of cliff/hill with no way out except to go back up the way we came. Thankfully, due to some expert driving, stick collecting, manual pushing, and the grace of God we made it out! It was funny because on the ride in I was sitting in the back taking in the breathtaking views, fresh air, listening to the guys talk and some George Strait on the radio, and I was literally thanking God in my head for that exact moment there with my Dad and Ryan. Then minutes later we found ourselves in the back country, close to dark, with a major equipment failure. I prayed we wouldn't have to hike out, and could care less about the jeep. I was just worried about all of us at that point. We tried for about 45 minutes; we were all exhausted and it was looking bleak. Then all of a sudden we pushed and were able to get unstuck from the dry dust and loose sheath rock and get back to the top of the hill. Praise God, I knew he had a hand in it! We all hugged and it was definitely a family team effort that I will never forget. By that time, we were all completely covered in dust, but so happy to be heading out of there on 4 wheels and not by foot.

We played lots of Mexican train dominoes, laughed, listened to my Uncle's hilarious 70's spotify playlist, ate some delicious food, and made memories we will never forget.
Mexican Train Dominoes
It was another successful weekend in the mountains with some of my favorite people!

Real Life Family Photos

Monday, September 5, 2016

I apologize for the summer blogging break I unintentionally took! We have been going, going, going nonstop along with working on our house & kitchen so I haven't had time to sit and write out a post. Doesn't mean I haven't wanted to share, but since I've heard about it from a few people now (which is SO flattering), I figured it was time to get back to this space of mine!

I have a few posts lined up already and I wanted to thank those of you who have been reading and following along!

Anyways, I'm coming back today with a glimpse into our real life! We just got back from camping for the weekend and I really wanted to take a family photo with the dogs. Luckily we got one good one, but it took a few tries! #thisisreallife

 Take One.
 Take Two.
 Take Three.
 And finally, Take Four.
Still not perfect, but boy, do I love this little family of mine!

I'll be back tomorrow with a full on recap of our weekend in the mountains. It was a memorable one!