Friday, July 10, 2020

Books I Read in the Month of June

Good morning everyone!! Hope you had a great week and that you have some fun plans in your future for the weekend. We are still soaking up some sun at the beach and I'll tell ya, we are going to have some trouble prying these kids off the beach on their last day. It turns out I have two beach bums for kids 😀
This month I was able to squeeze 3 books in. Let's have a look, shall we? 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Honey Balsamic Grilled Carrots

We are on a big honey balsamic kick lately and I am not upset about it! This honey balsamic glaze is so simple to make and adds a bunch of flavor to our food. The next time you are looking for a veggie to throw on your grill, give these a try!
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Monthly Goals-- July

Good morning everyone! I hope your July has been off to a great start. We are still at the beach and are having a blast soaking up the sun. I wanted to pop on and share my goals for the upcoming month because you ladies help to keep me accountable! This month is going to fly by because we have two weeks at the beach, then have family coming in town for Liam's rescheduled baptism. He was supposed to be baptized in March, but then everything shut down due to COVID and we had to reschedule. Here's hoping we are still able to do it 🙏.

Here's a look at my goals for the month:
Monday, July 6, 2020

Favorite Healthy Costco Finds

If you haven't noticed, the blog has a little bit of a different look and a different name. If you want to know more about that, click here. Otherwise, keep on reading!!

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a wonderful 4th weekend!! Our day was spent at the beach and looked a lot like this:
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Blog Changes

Hi there friends! So if you've been reading here for awhile you know that my blog used to be called All About That Mommy Life. If you look around this blog today, you'll see that is no longer the title. I wanted to give just a little explanation as to why I changed the name, just in case you're wondering!
Friday, July 3, 2020

What I've Been Priming

Woohoo!!! We made it to 4th of July weekend! We are leaving soon for our annual beach trip and I am beyond excited! We had a taste of the beach last weekend and the kids were both in heaven... I can't wait to get back! We will still be taking it easy and doing pretty much the same things we've been doing at home, but with the beach and a pool instead of our backyard... woohoo!!
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Honey Butter

Last weekend on our way back from the beach we made a pit stop at one of our favorite farm stands for some fresh peaches. Fresh local peaches in the summer are one of my FAVORITE snacks, but Devin accidentally bought a few more than we might be able to go through.. meaning we had to get crafty in order to use them all. We had this as a dessert one night, but could easily be a side or would even make a great breakfast with some Greek yogurt. No matter when or how you serve them, you'll be sure to love them!
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Our Road Trip Bag

Good morning! Today's theme for Let's Look is our carryon bag except... I don't have any plans for a carryon bag anytime soon. A road trip bag though? That we have plans for in our immediate future. 😀 This is the bag of goodies I try to keep handy for our road trips so I can just hand a thing or two back to the kiddos without having to try to dig through all of our stuff. Here's what I'm packing for a 4 hour road trip to Hilton Head. For reference our daughter, Lily Grace, is 3 years old and our son, Liam, is 9 months. Most of the stuff I'm packing is for LG, not Liam. And the "bag" itself isn't pictured.. but you aren't missing much, its just a reusable grocery bag!
Monday, June 29, 2020

Our Weekend at the Beach

Hi friends! It is late Sunday afternoon as I am writing this and we just got back from the beach... meaning today's post is going to be short and sweet-- I have laundry and grocery shopping to do!! This past weekend we went to Wilmington, NC to visit Devin's parents and his grandmother. It was the most wonderful weekend spent outdoors and with family. We went kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming in the pool, and did a lot of playing on the beach. 
Friday, June 26, 2020

What I've Been Wearing Lately

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a good week! We are at the beach today in Wilmington, NC so if you are looking for some fun, beachy, sandy kiddo pics, follow along on Instagram @lcdarrell!

Fashion related posts are always some of my favorites to read on other blogs, so I figured I'd pop on over here to share with you some of the outfits I've been wearing lately. Some of these pictures are several weeks old, because let's be honest the likelihood of me having clean hair, makeup on AND cute clothes all on the same day is pretty darn slim! Remember when we used to do that every day? #quarantineproblems  Here's a look at what I've been wearing lately:
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Grilled Veggie with Honey Balsamic Vinaigriette

Hey there friends... today I wanted to share one of the recipes we have been making at least once a week: our super simple honey balsamic grilled veggies. We mix up what veggies we use to keep it interesting, so use whatever you have! It doesn't have to be the same veggies I have listed!
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

What's Up Wednesday

Good morning friends and happy Wednesday! It feels like life was crawling by there for awhile, but somehow this past month has absolutely flown by. While our state is still in phase 2 of re-opening, I think even just having a few things opened back up makes life feel like it's flying by again. We finally have things to do other than the same old stuff over and over. 
Monday, June 22, 2020

Our Father's Day

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a nice weekend and the weather where you live felt like summer! It was beautiful and sunny here all weekend and we spent as much time outdoors as possible. 

This year more than ever I was so grateful to be able to celebrate Father's Day with my dad. Unfortunately I'm getting to the age where some of my friends are beginning to have immediate family members pass away, and I've had several girlfriends lose their fathers in the past 2-3 years. I have the most supportive, loving, and encouraging dad and am infinitely more grateful for him now that I have become a parent myself. For those of you who have lost your fathers, please know I am thinking about you today. I can't imagine how hard it is to have a holiday all about celebrating someone who means the world to you, only to have lost them. 

Our Father's Day started with Devin getting to "sleep in" a little, AKA Lily Grace brought him his coffee in bed and then we left him to drink it and read the news on his phone in peace. 
Friday, June 19, 2020

Couples Enneagram Test and the Five Love Languages

Good morning friends and happy Friday! Today I wanted to share with you something that Devin and I did recently that helped us to understand the other one a little bit better: Enneagram tests and the 5 Love Languages Quiz. These are nothing new, and have been all over the internet for several years now, but we had never taken both quizzes and discussed our results/how we show our love for each other before. It was fascinating to see how our personality types affected our interactions with each other, and how we both show and receive love in different ways. 
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Thai Cucumber Salad

Well we are officially in cucumber season over here at the Darrell house! We have had 8 cucumbers ripen within the past week... yes, 8!!! So needless to say we have been trying to come up with as many cucumber recipes as possible over here, be prepared to see them all over the next few months!
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

My Luau-at-Home Birthday

Good morning friends! I hope you've all been having a nice week so far. Lily Grace has been at Frozen 2 themed dance camp and it has been such a blessing for the whole family. Great for her to get out of the house and play with kids her age, great for Liam because he gets one-on-one time with his mama, and great for me because I can get other things done during the day now that I'm not watching two kiddos nonstop!

Last week we celebrated my 33rd birthday with a fun Luau-at-Home theme and I wanted to share it because I think Devin knocked it out of the park! You may be wondering "why a Luau-at-Home theme?" Well, for the past few years (yes, YEARS) I have been on a kick of wanting to go back to Hawaii. Devin and I have been fortunate enough to travel to many places around the world, but Hawaii has been and always will be one of my favorites. Devin keeps saying "the flight is too long" or "the kids won't get enough out of it yet" and you'd better believe I am trying to counter every single one of his arguments! 
This pic is from one of our hikes on Kauai in 2013. Can you see why I want to go back?
Monday, June 15, 2020

Weekend Highlights

Hi all! Happy Monday! For the first time in months our weekend looked a little different than our regular weekdays and I was so happy to document it to share with you all. 
Friday, June 12, 2020

Life Lately-- Our Slow Return to Normal

Good morning friends and happy Friday! We made it through another week and I have to say this week went a lot more smoothly for our family than I initially anticipated. This was Devin's first week back at work and I was nervous about being outnumbered by the kids again-- it's been so long since I've had to handle 2 on 1! I am happy to report that it went very well, apparently I was worried over nothing. 😊 We are extremely grateful to be getting a teensy glimpse of our "normal" lives back and every day seems to get a little bit better.

Side note-- does anyone else feel like it's easier to parent when only one parent is in charge? Devin and I are on the same page for the most part but have some slight differences in how we parent. I think Lily Grace's 3 year old brain appreciates understanding that there's only one person in charge. It's like she knows her rules/boundaries are more consistent when it's just mom. 

Anyway, here's a little look at what we've been up to:
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

I whipped this up as a quick and easy side one day for lunch, but this could easily work as a breakfast or a dessert. It took less than 5 minutes from start to finish, my favorite kind of recipe!
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Tour of Our Backyard

Good morning friends and welcome to my backyard! Over the past few months I have been telling you about the non-stop projects we have been doing back here and I figured it was about time I showed you all the work we've been doing. So pretend you're pouring yourself a glass of white wine and come relax with me in our backyard 😀
Monday, June 8, 2020

Not Just a Mom... Fun Facts

Good morning friends and welcome to another "Not Just a Mom" post! This month we are sharing some "fun facts" about ourselves, and I realized that some of my fun facts might be more described as "quirky things about me", but whatever! I am who I am 😀. Here are 10 fun/quirky facts about me!
Friday, June 5, 2020

Book I Read in the Month of May... and What I'm Reading in June

Good morning friends. Today I want to share with you the books that I read in the month of May, but before I do that I wanted to let you know about two of the books I plan to read this summer. 
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Garlic Roasted Broccoli with Bacon

Sorry for the less than glamorous picture here, I forgot to take a picture before I scooped some of this onto our plates-- oops! I was not about to dirty another bowl just in order to take a picture, sorry! This was one that I whipped up as a quick side item last week and it was a smash hit! Enjoy!
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Pinterest Recipe Round Up-- Summer Edition

Good morning friends! Today I wanted to post another Pinterest Recipe Round Up, but a summertime edition. We all know how frustrating it is to find a recipe that looks great but the taste is actually a let down. Here are a few tried and true summer-y recipes I have found on Pinterest, actually made, and would recommend to you. Happy eating everyone! Enjoy!
Monday, June 1, 2020

Goals for the Month of June

Good morning friends and happy Monday! This week our lives begin the slow transition to our new normal. It makes me a little nervous, but I know we are itching to start returning to a bit of normalcy. Lily Grace's swim school is opening back up this week and we have her first lesson back already scheduled. I also have plans to have a few girlfriends over to our backyard to have a little "social distance hangout". I am looking forward to seeing my girlfriends for the first time since March!

Last month my focus was on relaxing and soaking up this family time. I think I nailed it. It turns out "doing a whole bunch of nothing" is a lot more up my alley than I used to think. Pre-quarantine I was that person who always had to be busy, was always checking things off my to-do list and felt more fulfilled when I accomplished more stuff. Being forced into relaxation mode has been chicken soup for the soul, truly. I hate that it took something as awful as COVID for me to realize the importance of doing nothing but spend time with my family. Why spend my days running a bunch of errands when I can just have it delivered and spend that time with my family? 

Anyway, on to June's goals!
Friday, May 29, 2020

What I've Been Priming

Good morning friends and happy Friday! We survived another week of non-stop rain but we are seriously looking forward to some sunny days in our future!!! Today I wanted to share my Prime Purchases for the month. I didn't buy a whole lot, but I think all of these items scream "I'm ready for summer!"
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tomato Avocado Corn Salad with Bacon

Good morning friends! Today I was in the mood for a Caprese Salad, but with a twist. I looked in the fridge and grabbed everything that sounded good. This is one of those "everything but the kitchen sink" recipes, but it worked out well! The hardest part of this is just getting your ingredients prepped and ready. Once you have everything in order, it takes less than a minute to pull it all together.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

What's Up Wednesday

Good morning friends! Our past month has included a lot of staying at home, playing in the backyard, and trying to keep it all "fresh" and "fun". I'm curious to see how you all have been keeping things "exciting" in your neck of the woods because we could use some fresh ideas!
Friday, May 22, 2020

Rainy Day Quarantine Activity: Our Virtual "Trip" to Disney World

Good morning friends! Today I wanted to share a super simple yet fun activity we pulled out of our back pockets this week when it poured rain for 4 days in a row. Yes, 4 days in a row! With a baby and a toddler stuck inside on week 452 of quarantine-- yuck! Needless to say, we were starting to get desperate for some new indoor activities. 

Luckily Devin had somehow stumbled across this "Virtual Disney World" Youtube page. We checked it out and it was all the rides at Disney World, but virtually (just like the name says 😉). We knew our Disney World loving toddler would LOVE it! Remember when we went back in December? She is still talking about our trip (so much for the people who said "she won't remember it at that age"!!).
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

Good morning friends! We have been having the most beautiful warm weather lately and have been trying to soak up as much of this "grilling weather" as possible. We have been grilling burgers, chicken, shrimp, veggie skewers, you name it. We've also been grilling some side items, like the grilled cauliflower steaks I'm sharing today. 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Beauty Products Update!

Good morning friends! Thank you for being patient with me and my lack of a post on Monday. This is my last week of school and I had a bit more to prepare than I anticipated. We normally wouldn't be ending the year until the first week of June, but due to COVID we are ending a little early. But now I have my stuff together, and I am back! 
Monday, May 18, 2020

No Post Today

Sorry ladies but this weekend just completely got away from me! By the time I got around to writing this post it was way too late and I had other things to accomplish that were the priority. 

Thank you for understanding and I will see you back here on Wednesday!!
Friday, May 15, 2020

Toys for Outside Play

Good morning friends and happy Friday! The weather where we live is finally consistently warm which means we are outside NONSTOP! I made a little roundup of some of our favorite toys for playing outside and figured I'd share. I bet a lot of you are in the same boat we are!
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Blueberry Apple Pecan Salad

Good morning friends! I've been on a big salad kick lately to try to balance out the junk food we've been eating. On Monday my body was craving a salad and I looked to the fridge to see what I could whip together. This is what I came up with:
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Let's Look: Hiking Through the "Enchanted Forest"

Good morning friends! Today's link up for Let's Look is "Our Weekend"... and much like you, our weekends look a lot like our weekdays around here! We didn't do anything remarkable over the weekend, we mostly just relaxed at home and it was wonderful but not the most "photograph worthy" weekend. I do however have some pictures from one of our favorite current activities: our hikes! 

In order to keep busy and get some fresh air, we have been going on some hikes through various nature trails. Our sweet 3 year old girl is in full-on princess mode and adorably refers to the woods as an "enchanted forest". It doesn't matter where we are, every single time she sees a wooded area it's "enchanted". Her imagination is one of my favorite things lately and I love getting to see life through her eyes. Here is a quick look at our walks through the "enchanted forest" aka, your regular old nature trail 😀.
Monday, May 11, 2020

Not Just A Mom... My Workout Routine

Good morning friends and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day, whether you are a mom yourself or you were celebrating your mom/the other important women in your life. We had a very low key day at home (obviously!) and it was WONDERFUL. 
Friday, May 8, 2020

Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas

Good morning friends and happy Friday! Today I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes we've been making on repeat lately: our Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas. If you have these ingredients on hand, I strongly recommend making one tonight to kick off your weekend! Enjoy!!
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Watermelon, Feta and Basil Salad with Balsamic Glaze

Good morning! I had a real hankering for something that was both salty and sweet this week and a watermelon/feta salad sounded right up my alley. Here's how I made it!
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

3 Years Old!

Yesterday our sweet girl turned 3 years old. I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown by! 
May 5th, 2017.
Monday, May 4, 2020

Monthly Goals- May

Hello hello, happy Monday! I was talking to a girlfriend last week and we were both saying how this quarantine feels like it has been dragging on, yet somehow we've already been doing this for 8 weeks. Isn't that crazy?? That is an absurd amount of time to be locked up in your house. 

I'm not sure about where you live, but in NC we are beginning Phase 1 of opening back up. Opening up is being split into 3 phases. Phase 1 begins this week and if it goes well for 2-3 weeks, we can begin phase 2 (restaurants and bars can open but with extra precaution taken, public playgrounds can open, churches can have small gatherings, etc.). Once phase 2 goes well for 2-3 weeks, then we begin phase 3 (more things open, but with precaution taken). It seems like a lot, but I feel hopeful having a concrete plan in place.

Anyway, a new month has begun and it is time to set some goals for the month!
I love May. Normally it is a crazy busy, hectic-to-the-point-of-stressful time of year at school. It is always one of the most fun months, but life can get a little hairy due to all the extra activities. This May I am hoping to enjoy all the good parts of May without the stress, because luckily I have nowhere to be!
1. Move My Body OUTSIDE- Normally during the month of May I'm teaching and have to workout in the morning before work if I want to get my exercise in. This entails going to the gym since the sun isn't up yet. Now that I don't have to be at work, just reachable by email and home for the occasional Zoom, I have been able to go for walks/runs outside. Some of our local trails are opening back up for Phase 1 and I could not be more excited about it! My goal is to move my body at least 2 miles a day. It may be walking, it may be running, it may be a combination of both. My goal is to do this unplugged (no headphones) as often as possible. 
2. Read 3 Books- We set up our hammock in the backyard and I see a lot of book reading in the hammock in my future. 
3. Keep Up With Our Garden- Our vegetable garden is coming in nicely! We have tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, green beans, and basil planted so far. We also have my lemon tree and blueberry bush, which I love! It really only takes a few minutes each day to stay on top of it and it sure beats letting it get out of hand and then spending an hour out there pulling weeds!
Our blueberry bush has a lot of berries this year!
So really, that's it! The point is to continue to take things slowly and enjoy the extra time soaking up my family because a return to normal life is (hopefully) around the corner. I don't want to look back and think I was any busier right now than I needed to be. What about you?? What are some of your goals this month?
Friday, May 1, 2020

What I've Been Priming

Before we get started today I wanted to take a little poll. Maybe it's the fact that we've been cooped up for 8 weeks (gosh that's a long time!), or maybe it's that we haven't traveled in awhile due to Liam's birth... but I am itching to travel again! Obviously we aren't going anywhere anytime soon, but that isn't stopping me from mentally planning our next vacation. 

What I'm curious about is:
Have you also been planning your first trip once this quarantine is lifted?

I can't wait to see your answers! Now, onto what I've been Priming lately...

Gorilla Glue- Lily Grace has been doing puzzle after puzzle after puzzle lately. The pieces are starting to get worn down a bit and she accidentally broke a piece when taking one apart. We grabbed some super glue and the piece was back to being good as new!
Coffee Filters-- Since we have been home nonstop, we have been going through the coffee like CRAZY!
Cloth Mask-- When we heard the announcement from the CDC that we were supposed to be wearing cloth masks every time we go out, I called all the pharmacies/big box stores around our area to see if they had any and they were all out. I am NOT a seamstress and knew that if I wanted a mask, I needed to find one that someone else made. The one I bought is currently out of stock, but Amazon has other ones you can buy. Mine originally said it wouldn't arrive until mid-June and I ordered April 14th, but it has already arrived so don't be deterred by the estimated arrival.
Little Golden Books-- Lily Grace's birthday is next week and while she technically got a giant play set in the backyard for her birthday, we still wanted her to have something to open up on her actual birthday. I grabbed her several of these classic Little Golden Books since she loves to read!
Meal Planner Pad-- Our meal planner pad was starting to run low so I grabbed another one. We have been using this for YEARS and it is the easiest way for us to keep track of/plan ahead for what we are going to eat each week.
Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops--  I have seen these tanning drops EVERYWHERE lately and decided to finally give them a try. So far I like them! I'm still trying to figure out how many drops I need to use to get the right shade for me. Luckily I'm not going anywhere so if I mess it up, only my family will see 😂
Isle of Paradise Tanning Water-- I also bought the body spray and like it too! 
Today I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for Friday Favorites. Hope you all have a great weekend!