Friday, February 21, 2020

Amazon Fashion-- Spring Part 1

Good morning and happy Friday!! Last week I purchased a bunch of clothes from Amazon and wanted to do a quick try on haul for you. I had spring and summer on the brain when purchasing and think all of these outfits scream "WARMER WEATHER HERE WE COME!" Can you tell I'm ready for spring?! I grabbed a lot of stuff so I'm going to break this post up into two parts, one today and one Monday.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Garlic Ranch Roasted Broccoli

Yes, you read that right. Garlic Ranch. Those two words together are enough to make my mouth water 😋. A few weeks ago I made a recipe that included a packet of dry Ranch seasoning and went ahead and bought multiple packs since I knew they would eventually get used. Fast forward to last night when I was looking for a new way to add some flavor to roasted broccoli. I was browsing our spice cabinet and stumbled across the packets of Ranch seasoning and thought "why not give this a shot?". Add a little garlic and BOOM! It was delicious!!
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Lemon Parmesan Artichoke Hearts

Good morning! I am playing catch-up on my recipes over here since I took the end of last week off. Over the weekend Devin and I were looking through some of our old Italy pictures and stumbled across one of the most delicious meals we had... baked artichoke hearts. I am now on a mission to recreate those heavenly artichokes and won't stop until I figure it out! This recipe is a twist on the one we enjoyed in Italy. If you like artichokes, give it a try!
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tuesday Talk-- Keto Diet

Hi all! I am so happy to be joining up with Erika and Ashley for Tuesday Talk today because I am DYING to know your thoughts on today's topic: the Keto diet. 
Monday, February 17, 2020

Weekend Highlights

Good morning friends! I am SO happy to report that we are all feeling well again around here. There's nothing like feeling sick to make you appreciate feeling well again, right? The flu knocked us on our butts but we are back up and seizing the day!

Since we were actually all feeling well this weekend we tried to squeeze in as much family fun time as possible. I've had a couple realizations this week that my babies are not going to be babies forever and even though this time can be hectic and stressful, I want to try to see the good in all of it and soak up as much of it as I can.

Here's a look at our weekend:
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Flu

Hey all, I wanted to hop on today to let you know I'm taking a brief break from blogging the rest of this week. The Darrell family has been hit with the flu and all my extra time/energy is going into getting us all back to feeling 100%. Thanks for understanding! 
Monday, February 10, 2020

Not Just a Mom... Date Nights

Good morning and welcome to our second installment of "Not Just a Mom"! I'm so happy you've stopped by to read today and if you're a blogger, I hope you've linked up with us. 
Friday, February 7, 2020

What I've Been Wearing to Work

Hi there! I wanted to do an updated version of the outfits I've been wearing to work lately in the hopes that maybe I can help one or two of you with your morning outfits. I love looking at other bloggers work appropriate outfits because I'll often think "oh I have something similar to that!" and then wear it to work. 😀 One less thing to think about when the mornings are crazy busy! 

Please forgive the fact that the room is often a mess in these pictures! Also, keep your eyes peeled for a surprise family member in the background 😉
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots and Beets

Good morning everyone! Time for another healthy recipe, this time roasted carrots and beets... yum!
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Monthly Goals for February

This has nothing to do with today's post, but can we talk about this beautiful cotton candy sky I saw leaving my neighborhood on the way to work this week?
Monday, February 3, 2020

What I've Been Priming

Good morning friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! We had the most beautiful weather here this weekend and spent as much time outside as possible. While I'm enjoying the beautiful sunny skies and the 60 degree weather, I can't help but hold out hope for a little snow. We usually get one good snow each winter and have yet to get ours. I keep checking that weather forecast though! Here's hoping we get some this month 🙏
Friday, January 31, 2020

29 Days of Donations for February

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a great week. Today I am sharing an in-depth look at one of my goals for the month of February: decluttering. I spoke about this a little bit on Wednesday, but wanted to go into a little more detail today. 
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Roasted Winter Vegetables

Good morning friends! I am back today with another healthy side item. This time, a seasonal one! 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

What's Up Wednesday

Good morning and happy What's Up Wednesday! I hope you all had a great month. I have been feeling so grateful for this online community lately and just wanted to say THANK YOU for those of you who read along! You make this hobby of mine a million times more fun and I appreciate you more than you know!
Monday, January 27, 2020

January Books

Good morning friends! I am back from a wonderful beach trip with some girlfriends and feeling rested and rejuvenated. Exactly how I was hoping to feel after our weekend away! I wish I had more pictures to share but I was trying my hardest to be present in the moment and not be on my phone. 

We were supposed to go to Vero as a group of 5, but 2 of our friends had things come up with their families and were unfortunately unable to come. One of our friends, Lauren, thought it would be funny to make little picture cut-outs of our 2 friends that couldn't come and pose them in various places around Vero and snap pics to send to them. We were cracking up as we took "the girls" with us wherever we went and snapped pics. 
Friday, January 24, 2020

And I'm Off!

Good morning friends! As you are reading this I will be sitting riiiight about here:
In sunny Vero Beach, FL!
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Prosciutto

Time for our next weekly healthy recipe! This time, roasted brussel sprouts. We are really lucky that Lily Grace loves brussel sprouts and will actually ask for them for dinner. Since it is a vegetable we know she won't fight us over eating, we try to make it as often as we can! Here is one of my new favorite ways to make them.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Valentine's Day Card Ideas

Good morning friends and happy hump day! This week has been flying by and I am really looking forward to this weekend because I have a GIRLS TRIP TO FLORIDA!! As I'm typing this, the weather is 25 degrees in Charlotte... so needless to say I am very excited for the warmer weather in my near future! 

Today though I want to talk about our annual Valentine's Day cards. Each year Lily Grace makes a homemade Valentine's Day card to send to family and friends (we will do the ones she passes out at school this year too, but those are different). I have been perusing Pinterest and have hit up Michael's to get some good ideas for our cards. Here's a look at some of the ideas I have found on Pinterest so far:
Monday, January 20, 2020

Weekend Highlights

Good morning friend and happy MLK Day! I hope you are all enjoying the extra day off with your family like we are. We have some plans to do a little shopping, a lot of relaxing, and then are finishing the day with swim lessons. 

We had a very busy but very wonderful weekend and I wanted to share the highlights with you today.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday Favorites-- A Random Assortment

Good morning and TGIF!! I don't know about you but this week wiped me out. I am very much looking forward to relaxing a little this weekend and playing catch up on sleep. This week's Friday Favorites is a random assortment of some of my current favorite things. 
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Roasted Cauliflower

About two years ago my mother in law made us dinner and made the most delicious cauliflower I had ever tasted. I asked what she did to season it and it turns out it is the EASIEST recipe! Healthy and easy is a winning combination. I promise if you give this recipe a try, you will like it as much as I did!
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Monthly Goals January

Ladies, I will be honest with you... I am on the struggle bus this week! Anyone else feel a little in over their head right about now? We are hosting family from out of town, I started back at work last week, and we have about a million other things on our plate right now. I'm having one of those weeks where I'm trying to do 100 things simultaneously and I don't feel like I'm doing any of them well because I'm spreading myself too thin. I know we all have these moments and "this too shall pass", but good Lord... I'm ready for life to slow back down! Thanks for sticking with me through the craziness.

Which brings me to my next point...

Nothing like posting my monthly goals halfway through the month, right?? Hah! Oh well. Last week I posted my goals for the year and one way I try to make sure I reach those goals is to set intentions for each month that work towards the bigger goal. For example, if my yearlong goal is to read 40 books, then my monthly goal might be to read 4 books this month. Let's get to it!
Monday, January 13, 2020

Not Just a Mom

Good morning friends! I am so excited to tell you today that a group of other bloggers and I are starting a new link up today called "Not Just a Mom". 
Friday, January 10, 2020

Goals for 2020

Good morning and Friday! Today I am sharing my goals/resolutions for the new year and I hope you'll share yours with me too! Sometimes seeing someone else's goals will help spark a new idea for me too 😀
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Lemon Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

Good morning! This year one of my New Year's Resolutions was to blog one healthy recipe a week. I try to cook healthy meals about 80% of the time around here and often whip up something delicious but never remember to write down what it was. My hope is that through blogging these recipes I will have a little online collection of some of the delicious healthy recipes we've been eating that'll be easy to flip back to when I'm having one of those "what on Earth am I going to make for dinner?!" moments. 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Let's Look... My Nightstand

Good morning! I am weirdly very excited about the theme of today's "Let's Look". The nosy, glimpse-into-somebody-else's-life type of posts are always some of my favorites. Not that I'm thinking anyone has anything super exciting on their nightstand, I'm not really sure what I'm expecting here?! 

Anyway, here's mine:
Monday, January 6, 2020

What I've Been Priming

Good morning friends! I'm sure most of our Amazon carts last month were filled with all things Christmas, it's just too easy to buy from Amazon! We even bought a new tree from there on an after Christmas sale for 50% off. Let's take a look at what all I bought, shall we?
Friday, January 3, 2020

Top 5 Books of 2019

Good morning friends and happy Friday! Am I the only one who is looking forward to getting back into a routine next week? We have been traveling and hosting friends/family over the past two weeks and while I have loved it, I'm ready for normal life again!

Anyway, here we are in the year 2020 and one of my New Year's Resolutions (which I'll post next week) is to read 40 books. Why 40? Because I read 39 in 2019 and I want to see if I can read more this year 😀. Out of the 39 books I read last year there were some REALLY great ones. I wanted to put together a list of my top 5 books and then a few honorable mentions from various categories. Here we go!
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

That's a Wrap 2019...

As I'm writing this, today is the last day of 2019 and it has been the most wonderful year for our family. This was the year that we: