Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Adventures

The past two weeks have flown by!  They were filled of fun, family, and friends and went by all too quickly. Summer, stay longer please!

The first week Matt headed to Austin for a work training and to spend time with his family. They had a great time playing cards and hanging out. While he was gone I had trainings for work as well (who says teachers get all summer off? ;)) and Baylor was less than thrilled to see Matt was leaving and that she had to stay home.


While Matt was gone Meredith was able to come up and stay with me for a few days. As soon as she got in town we headed for Italian style pizza. YUM. 


We had fun hanging out, watching crazy TV shows, eating delicious food and catching up. While I was in training the second day Baylor and Meredith became best friends for life. 



After Meredith left town my sweet friend Heather agreed to help me transport a bed frame to Canton for my sister. Elizabeth is moving into her apartment this weekend and we still hadn't figured out a way to get her the bed frame she needed from my garage. Matt was out of town and it wouldn't fit in my car. Elizabeth asked if maybe Heather would be up for helping us and use her husbands truck. Heather is that "drop everything and do what I can to help" type of friend so we set off for a crazy road trip that started with us girls trying to figure out how to get a bed into a truck by ourselves. We rocked it and then Heather rocked driving a truck for the first time ever. We had lots of laughs along the way, a delicious meal in Canton with Elizabeth, and then headed back home. It was a crazy day filled with adventure for sure!


Then it was time to head out to Colorado to see the Jacksons!! Matt got home the night before and we were packing to get ready to leave for Denver at 5 am. We went to start one little load of laundry when we realized our washing machine was way overdue for a cleaning. Like I-can't-stick-clothes-in-there-to-be-washed-because-it-smells-so-bad kinda cleaning. So thanks to google we learned how to clean a washing machine and 3 hours later had a clean load of laundry done and ready to be packed. 

We caravanned with the Scruggs up to Colorado and had fun hanging out with their family on the way up. Mary Lindsay and Slater had a surprise engagement party to attend the night we got in so we hung out at Starbucks (yes, the second Starbucks stop for the day!) and read. It was the start of a relaxing, restful, and fun trip!


We grilled out several nights and enjoyed the amazingly cool weather on their patio. We had some delicious meals and great conversation sitting on the patio. Miss it already!

We also tried Colorado style pizza for the first time (yum!), had an amazing breakfast one morning at Snooze, and got cupcakes from Whole Foods after our hike day where we may have shared one in the car together. The girls also may have gotten a little too excited about the possibility of eating a cupcake in the car before dinner. We are wild and crazy I tell ya ;)


On Sunday while Matt watched the World Cup Final and Slater worked Mary Lindsay got to show me around some of her favorite parts of town. This beautiful garden is in the middle of the neatest neighborhood. It was a gorgeous day and so fun to walk around!


Slater and Mary Lindsay had plans to go to a concert Sunday night so Matt and I had ourselves a little Denver Date Night. We headed to the Denver Botanic Gardens to see the Chihuly exhibit. I was so excited to see this exhibit again after seeing at the Dallas Arboretum and Matt was excited that we got in free because of our membership to the Arboretum #datenightforthewin. After exploring the gardens (which were so cool because it was in the middle of downtown) we headed for dinner at a great Italian place.



The next day both Mary Lindsay and Slater had the day off so we headed out to Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a beautiful day to hike and explore the park. Colorado is beautiful and it was so fun to be able to be surrounded by such beauty and nature.




We drove through Rocky Mountain National Park looking for elk and other wildlife. We got out to see a family of elk that were about 100 yards away and then all of a sudden we got to see two elk cross the road just a few feet from us! Such a fun experience!


We had a great trip filled with lots of laughter, catching up, card games, and spending time soaking up the beauty of Colorado!
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stitch Fix #2

My second Stitch Fix arrived last week! I'm loving the suspense of a fun surprise showing up at my front door and seeing what goodies are waiting for me!


Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank - I was super excited when I saw this in my fix since I'd pinned one to my Stitch Fix Pinterest board. I loved the details and the way it fit at the top, but it was way too long in the back. I really wanted to keep this but sadly SENT IT BACK. :(


Andra French Terry Striped Shift Dress - I was on the fence about this dress but after putting a jean jacket with it I felt like it could work for the fall. My favorite part of Stitch Fix is being able to pair the pieces with different things in my closet. The dress was super comfortable and fit well. KEPT!


Kaiya Solid Belted Dress - This dress fit well and I loved the color plus the detail of the belt they sent with it. I didn't care for the extra fabric at the top or the overlay part. SENT IT BACK.


Palermo Knit Tank - Okay, being completely honest here: I did not like this top AT ALL. I was kinda surprised it passed the "Stitch Fix test" and was sent to me. The cut around the arms was awful and the material was horrible. SENT IT BACK.


Jaclynn 3/4Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan - I felt that this was too basic of a piece for me to get in Stitch Fix. I'm looking for pieces with fun colors & details with Stitch Fix, not things I could easily find on my own. SENT IT BACK.


I'm still loving Stitch Fix and seeing what items they send me! I love that you can send detailed feedback on every item, can request certain pieces, can try on clothes that are currently in your closet with the pieces they send you, and that I can add "different" items to my closet that I wouldn't have normally picked out. If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix I'd love if you'd sign up through my link :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

year four

I love creating a "year in review" book each year. Our "year" runs June to June since this is when our anniversary is and serves as our anniversary gift to each other each year. These photo books hold so many memories from vacations, to milestones, to snapshots of our everyday life. Looking back at the past four years is so fun and I love seeing how things have changed. Here is a peek into our 4th year:


Here's our past books - Baylor Years book, Year Three, and Year Two and our first year below: 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Meal Plan

The theme of our meal planning in the summer is "on repeat". We've found a few quick and easy dishes and repeat them often! Hope you can find a few new favorites for you and your family:

Breakfast - It's always a green smoothie + yogurt (with a little granola thrown in sometimes) around here!

Lunch - I'm always looking for a quick and light recipe to make for lunch and these hit the spot!
  • Avocado Hummus Wraps - When I saw this recipe on my friend's site I knew this would be a winner in our house as Matt loves avocados. I pack this for him to have for lunch often and is easy to prep before he leaves for work.
  • Greek Nachos - This is a super light lunch that packs a lot of substance. Pair this with fruit for a fulfilling lunch!
  • Sweet Potato + Strawberry Balsamic Salad - Lunch that is ready in 5 minutes? Sign me up! Heat up the sweet potato in the microwave for 5-6 minutes. While this is baking throw together a salad with some sliced strawberries and add some balsamic dressing.
Dinner - Summer calls for lots of grilling & salads to stay light with the summer heat. These recipes rotate through our weekly meal plan all summer long.
  • Taco Salad - I brown some venison (but you could also use ground beef or turkey) with taco seasoning. Chop up a bunch of romaine lettuce and top your salad with a little cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla strips & lots of salsa for a light but filling dinner.
  • Grilled Pizza - Whenever summer rolls around I find myself making this almost weekly!
  • Chicken Taco Salad - This is a crockpot meal, what could be easier during the summer??
  • Shrimp Tacos - These make for a nice, light weeknight meal.
  • Grilled Chicken + Veggies - I love marinating chicken and throwing on some vegetables to grill. Simple, easy & little kitchen clean up!
  • Watermelon Shrimp Salad - What says summer better than watermelon? Add it to this salad and it is delicious!
Snacks - I'm not much of a snacker but it's always good to have few healthy snacks on hand.
  • Fruit & veggies - We always have a box of veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) and lots of fresh fruit. Can't get enough of strawberries and peaches these days!
  • Energy Bites - These are delicious and take no time at all to throw together.