It’s The Final Countdown!

9 days until one of the best days of my life! 
And where am I currently? 
Laying on my living room floor feeling sick as a dog. Lucky me, huh?!
Actually, I am pretty lucky because I have an amazing man here who is fetching gatorade and midol for me. Nothing screams romance like that, huh?! 

It’s officially crunch time and I have 492 things on my “To Do” list. This was not the most opportune time to feel like I got hit by a 10-ton truck. But nonetheless, trying to get ready to leave for the wedding must go on. We are headed down to the valley this weekend so we can be down there the week of the wedding to finish up last min. details and meet with the people we need to meet with for our final meetings. 

My living room currently has all of our wedding items sprawled across it. Truly, you would think I am a hoarder of some kind. I promise you, i’m not. (Although my sister would beg to differ) The next two days will consist of packing up the cars with what we need to take, packing for the honeymoon, and getting our house clean because when we get back we are having a birthday party for a special little girl!
Uhm, do I really have an (almost) FOUR year old?!?

You know when you have a million things to do and you just want to take a nap instead? That’s where i’m at with my life right now. Except I really am sick and I really feel like death, so that’s acceptable, right?! Luckily my amazing future mother in law helped me with our favors yesterday and we were able to finish those! Just a few more things I need to get in place and we are pretty much set for the big day! EEEE!!!

I figured this will probably be my last post before the wedding, but in the off chance that something super exciting and blog-worhty happens in the next fews days, i’ll be sure to fill you all in! We leave the next morning for our honeymoon (which I am BEYOND excited about), so I will be back in a couple weeks. 
If you just can’t get enough of me, which I know all of you can’t, you can follow me on instagram. That’s where I make most of my appearances. Something about filters and hashtags just really revs my engine. No but really, follow me over there and check out the shenanigans that will be taking place this next week. Family and best friends flying in, bachelorette party, and any other kind of mischief I can get myself into. You won’t want to miss the fun!    

I hope you all have a great couple of weeks! Wish me luck! 
Next time you hear from me, I will be a MRS

P.S. – How cool is it that this is my 50th post?! 

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Eggplant Parmesan: Recipe

A few nights ago I made a surprisingly delicious Eggplant Parm. I looked around so many different sites for a recipe and each one was having you deep fry things and make pasta from scratch. I didn’t want to do either, so I made my own recipe, if you will. I posted a picture to Instagram and more than one person asked for the recipe, so alas, here it is! 

This dish takes a little while to prepare because you need to let the eggplant dry out, but I promise you it is worth it in the end. 

-1 Eggplant
-Pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)
-Low fat mozzarella 
-2 eggs
-1 cup flour
-2 cups italian breadcrumbs

1. You need to let the eggplant dry out as much as possible. Cut your eggplant into about 1inch thick pieces and lay them on a cooling rack, cookie sheet, or whatever you want. I used a cooling rack. Liberally salt them. This helps the drying out process. I let mine sit for about 30 mins, then flipped them over and salted the other side. Let sit for another 30 mins. After letting them dry out, I patted mine dry with a paper towel. After you have let them dry, cut off the outer skin. 

2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and set a cookie/baking sheet inside.

3.Put your flour on a plate, whisk your eggs in a bowl, and place the breadcrumbs on another plate as well. Next, dredge each piece of eggplant in this order: flour, eggs, breadcrumbs. After all pieces are coated, pull the cookie sheet out of the oven and cover with about 4 tablespoons of EVOO, followed by your covered eggplant. Place in the oven for about 30 mins, flipping the eggplant to the other side after 15 mins. Pull out and turn oven to 350 degrees. 

4. After eggplant has cooked, you are going to assemble the eggplant, cheese, and sauce in a baking dish. Do one layer sauce, followed by eggplant, slices of the mozzarella and repeat. Also between layers, I did liberal sprinkles of parmesan cheese. 

5. Place in oven and bake until cheese is melty, about 15 mins. 

1 eggplant made enough for two people plus leftovers for lunch the next day. If you are feeding more people, up your eggplant count. 
I used store bought pasta sauce for this recipe. 

We served ours with salad. 
Have you ever had Eggplant Parm?
Did you like it?

Let me know if you try this recipe out and how it was for you! 

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Best Christmas Ever

Our first Christmas together! How special is that?!
This was definitely a Christmas I will never forget. We were lucky enough to be able to spend the holidays with both our families. We did our Christmas with his family on Christmas Eve and then drove to see my family for a few days. 

On Monday I got to experience my first Progressive Dinner. This is a tradition his family does and it was so much fun. In my family, our only real traditions are opening a present on Christmas Eve and going to Outback! (HAHA!) Anyway, Progressive Dinner is when all his family gets together and goes from house to house and has something different to eat at each one. The first house we went to we had salad, rolls, and delicious spiced cider. Then we went to his Aunts house and had the best homemade chicken noodle soup. I’m talking homemade noodles and all, people! And then back to his mom’s house for dessert. At his mom’s house all the little kids dress up as characters in the nativity and they act it out. It was adorable. Also, Santa pays a visit at the end and hands out one present to each kid. Oh and did I mention going to each house we rode on a hayride and sang christmas carols!? How fun is that?! If you know me, you know I loathe don’t really like christmas music, but hey, it was a lot of fun. It was such a fun night and I can’t wait to keep doing it for Christmas’ to come! 

(Christmas is about tamales, right?!)


The next morning we got to do Christmas with his family. I will just say one thing, this Christmas I got S-P-O-I-L-E-D! Hey, i’m not complaining. 😉
 Baby girl asked for three things: A bike, sick baby, and a robe.  
ONLY a sick baby though. She wanted to play doctor! 
Well, all her doctor dreams came true with grandma and grandpa! 
She got her sick baby and then some! 

(my future MIL got a baby grand for christmas and I have no idea my knew how to play)

After all the excitement of this Christmas, we headed to my parents house to spend the rest of the holiday with them. 
(we do Christmas jammies the night before)

(with her robe that grammy got her)

Daddy pulled out the big guns and got baby girl the princess bike she had been wanting! She was reluctant at first saying she “couldn’t ride it until she was bigger”, but she quickly got over that! 

M and I both had really amazing years when it came to gifts. I got everything I could have hoped for and more! 
(The top bracelet has mine, baby girls, and M’s birthstones as well as my initial with a diamond. The bottom locket has my new initials on the front and then inside was the picture from the first night we met and a picture of our cute little fam bam.)

I also got a lot of things to start homemade canning. I got M “The Total Money Makeover” and I have LOVED reading it so far! 
Also, I had a life changing event happen. For as long as I have lived, I have hated cheesecake. Like loathed entirely. But I tried this cheesecake my sister and brother-in-law had brought and WOW! It was seriously the best cheesecake i’ve ever eaten. It was from a company in New York I believe called ‘Juniors’. It was heavenly, people! 

For the most part, that wraps up our Christmas. It was the best one i’ve ever had. I loved spending it with M and his family and also being able to see my family as well. Baby girl had the best time ever and ultimately that is my Christmas goal, to make sure she’s happy. 

As much as I love Christmas, I’m ready to say goodbye. Why? 
How crazy is that?!?! It’s crunch time for the wedding and I’m so so so excited! 

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas with your family and loved ones! 

What was your favorite gift?
Do you even exchange gifts?
Have any of you read “The Total Money Makeover”?

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We Have Carpet!

Okay, this post is a little long overdue seeing as we got carpet a few weeks ago, but nonetheless, here is the post to fill you in on our first real “update”.
If you’ve ever had new carpet put into your home, you would understand my excitement. Especially considering what we started with. However I kind of liked the concrete floor we had before, what do you think?! 😉 







It’s crazy what paint and some carpet can do, huh?!
This big room had probably not been deep cleaned in literally 10+ years. 
If you’re ever renovating a house or doing any “flipping”, these are a few of my suggestions.
1. You will need paint. 
And then more paint. 
And then some more. 
And then when you think you’re done, you’ll probably need some more. 
Make sure you’re remembering what paint colors you are buying. We signed up for a ‘MyLowes’ card and it tracks everything we buy, making it much easier to remember things. 
2. Carpet is not cheap. 
That’s really all it comes down to.
 We opted for the ‘in stock’ carpet which saved us some money, however carpet can get costly so make sure you budget for it.
3. The tile you see in front of the door and around the fireplace? 
(which I realize there isn’t a picture of this, but let’s just pretend and i’ll share all about it in another post.)
 M laid that with his dad and cousin, saving us quite some money by not having to hire a professional. They did such an awesome job on it and I am so thankful for a handy man! (You’re the best babe!)

This room was a big project. 
We’re slowly working on each part of the house and I can’t wait to keep sharing updates with y’all! 
If you ever have questions about our renovation, please feel free to ask! 
(Comments or Emails are wonderful!) 

Have you ever done a big house project like this before?
What were your most frustrating and/or easiest parts?

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2013 Recap

2013 was nothing I expected it to be, yet everything I needed it to be. I never thought the year would start out the way it did or go as amazingly as it did. Everything I have ever hoped and dreamed for happened this year and I can’t wait for next year to see what adventures lie ahead of us! 

1. I met this one boy. 
In February I met this boy. I had no idea the amazing relationship that would soon start, but I am so beyond grateful that it happened.

(This is the first night we met. You can read more about that here.)
2. Another year of Country Thunder.
A lot of people wouldn’t add this to the list of “amazing events in a year”, but honestly this weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I got to spend it with my absolute best friends and it was perfection all wrapped up into a few days. 

3. I traveled outside of the United States for the first time and WE GOT ENGAGED! 
Hi, one of the biggest moments of my life! It was perfect in every single way.
(Eyes closed, but I still love this picture. 
Want to know more about how we got engaged?! 
Head over here.)

That is rather new news and i’m sure half of you are sick of hearing about it, but I do not care! 

This year has been a ridiculously amazing year. Baby girl has grown and learned so much, we’ve truly become a family, and our life is taking off full speed ahead of us! 2014 is going to be amazing! 
A wedding, baby girl turning FOUR, and a house we are continually turning into a home. 

What were your best highlights of 2013?
What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

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Home Tour (Before Remodel)

As stated in my first post about the home we purchased, we bought a fixer upper. This is something M and I wanted to venture into. We wanted a home with character and over the years we wanted to renovate it into a masterpiece. A lot of houses these days are “cookie cutter” homes, where each one in the neighborhood/development look the same. I knew I wanted nothing like that. M and I knew we would be taking on a big task with this home and we were right, there is a lot to do. We are so excited though and I can’t wait to share this adventure of ours on this blog for those of you who want to read along!

I figured I would start with a home tour. Pictures of the home from when we bought it. Some of y’all might think i’m joking with these pictures, but I assure you I’m not. Haha. These pictures truly came from the day after we closed and we hadn’t touched anything yet. If you have questions about any of the rooms, the layout, or general questions, please feel free to ask away! We have big plans for this house and like I said before we are very VERY excited!

The two pictures y’all have seen before, but this is the front view and the side of the house. 

The house from the backyard 
Our lovely blue-ceilinged living room. Classy, huh? We debated on keeping it like that. 😉

The fireplace I am very excited about! 
Our formal sitting room/play room/random room/I don’t know what it should be.
I especially love the front door in the middle, the sheep rug that was so kindly left for us, and the window we got to demo out of there. (Post to follow)

We have a bedroom to the right of this room, and the dining room off to the left of it.

We also have two kitchens. Yes, two. 
But not to worry, they won’t be staying the way they are right now. 
 (This is my favorite window in the house)

Laundry room that will quickly be something else 

Downstairs bathroom, stairs, and upstairs bathroom. 
Also along the wall is storage type closet things that we will use for the bedrooms upstairs. 

A glimpse of our master bedroom(which I realized I didn’t get any great pictures of), what will soon be my glorious closet, and the bathroom that goes with this bedroom. 

We also have a cute sunroom that I will soon fill with lots of crafty things/seasonal decorations/anything else my little heart desires. Hey, he has his own garage, so it’s fair…right?

And our backyard that seems to go on for forever. 
Just wait until we’re done with it, people! Just you wait! 😉

Anyone notice that nearly every floor in the house is a different type of floor?! As you can see, we have a lot of house to work with. There are still pictures of closets and random parts of the house I didn’t show that I figured might be better once we do our “Before & After” shots. We have a lot of projects in mind for this house and we have already started on a few projects! Once we finish each one you know they will be posted on the blog so KEEP POSTED! The worst thing about getting a fixer upper? You never realize how much paint you need AND how much paint costs! Hahaha. It has already been an adventure and I can’t wait!

Have you ever renovated a house before?
What if your favorite DIY project?

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Thank God For Little Girls

Each and every day my daughter reminds me why I love being a mom so much. Something about little girls is truly different. The way they talk, the way they act, and the way they react to certain situations. Sometimes baby girl will say things and I can’t help but laugh hysterically. Example? “I love you baby girl.” … “yes mommy, but do you love yourself too?!” 
The list goes on and on of why I simply love having a little girl. Here are a few. 

1. The way they watch you do your makeup, and then want to join in. 
There is nothing I love more than when baby girl says “mommy, can I have some too?” I understand some people might not agree with putting makeup on your kids, but when its all just fun and games, I think it’s okay! 

2. The way they want their nails done.
Baby girl is an avid nail girl. She always wants them painted and when they chip she tells you “mommy its broken, we need to fix it.” Its adorable, coming from a three-year old. 

3. The way bows (and hats) make everything cuter. 

4. The way no matter what they end up doing, you can’t help but laugh. Even when they do 
things like this:

5. Being a princess has no time or place. 

6. When they want to dress themselves, there is no stopping them.
And somehow, it’s still cute. 

7. Even when they make messes, they give you a smile that melts your heart. 

8. When people say, “you two look alike”, and it makes you smile. 

9. The way my little girl says “mommy, you’re my best friend.”

10. And last but not least, the way little girls look in these cute things. 

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You are not ENTITLED to anything

You know what really irritates me? When waiters/waitresses constantly bash people who don’t tip 18% or above. I have seen so many things going viral lately about “poor tippers” and peoples reaction to them. Well here’s MY reaction. 

When I go out to eat, I go out for a different experience outside of my kitchen. I go so I don’t have to cook. I go so I don’t have to clean up. And with that being said, I go to get waited on. I have a certain expectation when going into restaurants and I tip accordingly to the service I get. With that being said, your job as a waiter/waitress is to fulfill that for me, am I wrong? You have a job to do. If I am being ignored or talked to rudely, why would I WANT to tip someone like that? (Just for the record, I always tip just some tips are better than others.) 

It irritates me to no end when waiters/waitresses say they are ENTITLED to an 18% tip. Says WHO?! No single human is entitled to anything in this world. It drives me crazy that waiters/waitresses try to argue that they only get paid $3/hr and live off tips. I understand that, I do. I was a waitress at one point in my life. But nonetheless, you do not deserve a good tip just because you get paid a lower amount. Get a new job if you hate “living off tips”. You are CHOOSING to have this job at that point in your life. 

Do you deserve a good tip if you provide good service? Absolutely. But you by no means are ENTITLED to a tip just because you get paid $3/hr. It infuriates me seeing things going viral about bad tippers. Did you ever stop to think maybe they had terrible service? Did you ever stop to think that maybe the waiter/waitress was a complete jerk to the people at the table? 

I understand sometimes that isn’t the case. But over the past few days, it has so heavily annoyed me when everyone keeps saying that waiters or waitresses automatically deserve an amazing tip. 
Am I the only one who feels this way? 

We live in such a skewed society. We are constantly told we deserve more than we work for. I truly feel if you work hard for something, you deserve it. But you don’t deserve it “just because”.

Okay, rant over. Let the hate comments flow. 
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FELS-NAPTHA Laundry Bar & Stain Remover & GIVEAWAY!

I was sent this product for review, however all opinions are my own. 

I received this product on behalf of Purex and I am so excited to share it with you all today! 
“Fels-Naptha is a laundry bar that works overtime to remove your toughest stains. Whether it is dirt, grease, or a ring-around-the-collar, a bar of Purex Fels-Naptha can clean up the mess.”

When I first received this package in the mail, I was instantly taken over with the aroma from the laundry bar. I knew if I could smell it through the package, this laundry bar meant business! 

A few weekends ago for my bridal shower I had purchased new white shoes. Good idea, minus the fact that it was outdoors and I got mud on them. Depressing, huh? So what do I naturally try to do? Rub it off with a paper towel. No luck. 

When I got home,  I remembered the package I had gotten before I left and I figured I would give this laundry bar a try.   
I followed the directions that said “1. Wet stain, the run with bar 2. Wait 1 minute and wash as normal”

I wet the areas where there was mud, rubbed the bar on, and waited. However, this is where I got nervous. The bar left a yellow residue on the stain and I thought it was going to leave yellow marks on my cute new shoes. 

ALAS! I waited a minute and rubbed off the laundry bar. The stains were gone! How awesome is that?! The mud wasn’t there any more! 

This is a very heavy scented laundry bar which I’m not sure if I love that or not yet. I want to try to shred this down and use it in a homemade laundry detergent. Would anyone be interested in seeing that? Let me know in the comments below! 

Now who doesn’t love free coupons?!
Purex has also sent me coupons for some of YOU to try this laundry bar for FREE! 
Just enter the giveaway below!  (There will be 3 winners)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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