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June Love List

I’m getting this one out on time! Thank goodness! 😉




1. This Coleman Steel belted Cooler is awesome! I love the retro look and it feels so much sturdier than the plastic ones (our plastic one has seen better days)! They come in several different colors, but the green was my favorite. It perfectly matches our 1945 Coleman lantern that was given to us by Randy’s father! It will come in handy this summer for picnics, BBQs and camping.

2. I love, love, love my new Michael Kors rose gold watch! I have abnormally tiny wrists so finding bracelets and watches to fit is a challenge. This watch is the mini style so the face is a bit smaller, which works perfectly for me. So if you have little wrists or want a watch that is a little bit smaller, than get this one!

3. I just got this dress from modcloth.com. It fits like a glove and I love the vintage feel. It is red, white and blue so I will be sporting this dress on July 4th this year!

4. Along with the dress I got this hat. It is even cuter in person! I plan on wearing it with my new dress on July 4th! Now I just need a pair of red sandals… 😉

5. This is Essie Watermelon and I love watermelon colors. This pinkish-red hue is the perfect color for summer (well, in my opinion)!

I have discovered some new recipes this month that I am loving as well!

This kale and wild rice bowl with honey-balsamic vinaigrette is amazing! I made a few alterations, but nothing major. I added more spinach than kale (Randy prefers spinach) and I added walnuts instead of almonds (because I didn’t have any almonds on hand). But it was delicious! I love Iowa Girl Eats, this blog is my favorite place to go to find a wonderful recipe! I will be making this dish very often!

The second recipe that I tried this month was grilled angel food cake from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. Now I like angel food cake, but grilling it makes it even better! It tastes similar to toasted marshmallow! Warning: Once you tried grilled angel food cake, there is no going back. 


I am looking forward to July 4th this year. I cannot wait to share these recipes with my family. What are your plans for July 4th?


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Summer Bucket List 2014


Summer is here! Well, mostly. It isn’t June 21st yet, but the weather is suggesting otherwise! I am more of a cool weather girl, but I do love all the activities that summer offers. Camping, cookouts, stargazing, fresh fruits and veggies – the list goes on. So here is my bucket list for this summer!

  • take a trip – we have one trip planned this summer! 🙂
  • go to the lake
  • camp and hike often
  • go to a summer concert – got one in the books, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly June 22! Eek!
  • eat as many s’mores as possible by the fire
  • read “fault in our stars”
  • eat watermelon often
  • refinish Randy’s childhood chest of drawers and dresser
  • stargaze
  • catch fireflies
  • have a water balloon fight
  • go to a drive-in movie (this will be “try something new” – I have never been to a drive-in movie!)
  • go to the farmer’s market in Boone (they have the best one! 😉 )
  • have a BBQ
  • watch fireworks

I hope you plan to take full advantage of all that summer has to offer this year!

What are you doing this summer?

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Our Weekends

We have been loving this beautiful weather here lately. Everyday when we get home from work we open up all the windows. I love airing out the house. I hope this awesome weather is here to stay!

Last weekend Randy and I went camping with his dad and his girlfriend at Paris Mountain. We have been excited to go camping since Randy got his new truck. We needed to break it in properly! 😉 We have been planning to get a truck for years now and camping is one of the many reasons we wanted a truck.


Paris Mountain was a very nice campsite and it was packed full! I guess everyone had the same idea as we did. It is just something I am not use to seeing because we usually camp in fall and winter (no one is out camping in January!).


I love sitting around a camp fire. It is the best!


Especially when s’mores are involved!


We enjoyed the weekend hiking around the lake, taking naps in hammocks and cooking on the camp fire.



And to end our perfect weekend we spent the evening drinking wine from Verrazzano (you can now get Verrazzano wine from Whole Foods, we are pretty estactic!) and watching “The Princess Bride.”


This weekend was dedicated to us. We hadn’t had a date night since Valentine’s Day, so Friday night we went out on a date. We went to Brixx Pizza and got our favorites: zucchini toast, buffalo chicken pizza and Old Chub Nitro beer.  It was a nice relaxing date. Sitting outside soaking up the sun and enjoying each other’s company.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing yard work and cleaning the house. But Sunday we enjoyed the day and the sunshine.


I just loved spending the day with these two! 🙂

I hope everyone got out and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. I am so thankful that we were able to for two weekends in a row!

I am looking forward to Easter this weekend and seeing my family! Anyone have big plans for Easter?