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I'm an Okie native, but currently an Arkansan. Newlywed. Hairstylist. Lover of all things creative. Pinterest and blog addict. Wanna-be photographer and wedding planner. Jesus follower. I love meeting new people and I'd love for you to stay a while, read a lot, and follow along. I love discovering new blogs so leave me a comment and I'm thrilled you're here!


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Pumpkin Carving and Other Fun Shenanigans!

We checked the 3rd item off of our fall bucket list......carving pumpkins. I'm not going to lie, mine failed miserably. It was a lot harder than I thought and we had to use toothpicks to hold up the top of my letter "e" and "k"........EEK!
 I was very impressed with Aaron's pumpkin carving skills. He is way better at it than me.
My pumpkin on the left, Aaron's on the right.
This weekend we went to a few more fall/Halloween festivities. Our town hosts a Spooktacular event on Main St. where all the kids can trick-or-treat at local businesses and play games. They have booths set up and they also have a parade, costume contest, moon bounce, etc. I went for a little while with my friend and her new baby. It was a pretty popular place. There were lots of cute kids in fun costumes. Afterwards, our neighbors hosted a pumpkin party. All the adults socialized and ate while all the kids played and did Halloween crafts.
 They made hand print spiders
 And carved pumpkins
 And made little spider pumpkins
Aren't they darling?
It was a fun party. You could tell the kids loved every minute of it and I enjoyed being the crazy camera lady and taking pictures of all their cuteness.
Speaking of pumpkins and cuteness......
Is she not the cutest little punkin' you've ever seen? I had my first fall mini session yesterday and this is one of the pictures we got! She is just precious.
I just love Halloween and everything about it. I'm so excited to hand out candy with Aaron at our house on Thursday. From what I've heard, our little street is pretty popular with trick-or-treaters. Can't wait to see all the kiddos in their costumes.
I'm also super excited about attending a costume/birthday party in Nashville this weekend with these two. I can't wait to see their house, explore more of Nashville, celebrate Rod's birthday, and have girl time with Rach. Going to be a fun weekend. I finally decided what I was going to be today. Stick around for a recap post to see!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Easiest,Tastiest Recipe Ever!

Seriously, guys....this is one of the easiest, tastiest recipes I've ever made. It requires 5 ingredients, takes very little prep work and is very delicious. My friend told me about it a long time ago, and my only regret is that I didn't make it sooner.
-3-4 boneless chicken breasts
- 2 cans of green beans
- 4-8 small potatoes (chopped in cubes)
- 1 package Zesty Italian Seasoning Mix
- 1 stick of butter
- Arrange the chicken, green beans, and potatoes in a 9x13 baking dish.
-Sprinkle with the entire package of Italian seasoning.
- Melt the stick of butter over the top.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Source: Pinterest

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pumpkin Patch Fun!

Aaron and I marked item #2 off of our fall bucket list last weekend by visiting a pumpkin patch. Aaron said it was his first time at a pumpkin patch and I've been to quite a few before, but this one was definitely the coolest and biggest one I've been to. They had camel rides, train rides, zip lining, a haunted corn maze, an animal petting zoo, a big slide, and a pig scramble. Are you wondering what a pig scramble is? Well, so was I.
We watched our first pig scramble and it was quite comical. They put two pigs in a circle arena and attached a ribbon to the tail of one pig. Each kid pays a $1 to play and the goal is to get the ribbon off of the pigs tail without touching the pig. These pigs were smart and you could tell they've played the game before. Some of the kids got taken out by the pigs and fell in the poopy/muddy mess. We laughed the entire time.
We had a great time. The weather was beautiful and it was a fun Sunday activity to do together. We each bought a pumpkin to carve. They ended up only being $6 for two pumpkins. Plus, we found these sweet scarecrows at Big Lots on the way there for $4 a piece. They are boyfriend/girlfriend and I think they're pretty cute.  Can't wait to carve pumpkins this week!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Fun Fall Treat!

Last night, Aaron and I checked one of our fall bucket list items off the list.
We made candy corn rice krispie treats.
Step 1:
Light a pumpkin spice candle and test out some Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale to get in the Fall spirit.
Step 2:
Assemble the 4 ingredients. 1 box of Rice Krispies, 1 package of marshmallows, food coloring, and a stick of butter.
Step 3:
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter over the stove and mix in the entire package of marshmallows until smooth and creamy.
Step 4:
Divide marshmallow mixture into three different bowls.
All together, you should have 1.5 cups of the marshmallow mixture. We used 3/4 cup for the orange part, 1/2 cup for the yellow, and 1/4 cup for the white.
Step 5:
Mix the orange mixture with 3 cups of Rice Krispies. Warning: it is messy and you will have rice krispies stuck everywhere. It works best if you get your hands wet first, or spray cooking spray on them.
Mix the yellow mixture with 2 cups of Rice Krispies.
And the white mixture with 1/2 a cup of Rice Krispies.
Step 6:
Spray a circular cake pan with cooking spray. Add the orange mixture on the outer edge of the pan, like so.
Step 7:
Add the yellow mixture next.
Step 8:
Then, add the white mixture last.
Our white mixture might have sat on the stove too long because it kind of turned brown and carmel-like...oops!
Step 9:
Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then cut into slices like a pizza/pie.
Step 10:
Neither one of us had ever made rice krispie treats before so it was a fun, new experience.  We didn't realize how sticky and messy it was and we got a little bit frustrated at first, but it was well worth the yummy treat.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Lamp Revamp!

I forgot to take a picture of the actual lamp base in its original form, but I bought another lamp almost just like it and I remembered to get a before picture of it.
 So this is the other lamp base, but the one I re-did looked exactly like this, just a different shape. I found both of them at an antique store for $5 a piece. I thought that was a heck of a deal.
 I taped it off and spray painted it with white primer. Do you like my spray painting stump? It works wonders :)
Next I spray painted it yellow and covered the lamp shade in fabric. Voila! A brand new lamp. If you think this lamp belongs in your home, you're more than welcome to buy it at my craft booth :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Date Night & A Recipe

For Aaron's birthday, we had a date night in. I cleaned the house, made dinner, filled the bedroom with balloons, and had his gift ready. After we had dinner, we made a pallet on the floor and watched a scary movie. I don't do scary movies. We watched The Call and it was really scary. The house was completely dark and during the middle of the movie Samson started growling and barking really mean and he ran straight towards our bathroom. I was freaking out thinking that someone must have been hiding in our bathroom shower or something. Aaron got up and went to check the bathroom and turns out, the Scentsy burner plugged into the outlet in the bathroom was flickering on and off so we think that's what he was barking at. It made me paranoid and on edge the rest of the evening. I'm such a weenie.
Here's what I cooked:
Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole
I got the recipe from Pinterest. You can find it here: Since I'm not a fan of spicy buffalo/hot sauce, I substituted it for Ranch dressing and it was really good. It reminded me of the cheese fries at Coach's.

Movies are way more fun when you make a pallet on the floor....just sayin'. Samson also highly approves because he lays right in the middle and gets a lot of quality snuggle time. He is the sweetest and best snuggler in the world.
One day, I walked in the living room to find Aaron and Samson like this. It was the funniest/cutest thing ever. Samson was loving every minute of it. He thinks he is a small child. Now, I find them like this almost every night before heading to bed. It melts my heart. He is spoiled rotten!