Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday!


I’m back and linking up (again) with these lovely ladies to share a few favorites from the last few weeks!  Although, to be honest, I’ll probably be sharing more about my fun little Lips N’ Sips party that went on last night… but we’ll see 😉


My sister, Mama and myself are hosting a small baby shower for my brother and SIL in Eau Claire this weekend and it’s going to be so much fun!  We have a few games picked out and we’re going to grill out a bit – simple so we can admire the Baby Mama and gifts 🙂  It also may or may not include some Sangria!


It’s always a fun time when we can all get together!


Lips N’ Sips party!

I had about 10 girlfriends come over last night to try out the infamous Lipsense!  It was a huge hit and all the girls loved it! The only issue: What color to go with?! And how can we try more colors?!

They were amazed that it really DOESN’T come off! Jess even sent me a picture this morning with it all still intact from last night!  I’m so excited to see all the pictures of these girls with it on.  It becomes addicting after you get one or two colors 🙂


I shared about our Crawfish Boil last weekend yesterday and I’m still reminiscing about how much fun it was!  It’s such a good time to just be home and have friends and family over!



This one is a shocker to myself.. but going to the gym!  I hadn’t gone in 23 months (I know… it’s ridiculous to keep paying for it!) but finally I gave in last week and went two times!

I went twice this last week as well and I’m actually really enjoying it! I just feel so much better after – even if I’m only doing 25 mins on the elliptical and a few machines to start!

Short and sweet this week! What are some of your highs of the week?!

Have a great weekend!




Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday!!

I’m so happy it’s Friday and almost the weekend! I can’t wait to almost sleep in until 7:30 😂

I’m linking up with a few of my favorite bloggers to share some favorites of the week!


I met Jess for mani/pedi time with some queso and margaritas mixed in Wednesday night!  It was such a fun girls night and I was home at 7- perfect!


I totally drank the Lipsense kool-aid and now i’m in love!! I tried Kiss for a Cause thanks to April and I totally love it! I have it on in the above picture!  I tried it yesterday while at work and y’all… I put it on at 5:40 am and it stayed on ALL day!! I took it off finally around 6 and it was still looking great.  Now, I feel the need to get all the colors because #duh.  Or maybe I just need to become a distributor so I can get a discount 😉


The #Nsale… as if you didn’t expect this to be one of my favorites!? I ordered a few things online yesterday and checked in store yesterday on my lunch!  I wasn’t as crazy about it this year as last but I still found so many things I swear I need 🙂 Did you shop it?!


I am totally one of those crazy people who LOVE Christmas… if you’re new around here, beware! 🙂 Some of you are thinking i’m crazy and annoying while the others are totally on board with me!  I already purchased our tickets for How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Children’s Theatre and I’m so excited because Hallmark has their “Christmas in July” for the week!  I plan to watch a few Christmas movies this weekend to hopefully get my fix!

The weather was a high of 65 yesterday and it just seemed like fall already! It’s supposed to be back to 90 defeees tomorrow though so I’m happy to report summer is still around 🙂 

Hope you have a great weekend! Do you have any fun plans?!


Friday Favorites – Life Lately!

Well, this last weekend was one for the books!  Want to know why?? We put in a patio with pavers from SCRATCH!! Who does that, right?!

I’m linking up with some of my favorite bloggers to share a few of my favorites from life lately- mainly our new PATIO! 😍

My inlaws were in town for the 4th of July weekend and we are so thankful for all their help!  We didn’t realize how many people we really would need to achieve this project but it really took about 10 people – and we probably could have used quite a few more the first day!Looks really fun, right?!The patio took about 2.5 days to put in and it was a lot of work!  We managed to only have a few bumps in the road; ordering the wrong set of pavers and realizing it AFTER almost all 1500 were manually moved to the back of the house, not ordering enough sand from the landscaping company, a terrible sunburn and an almost broken foot thanks to pavers and flip flops!It was definitely an experience to say the least! I think we’ll hire out next time 😉

Once the patio was FINALLY finished – we set out for a few drinks and apps on a patio 🙂

And also decided to give Glow-in-the-dark mini golf a try since regular mini golf wasn’t really possible with my poor SIL’s sunburn!

After mini golf, we headed back home to eat some leftover brisket and mac n cheese and settled on a few episodes of Ballers!​

We had SO many sparklers left from our wedding, we thought we’d give those fun “boomerang” videos a try… and seriously they are hard to make cute! 😂​

How cute are my sister in laws?! So much fun!​

That’s it for life lately! I’ll try to refrain from all the patio pictures – it’s still a work in progress (decor wise)!

Happy Friday!! Do you have any fun plans for this weekend?!



Friday Favorites!

It’s Friday AND it’s a 4 day weekend… 2:00 can’t come soon enough!

We’re putting in our patio this weekend and I can’t wait! We’re doing it ourselves, so it should only take a few hours, right?? 😉 Ha! Funny story… I was telling Logan what I was thinking for patio furniture last night (i.e., couch or sectional vs table?!) and his response was “were getting patio furniture now too?!?” Haha! Um what else would we do on our new patio?! 😂


Like usual, I’m linking up with some of my favorite bloggers to share some favorites for the week!


I finally got a chance to see this girl (and her sweet little one) this week!  It was so much fun catching up over a glass of wine! Wish we saw each other more often!


I met up with a few girls to start planning Jess’ bachelorette party in August on Tuesday evening and it’s going to be so much fun! Full disclosure: I wasn’t sure how the night was going to go!  I know one of the girls a little bit and she’s super sweet but I didn’t know her other friend very much so I was just hoping we’d all get along and have mutual ideas – and guess what?! That’s just what happened! Jess (and all us girls) is going to have so much fun for her weekend! I’d love to share more (and might but not specifics) but Jess is one of my biggest supporters of this blog so I can’t give it away! 🙂


I bought peonies yesterday from Trader Joe’s and they are always a big favorite!



Fourth of July is such a fun holiday and I’m excited to have my in-laws in town to celebrate and help us with the patio! We have a few friends planning to stop by this weekend too which means Logan will be a smoking machine 🙂 He’s planning a 24 hour brisket, smoked chicken, smoked salsa (that’s a thing apparently?!) and smoked mac n’ cheese again! We’ll definitely have enough food to go around and our guests won’t be disappointed 🙂



My Mama visited last weekend and I shared about our weekend over here! We had so much fun at the winery and movie that it was hard when it was over! Time goes just way too fast! It’s always so hard when people visit and leave… and same when we leave family! One day we’ll live close enough to more family but for now, we’re soaking in all the time we get!

I hope you’re celebrating our independence this weekend and remembering all those who gave their lives for us to have this weekend!  Chat with you after our patio is finished 🙂


Friday Favorites!

Hello and happy Friday! Two posts within 24 hours?! What is up?! 

It’s Friday and therefore I’m linking up with Erika and Andrea to share a few of my favorites from the week!

A random note first, I have loved having 4 day work weeks the past two weeks and I can tell it’s already going to be rough next week when I’m back to normal 5 days!


These shorts.. they look lighter in the picture but they’re the same ones I’m wearing (and same color!).

I am not usually a big “jean shorts” girl because let’s be real… I can never find a pair that fit well and aren’t too short but I finally found THE pair! They are so cute, comfy and under $40!


I shared the rest of our Charleston trip last night (who am I??) and it makes me sad to think it’s been two weeks since we were there!

I don’t even feel like we were there at all! So I’m happy to reminisce about it all!

You can read about the first part of our trip here!


We’re finally seeing these fun folks this weekend and we can’t wait!

Random fact: this picture was our first double date over 7 years ago! 

I can’t believe we haven’t seen them since August! Way over due 😊


It was my birthday on Wednesday, which is always a favorite! I am so thankful that I am able to get older every year but at the same time, birthdays just aren’t the same when you’re getting older!

Case in point… I worked all day (my sweet coworkers took me to lunch) and then went for drinks and dinner with a few favorites; Logan, Jess and Jeff!  Then home and to bed.. I mean.. Logan was sleeping by 8:30… it wasn’t anything too crazy but it was nice to be able to sit on a patio outside!

And I’m always so excited to get some beautiful flowers!


A good night out trying to take a selfie with good friends! 

This picture just makes me 😂 take 322 and still no good pictures!


Tory Burch Miller Sandals… yes, they are expensive but oh my.. they are amazing! I heard mixed reviews about them before I purchased but thought I’d take the plunge since I’ve wanted them forever! 

Honestly, they are so comfy and cute! I brought 5 pairs of shoes to Charleston (wedges, flip flops, heels, etc) and the only shoes I wore were my Millers, aside from at the beach! They’re a pair that will last for many years to come as well! They go with everything and are definitely my “go to” for summer! 

Well, I think I’ve covered a few favorites from the week 😊 What are your plans for the weekend?! I hope whatever you’re doing this weekend, is fun and eventful or nice and relaxing!


Friday Frustrations

Happy Friday!!

I haven’t posted all week and now I’m here, not to share my favorites but actually some frustrations from the last week!  Who do I think I am, right?! 🙂 I just needed a mini vent session and thought some of y’all could relate!

So if not, I’m sorry you had to read this but if so, let me know I’m not alone! Now onto the week…

Meme breakdown

Not quite this bad this week (at all), but sometimes – the struggle is real!

  • Traffic… can we just talk about that for more than 2 minutes?! A) How is there ALWAYS traffic and B) Why is there never a reason?!  Like for example… I only go into the office 2 days a week and every time I’m in there, I think “I should come in more! I enjoy being in here!” and then I literally take one turn to get on the highway (3 feet from my parking lot) and immediately remember why I don’t… TRAFFIC! NO matter how early I leave work, it’s always there and some people are just ridiculous!  There’s no construction going on anymore on my way home, no accidents and clearly NO reason for traffic, yet it’s always there.  It seriously, makes or breaks my day on the way to work and then immediately breaks it again on my way home from work 😦 Anyone else?!

So much yes!

  • Starbucks.. Ok, this is a #firstworldproblem (as if the traffic issue isn’t!) BUT Starbucks just started this online ordering (or at least I just learned of it so it probably started like 3 years ago) where you can order ahead, pay and basically just run in and grab your order.  Sounds amazing, right?! I think so… especially after I’ve been sitting in traffic to get INTO the office those two days (only days I usually get Starbucks).  What’s the frustration right?! So, the other day, I logged into the app and searched the menu for a “skinny vanilla latte”, the most BASIC drink ever and seriously y’all…. IT’S NOT EVEN ON THERE!!!!! I can’t even reap any benefits of this so called app!! Ugh, so now I have to choose to wait for 20 minutes in the drive thru (because going in, takes forever too!) or skipping it all together… not my favorite!

Sorry for the language.. but seriously.. a tall

is not normally a small!

  • Customer Service and not just any customer service.. my not at the moment favorite.. Lilly Pulitzer.  I ordered something for my trip next week (and a little something for my Mama for Mother’s Day) and I clicked the 2 day express shipping and put in the promo code to get it free while checking out… When I got the receipt emailed to me, it said “Economy 3-6 days” umm… what?! So I immediately emailed them (per the receipt/email) and said can you check this?! And guess what…. NOTHING!! No response and instead at 10:00 last night, I get an email for my order shipment which is set to arrive NEXT Wednesday… again, what?! I contacted them again this morning, to no avail.  And honestly, I knew at that point, there was nothing they were going to do for me, but I still NEEDED them to know I was upset because I matter! ha! I finally received a response today… at 3:45 basically saying nothing except they could maybe re-order my stuff (and charge me) and try to overnight it but since it’s after 12 EST, it most likely won’t go out until tomorrow and they don’t deliver on weekends………. again, WHAT?! So frustrating when THEY didn’t contact me until way after they could even do what they were offering! Again, #firstworldproblems I totally know but sometimes it’s just frustrating.  And seriously… it’s not my first shipping error from them and they are never so sweet to correct it!
Lilly Pulitzer

I’d smile if you were sweet and actually corrected my stuff in time 🙂

I’d like to say I was going to be boycotting Lilly going forward but let’s be real… I’ll just order it from Nordstrom instead!

Sick of my rants yet?! I’m just keeping it real today… but I promise I’ll add a few happier notes at the end 🙂

Last rant….


  • I ordered this super cute pink dress for a friend’s wedding this weekend and I was so sad that it didn’t fit! I mean, for real… I had to clip the back with my hair clip (real classy, I know) just so I could show you how cute it is.  They just restocked it all, which makes me excited but they don’t carry it in our store (another frustration! You’d think Mall of America would have all the stock… but instead they have no stock!) so I can’t get it in time for the wedding. Totally not a huge fail but just a bummer!

Now, if you’re still reading this (shout out to you because #boring) then it’s the good part! Or at least the less ranting part….

  • We bought a smoker last weekend (or my husband did… and how many times can I use parenthesis?) and we used it finally and the chicken was so good!  We’re smoking some pulled pork, chicken and corn tonight for friends and can’t wait for a nice warm night!
  • We spent last weekend at my Grandma’s helping with stuff around her house/yard/garage and it was so nice to be with everyone for the day!  We also had a few cocktails so that’s fun too.Not the best picture but it’s all we got! Missing a husband who would rather take the picture… some days at least!


  • On another note, I think I sound like a lush some days on this little thing because I love me some margaritas and wine but on a real note… I rarely drink during the week unless I’m meeting some sweet friends for Happy Hour but if not, then I’m sans wine for the week!
  • On another another note… I shouldn’t have to justify myself to anyone so… skip the last phrase!

Alright… this is the longest post ever – apparently I really missed you guys! 🙂

I have some actual consistent posts coming in the near future (like next week!) so hopefully that will keep me more on track! If anyone really noticed me gone all week that is… 😂

One question before I bid you adieu.. do you like when I do fitting room finds?! I was thinking of doing a “Try on Tuesdays” on the blog and showing some of the pieces that worked for me.  It wouldn’t be every week because I’m not sure if it’s a favorite or not for you… is it?! Do you want to see pieces that are total fails too? Just a thought since I’m shopping quite often 🙂

Thanks for reading along and letting me vent! Have a great Friday and weekend!


Friday Favorites! 

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I can’t even believe that we’re already into the beginning of May! We have so much going on and to look forward to this month; a wedding, our trip to Charleston and of course my birthday! 😍 

Who’s ready for another edition of my Friday Favorites from the week while linking up with Erika?! I know I am! 😂


On Wednesday, I had an impromptu happy hour date with these sweet girls! It was such a nice distraction for the week and way to enjoy a patio with drinks! 


I went to a fun bachelorette dinner last weekend and can’t wait for the wedding! I loved meeting so many new girls and celebrating Katie! 


Self tanner. 

My SIL introduced me to this sunless tanner last summer and I totally loved it! I also loved the price point at $12! 

I recently tried this tanner though and totally fell in love! It’s like the Jergens but there’s no streaks and no orange color! 

I used the new self tanner in this picture and it adds the perfect amount of tan! 


My sweet friend Rebecca shared 3 ways to brighten someone’s day last Friday and I couldn’t agree more with each one! That same day, I was went Chick fil A for my favorite milkshake and the girl who brought it out to be (I was waiting inside) told me I looked really pretty! 

It was totally random and seriously MADE my day! Its not usual for me to just get random compliments so it was such a sweet surprise and made my heart so full! No joke, I snapped this to everyone I knew to let them know how great it made me feel! 


We’re headed to EC this weekend for just the day and I can’t wait to spend some time with my Mama and brother! 

We’ll be doing a ton to help my Grandma around her house the majority of the day but it’ll still be nice to visit! I’m hoping they have my favorite shaved ice truck out and ready because I’m ready for some blue raspberry! 😍 anyone else with me on that one?! 

I’ve rambled on enough and hope you have the best Cinco de Mayo! Do you celebrate or have any fun plans?! Or plans to just drink some margaritas and queso?! That may or may not be mine… 😉 


Friday Favorites! 

Happy Friday!!

It’s been a long week; mostly because of the sun, rain, cold, snow all in one week! I’m happy it’s almost weekend time and I’m ready for a fun/relaxing weekend! This is a short and sweet post today sharing some favorites with Erika!



These fun, floppy sun hats!


However, I don’t like the price point of $65 for a hat so… what did I decide to do?!

Well, DIY my own for less than $10 of course!


Still drying in this picture… all that white will be clear shortly 🙂

I’ll take a few pictures to show it on this weekend (I’ll share Monday!) but I thought it turned out pretty good 🙂 I’m actually thinking of making these (with all different sayings) for a bachelorette party this summer as favors.  What are your thoughts?!



We don’t have a ton of plans, which I’m all for, but I will be hitting up a movie tonight with this girl.


I love going to movies (mainly…popcorn.) but the Mr is not a fan so I’m excited to go any chance I can get!

Also… I can’t wait to celebrate this sweet girl tomorrow for her bachelorette party!



I stopped by Chick-fil-A the other day and totally forgot how much I love their milkshakes.. I mean, seriously… so so good!

I also scored some great deals on Easter decorations finally for next year! I always forget to go out after the  holidays but apparently waiting this long to check them out, paid off!


I ordered this dress for a wedding we have next month and I can’t decide if it’s a favorite or not…
I love the style but I can’t decide how I feel about it on me.. what do you think? Yay or nay?

Well, that’s all folks! Short and sweet, baby!

What are some of your favorites this week?!

Have a fabulous weekend! 🙂



Friday Favorites! 

Hello and Happy Friday!! I am beyond ecstatic it’s finally the weekend and am so ready for a whole weekend of relaxation! 🙂

Our plans are pretty minimal this weekend and I absolutely love that! But for  now… let’s recap a few of my favorites from the last week!



I went to a fun “girls night” event at the Round Barn by us!  I’d never been but it was such a cute venue and the spring decor was so sweet!

I learned they have this open for fall and Christmas too… so guess where I’ll be when the time comes?!

It was pouring cats and dogs raining so unfortunately you can’t see how pretty the location really was! I went with Gayle and it’s always so fun to catch up! …the shopping and pomegranate rum drinks didn’t hurt either 😉


It was the 75% off sale for Draper James this past week and because Reese Witherspoon and I are best friends, I thought I should seriously support her brand 🙂 Ha!

I literally told Logan that I miss watching Sweet Home Alabama last week… (my favorite movie) and he thought I was crazy 🙂

I ordered this fun swimsuit cover-up! I had no idea how it would fit/not fit so I ordered the only size left and hoped for the best!

Don’t mind the white legs and dirty mirror 😉

I can’t get over the tassels and the lemons! Totally up my alley and I can’t wait to wear it during our trip to the beach in Charleston next month!

I also picked up this cute tote.. I mean… how could I not?!


We visited my in-laws last weekend to celebrate Tanner & Erika’s engagement and it was so much fun! We always have a good time when we’re all together 🙂

We hadn’t been back to town since Christmas so it was nice to celebrate the newlyweds 🙂


It was a quick trip (as they usually are) and every time we leave there, I’m always thinking of the next time we’ll be back in town!


Umm… I totally need this suitcase for next month, right?!


I got this cooler from my Mama last month after she went to FL and I’m obsessed.

I seriously can’t wait to use it!


In case you didn’t pick up on any of my posts this week… or this subtle post 😉 We are headed to Charleston and Savannah next month and I am SOOOOOO excited!!!

Boone Hall Plantation

Thank you to everyone who has given me suggestions for our trip… I’ve literally written them all down to do!

I need all the suggestions for my trip that I can get so if you have some (or more), keep them coming!!

On another note: I feel like I should say smiley faces are my favorite thing after reading this post! haha! I’ll try to tone it down next week!

Have a fabulous weekend!


Friday Favorites!


Guess what?! It’s Friday!! Which means, A) it’s time to share some favorites because I know you love reading those #duh 🙂 B) No work for two whole days (we’re so close!) and C) It’s almost time for a margarita or glass of wine 🙂

I have some fun stuff planned for the weekend; a bridal shower via Skype, the Bachman Spring House (because I can’t miss a season!), golf and a few other things so I am ready for 3:30 to roll around!

Now, let’s get into some favorites!


I had lunch with this sweet girl yesterday! She is set to get married next month and it’s going to be so much fun!  Can’t wait to celebrate her more at her bachelorette party at the end of the month!


Warm enough weather for walks at work! It’s so nice to be able to go for a quick walk around the area when I’m in the office. I really do work in such a great location – I mean, there’s paddle boats and mini golf in the spring/summer and there’s an ice skating rink in the winter.  Realistically, I don’t do either of those things but it’s a nice thought 🙂




Why yes… yes I did!

As if I even need to mention this one again… we had tacos for dinner this week #usual and there’s just something about those little things that make me all giddy!

These banana leaf pillows from Target… need I really say more?


We are celebrating Lara tonight (the girl on the far left next to me) for her bridal shower and it’s going to be a good time!  She doesn’t live in MN so we’re skyping her in the for the gift part… two firsts for me with this… 1) Skyping in the bride for the shower (brilliant idea so she can still be celebrated!) 2) Around the clock bridal shower – I’m sure many of you have heard of this but I’d never heard of it before!

Since the couple didn’t really register for many gifts, everyone is assigned a time slot and give a gift that can be used during that time period! How fun is that?!

Their wedding is in Portugal this September (Lara’s from there!) and we’re so excited to be going! I just need to send in our RSVP still… on it!

Earlier this week, I shared a fun Book Review with all the books I read in March.  If you’re looking for some inspiration and new reading materials, check it out!


I saw this recently and it totally spoke to me.  Life hasn’t always been easy and even now, it’s a challenge some days but I’ve tried my hardest to take all my past experiences and use them to make my life and myself better.

I absolutely, 100% agree with this statement. Some days I like to blame fate but in reality, it’s about how you react and deal with events.

Well, that’s all folks! 🙂 Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day to read along! Hope you have a fabulous Friday and weekend!