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Fall Crochet Inspo

Even though the weather is still warm, fall is quickly approaching.  As much as I love fall, it saddens me to know what will come after….so to distract my mind from the wretched “S” word, I have searched Pinterest for some fall crochet inspiration!


  1.  I came across this little bow and thought it was adorable!  Pattern can be found here.  There’s also a photo for a witch colored bow too!


2. This little pumpkin is awesome!  It’s also a free pattern!  Check it out here.



3.  What would a fall post be without some crocheted leaves?!  Free pattern can be found here.



4.  I love these sunflowers!  Use them as coasters or any type of fall decoration!  Pattern can be found here.


5.  As the weather cools, why don’t you whip up some of these adorable boot cuffs?  Find the pattern here.


6.  And last but not least……a fall scarf!  I am OBSESSED with scarves…..that’s actually why I was inspired to start crocheting.  To feed my scarf obsession!  Check out this free pattern.


I hope you enjoy these and have a great weekend!





Family Vacation 2016

Family is Everything.

We just got back from our much needed family vacation to the Outer Banks.  We LOVE the Outer Banks.  We typically stay in Corolla.  It’s so peaceful, and beautiful, and one of our favorite places to go.  We spent a week with the majority of my family, nieces, nephew, brother, sister, mom, my 92 year old grandma!  My cousin and her husband stayed with us for a few days, and it was nice to have some time with them.

A pretty amazing thing happened our first day relaxing on the beach.  My youngest niece, Livey, my cousin and I were walking back to our beach chairs and we saw a butterfly.  Livey goes, “Oh look!  It’s Aunt Linda!”  Linda is my aunt who passed away a year ago after a long battle with cancer and my cousin’s mom.  My Aunt loved going on trips and especially loved the beach.  We asked her where she heard that, and she informed us that her mommy had told her when we see butterflies, that they are angels from Heaven coming to visit.  About that time, the butterfly landed on my son Jayden’s cheek.  In that moment, we all knew that is was definitely my Aunt Linda coming to visit.  It was a pretty special moment for our family and one I know we’ll look back on.

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Family hiking

We have a state park near our home that has some pretty awesome hiking trails. For the past couple of days, we’ve taken the boys and our lab Penny for some nature walks. They love it!  It’s nice to get out and exercise as a family.

What kind of outings do you do with your family?

Memorial Day

We had absolutely perfect weather this Memorial Day weekend. We started out the weekend with a yard sale, then my sister’s graduation from college, family dinner, cards and drinks, planting the garden, and another family dinner. I’m exhausted. My brother made this fantastic feast of chicken, beans, and potato salad. 

The chicken just fell off the bone. It was amazing. Hope y’all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did. 

Healthy Eating Part 2

Today I wanted to try a recipe for cloud bread that I had found on Pinterest. I love bread….it’s a weakness of mine, as well as pasta. And chocolate.  So we whipped up some cloud bread. It was ok. I later tried a piece toasted and I liked that much better.

The recipe is pretty versatile. It calls for Rosemary which we didn’t have. We did however, use honey. You could also add some garlic and cheese for some super healthy garlic bread. You can locate the recipe here.  We had some omelets with ham, peppers, onions, and cheese to top off our healthy breakfast.

Now onto dinner. This meal has been my favorite so far. Using cabbage and kielbasa with onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Super easy to make. My husband did make a small difference to the recipe and that was cutting the butter down from 6 Tbsp to 4 Tbsp. So amazing.

Low carb and filling! You can find the recipe here.  I really thought we would have a hard time finding amazing food that is low carb, but so far so good!

Healthier Eating

So my husband and I have decided to start eating healthier. Low carb and all that jazz.

Tonight we had this amazing ham and cauliflower casserole. It was so good even the kids ate it!

Recipe can be found here.  My picture isn’t nearly as pretty.

For dessert we had this amazing kinda healthy dessert. I’ve never made a poke cake before, but after this I was thinking of all the different types of poke cake I could make.

Recipe can be found here.  Again my picture isn’t as nice. Bear with me.

9 years

Today my oldest son, Jayden, turns 9. Every year he gets older, I wonder where the time has gone. Jayden and I have been through the ringer together and this year proves no different. I remember the day I found out I was carrying him like it was yesterday. The thirty hours of labor, the first time I laid eyes on him, the first time in my life my heart was really complete.

This year he wanted a hunting themed party and we did our best to make that happen.

Happy birthday Jayden!


Chicago Love

My husband is away on his first business trip.  He left yesterday afternoon for Chicago, and will be gone until early Saturday morning.  I have been anticipating this trip for quite some time.  We’ve never spent much time apart in the six years we’ve been together.  You never realize how much someone means to you until they are gone.  He called the kids and I last night using FaceTime, and let me tell you…seeing his face made me miss him terribly.  I literally started crying like a baby.  My boys of course looked at me like I was insane, but I feel like I’m missing a limb.

I met Jamie 16 years ago when I was dating this super big prick.  Jamie and I were instantly connected.  He swears love at first sight, for me it was friendship.  We would talk for hours on the phone, hang out together every single day.  He tried to take our friendship to the next level, but I was never ready.  After a few years, he was in a band, and traveling, and we just eventually drifted apart.  We went our separate ways, married other people, had our older boys.

I never stopped thinking about Jamie.  He was always in the back of my mind.  After I separated from my ex-husband, I very clearly told one of my best friends, that it was Jamie.  That Jamie was the one who I was meant to be with, but of course I felt that my chance had slipped away, and that I needed to accept that.

Then one day, ten years later, he literally walked around a corner and back into my life.  He’s been there ever since.  We were engaged within five months of dating, and married within 8 months. We felt that we had lost so much time, there was no point in wasting any more.  We didn’t even have a wedding.  We went to the courthouse with our closest family members present.

Jamie is not only my husband, but my best friend, my soulmate, my other half.  He’s the most amazing step-dad to my oldest son, and the best father to his boys.  Anytime I need him for something, whether it’s to cry or laugh, or vent….he’s there.  No matter what.  Can you tell that I’m ready for him to come home?!



Snow’s a blowin

So I have to say my small town got pummeled by the massive snowstorm Jonas. We are used to this kind of weather in the winter but it’s always kind of exciting to get that first HUGE snowstorm. I’m not sure how much snow we’ve gotten so far but it’s a lot and it’s still coming down.

It started yesterday afternoon and things started shutting down quick. The bank decided to close at 3 and I’m glad because by that point it was putting it down pretty good with wet, heavy snow.

My neighbor and cousin Danny came by and blew out my driveway. I live in a pretty amazing place where people are always willing to help each other out! Below are my snow pictures!

My backyard


Penny in her potty area


To the rescue!




Hope everyone stays safe and warm!

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