Friday, July 3, 2015


We're starting the Independence Day weekend off with a beach day!

We met up with a couple of my friends in Ponce Inlet and it couldn't be a more perfect day for the beach. It's warm, the sky is bright blue, not a cloud in sight yet, and the water feels great. 

I hope your weekend is off to an equally great start friends! Get out and celebrate America!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Marriage Goals

32 years ago these crazy kids got married. 

32 things my parents have done in their 32 years of marriage:

1. Had a baby girl - Me
2. Had a baby boy - Josh
3. Had a baby boy again - Jake (copycat)
4. Built a house
5. Went to Hawaii
6. Lived in Florida
7. Lived in Georgia
8. Lived in Kentucky
9. Lived in Alabama
10. Attended approximately 495,692 school functions
11. Explored the Wild West
12. Got schooled in skiing by their 8 year old
13. Watched a lot of MLB games
14. Paid for entire vacations in Marriott Rewards points (ballers)
15. Built another house
16. Started scouting family compound locations
17. Adopted five dogs
18. Bought a small orchestra worth of instruments
19. Remodeled a house
20. Made their kids ride in a minivan for days at a time to visit family
21. Hosted 32 Thanksgivings
22. Filled 153 stockings and Easter baskets
23. Survived three high school graduation ceremonies
24. Went camping
25. Welcomed a son in law
26. Welcomed a daughter in law
27. Welcomed a granddaughter
28. Took their kids to the beach, the mountains, and big cities
29. Went to Canada
30. Shared the love of God with everyone they know
31. Made a lot of jokes
32. Didn't killed each other!

And they aren't done with each other yet.

Thank you for being such a loving example of marriage. I hope in 26 years Christopher and I have a list like that.

Happy Anniversary! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

West Coast Beach Weekend

Welcome to Florida!

This summer I decided to take a few Mondays off from work in a series I like to call,  Mental Health Mondays. I already have Friday afternoons off, so I figured I'd turn some 2.5 day weekends into 3.5 day weekends! I got Christopher to participate on one of the Mondays and we spent the night in Lido Beach on a Sunday night.

Sunday we got to the beach, checked in, and immediately headed out to the beach. We stayed at a resort that provides beach chairs so that was nice not having to haul our own down to the beach. 

We read, people watched, played in the water, ate chips and salsa, and watched a beautiful sunset.

Once the sun was down, we headed into St. Armands Circle for dinner and daiquiris at Daiquiri Deck. Christopher got a burger, I got a wrap, and we both got drinky.

We sat outside on the porch so we could people watch some more, and the icy cold daiquiris were definitely needed. Plus they have SO many flavors to choose from that we will have to make sure to go back next time and put a bigger dent in that list.

Monday we wanted to visit the Tervis Tumbler factory store before hitting the beach. What a glorious place!!! They had SO many cups, styles I had never seen in real life, new patterns, kiddie cups, you name it they had it. It was awesome. We were also able to trade in 4 of our Tervis Tumblers that had bubbled weird in the dishwasher. Now in 4-6 weeks we will have 4 brand new replacements! Tervis has a lifetime guarantee, so they will replace injured cups.  

After cup shopping, we got Sweet Frog for lunch, because we are adults at the beach and we can. It was the perfect summer lunch. 

We decided to visit Siesta Key Beach Monday because it's so pretty. We got there kind of late in the morning so it was already packed, but we set up our tent, turned on some music and broke out the cooler. 

After only 3 short hours this happened. The sky got BLACK and it was SO windy that the sand was stinging our legs. Then to make it worse, it HAILED! 

Christopher and I took our tent down in the sand and hail storm wearing only bathing suits, it was kind of painful. Not to mention our beach chairs and shoes were being blown away while we worked. It was kind of a mess. Once we finally got everything packed up, we took our junk and sat in our beach chairs under a pavilion. It was lightning by the time we got there so we decided not to try and rinse off and pack up the car in a lightning storm. We each cracked open a fresh drink and we huddled together under out only dry towel left. Once the storm passed we rinsed ourselves and all of our beach stuff off and decided to head home. 

Just to give you an idea of how crazy fast this came on, above is looking to the right at the top and then looking left at the bottom. It was insane. 

As a special treat we stopped at POP Craft in Sarasota on our way to the interstate to get handcrafted popsicles. They were so freaking delicious that I decided to try making some myself, check back for that soon.

We are so in love with Sarasota and the surrounding beaches. It really is too bad they are twice as far as the East coast. Until next time West coast...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


A couple of weeks ago I took the day off to take my cousin to the airport, and figured I might as well explore while I had time during a weekday.

My exploring brought me to Wondermade, a marshmallow store in Sanford, FL. I've had their marshmallows before, they are sold in shops all over Orlando, but it was so much fun to visit the Marshamallow mother ship. I love S'mores, so obviously I had to have one of theirs. I picked out two marshmallows, one bourbon and one honey, and dark chocolate. It was a brutally hot summer day, so I ordered an iced coffee to go with my S'more. It was all so delicious! Especially because I didn't even have to sweat to death roasting my marshmallow over a campfire or a grill burner!

After I finished my S'more, I sat in the shop drinking my coffee and coloring in my coloring book. It was a lovely way to spend an hour in downtown Sanford. I can't wait to do it again!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fancy S'mores

I don't know about you, but I love S'mores. Christopher and I love to make them using the side burner on our grill because it produces the perfect even heat. It's not unpredictable like a campfire and when you live in Florida, ain't nobody got time for a campfire anyway, it's hot enough without one.

Recently candy bars packs were on sale at Publix so I decided to stock up on Hershey's bars and try making a fancy S'more with Reese's and KitKat Bars. I haven't had time to try it yet, but I'm totally psyched.

What's your favorite way to enjoy S'mores?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Up & Up Swiffer Sweeper Refills and Dusters

I hate spending money on stuff that isn't fun, like cleaning supplies and toilet paper, but it's part of this whole being an adult thing. I don't dust because when I do I almost always get sick, so I pay my youngest brother to do it. I like the Swiffer Dusters and I try to get them when they are on sale, but sometimes you need this kind of not so fun crap when it's not on sale. Last time I went to Target to get these bad boys they of course weren't on sale and my house was a dusty wreck, but Up & Up had a less expensive version so I grabbed em. 

These dusters suck. They are nothing like the Swiffer Dusters. I wouldn't suggest buying them.

While I was at Target attempting to be thrifty I grabbed these Up & Up Swiffer Sweeper like refills and they work just fine. I can't tell the difference between this and the real deal. These I would absolutely buy again.

I have been trying to branch out and try the Up & Up products more often because I've heard/read a lot of great things about them. So far the Up & Up blue dish soap is alright, these dry cloth sweepers are good, and the dusters... well no thanks. I'll keep you posted as I try some of their other products. 

* I doubt Target knows I blog, this is not an advertisement. They just know I spend a lot of money at their store. *

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Adult Coloring Book

I don't know how to relax. It's honestly a struggle for me to "relax" so it's pretty much doesn't happen. I don't even think I relax when I sleep. So when I'm worked up over something and someone tells me to "just relax" I want to freaking scream.

I feel like that's not a great way to live life, so I bought myself a Stress Relieving Patterns Coloring Book. I love to doodle and my favorite part of working at a preschool, other than eating goldfish, was coloring. Now to make this even more fancy and adult, I bought some fancy pants colored pencils and a fancy sharpener.

See how fancy, they came in a metal case and everything.

Look at all of those lovely choices, TWO layers of colors. I CAN'T wait! 

This Friday I am going to go sit somewhere that isn't my house or my office, drink coffee and color. I'm not going to lie, this might be the only thing getting me through the week right now.

Watch out world... your about to see someone color almost in the lines.