Monday, August 6, 2018

Beach'n 2017. {Rewind Series}

Hey hey friends! It's the night before we leave for our annual beach vacay and I know I said I wasn't posting this week but I thought this was the PERFECT TIME for another segment of my Rewind Series!

If you aren't familiar with this series, it's basically just me sharing throwbacks from my past.

I've only done a couple so far.  You can find my Pregnancy Post here and my Bahamas vacay from 2009 here.

But today, I'm just throwing out my links to last year's beach vacay recaps because I was looking over them last night and they got me feeling all mushy.  My kids have grown so much over the past year.  And it's just all going by so fast.  I'm so happy that I have this blog to document all our memories!

So if you want to check out last year's beach trip, you find those recaps below!

We had the greatest time and I'm praying that we live up to that or outdo it this year.  I'm also praying that we check in to the correct condo this time and that no windshield wipers fly off during a downpour on the interstate!  Eeek.  #sonotfun

 I'll be a chronic over-poster this week on Instagram so you can follow me over there @amandanall if you want to see what we're up to this week! 

I'm not sure if I'll be back oo the blog any this week but I'll keep you posted on IG and in my FB Group!  Have the best week, y'all!!

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday Favorites #68.

I am super excited today, y'all.  All Etsy orders have shipped so I am finally on VACATION!  Whoop whoop!!  We are in full beach prep mode so I'll be spending a lot of time this weekend making lists, shopping for all those last minute things, organizing, and packing before we head out next week!

If you want to check out our vacay from last year you can find it HERE.  We had the best time!

I can't wait to stick my toes in the sand!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

July Book Review. {2018}

It's Book Review day, y'all!!  So open up your Amazon carts, your library lists, your Audible store...however it is that you read...and get ready because you may want to add all of these!  It was a good book month!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Giant Book Review Roundup.

Hiya, friends!  I will be taking next week off from blogging while we (finally!) make our way to the beach so this week is all about beach prep!  Right now, I'm struggling over outfits for beach pictures.  My kids and husband loathe beach pictures and get all cranky.  (Like it's hard to stand there and smile?  C'mon people!)  So I'm debating on whether or not I want to put myself through all the grumbling.  Please tell me I'm not alone in this.  Bribes work though.  So I've got that in my back pocket.  ;)

We also have our in-laws and sweetie-pie niece, Scarlet, at our house this week which is fun!  The boys ADORE their cousin and they have been looking forward to this.  So between beach prep, houseguests and finishing up all my Etsy orders before we leave, this week is going to be busy!

But I did want to drop in a reminder about the Book Review Link-Up that will be happening TOMORROW!

This will be my second month doing this.  Last month, I technically had a link-up but I literally thought to do it AFTER I'd published the post and everyone who was going to read it, read it.  Haha.  So I thought I'd give a little more warning this time around.

So all you fellow bloggers and bookworms:  If you've got any good book review posts, feel free to link up!  More than one is totally fine and it doesn't have to be from this week or even this month.  I just want to see what all y'all have been reading!  :)  I don't know if I'll make every month a link-up yet but I am tomorrow.

For my July Book Review, I've got the 5 books I listened to this month (God bless audiobooks, y'all) including one that came from my new Kindle Unlimited membership.  I'm going to give my thoughts on Kindle Unlimited as well!

In the meantime, you can check out all my past reviews below.








And find a huge list of favorite books in my Amazon Store and in my Book Club album in my Facebook group.

See you tomorrow, friends!


Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday Favorites #67.

Happy Friday, y'all!!  It is the last Friday of July and I'm seriously scratching my head wondering where the summer went!  I feel like I was just typing "only 3 days left of school before SUMMER BREAK!!".  And now somehow, we're only 3 short weeks away from it starting all over again.

But I can't worry about right now.  Today is Friday Favorites with my girls Andrea, Narci, and Erika so I'm just going to focus on that.

Let's get started!


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Instant Pot First Timer.

So this Instant Pot craze, y'all.  I was a holdout.  I didn't think I needed it.  I didn't think I'd use it.  I had a crockpot.  What was the big deal about the Instant Pot?  I didn't get it.

When it popped up for 50% off during the Amazon Prime Day sale, I thought about it.  But then it sold out before I could grab it so I was all "Oh well.  No biggie.".  

And then it came back.  

And the more I thought about it and the more Pinteresting I did for Instant Pot recipes, the more I decided I should just go for it while it was half off.  And if I hated it or never used it, I'd just give it to my mom or mother-in-law or whoever may want it.  

Yesterday, I asked for some of your favorite Instant Pot recipes in my FB Group and one of my best girlfriends ended up texting me a giant list of her favorites.  #thankyouDani  

I also learned that a lot of you have Instant Pots that you've either never taken out of the box or you've used it once and haven't bothered since.  ;)  Maybe this will give you the inspiration to bust it out again!


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Texarkana Trip & Lake Day Fun

What a weekend, y'all!!  Seriously, this past weekend was a total whirlwind.  But so much fun!  I have so many pictures I want to share because these are memories I want to remember forever.  So this is your warning!

On Friday morning, we packed up and headed to Texarkana, where I was born and raised and where my parents still live.  Texarkana is located in the very Northeast corner of Texas and falls directly on the Texas/Arkansas state line.  So there is a Texarkana, TX and a Texarkana, AR.  I'm a Texas-side girl and super proud of it.

Craig stayed behind because he had to work (a little) and golf (a lot).  ;)  

My mom is off on Friday's so she always goes over to my granddad's house (her dad) and cooks lunch for him and whoever else wants to join.  My dad, my cousin, Kaci, and her kids usually join them and my mom makes some sort of delicious farm-to-table type meal.  Think cornbread, roast, purple hull peas and corn-on-the-cob straight from the garden, iced tea, etc.  Yummmm.

Unfortunately, my mom ended up getting a stomach bug this weekend and had to just send my dad with pizza.  I know it killed her that she couldn't make it!  And I'm not gonna lie.  I was disappointed to not have my mom cook for me!  But we totally understood.  

My mom is definitely our "cruise director" when we come into town and plans all the fun and all the entertainment.  So sitting anything out is super hard on her.  :(  She felt so bad that she had to keep her distance but since both my kids had just had a stomach bug, we knew what she was going through and it was rough.

Our drive to Texarkana isn't bad.  It takes about 2.5 hours to get there from Mckinney.  At a red light on the way there, I peeked into the backseat and saw Matthew like this.