Summer Playlist

Monday, June 26, 2017

I thought I'd do something a little different today and share my playlist I'm listening to this summer!   I figured it'd be a good way to ease back into blogging since it's been awhile since my last post--we've just been so busy this past week and I didn't have very many spare moments.   Hopefully I can have some more fun posts up soon about our kitchen renovation, holidays, the kids, and some activities we still plan on doing this summer.   I can't believe June is almost over and the year is almost halfway over!  

Here's what I'm listening to!   A mix of some newer stuff, older stuff, different genres.....enjoy!!

That's What I Like--Bruno Mars
Castle on the Hill--Ed Sheeran
Ophelia--The Lumineers
Believer--Imagine Dragons
Cool for the Summer--Demi Lovato
Road Less Traveled--Lauren Alaina
Hollywood Nights--Bob Seger
Out of Touch--Hall & Oates
3am--Matchbox Twenty
Lonesome Loser--Little River Band

Drop me a comment of anything you'd like to see on here!  I'm definitely open for ideas!   

Until next time,


Strawberry Shortcake

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I've been hungry for a summery dessert, and this is just the ticket!   Strawberries are finally in season, so what better time to make a strawberry dessert? 

This recipe is the one that my mom always makes for my dad.   One of my favorite gifts from my bridal shower a few years ago was a recipe book she made me of all her best recipes!   She also made one for my sister and sister-in-law!    It's so nice to have all of these recipes on hand.    This one is great because not only is it easy to make, it is also pretty quick to make!

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup margarine, melted

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.   Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.   Stir in milk and margarine.    Put this mixture in a 9 x 9 square pan (it should look more like biscuit mix than cake batter).   Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Easy peasy!    I usually wash and slice my strawberries, then use a potato masher to make a topping.  If you had a strawberry syrup recipe, that would also be excellent.    I think this would also be good with peaches!    Slice a piece, add some fruit topping, and maybe some whipped cream!    Let me know if you try this out!

Happy Summer!


Father's Day Gift Ideas

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happy Wednesday, Friends!    Hope you are all having a splendid week, and if you have weather like mine, I hope you're all staying cool!   Today I'm going to share some fun ideas for Father's Day--for your own father, husband, any father figure in your life!     I haven't decided yet what Austin's gift from the kids and I is going to be yet, but the Amazon Echo Dot looks fun (and super affordable)!  Check out these ideas I've come up with!  

Happy Shopping!   Dad is sure to enjoy any of these gifts!

Until next time,


Target Beauty Box: April & May

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Since my June Beauty Box is being shipped soon, I figured I'd share the April & May boxes on one post!  I'm totally slacking!

I always get the emails from Target advertising the Beauty Box.   It seems to be similar to some of the other subscription boxes you can find, but you purchase this month-by-month.   The April box was $7, and the box for May was $10.   I'm not sure if that depends on what brands are in it, or how many things you receive in the box?    Back to being a slacker, I haven't even tried everything in these boxes yet, so I'll just tell you about the ones I did try.

April Beauty Box: Pure & Simple

I need to invest in a different white background haha

Juice Organics Volumizing Shampoo & Juice Organics Volumizing Conditioner:   This stuff smells SO GOOD.  But I'm not sure if I didn't use enough of it, or too much, or whatever, because my hair did not feel clean after using it.   As I've mentioned before, my hair is super thick, so I definitely disregard the dime size amount of shampoo and conditioner for my hair.  I think I need to try it again.

Burt's Bees White Tea Extract Facial Cleansing Towelettes:    I loved these!   They made my skin feel clean and refreshed, AND they removed all the makeup from my face!   They're pretty inexpensive and you can take them anywhere!

Hello Extra Whitening Pure Mint Fluoride Toothpaste:     This was also a great product!   It made my teeth feel clean, and had a fresh, minty taste.   I also liked that there were no artificial sweeteners and no preservatives.   I ran out before I noticed any drastic whitening, but I'm planning to buy some more to see how it works!

Yes To Tomatoes Charcoal Mud Mask/Yes To Tomatoes Charcoal Paper Mask:   As you may have noticed in the picture, some of the products look "dirty?"   My two toddlers got into this box, opened the mud mask, and smeared it on everything.  *facepalm*  Anyways, since Target is far away from my house, I actually went to Wal-Mart to get another mask.  They unfortunately didn't have the mud mask, so I picked up the paper mask.   I was very intrigued to try this one, because I have the charcoal bar from Beauty Counter, and it seems that charcoal is all the rage today!

Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Scrub:    I have mixed feelings about this one....But it's fun to apply, because it makes you look like a character from a horror film!    I thought it exfoliated well and left my skin feeling smooth, but I could not get over the smell!   Maybe it's just me, but I thought it smelled terrible.  I suppose if you only use it once a week or so, it wouldn't be too bad, but I wouldn't be able to use it everyday.

Raw Sugar Lemon Sugar Body Wash:   Give me all the lemon scents!   This was probably my favorite product in the April Beauty Box!   Lemon fresh scent, and I feel it cleaned well.  It lathered up nice and didn't leave any residue on my skin.  When my current bottle of body wash is out, I'm really considering getting this one!

May Beauty Box:  Renewal

Nexxus Shampoo & Conditioner:    This was probably my favorite sample in the May Beauty Box!   This smelled so good, and kept my hair silky and smooth!   I don't normally have dry hair, but I thought this worked well and didn't leave my hair feeling oily or anything.   

Nubian Heritage Bath Bombs:    I have to admit, I don't take many baths.   But I've seen bath bombs from friends Facebook and Instagram, and I wanted to try this out. It made my skin feel super soft, and it had a refreshing smell to it!   I can't wait to use the rest!

Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lipstick:   Where to begin? I thought this was very easy to apply, made my lips look good, didn't dry them out, and is long lasting (because it took a TON of scrubbing to get off).  The color I was sent, however, was a little too bright for me, and reminded me of Barbie Pink.  Some people could definitely pull it off, but it just wasn't my style.  I'm definitely going to check out the other colors though!

Nexxus New York Rejuvenating Masque:    I usually only wash my hair every other day, and occasionally every three days, or it'll get too oily.   I was excited to receive this in my Beauty Box because I'd like to start doing a hair mask about once a week, especially since summer is here and we will probably be swimming!  I'm hoping it'll keep the chlorine chemicals at bay!

There was also a sample of the Guess Dare fragrance for women, but for the life of me, I couldn't find it on the Target website.   I thought it was a very nice scent--floral and fruit, but not overpowering.  A light summery scent!

Have any of you tried out the above products?   Or have anything similar to recommend?   I really want to start doing the hair masks weekly, but I don't know what other options are available!   Let me know!

Until next time,


Sunday Funday at Lake Erie!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy Hump Day, Friends!  We've been getting things around for my sister's garage sale this weekend, so blogging has taken the back burner unfortunately.   We had a super fun Sunday spent up at Lake Erie!    We stopped at the Marblehead Lighthouse first, and it is one of my favorite places to go, EVER!   It started my love of lighthouses, I had some senior pictures taken there, and my husband and I were actually engaged there!  You do have the option to climb the lighthouse, but we skipped that because the kids were with us.  They really enjoyed climbing on the rocks, jumping in the puddles, and watching the boats and jet skis out on the lake!

After we were done at the lighthouse, we drove over the causeway to Johnson's Island.  Back in the civil war days, it actually housed prisoners, and they do have a cemetery on the island for Confederate soldiers.   The island now has quite a few beautiful homes on it, and I believe people use them as their summer getaways.  We checked out the cemetery and then drove around the island and looked at the houses.

We still had plenty of time left in the afternoon, so we drove over to the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge/Magee Marsh.   It has a really cool boardwalk where people go to watch birds.   There used to be a really nice beach where you could have cookouts or bring a picnic, but for some reason the beach is closed and they let everything grow up around it.   We walked part of the boardwalk and saw some birds and a creepy snake!  The kids had fun running around and climbing the stairs to the observatory!  

We definitely plan to take some more trips to the lighthouse and wildlife refuge later this summer!   It was such a fun day, and fun to get out of the house!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!  If you're ever in Northwest Ohio, you'll have to come check out all of these places!

Until next time,


Five on Friday!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy Friday, friends!   It's been quite awhile since I've done a Five on Friday.  This has only been a three day week at work for me, but I'm ready for the weekend already!   Hoping we can get some things done around the house and possibly go to the lake or zoo on Sunday!     Here's a rundown of what's been going on lately!

1.  Memorial Day Weekend!    My parents were camping at Maumee Bay State Park, on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio!    They got a camper a few years ago and go quite a few places during the summer, especially the long holiday weekends.   We went up to eat dinner and visit on Saturday night and had a lot of fun!    We made pie iron sandwiches for dinner, and then hung out around the fire.

2.   We've had our house for about six years now, and are finally getting around to sprucing up the backyard.   I don't have a green thumb at all (example:  I've killed hanging plants before), so I'm looking for something low maintenance to plant back there!   I keep coming across hostas, knockout roses, and hydrangeas!    Someday I'd love to add a hammock or figure out how to do a simple garden back there!

Wouldn't this be a great spot for a little koi pond?

There's a really neat wooden canopy (?) under here that would be fun to use!

3.   Can anyone recommend a simple class on getting good photos for your blog?   All I have right now is a simple point-and-shoot camera, and don't have any current plans to upgrade.  I'm looking for an online class or even YouTube videos to help me get those crisp, bright photos that everyone seems to know how to take!!

4.  Another recommendation I'm looking for is a dishwasher!    As I said before, we've had our house for six years now, and we have to do our dishes by hand.  I'm looking for something relatively quiet, top controls (because toddlers), a hard food disposer, and maybe the ability to just wash the top or bottom rack.   I always thought I'd want black appliances, but now I'm gravitating towards the stainless steel.  Bonus points if you can get it in the smudge proof!   

Frigidaire Dishwasher @ Home Depot

5.  I'm late to the party, but did anyone catch the made for tv version of Dirty Dancing??   I honestly thought the majority of it was terrible.   They didn't cast the right actors and actresses, and frankly, you can never remake the original!    Some parts were kind of interesting....I liked Sarah Hyland as Lisa, but I thought most of the characters were awkward.  What are your thoughts?

Dirty Dancing 2017

And that's a wrap!   What are you all up to this weekend?   Hopefully some fun, summery activites!    I'm hoping to also catch up on some blogging this weekend.    I've fallen behind on writing blog posts and also reading others!  

Until next time,


I'm linking up this week with ChristinaNatasha, and April!

Front Door & Porch Inspiration

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Sunday, friends!    I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend!    Let's all make sure we all remember and honor those who have laid down their lives for our country this Memorial Day weekend.

So I'm looking for some ideas for my front stoop, front door, and also my shutters.   Right now, it's pretty neutral, so I'm looking to add some new color and spice it up a little!    Here's what we're currently working with:    
Rug from Target- HelloGoodbye

I would love love love to add a front porch, but it's not super high on our priority list right now, and not really in the budget.   I figured I'd paint the shutters a different color (and also the front door!), and maybe change out the lights on either side of the door.   The lady that lived here before us used to have her house number next to the front door, so I'm planning to add that back in as well.   

I'm leaning toward a nice navy blue, or maybe a shade of blue between navy and royal blue.  I'd like the front door to also match the shutters.   

I love this blue-gray color!

Here's more of the Royal Blue!

I found a couple of DIY house numbers projects on Pinterest--I really love this style of number, but I can't decide if I like the black or silver numbers more!   What do you all think?   I suppose it would also depend on what color the background is stained also.

Modern House Number Design--Black 
Modern House Number Design--Silver

I haven't gotten too much into the porch lights yet, but I'm kind of digging this style from Home Depot!

Let me know what you think of the shades of blue and which color house numbers I should use!   I'm so excited to tackle this DIY project!  Can't wait to hear your feedback!

Until next time,


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