Saturday, January 13, 2018

Blankets, Books, and Binge-watching

Starting 2018 out in style...😹


Can you believe we are 13 days into 2018? January has been a very grey, cold month so far. My poor body is having a difficult time with this Winter season and I'm dreaming everyday of being on the warm beach with sunshine, shells, and sand.
Winter is holding me hostage, so my life has been nothing but blankets, books, and binge-watching the show "Dark." I'm really looking forward to Spring already!! Forget that, I'm ready for SUMMER!!

I read, "A Wrinkle in Time," by Madeleine L'engle. My Mother always wanted me to read this book when I was younger; not sure why I never did! I'm glad I finally read it, especially since there will be a movie of it shortly!! I'm looking forward to see how the movie goes, because the book is honestly amazing!!

I recently made another trip over to McKay's Used Books and found some interesting reads! Can't wait to read another good book!

First supermoon of 2018!

The past week the weather was insanely bitter, and a good portion of it we were under freezing temps.
I've had no problem using the freezing cold as an excuse to hide in bed with the fireplace on!

Riley is hiding under the blanket 😂

The hubs and I recently binge-watched a show on Netflix called, "Dark." The show is originally in German but they voiced-over the characters in English. Once you get past that, it's an amazing, mind-twisting show. Nathan and I were hooked!

Seriously, thank goodness for Walmart grocery pickup! When it's 11 degrees outside, and don't want to go anywhere but HAVE to get groceries - just do Walmart grocery pickup! Order your groceries online (or on the app), drive to Walmart and let the wonderful Walmart employee put everything in your nice, warm car, in a matter of minutes and then go back home!

Please excuse the dirty windshield.

Instead of having to go individually grab my items, wait in a long line to check out, put all the bags in the car (in the freezing, bitter cold), sit in a cold car and wait for it to warm back up, waste a good 30 minutes + of your day; you can easily get your groceries in minutes while sitting in your toasty car.

A family member mentioned she has PrimeNow with Amazon/Whole Foods - and I cannot wait for that to reach us here in our little city of Knoxville! They deliver your groceries (organic produce, etc) in a matter of hours to your door, so you don't even have to leave! One day maybe!! 🙏🏼
Until then, Walmart Grocery Pickup is the thing to do!!

Honestly, it's a no-brainer. DO IT. You won't regret it. <--- Copy and paste the link to your browser. If/when you do it, you get $10 off your order AND I'll get $10 off too! It's a win-win! 😄

Freezing rain. That's about as close as we are getting to "snow" thus far!


* What show(s) are you currently obsessed with?

* What book(s) are you reading this month?

* Are you enjoying the cold or are you ready for warmer weather?

Monday, January 1, 2018


HAPPY 2018!! 🎊

2017 is officially over! 

The last week of 2017 was nice because the hubs and I got to meet up with family in Greenville, SC!

On Thursday, Nathan and I drove to Greenville, SC, to meet up with my Mom, Sister in law, niece and nephew. Our visit was a short but sweet get together. Greenville is such a cute little city, and it makes the perfect halfway point to meet up with family!

By the time we all got into town, it was lunch time. We ate at Tupelo Honey Cafe. The restaurant was packed and we did have a long wait, but it would have been just as long anywhere else. Let me just tell you, it was worth the wait! Our waitress was really sweet, and did a great job! I had the sweet potato pancakes. Holy Moly were they delicious!! YES, that IS fried chicken on my pancakes...

After lunch, we walked to our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express. We hung out for a bit, played some Uno and Clue. Eventually, we were hungry again and walked down the street to Trio for dinner. The service and food was excellent at Trio! They hands down, have the best garlic bread I have ever had in my life! I had the eggplant parmigiana - SO GOOD!!!!

Unfortunately, it was FREEZING outside, so we just couldn't walk around. We went straight back to the hotel and hung out there for a while. One of the many things I adore about Greenville is their Mice on Main scavenger hunt! Throughout the city, there are 9 bronze mice statues! This scavenger hunt is great for kids (and adults like me), which really makes walking around town more exciting!

Lulu found a mouse!

The Holiday Inn Express had a great free breakfast with tons of food options! Our hotel was within walking distance to all of downtown - except it was just too cold for us to do so. Overall, the hotel was perfect for our short visit!


AJ and me!

Family ❤️

Next time, we'll all meet when it is warmer weather so we can truly enjoy all of downtown Greenville! After breakfast and some more hanging out, it was time to head back home.

Sunday, Nathan and I had a fantastic brunch at Holly's Gourmet's Market & Cafe!

Frog in a Ditch with a side of grits!
We had fun looking around McKay's Used Books, and ran some other errands before eventually returning home. It's been too cold with zero snow! 😠

Our neighbors had some really beautiful fireworks going on all night. It was nice to watch them in the comfort (and warmth) of our own home!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years celebration! Here's to 2018!!


* What was your favorite part of 2017?

* What are your New Years resolutions (if any)?

* What are you looking forward to most in 2018?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

🎄 Christmas Recap 🎄

I hope everyone had a wonderful Merry Christmas

Nathan's parents, along with Nathan's cousin, drove all the way out from Kansas City, to spend Christmas with us. We only got to spend two whole days together, but we had such an incredible time together! On Sunday (Christmas Eve), the hubs had to work for a little bit, so the rest of us ventured up to Gatlinburg!

Gatlinburg was the busiest I had ever seen it! Luckily, we found parking so we could walk around a bit. We ate lunch at Blaine's Bar & Grill. The service and food was terrific at Blaine's!
Next, we all went up the 407 feet, Gatlinburg Space Needle. I am absolutely terrified of heights, but usually try to conquer my fears. The decision to face this fear was a good one, and I even made myself get to the "edge" to have my picture taken. The picture was taken quickly and with a lot of fear and hesitation, but I did it!!

After our day trip to Gatlinburg, we met the hubs back at the house and ordered pizza for dinner! We watched my personal favorite Christmas movie, "Elf," while we ate our dinner!

Christmas Day was the most laid back, relaxing day. As we slowly woke up, we chatted for a bit over coffee and hot cocoa tea. Eventually, we made our way into the kitchen to bake delicious cinnamon rolls.

After eating a yummy breakfast, we began opening all of our Christmas presents!
Truly, the greatest gift was having family in town to celebrate Christmas. <3

The majority of our time was playing games! We played plenty of Phase 10 Twist! Phase 10 is a lot of fun, but Phase 10 Twist was really cool!
Brain Games, Skip-bo, and Exploding Kittens were some other games we played!

The Cone of Shame - Imploding Kittens!!

The family left early Tuesday morning. It's always sad when they leave, but we'll be together again soon! I decided to start picking up all the Christmas decorations. I have them all together in one spot. However, I couldn't bring myself to take down the tree just yet. I'll leave it just a little while longer!

After a little bit of cleaning/tidying up, I finished the book "The Break Down," by B.A. Paris. It was a really good book, I enjoyed it a tiny bit better than "Behind Closed Doors." I found out about this Author and these books, thanks to the blog - Simply Taralynn

Next up is New Years! I don't know about you, but I am ready to throw 2017 out the window. It's been such a difficult year for me. I know there will be ups and downs in 2018, but I'm really hoping for much more positivity!


* What was your favorite part this Christmas holiday?

* Do you leave your Christmas decorations up through New Years?

* What are your New Years Eve plans?