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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summertime (Wineless) Sangria

We all know that I love a good Sangria, but sometimes, due to my migraines and not being a total wino, I just want something wine free that is also light and summery.  Nicole sent me this recipe from  Kate at the Small Things blog and we decided we should try it.  It is so delicious and perfect for summer on by the pool!  Of course, if you aren't feeling the no alcohol idea, you can substitute the cranberry Ginger Ale for Prosecco or Champagne and doe cranberry juice. 


  • 3/4 cup Country Time Lemonade Mix
  • 1 liter (about half the big bottle) Cranberry Ginger Ale
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 5-8 strawberries, sliced


  • Layer sliced, fresh fruit on the bottom of a pitcher.

  • Add the lemonade mix.
  • Pour orange juice and lime juice over top of that.
  • When ready to serve, pour cranberry ginger ale into the pitcher, stirring as you pour.  
  • Let the drink sit for about 30 minutes to let the lemonade mix dissolve and the flavors come together.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fab Friday Fives 6.8.18

Happy Friday everyone!  Its been a couple weeks again, but hey, its almost summer! I've been enjoying the weather and the time is flying.  Josh is still on nights, its been about 3 weeks now.  That seems to make time go faster too.  It looks like our time in finally coming to an end here in Waldorf, we gave our notice for our apartment for the end of July!  We really don't know what the future holds but we are looking forward to another adventure.  Everyone have a great weekend! 

I got my hair done while I was at the house last week and I love it!  Its finally the icy, ash blonde I have been wanting for ages.  Thanks to Serena at Pearl at Sola! 

I haven't gotten a FabFitFun box for a while, but I was super excited that I found a coupon code to get this summer box.  It has some stuff in it I love! Has anyone seen or tried out the Foreo?  It's a little device that can tell you how hydrated your skin is, as well as your skin age and how your should be cleansing and moisturizing and it also has a scrubby vibrating side that helps you cleanse properly.  So cool!  I also LOVE Coola face sunscreen.  Everything else in the box really is great too, including the environmentally friendly straw that isn't in the picture because I didn't find it until after I had taken the picture.  If anyone is interested in getting a FabFitFun box, use this code to get $10 off your first box.

I rarely buy ice cream for Josh and I as I don't actually love ice cream but I had a coupon for Ben & Jerry's and bought us a pint.  This is the best flavor of hard ice cream that I have every had!  Like an oatmeal cookie in cream with some chunks of chocolate for good measure.
A couple months ago I signed up to be s Dave's Killer Bread "Breadhead" (like a brand rep). I got my swag the other day and it was pretty cool.  A bunch of coupons for free bread, a toque, a bunch of hilarious greeting cards and bumper sticker. Eat Dave's Killer Bread! 

Josh and I went to see Jake Owen and Chris Janson at Calvert Marine Museum last week and like last year it was a great show.  This is a small really cool venue at an even cooler museum, if you ever get a chance to check it out.

Today I'm linking up with:

Style Elixir / Bright On A Budget / Simply Sweet Home /


Friday, May 18, 2018

Fab Friday Faves 5.18.18

Hey and happy Friday everyone!  Not much to report besides that we are currently in some biblical style flood in Southern Maryland. I'm pretty sure I'm not even joking.  Josh went to night shift this week.  Not super ideal but it is what it is.  I've been making myself have some busier days, and some very boring evenings filled with cleaning and organizing.  Fun stuff!   Everyone have a great weekend, if you are on the Eastern Seaboard, stay dry!

On Monday, since Josh was switching to nights and wasn't really in the mood to sleep, we decided to go to the marina in Alexandria to Triple Craft.  I have been wanting to go here for a year since they opened last year.  They have crazy craft milkshakes (and you can make them adult milkshakes it you want) and awesome burgers.  It did not disappoint! If anything it was even better than we were expecting and a great location.  

Tuesday was Jackson's first birthday, so on Sunday we threw him a party with his nan and papa and some of the guy's coworkers.  We had a nice little BBQ and cake and of course presents!
We all know I love getting mail and I got this awesome package from Lindsey and Dave and the kids.    My favorite tea, a Boston Starbucks mug, some spices and some artwork!  Thanks guys! 

Josh and I went to Sweet Frog for some froyo on the weekend.  Its always delicious but they had chocolate covered strawberries for Mother's Day, so good!  

The Sephora birthday gift this year some Bite Beauty lipstick and I was so in love with the sample size, that I used the gift card that Imelda got me for my birthday to buy the full size.  Amuse Bouche- Chai.  I love this shade but there were about 20 that I wanted.

Today I'm linking up with:


Friday, May 11, 2018

Fab Friday Faves 5.11.18

Good morning everyone, and as usual, long time no see!  I just don't have a lot of fun, bloggable stuff going on lately.  I got back from Florida mid last week, it was a lovely trip and the weather was finally getting more Florida-ish, and the pool and Gulf water were warm enough to swim in!  It seems like forever since the Florida weather was Florida weather.  That being said, look like we could be getting our first hurricane type storm in a couple weeks, and 8 inches of rain this weekend.
Here in Maryland after a painfully long and cold winter too, things seem to be turning around.  We have had a couple sporadic days in the 90s and the rest are 70s, and we had our first (almost) thunderstorm last night.
Josh has been working pretty much 7 days a week, 12-16 hour a day.  hoping that ends soon!  Ive been spending a lot of time with Nicole and Jackson enjoying the weather and Target.
Smudge had a vet appt on Monday, and she is a very healthy 11.5 year old Princess, she just gets to be more of a perfect cat everyday!
Tomorrow I am doing the Maryland bird Count in my area, and its supposed to be 92F (33C) wish me luck.   We have Jackson's first birthday party on Sunday, it seems like he was born yesterday!  He really is the funniest, sweetest little man and changes so much everyday!

Everyone have an awesome weekend, and a very happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, especially the best one there is, mine!

We had our first almost storm last night!  We didn't really get anything ,but obviously somewhere very near us did.  So it counts.  

Got my nails done late last week.  Decided to keep them a little longer, and I LOVE them! I finally found my guy here that does them exactly how I want them!

Nicole's parents, Garry and Wendy drove down on Wednesday to celebrate Jackson's birthday and Mother's Day.  they were so overly kind to bring me a goody box of Canadian snacks and treats.  So very much appreciated since i may not be able to make it back for July this year!  Thank you so much!

 Kohls had a Mukluk sale on a couple weeks ago and I ordered a couple pairs.  I chose to keep these super cute Pineapple ones and I love them!  They are so cute and SO comfy!

I have gotten about 300 free trail coupons for hello Fresh and never actually tried it, for no good reason.  Our friends Brandon and Michaela moved this week and on their last day we stopped in to say goodbye, and they had one of their meals left that they so kindly gave us.  It was stuffed Poblanos and it was delicious!  The next coupon I get I am definatly going to give it a try for a week just for something fun and different!

Today I'm linking up with:


Friday, April 20, 2018

Fab Friday Faves 4.20.18

Happy Friday everyone!  It has been a while since Ive done a Friday Faves blog, as usual I haven't really had 5 things in one week to write about.  Josh has been working a ton and the weather has been ridiculous in Maryland.  This wind! I'm headed to Florida on Monday, hoping for some appropriate weather and being able to get outside without getting an ear infection.  Everyone have a great 4/20 and Earth Day!

A couple weeks ago at peak blooming time, Josh and I went into DC for the Cherry Blossoms.  We checked out the blossoms, had some Peruvian food and drinks and some delicious BBQ.  We also went to the Cherry Blossom Pub that was pretty amazing and had delicious drinks! 

Last Sunday, we braved the ridiculous gale force winds, freezing temperatures and pouring rain and went to the Nationals vs, the Rockies.  We froze, but it was actually a fun game, and the baseball part was good too.  

This week, Target launched their collaboration with Hunter.  This has been hugely anticipated and there were lines in the early hours of the morning on Saturday all over the country.  I did not wait in line, so I didn't really get anything that I wanted but I still got some fun stuff!  

My pretty cherry blossom inspired nails. 

Some flowers at our apartment.  These make it look much nicer and Springier here than it actually is but they are very pretty none the less!

Today I'm linking up with:

Bright On A Budget

Simply Sweet Home

Saturday, April 7, 2018

*Recipe* Coconut Key Lime Trifle

I love key lime, and coconut, so when I saw this recipe, I knew this had to be my Easter dessert.  Not only is super light and delicious, its also a bit tart and not too sweet so it is perfect for a eating a lot of haha.  Seriously, this is so good!  Make sure you try to use key lime when making it, I am pretty sure it makes all the difference.  


  • 1 store bought angel food cake (or make your own, your call)
  • 2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 8oz tub cool whip
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp key lime juice
  • 1 cup toasted coconut
  • 2 tsp key lime zest (I used regular lime zest)


  • Cut angel food cake into cubes, set aside.
  • In the bowl of a mixer, cream together cream cheese, key lime juice, and sugar until creamy and smooth.  
  • Stir in 1 tsp of zest and fold in Cool Whip. 
  • In a large bowl ( it looks cool if you have an actual Trifle bowl), arrange 1/3 of the cake cubes on the bottom.  
  • Drizzle 1 tbsp of lime juice over cake.
  • Spread 1/3 od cream cheese mixture over cake. 
  • Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of coconut.
  • Repeat process, ending with creamed mixture and coconut.  
  • Sprinkle remaining zest over top and garnish with lime slices.  
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.  

Thanks to Lemons For LuLu for the recipe! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

My Birthday!

This year, my birthday was the quietest that I've had in a long time, but it was still a lovely day (okay, couple of weeks) filled with loved ones.  I started off in Florida, before my parents left with my favorite Key Lime Pie in the world from JJ Gandys and my gorgeous Hillberg and Berk bracelet that they got me.  

I started off my actual birthday week, but going to get some of my birthday freebies.  Pretzels from Auntie Annes, lip kits from both Ulta and Sephora, a ridiculously huge and caffeinated Starbucks drink, as well as this cute beach hat from Charming Charlie using their birthday coupon.

On my birthday, Nicole and Jackson took me to Krispy Kreme for donuts and coffee and then to Target.  

When we got home, Smudge and I had a lovely afternoon nap.

When Josh got home, I got my ice cream cake and a few friends came over for a piece, then I got to open all my gifts.

Some yellow roses.

New FitFlopp running shoes, a waffle iron. K-cups, a new knife set, shorts and a shirt from Josh.

A Tiffany earring from Miranda.

A set of Pyrex bowls from Stephanie and Steve (these were a wedding gift to Josh's mom and dad when they got married), as well as a new coverup and some bath bombs (courtesy or Vanessa's Bathbombs), a Target gift card and a little dish.

From Nicole, Jason and Jackson a new Field and Stream shirt, some socks, cactus S&P shakers, flamingo box and St. Patricks Day gloves.

I also got various gift cards and a ton of cards, thank you all so much!

The weekend before my birthday, Josh and I went out to Purse State Park, one of my favorite places to look for fossils.

And we went to the Social Speakeasy in Leonardtown for a couple drinks.  I'd been wanting to go here since we moved here and its so fun.  We also stopped in at Port of Leonardtown Winery, one of my favorite wineries for a glass.

A few days after my birthday, I went to Fairfax, VA to meet my friend Ericka, who recently moved there from Peru with her family.  We had a lovely lunch a Sisters, a fantastic Thai place in the Mosaic District and a nice little wander (even though it was freezing!) around the area.

Thanks again to everyone that made my birthday so special!