summer reading list

Some people have asked how I decide what to read, but there is no sophisticated process that I use.  I usually read or hear about certain books and type them into my phone for future reference.  Or sometimes I’ll use the website,  Here are some books on my list that I have NOT read.  I’m planning on reading most of these and then doing another post on whether or not I liked them.

khaled hosseini

And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini


Bark – Lorrie Moore


Cementville – Paulette Livers

how did you get this number

How Did You Get This Number – Sloane Crosley

east of eden

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

cat's cradle

Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

invisible man

Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

prodigal summer

Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver


Maybe I’ll get through them all by the end of the summer.  And hopefully I won’t have to wait on them being checked out already at the library – nerd problems.

meal planning 4.27

What’s on the menu for this week…

Sweet & Sour Stir-Fried Chicken – Damn Delicious

sweet and sour

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad – Damn Delicious


Smothered Chicken & Quinoa Skillet – Healthy Delicious


Other Meals:

Sweet potatoes with fixins’

Scrambled eggs

Chicken Dish


Mike has his swim team banquet this week so that’s one meal we don’t have to worry about.  And if the weather is nice we plan on grilling the chicken for some of these recipes.  Yum!

trending this spring

Spring is finally here!  If you’ve cleaned out your closet and want to do a little updating to your spring wardrobe here are some things that are sure to put a spring in your step – pun intended.

Boyfriend Jeans

boyfriend jeans

Slouchy and comfortable.  I got these from JCP.

Shirt Dress

shirt dress

Great for when you’re burning up and want to be comfortable.  Get it here.

Nail Polish

nail polish

Now here’s one I can afford (maybe not Dior though)!  Pastels are replacing all the neons from last season.  Pretty and sophisticated.



Duh!  There are some cute ones out there.  I got these ones from Target.



Somewhat trendy, but still practical.  Lightweight and airy, perfect for a chilly evening.  I got this one from Francesca’s!


round sunglasses

Round and cat eye shapes are big this season.  I nabbed these from Kohls.



This is the ultimate no duh!  But too often I forget.  This season is going to be different!!  Buy it here or anywhere!

Bright Lipstick

bright lipstick

Another affordable one.  A great way to brighten up your face.  I like this one and this one.


That’s it folks.  Only 2 posts for me this week.  Have a wonderful weekend!

how to make a pretty bed, part II

Back in January I wrote about how to make a pretty bed (read it here).  I finally have pictures of our new bed, and here they are!




We have 3 Euro pillows in the back.  We got the Euro shams from Kohls.  Then we have 2 king pillows with the pillowcases that came with our sheets.  In front of those are 2 standard pillows with printed pillowcases from Kohls.  And in front of THAT are 2 decorative pillows.  The pillow covers are from here.

So there you have it.  A pretty bed = a bed with no shortage of pillows.

spring bucket list

Spring is here (finally)!  And I’m itching to spend LOTS of time outside after this ca-razy winter we’ve had.  Here are some things on my Spring Bucket List.

1)  Ride Bikes

We got some cheap ones from Sam’s (this one and this one).  We have a pretty good trail system here in Fayetteville so it’ll be fun to ride around.  And the trails don’t look anything like this picture, but I wanted it to look as awesome as possible.

Cascades Trail, Cascades Hut

2)  Go On A Hike

There are tons of places to hike around here.  Mount Kessler, Mount Seqouyah, Devil’s Den, Hobb’s State Park, Pea Ridge Trail, etc.  Hobb’s State Park pictured.

hobbs state park

3)  Clean Out My Closet

I’ve already pretty much completed this one and it felt so good.  Cleaning out your closet is a great way to figure out what you have wayy too much of.  I have a note on my bulletin board that says I’m no longer allowed to buy jeans or sandals.


4)  Drive-In Movie

Already accomplished this one too.  It’s amazing when you can finally stay outside after dark and not be freezing – love it.


5)  Gator Golf

We all know I’m obsessed with Gator Golf, right?  Well, I am.  And I have 3 free passes!!

gator golf

6)  Yard Work

We’ve already worked on this some (you can read about that here).  But there is definitely some more work to be done.  This is our inspiration picture:


I’m kidding.

7)  Farmer’s Market

Perfect weather.  And a great time to get fresh produce!

farmers market

8)  Baseball Game

Is it bad that I go for the hot dogs?


9)  Picnic

So fun and relaxing.  Unless you go to a park where they happen to be larping – not that that has ever happened to us.  😉


10)  Amusement Park

The best time to do this.  Not too hot yet and the lines aren’t as long.  Crossing my fingers that we can fit this in somewhere.


Looks like a fun-filled Spring!  Get out and enjoy the weather before we’re all complaining about the heat!