Currently – October 2019

This month has been pretty relaxed…and I’m perfectly okay with that. I created a fall bucket list, but we haven’t been very proactive with it. It’s good to have this check-in because I’m determined to check at least a couple items off the list!

The highlights of the month happened within the last week. I was able to meet up with a dear friend of mine for lunch. She is expecting her second baby and she’s having a girl! She was there for me during one of the scariest moments of my pregnancy and showered us with gifts after Gryffin’s arrival. She will always be near and dear to my heart. Aaaand the second highlight is that Mikey and I were actually able to go on a date! More on that below. :)

Here’s what else we’ve been up to this month.

Currently Watching

Friends…kinda. Our 2 1/2 year old has been really struggling at bedtime, so Mikey and I really haven’t had time to watch anything before he goes to work, but we try and catch an episode here and there when we can.

Currently Reading

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to Be Noticed by Sara Hagerty

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist

*gasp* I’m reading two books! I am loaning both of these from the Hoopla app through our library. I downloaded Unseen as an eBook and Cold Tangerines as an audio book. I’m finding it much easier to find time to listen to the audio book than to sit down and read the e-book. My loan will expire before I get a chance to finish Unseen, so I will check it out as an audio book next….and stick to just one book at a time.

More on these later (I think I always say I’ll do a review and then never do. Hopefully I can actually do one this time!)

Currently Making/Baking

I’ve finally started cooking again. I made Tamale Pie again and a super easy sausage and rice dish.

I thought about taking pics for the blog and then chickened out because I was using different colored plates, and then the lighting was bad, and then I was worried about “what if someone thinks my food looks gross?” lol. But really, I probably just need to get over it and post some pics.

Current Obsession

The Dating Diva’s

This site is the best! There are tons of date night ideas and free printables on their website – everything ranging from stay-at-home dates to more adventurous date nights. If you are running out of date night ideas or just want do something different, go check them out!

I’m not going to lie, after having Gryffin our date nights became almost non-existent. In the early days we were tired and trying to figure out home and work life after a baby. After that there was guilt of asking friends and family to watch him. Then there were times that money was tight. On and on our excuses went…

I have been following The Dating Divas on Facebook and Instagram and watching their stories and seeing the feedback from other couples, and that’s when I realized we needed to get back into the dating game with each other again.

We’re on a roll now. The first date we tried from the Dating Diva’s was the Internet Scavenger Hunt. It’s super easy to prep and very low key, which was perfect for easing ourselves back into date night. Also, this can easily be done after the kid(s) go to bed.

Then, we went on a bigger date. We actually got a babysitter (ok, well, my brother and his family watched Gryffin for us) and we went to an actual sit-down restaurant just the two of us. It was soooo nice.

We started with some garlic and onion bread and I got the French Dip. They won the award for the most unique French Dip I have ever had. It had a caramelized onions – almost like a relish, and horseradish mayo. It was very interesting, but in a good way. Mikey got the Shrimp and Scallop Linguini, which he thought was amazing. It was a really great ending to our week and we felt so re-energized after. Much needed.

I’m super thankful for the Dating Diva’s and helping us get our date nights back.

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I hope you all have had a wonderful October and have a Happy Halloween!!

Much Love,

Cami

Fall Bucket List

I had debated on whether or not I was going to create a fall bucket list this year, but after pinning things to my “Fall” Pinterest board (which, if you haven’t already, you can read more about these pins here) I decided I would go ahead and make one after all.

So here it is!

We had such a fun time with our summer bucket list this past summer, and although we didn’t finish everything on our list, the fact we even created one helped us to make an effort to get out and do more. I’m looking forward to having some fun this fall!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far!

Much Love,

Cami

Currently – September 2019 (and posting in October)

Soooo…I did mean for this to go up yesterday, but after having a full day I didn’t quite make it. Since I know it’s not the end of the world to anyone, I figured it would still be acceptable to still post a day late, even though we’re now in October.

It is officially fall, but it feels more like winter here. I’m calling it Finter (Fall +Winter = Finter). We already had our first snow fall in SEPTEMBER! It usually averages 65-70 degrees still in September during the day, but we’ve been hanging around the 50’s and 60’s, with the last weekend being in the 40s. Bbbrrrrr!!!

We haven’t been up to too much this past month, except we did manage to make it the fair and that was fun! Gryffin still loves horses, as do I, and the Mutton Busting (kids racing on sheep) is still a favorite to watch.

Here’s what else we were up to this past month…

Currently Watching

Friends!

I’ve seen episodes here and there, but I’ve never watched actual seasons, until now. I’m bummed we waited so long to get into it. I know Netflix lost the contract and I haven’t looked up to see when it will be leaving, but I know it’s coming at some point. *sigh*

Currently Reading

Ugh, I promise one day you will see something here that I’m actually reading!! I refuse to take this section down.

Currently Making/Baking

Great Value Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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This is my favorite pre-made cookie dough. I even like it better than Toll House cookie dough. I don’t typically make so many brownies or cookies, but I just can’t seem to help myself lately, especially with it being cold now.

I do plan on making a few recipes from scratch soon, so stay tuned for a more exciting Making/Baking section next month!

P.S. I definitely need to increase the amount of workouts I do each week, because this sweet tooth I have is just not good.

Current Obsession

Azazie Online Bridal Dress Shop

A very dear friend of mine is getting married next summer and I couldn’t be more happy for her! She has asked me to be a bridesmaid and I haven’t been able to stop looking at dresses ever since! She was a bridesmaid in my wedding 11 years ago and I’m honored to be in hers. The Azazie website has an amazing selection and I love their prices.

I’m not 100% sure yet if this is where I’m going to get my dress, but we shall see. It’s between Azazie and David’s Bridal.

Let me know if you’re interested in seeing what I pick out!

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I hope your Fall season is off to a great start!

Much Love,

Cami

Pintersting Pins of the Week

Fall has unofficially arrived and I have been pinning away at my Fall Pinterest board.

Here are my favorite Fall pins I found this past week!

~ 16 Dollar Store Fall Wreaths by the Crazy Craft Lady

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreaths – You won’t believe that these Beautiful Fall Wreaths were made from dollar store supplies!

I think my favorite on this list might be the Burlap and Lace, but there’s a few different ones on here I would like to try. Of course, I love that they’re DIY and from the dollar store!

I didn’t end up making the summer wreath I posted about last time, but it’s still on my list!

~ Slow Cooker White Chili by Clean Eating Recipes

I love white chicken chili. It's so easy to make and tastes so good and I really like this recipe for cooking it in the slow cooker. Definitely a keeper! {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free} #cleaneatingrecipes #cleaneating #eatclean #justeatrealfood #dairyfree

I love soup and chili, especially in the fall and winter. As you can tell from the picture, this is gluten and dairy free recipe. My little guy at home is dairy intolerant so finding favorite recipes of mine in a dairy free option is always awesome.

~ Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles by Christie with Love From The Oven

These PUMPKIN SPICE SNICKERDOODLES are a family favorite! Delicious soft and chewy with pumpkin spice flavor. This fabulous fall cookie is delicious year round, but is fantastic for fall baking, Halloween or Thanksgiving. #pumpkinspice #pumpkin #cookies #snickerdoodles #pumpkinsnickerdoodles #recipes #baking #fall #autumn #thanksgiving #halloween

I looove soft and chewy snickerdoodle cookies and I love that these have a fall twist to them! I haven’t made this recipe before so I’m excited to try them!

~ Crockpot Apple Cider by Lexi Michelle Blog

Crock Pot Apple Cider -5 ingredients & super easy! perfect for those cold fall nights!

I went to a baby shower in winter once and the host had made apple cider in her crockpot. I’m not typically a huge apple cider fan, but it was sooo delicious! While I don’t have her exact recipe, I found this recipe that looks pretty similar! I’m excited to make it this fall.

~ This Fall Decor idea found on setyourroom.com

Plain and simple, yet a beautiful fall touch for your home. I love it.

~ Fall Bucket List for Toddlers by Terri with Creative Family Fun

Bonus Pin! I was going to stop at 5, but I didn’t want to leave this one out.

Get ready to have some simple family fun this autumn with this Fall Bucket List for Toddlers. The activities are simple and so much fun.

I wanted more activity ideas for Gryffin this fall and I thought this was a fun list. I love the gathering and counting acorn idea and the leaf color hunt.

I was thinking of skipping a fall bucket list this year, but this made me change my mind!

**Cheers to Fall! I hope you all are having a wonderful September so far!

Much Love,

Cami