Monday, July 28, 2014

Layered Ponytails

Woof. Summer is here and in full swing! I've been loving our splash pad and pool days but BOY is it hot down here in the great state of Mississippi.

My and the little girl I nanny for have been keeping it cool with some old fashioned layered ponytails to keep the hair off our necks. My mom used to do my hair like this when I was little, and it's still perfect for beating the heat on these roast toasty summer days.


Head on over to White Lights on Wednesday to check out the full post.

Stay cool!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

August Osage County - 52 Books in 52 Weeks


2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Tessa has read 8 books toward her goal of 52 books.

Thanks for tuning in to another edition of my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I'm tracking my progress on Goodreads, an awesome website that you should definitely check out, and maybe start your own reading challenge!


Man, I love this play. I've never seen it live, but I'm one of those people who loves reading play scripts for fun - it's like a novel to me. You can read it and your brain fills in everything else. I think that's why I hate to many book-to-movie adaptations. Even if there's nothing wrong, it's just not how I pictured it! Not so with the recent August: Osage County movie. I know 12 Years a Slave won best picture (and I really did enjoy that film) but AOC was by far my favorite movie of 2013.

I recommend both the play and the film (unless you're sensitive to language, they're both pretty heavy on the swearing). This was one of my re-reads of the year so I'm not counting it toward my book challenge, but what the heck, I loved it and wanted to share how great it is! I'm doing pretty well on my challenge, too! I'm ahead a few books. We'll see if it lasts.

Happy reading!




Monday, July 21, 2014

Spicy Organic Kale Chips


Kale chips! This is probably not new information to you, but these babies are mega delicious! I don't know how it took me this long to jump on the kale chip bandwagon (yes, I do, it took a kale sale at Kroger, I'm stingy, forgive me) but I'm kinda super pumped I did. 

They're such a great snack alternative to chips (this coming from the queen of carbs) and they're actually really simple to make. Who knew? (I know, I know, everybody knew. I am so behind the kale trend. I know.)


I do however, have to share my additional revelation with you which is: spicy kale chips. Ooh, mama. These are mega delicious. If you haven't heard of Slap Ya Mama, let me just say: welcome to the first day of the rest of your life.

Funny story: My roommate's boyfriend is a great cook. He makes all these normal looking dishes that are simple but always SO good. Finally I saw him using this seasoning blend in some chili or something and discovered his dark secret: he is not in fact a great cook! He just uses Slap Ya Mama in everything he makes.

You too can fool friends and family into believing your culinary prowess by just putting this stuff on everything.

It is spicy though, so go easy when seasoning your kale chips (or popcorn, or avocado, seriously, I'm addicted it's a crisis.)


In case you're like me and new to the kale chip revolution:

This lady has some great tips. I use baby kale, an olive oil mister, and one of those silicon mat things for  easy clean up. My best bet has been 20 min at 275 degrees (I think the baby kale cooks quicker). Now go forth and change the world with your new Slap Ya Mama knowledge!

What's the best seasoning you've found for kale chips? Anyone tried spinach chips? Any great kale chip tips that I absolutely need to know?


Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Five - Washington DC Recap!

Last month my brother and I took a trip to Washington DC …and I'm just now getting around to posting our pictures. It's been so perfect outside I've been totally bailing on my blogging. Who wants to sit with a laptop when the sun is shining?! Netflix doesn't count I guess. Or Facebook. Or Pinterest. Okay okay, I just suck at blogging ;)


My dad took us to the airport (my mom and sister were in Korea) and said "I'm so bummed: half my family's going one way and half is going the other… Hey, it's like Star Trek!"

Seriously love that guy. 



My 6'2" baby brother Trailand (who humors me so much. He's the coolest and I spend 90% of my time trying to live up to how awesome he is) went with me and our Nana to a Nat's game! It was rad, I'd never been to a ball game in their stadium before. We also crushed the Phillies like 7-0 so that's obviously tops. 


Another cool Trailand fact: he just got his black belt! I'm the proudest. This picture took so many more tries than you would believe but I am a GOOD SISTER so we prevailed. Take that, Washington Monument. This was about 3 minutes before the sky darkened, and we got stranded under a tree in the National Mall because it started pouring down rain. Founding father karma. 


My adorable Nana and I were accidental twinsies for church. How cute is this sassy little lady? I miss her already. 


In addition to being cute, my Nana is also mega thrifty. She found this brand new bar thing and 4 deck chairs at a garage sale for twenty bucks somewhere. Trailand the great assembled it - doesn't he look just like a precious tiki bartender? So out of place in the woods of Northern Virginia. Adorable, I tell you. 

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I'm linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday. Hope you all have a marvelous weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm Headed Back To School!

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Big news: I'm taking the plunge and am headed back to school this fall! I'll be continuing my education at my alma mater, and I have to say I'm really excited! It does feel weird to be thinking about school after a 3 year break - I've enjoyed my job and not having to worry about tests and homework and the like!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Haircut! (and some #tbt bad hair days)

I got a new haircut, y'all! At first I was worried it looks like mom hair (not that there's anything wrong with moms or their hair! I'm just not there yet). It's growing on me, though! It actually holds curl now, which was not the case when it was two feet long. I think I like it. 


I know this chop isn't as dramatic as some, but it's a big deal for me who's almost always had much longer hair. I got 10 inches taken off the back. As my brother said, 10 inches of bad decisions - I've made some serious hair-dye choices in my younger days. 

Here are some of my favorite questionable hairstyles of the past:

Woof! I credit (blame) about half of these on my art-major roommate in college. 

Tell me about your most regretted or outrageous hair decision (or mistake)! I just know there are some DIY perms or ombre's gone wrong out there. What's your best bad hairstyle story? 

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