Happy 5th Birthday Elena!

Today, this precious little niece/godchild of mine turns 5 years old.

FIVE YEARS OLD!!!  How did that even happen?

One day she was a toddler, then I blinked and she turned 5.



She's a lover, a helper, a chit-chatter & she enjoys the color yellow.  And chocolate.
But who doesn't adore chocolate?

Today, she's getting her ears pierced & when asked where she wanted to go for her Birthday lunch, her answer, "Subway!" (the kid is pretty easy to please)...

Happy Birthday Ms. E.  This Auntie loves you to the moon & back.

Workout Wear: iphone 6 armband

I'm on the hunt for a new armband, since upgrading to the iPhone 6.
I'm looking for a few key elements....
+  Breathable & water-resistant material.
+  Stay put technology (and it must be fully adjustable.).  I couldn't make my previous armband tight 
    enough when it was on my bare arm.
+  Slim / light weight design. 
+  Full access to touchscreen functions.
+  Dark in color.  My last Belkin was lime green, and while it looked pretty at first, it quickly became    
    dirty.
Below are some viable options that I've found:

















Option 1: Belkin Slim-Fit Plus Armband
Option 2: Tune Belt Sport Armband
Option 3: LED Night Light Running Armband

I'd love to know if you have an armband that you love?  If so, please leave your suggestions in the comments below.  Thanks in advance!

Girl's Day: Paintin' Pottery

A couple weeks ago, we celebrated my mom's Birthday with a Girl's Day.
My sister & I surprised my mom with a trip to Paintin' Pottery or Bead It in De Pere.

We had never been therefore, but a friend recommended it to me.  It was the cutest little place (with great coffee, might I add!), & one that we will frequent again & again.












































First, you select a pre-made piece of pottery, which can range from trinkets, to mugs, to platters.  Then you select a stencil, stamp, or if you're good -- you can free-hand paint your piece.  All paint &  supplies are included, & the employees working offer inspiration & suggestions along the way.

Turns out, you need very little artistic talent to make something great.


I found it to be really relaxing & am already dreaming up my next piece...


After you're done, you leave your piece with them & they professionally glaze & fire it.  It's ready for pick-up in 3-7 days.






























We ended our day with a trip to Seroogy's for chocolate & met the guys (& kiddos) for dinner at Mackinaws.

It was a wonderful day, & I love that I now have a handmade memory to cherish of our special day!

Happy Sunday






























If I owned a cottage or lake house -- it would surely be as bright & colorful as this one.

A witty read outlining last-minute wardrobe fixes to have in your back pocket.

What a nutritionist eats in a day.

A worth-while read about why God makes us wait.

Sean Hayes & husband lip Sync "Trouble" -- this will make you laugh!






Make: Pecan Pie



It wasn't until about a year ago that I tasted my first pecan pie, and then I kicked myself for not trying it sooner.  They are SO good.

I quickly set-out to find a recipe; of course I landed on the Pioneer Woman's website, and I knew it was a safe bet to try one of Ree's creations.

You can find the recipe here.










































































Pssst! I totally cheat & use a store-bought frozen pie crust because really, it tastes just as good.















Pair a slice (or two!) of this pie with coffee and, ohhh -- you'll be in heaven!