Happy Sunday.



Love Stephanie's idea of an instagram challenge, focusing on one color per week.

I know Valentine's Day was like, 4 months ago, but these homemade baby-inspired Valentine's Day Cards are TOO cute!

Drake White:  this song, this song, & this song.  And this song.

Have you ever looked at this hashtag on Instagram: #myinstagramlogo?  People are so darn creative!

Only Amber could make this outfit look good.








Travel: Las Vegas, Nevada: The Strip

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Las Vegas, Nevada --  home to over half a million people in the Mojave Desert, but most well-known for it's 4 mile Strip on Las Vegas Blvd, which hosts magnificent hotels & casinos, as well as endless energy & entertainment.  You can find a little bit of everything on The Strip.

Zac & I decided to find out what the buzz was all about, so we booked a trip to Vegas.  We aren't gamblers, and I'm not a huge drinker, but we decided on Las Vegas mostly because it's a part of the United States that we've never been (the desert southwest), and Las Vegas is in relatively close proximity to other area attractions we wanted to scratch off our bucket list (Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, etc.)

Below are photos from our day & night on The Strip, but first: 

My Top Five Pieces of Advice for Perusing the Vegas Strip:

1.  Wear comfy shoes.  We put on 11 miles in just half a day walking the strip -- trust me, your feet will thank you!
2.  Never pay full price for a show/night club.  There are promotors out everywhere.
3.  Drinks are expensive.  It's just the way it is.  
4.  Avoid eye contact with anyone who looks freaky.  They're likely looking to sell you drugs, prostitutes, or beg for money.
5.  Please, leave your kids at home.  I couldn't believe the number of kids I saw... especially at night.


The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Mural | Stree Art | Las Vegas, NV | My Darling DaysFlamingo,, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days


The High Roller Wheel -- a great way to see The Strip. Can you believe that each pod can hold 40 people?

High Roller Wheel, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Caesars Palace,Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days


Inside Caesar's -- I love how they make it look so real!

Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days


Same goes for The Venetian.  Truly makes you feel like you're in Venice, Italy!


Venetian, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days


We had lunch at Toby Keith's Bar in Harrah's -- good food & worth the stop.  (Be prepared for the chaps the waitresses are wearing, fyi ;)  I guess anything goes in Vegas!)

Toby Kieth's bar @ Harrahs, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days


Any & every kind of themed slot machine imaginable... though this one was my fav... because, obviously...

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days


These next few photos are from inside the Bellagio, which was probably my favorite hotel/casino lobby that we ventured into...

Dale Chihuly's 'Fiori Di Como', displayed on the ceiling inside the Bellagio:

Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days
I can't wait to make this image into a print!

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden was featuring their spring display called the Japanese Tea Garden -- amazing!!

Bellagio, flowers, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days









Stunning, right!?  


M&M World -- we got to sample the new flavors: Honey Nut, Coffee Nut, & Chili Nut.  Naturally, the coffee one was my favorite!  

M&M World, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days



And now, for The Vegas Strip at night...  The PG rated version ;)

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

New York, New York | Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days
My *almost* dream car!

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Excalibur, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days


The Fountain Light Show at the Bellagio is a must see!

Fountain light show, Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days

High Roller Wheel, Las Vegas, NV | My Darling Days


Make sure you check out Fremont Street if you're in town -- Zac & I actually enjoyed that area more than The Strip.  There's live music, tons & tons of lights, and everyone is just there for a good time.  Way less creepy people, from our experience :)


What's your favorite part of The Strip?

Happy Sunday.



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The Shelf Life of Food.


Huntin', Fishin', & Lovin' Every Day

Sorting through some recent photos, and I can't get Luke Bryan's song, "Huntin', Fishin', & Lovin' Every Day" out of my head... because it basically describes my husband to a T.

Let me show you...


"If I could make a living walking in the woods... you can bet I'd be sitting pretty good"

Turkey Hunt 2016 | My Darling Days


"If I could make a nickel off of turning them bass... never worry about the price of gas"

Pier Fishing | My Darling Days

Sunset | My Darling Days


"Huntin', fishin', and lovin' every day... that's the prayer that a country boy prays"


Turkey Hunt 2016 | My Darling Days


"Black coffee in the mornin', dark whiskey in the evenin'"

Fishing | My Darling Days


"I love it when my baby wants to roll with me... tuckin' her hair in my hat and she's ready to go"

Pier Fishing | My Darling Days

Sunset fishing | My Darling Days


"Huntin', fishin', and lovin' every day... that's the prayer that a country boy prays"

Turkey Hunt 2016 | My Darling Days


"Early in the mornin'... late in the evenin"

Bay Shore Sunset | My Darling Days

Sunset Fishing | My Darling Days


"Thank God he made me this way... huntin', fishin', and lovin' every day..."


See?!  Those who are reading this post & know Zac -- isn't this SO him? <3 <3 <3

*These photos were from Zac's 2016 Turkey Hunt & a recent date night of pier fishing

Be more present.

It was a regular Monday evening.  I rushed home from work to start making supper -- we were having grilled chicken, asparagus, and brown rice.  While the chicken was precooking in the oven, I scrolled through various social media platforms.  About half way through my feed, the oven timer went off – it was time to transfer the chicken to the grill.

The chicken had just baked in the oven for 40 minutes.  That means, I just spent 40 minutes mindlessly scrolling through Instagram & Snapchat & Facebook.  I took a moment to realize how ridiculous that just was.  I could have used that 40 minutes to get some housework done, or exercised, or better yet – played with my pup who just spent nearly 10 hours in her kennel.  Instead, I wasted it scrolling through photos & reading captions from people I will never actually meet in “real” life.

The truth is though, after a long day of work, sometimes I just need a mindless scroll.  I need a second (or 40 minutes, apparently) to chill.  And actually, my Instagram feed is quite inspiring – I genuinely enjoy getting to sit down & scroll through it daily.

The other truth, though – is that I scroll through various forms of social media while I brush my teeth (morning & night), at various points throughout my day while at work (when I can connect to the internet), whenever I have to wait in line or in a waiting room, generally always while supper is cooking, often times while Zac is driving and I’m the passenger, and usually for about an hour or so in evening.

If you added up all that time, I bet it would equal nearly 2-3 hours every day.  How sad is that?

This got me thinking.  Our days are often filled with excuses like, “I don’t have time to cook.”  “I don’t have time to work out."  “I don’t have time to blah, blah, blah...”

This week though, I'm making time.  And I'm challenging myself to be more present.  To put down my phone, and make time for all the things I say I don't have time for.  Now that's not to say I'm giving up social media all together, but I am going to try to cut way back this week.  And I encourage you to do the same.


I'm anxious to see how I feel at the end of the week -- if I'm yearning to scroll, or if I'm perfectly OK with cutting out so much screen time.


I'd love to know -- how much time do you spend on social media?  Do you have any "rules" that you follow -- like No Phones at the Table, or No Phones in bed?  Share with me in the comment section below!