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Gallery Wall

*DONT BE OFFENDED IF A PICTURE OF YOU IS NOT ON THE WALL. IF YOU DIDN’T MAKE IT, TAKE A PRETTY PICTURE WITH ME ON A NICE CAMERA  IN NATURAL LIGHT AND YOU’RE GUARANTEED TO GET UP THERE :). (in all seriousness, picking out these pictures was so difficult and I realized that my blurry iPhone pictures just don’t blow up well. Plus, I need more pictures in sunlight!!!!) I’m getting right to the point with this one. This gallery…

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LA Weekend

Hi lovers! I went to California over the weekend and met Nick at the end of one of his work trips. I love California–the sunshine, rooftops, beach, celebrities, and in-n-out are just a few of my favorites. When Nick and I were doing long distance when we were dating, we both were traveling for work and would meet in LA to see each other. We always had the best time together there and I look back on those mini “vacations”…

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Cowboy Cookies

Hi cuties! How was everyone’s Valentine’s day?! I had plans to write this post on Wednesday night but after eating half of a large pizza, a huge sugar cookie, a slice of red velvet cake, and half a bottle of sparkling rosé, I was pretty much in the fetal position the rest of the night! Luckily, the Proposal was on one channel and the first Fifty Shades movie (I’ve now seen all three in the past week, I have problems!)…

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Fresh Margaritas

While it’s 20 degrees outside in Kansas, picture this – a warm, spring day on a patio sipping on a margarita (on the rocks, no salt for me!). Who doesn’t love a good marg? Maybe it’s because I automatically associate it with chips, salsa, and cheese dip, of course. I am a one and done type of girl when it comes to margaritas because they’re normally way too sweet for me. This recipe below is the bomb.com because it uses…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Eating and drinking and more eating…that’s about how it goes on the weekends. Friday, we were supposed to have friends over but they unfortunately got sick so we ended up celebrating my SIL’s birthday instead! I made fajitas, salsa, guac, & margaritas (recipe coming this week!).  Oh, and of course a texas sheet cake for dessert. I have made this sheet cake recipe dozens of times and I love it–as does everyone else who has it! Saturday was perfect. It was cold…

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Baby Blue Baby Shower

Hi baby loves! Throwing my sister a baby shower for her little baby boy, Henry (who is over a year and a half now!!!!), was one of the most special parties that I’ve thrown. It’s crazy looking back on this shower because I loved him so much then and he wasn’t even born. Cut to almost 2 years later, and he’s the little love of my life (after Mr. B, of course). My sister had a pretty rough pregnancy and…

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Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Whoa, even being the celeb junkie that I am, I feel like this week has been overloaded with celeb news. Between Kylie Jenner having her baby, JT performing at the Super Bowl (and adding KC to his tour list!), the Spice Girls announcing their world tour, Michael Buble sharing his wife is pregnant (no one probably noticed or cares about that but…#MBforever), how has anyone gotten any work done?! And, this isn’t celeb news (well, it kind of is to…

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Scenes from the Weekend

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet…mainly because it’s Monday night and I’m just now doing the weekend recap but also because my eyes are literally shutting as we speak! Nick was at the Super Bowl all weekend so I spent most of my time at my parent’s house. Although I hate when Nick travels for that long (or sometimes I’m like get out of the house…now!), I love getting to spend uninterrupted time with my fam. Plus,…

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Red Velvet Gooey Cookies

Happy Friday! And, boy, am I glad that it is almost the weekend! As I’ve gotten older I always say, the days are long but the weeks and months fly. And this week’s days were long! I wanted to share this recipe before Valentine’s Day because these cookies would make the perfect V-day dessert! Although I make these cookies year round because once you try them, you’ll want them all the time! Nick and I haven’t decided what we are…

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January Reads

Hi book worms! I have to be honest with you, I’ve never been an avid reader–mostly because I never put forth the time or effort to do it. I would always read an occasional book on vacation but that was pretty much the extent of it. At the start of this year, I made the commitment to not get on social media in bed and to read instead. Holy cow, you can get a lot read when you actually do…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Hi loves! I hope you all had a great weekend. I think the better the weekend, the harder it is to go back to work on Monday, unfortunately! As some of you may have seen on instagram, Nick and I finished Parenthood this weekend–wow, wow, wow! I have a problem where I get so obsessed with shows that I feel like the characters are my friends/family and that they should be carrying on their show personalities and lives in real…

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Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

I can’t even believe I’m writing a post or even sharing a recipe that’s mostly healthy. Sometimes I just don’t even know who I am anymore (#whereiskingcurtis?). 2017 was so busy that I promised myself in 2018 that I would get back into cooking (and working out) and trying out more healthy recipes. I used to view breakfast as a road block that came in between me and my favorite meals of the day–lunch and dinner. Like, why even waste…

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Build Your Own Chili Bar

So don’t kill me, but chili has never seemed very exciting to me. I think the main reason being that growing up I didn’t like corn bread (whaaaattttt?!). And, clearly, chili and cornbread go hand in hand. It’s probably beneficial for everyone (mainly my thighs) that I didn’t discover my love of corn bread until a few years ago. And then when you add some bomb toppings to the chili, you’ve really sold me! This spread was so easy to…

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Floral Bridal Shower

Hi babes! I’m throwing it back to last April  when I had the great pleasure of helping host my bestie (since 7th grade!), Molly’s, bridal shower with her sister-in-law, Rosa, and our best friend, Lo.  Molly has amazing style , is so creative, and always makes things look so flawless. Needless to say, we all wanted her shower to be perfect for her!  One thing I always try to do when planning parties is to add personal touches specific to…

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Valentine’s Day Decor

It’s only been two months since I last blogged – yikes! But I thought a great way to ease back in would be to share my Valentine’s Day decor. I hate to admit this, but I put these up at the beginning of January! When I lugged the bright pink bin out of the basement the look on Nick’s face was priceless.  Honestly, the house was so bare after Christmas that it needed some pizazz! Valentine’s Day has become one…

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Thanksgiving Sides

  My favorite part of Thanksgiving, well really any holiday, is the food, specifically the sides. I don’t eat a ton of meat, especially not turkey, so the sides are the real deal for me. I mean who doesn’t love sides? I put a lot of thought into my sides for Thanksgiving and while I’ll be traveling this holiday, I’ve still been salivating over all of these options so I thought I would share with you all. Creamed Corn – it’s…

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Holiday To Do List

  It’s officially my favorite time of the year!!! Multiple radio stations are playing Christmas music so obviously that’s a sign that it’s time to start checking off all of my holiday to dos.  Here goes my list– Send out holiday cards – loving this one and this one. I’m patiently waiting to get our engagement pics so I can pick out which card to use! Ice skating @ Crown Center – Nick and I started a tradition a few years ago where we…

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Friendsgiving 2015

I hosted my third annual Friendsgiving event this past weekend. It’s one of my favorite get togethers that I have because it’s centered around food and friends – what’s not to love?! I went simple with the tablescape – West Elm votives, Paper Source paper place mats, tree stumps, and pine cone name cards. I may have collected the pinecones during a tipsy outing tailgating one day a few weekends ago. Decorating is always on the mind. 🙂 I put a…

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October in Pictures

Well October came and went just like that! Rather than recapping in a long, wordy post, I thought I’d share my month in pictures. Celebrating George’s 4th birthday!Celebrating this girl’s 20 something birthday 🙂 Obsessed with this Dolce Bakery cake – pink rosette frosting is the bomb A nice afternoon spent sunbathing with MB Irishfest in Weston, MO I wasn’t kidding – 800 pounds of pumpkins purchased Annual front porch pic with pumpkins + dog A few of my Halloween…

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The Engagement!

This post has been a long time coming…seeing as it happened over 3 months ago! I think I’m finally out of the crazy engagement frenzy/wedding planning mode that I can really reflect back on all of the moments of the special day! I apologize ahead of time for all of the random side notes… To make a long story short (well, as short as I can make it :)), I had plans to meet one of my best friends, Christina, in downtown Lawrence (Nick and my hometown) to…

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White Chicken Chili

I’m either starting to feel the beginnings of a cold or my allergies are still kicking in October (either way, yuck) so a big bowl of soup is exactly what I needed. I haven’t made chicken chili in forever but I had a hankering for it so I decided to combine a few recipes that I’ve flagged over the past few years. It’s a fairly simple recipe that is full of flavor and is super hearty. It definitely has a kick…

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Fall Apple Picking

I’m really all about doing all of the fall activities I can before it gets freezing and I don’t want to leave my house. A coworker told me about a quaint little place called Cider Hill. They have a pumpkin patch and apple orchard amongst all of the other precious things like this wishing well. How cute! I should add that Nick and I were the only adults without children at this place….and Nick would like to add, the only person wearing…

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Scenes From the Weekend

I’m not going to lie, this weekend was a whole lot of eating and a whole lot of TV…and I loved it. I spent most of the weekend in Lawrence and I was so excited to go to all of my favorite food places. Oh, and see my family and friends. But food first, duh. My friend, Kelsey, was in town from Denver this weekend so a few of us decided to all get together in Lawrence. I’ve been dying…

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Scenes from the Weekend

I really really tried to have this post up for Monday but my iPhoto would NOT download my pictures. It turns out that  when you have 1000+ videos from the Taylor Swift concert that you’re trying to upload, your computer will spaz out. I had to upload the images in increments of 10, you can imagine how long that took. But here we are on Tuesday and I’ve finally got my stuff together (typical). Friday night, my old roomie, Lauren,…

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Fall To Do List

First and foremost, I want to say that yes, I did do a fall photo shoot with Mr. B last year. I’m not ashamed that I treat my dog like a human child. I couldn’t resist. The leaves were so pretty and I couldn’t turn down taking even more pictures of him. Side note: what was I thinking letting his hair get so long??? It’s like he has a whole different personality with this bob. #longhairdontcare Fall is by far my favorite season. Everything that is good…

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Scenes from the Weekend

Not going to lie, I majorly sucked at taking pictures this weekend. I think it was a combination of being on the go for most of the weekend and just pure laziness – so apologies ahead of time. Friday after work, we celebrated our one year until the wedding with mini cupcakes from Dolce! I was nice and let Nick have the red velvet.  Once I bit into it…let me rephrase, stuck the whole cupcake in my mouth, I was…

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Mini Pumpkin Muffins

I hate to say this, but I’m not pumpkin obsessed like the rest of America seems to be. However, I do like a good, moist muffin.  I wanted to make something for the bachelorette party last weekend that people could snack on easily (and something that would be season appropriate).  And these bite sized beauties were the perfect choice. They are seriously tasty. They are packed full of flavor and they stayed moist for 5+ days. Do you like how…

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Texas Bachelorette Weekend

My good friend, Hope (who happens to be getting married to Nick’s best friend), had her bachelorette party this weekend in Galveston, TX. It is definitely wedding season for my friends and I’m so not ready for it….aka this old lady can’t be going out that much. I couldn’t help but snap this cliché airplane window picture. Kansas looks so bright and green! First stop in Galveston was lunch, of course. We ate by the water and I got an amazing margarita pizza…

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I’m Back!

Did you miss me?! (insert Kristen Bell’s gossip girl voice) Last year, I started a blog called Everything That Sparkles (ETS) with one of my best friends, Molly. We had both been wanting to blog in our spare time and we figured it would be more fun to do together. I loved doing it with her because we were both so laid back when it came to our blog (shocking, because I’m not really laid back about much :)). It…

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