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August 28 marked 11 years of being married to my best friend!!  The years have flown by, and at the same time it seems like forever.  He’s my favorite person in the world and I would be lost without him.  I just want to share with you 11 things that I love about him.

  • Fun/whitty.
  • He sees the potential in everyone.
  • Adventurous
  • The absolute best daddy.
  • Sensitive.
  • Natural leader.
  • My biggest fan.
  • Audacious dreamer.
  • Challenges me to be better.
  • Tells me I’m beautiful everyday.
  • He’s MINE!!

I can’t wait to see what the next 11 yrs has in store for us.
The best is yet to come!!


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After suffering for several years from daily migraines, chronic sinus infections, lack of energy, intestinal sensitivity, and all around feeling crappy, I finally went and got allergy tested.  My body was letting me know that there was something wrong and I didn’t even think twice that it could be allergies…until about 6 months ago.  My symptoms never went away and I began eliminating things from my diet.  Nothing seemed to help.  I figured getting tested was the first step I needed to take to start feeling better.


99 different allergens.

{{Please disregard the tattoo.  I got it 13 yrs ago when it was cool to wear higher waisted pants and WAY before the endearing term “tramp stamp” was invented!!  I just aged myself didn’t I??  Oh well.}}

Okay, back to the allergy testing.
Here is a pic of what my back looked like 5 min into the testing:

Environmentals on the left and food on the right.

I never thought I could be allergic to the environment, I was searching for more food related allergies.
They retested some of the allergens, 15 to be exact, in my arm:

{I still have that nice grid on my arm!!}

I have absolutely NO food allergies!!
However, I’m completely allergic to trees and weeds.

Basically, my results tell me that I’m allergic to the Southeast from March-November.  Isn’t that fantastic?!?  😮

So, now I’m on allergy meds and can honestly tell you that I do feel better.  Who would have thought that my daily migraines, lack of energy, and chronic sinus infections would be allergy related?!?  I didn’t, but I’m glad I know now!!!

I was relieved and felt a bit validated for feeling crappy!!

Plus, I could lovingly tell my hubby:
“See, it wasn’t all in my head,
I really do feel bad, and it’s not just me being hormonal!!!”

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Meet Tahoe, our 8yo Golden Retriever.

She is the sweetest most lovable dog ever.  Hubby and I got her when she was 6 wks old and before we had kids.  She is our first baby!!  When I was pregnant with my 4yo {pictured}, we found ourselves in transition.  Unfortunately, we had to find Tahoe a new home.  My inlaws saved the day and Tahoe moved in with them.  She lived with them for 4 yrs and has finally moved back home!!

My 4yo is in heaven!!  She LOVE LOVE LOVES animals!!

We are so glad Tahoe is home!!

{We may have to find her a new home soon, but hopefully we can keep her.}

Now if I can just figure out what to do about this:

Spider Monkey showed up this morning covered in scratches and dried mud.
Cats aren’t supposed to get baths…but this might be an exception.

For the love….

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Good gracious, it’s almost been a yr since my last post.  That’s just ridiculous!!  Life gets away with us and priorities shift and WHAM…
…a blog gets neglected.

I guess I needed the break, but I have missed all of you.

I’m back and can’t wait to catch up!!

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Hubby and I went to Boston for 5 days this last weekend.  It was SO MUCH FUN!!  I totally fell in love with the city and didn’t want to come home.  I missed my girls but just wished that Boston was home.  It was a weird feeling because I have never felt that way before about a place.

Here are some videos that we took while we were there.

Boston Pics

As you can see, we had a blast and can’t wait to get back!!

We plan on moving there before the end of the year!

“Wicked Awesome!!”

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It’s days like these:

That make me want comfort food.

Which is why I had this for lunch:


Creamy Bean and Ham Soup with Cornbread.


I am the cook who makes stuff with a handful of this and a dash of that.
Here are the ingredients…don’t ask me for the exact amount!!

1lb Pinto beans
2-4 cloves of Garlic {love it}
Salt and Pepper
1 can Evaporated Milk
6-ish cups of Water
2 Bay Leaves

I didn’t soak my beans.  I degassed them by bringing the dried beans to a boil with a sprinkle {maybe 2 tbs?} of baking soda. Rinse them thoroughly and repeat the process three times.

Put everything in a big pot and let simmer for 2 hrs, or until veggies are tender.
{The longer it simmers, the tastier it gets.} 

Very tasty and totally hit the spot today. 

 What is your comfort food?

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Latest Obsession

Since it is getting colder outside, my latest obsession has become this:


Nestle Hot Chocolate with Gingerbread Creamer (any flavor creamer will do) and a handful of Mini Marshmallows!!


Come on over and I will make you some too!!

Here’s yours:




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