Monday, October 16, 2017

One of my favorite fall traditions that we try to fit in every year is a day at Keeneland. We missed the last couple of seasons so I was really excited we were able to get back tot he races this past Saturday. My parents even joined us! 

It was by far the hottest day I've ever spent at Keeneland with temperatures in the 80's the entire day, but it was still a beautiful day in the Bluegrass. 

The only family picture we managed and we had to perfectly position ourselves to get photo bombed by a random guy in a poster. Oh well, it's not like Carter was smiling anyway, haha. 


Caroline's favorite thing to do is wait by the exit from the track where the horses will stop and let you pet them when they're not busy working. These are not the race horses, but they are so sweet and well tempered. There are few creatures more beautiful than a thoroughbred horse. 

Since we did go on a Saturday, it was absolute madness and a sold out crowd. If you're going on a weekend, definitely get there early if you want to be able to purchase a seat, or grab a bench in the infield. We didn't get there early enough, so we just had to get a general admission ticket and hope for the best. We watched three races, then took the kids to walk around the stables. 

A lot of people don't take the time to walk the stables but it's one of my favorite things to do. You can see all the horses that will be racing in their stables. You can't pet them, but you can get pretty close and we got to see a few horses getting their shoes put on, which is really amazing to watch, by the way. That's what Carter is watching in the photo above.  

This is my favorite picture of the kids from the whole day. To spite being worn out from no morning nap, Carter was so good because there was so much going on for him to watch. He got SO excited every time we got anywhere near a horse.

After walking the stables, we kept on walking down to the Track Kitchen to eat. This is another little out of the way gem in Keeneland. There are so many fun people you can find there on any given day and the food is really good, too! We obviously do Keeneland different when we bring the kids versus when we don't, and both ways have their benefits. Overall, I recommend taking your kids to a weekday at Keeneland and doing adults only if you do on a weekend. That way you can tailgate beforehand, enjoy the races amongst the crowds without worrying about your kids being stepped on and just relax and enjoy a bit more in general. It's definitely something you can do with little ones, it's just ideal to do it on the days that aren't quite so crowded. We still had a fun day and were so glad we got to go. 

We spent Sunday working around the house. The kitchen backsplash is almost finished, which means we just have to finish the molding, switch out the lighting over the island and add window treatments, then the kitchen is officially finished! I can't wait to share the transformation with y'all! I worked on getting the upstairs bathrooms painted. We're planning to completely gut both of them, but I couldn't stand looking at that ugly brown paint another minute and those were the last two rooms that had it. It will likely be spring before we start on either bathroom, so I just decided to go ahead and paint them. It was time well spent because just getting rid of the brown paint has brightened those spaces up SO much. 

Hope everyone had a happy, fun weekend!

Quick and Simple Vegetable Soup

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

With as much as we've been running around lately, I have been all about cooking easy meals...and the faster, the better. Earlier this week, I made my mom's recipe for vegetable soup and it is so simple and ready in about thirty minutes or less. Doesn't get much better than that!

You'll need the following ingredients:

1 large can of tomato juice, 46 ounces ( I usually find the size needed where they sell ingredients for mixed drinks and juices) 
1 package diced beef
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 bag frozen corn
1/2 bag frozen green beans
1/2 bag of frozen carrots and peas
1/4 bag frozen okra
1/4 bag frozen butter beans
1/2 onion, diced
2 yukon gold potatoes diced (you can peel them first, but I usually don't)

In a large pot, heat up the olive oil, then add the beef and onions, cooking the beef all the way through. Once the beef is cooked, add the whole can of tomato juice, followed by the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 20-30 minutes. That's it. It may be easy but it's SO good! 

Life Lately

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The last few weeks have just flown right on by me. I've got a lot going on and most days I'm dropping balls left and right.  We moved all of our furniture to the new house last weekend, but still have TONS of our things at our other house in Maysville. I think one of the things I'll miss most about our old home, aside from the obvious things, will be our red front door. I'd always wanted a red front door and it will forever remind me of Brooke Davis. Any One Tree Hill fans out there? 

I painted ours Sherwin Williams Sun Dried Tomato a few years ago. I did a fresh coat on it a couple of weeks ago and still need to stain the trim around the door. We still haven't had any serious offers on the house, so we're just carrying two mortgages right now. I wouldn't mind doing it so much if one of them was on a lake front home or a beach house.

That little black kitten is the newest member of the family, Louie.  This kitten was part of a litter that a stray cat had under our back deck back in the early summer. We'd been taking care of them and the mama when one day they just disappeared. Well back in September, we found them again in the woods across from our house. They are all so sweet and I really wanted to bring them all, but Juston shut that down real quick. This little guy is so great with both kids and Dixie, so he's coming along.

Carter has been the best little sleeper since the beginning. He started sleeping through the night around a month old and has done so consistently ever since, until about three weeks ago.  He's been waking up in the middle of the night at 2:00 am like clock work every.single.night. Not only does he awaken, he will shriek like a pterodactyl. It's not a cry so much as it is an ear splitting girly scream. I can only imagine it's either an 18 month sleep regression, or it's all of the upheaval of the move and constantly running between our Elizabethtown house, our Maysville house and my parents. I'm trying really hard to get a schedule going, but nothing still feels settled. We still have renovations ongoing and upcoming at the house we've just moved into, I'm still working in Maysville, so we go there a couple days each week. It's just crazy. I'm hoping he'll get back to sleeping again, the sooner the better. 

My sweet Caroline is taking all of the changes like a champ. It's true what they say, kids adapt so well. She has only seen Juston on the weekends for the better part of the last two years. Since January, Juston have only been home on the weekends since he's been working in Elizabethtown. The house has basically been a construction zone, so until the last month or so, the kids and I really couldn't comfortably be there. The last Janury, for six months while I was in the end of my pregnancy with Carter, Juston took an interim job in Hazard, KY, two and a half hours from home. We didn't go because I was pregnant, it was winter and I wasn't willing to risk not being able to get to my doctor if need be. It's nice to finally be together more days than not. In the picture above, she'd just finished raking leaves in my parents yard and bagging them.

I can't remember where I saved this picture from,  I just found it on my camera roll, but I saved it as inspo for Caroline's new room. She chose purple for her walls, so I want to do something fun with purple prints to incorporate into the room. I love how serene this one feels. I already have a white duvet in her room, so now I'm looking at different ways to incorporate the pattern. I'm thinking with shams and window treatments. 

So that's pretty much it around here. I'm starting a new real estate class this week for my continuing education, still working at my brokerage office in Maysville, at least through the end of this year, but likely beyond that as I prefer doing it there. Both kids are adjusting well to the new house and town as we learn our way around. I'll be sharing the new house as we complete rooms. I spent Carter's naptime today repainting our Master Bathroom. I'll be perfectly happy if I never see the shade of brown that this ENTIRE house was painted again.

Three Quick and Easy Salads

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Some nights, I'm just not in the mood to cook a big meal, so I have a few favorite salads that I will fall back on that Juston and I both love. They're filling and pretty quick and simple to throw together. Below, I'm sharing three of our favorites for those nights you're just not really in a cooking mood.


Peach Prosciutto Salad

Salad ingredients Needed:
1 ripe peach (I used white only because that's all that was available)
Crumbled goat cheese
Cooked, crumbled bacon OR prosciutto  

For dressing:
Extra virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar

Put the arugula in a large bowl. How much you'll need is obviously determined by how many people you will be feeding. Toss diced peach over top (I left the peach peel on), add crumbled bacon or prosciutto (I used bacon since I had it on hand, but the recipe works great with either) and finally sprinkle on the goat cheese. To dress the salad, I drizzled olive oil on top, then a splash of balsamic vinegar. Toss before serving. 

Southwest Chicken Salad

Ingredients needed:
head of green leaf lettuce chopped
1-2 cooked corn cobs, corn cut off (grilling the corn gives it a great depth of flavor in the salad)
1 avocado pitted, peeled and diced up
2-3 cooked chicken breasts seasoned with salt and taco seasoning, then dice after cooking. 

 The first thing I do for this salad is season the chicken (with salt and taco seasoning), then either grill it or cook it in the skillet. The corn can be grilled or boiled on the stovetop as well. I have to say, grilling both really lends a great smoky flavor to the salad. Once cooked and cooled, dice the chicken and cut the corn from the cob.  Chop up the green leaf lettuce and put it in a large bowl. Add the diced chicken and corn, then the diced avocado. I just used a store bought chipotle ranch store bought dressing, pictured below.

Fall Harvest Salad

Ingredients needed:
head of chopped green leaf lettuce
5 slices bacon
1/2 apple, diced
1/2 pear, diced
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3 hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup goat cheese

There's some prep work involved in this one with the bacon and hard boiled eggs, so I normally make this salad on a day I'm already cooking bacon and eggs for breakfast.  That way, I just cook extra bacon and the eggs in the morning and refrigerate them until supper time. Since both take awhile to cool off anyway, it works out well. You just chop the lettuce and add it to a large bowl, then add all the other ingredients. My favorite dressing for this salad is poppyseed dressing. You can make your own, or I am normally lazy and buy the poppyseed dressing in the same brand pictured above, it's my favorite I've tried. 

Hopefully, one of these salads will make your supper prep easier one night :)

Happy Fall Y'all

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

I wanted to pop in quickly to say happy October! I haven't had a chance to post in a week. It's been a crazy around here with us finally moving our furniture into the new house, trying to get settled in and tackle the never-ending to-do list that comes along with moving to a new city and renovating a house at the same time. Then with all the sadness going on early this week with the Las Vegas shooting, it just seemed to superfluous to post something of little importance here. I never know what to say when things like that occur. 

We may not have unpacked much and we're basically camping inside our house at this point, aside from the master bedroom, which is set up, but I did manage to grab some fall decorations to get out on the front porch. Maybe from the outside, it looks like we've got this moving in thing together ;)

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What I'm Wearing//

I've been needing to go get a pedicure for the longest time now, but just still haven't managed to fit it in. With Juston only home on the weekends, the salon I go to is closed Sunday and not wanting to ask anyone to watch the kids during the week unless it's for my work, I just haven't made it. But I can't stand not having my toes at least painted, so right now I'm wearing the pretty pinkish/purple color below. It's not quite my bright summer pink hues and not quite a rich fall hue since we're still 90 degrees here but it actually fall now. The following two links are Amazon affiliate links.

OPI Not so Bora Boring Pink

I was in a neutral mood when I choose my fingernail polish and went with Tiramisu for Two, linked below. It's the perfect nude in my opinion, at least for my skin tone. 

OPI Tiramisu for Two

What I'm Wanting//

 RMS Beauty Quad

Has anyone tried this RMS beauty luminizing quad? I've heard good things from some bloggers I follow, but I'm never sure if some bloggers recommend things for the affiliate link money, or because they actually like things. It's hard to know anymore, but I'm thinking I may order this and try it. If I do, I'll report back my thoughts on it.

What I'm Loving//

Caroline decided that she wanted a purple room in the new house, so naturally that means a lot of the decor and bedding I already had won't really match the new purple walls Juston just finished painting, so I've been on the hunt for new bedding and the Bloomsbury pattern from Biscuit Bedding above is at the top of my list right now. I'm thinking of just keeping the white ruffled duvet I have now and getting the shams and neckroll in this pattern. I may end up doing the duvet, but I haven't decided yet. I want to get everything in the house this weekend before deciding on any changes or new purchases, etc. 

What the??// 

If by some chance you haven't heard, I hate to be the one to ruin your day, but the upcoming season of Fixer Upper starting later this fall will be the last one! In a way, I think it's smart on Chip and Jo's part to go out while they are still popular. They will still be riding that gravy train for some time and reaping the benefits of their show, but now they'll be able to be with their children more which I believe is the purpose of their decision to end the show. It's a bummer, but I'm in love Home Town, so at least I have Ben and Erin to fill the void ;)

Our Weekend

Monday, September 25, 2017

It was the first full weekend of fall and I don't know about where you are, but here in Kentucky, it was pushing 90 all weekend! We had a busy but fun weekend running around town. Friday, I had a closing to work, so I actually got dressed and put on make-up for a change ha. Caroline and I unintentionally coordinated in our palm print outfits so naturally, I had to get a picture. 


I shared this blouse last week in my early fall outfit post and here's another styling option. These fun printed pants came from Copper Penny in Charleston a few years ago. 

If you've read here very long, you may remember me sharing back in early summer about a stray cat that we started feeding having kittens under our porch. Well, one day when we went to check on them, they'd disappeared, so I assumed they'd gone off into the woods across the street from our house never to be seen again. Well, a couple of weeks ago, we saw them playing over in the woods and they've started coming to visit us since then. Caroline is just in hog heaven playing with them. They are the sweetest little things. I'm not sure if we'll take them when we move or not. I almost hate to take one and not all of them, but we can't catch the mama cat even though she'll come to eat on our back deck. I'd feel so guilty taking all her babies away and leaving her behind.  

Saturday afternoon, we took a break from football watching (GO DAWGS!!! That flea flicker on the opening posession gave me LIFE!) and we headed downtown to our annual Pig Out BBQ festival. It was hotter than a two dollar pistol, so we didn't last long, but we did snag some good food before we headed back home to watch some other great SEC teams play. KEntucky dropped the ball again this year against Florida.

Sunday, Caroline and I headed out on the boat with my sister and her husband for the afternoon. My sister's kids didn't end up going out for various reasons, but Caroline loves being out on the water so much that she still wanted to go. She got to fish, control the remote for the music and eat all the snacks, so it worked out ok for her haha. 

All that fun and sun wore her slap out because she conked out on the ride back up the river and slept for about 45 minutes. I can't tell you the last time she napped, but the boat would always put my sister's kids out like a light when they were little, too. 

We are in the midst of living in a disorganized mess for the next couple of weeks at least as we are packing up our Maysville house and moving most of our furniture to the new house across the state this weekend. I can't stand mess and disorganization so it's driving me bananas, especially considering I don't even want to be moving there in the first place, but I keep telling myself it's temporary and it's only a few hours to home. I'll still be working in Maysville in real estate and driving back and forth for a few days each week. Caroline won't start school until next year, so I still have the freedom to be able to do it. 

So that was our weekend. Next weekend will be spent primarily moving and most of this week will be spend cleaning, donating, throwing things out and packing. Big fun, huh?