25 Things…

1.  Oh how I love thee

2.  Let me count the ways

3. Homemade Scentsy refills

4. Sopapilla Cheesecake

5. Strawberry Pineapple Spa Water

6.  Love thee Pinterest.

7.  Do you sing to your dog?

8.  I sing to Cody all the time!

9.  Not sure why or how this came about.

10.  I sing…

11.  Monkeyyyy Monkeyyyy Bear.  Ive got to be a monkey bear…..{repeat}

12.  After I sing this, I die laughing.

13. Then I feel silly.

14.  I cant actually believe that I am blogging about it!

15.  Cody hates the song, btw.

16. Did we miss Spring?

17.  I think the calendar has it all wrong.

18.  Its March people!

19.  Not June!

20.  Im ready for SPRING like days.

21.  Not summer days.

22.  Dog days of summer can push out a little further.

23.  Wonder why my strawberry plant hasnt produced any strawberries?

24.  I think I got “gipped”!

25.  Wonder if I can get a refund…

Until next time…

Foodie Friday {Zippy Broccoli}…

Im going side dish style today.  So you ask, “What is Zippy Broccoli? What makes it Zippy?”  I answer “Only the most delicious and easy to make side dish ever!”

Disclaimer: Pretty sure all men hate this recipe…or maybe just Raymond and my dad.


  • (1) package broccoli (fresh, never frozen)
  • (2) cloves of garlic, minced
  • Eyeball these:
    • (2 Tbsp) olive oil 
    • (1 Tbsp) hot sauce (I prefer more hot sauce than not. And use Franks)
    • (1 Tbsp) lemon juice (fresh is the best)
    • S&P
  1. Place broccoli in microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add water.  (Enough to cover half of broccoli).
  3. Cover with paper towel.
  4. Microwave on High 2-3 mins.
    1. The longer you microwave, the more mushy (or done) the broccoli will be.
    2. I prefer crunchy broccoli.
    3. Be careful — bowl will be hot.
  5. Add garlic, oil, lemon juice, hot sauce, salt, and pepper to bowl.
  6. Whisk together.
  7. Taste.  Then tweak.  I usually add more hot sauce and S&P after I taste.
    1. Im a flavor savor! 🙂  Love favor!
  8. Drain broccoli.
  9. Toss with oily, lemony mixture.
  10. ENJOY! 🙂

What is your favorite side dish to make? 🙂

Until next time…

Jack Of All Trades {Dog Groomer}…

Do you have any secret, hidden talents?  You do?!  What are they? 🙂

Well I have a secret talent — dog groomer!  Seriously, not glamourous but it saves me some dollar bills.

Yesterday was dog grooming day.  F.u.n. I thought I would share some pictures. 🙂

Cody hiding under the bed. He hates getting his hair cut.

Cody - before haircut

A little happier -- outside enjoying the sunshine.

So, what do you think of Cody’s haircut?  Raymond said it looks like I forgot about the front two legs. *pshh* You try cutting a dog’s hair. 😉

Until next time…

How To Plan A Birthday Party {Adult style}…

We {insert: society} can get engrossed with planning children’s birthday parties.  So much so that we tend to forget all about our birthday {or friends, spouse, parents, etc}.  Well, I think we all secretly love our birthdays.  It is no secret that I absolutely LOVE my birthday. 🙂

I hope this post inspires you to plan your own birthday shindig or just as fabulous of one for your friends or spouse.  😉


  • Mail invitations.  Yes – MAIL THEM! 🙂  I love receiving cute invitations in the mail!  We are a little too techie these days.  Lets take it back old school style with snail mail!
  • Add a childhood photo of the guest of honor to the invitation.  This might take some secret digging if you are planning for someone other than yourself.  
  • Ask guests to RSVP (duh)….with a song that reminds them of the person you will be toasting.  
    • Example: If said party was for me, all my friends would reply with “______”.  Go ahead ladies, leave it in the replies.  Lets see if Im right! 😉
    • The songs will become the party playlist. 
  • Have a cake made or catered for the event.  Not a sheet cake people! Go to a local bakery and find out what their specialty is.  
  • Serve a signature cocktail.  My personal faves: sangria and/or champagne.  Find out if there is a special drink that your guest of honor prefers.  Make that! 
    • Set up a cocktail area.  No Solo cups!  This is adult style, not cheap.  😉 
  • Add some flowers and balloons.  Keep it simple with a color scheme.  Blue, Yellow, Cream.    Pink, Black, White.   Turquoise, Coral, Cream.  You get what Im sayin…
  • Say cheese.  Photo booths are SO much fun!  Either (A) hire a local photographer or (B) set up a booth on your own.  I prefer the photographer route. 🙂
    • If you do it yourself… Gather a few playful props, tri-pod, camera, and lightweight bedspread or sheet to use as a backdrop.  
    • Two photographers that I :
  • Serve some delicious food.  I like “shower style” food.  It looks pretty and (if done right) is very yummy!
  • Gifts:  Im a fan of leaving the gifts at the store, and gift a “fun time”.  Memories are worth far more than any sweater or gift card. 🙂 
  • Have a good time! 🙂  
Drop a line with your fave party ideas!
Until next time…

25 Things…

1. I hate Hobby Lobby.

2.  I thought something was wrong with me.

3.  All my friends love that store!

4.  Then I went on a shopping excursion there …. today.

5.  Seriously, I might be in love.

6. Yes, with Hobby Lobby.

7.  Can you actually love a store?

8.  I know people who have an obsession. 😉  ♥ you Katy

9. Now I am not crafty.

10. Not a crafty bone in my body.

11. However…

12. Pinterest has changed my mind.

13.  Im trying.

14. You should see my apartment.

15. Hot.Mess.

16. Did you know that you cannot drill through fabric?

17. How about … you must make several trips to the home improvement store when working on a project.

18.  Totally not ideal.

19. If these projects dont turn out….

20.  I will be SO furious.

21. Yes I said projects.

22.  Up to 4 now.

23. At one time.

24. PS..crafting is expensive!

25.  I need some craft stuff organizing. 🙂

Until next time…

{Update} 3M…

Happy Monday everyone! 🙂  How was your weekend?  Hopefully wonderful!  I spent the weekend organizing a closet.  Round 1 complete. Round 2: customize shelving.  So exciting.  So much so that I wore myself out and decided to take today off.  Yea right, I spent hours combing stores for organizing ideas. 🙂

Well some have asked, so I thought it was time to give an update on the 3M commercial.

*Drum roll……*

Ha. 🙂  I came in 2nd place.  *Tambourine shing* As much as I should have been elated over the idea that I was picked as runner up in a national commercial spot where I competed with hundreds of other women and men — I wasnt.  I spent the evening crying.  And yall know how I like to cry. 😉  Now I know how the runner up in Miss America feels.

Thank you all so much for the nicest and kindest of words and support throughout the whole thing!  Your encouragement and comments made the whole experience …. how do I put this …. simply amazing.  THANK YOU! 🙂

I got even more hooks today in the mail from 3M.  Guess they want me to use their stuff. 😉

Until next time…

Foodie Fridays {Burgers}…

Sorry for the late post!  It has been a full day of meeting a great family and working on the website!

So today’s post is all about burgers!  Burgers are probably my favorite meal, after tacos, and after chips and salsa.  Okay, third favorite meal! 😉


  • (1 lb) ground beef, extra lean (96/4)
  • (1/2) green pepper, chopped (optional)
  • (2) garlic cloves, minced
  • Eyeball {Roughly 1 Tbsp} of each:
    • Minced Onion (dried spice)
    • Onion Powder
    • Garlic Powder
    • Basil (this was Raymond’s idea)
    • Chili Flakes
    • McCormick Grillmates Hamburger Seasoning
    • Salt
    • Pepper
  • (1 Tbsp) Oil (I use canola)
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  Divide meat according to how many patties you would like.  We made 7 burgers out of 1 lb of meat.  Adding green pepper helps bulk it up.
  2. Grill or broil.
  3. If broil – 5-6 minutes.
  4. Serve on whole wheat hamburger buns, sandwich flats, or english muffins.
  5. We topped ours with smoked gouda cheese, sautéed mushrooms and onions, lettuce, and tomato.

They were delicious! 🙂  Enjoy!

Until next time…