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Posts tagged “4th of july

life lately

[volunteering for this || great day at habitat for humanity – hard work in this heat!]

[celebrating this || rosé in the usa aka 4th of july]

[mourning over this || the closing of our FAVORITE restaurant in NWA + eating a final meal]

[loving this || concert season at the AMP!
kesha + macklemore
30 seconds to mars]

[walking to this || neighborhood progressive dinner! the most fun ever!]

[enjoying this || my gorgeous hibiscus blooms]

xo xo

4th of July Staycation

The last month has been BUSY – St. Lucia, family wedding, work trip to LA. So I have been yearning for some serious time to relax and spend quality time with husband, for longer than just a few hours after work.

As we approached the 3-day weekend I realized we (surprisingly) didn’t have any plans. And I told husband I wanted to keep it that way (again, surprisingly).

Though I did have a few moments of FOMO this weekend, I quickly realized I really wasn’t missing out on anything. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I was perfectly content spending my 4th of July weekend at home.

S A T U R D A Y : W O R K  D A Y 



IMG_2435{16 bags of mulch later …. the couple who gardens together, stays together.
ps – I’m STILL sore}

S U N D A Y : F U N D A Y 


{lunch + fruit tart at the in-laws}

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IMG_2419{beer + good conversation + silliness with friends}

M O N D A Y : R E S T  D A Y 


{slept in with my girl}


{brunching at home}


{yoga with husband}

416vtT3+x+L{started a new show and loving it … does anyone watch?!}

Not Pictured: Sitting on our front porch Sunday and Monday night, watching fireworks all across the horizon without having to deal with any traffic. I’d say that’s pretty perfect.

xo xo

life lately

{loving this || a wonderful weekend spending time with an old friend}

{drinking this || a sidecar after running 3 miles in a beer run}

   {team building like this || from top to bottom: modern mission laser tag with digital media team; aerial yoga with regine’s rangers; lip sync battle at marketing summer outing}

{snuggling with this || adorable six-week old baby everett} 
{celebrating this || 4th of july with my love and family}

xo xo

4th of July Celebrations & Tomato, Avocado + Feta Salsa {Recipe}

It always seems when a holiday rolls around I suddenly get the urge to cook or bake, especially if I’m going to a party to celebrate. I guess that’s the entertainer in me. I can’t just take something boring to a party, especially if there’s a fun theme like red, white and blue!

Yesterday we celebrated the patriotic holiday at a friend’s house where we grilled out, drank beer and watched the kids play, then walked over to the park for fireworks. You can’t get more American than that can you?

Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 10.29.20 AM{the amazingness in the backyard for the kids – I’m just waiting for an adult night with this thing!}

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{we’re so cute in our red, white and blue}

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I made these adorable, simple cookies for the event. Ingredients: sugar cookies, icing, strawberries and blueberries. Directions: Make sugar cookies (or buy them like I did … Walmart has some great ones in the bakery), ice them (I prefer whipped vanilla), decorate with strawberries and blueberries! Everyone loved them!

I also made the Tomato, Avocado + Feta salsa recipe below that was phenomenal. I will absolutely make this again and again this summer. It was so light and refreshing and full of fresh ingredients. Husband and I walked back from the fireworks ready for a late-night snack, headed straight for the salsa and …. it was all gone. Guess I’ll just have to make some more soon! Enjoy!

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T O M A T O ,  A V O C A D O + F E T A  S A L S A 


3 plump tomatoes
4 avocados
4 oz. garlic + herb crumbled feta
handful of jalapenos
1/2 lemon juice


1. Dice the tomatoes, avocados, cilantro and jalapenos (if you want a little kick.)
2. Mix all together, including the feta.
3. Top with lemon juice to keep the avocado from turning brown and for a little extra flavor.
4. Serve with (my preference) Tostitos scoops.

xo xo