DIY | ‘UNDER THE STARS’ DATE NIGHT

It is so easy to get caught up in daily life, sucked into the daily routines, and become exhausted by the continuous to-do lists that we make ourselves. What I’ve learned in my life, is that when you find your person, that one-in-a-million type of love, celebrate it. Not just on special dates or at certain celebrations; every day.


People listen, this is going to sound sappy. I love my other half. We make a great team and try to show each other how much we care for them as much as possible. We have weekly date nights; we make that time for each other through the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, often times than not it’s just ordering in food and catching up on our weekly shows. It’s that time together to celebrate “us” is what I enjoy most.

One of my favorite recent date nights was at home, spent “under the stars”. Cheesy? Yes. But would I do it again a million times over? Also, yes. We set a blowup mattress up downstairs in front of the tv; loaded it with tons of comfy blankets and pillows and threw on some campfire screensavers up on the tv. Around the entertainment stand and the mattress flameless tea lights were lined to really set the “camping” ambiance.


I found this really neat star projector light on amazon and this thing has easily been one of my favorite purchases. So much so, that we now have it in our bedroom. It projects stars and the night sky on to the ceiling and really makes you feel like you’re outside. It can be controlled with the included remote to change the light settings, or you can download an app on your phone to use with it. It also has the option to be able to sync music with it. Check it out here; it’s definitely worth something looking into. We love it!


We even had our own little ‘s’more station, diy’ed. (Thank you Pinterest!) All it took was a terracotta pot, tin foil, gel chafing fuel, and all the goodies for s’mores. It was so neat being able to roast marshmallows over a flame at the house and definitely something we will be doing with the kids soon. They’ll definitely enjoy it too!


So if you’re looking for a fun DIY date night at home, try this! Always make time for each other and celebrate the love you share, you deserve it!

APRIL 18TH ‘TIL FOREVER

John and I celebrated our anniversary this week, and to surprise him I compiled a bunch of photos and videos of our life together over the years and created this montage.

We watched it on repeat, reminiscing on all the memories that we have created together. This video will forever be a favorite, something we can continue to go back and look at.

Johnathon Michael, I sure love this life with you and look forward to adding more memories to this video that we will make over the next 70 years.

EASTER 2021

i hope you all had a wonderful easter whether you were celebrating at home relaxing, around the table with family, or alone. we were so lucky this year with amazing weather here in illinois; it always makes the day a whole lot more enjoyable when the sun is shining.

this year was a little different for us as we only had the two littles with us while the older girls were spending the holiday with their dad’s family. we missed them bunches and can’t wait to celebrate with them when they come home.

we started our morning searching around the house for easter baskets. it only took a few trips around each room for the kids to finally find them and i think they were more than happy with the surprises the bunny left them…new jammies, shoes, swimsuits, toys, and candy. they sure got spoiled!

the four of us made sure to sneak in some quick family photos in our matching outfits before leaving the house. i still can’t get over how adorable the kids looked with their hair all done and in spring colors.

aubrey and i got our matching dresses from amazon; you can find them here. i was pleasantly surprised with the quality of them and how comfortable they were. us girls sure loved that they had pockets too!

we went to family’s for a big breakfast and it was perfect. the food was delicious, the mimosas were tasty, and being able to spend that time with family was my favorite.

the kid’s got to do an easter egg hunt around the house after breakfast and finished with buckets full of candy and big smiles on their faces.

the rest of the day we just spent time together and enjoyed the nice weather with a cook out and a family walk. we had a great easter and sure hope you did too!

MARCH 2021; A VIDEO OF OUR MONTH.

three months in to 2021 and the time still is flying by. i really enjoy making these quick video collages of our month to capture the memories that we’re creating.

take a look at our month and see what we’ve been up to as a family of 6.

RENOVATING OUR MASTER BEDROOM

to be honest, this post is long overdue. we completed our master bedroom reno project months ago, but were waiting on a few more furniture pieces to be truly complete. but let’s be honest, i love re-arranging and new decor, so i’m sure it will always be changing up.

the main reason we wanted to do a renovation was because of the color. the walls were a tan-ish color and the trim was in need of some serious love. we wanted to change the color to a light grey to brighten the room and accent it with white trim. it took MULTIPLE coats to get the trim a bright white, but once it was done we loved the contrast with the gray walls.

rather than buying a new stand for below our tv, i diy’ed our old entertainment stand from the living room. with a bit of sanding and a bright white color painted on, the result was exactly was what i was hoping for. i love that we decided to keep the old color on the top; it gives it more of a “rustic feel” and makes the white stand out.

we both love the color purple so we knew from the very begining that we wanted to accent with purple. we bought some new curtains for the sliding door to our balcony and a purple comforter to match.

the decor in our room is absolutely my favorite. we added a lot of white floating shelves, customized prints we ordered online, and some art that i painted.

lastly, we needed a new bed. we searched for a few weeks but came across this one on wayfair and love how it matches everything. i’ll be working on some sketches soon to frame and add above the bed.

this was the last photo that i have of our “new” room; since then we’ve added a few plants. our plan this spring/summer is to re-paint the deck outside our balcony and add some outdoor furniture.

March Amazon Favorites

happy friday! the weekend is finally here, spring is right around the corner, and the sun is shining! i thought i’d start the weekend off right by sharing my recent favorite purchases from amazon with all of you. who doesn’t love a good haul?!

john surprised me with airpod pros for part of my valentine’s day gift and i wanted a cute case to go with them to prevent them from getting scratches. i found this one for such a steal for under $7!

we needed a new kitchen mat for near our sink and found these on amazon. such a great price for a pack of 2! we used the other one in front of our stove and the length is perfect. my favorite is the vibrant color that goes so well with our kitchen color scheme.

this gel nail light. i’ve enjoyed doing my nails lately, and with three little girls this thing comes in handy. it’s under $12 right now and is amazing. my nails are completely dry within a few minutes and lasts for easily 2 weeks. if you’re looking for a great gel nail light, this is it!

what are your amazon favorites lately?

February 2021; a video of our month.

another month in to the new year and i still can’t get over how fast time is flying by. i love making these quick video collages of our month because with time passing so quickly, i forever want to these memories to look back at.

take a look at our month and see what we’ve been up to as a family of 6.

recipe: Steak Street Tacos

anyone that knows me, knows that i LOVE tacos. i could eat them seven days a week for every meal. they’re my favorite!

i want to share with all of you my favorite street tacos to make; it’s super simple and one of our family favorites. give it a try and let me know what you think.

ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ⅓ cup fresh lime juice
  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped, plus whole leaves for serving
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1.5 lb flank steak
  • corn tortillas
  • 1 white onion
  • optional for serving: cotija cheese, sour cream, guacamole

instructions:

  • in a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, chopped cilantro, salt, cumin, and pepper.
  • place the steak in a gallon-size resealable bag; pour in 1 the marinade. seal the bag and shake to evenly coat the steak in the marinade. refrigerate for at least on 1 hour, but not more than 4 hours to keep the meat tender.
  • heat a large pan over high heat until very hot. remove the steak from the bag set aside the marinade. cook the steak on 1 side until there are dark grill marks and it is beginning to caramelize around the edges, about 6 minutes. flip and cook on the other side for about 5 minutes. meat is done when it is safely at 135 degrees. transfer to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • in a small saucepan, bring the marinade to a boil over medium-high heat. cook until thickened and reduced by half, about 5 minutes. remove from the heat and set aside.
  • heat the corn tortillas in a pan over medium-high heat, turning with tongs, until softened and just beginning to brown in spots, roughly one minute per side. to keep warm wrap tortillas in tin foil until ready to serve.
  • thinly slice the steak against the grain, then cut the slices in half. transfer to a large bowl and toss with the reduced marinade to coat.
  • serve the steak with the warm tortillas, cilantro, and chopped white onion. can add cotija cheese, sour cream, and guacamole if desired.

try them; they’re so simple to make and so tasty! you won’t regret it.

Shop Spotlight: Abigail’s Boutique

happy friday, beauties! it’s been a VERY long time since i’ve done a shop spotlight but i couldn’t resist sharing my love for a new boutique i stumbled upon…abigail’s boutique!

lacey owns the cutest online boutique located in fort worth, texas. her boutique offers trendy, affordable style that gets delivered directly to your doorstep. her shop is always offering new items and i can’t get enough of the variety…from jewelry to fashionable workout gear, there is always something i’m adding to my cart!

i wanted to share a few of my recent favorites with you in hopes that you check out her boutique.

and want to save some money? use the code ‘SHAY15″ for a great discount!

cute workout attire makes working out a whole lot better; am i right? and this set is my new favorite!

this wristlet has been my go-to lately, especially while running quick errands to the store. it’s so much more convenient that my big ‘ole bag and i love the fun tassel. unfortunately, i don’t believe it is still available in her shop anymore but you can find other cute matching checkered accessories including this cute wallet and matching backpack!

want to talk about cozy tops? i’m loving this buffalo plaid top for everyday wear, especially paired with some black leggings. you can find similar ones like this one that used to be in her shop here.

i saw this bright pink dress matched with the leopard belt and immediately thought valentine’s day outfit! the bright color matched with the fun print of the belt is so fun together!

this was my very first item from lacey’s shop and is immediately what got me hooked! the julie leopard sweater coat is long and so cozy! i like to pair it with a pair of boots and it keeps me warm all day. it’s on sale right now so run before they’re completely gone!

a few more of my favorite pieces include the sweater weather pullover and black turtleneck top!

i love supporting small businesses and this one is so worth supporting. go give lacey a follow too over on her instagram as she’s always sharing outfit inspiration.

and DON’T FORGET! USE THE CODE ‘SHAY15″ FOR A GREAT DISCOUNT!

january 2021, in photos.

we are somehow a whole month into the new year. a lot has changed and a lot hasn’t, but i still have more hope for 2021 than I did for 2020.

with few words, here’s our month in photos.

we got a new bed! we’ve been keeping an eye out for a bed we both liked and for a good deal. wayfair had some great deals after the new year and we both really liked this one. now to work on some artwork ideas we had for above the bed.

john and i went on a small getaway to madison. we explored the city a bit and went iceskating on the lake. for not being regular iceskaters, neither of us fell and i was pretty impressed. the views were beautiful at the edgewater and a place i can see us visiting every year.

my momma turned the big 5-0 this month and kayla, dad, and i surprised her with a birthday card “shower.” if you haven’t heard what that is, you can read a little bit more about it here. she was so surprised! i’m glad that we found a way to still make her feel special since covid didn’t make it an ideal time to throw her a big party.

i’ve always wanted to go into trader joe’s and explore all that they have, but unfortunately the closest one to us is over an hour drive. one day we just decided to make a quick day trip out of it and went prepared with a list of items we wanted to try. i may have found a new found love; i just wish there was one closer! interested in seeing what we picked up? i’m debating on doing a “haul” soon, so keep an eye out for that.

the last few photos are just some of my favorites from the month; capturing our everyday moments around the house as a family of 6.

cheers to another great month!