Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Favorites

Today I'm linking up with AndreaNarci and Erika to share my Friday favorites.  I have a fun boat day planned to celebrate my friend Julia's 50th birthday!  G and Ava are headed to a basketball tournament and as always I hope to get a few things done around our house. 

Here are my favorites from this week!

1.  My neighbor Heidi and I took our girls to see Taylor Swift in Cleveland on Tuesday night.  It was a fun road trip and we had a great time.  I took Ava and she took her two daughters and a friend.  We left early and got to Cleveland in time to walk around the campus of CWRU.  Heidi's friend is the basketball coach there and he showed us all of the athletic facilities.  

After our campus tour we checked into our hotel and took an uber to downtown Cleveland.  Our plan was to eat dinner by the stadium but there were SO many people and the security lines were so long to get into the stadium that we decided just to go straight to the stadium and eat there.  

I took lots and lots of pictures at the concert.  We had terrible seats in the very top level but we still had a great time and sang and danced to every single song.  

We took some snap chat pics while waiting in the long security line.  :)

Once you got though security you got a white bracelet to wear.  This bracelet lit up to different colors and in time with this music throughout the show.  I have never seen that before at a concert and it was so neat!  In the second picture below you can see all of the bracelets lit up during the show.  

I heard that Taylor Swift puts on an amazing show and she did not disappoint!  She had a huge stage and two smaller stages out in the crowd that she ziplined to in a carriage and fabulous back up dancers.  It was such a fun night and our girls had a great time!  

Wednesday we ate lunch  in Little Italy in Cleveland which was delicious and then we raced home because I had another concert to go to!  On Monday my friend Betty said she had an extra ticket for a front row seat to Mary Chapin-Carpenter and asked if I wanted to go.  I was tired from our trip but Mary C-C was one of my favorite country singers growing up so I was thrilled to go!

2.  My dear friend Melany and her daughter have been in NY visiting our town for a week and I have loved getting together with her.  Yesterday we went to the lake to swim and kayak.  I miss her so much and it's been great catching up.

3.  We are more than 1/2 way through our summer baseball rentals!  Summer is truly flying by.  Our renters last week left us this cute note on the chalkboard in our kitchen.  We only have 5 more weeks of renters left!

I hope you've had a great week!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Weekend Top 3

Our weekend was a good mix of work and fun.  I feel like I say that every weekend but those really are my absolute favorite weekends!  This weekend I celebrated the birthdays of two of my dear friends, I watched Ava in her annual Gus Macker Basketball tournament, and G and I worked on scraping the paint off  our rental house.  It was a full and fun summer weekend!

1.  I started the weekend a little early by taking a vacation day Thursday and going to the lake to go boating to celebrate the birthdays of two friends-Amy and Sabrina.  Our friend Stephanie has a boat and our friend Shannon has a lake house so we spent the day on the boat and hanging out at Shannon's dock.  It was a beautiful day and a great way to celebrate!

2.  I work part-time for the community foundation in our town.  The foundation gives money to local non-profits and last Friday the Board President and I did check presentations for some of the non-profit organizations that the foundation gave money to during this funding cycle.  I was happy that the foundation was able to fund my friend and neighbor Heidi for an annual soccer tournament that she coordinates every yer in memory of her Dad.  

3.  Ava had a basketball tournament this weekend so I spent most of the day Saturday and Sunday watching her play.  She loves basketball and I love that she loves it.  She and her teammates played their hearts out in 90 plus degree temperatures all weekend.  In the end they came in third place and got the sportsmanship award for their age division.  

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Weekend Fun!

This past weekend was a good mix of work and fun.  I just love weekends like that!  

We did a ton of scraping paint at our rental house.  It was super hot and definitely not fun but we are making progress.  We hope to have it all scraped and painted by the end of August.  Here is a before picture of our rental house.   As you can see we have a lot of work to do!  

Thursday night I went to the baseball park with friends to watch the fireworks and have some appetizers.  They have a new outside firepit area and it's a great place to watch the fireworks.

 We ordered carrot cake and nachos and both were delicious...and definitely not WW friendly but both were so good!  

Ava spent the weekend camping with another family.  It was a gorgeous weekend for camping and they had a great time!

Sunday night I went to see my favorite band Sugarland at Turning Stone.  I saw Jennifer Nettles in December and she was just as fabulous this time.  It was an amazing concert they played a good mix of old songs and new and it was a great night.  I went with some friends and we ate at the Tin Rooster before the show and that was a lot of fun!  

I am hosting book club tonight, our exchange student Anne is visiting with her family so we are having dinner with them tomorrow and then I'm having a day at the lake Thursday to celebrate the birthdays of two dear friends.

Have a great week!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Book Review {June}

In June I read two fabulous books and I want to share both of them with you.  I love reading and I try and read 50 pages every day.  Sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn't.   I feel like I'm always busy so if I can't read one day I try and read a little more the next day. It's always a good day when I can spend a little time reading.

You can read my other book reviews from this year below






It was my turn to choose the book for my book club.  Last month we read a really heavy book about a boy and his escape from Afghanistan.  After that book we needed something different.  So the book I chose was waaaayyyyy different.  I chose The Marriage Pact and it was a creepy page turner.  This book is about a newly married couple that receives an invitation to join a marriage pact as a wedding gift. The Marriage Pact group turns out to be very cult-ish and at times downright frightening.  This book is a page turner and I can't wait to talk about it with my book club girls tomorrow night!

The second book I read last month was another page turner. I got so invested in this book I read the whole thing in about three days.  It was just that good!  The second book I read is called Sharp Objects and was just released as a limited series on HBO. I can't wait to watch it!    This book is about a young Chicago reporter that goes back to her hometown to write about the murders of two young girls.  While she's in her hometown she stays with her mother and she navigates the complicated relationship with her family while confronting her own demons.    I don't want to give to much of the plot away  but this book has so many twists and turns.  I just loved this book!

What books have you been reading this summer?


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Saturday Snack{Flag Dip}

Last Sunday Ava and I went to a 4th of July party at my friend Erica's.  She hosts the best parties and her 4th of July party is amazing.  She lives in the country and has a huge yard, a creek, an amazing screened in porch and a pool.  Her house is the perfect setting for a summer party!  I saw this Flag Dip recipe on pinterest and decided to make it for the party.   It's super easy to make and everyone loved it.

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning
16 oz. sour cream
1/3 cup salsa
1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded taco cheese
1 pkg. ( 8 oz.) shredded iceberg lettuce
1 can (2.25 oz) sliced black olives
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved

Cook meat and drain add taco seasoning and cook as directed on package. Let cool. Mix sour cream and salsa together.  Spread onto bottom of 9x13 inch baking dish (I used a disposable one) and layer beef next and then top with the iceberg lettuce, top with cheese, tomatoes and olives in a flag pattern.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Enjoy and have a happy weekend!


Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Favorites!

Today I'm linking up with AndreaNarci and Erika to share my Friday favorites.  We celebrated the 4th of July and spent a lot of time swimming this week which is always fun.  This weekend Ava went camping with another family and G and I have some house projects to do and I'm going to a Sugarland concert Sunday night so it's going to be a great weekend!

1.  We celebrated 4th of July Wednesday with a parade, lunch and swimming with friends and a concert at night.  It was a FULL day!!  Here is a picture of the side table that I decorated in our sunroom.

2.  I made this delicious taco dip for a party last weekend.  I am going to post the full recipe tomorrow in my Saturday snack post.  

3.  Our niece and nephew are always two of my favorites.  Our nephew Gabe just got a new pet snack (ewww!!) and his mom sent us this cute picture of the two of them.

4.  My absolute favorite thing to do in the summer (besides swimming) is hanging out on the deck eating good food and having a fun drink.  I could do this every.single.night.  It's heaven to me.  

5.  This mason jar carrier that I got at Wal-Mart earlier this summer is a favorite.  I have used it all summer and I just love it!  I have used it countless times this summer.  It comes with six mason jars, straws and lids.  

That's it for me this week. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy Birthday America!!

We had a fabulous 4th of July!  We ate a lot of delicious food, spent some time with some fabulous friends and just had a really great day being outside in the beautiful sunshine.  

Ava and I started the day by marching in our town's annual 4th of July parade.  It held at noon and was blazing hot.  We passed out stickers and candy to promote the annual Pit Run that happens in October.  

Right after the parade Ava and I went and had lunch with my friend Sabrina and her family and then we went swimming for the afternoon.  It was in the high 90's and it was a great way to spend the afternoon. 

After swimming we raced home and I got ready to go to a concert at Ommegang. Before the concert we dropped off our husbands to play cards and had snacks at my friend M's house.  

We had dinner before the concert at the Red Shed.  We sat outside and had amazing grilled cheese, french fries and mozzarella sticks-you know super healthy food-ha ha!

After dinner we headed to the concert it was a beautiful night to be outside and listen to music.  We ran into my sister in law Anne at the concert.  I always love seeing her and I got to see her Dad who is visiting from Michigan.  

I decorated a table in our little back porch for 4th of July.  I wanted to do a whole post on my decorating for the 4th but I didn't have time this year.  Anyway, as usual I love decorating for holidays and the 4th of July is no different.   I've had my 4th of July decorations for years and I get them out every year.  I add little American flags to plants and the star banner and flag plates I got at TJ Maxx years ago.  

I hope you and yours had a fabulous 4th!!