Our Thanksgiving Menu with Grocery List/Savings


Seems like every year our Thanksgiving plans change for some reason or another. This year, I am happy to host it at our house with My Mom and brother and sister. We will head to Mississippi to have Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwiches with Will’s family on Friday. I’m not some fancy cook, I don’t have tons of time or patience to spend in the kitchen and I hate recipes with more than a handful of ingredients. It always turns out great and stress-free. My kind of day. Will and I will be running the Turkey Trot on Thursday morning, and it’s a good thing because I am already salivating just while making my grocery list. I. Can’t. Wait. Here’s a glimpse of what our Thanksgiving eats look like.

Our Thanksgiving Menu:

Pimento Cheese Appetizer – As you have probably figured out by now, this is a staple in our house. You can find the recipe here.

7 Layer Salad – My Grandmother always made this anytime we would all get together. My Mom will make it this year. I will share the recipe with you guys soon.

Deviled Eggs – My Mom will make these too.

Ham – we will do Turkey with Will’s family on Friday, my family are more of Ham eaters, and we will cheat and get one from HoneyBaked Ham.

Stuffing and Gravy – I use this stuffing recipe.

Cranberry Sauce – Don’t judge, I use the can. oops.

Green Bean Casserole – I use the Classic Campbell’s Recipe.

Mashed Potatoes – We make these from scratch with red potatoes and lots of milk and butter and occasionally I will toss some Greek yogurt in there too when nobody is looking.

Sweet Potato Casserole – I will post my recipe tomorrow. Its so good and SO easy.

Corn – I’m a vegetable girl. I prefer vegetables over meat so I like to have to make all different kinds.

Sweet Peas – more veggies

Mac-n-Cheese – It’s for the kids, ya’ll. (maybe the husband, too)

Rolls – Sister Schubert’s all the way

Salted Caramel Brownie Dessert – Ya’ll know how much I love me some Mix and Match Mama. I’m becoming equally obsessed with her collaborative blog over at Everyday Cheer. She posted this recipe over there this week and I cannot wait to make it!

Strawberry Cake – also another staple in our house. You can get the recipe here.

Sweet Tea – it speaks for itself. Get in my belly!

As many of you know and most of you probably don’t, I’m a couponing nerd. I’m not so much of an “extreme couponer” where I only buy stuff that is on sale or free etc. I just make my list then search for coupons that match my list of things we need. I do get the paper every Sunday and clip from there, I use target.com coupons , the Target mobile app, the Shopkick app, The Target Cartwheel app and I often print from SmartSource and Coupons.com. And, I read TotallyTarget.com and TargetSavers.com like my little couponing bible.

I already had some things in the pantry that some of the recipes call for so here is my grocery list of things needed to make Thanksgiving a hit at the Parker house. I’m sure, as always, that I’ve left something off. Just another excuse to go to Target, right? 🙂

Thanksgiving Grocery List:

Eggs – 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

Butter – 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

Sea Salt – 20% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

Cornflakes – 10% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

Mini Marshmallows – 10% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

1 can c/o Chicken Soup – $1 off any 5 Campbell’s condensed soups manufactuer coupon + 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

2 cans seasoned corn – $1 off Del Monte seasoned vegetables manufacturer coupon + 10% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

**4 cans green beans – .50 off any 4 Del Monte canned vegetables manufacturer coupon + 10% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

**4 cans of c/o Mushroom Soup – $1 off any 5 Campbell’s condensed soups manufactuer coupon + 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

**(2) French’s French Fried Onions – .50 off Manufacturer coupon *use 2* + 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

**I also stacked 2 Target web coupons of $1 off when you purchase all 3 of the above

(3) Block of cheese – $1.25 with purchase of 3 MP cheeses from target.com + 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

bag red potatoes – 15% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

Vanilla instant pudding mix

cool whip – 20% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

(2) brownie mixes – $1 off with purchase of 2 Pillsbury baking items + 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

2 boxes of wheat thins – .75 off with purchase of 2 MP crackers from target.com + 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

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(3) cans of  gravy – .75 off with the purchase of 3 MP canned gravy Target coupon that I got at the store from a previous checkout + 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

(2) Sister Schubert’s Rolls – .50 off manufacturer coupon *use 2*

mac-n-cheese – 10% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

cranberry sauce

chicken broth – 5 % off with Target’s Cartwheel app

celery and an onion -you could use $1 off fresh vegetable purchase coupon from Target mobile coupons but I’ve already used mine 😦

(3) Boxed stuffing mix – $1 off with purchase of 3 MP stuffing mixes Target coupon that I got from the store at a previous checkout + 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

(3) boxed Instant Potatoes – $1.25 with purchase of 3 MP instant potatoes Target coupon that I got from the store at a previous checkout + 10% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

Non related Thanksgiving items that were purchased:

Black Beans

Tortillas – 10% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

Truvia – – $1 off target web coupon stacked with .75 off manufacturer coupon

Spaghetti o’s – 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

Pancakes – 5% off with Target’s Cartwheel app

2 Colgate toothbrushes – $1 off Colgate oral care item (use 2) *These are marked down to .94 right now at Target so both toothbrushes will be free. Hello Stocking Stuffer*

{I also used the $10 off Food or beverage purchase of $50 or more Target mobile coupon and my Target Red Card for an extra 5% off my total purchase}

So…I went into the store with 4 things on my list that I didn’t have coupons for. Here’s how my total shaped up:

All Items total at checkout: $95.28

Item total after using all coupons and discounts: $55.73

Total Savings of: $39.55

A pretty successful shopping trip, if I do say so myself and it happened with all 3 kids in tow and no major meltdowns. SCORE!

What are some staples on your Thanksgiving menu? Do you share the day with Family or Friends, or both? Any secret or not so secret couponers out there like myself?




April Meal Plan

April… already? Wow. March Madness was in full effect at our house and I am not talking about Basketball. But, speaking of basketball…I am numero uno in our bracket. I am so enjoying the bragging rights…hoping I can stay that way until the end but thinking my cousin, Rachel, is going to pull out the win 😦 So, I’m basking in the glory while I can.

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See that? Me, “Clueless”, number 1 and that’s right… The husband is in last place! Go Me!! 🙂

Now, back to our own March Madness. Baseball and Soccer are in full swing with HAP practicing 4-5 days a week for one or the other. We had a wedding, weekend travels and a nasty stomach bug that resulted in a false labor/dehydration/hospital stay. Needless to say our March budget and meal plan was non existent. It happens. I’m hoping April is nicer to us…PLEASE!

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I don’t wear “dehydration” well. There’s proof, right there. Gross.

With March behind us, let’s see what I’ll be cooking up for April. April is equally filled with baseball, soccer and weekends away which has left me only having to plan 9 meals for the month. You’ll notice the majority of them are crockpot meals. Easy to throw everything in in the mornings and have it ready when we are home from practice. Here they are with recipes linked in:

Bacon Ranch Chicken ( http://crockingirls.com/recipes/bacon-ranch-chicken/ )

Beef Tips & Gravy ( http://crockingirls.com/recipes/beef-tips-and-gravy/ )

French Dip Sandwiches ( http://crockingirls.com/recipes/french-dip-sandwiches/ )

Homemade Pizza

Chicken and Steak Fajitas

Chicken & Dumplings ( http://www.mixandmatchmama.blogspot.com/2012/09/dinner-tonight-chicken-and-dumplings.html ) Seriously, the best chicken and dumplings I’ve ever made/tasted. I’m eating them as I type this…See…

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I’ve tried a million C&D recipes and this one takes the cake BY FAR! It’s so easy and perfect in every way. Go make it.. NOW!

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Broccoli & Sausage Ravioli ( http://www.mixandmatchmama.blogspot.com/2013/01/dinner-tonight-broccoli-and-sausage.html )


Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Veggies

That’s it. Easy month. The first 3 recipes were from “The Crockin’ Girls” ( http://crockingirls.com ) . I love their stuff and you can never go wrong with their recipes. They are easy and family friendly. The other 2 recipes I linked are from Mix and Match Mama ( http://mixandmatchmama.com ). There are many things I love about Shay. #1 if you are a fan of “The Bachelor” , then you know she is Sean Lowe’s sister. #2 She has an adorable family, a great faith and she shares many details about both in her blog. And, #3 She has GREAT recipes. Easy, budget and kid/family friendly. If you aren’t following her blog, you should be.

Anyway, that’s all folks…I’ll do better with this blog thing this month.




February Meal Plan

Well hello there, February. 10 days in and I am finally getting around to making my meal and grocery lists for the month. Better late than never, I guess. My kids and husband are about to starve while eating PB&J’s everyday. They actually, may never eat them again:


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2013 has been very busy for us so far and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. I noticed when searching my recipes for this month that they are all quick, easy and not more than 4 or 5 ingredients. So, if you are coming here looking for some fancy meals and meal plan…wrong place. With wednesday night church, soccer and baseball season in full swing, I am just lucky if we are all around the kitchen table at the same time most nights. And, let’s be honest, with a picky eating husband and 2 kids, I’m really just happy if I can find something everyone will eat.

This months meals (with recipes):

Margaret’s Chicken Recipe – It’s just that, an excellent chicken recipe from Will’s Aunt Margaret. Recipe to come.

Smothered Pork Chops (Recipe found here: http://www.campbellskitchen.com/Recipes/RecipeDetails?recipeid=25085&fm=internal_search )

Broccoli Cheese Soup (Recipe found here: http://www.familybalancesheet.org/2011/11/broccoli-cheese-soup-slow-cooker-recipe.html ) I cut this recipe in half.

Crockpot Cheese Tortellini (Recipe found here: http://littlefellows.blogspot.com/2011/11/best-crockpot-meal-ive-tried-yet.html and photo credit)




Wofpack Specials (Recipe found here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/gottoberecipes/jan12.html )

Homemade Pizzas – Sometimes I make our own dough, but this month I am just buying the premade kind. The boys like to do cheese and pepperoni while will and I like to do chicken and peppers and any other yummy stuff we have laying around. It’s always a family favorite dinner night.

Crockpot Chicken and Sweet Potatoes (Recipe found here: http://www.igobogo.com/Portal/featured-articles/crockpot-chicken-and-sweet-potatoes-recipe/ )

Mamaw’s Salmon – My grandmother made the best Salmon. I will post recipe soon.

Thank God its Sunday AND my father-in-law is in town. I’m dragging the husband to the grocery store with me sans kids. Happy Mama!! 🙂



Pickles, a Luncheon, a Blackout and a Memory

Friday’s Workout:

Ran 1.07 miles on TM

1% incline 6.0 speed

averaged a 9:22 minute mile

Music: Rolling in the Deep (Adele) , As Long As You Love Me (Justin Bieber), Hold Us Together (Matt Maher)

60 min. Pilates class

Shoes: Adidas Marathon 10


PICKLES!! I have turned into a pregnant cliche. I am craving pickles like never before. I didn’t eat the typical “pregnant stuff” with the boys so having this intense craving for pickles is very new to me. I finished off a whole jar on Friday (15 pickles for myself with the husband eating 2). I’m sure there are plenty of things wrong with this but it gave me comfort in the fact that they are 0 calories.


No workout – Rest Day

As most of you know by now, my cousin is getting married! YAYYY!!! I have been traveling a lot lately for showers and such but this past Saturday’s shower was by far my favorite. A sit down luncheon at The Gallery Restaurant in Merigold, MS with a McCarty Pottery shower to follow. HEAVEN!


McCartys • 101 Saint Mary Street • Merigold Ms. • phone: 662.748.2293



I didn’t snap a picture until after I had already downed the homemade vegetable soup. Delicious.


The lunch was almost too pretty to eat but tasted even better than it looked!

mccartys-chocolate-cobbler-8750Homemade Chocolate Cobbler to finish things off. Yes Ma’am.

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After the lunch and shower we were able to go across the street to the McCarty store. Walls and walls of McCarty Pottery. Pinch Me.


If you ever find yourself in the Mississippi Delta, add this place to your to do list. It doesn’t disappoint.

From a nice Luncheon surrounded by pottery to a quick trip back to Memphis for a 1 and 3 yr old birthday party. Just another day in the life.


After church and lunch we headed to the park to meet up with one of our favorite families, The Baker’s. The men and boys hung out at the park while Courtney and I went for a nice 3 mile run/walk.

Ran 2.02 miles against the wind

19:02 minutes averaging a 9:25 minute mile.

followed by a 1 mile walk back to the boys

It was such a pretty afternoon yesterday and we both enjoyed the conversation much more than the run.

(Shoes: Asics.*below*  Not sure the details on these but they are my favorite outdoor running shoes. I will get the info and update soon.)


My scratches that I got on our run. Completely self inflicted. 😦 But I’ve enjoyed complaining about it to Will.


The boys sliding at the park. Smiles all around!

After leaving the park we made a quick stop by Courtney’s Grandmother’s house to pick up this little chunk of heaven:


Is your mouth watering yet?! I had text CB a few weeks back telling her how much I was craving one of her grandmother’s homemade pecan cakes and her precious grandmother made me one. My friends rock!!! I also picked up a jar of her homemade sugar and garlic marinated pickles while we were there. AMAZING!! I tried prying the cake recipe out of her but it was one of those oh its so easy I don’t even measure recipes. We will get it out of her one day…i’m determined.

Seems like there was something else important going on yesterday besides running and cake. Oh yeah, The SuperBowl/BeyonceBowl. You pick. Having two Memphians to root for, Micheal Oher – also a former rebel HOTTY TODDY and Morgan Cox, we were going for the Ravens. ( http://wreg.com/2013/02/03/mid-south-players-shine-in-super-bowl-spotlight/ ) Looks like we picked the right team to cheer for!

Let’s be honest, not having a dog in the race, so to speak, I was really just watching for the commercials and my girl Beyonce. The commercials disappointed me a bit as I wasn’t blown away by most of  them but that halftime preformance was the best I had seen in years. Flawless.

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Destiny’s Child.. WHAT?!?! Icing on the cake. Perfection.

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After the big performance, was the big blackout. Please explain to me how during  the biggest televised event of the year, the lights go out? Shouldn’t they have thought about this?! I would be really interested in knowing the ratings numbers before vs. after the blackout. As for me I took a bath and a phenergan and “blacked out” haha. I asked Will if the Ravens won during one of my many nighttime bathroom trips. He said yes, I slept peacefully.

Our SuperBowl Spread:

Cocktail Wieners


1 lb cocktail wieners
1 cup bbq sauce
1 cup grape jelly

Place all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 2 hrs or place all ingredients in large pot and cook on low for 1 hour.

Skinny Pimento Cheese


Recipe posted here: https://sanityamongstchaos.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/skinny-pimento-cheese/

White Rotel Dip


Block of Cream Cheese

Can of Rotel

1 lb. Breakfast Sausage

I brown the sausage in skillet on the stove top. Drain. Return Sausage to pan and add softened cream cheese and Rotel. Let simmer until creamy or desired consistency. Serve warm with Fritos or Tortilla Chips.

Hot Bacon and Swiss Dip


1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 c. Mayo
4 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
2 tbsp. green onion slices
8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled

Mix all ingredients together. Bake on 350 until Bubbly.

Serve with Ritz.

We snacked so much yesterday afternoon that we just skipped dinner altogether. oops.

Today’s Workout:

Ran 1.0 miles on TM

1 % incline 6.5 speed

averaged a 9:15 minute mile

Music: Free To Be Me (Francesca Battistelli), Run For Life (Melissa Etheridge), Call Me Maybe (Carley Rae Jepsen)

60 min. Spin Class

40 min. Core Ball Class

Shoes: Adidas Marathon 10

On a slightly different note, I can’t write a whole blog post on February 4th without mentioning my precious Mamaw Dixie. Today marks 5 years at around this exact time that I am typing that she went to be with the Lord. I miss her every single day. Unless you knew her, words cannot possibly explain the impact she had on this world and all those that she touched in it. You can choose to be sad or  you can choose to be happy. Today, I choose to be happy. Happy for the memories, Happy for the times I did have and Happy for the privilege not only to say that I knew her but to live in her legacy.


2 Corinthians 1:5-7
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.


She was so excited to become a “Great-Grandmother” . During my 36 hours of labor that went well into the midnight hours, she did not leave that hospital. The picture below was taken around 4 in the morning when we finally got to meet our sweet Hayden Alexander. She kept telling him I am your “GREAT” Grandmother, saying GREAT louder than the rest. She was so proud.


Hayden and I talked about her this morning, I was telling him how much she loved him. Though my kids may never know her, I pray that they will know her in memory. In that sweet 5 year old voice all he said was “Mommy, she was pretty. Can I have cereal now?” Yes, yes she was bud and yes, you can. 🙂 May your day be filled with the innocence of a child.

“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

P.S. I’m working on my February Meal Plan. Look for it this week.



Bachelorette Weekend In The “Big Easy”

2 weekends ago (MLK Weekend) I went to New Orleans for a Bachelorette weekend. It took me a week to recover to even attempt a blog about it. And a week to blog about it. Better late than never, right? Pregnant+Nonstop go go go=Exhaustion. It was such a fun weekend for my cousin, Lauren. Me, being the Matron of Honor, had the fun task of planning the whole weekend. I think I was the ONLY one out of the 10 of us who had never even been to New Orleans. My “fun task” quickly turned into lots of research and lots of help and opinions from others. I am so proud to say that I can’t imagine doing NOLA any other way. We went to some fabulous places. My eyes, ears, mouth and stomach may never be the same…for MANY different reasons.


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We left Jackson, MS around lunch and arrived in New Orleans at about 3:30. We could check in our hotel at 4:00 so that left just enough time for … you guessed it… a drive through diaquiri. Welcome to the “Big Easy”, baby!

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Diaquiri’s from Diaquiri’s & Creams

1701 Lake Ave.
Metairie, LA
(504) 835-3698


Now onto the hotel. It wouldn’t be New Orleans if there wasn’t something interesting to be seen along the way.

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Yes, they were filming a movie. Yes, the guy is hanging upside down from a building and yes, the sign says “I have a tiny penis”. Never a dull moment.

We stayed at The Saint Hotel: Autograph Collection right on Canal Street. It was 2 streets away from Bourbon and the PERFECT location for us. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel. Everything was so nice and the staff was EXCEPTIONAL all the way down to the valet guys, bellman and front desk employees. It was an A+.




931 Canal Street • New Orleans, LA 70112 • Tel: 504.522.5400

Friday night once everyone arrived, we headed over to our 7:45 dinner reservation at Capdeville New Orleans.


520 Capdeville St  New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 371-5161



This restaurant was really so neat. It is small and is an American interpretation of the social houses so commonly found in London. The character of the restaurant alone is enough to go there and not to mention the food is AMAZING!

For an appetizer we started out with the Jalepeno, Sweet Corn & Cheddar Fritters. The majority of everyone ordered the Fish Tacos  with a side of fries and several orders of the Truffled Mac & Cheese for the table.


Don’t question it, just order it. By far, the BEST mac & cheese i’ve ever had!

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The group at Capdeville.

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Me and Lauren (The Bride-To-Be)

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Me and My Cousin Emily


Off to Bourbon we go. Me, being a Bourbon street virgin, can only describe it as my version of hell. #1 I was sober. #2 There was a group of 10 of us walking down the middle of the street with people yelling obscene things from balconies and throwing beads at your head. HELL. Now, once I accepted the fact that this is what all the madness was about, I began to enjoy Bourbon Street for what it is really intended for…People watching. I honestly think the second some of these people turn the corner onto Bourbon, their dignity goes out the window. If only I had that much confidence. Woo-Wee. I swear I heard one middle-aged woman yell “The only problem is, I’m wearing a bra!” No ma’am, this is NOT a problem. I actually thank you for remembering to put it on tonight. After what seemed like a forever long walk we finally picked a bar. I’m not sure what made us “decide” on Razzoo Bar and Patio, but I am certain it was the overweight, mid twenties, homosexual white guy and the skinny, mid forties, straight black guy cover duo that sucked us in. I’m obsessed with them. Well, until they called our dancing “The Lazy White Girl”. Offended. Well, not really.. its pretty accurate, actually.


Razzoo Bar and Patio

511 Bourbon St  New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-5100



Get it, La!

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After Razzoo’s a $60 dollar burnt Bourbon Street pizza was had by all and off the dreamland we went. Fun day… Round 2 tomorrow, y’all!


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Saturday morning me and Emily were up around 7 to go for a run. (Something about that internal clock). Being as I am 1. Pregnant so 2. I couldn’t drink, I was very much looking forward to our run and seeing the French Quarter in a different light. We headed left out of our hotel onto canal street and ran straight up to the RiverWalk. We got there right as the sun was coming up over the water. It was beautiful. We continued to run along the RiverWalk and then back down Canal and down Bourbon. I guess it had never crossed my mind that they cleaned Bourbon daily. We got to see this process. Literally, hoses and hoses of water and men scrubbing the streets, walls, fire hyrdrants etc… Wouldn’t you LOVE to have that job?!

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We completed 3.16 miles around the French Quarter and quickly headed to Starbucks. (The real reason we got up at 7 am, right?)


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I’ll have a Grande Decaf Nonfat White Chocolate Mocha, Please?!

Back at the hotel everyone was starting to get ready for the day.

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Our Brunch idea quickly turned into more of a Lunch. In New Orleans you are unable to make reservations for Brunch/Lunch at most places. We walked to Jackson Square and figured we would just see what we could find. After being unsuccessful at a couple of places we finally stumbled across___________, (I can’t remember the name. 😦 but when I do find out I will update with all the info) right by Jackson Square that could seat us within 15 minutes. We’ll take it! A good stumble upon it was because the food and atmosphere were both wonderful! I settled on Red Beans and Rice while others chose Seafood Gumbo and most choosing a Crawfish PoBoy. Yummy!

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After lunch, it was such a pretty day for it to be January, so we just decided to walk around the French Quarter and see all that there is to see.

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The painted man pretending to be a statue–a classic NOLA staple. It didn’t matter that I knew that he was real and that I knew he was going to jump up, I still screamed every time he did it. Why do these things freak me out so much?!

The guy that turns into a car and drives through Jackson Square. I really just took this picture to send back to my 5 year old, that by the way, was completely unimpressed. But, I thought it was pretty neat. To each their own.

Next, we made our way to the French Market for a little day drinking (virgin for me), praline tasting and shopping, of course.



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A booth full of colorful masks?! We will take 9, please. By far the best purchase the whole trip. Pics to come.

Now, on to the only place people mention when I would tell them we were going to New Orleans…drum roll please….

Cafe Du Monde. Get in my belly! This place did NOT disappoint. I may or may not drive 7 hours back just for a bite. YUMMO!

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800 Decatur St  New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4544

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Only the best thing I’ve ever tasted… EVER!

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After a long and fun filled day of taking in all that New Orleans has to offer, it was back to the hotel for a Lingerie shower for La. Let the fun begin…

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In case you are wondering…the FASTEST way to embarrass someone is to throw them a Lingerie Shower. Make them open thongs in front of their friends while the friends name the lingerie obscene names. Done. 🙂

The adorable personalized wine glasses I made for each of the bridesmaids and the bride using these decals I bought off Etsy. They turned out so cute and everyone loved them. A fun keepsake from the weekend.

(you can get them here: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/110754908 )


The Lingerie Shower could not have gone more perfectly. My favorite gift that we gave to Lauren was a coffee table book.

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I had each bridesmaid send me a letter and pictures of them and Lauren and also pictures of the whole group. It ended up being 28 pages of great memories and pictures and something that she can cherish forever. It was such a fun idea and I had such a great time putting it all together.

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Next we would put on our masks and head to our 8:30 pm dinner reservations.

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Our dinner reservation for Saturday night was at Dickie Brennans Steak House


716 Iberville St  New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-2467


It was phenomenal! 5 star, for sure. I don’t think you could have gone wrong with anything on the menu. Everyone either got the steak or the red fish and everyone could not speak highly enough of it. The service was amazing. I really feel like we got very lucky, there is not one place we went that did not treat us like gold. The service all around the quarter was to die for. Because of this, I feel like our weekend could not have gone any better.


We all got up and got ready to head home. 😦 A few of us had a 7 hour drive ahead of us, some were catching planes and others just traveling a few hours back. Breakfast Sunday consisted of a corn dog and cheese fries.. keepin’ it classy, Paige.

Celebrating Lauren becoming the future Mrs. Broyles has been so much fun and I can’t wait until their big day!! I know everyone made memories on this trip that will last forever!

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The Gym, A New Smoothie and a Severe Case of Atmophobia

Today was one of those days where I would have rather do anything than go to the Gym. Its 70 degrees outside, in January, and I can think of a million other things to do than go workout. But… I went. Now, of course, after the fact I am glad that I did as I sit here eating a left over enchilada and chips and dip. Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually my blah gym days. While Hayden is in this 5t program, he goes to school at 9:30 which cuts in to all the good classes on Tues/Thurs that I can never make. So, I am stuck motivating myself. While singing in my head “Go big girl what you gone do, go go big girl what you gone do”.

I started with this Elliptical workout:


It appears easy, with one of the lowest number resistance workouts I have seen. But, it was tough! I worked up a major sweat and burned about 420 calories in the process.

Music: Pandora – Pop Fitness Radio

Next after giving my legs a good stretch, I did this arm workout.


 I really liked this one. Not very repetitive, I didn’t get bored and I could feel the burn.

Music: Pandora – Contemporary Christian

I used 10 lb. free weights.


Today I wore the Adidas Marathon 10

I have them in the Blue and Green below:



You can find them here: http://www.lebron10fireberry.com/adidas-shoes-marathon-10-womens-fireberry-pink-lime-green-p-63.html 43% off.

Baby K playing outside of the gym. Yes, I realize that he is no longer a baby, but until July 29th I will call him that. It’s a hormone problem. 🙂


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Seeing as Hayden is only in school 5 hours a day, we have to rush home from the gym for nap time and mommy time which usually consist of a smoothie and a bath. In silence. It’s heavenly. Today I wasn’t really feeling a creamy/milky smoothie being as it feels like spring outside I wanted something a little more fruity and refreshing. Using what I had I home I concocted something up and it was the best one i’ve made BY FAR. I have pinned countless smoothie recipes calling for 10 different ingredients and I never like them. I’m a fast plain and simple smoothie girl, and this hit the spot.



1.5 cups Market Pantry Mango Frozen Fruit Blend

2/3 cup Orange Juice

Squirt of Honey

1 scoop EAS Lean 15 Vanilla Protein Powder

Put in Blender and Blend until desired consistency.

Easy and refreshing…Just the way I like it.




Or, if you google it… rest assured the picture above will pop up.

Needless to say when our hype everything up of weathermen started mentioning the threat of Severe weather tonight on Saturday, the anxiety started to build.


See…before this whole pregnant stuff happened, I have a nice little bottle of Xanax awaiting me everytime the sirens go off. Which, when you live in Memphis, is often. But now that I am with child and have to be all body conscious and such I will have to just be a big girl about it and deal like most human beings… prayer. So while all of you are tucked away in your bed tonight, I will be up stalking all of my weather peeps on twitter and thinking every little sound is one of our many humongous trees falling onto my house and making the husband go grab the kids real quick when really its just the wind blowing. DRAMATIC…I know (try living with me).



*Disclaimer: I often screen shot workouts I find on pinterest on my phone instead of pinning them. This means I have no idea who or where they come from. I do not take credit in anyway for these workouts or any other screen shots I may post.

The BEST Punch Recipe

This recipe is amazing! My Aunt gave it to me a few years ago and it’s been a staple at every party, shower, get together ever since. Once you try it…you’ll never serve anything else.


Punch Recipe:

1 cup sugar

12 oz. can frozen Orange Juice

12 oz. can frozen Lemonade (I’ve used frozen Pink Lemonade too when they were sold out of Lemonade. Works just the same.)

Large can Pineapple Juice

2 Bottles Ginger Ale




Dissolve 1 cup sugar in 2 cups of really hot water. Pour into plastic gallon size jug and add juices. Mix together; add water to fill jug and then freeze. (I usually do this the night before). Unthaw about 2-3 hours before needed. Add 1 to 1 ½ bottles of Ginger Ale when ready to serve. Cut Lecmon and Orange slices to float (makes it pretty).

One gallon will serve about 35 people based on using 6 oz. cups.