VACATION!!!

Where’s the first place that pops in your mind when planning a summer vacation? That’s right… the beach. But for all my frugal vacationers who cannot afford the beach the next best thing is somewhere close and fun for your kids. Sometimes life gets in the way and your not able to afford a week long vacation. My husband and I wanted a weekend away from life and worry so we opted out for a close and fun place… Gatlinburg, Tennessee! We enjoyed some swimming, nature, food, arcades, and of course some moonshine! Who said you have to go to the beach in order to have a fun vacation. Here are some snapshots from our trip. Hope y’all enjoy 🙂

We always make sure we take a relaxing drive through Cade’s Cove. Cade’s Cove is basically a scenic route where  you can spot deer, wild turkey, and every now and then a black bear, lots of old cabin’s and churches. Here are some shots from our drive.

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A trip to Gatlinburg is not a trip if you don’t walk around downtown past the Ripley’s attractions, shops, food, arcades, and MOONSHINE!

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The three little bears!

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Here’s my hubby and my brother in law standing next to the tallest man. They have some competition!

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TRANSFORMERS!!!

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THE AVENGERS!!!

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Water ball can you stop it?

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A little fun in a t-shirt shop

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Moonshine Holler

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A little front porch relaxin’

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If you’ve never been at least visit Gatlinburg one time you won’t regret it! Hope this inspires you to make a trip! Until next time y’all!

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Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

As newly converted vegetarians we are always looking for new and tasty recipes that not only we would enjoy but also our boys. We try to incorporate vegetables that we have never tasted and seem to be pretty intriguing. While browsing on the internet I stumbled upon a recipe for spaghetti squash with marinara. Who doesn’t love spaghetti? Especially if it’s super easy! Recipe from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/easy-entertaining-with-michael-chiarello/spaghetti-squash-with-marinara-recipe/index.html. Below are pictures from each step and the recipe.

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Ingredients:

2 whole spaghetti squash
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Gray salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups prepared (jarred) marinara sauce
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Split the squashes in half and scrape out seeds. Line an oven tray with aluminum foil. Season the spaghetti squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place flesh side down and roast for 30 to 40 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from the oven and let rest until cool enough to handle.
Meanwhile heat the marinara sauce in a large saute pan.
When squash is cool enough to handle, using a large kitchen spoon scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Toss the spaghetti squash in the pan with the hot marinara for just long enough to get hot. Serve and enjoy.

CELEBRATION! (Somehow this got deleted)

Sunday (June 16th) we had an awesome day celebrating Father’s Day at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. As a family we have become quite the outdoorsy bunch. We try to get out every Sunday and take hike… literally. Enough with the talking. Here’s their website… http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=276. Here’s a copy of the trail map and few snapshots from our trail! Hope you enjoy!

Here’s My lovely husband and our rascals.

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Our view!

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It feels so good to finally get fit and be able to include our children. Explore your local Sanctuaries or state parks. It’s free, fun, and creating memories with your children at the same time!

DIY DIVA!

Have you ever had that hobby that put you in your happy place and made you relaxed at the same time? For me, making things from scratch or re purposing items around the house is what takes me there. As far back as I can remember I’ve always been an artsy person. Maybe its because I come from a family full of painters and sketchers. I WAS BRED TO DO THIS. Joking, but not really. In my “spare” time, I love to make a plethora of different things. Here’s just a few of my crafts from the last year! I might charge you to see more. LOL!

I made these adorable wreaths for my two older sons’ teachers for the end of the year. Supplies were tulle, wooden letters (I painted them), ribbon for hanging, wooden apple and school bus, and a mini wooden chalk board. The supplies were all purchased at Hobby Lobby.

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This next craft is an unconventional gift for Mother’s Day but myself, my mother, and my oldest sister share a love for wine so I knew they would love these! All that was used were scrabble pieces, cork board as the base, and E6000 glue. All supplies can be found at Micheal’s. If you have an iPhone you can download the app and receive awesome coupons that can be scanned right from your phone! I got the idea off of Pinterest http://pinterest.com/source/recyclart.org/.

20130624-201720.jpgI turned our patio furniture from drab to fab just with pillows I sewed together myself! You can get the fabric and pillow forms at JoAnn Fabrics.

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Of course I couldn’t leave my munchkins out! I’ve had a blast making things to bring a little flava to their room! The whole theme for my kids room is based around play and funny things. I created these monsters as a replica of a pin I found on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/source/vanillajoy.com/.

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These super cute canvas can be made into any design of your liking. Just align your crayons in the pattern you want, hot glue them to the canvas, use a blow dryer until you’ve melted the crayons to your liking then voila!

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Last but not least I made these adorable wooden peg people for my kids to play with. These are all hand painted by me 🙂 This is how the were before I painted them.

After

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I have TONS more crafts but I don’t want to pull all my rabbits out of my hat! Keep following and I will definitely share more!

A Little About Me

Lets take a trip down memory lane. I’m a 26 year old country girl who at 18 fell in love with a then 17 year old city boy who’s now 25. We are very traditional when it comes to our marriage and kids. Kids (plural)? Married? You say “at 26”? Yes indeed, I  got married at 19 and now have been married to my wonderful husband Nick for seven years!

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We have three handsome fellers under the age of six who are the light of my life and keep me striving to do better for myself and for them as well.

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Six month after we got married we had our first son Cameron (6).

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A year and two weeks later we had our son Jordan (5).

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Last but not least two years later we had a third yes you read right THIRD boy Brendon (3)

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I currently work full time in an operating room in Lexington, KY as a surgical nursing assistant and I absolutely love my job!

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With combination of my love for my job and the motivation from my kids I decided to go back to school to become a nurse. Your probably thinking is this girl CRAZY!?! She works full time, has three kids, and is going to school to become a nurse… WOW! The answer to that is yes and no LOL. If I didn’t have my boys I wouldn’t have the drive I had to start let alone continue to work to finish school.

In the 26 years I’ve been alive I’ve lived and most definitely learned. I know, I know you say she’s only 26 what could she possible know about life. Well as my mom always said “I’m an old soul trapped in a yung’ns body”. I want to use this blog as an outlet to share my daily experiences( the good and the bad), life lessons, tips for parents, the naturalistas, beauty queens, and the health and fitness nuts! Tag along on this journey with me and maybe we’ll all learn a thing or two!