Favorites: April 2017

Time for some Friday Favorites! One. Wine! Lent is over and I have my wine back 🙂 Two. These Pretty Little Liars Buzzfeed articles: The refresher I’m so glad my friend sent me before the premiere because I forgot everything and the recap (especially #13). The PLL final 10 episodes (Endgame) premiered this week and these articles seriously hit on every thought I had. I don’t even know what is actually happening in this show, it’s beyond ridiculous. I’m just sticking it out at this point because I’ve gotten this far and can’t give up now! Three. Blogger Love. I’m loving all the Spring blog posts. Especially these Spring crafts from WonderForest. I really want to try the dip dye placements! And I’m super inspired by pastel nails for […]

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Easter Weekending

My heart is so full after this Easter weekend! We had a great day yesterday, I love the fact that we are able to get everyone together from both mine and Jeff’s side as one big family. Yesterday we hosted everyone for church and lunch and had so much fun spending time together <3 Lunch was sooo good: ham, chicken, arroz con gandules, asparagus casserole, salad, cinammon sugar carrots, chips with my famous guacamole, and deviled eggs. Andddd blackberry lemonade mimosas! For desert we had fruit, pineapple upside down cake and nests made from pretzels, peanut butter and chocolate. And just for all of our Star Wars fans in the family, my mom made Star Wars shaped jello treats! All that we need now is […]

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Show Us Your Books {April 2017}

It’s that time of month where my To-Read list grows and grows! Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: Watching Edie by Camila Way – 3 stars Received from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This book was disturbing in many ways, and I thought that I had it figured out but I didn’t. It’s about Heather and Edie, high school friends who had a strangely intense relationship for not knowing each other very long and whose friendship ended traumatically. Now in their thirties they are back in each others lives as Edie becomes a single mom. I really could not relate to either of the two and I went back and forth on which I disliked more or thought was crazier. It was a […]

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2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

This weekend was a busy one! The weather was absolutely perfect and I took full advantage. Saturday morning I was up bright and early to volunteer and then spent the rest of the day with friends at Disney. First, we had lunch at The Boathouse at Disney Springs. So yummy and relaxing sitting on their outdoor patio. Then, we headed to Epcot for their Flower and Garden Festival! This was my 2nd trip to the Flower and Garden Festival this year and I had a lot more time to spend and see all of the beautiful pieces of Garden art! They also had some neat chalk art and a wonderful butterfly garden! I think I may enjoy this even more than their Food & Wine […]

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What’s New {April ’17}

Linking up for What’s New with Kristen and Gretchen to share what life looks like lately: Working On my never ever challenge of finding balance. I’ve been taking more time for myself on the weekends for relaxing, reading, TV binging, organizing and decluttering the house. And spending as much time outside as possible. I’ve been enjoying it but April is already jam packed with activities on the weekends! Playing tennis. My newest favorite way of getting active. I can’t wait to get better! Binging Lately Gilmore Girls – still working on my 2nd time watching the series through before I watch A Year in the Life Veronica Mars – don’t know how I missed this Game of Thrones – Hubby and I trying to catch […]

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10 Ways to get Outdoors in Orlando this Spring

I for one plan on getting out and enjoying some outdoor events before it gets way too hot in Florida to do anything outside. Here’s some great activities going on in Orlando over the next couple of months: Movie in the Park at Leu Gardens – April 7, 8:30pm Showing Star Trek Beyond $6 per adult, $3 per child Leu Gardens is beautiful and their movie nights are perfect for both date nights and family nights! Walk for Life – April 8, 8am to 10:30am Register as a sponsored walker or make a donation to join the walk All proceeds benefit Orlando’s non-profit pregnancy clinic Central Florida Earth Day – April 22, 10am to 6pm Family-friendly, dog-friendly, vegan festival Alcohol and smoke-free event Free Admission MovieEola […]

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5 Books to Read this Spring

Here’s some of my favorite recent reads: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George Received from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. Loved, loved, loved this novel! It has it all: romance, friendship, dreamy destinations, beautiful insights into human emotions. It’s a wonderful read, especially for book lovers! I liked all  of the characters, and characters they were! They were eccentric but lovable, kind of like townies. The protoganist Perdu, runs a literary apothecary and believes in the healing power of books. Although he frustrated me sometimes being too dramatic, I enjoyed his journey to heal himself. We learn about his late lover through her memoirs and at first I didn’t like her at all but she did grow on me. Overall, […]

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Gluten-Free Buckeye Brownie Cookies

Saturday is cheat day and this past weekend I made these absolutely delicious Buckeye Cookies, gluten-free of course! I’m a chocolate peanut butter combo fanatic and these are perfect for all my cravings! 🙂 What You Need: 1 box Gluten-free brownie mix (I like the Betty Crocker brand) 8 oz cream cheese, softened 1 egg 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter + 1 Tablespoon 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 cup of chocolate chips Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine brownie mix, egg, cream cheese and 1/2 stick of butter in a large bowl. Mix well, it’s easiest to mix with hands, batter will be very sticky. Form into small balls and place on cookie sheet (makes about 24 cookies). Combine peanut butter with powdered sugar. […]

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Artsy Weekending

We have a pretty neat art scene in Central Florida and there is always festivals popping up here and there. This weekend was all about soaking up the art! Saturday I spent the morning at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. It’s truly amazing what they are able to create! My favorite was definitely the Beauty and the Beast pieces. I didn’t have much time to spend but plan on going back before the end of the festival. I spent Sunday afternoon at the Winter Park Art Festival. Good friends, frozen lemonades, lots of food and rows and rows of art! It’s a really cool local festival! Do you have any unique art festivals in your city? I’d love to hear about them! Linking up […]

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Soaking Up the Florida Sunshine

I have been doing a great job lately with not cramming so much into the weekends and taking the time to relax and unwind from the hectic work week. This is a huge deal for me because I have always been the type of person to go go go and plan something for every spare minute I have! On Saturday, we had absolutely beautiful weather: mid-seventies, sunny and breezy. So, Jeff and I took advantage of it and went out to the beach for a relaxing morning. We have lots of nearby beaches but we chose to go to Jetty Park this time. Jetty Park is a great spot because they have parking, a pier to fish off of and watch the cruise ships go […]

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