Backyard Inspo

Saturday, August 01, 2015
Happy Saturday loves! Hope you are all having a great weekend! Today I wanted to share a quick post on my favorite backyard inspirations via Pinterest. Mike built a grill in our backyard and we finally got it hooked up on Thursday! Yeah!! It's been a long running in joke in our house as to when the grill would ever be usable, since it was started before Odette could even walk lol. Thankfully, it is hooked up and ready for some grilling!

Since that's done, I started searching for small pergolas that go over a grill and fell in love with this one HERE. It is the perfect size and Mike loved it as well. Within a few hours of talking about it, my hubby was outside digging holes for posts and pouring cement! I love that he loves these kind of projects and it doesn't take much convincing on my end at all. So far the posts are in and it's all ready for the top portion to be built. I realize we probably shouldn't have started this so close to a vacation, but at least it will be half done when we come back :)

I put together a few of my favorite backyard inspirations that I hope you love as much as I do...

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Aren't all of these SO PRETTY?! Can't wait to show you a picture of our grill & pergola once it's finished! Our yard is well on it's way to looking like an actual backyard instead of the dirt lot it was when we moved in! No joke, it was literally dirt and nothing else. Stay tuned, friends!

Saguaro Lake

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
One of the things that is always on my summer bucket lists is Saguaro Lake! I can't believe we haven't been sooner this summer because it is such a fun and relaxing day! Looking back on last summer's trip (HERE), Odette has grown and changed so much since last year. She was really excited and kept saying "lake" the entire thirty minute drive, which seems like an eternity to a two year old lol. We went early yesterday morning and the weather was a little bit overcast which was perfect for the hot, hot desert! The drive out there is really beautiful with the scenery stretching on for miles...

Once we got there we saw at least five people with their cameras taking pictures and quickly realized all the wild horses were out! There were so many of them and they were so pretty! This view was seriously straight from a movie...

Gorgeous views, relaxing, building sandcastles and skipping rocks all added up to a perfect trip to the lake...

Till next time Lake Saguaro! We'll definitely be going back before summer's end!

Lemon Sorbet

Monday, July 27, 2015
Happy Monday!! Today I want to share a really easy and delicious lemon sorbet recipe with you all! If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw last week that we used our ice cream maker for the first time :) I don't know what I've been missing all these years because it is so much fun to use! Odette is still really sensitive to dairy products, so I ended up making a lemon sorbet that definitely hit the spot. This is like the ultimate summer treat and tastes like a frozen lemonade! I should preface this recipe though by saying that is very tart. If you're not really a fan of tart lemonade than this probably isn't the recipe for you. If you're like me however, you won't want to miss this...
Recipe taken from my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker...
Fresh Lemon Sorbet Ingredients:
-1 3/4 Cups Sugar
-1 3/4 Cups Water
-1 1/4 Cups Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
-2 Teaspoons Finely Chopped Lemon Zest
First you'll want to make a simple syrup. Combine sugar and water in a medium pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer without stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 3 to 5 minutes. Cool simple syrup completely in the refrigerator.
While that's cooling you'll want to juice enough lemons to make 1 3/4 cups of lemon juice. (I took the easy route however and bought pure lemon juice from the store.) Once your simple syrup is completey cooled, take it out of the refrigerator and add the lemon juice and zest. Stir to combine and pour the mixture into your freezer bowl and turn the machine ON. Mix for about 20-25 minutes until you have a soft serve texture. Transfer to an airtight container and stick in the freezer for two hours if you want an ice cream consistency.

To Serve:  
If you want to make them look fancy cut a lemon in half (lengthwise), scoop our the flesh and serve a scoop of lemon sorbet in the lemon peel. Odette thought this was pretty cool and you're sure to impress your kids or loved ones!
Enjoy! Hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Wavy Layered Hair

Friday, July 24, 2015
Happy Friday, lovelies!! This weekend I am finally getting my hair cut and I'm a LITTLE excited lol! Getting my hair cut has kind of become a rarity since having Odette and I seem to go longer and longer between cuts. It's been so long in fact, I'm thinking I need to take off at least 3-4 inches to cut off some of the dead ends. I've been busy pinning away medium length, layered hair cuts on Pinterest that I love. Here are some of my favorites...
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I love, love, LOVE the ombre hairstyles, even though I have yet to dye my hair ever in my life. I'm trying to hold out a few more years to get my hair dyed, mostly because it's so pricey and time consuming to keep up. Another thing that I'm loving is tons of layers and texture! One of my favorite ways to do my hair is to curl it in loose waves, so I'm thinking a few more layers would help hold the curl longer. Anyway, enough of my rambling about hairstyles. You can follow along on my Pinterest HERE for some of my other favorites!

Hope you ladies all have a fab weekend!!


Let's Play Kitchen!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Odette has been all about her play kitchen this week! It's so fun to watch her little imagination grow and see what she whips up in her kitchen :) This week it's mostly been pasta being cooked lol. We don't have a lot of play foods yet, so I've been searching around and come up with a list of my favorite play foods...

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It's so hard to choose because there are so many adorable options out there! We have the pots & pans set from Ikea and it's so cute! I'm thinking we'll have to make a trip there again to pick up the fruit and veggie sets. They are so cute and I love that they are healthy options unlike most sets that are all cookies, candy and french fries. Although #7 on this list is also a great option to get the most bang for your buck!
I'm sure any ones I choose will be fine with my mini. She is quite the little pretend chef and I'm already dreaming of the day she can make mama dinner. Too soon, lol?!
Do you have a play kitchen for your little one?