Carowinds is the and NC-SC amusement park and it's not to be missed!

A roller coaster bachelorette at Carowinds

My conversations leading up to a recent bachelorette weekend:

“What are you doing this weekend?”

“I’m going to a bachelorette weekend!”

“Whoa cool! Where are you going?”

“Carowinds!”

…Blank stare.

Carowinds is the and NC-SC amusement park and it's not to be missed!

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Penne with summer veggies is perfect for a summertime side: it can be served hot or cold, it's light enough to go with a burger but has enough veggies to be a meal on its own!

Penne with Summer Vegetables

Today I want to share with you a summery pasta salad that I’m addicted to!

It can be eaten hot or cold, so it’s a great make-ahead option. And no mayonnaise means you don’t have to be too worried if it sits outside at the pool for a bit before you can eat it!

Penne with summer veggies is perfect for a summertime side: it can be served hot or cold, it's light enough to go with a burger but has enough veggies to be a meal on its own!

I love it so much that I can treat it as a main dish – perfect for a no-brainer lunch. For those who can’t imagine meatless meals, just add some diced chicken on top, easy!

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Exploring Mangum's Rattlesnake Derby in southwest Oklahoma!

Life in Altus: Rattlesnake Derby

Within a month of getting back to Oklahoma, there were TWO somewhat-hilarious cultural events. Today I’m sharing one of these, the Mangum Rattlesnake Derby.

 

Imagine a small town carnival meets flea market. Now add any rattlesnake-related activity, wise idea or not. What you’re picturing is the Rattlesnake Derby.

Exploring Mangum's Rattlesnake Derby in southwest Oklahoma!

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Whole30 week one in review!

I’m doing Whole30! Week 1 Recap

For the next 30 days, I’m doing Whole30! It’s a 30 day detox program designed to give your body a reset. I’ll share my journey we go, and hopefully have some great recipes to pass on as we go! 

Whole30 week one in review!

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DIY: Farmhouse Kitchen Table

Building your own kitchen table sounds like a monumental task, but with these free plans we found online, it was surprisingly doable! Read on for how we created our dream table over the course of a few weekends.

Looking for uncomplicated plans to build your own kitchen table? This DIY Farmhouse Table turned out beautifully!

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Local Atlanta: walking the Beltline

Visiting Laura has always been fun – we’ve had our share of adventures when she lived in D.C., and now that she’s relocated to Atlanta, there’s a whole new city to explore!

She and her husband Armando hosted me for a weekend this spring, and their number one recommendation for a Saturday morning was exploring the Atlanta Beltline. I had no idea what this was. Eager to check it out, we set off for a morning outside at one of Atlanta’s less touristy attractions!

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How I read so much

A lot of people ask me how I read so many books so quickly, so I thought I’d share about that today!

First of all, let me say that my employment status hasn’t really affected my reading speeds. Currently I’m self-employed making custom gold foil paper goods, but working from home doesn’t really mean I’m reading much more than when I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off as a personal assistant. So with that in mind, here’s how I read so much!

My reading list right now - I love books!

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Cookie dough brownies are little pieces of dessert HEAVEN.

Cookie Dough Brownies

BIG NEWS EVERYONE.

I’ve found a way to improve on brownies.

Not possible, they said. How do you make brownies better??

Topping them with cookie dough, that’s how.

Cookie dough brownies are little pieces of dessert HEAVEN.

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Exploring the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta!

Exploring the Georgia Aquarium

Part of my travels this spring took me down to Atlanta, home to my friends Laura & Armando. Atlanta is one of those cities with so many things to do and see, and I knew we couldn’t do it al in one weekend! So I did the smart (read: lazy) thing and let my hosts tell me what they most wanted to show me.

Their top choices: the Beltline and the Aquarium! While I didn’t know anything about the Beltline (stay tuned for more soon!), I had hoped they would want to see the Georgia Aquarium. So off we set for a fish-filled day!!

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Homemade tzatziki makes for super easy appetizer dip or the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat!

Tzatziki Sauce

With my family living practically next door to the university, they had a revolving door of college students taking a summer class or doing a practicum unit at the local hospital. They were champs about  hosting and it was so fun to have a house full of college kids even in the summer.

I don’t know who they’d say was their favorite (not going to ask), but Sage definitely wins some prizes. Spending the Most Nights actually at our house, Celebrating the Most Holidays, and Making the Best Food: Dad Edition. The last prize was won singlehandedly with tzatziki.

Homemade tzatziki makes for super easy appetizer dip or the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat!

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