Hello, again!

Happy New year, friends! I really have no idea how to start this blog post or what to say throughout the whole thing - but here we go. I published one post last year, one year ago today actually. 2017 was a great year filled with many wonderful things, and none of that got logged here on the blog - but thats ok. If you're at all wondering what we did this year, Instagram can give you a good look.

I hadn't really planned coming back to the blog this year, for no particular reason. But the encouragement from my co-worker at our Christmas party has me here writing today. Also, my Granny still checks for new posts and I didn't provide any new content for her last year - shame on me ;)

My desire to write last year just wasn't there. Which, to me, isn't a good or bad thing - just a thing. We'll see how long I keep up with this space this year, I'm hopeful it will be a bit more than last year!

Back in October, Josh and I graduated from Financial Peace University with Dave Ramsey and I think I'll be bringing a lot of financial content to the blog this year - as our worlds were rocked taking this class and our lives have truly been changed since we started following Dave's program. I'm excited to see our progress this year and knock out debt with a furiously rolling debt snowball.

I hope that 2017 was a wonderful year for you and your family, and I hope that 2018 is a prosperous, happy, healthy and lovely year.

I look forward to catching up with you more often this year!


Happy New Year!

Oh my goodness. I let the blog fall by the wayside much more than I intended in the last half of this year, and I'm a little sad that more things didn't get documented. Instead of lingering on that, I'm looking forward this excitement to a new year and with hopes that I'll blog much more often. 

I got a wifi SD card for Christmas and we bought a new computer that we desperately needed, so I'm hoping those two things combined will up my blogging game and give me the motivation I need. 

I hope that everyone had a great New Years Eve and is going in to 2017 happy and healthy. 

We had a great 2016 and we are so excited for what 2017 is going to hold. We're barreling in to the new year with a schedule that is bursting at the seams, but life will slow down at some point. 

Over the last couple of months we hosted Thanksgiving at our house for the first time, then we celebrated a wonderful December and Christmas. And to round out the year last night we celebrated the end of 2016 and the start of 2017 with our friends.

Josh and I are going to sit down tonight and look over last years goals and plan for the year ahead. I'm excited to see what we accomplished last year and to dream and brainstorm for this year!

Here's to a great 2017 and hoping I'll get my blog act together this year, no promises though ;)


Life Lately

Ah! You guys! How has it been so long since I've blogged last?! The last few weeks, and months really, have gotten away from me and the blog has really fallen by the wayside. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the holiday season that is quickly approaching. Here's what we've been up to recently: 

At the beginning of October (I think, ha! I honestly can't remember the date) we drove to Greenville to spend the day and get our Christmas card / anniversary photos taken. Murph missed out on the Christmas photos last year, so we were sure to include the crazy fella this year. We got some great photos and had a nice fall day strolling around Greenville. Murph was crazy on the car ride, per usual, but he did a pretty good job walking around down town. He was out like a light after a long day on the road. 

Speaking of Christmas cards, we used Vista Print for ours again this year and they came in a little over a week ago. We are set on cards, now to address and get in the mail in a couple of weeks! 

We are hosting Thanksgiving at our house for part of Josh's family this weekend and I have been working hard to get everything in order. We've done all our food shopping, now just to clean the house really well and decorate! I LOVE HOSTING DINNERS so obviously, I can't wait to feed my in-laws and have them in our home to celebrate a holiday. I'm trying my hand at a turkey again this year, and feeling fairly confident after my bird turned out well last go round. Here's to hoping everything is a good this year as it was for friendsgiving last year! Mom and dad handed down their china to me and Josh after we got married, and we haven't had a big event to use it for yet, nor much storage but we went and picked it all up last weekend to use for Thanksgiving. The set was short a few salad plates and bowls, so I looked on eBay and found the exact number of each that we needed to complete the set! I can't wait until they come in. I'm over the moon to have moms china and have these pieces that have been passed down.  

I'm getting so excited for Christmas and can't wait until we get to put up our tree and decorate the outside of the house after Thanksgiving. I always say it, but this is just such a fun time of year and it always sneaks up on me. Holiday outings and events have already started around town and last week we spent a night out with friends strolling through shops, listening to carolers and having a nice dinner. This week at work we are participating in a fun holiday event to really kick start the season, so we are hard at work turning our place into a winter wonderland! 

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and enjoys time with their family!


Our Trip To Dallas

This post has been written for...close to a month now, and I've finally gotten my act together to get it posted. Happy Sunday friends, here's to hoping we all have a great start to the work week!

We had the best time visiting Dallas, and a few other places in Texas. We flew from Charlotte to Dallas Love Field, and we both liked the airport in Dallas. It was easy to navigate and we rented a car from the Enterprise on site. A shuttle took us right there after we got off our flight, and it was such an easy process. We also flew Southwest for the first time and after a little blip on our end for our flight to Dallas, we figured out Southwest's system and had an easy flight back. Also, shout out to Southwest for streaming my Housewives on Bravo the whole flight. I'm sure Josh would want me to mention he watched football and golf, ha!

Our first full day in Dallas we spent at ATT Stadium at the Cowboys season opener. No matter if you are a Cowboy fan or not, if you're in Dallas during football season and the Cowboys have a home game...GO! I'm not kidding, you need to go. ATT Stadium was one of the craziest places I've ever been, and it was just massive and overwhelming. I mean, we ate our nachos chilling on a couch in the middle of the stadium before the game started, it was certainly an experience. They also do a big pregame show in their Miller Lite Plaza and there were DJs and performers, and concessions and everything in between. I'm also fairly certain I saw a least 7 DJs in different areas of the stadium once we were inside. It was kind of like a big party the whole time. We had such a great time and I really hope we are able to go back to another game one day.

On our second day in Dallas we went to Topgolf, per Josh's request. We went in the morning so we basically had the whole place to ourselves. It was a lot of fun and sort of like bowling...but golfing...if that makes any sense, haha! After we finished up at Topgolf, we went in to downtown Dallas and visited the JFK Museum. Josh and I both thoroughly enjoyed going through the museum and seeing such a large part of America's history. It's always surreal to see the actual places where history took place. There was a big "X" in the middle of the road where Kennedy was shot and the part of the library where they believed Lee Harvey Oswald was perched was glassed off. It was eerie and fascinating all at the same time. After finishing up at the museum, we wandering around downtown Dallas going in a few shops and checking out their downtown area. We finished up the day visiting Reunion Tower where we were able to see the whole city. 

We hoped in our rental car on Tuesday, our third day, and headed south to Waco to visit...I'm sure you can guess...Magnolia Market! I may or may have gasped when we rounded the corner and saw the Silos :) Dramatic, I know. We had such a fun and leisurely day at Magnolia. I'm so glad we chose to go on a Tuesday, it wasn't a bit packed and we were able to navigate the store and the grounds with ease, which I know enhanced the experience for us. Not one detail of the grounds were overlooked and it truly was an experience. It was all perfectly "Joanna". We bought a few things in the store, then headed to the bakery where we had chocolate chip cookies that were bigger than our faces and I also had a lemon and lavender cupcake and I say this in all honesty, it was the best cupcake I have ever had. It was the perfect amount of sweet and tart and just wonderful altogether. Also, a fun note about the bakery is that they give you a card to mark exactly what you want when you go in, so that when we get in line you just pass your car to the cashier and go on your way to the pick up line. I can imagine this really helps with bottle necking on busy Saturdays. We ate at one of the food trucks on site, Milo, and if you ever go, get the truffle fries. Pure goodness! After seeing all that Magnolia had to offer, we got back in the car and headed north to Fort Worth.

Someone mentioned to me that Fort Worth did a cattle drive down one of the main roads and as soon as I heard "cattle", I knew we had to go. I never pass up an opportunity to see a cow...or a steer :) Fort Worth truly felt like we had been transported to the wild west. The Stock Yards screamed "old world" and I adored watching the cattle walk down the street. You are able to stand on the sidewalk and they just stroll right by you. We also went into the Stock Exchange which was really neat to see. They still have working offices in the exchange and we saw where they still do cattle auctions and trades today! We took a peek at the steer in their pens before they did the cattle drive and they were all taking a nap, it was so darn sweet! We were standing right by one when it woke up and started stretching. And as crazy as I know I sound, watching an animal that big being so sleepy and getting up to stretch its legs was just so.stinking.cute.

We had two really memorable meals in Dallas. One was mexican and one was BBQ. The mexican blew South Carolina's mexican food out of the water, oh my goodness it was heavenly. Also, we had beef brisket at the BBQ joint and I have no words. So delicious. So thumbs up to you, Texas, for the awesome mexican and BBQ. It's also so neat to see how different the landscape in Texas is. They don't have tons of huge trees lining their highways and roads like we do, so everything truly felt 10 times bigger than home. The expanse just went on and on and on, it felt like you could always see for miles and miles, no matter which way you looked. And a Texas sunset, my goodness, just stunning. 

We had such a fun trip and it was great to put a pause on reality for a few days. I know traveling isn't everyones cup of tea, but I am just so thankful for the opportunity to travel with Josh and get to experience the world together. Seeing new places, meeting new places, and taking new adventures just fill me up so much. Travel is always high on my list of priorities and I hope and pray that we are able to always travel together and create these fun memories. 


Blogtember Day 23: Family Recipe

My very favorite family recipe is my Granny Blanton's pound cake. I've blogged about it before and you can find the recipe here. I am a huge fan of pound cake, it's one of my favorite desserts! 

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It is the very best pound cake in the world, I promise you. You won't be a bit disappointed if you try out this pound cake, and I'm willing to bet if you tried it on your family and friends they'd be satisfied too! Everyone in our family is always begging Granny to make her pound cake for us and she happily gave me the recipe a couple of years ago. I know as she gets older it gets tougher to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so any time I can help out and make a pound cake I'm more than happy to! Although, my family would probably still say Granny has that magic touch that makes hers the very best, I'd like to think mine is a close second.