Tuesday

• How cute is my parents’ puppy?! JR and I are thinking about adding a new puppy to our family!

• We are currently renting our new house to the previous owners while their new house is being built. Their house is taking a lot longer than expected (as usual) so our move into the new house has been pushed back to the end of July. I’m a little sad about it, but there’s nothing we can do.

• JR and I’s first wedding anniversary is on Sunday. I’m SO excited even though we have nothing special planned. We are just going to wing it – we are really good at that!

• I’ve been craving salads so much lately! I made a delicious salad for lunch today – spinach, kale, avocado, tomato, onion, bell pepper, red grapes, feta cheese, and lemon juice. So good!!

Homemade Soap

Supplies:
•Rubber Gloves
•Goggles
•Mask
•Digital Scale
•Candle Thermometer
•Hand Mixer
•Soap Mold (We used an old shoebox.)
•Cling Wrap
•Soap Cutter

Ingredients:
•320 grams lye
•400 grams cool water
•450 grams coconut oil
•1810 grams lard

Directions:
***Always use gloves, mask, goggles, and long sleeves when using lye.
Anything that has contained lye must never be used for food purposes again.
If lye comes in contact with your skin, pour white vinegar on the spot. Vinegar will stop the burn.***

1. Slowly pour lye into cool water while stirring. This should be done outside or in a well ventilated area inside. Let mixture sit as it cools to between 110-125 degrees F.
2. Melt lard and coconut oil on low heat on stove.
3. When lard mixture is melted, let cool to between 110-125 degrees F.
4. When temperatures of each mixture are the same, slowly pour lye mixture into the lard mixture. Add your essential oil.
5. Blend with a mixer until liquid begins to “trace.” Trace is when you allow the liquid to drip, and you can see a trail of where it dripped. (About 30 minutes)
6. Pour soap into a mold and wrap in towel. Place in cool, dry area to cure for 24 hours.
7. Cut into desired-size bars.
8. Place bars on a cooling rack in a cool, dry area and allow to cure for 3-6 weeks. The longer you allow the bars to cure, the harder your soap will be.

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Naps, Walmart, & AT&T

Aren’t you supposed to wake up feeling amazing after a nap?! I woke up from yesterday’s afternoon nap in a horrible mood. I kept snapping at everyone that talked to me. So I decided to take a long ride with the windows down, sunroof open, and country music blaring. And if that didn’t work, I was going to stop at the drive through for an extra-large margarita.

During my drive I passed in front of Walmart and realized that some goodies from the travel size section would make me feel better…or at least that is what I told myself. My Walmart has the best travel section. It’s the only reason I step foot into Walmart. Please tell me I’m not alone! Then I came across a basket of the dollar boxes of candy by the register. My eyes locked on the Junior Mints, and it was practically love at first sight. I knew they were coming home with the moment that I saw them, and I be love they knew too.

I also stopped at AT&T to pick up a Mophie Juice Pack case. The salesman tried very hard to make me switch from our current plan to the Mobile Share Value Plan because it would be cheaper. I finally made him understand that I only wanted the Mophie case. When did they become so pushy?!

When I got home, I looked into switching to the new plan to see how much we’d save:

Yeah creepy salesman, $405 is much cheaper than the $160 we pay now. I almost had a heart attack when I saw that price. Data prices are ridiculous these days. Unlimited data plan FTW!

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Lately

On Saturday I did a little bit of thrifting in Lafayette. I found that adorable giraffe photo for $1. I think it would so cute in a nursery.

I stopped in Scott to get boudin and pepper jack boudin balls from Billy’s. Their boudin is the best I’ve ever tasted!

JR is taking a vacation one week from today. He’ll be home for twenty-one days straight. We have never spent that much time together ever. I’m so excited. And he’ll also be home for our first anniversary.

Jake Owen’s Beachin’ has been my jam all week. I just cannot get enough of it.

I started Love The One You’re With by Emily Griffen last night. So far so good!

JR and I have always said that we’re not a grown ups until we have to buy a lawn mower. We are very thankful for our family and friends that have given us their old mowers, and Joe would just fix them up. But…we are now adults because we are the proud owners of one of those brand new Bad Boys on the left.

Look at the awesome old mowers on the right! I tried to get them to sell me one, but they wouldn’t budge.

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Shutterfly Photo Book Giveaway

I love making photo books so much. I have one for each of the eight years that JR and I have been together. They all have our movie tickets from the year, all pictures of us throughout the year, and all other pictures that are important to us from the year.

I’m currently making a photo book for my sister with maternity pictures, pictures of her friends and family with her from her baby shower, and I will of course add pictures of Owen once he arrives.

So I’m giving away two photo books because I want you to be able to make a book of your memories.

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