2015 Bucket List

  • Go skydiving – I’ve been wanting to skydive for three years, but Joe talks me out of it every single time. Not this year though! I definitely plan to go skydiving this year.
  • Visit Las Vegas – I’m trying to plan a trip there in May or June with friends. I really hope we can finally make it this year.
  • Make time for out-of-town friends – we have friends in Houston that are begging us to visit them, but we’re always so busy. In the new year, I want to make time to visit them more.
  • Add a second bathroom to our home – my house only has one bathroom currently. There’s an office off the master bedroom that we want to turn into a master bathroom.
  • Have a baby – I’ve always said that I’d have a baby when I was 26 years old. I’ll be 26 on January 8th so I think (and really really really pray) that this will be our year to become parents.

What’s on your bucket list for 2015?

Thursday Ramblings

  • I’m so in love with this maxi dress. I’ve seriously worn it six days this month already.
  • My sweet nephew spent the night at our house last week. It’s the first time he spent the night while Joe was home.
  • I’m so excited to go to look at Christmas lights with Joe this weekend! We’re finally doing date night…I cannot wait!!!!

  • Those cupcakes are the best in the world. My birthday is coming up, and I always get cupcakes from Daisey Cakes. I cannot wait!!!!!!
  • I’m so thankful for the chilly weather because we can have gumbo for supper every night. I’m kinda obsessed with gumbo lately.
  • Joe played Santa last year for my neighbor’s business, and he’s doing it again this year. I’m so excited because he makes an amazing Santa Claus.
  • This is our 2014 Christmas ornament, and I love it.

Staying On Budget

Here’s a little secret about me… I love budgeting our finances.

When Joe and I first moved in together, he handled paying all of the bills. He paid them all late, and I despise late fees. So I took over and I haven’t paid one late fee yet!

First I created a spreadsheet…
Spreadsheets are kinda my thing.
(I use Numbers on iCloud but Google Drive is also excellent! Using one of these also makes it easier to open on your phone.)

First Column: I list all of the bills we have in order in which they are due.
Second Column: Here’s where I list the due date of each bill.
Third Column: This column is for the amount of the bills.
Fourth Column: I put usernames and passwords in this column.
Fifth-Sixteenth Columns: These columns are for each month of the year. When I pay a bill, I mark it “PAID” in the corresponding row under each month.

Groceries, Fuel, Entertainment:
I have a set amount that we can spend each month for these categories. In the month columns I put in how much of our budget we actually spent.

Miscellaneous:
Joe and I each get $100 of miscellaneous cash to spend on anything we want each month.

Savings:
A set portion of each paycheck goes straight into our savings account. I also put the remaining balance from the entertainment, groceries, and fuel categories into our savings account at the end of the month.

Read More »

Crawfish Étouffée

Crawfish Étouffée
 

Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs crawfish tails or shrimp
  • 1 can Rotels
  • 1 can golden mushroom soup
  • 2 cups water

Instructions
  1. Melt butter in cast iron pot.
  2. Brown onion, bell pepper, and garlic over medium heat. Add seasoning.
  3. When vegetables are browned, add Rotels and golden mushroom soup. Add 1 cup water and cook over medium heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add crawfish tails or shrimp and remaining water. Let cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve over white rice.

Pet Peeves

  1. People standing too close to me in line at the grocery store.
  2. Adults getting drunk and hanging on me. Learn to handle your alcohol better or just fall on the floor but please do not hang on me.
  3. Joe will drink a glass of water and put the glass on the window sill above the sink for later. I rather he put the glass in the sink and just dirty a new one later. I don’t know why but the glass on the window sill annoys the heck out of me. I’m pretty sure he only does it to annoy me…ahhhh marriage
  4. People that look over my shoulder when I’m playing on my cell phone.
  5. Breadcrumbs in the butter
  6. The word “whatever”
  7. Slow walkers
  8. My neighbor’s cats always jump on my car and slide down the windshield leaving their dirty little paw prints on my windshield and the top of my car.
  9. People that brag about never reading a book.
  10. Squeaky shoes after it rains or during a basketball game

Relieving Holiday Stress | Bath Essentials

This time of the year can really be stressful for some people. I stress about buying and wrapping gifts, making sure my home is perfect for visiting family and friends, money, and family drama. Every year I say I won’t stress over worrying about everything, but I always end up stressing myself out.

I don’t typically take baths, but I do enjoy the occasional bubble bath when I’m stressed out. So that’s exactly what I do when I’m stressed from the holidays.

These are some must haves for your stress relieving bath:

Bathtub Wine Glass Holder | Candles | Bath Bombs
Stress Relief Body Wash | A Good Book | Tub Caddy
Bose SoundDock | Cream Bubble Bath

What are some ways you relieve your holiday stress?

20 Random Things About Me

  1. I met my husband when I was sixteen years old.
  2. I’m obsessed with sweeping and vacuuming my floors. My cat and dog shed like crazy, and it drives me insane so I usually sweep and vacuum at least three times a day.
  3. I’ve only broken one bone in my life. I tripped in a hole in my front yard and broke my foot then I went to work for three hours before deciding to go to the doctor.
  4. I like animals more than most people.
  5. Boiled crawfish is my favorite food.
  6. I never wear makeup.
  7. I’m Catholic and had a big Catholic wedding, and I loved it!
  8. Cheesecake is my favorite dessert.
  9. I have one little sister, Heather. She’s pretty great!
  10. I’m incredibly shy when I first meet someone.
  11. I always sneeze three times in a row. Always.
  12. I rather just do something myself than spend the time teaching someone to do it.
  13. I’m a perfectionist.
  14. I love road trips with my husband.
  15. I really want Lasik, but I’m too scared to actually go through with it.
  16. I have full-blown conversations with Joe in my sleep.
  17. I’ll be 26 years old in January.
  18. I’m allergic to oysters and Benadryl. I found out that I’m allergic to both of them on the same day.
  19. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety six years ago.
  20. I love football. Geaux Tigers! Who Dat!

Favorite Television Shows

I have a confession…I’m addicted to television. I seriously made a spreadsheet for all the shows I watch that includes the channel and the time they each play. I also have an app on my phone that keeps track of all the shows I watch. Joe thinks I take it overboard, but I’m emotionally invested in each show and need to see it though, haha. Below are my top eleven favorite shows:

1. Scandal
2. Nashville
3. How To Get Away With Murder
4. The Mindy Project
5. Sons of Anarchy
6. The Walking Dead
7. The Good Wife
8. The Blacklist
9. The Following
10. Orange Is The New Black
11. Parks and Recreation

What are your favorite TV shows?