Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday Favorites - Happy Labor Day!

She says...

Happy Friday, y'all! Hopefully you will be enjoying a long weekend with your peeps. We are going to spend some time with our family as well.

I have found some really good favorites for you. I am so excited about fall and have been noticing lots of the new things with the change of season. Here's what I have found:

I was in Kohl's last week and spotted this leopard print kimono. Animal prints are really popular again this year. Plus, these kimonos are so easy to throw on and go! It's on sale this weekend, too. 

I purchased this magnolia mini wreath at my local Kirkland's yesterday. I plan to hang it on top of the mirror in our dining room. I am loving the white pumpkins, pinecones and magnolia leaves!
(Kirkland's is having a major sale over Labor Day weekend.)

I spotted these mustard cloth napkins with white stitching while I was browsing at Kirkland's. If you love to dress up your table for fall, these are a great find. They are only $4 each and really well made.

I love to dress up my front door with the change of seasons. I found this Hello Pumpkin doormat on sale for $11.99 at Michael's. So cute for fall!

He says...
Fall to me also means a new wardrobe.....which usually involves some form of camouflage! Let me say, I can't wait! Keeping with a hunting theme, I picked up this BOG Deathgrip Shooting Tripod a couple weeks ago. 
I bought it with the intent of allowing my 8 year old nephew the opportunity to hopefully get a shot on a hog with a high powered rifle. The tripod worked great! Unfortunately, the hogs must have known it was a deadly combination because they didn't show up! We still managed some target practice with it and I was very impressed. It has adjustable leg height and angle. The grip securely locks your weapon into place. The grip has a pivot base allowing you to set the tension on left/right and up/down movement...or, just simply lock in on a target. It comes in aluminum for about $150. They do have a carbon fiber version which is somewhat lighter. But, the price tag comes in a little heavier at $250. The tripod is on the heavy side, weighing 8.5 lbs. To that point, this is what allows an 8 year old to to get away with safely firing a centerfire rifle.

A great companion to the shooting tripod is this Sig Sauer KILO1000 laser rangefinder. This handheld 5x monocular allows you to range targets out to 1000 yards while the tripod allows you to hold steady on your point of aim. As you know, I am a big fan of good glass when it comes to hunting/sporting optics. This Sig will not let you down in that department. Throw in their unlimited lifetime warranty they dub as the "Infinite Guarantee," you can't go wrong! Sig Sauer will stand behind all of their products; no warranty card, no receipt, no time limits. That is a sign of somebody standing behind their products! The laser rangefinder aspect is spot-on accurate and provides instant readings with the push of a button. Holding the button allows updates at a rate of 4x's per, you can always be assured of the correct distance.

Good luck to all of you getting ready for the upcoming hunting seasons...and to those that have seasons which have already started, hope you have had much success!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Fall Favorites - Hobby Lobby Edition

It's still hot, hot, hot here in South Louisiana and I'm not quite ready to pull out the fall decorations. But I while was at Hobby Lobby this week, I browsed the fall displays and found a few favorites I wanted to share...

Farmhouse fall decor...

All of the fall pumpkins...

Check out the wooden dough bowl I found in the fall section. You could add pumpkins, pine cones, fall leaves, etc to the bowl and it would be so pretty!

I also loved this fall magnolia leaf wreath with nuts, twigs and pinecones...

Hope y'all have a great weekend and enjoy what is left of summer.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Fri-yay!  Hope you have had a terrific week!  I am going to be enjoying my extended family in town for a long weekend. It has been 10 years since we have all been together at the same time. Too long!

Here are my favorites for the week:

Trader Joe's Premium Olive Oil

This is a really good tasting olive oil, plus it is not expensive at $7.99. But the best part? It comes with a pouring spout, very handy!

Confetti Rim Margarita Glass

We are having a taco bar with all of the fixings at our house this weekend. I realized I don't own margarita glasses and found these at Pier 1. These are perfect for a party!

Duncan Hines Chocolate Almond Coffee Cake

I was looking for a new dessert recipe to make while we have company this weekend. I love devil's food cake and this looks delicious. The best part is it starts with a box cake mix so I don't have to spend all afternoon in the kitchen and miss out on the fun!



  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. instant espresso
  • ½ cup and 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 13"x9" pan.
  • Mix together the cake mix, eggs, milk, instant espresso, and butter.
  • Spread evenly into the pan.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the flour, sugar, butter almonds and salt.
  • Sprinkle almond mixture on top of cake.
  • Bake 30 minutes until the top is golden brown.
That's it for today, be back next week!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Staycation in New Orleans

Greetings!  I wanted to share a little trip we had to the French Quarter and Warehouse District. We had such a fun time with two of our children, our son's girlfriend and even brought our dog, Spot.

Our kids are growing up and sometimes its hard to coordinate schedules to get everyone together for a long trip so this one was just perfect for our changing family.

We stayed at the Hotel Intercontinental because it met all of our must-haves. It had to have a pool, be pet friendly and close to the places we wanted to go. The hotel exceeded our expectations.

These are some pictures outside our hotel where we were able to walk Spot around under the big, beautiful oak trees. In the evenings the lights would make the courtyard feel so festive.


There was so much to see and do, and we made the most of our time. We decided to explore the French Quarter, Magazine Street, visit the World War II museum and try some new restaurants. 

These pictures were taken while exploring Magazine Street. It was several miles of artsy and unique shops that made for a great after breakfast stroll.

Another place we visited was the World War II Museum; it was so well done. Even if you are not a history buff, this is a must see place. But, leave yourself plenty of time to visit as there is an entire decade of history to experience.

Next time I will post part two of our trip with pictures of the delicious food we ate. Come back soon!