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11 Summer Date Night Ideas

Confession: I hate cooking.  And will do pretty much anything to not cook. 

Luckily, for me I found a husband that not only can cook, but who loves to treat me to a date night pretty frequently.  And if you follow me on Instagram you know our idea of a "wild and crazy" Friday night, is picking up Sushi from Kroger or Publix and a movie or TV night.  

No joke, we've chosen this over going out to eat in Augusta several times.  Believe it or not, I didn't think I liked Sushi until I met Thomas, and now it's our weekly regular.  Some would say I have an obsession, BUT y'all it's so dang good, affordable and they make it fresh in the store so I'm not worried about how long its been sitting there or any other sketchy business.

And back to that TV night?  We've been obsessively bingeing Arrow on Netflix.  Anyone else?  Now we're only on season 2 so no spoiler alerts, but comment below if you've seen it.  Also, if you're looking for a good couples show on Netflix, I highly suggest it.  

And now onto the Summer Date Night ideas, when we wanna take a break from our usual sushi + netflix.

TV Night + Snacks

Sushi + Movie Night In

Drive-in Movie Theater

Pool Day

Picnic at Sunset

Workout together

Bonfire + S'mores

Camping Weekend

Go Fishing

Go to the lake for the day

Cook something together

So what date nights do you enjoy in the Summertime?  Is there a food you used dislike but have grown to love?  What is your current binge-watching show of choice?

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Favorite Nude Polishes

A while back, I post my favorite summer polishes.  But to be honest, as much as I love all my bright pinks and corals, I can go for a nude polish any day of the year.  Which inspired me to do this post: a round up of my fave nude polishes.  

Hubby for Dessert | Essie

Shell We Dance | Sally Hansen Gel Polish

Taupe-Less Beach | OPI Nail Lacquer

She's My Beauty | Gelish

Twiggy | Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Master Plan | Essie

Wet Cement | Wet n Wild Megalast

I'm Not a Ballerina | Pretty Woman

And that's it folks.  Just short, sweet and to the point.  BUT don't worry I've got some good meaty posts coming for ya in the near future.  In the mean time leave me a comment of your favorite nude polish in the comments.  And while you're at it, leave your fave polish of all time to.

Happy Friday friends.  XO

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Poppyseed Turkey Sliders

Three words.  Poppyseed Turkey Sliders.  

Have I mentioned before that, although I must've skipped the cooking gene, the women in my family are amazing in the kitchen.  Well that includes my MIL too.  She first made these sliders (well something pretty dang similar) for the Superbowl and I fell in love -- like pretty much anything she's ever made me.  

Y'all these are so dang good to make ahead and reheat for a quick weeknight dinner or lunch leftovers.  Not to mention football season is right around the corner and I can pretty much guarantee they'll be a hit.  

I made these this past weekend, stuck them in the fridge and warmed them up in the microwave..y'all they were just as good as the right out of the oven if not better.  And confession: the next day after that I ate them for lunch again and they were EVEN better.  Seriously.  

I love a recipe that only gets better with time.  I'm kinda finicky about leftovers so when I find a recipe that I love the next day I'm sold.  

Warning this is seriously the easiest.  

1 pack of Hawaiian Rolls
1 package of Ham deli meat (I chose to do half the sliders ham and half turkey so I got a package of each)
1/2 lb of white american cheese
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 stick of butter
1 tbsp poppyseeds
2 tsp worcesteshire sauce
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
1/4 pepper, or to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Slice the entire roll slab in half, do not break each roll apart
3. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and place the bottom slab of rolls in it.
4. Layer the meat across the bottom half of the rolls.  I did two slices of ham on one half, and two slices of turkey on the other side.
5. Layer cheese across the entire slab.  I chose Great Lakes White American Cheese because it's my fave, but you could do any cheese you like.
6. Add another layer of meat and cheese then add the top slab of the rolls.
7.  In a small bowl, combine the following ingredients: melted butter, dijon mustard, poppy seeds, worcesteshire sauce, salt and pepper.  Mix well.
8. Pour the sauce over the rolls, and spread some on top of the rolls as well.
9. Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
10. Let the rolls sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.
11.  Cook at 350degrees for 15-20 minutes; until the cheese is melted.
12. Uncover the rolls and cook an additional 3-5 minutes.  

CONFESSION: I have totally sucked at showing up and posting on here lately.  I know.  I hate it really.  Between family beach trips, friend beach trips and my graduate online class I've just found it hard to balance it all.

So I need two things from y'all.  ONE: what type of giveaway would you like to see in the next couple of weeks?  TWO: what type of posts would you like to see on here?  more recipes, lifestyle, faith?

Until next time, keep up on instagram (and BTS on instastories)

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Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip | 21 Day Fix Approved

You know a recipe is good when your husband eats the entire batch in one day.  

No lie, y'all.

Are love for buffalo chicken dip is no secret.  In fact, I've shared several recipes - with different twist variations - on this her blog.  See here and here.  Those recipes are tried and true and you seriously can't go wrong with them.


Today's version of our beloved buffalo chicken dip is a healthier, skinny version. that yes is 21 day fix approved.  HOLLA!

The original recipe that for the skinny buffalo chicken dip was shared by Lindsay Ann my beachbody coach.  {she's seriously the bomb y'all} and then I made a couple adjustments -- and jackpot y'all.


2 Cans of Chunk Chicken, 16 oz
3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt, fat free (approx. 1.5 of the individual 5.3 yogurts)
1 Greek Yogurt Ranch Packet
1/4 cup Wing Sauce
1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


+ Shred chicken, and mix chicken and greek yogurt in a crockpot on low, wait 30 minutes.

+ Add wing sauce, shredded cheese, and ranch packet.  Wait 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and the dip is completely warmed.

1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow


1. Lindsay Ann's recipe called for 6 chicken breasts, I just prefer the ease of chicken already cooked and chunked

2. Her recipe calls for hot sauce, Thomas just prefers wing sauce.  Also, if you prefer more spicy dips I'd add 1/2 cup.

3. A crockpot just makes this recipe easy and and quick, but you could definitely throw all this together and bake in the over as well.

4. I chose to serve with these Crunchmaster Crackers that Lindsay Ann mentioned in her post, but carrots and celery would also be healthy alternatives.  AND Thomas ate the dip with tostitos chips -- to each their own.

5. Side note: the lemon lemon drink in these pictures is the bomb dot com.

TGIF Friends!  This recipe is PERFECT for the 4th of July -- or like Thomas you can just have it for dinner.  What is your go-to party/holiday healthy or 21 day fix recipe?  Leave the link below so I can start making plans for the 4th.

Oh and while you're reading this I'm back at the beach.  Eek!  Stay caught up on instagram/stories.

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