Five on Friday

ONE- 21 Day Fix! Are you tired of hearing about this? My type-A personality is in love with the fix! The color-coded containers, the workouts on set … [Continue Reading]


21 Day Fix!

I'm jumped on the 21 Day Fix bandwagon and after just one week, I'm loving the program. I've worked out every day and I've eaten within the portion … [Continue Reading]

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Judson is 9 months old!

Another month has come and gone (and almost another, too)! We're a little behind on this post, but I wanted to finish strong with the last few month, … [Continue Reading]


Last week Allen called to inform me that he had booked us a hotel room in Chattanooga for a few nights. He followed that with, we have until 12:00 on … [Continue Reading]


February Goals

February is going to have a little less pressure than January. We have a fun adventure planned for Allen's birthday this weekend, and I just want to … [Continue Reading]


January Rewind

Is anyone else wondering where in the world January went? I mean seriously! I was probably a little over ambition on my goals, or maybe it was just a crazy month for us, either way, I’ll be repeating many of those in February (more on that tomorrow).

I saw my talented friend, Kristin, create an awesome infographic for her blog, and while I’m not near as talented as Kristin, I decided to make a fun little infographic for our monthly recaps, too!


While January wasn’t full of great accomplishments, goal wise. It was full of family fun and more time at home. We ate out more than we intended, but we had plenty of meals at home during the week and post-dinner dance parties. Allen pulled out his guitar more this month than in the past 6 months combined. We have plans to use that gym membership more this month.

And a few of my favorite moments…


The weather was unseasonably warm, so we spent time outside as often as possible. We celebrated with friends as they welcomed new babies, and sent happy mail to a few friends. BK continues to make us laugh all day long. She’s reading and tries her hardest to boss her brother around, even though he doesn’t listen very well. We went to a cooking class this month and since then she has been obsessed with cooking. She requests cooking shows over Sophia the First, and tells us she wants to be a boss chef when she grows up.

2015 is off to a great start, we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us.

Five on Friday, #riffrafflove

It’s been a while, right? So much for that blogging every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, eh? Well, here’s the thing, I promise I’ve been really busy with a few fun and exciting things in our life and I also promise to fill you all in next week (when I actually blog).

I did want to take a minute on this quiet Friday morning (so rare these days) to share a Friday Five with you. Today, it’s all about Riffraff!

1. THE HAKU BOOTIE- Have you ever seen a more perfect color? Or the fact that this versatile shoe slips right on and it actually comfortable! It’s a must for my closet this spring and I can’t wait to pair it with cuffed boyfriend jeans.

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2. ELLE CHALLIS DRESS – I love the care-free style of this fun and flow dress. The pattern mixing and the fact that I can just throw it on with leggings and boots and be set, all things that make it a winner in my book! The original isn’t available anymore, but you I’m loving the similar style of this flowy and fun dress.

3. REVERSABLE PONCHO (similar here) – Can we talk about how ponchos are my favorite?  Easy to wear and so forgiving!


4. SIOUX DANGLE NECKLACE- I am loving this statement necklace, paired with a simple top, this makes it easy to look put together!

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5. RIFFRAFF ON PINTEREST! Did you know Riffraff is always pinning new clothing and accessories to their Pinterest boards? Even more, Riffraff has a fantastic Wise Words board full of great quotes that would make excellent backgrounds for your mobile devices, or just something fun to send to friends!

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And as always, you can use the code, LIFEINTHEGREENHOUSE to take 10% off your total purchase! Happy Friday and Happy Shopping, friends!




what’s cooking, BK?

One of our goals for this year is to take BK on a date once a month. Sure, we do things outside of the house, all of the time. Play dates and dance practice, trips to her favorite restaurant or the park. But, we wanted to be sure to carve out some one-on-one dedicated time with our girl this year. And of course, we’ll continue the tradition as Jud grows.

For January, I signed BK up for a cooking class. My girl loves to cook! It’s one of our favorite things to do in the evenings while Jud takes a nap. I thought a cooking class where she could take home her own set of tools when the class was over was right up her alley.

And she loved the fact that our neighbor Brayden went too!


Her favorite part was getting to use a knife. I let her have plenty of tasks in the kitchen. She mixes, measures, rolls out dough with her cute green rolling pin. She doesn’t slice and cut, I normally take care of that part. At the cooking class, she was able to cut up fruit and she was thrilled. We had a long talk about only using her “special red knife” and she’s super excited about using it during our next kitchen adventure.


They also made some gooey Oreo balls, and I definitely had to refrain from taking one of those. Oreos are a favorite in our house, and I caught BK sneaking Oreos several times, no surprise there.


We had a great time and she was excited to tell Allen all about our adventure one she came home.

Baby It’s Cold Outside, showering a sweet baby girl

Could party planning be my love language? Seriously. I love, love, love to help throw a party. I love to make a plan and have a vision and see it all come together. It’s my favorite.

This past weekend, I helped host a baby shower for a sweet baby girl making her debut in a few weeks.

We went with a pretty pink and silver color scheme. Delicious chicken salad sandwiches, fruit, cheese and crackers, cupcakes, chocolate candy and hot chocolate with all the fixings.



Those yummy cupcakes are from Publix, of course! They make the best cupcakes.



The hot chocolate recipe is a go-to for this time of the year at our house. And I’ll be posting the recipe tomorrow on Every Day Cheer.


We tied pink ribbon on the cups for a sweet detail.


And included a few tasty toppings for the hot chocolate.


I’m looking for any excuse to make a tissue paper garland these days. We added a few snowflakes (purchased after Christmas from Hobby Lobby).


One of my favorite things were these hot chocolate thank-you’s that everyone took home with after the shower. The perfect portion of hot chocolate and marshmallows to enjoy on a cold day. BK wanted to take them all, but she refrained.


American Idol: Superstars Made Here

For years, we have watched American Idol at our house. It’s one of our favorite shows to watching from the beginning of the season to the end, and we even have some of our favorite past contestants in our iTunes library. Hello, Carrie Underwood! I can’t believe that the 14th season is underway; that’s a ton of music superstars over the years.

I remember sitting on the living room floor at my parents’ house, anxiously awaiting the decision of the first ever American Idol… Justin or Kelly?! And then squealing with excitement when the winner was announced!

There isn’t another singing competition on television that produces superstars like American Idol, like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Phillip Phillips, Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert, just to name a few! IDOL’s alumni have earned quite the resume, selling more than 60 million albums, with more 250 million downloads! They boast of Platinum and Gold records and more than 70 IDOL contestants have been on the Billboard charts with 440 songs attaining No.1 Billboard hit status. Those stats are impressive!

Idol alumni have racked up awards from music to television, from Broadway to radio, from country to pop. No matter which genre you choose to fill your music library with, there is probably a former contestant somewhere in the mix.


American Idol is airing on FOX Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8/7 right now! One of my favorite parts of the show is the audition round, and tonight they’ll be in Kansas City. The majority of the contestants first auditioned on the IDOL bus tour. Rumor has it, Keith and Harry join a banjo-playing contestant tonight for a rendition of the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies. You know the one, right?! And of course, American Idol will tug at your heartstrings and give you feel good stories that bring a tear to your eye. Tonight will be no exception when a hearing impaired man hears his daughter sing for the first time in front of the judges. In true Idol fashion, Jennifer will be serenaded by a contestant, and Keith joins in on the fun while testing a contestant’s vocal range using the piano. On Thursday night, a past favorite will return as Adam Lambert helps judge in New York!

Seriously, they pack so much fun into each episode, and that keeps us coming back for more. I also love that American Idol is a show the whole family can gather around the television and watch. We love talking about the auditions and choosing favorites to pull for throughout the show.

I’m so excited for this new season! Are you tuning in and watching every Wednesday and Thursday night? If not, you’re missing one of the best shows on television! This season just kicked off on January 7th, so you have time to jump right in to the season tonight.

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