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C A S O N | st. simons island travel guide

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I’ve been so lucky this summer to have plenty of excuses to head to the beach. One beach town I got reacquainted with this summer was St. Simons Island. My cousin got married there in April, we visited one of my mom’s best friends in June (aka: my fairy godmother, you should get one!), and my aunt and uncle invited us to tag along on their family vacation in July. I was so spoiled this summer that next summer might be a rude awakening. My family always spent a week down on SSI growing up but switched over to Destin when I was in high school. Destin became the “cool” place to go but I’ll be honest with you – the older I get, the more I prefer the older, quiet beach towns over the crowded mega beaches like Destin. I haven’t been to St. Simons in probably 10 years, but I promise you it won’t be another 10 years before I go back! (Plug your ears Hilton Head.) It might be my new favorite beach spot. Here are my favorite places to dine, stay, and shop in St. Simons.

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[ where to EAT ]

Crab Trap | Some of my earliest memories of the beach include eating at the Crab Trap and being fascinated with the hole in the center of the table. (Genius!) It’s always crowded but it’s always delicious. Order: fried shrimp or crab legs. Or both. You’re on vacation!

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Georgia Sea Grill | It’s a little bit fancier if you’re looking for something less touristy. Everyone I was with loved their meal. Be sure to make a reservation for this one. Order: crab cakes and a cocktail.

Palmer’s Village Cafe | Kat and I snuck away for lunch one day and found ourselves at Palmer’s based off of Yelp reviews. You must go! This TINY restaurant is located in the popular Pier Village so be prepared for a wait. Order: The pimento cheese sandwich and key lime pie. Their key lime pie has sort of a creme brûlée vibe going on and I loved every bite.

Southern Soul Barbeque | I don’t claim to be a “meat connoisseur” like some people in my life, but this was hands-down some of the best BBQ I’ve ever eaten. Maybe THE best. It was packed every single time we drove past it so you know it’s good. Order: pulled pork and Brunswick stew.

Sandcastle | Also located in Pier Village, we stopped here for the famous breakfast buffet one morning. It’s supposed to be a local favorite. I’m normally kind of weird about buffets. Like…how long has this been out? How many people in this restaurant have breathed on this? I won’t lie. Not only was it cheap, it was incredible. This place was so busy that the food was constantly being replenished so everything was super fresh. If this picky buffet eater liked it, I know you will! Order: breakfast buffet and french toast.

I didn’t get to try everywhere I wanted to but I do have some honorable mentions based off of local recommendations and word of mouth. Honorable mentions: Crabdaddy’s, The Half Shell, and Barbara Jean’s (crab cakes and chocolate “stuff” are famous at Barbara Jean’s).

[ what to DO other than beach ]

Pier Village | This is kind of the heart of St. Simon’s Island. You’ll find everything here from shopping and dining to the beautiful pier and lighthouse. You’ll also find playgrounds and picnic areas here. This is a just a fun strip to stroll down one afternoon. My favorite places to shop in Pier Village are Dutchmans (DIE!) and Tonya’s.

Golden Isle’s Olive Oil | Located in Redfern Village, this shop has tons of olive oil and herb selections. Be sure to pick up a bottle of their herbs de Provence infused olive oil and a bag of Tuscan Farmhouse herb blend.  Pair it with a fresh loaf of Artisan bread and you’ve got just about the best appetizer I’ve ever had.

Two Friends | I’m a total sucker for little boutiques like this. What I loved about Two Friends is that they had clothes, jewelry, and home decor that I had never seen before! Sometimes small boutiques all run together and seem to all have the same stuff. (i.e. Vera Bradley, Simply Southern, and monograms, monograms, and more monograms.) As much as I love those things, I love unique finds that I haven’t seen in a million other stores even better.

[ where to STAY ]

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort | We stayed here for my cousin’s wedding and it did not disappoint! Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, it’s part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection so you know the bar has been set high. The pool area, including the beach side restaurant, ECHO, were fabulous. We also loved how close the resort was to some of our favorite restaurants on the Island. You can easily walk to the Crab Trap and Crabdaddy’s.

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Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals | I got to experience two different Hodnett Cooper properties this summer and both of them were OUTSTANDING. Both properties were decorated beautifully and I honestly wouldn’t look any further if you are interested in a rental property.

My cousin’s family rented this property for the week of her wedding. My mom threw the bridal luncheon here and it was perfect for the occasion.

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My aunt and uncle rented this property right on the beach from Hodnett Cooper. Umm…location, location, location!

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[ OUR VIEW! ]

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[ some family beach pics ]

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Sea Island | My fairy godmother has friends in high places so we got to experience Sea Island for a day. If you’re ready to splurge on pure luxury, this is it. Mom told us it was a big deal to even get past the front gate, so Kat and I hit up the gift shop like it was Christmas morning. (What? I’m not proud of it.)

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Wow…SSI overload for you this Tuesday morning! Have any questions? Feel free to shoot me an email at hello [at] sitwithusblog.com. Until next time…

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A U D G E | four generations of awesome

I’ve got a whole branch of family that I rarely get to see nowadays, but when our paths finally do cross again it’s like picking up exactly where we left off. We met up with our Oklahoma crew down in Florida for a week of family vacay shenanigans, but what was extra special about this get-together was having four generations of awesome under one roof for so many days. I remember going out to visit the Okie homeland for the summer, and I would get to do alllll the good stuff… eat chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, highlight my hair for the first time ever in the kitchen sink, wear platform shoes, polishing up a new song and dance routine before performing with my cuz, listening to Foo Fighters at full blast with all the windows down, exploring the farm and the great outdoors. All the makings of a perfect childhood getaway. We were definitely missing some key players for our little reunion on this trip (cousinssss!), but life happens and sometimes you’ve just gotta roll with it… so we’ll just keep our fingers crossed for the next go round!

IMG_1540Funny story about taking these photos – It was our last night all together, and we were waiting for our table at this beachside restaurant, so we figured we’d squeeze in a little family photo time. If I turned around and showed you the view from behind the camera, it looked toooootally different. There was a storm a-brewing, and it even started raining on us while we were taking these… and my lens was fogging up BAD (which is why it looks foggy on the edges of some of these), but BY-GAH THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN! So like I was saying before, we just rolled with it. Hah! ;)

I’m so thankful for the chance for our kids to have these sweet times with the people I love so dearly so they can start making memories of their own with them. There aren’t very many parts or places from my childhood that are still in tact, so it makes these few that are still left extra special. So in honor of getting to know them, I’m gonna give you that chance too! I pulled a few questions from the You Can Sit With Us “About Me” section, and let the crew have at it! It’s funny to see all of the different directions people ran with it… but by far (spoiler alert), my favorite answers are my PawPaw’s… Check out what these cool cats had to say!

IMG_1578Q U E S T I O N | What’s your favorite song or artist?

PawPaw: It’s country, whatever it is. I couldn’t really tell you what my favorite song is… I like some of the songs from Zac Brown Band and Toby Keith. But I could listen to any of it.

Daddy-O: “Dancin’ Days” by Led Zeppelin

Aunt Cheryl: My favorite artist is probably Bob Sieger. He was one of the first artists I really liked when I was younger in my twenties.

Katie: Sam Hunt – my all time favorite is “Ex To See”.

Benbino: “‘Til the End of Time” by A Boy and His Kite

Tacie: “Let It Go” from Frozen… [but she also writes her own songs.]

 

IMG_1566Q U E S T I O N | If you could eat dinner with anyone, who would it be?

PawPaw: Mary [That’s MawMaw]. She’s my number one.

Daddy-O: It’d be Grandpa Davidson (Marvin). He passed away when I was three, I never really knew him. I’d like to meet him, and to find out what Gam (my grandmother) was really like.

Aunt Cheryl: The first person that comes to mind is Barbara Bush. I’m just intrigued by her, how her life must have been. She seems very sophisticated yet down-to-earth and I really can appreciate that she invoked the reading programs in schools. I remember when I first saw her speak when her husband was President, it was just like talking to her neighbor in the interview. She was just so down to earth.

Katie: Probably Justin Timberlake… we’d probably just fall in love right there. The rest would be history.

Benbino: Grandpa. I would love to get advice from him on things, he was a really wise and intelligent person.

Tacie: PopPop. [Which is my dad. When I asked “why” she responded, “Because.”]

 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetQ U E S T I O N | What are you pet peeves?

PawPaw: I don’t care for people who think they know it all, because generally they don’t. They just think they do.

Daddy-O: I’ve gotta shower before I go to bed… but mostly slow, stupid people.

Aunt Cheryl: Bad drivers and rude sales people.

Katie: When you WATCH NASHVILLE WITHOUT ME, when I can hear people chew, and when boys that are players pretend not to be players.

Benbino: People with high-pitched voices, and when people chew really loud.

Tacie: When people say ‘poopey’ to me.

IMG_1647Savor those little moments with the ones you love. These might very well be the “good ol’ days” that you’ll be talking about later on, so make it count!

From my family to yours! Until next time…

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J O A N N A | flashback: diy charcoal face mask

After sharing my favorite make-up products with you guys I felt the need to remind everyone to take care of their skin. Besides drinking LOTS of water and washing your face before bed (duh) it’s important to have little “spa” days at home; do something special for your skin that you wouldn’t normally do… like try Kat’s charcoal face mask! I know it sounds weird, but don’t knock it till you try it. Your skin will thank you!

flashbackfriday_edited-1charcoal-face-mask_edited-1I’ve recently been really into face masks. According to Pinterest you can use anything from apple cider and oatmeal to avocados and baking soda. Apparently, all the ingredients to make my skin look radiant have been hanging out in my kitchen disguising themselves as food. Who knew?

You may already be familiar with activated charcoal but I’m new to the club. It’s in so many skincare products, specifically for acne because it’s THAT awesome. But really, activated charcoal’s job is to rid your body of toxins. [Doctors use this stuff for snake venom, spider bites, and even alcohol poisoning] but we are going to use it to draw impurities out of our pores! Wahoo! It wouldn’t hurt to steam your face beforehand. We want those pores open so we can get them all cleaned out.

easy-homemade-face-maskFace Mask:

:: Activated charcoal (I bought capsules at our local herb shop and opened them up)
:: Aloe vera gel
:: Rosewater or regular water
:: A couple drops of tea-tree oil

Warnings:

:: This mask can be messy. When you’re washing your face be wary of splash zone!
:: Don’t use charcoal you BBQ with- that is highly toxic!

charcoal-face-maskI mixed about 1/2 a teaspoon of everything (water, charcoal, and aloe) and added 2-3 drops of tea-tree oil. You don’t want to add any more oil than that or it could cause stinging! I mixed everything together with a Q-tip to form an inky, black paste. Let it dry completely before washing your face with warm water. Cason and I decided to pair it with a glass of wine for a fun girl’s night in! Combine this with Audge’s DIY foot-scrub and you’ve got yourself an at-home spa day.

I also read that you can brush your teeth with activated charcoal and it will help get rid of plaque build up. I haven’t tried it yet…but if it will make my teeth pearly white, there’s a good chance I’ll be adding charcoal to my toothpaste in the morning.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t hate getting charcoal this Christmas after all!joanna_crop

K A T | peanut butter ice cream pie

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I figured since today’s my birthday, I should share one of my most FAVORITE desserts of ALL TIME! It also so happens to be one of the easiest recipes so next time you need a quick dessert (that’s guaranteed to impress all your guests) it’s kind of a no brainer…you make this one.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie Recipe

:: 1 graham cracker crust
:: 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
:: 4 tablespoons peanut butter

Ingredients for chocolate sauce
:: 6 tablespoons heavy cream
:: 1 teaspoon orange zest
:: 7 ounces semisweet chocolate
:: 1/2 teaspoon coffee granules
:: 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
:: 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

In a double boiler heat cream and orange zest. Add chocolate, coffee, orange liqueur, and corn syrup stirring constantly. Keep the chocolate warm and drizzle over pie.

* OR if you’re not my mom and don’t want to make it homemade you can always just buy a container of hot fudge sauce

For the pie, listen very carefully because it may get a little tricky. (j/k) Let vanilla ice cream soften and then stir in 4 tablespoons of peanut butter. (You may or may not need an entire 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream, it really just depends on the size graham cracker crust you buy.) Pour mixture into graham cracker crust and place in the freezer for several hours until it sets. Drizzle some hot fudge on top and prepare for your taste buds to explode.

My mom just made me this pie and it was the perfect treat because it’s so freakin’ hot outside! Until next time…

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C A S O N | showering baby magdalene!

Kat, mom, and I hosted a shower for Joanna and baby Magdalene this past weekend. It went off without a hitch! The flowers traveled well, Mom was able to decorate a Pinterest-worthy cake, the venue was awesome to work with, the food was delish, and the company was even better. I just LOVE throwing a good celebration. I actually grew up dreaming of being an event planner but when I realized most of my work would take place on the weekends, I ditched that idea.  I can’t think of anything better to celebrate than the upcoming arrival of baby Magdalene Day! (Sorry Jo, I am going to spoil this girl ROTTEN.) Relive the magic with us…

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We pinned leaves to a clementine for the place card. Where did ideas come from before Pinterest? Like…would we have to come up with them ourselves?!

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Kat and I are notorious for decorating our own cakes. Nobody can capture my vision like I can! We always get our cakes from Sister’s Sweet Creations in Peachtree City. The strawberry champagne cake is amazing. We asked for “messy” buttercream icing and mom added the flowers. Way to go Mom!

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The restaurant’s napkins were black…and well…that just wouldn’t do. I refuse to let a napkin ruin my tablescape! We found these cloth napkins on Etsy.

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These invitations were my first attempt at hand drawing a design and I couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out. We loved them so much these baby shower invitations are now available in our shop!

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For our favors, we painted tiny clay pots and planted flower seeds in them. We carefully tended to them a couple of weeks leading up to the shower so that everyone could take home a “sprout of their own!” Get it?!

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I love her so much already. C’mon and get here already Maggie!

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J O A N N A | make-up worth the splurge

Last week I shared my favorite make-up products on a budget and as promised, I’m not done. This week I am going to shift gears and share some of my make-up faves that will be a bit of a splurge. When you find something that really works, that you really love, and that you can’t find anything comparable to… it’s worth the splurge! Cross my heart.

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1 | Urban Decay Naked Basic Eye Shadow Pallet | $29

This is my go-to, everyday eyeshadow. It stays on all day and the make-up itself last forever, so I don’t feel as guilty for the splurge!

2 | Urban Decay Naked Flushed (Bronzer/ Highlighter/ Blush) | $32

I have to admit… I am a tad bit guilty for this purchase. I feel like it has to be replaced a little more than I would like, but I LOVE the color and can’t seem to find anything that compares.

3 | Anastasia Brow Wiz | $21

Anastasia has the BEST tools for shaping your brows, I haven’t tried all of their options yet, but I will say this brow wiz pencil is a great and EASY place to start!

4 | Benefit They’re Real Mascara | $24 

Cason is boss when it comes to eyelashes, I loved her eyelash 101 post! We agree on how wonderful Benefit mascara is… I don’t wear it everyday because I want to savor it as much as I can, BUT I usually always have it handy just in case a special moment arises!

5 | bareMinerals READY Foundation | $29

Another everyday product! I never truly loved bareMineral loose powder, but this matte powder foundations is EVERYTHING! I know I sound dramatic, but the coverage is unreal and it feels so smooth and looks SO natural! Win, win, win!

6 | bareMinerals Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream | $29

A friend introduced this product to me recently and I’ll never forgive her. Thankfully, I see myself using it only in the summer because it’s SO light and blends in great with my tan. I usually use the $3.00 Elf tinted moisturizer; I haven’t decided which I am going to stick with. If for some reason YOU don’t like the Elf brand then this product might be for you!

Want to know more products that the ladies at YCSWU love and recommend? Check out Audra’s post from the pros, Cason’s everyday make-up routine, and Kat’s beauty on a budget. Stay fancy out there ladies…joanna_crop

K A T | flashback: diy painted coasters

How cute is this table arrangement? Cason made these adorable coasters and I’m ready to host a summer soiree and bust them out! If you’ve got some time on your hands this summer, I recommend making a batch of these coasters to spruce up your table or patio area!

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Y’all, it’s COLD! Kat and I work from home now so these “arctic blasts” and “polar vortexes” don’t really have an effect on us…buuut that doesn’t keep us from pretending we’re secretly trapped in our home with only blankets, candles, soup, and Gossip Girl to survive on. When my weather app tells me the wind chill is -5 degrees, I’m OVER it. Today’s DIY has me dreaming of spring break trips, outdoor low country boils, and long days on the beach. When I was picking out paint for my DIY project this weekend, I definitely flocked towards a beachy color palette. How perfect would these painted coasters be on a summer tablescape?! Nothing like planning ahead!

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:: cork coasters (found mine at Target for $2.99 for a 4-pack!)
:: acrylic paint
:: painter’s tape
:: paint brushes or sponges

1 |  Use your painter’s tape to create fun patterns and designs. I didn’t have thin tape on hand so I just cut down the center to make thinner strips.

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2 | Paint exposed cork.

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3 | Let dry for a couple of hours and peel off the tape. So easy, right?!

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Here’s to easy DIY projects and warmer days!

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C A S O N | road trip trail mix recipe

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Anybody suffering from summertime sadness yet? School starts back in just a matter of weeks. Your vacations are over. Worst of all, it’s hot as hades outside. I remember summers growing up when I was too old to have a babysitter, but too young to drive. I would be BOREDOUTTAMYMIND by now! If you find yourself on a Saturday with nothing to do before summer comes to a close, pack up the car and check out this list of 7 places in Georgia you didn’t know existed. Better yet, if you’re feeling super quirky check out Georgia’s best roadside attractions. You know what you’ll need to tackle Babyland General Hospital, the Jimmy Carter peanut statue, and Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon all in a day? A good road trip snack.

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Kat and I have been known to make a mean trail mix! I’ve thrown everything from Cheetos to marshmallows in my mix. Whether you’re in the car, pre-gaming in a hotel room, or just came in from a long day at the beach, a trail mix is the perfect munchie when you’re on the road. I’m always trying out new snacks in my mixes but this recipe has been a staple in my family since before I was born. Dad made several batches at Christmas time and it was always out when we had guests over or in a big ziplock bag when we were on the road visiting family. It’s very similar to the signature Chex Mix recipe that you can find on the cereal box, but Dad added a couple tweaks that can’t be missed!

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:: 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
:: 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
:: 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
:: 3 cups Cheerios cereal
:: 1 cup mixed nuts
:: 1 cup bite-sized pretzels
:: 1 cup garlic-flavor bagel chips
:: 12 tablespoons butter (1 and a half sticks)
:: 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
:: 3 teaspoons seasoned salt such as Lawry’s
:: 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
:: 1 teaspoon onion powder

1 | In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine all cereals, pretzels, nuts, and bagel chips. (For the bagel chips, if you don’t have bite-sized, just break into smaller pieces.)

2 | In a separate microwave-safe bowl, heat butter uncovered about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in the seasonings.

3 | Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture. Stir/toss well until evenly coated.

4 | Microwave uncovered on high 5 – 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes.

5 | Spread your mix out onto paper towels to cool. Store in an airtight container or bag.

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Make a batch of this and head out onto the open road this summer…before it’s too late!

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A U D G E | bupper: emma by jane austen

9780143106463_Emma_ClaDlx.inddSo this past Monday we were at it again… the gang gathered for another round of Bupper, and we spiced it up this time with a classic. We read Jane Austen’s Emma, which was (*gulp*) one of her longer and more complex novels, but I was up for a challenge! Full disclosure: I didn’t have time to complete the whole thing before the deadline (those darn kids) but I WILL finish. Even though I totally already know how it ends… because I’ve watched the movie Clueless. Obvi.

Although convinced that she herself will never marry, Emma Woodhouse, a precocious twenty-year-old resident of the village of Highbury, imagines herself to be naturally gifted in conjuring love matches. After self-declared success at matchmaking between her governess and Mr. Weston, a village widower, Emma takes it upon herself to find an eligible match for her new friend, Harriet Smith… and this is precisely where the madness and confusion begins.

Adjusting to the richer language took me a minute, especially after coming off of a quick, mindless read – but I kind of appreciated the fact that it made me slow down and really concentrate on what was going on. And while this may sound weird, one of the biggest things that helped open my eyes to the humor of the book was somebody actually telling me how funny it was when they read it. I think I was so busy trying to figure out who everyone was in the beginning and keeping them all straight that I missed some of the cues for laughter… SO. Now you know! Feel free to chuckle at will. And also, feel free to read a character synopsis before you even start reading… I don’t think there would be any spoilers in there, it’s definitely something I wish I would have done!

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While they had dinner parties all the time in the book, they didn’t really talk much about the specific food they were eating other than boiled eggs, a finely dressed leg of pork, and gruel… which I wasn’t up for tackling. So we went with a hearty meal that just always feels homey to me – good ol’ fashioned lasagna. And it wasn’t even a Stouffers! (*insert double high fives here*) I used two different recipes I found on Pinterest for a couple of versions, which both turned out pretty delicious… you can find them here:

IMG_1225I also made these little baby Caprese bites via Notes from the Nelsens as appetizers, which were so tasty! I’d totally make them just for me…

IMG_1213And while those dishes were rocking my world, nothing came close to touching the dessert. It was PURE BLISS ALL UP IN MY MOUTH HOLY MOLEY. I chose an apple dumpling because that was something they actually DID bring up in the book, along with the whole apple gift-giving ordeal between Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax… anywho. All that talk of baked apples, you know I couldn’t resist. The best part of this recipe was the secret ingredient. You’ll never guess what it was… MOUNTAIN DEW. Go make this right now! And serve up a scoop or two with vanilla ice cream. I promise, your body will love/hate you for it.

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We kept these pretty loose and casual since (*ahem*) not everyone had quite finished the book… but since the book is a classic, there are a ton of question guides you can choose from. Here’s one, and one more for you!

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the girl on the trainCason is next up in our rotation, and I’m super excited to dig into her pick! She chose The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Make sure you pick up a copy and read along with us before the next meeting! Here’s the synopsis for you, just to whet your appetite:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Sounds like a promising page-turner to me! Hope you guys are having fun with this… we’ve loved doing it! And now we’ve officially made it through an entire rotation of our group… which is kind of crazy! Have you guys started your own Bupper clubs?? Let us know if you’re out there! Because after all, you can read with us too…

Happy Wednesday y’all! Until next time…

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J O A N N A | make-up that doesn’t break the bank

I don’t consider myself too high maintenance when it comes to beauty products. I’m not really a product junky or product snob… while I recognize that there are some things worth splurging on, I also know that sometimes there are products that are JUST as good, but half the price. It definitely takes some trial and error. Sometimes I buy the more expensive item and then end up kicking myself if it doesn’t work out, and other times I try a cheaper product hoping to save some money but it’s just. not. the. same! I’m going to share with you some of my favorite make-up products, they are all over the scale when it comes to the price so let’s start with my faves on the cheaper side… 

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1 | Elf Tinted Moisturizer | $3.00
This moisturizer is my JAM! During the summer I use it most days, often it’s all I wear with just a touch of mascara; it’s SPF 20, so it serves more than 1 purpose. Score.

2 | Almay Eyeliner | $6.79
I’ve been using Almay eyeliner for years. I know it seems kind of random, but I love their colors and it truly last all day. I’ve tried LOTS of other brands but nothing compares.

3 | Maybelline Corrector Concealer | $5.59
When you’ve got an unwelcome visitor on your face or dark circles under your eyes, this stuff is a life saver… I always have it handy. It blends in great despite its yellow tint; it’s true to its name!

4 | Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder | $3.00
I actually have a favorite bronzer/blush that would not be considered affordable, but I’ll share next week. For now, I have to share my new love for Elf Contouring. This stuff has been great in the summer to add a little more color and definition to my already tan face.

5 | Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara | $6.99
This is it y’all; my everyday, favorite mascara. I buy it in regular and water proof just so I’m always prepared. It goes on so smooth and definitely gets the job done.

6 | Maybelline Lipstick | $5.59
Whenever I need lipstick for an event, I always end up buying Maybelline. They have the BEST color selection and it wears great.

If you wish, stay tuned for my favorite make-up products that are a bit more pricey… I know it doesn’t sound fun, but they are every bit as fabulous. It’ll be worth the wait (and the money), I promise!

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