Happy, Happy Saturday!


Have you noticed any changes on the blog?
My favorite blog designer Kendra has so graciously helped me tweak a few things and I'm loving the way it looks!

What are you up to today?

Last night we went fishin'. Here in the south, we go fishin', not fishing. Mmmmkay? :)

We were riding in old yeller and the wind was blowing my hair every which way, so I put on the hubby's camo fishin hat to tame the hairs flying all over the place. I think I kind of like this look :)

Across the bank at the river there were cows, you can barely see them with the pics my phone took. But look at all their foot prints! This city girl can never get used to cows. I'm fascinated by them.

One time the hubby and I were driving down the road and we got on the subject of how cows moo. That a boy cow (bull) moos differently than a girl cow. ( This is city lingo ok?) A girl no doubt has a high pitches, girly, cute, moooooooo. To really do that moo justice you need to call me and I will do it for you. Ok, moving on.

Pizza was a given for this fishin trip. We ate it tailgate style. Without plates or napkins or utensils. Real country like. I may have even wiped my hands on my pants! Don't tell my mom.

This is the road down to the river, gorgeous.
When it rains a lot, this is ALL under water. Hard to imagine!

The crew we went fishin with last night is going out again today to get more fish, which means there may be a fish fry in our future.

What a great way to spend a Friday night. With friends who are like family, pizza and fishin.

Hope your weekend is going great!

Random Friday


Are you as glad that it is Friday as I am?
It's going to be a great weekend. I can just feel it.

I don't have a real rhyme or reason for this post, just some different things.

1. My thumbs hurt. I couldn't figure out why. I took a tylenol. No relief. Dipped them in cold water. Don't ask. Did thumb excercises, up down, up down, up down. Nothing.
Then it hit me.
Every morning I open the window above the kitchen sink. But I am too short to really reach it and too stubborn to go get the step stool. So I do this weird maneuver making my thumbs use more muscle then they really have.
Lesson learned: Go get the step stool.

PS. My step stool is from when I was little. Like itty bitty. It says "Stand Up To Be Tall, Sit Down To Be Small". Works like a charm

2. Lately I have been drinking ice water with lemon or lime like caraaaaaazy. I love it.

3. I've been in a musical mood lately. Weird I know. When I lived in New York City, you could not pay me to go see a musical. I didn't care one bit about them. But within the last few weeks I have watched Hello Dolly, Dr. Doolittle, My Fair Lady and this week- Ooooooooooooooklahoma. What did we do before Netlifx?
Oh yeah, Blockbuster.

Think I can get the hubby to watch it with me? Ha. We'll see. :)

4. I almost deleted my Pinterest account. Have you been hearing all the buzz?
Check out THIS POST.
Be careful while pinning friends. You never know.

5. The people who had the house before us had a play house for their girls. We toyed with the idea of making it into a chicken house. But we didn't.  And inside this playhouse/almost chicken house, we found a little plastic table that no doubt the previous owner's girls played with. Maybe even had a tea party with! It needs a little cleaning up and a coat of shiny red spray paint. After it's mini makeover, it will find a home on our deck with some potted flowers. I can't wait. Yes, pictures to come.

6. I've been having weird dreams lately. For example I have been dreaming about running. Which I NEVER run. I should, but I don't. In my dreams I can feel myself running and even see myself running. I wake up and think "Did I just run?". Weird.
When I was younger I dreamt about roller skating. It was during a time when I really wanted to do it, but conquering the very steep driveway made me a chicken. The same sort of scenario happened when I almost got a vinatge VW Beetle. It was a stick shift and I didn't know how to drive it. I thought about it so much that I started dreaming about myself driving a stick shift.
I eventually started roller skating and then rocked the whole roller blading phase. Without shin pads or a helmet might I add, because I'm a rebel. Ok, not really. I never got the VW Beetle and sadly I have still not learned how to drive stick. It's like my brain can't handle that or something. Too many steps and too many things to think about while sharing the road with other people who surely value their lives. The hubby has tried to teach me at the farm, out in the field where nobody could get hurt. It didn't end up so well. Kind of like the time I tried giving him a hair cut. Bad.

7. Wednesday evening I went to Walmart. My mission was to buy flowers and some groceries. We live in a town with a small/not great grocery store. I'm always leaving the store wishing they had a better selection. Is it too much to ask for some fresh cilantro? I didn't come home with any flowers. But I did come home with lots of other stuff. Things I wouldn't have gotten if I had skipped the "Super-ness" that is the Walmart. So many distractions everywhere. Spent well over $100. Mouth wash, hair stuff, deodarandt , organic milk, strawberries, etc. etc. It adds up quick.
Of course I also found some not so essential items too.

I was having a severe chocolate attack. And these jumped into my cart! Ok not really.
But I couldn't say no to devil's food donuts with sprinkles. Be still my drooling taste buds.

8. I have been on the look out for the Country Living magazine for quite some time now. It seems that when you live in the country a magazine about living in the country is pretty popular. Boom, there it is.

Hey now, how did those Reese's Pieces Eggs get in there??????

I hope your weekend is simply fabulous!
What do you have planned?

Mini Vacation Take 2


If I would have known how great I would feel after taking a mini vacation, I would do it once a month.
I'm still feeling SO refreshed and AWESOME!

If you are reading this and thinking, really? How great could it be?

Get online, make some plans. Take you and your hubby, your girlfriends, your mom, your sister- take SOMEBODY, and go on a little mini vacation. It doesn't have to be far, it doesn't have to be expensive, you just need to GO.

Then come back here and tell me all about it :)
And you can thank me if you like :)

Can you see our excitement?
We should callt his picture PRE- tie dye shirt! :) Ha!

And this would clearly be POST- tie dye shirt !

Flowers everywhere I tell you!

I absolutely LOVE tulips!
And speaking of tulips.
Last year we planted 40 tulip bulbs in the front garden bed. They were beautiful.
This Spring, only 2 came up! ONLY 2!
Makes me very sad.

We drove past this humble abode a few times and finally I couldn't take it anymore.
I had to take a picture. Look at the teal window frame !
And the randomly placed chairs with their chippy paint! Oh my goodness!

There was artwork all over the town.
Up close, you can see that this is a mural of Downtown Eureka Springs back in the day.
I bet it was glorious.

On a side note, I watched Larry Crowne twice last week.
It was just that good.
Thank you Netflix.
My mom tried  watching it while we were at previously mentioned mini vacation, and the VCR spazzed out.
Sorry mom.

If you haven't watched it, go do so.

How has your week been so far?



It's Wednesday and sure enough I'm linking up with Heather and the Beautifully Rooted crew for our Found challenge.
God is everywhere.
And while on vacation with the hubby this past weekend we saw this church while driving out of town.

The red doors drew me in.
And I wonder who else they have drawn in?
A lot of churches are very mute and bland, maybe thinking that the less flashy the more they will show God's love. And maybe for them that works.
But I started thinking about how those poor bugs are drawn to the bug zapper's bright light. It litterally draws them in to their death. A little morbid, but stick with me here.
What if a church was decorated and painted  so it caught the attention of everyone walking/driving by it? Would people want to find out what's going on in there?
I would.
“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Happy Wednesday.
Where have you Found Him lately?

Virtual Coffee and a LOVEly Mini- Vacation


Good Morning!
Ready for coffee?

The picture of coffee I'm sharing with you this morning is actually from my mini vacation with the hubberooni. We had a really splendid time. We needed a getaway badly! I don't know why we waited so long! A vacation with your family or visiting your family, is not really a vacation. That is my opinion anyway. Unless of course your family is Oprah, and then I imagine it might feel like a vacation.

So back to our coffee!
Say hello to the most delicious of declicousness. This is a White Chocolate Mocha from the Daily Roast in Eureka.
I slurped this up as if my life depended on it.
 They. roast.their.own.beans.

Need I say more?

As I approached the roaster I began drooling and thinking about where I could put one of these in my kitchen. I think the hubs sensed my excitement and tried to bring me back down to earth. The aroma of freshly roasted beans is unlike any other. Heaven.

It was a mixture of cold and rainy at times. And my uber macho hubby who never gets chilly, was suddenly wishing he had a jacket/sweatshirt.
And so what's a person to do whilst on vacation and needing a coat? Well you grab the nearest long sleeved shirt you can buy naturally.
And that's how he ended up wearing a tie dyed shirt from Eureka Daily Roast. Haha. What a hunk!
We later realized that it had a skull on the back.  Totally tough. Or maybe Grateful Dead?
Needless to say I think I'm going to steal/borrow it. I used to LOVE a good tie dyed shirt, even made a few in my younger days. When did it become dorky? Who cares, I say.
I think it makes him look super studly. For reals!

On our very first honeymoon trip to Eureka we had a funnel cake and we shared it on a picnic bench with the sun shining and the birds chirping.
This go around we had it in the car while it was raining. And it was just as romantic. May have even stole a few smooches :)
Then we walked past this, and even though I wasn't hungry and definitely didn't need one, I NEEDED ONE! Do you do that too?
Teddy politely grabbed my hand and we kep walking. He so knows me.

I think I'm going to write to the Mayor of Eureka and inform him that underneath the city's name should be a sign that says "CITY OF FOOD". It's seriously everywhere.
There was a place called Peace, Love and Cheesecake- we didn't make it there, but just the name got me.
But we did eat at the Garden Bistro. And it was extremely delicious! Everything was grown or harvested locally. Even their beef/poultry/fish. We were fans from the start. They even bake their bread in little terra cotta flower pots. I mean REALLY!

The Crescent Hotel is one of the oldest in town. Their grounds were literally dripping in tulips. It was so beautiful. I made the hubs pull over so I could jump out and take pics. Doesn't it looks awesome?
Supposedly this hotel is haunted. And yes, people still stay there. They even have tours so you can connect with the ghosts and take their pictures, exchange emails and have lunch.

Ok, not really. Can you tell I'm not into that sort of thing? :)
I'm sure it's entertaining, but we skipped that tour.

And then.........we found a book store.
And it was all over.

The hubby and I should NEVER be allowed in a book store, together.
We bought several books there, including the one above.
And do you know what I liked about it?
They didn't have the latest releases or "popular" books. The owner told us that her sister buys all the book for the store based on what she likes to read and some reccomendations. How lovely.

And thanks to this trip,  my desire to own a coffee shop/book store/restaraunt/floral shop has increased by a zillion percent.

It was a great time, so sad to leave. But it was so important for us to connect and have time together. Even though we don't have kids yet and when we're home it's just us and the dog and the dirty dishes, we still needed to get away.

And my love for the handsome guy in the tie dye grows everyday.

I love you Mr. Jeter.

So how is your coffee today?
What's happening?

House Of Beauty, This is Cutie.....


Happy Monday!
I don't normally feel this way about a Monday, but today isn't so bad.

For one, I feel really refreshed and renewed after a mini vacation with my main squeeze. ( I will share more about that tomorrow over coffee.)

And two, I got a new haircut last week. AND I LOVE IT!

Don't you just LOVE getting a haircut?
Even if it's a trim or refreshing your color?

I was getting uber lazy with my old hair. Always pulling it up in a ponytail, not bothering to blow dry it or style it at all.
So I decided is was time to bring Rachel back. Yes, that's right. A fresh hair doo can really do that for me. It was just the skip in my step I needed.
Especially because it made me feel extra beautiful for our getaway weekend. Which was great! :)
I myself have not colored my hair in almost 2 years. 2 YEARS! And I really don't regret. Except I saw a few gray hairs the other day, and I thought hmmmm.......

I felt weird taking this picture of myself. In the mirror. At our hotel. While the hubby watched a re-run of Swamp People. But how else could I capture the still cute, just done hair doo?
Just keeping it real. :)

And just in case you are looking for some hair-inspiration, here are a few links worth looking at.

How Gussy Styles Her Hair.  You must take the time to watch the video! :)

How Shauna Does No Heat Curls. I tried this when my hair was curly, in the car. While the hubby was driving home, not me driving of course. And it worked! IT was so easy and turns out great!
 Also, you need to watch this video! :)

And then, there is this girl. She has AHHHHHmazing hair tutorials. And she's adorable :) Win, win.

How do you style your hair? Do you have a long process every morning or go for easy?

Hope you're having a great Monday!



Tragically, 1/3 of all wells drilled in the last 20 years are now broken. Often there’s no tools, spare parts, or trained mechanics to fix them.
OUR HUGE GOAL: empower 186 people to become well mechanics in India. Every$550 we raise helps one mechanic receive:
*Training classes
*Tools and spare parts
*A one-year stipend to help an entrepreneur launch their business.
And here’s a really cool part: One well mechanic will care for 50 wells which will ensure clean water for 5,000 people!

This is a cause that I'm happy to be sharing with you guys. I'm happy because it has brought a sense of awareness to me that I probably wouldn't have found on my own.

The Adventure Project is on. They are making things happen and WE. Yes WE, you and me and all your friends, can make a difference.

If you were in need and just a few dollars could help you, wouldn't you want someone to give that to you? If you knew that YOU could help someone else in true need for just a few dollars, wouldn't you help THEM?
WE can make that happen for them. WE can help the people of India restore their wells and get clean water.

This morning I filled up my water bottle with my Brita Filter, because I don't like the way our tap water tastes. And as I write that I feel completely humbled that I even have that choice at all. I should be thankful for clean water. Period.

Please consider donating a few dollars. Every little bit helps.

Happy Thursday! :)

Guest Post From Hanna @ Bouffe E Bambini


I have a REALLY inspiring story to share with you today. You won't want to skip this.
Remember all my "weight loss posts"? And how I struggle to get fit and healthy?
My new friend Hanna has done all that and more. She is a HUGE inspiration and I am so glad she stopped by here to share her story.
Check it out. Visit her blog and show some love!
Thank you so much Hanna for being here today!




Some of you may have been keeping track of my numbers as I occasionally post about how much I have lost in my what I wore posts. 

 I have lost 60 pounds since the birth of Ginger, my second child but I have lost a whopping 104 pounds since the birth of my first child Milton. I have lost 13 inches of my hips and 9 off my waist.  I went from a size 22 to a small 8!!!! It took me 9 months to loose the 60 pounds from Ginger and in the 5 months I wasn't pregnant between babies I had somehow managed to lose the other 40 and kept it off through the second pregnancy.

I have always struggled with my weight so I have been experimenting with different eating patterns for a long time and I know what works for me so I stick to it. I also know that exercise is a very important part of being healthy and losing weight but for me exercise plays about a 20-30% role in my weight loss success. The other 70 -80% is diet. I once trained for a  marathon and was on a VIGOROUS running schedule of 5-10 miles a day and I was heavier then than I am now because of my diet, not that it was unhealthy by any means but I had to eat a TON of carbs to keep my energy up, so for me, if I want to be thin I need to cut out sugar, including most carbs.

I am going to show you some before and after photos because it's pretty amazing!!!!! I think it's inspiring and I know that when I was 200+ pounds I needed inspiration desperately. I'm really excited about this post because I hope I can help someone who is currently struggling with their weight.

Before and After

After Photo: blouse and leggings: Emersonmade. Boots: JCrew

After Photo: Jacket: Emersonmade Jeans: J. Brand, Shoes: Banana Republic

After Photo. Dress: White House, Black Market Shoes: Banana Republic


1.SET A REALISTIC GOAL:  This is really important. You want to set a concrete goal. It can either be a number or a size but DO NOT set an unrealistic goal. I set a goal that I knew I would be able to attain. Now that I have reached this goal I am planning on  loosing another 10 pounds at my leisure and that's fine with me. I feel great because I reached the goal I made that was attainable. If you make an unrealistic goal for yourself you will only feel discouraged and possibly give up if you can't reach it fast enough. BABY STEPS PEOPLE!!!
2. THE MEAL PLAN: Most of the time I stuck to a high protein, low carb diet. Nothing crazy. No, not like Atkins. I ate plenty of natural sugars like fruit but I stayed away from bread, rice, potato and refined sugar MOST OF THE TIME. So what did I eat? A lot of meat (mostly chicken breasts), Eggs (hard boiled are a great easy snack), vegetables, fruit (all kinds), cottage cheese, yogurt, and nuts.  I ate a lot of healthy fats like avocado and nuts and a lot things high in fiber. I found that protein filled me up quickly with small portions and that carbs would not only not fill me up as fast but it would always leaving me craving more food. I think that is why this diet is easier for me to stick to because honestly I wasn't starving all the time. I actually felt full and content. So maybe this isn't the diet for you but decide on one and stick to it.

3. BE PREPARED: I'm sure you've heard this a million times before but you must have food that is friendly to you on hand at all times. I ALWAYS, always keep a bag of raw almonds in my purse just in case I Get starving while we're out. They are high in fat but also VERY high in fiber and fill you up fast. Also at home you should have cut up fruit, veggies or whatever else your snacking on. Whenever I was having a wicked sweets craving I would run to the fruit. A bowl of strawberries with a little cool whip or some cold fresh watermelon!!!
4.EVERYBODY NEEDS A BREAK: About 2 or 3 times a week I would eat a cupcake or two or a few bites of pasta or whatever I really wanted. I have found over the years that if I don't indulge frequently then sooner rather than later I will binge eat badly and have a very hard time ever recovering. Also, once I ate my cupcake for the day I would just say "no big deal and get right back on my plan" No whining and moping and eating more because "you already ruined your diet." You know exactly what I'm talking about and it's just plain stupid! Just don't do it!!!! Binge eating has got to be one of the worst punishments we could ever do to ouselves; not good for the body or the mind.

5. BE CONSISTENT: Which brings me to CONSISTENCY. If you stay consistent with ANY diet plan you will be successful. So even if you fall off the wagon every week, it's ok as long as you get right back on. This was a really big deal for me and I was finally able to successfully do it. Stop punishing yourself. It's ok, just get right back on that horse and try again the next day. I promise with persistence YOU WILL PREVAIL even when it really doesn't feel like it. Also, don't get discouraged if you hit a Plateau. It is normal and natural and is so discouraging!!!! Stick with your plan. You will prevail!!! Sometimes I wouldn't loose a pound for 3 weeks and be SO discouraged but I promise, just stick with it. Whatever you do, don't give up.

6. TIMING IS EVERY THING: I for the most part did not eat past 5Pm. Now keep in mind I go to bed at 9PM so you could adjust that to fit your lifestyle but nighttime eating is a HUGE reason for unnecessary weight gain. In fact I know several people who did nothing else except stop eating at night and they lost weight. And it's so much healthier for you. As soon as I started to feel really hungry or just like I really wanted something, I just went to bed. Also, if I knew I was going to eat something really fatty or high in carbs I would try to do as early in the day as possible so I had all day to burn it off before bed. Yes, I have been known to eat a piece of chocolate cake for breakfast and that's OKAY!!!
7.EXERCISE: Of course exercise is going to play a big role in any healthy weight loss plan. Well, I have 2 small babies that are 14 months apart and when I started this weight loss routine my youngest was 3 weeks old. I had no childcare and still don't so my only option for exercise was walking, which turned out to be GREAT.  So no excuses about how you can't afford the gym and have no childcare. If you really want to make it happen , you will!!!
I walked as much as I could on as many days a week as I could weather permitting. This meant usually 1-4 miles 2-6 days a week. It varied a lot, especially once I went back to work but not only did it give me quiet time from the kids but it gave me so much energy. I felt great. I still walk to the grocery store with the kids almost everyday.

8. READING MATERIAL: I have tried lots of diets and read lots of books on the subject and I have now found one book that I highly recommend and it may surprise you. It is {NATURALLY THIN} by Bethany Frankel. Yes, she used to be one of the Housewives of the show "The Real New York City Housewives" so some might discredit her but she is a natural foods chef and has cooked for MANY celebrities and knows A LOT about what to do to stay thin. The reason I love the book is because there is no calorie counting, no measuring, no ridiculous, vigorous routines. It is real, straight talk about  how to loose weight. SERIOUSLY! No nonsense. No false promises. I have read it twice in 6 months just to keep myself fresh and motivated. I highly recommend it.

9. MOTIVATION: Everybody has different ways of keeping themselves motivated but for me there are 3 things. Keep photos of myself around when I am at the weight I am trying to get to (My skinny photo) and buy yourself a couple really nice pieces of clothing in the REALISTIC size you know you can get to and keep looking at them a couple times a week. I know this could get expensive if you never make it to your goal but it's all the more reason to really make it happen. For me it works like a charm, EVERY SINGLE TIME. 
10. BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE:  I have never done weight watchers but I hear that one of the reasons it works so well is the support group you form with your other peers. Once again I have 2 small babies and no childcare so I couldn't so weight watchers meetings BUT honestly facebook worked GREAT for me. I started out on day one posting in my status bar how many pounds I had lost and how many I had to go. "25 pounds down, 25 to go" I would receive so many wonderful encouraging comment's and likes. It was REALLY, REALLY motivating for me and after a while it held me accountable to them. I got a note the other day from a friend on facebook that told me how neat it was to have watched my story since day 1. I highly recommend you try it:) It feels good to get praise when your proud of yourself.
Or you could simply pair up with a girlfriend who wants to loose pounds too and check in with her.

11. TAKE YOUR MEASURMENTS AND WEIGHT YOURSELF REGULARLY:  It really helped to take my measurements in the beginning and every few weeks. It is just an extra motivator. Sometimes I wouldn't loose any weight for a couple weeks but I would take my measurements and find I had lost an inch. GREAT motivation when your feeling down or tempted to throw in the towel.I weighed myself everyday. Some people think that's obsessive but it really helped keep me on track and kind of let me know where I was at. If I had gained I would be more strict that day. If I had lost then I knew I had a little wiggle room for a cookie or something. 

After Photo: Dress: J Crew, Shoes: Steve Madden

After Photo: Shirt: Target, Pants: Emersonmade, Shoes: Steve Madden

This was my basic "how to " guide but if you would like to get a deeper look inside why I gained all this weight to begin with and how I was able to successfully overcome it. You can read my more intimate post {HERE}


I'm now down 110 pounds!!!

consictency. consictency. consictency.

Update #2

In December on 2011 I started running.....I have always have a life long goal to run a marathon. On March 2nd 2012 I ran my first half marathon in under 2 hours. I have now lost 113 pounds and 5 more inches of my midsection.

Well, that's about it folks. Please, please feel free to send me an email "www.bouffeebambini@hotmail.com" (please include www.)  if you have any questions at all or just want to chat about weight and weight loss. Also if any of you are interested in sharing my story please just email me, I am happy to oblige. This has been a huge accomplishment for me and I would love to be as helpful as I can!!!! Thank you all for following me along and supporting me on my journey.
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xoxoxo Hana

Virtual Coffee


Good Morning!

Grab some tea/coffee or if you're like me, you're having a smoothie this morning. Strawberry, banana, mango and pineapple. YUM!

How was your weekend?
Mine was great, but too fast.
Spent a lot of time in the backyard doing gardening and starting seeds too.
And while I had my seed planting station, my little Chalie boy was never too far.

I seriously can hardly stand the cutenss.
And yes, those are MY pink crocks. I'm not ashamed. They are super comfy and perfect for working the yard.

I surprised the hubby with a new recliner. We didn't have one before, but he had wanted one since forever. I think every man needs one. He is so happy, which makes me happy.

And here is another pic of the room. The view from the recliner.
Just in case you wanted a sneak peek at our place.

It is so nice to have the windows open!

Hello hubberooni!
I took this pic at our friend's house over the weekend. We had a bbq. It was DELISH! And my homegirl Andrea made some mean appetizers. Stuffed mushrooms and peppers with sausage and cream cheese! Holla! You can guarantee I will be making these sometime soon!
We sat on their deck, enjoyed cold beverages and soaked up the awesome weather. It was so relaxing!

The hubby and I spent some time driving around in "Old Yeller". It is a farm truck thru and thru. We've had it for awhile and somehow I just noticed that it has a tape deck! Ha! Now I need to find some tapes and see if it works. I'm thinking John Denver or Dolly Parton. Sounds like a good choice for driving down dirt roads don't you think?

I saw this in a magazine. I'm thinking about ordering it.
The hubby and I always say that we are best friends for life :)


And since we're having coffee- I want you to revisit THIS POST. March 22nd is WORLD WATER DAY.There are millions of people who don't have clean water. And lots of people die everyday because of that.
Did you run by Starbucks recently? Or go out to eat? I bet you have.
Would you consider donating the cost of your daily coffee to this MISSION
Or think about instead of buying your lunch today, brown bagging it and giving that money to THIS ?

Some of you have already donated, and I thank you so much!

If every reader who stops by today would donate a few dollars, just a FEW dollars. We could make a BIG difference.

Please consider helping.


Thanks again for coffee!
How was your weekend?
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