Monday, September 23, 2013


I'm not sure where, who, what...I've never been here in this season of my life.

I've never been 28 (almost)
I've never been a college graduate (almost)
I've never been so confused about what to do with my life... 

Frustrating to say the least when I feel like totally abandoning all my plans because they are just not what I want anymore as far as career wise and my education. It is just seeming a little overwhelming. 

I've aspired to be this great blogger, but I have not blogged like I've wanted. 

Honestly getting on here talking about my soul searching has not really seemed appealing to me. I guess because I am not sure what to write! LOL 

I have had everything planned out... but my parents were right it seems, the older you get the less you know or have figured out. 

I keep thinking about graduating. What will I do with my life? What do I really want to do? 

I've always struggled with the what I want to do compared to what I SHOULD do? I usually have a overwhelming conscientious personality... and lean toward the should.

I should be content in my job right now. But I am not. There is just something stirring in me that wants change. Does that make sense? 

It has everything that in retrospect I've wanted to do.However it is not a job I would stay at forever. 
1. It has to be renewed every year and I'm only approved for through May
2. No benefits
3. Not full time

But it does pay decent. But money is not something I'm willing to base my life on. 

Now I'm rambling :) 

As you can see I'm conflicted!! That is not even touching the iceberg with my education. Do I continue or do focus on my career without going to graduate school?

Enough complaining! I'm truly blessed with so much. I'm a rich woman indeed. 

 I have an amazing husband, family, and friends. God has been so good to me. I know he will help me and lead me. 

Please be in prayer for my friend S her mother is fighting cancer, they just found out this past weeks. They need God's touch. 

Happy Monday!

Aunt LaLa

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Italian Romance

I've been doing this fabulous devotional that I cannot wait to share with you all. 

It has challenged me as being a wife for sure. I decided that I wanted to show my husband extravagantly love. I work hard to love like Christ would, but sometimes I think as wives we forget our marriages are to be examples of the love of the church and God. 

I was just really inspired to do something for my Josh.... 

An Italian Romantic Dinner. 

Now, I'm not a Paula Deen, Emeril Lagasse, and others... 

I do have some awesome recipes passed to me and I can be inventive :)

I decided to make:
"Poppie's Italian Chicken" 
Cheddar garlic biscuits
Italian salad

I created the "ambiance" 
Josh took this one. I forgot to take one of the table with food or before! LOL 
Poppie's Italian Chicken
  • 1 cup of miracle whip
  • 1  bottle of Italian Dressing
  • 4 Frozen Chicken breast ( I used 3 this particular night)
  • Marinate chicken in 1/2 bottle of Italian dressing (I marinated the chicken while we were at work)
  • mix miracle whip and other half of bottle of dressing into a bowl. 
  • Heat oven to 425
  • Remove chicken from marinade. Place in a deep pan. Pour mix over chicken.
  • Cook chicken until desired crispiness. 

Italian Salad
  • Lettuce
  • Parmesan  cheese
  • cucumbers
  • Italian dressing
  • onions
  • Whatever vegtables you like- tomatoes, olives, ect. 

 Cheddar Garlic Biscuits
  • Buy cheddar garlic biscuit mix and cook accordingly :) Hard right?? LOL

To finish off the dinner I turned on some Love songs :) 

Josh was so surprised, and he felt so loved. He just kept telling me how much he appretiated it. We even fit a slow dance in there, it was a beautiful date night just us at home. 

Investing in our spouses is worth the effort and time. Do something today to make your spouse feel loved!  

Love Aunt LaLa 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Easy Canvas Prints Giveaway!

Hello my fellow bloggers! To celebrate this new season of getting back into the swing of things, and thanking you for sticking with me, we are having a giveaway! 

I was connected with Easy Canvas Prints through another blogger. I had the opportunity to review their product. 

I received a 16x20 canvas, and I LOVE it! I have always admired canvas prints and now I'm excited to have one of my own!

Easy Canvas Prints was so easy to use! The website was very clear and user friendly. 

I love that I was able to see a preview while designing my canvas. There are several options to how you want your canvas designed! Here is a picture of my canvas: 

I love how it turned out!! 

I think my favorite part was when I ordered this picture there was a problem with the resolution and I was notified before my print was made. They sent me a file telling me how to make sure that this resolution will work. That was great! The problem was resolved quickly. 

Way to have excellent customer service! 

So guess what!? You have the chance to win a FREE 8x10 canvas with FREE shipping! All you need to do is complete the form below!! Isn't that exciting!? 

So go for it! Win that canvas!

**All these opinions are my own. I was received a product to review with an honest opinion on the service and quality of Easy Canvas Prints**

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ijams Nature Center

J and I love finding new things to do in East Tennessee! 

We had talked about going to Ijams  Nature Center before and on Thursday we went there in a moment of spontaneity. I am so glad we we did! 

What a great place! It is beautiful! Anyone that knows me, knows that I am not a nature person. Nor to do I like anything that is crawly, has little legs, makes webs, sneaks up on ... *SHIVER*

Any who... it was impressive. They have a little museum with all sorts of neat stuff! 
There are several trails to walk and places to explore!

I love Jo's Grove! It was a exploration area for children! Well... we are not children but we explored anyway! :)

His natural habitat! LOL

We bought a house!

I love him!
It was a great afternoon! We are definitely going back- when it is cooler and I have more appropriate clothing :)

Have a great day!