Champagne Taste. Beer Budget.

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Since moving in I’ve managed to only get a few projects done. I’ve tried to take it slow.. one room at a time but let’s be honest.. at what point does one ever stop decorating?

I’ll admit it…I have mastered the art of having champagne taste on a beer budget. It’s actually a gift that I’m quite proud of and I love a good deal. After making a few updates in our living room this summer a new couch isn’t really an option for me right now so for the time being, accent pillows will suffice. On Saturday morning, I arrived at HomeGoods right as they were opening their doors – I was a girl on a mission for pillows. After perusing aisle after aisle, unfortunately, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for- trust me, as a loyal patron of Homegoods this is sad for me to admit. So, I cheated and ventured off to TJ Max, then to Pier 1, and still… nothing.

Store after store I began feeling defeated so I did what any millennial would do. I grabbed my phone and googled “accent pillows near me”. It was too good to be true! Pottery Barn had its Rhett Print Pillow Cover on sale and it’s what I had envisioned all along. I’m in love with Caitlin Wilson Pillows but with my “beer budget” $70 per pillow cover + insert isn’t feasible for me at this time so I knew I had to be creative. Online, these pillow covers were showing on sale for $28 but The Summit Pottery Barn had them on clearance for $9.99 each. So, I still had to buy the inserts but that that means I snagged these beauts for about $36 total. So far, I’m happy with the outcome. Oh, and although I went in for pillows I also managed to snag another deal on this Jamie Stripe Linen Cotton Duvet for a whopping… get ready for it… $39. I’ll do a post about that soon… There are a million more things that I need to do in here but for now, I’m content and have to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Thanks for reading,

xx

Amber

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Pillows:

Rhett Print Pillow Cover (24″ Gray) – On sale!

Washed Velvet Pillow Cover (20″ Alloy Gray) – On Sale!

Honeycomb Lumbar Pillow Cover (6 x 26″ Flagstone)

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Easiest. Guac. Recipe. Ever.

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Of all of the meals and appetizers that I’ve ever whipped together it seems to never fail that whether I’m feeding Dustin, family, friends, co-workers or even strangers, I seem to get the most compliments on my homemade guacamole recipe. But, shhh… I want to let you in on a little secret. IT’S INCREDIBLY EASY.

I could pair and avocado with any dish during the summer time- omelets, toast, lettuce.. you name it. Dustin and I eat guacamole at least once or twice a week during the summer months. The best part about this dish is that it’s healthy and also makes a great alternative appetizer during football season- and this is coming from the girl who could live off of Rotel dip.

  1. Prepare all of your ingredients: 2 Avocados, 1 hand full Cilantro, 1 jalapeno (finely diced), Pico De Gallo, Lime (Spices not shown: Pinch of salt, crushed red pepper, and freshly grated black pepper).

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2) Mash avocados (still leaving it somewhat chunky) and throw all ingredients into one bowl.

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3) Mix together and chill for at least 30 minutes but preferably an hour. As a rule of thumb, before covering and refrigerating I always top with freshly squeezed lime juice.

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4) Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

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OBA

Processed with VSCO with s3 presetLiving in Birmingham has its perks. It’s centrally located and just a short drive away from Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans and the white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. Every Summer Dustin and I plan at least one getaway and for the last 3 years, we’ve gone to Destin, FL- which I still love. But, this year we planned ahead of time with another couple (Clint and Claire, pictured above) and decided to vaca in state. We stayed in Orange Beach, AL, which hugs the Alabama and Florida line (most notably known for the “Flora-Bama“.) Both destinations have clear emerald waters and white sandy beaches and hold many childhood memories. Luckily, this summer we were able to create some amazing ones with our best friends.

I can truly say that we did it all in the short amount of time we spent there. Most days consisted of cruising the bay to local favorite Robinson Island, sipping coronas dressed with lime, all while eating our weight in the Gulf’s finest Royal Reds and creamy raw oysters on the half shell at the Florabama Ole River Grill. (Side note Dustin and I could live off of seafood.)

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Our second day there happened to be the first day of Red Snapper season and Dustin pre-planned a deep sea fishing trip for us all ahead of time in hopes of bringing back dinner for the rest of the summer. Unfortunately, the fish weren’t biting as much as we hoped (even at 11 miles out) so we only caught enough for dinner that night. We grilled the snapper, stopped at a local marina and picked up more Royal Reds, and fried the one flounder, Dustin, proudly caught.

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Other days we soaked up Sun on the beach and indulged ourselves at Fishers. Which, by the way, if you are ever in the area you have to try- it’s incredible and by far my number one recommendation within the area.

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I was sad to go but thankful for the memories and the time spent with Dustin and two of our closest friends. With Summer 2017 quickly coming to an end it has me in wanderlust and dying to plan a Fall trip. Where’s your favorite place to vacation for just a quick getaway?

xx

Amber

Lazy Saturday

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After an exhausting work week – a lazy Saturday with my fur babies was much needed. Usually, my Saturday’s are filled with dog parks, hiking at Red Mountain or some Saturday festival at a local brewery but this Saturday Lucy’s in season and Peyton’s a little under the weather so a lazy Saturday at home seemed more fitting.

It’s no secret that Peyton and Lucy rule the roost. Peyton’s going on 10 and has been through it all with Dustin – including college, first jobs, and many moves. He’s lived in Tuscaloosa, Gadsden (home), Orlando, West Palm Beach (lucky), Atlanta, and now Birmingham. When I met Dustin, I knew that he and Peyton were a package deal and now I can’t imagine my life without him. Up until January December 2012, it was just the two of them. And then, up until October 30, 2016, it was just the three of us.

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I’ll never forget the day I brought Lucy home. I wasn’t looking for a dog that Sunday but I happened to stumble across an online post that said, “Free to good.” The person who was initially trying to sell Lucy as a full-blooded black lab (she’s not) ended up giving her away and was threating to take Lucy to the pound if no one came to get her. It took one text to D and he told me to go get her. Two hours later – she was ours, and life has not been the same since.

The day I brought Lucy home Peyton took one look at her and knew she was here to stay. Instinctively he already caught on that it wasn’t like the other dogs that visited because this puppy had no other human with her and she was wrapped in his dad’s favorite blanket. It took a couple of months for Peyton to get used to this satin-black clumsy little pup. It didn’t help in those early months that Lucy tormented Peyton (all in good fun, of course!) But I sincerely give Peyton all of the credit for training Lucy into the sweet dog she is today. I know that he has shaped her into the sweet dog she is today and I’ll never be able to explain how happy I am for that because Peyton is without a doubt the most loyal pup out there.

Lucy Today at 11 Months

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Lucy at just about 2 1/2-3 months old

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Wasn’t Lucy the cutest pup ever?

It’s mindblowing how much these two have changed my life. Especially over the last year. They’ve taught me how to be more compassionate, the reward in selflessness and ultimately made me into a more responsible person. I love being a dog mom.

 

xx

Amber