Dallas September 11 Memorial Stair Climb

Do you remember where you were on that fateful morning of September 11th, 2001, when our country was changed forever? I still remember hearing that news on my car radio, driving down the street to class at Texas A&M University, like it was yesterday. I bet it’s just as vividly ingrained in your head, too. 

It’s hard to believe there are now teenagers in this world who weren’t even alive when this terrible event took place. Those teenagers have no idea the pain we experienced as a country. Because of that, it’s becoming more and more of a duty for us to teach them what happened and why it’s important to “Never Forget.”

Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

I’m so thankful there are men like these guys who are making it their mission that we never forget.  

Dallas Stair Climb

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Pecan Goodie Bars

This post is sponsored by Lone Star Eggs, however all opinions are my own. 

If you’re from Texas, you get it. If you’re not, well, you might still be wondering about us.

Our state love is big.

I’ve heard it said that Texans have more state pride than any other state. I don’t know if it’s true, but I know Texas certainly holds MY heart.

I was born and raised outside of Dallas, Texas. I attended every Friday night high school football the time I could remember, along with every other small town Texan. I left that little town for another “little” town down the road, called College Station :), where I attended Texas A&M University. I found my husband back in Dallas and we got engaged at a Texas Rangers game. 😉 These days we’re avid supporters of our Texas teams and enjoy teaching our kids about things that make our state so awesome!

We also love our local food and we have plenty of sources around here! I love finding great sources for local meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and honey. They make me feel like I’m doing a little extra for my family when I buy local and help our local Texas farmers out. 

Lonestar Eggs, available exclusively at Walmart, are gathered in Texas, by Texans, and laid by Texas hens. I love that it even says that on the inside of the egg carton!

Pecan Goodie Bars

We eat a lot of eggs each week and it makes me feel better knowing I’m feeding my family from a local source.

Speaking of locally sourced food, we had a pecan tree in my grandma’s backyard when I was growing up, so I feel like I grew up eating pecans. To this day, Pecan Pie is my very favorite Thanksgiving food and my mom makes it for me every year. 

Pecans are truly one of my favorite ingredients and I feel like this recipe is appropriate when I’m talking about my Texas pride.Any recipe with pecans makes me think of my beloved Texas. 

Pecan Goodie Bars

Now I’m serving it to my kids as after school treats and they LOVE them! 

Pecan Goodie Bars

Pecan Goodie Bars
Serves 24
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 2 c. dark brown sugar, packed
  3. 1 c. granulated sugar
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 tsp. baking powder
  6. 1 c. butter, melted
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 1/2 c. pecans, chopped
  9. 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl. Add melted butter. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition with a wooden spoon until all dry ingredients are moist and mixture is smooth. Stir in pecans. Spread mixture evenly into a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar. Cool and cut in to squares.
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I’d love to know, what food makes you think of Texas?

DIY Diaper Bouquet Centerpiece

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and Luvs. All opinions are my own.

No matter how many babies a mom has, when a little one is on the way, diapers are almost ALWAYS a necessity, but especially when it comes to second-time moms! You can never go wrong with giving diapers as a gift at a baby shower, but don’t you love when you find ways to creatively give those diapers? That’s why I love this DIY Diaper Bouquet Centerpiece so much!

diaper bouquet

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Moms Need School Supplies Too!

This post is sponsored by Expressionery, however all opinions are my own.

Once upon a time not too terribly long ago, I was a teacher. I was one of the ones collecting all of the school supplies parents hunted down and {sometimes begrudgingly} sent with their little ones to school on the first day. This year, I was the one buying the school supplies since we sent our little guy off to Kindergarten just this week. 

As we were shopping for school supplies, I fell in love with all of the cute stuff they have now. From sparkly markers to fancy binders, I found myself a little jealous and even wandered over to the office supply aisle where I browsed all of the pretty adult things, because you know what? Moms need school supplies too! 

Maybe it makes me a little selfish but I want all of the pretty things, too! Thankfully, Expressionery understands.

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We Have a Kindergartener!

We’ve been talking about Kindergarten for a LONG time now. Over a year, actually. Langston attended a Kindergarten program at a local church last year to help prepare him for Kindergarten in public school this year.

Today was his first day in the public school Kindergarten class and wow am I thankful we gave him that extra year. 

He was ready. I was ready. 


Sidenote: I got a fun haircut over the weekend. :)

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DIY Etched Glass Gift Idea Tutorial

Jeff’s birthday was just a couple of weeks ago and I’m always trying to figure out the best gift idea for not just his birthday, but EVERY holiday! He’s tough to shop for. But, I think I did pretty good with these beer mugs and I’m excited to share my DIY Etched Glass Gift Idea Tutorial with all of you!

Etched Glass Gift Idea

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Insignia Speakers are Keeping Pool Time Fun

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

We spend so much of our time outside during the summer. From games in and around the pool to baseball in the side yard, we are outside a LOT!


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Easy & Healthy Smoothie Parfait

One of the reasons I’m looking forward to school getting started back up is simply for the routine! I have fallen out of my workout routine this summer with the kids being home and I hate it. I miss my early mornings of “me time” when no one was asking me to do something for them and I need to get back to it. Creating this gem of a breakfast only encouraged me to get back to it. 
Healthy Smoothie Parfait

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We Are Ready For Some Football

A big thanks to Vocalpoint and Head & Shoulders for sponsoring this post and helping me take a little walk down football memory lane with our big guy.

It seems like just the other day our big guy was starting football for the very first time. Before he was big enough to play, he would run through the house, wearing his dad’s pee wee jersey, throwing the ball to himself, and crashing on the couch. It always made me smile to see how passionate he was about the game he knew so little about but loved so fiercely. Third grade was when we decided to throw him in the pee wee mix, but we wanted to start slow, so we started with flag football.


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You Never Want to See Those Lights for YOUR Child

A couple of weeks ago, I won a summer camp for Langston at Top Golf, through a social media challenge. For a six year old boy who loves to both watch and play golf, we were thrilled! He was literally counting down the days and when yesterday morning got here, he couldn’t get dressed and in the car fast enough. 

We got him registered, waited a few minutes to make sure he was comfortable, and then Riverson and I made our way home. We had to make a stop at the pet store to get food for our bearded dragon and then we made a stop at the gas station. By the time I got back out to my car at the gas station, I had a missed phone call and voice mail from Top Golf. 

I listened to my message first and a woman at Top Golf told me there was a situation there involving Langston and I needed to call back right away. My first thought was that he was so excited for the morning and although he’s a really sweet boy, sometimes he can get overly excited about things and may act out when things don’t go his way. I was scared to call back thinking they might tell me he hit another kid with a golf club, or something lie that. 

The news they gave me was the LAST thing I expected to hear.

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