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Up Country Glamping and July 4th ideas

Memorial Day Weekend we had the most fun with the Grandkids by glamping in the backyard.  Up Country supplies the tent and other add ons.  They will set it up and take it down.  The tent is rain proof and has mattresses, lanterns, and battery operated fans for each camper. It is very confortable even for us Grandparents.  They will also decorate is to go with your theme. It was a total blast!! We made some really apecial memories for a lot less than a family weekend vacation.  The Grandmites participated in decorating and cooking.  I wanted to share some of these ideas for your July 4th celbration. I did the cooking with a 3 year old so the dishes are not perfect looking but a lot of heart went into them. Please let me know if you have any questions.

1.  Paint Red, White, and Blue Stars on your Yard

We used yard paint from Home Depot or Lowes. We just free handed it. My 6 and 8 year old grandmites did it with ease.  They.will last until you mow the yard twice.

2. Cover your Regular Sized Throw Pillows with Red and Blue Bandanas

Put a bandana on each side of the pillow and tie together with raffia.

3. Make your 7 Layer Mexican Dip look like an American Flag

Make as usual ending with sour cream and stipe with small tomatoes.  Make your stars with black olives. (see photo)

4. Pigs in a Blanket topped with Stars

Simply make the hot dog wrapped with cresent rolls. put a wooden skewers and top with a piec of block cheddar cut like a star.

5. Fruit Flavored Water with is layered Red, White, and Blue.

Put blue berries in th4e bottom of the container and top with ice.  Then add water. Top with sliced strawberries.

6. Striped Sugar Cookie Cake

Use the pre-made sugar cookie dough and press it onto a pizza pan and bake.  Let it cool and stripe it red, white, and blue.  Use rasberries or strawberries for the red, blue berries for the blue and icing or whipcream for the white.

 

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Father’s Day 2020

To make things easy I have linkeda ton of Father’s Day gift ides.  All you have to do is click the links below to shop them. If you have any questions about the items feel free to email me.  

April Amazon Haul

To make things easy I have linked my Amazon Finds for April.  All you have to do is click the links below to shop them. If you have any questions about the items feel free to email me.  I am wearing larges in all the in everything. The only top you might want to size up in is the Rolling Stones T.. The jean shortsare also a large. .

Porchin…..

Our Porch is definately our HAPPY PLACE.  We have really been thankful for it during the this time at home.  It has been our dining room, movie theater, home office, and place of worship.  There are so many fun ways to warm up a porch.  Pillows, throws, rugs and artwork are the things that work for us.  I love to layer stripes, prints, and solids.  Anything goes out here for us.  We use heaters and fans so we can enjoy it year round.  I do change the decore for for fall, Christmas and winter.  We use string lights and candles to give it a romatic vibe at night.  Mosqito Authority sprays our porch and yard to keep the bugs away and I highly recomend them.  You can contact them by calling 601-951-9911.  Please let them know Lantz Foster sent you.  I have linked some inspiring items below to help you create your own Happy Place.  When you use my links I get a small commission for it so I really apprectiate it.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

March Amazon Haul

To make things easy I have linked my Amazon Finds for February.  All you have to do is click the links below to shop them. If you have any questions about the items feel free to email me.  I am wearing larges in most items except the sweatshirt and sweaters are extra larges. I am a normal size 10 or large.

My Skincare Routine with Face and Body Center Spa

I am 53 and I have always believed skincare is very important.  I have been on this routine with Face and Body for about 4 months now and I  have seen really good results.  I have really dry skin so the Hydra Facial is my absolute favorite.  Every other month would be ideal but I don’t always have a chance to go.  It is definately something you can do with no down time on your lunch break. Right now I am in the process of 3 Micro-needling treatments to tighted the skin and get rid of fine lines.  I have had the first treatment and I am already seeing great results.  Botox is something I have been getting since the age of 34 and I truly believe it has kept my skin from aging.  I started getting filler in my lips and smile lines 3 years ago.  It is like a liquid face lift.  They apply numbing cream and it really isn’t painful.  If you have question about any of this feel free to ask me.  I will link the skincare products below.

Obagi Foaming Gel $43

SkinCeutical C E Ferulic $163

Obagi Tretinoin Cream .05 $91

Skin Medica TNS Eye Repair $102

The Face and Body Spa Restorative Treatment $85

 

 

February Amazon Haul 2020

To make things easy I have linked my Amazon Finds for February.  All you have to do is click the links below to shop them. If you have any questions about the items feel free to email me.  I am wearing larges in all the sweaters and tops. The jeans are also a large. I am a normal size 10 in both.

Valentines Day Outfits and Decor

Valentines Day is one of my favorite celebrations. For the past 18 years we have gone to dinner with the same couple.  I introduced them and they got married.  So we celebrate together.  I have to admit I look foward to it all year.  I also love to celebrate with my grand kids too.  I always decorate the house just for the kids. I am sharing a few pics for inspiration. I am also linking tons of options for a night out our maybe a night in.  When you shop through my links I get a small commision so I really appreciated it.  You simply click on the picture and it will take you to the webisite to purchase the item. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Resort Wear Must haves and our Trip to the Grand Caymans

Finding resort wear this time of year can be a struggle. Yet there are so many fun places to go this time of year.  I am sharing those some great pieces at the end of this post but first I wanted to share this incredible trip with you. This was not a collaboration but it was just to much fun not to share it with you.  We were invited by a friend to go to the Grand Caymans and experience the Cayman Cookout. We shared one of the Ritz Carlton Exclusive Villas with two other couples and had the best time. These villas are amazing you can view them here. The Ritz Carlton property is perfect in every way. You can check it out here. The Caymand Cookout events are definaly a bucket list experience. We attended the Barefoot BBQ and the  Beach Bash. You can check out all of the events here.  These events have lots of celebertiy chefs who all cook special dishes to sample. Lots of wine and liquor companys provide the spirits for the event.  The eating and drinking is off the charts.  I do have to mention one of our friends that went with us is a chef too. Tim Cheehan owns Cuvee 30A in Destin Florida. You can check out the menu here.  I also have to say the best food we ate he cooked at the villa. (Just ask Big Daddy)  I learned so many things just watching him cook.  You can purchase his cookbooks here.  My copies are on the way. I am also sharing some photos of the trip below.

What I wore on the trip

I had the help of stylist Rachel Williams to help me put together a few looks for the trip.  It was a time saver. I strongly suggest you check her out here.  I will also link all of my items and some other ideas for those of you planning a trip.

Linked below are items I purchasee or things I love.  To purchase, simply click on the picture of the item you wish to buy. When you use my links, I get a small commission, so I really appreciate you doing so. Please let me know if you have any questions about sizing; I will be happy to help you! 

Celebrating Elvis’s 85th Birthday at The Guest House at Graceland

My facination with Elvis Presley began when I was in middle school.  My family and I were actually in Memphis and passing by Graceland when the ambulance was leaving the day Elvis died. I read several books and became such a fan in my young age.  Other girls had Shaun Cassidy on their wall.  I had Elvis.  

So, going to stay at the Guesthouse was a dream collaboration for me. Let me start by saying the hotel is beautiful and every experience is over the top.  There is nothing cheesy about it. The accommodations were so good and the service was even better.  There are tons of activities. The movies in the courtyard sounded like something I will definitely go back for this spring.  The lobby lounge has live music and it gets really festive at night. The lobby is also ideal for meeting other guests. So many guests had their own Elvis stories. There are two restaurants—EP’s Bar and Grill is little more casual than Delta’s Kitchen—but both menus reflect the Southern foods that would have been cooked at Graceland.  There is also a Peanut Butter and Jelly bar for late night munchies.  The breakfast buffet is full of all your favorites including a made-to-order omelet and waffle station. There is a beautiful pool to enjoy during the summer. The hotel also offers a shuttles to Graceland and Beale Street.  There are also so many fun games to play in the courtyard.

The first night, Lori and I decided to have a casual dinner and then check out the bar. There was live music with song from the 60’s and 70’s.  We met so many interesting people. It was so much fun we stayed till we closed it down. By the way, check out Lori’s blog post on our stay HERE.

The second day we headed over to Graceland.  We figured we would be there around an hour.  We ended up spending hours over there.  It was incredible!! Lori was not much of an Elvis fan before but she definitely was catching the fever. The Graceland experience is amazing. While we were there we met a lady named Alene who actually worked for Elvis. I will treasure that conversation forever.

Just when we thought this experience couldn’t get any better….. We hopped on the shuttle to go to an event held across the street. My words can not do this event justice but I will try.  Pricilla Presley shared some of her most precious memories with us and set the stage for the concert.  Elvis sang on the screen while the TCB band actually played and the Imperials sang back up.  These original members shared personal stories and experiences with the audience and were available for a meet and greet after.  I don’t know how they pulled it off but the whole thing was so real.  I had chills, thrills, and a few tears.  After it was over and we were back at the room, Lori and I watched hours of footage of Elvis.  I expected to enjoy this experience but I didn’t expect to love it.  It exceeded my expectations by a long shot. Book a room and do all things!

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Outfits I wore on the Trip

There were lots of events to dress for. Here are the outfits I wore. I have linked most of items below. You can shop by clicking on the individual items. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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