Five Gorgeous Ranunculus Arrangements

How can anyone ever pick a favorite flower? There are so many gorgeous blooms out there that I couldn’t even think of trying to narrow it down. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a big full flower like a garden rose, other times I like to go a little wild and mix in some protea, and fairly often I find myself drawn to ranunculus, the super sweet and delicate flower with tissue like petals. Here are five arrangements with ranunculus that I just can’t get enough of this week.


Are you able to pick a favorite flower? What is it?

Unhealthy Foods That I Never Want to Give Up

Balance, balance, balance…that’s what life and food is all about, right? I’m not sure if a 90/10, 80/20, or 70/30 balance is best, but I do try and eat a healthy and colorful diet. But because I like balance, I also eat some things that are not-so-healthy. I’ve given up a few bad foods over the last couple years – looking at you Diet Coke, but there are certain delicious guilty pleasures that I never want to say goodbye to.
Here are a few of my most favorite – don’t ever want to give up – unhealthy food favorites:

+ Ranch Dressing

This is my Kentucky hillbilly coming out, but I looooove ranch dressing. I normally use ranch as a vehicle for getting salad into my mouth, but it’s also awesome as a dip for basically everything – vegetables, chips (OMG), pizza, and maybe even something sweet. I don’t know, I would probably try it.

I am a ranch snob, though. I prefer Hidden Valley or a thinner ranch you can find at certain restaurants (CHS readers – Kickin’ Chicken’s is really good). I’m considering attempting to make my own ranch, but I’m worried I won’t like it as much and it’ll be a waste. These are the things that I worry about.

+ French Fries

Waffle, steak, curly, skinny, sweet potato, tots, crinkle, home, wedges….how can you not love a food that has so many varieties? French fries are a serious downfall of mine. They’re like pizza – even when they aren’t great, they’re still good. And I can’t stop eating them. It’s at the point where I’m proud of myself not for not ordering fries, but for not eating every fry on my plate.

+ Doritos

Every time I go to my parents house, it’s a guarantee that I can find a bag of Doritos in the pantry. I very rarely buy the chips for myself, but if I’m at mom and dad’s or on vacation, Doritos are game on. I couldn’t even tell you what ingredients you could find in a Dorito (corn? special orange dust?), but I love those cheesy, crunchy, delicious neon snacks so very much. I’m also on #TeamCoolRanch. And, no I haven’t tried the Doritos Locos Taco, Taco Bell is actually one of the things that I have managed to cut out of my life.

+ Brie Cheese

Brie isn’t necessarily as unhealthy as Doritos, but it’s really not great for you. Plus the amount of brie (calorie alert) that Adam and I can consume in one sitting is pretty scary. Most of the time we eat it with some type of crackers on it’s own, but every once in awhile we get fancy and wrap it in a puff pastry with jam. It’s insanely good.

How about you? What’s the unhealthy food that someone will have to pry out of your hands?

August Goals

I’ve taken a few months off of writing down my monthly goals, but I’m ready to get back to it! The break was good for me, I was hitting a point where I was simply creating the goals for blog fodder, not for any true purpose. The group of goals that I have below include objectives that I’ve had in my head for the last couple weeks, I just haven’t put into action. Hopefully writing them down and putting them out into the blog world will help keep me accountable.

+ Make the switch to WordPress

This one is a long time coming. I knew pretty immediately that I should have started this blog out on WordPress, but somehow still ended up on Blogger. I’m hitting a spot now where there are some things in my design that I’d like to customize, but my current theme on Blogger doesn’t allow any changes. I feel trapped into this design and I’m tired of not being able to make edits. I did take some code classes, so luckily I’m not a complete newb.

And now it’s time; I’m making the switch. The first launch of my WordPress blog won’t be the final design, but it will at least get me onto a platform that’s more customization friendly and user-friendly. Luckily I’ve kept this blog pretty minimal, so the switch should be fairly painless. Famous last words? Get excited, ha!

+ Meditate 20 times

I fell off the meditation wagon earlier this year. Somehow I’m going to yoga more often, but am meditating less. I’m putting a number of twenty on this goal, because if I just said “meditate more” I would do it maybe twice. Ommmm….

+ Try three new recipes from Smoke and Pickles

I have been loving Asian food lately to the point where I’ve been hunting out Asian restaurants and searching for new recipes online. Of course, I ended up overlooking a cookbook I own, Smoke and Pickles by Edward Lee. It’s technically a southern cookbook, but since Lee’s family is from Korea, there’s a lot of Asian influence.

 I found about a million (slight exaggeration) recipes that I want to make after browsing through the book. I’m going to set a little bit of a more realistic goal – three recipes during August.

+ Maintain a regular morning routine

I don’t know what has happened the last few months, but my mornings are a mess – I’m always in a rush. Instead of making breakfast and coffee I’ve been swinging by my favorite cafes for pickups instead. I love having these little treats in the morning, but my wallet and waistline disagree. I’m on a mission to get back to my coffee, eggs, and Morning Joe routine.

+ Clean out the guest bedroom

Adam and I have been slowly but surely cutting down on our belongings. I love purging, I just have to be in the mood for it. It’s about time I take a big purge mentality to our guest room. The guest room is basically the opposite of the Room of Requirement in Harry Potter – I can never find what I need.

What do you think? Not too ambitious, right? What are your August goals?

A to Z Survey

Surveys are never not fun. I love reading them on other blogs and I love filling them out myself. I think that they can sometimes give a sneak peek into part of the responder’s personality that you wouldn’t see otherwise. I recently saw this fun A to Z survey floating around the web.

A – Age: 30

B – Biggest FearMy reoccuring nightmare is driving on a big, curved bridge ramp and there isn’t a guardrail. Naturally I drive off the ramp in slow motion and am terrified my entire descent. 

My latest “real-life” fear: a traffic light or pedestrian crossing box falling on my head while I’m standing underneath.

C – Current Time: 8:35 P.M.

D: Drink You Last Had: Besides water, my trusty iced grande Americano.

E – Easiest Person to Talk To: Adam! Is this a cop-out? It’s true though, he is the easiest to talk to.

F – Favorite Song: Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No by Alejandro Sanz and Shakira. I absolutely adore it and love singing it LOUDLY to Adam.

G – Grossest Memory: I really can’t write down the details of my grossest memory (some friends know…), but let’s just say it involved a toilet.

H – Hometown: Edgewood, Kentucky – it’s about 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.
I – In Love With: Charleston. I love vacations, but what I love even more is that I get to come back to this gorgeous, kind city.

J – Jealous Of: People who travel to ridiculously amazing places on Instagram. Sometimes I have to remind myself that Instagram is not a true indicator of someone’s life or happiness.

K – Kindest Person You Know: Adam’s grandparents – they are without a doubt some of the kindest and most caring people I know. I’m lucky to have married into that family.

L – Life Isn’t Complete Without: Coffee! And adventure.🙂

M – Middle Name: Jane – after my mom and her aunt.

N – Number of Siblings: 1 – my brother Max is three years younger than me.

O – One Wish: To feel fulfilled and happy every day. Easy, right?😉

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: My dad. I was catching him up on our vacation before some loud construction rudely interrupted our call.

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “Do you know where [blank] is?” Working and living in downtown Charleston means I get stopped by a lot of tourists and out-of-towners.

R – Reason To Smile: Knowing that I’ll be at the Counting Crows concert Wednesday night with some of my best buddies.

S – Song You Last Sang: I’ve had Little Town in my head all week. The kiddos on our vacation were big fans of “Belle” (Beauty and the Beast).

T – Time You Woke Up: 7 a.m. – which feels super early after a week of vacation. I was sad to set my alarm clock last night.

U – Underwear Color: Weird question, but pink.

V – Vacation Destination: Somewhere new! I have my eye on destinations in Southeast Asian.

W – Worst Habit: Popping my knuckles. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: Not too many that I can think of: the normal mouth xrays and then maybe a couple when I’ve had back problems.

Y – Your Favorite Food: Lately, tacos. I can’t get enough – vegetarian, meat-filled, fish, breakfast. I.LOVE.TACOS.

Z – Zodiac Sign: Aquarius!

How about you? Answer one of the letters above!

Keys to a great St. Augustine Family Vacation

A beautiful beach house

Gorgeous sunsets

Sun-kissed skin

Late night games

Lots of libations

Family, family, family

Delicious, flavorful food (The Floridian + homemade)

Ocean views

Dance Parties

Relaxing reads (The Sympathizer and All The Light We Cannot See)
Golf fun (Adam, not me)
Kayak adventures (Eco Tours)
Historic streets

Great company