Our New House in the Country | Bloggin’ Break

About a year ago, we moved back to our hometown in south Texas after living in Fort Worth for 3 years.  We are sooo glad to be back home with our families and friends, and have been in the process of building a home for the past 9 months.

We loved our home in Fort Worth, and had the plans to that home, so we found a custom builder here, worked up some new plans based off the old ones (with a few changes, but same floorplan!) and started the building process!

We found a lot with some acreage and a pretty view in the hill country. (our neighbors are cows)

We figured out which way we wanted the house to face.

Picked out EVERYTHING- outdoor and indoor colors and materials.

Got the frame up.

This will be our backyard.

Picked out some fixtures – my giant entry light!

Kitchen is almost done, and I LOVE it!

Working on the fireplace. 

And the outside stone!

The house is almost complete, and we are moving in soon!

I will be taking a break from blogging to unpack and get the new house ready.  I can’t wait to set up my vanity space in the new house!

Thanks for reading and talk to you soon!

xx amy

EAT | Crockpot Root Beer Pulled Pork

Cooking with the crockpot is my favorite!  Today I am sharing another slow cookin’ recipe that requires hardly any work at all.  This is juicy delicious pulled pork marinated in a root beer barbecue sauce.  Let’s get started!

What you need:

  • 3-5 lb pork shoulder
  • 1 can of root beer
  • 1 packet of onion soup mix
  • 1 small bottle sweet barbecue sauce
  • salt/pepper to taste

Mix together your root beer and half of your barbecue sauce in a small bowl.

Trim any fat from the pork, and rub the dry onion soup mix all over the pork.  Place it into the crockpot.

Pour the root beer/barbecue sauce mixture over the top.

Close the lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Remove pork, use fork to shred meat.

Pour out all of the juice from the crockpot except for one cup.  Mix that with the remaining barbecue sauce.  Place meat and sauce mixture into crockpot and cook on high for an additional 20 minutes.

When you take the meat out, it will be so tender and juicy.  I like to make pulled pork sandwiches using Hawaiian rolls from the grocery store.  I add a little bit of salt and pepper, and there you go.  The perfect pork sandwich.

My husband says he can really taste the root beer in this, and it just gives it such a good flavor.  My whole family loves it, and I hope you will too! 

Thanks for reading!

xx amy

PLAY by Sephora | June 2016

I really LOVE this subscription box.  I get to try out so many different products for only $10 a month!  I always find myself really using every product I get, unlike the subscription boxes that I’ve gotten in the past.  This month’s box was one of the best I’ve ever gotten.

Like I mentioned, this box is $10 a month, and they will send you 6 deluxe size samples from prestige brands. There is currently a wait list for this box, so sign up here to get on the list ASAP!

Let’s get into the good stuff!

Tocca Florence EDP – I really like this floral scent.  I know some people don’t like getting perfume samples, but I love it!  I don’t often go perfume shopping, so I like to use these, decide which one I want, and then go and buy it.  This scent is very sophisticated and feminine.  It has notes of gardenia, violet, and jasmine.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter – when I saw this in the box, I was so happy.  I have had this in my online cart at Sephora pretty much since it came out, but I could never justify that price tag for a primer.  Now, I get to try it!  This is an light reflecting illuminating primer that is supposed to make foundation look amazing when layered underneath.  So excited to try this.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer – I actually have not seen this product before, but I LOVE liquid and cream bronzers, so I think I will love this.  It doesn’t look orangey and it feels really silky.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara – I have loved this mascara for years, it does everything that I want a mascara to do.  It lengthens and gives a ton of volume.  I was happy to see this in the box.

Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 – this bottle is so pretty!  This is a sunscreen that is supposed to be lightweight and non-greasy.  I think this little bottle is perfect for taking to the pool or beach!  I’ll definitely use this.

Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It – I really like getting haircare samples, and they are always the first things that I use.  This is a styling cream that you can use on wet hair for texture and body.  I am all about air dried hair, so I’m sure I will love this- especially if it gives the beachy wave look!

That’s it for this month’s box!

What did you think?

xx amy

NEW | Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

A few years ago, Loreal released a foundation called the Infallible 24 HR Pro Matte Foundation.  This foundation is what I always recommend to people with oily skin.  It lasts so long (I’m not sure about 24 hrs…but it lasts at least 12!)  it’s not cakey, it’s lightweight, and it controls oil.  Perfect foundation for oily gals.  

Now, I am not oily, so I didn’t get much use out of that foundation and ended up giving it away, even though I loved the feel of it.  I have dry skin, and matte foundations just dry my skin out even more.  What I need is a nice, hydrating foundation for my parched skin.  

TA-DA!  They just released a luminous version for dry skin!  Loreal just gets me.

This is the Loreal Infallible 24 hr Pro Glow Foundation.  I found this at Walmart for around $12.  This foundation, like the first, is said to last 24 hrs.  I don’t recommend leaving foundation on that long, but it’s nice that it would stay that long, right?  This foundation has SPF 15, leaves a radiant finish, and is hydrating for normal to dry skin.  I picked up the lightest shade, 201 Classic Ivory.  For reference, I am NW15 in MAC.  I could have actually gone a shade darker with this, but this shade works with a little (ok a lot) of bronzer.

This foundation is a solid medium coverage, and feels super light on the skin.  It is a very liquid-y consistency, and not thick at all.  Comes in a plastic bottle with a squeeze tube.  I like the packaging;  no fuss.

Here’s a swatch.  Looks REALLY light on my hand, but it works on my face!

I believe I’ve just found my new favorite drugstore foundation.  Everything they claim is true.  This formula is a LOT like the Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation that I love, but this has more coverage.  The finish of this is beautiful.  It gives a healthy look to the skin without shimmer or anything.  Just straight up glowy skin, which is what I want.

I like to apply this with a dampened sponge and pat it into my skin, but a brush works too.  I don’t usually get oily throughout the day, but if I do, I like to use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder over this.  It doesn’t give a cakey look, and takes away shine.

Here it is on me. No filter!  It is just that glowy.

Have you tried this foundation?

xx Amy 

EAT | Our Favorite Lunchtime Salad

I’m always on the hunt for healthier options when it comes to making meals for my girls.  Luckily, they are not picky at all when it comes to eating, and will try pretty much anything.  Some of our favorite lunches to make are salads (and BLT’s- they LOVE those).  We love to think of new things to add to our salads, and they think it’s fun to make their own.  Here’s our favorite version.

What you’ll need:

  • Romaine lettuce blend (we like the kind with cabbage and carrots)
  • Grilled chicken cut into bite sized pieces
  • Chopped tomatoes (my little one Ashley LOVES tomatoes)
  • Chopped hard boiled eggs (just the white part)
  • Parmesan cheese – we like the shaved kind
  • Crunchy Chow Mein noodles (I love these as an alternative to croutons)

For lemon garlic dressing:

  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • the juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together lemon juice and olive oil.  Add salt, pepper, and garlic, and then combine.  That’s it for your dressing!

The dressing is light and delicious, and the eggs and chicken have protein to keep us full.  


xx amy

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