I don’t know about y’all, but for some reason, stepping away from the blog for a few days makes me so ready to get back to it! Thank you all for the sweet anniversary wishes as well!
Though I share a lot about myself here, I don’t share a lot of my life in general. This, however, I thought was pretty important to share. Corey and I are celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary today! Without him, I wouldn’t even be a Hayes, making the name of this blog defunct. Besides that, I wouldn’t have my better half, my #1 Disney buddy, the guy who makes me smile every day. Most of all, the man who I am thankful every day for making me feel like I’m special. I have a few wedding pictures to share with you all today. It was so hard to pick just a few! If you live in the South, definitely consider Abra Michelle Photography to photograph your special occasion. She and her husband are an amazing team. I treasure every picture I have of this amazing day. Enjoy!
|top left :: My best friend was in Chile on my wedding day, but my mom met up with her secretly and she left wrote me a message on my boots so she could still be with me.
top right:: I have never been so pampered in my life
bottom:: the boys
|left to right:: the excitement, the first look, and let’s go|
|top left:: me and my dad bottom left:: my family in laws (and my littlest BIL at 5)
right:: getting ready to greet guests at the receiving line as a married couple
|top:: the entire family
middle:: my in laws, Hayes family
bottom:: my parents, the Green family
|top:: me and my girls, my eldest maternal cousin and my sister
middle:: the bridal party
bottom:: our boots, one of my favorites
|seriously, I have never felt prettier or more like a princess! (except at Disney but that’s expected)|
|the beautiful barn our reception was in, the cup given to me when Corey proposed, and our wedding cake made by my mother|
|the custom stamp my mom made, the groom’s cake my mom made, and our favors… once again made by my mom|
|the dancing:: (from left to right, top to bottom) our first dance, my father and sister, me and my sister, and me and my Pops (my dad’s dad)|
|cutting the cake, the hay rides, and saying goodbye|
A little late to the Monday post game, but I have an exciting new brand to share with you so hopefully it’ll brighten up your Monday or make it better than it was.
|cardigan:: J.Crew blouse:: J.Crew necklace w/ enhancer:: Miglio skirt:: GAP wedges:: Franco Sarto (similar)|
It’s cliche to say, but I really can’t believe it’s been a year. At first, I thought I would never get there. Now it’s here. What’s more is that I cannot believe where this blog has gone in a year’s time. It feels like the child you haven’t seen in a few months and you can’t believe how much they’ve grown in that time, even to me! Blogging is something I love doing so much. You can’t start your second (or fifth) blog and deny that you love doing it. Like I said in the beginning, I’m a consistent blog deserter, which makes it even more surprising that I made it to a year.
Besides learning about blogger, wordpress, pinterest, photoshop, google analytics, etc, it’s been so much fun meeting people in all genres of blogging and making true friends– genuine people that make this a great community to be an active part of. I could seriously go on and get all mushy about things, but really I just want to give back to everyone who has been involved in this blog, whether you’re a page view out there, one of my swappers/sponsors, or the amazing people that hardly ever miss commenting on a post. For all of you I have something special:: the biggest giveaway this blog has seen to date! I’m not the only one featured in this giveaway. I also wanted to give some love to my first swappers/sponsors so their bloglovin’ links are in there too. Y’all better get excited for a fantastic giveaway and many anniversaries to come! Thank you so much from the depths of my heart to every one of you!
I’ve included some of my favorites in this giveaway! The winner will receive::
- A $50 J.Crew gift card
- Crocheted fingerless gloves from Handmade Escapade
- An 8×10 “#needcoffee” print from Designs by Nicolina
- A Starbucks mug
- Full size “They’re Real” benefit mascara
- Lil lip duo from Laqa & Co.
- Nail duo in Tuxedo from Laqa & Co.
It’s all worth over $150 and the giveaway will run until November 15th so enjoy getting those daily entries!
My Favs on Thursdays is a weekly link up with my best bloggy buddies Katy and Nicole and share our favorite thing of the week. Link up with us below!
Nothing makes me more excited about cold weather, rainy days, and staying in my pajamas all day than knowing I’ll be sipping a warm beverage out of an amazing mug while it’s all going on. I can’t deny my love for coffee and mugs. After all, there’s an entire wall devoted to my coffee pot and dresser for mugs in my house. Are you in the market for an amazing mug? How about adding one of these to your collection.
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Don’t forget to link up with us and share your favorites for the week!
Overall, I found that all three of these pins speak words of truth when it comes to throughly coating in oil, watching them carefully, and making sure they’re completely dry. I’ve botched many a batch of kale chips because they were too wet still. Also I used curly kale for all three because of two reasons:: dinosaur kale is hard to find; when you do, it’s much more expensive. I wanted to show that you can still get good results from these kale chip recipes using curly kale.
First, my favorite recipe out of the top three pins I tried. (Click on the picture for the link.) This was the only recipe that recommended using parchment paper, and I think that made a difference. Maybe just a few more minutes in the oven would’ve made them perfect!
Second, though the graphic is my favorite, this recipe came with my least favorite tips. I skipped all the seasoning on these Though the cooking temperature was higher and the cooking time was less, which would make sense, these came out soggy. So if you like your kale chips less crunchy, this recipe is perfect. They would’ve made a great warm salad though, especially if you added the Asian flavors.
This third pin was less of a recipe and more like tips. I will mention that at 400°, 20 minutes would’ve been far too long. I would’ve had burnt crumblies on the pan and nothing edible at that point.
If you’re a kale chip beginner, start with the first pin and then branch into the next two with tips, recommendations, and seasonings. Do you like kale chips? What tips do you have for making great ones?