img_5873Happy 4th, I mean 5th, of July, ya’ll! I thought I’d share some photos from our slower day spent at home yesterday. We looked at my husband’s upcoming travel schedule and decided we need to be intentional this week by limiting our social engagements. Honestly, it was SO nice and refreshing to do things in our own time without feeling rushed to get to the next “thing”. I have a huge tendency to overcommit and am trying to get better at recognizing our limits.

The kids played in the backyard while Andy grilled our steaks and they even helped me bake the most amazing cake. I’ve had something similar pinned on my Pinterest board since before my kids were even born and finally decided to go for it! Ya’ll my fear of failure goes so far that I was even afraid to bake this *very simple* cake. The best part, it came out SO yummy and just like the picture. I was SO proud of myself for finally attempting it and felt so dumb for not trying sooner.

If you’d like to pin the recipe by Amy Bellgardt at MomSpark, you can find it here. It is SO yummy and definitely worth the time investment. Just a heads up, it does take a bit of prep time because the poke cake has to set for 3 hours. If you decide to make it next Memorial or Independence Day, I’d recommend starting it in the morning before you go to the pool, let it set for 3 hours in the refrigerator, and then ice/style it when you get back home before for your cookout. Another quick tip, leave the cream cheese on the counter while you’re swimming so it’s nice and soft when you go to make the icing.

Remember those who work hard to preserve our freedom and pray for those who are still fighting for it each and every day.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
–Ronald Reagan


Hope you guys had a great time with your families. I’m pretty sure Cole is going to be talking about the fireworks for months to come. Tell me all the fun things you did so we can try something new next year! I’d love more creative recipes to try or new places to go in Charlotte.



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