Summer, in Review

We had a very busy, very wonderful summer.  We made so many memories with Emma Ramey that I will treasure forever.

I feel like she grew up so much this summer.  We started out with a baby and ended with a very grown-up, very opinionated, very chatty little girl.  I can't even believe how much she's changed in just a few months.

Here are a few of my favorite Summer 2014 pictures!































Now bring on fall!!


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Recipe - Creamy Sriracha Dip

There's just something about football season and a good dip that makes them the perfect pair.

It seems like I only write about dip recipes during football season - probably because I only make dips during football season. :) In the past, I've blogged about my Creamy Cajun Shrimp Dip and Buffalo Chicken Dip.  So, of course, I had to make a new dip to start off football season yesterday!

We are huge Sriracha fans around here.  There is constantly a bottle in our fridge - and I'm pretty sure both Noah and I could eat it on just about anything.  If you've never tried it, go get a bottle now.  It's incredible.

So yesterday, I whipped up an incredibly easy dip with it.  It's sort of like the Buffalo Chicken Dip I make, but I thought it had a better flavor!  Here's the recipe.

Creamy Sriracha Dip






Ingredients

1/3 cup Sriracha
1 8oz tub garden vegetable cream cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, divided
1/3 cup ranch dressing
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

Directions

Mix together Sriracha, cream cheese, half of the cheddar cheese, ranch, and onions.

Pour into a small ramekin.  Top with remaining cheddar cheese.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Take foil off and bake 5 more minutes.

Seriously, that's it!  So easy and very yummy.





Enjoy!

*I've also got a giveaway for a great organizational tool on the review blog today!*


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Create It Thursday #69 (Plus Features)



Welcome to another Create It Thursday party!

Y'all shared a ton of great ideas last week...here were a few of my favorites!  These are also on the the Create It Thursday Pinterest board.









Thanks so much to everyone who shared their creations last week!  Here's your feature button if you're listed above:



Now it's time for this week's party!
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Dreaming of Fall

Yesterday morning, I walked outside with Hardy; and for the first time, it felt like fall.  We have football this weekend, I have the ability to go buy a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and there was just the tiniest chill in the air.  Granted, it was like 100 degrees by lunch, but I'm going to go ahead and pretend fall is here!

I'm dreaming of a few fun fall looks today.




Puffy Vest, Black and Red - Fall Fashion

Vest // Shirt // Jeans // Boots // Bag // Bracelet // Watch

Sweater, Infinity Scarf - Fall Fashion


Orange Boyfriend Cardigan, Dark Jeans - Fall Fashion



Turquoise and Gray  - Fall Fashion


Sweater // Jeans // Scarf // Boots // Bag

Happy fall, y'all!




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Our At Home Date Nights


Ok, how much do y'all love it when you figure out that you can have restaurant-quality food at home for like half the price?



Of course the whole restaurant experience for date night is fun now and then - but, Noah and I have really been big into having at-home date nights lately.  We find a new movie at Redbox, grab a (semi) decent bottle of wine, and either get takeout or find something that's comparable to a restaurant at the grocery store.  I like to find something easy - nobody wants to be working in the kitchen when you're supposed to be spending time with your hunny. :)


So these new Chili's At Home Meals are beyond perfect for our little at-home date nights.  There are a ton of different varieties and they really give you the restaurant experience without the restaurant prices.  They're super easy to prepare (I'm talking 10-15 minutes in the microwave), and they are absolutely delicious!



Noah and I tried the Chicken Bacon Ranch - want to talk about amazing?  The picture doesn't do it justice.  The smell in my house was out of this world.


I've also got the Cajun Chicken Alfredo variety stashed away for another date night.  And the best part - I was able to buy both of these meals for about the price of one dish at a Chili's Restaurant.

There are lots of different varieties - click here to see if you're able to get your favorite Chili's meal in the At Home version!

This post is sponsored by Chili's At Home via Linqia, but my love for their tasty, bold, and quick meals is all my own!


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Just Wednesday

Our schedule changed up a little bit this week!  We went from laid-back, do-nothing summer days to school - and the fun, busy times it holds.

Here's what a day in our life looks like right now.  This was just another Wednesday.  I love to document our "everydays" now and then!  Yes, these are boring to most people...but they'll mean a lot to us one day.

7:45 - Noah wakes me up as he leaves for work.  I start my morning ritual: check email and social media on my phone, brush my teeth, manage a little bit of makeup, change clothes, and cook Emmie breakfast.  This morning, she had eggs, grapes, and Cheerios.

8:15 - I wake Emmie up.  I already have her clothes laid out, so all we had to do was quickly get ready.  She watches an episode of "Fireman Sam" while she eats breakfast.

8:40 - We leave for school.  It takes us about 10 minutes to get there.  She's still a little unsure of this whole school thing, so Mickey Mouse rode with us to keep her company today.

8:50 - I drop Emmie off, take care of a few things at the front desk of her school, and head off.

9:15 - I'm back home...my morning work starts.  I straighten up the house a little, do the dishes, plan our grocery list for the week (that I'll shop for on Thursday), and sit down to answer emails.  I also got a little bit of blog work done - I submitted a draft for a post that's coming up and I scheduled my post for that evening.

11:25 - I head back out.  I dropped by Target to pick up a prescription and a surprise for Emmie.  I head to her school.


11:50 - Emmie's back!  She gets her surprise in the car - cookies to bake with Mommy later.  She insists on holding them the whole way home.


12:00 - We're home, and we get started on our cookies.  After they're in the oven, I let her watch another Fireman Sam while I make lunch - turkey pinwheels and ants on a log.


I have a turkey wrap and chips...I know you're so disappointed, but I forgot to take a picture. :)


12:45 - We frost the cookies and Emmie gets to taste test...she approves.

1:20 - Emmie thinks it's the biggest deal to get to watch TV on our bed - so I let her for a few minutes before nap.  She watches The Pirate Fairy as I tell her a million times to sit down and stop jumping.

2:00 - Emmie goes down for her nap.  I'll admit - this is the toughest part of the day to be productive for some reason.  I've been fighting taking a nap every single day!  But I power through - I started this post, answered a couple of emails, got a few cleaning projects done, and gave myself a few minutes of decompress time.  I think that's my favorite thing about Emmie going to school - I have the time to get work done in the morning so I can get at least a few minutes of "me time" in the afternoon!


3:30 - I looked at the monitor, only to realize Emmie wasn't asleep.  We've had a little bit of a problem with her fighting naps this week, so I gave her a few mints to see if she might fall asleep.  Sure enough, she was out by 4:00.


6:00 - Emmie's up!  We have a little bit of water table time and she eats dinner.

7:15 - I give Emmie a bath.  She absolutely loves her bath time these days - she's such a water baby.  They usually last at least 30 minutes.

7:45 - Noah's home! (Right now, he works ten hour days Monday-Thursday.)  He gets Emmie out of the bathtub and gets her into jammies while I walk Hardy.

8:15 - Emmie's in bed, and Noah and I eat.  It's Taco Wednesday, a continuation of Taco Monday.  We watch an episode of our current show, Orphan Black, while we eat.

9:30 - We both clean up the kitchen, put away toys, and head to bed.

To see the rest of our "Day In The Life" posts, click here.  And don't forget, today's the last day to enter for your chance to win a sheet of Jamberry Nail Wraps!

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Create It Thursday #68 (Plus Features)



It's that time of the week again...Create It Thursday!

I loved so many of the things you guys shared last week...here were a few of my favorites!  These were also shared on the Lamberts Lately Facebook page and the Create It Thursday Pinterest board.
















A big huge thanks to everyone who shared their creations last week!  Here's your button if you were featured:



Now let's get to this week!
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