Barklynn the Bichon

Having a dog changes your heart. They come into your life and give you unconditional love. You can’t help but to love them back like family. With that said, my fur baby Barklynn is the most adorable little ball of fluff. She came into our life right before Valentine’s Day. There is kind of a funny story to it.

My husband, Jered went to Texas for a three-day weekend bachelor party. We had been talking about getting a dog for a few months prior. I had been doing my research finding the prefect little puppy to add to our family. I found this tiny little girl named “Pearl” who was looking for a home. That was it I made my decision. The Davidson’s are getting a dog!

Friday night I went to PetCo and purchased all of the supplies it takes to be a puppy parent (all pink everything). I called my sister and persuaded her to go on a road trip to pick up said puppy. The moment I got to hold her for the first time melted my heart. My sister got to hold her all the way back to Edmond. I think she loved every second of it. It took her a little while to warm up to Jered but now they are smitten. I think that situation was a two way street.

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The past few months have been a blast! She is a huge fan of road trips and dog parks. She also loves going to PetCo and searching for new treats. Two weeks ago, boxes of treats were delivered to our house, thanks to a Klout perk. Ideal Balance by Hills sent four different bags of treats for her to try, “Breakfast Medleys” and “Soft-Baked Naturals.” Let’s just say they are Barklynn approved!

Barklynn's Birthday

Last weekend we celebrated her first birthday in style. I found the cutest little pet boutique in Utica Square. The Dog Dish has your pet birthday supplies on lock. Yes, I am that girl, having a birthday for her dog. I found her a happy birthday treat and a pink birthday party hat.

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Do you have a little fur child? Then you are going to want to check this out. I am obsessed with BaubleBar; they have the most glam stuff on a budget. Well yesterday they released dog collars that are too perfect! It’s going to be hard to decide what one to order.

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A Few Of My Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things

The holiday season is here! This time of year can be extremely stressful if you are not careful. There is so much stress to find everyone in your life the perfect gift for Christmas. I decided to round up a few of my favorite things this holiday season.

Kendra Scott Sky Earrings in Bright Red—These have such a fun shape and are the color of a holly berry. Pair it with a bright red lip and you are the life of the holiday party. $55.00

Lush Dashing Santa—I am obsessed with bath bombs; if you follow me on Instagram you already know this. This little Satna is packed with smells that will have you singing Christmas carols in your bathtub. $5.25

Sephora Collection Face Mask—This pomegranate mask awakens, energizes, and protects your skin with antioxidants and smells delicious in the process. $6.00

Volspa Petite Decorative Candle Set—This house will have you transported to a winter wonderland with Cinnamon Ceylon & Copal, Spruce Cuttings, and Visions of Sugar Plum. $35.00

Starbucks Double Wall Traveler-Red Jewel—If you looked into my kitchen cabinets you would say I have a mug addition and it’s true. This beauty just screams, tall gingerbread latte please. $19.95

Take time for you this holiday season and get yourself a treat when you are out and about. Even if it is something as small as a bath bomb, we all deserve time to relax and unwind. Want a chance to win this awesome package? Follow me on Instagram for the details!

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My Momma’s Taco Soup

Taco Soup
I type this curled up on my couch with my favorite blanket. The cold front has moved into Oklahoma and I am not looking forward to the freezing temperatures. There is one thing that I do like about the cooler temperatures though…say it with me—crockpot. The crockpot is going to be your best friend during the winter. I have one recipe that is a huge hit and I am going to share with you. This soup is perfect for freezing leftovers too.

My Momma’s Taco Soup
Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1 package of dry Ranch seasoning
  • 2 14½ ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes (I like the one with cilantro), undrained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can hominy, drained
  • 1 avocado, halved and sliced, for topping*

Directions:

Brown the meat in a large saucepan, drain, add into slow cooker. Drain the beans, corn, and hominy. Add the diced tomatoes, Rotel, and drained vegetables into the slow cooker. Add Spices, and mix. You can simmer this mixture on low for four hours. Eat and enjoy! *You can top this soup with grated cheese, sour cream, or the avocado slices.

If you have leftovers, feel free to freeze them. You just have to let the soup cool, place into zip lock bag, lay flat, and place into the freezer. Write the date on the bag before you fill it so you know when you need to eat it by. I would try to eat it in two months.

Stay warm out there friends, this week is going to be a cold one! I hope that this Taco Soup warms you right up.

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My September Birchbox

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What was in my Birchbox?  Well let me tell you!  Since September is almost over, it is the perfect time to highlight my Birchbox from this month.  To me, this box was filled with goodies that have me thinking about fall.  Now, if  only the weather would cooperate!

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Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Hedge Fund—This color is perfect for fall.  With this color on your fingertips, you will have money on your mind!  Check out how it looked on me (ps– I did that mani all by myself!)

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream—I love this hand cream, it smells wonderful and makes your hand feel baby soft.  If you put this on before you went to sleep and then put on gloves or socks (whatever you have) your hands would thank you!

Sarahpotempa The Half-Up—In theory, I love what this product is  about.  Since I have a few layers in my hair, it did not wrap up the way it should have.  I think it’s a great product, but I just didn’t work for me.

Coastal Scents Neutral Mirage Palette Set—I am a huge fan of warm colors.  These four colors are perfect coffee shades for fall.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Bon Genre—I love the way this smells!  It has me thinking of warm night by the fireplace with a latte in hand.

Happy Friday,
Lindsey

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Food Truck Love

Sometimes people call my place of work “Disney World.”  It is hard for people to understand what we really do as social media managers.  I can tell you one thing, we do more than “play on Facebook and Twitter all day.”

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We have been hosting Twitter chats at work called #HashOuts.  Today our topic: all about h&8th (a OKC night food market) and local food trucks!  It was a huge hit and it was great to see the community talking with their favorite food trucks.  Speaking of  food trucks…

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My favorite ice cream truck (Roxy’s Ice Cream) made a visit to our office!  They sold ice cream from our parking lot for almost an hour.  You know me; I loaded up with a double scoop cone of salted caramel.  It was perfect, like always!  So yeah, maybe I do work at the Oklahoma version of “Disney World.”

Over and out,
Lindsey

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Dear Britney

Here is the deal; I have been a fan of Brit Brit since way back when.  Even when she shaved her head and went crazy, I still stood beside her like a loyal fan.  To me, she can do no wrong.  So last night, I was watching E! News and they had a short interview with her.  I learned more about my favorite pop princess.

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  • She does not drink (Good for you Brit!)
  • She does not gamble (Me neither…too scary)
  • She would rather buy shoes instead (Ummmmm….Are we twins separated at birth?)
  • How does she celebrate?  Simply put, miss B likes to go shopping at Nordstrom (Girl I love you even more)
  • Ohh and she loves pizza

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With all of that being said here is my open letter to Miss Spears.

Dear Britney,

I think you are amazing!  Anytime you want to go shopping at Nordstrom when you are in the south, girl you just let me know and I will be there!  We will find the perfect pair of new shoes (or maybe just a “few”).  From all of that shopping we will have worked up an appetite.  I will find us the perfect place to eat and we can have a dance party in the car on the way there.  We will arrive at the best pizza joint and chow down on some pizza.

With love,
Lindsey

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Happy Fall

Fall might be my favorite time of the year. Maybe it has something to do with college football, jeans, boots, and sweaters. On the other hand, I think it has more to do with the month of October or as I like to call it—Lindsey’s Birthday Month. Yes, birthday month, I celebrate all month long! Either way you look at it, fall is here! PS—Check out these awesome Kate Spade booties I scored at Nordstrom Rack!

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Yesterday, I decided to get back into the kitchen and bake some cupcakes! Martha Stewart once again served as my inspiration. I found a pumpkin cupcake recipe that smells better than any pumpkin spice candle. When you take these babies out of the oven your house will be overwhelmed with pumpkin and spice smells. This batch makes 18 cupcakes, enough for you to enjoy and share with friends!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Ingredients:

◦ 2 cups all-purpose flour

◦ 1 teaspoon baking soda

◦ 1 teaspoon baking powder

◦ 1 teaspoon coarse salt

◦ 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

◦ 1 teaspoon ground ginger

◦ 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

◦ 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

◦ 1 cup packed light-brown sugar

◦ 1 cup granulated sugar

◦ 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

◦ 4 large eggs, lightly beaten

◦ 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.

3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops
spring back when touched, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Top these with your favorite cream cheese frosting and you are good to go!

Enjoy,
Lindsey

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