Randoms & Happy Weekend

Well, it's been a heavy week in our town. Two local senior boys passed away this week in separate incidents, and you can feel the weight on our small community. We didn't know either boy personally, but it's just so tragic when young people pass away. We've been praying for the family and friends of both boys, as well as our entire community. It's been very moving to watch them rally together to support one another during this trying time, and I feel grateful for the good work He does in tragic circumstances.Tonight's football game will be a very emotional time, as one of the boys was the team captain. We've all been hugging the ones we love a lot harder this week, thinking about how precious our time is and how much we have to be thankful for.


Onto a lighter topic, shall we?

Congrats to my sister in law on the birth of baby Kennadie! I painted a mural in her nursery back in July, and now she's finally here to appreciate it. (Since infants obviously appreciate pretty paintings, of course.)

Also, congrats to my brother and his wife on the purchase of their first home! They are so excited to get moved in and start decorating! I can't wait to see what they do with the place– it has lots of potential! Maybe I'll be able to help with some projects over there and share them on the blog...

Let's talk about food. Everybody likes food!

• We tried this stovetop method for cooking steak on Sunday, and it was very delicious. Highly recommend it!

• I've already tried the 2-ingredient cake using canned pumpkin (cake mix from a box + canned pumpkin), but last week I tried the same idea using greek yogurt. YUM! I absolutely cannot eat greek yogurt by itself (I always add honey or something), but you definitely can't taste the greek yogurt with the cake. We used a chocolate cake mix and added one cup of greek yogurt and one cup of water. It's thick enough to make cookies, too– almost like Oreo Cakesters in texture.


This proposal story is awesome.


The Nate Berkus home decor line is coming to Target this Sunday! Will you be one of the people who rushes out to get a peek at the line? I really like some of the pieces, so I may have to go check it out.

 Check out my latest iPhone lock screen. How cute is that? I just saved it to my phone's photo album from this pin. Pinterest is my favorite place to find artistic backgrounds for my phone! I like to choose inspiration quotes that are presented in a really cute way, like this one.


If I had children, I would totally dress them up in one of the DIY costumes Jordan Ferney has been featuring on her blog, Oh Happy Day. The cuteness and artsy appeal is totally out of control! Her blog is always one of my favorites for DIY party decor and general inventiveness!


What are your plans this weekend?

My parents are coming to town tonight, so I'll probably be out shopping with my mom (as is our usual custom). I definitely want to go see the amazing pumpkin display at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden.

* Happy Friday! *

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