Category Archives: Food

hats are where it’s at.

hats & more hats.

i cannot get enough of them. floppy hats. baseball hats. fedoras. hats with feathers. hats with bows. all things hats.

here are some of my favorite looks with hats.

i love love skirts- add this floppy hat and bam. love it.

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i love that they paired this white dress with brown boots and black hat. so cute.

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or keep it simple. jeans, shirt, hat. so easy.

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& of course you have to carry your hat to the beach!

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since we are on the topic of the beach. i am already planning a trip in my day dreams.

have any of you ever been to St. Augustine? it is by far one of my favorites.

here are some of my favorite places there.

the castillo de san marcos

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they give ghost tours, they have amazing little places to eat, & the beaches are so nice!

booking a trip ASAP!

where are some of your favorite places to go in the summer?

 

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jillyvans for life

i moved from franklin county around 2006, it was a big step for our family. my nanny passed away & it was really hard for me, for all of us, she was my most favorite person in the world. i think of her all the time & i love the memories we have bc i can always cherish them.

when i moved here i also left a lot of friends, i also gained new ones. one of them being jillian.

i was working as a barista at seattles best in  kennesaw at borders (horders as we called it) she started working there in march & the rest is history. we quickly became friends & have remained that way.

we would have re unions there sometimes when it was our anniversary.

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we would take photos to celebrate her birthday

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we share the same love for bread

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she is one of the funniest people i know.

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we both love coffee

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she always supports my habits of throwing parties where i become OCD and crazy while i plan. she drove over an hr to this party

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we have been through a lot together. i am so thankful to have dates with her where we dream of the future & make plans to run our own business. she is what i like to call a solid friend. one who is there through the good & the bad. i love her heart and how genuine she is. she truly cares & i appreciate that more than she will ever know. i cannot wait for her to be auntie jill. oh & did i mention i cannot take her anywhere without guys fawning all over her.

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pool days

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she can also shoot a gun– yes jillian i stalked your photos to find all of these. this was her in her cabin in the woods, she was shooting a bear.

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we had a habit of following each other around & working at the same places. we always worked so well together. we started at borders- then went to TJI Fridays- then to woodstock coffee house. who knows what the future holds! we even took a communications class at kennesaw state university together.

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last night we took a walk to the nook to eat tater tots covered in amazing things. it was an eventful night- which included a man stalker who was there with his girlfriend but continued to tell jillian she was the most gorgeous red head he has ever seen. come on guys. are there any respectable gentlemen out there anymore, or did i get the last one?

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love you jillian & jillyvans will be around forever! so glad you are apart of my life

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wish list travel list.

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april 28th we go back to haiti (i know i have been talking about it a lot-i cannot help it) & it has me thinking of travel. so today i am going to share my wish list travel list of the top 5 places i want to go. one of them is already in the works for our 5 year anniversary & i could not be more excited.

  1. ireland
  2. spain
  3. montana
  4. california
  5. texas

ireland is cory & i’s top place to go. we are already planning to go there on our 5th anniversary. any tips from my readers out there on how to travel there the smart way- please comment! we want to see everything from the guiness factory to castles to hanging out with some locals.

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spain has always had a little piece of my heart- everytime i see something about spain on the travel channel my heart leaps a little.

montana is freakin gorgeous so why  not go right?

california. the beautiful state has so much to offer & i need to see it. my sister lived there for about a year when she had a nanny job & she was always telling me how beautiful it was.

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beautiful right?

last but not least. texas. the big state of texas- mainly austin. i never hear a bad thing about this city. music. food. atmosphere. let’s go right now!

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salt lick bbq

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home slice pizza

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these are some other places i would like to visit

where are some places on your wish list?

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dancing goats coffee bar & little man

i have been a starbucks fan for a while now. i love loading my app and getting rewards & i do love the iced caramel macchiato.

until now.

i work in downtown decatur & have been making my way over to the dancing goats coffee shop alot lately. in fact i have been obsessed with their iced caramel latte. i am such a sucker for good coffee & batdorf & bronson coffee roasters have hit the nail on the head with their coffee.

today my sweet husband called me at work, & my first thought was, something has happened… nope. he said, “come outside” i knew immediately what he had done! go outside & there he is sitting in the white rocket (our old van) with my favorite coffee.

made my day.

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last night i had the privilege of watching little man (my friends little boy) for a few hours while his parents took care of an obligation. i was so excited. i do not have any kids yet, so any chance to hang out with little ones i will take. we went to the mall for chicken nuggets- went to old navy and he found a few hats he liked.

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he decided on the top.

good choice. it fits him well. he also snagged an r2d2 toy that was stuffed with candy. i did not know about the candy, but his mom texted me this morning and told me r2d2 fell and broke his head & candy came out. woo-hoo. extra points for me. we then shared some cookies from that amazing cookie place at the mall that i cannot remember the name of. we also went to the photo booth.

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after the mall we headed to target. he helped me pick out a v-neck and some sunglasses.

first of all, let me tell you, this kid loves cars. loves them. we turned down the car aisle and he went nuts. his eyes were huge and he knew exactly what he wanted. a box with 4 cars. i even picked up a bigger car that made noises.. nope he still chose the box with 4. he knows what he wants. i can appreciate that.

also, i had gotten a coffee drink & i sat it beside him in the buggy. i was kneeling down to look at these car shoes that lit up and they were like $6. i stand back up and he was drinking my coffee. sorry jena. im sure it was like a sip. i was like seriously? you like coffee too? me & this kid are bff. anyways, i should have never taken that shoe off to try on the other one. how do you parents do it? they were like slip on shoes & i felt like i was going to break his ankles putting those things back on (not really break them, but you know what i mean). after target we had only a little time before i met his parents, so we headed to the starbucks parking lot. he had been digging his hands into the side of the car box so obviously we needed to play with them. i parked the van- got him out of his car seat and put him up front with me. took all the cars out and we acted like the cars were exploding and wrecking into each other on the dash. i am fantastic with sound effects so he loved it. he kept handing me the cars wanting me to make sounds and would do this cute little laugh & grin every. single. time.

his parents came & picked him up & he was so excited to see them. it was so sweet.

thank you jena for letting me have some time with your little guy. he is the sweetest & cutest.

did i mention she is expecting her 2nd child & tomorrow we have the gender reveal party to see what she is having! super excited.

i will be taking my new lens to hopefully capture some good moments. i will post them to show you guys!

have a good weekend!

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a big ole’ sale & a bread maker

i have been going through my closet and bagging up stuff i need to get rid of for our sale. we are planning a big yard sale for our haiti trip. i had a friend drop by some stuff to add to it yesterday & i am so thankful. we are 1/2 way to our goal & it is so exciting to see the lord provide in amazing ways. i have a habit of when i buy something i get rid of something. i have been feeling like i need a wardrobe change- like my style is changing. we all get in these funks where we are wanting to change our hair, or how we dress or we just want something fresh. here are some looks i have my eyes on.

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seriously= overalls. they are making my  month. i have always loved them.

also, cory & i have started our lose some lbs and working out this week. i bought a scale so i can keep track- i have never owned a scale before. i eat pretty healthy, but i need to add my workout routine back into my life. not a diet, but a lifestyle change. healthy changes are good changes. we have decided to start making our own bread & this bread-maker was recommended to me.

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if any of you  have some good recipes let me know- or tips. i love tips!

one other thing. i finally watch the new hunger games. amazing. love these movies! the books were amazing too. i literally read them all in 5 days. i had no life, but on my couch reading those books. #peetaforlife

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snarky puppy & penne a la vodka

before the show last night we had ike & sarah over for dinner. cory made penne a la vodka which was amazing. i am constantly surprised by my amazing husband and all his secret skills. i get frustrated sometimes because anything he does he is good at. this is one of my favorite dishes he does & it never disappoints. i remember the first time he made this dish he forgot to reduce the vodka…. lets just say we were at our worst for 3 days.

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ike & sarah are moving to nashville in april, & we are so sad but so excited for them & this new adventure. dexter is going to miss her a ton too.

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i am sure she will blog about her new adventures & you can follow her here

after dinner we headed over to terminal west to watch snarky puppy. i was blown away by the talent on the stage, at some point i was confused bc of all the technical things that were going on at the same time, my brain was being split into 8 different parts. if you have ever listened to them or seen them live you would know what i mean. i looked around at all the people & they looked like they were having a church service. like the shouting, dancing, raising the roof type of church service. it. was. awesome.

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oh & my husband is the sweetest. when he picked me up from work yesterday he had gotten me this new scarf from whole foods. i am so blessed.

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i have been praying a lot lately for our country. hearing all these stories about ukraine & what people all over the world endure everyday breaks my heart. it makes me nervous about what is to come for america but i know God is in control. lets all take a moment to be thankful for every little thing we have. hold people close and love them.

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sister sunday, squirrels, & a show

this past week has been eventful. sunday i went to c-town with cory for church but ending up sitting in a coffee shop all morning helping my sister organize her life. we are completely opposite when it comes to things like organization.

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some people say we look like twins

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this past week one of my co-workers brought me some squirrel meat stew. it was so good! i have had squirrel before but not in stew.

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hey, at least i can survive in the wild right?

last night cory played guitar with a band called gin house. they are pretty awesome. this band i had never heard of before called melodime was there & then courrier.

when cory & i first got married he got a guitar tech job with a band called parachute & some of the dates they played with courrier. cory has always spoken so highly of them. great musicians & pretty decent guys all around from what i have heard and the 5 minutes i spoke to them. i finally got to hear them play last night & i lOVED them. i told cory we need to make a road-trip out to austin and see them play there & bc i have never been to austin. if you guys are looking for some good music look them up!

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80’s 4 haiti

last weekend we held a fundraiser #80s4haiti to raise  money for village kanes. we raised $600!!! that is more than enough to put a water tank in so they can have plenty of water. let me tell you, a little kid with chapped lips from thirst walking around with no clothes will change your perspective on a lot of things. at the fundraiser we all dressed up like we were from the 80’s we made all kinds of food and spent some time decorating.

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my husband was in the 80’s cover band & they threw down! it was so fun & i am so thankful to all who came, donated, participated & to the ones that are praying for us.

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our team leaves april 28th- so close, yet so far away. if you would like to donate & help our team do some amazing things you can email me at evanda.estes@gmail.com

keep us all in your prayers please!!

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walks on breaks

love taking walks on my break! stopped by starbucks & got a passion tea lemonade. you guys, seriously? this weather is insanely gorgeous outside. i want to tie up my eno and take a nap!

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donuts & abs

donuts. i have seen so many pictures of donuts lately & i want them!

look at these–

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but i cannot go out and get these delish, yummy, mouth watering things can i? no. why? bc of this..

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i have got to get back in my workout routine. been riding my exercise bike and doing some stuff here & there BUT today i start back- like for real. i feel like i have said that last line so many times, but i am serious. i have been so tired lately & that has a lot to do with what you put into your body and what you are doing with your body. so i really am serious- i need more energy!

cheer to me!

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