Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday: Fall Temps

I am an easy to please lady these days.
It really doesn't take too much to make me smile,
especially with the temperatures dropping in Houston lately.
Last night the Mr. and I went on our walk with the dogs and it was perfect.
Neither one of us even broke a sweat!  That is a win in my book lol
I am loving this relief from the heat that we are getting, and it is finally starting to feel more like fall in Houston.
Now if I could only get the temps a little bit lower and I can bust out my boots and scarves ;-)
I know that below it doesn't seem like fall weather, but this is a lot cooler than it was this summer!

Happy Halloween Eve friends!!!

xoxo Darby

Monday, October 28, 2013

It’s Fall…..Fur babies

…hehe did you get that? It’s Fall For Babies, and It’s Fall Fur Babies?!?! hahahaha I crack myself up!
While most of you will probably be linking up cute fall activities/fashion with your 2-legged babies (which is totally fine!), I will be focusing on the 4-legged babies.  Since the Mr. and I have two of the cutest 4-legged versions, it’s been fun to rejuvenate our Halloween spirit through dressing them for Halloween.  All four of us have had so much fun with their costumes each year.  Check out my sweet babies: Halloween Puppies
Here are some other fun pet Halloween costume ideas (some of these are just plain hilarious!):
Halloween Pet Costumes 1
If this is your first week, check out the inspiration from It’s Fall Life and It’s Fall Style!It's Fall Dates
Ok it’s your turn!!!! Grab the button below for your post and link up friends!  Be sure to click around and see what great ideas everyone shares!
Don’t forget to visit the co-hosts, Baby Bound and The Bradleys!

xoxo Darby

Friday, October 25, 2013

Off to NOLA

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you already know that my sister is in Houston right now.  This is the first time I have seen her in over a year and it is simply AWESOME!  Her work sent her to Houston for a week, and then next week she is working in New Orleans.  So this weekend I am going to hitch a ride with her and keep her company in New Orleans for a sisters weekend!  We are so excited!  What fun we are going to have :-)New Orleans 1
And what good food we are going to eat :-)New Orleans 2
images here and here.
Be sure to follow along with us on our trip via Twitter and Instagram!
Oh and don’t forget to enter the Etsy Gift Card drawing.
Oh, and also, Monday is the last day for the It’s Fall Link-Up, and we’re talking about babies (2-legged and 4-legged)! Check out the fall fashions posted this week!It's Fall Dates
Ok that was the last reminder lol
Have a great weekend friends!
xoxo Darby

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday: Coffee- The Antagonist

Earlier in the semester I posted to my work blog about how I was a Brain Lady, and I directed you to my work website.
It's my turn to post again this week so I composed a short post on how coffee works in the brain....uh because who doesn't love coffee?!?! 
Check me out here!!!!
Just as a common courtesy reminder: the blog I am referring you to is conducted through my professional institution; please keep your comments professional.  If you would like to bash me, please do so here :-)
xoxo Darby

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Etsy Giveaway!!!

Several of us bloggers got together to giveaway a $50 gift card to Etsy, to celebrate Bree reaching her 300th post!!!! 

So just recently I hit my 300th post! Crazy! I was really excited and asked a few of my friends to help me celebrate.
I love the handmade community, and try to buy handmade as much as possible. Especially with the holidays coming up, I am always on the lookout for handmade items I can purchase as gifts for my family.
So to help you with the upcoming holidays, or if you want to do a little shopping for yourself, I asked some of my friends to join me in a $50 Etsy Gift-Card Giveaway!! Here are the awesome ladies that are giving this to one lucky reader!


You can click on their picture to go straight to their blog!!
Bree ~ Bre ~ Bri ~ Darby ~ Deidre ~ Elise ~ Jenn ~ Meg ~ Sarah 

The Giveaway will close on October 30th and we will announce the winners on Halloween. :)
Good Luck!
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xoxo Darby

Monday, October 21, 2013

It’s Fall…..Let’s Get Stylish {Link-Up}

Happy Monday!!!  I completely enjoyed all of your fall lifestyle linkups last Monday.  I hope you had as much fun as I did clicking through everyone’s ideas.  Today is all about STYLE!!! Who doesn’t love fall fashion, right?!It
Over the weekend I got my hair done, and I have to say I am gah-gah for all of these fall hair styles!  The darker colors and the big waves are to die for!  Here are some hair dos, I will be rocking this season…..if I can match theses awesome pictures of course lolFall Hair 1Fall Hair 2
As I was thinking about all of these gorgeous locks, I came across an old LWTH tutorial for how to curl your hair with a flat iron, check it out here:DSC_0503-2_thumb[3]
Ok it’s your turn!!!! Grab the button below for your post and link up friends!  Be sure to click around and see what great ideas everyone shares!
Don’t forget to visit the co-hosts, Baby Bound and The Bradleys!

xoxo Darby

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pot Roast Open-Faced Sandwiches

The Mr. and I went to a fall tasting here in Houston two weekends ago, and one of the things we sampled was absolutely beyond scrumptious.  We talked about it for days!!! So I decided that I had to crack the recipe so that we could have it at home.  When we first sampled this sandwich is was more like a taco, but it has since been adapted and here is my version of a pot roast open-faced sandwich.  There is a lot of room for freedom, so make this recipe your own too :-)  This is an easy recipe, that is perfect for Sunday evenings.From the Kitchen of Darby HawleyPot Roast Open-Faced Sandwiches
salt & pepper
beef pot roast
mashed potatoes (how ever you typically make them)
french baguette
brown gravy

  1. Salt & pepper your pot roast, and add to a heated dutch oven.  Once the edges have browned on both sides (wont take but a few minutes), add a few cups of water until the pot roast is almost covered.  Let roast on the stove at low-medium for a few hours, until is starts to fall apart.
  2. Make your mashed potatoes however you normally do them, and make your brown gravy.  I like to make my gravy with some of the juice that the pot roast has cooked in.
  3. Butter both sides of your sliced baguette, and toast on both sides in a skillet.
  4. To plate, put several slices of bread down, top with mashed potatoes, shredded pot roast, and finally drizzled gravy.
  5. Yum-O!
I told you that was simple, and plenty of room for you to add your own twist :-)
Have a great weekend friends!
xoxo Darby

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday: Summer Reading 2013 {even though it’s October}

If I’m still adding to my summer reading in October then you know it’s been busy around here.  Crazy town!  But, I’m doing the best I can and following-up with some of the last books I read this summer before the semester started. (For the other summer recaps see here and here).Summer Reading[4]
99 Problems But A Baby Ain’t One by Megan Silianoff- I started following Megan’s blog last year and finally got to meet her at the Houston Blogger Symposium last September.  When I heard that she was coming out with a book you better believe that I preordered that baby.  I love the way this book was formatted: similar to a blog, and a total page turner.  To say I loved this book would be an understatement.  Following Megan’s story is anything but sad.  One might normally think that certain struggles in life, like cancer, would be super Debbie Downers, and yea, they totally are; but, to hear/read her perspective on life and challenges is not only hilarious, but inspiring.  Megan reveals her deep thoughts as she copes through each struggle and is so genuine and authentic; that raw emotion is such a breath of fresh air.  By the end of the book I started to ration off the “chapters” because I didn’t want the story to end; I wasn’t ready for it to be over.  If you live in Houston or Chicago, you’re a blogger, woman, cancer patient/survivor, mom, or Jay-Z fan, you definitely need to read this STAT!

From the back cover:
Megan Silianoff, 28, is the girl next door assuming you live in downtown Chicago. Megan is a recruiter at a staffing firm and recently married to, Danny, who was technically a client. Oops. She shops at Urban Outfitters, gets together with college friends for book club, and watches a lot of Rachel on TV. (Rachel Zoe, Rachel Bilson, Rachel Green.) In fall of 2010 Megan goes into routine surgery for a cyst on her ovary and wakes up to learn she has ovarian cancer - possibly breast cancer too. Horrified by the way friends and family fell apart upon hearing the news; Megan innately realizes she has to keep it together for their benefit. She starts a blog about her ongoing prognosis but writes in a very irreverent, flippant, casual, and hilarious manner. Upon beating her first round of cancer, Megan and her husband move to Houston, Texas where they began pursuing domestic adoption. Though they are considered a family in waiting for almost two years, the adoption itself goes full circle in five days from meeting the birthparent, to witnessing the baby be born, to naming her after Megan s favorite rapper, Jay Z. 99 Problems but a Baby Ain't One is a fun and entertaining memoir despite traditionally somber subjects like cancer and adoption. You'll probably cry when you read it but only because you're laughing so hard.
Sparky Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle- I’m pretty sure my bestie, Joy, recommended this memoir to me, and she certainly does know me.  Melanie (even though we’ve never met, I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t mind me addressing her by her first name because she’s cool like that), shares her story on the story of motherhood with all the mommy wars and puke that comes with it.  She is a fabulous story-teller and makes you feel like your best friends sharing issues (good and bad) from the day.  Her love for her daughter is unquestionable and beautiful.  Mommies out there you’ve got to read this!

From the back cover:
“There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.” This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.  Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a child or even thought about it.

Don’t forget to link up with the It’s Fall party!!!!
xoxo Darby

Monday, October 14, 2013

It’s Fall.. Find the LIFE of the Party {Link-up}

Yay!!! Today is the first day of the It’s Fall link up and I’m so excited to see what you all have to share with me today.  I know that I’m going to be inspired!  Today’s theme is LIFE and the next two weeks are STYLE and BABIES (of the 2-legged or 4-legged variety). It's Fall Dates
Everyone knows that the LIFE of every party is around the table.  It doesn’t matter what season it is, everyone gathers around the table.  That’s just the way it is and I’m totally okay with that.  Here is a fun and festive party mix for you to share with your friends this fall season :-)From the Kitchen of Darby HawleyPumpkin Spice Puppy Chow
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup (half stick) butter
1/2 cup peanut butter or cookie butter (from Trader Joe’s)
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (if you don’t have this don’t buy it; I will tell you how to make this)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
9 cups corn chex cereal
1 cup powdered sugar

  1. Heat chocolate chips and butter together in this microwave until melted. Stir in peanut/cookie butter, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.
    1. To make your own pumpkin spice: mix together 2 tbs cinnamon, 1 tbs ground ginger, 2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp ground cloves
  2. Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl, and pour the hot chocolate mixture on top. Gently toss to combine until the cereal is evenly coated.  Divide the cereal into two even batches and place each batch into a ziplock bag.
  3. Add half of the powdered sugar to each ziplock bag. Seal, and gently toss to combine until the cereal is coated. Add extra powdered sugar if needed.  Dig in!
Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow -2
Ok it’s your turn!!!! Grab the button below for your post and link up friends!  Be sure to click around and see what great ideas everyone links up!

xoxo Darby

Friday, October 11, 2013

Yep, It’s Fall….

… and it’s time to Celebrate, so get ready friends!  Starting on Monday, LWTH will be participating in an awesome Fall party, and I want you to come play along!  For the next three Mondays we will be celebrating fall in three ways:It's Fall Dates
*2-legged or 4-legged, whichever you prefer, and no this is not a pregnancy
announcement so don’t even start with those comments.
Each Monday you will be able to link up with whatever your heart desires related to those topics, you will be able to meet lots of new bloggers, and get inspiration for fall.  This is a win-win for everyone, right?!  The best part is that I’m co-hosting with Eliza from Baby Bound and Elizabeth from The Bradleys!  Go check these awesome women out, STAT!

Grab the button below and add it to your post on Monday.  I can’t wait to see what awesomeness you have up those fall sleeves!!!
Have a great weekend friends!
I can’t wait to see what you share with me on Monday!!!
xoxo Darby
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