Happy December!! Can you believe that we are already in the last month of 2022? As promised in my instagram stories, I am working on gift guides for y’all. I’m going link everything to my Liketiknow.it page. If you don’t already have the LTK app you can download it for free. It’s a great way to shop all the things I share. Its free to shop through the app as well. And bounce I make small commission when you use one of my links. So help a girl out this holiday season lol.
I will be adding to this post with each gift guide I do. I’m going to do one for Mother’s & MIL, Teens, Kid of different ages and of course one for the men. I may even add what I would want if Raymond and I did gifts. Side note we don’t buy each other gifts for Christmas, we usually just get something that we both want for the house or camp. I hope that this gift guides will be helpful and make your shopping a little easier.
Looking for something fun to do right here in South Louisiana? Ever been Zip Lining? Did you know we have a Zip Line that is right over the beautiful Maurepas Swamp located in Laplace, LA? Zip Nola is The world’s FIRST fully aquatic swamp zipline! Let me tell you it was so much fun! So worth the drive there!
Being apart of the Nola Mommy Blogger Tribe I was able to have my very first Zip-lining advancer. I put on a brave face but I was scared to death. Myself with a few other mommas had the best time. We laughed, we freaked out, we over came our fears, but mostly we have a blast.
* Zip Nola has 5 separate ziplines totaling a half mile through the Maurepas Swamp! View wildlife including: alligators, turtles, snakes, waterfowl, whitetail deer, wild boar, racoons and more from the safety of the treetops! * 2 Sky Bridges. Elevation gains in style! Their unique suspension bridges are tethered between hundred year old cypress trees. These are sure to be a highlight of your tour. * Elevated spectating platform! Their 2000 sq ft elevated spectating deck is perfect to view the swamp scenery before or after your tour! Take in the sights of famed Maurepas Swamp before your tour even begins! * Their Spiral Cypress Tree Staircase is ONE OF A KIND! The spiral tree staircase is constructed around the trunk of one of the old growth bald cypress. Nestled in a grove of cypress trees, this truly unique feature is one of the most picturesque swamp views New Orleans can offer! * From atop the 60’ start tower, riders will be able to see the famed Maurepas Swamp, the historic village of Frenier, Lake Ponchartrain, as well as the skyline of New Orleans! While traversing the course, riders will get up close views of the swamp habitat including cypress trees, Spanish moss, swamp flora & wildlife! Zip Nola offers party packages for all type of events. Fun for all ages. (* are all descriptions from Zip Nola’s website.)
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Now for some feed back from myself!! The view really was beautiful. I am a small town gal that grow up hunting and fishing in the swamps of Louisiana so this was right up my ally. We got very lucky with the weather when we went. It was on the cooler side. I think it was like upper 70s lower 80s that day. I don’t know if it would have been as much fun if we had gone on a hot summer day. I wore biker shorts and a plain semi loose white tee that i was able to try up, and some comfy tennis shoes. With the balky harness you really don’t want to wear baggie clothes. I had a fannie pack with me to hold my phone and the other ladies as well. They also sell a waterproof phone holder you can wear on you neck in their gift shop.
To me the scariest part was climbing the 60′ tower to the first line called “The Takeoff”. That spiral staircase was steep and had my heart racing. But the view from the top had me feeling like I was on top of the world. Once you are up there you either have to jump and trust of face those stairs going down and to me that was NOT going to happen. The guides were very helpful and had lots of tips to help you get over your fear. We had mix feelings from all of us when our turn came to take off. For myself I just said ” F it I’m running and jumping.” I don’t like heights but that rush down that line was so much fun and freeing. After that each starting point the guides would share a different trick you can try. There was the Star Fish, Spiderman (upside down) and the zig-zag. I tried all of them. The one thing i will say is the break got me lol. I was trying to be cute and forgot that a break stops you and well let’s just say I was glad I am a girl because if I would have had man parts I would have been in a world of pain hahaha. I also believe I was the only one that didn’t hit my head on the branch along the staircase built around one of the cypress tresses. Because I shared part of our day on my stories and tagged them in it, I was able to spin their wheel and recieve a special treat. I was so happy when I got to get an ice cream. You know my inner child came out because I picked the Power Puff Girl ice cream. They even had a baby Alligator that was just hatched weeks before that I got to hold.
All in all it was a great time had for us moms that needed a day to have fun and enjoy our beautiful state with call home. I will can’t wait to go back! I may have to bring it up at one of my float meeting or Mom brunches as a day trip!! Thank you so much Zip Nola for invited us to come and experience this opportunity. And thank you so much to my sweet friends with The Nola Mommy Blogger Tribe. I’m so glad to be apart of a group of ladies that support each other and likes to have a good time. Enjoy some of the photos and clips below from our fun time at Zip Nola.
Omg it’s really the last week of September and I’m just now posting a new blog post 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ see I’m the worst!! I say all the time in my Instagram stories how I’m the worst blogger ever hahaha. But really y’all I’m the worst at writing or taking notes. And even worst at taking pictures when I’m in the moment.
A lot has happened this year! Mardi Gras, camping, end of school, summer fun, brunches, fashion show, back to school, granny’s day out, my birthday, Connor’s 5th birthday and soccer. It’s been a busy and fun 2022! And see y’all missed it all here but not over on my Instagram and TikTok hahaha.
Okay but on the real!!! So you know how most people do New Year’s resolutions? Well I don’t do that. But I do try to make a goal or change something when my birthday rolls around in September. And your girl turned 35 on the 8th!! That’s right I’m half way through my 30s. Side note my 30s have been the best years of my life!!! I became a mom in 30s. I found my self love in 30s and I started doing what I love and never through I would do in a million years. Yes that’s right I’m talking about this blog (that I’m the worst at) and building my tribe on instagram!!
So with all that said I really think I should make my goal for this year to make it a point to post once a month if not more!!! We won’t count this post as my one blog for the mouth of September! I pinky promise that you will get a new post before October. If you follow me on Instagram or TikTok you have already seen what I will write and share able in my next post.
But until then here is a few cute photos of our life so far in 2022!!! I hope you missed me as much as I’ve miss you!!!
Beachwaver is having a huge 40% off sale right now on select items!! When you add my code: KendraWave to that you are saving 50%! All of these items are on Final sale so once they are gone they are gone forever! Check out everything and get yours now!! The travel bag is so good.
Is anyone else excited that 2021 is almost over? I know I am. This past year was a crazy one. I know for a lot of people it was a year of lose and uncertainty. For our family it was a good year. We were and still are very blessed. We put our trust in God and what he wanted us to do.
The year started with the scare of covid still being big thing. Potty training both Connor and Josie (our dog) was not fun and I do not recommended it hahaha. It was the year without a Mardi Gras; which was so hard for me and my Mardi Gras loving heart. Spring was just amazing we finally had beautiful weather. Then the crazy school year that was centered around covid came to an end.
Raymond and I both got a TikTok and y’all that went from just something fun to Raymond going viral with a video of our camp! I am still working hard and loving my Instagram and blog. I got to meet up with some of the amazing women I’ve befriended from this journey. The love and support I get and give back to these ladies have really showed me that you don’t have to know them in your daily life to have great friends.
Our summer was spent on the water: in the pool or at the sand bar, Connor played T-Ball for the first time. And just plan family fun!
My niece moved in with us just days before school started. We had to hurry and get her moved and moved schools. Connor started his 3rd year of school. Then we had a major hurricane hit 30 miles east of us that caused so much damage. I worked my butt off for like 3 weeks with extra hours and stress. Connor turned 4 during all the busy hours at work.
We had trick or treating which was so much this year. Then one last weekend trip to the sandbar before being our camp to the hunting lease. Every weekend raymond was home was spent at the lease hunting and fishing. Connor learned how to shoot his BB Gun web Josie decided to dye herself the color of marsh mud for the weekends!!
Christmas this year was spent just the 4 of us at the camp!! Y’all Santa even stoped by to drop off some of Connor’s gifts. It was so nice to just relax and not stress or worry about anything for the holiday. I’m sure this will not be our last major holiday spent on our camp.
Now that this year is at its end I’m looking forward to even more amazing family memories together. Mardi Gras is on for 2022 and I can’t wait to be back. I’m still going to be working on growing my Instagram and blog. Raymond is still loving being a tug boat caption and using his TikTok to showcase all of the things he loves to do.
We can make all the plans we want for 2022 but the only plans that matter or the ones God has for us and our family. We want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year and blessing to come!! We love and support y’all!!
One of my favorite easy appetizer dishes to have at any holiday meals is also my favorite snake to eat. All you need is 3 simple ingredients.
1 8oz block of Cream Cheese (2 or you get both jellies)
1 Jar of Tabasco Mild or Hot Pepper Jelly
2 boxes of Wheat Thins, or Crackers of your choose
Remove and place block of Cream Cheese onto a cute flat dish. Pour the Pepper Jelly on top of the Cream Cheese. Serve with wheat thins or crackers.
Super easy and very yummy. No baking or cooking needed. Everyone always loves this. You can always buy both the hot and mild jelly and have two different options. I personal only use the mild due to always having kids at holiday dinners and its just more friendly.
I really hope you enjoy this super yummy no cooking or baking skills needed side dish!!!
Just to be 100% honest with everyone I do NOT cook. I hate cooking!! But there is something about baking that I do love to do. I have always loved Cheesecake! It’s one of my favorite things to eat. A few years ago I went on a hunt to find the best recipe. What I found after baking a few different ones is that I needed to combined the parts I liked into my own style. So I took the crust that we loved from one and the the filling from another. I make them for all of our holiday family meals. While shopping one year for the Gram-Crackers, Raymond spotted the BelVita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits and say “I bet that would make for a great crust.” So we gave it a try and everyone LOVED it. The blueberry isn’t over powering and gives it just a hit of that extra flavor. So now I always get asked to do that crust. They do have other flavors in the BelVita and sound like it would be great to try. Examples: Cranberry Orange, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Honey Chocolate Chip, and Pumpkin Spice (seasonal)
I typed up my recipe and the items you will need. When serving I will sometimes have Chocolate , Cameral, and strawberry syrup to top the cheesecake with.
Things you will need!
9” Round Spring Form Pan
2 large mixing bowls
Bigger pan or pot to place spring form pan into
2 1/4 cups of crumbed BelVita Blueberry Crunchy Breakfast Biscuits. (if not a blueberry fan you can use Graham Crackers)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted.
4 (8oz) Cream Cheeses, Room temperature
1 1/2 cups of sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup milk, room temperature
1 cup of sour cream, room temperature
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 tablespoon of vanilla ex
1/2 teaspoon of salt
PreHeat oven to 350 degrees.
In medium mixing bowl, mix crumbed Biscuits, sugar and melted butter until evenly moistened. Press the mixture on the bottom and 2/3 of the way up the side of a 9” round spring form pan. Bake 10-15 minutes, until color deepens. Remove and set aside too cool. Reduce over temperature to 325 degrees.
In second large mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese and sugar together. ( I add them one at a time and mix small amounts of the sugar to help smooth the cream cheese.)
Stir in milk and one egg at a time, until smooth. Add sour cream, vanilla, salt, and flour until mix is Smooth.
Wrap spring form pan with the aluminum foil and place in the middle of the second larger pan. Pour cheese cake mix into spring form pan onto of the crust. Add water to the larger pan about half way up. (Make sure water isn’t higher then the aluminum foil) Place into a 325 degrease preheated oven and bake for one hour. Do not open oven while baking, this may cause the cheesecake to crack.
After baking for an hour remove from over and turn heat OFF. Run a buttered knife around rim of pan. Remove spring pan from larger pan and place onto a cookie sheet and place back into oven with over OFF. Let it sit for 5 hours, then refrigerate.
If your cake does crack it is okay. It will still be yummy!!! Check back later and I will have a photo of it all done!!!
Don’t forget to subscribe and follow this blog and my Instagram page. Please let me know if you try this recipe and if you use the same cookies are a different flavor. Can’t wait to see your pictures of your Cheesecakes!!!
Yes, you totally read that title right!!! Vintage BoHo is having their Flash Sale this Friday June 11th at 5PM CST!!!! They only have this sale a few times a year and you don’t want to miss out! I got mine last year during this sale and I LOVE IT!! It’s the first and only designer bag I own. It’s great all year round as you can see. Yes, I do have my eye on one maybe two different bags that I really want! What is Vintage BoHo? They simply repurpose authentic, vintage, pre-owned Louis Vuitton handbags by adding leather detail. You can click here and it will bring you right to their website! Take some time look around and get some ideas of what bag you may be looking for! Oh and the best part is you can use my code: SOUTHERNMAMA10 to get 10% those sale prices!!
When you use my code not only do you save 10% but I do make a small commission which helps me out so much! Thank you for using codes and links we have them for yall!
Over 3200 bags and 300 wallets all go LIVE on their website in the Flash Sale Tab. Bags starting at $99 PLUS take an extra 10% off all flash sale prices with code: SOUTHERNMAMA10. There will be 10 of the $1 blessing bags. YES you read that right too. $1 how amazing is that. They do offer financing through Sezzle. Four easy payments where you buy now pay later; 0% interest and bad credit is no problem as long as you have a checking account.
I would advise you to set up your Sezzle account before hand. The bags go fast so you don’t want to miss out by having to Create your account at checkout. If someone else adds that bag to their cart and checks out before you they will get it. Just because you have the bag in your cart does not make it yours!
I would also suggest that you shop from a computer or laptop! Yes you can use your phone or tablets. I just find that on a computer more images will load on a screen verse on a phone. Plus the images are larger and easier to see on a bigger screen.
Another big tip is to check out once you find the bag you want. Even if you are planning to buy more then one bag. Check out after you add one bag to your cart. Because like I said before if someone else adds that bag and checks out before they get it. So whether you or buying one bag or 10 check out after each bag. It’s okay if you have different shipments.
On top of the flash sale the enter site will have a 20% sale and yes you can still use my code to get you an extra 10% bring your saves to 30%. This enclosed the bags not apart of the flash sale and all of their accessories. They have hats and beanies, sunglass case, hat bands, wristlets, belts, cuffs, dog collars, leashes, horse halters, spur straps, charms, and different size straps for the bags.
Y’all I’m alive I promise!! I know it’s almost JUNE and I’m making my first post of the year! 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ Y’all 2021 has been a busy crazy year so far. Can you believe that we are already half way through it. So let’s recap what’s happened!
So we finished the camp enough to actual use it and we LOVE IT! We still have finishing work to do on the inside and by that I mean trim molding and a real door to the bathroom lol. But we have made multiple weekend trips to the sandbar on it! Why didn’t we do this years ago we’ll never know! We didn’t get it to the hunting lease this past season but it will be there this year!!
But speaking of hunting season! Y’all I got Raymond in a stand and he loved it!! He actually was the only one of us to kill this year! He got two doe. I’m so very proud of him! Connor ever made a few hunts with us and did very well! I on the other hand only killed time! But that’s okay. Raymond got the fever and that’s all that counts right! Y’all I could really sit in that stand all day and just enjoy the beauty this is our state and God’s amazing handy work!!
I never even got around to writing the meet our new family member post. Well y’all after we lost Lucy in August of 2020 we had a very big hole in our hearts and in our home. October 4 we got our newest baby Josie! She is a Goldendoodle. Y’all this sweet girl has brought so much joy to us and cost us a whole lot of money and stress. Y’all at the very beginning of December she eat the berry peaks off of my Christmas tree and had to have emergency surgery to have the metal removed from her tummy. Then a week later ended up back having to the vet because she had an infection from the stitches. Y’all I can’t make this stuff up! But she is the goofiest, sweetest, loving dog ever! Her and Connor’s bond is just magic!!
We had a great Christmas and New Years. One of my beautiful nieces got married!! Mardi Gras of course SUCKED. I will never take ride day for granted ever again, but now I’m so ready for Ride Day 2022!! Easter was beautiful!! Perfect weather and I even did the reading at our outdoor service which is a BIG deal for me. It may come as a big surprise but I get super nerves talking in front of big crowds. I know right me who can talk for days lol. We celebrated our 13th Wedding anniversary!! Mother’s Day was spent at the Sandbar camping out in our camp from Thursday to Monday!! Connor finished PreK2!! He is now Potty Trained!!! Y’all it only took us a year to get him to finally use the potty and not be freaked out by it!! Summer began with a yet another Trip to the sandbar for Memorial Day!! Connor started play Wee Tee Ball and he loves it! Myself and Raymond have both went to the dark side and joined TikTok. Yes and y’all Raymond is killing it with the camp stuff on his feed! Me I just have fun with it!!
Now we are here in June with only half the year left!!! It really doesn’t feel like it yet. I
But I would have to say my favorite thing of 2021 so far besides all of the family time we have been having has to be the work I’ve been putting into my Instagram. I recently became an ambassador for TWO more company’s that I personal shop with and LOVE: LiquidIV; 25% off and free shipping with code: MAMAOFONE, VintageBoHo bags; 10% off with code: SOUTHERNMAMA10. I have hosted several giftaways with some amazing friends on IG and ever my first Beachwaver giveaway! I love the friendships I have made and the support from my followers so much. It really brightens my day when I get to share something that makes another mom or woman feel like they can do it too. Plus saving y’all some money is always a win!
So here’s to me doing better at updating y’all on all the sales and how our life is going!! There is a few things coming up soon that I know y’all will love. Until then here is a few photos from the last 6 months!!
I’ve had my Christmas Tree from Lowes for 11 years now. I love it!! It’s so pretty!!! Last year the white lights finally went out like a week before Christmas. So like a normal person I took everything off to it and cut the lights off of the tree! I use normal as a joke because that was not an easy job to do. I then added new colored lights and re-decorated the whole tree once again!!
I was going to get a new one this year but I impatient and just used my same one. of course after I had it all up and decorated I went to Lowe’s and looked at all the Tress they had in stock. Y’all they have some beautiful trees this year!
I’ve link up some of my favorites that I found! I did different sizes and styles. Some of my favorites are the flocked ones! Just Click Here and it will bring you right to my LIKETOKNOW.it where you can shop faster!
I personal like Lowe’s because I find they keep a larger stock of their items. They had a lot of these trees in my local Lowe’s. All are available online and can be shipped to your local store or to your house.