Our Little House Update

Our Little House Update

I’ve been asked by quite a few people to do a before and “after” update on our house. I’m constantly doing something and a lot of times I forget to update y’all (I know I need to step up my game). So instead of before and “after” I’ve decided to share the original pictures from the listing that we purchased (or the oldest picture of the space I could find) with a comparable shot from the identical angle today.

Fire Pit

How to build a fire pit. Dig a hole and lay some pavers in a circle. Done. Yes it really was that easy. I don’t know why we thought it would be so complicated. 

 

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We used left over pavers that lined the edge of a flower bed we pulled out for our new BBQ pit area but they have similar ones at Lowe’s and HomeDepot. 

 

XO

The Mr. & Amanda

Life Around Here

We’ve always wanted to be in a secret society, and now we are! Ok, you’re right, Amazon’s not all that secret, but the powers that be did think we’re ‘cool enough’ to make us Amazon Influencers. Fun!

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Basically, that just means we already share information with you through our Blog and Instagram, and sometimes that information includes products and material recommendations.

The Influencer program allows us to have a dedicated storefront where we can feature products that we like, and we think you would like too!

If you have been around a while you know that we tend to separate things into two categories; style/beauty and lifestyle. Styled Sunny Side Up is my personal account where I’m just sharing what I wear and use everyday for ideas for ladies. Lagniappe Life is a platform for us to share all our lifestyle goodness with travel, renovation, cooking, fishing, hunting, and a everything else. To keep it simple we have a joint storefront on Amazon with everything categorized and easy to find.

You can check out our Storefront here or going forward, it will be linked on our website main menu under “AMAZON PICKS”.

Just to be clear, we have not personally purchased all of these suggested products, but if you’ve followed our journey or read our blogs, you’ll know which products we love! When we have tested a product, we’ll let you know specifically.

XO

The Mr. & Amanda

DateBox

DateBox

I like to keep it real with y’all. I like to tell you about my strikeouts as much as a my home runs. This was one of the times my batting average took a dive down.

For Christmas last year I signed us up for DateBox, a monthly subscription that delivers a ready to go date in a box. I thought it would be a fun addition to our regular date night. I was wrong. It was definitely NOT worth the money.

McKenzie’s Black Out Cake

McKenzie’s Black Out Cake

Ask and you shall receive! So I asked about where to BUY one of the old McKenzie’s Black Out cakes and you lovely followers out did yourselves and got me the original recipe! This weekend Mom and I attempted to follow the very extensive (often confusing) instructions. Below is the recipe with what we would change for next time, if there is a next time. And because my industrial engineer brain had to be an overachiever I’ve cleaned up the wording+formatting so it’s easier to follow.

Crockpot Steak Soup

Crockpot Steak Soup

Y’all know that Monday’s are crockpot meals at our house (read here to find out why). This weekend hubs started with a sore throat and went down quick. I made Steak Soup last night and it was awesome! It is a rich and hearty complete meal that won’t leave you hungry. I wasn’t going to share the recipe with you because there are so many variations online. But it was even better reheated for lunch so I figured it was worth writing down my concoction so at least I can repeat it!