68 Days.

So, I’m not even going to lie… I am ready for Summer to come to a close! It’s currently brutally hot in HTX right now- like it’s been over 100 degrees the past 3 days. I am soooo ready for Pumpkin Latte’s, Scarf’s, & Christmas Lights! 68 days till October 1st. Tick-Tock. I also want to change my hair… we shall see. I can never ever let go of my blonde though… Maybe a super dark & edgy shadow root? Thoughts? Clearly I’m craving some C H A N G E! Lol

About a week ago we got home from our Summer Vacation. We did a redo of our Cruise last year. This time though, we surprised a big group of our family that was going too. It was a great week full of beachy cocktails & sunshine. It was my sixth Cruise too! That number sure has climbed the past 3 years. I’m super close to being a Carnival Gold Member!

This year in Cozumel we swam with the dolphins! It was Les’s first time to do it. We purchased the “VIP Experience” so we got a lot more interaction with our 2 sweet dolphins. We had the VIP restaurant all to ourselves too. (: It was definitely worth the extra money.

In Progresso we did the exact same excursion as last year- The Mexican Beer Tasting & Pub Crawl. It was still fun, but probably our last go round. We met this great couple from Colorado though! They are both in the Army & were celebrating a late Honeymoon.

Our Sea day was the BEST though. We laid out for 5 hours and sipped on cocktails while we hung out with our family. That was the highlight for me- remember I’m a “chill” vacation person. Lol

We have a few more trips coming up later this year! I can’t wait to share them with you. (:

XOXO

~ Jacquelynn

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It’s Time to Book a Flight~

5 Reasons I L O V E to Travel~

1. You get to be immersed in other Cultures. I really got to experience this during our trip to Europe last year. My favorite thing to experience was that no one was in a hurry for dinner. Dinner was a time to relax & enjoy each other’s company. A time to savor the wine & each bite of food. A time to simply live in the moment and to enjoy every second. It was amazing. Each dinner that we shared in Venice was so relaxed & will forever be some of my favorite memories.

2. The views are incredible. It’s no secret that I am a Beach girl. I love Ocean views. Unfortunately, almost all of the drop dead gorgeous ones are far far away from me. I love to travel to a gorgeous beach. The views I got to witness in Europe last year made me appreciate the Mountains, Old Timey Architecture, & Sunsets as well.

3. Your mind is at peace. I am always so relaxed & happy when I am on vacation. It’s honestly where I always wish to be. You have no worries, no dirty dishes, & no To-Do lists. Who doesn’t want to feel so care free?

4. You realize that your worries are extremely trivial. Traveling grounds you. It really gives you a visual of how your little corner of the world is so tiny & one of many. It teaches you to eat the damn cake, to let that little fight from two weeks ago go, & to just love absolutely everything in your life… AND if you don’t, change it!

5. You can be whoever you want. You can be social. You can be anonymous. You can be shy. You can party hard or sleep all day. That’s what’s so exciting about traveling- You can be absolutely whoever you want when you are on vacation. Who will you be? ✈️X O X O

~ Jacquelynn

Heating Up! 🔥

It is definitely starting to heat up down here in HTX. Can anyone say S U M M E R T I M E!? 💦☀️

We will be hanging out in the L O W 90’s this whole entire week. Weather like this really has my mind wishing that I was on vacation. We do have one rapidly approaching (I can’t wait to share it with y’all), B U T it’s just not close enough. So… I am going to daydream & be excited about Memorial Day instead! This Memorial Day we are off to the Lake with my Baby’s family. We will be visiting his Mom & Step-Dad and most of his Cousins will be going up as well. I am S O O ready to relax in a comfy beach chair with a drink in my hand & the sun beating down. Bring on the tan lines!

Last weekend I did a little shopping at Target for this weekend getaway. I can’t wait to wear this little number! I think it’s very fitting for the Holiday. 💥

I hope everyone gets some downtime in this Memorial Day! Grab a swimsuit & a place in the sun!

X O X O

~ Jacquelynn

Bonus Kids~

Awhile back Adult…ish coined the term “BK”, short for Bonus Kids, and I loved it. It’s such a wonderful way to describe your significant other’s children. Why B O N U S kids? Well, because they are a B O N U S to your relationship. They bring so much more to the relationship than just you & your significant other could ever bring. Whether that be joy, excitement, frustration, or even learning new things about yourself. It’s all a B O N U S. 💕

My relationship with Les comes with 3 BK’s and 3 BGK’s (Bonus Grandkids)… maybe 4 or 5 BGK’s soon! I’m hopeful. *Cough Cough LAUREN* Lol! 😉

Les has 2 Daughters, 1 Son, 2 Son-in-Laws, 2 Twin Grandsons, and 1 Sweet Granddaughter. Coming from a small immediate family (2 Parents + 1 Sister), this makes immediate family get togethers much more eventful for me! My family dinners are automatically 10 people now.

Lauren~ Lauren is Les’s Oldest Daughter. He’s always told me that she is the one who “saved him.” (ALL THE FEELS) Lauren is the Momma to the 3 BGK’s. How does she do it? I don’t know. She had 3 under 3! The Twins just recently turned 4. She is an amazing Momma and I am begging her to have 1 more… Lol. Les hates that. He is always a nervous wreck when his “babies” are having babies. However, he loves the end result though. She has an amazing sense of humor and is incredibly strong, even when it’s incredibly hard to be. She is resilient, strong, wise, loving, and a Vino drinker! I think I can relate to Lauren the most because we are both the oldest child. We were the guinea pigs. We had the strictest rules, the trial & error parenting, and very high expectations. However, the best thing about being the oldest though, is that we get to say that we have been loved the longest… LOL!

Michael~ Michael is Lauren’s husband. He is Les’s first Son-in-Law. He is an incredible Dad alongside Lauren. He handles any chaos the BGK’s throw at him with the calmest demeanor. They make such an amazing team! He works at the same place as Les, which really sorta makes them two peas in a pod. Their almost identical interests help with that as well! Such as Guns, Guitars, & Cowboy Boots. He is a wonderful head to their little family & I love getting to be an outsider looking in.

Carson~ Carson is 1 of the Twin BGK’s. He has such a sweet little heart. He is very independent, a cuddler, & he definitely has a sweet side. Any time he’s at our house he always asks Les where Zsa Zsa is. (That’s me). I love his concern for where I am when I am not around, because when I am around he is 100% all about his Papa and I am chopped liver. Lol

Clayton~ Clayton is the other Twin BGK. Clayton is sporty & loves his Baby Taylor guitar that his Papa got him. I really hope he wants to learn how to play it when he gets older because being a cutie sporty guitar player will have all the little girls falling in love with him. Lol 😉. Both of the Twins love cars, superheroes, trucks, swimming, macaroni & cheese, and watching YouTube videos on repeat. We love them both so much with all of our hearts!

Annaleigh~ Annaleigh is the one & only Granddaughter (for now). She is the most perfect angel baby girl. Haha. But really though… She brings us SO MUCH freggin joy it’s ridiculous. She likes to cuddle. She likes to be squeezed. She will say “Papa” and “Zsa Zsa” in the cutest teeny voice over and over again for days. She loves her bunny and her own little chair at our house. Oh & my favorite thing- She is always down to eat. M Y G I R L! We love her to the moon & back.

Cassidy~ Cassidy is Les’s Middle Daughter. Her nickname is “Monkey.” Les spit her out all by himself. I think she looks exactly like him. She is the winner of all sports and competitive is a normal state for her, Lol. She loves Jesus with all of her heart and follows him passionately. Her & her husband are going on a Mission Trip this summer to share the Gospel and I seriously can’t even wait to hear about how life changing it is. Cassidy is sporty, a prank player, amazing at decorating, spiritual, & strong. She has a beautiful heart and I can’t wait to witness her being a Mommy one day soon! Fingers crossed. 🤞🏻😉

Stephen~ Stephen is Cassidy’s husband, Les’s second Son-in-Law. They got married a little over a year ago. Something that Les has always said is that he STRUCK GOLD with his Son-in-Laws & I couldn’t agree more. Stephen is a perfect match for Cassidy. He loves her like Christ loves the church and it’s a beautiful thing to witness. He is also extra handy & has built gorgeous pieces for their home. I can’t wait to see everything they do as a couple & I also can’t wait to see him be a Daddy one day soon too!

Caden~ Caden is Les’s 1 & only Boy! Caden recently moved in with Les & I a few months back so I have really gotten the chance to get to know him so much better! He is quite the comedian, he is all about stand up comedy & sports, AND he is also FULL of knowledge & stats about pretty much all things sports. Caden has some amazing life changing things coming up this year and I can’t wait to see how wonderful it all turns out for him!

I think the best part about all of these BK’s & BGK’s is that they have all let me in. I mean really… who wants their Dad to be dating a 25 year old? NO ONE. Each & every person in Les’s family has made me feel a part of the family. I enjoy all of our get togethers, as “loud” as they may be sometimes. Lol (I am a quiet time loving person… Haha.) Each & every one of them is a bonus to my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They all make Les & I’s relationship richer. I sure am one lucky lady! 💕

~ Jacquelynn

Take A Chill Pill… (:

My C U R R EN T go to “Chill” Playlist~

1. You Can’t Always Get What You Want by Ituana.

2. Electric featuring Khalid by Alina Baraz.

3. Location by Khalid.

4. Wednesday Night Interlude featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR by Drake.

5. Get It Together featuring Black Coffee & Jorja Smith by Drake.

6. Don’t by Zoe Kravitz.

7. God’s Plan by Drake.

Grab a drink & enjoy the good vibes! ☀️✌🏻

~Jacquelynn

Time to Binge~

3 Shows to Binge Watch I M M E D I A T E L Y~

1. Big Little Lies on HBO- Season 1, 7 episodes. Here’s an AMAZING summary courtesy of Google: “Based on the Same-Titled Best-Seller by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, California. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers; Madeline, Celeste, and Jane; the series’ narrative explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting, and friendship. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star as the three prominent “Mothers of Monterey.””

2. The Chi on Showtime- Season 1, 10 episodes. Here’s another AMAZING summary courtesy of Google: “The South Side of Chicago carries daily danger, and the smallest and simplest of decisions can have life or death consequences for the residents. Life continues as the kids prep for school and their parents shuffle off to work. The young adults of the area are trying to scrape a living for themselves, while the elders sit on their front porches and observe the goings on. The South Side has the potential to crush dreams, and this coming-of-age series focuses on Kevin, a preteen who embraces the normal rites of childhood, Brandon, who makes a leap of faith to succeed in love and life with Jerrika, Emmett, who seeks guidance from his mother, and Ronnie, who is a drifter struggling to be loved. All of them are linked together by sheer coincidence as they seek redemption.”

3. Dexter on Showtime. Also available on Netflix: 8 Seasons, 96 episodes. You got it, another Google Summary, Lol: “Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn’t just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he’s a serial killer – but he only murders the guilty, so he feels justified with his lifestyle choices. His policewoman sister and his cop co-workers have no idea Dexter lives a double life; however, adoptive father Harry knows his secret, and does, in fact, help Dexter hone his `skills’. It’s a unique brand of justice for which charming Dexter feels a psychological hunger.”

On your mark, Get Set, B I N G E!

~ Jacquelynn

Juicing Daze~

Have you ever Juiced? 🍌🍋🥒🍉🥕🍍

I have been dabbling in a few Juice days here & there the past couple of weeks. Surprisingly, every single Juice I have had is delicious- Yep, even the veggie ones, which I didn’t expect. I haven’t had the will power to do it all day long yet… So my Juicing Days have lasted until Dinner.

My Opinion~

It’s an A M A Z I N G way to jam pack yourself with nutrients. Most of the time, there is NO WAY you’re going to get all the fruit & veggie servings in just 1 bottle of juice by eating. If you want to cleanse or lose a few pounds quickly, it definitely works. That weight does not stay off though. So, for a quick fix it’s really great. For long term weight loss, nope. BUT, drinking them for the health benefits- Absolutely.

Here’s my current F A V S~

#1: Suja Daybreak Probiotic. Y’all. That Cayenne Pepper will kick start your day. It’s delish!

#2: Jus by Julie Carrot Orange. I was so nervous that this one was going to be bitter, but nope. It is so refreshing, sweet, & delicious.

Every single flavor of these two brands that I have tried I have L O V E D. You can pick them up at your local HEB!

Give a Juice cleanse a try! Even if it’s just Juicing until Dinner like me. Just make sure your Dinner is something healthy like… Salmon & Veggies or Chicken & Veggies.

You can do it! Let me know how it goes!

~ Jacquelynn