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50 Shades of Green

Hello everyone!

So, I have a confession…

The last week or so I have all but abandoned you as a few other “obsessions” have taken over my life. There is a very tasty morsel of which I have become acquainted with and would like to share with you. Am I addicted? Some would say so. Is it a guilty pleasure for which I have no control over and I completely surrender myself to? Absolutely. Is it slightly inappropriate? Still up for debate.

I have been OBSESSED with this man (okay, maybe young man)! I have been desperately missing my Vampire Diaries lately, so I ran across this series on Netflix when trying to find something even remotely comparable. Jackpot! It’s mysterious, adolescent, cheesy and a guilty pleasure that has not disappointed. AND….we’ll let’s just say after a quick Google search I am SO GLAD to find out Tyler Posey is of barely legal age.

Another guilty pleasure…

My Mom reads this occassionally, so I won’t say anything more. But… Oh my!

I have also been very under the weather over the weekend. Needless to say, I have been 50 Shades of Green (you like that?) and got very reaquainted with the toilet (TMI?). I have not been interested very much in the food department lately. After the above entertainment took over my life last week, and my illness over the weekend, running and fitness seem to have also taken a backseat over the last few days. However, I am hoping to get back to running this afternoon providing the weather is affordable.

Which brings me to my next topic. Remember when I mentioned in this post about the Russell County, Ky runner who was murdered while running? Hart’s hometown has joined together and has organized a run on August 11th in support. The race creatively titled, Run With All Your Hart, is a 4 mile race to represent her three children, as well as her unborn child.

I have been so proud of our state and the way everyone has come together to show their recognition and support for the family.The race has gathered international attention and now every state and several countries are represented with many runners signing on to run as Virtual Runners. If you are interested in more information or would like to learn about signing up to be a Virtual Runner you can go here.


I have lots of exciting things to share in the days to come, including some reviews! Here are some questions to keep you pondering in the meantime.


What books are you reading this summer?

Do you ever take a break from your routine?






It’s A Boy!

Hello Taters!

So, WOW! My stats have boomed since yesterday! In case you haven’t noticed, Hello SP is now on Twitter @hellosweettater, and on FB (see the “Like” box in the right column). We are movin’ on up! I have lots of other projects in the works, as well, so stay tuned for more exciting places you can see Hello Sweet Potato.

Anyway, onto today’s topic. A few days ago I told you guys what a crazy, busy weekend I had. Well, here’s the recap! Last weekend I traveled to my hometown to help out with my little brother’s baby shower. He and his lovely girlfriend are expecting their first bouncing baby on September 4th!

We worked ALL day on preparing the food. And was there ever a TON of it!

After preparing all the food, we were completely famished ourselves. So, we had a pizza break.

After our break, the decorations were put into place and everything was ready.

My Mom brought these guys to the party…

And this guy also showed up.

Yes, that would be an elephant on top of a diaper tricycle. What? Don’t act like you’ve never seen this.

Our friend, Judy, made the cutest cake ever! The toys on the cake were my little brother’s when he was a kid.

It was finally time to get the party started.

And what would a party be without gifts and games!

One game involved guessing how many jelly beans were in this ginormous baby bottle. But, I think the count was off, because a few might have disappeared. 🙂

After gifts, games, and great food, it was finally time to clean up and go home. And WHEW, was I ever tired! There was also lots of food left over and most of us were scrambling to divide up the royalties. I made out pretty good with TONS of veggies and fruit, of which I have made good use of over the last week. You will see more of that in this week’s WIAW.

My brother also was trying to find a place to stash stuff, and he just so happened to have a cooler in his jeep that was full of these…

Yea. I don’t think he’s going to be needing those anymore once the baby arrives. Haha!

Hope everyone else has had a great weekend and finding creative ways to make due with this heat! Toodles!

A couple of Q’s:

What’s the most creative game you have ever seen at a baby shower?

What’s your take on baby showers? Love em or hate em?


When I met my husband, and decided to leave my hometown, it was very bittersweet. I grew up on a horse ranch very far out into the country. There were many lazy Summer days spent chasing barn kittens, riding bicycles with my little brother and playing with my dog. The beautiful, clear days we’ve been having lately only make me miss home more.

Sometimes I really miss home, and miss my Mom and Dad. Even though home is not that far away, sometimes it feels like it is an entire country away.

This past weekend we visited my parents. We have been making more trips than usual to stay with them on the weekends, at least about once a month. They enjoy having me around the house again and I love being back home. Mom loves to cook large meals for us. Of course, I always like to help!


Pumpkin Granola Pancakes (on the left) and Plain Granola Pacakes (on the right).

Mr. SP gets his farm-fix for awhile and his inner country boy comes out. And Dad loves the company of Mr. SP. This weekend they worked on baling and bringing in the hay together. This of course makes me smile. Growing up, my Dad always commented about my future, someday husband, “I’ll know if he’ll be worth somethin’ if he knows how to bale hay!” I think Dad approves. 🙂

While they worked, Chester and I enjoyed a walk and reminisced about all the good times.

Our old fishing spot.

If you look, you can see a fish hiding in there!

The place we used to come and pick wild blackberries. Sadly, they weren’t quite ready for picking on this day.

Sometimes we never know what we’re going to get into at Mom and Dad’s.

Chester has a great time, too. Usually after these weekends visiting Mamaw and Papaw, the rest of the weekend this is all he can muster.

All and all it was a great weekend!

A couple of Q’s:

If you ever moved away from home, what was the most difficult thing about leaving?

What do you miss the most?

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