October 2014 - Simply Samantha


8:00 AM

This Saturday will mark 2 years since I started dating my husband and the 23rd of November will mark 1 year of being married to him. Last year, around this time, I wrote a sweet post to my husband and I would like to do that again.

BTW if you'd like to read the short story of how we met, check out that post ::here::

 Sommer Shine Photography
Dear Stephen,
Thank you for your love. Thank you for working so hard for us so that we can have nice things and healthy food for our table. Thank you for letting me cry and express my feelings (a lot) a month into our marriage, as I was overwhelmed. Thank you for being honest with me even though sometimes I don't want to hear it. Thank you for eating (even though you protest) the secret Tofu I substitute for Ricotta Cheese in my lasagna. Thank you for bringing me home flowers when I'm not suspecting. Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you letting me talk your ear off when the lights are off and we are in bed (even though I know you fall asleep after a while). Thank you for making me laugh and always trying to make me smile. Thank you for your support and trusting heart when I feel God is leading myself or us somewhere. Thank you for believing with me that God can provide. Thank you (even though you complain) for putting my dishes in the dishwasher and putting them away when they are clean. Thank you for putting up with my need to Google every illness I have and have been going through. Thank you for telling me it will be ok, especially these past couple months when my body has taken a beating. Thank you for buying us Disney passes ;)
And most of all. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and with all your heart.

Yours forever and always,

The Best thing in life is to hold onto each other
:: Audrey Hepburn ::


DIY Attempt

3:45 PM

 DIY side table

"It can't be that difficult"

5 words I will never say again when attempting a DIY project that requires a lot's of time and patience.
Back in May, I figured it was about time to paint/stain a side table we had bought at yard sale. After gathering the supplies I started sanding down the table. Soon after, I realized that I did not need to sand the table down to much so my hopes of an easy project were high.
Then, I started the staining and I realized I wasn't as prepared as I wanted to be. I forgot gloves and an appropriate staining brush. As the Florida heat set in I got more and more frustrated and finally gave up. Went stompping into our house yelling "Next time I going to just pay for a table that is already finished, Ugh!"
Plus I am a wimp and will not work or do anything outside in the hot florida summer heat.

Fast forward to almost 4 months later and now that heat and humidity are gone and I have gathered the right tools to finish the job. With some great gloves and an appropriate staining brush, I was able to put on the final coat without feeling defeated and sweaty in just a couple of days.
 DIY Side Table

Now, this probably is a very minor project for some of my readers. However, I found out I have no patience for even a simple project like refurnishing a side table. Making sure all the nooks and crannies of the table were covered was quite daunting and too tedious for me.
It isn't perfect but I am proud of it.

So readers? Have you tried doing such as project as this? 
If so you probably had more patience then I did? ;)

adult things

10 Things I Hate About...

8:00 AM

... Being an Adult.

1. Paying bills: Granted I knew this one was in my future but it doesn't make it any less annoying.
2. Remembering to Pay Bills : My husband and I's conversations go something like this
Husband "Did you pay the bill?" 
Me "No." 
H "I think its due"
M "You are supposed to tell me when your ready to pay it".
H "Oh"
M "Crap"
(the i proceed to rush to find out when its due. Usually its a false alarm and we are not late)
3. Car Trouble: This one is a very recent problem for me. Nothing makes me more frustrated then car problems. However, I do feel very blessed to be a daughter of a mechanic and that my first instinct is to call my dad for help and he can easily assess the problem or will be able to look at it without costing me an arm and a leg. 
I also have a great parents that let me loan out their extra car ;) Thanks momma :) 
4. Having to go do things like work/school : NOW don't get me wrong, I love my job and feel very blessed to have it, but don't you ever have those days when you wish you could just take the day off and sit on your couch and watch reruns of Parks and Recreation? Me too. 
5. Realizing you can't spend all your money on stupid things: Granted I have room in my budget for clothing and miscellaneous things but man do I miss the days when the only thing i worried about paying was my (very cheep) phone bill and that I could spend my money on gas station Slurpees before class with friends. 
6. Making phone calls: I hate calling people I don't know. Maybe it's the introvert in me. I would love to not have to call my teacher, or the doctors office, or the dentist. You don't know how excited I am when I find out that I can make appointments for a doctors office online.  
7. Having to stay home and eat leftovers : Now this isn't a horrible thing but sometimes I'd love to just go buy some Moes or Chick-Fil-A instead of making dinner. But, that is neither healthy nor affordable sometimes.
8. New sleep schedule :  I remember when I used to sleep until 9:30. 10:30/11am on a good day. Now it's more like 6:45/7:30. If I can sleep in till 8:30 on a weekend that is a WIN for me. What happened??
9. Sharing a bathroom: This is probably my husbands complaint more then mine. But it is definitely harder to share a "small" bathroom with two people compared to one. 
10. Just being an adult in general :  I wish I could just take a day off from being an adult. Not have to deal with ANY adult things and just spend my entire day at disney acting at like a child. 

Dear Readers, how about you? 
What is one (or a few) thing(s) that you dislike that you have to do now that you are an adult? 

I don't want to be an adult anymore!!!! I think this every single morning.

cowgirl boots

Fall Garden

10:14 AM

Last spring. My awesome husband built me some a two small garden beds on the side of our house (see post here)
Because the fall in Florida is so mild and warm, I thought I'd take a jab at a fall garden this year.
There isn't a lot you can plant in the fall. However, many of the things we like to eat, such as squash and zucchini, grow well in the fall here in Florida. (or at least thats what I read;))
I am super excited to have found Spaghetti Squash seeds. As long as the nasty garden bugs stay away from eating my plants, I should have some nice sized Spaghetti Squash this year. Yay!
I think Spaghetti Squash is one of Gods gift to mankind. If you have not tried it yet you have not lived.

 Fall Garden

Dear Reader, Are you attempting a fall garden??
 If not, if you were what would you plant??


Crock Pot Bean Chili

8:00 AM

I know, I am sorry.

Two Crock Pot recipe's in a row?
 I am the worst blogger ever!
Ok, maybe not the worst. Just not the most creative.

I started making Crock Pot Chili weeks after we got married last November. It was a quick recipe to make, the husband loved it, and it was perfect for the cool, crisp Florida nights at home.
This is a very healthy version of chili and is vegetarian as well.

And I know what you're saying:
"But my man is a MAN and want's his meat in his chili! How do I get him to eat Vegetarian?" 
Feel free to add meat if you'd like. I'm not gonna stop ya ;)
My husband spent 4 years in the Army and is as much as a man as you are going to get so I know how it goes with men and their meat.
But Trust Me, you can get your husband to eat vegetarian meals if you make them taste good!

Healthy Crock Pot Bean Chili. Vegetarian
2 Cans of Red Kidney Beans, drained
1 Can of White Kidney Beans, drained 
1 Can of Diced tomatoes, not drained
Some regular tomato sauce if needed to make it more liquidy
A Chopped up Onion *optional*
Chili Powder
Hickory Flavored Liquid Smoke 

Hickory Flavored Liquid Smoke is my "secret ingredient" when it comes to chili.
 It makes it taste SO good.
(ShoutOut to my momma for showing me this "secret" first) 

Just throw all the ingredients into you favorite crock pot (4-6 hours on high or 6-8 on low) including the chopped up onion if you want to add that. Feel free to use other beans. I sometimes use black or pinto beans.
(I may have used beans/pinto beans in the recipe but I forgot to write down what i used*face palm*)
Always include kidney beans though. Kidney Beans are the essential chili bean.

 Add chili powder and liquid smoke (to taste) to the chili and mix up well.
When it tastes (or smells) good, place it in the crock pot for 6hrs on low.

*NOTE* Feel free to make this on the stove as well. I used to do that all the time. Just make sure to saute the onions before adding everything to the pan and simmer the chili till you think its done.

And TADA. Crock Pot Bean Chili. Top with your favorite chili essentials.
Mine is cheese, sour cream and a little bit of corn chips.

Happy Eating friends!

Don't forget to PIN this recipe if you like it so much!
please and thank you!

Airhead Bites


2:45 PM

Influenster is probably one of my favorite websites right now. Not only do I get great reviews of products from other users there, but I can use my love for social media to spread the word about certain products I enjoy.
I was able to receive a box of Influenster goodies that are for us college students to help survive the semesters of school.
The Vox Box I received was called "The Deans List Vox Box", perfect for this college student wanting to be on the deans list this semester :)

Here are just a view of the products in my box.

Left to Right
Kiss Eyelashes : I will be honest. I don't know if I'll ever use these. I am a very "natural makeup" typer of girl. However, I was impressed about how natural they did look and feel. 
Playtex Sports : Every girl needs feminine products. We are never NOT going to need them. I tend to prefer the pad over tampons (not afraid of a little TMI here on the blog ;)) but it is always good to have a box around incase of a spontaneous trip to the beach. 
SoftLips Cube : Besides the pens (which I wrote about below), this is probably my other favorite item of the box. It was so sweet and made my lips super soft and smooth. PLUS (a bonus for us GF peeps) this chapstick is Gluten Free. Says so right on the back! Yay! 
Cover Girl "Ready, Set Gorgeous" : I used liquid foundation for a while as a teenager, now I have switched over to powder but I do like to keep some liquid on hand incase some stubborn pimples won't fade away. The color of this foundation was a little "orangier" (is that even a word) then I had hoped for, but it has great coverage and felt very light on my skin.


Other products in the box were 
Pilot FriXion Clicker Pen's : These things are the best. I am a HORRIBLE speller (if you've read my blog for a while you probably know that by now), so having a pen that has an eraser is amazing! I had to write a check last week and accidentally wrote the wrong number and it was so nice to be able to erase it and fix it. Thanks PILOT! I'll be buying these pens from now on. 
Sinful Colors No Text Red : I am always up for getting new nail polish. This color was amazing. Perfect for fall.  It doesn't last to long (but I also didn't put a base/top coat on when I painted my nails), but thats ok with me. I like to change up my nail color every couple of days. Sinful Colors is also running a great campaign with this color to raise awareness to people to not text and drive. Tweet #NoTextRed to help bring awareness. 
Airhead Bites : These did not last long. My husband loves him some airheads so we ate them within 48hrs of getting the box. My only complaint is they taste similar to Skittles, just a little bit more chewier. They are a great in-between class sweet snack though.

What products are a must for your college experience??
 Hand Sanitizer is a BIG one for me. Gotta stay clean and germ free
Leave me a comment! I'd loves to hear! 

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."