My Monthly Mash-Up- August

I read this fun post on Hello! Happiness called the Monthly Lineup and I thought I would "borrow" the idea. Since I'm a teacher I know that the best ideas are stolen ones hehe :) I think it's another fun way to share things that I have been loving and what we have coming up!

What I am wearing:

I have lived in my cuffed shorts all summer. They are technically the boyfriend style but not too baggy where they look unflattering. They are lived-in and comfy...perfect! With my boyfriend shorts I'm normally in a relaxed fit tank or off the shoulder shirt from Old Navy. I swear I shop at other places but everything I've talked about lately is from Old Navy lol. In the summer time it's all about comfort and staying cool, so my outfits always reflect that mindset. 

What I am reading:

I have several books started right now and I need to focus on one so I can actually finish them! I am reading Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel, and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. I am hoping that I can finish all three this month since I am behind my 50 book goal. I talked about my goal a little more in depth in a previous post and you can check it out here. I am also listening to Circling the Sun by Paula McLain which is the same author who wrote The Paris Wife. I'm having a hard time getting into the book but hopefully something will grab my attention soon! 

What I am cooking:

I have been cooking a TON this month. I've made the Honey Lime Enchiladas several times, which is always a hit. I've also been loving grilling. It's just too dang hot inside the house with the oven on. We've grilled teriyaki salmon a few times, a BBQ rub trip-tip, greek chicken kabobs, burgers, and steaks pretty much every Sunday. We love some big juicy ribeyes, with baked potatoes, steamed asparagus, and sautéed mushrooms. Mmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I've also done several crock-pot meals because it just makes me nights so much easier. I've made my mom's friend Paula's shredded pork and OH MY GOODNESS it's so good. We use it to make tacos, salads, and then tortilla soup throughout the week. It's a super versatile meal! I've also made a roast lately which is always a staple in our house. 

What I am planning:

We have two weddings in one weekend and they happen to be on opposite sides of Nevada. I will be heading up Reno/Tahoe on a Thursday (in October) and going to my good friend Liz's wedding on Friday. Then I'll fly to Vegas on Saturday morning to attend the Moss Wedding. Mark won't be able to come to Liz's wedding because of a work trip but he will be able to go to the Moss wedding. Woot woot! 

What I am watching:

I currently have 55 episodes of the Pioneer Woman recorded on our DVR. Yikes, maybe I should go in and delete some??? I love watching her cooking show and I always get some fresh ideas on things to cook. Mark and I were stuck on True Detective this season. It wasn't nearly as good as the first season but it sucked us in anyways. We've also been watching Ballerz on HBO, which is so random for me because that's not normally my jam. It's pretty good though! As I mentioned last week, we are Big Brother fans. Now that we are getting down to the last few weeks it's getting really exciting. I can't wait to see who won the HOH comp and who is coming back in the house from the Jury! To be honest none of the summer shows have been super exciting to me and I think it's because I'm holding out for Game of Thrones to come back! 

What I am craving:

Fall beer. Mmm! I love Octoberfest and other pumpkin-y beers that come out in the fall. My friend Breyen and I always send each other pictures of new fall beers that we have tried. He beat me this year and sent me the first one. Hopefully I will get my first 6-pack of Octoberfest soon! Update: I found Not Your Father's Root Beer at Trader Joe's today. My cousin from the east coast told me about it so I'm excited to try it! 


  1. I read The Astronaut Wives Club a few months ago and I liked it. I also really enjoyed the tv show!

  2. Can't wait for you to come in October!