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pumpkin patch

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This post is a month (+) over due… (most pumpkin patches are already done/closed for the season) but it was my first time and I want to remember it! (Blogging is basically my new scrap booking)

We went to the Meyer pumpkin patch between Dalhart and Stratford, TX. It is located on a family farm in the middle of an irrigated corn field! (There was a corn maze available but we did not walk through it) It was super windy the day we went but we had a lot of fun. They give you your own 4-wheeler and trailer and let you go explore. Meyers grew all the good stuff – both white and orange pumpkins and all kinds of gourds – in all sizes!

We picked out our favorites and decorated our home. I love pumpkins….I see a lot of people already decorating for Christmas but I’m holding onto them as long as possible.


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open windows

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If you live in the panhandle of Oklahoma and have not been living with your windows open you are missing out. Our fall has been amazing…ideal temperatures. 75 degrees as I write this with a low of 56 for tonight.

…(Listen to it, Summer! I think you could really like a few of these songs)


She Treats Me Well – Ben Howard

Bloom – Odesza

Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love) – White Denim

Cane Shuga – Glass Animals

Coins – Local Natives

When I Get My Hands On You – The New Basement

Fineshrine – Purity Ring

Gooey – Glass Animals

Here In Spirit – Jim James

Hey There – Dej Loaf, Future

Murakami – Made in Heights

Real Love Baby – Father John Misty

Run Run Blood -Phantogram

Sunshine – Powers

Listen to my spotify playlist here





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garlic nail strengthener

Garlic Nail Strengthener

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Do you have crappy nails!? ME TOO!! Paper-thin nails that always break, peel and bend. Not cool! I’ve tried all of the polishes that promise to give you strong and long nails, but I have never noticed a difference.

The other day, on a rerun of Dr. Oz, they were talking about how garlic can help in strengthening and growing your nails! This may seem weird and stinky but don’t worry…the smell disappears once it is dry!

I just started this method so I will report back on the long term results soon!

Follow these simple steps and let me know if it works for you!

  1. Use any basic clear polish.
  2. Finely chop or mince 1 clove of garlic.
  3. Drain approximately 1/4 of the polish out of the bottle as to not overflow.
  4. Pack the chopped garlic into the bottle.
  5. Put the bottle away to steep for 7-10 days.
  6. Apply 2 coats of polish to bare clean nails and let it dry.


*Also…I would like to apologize to my followers for all the annoying e-mails last Friday. I just learned how to use Polyvore and I didn’t realize what I was doing on there was showing up on my blog too. I was trying to make an Albin Home Vision Board.



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diy dark spot corrector


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For some annoying reason I have been battling dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, on my forehead, upper lip, and under my eyes…I look dirty! My best friend, who happens to be a dermatologist, told me it is from the sun. The dark spots are a new thing for me and it is not something I can learn to accept. Pretty skin is important to me…So I did some research and found a few remedies I wanted to try (in addition to hydroquinone cream). Aloe vera has beneficial skin healing powers, it contains all kinds of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while helping your skin shine brighter and lighter. I read that aloe vera works on hyperpigmentation by encouraging the skin to regenerate new skin cells while also moisturizing and cleansing. Even though dark spots are pretty difficult to treat I thought it was worth a try! After reading through several different recipes I decided to make my own very simple aloe vera mask with coconut oil and lemon juice. The acidic juice will also help lighten the dark spots and give the aloe vera gel a longer shelf life.

Gel may have a slight pink tint due to oxidation.


  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Lemon juice
  • Coconut oil


  • Cut the end and rough sides off the aloe Vera
  • Using a sharp knife, slice off the top rind to expose the gel
  • Using a spoon or the knife scoop the gel into a bowl
  • In a small food processor add approximately 3 to 4 heaping tablespoons of gel
  • Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Add 3/4 the juice of 1 lemon…more than half but not every drop
  • Blend for approximately 1 minute

To use:

  • To use as a mask apply to face and neck for approximately 10 to 15 minutes (it’s really slimy and slippery so apply mask in appropriate location, like the bathtub)
  • To use as a toner, dip cotton ball in gel and rub on face and neck, focusing on dark spots. I like to do this at night then wash my face in the morning and continue with my normal routine.

These remedies can take up to a week or more for any discernible results to be seen.

Keep the concoction is your refrigerator, it will last for approximately 1-2 week(s).

My aloe vera leaf was big and I had leftovers/extra…I blended the remaining gel with lemon juice to create aloe vera juice. I kept it in my refrigerator and consumed 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.





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long way home 

Zac and I love “backroading”. It is one of our favorite ways to kill time. If we find the day free and the weather fair, you can guarantee we are gonna hit up the dirt roads. We grab the cooler, some beers, some good music and head out. It is the best. Endless conversation, views, and fresh air. Heaven. Over the years we have hit up what seems like every back road imaginable. When we were first dating it is how we got to know each other and it is still one of the ways we bond. Here are some pictures from our most recent adventure.

Have you ever been in 3 states at once? This is the marker where Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado meet. I had never been to this marker before, nothing impressive – just kinda fun!

Have you heard of Clare Dunn?! She is a country singer from my neck of the woods. I follow her on snapchat and when we saw this and I made Zac stop so I could send her a snap, she never checked it..haha, darn it!! But I still like the picture…

The Santa Fe trail is a part of the history out here in No Man’s Land… We found this marker right across the state line, in Colorado, and had to check it out. It was an informational little tid bit on the Aubry Cutoff. I would elaborate but like I said…beer.

How do you and your man kill time!?!


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black mesa images


One day while surfing the internet I came across this ^^ breathtaking photo of my ever loved Black Mesas. (read about my love here)

Stanley Harper of Black Mesa Images is the artist and I am so in love with his work.(check out his facebook page here) Not only does he have some great shots of Black Mesa but he has perfectly captured the entire panhandle of Oklahoma. I found myself looking through every single picture, I couldn’t get enough…. I am such a sucker for the sky, living in the flatlands can do that to you. We may do without a lot of things out here in No Mans Land, but God makes up for it by painting us some of the most gorgeous skies! I have always had a passion for sunsets, but Stanley’s night shots of the milky way and all the stars are my favorite. The lightening strikes are pretty rad too. I love photography, someday I hope to have the equipment and knowledge to take killer photos of the sky. (he has a pretty fabulous collection of nightscapes for sale on his website)


Where do you get your inspiration?!


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Zac turns 30


Happy 30th Birthday to this hot piece…I love you. Presents and breakfast in bed. Hope it is one for the books. #30years30beers

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enjoy the ride

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Black Mesa sunset

My love for the Black Mesa sky, landscape, and history is something I adopted from my parents at a young age. When I was about 3 years old my mom bought a brand new red Jeep Wrangler that she still has today. She would take the top off, load my sister and I up, and we would head out “jeepin.” To me, jeepin meant the wind in my hair, classic rock blaring through the speakers, and adventure. We never had a destination, we were just out enjoying the fresh air and each other. We would stop along the way to arrow-head hunt, look for pictoglyphs, and uncover treasure. One time during a hike my mom stopped for a breather and started nonchalantly prodding at a partially buried rock.  Once uncovered, the ordinary looking rock was a really awesome Native American grinding bowl. Finding treasure like that is priceless. We covered many miles and made many memories in that jeep, it is so much a part of my childhood. I can remember my mom taking the long way home so we could breath in the night sky. One of my favorite things about living in the far northwest corner of Oklahoma is the breathtaking sunsets. Cimarron county produces some of the biggest and darkest skies on earth. The sunset on my inner arm was inspired by the design on the side of my mom’s jeep, a Black Mesa sunset and the love I have for both.

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My sunset tattoo

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Mom’s jeep wrangler

Black Mesa is barren but absolutely beautiful at the same time. At the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Black Mesa is the highest point in Oklahoma and got its name from the layer of black lava rock that coated the mesa about 30 million years ago. Lake Carl Etling is located inside the Black Mesa State Park and is a pretty nice little lake for our corner of the world. The lake is a good place to ride bikes, check out some petrified wood, and have a picnic. You will not encounter a lot of people in this area but you will acquire some pretty interesting stories. For example, my parents knew a man who lived back up in the mesa in a dugout for 20 years. No one ever really knew the location but he had cable and electricity. Dinosaur bones, fossils and even a child mummy have been discovered in the mesa’s caves. One of my favorite things Black Mesa has to offer are the dinosaur tracks preserved in sandstone near the Carrizo Creek. Scientists are not sure what kind of dinosaur it was but the tracks show he had two legs. You can even be in 3 states at once if you visit the tri-state marker where Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico meet.There are also a few interesting rock formations such as Old Maid, which looks like the profile of a woman.  Wedding Party is another well-known formation that is complete with bride, groom, minister and an audience. My husband and I found our own rock formation, we call him Sumo Silhouette because it looks like the profile of a sumo wrestler.The Black Mesa’s have been a part of my family for years, those flat top mountains will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Lake Carl Etling

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Sumo Silhouette

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Dinosaur tracks

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If you look close you can see his 3 toes

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Original tri-state marker

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Never forget to enjoy the ride because someday you will look back and that ride was your life.


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diy facial toner

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Creating  your own products is fun, and you know what is going into them. If you really look into what you are letting your skin absorb from store-bought items, it can be scary. Green tea is great for your complexion…it improves the skin’s elasticity, helps draw out impurities and reduce large pores. Plus its cost-effective, and great for gift giving!


  • 1 Green Tea bag or 1 T loose tea
  • Lavender Essential Oil (90 drops total, 15 per bottle)
  • Boiling Water (2 1\2 cup)
  • Bottle for storage (6)
  • Labels (6)


  • In a large bowl pour 2 1/2 cups boiling water over 1 tea bag or approximately 1 T loose tea.
  • Let steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Strain with cheese cloth or remove tea bags.
  • Put in the fridge to cool.
  • Put 15 Lavender drops in each bottle.
  • Funnel cooled tea into bottle.
  • Attach label

Let me know what you think!

Side note: the inspiration for this post comes from- www.xovain.com


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Shrimp Ceviche 


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Ceviche is a great dish to enjoy on the beach in Mexico or, in my case, the couch in Oklahoma. This recipe is light, refreshing and easy to make. I just love it.


  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 lb shrimp, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • Remove the tails from the shrimp.
  • Place the shrimp and half of lime juice in a bowl.
  • Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • In a different bowl mix the remaining lime juice, red onion, jalapeño, tomato, garlic and cilantro.
  • Let veggies soak 15 minutes.
  • Combine both bowls and season with salt.
  • Serve with saltine crackers.


I hope you like it!


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