Little Miss Sunshine

After walking through a herd of 100 goats, 5 dogs, lots of chickens, 1 emu + a sweet farmer on a tractor, we finally made it to the beautiful field of sunflowers.  I am not even kidding.  He was such a nice man for letting us use his farm for our background.  I’ve told you before, my photographer and I go to great lengths for these photoshoots.

This has to be my favorite shoot we’ve done so far.  I am such an old soul/hippie at heart.


I know you’re thinking, “Aw, those sunflowers are so pretty.”  Well let me tell ya, those pretty little sunflowers also attract bees.  Lots of bees.  After our trek through the farm, I almost died from a heart attack from the bees surrounding me in the middle of the sunflowers.  However; for the love of the blog, I pressed on to get the shots for this post.  I’m really good at laughing at myself, so I had to share this:

My thought process: “Oh…okay, I just realized there are bees everywhere.”


“Alright, this is getting a little uncomfortable.  But, I’ll smile for the camera anyways.”


“Okay, forget it!  I am FREAKING OUT right now!!”


Face of distress right there.

So moral of the post, laugh at yourself my friends.  Life will be a little easier if you do.  Also, buy this cute outfit.

Hat {Sold Out} – Similar | Tank {on major sale!!!} | Shorts | Sandals



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Southern Pork Chops Recipe {Hello Fresh}

We’ve been using Hello Fresh for a few months now and we are really enjoying it!  It’s made my busy schedule so much easier.  No more meal planning, long trips to the grocery store and wondering what we’re having for dinner when I get home late from work.  It has fit into our schedules so nicely!

A couple weeks ago, we got the Southern Pork Chop meal in our box.  They were definitely speaking my food language.  I love anything southern and smothered in gravy.  This meal was one of my favorites that we’ve tried so far and I’ll be keeping the recipe card to pull out later!  I just couldn’t help myself and had to share it with y’all!

Southern Pork Chops

{with Collard Green-Potato Hash and Black Pepper Gravy}

Prep: 10 min | Total: 30 min | Servings: 2


2 6oz. Boneless Pork Chops

8 oz. Collard Greens

12 oz. Yukon Potatoes

2 T Sour Cream

1 T Chicken Stock Concentrate

1 Yellow Onion

1/4 Cup Flour

1 T Cajun Spice

4 T Olive Oil


  1. Prep the onion and potatoes: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes.  Toss them on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking, until golden brown and crispy.  Halve, peel, and finely dice the onion.  Remove the stems and ribs from the collard greens and roughly chop the leaves.
  2. Cook the onions: Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook, tossing for 4-5 minutes, until softened.  Remove 1/4 of the onions from the pan and set aside.
  3. Cook the collard greens: Add the collard greens to the pan and toss to coat.  Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, cover, and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Uncover, then toss until the liquid has evaporated and the greens are tender.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove the greens from the pan and set aside.
  4. Cook the pork chops: Set aside 1 teaspoon flour for the gravy.  Toss the remaining flour and Cajun spice together in a shallow dish.  Heat a large drizzle of olive oil in the same large pan over medium heat.  Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper, then press into the flour mixture to adhere to both sides.  Shake off any excess coating.  Add the pork to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked to desired doneness.  Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Make the gravy: Once the pork has been removed, wipe out any black bits from the pan.  Next, add a drizzle of olive oil, the reserved onions, and the reserved flour to the pan over medium heat.  Cook, tossing for 1 minute.  Whisk the stock concentrate and 1/3 cup of water into the pan and simmer until thickened and reduced by half, for about 2-3 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream.  Season generously to taste, with salt and up to 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Finish and serve: Toss the collard greens with the potatoes on the baking sheet and return to the oven to heat through for 1-2 minutes.  Serve the Southern pork chops on a bed of collard green-potato hash and drizzle with the black pepper gravy.  Enjoy!


This was so delicious and easy to make!  Hello Fresh is dishing out amazing recipes every week!  If you’d like to try it, use code MPDH4K to get $40 off your first box!  Let me know if you have any questions about the meal delivery subscription!  Have a great week, friends!

Bon Appétit,


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Green Gown + A Good Laugh

Y’all.  This dress was made for me.  Not really.  I got it on sale at one of my favorite online shops, ModCloth.  But, it feels like it was!  I absolutely love the color.  It’s so rare for me to find a good green piece for my wardrobe.  This little beauty fits in perfectly.



Photo Credits: Jennifer @ Sweet E Photography

Wanna hear something hilarious?!  Here we are having a nice photoshoot by a beautiful pond and all is lovely.  My sister-in-law is my photographer.  I know right, I got really lucky on that one.  My sister also came along as an assistant, a.k.a. someone to tell me if my hair is sticking out, I have a wrinkle in my dress, I’m smiling weird, etc.  Because clearly, I’m dysfunctional.  I love candids, so we try a “twirling photo.”  Right in the middle of twirling in 4 inch heels, my sister tells me I have a big piece of grass on my dress.  I look down and see a flipping praying mantis.  SERIOUSLY?!?!  It’s a miracle I didn’t break my neck getting away from that bug trying to terrorize our photoshoot.  What’s even more hilarious…scroll up to the photos of me twirling and you can see the little stinker right in the middle of my dress.  True story.

Thankfully, my photographer is so amazing, she still got some great shots.  We go to extensive lengths to get all my fashion posts photos.  Never a dull moment with us, never ever.

My dress is almost sold out, so I’ve also linked very similar ones for ya as well!  Hope you snag a green pretty!

Dress {Similar here + here} | Heels {Similar here + here} | Bracelet Original from Versona {Similar here + here} | Earrings Original from Versona {Similar here + here}

Have a good one, friends!



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Yah Mon! {Cruising the Caribbean}

We’re young, we don’t have kids, we work hard and are way too busy with life.  So…we spontaneously planned a cruise with my brother and sister-in-law.  I’ve cruised before and love it!

We had a blast, y’all!  I loved that it was just the four of us.  We cruised on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas.  It’s the 7th largest ship in the world.  The ship and it’s crew were fantastic!


I forgot how beautiful it is to lookout and see nothing but blue water and a sunset.  We danced the night away, ate pizza at midnight, got fancy for dinner, lounged poolside, went to trivia, watched the evening shows, drank out of pineapples, met new people, went to the casino, and took every chance of adventure we could find.

The first island we went to was Labadee, Haiti.  It was my birthday and it was a beautiful day!  We rode the alpine coaster and snorkeled.  What better way to spend your birthday, am i right?!


Next, we took on Falmouth, Jamaica.  We just did a little shopping around the port.  It was really nice and had a “village” feel to it.  I bought a really cute wooden carved pineapple bowl for my table.  We got back on the ship early and had the pool all to ourselves that afternoon {win}!


The third island was George Town, Grand Cayman.  It was an awesome and adventurous day!  We took a 15 minute taxi bus ride to our destination.  We got on a boat and rode 30 minutes to a sandbar in the middle of nowhere, Sting Ray City.  We got to see huge wild sting rays.  We swam in the ocean and had our picture made with them.  A little scary, but very cool!  When we headed back, one of the crew forgot to take the back anchor up.  #everybodymakesmistakes  The rope got caught in the propeller and we were stuck.  It took them almost an hour to get it fixed, but thankfully it didn’t ruin the rest of our afternoon + the view wasn’t bad either.  We took the boat back to Dolphin Cove.  We did the Dolphin Encounter.  We got to kiss, dance and interact with a dolphin.  His name was Nemo and he was awesome!!  It was such a great experience!  I would recommend anyone to do a dolphin excursion!


The last island was Cozumel, Mexico.  This was one of the best days ever!  We ventured out on our own and took a 5 minute taxi ride to Playa Uvas {pronounced “plah-yah oo-bahs”, a private beach club.  We were provided lounge chairs with umbrellas, hammocks, pool access, snorkeling, and kayaking!  It was a rainy day, on and off.  We waited until the rain was light and decided to snorkel since we were in Cozumel.  Might as well live it up, rain or shine!  A guide volunteered to show us star fish, sting rays, lobster, tropical fish, eels, a seahorse and a spider crab!  Heck yes!  It was the coolest experience!  The water was incredibly clear and blue.  I wish I could do this everyday, y’all!  Casper, our guide, had an underwater camera and got amazing pictures that I will cherish forever!  They were very affordable.  The staff at Playa Uvas were so friendly and helpful.  After we had tons of fun, we ate an authentic Mexican lunch.  Best fish tacos of my life.  If you’re in Cozumel, go to Playa Uvas and ask for Casper.  Also, buy you a pair of authentic Mexican cowboy boots in Cozumel.  You won’t regret it!


My awesome brother created a video to recap our vacation!  Check it out here and subscribe + give it a thumbs up!

One thing I’ve learned from this trip: you can think of a million reasons not to travel, but traveling is where the best memories are made.  If you’ve been thinking about a trip and have the money saved up, GO!  You won’t ever regret traveling with your family!  Don’t let life get so busy that you forget to live.



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June Instagram Roundup

I’ve quickly learned I shop at the most random places: boutiques while traveling, little local shops, and online sites.  This means most items I’ve purchased quickly go out of stock or aren’t listed online.  Bummer.  BUT I’ve managed to find extremely similar items for the ones I couldn’t find.  YAY!  Flatlays for days in June, y’all!


Tunic | Jeggings | Turquoise Necklace Similar | Flats


Tank Similar | Shorts | Sandals


Tank Similar | Shorts | Necklace | Sandals Similar | Succulent


Hat Similar | Sunscreen | Top Similar | Earrings Similar here + here | Sunglasses Similar | Makeup Bag | Sandals Similar


Hat | Bikini Top Similar {Same brand} | Bikini Bottom Similar {Same brand}


Tank | Shorts


Bikini Top | Bikini Bottom Similar {Same brand}

Please let me know if you have any questions about the outfits, details or links!  I can’t believe half of 2016 is over!  Where does the time go?  Hope y’all have a happy 4th of July!



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Little Wildflower {5 Reasons You Should Be A Wildflower + A Flower Crown}



Photo credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

Who else loves wildflowers?!  Seems like I always go for the flowers that aren’t your ordinary, perfect, flawless flower.  This flower crown made me feel so pretty and dainty!  Totally channeled my inner wildflower, boho spirit!  It also got me thinking about 5 reasons we should be wildflowers.  I know you’re thinking, what in the world is this chick talking about?  Trust me on this one.  You’re probably more like a wildflower than you think!  Here we go:

  1. Stand Tall: In other words, be proud of yourself.  There is no one just like you in this big ol’world.  God carefully created you in his image {Genesis 1:27}.  He gave each of us different abilities, talents, and spiritual gifts.  It’s so hard in today’s society with all the Instagram, Facebook, + Twitter right at our fingertips not to compare yourself and covet someone else’s “perfect” life they’ve displayed.  Just as you’re wishing you had that girl’s gorgeous long legs, someone else is wishing they had your bubbly personality, sense of style or your ability to break the ice in a crowded room.  Always embrace yourself and each little thing that makes you unique.  EVERYONE has flaws, but focus on all the good things about yourself and your life.  Stand tall and have pride in you!
  2. Stand Out: My mama always told me to be myself and don’t follow the crowd. The older I get, the more I realize exactly what she meant. I believe in standing up and standing out for what I believe in + what is right, no matter the circumstances. Whether you’re in a “field of roses” or not partaking in gossip at work, saying no to people who aren’t positive for your life, forgiving someone after they’ve hurt you, or encouraging others daily.  Most of the time, the right thing is never the easy thing.  However, you will never regret standing out for what you believe in!
  3. Bloom: Always continue blooming.  Never get so content and comfortable that you don’t continue to grow.  Life has so much to offer us, gals.  We should always be blooming in all aspects of our lives.  There’s always room to grow in our walk with Christ {preaching to myself}, relationships with friends + family, work, finances, talents.  Be sure to continue blooming and bettering yourself daily.  Plus, try something new!  Get out of your comfort zone.  Take that vacation you’ve been looking into, try a new dish at your regular restaurant, pick up a new talent or hobby, and be open to blooming!
  4. Look For The Sunshine: In order to prosper and grow a flower looks for the sunlight.  We should always be searching for the “good.”  Even on our darkest days, there’s always light peeking in + something to be thankful for.  Strive to find the sweet, little things in everyday.  When you filter out the bad and always focus on the good, you’re gonna shine, darling!
  5. Let Your Roots Run Deep: Always remember where you came from, who helped you along the way and the lessons you’ve learned on your journey.  The deeper your roots are the stronger you’ll be, you’ll have more confidence, and trust in yourself.  Constantly remain grounded {in your faith, your marriage, your friendships, and your life}.  “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” {Ephesians 3:17}.  Be sure to let your roots run deep and always remain grounded in the love of Christ.

Little wildflower, if you remind yourself of these daily, you’re gonna bloom and be the most beautiful wildflower there ever was.


Also, can we get back to how lovely this flower crown is?!  Two gorgeous wildflowers out of Georgia are hand crafting these beauties!  I absolutely adore mine.  You can custom design yours here.  I know Amanda and Alexa can help find the perfect one for you!  Plus, use the code: WILDFLOWER at checkout and receive 15% off your order!!!  Check them out on Instagram at @pearlsandpinkpeonies or @thedaintysouthco!

Dress {Original from Above Average Boutique}: Similar here + here |  Flower Crown | Bracelet {Original from Versona}: Similar here | Wedges {Original from Belk}: Similar here + here

Always be blooming,


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Cowboys, Rain, and Red Bugs

6 dogs, 5 people, 3 horses, and bluegrass music on the radio…we were off to another horse show weekend.  This time we traveled to Belvidere, Tennessee {Circle E Guest Ranch}.  This place was beautiful.  We pulled up to mountains, hills, antiques, horses, and beauty everywhere.  We drove through the night and arrived just in time to watch the sunrise!  Dally {our new puppy} slept most of the way so she was ready to play when we got there!  I tried to sneak a picture and captured her personality perfectly.


She is extremely fast and dysfunctional.


Ah, there we go.  Beautiful sunrise, tired eyes, and a silly pup.

When we checked in at the ranch, I noticed a big map on the wall with little pins stuck everywhere.  I asked about it, of course.  Everyone that visits the ranch gets to pin where they are from.  How cool is that?!  We put our little hometown on the map!


We got there a couple days early to check out the town and give the horses time to rest.  We found a delicious little diner and a neat coffee shop in downtown.  If you’re ever in Winchester, you’ve got to give Skip’s Diner and San Miguel’s Coffee Company a try!  Skip’s was voted #1 burger in the county.  They have an old juke box + a picture of Elvis, ‘nough said.  San Miguel Coffee has homemade cookies as big as your face, need I say more?


It seems like everywhere we travel, the first thing we do is scope out the good food in town + the nearest mexican restaurant.

Erik and Kirsten were competing in the Extreme Cowboy Racing this show.  It rained almost everyday we were there.  It was wet, muddy, slippery and dangerous for the horses and riders which made it very challenging to do the high speed courses.  However, they both did AWESOME!  Have I mentioned how proud I am of them?!  They both ended up at the top of their classes!


We had horseback game night which was a blast to watch.  Who knew you could play musical chairs on horseback?!  Our bellies hurt from laughing so hard.  They had concerts during the weekend right beside the show.  I had “cowboy coffee” every morning.  Literally, a cowboy made it over a fire {amazing}.  The cowboys were also serving up Tequila Pickled Quail Eggs as their specialty.  I’ll try anything once.  It was a great weekend!

Also, somewhere along the way I got red bug bites {a.k.a. chiggers} all around my ankles.  If you’ve never had them, good for you.  I spent a week scratching and applying anti-itch cream {joy}.  Thankfully, the fun we had at the show outweighs the red bug bites.  Besides, the bug bites will be gone in a week, but the memories made with family + friends in TN will last a lifetime.

Until the next adventure…



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26 Life Lessons in 26 Years

It’s my birthday week {whoop whoop}!  I love birthdays.  It’s the day you were brought into this world and I think that’s worth celebrating!  I can’t believe I’ll be 26 this year {insert ‘deer in headlights‘ look}.  People aren’t kidding when they say time flies the older you get.


I’ve narrowed it down to some light-hearted, truthful, and fun lessons I’ve learned in 26 years:

  1. Always believe in yourself.  The devil will try to knock you down, but there is definitely something special about each and every one of us.  Focus on your strengths and talents.
  2. Life is always changing.  Some of it is expected, some of it is like a curve ball from left field.  Change can be a good thing; however, if you try to approach it with a positive attitude because that is something you can control.
  3. Start drinking coffee now, basically.
  4. Highschool is but a blink of your life.  Those bullies, mean girls and the gross cafeteria food will be history a few years after you graduate.  Don’t let a bad day determine the rest of your life.  You’ll look back and see it was just building character.
  5. Never wear your pajamas in public.  Just don’t people.
  6. Not all friendships last forever.  Like I said, life changes + people change.   You’ll just grow up and grow apart.  Good news, those special friends will always have a place in your heart, but you’ll make new friends with each chapter of your life.
  7. Always pray first then call your mama.
  8. Chances are, you won’t marry your first love.  Cry, eat some ice-cream, then move on.  God’s preparing you for a man he hand-picked just for you.
  9. Never hold grudges.  Learn how to forgive and forget early in life.  People are always going to disappoint you.  They are human {just like you} and nobody’s perfect.  You can’t ever be better if you’re bitter.
  10. Dogs are the best.  Nobody loves you more than your four-legged pal.
  11. Set goals and work hard toward them.  Don’t get so discouraged you give up.  Keep working and moving forward day by day.  You’ll reach them.  We can’t always see the big picture, but God does.
  12. Always be kind and humble to others.  We are each in our own valleys and battles.  You never know what someone else is going through.  An encouraging text, buying someone’s coffee, or a humble smile can go a long way.
  13. Whatever your 1, 5 or 10 year plan is, it most likely won’t work out that way.  Hate to bust your bubble.  Don’t live by an agenda every moment.  God has a plan for you and trust that.  Let things happen when they’re supposed to.  Don’t force anything.
  14. Learn to laugh at yourself.  Everyone makes mistakes.  Don’t take life too seriously {besides you’re pretty funny}.
  15. Have the least amount of debt as possible.  It’ll make your life, marriage and bank account happier.
  16. Do not be a workaholic.  Life is too short.  Be successful, but live within your “means.”  Don’t let work and money control you.
  17. When in doubt, at least put on mascara and blush.
  18. Always take lots of pictures.  That’s how you’ll remember those simple, special, everyday moments later.
  19. Make time for you and your spouse.  Even if you sit at home, eat pizza and talk about nothing.
  20. Travel every chance you get.  The best memories are made out of town!
  21. Always stop at that “hole-in-the-wall” cafe/deli.  They have the best food, even if there’s a hole in the floor.
  22. Spontaneously buy a puppy with your husband before you have kids.  They are just like a newborn and will teach you all kinds of patience.
  23. Show your parents you love and respect them every chance you get.  At 26, you’ve realized a lot of the sacrifices and things they’ve done for you.  You could never do enough to return the favor, but atleast try.
  24. When life gets hectic, busy and you feel like you’re drowning…take a me morning/afternoon/day.  You will need that time for yourself or you will get burnt-out on life in general.  Just breathe.
  25. No matter what everyone else is doing, always do what is right.  You’ll never have regrets and you’ll be glad you did later.
  26. Always put God first in your life and everything else will fall in to place.  Maybe not on your time, but His.

I’ve learned so much in my 26 years {some lessons harder than others}. I believe that’s what life is about; learning as you go.  Sometimes life doesn’t make sense, but put your faith in the Lord + follow His will for you and know it’s gonna be okay.  I’m still learning life lessons everyday.  I try to pick up the good of each lesson and keep on keepin’ on this journey called life.

26 and counting…,


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Simple and Glam

Hello, loves!  Summer is surely on it’s way.  This means there will be a wedding, party or an event to go to almost every weekend.  Welcome to the South.  I wanted to share a simple, but glam look that you could wear when semi-formal is the attire.



Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

It’s rare for me to get dolled up.  Church and a fancy summer wedding are as dressy as it gets for me.  When the occasion does arise, I can’t hide the fact, I love getting glammed up every so often.  I am head over heels for this statement necklace.  The neutral tones make it so easy to pair with an outfit.  It definitely makes a statement.  I love the simple black tank.  Everyone has a solid black tank top in their closet, right?!  This one has a dainty lace seam on both sides.  It adds extra uniqueness and texture!  I love adding a pop of color, hence the bright royal blue skirt!  Also, it has pockets, ‘nough said!  If you don’t already have some, you need to invest in a simple pair of nude pumps.  They are a staple ladies.  Add ya a half-knot and {bam}, your semi-formal look is complete.  Not too formal, not too casual.

Necklace {similar here & here} | Tank {similar here & here} | Skirt {similar here} | Nude Pumps

Happy shopping and event-going!



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April|May Instagram Roundup

Y’all, where did April and May go?  Is it just me or does everyone else feel like time is flying?!  We have been so busy…horse shows, super busy at the salon with some trips coming up, we got a new puppy {Dally}, and keeping y’all posted at Southern Detour!  Life has been a blur lately.  Summer is definitely here in South Carolina.  The days keep getting hotter and hotter and our AC gets cooler and cooler.  We are planning to make the most out of the second half of 2016!  I did somehow squeeze in the time for a roundup of some of my favorite flatlay Instagram posts!


Hat | Tee {Original from Loft}: Similar | Jeans {Original from GAP}: Similar | Shoes: Original from Zulily {Pierre Dumas}


Top {Original from TJ Maxx}: Similar | Olive Jeans | Sandals {Original from TJ Maxx}: Similar


Romper | Sunglasses | Sandals {Original from Zulily – Pierre Dumas}


Wild and Free Book | Bag {Original from Target} : Similar | Succulent



Cowgirl Boots | Top {Original from Cracker Barrel} | Jeans | Perfume

Hope y’all are having a great start to your summer!  Let me know which outfit is your favorite while you’re here!



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