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County Fair | {2017 ChristyB Seniors}

The Cass County Fair wrapped up this past weekend which is always a fun time in our little town of Pleasant Hill. This year we took advantage of the action and held our first concept shoot with our 2017 ChristyB seniors.  The rain held off just long enough for us to capture some adorably fun images with the four ChristyB seniors that could join us.  They had fun riding rides, taking selfies and indulging in fair treats.  I had fun photographing them as brand new high school seniors enjoying the summer before their big year.  

Concept shoots are open to any ChristyB senior that would like to participate.  Anyone wishing to join in our next concept shoot in August can sign up to become a ChristyB senior HERE.  Simply choose which session type you are interested in and sign up (you can hold your actual senior session at anytime during your senior year).  Then you'll receive information about our upcoming homecoming concept shoot, as well as become eligible for ChristyB to photograph you in your sports & other school activities throughout your senior year at no extra cost.  Our homecoming shoot is going to be out-of-the-box F-U-N.  I can't wait!  Sign up and join the #notbasic crowd.

Now onto the final product of our "Country Fair" photoshoot.  Enjoy!  

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2016 Cass County Fair Baby Show / Wee King & Queen Contest | {ROUND 1}

It's one of my favorite times of the year.  This week is the Cass County Fair  here in Pleasant Hill and that means I get to photograph some of the area's cutest kids at the Baby Show / Wee King & Queen Contest.  Below is the first of five rounds of cutie pie contestants that stopped for for photos over the weekend.  Each day this week another round will be posted here on the blog so stay tuned!  Enjoy the cuteness!!

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What's for Dinner | {July Meal Prep}

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It's the start of another new month and I'm still going strong on with my meal planning / dinner cooking.  I took time over the holiday weekend to complete my July dinner menu, stock up on grocery store items and I'm ready to provide my family with more yummy home-cooked meals.  

Here is a peek at my dinner menu for the month.  Hopefully it will help give you some dinner ideas, as well.

An * denotes a recipe link.  To view a link, click on menu item, then click "more details" to find the direct link.

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Bathroom / Laundry | {House Tour}

It's time for the second room on our house tour.  A few weeks ago I shared our master bedroom.  Today is our master bathroom.  Or should I say our ONLY bathroom currently in the house.  

When we purchased this house 17+ years ago, I agreed to do so as long as we added a second bathroom in the basement.  Let's just say 17 years with two children and two adults later and I'm still waiting on that second bathroom.  We have the walls framed but that's as far as it's gotten.  The second bathroom is one of the final things we need to complete before we list for sale.

Yes, it's been an inconvenience to have only one bathroom but honestly, it hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be.  We've managed just fine.

The bathroom is an L-shape with access from the hallway and the master bedroom.  This is the hallway entrance.

I do love that the bathroom contains the laundry closet.  It makes it much more likely I'll keep up with the laundry with it right off the master bedroom.

Entrance from the master bedroom.

There wasn't enough room on the wall to hang a towel for each family member so we added a hook on the back of the door for the fourth towel.  It works perfectly.

A few of my favorite things in the bathroom:

It's country style really doesn't fit the decor anymore, but I still love my ancient hairdryer/curling iron holder.  I can't stand things sitting out on the counter so I like being able to put them up even when they are still hot.

I store my make-up brushes in a coordinating bathroom cup for easy access.

I keep a few of our everyday essentials on the counter but contained in a basket.  Everything else has it's place in the drawers and cabinets below.  Even with four people sharing one bathroom, we keep the clutter to a minimum.

It's not much but it's worked just fine for our family of FOUR. (Though I'm sure it would be even better with that second bathroom I was promised!)

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Easy Fry Bread | {Cooking with Christy B}

It seems I go in phases when it comes to cooking.  I'll have months that I don't want to cook at all and it seems like such a chore.  Then I'll have months where I'm totally organized and prepared with dinner and even dessert each night.  Perhaps some of it has to do with the fact that I finally took the time to sit down and create a monthly menu for June.  (See my June meal plan with recipe links HERE.) 

One of the recipes I found for my menu plan was Easy Fry Bread.  Most new recipes I try are just okay or total failures.  Easy Fry Bread was DE-LI-CIOUS (probably because it's not exactly healthy).  

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The recipe uses only three ingredients and take about 5 or 10 minutes to make.  Perfect for busy week nights.  You can find the recipe HERE.  

BONUS:  If you switch out the parmesan cheese and garlic salt for powdered sugar they taste just like funnel cakes!

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Flag Day {2016}

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On this day I hang the American flag with pride and reflect on the privileges and opportunities afforded to me.  Though recent events may make us question the world in which we live, I proudly fly the stars and stripes and pray that good can overcome bad and someday soon we can all learn to live as one.  

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