(This post originally published in 2014. Photos updated on February 18, 2017.)

Can we talk TV for a minute? I have to get this off my chest.

We finished Breaking Bad last week. I have heard so much about it over the past few years so I just knew we were going to love it. We kind of hated it. Well, we hated the first 3 seasons. It took us 3 months to get through them. I finally got really into it in the last episode of the 4th season. Like, really into it. Like, WE HAVE TO WATCH ALL THE EPISODES RIGHT NOW into it. And then when we finally made it to the very last episode? That everyone said was perfect? That everyone said they cried over?

It was stupid. And I hated it. And I wish I’d never even started the show.

Ugh. It was like LOST Part 2 for me. Super frustrating ending where nothing was really wrapped up.

I’ve given up on TV. Except I’m currently marathoning The White Queen (again) because I’ve been sucked into The Cousins’ War book series by Phillippa Gregory (again).

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Hurricane Pops! The classic Hurricane cocktail as a popsicle! Perfect for Mardi Gras!

TGIF!

You guys. We’re headed to New Orleans today – the boys are going to their first ever New Orleans Mardi Gras and we are SO EXCITED.

We meant to go last year but uhhh… you know, the assault happened and my protective order hearing was the day after Mardi Gras. So yeah, obviously had to cancel. But we’re going this year!

We’re from Mobile originally (the home of Mardi Gras in the US) so the boys have been to Mardi Gras but the celebrations in the 2 cities are so different and I feel like they really need to experience both. And we’re staying with family that we haven’t seen since last summer so it’ll be a good time.

Follow along on Instagram and Snapchat (amandalivesay) if you want to see what we’re up to!

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Maple Bacon Monkey Bread - a sweet and salty twist on the classic monkey bread. It starts with canned biscuits so it's super quick and easy!

Hey ya’ll! How was the long weekend?

My kids were with their dad so I had 3 glorious days of doing whatever I wanted. But still, I was pretty excited to get them back last night. I ran to Target yesterday morning for some recipe supplies and found myself buying them all new shoes and it turns out I kinda miss them by day 3.

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