I’m coming back! 

Wow! It’s been a while. I’m going to make a concerted effort to slowly make my way back into blogging….

Life has changed a lot! I’m working as a reporter in Birmingham, Alabama and I love it. It’s a lot of hard work with long hours but worth every minute. 

My husband also works long hours- but still loves his job! We’ve decided while we are in our 20’s, it is the perfect time in our lives to focus our energy toward our careers wholeheartedly.

Covering President Obama’s Speech in Selma, Ala.

my coolest press pass yet! Whit House Press Pool!

I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I will not bore you with the details, but basically I’m gluten free now. 

THIS IS A HUGE LIFESTYLE CHANGE FOR ME. (This article explains why I’m avoiding gluten if you are interested. “Imagine every bite of gluten literally burning up a piece of your thyroid tissue that you will never get back!”) 

This new diet has be constantly searching for new recipes and cooking more! I’ve come up with a lot of great recipes on my own that I can’t wait to share. 

(The paleo recipes I’ve shared in the past have done really well on Pinterest! I think these future post might do even better!)

I became blog shy after I took a serious “how to make money blogging” class online. It was a four week program that literally made me shy to blog. That coupled with a computer that started to slow down and a new intense job… the blog went out the window. 

So let me just say for the record, I’m NOT doing this blog to make money. I’ve got about $20 in my google ads account from this site. 😂 I’m doing this for the reason I blogged for many years; because I love sharing things that make me happy! Things isn’t a strong descriptive noun… but it’s the best word for what this blog is. It started as random and whimsical…. and maybe during this new chapter I’ll kind a focus. 

If you are still following this blog. THANK YOU. If you are new, check back! 

Have a happy week with the SUNNY time change! ☀️☀️☀️

– Lillian Lalo {pronounced Lah-Low}


Nursery Ideas for the Sophisticated Baby Boy


dog bread



1990’s Style Herbal Essences!

So happy to see this shampoo back on the shelves!




Obsessed with One Kings Lane!

My cousin surprised me with a “just because” gift from One Kings Lane!
I’m in LOVE with this beach towel… So much so that I plan on framing it!


Sign up for One Kings Lane today. They have amazing deals on designer goods. Totally worth it!


Alice, my cousin, also included this funny card with my gift. Almost as good as the towel. Haha. She knows me too well.



Sweet Nap Time…


Found this sweet picture on Classic Annie.



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♥From Wishful Thinking♥

Classic Lipstick!


Blase Apricot reminds me of Nanny….

Certainly Red is the color we wore for Dance Team in high school! How FUN!



Raspberry Glacé

I get questions from viewers about my makeup… so today I’m sharing one of my secrets!

Three words: Clinique Raspberry Glacé

Raspberry Glace

I got this color in a sample years ago… and it’s still my favorite!


Try it out!

Looks great when you need a formal lipstick.

About because it has blue undertones it makes your teeth look WHITER!

In this picture I’m wearing the color.



Whole30 Starbucks Order

So, what the heck do you order at Starbucks when you are on your Whole30?

This was my breakfast/power snack this morning; a hard boiled egg and a (unsweetened) Passion Fruit Tea!

The best thing to order is definitely an iced *UNSWEETENED* passion fruit tea while you’re on the Whole30.

Black coffee is fine, but this is a great option if you want a “fun” drink!

I’m not sure if I just like it for the taste… or the pink color?


A Soldier and his Squirrel!

This is the best thing I’ve seen all day!

Found it on my Mom’s Pinterest board...

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All I have to say about that is….

daddyiwantasquirrelwwwalicia-logicdotcomI want a squirrel and I want it now!!!!!


Surviving “National Donut Day” during my Whole30

I’m a news reporter.

That means EVERY day is different. Some days I’m covering something dark and sad… and other days I’m assigned to cover stories like “National Donut Day!” Covering National Donut Day couldn’t have come at a worse time. I’m right in the midst of my Whole30 challenge!!! That means NO SUGAR (and other bad stuff) for 30 days!!! If you slip up, you have to start over!!! Ah!

Luckily, I have a close friend doing the program with me. We talked a long time yesterday about surviving this day of serious temptation.

I ate a giant Whole30 breakfast to start my morning…

…I sipped on black coffee all morning long.

Also, I told my anchor to NOT ask me to take of a bite of Dunkin’ Donuts’ new DONUT SANDWICH!! Ahh! (Can you image being asked to break your crazy diet on live TV?)

Lillian Askins LiveBut I survived….CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CLIP!

Before I knew it… Donuts were filling my news car!!! Luckily,  my partner in crime is supporting me every step of the way.

She also told me about an awesome treat; slice bananas and melt almond butter on top! Yum! Just as delicious as a donut? I think so!

Thank you Samantha for being so supportive!

I could NEVER do this without you. LAUNCH YOUR BLOG ALREADY!



Have you signed up for a BirchBox yet?

Y’all….. these BirchBox’s are the neatest things.


It’s basically a monthly subscription that will open your eyes to a world of deluxe beauty samples and products.


…it’s like receiving a living magazine in the mail. birchbox2I’m still waiting for my spot to open up in line (makes it feel like an exclusive club)! You should sign up today as well. It’s only $10 a month, and so worth it.

Buying one of these high-end products individually at a beauty store would easily cost more than $10!

{Extra tip: ever heard of a BarkBox? After you sign up for your BirchBox, sign up for a BarkBox for your pup! It’s the same idea, just for dogs! Mommy, this one is for you!




I have 5 L’s in my new married name..


I’m thankful that I LOVE the letter L…

I have 5 total in my first and last name!

See more L’s HERE.

Ideas for the Perfect Graduation Gift

Oh The places

Worried about what to get a grad for graduation?

There are lots of cute blogs out there to help you out.

Babysitting.net has complied a great list of blogs that have LOTS of ideas.

Click HERE to check them out!

Birth Order

This is really interesting!

birth order

Chris and I make an ONLY CHILD and FIRST CHILD combination….. Haha!

Found this on Astrology News World.com

Wedding Day!

One of my very favorite friends is getting married today. clare and grace

Her name is Clare (left).

Grace (far right) just recently got engaged! So exciting.


White eye-shadow done right!

Love this!

white shadow

Cute money gifts…

Forget boring bills!

Check this out:

money gift

See dozens of ideas HERE

LARABAR – My new Obsession

One of my (super-healthy) friends loves LaraBar.

I tried them… and let me tell you, they are delicious!

You can find them in the health-foods aisle at the grocery store.

(The area with Slim-Fast, Cliff Bars..etc)blueberry My favorite flavors are Blueberry Muffin….

coconut cream pieCoconut Cream Pie

(you will like it even if you don’t like coconut–it taste like wedding cake.)

pb cookieThis one is SO GOOD! Sadly it doesn’t fit the Whole30 diet.

chocolate chip cookie doughVERY good.

If you are craving a candy bar, this is the best one to grab.

cookieCashew Cookie is kind of …meh….

but it’s a good option if you do not like fruit flavors.


Check out how SIMPLE the ingredients are! I love that.


How to LOVE your Instagram feed again…

If you are sick of seeing blurry X-Pro ll party pics, Lo-Fi selfies, and trite pictures of food FILL your Instagram feed…. I’m here to tell you, there is HOPE.

You have options!!!

There are beautiful Instagrams out there that can help break up the monotony and predictability of your feed.

These are a few of my recent favorites….

If you can find one artsy person you love, it’s easy to find more by watching who they follow…

Good Luck!



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You can follow my humble Instagrams @Mrs_Lilly_

But… beware… I’m cliche like the best of them! 😉

Easter Basket Trinkets!




Cute shop!


Good news kids! Steve lives!!

Blue and steve


My goal this year is to finally catch the ice-cream truck…







Puppy Love

Click here for a great story!



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