Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Most Recent Reads

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Y'all-since we found out we're having a baby, I have not felt like reading...at all.
That is so unlike me!
I normally always have one book going and try to finish them in a reasonable time period.
Maybe it's just because I've been so sick and so tired lately, but I just haven't felt inspired to read.

I did wrap up four books at the end of 2017 that never made it to the blog because of my extended blogging break, but I really enjoyed these books and wanted to share my thoughts on them with y'all just in case you're looking for something new to add to your Amazon Wishlist or your bookshelf!

It's no secret around these parts that I love historical fiction; it's my all-time favorite genre and all four of the books in this post fall under that category.
I am particularly fascinated by the Tudor monarchy and all the drama that went along with it.
This story follows the life of Elizabeth "Bess" Brooke as she joins life at court and falls in love with a  fellow courtier that just so happens to be married.
This story follows the in's and out's of their life at court and their eventual relationship.
It is very suspenseful in the best way and I really enjoyed it!

Another historical fiction pick, this novel takes place in an entirely different world than the first one I mentioned-it's based in a Western frontier town where many of the residents are single men. The basis of the book is that the men of the town have written back East for mail-order brides and faced with sending such a large number of women, the woman in charge of sending the brides comes West herself (with her assistant) and sees to it that the men are educated in manners and more before their brides come. This is an easy read, but it does have almost everything you would want in a light read; romance, suspense, likable characters-all the things you need to keep you interested!

Another of my favorite historical fiction topics is that of the Civil War so this book was high up on my list of interesting ones to check out.
It follows four characters; two women and two men (former Confederate soldiers) as they navigate life post- Civil War.
They each are dealing with problems from the past, but the link between all of them is a third former Confederate soldier who caused harm to both of the women during the war and so there is a theme of avenging the women that leads to a very exciting and suspenseful ending.
It was a bit of a slow read at first and took me a while to get into, but I really enjoyed the wrap up.

There aren't many books I'm willing to pay for full-price (for example, at Target or Barnes and Noble, etc.). I usually prefer Amazon prices or used books. However, a few years ago I picked up the book One Thousand White Women, which is based on a fictional "Brides for Indians" program started by the U.S. Government as a last-ditch effort to "Americanize" Native Americans and to subdue and assimilate them into American culture.
It was a beautifully written book that made a huge impact on my thoughts about Indian Removal, etc. (as a history major, I was very impressed by this book although it is fiction).
So, fastforward to 2017 and I see a book with a similar cover photo at Target I pick it up and see that it's the second book in the series (there is supposedly a third and final book in the works).
You don't have to read One Thousand White Women first, but it would be helpful if you did before reading this one. 
This book is a beautifully written tale in the form of journals of the last installment of the "Brides for Indians" program just before it was ended. The brides were mostly the un-wanted American women (from prison, sex-workers, "crazy" women, etc.) so they carved the freedom of this program and in turn, some fell in love with the Cheyenne way of life.
When this lifestyle and culture are turned upside down by white soldiers, this book shows just how far these women would go to protect their new lives.
It's beautifully written and if you have any interest in Western/Native American history, I highly recommend.

Well, those were the last four books I managed to read before my dry spell-but y'all will be proud to know that I started a new book this past weekend and have been slowly getting into it & can't wait to share it with you!
Let me know below what books you've been reading (or listening to via audiobooks!) lately!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ten on Tuesday [No.41]

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Hey y'all!
Life has been crazy around these parts lately-I did post a short update sharing some exciting news a few days ago though.
So for today's Ten on Tuesday, I'm going to share a lot of the things that have been happening in the past few months/weeks along with a few other things I've been enjoying too!

At the end of January, my oldest sister, Trystan, and I went to see a live podcast of My Favorite Murder in Atlanta and y'all-it was so much fun!
If you've never listened to the podcast before, it's basically a true crime/comedy show done by two hilariously lovely ladies and it's really enjoyable.
 That night before the show, we had dinner at Minero in the Ponce City Market-it was really good, but the burrito we ended up getting was huge!
 Karen & Georgia are perfection-go download some episodes of My Favorite Murder, you won't be disappointed!
 For breakfast the following morning, we headed to the Atlanta Breakfast Club...let's just say, the food was phenomenal (everyone else must think so too, because people were willing to stand in line outside in the rain to wait for a table!)
Trystan had the chicken & waffles while I had the peach cobbler french toast-they were both winners!
 And of course, no trip to Atlanta would be complete without stepping into the new Draper James store!
Everything was immaculate from the artwork and wallpaper, to the cute sayings on all of the products.
 And of course, I couldn't not mention the beautiful watercolor hand lettering Trystan did for the weekend. . .
Stay out of the forest is an on-going joke/quote from the podcast & so it was so fitting.
She also shares her work on her instagram at @SouthernScrawledShop as well as an Etsy account where she sells her own work, but also will custom-create any work that you come up with (including calligraphy envelopes, house portraits, and more!)
Does anyone else have a ton of travel sized products in their cabinets?
From being a member of boxes like Ipsy in the past & now Sephora Play, plus point perks and gifts with purchase...my travel product basket runneth over.
So I've been making a conscious effort to use up these smaller jars and bottles in my everyday life-one of my favorites has been the GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins.
I use this in the AM as my day-cream and I love how quickly it absorbs as well as the uplifting citrus scent, it's just really pleasing. A little bit goes a long way as well, so the $30 price tag on the full-size doesn't actually sound too bad.
The weather has turned off so pretty over the past few days here in Alabama; I'm talking 60-70 degree days and it has felt incredibly nice and given me serious Spring fever!
As a treat, I've been trying to take Forrest to my parent's pond so he can play fetch with his duck decoy & get some swimming in.
It also doesn't hurt that I get in some reading/relaxing time as well.
A big thing that has been on-going lately in our lives is the renovation of our basement in our home; when Christopher bought this house in 2011 as a foreclosure, it needed a ton of work.
He reno-ed the entire upper level & it looks beautiful, but the downstairs took a backseat because no one really used it up until now.
Thankfully, we have an amazing friend who has done a ton of work down there & it still working away (literally, he's working right now as I type).
Since the basement living area is home to a huge brick fireplace with a stunning mantel, I've been combing through this Southern Living piece for ideas on how to style it once the room is complete!
If you had read my recent update or been keeping up with me on any of my social media then you would know we announced some exciting news...we're going to have a baby in September!
We are really excited to take this next step in our lives and I can't wait to share this journey with y'all here on the blog.
Since we're *hopefully* finding out the gender of our little one at the end of this month, I've begun planning our gender reveal party for the last day of the month!
I'm taking inspiration from Victoria Strader's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" gender reveal and trying to put it all together, while still remaining pretty casual.
And while we're talking about little ones, how cute are all these double names...they're so Southern & I love it!
Was anyone else as obsessed with Twilight when it first came out as I was?!
This article shows a reunion between Kristen Stewart and the child actress who played Renessme in the final movie and she's all grown up and beautiful! Also, did you know only ten years separates the two actresses in real life?!
Since this past weekend, Christopher & I were immersed in some of the best agricultural ventures and some of the greatest young farmers that Alabama has to offer, why would I not include this video/article on Red Land Cotton, an Alabama father/daughter farming duo. They have a great story and an awesome product, definitely worth a watch.
 As I said before, this past weekend Christopher & I headed down to Montgomery for the Alabama Young Farmer's Conference and it was an awesome weekend getaway for us.
We met new friends, caught up with some old friends, toured some agricultural ventures, and had a lot of fun.
The farm tours on Saturday took us to Parkman Cattle Co., the Renfroe's Treasure Forrest (pictured above-beautiful!), and Steve Stroud's poultry/hay farming operation (pictured below).
While all of that was fun...the best part of the entire weekend was Saturday evening when it was announced that we were one of three finalists in the Outstanding Young Farm Family competition.
This has been something Chris and I have been working toward for a long, long time and a big dream of ours.
We are so grateful to represent our county and blessed to get to do what we love to do every single day.
The three finalists will get to have judges out for an on-farm interview later this summer & I can't wait to share all of that with y'all later on!
Well...I've caught y'all up with my life lately-it's been crazy, but big things are happening & I couldn't be more excited to be standing where I'm standing right now.
If you had asked me five years ago if I would be doing the things I'm doing now, I probably would've laughed at you-but things always fall into place, just how they're supposed to.

Until next time. . .

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Beginning of Something New. . .

Well hello y'all...long time, no see!

But see, I have a good reason for taking my extended blog break-we are so excited to share our secret with y'all, finally!

Forrest is going to be a big brother, because we're expecting our first baby in September!
 Yup, you read that right (and some of you might have guessed)-we're going to be parents at the end of this year & we couldn't be more excited about it!

I'm not sure if most of my readers know the age difference between Christopher and I, but he's 7 years older than me (things you didn't know about Southern & Style!) so he's had to wait quite a bit for me to catch up to him, but he's done it with patience and grace-two things I adore about him.
I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of time to finish college and enjoy our marriage and travel and do some things before we started our family, but now is that time.
 This onesie was Christopher's way to announce our pregnancy to our friends & family (we purchased it from Etsy!) and I thought it was too cute & too funny since he does spend most of his time on the farm!
I can't wait to see how he's going to be with our babe, because he loves kids SO much & kids just adore him-it's going to be even sweeter because this one is going to be all ours.
So let's get down to the nitty gritty really quick & talk about everything you're wanting to know. . .

What is your due date?
We're due sometime at the beginning of September! Our doctor is giving us a "due month", but most likely somewhere between the 8th through the 11th.

How are you feeling?
When we first found out, I felt great! Then, not so much.
I've had a little morning sickness, but mostly just nauseous throughout the majority of the day.
A lot of that has to do with acid reflux, which I'm going to chat about with my doctor at my appointment on Monday.
I've also been feeling pretty tired, but I've been lucky to have been able to rest when I need to, so that has been a huge blessing to me.

Will you find out the gender?
We aren't going to do the blood test, but we will be finding out by sonogram either in March or April and having some type of gender reveal party for at least our family after that!

What are your gender guesses?
I go back and forth on this one.
Both Chris & I would be thrilled either way with either gender, we don't care.
However, Chris' family hasn't had a girl born in over 70 (yep, SEVENTY) years, so a major part of me thinks that we will have a boy and I'm content with that.
But also, we could totally break that spell and have a cute little girl & I would be thrilled as well.
So right now, I think boy but I don't prefer one over the other.

Will you share the name of the baby before it's born?
While we are most definitely sharing the gender, I don't know if I'll share the baby's name on social media yet or not.
Our family and friends will definitely know but I think it would be fun to share the name when we announce the birth of our little one!
I am SO thrilled that y'all are finally in on our joyful news & now I can get back to regularly scheduled blogging (as much as possible!)

Thank you so much for sharing our joy and celebrating with us!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ten on Tuesday [No.40]

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It's freezing.
That's basically me right now.
They canceled school's today in pretty much all of Alabama because there's supposed to be snow-we'll see if anything actually happens!
Until then, let's dig into what's been going on in my life recently-& since I didn't take a lot of pictures within the past week, this is a lot of things I've been reading around the internet, recipes I want to try, shows I've been watching, etc. :)

Does this time of year get anyone else down in the dumps?
I've been feeling super uninspired and just not really wanting to do anything beyond the basics lately & that's just so crummy to me-I want to want to do all the things!
I think a big part of taking back that part of me is going to start with self-care. . . maybe with painting my nails one of these pretty winter shades?

Let's talk about entertainment; specifically shows that I've been watching & ones that I'm excited about. . .
-911: I started watching this on Hulu last week & I really enjoyed the pilot episode! It's fast-paced and I enjoy shows that keep my blood pumping. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Connie Britton is in it.
-Harlots: I loved the first season of this show on Netflix & was worried they wouldn't do a season 2, but I just found out that it was renewed for season 2 which will be out sometime this year!
It's a little (okay, a lot) raunchy, but it's so good.
-The Handmaid's Tale: This is another Hulu exclusive that had an amazing first season & was almost immediately renewed it for season 2, which comes out in April & I'm so excited!
-When Calls the Heart: On a totally different note, I love watching WCTH on Netflix & recently got all caught up so I can watch the new season on Hallmark channel. It's such a good, cheesy show that gives my heart all the feelings.
-Jane the Virgin: I was in need for a new show to binge watch since I was all caught up on all of my other shows, so I took Annaliese's advice (aka Southern Belle in Training) and tried out Jane the Virgin. Y'all-it's everything I could ever want in a show. There's comedy, there's drama, there's mystery. I love it so far!

Is anyone else's Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale order still processing?!
I'm trying to be patient, because I can't even really wear what I ordered until it warms up-but gosh darn it, I'm ready for my dress to be here!

I'm counting down the days until the 2018 Winter Olympics start!
Until then, I'll just read articles like this one from Good Housekeeping & learning the rules for all the different winter sports.

If you're a fan of the super popular Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, are you going to try out the new Tarte Shape Tape Foundation?
I've heard such good things about both, I feel like I really need to test them out!

How is Kate Middleton so perfect?
Her style is so on point, even while she's pregnant!

Any nosey readers out there?
This past weekend, my post was all about what makeup products I use and I went all out & shared most of my collection with y'all. Go leave me a comment on that post telling me what product you use most often!

I also updated a favorite recipe post & re-shared it with y'all. . .it's perfect for a cozy supper any night of the week!

Apparently "Pub-Subs" were recently voted best sandwich down South; I'm in pretty much full agreement-there's just something so yummy about a house-made sandwich from Publix!

Mardi Gras will be here before you know it!
Here's a roundup of 32 New Orleans classics for you to prepare for your at-home Mardi Gras celebration...don't forget the King Cake!

My friend, Julie who blogs over at Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss, recently shared a house tour of her aunt and uncle's stunning rustic lake house and I'm pretty much ready to move right on in!

Well, that's pretty much it for what I've been reading/watching/looking at/etc. lately. . .
Let me know below what shows or movies you've been binging lately!

Until next time. . .

Saturday, January 13, 2018

What's in My Makeup Bag?

If you're like me, you're probably two things; really into makeup & really nosey 🙈😂
I love sneaking a peek into people's lives with Day-in-the-Life posts or watching Morning/Night Routine videos on YouTube, it's just so interesting to me.

So the other day, I shared this instagram photo showing some new products I've been trying out & asked if y'all would rather me just talk about some of the new things I've been testing or whether you'd like to see a full-on What's in my Makeup Bag post & pretty much everyone that answered wanted to see the whole thing!

So below I'm showing you what all I keep in my everyday makeup bag (plus a few things that I use daily or almost daily). This is a lot of makeup, I don't use every single one of these products every single day, but I keep them there so they're easily accessible.
Actually, with the exception of a few other palettes & my giant collection of lip products, this is about 90% of the makeup I own, so I think I'm doing pretty well!

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I picked up this exact size bag at a Plato's Closet back when I was in high school and it has held up so well over the years. It's large enough to fit all of my essentials & more, plus it has a plastic lining which makes it super easy to wipe clean.
I'm always willing to test out new primers from the drugstore because I'm always looking for the magical combination-inexpensive & works well. This primer is just okay. It's not the best, it's not the worst.
For as much as the ELF primer is just okay, the Smashbox primer is amazing.
I got a sample of this primer & absolutely fell in love. It holds onto makeup like no other, but doesn't clog my pores; the only downside is that it's pretty pricey.
I've tried out tons of foundations from the drugstore & this is the one that I keep coming back to.
It lasts all day on my skin, doesn't clog my pores, & comes in at under $10. A little goes a long way with it too, so it lasts forever. If there's ever a day that I need my makeup to last from morning until night, this is the one I wear.
I don't make it a habit to buy high-end makeup products, I just don't have the budget for it. But I picked up this foundation at TJ Maxx and was willing to give it a shot & just hoped I didn't fall in love.
While I really like the way the foundation lays on my skin, it doesn't last as long as the Revlon foundation so I won't feel bad about not repurchasing when it's gone. But it is an amazing light-coverage foundation.
This is another just so-so foundation. It's light coverage, so I wear it often when I'm just running errands or going out for a few hours but it's definitely not an all-day foundation.
This foundation also has a pretty distinct perfume-smell that some may find off-putting.
I am always hunting down great drugstore products & I feel like this is one of those really good hidden gems. This is $5 & works so well on me. It brightens my under-eye area & covers dark circles or blemishes. I also appreciate that it creases less than most other concealers.
My all-time favorite translucent powder is from Be a Bombshell, but since it's so hard to find (even online), I've decided to test out a drugstore find. It's not as good as the BAB powder, but it does help set my under eye and keep it from creasing. However, I have stopped baking as often so it's not my most used powder in my kit.
This is a colored loose powder that, when doing a full-face of makeup, I use to set my entire face.
It helps mattify my skin, which tends to lean oily.
The packaging on this is tend to breaking though, which makes me not want to buy it again...but for under $7, you can't complain too much.
I received this from Influenster a while back and used it a little here & there, but lately I've been using it a lot more. On the day-to-day, I don't often wear any makeup, so when I do I wear a very light coverage, natural look. I add one of my two lighter coverage foundations & then top it with this powder, it's the perfect long lasting but still fresh face.
In my first Sephora Play! box, I got to test out these Cover FX drops.
At first I was a little underwhelmed with them, but then I mixed them in with my foundation (the Revlon one) and realized how beautifully glow-y & dewey it made my skin look all night long.
12) Pop Beauty Bronzer in Sunkissed
This bronzer came in an Ipsy bag & I have hit major pan on it, however I don't know if Pop Beauty is no longer around or if I just can't find it, but it doesn't seem to be online anymore.
The reason why I love this bronzer is because it's so similar to my favorite bronzer from Nars, because they have the same shade that is great for lightly contouring. So since I can't actually recommend the Pop bronzer to you-go buy this one from Nars for the same feel!
This blush is the perfect pink shade for my pale skin & I love how long it lasts.
I just pop it onto the apples of my cheeks any day I wear makeup and it brightens up my face easily.
When I first started to "get into" makeup, I used #15 on this list as my eyeshadow base & there's nothing wrong with that.
But one day I was at Nordstrom Rack & stumbled upon this Urban Decay product & decided I would just test it out since it was discounted.
Y'all, any day that I'm doing a real eyeshadow look-I always use this! It holds onto shadow so well, cancels out any discoloring on my eyelids, and keeps creasing to a minimum.
So in the "beauty community" everyone always talks about using Painterly from MAC as their eyeshadow base. Well, when I was in college I didn't want to spend the $$$ on MAC, so I bought Maybelline's cream shadow version.
Barely Branded is a great just base shade that I still use when I'm just doing my daily eyeshadow.
These little pots are less than $10 & last forever (as long as you make sure to tighten the lid-if not, it'll dry out!)
Here's the number one reason why I don't get Ipsy anymore...you can't find their products easily to repurchase!
I have two of these cream eyeshadow pots, so I don't think I'll ever run out but this is one that I always want to recommend to people, but no one can find it (or not easily).
This is an awesome one-and-done cream shadow, if you're having a rushed morning just swipe this across your lids & it looks great and lasts a long time. If you have more time, use it as a base for a beautiful neutral/copper look.
17) Pixi By Petra Duo in Apricot Glow
I got this duo in a Target Beauty Box & it was my first foray into Pixie's eye shadows. I was honestly pleasantly surprised by this duo-it's a great easy eye look with a dark crease color & a nice highlight shade as well. I can't find the duo online, but this six-pan palette has the two colors from the duo & just looks like an all-around nice neutral palette for $12.
When I did a big cleanout of my makeup last year I got rid of most of my duos and singles of eyeshadow. I just have several palettes I prefer...but I did keep this single.
It's a stunningly pigmented copper shade that I find myself reaching for time & time again. It's definitely worth checking out if you love copper shadows like I do.
I'm going to be really honest with y'all.
I have three eyeliners in my makeup bag, but I rarely line my eyes anymore.
If I was going to use a black liquid eyeliner, this is the one I would pick because it truly is easy to use & perfect for a night-time look.
When I wore eyeliner every single day, this is the one I used because it went on so smoothly & didn't smear easily.
If I get a wild hair to use an eyeliner like this on my waterline, I reach for my define-a-line & I love that it's affordable.
I almost de-cluttered this liner, but then I thought it might be fun to have at least one colored eyeliner in my collection. This one isn't too out there, the dark emerald green does look really pretty with brown eyes though (especially with copper colored eyeshadow too!)
I've used many different eyebrow pencils in my lifetime (I've been obsessed with #EyebrowsOnFleek for a while). This one is really good if you like a thicker pencil, I just wish it had a spoolie on the end instead of a little brush!
I was sent this from Influenster and at first, I wasn't a fan and almost didn't keep it. However, it gives a lot of dimension and texture to my brows. I only use it when I'm doing a full-face though, because it does require an extra step that I don't want to do every day!
This is a great clear brow gel that I use almost daily, even if I'm not doing anything else to my brows I will swipe this through them just to hold them in place. It keeps them tidy without making them crunchy (I can't stand that!)
This is another brow product that I use when I have a little more time to spend, I prefer pencils when I'm in a hurry.
It looks super natural in my brows & the taupe shade matches my real brow color very well.
This is an awesome every day colored balm from the drugstore!
It is a little more pricey than most drugstore items (that's Pixie for you), but when I was teaching I would keep this in my desk drawer and swipe it on when I needed a little color and moisture.
Pretty Pink is the perfect pink/nude shade for my skin tone as well.
I don't like holding onto too many lip liners, so I choose to keep a very neutral pink on hand that will match a ton of my lipsticks. This one from Rimmel is a great shade that works for many lip shades & it goes on really creamy without running out of my lip line.
This is the ultimate lipliner to keep on hand for all shades that don't match the one above because this one is transparent but still keeps the shades from running outside of my lip line, which can be difficult with certain colors.
I've always been a fan of Mary Kay products (I just wish they were more accessible to purchase!) and this color is a great pinky nude that goes on really well. I like a lipstick for every day that doesn't transfer a ton and can be applied without looking in a mirror and this one wins on both fronts.
When I need a lipstick that stains my lips & lasts all day (aka when I don't have time to reapply) this is the lipstick that I go to.
It's a beautiful dark berry shade and as the day goes on it wears so nicely, leaving the perfect kiss of wine-color on your lips.
I don't keep too many glosses on hand (can you tell I'm really trying to not hoard a lot of makeup?) but this one is great because it looks great on it's own as a creamy brown/nude shade. But in addition to that, it also looks good over lipsticks or stains and takes on their color.
G) Nars Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette
This was a limited edition cheek palette & my first highlight palette that I ever purchased.
I love the variety of the highlight shades as well as the blush/bronzer colors included too. If you can find this on sale somewhere or if it becomes available again, I highly recommend because the powders are just so creamy and long lasting.
This is a step that I don't necessarily do every day, but if I'm wearing a mascara that is prone to flaking or I just know I'm going to be wearing my makeup all day long then I will add this step into my routine because I have found that it keeps my mascara on and without flaking!
This is an excellent every-day mascara. It's not clumpy, but it's also not overly volumizing either.
It gives a nice black-ness to your lashes and adds a little bit of length. It also doesn't leave my lashes super crunchy either, which I can't stand for daily wear.
First of all, this mascara has a super scary looking wand. However, it gives really great length because of this weird wand. It has a little ball on the end that you can use to get really close into the corner of your eye & it also helps tease out clumps. This is my favorite current every-day mascara.
I decided to take the plunge & try out this mascara during a Too Faced sale & I wasn't disappointed.
It adds SO much volume & length. It is a little clumpy, but I kind of like that look when I'm wearing a full face of makeup.
This is hands-down the best thing on the entire list that I've shared today. I didn't rush to pick up this palette, but when I saw so many people review it & it actually reviewed well. So, I picked it up (it's less than $40) and fell head over heels in love with it.
All of the shadows are so creamy and intense, I do wear the metallics wet, but that doesn't take too much effort and really makes them even more punchy!
This isn't something that I would've paid full price for, but once again I snagged this one at TJ Maxx and I really like it for the price I paid.
I pretty much only use 3, maybe 4 of the shades but that's okay because the ones I do use are really nice. I like the top middle shade (lyric) for my under-eye because it helps cancel out my dark under-eye.
I'll be honest, before this palette I had never heard of Grave Yard Girl on YouTube and I still don't watch her. I picked this palette up on sale on Tarte's website because I loved how it was a full-face palette and I love the neutral shades. Plus y'all...this palette smells SO good. Pick it up, for sure!

Well...that's it y'all-all 493243 things that I keep "in" my makeup bag!
I hope y'all enjoyed this little roundup/review and learned a few things about how I like to do my makeup and what products I think are worth it and maybe which ones aren't.

Let me know below what products you use on the daily!

Until next time. . .

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Smothered Pork Chops & Green Beans

Y'all know how I feel about my slow cooker.
I kind of have an obsession-especially around this time of year.

There's just something about coming home to the smell of supper already cooked and digging into a plate full of yummy, delicious food that you haven't had to slave over.

It's a teachers dream, I'll tell you that much.

Today I'm sharing with you two of my favorite things to stick in my crock pots (yes, I have two-don't judge)

I love smothered pork chops and on the side I do crock pot green beans, then when I get home I stick some rolls in the toaster oven-easy as that!

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Smothered Pork Chops

What You Need:
*Olive Oil Non-Stick Spray
*Campbells Cream of Chicken Soup
*Lipton Beefy Onion dry soup mix
*Brown Gravy mix
*Black Pepper
*Thick cut pork chops

The crock pot that I use for my pork chops is a 6 quart crock pot; it's great for larger meals like these pork chops, roasts, soups/stews, etc. 


-Spray your crock pot with the non-stick spray
-Place pork chops in the bottom
-Season with salt & pepper
-Put the cream of chicken soup mix, dry soup mix, and brown gravy mix on top
-Mix the top mixture together with a whisk or spoon
-Cook on low for 4-5 hours

When it's done it should be falling apart and the gravy should be brown, thick, and yummy!

Crock Pot Green Beans
What You Need:
*Frozen Green Beans (we put up ours from our garden) Thawed Out
*Black Pepper
*Olive Oil Non-Stick Spray
*Chicken Broth
*Ham Seasoning
*Bacon Grease (not pictured)

The crock pot I use for these green beans is a 4.5 quart, it's perfect for smaller meals (especially since it's just us two most of the time! It's also excellent to use for dips and appetizers for parties, or side dishes.


-Spray crock pot with non-stick spray
-Place thawed green beans inside
-Season with ham seasoning, black pepper, and salt
-Cover with chicken broth
-Add in a teaspoon of bacon grease

Cook this on low for 4-5 hours and your beans will be tender and flavorful!

On this night I wanted supper to be extra special so I cooked up some biscuits while I was making homemade mashed potatoes.

This meal is seriously so good & worth a try for one of your busy weeknight dinners!

Until next time . . .


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ten on Tuesday [No.39]

Y'all-can you believe it's 2018?!
I'm still writing 2017 on everything (which I'll probably be doing at least until February, but whatever) so it doesn't seem like it's actually real yet, but it really is-time is just flying!

I took a longer than expected break, skipping last Tuesday because I was just enjoying some time with my sweet husband & getting things refreshed from the holidays around our home.
But I'll tell you all about that in the 1-10!

Did anyone else do the #2017BestNine?
It was kind of fun to look back & see what my most popular posts were-I see that y'all really enjoyed my posts from Nashville & I like that too; it just gives me a reason to go back!
And I'll probably never stop sharing my wedding photos 😉

It's the prettiest shade, especially for the upcoming Spring & I've got all the heart eyes for this baking dish.

If you read my January goals you'll know that I have fitness on my mind with the new elliptical that we bought. I've been using it a couple of days a week & it's such a good workout.
I love that I don't have to leave my house to go to the gym anymore & I can just watch something on my iPad. The view isn't much (it looks out onto the bushes in front of my front porch 🙈) but it's fine with me as long as I don't have to get out in the cold to exercise anymore.

Since it's been so cold, I've been having to feed my elderly horse, Wrangler (who isn't in this picture-he was eating 😂) but I've been spending a lot of time with these guys while I'm outside and they just make the prettiest pictures.

We had to postpone our family Christmas party because of a freak snow storm that gave Alabama ten inches of snow a few weeks ago, so we ended up having it the Thursday after Christmas-but it was still so much fun to get together and celebrate with everyone.
My niece, Lola loves Forrest-they're so sweet together!

Of course we had to take a couple of family pictures on our front porch!
And we enjoyed my dad's gas fire pit, too.
It was perfect for roasting marshmallows over-my favorite dessert of all time.

It seems like lately I'm always cold (it probably has something to do with the fact that the temperature in Alabama right now is hovering around literally freezing).
I feel like this zip hoodie is the answer to all my problems & prayers, plus that color is beautiful.
It just looks so chic & cozy all at the same time.

How did y'all spend your New Years Eve/New Years Day?
For NYE, we had our friends & their little girl over for dinner and we just hung out and had a good time talking and laughing.
Then Saturday morning I lounged in my super stylish sweatpants (aka Chris' sweats) and my socks and watched the Rose Parade until it was time to head to Chris' parents for the traditional NYD meal of greens, pork, cornbread, and black-eyed peas.
Do y'all eat that on NYD?

Have y'all ever heard of MoviePass before?
Someone recommended it as a gift on a gift guide that I read before Christmas & I thought it was the coolest concept.
Basically, you buy this card for $10 per month & you can use it to see as many movies as you want, if your movie theater participates (and even my small-town theatre does, so yours probably does too!)
I remember going to the movies a lot in high school, so this would've definitely paid for itself pretty quickly.
I'm not sponsored by them or affiliated with them, I just thought it was awesome & would save you lots of money if you went to the movies often!

I got this cute little letter board for Christmas & it's honestly one of my favorite things I've probably ever gotten.
I love changing out the quotes for different occasions (my first quote was "Some people are worth melting for" from Frozen, so I could display it at our late Christmas party) and then my newest one is in honor of the new adventures in the New Year!

Southern Living shared four home decor trends that are on their way out...do you agree with any of these? I'm so glad that I don't stick to what's trendy, I just stick to what looks good to me.

Until next time. . .