Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.21]

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Hey y'all!
Happy Tuesday-I hope all of you made it through the Solar Eclipse yesterday with all of your eye-site intact...seriously though!
Let's jump into this weeks Ten on Tuesday. . .

If you're a sucker for dogs, like I am, then you have to read the story Sam's Job.
Totally got me right in the feels.

As if I haven't talked about it enough already, Saturday I'm hoping that I'll have a Nashville re-cap up on the blog.
We were only there Friday evening through Sunday morning (ah, the joys of being a farmers wife-having to cut vacations short), but we had an awesome time while we were there.
My sweet husband let me squeeze in a stop in Huntsville so I could go in the Southern Living Store.
& of course, we had to make some kind of historical stop so I chose Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN (I'll share more about it on Saturday!)

Tory Burch is having a sale, y'all-and it's a good one, stuff is up to 60% off!
Some of my personal faves;

The first night Chris & I were in Nashville, our Lyft driver recommend Bakersfield Tacos for us because it was just up from Broadway (the main drag in Nashville) and we love tacos, duh-so it was a no brainer.
The food was delicious so if you're ever in Nashville, I highly suggest it-but they also have locations in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh.

If you missed Saturday's post, it's one you're going to want to go back and read because it's my first style/fashion post ever on the blog!
I show you my favorite boho dress & accessories...and I can't wait to share more posts like that!

If you're the baby of the family & you feel my pain, check out 15 Things You'll Only Understand if You're the Youngest.

If you love Lilly Pulitzer as much as I do, check out this little bio on her talking about why she created the Lilly Shift in the first place!
Also, word on the street (actually word on the Lilly Re-Sale boards) is that the Summer After Party Sale will be the 28th, next Monday!
They've already started taking things off of the website, I'm getting so excited.
While I can't link specific items, I'm going to link a few styles I like that I hope to see in the sale. . .
The Essie Dress (most comfortable dress ever, I can wear my year round by adding a cardigan in the Fall)
Essie Top (Very flattering cut, I wear this with all my shorts!)
Stella Shift (Classic cut shift, but roomy-great for curvy ladies!)
Alanna Dress (Such a fun summer piece!)
Ophelia Swing Dress (This is the most flattering Lilly I own-it dresses up nicely for teaching, meetings, etc.)
Andella Sweater Vest (Perfect for layering this fall & winter)


Does anyone else shop the circular from your local grocery store before you meal plan for the week?
I know I wait faithfully for the Piggly Wiggly sale paper to come each Monday so I can figure out at least what meat is going to be on the menu-this week, it looks like pork loin wins for at least one night.
Two recipes for it that I'm trying to decide between:
Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork Loin (because I love Cuban sandwiches, so much!)
Glazed Brown Sugar & Dijon Pork Loin (this sounds amazing & only has four ingredients!)

I truly love the FitBit community; it's helped me reach more goals this summer than I ever could've accomplished on my own.
It also has a wealth of knowledge & interesting articles on health and wellness, exercise, basically any topic you can imagine...it also has recipes!
This BBQ Chicken Salad with Tomatoes & Corn sounds like the perfect easy, light, and delicious weeknight meal for the end of summer.

Well, y'all-that's it for this week's Ten...let me know what you've found interesting below!
Until next time. . .

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Boho Little Black Dress

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Hey y'all!
If you've been reading here for a while now, you would know that I usually don't have fashion posts up on the blog.
For one, I'm not 100% comfortable in front of the camera (I'm working on it) & two, up until recently I didn't think I had anyone to take my blog photos for me...but on Sunday, my Mama agreed to take a couple shots for me and I'm so glad she did because now that might mean y'all get to see more fashion related content-yay for Mom-tographers!
We don't claim to be professionals (& these are taken on my iPhone because my DSLR died right when we took the first shot 😿) so just enjoy!
My Dress(local boutique) Similar, Similar/Shoes/Earrings(Plunder c/o)/Necklace(Plunder c/o)

 I really enjoy this black midi dress with the knot hem, it's so very comfortable & perfect for summer weather in Alabama because it's loose and breathable.
My OTBTs are a staple shoe in my closet, I literally don't want to own any other wedge now because these are so comfortable.
The real star of the show here are the two vintage/boho-chic accessories that I'm wearing: the gorgeous turquoise cross earrings & the turquoise beaded necklace with the mustard fabric tassel.
 Both of these pieces are from Plunder and my sweet friend Kristi Harrison and I am absolutely in love with both of them.
The necklace above is stunning; sometimes I have a difficulty with long statement necklaces because of my bust, but this necklace is just long enough and not heavy-it doesn't hurt my neck at all.
The colors are perfect for now & will be beautiful for Fall as well.
In addition to the leather details at the neck, the turquoise beading, and the mustard fabric tassel, there are little charms also attached: a piece of turquoise with a cross, little beads, & a small geode-type stone.
The attention to detail is just incredible.
These earrings are the "Grace Earrings" from Plunder & y'all-they are only $10!
They are beautiful earrings with a light-weight feel, without sacrificing style.
I can promise y'all that these are on my trip to Nashville with me right now-they're perfect.
Plunder's packaging is beautiful as well, just look at these pretty little vintage inspired boxes!
 Each piece came protected in it's own jewelry pouch (the earrings were also on a card, which is underneath the bag).
I just think the little pink gingham is too cute & will definitely protect these earrings for their trip to Nashville.
This close up shot really shows you the detail on the necklace, it's really beautiful!
It also came in a gauzy jewelry pouch, ideal for storage or transportation.
You can also see the variation of shades in the fabric of the tassel, each piece truly is a work of art.

I hope y'all loved this post as much as I did, it was so fun to share outfits on the blog for the first time!
Once again, a big thank-you to Kristi for allowing me to choose a few pieces to share with y'all, I had so much fun picking them out (p.s. it was really hard to choose!)
Her shop is here if you're interested in checking out any Plunder pieces for yourself-they would make amazing birthday or Christmas gifts, even back-to-school gifts for teachers!

Until next time. . .
The jewelry pieces were provided by Kristi Harrison who is affiliated with Plunder Design, however this post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.20]

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Hey y'all & happy Tuesday!
This week is vacation week for me-we'll be heading out on Friday & so of course this week I'm cleaning the house, getting packing done, and just tying up loose ends before we leave.
Let's jump into this week's Ten...
Cortney did an awesome post all about her views on Instagram's algorithm and some questionable social media strategies that some bloggers may be participating in-namely loop giveaways.
This one is great for bloggers to read, but it's also great for regular-non-bloggers too, so they can be educated about what influencers are legitimate and which are not.

99% of the responses to this video completely warmed my heart & restored my faith in humanity.
Dogs are so important, they're like members of the family!

The perfect game for your next girls night or bachelorette party has finally arrived-prosecco pong 🍷

Last Wednesday I went to Birmingham to meet up with my sister & to see my niece and nephew for a little while before we headed to a concert that evening.
Our first stop was K & J's Elegant Pastries for these crazy milkshakes-y'all they were crazy.
Thankfully, my niece & nephew ate/drank most of them so I didn't go into diabetic shock, but they were pretty tasty! 
Speaking of my niece...she's a cheerleader this year!
Isn't she the cutest thing you've ever seen?! She makes this aunt's heart proud 😊 
 The concert was at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater and it was Matchbox 20 & Counting Crows!
I actually went with my sister (the gorgeous one below), but two of my good friends from high school were also at the show so of course we had to meet up for a picture when it was over!

More recently, this weekend I went to get a pedicure with my sweet friend Paige.
I ended up getting a gel pedicure for the first time (in the color Magically Mauve-which was actually a pretty lavender color) and I love it!
We had to get prepped and pampered for her baby shower on Sunday-she had such a cute shower & now we're just counting down the days until baby Anna Claire gets here! 

I don't know if I've really shared about this on the blog before, but basically since I was in high school I've been dedicated to daily journaling-which I highly recommend because it's so fun to look back through those and see how life has changed & see what was important to me back then and now.
But in addition to just writing my thoughts down daily, in 2015 I started doing this Q&A A Day journal which is basically just one question that you'll answer every day of the year & you do it for five years-it's so fun to see how the answers change throughout the five years!
Oh & also, just for a bonus this is the journal I just bought myself to use when I run out of pages in my current one & I'm so excited to use it!

Recipes to Try:
Beef Lombardi Casserole (I think this is what I'm trying out tonight!)
These Garlic Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes sound like the perfect side dish
Zucchini Rollatini might be the perfect substitute for the lasagna rolls that I crave so much

I've shared Riley Green with y'all before & I still absolutely love his music-he's so talented & it doesn't hurt that we're both alumni from JSU 😉🐓
His newest song is Runnin' with an Angel; the best line? 
"Holding you was Heaven, but losing you was Hell but I should've known the Devil had no business runnin' with an angel" So good, y'all!

I can finally share with y'all some of the things I picked up for my friend Paige (the one above that just had the baby shower!) and honestly if you have any friends or family expecting I highly recommend these products:
Horse Wubbanub (a pacifier with a plush horse attached-there are also other animal options!)
God Gave Us You (the sweetest book for firstborn children!)
White Onesie with Collar (This is perfect for wearing with any type of bottoms-it's a little dressier than your plain Gerber onesie!)
Floral Bubble (So cute for the warmer months!)
Fall Floral dress (Perfect for layering over their cute ruffle butt leggings!)

I have an exciting post planned for this Saturday (while we're in Nashville!)
so I had to take the pictures for it Sunday, since that's the first good weather we've had in forever. . .
Fortunately for me, my parents farm has tons of great places to shoot outfit photos, so hopefully with the help of my Mom I'm going to start taking advantage of that and including some clothing content with y'all.
As you can tell from the photo above from the shower, this is the outfit that I wore there (it will be on the blog at some point-just not Saturday!)
As soon as I finished doing the test shots with my DSLR the battery died...so these shots were with my iPhone, which thankfully is still decent, but I promise the quality will increase soon!

That's all for this week, folks-but come back Saturday to see the new post featuring something really fun and exciting!

Until next time. . .

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Target Beauty Box: August 2017

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Hey y'all!
On last weeks Ten on Tuesday I asked if y'all were interested in seeing what was in the August Target Beauty Box that I got, and y'all definitely wanted to see what I thought of it!
Let's jump into it. . .
Here's what comes inside: 
I picked this particular box up because I'm almost out of my current deodorant and so I decided that since the deodorant is just over $5 and the box is $7 then I should just get the box instead.
I love the full-size deodorant & next to that, I'm most excited about trying out the sheet mask-the packaging on that is too cute!

I've tried the Biore pore strips before & although I don't use them often because they aren't very good for your skin, they do work at clearing your pores so I was excited to get a sample to use.

The cleansing towelettes are a great value-there are 25 wipes in that package so of course I'll be willing to at least try those.

And the Garnier facial scrub & the Herbal Essences shampoo will be perfect to take to Nashville next weekend!

Let me know if you got this box below (what was your favorite?) or what item you like best if you've tried any from this box!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.19]

Hey y'all & happy Tuesday!
Let's check out today's round-up. . .

Today students in my county reported back to school & it was such a bittersweet day for me.
I wasn't able to find a job this year (I live in a pretty rural area & who knew that it would be so difficult for a history teacher to find a job).
But on the other hand it's a positive because I'll be able to be more involved on the farm & I'm going to be helping out with the event+wedding venue that my aunt & uncle own.
Hey, and this leaves more time for blogging 😉

#8 and #14 are the two that are totally me 😂

I'm really trying to take charge of my health lately, because I know I've gotten so lax in taking care of myself in the eating department.
This article about healthy swaps to get more good carbs in was so interesting!
I was so glad to find out that sourdough bread is a better choice than French bread because it has less of an effect on your blood sugar-yay for my favorite kind of bread!

As part of my August Goals, I want to get in 5 days of exercise each week (as per my FitBit goals!) &  so far this month I've been doing really well. Our neighborhood is super walkable and Forrest (my labrador) usually tags along.
If you're interested, this is the 21-Day walking plan that I'm doing!

I picked up this month's Target Beauty Box and am thinking about doing a review on the blog of it, is that something y'all would like to see?
I've done them in the past here, here, and here!

As we get closer to our Nashville trip (10 days, y'all!) I've been planning my outfits & maybe doing a little lusting over things I wish I could buy for this trip.
-This dress; the embroidery and boho feel scream Nashville to me.
-I have these boots that I'm taking, but I can't help but want these too because I cannot get enough of that fringe!
-My dream weekender bag 😍

I'm obsessed with everything about the Royal Family (isn't everyone?!) 
and when I read this article about why they always carry a second change of clothes with them on every trip I was a bit surprised, but it makes perfect sense.

With school starting back there are tons of teacher wives & moms out there that need quick dinner ideas.
This collection of 30-minute meals will come in clutch for those that need something fast & delicious.
A few of my personal favorites are kabobs and those sheet pan nachos!

One of my very best friends is expecting her first baby (a little girl 🎀) and her baby shower is this weekend!
I am so excited for her & have had so much fun shopping for her, it reminded me of one of the first posts I did on this blog talking about curating the perfect baby shower gift.
If you're looking for what to buy for your friend or co-workers who are expecting, check this post out!

If you're still in college (or about to start!) then check out Dorothy's post on updating her apartment decor, she seriously knows how to put together a small space and make it look like a million bucks!

Until next time. . .

Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Goals

Hey y'all & happy first Saturday of August!
I have to admit to y'all, I was pretty awful at keeping up with my goals for June and I didn't even make any for July...so needless to say, it's time to get my rear end back in gear!

Here are my goals for the month of August:

Get in my 5 Days of Exercise Each Week
Since getting my FitBit, I've been focusing on Step Goals, which is great-but I would love to actually hit five days per week of exercise, even if it's just a walk around our neighborhood!

Get Back in the Saddle
I'm going to be honest here, back in 2014 I lost my "soul-mate horse", Paint, and I haven't really been as into riding since then despite still having several horses.
I down-sized my herd last year to only three (& the horse that boards with us as well) and I've been talking to my husband about wanting to get back into riding again (plus, it's a really good workout!)
Here's to hoping you'll see pictures of me and Willow soon!

Finish my Current Book & Read Another
I've been making a practice of reading every single night before bed and I'm just devouring my current book.
I bought another on Amazon recently and I can't wait to start it too!

Enjoy our Trip to Nashville!
Towards the middle/end of the month, we're heading to Nashville to celebrate my sweet husband's birthday a month early with tickets to the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) and it just so happens that the Solar Eclipse is happening the same weekend-I don't think enjoying this trip will be that difficult 😉

Use What We Have Instead of Buying New
This is a goal I try to keep in mind pretty much every month, but I mean this in all aspects.
I want to really work hard to use up the food we have in our home instead of running to the grocery store for something (we have no excuse, we have a ton of frozen beef and vegetables from the farm). 

I would love to do a no-spend month, but with our trip to Nashville & the Lilly Pulitzer End of Summer sale...that may just have to wait! 😂

Let me know down below what your goals are for the month of August!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.18]

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Happy First of August! I know I seem to say this every single week, but I still cannot believe how quickly this summer has flown by-it seems as though May just got here yesterday!
Is there anything better in the summertime than a light, fresh salad as a light lunch or snack? I think not!
I cut up fresh garden-grown tomatoes & seasoned them lightly with Greek seasoning, topped that with feta cheese, fresh greens, walnuts, and dried cranberries-no dressing needed, this salad was already packed with flavor!

The official countdown is on until we leave for Nashville & I couldn't be more excited!
I can't wait to visit some of our favorites (mentioned here in my Nashville Travel Guide) and find some new faves as well! If you have any suggestions for Nashville-please leave them below, I'm always looking for new places to eat, visit, etc.

I have a new guilty pleasure...it's Pretty Little Liars!
I tried to watch the show back when it started on TV & I just couldn't get into it-it was creepy & I honestly didn't watch too much TV in high school.
But now that it's on Netflix & I can have it on while I'm folding laundry, putting away dishes, etc. I love it!
I've also been watching Chicago Justice and Nashville on Hulu, since I wrapped up the current seasons of Heartland & Blue Bloods!

Have you checked out last Saturday's post?
It was my Summer Book Review & I shared the four books I've been reading since my Spring Book Review and I really liked all of them, for different reasons.
I can't wait to finish the one I'm currently reading and I just ordered this one from Amazon.

That's good news for me because as it gets cooler outside here in Alabama (the past two days have felt like pre-Fall & I'm so excited!) I'm going to start walking at our park and in our neighborhood again.

After taking a many-month-long hiatus from the Target Beauty Box I finally picked up the August edition because I was planning on purchasing the deodorant that comes in it anyway for $4 and the box was only $7.
I have loved getting these in the past & I highly suggest picking this one up-it looks like it's got a lot of great goodies inside!

If you're as excited as I am about the upcoming Fall, check out these 15 quotes to get you into the Fall spirit!

Emily just wrote a great post on Creative Ways to Save Money for Travel and I absolutely love her ideas, especially since we're getting into the cooler months, which is my favorite time of the year to travel!

I was really, really bad with my June Goals and I never even attempted a July Goals...so I'm thinking I really need to start fresh with an August Goal list for this Saturday's post...what do y'all think?
The things I did accomplish for my June Goals?
-I did work on a Shutterfly book, but I want it to be perfect & not rushed, so I'm taking my time working on it.
-I did increase my instagram following, but I'm not quite at 950 yet! 
-I did enjoy my birthday month & celebrating birthdays for my mom & sister, and Father's Day with my daddy as well!

One of my parent's sweet neighbors brought them a sack of home-grown peaches & y'all best bet that I brought some of those babies home with me.
I had one last night & they are the juiciest, sweetest peaches-I'm obsessed & think they would be amazing in some ice cream!

Well that's all for this week-hope you enjoyed!
Let me know below what you're up to this week :)

Until next time. . .