Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Hey y'all!

Can you believe that we're already kicking off our summer?
I know that I'm excited that this is my first weekend off of teaching, I'm taking a deep breath and relaxing before the craziness of our anniversary (on Tuesday!) and lots of birthdays coming up starts!

Today I wanted to round up lots of sales for Memorial Day (my second favorite time of year to go shopping, only next to Black Friday/Cyber Monday).

The biggest sale being the...

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At the bottom of the page, I'm going to share a widget with lots of links to many products not featured on the collage above-make sure to check those out, too!

If you're athletic yourself or you've got a guy in your life, check this sale out.
Up to 25% off of Yeti items, 50% off outdoor games, 25% off ENO hammocks, and lots of big sales on shoes and clothing as well. 

Up to 50% off!

Extra 20% off!
This swimsuit is calling my name along with this mask set and this palette from one of my favorite makeup brands-they're all on sale!

40% off apparel, accessories, sleep, and swim with the code SUMMER!
Items up to 50% all weekend long!

Extra 40% off!

Up to 70% off! 
I love so many of these things (& think I'll pick up more than a few!) so I'm going to tag what I love below!

20% off your total order!
It's never too early to order your Bean Boots
The must-have addition to your Bean Boots
Boat Totes are a must for travel, beach trips, lake trips, or just carrying your junk around!

Up to 60% off and free shipping!

I'll try to continually update this with new sales and coupons throughout the long weekend, so make sure you're checking back!

Tuesday is going to be my 2nd wedding anniversary, so I look forward to kicking off a new series with y'all on that day-can't wait to share it with you!

Until next time. . .


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.10]

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Can you believe that this is my last post of the school year? When Saturday's post rolls around I will officially be on summer break (and hopefully celebrating with margs and shopping with my sister!)

If you're as obsessed as I am with the Royal family; you're sure to be dying over the photos of Pippa Middleton's wedding dress, etc.  I think both Pippa and Kate are so stunning and just the quintessential classic ladies-I love when the media talks about them and their families!

If you didn't know, Chris and I honeymooned in Savannah (almost two years ago now!) and so we have a love affair with that magical city.
This list by Garden & Gun is chock-full of Savannah's best restaurants, places to visit, places to stay, etc. 

Hold the phone-Alabama is getting a Southern Living Store!
Right now the only SLS is in Myrtle Beach, SC but Huntsville will be getting one at the end of the month (so is Destin, FL if you live close to there!)
I'm going to either have to plan a trip to the North end of the state or to the beach. . .

One of my favorite bloggers, Krista at Covering the Bases, did an interview for Draper James and I'm too obsessed with what she had to say (& her adorable DJ dress!)

This is the summer of the statement earring & I love them all!
From high end to low end, they are all adorable and add the perfect finishing touch to dress up any outfit. 
I'm going to have to pick some out for the Summer photo session that I just won with my favorite photographer!

Chris & I don't have any babies yet, but I love keeping up with a few of my favorite bloggers who happen to be Mama's-the mom life agrees with them all, but especially Victoria Strader!
Her sweet little boy, Beau just turned one and she threw the most perfect Farmer's Market Birthday Party.
It was so sweet (& would be fitting for our future little ones as well!) I'm just obsessed.

My sweet Mama gifted me a cute Kate Spade phone case (along with my iPhone 6S) for my graduation last year & although it has held up really well, it's scratched up & starting to fall apart, meaning it's finally time to search for a new one!
This, this, and oh-em-gee this one are on my short list (which one is your fave?!)

Is anyone else counting down the days until June 1st?!
I'm not trying to wish away my summer, but I am so looking forward to Nashville coming back on.
I just hope it's as good as it was before the dramatic last episode!

I'm always looking for easy (but also yummy) recipes for Chris and I to eat during the week especially using chicken and beef because those are the two proteins we always have on hand.
I think tonight I might try out this chicken recipe and maybe have a big green salad and some baby baker potatoes on the side.
That sounds like a husband pleasing meal 👍

Well y'all, we survived another school year & we survived another beginning of the week!

Until next time. . .


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan for Two

Hey y'all!

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Today I'm finally sharing the recipe that I mentioned back in my April Goals post. It was my goal to test out a new recipe and share it in a post here on the blog, so here I am finally fulfilling that goal, even though I've had the recipe typed out and my pictures taken since the beginning of April. 🙈

I love using my crock-pot year 'round, but especially these super busy times of the year like when school is almost over so I'm spending extra hours making final exams, grading papers, cleaning my classroom, etc. 

This chicken parmesan recipe is super easy and one of my favorite comfort foods. I made my own recipe out of several different versions that I've tried over the years + what I had on hand to use up. 

If you're interested; this is the crock-pot that I use. It's the perfect size for cooking so many different things for two people, or for cooking family sized amounts of side dishes or appetizers.
It's my go-to crockpot for dips or for making crockpot green beans in for family occasions or work parties!


2 Chicken breasts (I used 6 chicken tenderloins because it's what I had on hand)
1 (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes
1/2 purple onion (white would work fine as well)
A dash  of garlic & onion powders
1 Tablespoon dried basil
1 Teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning (oregano & parsley blend)
A generous sprinkling of mozzarella cheese for melting

No one has ever accused me of being a food photographer (& I forgot to melt the cheese on top of mine 🙊)

You can pin the recipe card at the top of the page or print it out-I wanted to make this very user friendly!

Thanks for checking out this recipe and be looking for more summer-type recipes in the near future!

Until next time. . .


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.9]

Hey y'all & welcome back to this week's Ten on Tuesday!

I'm so excited that this is our last regular week of classes before we start our semester final exams and then...summer vacation inservice for teachers! Haha, in all seriousness I'm soaking up every last second of being at my school and being with my kiddos-I love it!

Have you heard about the newest Starbucks collaboration with
The cups are seriously the cutest and I'm so bummed they won't be sold stateside...especially since I missed out on the Lilly Pulitzer and Starbucks collaboration. 


Last weekend's Saturday post talked all about some new skincare products I've been trying out over the past month or so.

If I had to pick two stand out products they would be this one and this one-those have really changed my skin in the past month!

Growing up I remember loving baking with my mom and aunt's and while most kids loved cookies or brownies I have always been a huge fan of the blondie. This recipe is an updated version of a classic with white chocolate chips and browned butter-it looks like a crowd pleaser (who am I kidding, it looks like a me-pleaser!) for sure!

If you're a fan of those huge pool floats (think blow up unicorns or slices of pizza) you need to see Kate's round-up of her picks for the pool this year!

I've been doing a little online shopping browsing in preparation for our New Orleans trip and have fallen in love with this breezy dress and this pretty off-the shoulder option.

If you're going to be a wedding guest this summer, give this article a read.
Or maybe if you're a bride you can casually share this on Facebook and people will get the message 😉

I hope you didn't forget to wish you Mama a Happy Mother's Day this past Sunday!
This article was shared by Southern Living and had me laughing at the accuracy of Mother's Day in the South. 

The Kate Spade surprise sale is back!
Some of my favorites from the sale are this for your summer vacays, this to store your face makeup in, and these to wear on a fun date night!

If you love "This is Us" as much as the rest of the world, check out the season 2 promo.
It's sure to draw tears...just like every single episode of the show last season.

While y'all are most likely kicked back reading this from the comfort of your sofa, maybe sipping that after work glass of wine, I'll be out in the hayfield with my sweet husband.
Making hay while the sun shines sure is a lot of work!

I hope y'all enjoyed this week's Ten on Tuesday-can't wait to see you back on Saturday with a fun post!

Until next time. . .


Saturday, May 13, 2017

New Skincare Tested

Hey y'all!

I've recently received a few new skincare products & I've purchased some as well (thanks to Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty sale)...and since I've had several weeks with them to test them all out, I decided it's time for me to share them (& my results) with y'all :)

This is a fun round-up of a face wash, an eye serum, a facial spray, a spot treatment, and a soothing mask.

Y'all, this product is SO good.

I test out lots of different types of skincare and I'm always nervous about face washes because I'm not sure how my skin is going to take it, but this one had such an awesome affect.

The mixture of acids are pH balanced to smooth skin texture and unclog pores (both things that I struggle with)
You can use it up to twice a day, and while it's a little more pricey ($40) I think it's worth every single penny because of the way my skin reacted to it.

In fact, after using it for a couple of days I went back to my old face wash to use it up and had a breakout almost instantly-that says enough for me!

I always talk about packaging on the blog-it's important to me how products are presented. While it doesn't have a flashy bottle or anything too fancy, it's very clean and straightforward which I love and the cap makes it very easy to travel with.

Overall, I'm a huge fan of this and would totally recommend it if you're looking for a new face wash to smooth out any texture and clear up your skin.

First of all, can we talk about how flawless this packaging is? The box it came in was just as impressive and made me so excited to test it out!

Let's start out with some of the claims: 
-Tightens pores
-Visibly reduces bags and fine lines
-Instant, on the go lifting and plumping
-Designed for special occasions

Now this is a really pricey product, so you have to be committed.
But if you look at the photos down below-you can see that although my eyes don't have a lot of wrinkles or sagging, they do have some fine lines and puffiness.

I think that it does live up to it's claims, you can feel the product working and instantly see results.
My results lasted all day long and I had friends that commented on how well-rested I look (that usually doesn't happen!)



I'm getting so real and close up with y'all today-I'm feeling brave!

It's really simple to apply (which I love). You just clean your face and pat dry, then spread a thin layer  on upper and lower eyelids (be careful not to get in your eyes!). Afterwards you can use powder makeup on top and it looks really great with makeup on top!

I won't use this for every day, but I really loved how it felt and will pull it out for special occasions & for days when my eyes are just really tired.

You can snag 25% off on this product using the code PROMO25

When Ulta had their 21 Days of Beauty sale, one day the Mario Badescu products were maybe 50% off or something like that-so I picked up a few things because I had heard the line raved about by other bloggers and you tubers so I wanted to test it out for myself.

The line itself is not too expensive as it is, but the sale made it a little nicer :)

I love testing out new masks & so I was very excited to get this, especially since I try so many different types of skincare-sometimes it's nice to have something soothing for my skin.

I have worn this two or three times and while the smell is kind of off-putting, the mask itself is very nice.
I love how gentle and cooling it is on my skin and when I take it off, my skin feels super soft.

I'm a sucker for a good facial spray, I've loved the Evian one for a really long time so when I heard about this one and found out that it had rosewater I immediately wanted to test it out.

This is so refreshing and soothing on my skin, it makes my face look radiant and hydrated.
Plus, the scent is amazing-smells just like roses!

If you don't like floral scents & possibly if you have oily skin you may not like this product-but going into summer I feel like I'll get a lot of use out of this product. 

This is probably the product that I was most excited about testing out because I had been needing/wanting a new spot treatment and I've heard so many people rave about their results from this one.

It's really neat looking, basically a two layered product that you don't shake up-you dip a q-tip in an then dab it on your spots and leave it on overnight.

The first time I ever tried it I was shocked-overnight it had literally dried up my pimple to where it was almost nonexistent.

On more stubborn bumps sometimes it takes two nights, but it diminishes more each night you use it.

If you're suffering from random pop-ups of bumps, I really recommend keeping this on hand!

Well y'all, I hope you enjoyed this little review post-I know that I love reading and hearing about new skincare and makeup products so I hope to share more of these kind of posts in the future!

Let me know below if you've tried any of these products or if you have any suggestions for new skincare that I should test out :)

Until next time. . .


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.8]

Hey y'all!

Welcome back to another Ten on Tuesday-I hope your week is treating you well.

The closer we get to the end of school (May 25th is our last day with students & the 26th is inservice) the more excited and exhausted I seem to get. But we can make it through another few weeks!

I don't do my nails often, but this post has given me all the spring vibes & is making me want to treat myself to a fresh mani soon.

Y'all, if you feel like laughing-watch this video. It's SO funny! 😂

Speaking of watching stuff; does anyone have any good Netflix suggestions? I kind of want to watch 13 Reasons Why, but I don't know if I'll enjoy it.

I'm obsessed with the look of this Pinterest pin!
I've got several old windows to repurpose (which is one of my goals for the month), I think the boxwood wreath adds the perfect layer.

This Sunday afternoon, Chris and I took Forrest and met our friends Kane, Paige, and their sweet pup Daisy and headed for the Tallapoosa River to float at least one more time before they welcome their sweet little girl into their family!

It was absolutely beautiful weather and gorgeous views!

Y'all, I'm dying over the new glowy blush and bronzers that are on the market. They're seriously to die for.

Y'all, look at my cute Mama in this picture from our last shopping trip!
I finally got her in some Lilly and she looks so fab.
My Mama's Top here

If you're still looking for the perfect gift for your Mama, here's my Mother's Day Guide!

I don't know about y'all, but most of my afternoons this week are going to be spent cleaning & working outside. If you need tips for my favorite cleaning products, check them out here.

Y'all, like I need another pair of shoes. But this scalloped pair is killing me. I need to add it to my collection!

If you're in a hurry this week and needing a quick recipe for dinner; Southern Living just put out it's 30 minute recipes and I foresee those sheet pan nachos making it onto our menu this week.

Well y'all, I hope you enjoyed this week's version of Ten on Tuesday; let me know down below what y'all are up to this week!

Until next time. . .


Saturday, May 6, 2017

May Goals

I cannot believe we've already made it to May!
It's a little too early yet (even though we don't have many days left 🙌) but I can almost say that I've survived my first full year of teaching. I don't want to jinx anything just yet.

Before we jump into talking about the goals I've set for May; let's look at Aprils goals:

-Walk 2-3 days per week
-Continue to get up two posts per week every week in the month
-Read at least one book
-Try out (& blog) about one new recipe! This one should be easy because I have been clipping new recipes like crazy from my Southern Living & Good Housekeeping magazines.
-Have a girl's day with my sister on our weather day! (Can't wait for Little Donkey & Summit shopping!)

I'm so happy to say that I accomplished every single goal that I had set (at least almost accomplished them all).
I successfully completed my editorial calendar for April & was super consistent there.
I read not only one book for myself, but we also finished one novel in my reading class and have started another.

My girl's day trip was amazing-I love spending time with my mom and sisters. We didn't have Little Donkey, sadly because we ran out of time...but Taco Mama was a good substitute!
Now the two that I'm having to give myself some grace on.
I had dental surgery the first week in April, so that kind of threw the walking that week out of the window.

Then my grandmother passed away the third week of the month and that week was spent traveling to be with family, so I'm giving myself grace with that one.
And the recipe; I have tried it and the post should be up very very soon! It will be worth the wait!

Let's check out May's Goals:

-Finish off the school year strong!
-Write thank-you notes to four individuals who have positively impacted my life in the past year; there's nothing quite like a handwritten note to convey true meaning.
-Create a Shutterfly book of our wedding photos (finally!)
-Research and plan for the New Orleans trip!
-Finally repurpose the vintage windows that have been hanging out in our garage
-Read at least one book
-Grow the instagram following to 1,000 (if you would like to help the cause, you can follow me @SouthernAndStyle ;)

Alright, this month's to-do list is a little more involved than last month, but I think it's do-able.
I think preserving memories and taking the time to thank the people in our lives is so important and we don't do either one of those enough.

Let me know below what your goals are for May!

Until next time. . .