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...
ONE
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.

TWO
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!

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

FOUR
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!

FIVE
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! 

SIX
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!

SEVEN
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

EIGHT
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!

NINE
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!)

TEN
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. . .
xoxo, 

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. . .
xoxo, 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.19]

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

ONE
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 😉

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

THREE
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!

FOUR
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!

FIVE
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!

SIX
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 😍

SEVEN
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.

EIGHT
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!

NINE
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!

TEN
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. . .
xoxo,

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. . .
xoxo, 

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!
ONE
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!

TWO
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.

THREE
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!

FOUR
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.

FIVE
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.

SIX
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!

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

EIGHT
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!

NINE
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!

TEN
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. . .
xoxo, 



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Summer Book Review

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Hey y'all!
I did my Spring Book Review at the beginning of June, so I decided that it was time to round up the four books that I've been able to read since then and let you know what I thought of them!

Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, & Kelly Irvin
This book is a collection of four short stories based in Amish country (y'all already know about my interest in sociology and in the way different groups and cultures live).
The stories are all different, but they draw you in quickly and have incredible character development for a short story.
These would be perfect if you're trying to make time for reading, but can't tackle a big book or you want something to read on the plane or on a beach vacay. 
My favorite of the four would probably be Summer Storms, which is the second one. It has a great story of a girl named Arianna who is engaged, but her relationship almost falls apart because of demons her brother is dealing with.
Each story has a great wrap-up (kind of a "what happens after the story"), I highly recommend!

Liane Moriarty
This was a really hyped up book, I've heard so many people (bloggers and just in everyday life) that have raved over how great it is, so of course I wanted to check it out-so I added it to an Amazon order to round out for free shipping ;)

This story is based on three women who are all mothers of children who go to the same school; there is drama amongst the women and the students at the school, but there is also drama at home that hardly any of the women put together-but somehow they are intrinsically connected.
It has a surprising and shocking ending that will keep you guessing along the whole story-very interesting and worth the read & the hype!

Philippa Gregory
Y'all know I have a love affair with historical fiction and Philippa Gregory does it best.
She does so much research and her novels are so historically accurate, I feel like I'm learning and enjoying the best stories that history has to offer at the same time (win-win!)
Virgin Earth is about John Tradescant, who is the gardener to King Charles I.
This story follows his life as King Charles I seems as though his kingdom is going to be toppled, so John leaves England for America (for Virginia) and tries his hand there.
John has sort of a double-life, one in America where he marries a Native American woman and lives among the Powhatan for a while, and then his family back in England.
It's a story of being torn between two loyalties & one that I thoroughly enjoyed, because you can sense his confusion and never knowing that the choice he makes is going to be the right one.

Like I mentioned before, her stories are very historically accurate and this one is no different. If you enjoy European (or really, American) history then I would recommend this or any of Philippa Gregory's novels (she wrote The Other Boleyn Girl as well!) 

Howard Greenfeld
This book is actually geared toward a younger audience, but it is so well-written and it has a way of drawing you in that I finished it in one sitting because I was so enthralled.
Essentially, this book focuses on the "hidden children" of the Holocaust-much like Anne Frank.
It goes in-depth with surviving hidden children, telling their personal stories about how they were able to survive the world and the way they felt while the war was raging & how they were unsure that they would live, or if they would ever see their parents/families again.

Although this isn't a light read, if you're interested in history-once again, this is a very educational read! I love increasing my knowledge and I thought that this might be useful in my classroom in the future one day. 

I hope y'all enjoyed this little review, I know the books I read are a little different than the "basic bloggers" book reviews, but what can I say, I like to read a little bit of everything!
Right now, this is what I'm reading and I can't wait to see the movie that is based off of it!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.17]

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Hey y'all!
I hope your Tuesday is treating you well-I can't believe that we're already at the last Tuesday in the month of July...this year is completely flying by!
ONE
 Last Thursday was an early one for me. I was up at 4:30 with my husband and the rest of the crew to go work our calves.
The best (and possible only good) part was being able to see this stunning sunrise when I pulled through the gate to our land.
And the steamy, hazy morning was beautiful too!
TWO
             
If you know me, then you know I adore my lab, Forrest (in the cutest picture in the world-below)
The video above came across my newsfeed this weekend on Facebook and it's the story of Ruff, the Labrador Retriever as told by his owner.
It's a tear-jerker, but it also reminds us how much loyalty and love dogs give us on a daily basis.
THREE
Did you catch Saturday's post?
It's an Instagram Recap with behind-the-scenes stuff and links to my favorites that I share on the 'Gram but not necessarily on the blog!

FOUR
Doesn't Carly's trip to Nantucket look like a dream?

FIVE
BTW, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on and is completely open to the public. Things are starting to sell out quickly, but there's still plenty to check out and pick up.
I've said it before & I'll say it again-the prices in this sale are the best you'll see until Black Friday & this is the perfect time to stock up on Christmas/Birthday/Wedding/Baby Shower/Etc. gifts
I'm linking my shoe picks below, but you can visit my #NSale Picks post for more of my faves.
SIX
Since the sale has gone public, I've checked it out and found a few more things I wish I could justify buying!

SEVEN
I have completely fallen in love with two new-ish country songs in the past few weeks & I feel as though I'm doing y'all a disservice if I don't share them.
Roots-Zac Brown Band
                                       
Heart Break-Lady Antebellum 
EIGHT
Once again, y'all know I'm obsessed with my pup-so of course any time I can spoil him I definitely do so!
I was able to try out some products from Zesty Paws for Forrest & I have to say, I kinda love them all.
We tested out three products (one not pictured) the Pure Salmon Oil, Mobility Bites, and Omega Bites.
Out of all three, Forrest's favorite was the salmon oil. It provides essential nutrients for healthy skin, coat, and body. It also is said to help with joint function, heart health, and enhancing immune system.
Forrest loves the great taste (it must make his kibble taste delicious!) and it has made his coat so shiny.
The mobility bites help improve hip and joint mobility, which Forrest doesn't really need since he's only 2-but I think taking them now and preventing mobility issues is great.
The omega bites help with cardiovascular health, healthy skin & coat, and digestive health. This one is awesome for Forrest because sometimes he has tummy issues, but since he's been taking these daily he doesn't seem to have that issue anymore!

NINE
I recently discovered that along with Draper James killing it in the clothing, accessory, and housewares departments...Reese also has a blog that goes along with the store.
Hold the phone, that's right-my favorite actress and lady boss now has a blog full of Southern content!
Two of my favorite posts:
&

TEN
I know everyone is still crazy about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (as evidenced by my posts above), but did you know Old Navy is also having a little sale too?
Right now most things are 30% off without having to use a coupon code!

Until next time. . .
xoxo,