Saturday, May 12, 2018

5 Favorite Statement Earrings for Summer

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If there's one trend I'm willing to jump on for Spring & Summertime, it's going to be the statement earrings trend!
I absolutely love the idea of popping on a cute pair of earrings and then keeping everything else really simple-it makes accessorizing really easy (except for when it comes to choosing which pair to wear!)

Yellow is a color I don't have enough of in my wardrobe, but these bright, geometric earrings would be the perfect sunny touch for the warmer months.

Kendra Scott is by far my favorite statement earring brand because they're always so well-made & they have an amazing selection to choose from.
These aqua earrings would go with so much in my summer wardrobe & I love the tassel/fringe detailing on the edge.

If you're looking for an affordable option-BaubleBar for Target has a ton of affordable options that make just as much of a statement as the original brand.
I love the tropical feel of these earrings, so if you're headed off on vacay-make sure you pick these up for just over ten bucks right now!

These are the earrings that made me want to put together this entire roundup because I just fell in love with them.
They remind me of oysters and the beach, in the prettiest way possible-I just really need them (someone tell my husband!)

These are some of my favorites on BaubleBar's own website right now because I think red is a great color for summer, especially the Fourth of July!
These are a similar option from the SugarFix line at Target (currently on sale for just over $10), but they don't come in red-only pink, black, aqua, and white-but those are still some great colors for Summer for a nice price!

Which pair are you lusting after?!
I definitely need to save up and grab those Amber Sceats earrings before we head off on a trip!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ten on Tuesday [No.45]

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Y'all, I could literally browse antique stores every single day and probably never get bored.
They're a combination of home decor & history, two of my very favorite things and I just don't get sick of them. It's like a museum where everything is for sale.
My sister & I went to one this past weekend on the hunt for nursery furniture (which I'm pretty sure I found) and we stumbled upon this chippy, white, glam heaven-I could've taken every piece home with me if my husband wouldn't have divorced me 😉
Okay, did anyone else watch the Kentucky Derby this year?
I totally meant to talk about it in last week's post, but it slipped my mind completely!
I picked Justify (aka, the winner!), mostly because I love his jockey-Mike Smith. He's such a talented guy & he spoke so highly of Justify.
He was the only horse in the field that finished the race with a clean nose, so I call that a double win.
I shared this quiz with my mom on race day; "Is This The Title of an Audiobook or the Name of a Racehorse?"
Y'all should all take it and let me know your results!
Did you check out Saturday's post yet?
Like I said, my sister and I were out and about so I didn't get a chance to share it around like I usually do, so you may have missed my big Empties review, but it was a really great roundup with lots of information. I would love to know if you use any of the products I used up!
My Mother's Day Gift Guide is still accessible and has some really great picks, even for you last minute shoppers. If nothing else, go pick her up a card and write her a sweet little message-she'll treasure it!
While my sister & I were out shopping Saturday, we went to Old Navy for her to make a return and I ended up buying another print in the same dress I purchased last time around.
This pretty striped print will be perfect for Spring & Summer (and it's pretty roomy, so hopefully it will work for me for a while longer!)
We spent lots of time with this sweet pup this weekend; we're really trying to soak up all our time with Forrest that we can so he doesn't feel like second fiddle when the baby comes.
I think he's going to be a great big brother!
I am a huge sucker for Italian food, so when I saw this recipe for antipasto squares, I knew I had to add it to our menu!
It's got all my favorite flavors; pepperoni, pepperoncini, cheeses-all the best things in life.
When I test it out, I'll let y'all know the results.
I was browsing around the other day & stumbled upon this dress and thought I might recommend it as a wedding dress to some of my friends that are getting married soon...but y'all, that price tag!
It's a stunning gown though & would be beautiful for a boho wedding. 😍👰
Does anyone else watch How Jen Does It on YouTube?
Her videos are perfection; they're usually fairly short, but they're all about how she maintains her household (aka, cleaning & cooking basically).
She recommends this mop & since Amazon has it right now for $45 with two spray bottles & four mop pads, which is a great deal-so I snapped it up & it should be here next week sometime.
Ignore all the junk in the background of this picture; but I just had to share my book haul from this past Saturday.
My sister & I took a truckload of boxes from my house to the thrift store to donate (we've been cleaning out in preparation for adding all the baby things!) and I stopped inside to browse through the books because that store has great prices.
I got the entire pile of children's books (on the left) and the pile of books for me (+ one more hardcover Elin Hilderbrand book that I've already started) all for $23. It's 29 books total so I think I did a pretty great job!
If you're looking for books-check out your local thrift store, you might be surprised at what you can find :)

Until next time. . .

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Empties [No.4]

 Happy weekend, y'all!
I'm sharing an Empties post with y'all today (aka, I'm going through my beauty trash & sharing mini reviews of each item!) and I'm excited because these are some of my favorite posts to do and I haven't done one since last October!
There are a ton of items in this post, so I'm just going to jump right in & start sharing. . .
This was a great scrub for a great price, the tub lasts forever!
It smells like maple and left my skin feeling super smooth and soft after use.
I've got a few scrubs to use up, but I will definitely buy this again.
This is an excellent mask for clearing up your skin, unfortunately I just didn't go through this massive tub fast enough and it started to get mold on it so I had to toss it.
They now sell an 8 oz tub, instead of the 16 oz once I have, so I would probably purchase it again in the smaller size.
This is my favorite body butter to apply after showering, it smells amazing-floral and sweet.
I've already got a back up of this stuff because I don't want to be without it ever.
I bought a Burt's Bees gift set after Christmas on a discount and this was a product in that set.
Unfortunately, I didn't love this cleanser. The cream wouldn't really spread around on my face and it has menthol making it almost sting.
I wouldn't really recommend.
Bath & Body Works Kitchen Lemon & Mint Deep Cleansing Hand Soap
I mention another soap from the B&BW "Lemon" line in this post, but this one is not my favorite.
Mint & lemon just don't seem to go together. Plus, the deep cleansing formula isn't my favorite.
I bought this shampoo to combat some of the itchy scalp that I get when I use dry shampoo too often (whoops!), but I didn't really love it. It really does make your scalp tingle, which is fine...until it gets in your eyes. So I'll pass from now on and look for something new.
I bought this with hopes that it would be like the Lemon scented hand soap from the Southern line that B&BW did a few years back, but unfortunately it wasn't. It was still good though, and I liked the clean, lemony scent with the Christmas-y packaging for the Winter season.

This is my all-time favorite lip balm, it smells so good and almost freshens your breath when you use it. Highly recommend this & I can't pick another one up fast enough.
I always keep a lip balm by my bed, by my seat in the living room, in my purse, etc. and so while I did use this one up it just wasn't my favorite flavor. It was just okay.
I love this moisturizer so much. It's so good.
It goes on so smoothly and soaks in immediately.
The smell is citrusy and delicious.
I would definitely consider picking this up again, in the future, especially if I saw it on sale.
This stuff was awful.
The smell was decent, but it didn't smooth my hair or anything at all. It didn't even help make it manageable, much less repair frizz.
Bath & Body Works Holly Jolly Berry Hand Sanitizer
This was another little Christmas gift-y from my mom that I kept on my desk while teaching & then tossed in my purse once I wasn't teaching anymore.
It smelled slightly sweet and clean, I really liked it and would love to get another one again around the Christmas season.
I always try to keep a small size of lotion near my seat in the living room, just in case.
This has been there for a while just because the scent is so strong. It's a musky scent, which I used to love but it's just too much now.
I did use it up, but won't repurchase.
Don't let "snail" in the name fool you, this stuff is really good.
I can't speak for the anti-aging benefits because obviously that's going to take a while to notice, but I did notice how soft and manageable it left my hair feeling which is very important to me.
While not my favorite soap formula, I really enjoyed this scent.
It was super fresh & clean, I loved it for the Fall season into Winter.
Hopefully they'll bring it back this Fall!
I'm trying desperately to use up a ton of my lotions & potions, and this is one of those.
I kept it by my bed and overall I was pretty pleased with it, although the moisture didn't last long on my skin. The scent is a sweet, musky scent that I love-especially for Summer nights.
I love anything lemon (if y'all have been here for a while, you know!) and so when B&BW came out with a ton of "lemon" scents I was so excited.
This one was so good and clean, hopefully I'll see it again because I loved it in our bathroom.
I tried a spray deodorant for the first time in 2017 and will never go back.
They're so much more sanitary in my opinion and I love how they feel on my skin.
This one lasts all day and doesn't leave marks on my clothing.
I really, really liked this moisturizer and noticed the difference it made in my skin.
There are lots of good moisturizers at the drug store right now, but I think this is a really great hydrating one for summer.
I love the plain Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer, so I thought a self-tanner version was a no brainer...I was wrong, y'all.
It smells funny & left my skin colored patchy. I'll pass.
If you're looking for a basic facial scrub, pick this over the St. Ives Apricot Scrub because it's the same thing. There are better ones on the market, but this is a pretty nice cheap alternative.
If you want a really nice looking, quick-drying topcoat then I recommend picking this one up at Target.
It's not very expensive and works so well.
I used mine too early over red polish, so it took on red and then got a little too gloopy for my taste, so I replaced mine, but at the under $5 it's easy to do.
Love My Nails Hardener & Strengthener
When cleaning out my nail polish, I realized this clear coat had turned colors and was almost empty so I'm tossing it.
I have a few topcoats that I love more than this, so I won't repurchase.
It's a nice budget buy though.
If you love the look of gel nails, but don't want to damage your nails or spend the $$$ at the salon, then pick up this gel-coat.
I get mine from Sally Beauty Supply, but they also have it on Amazon.
It makes your nails look super shiny and have that gel thickness to them.
Equate Nail Polish Remover
If you're ever at Wal-Mart in the travel items aisle thinking you should purchase this to take on trips, etc. turn around and walk away because you shouldn't.
It literally didn't take off anything.
I tried & tried & tried.
Ignore the funny name, but embrace the great formula of lip balm!
I love my Chicken Poop lip balm because it really does moisturize and doesn't have a crazy scent.
I keep one by my bed currently and have to try to keep my husband from stealing it.
I got this in a Sephora Play box & fell head-over-heels in love with it, so much that I went to Sephora and picked up a full size.
I love how clean it makes my hair feel and the scent is really nice as well.
I used this cleanser as a travel cleanser, until I only had a few uses left and just used it up at home.
It was okay, a little drying on my skin and it was hard to get all of the product out of this packaging.
I probably wouldn't purchase full sized.
You definitely need to click that link to go see the brush on this mascara because it's so crazy.
I didn't mind the crazy brush, but it wasn't my favorite formula.
It was pretty lengthening, but I also need thickening.
I picked this up after hearing some YouTuber's chat about it, and I did use it up...but it was just okay. I wouldn't go out of my way to repurchase, but I might try the Pro-Glow version.
This was a really nice basic bronzer, I hit major pan on mine & then it broke leaving it difficult to use.
I've found other bronzers that do a better job, but if you're just looking for something quick, easy, and inexpensive then this is a great option.
I got this in an Influenster box I think, I just didn't care for it enough to even use it up.
It's a brow mascara, but I prefer a pencil or powder for my brows.
This is my trusty concealer that I always fall back on when I'm not sure which one I want to test out at the drugstore.
I currently have this again right now & may pick up another as a backup.
I picked this up on a whim and while it performed decently, it just was just okay.
It's not very thick, so if you prefer a thinner formula this might be up your alley.
This sample is from when I had Ipsy (aka, I should've tossed this a long time ago).
I never really liked it because the formula wasn't great and it didn't blend well.
Don't really recommend unless you really like a natural look.
I love perfume samples!
They're great for travel or tucking in your purse for on-the-go, this one was a really nice apple-y scent. It didn't win me over enough to want to purchase full price, however.
This was a very strong, sweet, and heady perfume.
I enjoyed it for the cooler months as a nighttime perfume, but once again-not enough to purchase. It was kind of forgettable.
This was my first go at a sleeping mask and while I liked it for it's moisturizing benefits, I just felt like it was too pricey for what it was.
The scent is quite nice though and a little bit does go a long way.
This is a very soft powder brush that comes in at less than $5.
I enjoyed using it for many years, but even after washing it over and over it just felt like there was build up so I replaced it.
It's a great brush for the price though!
This is totally embarrassing, but this is probably the first eyeshadow brush I ever actually bought (instead of using the ones that came with eyeshadow).
It was decent for packing on pigment, but after so many washings the head falls off of the handle and it's time to say bye-bye.
This sheet mask was different than anything I had ever seen before, it was almost like a cleansing mask to remove leftover traces of dirt, oil, and makeup.
I tried it one night when I took a bubble bath and it was okay, just not my favorite mask and I wouldn't buy it.
I got this mask for Christmas & while I love Burt's Bees, this sheet mask just didn't do it for me.
The mask itself is textured and felt kinda funny on my face, plus it wasn't very saturated (which I love in a sheet mask, especially a hydrating one). It wasn't bad, but I didn't fall in love with it.
These masks are a little pricey, but man do they work well.
I know that when I use them once a week or every other week, they really do a number on getting rid of my dark spots and acne scarring.
Next time I spot them in a sale at Ulta, I might snap them up!
I always search out The Creme' Shop face masks at TJ Maxx because they're always a great price and they always do me right.
I've used four out of the five in the box (I'm wearing one right now!) and they really do a great job.
I love this one for hydrating and reducing redness, plus the scent is really light and nice.
They also fit my face really well, which is a huge plus.
I used this in my last bath and I loved how it made me feel.
The scent was really nice and soothing and I felt like it just soaked away my sore, tired muscles.
I would definitely purchase this again, especially since it's such a good price.
I used up two packs of these wipes since October and they're still my favorite wipes to use.
I love how moist they are and how they glide on my skin.
I got these in a Target Beauty Box & I was pleased that I got to test them out.
They would do in a pinch, but they still aren't quite as good as my Neutrogena ones.
Ole Henriksen created new packaging, so they had a ton of these for $1 for 10 wipes at my TJ Maxx.
I decided I would pick up one packet to test out and while they did smell good, they didn't glide well across my skin so I probably wouldn't purchase the newly packaged ones.
These are the cotton rounds I used to take off my makeup and sometimes nail polish.
I recently accidentally picked up the premium rounds and actually, for just a few cents more...I like the premium ones better! They're very soft, so I might be converted into premium over basic now.
My Target just started carrying Bliss, and I do love a good citrusy scent...but I won't be picking up this one, only because I've got enough body butter and lotion in back-up.
If you need a good body butter and prefer citrus over sweet, then this one is a winner!
This serum is one sample I always love to get, but will never ever purchase because it comes in at over $100.
It's supposed to be a youth serum, but I'm sure you'd have to use it consistently to see results.
I do love the boost of hydration I get, but not worth the cost in my opinion.
While I always enjoy trying out these high-end samples, but this Dior sample wasn't anything too exciting. I have moisturizers I like that don't cost $70.
I got this sample from Sephora with my last purchase & was so excited to test it out...but y'all, I used it once before a meeting and my makeup broke up so bad and patches clung to my was awful. 
I didn't even try it out again, I tossed it in the empties bin so y'all would know how much I disliked it.
This is my favorite type of moisturizer right now, a hydra-gel type. However, you don't have to pay Clinique prices to get this! Go to the drug store, they have tons to choose from with similar results for a fraction of the price.
I received this in a Too Faced order & was so excited, because I've been wanting to try this foundation out but didn't know my shade.
This provided three shades for me to try out and I decided on Light Beige.
This is definitely on my to-buy list as a full coverage foundation once I use one of my current ones up!
I'm pretty sure my sister gifted these to me from the salon she & her husband owns, and y'all they are so good I just might purchase the full size.
They're for thin, lifeless hair and while my hair isn't necessarily thin-it surely needs some help.
This gave my hair lift and volume, it made it very soft and manageable as well. Plus the smell-so good!
I might as well have named this section "things I love but I can't do while pregnant" because that's what all this stuff is.
If you really, really need to work on your skin's texture, the Exuviance Performance Peel will be your life saver. It makes such a huge difference in my skin; in acne scarring, sunspots, texture, etc. and I'm sure I'll have some spots that need to be worked on once the babe is here.
I unfortunately cannot use my Smile Brilliant kit while I'm pregnant, but you can read about my experience here. I loved it so much & look forward to being able to whiten my teeth again once our little guy is here.
The desensitizing gel is very important to me when whitening because it keeps my teeth from hurting-so if you get the whitening kit, make sure to add this gel!
Like I just said, I really loved my experience with Smile Brilliant & will definitely start again once I'm not pregnant.
Their prices are really great compared to professional teeth whitening and the process is so easy. If you're trying to whiten for an event or just to boost your self-esteem, I really love this brand.
This is one of the best wallflowers I have ever tried from B&BW.
I hope it's going to be back around this summer because I would totally repurchase.
It's fresh and sweet, but not a headache scent if you know what I mean.
This was a great Wallflower for the Winter season, it was very clean and crisp. I would definitely purchase it again in the future.
This was a nice, light scent that wasn't very overpowering. I enjoyed it in our kitchen, but I doubt I would repurchase it again because it just wasn't memorable.

That was a huge round-up of empties, but I hope y'all enjoyed it!
Have you used up any of these products (or any products in general)?!
I would love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ten on Tuesday [No.44]

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Last week was one of the craziest weeks that I have had in a long, long time. There was legitimately something to be done every single day. But it meant a lot of time with my sweet husband & also with my mom and sister so that was pretty cool.
Monday, we had our 20 week sonogram and anatomy scan so we got to see our sweet little guy who is looking like a real baby now...which makes this thing even more real, y'all!
A few weeks ago I was making a return at Dick's Sporting Goods and spotted my favorite Nike shorts as buy one get one half off. Since Spring/Summer weather is finally here in Alabama, I picked up two new pairs and finally came out of my comfort zone of black on black and purchased this pretty pair for the season. They're currently $22.50 on Dick's website, so I would snatch up a few pairs for yourself too!
 Tuesday & Wednesday were busy days too.
On Tuesday, we had Marlee from ALFA come to interview us & take some pictures for the June issue of Neighbors magazine (check us out if you're an ALFA insurance person!)
I've said it before, but Chris & I are one of three families that are finalists for the Outstanding Young Farm Family contest and it's just been such a fun and exciting journey so far.
On Wednesday, I had a cleaning at my dentist office & then ran some errands with my Mama before coming home for an ALFA meeting/retirement party for our favorite field-man, David Farnsworth.
After the meeting, our county president (& Alabama Senator Gerald Dial) presented us with a resolution for being one of those families chosen as one of the three finalists. It was just such a thoughtful gesture that meant so much to Chris and I.
If you're a plus-sized girl like myself, you know how hard it is to find cute clothes that fit well.
I always try to hunt down fun boutiques that carry plus sizes & in that search I found Chic Soul (an online plus size boutique based out of Auburn, AL).
This dress has totally caught my eye for a few reasons; 1) Blue for Boy-duh. 2) It looks like it would work perfectly with a bump 3) I love this easy, flowy maxi style for summer-bonus; it even looks cute tied up like I wore my similar black maxi here.
If you know a Mom-to-Be...I could literally write an entire post. Scratch that, an entire blog series, on things not to say to a woman that's pregnant. But to save us all some time & to keep me off of my soapbox, I will just say one thing that so many people have asked me about is whether or not our nursery is finished.

Y'all. That room is not even empty of the furniture that is from our guest room yet. So no. It's not finished. It's not even technically started.

But I digress. It's just been a busy time in our house & while we've started gathering things for the baby, we haven't made his room a number one priority because I still have half of this pregnancy to go.
But. . .
Last Thursday, since it was raining-meaning my farming husband couldn't do very much on the farm, he decided to accompany me to Morrow, GA to the Pottery Barn Warehouse Outlet to look for some furniture for the nursery.
I've already purchased a crib, so we were looking for a glider especially (Pottery Barn's are the most comfortable ones that I have found) and a dresser.
As you can see, the selection of stuff is just massive-I wish I had taken more photos.
We ended up getting a really good deal on a glider. It's white which I didn't really want, but it will work-especially for the price we paid.
We didn't end up bringing any other furniture home, but I've got a plan in place for that stuff 😉
Y'all-Chris & I will have been married three years this May and every day, I'm thankful that we decided to get hitched. He's my very best friend & I love him...and I really, really loved our wedding day!
I read this post about couple's favorite moment's at their wedding and they were all so sweet. I think hands down, my favorite part of our wedding day would be my two first looks.
I had one with Chris, where we held hands on opposite sides of the barn doors and read letters to each other before facing each other. It was such a sweet moment.
And then the icing on the cake (& if you're a daddy's girl-I highly recommend doing this!) I did a first look with my daddy and it was everything I could've ever asked for.
We not only have amazing photos of this moment, but our videographer also captured it-so special!

I recently hit up Old Navy on a trip into town and came up with a few new pieces that I love.
I've been crossing my fingers for a beach vacay before I feel like a literal whale & when I stumbled upon this bump-friendly dress I fell in love, especially thinking about strolling around the marina in it post dinner.
I also picked up two new pairs of swim-bottoms in a high-waisted fit in a size up from my usual to accommodate the bump. This fun orange color is great for summer and of course, I had to grab a classic black pair to wear with any top in my collection.
Can we just stop & chat for a minute about how wonderful the weather has been lately?
I'm loving the warm afternoon temps and then the slightly cooler evening hours-it's honestly the best.
I've been trying to take walks around our neighborhood in the afternoon just to make sure I'm focusing on staying healthy.
Our neighborhood is the best because it's beside our local elementary school & is just so quiet and calm, Forrest can walk with me without a leash and I just love it. 
 Then when we come home from our walk, we have to take a break in the grass so he can nap for a minute. Isn't he just so cuddly?!
We have been loving this patio space at our home this Spring.
We've never really used it before until we started renovations on our basement, but I cannot wait for the entire space to be furnished and complete because it's going to be the best little hangout.
So, since I'm lusting after a beach babymoon I decided to go on and pick up a few new bathing suits since I'm not sure when we'll get to go, I want to be ready.
This top is so adorable & will go with the orange or black bottoms I picked up from Old Navy. I love the ruffled shoulder action!
I've mentioned this top on Ten on Tuesday before; the lemons and the vintage cut drew me in and when I noticed it came back in stock I immediately ordered it. It's in stock in all sizes right now, so if you want it, you better order soon.
And I picked up this last top on a whim, because it was on sale for less than $10 and I knew I could just return it if it didn't work out...well it turns out, I love it too. The high neck and lace detailing are really beautiful and flattering on my figure.
This might be the first time I've ever ordered multiple pieces of swimwear and decided to keep all three!
So for Christmas, legitimately two years ago, my husband told me I could go get a massage on his dime and I never went. So this Christmas, he told me to add another one, so I've got two massages on my mental tab.
I finally made an appointment for a prenatal massage at Prestige Medical Spa (Oxford, AL) and y'all-I don't know why I put off going for so long because it was glorious!
 The facilities are impeccable, the ladies who work there are SO sweet and caring, everything is just so well thought out.
The only inside picture I got is the one above, of the locker room but it's beautiful.
Then once you're in your spa robe and slippers you go into a beautiful lounge where they have snacks and spa water. My only complaint is that I didn't have to wait very long for my massage therapist because I could've sat in that lounge all day!
The massage was so nice and relaxing, I will definitely be making an appointment to go after baby as well. And if you're in Central Alabama, I highly recommend you checking out Prestige.

Until next time. . .

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Grad Gift Guide

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It's that time of year, y'all...graduation season.
It's a happy occasion for some, but also somewhat sad because all of these people are growing up & moving on to new chapters of their lives.

Today I'm rounding up some gift ideas for the grad's in your life (options for boys AND girls!)
But before I jump into sharing a little about each item, I wanted to share some throwback photos from my graduations. . .
I mean, didn't we all use feathers for our drape shots back in 2011?
And thank goodness 🙌 for learning how to do my eyebrows after high school!
I love, love, loved my graduation shots from my college graduation-JSU is always a favorite, but man was it hot out their on that astroturf!
Alright-let's look at these gifts!

This can be a gift for boys or girls, because around graduation they always need blank thank you notes to write for all their favorite presents. This is a little more grown-up than the ones you pick up at Target.

I love a good journal for gifting and this one is perfect for recent graduates to write down their goals and plans, or just to remember important days in their lives.

I love gifting a good motivational book, I think you could definitely tailor it to the specific person you're gifting to but this is a good one for any grad!

This is the perfect gift for anyone going off to college or getting their first real home away from home. It's got great sound but is super compact and portable, plus it comes in a variety of colors.

If you know a grad who is moving into the dorms, especially dorms with a communal shower, please gift them a comfy, cozy robe!
This one is the perfect length and is so soft.

I remember for my sixth grade graduation, my Grandma gifted me my first monogrammed piece of fine jewelry and I still treasure that piece (even though my monogram has since changed!)
This is the perfect gift that's in a slightly higher price bracket, but doesn't break the bank.

I don't personally have a Keurig, but I think for anyone going into a dorm could definitely use one of these little gems.
You could toss in a pack of k-cups along with it so sweeten the gift!

A classic watch is an excellent gift for any new grad. This beautiful piece with a leather band and gold details would go with many different outfits and last for years to come.

Once again, another classic leather strap watch with slightly more trendy rose gold detailing. This would be a great, long lasting gift that is also water resistant.

This is a great uni-sex gift that can also be personalized; another great point is that it comes in at under $75!
It's long lasting and would be excellent for vacations or traveling back and forth from school to home.

What was your favorite gift you ever received for graduation?
Although checks and cash were always appreciated, there is just something special about a gift someone picked out especially for you!

 Until next time. . .

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide {2018}

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Happy Saturday, y'all!
Did you know that you only have twenty-two days until Mother's Day? You better get on getting that precious Mama of yours a bomb present to thank her for putting up with you for all these years.
In all seriousness, I love putting together gift guides because they are so helpful to me when shopping and I thought this one might be helpful to y'all too-especially since everything in this post is pretty affordable!
Several of these gifts would be excellent stand-alone gifts or even perfect for adding together into a little gift basket for your #1 gal 😊
This little kit is a perfect small present for any hardworking lady in your life.
It's a combo of my favorite body butter & shower gel from Soap & Glory and will most definitely make her feel taken care of.
If your mom is always on the run (or is just a coffee connoisseur) then a cute tumbler is certainly the gift for her-this one holds 16 ounces and is made of stainless steel so it will keep her coffee nice and warm.
Mom's that love to pamper themselves deserve the best, am I right?
This kit has all the essentials she needs to give her nails the treatment she deserves; luxe nail treatments, classic colors, and the tools she needs; and all at a great price.
For the sentimental type; this little book is the best gift to give her.
Share how much you appreciate her by filling out this book & gifting it to your Mom.
Everyone loves being cozy, especially mom's!
This is great for anyone from a new mama, all the way to a retired mom because it's a gift that will please anyone.
If you really wanted to spoil her, add in a Barefoot Dreams robe.
Gift Certificate
Who knows your mom better than you do?
Gift her a certificate for a massage, a cooking class, concert tickets, or whatever activity she would enjoy doing with you! Gift her a memory & I promise, she'll love it.
If your mom loves listening to her favorite audiobook, podcast, or music while she's around the house or out and about, I highly recommend this little speaker.
It's tiny enough to toss in her tote, but definitely packs a punch.
She can use it on the beach, in the garden, by the pool, or just in the kitchen while cooking.
Plus, that pretty blush color isn't the only shade it comes in; they offer it in a gorgeous red, classic black, crisp white, and more!
I think these little mini-mergency kits are great gifts for anyone (they have them for bridesmaids, brides, girls who love to workout, and more!)
But I especially love the one tailored to mom's because it has a stain remover towelette, bandaids, earring backs, mini playing cards, and tons more...basically perfect for mom's because I know those all would come in handy around kids or grandkids.
We've already discussed being cozy, but if you don't have the cash to drop on nice slippers or a big robe, then these socks have a small price with a big impression-they are SO soft and perfect for hanging around the house in.
Mom's have a ton of stuff to keep up with, it's just a fact.
You might as well gift her a cute wallet in a fun color to organize all of her cash, cards, and coins in to make it a little more fun!
A great stand-by gift is a candle; everyone loves a nice candle!
This one is a beautiful light, slightly spicy scent and comes in a gorgeous jar that can be reused after the candle has been burnt.
Once again, you know your mom's style better than anyone else-you know what she likes.
But decor pieces, like vases make excellent gifts for moms...bonus points if you fill them with fresh flowers when you gift them to her.

Well y'all-I hope this little roundup helped y'all make some decisions and reminded you to pick up a little something-something for your sweet Mom before Mother's Day.
Let me know below, what are you planning on gifting the mom in your life with in just a few weeks?!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ten on Tuesday [No.43]

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I hope y'all have had the best weekend & start to your week!
It's been a cool one here so far in Alabama, but I'm soaking up all the cool weather I can get, because I have a feeling this summer might be brutal. Even if it means holding out on the flip-flops, I'll be okay with that...until then, let's jump into what I've been doing lately.
 Last Tuesday I attended my monthly Inter Se (sort of like Junior League) meeting & the theme was a Spring Tea.
Every single detail was absolutely beautiful and you can peep the menu in the shot below, it was so delicious!

Since we've found out that we're expecting a sweet baby boy; I've been doing a little window shopping for sweet would this blanket be to curl up with after we bring him home?!
And y'all! These sweet little onesies would honestly be perfect for a little boy or a baby girl. I'm dying over the cuteness.

Last week, my husband and I met another couple for lunch to discuss the fact that we're competing for Alabama's Outstanding Young Farm Family and while we were out driving around, we stumbled upon this beautiful little spot on the side of the road.
The pond was beautiful, but that little pavilion was so well done (we drove closer and peeked!) that now I wish we had one on our land!

My very favorite Lilly Pulitzer dress is now in maxi-dress form & I'm crossing my fingers that it will work well for pregnant me this summer because it's gorgeous & comes in a print that was made for boy-mom's!

One of my favorite bloggers, Annaliese at Southern Belle in Training, went to D.C. to visit the cherry blossoms and now I just have another reason to want to go visit that city-her photos were beautiful!

If you didn't catch Saturday's post, it's all about how to catch the best quality zzz's and it's worth a read!
My number one tip? Find a sleep meditation podcast! I discovered a few different ones on the iPhone podcast app and they have been game changers for me.

You know how if you shop on Target's website, they automatically start putting Target ads on your Facebook?
Well, I was scrolling through the other day & saw an ad for this bathing suit top and fell in love.
It's so hard for me to find flattering tops that fit well, so when I checked the size chart and discovered this one would fit I immediately went to order it...and it's either sold out or not in stock or whatever.
I was SO bummed.
So hopefully it will come back in stock because not only do I love it, but I bet y'all will too!

 Yesterday, while I was waiting on my dad to come help me out with some home improvement stuff I walked down to visit my horses & y' know how when you aren't allowed to do something, you just want to do it more?
Now that I don't need to be riding my horses (since it's mildly dangerous) I REALLY want to! The weather is perfect, the days are sunny, and I just want to ride.
Oh well, maybe this Fall!
Until then, I'll just come and share some pets with these cute faces.

Maybe it's just me, but before I got pregnant I was a major water drinker. In fact, other than coffee and the occasional glass of milk-I only drank water.
But now, the taste of it is not good to me at all now-even when I doctor it up with lots and lots of lemon juice, it's still only tolerable.
So, I've been trying to stick to drinks that aren't too bad for me-adding Crystal Light packets to large cups of water & now, drinking sparkling water beverages like La Croix.
I turned to this article for reassurance that sparkling water counts toward my daily eight glasses-thankfully, it does!


Ree Drummond's hotel is finally open...who wants to go visit The Boarding House with me?!
Also, P.S. go listen to "I Hate Love Songs" by Kelsea Ballerini, it's SO good!

Well, that's a wrap-up of my past week...what have y'all been up to?!
Let me know below!

Until next time. . .