Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ten on Tuesday [No.22]

Hey y'all!
Happy Tuesday-I hope your week is off to a great start & that you're enjoying the end of August as much as I am.
Let's jump into this week's Ten. . .

ONE
 Lately I've been absolutely loving taking walks a couple of days per week.
My goal for this month was five days each week, and while that might have been a little ambitious, I have been moving a lot more which was the main goal.
Just the other day I decided to take Forrest with me, he's a pretty good walking buddy.
We live in town, so I leashed him up & we headed down past my old high school (which is now an elementary school) and took Forrest for his first trip over the catwalk-which still kind of freaks me out to be honest.
Once we got closer to the house, I let Forrest off of his leash and he was so much happier!
He's great at walking on his leash, but if he had to choose he would just walk with me without the leash.

TWO
All of the reports coming out of Texas with Hurricane Harvey are just heart-breaking.
If you want to help, here is a list of how you can help!

THREE
If you missed last Saturday's post, it's a recap of our trip to Nashville and I share all the fun stuff we did while we were there!

FOUR
I can't believe I didn't make this #1, but have you checked out the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale yet?!
I've browsed around the website several times already (the sale lasts until Wednesday night!)
and purchased this dress in the print Hey Bay Bay! which is the only thing I was really looking for, but I'm sure I'll keep checking back to see what the restocks are until the end of the sale!

FIVE
Get excited for Fall because according to this article, the leaves are going to be beautiful this year! 🍂🍁

SIX
Since Target's carrying this new cookie...I know what I'll be snacking on!

SEVEN
If anyone has about 7 million dollars just laying around, I'd love to borrow it to purchase this gorgeous historic home in Savannah-that back porch is amazing!

EIGHT
Okay, call me Fall obsessed-but if you love traveling when the weather is just right in the Fall, check out this list of perfect mountain towns to visit-#1 is on my list!

NINE
We're having our yard worked on and our house painted in the next few weeks & I couldn't be more excited! I'm going to work with the guy that's doing it for us to pick out some new plants to put in and I've got my September gardening checklist all made out.

TEN
Since our house is kind of old, there is next to no storage-especially closets.
My husband has both of the closets in our master bedroom, so I've been using the small closet in our guest room...but y'all-it's just not big enough, since I grew up with a walk-in closet!
I did some re-arranging and one of the new additions is this clothing rack for my t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts.
I'm thinking about doing a post about organizing small spaces, so if you'd like to see something like that please let me know!

Well, that's all for this week-check back with me on Saturday for a fun post!

Until next time. . . 
xoxo, 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Nashville Recap

Hey y'all!
I mentioned in this weeks Ten on Tuesday that today was going to be a recap of our short Nashville trip & I can't wait to share it with y'all.

This trip was much shorter than our last (and I covered Nashville in detail in my Nashville Travel Guide) and we were there for one specific reason; to go to the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) for my husband's early birthday.
We left Friday around lunch and while it should only take us about four-five hours to reach Nashville, we had to battle horrible traffic in Birmingham due to road work and then I made Chris take a detour to Huntsville (terrible idea-I hate driving in Huntsville!) 
 But the traffic & the long hours were worth it when I finally got to experience the Southern Living Store-y'all it is so good.
I didn't bring anything home with me this time, but I had my eye on these Alabama stamped wine glasses-they were so beautiful!
When we arrived in Nashville it was after 7 o'clock, so we checked into our hotel room, freshened up,  and called our Lyft driver.
At this point in our trip, I made a major fail.
I left my ID in our hotel room.
I don't know if y'all know this, but if you're going to Broadway then you have to have your ID to get in anywhere, so I realized I forgot it as soon as we got to Broadway so we had to call another Lyft driver to carry us to our room and then back to Broadway.

Thankfully, he was a super nice guy who helped me feel not as terrible as I did & he also recommended an amazing taco place just off Broadway; Bakersfield Tacos-it was so good (& really dimly lit in there) so I didn't get to take any pics!
That night we just hopped in and out of the bars listening to some really good live music-live music on Broadway is one of my all-time faves!

The next morning we woke up, had breakfast at our hotel, and then headed down to Franklin for the day to visit Carnton Plantation.
 I read about Carnton in the book, As Southern As It Gets, and it was honestly one of the best historic sites I've ever visited (& being a history buff-I've visited a lot!)
The home itself was beautiful and was on beautiful grounds (just outside of the house is where the Battle of Franklin was fought, that battle being one of the most bloody & brutal battles of the Civil War).
Carnton was used as a field hospital for the Battle of Franklin and the stories that have survived the test of time are incredible.
Our incredibly intelligent guide knew answers to every question and was able to share much insight on not only the house and property, but the family, and the war as a whole. 
There was no photography allowed inside the home, but had their been I would've taken a shot of the floors in one of the upper bedrooms.
It was evidently used as an operating room by the military surgeons and the wooden floors were still bloodstained-it was so moving.
This shot was inside one of the slave cabins still preserved on the property.



The gardens at Carnton were beautiful.
They have two witness trees still on the property (trees that "witnessed" the action that occurred on the property-in this case the Battle of Franklin).


Saturday after we left Carnton we grabbed lunch on our way back to the hotel room, took a nap once we got there (Nashville will wear a girl out, y'all) and then around 4 o'clock we started getting ready & headed into town.

We hung out around town, grabbed an appetizer at The Merchant, and then headed down to the Bridgestone.
The arena was incredible, one of the best venues I've ever been to!
Y'all-there was a sweet Bridgestone employee who was trying to take our picture, he was struggling, so we settled for a selfie at our seats 😉

We had awesome seats, super close to the chutes and next to all the action.
I'll say this about the PBR (Professional Bull Riding, if you didn't know), they know how to put on a show.
It was seriously amazing, from the special effects at the beginning all the way to how they set up the bracket of how the riders ride-it was a great event!


After the event ended, we headed down to our favorite bar-the George Jones & had a huge plate of brisket fries and listened to some live music before calling our Lyft driver and heading back to the room.

We were supposed to stay until Monday afternoon (so we could be in the solar eclipse's path of totality) but farm-work called so we packed up Sunday morning, stopped at Cracker Barrel and made it home in a little over four hours.

Even though this was a short trip, it was still a good one-we packed in all the fun we could!
Have you ever visited Nashville? Let me know below what your favorite part of that city is!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

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. . .

ONE
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.

TWO
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!)

THREE
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;

FOUR
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.

FIVE
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!

SIX
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.

SEVEN
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)

EIGHT

NINE
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!)
or
Glazed Brown Sugar & Dijon Pork Loin (this sounds amazing & only has four ingredients!)

TEN
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. . .
xoxo, 

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 (tie up the hem yourself!)/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. . .
xoxo, 
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...
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,