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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Six Books I've Read Recently

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It's so sad, but the last time I shared a book review blog post was almost exactly a year ago!
This whole first year with Charlie has been busy & overwhelming in all of the best ways.
I finally have started back into reading (& in this post I'll share which one of these books was the flame that caught up my fire again for reading) and I'm so thrilled that I have.
These six books were so good & I can't wait to share my thoughts with y'all!

A few months ago, Target ran a BOGO 50% of special on books, so I took that as an opportunity to pick up a few new books for myself and Charlie.
I'm a huge fan of historical novels & this one is a true story.
I've also been very intrigued by the Holocaust & the Jews that were in the concentration camps. Not much is known about the Jews who worked "with" the Nazis, so this book was an interesting read about a prisoner named Lale who became the tattooist of the Jews in his concentration camp.
It's all about his journey through the camp, his journey with love, loss, and how he was able to fight back in small ways.
It was a captivating read that I found myself finishing in just a few days.

This was a thrift store pickup (at my local store, you can buy hardback books for less than $5 a piece!) and although I had never heard of this author before, I really enjoyed this work by him and would definitely search out more.
This is a story of a father who is terminally ill, the losses he goes through, and the redemption he finds for him and his family in a beautiful, small coastal town in South Carolina.

This is the book that relit my fire for reading & I'm so thankful that it did.
I purchased this book from the Target BOGO sale as well & read it because I wanted to purchase it for a book club read and wanted to make it sure it was good for that.
Needless to say, it's one of the best books that I've ever read.
It was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick and now I know why-I literally read this thick book in two days.
It's the story of Kya, a girl who grew up mostly alone in the marshes of the North Carolina coast.
It's a beautiful story of family, love, mystery, intrigue, and a coming-of-age tale.
I loved the twists and turns, it had me guessing literally until right up at the end of the book.
If you don't read anything else, please read this one!

If you've been around here for a while, you'll probably remember me mentioning one of my favorite podcasts, My Favorite Murder (also by these two amazing women!)
I'm going to be fully honest here & admit that I don't love autobiography type books, but I wanted to make an exception for this one.
I loved some parts of it, other parts seemed redundant and uninteresting.
I think that if you really love MFM and Karen & Georgia then you would like this book, as it does share many interesting parts of their lives that kind of make them who they are.
But I was just kind of meh on this one.
The art throughout the book is totally sick in the best way though!

I just finished up this book a few days ago (& have already started a new one!) and it was so good, but I have to admit the ending kind of left me wanting more-but I guess that could be a good thing?
It's a story of two sisters, their mom, and their aunt who end up spending a Summer sabbatical on the island of Tuckernuck.
It's beautifully written, just like all of Elin's books, and I love how it is written from each characters perspective.
There's so much packed into it and it was a great buy from my local thrift store too!
I can't stress checking at your local thrift stores for books!

This was my first Mary Kay Andrews book & I'm not sure why I haven't read one of hers before because I really, really enjoyed this one.
This was my exchange book from our recent book club and I'm definitely smitten with this author now.
This book follows a young woman, Drue, who is basically trying to get her life together after her mother's death and a career ending kite-boarding accident.
She moves to Sunset Beach, begins remodeling her grandparents beach house and working in her father's law firm where she unravels a mystery that she has to solve.
It's full of twists and turns that I never expected and it kept me on my toes for sure.
I loved the element of justice in this novel as well!

Have y'all read any good books lately?
I've got to add more to my to-be-read bookshelf because I'm flying through them again, thank goodness!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Charlie's First Fiesta


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 It has taken me so long to finally get around to sharing the pictures and links for Charlie's birthday party and I honestly have no excuse, other than life has been insane and has taken quite a few turns-some good, some not awesome-but here we are!
I'm thrilled to share this party with y'all because I had so much fun doing it and Charlie had so much fun at the party, it was worth all of the effort that it took to put it all together.

I will say, this party was built pretty much by Amazon & a local store that my Mother-in-Law owns, I'll reference those products as we go through though and give links where I can.
Charlie's highchair is an antique & we just love it!
It made the perfect neutral backdrop for his smash cake station.
All three of these things were from Amazon & y'all-they have so many good things for great prices there!
I looked at ribbon banners on Etsy (& even thought about attempting to make one) but this was so much less expensive and was such great quality.
The Uno cake topper came in a set with a Uno banner that we used to display his monthly pictures on.
These flags made such a fun statement on our food tables.
I don't have a picture of our food once it was set up, because it arrived right as the party began.
But we had a friend cater the event and we had authentic rice & beans as well as steak and chicken for tacos with homemade corn tortillas which were so good.
There was lime and cilantro and alll the fixings-it was delish!
The tablecloths & the solid balloons all came from my Mother-in-Law's local store called Just a Buck. It's such a great shop for party supplies because everything is literally just one dollar. She also filled all of our balloons with helium!
I don't have an exact link for the cactus centerpieces (so I tagged something very similar) but ours came from Hobby Lobby and were very inexpensive!
For our drink station we kept it really simple & just did water and lemonade for the guests.
I originally purchased clear cups (on clearance at Target) but found these mix-n-match cups on Amazon at 100 cups for like $5, so I snagged those to add another fun colorful element.
I decided to do a fun book as a guest book & since we have the original Dragons Love Tacos, I picked up the sequel to have people sign for Charlie.

Sprinkle Cake by Dream Cakes in Homewood, AL
My sister was sweet enough to do all of the chalk-art for Charlie's birthday. She also created a beautiful chalk-art inspired digital download for me to hang at his party with all of his stats.
 And of course she crafted his invitation and I got them printed at a local print shop-they turned out SO cute!
I highly recommend messaging her for any of your digital needs-she can create anything and everything.

Cookies by Just a Little Frosting
 I absolutely loved the cookies we went with from our local bakery; they were so festive and tasted delicious as well.
I just set them up on my two dessert stands for display.
Those stands are actually three separate pieces, so they're very convenient and can be configured so many different ways!
 My precious doll-baby!
We practiced his smash cake (since he didn't like it at his one-year photoshoot) and he did so good with it at his party and ate it.
I also recommend practicing with their hat if you want them to wear one, I let Charlie wear his during breakfast a few times, so he was okay with wearing it during his cake.


 I'm both sad & embarrassed to say that these are the only pictures of the three of us that I got at the party. They're actually pretty much the only pictures I got of any of us. So sad!



 Our friend that catered the party actually got Charlie the most delicious birthday cake (it was tres leches-my favorite!) as well as two beautiful traditional Mexican jello mold cakes that I wish I had pictures of.
The food at this party was seriously so bomb.
We strung up both of our pinatas and let the kids go at them-they were just filled with Halloween candy mixes that I picked up at Sam's Club.
Pictured above is our friend Manuel helping Charlie hit his piñata!
 Charlie's sweet friend, Anna Claire, hitting the piñata!
Honestly, Charlie and AC were both more interested in playing with the gravel than hitting the piñata or getting candy 😹

It was honestly the best party & we had so much fun with all of our friends and family.
I am grateful to have had my sweet baby boy for a full year & can't wait to celebrate him year after year!
If you have any questions, please just shoot me a comment or email @ southandstyle@outlook.com and I will help in any way that I can!
Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Shop for a Cure: Breast Cancer Awareness

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If you've been following along with me for a few years now, then you'll know that each October I share a roundup of products that donate back to Breast Cancer Research & Awareness.
Below, I'll share each of the products and what percentage is given back & where that money is going, because I feel it's important for y'all to be aware of where your donations are going!
This beautiful tote is part of Lilly's "Print with Purpose" collection and as a direct contribution in support of this print, called Prosecco Pink Pinking Positive, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation will receive a $22,000 donation from Lilly Pulitzer.
20% of all proceeds from the Vineyard Vines Breast Cancer Awareness collection will go to Bright Pink, a non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast & ovarian cancers in young women.
With every purchase from Kendra Scott's entire Breast Cancer Awareness collection, 20% benefits their grant to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as well as for each item purchased, one will be given to a woman affected by cancer.
This beautiful luggage is hard sided and has four-wheel so it spins and makes travel so convenient, I love the rose gold color as well!
October 1st through October 31st, Samsonite will donate 5% of the sale price from this luggage in the rose gold color to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, up to $10,000.
These little sandals are the perfect pool sandal and they donate a portion of their proceeds to the Breast Cancer Association.
These are limited-edition full size lipsticks in the colors Pink & Tulle.
The pretty packaging supports the Breast Cancer Research Fund.
I know I'm not the only one who has bad hair days and loves to cover it up with a cute cap.
25% of the purchase price will benefit the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, which has programs for cancaer screenings, early treatment, research, and patient navigation.
This powder is a weightless and translucent setting powder, which also refreshes your makeup.
20% of the purchase price will be going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
It's your favorite Beauty Blender, in a sweet bubblegum pink shade and a glittering container, all to bring awareness to Breast Cancer.
In the month of October, BeautyBlender is donating $20,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Becca's lipstick love is a moisturizing, long wearing lip color. It has good for your lips ingredients like avocado and olive oils which leave your lips feeling conditioned and not dried out.
Becca will donate 20% of the purchase price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from September 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

I hope that each & every one of you that reads this post is able to find a product to purchase or is able to make a direct donation to a national or local breast cancer awareness group or association.
There are so many ways to help fight the fight!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ten on Tuesday [No.61]

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Charlie's outfit was a custom pre-order from the Facebook group, Smock It Like It's Hot
 Y'all, our little family has been so busy this past month-September is just crazy!
Charlie's birthday was the 13th & that Saturday, the 14th was Christopher's birthday, so we headed down to Auburn and spent an afternoon on the Plains.
 The College of Ag was having an Alumni Tailgate so we went to that for a little bit before heading over to Tiger Walk and the pre-game pep rally.
We didn't want to go to the game because we knew Charlie wasn't quite ready for that, but he absolutely adored cheering for his Tigers!



Of course, he had to slap the hand of the main man, Gus!
TWO
Even though I'm now officially one year postpartum, I still wanted to share this amazing article I found about alllll the things you should know (that maybe your friends didn't tell you) about you postpartum.
THREE
Even though I have no need for new throw pillows anywhere around our house, I found this one & this one while I was perusing the internet yesterday & fell in love.
Now just to convince Christopher 😂
FOUR
Charlie is all boy; he loves to play outside in the rocks and get dirty, he loves to ride tractors & the utility vehicles we have on our farm, and he loves to help his Daddy with anything he's working on.
These boys are my favorite.

I cannot get over how grown-y Charlie looks in this picture while we were checking cows the other day-it totally gave me a glimpse of what he might look like in a few years!
 FIVE
My newest obsession is pretty serious, y'all.
I'm totally enamored by the show Yellowstone!
I had heard people talk about it, but here I am, two seasons in and watching online and falling in love.
I have one episode left of season 2 and then I'll be caught up and waiting on season 3 like everyone else.
It's totally worth a shot if you love drama and cowboys!
SIX
Keep a close eye on the blog or my Facebook page because I'll hopefully be pushing Charlie's birthday party post live this Saturday!
I didn't get as many "Pinterest" shots as a I hoped (and literally only got one picture with the birthday boy), but it was still a precious party and everyone-especially Charlie-had SO much fun!
SEVEN
Popsugar shared 20 basic cooking tips everyone should know and it's such a good comprehensive list, everyone should pin it or print it!
EIGHT
This sweet boy loves his Tiger!
This stuffed animal was one of the first gifts we ever received for Charlie and it has his name embroidered on his belly.
Charlie recently started sleeping with him at night and he loves to cuddle with him or use him as a pillow. He's very sweet to Tiger!
NINE
Last year I didn't really get to enjoy any Hallmark Christmas movies because I was still feeling pretty overwhelmed with a 3 month old babe. I'm hoping this year I can at least have some on while playing with Charlie in the living room!
They came out with their whole list & I'm here for it-there are so many famous faces that I look forward to spotting.
TEN
And along with number five; I loved this article from Town & Country about infusing a western-chic vibe into your home. I love the textures, colors, and simplicity of the western lifestyle and how warm it feels when added to a home.

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 
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