Monday, January 16, 2017

LOFT - Sale Alert

Well I don't usually post twice in one day but Loft is having a great SALE and I had to share.

50% off EVERYTHING  and 60% off SALE

Here are some things that caught my eye...and possibly wound up in my cartπŸ˜‰

With temperature varying from day to day you may be feeling a little spring fever already. Here's what I'm noticing about the spring styles. Ruffles, peplums, off the shoulder and lots of feminine details seem to be showing up for spring.

Are you looking for a few things to round out your current closet or trying to get a jump on setting up your closet for the warmer temps? Sales that pop up for a day like this are a great opportunity to snag a few items and save.

Lou & Grey signaturesoft items are among some of my favorite go to's.

Lighter scarves are perfect for the weather changes.

I love no show socks with my booties.

Happy Monday!!!


Weekend Recap - Short and Sweet

Saturday morning...loving my new Nespresso VirtuoLine machine. I've been playing "barista" all weekend. (and BTW...this is a great deal on the machine and the milk frother, which I LOVE)

My red, print top is a couple of years old but I linked to a similar one by the same maker. Once again I snuggled into my circle cardigan (baby blardigan). I've turned into such light weight when it comes to the cold. You sure get desensitized quickly once you move away from that environment.

My kids may not be at home but I love getting to follow along with their activities through Facebook, Instagram and even some texted pictures. 

Katie and her buddies are equal opportunity skaters. Last weekend they went roller skating and it was all she could do to stay upright. This weekend they went ice skating and that was much better since she'd had lessons when we first moved to Minnesota. You'd think if you could do one then the other would be a breeze, but apparently that is not the case.

This sweater is an absolute favorite. It's from Nordstrom last year and I ordered a similar one in black last week. I can't wait for it to get here.

 We hadn't been out to just roam around in a couple of weeks so that's just what we did Saturday. One of the shopping areas we frequent has been adding on and when we were checking it out I was giddy when we found a new Kendra Scott store. I'm so excited to have one near by.

We were both excited when we saw a new Boudin. We almost always eat at one of these when we go into the city and get clam chowder in a sourdough bowl. Oh my delicious! Now we've got one much closer and easier to get to. Yippee!

It's been a while since we've devoted the time it takes to get into Cheesecake Factory but we did Saturday night and topped of our fun day out with a piece of Godiva Cheesecake. I swear I wonder how many pieces of this I could eat in one sitting. I'm not even kidding y'all, I can eat some cheesecake.

Benny's girlfriend, Erin's sister got married this weekend. Look how cute these two are. He of course doesn't read my blog or I would probably get in trouble for posting these. Benny's not big on having his picture made. I asked him to send me some pictures and sweet Erin sent me these. Talk about thrilling me to pieces. They are just too cute.

And nothing makes us happier than to see that genuine smile on his face.

Erin said she got him to dance even though she knows he doesn't like to. I told her she must be pretty special.πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

Kent has the day off today, so we are going to go exploring. I'll let you know where we end up.

Happy Monday friends.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites #40

Well, well, well...what do you know. 
It's Friday AGAIN!

This is one of those weeks that's felt really long, but gone by really fast. Ever had one of those? It feels like the kids have been gone for a month instead of a week. Either way I'm just happy Friday has shown up.

ErikaNarci, and Andrea are hosting their usual Friday Favorites and as always I'm going join in to show you what made my list and  see what kind of week the rest of my blogger friends have had.


It just wouldn't be a normal week if I didn't find some new favorites on line to shop for. I've been looking at this sweater for a while and finally broke down and ordered it in black. It's been staying cool here in CA and every single day I walk into my closet and want to find something warm and cozy to put on. This hasn't arrived yet, but I'm hoping it will fit the bill and I'll be as in love with it as I think I'll be.


This one I ordered for Katie. We've been on the hunt for some cute dresses and skirts for her and I think this will be darling on her. I ordered it in black (gasp...I know you are shocked). She can wear it  with a scarf and tights and boots this winter and then in the spring it will look precious with a cute pair of lace up flats, sandals or booties.


I've seen quite a few bloggers sporting this sweater and been really tempted. I finally gave in and ordered it too. The neck can be worn like shown here as off the shoulder or as a cowl neck, which is most likely how I'll wear it. It's described as "Cozy Fleece" and those are without a doubt two of my favorite words.


I tried a new recipe this week for Chicken Tortilla Soup from A Gal Name Al's blog.
I recently discovered her through a link up and I'm loving her Tuesday Training series and Try It Thursday.

This soup was really easy and delicious. I added a can of black beans to ours, because #whynot?


I have been toying with getting an expresso maker for a few years. We were in Georgia several years ago and my sister-in-law made me the best latte I had ever had with one of these Nespresso machines. Theirs was an older version, but it was basically the same.

I came across a great DEAL on this one last week and so I ordered it for myself with money I got for Christmas. (Thanks Mom and Dad and Mac and Mona)

A sample pack of both coffee and expresso pods were included with it. They look like beautiful Christmas ornaments.  You can order more online or there are also free standing Nespresso boutiques and we are lucky to have one about 30 minutes away so we'll go this weekend and stock up.

I wanted it as much for this milk frother as I did for the machine itself.

I got home this afternoon and had been freezing all day and made myself a delicious latte. What a great treat to have while sitting and relaxing before starting dinner. Stop by and I'll make you one.πŸ˜‰

 So there are my favorites this week. What made your list?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Magnolia Story

I'm not a big reader, but here of late that seems to be changing.
For Christmas the kids gave me The Magnolia Story and I finished it in a week. For me that's almost some kind of record. 
 Are you a Fixer Upper fan? Chip and JoAnna have swept the nation and people all over are falling in love with them.

Their story is so sweet and uplifting. They both "talk" in it and hearing them together and how they've worked together throughout their relationship and gotten to the place they are is inspiring. They share stories about the highs and lows. As I would reading it I would think, "I want to do that or I want to try to be like that".

I'm now trying to figure out how to get my girlfriends to agree to a trip to Waco, TX to see the Magnolia Market. These two have single handedly or maybe double handedly turned Waco, Texas into a destination. (in my humble opinion) I would have never thought I'd want to go to a small town in Texas for a little girls trip, but while I was reading their story I couldn't help but want to see this cute little town for myself. Their descriptions are so vivid and I could just see it all in mind while I was reading. It's a feel good story that will leave you feeling like, "I can do this".

So have you read The Magnolia Story? Are you a Fixer Upper groupie? Do you want to go or have you already been to Waco? Please share.

And if you're not already on the band-wagon, you might want to jump on.πŸ˜‰

See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Workin' It Wednesdays: New Year's Goals

Hey y'all! 
Well you know how I love a good link up and I've been looking for new, fun ones to participate in. (so if you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments. Thanks) Shay and Erika started their Stranded link up last year and this year they've changed the theme to
 "Workin' It Wednesdays".

Every single woman, mama, friend, wife and female in general is workin' it everyday. We've all got a lot going on and maybe, just maybe we can inspire each other if we share how we're doing it.

Every second Wednesday of the month we'll meet right here and share. Here's the list of topics we will be talking about. If you are a blogger you should join in on the fun and link up. If you are a reader, be sure to check out what some of the other busy ladies have to say.

Today we are talking...New Year's Goals.
I don't know about you, but when I hear "goals" my mind immediately leaps to "resolutions" and I personally am not a resolution maker. Resolutions just aren't my thing, but I do however have some goals for myself this year.

So what are my goals?


I really want to continue to work on this here blog and figure more and more things out. I read and research and work to try and make it better. I occasionally find out a nugget of knowledge from another blogger but for the most part I'm just learning as I go and it's been a slow process.

I find it to be really hard not to compare myself to others who have been doing this much longer than I have and figured out so many things I've yet to do. 

Just in the last week I saw this on one of the blogs I was reading and it truly resonated with me. Thank you.

So, I'm going to try my hardest to not compare myself to other and be happy with just how far I've come.

I truly appreciate each and everyone of you who takes the time to come here and read and follow along in my little life. I appreciate more than you know when you comment and I love getting to know you.


Continuing to grow my Rodan + Fields business. 

I said yes to this little side gig a little over a year ago and haven't regretted it for a single second.

If you are looking for something new to try or need to come up with a little (or a lot) of extra money this business might be the answer you are looking for and I'd love to chat with you about it. 
Maybe one of your goals for this year is to be healthier. Our health also includes or skin. We have one body and one skin. (that's a strange sentence, but true)
If you've been thinking it's time to start taking care of your skin I can help. I started using these products and loved them so much I made the change from customer to consultant.

Leave a comment or visit my website for more information
And in case cost is your concern, don't let that stop you. We have so many options to get you started to fit each individual budget.


Are you ready for this one?


I am so not a water drinker. Never have been. I go through spells where I'm a little better and then I fall off the wagon. I need to get back on.

I came across this list of ways to work more water into my days.

I will tell you that when it's icy cold it seems easier for me to drink and so my Yeti seems to be the best vehicle for me to use. I also like a really cold bottle of water from the fridge.

So there are my three goals for 2017.

What are your goals? 

If making it to Wednesday was one, then CONGRATULATIONS. You did it!
Sometimes you've just gotta' start small.πŸ˜‰


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Puffer Vest and Fleecy Shirt

My sister in law hit it out of the park this Christmas with this puffer vest. I absolutely love it. She purchased it at Old Navy and then had it monogrammed. I LOVE a beautiful monogram. Don't you? Side note: The kids at Katie's high school didn't know what a monogram was out here in CA. Can you even believe that? She'd wear her monogram necklace (almost everyday) and the first few times they asked her if it was "a gang symbol". Are you kidding me?

Anyway, I digress. Back to my monogrammed vest that I'm loving. I wear a vest almost on the daily so I have several, but now I find myself reaching for this cute thing frequently.

Naturally I reached for my favorite Lucky Booties yet again. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you I wear them at least 3-4 days a week (maybe more). And to think I hesitated when it came to ordering and keeping them...boy-o-boy am I glad I did. Oh, and did I mention they are ON SALE and come in 7 other colors? Mine are sesame nubuck.

Layered under my vest is an equally favorite item I talked about last week and several other times as well. This fleecy "sweatshirt". I'm not really sure why it's called a sweatshirt because it's much thinner, but it is super soft and cozy. It hangs longer in the back to cover your bum, which I love and since I'm a real fan of gray and the way it goes with pretty much everything I've got nothing but love for this shirt. Perfect weight ✔ Drapeable ✔ Cozy ✔ On sale ✔✔

I love adding scarves and this one is super soft. It's from Gap (last year) and they have similar ones this year as well. This one from Nordstrom has similar colors.

At 5' 2-1/2" it's really hard to find jeans in the right length and I think my legs are short. These Old Navy jeans come in a "short" length and they are perfect on me and I love the distressing. I showed how I keep the distressing from growing in this post here.

Do you have any of these same pieces that you love? Share in the comments.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Back to Normal

Well the kids are both back at school and starting classes today. The first day of Katie's second semester and the first day of Benny's LAST semester. WHAT??? Yes, that has gone by so fast.

Even though we are a week into 2017, today feels like the real beginning of the new year and getting back to normal.

Being Monday and all that a little weekend review is in order.

Katie and I ran in the grocery on Friday afternoon to grab a few things and I came across extension cords on sale for $.25. She couldn't believe I bought 4. You know you can never find one when you need it, and I simply can't pass up a great deal.

She wanted to go get sushi one more time at her favorite place before leaving, so that's what we did Friday night.

Saturday morning we took her to the airport and I grabbed a selfie before she got in the security line and then watched her until she got through. This was her first solo flight and while she's flown plenty, I just wanted to watch for as long as I could.

Of course she was like "mom stop".

It rained all weekend and so we spent it indoors just doing a lot of this.

I started cleaning up her room and bathroom pretty soon after we got back from the airport and found all of her necklaces hanging in the closet.

She was thrilled to get back with her buddies and they went roller skating.

Aren't they darling???πŸ’•

These two adorable people made it back to Nashville too. I don't get all the fun Snapchats from Benny that I get from Katie, but Katie and Erin snap so I get to see some of those.

And we wrapped the weekend up like this...watching Fixer Upper and listening to the rain.

So there you have it. Our weekend in a nutshell.

Good news for all of us who have fallen in love with This Is Us. New episodes start us this week and all the people are happy!

Happy Monday my friends.

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