Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Denim, Coral and Camo

Here are a couple of new pieces I've ordered recently. Each piece stands alone and can be worn in multiple combinations, but put them together for a fresh, trendy look. I love Free People clothing. The easy going boho look is cute and casual as well as comfortable. There was a time when my style was much more conservative, tailored and even preppy, but in the last 3 or 4 years I've made a style shift. I'm not really sure what brought it about. I think I've just evolved. Anyway I like the look and feel of looser more flowy clothes.

Looking at this top in these pictures I'm not too sure it's really all that flattering. What do you think? 
I think it looks cute under the jacket though.

These camo pants are made by Wit and Wisdom. I have a couple pairs of jeans made by them and they are really comfortable. I ordered my normal size, but I think in this pair you might want to size down. They are already on the generous side and once they stretch out I think they'll be too big. They come in a petite and I had to roll these up about 4 times so if you are on the shorter side like I am, you might consider ordering them in petite.
OH...And P.S. the booties are on sale!

 This Kendra Scott necklace is the perfect piece. It can stand alone or is also a great necklace to layer.

We've made it half way through the week. Hope it's going just the way you planned.

Happy Wednesday!


Linking up with Get Your Pretty On

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Random Thoughts On Tuesday

So I mentioned before that Katie had gotten me hooked on One Tree Hill over Christmas break. Anyway I'm pretty sure I continued watching and she went back to her life as normal. Ummm, thanks for that Katie. 

I finished the last episode over the weekend and now I'm all like...

It's like I had to say goodbye to my friends. I'd been watching it everyday on my elliptical and it really motivated me to get my butt upstairs and get my workout on. Of course I wasn't just watching it when I worked out, I was squeezing it in whenever I could. Now I'm trying to figure out what to start next. I've heard a lot of people like Gossip Girl and Heart of Dixie. So if you have a favorite, shout it out in the comments and maybe it will become my next addiction.
#sorrykent #netflixwidower

So here's how you would find me pretty much  on any given morning if you were to just show up to my front door. Sitting in the corner of the sofa, in my jammies, wrapped in...what else? My blardigan, with my computer on my lap. This is how I start 

Have you heard of Pieology? Well it's a pizza place and a new one is just opening up near us. I found out about a "preview" night that was going on last night and signed us up to go be practice for the staff. We got FREE pizzas. I'd call that a win! Even better than that, we liked them. Of course me being me, I forgot to take a picture until I'd eaten half of my pizza. Typical.

I know I keep talking about the rain here, but just keeps coming. There was some big dam that broke, sink holes are opening up on roads, fields are flooded, but on the upside things are beautiful and green.  I'm hoping the hills will stay green longer since it's been so wet. 

I think that's about all I've got for you today peeps. I'm linking up with Ashley and Erika for Tuesday Talk. Hop on over and see what they're talking about today.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up and OOTD

Happy Monday my friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I told on Friday I was heading to a retreat for my bible study. We went and it was wonderful. I really enjoyed spending part of the weekend with all these sweet ladies. 

Saturday we were waiting for a session to start and I was sitting between Pat and Cleola and got to share a little of my technology knowledge with them for their phones. This was really fun for me because I'm usually the one getting help from my kids. I also got to teach Pat how to take a selfie. So cute!!! These ladies are just so sweet and I love that I get to spend time with them.

I also introduced them to Snapchat and we sent a couple to Katie. I'm not quite sure they knew what to think, but they were good sports and indulged me.❤️

The weather was terrible Friday night and we had all planned to go out for dinner but opted to eat in the restaurant at the hotel. The wind was crazy and combined with rain...well, nobody wanted to be outside.

While this was a really fun and uplifting couple of days and we spent a lot of time sitting, it was still tiring. I guess talking so much and being "on" for an extended period of time just wore me out. I came home and spent the rest of the weekend just loafing.

Now for an OOTD (Outfit of the case you don't know what that meansπŸ˜‰)

Here's an outfit I wore last week. It was raining yet again and I wanted to be wrapped up so my circle cardigan, aka baby blardigan was just the ticket.

 My Old Navy jeans are on REPEAT. I've ordered some of the more expensive jeans but have yet to find a pair I'm willing to splurge on. These ON jeans fit really well and are comfortable so they have won my heart. 

Okay, so I'm feeling slightly genius with this little trick. When you are short waisted like I am and want to do the "half tuck" with a tee sometimes it just isn't very flattering because it cuts you in half. Well I just tucked my t-shirt into my pockets and got the same look but it elongated my torso a little. I was too excited and proud of myself. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

(for necklace use code Coasttocoast2 for 15% off your entire order)

Happy Monday y'all!!!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Favorites #45

Hey there friends and Friday! So happy you are both here.

I've got a lot to do. This morning I'm headed to a leaders retreat for bible study and will get home tomorrow night. I've never been to one before, but I think it will be fun and up-lifting. That means I need to get right to my favorites for this week so I can get all the things I need to do done before I leave.

Just like every other week I'm joining ErikaNarci, and Andrea, so make sure you hop over and visit them too.


I had been looking for some new Valentine's decorations for the last few weeks and was coming up empty. I don't know if it was just that everything sold out earlier or there wasn't as much available this year. Anyway, I found this adorable little wood sign on sale before Valentine's Day at Home Goods. I think it's so cute I'll just leave it on the shelf for a while.


Y'all know how much I love my Rodan and Fields business. Well I am so blessed and lucky to have such a wonderful and supportive sponsor. We actually have a fun story. We were sorority sisters in college and hadn't been in touch in over 20 years and got reconnected on Facebook. Who knew that would lead me to a new business venture? Not me.😊 I got the sweetest package in the mail with these cute gifts in it. This business has opened up so many fun doors for me. Not only do I love my skin with the products, and well you know I'm just nuts over my eyelashes, but it's also providing me with fun money and and awesome community of people. 
#youshouldjoinme #idloveyouonmyteam


I always make a special dessert for us on Valentine's Day and this year I went with Tiramisu. I put it in these cute mugs for "generous" individual servings. Kent loved it! Truth be told, I loved it too. 


When we landscaped our little back yard we were excited to put in some citrus plants. Well our lemon bush has finally started produce lemons. We've got several ready to be picked⇧ and a new crop coming on.⇩

We also planted a lime tree and it's got a bunch of little limes on it too.

Hopefully they'll continue to grow and mature and we'll have a whole little crop.


These hills are behind the park in our neighborhood. Aren't they beautiful. I know I've told y'all I'm tired of the the rain, but I sure do love the way the hills are all green and look so beautiful against the blue sky.


If you missed yesterdays post on my favorite makeup must haves, you can read it here.

So what made your list this week? Maybe something from your Valentine?

Time for me to get moving. 
Here's wishing you and great weekend.


Also linking up with these bloggers

Thursday, February 16, 2017

What's In Your Makeup Drawer?

One of my favorite things about this here little blog is the incredible community it has opened up to me. Blogging has introduced me to all of these wonderful women and through our blogs we've become "virtual" friends. I'd love to hope one day we'll all meet.

Today I'm joining my new friend Allie from A Gal Named Al and Sara from Moms' Coffee Date to talk about what's in our makeup drawers.

I did a post like this a while back (you can read about that here) and for the most part the products I am using are still the same, but I have added a few new things to the mix. 

A - I threw my perfume in here just because I love it. I've worn Miss Dior for years. I have a few other fragrances that I rotate in and out, but this is my go to. It's a beautiful floral scent with some citrus notes. 
B - Lancome Dual Finish Powder - This is another one I've used for years. It can be used dry or with a damp sponge for a more full coverage effect. I use it with my Rodan & Fields Mineral Peptides Brush. 
C - Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser in the Brightener shade. I apply it under my eyes in the shape of triangles and also put it on my eyelids and lips as a primer.
D - Lash Boost...I'm going to talk about this at the end πŸ˜€
E - Rodan + Fields Brush - I love this brush and the way you can put a cap on it to keep it clean and protected for travel or carrying in your purse. The bristles are silky soft and do a great job of applying my powders.
F - Other makeup brushes - I find these at TJMaxx and/or Marshalls. I've had more expensive ones, but these work jus as well.
G - Urban Decay Naked Palette - This palette has a great selection of neutrals in both matte and shimmer.
H - Eyelash curler - Now that my lashes are finally longer thanks to my Lash Boost they have a little curl on their own, but I still like to give them a little more with a curler.
I - Avon Magix Skin Perfector - I have an oily T-zone and this has a mattifying quality plus built in that. I've been using it for years and tried a few others, but always come right back to this. It does a great job and I can tell on days if I accidentally forget to use it.
J - Cover Girl Blush in Rose Silk - for so many years I used a Lancome blush and then it was discontinued. This is the story of my life...I find a product I love, get addicted and BOOM, they discontinue it. This pink gives me just the right amount of glow without being too much.
K - Mac Gleamtones Powder - This is my new favorite. It's a combo blush, bronzer, highlighter and it gives my skin just a hint of color and illumination. Love it!
 Loreal Double Extend Lash Mascara - This mascara has been a favorite of mine for longer than I can remember. Not only do I like the way it makes my lashes look, I love the way it comes off with just a little warm water, it literally just pulls right off your lashes. (Oops, I forgot to label it in the picture)

I talk all about my skin care routine in the post I mentioned earlier, here.

Now I want to really talk about the Lash Boost. 

I've longed for long (hahaha) lashes my entire life. I was too afraid to try Latisse because it came with possibility of changing the pigment in your eye or staining your lids.

Lash Boost does not carry either of those dangers and it WORKS LIKE A CHARM!

My lashes are crazy long and Kent even comments on them frequently and you'll just have to believe me when I tell you he's always Capt. Skeptical whenever I'm trying something new. Trust me friends, seeing is believing.

⇩And here are my own results⇩

Rodan + Fields is running a corporate special until March 9th. Purchase any of our four regimens and Lash Boost and get 20% off both. Become a Preferred Customer and get an additional 10% off plus free shipping along with 10% off and free shipping on all future orders. 

Feel free to ask questions in the comments, email me or check out my website. All of our products come with an unconditional 60-day, empty bottle,  money back guarantee.

Do you have a favorite product I need to check out? Leave it in the comments section. I'm always up for trying something new. 

One more day til' Friday friends. This week is flying by!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday

Here's a snapshot of what I've worn so far this week.

Peplums and stripes...does it get any better? 
Yes, throw in some animal print shoes and distressed jeans with a pop of color from jewelry and you've got a win!

I've seen this same basic shirt in quite a few stores and on several websites. Mine is from Old Navy and you know what that means. I got a bargain. These are my latest jeans from Old Navy too and they are super stretchy and super comfortable. I buy them in the "short" length and on my 5' 3" frame they are perfect. 

Yesterday I stayed home all day but wanted a touch of red for Valentine's Day so I wore one of my favorite Pleione tops. I have 3 of these blouses and they are the perfect answer for layering and season changes. I also threw on my baby blardigan and you won't believe this, my next door neighbor stopped by and she was wearing one too...I'm telling you people, you need one of these!

Hope you guys are having a great week and your Valentine treated you well. I'm guessing for teachers today runs a close second to Halloween as far as kids being all hopped up on sugar. 

Happy Wednesday! Tomorrow I'm linking up with some friends to talk about what we have in our makeup drawers. Come back and see what my new favorite products are.


Edit: Linking up with Jo-Lynne for Fashion Friday

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday - My Loves

Happy Valentine's Day my people!!!
I wish I could give every single one of you an Oreo truffle❤️

Do you have big plans for your family tonight? A date night with your Valentine? We celebrated early, but I have a feeling Cupid might show up around here anywayπŸ˜‰

I'm joining Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday. I think it seems only fitting on Valentine's Day that I'd take the opportunity to introduce you to my family. I mean after all, who do I love and adore more than these people? 

I've actually never done a post where I specifically talk about the loves of my life and since many of you may be relatively new around here this is the perfect excuse to talk about them.

These 3 people right here make my world a better place. They are my absolute greatest blessings.

So let me tell you a little about them individually.


This guy has been my Valentine for 27 years. That's over half of my life. We met when I was home for the summer before my last senior year. (My mom says I squeezed 4 years into

This picture was about 6 months into our dating...just check out that 90's hair my friends.

We've been through a lot in those 27 years and we are better together than separate. He's the laid back one and I'm the high strung one. He's the calm to my passion. The level head to my hot head. We truly balance each other and God knew just what he was doing when he matched us up.

So now let me tell you about our 2 greatest accomplishments.

These 2 cuties sure have grown up. I'm 1000% sure I'll never see them in matching jammies again.
Insert all the sad faces.


Benny will be 22 this year. He will graduate from college in May with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He's one smart cookie and every single day I'm proud of the man he's become. He's funny, caring, quick witted and sarcastic all at the same time. He's a real combo of me and his dad. When he was younger we just knew he'd be either a politician or an actor. He never met a stranger and was the life of the party. The older he's gotten the more reserved he's become. When he was little he definitely exhibited more of my loud, outgoing personality but as he's matured he's become more like Kent, a little more serious and very black and white. Engineering is the perfect field for him.

It's always amazing to me how when you send kids off to college they come home all grown up. I've watched it with other peoples kids and now I've witnessed it first hand with ours.


Katie is 19 and a freshman in college, leaving Kent and I as empty nesters. She has gone from the shyest little girl you'd ever meet to one of the most outgoing people you'll ever know. She and Benny basically swapped personalities as they got older. Where Benny never met a stranger, Katie was nobody's friend for the longest time. She stayed stuck to me like glue until sometime in middle school. She's a real cut up now and much like her mama if there's a crowd going somewhere you'll find her right in the middle. Thankfully she's much more disciplined about studying than I ever was. She's smart as a whip and very dedicated to doing her very best which she's going to need to do to get into PA school after college. Along with her sense of humor she's also a master of sarcasm. (Are you getting the sense that perhaps our household is filled with sarcasm?) She's a real nurturer, a beautiful friend and listener. She makes me proud to be her mom.

She's not only beautiful on the outside, but the inside as well.

Before these 3 came into my life I was blessed with these 3 and I'm so incredibly lucky that I grew up in a house where I was close to my parents and my brother. My "baby" brother is only 13 1/2 months younger than I am, so I never knew life without him and boy am I ever glad he came along.

Of course I have so many more people I'd love to introduce you to, but that would be a much longer post. Here's something you might be surprised to find out. I am one of 28 grandchildren on my mom's side and I have 1 cousin on my dad's sad. You don't get much more opposite than that. 

If you really want to see just what I'm dealing with these next 2 pictures should give you a pretty good idea.

So now you know who my people are. They're pretty special and I love every minute I get to be with them.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!


Click {here} for last months Show and Tell

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