Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites #71

Happy Friday my friends!!! Okay, you are going to want to read this one once you get to the bottom. I promise, you WON'T believe it!

But first let's find out what made me chuckle and happy this week and talk about Friday Favorites.

This isn't so much me, but it's definitely something I could hear Katie saying...that girl is something else.😂

I felt pretty good when I realized my shoes, socks and weights were all color coordinated. 


Bath and Body Works had a buy 3 get 3 offer the other day and I stocked up on some things. I tried this clay body scrub and love it. It exfoliates and lathers. I used it on my dry elbows and legs and they felt so much smoother when I got out of the shower. 


This falls under the category of being able to laugh at yourself. Keepin' it real here friends. When Katie asked if I wanted her tiara I was like, "YES!"'s her Snapchat.


So let me bring you up to date on our travels. Katie and I got to the airport yesterday at 11:00 for a 12:40 flight. It was already delayed when we got to the airport but they said they were going to hold the connection for us (and some others). Well it kept getting delayed to the point they would no longer be able to hold the connection so they pulled all of us from that flight and had to reroute us. Getting into Nashville right now is a challenge because all the flights are booked due to the eclipse. If we wanted to get there before Saturday our only choice was to take a flight to Las Vegas last night and then to Chicago. We got to Chicago around 1:00 am and our flight to Nashville leaves at 5:35. Seriously?!?! Can you even believe this? So here we sit at 1:31 in the morning. Katie's watching Gilmore Girls and I'm blogging. And our new friend "Flossy" is jumping around like an endless ball of energy.

Have you ever heard kids singing "this is the song that doesn't end, it just goes on and on my friend"? Well that's our them song but insert the word day for song.

Meet little Miss Flossy. I gave her gum on the first flight and so when we got off the second one she asked for more.😂 I traded her gum for a picture. She's the cutest little ball of spunk you'll ever meet.


So there you have it. I bet you're thinking you never want to travel with me because I must have the worst luck ever. We've never had issues like this before and I'm going to believe the return trip will go much smoother.

Have a great weekend y'all and cross your fingers that by the time you are reading this we are at least on our way to Nashville for the last leg of this trip if not already there.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ladies Who Link - Back to School

Hey and happy Thursday. Sadly (for me) the day is finally here. The day Katie and I leave for her to go back to school. While she was originally supposed to study abroad in Florence, Italy, that changed about a month ago and now she's staying on campus and honestly, I'm not at all sad about that. I'm happy to know she'll be in Nashville and not gallivanting all over Europe. This mama does not have a gypsy soul or adventurous spirit. She's a home body and likes to have her birdies at least on the same continent if they aren't in the nest. I know, I know, I'm a real buzz kill.😜 

It's the 3rd Thursday of the month which means it's time for our Ladies Who Link Party with my friends Allie from A Gal Named AlTrina & Sara from Mom's Coffee Date,  Tara from Mommy In A Nutshell and Holly from Pink Lady. This month we are sharing our back to school prep. Little did we know at the time the prompts were planned that a lot of the link ups this month would be sharing the same topic. Oh well, no worries. Let's get to it and be sure to share you back to school prep with us and link up at the bottom of this post.

Back to school with college age kids looks a lot different than little kids. You can check out what putting a kid in college looks like here and here

Tuesday night we finally got Katie's car picked up to go to Nashville. We choose to ship it on a car carrier instead of driving it 2300 miles. By the time you do the math and factor gas, food, lodging, vacation time and a good 4 days of driving, it's about as cheap to ship it as drive it. We did the same thing with Benny's. We ship them out to Nashville with no intention of them coming back to California. That sounds sad, but it's really not. They love Nashville and both want to set down roots there. The best part is that when Kent retires, Nashville is where we intend to land.

These big trucks can't navigate all the trees that line the long road in our neighborhood so at 9:30 we headed out of the neighborhood to a larger street to meet the truck and driver. If you follow me on Instagram (which, why wouldn't you?😉) then maybe you saw all of this on my story.

Katie and I spent yesterday getting things ready and packing. I'm happy to report my giant suitcase was actually packed before I climbed in the bed last night.

So while I no longer have lots of advice to share for mama's of little's I can share some breakfast ideas.
I loved making breakfast for the kids when they were in school. Here are a couple things I would make for Katie in high school if you are looking for some new ideas.

Peanut butter, Nutella and banana waffle sandwich (with a side of gummy vitamins)

Oatmeal with starwberries, pecans and mini-chocolate chips

Heart shaped toast with Nutella and sliced strawberries. ( I think this was for Valentine's Day❤️)


If your kids started back to school this week I hope it's gone smoothly. If you are among those still soaking up the last few days/weeks of summer then I hope you are relaxing and enjoying every single minute. 

Time for me to do a quick workout, shower and head for the airport. 

Wish us luck...hopefully we won't have a repeat of the travel nightmares from last weekend.
Don't forget to scroll to the bottom and add your link.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Basics For Fall

As we are drawing to the end of summer and fall is beginning to move in in parts of the country it's time to really think about what are the best pieces to have at the ready for our fall wardrobe.

Take inventory in your own closet. What can still be worn from previous seasons? What looks dated? What's worn and needs to be replaced? Shop for items that can be worn multiple ways and for more than one season.

I've gathered some good pieces that will make great additions and basics that fall into the categories of tops, sweaters, pants, shoes and purses. Maybe we'll tackle accessories in another post.

These are all clickable (affiliate) links that will take you straight to the item if you want to check them out and/or purchase any.
Many of these items I already personally own and love...actually a lot of them.

I like to have a few good layering pieces and a couple that will stand alone

Sweaters to layer over basic tees, tanks and pretty cami's in a couple of styles and colors along with a good denim jacket and military jacket

A good pair of regular jeans, distressed denim, black jeans and a pair of colored pants

Block heel booties, peep toe booties, flat booties and a fun pair of flats

A purse in black and another in tan are my personal preference along with a good tote for traveling. An animal print clutch is perfect for adding interest to a night out outfit.

Have you started putting together your fall wardrobe? I really don't want to see summer end, but I'll be excited to start wearing the new things I purchased during the Nordstrom sale.

It's time for me to get busy. Today we are packing up Katie and tomorrow we head to Nashville to move her back into the new dorm. I'll be there until Labor Day visiting with Benny and friends of mine and my parents and brother are coming in next weekend to spend some time with us. I'm going to try to keep up with blogging, but if I go MIA you'll know why. 😉

Hope you're having a great week. To all my friends who are sending kids back to college, I hope it will go as smoothly as possible. I know it's so hard to let our "babies" go, but we've done our jobs and now it's time to give them wings and let them soar.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Confessing My Guilty Pleasures

I love a good prompt for blogging and making my life easier as far as thinking of things to write about. I missed The Blended Blogs link up yesterday and thought I'd do it today and what were the odds that Andrea's Show and Tell Tuesday prompt would be the same? 
So what are my guilty pleasures? 

Well I bet you can guess my first one since it seems to come up frequently.


I love all things ice cream. This is really hard to reconcile considering I'm always trying to keep any extra pounds at bay but I just can't resist cold, creamy ice cream covered it gooey hot fudge with crunchy candies and nuts on top. I bet now you want ice cream for lunch. I do.

I'd actually probably say a lot of food comes under the heading of guilty pleasures. I love to eat! Oh how I wish I was one of these people who just didn't care about food, but I'm quite the opposite.

Another guilty pleasure I have is getting my nails done. I go through phases where I keep them "on". Meaning I like to have what looks like a french manicure at all times but they are really a gel/acrylic done with pink and white powder. My hands look so much better when I keep them on, but I do them for a while and then take 6 months to a year off to let my natural nails recover. I just had them done 2 weeks ago for the first time in 8 months.

I like to have a nice quality purse. Do you say purse or handbag? I think that might be a regional thing and in the south we would say purse.

I would also say travel is a guilty pleasure....usually. This last trip was just a struggle...LOL. We are fortunate to be blessed with the means to travel frequently and you already know my favorite destination is Nashville to see my kids. I'm so lucky I have the time and resources to be able to visit them every couple of months.

Okay, enough about me and my guilty pleasures. Sound off in the comments and tell me some of yours. It's always hard for me to think of things like this at the moment, but later I'm sure I'll think, "why didn't I include xyz..."

Happy Tuesday friends!!!
Hit the link up tab up top and check out the link ups to see what other people declare as their guilty pleasures. I wonder how much we all have in common?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up - Last Weekend at Home Edition

It's Monday and that means "another one bites the dust". Now you'll be singing that song all day if you happened to grow up in the 80's. Yep, the weekend has come and gone and that also means Katie and I have 3 days to get her ready for us to fly back to Nashville on Thursday and then move her into a BRAND.NEW.DORM on Saturday. And when I say BRAND.NEW I don't mean as in different, I mean as in just opening. This kid has hit the jackpot. She was supposed to travel abroad as I've been mentioning and that fell through when several members of her group dropped out and she decided she felt like she'd be happier if she just stayed at school in the fall. Honestly, this mama wasn't mad about that. The closer it got the more nervous I was getting...but then again, I'm a nervous Nelly anyway. Back to the dorm...that left her and her roommate without a room reserved and as luck would have it, they managed to get placed in this brand new dorm that's built to be hotel style to accommodate guests for summer lectures and is actually intended for upperclassmen. Not only will they be in this all new building, but they will have their very own bathroom for just the two of them. I am over the moon excited for her!

So how did we spend our last weekend at home?

Tried a new charcoal face mask.

Snuggled and watched TV.

Saturday morning we got up and headed into San Francisco to play for the day.

As far as we are concerned the BART is the only way to go!

I was in deep thought...

I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing the Cable Cars. The lines were soooooo long and the city was soooooo crowded Saturday!

A girl and her daddy❤️

I don't even know why I'm looking at the menu. I get the same thing EVERY.TIME.

Shop my outfit here

We weren't the only people who wanted their ice cream.

If you've never been to SF or Ghirardelli, this is what $40 of ice cream looks like. Yes, it's expensive, but 1.) It's SO DELICIOUS and 2.) After you've walked and walked and walked some more you'd be willing to pay anything for a treat.

Think we enjoyed it?

We were walking back to the BART station and heard all these birds in a grove of trees and realized they were parrots. It was so cool. There were a ton of them and they were so loud. Kent remembered on a previous tour being told something about them and looked it up when we got home.

Photo: Craig Newmark/twitter

Here's the article if you are interested.

Exhausted and headed home. We walked about 9 miles up and down big hills. We typically do something "touristy" when we go in, but Saturday we pretty much ate and shopped.

Sunday morning we got up and went to church.

Shop the look

Went to Starbucks and had the best drinks made by the prettiest Barista. Gotta' stop in whenever we can while she's here.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. Errands and browsing, dinner at home and a little TV.

So how was your weekend? I am absolutely in denial that we are already half way through the month of August. If your kids are starting school this week, then I wish you luck getting back in the groove and hope your little people are excited and happy to see their friends, like their teachers, and adjust to the new normal quickly.

Happy Monday friends!

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