Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Favorites #51

Have you seen this little guys video? He crack us up and we frequently find ourselves imitating him. If by some chance you haven't seen the video, hit YouTube and watch it. It's good for a laugh. Of course in the video he makes no mention of Friday...LOL


As I was writing this last night I told Kent it seemed like Friday. All week I've felt like I was running behind the bus waiving my arms trying to get it to stop and pick me up. How's that for a visual image for you?

Once again I'm linking up with blogger friends and sharing our favorites from the week, so let's get to it.

~one~


I've noticed this plaid top the last couple of times I've been on the Loft website. I think it's so cute and it looks so similar to one I bought at Anthropologie last year and love wearing. It's currently on sale for 60% off, so you might want to grab one for yourself. The colors lend themselves to limitless possibilities as far as bottoms go and the light, breezy fabric screams fresh and summer perfect.


Here I am wearing it on the day we moved Katie into the dorm and on a side note, I can't believe in 5 weeks she'll be finished with her first year. Holy-moly that went fast.

~two~



I love all the Easter and spring decor in the stores. I don't know what it is about every season change that makes me excited to see the new stuff coming out. All the pastels are so sweet and pretty and I just want to scatter them all over the house.

~three~


I picked these yummy little snacks up at Costco the other day. I love all things cheese with the exception of goat cheese. I've got nothing for it. Yuck. Even I think it's weird that I don't like it because I like cheeses that are flavorful and pungent. Feta and Gorgonzola rank at the top of the list, so it's weird that Goat cheese just does nothing for me. Anyway, back to these yummy little, cheesy bites. They are made from Parmesan. So salty and nutty. The perfect little bite when you want something crunchy and salty.

~four~


My brother and I are trying to encourage each other to drink more water. He's drinking a GALLON a day. I can't do that much, but I'm doing about a half-a-gallon and if you know my water habits, you know that's 100% more than I usually drink. We send each other snaps with our progress. I love having a water partner and that it's my brother.

~five~



Everywhere you look platform wedges are showing up in a big way and of course I wanted to get in on that. I picked up this pair yesterday at Macy's. They are a great alternative to some of the more expensive options here, here and here that I love, but are also once again too wide for me. This pair I tried on quickly and I think they'll work. If you are looking for more of an espadrille feeling wedge check these out. 

Macy's is having an awesome shoes sale right now. The more you buy the more you save. Does your husband believe that? Mine doesn't😩
Buy 1 pair and get 25% off
Buy 2 pairs and get 30% off
Buy 3 or more pairs and get 40% off
Use the code GREAT

~six~



In case you happened to miss yesterday's post click here to get the recipe for an absolutely delicious recipe for Carmelitas. You won't be sorry.

~seven~


To find out all the details on this new deal hot of the presses from Rodan and Fields click HERE then visit my website to get one for yourself, your mom, your bestie, your sister or any woman you want a special gift for. 


So there you have 7 favorites from me for the week. Seven happens to be my favorite number so that's a good place to stop. If you like reading and don't want to miss a post look at the top on the right sidebar and be sure to subscribe. An email containing new posts will be sent right to your inbox. Easy-peasy.

Have a great weekend!

Lisa
XOXO

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Carmelitas

Do you love caramel? Do you love oatmeal? Do you love chocolate? If you answered YES to those 3 questions you're going to want to make these delectable, caramely (it's a word, just go with it), chocolatey, gooey, oatmeal bites of deliciousness. Do you think I used enough adjectives to describe them? These are like a super soft oatmeal cookie stuffed with caramel and chocolate. You can pretty much be guaranteed to hit it out of the park with these and the best part is, they're easy to make.


This is a dessert that whenever I make it, people LOVE it!!! As a matter a fact, I got called out in our church bulletin to bring them to a function we were having by our preacher. I'm telling you, they are that good.

First for the pictures and then the recipe will be all in one place at the bottom to make your life a little easier.





This looks like the caramel, but it's just the butter and brown sugar.



 Line your baking pan for ease of removal and spray GENEROUSLY as well.





  
You are definitely going to want to lick the bowl and spoon when you're done.









Cut them whatever size and shape you like.


Have I convinced you that you need these in your life?

Here's the recipe:

Carmelitas

3/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 T vanilla extract
1 cup AP flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 t. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 bag caramel bits
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 square baking pan with foil and generously spray with cooking spray.

Melt the butter and add the brown sugar and vanilla, whisking until thoroughly combined.

Add the flour, oats, baking soda, pinch of salt and stir until mixed. This will be a thick mixture.

Place half the oatmeal mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan and spread with your fingers to 
cover the bottom. It will be a very thin layer. Bake for 10 minutes.

While the bottom layer is baking make the caramel center. 

Combine the caramel bits and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl and starting for a minute on high melt. Remove and stir and continue this until all the caramels are soft and you can stir it to a smooth consistency.

When the 10 minutes is up, take the pan out of the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips all over then pour the caramel sauce over that.

With the remaining oatmeal mixture take small pieces and flatten out slightly and lay on top of the caramel layer. (there will be small spaces left without any)

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the edges have started to brown and the caramel is bubbly.

Remove from oven to cool and place in refrigerator for several hours to set.

Remove foil from pan and peel away from edges, then cut in desired shape/size pieces.

These would be delicious warmed up and served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and even a drizzle of caramel sauce or hot fudge.

I'm linking up with my friend Allie from A Gal Named Al for 
Make sure you pop over to her blog and see what yummy thing she's sharing today.

See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites.

Lisa
XOXO


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday

Seems like I'm forever saying something like, "I can't believe today is the last (fill in the blank) of the month". Is it just me, or is 2017 flying by at record speed? 

I've managed to snap some pictures of what I'm wearing this week with the wishy-washy weather that comes this time of year. All of these items with the exception of one pair of shoes are things that have been in my closet for a while. They are good basics that you can reach for 75% of the time. In the spring and fall they all stand alone and in the winter you can add an outer layer to carry you through colder temps. I love having pieces that are not only versatile but also can be worn multiple ways. 

You may have noticed I love wear this necklace. I've talked about it before and I wear it all.the.time. I wear anytime I just want a little something at my neck and sometimes I layer a longer necklace with it. I'm thinking I might want a pinkish one for summer if anyone was wondering.πŸ˜‰


This wrap top is from Lucy workout wear but is so cute it can be worn on the daily. I love the cross front style and I can add any color cami under it to give a little different look. I usually end up reaching for a black cami, but this particular day I was feeling spring in the air and wanted to add a touch of color. I've been wearing my leopard flats almost constantly since it's warmed up a little. They've taken the place of my favorite booties.


This is another top that I've had for several years from Old Navy. I love black and white and this tunic can be paired with jeans like I have here but I've also worn it with black pants and that would make it work appropriate.  When I was getting dressed I wished I had a cute floral scarf to pair with this top. I do  however really love the pop of hot pink that my necklace adds. This necklace was my first piece of Kendra Scott that has since started a real love affair.


I was going to the dentist and to run a bunch of errands so I put on my new sandals. I love how cute they are and they are pretty comfortable too, but since I knew I'd be doing a fair amount of walking I opted for my favorite leopard flats. Oh how I love these shoes. They're a little pricey and I was hesitant to buy them at first, but I wear them a lot in seasonal transitions and they are more like house shoes. Great for doing a lot of walking and they come in a lot of other colors. I also have a saddle colored pair that are perfect with almost any outfit you want to pair flats with.


Let's talk about these jeans that are actually jeggings for a minute. I love the pull on jeggings from Old Navy. They fit well and are really about as comfy as a pair of leggings. You can achieve the look of jeans with a better silhouette for wearing shirts that fit a little closer to your body. They keep you from looking bulky and I don't know a single woman who wouldn't consider that a major plus.


Looks like I'd better reach for something other than black when I get dressed today. Maybe I'll branch out and wear gray (and why can I never remember if it's gray or grey?)

Y'all know I love my Rodan + Fields and yesterday we started a great special that everyone is excited about so I just have to share it with you.


Ladies, if you're not currently using a good eye cream, well you really should be. Our eyes can give away our age and nobody wants to do that. Growing up my mom was an esthetician and so she's always been one to say take care of your skin. I only wish I'd started using this product in my late 20's/early 30's instead of my late 40's. Even you young mama's need to be proactive and take care of those baby blues (or brown, green, hazel. You know what I meanπŸ˜‰)

This gift set comes with a full size eye cream and a jar of Lip Renewing Serum. This serum is wonderful for your lips. If you have dry, chapped lips or if your lips tend to peel like mine this really helps. It also will help reveal and maintain your fuller, younger-looking lips. Each little bulb of serum is rich with peptides and Vitamin E to help retain lips natural moisture, visibly smooth lip texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

As an added bonus you get an adorable little wristlet. Perfect for carrying when you going our for the evening, throwing in your purse to keep things organized or grabbing on the way out the door. Think about using it as a teachers gift for the end of the year. Add a lip shield or moisturizer to it and it would be a great way to say Thanks.

These gift sets are beautifully packaged. Rodan + Fields knows how to make them pretty and always hits it out of the park with packaging. These will be great for Mother's Day, graduation, a really nice end of the year teacher gift, BFF or sister birthdays. So often we as women don't want to take the money out of our budget to take care of our skin so a gift of skincare would be much appreciated.

Visit my website for information on this and all of our products and please let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to answer them and point you in the right direction.


Give our Solution Tool a try while your looking around the website. It only takes a minute and will tell you what would be best for your skincare needs and concerns. Click here and be taken right to it. You can email yourself the results for you records so you can remember what was recommended because if you're like me you'll forget by lunch time.

Happy Wednesday friends. My week is flying by and I hope yours is as well.

Lisa
XOXO

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday

Good morning and Happy Tuesday blog friends! Hope you're week has gotten off on the right foot. I woke up this morning and realized I totally forgot to do a blog post last night. WHAT??? That's never happened before. I was working on my bible study and then Benny and Erin FaceTimed us and I just totally forgot somehow. We'll chalk it up to Monday and (peri)menopause memory. (Sorry Dad if that's too much info)

Andrea is hosting Show and Tell Tuesday and this month we are sharing some of our all time favorite pictures. Once again I'll say all the younger bloggers out there have it so much easier. The first almost half of my kids lives are on old school film that had to be developed and in album, after album, after album. I'd have to spend hours looking through books to find my favorites from when they were little and let's face it, "Ain't nobody got time for that".
 

I am however going to share some that were easily accessible on my computer. And on a side note, if anyone knows of an awesome (affordable) way to take all of our old negatives and have them digitized, I'd love for you to share that info. I tried a little machine I purchased from Costco to convert them and the quality was HORRIBLE. I've thought about Legacy Box and read mixed reviews. Have you used it and is the quality good? TIA 

I did take a couple of pictures of pictures we have around the house that are truly favorites.


This picture falls under the category of 'if the house ever catches on fire, this is what I'll grab on my way out the door'.  

So I'm having to force myself not to cry when I look at this precious picture and think about the fact that these two loves of my life are now grown. They are off in college and in 6 weeks, Benny will be a college graduate out in the real world. Mama's...I know people say this all the time, but I promise you, you just can't fathom it until you're sitting right where I am. You still feel (relatively) young and yet your babies are all grown up. 
Here's another all time favorite of mine.


I mean come on. Does it really get any sweeter than this? I'm forever thankful I somehow had the foresight (or maybe you'd say luck) to catch this moment on film. While it was just another Saturday morning of watching Benny play soccer, it was also unbeknownst to us the making of a memory I'll forever carry in my heart. Look at those sweet little hands on her back and kissing her daddy. What I wouldn't give to spend a day with that "little" version on Katie again. Every single thing about this picture is perfect.


My mom caught this moment with Kent and Benny snuggled up watching TV at their house one night. 


Just look at this little soccer player. She always had matching bows and was known all through out her elementary school for that. To be quite honest, it's still not uncommon for people to tell me they remember her bows. She may have looked all sweet but that little girl would get in there and mix it up with the best of em'.


While Benny didn't seem to have an enormous amount of tolerance for Katie while they were growing up, she was usually pretty sweet to him. These moments were few and far between but I believe now that they are older and living in the same city they've really started to develop a bond.


This is probably my favorite family picture. It was taken when we had Benny's senior pictures made. 
I love it!!!

I could go on and on. It's easy to get sucked into the black hole that is memory lane, but I've got stuff to do and you're probably getting bored. Well most of you anyway. I bet my parents and Kent would love it if I kept showing pictures. 

Have a great day friends!!! 

Lisa
XOXO

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