Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Favorites: Celebrities I'm Over

Okay.  Let me just go ahead and spell it out for you: I've got PMS.  And I'm on my soap box today.  So that constitutes fair warning.

I use to love watching ET and reading People and keeping up with what all the stars and celebrities were doing.  It use to be one of my vices.  But a few years ago, I finally came to the conclusion that what my mama always told me was right: People in Hollywood are CRAZY {and the whole state of California is going to fall off in the Pacific Ocean, but that's another story for another day!}! I got tired of turning on the TV to catch a 30 minute scoop and it always being about the same crazy people {a.k.a. the Kardashians!  I swear this family has bought stock in Entertainment Tonight because there is ALWAYS a story about them}! And I got tired of spending my money on a celebrity magazine.  But that's just me. After reading my list, it may sound like I still dabble in celebrity-ism, but honestly, the only reason I know these things is through what others are saying on social media.

So here is my list of celebrities I'm over!

1. The Kardashians - Every. Single. Person. in this family!  Whose name starts with a C or a K...and an L, M, N, O, P! I'm over Bruce, I'm over Caitlyn, I'm over baby bumps and big butts!! And I will not lie! Can you believe people are having plastic surgery to have Kim's butt? I'm over their reality shows {that I never watched} and their babies named after directions!  I'm over their drama hungry husbands!  I don't understand the facination with this family.  I just don't.

2. Miley Cyrus - I mean, seriously?  After all the twerking hoopla in 2013, you are going to trust her to HOST the 2015 MTV Music Awards?  I regret the day I ever let Alise watch Hannah Montana {and she is not allowed to listen to or watch the post-Disney Miley}.  That girl has lost her mind!

3. Tom Cruise - If you had told me during my '80s "Tom Crush" days that I would include Mr. Cruise on a "Celebrities I'm Over" list, I would of course, said that you were lying.  I mean, seriously?  Top Gun, people! The volleyball scene alone should make me want to love him forever, but nope!  He's got to go, too. He's just WEIRD. Plain and simple.  I think all that scientology junk has totally messed him up!

4. Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, & Mariah Carey - I realize I've just listed every female in the Soul Sister Group, but they all need to go!  I'm over the cat fights, the videos, their half-clad bodies, and their big boobs!  Just act like a respectable person, please? I loved Mariah's music back in the 80s and 90s, but it's time to go, Sister! Take your kids to your lovely mansion and be a Moma for once!

5. NFL Football players - You get paid millions of dollars to work out and show up for "work" {excluding "practices"}. You say it's "your dream to play professional football."  Well, then, shut up, quit beating your wives and children, stop getting DUIs and shooting people in bars!!  Live your dream - quietly {You may THINK you need to talk to the media, but you DON'T!} - and use your money for the benefit of those who aspire to be where you are! Give back.  Give back to your communities.  Remember where you came from, but most of all, stay humble.

Did I leave anyone out?  I'm sure I could think of several more if I really wanted to set my mind to it, but I don't. Feel free to share your comments, but please remember to be nice.

Today I'm linking up with these girlies!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Own It {July Linkup}

Okay, so I'm a little late to the party, but at least I'm here!  I don't normally post on Thursdays {I'm "owning it!" And I also don't normally post two posts in one day like I did yesterday! - WHAT is WRONG with me?? But I'm "owning it!"} 

One of my favorite blogs to read is Christina's over at The New Mrs. She's a happy newlywed and loves to entertain and cook and I've found that even though there are quite a few years between our ages, we do have alot in common. So stop by, say hello, tell her I sent you and join in the fun today! 'Cause today we're "owning it!"  I feel so SASSY!

{insomnia.} I haven't slept, y'all, and I'm rationing my Ambien.  I have like two pills left and I'm holding out every night thinking, okay, maybe tonight's the night I'll get some good quality sleep. It ain't happening. I also have some Tylenol with codeine that the ER doc PRESCRIBED - thankyouverymuch! - when I had my accident in June, but those just don't work as well.  I'M CALLING MY DOCTOR TODAY AND ASKING FOR MORE AMBIEN. First and foremost, let me clarify that I am not a druggie, but due to peri-menopause - WHICH I have diagnosed myself! - I CANNOT FREAKIN' SLEEP!!  

{ketchup.} I'm not a druggie, but Hello.  My name is Laura and I'm a ketchupolic.  I eat ketchup on everything.  I warmed up Alise a Lean Cuisine spaghetti entree last night for supper and put ketchup on it, so I'm warping my kid, too. I simply refuse to eat french fries if there is no ketchup available.

{The Eagles.} Some of you reading this don't even know who The Eagles are, but suffice is to say that after seeing pics on Facebook, I'm ticked that I didn't just bite the bullet and buy tickets for Wayne's birthday to their show last night in Shreveport! I mean, really!  It's The Eagles!

{the Nordstrom sale.} Over it, y'all.  Over. It!  However, I will be making a special appearance - live! - in October! 

{National Lipstick Day.} And because yesterday was #NationalLipstickDay, I thought I would let you know that I "own" these two colors: MAC's Red, and Estee Lauder's Rubelite!  They're my two favs and I wear them all the time.

Peace out.  But be sure to stop by tomorrow for Friday Favorites, because I'll be on my soap box talkin' 'bout some celebrities!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hodge Podge Wednesday

It's Hodge Podge Wednesday!  And I have to admit that I wasn't going to participate today - because I had another post for today - but when I saw that there wouldn't be a HP prompt for next week, I changed my mind.  A girl can change her mind, right?

I have to say that I'm loving all the blogger's writing prompts I'm finding these days.  I'm usually in three funks: 1) I actually  have something to write about, 2) I have something to write about and don't feel like writing, or 3) have absolutely NOTHING to write about and feel like writing!  Do you ever feel that way?  Right now, I'm in mode 3, so that's why I'm thankful for prompts!  Here we go!

1.  I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were-

Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?

Hard question first of all. It's hard for me to relax and reset.  I'm always thinking about what I should be doing, what I need to be doing, what I'm going to do, what I could have done better...which is the reason for most of my insomnia at night!  I literally can. NOT. shut off my brain! Work to live would be easiest for me because I know God did not make me a stay at home mom.  I've always wanted to be a professional and have a career.  Having said that, I have to work to support the lifestyle I'm accustomed to {insert grin!}!

2. How would you spend a found $20 bill today?
Okay so the question said "spend," so that means I'm off the hook to say "save it." I would buy a new tube of MAC lipstick or a new bottle of Essie or OPI nail polish.

3. Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet...which 'trip' have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain.
Seriously, I've never heard of "trip the light fantastic," so Joyce has got me there! I would have to say roundtrip. What should have been a Monroe/Houston/Honolulu roundtrip ended up being Monroe/Houston/Los Angeles/Honolulu trip for us back in April, causing us to be up for 24 straight hours and missing our Pearl Harbor excursion for the day. The day flying back was much less eventful.  I hate our airport!

4. If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill?
I've been watching too many cooking shows lately.  I want to be able to chop vegetables really, really fast!  Like, bam-bam-bam-bam-bam! That's physical, right?  Remember, I don't like to sweat.

5. As July draws to a close, let's take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you...been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book?  Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list?
Swimming, check; ice cream, check; summer blockbuster, check; camping causes sweating, so no; corn on the cob, check; gardened, of course not! Unplugged, what are you talking about? watched a ballgame, check; picked fruit? Nope! taken a road trip, check; read a book, check {You can click on the link above to see what books I've read this summer}.

6. The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What's your question?
I know I should be a better model citizen, but honestly, this question is too early for me.  I only know of two Republican candidates and that's Donald Trump {I think!} and Mike Huckaby.  Shame. on. me.

7. What's your most listened to song so far this summer?
Style by Taylor Swift.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I am ready for fall.  That is all.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What's Up Wednesday: July

I'm joining Mel, Sheaffer, and Shay today for an episode of "What's Up Wednesday"! I can't believe that July is nearly over!  I feel like we were just watching the fireworks on the river a few days ago!

{What We're Eating This Week}
Cheap brownies. And ONLY Duncan Hines.  Are you a brownie snob, too? Before you dis me about being a cheap brownie snob, let me assure you that I DO have a from-scratch recipe, but sometimes it's just easier to pour a bag of powder in a bowl and just add water, oil, and eggs. 

Speaking of there really a difference between "cake-like" and "fudge-like" brownies?  Which way do you usually make them? I always make "fudge-like" brownies.  Because if I wanted a chocolate cake, I would make a chocolate cake.

{What I'm Reminiscing About}
Just missing these two girls/BFFS/cousins being together!  They have had SO much these last two weeks!  It was hard to say good-bye this past weekend.

{What I'm Loving}
I'm LOVING the Pom Pom Clutches from Accessory Concierge that Cassie posted last week!  I love the colors, the poms, just everything about them really! Of course, I had to have the purple - my favorite color!

Hand Embroidered Pom Pom Clutch

I'm also loving these Pointy Toe Flats that everybody who is somebody posted on their Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts! I really think Dr. D would approve of these {unlike my wedges} post-Felicia.  What do you think?  Unfortunately, for me, they are no longer available in my size, but I'm keeping my eyes on them.  I've also seen a similar pair at a local boutique earlier this summer.

{What We've Been Up To}
The Horton's have been on the road pretty much all of July!  We made three weekend trips to Meridian, Mississippi, to "kid switch" with our Alabama cousins. Katie spent a week with us and then Alise spent a week with her.  We also made a trip to Great Wilderness Lodge in Dallas, so we logged lots of miles both east and west this month! Alise has got us beat, though, on the mileage because she went to Nashville the week she stayed with Katie.  They went to TWO American Girl Doll stores in TWO different states within TWO weeks!

{What I'm Dreading}
I go back to the orthopedic physician this Friday and I'm not looking forward to it. Although I feel like my ankle/foot is getting better, I still don't think I'm out of the woods yet.  Fully expecting to be with Felicia another three weeks!  

I'm also dreading an MRI that Alise will have to have in the very near future. This is related to her migraines.

{What I'm Working On}
Absolutely nothing.

{What I'm Excited About}
I shared recently that I've received some of my late grandmother's dishes that have sentimental value to me.  Well, long story short, I ended up with my grandparents' chifforobe, too! I was ecstatic when my dad called and asked me if I wanted it! This piece of furniture is older than my dad and his brothers and I wish I had asked my grandmother more questions about it.  I just love it!

{What I'm Watching/Reading}
I have been in such a reading slump this summer! And that is so unlike me! And to think that I'm on crutches, you would think I'd be reading ALOT, but I haven't.  My favorite book this summer was by Elin Hildebrand, The Rumor.

I started a new book by Chevy Stevens on Monday called, Those Girls, and got more than a third of the way through it. If you like suspense/thriller books, this one is really, really good!

Alise and I have been watching "Gilmore Girls" - we finished the first season and I've been watching "Parenthood" by myself.  Love that show!

{What I'm Listening To}
My XM radio subscription for my car went out and Wayne refuses to pay the high price to renew it.  Oh, how I miss it because I could seriously jam to some 80s and 90s at a stop light!

{What I'm Wearing}
I'm wearing Felicia!!  Isn't she a beaut?!?

{What I'm Doing This Weekend}
This will be the first weekend that we won't be "on the road" and I'm looking forward to spending some time at home by the pool. Saturday evening, we have plans to celebrate Wayne's, my mom's, AND my dad's birthdays. They are all three weeks apart in July & August. 

{What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month}
School starts back on August 17th for us and I can't believe I'm about to have a fifth grader!  A FIFTH GRADER! This year will be bittersweet since it will be Alise's last year in elementary school. She's gone from being the tiniest PreK'er to the "oldest" on her hall and those years have gone by so darn fast! But I'm looking forward to seeing her in a cheerleading uniform and cheering at football games and pep rallies!

Wayne and I are going to New Orleans in August, too!  I have a seminar to go to and so we're going to make a nice get away out of it!

{What Else Is New}
Life is great right now.  We're just laying back and enjoying the long, hot days of summer!  

Friday, July 24, 2015

Five On Friday: Christmas In July

Okay. I hate to break it to you, Summer Babes, but I'm over summer.

I know, I know. But it happens about this time every. single. year.  A few weeks after July 4th, I get Fall-itis. Not quite boot-wearing-itis.  But pretty darn close.

I'm over the hot temps, the humidity, and the tank tops {And that goes for the graphic ones, too, that I've bought my fair share of this summer!}. Unfortunately, here in Louisiana, even slightly cooler temps are very far, far away in my future!{insert frown face}  August is worse than July here, actually.

So everyone's heard of Christmas in July, right?  July 25th marks the official countdown to Christmas and some stores even have Christmas in July sales {or even "anniversary sales" in Nordstrom's case}. If you're a Fall/Winter person like me, about this time every year, you begin to pray for some relief from the heat.  Dare I add, you start to think about your favorite SEC football team, hearty soups, and warm nights in front of a fire. 

I had really, really hoped to have a Christmas in July party this year.  I've been thinking about it since LAST July 25th, but Felicia, of course, totally disrupted those plans!  Yep!  I was going to pull out one of my Christmas trees {only one!} and send out cute invitations with Santa on the beach, and serve my famous Rudolph Punch, but those ideas got canned. There's always next year!

Today I wanted to "cool you off" with some Christmas ideas to get you thinking about the holiday season!

{one.} Hot chocolate station. From the pictures I've seen of friends building houses these days, it seems like the "in" thing is a coffee bar/nook in the kitchen area. Although we don't have a nook, I do have plenty of counter space in my kitchen to set aside for a hot chocolate station and it's one of the new traditions I want to begin this year. I bought Santa mugs two years ago that would be perfect!  Throw in some festive holiday napkins and your nearly there! For our Christmas parties, I can change out the items and make it an adult beverage bar. 

{two.} A Christmas Eve Box. My mother actually started this tradition with my brother and I when we were younger.  Now, growing up in the '80's, our box was normally pajamas for Christmas morning.  And as we got older, we knew what the present was, but we still looked forward to opening a gift on Christmas Eve.  Now for the littles, it's fun to add things like a new Christmas movie or book for bedtime, hot chocolate mix, and some other type of bed time snack. The possibilities and ideas are endless for your little ones.  I've incorporated this tradition with Alise and even at ten years old, she still loves it!

{three.} A mantle focal point. I love decorated mantles as much as I love Christmas trees. And depending on your space, the mantle can be the highlight of the room.  I'm of the mindset, "Go Big or Go Home," with Christmas decor, but the more simplistic and rustic looks are really big now, too! Whatever your style or taste, make your mantle festive!

{four.} Holiday Pillows. Probably the EASIEST way to decorate for Christmas is simply just buying some cute holiday pillows and incorporating them in your living areas and bedrooms.  I try to buy one or two new ones every year - because NO ONE can have too many throw pillows, right? My favorite places to buy pillows for the season are Hobby Lobby {ya gotta get 'em fast!} and Pier 1. I love Pier 1's pillows, but I normally try to catch them on sale because they can be quite expensive.  Or maybe I just have expensive tastes?  Yea, I think that's it. 

{five.} An elegant tablescape. Last December, I put together my first "official" Christmas tablescape. I wish I had taken a picture, but I didn't, so I'll be sure to do that this year!  My Christmas china pattern is Lenox Holiday, although I use a more casual pattern throughout the holiday {Yes, I change out my dishes for Christmas!}.  But I love to entertain and of course, our guests are worth fine china!  We also use them on Christmas Eve and Day.  I use gold chargers and red napkins.  But what I love about the picture in the collage is the addition of the Santa plates! Love that!  I believe Fitz and Floyd make similar plates, so I'll be on the look out this holiday season for them to add to my collection.

Thanks for stopping by my blog this HOT day in July!  I hope my "COOL" post inspired you to - at the very least - begin thinking about cooler temps, and "bright paper packages tied up with string"!

I'm linking up with these ladies today!