Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Food Questions

Would love to hear your answers to these Thanksgiving questions!

1.  Turkey.  Fried, baked, or brined?

2.  Sweet potatoes, mashed taters, or both?

3.  Do green beans reserve the right to be in a casserole?

4.  Is is "pee-can" or "pah-cahn?"

5.  Sweet potato pie or pumpkin pie?

6.  Who carves the turkey?

7.  Sit down, buffet, or restaurant style?

8.  Cranberry sauce.  Yay or nay?

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Little Of This & A Little Of That

Happy Thanksgiving Week, y'all!  I hope you are enjoying time with your family and friends!

Call me crazy, but I've been letting Alise stay at home by herself a little bit during this holiday break.  She was out of school on Friday and stayed by herself.  Of course, I was calling her every two hours and my parents are only three miles away, so I was okay with it. This week, she'll stay the mornings by herself and then my mom will pick her up around lunch time for some fun at the mall, I'm sure.  Alise is a great kid and I am so fortunate that I can trust her to stay by herself.  However, this weekend, Wayne and I had a date night that involved dinner and a movie and we did get a babysitter for that!


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Can you see the bayou in the back?  Wayne was craving a steak that night.  Normally, on date nights, I throw the diet out the window, but I was good this time and ordered the baked fish and baked potato.

On Sunday, I took Alise to the mall to get her hair cut.  I feel like a new woman just having her bangs cut!  They were driving me mad and she was brushing them to the side so she could see and I think they were driving us both crazy!  Anyway, I stopped in a few stores while we were there and picked up a few presents.  I also picked up a few things for myself that I wanted to share!

Outfit of the day!  Aren't those orange and yellow leaves above the fence beautiful!?

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I picked up the polka dot sweater at New York and Company.  Everything was 50% off yesterday!  I got three pieces for $75!  That's a steal-of-a-deal!  So this is what I wore to work today!  White jeans {Shh!  Don't tell my boss I'm wearing jeans!} the week of Thanksgiving???  I think so!  The only thing I don't have is a statement necklace, but oh well!  A girl can't have EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME!

Shame on me, y'all!  I'm nearly 42 years old and I've never bought MAC makeup.  And shame on me for making my daughter walk all the way to the other end of the mall yesterday to finally decide on a new red lipstick for the holidays!  I saw a discussion on IG last week regarding favorite MAC reds and I really wanted to try one.  Apparently, Russian Red and Ruby Woo are very popular and I was about to buy Russian Red -  had it in my hand - and the sales clerk showed me the MAC Red and so I decided to go with that one instead because it had more blue undertones!  I have it on in the pic above, but you can't really tell.  I like it and I thought $16 was a reasonable price {Although I have been known to buy a $30 tube of lipstick!}.



My own hair is driving me crazy!  The texture is changing and it has gotten so course and unruly on top.  I've always been able to "tease" the top to get the volume I need, but now it's a hopeless cause and I've chalked it up to going through the change.  In August, I toned the blonde down with a little color and low lights, but now I am tempted to just forget the highlights and color it.  Dark.  And I swear I had dark hair one year around Christmas time, but I can't seem to find a picture of it, so maybe it was only in my dreams.  This is the color I'm thinking about going to.



I haven't talked to Anna yet.  She may be like, "Oh, no, girl!"  You can't go there!  Ha!  I know it's just color, but do I even go there because come April 1st of 2015, I will be blonde again for our trip to Hawaii.  Gotta go to Hawaii as a blonde to have more fun!  Ha!  And if you haven't tried "the oil" at an Aveda salon, you don't know what you're missing!  I don't know the exact name, I only know it as "the oil" that Anna massages into my hair after she shampoos it and I walk out of the salon feeling like a million bucks!  It lasts on my hair for about two weeks!

My eye sight is going to hell in a hand basket, too!  Two years ago, my eyes were getting better.  Last year there was no change.  This year, I've managed to loose half a year worth of contacts, which could be a good thing, because I've got to schedule another appointment in January.  I feel like I can't see up close anymore.

But speaking of seeing, I'm reading Elin Hilderbrand's Christmas read, Winter Street.  It hasn't gotten very good reviews.  Word is the ending just ends.  Cuts off.  But so far it's really good.  At least I think so.

So that's what's going on in my world this Monday!  Sorry if I sound like a Debbie Downer because I don't mean to be.  It just is what it is!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Top 5

Happy Friday, Everyone!

This week, I'm back to posting with my original idea of Friday Top Five!  When I came up with the idea a few months ago, I wanted my Friday post to be about my top favorite blog reads from the week.  That way, for those of you that read here, you might find some new blogs to read that might interest you!  I'm all about finding new blogs and making new friends!  Anyhoo, some weeks the idea works and some weeks it doesn't due to interest or lack of time, or whatevah.  But I think this week, I'm introducing you to some really fun blogs so READ ON! 

{one.} A few weeks ago, I found a new blog that I'm loving, The Queen in Between. Lately, I've really been wanting to find some bloggers that are more my age (no offense to the younger crowd) and like to write about some of the same things I'm interested in.  Shelly is so down-to-earth and likes to write about her kids, her passions, and fashion - same as me!  I just know we could BFFs!  It doesn't hurt that she's from my neighboring state to the left {...to the left...little Beyonce thrown in there!}. Last week, she posted this GREAT post with some amazing ideas for Christmas and I loved everything she mentioned.  Click HERE to check it out!


{two.}  Speaking of Christmas, after I read this blog post this  week, I was ready to get gussied up and head out to a PARTY!!  I loved all of Jo-Lynne's looks - right down to the OPI nail polish!  She suggested some really cute dress alternatives in modern fashion and design. Be sure to check out her post - especially if you have a fancy-shmancy party coming up for the holidays!  SOMEBODY!  PLEASE!  Invite me to a party so I can get gussied up!!

{three.}  I've been reading Confessions of a Cookbook Queen's blog for several years!  This week, she's teaming up with some other bloggers to host a reader's appreciation giveaway. The giveaway package includes a Le Creuset roaster and the total value is over $800!!  Take my word for it!  Go HERE to register!!  Hurry!  The give away ends tomorrow!

{four.}  This fav comes to you via a blog-of-a-blog.  Kinda like a friend-of-a-friend.  I was reading Get Your Pretty On  this week and she mentioned this great graphic from History in High Heels about mixing patterns and print.  I'm keeping this little jewel in a nice place! Although I am not very "bold" in my print matching, I do like to mix and match from time to time.  I'd consider myself a an "intermediate" - two prints together at max, and on a good day, I might be an "expert".  Ha!!  So what level of print matching are you?  And I love, love, LOVE Rule #3!  Leopard is always a neutral!

{five.}  Ok so this last fav isn't really a blog link, but it showed up yesterday in my Pinterest feed and I really did laugh out loud.  I know "Frozen" is all over the place in the stores for Christmas and a part of me wishes that Alise was still into it so it would make my Christmas shopping alot easier, but I hafta side with my daughter:  I'm over "Frozen."  If you have a little girl, ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN because when they turn about nine, the party and animation ends!  Just sayin.  But what I'm NOT over, is the cold temps.  What can I say?  I'm a winter person.  I like my fire, and blankets, and layers, and boots.

Hahaha frozen humor

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving week!  Gobble till you wobble, y'all!!


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Feast, Friends, And That Tree

Yesterday, Alise had a Thanksgiving feast at her school for lunch and parents and grandparents could come.  I felt a little sad when I left because I realized I only had one more year left to do this with her.  I know what you're thinking: that's 356 days away!  And you would be right!  I guess I was just feeling a little sentimental.  And seeing this picture makes me realize how horrible my hair looks, but I'll save that discussion for another day!  I would also like to point out, too, that I am wearing a scarf.  I hardly every wear scarves.  For someone that likes turtlenecks as much as I do, it's strange that I don't care for scarves around my neck.  But I tried something new and I liked the look.

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And here she is with some of her cheer friends!

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Update on the tree.  Here's a close up picture of the top.  I haven't played with it yet like I said I would, but I did add the glittery, red squiggly things.  Can you see them?  I got them on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  I have two poinsettias at the top, but I think they need to be bigger.  I found some bigger ones, but those things were $14 bucks a piece!  I decided to wait until they go on sale more.  I also bought some bigger green shatter-proof balls to help bring out the green a little bit more.  It's coming together.  I'll just have to add a little every year.

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It's suppose to be cold and rainy here again this weekend so maybe I'll get some more decorating done!  Have you started decorating for Christmas?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Talk

Big Mama jinxed it for me.  She told us at Holidays Southern Style this past weekend that she had "the talk" with Caroline at age ten.  And if I'm not mistaken, she said she had the conversation at a Starbucks, but I might be wrong about that, so don't quote me.  But I remember the word, Starbucks, coming up sometime during her expounding.  And it was also during that expounding that I laughed and thought, yea, I still have a while {I mentioned earlier in the school year here that I had to have the talk with Alise about what happens monthly in female bodies}.

{I'm being vague in this post for a reason.}

So yea!  Back to, I had a while.

On Monday nights, Alise has tumbling so we normally grab fast food and study for upcoming tests after I pick her up.  But not this past Monday night.  Oh, no!  We sat in a Wendy's and had "the talk."

Not the whole talk - because I really wanted to crawl up under the table and DIE - but probably about 55.375% of the talk.

Our conversation started out with her talking about boys liking boys and girls liking girls because one of the male coaches at her gym is this way - or so she thinks.  I was asking questions along the way to try to find out just how much she knew.  Then I turned on my preaching mode and explained to her that what she just described was not God's plan for us.  Marriage is between one man and one woman.  Somehow the three letter word came up.  I think Alise spelled it out in the beginning, but after a while, she just asked me,"Can I just say it, Mama, instead of spelling it?"  She said something like, "Pastor Bill says that {the three letter word} is for married people." And I told her that's right, meanwhile thinking when did she ever listen to one of his sermons?  And of ALL sermons!!  I told her that the three letter word was something a married mom and dad did when they wanted to have a baby.

And let me just say right here, right now.  Open mouth, insert foot!

THEN!  THE QUESTION OF THE CENTURY!!

"Moma?  Have you ever had the three letter word?"

THAT'S when I wanted to crawl under the table!!  Right there!  In a greasy Wendy's restaurant.

So after hem-hawing around for a while and Alise pounding me with "tell me, tell me," I answered, "Well, if I hadn't, how do you think you got here?"  She just looked at me.  The light bulb went off. And then she made a face.

Next question:  Did you have your clothes on or off??

I quickly told her to get her stuff together and let's go!  We drove to tumbling with her pounding me with clothing on or off questions.

FINALLY, in the tumbling parking lot, I made a deal with her.  I told her that I would tell her that I would finish the rest of the story when she turned double digits.  At first, that wasn't going to work, but when she realized she wasn't going to get anymore out of me, she grabbed my phone to see what day of the week in 2015 that her birthday fell on.  We have a three letter word discussion scheduled on May 30, 2015!  And Mr. Horton will be included as well!!

One good thing I told her - God forgive me for lying, but it COULD be true - I told her everytime you had the three letter word, you got pregnant.  Let's see how long it takes her to figure that one out!  I'm only looking ahead, Peeps!  Only looking ahead.

But not for May 30th of next year!

So that all happened on Monday evening.  Tuesday morning, we get in the car to go to school and I'm turning in the parking lot and she says, "Remember, Mommie!"  I said, "Remember what?"  "You know!" she said, "Our talk!"  Oh my gosh, the child is not going to let me forget about it for another seven months!  I could just see my nine year old telling everyone in school that her mother's done the three letter word!!

You may be wondering why I didn't take the opportunity right then and there to explain things.  Well, I'm sorry but talking about that in a restaurant with other people around just isn't the way I had it played out in my mind. I fully intend to have a sit down talk with her soon, but last night just wasn't the night.  We were rushed for time and she was acting a little giddy so I don't know how seriously she would have taken the converstaion anyway.  There is a time and place for talks like this, don't you agree?