Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites For The Last Week Of August

Happy Friday, Peeps!

By the time some of you read this, I'll be in the doctor's office finding out if I'll be saying #byefelicia this week!  This could be the day! #fingerscrossed In the meantime, here's a few things that I'm loving on this last Friday in August!

{one.} flared jeans. I'm telling my age here, but when I was growing up, we called these jeans "bell bottoms." And every time I see someone wearing them, I think of John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever." {You young girlies will have to look that one up! I must be having a "moment," because this is the second time that I've mentioned the '70s this week!} Last Spring at Jennifer's Cabi party, she showed me these "bell bottom" jeans that she was hoping to get through her party discount.  I remember thinking, "You're wanting bell bottoms?!" She told me they were coming back in style and I was like, "Yea, we'll see." Well, seeing is believing, Girlies, and whatever you call them, flared jeans are back in style and now I officially want a pair!  The thing is, Jennifer has got about four inches on me and she can pull them off!  I'm not sure I can, but I can try and here are just a few pairs that I'm liking!

                     7 For All Mankind® A-Pocket Flare Jeans (Tried & True Blue) 7 For All Mankind® A-Pocket Flare Jeans (Lake Blue) NYDJ 'Farrah' Stretch Flare Leg Jeans (Upper Falls) (Regular & Petite)
                          7 For All Mankind            7 For All Mankind                NYDJ

The pair on the right is my favorite because they resemble the Cabi pair that's no longer available. If I were to get a pair, my sweet Mama would probably have to cut off five yards and re-hem them for me!  And let me just go ahead and say that I have rather expensive tastes when it comes to bell bottoms!

{two.} I like to share posts that I've enjoyed during the week because it gives y'all the opportunity to meet a new blogger or read a post from someone that you've never read before.  Having said that, if you like to cook as much as I do, then you should follow Mandy over at South Your Mouth.  I can't tell you how many of her recipes I've pinned and tried!  They are all wonderful!  So when Mandy posted this amazing looking Chicken Lazone recipe earlier this week, I nearly started hyperventilating!  I can not WAIT to try this recipe to get my carb fix!!

{three.} Earlier this week, Caycee posted this leopard dress on her blog and being the Leopard Queen that I am, I fell in love with it and ordered it!  I'm not sure about the turtleneck, but I'll try it and see.  Can't wait for this to come in the mail!!  I can totally see this as a dress {if it's not too short, of course!} or with leggings and boots!

{four.} mental health days. Y'all.  For the sake of my family and my own state of mind, I decided to take a mental health day from work. And when I told my wonderful boss that I was taking a day off in the middle of the week, I felt like a new woman! Just the mere THOUGHT of having an entire day to myself boosted my mood tremendously!  So after I dropped Alise off at school, I grocery shopped and had supper in the crock pot by 10:30! In the  morning! I shopped, had lunch, took a nap and read. I never turned the TV on, the house was quiet and it was absolute bliss!  Alise had cheer practice after school, so I didn't have to fight the car pick up line or the road construction in front of the school, either! Bliss, I tell ya! A wonderful day all to myself!

That's all I've got this week, peeps! We have a rather quiet weekend planned with a football game tonight and a date night for Saturday.  Alise's Big Sis from last year is staying with her while we're out and she is so pumped about Annie coming to the house. I'm also happy to report that our Alabama cousins will be visiting us over Labor Day weekend! Nothing's better than watching Bama football with our family and I can't wait for all the college games to begin!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Own It {August Linkup}

Today I'm linking up with one of my favorite blogs, The New Mrs. for her monthly linkup to "Owning It..."  

{fifth grade}
Maybe I should just say that my daughter, Alise, is "owning fifth grade." Even through her tears and disappointment, she has acted much better than her mother has.  Look, bottom line, don't mess with my kid. And I probably didn't handle the situation correctly, being 300 miles away from home, but I did what I did and I said what I said.   End of story.

{josh duggar}
I never got into the Duggar's.  Maybe it's just me.  I just thought that anybody that wanted to have 19 kids was crazy.  I mean, am I the only one wondering why Michelle's vagina hasn't fallen out?  I'm not being ugly, I'm just asking a serious question.  Just how many babies can one vagina birth?

In regards to her son and his controversy announced last week, I'm just reminded that we shouldn't put anyone on a pedestal.  I feel like a Debbie Downer, but at some point, someone you either love or look up to is going to fail you. The situation just reminded me to get my eyes back on Christ.  That's all {And in my own experience and look on life, if something is too perfect from the outside, it's usually falling apart on the inside}.

And while we're on the subject of vaginas...I will be the first to say that puberty will be OWNING ME!!  OMG, y'all! The moodiness alone is a killer in ten year old girls!! And it's about to send this peri-menopausal Mama over the edge!!

But even after everything that has gone on the first two weeks of school, I texted this to Baby Girl earlier this week!

{mexican fiesta}
Let me just say that I owned this past weekend with my girlfriends playing hostess with the mostess!  And I don't have a single picture to prove it! But I do want to share these TACO CUPS that I tried and tell you that they're awesome with Chuy's dip {knock off recipe}!!

{bloggy love}
I'm sooo far behind on my blog reading so if I haven't commented lately, please don't take it personally.  Honestly, after the "summer slow down" - thanks to Felicia - the past two weeks have been a whirl wind of activity and I haven't had time to stop really and enjoy my hobby.

I kinda gave a little update yesterday about my foot/ankle/boot a.k.a. "Felicia." I don't have to tell y'all that Felicia has owned me all summer. All. summer. And although the boot is/was a necessity for recovery, I am very, truly, madly, deeply over her!! It is most definitely time to say #byefelicia! my heart of hearts, I don't think I'm there yet.  Although I am able to walk on my foot around the house, I just don't think my heel is completely healed {definitely no pun intended!}. I go back to the doctor tomorrow and prayers are most appreciated!!  I'll keep you posted!

See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hodge Podge Wednesday

It's Wednesday so I'm linking up with Joyce for Hodge Podge.  You can join us by answering the questions on your own blog and then linking back for the party!  It's fun to see everyone's answers and "meet" new people!

1. It's hard to believe, but next week's Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What's one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?
I NEED to get rid of Felicia!  Seriously.  The boot has got to go!  I see the orthopedist on Friday.  Pray for a miracle!

2. When were you last at 'your wit's end'?

Monday night when I was studying science vocabulary with Alise.  It was more like an all out brawl that nearly had me pouring myself a stiff one.  Words like continental shelf, continental slope, continental ridge. Cliffs, plains, plateaus, coasts.  Estuaries, inlets, tributaries and rivers.  Would someone like to trade places with me?  When I was in school, there was no such thing as a continental slope or ridge.  Who comes up with this stuff?!  If she doesn't make an A on this test today, there's no telling what I might do!

3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into 'the deep end'?
The only thing that comes to mind at the moment, would have to be work related. There have been plenty of times in my career when I've just been thrown into a situation or project and felt like I had to sink or swim.  And sometimes, those moments can be rewarding, because looking back, those times were some of my shining moments.  I had a great mentor, too, when I entered the healthcare field and I think that makes a HUGE difference.

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.
I don't like this question.  I had to think too much Monday night to come up with an answer for this one.

5. What makes your hair stand on end?
Ha ha!  The humidity, maybe?  As in 165% humidity? I can't complain, though, because the last few days have been VERY nice, which make for the most excellent of hair days! Y'all know I'm a big hair kind of girl, but there's a difference between curls and frizz!  Just sayin.

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it's a feed your brain so you're less anxious, grouchy and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?

How did you know I was in a bad mood?  Maybe it was question #2, ya think? Of course, I would eat the chocolate. Even if it is dark.  Seriously, I started to take a picture of what I was eating Monday night while we were studying and post it on Instagram!  I had a box of White Cheddar Cheez-Its out and a bag of chocolate chips and let's just say that I ate my fair share without sharing. That was supper.

You would have to hog tie me to eat coconut.  And I've never seen a blue potato.

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is 'no endin sight'?

My woman cave.  I'm ashamed to say that it probably hasn't been touched in over six months.  Everything just gets thrown and buried in that deep, dark hole and the mess just multiplies.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'm all out of randomness at the moment, but if you would like to read my other post for today, click HERE to find out what we've been up to!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday ~ August Edition

There are not one but TWO great party links going on today! I'm linking up with Sheaffer, Shay, and Mel for What's Up Wednesday AND Jenn and Jessi for What's Hap-"Pinning".  Normally on Wednesday, I show you what I've been pinning, but today, I decided to link the two posts together! Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!


{What We're Eating This Week}
Last week for What's Hap-"Pinning," I showed y'all all the delicious ideas I had for our little school moms Mexican soiree.  You can check out that post HERE. And guess what!  I made it all!  Except the shrimp.  And guess what! We ate it.  ALL! It was a great night with friends!

This week, the family is craving Chinese fare, so I'll be making this yummy recipe this week!  We love it!

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli - this was so good and so easy to make! This recipe is a keeper.

It's the only thing on our menu, though, unfortunately.  For the rest of the week, we'll be eating out of the freezer and pantry.

{What I'm Reminiscing About}
So, yea, school started last week for us and I posted all of Alise's school pictures from previous years HERE. I can't believe how much my Baby has grown up! It seems like yesterday I was getting her ready for PreK-4! Time is flying by awfully fast!

{What I'm Loving}
I'm loving this happy that Alise took to Mrs. O on the first day of school!  My BFF, Leigh, offered to help me come up with an idea for this year and she went all out!  Thank you so much, Leigh!  Mrs. O LOVED it!  You can check out my other happies from this post HERE.

{What We've Been Up To}
Other than surviving school starting last week, Wayne and I did manage to slip off to New Orleans for a few days this month.  I had a conference at the Ritz Carlton on Thursday and Friday and because I'm still wearing Felicia and it was hotter than the hinges of hell on Bourbon Street, we decided to come home Friday after the conference.  However, we did get dolled up on Thursday night and dined at the Bourbon House and had dessert at Cafe du Monde.

{What I'm Dreading}
Just like last month, I'm dreading going back to the Orthopedic doctor for my check up. And I'm dreading it because I don't know if he'll keep me in the boot or possibly release me. If you're new to my blog, I fractured my heel at the beginning of June and I've been in a boot and on crutches all summer.  The TRUTH is...I've actually been walking on my foot at night around the house.  Wayne says I'm still "tip toeing," but I haven't been able to put my foot solid on the floor in nearly three months and it feels strange. I still have twinges and some discomfort, but the bottom line is I think I'll still be in the boot another three weeks!  It's been eleven weeks yesterday since my fall.

{What I'm Working On}
Absolutely nothing.

{What I'm Excited About}
The return of college football on Saturdays!!  And perferably, The Alabama Crimson Tide!!  Roll Tide Roll!

Image result for alabama football

{What I'm Watching/Reading}
This month, Wayne and I finished the first and only season of Bloodline. So many people have been talking about this show and my friend, Jennifer, kept going on and on about it.  So we watched it and it was soooo sloooow!  OMGoodness! I will admit that the last three episodes, it did pick up, but Wayne swears that's thirteen hours {episodes} of his life that he'll never get back.

Last week on my FB feed, this series popped up: The Bregdan Chronicles. If you liked Gone With The Wind, I highly suggest this series. I finished the first book of the series and it was really good! The genre is Christian Historical Fiction, but it is more historical fiction to me, which I like to revert back to from time to time.

A book I DID finish this month and LOVED was Chevy Stephens, Those Girls.  Very suspenseful! Maybe a little too graphic for some.

{What I'm Listening To}
If you remember, last month, I told you that my XM radio subscription had expired so I've been listening to the "Preview Channel" and even with the "sign up now 'commercials,'" the music isn't half bad!  Alise likes to hear "I Found Myself A Cheerleader" {of course!} and "Fight Song."  And I swear there's an artist out right now that sounds just like Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees!!

{What I'm Wearing}
I can't remember the last time I bought anything new! Other than a few things from or Groopdealz, I haven't bought anything this summer due to my accident.  My friend Jennifer is having a Cabi sale in September and then I plan to do some major shopping when we're in Dallas in October!  Can't wait for that!

{What I'm Doing This Weekend}
Friday night, we have a RO Football game at home and we don't mind taking Alise because I swear our concession stand has the best burgers in town during football season!!  And they're cheap, too! Alise likes to run around with her friends and cheer with the cheerleaders on the field. Our private school is so small and the atmosphere is so family friendly, that as long as she "checks" in with us every fifteen/twenty minutes, we tend to let her do her thing.  It gives me a chance to see friends and catch up with what's going on at school.

On Saturday night, I have a hot date, so I'm excited about that!

{What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month}
Cooler temps. No humidity. Enough said.

{What Else Is New}
I was SO excited to see this Girlie back in uniform for the Friday pep rally! Alise is her happiest when she's cheering for and with her friends on the field. I am SO proud of her and the young lady she is becoming - minus the mood swings, of course!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fall Bucket List

Yes, it's still well over 93 degrees and 100% humidity where I live, but a girl can dream, can't she?  Here are a few things that I came up with for my fall bucket list!

1.  Read by the Fire

2.  Dress in layers and leggings

3.  Watch College Game Day {and Alabama football, of course!}

4.  Crunch leaves

5.  Break out the crock pot for a new hearty soup

6.  Turn clocks back an hour

7.  Wear fall nail colors

8.  Plan fall family picture

9.  Carve a pumpkin

10.  Open the windows 

11.  Go to the Fair

12.  Find a fall candle

13.  Gobble candy corn

14.  Bake

15.  "Boo" our friends & neighbors

From what I've been reading in Blog Land, most of you are enjoying cooler temps {insert pouty face}, so surely the thought of fall has crossed your mind.  What are some things on your bucket list?

I'm linking up with Mingle Monday, Let It Shine, Tuesday Talk, Thoughts for Thursday, & Thinking Out Loud Thursday