Friday, January 13, 2017

Loving Lately

So I know it's mid-January and half of our country is covered in snow. But I promise you, the day after Christmas I start longing for warmer temps and green on the trees outside. With that said, I had fun browsing some of my favorite shops and checking out their early, early spring arrivals. Below are a few that I'm loving lately.


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Love, love the colors in this blouse. And how great does it look paired with white denim?
 
 
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This dress is so simple and sleek. I'd wear it to church with tights and booties.
 
 
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I really like the small holes in this tee. Makes it a little edgy.
 
 
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I have a jacket similar to this one and wear it constantly in the spring and early fall. It's the perfect weight, and the color goes with everything.
 
Twill Field Jacket

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I don't own a cold shoulder tee, but I really like this one because you can still wear a normal bra with it! And black is always classic.
 
Cold Shoulder Sweater

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This is such a pretty, simple, statement necklace. And the price is almost too good to beat.
 
Chevron Pendant Necklace

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How fun would this top be for a Valentine's Day date with your significant other? I'm cheesy and like to color coordinate with the holiday!
 
 Ruffle Hem Top

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A plaid top for spring...looks so light and breezy, and the peplum hem is an added bonus.

Plaid Tab Sleeve Peplum Top

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Red and white stripes just scream spring and summer to me. And the lace-up makes it a little more nautical and fun.
 

 
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The ruffles take this grey sweater up a big notch and make it so cute and feminine.
 
 
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I've really grown to like athleisure wear because it can double as something for a workout, or I think many of the tops look darling with shorts or jeans. The side tie on this tee is my favorite.
 
 Breathe Side-Tie Tee

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Loving the boxy fit of this tee, the ruffled sleeves, and the pale pink color is just right too.
 

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You could wear this tee now with a jacket and later into the spring without. Adore the hem.

Shark Bite Hem Exposed Hem Tee

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More athleisure wear. If I had this I'd probably never take it off!

Mockneck Poncho

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In case you can't tell, I like almost any addition that takes a simple shirt up a notch. Here, the tie at the front does just that.

V-Neck Knot Slub Tee

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I'm really getting ahead of myself here, but I couldn't not share this cover-up when I came across it. Quality, pretty cover-ups are so hard to find, in my opinion. This one is more than I'd normally spend on a cover-up, but it's so darn pretty too.
 
 Lively Leaves Cover-Up Tunic

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This sweater is almost too cute for words. Why does adding pom poms to something make it that much more fun?
 
 Ruffle Bobble Sweater

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What do y'all think of my picks? Are you as ready for spring as I am? Anything in particular on your spring wishlist? Hope everyone has a happy weekend!

 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekend Update + Golden Globes

How was everyone's weekend? We had a low-key one and stayed in mostly due to the weather. One snow flake + sleet in Mississippi = mass hysteria. No really. Schools let out early on Friday, and the grocery stores were packed with people preparing for the worst. It always tickles me. This is what we had at our house.
 
 
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I was so glad I'd picked up some Valentine's Day things at the Target Dollar Spot earlier in the week. I know, I know. It's early January, and most people just took down their Christmas tree. But I love a holiday and a reason to celebrate. Always have, always will! So we spent much of the weekend crafting, and that's always fun for all of us.
 



 
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It was also perfect timing that some meals from HelloFresh were delivered. I'm collaborating with them and will share a full post later in the week. But I had the best time preparing the meals, and they were so, so tasty. We were really impressed.

 
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And now for my thoughts on the Golden Globes. Y'all know this is one of my favorite nights of the year, right? Seriously. I have been awards-season obsessed since junior high. The gowns, the jokes, the speeches, the glamour...it all gets me.
 
What did everyone think of Jimmy Fallon? I really like him, but I thought he was just meh. I think I wanted someone with a little more bite...someone like Chris Rock or Ricky Gervais. But then if they were to host I'd probably say they were too harsh. #grassisalwaysgreener
 
Before I share my favorite gowns of the evening, I can't not mention my favorite part of the night...Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award. I thought her words were so powerful and perfect for where our world is right now. I honestly think she deserves a Golden Globe for that speech. What a remarkable woman.
 
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And guys, Ryan Gosling's acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy made me swoon...I'm sure all the ladies reading can agree.
 
 
And now for my favorite gowns...

Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan. She wins my favorite of the night. It was just so classic and elegant but a little different at the same time. I thought she was stunning.
  
 
Coming in a close second was Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad Couture. And her skin makes me wish I'd never stepped foot in the sun.

 
 Emma Stone in Valentino...love the stars on her gown. Very ethereal and whimsical.

 
 Reese Witherspoon in Atelier Versace. I adore yellow, and she wears it so very well!

 
 Viola Davis in Michael Kors. Golden yellow on her beautiful, dark skin was just a stunning combination. Also love the one shoulder.

 
 Zoe Saldana in Gucci. This might have been a worst dressed for some, but I liked it. It was feminine and sweet, and the slick ponytail paired well with it.

 
 I'd love to hear your favorites! Did y'all stay up for the entire show or hit the sack early like I did? And now I have a list a mile long of movies I need to see!

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I'm participating in a Mom Life Monday link-up today. Y'all check it out here...you can find lots of great blog posts by fellow moms! Hope everyone has a happy Monday.

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Happy New Year, guys! Hope everyone has had the happiest start to their year so far. A few days in, and 2017 has been good to us!
 
I made this dip for the first time on New Year's Eve, intent on the fact that we'd have enough left over to have some on New Year's Day so we could get our serving of lucky black-eyed peas in for the new year. Wrong. Rob and I ate the entire dish in one sitting. Not even joking. The flavor combination is just really good, and it's not too heavy. Next time I'll double the recipe! I served it with tortilla chips for dipping, but I think Wheat Thins would be good too.
 
 
Black-Eyed Pea Dip
{The Pioneer Woman}
 
1 can (14-ounce) black-eyed peas
1/4 white onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup sour cream
8 slices jarred jalapenos (I skipped this step because I used black-eyed peas that already had jalapenos in them)
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 Tablespoons salsa
Hot Sauce, to taste
Salt and Pepper, to taste
 
Directions:
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain black-eyed peas and mash them with a fork, leaving some whole. Add all other ingredients, and stir to combine.
 
Spread into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

 
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Our holiday fun comes to a sudden jolt today as both girls start school back. Wah! I'm going to miss the tar out of them while they're away...but I also might have a clean house, so there's that! :) Hope everyone has a great day...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas 2016 Recap

Well that happened fast, didn't it? I'm usually a little bummed when Christmas is over, but this year I seem to be more OK with it. Maybe I'm just ready for a fresh start and a new year? Anyone else? 2016 has been a doozy, #amiright?
 
We had a really happy Christmas, despite the fact that I am still sick...going on 8 weeks, folks. I'm on round 3 of steroids and round 6 (yes, 6!) of antibiotics. Y'all can thank me for the slew of antibiotic-resistant bugs out there. Mercy. But, I do feel like I'm getting better, and I'm seeing an ENT next week to evaluate why I can't seem to get well. So, onward! And enough about that...
 
Our festivities started when my older sister, Chris, and her kids came into town a few days before Christmas. They were only able to be here for the day, but it was SO good to see them. We met over at Pop and J's to visit, exchange presents, and eat a yummy meal.

 
 
Pop and J gave Lily and Hadley a Baby Alive doll, which they both wanted so badly. Y'all, these things are so funny, but the girls love them, and that's all that matters!

 
Hadley got dinosaurs from Aunt Chris, Alec, and McKenna, and she was in absolute heaven!
 
 


On Christmas Eve we normally go to church, but because I wasn't feeling great we stayed home and just took it easy around here. The girls opened their matching Christmas pajamas and opened their presents from one another.
 


 
Then it was time to put on their Christmas pajamas, sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn, and put out cookies for Santa!
 


 
Mom and Dad stayed up late prepping for Santa...we knew the girls would be excited, so that made it that much more fun for us! Below are Lily's Santa presents.
 
 
 
 
And now some of Hadley's things!
 
 
 
 
 
The girls slept until 7, and by that point Rob and I were too excited so we got them up!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This picture cracks me up...I promise they were happy, and we had a really special day!
 
 
Daddy had some help opening his present from the girls...some new shoes!
 
 
After we finished our presents, we had a Christmas Day feast. Sausage pinwheels, fruit with the world's easiest dip on the side (see below for recipe), cinnamon rolls, and our annual Christmas Day Breakfast Casserole...I've tried many a breakfast casserole, and this one is always my favorite. Recipe below!
 
 
 
Pop and J came over a little later and opened their gifts from us. Teddy was in the Christmas spirit and gave Pop some extra Christmas love.
 
 
We spent the rest of the day lounging and overeating; the girls played with their toys, and we watched "A Christmas Story" about seven times! It was a perfect day with family, and I'm grateful for every second.
 
The day came to a close, and Lily was excited to wear her new Peppa Pig nightgown...and even more excited to dress her new doll, Camille, in a matching gown.
 
 
Rob took the girls to visit his parents the next day, and I was planning on going but ended up back at the doctor instead. I decided to stay home and rest, and I missed everyone so much, but I'm glad I had that time to rest and recover.
 
So that's a wrap! Christmas 2016 is in the books. I hope everyone reading had a happy day with their loved ones. Are y'all looking forward to a fresh start as much as I am? And have y'all taken your tree down yet? We're guilty!
 
Lastly, I'll leave you with this...I imagine we can all relate!