Friday, October 13, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, y'all! I'm sharing my Five on Friday below. Hope you enjoy! :)

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I can't believe I'm admitting this, but before the other day I had never listened to a podcast. I've always been intimidated by them, thinking they wouldn't keep my attention. And I'm a reader and like to hold words, re-read them, and underline. So I'd never given a podcast a go. Anyway, after I dropped the girls off at school the other day I came home to do a lot of fun stuff around the house...cleaning, laundry, prepping dinner, etc. I usually turn on the news during this time (because I'm a news junkie) but opted for a podcast instead. I've felt for a while now that the constant consumption of the news is bringing me down, big-time. So, I found a podcast by my girl Jen Hatmaker; I put my phone in my back pocket; and I went about my chores...but they didn't feel like chores while listening to her chat with Brene Brown! I felt like I was getting stuff accomplished at home while simultaneously learning and laughing. It truly fed my soul. If you haven't, I highly recommend checking out a podcast. The one I listened to was "Series Two, Episode Two: Getting Vulnerable with Dr. Brene Brown." And right now I'm listening to "Series Two, Episode Six: Finding Beauty in the Mess with Glennon Doyle." It's chock full of wisdom, and I just want everyone in the world to listen to these on repeat...I feel like we might make some progress! You can check out Jen's podcasts here.


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My best friend in the whole world, Emily, just started working as an independent beauty guide for LimeLight by Alcone. Have y'all heard of that brand? Emily is one of those people who tells it like it is (but is sweet!), so I always know I can trust what comes out of her mouth. She loves the products and uses them herself and wanted to send me some to try as well.

LimeLight is cool because it's free of harmful chemicals and is also paraben and cruelty-free. I think as we all learn more about ingredients in products we're trying to consciously do better, right? (Except I don't want to know what's in Diet Coke because I'm not giving that up...ever.) I really like that their mission is to provide products that heal, hydrate, and rebalance your skin...whereas other brands focus more on stripping and replenishing.

LimeLight offers products for three different types of skin: normal to combination or sun damaged skin, normal to oily or acne-prone skin, and normal to dry or mature skin. Emily sent me samples from each collection, and I had so much fun trying them all.

The Skin Polish was hands-down my favorite. It's a scrub and mask, and it left my skin feeling like a baby's bottom. So soft and smooth.

I also enjoyed using the Sotoks, which is a booster (serum) that works along with your moisturizer. This one in particular works to eliminate dark spots, and as someone with freckles and a history of sun exposure that I wish I could reverse, I feel like this helps. And it just feels good on my skin.

If you're interested in learning more about the products mentioned or exploring the skin care line for yourself, check out Emily's page below. Or if you have questions, you can email her at ehcarnes79@gmail.com.


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Last weekend the girls and I worked on the unicorn pumpkin craft I shared last Friday. We ended up not going all in and just painted the pumpkins and added tons of glitter instead. I still thought they turned out pretty cute! Who knows, maybe we'll add a horn to them this weekend!


We also drew and painted scarecrows, and that was fun. I found an easy tutorial online that showed you how to bare bones sketch out a scarecrow. I thought Lily's turned out so cute. Hadley's is sweet too, but she's still learning how to stay in the lines, etc. She's more of an abstract art kind of girl! ;)


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I'm getting my hair colored today, and I'm so excited. I had to bite the bullet about 6 months ago and start getting my grey covered. Ugh. I hate hair maintenance. I went to the nicest lady, but after three tries, she just couldn't seem to get the color right. I have dark, dark brown hair (almost black), and she kept lightening it up to an auburn color. And that washes me out, big-time. So, I'm going to a new place today and hope this stylist gets my vision...which is to simply just take away the grey.

Now a funny story. On Wednesday morning I got up and got ready, took Hadley to school, and headed to my hair appointment (thinking it was that day). I get there and tell the receptionist that I'm there for my 9 o'clock with Ashley. She smiles and tells me no one named Ashley works there. So I'm like, "OK, I must've just gotten the name wrong. It happens." And she asks for my name. I tell her, and she says, "You have an appointment with Sarah on Friday." At least I went to the right salon, right?!?! Guys...is this just getting older or is it too many browsers open at one time? Because I do stuff like this all.the.time. 


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J.Crew Factory had a BIG sale last weekend (everything was 50% off), and I snagged a few goodies with some leftover birthday money. I was so pleased with everything I purchased!

If you're looking for a good pair of high-waisted denim at a lower price point, look no further. These fit like a gem. If you have any sort of a tummy, I'd recommend sizing up. 


This top is so pretty and looks more expensive than it is! How pretty is the embroidery? It's a thicker cotton, and I love the bell sleeves too.


This sweater also comes in grey and black, but I was drawn to the pink. How cute will it be paired with dark denim jeans and mules?


I'm always looking for cool, simple pendant necklaces. This one is both. And it's lightweight!


Obsessed with these shoes. They also come in grey and neutral, but I liked the black just for something different. They are so comfy and run TTS.


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I hope everyone has the best weekend. Rob turned in a HUGE project at work earlier this week, so we're excited to finally have him free from that! 


Friday, October 6, 2017

Five on Friday

Hey guys! Happy Friday! I got such a good response last week from my Five on Friday post that I thought I'd try it out again.
 
This week has flown by for us. We don't have any big weekend plans, but I'm looking forward to slowing down after a busy week.
 
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If you know me, you know my love for unicorns runs deep. The girls and I are going to attempt the craft below this weekend. I picked up 3 mini white pumpkins yesterday, so fingers crossed they turn out somewhat like what's pictured. I'll probably alter it a bit and might attempt a horn out of paper rather than the modeling clay she mentions. I'll be sure to share a picture. I'm sure it'll end up being one big Pinterest fail! If you want to check it out yourself, here's the link.
 
 
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Hadley had the happiest 4th birthday on Wednesday. I can't believe my baby is 4-years-old. She opened presents before school that morning so she'd have all day to play with them. (Seriously, what's worse than opening presents after dinner and going to bed soon after?!?!) She got some fun surprises and was just filled with joy opening each present. There's not much better.

 

We sent snacks to school that day, complete with dinosaur plates, party hats, and blowers. She also wore some cute dinosaur tights and a dinosaur necklace. My girl loves dinosaurs. Hadley doesn't like cookies and cakes, so she chose potato chips and strawberries for her birthday snack! :)
 
 
 
Rob met us at Chuck E. Cheese after work, and we had pizza and played games. Chuck E. Cheese gives me the hives. Is that place every parents' worst nightmare or what? BUT, all that matters is that my girls were in heaven, and Hadley felt very loved on her birthday.
 
 
 
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I saw this cookbook in a recent Southern Living and really want to pick it up sometime. Such a good concept. And I think it'd make the perfect gift for any of your friends who like to cook.
 
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Speaking of cooking, I made the BEST Shepherd's Pie last week. Rob declared it one of his favorite meals I've made. And the kicker: I doubled the recipe and made two. One to eat; one to freeze. Makes life so much easier.


Speedy Shepherd's Pie
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Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup matchstick-cut carrots, finely chopped
1 cup onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
1 cup unsalted beef stock, divided
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
1 (24-ounce) package prepared mashed potatoes
2 Tablespoons freeze-dried onion
1/2 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika

Directions:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Place beef in a large skillet over high heat; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add carrot, onion, and garlic to pan; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste; cook 30 seconds. Combine 1/4 cup stock and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture, remaining 3/4 cup stock, Worcestershire, pepper, and salt to pan. Stir in peas. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Place beef mixture in a 2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Top evenly with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle freeze-dried onions and paprika over potatoes. Bake at 500 degrees for 5 minutes. (I added the onions and paprika on top after 3 minutes because I'd read reviews that the onions burn after 5 minutes.)
 
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I shared this top on Instagram yesterday and got a lot of positive feedback. It's the coziest shirt ever, and the little tie detail is so cute. Plus it's on sale for 40% off and comes in four other colors! I'm tempted to grab one more!

Tie Front Cozy Fleece Pullover

If you want to follow along on Instagram, you can find me here! :)

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I hope everyone has a great weekend.





Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall Home Tour

I've had so much fun pulling out our fall and Halloween décor and getting our house ready for the season. Now if we could only have some fall temps to go along with it, that'd be great!
 
Hope you enjoy a peek into our home! Do you decorate for fall and Halloween? Or do you save your energy for Christmas?
 
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Our front door makes me happy. I picked up the wreaths at TJ Maxx last year.
 
 
 
Our foyer...I like to keep it fun in here.
 
 

Our dining room. It's more traditional but still fun. Can you spy me? :)
 
 
I got these filler balls (filler balls?!) at Pier 1 this year.
 
 
Gold, sparkly pinecones and orange taper candles are perfect for fall.
 
 
Our mantle in the living room. The pumpkins and acorn garland are from Target.
 
 
 
I found these little pillows from the Target Dollar Spot last year.
 
 
 
Just added a few fall touches to the bookshelves in our living room.
 
 
 
 
Love this cat candy bowl that I found this year at...you guessed it...Target! I keep it in our kitchen.
 
 
 
Our kitchen is connected to our keeping room, and our kitchen table sits in the keeping room. I like to keep it casual in here, and I think the table reflects that. I added real pumpkins and gourds to the bowl, and I love the colors next to the placemats.
 
 

 
Kind of hard to see here, but I keep battery-operated orange, white, and purple lights on the mantle in the keeping room. It's especially fun at night!
 
 
 
 
I've had this Halloween tree forever. It's so fun to pull out each year because the girls especially love it.
 
 
We put up our holiday books after the holidays, and it's so fun to get them out each season. I have a basket on our fireplace where we keep all the fall and Halloween books. I'll switch them out at Christmas!
 
 
Found this cat pillow in the Target Dollar Spot and knew we had to have it. I may keep it out after Halloween.
 
 
 
I mean, I had to add some acorns and pine cones to our faux deer head. He just looked bare and sad without them. :)
 
 
A little table in our hallway...I added a ceramic pumpkin for a fun pop of color.
 
 
I couldn't leave out our guest bathroom. The owl, the pumpkin candle, and the baby pumpkin add a nice fall touch. 
 
 
We spend so much time on our screened-in porch. Love this friendly ghost.
 
 
Added some fun lights to the mantle outside. I love being out here at night.
 
 
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I hope y'all enjoyed the peek inside our home. Happy fall y'all!