Monday, July 21, 2014

Target Mix & Match ...

It is a well established fact that I am somewhat of an unofficial Target Ambassador. As a matter of fact, I am seriously thinking about having business cards printed with that under my name ... Or maybe get some sort of badge I could flash like FBI agents do in the movies. It would be round ... like the Target bullseye, & have a banner underneath that reads "unOFFICIAL TARGET AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL"

Yes, I have put a lot of thought into it & also, this should tell the level of excitement that my weekend contained. I almost made a mock-up of what my badge would look like, but I thought that might seem a little loser-ish of me ... even more than the fact that I have put serious thought into my fake badge & fake title.

Anyway .... I actually  have a point ...

Everyday Savvy's fashion portion of their website has found the way to my heart!!! I shared several Fridays ago one of their mix & match Target outfits post ...

15 mix & match outfits (including shoes) for less that $165!!!!  LOVE!
Since I shared this with you, the geniuses (as far as I'm concerned) at Everyday Savvy have made 2 more mix & match Target style boards!!!
This one has 15 looks that could easily carry you into Fall ... 
 ... for less than $250 ... three pairs of shoes (including boots), a great statement necklace, scarf, cardigan!
And here is the latest style board they've posted ...
Another 15 great outfits ... for $235! Seriously .... makes me giddy!!!

Not only are the mix & match outfits put together for you, but EVERYDAY SAVVY has each individual piece listed with a link to Target's website & pricing information .... CLICK HERE to check it out.

I have absolutely no fashion sense, so stuff like this makes my quite happy & makes it so easy to shop for great "go-together" pieces!

On another note:
Remember I told you guys last week about Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel? Well, guess what I came across yesterday in Target's weekly ad ....

YEP! They now have it available ... & it's on sale for $14.99 .... & right now all nail polish happens to be on Target Cartwheel for 10% off. So, it would really be silly of you not to go ahead & buy some!

Happy Shopping, y'all!!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

when did this happen?

Well, today it is official ... Big Brother is an official teenager ... 13!

I'm not sure how this happened so fast, but it's here.

He was 10 days late & came into this world weighing 11 pounds & 8 ounces and was the hugest newborn I had ever seen in my life!

 I was 25 years old & had no idea how to take care of a baby. I couldn't believe they let me leave the hospital with him. I didn't know how to make a bottle, how to bathe him, how to make him stop crying. I was a nervous wreck & tried to convince Mama to move in..

I felt completely inadequate, but I knew I had never loved anything like I loved that baby. I just kind of faked my way through the first few weeks of motherhood & I remember waking up one morning & thinking to myself ... I think I have the hang of this. After all, we had both survived one another so far!

It helped that he was an easy baby ... laid back. I swear he was born with the soul of an 80 year old man.

I have loved every stage of life I've had the honor of mothering him through.

He is my joy ...

He's made my heart grow in ways I never knew were even possible.

He made me a Mama ...

I don't know anything about being a teenager's mama ... but he'll help me learn. Just like I did 13 years ago, I'll fake my way through until I wake up one morning & tell myself, "I think I have the hang of this." Of course, I'm sure as soon as I tell myself that, I'll be put in my place.

Happy Birthday, Matt! I am so proud of you. I love you to pieces. There is not another soul I would have rather taught me how to be a mama than you. You are precious to me .... always!

 I can't wait to see what God has in store for your life!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

privileges revoked ...

Our china cabinet was the second piece of furniture the mister & I bought after we got engaged. That's just the way Mama raised me ... home training! Every southern home is supposed to have a proper dining room & most definitely a hutch to showcase all of the beautiful china, silver, & crystal you received for your wedding, right!?!

I've told you all about switching our dining room into a more casual sitting room, because we are by no means formal dining room type folk. Well, the fully stocked china hutch was the last evidence of the dining room that once was ...

 .... until a couple of days ago.{Had Mama not been 3 states away I don't think I'd had the heart to do it.}

I'd been toying with the idea of using the hutch for more practical storage instead of it housing my 12 beautiful place settings that we have NEVER used in 15 and a half years of marriage. I finally bit the bullet & emptied it out .... with great fear that somebody would show up & revoke my membership privileges to all things southern OR that Mama would show up & put me on restriction.

While it was empty I thought ... well, I might as well go ahead & paint the inside! So .... I did! I'm telling you, half way through my first coat I almost got nauseous because it occurred to me I WAS PAINTING MY CHINA HUTCH!!!!! But then I calmed myself down & after the first coat was finished, I knew I'd love it!

{I used Valspar's Tranquility ... it is a very light blue & just right!}
So, now I have homeless china, but a super cute place for my books!!!! And as a consolation prize for my displaced formal settings, I think we'll eat off of them tomorrow for Big Brother's 13th birthday!!!

P.S. Mama tried ...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

the struggle is real .... for real!

I am sure I might start a firestorm of controversy amongst the tens of people who actually read this blog, but I'm just going to go ahead & lay it out there.  It is the middle of July ... in the South ... & I couldn't be happier about all of the heat & the humidity!

I know ... say what you will ... but this summer heat & I are holding hands, couple skating just like it is Saturday night at the Rollerland! Which, may be the effects of some sort of post traumatic stress situation brought on by the unusually cold horrible Winter I just lived through.

Now, I will admit, I am a very cold-natured person. As a matter of fact, Bestie & her husband, Pappy, have determined I have some sort of body core temperature impairment. While everyone else is enjoying a comfortable 98.6 ... I'm telling you, I am suffering at around 87.6 (not really, but that's the plight I feel I am suffering).

For example ...

* Last week Bestie & I went to Trader Joe's & after about 5 minutes I told her I would just wait for her outside in the heat of the day, because I was FREEZING amongst all of the free range, organic goods.

* Today ... we are expecting temps in the high 90's however, I didn't dare leave home without wearing a cardigan. I know ... some say that's foolish ... I say makes total sense.

* It is July ... I have a down comforter on my side of the bed.

So, just remember ... when you see someone wrapped up in a cute cardigan, shivering, & teeth chattering in the middle of July .... don't be quick to judge ... low core body temperature is a very real (probably made up) problem & the struggle is real, y'all!

Monday, July 14, 2014

our prized possession ...

What is your most prized possession?

Proverbs 7:2 says this ...

"guard My teachings as your most prized possession."

A prized possession is something you protect, something you care greatly for, something you would never want to misplace. That's how we are supposed to treasure God's teachings ... like the most valuable thing we possess. Because, guess what ... it is!!!!

The wisdom God gives us in His Word is priceless ... We are to write it on the tablet of our heart (v.3) & store up His commandments within us (v.1).

Treasure it like your most prized possession ...

Friday, July 11, 2014

favorite things friday: savings, Oprah & Gayle, hanging out, & fixin' it up....

It's already Friday ... again!!! Hope your week has been full of all sorts of wonderful summer FUN!!!!

Here are a few things I wanted to share with you from my week ....

* Joss & Main ...

This is a website that has incredible sales ... like up to 90% off sometimes ... on furniture, lighting, cookware, rugs, & everything in between. You have to be a member to shop their collections ... and here's your invitation to join!!!! Just CLICK HERE TO JOIN (ABSOLUTELY FREE) & they'll email you featured collections at crazy good prices each week. HERE is a sneak peek at one of my favorite sales from this week ... Pattern & Pop ! I want one of these poufs ...

in every color, of course!!!! It's marked over 60% & almost makes me drool {well, maybe I drooled a little}!

* Book Suggestions ...
Melanie over at the Big Mama blog asked for book suggestions a couple of weeks ago & complied a list of 75 of the most mentioned titles .... I've been looking for a new book to read, so THIS LIST was a big help. Check it out if you are looking for your next book, but can't decide. When I finish a book,  I always give it to Bestie so she can read  it, too... our own little book club (I'm like Oprah in so many ways, y'all)  ... except we don't actually meet & talk about the book. When we get together we usually eat burrito bowls from the Chipotle & talk about The Real Housewives. Which, I'm pretty sure is what Oprah & Gayle do, too!

* Hanging Out ...
Speaking of books ... I decided to take Melanie's advice & read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns)  by Mindy Kaling (from The Office & The Mindy Project).

This book is HILARIOUS!!!! An easy read that you could finish in a weekend. Love it!

* Fixer Upper ...
You know how I love TV ... like love it?!?! Well, I've got a new favorite TV show, y'all! Fixer Upper on HGTV ... comes on Thursday nights at 9.

Chip & Joanna Gaines are the cutest couple from Texas ... they own Magnolia Homes & work magic on a home like something I've never seen! They walk families through buying a home that needs some tender loving care & then transform that home into all sorts of wonderful goodness.

For real ... like, you need to watch this show!!!! Trust me! & check them out HERE, too !!!!

OK .... that's it ... sign up at Joss & Main, decide on your next book , & find some reruns of Fixer Upper this weekend! If you didn't have weekend plans, you do now!

Have a great one & don't forget to be awesome, y'all!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

polymers & sciencey things ...

I hardly ever paint my fingernails. It just seems like a lot of work for something that usually ends up looking like my 2-year-old nephew did & inevitably will be chipped in a day & a half. However, the Nester posted a product on Instagram this week that I thought might be the answer to my short-lived home manicure problems.

Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel

It is supposed to  give you a gel type manicure finish that allegedly actually lasts!!! Sally Hansen claims it can last up to 14 days. Supposedly polymers & some sciencey things are involved ... I can tell you this, if my manicure lasts for 14 days, there is probably some type of witchcraft involved.

I searched high & low & couldn't find a store in my area carrying this particular product yet. However, I did find a similar product from Revlon ....

Colorstay Gel Envy (Diamond Top Coat)

My nail color is Sally Hansen's Grease Lightning & I am sure Mama is mortified that I've painted my nails the color of charcoal, but I love it!!!!

I'm on day 3 (which is twice as long as my do-it-yourself manicures last) & so far, so good. I've moved furniture, spent the day at the pool, washed dishes, & all that jazz ... & the polish is holding up pretty well.

So, let me know if you try it. If you happen to come across the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (that doesn't need an LED light to cure) let me know ... I'm still on the hunt!