Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Just a Thriftin'

Let me just go ahead and tell y'all that I don't thrift shop.  I TAKE clothes to consignment shops, not BUY clothes from consignment shops.  Whelp!  That all changed last week!

Several of the fashion blogs that I've been reading lately have mentioned thrift shopping and the great deals they find when they do {locally and on line}. They find name brands for lots less dollars. I've never been a lucky person so finding a "good deal" to me is like finding a needle in a haystack!  When I shop, I don't like to "dig" through racks and racks of clothes.  If I see something and like it, I buy it.  Sometimes the item is on sale and sometimes it's not. Having said that, those are the main reasons why shopping at thrift or consignment stores has never appealed to me. Also, the idea of wearing somebody else's clothes that I don't know kinda freaks me out!

So last week, the sun FINALLY decided to shine for three days straight and I decided to get out of the office for lunch to enjoy it {I normally work through lunch}.  I decided to see what all the hub bub was about with thrift shopping so I went to one location of our local Goodwill and then, to a consignment shop. And let me just say that I was pleasantly surprised.  I didn't have to "dig" through racks of clothes!  Everything at Goodwill was segregated by type of item, size and then color, which made it alot easier to shop.  The clothes were hung neatly and the store was clean {but you did have to overlook the musty smell}.  I actually found a very cute yellow jacket and I was able to try it on in a clean dressing room without having to ask someone to unlock the door for me {A pet peeve of mine!}.  I ended up getting the jacket for a little over $7 with tax!  I was excited!

Next, I visited the consignment shop and it was set up more to resemble an actual retail store.  It had dressed mannequins, jewelry, and scarves.  The selection was smaller (due to the store size compared to Goodwill), but I ended up finding three blouses for $11 with tax! I was pumped!

The thrill of thrift shopping is there, but as far as finding that name brand item at an oh-so great price just isn't going to happen in our area because we don't have the high end stores here.  None of the items I bought were brands I had heard of before, except for the green blouse and it is Forever 21.  I saw some Talbot pieces and one Banana Republic t-shirt that was a size XS.  So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I believe the thrift store shopping can be a lucrative hobby depending on where you live and the stores in your area.

Will I do it again?  Probably so. But not anytime soon.

One thing I won't be doing is buying shoes!  Wearing someone else's shoes {that I don't know} is just a complete turn off to me.  If I found shoes that I just had to have, they would have to still be in the box for me to buy them! Just sayin'!

I'm linking my thrifting thoughts up with these blogs this week!

Thoughts for Thursday

Monday, March 30, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - March 30th

Short 'n sweet this week, peeps!  

I just got back in town Saturday afternoon and realized I hadn't started a menu for this week.  It's normally a work-in-progress with a piece of paper lying on the island for a few days until I'm ready to make a final decision and plan a grocery list.  And Saturday's are my normal shopping days for groceries, but I think my family missed me over night and insisted that I spend some time with them, which did NOT include a trip to the grocery store!

Here's our menu this week:

Sunday - Crawfish Etouffee (my recipe) & garlic bread

Tuesday - Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday - Spaghetti (my recipe) & green beans

Thursday - YOYO

Friday - Spaghetti Boats

Saturday - Jump Lump Crab Cakes & Baked Potato Bar

If you're looking for a great and easy dessert for Easter, check out my post from last week for Weight Watcher Lemonade Pie.  It is SO good!  

You can visit OrgJunkie for more menu and recipe ideas!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Few Pops Of Sunshine

Yellow is not a color that I normally wear.  But like I mentioned last week on my 5 on Friday post, the weather has been so gray and dreary here in Louisiana, that I decided I needed a little pop of sunshine during one of my shopping excursions a few weeks ago.  So I bought a yellow cardigan!  Talk about stepping out of this pink and blue and red girl's "comfort box"!  So today I thought I would share how I styled my pop of sunshine!

But first. Last Friday, being the first day of Spring {Yay!}, I had planned to wear the cardigan until I walked outside and you guessed it!  Saw what the weather was like!  Another dreary, rainy, cooler than normal, day.  Then I remembered that I bought a really cute yellow top at Dillard's a few years ago and decided to wear it with my denim jacket, white ankle denim pants, and leopard wedges!  I wore this outfit to work that day!

I love this top!  It's 3/4 sleeves and I wish I had it in another color!  And yes! Once the weather begins to cooperate, we will be working in our flower beds and around the pool to get it ready for summer. Here's Baby Girl!  Not to be left out on the First Day of Spring!  She dressed herself that morning, so we were Twinkies, but notice her choice in sleeves and pants compared to mine.  My child is SO hot natured!

Now on to some Pinterest inspired outfits with pops of sunshine!  Here are a few pics of inspiration I chose based on some items I already had in my closet.  Y'all know I'm a sucker for polka dots, leopard, and lace.  If I had to describe my personal style, I think it would be more "office fashion" than "street wise."  I mean, let's face it.  How many people really wear jackets and scarves and designer denim to Walmart or the grocery store on the weekends? Because of my profession and lifestyle, office attire is a must, so on the weekends, I tend to dress down.  I mean, it's nothing for me to be at the ballpark for one of Alise's softball games in a t-shirt and wind shorts. I can rock some "street wise" outfits if it's date night or a night out with friends, though.

    Navy blazer + polka dots + neon yellow.  Loving all of the bright neon colors for fall.

                                Stripe Tailored Collar Long Sleeves not a huge fan of yellow, but I would wear this any day    "Going Into The Office" by strawberrybrownie on Polyvore   

And here are some outfits I came up with.  What do you think?



I just realized after posting these pics, I didn't style one with a leopard scarf like I intended.  Oh, well.  Wayne was my photographer and I'm kinda a one shot girl.  I don't worry about lighting and all that because obviously, it wouldn't have mattered on this day anyway!  But I do wish my photographer had not insisted I turn the way I did with the lace blouse and gray slacks so you could see the outfit better.  I think it's my favorite of the two office fashion pics!     

Thank you for taking time to stop by and read my post today. I do NOT consider myself a fashion blogger at all, but I do enjoy participating in Sheaffer's monthly "Get Pinspired" link ups.  Those monthly posts have lead to me joining the other fun parties once a month as well.  You can check out my February pinspiration and March pinspiration posts by clicking on the links.  I love meeting new people and I try to respond to all my comments and emails. Join me on Bloglovin, Instagram, and Twitter!

If you enjoyed the yellow, you might also want to check out a recipe I posted today for Weight Watcher Lemonade Pie!  It's SO easy and perfect for Spring! It's made with Crystal Light and Wayne ate TWO pieces Sunday night!

I'll be linking up with these fun parties this week!

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Weight Watchers Lemonade Pie

So yesterday I was on a rant about weight.  Which reminded me that when I was attending WW meetings all those years ago, our sponsor - whose name was also, Laura - gave us this A-MAZ-ing recipe for Lemonade Pie.  I like to call it, Lemonade Ice Box Pie, just because it sounds fancier and after all, the pie does need to go in the fridge! It is so, so easy, y'all!  Would I lie to you?  I think not. FIVE ingredients and FOUR steps!  That's it! This pie would make a great dessert for Easter or even later on in the summer when the temps warm up because it's cool and refreshing! Today I'm joining Andrea in her monthly linkup for recipes!

Just a note before we get started that this recipe makes TWO pies.  That's awesome, right, because you can eat one and put the other one in the freezer for when company drops by unexpectedly.  I prefer that my slice comes straight from the freezer anyway.

Here's what you'll need:

2 (1 oz) boxes of sugar free instant vanilla pudding
2 1/2 cups of milk
1 (1oz) crystal light (the little tubs that come in the canister)
16 oz of Cool Whip
2 pie crusts (I used reduced fat crusts)

Please overlook the fact that I'm missing another 8 ounces of Cool Whip in this picture.  I thought I had lost a container, but it got lost in our refrigerator.  

Step one. Mix the pudding and milk.

Step two. Mix the Crystal Light with the Cool Whip.

Step three.  Combine the two mixtures together. I'm a messy stir-er!

Step four.  Pour into crusts.

I hate this picture is blurry, but I'm not a good picture taker, either, and with the look of things, not a good pie spreader.  Normally, I would top the pies with another layer of Cool Whip and garnish with lemons and strawberries. This recipe would easily convert to a sugar free dessert, too.  Enjoy!  And please let me know what you think!

In other news, I'm also posting a sunshiny day post with lots of yellow fashion today! Click HERE to read that post! I'm skipping out for the remainder of the week and joining some of my girlfriends for a fun weekend in Natchez, Mississippi, and I'm so excited about it!  We'll be there while the Spring Pilgrimmage is going on, which is a first for me. We're going on carriage rides, touring Antebellum homes, looking for Greg Iles on every corner, and we have reservations at Monmouth Saturday night!  Just a complete Scarlett O'Hara kind of weekend for me and I'll love everything about it!  You can follow me on IG or Twitter to see all the fun we'll be having!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Weight Rant

About fifteen years ago, I use to go to Weight Watcher meetings.  Not because I was that terribly over weight, but because I had about eighteen pounds I wanted to lose.  That was when the "point system" first came out and a friend from work and I decided to do the program together.  It took a while, but I reached my goal and became a "lifetime member" of WW.  Five years later, when I got pregnant with Alise, I was about six pounds over my original WW goal and now, at 42, the goal I try to maintain is my pre-pregancy weight.  And let's face it!  The older you get, the harder it is to keep it off {If you were reading my blog last summer, you probably remember the pain and anquish I went through with realizing my metabolism was slowing down.  To a turtle's pace!}! 

I don't know what it is about that number on the scale that causes women to feel so hopeless - myself included. It doesn't matter to me if I've lost seven inches in my hip area {which will never happen}, but if that number on the scale doesn't move, I feel like I haven't accomplished anything.  Like I'm a failure.  It makes me just want to sit down on the scale and eat a pint of chocolate chip ice cream! Are you that way, too?

How often do you jump on the scales?  I ask that like it's the greatest thing.  I cringe.  I cringe every morning after I've gone to the bathroom and taken my shower.  Maybe I shouldn't use the word, cringe.  More like, hold my breath! Not like a "suck it in" kind of breath, but more like a, "Oh, God, here I go" breath.  Make sense?

And there's the whole "BMI Thing."  Body Mass Index.  It's like saying what you should weigh according to your height.  And I get that.  Except who ever asks, "Laura, what's your BMI?"  Well, no one ever asks me what I weigh, either, because they'll know they'll get slapped, but when I go to the doctor, she doesn't tell me to jump on the "BMI scale."  She tells me to jump on the "regular scale" that always tells me I weigh five pounds more than I did at home.  Ugh!!  

I'm not even sure what the purpose of this rant was.  All I know is that I started back walking three miles a day, four to five days a week {I walked 15 miles my first week back!} last week and I can't tell you how good it felt to be back outside! I'm also trying to cut back on my Diet Coke intake and drinking only water in the afternoon and evenings.  I am bound and determined to be at my goal weight by the time I board that cruise ship in nearly three weeks!  I think about all the delicious food I'll get to enjoy on the ship that I'm depriving myself of now.

Like chocolate chip ice cream.

Do they have chocolate chip ice cream in Hawaii?

Today I'm linking up with Elizabeth for Tuesday Talk!  Join the party!