Friday, September 04, 2015

Lots Of Friday Favorites

It's Friiiiiidaaaaay!  And a three day weekend for some.  Unfortunately, I'll be headed to the office sometime late Monday morning.

But as usual, I'm linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals and Liz at Alizadventures.  I'm not quite sure what got in to me this week, but I've got more than my normal share of favorites, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee - or in my case, a Diet Coke - and read on!


{one.} My favorite cheerleader.  Since it's officially college football season - Yay! - I thought I'd share a pic that has absolutely NOTHING to do with Alabama football. One of my close school-mom friends - that keeps me feeling young -took this pic of Alise Monday night at our first youth football game and I absolutely love it!  This sums up Baby Girl so much!  She's LOUD {lost her voice after the game}, she loves to cheer, and she gives with everything she's got. Kristen took this picture when they were introducing the cheerleaders at half time and Alise went for a toe touch. I am SO proud of her!  I love to watch her cheer! 

And just for the heck of it, take a look at this!  Baby Girl has come a looooong way since PreK-4! Gosh this seems like yesterday!

{two.} Faux leather leggings.  Two weeks ago, I picked Alise up from school early and we ran to Justice to see if they still had the suede fringed boots that she had been wanting.  I told her we were only going for the boots.  Yea, right! Of course they didn't have the boots and I got sucked in to buying an entire outfit that included a pair of leather leggings!

And so I got to thinking.

Those are really cute leather leggings.  Maybe I need a pair!

FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS - Trousers - Woman - New collection - ZARA: FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS - Trousers - Woman - New collection - ZARA  This has almost everything I've been wanting this fall!! Plaid, leather leggings, animal print shoes (although I'd get more use out of flats) and my go to classic - teal!: This has almost everything I've been wanting this fall!! Plaid, leather leggings, animal print shoes (although I'd get more use out of flats) and my go to classic - teal!  lace, black faux leather leggings, leopard clutch, red heels   

So now...! I'm on a mission for a pair of faux leather leggings!  HERE is a great post for some inspiration!

{three.} Fringe. Alison at Get Your Pretty On posted a great read this week about one of my favorite trends for Fall this year: fringe.  Now, I'm not talking rodeo-style fringe, but as Alison suggested HERE, if "fringe makes you cringe," then try accessorizing with the style.  Currently, I have a kimono with fringe and a suede purse with fringe {that I scored off Amazon for like $10!} and my next fringe purchase will probably be booties when I find a pair I can't live without.

Alison's Fall Style Challenge opens next week!  I've participated a few times and it's alot of fun!  Be sure to check out her blog for all the details!

{four.} Taylor's Wildest Dreams Video. Ever since taking Alise to see Swift in May for a surprise birthday present, I've been drinking the Taylor Kool-Aid. I honestly never saw the Bad Blood video or really any of her others since "Romeo & Juliet," but I heard that the BB video set records.  So Sunday night, Alise was all pumped about the new Wildest Dreams video coming out, but I'm the mean mom, so I made her go to bed without watching it {it debuted after her bed time and kool-aid or not, bed time is bed time at our house}.  On Monday afternoon, she told me that the video had "s-e-x" (she actually spelled the word) in it and of course, I was appalled and asked how she knew that. She said that her friends were talking about it at school {Lord, help me!}.  I told her that she couldn't watch the video until I did. So Tuesday night, after she went to bed, I watched the video...and I fell in love {sigh}.  I'm such the romantic and loved the Hollywood story line, the retro outfits, the red lips and the cat eye sunglasses! And let me just say that Scott Eastwood is quite the hunk, too! 

{five.} Chick-fil-a Cobb Salad. I am TOTALLY addicted to this salad!  I could eat it everyday, but I really only eat it about once a week. I usually get the Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing to go with it, but my boss says that the Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing is her favorite and it's also the dressing that Chick-fil-a recommends. This salad is so darn good! 

{six.} Pioneer Woman's Dinnerware. Love me some dishes, y'all! Earlier this week, Boomama announced on Instagram that PW's new cookware and dinnerware was available and I was like, How did I miss this? I knew Ree had a new cookbook coming out in the fall, but I had no idea about the great kitchen ware! Whell...I musta missed this post!  So, anyway.  I ran to Walmart one morning this week before work and looked all over our crazy store for the dishes, but there were no dishes to be found!  I was so disappointed.  And then I read the "fine print" about the dishes only being available on but hopefully in another week or two, you and I will be able to find them in our local stores.  I just love the vintage look and design!


{seven.} Flare jeans update. I did it!  Thanks to a very sweet blogger friend, Amy, who suggested I try American Eagle for a pair of flared jeans after last Friday's FF post, I actually found a pair I liked!  And guess what!? The length was perfect so my mama doesn't have to cut five yards off of them! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!! And heeeere's the pair I ended up with!

Boho Artist Flare Jean - Buy One Get One 50% Off

I just love them!  They are SO comfortable and very stretchy and soft!  And I especially love the price!  I really wanted a pair in the retro color, but I wasn't sure if a girl at my age really needed to wear a lighter shade of jeans. I don't know...I just felt like my but looked bigger in the other shade. I don't shop AE very often simply because I feel like I'm too old for the store, but I believe I may be getting over my fears. 

{eight.} Fall hair color. Last year was the first year that I've ever "changed" my hair color for Fall.  I've been a blonde forever, through every season.  I told myself that I wouldn't go dark again just because I feel like I never got back to my original blonde shade {if that makes any sense}, but now, fall's right around the corner and it's got me thinking about going dark again. What about you?  Do you change your hair color for the seasons? I really wish I could see what this chick's hair looks like...if she would just lift her head {I like her outfit, too!}!  The color of Meg Ryan's hair is very close to the color I try to keep. I can't decide what to do.

How to Wear Fall Fashion Trends (13): How to Wear Fall Fashion Trends (13)  Shaggy Hairstyle for Curly Hair: Shaggy Hairstyle for Curly Hair

{nine.} My friend Jennifer killed an alligator. My friend, Jennifer, is CRAY-ZEE, y'all, but if she knew I was posting this picture of her here, she'd DIE! In case you didn't know, alligator season opened this week here in Louisiana.  And Jennifer's a Gator Girl!  Not like those idiots they portray us on TV, but in a "Good Gator Girl" way.

Jennifer sent this picture to us in a group text on Wednesday.  She was so excited!  She was telling me last week at the football game about her new gun and all about how she was going to set out her baits - with stinky raw chicken - and how you could set your baits, but you couldn't start hunting until a certain day, yada, yada, yada. Well, she snagged her a gator!  She said she was going to have a purse made out of the skin.  I told her that I would continue to keep an eye on a certain "non-alligator skin" Dooney & Burke purse I wanted instead. But in all honesty, I'm happy for her!

I  hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day weekend - the final ho rah to the summer season!  We'll be celebrating the SEC season openers with our family from Alabama!  Steak, shrimp, and of course, corn dip are on the menu for Alabama's game Saturday night!  Roll Tide, y'all!!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Felicia, Football, Food, & {Hot} Flashes

Hellooooo, September!

Someone asked me what were the first pair of shoes that I wore after getting rid of Felicia, and, honestly, I meant to take a pic and post it on IG for the world to see, but I was so busy Friday night trying to get to the football game that I forgot.  My first pair of shoes that I wore TOGETHER - meaning both a right foot AND a left foot - were my pink converse! And let me just say that I felt like a new woman!  Y'all, I never, ever thought I would wear two shoes together again at the same time.  It felt so weird.  But a good weird.  By the time the game was over, my right shoe was beginning to get a little uncomfortable because my ankle swelled so bad.  But I can certainly live with the swelling in order to have a shoe on my foot and my foot flat on the floor again.


Saturday night, I was SO excited about our date night because by gosh, I was going to wear those leopard wedges with my hot pink shorts and black strappy blouse. The sitter got to the house and I ran back to our bedroom to slip the wedges on and nearly died!  Needless to say, the leopard wedges were out. There was no way I could even walk down the hall in them.  I was SO disappointed.  Wedges will have to wait a while longer. 

It's GAME WEEK and I am SO fired up about some Alabama football!!

Our cousins from Alabama will be spending the long holiday weekend with us and we can't wait for them to get here! There won't be a bad seat in our house for all the games that day!  You can take your pick!  Whether it's out by the pool, the kitchen/living room, bedroom {if you prefer!}, or the theater room, we got cha covered!  Now, I've got to get to thinking about a Game Day Menu! I really want to try these babies!!  Recipe HERE.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs - The most amazing tater tots ever. It's so good, you'll want to double or triple the recipe!

Since I was only able to go out to lunch three times over the three months I had Felicia, I've had my fair share of frozen lunches and leftovers. So I wanted y'all to know that the absolute best frozen entree out there right now is the Fiesta Grilled Chicken by Lean Cuisine.  I can't tell you how many times I've eaten it because it is that good!  Only 250 calories and gluten free for all you gluten free peeps! It reminds me of this crock pot recipe that you've probably seen all over Pinterest! Seriously, I think I could eat this every day!

I've shared before that I think I'm going through peri-menopause, so I have to tell y'all about the hot flash I had Sunday night. First, let me tell you that I sleep with alot of cover.  We turn down the air at night and snuggle under the covers, and by covers, I mean a layer that includes a goose down comforter. So I sleep with a sheet, a thin quilt, a comforter, and sometimes the duvet that is made to go over the comforter.  So Sunday night, we go to bed around 10:30 and I fall asleep rather quickly, even without my lavender being diffused right beside my bed.  So it's a good night.  Until 2 o'clock Monday morning on the dot! 

At 2 AM, I woke straight up and my body was ON FIRE!  I mean, I can't. even. describe it! My body was BURNING UP! From head to toe! I just knew I had shooting flames coming out of my body! I couldn't catch my breath, and I had a MAJOR migraine headache. I threw back the covers, and just laid there trying to cool off.  But my head hurt so bad that I couldn't get comfortable and I felt nauseated.  After a while, I began to doze and had even cooled off some, so I pulled the covers back up and not a minute later, I was shucking them again. Another flash. Another fire. I seriously thought I was dying! Or that my goose down comforter was the one that was really on fire!  I played back and forth with the covers a few more times and then finally got up and took something for my head. I went back to bed and fell back asleep.  No more hot flashes.  That's the first time I've ever had a hot flash during the night {I normally have night sweats}. I have had migraines during the night, so that wasn't unusual, but it wasn't like I could pop an Excedrin in the middle of the night because of the caffeine.  So I took about four baby asprins thinking that if I was having a heart attack, too, then the asprin should help.

It's crazy, y'all!  And I don't like to use the word, sucks, but getting old sucks!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Felicia Has Left The Building

It's official!!  Felicia has said good-bye!!

I cried, y'all.  I literally. cried. 

My appointment was at 9 o'clock Friday morning, but I forgot and showed up at 8 {all of my other appointments have been at 8:15 or 8:30, so I just assumed...}.  Luckily for me, Dr. D was already in and agreed to go ahead and see me.

I was ushered in to x-ray first and while I was taking Felicia and the wrap off, I thought, "Oh my God, how much longer am I gonna hafta keep DOING this?!"  I mean, the boot dressing and velcro that goes around my calf and foot doesn't even STICK anymore!  I have to hold it in place and then tighten the velcro belts fast to get parts of the boot to stay in place. And you would think as many x-rays as I've had over the last three months, I would know how they want me to lay my foot, but I swear it's a different position every time!

Dr. D came in the exam room and asked, "How we doing?" I told him that I was doing better but that I didn't think I was quite there yet, so he suggested we look at the x-ray.

I can't even tell in the x-ray!  The one on the left is from four weeks ago.  The one the right is from Friday.  I know where Dr. D showed me the new bone growth last month, but other than my heel in the x-ray on the right looking a little "denser,"  I can't tell anything.  I guess that's why I'm not an orthopedist! He told me that I could still have some discomfort and twinges up until a year from now.  So I took him at his word and asked, "Do I have to keep wearing the boot?"  And then I held my breath for what seemed like an eternity!  But he answered, "No, you don't have to keep wearing the boot.  We're done here. Just wear the little cup I gave you last time in your shoe for more support.  You're good!"  I just looked at him.  And then he said, "But get you some leather leopard sneakers and not those things {Ok, Dr. D has NO sense of fashion, you hear me?!  He has hated every. single. shoe I've worn in his office and had something to say about nearly every outfit I've worn, too!  He's an old, nerdy guy, with NO sense of fashion sense for himself!  I swear he still wears garanimals from the 70's!  I tried explaining to him that "leopard is a neutral" and he just looked at me like I'd grown two heads!  I was wearing a leopard flat, by the way, on my left foot.}!"

So after he walked out of the exam room, I cried. 

And then I told Felicia to hit the road!  And don't cha come back no mo'!

And that's when she said, "Monstah!  You ain't gotta notha shoe so looks like you stuck with me till five o'clock today!" 

I hate it when she's right.

But y'all don't know HOW close I came to driving back home and getting my other shoe!

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!