Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Show Us Your Books: November 2017

Hello, Friends! 

Did you have a good reading month? September until mid-October was a lull for me. Life got busy and reading took a back seat. The good news is that I actually did get some time for my favorite hobby in October and here's what I've been reading!

Did Not Like: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. Starting out at the bottom of my reading list this month and I know, I know. This book has gotten great reviews, but I struggled through it. The book seemed to be all over the place for me and I just could not identify with the characters. I thought the ending was hurriedly tied up in a really nice bow, which I didn't like, either. I had considered giving up on this one a couple of times, but I stuck it out to the bitter end.
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My favorite author: The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain. Probably not my favorite book by one of my favorite authors, but I really enjoyed the historical setting and characters. Chamberlain never disappoints and I love her writing style. Absolutely loved the ending. 
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Merry Christmas: Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand. Usually by this time every year, I'm reaching for Christmas books to get me in the seasonal mood. Hilderbrand is another favorite author and a few years ago, I read the first book in her Winter series and really enjoyed it. I picked up Winter Stroll from the library (I normally read all my books on Kindle) and read it in a day. Loved it and I'm looking forward to reading the other two books in the series soon. 
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Meh? The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher. Am I the only one that struggles with books written by English authors? Heck, I really don't know if Kerry Fisher is an English author or not, but the book certainly did not take place in the good ol' US of A and so I struggled with the location and little English quips the author made throughout the book. At times, I had no idea what she was talking about. Don't be fooled by the "emotional page turner with a twist that takes your breath away." The twist was obvious to me. 
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Currently Reading: Bear Town by Fredrik Backman. I did it! You guys raved and raved about this book and even though I'm trying it again for the second time, I'm further along and I have to say that it's getting better. I'm still not quite sure it ranks up there with A Man Called Ove, but we'll see.
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You can check out my review of the book, Wonder, here.

I would love to know what you're reading this month!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Friendsgiving

While Wayne and Alise were away this past weekend visiting and hunting with friends in Texas, I hosted my own little soiree here at home. It was the perfect opportunity to jump start the holiday season with a FRIENDSGIVING for about fifteen of my closest partners in crime friends! We had such a fun evening of love, laughter, and what else? Friendship!

So today, I thought I would share a little Friendsgiving Inspiration here on the blog. These are just a few of the pins and websites that jump started my idea to celebrate the joy and thankfulness of friendship!

My invitations were simple and similar to these. I went with a different color scheme: aqua, red, and brown. Don't ask. I really have no idea why. It just seemed like the colors to go with, especially since my kitchen is red. 

Spiced Tartan Invitation
Aqua Blue and Red Digital Papers Turquoise by JennyLDesignsShop
I'm certainly not one to complain because I LOVE to entertain, but I really wanted a nice event that I didn't have to do a whole lot of work for. Does that make sense? I wanted the fellowship and fun to be the focal point of the get together, so I decided to keep the menu as simple as PIE!  And that's what I did!  I had a PIE BAR and here was my inspiration!

I pushed our dining room table up against the main wall of our kitchen/dining room and tiered the pies similarly. I served My Mama's Pecan Pie, banana caramel, chocolate, coconut, pumpkin, and apple pies. To make the night even easier, I bought all the pies except for the pecan (of course!) and the chocolate! I spruced up the store-bought pies with dollops of home made whipped cream. The pie table was such the hit! 

Most of you already know that Wayne and I do not drink coffee, but to oblige my friends that do, I asked LeeAnn to bring her keurig and we had an assortment of coffees, teas, and hot chocolates to fit everyone's tastes. 

I found these fun take home boxes in the shape of pie slices on Amazon. Everyone got to take a slice (or two!) home with them for later. 

This past weekend is normally when I put up our Christmas tree. It's always the first decor to go up, but since I decided to have a Friendsgiving, it had to wait. Guess it's time to start trimming the tree!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Flannel Fashion

My friend, Jennifer, is as crazy about flannel this season as I am about floral. We recently got out of town for the day and high-tailed it to Mistletoe Marketplace in Jackson, Mississippi. Lots of merchants, lots of Christmas, lots of jewelry, and lots of clothing booths with graphic tees, tunics, and flannel. I finally lost count at how many flannel shirts Jennifer bought. Her style is much more casual than my own, and I'm not wild about flannel shirts (I own one!), but at least she has good taste when it comes to picking out a plaid. So today I thought I'd share a little flannel inspiration and link up with The Pleated Poppy and The Blended Blog.

A graphic tee under a flannel is more my style for running errands on the weekend. Jennifer recently scored some vintage Bon Jovi and Def Leppard tees and I'm so jealous! Did I really just say, VINTAGE Bon Jovi?! Dang, I'm getting old! Love this look with the stripes, too.
casual style addiction plaid flannel shirt + top + bag + boots + skinny jeans
Oh, how I wish it was cold enough here in Louisiana to layer. 
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Of course, the front tuck is always popular.
Awesome Women Fall Street Style Ideas: 60 Inspirations https://montenr.com/awesome-women-fall-street-style-ideas-60-inspirations/
This look reminded me of the '90s. The socks and boots just scream grunge to me.

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This style is probably more me. Just add lace. 
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And probably the most popular way to wear a flannel shirt is with a vest and tall boots. I love this look, but unfortunately, it's too casual for me at work, but would most definitely work for weekend plans with friends. 
I have skinny jeans and tall boots, but vest and flannel would be nice
So what do you think about flannel fashion? Yay or Nay?

Monday, November 06, 2017

TBB Asks...Thankful

Those TBB girls! They decided to play hard ball for the month of November! Yikes!  This month's prompts were H-A-R-D and I don't know about you, but I don't like H-A-R-D. However...I'm not a spoil sport, so I decided to pick and choose which questions I wanted to answer this month.  Here goes!

1. A New Friend
A few weeks ago, I decided to grab something at the cafeteria and work through lunch. I took a "back hallway" aka "shorter route" when a lady stopped and asked me about my hair. She had recently gone through chemo for breast cancer and her hair was coming back in curly and she told me she had no idea how to style it. She raved over the shape and style of my hair and asked if she could take pictures to show her stylist back in Lafayette. My heart went out to her. I hugged her and wished her the best. New friend made. 

6. Somewhere you go everyday
With all the changes and turnover currently happening at the Mother Ship, I am most grateful for my job!

8. A far-away place
Is it okay to be thankful for Hawaii? My hope is that one day Wayne and I will be able to return to "paradise on earth." We want to take Alise back to Maui with us. It was our favorite island.

11. Something you enjoy doing
Reading

12. Someone female
I am missing Stephanie so much. These last few weeks have been stressful for her and it just kills this Mama's soul because there's nothing I can do about it. I want to hug her and tell her that everything is going to be ok. I am so thankful that God brought her to our family. I gathered all the things for her care package and got it in the mail last week, so hopefully, Steph will have a nice surprise for Thanksgiving!

15. Something warm
Soup! I made a big pot of it last night!

I don't know why I felt the need to elaborate on my answers this month. It just worked out that way, I guess. 

Question of the day: Does anyone know how to wash/clean a Roman Shade?

Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by and read our family blog!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Currently ~ November 2017

Happy November! Also known as, The Day-After-Halloween!

November first was always hard for me. I remember when Alise was younger and we would trick-or-treat until late at night with our Besties and be so tired the next day. Dare I say that I miss those days? Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and this was the first year in ten years that we did not get together for Halloween with our dear friends. Alise had a basketball tournament (what idiot plans a basketball game on Halloween? Alise said, "That's like planning a basketball game on Christmas, Mama!" Ha!) and so she and her best friend, C, trick-or-treated in a nearby neighborhood. 
Anne and her co-host Julie of A Hopeful Hood are talking about what we're currently realizingstirringappreciatinginvestigatingfollowing today for their Currently link up. Join the fun by posting what YOU'RE currently doing and link your post to Anne or Julie's blog. Then visit a few blogs and share some love by leaving a comment. Fun, right?

realizing// Middle school is tough. Last year it was drama every. single. day. and this year it seems to be serious issues that I honestly didn't think I would have to deal with until college never. I've got a great kid, but I'm also on my knees every day praying that she makes good decisions. We have to pray for our kids, y'all. We need to be involved in their lives, know who their friends are (and that means on social media, too), and monitor their phones. I can't stress this enough.

stirring// A box of brownie mix. I made brownies for Alise and C to munch on while they were getting ready with their costumes last night. I have a homemade recipe for brownies that's pretty darn good, but sometimes the best brownies just come out of a box. Especially in a pinch! So proud of the girls and their idea to be a "holy cow" ensemble! 
appreciating// The cooler weather that we're finally having. I think fall has officially arrived in Louisiana and we've enjoyed having the windows opened for some fresh air blowing through the house. Of course, that was this weekend and now the temps are back up in the 80s. 

investigating// Sorry, but I'm coming up with nothing for this one.

following// This yummy soup recipe! This weekend, when the temperature dropped, Alise reminded me of this soup and that I hadn't made it in a while. So...off to the grocery I went because it just seemed like the perfect time for it. It is so good, y'all! Of course, y'all know that Wayne wouldn't touch it so he had gumbo instead (I halved the soup recipe and there were plenty leftovers).

I hope your first day of November is FABULOUS, friends! I'm going to be in and out of Blog Land for the months of November and December. Lots of fun times with family and friends are scheduled, plus the holidays, and basketball season is fastly approaching. Feel free to keep up with us at LauraHorton0120 on Instagram and Snap Chat. 

Until next time!