Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Top 4

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Let me just say that I don't think there is a single person who is more ready for this weekend than me, myself, and I!  This week has been a hard one!  So Mr. Horton is treating me to dinner and a movie tonight while Alise is at a slumber party.  We're planning to see "Gone Girl."  And nope!  I haven't read the book, but I know a little bit about it - except for the end, which I hear is very twisted.  I hope I'm not disappointed.

In the meantime, let's get to it!  Here's what I'm loving this week!

{one.} I am IN LOVE with Essie's Shearling Darling nail color this fall!!  For someone that really struggled with finding just the right color for the dark-is-darker trend, I'm excited!  I wanted to wear the darker polish colors, but I could never find one that looked good with my skin tone.  Now, in my opinion, the picture below shows the color to be a little more "redder" {Is that even a word?} than it really is.  On my nails, the color is a very dark chocolate/maroon color.  It isn't black, which was a color that I knew I definitely didn't want. From a die-hard OPI polish girl, you know it took alot to get me to try another brand and so far, I'm really impressed!  The color is long lasting and I can go two weeks between polish changes.  Try it and let me know what you think!

{two.}  I recently switched to an Aveda salon for my hair care needs and my stylist suggested I try their brand of shampoo and conditioner in their Be-Curly line.  I don't buy high end shampoo and conditioner, so I was a little leary of taking her up on it, but I did. And I'm loving the results!  My hair is more curly, not kinky, but I never thought it could get any curlier, and so much softer.

{three.}  And speaking of hair, I loved this post about hair color for Fall.  For the first time ever, I went darker for Fall this year and added some low lights.  It was nothing drastic and people hardly even noticed I had done anything - especially after the color lightened within a few weeks.  Now I'm even thinking about going a shade darker. "Yikes!" says this always-been-a-blonde girl!!

{four.}  I've heard of Lisa Leonard's jewelry before, but I don't own a piece. I'm not even sure how I came across her Nativity Scene, but for this collector of such, I was in love with it!  Unfortunately, I think the item has currently sold out.  However, be sure to check out her Christmas ornaments, too.  I may have to get my Nativity fix by purchasing an ornament instead.  I really like this one and I think it would make a great gift for Alise's teacher.

nativity ornament {pewter}

Only four items on the list this week, but I keep telling myself there should really be five.  I feel like I'm forgetting something really, really important, ya know?  Oh, well.  I guess it can wait until next week!

Enjoy your weekend! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


This week, I've come down with a case of the blah's.  I like to think of it as "my-forties-are-catching-up-with-me" syndrome.  My entire body aches, especially my back.  I'm scared to say that I haven't had a migraine yet for fear that I might jinx it, but at this point, that's about all that hasn't hurt or ached this week {as of this writing, anyway}.  My metabolism is shot to you-know-where.  I can eat something and I feel like it just sits in the pit of my stomach.  For now, the cooler temps are the only things drawing me out of the bed at five o'clock every morning to walk three miles and yesterday morning I woke up in wet sheets due to night sweats.  I have this awful metallic taste in my mouth that requires me to chew gum nearly all day.  I also think I'm getting a stye.  It's just so depressing to get old.  So I scheduled a "hair mask" appointment at the salon last night while Alise was at art lessons and I felt a little better.

Seeing Alise's test schedule for the week on the way to tumbling Monday evening CERTAINLY didn't help matters!  Nine tests, y'all!  NINE FREAKIN' TESTS!!  Y'all don't know how close I came to throwing my hands up in the air and saying, "I'm done!"  But I feel like with the new nine weeks beginning, I just can't do that.  It's easier to do at the end than the beginning.  So this week, we're identifying U.S. cities on a map based on longitude and latitude degrees, multiplying 2 and 3 digit numbers, and studying reproduction.  Yay me!!

The beautiful menu I posted on Monday flew out the window as well this week.  We had cereal for supper last night.  Cereal.  And it was oh-so good.  Wayne is off work for the next three weeks on vacation, so our meals will be simple and probably come from the freezer. What can I say?  I like to take advantage of having a Mr. Mom at home to make supper even if it means having the same ol' same ol'.

On the brighter side, plans for the Halloween party for Alise's class are coming together.  I've finally finalized the clues for the flashlight scavenger hunt and I think the kids are gonna love it!  I've decided to buy most of the food instead of preparing/baking it myself.  I don't need anymore stress right now.  I'm all about easy peasy these days.  Alise says her friends are really excited and looking forward to it.  Next Tuesday, we have Pumpkins on Parade at school and this is the first year that Alise decided not to enter a pumpkin in the contest.  She still wants to go to the hot dog meal and carnival though that evening.  Then, Friday night is Halloween and we will be spending it trick-or-treating with our friends as always, with snacks at our house afterwards.  And then Saturday night is the BIG party at our house.  Can you tell we like Halloween?  I finally tossed the ol' poodle skirt last year, so I'll be costume-less.  I just haven't had time to figure something else out.

Here's to hoping for a better end to this week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkins & KISS

On Saturday afternoon, I convinced Princess Leia to ride with me to the Pumpkin Patch for our annual Halloween costume pic.  She didn't want to get out of the car.  Imagine that!  For the first year ever, she was embarrassed to be at the Pumpkin Patch dressed in her costume.  I told her if she was old enough to dress up and trick-or-treat for Halloween, she was old enough for a picture.  (I don't have many years left, folks, so I'm beginning to grasp at straws!)  There weren't that many people there - babies, in fact, that could care less what she had on.  However, she did get two compliments!

My parents had wanted Alise to spend the night Friday night, but it was our last home game and the last time for Alise to cheer with her Big Sis during the second quarter or the game, so she asked if she could come on Saturday.  While she was at my parents, Wayne and I went out to eat after the whooping Alabama gave Texas A&M that afternoon!  We were starving!!  And we wanted to try a Mexican restaurant that had just expanded.  I had actually eaten there for lunch a few weeks ago with a friend and the food was delicious!  However, Saturday night was a bust!  I was so disappointed.  But we were SO stinkin' hungry, we gobbled it right up anyway!  Who charges for extra tortillas these days??  Good grief!

Here's a picture of the outfit I wore on our date night.  I was so pumped about piecing this outfit together!  I bought the graphic KISS tee a few weeks ago when Target had them on sale.  I had been wanting a graphic tee to wear under jackets and since Mr. Horton likes KISS, I thought he might like the shirt, too.  When I showed it to him, he grinned.  I paired it with a military jacket that I bought at Target last year, skinny jeans from Forever 21 from last year and my cowboy boots (Necklace is from Charming Charlie's).  I think this will be my go-to outfit for Fall!!

On Sunday afternoon, Alise and Wayne headed to the woods!  They put out corn feeders and rode the four wheeler.  She had a great time spending time with her Daddy!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - October 20, 2014

Happy Monday!  We're one week closer to Halloween, Folks!

Here's our menu for the week:

Monday - YOYO

Tuesday - Breakfast Enchiladas (NEW)

Wednesday - Meatball Sub Casserole (NEW)

Thursday - Popcorn Chicken & French Fries

Friday - Slow Cooker Hobo Packets (NEW)

Saturday - Grilled Hamburger Sliders with all the fixin's 

Sunday - Italian Minute Steaks, Scalloped Potatoes, and Green Bean Bundles

Lots of new recipes these week and I've got my fingers crossed that I can pull this off!!

I'm getting my Taco Tuesday in one way or another and since we never saw the 'Breakfast Bar' from a few weeks back, I'm putting something similar back on the menu for this week!

Something I'm learning about Friday nights.  If I can put something in the crockpot, it makes us stay home for dinner.  Now, I know it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out, but Friday nights are our normal family nights to eat out, so having supper ready when we get home is a plus because we don't spend money by eating out.  However, with the astronomical price of groceries these days, I'm beginning to wonder!  Food is outrageous anywhere you go!

I'm excited about Sunday's menu!!  Italian Minute Steaks (or you can call them Italian Salisbury Steak) was a recipe that I found right after Wayne and I got married.  The recipe came from a Bell South Pioneer Cookbook that I eventually threw away (stupid me!), but the recipe was so easy-peasy that I can still remember it even nearly twenty years later!  I even served it with green bean bundles way back then (before green bean bundles were cool!).  I'll try to remember to share the recipe next week (When I searched for the recipe on Pinterest, I couldn't find one similar).

For more menu ideas and recipes, go to OrgJunkie's blog.

Have a TASTY week!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Top 5 Friday

{one.}  If you've been reading my blog for very long, then you know that we're die hard {as die hard can be} Alabama fans.  But that's not what this favorite is about.  Today I'm handing out kudos to one of our sister SEC teams, Mississippi State University!  Hail State! I'm so proud of this team - that wasn't even nationally ranked at the beginning of the season - for becoming number uno in the polls this week.  And for beating Auburn last week.  What a happy day last Saturday was!  And if you've always wondered what those darn cowbells were for, click HERE!  Clanga clanga!!

{two.}  I'm craving comfort food this week.  And chocolate pie.  This past Monday, I had to carry Baby Girl to the dentist to have not one, not two, but THREE teeth pulled.  And the assistant tried to tell me that they don't use gas!  Say what?  Long story short, I got my Baby Girl some gas (had to pay extra for it!) and everything went fine.  So since I had the day off, I decided to be Betty Crocker in the kitchen and make a full meal on a week night.  We had Miranda Lambert's Mom's Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, and some other veggies.  Y'all, I cannot say enough about this meatloaf! Gosh it is SO. DARN. GOOD {I normally half the recipe}!!  And the scalloped potatoes I got off Pinterest and I've made them twice.  The fam loves them!!  This was the best meal I had all week {If you're interested, I post a weekly menu on Mondays so check back!}!

{three.}  Last week, on the Top Five, I told you that I was scoping out ideas for Christmas cards.  I had just about decided that I was going to send a card out this year with Alise in her cheer uniform when lo and behold!  Look what happened here!

I can't even believe I took that picture!  Thanks to my sweet cousin, Mirya, for touching the photo up for me!  I'm in love!  Cowboy boots and all!

{four.}  One of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult, has me a little confused and very disappointed by her latest novel {I LOVED The Storyteller}.  I'm reading Leaving Time right now and it is just weird.  I mean, weird.  I don't want to give too much away, but the only reason I'm still bothering with this book is because I want to know what happens in the end. Even the Kindle price is not worth all the chapters I'm having to skim over.  Bottom line: I hope you love elephants!  

{five.}  I'm busy planning our Halloween party for Alise and her classmates that's coming up in a few weeks.  The invitations are ordered and they turned out SO cute!  While I was in Michael's one day last week, I found the cutest wire spider cupcake holders by Wilton.  I looked all over the internet to share a picture with you and the only place I could find them was Ebay - where they're selling for nearly double what I paid for them!  Anyway, I thought they were SO cute!  Click HERE.

Happy Friday Everyone!