Monday, August 10, 2020

This One's For The Scrapbook ~ Part 2

Let's see...where did I leave off?

Whelp! The Mother Ship's plans for my colleagues and I to return to our offices on July 13th got extended a week and then extended indefinitely due to an uprise of Covid cases in our area. I was kinda ok with it because I have enjoyed the flexibility of working from home and just going into the office when I need to. 

Let me just say that the month of July and early August have been nothing more than dodging Corona and canceling plans because we "might" have been exposed to the virus. Unlike some people, we're choosing to show kindness toward others, wear our masks, and use common sense. We've had to say no to invites a whole lot more than we've been able to say, yes, and it sucks. Alise's social calendar has slowed this month, too.

Our 4th of July plans were pretty much canceled when we learned that a team mate on Alise's basketball team may have been exposed to Corona. Of course, practice was canceled, too. So instead, we stayed home and grilled. We went to see the fireworks later that evening at the top of the Mother Ship's parking garage. It's the best seat in our city to see the fireworks every year. 

Alise and I had a Mom & Daughter Day of shopping! We donned our masks and got out of the house for a few hours for lunch and to stop in at all her favorite stores. And let me just say, that shopping just isn't the same with wearing a mask.
I've gotten into intermittent fasting over the last half of the summer and I have no recollection as to why. It just sounded like the right thing to do and dare I say that I think I feel better. It's a game trying to determine when those long 16 hours end, but I truly do feel better. I actually hit my goal weight in mid-July! All that sweating and walking in the humidity at 5AM nearly every morning is finally paying off. 

Basketball practice was halted in the middle of July when another teammate of Alise's tested positive with the virus. I did not have Alise tested, but we quarantined as best we could and none of us ever showed symptoms. The team had just had a small little party after practice, too! 
My best friend recently got remarried to a guy I went to high school with. I am so excited for them as they start a new life together! 

Whelp! She did it! Wayne took Alise back to the DMV to get her permit and so now for the next nine months, she will be chauffering us around. So proud of her! 
We certainly could not let National Ice Cream Day or Wayne's birthday go by without celebrating! We went out to eat at a local restaurant and then had his favorite, Red Velvet Cake, for dessert. 
We waited in line for an hour for snow cones one Saturday afternoon, but it was so worth it.
I finally found a piece to begin decorating our kitchen wall. Wayne painted our kitchen last summer and this particular wall has been blank ever since. I've had the hardest time deciding on what I wanted to do with it. More to come. 
Alise got invited to go to the beach with some friends at the end of July. She had the best time and even used sunscreen this time! 
And now...? Now we're waiting on yet another friend's test results from Covid. Like I said, it's been a month of holding our breaths and sighing with relief. I'm not sure how much longer the virus will escape us. I'm pretty sure when school starts back, our number will be up and we'll come down with it. 

There have definitely been days when I've been ready to throw in the towel. I'm over Covid; I'm over racial injustice and protests; I'm over sex-trafficing and politics. And I'm certainly over the evil in this world. As Christians, our hearts long for Heaven and I've selfishly prayed that Jesus would just come back and take us  to Heaven with Him. And then someone in our Life Group posted this verse from John 17, "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world." This was the prayer that Jesus prayed in the garden the night before his crucifixion and it reminded me how much God loves us and desires people to come to him and be saved, even in the last days. 

So until then, we'll keep looking up and praying for better days. 

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

2020 Fall Jewelry Trends With The Style Six

Today I'm joining my Style Six Sisters and talking about a few new jewelry trends for fall.

But first, let me ask, who's ready for fall? I mentioned last week that I was over summer and then God went and blessed us with an amazing weekend and a fresh start to the week with lower temps and even lower humidity. 🙌 The nicer weather has totally changed my mindset of getting up at 5 AM to go walking, let me tell ya. But I'm still over summer.  

This Helena Necklace from Bauble Bar just will NOT stay out of my social media feeds! Y'all DO know that paper clip necklaces are all the rage now when it comes to accessorizin', right? Obviously this is one of BB's top picks because SM keeps letting me know that it is back in stock. I'm seriously considering this one for Fall.
On Monday, my girl Andrea shared a similar paperclip necklace with a lock that she got from Amazon Maybe I should get two? You can check out that necklace here

My husband is the best! I mentioned to him a few weeks ago that I really wanted these Reese earrings from Kendra Scott and since his birthday was in July, I could use his discount code. He offered to drive to Mississippi - our closest KS store - after work on July 31st so that I could buy the earrings. Unfortunately, my work schedule and the store's closing hours just didn't work out, so we didn't make the drive. And since summer is nearly over, I'm content to wait on their new Fall line (But I still really love them!). 😀

So back to some 2020 Fall styles...

I have ALWAYS loved chokers! I had several when they were all the rage when I was in college. I even had one with a cameo and it was one of my very favorites, so imagine my joy when I see that they're making a comeback this season! 
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The biggest difference in chokers this season is that, unlike the early 90's, the style is more simple and feminine. Butterflies, moons, and stars are some of the more popular designs. 
This choker is the one I have my eye on and I hope it comes back in stock very soon! 

Give me all the gold hoops! The bigger the better! Talk about a comeback! Unfortunately, some hoops are too heavy and after all the dangling, weighty earrings that I wore in the 80's, sometimes my "hoops can droop." #thirdworldproblems Luckily, I have a little secret to share! These Miracle Ear Lobe patches truly work and are perfect for a stretched ear hole. 
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Out of all the latest trends I found for 2020, the pretty pearl comeback made this Southern Diva's heart smile big! Pearl necklaces are so classic to me and I love wearing mine. For those of you that are not quite "there," I think you will appreciate the new styles to wear pearls. Gone are the traditional strand and stud earrings. Now, you can layer pearls and mix them with other traditional metallics like gold or silver. 
Best Pearl Accessories Trend 2020
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Lastly, the shinier, the better! Big rhinestone and dangling glitzy earrings are making quite the statement for Fall. Two toned druzy earrings are quite popular, and here's a hint! If you're a fan of Bauble Bar earrings, but not the price, check out Target's Sugar Fix line. REALLY cute beaded and embellished earrings!
2020 Jewelry trends – Diruvier
That's all I have today, Friends! Here's to wishing you a fun first week in August! Thanks for joining us for the link up!


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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Summer 2020 Favorites With The Style Six

Today I'm linking up with my Style Six Sisters and showing you a few of my favorites this summer. My list - which is not all inclusive (just what popped in my head!) - is a hodge podge of things that have made me smile and or made my life a lot easier through this ever so bleh summer of Corona. Due to laziness, I did not include pictures of the products, but you can click on the links to see what I am referring to. It's the long, dog days of summer y'all, and to be honest, I'm over it.🙄
Earlier this summer, I came across Dove's Body Wash Mouse while I was waiting on Mini Me, who was browsing the cosmetic aisles in Target. I love this stuff, y'all! It smells so good and really foams up like you would expect a mouse to do. I even use it to shave my legs and it goes perfectly with Dove's Exfoliating Polish. I combine these two products everyday in the shower and my skin feels so smooth and soft and smells wonderful. 

You may have seen these on my Insta stories a while back, but I am loving these nails by KISS! I haven't worn nail tips in a while because I prefer gel polish at the salon. Blame it on watching too many you tubers and the rise in Corona because I ended up buying not one, but TWO, packages of these nails and they are fantastic! And so inexpensive, too! Totally worth it.  I've been wearing mine for about ten days and they are still on and looking lovely.

My ten year old Kindle decided to bite the dust early this summer and I desparately needed another for my rafting days in the pool. Wayne ordered me the new Kindle Paperwhite and it's perfect! And speaking of books, two of my favorites so far this summer have been, The Last Flight, and A Good Marriage. Totally recommend.

Alise dropped our vacuum cleaner from the top of the stairs last month, and so you can imagine what kind of noise THAT made! Wayne determined that it was toast, so we decided on this Shark vacuum from Amazon. It actually arrived on Wayne's birthday and he loved telling everyone that he got a vacuum cleaner for his present. 

I've heard about the brand, The Ordinary, for a while, but it wasn't until I saw a you tuber talking about their quality of products that I decided to take the plunge for myself. I ordered the AHA/BHA Peeling Solution and I've been using it for a week. It's an anti-aging product and I have to tell you that it leaves my skin oh-so soft! I just ordered Buffet and Niacinamide. The reviews on these Ordinary products are all pretty high as I haven't found anyone that hasn't liked them and had amazing results. I'll keep you posted. 

I feel like I have finally graduated to the runner's level with these Nike shorts. I've always wanted a pair, but they never looked right on me. And even though I am NOT a runner, I have lost some weight and inches over the last several months (Hello, goal weight!) so I decided to give them another try and who knew?? Dropping a size makes them look better! Ha! 

Since I have been working from home this summer, I have said good-bye to my daily makeup routine and started using concealer and a setting powder for foundation. Elf's Camo Concealer is the bomb dot com and so much so that I actually purchased two shades: one for foundation and one to use as a highlighter under my eyes. They are only $6! 

Alise loved this little halter top from Amazon and I have to say that it is oh-so cute on her! Takes me back to when I was 15 and SKINNY! Oh, well.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS!!

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

July 4th Outfit With The Style Six

Well, July 4th 2020 will forever go down in the history books as "bleh" due to Corona. I never thought back in April and May that we would pretty much be wearing masks every time we stepped away from our home. Life is certainly different and for this American Girl that totally loves celebrating Independence Day, it was a little disappointing. More on that in a future post. 
A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out some drawers and boxes of summer clothes that I hadn't worn in years. I had a huge pile that I ended up taking to Plato's Closet (and THAT's another story for another future post!), but I came across this navy wrap around blouse that I had forgotten about but remember loving so much.
I decided to pair it with some red shorts and leopard sandals for July 4th and while I was out earlier that day, running errands, I got several compliments on my outfit. Totally love how it came together and that I was able to shop my closet and come up with something red, white, and blue (and leopard!) for one of  my favorite holidays. 
Oh! And I can't forget the wonderful little happy that arrived in the mail just a few days before the holiday. It was these perfect red, white, and blue earrings from my precious friend, Kellyann! I'm actually wearing them in the bottom two pics, of course, but unfortunately you can't see them because of my hair. 
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Friday, July 03, 2020

This One's For The Scrapbook

Wow! It's hard to believe that our summer is nearly over! July 4th normally marks the "other side" of summer and the count down to going back to school begins. Having said that, I ran into a friend at the grocery store a few weeks ago and she said that we've basically been in summer mode since March and I guess she's right about that since we've been out of school that long. Some days it feels like forever and some days, it feels like we just started. 

Today I'm sharing a few things that we've done for the first half of summer 2020. The time has gone by oh so fast. It's important to me to document these things for our online family scrapbook. A few nights ago, Alise asked me a question about something that had happened when she was around two years old and when I asked her how she knew about that, she said, "Oh, I was just reading your blog last night." Made my heart smile. And then I thought, "Yep! She's leading a pretty boring life right now if she's resorted to reading our family blog."

I guess the biggest thing that's happened this summer is that Alise took Driver's Ed and passed both the written and the driving. She absolutely loved her driving instructor, but I have to admit that the day she told me she would be driving on interstate, I got a little nervous! We're waiting to pick up her packet from the driving school and then it's back to the DMV for her permit, which means she can drive as long as there is an adult in the vehicle with her. On this particular day, we waited for over three hours at the DMV to get her TIP card. 
Basketball practice has kept us pretty busy. Alise has practice four days a week for two hours. Due to Corona, the team is limited to what they can do, but she has managed to get her mile run under the 9 minute requirement. Coach also asked her to help with the girls' camp a few weeks ago and she loved working with the little girls. It's hard to believe that she use to be one of them!

We have found a new Sno-Ball dive and have been taking full advantage of if so far this summer. It's worth the drive and VERY long lines! 
We have visited our local Farmer's Market several times and stocked up on fresh veggies. Fresh, grilled sweet corn, squash, green beans, and tomato bacon sandwiches have been staples on our weekly menu. 
I introduced Alise to one of my favorite musicals one Friday night, but she wasn't impressed. Imagine that. She said, "They sang too much!" Insert eye roll. We met my friend, Mer, at a small, historic theater in Wayne's hometown to watch "Grease" on the big screen. Of course, Mer and I sang along the whole time, much to Alise's own eye rolls. So fun to finally get to see "Grease" on the big screen even if my fifteen year old wasn't thrilled.
Wayne is still in the bee business and at least once a week, has to "catch a hive." One Saturday night, we went with him and I thought we were going to get shot because of the area of town we were in. This creepy guy actually came out of his house to the car that Alise, a friend of hers, and myself were waiting in. Thank goodness he ended up being nice about it and Wayne showed up about that time, too. Scared me to death! We now actually have some honeycomb.
I've said good-bye to my gardenias for the summer. Sigh.
We took a road trip one Sunday to Jackson to eat at my favorite restaurant and let Alise blow off some shopping steam. She had some birthday money that was burning a hole in her cut offs, but now that I think about it, I think everything she got that day, I actually bought. That's usually how it works. 

We celebrated Father's Day with my parents. Wayne fried fish and we had the works! 

There's been lots of reading, podcast listening, walking, swimming, tanning, working from home, raft resting (as I like to call it), al fresco suppers, late night brownie baking parties, and even more teenager giggles and laughter. Sometimes I feel like we own a revolving door. Alise went to the lake one weekend with a group of her PVA friends. We went for pedicures one afternoon. I still get together with friends from time to time for lunch or dinner. I've tried some new recipes and began intermittent fasting. We got to visit with my brother and his new girlfriend last weekend. 

Unfortunately, our Governor did not allow Louisiana to enter Phase 3 a few weeks ago, so we are on Round 2 of Phase 2. I wasn't surprised by the mandate, just disappointed. The Covid cases in our area have only plateaued. We get out when we need to, but we wear our masks. We've been to a few restaurants that aren't known for their busyness and have enjoyed drive thru/pick up food from time to time, but for the most part, we've stayed home. I am headed back into the office on July 13th and I'm looking forward to it. It's time. Time to regain a little bit of normalcy again.