Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Favorites: Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year, Friends! 

I'm linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals for Friday Favorites! Join us!

one.// We love celebrating National Food Days. For instance, last Friday was National Pizza Day, so the Horton's celebrated with pizza! Of course, y'all know that Friday nights mean pizza around here anyway, but still. So last week on our way home from Oxford, we stopped at P.F. Changs for dinner and omg, I nearly died. They brought us RED fortune cookies and I kid you NOT, they tasted just like red velvet cake! Chinese New Year made! 
It's gonna be a good year! If you're looking for a easy recipe to celebrate tonight, I highly recommend my favorite General TSO Chicken recipe and if you're in a pinch, here are some quick hacks to make this delicious meal even faster! 
two.// I had no idea that Joanna Gaines was coming out with a new cookbook until she posted a pic on IG last week of some delicious looking chocolate chip cookies and promised the recipe was in her new cookbook. Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes For Gathering releases in April and I can't wait to add it to my collection.
three.// It's no surprise that I'm a fan of Leigh Anne Tuohy's. I follow her and Collins on IG and they are hilarious. Collins posted last week on her story about these canvases from WallPics. Download the app and check it out because I think I am totally going to use this app to finish out our hall collage at some point. The only "negative" thing I read about it, was that the foam on the canvases looked "cheap," but Collins' pictures turned out awesome and for our hall? I think so. 

four.// On my most recent Ulta haul, I decided to try Mario Badescu Lavender Spritzer. I recently saw the new scent in a magazine and since purple is my favorite color, well, this was a no brainer. I like this product as much as I do the Rose Water scent, so it's just up to you. I use this as the very last thing after putting on my makeup. Love it!
Image result for mario badescu lavender spray

five.// I certainly didn't mean for this to be last, but I literally had tears in my eyes when I clicked on Carrie's blog last week and saw that she featured mine. It had been a rough week and her kind words were like a breath of fresh air. Just what this tired Mama needed! It was humbling to be included with two of my other favorite bloggers, Rebecca Jo and Lisa! I love those girls! Show some love to my friends, Carrie, Rebecca Jo and Lisa and leave them a comment! 

We've had a fun Mardi Gras and Valentine's week and I hope you have, too! I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend! See y'all next week!

In case you missed it, here are some other posts from this week of LOVE!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday Thoughts No. 6

Hello Friday Eve and hello, Loves! I just wanted you to know that I'm in a much better mood and doing better behavior wise, so we shouldn't have to send for a priest this week!  Here we go:

  • Thank you so much for the positive feedback from Monday's post, Let's Make A Memory. I will send a gift card to the first person that knows what band sang that song (and not because you had to google it, either!). Leave me your guess in the comments. Hint: think "big hair." Love making memories with my man and thank you for letting me share them! It amazes me that so many of you thought that Alise and I look so much alike and yet I did not post a single picture of her in that post. Truly, she is my Mini Me and I wouldn't take anything for the blessing of calling her my Baby Girl! Love you, Alise! I am so proud to be your Mama!
  • No royal comments this week.
  • Are y'all gonna watch American Idol when it premieres in March? I'm thinking about giving it a shot.
  • Speaking of TV, I am STILL behind on This Is Us because I STILL have not watched the Super Bowl episode. Just haven't psyched myself up for it enough yet. At some point, I am going to pour myself a glass of wine, grab a box of Kleenex, and watch. 
  • I read last week on social media, and I QUOTE, "...Facebook is a 35 and above club..." Do you feel like you have just been slapped across the face?? I'll take my FB AND my 45 year old self #thankyouverymuch! Although seriously, I'm trying to cut back on social media these days.
  • Okay y'all are waaaaayyyyyyy more excited about the Winter Olympics than I am! Why is that? I'm not sure, but I'm from the Winter Olympics of 1998, which was the era of the Nancy Kerrigan (We almost named Alise, Kerrigan), and Tonya Harding hoopla. I remember watching that fiasco unfold on the national evening news and I was just shocked that someone could be so ruthless! I was more of a Kristi Yamaguchi fan and she ended up winning gold that year. I did hear that some chick landed the triple axle, but I swear, I thought somebody had already done that but whatever. I may tune in later on for the long figure skating programs. Obviously, all I care about is the ice skating! 
  • Podcasts. OH, for the love of all things human! How do y'all LISTEN to these things?? I have narrowed my search down to two: Jen Hatmaker and Jamie Ivey. And I've listened to the first episode of Serial, so I may stick with that one, but Y'ALL! The voices of the podcasts I tried GRATE on my nerves!! I don't know what I was expecting? Maybe my personal trainer, CHEF, life coach, assistant, and PRIEST all wrapped up in one podcast, I don't know? Can a gal get a little inspiration? If you know of a podcast with all these diverse hats, hit me up. Otherwise, I think I'll stick to Pandora and XM. 
  • You know you haven't been to church in a while when your Life Group leader hits you up in the middle of an SEC Alabama Women's Basketball game! We had church at Ole Miss this past weekend. 
  • How was your Valentine's Day? Mine was WONDERFUL! Love my Valentine's!
  • Yesterday at the Mother Ship, we had the opportunity to take ashes for Ash Wednesday. A colleague of mine took ashes, but I knew he wasn't Catholic. When I asked him about it at lunch, he said Christians could take ashes. Have y'all heard of that before? I thought it was a Catholic ritual. If I took ashes, though, I would want the cross on my forehead. I saw some people that like had just a dot on their forehead.  That wouldn't work for me. I'd be telling that priest, "Make it a cross, Father!"

Just keeping' it real, Peeps! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Five Ways To Win My Heart

Happy Valentine's Day, Loves! Eek! Is anyone else excited about February 14th? I'm planning on making some heart shaped pancakes (only because I never made it to Target for the $10 mini waffle maker that I mentioned last week and so many of you said you had and loved!) with whipped cream and lots of syrup tonight for my two loves!  We're staying in and that is oh-so okay with me! What do you have planned for this special LOVE DAY?

Today I'm sharing Five Ways To Win My Heart. Nothing earth-shattering. Just a few things to make me smile and feel loved! 

1. Empty the dishwasher// I absolutely HATE emptying the dishwasher. I don't mind loading it - because everything has their specific place and has to go a certain way - but I have been known to just reshut the door and let the clean dishes sit for a while until someone else unloads it. During the summer, unloading the dishwasher is Alise's job and let me just say that I love summer! 

This funny video on how to unload your dishwasher is life changing! (Yes, the video is a joke. I can't believe how many people took it seriously!)
When I was looking for this pin, I LITERALLY found a pin that said, " 6 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Empty The Dishwasher." Nope. I'll pass! 

2. Flowers// My friends, Lea and LeeAnn, received some BEAUTIFUL flowers from their husbands for Valentine's Day and I have to say that flowers are my love language, too. They just make me smile. BIG! Wayne got me roses last year for VDay.  We'll see if he comes through this year, but I'll take flowers any month, any day!

3. Put gas in my car// Maybe I'm just old school, but I love it when Wayne gases up my SUV and I don't have to worry about it. My daddy always did that for my mom when I was growing up and so this definitely speaks to me. And I kid you not! Last night, Wayne met me at the gas station on the way home from work and put gas in my car while I sat in the driver's seat and talked to him while he did it! You may laugh, but that was a good five minute, uninterrupted conversation! 

4. Take the night off// I live for these nights! When I've had a bad day at the office and Wayne and Alise are like, "Mama, don't worry about cooking tonight. Just get a bath and me and Daddy will eat leftovers," those words are music to my ears! Especially because my two do not like leftovers! But any night that I don't have to cook, those are the nights I live for! 

5. Weekend Get Aways// I've noticed a pattern with our weekend get aways. Alise seems to be included on them more since she's older. I certainly don't mind Baby Girl tagging along, but my more special times are when just Wayne and I can get away together and ESCAPE! Can I get an AMEN?! Soooo looking forward to getting away for the weekend in April for our anniversary!

I would love to know what are some ways to win YOUR heart! 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Show Us Your Books ~ February 2018

Yay!  One of my favorite days in Blog Land! I love linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books each month. Love finding out what everyone is reading and getting new books to add to my TBR list. January was surprisingly a slow reading month for me. I blame it on basketball. 

The Secret is out. Oh my goodness. I really, really tried to like The Secret Life of Violet Grant, y'all, and I'm ashamed to admit that I did not finish the last 15% of this book by one of my favorite authors. But I'm finding with Beatriz Williams, that I either absolutely love her books or I don't and this one was a "don't." I didn't like the characters, I couldn't identify with the plot, and after struggling for nearly two weeks and feeling "duped," I simply gave up. I would love to hear what others thought of this novel.
Sisterly Love. I actually listened to the audio version of Sisters First and enjoyed it. It's been years since I've listened to an audio book, but it was neat to hear both Jenna's and Barbara's voices narrate. It was interesting to me to hear about their life as a President's daughters and to see history through their eyes. 
The Roaring Twenties. For my January YRP book, I chose The Great Gatsby. I read this book my senior year of high school for AP English and loved it. Or, at least I thought I did. Maybe I got the book confused with the movie starring Robert Redford, and later, Leo DiCaprio. I had forgotten what a hard book it is to read in parts, but I finished it, again. 

A Tangled Web. I really did love The Alice Network, but I felt like this book was all over the place. If you are not up to historical fiction, then I don't recommend it. I loved the setting, the characters, and the plot, but I just found it hard to actually find the time to finish this one. It was long. Over 500 pages, but well worth the $1.99 I paid for it (Kindle). The tie that bound all the characters together was so interesting to me and although I really didn't care for Eve in the beginning, I came to love her in the end. 
A Fiver. I saved the best for last. After much ho-humming, I finally read my first five star book of 2018! I loved absolutely EVERYTHING about That Month In Tuscany. The book made me smile and cry and just all the feels of a beautifully written love story. it's the modern day version of Bridges of Madison County and I simply couldn't put it down. I finished it in one day. Lizzy's transformation from a lonely housewife into a strong and confident woman is genuine and heart warming. Don't let Ren, the rock star, fool you. He's more Justin Hartley than Jon Bon Jovi and if this book were made into a movie, Mr. Hartley would be my top pick for sure. Totally five stars!!
So even if it was a slow month for reading month, it ended on a high note!

What have you been reading this month?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Let's Make A Memory

It's Valentine's week and love is in the air!! Today I'm taking on all the man crushing and linking up with Erin at Perfectly Port Family and sharing 10 memories with the love of my life, Mr. Horton. I can't tell you how excited I am about this post! I spent quite a few hours Friday night digging through old photographs from our twenty-five years together (one year of dating, one year engaged, and twenty-three years of marriage). We had a fun evening looking back at old pictures and reminiscing. I am so blessed, y'all! I love you, Wayne!

1. Wayne and I met in January 1993. I was dating his college roommate. Jeffrey and I were watching a movie one night and Wayne walked in carrying a Taco Bell bag, sat down in the recliner and proceeded to talk to us during the rest of the movie.  I thought, "How rude!"
Our first Christmas as a couple, December 1993

2. On our first date, he picked me up in a jeep. With the top off! I wasn't happy about that because of course, I didn't want to mess my hair up and it was a forty-five minute drive to the restaurant. I never kissed on the first date. "Good girls" just didn't do that. But when Wayne walked me to the door that night and leaned in to kiss me, I just knew right then that I was going to marry him and so I broke my own rule and kissed my future husband on the first date. 
Valentine's Day 1998, when vests were still in style

3. Wayne proposed in TCBY nearly a year and a half later. We both loved their white chocolate mouse yogurt, so it was kinda "our" place. I thought I had just failed an accounting test and so he treated me to yogurt and my engagement ring. Yes, he got down on one knee and I called my mom from the payphone outside to tell her the news. 
Our engagement photo and reminder to not get your hair cut the day before pictures. Ever. I look so much like my maternal grandmother in this picture I think. 

4. Our wedding day! We were married on April 22, 1995, and a spring monsoon hit during our ceremony. In our wedding video, you can see the lightening and the trees swaying through the church windows. 
Such babies
Our honeymoon in Natchez, Mississippi, 1995

5. Wayne's dad died in August 1998 of pancreatic cancer. That was a difficult time for us and the first time we had to experience the death of a parent. There is still such a loss there, but we hold on to our hope of seeing him again one day.
At my sister-in-law's wedding, 1999

6. Studying for the CPA exam was tough, but Wayne was my biggest cheerleader. I would get so discouraged and yet he always believed in me. He would come home late at night from work and call my flashcards out to me before we went to bed. He likes to tell people that HE could have taken that test and passed it as much as he helped me study for it! 
March 1999 in Shreveport, Louisiana receiving my CPA certificate from the State Board of Accountancy

7.The first time Wayne and I ever bought a house, I thought we were signing our life away. We paid $90,000 for our first starter home and we had some wonderful memories there. 
Spring 2005; We would bring our baby girl home in a few weeks. I had the best hair when I was pregnant!

8. Our precious Baby Girl was born on May 26, 2005. We had been through so much and we just cried tears of joy. I will never forget the expression on Wayne's face as he held her in that hospital room. I couldn't believe we were a family of three.
Wayne's first Father's Day, June 2005. It was only appropriate to visit his father's grave that day.

9. We've traveled lots of places over our nearly twenty-three year marriage, but my favorite place will forever be Hawaii. We took a 7-day cruise to all the Hawaiian islands for our 20th anniversary. It was a trip of a life time and one that I will always remember. 
Lake Tahoe, Nevada 2000

Dillon, Colorado, March 2004

Hawaiian Cruise, 20th Anniversary, May 2015

10. People ask us all the time why we're such big Alabama fans. After all, we live in LSU country, but Wayne's parents were from Alabama and moved to Louisiana before he was even born. So I guess you could say that it runs in the family. We're still very close with his Alabama family and some of my most memorable times with my man were attending football games together. The coldest game we ever went to was to see Mississippi State in TTown and I literally thought I was going to die from hypothermia! It even snowed! Oh, well. Bama won and fortunately for us, we'll always have our love to keep us warm!