Y'all! July 12th! WHERE is this summer going? Seriously! Alise is mad at me because now she has to begin her summer reading for school. I let her put it off until after July 4th and so. Well! It's after July 4th and she's STILL complaining (insert eye roll, hands in the air, mouthing, what have I done to deserve this?). School starts in a month for us, so my favorite tween needs to enjoy the rest of her summer and read. her. books.
Today I'm taking a break from the Mean Mommy role and linking up with Shelly and her friends, along with some other favorite bloggers, and sharing a little middle of the week randomness.
What is your best wedding advice? When I read this post on The Small Things Blog, it made me smile. Big. I just love Kate! Speaking of fragrances and smelling good, last week, Wayne and I had a lunch date. He picked me up at the office and when I got in the car, he said, "Wow! You smell good!" Day made!
Alise found this recipe recently on Pinterest and I've been putting off about making it. Honestly, I didn't think it would be any good and I KNEW Wayne wasn't even going to touch it! However...she kept hounding me and I caved. I had planned on her to help me make it - so simple! - but she had a friend over that evening and I didn't want to disturb their "fun," so I did the honors and well! The recipe proved me wrong! Alise and I loved it! So much that I've added it to our family favorites board on Pinterest. Wayne still wouldn't touch it! I hate to tell him, but the dish will be on repeat because of it's simplicity. It's like comfort food in a single dish and HE - being the meat and potatoes guy that he is - just plain missed out!
So I've given up Diet Coke and the occasional evening toddy to start this crazy diet! As of today, it's been seven days. I didn't weigh myself before I started, just because I didn't put a lot of faith into this fad. Good thing I didn't! Don't waste your money, Peeps! Now where's my Diet Coke?
Happy Birthday to our Baby Girl, Stephanie! She will be celebrating her twenty-third birthday this Friday. It kills my soul that she is in another country and we won't be able to celebrate her special day with her, but we have a party planned when she gets home in August. The birthday girl has requested not one, not two, but THREE birthday cakes! All homemade! Spoiled much? I've agreed, but only because she's been gone and starving all summer! Stephanie is doing fine. Some of you wanted to know about the IVs she had to have a few weeks ago, but she got dehydrated and needed fluids. She is feeling much better and tearing up the court these days. Her team is third in the conference right now, and she's hoping they will make it to the championship. This Mama is ready for her to come home! I miss her so much!
Lately, I've been perusing my Pinterest boards for a little spark of inspiration for the office. Y'all know I prefer dresses, but sometimes, even they can get a little old and boring. I was so excited when I came across this pin because I realized I had all these pieces in my current wardrobe! I wore mint ankle pants instead of jeans and an older Ann Taylor linen jacket over a recent leopard blouse I picked up in Alabama a few months ago. I switched out the shoes, though. I wore wedges instead of flats. I was really pleased how this look came together for a day of meetings and conference calls.
I've had this picture on the left in my phone forever because I wanted to somehow recreate the look. I had never thought about pairing leopard with a beige or white blouse. I mean, I've worn leopard with white jeans before, but I don't know...Maybe I just haven't thought about the combo in a while. Anyhoo, this is the outfit I wore to church this past Sunday and I absolutely loved it!!
Can you tell that I still believe in leopard being a neutral? If something happens to me, y'all make sure Wayne buries me in leopard, okay?
Last but not least, are y'all still watching Food Network Star?! This past Sunday was the halfway point in the competition and it's heating up. I really think the network is looking for a southern-style chef because, I mean, good Lawd! They had three "southern" contestants competing at the beginning of the season! Sorry, Jason, but Kentucky doesn't count (I think it's so funny that he says Kentucky's "holy trinity" is bourbon, butter, and bacon. Here in Louisiana, our "holy trinity" is onion, bell pepper, and celery). Anyway, every time Cory smiles and says, "I'm from Monroe, LA," it makes me smile, too!
Now back to my Mean Mama role!