Wednesday, January 23, 2019

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Okay so I have to admit.  I've never seen the movie, Mean Girls. I have no idea what the movie is about (but, I mean, I can surely guess) and that's okay because today I'm sharing the color pink with five NICE girls and my VERY favorite fashion friends. 

The six of us recently discovered (Thanks to the Marco Polo app!) that most of us in the group had recently worn something in the shade of pink. Our group decided to have a little blog hop today to show off that, "on Wednesdays we wear pink," so be sure to check out some more pink inspiration from Chrissy's, Shelly's, Kellyann's, Lisa's, and Andrea's blog today to see their own take on the color pink. 
This past Sunday was my birthday and even though the temperature was FREEZING, the weather was gorgeous and it was so nice to finally see that orange ball of fire in the sky after such a rainy and gloomy few weeks. 
I snagged this sweater a few weeks before Christmas at Old Navy when they had a $10 sweater sale. Of course, it's perfect for an upcoming Galentine's Day soiree I have in a few weeks and thin enough to hopefully make it to the beginning of Spring.
Spring!! Can you believe that word just came out of this winter-loving Mama's mouth? But I have to admit that the color of this sweater has got me looking forward to adding some COLOR to my closet very soon!

Happy "We Wear Pink on Wednesdays" Day! Be sure to stop by the other girls' blogs and let them know I sent you! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Introducing: 2019's Color of The Year

Well, I certainly know one friend of mine that is going to LOVE Pantone's 2019 color of the year selection! Mrs. Andrea Nine over at Living On Cloud Nine! One of her favorite colors is coral and so I know she is oh so happy about this selection for the new year and I can't wait to see how she incorporates this color into her fashion! Be sure to stop by her blog and say Hello! 

Pantone chose "Living Coral" as it's color of the year and here's what they had to say about it: "An animated and life affirming hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge." 
Cotton SMART Color Swatch Card
And so for those of you like me that prefer a little inspiration with the big announcement, these pics are for you! 
Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year Is Here | Apartment Therapy

Pantone Hopes Its 2019 Color of The Year Will Make Life Less of a Dumpster Fire Meet "Living Coral," a color that symbolizes our need for optimism.  We can all probably agree that 2018 hasn't been the best of years, for reasons I likely don't have to list out here. But with just a few weeks left until 2019, Pantone is hoping to usher some positivity into all of our lives in the New Year. To do so, the color company has declared "Living Coral," as its 2019 Color of the Year.

Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year Is Just What You Need to Brighten Up Your Wardrobe

Even Princess Eugenie is loving Living Coral this season. 
So what do you think, Friends? Yay or nay? Is Pantone's color choice for the year in your color wheel?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Nine Things I Learned In 2018

Was 2018 a great year for you? 

I don't normally spend alot of time looking backward, but today I wanted to share a few thoughts about 2018 and what life taught me last year. 

Walmart pick up service has changed my life || Y'all. I can't say enough about this. If you are still shopping for groceries or really ANYTHING at Walmart, you are truly missing out. Download the app, set up your account, and thank me later. It is so easy and so totally worth it! 

I hate tornados || We camped out more in our hall bathroom this past spring than we ever have. And let me just say that being woke up in the middle of the night to sirens is the scariest. I dream of being killed in tornados, y'all. I know that sounds crazy, but my grandmother was scared of storms so I guess I get it honestly. 

Heart attacks are real || It's not necessarily that I didn't believe heart attacks happened (I do work in healthcare after all), but I never thought that Wayne would have one. If anything good came out of his episode last summer, it was that our eyes were opened to our personal health and wellness and how important it truly is. 

Water Isn't So Bad || Would I rather have a Diet Coke? Well, of course I would but I can't begin to tell you how much better I feel with drinking water. Do I drink the daily requirement, well probably not, but who cares? It's still water. And it's good for you. 

I heart roller coasters || The first time I ever rode a roller coaster was like 1997 when Wayne and I went to Six Flags with some friends for the weekend in Dallas. Oh, I was so scared, but finally riding one made me realize that they weren't so bad. This past summer in Disney, I lost track of the number of times we rode the roller coasters and it's something that I'll always remember I think because Alise was finally old enough to ride and she loved them just as much. 

8th Grade Middle School Is A Breeze || Eighth grade ain't got nothing on sixth and seventh. I am SO thankful for a kinder and less drama middle school year. 

God Answers Prayers || Of course I already knew this, but it's worth remembering. Above all else, I'm learning that His timing is always perfect. 

I'm Over Taylor Swift || Alise is already talking about her next concert and I had to break it to her, "Mama ain't going to another TS concert!" I mean, I'm not saying she doesn't put on a fabulous concert, but come on! For heaven's sake, pick someone else!! Seriously, I'm done.

Strangers Sometimes Make The Best Friends || These Girlies!! They make my heart so happy. Who would have ever thought that meeting strangers for the first time would turn into such beautiful friendships! We all talk to each other every day and it's just THE BEST! 

A new year means new opportunities and new chances to get it right. A clean slate, a new beginning and that is something this Girlie is looking forward to very much! 

Monday, January 14, 2019

3 Things ~ January 2019

I've decided to begin a monthly blog series titled, "3 Things." The idea occurred to me because I found myself wanting to write a blog post, but feeling as if I had nothing to say. The earlier years of family life were so much easier for finding things to write about, but now my teenager has a world of her own and it's one that she doesn't particularly like me sharing on the internet. I get that. Some days it's not easy throwing a post together and so I'm bringing back elementary school creative writing prompts. Ha! Do y'all remember those? Here we go with January!
1. What was your first meal of the New Year?
Surely you've heard that you're suppose to eat black eyed peas and cabbage on January 1st, right? Peas are to bring good luck and cabbage is for prosperity in the new year. I haven't always made this traditional meal (that also includes some type of pork and cornbread), but when I found out a few years ago that one of my best friends, who doesn't cook, was turning out this traditional meal, well, it was on and I decided that I could do it, too! So on January 1st, I had pork tenderloin, rice and gravy, black eyed peas, cabbage, and cornbread. Total yum! 

2. Describe your best friend in 3 words.
Beautiful, thoughtful, and genuine. Out of those three words, genuine means the most because authenticity is a big deal to me.

3. What is your favorite way to stay warm in January?
This winter, I'm absolutely loving my teddy bear coat! It is so much warmer than I thought it would be and I've gotten so many compliments on it. But probably my favorite way to stay warm is curled up under a nice blanket, with fuzzy socks and a good book in front of a crackling fire. Pure bliss.

Write with me on the second Monday of every month! You can be as short and sweet or as lengthy as you want. Here are the February writing prompts!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

I Stole My Daughter's Christmas Present

Okay, so maybe "stole" isn't the exact word I should use for this post. Maybe "borrowed" is a better word. I "borrowed" my daughter's Christmas present. But hey! "Santa" gifted the present to her, and isn't "Santa" all about sharing the love? By the way, Baby Girl got not one, not two, but THREE pairs of shoes for Christmas, so yes!  This Mama believes she can share the love.

The week before Christmas, Alise FINALLY decided that she wanted a pair of Sperry rain boots (We called them "duck boots" when I was her age). I was worried about spending money on boots that she wouldn't really wear, but she assured me that she liked them and would wear them, so off I went to our mall for a pair. Luckily, they had them in her size and that was the last Christmas gift I bought for the season. And, true to her word, she has worn them and dare I say, really likes them. And the more she wears them, the more I wish I had a pair, too! 

So on a wet New Year's Eve, while she had friends over and they were upstairs in the theater room, I snuck into Alise's closet and tried on her duck boots. And y'all, I really like them! 
Unfortunately, I can't wear boots like this to work and so I can't suffice my very own pair. Instead, I've decided that I'll wear Alise's on the weekends when I feel like it because until the end of February, she'll be wearing basketball high tops for games. Works for me. 

I would also like to mention how happy I am about finally being able to wear some of Alise's things and vice versa. When she was a baby, I use to imagine a time when we would be able to "borrow" from one another and it looks like those days have arrived. Our tastes in style are still very different, but there are a few pieces that we interchange, so maybe I should do a blog post about that? Nope. I'm pretty sure my teenager would have no part in it.


I haven't been feeling well this week. On Monday, I came down with a bad migraine, but suffered through Alise's basketball game. The lighting was so bright in the gym that it made my head hurt even worse. As soon as I got home that night, I put on my pajamas and went to bed so I didn't even watch the National Championship game, which is a good thing from what Wayne told me! Yesterday, I still had a headache, but it was tolerable and so I'm hoping today will be even better.

Also, I have to say a BIG THANK YOU to all your kind words regarding my new blog layout. I just LOVE it! Linda at My Fairy Blog Mother made all my dreams come true! She was a delight to work with and ever so patient with me as I had NO idea which direction I wanted to go and I'm so clueless to all the design stuff. So if you're looking for a new design yourself of just need some tweaking, I highly recommend my new friend, Linda! Go check her out!