Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Confessions

WOW!  TWO posts in ONE week!  Who am I? And back-to-back, too! 

It's been a while since I've done a confessions post. Today's confessions are a combination of all the "feels" from this summer so far. Well, maybe not ALL, but hopefully you'll get the point!

Before  you delve in, I posted yesterday on my IG stories about supporting your UPS, Fedex, and local post carriers for the remainder of the summer. And since this is a confession post, I'll just go ahead and tell you that Wayne hates Prime week almost as much as he hates the Christmas season. It's nothing personal. It's the weather. And their trucks ARE NOT AIR CONDITIONED!  So please support your local delivery men who are bringing you your Nordstrom and Prime purchases with a bottle of water or snack. I promise, they will remember and take care of your future purchases! 

I bought and tried Sriracha sauce for the first time earlier this summer and, y'all! I didn't like it. I know my BFF, Shelly, is rolling her eyes about now because she's from Texas and probably uses Sriracha sauce like we use Tabasco here in Louisiana, but I'm happy to report that the sauce is not for me. I ruined my entire meal by splashing some all over a breakfast hash and I had to throw it out. It was horrible with that sauce on it. Yuck! 

Alise is selling some of her clothes on her IG account and Poshmark these days and she's doing rather well with it. Nothing overly expensive, but she's got a nice chunk of change built up for back to school shopping. 

I'm just gonna go ahead and say it. It's weird attending church with your ex-boyfriend (and your husband's ex-roommate). I know. It's been over twenty-five years ago, but it's still just WEIRD. We're all still friends and we've sat with him and his wife a few times at church but it's just weird. Have I stressed that enough? 

Recently, I had a co-worker just completely take over a project that I was working on. And I didn't quite know how to feel about it at first. I mean, I'm independent. I do my own work. And I'm pretty darn good at what I do. I meet my deadlines (even if it is by the skin of my teeth sometimes). So the fact that bam! I come to work the next day and this co-worker had completely taken over. Should I have been mad that this person just saw the need to take over my project or should I be glad that I was finally getting some traction on a project that had lost focus from everyone but me and that I was finally getting some much needed help?

I found out that a friend from high school is an alcoholic. She and her high school sweetheart have divorced. Breaks. my. heart.

I'm beginning to feel the twinges of empty nest syndrome and I don't like it. It's like menopause. You know it's coming and you begin to recognize the signs. For instance, we've started spending time on Sunday afternoons teaching Alise how to drive. It's nothing major yet. Just practicing in a school parking lot so far, but still. Early stages. A few weeks ago, Alise was gone the entire weekend and other than Jack's barking from time to time, the house was quiet. No Taylor Swift music bouncing from the walls of her bedroom. No sound of the shower running from her bathroom or laughter from face timing with her friends. Don't get me wrong. Alise has been gone before - sometimes two weeks at a time to stay with family in Alabama - but this just FEELS different. It's not the same as before. It's the anticipation and not the excited kind of anticipation either. It's the knowing that things won't always be like they are now, that I need to treasure the next four years, and learn to let go. 

Speaking of letting go, I had to put my big girl panties on and drop Alise off at an unfamiliar school to take the ACT test this past weekend. Oh, the hoops we had to jump through because her school does not have ids! I finally relinquished control to Wayne to get everything processed and notarized (Yes! Notarized!) and I went to bed and ugly cried. The morning of the exam felt like kindergarten all over again to me and I was extremely sad. Wayne took a picture of us walking into the school together and I spent the entire morning worried about her (she was nervous and nearly in meltdown mode, too, and her name was not on the list of participants, so we had to get that cleared up!). No cellphones were allowed, so I had all the mom guilt when we went to pick her up and she was standing alone outside waiting on us. It was an experience to say the least! 

I think that's enough confessing for now.  I hope you are enjoying these long, lazy days of summer, because the first day of school will be here before you know it! 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer Skincare With Drug Store Products

Earlier this summer, I was listening to this podcast while I was walking and it changed my life. At least for the summer. The fact that drug store skin care products could really improve my skin's elasticity and diminish wrinkles for a lesser price was a little mind boggling. I have always been of the mindset that you pay more to get better results. And I have. I'm no stranger to brands like Estee Lauder, Philosophy, Exuviance, and Perricone MD. But none of those products have given me the wow-factor over the years of using them. I realize that with skin care products, you have to be diligent and (Heaven forbid!) patient to allow them time to work. 

I'm not dissing high end skincare products. Nor am I here to try and change your skincare routine. You do you. Keep doing what you're doing and using the products you love.  Today I'm simply sharing drug store products that I've tried over the past few weeks that I really like and have had great results with. 
I use Aveeno Micellar Gel Cleanser to remove my makeup every night. As a second cleanse, I use ROC Daily Resurfacing Disks and they are awesome. I shared these on my Insta-stories a few weeks ago because I liked them so much and one of my friends commented that they reminded her of the acne-fighting Stridex pads back in our day. I told her, "These are Stridex pads for wrinkles." Ha! The pads are double-sided with smooth and exfoliating sides and are self-lathering, which I love. My face feels so clean and smooth after using these two products.

I am SO excited to tell you about the next two products!! Remember the "wow factor" that I mentioned earlier? Well, Sistas, I did not realize what I was holding in my hands that day at Walgreen's! Roc's Wrinkle Resurfacing System with Retinol has been a game changer and I wish with all my heart that I had taken before and after pics because y'all! The number eleven that use to be between my eyebrows is completely gone. G-O-N-E! I noticed the disappearance in two weeks and I was floored! Number eleven and I have been fighting for years. I've never used another drug store - or high end product - that has worked so quickly with such awesome results. 

For my morning routine, I start with Cerave's Foaming Facial Cleanser, which is very mild. I have a good habit of taking my makeup off at night and sleep with only the "wrinkle magic," so I don't need a harsh or exfoiliating cleanse in the mornings. Next, I use Cerave's Hyaluronic Acid Serum which has all the "ides, "acids," and Vitamin B that the podcast mentioned. I even wear this alone on weekends if I'm not wearing makeup. Then, I mix one drop of Aveno's Max Glow Infusion Drops to my daily moisturizer, which is Roc's Face, Neck, and Chest with Vitamin E cream and slather all that goodness on before I begin applying my make-up. And that's it! Oh, and I try to use a face mask every two to three weeks. I'm not a fan of the sheet masks yet, so I tend to stick with the normal types of masks. 

If you were to ask me what my favorite products are so far, I would have to say definitely the Wrinkle Resurfacing System and the resurfacing disks. I have been very pleased with the Roc and Cerave brands and these can be found at your local Walmart, Target, or favorite drug store. 

Just last week, I was in a local boutique browsing on my lunch hour when one of the older sales clerks said, "Your skin is just beautiful." THAT, my friends, was the WOW FACTOR!

Monday, July 08, 2019

What My Blogging Friends Have Been Up To

I may be in a big ol' blog slump this summer, but my girls have been ON. POINT. lately with their blogs and social media content. I am SO stinkin' proud of them! I have designated myself as their biggest cheerleader for all their ingenuity and creativity. I consider myself so blessed to know each of these beautiful souls personally and to call them my best friends. It is so amazing how each of us offer such a unique perspective to our group as a whole and how our love and support for one another is real and genuine. And in case you missed it, last week, we sponsored our very FIRST blog linkup and the response totally blew us away! Thank you for linking up with us!

So today I just wanted to "re-share" each member of my tribe with you so that you can discover for yourselves their own, unique passions for blogging. I can't think of five bloggers that you should be following on social media more than these girls. They are simply the best!
My Texas girlfriend, Shelly, recently shared a Target try on sesh on her blog and Instagram stories. She showed us five summer dresses that were oh-so cute for nearly every summer occasion. Of course, my favorite was her favorite: the red wrap dress. Shelly and I have a lot in common and wearing dresses in the summer is definitely one of them. I think the fact that we both live in hot summer temps and high humidity neighboring states could be the reasons why we love them so much. I also thought the fact that Shelly "ordered" her dresses for pick up and tried them on in the comfort of her own home was kinda neat, too. 

I think my beautiful friend, Kellyann, knocked it OUT of the park with her recent Pin It & Spin It post!  Wow! The concept of her post was to take a pin from Pinterest and "spin it" to your own personal taste and style. And THAT my girl, did, y'all! A Pinterest girl (and Mardi Gras dip lovin' girl!) after my own heart, too! We both love to browse the site for style ideas and yummy recipes. And I just realized as I'm typing this that Kellyann lives in a hot and humid state, too. Bless our hearts! Be sure to follow her Instagram stories! This Girlie is so dang funny and I love her front porch outfit of the day stories! 

And bless Chrissy's heart, too, because she's smack in the middle of all the humidity, too! But y'all!  LOOK at who she got to model for her!! Vans! Skateboards! But alas! No Polo's. Ha! I thought this post was so fun because I mean seriously! How many of us can get our loves to model for us like that? And let me just say that ALL the men in Chrissy's world are just as handsome and fun! Alise thinks the twins are the cutest boys she's seen in a while (I don't think I've told you that, Chrissy! Unfortunately, I had to tell her that they were too young for her). She is the biggest connoisseur of SuperSeed Well donuts and muffins, too! 

My favorite Cali Girl recently posted some Tips for Finding the Right Jumpsuit. If you are on the jumpsuit train, well, I can assure you Lisa is driving that train! She is in love with jumpsuits this season and shared some great tips on finding the perfect one. Lisa and I are the shorter girls in the group, so we struggle with length and certain styles, but you'll have to visit her blog to find out just where she found the perfect one! Lisa is also a Rodan and Fields consultant and would love to talk to you about their Lash Boost Serum. Her lashes are the longest I've ever seen!! 

I'll be honest. I was ready to hop a flight out to the Windy City when Andrea told us that she was meeting up with some fantastic bloggers for the evening last month. No fair. I wanted to go, too! But I honestly can't think of a kinder person that deserved the chance of getting to meet some new friends from Blog Land. If you follow Andrea on Insta-stories, then you know what a fabulous time they had shopping and eating all the delicious food at those fine Chicago restaurants. And in case you missed it last week, her red, white, and blue charcuterie board is pretty awesome, too! 

Stop by and say Hello to these wonderful girls. And let them know that I sent you! 

Monday, July 01, 2019

Red White & Blue Link Up

YAY! Welcome July and Happy 4th, everyone! 

I know that I am not the only one that can't believe that today is July 1st. Wow! Like someone mentioned last week, Summer 2019 is FLYING by and for the first time evah, I'm not wanting it to end. Usually by this time of the season, I'm over summer (and the heat!), but I'm actually still enjoying our no routine and lazy days. Ask me how I'm doing around July 25th, okay, because the temps are really heating up here in Louisiana and y'all know how much I don't like to sweat! 
Well, today is the DAY! I hope you're here because you're joining Andrea, Lisa, Chrissy, Kellyann, Shelly and myself for our very FIRST linkup. It's an exciting day for us and especially me because I've never hosted a linkup until today. Eek! I'm just praying that everything works the way it's suppose to, and if not, Que Sera Sera (But seriously, fingers crossed!) Thank you for linking up with us today and especially for mentioning the linkup in your posts late last week. The more the merrier and if you're just stopping by to read and see what all the excitement is about, we're so glad you're here! Click on a few blogs below, get some ideas and make some new friends! It's all about RED, WHITE, BLUE, and YOU today and we're glad you're here! 

So first of all, I'm all about FLAGS this year for the Fourth, y'all! Gimme all the flags!  I have found SO much inspiration on some home decor Instagram accounts I follow and so I've been buying up all the flags at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and Michael's. I mean just look at this tablescape!

My Patriotic Tablescape from the 4th of July. Click through to penderandpeony.com to see it. #4thofjulycrafts
Here are a few ways that I've decorated at the Horton casa this year. Our flag has been out since the beginning of June. I like to fly it high and proud all summer. We alternated banners in between our hanging ferns across the porch and y'all they are HUGE, but we kept them and I love the way they look across the front of the house. 
I got a little impatient to get this picture that I didn't give Mr. Horton time enough to move the bags of sack crete from our back porch. I mean, doesn't every body have sack crete at their back door? And seeing that awful light reminds me that it needs replacing, too.  Oh, well.  Just keeping it real, Peeps! I got the idea for the flags in the ferns from Amy Hannon.  I just LOVE her! 

As for the inside of the house, I kept it simple with a few flags and you can check out my summer inspired tier tray on this post
My friend Kellyann loves my Cajun Caviar dip, but she's had a hard time finding hot, red pepper jelly where she lives so I offered to mail her some in time for July 4th. I love giving small happies to friends and my NEW friend, Jennifer (who I'm secretly hoping to meet next month!), makes THE CUTEST tags for just about every occasion, so I bought her God Bless America tags for $5 and attached them to the jars of jelly I mailed to Kellyann. I thought they turned out SO stinkin' cute! 
Speaking of food, what are you planning on making for the big day? Are you grilling with friends and family? Unfortunately as I type, it's suppose to be raining here, but like they say, the party must go on! We're actually grilling burgers and hot dogs with all the yummy sides. Last year I made a delicious Red, White, & Blue Fruit Salad that everyone really liked, so I may add that again this year. 

I've been making homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches all summer. They are a huge hit with Alise and her friends (and Wayne, too!  He and Baby Girl fight over them!). To make things easier for the party, I've decided to go with frozen ice cream sandwiches and bling them out with all the red, white, and blue sprinkles. 
Try this easy 4th of July Ice Cream Sandwich recipe. It is super simple but very festive for the perfect 4th of July dessert.
On Friday or Saturday, we're making homemade ice cream with my parents.  Our favorite is this Butterfinger Recipe that's been in Wayne's family since before we were even dating! 

I wore this red, white, and blue outfit recently to our friends' cookout. I love to wear these three colors together near the end of June and into July to celebrate the holiday. I found this cute white and blue pen striped blouse a few years ago at Walmart. The navy eyelet and embroidery at the bottom, and bows on the sleeves really make this top stand out, on or off the shoulder. I paired it with poppy colored shorts, which are pretty old, but I feel fortunate enough to still be able to wear. And, of course, my leopard sandals that I can't seem to quit wearing. 
This is my standard July 4th outfit. I normally wear it every year for our pool party. I don't normally like to wear sleeveless blouses, but this tank is so light and airy and since I'm usually running around playing Hostess with the Mostess, it just works. 
I hope you and your family have a safe and WONDERFUL 4th of July holiday and weekend! Just think, Christmas is less than SIX MONTHS AWAY!! I'm just sayin'! 
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What's Up Wednesday ~ June 2019

Hello, Friends! 

I'm taking full advantage of our laid back summer schedule. Can you tell? I certainly haven't been posting as much as I normally do (or commenting and I do apologize for that!), but hey! It's summer! And we're going to soak it up while we can! Here are a few things we've been up to in June.
What's Up Wednesday Graphic
What We're Eating This Week || Fresh veggies! My favorite thing to do on Saturday mornings is to shop at our local Farmers Market for all the colors of summer. Corn, okra, peas, tomatoes, butterbeans, potatoes, blueberries, peaches...the list goes on. I made a delicious peach cobbler (Thank you, Pinterest!) for Father's Day. Two days later, I made this yummy blueberry cobbler for Wayne. I made the mistake of making some Ah-MAZing lettuce wraps while Alise was at camp and got a sassy text about how I never cook good food when she's at home. Insert eye roll. 
What I'm Reminiscing About || This month last year, Wayne had his heart attack on a dead end road in a rural farming community. A few weeks ago, he had his annual check up with his cardiologist and his EKG, ultrasound, and stress test came back beautifully. Answered prayers indeed! 

What I'm Loving || I am planning a post about all the drug store skin care that I'm trying this summer, so stay tuned (I've left a few hints on my IG stories, too). For now, suffice is to say that the number 11 has disappeared between my eyebrows thanks to these two miracle workers! 
What We've Been Up To || Alise recently attended church camp in Missouri with her friends. 
Wayne and I have had several date nights this month checking out new restaurants in our area. I took a mental health day last week and palled around with my favorite girl. We had lunch and pedicures and then we came home and got in the pool, which is where you can find me most Saturdays this time of year. This past Friday afternoon, we watched Toy Story 4 as a family and we loved it! After dinner, I took Alise on a small shopping spree! Ha! I was exhausted! On Sunday, we showered our dear friend and basketball star, Dani, and her soon-to-be little one. I've missed this Girlie so much, but she is doing great things and she's going to be a GREAT Mama, too!
What I'm Dreading || You may have seen my IG story about me lamenting over the fact that I had signed Alise up for the ACT test. Oh, where did my sweet, little pig-tail wearing Baby Girl go? I can't believe she's old enough to sit for this exam. 

What I'm Working On || We maybe soaking up the lazy days of summer, but we've also been busy freshing up some areas of our home. We bought string lights last summer to hang around the cook shack, and then Wayne had his heart attack and it just never happened. I am happy to report that they are up and I absolutely love them. They look great and we've got more updates for that area to come. We've painted the hall bath and I am having the hardest time finding a shower curtain that me and the teenager can agree on. The kitchen is taped off and ready for a new coat of fresh paint. The living room is next on the list. 

What I'm Watching/Reading || Summer reading has been dismal, y'all. I've read nearly all the books on my summer reading list and there are only two that I would recommend. My absolute favorite so far has been Daisy Jones & The Six (a must read!). There just don't seem to be any good books this summer in my opinion. Please, prove me wrong. I've even resorted to re-reading some of my all time favorite books and I don't normally re-read anything, so you know it's bad! As far as watching, I'm nearly finished with the second season of The Crown and I love it! Wayne and I have picked back up with Yellowstone and Alise and I like to watch Master Chef. I also got to see Rocketman recently and even though there were a few scenes I could have "unseen," I really enjoyed the movie. And like I mentioned earlier, we saw Toy Story 4, too.  It was so cute! 


What I'm Wearing || I shared a twining post with two of my favorite fashion bloggers. Kellyann surprised us by purchasing the popular wide legged pants, too, and sharing her style here
I thought I would share some of my office outfits. Do you think I have a thing for jackets, maybe? Ha! I promise I don't wear one every day, but it is so darn cold in our offices that my little heater runs nearly all day, even in the summer. 
What I'm Doing This Weekend || Well, visiting our Farmer's Market, of course, and reading on my raft in the pool. Somehow I've got to kick it in gear and start preparing for our July 4th Party! 

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month|| Wayne turns the big 5-0! Can't wait to celebrate with him! 

What Else Is New || I am nearly a full month into jumping back on the water wagon. It's crazy because it hasn't been that hard this time. I think it's because even though I was enjoying a Diet Coke once a day, I was still drinking mostly water. My hardest times are when I get home from work. It's so hard to grab a bottle of water instead of soda, but I'm doing it! I've even started infusing it with various fruits. My moment of triumph came recently when I made it through a Mexican meal at a restaurant and had water instead of Diet Coke - something that I normally just can't do. 

And last, but certainly not least, the girls and I are hosting a LINKUP on Monday, July 1st! It's all about RED, WHITE, BLUE & YOU, Friends!  Grab our graphic and join us by linking up all your favorite July 4th posts. It can be fashion, home decor, favorite recipes, or anything that celebrates the best holiday of the summer season! Can't wait to read all your posts on Monday!