Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Is this Flattering??

What do you think of that question?  Is this flattering??

Is it something you think about a lot when you get dressed??

The thought crosses my mind, but it's not something I dwell on.  I'd much rather wear clothes that feel good, are pretty and true to my style.  I don't think things always have to be flattering to be worn.  You should wear clothes you love instead of focusing so much on if they make you look as good/skinny/fit as possible.  Just a thought... wear what you love!!

Here are some of my favorite outfits lately:

1. Fall Floral
I picked up this double peplum Time and Tru top at Walmart for $9.96 a couple weeks ago!!  Isn't it so pretty?  I also got it in navy and white stripe.  It's the flowiest fabric with a cropped bell sleeve..  This outfit will be on repeat all Fall.

Also, I'm wearing ADVdesigns leather earrings in every outfit picture.  They're wonderful!  They are so light weight that you'll forget you're wearing them.  Seriously.  I love them.  I get compliments like crazy on them anytime I'm out and about.  I own several pairs and can't recommend them enough.  Here's the link to the etsy shop ADVdesigns.

I'm LOVING the floral dress options for girls at Old Navy.  Olive is obsessed with their Jersey Fit and Flare dresses.  They're currently on sale for $8.  We bought several last year and more this year.  They wash and wear really well.  Olive thinks they're comfy and cute.  Win-win.  I wish her dress came in my size.  The ladies version of this dress wasn't a style I wear.

Doesn't Fletcher look so handsome in chambray??  Love his Gymboree button down.

Can't leave Kevin out of the outfit fun.  Here he is happy to snap my outfit pictures :)

2. Kimonos
I'm still loving kimonos.  This one is from Matilda Jane.

3.  Sporty
I've been wearing yoga pants, basic tees and tennis shoes a lot lately.  It's my favorite workout outfit combo.  I need to upgrade my shoes because they're on their last leg.  Do you have a favorite brand of workout shoes??  Tell me all about them

4. Embroidered
These embroidered tops are so pretty!  They're really easy to wear.  Just add big earrings, flats and skinny jeans.  I have this Wal-Mart top in three different colors because it was just $7.78 at my stores.

What is an item that is in your closet that you have a hard time styling?? 

I'd love to put together some outfit ideas for you :)  I'm hoping to have some new denim options for you and some pretty layers for Fall in my next outfit post.

Monday, September 24, 2018

20 Minute Dinners

I love cooking dinner for my family, but I don't love spending hours in the kitchen.  I've been working on building my 20 minute dinner recipe stash for the past few months.  My hope is that I can come up with quick, delicious dinners and still enjoy the evening with my family.  I posted my first set of 20 minute dinners in August.  I stuck with it and have some more to share with you this month.

1. BBQ Chicken Pizza
We had rotisserie chicken for dinner and ended up with leftovers.  I chopped the chicken up into tiny pieces and used it for BBQ chicken pizza the next night.  I've also used a can of shredded chicken for this recipe if I didn't have any leftover chicken.  Coat it in your favorite BBQ sauce, bake it on a refrigerated pizza dough crust, drizzle on some additional BBQ sauce, your favorite cheese (I used sharp cheddar and pepper jack).  Bake for 15-18 minutes.  Let cool and top with sliced green onions.

2. Pesto Chicken Gnocchi
This Pesto Style Gnocchi was a fun Walmart grocery pick up discovery.  It came with everything you needed in the box - just add water.  I opted to add in a can of shredded chicken to make it a little more hearty for dinner.  This was SO GOOD!  I was really impressed.  I think the box was around $2.  I'm definitely picking up more of these to keep on hand as the perfect wintery comfort food or an easy dinner option.  This was not good leftover (which seems pretty typical for gnocchi).  Be sure to make it and eat it all up :)

3. Baked Spaghetti
I've mentioned before that I love pasta.  My husband does not.  But I've found a way that he enjoys eating pasta - baked pasta dishes.  This Baked Spaghetti is super simple.  Cook angel hair pasta, heat up your favorite red sauce, brown ground beef.  Then stir to combine and pour into a greased baking dish.  Top with your favorite cheese.  Bake at 350 until the cheese melts and broil for a minute or two until these cheese is perfectly browned.  Slice and serve.  

4. Crustless Quiche
A friend came in town on Friday and I needed a quick meal to serve.  This crustless quiche was perfect.  It also reheats really well if you wanted to make it for easy lunches all week.  This recipe is awesome because you can customize it any way you want.  Add more eggs, more veggies, more meat, or swap out any ingredients that I listed.

You just need 6 eggs scrambled with a splash of milk, salt, pepper, your favorite toppings and cheese.  I added chopped up ham, 2 slices of bacon, green peppers, green onions, purple onions, mozzarella cheese and sharp cheddar cheese.  It was delicious!  I would have liked to add in roasted sweet potatoes, but I was out.  Pour into a greased pie plate.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the whole pie dish is set and browned.

Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
(( My recipe here ))
This isn't a 20 minute dinner, BUT it is a delicious recipe that is always a crowd pleaser.  My whole family loves these muffins.  I shared the original recipe last yea rfor mini bundt cakes.  This year I made the recipe the exact same way baking it in mini muffin tins instead of bundt cake pans.  It worked great!  Just cut the baking time down to 8-10 minutes.

What's on your dinner menu this week??

Friday, September 21, 2018

3 Things

Happy Friday!  Hope you've had a nice week.  It's been a busy, HOT week here.  We had to change up Olive's school picture day outfit from Fall to Summer because it was 95 degrees yesterday.  Maybe the first day of Fall will bring some cooler temps our way...

I thought I'd update you with 3 things for everyone today.  Let's call them current events :)

1. All of our house projects are wrapping up today (fingers crossed).
We had to have a plumber come out to fix and move some things.  His first appointment required a follow up to finish the project.  Got our 2nd new fridge delivered this week because our 1st new fridge was making a funny noise.  And our heating/ac crew finishing up on Monday.  Hoping to get to sit back and enjoy the updates next week.

2. Prepping for the holidays.
I ordered the kid's Halloween costumes this week when a friend alerted me to a 40% off costume sale.  Halloween, Christmas and Valentine pjs were ordered during a big Carter's sale.  I botched Fletcher's fall pants order.  Think he'd mind wearing his joggers all the way up to his arm pits this season??  I am debating returning/exchanging them vs just saving them for next fall and ordering the correct size now.  I also completely forget to use my Old Navy Cash.  Darn it!  I was going to scoop up a jean jacket for myself.  Instead I logged on to shop the DAY AFTER my Cash expired. #bummer

3. Decluttering.
You know I've been talking about decluttering my house and my life for months.  I'm feeling so good about my progress.  My house feels so good now that our cabinets, closets and rooms have breathing room.  No more stuffing closets full of stuff we don't really want.  I've made countless trips to Goodwill, filled tons of trash bags and it feels awesome.  I made it through all of my boxes of teaching supplies, our closets are looking better and I'm really motivated to keep going.  I crossed our playroom off the declutter list this week.  I need to focus on selling things we no longer want.  That takes time to take pictures, post and then correspond with buyers.  Maybe next week I'll get started on that.

1. Vineyard Vines.
Kevin is obsessed with their shirts.  He says they're the softest, nicest shirts ever.  He'd been admiring them for a while.  I surprised him with some for his birthday back in July.  Now he'd like to swap out all of his shirts for VV.  They seem to run sales regularly.  Keep them in mind for any hard to buy for guy in your life.  Vineyard Vines

2. Golfing.
Kevin's been playing in our club's Men's League this Spring/Summer and it's been fun.  He hasn't played golf this regularly since his golf team days in high school.  It's sweet to see him playing a sport he loves so much.  It doesn't hurt that he looks handsome in his golf gear :)  Anyways, his team made it to the playoffs and he played his best round of golf all season!  He was thrilled.  Finals are next week.

3. Fall Baking.
He has a long list of thing he's wanting me to bake - apple pie, cinnamon rolls, apple crisp, brownies, monster cookies and learn how to make caramel corn.

1. Olive LOVES kindergarten.
I figured she'd enjoy school, but I had no idea how much.  She can't wait to go (via the bus) every day.  She comes home with a ton of new things she's learned every day.  She just finished up swimming lessons with her class.  I was nervous about this because they bus the kids to the pool, put them in small groups and swim.  The kids have to change themselves in and out of swim gear.  It all went better than I could have imagined.  Olive loves show and tell, all her special classes for art, music, etc. and is working hard to make friends.  She reports on all the happenings in her classroom - who isn't doing their homework, who's being a bully, who's being sweet and who has really great art skills.  It's pretty entertaining.

2. She's dying to read.
Kindergarten is serious business.  They have a list of sight words, phonics practice, color words and vocabulary every week.  She can't wait to sit down and be able to read a book on her own.  I am really amazing at how much she has learned in about 6 weeks of school.  It's fun to see her starting to notice the print around her.  She'll point out words she knows when I'm reading to her.

3. President of the horse fan club.
Olive is mesmerized by horses.  She plays with them all day long and is so interested in them.  Unicorns are lumped into that same category.  She could read, eat, sleep these creatures all day long.

1. He is talking a ton.
Not just new words - he's moved onto new phrases and sentences.  His favorite things to say is "I've never tried this before" or "I've never done this before" along with things like "I love you whole munches" or "Mama you be my BBF?"  He'll also say "I like use shoes or I like use hair" instead of your.  He's also singing... baby shark, songs from Bible School and his own rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.

2. He's a foodie.  Loves all food.  All the time.
Grilled cheese is his fave.  Cheeseburgers are a close second.  "PPJ" otherwise known as a PBJ, pizza, cucumbers, fruit pouches, ice cream, popsicles, all salty snacks/chips, peeled peaches or apples, string cheese, cookies, candy, etc.  I can't even wrap my head around feeding a teenage Fletcher with the amount of food he's consuming now.

3. Fletcher loves learning.
He gets so into his science classes, story time, board books and shows.  He has memorized many board books and walks around reciting them.  Construction books or anything with cars or emergency vehicles are his current favorites.

Have a great weekend!!

We are looking forward to watching some football, farmer's market and family dedication day at church.

Linking up with My Glittery Heart

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

There's Nothing Better Than...

I've been thinking lately about the things that make my day!

Little things that all add up to smiles and feel good moments.

In my opinion, there's nothing better than...

1. My kids sleeping in on Saturday morning
2. Chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven
3. Sunglasses that fit your big head
4. Finding exactly what you're looking for at TJ Maxx
5. Clean sheets preferably floral sheets
6. A really great, dependable babysitter that your kids love
7. Beautiful handwriting
8. A garden full of flowers
9. An organized home
10. Chatting with friends
11. Watching your kids genuinely enjoy being together
12. Crossing everything off your to do list
13. Catching up on your shows after the kids go to bed
14. Living somewhere long enough to bump into friends when you're out and about
15. Compliments from your husband
16. Establishing family traditions with your kids
17. Having someone else wash and style your hair
18. When your kids say you're the best at something.  I'm currently the best sandwich maker, foot rubber, story reader and cookie baker.  

How would you finish that statement??  There's nothing better than...

It's time to link up with my favorite Welcome Wednesday ladies.
Be sure to join us with some recent posts and click around to make some new friends.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Yard Makeover

We've lived in our house for 2.5 years and we've done a TON of work inside and out.  We have my dad to thank for projects like painting, cutting down trees, planting, new light fixtures, custom closets, moving doorways, woodwork and so much more.  Kevin worked hard on all kinds of yard projects, deck work, painting, refinishing floors, replacing our dishwasher, moving outlets, changing faucets, etc. 

We've all busted our butts to get work done outside.  Let's focus on that today and maybe I'll get around to take before an after pictures of the inside of the house this Fall.  Kevin's mom is really good with landscaping so she's helped us a ton.  Remember back in 2015 when she came down to Mississippi for the weekend and we did a complete backyard makeover??  I just loved that secret garden of a backyard!  My gardening skills have improved a ton and I can actually keep plants (inside and out) alive :)

Back to the present... we're really proud of how far the yard has come.  I wanted to do a tour and quickly snapped some pictures.  We still have big plans for the yard, but it's in pretty good shape to show you for now.

These are the listing pictures from when we bought the house.  The backyard was neglected and in sad shape.  Our house sits on a little over half an acre which means we are tackling the projects as we can instead of overhauling the whole yard at once.

Front Yard:
When we moved in we just had two overgrown bushes and a dead tree out front.  It was kind of nice to have a pretty blank slate and not having to remove a ton of old landscaping.  We've worked so hard making flower beds, removing/relocating stones, mulching, planting and adding some serious curb appeal to our house.  All the flowers are nearing the end of their pretty blooming seasons, but you get the idea.  Lots of new things!

We added flower pots on each side of the garage.  Hoping to swap these flowers out for mums soon.

I got some plaid chair cushions from Target for all the chairs.  They're so comfy!

We need to paint our big picnic table gray to match the little one.

This back corner of the yard needs our attention next.  The plan is to basically remove everything except the giant tree and then plant pretty shrubs to make a hedge.

Kevin and a friend added a second set of steps to our deck this summer.  It's so nice to be able to walk down either side.

I love how the paver patio turned out!  All of these pavers were buried in our yard in different spots.  I spent so many days digging up the stones and moving them to this spot.  It's taken a few months for the grass to grow in between.  The kids love playing here.

We got a truck load of mulch delivered this summer and mulched the whole backyard.

Kevin surprised me with this pair of Adirondack chairs.  He ordered kits online and built them for me.  We love sitting here and watching the kids play... more like sitting here while the kids yell COME PUSH US on the swings :)

My dad and brother built us a fire pit in the backyard from more stones we found buried in our yard.  Are you noticing a theme here??  Someone buried a TON of stones all around the yard long before we lived here.

The kids would say the best money we've spent in the backyard is on the swing set and circle swing.

We added a set of shutters to the garage window, mulched and added in some shade loving plants.  The garage could definitely use a good power wash.

 Added mulch around the trees in the very back.

Yard Project list moving forward:
1. Edge the entire driveway
2. Clear out the back corner of the yard
3. Cut down overgrown bushes
4. Plant a tree
5. Plant a hedge border in the backyard
6. Trim big trees
7. Add a natural stone pathway to the swing set
8. Add a bench or a bench swing
9. Fix spots in the deck where the boards aren't in good shape
10. Paint all deck doors white

Are you working on any yard projects right now?? 

It feels like it'll be easier when the weather cools off.  It's still been really hot in Indiana.