What's Up Wednesday: March 2018

You might say goodbye, I say hello!

Goodbye, March.  Hello, April.  

I am linking up with Shay and Sheaffer to share my monthly recap and as usual cannot piece together in my mind where the month went.  God bless it all.  

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What we're eating this week:

This week we’ll be eating simple and healthy meals.  I have some chicken breasts, shrimp, and steaks in the freezer so my goal is to use those with the fresh vegetables I have on hand (green beans, Brussels Sprouts, onions, kale, zucchini, spaghetti squash, potatoes, plus all the fixings to make salad).  Lean, mean, and green.  Well, maybe not too mean but definitely lean and green! 😉

I did make this Whole 30 (adapted to Paleo) pumpkin and apple bake for breakfast last weekend.  Let’s just say the tweaks I made to the original recipe were beyond delightful.  The original recipe is probably great as is, but I had some different ingredients and ideas.  I’ll be sharing the recipe soon! 

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PS – there’s never a wrong time to enjoy pumpkin year ‘round.

What I'm reminiscing about:

Gosh.  I had to think for a second…my mind was totally blank for once.  But then I started thinking about last year in March and what a tough month is was for me, but how April shed some light and things began to shift.  I went to Tennessee for Easter last year and enjoyed seeing my family so much.  

What I'm loving:

I am totally loving these crispy broccoli florets!  Goodness gracious.  It tastes like how I roast them in the oven until they’re crispy, only these are readily available to munch on like a chip.  The FH and I are loving them.  We found them at Sam's Club.  However, it seems you can find similar ones at Trader Joe's (go figure!) and I will certainly try them the next time I venture to Trader Joe's.  The reviews on Amazon aren't great for the TJ version, but I'll give them a shot.  Meanwhile, we've stocked up on the Little Green Forest brand below that we know is scrumptious!

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What we've been up to:

We’ve been up to a little bit of everything.  Dinners with family and friends, wedding planning stuff for our wedding as well as for friends’ weddings, work work work work work, spring cleaning around the house, and literally trying very hard to have down time alone and together with the FH.

This is from last week's wine night at my friend's house with good wine & cheese and a lot of (always needed) girl chat.

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Saturday night we had dinner at Marais and it was really good!  The restaurant was super pretty with beautiful chandeliers, too.  We went to an 80's bar afterwards and enjoyed the music so much we stayed much later than intended and danced the night away.

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What I'm dreading:

Nada, except Houston’s heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. 

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What I'm working on:

I am working on a new schedule, preparing to train someone, wedding stuff, myself, and always my faith.  I am counting down the days to when life slows down soon and I can shift my priorities around, get back into reading the Bible and then evaluate what work needs to be done/time invested into the blog.  I have admittedly been staying afloat for a while as I’ve been in the busiest season of my life yet, but knowing all along it is temporary, to embrace it, and to give myself grace to let things go for now…and its worked!

What I'm excited about:

I’m excited about Orange Theory and working out with the FH.  It always helps to have a gym buddy, but it’s even better for it to be a significant other and to know you’re both working hard at being healthy together.  Plus, it’s nice to have an intense work out that switches things up in between my other works outs or runs.

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What I'm watching/reading:

I haven’t been watching much of anything since The Bachelor ended.  Arie was/is a disappointment, not the season itself but him specifically and how he handled everything...and that is an understatement.  Any shows that you’d recommend that we watch?  If I ever have time to sit down right now it’s usually not to watch TV but the day will come when our evenings will be a little more relaxed.

I finished the book of James bible study from my church and am currently not reading anything!  I haven't used the treadmill or elliptical recently so I'm delayed on my reading.  I did tap into a book I read a long time ago called Grace Filled Marriage while on the treadmill part of Orange Theory recently to help pass the time and I picked up The Light We Lost in paperback the other day but plan to save it to read on vacation next month.  

What I'm listening to:

I am listening to sermons by Pastor Ron Hindt from Calvary Houston on my drives in to work.  They are played on 100.7 on the radio.  He’s great!  I also still listen to my podcasts Hope City, Joyce Meyer, Breakaway Ministries, Bayou City Fellowship, and Marriage Today.  If you want to feel good, learn about God, love, marriage, and start your day off right then I highly recommend listening to any of those podcasts.  God is so good.  I cannot imagine my life without them.

What I'm wearing:

Don’t even get me started.  I have been shopping online like a crazy woman recently while knowing full well that a lot of what I order will be returned and has been.  Reasons like ordering two different dresses knowing I want one or the other depending on which one fits me best or ordering two sizes.  I am planning for and making pack lists for five trips I have in the coming months and trying to take advantage of sales while I can snag them.  

Some things remain tried and true.  I love my Leith racerback dresses that I've shared a dozen times before.  It is back in stock and currently comes in SEVEN colors.  Shut.the.front.door.  Stock up while you can.  It's perfect for work or play.  It can be dressed up or worn with sandals.  I currently own it in three colors and rotate to wear one per week at work.  It is the most comfortable work outfit I own (and am actually wearing the black one as a type this).

I'm also rotating in weekly one of the four colors I own this BP midi dress in (and it's 40% off right now).  It now comes in five colors.  There is no shame in my game making my work attire comfortable and easy to grab and go in the mornings.

These BlankNYC boyfriend shorts were all the rage last year and I ordered them but returned them.  They're actually very comfortable and look great on everyone I have seen them on.  However, I prefer not to wear shorts and looked at the umpteen pairs I still have (some with tags) and decided to be financially smart and return them.  I'd totally recommend them though!  Great reviews too.

I purchased this gold mesh sweater from Lulu's for $23 final sale.  I love it!  I can't wait to wear it.  It also comes in a rose gold on sale for $39 (not final sale).

Then there's this open back sweater from Lulu's.  It's love.  All love.  It's loose and comfortable, yet hangs nicely so it doesn't make me look wide.  It's thin in material which is perfect for our spring evenings when the temps dip a little bits.  It's runs large so size down.

I think I'll save all of my other fabulous finds for the weeks to come as I'll be wearing and sharing them. =)

What I'm doing this weekend:

It’s Easter weekend and I’m off on Friday for Good Friday.  HOORAY!  I’m not sure what I’ll do on Friday.  Saturday my mom and I will do some wedding stuff and have lunch together.  Then, on Sunday I’ll be celebrating the Lord’s resurrection at church and have our families over for Sunday brunch afterwards.  Pretty much, this will be a very relaxing weekend with a lot of family time.  My favorite.

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What I'm looking forward to next month:

Next month I’m looking forward to a lot of things. 😉 

What else is new:

I think I've summed it all up already!


How was your month of March?  What were your highlights?  Are you looking forward to April too?  

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the week!

XOXO

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Friday Favorites - December 1st 2017

Happy Friday!  Can you believe it's here?  The holidays are HEREHERE.  Are you excited yet?   We can officially celebrate CHRISTMAS with decor, music, our trees, and other merriment without being frowned upon by others who choose not to begin celebrating Christmas in June like I do.  ;) I kid, I kid.  Sort of... If you've been following along with my blog for a while then you do know that I started listening to Christmas music many months ago intermittently and I'm not the least bit ashamed.  It helped keep me in a good mood on days I felt stressed out.

So now here we are!  Praise God.  

I am linking up with Andrea today to share my Friday Favorites.  In no particular order:

Favorite #1

"As It Is" by Hillsong Worship. 

I bawled like a baby...for a long while.  It is so beautifully written and sung.  My heart might have exploded with an outpouring of love and the gratefulness for what Jesus died to give me each and every day.  Nine minutes is nothing compared to the worship and praise we should be giving our Lord each day.  Please spend at least your next nine minutes listening to this!

Favorite #2

Boots & Booties.  All the boots.  All the time.  Is it just me or have boots gotten cutie this year?

My go-to brands are Nine West, Steve Madden, and Dolce Vita for comfort.  Read reviews before ordering a size!  This is very helpful to determine if a brand/style runs smaller or bigger.

Favorite #3

This outfit combo.  Comfy.  Chic.  Easily mixed and matched, dressed up or down.  What's there to lose?  Absolutely nothing.

The Gibson twist front top is surprisingly flattering and comes in multiple color options (Christmas red!!!).  It's long enough in the back to just cover up if you wear leggings and has a high neckline for modesty and a blank canvas for all those dazzling statement necklaces for the holidays OR to don a scarf with your statement earrings.  

My Old Navy gray jeans I scored on sale for $15 and I am so glad I did!  Not only for the color that is so versatile, but also the comfort.  Watch for Old Navy sales and you're bound to get them for a similar price.

My Sam Edelman boots were on sale too, but you can find similar styles in just about every brand and price point.

OTK boots / grey jeans / twist front top / fringe infinity scarf

Favorite #4

Cashmere anytime, anywhere.  Add in a blanket scarf and these low heeled booties and I was oh-so-cozy.  I wore this outfit to work last week and didn't want to change out of it when I got home!

I bought my cashmere tunic in five colors (oopsie) as they would pop up on sale over the past 2 years on Rue La La.  They are my absolute favorite winter item to wear because they're loose, cover the rear, look great with jeans, slacks, skirts, etc and can be dressed up or down.  That being said I must let you down.  I cannot locate them online (yet...).  Here's another sweater similar in color.

I shameless wear these 1822 Denim "Butter" black jeans for work and play.  They feel like pajamas and look nice enough that no one seems to notice that they're even jeans!

These BP earrings are the best!  They look similar to Kendra Scott but without the price tag and heavy weight.  For $12, they can't be beat.  I've received compliments on them multiple times since I received them a couple of weeks ago.

Low heeled booties are my new must-haves.  My feet have been hurting me in every imaginable way lately for various reasons and as the fall/winter season approached I knew I'd keep my eyes open for sales on low heeled booties.  There's a a gagillion to choose from and I read a lot of reviews.  I bit the bullet on these inexpensive ones (they were on sale) to get a feel for if I would wear them enough to actually purchase a nice pair.  I ended up wearing them all weekend this past weekend, so I guess that's a yes!  #savethefeet

Similar sweater / 1822 Denim Butter Jeans / similar scarves /

BP drop earrings / Style&Co booties

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Favorite #5

Fun jewelry.  'Tis the season.

My friend sent me a pic of this necklace she recently purchased from Anthropologie and I thought it was beautiful so wanted to share!  I rarely think of shopping at Anthropologie so this was a nice reminder to me to take a look every now and then.  It comes in four different colors and not only is it pretty for you, it would make a nice Christmas gift for someone else. =)

Have you checked out Baublebar?  I am a huge fan.  They have gorgeous statement earrings and really good flash sales to snag up great pieces for yourself or for gifts (as I have made a point of doing over the past year).  Tassel earrings for everyone!  And I'm not even ashamed of it.  I love the pop of color they give.  Here's a few examples that come in multiple color options:

Click on the earrings to be taken directly to Baublebar's site.

Favorite #6

This guy on Instagram.  @wolfgang2242 He rescues senior dogs and other various animals.

I've been following him for a while and delight in his animal pictures and captions.  They never disappoint.  


And that's a wrap!  I have more to share but don't like to make these too long of a post.  I'll save it for another day.  Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend ahead!

XOXO

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