Thursday Thoughts – Shop with Me at Clothes Mentor (or your local consignment shop!)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Hello and happy Thursday!  We’ve almost made it to Friday once again!  Are you a consignment shopper?  Several years ago my good friend V would show me things she purchased and they were good, good, good!  So, one summer we did a tour of several of our local boutiques.  It was so much fun!  So, now I’m a big fan and I visit three shops regularly if you are local to Louisville, Ky.  I go to Clothes Mentor, Sassy Fox, and Dunc’s.  Even my small hometown has some great consignment stores, so I bet you can find one of your own!

Here are some recent examples.  I did leave empty handed.  You have to be careful to stick to your list and not just buy something because it was cheap.

American Eagle jacket $16

Universal Thread from Target – Aren’t these slides cute?  $12

Sam Eddleman sandals $16 –  I have a similar black pair that I love

This was a brand I hadn’t heard of but thought they were super cute – $12

Jack Rogers – $16

Are you convinced yet?  Are you a consignment shopper?  I feel good shopping this way because I’m helping the environment and my pocketbook!

Amy 

What I Wore Wednesday and WW(Weight Watchers)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

What I wore Wednesday

Happy Wednesday to all!  I have been bad about taking photos!  I bought a tripod but my phone won’t fit with the case on my phone!  Oh well, here you go:  

This was Monday at work.  I bought this new grey vest at Versona.com for $19!  Did you read my Shop with Me at Versona post here?  I decided to check out their website and I found it very user friendly and the shipping was fast, although not free.  I’m wearing my Rothy’s, Matilda Jane pants, favorite Caslon tee from Nordstrom.

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Tuesday I wore my consignment silver Seychelles booties, Matilda Jane Finn pants, Old Navy embroided sleeveless top from a couple of years ago, and my new Walmart Sofia Vergara jean jacket.  I added a couple of items to my closet in the last couple of weeks and will be showing those soon.  Also, my hair is done using the Revlon dryer/voluminizer I talked about here and that all bloggers seem to be talking about!  

And, finally, I have starting doing Weight Watchers or WW as it is now called.  I have done it in the past and lost and kept it off post twin babies.  It is really the best “lifestyle plan” out there in my humble and non-expert opinion.  I am learning the ropes and hoping to do well with it.  I have been inspired by My Glittery Heart and Preppy Empty Nester and they don’t even know who I am!  They have both recently talked about doing the program and given recipe suggestions, for which I am very grateful.  Then, my mom called and said she was doing it and offered to treat me to it and I felt that the universe was leading me this way.  I hope I can offer up some healthy meal ideas for others, too.  

Is anyone else out there doing WW?  

Thanks for reading!

Amy 

Tuesday Tips – how to get dinner on the table FAST

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tuesday Tips

If you’re like many, you struggle with getting week night dinners on the table at dinnertime due to activities that run until past when you would need to start making dinner! 

Spring sports have started along with whatever other activities you or your kids have going on.

I have 2-3 nights a week where I don’t get home until 6:30.  That isn’t that bad, but we like to eat around that time.  

I try to make dinner more complicated than it needs to be.  I’m working on this!  

So, my tips probably aren’t going to break the internet, but here goes:

-Make dinners simpler – think lunch for dinner – sandwiches and salads

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All of this can be made ahead of time!

-Make all of your meat on Sunday. I did this last weekend.  I made my spaghetti meat and my taco meat at the same time and also grilled my chicken for a Greek salad.  

Here is my sample menu for the week:  

Monday – leftovers from the weekend – We have an abundance of Chinese take out!  We also cleaned out other random single portions of leftovers.  Leftovers can be fun.  I have heard some families draw numbers and the number one gets first dibs on their choice of leftovers.  Wouldn’t this be kind of fun?  

Tuesday – Taco Tuesday with already cooked taco meat.  Our family an always eat Mexican!  It’s nice to know Tuesdays are done for me!

Wednesday – spaghetti – We have pasta at least once a week.  

Thursday – Entree Greek Salad with grilled chicken, cucumbers, feta, tomatoes, and lettuce.  I’m trying to get my family on board with more entree salads.  

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potato skins and salad

Other ideas:  

sandwich bar – a couple of types of meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, condiments and chips or veggies for a side

potato bar – already bake the potatoes on the weekend or all day in crockpot wrapped in foil.  You can top with chili, cheese, sour cream, chicken, bbq – anything!

burrito bowls with protein prepped on weekend

ready made bbq on top of Texas Toast, baked beans from a can

fajitas with ready made meat and flour tortillas

quesadillas with ready made meat.  You can cook these the night before and the reheat in the microwave just fine

soup and grilled cheese

already cooked ham, ready made mashed potatoes, canned green beans, rolls

Sometimes you need a little help from the store!  It’s still healthier than fast food!

 

 

How do you get dinner on the table?  Any go to meal ideas or suggestions for me?  

Hope you got at least one new idea!

Amy 

 

Hello Monday!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Well, that went by entirely too fast!  Here’s a quick little recap!  How was your weekend?  

Friday night we met two of our couple friends to watch UK in the SEC tournament at HopCat that I’ve mentioned before.  

 

I was good and got the Cobb salad.  

We sampled a couple of beers and then H and I got the blood orange.  

Saturday morning I had to take a son to theater and then hit Dollar Tree and Kroger.  We were heading to my hometown for 5 family birthdays!  I made my roasted red potatoes and my strawberry salad.  I can’t believe I forgot a photo – lettuce, feta, strawberries, sunflower seeds and Brianna’s dressing with the picture of the strawberry on the label.  

This cutie made a fruit pizza!
Another niece made oreo truffle balls and we also had cake, grilled chicken, and mac and cheese.  

My sister has twins and then two singletons and their birthdays are all between March 23 and March 31!  Isn’t that crazy!  I almost always get them swimsuits for spring break and summer, of course.  The oldest girl likes swim team suits and I found this on Amazon.  She loves purple and tie dye so I felt like I scored!  

Everyone else’s suits came from Target.  They are already getting picked over in the stores, so I ordered on on Target.com.

Then, my other sister (not the mom of the four) also has a birthday in March.  I found this giraffe blouse, earrings, and the rapid egg cooker from Amazon for her.  

I love shopping for birthday gifts.  We had a nice day with everyone and came home around 9 after being there since about 2.

Sunday morning my son had an academic competition so I got up early and took him and I also did grocery and meal prepping.  

It was so nice to see the sun this weekend!  It was a bit chilly but we are getting there.  It was hard to be together without my Dad. We made the best of it and had some laughs but we were all missing him.  He loved when we all came and he was always in the middle of all the action.  

Hope you had a good weekend!

Amy 

 

Friday Favorites

Friday, March 15, 2019

Copy of Thursday Thoughts

Hello Friday!  It’s time for some favorites from this week!  How was your week?  I know some of you are on spring break and some of you are anxiously awaiting spring break!  Ours isn’t until the first week of April.

I have two favorites in this photo – the sunshine and mild weather and breaking out my MIA Sofia clogs!  

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My library came through this week – this is a sweet book about life in the south including stories from Reese’s life and recipes and some cute photos!  The title refers to the strength of southern women.  

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Essie’s Mojito Madness has been on my fingers this week for St. Patrick’s Day.  I bought this a few years ago and it’s a fun color!  

I went in Old Navy last weekend and snapped a picture of my favorite shorts.  I love their linen drawstring shorts and have them in black, tan, and white.  I would like to add a fun color this year.  The pink would work with my black or white tops and the olive green would work with several things I have, too.  

Almost a month ago, I bought this cute blouse from Old Navy for about $15 on sale.  I finally got to wear it with a yellow cardigan.  It’s perfection for spring.  

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It’s time, people.  This is a great way to get rid of the pasty white legs and get some moisturizer at the same time.  You simply turn the shower off and before drying, apply this.  There is no wait time.  You towel off and voila!  There’s no weird smell, either.  Have you started self tanning yet?  I did a post last spring on my thoughts and will do another one soon.  I start self tanning in the spring and continue through fall usually.

What were your favorites this week?  Did you try any new products?  Did you explore any spring fashions?  

Have a wonderful weekend!  Spring is in the air!

Amy 

Thursday Thoughts – Shop with Me at Versona

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Do you have a Versona?  I know I have talked about it before, but I’m starting a new series called “Shop with Me”.  They also have a website if you don’t have access to a store.  

My Versona is at my favorite mall.  It is an outdoor mall and I can be there in about 6 minutes.  It makes it very easy to just drop in to one or two stores.  The traffic isn’t bad and it’s just easy for me.  

What first brought me in was the jewelry.  All of it is organized by color which makes it very easy to find if you are looking to match an outfit.  I thought the jewelry above was so colorful on a recent visit. The prices won’t break the bank with most being under $20 and I’ve found the quality to be pretty good.  

In the last year, I have looked more closely at their clothing and now have several favorites from there.  They carry many brands that our local boutiques have but at better prices. They also have a decent sale rack. I’m very cautious with sale racks because I find that I buy something just because it’s cheap and not because I truly need or love it. Most of the items are $29 or $25 that I have purchased. I also think you won’t see everyone and their sister wearing these pieces.

Here are some of my favorites:

Hope you get a chance to check Versona or Versona.com out!

Amy

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What I wore Wednesday

This is short and sweet today because I have been bad about outfit photos. Plus, I believe you’ve seen all but one of these!

Also, above you see my cute co-worker who bought her second pair of Rothy’s in lemon drop! How cute are they? They are the rounded toe just like the mink color that she and I both have. I think a second pair only a month after buying her first is a strong endorsement! These ain’t cheap, y’all, but worth it if you would rather have one pair of fabulous flats rather than five pairs of uncomfortable flats that fall apart.

What have you been wearing lately? It’s that confusing in between winter and spring time when it’s hard to know what to wear!

Happy hump day!

Amy

Tuesday Tip – A Hair Tool

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday Tips

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There has been a lot of fanfare about this hair tool on the blogs I read. It’s a dryer and volumizer. I have been wanting to wear my hair straight sometimes so I decided to order it. I found it really easy to use. I was asked if I had just been to the salon! What do you think?  Do you own one?  Do you like my hair straight or curled better?  

 

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Let me know if you decide to get one!  

Amy