Friday Faves

Friday, November 15, 2019

Happy Friday!  What a week!  I was out every evening except one and I am ready for some down time this weekend.  I am linking up with Andrea, etc. so go right here to see other posts!  

My first favorite was seeing these two laugh and hang out when Mason returned from Europe.  The laughter coming from their game room/study room in the basement warmed my heart.  

Mason brought me a mug to add to my collection!  I just love the size of these mugs and everything about them!  

I cannot remember getting snow this early!  And, it stuck around all week due to the cold.  Ignore the shutter-less windows.  We have new ones ready to be hung – another part of the makeover project going on at Casa Scott!  

I really loved this book and finished it last Sunday.  It was cute and heartwarming.  

I started this.  It seems a bit dry and a little different style than my normal chick lit easy reads.  No one recommended it – just saw it on a library shelf and it sounded interesting.  It is about the family dynamics in the 70s of a upper class family.  

I put my monogram on my beautiful rose gold Bru mate koozie from my sister in law.  It is so pretty and really keeps your drink cold!  

Hub and I saw this Sunday afternoon after I had already done my Hello Monday post.  He said I would not get to pick the next movie.  I liked it but it is probably a wait until it comes out on DVD/streaming service type of movie.  I love the two main characters, though.  Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding are soooo cute!  I swear I got my hair cut before I saw this movie.  Her hair is cute!  

 

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Last night I finally tried Narci of Grace and Love blog and Kellyann of This Blondes Shopping Bag blog Zuppa Toscana.  It is good. My kale needed a bit more time to get less crunchy, but I really liked it and it was perfect for the weather.  

I found time for a drink – look at that giant ice cube – of bourbon and gingerale – with my good friend and former co-worker of 17 years.  It always feels nice to do something fun during the work week and this was so nice!  Tell me about your week!  What was your highlight?  

Happy weekend!

Amy 

Renovation Update

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Well, I will be honest with you.  I was getting very frustrated until last week when suddenly a lot started happening!  

We had trim carpenters put trim on the doors and windows of new master and new mudroom.

We had flooring laid!  

And, we had asphalt driveway dug up and new concrete driveway and foundation for patio in the back poured.  

Mudroom will have tile instead of wood but trim is done.  

So now, we wait again, but next time I update you I hope I have paint to show you!  

Amy 

What I Wore Wednesday

November 13, 2019

It’s already Wednesday, folks!  I am linking up with The Style Six so go right here to see more fashion posts!  Did you see my recent fall purchases post yesterday?  You will see some of the items below!  

My sweet son returned home Monday evening!  All is right in my world again.  He had a great time but was happy to be home.  I may share some of his itinerary and photos.  

Easy outfit – start with an all black base and throw a leopard poncho over it.  This is my $17 Kohl’s find from the accessories section.  It does have designated arm holes.  I find this type of poncho easier to wear and maybe more flattering.  

I just think this rust sweater from last year Anthro is too long.  I love my vest, of course, love my Wild Fable from Target leggings, and love my new rust mules.  Maybe I will look for a long sleeved rust tunic?  It was really too cold for short sleeves, to be honest.  

And, another black base.  I think I have too much black on!  

And, you have seen this outfit three times  now!  I really need to work on my going out wear.  I am wearing Target Wild Fable liquid leggings, new black blouse from Marshall’s consignment suede poncho in front and sweater material in back.  

What have you been wearing lately?  

Any favorites here?  

Thanks for reading,

Amy 

Recent Fall Purhases

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

I have always loved having a fall birthday!  I make a list of fall items I want to add to my closet and it seems the perfect time to do some shopping for myself before I shop for others for the upcoming holidays.  I still receive some money for my birthday and it is always fun to have a guilt free shopping spree!  

Here we go…

I took my son Jack shopping at Kohl’s and found this on clearance by accident in the accessories section.  I am not a big fan of Kohls for myself.  I do not want to play the Kohl’s cash game and I think the prices are high without a sale.  Please don’t hate me!  I know many people love it.  I do think it’s a good option for men’s wear, but again, I feel like the prices are pretty high without sales.  My son is very picky, so I went where he requested.  

It is a lightweight poncho and it was only $17.  It is by Apt. 9 and the quality is pretty good and it is super soft.  I have already worn it a few times so I think I will get my money’s worth.  

Tip:  Look for ponchos, shawls, etc. in the accessories section of department stores.  Also, some shoe stores like DSW have ponchos.  

This is my JC Penney Liz Claiborne weekend cardigan.  It is super soft.  It was 40% off of $44.  I have already worn it several times.  

This is a blouse that was $16 from Marshall’s.  The brand is Green Envelope and I have another shirt by this brand from TJ Maxx.  It has buttons on the sleeves and is a great non-wrinkle material.  I have already worn it twice.  

I just loved these mules when I saw them on Lisa from Coast to Coast.  I wanted the rust, too and at only $22 a pop I ordered them online.  They are super pointy.  I think they will look nice with leggings.

I bought these pretty earrings for $10 from Old Navy.  I found myself needing this burgundy color and have already worn them 3 times.  

And, I finally decided on my half price Kendra Scott piece.  This was $46 and I love how lightweight it is.  It is soooo pretty.  I decided I wanted a longer necklace.  

What do you think?  Any favorites?  I have a few more things coming but I have to wait and make sure I can vouch for the quality and that I am going to keep them.  

Thanks for reading!

Amy 

Hello Monday

Monday, November 11, 2019

Thank you to our service men and women on this Veteran’s Day.  I am linking up with Heather, Tanya, etc. for Hello Monday!  Go here for more posts!  

Friday morning, I got a text about a Girl’s Night Out!  My two besties and I met at a newish Italian place in a strip mall called “Grassa Gramma”.  Once inside, you do not feel like you are in a suburban strip mall.  The interior is a sight to behold!  

The server starts with a toast to life that is on the house followed by some amazing ciabatta bread!

My friend’s beautiful sangria!  

I got a specialty cocktail with vodka.  The glasses are so pretty!  

We decided to split the artichoke dip with flatbread, ceasar salad, and two different types of pizzas.  

I forgot to get a photo of the salad but it was the best I have ever had in my life!  

Look at this fountain in the middle of the restaurant!  

Yes, I am wearing the same outfit from last weekend!  I swear we did not plan the burgundy and black color scheme!  My friend in the middle does have on camo  but the light makes it hard to see.  

Saturday bright and early was hair day!  

Oops – I said I wanted to go shorter, but not this short!  I will get used to it and it will grow quickly.  I love the updated color, though!  

The rest of the day was grocery, cooking soup, a dip, and a dessert, tv watching, reading, and nothing big.  It really was so nice after going, going, going.  I miss Mason so much!  We just feel lopsided around here.  Both Friday and Saturday nights I was in bed around 9.

Sunday morning was coffee, reading, meal prepping, and school work.  I have managed to get behind again and we have grades due for the 12 weeks grading period. 

What did you do this weekend?  I hope it was a great one!

Amy 

 

 

Friday Favorites

Friday, November 8, 2019

Welcome to Friday Favorites and the link up with Andrea, etc. right here!  Today I have a hodge podge for you, but coming soon – how I spent my birthday money, fall color combos, what to wear for Thanksgiving, and some gift guides/gift ideas as you start your shopping!  I am excited to work on these posts and hope you will come back and visit me.  

I definitely read more in the summer but I think it is important to read all year long.  I cannot be a happy wife, mom, teacher, etc. if I give up my favorite hobbies.  So, when do I read?  I read instead of scrolling on my phone while I am waiting, in the early evening, and mostly on weekends.  

I just finished this cute and easy read.  I liked hearing about the behind the scenes of a rennaissance faire but the book was about characters who have some baggage when they meet.  

Then, I started this.  I have had this on request at the library since this summer.  Again, another cute story about people with some baggage.  All of my books come from the library because I am on a budget and I cannot handle the book clutter that my hobby could lead to!  

Tuesday was exciting because our election day in Kentucky got people excited about exercising their voting privilege!  We had a nail biter for our governor and the candidate that had been so nasty to educators and the public education system was defeated. 

Whose hand is that?  Well, it is mine of course, but do you ever look at a body part and think when did I get that old?  

After voting I took myself to the nail salon.  It was time to get rid of OPI Malaga Wine.  This was 4.5 weeks.  

I went with Suzi and the Artic Fox by OPI.  Hope you do not tire of my nail saga.  I like to get color ideas, personally!  

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I am starting to think about bedding for my new room (even though it is still not that close to being ready) and my bestie is good with decor and told me to look at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Steinmart, TJ Maxx and Home Goods, and Target to start.  

This is on sale for under $40 but I have not gotten to feel it in person.  I will not  buy anything scratchy!  The walls are going to be a light greige and I want to keep things neutral and calming.  

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With the time change and the weather turning, I have been turning to all things cozy.  I have been lighting a candle in the mornings with my coffee and it makes me happy.   img_0101.jpg

These are the Starbucks mugs I collect.  This one if from our 2016 trip to Germany.  

I am loving my Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize and here is a strange close up of my eyelid.  It is a pot of creamy product and you can put a little or build up and it kind of is eyeshadow for dummies (me) like I said in my birthday gift post here.  

My son is in Prague now but here are some photos from Vienna.  They took waltz lessons in the photo below.  

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I stopped into Trader Joes this week and thought you might want to see these turkeys!  I am not hosting but thought if you were they would make great table decor or place settings?  

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What were your favorites this week?  

Thanks for reading!

Amy 

Fall Comfort Food – Crock Pot Roast

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Are you a fan of the crock pot?  Fall definitely screams crock pot season to me!  I recently took the time on a weekday morning to get this started and I wanted to share it with you.  It could not be easier!  I cannot express to you how satisfying it was to come in the door to the wonderful smells and to know that dinner was done!!!!

Grocery List:  

A pork tenderloin (I got the already seasoned kind but I added spices, too. You could also get a beef roast.)

onion (cut into large chunks)

baby carrots (I like these the best for this recipe and you just dump the bag in!)

potato chunks or little red potatoes (I had to peel and cut into large chunks because that is what I had on hand)

EVOO and whatever spices you like (I did some garlic powder, cajun, pepper, and garlic salt)

water

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I lined the bottom with foil for easier clean up.  Layer in your onion, carrots, and potatoes and add roast on top.  Add EVOO, spices, and water (about a cup).  Set for 8 hours on low is my recommendation.  

I forgot to get a final product photo!  Serve with a salad or bread!

Also, this same day I had my Instacart grocery delivery and I felt like I was winning!  Ha!  Let me know if you try it!  

Amy 

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Students come back to school today after a 4 day weekend!  Teachers had yesterday off so this short little week will feel weird, I think!  

This week we have some hits and misses and I am finally closer to a haircut and color coming up this Saturday, thank goodness!  

This school outfit is boring but easy and comfortable.  I got this mustard with black cardigan at Steinmart a few weeks ago and have already worn it several times.  

I learned something from wearing the outfit below.  I am over my LulaRoe leggings and they get quite hot for school as the day goes on.  And, I cannot wear tall riding boots all day at school because they get hot.  I changed shoes halfway through the day.  I still like my swing dress, but the way I am styling it here seems outdated to me.  

Airport outfit.  I love my leopard duster, my leggings are fine, and my booties are fine.  But, my shirt is not long enough and I am trying to find a good swing long sleeve tee. I have this one on order from Amazon.  I had a great one last year that has stains on it from Chico’s but it is no longer available.  

I have talked before about needed new going out clothes.  I bought the Wild Fable from Target liquid leggings and they are great!  I wore a new Marshall’s $16 blouse and my consignment burgundy poncho/shawl and my last year’s birthday Kendra Scott necklace.  I need to pick out this year’s piece!  Remember you get half off of any piece in the store during your birth month.  

Here it is under bright lights.  Try these under $20 leggings. I also have the green camo Wild Fable leggings.  Seriously, they are great for the price.  

What have you been wearing lately?  Do you feel like you have the clothes you need for every situation?  My frugal side is arguing with my more fashionable side about donating clothes that I don’t see as up to date for this season.  Do you struggle with that, too?  

Thanks for visiting,

Amy

My Birthday Gifts & Gift Ideas for You!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

It’s Election Day!  We are out of school today – I think it’s a Kentucky state law that we must be out because they use many schools for polling places.  Hopefully by the time you are reading this I have already voted!  

My thoughtful sister sent me a Myra bag on the left.  I have one that is a bit taller and slimmer and with mostly brown that I have talked about a few times.  This one is gorgeous with some light green and cowhide and I love it.  They are available at local boutiques and on Amazon.  They are very budget friendly and made of all recycled materials.  My sister said this was made from an old tent.  I can speak to the quality.  Check them out here!  

My friend and sister- in- law Jessica gave me something I have wanted since summer but hesitated to buy – the Brumate slim can koozie on the right in rose gold(which I love!) – I think I thought it was too expensive for a drink holder.  I had even already ordered a monogram for it from Heather!  Check out Oh My Glitter designs for your monograms.  Monogram it all, I say!  

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With some of the money I got, I finally got the Charlotte Tillbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Bette.  This is like eye shadow for dummies because it shades it for you, in my opinion. I love that it is not a powder and is a creamy formula.  

My sweet friend and faithful blog reader Jessica gave me these awesome Tanologist tanning drops.  She said to put a drop in my moisturizer.  I put 4 drops and was glowing the next day – in a good way.  I had really wanted to try these and thought it was such a thoughtful gift and I don’t think I told her I wanted to try them.  

My college bestie Heather gave me these cool earrings from Versona and…

This necklace with my boys’ birthdate in Roman numerals.  I love it so much!  

I told my husband not to get me anything but dinner out because of our renovation.  My son in Europe is adding to my Starbuck’s city mugs collection and my musical theatre son learned a song in Spanish and sang it for me.  I also received some money from my mom and in-laws and I am excited to add a few new fall pieces.

I feel utterly spoiled and blessed this year.  

If you are starting your shopping list for the holidays, I think the necklace, the tanning drops, or the Myra bag would all make great gifts.  I personally love receiving Yeti cups, Tervis Tumblers, and the like.  Don’t forget about Etsy; they have such great stuff and you are helping a small business!  

I am sure I will talk gift ideas several more times!

Thanks for reading,

Amy 

Hello Monday – Birthday Weekend

Monday, November 4, 2019

My 48th birthday was Saturday and it was also the long anticipated departure date for my son’s European adventure.  He has been taking a Humanities class for a year (January-May of junior year and August-November of senior year)  to learn all about the landmarks and history of the 5 countries they are visiting.  

After the airport, our other son was at theatre for most of the day, so hub and I went to the mall to eat and look around a bit.  

Then Saturday night, a small group helped me celebrate at The Omni Hotel Speakeasy and then dinner in one of the hotel restaurants.  

The Speakeasy has bowling lanes you can rent and the atmosphere is really cool!  Outfit details coming Wednesday!  

I ordered a chicken sandwich which is kind of boring for a birthday meal, but it was really good and I took more than half home for Jack.  

This cake is from Phlen’s Bakery which is 95 years old and a local favorite and it is called a shadow cake.  My friend told hub what to order and it was spectacular!  

Sunday morning my son and his group arrived in Budapest, Hungary and this was their evening view on Sunday night.  How picture perfect!  

This is short and sweet because even though we gained an hour, I was up most of the night answering the phone tree calls when the flights landed and then calling the person below me!  I also tracked on http://www.flightaware.com.  That is a really cool site to see if flights are on time and to track progress. There were 3 flights involved so we are lucky there were no delays. 

I am not looking forward to darkness coming so early now and then the shortest day of daylight will be December 20, I think!  What about you?  I need to make more of an effort to get sunlight during the day when I can so I don’t get seasonal affective disorder.  

This is a weird week for us.  The students don’t have school today or Tuesday.  Today all of the teachers in our district have to go to a seminar downtown at a hotel and tomorrow is election day and I think it is a state law that we have to be out.  This is why the European trip falls right now – so the students don’t miss as much school.  

How was your weekend?  I hope it was great.
Come back tomorrow to see my super thoughtful gifts I received!

Amy