Friday Favorites

Friday, January 24, 2020

Happy Friday!  I am linking up with Andrea, etc. so go here!  

How was your week?  Did you see my posts this week?  I talked about the Revlon hair tool here and my outfits and challenge here.  I gave a potential Superbowl snack recipe here.  

Here are my favorites for the week:

Since my mudroom is still not ready with my cabinetry and or my washer and dryer, I have used this as my plant room for now.  They were both gifts from the funeral for my Dad over a year ago.  One is a peace lily from a co-worker and the other I honestly am not sure about and it is from some dear friends.  I am so happy we are doing well so far with these.  I heard the tip ¨Thirsty Thursday” which means to always water on Thursdays.  But, many plants do not need a weekly watering.  I have learned to feel the soil, too.  

I added these small plants to my mantel and have another small plant on a side table.  I am well on my way to becoming a plant lady.  They really look great and make me very happy!  I would like a spider plant and a fiddle leaf fig and I want to add them to more rooms of the house.  img_1099

I continue to love my cream eye shadow called Eyes to Mesmerize by Charlotte Tillbury.  I apply it with a brush and I love a cream versus a powder.  I got the shade Bette and I would like another shade.  Anyone else tried this?  

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I was walking the dog after 6:00 and we still had this much light.  I love when the days get longer again.  This has been a weird winter.  We are back in the 50s for the rest of January in Kentucky.  I would like one good snow and snow day – maybe February will bring this!  

It is time for a new dip nail manicure.  I have had my white with sparkles since December 30.  I am thinking a light blue or some shade of blue?  I have liked the white but I am more of a color person, I think.  I also need a pedicure badly.  I hate to sit for both at the same time.  Are you like that?  It is hard for me to sit still for any kind of beauty treatment!  Also, do you keep a pedicure in the winter?  I am much happier keeping my pedicure up and it is one of my best forms of relaxation.  

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That is about it!  It has been a short week with mainly just work and chores!  

How was your week?  Any favorites?  As usual, thank you so much for reading!  I have the best readers and commenters.  

Amy

Make your own Pretzels (like Dot’s)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

These pretzels are really good but they are quite pricey!  $5 for a small bag was what I paid.  I think they are even more on Amazon.  Do you need an easy Superbowl recipe?  Read on!  

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My aunt and cousin have been making these for years and then I put two and two together – they are very similar!  They were basically making Dots pretzels!  By the way, my aunt has lots of recipes that I use!  

What you Need:

3 bags Butter Twist pretzels (I went to three stores and could not find so I used thicker rods/sticks and I only used two bags but I used less oil and less ranch)

canola oil (1 cup)

1 and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 and 1/2 tsp. dill weed

1 and 1/2 packet Ranch dressing powder 

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Mix all together

Mix together.  Over the next few hours stir and then put in a baggie. 

Yum!  

Let me know if you try it!  Thanks Aunt Judy and cousin April!  

Amy 

What I Wore Wednesday – Continuing the Challenge and More!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Happy Hump Day, dear readers!  As much as I love a Monday off, it really throws off the whole week, you know?  It is already Wednesday!  

So I am continuing my Wear EveryTHING Til Spring challenge by wearing each piece that is seasonal until I repeat a piece.  As I do so, I am purging items as need be.  But, I have a problem.  My classroom is so hot – like I need short sleeves hot – and the weather outside is frigid.  I feel like a crazy person pulling items from my spring and fall section to add to my winter clothes.  I guess you could say this is forcing me to be creative and forcing me to wear more clothing?  I have been told there is no way to adjust my heating system in my room.  The only thing I can do is open a window and that does not go over well with the students sitting by the window!  

Matilda Jane olive long pants, camo top, light spring cream cotton cardigan(had to take cardigan off most of day!) – KEEP all!  

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Black Chicos capris, black short sleeve, leopard duster.  The duster came off for most of the day.  KEEP all! 

I tried this outfit on and the vest just did not do it for me.

SELL vest! 

I changed to this sweaterish material leopard poncho.

KEEP! 

I wore this to eat Mexican.  I bought some Hollywood tape to help keep the buttons from slightly gaping open.  Old Navy button down, JCPenney fur vest, black Hue jeggins.  KEEP all! 

I am on the fence about this top.  I wore it to run Saturday a.m. errands. 

UNDECIDED! 

I had an opportunity to hit some stores over the long weekend.  I was still shopping for my closet so I went to Hobby Lobby, Target, and then also got to go to Kohls, Old Navy, and I wandered around the mall.  

I picked up two blouses at ON for 5.99 each.  They had blush and mustard.  I like the high yoke and I think they will work under my kimonos and cardigans – even now and not just in the spring!  

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What do you think?  Good purchases? 

Closet Update:

Mom was right.  I waited a week and the additional white baskets were gone.  I feel like this looks too baby room.  I can still return them.  Thoughts? 

The floors have been really cold while getting ready and I knew I wanted a rug.  I was thrilled to find this at Marshalls for $29.  

Are you doing the challenge?  What have you been wearing lately?  

Thanks for reading!

Amy 

How I use my Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

If you have been around blog-land, you have heard lots of talk about this hair tool.  These are available at Target or on Amazon and I’m sure other places as well.  I bought mine about a year ago and as I am writing this post it looks like I paid double the current Amazon price of $35.

First a little bit about my hair routine: I wash my hair at night and go to bed with slightly damp hair.  I wake up to dry hair but I have some bed head going on.  I spritz my hair with water mainly in the sections with bed head and then use my Revlon tool to fully dry those sections and to smooth my hair all over a bit.  If you wear your hair straight, you are done.  You look like you have a salon blow out – no joke.  

These are the tools I use to style my hair:

I prefer my hair curled.  I use a very old one inch barrel regular curling iron.  I learned the importance of clipping the top sections up and doing the bottom first.  I curl away from my face, then I let the clips out and curl the top.  img_1232.jpg

The finished product.  I think the curls look better after using my dryer tool first.  I have learned not to comb out the curls I just created.  I spray lightly with my hairspray and let them cool and then I use my fingers to style and… img_1233

use this comb to gently tease the top of my head a bit.  Then I do a final spray. 

My favorite hairspray.  It is only 5.99 and I now have it on autoship from Amazon because I can’t find it in my stores regularly.  It is really good for my hair.  My hair is fine and stick straight but I have a lot of it.  The smell of this hairspray is not offensive at all and I am very, very picky about smells. 

The finished product.  This only takes me about 10 minutes because my hair is virtually dry when I start.  img_1236.jpg

Word of advice:  If you start with really wet hair and you have a lot of hair, I would use a traditional blow dryer first and start with the Revlon tool when your hair is only damp.  I am the least coordinated person you will ever meet and I can use this tool successfully.  It won’t tangle in your hair.  I should have shown you a picture with straight hair, but I didn’t think of it.  

Do you own one?  If you have been on the fence, I do think it is well worth the $35.  

Amy 

Hello Monday

Monday, January 20, 2020

We are off today to honor MLK, Jr. but I thought I would stick with my normal Hello Monday post.  I am linking up with Heather, etc. if they do the normal link up today so go here to read more posts.  

So, how was your weekend?  Our was full of good stuff!  It had been a busy week so I was really ready to see Friday come!  I am trying to just enjoy and find good in each day and not be too stressed.  This is my boys’ last semester of high school (How did this happen????) and I want to be laid back and happy (or as laid back and happy as a type A person who is helping twins figure out college decisions can be)!  

First, on my Friday Favorites here I wanted to follow up with this for your car.  It really does what it says it will do.  If you have a big console or someone in your front passenger seat leaving you with no room for your purse, I think this is worth looking into.  I bought mine on Amazon for around $20.  

I chose tan to match my car interior.  It was super easy to install by hooking to the head rests with clips.  I am not too handy but this was no problem at all. 

It provides kind of a hammock for your purse to stay next to you without falling.  There is also a pouch for the people in the backseat or for you to keep Kleenex or anything else you might need at your reach.  I wanted to follow up because I hadn’t installed it as of Friday. 

So, anyway… get you one if this is a solution to all of your problems!  

Friday night just hub and I met our friends at the Mexican restaurant up the street.  We split a new to us dish that was perfect.  It was Hawaiian shrimp, chicken, and chorizo.  One son was at his play and the other wanted us to just bring him something home.  My husband didn’t really want to go out, but I had cooked every night but one and I was not feeling it.  We got to chat with our friends for an hour or so and he ended up glad we went. 

Saturday was the matinee and evening performance for my son Jack (2 shows in one day!) so the other three of us met my mom and her best friend at the theatre and then took them to a deli for lunch before the 2:00 performance.  I had a very southern sandwich – benedictine and bacon.  Benedictine is a cucumber and cream cheese spread with green food coloring.  The slaw wasn’t very good.  It was Stevens and Stevens if you are local.  So, we ate and chatted and then had a bit of time to drive around some new developments and construction projects being done by my husband’s company.

Our friends Beth and Bob also met us there for the performance.  Pride and Prejudice was much more funny that I remembered it.  I also had a student in the show so that was fun!  I brought her flowers and a candy bouquet for my son. 

Jack was Mr. Collins if you know the book and the role really suited him! 

Jack’s fan club.  Jack is in the short sleeve shirt.  The director asked Mason not to sit in the front row so there would be no Mr. Collins confusion from the audience!  Beth was in the restroom and my mom’s friend took our picture. 

Jack only had 2 hours before his next call time so he and most of the cast went to eat and shop at Urban Outfitters.  They ate at Cane’s and found $2 matching button down bowling style shirts we found out later! 

Mason, Tom, and I lounged around at home and then Tom wasn’t feeling great at dinner time so Mason and I went to Tzatzikis Mediterranean and talked and talked.  It was really nice.  Then, we started watching Jane the Virgin again.  We had both watched season 1 on our own but stopped for some reason.  Mason enjoyed asking me questions about the Spanish in the show.  It is a really clever show if you are looking for something new to watch. 

Jack came home around 10 and was so tired after such a long day so I let him sleep until about 12 on Sunday.  

Sunday Tom felt better and worked on a water issue we are having with the new mudroom dog wash.  He just installed the fixtures.  I’m sure Ernie is so excited to get more baths at home!  Also, I was thinking I could make money off of this baby by letting people come to wash their dogs.  Just kidding!  

I enjoyed coffee and reading for a little while longer than normal and decided to forgo my normal Sunday meal prep.  I may do it today, though, because this week will be my second busiest week of January! 

I hope you had a great weekend and that you are continuing to have one if you have a three day weekend!  
Come back tomorrow for a hair post! 

Amy 

Friday Favorites

Friday, January 17, 2020

Hello and happy Friday!  This week was the week I was dreading because I knew it would be the busiest of the month!  My son Jack has not been home for dinner since Sunday night!  And, he won’t be home for dinner again until this Sunday night!  Theatre is no joke and it makes me sad when all four of us aren’t home most nights together.  I guess this comes with having teenagers.  I am happy to link up today with Andrea, etc. so go right here for more Friday posts.  

Here are my favorites:

Organization!

What did help me this week is to be super organized with my breakfasts and lunches prepped for the whole week.  For dinner, we did get Jimmy John’s one night but other than that we ate from the freezer and fridge and tried to use up things that needed to be eaten.  

My new closet made it a joy to get dressed every day this week!  If you want to see it go here!  I need to shop for a few more baskets and things this weekend.  

The Bachelor!

Yes, I am entirely too old for this show and I can only handle it with the help of my beloved DVR so that I can fast forward when needed, which is often.  By the way, I watch very few shows live and love that I can set a series recording and watch any show at my convenience.  I have two friends that have no idea how to use their DVRs.  They are missing out.  If you have recording capabilities and are not using it, you should!  It is amazing and if I can do it, so can you.  

Photos!  

I came across this picture of me and thought it looked so much like my boys at the same age.  Most people say that they look like both hub and I.  

Me with really bad hair around age 10 maybe?  

The boys around the same age

What do you think?  

Dip Nails!  

I have enjoyed this white with a tiny hint of sparkle.  I think I had this done on Dec. 30.  They last 4-5 weeks if you can stand the re-growth at the cuticle.  This was a nice change, but I am definitely a darker color nail person.  What color should I do next?  

More organization!  

I have talked before about teens and I have given some advice even though I’m not an expert here.  I am a mom of teens, though, and I have been working with teens for 26 years.  I made Jack a schedule and put it next to his backpack Sunday night.  He came up and thanked me for it.  It could have gone really wrong with him accusing me of not thinking he could handle his own schedule – whew!  

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And, more organization!  

I bought this to hold my purse next to me in my car.  I have been thinking about buying it for some time.  I haven’t gotten to really try it out yet but I thought I would share.  Anyone have this?  

And, that’s about it!  

How was your week?  Any favorites?  I would love to hear!

Thanks so much for visiting me today!

Amy

 

How to Purge your Closet – Wear Every THING til Spring

Thursday, January 16, 2020

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I realized that along with my challenge that I may have left some of you hanging – pun intended! Before you start wearing everything or during your time of wearing everything ’til spring, you may want to start the purging process.  I started my wear everything last week and then moved to my new closet over the weekend.  As I did so, I went ahead and started my process.  By the way, I do this at least once a season.  I feel that if you don’t it is very easy to let things accumulate and then it becomes a bigger job.  

Just how do you purge your closet?  Have you let things accumulate over time?  Do you have multiple sizes, styles, and colors?  Why do we hang onto things we shouldn’t?  The biggest reasons are…

Guilt – We feel bad because we made a shopping mistake that may have been a costly one.  We feel bad because someone that we love gave it to us.  We love that person, but we don’t love the well-intentioned gift.  My husband often laments that adults should not buy other adults clothing, shoes, and accessories.  He says this not to be mean, but because it is a very personal thing and by the time we reach adulthood we should do these things ourselves because otherwise it causes guilt, extra trips to the store, or wasted money.  He is not wrong here! We feel bad that we can’t fit into the size anymore.  Guilt is a powerful emotion but it is not a productive one.

Fear – I will need this item SOMEDAY!  Yes, you may, but you should think more in terms of your present life.  One exception would be cold weather gear which really doesn’t go out of style and is expensive to replace. Keep a bin of gloves, scarves, tobaggon hats, etc. if you use them sometimes.  

Before you start my challenge here or during my challenge, I think you should do the following:  

Grab bags or bins and designate them as “donate”, “give away”, “sell” , “repair” –  whatever you like and whatever works for you.  

Go ahead and get rid of:

-anything with stains

-anything with holes that you don’t love enough to spend time and money getting repaired

-anything that makes you feel bad about yourself right now at your current weight

-anything that is a duplicate.  Example:  You have 5 pairs of similar black pants.  There are only 7 days in a week and you probably only get dressed 5 of those 7 at most.  Are you ever really going to wear your 4th or 5th favorite of that collection?  

Going forward, keep a bag or bin to toss things like this in and you can sort and separate when it gets full.  

There is something really strange about having less but feeling like you have more!  It’s amazing how it feels to be able to move hangers and not fight with them.  

Remember that your goal is to wear each and every piece of seasonal/winter clothing until spring comes.  Let’s say you wear a piece and hate it all day long.  Where should it go?  In one of your bins.  

You may be thinking…

Isn’t this wasteful?  They are just clothes!  Well, you’re exactly right.  It really isn’t about the clothes, though, it’s about YOU and you feeling your best self so that you can live your best life.  Have you ever hung back in a corner at a party because you hated your outfit?  Maybe it didn’t fit quite right and you kept having to tug or pull or feel self-conscious?  This steals your confidence.  This takes away your ability to be you.

One thought that makes me feel better is that I may make someone very happy by getting my discarded article of clothing.  It may be perfect for them and they may be able to be their best self!  

Wouldn’t it be nice to have what you need in your closet and only have what serves you?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have only items that make you feel great?  The only way to get to that point is to lose the things that don’t do the above.  Maybe as you go through this process you can keep a list of holes in your closet or events you need to dress for where you didn’t have the right items.  

I would love to hear your thoughts if you are participating!  What have I forgotten?  Do you have any other tips?  

Amy 

 

What I Wore Wednesday and Wear Every THING Til Spring Challenge!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I am linking up today with The Style Six so go right here and check out more posts! 

I am challenging myself to wear every single piece of winter clothing I own until spring.  If I don’t want to wear it for some reason or if it is stained, ripped, too small, too big, etc. I am making myself put it in my donate, sell, or repair bag. 

I first wore this cocoon type sweater that is burgundy and black and I love it and plan to keep it.  I like the sleeve length and I think it looks good with a black shirt and black pants or leggings.  This is rather old from Nordstrom. 

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Then, I wore a basic grey swing dress with this on top.  It is very lightweight and I can really wear it in any season.  It is kind of a hybrid kimono/scarf.  I bought it at a local boutique a few years ago.

KEEP! 

Here I am in the above: 

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Next I wore another kimono.  I love this pattern.  I don’t love the shirt under or the leggings with this.  I think it would have looked better with olive pants.  The kimono really works in any season and it doesn’t wrinkle.  It is a cool and lightweight material and it was from TJ Maxx last year.

KEEP the kimono!

DONATE the black tee!  (It is full of pills and not long enough)

KEEP the leggings but wear with longer tops, vests, kimonos, etc. 

Saturday errands outfit.  I bought this Kentucky shirt from a boutique for $5 last year.  I had a rain jacket on, too, but I got hot.  I will wear this to watch games or to run errands even though it isn’t very flattering.  There was a UK game on that day, too.  

KEEP! 

Why is the pic below so dark?  Burgundy swing dress, leopard leggings by Simply Southern, charcoal vest.

KEEP ALL!  

I will work on lighting – mustard Old Navy top, green Matilda Janes.

KEEP!  

And, that is a wrap for this week.  I will continue to document what I wore so you can see that I am not repeating! I am having fun with this project and it is helping my wallet, too!

Amy 

Welcome to my Closet!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Yesterday in my weekend recap hereI told you about my new closet!  If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that I love clothes and accessories so having this space all to myself is really a dream come true.  

The blank slate…

In preparation, I had ordered a few more of the black velvet flocked hangers from Amazon.  I had already switched to these years ago and they are life changing.  You can fit more clothing and your clothes never slip off of the hangers anymore.  I also ordered more clip skirt and pants hangers.  So, for the most part the hangers are uniform. 

It really did not take long to move everything from my old closets to the new.  I put everything where I thought I wanted them but I still continue to adjust as I see how I can best utilize the space. 

Example of the hangers below.  My coworker said they come in white with rose gold so that is my next goal – to replace these!  img_1195

I went to Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, and Target Saturday morning and spent less than $100 on baskets, decor, and containers.  I found exactly what I was looking for as far as baskets.  I wanted to keep everything white and these fit perfectly in the shelving.  I have leggings in one of them right now. 

I also wanted my space to be girly because I am the only girl in the house! 

I have my clutch purses standing up right in these smaller white bins. 

I found these in the scrap booking section at Hobby Lobby.  I thought they would be great inside a drawer for my jewelry.  My husband put an outlet for charging devices which is great.  I plan to keep chargers in here along with a small pair of scissors for cutting tags off and a little notepad and pen for those times when I am trying to get dressed but lacking something I need in my wardrobe. 

I was so happy that these shelves are adjustable.  I had been needing a necklace tree for a long time and found this simple white one to match my mostly white look. 

I looked in each and every section of Hobby Lobby – do not overlook the party and kitchen section for containers.  I found this polka dot party tray for 1.99 to hold bracelets.  

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It was a little bit hard to get photos inside the closet, but let me know if you have any suggestions for how to use the spaces wisely.  

I also included a chair, a small trashcan, and a hamper that will help me stay organized.  I still need some way to organize handbags and totes, scarves, and possibly leggings (for now they are rolled in a white bin).  

It was fun getting dressed inside my closet!  I may never leave!

Amy 

Hello Monday!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Thank you for being excited for me on Friday when I teased about something I was doing Friday after school!   I hope I didn’t over sell it!  

My new closet!!!!!!!

All mine!  My husband has an almost identical one across the hall (his is two feet shorter – ha!) The closet people came at precisely 2:30 and were done by 4:30 and I started working with glass of wine and a Spotify playlist and had a fabulous time.  So, this may not be everyone’s idea of weekend fun, but it is mine!  Just a little history – I have always had just your basic sliding door closet.  I lived in my parent’s house, then the dorms, then three different apartments, and then this house.  I don’t have a vary long list of housing.  So, this is a dream come true for me!  Come back tomorrow for photos of the finished product!  

Saturday morning was kind of crazy.  I had to make sure one son got up at 5:15 to go to an academic tournament 2 hours away.  I took him at 6:00 to meet the team and did my grocery shopping then came home and it was still dark outside and very balmy for January – 70 degrees!  So, I enjoyed coffee outside while the sun came up.  Being outside as much as I can is really important to me.  I love being outdoors. 

Saturday was rainy and gross.  Hub and I worked around the house all day while both boys were gone.  Our other son had choir and theatre and was also gone all day.  Saturday evening we tried a new to us Mexican restaurant.  We weren’t that impressed but our friends love it.  I did run into a former student, though, so that was nice.  

Sunday morning was laundry, meal prep, school work, and I made myself avocado toast. 

So, it was not too terribly exciting by most standards, but it was the perfect weekend to regroup after a first week back to school and before the busiest week of the year coming up.  My son will be at theatre every day from Monday – Saturday for opening week of Pride and Prejudice.  He will only be home for dinner one night.  

How was your weekend?  Isn’t this weather crazy?  I think it was 70 in Kentucky and it snowed in Texas!  

Thanks for reading!

Amy