What’s Up Wednesday

I always enjoy these monthly check-ins on my favorite blogs to follow, so I thought I’d join in on the fun!

1. What we’re eating this week:

S- freezer white chicken chili with corn bread

M-  tomato soup and grilled cheese

T- freezer pork chops with sweet potatoes 

W – cilantro lime chicken with brown rice

Th- penne with marinara and salad

And these AMAZING cookies:

2. What I’m reminiscing about:

Painting class with my Mom! I can’t wait to go again.

3. What I’m loving:

My new lamp in our reading corner

And my one tulip that survived the cold snap and winds out front:

4. What we’ve been up to:

Work, school, baseball

5. What I’m dreading:

The pile of papers that is about to flood my grading inbox.

6. What I’m working on:

My new Crisis Communication course I’m teaching this fall, and grading all those papers I just mentioned. I’m happiest when my inbox looks like this:

7. What I’m excited about:

Heading to the beach in just a few months!

8: What I’m watching/reading:

I’m binge watching Schitt’s Creek and it is hilarious and my new favorite show.

I’m finishing up reading A Bite Sized History of France:

And I’m really enjoying the daily study on She Reads Truth.

9. What I’m listening to:

Forver 35 Podcast & Matt Goulding’s interview on Milk Street Radio Podcast

10. What I’m wearing:

My current favorite Spring sweatshirt and jean skirt.

And my trio of Nordstrom sandals (beige, striped-updated version here, orange):

11. What I’m doing this weekend:

Dinner with friends! We’re making penne alla Betsy, salad, and crusty bread.

And we’re probably sitting at a baseball practice at some point.

12. What I’m looking forward to next month:

Easter! I’m already working on the boys’ Easter baskets and I’m particularly excited about these devotional studies I found for them (and one for me).

Bonus Question: what’s my favorite Easter side dish:

Deviled eggs, no question!

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Friday Favorites

My daffodils survived the cold! I love seeing them bloom each year, it’s been several years since I planted these bulbs and they always reflower. My goal this fall is to plant soms additional bulbs with the boys’ help.

A rain jacket for all seasons.

How to pot a plant without drainage holes.

A functional and chic entryway.

A book list here and a book list there.

A filter for your shower? Where will technology take us next?

Great summer sandals that I’m on the hunt for on our next Nashville shopping trip.

Perfect summer pajamas.

Stovetop cake.

Cool Moms and Young House Love…two new podcasts on my list.

And finally, that end of winter look.

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Winter wind down wardrobe update

We are on that cusp of Spring. Some days it’s almost seventy, other days it’s in the thirties. A forty degree temperature swing, in one day, is not unusual here in the South. However, I’ve got Spring on the brain, and I’ve been shopping for that in between time, and that one week of glorious temps before it nosedives into summer and is 100 degrees.

First up, is this super versatile cover-up from Social Threads:

Wear it as a swim suit cover in deep summer, or as a skirt with a perfect Tippi sweater from JCrew in Spring.

Second, a sweatshirt/sweater from Social Threads paired with a jean skirt from Madewell:

The jean skirt will wear well into summer, and the sweatshirt is a perfect layering piece for the chilly mornings of Spring. I’ll be wearing it with my favorite slip on sneakers.

Next up, literally my work uniform. I already owned all these pieces except the sweater, so I bought it on sale for less than twenty dollars. Seriously.

Finally, I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but yes a jacket. We are about to roll into baseball season, and it swings between freezing and burning hot. I desperately needed a jacket to roll with the temperature swings, and I’m hoping this will do it. This is my “go to green” I have three other jackets in this color. Paired with water repellent work out shoes, and fun sunglasses, this updates my typical weekend leggings and tank combination.

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Mock neck sweater + midi skirt

This is probably the closet I’ll ever get to a turtleneck. The sweater fits true to size, but is a bit shorter so I pair it with higher waisted items, like this midi-skirt I picked up on sale last year from Banana Republic. You can find a similar version here, and pick up some knee high boots from DSW if you don’t already have a pair in your closet. I’ll admit I like matching my nail polish to my outfits, and this Essie polish does the trick. Finish it with this clear coat to keep your nails chip free all week. Oh and make sure you have a fun pair of socks to pair with your boots. The honeybee socks are my favorite!

 

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Winter Sweater Round-Up

Perfect for gifting, or just adding to your own closet, here is a round-up of some of my current favorite sweaters! Each of these are great for layering, perfect for our unpredictable southern temps. 

  1. Okay, this isn’t technically a sweater, but I love that it’s long-sleeves include a cute button detail, and it has a slightly higher neckline, but not turtleneck status.
  2. I love the ribbing on the edge of these sleeves, with a little extra detail.
  3. Perfect for layering with a tank top for warmer days or a long sleeve shirt for when it’s colder.
  4. I’ve been trying to incorporate a little more color into my wardrobe, and this reminds me of this outfit here.
  5. So comfy! I love that this is off the shoulder a bit, but not too much.
  6. An emerald green basic, perfect to dress up with a pair of velvet or sequin black pants for holiday parties.
  7. And finally, this is one of my favorite all time JCrew sweaters, navy with little gold stars, I love it with my favorite jeans and tan boots.

Happy sweater shopping and gift buying!

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Navy + Leopard

The outfit that I was wearing on repeat, when it was actually Fall. It’s now in the 30s, and I had to pull my lined pants down from the attic, but in Alabama it could be back up to 60 degrees by next week, so I’m sure I’ll wear it again. I love my JCrew merino sweaters, and the leopard boots keep it interesting and not all navy and denim.

You can also add a short jacket…

And you can recreate it all with these pieces! Jacket, Sweater, Jeans, Boots, Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings

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Feeling Fall

It’s finally fall weather! Which means that temps swing from 50s to 80s depending on the day. It could be why people in the South are so obsessed with the weather. Me included, as I’ll leave to take the boys to school and realize it’s only 39 degrees out, even if the afternoon high is 75. So layers are key, and light sweaters, swingy skirts, and boots for potential rain storms are always welcome.

Recreate it with:

Sweater + Belt + Skirt + Boots + Necklace

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Why I went back to Prescriptives

This is going to sound like an ad, but it’s not! Lately I’ve been in a foundation rut. I was wearing a Smashbox foundation, but then they stopped selling my color. Then I was wearing L’Oreal, which was fine, but in our humidity state it wouldn’t last all day, even with my Laura Mercier primer. Then I bought Laura Mercier foundation at Sephora, and to be honest, I don’t love it. It makes it look like I’m wearing foundation, which I don’t love. I was scanning beauty blogs and thought about Giorgio Armani’s luminous skin, but the price point is so high.

When I started running out of my current foundation, I had a realization that I could buy my Prescrptives foundation online, and I thought, duh. This was my favorite foundation when I was in college, and through most of my twenties until they stopped selling it in store. They also have free shipping and returns, and I have my color memorized (ecru in fall/winter, cream in summer). I got it with a discount and I got four sample products that made me remember why I used to save up to buy their other products as well, including the false eyelashes mascara, and the comfort cream. Now it’s my mission to keep them in online business, so I don’t have to find another foundation, ha! Happy make-up shopping!

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Target shoe style

I’ve bought some great shoes from Target lately that are all dupes for more expensive shoes, but at a far more wallet friendly price. I’ve also been buying more flats lately since my trek to teach is longer than what it has been. I thought I’d share my favorites, and a pair I have in my cart for winter.

First are cream loafers:

Second are black mules:

Then there are these leopard booties:

And finally my favorite everyday sneakers (these are more comfortable than my converse!):

And right now I have this pair in my cart:

Happy shoe shopping!

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This and that

Okay the sickness in our house needs to go away. Stat! I’m currently running around like:

As soon as one person gets well, somebody else gets sick. So I’ve been cleaning everything and then cleaning it all again, and then saying a whole bunch of prayers that this week we are officially on the mend.

In between all that, J had a soccer scrimmage:

We harvested hydroponic basil that is literally the size of your fist:

This is my new favorite hat:

The hat is Codeword hats and the donate a percentage of their profits to children’s hospitals in that area code.

And despite the fact that it’s still 90 plus degrees I’ve been doing some fall online shopping and picked up this top from Nordstrom:

And finally the boys are obsessed with battlebots, so I already started Christmas shopping:

It’s never too early, right? Ha!

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