Miscellany Monday

Apparently I blinked and just like that spring break was over and I found myself packing a lunch and driving Annelise to school this morning. After a week of no alarms and no schedule we both thought this morning was a little rude, but she was ready (mostly) to get back to her routine and see her friends and such.

The first day of spring break I had a mysterious, yet thankfully slight, fever making me feel achey, alternately cold and sweaty and so forth, so that was fun.

Tuesday's highlight was our extensive St. Patrick's Day celebrating. And by extensive I mean the opening, pouring and consuming of Lucky Charms.
Wednesday afternoon Annelise went over to Grace's house for a sleepover. Skylar was there too and the three of them had the BEST TIME EVER (her words) with the highlight being several epic Nerf battles (also known as their version of the Hunger Games). 

When I picked her up Thursday afternoon she was running on fumes. After an earlyish dinner she voluntarily took her shower and retreated to her bed, from which she did not emerge from for almost 12 hours. What in the world? 
I have a confession. I'm becoming a hoarder of my current favorite lipstick, Julianne's Nude from L'Oreal's newish Privee Nude collection. It's the prettiest pink-y nude, which as y'all know is one of my weaknesses. Since I am worried they will spontaneously discontinue this line I've decided to pick up a tube (or two) whenever I find them (they're often sold out). Smart or obsessed, you decide.
My March Essential Rewards order from Young Living arrived last week and I did my happy dance. This month I'm trying some new-to-me oils (Release, DiGize & En-R-Gee) along with restocking some favorites. I guess I'm also turning more crunchy granola suite (Neil Diamond anyone?) because I am in red hot love with my new all natural Thieves toothpaste. 

I've been meaning to blog about my new oily adventure and of course I haven't yet. 

After hemming and hawing for months I finally took the oily plunge and ordered my Premium Starter Kit, wholesale, last December. The kit comes with 11 everyday oils, a diffuser and a few other samples and is a great way to try several essential oils at a manageable price. I started out using the oils, mainly Thieves at first, then several others for various things and was quickly hooked. I started out diffusing them, then applying topically and some I mix a drop or two with water (or hot tea) and drink them.

I soon branched out into other oils and products and am now fully on board the oily train. Choo-Choo! One reason I was so anxious to try essential oils was for help with crazy hormonal issues and insomnia, which is a post or two on its own, but I will just say for now that I am feeling better and sleeping better, so score another win for YL's awesome oils! I also joined the Essential Rewards program, which is totally optional, to save on shipping and earn points for future products. The two small oils above on the right, marjoram and balsam fir, were freebies this month, YAY! 

Annelise woke up with terrible reflux (her words) the other night and I used her as our guinea pig to try out DiGize (which is an oil blend for digestive issues) for the first time. I mixed a drop with 4oz. of water for her to drink and it helped almost immediately. I'm thankful to have these oils on hand for all kinds of things.
Annelise and I treated ourselves (Treat Yo' Self!--Parks & Rec., anyone?) to Starbucks after a dud of an Old Navy & Marshall's excursion Friday afternoon.

I also treated myself to a few goodies from Ulta, but that's no big surprise, right?

Happy Monday, y'all!


what i wore

a quick peek at my outfits from last week...
cardigan :  painted threads nordstrom // tanks : target // jeans : gap
boots : lucky brand // leather cuff : farmgirl paints // watch michael kors 
earrings : noonday // necklace : kendra scott
skirt : tj maxx // tanks : target // denim shirt : gap // leopard belt : target
wedges : kork-ease // watch : michael kors // bangles : kendra scott
necklaces & earrings : kendra scott 
jeans : gap // t-shirt : mumford & sons concert // cardigan : target
chucks : academy // leather cuff : farmgirl paints
hoodie: eve's tree // jeans : madewell // chucks : academy
cardigan : nordstrom // blouse : nordstrom // jeans : madewell // flats : nordstrom
necklace : kendra scott

yep, pretty much variations of the same theme: casual comfort with a slight edge.

i need to come up with a new pose and switch up the ol' elbow on my hip thing.
apparently, i'm in a rut since all five photos are the same pose.

happy wednesday, y'all.

linking up with the pleated poppy.


Girlfriend Weekend: Waco (Otherwise Known as Fixer Upper Stalking)

Something else that fell through the bloggy cracks last year was our girlfriend weekend getaway in September to Waco. Our annual trips are something we look forward to every year and each one holds special memories for us. We were missing Robyn and Lyndsey this year though, so it wasn't quite the same as some of our past trips (insert sad emoji). We are also truly thankful for our hubbys' taking over with the kids for a few days so we can have our girl time together.

Since we had all fallen in red hot love with Fixer Upper over the spring and summer we decided Waco would be the perfect spot for our 2014 trip. Chip and Joanna Gaines are not only adorable and fun, they are crazy talented. Every home they renovated during Season 1 made us drool, plus we adored Joanna's style, both decorative and personal.

Fans. Huge, huge fans. Is what I'm saying.

These first photos are a little out of chronological order, which kills me, but I know y'all would want to see these right away. The guest house we rented was on the same highway as Chip and Joanna's farm, actually only a little ways down the road.

I know!

So of course we had to honk as we drove by.

And stop for a ditch selfie.
Yep, that's their adorable farmhouse, like, right there.

Even though their gate was open, we exercised restraint and did not go up and knock on their door.

That would be rude. And way stalkerish.

Although we reeeeeeally wanted to.

We stayed in this darling little house, which was perfect.
We drove around outside of Crawford and searched for George W.'s ranch.
Crawford is t-tiny, now I understand why the locals would always shake their heads when reporters would say the President is at his ranch in Crawford, because, that's just not possible. It's like way out in the boonies somewhere and we only glimpsed the roofline from a great distance and through many trees.

But we took a selfie by the billboard just the same (billboard is not near the ranch, fyi).

Other than stalker driving, both of the former President and Fixer Upper houses, we mostly ate, talked, laughed, shopped, ate more, drank coffee, giggled more and talked until the wee hours.

As per our usual.

A sweet young friend from church that graduated from Baylor gave us a list of all the cool haunts and must-eat places in Waco so we dutifully checked out at many as we could.

Friday night we ate at Baris, an Italian place, that was yummy. We felt super though old because we sat next to a huge table of 20-somethings cute college girls eating salads. Oh well, pass the bread and pasta, please.
By the time we all got up, filled up on coffee and breakfast casserole (thanks Lacie for feeding us!), chatted the morning away and finally got ourselves presentable it was time for lunch.


We soon found ourselves at Vitek's BBQ, which was dee-lish (although we said no to the famous GutPaks, whatever they are--kind of a bbq frito pie thing).
After lunch we made a beeline over here.

Joanna's shop is precious (of course), but quite small and crowded. We oohed and ahhed over lots of things but I refrained from buying anything. I know! Don't get me wrong, I liked a lot of things but felt like if I bought one thing the flood gates would open and I'd go broke.

Next we went to Junque in the Trunk, which if you are a faithful viewer and are caught up on Season 2, you'll recognize Emily and her shop from the second or third episode (Joanna bought a turquoise dresser I think). Her shop is way more my style, repurposed antiques & flea market finds.

Emily (in trucker hat) is Heather's cousin (what?!) and is a hoot, and of course knows Joanna, so in true Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Joanna Gaines fashion it's like we're all BFFs.

We stayed there quite a while, browsing and chatting and enjoying the classic country playing. I bought a few wire baskets, a cute glass jar trio, a candle and wait for it...a trucker hat. I know!

We then went to another place which was like a huge warehouse with tons of different booths set up selling clothes, jewelry, decor and such.

After all that shopping we were ready for some coffee so we drove over near the Baylor campus and went to Common Grounds coffee house, which is apparently the hottest coffee shop hang out in Waco, at least if you are under 22.

We felt frumpy and old again.

But we all got Cowboy Coffees (I got mine iced) and Kim got a hot chocolate, and it was perfection.

Sidenote: If you saw Episode One of Season 2 they did a house for the hipster owners of Common Grounds. Again, following my Six Degrees of Joanna Gaines logic, since we got coffee there, it's like we're even better BFFs.

We then spent the next few hours (at least until it started getting dark) sipping our Cowboy Coffees and driving around looking for Fixer Upper homes.

As you do.


Here are the ones we found...
This was the home they did for their carpenter, Clint and his wife that looked like a run down crack house and now looks like this.
This was the soccer coach's house from one of the earliest episodes.
This was the older couple yet newlywed's home, she was a distance runner and wanted to be near a park, and yep, there's a park nearby.

They all looked awesome, but each one of them was in a truly rough looking part of town. I mean, possibly what was once a really nice area years ago but is now possibly The Hood. But they got their homes for great prices and the end results thanks to Chip and Joanna are amazing, but still...The Hood, yo'.

Sidenote: It seems like in Season One they did more renovating in older (run down) areas, hoping to revitalize and improve rougher neighborhoods in Waco, but in Season Two they're doing more homes in well, normal, regular established neighborhoods (not The Hood) and they're not saying they're "revitalizing Waco, one house at a time" catch phrase anymore. Just a random observation.

We finished up our sightseeing with dinner (of course) and went back to the house to hang out. The next morning, after coffee and packing, we had our scarf exchange.

Except not really.
We thought it would be fun to each buy a scarf and then have a swap, and in theory, it would.

But then what if the scarf you bought is something you really liked and didn't want to risk getting stuck with a dud? #nooffense #butseriously

So...I may or may not have whined about not wanting to swap after all because I really, really liked my scarf (the one in the fancy Target bag, but still one step up from the Baris to-go bag, I'm just saying) and the others kind of said the same thing (hopefully they weren't just going along with my crazy and really liked the scarves they picked out) and so we ixnayed the swap.

What? Am I an only child or something?

Yes, yes I am.

Before scooting out of Waco we stopped for lunch and then at Katie's for custard, because frozen custard, y'all!
All too soon we were saying goodbye to Lacie as she headed back north and we headed back to Houston, insert sad emojis, and another Flamingo Weekend was in the books.

And it was fabulous!


what i wore

i only have three outfits to share this week.

(insert lame excuse here.)
sweater : free people // denim popover : j crew factory // scarf : nordstrom
jeans : madewell // boots : lucky brand // watch : michael kors // leather cuff : farmgirl paints
hoop earrings : noonday // key necklace : twisted silver
i love mixing brown and black.

brown & brown & black & black are all perfectly fine combos, but throw on some brown & black and you've got instant outfit oomph.

you might feel like you're breaking all the rules, or something, but they really work well together. trust me.
dress : target // scarf : h & m // boots : frye
necklace : twisted silver // jordana bangles & cassie bracelet : kendra scott // watch : michael kors
earrings : kendra scott
truth : i love this shirt.

other truth : it might not love me back.

at least the horizontal stripes don't.

or i don't know the best way to pose while wearing said horizontal stripes.

oh well.

(i promise the shirt is cute in real life.)
striped shirt : free people // jeans : vigoss // patent nude flats : vince camuto
watch : michael kors // earrings, necklace & bracelet : twisted silver
glasses : warby parker
happy wednesday, y'all!

linking up with the pleated poppy.


Celebrating the Aging Process

Due to my laziness laizzez-faire approach to blogging last year I neglected to post about our celebration of my aging process.

Or as some might say, my birthday, back in November.

Not that we did anything extravagant or over the top, but we still managed to acknowledge my turning 46 with dinner at The Melting Pot.

Considering it involved us driving across Houston maybe it was slightly extravagant after all.
We posed for a selfie before dinner, as you do. #butfirstletmetakeaselfie

I had been to The Melting Pot before with the Girls but we had never been as a family. Annelise was excited to see what all the fuss was about, plus it's always fun to spear food and cook it yourself.

Scott and I liked the cheese course but Annelise was unimpressed (she only likes Colby Jack, what can you do?).

Things got much more interesting with the main course. #bringonthemeats
We all enjoyed this course, though by the end we were all a little over the all of the beef (there was a LOT, y'all). It takes a while to cook everything (we set a timer on my phone) and then eat everything and scheduling a few breaks here and there so you don't explode, but it's so worth it.

Then it was time for our favorite course, dessert. #duh
Scott didn't believe me that we'd probably be there almost three hours, but once again, I was right. You might not think the fondue experience would be so involved, but it is, my friends, it is.

Our reservations were for four (hey, I'm 46, time for the early bird specials, yo') and we didn't leave until seven-ish, which actually worked out well as it wasn't too late by the time we got to my dad and Peggy's for lemon cake and coffee.
Even after a 45 minute drive home we were still stuffed like Thanksgiving turkeys.

But don't worry, we managed to have small slivers.

46 was off to a great start!


Miscellany Monday

Let's just get this out of the way and declare how much the Spring Forward time change bites, m'mkay.

I feel like Sally in the pumpkin patch yelling about being robbed.

I know it's just an hour, but it was MY hour ( and yours too, you should join me in my indignation).

But we'll just have to deal, as per always.

Last weekend we went to the wedding of a darling young lady from church and the Girls and I kind of insisted on posing with the bride for a photo.

Also? We may have surprised her by asking her to feel her dress.

I know! You can't take us anywhere.

But it had a cool basket woven pattern up top and all these fluffy, feathery bits at the bottom and it had to be touched. She looked gorgeous!

She was gracious enough to pose with all the kiddos too, because she's awesome that way.
Houston Rodeo is in full swing and we are doing what we always do, ignoring it.

Except I did cave and buy Annelise a western shirt to wear to school for Go Texan Day.

This is as Texan as she gets.
I know I've mentioned this before but I have a serious weakness for pink-y nude lipsticks and glosses. Like, it's a real problem. I knew I had it bad but my addiction became even clearer when I dumped my overflowing make-up bag and loose stash floating around inside my purse (not counting my closet shelf stash)

Pretty much 10+ glosses, balms and lipsticks all within a few shades of each other.

And then the next day I bought a new gloss, Forbidden Nude, by Bare Minerals, and it's my new favorite.
Also? I recently discovered the L'Oreal Privee nude collection of lipsticks at Walgreens (or wherever) and fell in mad love with Julianne's pinkish nude and Frida's brownish mauve-y nude. There are several in the line but those two are my faves. Like I might need to stock up in case they're only limited edition. #scared

Last weekend we had to say goodbye to our sweet Spooky. She was 15 years old. Over her last week or so we noticed she had lost a lot of weight and was lethargic. She had always been a petite cat but only weighed 4 pounds at the end. We took her to the emergency vet and she stayed on IV fluids overnight without showing much improvement. Her kidneys were failing so we decided it was time to say goodbye. It was pretty much awful.
She had been spending a lot of time near the refrigerator vent or sitting on us, and now we know she was trying to get warm. I even caught her like this...
I just thought she was being weird, but she was cold because her body's systems were failing.

We adopted Spooky and her sister Spunky as kittens from the SPCA and they went through phases of hanging out together over the years. After a spell of ignoring each other they had recently started napping together again, which was sweet to see.

Now Spunky meows for her sister in the wee hours of the morning, which breaks our heart to hear.
We loved our Spooky, with all of her quirks.
Snowball (our rabbit) desperately wanted to be her friend.

Hence Spooky's annoyed face.
We will all miss you Spooky!!



what i wore

this week is a mix of casual and semi-dressy casual.

which is pretty much my M.O.

i like plaid, usually only on other people though (read: skinny minis), because i haven't found a pattern that is flattering on me. i don't know if mid-size women with a substantial chest area should even attempt plaid, but i sometimes do. adding a vest makes plaid possible for me because it breaks up the overall PLAID thing going on.
plaid shirt : old navy // grey puffer vest : old navy // boyfriend jeans : big star (zappos) // flats : vince camuto (nordstrom) // neon yellow studs : kendra scott // necklace : stella & dot 
// leather cuff : farmgirl paints // watch : michael kors
annelise and i got a little dressed up for a wedding saturday afternoon, which was fun. waiting almost an hour to eat a cheesecake factory afterwards was not.
black top : gap // grey fur vest : jc penney //grey skirt : nordstrom
leopard flats : nordstrom // hot pink necklace & studs : kendra scott

annelise's dress & jacket : target // flats : payless

i love my blanket scarf, really i do, but it is a bit of a monster.  i feel like i have a newborn strapped to my chest in a wearable baby wrap. or something.
denim shirt : gap // jeans : big star (zappos) // plaid scarf : asos
nude flats : vince camuto (nordstrom) // gold hoops : gorjana (nordstrom)
this outfit for church was only meh.
skirt : stein mart // white top : stitch fix // denim jacket : nordstrom
wedges : kork-ease // necklace, bangles & bracelet : kendra scott // watch : michael kors
i love the edgy ease of graphic tees and jeans.
camo t : be still clothing co // cardigan & cami : target // jeans : big star (zappos)
bronze flats : nordstrom // crystal necklace : j crew // gold necklace : stella & dot // leather cuff : farmgirl paints

and yes, i wore the same jeans almost all week. hush.

and that, my friends, is all for this week.

i'm linking up with the pleated poppy again.

happy wednesday, y'all!
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