Monday, September 1, 2014


Morning ya'll! Somehow it is Monday already. We had such a relaxing but productive weekend. First of all we are upstairs now people! Second floor here we come! Hubs cleaned out the guestroom and finished the wall and opening (sheet rock, etc) for the new entryway to the guest bathroom. We also removed all of the old flooring so we could place the backer board down for the new tile. It is starting to shape up into a cute little space and I am so glad we decided to 'un-connect' it from the hall bath so that the guests can have their own separate bath. We purchased pretty longer tiles for this space in a pale, almost khaki color and haven't decided what color we are painting the vanity and the claw foot tub yet. (also, the medicine cabinet mirror is being replaced with a flush to the wall mirror) Hubs also voted to do an antique railroad theme in this room so he has started ordering little touches for the space. Another neat touch he decided to do is the hanging barn-door like door for the bathroom. The large 6 paneled door is being fastened above the bathroom entryway and will slide side to side versus having a traditional door. The hardware came in last week and I think it'll look great- (stay tuned!)

We weren't able to make it to the wedding this weekend due to a conflict with his work schedule but we were able to visit a new church for the first time, spend time with my parents AND score an awesome haul after visiting one of my favorite Amish families in an Amish community not far from  where my parents live. Mom and I also made 4 loaves of some kick-a** zucchini bread ya'll! I haven't made it in years and now I'm addicted. Not to mention it is a favorite of the hubs. I'll type up the recipe and share on Friday so check back! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

Linking up today with the lovely Biana from B Loved Boston for Weekending!

Guest room (tub moved out of bath for flooring)
of course our helper wanted her own picture

entryway to bathroom

hiding the mess I was making

doesn't look good now...but the after was amazing!

The peaches are to die for!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Favorites

Cheers to the weekend! It couldn't have come annnyyy slower in my opinion. We have another wedding this weekend (but I'm just a guest not the planner!) but other than that I plan on sleeping..a lot...I've been so exhausted lately! Ya'll have anything planned? If so, have fun and have a great weekend!

Linking up again today with Amanda over at Meet @ the Barre and Karli with September Farm for today's Friday Fav's- join in!

1. Two words: Ham Base (powder) oh my gosh ya'll I love this stuff so much. I get it at our local Amish store for less than 5 bucks and it is like gold. You can put some in on regular canned veggies or green beans and its like cooking with a ham hock all day- but cheating. Love this stuff!

 2. Favorite recipe: I've been obsessed with fruits lately so when I saw this floating around I had to pin it to try for the weekend! Peanut butter fruit dip: Recipe here

3. Favorite funnies

yes please

4. Speaking of dogs, look at this cute printable I made for Miss Emma Jo- just needs a pretty frame!

5. Favorite fashion finds this week

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm headed to the farm...

No no I'm just kidding but I do believe if I was a single gal I'd head on over to Iowa and meet our newest Bachelor....drumroll... Farmer Chris!! (I must say I called and it and I am overly excited for this one) I mean, there is nothing wrong with this sweet good-looking man...or is there? (dun dun duuunnn) Bring on January because I am ready for the farm ya'll!

 By the way...I totally accept this rose

Also, I was catching up on some reading yesterday and came across Southern Living's Top 100 Best Restaurants in the South. I was excited and surprised to see how many from good ole' Virginia made the list. If you're anywhere in the area or have tried any of these places let me know which ones you like! Hubs and I are pumped to start making new date nights!

Picks from VA:

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trending Tuesday: Red Carpet

Trending alert! Red carpet fashion alert!
Linking up with the lovely Zelle @ Southern Style for

I am a sucker for awards and awards seasons of any kind and adore seeing what people wear on the red carpet (I even host an Oscars party where people may or may not be required to dress up...) With that said, we've had the VMA's and the Emmys back to back this week and I'm going to highlight my hits and misses for the evening. Though I'm not a huge fan of the MTV ones, it makes for some fabulous no-no examples. Happy Tuesday everyone and I hope everyone had a great weekend since I was MIA yesterday recovering from a busy wedding weekend!

Sidenote: wedding went well and the bride and groom are relaxing on their honeymoon in Charleston while I wipe my brow and thank goodness I'm no longer running around like a crazy person haha just kidding just kidding! (also, the rain and clouds broke just in time for the ceremony! Whew!)

Ok now starting with what's NOT trending in my book for the VMAs on Sunday. The following people get fined... Amber Rose, Jesse J, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX and even T Swift ya'll. I believe in trend setting and standing out but come on now...

 Now that I'm moving on to the Emmys, I'll only make it about positive best dressed folks. No more no-nos. Ok, here we go, the best dressed nominees for the 2014 Emmys according to Jessi:


But my absolute favorite win and look of the night? My girl Jessica Lange! Nailed it! I mean just look at her!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Fav's

This week has been one for the books! I've had a successful new International Student Orientation, earlier than usual mornings and later than normal nights helping my friend and bride for her wedding tomorrow. Today I am leaving early so I can conduct her rehearsal (hubby is in the wedding so we'll stay for that as well) and then a busy day of making sure everything is perfect for her tomorrow! With that said, I woke up in a unbelievably good mood so bring on the weekend! I'm linking up today with Amanda over at Meet @ the Barre and Karli with September Farm- you should too! Have a great weekend! xoxo

1. Favorite Fashion Finds: These Frye Booties for the win! (get them here)

why yes, yes I do..

 2. I've been craving good ole' mac & cheese lately and since I broke out my crock pot for the first time last week I figured this would be easy & oh-so delish! (Recipe here)

3. Favorite funnies

Please tell me ya'll have seen the new P Manning commercials! haha He really is my new favorite commercial king! I so badly want to do this next I'm in a gas station. Oh man... (click here for more)

4. Don't forget to enter the best back to school giveaway featuring a fabulous Tory Burch bag! The giveaway is going until 6pm so GOOD LUCK!!

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