Friday, August 26, 2016

Five on Friday - Setting the Tone for Fall

The obsession with fall… you either love it or you hate it.  Many people I know are counting down the days until their first PSL and many people I know are dreading the end of summer and the start of all things pumpkin.  

I, without a doubt, fall in the lover category.  I live for September – December.  It has been my favorite time of year since I was a little girl.  And September 1 has always marked the first day acceptable to embrace all things fall in my book.  Never mind that it is still sweltering outside.  Never mind that the humidity still rivals that of the rain forest.  Once college football starts, my mind flips the switch to Pumpkin Spice Lattes, decorations of fall leaves in red and orange and yellow, and cozy evenings at home snuggled on the couch and watching our beloved Dawgs play… 

While we won’t be able to indulge in plush sweaters, snuggly scarves, and warm boots just yet (I mean, hey, we do live in the south), we can still set the tone for fall in other ways. 

O N E – Fall Decorations

Out they come!  I have two big plastic bins just waiting to be opened.  I will be pulling it all out next Thursday.  Until then, here's a little refresher on what our house looked like last year.  Isn’t it beautiful?





T W O – Fall Food

Bring on pumpkin and cinnamon errrrything!  #JustCallMeBasic #DontCare #IveLovedItSinceBeforeItWasDubbedBasic

I’ve always been obsessed with cinnamon and pumpkins, and ever since I started blogging and reading other people’s blogs, I have discovered that there are a lot of people out there who are just like me. 

A few of my favorite things?

The Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, Pumpkin Donuts from Krispy Kreme, Homemade Pumpkin Waffles, Homemade Cinnamon Waffles, Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Pie… the list goes on…

I received an advanced copy of Shay Shull's new cookbook, Eats, and it is divided up by month.  I have already pored over September – December for new pumpkin recipes, and friends, she does not disappoint.  The very first thing that caught my eye is her Pumpkin Marshmallow Frozen Pie… it sounds divine and ridiculously easy to make.  I will be making it as soon as I can find a can of pumpkin.  I actually think I still have one leftover from last season…



Also, last week my boss came back from a trade show and dumped a heap of Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers on my desk.  Y’ALL.  I had forgotten all about these!!  I used to love them when I was young!  Back then they were just called “Fire” but they changed the name, and now apparently they’re called “Cinnamon Fire!”  They taste just like Atomic Fireballs without the excessive heat.  Nothing says fall like the taste of cinnamon and I’ve been popping these like, well… candy.  These are definitely a favorite, and now I need to find out where my boss bought a bag of just this one flavor so I can get some more.  And in case you’re wondering, our marketing team always puts out candy at our booth at the trade shows to attract more people... like me, apparently.  :o)  

T H R E E – Fall Scents

And speaking of pumpkin and cinnamon errrrything, they’re not just good to eat, they’re also fantastic to smell!  My favorite candle in the entire universe will forever be the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle from Bath and Body Works.  I remember the first time I ever smelled it.  We were in Athens for game day years ago, and we were doing a bit of shopping.  I walked into one of my favorite boutiques there (The Red Dress Boutique, now famous for being on Shark Tank), and I smelled the best smell I’ve ever smelled in my entire life.  I marched right on up to the front desk, asked where the smell was coming from, and she showed me the candle burning on the desk.  I went immediately to B&B when we got home, loaded up, and the rest is history.  If they ever discontinue it, I will die.

As far as other fall scents go, on September 1, I also always switch my body lotion and spray over to Bath and Body Works Black Raspberry Vanilla.  Don’t ask why this particular scent for fall… I think I just wore it so much one fall that it eventually became synonymous with all of the wonderful fall memories we had made, so it just naturally became my signature fall scent.  They have since discontinued it, but a couple of years ago during one of their semi-annual sales they brought it back, I loaded up.  And by loaded up I mean I bought like 8 or 9 of the lotions, not even exaggerating.  They do still sell it here and there online, so I might have to stock up again soon before it's gone forever!

F O U R – College Football

It fires up next week and we are counting down the days!  Most of you know that we are HUGE Georgia Bulldog fans and we get season tickets every year… we love our football!  Our opening game this year is for the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, so instead of being in Athens, we will be in Atlanta at The Dome where the Atlanta Falcons usually play.  We have tickets to it and I cannot wait!



F I V E – Fall Activities

Aside from college football, we will also start planning our trip to the pumpkin patch, doing some fall crafts, shopping for fall clothes, and if I have my way, possibly going apple picking this year!  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but we don’t have apple orchards that are super close, so we will have to plan a little weekend getaway!

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015... be still my heart.


If you’re obsessed with fall like I am, don’t forget to check out my fall Pinterest board.  You’ll find everything from fall recipes to fall decorations to Halloween costume ideas for the littles. 

As the sun starts to set a little earlier each evening and the evenings start to end with a slight chill in the air, I’ll be happier and happier.  Come to me, fall!  I’m ready for you!

Happy almost-September, y’all!  
 
*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites,  September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for Oh Hey, Friday, Meet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday, and Our Pretty Little Girls for Rewind Friday!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Confessions {8.25.2016}

Happy Thursday, peeps!  I’ve been a busy lady this week so no time for extra chatter today… let’s get right to it!


 I confess…

… that I’m loving the gym even more than I thought I would and I’m glad that my co-workers convinced me to do it. 

… that since I joined last week, I’ve already started neglecting some of my usual duties that I usually do on my lunch break.  For example, all of the ironing that I normally would have done Tuesday on my lunch break is still hanging in the laundry room.  And a couple of errands that I would have run on Wednesday are still not done either.  And they have to be done by Saturday.  #Oops

… that I just got a new computer at work that involves some new-fangled “virtual desktop” which means that there’s no CPU… just a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse.  And I don’t like it.  I’m having to reconfigure all of my settings for my email, my desktop, and a couple of other programs that I work in because my settings weren’t migrated to the new computer.  Ugh, I hate having to learn new technology.  #OldLadyStatus

… that I’m exhausted even thinking about this weekend because we have two birthday parties to attend on Saturday.  While I love letting the kids hang with their friends on the weekends and I do enjoy hanging out with the mommas, two in one day is a little much.  Plus it means cake two times in one day which = potential disaster.  One is for a friend at Jacob’s old school and the other is for a friend at his current school, so there was no way that the parents would have known that they were planning parties on the same day anyway.  Good thing we had a relaxing weekend last weekend!  I’m sure we’ll make the most of this one as well!

… that I was going to have a completely different post for you today, but that all went out the window because I just can’t seem to get caught up on real life this week, let alone blog life!  The ol’ blog had to take a back seat!

Happy Friday Eve!  XO

*Linking up with Sparkles and Lattes for Confessional Thursday and Home of Malones for Thoughts for Thursday.



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What’s in My Workout Bag + My Workout Style

I joined a gym this past week, and I’m totally pumped to be able to get my cardio done in an air conditioned place with no humidity!!  I never thought I could love a gym so much! 

My goal is to go 2-3 times each week just for the cardio as I do my strength training at home in the evening while I watch TV.  I know that there will be weeks that I may not be able to go at all, because a lot of my lunch breaks consist of grocery shopping, running errands, taking kids to doctor’s appointments, and cleaning the house, but every day that I’m not doing one of those things you will find me at the gym thanks to my new membership for only $10/month!

I’ve been going for about a week now, and I thought that I would give y’all a little peek at what’s in my bag, because everybody loves a good What’s In My Bag post!  Those and Day In the Life Posts… what is about those that we love so much?!  I can’t get enough!

A Good Tank

I can’t stand sleeves when I work out so I pretty much live in tanks during workouts.  And if the tank is a graphic tank?  Even better.  Here are my favorites in my closet right now.



And here are a few that I want!

One // Two // Three


Yoga Shorts

Hands down the comfiest, but I’ll probably switch to yoga pants for the winter.

One // Two


A Good Sports Bra

I am so picky about sports bras!  And bras in general, I suppose.  Victoria’s Secret will always have my heart for all things bra… they are worth every single penny.

One // Two


Tennis Shoes

I’m currently wearing a pair of Brooks running shoes that are several years old and I’ve about worn them out, so I will probably be on the hunt for a new pair soon.  Here are the shoes in my bag.

Similar


And here are a few that I have my eye on for my next pair.

One // Two // Three // Four


Water Bottle

I looked high and low for a good water bottle and upon researching I discovered that more and more water bottles are glass now.  Why in the world would anyone want a glass water bottle?!  Target had a gorgeous one that one of my friends just bought for another friend for her birthday, and while I would totally use it on my desk at work, I would never take it to a gym.  It would definitely shatter everywhere, I just know it.

Ultimately this Sip by S'well bottle that I got from Target won out and I could not be happier with it.

Sip by S'well

It is pretty much the same size as a disposable bottle of water (which I always carry everywhere with me), so it fits in all cup holders and drink pockets on bags.  It keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours.  TWENTY-FOUR HOURS, y’all.  That’s just crazy!  And it keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours!  I probably won’t ever use that feature, but it’s good to know in case I ever want to tote around some hot chocolate during the Christmas season (not to the gym, of course).  The best part is that they donate some of the proceeds from each bottle to a foundation that provides clean drinking water for people who would not have any otherwise. 

Win win win.

Target has a gazillion colors, but I also just discovered that there are some really unique and gorgeous colors on Nordstrom.com.  I’ll be putting that gold one on my Christmas list, for sure.

One // Two


Lock for Gym Locker

You may have seen my post on Instagram about how I’ve been using B’s old combination lock from high school for my gym locker, but it was definitely time for something that wasn’t falling apart… and something cuter.  Haha.

I found this lock on Amazon and it is perfect!  I love that it’s not one of the ones that you have to turn clockwise 18 times, and counter clockwise 13 times, and so on… (anybody else ever remember feeling intimidated by those in high school?!) and I also adore the color.  Y’all know me… everything has to be pretty!  This one also comes in black, aqua, and silver.

Pink Lock

Phone/Ear Buds

Gotta have a way to get my jam on!  Makes the workout go so much quicker!  And sometimes I like to plug in to the TVs and watch The Price is Right.  Hehe.  #IMissBobBarker

Stuff to Freshen Up

A small towel, some deodorant, and a Bath & Body Works Vanilla Berry body spray completes the bag.  I don’t get very sweaty when I work out, so I don’t need a terrible amount of stuff to freshen up.  :o)

The Bag

Can’t forget about that!  I’m currently using this old tote from Old Navy, but I’m longing for something with compartments because it’s a pain having everything in a big heap in one main bag.   



I’d love something with at least two compartments inside, a small outside pocket, and a water bottle pocket.  I’m loving these choices below.

One // Two // Three


And how adorable is this wristlet??


Well, after reading this post, you can see that I really, really love pink.  But we already knew that, didn't we?

Anything earth-shattering or life-changing that you have in your gym bag that I’m missing?  Let me know!

*Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I What I Wore, Life in the Green House and Taz and Belly for Wardrobe WednesdaySydney Fashion Hunter for Fresh Fashion Forum, Pumps & Push Ups for Oh, Hey Girl! Link-Up, The Mummy ChroniclesTucker UpShopping My Closet for Style Me Wednesday, Classy Yet Trendy for Trendy Wednesday Link-Up, The Blended Blog and Jessi's Design and Going the Distance for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

An Open Letter to My 14 Year Old Self upon Entering High School

I started a little series a while back called “The Lowdown on Lindsay” where I could tell you guys a little bit more about myself so you could get to know the girl behind the blog.  I’ve neglected it for so long that you probably don’t even remember it, but I thought that today’s Show and Tell Tuesday link-up topic on Momfessionals was the perfect subject to get back into it. 

High school for me was basically… Do I look dorky in this shirt?  Why do I look so awkward in everything I wear?  Ugh, why does my body look like that of a 12 year old boy’s?  Will I find a date for prom?  Why doesn’t <insert current boy obsession’s name here> like me back?  Am I going to pass physics?  Am I going to get into my college of choice?  Will I do well enough to eventually get a good job?  What do I even want to be when I grow up?  Am I ever going to meet the man of my dreams?  Will I ever get married?  Have babies?  The list of worries was never-ending…

On the way to our big rival football game, junior year

Right after I started driving, junior year

While it was also a hugely fun time for me, high school was a time that was filled to the brim with uncertainty.  I was not one of those girls who had the designer clothes and the means to escape the inevitable awkward phase that plagues so many of us.  I did not have the confidence that some girls had, and I certainly didn’t feel like I had the world on a string as so many of my classmates seemed to.  I did like myself, I did have a great group of friends, and I did have a lot of fun.  But bottom line, high school was filled with uncertainty. 

And I have never liked uncertainty.  

Seniors!

Seniors!


I’m now all grown up and I have a dreamboat husband whom I’m still in love with after almost nine years of marriage.  I have two smart, kind, gorgeous, and hilarious children whom I love more than life itself.  I have a good job.  I have amazing friends.  All of us are healthy.  I have a beautiful house, food on my table, clothes on my back.  I guess you could say that I have everything that I’ve ever wanted.  Life took me on the path that I’ve always wanted to travel, and I’ve learned a lot along the way (as most of us have).  If I could go back in time and say a few things to myself upon entering high school I definitely would, and they would be…

Junior high was the worst… the hardest part is over.

Don’t be afraid of those girls who were so M-E-A-N in junior high.  High school will be much better so there’s no need to live in constant fear that the harmony is going to end at any second.  These girlfriends of yours will be lifelong friends... you will still be hanging out with them in 2016, drinking margaritas or wine, and talking about the latest crazy thing that your children have done.

Heading out to dinner, senior year

Partying, beginning of senior year




Immerse yourself in high school life and make as many memories as you can because it will be over in the blink of an eye.

You and your friends will be pretty good at doing this, but looking back, you will still feel like there’s more you could have done.  There will be a few events over the years that you will skip out on, and then you will feel like if you could do it all over again, you wouldn’t miss a one of them.  So don’t.  

One of our many parties or senior year, just before graduation


Don’t be so self-conscious and don’t care so much about what other people think.

Who cares if you’re not wearing the most popular jeans?  Who cares if you slipped and almost fell on your face in the hallway?  Who cares if you got halfway through your speech in English class and forgot the words?  Nobody is going to remember that at your 10 year high school reunion anyway, and if for some reason they do, chances are you’ll be feeling fab and looking like a million bucks so you’ll laugh about it with them.  And you will truly be comfortable doing that because you will have finally gained the confidence that you were lacking in high school.

Everyone makes mistakes and most people are insecure about something, so in the words of T-Swizz, shake it off. 

10 Year High School Reunion - 2010

10 Year High School Reunion - 2010

10 Year High School Reunion - 2010
 
You’ll meet your dream husband someday, but he’s not here.  Don’t waste time on long-term relationships with guys who you don’t really want to be with anyway.

Don’t be so boy crazy.  There’s no need to always be on the quest to find your future husband because you’re not going to end up alone like you fear.  This is totally unnecessary to worry about at the tender age of 17.  Don’t date that same guy for the majority of your senior year because you will end up missing out on some fun things because of it.  Sure, it will be nice to have a built-in date for the prom, but it will also be fun to date around and get to know other guys.  No need to be so serious at such a young age… especially when you don’t see forever with him in the first place.  

Baccalaureate before graduation, senior year


Spoiler alert – everything turns out OK!  Please stop worrying so much and for heaven’s sake, please stop taking everything so seriously. 

Let go and have fun, don’t fuss so much over grades.  Yes, they’re important, but they’re not going to dictate how you spend the rest of your life.  High school is not really that big of a deal in the scheme of life and nobody is going to judge you for who you were back then.  Who cares if you get one C on a test?  It’s not going to cost you a future job.  Who cares if you can’t find a date to the school dance?  It’s not going to mean that you’re going to die an old maid.  Go with your girlfriends… you’ll have more fun with them anyway.  

High School Graduation - C/O 2000!!!!


Bottom line, everything in your life is going to work out in good timing, so just be yourself.  Feel free.  Enjoy this time where you’re not tied up with a job and bills and other life responsibilities and commitments.  Soak up the little moments that you’ll never get a chance to have again.  Ride around with your girlfriends with the windows down and sing at the top of your lungs.  Meet for coffee and donuts before class.  Act like a total goofball and have no regrets. 

And for Pete’s sake, please go ahead and start plucking your eye brows and highlighting your hair… it will suit you much better.  ;o)

Disclaimer – I’m still friends with a lot of these girls and I know some of them read my blog, so ladies, if you're reading, please don’t ban me from Margarita Night for posting these pictures!  Haha.

*Linking up with Momfessionals for Show and Tell Tuesday, Our Pretty Little Girls for Tuesday Talk and Simply Every.


Monday, August 22, 2016

A Weekend to do Pretty Much Nothing + Happy Mail and Some Serious Fangirling

Well I’m sure you’re just dying to read all about our weekend after that post title, huh?  Riveting.  Haha. 

Our weekend was a much needed weekend to do not much of anything… No commitments, no major projects, nowhere to be except for church on Saturday evening and our usual family lunch and dinner on Sunday.  It was really nice.

Friday evening started out with a bang when Jacob brought home his very first test from school… he had a spelling test for his first two red letters – a and is – and he got them both correct!  I’m such a proud momma!



We went out for pizza for dinner and then made a Target run for a few things.  We had promised Jacob and Olivia that they could each pick out something small as a reward for both having great first weeks in their new classes (even though this was Jacob’s second week).  Jacob picked out a new Star Wars Lego set – this kid is obsessed with those all of a sudden! – and Olivia picked out an Ariel doll even though she has one almost identical to it from the beach <insert eye roll>.  Target was a bit of a disaster as Olivia was exhausted and a bit crazed from the long week at school (you’d think we would have learned from the Toys R Us disaster a couple of weeks ago, but nope).  She whined and cried a good bit, so we hightailed it outta there and went straight home where we let the kids play for a few minutes before whisking them off to bed so B and I could squeeze in a couple of episodes of FNL before bedtime.  I’m totally hooked, y’all.  #CantStopWontStop



Saturday was glorious.  It consisted of baking Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins for breakfast, coloring with the babies, playing, and working on getting the kids’ baby books caught up.  I got to spend lots of quality time with each child and the kids got along so well when they were playing on their own.






Saturday evening we went to church and both kids were extremely well-behaved.  Jacob slept through the first half which was crazy because he never naps, and Olivia sat nicely in the pew reading her little bible.  Both got a little squirrelly toward the end, but that’s to be expected.  An hour is a long time to ask small children to be totally still and quiet.




After church we went out with my parents, grandmother, and aunt and uncle to one of our favorite pubs for dinner and drinks.  At the end of dinner, my aunt busted out the “Snapchap” as Olivia calls it and everyone had fun cracking up over the filters.  I mean, seriously, they must stop with the creepy filters.  These pics of Jacob are absolutely terrifying.  Lol.




When we got back home, there was a beautiful package sitting on the front porch and it was addressed to me.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it was, so I tore into it and was so excited to see Shay Shull’s (Mix and Match Mama) new cookbook nestled in the box.  I knew it was coming as Shay had emailed me last week to ask if I wanted an advanced copy, but I wasn’t expecting it to arrive so quickly.  It was the perfect Saturday evening treat!  I spent the rest of the evening watching FNL and flipping through it, and there are some excellent new recipes to try.  I’ve already marked a couple to try this week!



I posted a picture of the book on Instagram and a few minutes later look what happened:



Shay liked and commented on my picture!  I mean, seriously!  I’m totally fangirling over here. 

And then Sunday afternoon I get a notification that someone had tagged me in a picture and I see this:



DYING, you guys!!!!  DYING!  Shay is just the sweetest and she has always been one of my favorite bloggers… hers was one of the very first blogs I ever started reading on a regular basis, so when she emailed me last week to ask if I wanted an advanced copy, that was a no-brainer.  Yes!  The answer is always yes!  The new book will be released October 1 if you want to check it out.  And no, she didn’t ask me to promote the book.  I just love her and I make her recipes all the time, so I’m completely honored to have received a copy already and I wanted to share that goodness with all of you sweet ladies, too!

Sunday morning we had leftover Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, did some laundry, and the kids destroyed my lovely made up bed while we got ready to go to lunch.





We spent the afternoon at my in-laws’ eating a delicious lunch that they had prepared and playing card games with my nephews.  They both learned to play “Speed” recently, and that brought back soooo many memories from junior high… do y’all remember that game?!  It’s one of the best card games ever. 



We also played Hi-Ho Cherry-O… and I'm happy to report that none of the cherries ended up in Olivia's nose or esophagus.  ;o)  #LittleVictories



Sunday evening we celebrated my Grandma’s birthday at my parents’ house where we feasted on BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a new recipe for cauliflower cakes that my mom found.  OMG they were good.  I’ll have to share them some time!




I hope you all had wonderful weekends with the ones you love and I hope it gave you a fresh start to the new week!


*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.