A Few Favs

Here's my fall wish list using this season's top 5 trends.
So, it's no secret that I love to collect new clothes.  I have a love affair with shoes.  And, I adore new handbags.  I feel the need to update and add a few new things whenever the seasons change.  Do you ever feel like that?  No male in my house understands this.  Anyway, I've been keeping my eye on some of the fall and winter trends and have come up with my fall wish list.  I am sharing my fall shopping list with you today.  And, since I want to make your life a little easier, I am including links to some of my favorites ...
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We took a family road trip and found some great games to pass the time.
Hello friends!  How are you?  We are settling into a new year's school routine around here.  That means we are much shorter on time.  It also means I am fondly remembering our summer vacation.  If you don't know, we took a family road trip this year.  you can read more about that here.  I smile whenever I think of how much fun we had and all the games we played.  If you're anything like me, then you are all about making special memories with your family and sometimes it's the smallest things that do that.  Like playing some games. Have you ever done a family ...
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An honest review of Boxycharm, a beauty subscription service.
Hi there.  How's your week going?  As per usual, mine is busy, busy, busy.  I am missing the freedom of summer.  However, fall is approaching and I do love that season!  I love the cooler temps. and football season.  So, have you noticed how many subscription services have been popping up the last couple of years?  I have.  You can subscribe to services that send you everything from clothes to scrapbooking supplies.  I've never really been interested in trying them, but maybe that's because I live near two big cities where I can find anything I want pretty easily.  However, if you live farther away ...
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Hey there!  I am so glad you decided to stop by today.  I am already mourning the loss of summer.  It's time for me to start getting ready for a new school year.  I hate to lose my free time, having no schedule, and getting to read as much as I like.  On the other hand, I like having routine - I seem to be more productive that way, and I have missed my friends.  Anyway, I have had time to do some reading this summer, and I'm here to share with you my summer reads - and they are ALL good!  So, if you ...
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A handbag is not only your personal workhorse, it is also the way to a better life.
Hi friends.  Are you a handbag girl like me?  Does the thought of a brand new bag make you almost giddy?  Do you, too, have a collection of bags that you will not part with?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then you and I are soul sisters. 🙂  I have been a purse carrying girl since I could walk, and I'm not even exaggerating.  #askmymom  I'd like to think I have a good eye for bags as well.  Maybe a handbag is my spirit animal.  I know for sure that a handbag can make your life better.  Let's chat about it ...
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Oh no! It's coming...faster than I would like...back to school time. Time to load up on those back to school supplies.  That's right friends, it's time to start thinking about sending those sweet little kiddos back to school. That means it's also time for teachers to start preparing for the year ahead too.  If you're a teacher, like me, then you already know how important it is for you to be happy in your classroom.  You want to use tools that make you feel happy and allow you to work more efficiently.  So, I've created a teacher school supplies must-have list.  These are the things ...
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Here are my hits and misses from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
Hello ladies.  Have you taken advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  Well, I did.  You might remember that I posted about my picks from the sale here.   Well, as it turns out, there was WAY more included in the sale than was in the catalog.  This required a little picking and choosing on my part.  #youcanthaveitall  #canyou?  Anyway, today I am going to update you on what I did pick and what I kept. In case you don't know, one of the reasons I love Nordstrom is because of how easy they make it to shop.  You can order online and shipping is always ...
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Hello friends.  It's almost time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Last year at this time I was introduced to the sale ~ and the rest, as they say, is history.  I am now a fan of Nordstrom and shop there frequently.  If you're anything like me you might be thinking that Nordstrom is a little too pricey for your budget.  I had that same impression.  However, that is 100% untrue ~ especially if you shop their sale.  Don't get me wrong, there are definitely designer, high-dollar items as well; they are just what I look for when I'm shopping. 🙂  Today, I thought I would ...
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Who doesn't love mac and cheese?  I've loved it since I was a child.  Isn't it just good old-fashioned comfort food?  Yes.  Which means, I can't have it often. However, every once in a while you just gotta have some.  Right?  Well, today I am sharing the absolute best, most yummy mac and cheese in the history of ever. Okay, let me preface this whole thing by telling you I am by no means suggesting that I am some fabulous chef with fantastic cooking skills.  Truth be told, I don't really even like cooking that much.  I do love to cook if I'm entertaining, but ...
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It's summer!  Hooray!  That means we have a little more down time.  Our schedules ease up a bit and we allow ourselves time to do the things we enjoy.  And, if you're like me, you don't have any set schedule.  In other words, you are free as a bird.  So, if you like lounging and reading all day, you do it!  With this mind-set in mind, I have come up with my top 20 binge worthy shows and the books that have made my summer reading list.  Maybe one or two of these will appeal to you too. So, here's my top 20 shows that ...
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Hi friends!  It's Wednesday and I cannot believe I am actually getting a post done mid-week.  This is usually the hardest one to get done because I am struggling to fit it all in.  Plus, life is crazy right now.  Son #2 just got word that his ship date has been moved up.  He leaves this week.  So, that means I am trying to squeeze in every spare moment I have with him before he heads to boot camp for nine weeks.  Anyway, I thought today I'd just share what's up in my world.  You know, new discoveries, favorites, and maybe a tip or two ...
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Cultivate...that's the title of a book I am working my way through.  The full title is actually, Cultivate ~ A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life.  It's by Lara Casey.  I find myself pondering on the big ideas and doing a lot of reflecting.  So, it's not a fast read.  It's more  of a work book to help you create a flourishing life and let go of perfection.  I don't know about you, but I could use a few lessons on this very thing. Don't get me wrong.  I have a good life.   A wonderful, loving family.  We enjoy good health.  We have jobs ...
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Hi there friends.  I have a confession to make...I invented a holiday tradition out of thin air all in an effort to get rid of all that trick or treat candy.  And, I'm not even sorry.  That's right.  I concocted the "Halloween Witch."   For years she visited our home ~ even after my boys did not want to give up their candy.  Let me fill you in. Maybe it was my fear of actually eating all the Halloween candy if left in my home and then gaining weight.  Have I mentioned I'm totally neurotic about that?  Or perhaps it was my desire to be ...
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So, it's no secret that I love to collect new clothes.  I have a love affair with shoes.  And, I adore new handbags.  I feel the need to update and add a few new things whenever the seasons change.  Do you ever feel like that?  No male in my house understands this.  Anyway, I've been keeping my eye on some of the fall and winter trends and have come up with my fall wish list.  I am sharing my fall shopping list with you today.  And, since I want to make your life a little easier, I am including links to some of my favorites ...
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Hey there friends!  How is your week so far?  We've made it to hump day...that means it's an easy downhill to the weekend.  My week has been full of meetings, running here and there, and putting in lots of miles on the bike. It's a mystery to me how hard I can work out and still not have weight fall off!  Can anyone else relate?  It is so frustrating!  However, you're not hear for that rant.  Today is Hodgepodge day.  The day where I link up with From This Side of the Pond and answer this week's random questions.  However, my computer is sick and ...
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Today it's all about fall and celebrating the season with a Fall Bucket List.  Why?  Well, I was at a party recently and was chatting it up with a sweet friend.  I have kind of kept my blogging life semi-secret, meaning I had not shared it with friends.  Then it kind of started being found.  Can I just say that blogging would be so much easier if it could be anonymous.  I find myself worrying about what to write for fear of being judged.  Silly, right? Anyway, back to the conversation.  She said that she would really like me to come up with a post ...
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Holy Cow!  It's Wednesday night (again) and that means it's time to link up with From This Side of the Pond for this week's edition of Hodgepodge.  I always wonder what each week's questions will bring and if I'll be able to come up with an answer.  At one point, I wanted to be clever in my answers.  Now, I just try to get them answered and posted on time. 🙂  Clever seems to be a bit out of reach currently.  In any case, I am happy to join in the fun and see how everyone answers these questions. 1. What's something you'd rate a ...
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Good morning friends!  How are you?  I have to tell you, this Hodgepodge post almost didn't make it.  It was almost deleted half way done because I couldn't find the time to finish it.  Life is busy!  But, here I am linking up again for this week's Hodgepodge with From This Side of the Pond.  Better late than never, right?   Anyway, it is Thursday and I am excited because that means it's football night for son #3.  He is happy that he will be getting a lot of playing time and I will be holding my breath as he  tackles and gets tackled.  🙂 ...
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Hello friends!  How are you?  We are settling into a new year's school routine around here.  That means we are much shorter on time.  It also means I am fondly remembering our summer vacation.  If you don't know, we took a family road trip this year.  you can read more about that here.  I smile whenever I think of how much fun we had and all the games we played.  If you're anything like me, then you are all about making special memories with your family and sometimes it's the smallest things that do that.  Like playing some games. Have you ever done a family ...
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Today I am continuing to share details about specific stops on our summer family road trip.  If you're new around here, my family took a nine-day road trip through northern California and into Oregon.  It was amazing - not just from the scenery stand point, but also an amazing time for our family.  We made lots of memories.  I've been sharing details about each stop to help those of you who might like to visit the same part of the country.  Today is all about Crater Lake. If you are going to be visiting northern California, you owe yourself a trip a little further north ...
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