Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Very Best Jeans (and They’re Under $30)

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Happy Wednesday, friends!  I have done a couple of fashion posts besides my What I Wore posts in recent months and I enjoyed them so much that I thought I would make them somewhat of a regular thing.  When we were in the mountains this past weekend, I had B shoot three different looks for me and I’ll be sharing them with you over the next few weeks.

The number one item I am asked about in my What I Wore posts is my skinny jeans.  Everyone wants to know where they are from.  I have been wearing these from Target for years and I absolutely could not love them more!  They were out of stock almost all of last year, so I was really excited when I saw that they had completely restocked them just recently!  

Cross-Front Blouse - on sale for only $14.97!

I love the wash and I love love love the fit… they just really seem to fit my body perfectly, and they also have the perfect amount of stretch.  They are really soft and flexible and the back doesn’t slide down like some other jeans when you squat… because you know, when you have kids you are constantly squatting down to pick up Legos, tie shoes on little feet, and all of the other things that go along with momming. 

I wear mine long with flats and sandals, and I roll them up once when I wear booties, as shown here in these pictures.

The best part?  They are only $27.99!!  I’ve been wearing mine for probably three or four years, and they are still in excellent condition, but since Target will be discontinuing the Mossimo brand soon, I think I’m going to snag a couple more pairs anyway just to be safe... I don’t know what I’m going to do when these aren’t available anymore!

Also, I must mention that my blouse is on sale for just $14.97!!

And just for fun, here are lots of other ways I’ve styled them throughout the years…  

And, Y'ALL, look how tiny Olivia was in some of these pictures.  I could just cry!

Have a happy day!

*Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I What I Wore, 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.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mountain Trip - Days 1 & 2

Another lovely trip to the mountains is in the books and I’m recapping the first half today! 

My aunt and uncle have a mountain house in Hayesville, NC, which is right on the North Carolina/Georgia border.  They are so kind to let our extended family use it for family vacations and we have been taking them up on that offer for the last couple of years.  It is in a truly picturesque location and we could not be more grateful that they allow us to stay there from time to time.

Our trip began last Thursday… we loaded up the babies and the loads of luggage that goes along with having two small kids and we were on the road a little after 9.  We stopped in a little town on the way up and had lunch at Chick-Fil-A.  The kids were ecstatic because they got to play on the playground and they were also ecstatic because a very kind lady was handing out Ring Pops to the kids in the restaurant.  Their favorite!

We made it up to the mountain house mid-afternoon where we unpacked the car and settled in.  Once we were settled in, it was time to head out to the deck and take in that gorgeous view.  It never gets old, my friends.  It never gets old.  It was disappointing how few colorful leaves there were... last year the colors were incredible, but this year everything was still green.  I snapped a few pictures of the house, but I’m not going to post them all here since they are all in my posts from last year's trip.

After we had rested and let the kids run around for a bit, we loaded up the car and headed to Crane Creek Vineyards, our favorite family-friendly winery.  B and I have a favorite wine from there so we decided to skip the tasting and instead we opened the bottle and settled in at one of the picnic tables in the shade by the vineyard.  We had brought some snacks for the kids to keep them occupied, but we also grabbed some cheese straws and caramel corn from the winery to pair with our wine and it was delish. 

The next hour was spent sipping our wine and eating our goodies by the vineyard while simultaneously shushing the kids.  Haha.  But seriously, they were pretty well behaved… we just didn’t want them to disturb the other wine drinkers since nobody else had kiddos with them.

Once our bottle was nearly empty, we explored the vineyards a bit.  There are a couple of lakes on the property as well as loads of cute fall decorations and we walked around and saw it all.  It is such a quaint and peaceful little place!

The next stop was for some real food because by that time we were ready for dinner.  We headed to a little Mexican restaurant and filled up on chips and salsa and cheese dip, and B and I shared a margarita.  After that wine, I wasn’t up for a whole marg! 

After dinner we had to do the necessary first-night-of-vacay-grocery-store-run, and then we made it back to the house just in time to watch the sun set.  We finished the evening off with a game of Life (Jacob is OBSESSED) and then it was bedtime for one and all.  We were whooped!

Friday morning we slept until a little after 7 and I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for breakfast.  The kids found the Boomerang channel that plays old Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry cartoons that we used to watch when we were little, and they watched that while we watched the fog lift from the valley below. 

We headed out mid-morning for the 45 minute drive to Unicoi State Park where we hiked to Anna Ruby Falls.  It was a gorgeous hike through the forest.  There was a little creek that ran down the entire length so we listened to the peaceful trickle all the way up.  I wasn’t expecting anything too impressive, y’all, but man, this waterfall blew me away!  I haven’t seen many waterfalls in my day, but this one was by far the tallest one I had ever seen.  It was gorgeous.  We hiked back down the mountain and stopped in the gift shop on the way out and I found the perfect frame to add to my travel gallery wall!

Unicoi State Park is just outside of Helen, GA, so we decided to stop there and grab some lunch.  Helen, is a teeny tiny touristy town that is known for their Oktoberfest celebration, so we obviously had to immerse ourselves in the culture with some authentic German food at Old Heidelberg German Restaurant and Pub.  B and I opted for some German beers and then I had a bratwurst while he had a schnitzel.  Jacob and Olivia had a hot dog and a grilled cheese respectively.  ;o)

We did a bit of shopping after that, and the kids each picked out souvenirs.  I grabbed a cute Georgia shirt, because being as how I’ll be a fan for life, I can never have too many!  ;o)

We headed to Cleveland, GA to do some gem grubbing next.  Jacob and Olivia both sifted through the bucket and they got some great gemstones.  Jacob found a giant amethyst! 

Jacob's rocks

Olivia's rocks

We were all exhausted after gem grubbing so we headed back to the house to relax for a bit before freshening up for dinner.

We tried a new-to-us place that evening called Sundance Grill.  The atmosphere was meh, but the food was good.  Not super exciting, but good.  The restaurant was right next to the Always Christmas store, so the kids, of course, had to snap a picture with the Santa statue outside!

For dessert we headed to the only ice cream place in the area (that we know of) – Dairy Queen – for some Blizzards before heading back to the house.

It was a FULL two days and we loved every second!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a different post, and the second half of our trip will be up Thursday!

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