Friday, December 15, 2017

Five on Friday - Annual Girls' Scarf Exchange + Other Faves

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Can you believe that we are a mere ten days away from Christmas?  I really can’t.  We have been doing lots of Christmasy things so we have been in the spirit full-swing, but it still just doesn’t seem possible that it’s almost here.  Even more baffling is the fact that we are about to start a new year, 2018.  Weren’t we all just freaking out over Y2K, like, yesterday?  How was that 18 years ago?!

This has been a really great week... I've gotten a ton accomplished, and I've been able to have lunch and dinner with friends and old coworkers throughout the week, and it's made me feel all kinds of warm and fuzzy.  :o)

Anyway, I have some faves coming at you on this lovely Friday, and here they are!

O N E – Girls’ Annual Scarf Exchange

I’ve mentioned several times on the blog that my girlfriends and I have been doing a Dirty Santa style scarf and ornament exchange every Christmas for the last decade or so.  It’s always one of my favorite evenings of the whole year because we always have such a great time.

Our exchange for 2017 is now in the books as we had it Tuesday night.  For the last couple of years our group has been smaller because a lot of our friends have moved away, so instead of having a big party at someone’s house, we have been going out to dinner instead.  This year was no exception and we decided to continue our tradition of having it at Bonefish like we have for the last two years. 

We all enjoyed a round of Winter White Cosmos and every time I have one it solidifies the fact that it has to be my favorite cocktail of all time.  Have you ever tried one?  If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and get one.  They are so delicious.  But be aware, they go down way too easily!  ;o)

After drinks we did our ornament exchange and I ended up with the cutest ornament that holds two pictures of us girls from previous Christmas parties. 

After the ornament exchange it was time for another round of drinks and then we did our scarf exchange.  I ended up getting #1 for that exchange so I had my pick at the very end of whatever I wanted, and I ended up choosing the plaid blanket scarf that Adrienne had brought.  So cute!  She ended up with the scarf that I had brought as well!

The rest of the evening was spent eating and chatting and it was such a wonderful three hours with some of my favorite ladies.  Quality time with them is always so good for my soul and I’m so thankful to have each of them in my life!

T W O – Ugly Sweater… Dresses!!

This year Walmart decided to take the ugly sweater trend up a notch and they now have… ugly sweater dresses!!!!  Sweater dresses have always been my very favorite thing to wear to work during the cold months so I pretty much knew that I had to have one of these.  My mom had asked all of us to get ugly sweaters for something that she has in the works, so I was so excited to have an excuse to get this one!  It fits true to size (I’m a small 4-6) and it is currently on clearance at so if you need one, that is the way to go!

T H R E E – Snowy Nail Polish

I saw this OPI Snow Glad IMet You polish at Marshall’s a while back and it was on clearance so I picked it up on a whim.  I am so glad that I did because it has turned out to be one of my favorite polish colors ever!  I love it because it’s glossy, not matte like most other white polishes, and it’s also really shimmery.  It’s perfect for this time of year because it looks wintery and snowy, and it also matches pretty much everything. 

F O U R – Elf Shenanigans

This is the first year that our elf, Cheek, has finally quit being lazy and he’s been up to some mischief in our house.  While it’s such a pain to have to remember to move him every single night, I have to admit it’s been kind of fun being a little more creative with him this year.  And the looks on Jacob’s and Olivia’s faces in the morning when they saw him covered in flour make the hassle totally worth it.  They couldn’t believe that Cheek had spilled flour all over our kitchen counters to make snow angels because he was jealous that they had gotten to play in the real snow last Saturday morning.  ;o)

F I V E – Lots of Lunch & Dinner Dates

As I said earlier, I had lunch and dinner with lots of friends and old coworkers this week and that is definitely one of my favorites for the week!  Monday I went to lunch with a guy who I’ve been close to since the very first day I started working there 13 years ago, Tuesday I had lunch with the girl who sat in the cube next to me for the last six years, Wednesday I had a gym date with another one of my favorite guy coworkers, Thursday I had lunch with two of my girlfriends, and today I’m having lunch with my old boss. 

I also went up to work to see everyone on Thursday since there are a lot of them that I haven’t seen since I resigned.  It’s been almost a whole month since I left, so I stopped by to say hello and pass out Christmas cards.  It was really great to see everyone, especially right before Christmas.  I’ve missed them terribly this last month.

S I X – Olivia’s Class Christmas Party

Olivia had her class party Thursday morning.  I made the cutest little snack for the party that I’ll be sharing on Tuesday!  Her class did a quick skit about the birth of Jesus, and then they decorated cookies.  After decorating cookies it was time to open the gifts for the class, and then they had their snacks.  I love getting to spend time with my girl when she’s at school!

S E V E N – Christmas Cards

Another favorite from this week has been all of the Christmas cards that have been rolling in!!  We have received so many this week and it makes my heart happy every time I open the mailbox and see them all stuffed inside. 

My favorite from this week was the card that my cousin sent from college.  She is currently at UGA and she and her sorority sisters all sent out a card together.  Seriously, how cute is this?

E I G H T – Gift from my BFF

So my BFF and I have been exchanging gifts with each other every single year since we were like 11 and 12 maybe?  Basically forever.  We are now in our mid-thirties and we still give each other a little something every single year.  Well, can we just take a minute to see just how well she knows me?  I mean, HOW CUTE IS THIS TOTE?!  If that doesn’t describe my faves in a nutshell then I don’t know what does!

N I N E – Christmas Home Tour

Did you catch my Christmas home tour earlier this week?  It’s always one of my favorite posts of the whole year, and I think that this one was my favorite ever because I got to decorate the bar cart!  If you missed it, you can see it here!

Happy Friday!  

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Girl Chat - The Greatest Gift I Ever Received

Happy Thursday!  It’s time for another edition of Girl Chat, and today we are going to be discussing the greatest gifts we’ve ever received. 

There are many different ways you could go with this post – the greatest gifts I’ve ever received are obviously Brian and the babies, but today I’m going to discuss the greatest Christmas gifts I’ve ever received since it is, in fact, the Christmas season.  I’m also narrowing it down to the best Santa gifts I’ve ever received, because goodness gracious I have received some pretty great things in my lifetime from many different people and if I mentioned them all this post could go on forever.

When thinking back to my favorite Christmas gifts as a child, several things came to mind so I couldn’t narrow it down to just one.  Instead I’m going to focus on five different ones that I’ve received over the years.  And if you look very closely in each of these pictures, you can see each of the gifts!

Also, get ready for some seriously awkward pictures of me.  

Christmas 1990

When I was eight years old and in third grade I had the very best teacher of all time.  She was so beloved to me as well as many others and I’m actually still in touch with her on Facebook to this day!  She was so wonderful that she inspired me to want to be a teacher, too.  I held on to this dream for many years, but during my teenage years I realized that I probably didn’t have the patience for it, and therefore, that’s why I never pursued it.  But anyway, that year all I wanted was school supplies and teacher supplies for Christmas.  And Santa delivered!  He brought books, a stapler, a hole-punch, a Sanrio Surprises pencil box filled with pencils and erasers, and my very first “computer.”  And by computer, I mean a little battery operated one… not a computer by today’s standards, obviously.  ;o) 

Along with the school and teacher supplies, Santa also brought a hot pink and turquoise luggage carryon and a three-pack of Lipsmackers chapstick in Watermelon, Strawberry, and Orange.  If there’s one thing that could have made me even more excited than the school supplies, it was some flavored chapsticks!  Lol. 

I know it may sound weird that school supplies were one of my favorite gifts ever, but those of you who know me personally understand why I was so excited.  I still get excited about paper goods and office supplies to this day.  Like seriously, they make me giddy!  #SomeThingsNeverChange

Christmas 1993

When I was eleven years old all of my friends had TVs in their bedrooms and I begged and begged all year to have one in my room.  My parents told me all year long that I would absolutely not be having a TV in my room ever, so I had pretty much just accepted the fact that it would never happen.  Well, what do you know on Christmas morning there was a 13 inch TV on the couch just for me!  I.  Was.  Shocked.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so surprised and excited in my entire life!

Oh, and also, you see that alarm clock next to the TV?  That was also a gift from Santa that year and guess where it is now?  Sitting on my current bedside table!  I have used it every single morning since I was eleven years old.  I will never use my phone alarm as long as that old alarm clock holds out.  I freaking love it still, 24 years later.  Talk about getting your money’s worth!

Also, can we talk about how tiny my littlest brother was?!  I used to carry him everywhere on my hip like he was my own baby.  It’s still hard to believe that he is bigger than me now.

Christmas 2000

Another favorite gift of all time was my hope chest that my parents got for me when I was 18.  My boyfriend at the time had an older sister and she had a hope chest in her bedroom filled with wedding magazines and other stuff for the future, and the second I saw hers I knew I wanted one, too! 

I filled mine with lots of wonderful things over the next couple of years while I still lived with my parents, and it was awesome to have all of that stuff ready to go when I finally moved out on my own!  It was also chock-full of wedding magazines and ideas so when the time came to plan our wedding in 2007 I pretty much already knew exactly what I wanted.  Hope chest = the original Pinterest.  Haha.

That chest still sits in our master bedroom to this day, but it has served its purpose as a hope chest and it is now a window seat/laundry holder when I’m too lazy to put the clean clothes away.  Lol.

Christmas 2001

When I was 19 “Santa” brought some things for me to put in my hope chest for my future house, and he also brought a wicker clothes basket and matching waste basket.  I LOVED those wicker baskets!  In fact, I loved them so much, that I used them until I had Olivia and they are now in her room.  :o)

Christmas 2009

On December 17, 2008 my childhood dog had to be put down and I was a wreck.  He had been with us since 1995, and he was my constant companion from the age of 13 until I was 26.  He died one week before Christmas Day and it pretty much ruined my whole Christmas that year.  I was so sad that Christmas that I didn’t even take any pictures… that goes to show you just how little Christmas spirit I had that year.  One year later, for Christmas 2009, my parents gave me a blanket that they had made with a picture of Bill and me on it.  My mom said since I could no longer snuggle with Bill in person, that I could still snuggle with him via this blanket.  :o)  It was one of the most thoughtful gifts anyone could have ever given to me.  And guess what?  I’m currently wrapped up in that very blanket as I type this post.  It has a permanent spot draped over the back of my office chair and I use it almost every day.

So there you have it!  My very favorite childhood gifts of all time! 

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What I Wore - November Recap

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November’s What I Wore post is going to look a little bit different than previous months since I’m a stay-at-home mom now.  I only worked half of the month of November, so you’ll see that the second half consists of mostly jeans and leggings instead of my typical work attire. 

Two thumbs up for being able to wear whatever I want!

As always I have linked as many items as I could find that were still available.  Direct links for outfits are in the captions underneath each picture.

November 1 - Booties

November 2 - 

November 3 - 

November 4 - Converse

November 5 - Top // Skinny Jeans

November 6 - Peplum Top

November 7 - 

November 8 - 

November 8 (evening) - Graphic Tee

November 9 - 

November 10 - Skinny Jeans // Boots (Similar)

November 11 - Skinny Jeans

November 12 - Skinny Jeans // Boots (Similar) // Toddler Peplum Top // Toddler Skinny Jeans // Toddler Boots

November 13 - Peplum Top

November 14 - Booties

 November 15 - Boots (Similar) 

November 16 - Lace-up Gold Flats // Toddler Dress // Toddler Boots

November 17 - Booties

November 18 - Boots (Similar) // Toddler Boots

November 19 - Peplum Top // Skinny Jeans // Lace-up Black Flats // Toddler Peplum Top // Toddler Skinny Jeans

November 20 - Skinny Jeans // Lace-up Gold Flats

November 21 - Skinny Jeans // Boots (Similar)

November 22 - Top // Skinny Jeans

November 23 - Dress (only $12.99!) // Booties // Toddler Dress // Gold Lace-Up Flats

November 23 (evening) - Ruffle Sleeve Top // Skinny Jeans
November 24 -  Ruffled Buffalo Plaid Vest // Skinny Jeans // Toddler Skinny Jeans // Toddler Boots

November 25 - 

November 26 - Skinny Jeans // Boots (Similar) // Toddler Boots

November 27 - Zella Live-In Leggings

November 28 - Tunic // Boots (Similar)

November 29 - Top // Skinny Jeans // Lace-up Gold Flats

November 30 - Skinny Jeans

Happy Wednesday!

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