Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all!

Tomorrow is my first day of putting all of my training skills to good use. And yesterday I did so good I won a coffee mug #huzzah #takingcareofreservations


I have an obsession with layers and I regret nothing.

Anyone think this would be a perfect outfit for Alabama game day?? No? Me neither... But really I love this outfit and everything about it.

Love Bug
Yes, I love my new Valentine's Day wreath I made this past weekend :) You should too.

The simplicity of this mantle is so adorable! I'm parshal to the bushel and a peck sign.

AND a burlap wreath with a heart inside of it?? That's a lot of creativity and skills.

Coffee Muggin'
I can't decide which one I love more?? Their both so rustic and loving at the same time!

SO TRUE!! "Where did you get that piece of gum??" "I don't know..."

Or anything in Target for that matter.

I've been looking for lunches that I can eat at my desk starting next week and I thought this would be a good one to try but maybe in a wrap instead!

And quesadillas as well! Plus they're healthy enough that I won't feel guilty for sitting on my butt for 8 hours a day straight. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gathering Blue

Did anyone know that The Giver was a four book series??? I had no idea until I reread The Giver and got the next three books as suggestions.

Gathering Blue is book 2 of The Giver series and it has absolutely nothing to do with The Giver. This is not your average series. You've been forewarned.
Kira is the main character of Gathering Blue and she lost her mother to a disease.

While she was in the Field of Leaving for four days. The other women in her community took over her piece of land to build a gate for their tykes that can't be controlled. The women don't think Kira was a vital member of their community. She was born with a birth defect in her leg which didn't allow her to walk without help from a cane. And the 'leader' of the pack of women, Vandara, thought she should be 'taken care of.'

Their community has this legend of the Beasts that live in the forest and attack all of the humans. Kira lost her father to the Beasts on a hunting trip and now that she lost her mother, Vandara especially thought she should be released to the Beasts and fend for herself.

But when Kira was taken to see the Guardians to decide of she should live or die, the Guardians let Kira live and gave her a job of being the Threader. She will take care of the robe that is worn by the Singer who sings The Ruin Song every autumn. The robe tells the story of the community's history and needs to be repaired every year to be rich with colors.

Kira learned how to thread from her mother and will now have to learn even more knowledge from Anabella, who taught Kira's mother.

Throughout the book, Kira discovers the falsity of her community and what everything she's come to believe. She finds truth about old wise tales, how the Guardians relies on the young talent of their community and try to 'enhance' their talents, and more importantly, Kira discovers the truth of her father.

This was definitely a different type of book. It was set up in an older time period, for sure. But it was still a tight-knit community as that in The Giver. It's an interesting read. There we're plenty of spots throughout the book that I didn't really know where it was going or the point of certain details.

I still feel kind of indifferent about it. But I do remember even back in middle school how popular it was but I was never really drawn to it. It's definitely worth trying and seeing how the rest of the series goes as well!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#HashtagHumpDay | Vol.10

It's #HashtagHumpDay folks! The greatest day of the week! Because we are half way through the week which means we are that much closer to Friday.

Thanks for joining me and my best gal pal Laura. While you're here, hop on over and show her some love! She's kindof a big deal if you know what I mean :)
#Hashtaghumpday @ Genuinely Lauren

Lets call these rules the 'skinny' because rules sounds way too formal and this is anything but:
  - Talk about whatever you like! Just as long as you ad a #hashtag at the end of it because it's #fun
  - Link your post up here or with my gal pal Laura so we can read all about your life and thoughts #takenoprisoners
  - Comment on at least one other post and make friends because that's the point of linkup right? #letsbefriends
  - Share it on social media and add #hashtaghumpday #allofthesocialmedia
  - Have fun! #hashtageverything

While all of the people in the great North and my home state of Illinois have been experiencing a monster of a snowstorm; yesterday I was here #IloveFlorida #gotthatoceanbreezeinmyhair

With this whole working out in the morning thing, all I want to do is go to sleep directly when I get home which is at 5 #oldladystatus #buteverythinghurts

GREY'S ANATOMY PREMIERES ON THURSDAY!!! And How To Get Away With Murder #enoughsaid #ijustneedtodance

I'm pretty pumped to be done with training this week and actually put all of my training to use and rock it out #himynameislauren #bossoverhere

This is probably the greatest time of the year because all of my shows are coming back on air and now I'm no longer channel surfing #huzzah #allofthetvshows #thegangisbacktogether

Anyone ever start a book and then realize in the first few chapters that they absolutely hate it and don't want to finish it?? That's where I'm at right now with a book I'm reading. I'm in between just not finishing it and read through it so it can count towards my book challenge #thestruggleisreal #toreadornottoread

Link up with us for all of the #fun
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rustic Valentine's Day Wreath

This weekend I was bit by the crafting weekend. Actually I just didn't want to procrastinate any longer and wanted to finally make my Valentine's Day wreath.

Plus, the fact that I still had my Christmas wreath hanging on my door was a scream for a new facelift.

I told Blake that I need a new wreath for every season. And his response: "You already have one for every season! One for Christmas and one for Alabama. There you go, every season covered!" Men.

Now onto the important stuff!

  - Straw wreath
  - 10x10 tan burlap
  - 10x10 Red Metallic mesh
  - Twine
  - Hot Glue
  - Floral wire
  - Lace ribbon
I first wrapped the wreath in the tan burlap ribbon because I didn't want the straw to be poking through and peeking out through the twine. And plus I couldn't make up my mind on if I wanted to use the twine or not :D

Hey, this one was a creative epiphany that kinda happened as it went along. I regret nothing.
Seal the burlap together with hot glue.

To begin with using the twine, hot glue the end to the wreath.

Wrap around tightly!

And keep going around and around and around and around. Until you get this.
Seal end with hot glue.

This is where things got fishy. I was still unsure about what I wanted to do with the red mesh. I kinda played around with it and ended up with this!
The white lace ribbon really brought it all home. I had it left over from my wedding that we used on the mason jar centerpieces and am sooo glad I still had it!

And then I wanted to spruce it up even more. I was going to do flowers but apparently using mesh fabric doesn't work as well as using actual fabric. Amateur hour over here folks!

So I decided to do coils and it kinda transformed into a pinwheel like flower. I attached it to the wreath with floral wire and hot glue to flatten out the coils.
There you have it! My rustic take on the Valentine's Day wreath with a little sparkle and glamour :)

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Lauren Calls The Shots

Excuse the cheesy title line. But this weekend really was all about me.

Blake even told his friends that I got to call the shots this weekend.

And call the shots I did!

Friday we went to the first weekend opening of World of Beers. It really opened on Monday. But who opens an establishment with BEER in their name?? I digress.
I got the local flight because I don't know jack about craft beers. Not like my girl Laura because she's the real expert.

I was a fan of the Desoto and Amber. I would've like the IPA and Stout if they didn't get warm... #whoops

Blake and I already decided that we're going to be frequent goers of this place. And it wasn't that pricey either! We even got fried pickles and more beers and it ended up being around $40. Maybe not every weekend but at least once a month. I mean they have over 500 beers.
Saturday I got to choose where we got to go to dinner. And I accidentally chose the most expensive restaurant ever... So basically my dinner choosing privileges have come to a screeching halt.

Or I'm not getting a Valentine's Day dinner. Blake's words not mine. And I haven't quite figured out if he's joking or not.

But it was soooo good I can't really be mad.

When I was touring for work last week I found a million new restaurants I wanted to try and got told that Louisiana Lagniappe was a very good choice. They served creole seafood, which I've never had, so I was excited to branch out and try a new place.

After dinner we met up with friends for drinks and line dancing which I'm always up for :)
Sunday was craft day which definitely brought my weekend to a very good end. I made my Valentine's Day wreath and spent far too much money of supplies for my gallery wall that is currently sitting on my living room floor waiting to be hung up.

And we watched The Interview, finally! It's on Netflix if none of you have seen it yet.

I love Terrific Lady weekend :)

How was all of your weekend??

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, one and all!

You know what I'm super excited about this weekend? It's my last full weekend before my week becomes all screwed up because of my new work schedule. I'll now be working one day every weekend and then get a day off during the week.

Not that I'm complaining at all. But because of our new shift in routine - I get to choose what Blake and I get to do this weekend. Yay! Hooray!

I still don't know what I want to do. I might throw in there something he might enjoy and be the nice wife that I am. ;) Or maybe I'll do another terrific lady day. I'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow.

Favorites, anyone?


 Might be the most beautiful sundress I've ever laid eyes on.

I'm in a real need for comfy and cute shirts that I can wear for work and this is too cute!

Love Bug
I'm going to make my Valentine's Day wreath this weekend (like actually do it) and this is among my favorites!

Another one of my favorites - beautiful and rustic

Have you seen over the Christmas season when there was this same decor but spelled NOEL? So beautiful!

And some good ol' framed subway art for Valentine's Day

For the Home
The placement of the canvas and the wall decal works so well together above the bed

Coffee Mugs

 Can I be a fan of my own coffee mug? I say yes.

 And to go along with my Belle mug, I need these too.

I still can't give away clothes I've had for five years. Because maybe I'll find some occasion to wear it!

 Self explanatory.

My Facebook profile pic went from my Wedding picture to when we went to the Alabama/West Virgina game in August. It hasn't changed since and I regret nothing. It's a really good picture!

And yes I'm a fan of my own meal :)

 Chili AND mac and cheese?? I didn't think a meal could be so good!

 Have a great weekend!

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