Friday, February 24, 2017

Oscar Weekend!

Why are short weeks so long? How does that happen?  Well we made it and deserve a little something something for our efforts.

Especially since it is Oscar Weekend!!!!

This is the weekend that I sit on my couch and wonder how people have so much time to see movies and I make a new list of movies to see when they finally hit Netflix.  However, I love a good theme party and so we will have Oscar night at the house.

In my head, I will be wearing something like this.

Main Image - Maggy London Lace Fit & Flare Dress

But in realty I will be wearing something more along these lines.

Main Image - Make + Model Raglan Pullover

Because I am going to need elastic............since Pizza Hut is honoring the Oscar weekend by having 50% off their menu prices.  Thank you, Pizza Hut, for making a little Italian Sausage on a deep dish crust available to me at a discount.  You have to place your order on line to get the deal.  To be honest with you, I was doing a little pre-shopping and I think some of the other deals they have on their site might be better.  Either way I am in!

The films nominated for

I will get a chance to see Hidden Figures Friday night and that will be only one I have seen.  So more than likely I will be pulling for it!  

Because I am multitasker, I will be doing a little online shopping while watching the Oscars.

In honor of the Oscars, I have tried to find an item relevant to each movie.

The Arrival has something to do with aliens coming to earth.  The trailer shows a lot of people running so I feel these would be a good item to have should we be faced with such an arrival
Main Image - Nike Free RN Running Shoe (Women)
These are currently being priced matched at Nordstrom for $79.99

Next up Fences.  I almost went with Kleenex for this movie because there is that one scene where Viola is crying and it screams an urgent need for a tissue.  But instead I went with this cute baseball tee.....because apparently baseball is also a big part of the movie.

Main Image - Madewell Baseball Tee

Hacksaw Ridge - the trailer is super intense.  I think the general theme is a young man wanting to heal rather than hurt.  So I thought this enamel medical box would be a good item.  This would be cute to have in our homes to house our first aid kits.

Up next Hell or High Water......hmmmm well there are a lot of guns being shot in this trailer and banks being robbed, pretty sure this is not PG-13.  But when I look past all the violence apparently the boys are trying to get enough money to pay some bill. So I am going with something to hold our money (money that we earned honestly, of course, never stolen)
Main Image - Topshop Sammy Shopper Bag
I think this blush color is really pretty. Kind of the color of my cheeks after watching that trailer.

Now up Hidden, I am not going with Spanx here, although that is what I use to hide my figure.  These ladies were brilliant and stylish.  I feel like they could have worn these and I want to wear them too.

La La Land is full of music and dancing.  There's a lot of twirling in this movie and nothing twirls like a good fit and flare dress like this one.
Main Image - Ellen Tracy Eyelet Lace Fit & Flare Dress
I got a glimpse of Lion on an episode of 60 minutes.  It looks like an emotional story and really drew me in. I feel like this one is going to make us need to curl up in the fetal position.  So you may need this throw.

Manchester by the Sea has a lot of intense man emotion in it....and pretty sure it is rated R.  There is a lot of snow in the trailer and really cute coats.  You know it is the perfect time to buy a cute coat during the end of season sales.
Main Image - Thread & Supply Double Breasted Peacoat
Size up in this one!

Finally, Moonlight - oh boy, the trailer is too intense for me.  There is a lot going on in this one and I am not sure what item to pick for this. So I'm going with this

There's a lot of brokenness in this movie so I chose this patchwork cutting board.  Something pieced together yet still broken.  I know this sounds sad and a terrible way to end.  So let's just focus on the beauty of these boards and how nice they would be to entertain with.

Enjoy the Oscars!  Enjoy your weekend!!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In my Dreams.....

Did you used to spend time day dreaming? Maybe you still do.  But I have to tell you, I haven't spent any serious energy doing

wouldn't it be nice to's
what if I tried's
I wish I could's

in a really long time.

I know we are grown ups with responsibilities and limits on our time and resources.....but dreaming is free.  And maybe, just maybe there are some dreams we could and even should be acting upon.

What are your dreams???

What step could you take in making them come true?

Some of the dreams I have had over the years are

1) Owning a florist.  I love fresh flowers.  Love them!!!  So now I routinely buy flowers and keep them in our home.  Turns out I just love flowers not running a florist, so this is a much better solution for me.

2) Quilting.  Well if it counts for anything I have at least two started and some really good ideas for two I am counting this one as a potential win. #eventually

3) Writing.....aaahhh see where this one is going?

Yep, I used to dream about being a published author sitting next to Ann Curry for an interview.  Do you see how old this dream is?  I know Ann is no longer on the Today Show, but she has always been my favorite - and since this is a dream she can totally be interviewing me.

So I write here now periodically and when I hit the publish button for you to read - well lookie there - I published something.  Now if anyone knows Ann, maybe you could drop her a note and let her know my schedule is open for interviews.

Living the Dream, my friends.  I am living the dream!!!!

I hope you are living yours too.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A full, socks and bbq

It's a big sale weekend for really tantalizing things like mattresses and grills.  But a few stores are having some fun clothing sales too.

These are not on sale. But at $59.99, they are respectable.  The only problem is I gravitate to the same color in shoes like this.  I have a grey converse and a grey ked but.... they aren't really this shade of grey .......these come in several color choices but I keep coming back to this one.

Main Image - Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker (Women)

But honestly ......what is up with these low cut, slip on socks that won't stay on your heel?  Who felt this was a good idea to have your sock balled up in your shoe before you get to the car?!!!  We have bought and tried several different brands.  So far this one is the winner.

Main Image - Stance Uncommon Super Invisible No-Show Socks
Yes, they are 10 bucks but you know what,,,,,,they wash great, they last and they don't have the hidden agenda of trying to bring you to your knees and making you yell mercy.  This is a sock I can be friends with.....who knows maybe you could too.

So I know we need a little bargain in our Friday, so here's a deal for the locals.  This link will take you to WHRP's sweet deal of the week which happens to be $50 worth of Lawlers BBQ certificates for only $25.  This deal will go live at 9:00 cst on Friday (17th) morning.  They will go fast. #beonlineatnine

And now for the sales you can shop this weekend:

Anthropologie has 40% off sale merchandise.

Kate Spade has 25% off with code BUBBLY

Bath and Body Works has 20% off your entire purchase with code TREATS

Madewell has 30% off with code MOODLIFT

J.Crew Factory 50% off everything

Banana Republic 40% off your purchase

Carol & Company 20% with code SWEET

Have a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My History

I did not want to let the whole month pass without paying tribute to African-American history.  But I feel like you may be well versed in your Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas facts.  Certainly not taking anything away from the contributions they made to our world, but today I wanted to share with you MY African-American historical moments.  I think when we consider history, we think of before our time -  you know pre-us.  But this is the history that was made during my lifetime.  I witnessed this history. It's super special to me because it's about my dad.

Here's a little background about my dad.

He was born in Yantley, AL in 1940.  He was from a family of 12 siblings.  He was a hard worker and walked or hitchhiked to the next major town to get to and from his job.

He graduated from Alabama A&M University with a B.S. in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology with a minor in History and later obtained a masters in Educational Administration and Supervision.

He met my mom in college and we'll pause here to be thankful for that.

Now to the making history part....

My dad was the first African-American in administration (post integration) in Limestone County.  He served as the principal of Mooresville Bell Mina Elementary School and later at Tanner High School. As you can imagine, he was not warmly welcomed in such positions by many during this time.  Yet he put on his shirt and tie every morning, showed up and did an outstanding job.

My dad was also the first African-American to serve on the Athens City Council.  His heart was in service and he went on to serve on the
                     Clean Community Committee
                     911 Emergency System Board
              Athens-Limestone Public Library Board
            Limestone County Property Tax Committee

While I was studying for spelling bees, practicing my cheerleader jumps and taking math exams my dad was quietly, diligently, heroically making history.

He passed away on October 15, 2011.  We miss him, but we are proud to have walked through history with him.  He left my brother and me a legacy of serving others, doing the right things and not having idle hands.

This is a picture of my handsome dad.

One of the memories that really stands out to me is my crying when he, rather than my mom, would pick me up from preschool - not because I didn't love him or didn't want to see him.  No, it was because I knew it would never be a simple ride home.  You see my dad would stop to help every person who ran out of gas, ran out of money, had car trouble, didn't have a car, needed a job, couldn't pay their rent, needed help with name it!

               If the situation was in his path, he felt obligated to help fix it.

At the time I didn't get what an extraordinary character trait this was. But now it is often my whispered prayer that God put a Harvey Craig in my path - couldn't we all use someone like that in our day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

It's in the Books.....

So I really love a good book and I really dig a spreadsheet too.  I married those two loves and have kept a spreadsheet of every book I've read since the mid 80's. Are you wishing you were me right now or are you glad you are not?  It's ok......I go back and forth between similar feelings myself.

Here's what I've read lately (not in spreadsheet form 😌)

The Magnolia Story

Gifted to me for Christmas....I LOVED this book.  I was already a Chip and Joanna fan but now even more so.  I kept saying I wouldn't talk about this book with my daughters because they might want to read it.  But there were parts I just couldn't resist reading out loud to them.  How is Waco's population not exploded? I totally want to move there and have them do a house for me.

Then I moved on to a what I would call a heavy book.

Close Your Eyes Hold Hands

This one is a tough subject told with tough talk.....nuclear power, teenage runaways, drugs, crime.  It is an attention grabbing story line and kept me interested, but I was plum tuckered when I got to the end.  And please be advised this one has more than its fair share of expletives.....

Then I spent some time on this

Yes, I am well aware it is a cookbook and not a novel.  I love recipes and enjoy "reading" a good cook book.  This one is very good.  Simple but tasty meals.  We've made about four things already and have been pleased with them all.

I hope you are reading some good things.  If so, please share. I would love to add to my spreadsheet.📚

Thursday, February 9, 2017

End of the week retail're welcome

Here's a few fun things ready to jump into your shopping cart!

While I don't cross their automatic doors often, I am not opposed to a good sale.  Right now Walmart is having an online only clearance.  I must say thank you, Walmart.  Online happens to be my favorite way to shop with you.  There are several things, but I was particularly drawn to the Pioneer Woman Collection that is marked down.  In case you don't want enough to get free shipping there are lots of items that are available to buy on line and pick up in the store and that is my 2nd favorite way to shop Walmart.

This pie plate would be great for next Christmas....yes, I said it....Christmas (and we are going to talk more about it soon in a future post) #tightenupyourjinglebells

The Pioneer Woman Holiday Cheer 9" Ruffle-Top Pie Plate

Does this remind anyone else of the breakfast table growing up?

The Pioneer Woman 54-Ounce Amber Glass Pitcher

And if you have a Sam's card, check out this set.
18-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set (Assorted Colors)
It also comes in gray, coral and teal.  I really like what they have done to make melamine dishes look so much like real dishes.....and they don't chip.

And Homegoods melamine dish game is off the chart right now.  Unfortunately, they don't have pictures on line but it is worth the trip.  Go ahead and grab a shopping cart on your way're going to need it.

Pottery Barn is also having Friends and Family 20% off.  I am a huge fan of their sheets but they are pricey so this is a good time to buy them.

And look........ the poor retailers are overstocked with Winter clothes.  Whatever made them think that cool weather would follow summer?  That is so 2016.  But the good news is there are quite a few markdowns and now is the time to stock up.  I feel confident that winter will return and we should be prepared.

Ann Taylor has several items marked down and some with an additional 50% off
Dillards is having a spectacular shoe sale.  If you buy on line, some of the items cannot be returned.  However, if you buy in the store you will have 3 days to return.  Worth the trip to the store.

Lastly, I was so excited to discover this!

Listen, if you have had the pleasure of sitting under Suzanne in one of her Bible Studies, I need not say anything else.  If you have not, you are in for a treat as she is a gifted teacher of the Word of God.  I can't wait to get this home.  I think it will be perfect to dive into as we lead up to Easter.  Let's go, Amazon Prime, don't fail me now.

Have a great weekend !!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bless your heart......

February is American Heart Month

Did you know? The first American Heart Month took place in February 1964. At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. —American Heart Association

I know we spend a lot of time and energy taking care of everyone else.  Why not take some time to do something for yourself?  Call and make an appointment for a heart scan.

You can get a heart screening at Huntsville Hospital Heart Center for $99.

Your scan will give you:
  •  A Heart Score to detect the amount of calcified plaque in the arteries
  • A Detailed assessment of the risk factors for Coronary Heart Disease
  • Blood Pressure
  • You can call 256-519-8490 to schedule your appointment.
  • If  you are out of the area, you are not off the hook.  Check with your local hospital for a similar offering.