Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Sayings

Hey y'all,

As usual I thought I would share some inspiration to jump start your week! 



Saturday, June 29, 2013

23 Truths of Adulthood.

Hey y'all,

My work friend, eCs sent this article to me and I had to share, after all this little blog is all about life in the "real world" so why not share the fact that adulthood has some problems. Without further adieu, 23 Truths of Adulthood.

1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button
from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

I hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend! Remember, this next week is a short work week!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Club Friday

Hey y'all,

I am pretty impressed with myself for posting so much this week midst Kids Week chaos. I am so excited for the conclusion tonight of Penny Wars and getting a bit of my free time back. Anywho, it's Friday meaning that it is time to review my recent reads. This week has killed a lot of book time but I already have books waiting in the wings for tonight/this weekend so let's hope I can get back to nightly reads.

"Bronte Talbott follows all of the exploits of the British royals. After all, they're the world's most preeminent dysfunctional family. And who is she to judge? Bronte's own search for love isn't going all that well, especially after her smooth-talking Texan boyfriend abruptly leaves her in the dust.

Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she's certain he's the perfect transition man. But when she discovers he's a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities-- and challenges-- of becoming a royal."

I loved A Royal Pain and can't wait to grab the sequel. I was laughing and crying throughout this book as I went through the ups and downs with Max and Bronte. This was definitely a page turner as I was constantly wanting to go back into the world to find out if Max and Bronte would work everything out. Be prepared for Bronte's use of very colorful language that makes her a lovable, real character that won't drop everything at the drop of a hat for a guy. It has some traditional elements of a romance novel but the characters react to predictable events completely different than I would imagine. I really hope to see Bronte and Max in the next book.

"The success stories speak for themselves in this book from money maestro Dave Ramsey. Instead of promising the normal dose of quick fixes, Ramsey offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also a grounded and uplifting hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health.
Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. "Don't even consider keeping up with the Joneses," Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. "They're broke!"
The Total Money Makeover isn't theory. It works every single time. It works because it is simple. It works because it gets to the heart of the money problems: you."

I really enjoyed this book and I am not a money person. The plan seems very do-able for getting out of debt (hello student loans) and I think for anyone coming out of college it is a smart idea to look at some of Dave Ramsey's books to help look at creating a budget and not getting into tremendous amounts of debt.Let's all get financially fit!

"Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending."

I read the selection last summer, you can read my thoughts about it here. This book did not disappoint as a sequel! It was a page turner and you will get upset with everyone but by the end of the book I was pretty much ok with the direction the series is going in. I was crying towards the end so if you are like me and get upset easily, grab the Kleenex. With a lot less girls in the Selection, you finally get to hear about some of the personalities of the other characters more. This book focused more on the turmoil of the country of Illea and the process of the Selection rather than a Maxon/America/Aspen drama-rama.

I'm currently reading Capital Wives since we all know my love of the television show Scandal and I just began Crossing.

What are you reading?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Hey y'all,

I did not expect to post this much this week with Kids Week every night along with work meaning I am pretty much non-stop from 7am-9pm. However, there are just a few things I thought I would share for you about things that I am currently loving....

...all your comments on my bedding dilemma  I think I am going to hope the Jonathan Adler or Kate Spade sets go on sale but who knows what I will end up with when I move in a little over five weeks!

...this video

...I ordered a monogram Tervis waterbottle tumbler from Crystal Faye yesterday! I can't wait for it to arrive!
via Fiesta potluck at work. I love getting to spend some more time with my co-workers. I mean last night, me and eCs were discussing the need to write a script for a book, become actors in it and become famous. You know, normal conversations. 

....that I am pretty sure I have made my decision on planner for 2014 between the Luxe Lilly and the EC Life Planner and I am thinking EC. Now it's just deciding between these two images (from the UNC GAA) for my next EC Life Planner. I got the inspiration from this pin:
....this print (it also comes in gray and navy) that I need for my bedroom.
....meeting the sweet Allison this week, FINALLY!

...Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover has really helped in the budgeting problem I have and I have already made my July and August budgets so lets hope I can stick to it! 

What are you loving this week?
PS. Any of y'all in the Triangle area that love your gym? I am debating about campus vs off campus gym due to my work hours and I really would love some fun classes to keep me motivated!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pillow Talk.

Hey y'all,

So as I have been dreaming of my new place which I move into in less than 2 months, I have been thinking of some small purchases to finish off my bedroom including my lack of throw pillows. However, when it came time to scour the mall and Homegoods I only found pillows that were $50 a piece to match my bedset. While I loved my comforter when I first bought it, it has become a sore issue. I love that it is Carolina blue and seersucker but upon further examination it actually is a strange blue shade with a brown stripe in the middle. So instead of spending $100 on two pillows 

My current bedding.
I want to stay away from creating a themed room too since this one borders on becoming nautical.
I have decided to instead look for a bed set that includes pillows and save me some hassle. Well, that is also an issue since I want something that coordinates with the sheets I already have and as much as I pin bedrooms with white bedding, I currently have all white furniture and I don't think I will paint the new place so white+white+white is not in my future. 
My current sheet collection includes plain navy and light blue along with some great Homegood finds from the past few months like:
So I am trying to stay in the blue family when I look for duvets/comforters (I am willing to add in a bit of pink as well) and hoping for a set so I don't have to spend $200 on just the duvet/comforter and shams+accent pillows. Here are some options I have found....

Martha Stewart Collection Gazebo Flowers Collection*the current favorite (it was on sale for $160 for everything:euro shams, shams, comforter, bed skirt and accent pillows two weeks ago)

I love this set but I have only been able to find the comforter not the accent pillows

Target Room 365 Exploded Paisley Duvet Set

Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Elizabeth Collection
Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Elizabeth Collection
Happy Chic Jonathan Adler Collection

PB Teen Ikat Medallion Set
PB Teen Natalia Duvet Set
PB Teen Suite Organic Duvet set
PB Teen Ribbon Trim Duvet cover

Kate Spade Little Star Set
Have you seen any amazing bedding collections that would work? Which one is your favorite?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Weekend Update

Hey y'all,

Work has been pretty busy and all of those projects plus Vacation Bible School every night this week means I am going to go ahead and not promise lots of blogging. So, here is a mini update of my weekend.

Friday after work I headed to the grocery store to pick up some lettuce for salads and guacamole and came out with that and 3 pints of Hagan Daas (they were on sale). After unloading the groceries, having chips and guac and watching a few episodes of Gilmore Girls I began reading The Elite (The Selection Book 2). I was supposed to go to see Monsters University with my small group leader but her showing sold out before I had a chance to grab a ticket. So then around 8:30 I got a text from RH asking if I wanted to grab some fro-yo to celebrate the start of summer which I of course said yes to so we went to YOPO and talked for a few hours before saying goodbye since we were having to get up early in the morning for our 5k!

Saturday morning began at 7am getting ready and heading to Raleigh with RH for the Color Vibe 5k! We thought the race began at 9 but it was 9:30 so we hung out and decided to throw our color before the race. We were in the second heat and ended up finishing around 45mins. I thought that wasn't bad since the race was on an equestrian farm so there were a lot of rocky path/hill things. After that we went to the photo-booth and headed to Taco Bell to celebrate. Yes, the guy at the drive through thought we were kind of crazy. 
Before the race
All Finished
I got home, showered (it all came out), read and then it was time for my preschoolers at church and church service (and I am much happier since they brought back the middle screen). I was pretty wiped after the long day so after church I went home and walked for 2 miles then went to bed.
Sunday morning I finished the Elite, went to babysit like usual and then came home to cook meals for the week, watch the beginnings of Season 4 of Gilmore Girls and then hit the elliptical for 3 miles before going to bed.

What did you do this weekend?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Recent OOTDs

Hey y'all,

It has been forever since I have posted a blog with some of my outfits so this is going to be kind of long since I have been collecting a few outfits every week to share! Most of the time though the past few weeks I have been running out the door so excuse me that these are not a regular occurrence. I hope that you are not bored with all my Target finds. From working there as a sales person to just loving to shop there I think the majority of my wardrobe is from Tar-jay.
For Work
Top: Target/Merona (Summer '12)
Skirt: Target/Mossimo (Summer '12)
Shoes: Target Black Sandals (old)
Bubble Necklace: Groopdealz
Top: Target/Merona (summer '12)
Pants: Old Navy (old)
Flats: Target 
Church Dinner & Square Dancing
Top: Hanes V-neck
Scarf: Lightyears
Jeggings: Target/Mossimo
Flats: Target
Casual Friday at the Office
Scarf: Gift
Top: Kohls
Cami: Aeropostale
Jeggings: Target
Trusty Target Black Sandals
Watch: Anne Klein Two-Tone Watch
Dinner with the Grand-little
Maxi Dress: Target/Mossimo (summer '12)
Necklace: VeryJane
Bag: Marley Lilly
Watch: Anne Klein
Bracelet: Target
T-shirt: American Eagle
Cami: Aeropostale
Skirt: J.Crew Factory
Shoes: Platinum Jack Rogers
Necklace: Gift
Capris: Target/Mossimo
Top: Target/Mossimo
Tank: Areopostale
Cardigan: New York and Company
Flats: Delias lace flats
Top: Macys
Pants: Old Navy
Cami: Aeropostale
Flats: Silver Ralph Lauren flats
Bag: Kate Spade Flicker Sophie
Cardigan: Target/Merona
Tank: Aeropostale
Skirt: LOFT
Monogram necklace: gift
Shoes: Platinum JR Navajo sandals
Watch: Anne Klein
Cable bracelet: Swell Caroline
Dress: JC Penny's/Joe Fresh
Cardigan: New York and Company
Cami: Aeropostale
Watch: Anne Klein
Necklace: Gift
Shoes: Platinum Jack Rogers
Have you found any have to have wardrobe items lately?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekend Shenanigans: J.Crew & Carolina Baseball

Hey y'all,

So today I thought I would do a little weekend update and link up with Sami to discuss my pretty busy weekend. So Saturday began with waking up at 7:30am, breakfast, the news, etc. then off to drive over to nCn's house to begin the adventure to Lynchburg with CW & eCs as well! So off we went and unfortunately the drive included a lot of downed trees since the Carolinas/Virginia had an awful storm Thursday night. We arrived at the first J.Crew Clearance Center around 10:30 (25 Millrace Dr.) and found out they were having an additional sale. This location had a lot of swimwear, a men's section and a bit of everything else but beware of the wait for a fitting room since they only have three available. I tried on a few things and ended up with the dress below for under $40.
No Longer Available.
After shopping adventure #1 we checked out a place to eat and the lovely people at the Millrace location recommended we try Depot Grille. It's a restaurant right off of the train tracks (live ones where you can see the trains go by) built in a railroad car.
They also have crayons out with butcher paper on the table so we all got crafty while waiting for our food. By the way, the chicken tender salad has GIANT chicken tenders on top of a bed of lettuce (go for the half-salad) or any of the other items.
After lunch and exploring a small Antique Mall, eCs is an amazing antique finder we were onto store #2 (101-A Northwynd Circle). This location has a better atmosphere in my opinion of a store, it also includes Madewell and more special occasion dress including some gorgeous wedding dresses I saw for $250!
I tried on the scalloped dress everyone was raving about this spring but yellow is not my color.
More things to try on.
The winner!
I picked up the Mandy dress in mint seersucker for $60! So I grabbed two dresses for under $100 so I say it was a successful day. Then we drove back to Chapel Hill and I ran to the grocery store, worked out, watched Gilmore Girls on DVD and called it a night.

Sunday began with heading to church and seeing some big changes to the space that I am not too fond of but it is what it is. Then I headed to check out Homegoods/Michael's since I have decided that I am not loving my bed set and nothing was amazing but I did grab a Despicable Me coloring book for $1! I grabbed one for the college bestie, jCm for when she comes back to UNC for homecoming.

After the window shopping I got a text to watch the Carolina/State baseball game with some of my friends from church so I ran home, ate a quick lunch and changed into some Carolina blue. It was a tough game to watch but it was great to have fellow Carolina fans to commiserate with. Here's to hoping that we can beat UCLA and stay in the College World Series!

I hope your weekends were great! Here is to another busy week!

Sami's Shenanigans