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Sunday, August 31

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up linky party, hosted by me and Miss Angie from My So-Called Chaos.

This party is all about sharing those fabulous blogs that you've read through the week and promote our blogger community. I hope it will help you use this party to find new blogs to read and build some new blogger friendships.

So, here are the rules:

1. Grab the button.
2. Write a little list of your favorite reads this week and why.
3. Link up below and go find some fabulous new ladies to be friends with.


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That said, here were my favorite reads lately:

1. This recipe from Ambitious Kitchen for butternut squash and black bean enchiladas looks so yummy! Doesn't it sound like the perfect dish to fill your belly on a crisp fall evening?

2. Krystal has put together a little email blogging course, which has been a lot of fun so far. This post about adding more sparkle to your life isn't part of the course, but fits right in with the theme.

3. We're all looking for ways to streamline our lives, organize our homes and ave a little money. I think Laura hits all three tasks with her post about organizing without breaking the bank.

4. Miss Angie's roommate of five years moved to Canada earlier this month, and she dedicated a Musical Monday post to him with a sweet, sweet letter about what his friendship means in her life.

5. If you've been blogging for a while, cleaning up and updating the blog seems to be a daunting task. (One day, I'll fix all the broken picture links.) Here are five quick ways to refresh your blog without having to spend hours getting things done.


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Saturday, August 30

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We started the month with a clean slate and a Friday Confessional party, and a lot of you had comments on my confessions (but no judgement; thank you!)


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A little birthday wish list on this month's Shoe Lust Saturday:

The next Shoe Lust Saturday party will be Sept. 13; come join the fun!

Most loved Instagram photo
Is anyone surprised to see this sweet girl continues to bring in the love on instagram? She was thrilled that her National Dog Day photo was the most popular of the month.


Most pinned post
A Musical Monday post from July last year surprised me as the most pinned post this month, but who doesn't love Jana Kramer?


Most rocking party
Friday Confessional continues to rock and roll. We love to hear all your dirty, little secrets.



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Friday, August 29

Good morning, lovelies!

Confession is good for the soul, so grab the button and let it all out. You'll feel better when you're finished.

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I confess...

I am sorely disappointed that my Gamecocks lost their game last night to Texas A&M. I hope this is not an indication of how our season is going to go.


I confess...

I actually didn't watch the game yesterday. Some friends were having a watch party at their house, which we had been looking forward to all week, but my stomach was upset so I decided to stay home.

Luckily, my sweet pup was there to cheer me up when I wasn't feeling well.

I confess...

I relate to more in this video than I would care to admit.


I confess...

Even though it's all silly drama, I'm watching the ABC show Bachelor in Paradise. I know the Mister must think I'm crazy because I talk back at the television and tell the girls how naive they're being. Hey, we all have our guilty pleasures.


I confess...

Even though we're not finished with our dining room/living room remodel, we're having a small cookout this weekend.

I'm looking for a killer blueberry or blackberry cobbler recipe to serve with homemade vanilla ice cream. Does anyone have any suggestions? Leave me a link below.


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Monday, August 25

I don't know why I think this song is so hilarious, but I do. And it's got a decent beat to work out to.

And which of us aren't guilty of a selfie now and then? I know I am.





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Sunday, August 24

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up linky party, hosted by me and Miss Angie from My So-Called Chaos.

This party is all about sharing those fabulous blogs that you've read through the week and promote our blogger community. I hope it will help you use this party to find new blogs to read and build some new blogger friendships.

So, here are the rules:

1. Grab the button.
2. Write a little list of your favorite reads this week and why.
3. Link up below and go find some fabulous new ladies to be friends with.


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That said, here were my favorite reads lately:

1. I purchased The Fit Bottom Girls Anti-Diet book the week it released, but somehow I missed that they were posting weekly videos on Youtube to go along with reading it (will have to go back and catch up on the next re-read). I love this routine to start the day on a positive note because we all know I'm not very nice before coffee.


2. For those of us that are participating in the #NOEXCUSES August challenge, working out in the heat is pretty much unavoidable, but heat stroke is no bueno. Luckily, Rock My Run has a list of ways to beat the heat.

3. I wasn't really sure at first how I felt about Hands Free Mama's musing on Life on Repeat, but after reflecting on it a bit, it started to make sense to me. There are times that I feel like life is on a loop, but you never do know when that same thing you do every day will change some else's life...or maybe it's that simple dependability that holds someone else up.

4. The Mister and I have big dreams for our house, and we're enjoying fixing it up (and sharing those changes with y'all), but it's easy to fall into the comparison trap with all the retails store and catalogues and online pictures of perfect magazine-spread homes. This post from Momastery was a good lesson being grateful for all we do have.


5. This little recipe for Orange Green Tea Bath Salts on Wonder Forest this week sounds so refreshing. I plan to pick up an orange or two and give it a try.


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Friday, August 22

Good morning, lovelies!

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I confess...

I find myself flustered that every time we go out of town I seem to get behind on the blog. Life just gets in the way sometimes, but I get bothered when I have big plans for the blog and they seem to get bumped. I'll have to do better next week.

I confess...

We had a fabulous time in Charleston last week, but I don't have any pictures to show from the trip. I'm a bad blogger. We spent some time at the beach, met my baby sister for brunch, visited with the Mister's aunt and uncle and went out for awesome Thai food twice.

I confess...

I want to do something fun with my hair color this fall. It's short enough that I wouldn't break the bank if I had it professionally done.

Does any one have any suggestions? Remember I work in insurance sales for a living so hot pink is not an option.

I confess...

We have less than a week until Gamecock kickoff! I'm so excited.




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Friday, August 15

Good morning, lovelies!

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I confess...

This has been a wonderful Happy Birthday Week, and it's only getting better. The Mister has surprised me with a card each day and little presents throughout the week. My "big" birthday gift is an hour-long massage later today and our trip to Charleston.

I confess...

It's probably no surprise that we headed to my favorite local restaurant, 116 State, for dinner last nigh. On Thursdays, they have a red and white on special, so we decided to split a bottle. You really can't beat a good bottle on special with yummy local food.


I confess...


This little one wanted to help me open birthday gifts last night. He had lots of throwing tissue paper at the Mister (yeah, I taught him that). And I can't believe how big his is compared to this time last year. Here's a photo of me holding him on my birthday last year - make him stop growing.



I confess...

I was just pleasantly surprised by putting those two photos next to each other to see how much thinner I look. I'm not actively trying to lose weight...I'm trying to healthy and active. But if I shed a little flesh in the process, I'm not going to complain.

I confess...

Despite the fact that I'm still only claiming to be 29, my eyes didn't get the memo that I'm refusing to age. My eye doc laid down the word this month that I need to prescription shades to help with driving. Wearing my scrips when I drive at night is no longer sufficient.

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Wednesday, August 13

Hello, fellow winos!

Welcome to Wino Wednesday! This is a monthly linky party that I co-host with Danielle from The Crafty Wino where we discuss any and all things wine-related. Let me cover the ground rules for the party:

  1. Grab the Wino Wednesday party and slap it on your post.
  2. Link a wine-related post to the linky party.
  3. Make some new friends over a glass of vino.
  4. Mark your calendar to join us for Wino Wednesday on the second Wednesday of each month.

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Easy peezy. Now on to the wine.

We've been drinking quite a bit of Bota Box's Cabernet Sauvignon. It's the equivalent of three bottles in a bottle with a seal so it doesn't go bad. And since we're trying to eat out less, we pretty much always have wine in the house to go with dinner.


My favorite thing is that they also replied to me on Instagram a couple weeks ago. I like a brand that tries to stay connected with their consumers.

Speaking of Instagram, I decided to start using the hashtag #itswineoclocksomewhere on my winograms. All the cool kids are doing it.


We've had some crazy thunderstorms this past month; so I'm thinking this FB post fits. There is a little better when it's raining than curling up under a blanket with a good book and a tasty beverage. (Wine or coffee depending on what time of day it is.)

And what would Wino Wednesday be without me sharing my favorite wine-related pin? I really think my pup needs one of these beds. Who wants to make one for me? I can't see shelling out nearly $400 at this time, but I'll totally try to DIY it.


Also, I NEED this as a Wino Wednesday Happy Birthday gift...any takers?

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P.S. If you enjoyed this post, you might want to consider following my Wino Wednesday board on Pinterest. We'll see you at the next Wino Wednesday, which is the second Wednesday of each month.




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Monday, August 11

As part of my Weekly Round-Up yesterday, I included a post from Meg about the #ImEnough Movement.


I love this idea! We get way too caught up in the comparison trap, and I think it's even easier as a blogger since we spend so much time viewing each other's lives online...which is carefully curated. I mean, when I have the choice, I only want to show the best of my life and talk about the good experiences online.


The truth is life is messy...and it's easier to focus the spotlight on the things that go right than the other way around, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't embrace and celebrate all of our lives, even the imperfect parts. It's the only one we get.



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Also, I'm going to celebrate actually painting my nails two weeks in a row. That never happens! Since it's day one of my Happy Birthday Week, I decided I wanted something with a little sparkle in it, and picked an old school Julep polish, Mischa. (I think the polish is from 2011 or 2012 - affiliate link)

Link up with Glitter and Gloss for Mani Monday.


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Sunday, August 10

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up linky party, hosted by me and Miss Angie from My So-Called Chaos.

This party is all about sharing those fabulous blogs that you've read through the week and promote our blogger community. I hope it will help you use this party to find new blogs to read and build some new blogger friendships.

So, here are the rules:

1. Grab the button.
2. Write a little list of your favorite reads this week and why.
3. Link up below and go find some fabulous new ladies to be friends with.


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That said, here were my favorite reads lately:

1. I share a Brave Girls Club post on the Facebook page nearly every day; their daily truth emails are a bright spot every morning. Since I'm focusing on taking care of  myself this month, this daily truth was a good reminder to recharge.


2. I LOVED Meg's post about the #ImENOUGH movement; she's so honest about her struggles with motherhood and working, and this movement is a great cause.

3. And along the same lines, Dana wrote a really good post about how to handle the to-do list when you can't possibly get everything done.



4. So here's an item on the to-do list that shouldn't be put off...getting to our annual female check-up. Aniko shares her story and reminds us why it's so important to get into the see the OB-G regularly.


5. I think that this housewarming potted plant shared at Maison de Pax is definitely a cute and simple gift to celebrate a new home with someone.

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Saturday, August 9

Hello, friends!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday morning. Is everyone ready to share their Shoe Lust list this week?

If you're new to this party, the rules are pretty simple:
  1. Grab the Shoe Lust Button
  2. Write a post that shoe-related
  3. Link up and visit with the other partiers.

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Since my birthday is this week, I decided to create a Birthday Shoe Lust List. (Mister, I hope you're paying attention because nearly all of these can be purchased locally.)




And since we all need an extravagant pair on our lust list...or at least I do:

Want to play along? Link your Shoe Lust list up below.

P.S. If you've been enjoying playing along for Shoe Lust Saturday, you might enjoy following my Shoe Lust board on Pinterest.


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Friday, August 8

Good morning, lovelies!

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I confess...

Watching these two play together just melts my heart. My Mister loves being an uncle so much, and our sweet nephew loves him some Uncle Dave.

I confess...

My pupster has been getting all the benefits of the extra walks and exercise I've been into lately. (See yesterday's Non-Scale Victories.)
Every time I sit still, she's going, "Let's go for a walk!"

I confess...

An email that always makes me happy is one from Ebates to say that I'm getting a check in the mail. Nearly $60 for online shopping I would have done anyway. That's what I call a win-win!

I confess...

This make-up palette has been rocking my world lately. I'm so glad that I read about it over at the Wonder Forest. I've used it every day since I got it, and Sephora is an Ebates store...so there's cashback to be had.



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