Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Late Summer/ Early Fall Outfit Ideas

Just when it started to feel like early fall here in Kentucky last week, just like that we're back in the mid 80's every day for the foreseeable future. But I still wanted to share a few looks that I put together that would be great to transition from the dog days of summer into the crisp fall mornings. 

Fall can be such a hard time to dress for around here because it's chilly in the mornings and really, really hot by the afternoon. So here are a few of my favorite late summer/early fall outfit ideas that can acclimate to some wide swings in temperature throughout the day. 

Top: Elizabeth Wilson Designs | Skirt: French Connection | Boots: Tory Burch via Nordstrom

I am just loving this top so much for early fall. Elizabeth Wilson Designs is a local company based in Lexington and run by a girl who is still in high school! She does all the sewing and while it can take a while for things to ship, they are SO worth the wait! You can follow her on Instagram if you search @elizabethwilsondesigns I'm planning to pair this top with dark skinny jeans and these same boots for our fall family photos in a few weeks.  

Top: V2V in Charleston | Shorts: J Crew | Shoes: New Balance for J Crew

This is just a fun little running around after the kids outfit that still leaves me feeling somewhat put together. It beats my typical stretchy britches and tank tops. 

Top: Sugar Boutique | Jeans: J Crew | Earrings: Sugar Boutique 

 Sweatshirt: Skinny Dip Charleston | Chambray top: J Crew | Jeans: J Crew Factory | Shoes: New Balance for J Crew

This one isn't outfit related necessarily, although these cute mules linked above are featured, I wanted to share this adorable, funky but neutral rug I got recently from Beaufort Linen Company. I'm planning to use it in the powder bathroom of the new house once we've got it cleaned up enough to do the finishing touches.

So there you have it, a few simple and comfortable outfit ideas. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

I thought I'd share a few of my current favorite things with y'all this Friday! These are sort of all over the map, so bare with me.

Blue longalls/white shirt, orange longalls/fox shirt are all The Beaufort Bonnet Company
Khaki longalls/football shirt are from Little English

How cute are these little outfits for Carter? I've been having fun shopping for the kids fall clothes lately since neither one has much left from last year that fits. I swear, Caroline has grown 2 inches just since March, it's crazy! Carter is still pretty small, only 22 pounds, but he's gotten quite a bit taller over the summer as well.  I'm working on putting together a post of all of my favorite online shops I frequent for the kids clothes. 

These pumpkin cream cheese muffins are definitely near the top of my list of new recipes to try. Something about Fall puts me in a serious baking mood. I always enjoy baking, but the crispness in the air and the windows open in the house just entice me into the kitchen for some reason and it'd only be fitting to make something pumpkin flavored for fall. The recipe I'll be trying can be found here.  

I picked up this tunic last fall in ivory and wore the heck out of it, so when I saw it was back this year, I decided to pick it up in olive as well since I wear my other one so much and olive is such a great color for fall. I love this tunic with leggings, skinny jeans, underneath of a vest, by itself. It's just really versatile. The fit is true to size. 

I picked this book up via Amazon a few weeks ago after seeing a fellow blogger I follow post about it and both of the kids just absolutely love it, especially Carter. He's getting to that phase where he's very interested in trucks and tools and anything that's loud in general. He even brought me his little bulldozer t-shirt the other day and wanted to put it on. He handed me the shirt and started tugging at the shirt he was wearing whining. When I changed the shirt, he was happy as a clam. It was the cutest thing!

I had pictures made of the kids a few weeks ago in Lexington. I'd been trying to get Carter's one year pictures done for months now, but had to cancel three times because they kept getting rained out. Plus with Caroline having just turned 5, I wanted some shots of her as well. I got the proofs back yesterday and I love them. I have to narrow it down to 25 shots before I can download them, but wanted to share a sneak peek. We're having some family photos made this fall as well. I know professional photos can be expensive, but in my opinion it is money well spent. These days pass by so quickly, so I'm very thankful to have pictures to preserve these times and look back on them over the coming years. 

Everyone have a great weekend! Next week it will officially be fall so I'm planning some fun fall kickoff posts here! Hope you'll check back :)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Current Beauty Favorites: Skin Care

When it comes to my skin, I try to keep things simple because my skin tends to be on the sensitive side. Lately, I have been trying out a few new things because I really want to be proactive with my skincare instead of reactive. I wanted to share my current favorite skincare products that I've been using consistently for quite some time. 

I started using this mask once a week about two months ago and I really love it. It smells HEAVENLY, first of all, and I feel like my skin just feels cleaner and smoother after I use it. You could probably use it more than once a week, but like I said, my skin can be very reactive to new things, so I try not to overdo it. My skin is combination, oily in some places and dry in others and this mask doesn't irritate either area. I'm not sure if I'll re-order this same mask when it runs out or if I'll give another one a shot, but I definitely recommend it.

Also, you can get 4% cash back ordering it through the link above if you're an ebates member. If you're not already, you can sign up here before you order. 

I've been using this seaweed cleanser daily for probably six months now and really like it. It's very gentle and not laden with a ton of crazy chemicals. It's made in Savannah, Ga and at $38, the price point isn't terrible compared to a lot of other products on the market. It's not a cleanser that feels harsh or leaves your skin feeling dried out which I need since as I mentioned, I can be prone to dryness in certain areas. Some cleansers I've used leave my skin feeling stripped and this one does not do that at all. I plan to re-order this one again when I run out. 

I picked up my first Clarisonic cleansing brush during this year's Nordstrom anniversary sale. I use it in conjunction with the cleanser above every few days. I use the cleanser every day, but not the Clarisonic. When I first started using this, I noticed my skin breaking out more than it has recently and I don't know if it had to do with adding this brush into my routine, if it was dietary related or stress, but whatever it was, it stopped after a couple of weeks. Has anyone else ever started breaking out after adding one of these brushes to your skincare routine?  I do like this brush as I feel like it's great for sloughing off dead skin and aiding skin cell turnover. I don't know that I've seen anything in using it that justifies the price for me, so I'm glad I was able to get it on sale. I know lots of people who swear by this brush, but I don't feel like my skin is any better or worse off for adding it. Since I purchased it, I use it, but I could take it or leave it.

Okay, this three step system is pricey. It's the same company that makes the cleanser I use and mentioned above, so lack of chemicals is a strong selling point and it's made in Savannah, GA. Now, I discovered this skincare line quite awhile ago when they first started getting active on Instagram. I'd eyed this system for months but couldn't make myself pull the trigger. I ended up winning the system via an IG giveaway run through Sapelo and The Pink Dot Beauty Bar in Charleston. I was SO excited because I never win anything and I'd wanted to try this so badly, but couldn't justify the price without knowing the product. I use it every other day right before bedtime. Every step of the system smells floral and lovely. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and supple. The recommendation per the packaging is to use all three steps twice a day, but I'm trying to conserve the goods, so I don't use it that frequently. I absolutely love the product and would highly recommend it, but I will likely not order it again simply because of the steep price tag. I will, however, try my luck at winning it again ;)

So that it...it's probably pretty simple compared to a lot of people's skincare routines, but that's what works for me. Also, for makeup removal since I didn't touch on that, I either just use warm water and a rag, or rubbing alcohol, so if you have a chemical-free product you'd recommend for makeup removal, please share it with me :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Caroline and I went to our first Disney on Ice show last Friday and had the best time. Juston gave us the tickets for our birthday and it was a perfect night for just the girls.  The only part Caroline didn't care much for was when the huge dragon came out breathing smoke during the Sleeping Beauty segment.

Nothing much worth writing home about on Saturday, but I did manage to get the entire Maysville house cleaned from top to bottom for the first time in forever! We're planning to move all of our furniture from Maysville to the new house in Elizabethtown at the end of this month if everything stays on track. 

I've been ordering some new fall outfits for both kids since they're growing like weeks and not a whole lot from last fall fits either of them. I'm not a huge fan of the weather cooling off because I hate being cold, not being outside as much, not being in the pool or on the boat, but there's always football, tailgating, pumpkin flavored baked goods  and adorable little outfits like these to help me love fall a little bit more. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Evans Orchard

The kids and I headed to Georgetown yesterday for our annual trip to Evans Orchard and Cider Mill. Typically, we go on a weekend so that Juston can come, too, but there was free admission yesterday since they were filming their commercial and needed kids. I'm pretty sure after today, I'll have a hard time making myself go on a weekend again. There were no lines, I could park a stone's throw from the front entrance and there was no wait at the bathroom (hallelujah)!  Anytime we've gone on a weekend, it's absolute Crazytown there!

 Caroline and Carter had the best time (aside from me temporarily losing both of them in the hay maze when they both bolted in opposite directions. We quickly exited that attraction as soon as I tracked them both down). 


We probably will go back soon because we didn't get to ride the train, pick apples and pears or visit the pumpkin patch, but they played their little hearts out! Aside from the playplace, they also got to visit the petting zoo, which Carter loved! Seeing the animals in books gets him excited enough, but to basically be nose to nose with a big old pot bellied pig and hear it snort was more than his little one year old self could have dreamed of. 

If you are in or around Central Kentucky and have never tried Evans, I'd definitely recommend it, it's in such a beautiful part of Kentucky and even on the busy weekends, it's still fun. And do yourself a favor and buy the apple cider and apple cider donuts. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kids Bathroom Plans

Now that our kitchen renovation is nearing completion, my wheels are starting to turn about one of the next projects we'll tackle in the house. I believe the next phase is going to be adding the side porch, getting walls and flooring in the basement and tackling one of the upstairs bathrooms. So I'm sharing some brainstorming ideas I have for the bathroom the kids will share. Here's how it looked when we bought it. It's not much different now except the popcorn ceilings have been scraped.

If you were to look at this room from this same angle, here's an idea of what I'm thinking about as far as changing the layout.

I'd love to turn the bathtub so that it's underneath the window and move the toilet to the wall behind the small closet so that it's a bit more private. The bathroom right now is super narrow and just feels close. I'd also like to get a smaller vanity as the one that's in it is just way too big for the space. I'd like to still keep the double sink option, just a smaller version of it. Something like this...

Or maybe even do a dual faucet in a trough sink like this one. It's so fun and different!


You can't see it in the first photo, but there's a small closet behind the door that leads into the bathroom. I'd like to give it a bit more character and do something that looks more custom and built in.

As far as paint color, I'm struggling since it's a girl/boy shared space. My options are nowhere near narrowed down, but I do like the looks of this space.


I'm fairly certain I'll be adding this John Robshaw curtain in either navy blue or charcoal. I like that it's got the detail in the stitching and the tassels, but still feels neutral. I can add in lots of other colors in the space with one of those two options on the shower curtain. 

We'll probably tackle the master bathroom reno first because updating and changing it will add more value overall, but I feel like getting things pulled together in a post gives me a more clear idea of what direction I want to go with decorating. Does anyone know how hard it is to relocate a tub? Anyone ever done it? I have no clue how plumbing works, but in my mind, there's already pipes and a drain there because the toilet sits there, then we can just move the toilet over to where the pipes and drain run to where the shower currently sits. Who's going to burst my bubble and tell me it's not that simple because I'm sure it's not. Nothing with this house has been so far.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cheesy Corn Dip

There are few things I enjoy more than spending time in the kitchen putting together appetizers, then spending the next few hours curled up on the couch watching SEC football with my family. Okay, I curl up, Juston sits on the edge of his seat and the kids run around like crazy people, but it's still one of the things I look most forward to in the fall. I thought I'd start sharing some of our favorite gameday eats here, starting with a cheesy corn dip I made this past weekend. 

Here it is before I put it in the over.

It's super easy and super tasty!


4 ounces softened cream cheese
4 ounces sour cream
2 cans drained corn
1 can drained green chiles
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese
3/4 cup monteray jack cheese

Mix the softened cream cheese and sour cream together then sprinkle in the garlic powder. If you want to taste a little bit of heat, you could even add a dash of cayenne pepper. Next, use a spatula to fold in the corn, chilies and Monterrey jack and pepper jack cheeses. Once all of that is incorporated, sprinkle to top with more monterrey jack and pepper jack cheeses. Bake at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling. I served with whole wheat tortilla scoops. The whole wheat and corn makes the dip healthier  ;)

Another quick meal I wanted to share that I made last week is this peach arugula salad. Make a bed of arugula, then add peeled, diced peaches, Gorgonzola cheese and crumbled bacon. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

 I'm a little late sharing about our Labor Day weekend, but we unofficially ended summer much like we spent the majority of it; on the boat and at the camper with the family.

It was just Caroline and myself that went out on the boat with my sister and her family. Juston doesn't like boating much and it was Carter's naptime so the boys stayed home to relax.  

Caroline and Camden, my sister's youngest have the same age difference as my sister and myself and they have just had the greatest time with each other all summer. Our kids may be very spread out in age with her oldest being 17 and my youngest just 1, but they are all so close. It's far and away the thing I am going to miss the most when we move is seeing them all play together and occasionally drive each other nuts just like siblings, because they basically are that close anyway.

The camper is probably one of my kids favorite things to do! They love running free, making s'mores, being outside, watching all the people and dogs walking around. It's such a relaxing atmosphere. I love that it's the same campground my papaw used to camp at every summer for years. 

The kids and I have some fun plans for tomorrow, weather permitting. I'll be sure to share if we end up getting to follow through!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Personal Goals

I may have mentioned on here once or twice that we are sort in living in a weird limbo right now. Juston lives in one town about three hours away all week long and comes home on the weekends. We are still at home part of the time in our house that's still for sale, at my parents' house part of the time and most weeks, we'll go out to stay with Juston in our house that's still currently going through renovations for a few days, too. So we basically split our time between three homes during any given week. To say I have lacked both a normal schedule and motivation to set any new personal fitness goals is an understatement and I'm paying the price for it. 

My fitness level has gone so far downhill in the last few months, it's ridiculous. I haven't run since early summer and I've had to cut back to three weight workouts a week that I normally have to rush through when I was doing five weight sessions that lasted about 45 minutes each. Working out is one of my very favorite things to do, I just haven't found the right time to carve it out in our current schedule. I'm still a member of the YMCA here in Maysville, but don't have a gym in Elizabethtown yet because I don't want to have to pay for two gym memberships. I've put on about seven pounds and lost so much strength since summer started and I'm ready to get my tail back in gear. At the beginning of summer, I could do five pullups unassisted on a good day...now I'm lucky to manage two. While I do weigh myself pretty regularly, I gauge my progress by how heavy my lifts are in the gym and how quick I can run a mile. My current mile time is at about 11:00 minutes. I did 11:01 yesterday in my first run in about two and a half months. Just to put that in perspective, a really good mile time for me is 10 minutes. I'm just not a good runner.

So the point of all this is that I'm finally feeling like I'm in the right mindset to start setting goals for myself and getting a plan together to reach them. And I'm sharing about it here to hold myself accountable, as well as potentially help anyone looking to do the same. My fitness goals are pretty simple in concept to accomplish as long as I stick to a plan. Here are my fall fitness goals I've set for myself.

1. Run a 5K. We have one here in early October that I'm planning to do. I'm going to be getting back to running three times a week. This will help me immensely towards my next goal.
2. Lose the weight I've put on this summer. It's really no mystery how it happened; less physical activity and less intensity when I am active, coupled with too much indulging. I love to cook and eat and I don't plan to alter my diet too much aside from trying to incorporate more nutrient dense foods like veggies and fruits and cutting out the snacking. The snacking is what kills me. If I was really wanting to get super lean and cut, I'd do some major alterations, but I'm just trying to lose a few pounds and lower my body fat percentage to the lower twenties where I feel most comfortable.
3. Do 5 unassisted pullups by the end of October. The way I approach this goal is by incorporating what I call "negatives" into my workouts a few times a week. Negatives are basically where you use a bench under a pullup bar, stand on the bench and jump into the top of the pullup position, then lower yourself as slowly as possible until your arms are straight. Then hop up on the bench and start over. This basically trains you to do pullups in reverse. It builds and strengthens all those muscles you need for the exercise.
4.  Strengthen my core. I have slacked majorly on core workouts. I'd typically include a core workout on the same day I'm doing biceps/triceps, but with the limited gym time I've been getting, I usually just do the arm exercises and ditch the core exercises, telling myself I'll do them at home later, but never do it. I'm going to be doing core exercises every other day at home, trying to get three sessions a week in. The great thing about training abs and lower back is that it doesn't have to be a long workout to be effective. Most of the core work I do can be done in ten minutes or less.

There you have it...my list of physical goals I'm working towards over the next couple of months. I'd really love to get into posting workouts here with pictures. If I can talk my husband into taking them without me feeling like a complete goober, I'll share them here in case anyone is looking for some exercises to do at home. I'm really excited to feel re-focused on fitness goals. It'll give me control over something while everything else is so nuts! I'll take what I can get. Hope everyone had a great long weekend.