28 February 2015

Call your Mother!


I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Why not try turning off your Facebook, shutting down your laptop, and call your mother or grandmother? It will do you good. 

26 February 2015

Lob

Until a few months ago, I had never heard of the word lob. It means long bob, for those that are unaware of the term. Lauren Conrad started the trend when she cut her long dirty blonde locks last year. It seemed most of Hollywood followed suit and cut their long tresses into lobs or even shorter; bobs and pixies seem to be everywhere. I'm a long hair girl myself but sometimes a change is good. Or, sometimes you go too long without getting a trim along with processing and you have to cut a few inches off. Last Summer my hair looked like this:
Notice the sunburn?

Lobs are all the rage and I needed to cut it a few inches as it was pretty damaged. Since I was cutting it 3-4", why not just cut off 8"? Yeah, that was a lot. My sister wives hair went to this:
This was me on Christmas Day. It had grown about .5" since THE CUT (as it became known in the household). Now it is about 2" longer and time for another trim. I was thinking of just getting it cut back off again, as lobs seem to still be in after seeing the Oscars. But then I saw this on Harper's Bazaar:
Lobs are going to be out of fashion for spring. It turns out that long hair is back in. Yay! So, a minimum trim it will be and I don't have to feel bad about wanting my sister wives hair back. My daughter had to chop her hair off right before Christmas as she decided she wanted gray hair so she bleached it twice and it all started falling out. I bought her Biotin vitamins and she said it's helping tremendously. Maybe I should start taking them too!

What is your hair story?



24 February 2015

Our snowy morning

So last night I looked at my Apple weather app as I do every night before bedtime so I know whether to crack open the window. Hey, I live in Georgia, and we've had an unusually warm winter and our windows in the bedroom is cracked more often than not. Much to my excitement, I saw snow is forecasted. The first thing I did upon wakening is go onto our balcony to see if we even got a dusting. I looked down and saw this:
A good inch is lying on the ground! I mean it's not as much as those in Boston or anything, but it's respectful for Atlanta. It made me so happy, especially as I work from home. 😁
There's another chance for snow and ice (dreadful word) tomorrow during rush hour so that won't be cool (pun intended). And yes, I have milk and bread even though I'm the only person in the house that consumes cow's milk so I also have a fresh carton of almond milk. 


  

23 February 2015

Lent 2015


I did not grow up following Lent. Three years ago or so I decided to begin as a way of taking a break from it all and instead of focusing on my obsessions, focus on the Cross. I gave up fast food one year, but went back to it until 2 years ago, when I gave it up for good minus the once a month treat. The last two years I have given up social media. I'm doing it again this year, but not fully as I have to go on a little for work. I'm also giving up Pinterest and Tumblr during the day. My cousin said that I should give up caffeine, you know, my lifeline. The only reason I said not to that one is that I am working a lot and need it to get my job finished in time. Maybe next year...

I honestly didn't realize how much time I spend on social media! It's kind of insane. I apparently was on Twitter throughout the day and Facebook several times a day, as well as Pinterest and Tumblr. It's fine to do every once in awhile, but I look at Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night! Shouldn't my prayers be the first and last thing I do each day? That's what I asked myself and yes, I should. During this time, and hopefully thereafter, this will be the case.

I'm doing the She Reads Truth devotional. It takes just minutes out of my day. That has been a problem in the past as I will start a devotional but not finish as it takes forever. I love that in 10-15 minutes I've read the scripture, devotional, and prayed, and come away feeling refreshed. I've seen this series on Instagram, but never utilized it. It only cost me $2.99 for my iPad plan, but the app is free. It is highly recommended!

I hope you all feel the peace and freedom during this Lenten season. 

16 February 2015

Monday Musings

I didn't intend for this to be a weekly theme, but for a 3rd time, here it is again, Monday Morning (er, afternoon) Musings.

Mr. and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day. Yes, I was a young'un when we married, but I was older than both my sister and Mother and they are both still married (25 and 51 years respectively). I'll be honest, there have been many times when I did not think my husband and I would still be married, but through our love for each other and our commitment, we are closer now than ever. We have awesome role models to look at for enduring marriages as both B's parents and mine have been married over 50 years (his mother died in 2013 or they would be married 55 years in May).


Anyhoo, I'm not a flowers kinda girl, and since we are following Dave Ramsey's approach to getting Sallie Mae kicked to the curb there were not any gifts exchanged that cost money, sigh. That's okay though. We went to The Mill Kitchen in Roswell. It's a cool place that has local, organic, and Southern ingredients. I had a Pimento Cheese BLT on sourdough with hand cut french fries with fleur de sel salt on top and sweet tea. Oh my. It was Divine! B had wild caught salmon salad. I want to go there for Mother's Day. It's that good. After lunch we ran to Trader Joe's where I bought Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Truffles. They were swoon worthy and gone in a flash. Ha! The night ended with a Hallmark movie and Friday Night Lights (movie). It was a good day.


Yesterday we went to church and afterwards we needed gas so we went to Sam's Club and we had a few minutes before Bry would be ready to be picked up so we went in to see what's on sale. I looked at the bread aisle and found it empty. I guess people didn't get the memo that we aren't getting snow or ice as forecasted on Saturday, but just getting rain. There's a small chance of the rain today freezing tonight, but no ice falling. It's pretty ridiculous, but whatever. I'm irritated that we aren't getting anything pretty. We've had snow in March before so maybe it will happen this year.

We watched the SNL 40th Anniversary special last night and there is a distinct difference in SNL from the 80's and prior to 90's and later. It was so much funnier. It's ironic that censors are more lenient now than they were when SNL began, yet it's stupid now, in my opinion.

We had Meatless Monday last night so I will be making Thai Green Curry for supper tonight. Last night I made tomato basil soup and Pamela's (crack) Cornbread. The soup is super easy:

Tomato Basil Soup
1 tbsp. grapeseed or olive oil
1 onion
4 cubes of crushed garlic (in frozen aisle at TJ or 4 tsp. of fresh minced)
3 cubes of basil
1 28 oz. can of tomatoes with basil
8 oz. of tomato basil spaghetti sauce, or whatever you have on hand
32 oz. carton of chicken stock
rind of Parmesan if available
splash of cream

In a dutch oven, over medium heat, warm the oil. Once the oil is shimmering add the onion and soften for a few minutes. Add the garlic and basil and cook for about a minute until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, rind, and stock. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the cornbread is about finished. Then puree with an immersion blender or using ladle pour into a regular blender and liquify it in batches. Make sure if you're using a regular blender that you have a towel over the lid and hold the lid down while blending. Add a splash of cream at the end of blending and it's off the heat. Serve!


13 February 2015

Happy Galentine's Day!



I saw this episode of Parks & Recreation last year when I first began watching the series on Netflix. It was the first time I had heard of Galentine's Day. Doesn't it sound like fun? So today I went to lunch with a gal pal. Next year? I want to have a party!


Ivanka Trump's team has created these adorable Galentine's cards to give to your friends.

A new blogger pal sends her bestie the awesomest (apparently that is not a word either) Galentine's package. So creative!

Hello Giggles has the cutest Galentine's Day gift list. H.G. was co-created by Zooey Deschanel so if you're into her style, then you'll love this list.

Etsy's blog has a list of things to do with your Galentines.

If you're reading this and are female, Happy Galentine's Day! We should have a party sometime! xoxo

11 February 2015

Valentine's Day Gift List


It's crazy that this weekend is already Valentine's Day. Wasn't it seriously like a month ago that we were celebrating Christmas? Garden & Gun has a list of what to give your loved one. I'll take any and all of it! This book is on the list and I love it.

09 February 2015

Monday Morning Musings

Me every Monday morning

  • Last night I saw that Bry drank my last Mountain Dew Throwback. It was too late to go out and then I remembered that I had a coupon for DD coffee. I woke up in a good mood but caffeine is a necessity for functioning. So, I grabbed my purse and jacket and put on my rhinestone flip flops to find out that it was pouring down rain. Argh. I ran out to my car, okay, well, sort of ran, 6 ankle surgeries and no caffeine mean not actually running, but you know what I mean, I went fairly speedy. I ordered the non-fat white chocolate raspberry ice coffee. It was more raspberry than chocolate. Not worth the .99*. I then went to Costco and for .63 bought a Mountain Dew. Then I was happy. Because it was Monday morning and raining, Costco was barren. So score! 
  • Last night I was on my way home from errands after church and looked at the clock and saw that it was after 6:30 and the sun was just setting. This means that spring will be here soon!
  • They need to give Brian Williams a break. He was moronic for stating he was in the helicopter that was being fired upon, but it was a decade ago. I'm also sick to death of seeing all of this mess about Bruce Jenner as well. I mean, really, who gives a flip?! 
  • I'm going to list some items on Re-Lilly and Craigslist for sale. I'll take pictures and post them here as well. I have Lilly Pulitzer, Laura Ashley, and J.Crew. Speaking of J. Crew, my husband and I went to the Factory store and was SO disappointed in the quality. Most shirts were see through unless dark navy or black. It reminded me of Old Navy. If I'm going to get substandard quality, I don't want to pay $30 for a t-shirt when I can get it for half that price at Target or Old Navy. I have a gift card, which is a gift from my parents for Christmas, which I will be purchasing accessories. I won't be purchasing the clothes any more, at least from Factory. I did get a few things with my Williams Sonoma gift card at the outlet. So, at least it wasn't a waste of time and gas.
  • My friend Kelley is adopting her third special needs baby from China. She's having a fundraiser if you're interested in purchasing some of her wares. The tote that says, "Yes, they are all mine" is my favorite. Kelley has two biological children, but God has placed in her heart to adopt these precious ones, Regis, Brighton (Momo), and now, Ridge. She is a great mama.
  • Hallmark has been airing Valentine's Day movies the last week almost nonstop. I've been recording the new ones. It's helped my marathon Christmas movies withdrawal.
  • Dinner will be quinoa with beets, oranges, and feta. Kale salad needs to be eating asap so that will be served, but it has been served all week. I may fry it up. They eat anything roasted or fried.
*Why is there no longer a cent sign on computers? I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Did y'all have a good weekend?

06 February 2015

On My Radar

This week has been insane work week. My contract is up at the end of the month and I've been busting my you know what so that I can get it finished, and hopefully my contract will be renewed. Consequently, my presence here may be a bit sporadic for the next few weeks. I apologize for not reading or commenting on other bloggers posts recently. Now you know why.

Here is this week's list of things of line that have caught my eye, and most are visual.

First, I'm most excited about reading that Ms. Harper Lee has written a sequel for To Kill A Mockingbird. I love the book and the Gregory Peck movie. So Southern.


We DVR The Tonight Show every night and watch it the next night. The good thing about doing it that way is that you skip commercials and horrible singers. The bad part is that sometimes the skits that Jimmy Fallon does seem to be everywhere the following morning. Somehow this week's skits, I've managed to avoid seeing. So, I was practically jumping up and down upon seeing Bayside High once again! The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song was too funny. You should check out the whole week on The Tonight Show Youtube page.

One of the two co-founders of Matchbook Magazine has begun a company where you can purchase cool art prints called Buddy Editions. If you, like me, are looking for ways to spruce up your abode, check it out.

Lilly Pulitzer has released their spring line, and it's all so cute! They also have a new line of workout clothes, but I haven't tried them, yet, so I can't give a recommendation or not.

My husband is always making fun of my Snapchats. He will look over and I'm posing a selfie to send to my nieces (usually). Snapchat now has a discover page where you can look at quick snaps from Food Network, Daily Mail, CNN, etc. Madonna released her video on there. The first artist to do so. Check it out if you're on Snap. You can follow me as vintagewasp if you feel inclined.

I hope you all have a great weekend! It's going to be warm here so I'm hoping to take a break and do some outlet shopping. I have a Williams Sonoma gift card and J. Crew gift card burning a hole in my clutch!

04 February 2015

02 February 2015

Monday Morning Musings

Good Morning Friends! Here are a few thoughts from my weekend:
  1. I made wings, spinach artichoke dip, homemade ranch, homemade hummus, and vegetable platter for the Super Bowl viewing for the family. The piece de resistance was Cookie Butter Rice Krispie Treats! TDF!
  2. Spending hours upon hours of organizing my husband's papers is not what I call"enjoying a weekend". The house is spotless (minus the pile of laundry) and he is organized for the week ahead. His OCD self is just elated, and that makes me happy no matter how boring it was to do.
  3. What was with all of the Depressing Super Bowl commercials? The only good one was Doritos*. Their marketing team are geniuses at their craft.
  4. I feel so bad for the Seahawks. The quarterback made a horrible decision in the last minute that cost them the game. I am a Falcons fan so I had zero interest in either team, but the Patriots only won because of a single bad decision. It wasn't a blow out or anything. At least it was a game worth watching until the very end. Katy Perry's show was good, but became awesome when Missy Elliott sang songs from when I was in high school and college. Why didn't Lenny Kravitz sing American Woman? 
  5. General Beauregard Lee did not see his shadow so we will have a Southern Spring quite soon. Honestly, our temperatures have been mostly mild, so this isn't a surprise. Gen. Lee has a 94% accuracy rate; Phil's is only 39%. Of course it's chilly today, but only 2 days this week will our lows be below freezing. In February. Works for me!
  6. If you have Netflix, watch Burt's Buzz. It's a neat and surprising documentary on the founder of Burt's Bees. We also watched Living on a Dollar a Day and it was so surprising how positive the Guatemalans were even though they lived in huts and had little income. I had to turn off American Ham within 5 minutes. Nick Offerman is a little too gross for my taste.
  7. We had a friend of mine and her family here over the weekend. It's close quarters, but she and her 4 children were able to fit into two twin beds and just one on a mat on the floor. I suppose we need to get another mattress for when they, or other family visit, but most of all because...
  8. PVT. NICK WILL BE STATESIDE TODAY!!!!! He will have a month off, but I'm not sure exactly when he will be able to come home for a visit. I'm excited to see him. It has been a year since he left home for basic training and went immediately to Africa, where he has been for 9 months.  
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Edited to add: He's arrived in America safe and sound! 

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