24 June 2015

19 June 2015

Random Bits

 I want to start off this blog post by saying that each and every Charlestonian is in my prayers. I pray for the victims families, the citizens, but ultimately, the terrorist. That is one sick dude that needs God's love. Racism should have left the U.S. a LONG time ago, and the fact it hasn't is so weird. Using religion for the wrong reason, or to judge someone else's religion or race is not following the word of The Lord. I don't get it, but then again, I'm sane, so what do I know.

 For one reason or another I have not been following along with other bloggers posts so when I went on Bloglovin' for the first time in (apparently) weeks I had approx. 500 posts to read. Honestly, I didn't have all day today so I just skimmed a few but will get back to them soon. I came across a most perfect post on being a High WASP by Lisa that y'all just have to read.
Ashley Brooke Designs is giving away a loot of goodies and I hope I win! They are all so perfect!

Apparently yesterday was International Picnic Day. I wish I would have known, but really it's so stinking hot here that the picnic would have to be a breakfast picnic at 8 am. ;)

I have more to share, but it's time to make supper (salmon salad for B; strawberry salad for me). I hope y'all have a great weekend!


17 June 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken

Yes, I've chosen to live in the Deep South, but law, it's hot. We were 4 degrees away from breaking a 79 year record. So, it's hot...and humid...ew. If leaving the house is necessitated then leaving before noon is a must. Needless to say that turning on my oven sounds horrifying even with air conditioning. I cannot even imagine my foremothers fried chicken or made soup over a fire in hot Georgia summers pre-air conditioning.

How I do it is we eat a lot of salads, fruit, and I use the slow cooker A LOT. One of my favorite things to do is cook skinless boneless chicken breasts and use it for many meals. I'll list a few here.

Recipe:

10-15 skinless boneless chicken breasts (I use Coleman Organics from Costco. If you use a bag then drain them before putting in the insert.)
32 oz box (low sodium)

Thaw the chicken if necessary. My slow cooker requires thawing of foods before placing in the insert. Cover the chicken with broth until it is completely covered; add water if necessary. Turn on low for 6 hours, high for 3. Check the internal temperature and make sure it's 165. If it is, take out the chicken and with two forks, shred.

My favorite recipe is honey chicken salad croissants:
2 cups of chicken
1/4 cup walnuts
Sliced grapes (your decision on quantity)
1-2 Tablespoon celery
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Mix to combine. Add more yogurt if necessary to moisten. Place in croissant with lettuce leave, or on top of a salad. My husband will eat it with corn chips.

A few more recipes for the shredded chicken is:
BBQ chicken
BBQ chicken pizza
Chicken enchiladas
Chicken noodle soup or tortilla soup

What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?

15 June 2015

Authenticity in Blogging


Blogging, in my very humble opinion, has lost a lot of it's authenticity. I began blogging on Homeschool Blogger in 2003-ish when I began homeschooling Bry (N and M lived with their biological mother) then went to Homestead Blogger until 2008, where I went to Blogspot and have remained since. Basically, I have been in the blog sphere forever and have seen it all.

I can honestly say that 90% of my best gal pals have been made through blogging and social media. My next step is to attend a few of the conventions to see these friends and make more! I love learning  what others are wearing and reading. You can find a blog for whatever interest you have. There's so much good in blogging to be found.

There's also so much negative to be found; snarking and un-authenticity lead the pack in my opinion. There's entire websites that snark on blogs. GOMI needs to get off my internet. The people that snark are so mean. It's one thing to talk about how one writes, but to snark on someone's looks is entirely uncalled for. Why people want to hurt others makes no sense to me.

Blogging began as a online journal for most, even the most popular bloggers. That's how I began. Back in 2007 this was the goal. Now blogging is a career. There's absolutely nothing wrong with making it your career, as long as you stay true to your authentic self. If you can't make a blog post without 50 Reward Style links or answer a Tumblr question without making a sale then you're doing yourself, your blog, and your readers (you know, the people that allowed you to make money in the first place by following your blog) a disservice. I understand getting paid for your job. Like if a reader asks you where to find a purse or Father's Day gift, then sure, you deserve to get paid for searching for this item...especially if you get hundreds of questions a day. Otherwise, I find you annoying.

In the preppy world, Kiel James Patrick and his fiance Sarah Vickers, have created a ton of backlash for seemingly being inauthentic. They are selling a brand, but the problem is they have many young followers that are asking their parents to buy Sarah's $500 Kate Spade dress that she's wearing to showcase the $40 bracelet (which are totally cute, by the way). They're very JFK and Jackie O in aesthetics, but the difference is it was found out they're not filthy rich Kennedy's so they received tons of flack. I actually respect that they're earning a living, but until recently they never said that these are photo shoots, not their actual lives.

Again, this is just me and something that has been on my mind lately. Sometimes I think, why bother? The blogsphere is saturated, but then I remember why I blog...friendship.


11 June 2015

Seersucker Thursdays


In 1997 Former Mississippi Senator Trent Lott started Seersucker Thursday in Congress on the third Thursday of June. The tradition lasted until 2012 when they decided it wasn't "modern" so they stopped it, but Representative Bill Cassidy (as in the Sundance Kid?) made it his mission to get it started again. The photo above is of this year's participants. Aren't they nifty? As Town & Country proclaimed: SQUAD GOALS!

This article in Southern Living shows the best places to get Seersucker in the South, as well as a brief history of the fabric. This dress from Lauren James is the bomb dot com. Seersucker + Bow? Swoon.

L.L. Bean just began their 60% off sale. They have several pieces of seersucker on sale right now. I love the Signature blazer with either the shorts or pants. A few years ago I bought a plum and white seersucker pantsuit from Isaac Mizrahi, but I would love a blue and white dress with blazer. For the men in your life, nothing tops Brooks Brothers seersucker suit. Ralph Lauren has THE CUTEST seersucker outfits for babies. I'm currently wearing a vintage pink and white seersucker tank dress from Lanz.

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10 June 2015

Road to Tara

Two weeks ago one of my best friend's, C, and her daughter, S, and I met at Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia. C and I have been blogging and social media friends for years! She has always lived on the West Coast until a month ago and this was our first IRL meeting. We've always had a lot in common, including Gone With the Wind. I've heard about this museum for a few years but have never wanted to force anyone to go with me so when C moved here, I was like, finally, I don't have to drag anyone! :) The museum has items were at the opening downtown at the Lowes Theater, costumes and set contents, and much more! 

These pictures of Ashley, Scarlett, Rhett, and Melanie were at the opening. They're actual paintings. I'm shocked at they're in such good condition. Personal anecdote: when I was in middle school I dated a cutie pie named Ashley. Poor guy was constantly hearing in a severe Southern accent, "Ashley, oh Ashley". 
This photo has a photobomb of a very sweet and very busy toddler!
One of the theatrical posters. 
This is a long poster and below this is a telephone where you can listen to a recording of behind the scenes. 
Ariel is sitting in seats from the Lowes Theater. Above Ariel is a hand lettered marquee that was also in the theater opening night. 
By far my favorite of Scarlett's dresses-the BBQ dress that she wore in the opening with the twins. 
The famous curtains dress that Scarlett wore to see Capt. Butler in jail. 
Belle Whatley's gown. Oh how I liked Belle. I loved her generous ness. That part where Melanie met with Belle to get money for the soldiers was so genuine...so sweet. When they're talking about their sons. 

I hope you'll stop by and visit the museum. There's more than I took photos of and posted here. It's a Georgia gem! 







06 June 2015

June's Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY
June 6, 2015

Outside my window...The trees are full, the sky is blue, sun is shining, and there's a cardinal, titmouse, and nuthatch on the new bird feeder. It's nice and warm at 90 degrees, which is common in Atlanta, and will be for the next ten days. 

I am thinking...that everything happens for a reasons and I need to just be patient and rely on God.

I am thankful... for air conditioning. When I get warm, I imagine being in the Georgia heat without air and I feel so grateful that I can go from home to car with air conditioning to a building with it too. Publix was the first grocery store to have it, and it has the best around.

In the kitchen... cream cheese sausage balls and strawberries for brunch; hamburgers, German potato salad, and salad for supper.

I am wearing... black leggings and white T for now, but changing into Lilly tank dress to run errands in a few minutes.

I am creating... care package for baby girl in CA.

I am going... to run errands.

I am wondering... if I should lighten my hair.

I am reading... Ten Beach Road. I am only 2 chapters in and really do not have an opinion, but like that it's based in Atlanta.

I am hoping... that VP Biden finds peace after the death of his son.

I am looking forward to... swimming this summer. After not swimming much the last few years I'm looking forward to it.

I am learning...to use Wordpress with videos.

Around the house... Almost finished with spring cleaning. I need to do some dusting of cobwebs, vents, and pictures. The hard part is finished!

I am pondering... would I prefer to be Anne or Diana's friend more. Am I the only one who visualizes fictional characters as real life people that I could become acquainted with in some fashion?

A favorite quote for today... "This obsession with food and entertaining is not my fault. I grew up on a place where restaurants were few and cooking was of paramount importance. We give food away as presents and peace offerings, and sometimes just because it is so incredibly good that we have no choice but to share it. We tote it to people in times of grief; we use it to say bon voyage or welcome back." Julia Reed

One of my favorite things... Dunkin Donut's chips ahoy creme doughnut. Y'all, I had one yesterday for National Doughnut Day and it was DIVINE.

A few plans for the rest of the week: swim and job hunt.

A peek into my day... last night I pulled out my three newest beauty products that I love and took a Snapchat picture of them. The Batista is seriously good and the tropical scent makes my hair smell so good. The nail polish is Revlon ColorStay Gel in Pocket Aces.

04 June 2015

National Doughnut Day!


The first Friday in June is always National Doughnut/Donut Day. Oh how it's one of my favorite day's of the year! Our first stop of the day is Dunkin Donuts where you get a free doughnut (your choice of flavor) with any beverage (if you know me at all you know it's always caramel iced coffee). Then we'll head to Krispy Kreme to get our free HOT glazed. Oh mama.


01 June 2015

Monday Musings

Well my laptop (and husband) is back from it's visit to Texas. It did not get swept away in a flood. ;) While it was gone, I went to the pool the first time this summer. Oh, it was so good. So relaxing. I mean, your tunes, fashion mag, tanning oil, and sweet tea are the only requirements to have a good time. I managed to once again get a bit too much sun, and minus the risk of skin cancer, was so worth it.
My son and I ate nothing but junk and watched massive amounts of television. Everything my husband hates! Copious amounts of Hallmark Channel and maybe a few episodes of Southern Charm. I was not a fan of Pizza Hut's bacon stuffed pizza as I thought I would be. I mean, it has all of my favorite ingredients besides potatoes-cheese, pizza, and bacon. Somehow, they didn't get it right. Next time I'll stick with my regular pan pizza topped with bacon and pepperoni. The Chips Ahoy creme filled donut at Dunkin'...so scrumptious! The Braves won again on Saturday night so on Sunday I picked up my free iced coffee (caramel, of course) and splurged on the donut seeing as I didn't really eat much pizza.

I spend less time than I ought on cosmetics though I love to look at them. The other day I was in Nordstrom and came across Clinique's new Pop Lip colors. They are absolutely gorgeous. Basically it's a primer and lipstick in one, and supposedly lasts 8 hours. I haven't tried it yet, but plan to get it as I need a new foundation, which alone does not cost enough to get the Free Gift With Purchase. Obv. the way to save money is to spend more in order to get a gift. ;) Dave Ramsey would be so proud.

Have you read the article on the former business lady that quit her $95k job to serve ice cream on a Caribbean island? It is very different than other travel bloggers that say you suck if you work in a cubicle or are a SAHM. There's trials everywhere, but just ask yourself where you'd like to have those trials, including chickens in your shower. 

Last week my husband and I headed to K & G on Howell Mill Road to get him some things for his trip. I was beyond excited when we walked in and the first thing we saw was a seersucker suit. I have begged my Midwestern Yankee husband to buy a seersucker suit for 18 years to no avail. He still wouldn't as he has in his head that only lawyers from Oxford wear them. I mean, hello, he's lived in Atlanta like 30 years so he knows that's not true, but I guess it's too Southern for him. I did talk him into getting a pair of seersucker shorts. That night I opened up the latest issue of Garden & Gun magazine and found this article on wearing seersucker. Now, I wonder if I go back and buy the sport coat if B would leave the house wearing it.

I hope everyone has a great week! 

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