29 January 2016

Winner!

This is a day late as I am struggling with the flu. The winner (and back up) of Anna's handmade wardrobe has been notified. Thank you to those whom bid.

Since typing and reading require so much effort, I have been entertaining myself with Jane Austen videos. Here are the ones I have been watching in addition to Pride and Prejudice on Netflix
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27 January 2016

What To Do?

Handwritten invitations, posters, and paper advertisements on bulletin boards are not as common as they once were yet we still want to be kept in the loop with "the happenings". Nobody wants to have FOMO (fear of missing out). I still prefer to receive paper invitations, but with the cost of the invitations and stamps, I understand why I am receiving e-vites more often than handwritten invitations.

In the last few months I have been invited to baby showers and a Christmas party through Eventbrite. It is super easy to RSVP through the website or even their app. Though I have yet to create an event, a friend of mine called their customer service line and created one for her church and said they streamlined the entire process and it was super easy. I have also used Eventbrite to purchase tickets to concerts.

As a former homeschooling mother, finding activities for the children is not always easy, but there are tons of activities listed under their "Find Event" tab. There are a bunch of activities for children, concerts, plays, etc. If you're looking for something to do check out Eventbrite.

*I was asked to post  for Eventbrite but the words and thoughts are completely my own. I was not financially compensated for this post.

25 January 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook


For Today
January 25, 2016

Outside my window... is much nicer than it was over the weekend. Now we only got a dusting of snow, but it was bitterly cold. Today the sun is shining and it's around 50, which is pretty normal for Atlanta this time of year. 

I am thinking about... my sweet Father-in-Law. He has stage 4 cancer and though he overall is feels fine, lately he has been having some pain.  

I am thankful... for everything good and bad in my life. Isn't that how we are supposed to be?  

I am wearing... navy leggings, navy and white gingham OCBD, and navy ballet flats. When I leave, I will wear this L.L. Bean jacket. My hair is down and only have eyelinerconcealer and lipgloss on today. No jewelry today as I left early this morning and forgot it, including my wedding ring! 

I am creating... blog plan and menu plan for this week.

I am going... to the doctor, post office, Sam's Club, Cadillac dealership, and to pick up my son from school. Poor baby has had the flu with the cold part lingering. I forced him to go to school since he doesn't have a fever nor tossed his cookies in 24 hours.  

I am wondering... how much it will cost to get our car fixed. :(

I am learning... to apply my make up better with YouTube videos.

In the kitchen... Paula's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding; supper will be roasted carrots and chicken, mashed potatoes. 

I am reading... Good Dog by the staff at Garden & Gun as well as the latest issue of the same magazine in the carpool line.

Favorite Quote... "If a dog will not come to you after looking at your face, then go home and examine your conscience." Woodrow Wilson (in Good Dog)

A peek into my day... it has become a joke that when I am at the doctor I take a selfie. Outside of my Snapchat filters, which I play with at night and send to my husband, I do not take selfies unless I am at the doctor. Mother taught me to dress when going to the doctor, actually anytime one leaves the house, but especially at the doctor as if you look presentable they are more likely to take you serious. So, I wear a dress, pearls, and make up whenever I go. So, here is my selfie from last week at the ankle orthopedist. 


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22 January 2016

Supposedly Gonna Snow

Don't forget to let me know about the handmade wardrobe-you have one more day!

We'll see if anything actually happens. Our schools were let out early or completely closed and the stores were packed. Either way we are going to be good.

Soup does not go very well in my house unless it is freezing out...like it has been this week. Meatless Monday is not easy for me to do for a non-soup loving family. Since it was a bit chilly this week I decided to do a soup for this week's MM. I made it up (and retrospectively should have taken pictures) and threw these items into my Le Creuset pot.

Coconut Vegetable Soup
1 can Rotel, undrained
2 cups mixed vegetables (corn, carrots, lima beans, green beans)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 bay leaves
2 cans/1 box chicken broth
1 onion
2 garlic cloves

Gather all ingredients in advance! Using a mandolin, put it on the diced side or using a knife chop the onion and mince the garlic; put the onion in the pan with either olive oil or coconut oil over medium heat. After the onions are translucent add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and turn down to medium low heat. Cook for minimum of 30 minutes and up to 1 hour. Top with cilantro, sour cream, chopped chicken, croutons, etc. 

Trader Joe's has begun carrying a mix for gluten free corncakes that I just love. It uses stone ground corn and all I add is oil and water. Simple! However, this is a delicious recipe that is from my hometown's newspaper. 

Corncakes
1.5 cups self-rising cornmeal
1.25 cups buttermilk
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
vegetable oil for griddle

Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Place enough vegetable oil in a large skillet (cast iron is great) or on a griddle. Heat skillet or griddle over medium heat. For each corncake, pour .25 cup batter onto heated skillet/griddle. Fry for three minutes on each side. Serve immediately. 

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20 January 2016

Handmade by Anna Wardrobe for Sale (extended)


A few years ago I was lucky enough to be the highest bidder for a wardrobe handmade by one of my favorite bloggers, Anna of Pleasant View Schoolhouse. Anna is a very popular lifestyle blogger, whom is a gifted seamstress. The designs I purchased are vintage-inspired. Here is the original blog post by Anna explaining the sale. (I am not exactly sure where the ivory and navy floral dress originated as Anna said she did not make it. It is also homemade but unaware of it's origins, oops.)

I have decided to keep 2 items and gave the corduroy dress to my niece. In my sale of her items are 3 dresses and 1 skirt, including the famous Hooverette! If you look at the comments everyone was excited over that dress in particular.

The reason I am selling these items is that even after losing fifty pounds, I did not lose enough in the chest to fit in the dresses. I'm much curvier than Anna (I am not a runner :). If you are interested I will send you a PayPal invoice straightaway and mail the garments out the following business day. The person with the largest bid by next Thursday wins. Email me through my profile. 

18 January 2016

Awesome Etiquette

A few weeks ago I was catching up on blogs and came across a post by Carly on Awesome Etiquette podcast and was instantly intrigued. Anyone that knows me knows I have a tendency to be a bit dogmatic on having "proper" manners. So after reading Carly's article I knew this podcast would be right up my alley. I have been known to give Emily Post's Etiquette as graduation presents.

The weekly podcast is conducted by Emily Post's great-great-grandchildren Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning. They are likable and genuine, not pretentious as I thought they would sound. They answer questions from listeners and talk about their personal lives as well. I like how they do not always have the answers themselves and ask each other, learn from each other. 

In my opinion, if you have children, I think teaching your children manners is one of the best things you can do for your child. Being polite and education cannot be taken away and will do nothing but help them succeed. Subscribe to Awesome Etiquette on iTunes and/or Facebook right away...you won't be sorry.

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13 January 2016

Shows for Anglophiles

It is no secret that I am an Anglophile (obsessed with all things British). Mother and Father bought me Majesty or Royalty magazines when I was 12 and then when I went to England at 14 I really got into British television. I have been watching Britcoms on Saturday night's on PBS for as long as I can remember. Muzzie and I shared a love of Hyacinth, which my sweet Father-in-law now shares that same love with me; much to my husband's chagrin as he does not get the dry comedy. Netflix and Amazon Prime have several British shows that you can watch and I have included them here. Netflix has an entire section to British TV and just began showing 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice. Prime has the 1995 (my favorite) version of P & P. 
  Of course I had to include Downton Abbey. This season is starting off well. Hopefully this will end with a tidy bow and not with us asking questions that will never be answered. The first 5 seasons can be found on Amazon Prime and season 6 is currently airing on Sunday night's and can be found here on Mondays.
Now I am not normally a fan of mysteries, however British mysteries are different. Both Rosemary & Thyme and Father Brown are mysteries but they are not barbaric like CSI. In British fashion, they are gentle. Rosemary & Thyme is about a doctor of  horticulture and her friend whom happens to be a former police officer, which comes in handy since they find deceased people all over. I am on season 2 on PBS, but Netflix has all 4 seasons.
Father Brown is based on G.K. Chesterson's short stories about a priest that has a penchant for solving mysteries. This is a current series being aired on PBS. Check your local stations.
Oh my Mrs. Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) is such a fusspot. She tries to live her life in a certain manor akin to royalty, but her family makes it impossible. Hyacinth airs on Saturday night's on local PBS stations and the entire series can be viewed on Netflix.
I Heart GBBO! This is a huge hit in America and I'm on the bandwagon. Season 2 in America is season 4 in Britain just finished airing a few months ago. They filmed season 6 on Britain last year so that should be coming here soon. You can find past episodes on YouTube. Season 1 (American, season 5 Britain) is on Prime.

Bonus: my favorite podcast is a gentle 13 minute daily episode of English country farm life, The Archers. 

There are many more shows but just airing my top 5. I adore As Time Goes By, Miranda, and Sherlock as well.

11 January 2016

Monday Musings

Today is definitely Monday. I did not sleep well last night; too much sleep over the weekend combined with too much caffeine too late yesterday evening equals not going to sleep until 2:30 and having to get up at 7:15. I bought these headphones from Amazon last weekend. They are basically knock-off Beats. They are pretty comfortable. My gold ones broke after 2 years and my Apple EarPods hurt my ears. The only problem with these is I cannot fall asleep to podcasts with them and still have to use the Apple one's, which is not ideal. I think I will buy another pair like the gold ones but in rose gold to match my new iPhone for night and keep these for music during the day.
I finally got Jan Karon's latest Mitford installment. I am only 1/4 of the way through it and I am right back in Mitford waiting for Dooley and Lace to get married. Ms. Karon does not disappoint.
This is my "uniform" this winter (I actually kind of despise the word uniform but that's pretty much what it is). I exchange my Lilly for Lauren or L.L. Bean. In this picture I am wearing an L.L. Bean flannel (in Black Watch plaid) that my sister gave me for my birthday. It had been so warm that I am just now able to wear it with fleece leggings and Bean Boots (which were a gift from my parents). I also wear oxfords from Ralph Lauren, which are great to hide all of the Velveeta laden foods I ate during the holidays ;). Today I am wearing a long sleeved tall Polo shirt (on sale!) and leggings (as seen in top photo). L.L. Bean is having a great clearance sale. Speaking of sales, J. Crew Factory is having 25% off all orders, free shipping, and additional 50% off clearance TODAY ONLY! Use the code BINGO. My favorite city mini is included!
I am not much of a drinker at all but if I drink alcohol I prefer vodka drinks. This weekend my husband opened this bottle of white wine from Old 502 Winery. I had a few sips and it was surprisingly good. I thought it would be gross since it is from Kentucky, but that was not the case. My husband is a food and drink snob and he liked it. Thank you to my sister or parents (not sure who bought it) for giving it to us. If you are in Louisville check it out.

I hope everyone has a great week! Follow me on Snapchat to see some of these type of pictures. I post on there nearly every day snaps of my daily life or things I find funny. My username is vintagewasp. 





07 January 2016

2015 Review and 2016 Goals


2015 brought a little bit of sadness but a lot of homeostasis. No surgery, only one cold, and a lot of time spent at the swimming pool means a pretty good year. Oh, and of course the new British princess was born and I'm obsessed with the royal family!

Spring was a doozy with my contract with the university I worked at was not renewed then my daughter moved to CA. I rarely talk about my job situation, but I am still looking. I know what I want to do and am doing my best to find the best position. It will happen but just not soon enough for impatient me.

The summer was very nice! I was at the pool around 4 days a week for an hour or so to swim laps and get some sun. One of my aunts was just talking about how tan I am at Christmas so it has not all faded away. 

Fall brought another change. My daughter graduated from her course and my son completed air assault school in the Army. My youngest son began public school for the first time in 5 years (he attended private then online school before returning). So I was back to early mornings and carpool lines. I am glad that he's going to graduate next year from the same school his brother graduated from a few years earlier. We did not travel at all this summer because of my husband's job, so when we left for Thanksgiving to go to Ohio it was wonderful! Leaving the city for awhile is always nice. Then for Christmas we went to my parent's house

And here we are...2016. I have been thinking a lot about resolutions/goals? Every year I make them but rarely follow through with them because I make them unattainable. Lose 20 pounds in 2 months? No. Put in 50 hours serving others in about the same amount of time? No. Give up Mountain Dew? Ha! I do not want to make promises that I cannot keep so this will be pretty simple:

Hustle. Work. That's it. Expand my blog, write, and tweet for businesses. 


Oh, and join a bible study. I have missed being in one and I need more gals to have lunch with on a regular basis.

I'll throw in drink more water and swim when the pool opens.

What are your goals for 2016?

Here are my goals from other years: 2015, 2014, 2013

03 January 2016

After Party Sale


As you can see in this photo, Lilly Pulitzer is having their bi-annual sale tomorrow (the other is in August, if I'm not mistaken). This is a big deal in Preppy Girl world. I am on the larger end of their size range so it isn't as big a deal for me to be on when it starts at 8 am. If you are a small or medium, then be ready to go. In August I had great success using the Lilly app. I would download it now and get your account set up. If needed, update your credit card and mailing address tonight. 

I also did pretty well at the store this summer. My store, in Phipps Plaza, is kind of small. Our local Belk was holding the sale as well. So try there and boutiques for more of a variety. 

Drink your coffee, charge your devices, and set your alarm. Then, come here and tell me what you purchased!

I hope this is ready for me!

01 January 2016

Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New


Ring out wild bells to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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