Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday: Vol. 40

Happy Friday to you and to the lovely hostesses of Five on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness!  I’m going to dive right in because I’m pretty excited about my number one…

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ONE: We have a house!  We closed on Wednesday, and it is official.  I can’t believe it!  We are over the moon excited.  Now I really need to pack up our entire apartment this weekend – yikes.  Tonight I made zero progress on packing, but I did tear out two recipes from Cooking Light, so I’m calling that a win.  Also on the agenda this weekend: installing blinds, cleaning the new house, and appliance shopping.  Woo-hoo!

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TWO: Casey cooked us dinner on Monday, and she brought these teeny tiny ice creams for dessert.  They were the perfect size!  Loved those little guys.   

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THREE: Mom’s October card came in the mail yesterday, and it is hard to believe that this is the last card I’ll get at this address.  She has sent me a card every single month for the forty-one months we’ve lived here. Looking forward to November’s coming to the new house!

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P.S. – There was coordinating candy corn washi tape on the envelope!!

FOUR:  In other news about how I was productive in all the wrong ways this week, I’ve been pinning paint colors up a storm.  We are planning to hold off on having any of the interior walls painted for a little while and just live with the neutral gray that is there for the time being.  But rest assured, I have my color palette ready to go when the time comes!

Favorite pin from last night (via):

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FIVE: And a little “fall back Friday” to round out my five - oh how our Halloweens have changed.  I don’t think we ever imagined we’d be married and getting ready to move into our first house eight years ago when we took this pic at a Halloween party in 2006!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekending: Feels Like Fall

The fact that the weather finally felt appropriately seasonal is about the best thing I can say about Saturday given the not-so-great outcome of the Aggie game.  Linking up with the lovely Biana today for some weekend highlights!

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On Saturday morning, we got up and met some friends from church for coffee and delicious coffee cake before packing up to head to College Station.  There was finally a little bit of a fall chill in the air, and the day was off to a great start. 

We headed down to College Station, and our first order of business was to stop by my sister’s dorm so we could all walk to the stadium together.  Of course she walked out of her dorm in nearly an identical outfit to what I was wearing.  My mom got us both the same maroon dress… and we both apparently thought it needed similar accessorizing!  There were a few double takes as we were walking around campus. 

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We walked around and ran into some friends – always a fun part of game day in College Station.  MK had never been to the Association of Former Students building, so we stopped there for a picture at the big Aggie ring statue.

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MK had plans to go to a Pine Cove tailgate, so we said good by to her and headed to see our friends Conner and Jen at their tailgate for a bit.  They always have such a cute set up, and it was fun catching up with them and some other friends! 

Then it was finally time to head to the stadium.  I am so not a fan of 8:00 kick offs – I was basically ready for bed before the first quarter was over.  And apparently so were the Aggies… what a disaster!  We left in the 4th quarter and made the considerably shorter drive to my parents’ house instead of driving all the way back to Dallas. 

On Sunday we just had the best and most relaxing day before heading back to Dallas.  We enjoyed the cool weather and had coffee on the porch, a French toast feast for breakfast, and then Mom and I went for a long walk.  Austin and I got to show Mom some pictures and a floor plan of the new house, and I loved getting to talk through some of my thoughts on furniture and decorating in person with her.  We took a delightful Sunday afternoon nap, and then we cooked a really tasty supper that included these pumpkin yeast rolls!

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As much as I love carbs – and all things pumpkin right now – the real star of supper was this amazing salad with shredded Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, blue cheese, spiced walnuts, and honey cinnamon croutons.  I’m super excited that I have a little tupperware of it going to work with me today for lunch!

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An Aggie win would have been nice, but the weekend was still a very good one since it included time with some of my favorite people… and those amazing pumpkin rolls.

We’re ready for a great week since we close on our house on Wednesday!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five on Friday: Vol. 39

Happy Friday to all of you and to the lovely hostesses of Five on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness.  Not only is it Friday, but the day is made even better by the amazing giveaway these ladies are hosting today!

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ONE – New skincare!  On top of being one of the sweetest and most organized friends I know, my friend Kylee has the most amazing skin you have ever seen in your entire life.  She also happens to work in the skincare industry, and she recently recommended her top three products of all time to me.  I purchased them last weekend and have been using all week.  Loving them so far!  I think I’m finally starting to realize that my skincare routine might need to consist of more than a bar of Dove soap and some moisturizer.

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TWO – Fall polish – I’ve been rocking the “Chinchilly” all week, but my nails are getting in the Aggie spirit tomorrow with a coat of Essie Raspberry before we head to College Station. Two of my fave fall colors!

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THREE – This Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter on oats in the morning is my new favorite fall breakfast.  I’m enjoying it for the third time this week as I type.  So good!

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FOUR – Sometimes I am just so wiped out at the end of a work day that the last thing I feel like doing is going outside and going for a walk.  I’m hoping living in a neighborhood soon will change that, as the area around our apartment is not super conducive for a nice evening walk.  But, last night I met my sister-in-law Casey at the Katy Trail, and we walked for almost two hours!  It was so nice to be outside (well it would have been nicer had it actually felt like fall!) and chat about our days.  We totally forgot to document our walk & talk with a picture, but it was a delightful way to spend the evening.   

FIVE – With the A&M game not even starting until 8:00 p.m. (BTHO Ole Miss!), we decided not to make the 3.5 hour drive back to Dallas after the game.  We are squeezing in a short trip to my parents’ house this weekend, and I’m so excited to see them!  My mom and I have lots of home catalogs to peruse, and I’m hoping she can help me make some decisions on rugs and other furniture that we’ll need soon. 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekending: Fall Fun

Linking up our weekend adventures today with the lovely Biana from B Loved Boston.

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On Friday night we attended a rehearsal dinner for our friends Chris and Spenser at Maggiano’s.  I’m still dreaming about a mushroom pasta they served that was so very delicious.  Saturday morning we caught a little bit of College Gameday before Austin went to meet up with the other groomsmen and ushers for a day of football watching.   

I watched our Aggies fall apart and lose their first game of the year to Mississippi State before spending the next several hours cleaning out my closet.  Oh it feels so good to have so much stuff out of there!  Why did I insist on hanging on to every supplement from law school?  Have I touched one in the past 3.5 years?  No!  I still need to go through my dresser, but I felt pretty accomplished.  The purging needs to continue this week as we prepare to pack up for our big move!   

After the great closet clean out of 2014, I got ready and headed up to Plano for Chris and Spenser’s wedding.  Their ceremony was so very pretty, and we had a wonderful time dancing the night away at their reception.  I wore the green dress from Friday’s post but failed to take a single picture! 

Church on Sunday was wonderful, as usual, and we were happy to have Casey join us for our first time to venture to the contemporary service where they were having their annual bluegrass Sunday.  So fun! 

After church, a nap was in order for me while Austin watched the Cowboys game – at least one of our teams won this weekend… We then headed to pick up Casey for our fall adventure at the pumpkin patch. 

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My award for favorite pumpkin of the day goes to this guy:

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I was so tempted to take some of the pretty pumpkins home, but I really don’t want to move pumpkins on top of all my worldly possessions in two weeks, so we’re going to wait until we get to the new house to make any pumpkin purchases. 

After scoping out all the pumpkins, we headed for the corn maze, which was far more difficult than I expected.

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We took turns choosing which fork in the path to take, and that may not have been the best strategy.  This thing went on forever and had a ton of confusing dead ends!  We were so turned around by the time we finally made our way our of the maze. 

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We are so glad Casey found this fun fall activity for us and looking forward to more adventures with her in big D. 

We saw this atrocity on the way home and I had to snap a picture.  Why in the world does this exist?!  To say I dislike cats would be an understatement… I mean look at the creepy cat cut-outs on the sign!!  Ew!

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Sorry to end on such a weird note - have a wonderful and productive week! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Five on Friday: Vol. 38

It’s back, it’s back!  Hooray for the return of Five on Friday after a summer hiatus!  Happy Friday to all of you and to the lovely hostesses of Five on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness!

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ONE – I’ve been full out obsessing over these shoes all week… and now I cannot find my size anywhere.  A calf-hair leopard pump has now become a must have in my fall wardrobe.  Perhaps tomorrow is the day I finally find a pair to bring home? 

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TWO – We are moving THIS MONTH!  I can’t really believe it.  Before writing this blog post, I ordered a chandelier for our dining room… after deciding yesterday morning on our run that I didn’t like the one we bought last Friday night.  I’m hoping I won’t turn into a completely indecisive mess with all of the big decisions ahead with our house!  One thing I’m sure of - this needs to happen.  Maybe I’ll just go ahead and start my Christmas list with this little guy…

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Or this adorable home portrait ornament… I mean – so precious!

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THREE – The A&M home games are a little bit few and far between this season.  My sweet mom sent me a new maroon dress with Austin’s birthday gift last week that I cannot wait to wear to the Ole Miss game next weekend!  Oh and two new tassel bracelets that I adore.  I have worn either the black or the navy one every single day this week.  P.S. Old Navy has so much maroon stuff right now – thank goodness maroon appears to be “in” right now, because cute maroon clothes are not always easy to come by.   

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FOUR – We are moving just a few days before Halloween, so I have not bothered to get out any fall decorations here at our apartment.  I don’t have that many, but I think we’re going to need to do something festive by the front door… especially because we might actually have trick-or-treaters for the first time ever!  I’ve been obsessed with this pumpkin topiary since the first time I saw it.  Needs to happen!

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FIVE – Although our constant stream of weddings has significantly slowed, we do have a wedding tomorrow night.  Thankfully it is local, and thankfully the weather has cooled off a bit.  After a major storm yesterday, it is starting to feel more like fall.  Maybe this time the cooler temps are really here to stay?  Anyway, I’m pretty sure we are both wearing the same thing we wore to a wedding last November, so don’t be surprised if you see a very similar picture on the blog next week ;)  

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Whirlwind Weekending!

Hello and happy Monday evening – getting this post up while it is still actually Monday is a slight improvement from last week when I posted our weekend recap on Tuesday.  I’m vowing to post at least twice this week – it is in my planner, so it’s bound to happen ;).  The return of my favorite link up on Friday will surely be just the boost I need to get back into more of a regular blogging routine.  But backing up a bit to this past Friday… Linking up with Biana today, per usual on a Monday, for our weekend recap.

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Austin’s birthday was on Thursday, and on Friday night we went out for a fancy date to Outback and then to Lowe’s where we made our first purchase for the new house – a chandelier!  It was pretty exciting, and things with the house are finally starting to feel real. 

Saturday morning Buddy and Suann came to town, and we started our day of celebrating Austin with pumpkin muffins, eggs, and sausage.  No pictures of these festivities because I was still making Austin’s birthday cake when they arrived!  We enjoyed catching up a bit over breakfast, and Casey came over (from her new apartment just down the street that I still need to blog about!) to join the fun, too.  Austin and his dad loaded up our table to take to the new house so that we could get an idea of where we want the new chandelier placed.  We gave Buddy, Suann, and Casey a tour of the house, and figured out chandy placement. 

After a quick stop at Trader Joe’s (a very crowded place to be on a Saturday afternoon!), we met back up at home for the Aggie game.  Which was QUITE stressful.  Not stressful enough to keep me from taking a nap during the third quarter, but still quite stressful at the end.  Thank goodness my Ags pulled out the win!

I have to mention these little life changers – oh my word.  We ate them with some gouda as a snack during the game.  Austin and I finished the box this afternoon.  They are so dang good.  I’m planning to go back and stock up ASAP.  I also bought some pumpkin butter as a total impulse purchase and cannot wait to have some on my oatmeal this week!

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Our celebration/birthday dinner was spaghetti and meatballs followed by the birthday boy’s favorite carrot cake.

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We went on a little walk at Klyde Warren park after dinner and enjoyed the Dallas skyline and some tolerable temperatures.

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On Sunday, Austin and I got in a nice run before church, which is not something we normally do, but after all of our birthday eating on Saturday, it was much needed and a great way to start the day!  We had a great Sunday at church and loved having Austin’s parents and Casey in the service with us.  After church, our Sunday school class went on a segway tour of Dallas.. in matching t-shirts!  It was such a fun time seeing our city on wheels with some of our favorite friends.

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Have a great week!  See y’all on Friday, if not before then. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weekending – a Golden Birthday & a Big Move

Austin’s sister Casey turned 19 on Friday, which was the 19th of September = golden birthday!  She celebrated in a big way by moving from Austin to Dallas this weekend.  Much of our weekend was spent celebrating Casey and helping with the move.  She is all settled in and ready for her school to start at the beginning of October!  Pics of her apt coming soon – we had a ball decorating on Saturday afternoon. 

We dined at Royal China, the birthday girl’s fave, for her actual birthday on Friday night.

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There were also presents!

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On Saturday morning, I was at the Arboretum bright and early as a volunteer for the annual Tour des Fleurs 10k/20k.  My JL placement this year is the Arboretum, and it is such a pretty place to spend some time!  The Arboretum was also kicking off their famous Autumn at the Arboretum on Saturday, so there were beautiful pumpkins everywhere.  It really felt like fall… except for the high temps.  Last year Austin and I ran the 20k, but this year, due to the much higher temperatures, I was thankful to just be handing out water at the finish line. 

Saturday night we introduced Casey to two of our Dallas favorites – Flying Fish and Paciugo.

After a jam-packed Saturday, we had a great Sunday morning at church, and then I made it my personal mission not to leave the house for the rest of the day.  I was successful, and it was so nice.  There was a nap, some book reading, and I started the new Southern Living.  With our own move on the horizon, my lazy Sunday afternoons are probably coming to an end… we need to start thinking about purging and packing!   

Now switching gears just a bit, I have been looking to this week of the premiere of fall shows for quite a while!  I’m probably more excited for Thursday night than I should be – the return of Scandal!  And, I can’t wait to watch the new show following Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder.  Thursday is also Austin’s birthday, so it is going to be just an all-around great day! 

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Oh, and I discovered yesterday that the Scandal collection comes out at the Limited today.  Now, I haven’t been to the Limited in quite some time, but I’m seriously contemplating a stop by Northpark this evening to check it out.  Who knows how the quality will be, but Olivia’s wardrobe is one of my favorite things about the show. 

I’m off to finish painting my nails before work – have a great Tuesday! Linking up a day late with B Loved Boston

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