Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reality or Nah?





I am slightly addicted to a few reality shows.  I admit it wholeheartedly. The boys in our house groan  about them but they can tell you all the people's names and know the storylines...because they watch them too (HA)!  Watching them gives me a little relief from "real world problems" and I call them my fluff tv.  I'm not ashamed to admit I DVR them and watch either :)  To each their own right?

During football, hockey and baseball seasons I don't get to watch much tv other than games so I DVR everything. Then if I have a quiet moment at night I will watch them with Alexa or on my iPad in bed to catch up.  Sports games take priority in this house LOL!



But there are some I will NOT watch...ever...ick...some just are not to my taste. 
But I have watched the Real Housewives since they started, but I only watch NYC, Beverly Hills and the OC ones...the originals. I was behind 2 whole seasons of Real Housewives of NYC and while I was sick I watched hours of them to catch up (each had like 14-18 episodes). Riley would come home from school and say "what a surprise..what are the crazies up to today" LOL!   Don't get him started on crazy-eyed Ramona and out-of-her-head Aviva...hehehe.



And Flipping Out on Bravo with Jeff, Jenni & Zoila never fails to crack us up...its a dysfunctional group of interior designers basically.  We also watch Million Dollar Listings because I love NYC and I love "pretending" I'm rich enough to live there and some of the real estate agents, oh my they are crazy..hahahaha!  Gotta have a little crazy to be on a reality show right?



And then I started watching this one "Chrisley Knows Best" recently...I am obsessed because it literally makes me laugh out loud!  It reminds me a lot of our family (without the million $ accessories mind you)....our family is very sassy, forthright and loud like their's is.  If you haven't checked it out yet, I encourage you to...just for a few laughs.  Because no matter how much $$$ you have in your bank account we all share the same family struggles, fights and issues...and if you can do it with a touch of humor...well it makes it that much better!

Chase (the 17 yo son) says he went on a walk to get some air & his dad says 
"What he's gonna need is life support" 
after being told he was not allowed to leave the hotel.
Ahahahaha so me and what I would say to my teens if they did something stupid.



Do you watch any reality shows?  Which ones are YOUR favorite?



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rainy Showers!




Oh those rainy days......

I have a love for many things...just ask the hubs...not so much for rain unless we need it.  However I love shoes, purses, seafood, flowers, dishes, etc....the list goes on and on!
I also have a great addiction love for cute coats and jackets.  I have no idea how many I have but I'm sure my hubs keeps a running tally (HA). However even he will admit I wear most of them because I'm always cold. Even in the summer...the A/C in most stores and restaurants just kills me. So I'm never without some kind of coat.  



So I saw this rain coat in the newest Target ad on TV...course it wasn't in my store...but I stalked their online site till it was in stock...hehehe!  This cutie was only $39.99 and it fits perfectly and I LOVE the polka dots.  Hey it matches my new Nats iphone cover too...totally not planned...I swear ;)

So I thought I'd share...in case you are on the lookout for a cute coat this spring ;)

Enjoy your Wednesday!




Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Break Time!


Happy TGIFriday everyone!  I'm soooo excited, I just can't hide it...doo doo doo doooo! LOL!  We leave tomorrow for one of my favorite places on earth...Hilton Head Island, SC...just crossing into SC makes me relaxed and happy!  And a week on the beach...ummm HEAVEN!  I so need a change of scenery after the past 8 weeks and looking forward to the ocean, family time and just some great downtime (and lots of reading whoohoo).  


When we go in the summers we usually rent a house on the beach for 2 weeks, but for Spring Break week we always stay at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa in Palmetto Dunes.  The staff knows us, they are lovely and the service NEVER disappoints.  Its like a home away from home for us after going for 8 years.
Ummm and did I mention its right on the beach...heaven for sure for this gal!

We will be celebrating Easter on Saturday since we have to travel on Sunday.  Kids have off on Monday, but its a long drive and we gotta get the doggies from my mom's house before heading home.  
So I thought I'd share what I am wearing for Easter dinner this year with y'all.  Easter is one of those times that I like to wear dresses...I'm not really a dress girl...I don't find them all to be that flattering on me for whatever reason.

Its actually navy in real life which is one of my fave colors.  And it was 50% off at Loft here (use code SPRING)...bonus!!  I liked the fit, it was a great length and perfect for Spring and other occasions.



I have a necklace almost identical to this one but mine came from the Juniors Dept of Nordstroms.  I have matching bauble earrings and bracelet too but much smaller & delicate in scale to not overdo it.
This one is only $15...statement necklaces make the outfit at times ;)


Yes I might've splurged on a Michael Kors purse hehehe.  I originally wanted this one but after seeing it in person realized it was just WAY too big for this gal.  So I found this purse, loved the navy-n-white and it was a great size.

These heels are very similar to the shoes I have except the heels on mine are 1 inch higher...but they are Nine West as well.  I love a nice T-Strap heel for Spring :)
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So there ya go!  I will have a couple posts next week but it will be "lighter" than usual while I enjoy vacation with my family.  
I hope you and yours have a wonderful week & Happy Easter!






Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lobster Porn!



Lobster Food Porn
Lobster & Maryland Blue crab are two of my FAVORITE foods...I will choose seafood over
most other foods 99% of the time.  So both of these recipes appeal to my lobster-lovin-heart.
I'm thinking CHEAT meals hahaha!  So I thought I'd share with you..you know..in case you wanna indulge too :)

Kennebunkport Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ok Ok I know this is NOT on the Paleo yes-foods list LOL!  However every 10-12 days I allow myself ONE cheat food. I'd say this one would def be worth it.


I see it won last year's Grilled Cheese Showdown...and this lovely lady at Foodie Crush is sharing the recipe.  I'm thinking I will be making it very soon ;)

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Lobster Mac-n-Cheese!

Mmmm large chunks of lobster with cream sauce and cheese & baked.
Sign me up please!  Recipe HERE!



Enjoyyyyyyy!




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lil' Bits of Spring!!



Spring is slowly making its way to Virginia...sheesh...took long enough this year.  This shall be known as the endless, snowy winter I think. I'm glad to see winter on its way out the DOOR!  

But all my trees and shrubs have buds and the grass is turning green. This week is in the 70's and I have my windows open...can't beat that!  Whoo Hoo!!!  I even got out to take the dogs for a quick walk which they loved.  When I'm better I will do some Spring Cleaning but it'll have to wait for the moment.  I am going to schedule to have all the windows/screens cleaned after the pollen levels go down a bit, but before Alexa's graduation so they look nice for the party. They are sooo grimy...ick!



Thought I'd share with you my new wreath I got from Etsy store "Autumn Wren Designs".  Its my lil' touch of Spring for right now and I just love it.  It turned out exactly like I wanted and she did a great job.  Could I have made it?  Yes, but not with the way I'm feeling currently and sometimes its fun to just order and have it delivered..KWIM?!  Next to tulips, hydrangeas are my favorite flower and how can you not love a fabulous monogrammed letter right?  And the burlap bow...LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!



Yup I did get my door painted red this past fall and hubby got the new door hardware put on.  I love the red pop of color...makes me so happy! I probably will do one more coat on it when I'm able but then it should be good to go. I did it while watching football games this fall and we tarped the door so the cool air couldn't get in and cats stayed in too.  I will share more of the porch as soon as hubs gets the new lights up...we have them...just waiting on the umm procrastinator handy-hubby ;)  They are lanterns that match the dark finish of the rest of the hardware.



Enjoy your Wednesday!!!




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bambi Lives....



The woods behind my house are all conservation area...across the street is a large creek with rapids that leads down to the Potomac River.  Most of the land in our neighborhood is conservation area, so no hunting and lots of wildlife.  Wild turkeys, raccoons, bunnies, squirrels, fox and deer and so on.  
I love my deer and we have a family that comes every morning and evening behind our house to visit.


And its baby season!  This is my "Bambi" and he loves to visit.  I like to throw out apples and corn husks for them when its snowed or the ground is frozen.  As soon as Bambi sees me he trots on over....in this pic he's spotted me...he's on the move LOL!



I'm in love...isn't he the most gorgeous creature...those eyes!
He let me take a ton of pictures this time...so nice of him eh?
I feel so blessed to be in their presence...it brings me a level of peace every evening to see them.



And those cute fluffy white tails....LOVE!
Bye for now!





Monday, April 7, 2014

America's Fave Pastime......




Nationals Drumline & entry to park

Happy Monday friends!  I got to spend Friday at one of my favorite places this weekend (no not the beach..but I'll be at beach in 7 days for Spring Break, whoot)! 
I love being at the Nationals ballpark...just something about being at a ballpark.  We have season tickets and we enjoy every game...cheering, booing, yelling, and dancing, and YES eating...its all good.
Its also something the WHOLE family loves and enjoys doing together...and with teens you can't beat that quality time!


Opening Day Flag unfurled by the Navy's Midshipmen...always gets me teary!

And what is better than spending the day at Opening Day with your favorite team eh?
I informed the fam that I was going...recovery or not...so I did..and loved every minute.
Seriously blessed to be able to be at the Park with my family!
I was soooo exhausted but it was so worth it even though we lost by 1 run on Opening Day.



I'm not worried...my Nats gonna take it to the World Series ya know :)
This is the view from our seats this season...same as last year except we are back 2 rows to be under the overhang.  Helpful if it rains or relief from the hot summer sun.  We love the view!



I had to try some of the new food the park is offering...hubby stood in line a LONG time to get me this crab pretzel.
But it sure was yummy :)



And its not a ballpark visit unless I buy a Nats item from the Team Store...its a running joke with my family...I cannot leave the park without buying something.  My closet is packed with "Nats clothing options" heehee.  So on Friday I got this awesome iphone case...navy with polka-dots...its so cute!!


Are you a baseball fan?  
Do you love it like me? 




Friday, April 4, 2014

A Friday Funny.....



A Friday Funny.....

While I joke and kid about this winter...I'm really thrilled with the way this winter has gone truly!

I mean who doesn't like the bitter cold, wind that freezes your eyelashes closed and teeth to your lips, endless shoveling of snow, graceful slipping on ice, 20 layers of clothes on INSIDE the house, the beautiful brown & white landscape, muddy dog paws, salt caked cars, and oh yeah did I mention ALL the SNOW.  Yeah, that snow we are STILL getting here at the end of March and beginning of April. The people are GRUMPY Mother Nature...we are not very thrilled.  When I say Spring brings May showers I'd rather have the rainy sort about now..not the snowy kind..ya got it Mother Nature. 
I'm mad at you...like really ticked off...you are not my BFF anymore.  We are soooo DONE!



A lil' funny short video for you today...because if you can't cry because the tears freeze to your face...what else is left but LAUGHTER right? ;)

(Thanks to my friend Mae for sharing)

Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Treat da' Feets!



I love shoes and I cannot lie...hahahaha...seriously I do...almost as much as books!  
My husband looks in my closet and says I have enough and then he laughs...because he knows I'm gonna get more. Yet he is the one that got me a shoe gift certificate for Christmas in an envelope that says "For Your Shoe Fund" bwahahaha...good man he is!  And I am very peculiar about how I treat my feet...those babies have to support me for many more years (crossing fingers) so I like pretty shoes that are extremely comfy and good value for my dollar.  

When I was a teen and in my 20's I was guilty of wearing some shoes that while gorgeous didn't help my feet in any way.  These days I want BOTH..comfort and style and I'm willing to pay a bit more for them if need be.  However these days you can find comfy shoes that look fab and won't break the bank...always a BONUS!  


Most people that know me very well, know that I'm almost always in some form of heels or wedges or heeled boots. Strange I know but I have weird muscles in the bottoms of my feet and heels are more comfortable for me. But I do vacillitate between flats and heels regularly.  


And I have odd sized feet...my one foot is a 9 and my other is just over an 8.5 which means I always get blisters in most shoes because I have to fit the size 9 foot ugh.  I was a size 8 when I got married and then after the first child I was an 8.5 and then when Riley was born my one foot grow a bit more just to mess with me.  OY VEY! The joys of kids right? TMI? Share my feet grief? HAHAHA


I thought I'd share some of favorite styles of shoes/and brands I wear in the Spring/Summer season that work with my weird feet, that hold up well and are comfy. I wear some of these so much that I buy them in black/cream/brown if they are available and usually stock up on extra pairs (especially if they are on sale)...I mean if they are cute and comfy and you may not be able to get them again...the HORRORS!!!


First up are these Toms wedges...they release different versions every year and in different colors/patterns but these babies are amazingly, super comfy and durable.  Best part is they donate a pair of shoes for every pair you buy to those in need...that's a real BONUS!!  I love this nude color, perfect for all your outfits but the black ones rock too ;)  No I do not like the regular Toms flat slipper-like shoes, nope I will not wear them as I find them fugly as all get out LOL.  However my mom and daughter swear by them and they do hold up well and you can toss them in the washing machine which is great for them, me I'll skip 'em!

And I love a pretty, delicate heel in white or black for dressing up just a little more for all those events you may go to.  I also am a fan of the t-strap myself and I have these shoes by Nine West although I got mine a couple years ago and they didn't have the little bar on the front like these do.  Sturdy enough to be comfortable and not too high that you walk like Bambi KWIM ;)  Although I can run in most heels up to 5"...my secret talent hahahaha!




I have yet to buy a pair of Sofft shoes that I don't love to death.  I have these  (they come in many colors each year) and they are $99 but you can find them on sale for around $70 if you wait or look for deals.  And they are WORTH IT. I have 2 pairs (with a slightly higher heel) from 2 years ago that I wore many hours teaching my classes up to 12 hours a day, running through airports and just out and about...and they are still in good shape. That's good quality when they hold up well through all that.  And they are just as cute with jeans as they are with shorts and fun sundresses...makes them perfecto for Spring/Summer!



These are very similar to my Franco Sarto sandals I got last year. I think the designer changes the design a wee bit every year although its the same basic sandal. Mine are smooth leather instead of basket-weave on the t-strap area but other than that they are the same. And superbly comfy and cute for summer!  I wore them all around Key West walking during our summer vacation last year and my feet did very well.  Franco Sarto is one of my fave brands too....I won't say how many pairs of shoes has his name on them in my closet but its a fewwwww. But I will say it made my day when they favorited my Instagram pic of my new boots this fall...hahahaha!



And I'm a sucker for pointy-toed flats by Gabriella Rocha. I bought mine over 6 years ago in black, red, gray, leopard and brown patent leather (mine have small buckles on the toes).  And I STILL wear them all the time and they were each under $50 a pair...super comfy and cute. In fact I wore my gray ones the other day and the saleslady in the Coach store (shhh I was just lookin'... lol) asked who they were by because she loved them.  Score...hahaha!  I don't see my buckle-toe ones anywhere for sale any longer but I need some nude flats and I like these a lot which are similar in style and shape to the ones I already own.  I know they will fit and be comfy and the lil' bit of bling works too :)



And then I have these awesome Teva sandals in my arsenal.  We hike a bit in the summer and usually are going to amusement parks and places where my feet can get wet (great for Disney).  So I bought this style a few years ago and they are still doing very well. They dry really quickly, never give me blisters and are cushy enough to support your feet through the miles.  I had a pair of Columbia ones before these that I wore out, but I must say I like the Tevas a bit better.  Plus you can find them on sale online and in stores easily...never pay full price for shoes...NEVER!! (or if you do because you are WEAK, watch for sales at the store on what you bought...take your receipt back and ask for the discount..most stores will honor that..trust me)



And these Clarks I hope to add to my collection this year hehehe...because I love the cognac brown color and weave texture on them, so classy!  Yes, they look high but remember they are platform so they aren't as high as they look for your feetsies. (hubby is already groaning but even he will admit I wear my shoes till they DIE).  Clarks has some cute shoes out nowadays that are a bit more fashionable but still very comfortable and of course great quality.  I actually tried these on in the store to check my size, then I go home and search online for the best prices or coupons...I'm a deal-girl-kinda shopper. I'm always checking around for the best price and always check Amazon too, they sometimes carry a great brand for a lot less.  If you aren't a fan of the height, they have some cute lower wedge styles that would be fab for summer too ;)

These DreamWalk "Ball of Foot Cushions" are da'bomb...seriously comfy additions to your shoes when there is extra pressure on those areas. I highly recommend them!


And you better believe I always have a box of these in the house and at least 2 bandages in my purse at any given time....blisters are no joke!  And these will stay on for days even after showering so they last and are cushioned well.  I also have the Band-Aid blister stick I use if I think any new shoes may give me an issue.
And when I'm in my house I'm barefoot or have my fuzzy slippers on.  I only wear shoes when I am OUT of the house, I like bare feet in the summer and outside...I'm a country girl ya know! But I have winter and summer slippers that I scuff around in and sometimes I have to make sure I actually don't wear them out because they are so comfy LOL!  I got a pair of blue Ugg slippers on sale at Macy's 2 years ago for 65% off and they are still in great shape...love them babies!  And when I leave the house you can bet my Baylee dog will take one and go hide it, its just what she does...every darn annoying but cute time!

I mean, even Dorothy was ALL about the shoes right? 


What Kind of Shoes Are Your Fave in the Summer???
Do you have a shoe brand that is always no-fail?



 
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