What's Up Wednesday: July 2019

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Happy almost August!  This next month is going to be a whirlwind, and then it will finally be fall!  To say I am excited would be an understatement.  

Let's get to the post, though, shall we?

What I'm eating this week... 

Monday: Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad from Panera 
Tuesday: Pork Chops, Green Beans & Caesar Salad 
Wednesday: Czech Meat Patties (Skinnytaste One & Done)
Thursday:  Leftovers, or take out - one of the two!
Friday:  That is a good question...

What I'm reminiscing about...
Nothing really.  Feeling the present right now!

What I'm loving...
A few things off the top of my head:
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale buys (you can see what I bought and my thoughts in this post here)
Cooler warm weather
Kindle Unlimited 
Trader Joe's Shiraz
Face masks
UGG slippers 
Hallmark Christmas movies
Painted nails

What I've been up to...
Honestly, this month has been relatively uneventful.  

I ended June with a trip to Indiana for my nephew's baptism.  It was so nice to see everyone, even if just for a short while. (post here)

The 4th of July was really low key, and started off with a nice walk through Forest Park.  Such a St. Louis gem! (post here)

As I mentioned above, I was all about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Even though a good portion of the things I had hoped to get were cancelled.  It all worked out though - I ended up with some really nice stuff that I cannot wait to start wearing! (post here)

I enjoyed a yummy dinner out with a friend, and then finally conquered my bathroom.  It feels SO GOOD to have it all cleaned out and organized.  Not to mention it's been easy peasy to keep up with. (post here

I went from having a super productive weekend cleaning the bathroom to one of the laziest weekends ever!  So much so, I didn't even do a weekend recap post...because there was nothing to share!

I share some confessions last week.  I think those types of posts are always fun, because you can usually commiserate with one another.  Like how having a million passwords is so darn frustrating! (post here)

I said at the top of the post how excited I am for fall and that really showed this past weekend.  I hit up Hobby Lobby and got some really cute stuff! (post here)

Along with that, I continued my home series, with a peek at the outside of my condo (post here), as well as my favorite, budget friendly curtains (post here)!

And, if you want to see what I am up to on more of a day in and day out basis, I shared a Day in the Life earlier this month (post here).  Another one of my favorite posts!

What I'm dreading...
August is going to be BUSY.  All fun stuff, but busy just the same.  I am one of those people that needs some downtime, so even though all these fun things are planned, by the end of it I am going to so welcome a slower pace!

What I'm working on...

Eating better.  I am pretty good about consistently working out, but consistently eating well isn't necessarily my strong suit!

What I'm excited about...
While I said I am dreading it, I am also excited for August, too.  So much family time ahead!  And, at the end of August I will be decorating for fall, which I am pretty darn excited about, too!

What I'm watching...
Christmas Hallmark movies (real into Christmas in July this year) and a bunch of my normal shows.  Plus a little bit of Indycar racing.  Attending the Indy 500 the past few years and my nephew's love for it really has turned me into a fan!  I also started season 3 of Designated Survivor last night.  I really liked that show when it was on cable TV, and was excited that Netflix picked it up for another season.

What I'm reading...
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon.  I came across this series when searching for Christmas books.  I wasn't sure what exactly to expect, but it's cute.  Makes me want to move to Mitford! 

What I'm listening to...
Still the Chicago station on Pandora!

What I'm wearing...
I am still wearing this embroidered top from Amazon, and I just added a new dress to my wardrobe, also from Amazon!  This striped, ruffle sleeve dress is adorable, and it's super flattering.  And I just realized they are both the same brand, Floerns.  Kind of nice to have a brand I know I like.  I get a little overwhelmed when looking at clothes on Amazon, so this will help narrow the search a bit!  


What I'm looking forward to next month...
Seeing my family, and the start of fall (I know I am a broken record on this, but really I can't wait)!

Linking up with ShayLindsay and Jessi.

Recipe Round Up: A Review of the Recipes I Tried in July 2019

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Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Salad from BelGioioso.  I was heading to out to a girls night and was planning on bringing mozzarella and tomato skewers, drizzled with pesto.  My favorite pesto is the Vegan Kale Pesto from Trader Joe's, but just as I was getting it out, I realized it was made with cashews, and one of the girls has a cashew allergy.  So instead, going off the back of the BelGioioso tub, I made a little mozzarella and tomato salad with fresh basil, olive oil, salt and pepper.  It was pretty good!  Very summery, although I think it called for more basil than I had on hand - the container ended up having some bad leaves and I wasn't able to use as much.  But overall, a quick, easy and yummy salad to throw together!

Supreme Pizza Burgers from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime.  As much as I love The Pioneer Woman, I realized I don't make her recipes all that often.  I wanted to change that, so as I was meal planning, I took a look at some of her cookbooks and settled on this recipe.  I kind of took this recipe as inspiration, because when the time came to actually make it, I realized I totally skipped over the sausage part, so I just made it all with hamburger meat, and because I don't like green peppers, I omitted a good bunch of the toppings.  'My' recipe ended up just being Pepperoni Pizza Burgers, but goodness were they good.  This was a 16 minute meal, and it really did come together super fast!  I added the full amount of seasoning, even though I just had a pound of ground beef (figured that would help make up for missing the sausage), topped with mozzarella and pepperoni.  I toasted the buns in the oven (sans butter), and then ate mine open faced, only using the bottom bun.  It was really, really good and so very easy.  Definitely a recipe that will be added to the rotation!  I can see mixing this recipe up, too.  One of my favorite pizzas has prosciutto, tomatoes, onions, and arugula, and I feel like that would make a great burger, too!  Highly recommend.

Creamy Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Casserole from Eatwell101Brittany posted this on her instagram stories awhile back, and it looked really good, so I asked for the recipe.  She had me at low carb, haha!  This recipe is also keto friendly, if that is something you follow.  I still don't really like cauliflower rice, but thought that this would be a good way to use it, since it would hopefully be masked a bit by the other ingredients.  Overall, it was pretty good and really easy to throw together.  I used rotisserie chicken, but I think it would be just as easy to use chicken from the crockpot.  I still felt like I could smell the cauliflower, even if the taste wasn't really there.  So that would be my only complaint.  And it does use a stick of cream cheese and heavy cream (I used half and half), which I feel like doesn't seem that healthy?  So maybe I have two complaints.   

Creamy Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Casserole - #eatwell101 #recipe A quick, easy, and over the top tasty #Chicken and #Cauliflower  #Casserole #dinner - #glutenfree, #keto, #lowcarb friendly - #recipe by #eatwell101

I have another new recipe on deck for this week - Czech Meat Patties from Skinnytaste One and Done.  Here's to hoping it's a winner!    

Weekend Recap: Dinner Out, Fall Shopping & The Lion King

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Hey all!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Mine started off great, with dinner al fresco!  Unfortunately, all the shaded tables were taken, but I was bound and determined to eat outside, so we sweated a bit until the shade finally hit us.  Bishop's Post has one of the best patios - it is somewhat of a hidden gem, and they have the best apps.  So good, that I think going forward I am just going to order those to eat, rather than a entree - they really are just that good!  

I woke up feeling refreshed the next morning!  I haven't been sleeping the best for what seems like the past few weeks, so finally getting a good night's sleep was so welcome.  I wanted to hit the ground running, so I got in a nice morning walk.  While the weekend weather wasn't quite as awesome as it was during the week, we still had a little bit cooler mornings, so I definitely wanted to take advantage of it!  I was having issues with my cable box, but luckily it took only two calls to get it fixed.  The customer service rep I worked with was the nicest person.  I feel like that isn't always the case, but it's amazing what a difference that can make!

I have mentioned it a few times now, but I am ready for fall.  I have been looking at decor ideas for a couple weeks now, and I ended up falling in love with this ridiculously expensive garland from Pottery Barn.  I had a coupon code, and rewards so it wasn't going to be full price, but it still seemed ridiculous, so I thought I'd check out Hobby Lobby before I clicked buy.  I am SO glad I did, because I found some awesome goodies at Hobby Lobby.  And got them all for a fraction of the price.  I shopped 'with' my mom, sending her and my dad pictures for their opinions.  After Hobby Lobby, I headed to the local antique mall.  I found the best blue and white turkey platter.  I plan on doing a plate shelf in the hall off the kitchen, and I thought this would be the perfect piece to display.  Not only does it go with the blue and white I have pretty much all over, but the fact that it is a turkey platter has a special meaning, too.  The vacation home in Michigan my family has stayed at for 20+ years has these four turkey platters on the wall.  It's always a conversation each year which is our favorite, and having my own turkey platter is just a reminder of all those nights sitting around the table together.  Not to mention it would be a great platter for an actual turkey!  Saturday was another early night, and another great night of sleep.  I sure am hoping that continues to happen!  

I was up super early Sunday, and got to work doing laundry, getting in a work out, and cleaning.  I was able to get a lot done before church - if only I was that productive every Sunday before church!  I had a few things to finish up before all my cleaning was done, and that included the kitchen floor.  I have decided there are three cleaning chores I hate - cleaning the kitchen floor, cleaning the bathrooms, and putting new sheets on my bed.  If anyone has tips and tricks to make these more enjoyable, please do share!  I watched the first half of the Indycar race before it was time to head to the movies to see The Lion King!  I hadn't read any reviews of the movie prior to seeing it - I didn't want to go in with any opinions - and I think that was the way to do it.  I really liked it.  I think the original is still the best (as with most of these remakes), but it still was really neat.  I got in the Madewell sweater I had ordered one size up in, and that was the route to go.  I really love how it looks now, being slightly oversized, and the color is super pretty.  That means the Free People sweater is going back, because the colors are just too similar.  But that's not a bad thing, given there is a pretty big price difference between the two - my bank account thanks me!  

All in all it was a pretty productive weekend.  Now onto the week!

Linking up with Lindsay.

Friday Favorites: Gorgeous Weather, More #NSale, Amazon & 'Smart' You

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Another Friday is upon us!  Per usual, I am ready for the weekend.  Today is going to be a busy one at work, but my eye is on the prize - the start of the weekend!  So, without further ado, onto my favorites.

We have been having THE BEST weather lately.  It seems like that has been the case in most places (at least from what I have seen on instagram), so I am sure I am not alone on this one.  The mornings have been crisp (in the 60's) and even though the days are warm (only 80's, though!), the humidity is at a minimum.  I got in a few walks this week, and even enjoyed sitting on the deck one evening with a glass of wine and my Kindle.  If summer could stay this way, it sure would be great!

I got a few more Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items in the mail this week.  Two sweaters, a pair of earrings, and the other pair of Spanx leather leggings I ordered.  I updated my 'Thoughts on My #NSale Purchases', but thought I would quickly share here, too.  Because any mail that isn't junk mail is a favorite.  Especially when it's in package form!  

The Spanx leggings were an immediate return.  I ordered both the petite and regular length (in one size up), and knew I wanted to go with the petite, which I had already received.
 Faux Leather Leggings, Main, color, 001
The Madewell sweater was cute, but I didn't think it was very flattering.  I am going to try the next size up, though, to see if a more oversized fit would do the trick.  Because it is really cute, and I like that it is a different style than my other sweaters.
 Patch Pocket Pullover Sweater, Main, color, BRIGHT EMBER
I was super excited to open the Kendra Scott earrings.  I really wanted a pair of hoops and I thought the fact that they weren't solid would add a bit of something extra.  Honestly, I feel like it just made them look kind of cheap, and they were kind of heavy.  So back they go, too!
 Maggie Medium Hoop Earrings, Main, color, 040
I cannot say enough good things about this Free People sweater (suggest sizing one size down).  It's been in and out of stock, but it is one of my absolute favorite sweaters.  I actually already have two in gray and a dark turquoise!  I was excited to add a red color to the mix, but I obviously didn't read the color right, because it was 'Brick Red', not just 'Red'.  It's the same exact color of the Madewell sweater, which is a really pretty color, just not what I had in mind.  That being said, I am waiting to see how the bigger size in the Madewell sweater looks.  If it doesn't work out, I will most likely keep this sweater, because all it isn't the red I was wanting, it's still so very pretty.  And would be absolutely perfect to wear for Thanksgiving!  
If you are more of an Amazon shopper, but like some of the NSale items, Lindsay shared some really cute look a likes this week.  You can check out her post here!

Speaking of Amazon, I did a little shopping there this week.  I grabbed this ruffle sleeve striped dress (under $20) in green.  I originally saw this on another blog (which is no longer), and thought it would be really great for some upcoming travel, as well as for those fall days when I want to look fallish, but it's still darn hot.  I got it yesterday and it is sooooo cute.  I really like the green color, and it fits super well.  Honestly, I am surprised at how much I love it.  I thought I would like it, but I really, really like it!

Megan from Honey We're Home shared this week about listening to the 'smart you'.  I think that is how she phrased it - I can't find it on her blog, so it must have been via an instagram story.  Basically the gist of it was that you have a part of you that knows that is smart.  In her example, she used cleaning up the kitchen/house before bed, even though she was super tired.  She knew though, that it would set her off on the right foot the following day.  And of course there is the 'other' you, which is like nahhhh it can wait, or I am too tired, etc.  The 'other' you makes excuses.  Even though 'smart' you knows that doing it will be better.  I just thought it was a neat way to think of it.  And kind of label it that way.  I listened to 'smart' me last night, and got everything cleaned up and picked up before bed.  And I know come today, I will be so thankful I took that little bit of time / effort to be on track for today.

A quick recap of the week:
Home Hack: Budget Friendly Curtains & Curtain Rods + Tips and Tricks to Hanging

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Linking up with WhitneyErika and Andrea.


Time for some confessions!

I confess...I thought my phone was out to get me the other morning.  My alarm went off, and instead of being able to turn it off like normal, I knocked it off my nightstand, and was all out of sorts trying to get to it to turn off.  For some reason the alarm seemed SO LOUD.  Then, as I am still pretty disoriented, an alert for flooding in the area goes off.  Needles to say I was wide awake after that!

I confess...I am ready for fall and winter.  Even though I had every intention of attempting to embrace summer this year, I am over it.  It's not even the heat that's bothering me all that much because, realistically we have a few more months of it, and August is always a bear.  I just don't think I like summer.  Maybe that will still change - but right now I am just be over here dreaming of fall and winter.

I confess...Christmas Hallmark movies have gotten to me, and I am taking 'Christmas in July' a little too seriously.  I spent some time the other day looking up Christmas books, and requesting them from the library.  And I downloaded quite a few on my Kindle, through Kindle Unlimited.  Now, some of these books don't actually come out until later in the fall, so it's not THAT bad.  But still.  I am at least in good company, because quite a few of these books have a pretty long wait list already!

I confess...I can't remember passwords.  It's terrible.  And so very frustrating.  I know we need security with technology, but goodness gracious I wish there was someway, somehow we could forego having what seems like a million different logins!  (I write this as I struggle to log into my favorite Chinese food restaurant's website.)

I confess...I forgot to finish this post last night!  I have done that a couple times in the past few weeks.  I work on my post early on, then forget to finish it up the night before I plan to publish it.  I usually remember right as I am trying to fall asleep.  Which, of course I do, because why would I remember early on when I am still awake (shaking my head at myself)?!

Linking up with Lindsay.

Home Hack: Budget Friendly Curtains & Curtain Rods + Tips & Tricks For Hanging

Hey all!  I am back today with my second 'home hack'.  Last week I talked about my favorite spray paint (which happens to be engine spray paint!), and this week is all about curtains - my favorite, budget friendly curtains and curtain rods, as well as a few tips and tricks to get them hanging nicely.

I feel like curtains can really transform a room.  They add texture, warmth, and softness to any room.  When we redid my bedroom, it was a true redo - everything was new, except the bench at the end of my bedroom.  But, one of the things I remember the most is the how much of a chance the curtains made.  It just made all the other changes that much better!

So without further ado, my second 'home hack'.  

First up - my very favorite curtains and curtain rods.  IKEA has become my go to place for curtains and curtain rods.  I used them in my apartment, and then again when I moved into my condo.  I opt to go with the black curtain rods, and the ball finial.  I feel like the look is classic, and you cannot beat the price ($5.99 for the rod, $1.50 per bracket, and $7.00 for the finials).  

While I just slid the curtains on the rods in the living / dining rooms, you can also get rings with clips to go with the rods, which I went with in my bedroom.  My mom has this style in her bedroom, and when I saw IKEA offered a similar option, I had to give it a try.   

The curtains are the same throughout my condo (RITVA).  I first bought them for the living / dining areas, and liked them so much I used them in my bedroom, and will most likely get another set for the guest room.  They are nice and heavy, and have a great linen like detail in the fabric.  The quality really is great, especially when you consider that 98" panels are only $29.99!  My mom did have the hem them, because the shorter panels were too short, but they turned out great, and I like how we ended up doing the bigger fold at the bottom.  I feel like that adds a little something.

If you are in the market for curtains and curtain rods, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg, I really cannot recommend IKEA enough!

Now, for the two tips I have for getting them to hang nicely.

Clip the bottoms.  As I mentioned earlier, I really loved the look of the rings with clips at my parents' and opted to do the same in my bedroom.  To get the nice pleats to stay when hanging, starting from the top, we pleated (not sure this is a word?) them out, how we wanted them to look, then pulled them together (while pleated) at the bottom, and clipped them with a clothespin (really you can use any type of clip - chip clip, binder clip, etc.).  This helped to 'train' them to fall a certain way.  I kept them clipped for about 8 hours.  I probably would have let them go for longer, but my mom recommended not doing it for too long, otherwise the bottoms with crease.  It truly made a world of difference! 

Cinch the tops with twine. In the living room, on either side of the fireplace, I have a window.  Because of the space, I only have one panel on the outside of each window.  And, because I have blinds, I keep those panels open at all times.  The panels wouldn't stay as open as I would like - the inside edge (closest to the fireplace) was loose at the top, and wouldn't stay scrunched.  I remember reading about using twine to cinch the top.  You just thread the twine through, and tie it in the back, so you can't see a thing from the front.  I told my mom this, and while my dad and I were working on another project, she tackled this one.  After a quick google search, she found this post on A Thoughtful Place.  She took twine, thread it through the back loops of the curtains, and tied it tight to give the nice, scrunched look I was going for.  We did deviate slightly from that post, because we didn't end up looping through the last loop - we did the second the last loop from the outside.  Otherwise it was too tight at the top, and made the outside of the curtain (farthest from the fire place) seem like it went out from the top.  I wanted that to fall pretty straight, I just wanted to keep the entire top scrunched.  Once we moved to the second loop, it looked just as perfect as I had hoped.  

To recap - if you are looking for budget friendly curtains and curtains rods, while still getting quality items, check out IKEA.  And if you need help getting your curtains to hang nicely, a few clothespins and twine can go a long way!

Friday Favorites: #NSale, Salad, The Bachelorette, Family & A Fresh Haircut

Hey all!  Happy Friday!  This week was kind of a struggle for me - I have been so tired!  I slept terribly on Sunday, and that kind of set the tone for the whole week.  I feel like there is this fine line between going to bed too early for me.  Sometimes when I go to bed really early, I wake up at like 3:00, and am wide awake until right before my alarm when I finally fall back to sleep only to have to get up right away.  And then of course, going to bed too late isn't a good thing either.  So basically I have been tired, and it's been getting worse as the week goes on.  But, Friday is here, so let's get to my favorites.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you stopped by my blog Friday, or Monday, I shared the items I was purchasing.  I have gotten a few things in already, and shared my thoughts on those in yesterday's post.  I am just going to continue to update that one post as things come in, that way it is all together.  I got some things in last night, so it's already been updated!

Build Your Own Salad.  Monday night was girls night, and for dinner, we did build your own salad.  Each person brought something to add - lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, meats, salad dressing, etc. and I thought that was just such a great idea.  It was super simple, yummy, and pretty darn healthy.  All the toppings were put in a tray, and then you could just add whatever you wanted.  Of course we ended the night with ice cream and hot fudge (not to mention the glass of wine with dinner), but it's all about balance, right?!  I just thought the salad idea was great - simple, easy and straight forward for those bringing things.  Something I plan on remembering for future get togethers!

The Bachelorette.  I have never really been into the Bachelor / Bachelorette, but I recently joined some friends in watching each week, and, well, last week sucked me in.  It's like a train wreck.  I feel so darn awkward watching that show.  I am sure they show them going into the fantasy suites for a reason but I would rather not see that, haha.  The end, too, was just like get the hint buddy, she wants you gone.  

Family Time.  I have a work trip scheduled in August in Chicago.  Which, if you have been following for awhile, you know that Chicago is my favorite city, and that I have family in the area.  I'll be heading up that way on Sunday, but the work portion of the trip isn't until Monday.  So, I am going to get to spend that Sunday with my family.  Really excited for the impromptu family day! 

Fresh Haircut.  I got my hair cut this week.  It was definitely needed.  And boy, what a difference it makes.  Even though we are having the hottest / most humid weather this week, my hair has actually been staying nice.  Amazing what a little bit off the ends can do!

On the blog this week:
Weekend Recap
Home Tour: The Outdoors
Mid-Year New Year's Resolutions Check In 
Thoughts On My #NSale Purchases

No big plans for this weekend - possibly meeting some friends at the park for a walk, but with the heat advisory we may have to rethink that.  A nice, relaxing weekend sounds perfect, though!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with WhitneyErika and Andrea.

Thoughts on My #NSale Purchases

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I started getting in my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases, and wanted to share my thoughts on the items!  I will update this post as I get items in to keep it all together, if you want to check back.

I have to say, I have been less than impressed with Nordstrom this sale.  Multiple items have been cancelled, even though I ordered as soon as the sale was open to cardholders.  Also, there are a few things that haven't even been shipped, which leads me to believe that they will end up being cancelled, too.  I just feel like when a store hypes up a sale like this, they should be prepared to deliver.  I have heard that things will be restocked with the sale opens to the public, though.  All that being said, it is just clothes.

Anyways, onto my thoughts!

Calson Printed Sleeveless Top.  Fit - True to Size.
 Printed Sleeveless Top, Main, color, GREEN DITSY FOLK PRINT
This top was cute, but it didn't wow me on.  Also, the fabric felt cheap, like after a few washes it would be in pretty bad shape.  

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings.  Fit - True to Size.
 Live In High Waist Leggings, Main, color, BLACK
I bought these because everyone loves them so much, and I wanted to check them out for myself.  Well, the hype is real!  I loved them.  Reebok still has my heart for workout leggings, but these will be my leggings to wear with tops when the weather gets cooler.

True & Co. True Body V-Neck Wireless Bra.  Fit - True to Size.
 True Body V-Neck Wireless Bra, Main, color, DULCE
This was really comfortable on, and so smooth under clothes.  But, the bottom band was rolling up within minutes of wear.  Because of that, it's going back.

SPANX Faux Leather Leggings (Petite).  Fit - Order 1 Size Up, and I would suggest getting Petite if you are under 5'3".
 Faux Leather Leggings, Main, color, 001
I really fell in love with these last year.  So many bloggers had so many cute outfits with them, and I thought I would give them a try while on sale.  They are great!  I wasn't sure if they were really my style, but after trying them on a few times and thinking through different top and shoe options, I decided I have plenty to wear with them.  As I wrote above, I suggest ordering one size up, and if you are shorter, I suggest getting the petites.  I am between 5'2" and 5'3", and these hit me right at the ankle, with no bunching.

Nine Waterproof Suede Boot.  Fit - True to Size.
 Nina Waterproof Suede Boot, Main, color, DARK GREY SUEDE
I got a pair of brown Blondo booties last Nordstrom sale, and really liked them.  When I saw this brand had another bootie in sale, I wanted to try out the gray.  I really like the little detail on the side.  I thought they fit true to size, although they don't seem as cushy as my other ones.  I think with socks, though, it will be good.  They are keepers!

Edge Lux 3 Running Shoe.  Fit - True to Size.
 Edge Lux 3 Running Shoe, Main, color, GREY/ CLOUD WHITE/ SILVER
These shoes are super comfy.  Cushy, very lightweight, and the material seems breathable.  I have been working out in them for the last few weeks and really like them! 

Sam Edelman Welles Bootie.  Fit - True to Size.
 Welles Bootie, Main, color, GOLDEN CARAMEL SUEDE
I ordered these after the booties in my original order were cancelled.  I really liked how the others had the more pointed toe. and when I saw these, I thought they would be a great alternative.  And they are!  The color is a gorgeous cognac, and I actually think I like these better than the ones I wanted, because they go up higher.  You can wear normal socks with them!  They look cute both with rolled jeans, and with your jeans tucked into the shoe.  I can see them with leggings, too, and an oversized sweater. 

Creme de Corps Lotion.
 Jumbo Creme de Corps Bottle with Pump, Main, color, NO COLOR
I can't believe I haven't mentioned this lotion yet!  This is my 'must order' item during the sale.  I get really dry skin in the winter, and this is the only lotion I have found to remedy that!  While it seems like a chunk of money to spend on body lotion, I buy two bottles that last me for the whole year.  When you spread the cost over the year, it really is no different than buying something from Target.  

Free People Softly Structured Knit Tunic.  Fit - Size 1 Size Down.
This is one of my very favorite sweaters.  I have it already in two other colors.  I love everything about it!  I ordered it in Brick Red, and for some reason thought it would be more red.  But, it's definitely an orangeish red color, and for that reason it is going back, simply because it is the exact same color as the sweater below, and I decided to keep that.

Madewell Patch Pocket Pullover Sweater.  Fit - Size 1 Size Up. 
I ordered my normal size in this, and the fit wasn't all that flattering.  But, I got in the next size up and it was fit just as I was hoping.  A little big more length, and width.  It has that slightly oversize looked, that I think is really flattering.  The material is super soft and the color is gorgeous.  Pure fall!  I cannot wait to wear this one!

Kendra Scott Maggie Medium Hoop Earrings.
 Maggie Medium Hoop Earrings, Main, color, 040
I was super excited to get these, but they are going back.  I thought I would like the extra little bit that comes from the earrings not being solid, but I felt that it made them look tacky almost.  Not to mention, they had a bit of weight to them.  Just not for me!

Linking up with Lindsay and Penny.

Mid-Year New Year's Resolutions Check In

Seeing as we are over half way through the year, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at my New Year's Resolutions and see what (if any!) progress I am making!

I copy and pasted my wording from my initial resolutions post, and have added in the 'update' below in italics.

1.  Declutter / purge & organize EVERYTHING.  I have lived in my condo for almost half a year now, and I think it is time to do some decluttering / purging and organizing.  When I moved, I tried to be thoughtful when I unpacked, and make the best decisions on where things would go, or how to set up certain areas.  And while I did have those good intentions, after living with things for awhile, not everything is working like I had planned.  For example, I like having the paper bags I use for recyclables on the main floor, so I can grab one easily, but maybe the coat closet isn't the best place.  Or, grouping all my rubbermaid containers with all my decorations in a certain area seemed like a great idea, but I probably should have labelled them (like my mom advised - mom's usually do know best, haha!), and maybe spread them out a bit instead of stuffing them in one corner.  But, I basically want to touch everything, even stuff I went through not too long ago with the move, see if it's worth keeping (if not, then donate, toss, or sell), and figure out the best place for it, to keep things organized in the long run.

I feel like I am making a bit of progress on this!  I have worked on a few spaces in my house, and I can tell there have been improvements in how those touched spaces are working for me.  For example, I redid my shoe organization, and was able to get rid of 9 pairs.  Since then, everything just stays a lot nicer, and is easier to keep organized.  I also knocked a big one of my list this past weekend - my bathroom.  Although it's just been a few days, I can already tell what a difference reorganizing and purging has made!

2.  Be better with money.  I wasn't sure how to label this one, so it's kind of vague, yet all encompassing.  Honestly, I think I have a pretty decent handle on my money already, but I know I can improve.  I want to create a bit simpler budget / tracking system, plan more for future purchases, and as always, save.  And I also want to pay more attention to my retirement / health savings...all those things.

I am glad I am checking in on these resolutions, because this one needs a bit of work!  I still haven't found a simpler way to track and budget, although maybe that just tells me what I was going worked best for me!  I still have half of the year to get on track with this, though.

3.  Find a skincare routine.  As I get older, I realize how important it is to take care of your skin.  And while I have my own 'routine', I don't know if that really is the best.

I haven't pulled the trigger on any routines.  They can be quite pricey, and I just don't know what will be best, and because of the unknown I don't want to make the purchase.  Part of me wants to try Colleen Rothschild, part of me wants to try Beautycounter, and part of me wants to just figure out something on my own with less expensive products.  Any suggestions?  I am all ears!

4.  Foster better relationships.  While this is something I want to do with everyone, I especially want to work on my friendships.  I am guilty of getting caught up in my own day to day that sometimes I don't reach out as often as I should, or make plans as I should.  Or I get in my own head about friends that have families, thinking they are too busy, and then I don't reach out.  I swear I have good intentions, but my execution sometimes lacks.

I think I have been doing better at this, but there are still times when I look up and realize I haven't talked to someone in too long.  Time can really sneak up on you.  

5.  Be healthy.  The quintessential new year's resolution - one that has been a personal resolution for quite a few years now.  But, maybe this year is the charm?!  I would like to work on my eating - the whole 80/20 thing (80% good for you food, 20% not as good for you food), and eating more veggies.  Another thing is being more active.  In addition to consistently working out in the mornings, I need to make sure to get up more often at work.  Taking a quick afternoon break to walk up and down the stairs is something so small and doable, and pretty impactful.  Whenever I have been consistent in taking an afternoon stair break, it has definitely made a difference.

Ahhh, this is definitely a work in progress.  I do really well, and then fall of the wagon.  And when I fall, I fall hard.  That being said, I do think I am making better food choices more often (it's those not so often times that get me in trouble).  And, a coworker and I are pretty good about walking the stairs as an afternoon break most days.  As I said earlier in the year, when I do that, I really can tell a difference, just those few flights can make.  I was struggling finding a good workout routine (one that I stuck with and felt like I was getting a good work out from), but I tried Transform 20, available via Beachbody, and really liked and enjoyed it (enjoyed might be a stretch, but you know what I mean).  I just started my second round of it.    

I am glad I checked in on these, because I am not doing so hot with some, haha!  But, thankfully, there is still half a year left to get things back on track and accomplished.

Linking up with Lindsay.