Chicken Fajita Bake

 Hey all!  Today I am sharing one of my very favorite recipes right now.  I first discovered this recipe via Caitlin (Southern Curls & Pearls) and have made it multiple times since.  I make it a bit different than her original recipe, though, so I wanted to share my adaptation.


This recipe is so easy, packs a ton of flavor and can be served in various ways.  I have served it with tortillas, with rice, inside a hard taco shell, and on top of chips for nachos.  And each time it has been just as delicious.



Chicken Fajita Bake (adapted from Southern Curls & Pearls)

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 red onion

2 red peppers

1/2 packet taco seasoning

chile lime seasoning

olive oil

kosher salt

black pepper

toppings: shredded sharp cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt (or sour cream)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut the chicken breasts in half, length wise.  Place in a single layer in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.  

Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the chicken.

Cut the red onion into bite size pieces, then layer in the pan over the chicken.

Cut the red peppers into bite size pieces, then layer in the pan over the onion.

Drizzle olive oil over the top of the peppers / onions.  Sprinkle with a liberal amount of chile lime seasoning, kosher salt, and black pepper.  

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.


From there, I remove the chicken from the dish and slice, then serve up with the onions and peppers.  I use shredded cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt as toppings.  


It is SO darn good!  Not to mention, extremely easy.  Sometimes I prep the onion and peppers ahead of time, so that when it comes to dinner all I really have to do is assemble and bake.


Linking up with Lindsay.


Friday Favorites: PSL & Fall Favorites Link Up Announcement

 Hi all!  This post is going to be short and sweet.  My mom is heading my way, and I have got to finish cleaning for her arrival!


I don't think it will be a surprise to anyone, but one of my favorite things this week was the release of the Pumpkin Spice Latte!  


The PSL was what reignited my love for coffee.  When we would have lunch or dinner with my extended family, there would always be coffee after.  I used to beg to have a little with them when I was younger - I just loved it!  Then, something happened as I got older and I developed a huge aversion to coffee - both the taste and the smell were just so blah to me.  A few years back, though, I decided to try a PSL to see what the hype was about.  After hearing about how so many people loved them, I wanted to see if it really was that great.  Well, I after one taste and I became one of those people that loved them, too!  And now I am a big coffee (with creamer) fan.


I grabbed a PSL on Tuesday, and it was as delicious as I remember.  So happy it's back!


Now, moving on to the link up announcement.  For the past 4 years, Sarah (Meet the Shaneyfelts) and I have done a Fall Favorites link up throughout the month of September.  This year will be no different!  We both are big fans of fall, and I think of this link up as a fun way to start off the season.


Starting after Labor Day, each Wednesday we will be posting about specific fall-related topics, and would absolutely love for you to do the same and link up!



The topics are as follows:


September 9 - Fall Scents

I will be sharing some of my favorite fall candles, as well as my favorite fall scented soaps!  If you do essential oils, I would love to read about your favorite combinations - I am still deciding whether or not to dabble in that world, but fall seems like a pretty good time to do so!


September 16 - Fall Decorating

Some of my favorite posts to read are home tours, specifically seasonal home tours, so that is what this day is all about!  As I mentioned above, my mom is coming this weekend and she is going to help me get all decorated for fall.  I cannot wait!


September 23 - Fall Fashion

I am hoping by the time this post rolls around, the weather will be a bit cooler and we can be wearing real fall clothes.  That's probably wishful thinking, but you never know!


September 30 - Fall Entertainment

We left this topic pretty vague, but the thought behind it was the different tv shows, movies, books, magazines, etc. that are set in fall, or make you feel fall-like.  Really, whatever works!


We hope you'll join us for our 5th annual Fall Favorites link up!  Feel free to link up to just one post, or all (we'd love that!).


On the blog this week:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Hits & Misses 


Linking up with Lindsay.


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Hits & Misses

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The majority of my items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale have made their way to me, so I thought I would share what I kept, and what has and is going back.

I already gave some of my hits and misses in Friday's post, but am putting them in this post as well, so that it is all in one place.

If you are still looking to shop, the sale ends this Friday!

Hits:

Cubic Zirconia Pendant Necklace.  This is such a pretty, sparkly, and dainty necklace.  It has three different areas you can clasp it, depending on if you want it shorter or longer.  It's just really pretty, and a great price ($15.90)!  The silver option I purchased is no longer in stock, but the gold is!

Zella 3-Pack Low Training Socks.  Some of my ankle socks have seen better days, so I thought I would give these a try.  They fit well, are on the thinner side, and very comfortable.  While they are currently out of stock, if you monitor, you may be able to get lucky and catch a restock - that's how I purchased mine!

Levi's 721 High Waist Skinny Jeans.  I wasn't sure what to expect with these jeans, but my goodness, they so darn comfortable.  It's like you are basically wearing leggings.  The high waist is great, and I like the darker color.  The overall look/fit is very flattering.  I did order a couple other pairs of jeans included in the sale, so depending on how those are I may not keep these, but they are going to be pretty hard to beat! (Update: These jeans were the keepers!)

Steve Madden Kaylah Pointed Toe Booties.  I ordered these in the cognac color, because the original ones I wanted sold out right before I could click buy.  They seem to be great quality, and I absolutely love the color.  The pointed toe looks so classic, and I like the little touch of silver on the heel.  Plus the stacked heel is very comfortable.  At first I wasn't sure about the split shaft, but the more I try them on, the more I like it.  These booties are definitely popular for a reason!


Stripe Crewneck Sweater.  I am not sure why this sweater has 'crewneck' in the name, because it is definitely more of a mockneck!  I really like it, though.  The blush color is very pretty, and I like the detailing on the sleeve.  It's cropped, but not too much - it hits at a very flattering spot.  It's a warm one, too, so will be perfect for the late fall/winter days.  And bonus, it goes perfectly with the cognac booties I grabbed!

Steve Madden Nadalie Pointed Toe Bootie.  One of the things I was specifically looking for during this sale was a new pair of black booties.  I really liked these ones.  They fit well, are comfortable and look cute both with a dress and with jeans.

 


Marc Fisher LTD Oshay Pointed Toe Bootie.  Another pair of black booties.  These ones are just as good as the ones above, and the reason they are both on the 'hit' list is because I can't decide which I like better!  The heel on this bootie is a bit higher, but it's a stacked heel so still very comfortable.  The quality seems to be good, and I like the clean look of no zipper.  That said, since there is a bit of height on these, they aren't quite as easy to slip on as you would think.  Not that it's hard, but it's not quite as easy as a bootie with a zipper.  


Misses:


Cubic Zirconia Earrings.  I was really excited about these earrings, but they kind of pulled my ear lobe down and were droopy.  I don't know how else to explain it, but it was not cute.

Dreamers by Debut Oversize Sweater.  I really liked the material of this sweater, but the fit, not so much.  The picture shows a neckline that looks to be a crew neck.  However, when I tried it on, it looked like a half mock neck.  I don't know if it was just too tight (the rest of the sweater was plenty roomy), but the way the neckline hit, it was not a good look.  I was disappointed, because again, the material was great, and I think it would have been a nice basic sweater to have to throw on with leggings or jeans, but the fit just was not there.


adidas Swift Run Sneaker.  While I did like the look of these shoes, I wasn't crazy about the fit.  They are the 'pull on sock' style, which I didn't really like, plus they were just a touch too big.   

Cable Stitch Crop Sweater.  This would have been a keeper, but the arms were so big.  I sized up to have a bit of extra length in the torso, since it is a crop sweater.  That part fit super well, but the arms where just too huge.  They were both really wide and long.  Which, honestly I like a little bit of a longer sleeve, but it was too much.


STS Blue Elle Raw Hem High Waist Skinny Jeans.  These jeans weren't too bad fit-wise, but the whiskering was a bit more noticeable than I like.  I also felt like you could tell they were a little cheaper, especially when comparing to the Levi's.  I have tried this brand before, and I think I just need to realize that while they look great on others, this is not my brand of jeans.

   


Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution High Waist Ankle Straight Leg Jeans.  I have a few pair of Wit & Wisdom jeans that I really like, so I thought these would for sure be a 'hit'.  I was wrong.  The 'ankle' length was a bit long on me, and paired with the straight leg style, my legs looked like little tree stumps, haha.  They were not flattering, and I don't think getting them hemmed would have made a difference, either.  Like with the other jeans, I wasn't crazy about the wash either.  So back they go!


Zella Restore Soft Pocket Lounge Leggings.  I love joggers, and I love leggings, so I thought this was a fun mix of the two.  They weren't flattering, though.  The stitching around the pockets really emphasizes the hip area, and then the stitching around the ankle kind of cuts off the leg, making my shorter legs look even shorter.  I think I will just stick to regular joggers and regular leggings!  However, if you are taller, or have longer legs, I think these would be really cute!


That pretty much wraps up the NSale for me!  Did you purchase any items that you just love?  


Linking up with Lindsay.





Friday Favorites: Typewriter Table, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Hits & Misses, Gilmore Girls, Dinner Recipes & Candy Corn

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Hey all, happy Friday.  This week sure flew by for me.  Granted, I was off on Monday so it was a shorter week for me, but usually those weeks tend to end up feeling longer than normal.  Not this time!


1.  Typewriter Table.  I mentioned this in Monday's post, my parents found an old typewriter table while cleaning out their garage.  Since they didn't have a place for it, I was able to bring it home with me!  Now it holds my record player, and even had a little cross piece at the bottom that makes for the perfect place to lean my records.


2.  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Hits & Misses.  Pretty much everything on my initial wish list was sold out when it came time for me to shop, but I have been able to catch a few things in stock, like the Zella socks.  So if there is anything you have an eye on, I would keep a close eye on it, because you never know when it will suddenly be back in stock!  Of course, I was able to find some new things to add to my wish list, haha!


If you'll remember, my original plan was to do one post on the items I actually purchased and received from the sale, but they are coming in rather slowly, so I thought I would share my thoughts on what I have received thus far.


Hits: 

Cubic Zirconia Pendant Necklace.  This is such a pretty, sparkly, and dainty necklace.  It has three different areas you can clasp it, depending on if you want it shorter or longer.  It's just really pretty, and a great price ($15.90)!  The silver option I purchased is no longer in stock, but the gold is!

Zella 3-Pack Low Training Socks.  Some of my ankle socks have seen better days, so I thought I would give these a try.  They fit well, are on the thinner side, and very comfortable.  While they are currently out of stock, if you monitor, you may be able to get lucky and catch a restock - that's how I purchased mine!

Levi's 721 High Waist Skinny Jeans.  I wasn't sure what to expect with these jeans, but my goodness, they so darn comfortable.  It's like you are basically wearing leggings.  The high waist is great, and I like the darker color.  The overall look/fit is very flattering.  I did order a couple other pairs of jeans included in the sale, so depending on how those are I may not keep these, but they are going to be pretty hard to beat!

Steve Madden Kaylah Pointed Toe Booties.  I ordered these in the cognac color, because the original ones I wanted sold out right before I could click buy.  They seem to be great quality, and I absolutely love the color.  The pointed toe looks so classic, and I like the little touch of silver on the heel.  Plus the stacked heel is very comfortable.  At first I wasn't sure about the split shaft, but the more I try them on, the more I like it.  These booties are definitely popular for a reason!


Misses:

Cubic Zirconia Earrings.  I was really excited about these earrings, but they kind of pulled my ear lobe down and were droopy.  I don't know how else to explain it, but it was not cute.

Dreamers by Debut Oversize Sweater.  I really liked the material of this sweater, but the fit, not so much.  The picture shows a neckline that looks to be a crew neck.  However, when I tried it on, it looked like a half mock neck.  I don't know if it was just too tight (the rest of the sweater was plenty roomy), but the way the neckline hit, it was not a good look.  I was disappointed, because again, the material was great, and I think it would have been a nice basic sweater to have to throw on with leggings or jeans, but the fit just was not there.


I still have some things on their way, so I am hoping for a few more 'hits' to share!


3.  Gilmore Girls.  I feel like this is the time of year when people start turning Gilmore Girls on again.  And I am one of those people!  I started from the beginning, I think it was last year, but then got sucked into other shows / movies.  I wasn't feeling anything else I had to watch the other day, so I decided to go back to where I left off with Gilmore Girls.  It really is a great show.  I never ended up watching the 'year in the life' episodes they did, so I am excited to see how those are.


4.  Yummy Dinners.  I made two of my favorite recipes this week - Half Baked Harvest's Butter Chicken & Caitlin's Chick Fajita Bake.  Both are so good, and make great leftovers.  Spending time in the kitchen, with some good music (and at times, a good drink) is one of my favorite things to do.  In those moments, it's like the weight of the day is lifted, and it's time to unwind and enjoy the evening.


5.  Trail Mix with Candy Corn.  My mom often makes trail mix, and she changes it up for the time of year.  For example, around fall she will add in candy corn.  I have never been a huge candy corn lover, but once it's added into trail mix, all bets are off.  I love it!  I plan to stock up now, while it's in the stores so I can indulge even when it's not candy corn season.


On the blog this week:

Weekend Recap: 5th Birthday & Home Sweet Home 

Legging Review: lululemon vs. Spanx vs. Zella vs. 90 Degrees by Reflect 


Linking up with Andrea & Erika.





Legging Review: lululemon vs. Spanx vs. Zella vs. 90 Degree by Reflect

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This post was a suggestion from Joanne @ English Living, Stateside Dreaming (thanks so much for the idea, Joanne!)  While I don't have all the brands she mentioned in her comment, I thought I would just round up the ones I do, and share my thoughts on them.

One thing to note before getting into the different leggings.  My thoughts are based on wearing these out and about, or lounging around the house.  While I am sure they would be fine for working out (and I know people do wear them to workout in), I prefer my Reebok leggings for workouts.

lululemon Align Leggings ($98.00).  I got my first pair of lululemon leggings last fall, and fell in love.  They are buttery smooth, and so very comfortable.  The waist sits high, which is my preference, and even though the leggings aren't compression at all, the wide waistband seems to somehow shape your waist.  They are incredibly stretchy, and again, SO comfortable.  With being at home this year, I ended up ordering another pair, in the black camo.  I also got a capri length pair, too.  They have held up well to multiple washes - I just make sure to wash on delicate, then hang to dry.  One thing to mention, I got the 25 inch align leggings.  They come in different lengths, so you can get which best suits your height.  For reference, I am about 5'3".  

The only downfall to these leggings is the cost.  They are expensive!  You are able to shop them using Rakuten, though, which can help with the cost.  I was able to get 11% cash back on the camo ones I ordered using Rakuten.  Of course, they don't always have that high of a cash back percentage, but it's worth checking.



Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (on sale for $64.90 / regularly $98.00).  While these aren't exactly comparable to the other leggings, given they are faux leather, I did want to mention them.  I like that these leggings are high waisted, suck you in (they are Spanx brand after all!), and can immediately elevate an outfit.  I initially got these for a more dressed up legging look, but they really look just as good dressed down with a pair of tennis shoes.  Comfort wise, I would say that I find both the lululemon and Zella leggings more comfortable, but that doesn't mean they are uncomfortable, because they are.  They just aren't AS comfortable as the others.

For their fit, I would recommend going up one size - they really do suck you in!  Also, if you are 5'3", or shorter, I would recommend getting them in petite.  I think if I would have gotten the regular size, they would have bunched at the ankle.

  



Zella Live In Legging (on sale for $38.90 / regularly $59.00).  I had to see what the hype was about these leggings, and now I get it.  They are very comfortable, a bit thicker, and hold everything in very well.  Like the lululemon leggings, they have a wider waist band, but the difference is that I can tell the Zella leggings are sucking me in more, so I find the lululemon leggings a bit more comfortable.  But, the Zella leggings are a bit thicker, which is nicer in the cooler months, and if you want that more substantial feeling while wearing them.  Plus, the price point is much better than lululemon, and even more so right now when they are on sale.



90 Degrees by Reflex ($27.99 - Amazon Prime).  I got these leggings after hearing how similar they were to the Zella leggings.  The lower cost didn't hurt, either!  I really liked them at first, but as I wore them I noticed how much they attracted lint.  They just started looking sloppy, and attracting more and more lint with each wear.  They were comfortable enough, but overall the lint was a big deterrent for me.  I ended up getting the Zella leggings next time they were on sale, and have since gotten rid of these leggings.

  Overall, if I had to choose my very favorite, it would be the lululemon Align leggings.  They are just so darn comfortable, and I love their buttery feel.

That said, I think it depends on what you are looking for.  If you want that buttery, comfortable feeling, I would try lululemon.  If you want something that's comfortable, yet a bit thicker with a bit more hold, I would try the Zella leggings.  And if you want a pair that elevates your look a bit, then definitely the Spanx faux leather leggings are the ones to try!

If you have a favorite legging that you would recommend trying, please share!

Linking up with Lindsay.


Weekend Recap: 5th Birthday & Home Sweet Home

 Hey all!  Happy Monday.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was spent with family, which always makes for a good one!


I split my time between Indy and Pontiac this weekend.  The first part of the weekend was in Indy to celebrate my nephew's 5th birthday!  I cannot believe he is that old.  It just seems so big!


My dad and I got to town, then picked up Portillo's for lunch.  I love that Indy now has Portillo's.  It used to be I could only get my Chicago hot dog fix up north, but luckily they are slowly making their way south, and apparently east.  They just need to make it even further south to St. Louis!  Once we got to my brother's, my mom and I headed out for some quick birthday shopping.  Amazon let me down this week, and lost part of my nephew's birthday present!  It keep pushing the arrival date, so I had hope, but then it was lost.  Soooo to Target it was!  We also stopped by Party City to grab some balloons for the birthday celebration.


The birthday boy picked pizza for dinner, so we had that, then opened presents.  My parents got him a bike, and he had the coolest reaction - he was so excited.  And he was pretty excited about the monster trucks and kinetic sand I got him, too!


We all called it a bit of an early night - I think between work and travel, everyone was a bit tired.


We had one of my very favorite breakfasts the next morning, my mom's French toast.  Gosh, it was so good.  My sister in law and I headed out to the local farmer's market after breakfast.  I love farmer's markets and this one was awesome!  They had so many good things there.  We picked up some produce, and then these ridiculously amazing egg rolls from Mathoo's.  My sister in law actually interviewed the owner (video here), and she has such a cool story.  And the egg rolls are seriously the best I have had. 


Once we got back from the farmer's market, we headed outside to play.  My nephews LOVE being outside, and it was really fun playing with them.  My brother got a new smoker/grill, and had put on ribs in the morning, which we then had for lunch.  They were delicious.  And we had sweet corn from the farmer's market which was so darn good.  A summer meal at its finest!


Over the weekend we also played a lot with some of my old toys.  As my parents were cleaning out the garage, they came across a bunch of old toys they had held on to.  I had a ton of cooking-type toys, and the boys had a blast playing with them while we were there.  And after seeing them again, it makes total sense why I love cooking so much.  I mean, I had a mini mixer...how cool is that?!  Plus I had a toy McDonald's Big Mac and French fry cartoon...again, how cool?!  


We headed out late afternoon, and luckily had an uneventful drive back to my parents'.  Since we ate big for both breakfast and lunch, we settled on popcorn for a dinner snack.  My dad makes THE BEST popcorn, and it's always such a treat to have.  With all the travel and playing, I was tired, so I went to bed pretty early...again.


It was super nice to sleep in Sunday morning.  Once we were up, we went for a walk, and checked out one of the local parks.  My hometown had a storm roll through last week, and one of the local parks got hit pretty bad.  It was insane to see some of these very large, mature trees down.  


I shared this on instagram, but another find from my parents clean out of their garage, and they found this old typewriter table they had gotten while out junking.  They had no use for it, so I was lucky enough to get it.  I thought it would be perfect for my record player!  I hit it with a wire brush to get any loose rust off, my dad cleaned the top with some car cleaner (it's some type of faux leather), washed the rest of it all off, and then later my dad hit it with some clear spray to keep it from rusting anymore.


It was the nicest day there - perfect for the windows to be opened, and I swear that fresh air smell is just pure summer.  Plus we rounded out the afternoon with burgers on the grill and more of the sweet corn we picked up at the farmer's market.  It was so darn good.


I was up in the air on when I would actually drive back home, but waking up in my own bed won out, and I left shortly after lunch.  The drive was uneventful (thankfully) and it was nice to be home.


I lit a candle, grabbed a drink, and settled in on the couch for a little bit of relaxation before calling it another early night.  Sometimes sleep is just the best!


Hope you all had a good one!


Linking up with Lindsay.

 

Friday Favorites: Smallwoods Sign, North Star, Fixer to Fabulous, Stitch by Stitch

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Hey all!  Happy Friday!  We made it to another weekend.


Here are some of my recent favorites...


1.  Smallwoods Sign.  When my parents were in town, my mom and I were discussing decorations for my loft area.  The nook area looks a bit different since I shared it in my home tour (I have since gotten a new chair and a new desk!), but what isn't different is the fact that the space serves dual purposes.  It's both my office, and home to my Peloton bike.  I had an idea of what I would like to do in the 'office' section, but I wanted to add something to the wall next to my bike.  It needed to be office-ish, since that is my background for Zoom calls, but I also wanted it to make sense for the area as a whole.  Plus, I didn't want to do pictures, because I plan on eventually doing some type of gallery wall up here, too.


Insert Smallwoods.  I bought a Smallwoods sign for my bedroom, and absolutely love it.  


After I was so happy with mine, my mom got one, too, when she redid my old bedroom at home.  She was actually able to customize one, and thought that would be a good option for up here.  Well, it seems like they have changed things since we both purchased from there (more picture options, less customizing options), but I did find quite a few options that I thought would work for the space.  I ultimately ended up with the one below, and cannot wait for it to get in so I can hang it!  Which, will be a breeze, because not only are the items great quality, but they are super duper light, too!

Life Is Tough

I think it's a great reminder for when things get tough, whether it be with work, on when I am trying to make it through a workout.  Or just when life is tough in general.


Smallwoods is having a sale right now, and you can get an extra 15% off if you sign up for emails/text messages.  My sign was already a great deal on sale, and then the 15% off basically gave me free shipping!


2.  North Star by Sherwin Williams.  The magic of paint!  My bathroom looks SO much better after we painted it this past weekend.  I absolutely love the color.  I keep saying this, but it's very 'spa' like, which is hilarious, because I have never even been to a spa.  But this color is what I would imagine.  Light and fresh and calming.  


3.  Fixer to Fabulous.  I am a sucker for a good home renovation show.  Over the weekend, HGTV was airing reruns of Fixer to Fabulous, and I got hooked.  They redo some really neat houses, in a variety of design styles.  Plus, I really enjoyed the back and forth of the couple.  It looks like there is going to be a season 2, coming this fall, so I better set my DVR!


4.  Essie Stitch by Stitch.  This Essie color is my go to transition color.  I think it for winter to spring and summer to fall.  It's the prettiest pink that is a bit muted, so it works when you want something a little more subtle.  Since I am already craving fall, I broke it out this week.  While I usually have toe polish on, I don't think my finger nails have been done since the beginning of quarantine.  And goodness, does it feel good!

 


On the blog this week:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Wish List 

Weekend Recap: Parents & Painting

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.

Weekend Recap: Parents & Painting

 Hey all!  It's been a minute since I have done a weekend recap.  But, with my parents in town this past weekend, I couldn't not recap it!


My weekend actually started on Thursday evening.  My parents arrived shortly before my workday ended, so I finished up work, and then we pretty much got right to it!  The goal of the visit was, of course, to see each other, but also paint my master bathroom and recaulk the shower.


My master bathroom was a little worse for the wear.  It desperately needed repainting, both the walls and the trim.  It was kind of at the point, with the color and the shape of things, that even after you cleaned it, it still looked a bit dingy.  We had made progress on the bathroom awhile ago, updating the handware, and removing the shower doors, new towel hooks and shower curtain, and prepping it for paint.  Then COVID hit, and like with everything else, it put things a bit on hold.  So to finally be able to get this in had me so excited!


Night one included any final patching, removing the hooks and face plates, sanding the walls and trim, washing the walls and trim, and painting the trim.  When we painted my bedroom, we did the trim first and thought it worked well.  It was a late evening, but it made it so that we were all set to go in the morning.


After breakfast, we were pretty well set to go on painting.  While I have a good size bathroom, it was a little tight with three of us in there, so my dad worked on cutting in, and I followed with the roller while my mom did a little work in the yard for me.  Divide and conquer!  I had to take a break to work for just a bit, but then was back to it.  

While the first coat was drying, I had my dad look at a board on my deck that was popping up.  I figured he would be able to just nail it down, and we would be good to go.  Well, the screws weren't bringing it down, so we ended up having to pry the board off (which was interesting considering I don't have a pry bar and my dad didn't bring his) to see what was going on underneath.  After figuring out what was going on, I had a minor freak out that I would need to redo my deck a whole lot sooner than I anticipated, but of course, my dad came through with a fix that secured it all up and should last for a few years to come!  Thank goodness!


By the time we got the deck all fixed up, the bathroom was ready for a second coat.  And as soon as that second coat was done, I cracked open a beer, haha!  For some reason, the second coat was a bit rougher and included a paint spill.  Which cleaned up no problem, but the second coat as a whole just wasn't quite as smooth as the first!  But goodness, did it make a difference, and it looks SO GOOD!  

We got to work on removing the old caulk from where the shower walls meet the tub.  It wasn't too bad, although my dad had to go over my work a bit, haha.  He likened it to going to the dentist.  The hygienist cleans your teeth, and then the dentist comes through afterwards and does that little extra look / clean up.


We stopped for dinner, and then got to the actual caulking.  And by that, I mean my dad caulked, while my mom and I watched, haha.  For a space like that, it really is a one person job, so we provided the moral support.


My mom and I got out for a walk that evening, enjoying the cooler temps.  We've just been so lucky with weather this week that it had to be taken advantage of.


Between Thursday evening and working all of Friday on things, we all were exhausted and turned in relatively early.


Saturday was a slower start, with a nice walk/run outside with my mom, followed by breakfast and putting the bathroom back together.


My parents left before lunch, and I relaxed for a bit on the couch watching HGTV.  I swear, the minute I sat down and wasn't go, go, go, was when it all hit me.  The busy week of work, followed by the super productive time with my parents had me tuckered out.  I did a few odds and ends, and settled in to watch Work It on Netflix.  I am a sucker for any and all dance movies, which now that I think of it makes sense since Dirty Dancing has always been my very favorite movie.  I thought it was a good movie, and would recommend it if you are a dance movie fan!


A storm hit in the evening, and while I usually love a good storm, especially to fall asleep too, this one was a bit louder and windier than what I would have liked.  It made for a slower Sunday than normal, but it was nice to take it easy and enjoy my coffee while scouring Pinterest, and looking up fall books.


I burned a new LMCO candle this weekend in the Ponchatoula Strawberry scent.  Oh my word, is it good.  It reminds me of when my mom would make jello growing up.  I just love their candles and I cannot wait to try the fall scents when they come out!


That pretty much rounds out the weekend!  Hope you all had a good one! 


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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Wish List

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Here's my wish list for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  There's quite a bit here, but with things selling out (hoping for restocks!) and knowing that a good portion won't work out I tend to like to have more items on my wish list than less!  With Nordstrom's free shipping and free returns, it's nice to be able to order a few different things to try out (like different black bootie options), and then return (for free) what doesn't work.

1.  Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Leopard Cardigan (on sale for $79.90).  I mentioned this in my 'have and love' post, but this cardigan is my absolute favorite.  I wear it at home all the time, and could use another one to throw into the rotation when the one I have gets dirty.  All of the color options are great, but I specifically am looking at the gray one.  I love the cream and tan, but to be honest, I am a little too messy to have that, haha!

2.  Free People Afterglow Mock Neck Top (on sale for $84.90).  Free People sweaters are my absolute favorite.  I love the oversized fit of them, and they are great quality.  Perfect for wearing with leggings, or with jeans.  I have both the black and the purple color on my list...not sure which one I will end up, but I don't think I could go wrong with either!

3.  Treasure & Bond Crewneck Pullover (on sale for $39.90).  The style and the light blue color are what drew me to this sweater.  I don't think I have anything from this brand, and I am excited to give it a try.

4.  1.STATE Cozy Knit Top (on sale for $38.90).  I think this is one of those tops that is universally flattering on everyone.  It's more interesting than just a plain t shirt or sweater, but still simple and classic.  Plus, I love how on the website they have it styled both for casual and business wear.  

5.  Free People Leo Henley Tee (on sale for $44.90).  Rounding out the tops on my wish list is this Free People henley.  I have a similar henley from last year that is one of my favorites.  Plus with working from home for at least the rest of the year, I will be making a lot more use of my more casual tops.

6.  Steve Madden Nadalie Pointed Toe Bootie (on sale for $79.90).  I think this is a really classic bootie.  The color is so pretty, and I love the pointy toe.  I have a suede pair this color, but with them being suede, after just one season, the toe doesn't look that great (even after spraying them with protector prior to wearing).  I think these will last longer, and look good even after a few seasons of wear!

7.  Steve Madden Nadalie Pointed Toe Bootie (on sale for $79.90) / Marc Fisher LTD Oshay Pointed Toe Bootie (on sale for $99.90).  When I was thinking of the things I would like to look for during the sale, black booties were at the top of the list.  I am looking for something that would look good with a sweater and jeans, as well as tights and a dress.  Basically something for work and play.  Hopefully one of these two options will be a winner!
     

8.  Steve Madden Feather Genuine Calf Hair Loafer (on sale for $39.90).  I have a pair of leopard heels that I absolutely love.  And as much as I love wearing heels, at least pre-COVID, sometimes it would be nice to have a pair of flats!  I thought the price of these made them worth trying out!

9.  adidas Swift Run Sneaker (on sale for $49.90).  I am in need of a new workout shoe, and love my adidas from last year.  I also think the black will be cute to wear with leggings even when I am not working out!

10.  Nordstrom Precious Metal Plated Cubic Zirconia Earrings (on sale for $29.90).  I have been wanting a pair of earrings like these for awhile.  I don't wear much jewelry while at home, but earrings are always a must!

11.  MAC Mini Lipglass Trio (on sale for $20).  I had a MAC gloss that I just LOVED in college.  For some reason I never got another, but when I saw these were part of the sale, I quickly added them to my wish list.  Hopefully MAC's gloss is just as good as I remember! 
   

12.  Kiehl's Jumbo Creme de Corps (on sale for $49).  One item that is always on my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale list is this lotion.  I mentioned it during my 'have and love' post, but this stuff is the best.  The price at first made me hesitant - seemed like a whole lot of money for body lotion, but two bottles last me for the year, so it's really not a bad deal at all.  Plus it is the only thing I have found that has kept my skin from getting super dry and itchy in the winter.

Linking up with Lindsay.