Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Combative








Shirt // Jeans - Similar // Boots - Similar Style // Crossbody


Combat boots have been something I've been eyeing since last Fall and I'm so happy to finally add a pair to the 'ole closet! (thank you DSW and your wonderful coupon deals and free shipping)
With a good plaid and/or vest...I see these getting lots of use this season.  
It feels amazing now that I can finally wear a plaid shirt and not have to roll up the sleeves mid day...cooler weather is here folks!

I figure with all this hair I suddenly have going on now, I should start doing fun things with it...I grew it out for this exact purpose.  I still have a few inches to go before I reach my "goal", but I'm totally diggin the length.  Messy buns that actually stay, long mermaid curls, side braids that actually look like a side braid.....loving it...why oh why did I chop it off for so long??

Hope you all have got your costumes squared away...cause Halloween is in 9 days!!!
......and Thanksgiving is in 36 days.
..............................and Christmas is in 63 days
Wait...............what?

xoxo





P.S - Be sure to enter in the awesome CASH giveaway going on here!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What I Love About Tuesdays



- It's not Monday.

- Taco Tuesdays.

- Two for Tuesday on our local classic rock radio station.

- New episodes of Chrisley Knows Best.

- It's 3 days closer to Friday.

- Wine Tuesdays....errrrrr...that's everyday, really.

- Sleepy Hollow and Big Bang DVR catch up.

- Giveaway Tuesdays.....



You know what would be really nice right now? $200 cash. And that's what's going on right now! I've gotten together with some awesome ladies to give you a chance to win $200, enter in the rafflecopter below!

Jackie ~ Our Nashville Life // Kelly ~ Six One Six
Shelly ~ Behind Blue Eyes // Cat ~ Oddly Lovely // Melany ~ Melany's GuyDlines
Desiee ~ Love Desiree // Danielle ~ The Lifestyle Project // Dee~ A Deecoded Life
Kimberly ~ p.s. remember this....// Brainne ~ Being Bracco // Helene ~ Helene in Between


Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Weekend

How is it Monday already?  

I had been looking forward to this past weekend for a little while now.  You see, my in laws recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.  What a milestone!  They were suppose to take a weekend out of town, but instead, decided they wanted to spend an evening with their kiddos and spouses at a nice dinner.  How sweet is that?

My sis in law and I couldn't let that be it for their anniversary, so we decided to surprise them with one of their favorite cakes.



We had it all set up....the cake was brought in early and the wait staff was instructed to not even offer dessert, but to just present this cake at the end of the meal.  Of course not everything goes perfect to plan....The waitress asked who's birthday it was cause that's what was noted on the reservation...then waitress take the Mr. aside on his way back from the restroom cause she was all confused and he didn't know what was going on too much, so the sis in law and I had to excuse ourselves to the restroom..for a single stall bathroom...how suspicious did that look?  
It was something out of a sitcom I tell ya...but it all worked out and they were so pleasantly surprised.  
Then we laughed about how comical the night was just for this dang cake, until tears were rolling down our face...a few drinks will help with that too.




The food was phenomenal and the company was perfect.  Couldn't think of a better way to celebrate two of the most wonderful, loving, and caring people we know.

The rest of the weekend consisted of lots of house work...not gunna lie, kinda impressed with how much we got done outside and inside.
So naturally, after all that work, this is what our down time looked like...



Cheers to your week friends!

xo

Linking up with Leeann today.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekly Style: Feeling Fall












Would you look at that?  Mostly closed toed shoes and actual sleeves people!  Cooler weather is upon us!  Still a bit sad I'm not rockin the puffer vests yet like most of the country, but it will cool down soon enough.
Almost every night this week, we've had doors and windows open to let the crisp air in the house.  And I even  actually made chili and cornbread for the first time this season.  It was everything we've hoped for...hope our crock pot(s) are ready for some cookin....cause we are ready for some cooler weather eatin!

This is basically my weekly work style.  Hallelujah for business casual, because casual is my M-O.  Be surprised I'm actually wearing a wedge in the last picture...That casual.
But I will be getting a little more dressed up tonight as we enjoy a fancy meal with the family.  I see amazing food, wine, and lots of laughs happening the next few hours...
The rest weekend will be more casual as I get down to some nitty gritty items that need attention around the house and finishing the extension of Bella Bear's dog run.  Apparently she needs more room...it sure is hard being a spoiled princess.  What's even harder to fathom is that I will actually be out there with the Mr. doing some of the manual labor as well...
Good thing booze will be near.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

xoxo

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Trick or Treat Cookie Jars


It's no secret around here now that I love me some holiday festiveness?
No?
Ok, good.

Cause I literally dance around thinking of all the fun things that come along with holiday fun.  Any holiday.  
But what I love most about holidays is how I can spread the cheer to everyone else around me.  For New Years, we went around to all of our neighbors with some bubbly and a gift tag on each bottle that said, "Cheers to the New Year!".  Things like that.  So this year I knew I wanted to do more seasonal fun things with our neighbors.  Ya know....be more "neighborly".  Everyone has to live so close after all.

So for Halloween I wanted to put together fun "Trick or Treat" Halloween cookie jars.


Such a fun and easy thing to give to those you want to touch with your festive spirit!
Here's how I put it altogether...

What's in the jar:


- 1 1/2 cups of flour
-  1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup Reeses Pieces


What your recipients will need to provide:

- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter, oil, egg, and vanilla.
3. Add contents of the jar and mix until all combined.
4.  Spoon onto greased cookie sheet.
5.  Bake for 7-8 minutes.




The direction tag was tied to one side of the jar.


A fun Halloween greeting from the Braccos was tied to the other.

How fun are these cards for the season?
I ordered our Halloween cards through Tiny Prints.  They had so many other great choices for the holiday, it was so hard to choose just one!  I thought it would be fun and feel a little more personal for our neighbors to see us really embracing the season.



xoxo

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Casual Leather











Jacket -  Similar here// Tee // Jeans
Converse Sneakers // Crossbody - Similar here & here // Aviators - Similar here


Comfort with a little bit-o-leather.
It doesn't get much better than that.
I just love the way a leather jacket and dress up any regular 'ole jean and tee outfit.  I'm thinking a brown moto one may be in my future sooner than later.

I think I also better start looking into more Converse colors because if not, my white and black ones will get worn out twice as fast.  Their new slogan should read, "Converse:  Comfort for the Flat Footed Individual".  I can wear these all day errrrrday without complaint.  Which works because I can confidently say that sandal weather is about officially over.

Word to Wednesday...I'm ready for the weekend already.

xoxo


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Favorite Fall Recipes

I'm a day late and a dollar short linking up with Helene and Taylor for yesterdays Bogtober prompt, but I knew I still had to link up regardless.  Because this topic is a cherished one in our home...
Food.
Fall food to be exact.



Before the Halloween decor gets brought out, the plaid gets put on, and the pumpkin spice dances start...The Mr. and I daydream about the meals that are about to begin with this time of year.
Here are just a few of our favorite recipes we enjoy every Fall.






1.  Chocolate Croissants - Need I say more?  They're ooey and gooey and hot right out of the oven.  Who doesn't love that on a cool Fall morning?

2.  Bananas Muffins - My all time favorite.

3.  Stand Up Chili - A name we created because the Mr. says a good chili will keep your spoon standing up.  Nailed it.

4.  Taco Chili - Are you surprised at another chili recipe?  Well, don't be.  Chili is our go to Fall/Winter meal that will never quit.

5.  Sweet & Sour Meatballs - They smell amazing when they are in the crockpot and over a bed of Jasmin rice...ah-mazing.  I think this may be Mr.'s numero uno.



What are some of your go to Fall recipes?

xo