10.21.2014

Fall Jamberry Nails Giveaway

Have you tried Jamberry Nails? I love, love, love the colorful nail wraps. I had my first experience with them a few months ago and have been hooked since. (You can read my post about my first experience in Jamberry nail wraps here.)

Aren't these wraps just adorable? I love all the different ways you can accent an outfit with them.....







Headed to a college game or a tailgate party?  You can show your spirit with the collegiate line of Jamberry nail wraps. So adorable. 

My friend, Rachel, (you met her yesterday in my Shopping in Alabama post) is a Jamberry Independent Consultant. I did my first and only online party with her and it was so fun! Book a party with her now and receive a free gift. Also, if you want to order, you can buy three sheets and get one free. Great deal! It's a great time to shop for all of those holiday gatherings and parties. 


Now for the fun part! I am happy to offer a special Jamberry Nails giveaway----a $35 value. Enter below.  Also, go to my Facebook page to find out how to get an extra entry.


(I have not been compensated for this post....all opinions are my own.)

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10.20.2014

Shopping in Alabama: Troy



Last Friday, I had such a wonderful time shopping in Troy, Alabama. It is only about forty-five minutes from my home, but I rarely go there.  Troy (State as it was then) University was where I went to college and I got to meet up with one of my college buddies, Rachel, who now lives there.  We. Had. So. Much. Fun!

Other than corresponding on Facebook, Rachel and I had not been in contact in years. I don't remember the exact day or time that we met, but it was our Freshman year and probably at the BCM.  And let me just tell you how refreshing it is to have a friendship that stands the test of time.  It honestly felt like no time had passed at all. There was an ease and familiarity even though years had passed.  I think those types of friendships----the ones where you just "click" and "get" each other-----are few and far between, and I am thankful to have rekindled this friendship that embodies those things.  We laughed all day!  Rachel even joked we might need Depends next time we get together! (Haha---Mom humor.)

But back to our shopping experience.  I will say Troy has really grown since I was in college there. Those years ago (I won't say exactly how many, because a lady never reveals her age, right?) we didn't have all the cute little shops that now adorn the square in downtown Troy. I parked my car in the center of the square and walked to all the shops.....and there were enough places to look to keep us busy for a few hours. 


I started off at Perfectly Imperfect. I was familiar with the blog, but had never been to the store until this trip. I loved it. It was curated really well, the displays were inviting, and the items were not your run-of-the-mill home decor. It had me imagining and dreaming up what I could do in my own home. They do sell the full line of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I have used the chalk paint, but never the milk paint, so I bought some in Trophy, which is a light grey. There are quite a few pieces of furniture sitting in my garage----and have been there for months----that really need some TLC. I can't wait to get started and give the milk paint a try. 

//Via Candace Nelson Photography//
Next, was E+Me. I had been following this shop on Instagram and was so excited to finally see the items in person. It is a high-end children's boutique. Everything in there had me ooohing and aaahing.  Right now they are having a Persnickety trunk show through November first. I may not shop here all the time, given that the items are on the higher end of the price point, but I would definitely shop here for holiday or special occasion items. 




After dragging myself longingly from E+Me, we made our way to The Confetti Crate. I loved this store. Here again, I had been following them on Instagram and couldn't wait to see it in person. This store had a little of everything....from jewelry and clothes to home and holiday items. I found the "deal of the day" here. I purchased the large seeded glass vase for only $10! It had been marked down from $39. Steal! If you can't tell, I was very excited!

Here is how I have displayed it in my home for fall: 










Here we are with our items from Hazel's. I got a cute pair of houndstooth earrings to wear to an Alabama game and Rachel got the cutest monogrammed bracelet! This store had beautiful jewelry and accessories at great prices! I got lots of Christmas gift ideas there. 

I spotted this antique glove mold at Troy Antiques. I thought it would be cute to display jewelry, but I couldn't convince Rachel. If it had been a little more inexpensive, I probably would've bought it. This store had a lot of curiosities. I enjoyed browsing in there. 




These pink pumpkins, painted for Breast Cancer Awareness month, welcomed us in to Glow. I really enjoyed looking in here, too. It is a beauty boutique, selling makeup and bath and body products, but they also have lots of clothing, jewelry, and accessories. We had a blast in here, as well. 

Fat Girl Soap???

This gorgeous arrangement adorned the back of the store. It was absolutely beautiful!


Cake pops while we shop? Don't mind if we do!


Cheers!




 We had so much fun!  We had lunch at Mama Goldberg's, which is right next door to Glow. It was delicious. It was really nice to be able to park my car and just walk to all of these stores. I highly recommend shopping in Troy and checking out all of these stores.  You won't be disappointed. I will definitely be going back soon!

For more information on these stores, visit their Facebook pages:
Perfectly Imperfect
E+Me
The Confetti Crate
Hazel's
Troy Antiques
Glow

10.16.2014

We Are Not Competing

I guess I shouldn't be surprised by the way women treat each other sometimes. I have always been one to believe the best about someone, to optimistically hope for the good in every situation. I think sometimes I forget we are imperfect people living in a fallen world. So, when I do witness less than becoming behavior from grown women, it does kind of take me by surprise. I know it shouldn't. Maybe I'm a bit naive. 

But, can I just talk to you for a minute? Woman to woman? 

Why do we feel the need to tear each other down, especially when a peer starts to excel or succeed at something? Why, when we see someone who is reaching for her dreams, do we want to nitpick and talk about her behind her back? 

It's almost as if women will cheer each other on......at first. Then, when we see that someone is going a little further than we do, or lose a little more weight, or get that promotion we wanted, or, or, or.....we bristle, get jealous, and resent them for their accomplishments and successes. We do the opposite of encourage and exhort.....we want to sabotage and tear down. 

That is prideful and selfish. That is not wanting the spotlight on anyone but ourselves.  And that is not how we are called to act. 

//Via//
In a perfect world, our sisters in Christ would rejoice with each other as we succeed. We would cheer each other on. We would rally behind and support, helping each other reach our goals. We would esteem others, selflessly putting them ahead of ourselves.  We wouldn't secretly gloat when we see them stumble. We would be the first to help them back up.
//Via//

Ladies, we are not competing with each other. There is no need for pettiness and bitterness. I am not claiming to be perfect. We all struggle sometimes. When we do get that twinge of jealously, let's quickly put it away. When we are tempted to say a not-so-kind word about someone, let's check our tongues and our hearts.  Let's love one another. How can we expect others to receive the love of Christ if we are backbiting gossips who compete with one another for every little thing? That is not love, that is hatefulness. 


//Via//
I really have no interest whatsoever with competing with any other woman. Why can't we all succeed? Why can't we all "make it?" Why can't we be glad for others? God has gifted us all in different ways, and we won't succeed in the same ways. If we are secure in our position in Christ, there is no place for petty jealousy and needless competition. There is only room for love.

Linking up to: What You Wish Wednesday

10.15.2014

What You Wish Wednesday #22


Last week was our biggest link up yet. We had so many great posts shared! Here are my top three from last week!


//Via Three Kids and a Fish//
These little buckeye bats are so adorable.....great for that Halloween party!


// Via A Hot Southern Mess//
My family loves camping and I loved this fall camping survival guide from A Hot Southern Mess. (Fall is, after all, the best time to go camping.)


//Via No Bohns About It//
I could so relate to this post.  What mom hasn't forgotten to clean out a school folder or forgotten other such pertinent details. I know I have. I love that she decided to turn her focus positive and end with 1o Ways I'm Winning. 



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10.14.2014

Southern Entertaining Essential

#1: Versatile Dinnerware

When it comes to entertaining here in the South, I like to keep things simple.  I like to have items on hand that are easily interchangeable and will work in a variety of settings. Having versatile serving pieces are key, especially when it comes to dinnerware. I like crisp, white dishes that are beautiful in any situation or occasion, as well as everyday. 

My dishes are square with more modern lines, but it you prefer, round white dishes would work wonderfully as well. (Mine are from Pier 1 about three years ago, but you can find similar ones here.) Here are some examples of why I love my white dishes and how well they look in a variety of occasions.

*Colorful Children's Party


*Gameday Dinner




*Tricks or Treats Party




*Thanksgiving Dinner




*Girlfriend's Christmas Gathering




I have so much fun with tablescapes!  I really enjoy having dinnerware that is versatile enough to look great in a variety ways. And my family uses these everyday. 

Having versatile dinnerware tops my list for essentials for Southern entertaining. What would be your top item?

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10.13.2014

Spooktacular Serving Pieces

 As I was on the prowl for beautiful Thanksgiving serving pieces, my eye kept being drawn to the fun patterns and colors of Halloween. I really have never decorated for Halloween or had a Halloween party. We don't usually like spooky things around here. But the oranges and blacks and birds and pumpkins were so cute, I just had to show you what I found. These items are oh so spooktacular without being over the top gory or gross.  And did I mention adorable?





1. Tombstone Slate Cheese Board// Crate and Barrel $14.95
2. Bat Bowls (set of 2)// Crate and Barrel $7.95
3. Pumpkins and Ravens Dish Towels (set of 2)// Crate and Barrel $11.95
4. Spiderweb Candy Bowl// Target $8.99
5. Pumpkin plate//Crate and Barrel $4.95
6. Raven plate// Crate and Barrel $4.95
7. Black plastic punch bowl// Target $14.99 

One more thing.....tomorrow is the last day to enter the Lilla Rose hair clip giveaway. Be sure to click here to enter. 

Also, I had to privilege of guest blogging over at Alabama Women Bloggers this morning. The topic was Guilty Pleasures.  Head over and find out just what I confessed was one of my guilty pleasures.  (You can see that post here.)

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10.08.2014

Lilla Rose Giveaway


 This is a sponsored post.

Up until recently, I had never heard of Lilla Rose.  So, when Melody Detwiler, an Independent Consultant for Lilla Rose, contacted me about doing a giveaway for my readers, I was eager to learn more.  I received a beautiful Lilla Rose hair clip to try out. 






This clip held my hair well and didn't slide out of place. I felt like it gave my hair a little visual interest instead of just pulling it back with a ponytail holder or bobby pins. I like that it can be worn with a casual outfit, but is versatile enough to wear with a dressier outfit.  I received a medium, which was large enough to hold my hair in a half-up style, but wasn't large enough to hold my hair for an all-up style. (Sizing chart below.....for long, thick hair, a large or extra large would be needed for an all-up style.) The medium size was great for my girls' hair, as well.  









In addition to this style hair clip, Lilla Rose offers hair bands and bobbi pins and lots of other beautiful styles to choose from and they are great for both kids and adults. Here are some other styles and products of Lilla Rose, and different ways to use them.  










Right now, Melody is offering a Buy 3 get 1 free for new customers. You can see her website here to look around and order. Also, contact her directly (see here Facebook here) and learn more about hosting an online party where you can earn free product!


Be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win your own Lilla Rose hair clip!

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