Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Little Chat

Grab a cup of something delicious and let's have a little chat.
First of all, have you seen all of the mouth-watering fall recipes that have been popping up all over pinterest? Good heavens, I cannot quit re-pinning them. Hence why I have over 2,000 pins. {follow me here} Will you just look at these pumpkin scones? They are on my list of things to bake within the next week to celebrate the fall season.
And while you're at it, look at these sweet treats. Come on, who doesn't like dark chocolate and caramel?
Before the move I almost purchased a jacket similar to this one. I am still kicking myself. Why, oh why, did I not get it?
This past week I have finally broken them out, and I am head over heels booties about booties this fall.
And last, but not least, I cannot stress how important it is to take care of your skin. Moving to a much dryer climate has made my already dry skin parched. You won't believe me when I say it, but I drank close to 100 ounces of water yesterday. I read a wonderful article by Shopping's My Cardio all about serums and it could not have come at a more perfect time. I'm adding two of her suggestions to my beauty product list. {Read the post here.}
*After doing a little research about the Nude serum, I found that lots of reviews have said the company was recently bought out and the product is not at all the same.
It's getting closer to the weekend!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Fall

The time for fuzzy sweaters, hot cups of steaming coffee and warm pumpkin bread is finally's fall! It is amazing to be in a place that is actually feeling like fall when it is supposed to, as opposed to the south where it is still steaming hot. My neighbor has her fall wreath on her door and a carved pumpkin by the door. On my list to get this week are mums for our front deck. Yesterday it was rainy, but on the tops of the mountains at some of the resorts the first snow fell. Hello, colder weather.
Two nights ago, Bryan decided to drive home a different way from work--up through the mountains and winding roads. I was slightly annoyed when he showed up at the door two hours later, but was quick to forgive when I saw the pictures he had stopped to take along the way. On our to-do list this weekend: go see these beautiful fall colors before they disappear.


Monday, September 24, 2012


It's Monday, the start of a new week...I hope yours is fabulous!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Change of Address

For the love of all things cute and girly, I really want to send out "We've Moved" cards in the mail to friends and family letting them know our new address. Very excited about a new stationery store, I popped into one yesterday to check out their inventory. The lady was rude, fussed at me for talking to her dog and didn't ask me if I needed any help. So, now I've turned to the internet. Polka Dot Design is one of the first sites I always get on and browse.

The cards that show your journey are some of my favorites. What do you think of the picture on the second one? Do you think it makes it more personal?

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Call it cheesey, but part of me wants to do a card with mountains, moose, fish or skiing. I cannot find one that I really like or that isn't too winter-ish. Something like this one might work.


This one might be my favorite.


As much as I would like to have a pink and green card, polka dot card or something else brightly colored with shoes, I don't think Bryan would be very happy about it. Which one is your favorite? Any or none and keep looking? If you know of a site where I might find something, please share.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Move: Part 2

Instead of leaving on Wednesday, Bryan and I didn't hit the road until Thursday. It took longer than we had anticipated to get the moving truck all cinched down and ready to go. I have to admit it was nice having a relaxing dinner and sleeping in a comfy bed one more night at my parents' house before leaving.
{Ivy is not going to the bathroom. She was so darn excited that all she wanted to do was sniff the ground and get into the truck as soon as possible. You know how she hates to look at the camera.}

Sitting between the two of us, Ivy did extremely well throughout the trip. She didn't whine or want out a single time.

 The first day we drove through miserable rain for hours and didn't get out of it until we were in Kansas somewhere. Bryan had decided we were going to camp on Thursday, so we ended up staying at a very nice KOA in the middle of nowhere. There were the cutest little cabins and the bathrooms were nicer than most hotel's bathrooms. It only took a little over five hours on Friday to drive to Broomfield, Colorado, which is right outside of Boulder, where our friends Josh and Megan live. (They are the ones we rode the motorcycle to see. Click here and here.) That night we ate at a delish Mexican restaurant. Saturday morning Bryan and I got up bright and early to push on through the rest of the drive to arrive just before our storage rental place closed at 4pm. Then we unloaded for hours--it was miserable since we were worn out. It was pure heaven when we crawled into bed.

Waking up in the mountains put us in wonderful moods. We have been staying at a VRBO this week, as we looked for a condo to rent. Thank goodness we found one and got the keys to it on Monday! I've spent the past couple of days going back and forth, cleaning and running around to the shops looking for rugs and decor. Sunday evening we treated ourselves to the whiskey distillery for dinner. The food and drinks were amazing. I ordered the Peach Mule to drink and it instantly became one of my favorite all-time drinks. That baby and the patio will be calling my name quite frequently, I can already tell.

There are tons of trails and parks where dogs go to play. Ivy and I hike up behind the VRBO multiple times a day to get exercise and let her run.

Bryan, Ivy and I went on a walk all over town after dinner last night. The trees that are changing have the most vibrant and stunning colors, which are hard to capture, especially with a phone. I love seeing the bright colors right next to fur and pine.

To quite simply put it, Bryan and I love this place and may never leave. Have a great Wednesday, friends!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Move: Part 1

Last Monday I got on and wrote a post about all of the going away events that had taken place. As I was uploading the last pictures, something happened and the whole post was deleted. You know how it automatically saves? Oh yes, the computer saved it right as everything got erased. On to bigger and much better things...we have finally arrived at our destination!!  There are lots of things that I want to share, but first I am going to rewind and do the post on the week before we left.
Wednesday night {September 5th} Bryan and I ate dinner with about fifteen friends at our favorite wing restaurant in Texarkana. In spite of it being the first night of football, we had the place pretty much to ourselves.

Thursday night Bryan and I ate our last dinner with our small group at a new Italian restaurant. They have all been such blessings in our lives and we are going to miss them tremendously. It wasn't until we were driving out of the parking lot that I realized we hadn't taken any pictures. {Very bad blogger.}
I honestly cannot remember what we did Friday night; I think we got Mexican food and ate it at home while we packed. The plan for Saturday was to tailgate for a little while at the Razorback game and then spend the afternoon with Bryan's brother and his wife going to an air show. Of course we ended up being pressed for time and didn't make it to the tailgate and Allan came by himself to see us. That night we drove to Stuttgart to say goodbye to all of Bryan's family.

Sunday we met the Rutledges, Morgans and Stewarts for lunch at U.S. Pizza. Even though we don't get to see them often, there is something saddening about being even further away from these sweet friends. Gus stole the show in his red boots and cowboy hats. Cutest. Baby. Big Boy. Ever. After lunch we went to Conway and said goodbye to my grandparents and aunt and uncle. Lots of driving!

Getting to spend time with some of our favorite people before we left made leaving much easier. Bryan's first day of work at his new office went well yesterday and Ivy is happy to be a mountain dog. More to come tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall Jeans

Jeans are probably the key transitional piece of clothing from summer to fall. Pair them with flats and a tank now, then wear them with boots and sweaters when the weather gets cold.
Burgundy is my favorite jean color at the moment. I purchased some Rich & Skinny Legacy jeans in a burgundy hue and have a major crush on them. From the fit to the color, I like everything about them.
Natalie turned me on to these 7 for all Mankind Slim Illusion jeans in Ginger. Hello, new {other} favorite jeans.
How cute would they be with a big chunky sweater and scarf?
Waxed jeans are my third top pick for fall jeans.
After months of searching for the sold out black waxed jeans from Zara that I had wanted last year, I finally snagged a brand new pair off of eBay a couple of weeks ago. All of the looks below are from Zara, but some are sold out right now.  
What fun jeans are on your radar for this fall? Prints? Leather?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Goodbye Summer

Welcome back from a long weekend! Can you believe that the summer is already over? Pack away your white and linen and pull out your boots and jeans. For those of us in the southern states, we still have a couple of months of wearing sandals and shorts before the weather turns cooler. I could almost pinch myself right now to see if it is really real that in eight days I will be headed for the mountains...permanently. The condo that I wanted didn't work out, but there are a few other leads that will hopefully turn into something positive.
How was your weekend? Bryan's dad is in the hospital, therefore on Saturday we spent four hours driving back and forth to see him. We made it home in time for the Razorback game and grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches.
{Pre-game} Of all places, we ran into our friend Cathy at the grocery store and decided that we would meet them at the lake on Sunday.  The kid had to have some quality time with us before the move and we figured time was running out rapidly. Good friends, good drinks, good food, gotta love our adopted family.

Last night Bryan made tasty homemade pizzas, but my latest kick has been anything wrapped in a tortilla. Friday night I made spinach, artichoke, avocado and grilled chicken quesadillas. They were ahhhhmazing.
Questions, comments, snide remarks {Stew and Nathan}? That's all I've got for you today, happy Monday Tuesday!