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Friday, February 28, 2020

February Favorites

Good Morning Everyone,

Goodness, the end of February already and today is our 16th wedding anniversary! Gosh, that twenty-year anniversary is fast approaching. I still do want to renew our vows (see here if missed my post) in twenty years so we will see.

I try to keep track of my favorites for each month but there are so many things. So let's dive right into them.

Have any of you heard of Tubi? If not it's a streaming service available for free shows and movies. I recently discovered it on my t.v. and have watched lots of movies for free. One movie was called Fanny. It is from 1961 and is about young lovers Marius and Fanny how they seemed to be made for each other.

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Well, Marius wants to go out to sea for five years but is torn because of his love for Fanny. She ends up pushing him out to sea but because she has a secret of her own. It's a great movie!

Next on my list have been the cream curtains that I found at HomeGoods. These are DKNY and I have been loving them!

Third, on my list has been the spinach salads that I have been packing for my daily lunches at the office. See my blog post here if you missed it. 

Fifth on my list has been my jogger pants that I purchased from New York and Company. LOVE!!! So comfy!

Sixth on my list was this recent hand-written note that I received from one of the sales reps at the Estee Lauder counter that I shop at. A product that I love is being discontinued and she sent this note. How lovely right?

And last but certainly not least is this beautiful kitchen. This belongs to the very elegant Tina from The Enchanted Home. I just love this kitchen. Isn't it a dream?

Well, I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I should be posting a video to Youtube soon. Thank you, everyone, for reading!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley & Google)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Clutches ~ Best Make-Up Bags?

Good Morning Everyone,

Sorry for the no-post on Monday. I have been really wanting to stay away for social media. There has been so much junk going around. My good friend texted me this past weekend and asked, "hey are you going to post a video"? Oh my, I completely forgot about my channel! I will try to get something posted this weekend.

This weekend I was dealing with my Roomba. I had to get "Alfred" on a cleaning schedule because my husband had control of him and he was not being used. So we transferred the app to my phone and now I have Alfred on a cleaning schedule. Yeppee!

In today's post I wanted to talk about my favorite clutches. Now I use my clutches as makeup bags because my purses are like totes so I can get away with it.

This first one has been a favorite for about a couple of years. I purchased it from Ann Taylor about two years ago and I love the color and the velvet texture.

It looks great and has been a wonderful makeup bag for me. Below are all of my clutches that I use as makeup bags. 

I use all of them for different seasons. Most of them I purchased brand-new and the embroidered one I just purchased from Poshmark last week and I love it so far!

I use these during the winter and fall months. There is plenty of room and I love the textures and colors. The red velvet was purchased from Ann Taylor Factory and the pearl one was purchased from Banana Republic

These two I will probably carry through the spring and summer months. The pink one I purchased from Aldo and it comes with a chain.

But I got to tell you I do love my embroidered clutch from Poshmark.  

It has lots of room and pockets for special items. I am going to enjoy having this in my tote. 

It looks great and fits well. I hope you all enjoyed this post and that maybe it sparked a little interested in clutches for you. I know I love big bags and not everyone can carry one but if you have a work tote maybe this would be a good option for you. Enjoy your day!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, February 21, 2020

Ideas for Organizing

Good Morning Everyone,

I have been feeling the organizing and purging "bug" lately. I have been going through all of my drawers at home and in my office.

My husband recently came home with a copy of Martha Stewart's new book, Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life.

I love it so far! Martha has her calendar in it for each month with all of her activities and then discusses them in the pages after. So great, but I will share more about her book later. 

I did however wanted to share this awesome blog post from interior designer Randi Garrett about her kitchen drawer organizing tips. 

Kitchen Drawer Organizing Tips

I love all of the beautiful hand towels that she has in her drawers. I may take some inspiration from that and buy new nice towels for the kitchen. 

silverware drawer organizing ideas

And did you guys see this beautiful flatware? Oh my....

I hope you all enjoy this post from Randi. I know I am feeling really inspired to beautify my space. 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

(photos via Randi Garrett and Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A Few Beautiful Things

Have you ever had a weekend where you found lots of beautiful things? It happens to me more than often and sometimes I like to take a step back and just take it all in. 

I did some shopping recently and decided to change my curtains in my home. I have always been afraid of white or cream curtains. I like to keep my privacy so I always steer clear of these but I decided recently to take a chance.

I really love these beautiful cream DKNY curtains that I found at HomeGoods. The room feels like it has been refreshed some how. The original curtains that I had were gray and with these cream curtains the room now feels bright. The price made the decision easier too. I only paid $29 per set! Wonderful right? 

Once I saw how great they looked I hurried to HomeGoods to get the last set and hang them in our loft. This is where the office is. I love the way these look and they are nice and thick. So my room looks elegant without showing the inside of my home. 

The next item that I found was this beautiful blue and white pillow from Ralph Lauren. I also found this at HomeGoods for only $20! It's gorgeous in person! 

Last weekend my family and I went to our outlet mall here in Indiana. I am not a huge fan of our outlet mall. We don't have a lot of selections there. I did stop by the Coach store and picked up this beautiful cognac tote for under $200. These beautiful nude Coach pumps I found on Poshmark (brand-new) for under $60!

I also saw these down in the Ann Taylor Factory store. It is so much better to see items in person. These rhinestone pumps are stunning in person!  I had to get a pair. 

And last but not least is this arrangement sitting in my clear chair. Now that may not be a big deal to anyone else but I just love it there. You know how you may be moving things around in a room and you place something somewhere and look over and think, "well I actually like that there". That is how this happened.  Accidentally beauty.... 

I am still in a funk at the office. Trying to decide what to do, see here if you missed my blog post about that. But I am trying to find the beauty in things and focus on gratefulness and learning to just be still and know that he is God.

I have searched and read some of my past posts about beauty and poise. Life is interesting but worthwhile when you found your purpose. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, February 17, 2020

A Little Magnolia

Good Morning Everyone,

It is so nice having a three-day weekend. It's funny how you try to cram things in when you have that extra day. 

I keep visiting the grocery stores trying to get flowers on sale. No one has marked them down yet. No fun! In today's post, I wanted to share this beautiful little mirror that I found at Draper James. 

Draper James is a lifestyle company started by actress Reese Witherspoon. It is a cute website and has lots of wonderful things. 

I particularly loved this beautiful compact mirror. I love pulling it out of my clutch and using it. It's lovely.

It has such a vintage look to it. I love the magnolias, the clamshell shape mirror, and the gold trim. The price is wonderful too!

I am going to love using this beautiful, feminine item. I hope you all enjoyed this beautiful and affordable find. Have a great Monday!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, February 14, 2020

Scrumptious Salads for Me

Hello Friday Morning and Happy Valentines Day,

It's a three day weekend again. I am thinking about going to see a friend. She had a massive stroke in July of last year and has not been the same. Her birthday is coming up and I want to take her some flowers and spend some time with her. 

In Wednesday's post, I talked about my recent decision to take probiotics. I wanted to share in this post the recent salads that I have been making for lunch. 

This is my little Kate Spade Lunch Bag that I found on Poshmark brand new. It is really small so I would not encourage you to buy it if you plan on having large meals. I love it because I can pack small items and they will be protected in my tote. 

I have been buying bags of spinach and veggies. I like to place my salads in large zip-lock bags because I like to fix my salads together when I get in the office. I don't want everything being in the bowl and getting soggy. So here I have my spinach and shredded cheese in one bag and my cucumber and tomato in the other. 

Here I have some crispy chicken tenders chopped up. I placed these in the oven and let them cool off. Once I go to the office, I place them in the microwave to warm them and put them in my salad. 

I can't forget my favorite salad dressing. If you love the salads at Olive Garden then that means you love their Italian dressing. You can buy this at the store now and I love it on my salads! So good!

All finished now time to pack everything up. 

It all fits including the cinnamon almonds that I have for a snack. 

In this photo, I am at the office and have put my beautiful salad together. It is so good and I have a green tea to drink with it and my lovely cinnamon almonds as a snack.

Simple pleasures in life and make it wonderful sometimes. I hope you all have a great weekend and share in the comments section below your favorite salad ingredients. I would love to know!

Thanks for reading!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Trying Probiotics

Good Morning Everyone,

I recently shared the vitamins that I am taking and the recent appointments that I have scheduled. I did go and see the vein/ leg specialist and they found NOTHING wrong with my veins. That is a good thing. I have no idea why it hurts sometimes but I won't let the crazy thoughts bother me anymore. 

I was talking with my supervisor recently about probiotics. Now I have seen lots of commercials about these but did not know much. I also just watched a video on YouTube where Will Smith and his family just had blood tests taken to try to find answers as to why they are having stomach issues. 

It was such a fascinating video. The doctor in that video also discussed probiotics and how everyone had leaky gut and how that would help so that got me thinking. Maybe I should give these a try. 

Now I have been taking them for two weeks and my stomach issues have calmed down a bit. I was encouraged to take the entire bottle for 30 days then wait and see. 

So my question to you guys is this, have any of you taken probiotics for more than 30 days and if so what were your results? Please share. I really want to know. 

Thanks for reading!

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, February 10, 2020

Blue and White in my Cabinets

Good Morning,

I am back online after taking a week off. If you watched my YouTube video last week I discussed how my boxer chewed my cord to my home computer! Not fun! Now I did not catch him in the act but as soon as I picked it up I yelled at both of them, "You chewed my cord"! The baby boxer (he is 5 years old) just sat there but the older one (who is 8 years old) ran down the stairs. GUILTY!!!

It's okay, I got a new one and here we are. In today's post I wanted to share a very small project that I did. I know we all probably have had or do have drawer pads. I saw this beautiful role of blue and white drawer padding at the store and just had to pick it up.

I could not find the link but I found it at my local grocery store. It is lovely.

I decided to put it under my sink cabinet on my side. I am now showing you guys my business. One of my oil sheen spray cans busted and I have been trying everything to get it out. 

Another reason why I decided to place this there. 

It looks so much better now. Now all I need are some beautiful organizing boxes to place inside with all of my products. 

I hope you guys have a wonderful Monday and I pleased to announce that we had SNOW this weekend! I pray that the heavens above are hearing my prayers. If you watched my fashion video on YouTube I had a small rant about how I hate how warm it is. Please let the seasons go accordingly. Everything is beautiful in it's time. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)