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(1) DuraComfort Hair Towel – I don’t know about you,  but drying my hair is one of my least favorite things to do each day.  With long, somewhat thick hair, it can take me upwards of 25 minutes to get it fully dry.  I scoured the market for a gimic that would make it a quicker process and always wound up with empty promises. BUT, this new DuraTowel is supposed to be out of this world amazing…at least according to 2000 very satisfied Amazon reviewers!  So, if like me, you need to speed up your hair drying maintenance, I say check one of these out!  For only $15, why not?!?

(2) Shampoo Scalp Massager – This week is turning into a spa accessory directory, but I feel like I gotta try this out.  What could make a good long shower any more luxurious than a scalp massager?!?

(3) Charcoal Teeth Whitener – Gone are the days of umpteen boxes of Crest White Strips stashed under my sink.  I am ready to ramp up my teeth whitening game and Amazon reviews tell me this is the way to go.  I am planning to give this a try and will report back!

(4) One Line a Day Five Year Journal – I have mentioned these before, but y’all have got to do this!  It is like a special little time capsule for your family to look back on!  It is never too late to start and we are only one month in for 2018, so why not start now?!?

(5) Amazing Kitchy Pizza Cutter – I am sick and tired of sloppy condiments on my pizza after my pizza cutter ravages through all of them!  Anybody with me on this?!?  Yet again, Amazon reviews promise me that this thing will revolutionize my pizza cuttin’ game…so, here goes…

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

What were some of your favorite products this week?  And what are your snowbird necessities?

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A Guide for the Southern Belle Snowbird

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A Guide for the Southern Belle Snowbird

Y’all I am cold.

Like, my bones are cold.  And, all I want to do is escape to a desert somewhere.  Or wherever it is not 20 degrees or below. HA!

So, let’s take a glance at what we have to look forward to here in a few months when we can finally escape the tundra!

It is officially resort season … aka that time of year when snowbirds flood our newsfeeds with jealousy-inducing photos of their Sports Illustrated cover edition sun tans.

Why can’t that be me and you this year, sister?

If you have a warm getaway approaching, OR you just want to stock up to get yourself excited for summer…today’s post is for you.

Side note: did you know that fashion lines typically roll out resort wear collections in late October?  These lines include warm weather wear, swimsuits, beach accessories, etc.  All the happy things.  I will let you in on a little secret, NY & Company puts out one of my favorite resort collections every single year.  They surprisingly don’t advertise these lines well enough, but they come out with one every year.  I actually enjoy their resort collections sometimes better than their every day lines.  They are amazing.  So, be on the lookout for them and stock up on Black Friday next year!

DISCLAIMER: All of the items below are monogrammed, because well #SouthernBelle.  BUT, you can get all of these items without a monogram if you prefer a more subtle beach look 😉

Finally, Marley Lilly (the shop where you can find all of these items) is simply amazing.  If you are on the hunt for monogrammed goods, I suggest Marley Lilly or Swoozies! Happy shopping!

Ok, on to this season’s cute finds…

(1) Pineapple Jewelry Pouch – Nothing is worse than a sandy diamond ring, or sea-salt stained gold bangle.  Am I right, friends?  So, I searched high and low for an extra cute option for all us Southern Belles…and stumbled upon possibly the cutest beach bag addition since forever.

Photo: MarleyLilly

(2) Insulated Cups – My love for Tervis Tumbler may be my strongest material love.  Nah.  Nevermind.  This girl is all about the purses and shoes.  BUT, I LOVE a good Tervis.  Nothing I’ve found does a better job of insulating your beverage and I love the texture of the cups.  Check these out if you need a fun cup for the beach…remember the “no glass” rule 😉

Photo: MarleyLilly

(3) Coordinating Pom Pom Accessories – If you’ve been in our little tribe for long, you know that I am unabashedly obsessed with pom pom anything.  Heck I would put a pom pom trim on my microwave if it wasn’t distasteful.  This hat and bag combo will have you turnin’ heads all the while shielding you from the sun’s harmful rays and keepin your pineapple jewelry bag (above) safe and secure 😉

Photo: MarleyLilly

Hat: HERE

Tote: HERE

(4) Clear Makeup Bag – I love this thing whether I’m headed to the beach or not!  Plus, you could totally use this for game days since most stadiums have now introduced a clear bag rule. SCORE!

Photo: MarleyLilly

(5) Pineapple Sandals – Keeping with the pineapple theme, how adorable are these sandals?  The monogram on these is subtle and the threading is divine.

Photo: MarleyLilly

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

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A Guide for the Southern Belle Snowbunny

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A Guide for the Southern Belle Snowbunny

The nation is currently experiencing some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded.

And your girl is two degrees away from frostbite.

In fact, my children are turning into snowflakes up in here!

Sorry.  I was cleaning out closets this weekend and had to…forgive me?!?

Today, we are talkin’ about the girl who thrives in the chilly weather and even finds a way to rock out style-wise as well.

Here are my top 5 must haves for the Southern Belle Snowbunny!

(1) Quilted Coat – Quilting and monogramming and fur OH MY!  This is a Southern Belle’s literal winter dream.  With all the details that we southern belles go silly for, this coat needs to be next on your winter outerwear list 😉  I would order mine WITHOUT the monogram in this instance…I KNOW, I KNOW.  I am in danger of losing my Southern Belle Gold Star if I do, but I think the beauty of this coat stands alone and the mono takes away from the beautiful quilting! But you do you, sister!  No matter what you do, just bundle up!!

Photo: Marley Lilly

(2) Plaid Tote – Is there any print more quintessentially winter than a good plaid?

Answer: No ma’am. 😉

This tote is everything.  It seems large enough to toss in all the junk, is a stunning plaid, will coordinate with all the bold winter colors and who doesn’t love that monogram smack dab in the middle…?!?

No worries, if you aren’t a fan of the mono…turns out you can order it plain jane and that beautiful supple cognac color will take you places!

Photo: Marley Lilly

(3) Cheers Pajamas – I am currently wearing these as I type this and if I’m being honest, I have no plans to change into anything else until the weather is above 50 degrees.  HAVE YOU EVER IN YOUR LIFE?!?  This weather is intense to say the very least…

I love these because the fabric is just thick enough without creating that dreaded sweat situation soon after putting them on.  AND, that print.  All. The. Heart. Eyes.

Cheers is my word for 2018, so these could not have been more perfect for ya girl 😉

Photo: Target

(4) Plaid Loafers – Is there anything more comfortable than a pair of slippers…I mean loafers 😉 ?  And is there a pair more stunning than these bad boys?!?  I seriously cannot wait to rock these the second I get them in with a white turtleneck and my red trench coat!  Oh my stars!  These things make my heart flutter just a bit!

Photo: Marley Lilly

Loafers: HERE

(5) The Quilted Vest – Shocker.  Does anyone see a trend forming here?  If you want to make me happy, it’s SO simple.  Quilted material.  Plaid material.  And a monogram.  Done. Done. And Done.

These are perfect for the crazy weather we’ve had lately.  They are a perfect layering piece that you can shed once the morning bone-chilling temps subside and the balmy afternoon looms in around 3.

Photos: Marley Lilly

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

What were some of your favorite products this week? And what must-haves do you need to keep you warm?

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Cyber Monday Round Up

Cyber Monday Round Up

On Fridays, I usually share my top 5 fave products.  But, this week I figured y’all might like a round up of all the best Cyber Monday sales.

So, here it goes… these are in no particular order and not all inclusive of all the sales out there.  These are just companies that I frequently purchase from and thought you might like as well!

DISCLAIMER:  I do NOT get commissions off of anything you buy.  This is just to help you out…cuz I love you all!!!)

Anthropologie – 20% off full priced items

Bauble Bar – 35 % off entire store with code CYBER35

Banana Republic – 50 % off entire store!

Nordstrom – Take an extra 20% off sale items

ASOS – Take 30% off everything with code EPIC30

Draper James – 25 % off your purchase (PLUS they are donating 25% of proceeds to Girls, Inc.!)

Elizabeth Wilson Designs – (my favorite southern belle designer 😉 ) is 20% off with code CYBER20

Shrimp & Grits Kids – BOGO FREE! THAT IS INSANE…RUN!

Loft – 50% off everything + free shipping on ALL orders!

New York & Company – The whole website is on sale + $30 off purchase of $100 or more using code: 110510 PLUS Free shipping on ALL orders!

H&M – 30% off everything!

LeTote – 50 % off subscription box with code HEARTLT

Kate Spade – 30 % off full priced items and 40% off sale items!

J. Crew – 40% + a surprise extra 10% off everything!

Gap – 50% off everything!

Old Navy – 50% off everything!

Forever21 – Take 21% off everything with code CYBER21

Nike – Take an extra 25% off sale using code EPIC25

Sole Society – 30% off everything!

Macy’s – Check out their Cyber Monday deals HERE

Books-A-Million – increasing percentages off your purchase depending on how much you buy.  Up to 30% off your purchase of $200.

Target – Save an extra 15% off sitewide today!

Shipt (Home Grocery Delivery Service): FOR BIRMINGHAM RESIDENTS: Shipt is $49 for a WHOLE YEAR TODAY!!! Check out this home delivery grocery service HERE.

Pottery Barn – Up to 70% off

Do you do Cyber Monday? If so, where are your fave spots? Let us know of other great deals!

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Thanksgiving Essentials

Fab FriYAY Five is a weekly listing of my five favorite products, verses, quotes, crafts or ideas of the week – hope you will discover some new favorite items, too!

This week I am sharing some fun Thanksgiving finds that are sure to add to your festivities for years to come!

(1) Festive Décor – Who says that Christmas is the only holiday worth spending an entire weekend (or weeks) decorating for?!?  I think if we had some décor saved up for Thanksgiving, it would help us not breeze through it and start singing Christmas carols so quickly!

Ok, maybe that will never happen….but at least it could help us a little bit…maybe?!?

Here are a few thoughts for some gorgeous décor for your home…for…..wait for it…..THANKSGIVING!  You know, that too often forgotten in-betweenie holiday tucked in the middle of Halloween and Christmas 😉

Photo: Etsy

Thanksgiving Décor Inspo comin’ at ya!  Ladies, I found this stunning photo on Pinterest and had to share because it incorporates a similarly gorgeous “Thankful” sign!  Hoping to somewhat recreate this look to warm up my home for Thanksgiving this year, too!

Photo: Some Really Talented Pinterest User 😉

(2) Seasonal Wine Glasses and Appetizer Plates – I love any reason to add to my entertaining gear.  These festive wine glasses and appetizer plates are just the right amount of seasonal spunk for anyone!

They are subtle and elegant.  Plus, with gold taking over the world, they should mesh well with whatever colors you are using for chargers, dinnerware, etc.

Check these out for your next holiday cocktail soire!

Photos: Bed, Bath & Beyond

Glass: HERE

Plate: HERE

(3) Beverage Dispenser Station – I have showcased these before, because I seriously could drink out of one of these every single day.

They are very handy and make your beverage pouring much more posh 😉

PLUS, you don’t have to schlep around your house all day offering to pour more drinks!  Let your guests take care of their fill up at their leisure and give yourself more time for mingling!

Photo: Bed, Bath & Beyond

(4) Turkey on the Table I gotta say, when I saw this I had to have it.  It reminds me of a new Elf on the Shelf-esque tradition, BUT finally one for Thanksgiving!

This little guy will surely become a tradition that your loved ones will look forward to year after year!

Photo: Bed, Bath & Beyond

(5) Monogrammed Door Hanger – Dear southern friends, in case you haven’t noticed, monogrammed door hangers are ALL THE RAGE.  And if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon just yet, treat yourself (and your family) to an early stocking stuffer and step up your stoop game!

These are available everywhere, but I’ve linked them at Swoozie’s here.

Photo: Swoozie’s

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

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Tailgate Essentials

Fab FriYAY Five is a weekly listing of my five favorite products, verses, quotes, crafts or ideas of the week – hope you will discover some new favorite items, too!

(1) Clear Gameday Tote Bag – If you have ventured out to any football games this year, you may have noticed that most stadiums are requiring see through handbags.  I think this is genius for several reasons, but mostly for safety!

Plus, who doesn’t love a reason to add to your handbag collection?  Kidding…kinda 😉

I looked around, and found 2 that are functional AND fashionable! GO SPORTS!

Photo: Swoozie’s

Photo: Swoozie’s

(2) Collapsible Tailgating Wagon This is a MUST to get all of your tailgatin’ gear to the actual tailgate location!  Plus, if you have kiddos, this makes transporting them much easier as well.

Note: I am biased towards crimson (#BamaBelleForLife 😉 ), but these come in just about any color you can imagine!

Photo: Amazon

(3) Gameday Market Tote I can’t stress to you enough how much you need one of these things in your life.  I have found unlimited uses for these things…not just for gamedays.

Just the other night, I was headed out to Bible study and realized I had more than two arms could carry…enter: my market tote!  My spinach ‘n artichoke dip arrived uninterrupted and my Bible and sanity did, too 😉

You can get one to match your fave team, or a neutral one for everyday use.  Go wild, friends!

Photos by Swoozies; Collage by me 😉

(4) Tailgate Table – If I’m being honest, one of the things that drives me CRAZY about tailgates is that there is all this delicious food, but no where to sit and eat it.  Those tailgate chairs are NOT ideal for eating…especially after you sink down into it and realize that you may never get back out of it….who’s with me on this?!?

So, when I saw this adorable fold-up table (that SEATS FOUR!!) I knew this was a tailgate must-have!  At least with this table you have a proper place to sit quickly, eat your food and move on to the real fun of tailgating 😉

Photo: Amazon

(5) All-In-One Grill and Cooler – Fair warning: this thing is VERY expensive.  SO, think super nice Christmas present, promotion gift, Father’s Day, etc.

But, I gotta say, for the occasional tailgater, there is nothing more handy than this thing…

Photo: Amazon

AND, for kicks and giggles…check these out…. 😉

Photos: Amazon

CD: HERE

Collapsible Tailgate Table: HERE

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

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Marble Masterpiece Mini Pumpkins

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Marble Masterpiece Mini Pumpkins

Fall is in full swing and the pumpkin patches are gettin’ picked over.

Turns out, there is a certain little pumpkin that often gets looked over…the little white ones!

Confession: those have always been my faves!  They are just so petite and fun!

Head back out to your pumpkin patch and / or Trader Joe’s, etc. and grab 5-10 for this craft.  Most places (including pumpkin patches) sell these little pumpkins for $ 1 or less, each so grab as many as you wish.

Side note: White pumpkins make gorgeous placeholders for your Fall / Thanksgiving dinner tables…just a heads up 😉

Back to the craft…

You will need:

5-10 small white pumpkins

4-5 different colored nail polish (preferably fast drying polish)

Large Plastic Bowl or Tupperware container

TIP: The container you use will most likely have paint stains on it afterwards that will not be easily cleaned.  Consider using a container that you do not mind turning into a crafting container later on 😉

Room Temperature Water

Directions:

(1) Pour room temperature water into the container.

(2) Quickly drip several drops of each nail polish into the water in rapid succession.  Use a toothpick to swish around in the water and mix the colors.

(3) Holding your pumpkin by the stem, carefully dip into the water and allow the nail polish colors to adhere to the pumpkin.

VOILA!  Marble Masterpiece!

This craft could not have been any easier and was perfect for a Sunday afternoon with my girls!

My girls are 3 and 5 and they loved every minute!

This will definitely become a new tradition in our house 🙂

So what do you think –  Will you try marbling with your family?

And do you have any fun October traditions with your kids? Please share in the comments!

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Fab FriYAY Five is a weekly listing of my five favorite products, verses, quotes, crafts or ideas of the week – hope you will discover some new favorite items, too!

Today, I am sharing my 5 fave photo products for organizing, editing and storing all of your photos!

(1) Google Photos App – If you struggle from “I-Take-Too-Many-Photos Disease,” “My iPhone’s Storage is Always Full Chronic Disorder” or my fave “Mamarazzi Meltdown,” then you need this app.  Like, yesterday

After sheepishly checking in to way too many (won’t tell you the actual number here) sessions at my local Verizon store to either up my storage, attempt to get a new phone or bribe the sales individual for a faster upgrade, I FINALLY learned that there are other ways to make sure you don’t fill up your phone’s photo capacity within 6 months of getting a new phone…

Who are we kidding…six weeks 🙁

So, without further ado, I give you Google Photos.  All you do is download this app to your phone, sync it to your gmail account and voila! Every time you take a photo, it automatically uploads it to your google account!  Can someone say amazing?!?

This app also double safeguards you from relying simply on the “cloud” to store everything.  It’s worth a try if you need to get rid of a couple hundred, strike that, thousands of photos to make room for thousands more… 😉

Photo: Google Images

(2) MPix – MPix is an incredible website for photo prints and enlargements!

The pricing is reasonable and the quality is unbeat!

(3) PicMonkey – this is a photo editing website that I LOVE!  In fact, I do all of my photo editing and graphic creation for the blog on this site.

You can add text to images, enlarge them, etc.

Plus, they have all kinds of graphics and additional features for creating really great products.

Check them out if you are into creating a digital scrapbook or just want to edit your photos!

One big downfall for PicMonkey is that they just started charging for their nicer options (which #RealTalk is almost all of their options!)

Photo: PicMonkey

(4) Canva – Much like PicMonkey, Canva is a photo editing website as well.

Canva offers a few things that PicMonkey does not.  But, I would say either website will deliver the results you are looking for.

HUGE PLUS: Canva is FREE!

Photo: Canva

(5) SanDisk Smart Phone Flash Drive – Hallelujah!  My dreams are finally reality.

I upload my pics like everybody else to a photo printing service, but I have always wondered why a flash drive didn’t exist for smart phones!

Well, thank YOU SANDISK!  Gotta stock up on these for the holidays and thinking about doing one (or a few) per year for easy photo organization!

Photo: Amazon

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

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7 Fun and Easy Fall Crafts / Outings for Families

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7 Fun and Easy Fall Crafts / Outings for Families

There was a little fall crisp in the air yesterday morning and I did my Fall Happy Dance, Y’ALL!!!  The time has finally come for us to embrace all the pumpkins and all those snuggly fall feels…

I thought I would put together a post with some fun fall-themed activities (hopefully a few even new to you!) you can try with your family!  Here goes… Happy Fall, Ya’ll 🙂

(1) Pumpkin Hunt – As it turns out, children love to hunt things all the time…not just during Easter…. 😉

You can find tiny plastic pumpkins at Wal-Mart, Target, Dollar Tree, etc. for practically nothing.  Encourage your kids to grab their Trick-or-Treat buckets and hunt for something much healthier than candy for a change!

(2) Thankful Board – LOVE this!  I found this exact Thankful board at Hobby Lobby, but you could VERY easily DIY this in under 20 minutes.

Teaching our children gratitude is something that can never begin too early.  The more we instill thankfulness in our babies, the more they will approach the world in kindness rather than expectation and entitlement later on.

Consider crafting or picking one of these up and each day, jot down what your family is thankful for.  It will transform your mindset in a hurry and over time cause us to remind ourselves of all the things we have to be grateful for.

“Thankful for” Board: HERE

(3) Pumpkin Patchin’ – This one is certainly not legendarily groundbreaking, but can be such a fun fall day for the fam!

Google pumpkin patches in your area because there is a good chance there is one (or several) close by that offer train or tractor rides, mazes, s’mores, face painting, games, inflatables, etc.

Make it a fall family day of fun tradition!

(4) Fall Themed Crafts – If you haven’t hit up your Hobby Lobby in a while, make a point to swing by there when you get a chance.

Each holiday season I always make it a point to stop in (obviously for all the incredible décor inspo), but also for the awesome children’s crafts!

All of these crafts are under $ 7 and they are 40 % off on top of that!  Can’t beat that!

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Table Craft: HERE

Turkey Craft: HERE

Acorn Craft: HERE

(5) Pumpkin Paintin’ Party – Again, not worthy of front page news, here.  But, nothing is cuter than watching your little Picassos create on the pumpkin they selected themselves! 

(6) Gratitude Tree –  Taking a nod from the Thankful Board I mentioned above, I discovered this gratitude tree in the Target Dollar Spot over the weekend!  I love the vision here.

The children can paint the wooden tree (at least 30 minutes of fun 😉 )  Then, over the next few weeks, encourage them to list something they are grateful for everyday and write it on a leaf.  Place the leaves on the tree and by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, they will have a beautiful tree full of thankful reminders!

(7) Cookie Decorating Party – You don’t have to wait ’til Christmas to decorate those cookies, friends.  Why not pick up some orange food coloring and go to town?!?  We have made this a family tradition and the whole family (even grandparents) join the fun!

What fun things do you do with your little ones during Fall?  Please share in the comments!

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Fab FriYAY Five

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Fab FriYAY Five is a weekly listing of my five favorite products, verses, quotes, crafts or ideas of the week – hope you will discover some new favorite items, too!

Today, I am sharing my 5 fave looks for one of the biggest trends of the season: VELVET!

(1) Ruffled Velvet Heels Have you ever seen a richer, more beautiful hue on a shoe?!?

Seriously though, these are a must for the Fall… you could dress these up or down!

Photo: Forever 21

(2) Embroidered Velvet Purse – My obsession for purses continues…

Embroidery has been trending since early spring, and it appears it will follow through into the fall.  Hooray!

This elegant handbag is a perfect way to embrace the trend without overwhelming your look!

Photo: Forever 21

(3) Violet Palazzo Jumpsuit Take all my money, people.  Velvet + Jumpsuit = Literally what I dream about at night…

Photo: Forever 21

(4) Velvet Bow Flat I mean…come on.  Bows make everything better!

Photo: Forever 21

(5) Floral Velvet Open Shoulder Top – You are nailing two trends with this beauty!  Open Shoulder + Velvet = Fall Perfection!

Photo: Forever 21

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

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