The Game of Getting to Know You

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The Game of Getting to Know You

Relationships are what keeps the world goin’ round…am I right?!?

Those kindred bonds that we create with family members, friends, coworkers, etc. are what makes navigating through this journey of life a little easier.

But, often times we take for granted that we really know those we hold dear.

Do we…?!?  Do we really know those whom we call “besties,” “fam,” and “ride or dies?!?”

I would argue that even if we think we know everything, we can always use a refresher, a fun exercise or maybe even a life altering revelation with our loved ones.

The next time you have a few spare moments with your tribe, consider my thoughts here…

This past week one of my blogger friends posted a “Get to Know Me” article on her site.

I gotta say, it was super informative and I feel like we could be curled up sippin’ hot chocolate together any day now.

And, that is exactly what I want to create with my Tribe.  All of YOU.

I would love to get to know YOU better, too.

So, I am accepting this challenge, and I hope you will indulge me a bit.

In this post I have answered 15 random questions.

Now, you do the same!

Take this as a challenge to have a little fun this week getting to know those around you.

Use these on a date.  On a girls night out.  Or just a night in with your kids!

I promise you, the laughs will be endless and you may even find something out about yourself that you never knew!

Here goes…

Question # 1:

What is the Title of the Current Chapter of Your Book of Life?

Toddler Tyranny: Surviving Not Thriving.

Question # 2

Three Most Interesting Facts About Yourself That Most People Wouldn’t Know:

(1) I totaled my car 58 days after my 16th birthday.  My Dad guessed I would wreck it in 60.  Guess I showed that sucka!!! … all jokes aside, scariest experience ever.

(2) I sang a solo as a part of my church choir in the West Wing of the White House once during high school and President Bush emerged from a nearby room for a brief .002 seconds during it.  Shell-shocked.  Literally.  He didn’t even know we were there, but whatevs.  I knew HE WAS THERE…

(3) I clerked for a state Supreme Court Justice.

Question # 3

How would you describe yourself in three words:

Passionate, Nurturing, Creative

Question # 4

If you could only eat five things for the rest of your life what would they be?

(1) Macaroni and Cheese

(2) My Momma’s Chicken Salad

(3) My Daddy’s fresh off the grill BBQ Hamburgers

(4) My Mamaw’s Fried Chicken with homemade pineapple sauce

(5) My Ninnie’s Potato Salad and Homemade Thanksgiving Dressing

* Side note: As a bonus, because I would totally ask the Genie for another wish 😉 … Publix Bourbon Salmon (for those good omega 3’s girrrrrllll…)

* Side note Part 2: Also, my Aunt Kaye’s Sausage Balls.

* Side Note Part 3: Because I LOVE FOOD, I also can’t live without mozzarella / tomato (Caprese) salads, crabcakes and Rose’!

Question # 5

What Songs Get You Fired Up and Ready to Go?

“Sweet Home Alabama”

“Rise Up”

“Concrete Jungle”

“Defying Gravity”

“Shut Up and Dance”

Question # 6

What are some things that a large amount of people are obsessed with but you CAN’T STAND?

Pumpkin Spice Lattes (Insert eyeroll here).  I just don’t get it.  Please forgive me.

Ugg Boots (CAN THOSE SHOES BE ANY UGLIER…ASKING FOR A FRIEND…. SPOILER ALERT: THE FRIEND IS MEEEEE!)

Question # 7

If you could turn an activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a really good chance of winning a gold medal for?

Putt-Putt Golf, Go-Karting, Scrapbooking and Online Shopping…

Question # 8

What TV show would you most like to star in OR live in?

Friends

Question # 9

What is your favorite day of the week and why?

Monday.  Because I think it gets a bad rap, and honestly I love the challenge and excitement of a fresh start with new opportunities.

But, I also LIVE for Friday nights / Saturday mornings…

Question # 10

If your childhood had a smell what would it be?

Apple Cinnamon candles.

Fresh leaves.

Bounce dryer sheets.

Question # 11

Dream Vacation?

Meditteranean cruise.

Italy.

I wanna see it all…

Question # 12

How do you relax?

PJs.

No bra (TMI?…sorry.  Just bein’ real…)

Big, warm blanket.

A good book.

A glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate.

Side note: Homegirl loves a good massage or mani / pedi sesh any day of the week… am I right, ladies?!?

Question # 13

Celebrity Crush?

John Stamos.

All Day.  Every dang day.

Also, I have a very well-known obsession with Vin Diesel’s voice.  Ask literally anyone who knows me.

Don’t worry.  My husband is WELL aware.

I think I got a little too detailed about this question.

Moving on…

Question # 14

If you could live anywhere else in the U.S. where would it be?

Charleston, South Carolina.

But I would also want to live out my fashion girl dreams and live in NYC for a year or two.

Question # 15

What / Who Inspires You?

My daughters.  My two girls have given me dreams I never even knew I had.  My whole life has changed since my oldest took her first breath.  Each day they push me to achieve more than the day before.  They love me with no preconceived notions, purely and with reckless abandon.  They light up the second I enter a room and the same is true for whenever I hear the pitter patter of their little feet.  The words “Thank you, Mommy” or “I love you, Mommy” have proven singlehandedly more inspirational than any other aspect of my life.  More than anything, I now know what I desire my legacy for my girls to be: You can achieve anything you dream with God’s help.

My parents.  I know everyone says they have the best.  But, my goodness, I sure am grateful to God for mine.  He knew exactly the combo I needed to drive me, inspire me, challenge me and most of all love me fiercely, unconditionally and limitlessly.

My two grandmothers.  Most people say that I am an equal combination of my two grandmothers.  I wholeheartedly agree.  On the one hand, I will take a board room by storm and conquer whatever challenge lies before me, all while balancing gracefully on a pair of sky-high heels (Thank you, Ninnie).  While on the other hand, my heart lies in serving you up a warm chocolate chip poundcake and taking your mind off the worries of the world for an afternoon (Love you, Mamaw).

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Whew!  This was fun.

I hope you got to know me a little better.  And I would LOVE to get to know you better.

If you have a few seconds, I’d love for you to answer a few of these questions in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading and hope you have a great day!

I challenge you to take a little time to get to know some people in your life even better this week 🙂

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5 Must-Have Fall Accessories

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 my 5 Must-Have Fall Accessories!

(1) Wool Hat – I love a good jewel-toned hat.  Well, anything jewel-toned, really…

But, these hats are perfect for those upcoming breezy nights.  Plus, they add that extra, unexpected layer of chic that feels so effortless!

Hat: Forever21; Similar HERE; and HERE

(2) Earrings Who is really surprised that I am suggesting monogrammed earrings…?!?

But these are just so awesome, I had to do it.

This stunning mother of pearl is making me wanna buy multiple pairs and the best part about these is they are perfect for ANY season! Score!

Photo: Swoozies

(3) Plaid Scarf LOVE e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. about this scarf.

I love the print.  I love that it is a perfect Burberry-esque shade of amazingness.

I love that it is comfy.  And versatile.  And warm.

Add this to your Fall wardrobe and you’ll be thanking me later.  Promise 😉

Photo: DSW

(4) Camel Sling bag Oops.  Another monogrammed selection…

I am a southern belle, friends… So, it comes with the territory 😉

But, the real reason I am suggesting this bag is the COLOR.  Have you ever seen a more beautiful shade of camel?!?

This will be your go-to accessory for Fall!

(5) Tassel Booties Ok, my friends.  I am low key in love with these booties.

This color.  This tassel.  This gold accent look.

If you are in the market for a go-to bootie for Fall, well, look no further!

Photo: DSW

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#FabFriYAYFive Back to School Edition

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) Single Blender The kids are headed back to school, so I am interested in a little long-awaited (yet, very necessary) Mommy maintenance…who’s with me?!?

I’ve decided to do some nutritional shakes for breakfast to start the day on the right foot, but didn’t want to purchase a bulky mixer.

When I found these, it was a dream come true.  Simply mix your shake and when it’s done, pick up the to-go cup and go!  No pouring into a separate cup or anything!  This is about to make those super early school mornings worth looking forward to!

Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond

(2) Meal Planning Note Pad And all the Ladies / Mommas / Humans say Amen!

For all the list makers out there, this thing is what we’ve all been needing since day one.

Now, you can easily organize your meals for the week, stick it on the fridge and toss it out when you’re done!  I AM SOOO EXCITED!!

Photo: Amazon

(3) Debbie Meyer Green Produce Bags After tossing a whole bunch of produce…and feeling really bad about it, I finally decided to check into some produce bags.

I’ve heard great things about their ability to keep veggies crisp and fruits from browning and molding.  Will keep you ladies posted on how these things work out!

Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond

(4) Pure Spin Face Exfoliator So, I’ve been seeing these face brushes all over the place.  And every time I priced them, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.

Not with this one!  This thing is under $ 30 and from what I hear, is just as effective as the expensive ones! SCORE!

Plus, I love that they kept the sleek and feminine design even with such a price difference.

Photo: Amazon

(5) Collapsible Meal Sets Love these!  Lunch time was never cuter AND these things collapse making them little storing wizards!

Check out this great one, too HERE

Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond

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#FabFriYAYFive : Back to School / Mom Edition

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!

Pardon this slight interruption from regularly scheduled programming 😉

But, today I am sharing some encouraging quotes for my Momma Tribe.

School is back in session and / or swiftly approaching and we all need a high five…am I right?!?  Enjoy!

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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, just for fun, I’m sharing my five favorite shoes I found this summer!

(1) Embellished Sneakers PTA Meetings and carpool lines never looked so cool…am I right ladies?!?

These embellished sneakers from Target add just the right amount of bling to anything 😉

Also, is anyone else getting a serious ’90s Bedazzling vibe from these?!?  Gotta love those ’90s!!  Full circle, people.  Full Circle!

(2) Pom Pom Heels These just SCREAM Summer 2017.  And I love everything about them.  They can dress up a white tee or make a statement with a red jumpsuit.

It’s your call.  But either way, these are showstoppers!

(3) Embellished Blush Heels Blush is the new nude.  It is sweepin’ the fashion nation.

I am loving this new dainty / romantic trend we are seeing.  Who’s with me?!

(4) Pink Velvet Heels Not sure if it is the Legally Brunette in me or what…but, all I wanna do is throw on a white summer power suit, these heels and command a courtroom!

Order in the Court!

(5) Pom Pom Flats – Yep.  Pom Poms again.  Because I’ll never get enough of them.  And I’m ok with admitting that… 😉

As a side note, I have gotten more compliments on this simple pair of flats than any other shoe I own.

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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!

(1) Super Soft / Fast-Drying Beach Towels Besides the obvious beauty of these little towels, they are incredibly fast-drying and soft!  If you ask me, that is a trifecta of beach babe amazingness!

Check these out if, like me, you are tired of soggy towel syndrome!

Photo: Bed, Bath and Beyond

(2) Avocado Tool Any guacamole lovers out there?!? This tool is about to rock your world…

This thing splits open, pits and slices your avocado with ease!  At under $15, Taco Tuesday just got even better!

Photo: Bed, Bath and Beyond

(3) Banana Boat Aloe After Sun Lotion Ladies, this is my all time fave after sun lotion.  Real talk: I use this stuff all the time.

It smells so good.  It prevents you from peeling.  What more could you ask for?

Pro Tip: Put this stuff in the fridge before a long day in the sun, and it’s even more incredible!

Photo: Bed, Bath and Beyond

(4) The Ultimate Tailgating Pack Heads up: this little set is a bit pricey.  But, to purchase these items separately would set you back even more…

In the south, we start dreaming about the next football season the second the last whistle is blown at the National Championship.

So, we’ve been dreamin’ for 8 long months, friends…and the next season is upon us!  If you need to stock up on your tailgating gear…this is your dream set!

Photo: Bed, Bath and Beyond

(5) Popsicle Molds  With a few summer weeks left, it’s time to celebrate with a popsicle!  These even come with their own reusable sticks so no more of that nasty wood taste!! 

Photo: Bed, Bath and Beyond

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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!

(1) Wilton Armetale Skillet Just in case you find cooking in fancy things fun, too…

 Taco / Fajita Tuesday just got a whole lot prettier up in here!

Photo: Bed, Bath and Beyond

(2) 2 in 1 Beach Blanket and Wading Pool Mommas – if you have not tried the kiddie pool on the beach trick, then PLEASE try it out ASAP.

I have been dragging down a massive blow up kiddie pool to the beach, but not anymore!  I am buying this thing and making my life a whole lot easier.

It even comes with its own carrying case!

Photo: Amazon

(3) Taco Rack Who else loves to throw a fiesta about once a week…?!?  Anyone?

Well, we happen to love tacos, guac, just about anything fiesta-ish in our household, so Taco Tuesday is a time honored tradition.

After many years of making tacos weekly, I have finally found the perfect way to serve these bad boys with ease!  Now my kids can simply pick them up and head to the table, rather than having to wait for me to pile the good stuff on and watching it flop on their plates.

Side note, you can also apparently use these on the grill…SCORE!

Photo of rack: Bed, Bath and Beyond

(4) Tervis Tumbler Water Bottle If I haven’t convinced you by now, please for the love of everything good, check out a Tervis Tumbler.  They now have a water bottle version and I may have jumped up and down when I saw it.

These are the only cups I have found that keep my drink cold (or warm, depending on the beverage and the preferred temp) and they do NOT sweat!

Plus, I’m pretty sure they come with a lifetime warranty, which is unbeatable!

Photo of tumblers: Bed, Bath and Beyond

(5) Indoor / Outdoor Rug Loved the fun summery colors on this one and had to share!  Price is decent and the colors are just divine!

Photo: Bed, Bath and Beyond

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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!

(1) New Fave Sandals – Ladies…you are NEVER going to guess where I bought these beauties…

Guess.  No, seriously.  Just guess….

Drumroll please, I got these at CRACKER BARREL!!!  No joke, I bought these Jack Rogers-look alikes at our family breakfast at Cracker Barrel on the 4th of July of all days!

They are under $20 AND in the month of July they are running a BOGO on shoes!!  Get there and have some pancakes while you’re at it…because they are the GOAT (Greatest of all time ;))

(2) Ocean Spray Mocktails – Who doesn’t love to feel like it’s 5 o’clock all day long?!?  Well…now you can!

Ocean Spray has introduced their new Mocktails line and I am seriously impressed.

The flavors are delicious and make you feel like you’re enjoying a flirty, fun beverage any time of the day.

Individual Photos: Ocean Spray

(3) My New Planner – It wasn’t until last week that I realized they designed a whole line of planners to begin in July.  I know.  Where HAVE I BEEN?!?

Anyways, I found my newest obsession…my Design My Day Planner from Target.

If you are looking for a slim-lined (yet, very detailed), tabbed, and super cute planner, Target has got you covered.

With monthly spreads and detailed daily spreads, this is one of the best I’ve seen.  Especially at it’s price point of $ 9.99!!

(4) Cheap Legos – If your children are as obsessed with Legos as mine, you’ve gotta check out the Target dollar spot for the best blocks since the real thing.

I love these even more (sorry Legos…) because they fit together better and they come in so many vibrant colors!!

(5) Most Chic Barbies of All Time – Ummm.  Chanel called and they want their models back.

I have never seen a Barbie that better represented my personal style, so I snagged these faster than the peeps waiting in line on the day after Thanksgiving!

We’re talking a boucle coat, belted waist and pearls!!  Plus, love the glasses as well.  Way to go, Barbie!  Less Kardashian and more Boss Lady.  I’m loving the new design!

 

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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!

(1) Honeybaked Ham BBQ Ribs – Friends.  I am salivating as I type.  As a precursor to me rocking your world for the better, I should offer some background…

My grandmother is the finest cook God ever created.  Jean Brown, ladies and gentlemen.  Heck, even when she whips up mac and cheese outta the box she makes Paula Deen look like a silly billy playing with an easy bake oven.

Well, for years she has been serving these mouth-watering, fall off the bone tender BBQ ribs.  As a kid, I never questioned the origination of these finely crafted tastebud delicacies because I just assumed my precious Mamaw slaved away in the kitchen marinating, rubbing and lovin’ on those things for weeks.

Well, curious minds inquire.  To my shock, Mamaw has been purchasing Honeybaked Ham BBQ ribs all these years!!  I’m sure, like me, many of you assumed that Honeybaked Ham served, well, ham and other possible lunchmeat varieties.  Spoiler alert…these people have it all.  They’ve got ready made side dishes and pies and appetizers and ok, I gotta stop.

As if this buildup couldn’t get any better, guess how easy it is to cook these bad boys?!?  You literally thaw them overnight in the fridge, place them on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 20 minutes.  WWWHHHAAATTT!??!

Yep.  It’s a new weekly tradition in my house.  #IAin’tNoFool

Please, for the love of all things scrumptious, take a few minutes out of your week, pay the $15.99 for a full rack and I will patiently await your email of gratitude.

You’re welcome in advance… 😉

Photo: Honeybaked Ham

(2) Reese’s Snack Mix – I mean.  Do I really even need to say anything…? Just try it. 😉

Photo: Target

(3) Boss Lady Card Holders – The second I saw these, I jumped with excitement.  If you’ve read this blog for any time, you know that the term #BossLady is very important to me.

If you are in the need for something a little extra for your purse, consider checking these out today!

Photos: Charming Charlie

Left Card Holder: HERE; Right Card Holder: HERE

(4) Cheesecake Factory Funfetti Cheesecake – The inner 7 year old Erin will be sprinting to Cheesecake Factory on July 30th.  Because not only is this over-the-top, delicious blast from the past making its way on to the Cheesecake Factory menu, but it will be 1/2 off that day!!  Run, don’t walk, around July 30th or after to get a slice for yourself!

Photo: Today.com c/o The Cheesecake Factory

(5) Gro Anywhere Black-out Blind – Got kids?  You need this.

Have trouble sleeping in the summer months?  You need this.

Looking for something random to purchase on Amazon?  This will do.

Friends, I have never gotten better sleep.  Not only does this black out sheet shield the sun, but it is also conveniently transportable with its very own travel bag.

These are perfect for summer vacations when you’re just not sure what the hotel / condo / home will provide…

No more waking up at 4 am with the sun! SCORE!

Photo: Amazon

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5 Fave Summer Cocktails

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This week I’m sharing my five favorite cocktails for summer livin’!

(1) Clinton Kelly’s Boozy Snow Cones Ok, ladies.  Who remembers Clinton Kelly from TLC’s What Not to Wear?!?!?  He and Stacy London are truly two of my biggest style and success inspirations.  Well, recently I ran across Clinton’s recipe for a boozy snow cone.  Who knew Clinton was such a lifestyle guru?!  So, please check these out if you are looking for an extra patriotic and sentimental treat 😉

Photo: Clinton Kelly

(2) Best Lemonade Mimosas Lemonade.  Mimosas.  Two of my favorite words.  Put ’em together and you’ve got a drink I can really get behind…

Would you believe that that incredible group “Delish” that puts all those mouth-watering video recipes on Facebook also dabbles in drinks, too?!?  Check this one out…I think it would make for an extra special brunch treat, too!

Photo: Delish

(3) Mermaid Lemonade –  My girls are obsessed with Ariel these days…which has me in quite a mermaid mood myself!  So, when I saw these, I knew they would be perfect for summer gatherings.

You could even mix up a separate batch of blue koolaid (sans all the adultish add-ins 😉 ) to serve to the little ones, so they can join the fun, too!

Photo: Delish

(4) Prosecco Slushie There are very few beverages as refreshing as Prosecco.  So I hunted all over for a fun way to serve it up!  Again, would you believe that that incredible group “Delish” that puts all those mouth-watering video recipes on Facebook also dabbles in drinks, too?!?  Check this one out…I think it would make for an extra special brunch treat, too!

Photo: Delish

(5) Pineapple Pina Colada Cups – Nothin’ screams summer like a pineapple!  These are so festive!  I can imagine these at backyard cookouts, pool parties and even a fun brunch.  Let your imagination go wild and come up with all kinds of fun recipes to pour into a pineapple!

Photo: Delish

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