Wednesday, August 31, 2011


This week I did a pretty good job of dressing up and remembering to take pictures. Yay! 

Lindsay  issued a challenge for this week to try a thrifted item in your outfits. About 75% of my wardrobe is thrifted, so that wasn't too difficult to do!

One of the main things I'm trying to incorporate in my wardrobe again is belts. Now that I've lost my baby weight, I'm excited to highlight my waist again. I think belts make outfits look a lot more pulled together and I like the hour-glass look they create.

Birthday Dinner::: Coral and Chocolate:

Dress: Hand me down from a friend (She got it at GW!)
Cami: Gordman's
Necklace: Dollar General (ages ago.)

 Shoes: GW $4

Wedding::: Jade and Cream:

Necklace: From trip to Singapore

Top: Kohls
Cami: Gordman's

Skirt: GW $3
Shoes: Wally World $7
Belt: Thrifted $1 

Church::: Coral and blue

(I'd love your feedback on this one. It's a little out of my comfort zone. It kind of feels like there's too much going on. Should I have skipped the belt?)

Top: Kohls
T-shirt: Kohls
Skirt: Christopher and Banks (Was ankle length, but I cut it off.)
Shoes: GW $4

 Belt: Thrifted. (Isn't it awesome? I actually scored this one, the black one in the jade and cream outfit and another fabulous red one the same place. The kicker? They were only $1 each!)

 I don't know how he does it, but C always manages to get into my WIWW pictures. One of his many talents I guess. 

Necklace: My mom's. So, I guess that makes it vintage. :)

Errands::: Fall colors

 I haven't worn these shorts for a really long time. 2+ years at least. I just got this shirt a few weeks ago and though it went pretty well.

Top: GW $3
T-Shirt: Kohls
Shorts: Wally World $7
Shoes: Younkers

Braided my hair!
Necklace: American Eagle, GW $2

Hanging out with family::: Black and White

 Top: Thrifted $3
T-Shirt: Kohls
Shorts: Lee

Sandals: Bear Traps, Younkers

Linking up with:
pleated poppy

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

90 day challenge update 8/30

I realized due to vacation and other things I haven't posted an update for a couple weeks!

(If you haven't read my first post about starting a 90 day health challenge, you can read about it here )

Things are still going very well. I haven't lost any more weight, but I feel good about where I'm at and I can tell I'm really toning up. Especially in my stomach, which is where I really wanted to target after having a baby. :)

I'm feeling a lot better about how I look in my clothes and I've started wearing belts at my waist again. I'm back in all my old clothes, some that I didn't even fit in before I had C!. That's a great feeling. I've gone down a size since I started my challenge.

Here's to another great week!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bridal shower

One of my cousins is getting married next week. He and I have always been really close. For awhile when we were growing up he told me we were going to get married, but I told him that that's not done. When he hit the ripe old age of 10 he decided he wasn't going to get married at all and for that matter didn't really like girls..... So, yeah.

My mom and aunt hosted a shower for my cousin's fiancee a recently and it was lovely. We had the shower at my parents church, a cute little  country church that's over 100 years old!

The whole shower was very sweet, simple and county-ish. It was lovely. Here are a few photos;

 The food table. These are my favorite types of shower foods. Fruits, veggies, and a few sweets.

Flowers from my mom's flower gardens. (I plan on doing a blog post with some pictures of my mom's lovely gardens soon.)

 Chocolate revel bars.

The hostesses.

One of the games was a competition between 2 teams to see who could create a better dress. The one on the left was voted the winner. (That darling young lady is also my cousin's fiancee.)

C. even got to go, but I didn't take any pictures of him because I was chasing him all over and trying to keep him out of people's food.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Birthday Recap

I had a birthday yesterday and it was lovely. I mentioned to Hubby that it would be great if he got up with C (who usually gets up around 6) and feed him his breakfast. My sweet husband did this and also unloaded the dishwasher and made me breakfast.

Birthday flowers

I decided to get perfume for my birthday. 
It's one of those things that makes me feel pretty and feminine and I haven't had any for awhile.

It even came in a cute pink box. I love the scent!

Hubby took me to a Greek restaurant for dinner and it was so fun! We got to sit on a patio and since we came a little early for dinner we had it all to ourselves.

Here's a few shots of the Greek food we ate. (So yummy!)
 Flaming cheese appetizer. (they actually light it on fire!)

 Hubby got this Gyro meat platter.

 I got this sampler that had several different Greek specialties. One of them is called Dolmathes. (Rice and hamburger wrapped in a grape leaf and cooked.)

It was a fun memory because I grew up next to a Greek Orthodox couple and I remember seeing her out in the ditches hunting for the perfect size grape leaves. We had a vine in our yard too and sometimes she would come over and pick leaves, showing us which ones were the right size. Aparently, the woman who makes these has been making them at this restaurant for 20 years. Sheesh!

 Tiramisu. The last time I had this was in Italy, and although this was good it really didn't compare. :)

Baklava. When our waiter found out it was my birthday he said that I would get a free piece of baklava on the house. He also told me he picked the largest piece in the pan. It was scrumptious!

It was a fabulous birthday! My hubby is really sweet about doing it up on my birthdays and makes me feel like a princess. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WIWW and baby too!

Bridal Shower:

Black ruffle tank: Old Navy, thrifted $2
Cardi: Target $16
Awesome bias skirt: Thrifted $3

Close up of skirt. 
 Earrings: My Shop

 C's outfit (He got to go to the shower too! :)

Top: Garage sale .50 cents
Shorts: Also garage sale .25 cents

"I need a prop, Mommy."

"Pretty flowers.."

"I think it's time for my morning snack!"

 This may or may not be posed, but adorable nonetheless, yes?

Dentist appointment: (Yes, I dressed up for a dentist appointment)

Necklace: Dollar General  (believe it or not.) ages ago

 Top: Thrifted $3
Cami: Gordmans $7
Shorts: Lee

You may notice I wear these shorts in a lot of my wiww posts. That is because I have recently lost the rest of my baby weight (Thanks to my 90 day challenge. Read more here ) and now a lot of my clothes don't fit. This is one of two pairs of shorts that currently fit. It's a good/bad problem. :)

Linking up with:
pleated poppy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Freezing Sweet Corn

Since we live in the heart of the mid west this is the season of sweet corn. We have some friends that have a large garden and they had an over abundance of sweet corn. They asked if we wanted any, and of course we said, "Yes!"

The only problem was we had nearly 2 bushels of corn (nearly 150 ears) and Hubby was working. I was going to have to tackle it by myself. Not a problem, except for the fact that I have a very active almost 1 year old who loves to be under foot in the kitchen.

My solution: a barricade

 This worked well for a little while, but then C. realized he could push the chairs.

Take two. Doubling up.

I don't know how he did it, but he still got through!

Thinking face. How can I get through here?.....

Finally resigned to his fate and decided to play with his fire truck.

I shucked the corn and then boiled it for 5 minutes.

Cut off the corn and measure it in to freezer ziplocs.

The finished product!

Super easy and it will be fun to pull out come winter!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer Vacation!

You may have noticed things have been a little quiet around here.... That's because we took a 5 day vacation up to a lake in MN. We had a great time! My grandpa and his 9 (!) siblings own a small lake resort that my family has gone to every year since I can remember.

It's so neat because I get to see my great aunts and uncles and second cousins every year and have been able to maintain those relationships. Lot's of work to do to get caught up now that we're home (I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel with laundry!), but it was definitely fun to get away.

Here are a few snap shots from our time:

 Eating leaves. Almost C's favorite thing at the lake.

 Water swing. C's favorite thing at the lake.

 Cute town where we did some shopping.

 Playing at the beach.

 As Hubby says, "He doesn't miss many meals."

 Milk break with Dad.
 Boat ride

 Being ornery.

                                                  A few of the family as we were leaving.

Have a great week!