Thursday, September 18, 2014

Why Mustard Cardigans are a Fall Must-Have

Ah, a mustard cardigan.

Y'all I love my mustard cardigan. If you may remember, I initially wasn't sure about it because I usually shy away from yellow (since I have yellow hair). But my beloved Target mustard cardigan is such a staple in my wardrobe that it's got a tiny hole and now I'm scared to death to wear it. Ugh. But it's nothing that a needle and thread can't fix.

I've been wearing my mustard cardi a lot lately and it is the perfect wardrobe staple for fall. Here are a few color combinations to try with mustard.

(I used a mustard cardigan but you could switch things around and use mustard pants or a mustard skirt.)

Mustard + Berry

Mustard + Navy

Mustard + Peacock

Other options you might want to consider are mustard + charcoal, mustard + plum or mustard + hunter green/olive green.

Some shopping options if you're in the market for a mustard cardi: H&M, Modcloth, Target, Forever 21.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This May Restore Your Faith in the NFL (& Humanity)

I loved this post that Sarah originally wrote SO much that I reposted on my blog. (with her permission) This just gives you the feels...

In all of the uproar and negative press surrounding the NFL right now, there is a truly heartwarming story that you just have to hear. Many of my die hard sports girls probably have heard this story already, but for those that haven't, here we go...
::Meet Devon Still::
Devon Still is a 2012 second round draft pick for the Cincinnati Bengals. On June 2nd, he found out his 4 year old baby girl Leah was diagnosed with Pediatric Cancer. Leah has been given a 50/50 chance of surviving, and her medical bills could reach $1 million.
In a football move, the Bengals unfortunately had to cut Still from the 53 man roster. But in a non-football move, they made the heart-warming decision to keep Still on the practice squad so he could keep his family's insurance and continue to get paid.
But the Bengals didn't stop there. After spending just one week on the practice squad, the Bengals moved Still back to the 53-man roster and made a very touching, moving announcement to sell Devon Still jerseys, and donate the proceeds to Pediatric Cancer Care and Research.

Help sack cancer with a Devon Still jersey.  Proceeds will go to benefit Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center:

Still's jersey sales, in the past 24 hours, are more than any other in Bengals history.

And are you ready for this, guess who bought 100 of them?
Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints. If that doesn't just heave at your heartstrings this Tuesday morning, I don't know what will. Bravo, Saints. Bravo, Bengals. If you want to help pledge to "Sack" pediatric cancer, go here. And go Bengals. Geaux Saints. And go Leah. I'm proud to be a Saints fan.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Camping Weekend Recap

I went camping with M this weekend. I'll recap that in just a minute. First of all I'd like to discuss why people are so shocked to hear that I am going camping? Everyone just says "you don't seem like a camping person"...whatever that means. I friend of mine said that I have "prissy tendencies". Nevertheless I went camping this weekend and it wasn't my first time and I survived. Also I managed to fit everything I needed as far as clothing and toiletries into one backpack with extra clothes to spare... Ladies and gentlemen THAT is a win!

M and I left on Friday and the camp ground/park area was about two hours from our house. We left around lunch and arrived early afternoon and immediately started getting our tent up and our canopy set up. Rain was predicted pretty much all weekend so we brought our canopy and raingear in preparation for that. However the small two-person backpacking tent we purchased was not rain proof. Because it was miserably hot in that tiny tent we slept with the roof canopy off...and subsequently woke up at 3 AM to rain on our faces. After scrambling to put the tent canopy on we then proceeded to be rained on for the next two hours. We were sweaty, hot and damp inside the tent as the water leak for the tent seams. Sleep was pretty much out of the question so we tried our best to keep as dry as possible. The whole time I kept having to put the situation in reminding myself that this was not nearly as bad as my deep-sea fishing experience. On Saturday morning we woke up completely wet along with all of our possessions. After breakfast we immediately proceeded to the nearest Walmart to upgrade our tent. We went from a 2 person small 7 foot tent (that was 3 feet tall) to a six person 10.5 foot tent (that is 6 feet tall). My 6 foot five husband had room to stretch out and we could put everything in the tent rather than lock it in his truck at night. The new tent was amazing and we are so glad we purchased it! Here's a picture of our first tent and our second tenant below. 

Of course on the second day by about 5 o'clock it started raining and didn't stop until well after midnight. But between our canopy and our new waterproof guaranteed tent we were fine. Aside from the weather, which was kind of a bummer, we really had a great time. We were able to cook our dinner over the campfire both nights before started raining and we had some very interesting camping neighbors. One being a normal family that were very funny and also Gamecocks fans (whoo hoo!) and the other being some late night camping arrivals who were drunk rednecks that apparently peed on themselves (or so they yelled during the night). Halfway through the night their tent collapsed because they got up and slept in the truck for the rest of the night. They subsequently left the next day due to the prediction of more rain their woodstock-era tent with issues. We were right on Lake Murray so we had some gorgeous views and good opportunities for fishing. It was a great trip! I wish the weather was a little better but overall we're glad we went. Below are some different pictures I took throughout the weekend. 

After a rain shower...the lake was misty and gorgeous.

So there! I made it! And I didn't die and I only complained a couple of times...all of which were rain-related. :) Do you like to go camping? (Side note: I did have RV-envy whilst it was raining. All of those people snug in their beds NOT getting rained on while I was. Are pop-up campers budget-friendly??) :)

Linking up!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: The Reception

I was looking back over all of my wedding posts and I realize I never did a post dedicated soley to the reception. So, without further adieu...

Our reception was atypical and different from many traditional receptions. We opted to take more of a "vintage" approach (read...popular in the 30s, 40s and 50s) and do light snacks/desserts/drinks immediately after the ceremony in the church lobby area. Since our wedding was at 2pm, we weren't planning on feeding people, but we did want to have a wide variety of my and M's favorite snacks/foods there for others to enjoy. The basic set up idea (also mentioned in this post) was that we would have 4 tables: a cake table, a milk & cookies table, a candy buffet and a "MAN" table that contained all of the salty and "manly" snacks that M loves like beef jerky, pretzels, chips, party mix, etc. I love the sweet stuff and M loves the salty stuff so this is how we compromised. :)

Each table was set up with a different color theme...all corresponding with my three wedding colors: navy, green and pink. The MAN table was set up in homage to M's love for hunting with a camo/hunting theme. I purchased paper table runners in navy stripe, pink stripe and green stripe and then did a hunting camo runner for the man table. These runners were placed over regular white tablecloths. Paper goods and other decor on the tables corresponded with the colors. The cake table was navy, the cookies & milk table was green and the candy table was pink. (Pictures below) (Putting a break in this post so it doesn't fill up my entire homepage.)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Things That Give Me FOMO

FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out

I frequently have FOMO...and for various reasons. Some of these FOMO episodes are self-induced and others aren't. These are the things that give me FOMO...


1. Not being a beer drinker
I hear about all sorts of fun things like beer fests and beer tastings but I hate beer so I can't participate. Also, there's something about a cold beer that just says "summer". I have extreme FOMO with this. If beer wasn't just so gross...

2. Not having a "kitschy"decor taste
I love seeing all sorts of cool and kitschy decor in people's homes...especially kitchens. But I couldn't really ever incorporate them into my own living space.

3. Being a planner
I'm not a spontaneous, spur of the moment person. I have FOMO when plans to go and do fun things just happen and for whatever reason I can't commit. It takes a lot for me to say "yes" to things.

4. Not having a hobby
I am interested in lots of things but I wouldn't call any of them really a hobby. I sing, I read, I wog and I talk to my dog in weird voices. None of these things really qualify as a hobby. I wish I was a hobby-er that was part of a larger network like a scrapbooker or a baker or a photographer. Maybe I just need a hobby? I used to have normal hobbies: jewelry making, sewing, even quilting at one point. Now? Nothing.

5. Not having a boat
I suffer from severe FOMO when I see people post fun pictures of themselves on boats in the summer. This is one of the main reasons that M and I want to buy a boat eventually. So I will have boat FOMO no more!

Do you have FOMO about anything? Do share!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Old Lyrics + New Melodies = Memorable Message

I've been going to church all my life however I've mostly only attended modern or contemporary churches. It was a rare occasion that I was part of a traditional congregation. Hymnals were not the norm.. In fact slides and screens and projectors or song sheets or the norm. Church songs I grew up with weren't necessarily old hymns but more contemporary praise songs. So when I would hear old hymns I usually didn't pay much attention to the lyrics. I'm sad to say that the catchy rhythms of the 30s and 40s did an appeal to someone raised in the 90s.

However now songwriters are incorporating lyrics from old hymns and rewriting them into new and modern worship songs. The songs catch your attention with their driving feel but harken back to old for familiar lyrics written for hymnals long ago. Recently I've been struck by lyrics to two of these "hybrid" songs. I'm not sure if I ever would have paid attention to these lyrics and the old hymn version, but in the new these lyrics stood out and captured me in a way that only really good song lyrics can. They made me stop and really think about what the message behind the lyrics are. And in turn, I've developed a true appreciation for how lots of old hymns are jam packed full of truth nuggets like the below.

Old Song: On Christ the Solid Rock
New Song: Cornerstone
Meaningful lyrics/message: "In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. My anchor holds within the veil."

19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20)

When bad things happen or when trying times come, the only stability and assurance I have is in Christ. My anchor, the thing that keeps me "grounded" and "solid" is strong within the covering of Jesus. To expound upon this further - When Jesus' death on the cross tore the veil (or curtain) to the Holy Place he became our intercessor. He has gone before and made a way for us to access the Father. Our steadfast hope is in the fact that we can approach God with confidence, having Christ as an intercessor on our behalf. What great hope!

Old Song: I Need Thee Every Hour
New Song: Lord, I Need You
Meaningful lyrics/message: "My one defense, my righteousness"

Okay, so this one isn't a direct takeaway from one song to the other, however they do resemble each other. In my mind, I put the two together so for the sake of this post...let's just pretend they go together. :) I was struck by the line in this song that says, "My one defense, my righteousness, Oh God, How I need you". The quote below really helps to enunciate my thoughts about this line:

Do you understand what it means that you have been given the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus? (II Cor. 5:21)  It means we are RIGHT with God.  It means when we fail, when we sin, when we fall, when we act inconsistently with who we really are that we can run boldly to the throne of grace! (Heb. 4:16 NOTHING can change the fact that you have been given HIS righteousness. You are in right standing with God and your behavior does NOT determine your identity.   When the enemy says, “Hang your head! Run and hide! And you call yourself a Christian?!”  You can hold your head high and say, “My one defense, my righteousness!” (source)

My "rightness" with God is my one defense against anything or anyone that tries to tell me otherwise. Yes, I am a sinner and I was born into a sin-nature...but...grace. Grace enables me to pursue righteousness and not just give up because I fail over and over again. My righteousness (my rightness in God's eyes) is the only thing that saves me.

I am by no means a religious scholar or even really that great at communicating my thoughts. However, I have been struck by these awesome song lyrics as of late and wanted to share with you. I hope you can glean from them truth and insight as well.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

How To: Wear a Maxi Skirt

Ah maxi skirts. I have a love-hate relationship with both maxi skirts and maxi dresses. For one, they are easy, breezy and great to wear if you miss a couple days of shaving. (let's be honest...that's probably the biggest perk of them in the summertime) But on the other hand, as someone who usually wears cardigans even in the dead of summer, I can't really use my go-to wardrobe staple with these without the risk of looking like a Duggar. You know what I mean. :)

The awesome Kali over at Kaliwood posed a question to me on Twitter about how to wear maxi skirts. So I decided to do a blog post for the benefit of everyone. With fall coming up, maxi skirts are a great piece that that can go from summer to fall very easily. (plus, if you're in the South or a warmer climate like me, you've still got...oh...about 2 more months of warm temps anyway)

how to wear a maxi skirt

The first look would be great for fall. A denim jacket over a tank greatly increases the versatility of a maxi skirt. Swap out the sandals for booties and add a scarf and you're set for cooler temps.

The second look is really just a basic tank worn under a maxi skirt with funky jewelry. This is great for a printed or patterned skirt.

A bold, graphic maxi skirt looks awesome with a structured crop top in this third look. Now, not everyone can rock a crop top, but if you've got the bod...rock it. You could add a blazer or a denim skirt over this as well.

The fourth look is a bit more simple and relaxed. A loose flowy tee works with a maxi skirt when you do something (like add the belt) to give it a bit of structure.

Hopefully these looks give you maxi skirt inspiration. Do you have a maxi skirt? How do you wear it?

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