Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stitch Fix #11 - September 2017

Stitch Fix #11 - September 2017

Toms Classic Striped Contrast Flats - $54.00

Who doesn't love a pair of Toms? I really liked the stripes and I almost kept them, but ended up sending back. [RETURN]

Vero Mode Orla Slim Straight Leg Pant - $59.00
If these pants had fit, I would have kept! I LOVED the wrap style at the waistband and the ankle length. 


Absolutely Arcadia Hooded Back Detail Cardigan - $54.00

This was cute...but not $54 cute! [RETURN]

Calvin Klein Xerxes Zip Detail Knit Top - $58.00

I really loved this top...super soft-great fit, but again, not willing to pay $58.

Kut from the Kloth Benter Mixed Material Top - $58.00

This was my favorite piece and went back and forth on what to keep this month. I kept putting off deciding until I finally had to get it back in the mail. I ended up returning this top too only because it had a banded style waistband that I rarely wear. [RETURN]

Thoughts: I am enjoying, Kristina, my stylist. I really loved everything in the box, and feel like the choices are more suitable for my age and style. Unfortunately, I returned everything this month, mainly because I've had so much going on that I couldn't get my mind on fashion. I am still loving Stitch Fix but decided to try every other month for awhile until life calms down. My next fix is scheduled to arrive on NOVEMBER 1st....we will see how that one goes! I may eventually switch to seasonal, but will try every other month for now. I still recommend trying SF and can't wait for my next box to arrive!! :O)

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

{fall mornings - sept 1-10}

{morning devotions} have become a very important part of my day. Over the years, I have struggled with setting aside time during my day for some quiet time to read and pray. I am thankful that the Lord has kept me faithful this past year and that I make sure I find time every morning (and really look forward to it) to be quiet, to have my coffee, and start my day listening to what God wants me to hear.

Joined @bibleplans on Instagram for #1adayBible reading through the Bible. I have tried and failed miserably to read through the Bible, but I started this challenge with others to hold me accountable. I'm only a few chapters in and I have already been blessed.

Hebrews 6:19 Stretched Canvas
Tragedy hit our community over Labor Day weekend - I can only imagine the grief and pain of losing a child.
Prayers for the Cooper family and our community as we deal with this great loss.


- Pumpkin Spice Smoothie - 
1/2 frozen banana • 2-3 T pumpkin • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder • 3/4 cups milk (any) •cinnamon/ginger/nutmeg (to taste)

Monday, September 18, 2017

life lately....

I'm a planner, I'm not patient, I want things my way, I want things perfect, I get frustrated, I get impatient (again)....and I often complain when things don't go as planned.....

...then the Lord quickly reminds me, through a verse or seeing someone else's circumstances that are much more difficult than mine, that I need to be humble, and trusting, and patient, because EVERYTHING is in God's hands. HE is in control of every situation, and HE will work things out in HIS time because HE loves us and cares for us so much!! I am praying daily for patience and that I will stop trying to control things and learn to lean completely on God. #practicingpatience

1 Peter 5:6-7 "Lower yourself under the mighty hand of Jesus, that He may pick you up at the appointed time (wait for Him), lay all your worries and concerns and fears at His feet...for He CARES for you..."

life lately with my family...

N + K + R

- We have a baby coming in just 2 WEEKS!!!! (or sooner???), we have a house to get moved into, Daddy isn't scheduled to be home until 9/27,....and Mommy had a mini-emergency last doctor's visit with a high blood pressure scare! I am loving having Kayla here while Nathan is at work, but super excited to help get them moved into their new place! :O)

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all the baby stuff washed in Dreft....sorted by size, boxed up and ready for the move! <3

L + L + K

- Some sweet girl is WALKING!!!! No way she's old enough! Wasn't it just a few months that we were all excited that she could roll over???? Kamry has been talking up a storm for months now and now her next milestone...walking! YAAAA!!! BIG GIRL!!!

lots of summer fun!!

- Logan turned 29 on the 3rd....

Happy Birthday Logan!! you have accomplished much in such a short amount of time, but your greatest accomplishment, by far, is being the best daddy to your sweet girl! Enjoy the last year of your 20's and enjoy especially your special day today with your two most favorite people!! We love you!! - Mom & Dad [IG post]

Looking forward to my little Kamry visits and spending more time with Lindsey and Logan too --hopefully soon!

My Greatest Blessings Call Me NaNa


Peter and I are pretty much taking care of business these our life two weeks at a time with his tugboat schedule...fitting in a fun day here and there, but mainly focusing on our kids and grandkids, spending as much time as possible with each of them and trying to help them out whenever we are needed. I'm winding up season 15 at the b & b (I still can't believe Nathan was 7 when I started there) in 12 DAYS!!, and while I'm anxious to go back to my SAHM life, I can honestly say I've had the best summer I've had in a really long time! I've had a better attitude about work, I've had an awesome helper with housekeeping (thanks Tina!!), I've even starting hostessing again this year. I actually enjoyed summer this year and really hated to see it end!

{side note} I miss blogging!! I can't believe this is my very first September post!! Blogging is therapy for me! It is something I love! I love writing my thoughts down and saving my daily pics here. Hopefully, things will soon return to a somewhat "normal" and I will have a little more free time to spend on my blog. In the meantime, I'll update when I can, and share a little about our 
{life lately}.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Feelin' Fall-y

I was still in summer mode when this rainy nor'easter came through yesterday and got me in the mood for all things pumpkin!!! It's like it was saying good-bye summer---hello FALL! I really hate to see this summer come to an end and am beginning to question if FALL is still my favorite season. Anyway, I had a craving for something pumpkin-y, so it was the perfect time to try Pioneer Woman's recipe for PUMPKIN PIE!!!

~Pumpkin Pie~

2 cups pumpkin
1 14 oz.can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 T. vanilla
1/4 tsp. ground cloves (I used nutmeg)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 unbaked pie crust

Recipe: HERE

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pioneer Woman: Potato Skins & Chicken Satay

Potato Skins

Russet Potatoes
Kosher Salt 
Grated Cheddar Cheese
Green Onion -or any 
Sour Cream

Wash potatoes and rub with oil. Salt well. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop out middles. Brush inside skins with melted butter and put back in oven for 5 minutes then brush outside skins with butter and bake 5 more minutes or until crispy. Add a little cheese to each skin and put back in oven until cheese melts. Serve with crumbled bacon, onion, and sour cream. 

Grilled Chicken Skewers w/ satay sauce

Make satay sauce: 
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/8 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup honey
juice from 1 lime
dash crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. ginger (minced fresh or powder)

Put chicken on skewers and grill 3-5 minutes on each side or until cooked. 
Serve with a variety of sauces including satay sauce, BBQ sauce, A-1 sauce, honey mustard, or your favorite dipping sauce.

Monday, August 28, 2017


morning quiet time = RELAX

:O) :O) :O)
Psalms 100:4

picked "marsh lavender" last week on my way back from dropping guests at the airport 
(a sure sign FALL is near) 

I really like this!!!!! I want to work on being less worried about my house looking "perfect", and focus on enjoying having friends and family stop by, even if there are dishes in the sink (or worse)!!! :O)

{{{starting to make plans for our upcoming Mom & Daughter getaway!!!!}}}


Psalm 105:4 KJV

I've actually become quite the morning person!!!

Proverbs 16:3

Sunday, August 27, 2017

-summer daze-


Being out on the boat is one of my favorite things about summer, It is so peaceful! I love the quiet, the beauty, the fresh air, the sunshine, and some time alone with Peter. I'm going to miss this most once cold weather comes and it's time to pull the boat up. Until then, we will soak up all the summer sun we can out on the water! 

A bonus to our already great day.....

I <3 bay living!!