Monday, November 11, 2019

Remembrance: Veterans Day

On this special day of honor & recognition, we say THANK YOU to all who have served, as well as those who continue to serve, our great nation. Our lives would not be the same without your loyalty, bravery, and sacrifices! God Bless You & Keep You Always!!! ❤️

"Veterans Day occurs on Nov. 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to Nov. 11, due to the important historical significance of the date. Veterans Day commemorates veterans of all wars."

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices."
-Harry S. Truman

Graphic Illustration by Lance Cpl. Sean Potter



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

True Story...

The Holiday Season...my favorite time of year.
Gotta get in as much Christmas music as I can. Haha. Who's with me? ⛄❄

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Shopping Simplified @ Lands' End - Friends and Family Event - Save 40% Off Your Entire Order - Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

Lands' End is offering 40% Off Your Entire Order and Free Shipping on Orders of $75+
with code: FAMILY40 pin: 1234, until 11.6.19 ๐Ÿ˜Š

There are so many things I love about Lands' End ... I can shop for my entire family there, they offer classic styles that last for many years to come, and the merchandise quality is always 100% guaranteed. They have really stepped up their game style-wise over the past several years, and I have found many things to love and purchase. Give them a try if you haven't already...
don't like it, just send it back with no questions asked. You can also return in-store for free.

Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

Medium Print Canvas Zipper Pouch -
This would be a great Christmas gift, plus you can have it monogrammed.
Needlepoint Personalized Christmas Stocking -
I bought these for my boys several years ago, and personalized each one. The stockings are excellent quality, and much better in person than the online pic shows.
This is a great deal, and the Holiday Season is just around the corner, afterall.
Classic Christmas Stocking Holder -
I also bought these to go with the stockings, and had them personalized, as well.

What are your thoughts on this promo for extra savings at Lands' End?
Are you planning to shop? What are you loving? Do tell! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Shopping Simplified @ Boden - 25% Off Full Price Items + Free Shipping & Returns - Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

Boden is offering shoppers an additional 25% off Full Price Items until Thursday, October 31st...
plus shipping & returns are FREE on orders of $49+.
Use Code E4Y9 At Checkout.

For those of you who may not be all that familiar with Boden, their vision is summed up by this statement from the website...

"We’re all about British fashion that’s the enemy of ordinary. Unmatched quality. Incredible service. That’s what we do best. You’ll find exclusive prints, premium fabrics, effortless cuts and surprising details for the whole family. And it’ll be those things that keep you coming back demanding more, more, MORE."

Personally, I always find plenty to love at Boden, and have been able to pick up a few things over the past couple of years on sale...which always makes shopping even better!
This sale with 25% off plus free shipping & returns on $49+ is one of the best that Boden tends to offer, so if you've been thinking about picking something up, or possibly even giving them a try for the first time, this is an excellent opportunity to shop.

Take a peek at what I'm loving...



Are you planning on taking advantage of the Boden 25% Off Promotion? Have you placed an order already? Is there any item or items you would recommend? Do tell!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

From the Archives... Jackie Kennedy Circa 1968

An early proponent of Minimalist style, Jackie wears a Valentino beige wool coat & signature shades during a visit to Paris circa 1968. Once again, here is proof in a photo of her classic, impeccable sense of style, and natural grace that transcend time.
In fact, this look can be recreated for 2019...

Shop It.

Coat: here & here
Turtleneck: here & here
Shades: here & here
Earrings: here & here
Handbag: here & here
Gloves: here & here

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Shop It: The Real Deal or The Real Steal...

Shop the Look for Less.

The Real Deal - J.Crew Garment-Dyed Corduroy Jacket in Gold Brandy



The Real Steal - Universal Thread™ Corduroy Jean Jacket in Gold



I know. The color on The Real Steal jacket is a little lighter than The Real Deal, but odds are very good that the colors are more similar in person, AND with a savings of $118...
I consider it a viable alternative. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Shopping Simplified @ Madewell - Insider Exclusive Sneak Peek of The Winter Collection - What I'm Loving...

Madewell sent out an email to their Insider Members with a link to sneak peek their
upcoming Winter Collection. ⛄❄ This is my absolute favorite time of year, so needless to say, I was more than thrilled to get a peek at what they have in store for us this coming winter season. ๐Ÿ˜Š

What I'm Loving...๐Ÿ’•


Shop It.




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Shop It.


Click here to see the rest of the looks from the Madewell Insider Sneak Peek. Not yet an Insider? You can see all the perks, and get yourself signed up here. ๐Ÿ˜Š

What are your thoughts on the Winter Collection? Anything catch your eye?
Do you plan to add any of the pieces to your wishlist? Do tell! ๐Ÿ’•

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Cooking Simplified: Sweet Potato Casserole

The Holiday season is just around the corner...can you believe it? Where has the year gone?
It seems to me that the older I get, the more quickly time is passing by, and here we are,
so close to yet another Holiday season. In all honesty though, this is my favorite time of year, so I'm actually really looking quite forward to it...as always. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Now, one of my absolute favorite things about the Holiday Season is all the delicious food associated with this time of year. I am once again looking for new dishes to prepare for family and friends, as I'm sure many of you do, as well. That is why I am sharing a recipe that I have posted each year since 2010...one that is so incredibly delicious that I am posting it again this year!

The recipe comes from the kitchen of my sister's mother-in-law, and is a different take on
Sweet Potato Casserole that is absolutely decadent...sort of more like a dessert, you could say.
My boys absolutely LOVE this dish, and needless to say are thrilled that we will be having it with our holiday celebrations again this year. I am sharing it with you all in case you are looking for something new to make this Holiday season, too.


Ingredients:

2 Cups Mashed Sweet Potatoes
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs Beaten
3/4 Stick Butter
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Juice from the Sweet Potatoes
1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and boil the sweet potatoes, saving the needed juice before draining, then mash. (Two or three large ones should yield 2 cups). Mix all ingredients together, pour into a medium-size casserole dish, and bake for 20 minutes.

Topping Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Crushed Corn Flakes
1/2 Cup Crushed Pecans
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Stick Melted Butter

Mix the ingredients together, spread over the baked casserole, and place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.



This recipe can easily be doubled (or tripled as I have on occasion since it's one of my family's favorites). I even put part of the leftover casserole into a graham cracker pie crust and served it cold with cool whip as dessert on the weekend.


Incredibly decadent and delicious...your family & friends will love it! ๐Ÿ’•



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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Love This...

Understated. Effortless. Casual Chic.

Shop It.

The Sky's the Limit:

On a Budget:


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cooking Simplified: Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful weekend so far!
Today I am sharing the recipe for a dish that I make on a fairly regular basis...
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff.


This dish contains only a handful of ingredients, is super easy to make, and tastes absolutely delicious! Serve it up with some corn or broccoli and garlic bread on the side, and you have a delicious meal that the entire family is sure to love! ๐Ÿ’•

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs. stew meat, or round steak, cubed
2 cans condensed golden mushroom soup
1 8oz. package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 8oz. package cream cheese
1 16oz. package egg noodles
1 tbsp. cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Sautรฉ the beef cubes in the hot oil until browned.
Transfer the meat to the slow cooker and top with the soup and mushrooms.
Cook on high setting for 2 hours. Stir in the cream cheese during the last 30 minutes.
Cook the egg noodles according to package directions.
Serve the meat over the noodles.
Add salt & pepper to taste.

That's it...simple cooking, and oh so delicious!
Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a try! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thursday, October 3, 2019

From the Archives... Jackie Kennedy Circa 1962

Jackie Kennedy looking beautiful and chic (as always) in her Leopard Coat designed by Oleg Cassini.
Did you know that it became one of the most coveted and
copied styles of the 1960's after she wore it?




Once again, here is photographic proof of her classic, impeccable sense of style,
and natural grace that transcend time.
In fact, the leopard coat continues to be a constant design staple year after year by most designers.

Take a peek...

Be Blumarine Leopard Print Coat
I.AM.GIA Stefani Coat
Velvet by Graham & Spencer Chrissie Leopard Faux Fur Coat
New York & Company Leopard-Print Faux-Fur Coat
Vince Camuto Faux-Fur Coat
LOST + WANDER Encanto Coat

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Anthropologie Looks We Love - Shop It...

I love everything about this look...
from the cape, to the boots, to the turtleneck, it's definitely something I would wear for fall. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚
Not to mention, that each item in the outfit could easily be mixed and matched with other items already in your wardrobe. It's like buying multiple looks to love for the price of one. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Monday, September 30, 2019

Boden - Behind the Seams...Tweed with a Twist

Let's talk Tweed. I personally love it. How about you?
J.Crew used to offer really excellent quality classic tweed jackets and coats, of which I still have a few. Unfortunately, it seems those days are gone, and while we hope for their return, we at least have another great option to shop for classics with a twist...including tweed, and that is at Boden.
There is a really interesting feature on their website right now called 'Behind the Seams', which shares the history and inspiration behind Johnnie Boden's 'Tweed with a Twist'.


From the Boden website...

"Tweed-obsessive Johnnie Boden had a brainwave. ‘I’ll buy a tweed archive,’ he thought. ‘It will inspire all of our designs. I’LL DRESS THE WHOLE WORLD AND ITS DOG IN TWEED!’ He got (nearly) all of his wishes when he purchased a huge archive of fabric from the historic Hunters of Brora™ – whose fans include royalty (well, if it’s good enough for HRH…).
The archive now serves as inspiration for every piece of tweed clothing we make.
This is a story of British heritage, London-based designers and historic fabric mills.

The archive is our starting point. We might be leafing through, find a swatch of tweed and think, “that would look great in bright pink” or “let’s take the blue from this one and put it into an amazing check,”’ says Helen Webb-Carter, our fabric-sourcing expert. Her team, alongside our talented in-house designers, figure out which styles would look best in which tweeds.

They work with British mills, including Abraham Moon & Sons (one of the last remaining woollen mills in the country that manage the entire process from raw material to finished product), to give our archive tweeds that famous Boden twist. We’re proud of our British heritage, so working with British suppliers like Moon’s makes us warmer and fuzzier than the wool in our clothes."



"Helen and her team then head to the land of tea and tweed (AKA Yorkshire) to visit the mill, armed with their chosen tweeds and designs in an array of joy-inducing colours
(our favourites being sunshine yellow and post-box red).
This is where the fabric goes from average Joe to above-average Johnnie and really comes to life."



Tweed: not just for librarians and undercover superheroes

"We focus on unexpected trims, modern shapes, and always design cuts that
fit and flatter like no other,’ Helen says. This meticulous attention to detail is why we love Helen –
she’s a perfectionist, like us.

‘There’s a real artisanal element to tweed,’ she says. ‘It’s built to last, to be a wardrobe staple that’s worn for years and years then handed down.’
If only Boden tweed could talk…"



Tradition with a twist – our tweed is one-of-a-kind

"By blending British heritage and modern details, we end up with designs that you won’t see anywhere else. They’re totally unique which means that when you buy Boden tweed, you’re buying a little part of our history."

Love, love, love this Boden history lesson! So interesting to find out the details and thought processes behind their fabulous 'Tweed with a Twist'.

Take a peek at the Boden tweed I'm loving...


Btw, there is also a video to watch that gives a visual and even more insight 'Behind the Seams'.
Check it out here. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sunday, September 29, 2019

By Request - Shop the Look...

Shop It.

Coat Options:
One, Two, Three, and Four

Turtleneck Options:
Denim Options:
One, Two, Three, and Four

Belt Options:
One, Two, Three, and Four

Sunglasses Options:
One, Two, Three, and Four

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Baking Simplified: Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful weekend so far! ๐Ÿ˜Š
Today I'm sharing a Pumpkin Spice Muffin recipe that is so easy peasy to make!
It only takes TWO ingredients! That's right...only two, and the muffins are incredibly moist and oh so delish! You may just want to eat more than one!


Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Ingredients:


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease your muffin pan
3. Mix the cake mix and pumpkin together in a bowl
4. Spoon the batter into the pan
5. Bake according to the directions for muffins on the box (usually 15 minutes or so)

That's it. I kid you not.
They are INCREDIBLY EASY to make, and will disappear as quick as lightning...
especially if you have kiddos around! Do let me know what you think if you give them a try! ๐Ÿ’•