5 Favorites

Friday, August 31, 2018

I had every intention to write a normal Friday Favorites post today, but time got away from me and I just wasn't feeling it.

Anyway, I did decide to pop on here and share 5 of my favorite songs right now with you to dance your way into this holiday weekend :)

Hope you all have a fun & safe Labor Day Weekend!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Pink Pants

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

If you know me at all, you know I am not a fan of anything pink.
So it might surprise you that I just recently picked up a pair of pink pants from Old Navy.
It sure surprised me!

I should say this....I don't typically like pink, but I have been told numerous times that pink is a color that looks good on me.
At least lighter shades of pink.

So I when I tried on these Sateen pants in a dusty shade of pink a couple weeks ago and loved them, I knew they needed to come home with me.

I paired them with an ivory top I picked up last fall from target and one of my new pairs of booties I snagged in the Nordstrom sale.
My Top is no longer available, but here are a couple of similar options:
Mid-Rise Sateen Rockstar Jeans in Pink Salt - Currently 40% off at checkout!

These pants are so soft!!!
They are technically jeans, but are 100% office appropriate (at least in my office).

What is a color that you aren't fond of wearing, yet gave in for the right item?
Are you an anti-pink person like me or do you rock it every chance you get?

Linking up with The Blended Blog today :)

Have a fashion post to share?
We would love for you to link it up below!

Happy Wednesday!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

What's Up August

It's the last Wednesday of the month and that means it is time to link up with Mel, Shay & Sheaffer for...

What We're Eating This Week...
Monday - Leftovers because we brought home a bunch of food from the weekend at my dad's house
Tuesday - Sloppy Joe's & Tater Tots
Wednesday - Eating at my in-laws house
Thursday - Smoked sausage & spaetzle (I found this bag at Kroger and I'm super excited to make it! We love German food!)
Friday - Out

What I'm Reminiscing About...
Nothing really

What I'm Loving...
That school is back in session because that means we follow a routine.
I love routine!
I operate much better with a does X!
See more of X's first day of school here :)

What We've Been Up To...
We tried to enjoy the last bit of summer vacation as best we could!
X and I joined my dad and nephew at the Cleveland Browns training camp

Mic and I took X to Kalahari (but didn't snap any pics) for some fun on the water slides and the wave pool,

We took in our first pro soccer game

Celebrated my step brother's 40th birthday (it was a joint party with a friend of his)

And I just completed our annual fantasy football draft at my dad's house!

What I'm Dreading...
Not so much dreading as scared.
We are going zip lining for a friend's birthday in a couple of weeks and I am terrified of heights!
Mic and I went years ago to a much smaller course and I was so nervous!
This one is supposed to be about 2 1/2 hours long, has some seriously high lines and rapels, and all around scary stuff!

This is a direct quote from the Tree Frog Canopy Tour website...

"This is for the thrill seekers, the adrenaline junkies, and the people who were meant to push past city limits. We're calling those who sit at their desks and daydream about discovering themselves. The people who thrive on living outside of their comfort zone."


What I'm Working On...
I know I said I love routine, but getting back into the groove of going to the office each day has been a chore.
Early wake up times.
Having to actually get dressed, do my hair, etc.
That work from home gig this summer was pretty nice :)

What I'm Excited About...
I scored some awesome seats for the Carrie Underwood concert in Cleveland next year.
I absolutely love live music (I get it from my dad) and I couldn't pass up the chance to see Carrie in concert.
Isn't it crazy how far in advance they go on sale?
I seriously placed my order on August 13th and the concert isn't until October 16, 2019!!!!

What I'm Watching/Reading...
I haven't watched much TV this summer, but I have gotten into Hard Knocks on HBO (it's about my Cleveland Browns) 

and All The Way Up with Baker Mayfield.

What I'm Listening To...
Lots of country, with a little bit of classic rock and 90's hip hop thrown in there to balance things out ;)

What I'm Wearing...
All the business casual work clothes and I am not too thrilled about it :(
Can I please go back to working from home for a few more weeks?
At least until the Fall weather arrives :)
I did wear this dress last week and share a few other Chambray picks here.

What I'm Doing This Weekend...
I am hoping to get Mic and X to attend Lexington's first home game of the season on Friday night!
I love all football, but high school football is pretty high up there!
I miss cheering on my team under the lights!
So the next best thing for me is attending a game on Friday night and cheering on our local team!
And that guy above is ranked 4th in the state!
I have to go watch him play before he heads off to Ohio State next year!

The rest of the weekend....probably nothing :/
Labor day weekend is always lack luster for us typically.
Most of our family goes on vacation so we usually just chill at home.

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...
September is crazy busy!
I mentioned above we are going zip lining with friends for a 40th birthday celebration,
Fall soccer games begin for X,

We are heading to Louisville to see Maroon 5 with some friends,

College football begins,

And NFL regular season starts!

It is going to be a great month!

What Else Is New...
Still trying to get this whole health thing figured out.
I think my next step is trying to go gluten free.
So please send me all your gluten free recipes you love or products you can't live without! TIA!

And my 2019 planner arrived earlier this week!
Click here to score $10 off your first purchase!

Bonus Question: What's Your Favorite Back To School Tradition?
I absolutely loved that my mom (and sometimes my brother) would bake me a cake on my first day of school.
I would arrive home to their creation and I always thought it was so cool!
It typically had my name written on it and such in frosting.
I started the same tradition with X, but it is slightly modified.
He isn't a huge fan of cake or cookies, but he loves donuts.
On top of that I work all day, so I don't have any time to get things baked while he is gone.
So I treat him every year on the first day of school to his favorite donuts - typically Apple or sprinkle donuts.
This year I picked up a huge one from Kroger on my way to pick him up and he loved it!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Good Thins

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

I came home the other day to a box from Influenster with a sample of Good Thins chips.

What better time to give them a try than at work when I am dieing on the vine around 2pm?
So I tossed the box in my bag and headed to work.

The first thing you see when you open the box is a coupon for a future purchase.

Then it was onto the chips!
I am not going to lie, I was skeptical because I am not a sweet potato fan at all!

 The sample bag was surprisingly a decent size.
So I pulled out a chip and decided to give it a try.

These are so yummy!
I can't believe it!
I have tried other sweet potato chips and immediately was done.
These were really good!
I would have never picked these out myself, but I will be using that coupon included for sure.

Here's the goods on these chips...
90 calories per pack
0g Saturated Fat
135mg Sodium
3g Total Sugars
No Artificial Colors
No Artificial Flavors
No Cholesterol
No partially Hydrogenated Oils
No High Fructose Corn Syrup

Have you tried any of the Good Thins Chips?
They come in a variety of styles and flavors.
They offer Potato, Rice, Chickpea & Oat.
Flavors include Sweet Potato, Garlic & Herb, and Sea Salt to name a few.

Thank you to Influenster for sending me this delicious sample!

**I received this product free from Influenster to test. All opinions and photos are my own.**

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Friday Loves

Friday, August 24, 2018

We made it!
Friday is here and we are almost through our first whole week of school and back to the office.
Hopefully this weekend treats us right and next week will be just as good!

Let's jump into my favorites from the week!

I shared some pictures from X's first day of school on Monday.

He absolutely loved it!
 He really likes his new teacher, and is quickly making new friends in his class.
He came home that day and told me two very important things ;)

1. His favorite thing about the day was learning!!!

2. Sofia (the girl he "agreed" he would marry when he gets older since he can't marry mommy and daddy) has some competition! lol!

He said he may have to marry Lucy instead but she can read and write really well.
Oh my goodness!
At least he is picking out some good qualities! lol!

And now for a little bit of comparison for you...

Look how big he is!
Some things don't change though...
His favorite color still is red, and he still wants to be just like daddy :)

And just when you think they have grown up so much, you see this when you walk your kiddo into class...
 X is the pencil drawing at the top of the scared column :(
And that my friends reminds you that he is only 6 years old.

Moving on....I shared my love for all things Chambray this week.
This dress was a TJ Maxx find, but I did share some similar options with you in that post :)
Click on the link above to check them out!

I have been playing these songs over and over this week while I am working at my desk!

And X absolutely loves this one!

So much good stuff on Instagram this week!

I think I need to order that Pumpkin Lady mug!

 And when I saw this post from Baker Mayfield that was a spoof from The Hangover I couldn't stop laughing!

 Even better...these underwear are for real!

This shirt = so me! 

 And last but certainly not new blog design!
I finally settled on something I felt really was me.
And was able to work out all the kinks pretty easily :)
Let me know what you think!

Linking up with The Blended Blog, Momfessionals, A Little Bit of Everything & Grace and Love Blog.

Looking for blog inspiration?
Here is what TBB has in store for you for the month of September on Mondays and Wednesdays!
We would love for you to join us!

I hope you all have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by :)

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Chambray Love

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

No matter how hard I try to wish Fall here, it is still summer :(
And that means the sweaters and boots have to wait just a little bit longer.
However, that also means that I can wear all the chambray things!

I picked up these pants from Old Navy in the Spring and they can easily be dressed up or down, and even better they are super comfy!

Chambray Pants available only is size Large right now for $25

And then I added these shorts and I wear them all the time (yet don't have a single picture of me wearing them #bloggerfail).
Chambray shorts currently available in all sizes and on sale for $20

And when I spotted this dress TJ Maxx earlier this summer I knew I needed to add it to my closet!
Perfect for just about any occasion!
Sorry for the wrinkles (the one disadvantage of chambray) but I had been sitting at work most of the day when I realized I needed to snap a picture of it :/

Since my dress isn't available I thought I would share a few other chambray dress options with you.

And currently Old Navy is giving an extra 10% off all the items shown above with code STYLE.
Happy Shopping!

What items are you wearing out of your closet right now while we wait for the temps to drop?
What are you looking forward to rockin' this Fall?

Head to The Blended Blog and link up your style post today :)

XOXO ~ Vanessa

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