Monday, November 20, 2017

This past weekend was just what the Dr. ordered after having a busy few weekends in Orlando. Friday night, we went to a steak cookout hosted by one of Stephen's co-workers as a thank you for their hard work. They won two engineering awards for their design!

Since the dinner was in the town we first lived in, we swung by our old apartment to check it out. Didn't look like much has changed but of course, we had to get a selfie in front of our first apartment ;) We couldn't believe we've been out of there for 2 years - feels like forever ago and like yesterday all at the same time.

Saturday, we slept in and then I headed out to my friend's mom's house for a fall brunch/tea. It was so much fun getting to meet her mom and hang out with my friends and the food was amazing! Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take pictures. After brunch, we loaded up and headed over to see the Junior League's festival of trees. It was neat seeing the different trees and I was able to get some decorating ideas for my trees :)

Afterwards, I came home and worked on a few embroidery projects while Stephen was helping a friend move some furniture. Once he got home and we ate dinner, we headed over to the mall to try on clothes at Old Navy to scope out for black Friday. I really can't believe I didn't find too many things at Old Navy this year but I plan on snagging these pants, this vest, this purse & this dress for Stephen's company Christmas party. 

Sunday, we went to church then braved the grocery store to get all of our Thanksgiving ingredients. Thankfully, it wasn't too bad and I'm so glad I have everything ready to prep on Wednesday. After lunch, I gave Stephen a hair cut then did things around the house - ironed, cleaned, embroidered... how fun lol. 

I also wanted to share really quick - my friend is making these adorable bibs and I just love the fabric. The back side is lined with a really soft, light grey fabric which is perfect for Christmas time (especially if you have a drooler ;)). Anyways, the bib is $10 and you can do an option to add a monogram for $8. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week of Thanksgiving!! Only a few more working days and I'm free ;) Linking up with Biana.

Five on Friday

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thank you to everyone who entered into the phone case giveaway last week from CaseApp! Our winner was Shelby McCully - Shelby, I've emailed you to provide you your gift.

If you'd still like to get your own custom phone case (great Christmas gift ;)), you can use code ASHLEYY20 at checkout for 20% off your purchase at CaseApp.

So how about Thanksgiving is next week!? I seriously can't believe it - I'm compiling all of my recipes, grocery lists and working on a timeline for cooking the day of. One of the things I started thinking about this week was what I was going to wear. It's difficult in Florida because it's so warm around Thanksgiving and with lots of people in the house, rushing around to get things together and being in a hot kitchen, I didn't want to be sweating all day. 

I've decided on this shirt and this skirt - I think it still looks Thanksgiving-y while being cool and not restricted. If it's cool outside, I'll wear boots but if not, I'll stick to booties. 
Yesterday, we got to do a super fun all employee meeting at work.. at Sea World! We had a meeting the first half of the day and then after lunch, we were split into teams and had to do a scavenger hunt around the park before getting to spend a few hours in the park on our own. We had so much fun and the scavenger hunt was a blast! The park wasn't crowded at all so it was nice being able to walk on rides.

We had to run around the park and take pictures in front of certain things for points and then post the pictures in a "passport"

Last weekend, Old Navy had 50% off their outerwear so I snagged this jacket I've had my eye on for Christmas. This jacket is super warm and flattering and for only $30 (when on sale for 50% off), it's a great deal! I wanted to share this because next Friday, the whole store will be 50% off ;)

We are so looking forward to a weekend at home after spending the past few weekends in Orlando. Tonight we have a work party for Stephen, tomorrow one of my friend's is having a fall party and then Sunday we're prepping for Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales! I hope everyone else has a wonderful weekend!

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I feel like Thanksgiving is coming up on us quicker than I'd like... as in it's NEXT WEEK! I'm not really sure how it's possible but I'm sure grateful some co-workers mentioned getting their fresh turkey ordered so I actually remembered to go order one. Goodness, that would've been bad.

This year, Stephen and I are hosting for the first time ever and we're hosting his family. Thankfully, it's just his immediate family and we don't have a kid of our own to worry about this year. I'm aiming to have everything prepped by Wednesday night so I can just pop everything in the oven the day of (we'll see how that works out ;)) and use my BIL's turkey roaster they got 2 years ago for the turkey.

I have ideas of what I want our table to look like and as much as I want our table to look as put together as the pictures show, it's just not going to happen. With a 2 year old in tow, I didn't want to go too crazy with the decorations and keep them fairly kid friendly. On Halloween, I picked up a ton of little pumpkins to put in the middle of the table along with using them as place cards. I'm hoping writing names on them will go as smoothly as I'm imaging in my head ;) I can't wait to put everything together and see how it turns out!

If y'all have any Thanksgiving hosting tips, please send them my way - I'm all ears!! Linking up with Annie

Ultimate 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: Women

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I'm excited to be linking up with some fabulous ladies again this week for our women's Christmas gift guide! This one was a lot easier for me - all of these items I either already have, I want for Christmas this year or I just think they're super cute :)
1. L.L. Bean Boots: This is one item I've always wanted but since we live in Florida, doesn't make sense to buy. You better believe if I ever live in an area where it snows, you better believe I'll be buying a pair! They're so classic and adorable

2. Kate Spade Wallet: I actually got this wallet a few years ago for Christmas and it still looks brand new! And to make things even better, the outlet stores usually have amazing sales during black Friday weekend. 

3. Longchamp Le Pliage Tote: Stephen got this for me 5 or 6 years ago and it's still going strong! Seriously, I'm so glad I got this purse - it has held up so well and I've never heard anyone say anything negative about Longchamps.

4. Kate Spade Crossbody: This is the most precious crossbody. So classic and feminine - I love the light blue color for a pop of fun

5. Hunter Boot Socks: Since Hunter Boots aren't very well insulated, you need a good paid of warm socks and I've heard great things about their socks. I also love how they go on top of the boot and still have the cute tag.

6. Hunter Boots: I got these Hunter Boots in hunter green 2 years ago and I absolutely love them. I wish I could wear them more often but they're so adorable and versatile. I love the green color because it matches perfectly with blues, blacks and browns without being too in your face.

7. Ginger Jars: I absolutely love the look of ginger jars and have questioned multiple times why I didn't do a blue and white scheme in our house... Fortunately, our master bed room has a blue and white look to it so I'm thinking I need to add some ginger jars to my lonely 1 jar that I already have. Love this one and this one.

8. Old Navy Cardigan: I got this cardigan on sale at the end of summer and love it. The fit is amazing and so flattering - I was so upset when I washed it per the directions and it shrank. Thankfully, they replaced it so I only handwash it now to ensure it won't shrink because I love it so much. Don't forget everything will be 50% off at Old Navy on black Friday ;)

9. Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat: I really need to wash my makeup brushes more and this looks like just the tool! I've seen the Sigma mats which can be upwards of $30 easily and with this one under $10, it's the perfect stocking stuffer! 

10. Jack Rogers: I received my first pair of Jacks for Christmas about 6 years ago and they are the best sandals I've owned. Even though you might not be able to wear the sandals for a few months because of cold weather, they're worth it. Oh, and be warned that they do have a break in period but once they're broken in, you're good to go and you'll never want to get rid of them.

11. Monogram Necklace: I've got this on my list this year - I love how delicate the necklace is and I can never pass down a good monogram ;) I'm still trying to figure out if I want the Nordstrom one or the Bauble Bar one - definitely let me know if you have an opinion on that!

12. Portable Waterproof Speaker: Stephen got me this speaker last year for my birthday and I love it! It's small, yet has amazing sound quality and won't break the bank. I use it every morning while I get ready which totally beats the phone speaker.

13. Old Navy Vest: I love Old Navy vests, especially with an adorable monogram. I also happen to know someone who can monogram your vests ;) 

Weekending with Siena

Monday, November 13, 2017

We had such a fun weekend babysitting our niece overnight for the first time and I have to say, it was a great success! Before I get into things, I wanted to thank everyone who entered into my giveaway on Friday and let you know that if you still haven't entered, you have time! You can enter here.

Friday evening, we kept things low-key - I embroidered after work and then we watched The House which ended up not being very good at all.

Saturday, we were up early so we could pick our niece up and head to Animal Kingdom for the morning! We had a great time and saw lots of animals - her favorite ride was the safari. It was crazy crowded which kind of sucked so Stephen and I skipped lunch. Once Siena was done with her lunch, we stopped by the gift shop and let her pick out a stuffed animal - it was the cutest thing because she kept saying baby and picking up all of the baby stuffed animals her arms could carry. Thankfully, we agreed on a baby Elsa doll and headed back home for a much needed nap.

Ignore her stank face lol The sun was right in her eyes

Little mama's got her hands full

Loving on her babies

After Siena's nap (and our naps ;)) we headed to the park before the sun set, stopped by Old Navy to pick up a few things from their sale, had dinner, splashed around in the bath and finished up the night with Lady and the Tramp.

She was walking her baby around - her obsession with babies is the cutest thing ever!

Sunday, we were up bright and early so we made use of the open field and playground that was empty. She wanted to ride her scooter over to the park and it was the cutest thing ever. The rest of the day we played, had lunch and Siena took a great nap for us before mom and dad came home! 

Once we were relieved of our baby duties, we raced home to get our chores done and I did an embroidery order. It was such a fun weekend and we absolutely loved the one-on-one time with Siena but boy are we tired! Y'all, I am literally sore everywhere... like so pathetic lol I don't know how you mama's do it! Thankfully, Siena was an angel and did so well :)

I hope everyone else had a great weekend as well! Linking up with Biana

Five on Friday + A Giveaway

Friday, November 10, 2017

I'm so excited because we had such a fun time at our #BasicFallParty that we decided to do a #BasicChristmasParty!! This time, we will be getting hot chocolate, driving around to see the local park Christmas light display, decorating sugar cookies and playing Christmas themed games!

Along the lines of a Christmas party, our newlywed group is having an ugly Christmas sweater party! I'm going to sound like such a loser but I've never gotten to go to an ugly Christmas sweater party and can't wait! I'm on the hunt for the perfect outfit now ;)

                   Sweater                                               Sweater Dress 

I saw this hysterical Taylor Swift parody about Joanna Gaines and had to share it!

We are extra excited because we get to babysit our niece overnight for the first time :) Stephen and I are pretty pumped and have some fun things planned - let's hope on Monday I'll be telling y'all it was smooth sailing ;)

I am so excited to share with y'all a super fun giveaway! I have teamed up with CaseApp for another fun collaboration and this time, instead of doing a custom phone case, I picked cases they already had designed. I've been dying to get a palm print phone case and they literally had the perfect palm print! I was so excited when I saw it - I love the way it looks on my phone and I've already gotten tons of compliments on it.

I also tried a new case this year with getting the extra tough case in the super adorable and trendy marble print. I was very impressed with how this case turned out - beyond the marble being absolutely gorgeous, the tough case didn't add bulk or weight at all which always worries me when you go for extra protection in a phone case.

With CaseApp, you can design your own phone case or chose from hundreds of already designed phone cases or laptop skins. I was so impressed with the pre-made designs and the quality of the two cases I received that I might stick with the adorable pre-made designs from here on out. CaseApp has graciously agreed to give away a custom phone case to one of my readers - be sure to enter below, the giveaway will run until Thursday 11/16 and the winner will be announced next Friday.