Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekend Review!

Happy Monday, y'all!!

I hope y'all have had a wonderful weekend--I definitely have!  I had planned on doing my usual Friday Favorites post last week, but I had a good excuse for missing it... older sister flew in!  Thursday night we went to my younger sister's house to all hang out and I didn't get home until late Thursday night, so there wasn't any time left to blog.  Family comes first :)  Stefanie now lives in Colorado so I don't get to see her very often, and always love when I do.

Saturday morning I ran, had a fun photo shoot with my sister (coming to the blog Wednesday!!), and then got ready for the Alabama / Tennessee game.

 This guy was ready, too ha!  I got home from Rachel's and walked in to see him at the bar like this.  Notice his glass--it's from a past UA football game.

We beat Tennessee AGAIN--even though the first half wasn't that fun to watch, the second half was much better!

 After the football game, we left to go celebrate my birthday!!!!  My birthday is later this week, but the celebration started Saturday night with dinner at Bonefish Grill.  This was mine and Dustin's celebration together, and we had lots of fun.  Why?  We ended the night at Sephora where I got new eye cream and lots of samples that I can't wait to try out!

sweater | leggings similar flats (same brand)

I wore this outfit and it was a perfect date night look!  Super comfortable, but also stylish!

Sunday Dustin and I went to church and I really wish I would have taken a picture of my dress.  It's reversible (didn't know that until the sales lady told me in the dressing room!) and makes me feel super skinny.  

After eating lunch at home, we turned off our AC unit and got the pilot light back on for our fireplace because it's going to be much cooler next week!!  I watched a Hallmark movie and then we went back to church that night and ended the night watching Youtube videos romantic, right? 😜

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Life Lately

I've got some random pictures comin' at ya today for a little life lately post!

 My sister and I share a birthday month, and her birthday is on the 10th.  Since that was part of our fall break from school, Mom and I were able to meet my sister for lunch at mine and Rachel's favorite place to eat.....PANERA!!  Dustin and my dad make fun of how much Rachel and I love/can eat Panera Bread.  It's SO good.  And I love now that it's fall and they have the autumn squash soup.  I'm hungry just thinking about it!

 Later that night was Rachel's birthday dinner at her house.  Thanks Dad for giving us bunny ears at the ages of 26 and 29 😐

 I got to spend some time with Rachel last week, and as you can tell, she was really into the conversation we were having....

 ...Dustin, too.  We were trying to watch a TV documentary together.

And since fall has finally hit the South, I broke out my fall clothes for this week!
 sweater | leggings | scarf | similar flats (same brand)

 Isn't the back of this so cute?!  I may wear this sweater again Saturday night when Dustin and I go out to eat--I love it that much.  And I loved the price too!  And if you haven't bought these leggings yet, do it now.  I'm so glad I bought them during the NSale because I know I will wear them a ton during the colder weather.  Plus I've gotten so many compliments on them!

 sweater | old GAP leggings | necklace | similar mules

The back of this sweater is really cute too!  I've posted about this sweater before, but it really is a thinner sweater--so perfect for the fall.

ANNNNNDDD every once in a while I get this crazy idea that I want to cut my hair short again.  And every time I think about this, I always come back to this image...

I know it sounds obsessive but I probably think about cutting my hair at least 3 times a week.  I always talk myself out of it, though, because ever since I had surgery back in December, my hair basically grows at snail speed.  And I have really really thick hair.  But you never know, you may see a picture of me this year with a much shorter hair cut if I pull the trigger!
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Outfits on IG

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I cannot believe it's already Monday.  Last week was such a crazy week--Monday and Tuesday was our fall break, I went to work on Wednesday, and then I had a procedure on Thursday, so I was out of commission since then.  This is basically all I did.... Hallmark and nap 😂

Since I haven't been feeling the best, today's post is just a few things I've seen over the weekend on IG.  (And to everyone who commented on Wednesday's post--I will be replying back to those emails sometime today!  I'm so behind on blog reading, too--I've read ZERO blogs since Thursday!)

 This is the only outfit I didn't come across on IG this weekend, but this Rachel Parcell dress is to die for.  I should have ordered it when it first came out because it's now sold out in my size.  I love the silhouette and floral print.

 I've seen lots of bloggers wear camo but I've always thought that I would look super redneck if I tried pulling it off.  BUT this outfit is different!  I love the gold ankle zipper detail on the pants, and how she paired it with the off white sweater.  These are both on sale!

 I pretty much love everything Loverly Grey wears and this sweater and shirt combo is no exception.

I've seen a few bloggers wearing this dress, and I love how this blogger paired it with tall boots and a dark scarf.  This dress comes in multiple colors and it also comes sleeveless for the summer--the sleeves are my favorite.

Have you seen any fall outfits on IG that you'd like to recreate?

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sense of Sarah: Guilty Pleasures

We all have those "guilty pleasures" where we take time for ourselves to do something that we specifically enjoy.  Sometimes we enjoy doing these things alone (hello, alone time = the best) or we do them with a friend or significant other.  I have LOTS of guilty pleasures because I enjoy doing lots of things!  I left a few things off, like watching the Kardashians, but this is a pretty comprehensive list of who I am 😜

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1. Making holiday-themed sweets
 My best friend and I started making holiday-themed sweets when we lived together in college and we've kept it up since college.  It'll probably be pretty hard this year since she's just moved 3 hours away 😩, but this is something I always look forward to!  When we lived together in college, we didn't get super creative like we do now.  I remember one year making chocolate dipped pretzels for the people who cleaned our dorm building.  A couple of years ago we made reindeer out of marshmallows and pretzels and it literally took us HOURS.

2. Monogramming....everything
 I've calmed down a little on my in, my towels aren't monogrammed anymore now that I have to share them with Dustin.  BUT when we were dating, I even got him on the monogramming train and ordered him a monogrammed lunchbox for him to take to work.  Please note, he doesn't style his hair like that, it was from sweat and working outside in the field that day 😂

3. Eating cookie cake
 I'm pretty particular about my cookie cake, too--it better be from the Great American Cookie Company.  I'm obsessed with cookie cake and you better limit what I have in front of me because I'll eat it until I become sick.  After Dustin proposed to me, he took me back to my mom's house to a surprise engagement party where he also surprised me with cookie cake--he was definitely trying to impress me haha!

4. Shopping
 I love fashion; I love clothes; I love putting together outfits.  I love it all.  Shopping is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine, and actually, I enjoy shopping alone sometimes more that I enjoy it with people because I'm always afraid that whoever is with me is bored and then I feel pressured.  Just me?!

5. Eating sweets
 I really have to practice self control around sweets.  Stick me in a room with a ton of bags of chips--I won't be tempted.  Stick me in a room with lots of sweets??  Buy me bigger pants.  It's a problem 🙈

 I have loved reading probably for my entire life.  It's my favorite thing to do and if I'm really into a book, I can sit and read for hours without realizing it.  I'm also a super fast reader so it doesn't take me long to read something at all.  I'll never forget the first time I really became obsessed with reading something.  I was in the 3rd grade and decided I wanted to read everything about Eleanor Roosevelt (why?!?).  I read all of the books about her in my elementary school library, and then my mom took me to the public library and I read all of the books about her there--aka I was reading adult biography books as a 3rd grader.  Basically I have an addictive personality (thanks Mom) and once I find something I like, I become obsessed--like with Eleanor Roosevelt 😂😂😂

7. Blonde hair
 Surprise, surprise, blonde hair isn't my real hair color!  It's actually a dark brown.  But I love how I look with blonde hair so much more than with dark brown so blonde hair is definitely and guilty (and expensive) pleasure.

8. CHRISTMAS!!!!  (and coffee)
 Christmas decorating starts for me on Veteran's Day and along with that comes Christmas music and movies and all the Christmas things.  I love this holiday so much and may even sporadically listen to Christmas music throughout the year ha!  

Coffee is also a guilty pleasure!  I didn't start drinking coffee until I was 27 when I had my very first pumpkin spice latte.  I still can't drink black coffee but I've definitely dialed down the sugar in my coffee a lot since then!  

9. Summer Snow
 For those of you who have never been blessed with Summer Snow, it's a shaved ice place in Tuscaloosa, AL.  It's basically heaven in a cup because it does not taste like shaved ice--the consistency is so different.  I was introduced to SS my freshman year just a few days after I moved in my dorm after hearing some girls talk about it on the elevator.  I'm so glad I listened in on their conversation because my life has never been the same 😂  I loved it so much while I was in college that I overdrafted my checking account several times at SS because I still didn't know how to manage money...embarrassing, I know.  Now every time I go to Tuscaloosa and if it's SS season, then I make sure to stop by and buy my favorite flavor--the Jimmy Buffet, which is strawberry flavoring and margarita flavoring.  Yum!

10. Taking pictures of Dustin sleeping
 #wheredustinsleeps is the best hashtag ever on IG (thanks Erica!)  Dustin falls asleep in random spots and taking these pictures of him has become a guilty pleasure since we've gotten married 😂  It's like I try to challenge myself to find him sleeping in weird one time he fell asleep on my shin while I was watching tv.

11. Pizza
I mentioned before that I'm obsessed with sweets, but when it comes to savory is my favorite.  I could eat pizza all day every day if I allowed myself to.  One year in college when my best friend and I were trying to decide what to give up for Lent (picture 2 Southern Baptist girls who really didn't understand the reason behind giving up something for Lent.  We were just trying to join in with our Methodist friend.), I decided to give up pizza because I ate it every day.  Yes, I was that college stereotype.  Now that I try to eat healthier, I don't eat pizza on the reg and just save it for a special occasion.  Pepperoni pizza is my favorite!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Day in the Life! (10.6.17)

I know I say this every time I do a Day in the Life post, but I love them!  I love reading how other people live their daily lives--I find it so interesting.  But I had a hard time remembering to do this day.  I was going to do it on Thursday, October 5th, but I didn't remember until about 10:30 that morning.  So Friday became Plan B....and it didn't go as planned.

My alarm went off at 5:20 and so I'm only 20 minutes late remembering to take a picture 😜

I set my alarm to wake up earlier than I needed to so I could try to read a few blogs before I had to hop in the shower.

I got my coffee ready to brew while I took a shower.  I've been drinking decaf since this summer (😩) so I use the measurer in the regular coffee bag to get mine out.  I will be so ready for drink regular caffeinated coffee again!

Oh, and Dustin left at this time to head to his hunting land to check cameras.

I've been listening to this podcast every morning.  It's full of quick 5-6 minute long biographies of people involved in the Protestant Reformation--this month marks the 500 year anniversary.

Friday is jean day for teachers so you better believe every teacher has on jeans on a Friday.    I actually had to wear these unbuttoned because since we're going through IVF again and Friday was day 6 of stim meds, I was pretty uncomfortable.  Sadly, yoga pants aren't an option.

This is where my plans changed that day.  

I started cramping pretty badly while I was getting ready that morning, and I just kept telling myself I would feel better if I could get to school and sit down.  By the time I got out of my car, the cramping was so bad that I had to walk slowly to my classroom.  It was then that I made the decision that I needed to go home and lay down.  This happened on one of the days during our last round and shortly after that we scheduled my retrieval, so I wanted to rest up and take care of my body because I was no where near ready for retrieval on Friday.  So I reluctantly left school.  If you're a teacher, you know it's much harder to take off than it is to just be there.

I put on my pajamas and laid on the couch all day.

Dustin came home around lunch and immediately checked the sim cards from his game cameras.

My cramping stopped after lunch, but I continued to lay on the couch to make sure my body was resting.  (Sorry this is sideways--I don't know why it flipped)

We had made plans to go to the movies that night, but because of when the movie started (it was opening night) and when it would have ended conflicted with when we would have to give my shot.  We ended up going to eat at Bonefish Grill--so yum!!!  We shared the bang bang shrimp as an appetizer and I had blackened cod fish tacos for my meal!

My night was made when we stopped by Edgar's for dessert.  Their strawberry cake is my favorite thing ever!

Dustin working on getting my shot ready--and listening to the broadcast of our high school football game.  #men

We did it!

And I finished the night by laying in bed with the tv on while I read The Identicals.

Friday definitely did not go as planned, but I'm glad I listened to my body.  I took the rest of the weekend easy and laid around a lot--which is not like me at all!  I miss working out and being active, but I know this is for a short time and I'll be back to working out after I recover from the retrieval.  For those of you who are praying for us, we really, really appreciate it and  covet your prayers!  Please continue to pray for us and pray not only that my body continues to do what it's supposed to, but that I also am calm and resting in God's sovereignty throughout this process.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Favorites!!

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Yeah yeah yeah--it's FriYAY!!  

But seriously.  This has been a crazy week at school.  Yesterday was a pep rally at school so the kids were wound up and today is the Friday before our fall break.  All prayers are appreciated for all of the teachers! 😂😂

 I tried this on at Loft last Saturday and I'm soo sad I didn't buy it!  I bought the shirt in my next picture instead (and I had already bought other things so one shirt was it for me), but now I'm regretting my purchase because this would look so cute with my faux leather leggings!

 I got invited to a blogger event in Birmingham last Sunday so you know I had to take blog pictures 😊

 I got to bring someone with me so my friend Hailey came along!  We always have way too much fun together.  Hailey is also my teaching partner at school (we also graduated high school together) and she probably didn't realize what she signed up for when she got hired to teach with me.  This week she's already given me a shot in my belly and put eye drops in my eye.  #realfriendsrightthere

 Birmingham is trying to get Amazon to build there so they've put these boxes all around Birmingham.  This was really fun to run in to!

 1. I love Loverly Grey  2. I wish my hair could be just like hers   3. I saw this top and thought it looked just like me BUT I didn't order it 😞

 ...because it's my birthday month!!!!  I cannot believe I turn THIRTY this month 😩

 sweater | jeans | booties | necklace | bag

I shared this look on Wednesday and...

...Kendra Scott liked it!  Now if only they would contact me to do a sponsored post.  A girl can dream, right?!

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