November 2016 Reads

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This post is coming at you early Wednesday morning after spending the majority of the night listening to tornado warnings in my area......which means I'm tired!  Please keep north Alabama in your prayers.  There were many tornadoes in the middle of the night and a some fatalities.  

Today's post will be short and sweet because I only read one book in the month of November, and the rest of my time was spent watching Hallmark Christmas movies ;)

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

This book wasn't my favorite (over 500 pages!!), but I'm glad I can say that I've read it.  It was told mainly from the point of view of Werner, a young German boy who ends up joining the Nazi regime, and Marie-Laure, a blind French girl.  I knew their paths would cross at some point in the book, and I think that's what kept me reading.  One thing I really did enjoy about this book was the ending.  Doerr wrapped up everything, and his ending made me wonder what it was like to live in Europe after the horrors of Hitler--what was it like to live 20-30 years after and to be a Jew interacting with a former Nazi.  Very interesting.  I would recommend this book if you really enjoy historical fiction!

When Your Sister is a Photographer...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The most wonderful thing happened over Thanksgiving sister got a new camera and has picked up photography as a hobby!  

Why is that so wonderful?  FREE PICTURES!  Woohoo!

I happily agreed to being her model forever and can't wait to let her practice taking some fashion shots for me.  We'll see how that goes on my end...haha!  #notafashionbloggerbutwannabe

I'm attaching just a few pictures my sister took over the break just to show how great they are!  If you are in the north Alabama area, shoot me an email if you want her info!

Weekend Recap: Thanksgiving Edition!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Monday, sweet friends!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is over?!  My Thanksgiving was wonderful and I sincerely hope yours was too!

I'm fully into the Christmas spirit--music blaring, lights constantly lit, fire going--it's wonderful!  AND I'm so excited that mine and Victoria's Christmas link up starts next Monday!!

 More on this tomorrow, but my sister started a photography business on the side and I was more than happy to let her play around with her new camera.  This was taken at my mom and stepdad's farm.

We enjoyed Thanksgiving night at home watching football and hanging out together :)

 My mom and I went Black Friday shopping again and this has become our yearly tradition.  I try to buy gifts for the majority of our Christmas list and my mom buys for herself haha!  Belk was our 3rd stop at 6:30 in the morning and we got some really great deals there!

And then I didn't take any pictures from the rest of the day....a nap for me, Subway with Dustin, and a trip out to his parents' house that night.  Crazy Friday night, right?!

 Rachel and I went to support a local boutique Saturday morning and received a gift card because we were there so early haha!  Then our mom called us to see what we were doing and she just so happened to be less than a mile away, so she met us at a local coffee shop. I love living in a small town for reasons like that!

 And because I felt so fat from Thanksgiving (because my eating was ridiculous), I had to muster up the courage to go workout.  Since it was so cold out, putting on my Lululemon running tights made working out so much more bearable.  Anyone else feel better working out when you have on cute workout clothes?

The Iron Bowl was at 2:30 Saturday, so I went over to my sister's since Dustin had to work.  
 I brought cheese, turkey, and crackers and Rachel already had out cheese and crackers--great minds think alike!

I left to meet Dustin at home to watch the rest of the 4th quarter together.  Alabama didn't play their best the first half of the game, but a win is still a win!  SEC Championship, here we come!

 I snapped this photo and sent it to Dustin to show him my gorgeous attire for running to get the neighbor's paper to put in her house before I got ready for church (she was out of town).  I don't run the fashion club for nothing, right?! ha!

 Yesterday afternoon I went over to my aunt's house for a girls' Christmas craft day.  I had the best time!  There was food, some shopping, and a cute door hanger craft for us to make.  Listen, I am not artistic in the least bit so I was pretty proud of how mine turned out!  This was my table busy painting our snowman.

 The rest of the girls in my aunt's salon painting their masterpieces!

 My finished product!  Not too shabby for someone who can't draw a circle ;)

Dustin and I went to Cracker Barrel last night when he got home because we are both obsessed with the grilled chicken caesar salad AND it's on the healthy menu!  Then I watched a little bit of The Wizard of Oz before getting ready for bed.  I can watch that movie a million times and it never gets old!

I finished the night doing my quiet time.  The first day of the advent season started yesterday and I look forward to doing an advent study every year.  Some years I've done John Piper's study, but he didn't come out with a new one this year.  Last year was the first year I did the She Reads Truth study and loved it!  This year's study will go through the Old Testament prophets, kings, high priests, and point to how Jesus fulfilled that in the New Testament.  It's not too late to start this study since today is only Day 2--please email me if you have any questions or just want to chat about faith!

Linking up with Biana

What's Up Wednesday--November 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  I'm extra happy this Wednesday because today is my first day for Thanksgiving break!  Maybe one year we'll get out all of Thanksgiving week like surrounding systems :)  A girl can dream, right?!

I'm linking up with Shay today for What's Up Wednesday

What we're eating this week...
Last night I made taco soup for D and I ate a mini breakfast sandwich (anyone else make something for supper and then don't feel like eating it?).
Tonight we're eating grilled chicken strips and veggies.
Wednesday and Thursday we have Thanksgiving with both families.
Friday I'll probably still be full and won't want to eat ha!

What I'm reminiscing about...
Five years ago Friday was mine and Dustin's first date!  It's so crazy to think we started dating 5 years ago and just celebrated 2 years of marriage.  I plan on doing a little something to celebrate Friday night after Dustin gets off work!

What I'm loving...
I absolutely love this holiday season.  This is my favorite time of the year!  I love the memories made during this time of the year.
Thanksgiving 2015

What we've been up to...
Other than finishing decorating for Christmas a few days ago, we haven't really done anything special.

What I'm dreading...
I can't think of anything I am dreading?!  After Thanksgiving break, we have 3 weeks left of school and that includes prepping for semester exams and giving them.  Kids will be a little stir crazy before getting out for Christmas!

What I'm working on...
...planning for mine and Victoria's Christmas link up!  If you still haven't seen our link up schedule, you can find that here.  I hope you'll plan on joining us!

What I'm excited about...
Visiting with family tonight and all day tomorrow!  Dustin and I have Thanksgiving meals Wednesday night, Thursday for lunch, and Thursday afternoon.  For the first time ever, we're free on Thursday night so I am really looking forward to being at home together relaxing and watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (he thinks we'll be watching football ;) )

What I'm watching/reading...
Watching LOTS of Hallmark Christmas movies and I finished the winter season of Grey's.  I really need to catch up on This Is Us!  Dustin and I like to watch it together and haven't had time/he's wanted to watch football during his free time.

I haven't been reading much lately and am in need of a really good book rec!!

What I'm listening to...
some Christmas music along with The Avett Brothers pandora station--my favorite!

What I'm wearing...

What I'm doing this weekend...
BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING!!!!  And with my mom!  I'm pretty excited about it!  Saturday is the Iron Bowl--Alabama vs Auburn game--and even though I was raised an Alabama fan, going to The University of Alabama for college makes it even more special to root for Alabama!

What I'm looking forward to next month...

What else is new...
Not much is new!  I can't believe how fast this year has flown by and that December is next week--is that a sign of getting older when I feel like the years are flying by?!

Weekend Recap: Weekend Before Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2016

This past weekend was a pretty important weekend around the state of Alabama.....
Yep, it was opening day of gun season, so this picture pretty much represents my life (and lots of my friends' lives) for the next couple of months!  At least I really like eating deer meat :)

My weekend started off on Friday....
 with a visitor to my classroom!  Since Dustin was leaving before I got out of school Friday, he stopped by during my planning period to visit.

 I did a good bit of Christmas decorating Friday evening (i.e. decorating the tree) in between watching two episodes of Grey's to get caught up.  

A cold front had officially hit Alabama--I'm talking waking up to temps in the 30s--so I did a quick Hilliard Studio Method video in my room.  I love this mother daughter team and love that they've created videos so that I can benefit from their workouts even though they are located in Charlotte!

 Then I got ready for the day to head out shopping.  Please ignore the two piles of clothes I had separated to wash at a later time.

 I love the hi-lo hem of my shirt.  Even better?  It's a sweatshirt!

 The damage done = not that much.  There were so many people in Hobby Lobby that I grabbed a couple of items and left.

 I finished my inside decorating.  You can see a little sneak peek of my tree in the back!

 And I randomly walked by the fridge and noticed my water glass.  Side note:  Our fridge has an automatic water dispenser that senses when your glass is full.  So you press the button and can walk away, and it plays a little song when your glass is full.  I fill up my water and forget about it ALL THE TIME and it drives Dustin crazy.  So when I walked by and found this Saturday, I had to snap a pic and send it to him.  He loves me anyway haha!

I finished the night by watching Hallmark and going to bed early.  I had planned on going over to my dad's house to watch the fight he bought on PPV, but the main event didn't start until 10:30 eek!

 Church attire....notice I'm only down to one pile ha!

 Made some chex mix

 Dustin got home from his hunting club and washed (and dried) his 4 wheeler.  If you follow me on IG (@saraheshaneyfelt), you probably saw the story.

 We went to eat at my mom's and I forgot to snap a picture of everyone there.
And I'm trying to pull off the red lipstick trend.  Does it work for me?

 Trying to rig the garland up without drilling into the brick.

And we finished the night with it up (for now) and watching a little tv/reading Southern Living before going to bed early.  Perfect end to the weekend before Thanksgiving!

Friday Favorites!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy Friday, y'all!  I'm looking forward to a weekend of resting...and putting up Christmas decorations and cleaning and watching Hallmark movies and catching up on my know, the usual ha!  Oh, and add in exercise because I need to definitely do that this weekend!  

Today I'm sharing with you a few of my favorite things!

Here's a little candid from some photos we took on Tuesday afternoon for our Christmas card.  Well, I'm not completely satisfied (I don't think), so we may end up redoing these Wednesday.  Nothing like last minute!  #storyofmylife  

I asked Dustin to bring our Christmas decorations downstairs on Monday.  I got home that afternoon and walked into everything piled in our living room.  Because we've had something every night since then and I've had sporadic times to work on decorating, our house looks like a war zone.  Time to hurry up and get everything in place!

Literally my favorite breakfast: Ezekiel muffins, natural peanut butter, and chia seeds.  YUMMY.

My dad sent me a picture of my grandfather wearing a shirt my dad bought him while we were in New Orleans and my grandfather was waving in the picture.  So I sent him a waving picture back.  

And after looking at this picture, I see my mom waving to me like this in the halls of my elementary school.  #iammymother

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Victoria and I are gearing up for our Christmas link up!  Click here for the schedule and blog topics--I am so excited to read what everyone posts!!

Linking up with Erika, Heather, and Amanda

Sense of Sarah: My Nightly Routine

Thursday, November 17, 2016

It's time for another Sense of Sarah post!!  I haven't done one of these in forever and I hope to do a lot more of these once the new year starts (I also have lots of new stuff planned for my blog in the new year, too, but that's another post!).

Today I want to talk to you about my nightly routine.  It's something that I'm still adding to as I learn about new and better ways to take care of my skin.

Embarrassingly, it's only within the last two years that I've really put forth effort to consistently take care of my skin.  I definitely didn't take care of it as a teenager or in my early 20s and I have two sunspots on my face to show for it.  But that's in the past because I'm making a major effort to take care of my skin now!

Back row: face wash / moisturizer / composition oil
Front row: Retinol / eye cream

I wash my face every single night.  I have sensitive skin but it's also oily in my t-zone.  My dermatologist recommended this to me after I had an allergic reaction to a face wash a few years ago and I haven't changed.  I love this, and it has never caused me to break out.

I use this every single night after I wash my face each night.  Again, this was recommended by my dermatologist because of my sensitive skin.  This is such a great nighttime moisturizer, but I think it's now time for me to look into an anti-aging moisturizer.  Anyone have any great recommendations that won't break the bank?

This is my FAVORITE!!!  I bought this oil after I had a massage a while back, and as you can see, I'm going to have to replace this bottle soon.  I put a few drops of oil each night on my inner wrists and then dab a little bit right behind my earlobes.  It may just be in my mind, but I feel like this helps me sleep better each night.  (This is also great to add about 6 drops to the bath!)

Thanks to my lovely dermatologist (seriously, she's the best), she suggested I start using a Retinol cream at night.  I use it about 2-3 times a week.  I squeeze a pea amount into my hand and rub it all over my face (not near my eyes) and onto my neck and base of my neck. I let it sit about 5 minutes before putting my moisturizer on top.  A retinol cream can dry your skin out, so it's really important to use a moisturizer, too.

I bought this at the end of July at Sephora after searching for the perfect eye cream.  I don't have crow's feet yet, but I wanted to do something to prevent them.  I've been dabbing this lightly around my eye and temple twice a day--once before putting on make up and once after putting my moisturizer on.  I'll be honest, for the longest time I didn't know if this was actually working.  Then I got a cold and my nose started peeling.  I randomly tried rubbing this in around my nose.  Within 2 days, my nose wasn't peeling anymore and it didn't look like I had been sick at all.  Now I'm a big believer that this eye cream really works and is acting as a preventative while keeping my skin looking great!  (It also smells great!)

Tell me, what does your nightly routine look like?  I love learning things like this!

Decorating for Christmas: Inspiration

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Has anyone started decorating for Christmas yet?

Yesterday, I had Dustin drag all of our Christmas down, and I spent the evening putting away all of the fall decor.  I've been pinning Christmas inspiration lately and I wanted to share those pictures with you!
*All images found via Pinterest

 Love the rustic look of this centerpiece

 I'm obsessed with plaid this Christmas and have to incorporate it into my decorating this year!

 Wreaths inside the windows = my favorite

 I have always loved the hot chocolate bar idea!

 Obviously I love the tiered trays!

Overall I love everything about this photo!
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