Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope your week has been as wonderful as mine has been!  Being off all week for spring break basically reaffirmed that I need to be a stay at home wife.  All I need to do is find a way to work from home 😂😂


 We are Dustin is working on re-landscaping our yard and this is one of my inspiration photos for Dustin.  I do know he'll be adding in some height to our front beds, so I like the height in this photo!  Also, this house is in Birmingham!



 I blogged Monday about the really fun cooking class I took Sunday night at Sur La Table on cooking healthy Mexican food.  Last night I whipped up some burrito bowls and decided to make homemade refried beans to go with it.  I learned how to make those in that class, so I told Dustin spending the $70 on that class was totally worth it because I've recreated TWO of the recipes already! haha  (Side Note:  Did you know that refried beans in Mexican restaurants are made with LARD?!  Yuck!!!)



 Earlier this week the sunlight was streaming in and everything was so quiet and serene in the house--it was so beautiful.  




 Dustin and I both had appointments in Birmingham on Wednesday, and for mine, I had to do fasting bloodwork.  I had visions of eating a great breakfast and relaxing at O'Henry's after my appointment.  I got a blueberry muffin and caramel machiatto, snapped this picture before I started eating, and not even halfway into eating this, I got really really sick and had to run out of the restaurant--literally.  #horriblestomachprobs  Since I don't ever eat sugary breakfasts (or sugary anything really), I should have known better.  Dustin is the best because he quickly got threw away the rest of his breakfast and ran out after me--favorite husband!



 We drove around after I started feeling better looking at architecture trying to get ideas for the next house we build (which will hopefully be in about 5-6 years!!).  We both immediately decided a french country theme, but that could change haha!  I love the colors of this house--the cream painted brick, robin's egg blue shutters, and dark brown door and trim.



 I love visiting book stores and libraries because I could sit and read for hours!  We spent over an hour in Barnes and Noble and it felt like 15 minutes to me.  I could have stayed a few more hours reading 😊



Yesterday, Dustin worked really hard digging up some plants and moving other plants around in order to prepare for the news ones we're buying.  He's such a hard worker!



I recapped our proposal story and rehearsal dinner on the blog this week.  Next week I'll recap our wedding and reception!



I've had this shirt in my shopping cart for over a month now.  I love peplum but most of the time it doesn't look great on me.  I feel like you need a small chest in order to pull off peplum.  I wish I could find this in store to try it on.

Have a happy weekend!



Linking up with Erika, April, and Amanda

Thursday, March 30, 2017

#MeetTheShaneyfelts: The Rehearsal Dinner

(This is a post I did back in 2014 before I had any blog followers on our rehearsal dinner 😀 and I don't have many pictures because they are on another computer!)


To see our proposal, click here.

Our rehearsal dinner was special in two ways--not only were we celebrating our upcoming wedding, but we also celebrated Dustin's 29th birthday!  He so graciously allowed me to plan our wedding date for the day after his birthday, so our rehearsal dinner doubled as a birthday celebration.

Earlier that day, I spent the morning with my bridesmaids relaxing by the pool for my bridesmaid luncheon.  It was heavenly and the perfect bridesmaids' luncheon!  The weather was absolutely gorgeous and my BFF's mom made my favorite for lunch--chicken divan casserole!  We then feasted on a butter pecan cake from a local bakery.  So good!  I gave my mom, Janie's mom, and the girls' their gifts and we parted ways to get ready for the rehearsal that night at 6.

You know they always say that something will go wrong on your wedding day?  I think that everything that could have gone wrong went wrong during the rehearsal--thank goodness!  The music on my CD wouldn't work with the church's sound system so we had to practice without music.  I was kind of worried since I wanted to walk out to a certain part of the song used in my bridal processional, but I just went with it and made the best of it  The guy who worked the sound system gave me new blank CDs to re-download my music on to, and I just prayed that they would work on wedding day!  

After the rehearsal was over, we headed to the old train depot for dinner!!  JW Steakhouse catered and I had arranged to surprise Dustin with an Alabama cake for his birthday.  (This post is lacking on pictures because all of them are on my mom's camera and her computer, so my iPhone photos will have to work.)  Then we played two HILARIOUS games that had everyone laughing!!  Dustin then gave his guys their gifts; I surprised him with his birthday gifts, and my mom gave him a present, too.  
Mary Beth, me, and Janie--Can you see I've changed out of my heels?

Later that night, I went back to my parents' house to spend the night.  Mom had written me a letter and wanted to read it to me.  Cue the tears!  Me, Mom, and Rachel cried the whole time she was trying to read it--well, cried and laughed.  We kicked my step-dad to the couch and all three of us girls slept in their king-size bed.  I hardly slept!!  I was so excited to marry Dustin the next day!!!!
This picture is REAL LIFE, y'all!!!  My eyes and face are red from all of the crying I did, and as you can tell, we all did quite a bit of crying 😜  They were tears of happiness, of course! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What's Up Wednesday--March 2017

I'm going to pretend that today's What's Up Wednesday post doesn't mean that my spring break is already half way over.  The weather has been so strange this week--cloudy, rainy, and maybe a little sun.  At least I'm not experiencing this weather in school, right?



What we're eating this week...
Monday-Shay's Mexibeef with quinoa and a jicama salad
Tuesday-Using my friend Erica's pizza dough recipe to make veggie and turkey pepperoni pizzas!
Wednesday-out to eat
Thursday and Friday-???


What I'm reminiscing about...
Last year's vacation because I'm so excited about this year's vacation!  We aren't going to the Bahamas again this summer, but Alabama beaches are just as pretty!



What I'm loving...
So many things!  Being out of school for spring break this week, this dry shampoo, lifting weights and watching my arms tone up, eating cleaner, waiting on my new JCrew order to arrive 🙌🙌


What we've been up to...
March hasn't been super exciting--we booked our beach trip for this summer.  I took a cooking class Sunday night that was the most fun ever!


What I'm dreading...
Going back to school next week because we start state standardized testing and IT IS THE WORST



What I'm working on...
Eating cleaner and incorporating weights into my exercising to tone up, blogging more consistently, and being more intentional in my marriage to Dustin



What I'm excited about...
Lots of fun things coming up!!  Oh, and Southern Charm comes back on!



What I'm watching/reading...
Watching: When Calls the Heart, the Kardashians, RHOBH, Grey's
Reading:  I'm posting my book review next week and I read one of the best books ever!  I've dubbed it my favorite book of 2017 so it's going to take a lot to beat it this year



What I'm listening to...
I did a post on podcasts and so I've listened to a couple of episodes of The Big Boo Cast and have laughed during each one!



What I'm wearing...
I love a good blue top!  And can you spot my bff trying to get out of my pictures? 😂😂




 I really love the color of this dress--actually I'm loving blush everything--but this dress wasn't flattering on me.




Spring break uniform #fashionista
(I use this spray on my hair to get the beachy waves)



And if I'm not in the above, I'm in workout clothes!  It's been nice working out whatever time I've wanted to this week instead of immediately after school



What I'm doing this weekend...
Dustin works so I'll be extending my spring break mentality haha!  I have a book I hope to finish that I just started Monday night.  Sounds so exciting doesn't it?



What I'm looking forward to next month...
We've got some fun stuff coming up and next month is another month closer to summer break!



What else is new...
Nothing really is new?  March obviously has been a so-so month for us at the Shaneyfelt household, and I'm not sad to see it end 😊


Linking up with Shay and Jenn

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

#MeetTheShaneyfelts: The Proposal

I started blogging a few months after Dustin and I married, so I never got to blog about our engagement or all of the festivities surrounding our wedding.  Our engagement took me by surprise (kind of) and so if I would have had any clue about it, I would have worn a different outfit haha!

To give you a bit of history, Dustin was still living and working in southern Mississippi by the time our relationship got serious and we were ready to take the next step.  Because of his job field in wildlife science, jobs in this area weren't readily available.  We I had had lots of talks about getting engaged, and I offered to move to MS after we married to teach there (but inside praying he would say no), and he told me to keep my job since it was in such a great school system (hallelujah!) and that he wanted to move back home anyway because all of our friends and family are still in this area.

I'll never forget the date of our engagement.  It was June 15 and I had texted my old college minister the news of Kim Kardashian's daughter, North, being born, and I was going to tell Dustin whenever he got back into town from attending a men's conference with his church.  #noshameinmyloveforkim

I was expecting to get engaged that summer, but I just knew it wouldn't happen on Father's Day weekend for 2 reasons:  Dustin was gone Friday night and most of Saturday.  And Sunday was Father's Day so I knew we'd be apart spending the day with our dad's.  Plus, since he still lived in MS, he'd be driving back down there Sunday evening.  I told myself that there was no way he would propose because I would assume he'd want to spend the majority of the weekend with me.  Apparently not.

But one thing did kind of tip me off to something....that Friday night I spent the night with my friend Lindsey and her little girl because her husband was with Dustin at the men's conference.  So when I got home to my parent's house that morning, my mom had steamed a dress for me.  Umm what?!  She never did stuff like that!  I had been texting with Dustin that morning to confirm our date plans that night after his nephew's birthday, and he said we weren't going anywhere fancy, so I told my mom that I was just wearing shorts and a tank.  Not that dress.  Then my mom and my sister came into my room to talk me into wearing the dress.  If you know me, you know I like dressing up and it doesn't bother me to be overdressed somewhere, so it made sense that I wear the dress.

Fast forward a few hours, Dustin got to his nephew's birthday party late and we ended up leaving it (after he finished watching some baseball game which caused us to be behind schedule 😡) and ran to his parents' for him to change clothes.  He came out of the house on the phone to his mom talking to her about her cell phone that she lost.  He told me that she said she was down by the pond earlier that day and must have lost it there.  (Side note: Dustin's parents, brother, and Dustin all have tracts of land next to one another...the pond was on Dustin's land.)

He wanted me to go with him to look for it.  I told him no, that'd I'd wait on him at the house because I had on a dress.  Then he told me that we'd drive out that way so I had to come with him.  When we got to the pond, I told him I'd just wait in the truck (since I had on a dress) and he could look.  Looking back at this, I know he was probably sweating since I wasn't following his plan haha!  He said we'd find the phone faster if both of us were looking, so after getting out of the truck, I told him it'd be better if we split up around the pond.  

That's when he moved me to a certain spot and then told me a bunch of sweet stuff that I don't remember before he got down on one knee!
He had set up a game camera to capture the proposal since he knew I didn't want people hiding out taking pictures.  I'm checking out my ring above and the donkey wants in on the action, too!!

Dustin chose to propose on his land because we'll build a house there someday and he knew we'd want that memory 😍

After he proposed, I knew I'd call my mom and then assumed we'd still go out to eat.  (I was really hungry at this point!)  Then he told me that we needed to go tell my mom in person.  My mom and step-dad's house was 30 minutes out of the way, so I was complaining about being late to eat.  As we topped the hill to their house, I saw a ton of cars and instantly knew that he had planned an engagement party!!  He told all of our friends that they were there for a different reason so none of them knew we had gotten engaged.  It was so fun to be able to surprise everyone there that night!!

He had us a cookie cake to celebrate since he knows cookie cake is my absolute favorite!


And I pulled this off FB from my bff's page--little did she know that she would be engaged less than a year later!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend Recap!

This weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in a while!  Dustin was off work all weekend and we spent the whole weekend together.  Today now kicks off the first official day of spring break although I've been treating this weekend like it was spring break haha!  Here's to the whole week creeping by slowly, right?! 


 I love that when Dustin is off work during the week he can run things to me at school.  Friday I basically felt like I was 13 and having a 13 year old crisis--I had a pimple on the end of my nose.  I'm not one of those girls who carries make up with me--no powder or anything--so it was a real emergency and Dustin brought me my make up bag.  I asked him to throw my foundation in the bag and I opened it to find my beauty blender....he thought I needed it, too 😊



 That night we went on a date night to Old Black Bear.  I know my burger looks burnt and gross but it was great.  It was the salmon blt, and I ended up having to eat the salmon with a fork because it kept falling apart on the bun.  I wouldn't order this again but only because it was so messy.  Next time I'll just have the cedar plank grilled salmon!



 I forget what Dustin's burger was called but it had pimento cheese and fried onions on top--he loved it.



 And then he told me he was going to take me to Sephora to get more dry shampoo.  #myhusbandisthebest


Saturday morning we went to the gym together, I grocery shopped, and then we just hung out at the house together.  Literally the perfect day.
 We had watched The Pioneer Woman together earlier that morning, so I decided to saute my chicken like Ree did on one of her episodes--YUM!!



 And then I got the itch to bake so I made chocolate and peanut butter boiled oatmeal cookies--a southern staple.


SUNDAY WAS THE BEST DAY!!

I had registered for a cooking class at Sur La Table with my bff Janie last week, and we chose the healthy Mexican cookie class.  We got to SLT about 30 minutes before our class and the store was relatively empty.  We joked about being the only people in the cooking class but that was about it.  Then it turned out that we were the only people in the class and you know what?!  It was the best class ever!  It was like we had our own private class and one on one attention with the chef.  Simply put--it was amazing...the class and the food!  So if you're looking for a more private cooking class at SLT?  Sign up for the Sunday night class!
 Our first assignment:  prepping our pineapple lime sorbet.  Oh my gosh my mouth is watering just typing that.  Best frozen dessert I've ever had in my life.


And then since we were the only ones in the class, we prepared everything meaning there was zero time for pictures of us in action.

Finished product!
 Jicama and orange salad with a cumin vinaigrette we made.  The bottom food item is a sope (Mexican corn cake) topped with refried black beans and poached chicken tossed in tomatillo sauce and then topped with avocado slices, cilantro, and cojita cheese.  Do I sound really fancy?! 😂😂  I told Dustin to watch out because I would be making that jicama salad tonight for dinner!



 Too legit to quit



 Our dessert sorbet.  Seriously so obsessed with this that I need a sorbet maker asap.  Also pineapple and lime is now my favorite combination.



We had the best time cooking together again 😀



Linking up with Biana

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Today is literally my FAVORITE because spring break starts at 3 PM!!!!!! 🙌🙌  Let's just say we all need spring break at the junior high, and I'm hoping everyone comes back to school well rested after their week long break 😊

On Tuesday my sister, mom, and I went to Birmingham and it turned out to be the prettiest weather!

 My sister came to pick me up, and of course, we showed up in similar outfits--white jeans with blue tops.



 Mom got to sit in the back since I was the navigator while Rachel drove--we had such a great time!



 We ate lunch at the neatest place, Pizitz Food Hall.  If you are close to Birmingham, you must go there!!



 But sadly, their debit card machine had a major glitch and I ended up paying triple for our sandwiches 🙈  Still trying to figure out how to get my money back since it's a really weird computer error.  The owner has been super nice--which has made it so much better to deal with!



 And when you're in the same city as your best friend, then you have to eat lunch together.  I told y'all the weather was the best, so we took advantage and ate outside.



 Hailey and I took this before working out legs and abs--we weren't smiling after haha!



 Lately, I've been listening to lots of Alabama Shakes on Pandora.  It's my favorite station right now and always fun to listen to while I'm cooking.



And Hailey got me the cutest tea towel for my kitchen!  I love that it goes with my house and the spring decor I have out right now!


Linking up with Erika, April, and Amanda

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Easter Dress Inspiration

The past two Easters, we have participated in Forget the Frock and have worn t-shirts to church on Easter.  I wholeheartedly believe in and support the FTF cause, but I have missed the tradition of wearing a dress on Easter Sunday.  This year Dustin works, and so I am reverting back to wearing an Easter dress.  Since Easter is so late this year, I'm really excited to wear a cute dress because I'm fully expecting warm weather (and watch it snow on Easter haha).

I'm going shopping next week during spring break to look for a dress, and I've found a couple of inspiration photos + some I would really like to own (cough, cough Dustin 😊)


 This dress screams spring to me and it's also school appropriate.  That's a win-win in my book.



 This dress is inspiration only because it is mega expensive!!!  I love the eyelet lace and the pastel blue--perfect for Easter!



 I love the lavender color of this dress, but it's not school appropriate (I'm not a fan of cardigans) and it's midi length and that's not super flattering on me.



I'm pretty much 100% obsessed with this dress.  It may look casual in this photo, but I think wedges and a cute necklace would dress this up enough for Easter.  Then I can wear it to school!! 🙌🙌  Can you tell I'm ready for new warm weather dresses that I can wear to school, too?!


Which dress is your favorite?



Linking up with Annie

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Podcasts: To Listen or Not To Listen?


I grew up in a family that played music constantly--either on the radio or on the record player.  And now I'm the same way.  Just last night as I was cooking dinner, I had the Bose bluetooth speaker on and was playing music from Pandora.  

But just recently I've thought about getting into podcasts.  It all started last week after my friend Emily sent me a podcast that I really enjoyed listening to.  I know podcasts are really popular right now, so I thought I'd try to listen to the really popular ones that everyone is raving about.

Here are a few I've listened to already, what I liked or didn't like, and ones I want to listen to.  I also need your suggestions for good ones, too!



Ones I've listened to:

Serial: I know this was such a popular podcast, but I could not get into it.

Stuff You Should Know: I listened to the Alexander Hamilton one (loved it) and the one on quinoa (boring).  I would say this wasn't my favorite either.

Unbuttoned by Yahoo Style: I listened to the podcast about dressing celebrities for award shows and the politics behind it, and I really enjoyed it!  I love fashion anyway, so this was really interesting to me.  I've got one downloaded that features the costume designer from Mad Men, and I was obsessed with watching Mad Men when it was on just for the fashion 😜

John Piper Sermons: I am a huge John Piper fan, so I love listening to his sermons!!  If you want to listen to him, I recommend making sure you can pay attention too because his sermons go in depth.

Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology: Dustin went through a men's study that used Grudem's book.  Then we found out he had a podcast of his class lectures, so I've listened to a few of them so I could feel like I was participating in Dustin's study haha!  These are really interesting and you learn so much--my favorite?  The ones on justification.


What I want to listen to:

The Librarian is In: I've read that this is librarians from the NYC Public Library discussing books.  Should be good, right?

Lady Lovin' by Lo Bosworth: I loved Lo on Laguna Beach and The Hills, so I want to listen to at least one episode.


Are there any I'm missing that are super interesting?


Linking up with Whitney, Lindsay, and Erika

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week Happenings: A Little Life Lately

Hey Friends!  I took a nice blog break last week because last week was super busy, so I'm glad to be back today!  I think that a good blog break every now and then is good 😊

Instead of recapping my weekend, I'm going to recap some of the past week.  

 I've been trying to "clean up" some of our meals around here, so I've been screenshotting recipes left and right.  Clean Food Crush is my favorite IG to follow for clean eating because her recipes are the easiest.  This is one that I'm hoping to make soon.



 Last week was rough and this was my attitude all week.  Unfortunately, I still have to go to school all this week, and then our spring break is next week!



 The weather last week was insane--it had been hot and then it dropped to freezing temperatures.  So I decided that if it were going to be freezing temperatures, then it was okay to watch Home Alone 2 on TV.



My sister is a part-time photographer and did a mini-shoot yesterday at a local peach farm.  I showed up at the very end of her last session to shoot a few pictures of my sister for her to use on her website.  Don't I look so professional?!? 😂😂



Last night we ate at Cracker Barrel with my sister and her husband.  I couldn't resist taking a picture of this cutie at the checkout 😍



Linking up with Biana

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I'm Still Here!


Happy Wednesday, friends!

This week has been an unintentional blog break (aka a crazy busy week), so I hope to be back Friday for a Friday Favorites post.  If not, I'll see you back next week for sure!

It's freezing here in Alabama, so I hope you're warm wherever you are!