Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Croissant Breakfast Casserole

I'm a huge fan of eating breakfast for supper.  HUGE fan.  So when I saw a simple variation of my favorite kind of breakfast casserole floating around the Internet, I thought I'd tweak it a little and make it myself!  I made this for supper but I know it'll be even better for breakfast in the morning.

Croissant Breakfast Casserole
6 croissants
1 lb breakfast sausage (I used turkey)
6 eggs
2 cups milk
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 dish
2. Tear croissants into bite sized pieces and spread evenly in your baking dish.
3. Brown sausage and remove grease before layering over the croissants.
4. Add the eggs and milk to a large bowl and whisk together.  Add salt and pepper before pouring over the sausage evenly.
5. Bake for 55 minutes.  

Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving!  Not only would this be perfect to serve your family, but it would also be perfect for a brunch with friends!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Favorites: #NSale Edition!

Happy Friday, y'all!  Yesterday was a really busy day for Dustin and I, so I got up bright and early (I'm talking 4:30AM) to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Priorities, right?!

If you remember from my Beginner's Guide post on Wednesday, this is the first year for me to be a cardholder.  Once I got on the site and started scrolling through, I added items I loved to my shopping bag.  After only making it halfway through the pages in an hour, I had 19 items and definitely had to start nixing some of those items.  It was REALLY HARD to narrow down to a reasonable amount of money, and so today I want to share what I bought with y'all since they are all FAVORITES!!

I'm sure some of it won't fit or work so I know I can return and then buy more 😜

ALSO: Be sure to check my IG (@saraheshaneyfelt) for a chance to win a $300 Nordstrom gift card to use during the sale!!!  The contest ends tomorrow night.

 I'm so excited about this scarf!  I've been wanting a leopard scarf forever and this one is CHEAP!

 I'm anxious to get this shirt in the mail.  I love the bell sleeve trend because it's something I feel could be timeless, but the fabric was described as a fleece so I'm hoping this is dressier and not like a sweatshirt.

 This is the basic tee I wanted!  Another blogger said it wasn't see-through even though it looks like it.  This is so cheap right now, too!!

 Who doesn't love scallops?  I loved this dress in a light blue that it also comes in, but I feel like the dark green can transition easily to fall.

 So excited about this sweater!!!

 I've been wanting some midi length leggings for a while now, so I was able to snag these in black.  Black is now sold out, but I do love the red!

 I'm obsessed with jeans and finding the perfect pair, so I'm trying a new-to-me brand.  It's high waisted which is new to me, so I'll let y'all know how it works for me!  This brand is a tried and true favorite for me, too.

 This will transition easily into fall with a cute sweater or jacket!

I'm not sure how much I really need this tank so we'll see how it goes.  If it's not a must, I'll return it and get something in it's place!  I do love the scallop hemline too!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fall Fashion Inspiration

Since the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened for cardholders early this morning, I thought today I'd share a few fall outfit inspiration photos because y'all know I woke up early this morning to shop!  I posted yesterday a Beginner's Guide to the NSale, so if that's you (or if you're already a seasoned pro) make sure you read it!

I'm still debating on leather leggings, but I do love how Kim K styled a pair.





Out of all five looks, which is your favorite for fall?

And make sure you check my IG tonight for a really fun giveaway!!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Beginner's Guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

It's the day before the early access NSale and some of us are double checking our plans (and bank accounts) and some of us have no idea what the NSale even is!

Because the nearest Nordstrom is 1.5 hours away in Nashville, I had only occasionally shopped online at Nordstrom in the past.  Last year when the sale was beginning and I was reading everyone's posts on it, I had no idea how major this sale really was.  I wasn't a card holder last year so I had to wait until the sale opened to the public.  I really had my eye on three things: a blardigan, Zella leggings, and these Nikes.

I went to Nashville with a friend to shop in Nordstrom the day the sale became public.  They had one blardigan in store that wasn't the color I wanted, the Zella leggings were sold out, and so were the Nikes.  Luckily, Victoria had bought an extra blardigan and mailed me one all the way from Texas!  #realfriends  I never got the leggings and I ended up getting the Nikes online but at a half size too big.

This year was going to be different.  I'm now a cardholder and I've got a game plan (and a budget 😁).  So for those of you who may not know what this sale is all about or why it's even that big of a deal, this post is for you because I used to be you!

What is the NSale?
The NSale is where Nordstrom takes upcoming fall fashion and puts it on sale!  This is different than any other sale because every other store puts clothes on sale when they are going out of season.  Nordstrom will put fall/winter clothes on sale now so you can stock up for future months.

Can I still apply for a card?
You can!  All of the big fashion bloggers posted that this past Sunday was the last day you could get a credit card, but Loverly Grey posted yesterday on her IG stories that you can still apply!

For those of you who know me well know that I am anti-credit card.  Dustin and I pay everything with cash and if we don't have the money then we don't buy it.  (We're not really Dave Ramsey followers but do like this aspect of his philosophy.)  We actually have one credit card between us that we only use for our Netflix monthly charge and on vacations.  But out of complete desperation, I got a Nordstrom credit card in order to shop this sale early.  This is what I'm excited about:  you can pay it off immediately online.  You don't have to wait for a bill--just pay it off online after you use it.  That's what I like because I do not like any sort of debt!

What are the sale dates?
Early access (those who have the credit card) can shop July 13-20.  The sale opens to the public July 21-August 6.  All prices go back up on August 7.

When can I see what's on sale?
You can see the catalog here but it's not really my favorite.  Honestly, you'll just have to wait until tomorrow and check some of your favorite fashion bloggers because they should have posts tomorrow dedicated to the NSale.

How easy are returns at Nordstrom?
The easiest!  It's free shipping and returns on everything all the time, so it's worth it to buy something even if you're not sure it'll work.  Sending back pieces are the easiest to Nordstrom and one of the main reasons why I shop online there.

My Game Plan 
Since this is my first time to ever shop the early access part of the sale, I've got a few things listed that I want to check to see if they are on sale and the price before I purchase.  I suggest thinking about items you need: new jeans, a jacket, Christmas gifts for others.  Make a list and get those items first before you start browsing to buy things you really don't need but want to look at.

Here are the things I'll be checking pricing or that I'm definitely buying:
-a chunky sweater
-leather leggings

If you're planning on shopping the sale, I'd love to know what you plan on buying!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Best Recipes

Cooking is a HUGE passion of mine, so I was really excited when today's Show and Tell linkup was about favorite recipes!  All I really needed to do for this post was just tell y'all to go to my Recipes tab on the right side of my blog and click there since everything I've blogged is a favorite, but I thought I might as well feature a few, too 😜  I can't wait to read what everyone else blogs!

This Triple Berry Lime Smoothie is my favorite breakfast and sometimes supper if I'm not wanting something heavy.  It's filling but also feels light so it won't leave you with that gross full feeling.

This BLT Pasta Salad is the perfect summer lunch.  Who doesn't love BLTs during the summer?  Take that and make it a pasta salad and you've got a lunch everyone will be asking you to make!

I'm obsessed with this chili recipe enough to name it the Best Chili Ever!  I won't make chili any other way ever again, and Dustin LOVES this chili too!  

 Who doesn't love a good Black Bean Enchilada?  These are easy to throw together but look like you've spent a long time making supper 😂😂

WE LOVE THIS Light Cheeseburger Pie in our house!  My mom used to make a cheeseburger quiche when I was growing up that was so good, but I never made it once Dustin and I got married because it was fattening.  So I found a recipe similar to this and I adjusted it and added a few things and now this is a major favorite!

 Chocolate chip cookies + cake = my two favorite desserts, so I married them together and got these Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Bars.  This is the easiest dessert to whip up, and if you have to take a dessert somewhere, there's no chance in messing it up!  It will turn out every time!

These Cookies and Cream Cupcakes are fluffy, moist, and delicious!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Day to Night in Black and Brown

As always, a special thanks to my sister at RAW Images Photography for these photos!

 dress ON SALE! | wedges | hat (similar) | purse (old but similar HERE) | necklace

Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was great and that everyone transitions easily into a week without a holiday.  Those are always the hardest for me!

As a teacher, I'm always looking for "school appropriate" clothes but I also don't want to wear clothes that age me.  And sometimes during the week, I have dinner plans for after school and don't have the time to run home and change because I'm up at school still working.  

Enter the outfit above.  The black swing dress, wedges, and necklace are perfect for teaching during the day.  (Remember I told y'all that those wedges are my new favorite and the most comfortable wedges I've ever owned...for real)  But if I am heading out to dinner that evening with some friends or teachers from school, I can throw on a cute hat and red lipstick to dress up my outfit from day to night.  

We all need go-to outfits that can transition easily from day to night.  What's your go-to?

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday, y'all!  I feel like this has been the longest week ever, and it probably didn't help that the beginning of the week was out of whack with the holiday.  Now I'm ready for the weekend!

Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite things for the week!

These are a few of the items in my shopping cart right now and I'm waiting to see if they go on sale next week!
1 | 2 | 3 |

 Last night I watched an episode of a new show on TLC called Hair Goddess, and it's a new favorite!  The accents take a little to get used to, but I love the main character, Christina.  Apparently she began her hair extension business in her parents' garage when she was 18. She opened her first salon in Staten Island and the show follows her as she works to build clientele in her newest salon in NYC.  This show makes me want hair extensions!

 Baking is a huge stress reliever for me and I needed something yesterday so I baked a cake!  I have a Southern Living desserts cookbook, so I found a recipe for a semi-homemade strawberry cake and made it along with a strawberry buttercream!  Dustin and I each had a piece last night and it was so good!  Now I'll be giving it all away today haha!

It looks like all I've eaten this week are sweets based on this picture and the one above--and it feels like it!  At least I've had some really good workouts and I'll be back in the gym early this morning, too.  I haven't had a milkshake in 7 years (which is when I first started losing weight).  I had a card for a free small milkshake, so I decided to actually use it and get one.  It was so good, but thank goodness milkshakes aren't something I crave because it wouldn't bother me if I didn't have another one for 7 more years.  Now chocolate chip cookies...I could never live without!

Dinner suggestions!
What are your favorite high protein dinners?  Tonight I'm going to bake chicken and probably either saute veggies or roast them, but that's my go-to.  Also--it needs to be simple!  Thanks!

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Random Thoughts on a Thursday

It's been a very long time since I've done a random thoughts post, so it's definitely time for one.  

1. Kate Middleton cut a few inches off of her hair and I love it.  I also love that a royal's haircut makes the news 😜  That's good news for me!

2. Has anyone seen the previews for the new show on TLC about the girl from New Jersey and her hair extension company?  It looks like my kind of show--reality tv and about beauty, so I set the DVR to record the series.  Our DVR consists of reality tv and Hallmark movies ha!

3.  I know it's only the beginning of July but I'm really excited about Christmas this year.  I've already decided that I'm moving the tree to a different spot and I've got an idea for some new decor.  It also doesn't help that the Hallmark channel has an entire week of Christmas movies starting next Sunday!  Whoop whoop!

4. The big Nordstrom sale starts next week for cardholders so I've been thinking of items I want and then items I really need.  And that list is kind of the same 😂😂  What are some of the items on your list?

5. Last week I went to Birmingham to eat lunch with my bestie.  We went to this cute little restaurant (that's more like chick food) and I got the most wonderful heirloom tomato tart and salad.  The tomato tart was so so good but y'all, I really want that salad again!  For you local girls, the restaurant is Ashley Mac's.

6. Anyone love IG stories as much as I do?  Yesterday evening I IG storied my  mom and stepdad's new "kids."  If you haven't watched, you need to now before it disappears!

7. I have dinner plans with my besties Sunday night and I CANNOT WAIT!  The three of us live in different places so we're meeting in the middle.  

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

May and June 2017 Book Review!

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I hope y'all had a great 4th of July--I definitely did!  My mom and stepdad have a huge picnic every year on their farm for family, friends, and my stepdad's clients so I got to enjoy that yesterday while poor Dustin had to work.  Don't worry, I did bring him home plenty of food which was his biggest concern ha!

Today I'm going to review books I read in both May and June since I didn't get to read very much in May.  July has started off as a slow reading month so far.  Sometimes I can't put books down and then other times I focus on watching tv shows.

So, let's get to these books!  As always, I'll post the Amazon synopsis first and then my opinion below in italics.

 Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.  Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby - Meredith's high school boyfriend - arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had. 

I really enjoyed reading this book!  Both Meredith and Connie were well developed characters who each had their own issues.  Meredith's life was interesting to read about because I could never imagine spending $20,000 on candlesticks, but her life before the news came out about her husband's business was like that--frivolous spending.  I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting an easy read but with deeper characters.

 Three women--burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues--tumble onto the Nantucket airport tarmac one hot June day. Vicki is trying to sort through the news that she has a serious illness. Her sister, Brenda, has just left her job after being caught in an affair with a student. And their friend Melanie, after seven failed in vitro attempts, is pregnant at last--but only after learning that her husband is having an affair. They have come to escape, enjoy the sun, and relax in Nantucket's calming air. But into the house, into their world, steps twenty-two-year-old Josh Flynn.

This book took me a while to get into, but once I was over halfway through it, I couldn't put it down.  Two sisters and a friend escape to a family beach house in Nantucket for the summer and each woman has her own issues.  The book alternates between different points of view of the main characters and I always find that enjoyable.  Overall it wasn't my favorite.

 It’s easy for women to focus on what seems to separate us: differences in age, parenting styles, career goals, or maybe even core beliefs about whether leggings can adequately serve as pants (the struggle is real, y’all). The reality, though, is that we have far more in common than we realize, and since Scripture shows us the blessing of friendships across generations, it’s high time we step out of our same-age, same-stage silos. Life is so much better that way.  Sophie Hudson, in the delightfully quirky Southern style her readers have come to know and love, sends out a rallying cry for women everywhere to open our eyes and see the people God has put in our lives—whether they’re behind us, beside us, or in front of us. It is such a gift to love one another, walk with one another, and soak up the blessings that flow across all generations.

I read this book with my best friend after she suggested it.  We both love Sophie Hudson's podcast, The Big Boo Cast, and Janie had recently started this book.  I really enjoyed it!  It's  written conversationally, so if you listen to her podcast then you can hear her reading you the book.  And even though it's written in such an easy to understand style, the content is solid.  The book is divided into three parts: Mary and Elizabeth, Ruth and Naomi, and Lois and Eunice.  Each section shows the reader how biblical female relationships are needed and vital to our lives today.  Read it!  And even read it with your bestie!

 Rose Mae Lolley's mother disappeared when she was eight, leaving Rose with a heap of old novels and a taste for dangerous men. Now, as demure Mrs. Ro Grandee, she's living the very life her mother abandoned. She's all but forgotten the girl she used to be-teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol-until an airport gypsy warns Rose it's time to find her way back to that brave, tough girl . . . or else. Armed with only her wit, her pawpy's ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas, running from a man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did.

Before I tell you what I thought about this book, let me first tell you that I really like Joshilyn Jackson.  I like her so much that my book club even skyped with her at one of our meeting's after reading one of her books!  (They like her, too!)  When I got this book, I didn't realize that it was based on a minor character from her book, gods in Alabama.  Sadly, I didn't like that book, so I really didn't like this one either.  I read half of it and then skimmed the rest to find out what happened.  If you liked gods in Alabama, then you'll like this one.  You don't have to read her other book to read this one, too.  This one can stand alone.

The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a happy occasion: a wedding that will unite their two families. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event -- but in reality, things are falling apart.  While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY -- into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

Can you tell I had a theme in authors this summer?  Elin Hilderbrand is the perfect summer author and so I really wanted to read as many of her books as I could.  I LOVED THIS BOOK!  I loved that it was centered around a wedding (an extremely joyous occasion) but had a lot of unhappy characters.  The one thing I love about Elin's books is that they aren't always about happy-go-lucky characters.  Her characters have some major issues sometimes, and it makes her books so much more realistic.  Read this book--you will enjoy it!!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July!


dress (sold out but similar HERE and HERE) | wedges | lipstick | nail polish

I am so very thankful to be an American!  Thank you to the service men and women who make it possible to live in a free country!

I will be back with a new post on Wednesday!

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