My Favorite Go-To Apps on My iPhone

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Do you ever wonder what life would be like without cell phones?  I didn't have a cell phone when I was in junior high, and now, sadly, it's rare for me to have a student who does not have a cell phone.  We've gotten so accustomed as a society to having things at our finger tips, but that's not always a bad thing.  I want to share with you a list of my favorite apps that I use on a regular basis--some of these apps are extremely helpful and I wouldn't have access to them without a cell phone!

She Reads Truth
I love this app!  I love the biblically sound Bible studies this app contains--some are topical but most are on books of the Bible.  My favorite study that I have done this year would have to be the Genesis study I did in January.  It showed me how the book of Genesis pointed to Christ in ways I had never realized before.  I highly recommend this app!
Cost: Free!  (But most of the Bible studies cost $1.99)

Tim Keller is a pastor/author that I really enjoy.  Redeemer Presbyterian Church is his church in New York City.  I love this app because it contains his sermons, and I enjoy listening to his sermons some mornings while I am getting ready.  Keller preaches in a way that is easy to understand, so if you're a new Christian or have been a Christian for 50 years, you will learn from his sermons!
Cost: Free!

Pinterest is one of those apps where I really want to ask what life was life before it?! haha!  I pin everything from recipes to fashion to home decor to fitness routines.  Find me on Pinterest here!
Cost: Free!

Ask my husband and he'll tell you that I text a lot :)  I have an iPhone and love the fact that I can text from all of my devices--if I'm using my MacBook and get a text, I can text back from my computer instead of my phone.  Love you, Apple products.
Cost: Comes with your iPhone

GroupMe is an awesome app if you are in a group text.  Every member needs to get this app and instead of constantly being bombarded with a group text thread, this app allows you to group text in a much better way.  The best part?  When everyone is texting at 10 PM and I'm ready for bed, I can mute my thread without having to silence my phone!  You can have multiple threads going and named so you can organize your groups!
Cost: Free!

When I was in my last semester of grad school and having to put together a portfolio of my internship, I had to scan in a lot of documents.  Since I don't have a printer at home yet and the scanner in my classroom printer isn't hooked up, I was having to use a copier in the office to scan in documents.  The computer teacher at school introduced me to this app.  You basically hold your camera over the document you want to scan and it somehow uses your camera to take a picture/scan your document into a PDF.  Then you can email that document or send it to your Google Drive--whatever you need to do.  I use this app a lot now that I'm done with grad school.  I've had to scan in receipts at home for Dustin's flex spending account, and I also scan in worksheets at school that aren't on my computer so I can upload them to Google Classroom.  This app was well worth the money!
Cost: $2.99

I really really really love Instagram.  I love looking at the pictures people post and I love that there really isn't any political drama on IG.  Another favorite?  Instagram stories!  I love these way more than Snapchat because I follow more people on IG than I do on SC.  Find me at @saraheshaneyfelt
Cost: Free!

Tell Me: Are there any apps I didn't include that you find useful?

Linking up with Mackensey and Whitney

Weekend Happenings: My Trip to the Southern Living 2016 Idea House

Monday, August 29, 2016

Saturday I hit the road to meet up with my best friend so we could tour the Southern Living 2016 Idea House.  We had a blast!  As we were leaving, Janie commented how touring the house was well worth the money, and I couldn't agree more!

The house is located in Mt. Laurel, which is a SL community in Birmingham.  (Fun Fact:  I bought my wedding dress in Mt. Laurel!)  It's open Wednesday through Sunday, and it costs $15 a person to tour.  Tours are self-guided.

Since this is the 50th anniversary house, SL asked different well-known designers to design their assigned rooms using inspiration from past SL idea houses.  You'll see some rooms that were inspired by houses in the 80s but have been modernized for today--very neat!

Note:  I took all photos on my iPhone so not the best quality!
 The first thing that caught my eye (and became my obsession) was the gallery walls in the living room.  First, the living room was neutral = my entire house.  Then I saw this gorgeous gallery wall of wildlife and immediately knew I have to recreate it at my home.  One thing I loved about the tour was that SL gave you a reference for all of their sources.  I looked up the bird prints and realized that they are way out of budget--can't spend $1000 on one picture!

 This is the other side of the living room--identical gallery walls.

 I love how the living room was separated into two seating areas.

 The master bath wasn't my favorite.  It might have been because I like bigger, more open baths, but as you can see here, there are separate (small) vanities on each side of the bathroom.  Then there were 4 doors leading off of the square room--2 you can see here and 2 more up by where I took this picture.  The 2 doors that you can't see lead off into separate walk in closets.  The door you can see on the left leads to the shower--and that door IS the shower door.  And the door to the far right leads to the toilet room.

 Ahh, the dining room!  I liked its over-the-top pattern mixing because it reminded me of the Greenbrier resort and the famous designer, Dorothy Draper.

 We walked around the table reading the menus and place cards and Janie commented how  they had my name at the table.

 Janie started calling me (Fancy) Nancy in college :)

Who is this crazy person photo-bombing my professional photo shoot?!

 Janie's one reason for coming to tour this house was to see the kitchen.  She and her husband are planning on updating their kitchen soon, and she was hoping she would get some inspiration.  I'm hoping she still wants to paint everything green, but all she left with was the name of cabinet makers ha!

 I'm not sure you can tell in this picture, but I was really intrigued by the two sinks in this kitchen--both are on opposite sides of the dishwasher.  And since they have two sinks, why not two dishwashers?

 This was the keeping room right off of the kitchen, and the only room in the house with a TV.

I snapped only a few pictures upstairs.
 They calle this room the "Pajama Room."  I really liked the two mini-sectionals in the back.

 This was my favorite bedroom of all!  I loved the white, monogrammed bedding and the printed curtains.  I really loved the layout of each bedroom upstairs.  There were 3 and they all had identical layouts--upon entering the bedroom door, you walked through a mini-hallway which housed the closet before entering the bedroom.  Each room had its own bathroom.

 This was the bathroom that went with he bedroom I loved.  I really like the wallpaper in here!  To make things more cohesive within the house, all bathrooms used the same vanities and shower tile.

 Asked some girls from South Carolina to get our picture out on the porch--they drove a long way to visit this house!

 This was the set up for the side porch.  All furniture is from Ballard Designs.

This is the front porch.  I loved that the windows were identical in length to the front door--I really love long windows and love the ones in our home.  The light blue of the ceiling is a nod to the old South.  All porch lighting in the ceiling is recessed--a really good idea!  And the opening at the opposite end of this porch leads to a small garden area made for entertaining.

If you get the chance to tour this house before they close it up to place on the market, you must go!

Linking up with Biana

Friday Favorites!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Friday, y'all!  It's been a crazy, busy week but it's been a good week!  I've also got a really fun weekend planned starting with a surprise date planned by my husband!  When I asked him what I should wear, he told me to prepare for dirt floors.....eye roll.  We'll see where he ends up taking me--read about it on Monday!

Here's a quick recap of a few of my favorites from this week!

Last night I finished season 2 of Downton Abbey.  Can I say that I'm so glad that Lady Mary and Matthew are finally engaged?!?  I'm afraid season 3 won't be so happy.  If you've seen it, don't tell me!  If you haven't seen it, so sorry to spoil it!

 Monday night, Dustin and I went to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings to support a program that my mom was waitressing for.  Can I just point out how tired I look?  #beginningoftheyearteacherlife

 Isn't she so cute?  She was a great waitress.  Also, I think I'm done eating at BWW.  I don't eat wings or anything fattening, so I only order the naked wings.  I have tried so many sauces and rubs with it and still don't like anything they have.  I'll just leave that as a place D can go eat with his guy friends.

 Our friends, Lindsey and Wheeler, had a baby on Monday.  We headed to visit them in the hospital on Tuesday.  Can I get a job where I get to hold babies all day?  #onlyiftheydontcry

And like 5 year olds, we saw fireworks on the way home from the hospital and got really excited.  My mom pointed this out to me, but isn't it so funny how we get so excited every time we see fireworks and act like it's the first time?  Well, Dustin and I were guilty of that on Tuesday.  #noshame

Linking up with Andrea

BLT Pasta Salad (a healthy version)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I was browsing Pinterest this past weekend looking for good fall recipes to pin.  I found some really good pins (which I'll share at a later time--stay tuned!), but instead I found a pasta salad.  I tweaked it--added to and took away--and came up with a BLT Pasta Salad!  Want to know how good it was?  Dustin took it for lunch two days in a row--and I'm surprised it even lasted that long!

Want to know the best thing about this recipe that Dustin had no idea about??  
It's healthy!!!!!  
You can make this, feed your family, and not feel bad about eating it yourself either.

Don't forget to print this recipe by clicking on the Print button at the bottom of the post!

blt pasta salad greek yogurt spinach whole wheat noodles

This recipe serves 4 hungry adults!

12 oz rotini pasta (I used whole wheat)
1/2 cup light mayo
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 package dry ranch seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup skim milk
8 slices cook bacon, chopped (I used turkey bacon)
1 can diced petite tomatoes, rinsed and drained
1 cup cheddar cheese
baby spinach leaves

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta.  Rinse under cold water after boiling and set aside to cook.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together your mayo, Greek yogurt, dry ranch mix, garlic powder, and milk.  Add in your pasta, cooked bacon pieces, tomatoes, and cheese.  Stir to coat everything with your sauce.
3. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.  

**Before serving, add in your spinach and stir to coat.  If you add the spinach in before chilling, your spinach will wilt and you will not be able to keep this pasta long for leftovers!  Always add spinach right before serving!

**If your pasta seems a little dry, stir in a little bit of milk to loosen things up.

Weekend Happenings!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Monday, y'all!  I seriously cannot believe that it's already Monday.  The weekends are not long enough, and they make me feel like...
 ...During the school year.  During the summer, I can't remember what day it is :)

Join me as I review a few things that happened this weekend!

 Friday night high school football started again!  It was our jamboree and we played a huge rival.  And then it poured down raining.

This was what it looked like at one point during the game.

 We were the only dummies in the stadium who didn't bring an umbrella, rain jacket, or poncho.  I took Dustin's hat from him to keep the rain from pelting me in the eyes, but the water soaked right through the hat.  After a couple of minutes into the 2nd quarter, I looked at Dustin and told him that I couldn't take it any longer haha!  

As soon as we walked out of the stadium, the rain let up just enough for us to get to the truck before it poured again.
He wanted to get proof that I didn't melt during rain.  Notice the bottom half of my shirt is dry thanks to my purse!

 We hopped back in the truck before the bottom let out and we are both soaked!

 Saturday morning I meal planned.  

 And then hit up both Walmart and Kroger.

And then while I was eating lunch and watching another episode of Downton Abbey, the doorbell rang...
 And I got this!!!!!  Shay had emailed me a while back about sending me a copy of her newest cookbook, but I wasn't expecting it until September.  I immediately texted my blogging besties, Victoria and Emily, to show them what her new cookbook looks like!

 I love the packaging and the items that came with it.  Mix & Match Mama Eats goes on sale October 1 and I highly recommend that you pre-order yours!  You can do that through Amazon--trust me, you want this cookbook!

 I baked my go-to cake for a dinner that night with a group from church.

 While the cake cooked, I read the cookbook.  I texted Victoria this picture--doesn't that sweater look like it's from JCrew?  She and I both think so :)  Also, I need that necklace Shay is wearing because I love long necklaces.  Is it Stella & Dot?

Our Dinners 4 group from church.  Next month I will have my selfie stick!

 Sunday night I put my #1 favorite movie of all time in the DVD player in our bedroom so I could paint my nails and watch the movie at the same time.

And this guy joined me to "watch" it, too.  (P.S. Still looking for artwork to go above the dresser.)

Linking up with Biana

Friday Favorites!

Friday, August 19, 2016

I am more than excited for today to be Friday!  This week was the first full week with students and I. Am. Tired.  Even though teachers went a full week last week and the students only came 3 days, this week has been more exhausting.  Hello, early bedtime!


Last week, a sweet student brought me a cupcake and this week a different student brought me an iced sugar cookie from a local bakery.  Oh my goodness it was so good!  I love the iced sugar cookies from this place!  (I really I think I need to take this up as a hobby and learn how to ice sugar cookies!)


Ol Shaneyfelt and I went 4 wheeler riding in the undeveloped part of our subdivision Tuesday night.  I joked that we looked so redneck riding, but regardless, we had a blast and felt like a couple of kids ha!  I love that we have so much fun together :)


I bought this new candle a few weeks ago while shopping in the downtown area of my mom's town.  I've been waiting to burn it because I didn't want to use it all--isn't that crazy!? I finally talked some sense into myself and have been burning it all week, and I haven't regretted it at all.  It smells so good--just like summer--and it's been perfect for the last few weeks of summer!


This article on the Prosperity Gospel and a Kenyan pastor's redemption from it is an eye-opener.


I read The Light Between Oceans a few years ago with my book club.  My heart broke while reading it, but I loved it and couldn't wait to find out what happened in the end.  The movie comes out next month and you better believe I'll be there!  Dustin has some work weekends in his hunting club and I feel like a Saturday movie is in store for me while he's away :)

Linking up with Erika and Meet at the Barre

Sense of Sarah: My Journey to Find the Perfect Blue Jean

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

For some reason, blue jean shopping has felt pretty impossible lately.  I hadn't bought actual blue jeans in about two years because I've just been wearing a lot of my older pairs.  The jeans I have been buying recently have been white jeans or colored jeans for school, and through my research (yes, I researched), the denim fabric of colored jeans is different than blue jean fabric.  I spent the last few weeks of summer on the hunt for a new pair of blue jeans and want to share my findings with y'all!

Problem:  Two of my old pairs of blue jeans have ripped.

Back Story:  I'm very picky about how my jeans fit me.  My jeans have to be stretchy, and I prefer the legging jean or one that is slightly loose around the ankle but still tight and stretchy in other places.  The majority of my blue jeans are from GAP because I liked the way they fit my body--plus the price tag didn't hurt either!

I went and tried on blue jeans everywhere over the course of a couple of weeks before I finally found the perfect pair!

Note: I forgot to take pictures of myself in each pair of jeans that I tried on--probably out of frustration that they weren't working!  Just take my word!


My first stop was to JCrew since I bought a pair of their white jeans before school let out and loved them!  After reading about the fabric online and then talking to a salesperson, the white jeans were made out of a completely different fabric than the toothpick dark rinse jeans.  

I was surprised to find how stiff the dark rinse jeans were compared to the stretchiness of the white jeans.  I also had a hard time with sizing.  I tried on my normal size and then the size up and still was so unhappy with how they looked and felt.

Verdict:  Big negative!


My second stop was back to GAP since their jeans had always worked for me.  Apparently they have changed the way they make jeans because I couldn't find a pair that was even close to my old Legging Jean from there.

The rise was a little higher than what I was used to but not so much that it was a deal breaker.  But....these just felt weird.  And weren't the most flattering, in my opinion.

Verdict:  I could have settled on these but probably wouldn't have worn them more than twice.


While we were out eating for our anniversary back in July, I stopped into Madewell to check out their jeans since they are know for being a denim company.  Plus, I have a leather purse from there and love it, so I assumed their jeans would be awesome.

I explained to the sales lady that I wanted a comfortable fabric that was stretchy.  She brought me a pair of the high-rise jeans with a 9" rise.  Yes, the fabric was amazing but they came above my belly button.  I'm not ready for jeans that do that just yet :)  But if you are, then the fabric on these were wonderful!

Verdict:  Would have bought if they were a mid to low rise jean.


A week later I went back to my local J. Crew to see if there was something I was missing.  I realized I still hated the toothpick dark wash and probably always will, but loved the toothpick in a classic rinse--much softer fabric!  So I tried them on...

And I loved them!  The only problem?  I was hunting for jeans that I could wear to school on Fridays and the ripped knees don't cut it for teachers.  Sadly, I had to put these back, but maybe for my birthday?? ;)

Verdict:  I still want these!


The last place I went to go check out jeans was Anthropologie and it actually was a perfect day for me to go in there because they were rolling out their fall denim.  After searching the wall display for a jean that met my qualifications, I settled on this pair:

I put these on and they fit!!  Whoop Whoop!  They have very little distress and absolutely no skin shows through.  They are still a dark wash and I believe can be worn throughout the entire year--perfect for all seasons!  They are so soft and stretchy, and I told Dustin that Pilcro may be my new favorite jean brand since I already own a pair of bell bottomed Pilcros.

Verdict:  I'm so glad I bought these--well worth the money!

As you can see, jean shopping was very exhaustive for me because I'm so picky about how my jeans fit.  I think we all get to be picky about jeans because we want them to be so comfortable--no one wants an uncomfortable pair of jeans!

Tell me, what's your favorite pair of blue jeans that you own?

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