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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Shay to say "What's Up" on this Wednesday. I think linkups are a great way to get to know the writer behind the blog. Plus, in my case since I've been slacking a little on the blog front, it gives you a chance to get to know me better!
What I'm Eating This Week:

My parents made spaghetti sauce, so I am going to be eating some spaghetti! I have been hungry for tacos, so I'm putting that on the menu as well! The cooler weather is here, so I am thinking that one night is a good soup and sandwich night! 

What I'm Reminiscing About:

I have got the travel bug, so I have been thinking about my trips to New York City recently. I'm definitely a country girl at heart, but I do love to spend a weekend in the Big Apple sightseeing.
What I'm Loving:

Right now, I am loving Fall. I love the cozy clothes, the warm drinks, the leaves changing, and the upcoming holiday's approaching. 

What I've Been Up To:

The most boring answer ever? Working! 

What I'm Dreading:

I am dreading doing the Summer/Fall clothes switch out. I haven't done it yet, but I dread doing it every season. 

What I'm Working On:

Can I say trying to get this blog back on track? I am also trying to get some Christmas presents ordered, and getting back on track with my fitness routine!

What I'm Excited About:

I am excited about decorating for Christmas. I have a few ideas that I want to try this year and I can't wait to start decorating and cooking for Christmas!

What I'm Watching/Reading:

I have been loving that my Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. shows are back on. They are drama filled, and it takes me a good 10 minutes after the show is over to calm down. I have been slacking on some of my shows because I have fallen asleep before they come on. Oops! I have also been reading the Beaches and Brides collection of stories. They are faith based, and just really sweet stories. I have 2 more that I bought from the collection that I want to read as well!

What I'm Listening To:

We had our first choir practice after church on Sunday, so I am listening to the CD so I can learn the songs. Which in turn makes me want to start decorating for Christmas.

What I'm Wearing:

Considering I haven't done the Summer to Fall clothes switch, I have been mixing and matching items in my closet to give me warmth without looking 'Summery."

What I'm Doing This Weekend:

I have plans to go to Ohio's Amish country! I am also playing in church on Sunday!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:

Thanksgiving is definitely on that list! My dad's birthday is also the 27th, so I will be celebrating with my family as well!

What Else Is New:

The pecan pie is for my uncle and I...we don't like pumpkin pie!
Not much! :)

What Is My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe:

Oh my goodness! How do I choose just one? I love everything! You will have to come back to the blog closer to Thanksgiving to see some of my favorites!

What are you up to this Wednesday? Leave me a comment and let me know! I can't wait to hear from you!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Favorite Fall Finds Under $50

I'm back! I swear I have one good week of blogging, and then a horrible week. I need to really get better at this. Those of you that know me and read this blog, know that I am a frugal gal at heart. So that is why today's link up is perfect! I'm linking up with Andrea today, to share with you my favorite Fall finds under $50.
KenLee Cait
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My first favorite is this boutique called KenLeeCait. I bought this top (and could not love it more!), and I have another few items in my cart. Most of her pieces are under $50, and so darn cute. Definitely check it out!

My next favorite is gel nails. My mom and aunt got manicures with gel nails on Friday. I wanted to wait until closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas to get mine done with gel. So I painted mine at home. But they are already starting to show some tip wear, and have sheet marks (the worst) in them. So for the $30 at the nail place, I think it is worth it. There is no cure time, and it lasts. A win, win!

Most of you know how much I love my Birchboxes each month! Getting mail other than bills, is always a plus! So for $10 a month, getting 4-5 beauty samples in the mail is great!

Those are just a few of my favorites! What do you love under $50? I can't wait to read about them! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WIWW: Tailgate Edition

Last weekend I headed on over to a local college for a tailgate party. Fall+Football+Food=A Happy Mandii. I wanted to show you what I wore, even though you can't see the whole outfit! You can just mix and match your items to your favorite team!

The tailgate was hosted at Youngstown State University. If you happen to know who Jim Tressel is, he used to coach at YSU, then he moved on to Ohio State University, then he got into some trouble. He had a stint in the NFL as a coordinator of some sort, now he is the President of YSU. I say all of that to say this, I root for many college football teams. I root for Ohio State University. I love what Urban Meyer has done with the team, and for us to win a National Championship last year with three different quarterbacks was a pretty big deal.

When I was in Ohio a few weeks back, I saw this Ohio state t-shirt, and knew that it belonged in my shopping cart. I paired it with a white tank underneath, and wore some skinny jeans. I wore my red Avia tennis shoes. I threw my hair in a messy bun and put on a buffalo check headband from Wal-Mart. Since it was supposed to get chilly at night I just wore a black workout jacket from Xersion that I found at JC Penney.

That was it! I was in style, and supporting my team at the same time! You can recreate this outfit too! Just pick your favorite team and go to town!

Wednesday's mean that I link up with the Pleated Poppy!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Favorites

Today is Friday! We made it! Only a little while longer and the weekend will officially be here! A bonus for me is that today is payday! Too bad most of my money will be used for bills. Womp womp. Today, I'm linking up with Andrea to share with you some of my Friday favorites!

My best friend and I enjoyed some delicious Greek food a few weeks ago, and I have been craving it since then! There was so much food! This picture doesn't even include the Greek salad they gave me. It was definitely worth the money plus, I got to spend the day with my bestie!

Close to my house there has always been a man who plants an endless array of flowers. He goes on the honor system, and you can cut your own. I love having fresh flowers in my room! So since anyone has never bought me flowers, I took matters in my own hands!

There is a family of three deer living in the field behind my house. While the quality is really blurry in this picture, this is one of the deer! 

Even though they lost, the faculty was allowed to wear their Pirates gear on the day of the NL Wildcard game.






What are some of your favorites this Friday? Leave me a comment and tell me! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fall Festivals

Every weekend in October Freedom Farms is hosting a Fall Festival. If you are local, I highly suggest you check it out! Freedom Farms is a family run farm that was featured on the GAC series Farm Kings. I went to their festival a few years ago, and they have continued to expand it since then! If you go, make sure to tell me about it in the comments! I can't wait to see the fun you had!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WIWW: Shirt Dress Edition

This shirt dress is so stinking old. However, I think it is such a classy outfit. I purchased mine at JC Penney ages ago, but I am sure you can find them in any department store today. The brand name on this dress is American Living.

I love the blue and white vertical stripes on this dress. I accented mine with a red tank underneath and I also wore red shoes. I kept my jewelry simple with a gold watch and earrings.

This outfit is great for church or the workplace. I wore this outfit to church and school. For church, all I did was swap out my lower red shoes for red high heels. I love multipurpose outfits like that!

Do you have a favorite shirt dress that you wear? I'd love to hear about them! Leave me a comment and let me know!



It's Wednesday, so I am linking up with the Pleated Poppy!



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Weekend Recap: Columbus Weekend Edition

Four day weekends are just the best. THE BEST. There isn't as much pressure on you like a typical work week, and you can plan activities without any pressure. This weekend was filled with so many fun Fall activities that I wouldn't mind reliving again.

Friday, I laid low and prepared for the nice long weekend ahead. I ran to Costco to grab some groceries with my parents and climbed into bed early that night.

Saturday was such a busy day. In the morning, my mom and I met my aunt at a local Fall Festival. It was the most perfect Fall day. There was such a great crowd, and both my mom, aunt, and I all got some Christmas shopping done early. Later that afternoon, my parent's and I headed to Youngstown State University to catch a game and a tailgate! Listen, tailgate food is just so darn delicious. I consumed way too many calories, but for a once a year type thing I can swing it. Again, it was the perfect weather for some food and football!

Sunday, I went to church. Afterwards, I came home and just relaxed. I watched some Hallmark channel, chatted with my best friend, and headed to bed. Simplicity at its finest! Quite the exciting life I lead, huh?!

Monday I had off of school. Can I get an amen!? I did some final prep for the week ahead. My mom and I weren't feeling 100% because we have been fighting off a cold. (I've been fighting it, she has a cold.) Since it was the most beautiful day outside, I got in a short treadmill workout, and sat outside with a book and iced coffee and enjoyed the sunshine.

All in all, my Columbus weekend was relaxing and exciting all at the same time. It was a much needed break!

How did you spend your Columbus weekend? Did you get extra time off, or was it just a regular weekend for you? I can't wait to hear about it! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello

Hi Readers!

I hope you are enjoying your Columbus Day! I am busy enjoying my last day of a wonderful four day weekend! If you want to know what I've been up to over the past 4 days, check out tomorrow's blog post!

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WIWW: Sassy Pants Edition

I call these pants my sassy pants. I bought them a few years ago at Marshall's. They were only $10, and I felt like I could get some use out of them during the summer months. The thing I love most about these pants is the color selection. The polka dots are in different colors, so the corresponding shirt can be in a different color as well. I chose to pair mine with orange and turquoise tanks. I have also worn this with a black tank and accessorized with jewelry.

These pants are sheer, but there are shorts that come to your thigh on the inside so you aren't giving everyone a show. They are light and definitely cool and comfortable on a summer day. Since these pants are long, I wore really high black wedges, and as you can see they were still on the ground a little. I was successful, and did not trip OR fall while wearing these!! Yes!

*I'm aware that the season is now Fall, but I wanted to share with you this last Summer outfit.*










I promise that my tanks were ironed. I just got home from church and took this picture. 






Wednesday's mean that I link up with the Pleated Poppy! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall is Here

How beautiful is this image?
Usually once school starts back up again, I am ready for Fall. Mother Nature has a different story usually, and we get some of our hottest weather in September. Lately, there has been a chill in the air, and I love being able to wear my leopard, and break out my darker lipsticks and nail polishes. There is something about being able to bake warm apple cinnamon bread, and cozy up to warm apple cider or hot tea. Not to mention, the beauty of the leaves changing is something pretty special as well. Today, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite Fall things. Although I have blogged about these before, I wanted to share them again because they are worth repeating.

I can't wait to try this recipe again! It was so good, and warm and comforting.  I can't wait to get more apples to make it!

I have already placed an apple and cinnamon wax cube into my wax warmer. Some of my favorite Fall scents can be found here! Anything with pumpkins, apples, and cinnamon you can't go wrong!

Little known fact: I actually own more "Fall" nail polish than I do Summer ones. I love switching up my color from bright pinks and corals, to darker taupes and browns. There is one shade I want to add to my collection this year, a deep burgundy shade. That is one I don't have in my collection. Here are some of my favorites.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What I've Been Up To: Part 2

If you were wondering where I've been, you can find part 1 of my September post here! Like I said before, I find it hard to believe that today is October 1. I blinked and September was gone.

One night after work, my Bubba (grandma) made stir-fry. She hasn't made it in years, and my parents always used to rave about how good hers was "back in the day." So I finally got to try it, and it was so good! We had salad and bread to go with our meal, but I only took a picture of the stir-fry. She can definitely make that again!

This past month we also continued our bad luck at Cleveland Indians games. Do you remember this game where we had tickets to go and couldn't find a parking spot because of a fire? We got our "redemption" tickets for Sept. 12. Whoo! The day came and it was gray and cloudy. It rained the entire drive to Cleveland. It rained through the start time. Yes folks, we were in a rain delay. My mom said at 9:30 that if they didn't call the game by 9:40 we were going to head home. at 9:39 they postponed the game. We walked outside, and it had stopped raining. They entertained the people that were waiting by playing movie clips, and songs that had to do with rain. You have to love a ballpark that plays Singing in the Rain while you wait! To make a long story short, I think I'm bad luck.




Like my photo skills?! 

This past month I've also been spotting some eagles. While you can't actually make out the fact they are eagles in the picture...trust me. There was an eagle, and there happened to be two. These birds amaze me every single time I see them, and I am proud that this bird is a symbol of our country.

That back half of the month was spent dog-sitting my aunt and uncle's dog. Lacy is my Cashew's sister, and they had a great time visiting each other. My aunt and uncle missed her terribly, so I sent them this picture to remind them that she loved them even though they were having a blast in Aruba.

That just about sums up my September. I have posts already planned to get this blog back on track. I've missed you readers!!

What types of posts would you like to see from me? Leave me a comment and let me know!!
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