Blog Challenge #15: Timeline of my day

Blog Challenge #15: Timeline of my day

I start my day around 6:30 am. I have always been a morning person and thankfully so because my little 3 month old likes to start his day around this time too. I make my coffee, let my puppies out, feed my sweet boy, and put on CMT. Music in the morning helps me shake off fatigue and feel energized.

 

Here’s a beautiful sunrise picture from my porch.

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I like to get my work done in the mornings too. Our online boutique usually lists about 20 new items each day. It is always exciting to see what new pretties we are going to add to our store. Also we have launched our new website. Have you checked it out yet? Here (https://oaksjewelry.com/) is a link and here are a few of this week’s favorite treasures:

 

Lunch is usually leftovers from the night before and in the late afternoon we go for a walk. Look at my son’s face…it makes me laugh because he doesn’t like to smile for the camera much but he does love walks.

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On Friday nights, my honey and I have always set a tradition that we go to the same place each week and unwind. We talk about the events of the week, dream of new adventures to come, and just enjoy each other’s company without rushing to get anywhere or get anything accomplished. Each place we have lived, we had our “Friday night place”. In Gainesville, Florida it was Piesano’s, in Pensacola, Florida, it was McGuire’s, in Fort Wayne, Indiana it was Bagger Dave’s, and in San Marcos, Texas it is Saltgrass.

 

Fun Fact: at McGuire’s you have to try the 18 cent bean soup (also watch out for the tricky restroom signs):

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Recently our little family has been binge watching the new season of Stranger Things! It’s the perfect mix of fall spooky, fun 80s feel, and the adorable kids make the show!

Lastly, on nights when I need to unwind, my new guilty pleasure is a hot bath with Dr. Teal’s Coconut oil Epson salt! It’s magical!

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Thanks for reading and Happy Friday!

Next week’s blog prompt is: What’s on your bucket list?

 

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Blog Challenge #14: If you won the lottery…

Blog Challenge #14: If you won the lottery…

If I won the lottery I would start off by doing all the responsible things that most people say when asked this question. I would pay off my bills, pay off my mom’s mortgage, take a few weeks off work, but specifically here is a little list of the fun things I would do:

#1: Take my family to Ireland and hear the High Kings play in concert!

This is my favorite Irish band. I heard them play live in concert when they were at the Performing Arts Center in Gainesville, FL. If you have any Irish heritage I feel like the homeland (Ireland) just calls to you and seeing this band would be the icing on the cake. I might need to add in a good Irish dark beer and Shepherd’s pie too!

 

#2: Buy a family vacation house in St. Augustine Florida.

This old city has had my heart since I was a child. My family spend Christmas there one year and I have been in love ever since. We went for a horse and carriage ride on Christmas Eve when the cobblestone street were quiet and deserted. My brother and I were wrapped up in cozy blankets and had hot chocolate and it was magical! There is so much history in this little town along with amazing food and beaches!

 

#3: Treat myself to some fabulous diamond jewelry!

You have to splurge a little bit right? Here are a few pieces I would make mine!

 

Those are the three big things that I can think of. Mostly I would keep my life the same. I would still want to keep my job and raise my son in our little cozy home (smaller homes makes families closer right?). Money can buy a lot of things but mostly I would want to buy vacations for my family and more memories to hold on to forever!

 

What about you? What would you do if you won the lottery?

Next week’s blog prompt is: The timeline of your day

Happy Friday!

Blog Challenge #13: What is your earliest memory?

I grew up in a small town in Florida. Our house was little and cozy (see picture below), filled with antiques and one wall in the living room that had floor to ceiling artwork of all different kinds. My dad was the most beautifully artistic person and he was a jeweler by trade. My younger days were spent behind the counter of my parent’s jewelry store. I watched my mom and dad help clients day after day and year after year.

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One of my fondest memories (maybe not my earliest) was the day I commissioned my dad to make a ring for me. I decided that I wanted to be a paying customer and wanted to have a special ring made. My dad played along, like any good dad would do. He let me pick out a stone to be set in my ring and he did the rest. I chose a blue tourmaline with a cabochon top. This particular tourmaline was rare…it was an indicolite tourmaline. My dad made this ring for me….

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I was pretty young and didn’t actually wear the ring daily but I remember being pleased as punch with my ring that I purchased with my allowance of about $80 (what a deal!). Years later after my dad passed away this ring became priceless to me!

 

A few months after my dad’s passing, his good friend, Sholomo called my mom. He said that he felt like my dad’s spirit was pressing upon him to send me a particular ring. I felt like the gesture was so kind and thoughtful. He wanted me to have something special to remember my dad by. When the ring arrived, I opened it not knowing what to expect. Low and behold there was another blue indicolte tourmaline ring…

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I’m not sure how or if Sholomo knew about this special stone, but in that moment I felt so close to my dad even though he was gone.

 

Jewelry is so special and sentimental. Jewelry can hold memories, promises, history and love.

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Thank you for reading! Next week’s blog prompt is: If you won the lottery…

Blog Challenge #12: What’s in your fridge? 

This week’s writing prompt was hard for me….hence the “challenge” I guess. To be honest, I’ve always been quite embarrassed of my fridge ever since I have lived on my own. I feel like I never have enough food in there, or I have expired food and forget to throw it out. I remember when I first started dating my hubby, he looked in the bottom “crisper” drawer to see if I had a tomato and found an old apple that had literally shrunk and shriveled like a prune. It was embarrassing but funny. Then my mom recently came to visit and looked in my empty freezer and was horrified that I didn’t have pounds and pounds of meat saved up for “a rainy day”. So…if you want the raw truth, keep reading…here’s what’s in my fridge – – – –
1) Milk
I only buy milk when I want to make pancakes with my favorite mix ever (no, I don’t make them from scratch like my Papa but they are still pretty tasty.)
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2) Brown eggs
Not sure why I always buy the brown ones but I do. Maybe because they remind me of my grandparents farm. Here’s a rare picture of my Papa on the farm. He never poses for pictures so I have to sneak around to capture him.
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3) Pillsbury Dinner Rolls and Mini Sausages
I always keep these on hand. In a pinch you can make pigs-in-a-blanket for breakfast or for an appetizer and look like you have it all together.
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4) Pot Pie
This is random but I have a pre-made pot pie from the Texas Pie Company. It is delicious and all you have to do is pop it in the oven. Here is their cute store front located in Kyle, Texas. It makes me smile.
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5) Avocados
These aren’t actually in the fridge but I have a bunch of them on hand. Ever since I heard that Tim Tebow (my favorite past Florida Gator) eats like 8 of them a day, I can’t get enough of them either. I like them plain, with mayo, or mixed with tomatoes and Italian dressing on top for a little red and green salad.
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6) Cold Brew Coffee
If you’ve read my blogs before, you know that I’m a coffee lover. These little cans are a new favorite especially on hot days.
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And sadly, that’s about all I have folks. I’m a minimalist when it comes to keeping food on hand. I prefer to plan a meal and go out and get the ingredients that day…or go out to eat!!! Do you tend to keep a lot on hand? What are some necessities that you have to have?
Thanks for reading! Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be back next Friday with the next blog challenge: What is your earliest memory?

Blog Challenge #11: What are your 15 Favorite things?

Hello there~

This week’s blog prompt is one of my favorites. I’ve done a favorites list before so I will adjust this one a bit and give you my current favorite obsessions. Enjoy!

  • Amazon Prime

I know I’m probably a little late to the game but Amazon Prime is a life changer! But buyers and shoppers beware. You order things and they are delivered to your door in 2 days. Need I say more?!? If you are a new mom, workaholic, busy busy bee…you need to sign up now!

  • Pumpkin Patch Family Photos

My little family of three will be getting our pumpkin patch photo next week and these pictures are my inspiration…hoping that I get my little 11 week old to smile or at least be awake.

  • Honey/Lemon Hot Water

So I’ve been fighting off my traditional change of the season cold and this little remedy is so amazing. The lemon is a natural cleanser and the honey sooths a sore throat and battles against a nagging cough. I’m still drinking my little “cocktail” after 2 weeks and I think I’m hooked!

  • NFL RedZone

Ok, so I do love college football (I’m a born and raised Gainesville, FL girl, so the GATORs are my guys!) but I’m not really into professional football. However, my hubby is all about it. So we recently added NFL Redzone to our cable package and I’m impressed. It’s a new way to watch football. Instead of switching channels and watching tons of games at once, Redzone only shows you the teams that are close to scoring. It’s more exciting! AND…at the end of the l-o-n-g day of football they have the “Touchdown Montague” that shows every touchdown from every game! It’s fun!

  • Jaclyn Hill Eye-shadow Palette

Just look at these colors, GORGEOUS! Also, there are so many YouTube tutorials circling around with hundreds of ways to apply these colors. Click here to check out one from Tati.

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  • L’Oréal Infallible Lipstick in the color “Milk and Cookies”

This shade is perfect for fall! I’ll be wearing it in my pumpkin patch photos!

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  • 90 Day Fiancé on TLC

This show has me hooked! The couples that travel the world for their true love and get engaged the first time they meet in person and get married within 90 days of getting back to the US. It’s great TV!

  • Austin Texas Coffee Houses

Austin knows how to do coffee and it seems that every coffee shop has cute photo opps too!

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  • Rubies

My son was born in July and out of ALLLLLL my jewelry, I do not have any rubies (the birthstone for July). Which one of these do I need for my collection? (Click here to have a closer look or to buy before I can get my hands on them ;o)

  • Over the knee boots

My favorite Instagramer, Alyson Haley, has been posting pics of “over the knee” boots and I need some. I actually had some years ago but got rid of them thinking they were out of style. Sorry hubby….from now on, I am keeping everything!!!

  • Gourd Painting

This is just good fall fun. Check out these Pinterest ones…

 

  • Lime Lush Boutique

I’ve been adding outfits from this boutique to my online shopping cart for weeks. I want to order from them so bad. Does anyone have good/bad reviews to share? All their outfits and clothes are SO cute!

  • Charlotte Russe Ankle Boots

I know that this store has very inexpensive things but their booties are great quality. I bought a pair last year for fall and even wore them through snowy days in Indiana and they are still in great shape for this year. Today they are having a 50% off sale. These are the pairs I am ordering…

  • Ruffle Tops

Anything with ruffles makes me smile. I love these tops from Nordstrom!

  • Pot Roast

I made this recipe last night and OH MY GOODNESS it was amazing. So simple and quick but a great finished product!

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(Click here for recipe)

Hope you enjoyed this post! Happy Friday and next week is: What’s in your fridge?

 

Blog Challenge #10: What is your best physical feature?

Whew this challenge was a hard one for me! As women it seems difficult to speak kindly of ourselves out loud and especially write it down for the world to read. I clam up when thinking about giving myself a compliment, it’s like I’m about to break some cardinal rule. But, I want to break that mold and boldly give myself a compliment this week.

 

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I think my eyes are my best physical feature.

 

They are blue and I’m a girly girl and love makeup so I’m always playing around with color and eyeliner to make my eyes really pop. I recently fell in love with Jaclyn Hill on YouTube. She is a makeup guru and an expert artist. She has a list of her favorite drugstore makeup products and I have to say that I purchased all her recommendation and she is spot on! And if you are a girl who loves her eyes/eye lashes, the L’Oréal mascara is the best on the market. I have used all kinds of mascara, even some that cost more than what should be legal but L’Oréal is the best!

Here is the top picks from the drugstore from makeup YouTubers, including Jaclyn. Click here to see the link.

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Back to my topic…the first thing that popped in my mind about today’s challenge was a love letter my hubby wrote to me back when we were dating. He compiled a list of his top favorite things about me. Silly I know…but when you are young and in love these corny things warm your heart. I’ll let you read the part about my eyes.

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Also, if you are wondering what the #1 thing was…it was my heart, he’s such a good man! ;o)

 

What’s your best physical feature? Don’t be shy!

 

Next week’s challenge is: List 15 of your favorite things. (this one will be fun!)

Blog Challenge #9: What are your worst habits?

Here is a list of the top 7 habits people do that negatively affect their lives. I don’t really do any of these…

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I also don’t bite my nails, sleep in my makeup, eat too much junk food, or shop too much (my hubby may disagree on that one). This challenge is hard for me because I’m the kind of person that if I see a bad habit in myself I try and correct it. So I will tell you about the top bad habits that I have broken.

 

  • Negative thinking ~

I think a lot of women suffer from this habit. We sometimes always think the worst or go to the worst case scenario in our minds. I took a class about “cleaning out your thought closet”. It was very productive in helping to adjust my thought process, taking every thought captive, and living life to the fullest by choosing joy! Choosing Joy – that reminds me of the minimal and beautiful script picture my boss gave me that has hung on my wall in two different houses. The simple reminder on a daily basis really helps change your internal attitude.

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  • Leaving a dirty kitchen for days ~

Yes, I was that girl. I would leave my kitchen piled up with dishes in the sink for days. This started in my little apartment when I was single. I would dread going home and seeing the mess and finally realized that it was giving me anxiety. My kitchen was the first place I went in the morning…because COFFEE…and it was the last place at night I went to have some water. So I was starting my day and ending my day looking at a mess. Once I started keeping it tidy, it did a wonder on my mental outlook each day. I felt recharged and orderly in the morning and prepared and confident at night.

 

  • Not enjoying the little things in life ~

I used to find myself wishing away the days of work or chore day. Even some days as a new mom, I want to speed ahead the newborn phase. I am still working on breaking this bad habit but I try and look for little ways throughout the “boring basic” days to find little moments to enjoy little things. My #1 little thing to enjoy each day is my cup of coffee. I make sure I use a cute mug or cup and saucer. I make sure I get up early enough to not be rushed. I make sure that I savor it.

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  • Wearing the same thing over and over again ~

Yes, I consider this a bad habit. I tend to fall into a rut of only wearing a few outfits over and over again. I also wear the same earrings, necklace, and ring day in and day out even though I work for a jewelry store and have a ton of beautiful jewels that sit there and never get enjoyed. I made it a personal challenge to start “shopping my closet” (both with clothes and jewelry). It’s amazing how looking good is half the battle sometimes. When you put together a new outfit from your closet and break out the matching earrings, it does something amazing to a girl! Try it!

 

Those are some of my top bad habits that I have found a way to break or am working on. What are some of yours? If you are following along with this blog challenge…next week is: What is your best physical feature?

 

Happy Friday!