Things I Love Thursday

This will be one of those #letmecatchupandcatchmybreath type posts. Life has been busy with indoor soccer for Miss C wrapping up and Girl Scout Cookie sales madness. On top of that, Miss A has just started gymnastics. I’ve also been battling some super congestion crud that has had me really dragging for the last two weeks. Boo on that and bring on spring!

So without further ado, here are some things I am loving, as well as one product my middle school daughter loves. Several of these items were sent to me recently by Tieks. (such a NICE Valentine’s Day surprise, especially since I felt rather crummy that week.) Not only were the contents amazing, but the packaging was very memorable – a fun heart-shape box in the Tieks signature teal blue that we were able to repurpose for Miss A’s Valentine’s Day school party.

Tieks Valentines Day

Wearing it and Loving it

Cardinal Red Tieks – The team at Tieks sent me the cutest Valentine’s package as well as brand spankin’ new red Tieks in observance of American Heart Association National Wear Red Day. Did you know that heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined? Tieks are uber comfy. I already had a leopard pair but the red are a fun addition! These babies have been on Oprah’s list.

Pink Chevron Vineyard Vines Scarf – I am not a big scarf wearer but I’m warming up to them. This beautiful scarf was also stashed in my Valentine’s day goodie package from Tieks. This pretty, feminine scarf is no longer in stock but it’s a fun pink chevron design that is really versatile. Hmmmm, I see more scarves in my future.

Stella & Dot Maya Bracelet – This is my first piece of jewelry from Stella & Dot and I love it! It’s very dainty and simple. Thanks again to Tieks for sharing some pretties with me. I have my eye on the matching necklace! The bracelet is now on sale for just $17.

Saving Time - If you are constantly weeding through junk e-mail, then you MUST sign up for this service! Totally free and totally awesome.

Feedolu – Looking for a new feed reader? I just signed up for this “social” RSS Feed Reader and love having categories for different topics relevant to work, blogging, etc. Hat tip, Shelly Kramer.

Looking Great

Speaking of scarves, here’s a helpful post I pinned on 12 Ways to Tie a Scarf.

Here’s another great pin from Putting Me Together featuring 14 outfits created using just 10 pieces (which also incorporates scarves.)

I love discovering new blogs, and I love this new “real” fashion (real as in a busy mom like me could do this) blog called Because Pinterest Told Me To.

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

Smirnoff Pineapple Coconut Sorbet Lite Vodka -  Smirnoff sent me their latest lite vodka to try out. I’m not a big vodka drinker but I’ve already purchased an additional bottle. Really light smooth delicious flavor and the smell reminds me of the beach! (Which I so need right now!)

Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka – I recently tried this and loved it. Maybe I can learn to love vodka. This is a great mixer made in Austin, Texas, and perfect for spring and summer cocktails.

Tween Picks

EOS Lip Balm – My 11-year-old is obsessed with these! With fun flavors like Summer Fruit, Honeysuckle Honeydew, and Lemon Drop, and fun packaging, it’s easy to see why. EOS is just plain fun. (Amazon affiliate link included.)

What are you loving these days? Have you tried any of these products? Leave a comment below!



These Boots and Boo Berries Are Made For Blogging

Disclosure: Amazon affiliate link account used on book titles.

First of all, how is it possible that it’s NEARLY OCTOBER?

Here are some things I’m loving this week. My brain is filled with various and sundry Post It type ideas and I’ve been working a lot and just finished volunteering as coordinator for Miss A’s class silent auction basket, so a Things I Loved Thursday wrap up is the best I’m going to do for a coherent post at this point.

Speaking of nearly October, Boo Berry is in da house!

Boo Berry Cereal

And so are my boots. Yippee! I love, love, love jeans and boots weather.


Elaine Turner Boots

I enjoyed a fantastic brunch last Sunday outside with my friends from Fem City Nashville. I am proud to serve on the board of this new (to Nashville) professional women’s networking group. Seriously if you need more info, message me. You can get a lifetime membership through the end of this month for a one-time fee of only $100. We have a blast. One of our newest members is fellow Nashville area mom blogger Mandy Stribling from The Fabulous Baby Striblings. Check out her cute new painted furniture store, La Petite Maison. Fem City Nashville’s president Beth Tilley Green has big plans for our chapter!

Femcity Nashville

 Loved this eggs benedict with kale at Kocktails and Kouture at our gathering Sunday.

Eggs Benedict with Kale

I am loving downloading free ebooks from the library to my Kindle. I just finished The Paris Wife, which is about Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage. My interest in Zelda Fitzgerald is now piqued and I definitely want to read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitgerald. I’m in the process of The Healing which I just can’t quite get into but today I downloaded Where’d You Go Bernadette and The Time of My Life.


Paris Wife

Hubby and I just finished watching House of Cards on Netflix. I love Kevin Spacey and Robin Penn together. We’re now on to The Killing. Both are fantastic, although I am missing a good comedy, like Arrested Development. Sheesh, seriously, though before House of Cards we finished up Walking Dead.House of Cards


Speaking of good comedy, you’ve got to check out this video with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake #likerightnow #hilarious #omg

And finally, I just signed up to receive daily deals from and HOLY CUTENESS! Lots of cute boutique-y type gift ideas for everyone, from mamas to babies and up to 80% off. Here’s a little preview:

Jane dot com

What are you loving this week?



10 Girl Power Songs to Get You Moving

I just downloaded a Couch to 5K app to my phone and I’m trying to get on the fitness wagon after falling off about a hundred times over the past decade or so.

I keep reminding myself that this is helping stave off the Food Baby Five, that five (ok maybe 6 or 7) pounds I put on every year between Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Every year I lose that winter weight, but the older I get I find that my metabolism has fallen and it can’t get up and I fully expect at some point that it’s going to just look at me and say, “You GOTTA be kidding me lady!”

Any way, the weather has been absolutely gorgeous in the evenings and just a teaser of fall and I’ve been wanting to get out and exercise as much as I can. Miss C and I went out tonight for a two-mile loop in the neighborhood and every time she breezed past me, completely unwinded and unsweaty in her 11-year-old glory, she asked, “MOM, why are you running so SLOW?” I reminded her I’m quadruple her age and in the process kind of blew my own mind with that little statistical tidbit. I’m going for distance at this point and not speed.

Girl Power Songs Play List

Along with my soccer girl sidekick empowering me around each bend with an enthusiastic “You can do it mom!,” there’s nothing more motivating to me than some favorite tunes when I am exercising. Here are some awesome girl power songs to get you moving.

  1. Cannonball, The Breeders

  2. Roar, Katy Perry

  3. So What, Pink

  4. Gold, Britt Nicole

  5. Applause, Lady Gaga

  6. Who Says, Selena Gomez

  7. Holla Back Girl, Gwen Stefani

  8. No More Drama, Mary J. Blige

  9. Firework, Katy Perry

  10. One Way or Another, Blondie

What would you add to this girl power play list?




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