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Currently – October 2017

Currently – October 2017

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I’m linking up today with Anne at In Residence and Dana at Something Good for this month’s Currently!

On this first week of October 2017, I am currently…

Styling:  outfits from the Get Your Pretty On (GYPO) Fall Style Challenge.  These challenges are always a lot of fun and incredibly helpful.  They’ve taught me how to shop wisely AND how to stay on trend!  Here are a few of my favorite outfits so far.  (The Fall Work Wear Capsule is available now!  Yes, that’s an affiliate link!)

 

Saving:  time and money by using Prep Dish.  Prep Dish provides weekly meal plans and more importantly, well-organized instructions for preparing the meals.  Watch for a full review of my experience with Prep Dish REALLY soon!

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Searching:  for Christmas gift ideas.  One of the items on my Autumn Adventures list is to enjoy Christmas shopping by doing it earlier.  If I want hand-crafted gifts, for instance, I know I need to get them ordered soon.  (I’m looking at you, Etsy!)

 

Picking:  books I want to read and restaurants I want to try.  I’m currently reading The War that Saved My Life, another fantastic recommendation by Modern Mrs. Darcy.

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Making:  time for a special treat!  I’m treating myself to an afternoon out tomorrow!  Books and food MIGHT be involved!  Stay tuned for all the details!

What are YOU currently up to!  Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

Springtime Fun List – Update #1

Springtime Fun List – Update #1

Hello!  It’s time for an update on my Springtime Fun List!

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A few weeks ago I shared a list of the things I want to do this spring.  Here’s the list:

  • Go to the beach at least twice.
  • Try two new restaurants in downtown Savannah.
  • Go to Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Take a trip to Alaska.
  • Buy a new Easter dress.
  • Get a new, official (professional) picture of Gene and me.
  • Focus on Easter by observing Lent.
  • Make and put up some springtime decorations in the house.
  • Go kayaking in a new location.
  • Write at least one REAL letter or note to a friend each week.

Thanks to a little head start (since spring starts EARLY here in Coastal Georgia), I’ve actually made a lot of headway!

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Currently – April 2017

Currently – April 2017

I am currently…

Accomplishing:  unpacking some boxes.  We’ve been in our house two and half years!  Oy!  Some of boxes are full of decorating-type things that I didn’t use when we first moved in.  Now I have the itch to change things up, so it’s a good time to sort through those items.  Other boxes are full of stuff we dragged from house to house during our Air Force career.  I need to just.  get.  rid.  of.  them.

Feeling:  excited!  We’re getting ready for our trip to Alaska!

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Springerize Your Wardrobe

Springerize Your Wardrobe

Spring is officially here, and I’m pretty excited about it!  Autumn fashion rocks my world.  It rocks my world for MONTHS since I live in Coastal Georgia.  (No winter here!)

Now it’s time to change things up.  We’ll have highs in the 80s all week, so it’s DEFINITELY time to change things up in a springtime direction!

My spring wardrobe could benefit from just a little updating.  Know what I mean?  I finally got a good handle on my wardrobe a couple of years ago with the Get Your Pretty On Style Challenges.  I learned how to shop wisely and how to put together multiple outfits from just a few pieces of clothing.  And it was FUN, y’all! 

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Five Things Friday – All the Happy Happy Things

Five Things Friday – All the Happy Happy Things

My happy meter is pretty much pegged out these days, and I thought I would share a few happy things with you guys today!

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1.  We’re camping this weekend!  It’s our first time out this year, and we were READY!  We stayed pretty close to home and don’t have a lot of stuff planned. Maybe a short hike tomorrow. Lots of relaaaaaxing is the primary goal!

 

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2. I recently purchased this awesome, custom necklace from my local Plunder consultant!  I just love it!  It makes me really happy!

 

3.  Gene and I are going to the insanely crazy  St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah next week!  Yikes!  I’m equally excited and terrified!  We purchased tickets from the Savannah Theatre, so we’ll have reserved seats, security, bathrooms, and lots of food.  Hopefully it’ll be a fun experience. Stay tuned!

 

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4.  I’m gearing up for my first homeschool convention of the season!  I’ll be representing Sonlight Curriculum at the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) Convention next month. My team and I are excited to get back in our NEW, BEAUTIFUL booth and talk to families about homeschooling with Sonlight!

5.  We’re getting details nailed down for our trip to Alaska in May!  I’ll be working at three homeschool conventions there and then we’ll get to see our son!  He’s stationed there with the Air Force, and I just can’t wait to see him and explore Alaska together!

Add to this list a visit from my oldest niece (#gabfest #shopping), the new Beauty and the Beast movie, flowers blooming everywhere, gorgeous weather, all kinds of great stuff happening at our church, getting to know new friends, a great Bible study for Lent…the list goes on and on!  I thank God for these opportunities!

What’s something happy going on with YOU today?!?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I’ll be happy to be happy with you!

Favorite Almost-Springtime Fashion

Favorite Almost-Springtime Fashion

Let’s talk fashion today!  I want to share two fun outfits I’ve worn lately, but FIRST I want to share one of my favorite things with you!

Get Your Pretty On is now offering a PERFECT wardrobe capsule for only $29!!!  I’m really excited about it!  If you’re wanting some basic wardrobe direction, this is where you want to start.  The seasonal challenges all build off of the basics in this one!

It’s called the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Basics Builder.  It provides you a list of 20 clothing items for you to gather.  You probably have a lot of them already, so shop your closet first and THEN go shopping to fill in any gaps.  You’ll also receive 20 days of outfits using those 20 pieces of clothing.  You won’t have to figure out what to wear; it’s all there for you!

(I want to say that this is a great wardrobe builder for ANY woman, not just stay at home moms!)

I discovered these style challenges a couple of years ago when I was REALLY struggling with how to dress this 40-something-year-old body of mine.  I didn’t want to look too young and I sure didn’t want to look too old!  The GYPO wardrobe challenges taught me how to shop well and how to coordinate great outfits from basic pieces and maybe a few special, pn-trend items.

The challenges gave me a LOT more confidence in shopping and looking trendy AND age appropriate.  I now refuse to buy anything if I can’t style it in at least three different outfits. Turns out that spending a little money on challenges like this one has SAVED me a lot of money!

So hurry and sign up for this wardrobe builder!  I know you’ll be pleased with it!   The signup for this ends in a few days, so check it out right now!

Here are a couple of outfits I’ve styled lately, all thanks to what I learned from Get Your Pretty On!

 

This is a swing dress from Old Navy worn over a sweet pair of LuLaRoe leggings.  To finish the outfit off I added an olive scarf and a pair of ankle boots.  (The olive and blue tie into the pattern on the leggings.)

This is another really basic outfit.  A pair of olive corduroy jeans with a striped swing top and a cardigan.  Add in a fun scarf (I love pattern mixing!) and boots, and voila!  One of my favorite winter outfits!  (The scarf ties together the colors in the jeans, shirt, and cardigan.)

If you’re interested in a more extensive wardrobe planner, check this out!  It’ll set you up for the rest of the year!  Four seasonal wardrobe planners for the price of three!  Annual Membership

Thanks for stopping by today!

For legal reasons I’ll mention that the links in this post are affiliate links.  If you purchase a wardrobe planner,  I’ll make a small commission.
Top Ten Posts for 2016 – Most Popular

Top Ten Posts for 2016 – Most Popular

What a fun year here at OutAndBack!  Thank you for stopping by, reading a while, and cheering me on!  Here are the ten most popular posts for 2016 (based on number of views).

1.  Electric Pressure Cooker – YES!  My initial foray into the world of electric pressure cookers.  I started with the Farberware model; here’s what I thought of it.  (Coming soon:  a post comparing this to the Instant Pot that I purchased later.)

 

2.  Michael Ann’s Kitchen  Day One of the Write 31 Days Challenge.  Welcome to my kitchen!  Let me show you around!  You’ll find the complete list of posts in this series here.

 

3.  One Carly, Three Ways  LuLaRoe posts have been VERY popular this year!  LuLaRoe fans abound, and for good reason!  If you’ve not succumbed to the LuLaRoe world yet, Carly is one of their wonderful dresses.

 

4.  Style Perspectives: How Would YOU Wear It?  I linked up with the fabulous ladies at The Blended Blog for this one.  We styled a blazer, tank/t-shirt, and jeans.  Easy peasy and FUN!

 

5.  Currently – December 2016  Each month I link up with Anne at In Residence for her “Currently” posts.  The topics change every month.  This is a fun post to write AND a fun way to quickly check out bloggers I don’t know.  The variety of responses each month always amazes me!  Beautiful Thomasville, Georgia featured prominently in this “Currently” post.

 

6.  In the Beginning  This was Day 2 of Michael Ann’s Kitchen, my response to the Write 31 Days blogging challenge.  On this day I shared what Mama taught me about being a successful cook.  She knew what she was talking about!  (Do you suppose my kids will ever say that about me?!?)

 

7.  Capes!  This post is nearly a year old now, and it’s cape season again!  Check ’em out and see what you think!  (I like THIS cape post a lot better!)

 

8.  The Letter R and the Elephant  Yes!  THIS is one of my favorite posts of the year!  Funny, funny story!

 

9.  Cozy Fashion for the Holidays  LuLaRoe fashion hits the Top 10 again!  This time I styled LuLaRoe leggings and linked up (again) with The Blended Blog.

 

10.  Fall Fashion Find: A Casual Dress  Wow!  Another fashion post and another link-up with The Blended Blog!

 

So, I’m curious.  Did YOUR favorite post(s) make the top ten?!?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I plan to list MY favorite posts tomorrow, and most of them ARE NOT on today’s list!  (You KNOW you’ll need to come back tomorrow, right?!?  HOW will you ever sleep tonight?!?)

 

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Cozy Fashion for the Holidays

Cozy Fashion for the Holidays

Y’all won’t be surprised if I tell you I bought another pair of LuLaRoe leggings.  Really though.  I own only a few pair, but I DO love them!  And when I saw these over at Brittney & Teresa’s LuLaRoe group, I just HAD to have them!  Here’s how I’m styling them.

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This is my favorite way to wear LuLaRoe leggings.  A little crazy can go a long way, so I like for just a bit of them to peek out between a long tunic/short dress and a pair of tall boots.  I’ve talked about this pintuck top before (here).  It’s from Old Navy.  The boots came from Payless last year.  All of my favorite colors pop up in this outfit!  Gold, olive, burgundy!

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On this day I worked up my brave and wore the same leggings with my blue suede booties.  I chose to wear a longer dress to, again, cover a little of the crazy so it wouldn’t be too overwhelming.  I feel more comfortable in the tall boots (I’m just not sure if short boots work well for me), but I wore this with confidence (like my mama taught me), and I received several compliments!  [The dress is from Old Navy, and the booties came from Off Broadway shoes.]

The ladies over at The Blended Blog are talking cozy fashion every Wednesday this month.  We are just beginning to get cozy-worthy weather here in Coastal Georgia.  We’re not doing a lot of sweaters yet, but I still consider these outfits to be cozy.  So I’m linking up with confidence–like my mama taught me!

Any other LuLaRoe lovers out there?  Is it cool enough to wear cozy fashion where YOU live?!?  Chime in below and let me know!

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Currently – December 2016

Currently – December 2016

Hooray for a new Currently link up!  Here’s what I’m currently up to!

Doing:  Visiting new friends in beautiful Thomasville, Georgia!  I met some ladies at the #READSavannah event back in September, and two of them live in Thomasville.  I had been here once before and discovered a delightful downtown area with loads of unique shops and some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.  (I’m looking at you, Jonah’s Fish and Grits!)  I’m here now to invest in these fledgling friendships and to eat more great food!  What a joy it’s been!  I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know Julie and Mary Jane better.

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BONUS:  I was also able to meet up with Susie, a “virtual” friend of mine I met on the GYPO Style Challenges.  It was our first time to meet in real life!  Talk about a blessing!  Oh my!  So this friendship, too, has taken great leaps forward this weekend.  I thank God for prompting me to come and spend time with these ladies!

Susie and me in The Book Shelf! I love this book store! It's owned and run by Susie's daughter, Annie.
Susie and me in The Book Shelf! I love this book store! It’s owned and run by Susie’s daughter, Annie.  (Yes, I’m wearing LuLaRoe leggings again!)

Enjoying:  Eating my way through Thomasville!  I had lunch yesterday at Savannah Moon Bakery & Cafe; monster grilled cheese and tomato bisque!  Dinner last night was at Jonah’s.  The hush puppies were JUST as amazing as I remembered!  I nearly wept over them the first time I had them.  For real.  Last night I chose (along with hush puppies) grilled mahi and grits with tasso gravy and a side of collard greens.  Y’all!  I was one happy Michael Ann!  This morning I’m blogging from Grassroots Coffee, and in a minute I’m meeting Mary Jane at the Q Cafe for breakfast.  Lunch plans are to be determined.  I’m not ruling out a return trip to Jonah’s!

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Cooking:  I tried a new pressure cooker recipe for Chicken Cacciatore last week, and it was a hit!  I used this recipe as a starting point and added a couple of cloves of garlic, a tablespoon or so of capers, and about 1/4 cup (maybe less) white wine.  I used chicken thighs and cooked the whole thing for 15 minutes as the recipe said, then served it over brown rice (cooked in my second pressure cooker).

Wrapping:  I’d love to say I’m wrapping up my Christmas shopping, but I’m just getting started!  Thomasville offers some amazing shopping!  Did I mention that already?

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Firefly is one of my favorite shops in Thomasville. ONE of them!

Playing:  Christmas music.  Lots of it!  Jordan Smith’s album is still a frequent flier, and I just located my Christmas in Velvet album.  That was my favorite album when I was growing up (back when it really was a physical LP album!), and I still love it.

Link-up:  Be sure to click over to Anne and Kellie to see what they (and a lot of other fun folks) are CURRENTLY up to!

 

So, what are YOU currently doing, enjoying, cooking, wrapping, and playing?!?  DO tell in the comment section below!

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