8.29.2014

The ABCs of Labor Day Sales

TGILDW....(thank goodness it's Labor Day weekend)!

This post is getting to y'all late.  Teacher work week made things crazy around here!

In honor of my first day of school on Tuesday, however, I thought I'd share the ABCs of Labor Day sales with y'all...

A
is for
Extra 20% off all sale items between now and September 1st: Shop here!
*Also worth noting, Richmond teacher friends: Our local Anthro is offering 15% off in store between now and September 7th with your teacher ID!

Was $168, now $71.95
I am picturing this with tan riding boots for fall!

B
is for
Up to 50% off several jewelry styles between now and September 1st: Shop here!

Was $42, now just $28.
This necklace reminds me a lot of this Stella & Dot necklace I have been eyeing, but is just a fraction of the price!

C
is for
30% off full-priced items, 50% off sale items:  Shop here!

Was $128, now just $89.60.
And this comes in a fabulous lavender color, too!

Will you be shopping this Labor Day weekend?

What are your go-to shops for Back to School fashion?

Have a great LONG weekend!

Shop even more sale picks using the widget below!


8.26.2014

Back to School Meal Planning

Happy Tuesday friends!

First things first--thank you!!!  It took courage for me to open up to y'all about my challenges on Friday and I couldn't be more grateful for the support and love I received from the blogging community.  I've received comments, emails, texts, and even snail mail from blog friends since opening up and it means a lot.  One of my goals over the last several months has been to do a better job of responding to reader comments via email.  I have done a pretty good job with this, however, right now is one of my busiest times of year as a teacher, so I have not yet gotten to share a personal thank you with many of you.  In the meantime I hope this public thank you here will suffice!

With the start of teacher work week yesterday and the first day of school for students just one week away, I thought it would be a good time to do some meal planning.  I've mentioned on here before, that Bryce and I have a hard time with meal planning.  Our schedules are both hectic, and Bryce also often works late, meaning that trying to get dinner on the table with regularity can be tough.  Over the summer we have gotten into better meal planning habits, though, and I am hoping they will continue into the school year.  It's going to be tough, but I thought the perfect inspiration would be some exciting new recipes to try....and...why not share them with y'all?

In the coming weeks, I am hoping to get a chance to meal plan and cook these dishes:

I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet and have a feeling this grilled corn on the cob combined with quinoa will give me a taste of summer even after the start of school!

Bryce and I eat a lot of chicken and both love cashews...even better, these are baked and not fried (aka: guilt free)!

Natalie's recipes never disappoint, so I'd love to try her spin on this Southern classic.
(ps: Check out my favorite recipe of Natalie's I've tried thus far here)

Let's face it--Mondays suck!  That's why I love the idea of a casserole you can prep ahead of time and just pop in the oven Monday night while you pour yourself a stiff cocktail!

I have been craving a low country boil the last few weeks and am thinking these kabobs might have to make an appearance for Labor Day this weekend!

And finally, for once the weather cools down...

There are few things I enjoy more than a warm soup on a cool fall night!

So there you have it!  Here's to hoping these recipes will inspire me to stick to meal planning!

How do you meal plan?

What are your go-to recipes?

If you have a good one, I'd love to feature it!

Have a great day!

8.22.2014

Loving...

Happy Friday readers!


Fun plans for the weekend?

We don't have much of anything on the agenda, but I am really looking forward to it.  Bryce and I have been needing some down time, just the two of us, and I think this weekend will provide it.

I mentioned last week that I've been struggling personally.  I'd be lying if I said 2014 had been a good year so far.  It hasn't been.  In fact, I think it's been the toughest year of my life thus far.  The first week of the new year went wonderfully, but since then things have been tough.

While I'm not comfortable sharing the details of my problems on the blog, I will share some of the emotions I've been facing.  It feels good to get it out.  If you haven't gathered from reading my blog, I'm pretty Type A.  I know what I want out of life, I set my mind to that, work towards my goals, and typically things go as I would like.  When they don't, I struggle.  For nearly nine months now, despite any and all efforts, my life hasn't felt on track.  I've felt completely out of control and helpless.  I've also had some major pity parties.  In fact, just last week I was joking that I was going to start just being a negative person.  Whenever I try to be positive and hope for the best, I end up feeling disappointed.  I joked that perhaps if I just expected the negative, I would be pleasantly surprised.  I soon realized, however, that is completely the opposite of who I am.  So instead, I am trying to push through and not focus on people and situations I can't control.  I am going to focus on being the best "me" I can and eventually (*hopefully*) things will work themselves out.  Shew...that was long winded, huh?  It needed to be said, though, and leads into the first two things I am loving this week, here goes!

The first way I am trying to improve myself, is by exercising.  To say my exercise routine is sporadic would be an understatement.  I feel better when I exercise regularly, though, and like the routine of it. That being said, I decided to try a new exercise regimen.  About two weeks ago I signed up for a package at Richmond Barre and am loving it.  The routines challenge my body in a way it's never been challenge before and I'm really enjoying the classes.  I'm also loving these Zella pants I got for barre:


To add to that, I am loving this post, 100 Thoughts I Have During Pure Barre, that my friend Ruby sent me after taking our first class! 

Second up on the Allie Improvement agenda, and loving list for the week, is keeping up with current events via The Skimm.  Throughout high school and college, I was pretty good about knowing what was going on in the world.  Since then, I've honestly been embarrassed at times when someone brings up a major news story in conversation that I know nothing about.  The Skimm makes it effortless, though. Simply sign up, and each morning a quick skim, or summary, of major news events is delivered to your inbox.  In less than 5 min, you'll be informed!


I am loving this kitchen workspace.  Simple, elegant, glam...swoon!


I am really loving this Old Fashioned Print for a bar area.  Not to mention, I have found a new site to love, adore, obsess over in Katie Kime, the site that sells the print!


And finally, rather than ending with an eCard per usual, I couldn't resist this funny in honor of going back to school on Monday!


What are you loving lately?

How do you cope with difficult times?

Have a great weekend!

8.20.2014

Nana's Peach Cobbler

Happy Hump Day readers!

Hope you're having a great week!  I am trying to soak up these last few days of summer, while also getting lots of housework done.  The first few weeks of school are crazy, so I want the house in the best shape possible before I have little time to give it attention.

Today I have a delicious recipe to share with you:  Nana's Peach Cobbler.

This recipe is from a cookbook that Bryce's Nana put together for him as a gift.  It is so delicious! Believe it or not, I have never made it myself.  This is one Bryce always makes.  I had been begging him for one all summer and last week he surprised me with one....y'all it was gone in less than 24 hours!  It is that good!


Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup  milk
3 tsp baking powder
1 stick butter
1 quart of peaches

Directions:
Preheat oven to 370 F.
Melt butter in 9x13 baking dish.
Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder (sift together).
Add milk and mix well.
Meanwhile, heat peaches on stove over low heat.
Pour batter mixture over the butter.
Pour hot peaches on top of batter.
Bake ~25 min or until brown on top.


Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!


This recipe can also easily be adapted with other fruits...it is also great with mixed berries!

Do you have any favorite family recipes?

What are you go-to summer desserts?

Have a great day!

8.18.2014

It's Here!

Happy Monday, friends!

Today is an exciting day, the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is HERE!


Click here to set up an account and make check out a breeze.

Items go FAST, so a seamless checkout will help insure you get your favorites!

Additionally, be sure to check out websites of Lilly via stores as they participate in the sale too, and sometimes have a different selection.  You can shop my local Lilly store, the Pink Palm here.

Below you will find some of my favorites...get 'em while they're hot!  Chances are some of these will already be out of stock by the time you read this post!

Was $148, now $69
ordered this!

Was $198, now $99

Was $68, now $29

Was $58, now $39

Was $238, now $69
ordered this!

Was $148, now $49

Was $98, now $34

Was $48, now $29

Was $88, now $34

And of course we can't forget the little ladies...



Happy Shopping!