Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Faves

I'm super late to the game today, and I almost didn't post, but I've had so much fun stuff to share this week, I'm just going for it!

Administrative Professionals Day was this week, and I had this beautiful arrangement sent by my boss...which happens to be my parents. They are just stunning, this picture doesnt even do them justice!

Bible Study
I've been slacking...a my daily Bible study. I just get busy with life and that goes to the back burner. You guys, this should come first! I've got to do better about this! But I read this verse this week, and had to share. 

Owen Lee 
Getting snaps from this cutie patootie is my fave! Love his face!

I bought my first home 8 years ago this week. I love being reminded of these milestones on Timehop.

New Jewelry

I got some new jewelry this week, and I just know they are going to be new faves!

Here's a choker. I know, I know. I hated them for forever, but now I kinda dig the leather ones.

 Some new bangles from Sandy Pearls. I've ordered this set, and can't wait to get them in!

And this super cute cuff from Old Soul Design Co

This derby pie from The Pie Queen was just too cute to eat, but no worries, I did! And it was delish!

And this sign. I love this phrase, and have been wanting one of these signs. Saw this and it was done.

Linking up with Andrea and Karlie!

Have a happy weekend, friends!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Blood Memory Book Review

I'm a new reader of Greg Iles, and I have to just jump right into it and say I'm also a new fan!

I heard of him through fellow blogger and friend, Laura, who blogs over at The Horton Family blog. She had met Iles, visited his area, and gushed about him in one of her posts. Our book club needed a new book for April, and based on her post, I recommended Iles. 
from Laura's post

I'm so so glad I did; everyone loved the book, Blood Memory!

Synopsis from Amazon
Hailed by Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) for his "utterly consuming" suspense fiction, New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles melds forensic detail with penetrating insight into the heart of a killer in a southern town. 

Some memories live deep in the soul, indelible and dangerous, waiting to be resurrected....Forensic expert "Cat" Ferry is suspended from an FBI task force when the world-class odontologist is inexplicably stricken with panic attacks and blackouts while investigating a chain of brutal murders. Returning to her Mississippi hometown, Cat finds herself battling with alcohol, plagued by nightmares, and entangled with a married detective. Then, in her childhood bedroom, some spilled chemicals reveal two bloody footprints...and the trauma of her father's murder years earlier comes flooding back. Facing the secrets of her past, Cat races to connect them to a killer's present-day violence. But what emerges is the frightening possibility that Cat herself has blood on her hands....

My Review
Whoa! This book has almost 500 pages, so I knew it would take me a while to read, especially since I haven't been in the reading groove this year. Well, I was wrong. I could NOT put it down, and I sped through it in no time. A lot of times, my eyes get really tired at night and my vision gets blurry. Normally I have to quit reading until the next day. Some nights, I just brought the book closer, squinted a little harder, and charged through just one more chapter. It was so good!

We discussed at book club how it kept us on the edge of our seat, and there were so many twists and angles that kept you guessing. Looking back, some things we would have changed because it maybe didn't seem so realistic or it wasn't what we would have preferred, but we were still such fans. 

So happy with Greg Iles and Blood Memory that we decided to choose another Iles book for May. We're reading Dead Sleep next; please feel free to read along this month, and maybe we can chat about it too. Wouldn't that be fun?

Thanks, Laura, for getting us hooked on Mr. Iles!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Happy Hump Day! I'm gonna fill you in on what's been going on in my little bubble lately! 

Eating: I've been eating on Sausage Crescent Bake and Taco Pasta Salad this week. Leftovers. Can you believe it?

Reminiscing: My grandparents. I'm not sure what it is about spring, but it especially makes me think of loved ones that have passed. My Granny and Papa were super special people, and I miss them so much!

Loving: New Lula! I have a problem, you guys. I bought 6 new pieces last week because there were so many parties and I just couldn't help myself. I need an intervention. And more closet space!

If you are looking for some awesome ladies to buy from, check out these girls. They are my fave!

Up To: Springs Markets! I attended Gypsymoon this weekend. Twice to be honest. And I just love things like this so much! My weekends will be full of market shopping, and I can't wait!
Cuff from Old Soul Jewelry Co. bought at GypsyMoon

Dreading: Scraping off wallpaper. I've started, but can't seem to continue. It's just so hard, y'all. I mean, at this point, I think I'd pay someone. Serious.

Working On: Bathroom wall situation and landscaping. I'm terrible and pulling weeds and digging holes for plants, but don't really have the money to spend on it....because of previously mentioned markets and LuLaRoe parties. ::sigh::

Excited About: Birthday parties for my niece (June) and nephew (May). I love buying gifts, but especially for them!

Watching: 13 Reasons's slow, but good, but I have a huge problem with it. Teens (and adults) everywhere are talking about it, and I'm just afraid that it might lead someone to follow through with suicidal thoughts. Yes, I know it's fiction and for entertainment. Someone that isn't stable or in a good place may have other ideas. 

Reading: Just finished Blood Memory, and it was fantastic. My friend, Kathy, encouraged me to read Unstuffed, so I will begin it today! Pretty excited about that!

Listening To: Brett Young's In Case You Didn't Know. It's on repeat.

Wearing: Hello? Have you been reading? LuLaRoe!

Doing This Weekend: Hopefully finishing some series (13 Reasons Why and The Following).

Looking Forward To: More markets! Woohoo!

What Else? Hmm...I'm a little cranky about kids and teachers counting down the days until school is out. That used to be me. But I exchanged it for an 8-5 job. Woe is me.

Bonus: Favorite Spring/Summer Shoe: Hands down, my Yellow Box flip flops. I wear them almost daily! 

Linking up with Mel, Shay, and Sheaffer!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Taco Pasta Salad

I had a church potluck this weekend, and needed something quick and easy to prepare! I perused Pinterest, as usual when I need a new recipe, and found this Taco Pasta Salad. 

I changed the original recipe a bit to fit my tastes, and also because my grocery didn't have the exact dressing, but it turned out really well. Read on for recipe!

 Here's what you'll need: 
-1 box of tri-color rotini pasta (honestly, any will do)
-2 cups Mexican Blend shredded cheese
-1 bottle spicy ranch
-1 packet taco seasoning
-1 can black beans, rinsed
-1 can corn, rinsed
-1 small can black olives, sliced and rinsed
-1 tub grape tomatoes, sliced
-tortilla strips, not pictured

While pasta is cooking, mix bottle of ranch with taco seasoning. 

Empty cans of beans and corn. Rinse with water. 

As soon as pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. 

Mix pasta with beans, corn, olives, cheese, and ranch.  

I made this the day before, so I waited to put in my tomatoes and tortilla strips. Before serving, I mixed those in. 

This pasta had a great flavor and was a different twist on the normal pasta salads I see, and even typical taco dishes! It would be excellent with some diced grilled chicken for your main meal too!

Check out my other tried and true recipes, including my favorite Caesar Pasta Salad, on Mel Cooks page. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

3 on Thursday

If you're new to Three on Thursday posts, I totally borrowed the idea from Not Entirely Perfect. It's a post of (3) things I'm currently loving and think you'd love too! It can be anything from products, foods, music, shows, books, etc. Basically anything that's worth sharing!

Sonic Praline Pecan Iced Coffee

After having blood drawn this morning, I decided to treat myself to an iced coffee. I ordered a large, because you know how coffee orders always come in different size cups than like a soda order. Nope, not at Sonic. They give you the huge honkin' cup that a Sprite would come in. I ain't complaining. 

So if you see me today, I may be bouncing off the walls from my large coffee- with a sugary sweet added flavor. OMG SO GOOD!

I mentioned this book earlier this week, but I've read more, and I'm obsessed. I cannot put this book down! You guys. I read so much yesterday that my eyes got tired and vision was blurry, and I was so mad because I wanted to keep reading! I love murder mysteries, and this one is one of the best! Thanks, Laura, for sharing about this author!

I had been carrying around a rather large Kate Spade wallet, and decided I wanted something a little smaller. This one caught my eye because of the details on the front, so I ordered it. You guys. I love this wallet! It's slim enough to fit in my small crossbody purses, but still holds what I need it to. There's a pocket for coins and one for cash. I keep my most used cards on the outside, and there's room for other ones inside too. I wish it came in a bright, fun color, but I think this is probably from a winter collection, so maybe they will come out with more? There is a ballet pink that's cute, and I may get it next. 

What are you loving this week?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What I'm Reading

I've not been reading as much as usual, and it's a little weird for me!

Last year, I averaged around 3 books per month. This year? I'm barely reading 1 a month. Like, what has happened to me? There's just too much life going on, and while I don't hate that I'm busy, I feel like I'm missing out on some awesome book reading!

For April book club, we're reading Greg Iles, Blood Memory

I read about Iles on my good bloggy friend, Laura's, blog. After reading about her experience meeting him, I knew he would be a good choice for our club. We chose this based on Amazon ratings, and so far so good.
Borrowed from The Horton Family Blog

It's around 500 pages though, and our book club meets next Thursday, so I've got some reading to do!

What are you guys reading? Read anything that you just can't put down? Give me some suggestions!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of Jesus Christ.... He is not here; he is risen! 
Luke 24:2-3, 6

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