Monday, January 14, 2019

Lazy, Snowy Weekend

This weekend was a snowy one here in southern Illinois. I've never seen so much snow in my life. John was out of town all weekend helping some friends move, so it was just me and the babes to soak it all in.

The snow started Friday afternoon around 2:00pm. I worked until 6:00pm, and let me tell you, it was an experience driving home. I forgot my ice scraper at home, so I ended up using my brush to get the snow off of my car. I also didn't have any gloves because I didn't think it was going to be that bad. Boy, was that stupid. I kept switching the brush from one hand to the other because they kept going numb. The roads were terrible for a Mississippi girl who has never driven in that kind of snow, but I made it home safely. Slow and steady won that race.
On Saturday, I had to shovel a path in the driveway. It was so thick there was no way my little car was going to make it out. I've never shoveled snow before nor do I ever want to do it again. My back and arms hurt so bad by the time I was done, and my arms were super shaky. I was fully prepared to have to take a Flexeril when I got home from work but ended up not having to.

On my way home from work that afternoon (I get off at 1:00pm), I knew I wasn't going to cook when I got there, and I also knew that I didn't want to get back out once my butt hit the couch. The snow had stopped but the rain had started, so I decided on Marco's Pizza. They were having a sale on an XL cheese pizza for $9.99 plus a free movie rental at Family Video next door. Um, score! I could pick any movie I wanted and John couldn't say no because he wasn't there. I picked out The Spy Who Dumped me and watched it later that night. It was okay. I love Mila Kunis, but if it wasn't for her, then it would've been just meh in my opinion. I also watched Hotel Transylvania 3, which was pretty cute, but the first one is just the best!
The rain on Saturday helped some of the snow melt, so the yard stick picture doesn't do the depth of snow justice. It was deeeep. The snow started back up sometime early Sunday morning and finally stopped late Sunday afternoon, but I didn't go back out and remeasure. The Saints game was on, so I was preoccupied. WHO DAT!
The girls and I had a great, relaxing weekend full of whatever we wanted to do! Clearly their idea of fun was watching the snow fall and sleeping next to their chicken. What did you do this weekend? Did it snow where you live?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Winter Bedding Of My Dreams

*Pictured: red spot in left hand corner from my red lamp shade that doesn't match anything in our room. *Not pictured: my stuffed animals patiently sitting on the floor so I can take this picture

Since John and I got married in 2016, I've had the hardest time picking out bedding. I went from my full size bed to John's massive king size bed. The first thing I learned (very quickly) was bedding for a king size bed is expensive. I get it. It's like why plus size clothing is more expensive - they have to use more material.

BUT! After almost 3 years of searching, I have found the perfect bedding. This is more of our winter bedding because of the heavier throw and shams, but I could not love this combination more.

I recently saw another blogger (livingmybeststyle) rave about these sheets on instagram. Side note: She's really good at finding amazing deals, and I feel like she's an amazon wizard. I was a little skeptical, but I knew we needed good sheets that we both liked. Who knew you could disagree over sheets? Well, I'm here to tell ya, you can. We gave these sheets a try, and WE absolutely LOVE them. They are super soft and light-weight. I'm like a tornado when I'm sleeping, and the sheets stay tucked in on all the corners. I highly, highly recommend them! We ended up getting the white striped and gray striped. And, these king size sheets are only $30!!!!

Velvet is clearly in right now, and I was wanting to get a green velvet duvet cover. I couldn't find one that I really liked then I saw West Elm was having a sale on this duvet. At the time, it was still $125 which was steeper than I wanted to pay. When my family came into town, we went to the mall and saw they were having a sale on top of the $125 sale. John ended up getting me the duvet and three standard shams for Christmas. I will say they aren't quite as soft as I thought they would be for velvet, but I love the look and the fact that you never have to iron them (not that I would anyone)! I was originally looking at the navy, but we have a big navy blanket that goes on the bed in the summer. I'm so happy that we went with the pink. It's not over the top girly, but it's feminine enough and breaks up the dark, heavy, faux fur look nicely! Even John was pleasantly surprised at how the pink turned out in our bedroom. The king size duvet is currently on sale for $79 and available in all three colors! The shams are also on sale!

I'm sure y'all are tired of me talking about these faux fur throws and euro shams from Pottery Barn, but I just love them so much! On my Christmas list, I had asked for three gray euro shams to match my throw, and to my surprise, my sweet parents bought me the euro shams AND the larger throw for our bed for Christmas! DIVA MOMENT: I didn't want to have to bring my blanket from downstairs up to bed with me every night then back downstairs when I got home from work. It was probably one of my favorite Christmas presents. I've been wanting the euro shams for about two years but could never pull the trigger on buying them. I figured since I had been wanting them for so long I would ask for them for Christmas! They are exactly what I wanted and make the bed look complete!

Clearly, I love our new bed setup. I've actually made the bed every morning except for two since the day after Christmas. Ummm, that's an incredible accomplishment for me. I hate making the bed, but I love seeing it all put together!

My question for the day is, do you make your bed every morning?

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year - New 'Tude

Happy New Year y'all! Last year, I set goals that I, like most others, failed miserably. This time, I have set no new goals this year except to live everyday like this weekend below. I've had an emotional year to say the least. I missed home and family a lot more than I ever have before and that was something new to deal with. I would cry for no apparent reason, and I didn't know how to deal with it. This year I'm hoping to have a new attitude and laugh more than I cry:)
My parents came in town the first week of December, which has become a tradition for us since I moved to Illinois. We do every Christmas thing we possibly can in the St. Louis area, some new and some old. On this particular day, my parents had just arrived into town and I had gotten off of work early to greet them and start my Christmas weekend with them. Once John got home from work, we all ran upstairs to put on our best Christmas attire and off to St. Louis we drove. We went to Miracle, which is a neighborhood bar that transforms into a Christmas-themed bar and walked through the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights. Other things we did that weekend were ate the most amazing clam chowder at the Lemp Mansion Restaurant, went to the U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo and rode on the carousel and made smores, saw the Magic Chef Mansion decorated for Christmas, saw Santa and fed reindeer, rode around looking at Christmas lights, and made cookies.

My dad said he felt like a kid again and that's exactly what my goal is for the new year - laugh more, don't compare, and don't worry what other people think (one of my biggest downfalls).

Kick some ass this New Year!