Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday Favorites: Spring Is In The Air

Hello! And a happy Friday to you! Today I'm THRILLED to share with you a few of my recent favorites. Most of them are "new to me", which is probably what's got me all giddy. From an item that brings on nostalgia for an era I never lived in, to a product that makes me feel like I'm walking through the heavenly gardens, I hope you'll enjoy as much I as do. And be sure to look for a 30% off coupon code for my fave new kitchen item!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lucky Brand: Baggy Boyfriend Jeans For Spring

"Honey, do these boyfriend jeans look silly on me?" In a moment of fashion doubt, I asked my hubby what he thought of the baggy fit of my new jeans. He surprised me with a positive response. Why did I buy a pair of jeans that I wasn't 100% sure about? 

Monday, March 18, 2019

GAP Finds For Spring/Summer 2019

Beeeeeeeeeeep! We interrupt the usual blog schedule for a "GAP finds" post because there is a 40% off sale going on all this week! We wouldn't want you to miss it!

And now back to our post.

Don't be deceived by the "baby" on the bag! Those clothes were for us! During our recent visit with Grandma and Grandpa, my mother-in-law and I went SHOPPING! After my 6 month "shop my closet" adventure this felt like she was taking me to Disney World. No Lie! We both love looking at home decor and shopping for clothes and as I've stated on the blog before: My MIL is one of my fashion inspirations! This lady knows her colors and she has an eye for DETAIL.

Before her visit, the boys and I had already scoped out GAP for my current closet "need". SHORTS! I loved the shorts, but they were full price. And so I waited, but I didn't have to wait long. The following week our shopping adventure began with those shorts! And wouldn't you know it? She loved them as much as I did AND there were on sale! We spent well over in hour scouring the racks, trying on our picks and even trading since we wear close to the same size!  Ok! Let's get to those clothes!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday Features: The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello my lovelies! Today I'm honored to be sharing answers from Kim at Fierce Fashion for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you Kim for recognizing Granola & Grace as a blog that inspires positivity and joy. Sending you the biggest of cyber hugs and thrilled to share answers to your posed questions. And what's up with the strawberries? Well, in light of some of those questions I thought it would be a great opportunity to give a mini-highlight to my favorite local market - Detwiler's!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Simply Earth's Essential Oil Wellness Box For March!

Anxiety Away, Mood Lifting Diffuser Blends, Magnesium Sleep Spray...can you just feel the tension easing out of my shoulders as I type? Soft music plays and a smile tugs at the corners of my mouth. It's my 6th month with Simply Earth essential oils subscription boxes and I continue to be impressed with their creative recipe. In 6 months I gained a total of 24 bottles of EOs, 24 natural recipes and lots of memories with my boys. I bring roll-on bottles around from place to place and when I forget what oil does what, I simply refer back to my growing stack of cards. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

16 Going On...Best Look From Your Teens

For today's fashion adventures I'm featuring a surprise top that came in the mail from a friend and linking up with the Blended Blog for "Best Look From Your Teens"! Like seriously, you're going to love it! Ok, in all honesty my teen years were riddled with fashion challenges. However, I've learned a fashion thing or two about teen fashion from sitting in the bleachers at football games.  I'd watch and be dazzled and amazed by some of the choices that ranged from grunge, sporty, minimal amounts of fabric and of course the trending high waisted jean. I'm happy to say that distressed was among the styles and who doesn't think high school with a top like this? The shirt's arrival is simply providential! Wink, wink!

And how appropriate that these pictures were taken at our local library! So today, I'll be sharing what I'm currently reading as well! Thank you for joining me!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Do You Believe In Luck? "Three Things" For March

Today's post reminds me that February snuck in and out of 2019, just like it does for every year at our house.  Currently seated at my local Panera, with planners, devices and paperwork, strewn about, I'm everything but focused. My eyes are drawn to every movement, ears drawn to each change in vocal timbre. Suffice it to say it's been a busy weekend - adventurous, but BUSY.

We went on a homeschool field trip, dragging my in laws along, followed by a full Saturday of downtown market shopping, a connect group picnic at the Ringling Museum and finally settling into meal time before I crashed. Of course I'll be sharing these adventures with you on the blog, but until then I'm joining up with Laura at the Horton Family Blog for her "Write With Me: 3 Series"!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday Favorites: Featuring The Sip & Mingle Blogger Event

So I did something. I drove about 3 hours to attend a conference hosted by Influencers I have never met or heard of!  It would also be my first blogging conference ever and I'm thrilled to share a recap  in lieu of my Friday Favorites.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

How I Shop My Closet & The Sunday Showcase Turns 1!

Hello! And welcome to our twelfth Sunday Showcase link up with Ada, Kellyann and returning guest host, Shelbee! The Sunday Showcase is an opportunity to feature whatever you like; it's Sunday so let's be chill, right? Well, I'm happy to be closing out our year anniversary with tips I learned from an unplanned "shop my closet" adventure! This adventure lasted almost 6 months with the exception of a couple of tops, pieces sent to me for review and gifts from loved ones.   And I didn't come to this realization until I went hunting outfit hunting for a blogger event I attended this past weekend (more to come on that soon!).  Why and what did I learn from this adventure?  Read on for more...

Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday Favorites: Muffin Pans, Try Ons & More

Hi! There's so much I love about Friday Favorites. It's like a practice in gratitude for me. Take for example the fact that this week started off difficult and was hectic, but when I start writing about my "favorites" I realize there was more blessing than burden. I guess it's all in how you look at it! For another, I love hearing from YOU and what your favorites are. So without further ado, I'll share my four favorites!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

One of My Most Complimented Items

Hello friends! Monday I was delighted to highlight another goal for 2019: Cultivate Meaningful Relationships! I've truly enjoyed being intentional in what I believe to be one of the  most important areas of life - the people. That being said, the day went haywire quickly after I clicked "publish" on the blog screen. The dog chewed my favorite bra by Third Love, one of my shoes, the hubby's new hat, and his ear buds. She was on a chewing rampage! Then to remove all that attention from the poochie mayhem, my middle son dropped his iPhone into the pool. Needless to say, there were not a lot of happy campers around the house and the last thing I wanted to do was hang around for meaningful moments, but I think that's all part of it, right?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Goal Check In: Cultivating Meaningful Relationships

Hi! The New Year has come and gone, so why am I still posting on goals? Well, last month I shared my goal line up for 2019 with the intent to highlight each goal in detail on a monthly basis. This is one of my new tactics to prevent veering off the goal track by March! My hope is that I'll keep myself accountable while inspiring others along the way! That being said,  I thought I'd land on "Cultivate Meaningful Relationships" this month, mostly due to how many birthdays we celebrated! Sharing my progress and even encouragement that encourages me.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Favorites #3: Surprise Packages, Hospitality & Completed Projects

This week I will be short, sweet and to the point or my family will revolt.  I wanted to squeeze in an updated post on my Saranghae journey over the past year and decided to add a YouTube video as well! Let's just say that I've long filled my quota for the week with my face in front of a computer. But I also want to say that I woke up Thursday morning with an giddy feeling of relief mixed with satisfaction - I did it. And in between the picture taking, video editing, writing and my other daily obligations I had a few "favorites" that brightened up my day.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day With Saranghae Skincare: My Year Long Love Story

How has 13 months already passed since my first review on Saranghae's 5 Step Korean skincare routine?? I was so excited to get my first box of Saranghae, especially after reading through their website and the customer reviews.  I wanted to feel good about what I was putting on my skin, but I also wanted it to WORK - boy did I want it to work! Well, that box did not disappoint (see my first review HERE) and about four months later I ordered my second box. Now I'm on the third and am happy to share a recap of my year long love story with this fabulous skincare company! *Oh! I made a video too!!! You'll find that at the end. :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Eva Trends Queen Lace Dress Returns With Two More Ways to Style

Does this dress look familiar to you? If you popped in for a visit back in December, you may have seen me wear it for a Christmas dinner outing with my hubby. I wasn't sure when or what that occasion would be, but when my eyes landed it on while dressing for the day I immediately thought of Valentine's Day - duh!  The wine red and pink colors are perfect, so I decided to try two looks for this Eva Trends gem, which just so happens to be on sale right now for $57.99! ( Use my code CR15 to save an additional 15% off!) Join me for stepping out on the town inspiration - OR staying in - and a photo shoot directed by 9 year olds!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Meaningful Mondays: 3 Things, Sharing From the Heart

Isn't it nice to take a moment and think about a few things here and there to bring us back to what's imortant? Well, I have to thank Laura, from The Horton Family blog, for coming up the sweet idea to share a meaningful "3 Things" as a fun prompt to get our minds going. And what better day than Monday to get the ball rolling??

Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday Favorites: Birthdays & Dollar Tree Organization

Once upon a time, I attended a local MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) community group and landed on the leadership team for awhile. If you asked any one of us what our favorite MOPS day was, the most popular response would be "My Favorite Things!". At the end of the year, the leadership team would feature their favorite things. It could be anything from coffee creamer to their favorite lipstick. There were times when a "favorite" was share with the whole room, just like on Oprah. "Everybody gets one!" And when I was on the team, I would rewrite the words to Sound of Music, "My Favorite" things song and sing it. Yeah. I had no shame.  And don't think I haven't thought about doing the same thing for the Friday Favorites. No worries my dears, you will be the first to know when I do. Until then I'll share this weeks favorites on birthdays and Dollar Tree organization, in the customary fashion.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Shop Your Closet For Valentine's Attire: Starting With Atypical

When I think of Valentine's attire I imagine vivid reds, soft pinks, and of course hearts - not so much blues and certainly not camoflouage. However, when your closet is your most shopped store, you go with what you have and get creative - even if it is blue! This is how the Blue heart sweater from the Limited becomes my inspiration for an atypical outfit to wear for the Valentine "season". How did I end up with camo and a hat? Come on, I'll tell you all about it. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Simply Earth Essential Oils: The February Makeup Box

Hello my dears! Once again I'm delighted to share a creative Essential Oil recipe box from Simply Earth. Last month my skin relished the extra spoiling with homemade body butter, lip scrubs and chapsticks, which perfectly prepared it for this month's "barn painting". Ever heard that expression? I lived in the south for most of my life sooo...anyway, all that to say, this month we are playing with makeup!!!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Friday Favorites: February Loves #1

I did it! I hopped on the Friday Favorites train. Being that I love seeing others share their favorites, I had to ask myself why am I not sharing mine. Honestly it all came down to "one more thing". Can I add one more thing, but once I started compiling a list of favorites I got all excited. So join me today for my February loves - from home projects, random coffee loves, dates with the hubs and the youngers to my favorite DIY in skincare!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Print I Can't Stop Wearing

Nevah, will I ev-ah wear...How many times have you said that, only to eat your words some time later. Hand raise. I certainly didn't intend to ever wear capris and yet there I was sporting capris with the rest of them. With the exception of the all out slipper style shoe, I'm not sure there's a trend I'll swear off till I at least try it. However, I can say there's a print I'd like to believe I'll never STOP wearing.  Yes, you guessed it - camo! Happily joining the Blended Blog for their Wednesday link up in: "Never Will I Ever".

Monday, January 28, 2019

Why I Kissed Waxing Goodbye & Shop Forward Personalized Bag

This weekend I've had a productivity lapse. Mountains of laundry and unhung pictures glare at me, while cooking efforts went no further than frozen pizza  to feed my brood. I'll blame it on hormones and justify it with last weekend's accomplishments. Do you ever do that? Well, that's me this weekend and especially today as cooler temps and rain kept me snuggled up in front of Jane Austin's  "Emma" AND "Jane Erye" by Charlotte Bronte. With my heart full of both tragic and comedic romance classics, I feel ready to chat about those expression making, featuring making OR breaking - brows! Do you pluck your brows, get them waxed or do you opt for threading? Sharing why I kissed waxing goodbye and a new favorite bag!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Do You Have Any Hot Pink?

I was invited to a Hot Pink Party and I ended up wearing all the colors. I tried to focus on fuchsia, however a quick search of my closet rendered nothing but a scarf and a necklace! How can this be? It would seem I did too much purging before our move. Ah well, thankfully, this "Pink Party" is all inclusive so I get to stay and spread the word - maybe today is a good day for YOU to sport hot pink!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Goal Rundown: Starting Off With "A Healthier Me"

Hi! The work on my new goals continues. With the guidance of the Cultivate PowerSheets, I've invested a few hours, spread out over the last couple of months, in search of what matters most to me at this time in my ever-changing life. Today I want to share a quick rundown of these goals and highlight "A Healthier Me".  The list looks small but within those titles, lies a host of mini-goals that I can tackle at a manageable pace.  My hope is that by sharing bits at a time, I'll keep focused and inspire others in the process!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Simply Earth's January Box: Nourishing Skincare With Bergamot, Ravensara, Myrrh and Farewell Scars Blend

January's subscription box awaits! (If you missed my intro to Simply Earth's EOs, hop on over HERE!) Is one of your goals to have a healthier you? So often we focus our health efforts solely on food and exercise. While this positively integral, our largest organ is often neglected! Once upon a time no one questioned sulfates, acetone, fragrance and ethanol in the ingredient lists of skin care, cosmetics and shampoos.  Even now, when I know those chemicals are harmful, I still continue to use them from time to time. Factors such as cost, convenience and dare I say, "results" often steer me to fabricated, but luscious scents to achieve my dream skin and hair.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Layering Cardigan & My Word of the Year

Triple toned cardigan/V Neck thermal/Faux Leather Pants (WHBM This Years)/Shoes

Am I seriously writing about my "word of the year"? Yes! Yes, I am. Honestly though, so what if I've chosen a word of the year? What's in a word anyway? Well, today I'm sharing light fashion inspiration and how I came to a place where I can say that I have a word WITH personal (and hopefully lasting) significance for the 2019 year.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Time, Our Most Valuable Commodity & The Sunday Showcase Link Up

Homebody Sweatshirt (HERE)/Wubby Vest (Similar)/Pikolinos (Similar)/Backpack Purse (Similar)

Hello my dears and Happy 2019! Is it true?? Did we say goodbye to yet another year?? Before I lament about the passage of time, let me say that I love a fresh start, which I get each month on the blog with the Sunday Showcase. Ada, Kellyann and I are featuring our own fashion picks this month, mine being a quick peek in my day to day casual. What else is new right? Just the same, indulge me as I prattle on about our most precious commodity: "TIME - The Past, The Present, & The Future", all the while sharing pictures from our adventure at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Thank you for joining me and sticking with me this year!
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