Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday {#2}

Welcome back to What I Wore Wednesday...
I am once again linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy.
If you are a little bit bored, brave and just trying to breath life into your wardrobe up with us and share your weekly outfits!
First of all....thank you ALL so much for your sweet comments.  Most of you said...I'm too hard on myself....and maybe that is true...but I would still like to update my wardrobe and put a little more thought into what I'm wearing each day.  I hope that these blog posts will help me do just that.  I still have some work to do....but I have found myself thinking a little more about what I'm going to wear.  

Let's get to it.

Friday - Regional Track Meet [PUHA]

Here it is...The Shirt.  
I wore it.  Mostly under a jacket...but I wore it.

I apologize for the poor quality of my photos.  One day I will own an awesome DLSR.  

We stayed at a hotel in Levelland on Friday and Saturday.
I'm so proud of our kids that participated.  We had 4 freshmen, 2 sophomores and 3 juniors.  They all had great seasons!!!

Pants - Adidas
Shoes - Under Armour (last year's Mother's Day gift)

Jason has dubbed this the "Tara Pose."  

My well-loved black jacket - Walmart

Friday - Dinner after the Meet

Shirt - Kohl's (new)
Jeans - Walmart whoop!... 
I even hemmed them myself by just cutting them...
don't judge me Mary Alice...I still love you and you're my go-to girl)
Shoes - Old Navy

Sunday - Birthday party

Shirt - I got it from my Mama ;)
Jeans - Walmart
Shoes - Target
Watch - Michael Kors

and here with my usual ... a cardigan.

Oh, hey messy bed.

Gold cardigan - TJ Maxx

Monday - Work, Playoff Baseball Game, T-ball Game

[sidenote:  Jonah had a triple and a single & Quanah run-ruled Wellington 10-0 and placed 2nd in our District.  You go, Boys!]

Sweatshirt - J. Crew
Jeans - Walmart
Shoes - Target
Necklace - Lisa Leonard Designs
Earrings - gift from my cousin, Rachel 
Watch - Michael Kors

Tuesday - work

Shirt - Kohl's
Jeans - The Loft
Shoes - Target
Necklace - Lisa Leonard Designs

Today even Jonah wanted in on the picture taking....

I swear this kid owns around 6 batman shirts.  He loves him some Batman!!!

Here's Olivia...the natural poser.

Shirt [I wish I could get one in my size :) ] - JCPenney
Capris - JCPenney
Shoes - Zulily

Here is just a close up of my shirt...I wanted you to see the lace detail.

Well, that's it, folks.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday's Top 5 {#5}

Welcome to my Monday Top 5....
five things to make YOUR Monday just a little brighter!

1) Choosing your children

Recently, I have made some new friends through the blogging world and one of them is Katie from A Lane Above... as I have been catching up on her older blog posts I came along THIS ONE.  She talks about how she would tell her children that she would choose them.
So today as I dropped Jonah off for preschool I gave him a big hug and I told him.... If God lined up alllll of the 5 year little boys with great, big, blue eyes and blonde hair...I would choose you every time.  He looked up at me and smiled and was really thinking about what I had just said.  He took off walking and was still smiling and then he looked back and gave me an even bigger smile.  Oh my...if only I could bottle these moments up!!! It was so sweet.  I wish I would've captured that big smile on film, but I won't forget it.  
I can't wait until I pick Olivia up from school and I can tell her something similar.  
Priceless moments.

If you have the post....and try it yourself with your own kids.  You'll be surprised how much those words mean to them!! :)

2) Caramel Vanilla Cream by Green Mountain Coffee for Keurig
My friend Heather told me about these and have by far been an excellent purchase!!
Thanks, Heather!!
3) Mama InspirationThere is no one perfect way to be a mother {free printable} #mother

4) Fashion Inspiration
Polka Dots are my Absolute Favorite...
...and this shirt is a great price!!

Buy here...

 5) Life Inspiration
Let go of other people's opinions about you.
Enjoy your week! :)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The One with the Memory Verse {#1}

For the past year I have been doing what I call, "hiding scriptures in my children's hearts."  
I am a strong believer that if I teach my kids memory verses while they are young...they will be hidden in their hearts and they will carry them with them as they grow up.
I have a chalkboard in our kitchen and I update it with a new verse after they learn one.
The kids love it!

Here is our Memory Verse from last week....

"Children, obey your parents in all things."
Colossians 3:20

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday {#1} ...on a very late Thursday.

Today I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy.
The thought and time put into this post has been more than I anticipated or would like to admit.  I've been trying to get this posted for almost two days now.  On this particular post I have gone back and forth because I'm about to be vulnerable and post some terrible pictures.... of my sad, sad outfits!!
If you are not familiar with the blog - The Pleated Poppy ... go check it out.  Lindsey does a weekly post called What I Wore Wednesday where she posts pictures of her outfits from the past week.  She began this series as a way to get herself motivated to get dressed everyday and not stay in her sweats.  
I don't usually wear sweats, but my outfits are beyond sad these days.  I hardly put any thought into them. No style or creativity at all!!! What's funny about this... is that I love putting outfits together in my Polyvore app or pinning them in Pinterest.  My Dream Closet rocks!
Most days I find myself so busy the last thing I take time to do is put some effort into my wardrobe.
By starting these blog posts...I hope that changes soon.

Being the dedicated... or more like obsessed person I can be.... I went through and read ALL of Lindsey's What I Wore Wednesday posts....years of posts!!! I love to see where she started and where she is now.  I also love how she knows her style and enjoys wearing the things she loves often.  You don't need a huge wardrobe ... you just need to know what works for you! 

So before you scroll down and see these awful pictures.... let's point out what could be better...

1) the quality of the iPhone will have to do for now
2) the variety of backgrounds/scenes for my photos
3) better fitting clothes
4) a more pulled together look
5) figure out what exactly my style is!

just to name a few

Please bear with me folks.... I am just trying to get out of this style rut I have fallen in.  Don't even get me started on my hair and jewelry!!! :)

Alright here we go...

Oh real quick:::
Have you heard this before?

We only wear 20% 
of our clothes 
80% of the time.

Makes me think...I need to find items I love and get rid of the rest. for the outfits.

Thursday - work

Black cardigan - Walmart
Striped shirt - Stitch Fix
Jeans - J. Jill
Shoes - Target
Watch - Michael Kors
Earrings - Ballyhoo

Now this girl here....she does have style.  I love how she can throw things together and just look adorable.  I ask her all the time...Is it hard to be that cute? 

Vest - The Children's Place
Shirt - Gap Kids
Jeans - Target
Shoes - Zulily
Sass - Born with it

Good Friday - Wichita Falls 
This picture was taken at 6:something a.m.
People that are around me all the time know that I wear the same things over and over and over....and now all you folks will know.  Just stay tuned.

Striped Cardigan - Maurice's
Black shirt - one of my favorites!
(purchased at Amelia's Fashion Exchange in Waco....if you've never been...go the next time you drive through Waco...I love this little shop!)
Jeans - The Loft
Converse - DSW 

Here Jason and I are waiting (forever) for new tires for our truck.  It was a long morning!

Saturday - golf with the family
Yes, I golf in jeans.  I'm not a huge fan of shorts....  One day I will be brave again.
Not today.

Green button down - Calvin Klein
Tank - Target
Jeans - The Loft
Shoes - Target 

I usually wear golf shoes....but sometimes I just like to wear my sandals.  I enjoy golf a lot, but I am not a super serious golfer.  I just like to have fun!

Jason is wearing mostly Under Armour, except his shoes...which are Nike.

Easter Sunday - church to celebrate the Risen Saviour!
Oh my...I won't even begin to tell you about this outfit dilemma.  This was not the original dress I was going to wear....but I had to make it work at the last minute.  I know...not pretty.

Black Cardigan - Ann Taylor
Dress - Ross ($7) 
I'm more of a TJ Maxx girl...but I bought this when we went to WF on Friday.  
Boots - Walmart

Love her!!

Dress - Dillard's
Shoes - Payless

 Sunday - after church
I also bought several things at Old Navy on Friday.  I was inspired after reading all of Lindsey's blog posts.  I felt like the scarf was choking me...I will have to get used to it...
Even my kids were asking me why I was so dressed up.  
I'm telling ya wardrobe needs work if my kids think this is me being dressed up!

Chambray shirt - Old Navy
Jeans - The Loft
Shoes - Target
Scarf - Target
Watch - Michael Kors

Scarf tying tips anyone? Must Pinterest this.
After a few attempts my husband asked for my real smile.

Monday - work, T-Ball game
This picture was taken at Ballyhoo in Childress...seriously stop there when you drive through!! 
It is A-Mazing!!! Love that store.  You can grab a latte and do some shopping!!

Purple Cardigan - J.C. Penney's
Favorite Black Shirt - Amelia's Fashion Exchange
Jeans - J. Jill
Black heels - Vince Camuto
Striped purse - The Shoe Dept. ($20!)
Necklace - Premiere Jewelry

I did not capture pictures from Tuesday or Wednesday.

Well, this is a start.  I hope before too long this blog posting will keep me motivated to dress a little better!

If you are in the same boat I am...check out some of the other links at The Pleated Poppy...there are some women on there with great outfit inspiration!!!!

The One with the QHS Track Regional Qualifiers

These Indians and Lady Indians are on their way to Levelland for the Regional Track Meet!!
We are behind you guys all the way.....

From left to right: Haylie Hinojosa (400m Dash), Micah Silvey (800m Run & 1600m Run) and Jaylan Williams (Triple Jump). 

From left to right: Cisco Fuqua (800m Relay, 200m Dash & Triple Jump), Cory Bodine (800m Relay), Clay Robertson (800m Relay), Adam Medina (800m Relay Alternate, Long Jump), Ethan Leija (800m Relay Alternate) and B.J. Louis (800m Relay). 

Another picture of the boys being silly....

Good Luck, Quanah!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday's Top 5 {#4}

Happy Monday Morning, Friends!!
I started this blog post series because I believe that life is just too short to dread Mondays! 
I wanted to give you five things on Monday to hopefully bring a smile to your face, make you think or to just make your Monday a little bit happier!! 

Here is this week's Top 5......

1) Who do you spend your time with? 
Something to think about...

You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with.  Choose carefully.

2) Summer is just around the corner! Here is a fun list I came across with 101 things on there to do with your kids...

100 cheap summer activities to do with the kids!

And to help you plan your very own is a free printable! You can print it out either horizontal or vertical.
So cute!
Summer fun chart vertical - printable
Free Printable

3) Another fun idea for the kids.... How about filling the car up with streamers and balloons for their birthday? Or the first day of school...or anything else you want!
I love traditions and this one is so unexpected! 
Olivia's birthday is coming up soon....I may try this out!
Last Day of School "Party Car"
Via Pinterest

4) Are you familiar with Lisa Leonard Designs? She has some of the cutest jewelry! Do you remember this necklace I got for my birthday? Well, here are some simple and cute gold hoop earrings from her shop.  While you are on her David's Story...about her precious son.  Life is about just so much more than we think sometimes....
gold full circle earrings | Lisa Leonard Designs
Buy them here...

5) Another recipe from Mama's Kitchen...
Here is a recipe to one of my easiest and most favoritest ;) desserts.... I love to throw this simple recipe together for parties or church.  It is definitely not the healthiest...but it is definitely the yummiest :)
Cream Cheese Sopapillas Ingredients: 3 cans pillsbury butter crescent rolls 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened) 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup butter (melted) Cinnamon & sugar  Instructions: Unrolled and spread 1 & 1/2 can crescent rolls on bottom of un-greased pan. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Sopapilla Cheesecake


3 cans of pillsbury butter crescent rolls
2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese (softened)
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter (melted)
cinnamon & sugar


1.  Unroll and spread 1 & 1/2 can crescent rolls on bottom of a 9x13 pan.  
2.  Combine softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract.
3.  Spread cream cheese mixture over crescent rolls.
4.  Unroll and spread the remaining crescent rolls over the mixture.
5.  Spread melted butter over the mixture.
6.  Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar.
7.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

*Tips: It is very important to soften the cream cheese.  If you are short on time, cut the cheese up into four pieces in a microwavable bowl.  Heat for 20 seconds or until it is softened.

I hope despite that it is will find joy in the small things!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

He IS Risen smaller for blog He is Risen Easter Printable
Free Printable
    For me and you he died on the cross for all of our sins.
After three days in the tomb...he arose.
Today we celebrate.  Today we love.
Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our Saviour.

May each of your tomorrows also be filled with love and celebration.
May you know Jesus and be forgiven of all of your sins.
May you live in the present and forget your past.
May you be filled with peace.
May you know that Jesus Loves You.
Today and everyday.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5

Photo: Hey Soul? Bow slow & see Him now... 
By His love you are held, 
By His mercy you are washed clean,
By His relentless grace you are saved. 
And by His wounds you are healed.
Via Ann Voskamp

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Thursday...

Man.  What a week...and it's only Thursday not Friday...just yet. 

Fitness news...

This week I got a call and was asked about my shirt size.  So let's just get real for a minute.  I am not the size I want to be and I have been lying...for awhile.   This week the Husband ordered me a large, but they wanted to double check.  After I heard my husband tell me what he told them I can see why they wanted to double check.  :) He said he didn't think I was a large, but that I had been wanting to wear bigger shirts and tie them up or something. (I've been wearing his XLs at home)  Darn.  I didn't know he was paying that much attention....  I went ahead and told them to order me a medium though because.....  I WAS a medium, but now I prefer to wear my husband's shirts...but I want to be able to fit into my mediums again....and I WILL.  I would rather have a drawer full of mediums that I WILL wear than some larges that I won't be able to wear eventually.  Makes sense, right?
 I don't care what size of shirt you wear...women are beautiful in all sizes.  I just know that I want to be the size I was... not the size I am now.  And I know there are some women that would rather be the size they are now instead of the size they were and yay for y'all! ...
I do not like the size I am alas, I ordered a medium and I'm determined to fit back into it comfortably again.  I guess I will run until the Regional Track Meet so it at least fits a little less snug.

Below is THE SHIRT....can't wait to wear it.....too small or not.

Can't wait to cheer these kids on!! Go Quanah Go!!

While we are on the subject of fitness.  I have had some trouble.  A couple of weeks ago I went at 5:30 a.m. and someone honked at me.  Honked at 5:30 in the morning.  Who does that? It scared I hustled home.  Then the next day I went around 6:00 p.m. in the evening and I was almost done when I went past this house....with this man standing in the front yard and he was staring at me.  Not just glancing, but staring.  Like....creepily staring while he chewed on his toothpick or something.  Now, I have trust issues while I'm sitting in my own home much less while I am out running (I use that verb very loosely) with my music blasting and it's dark outside.
I prefer to workout by myself...but I did discover that I can do my own workout while I am near others that are working out also....that is....if I get up early. And I only have success getting up early if I go to bed early!!!! I'm working on it, folks.
This week I went by myself and I did not have to sprint home in a panic....I finished my workout.  I did the Week One workout of the Color Run Workout that I posted at the bottom of this post.  I felt great afterwards.  So move more ...check! The only bad part of my workout is that for my music I just played my Top 25 Played Songs on my iTunes.....only to find out that these days they are mostly High School Musical Songs....hmmmm I wonder who has had my phone?!?

Don't you feel like you can conquer the world after a workout? Why don't I do this more often???

Mom news...

Before leaving for the baseball game on Tuesday the kids found me upstairs and told me that my coffee had spilled on my desk.  Like it just did it on it's own.  I mean there's no way one of them would've knocked it over, right? My desk is just covered with piles of things...some important, some not.  I thought oh please don't be on something important.  .... sad face -----> only my Erin Condren Planner (gasp).  Oh was ultimately ok.  As I cleaned it up I thought about how sometimes children are these "tiny little destroyers" that zoom around our homes and cars.  It really is amazing the things that can be turned upside down in a matter of I'm thinking on that while getting myself another cup of coffee, I somehow (hmmm) managed to knock my new cup of coffee off of our kitchen counter and onto the floor.  Coffee everywhere!!! I guess I know where they get their Destroyer Status!

Also, check out my cute T-Ball player....I mean aww.  Love him.

Go Cardinals!!!!

Remember the bunny wreath I ordered?
It came in before Easter! Yay!!

Tomorrow is Good Friday and I hope you each have a very blessed day with your loved ones!

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. 
Proverbs 16:3

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How About Some Indians Sports News?

Yesterday was a great day for Quanah sports!
The baseball team won a district game against Wellington.  The final score was 5 to 4 and it puts them tied for 2nd place right now in our District.
After the fabulous win we honored these guys for Senior Night.
From left to right: Ryan Ray, Craig Braker, Brandon Talley, Marcus Leija and Alex Dennis.
PUHA Boys!
Photo Courtesy of Brandi Leija

Also, the Quanah Boys Golf Team is STATE BOUND!!!!! They came in 3rd place at the Regional Golf Meet yesterday in Lubbock.
The picture below was taken after they won District for the 4th Year in a Row last week in Childress.
4-Peat District Champs right here!
Congrats to them and their coach! Proud of you all!
Back row, left to right: Jace Parmer, Mayson Leija and Hayden Griffin.  Front row, left to right: Coach Trenton Boyd, Jordan Freeman and Sean Jalomo.
Photo Courtesy of Quanah ISD

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday's Top 5 {#3}

My weekend went by too about yours?

Here are My Monday Top 5 .... 

1) This Book comes out on April 29th and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I have followed The Nester's Blog for years.... Love her style, her sense of humor, her outlook on life and her heart! Follow her blog here...


2) This classic Dude Perfect video:::  Johnny Football Edition 

 By the way.... Who is ready for the NFL Draft on Thursday, May 8??? Where will Johnny Football be playing next season?!?

3) What are the first four words that YOU see?

 Passionate, Loyal, Sweet, Happy

Mine were:::  Loyal-Passionate-Courageous & Love

4) First Timer by Essie - a perfect Spring color

first timer ~ fresh, fun,& fabulous mint green. this is a hot new color..... I LOVE IT!
Buy it here...

5) This seems totally doable for a beginner like me :)

Runner beginner plan basically couch to 5k but put so so sooooo much simpler lol

I hope each one of you has a fabulous week!!!