Five on Friday {September 14}

Hey y'all,

It has been an interesting week here in NC preparing for Hurricane Florence. Last weekend I went down to see my parents and began to help them prepare as their town was hit by Matthew a few years ago and were without power for days. They are now riding out the storm.

Obviously all my plans this week were turned upside down with this storm. Workout classes, bible study, small group, and a fun shopping outing at the Flourish Market were all canceled and I am planning on staying hunkered down through Sunday unless the forecast changes. I am even working from home today to ride out the storm.

one. After Party Sale.

Obviously this week was the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale and I was at an appointment in the morning so I didn't end up getting on until lunchtime. I grabbed two Elsa tops that will be perfect for work and play.

two. New Haircut.

While I was in my hometown this weekend I saw my hairdresser and did a major chop. It had been over a year since I have done a big chop to my hair due to attending some weddings earlier this year.
Ignore the redness on my face as I got my brows waxes as well.

three. Hurricane Prep

I went ahead and grabbed a few snacks in case of a power outage. Things like wheat thins so I could eat all my cheese in my fridge, grapes, granola bars bananas, salad kits, and I cooked a frozen pizza since I don't mind eating cold pizza. I already had bread, peanut butter, and jelly.

I also have all my devices charged, water for 3+ days, a car filled with gas and plenty of books to read by candle light.
My stack of books from the library.

Also, I loved these graphics from my local library, Wake County Public Library.
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four. Lisi Lerch.

During her Labor Day sale, I picked up three pairs of earrings from Lisi Lerch that I had been eyeing for a while. I grabbed the ginger earrings in goldizzy gameday in Carolina blue, and Bobbi in silver.

five. Bible Studies.

Last week I talked about getting ready for the Exodus study at my church on Thursdays and Mondays joining in a group at Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). Now that I have attended a night of each (Exodus was canceled last night due to the storm), I am so glad I decided to dedicate my evenings to these groups. I have enjoyed my table group at Exodus and my group at BSF is a great mix of people from across the Triangle. Now it's time to finish lesson 1 of BSF and begin week 2 of Exodus.

Link up with April, Christina, and Natasha.  
Also linking up with Tif, Becky, and Katie.
And Erika, Narci, and Andrea

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It's Fall y'all

Hey y'all,

With Hurricane Florence hitting NC today, my week has been filled with preparations and finishing up some projects at work as a deadline looms Friday.I am luckily about 2 hours inland and we are only expecting high winds, lots of rain, and some flooding so I am sticking it out but I hope all my coastal friends have evacuated and are safe! My parent's town was hit by Matthew two years ago and they were without power for 5 days so I'm praying since then that enough changes have been made that they can weather Florence.

Anyway, I did still want to join in on Shay and Erika's How we do it Wednesdays as yesterday's topic was all about Fall! Here's what I think of when I think of Fall here in the Triangle.
My mom's apple pie
Cranberry woods candles
Walks at Lake Lynn
Apple Cider donuts

Carolina Football Games

Corn Mazes
Leaves Changing Color
Children in Halloween costumes
Fires for s'mores

North Carolina State Fair
Hot Chocolate
Autumn Harvest movies on Hallmark
Riding Boots
Pumpkin muffins
Puffer Vests
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Green bean casserole
Halloween candy
Vacations (I'm off to California in October)
Halloween movies

And if I was in my hometown during October I would go to the Trail of Terror that our local Fire Station puts on as a Fundraiser. It is a spooky walk and lots of fun!

Now can it feel like Fall here in NC?

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Currently {September}

Hey y'all,

I am linking up with Anne from in residence for her monthly Currently post. Today I'm sharing what I'm starting, buying, reading, and recording. Let's get started on this Friday eve that feels like a hump day.

starting: two new bible studies. Today marks the first night for the Jen Wilkin study on Exodus at my church. We are doing part 1 in the Fall and part 2 in the Spring. For 11 weeks, I will be gathering with other women across our campus to discuss and fellowship. Monday starts my first week at BSF. I have looked into Bible Study Fellowship in the past and have never had the time to devote 30 weeks for the intensive study. This year's study "People of the Promised Land" is all about the Old Testament and learning about the Lord's plan and provision for His people. Yes, that is a lot of studying the Word but I function better in intensive Word studies with structure so I am excited to have some busy weeks but learn so much about the Lord's provision. 
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buying: From Amazon yesterday, I grabbed a laptop sleeve for my work laptop, an HDMI cord for watching B3 online classes on my TV, and invisibobble hair ties. I also pre-ordered Annie F. Down's new book Remembering God.
Next week during the Lilly After Party Sale I will be at the dentist so I doubt I will grab an Elsa or any other items.

sharing: One of my goals this month is to share my apartment decor now that I am all settled in and just have to find dining chairs.
Dining room in progress
reading: I just started Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) and next up will be This is Me by Chrissy Metz of This is Us.

recording: the only thing on my DirectTV Now DVR is DCC Making the Team. I love this show and it is a fun watch every week. It also doesn't hurt that my Big, Shannon, from Phi Beta Chi also watches as we text weekly about the show. I did just finish watching Younger and the newest Great British Baking Show season on Netflix.
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What I'm Reading Wednesday {August Reads}

Hey y'all,

As usual, it is another month, so I need to share my reads from August. Since August was a crazy busy month of moving, unpacking, and car shopping I really only finished one book. Don't worry, I have already finished two this weekend that count towards September so that post will be a bit longer. 

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

All Your Perfects
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

I have enjoyed a lot of Colleen Hoover novels in the past. They are quick reads but tend to deal with heartbreaking issues through relationships. This novel deals with Quinn and Graham's fight through infertility. I thought the emotions were raw and it was a great story about connection and the pain of hope.

What are you reading?

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Labor Day Weekend By The Numbers

Hey y'all,

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend. Here's what I accomplished over the weekend by numbers:

one day off.
two books finished.
three Barre3 classes
one new recipe made
one trip to Trader Joe's
seven episodes of the Great British Baking Show on Netflix.
two loads of laundry
eight kids in my Pre-K class at church
one meal out
fourteen chips with queso
three cups of hot tea
35,684 steps (Friday-Monday) since I'm in a StepBet
one gallon of sweet tea made
two trips to the library (one was a drive through to drop off books)
two two hour naps
seven photos of Max cat
one trip to Target
one bag of trash to the bin
three pairs of earrings ordered from Lisi Lerch
one friend over
four curtains hung
twenty-five necklaces hung up (I hung my necklace holder on Saturday)
one stop at Staples for fun supplies for BSF this Fall

What was your weekend like?


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TBB Asks {September}

Hey y'all,

I am enjoying a lazy Labor Day weekend. I purposely kept the weekend pretty free of plans and I have enjoyed lots of naps, reading, Barre3 classes, and grocery shopping. Today is the day to link up with the Blended Blog to discuss all things cozy for the Blended Blog asks. Here we go:

1. Slippers: YES or NO?
Yes! I love a good pair of slippers. I have two pairs from Minnetonka and just got this pair from Birdies.

2. What is your favorite Blanket?
For the last month it has been either my t-shirt blanket or this blanket from Nordstrom I got from the Anniversary sale.
Max approves

3. Thin or Thick Pillow?
Both. I have a thin pillow I got at the age of 2 that I put on top of a traditional pillow that is thicker.

4. Favorite Warm Beverage?

5. Robe: YES or NO?
Yes. I love to put on a robe for a bit but it's not a daily hing. I love this one for getting ready in the morning and I have a fuzzy one from Victoria's Secret for after a long bath.

6. Favorite Comfort Snack Food(s)?
Macaroni and cheese.

7. Movies or TV Series Binge?
I love a TV Series Binge since it lasts so much longer. I do love going to the theater or watching a movie here or there but I am currently excited that the Great British Baking Show has new episodes on Netflix!

8. Actual PJ’s or Leggings? 
PJs. I love the pj sets from Victoria's Secret and the pj pants from Old Navy with a tank top or comfort colors t-shirt. The Lake pjs are on my list though.

9. Do you cozy up on the couch or a chair?
On the couch.

10. Hoodie, T-shirt or Sweater?
Pullover or my barefoot dreams cardigans.

What do you love for cozy nights in?

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Five on Friday {August 31st}

Hey y'all,

What was supposed to be a month of settling into my new place and getting into a routine before the Fall definitely changed with an accident two days before moving. I'm finally settled so now, let's make September amazing! I'm ready for a long weekend filled with reading, barre3, church, and not much else.

one. New Corolla.

After my accident it has been a few weeks of checking out new cars and waiting on insurance to figure it all out. Well, last week I brought home my new car. It's another Corolla and now I need to name it. Also, a big thanks to my parents, co-workers, and friends for helping me settle everything from picking up my rental car, dropping me off at the dealership, etc. I have the best community.
The former Cora the Corolla

two. T-Shirt Blanket.

This is not the best picture but before moving I bit the bullet and finally had my sorority and Carolina shirts turned into a blanket. I used Project Repat and I love how it turned out. I ended up getting a Queen sized blanket and have used it a fair amount since receiving it in late July. Edit: I just received a coupon code in my email for 40% off a quilt! The code is laborday40.
When not in use, I have been putting it in my new blanket basket from Target.

three. Crazy Rich Asians

I read the book this month for book club and have seen the movie twice. It is one of the best romantic comedies from recent years (rom-coms are my favorite) and stayed pretty true to the book. I am actually currently reading the second book in the series, China Rich Girlfriend. And, yes, the second film has already been given the green light.
Constance Wu and Henry Golding in Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Another movie adaptation you should watch is the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (on Netflix). It stayed true to the book as well which is great as it was one of my favorite recent reads.
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four. My new couch.

My new couch arrived. I have always had roommates that had couches of their own so I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new couch that arrived this week. I have been without a couch for a little over a month between moving and settling in and now my new place is starting to feel like home. I actually covered 3 of the 4 pillows with covers from Ikea so I'm on a hunt for a 4th as I am not a fan of the original yellow patterned ones.
Max kept sniffing all the pillows when it arrived. 

five. Up and Vanished

I recently discovered this podcast after listening to Annie F. Down's podcast "That Sounds Fun" when Payne Lindsey was a host. This is a true crime podcast like Serial about a woman that vanished in Georgia over 10 years ago. I am about halfway done with the first season but the second season just started about a woman in Colorado. If you love a good true crime story, give it a try.
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Honorable Mentions:

Oscar the Grouch has a Twitter. You might not know that I love me some Sesame Street. Growing up, we had very strict TV rules in my home that meant only PBS really for us and an occasional treat watching a Disney or Wee Sing movie. Our family is big fans of anything related to Jim Henson and Oscar is one of my favorite characters. His twitter is amazing. Yes, other characters have Twitter accounts as well but who doesn't want to see a Scram note from Oscar on their feed. Count von Count's account is only him counting.

Dialect Quiz from the NY Times back in 2013 has resurfaced. it was funny to see my parent's states as most similar (CA and NH) but getting the most similar towns as where I reside-Raleigh/Durham.

Earrings for Charlotte. I know a lot of y'all also follow April and I am heartbroken over little Charlotte. I did end up ordering some earrings from Laura in support. The style I ordered is sold out but this style is still in stock if you want a simple way to support their family.

Link up with April, Christina, and Natasha.  
Also linking up with Tif, Becky, and Katie.
And Erika, Narci, and Andrea

What's on your radar for this weekend?

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What I'm Reading Wednesday {July Reads}

Hey y'all,

It's been a crazy few weeks, between packing, moving, and a car accident my life has been pretty full.

I am now all moved in to my new place and everything is out of boxes! I might not be completely organized but by next week I hope to be settled and my curtains up.

July was not a big reading month for me with spending a lot of free time packing and actually moving. Here's what I read:

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way DownA cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

This book is written entirely in verse and was a quick but interesting read for my book club. I really enjoyed the book and it leaves you with a suspenseful ending.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

When Life Gives You Lululemons (The Devil Wears Prada, #3)Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s ex-assistant, does not do the suburbs. She’s working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.
Karolina Hartwell is as A-list as they come. She’s the former face of L’Oreal. A mega-supermodel recognized the world over. And now, the gorgeous wife of the newly elected senator from New York, Graham, who also has his eye on the presidency. It’s all very Kennedy-esque, right down to the public philandering and Karolina’s arrest for a DUI—with a Suburban full of other people’s children.
Miriam is the link between them. Until recently she was a partner at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious law firms. But when Miriam moves to Greenwich and takes time off to spend with her children, she never could have predicted that being stay-at-home mom in an uber-wealthy town could have more pitfalls than a stressful legal career.
Emily, Karolina, and Miriam make an unlikely trio, but they desperately need each other. Together, they’ll navigate the social landmines of life in America’s favorite suburb on steroids, revealing the truths—and the lies—that simmer just below the glittering surface. With her signature biting style, Lauren Weisberger offers a dazzling look into another sexy, over-the-top world, where nothing is as it appears.

While I had never read the previous two novels in the Devil Wears Prada series I enjoy the film. This book was a quick read and fun to see where Emily and Andi are years after leaving Runway.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding DateAgreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...

This was another quick read. I thought the story was believable and shared a lot about the struggles of a long distance relationship with two people. It was a perfect pool read and I can't wait for the Proposal to come out by the author in October. 

I also read Bound Beneath His Pain, Tied to His Betrayal and Mine this month.

What is on your to-read list?

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