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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