What We Wore Wednesday

Welcome back!  It’s Wednesday, also known as Wine Wednesday around here!  We are beyond ready to rock out our live show tonight at 9 pm. Be sure you follow our Facebook page so that you can be a part of the shenanigans.  And now, a look at what we’ve been wearing on these back-and-forth-weather days.

Rhonda –

Tank: Mixtape. Shorts: Target, not available. Shoes: Target.

Tee: TJ Maxx maybe? Jeans: Old Navy Rockstars. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Mixtape. Shorts: Target, not available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Mixtape, no longer available. Leggings: No idea! Shoes: Converse, old and dirty AF.

Ashley –

Meanwhile, I’m over here forgetting to take pictures of myself.

Cardigan: Target [similar] Shirt: Mixtape Boutique Earrings: N&S Black

Shirt: TJ Maxx [similar] Earrings: N&S Red

 

 

What We Wore Wednesday

Here we are again, to show you what we’ve been wearing lately.  We would love some comments and feedback from you all… what do you like?  Do you get any inspiration from these posts?  Do you own any of the same pieces?  Do you also do a lot of shopping at Target?  HA!

Ashley –

Lately when I get dressed I’ve had to ask myself, now which MIXTAPE Boutique shirt will I wear today?? 🙂 Seriously though, you should check out Rhonda’s site and grab some of her cute pieces!

Jacket: Green Bomber from Target Shirt: Ash Shirt Earrings: N&S Blank Canvas Leggings: Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s Boots: OOOOOLLLDDD lol

Cardigan: Forever21 from forever ago TShirt: LUTM Band Tee Earrings: N&S Black

Rhonda –

Like Ashley, my Mixtape clothes are in heavy rotation. Of course.

Top: Mixtape. Jeans: Old Navy. Shoes: Converse, old as dirt. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: MixtapeJeans: Old Navy, old. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Mixtape. Jeans: Old Navy, old. Boots: SUPER OLD. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Eat Happy: Bacon Wrapped Dates

Hey hey and welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We started with the very first recipe and are working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. Thanks for being here. Let’s get into it.

Let me just start by saying, I did NOT want to make this.  Okay, I admit that I love bacon and goat cheese and things like that, but dates?  It’s a no for me, dawg.

However, I fully trust Anna and her recipes.  I can usually see the appeal with a food I don’t like.  I don’t eat dates because they are incredibly sugary, and well…. they are ugly.

Just look at em!

I have eaten them plenty of times, pulverized into foods as sweetener…namely, in Larabars which I used to eat the shit out of until I realized all that sugar was doing me no favors.  Just straight up?  Naw.

Overall, this is the type of recipe I tend to shy away from because I hate the tedium of wrapping shit in bacon or stuffing anything.  Turns out the most tedious part of the process was waiting for the bacon to reach room temperature.  I hadn’t read through the recipe ahead of time and was just sitting there like…

I went ahead and popped some goat cheese peppers in the oven too since I had just bought some mini peppers.

These things tasted amazing while cooking, but then I had to talk myself into taking a bite.

 

They were nice and caramelized and better than I expected, but I still just can’t with dates.  Claudia tried a bite and liked it until she looked down at it and decided it was ugly.

If you like dates, this is for you.  In fact, come on over and get these.

Life Lately

Hey hey! Every other Monday we spend a little time catching you guys up on what’s been going on in each of our lives.

Ashley –

Hey Hey! Gosh – I feel like we have done SO MUCH over the past two weeks. We’ve had holidays and birthdays and parties which were all filled with so much happiness and love – and then we had some grief and sadness in the form of some loved ones passing away. It’s just really been a whirl wind!

Me with my Pawpaw MANY years ago. Don’t I look just like my Sophie??

Let’s do the heavy stuff first though? My paternal grandfather, aka Pawpaw, passed away on March 29th. It was a very unexpected thing, and I expounded upon my thoughts here in this post.  His funeral was this past Friday, April 6. While we were riding to the VA Cemetery for his final services, my Mom got a call that her father, aka Papa, had passed away that morning. I mean. It was incredibly emotional. And just all so unexpected. Death is a part of life, but it’s never easy to see your loved ones leave.

Balancing at the park. 🙂

Some light things? We had a fabulous Easter that was filled with celebrations of life and family and multiple Easter Egg Hunts. Cooper even had an Easter Parade that his PreK 4 Class put on for the rest of the school. The kids each wore an ‘Easter Hat’ that their parents made. It was super cute. 🙂

Easter Parade!
Egg Hunt at Beauvoir in Biloxi, MS
Painting Easter Eggs for the Bunny

Coop was on Spring Break this last first week in April, and I stayed home with him Monday – Wednesday (well BOTH kids…lol). We had a lot of fun. We made several park trips. Cooper went to the doctor for his big boy 5 yr old check up that included shots 🙁 , we went to the beach on Tuesday, and Coop even had his first sleep over with Aunt Grace on Tuesday night.

Egg Hunt at Grammy and Ppop’s

Then along with my Pawpaw’s funeral being on Friday – we had a jam packed weekend. The following Saturday, I ran around all morning getting together last minute stuff together for Coop’s Bday party that Sunday. Saturday night we went to my Aunt’s engagement party. And then Sunday was Cooper’s Party at the Mullethop Trampoline Park.

Bed Head at the Beach 🙂

Then Sunday night it was back to reality with getting things together for the upcoming Monday filled with work and school. 🙂

 

Rhonda –

I can’t even adequately describe the insanity of the last couple of weeks.  God bless.  For starters, I have been sick the entire time.  So that’s awesome.  I got well for literally like 2 days then started feeling awful again.

Easter was a lot of fun though.  The day before was supposed to be Claudia’s fourth birthday party, but we were all too sick to have people over.  So we celebrated her with some cupcakes and a couple of gifts, then let the fun spill into Easter.  I made a huge feast and Stuart and I hid eggs for the kids.  I can’t believe how much fun we all even when things are just kept low-key.

I launched my boutique a week ago and that has kept me extremely busy, as you can imagine!

When we finally had her birthday party, we all had the best time.  We got to know some of our neighbors and hang out with our usual besties too.  I am so thankful for friends you never want to leave.

We watched a lot of sunsets and did a lot of porch front sitting.

What We Wore Wednesday

Here we are again, to show you what we’ve been wearing lately.  We would love some comments and feedback from you all… what do you like?  Do you get any inspiration from these posts?  Do you own any of the same pieces?  Do you also do a lot of shopping at Target?  HA!

Rhonda-

This week, I feel like doing something a little different.  I am going to give some backstory or narrative behind the picture or items in the outfits.

The mess is my office was a result of Claudia’s gifts piling up and me crafting some wall decor for the room.  

Top: Mixtape. Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar, this style no longer available. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

I know, you can’t see much on this dress, but I’ve posted it before.  TBH, I only included these pictures because I rarely wear necklaces and I liked that my Grandma’s necklace that I only wear on holidays (Easter in this instance) is front and center.  Oh, and that LIP COLOR.  Swoon.

Dress: Mixtape. Earrings: Nickel & Suede. Necklaces: (top to bottom) FabFitFun Summer 2017 | Amazon | Family Heirloom.

So, I got dressed to run errands, then noticed when I went into my office to take a picture that my tee had a mustard stain.  Tied up the kimono to cover it.  Also, you will notice I wear Old Navy jeans a LOT and often they are no longer available.  That is because they last FOREVER and I wear them to death.

Tee: Target. Kimono: Hope’s, not currently available. Jeans: Old Navy, this style no longer available. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

 

Ashley –

Shirt: Old Stitch Fix Earrings: N&S Signature Gold

Sweat Shirt: Target (no longer available) Earrings: N&S Champagne Shimmer

Shirt: Walmart Earrings: N&S Leopard

And just like that, she is four

How has a year gone by since I got all emotional about Claudia turning three?   Somehow, it flew by and here we are.

I won’t go through all the history behind Claudia’s existence, as I did that last year.  Instead, let’s just look at who she is today.

  • She could literally play Barbies all day, with her tablet acting as the big screen TV.  Best of both worlds – screen time and imaginative play.
  • She loves junk food and healthy food equally.  Her ideal meal would probably be bacon, eggs, and pickles with a side of cupcake and sugary yogurt.
  • She’s the sassiest.  I know everyone calls their daughters sassy…but this girl is like nothing I have ever seen.  She is always rolling her eyes, prancing with her hands on her hips, or flipping her hair.  Her attitude scares me, but she got it from me so I choose to just believe it will cause her to be a strong woman someday – just like her mama.
  • She loves her brothers like crazy.  I know, I know.  All siblings love each other.  But this girl loves to hang out with them and tell them all her secrets – and they do the same with her.  I never knew siblings like this existed.
  • She is incredibly social with NO anxiety at all.  In that way, she is very different from me, and it’s a strength that I am so glad she has.
  • Despite the fact that her father and I have intentionally raised all our kids to ignore gender roles and stereotypes and go their own way, she chooses the route of pink-and-purple-glitter-and-crushes-and-dresses-thank-you-very-much.

Her party was supposed to be this past Saturday, on her birthday, but due to all the sickness in our home, we had to push it back by a week.  She is perfectly happy to drag her celebrations out, so no complaints from her!  We spent her birthday doing mom and daughter stuff, running errands, and eating cupcakes.  We will have a unicorn party in a few days to wrap up her celebration!  I can’t imagine life without her and, in some ways, I celebrate her every day.

 

 

 

(Tell Me Something) Good Friday

It’s Fri-Yay!  Good Friday, in particular.  Maybe for you, that means a sacred day, a day off work, or business as usual.  For us, it’s a lead-up to Easter (which, for the most part, is a celebration of spring around here and not a religious holiday).  We thought it would be fun today to bring you a list of good things about this time of year!*

*If you’re wondering what could possibly be bad about Spring, I present to you my friends Seasonal Allergies and Bugs, for starters*

1. Wardrobe updates.  This is the time of year when it’s necessary and more comfortable to sport shorter hemlines and sleeves, airy fabrics, and (mostly if you’re Rhonda) brighter patterns.  Who doesn’t love an excuse to go shopping?

2. Extended outdoors time.  With more daylight, we are transitioning into a time where kids can just run out alllll the pent-up energy on into the evening.  Parents everywhere, rejoice!  Entertainment now becomes less digital and, more importantly, less your responsibility.

3. Skin that is no longer translucent.  Now that people can be outside more frequently and for longer periods, the skin can gain a little color.  We aren’t talking Tanorexia here, but just a natural flush to the skin.  Amen.

4. Alll the blooming flowers. I just love seeing pretty flowers pop up randomly. Azaleas are one of my favorite to see come to life. These little pretties just consume and cover their bushes. How can you NOT smile when flowers start to bloom?

5. Sun dresses.  Goodbye pants and winter tights. HELLO easy breasy sun dresses. Who doesn’t love the ease of throwing on one piece of clothing that makes you look put together and is incredibly cool and comfortable? We love them for ourselves and for our little girls.

6. Sandal Life.  Searching around for matching pairs of socks is one of the biggest annoyances and bummers when you’re trying to get ready in the morning. Waking up on any given morning in the spring and knowing that the weather is going to be perfect for sandals is such a relief.

7. Beach Trips.  Any trip to the beach is something that we definitely look forward to during Spring. Spontaneous weekday trips to the beach for Ashley. Planned beach trips to Orange Beach, AL for Rhonda. We love it all. Beach Please.

8. Light and Fresh Foods.  While there’s never a bad time to eat a loaded-up salad or some grilled veggies, some of the healthiest and yummy foods are in heavy rotation for most people this time of year.  Grilling a juicy steak or burger and pairing with some fresh fruits and vegetables?  Don’t mind if we do!

9. Yes way, Rosè. Pink wine.  We’re here for it and we don’t even care if it’s Basic and cliché.  Sometimes, so are we.

What would make YOUR list?

What We Wore Wednesday

Welcome back, y’all!  Every week we post some of the outfits we’ve worn over the past week (specifically, the ones we remembered to take pictures of).  Maybe you’ll see where to buy the perfect white t-shirt you’ve been looking for, maybe you’ll get an idea on how to style a top you have.  Maybe you’ll never read this again because we wear the same things over and over.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Rhonda-

Look, I have one outfit.  ONE.  First of all, I spent two days driving.  Enough said about that.  Then I came home sick as a dog.  So.  You get what you get.  Good news is, it’s not one I’ve posted before!

Top: Mixtape Boutique, coming soon! Cage bra: Amazon. Leggings: Custom made for my ridiculously tiny legs. Boots: Amazon (do not purchase unless you also have bird legs.  They are tight at the top, even on me!).

Ashley –

I have two outfits…and no valid excuses. LOL

Chambray Top: OLD Target [similar] Pants: Black Jeggings [similar] Earrings: N&S Leopard

Top: MixTape Boutique [coming soon!] Pants: Denizen Jeggings  Earings: N&S Leopard

 

Life Lately

Hey hey! Every other Monday we spend a little time catching you guys up on what’s been going on in each of our lives.

Ashley –

Hmm… I always have to look back through the pictures I’ve taken and take a glance at the calendar to remember exactly what I’ve spent the past two weeks doing. LOL

We celebrated two birthdays: my brother’s on the 12th and mine on the 21st. Shane turned 25, and I turned 33. I actually can’t believe he is only 25, because I feel like he’s got his life together in ways that far surpass most people of his age…or even most people older than him. I’m a pretty proud big sister. 🙂 I mean, can I just take a few moments to brag on him? This kid went to college after high school, then immediately got a full time job wherein he has been incredibly successful. He’s already bought a house, and he is an amazing uncle to my kids. He is thoughtful and generous and always willing to help when you ask him to.  We just think he’s the best. 🙂

As for me? I mean…I’m a work in progress – I feel really good about 33 though. 🙂

Let’s seee what else? Coop has been doing great at school. We’ve been seeing some fluctuation in behavior according to the color chart that gets sent home each day in his folder but that’s normal. He just started learning how to write his last name and we are super impressed by his progress. 🙂

Sophie also likes to talk about ‘what color she got for the day’ – even though she’s not actually getting colors. She’s gotta do whatever big brother is doing..of course.

A major thing that happened last Thursday morning..my dad scared the crap out of all of us when he got dizzy and fell and hit the back of his head – ending up in the ICU.  🙁  He’s getting better now which is a major relief.

Anddd I got to see Rhonda this past Friday night. She was down on the coast for a hair color update…so we did our usual and spent Friday night at the Chill Bar in the IP Casino. It was so much fun!

Rhonda –

Like Ashley, I find myself on Life Lately days staring at my camera roll and trying to figure out just where the last 2 weeks went.

I tell you though, for the most part I have been soaking up life.  The weather has been great and, with the time change, the sunset sometimes doesn’t occur until Stuart is home to enjoy it with us.  It’s been lovely to check it out from the front porch.

The relaxing on the porch hasn’t been without work, though.  During the day, I’ve been busting my ass so that I can launch my boutique a week from today!

I got to have time with some of my best girlfriends in the last couple of weeks.  I had a Girls Night Out with my local besties.  We went to the Stockyards on a very stormy night and had a freaking blast.

This past weekend, I went on a super quick trip to Mississippi to get my hair done.  I squeezed in a night out with Ashley before hitting the road extremely sick.

I originally thought I was hungover, except I was hit with a fever, body aches, and extreme chest pain and congestion.  That made for a fun ride home!

What have y’all been up to?

What We Wore Wednesday

Hey hey! It’s Wednesday and we are here showing you guys what we’ve been wearing. Why? For a little bit of accountability on our part – and to may inspire some style ideas for you guys!

Ashley –

Sweater: Target (this link is to the plus sized version – I can’t find it online in regular) Pants: Jordache Skinnies Earrings: N&S Black 

Cardigan: Target  (can’t find it online not in plus…but I know they still have it in my store in regular) Tank: Target Brallette: Target (no longer available) Pants: olddd…I don’t even remember from where I bought them!

Sweat Shirt: Target (not online ) Pants: Black Jeggings Earrings: N&S White Cut out

Rhonda –

Tee: Mixtape, coming soon. Leggings: Amazon. Cardigan: Super Old Old Navy. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Target. Jeans: Old Old Navy. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Mixtape, Coming soon.  Jeans: Old Navy, similar. Shoes: Converse. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.