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Thursday, October 08, 2015

My Favorite Chili Recipe

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With fall temps and rainy weather last weekend I was craving my favorite chili. Honestly, is there anything better than dumping a bunch of ingredients in the crock pot and coming back hours later with dinner ready to go? This time of year I just love using my crock pot for easy dinners.

One of my favorite slow-cooker recipes is this tasty and easy chili. My mother-in-law shared this with us years ago and it has never failed.  

The best part is that this recipe is only 5 ingredients and a couple spices from your cupboard. 

Dinner is DONE!

Monday, October 05, 2015

Fall on the Porch

Hi friends! Whoosh, another weekend flew by. It was a rainy one in Atlanta. I am pretty sure it has been raining for 100 days here. 

(ok, maybe not quite 100, but...) 

Before the rain started, I did manage to get the porch fall-i-fied and wanted to share a few quick shots today. Hoping the rain finally clears and we can log some hours here this weekend! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Home Style: Preppy Eclectic

It has taken me years of tweaking my decor to really understand my own personal style. When we were first married, we were given lots of hand-me-downs. (Which was great!) Sure! I'll take those formal drapes and Tuscan side table. Got an extra modern lamp? Done! A traditional coffee table? Yes please!

While we were appreciative, it resulted with quite a hodge podge of styles in our homes. This issue only got worse once we started buying our own things.  I would fall for a little French Country, mix it with Rustic, and a a dash of of Modern. 

That, my friends, was a recipe for disaster. 

Over the past couple years I have refined my decor choices and understand that in order for my home to feel cohesive, I needed to stop having a home decor identity crisis. So I decided to really think hard about what my style is. 

Earlier this year, I shared that after a few months of pondering various words, I had finally landed on the style of my home: 
Preppy Eclectic

Giving my style a name was hard but honestly it was one of the best things I could do for my home.  I have found that since I named my style, things have come easier for me when it comes to decorating. If I see something I like but isn't really my style, it's easier for me to pass it by. But it's not too narrow and still gives me enough freedom to constantly tweak my decor, which I love to do. 
So, what exactly is Preppy Eclectic? Since my previous post really gave a bigger description, I will just recap below the main points and some new pictures of my home that I think represent my home style.

Preppy Eclectic is...

"traditional interiors with pops of the unexpected"

31 Days "Dolled Up" Closet Challenge

Hey team SSOM! How was No-Spend-tember for you? Is your house a little lighter and your bank accounts a little fuller? High fives all around! Overall, I will claim success on my end. I am most happy with the purging- I'd say my house has lost some serious "weight" and for that I am happy.

Part of No Spend-tember for me was editing my closet. While I still feel I have way too much, I was able to pare down and I hope you were motivated to do the same.

Soooooo. With No Spend-tember just about under our belts, how about a new fun challenge this October? This time it's all about your closet. 

Of course, we need a fun name. Because everything is more fun with a cute name, or props, or a theme, am-I-right?

Wardroberfest? Closetober? How about "31 Days Dolled Up"? :)

I think we are all guilty of getting in the wardrobe rut. For those of us working from home it may look like this: wake up, roll out of bed, throw on some yogas, grab coffee and run out the door. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Five Minute Hostess Tip: Cream Cheese & Pepper Jelly Appetizer

No get-together is complete without the quintessential Southern appetizer
 of cream cheese and pepper jelly. 

So that neighbor that came over to drop off your mail? She is still hanging out an hour later. Turns out you had lots to catch up on. You offer her something to drink. Then you walk to the pantry and because you are prepared for such an occasion, and you grab your secret weapon. 

You are a hostess hero. 

Today I am back with my 4th and final post in the Back to Basic post series. When we were in Jackson Hole a couple weekend ago, my friend pulled out this old favorite appetizer. It was around 4 in the afternoon and we weren't going to eating dinner for a couple hours. This took all of 3 minutes and was perfect in holding everyone over. 

For those of you not familiar with this crowd-pleaser- I am so happy I get to introduce you. For those of you that know about this yummy snack- this is your reminder to go ahead and add these three ingredients to your grocery list for the upcoming holiday season. This is a great thing to have on hand for that last minute gathering.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

3 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Bathroom

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inexpensive bathroom makeover

Picture this:

The dreaded morning wake-up call goes off.

For you, it's probably your alarm clock buzzing in your ear. In my case, it's most likely one of the Sweets waking me up waaaaay too early for my liking.

You stumble out of bed.

Only to walk into this bathroom:

Seriously? This is as boring as hitting the snooze button.

Pretty, Preppy & Fall Homes - September Link Party Features

Happy Thursday! 

Thanks to everyone who commented about yesterday's fall outfit inspiration. My Dad read the post and reminded me that I used to lay my outfits out before high school each night similar to the pictures I took. I guess some things never change. :)

Today I am sharing my features from our monthly Pretty Preppy Party. First up is this fun fall entry way from Rachael at This is Our Bliss. I met Rachael this summer at the Haven conference and we became fast friends. Not only is she super fun and a fellow BOY-MOM, the girl has style for days. I love this entry- that subway sign with the campaign detail is too cute and of course the Hunter boots + leopard scarf made my heart skip a beat. Well done girlfriend! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

{Style State of Mind} Four Outfits I Am Wearing This Fall

Happy first day of fall friends! Atlanta is slowly kicking into fall gear. However, since we just returned from Wyoming where fall was already fierce, I am already in full-fledged-fall-mode. I am still sorting through laundry and pictures from the trip, and y'all, if I must admit, I am recovering from some serious vacation blues. Nothing a little Pinspiration can't fix!

Do you ever go on Pinterest for style inspiration? 

I slipped into the vortex during our Netflix binge and I got oodles of ideas for some new fall outfits using items from my closet. If you've been following along, you know I am challenging myself to No Spend-tember and Pinterest is a great way for me to think about my closet in new ways. It's easy to pin and pin and pin and pin, but come on, what's the point if you don't do something with all of the great ideas?!?

So here are 4 inspiration outfits that I found on Pinterest and then my version from my closet. After looking at my Fall 2015 Pinterest board, I think it's safe to say I have a thing for plaid. 
And puffy vests. 
And statement necklaces.

I hope you are inspired to put together a few go-to fall outfits that you will be wearing this fall! 

Outfit #1. Navy Puffy Vest & Green Pants
I loved the way this outfit combined navy, green and leopard. So glad Pinterest Told Me To because...

Monday, September 21, 2015

Five Minute Hostess Tip: How to Make Your House Smell Like Fall

Well good morning and happy Monday. Hope you had a great weekend! If you follow me on Instagram you know we just spent a long weekend in Jackson Hole. It was a fantastic trip out west. The views were amazing, the friends are like family and it was nice to have a couple days "off-duty" from the kiddos. I will be sharing some of the highlights of our trip soon. 

Today I am back with another Back to Basics tip. Here is a five minute hostess tip to make your house get that cozy authentic autumn aroma. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

September Pretty Preppy Party

Welcome to the Pretty Preppy Party, where we gather each month to be inspired by each other's amazing preppy projects.  We can't wait to see your pretty and preppy projects! But first, a quick run down at what your hostesses have been up to lately.

At 11 Magnolia Lane this month, Christy DIY'd a plate rack for her pantry to display platters and pretty plates for less than $40. 

DIY Plate Rack for $40 | 11 Magnolia Lane
Amy and Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane

Sarah shared her fall home tour last week and showed us how she added layers and texture to her home for the cooler months forthcoming!
Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street
Brett from Being Bianca shared this preciously prepped coordinates pillow DIY tutorial. She made this pillow cover for three dollars, that's right ... three! Check out the easy steps to create over here.
                pillow 1
Brett @ Being Bianca

Does anyone else struggle with decorating for fall? I confessed that it does not come easy for me, and shared my secret on how I pulled it together in my early fall home tour

Hint: it involves navy + gold

Heather @ Southern State of Mind

Julie's big project of the month was getting her oldest child off to college.  And she did a little update on his room before he left just to make sure he wants to keep coming home! Check it out here.
Julie @ Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Now it's your turn!  Feel free to link up any preppy projects from this month! You only need to link up via one blog and your post will show up on all six blogs. We can't wait to see what you have been up to. Please be sure to include a backlink to the party in your post somewhere as we can't feature your project without one. Not a blogger? No problem! Just post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag ‪#‎prettypreppyparty‬ so we can see your preppy goodness!

- Link to your specific post, not your home page.

- Your project must be pretty and preppy. If it doesn’t fit this category, it will be removed. We want this to be a cute and fun prep-destination! 

- Please link back to one of the hosts in your post. Only those with a link will be considered for a feature!  Use the button below, or a text link.  

– Be inspired! Visit and comment on other links in the party.

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Each hostess will pin our features to our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest board each month, so make sure you’re following along to see the best projects and inspiration!
Let’s see those Pretty and Preppy projects:

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Five Minute Hostess Tip: How to Get Free Fresh "Flowers" (No Matter What)

Hi there! Hope you had a great weekend! 

Atlanta finally got the memo that fall is around the corner and we enjoyed some blue skies and cooler temps this weekend. It was a busy and fun weekend too! After several years of praying for and crying with, we finally got to celebrate my bestie's baby shower. Oh, and Sweet P had his first soccer game so that was quite a joy! Nothing like a herd of 4 year old's running around to make you smile. 

Today I am back with week two of the Back to Basics series. As a reminder, this is a 4 week series where we are sharing some of our super simple tips to help simplify your life. 

Today mine is so easy, I hate to even call it a tip.

Think of it more as as a mantra. A promise. A pledge. Ready?



Say it with me y'all. 


But wait! I can't buy fresh flowers- it's No Spendtember and it's naptime and I haven't showered. Sound familiar?

So what's a girl to do? 

Friday, September 11, 2015

2015 Fall Home Tour

Happy FriYAY friends! 

Nothing like a 4 day week to compound how fast the weeks seem to fly by these days. It's funny because when I decided to stay home with the boys I actually thought I might get bored.

Jokes on me because there is literally never a dull moment around here. Life is busy but good and we are just all trying to find a routine. I know I keep sharing how things have been crazy and I promise I will bring you up to speed soon! :)

Southern State of Mind Fall Decor

Today I am sharing some touches of fall throughout the house. Only touches y'all because it is still H-O-T + H-U-M-I-D here in Atlanta. As much as I adore summer, around this time of year this gal is ready to swap the flip flops for boots and get some cooler temperatures. It's really hard to embrace the #pumpkineverything mentality when it's 90 degrees!

I have to admit with the hot temps, I have had a hard time shifting gears. Does anyone else struggle with adding fall decor? I don't know what it is, but I just get stuck and find that I have a hard time decorating for fall.