I set a goal to read 60 books this year. I set that particular goal...hoping I would at least read 52...which has been my goal the last several years. I've always missed by a book or two. Something tells me that this year won't be much different. I'm currently 18 books behind schedule.

Despite a several month lull in reading earlier this year, I have been busy here lately. I thought I would do a little run down of what I've read lately.

IT WAS ME ALL ALONG by Andie Mitchell. I was pretty excited to read this as I have followed Andie's blog for several years. Unfortunately, it was not what I expected. It's definitely a memoir...but I thought it would be more about how she lost. I feel like her blog is more informative on that particular subject. Her book is more focused on her family and early life. Andie is beautiful and a great writer, but honestly, her book is kind of depressing.

THE GOOD GIRLS by Sara Shepard. I love YA books and Sara is one of my favorites. I think you definitely know what your are getting when you read her books. They all follow a very similar formula....so if you love her books...you'll love her books. If you are bored with that format...maybe don't read her news stuff. Ha. This series (this is just the 2nd book in the series) is VERY similar to Pretty Little Liars. But, I love it.

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME by Beth Harbison. Love Beth's books. This one is pretty good...not my favorite...maybe only because I feel like this topic (going back to high school) is kind of overplayed. BUT...I did enjoy it (save for the sad parts that hit too close to home).

THE BEST OF ENEMIES by Jen Lancaster. I love love love Jen. I feel like I have said that numerous times on this blog. BUT....I've also said that I prefer her memoirs. I wanted to love it as much as I love her. And even though it started kind slow, I did end up enjoying it. Still prefer her memoirs over her fiction though. Womp Womp.

I REGRET NOTHING by Jen Lancaster. A memoir! I laugh and laugh and laugh. I wish she would just write a diary and let me read it. I feel pretty confident I would love it. Ha. I really did enjoy this book. Had me wanting to learn Italian and ride a bike all over Italy.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins. So, I kept seeing this in the store. I kept seeing people talk about how it was the new Gone Girl. And I loved Gone Girl....so I finally picked it up. I see the similarity. It's very dark. And depressing. And you don't feel good at the end. But, I still sort o enjoyed it. I guess it's just not really my type of book. But, I'm glad I read it. I'm definitely a follower. Ha.

FRICTION by Sandra Brown. LOVE Sandra Brown. LOVE. She is from my hometown. And I just adore her. Her writing is just plain good. I'm always immediately wrapped up in the story. I usually read her books in a day because I can not put them down. Friction was no different. I wanted to zip through it to find out what happened but I also wanted to read it slowly so I could savor it. So good.

IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? (AND OTHER CONCERNS) by Mindy Kaling. I know this book is kind of old. But, I was browsing the digital copies available on my library account (there is rarely anything good available for immediate reading) and this was there. I love memoirs...and I think she is hilarious...so why not?! It was cute. Written in more of an essay/ random thoughts type format. Which is fine. Anyway, it was cute, and now I want to read her new book. If you love her (and haven't read this yet)...go go go!!

Okay...sot that's the last 8 books I've read. I'm currently reading a few other books...and I'm REALLY hoping to hit my goal this year. So, if you need me, I'll be reading.




Obviously, I've abandoned my big plans for the write 31 days challenge. Though I am EXTREMELY good at making plans and not finishing them....I actually hate doing it. BUT...I was just biting of more than I could chew with that particular challenge. By the third day, I was actually dreading trying to come up with a blog post. And, that's really the opposite of why I blog. It's supposed to be fun, right?!

Anyway...so even though I'm quitting that particular challenge,  I am still going to push myself to blog some more this month. Maybe even a couple of "wear this room" type posts....because I do find them fun....when I'm in the mood. Ha.

Other than that....not a whole lot going on around here. I'm currently watching PLL on Netflix and trying to get motivated to do all the chores I did not do this weekend.

Going to my weigh in tonight....praying for another loss!!!



Day 2 of my Inspired Outfits challenge. I'm already struggling! Ha. Story of my life.

But, I had this cute image that I pinned earlier this week...so I thought it would be a fun wear this room subject.

Adorable, right?! Okay, so here is the outfit I came up with based on the above image.

shirt / jeans / jacket / earrings / bracelet / bag / shoes

I've been wanting those shoes forever. Leopard is totally a neutral. I think I'm actually going to put them on my weight loss rewards list. And the bracelet is SO fun...and it's like $8. Yay for bargains!!!

Okay, so I'm going to try to get a little more organized for the rest of the challenge....that way I'm not scrambling to get a post done in the late afternoon/evening.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

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Like everyone else that has watched the show, I'm absolutely in love with Fixer Upper on HGTV. I adore Chip and Joanna. They are just the cutest...not to mention how talented they both are. And Joanna's look always kills it. I love how she always pulls simple, classic pieces...she looks modes...but still chic. LOVE it.

So, for today's inspired look, I had to go with Joanna!

I just loooove it. The sweater, the boots. The hair color (ha!). Everything. So...here is my look inspired by the above picture.
sweater / jeans / boots / ring / earrings / necklace / bag / polish 

Everything in this look can be purchased at Kohl's...with the exception of the bag (Target) and boots (Country Outfitter). The boots are the most expensive thing  (I think everything else added together is less than the cost of the boots)..but I LOVE LOVE LOVE them...and would definitely get my wear out of them.

I'm not much of a jeggings girl, but I think this longer babydoll sweater is perfect for covering up the trouble areas, right?! And, there used to be a hard and fast rule about not mixing leather colors. But, here I am mixing two different brows with grey and black....and I think it's okay. In fact...it's one thing I think Joanna is great at...both in her fashion and interior design skills.

So, that was a fun start for this month long challenge I'm doing. I've actually got a few more Joanna Gaines looks as well as Fixer Upper room I am hoping to use for inspiration pieces later in the month.



I love a good challenge. Weird, considering I rarely (shamefully) complete them. I'm nothing if not persistent though.

I also love the idea of challenging myself to blog about one topic everyday for a month. Last year, I (successfully!) blogged about my weight loss journey. Side note...I'm happy to say that the journey slowly continues...I'm down almost 35 pounds. 

I'm trying to add more creativity into my life. I used to scrapbook and work on my photography. Neither of which I do anymore (aside from pictures on my phone). Sadly, I spend most of my creative time working on client orders (which is fun)...but also somewhat limiting. I would love to write everyday, but there are often days that I do not have anything I want to share on the blog. And so...the idea for my 31 day challenge is born. 

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So a few weeks ago, I did a post entitled WEAR THIS ROOM. I basically took one of my favorite pinned images of an adorable bedroom, and created two looks inspired from the picture. I actually had a lot of fun doing it. I think it's because I combined two things I love ... inspiration and fake shopping. Ha.

Everyday, I will share an inspiration image. It may be a celebrity's look, a room, a book cover, scene from a movie, and inspired look from a fashion blogger, a piece of art...whatever. And then, I will piece together an outfit inspired by that particular image. 

I LOVE this idea because it allows me to be creative. It also challenges me to think beyond yoga pants an t-shirts. I'm currently losing weight...so I'm sort of in this awkward stage of nothing in my closet fitting anymore...but I don't really want to spend money on new stuff. But, who knows...I may put together some looks I will need to go out and actually try on!

Speaking of...here are a few rules I'm setting for the challenge.

1. The outfit must be something I would actually wear. I don't mind pushing the limits a little bit...but I'm not going to be wearing flare jeans, super short shorts, or stilettos anytime soon.

2. The items must actually be from stores that I do (or would) shop at.

3. The items must also be within my budget. Even though I'm not planning on buying everything I come up with ... I may want to buy something...so let's just be realistic here. 

K, that's it. I'm excited!! Thanks for following along!!


Today's PromptA farewell coffee date. Take some time to breath, sip a warm drink, and share with your new blogging buddies.

Okay, so this photo cracks me up. I sent it via text to my husband a couple of weeks ago. I was super busy with work and had basically been sitting on the computer all day. I don't drink a lot of coffee at home...but I'm all about staying hydrated! And sonic ice. All the sonic ice. Also, I sit on the floor...at the coffee table...to work. Because...my cat literally takes up the whole couch....and doesn't budge. Nice, right?

I had big intentions for posting everyday during blog-tember. I really did. But, this month just got away from me. I literally keep thinking the beginning of August was a few weeks ago. Um, no. I'm not going to argue though. October is the first of my favorite 3 months of the year. 

Even though I didn't get a chance to post a lot this month, I did get to read several posts from those of you that did. I found lots of new blogs to check in on. Yay!!

I thought for today's post....I would share my progress (or again...lack there of) on my September goals, as well as my goals for October. 

1. Participate in the blog-tember challenge. 12 out of 30 isn't too shabby. I'm counting it!

2. Continue deep cleaning (& purging/organizing) the apartment. There still seems to be a lot to do (there probably will always be something...I'm kind of OCD). But..I did make some progress.

3. Decorate for fall. FAIL.

4. Go to all my WW meetings. I did this!!! I didn't stay for all of the meetings...but I did weigh in every week...and I'm proud to say that I lost 5.4 pounds this week.

5. The buffet. Seriously...we shall throw a party if/when this ever gets done. Hangs head in shame.

6. Fall wreath. Nope. 

7. Church every Sunday. Sadly, no.

8. Read 5 books. I read three. THREE. That's a bit of an improvement...but still not hitting my goals for the month/year.

9. Set up budget. Yikes. 

10. Send out cards. I have a stack of mail that needs to be sent out. I'm awful at this.

11. FOOTBALL. This is something that will always get checked off. Not a real struggle for me. 

12. Redo design site. Nope.

13. Schedule family pics. Nope

14. Walk 20 miles. DID it. I really blew it up one week this month. I love my fitbit...it challenges me. Now I just need to be consistent. 

15. Continue reading the Old Testament. Not as much as I wanted, but I did get some read.

1. Lose 40 pounds. I need to lose 6.4 to hit this goal.

2. Fall bucket list. Mark some of those things off!

3. Walk 25 miles. I'm going to try to do this beyond just my daily fitbit steps...but we'll see.

4. Redo design site. hopefully I'll have time.

5. Family pics. Need to do!!

6. Continue reading the Old Testament. Need to be more consistent with this.

7. Buffet. Ugh.

8. Blog more. More on this below. 

9. Read 5 books. Trying this again. I have about 10 books on my nightstand/Kindle. 

10. Taylor Swift. Insert freak out here. And yes, I'm in my thirties. Don't judge. 

And....because this post isn't long enough. And because I love to try and bite off more than I can chew.....

I wasn't going to do this this year. I attempted it two years ago, and actually completed it (go me!) last year. But, I just couldn't think of anything to write about for a whole month for this year. However....I have a kind of fun challenge for myself...so I'm seriously considering it. We'll see!!



I'm playing catch up for today's blog-tember post. Bailey has prompted us to create something. I would love to paint or draw...but that's totally not in my skill set (yet). So, I thought I would be clever (or sneaky) and write a post using a prompt that I missed earlier in the month. 

Reading... If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison

Playing... Word Brain on my iPhone. SO addicting. 

Watching... Pretty Little Liars. I put it on Netflix during the day and go about my business. 

Trying... to get motivated to work out. I've been doing SO good with getting in my steps. Yay.

Cooking... Made this corn chowder for dinner last night...but instead of bacon, I used smoked sausage. YUM YUM.

Eating... out tonight. That's usually our pattern. Cook/eat-out/cook/eat-out. So bad. 

Drinking... Water. All day err day. 

Calling...  Nobody. I hate talking on the phone.

Texting... C about dinner plans. Ha. 

Pinning...  recipes. Maybe I will use them one day!

Tweeting... my last tweet was about all the penalties in the Cowboys game Sunday.

Going...  crazy....my neighbors are the MOST obnoxious people in the world.

Loving...  Football season. Duh. 

Hating...  that it's still so hot outside...c'mon Fall...you can do it!!

Discovering...  Lots of shows I want to watch on Netflix. But I can't seem to not watch PLL. Ha.

Thinking...  About getting a "real" job. I've been doing freelance design stuff for so long...but I'm seriously thinking about taking a break from that world. 

Feeling...  stressed about making career changes/decisions. Growing up is no fun sometimes.

Hoping (for)...  some cooler weather (have I mentioned that it's still hot here?!!!)

Listening (to)...  Randy Rogers radio on iTunes. 

Celebrating...  the Cowboys win!! Trying not to focus on the injuries. 

Smelling...  all the fall candles. Loving that the apartment smells like pumpkins and cinnamon.

Ordering...  Nothing. Hate trying to adult and budget. Ha. 

Thanking...  God for my sweet, hard-working husband. 

Considering...  going red...or at least a little more red (my hair, that is).

Starting...  to get serious about weight loss. I've been working out a bunch...just need to get my diet on track (ugh).

Finishing...  this blog post!