LACY TO A "T"


You've heard me talk about my dear friend Tami before, who I referred to as "T" and she is who inspired this post.
 This adorable lacy dress with the necklace that matches perfectly, were gifts from my sweet "T"!


I was so excited to have the peep toe booties to go with, and I love the jean jacket with it and will probably wear an olive color cardigan over it to work.


She got this adorable ensemble at Sears. I always forget to go in Sears and remember years ago getting very cute clothes there. You'd be surprised at what fun things you can find there besides tools and appliances. 



I have oodles of acquaintances but not many close friends so in addition to the closeness I share with my mom, husband, sons and blogger pals, Tami has been my tried-and-true for the past 15 years! I swear, we could have our own talk show, and we, along with people who know us, compare us to Hoda and Kathie Lee. If we set up the camera during our workdays and conversations, we'd have you rolling in laughter like we do! We call ourselves "T and A" and OK, while it references something else, get your mind out of the gutter. It stands for Tami and Andrea, LOL! 


Our Birthday Day party 2007...T said "Wow, we've aged well!" We have!

Actual Dress HERE (on sale for under $10, L left, for reference I am a medium, I always go up a size in Jr. Dresses // Similar Jean Jacket HERE // Similar Olive Booties HERE // 
Similar Dresses HERE and HERE

We try our best to spread happiness and support each other in every aspect of life! My favorite quality about Tami, although she has so many wonderful ones, it's her ability to listen! She is the best listener I know and I don't think I could do this life without her! As you get older, you realize it's not about the number of friends you have but the quality. What I try to be the most in a friend is true, giving and loyal; if those aspects are not there then why be friends with that person? Life is too short for drama, pettiness and backstabbing. I'm lucky that I am a strong enough person now to choose who I want to spend my time with, and I'm lucky to call Tami my partner in crime.


Cheers to your week ahead sweet friends!!


xoxo

FRIDAY FAVORITES...IN the PINK Edition

Happy Friday my precious peeps!! I made it through the week after college drop off at the beginning and both boys are doing well. I have so much goodness for you today and in trying to stay busy, I am getting right to it!!

1. The Search is Over: Peep Toe Booties
Fall color perfection, comfort level off the charts and the tassel on the side is so darn CUTE!!! I have been on the hunt for the Cream of the Crop in peep toed booties and imagine my delight to get these on my doorstep the day after college drop off! Ya know, I did tell you Monday about my Guilty Pleasures and getting new boots is a BIG, exciting deal. 
These are TOMS Majorca Booties and I am in LOVE!!




RACE to get these ladies HERE
Absolutely LOVE THIS GREY PAIR Too AND Guess what? BLUE ONES too!!!
Thank you Heather from My Glittery Heart for showcasing these so I could scoop them up!!

2. Pink Decor
PINK seriously makes me happy so I am adding a little to my office/craft space in the new house. Below are a few purchases I made to add to the most feminine room in the house! Hey, with 4 "men" in my life, I need some feminine!! 
Pink Ottoman Here


Pink Shag Rug from Target Here

And when it's hair in a ball cap days this fall, I'll wear this 
Pink Yankees Hat I had never seen one in Pink before!! 


3. Week's Attire
Wal-Mart Dress, Loft Cardigan, Target sandals, Necklace, gift from 

TJ Maxx dress, Target Cardigan, Sandals and necklace 

Old Navy skirt, Rue 21 top, Amazon necklace, Tory Burch sandals

4. Hot Pink Please
I was so in the market for a hot pink sweater and was tickled "pink" to find this at Zara. I wish I liked the Accessory Concierge necklace but it is really too long and heavy.Those flower navy wedges from Aerosoles are still favorites of mine.

More Inspo




 
5. Misc. Fun
Soup season is coming although I can eat soup year round, it just is extra comforting cooking a big pot in the Fall and Winter Months. I made sure to stock a college fridge with one kid's favorite at college drop off: Beef Vegetable. It happens to be my favorite soup of all too but Mr. Nine doesn't love it so more for us to gobble!
My Recipe HERE


Two of my favorite bloggers had BIRTHDAY'S yesterday, the same age even!! Go visit the gorgeous Nadine and beautiful Kate. You will love them if you already don't!! Amazing inside and out!!!

Whaaaat? Ombre Cateye Sunglasses from Target under $15. Saw them last night and LOVE Them and I need new sunglasses, yes I do!!
Buy them HERE



House Progress: Front and Back framing Views

Favorite New product: The TOTE HANGER.
I know I am seriously missing out in the fact that I have never been to a Container Store....enter ordering this incredible tote hanger. It is under $10 and the perfect way to store my totes!! Right now they hang on the end of the bed corner so a super win to get them organized!!


Get em' Girls HERE

And go get enjoying this weekend, Fall is around the corner!!
Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // Oh Hey, Friday  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday // Fashion Friday

xoxo





HEY AUDREY & TBB STYLE LINK-UP


I have always admired the sleek style of one of our most famous fashion icons and actresses, Audrey Hepburn! While I know I do not look like her and this was by no means a re-creation, with the big chunky white pearls and my signature high bun, I kind of felt like her.

I cannot believe this dress from Target has set in my closet for months. I saw it on my sweet friend Kellyann who so sweetly paired a hot pink cardigan with it and knew I had to find a way to style this cute dress hanging on a hanger, begging to be worn. 


The back is just darling with a bow tie and small opening. Now, after seeing these pictures, I realized I do not like the chambray lace up sandals with it and wish I had gone for an open toed peep pump or pointy toed pumps but with all the blues in the gingham pattern, I suppose it kind of works.






Now Let's Link-Up your fabulous style and head over to The Blended Blog and see what one of our beautiful ladies is styling and loving!

xoxo



TURKEY BURGER MUFFIN CUPS


Let's talk fun! Let's talk easy! Let's talk delicious! Sometimes it is just plain awesome, especially in the summer, to have a finger foods type meal. I was thinking of something I could make in muffin cups other than the usual mini quiches and with a pound of ground turkey meat in the fridge, I thought of these and what are hit they were! 
Yum   

This is a "Two For You" kind of day because over at The Blended Blog, I'm sharing a super yummy sweet treat finger food.


Like I said, it probably would've been easier using biscuits but I had these giant crescent rolls and I just love the taste of a flaky, buttery Crescent for a crust. So I improvised a little bit as they were perforated but ended up fitting them into them of the Cups just fine and they baked up perfectly!


I love how the cheese slices melted and molded to the top just right!


What you'll need


Turkey Burger Muffin Cups
INGREDIENTS
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 cup Ketchup 
1 tsp. Prepared mustard
2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
1 1/2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce
1 tube Large Crescent Rolls (you can use biscuits)
3 slices American cheese, cut each slice into 4 squares or sprinkle shredded cheese

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400° In a large skillet, cook ground turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Remove from the heat; set aside. Spray a regular sized muffin pan with cooking spray. (This would be easier with biscuit to press down in the cups but we like it better with the taste of crescents) Roll out your crescents into one sheet and cut into 12 squares. Press each down in the muffin tins. Fill each with the meat mixture and top with a slice of cheese. Bake for about 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.







And I Sure Hope you'll head over to The Blended Blog today and Link-Up a yummy recipe.
You're gonna LOVE what I have for dessert over there!!




GUILTY PLEASURES...HOW DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF?



It's still summertime, which means it's way too hot and laid back to do anything ambitious or worthy. So why not indulge in your guilty pleasures? You deserve them! I always say it really doesn't take much to make me happy.
Welcome to our Summer Series Blog Link-Up with the topic today of "Guilty Pleasures!" 




Now, I will start by saying that this is a rough day. As we speak, we are moving our oldest into his apartment at IU. There's going to be lots of setting up today and trips by mom to the store and then as Mr. Nine and I travel home tonight, probably a few tears running down my cheeks. The second one is moving into his frat house at Purdue this week too! I pray this week is not as hard as this time last year when they went off for first time!


My College Boys

So, clearly with a little of the blues because of the kids going back, mama really needs those guilty pleasures more than ever! Why is it most of them revolve around food? Lol.

Andrea's GUILTY Summer PLEASURES~
Ice Cream for Supper ~ Kids, I have done this five times this year, five times! When I know I'm serving the fam leftovers or no one's going to be home but me, Bam, swing by The Chief (the best and most famous ice cream shop in Indiana) and my day is made! I always get the same thing, one scoop of lemon on a sugar cone, and I always have exact change: $3.35 well spent! Last week the girl remembered my order, lol.



Deep Fried and Butter ~ my affinity for deep-fried Fair food runs deep! It is the only week of the year that I usually even eat deep-fried! And it is definitely a guilty pleasure! Can you believe we never even got out to the Fair this year. And mama is not getting grease all over the kitchen, lol. Guess I'll settle for deep fried cheese curds from our favorite brewery! Oh and loads of butter on the cream of the crop: corn on the cob.....lip smacking good I tell ya!! 


 I love you cheese curds

I keep showing this picture because I love that stinking' corn dog stand sooo much!

Fancy Flip Flops ~ Usually it's boots I splurge on but I felt it was time for more than $3 old navy or target flip flop so I splurged on the Tory Burch Miller's and LOVE THEM!! Have a feeling mama will need a couple more pairs next Summer.
Get your own splurge HERE

Online Shopping (Hello #NSale and Back to school...MUST SHOP) ~ well, the #Nsale wasn't a big thriller for me this summer but the back-to-school sales have me quite enticed! I guess though you could say the majority of online shopping I've been doing is to furnish a college apartment for a boy! And of course the ever fun home Decor for the new house! Online stopping and getting those packages on my front porch makes me giddy! And now that it is August, my clothing shopping ban is lifted!!


I want this DRESS 

And this Graphic 
Champagne Campaign!! I VOTE YES!!


And these cute stripes of course HERE Just look at those sleeves and these are 3/4 so they won't get in your food!!

And of course, Pillows for the new house. Only $24


Reading Magazines ~ I never read magazines in the winter but summer...bring on the People and all things Good Housekeeping, Home Decor related, etc. Fun, in the Sun, reads.

Sitting out in the Sun ~ second to floating in a pool, this is my 2nd favorite summer thing to do. I know nothing productive is happening, but it clears my mind so I can be productive.

Binging T.V. Series ~ How much do I love the fact that we can now binge and not wait til next week!! In there Summer , the TV viewing is slim pickin's but with Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, DVR, etc...I am one happy girl. What made me Most happy this Summer: Watching 84 episodes, all 7 seasons of "Shameless." This show is crude and crazy and I loved every minutes of it and felt like the Gallagher's were family! I miss it but we are now on to "House of Cards"....hope it live sup to the hype!

I hide food ~ and I am not ashamed to admit it!! I learned my lesson a few years back when the boys would eat all my favorite treats. I like to spread them out and not eat all at once, so I have a mama snack cabinet that remains undisturbed from "boy" hands and the stash of Chips Ahoy thins, Good Thins White Cheddar crackers, Goldfish, etc is intact. Well, except for the caramel M&M's.....can't stop.....

How do you treat yourself? Link-Up with Us!
Make sure to head over to Sheila's Blog and find out her list of guilty Summer Pleasures.

Happy Monday sweets...I'll be back tomorrow with TWO Tasty Tuesday recipes..one here and one at The Blended Blog. 
See ya then! 
Send Me Kleenex this week



xoxo


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