Thursday, July 31, 2014

3 SOUTHERN GALS THROWBACK THURSDAY - Link Party!!!

Welcome back Y'all to another week with the 3 Southern Gals. 
 This Throwback Thursday Link Party has been such a blast.
We have met some amazing bloggers and read some incredible post.
  As always thank you for sharing and linking up with us!!  

So what  is so great about this link party?  Anyone can link up!!  You can share a post you wrote today that shares old pictures and/or stories...  But if you already have something else scheduled for today, or maybe you just found this link-up, no worries....link up an old blog post.  We just ask if you link up a previous blog posting, that it be older than a week old.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask one of us.


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Before you link up please read and make sure you are following ALL the party guidelines :)

The Rules are Simple:

1.  Make sure you are following ALL 3 of the Southern Gals Blogs.

Cat   //  Kelly  //   Tela

2.  Link up your throwback blog post.  This includes a post where you share old pictures and/or stories.  OR you may also share a blog post that was posted prior to last week.  
In other words please do not link up to your blogs home page, a post you wrote this week that does not include something from the past.  

3.  Please NO giveaways, shops, or other linkups. 
 (as these would also not fall into the throwback category)

4.  Share our party button and/or link back to our party.

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5. Don't just link and run...check our some other TBT post.

6.  HAVE FUN!!!


*******NOTICE*******
  We want this to be a fun link up, so link up your post!!  Lets reminisce together.  All we ask if that if you link up, PLEASE follow ALL the rules.  We really do not want to delete links.  Honestly this is the last thing we want to do, but these link parities take a lot of our time an effort.  In return we just need for you to be respectful to our party and to others.  In the past linkups  we have had a few each week that have not followed all the rules.  Going forward we will have to delete any link that does not follow the party rules.  


NOW LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HIGH/LOW DIY COLORBLOCK STRAW TOTE

If you have been a reader of my blog for any time at all you know that I am a Target One Spot junkie.  If you are not familiar with the Target One Spot, it is the genius little area at the front of every Target store that has $1-$3 finds!  They put it at the front for a reason people...it just sucks you in.  This isn't always a bad thing, because they do actually have amazing things there!

Earlier this summer I purchased a straw tote at the One Spot for $3 to use as a gift bag.  I then purchased another for another gift...and well then another for myself.  I used my tote one time to carry snacks down to the beach and as my luck would have it a red juice box spilled all in the bottom of my tote.

Ruined??? Nah...I just changed it into something else!


These pretty colorblock straw totes were everywhere this summer.  They are super cute and some are super expensive.  This one from the Gap was sort of affordable (sold out now), but not as affordable as $3!

I decided I would make my juice box stained straw tote into a Colorblock Straw Tote of my own.


Supplies Needed

* $3 Straw Tote from Target
* Frog painters tape
* Black acrylic paint
* Foam brush
* Wide paint brush
* Cardboard


This picture doesn't do the stain justice.  It was super noticeable and all over the bottom of the bag as well as in this spot.



What I did was taped the Frog Tape all the way around the bag just above where the stain was.  Follow the lines all the way around the bag.  Once you get to the other side you will see that you are a bit off because of the weave of the straw.  Take one of the short sides of tape up and move it down a bit around the edge of the bag.  It should straighten the tape.  You will never notice you didn't follow the lines once you paint it.

Make sure the Frog Tape is securely in place and pressed down on all sides.


Start painting below the frog tape with your foam brush.  I found this was easier to use than the regular paint brush when starting.  I used the regular paint brush to fill in the cracks and around the edge of the tape.

Apply one coat of paint and allow to dry.  You will need to apply a second coat of paint to start filling in the spots.  Once the second coat is completely dry stretch the tote out slightly over the painted portion.  This will reveal some unpainted spots between the weave.  Fill these in with your paint brush.

Hang to dry one more time.  You do not want to put your precious belongings into a wet bag because the paint does seep through into the inside.



Voila! One beautiful Low priced DIY Colorblock Tote!  It was super affordable and super easy to make!

Linkup: Wow Me WednesdayMade By Me WednesdayLovely Ladies Linky, The Hump Day Blog Hop, Random Wednesday, Inspire Me Wednesday, Whip it Up WednesdayWhatever Goes Wednesday,   What you Wish, Wake Up Wednesday, The Project Stash, Crafty Thursday Obsessions, Artsy Corner ThursdayLovely Thursdays Little Friday Linkup,Get Your DIY On

Do you also love the rose necklace I am wearing?  You could have something handmade for you too if you enter my Christmas in July Giveaway Below.  Good Luck!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ASIAN VEGETABLE STIR FRY

Who said eating healthy had to be bland?  Not for this girl!  What is better than a stir fry loaded with healthy and colorful summer veggies and brown rice.  


What You Need:

  • 16 oz bag of frozen green beans
  • 16 oz bag of frozen broccoli (fresh can also be used, I was just out)
  • 1 summer squash, rough chopped
  • 1 zucchini, rough chopped
  • 1 red onion, rough chopped
  • 1 green pepper, rough chopped
  • small can of mushrooms (fresh can also be used)
  • 1/2 cup baby carrots, rough chopped
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Asian Sesame Dressing
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha hot sauce (optional)
  • pepper to taste




What You Do:

  • Heat the dressing and soy sauce in a skillet;
  • Saute the peppers, onion, carrots and garlic until slightly transparent;
  • Pour in the frozen beans and broccoli and combine; (you can also cook these slightly in the microwave if in a hurry)
  • Add in the squash and zucchini and continue to cook until all vegetables are slightly soft;
  • Season with a dash of pepper and drizzle with sriracha sauce;
  • Serve over brown rice and ENJOY!



This was a deliciously tasty and I felt good about eating it.

Linkup: Delicious Dish TuesdayTreasure Box Tuesday, Tasty TuesdayTwirl & Take a BowTickle my TastebudsOne Project at a Time

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Monday, July 28, 2014

MONDAY FITNESS MAKEOVER - Week No. 1 Down and August Goals

Week No. 1 of my Monday Fitness Makeover has come and gone!  I must admit that it was a rough week, but I made it through.  I can't say that the weekend was as successful, but I have a few ideas for next weekend that may make me feel a little more satisfied with my progress.

Monday was amazing!  I ate a ton of clean foods, did my first day of morning yoga, and went to the gym for the first time in a LONG time.  I swear they looked at me like I stole my membership when I checked in.  Ha!

I absolutely love the way I feel after doing all of this even after a week.  I have more energy, I feel good about myself and my decisions, I am less depressed and anxious than usual during this time of the month...I am happy!  

Yoga is no joke, I tell ya!  My thirty minutes of Morning Yoga makes me sweat more than a full hour of running on the elliptical.  It makes me feel strong and my muscles totally felt it in the days after.  This may be my new love.  I still love running on the elliptical and outside (when it isn't 100 degrees) though.  There is just something therapeutic about it.  I am alone with my thoughts, my breath and my playlist!  That is something that this Mommy hardly ever gets.  It is AMAZING!





I stuck to my weekly menu to the "T" except for Tuesday night where I splurged with some five star food that was totally free.  You can't pass that up anytime.  The Hubs and I went out with a vendor from his work to a place called Barrington's in Charlotte.  It was delicious and something I will probably never go to on my own budget, so we splurged.  Other than that, I was a trooper with my set meals and snacks.  They were delicious and I was not hungry at all!

I felt great and actually had the energy to want to go to the gym.  I remembered why I used to always eat right and never eat crap.  You really are what you eat.




These are some of my delicious menu choices for the week.  I have already made the menu for this week today and the Hubs and I prepped together.  We always make it fun.  It has become our Sunday routine and also a little QT with each other.  I found that being prepared for the week with snacks and meals made me stick to the set out menu.  Everything was right there ready for me and I didn't have to think about what to grab when I needed some fuel.  It was one less stress in my life.  

Most every time I have tried to "diet" or change my lifestyle it has become an obsession with food.  It was not fun to think all day everyday about the next meal and what I could and could not have.  This way I think once at the beginning of the week and I am done!


Pic 1: Low Fat Multigrain Waffles with Blueberries and Lite Syrup
Pic 2: Chocolate Chip Protein Bar and Apple
Pic 3: Egg Whites with Cottage Cheese and Spinach (Bagel Thin)
Pic 4: Leafy Green Salad with Feta, FF Italian Dressing and Grilled Chicken
Pic 5: Pan Grilled Tilapia, Couscous, Edemame and Cherry Tomatoes




Now that Week No. 1 is behind me, I must keep going to make my makeover a habit.  Did you know it only takes 14 days to make a habit? Yep!  Only fourteen!!  With a new month ahead of us, I wanted to make some goals.  

Here are my August Fitness Goals:

* Visit the gym for 30 min 4 days a week
* Do morning yoga at least 3 days a week
* Continue to plan weekly healthy meals and snacks
* Only have one real cheat day per week
* Have a meal plan for the weekend and stick to it
* Exercise in some way at least one day per weekend

Be sure to check back with me every Monday this month to see what my Monday Fitness Makeover has in store for me.  I will post my progress, some new products I have tried and even have some guest posts from some of my most motivational bloggers!

Also, don't forget to enter my Christmas in July Giveaway!  You will not be disappointed.  
Happy Monday!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

LBD and CHRISTMAS IN JULY - Katya Valera Giveaway

Merry Christmas in July everyone!  Today is a wonderful day to share my new handmade piece of beautiful jewelry as well as some other new favorites in my closet!  Who doesn't love Christmas six months early?!?


LBD || TJ Maxx (Similar)
Pandora Bracelet || Jared The Galleria of Jewelry
Watch || Fossil (Similar)
Rose Necklace || Katya Valera
Bag || Target One Spot (Tutorial to come)





Earrings || Cents of Style


Shoes || Target




Do you love what you see?  Would you like to have a handmade piece or two of your own from Katya Valera?  Well you can...enter the give away below to win a $25 shop credit!

Kacie of Katya Valera has also invited all of my readers to enjoy a 15% discount on anything in her store using the code JEWELRYYOULOVE15 for a short period of time.


Merry Christmas in July everyone and Good Luck!

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Linkup: The Hump Day Blog Hop, What I Wore,  Giveaway Directory Thursday,  Trend Spin LinkupFashion LinkupLittle Friday Linkup
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY - The House That Built Me

If you would have asked me last year I would have told you that turning 30 was really nothing.  Just another birthday, right?  Well as the time draws near I am starting to think it will be harder than I thought.  A lot of things have changed in my little life this year, some for the better and some...well they will be for the better, but they are hard right now.

In March my Dad retired, which was great for he and my mom, but things were about to change for all of us.  They no longer needed the house that I grew up in and were ready to leave my hometown of Asheville, NC and return to theirs in South Carolina.  They started packing up things and every time I would visit, I would come home with a car full of my belongings that needed to be gone through.  It was hard at first for all of us to start packing up and such, but in time it became easier.

At the first of this month (July 2, 2014) they decided to list the house on the market.  It was time!  We all found out about this at our mini family reunion/get together on July 4th.  It was sad for me, but I was happy for them that they could finally move on and build what would be their "forever home" on our lake property in SC.  It was not ten days later, my Mom called me at work to give me the news.  The house had sold and for just a little under their asking price!

Side Note: We listed our house a few years ago and it was on the market for nine months and never sold! I never thought my parents' house would sell this fast!

I was fine when Mom told me it sold and was excited for them.  They have to be out by August 15, 2014.  I decided then to just take a look at the MLS pictures on the internet to see how great they made the house look and how it sold in 10 days!!  That was when I lost it...


Every room, even without the pictures and decorations on the walls, brought back a memory for me.  I could see us in every single room!  I will miss this house...it was not just a house...it was my HOME!  This is the House that Built Me!



That far left room was mine.  While I lived there the middle garage bay was mine. There are so many wonderful memories of this house and that brick walkway that my parents laid and everything in between.


As you walked in the front door you saw this room which was the foyer and dining room in one.  This is where we all crammed around the table to eat Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner.  We seldom ate in the dining room for any regular dinners, just the important ones.  There was lots of love and laughter around that table as my older brothers would pick on me or my Dad or even Mom at times.  It was all in good fun!


This is the kitchen where my Mom made the most amazing Southern Home Cooked meals!  She let me crack the eggs while saying Humpty Dumpty right there in the first seat of that bar.  She taught me to cook in this kitchen.  Over in the corner is the Kitchen Aid mixer where we made all of our cakes.  On top of the refrigerator my Dad and I would hide Milky Way candy bars and sneak them every once in a while.  I can't even begin to share all of the memories, but I will forever hold them dear.



Down the hall was the office.  This is where my Dad paid the bills and I learned what the internet was on our first home computer.  Here I would sit in the middle of the night as a teenager and sign onto AOL hoping that my parents couldn't hear the dial up sounds from down the hall.  Ha! We have come so far...


This is the guest bathroom a.k.a. the one everyone but Mom used!  It was the only one upstairs with a shower because in the 1970s when the house was built, "master suites" did not exist.  Under this bathroom was the laundry room, so under the sink in that cabinet my Dad cut a hole and made a laundry shoot.  I thought it was a pretty ingenious way to get the dirty cloths from upstairs to down stairs without having to carry them.  

When I was little I actually got stuck in the shoot for what seemed like hours.  I think it was actually about five minutes, but when you are 2 or 3 you have no sense of time.


This was my room.  I loved that room.  I grew up in that room.  It was mine from the time I was born until I moved out to go live with the Hubs!  It was even mine while I had an apartment in college.  My Mom kept it as mine.  I had dreams in that room, watched the sun rise over the mountains there, friends slept over, I spent way too much time on the phone in there, I felt love, heartache, stress, peace, fear and comfort in that room. It was mine.



My parents' room was across the hall from mine.  I loved that they were so close to me.  I would sneak in there bed when I was little and sleep in the middle.  I would have conversations with Mom at night just across the hallway.  I would even pass by the guest bathroom to use hers everytime!  It is funny because Little Miss does the same thing and doesn't even know I did this.



Downstairs was our den/living room where we all gathered to just hang out.  This is where the Christmas tree sat every year, where I sat with my first prom date and talked with my parents before we left, where I watched WWE on the arm of my Dad's old recliner.  This was truly the family room where we all came together as a family and loved each other's company.

When my parents moved in, this was only an open basement.  They built this room as well as the bathroom below and the bedroom that you will see in a moment.  I still remember the shag carpet on the floor that was there so many years ago.



This bedroom has been through all of us!  My oldest brother lived down here when he was at home, then we he moved out my middle brother moved in.  We are a bit closer in age, so I became closer with him naturally.  In this room he would sing Itsy Bitsy Spider with me while we laid on his water bed and made shadows on the ceiling.  This is where he played video games with me and we would just sit and chat. 

When I moved back from college it was my room for a while so that I could have a little more privacy that I was used to from living on my own.  It didn't last long before I was off on my own again.  A few years ago my Dad claimed it as his (he snores a lot!!!) so that he and Mom could actually get some rest at night.

This room has many awesome memories for everyone!


Off of the den/living room was the back patio.  On that porch swing, I would sit with my Mom for hours and hours talking, singing and just resting the days away.  I would play on the porch with friends and it actually housed my wedding shower!

Behind the swing if you look closely we had a hot tub.  I loved that thing as a child and an adult.  It is staying with the house, but boy would I love to have it at mine!  It was always fun to sit in and watch the mountain snow come down in the winter time.  As kids we used it to heat up after a cool dip in the pool in the summer.



The pool was my pride and joy!  I loved having a pool at my house.  My mom taught me as well as so many other children to swim in this pool.  I had countless pool parties here.  It was nice for an August birthday!  I spent every summer just relaxing around it.  I would exercise in it and even could swim the entire length (down and back) under water!  Hehe...I probably couldn't do that now.

I did cartwheels off of the diving board and went head first down the slide!  Man am I going to miss this place.


This is my Dad's work building that housed all of his tools.  When you walked into it you could always smell the metal tools and saw dust!  I can still remember that smell.  

In that block wall to the left there is a time capsule that my friends and I put in while my parents were building the wall.  I may need to get in there before they are gone because I am pretty sure there is a mint condition Chipper Jones card in that mason jar!

The trampoline was a surprise birthday present when I was 11 or 12.  I can't remember the exact year, but I loved that thing as well.  My parents even got the purple cover!!  I remember seeing it from the screened in porch above the patio while we were having cake and ice cream.  I screamed and ran down to it and it was all over from there...they couldn't get me off!  I would even do my homework out there on the nice fall days.

There are more memories in this place than there is space on my little slice of the internet.  I would love to share more, but I will forever have to hold them in my mind.  I am glad that my Littles were able to enjoy this house as much as I was while we still had it.  I will continue to share my memories with them in pictures.

Goodbye my childhood Home!  I will remember you this way forever!

Linkup: The Hump Day Blog HopWhatever Goes Wednesday, What you Wish, Wake Up Wednesday,  Little Friday LinkupFriday Favorites, Anything Goes LinkyThat Friday Blog Hop, 3 Southern Gals TBT
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