Monday Musings Vol. 9: 10/10/16

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Happy Thanksgiving! Today is Thanksgiving in Canada and I celebrate every year by making pumpkin cookies. I brought some to work today and sent some with Michael as well.

On The Blog:

  • Check out my post about Fall Outfits. My first flat lay post and I think it turned out pretty well.

Love & Life:

  • I had a Happy Hour with some of the girls from my small group on Wednesday and it was great to share a margarita and some time with my girls!
  • Saturday was my friend, Nancy’s bridal shower. It was the cutest tea party theme.
  • Saturday night, I hosted sister night. I always enjoy the time I get to spend with my sisters.
  • Sunday, we made pumpkin cookies at my mom’s house.

Professional:

  • I attended the TWU Terry Banquet last Monday. It was great to see how the program has grown. The speaker was great and said some really though provoking things.

Recently Purchased:

  • I know I said I wasn’t buying anything, but I found this adorable dress at Kohl’s and I needed something for the wedding I have at the end of the month and the UTD Terry banquet.

Crafting:

  • I should have the third project done this week! I’m pretty excited to move on to a new one that is different.

Now Streaming:

  • Podcast: I have started listening to Molly Stillman’s Business with a Purpose podcast. It is really good and eye opening to see how many businesses really care about helping others out.
  • Music: I’ve got Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer Pandora on all the time.
  • TV: I started to watch Notorious at my sister’s suggestion. I like it quite a bit.
  • My small group has started a study on Chuck Colson’s The Good Life. Pretty good so far.

Hockey:

  • Friday night, we watched the Frozen Fury pre-season game that took place in Las Vegas. Dallas won so that was pretty great.
  • We already have plans to watch the season opener on Thursday.

Looking Forward To:

  • The NHL season starts this week!
  • I have Small Group tonight. Every time I leave small group, I always feel so refreshed!

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Is It October Yet?

The answer to that is yes, although here in Texas it does not feel like it. I love October and always look forward to it. I love breaking out my fall clothes. I love boots, leggings, sweaters and leggings with tights. Although I’m still waiting for cooler temps (below ninety, please), I have some fall outfits already planned out. In fact, I have a whole work week’s worth of fall outfits planned.

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These Old Navy Pixie Chino pants are my favorite. The fit works perfectly with these booties. I love the studs and they make me feel just a little edgy. Also, this tank that I scored at TJ Maxx makes me think of pumpkins because of the color and I love the way it looks with this black sweater. I styled this outfit with this Charming Charlie tassel necklace and earring set.

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I got these boot during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale at a great price and have looked forward to wearing them since they got delivered. I think they work perfectly with this sweater I got from one of the vendors that come to my building. It’s long enough to wear with leggings and still be appropriate for my office. My favorite part of this sweater is the lace insets. The owl necklace and silver leaf earrings worked perfectly without distracting from the lace insets.

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My stepmom bought me this maxi skirt for our beach trip in August, but it is perfect for fall. I have been longing to to wear it with Old Navy cowl neck sweater with it. I love it when  I add a piece to my wardrobe that is multi-seasonal. I love wearing long necklaces with a cowl neck and this necklace has pearls (my favorite) to tie with the bracelet. Although I love boots, this outfit works better with my LC Lauren Conrad black lace flats from last year’s runway collection.

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This dress just makes me so happy. I love the flouncy bottom on this. It was another building vendor find. It works perfectly with brown tights and my tall leather boots. This knit kimono works well with it, but I’m really hoping to find a brown cardigan to go with it . I love the way my gold Kendra Scott earrings go with this. The necklace I actually found at Charming Charlie just to match my earrings.

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My last outfit is for Fridays. We get to wear jeans to the office and these Old Navy Curvy Skinnies are awesome. I love the way they fit and I always feel more confident in them. I put them with a Target sweater I got a few years ago that ties in my heeled black boots. The gunmetal with the blue in the necklace keep the color scheme working.

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So small side note about the owl necklace. I got this necklace six years ago when Michael and I dated the first time. When we broke up,  I stopped wearing and only found it again recently and started wearing it again. I love this owl and it always makes me think of all the things that Michael and I have been through together even when we weren’t a couple.

What are some of the clothes items you are looking forward to styling for fall?

 

October Small Goals

It’s October! That means it is time for tights, boots, pumpkin, cinnamon & hockey. I have a pretty busy month in October, but is should be a lot of fun too. Before we get into my goals for this wonderful month, let’s recap my September goals.

  1. Spruce Up My Resume: Done! This was actually not that hard, but needed to be done.
  2. Finish Promulgated Contracts Class: Also, done! Now, I need to look into taking my next class.
  3. Use To Do Lists More at Home: I’m counting this one even though I didn’t use them as much as I really want to get into the habit of doing. I did use them a few times in the month and it really helped my productivity.
  4. Finish 3 Crochet Projects: I’ll have to settle for finishing 2. The good news is that I have really gotten the hang of this pattern so this third one should be done in no time!
  5. Post 2x a Week: Yeah… that didn’t happen. This will be one of those goals that get pasted on to the next month!

So 3 out of 5 is not bad, but could be better. Part of my problem was probably that I didn’t keep my goals written down anywhere so I couldn’t easily reference them. Here are my October goals:

  1. Post 2x a Week: Let’s try this again. I actually have posts planned for this so it should really help with that.
  2. Finish 2 More Crochet Projects: I’m thinking 3 was a pretty high goal last month so I’m just hoping to get 2 done this month.
  3. No Spending Extra Money: I’m really trying to build up my savings account more, so this month I am not spending extra money. I’m obviously still buying, groceries and gas as well as the occasional going out to eat with friends or family, but I am not going to spend money on a bunch of extra activities.
  4. Use Instagram to Share Posts: I am going to make an effort to use Instagram to share and promote my posts.
  5. Establish a Work-Out Routine: I really need to get back into a good work-out routine. I am not sure what that is going to look like yet, but it will be a priority this month.

Here’s to a good October! As always, I am linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl and the rest of the wonderful Small Goals bloggers.

What are your goals for this wonderful month?

Monday Musings Vol. 8: 10/03/16

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It’s October! I pretty much love this month because everything is decorated for fall and the NHL season finally starts!

On The Blog:

Love & Life:

  • Michael got a car! His car was totaled 6 months ago in a hail storm and he has been riding his motorcycle everywhere since.
  • Michael and I went to see That Thing You Do while it was at the Alamo Drafthouse. I loved that movie as a kid and Michael had never seen it. We went with our friends, Wes and Tricia so it was great to see them as well.
  • I picked out new glasses via Warby Parker. I really enjoyed the experience and can’t wait for the glasses to come in!

Professional:

  • I had a very productive Terry Officer Meeting this past week. We got a lot of dates on the calendar which was a goal for the year.

Recently Purchased:

  • I got this pair of jeans from Old Navy. They had a huge sale and I had just found a hole in one of my pairs of jeans.
  • I also picked up a lunch box while I was there because my old one had an unfortunate encounter with my toaster oven. Mine is gray with the word lunch on it in pink cursive.

Crafting:

  • I finished 2/7 projects so far. I’m already making good progress on the third though!

Now Streaming:

  • Podcast: I loved the recent podcast about Robbers’ Roost by Stuff You Missed in History Class.
  • Music: Gavin DeGraw’s newest album is on repeat in preparation for his concert at the end of the month.
  • TV: I’m watching The Voice and trying to decide who I really like.

Reading:

  • Still working on  The Unbroken Line of the Moon (The Valhalla Series Book 1) by  Johanne Hildebrandt. It’s a pretty interesting historical fiction piece.
  • My small group has started a study on Chuck Colson’s The Good Life. Pretty good so far.

Hockey:

  • Team Canada won the World Cup of Hockey to no one’s surprise.
  • The NHL season starts next week!! (I am so excited)

Looking Forward To:

  • TWU Terry Banquet tonight
  • My friend’s bridal shower on Saturday
  • Sister Night on Saturday as well

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Monday Musings Vol. 7: 9/26/16

I’m so excited because I got to wear sweater to work this morning. I know that this cool down is probably temporary, but yay for sweaters for today!

On The Blog:

  • I’m doing pretty well with keeping up with Monday Musings.
  • My October Small Goals post will go up at the end of the week.

Love & Life:

  • We moved the last of Michael’s stuff on Tuesday and then watched the WCOH Team Canada versus Team USA game.
  • I got my hair cut and decided to change up a little by getting thick fringe bangs. I kind of love them!
  • Michael’s brother was in town this weekend so we took him to a local arcade and some brewery tours.
  • My mom was able to finally go to Kendra Scott with my sister and I to pick out her birthday gift. She got some gorgeous earrings.

Professional:

  • I finished my Promulgated Contracts class so I am officially half way through my Real Estate license classes!

Recently Purchased:

  • I resisted spending temptation this week and didn’t spend any money!

Crafting:

  • My Christmas projects are coming along, but not as quickly as I would like.

Now Streaming:

  • Podcast: I love hearing the preseason previews on the Puck Podcast and the reviews of the WCOH.
  • Music: Michael shared a Megachill playlist with me that actually really helped with my Final for my Real Estate License class
  • TV: Fall TV is back. I watched This Is Us and Designated Survivor. Both so good!

Reading:

Hockey:

  • I was so happy to watch hockey again on Tuesday, plus Carey Price was in net for Team Canada.
  • Team Canada is in the finals and will be playing Team Europe in a best of three tournament. I think we all know how this is going to end.

Looking Forward To:

  • Terry  Officer Meeting
  • Relaxing weekend with no real plans

Link Love:

  • I loved Cara’s tips on simplifying your morning routine.

 

Monday Musings Vol. 6: 9/19/16

I’m so exhausted and my body is so sore, but Michael is pretty much moved to his new place.

On The Blog:

  • I got my first sponsored post up on Friday! Check it out here.
  • I’m hoping to do a post on what I wear to work for business casual.

Love & Life:

  • My mom went home from the hospital on Friday. It will be a while before she is back to her old self, but this is a good step on the road to recovery.
  • This weekend was pretty much all packing and moving, but Michael is happy with the new place.
  • My small group at church started back up. I love doing life with this group of people.
  • We took a break from moving on Saturday night and went to Oktoberfest in Addison. Michael talked me into riding one of the rides. I had my eyes closed the whole time.

Professional:

  • I had my first Terry Advisory Board meeting. It was interesting to see another side of the Terry Foundation.

Recently Purchased:

  • I got some cute pieces from one of the vendors that comes to my office building. They are both going to be great when it hits fall temperatures, plus who can resist a 2 for $25 deal.

Crafting:

  • I started on my second of seven projects this week!

Now Streaming:

  • Podcast: I missed seeing the ladies from Stuff You Missed in History Class live when they came to Dallas, but I still got to listen to the episode!
  • Music: Loving The Script right now.
  • TV: I changed thing up a bit at the beginning of this week and watched MasterChef Junior at the beginning of this week. ( The only time I had to watch TV.)

Reading:

Hockey:

  • I didn’t get to watch any of the games, but I kept track of the games. Team Canada won their game, but Team USA did not which was sad.

Looking Forward To:

  • World Cup of Hockey Team Canada versus Team USA game
  • Time to relax (maybe?)

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Trying Something New with TRESemme

**This is a sponsored post. I got samples for free through Influenster, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.**

Happy Friday! This post was supposed to be up a while ago, but life got in the way so here it my first sponsored post!

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I am always trying new products in my hair. I am constantly on the look-out for something to make my hair softer, less frizzy and just more manageable in general. So I was pretty excited when Influenster and TRESemme sent me samples of a new shampoo and conditioner system. I have a rotation of different shampoos and conditioners that I use and TRESemme is in the rotation.

I have to say I was pretty skeptical about using the Beauty-FULL Reverse Wash Shampoo & Conditioner at first. Using conditioner before shampoo seemed weird, but I am always open to trying something new in the hair department. I decided to use my samples on a day that I was blow drying and straightening my hair.

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I have to say that using the conditioner first threw off my shower routine. I have a certain order to my shower and using conditioner first meant I had to really think about what I was doing. It’s not a huge deal since I’m sure I would just fall into a different routine the more I used it.

I have to say, my hair did not feel as soft right out of the shower. I realize that this softness may be contributed to the conditioner residue that this system is supposed to solve, but I like that softness.

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My biggest issue didn’t come up until I started drying my hair. I went through my normal hair routine. I sprayed both Matrix Style Link Turbo Dryer Blow Dry Spray & Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Treatment through out my hair and then brushed it out before starting to blow dry. As I was using my dryer, I noticed my hair was starting to tangle. I have never had an issue with my hair tangling, so that was a little disappointing.

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Ten minutes later, my hair was dry so I put the finishing touches on with the straightener. Nothing really stood out as I finished up my look.

I really enjoyed this opportunity to reverse my routine and try a new product, but I don’t think it is something that I will be picking up off the shelf. There wasn’t anything about that stood out as just great and there were just a couple tiny things that bothered me. I will probably just stick to my regular hair and shampoo routine for now.

Have you ever tried something that you felt pretty neutral about? What type of new products are you open to trying?