Friday, September 14, 2018

Fashion Friday - Cabi Fall '18 Line (AKA: My Cabi Obsession)

Hola Folks!  Recently, my mother-in-law and I co-hosted an evening viewing of the Cabi Fall '18 Line, and it was awesome!  It took me a minute to get in the mood for the fall colors, but I got over it really quick.  The Cabi sweater game is strong this season.

SO, I'm sharing my favorites! Remember, hosting Cabi shows allows you to earn half off items, and other incentives your Stylist might have in place.  I made my decisions based on the Cabi Tap app, and staples I need in my closet (I recently did a major purge).

Side note, Cabi now has an app called Cabi Tap.  One of the most amazing features on this app is that you have the capability to match up new release items to things already in your closet.  In essence this helps give a longer life to items you already have, and keeps me reined in when I am looking at new items.

Performance Dress: SO comfy and has a great fabric and fit.
 


Legend Blouse: goes with a wide variety of items I already have in the closet!

 


Align Tank: Love this length in the front and flattering vertical stripes on the back
 


Smolder High Straight Jeans: Super soft, stretchy, good color!
 


Zip-Back Legging: Soft, stretch fabric, seam down the back with zipper in back.  Dress them up or down!
 


Cupid's Cardi: I had to have it as soon as I saw it! Goes with so many things, so comfy and so cute!

 


Heritage Pearl Earrings: Light and Dark Pearls, Reversible - they go with literally everything!!










I also LOVE these.....

Deep-V Pullover 
Ring Belt

Turtle Tee
Reveal Tee
Cloak Cardigan
Serenity Tee

Call your Cabi stylist to get a peek of the collection in person!!  

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Crazytowne Goes Back to School & Other Assorted August Ramblings...


Hi, friends!

Well, here we are again!
Another summer has blinked by, the kids are already back in school and now I'm sitting over here living entirely for fall break! ๐Ÿ˜‚

It blows my mind every year how fast summer flies by!
This year we took EXTRA care to keep our schedule as free & as boring as we possibly could...and it still flew by! ๐Ÿ˜•

It's true what they say,
"time marches on"...no matter how much you try to make it not!

I'm grateful, however, that we kept the bar so low because we really did have a nice, relaxing summer around here. Owen was home from college and this summer Olivia got her driver's license (also known as the Mandy Pryor Drivers Ed Program on Instagram, ha), and Evan basically let them have all of the glory & attention because he was very busy playing Fortnite...

I made sure to take their picture every time all three of them were together at the same time.
It drove them bananas but I don't care. I feel this urgency to hold them closer together now that I see where this whole parenting thing is really going.



And where it is going, it goes fast!

Well, anyway...

We are all back in school and the crazy train is chugging full speed ahead!



Olivia set the record on how many times I could snub & cry in one week when she started her junior year of high school, got her driver's license, and drove off alone to school AND started her first after school job all at the same time. I see where you think you're going, sister (away from your mama) & I don't like it one bit!!

In addition to getting up at the crack of dawn with BB the rooster (are you following that saga on Instagram?), Evan is playing middle school football AND running cross country this nine weeks, I'm trying to remember why I agreed to let him do this.



Evan playing football has opened up a whole new window of time for me that has NEVER existed before!

(Please let me clarify that when I say Evan is playing middle school football, I mean my little sixth grade Pootie Bear is on the 6-8th team but is safely standing on the sidelines most of the time.)๐Ÿ˜‚ 
((I'm not the least bit ashamed to say that either, but don't tell him))
(((Save my baby, those boys are HUGE)))…

Anyway, between his football practice schedule & Olivia driving herself to school & work...now, some days I don't have to pick anyone up until 5:30 PM!!
(Did you hear me?? FIVE THIRTY, y'all!!!)
I've been trying to utilize my time wisely, but so far I have found myself walking in circles most of the day because it just feels SO WRONG!!

I'm trying to make better use of my time, like today I'm going to touch up some paint & then go lay out by the pool and read my book...baha!!
((I'm joking))
(((I ought to though...)))๐Ÿ˜‰


Owen has gotten settled in for his second year of college.
This summer he kindly brought home his very best messy college habits & giant sized appetite...(and when I say "this summer" I mean the time that he was out of school that stretched from May to August, God bless America). I loved so much having that giant baby home and seeing him every day (but I also love a semi sanitary home & for the food I just bought to be there when I open the fridge to use it), but I know he is going to have the best time this semester living in his first apartment & I'm excited every time I talk to him because he is turning into an amazing young man!



Well, 
I do have lots more to share but I've got to hop up here & get busy on my list!
(so I can lay by the pool guilt free later)
((I'm kidding))
(((Maybe)))

I will be back soon to share a post about a few appliances that we have had to purchase this year (because apparently this is the year of every appliance we own breaking down & I really wish they'd sent out a memo...).

I hope you guys are off to a GREAT back to school start!

Check back later this week, Kim is going to share some Fashion Finds from her recent Cabi party!
(speaking of Cabi, that navy outfit I am wearing in the photo above is a Cabi set I purchased when OWEN WAS IN THE 7TH GRADE...the quality, y'all is unbelievable!!!)

Happy Wednesday, sweet friends!
Mwah,

Mandy


Friday, July 20, 2018

Fashion Friday - Prime Wardrobe

Hello All!  I have a short and sweet post for Fashion Friday :)  This weekend is my work summer party, and I needed to find a pink dress to wear for the occasion.  I figured there was no better time to try out Amazon's Prime Wardrobe service to see how it works.

What is it?  Amazon Prime members can use this new service called Prime Wardrobe - essentially you select up to 8 pieces of clothing in your prime wardrobe cart, they send to you and you have 7 days to try on to purchase or send back.  I was able to do this easily from the Amazon App...

I chose 6 dresses in varying shades of pink in prices ranging from $30-69. 
I ordered Monday and they arrived Thursday.
I realized when I got them that two of the dresses were for little girls, not grown ups๐Ÿ˜‚
So, that was two down right there.  
I tried one on, and it was way too small (someone had one too many pieces of birthday cake).
That left me with the three options:



 This is what they looked like in person:

SO which, did I choose???
I'll share that with you from McCoy Farm tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

House Number Sign

Easiest craft of the summer alert!!!
Hi Folks! I wanted to share the house number sign I made.  I have been trying to spruce up the ole front porch, since it has become the place I like to hang the most these days.  

I love how people creatively and classically display their house numbers!  There are so many cool things you can do with your house numbers as the subject.  One very clever friend gifted us cocktail napkins with just our house number on it as a house warming gift!!  

At our house, I had envisioned numbers above the front steps on the trim, but since I change my mind like the wind, I decided to add hooks to attach a sign. 

To make this sign, I found just the right piece from our massive scrap wood collection (thanks Red Maple Treehouse), painted, sanded and waxed with some Annie Sloan Paris Grey, and attached the numbers and loops for the hooks.  (Quick shout out to my friends at Sophie's Fine Gifts and Collectibles in Chickamauga, GA for being fabulous Annie Sloan Stockists!!)

Pretty quick and fun little project and I really love the result.  We also added some hanging baskets on the walls on either side of the front door.  

Next up, some painting to freshen up AND the yellow front door!!!!! 


Sizing the numbers to fit on the sign.

All painted, ready for sanding to add a little more attitude, then wax to seal.

Hammered those numbers on there and added the loops to hook on to the house.

Hanging Cute!


Friday, July 13, 2018

Charleston Adventures, 2018

Happy Summer, Friends!!

Whew, it has been a HOT one here in middle Tennessee!

Last month we grabbed the kids & snuck off for a long weekend in one of our favorite cities, Charleston, SC! We absolutely LOVE the holy city, but you might have already guessed that if you have read one of my previous posts about Charleston, here, here, and also here.

So much love! 

Well, this trip was short but we packed it full of fun adventures & had PERFECT weather!
I could not believe our good luck when we arrived in Charleston and were greeted by 86 degrees & a BREEZE!

(Because it was hotter than poppa bear's porridge in Nashville when we left, shew!)

We stayed at our favorite hotel, the Belmond Charleston Place. This is the first time we have stayed there with our kids and I'm pretty sure this place knocked their little socks off because it is gorgeous & quite fancy!

I came up with this theory immediately because as soon as we got in our room Evan says TAKE MY PICTURE!!
Baha!!



This year Charleston Place hotel opened a new rooftop bar outside the pool on the 4th floor. This is for hotel guests only and you have sign in to use the pool/bar area when you come though the spa lobby to get to the pool.




It was gorgeous up there! The bar area overlooks King Street and on the opposite side you have a perfect view of the Cooper River Bridge (which is stunning at night). We had the best time lounging, swimming, reading (well, I did some reading) and slurping fruity beverages (also me).



(little copycat is slurping a nonalcoholic drink, by the way)

The best part was the sunset view,
which was just amazing and peaceful!




One fun thing we did on this trip was a GHOST TOUR!

We've been visiting Charleston for 20 years and this is the first time we've gotten around to doing one of these. I think this wait was partly because there are SO MANY different ghost tours to choose from and we can never make up our mind, we end up arguing about it & then say forget it! Plus, our kids were too small for a period of that time but this time they were the perfect ages (16 & 12).

We found this wonderful (and I do mean ABSOLUTELY DIVINE) bookstore across the street from Fleet Landing after lunch on Saturday. (Fleet Landing is amazing, reservations are recommended)



Buxton Books and tours is a new regionally focused bookstore on the corner of Cumberland Street in Historic Charleston.

All the books are southern themed, by southern authors...

Y'all!!
I could have stayed in there all afternoon, it was divine!!!

While we were in there we decided to make reservations to do their ghost tour for that night. The tour is two hours long and based on the stories in Julian Buxton's book, The Ghosts of Charleston.
(which I bought a copy of & read through that afternoon before the tour)
((because it is hard to read lips in the dark & I didn't want to be completely lost))



The tour starts at the book store and ended in a cemetery just off of King Street.
We did the 7-9 tour and it was just getting good & dark when the tour ended in the cemetery. It was a very interesting tour, so many good stories! It was not really scary, but it was pretty creepy at the end! If you are interested in doing a tour, this one was pretty good!


ANOTHER fun thing we did this time was a CARRIAGE RIDE!

I know, right!
How on earth have we gone to Charleston for the last 20 years and NOT done one!!

Aaron & I did one at night when were there one December a few years ago. It was short and we sang Christmas carols and it was all sorts of merry fun! I've wanted to do a daytime tour ever since!

I booked a carriage ride through Expedia before we even left home (I also booked our hotel room through Expedia and saved quite a bit of money). We lucked out & ended up booking with the nicest carriage company of all of them, the Palmetto Carriage Company...ON THE NICEST FRIDAY EVENING in June that ever existed in the state of South Carolina (85 degrees with a glorious breeze)...it was the most delightfully satisfying 30 minutes of our whole trip! 




 Our guide was animated and interesting, and the carriage itself was very well maintained. If you're headed to Charleston, we definitely recommend this company.



The rest of the trip we walked, and walked, and walked, and I might have cried one time because my feet hurt so bad, but I kept it to myself because no self respecting southerner cries from walking in Charleston unless it's tears of happiness.

We debated about doing a couple of house tours, but Aaron & I had already done both of these and just decided to take the kids to wander around on the property and read the signs instead. This turned out to be so perfect because in all the years we've wandered the streets south of Broad, they have never stepped off the sidewalk and into one of those magical looking private gardens.

They were both quite enchanted
(but of course they would never admit that outright to the parentals)…




Because, let's be honest...they were really more interested in getting out of the heat & back into the pool (& Olivia was devising a strategy to get up to Urban Outfitters & ditch her family)…

We stopped by they elegant Nathaniel-Russel House and Museum, which is just amazing & I highly recommend this home if you're interested in seeing an elegant southern mansion...

"Opulence. Splendor. Grandeur. Just a few of the words that describe the architecture, the works of art, and the lifestyle of an elite 19th-century family."

The gardens are pretty amazing too.




Then, we stopped by the beautiful Calhoun Mansion which is pretty much the craziest thing I have ever seen (on the inside)! It is the opposite of the Nathaniel-Russel House in every way!

SO MUCH STUFF in there, y'all!!
It's all so very beautiful, but I could not believe all the stuff! It was like a Civil War edition of Hoarders!

The garden is also pretty over the top. We had fun wandering through and reading about the fountains and fixtures.




All in all, it was just the most perfect little family getaway (minus our giant child, don't get me started crying about that). We had the best time relaxing, eating & making memories in our favorite city!



If you're thinking about visiting Charleston, we highly recommend you GET THERE AS FAST AS YOU CAN (because you will LOVE it). ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by to visit with us today!
I hope y'all are relaxing by the pool and enjoying this beautiful summer weather!

I'll be back to talk about a project that I'm working on here at the house (also being referred to as the day I spent $100 to paint my bathroom the exact same color)…(Lord, have mercy).

Happy weekend, friends!
Mwah,

Mandy

Sweaty photo from brunch at the haunted {according to Buton's book} Poogan's Porch.
Chicken & Waffles, baby!!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Fashion on Friday - Kim's Summer Staples

Hello everyone!!!  Mandy is enjoying one of our most favorite places - Charleston๐Ÿ this week, so it's my turn to share some of my favorite summer styles for Fashion Friday.

This year, I have really been trying to pick things I can wear way into the fall and keep for more than summer.  
(Simplifying in my hot mess closet will have to be a whole other blog post!)

Here are some pieces that I have been loving since the weather turned warm (in the South that means: hot, humid and spotty/strong thunderstormish). 

During the summer I'm in office two days a week and the other days I am in Kidventure mode, so generally my wardrobe is casual with some color.  I tend to pick one or two bottoms that can go with lots of different tops.  

I will attempt to actually try these and show how they fit me on Instagram over the next few days too, you know how very talented Mandy and I are with modeling๐Ÿ˜‚

Monday, June 25, 2018

Kidventure ~ McCoy Farm, Signal Mountain, TN



Our Kidventure this week was to a beautiful spot right here on Signal Mountain.  McCoy Farm is a lovely mountain homestead dating back to the late 1860s situated as the perfect stop along the old path going up Walden's Ridge.
I created my very first video to share with you - our Kidventure Vlog - the sound is inconsistent and a little weird, and my pictures could use more editing, but it sure was fun putting it together to share.  Now I need to hit some editing classes!! Any recommendations?


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