Today is Black Friday, a day where people will shove folks out of the way over toasters. To assist in balancing all that nastiness out, I thought I'd give y'all some happy things to look at! (Mostly Ava Rose, but some other stuff too!)
Here's Ava sitting on the top of the couch in her adorable new sweater, but I may be biased. :D
Here are some pretty fall trees:
Oh, and here's Ava Rose posing for the camera:
Pretty Colored Flowers:
And, one last photo of Ava! :)
I hope y'all have a wonderful day, with no physical harm from any shopping you partake of!
Alrighty y'all, I'm not going to claim to be a fashion genius or anything of the sort, but there are a few things I'm loving fashion wise for fall! What things you ask? Well, keep reading! ;)
1) Cheery Blossoms from Vera Bradley
Bland Fall and Winter days are soon to be a memory with this happy pattern! :D It just screams "Pick Me!" with it's beautiful pops of color! See:
2) Bulky Sweaters:
I'm loving this one from Target:
I'm in love with bulky, knit scarves this season. Like this one for example:
4) The Color Goldenrod:
This is actually ironic considering I'm allergic to the plant, but I LOVE the color this fall. :D
That's all the trends I'm loving right now!
Comment below, and let me know which is your favorite!
Have a GREAT day!!
Happy Halloween, y'all!
Now, I'm sure it is possible that some of y'all MIGHT have procrastinated and are looking for last minute costume ideas. Well, never fear! Olivia is here! ;) Here are my top five favorite last minute costume ideas!!
1) The Comic Book Character:
Just a bit of makeup and you're set. If you're feeling SUPER creative, you can even throw on a fun wig!
2) Identity Thief:
All you need for this one is a package of basic name tags and a sharpie. Pretty simple, huh?
3) A Cactus:
If you happen to own a green sweatsuit, this costume would be a piece of cake. Just attach a few cut up drinking straws and arrange your arms appropriately . Voila!
4) A Human Pinterest Board:
This one is pure brilliance. Find out how she did it here.
And last, but certainly not least . . .
5) A Deviled Egg:
All you need is some poster board and a pair of devil horns. I'm sure you'll have plenty of devilish complements in this costume! Ha. Devilish . . . see what I did there!?
Okay y'all, we chatted a bit about this the other day. . . find that other post here.
Tomorrow is Halloween! At the "witching" hour your neighborhood will instantly be filled with Elsa and Ana, Olaf and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. According to statistics, 1 out of every 13 of those happily costumed children will have a food allergy of some sort.
Now, I'm sure y'all are thinking. . . "Olivia, what does this have to do with me!?" Well, I'm glad y'all asked!! ;) There's a super cool project going on right now to create a safe and Happy Halloween for all the little Ghouls and Boys in your neighborhood! All you have to do is buy NON food treats for your trick or treaters, and put a TEAL pumpkin on your doorstep indicating to trick or treaters that you have safe treats.
Don't get me wrong, you can still offer candy too! Just have a bowl of each! ;)
If you're a family looking for safe places to trick or treat, check out this map that links to all participating neighborhoods and businesses.
Look at all those pumpkins!
Don't forget you can play your own part in it!
It is NOT too late!
Paint a pumpkin teal and make a child's Halloween just a wee bit happier this year!
Tell me what y'all think about the #TealPumpkinProject in the comments!
Hope y'all have a great day!
Well for starters, you don't remember many events in your life before the ages of 3 to 4. In addition to that, most autobiographical memories don't truly take root until around ages 5 to 6. Now, I'm not saying I have no memories before that, but most memories of Knoxville start around age five. This means that out of the seven years I lived here, I only had about two years of memories. The next town we lived in was in South Georgia, and we only lived there for three years. So, as a result, I have about the same number of memories attached to living there.
We then moved to Rome, Georgia, home of Berry College -- where all my fall pictures had been taken for the almost seven years we lived there. Rome also houses the largest chunk of my memory tank. It's where I got my braces and my learner's permit. It's the first place I ever drove on a real road and the place I started high school. It hasn't always necessarily felt like home, and to be real honest -- I'm still unsure of whether it truly is or isn't. What I can tell you is my time there went a long way toward shaping me into who I am today. A large part of my very self is and always will be wrapped up into this little town in Northwest Georgia, and it definitely still holds my heart when it comes to Fall.
You see, one of the biggest disappointments in moving to Knoxville has been its muted fall colors. I expected that from our time in Southwest Louisiana, but it has come as a surprise here in East Tennessee. I expected brilliant fall colors. I mean, how hard is that anyway? I've now spent two autumn seasons here in Knoxville and both have been disappointing when it comes to intense fall colors.
Yesterday was different. Yesterday we made an impromptu drive down to Rome (about two and a half hours from Knoxville). Yesterday, I got to see fall in Rome again for the first time in since 2011. It was glorious. I ADORE fall, y'all! It's my favorite season, always has been, and Rome, GA, did not disappoint yesterday.
For the first time in longer than I'd ever imagined I would miss, fall looked like fall. The colors were vibrant, the leaves were dancing. Fall looked like normal. Fall felt like fall.
See, regardless of whether or not Rome truly is home for me -- it certainly felt like it yesterday. Today I'm choosing to relish and cherish those moments of anything that feels like home. So, here are some pictures from my trip "home" yesterday. Hope y'all enjoy the color!
Where are y'all's favorite places to be for fall? Let me know in the comments!!
Happy Fall, Y'all!
Interrupting our normal Sunday Snacks for a photo dump from this week! Take it as a "What Olivia's been up to" kind of post! ;)
Monday: Enjoyed the pretty flowers my sister planted around our mailbox.
Tuesday: Went to the library. Found a book on raising chickens, does this mean I live in the boonies?
Wednesday: Watched my dog snuggle up in her bed. #crazydoglady Oh, and I worked on my cookbook some.
Thursday: Enjoyed this view outside my window. Clear, blue skies are my favorite.
Friday: We had a tostada bar for dinner. ;)
Saturday: Went on a hike at the UT Arboretum, and made pizza for dinner.
That's all for today!!
Hope y'all enjoyed catching up on my week!
So, Sunday Snacks is taking a brief intermission this week for Saucy Sunday. Ha. Hope y'all enjoy!
One idea might be Pumpkin Ravioli. I may share the recipe on the blog here soon, but it needs more recipe testing.
To go with our fun fall recipe, comment below and tell me your very favorite fall activity!
Hope y'all enjoy, and Happy Fall Y'all!
I'm a sinner saved by grace, a lover of color, a sweet tea drinker, an animal lover, a crafter, a traveler, a Maltipoo owner, an advocate of orphan care, a yoga lover, and that white girl in the back of a Zumba class with no rhythm. Haha. Oh, and my body hates gluten.