Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GIRLFRIENDS. WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT THEM?

October.



So much to love about this month.

Cooler air.
Candy corn.
Football.
Boots.
Sweaters.
Pumpkin-flavored everything.
And, for the one Tennesee fan I know, orange.

I love everything in this list (minus the orange), but for the past couple of Octobers, my favorite thing has been a reunion with some incredible friends. We've known each other for what seems like forever, but in reality, we didn't turn into a party of five until the eighth or ninth grade. Of course when you're our age, that is forever.

Last year the destination was Atlanta. Here we are breaking from shopping and soaking in a little sun at Ponce City Market. It's an old factory/warehouse turned into an interesting industrial, kind of rustic retail destination.



Roof top garden.


Dining area.


This year our reunion will take us further South. Seafood, sand, and a lot of catching up are on the agenda.


When I think about this group of friends I feel so honored to know, there is an article that almost always pops in my mind. It is written by Kari Kampakis who is from my home town and entitled, "Why Women Need Their Girlfriends."  You may have come across Kari on the Internet. Her work has been featured all over the place: The Huffington Post, The TODAY Show, Yahoo! News and many others. After you read a few of her articles, you'll see why.

Kari Kampakis
via karikampakis.com
My friends and I have shared in all the good things, and, unfortunately, all the bad things Kari mentions in her article. I think my favorite line from her post is the advice she was once given, "Don't ever lose touch with your girlfriends, sweetheart. The older you get, the more you'll need them." That is definitely a time-worn truth.

If you have girlfriends you've lost touch with or don't see as often as you'd like, I would encourage you to set aside some time to reunite. It's rewarding to be with friends who really know you and still manage to love you unconditionally. :-)

Kathryn

Friday, October 13, 2017

FRIDAY'S FIVE

Friday... Don't you love that word? :)

This blue... #swoonworthy

           
The pretty portfolio of a local favorite.



I think I could actually do this!



If only I needed a mirror...
I saw it in person while shopping for school supplies and it's really pretty. 




Because denim goes with everything.



Enjoy your weekend. I think fall may actually be here to stay in Alabama.

Kathryn

And, a quick Happy Birthday to my father-in-law. (Your gift is in the mail!)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FALL LINKS: FAVORITE FALL RECIPES

Today I'm linking to my favorite fall recipes shared on the blog over the past few years. Y'all know I'm a working mom, so most of these are easy and perfect for a weeknight or a weekend. Just click on the blue link and ENJOY!

(Double the recipe if you're the hostess for the game.)



(I'm making this one as I type.)



(I take this to lunch for days after I make a pot.)



(This is a great bread for any meal.)


And for dessert...

Pumpkin Roll
(The only pumpkin thing I eat.)



Ghost Cake
(Takes forever, but it's so cute!)



I hope you see something you'd like to try. They're all good, I promise.  :-)

Kathryn

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DEAL ALERT: GREAT SANDALS

Good Tuesday to you, friends...

Rembember those oh-so-comfy sandals I told you about in a post a few months back? They were in my round up of summer favorites? They are now on sale + another 15% off!


I decided as much as I wear and love teaching in the brown ones, I could use a black pair as well. I got online this weekend and found them to be down to $30.00. AND, if you use the coupon code LEAVES, you will get another 15% off. Franco Sarto is one of my favorite shoe brands. Here is the link to Famous Footwear. That's where I found the black pair.

In the South, we get a few extra months of sandal weather, and I'm excited to scoop up the black ones! I hope they have your size, too, if you could use some cute, and really comfortable sandals to finish up the fall or to put up until next year. If you have a question about the fit or sizing, you can leave it in the comments. I'll get back with you after school.

Kathryn