Thursday, May 5, 2016

Loving Others at Target

This is not my normal post but it is something that has been on my mind lately. We've all seen the controversy lately with Target as they have now changed their bathroom policies in store on April 19th to allow transgenders to use the bathroom of their choice. Most have a strong opinion one way or the other, some so strong they are boycotting the store and others spending even more time at Target. This post is not to make anyone mad, irritated or to influence others to think my opinion is the right way to is just simply my thoughts on the whole scandal. 

I have seen more news articles, public posts, Facebook posts, etc on this topic than I care to read. I know, I know and here I am sharing another post but I just couldn't not share my thoughts. Take it for what it is and agree to disagree if you will but here it is.
Things I just don't understand, not only as an individual but as a Christian, in the way the mainstream world is reacting to the new policy. People are up in arms about how dangerous and "wrong" this policy is. I realize I am not a mom, and in no way do I pretend to know how it feels to be a mom, but why are parents so upset by this? Aren't transgenders everywhere? Do we boycott parks, restaurants, airports, post offices, grocery stores and so on? Because all of those places transgenders are there and could be right next to your child or yourself. Yes, I understand that the bathroom is a little more private and what if your child sees a body part that they are not used to seeing? However, it is just as likely to happen at parks and playgrounds. Protect your child in Target just as you would at any other public place. Go to the bathroom with your child or send in a friend or sibling if you can't go in. If you are really uncomfortable use the family restroom. This allows you to all go in as a family with a lock on the door. This is a great option!  

Now, with that being said. Why is it our place to judge transgenders? I am a christian and a believer and I can't help to think how many 'non-transgenders' have hurt many children. People in churches, not Target! If someone is a pedophile or a pervert do you think they care about Target's new policy? No. Those people do not care about their surroundings or store policies they will find a way to get to unattended children, as sad as that is. Who are we to jump to conclusion just because a man became a 'woman'? Aren't we to love everyone as Christ did us? Shouldn't we make those feel belonged and loved as Jesus did for us? ANYONE can hurt children, lets not be quick to judge those of different change.

As far as the boycotting...I get it, I really do. Standing up for your rights, but is it really our rights? A privately owned company with a new policy set in place. All we are doing as Christians is showing hate and the right of ours to fight publicly. If you choose to not support Target then that is fine and to each their own but publicly smashing it in transgenders faces is not the right way in going about it. And remember, those of you boycotting...this counts online shopping at Target too. They don't care how they get your money...just remember that this leaves you shopping at Walmart. This only leaves me more adorable items in the dollar spot, can't resist marked clearance items and all the too cute for words shoes, sundresses, pineapple candles, jewelry. If you are really wanting to fight back against the ban of accepting transgenders then you'll also need to get off your iPhone and Facebook as they both support. Along with a huge list of other companies that are bound to support something we don't agree with. Maybe it is time we love instead of shamming. That is all.
Image Map

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

10 on Tuesday in My Life Lately

Well hello, I know I know it has been way too long! I'm back and hopefully to stay for awhile! I've missed my space so much and now that life has calmed down I'm ready to catch back up! Karli at September Farm created a 10 on Tuesday linkup a couple of months ago and I'm so excited to join the fun today! Since I have been away I thought it would be fun to share 10 things that I have been up to lately in life. 

1: Newest Member of the Family

Meet Haddock, the newest member of our family. He is seven weeks old and has completely stolen our hearts. We've talked about getting a dog for years and now we are so glad we held out for this stud. He is seriously the best puppy! At a mere seven weeks he is almost house broken, I'm so proud! He is incredibly smart, cuddly, playful and just what Kyle and I needed and just didn't know it.

2: Brecken's Birthday!

Our nephew Brecken turned three and we celebrated with a Mikey Mouse party! He was completely in love with his cake and it was the cutest thing ever!

3: Triple Berry Pie 

I made a triple berry pie for Easter and it was delicious! I will definitely be baking this one again, you can find the recipe here.

4: My Birthday

We celebrated my 31st birthday and this terrible picture was the only picture I took all day, bummer! It was a great day filled with church, lunch with my family, pedi and mani with my mom and sisters and then Kyle took me to dinner. Perfect!

5: Visit with Dear Friends

A couple of months ago I was in Oklahoma City for work and was able to see my dear friend Becca and her, too cute for words, daughter Adah! It was so good to see them both and Miss A is growing faster than I can keep up! Can't wait to see you guys again Becca! 

 {Sorry for the bad pictures...this is what happens when you just take phone snaps for mouths without blogging on the mind.}

6: Travel

I went to Point Clear, Alabama, Boise, Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah in the past five weeks.

7: Easter

Easter was low-key this year. We celebrated with Kyle's family on Saturday the evening before with dinner and hiding and dying eggs with the boys. It was laid back and nice that Sunday wasn't rushed from church to brunch with my family. Check out this awesome Easter basket my mom made me, filled to the brim with fresh fruit and a few yummy treats! Even at 31 my momma still spoils me, she's the best!

8: Kyle Made Some Cute Memories

9: A Day Fishing & Roasting Hot Dogs

Spent a day fishing and roasting hot dogs with my family and friends! It was my niece's first time ever to fish so my dad was all about helping her learn the reel! AND her first time roasting a hot dog so my mom was thrilled to teach her the ropes of a campfire! She's a tiny bit of a true and true city girl!

10: Outtake

An outtake from church a couple weekends ago. We couldn't the four of us great at once but just like life, we might be busy but we're happy doing it together!

Whew, that was a MUCH longer than expected 10 on Tuesday but hey I'm back!
Image Map

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Black and White and Little to No Grey

Black and white and little to no grey...I've been told several times that I have little grey in my life. True statement, I tend to love something so very much, I'm obsessed and I can.not.get.enough OR I despise it, I hate it, no way,! This describes me to a T! I mean sometimes I try to work on it and then I think, is it a bad thing? Nah. Then I go on loving or hating whatever. This creative little post on my space was inspired by Helene's at Helene in Between from her 'Things I Live for Post' and Sarah at Venus Trapped in Mars from her 'Blank Over Blank' post. So, I thought it would be fun to tell you a little more about the little lady behind Miss Southern, ME! 

I'm 100% completely obsessed with anything girly...monograms, bows, pink, heels, lip gloss, big totes, ruffles and pearls.

I can not stand sushi.

I LOVE Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper. Like IN. Love. I recently just discovered the show on Netflix and can not be more excited that season 2 is coming out in April! I mean, I have HGTV but would like to watch them in order, because I am crazy. However I feel like I'll give in soon. My birthday is next month and I want to celebrate by going to Waco to visit their shop, Magnolia Market at the Silos. And yes, I do realize this shows that I am turning 31.

I hate the color orange. I own one dress that could be seen as orange but I promise it is coral! ;)

I recently got in a wreak and when the girl hit me she sadly totaled out my car. People I loved my car, it was perfect and paid off! Sadly I was on a forced hunt for a new car however the hunt was short lived, thankfully. Because I know exactly what I love I knew I wanted another Acura and black on black. I found my new car within twelve hours of finding out mine was totaled. It is almost exactly the same as my old Acura but new! So, I love Acuras and lets just go ahead and say I obviously hate change!

I love fresh flowers but despise fake flowers and plants.

Love Twitter, hate Facebook.

Hate the taste of coffee, love the smell of it! I wish I liked it though, I really do. Hot chocolate on the other hand, love.

Love Chipotle, hate Qdoba.

Completely drawn to any pretty entertaining and dinning or kitchen dish. My favorite is going to TJ Maxx or Homegoods and strolling the aisles looking for a beautiful or adorable kitchen item I don't have already. Like these bowls, once Jessica posted them! I mean HAD to have them! Problem, West Elm was sold out and not restocking. Thankfully I swiped this almost identical set  off Amazon before they sold out as well. Year made.   

Can't live without iced tea, gag on any iced tea made with the same filter as coffee. Y'all know the kind you get when you go through the drive-thru and you just KNOW they made a pot of coffee just before they brewed your iced tea? You can almost see coffee grinds floating in your drink...gross!

Swoon over anything copper plated or dipped. {Insert heart eyes emoji}

Nothing makes me happy like browsing the aisles of Target like there are endless hours to do so. 

Get me out of Wal-Mart forever.

I could live in sundresses for the rest of my life, my closest if full of them! And I could go the rest of my life without wearing tennis shoes again. (I do realize it would be hard to workout or hike or anything but besides those times, no thanks.)

Loved Blake and Miranda, hate Blake and Gwen.

Will stop dead in my tracks for a good lookin' pair of cowboy boots and will turn my head at anything that has a skull and crossbones on it.

Bring me all the baby goats and I'm one happy Southern lady!

I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know me a little better and have a great day!
Image Map

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Purple Sweet Potato Skins with Brie and Toasted Walnuts

A couple of Sundays ago I was perusing through Sprouts Farmers Market when I came across purple sweet potatoes. I love finding new and different things to give me a challenge in the kitchen and I had only had purple sweet potatoes once and I had never prepared one. So I tossed it in my basket and began thinking of how I could make a delicious meal without simply just roasting it.  

I came across an idea on Pinterest that immediately made my mouth water, purple sweet potato skins with brie and walnuts. Yes, I knew I had to spin off this recipe idea and couldn't wait to whip these skins up that evening!

Purple Sweet Potato Skins with Brie and Toasted Walnuts
Recipe also here

2 Purple sweet potatoes (or however many you are needing- these are RICH and I planned one skin for each of us)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon melted butter
4 ounces brie with rind removed (I used 2ounces- 1 ounce per skin)
Walnut pieces (used about a 1/4 cup for one potato)
Real maple Syrup

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Scrub your potatoes clean and pat them dry. Poke a small hole in the skin of each potato (so it doesn't explode in your oven) and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until just tender but not mushy for they wont hold form for the brie. Remove from oven and let cool.
Cut the potatoes in half. Scoop out some of the inside of the potatoes.  Season your halves with fresh ground pepper, and drizzle with belted butter. 
Place the skins on a baking sheet and return to the oven to bake for about 10 minutes, or until cripsy.
At this time I also placed by chopped walnut pieces on the baking sheet as well and toasted for a few minutes, just until you can start to smell them. 
Top each skin with 1 ounce of brie. Place the skins on a baking sheet and broil until the cheese is bubbly, about 5 minutes. Place your toasted walnuts on top and drizzle with maple syrup.

I served ours with roasted brussels sprouts and roasted herb chicken breasts. Like I mentioned, the skins are rich so if serving as a side you probably just want to plan on one skin per person. I also made small potato cakes with the insides of the potatoes I scooped out. I just mixed the potato with a little bit of melted butter and formed two patties and seared with coconut oil and sea salt in a small skillet. These were so tasty and a great little side that looked beautiful with our dinner!

I highly recommend these purple skins, they are delicious and really are so pretty to serve. Enjoy!

Image Map

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Heart on My Sleeve

A few weeks ago I came across this adorable shirt and fell in love after I saw the heart elbow patches. It was one of those 'I must have this' shirts for me. After spotting it on a website and seeing that it was sold out I quickly started my search. I ended up finding it on Amazon Prime for a fraction of the price the original boutique had it listed for, twelve dollars y'all! Unfortunately it is sold out in the red right now but they do have navy and watch for the red to be back in stock. Plus they have raised the price some but I'm sure after this week it will go back down. The reviews say it runs small but I am wearing a medium and think the fit is great. I think this might have to be a repeat outfit for Sunday morning church.
Image Map

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Style

I love any excuse to wear red and pink so this week I've been planning my outfits centered around both. I have to say I've been feeling extra girly and I love it! I know that time is running out before Valentine's Day to order any new fun outfits but I wanted to share some of my inspiration for my styling thoughts this week. AND most of the items are on SALE including several from the Surprise Kate Spade sale. Have any of you shopped it? What fun things did you order? Share what your fun valentine inspired outfits you've been wearing in a comment, I'd love to hear!

Image Map

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I was Cajun for the Weekend!

This past weekend I had my very first Mardi Gras experience and it was so fun! I spent the weekend in Lafayette, Louisiana and little did I know I was going to experience Mardi Gras. I will be completely honest and thought Mardi Gras was one day, one day only on Fat Tuesday. Nope, if you are like me and have no clue it runs from January 6th until Fat Tuesday every year. 
I was in town from Thursday until Sunday morning and I think I had seafood for almost every meal and it was so amazing! Being from Oklahoma I don't get to have seafood a ton and if I do its certainly not fresh seafood.  However, even with king cake for breakfast and delicious dinners one after another I did fairly well on my diet. I even weighed in three pounds down at the gym Monday after getting back. PS, if you are close by or visiting Lafayette I highly recommend Jolie's Louisiana Bistro...and do splurge and get the crab cakes with lump crab on top and order the Gouda mac and cheese for me! I had one bite and wanted to dive face first in...I refrained. 

I was a little anxious about attending my first Mardi Gras parade on Saturday evening but was prepared to walk away without beads if it meant I would be flashing parade floats. I am happy to report that the Krewe of Carnivale En Rio Parade was a very family friendly parade and I ended up with more beads than I know what to do with and my shirt stayed on the entire time. From what I hear Lafayette is much more tame than New I have any Cajun readers that know more about this? I will say even as tame as it was it was still great people watching!

It was another short weekend trip but it was fun and I am so glad to be able to say I have experienced Mardi Gras now. Maybe next time I will be more experienced and catch more of the beads flying at my face 20 mph, ouch!
Image Map