June 22, 2015

19 Days

It's been 19 days since my last post. In the last 19 days, life has kept me pretty busy. I got promoted. One of my dear friends had a baby. My son got his first black eye. Dain's competitive baseball team kept us on the road a lot. This past weekend was our last tournament until fall. We're all excited to have our Saturday and Sundays back for the next couple months.

Cheer kicked off with a 2-day camp. It's going to be a lot of fun coaching 63 girls. When the stress level gets high, I plan to unwind with a few margaritas. The Memphis heat has kicked in. The high today was 97 with a head index of 104. I hate the heat, but still have a lot of fun summer activities planned. The kids are all about sleepovers these days. We've got a few of those coming up. There will be fireworks, a Fourth of July bash, zoo fun, pool days, and more.

What have you been up to?

June 03, 2015

2015 Cannes Film Festival Fashion

Here are my favorite gowns from this year's Cannes Film Festival.

I like this a lot.
It's simple, but different.

This dress is gorgeous.
I think her hair should have been up though.

I really like this dress.
It's so pretty.

This dress is stunning.
It looks great on her.

This is a great color.
I like the fit too.

She's 57 and looks fabulous.
I love the color.

I love this green on her.
I don't like the purple lip though.

I'm kind of surprised I like this.
It's really fun and works for her.

This is probably the best I've seen her look.
The dress is pretty and doesn't look too bridal.

I seriously love this.
I think it works with or without the belt.

This dress is simple yet elegant.
The color is great too.

It's weird for me to do a post featuring only dresses I love.

June 02, 2015

What I've Been Up To, May 2015 + Caitlyn Jenner

What I've Been Reading

I read a lot in May. I truly enjoyed each one of these books.

Socially Awkward, Stephanie Haddad ★★★
Believing Again, Martin Crosbie ★★★★
Hey Sunshine, Tia Giacalone ★★★★
Ice Kissed, Amanda Hocking ★★★★
The Innocent, David Baldacci ★★★★
Crazy in Paradise, Deborah Brown ★★★★

Follow me on Goodreads to read my reviews.

Where I've Been Going

I went to 3rd grade Field Day.
We went to a Grizzlies playoff game.
We visited the new Bass Pro Shops in downtown Memphis.
I went to my son's 3rd grade program and my daughter's kindergarten graduation.

What I'm Loving

Caitlyn Jenner
I believe every person on this earth deserves to be happy and should do
whatever it takes to find their happiness. Girlfriend, you look amazing.

Book Review // Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren

I don't read a lot of memoirs. I don't have anything against them. I just typically choose fiction over non-fiction. I was recently given the opportunity to review Jillian Lauren's latest memoir, Everything You Ever Wanted.

This book chronicles Jillian's marriage to Weezer guitarist Scott Shriner and their struggles with infertility and adoption. She shares their son's journey from Ethiopia to America, as well as the behavioral challenges he faces along the way. Jillian doesn't take no for an answer and pushes herself and others to find help for her son.

I loved this book because of Jillian's honesty. She doesn't sugar coat anything. She never claims to be a perfect person. She never claims to be super mom. Her daily struggles are real and require a lot of patience and strength. It's a story that any mother can relate to, the story about the unconditional love a parent has for their child.

You can purchase Jillian's memoir on Amazon and read more about her family here.

I can't wait to dive into her other books, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and Pretty.

May 28, 2015

Our Summer Plans for 2015

School's out for summer. I will have a fourth grader and first grader next year. Every year I wonder the same thing. How did this happen? How are my kids 9 and 6? I just had them!

Rory's soccer season just wrapped up. Dain will play competitive baseball through the summer and into the fall. And cheer starts for Rory and I in mid-June. I'll be coaching 3 squads with a total of 63 girls. Being a former cheerleader myself, I'm super excited. Fun times are ahead.

We had a low key Memorial Day and cooked out at home. This past weekend may have been the last quiet one for a while. We've got baseball tournaments and cheerleading camp. We'll be attending our town's 3rd annual fireworks extravaganza. We're going to a huge Fourth of July bash. I renewed our family memberships to the Memphis Zoo and Pink Palace Museum. The kids are going to two local church camps where they'll have an absolute blast with their friends. We don't have any big trips scheduled, but plan to get away for a weekend or two in between events. Not to mention, we plan on painting the house. Clearly, I need my head examined.

Since we only have two months before school starts back up, we're going to cram in as much fun as we can. I'll rest in the fall with a good book. Nevermind, that's when football and cheer start full swing. I'll rest when I'm dead.

So, tell me, what do you have planned for the summer?

May 21, 2015

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May 18, 2015

2015 Billboard Music Awards Fashion

The Billboard Music Awards were last night. The celebrities finally got it right and dressed for the event. I actually like a lot of these looks.

It looks like her dress got shredded on the way in.
It also looks like someone safety pinned the adornments to her dress.

I like the top.
I don't like the skirt.
I love the hair.

I actually love this!
The print is fun, and she makes it work.
Wait a minute...
She has the same adornments as Rita.
Same designer.
Fausto Puglisi

There were several cute jumpsuits worn last night.
This isn't one of them.

I like the dress, but don't love it.
It's a great color though.

This is tame for Charli.
I'm bored.
She looks pretty though.

This isn't cute.

I can appreciate that this is different.
I don't really like it though.

I don't like the dress.
Her uneven boobs are a major distraction.

This dressy romper is fun and cute.
But why are the shorts cuffed?

This looks like a pageant dress.

A leather dress with a huge slit?
On Celine?

Killin' it, Taylor.
Killin' it.
But where are your feet, girl?

I like this a lot.
And she's wearing it like she means it.

I can't say I'm a fan of this dark green in May.

This is straight out of the 1970s and not in a fun retro way.

I could have picked this up at a local department store.

Once again, JLo is half naked.
I'm not going to lie though.
I'm digging this one.

She always looks like she's trying too hard.

I think the belt and heels are too much.

It's better than some, but certainly not at the top of my list.
The jumpsuit she wore during her performance was way better.

Too. Many. Cutouts.

I love the belt and top.
I don't like the skirt at all.

This is a hot mess and not age appropriate at all.

images via US Weekly