Friday 5

Gotta make this one quick since we are in the midst of Girls Weekend Ya'll!! (woot woot!) Hope you guys have a fabulous weekend and aren't dreading the normal 5-day work week coming up! (I know I am since I took today off too)

Linking up with the usual crew of Christina, April, Natasha & Darci and you can too!

Ok first things first...I hope EVERYONE saw how smokin' hott (let me repeat) how smokin' hot J. Simpson looked this week? You go mama, rockin' that Mara Hoffman suit!!

It's our 5 year college reunion this weekend so I'm having a girls weekend and we are hitting up our campus for the day on Saturday! So excited to visit our favorite spots and wander around Roanoke! 

Look at us from FRESHMAN year! (hahaha dying)

First trip to the local fruit stand in my new neighborhood was a success! Love it and can't wait to keep going!

Favorite quote today- I is Friday!

Just wanted to remind anyone who might be bored to go and vote for our porch in Southern Living's Porch makeover contest! Today is the last day and we could definitely use it! Thank ya'll so so much and have great weekend!

Click here and hit 'view entries' then 'search entries' and type in Jessica. It is labeled Burkeville, VA 

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"antiquing. The use of flour thrown in a sleeping victims face to make them appear to be a dusty old antique."

No, no that's not the one I mean Urban Dictionary. (ha) I mean the antiquing when one goes searching for old historic items for their home and spends entirely way too much money...yea that one! In this case however, I found the gem of all antique stores- Old Nottoway Antiques is about 10 minutes from my house and right on the side of a busy road. It is super small (about 900 sq feet) but constantly gets new pieces in almost weekly. The owner is fabulous and really knows the area and here's the best part- I was able to pick the pieces I wanted, put something down almost like lay-away and as long as they are paid for and hauled out within 3 months you are in the clear! (owning people isn't always fun but this was the deal for me!) 

Basically he wants you to take the pieces as soon as you can so he can make room for more since the shop isn't super big. I'm a huge fan of antiques and Mom and I like to go browsing whenever we can! If you're in the area you should go visit them!

6254 Old Nottoway Rd, Crewe, Va, 23930

Below are the pieces I've gotten so far. I still need an entryway/console table that is anywhere in the 30-34 height range. (it is beside a tall radiator so the 29 inch tables and below that are so common get swallowed) If you know where I should look (antique or not, help!!) I also got a super cute side table/desk but didn't take a picture for some reason!

Love the ceiling in the shop!

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WHEW! I have been to FL and back to VA, spent time with family at the lake and done a little housework in the midst of 5 days. Things have been crazy busy and honey just got back from an overnight work trip on top of it. I have another short week at work this week and I'm really looking forward to yet ANOTHER girls reunion this weekend! (I have a big surprise weekend planned for my bestie Heather and she has no idea- even though she reads this..haha so stay tuned for the news!) Our friend Sierra is also coming in town so honey will be surrounded this weekend.(bless his heart again)

The wedding was beautiful and so was the bride! They had perfect weather and I only wish we were able to spend more time in Florida! I adore being able to see all of my friends and keep up with them. LOVE them all! I was also able to do the hubby Q&A and need to dig that one out of the car hahaha (needed a longer one for the amount of time we spent in that car...) Anyway, here's to another great week but I got to get out of here- our mantel is being delivered today so the living room will be complete! Pictures to follow of course!

Also- there is still time to enter the Tone It Up giveaway so get to it & good luck!

Love it!

My swimming machine!

Pretty girl!

I had to jump in too

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Meal Planning + Tone it up giveaway!

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Also, Week one of meal planning was a success and surprisingly I LOVE it! It was definitely nice having a plan, knowing I had what I needed from the ONE previous trip to the grocery store and the meals were simple and so good! I shared the broccoli tetrazinni which was the first meal but here are a few others we tried from last week! Honey Lime Pork Chops, Roasted Veggie Mexican Bowls with Ground Turkey added, Penne Rosa with Bay Scallops and Spinach

Happy almost Friday and I'll be taking a short break since we are heading to Florida tomorrow for a fun wedding weekend! Hope ya'll have a fabulous weekend!

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Weekend Recap

Good morning and happy Monday! Why is it a 'happy' Monday you might ask?? BECAUSE MONDAY'S ARE OFFICIALLY BACK! (ya'll know me and my obsession with ABC's the Bachelor and tonight Andi starts her run as the Bachelorette!) Ah, finally Monday's are cool again (cool enough for 2 hours of reality drama and most likely a polished off bottle of wine haha) I'm going to continue to live tweet so join in (you can follow me here) but the service at the new house is prehistoric so I'm starting to panic....

Anyway- on to what this post is really about. I didn't do an update on the house reno last week because things were so hectic so I'm excited to share some of the things that have been going on lately. We are so used to sheet rock dust that my allergies and sinus' hate me and I'm immune to paint smell and Kilz heavy-duty primer. But, without further ado, here is the new progress so far:

We hired someone to take the mantel down about 10-11 inches. Don't freak out- this way, the ugly 'not original' red brick will be less visible AND we can fit the television comfortably on top without neck strain or an added corner unit. It should be done next week! 

Sanding the brass to possibly change

La la la...starting the four coats of paint to cover the red brick with white

SO much better!!

Master is patched and sheet rocked

Ready for paint!

Ok I promised a master closer preview since I was finally able to unpack! Some accessories still haven't come in and the floors still need their final finish but I am SO excited with how it has turned out!

Shoe Heaven

My re-purposed from the bathroom diva mirror haha

We have clothes!

 Remember the closet and mantel before below???

Also we have had some progress with the new metal roof going up despite all of the recent rain

The shiny metal is the new part

Look at this guy!

Living room color?

No sheet rock dust....for now...

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Friday 5 + Weekly Favorites!

Happy Friday Y'all! Let's dive right in shall we?
 Linking up with Christina, April, Darci, Natasha & Amanda

 If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen my favorite flowers from this week. Who doesn't love peonies? (Don't raise your hand!)

I just bought these adorable fruit and cheese shape cute-outs from Pampered Chef and cannot wait to use them! Also, they are only $11.50 and are going to be so great for entertaining (& kids one day! Can we say shape sandwiches??)  Get some here!

So I've told ya'll about the wedding we have coming up in 2 weeks in Florida and I wanted a budget friendly new dress. Since the wedding is at 4:30 it isn't super formal and it is beach-esq so I scored this bright yellow French Connection dress for a steal! It has slight shoulder pads for shape and pockets too! What do ya'll think for shoes and accessories?? 

Also spotted this week: My new favorite skirt! How cute is this guy from Alice + Olivia? Way over budget but I had to share! You can find it here!

Favorite SIMPLE recipe of the week? Avocado Chicken Salad! Yes Please! (recipe here)

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