Meadows and Reeds

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fashion Friday {Still Thirty-ish, Flirty and thriving}




This week was my birthday! I didn't even leave my house. Except for my daughters piano lesson and ordering pizza so I didn't have to cook. It was a pretty uneventful day but still nice. I guess the older you get the less fuss you need over your birthday. NAH!! I will always need a fuss! I love doing birthdays big! I'm glad I timed it right with going to California to record in a recording studio for the first time ever. Literally the best way I could think of to celebrate my birthday besides being with my family. Which my kids sang happy birthday to me and put a candle {with my help of course} into a plate full of brownies and we watched a mystery movie. It was the cutest thing ever! Life in your thirties can't be that bad right?

Happy Friday everyone! I'm off to another adventure! Next stop Selma, Alabama!!





Jacket: Windsor, Hat: Shoppriceless, Dress: Forever21

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Fashion Friday

Well deployment is in full swing now. So far we are surviving but the emotions are high! I couldn't imagine what it would feel like with teenagers and a deployment. That we might not survive!
I was inspired by Clare Bowen's character "Scarlett O'conner  in Nashville. One of my favorite shows. The hubby was spontaneous in finding this cute little spot to take pictures and the lighting was so great. Happy Friday !! Until next time!







Hat: Forever21, Top: H&M, Skirt: Shoppriceless, boots: belk
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Army Wife Deployment Checklist




I've been an Army wife for about 12 years now but have been lucky enough to have gone through one deployment since being married. But I have been through my fair share of long absences. Three 4-6 week long ones this last year and we are coming upon a longer deployment. 
So I thought I would put together a little deployment survival list. These are just some things I've done or plan on doing to get through the time apart. It is so hard even more now with kids and you need those extra little things to make it a little easier!







ENTERTAINMENT 

Netflix/Hulu Subscription to binge on.
{Just waste time and plow through those shows.}

::Bingeworthy shows::
Stranger things
New Girl
Xfiles
Friends...of course

Movie nights/Game nights with friends or your kids

Books
Use that Library card so you don't have to buy books.
E-books/Audible Books
Podcasts
{These are super fun because you just subscribe on your phone and listen very little effort put in}

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

At home spa
{great to do if you have a daughter or have kids and can't get a babysitter}
Facial masks
Bubble bath
{with candles, little debbie cakes my personal fave, candles}
Caddy Tray  link {perfect for combining the entertainment and pampering yourself}

Dessert for one:
Microwavable cakes or pie for one
Low calorie ice cream like Halo {peanut butter chocolate is my fave}
Bark thins

Gym Membership:

Keeps you busy and keeps you healthy.
If you have kids make sure it has childcare.


HOME 

Paper goods so you don't have to do dishes all the time.

Cleaning lady
{If not all the time have them come once or twice a month for a deep cleaning. If you play your cards right you might not have to touch those toilets for the whole deployment}

OR if cleaning is your thing then you just go to town!

PROJECTS

DIY projects
{I have a lot of furniture to redo:}
China cabinet
bench
dresser
several chairs

BABYSITTER

This one is important for your mental health honestly.
Mommys' need those breaks even if its just to go grocery shopping by yourself.


WEEKEND ADVENTURES
w/kids

Trampoline parks
Laser Tag
Roller skating
Theme park
mini golf
Bowling
Theme/water park

GETAWAY ADVENTURES

Road trips
Visit family out of state
One adventure a month that your spouse is gone

HOBBIES

Photography
Learn an instrument
Learn a different language
Volunteer somewhere


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Fashion Friday

 We've made it to February! My birthday month! Is it strange that I'm more excited for my trip to California to record then I am for my birthday! This last year was insane and full of some awesome stuff. But I feel like this year might top it. I'm hoping it's a life changing year! 

Perfect timing to wear this top again. It's one of my faves! "Girl Power". It's such a great time to be a woman these days. So much empowerment going around it's hard to not get catch some of those vibes! Happy Friday !!








Blazer: Forever21, Hat: Shoppriceless, Jeans: H&M, Top: Ross Dress for less

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Fashion Friday {Just call me a Nashie and call it a day!}

As you can see I am a week late in my fashion post. 
Last week got away from me because we had a little sleepover party for R's birthday. What should've been an easy party ended up being a big ordeal. I can't help myself! Even with the smallest, simplest part. I have to add my little touches to make it special. Of course my battery would be dead when it came time to take pictures. All I got was my phone pictures. I was pretty bummed!


I got this tshirt at the ZZ Ward concert this last October! It is by far the best tee shirt I've ever worn. If I could get these type of shirts for whenever I go on tour that would be amazing!


Anyway, on to the Friday festivities!
The hubby is leaving soon and so he decided to whisk me away to Nashville for the weekend!! I have the best hubby in the world. Just sayin!!  Can't wait to do some more exploring there with my little family. Happy Friday everyone!!









Sweater: Forever21, Skirt: Charlotte Russe, Shirt: ZZWard concert Tee, Necklace: Wet Seal, Hat: Forever21

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Fashion Friday {Boho Hipster}


I'm going to tell you a fun little fashion story. There once was a girl. She as about 15 she loved everything about fashion and style. She didn't have a lot of money so she tended to wear hand me down clothes. She like to experiment with clothes and be creative in putting things together. One day she felt inspired by her sisters little bright yellow empire dress with little red cherries on it. She paired it with the only jeans she had at the time. Which were paris blue flared jeans I believe. She didn't care about what other people thought about her outfit. She stood out in the crowd with her naturally wavy hair, her knee length yellow dress with the red cherries and her flared jeans. 
Of course there were laughs from people even her boyfriend at the time called her a "banana". But she didn't care she thought she looked good.
Fast forward to present day when it's perfectly acceptable to wear dresses with jeans. In fact it looks much better as an evolved style. So here it is Dress with jeans 2.0

Who's laughing now?

Do you ever got one item of clothing or an accessory and it just changes your life. I've been wanting a black fedora hat so bad ever since my old one shrunk somewhere. But you know how it goes once you want something you can't find it anywhere. That seems to happen to me way too much. Then of course once you are over it then you find it everywhere. This time I got lucky and I found it last minute right before Christmas. I was browsing Forever 21 when I got some alone shopping time and there it was. I thought for sure it would be more money and that I wouldn't be able to buy it. I was wrong! It was a mere $10.90. Score!!! My life felt complete! I will most likely wear it all the time and with everything because it instantly transforms an outfit.

 I added a link to a similar one below. Still under $20 so still a good deal. Happy Friday everyone!!

Fedora Hat









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Friday, January 5, 2018

Fashion Friday {Cheers to 2018}

Wow! It's been a fast week and it's already another year. A fresh new start on life. I love fresh starts! I love being organized, purging things I don't need, a clean house. I love setting new goals for myself and pushing hard to accomplish them. 
This year I promised myself less screen time, read more "real" books {hence less screen time}. I really want to develop more content that I enjoy putting out there. I want to live my most authentic life. Which means being honest with what I'm posting on the blog as well as my instagram account. Once my music challenge was over I was struggling with what else to post. I was riding the wave of being consistent with fashion and music. Once I took that break it was hard to get back on the wagon. Kind of like exercising for me. So let's get on this 2018 bandwagon of finishing what we start. 

This year I'm headed to the recording studio for the first time. I'm not sure where that will lead but we will see. I plan on getting my DIY home projects started and finished and blogged for you all to check out. I plan on doing some fun fashion challenges on top of the weekly fashion Friday posts. 
On top of all that adventures. Adventures is a MUST this year. 

I came across a verse this week. I thought it was so encouraging and perfect for me this year and hopefully for you.

Romans 12:6
"Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly. "

We were given gifts. Time to let them shine! 




Sweater: Stylesforless, Leggings: Wetseal, Boots: Belk






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