Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Things aren’t always what they seem….



I know I am no special “blogger” or anything. But I do have feelings just like anyone else out there, and today I am going to talk about them.

I recently found out some interesting things that were going on around me here on the interwebs…and I am sure I was the last to find about it, and that’s fine, that part doesn’t bother me. The part that I am having a hard time getting over is the fact in general that it happened. I am going to try really hard not to mention names and not make this a big deal, but this is the first time I have ever experienced something like this (which, I hope is the only time. And I also hope this doesn’t really happen often to begin with) and I am still trying to process it all. 

I knew a while back that I wanted to come back and start writing again. I knew lots of things were going to be happening, some big, some small, but I wanted to document them for myself. See, I don’t really see this “blog” as a blog; it is more of my place to hold my memories. Yes, I could easily just write this in a journal, or make this private (which, trust me, I have consider since all this happened) but for some reason, I don’t know, I just enjoy doing this. I enjoy reading other’s blogs a lot more, but I enjoy writing and telling my stories. I also knew that when I came back, I wanted to have an actual site, not just on blogspot. No reason really, just a step I wanted to take. I never dream of this to become a “thing” and be my “job” (that would be nice, but just don’t see that happening) and that’s perfectly fine. I never started out with that big of a goal to reach; my goal is just to actually post here. Seems to be easier said than done some days. I also know that this place is not perfect (again, I am okay with that) and I don’t intend for it to be. Believe it or not, I actually do this thing for me, no one else. I know people say that all the time and some mean it and some don’t. I do. Period. 

Back to the issue at hand. I know nothing about designing and HTML or how any of this works, so I knew that I would have to find someone to help me. And I did. Just kind of stumbled upon it and wasn’t def not expecting it at the time. I rolled with it, seemed legit. Things happened, I was happy with it (no lie, I liked it) it was simple, no frills, no fuss. And everything was okay for about a week, then everything came crashing down. This person that helped me, I trusted. I gave them information that not everyone gets (shame on me? Maybe). But does anyone expect a person that they paid to provide a service for you to go ape shit? Sorry, but that’s kinda how I see it. I used my hard earned money to do something special for my blog. I didn’t lie, cheat, steal or anything for my blog. I don’t agree with everything that was said to the process of this, but I honestly don’t know the whole situation. I do know that I was lied to, and that, that is not okay. I feel like something was stolen from me. I talked on the phone to this person and was told (what I now know) lie upon lie upon lie. 

When something like that happened to a person, do you feel sorry for them? Do you wish them bad things? I at first felt sorry and wanted to help. But that’s because I believed the story. (Me = gullible) But the more I heard/read the more upset I got. I was mad that someone would do all those things to people and not really care or have any remorse about it. And then pretend to be other people to make the original person sound better. Totally not cool in my book. 

I think the point has been made. And now I want to take the next step and get this person out of my life for good. No ties to them. And I am working on that at the present moment. So patience is needed at this time…and for more reasons than just this.

I just hope that no one else has to experience this…the thoughts, emotions, feelings are not something I thought I would ever have to deal with. And I think about that dating commercial on TV, where the guy said he was French, and obviously wasn’t. “Because if it’s on the internet, it has to be true. Bonjour.” I think I can say that I have learned a lesson here, not one I thought I would have too, but learned none the less. 

Thanks for listening. 

au revoir



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Friday, July 11, 2014

Five for Friday

TGIF! Seriously, this week has been a long one..and I only worked four of them, but four long ones. And I have a feeling next week will be even longer! The serious countdown is on though, 11 days until we close! Ahhh! It is getting surreal now. 

So I thought I would do a little Five for Friday post. Nothing too serious, just some things that are happening around these parts. 


1. Paint Samples


Here are the paint samples that we got last weekend...I don't have the name cards with me, but once we decide for sure which ones, I'll share them. I am worried about the grey I picked out. I found all my colors off a palette and I was told that it's no problem to match them...well, come to find out, it was a problem to match them. Surprise, surprise! They grey we ended up going with, is a tad darker than the original one I picked out, so we shall see.

2. Train Excursion

Saturday night we are going on a train ride. Not just any train ride, a murder mystery train ride. I am a big fan of Clue (the board game) and I enjoy scary movies and such. Hopefully it will be fun. I even got tickets for the good seats, so hopefully The Hubby will enjoy it a little. :)

3. Puppy


The Hubby's bff got a puppy this weekend. We went with him to pick her up, but only so I could hold her all the way home. Isn't she just adorable?! Her name is Duchess. Everyone say "hi, Duchess".

4. CSA

We signed up for a local CSA.  Explanation from localharvest.org: "Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season." We found one that is only about a mile from where we are moving and can't wait to see what all we get in our "boxes".

5. Scensty

Selfish plug. Just wanted to remind everyone that I am placing an order for next Friday (July 18th). If you are interested in ordering anything, please let me know. I can answer any questions that you have in regards to placing an order and will be happy to help. Click here to check out Scentsy and see all the products they offer.

Happy TGIF! 

Enjoy your weekend. 



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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What I'm Lovin'…Clothes Edition

Here is another round of What I'm Lovin', but this time it is clothes edition. 






When it comes to clothes I might have a big slight problem with hoarding owning clothes. But what can I say, I have to wear them everyday, I mean unless I become a nudist…les be honest, that ain't pretty. 

Anyways…back to the clothes. Today I am going to list my top five pieces of clothing that I am enjoying this summer. It tends to get hot and humid here in good 'ole Tennessee; which means, that the less clothing you have on the better off you are.

#1 - Maxi Dress
Mossimo Maxi Dress

I know everyone and their mother talks about Maxi dresses, but seriously, they just can't be beat. I can wear them to work or church, just add a little sweater over them or blue jean vest. I can wear them out and about. Add heels or flats. Just so easy to dress up or down, can't beat the versatile of them. 

#2 - Gap Outlet Khaki Vintage Rolled Crop Pants


Can't find source; only found at Gap Outlet
I can not say it enough…I LOVE these pants. The only thing that I do not like about them, is that they are only offered at the Gap Outlet, I can not find them in just the regular Gap. And now that I think about it, that is probably a good thing. #brokejoke I have these pants in three different colors, green, blue, and white. Sadly not the pink pictured above, but I do like those too. (#truth…I am not a size 4, far from it, so just know those are not mine.) BUT you need these in your life.

#3 - Kimono


This exact one is sold out, but you can find other options here.
I can honestly say that I did not think that I would get on this bandwagon. I just didn't think I wanted a kimono, oh but was I wrong! I think this thing is just so dang adorable. I can just put a tank under this and some jeans, cute flats and good to go. I actually wore this last week and after I got off work we ran a couple of errands and I got a lot of compliments on it. 

#4 - Shorts


Merona Chino  5" Shorts



Printed option
Again, can't say enough about these shorts. They don't have as many options online now as they did before. I have three of these shorts, two printed and the greens one pictured above. I, again, am not a size four, so I tend to like longer shorts. These five inch shorts are just the thing for me. LOVE!

#5 - Tank Tops


Old Navy Tami's
Okay, so apparently there is a reoccurring theme here…if I like something, I own multiples of them. These tami's…amazing! I have white, black, nude, cream, pink, purple, and green. You think I am kidding, I assure you I am not. I love these for layering, for wearing under my kimono, wearing under shirts, all different ways. The. best. ever!

That is all I have for today.


What clothes are you lovin' for the summer?



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What's On…Your Menu

Today I am linking up with Andrea @ Momfessionals (who I just adore, btw) and talking about what is on my menu this week.

As per usual this summer, things are going to be busy this week. 

Sunday for breakfast, I made Croissant French Toast. I used strawberries instead of blackberries though.

Monday night we are actually eating dinner at the in-laws for my sister-in-laws birthday and I am not sure what we are eating. Oh well, no worries, it will be good and involve cake. :)

However, I am cooking Monday during the day (#longweekend). I am cooking for a family that goes to church with us that just had twins and they got to come home from the ICU at the end of June. 

I am cooking a chicken casserole for them, easy and delicious. For the sides, I am making a broccoli salad and corn pudding. And brownies for dessert, box not from scratch. #lazy Sorry, no pictures…I'll try to post them on Instagram (@betsylm) on Monday. 









Tuesday night, The Hubby has plans to go to a friend's house to work on The Big Green Machine. So I will just make a smoothie or something simple to eat.


Wednesday night we are having chicken tacos and rice. #crockpotstyle


Crock Pot Chicken Tacos from Iowa Girl Eats

Thursday night we are having hot ham (instead of roast beef) sandwiches and chips and dip.


Hot Rost Beef Sandwiches from The Pioneer Woman
Friday night, I think we will just eat a frozen lasagna and bread and salad. I usually try to have a "cheat" night each week. That way, if I get off work late or have to run some errands or whatever, I have something easy to put together and doesn't take long. 

Once we move into our house and get settled, I plan on making a stash of frozen meals to keep on hand for nights like those to. Just throw in the crock pot and good to go. I have to say, if you don't have a crock pot in your life, you need one. It will become your new best friend.

Saturday night, we have plans, so we will probably eat out. 

Extras that I plan on making Monday as well are, Zucchini Bread and Blueberry Banana Bread. 

The Blueberry Banana Bread recipe can be found at Mix and Match Mama. Love her food website…such good and quick recipes! 

The Zucchini Bread is a new one for me. Someone gave me some zucchini and I didn't know what I wanted to do with it, but then The Hubby requested that I make this. I work with all guys and any time that I talk about making something new and different, they all want to try it out too. So I will be splitting this in half and leaving The Hubby half and taking the other half to work. If you try it, let me know what you think!




Okay, so this post went wayyy longer than I thought it would. Sorry! But I hope you found something you might want to try :) #nowi'mhungry

What is a favorite for you?




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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and safe holiday! Just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!



And a HUGE thank to all who serve, have served, and ever will serve. Thank you to all the family members of those who are in the military, as well. I will never be able to express my gratitude to these people, but I can take a moment out of my day to pray for them and their families and to honor them.






THANK YOU!
 


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

What I'm Lovin' - Random Edition

I thought I would share some things that I have been lovin' recently and maybe someone would enjoy them as well.




Well, look at that! I made that myself, so please don't laugh at me, and I am so proud of myself. 

First up is my new Stella and Dot necklace…I LOVE it. I saw these over at Shay @ Mix and Match Family and her rep Jody was so awesome to work with! I would show you all four that I got, each one was different, but they are Birthday and Christmas gifts and I would hate to ruin that surprise. But the one pictured below is the one I ordered for myself. It was just too cute not too. If you are interested in one email Jody at jodytruly@yahoo.com. She is great to work with and totally sweet! 

Sorry for the poor quality, I only have my iPhone to work with...





Next two fall under the same thing, but I am enjoying them both that I couldn't leave one out. Lip gloss. I am totally not a lipstick person (#truth...first time that I can remember that I wore actual lipstick was for my wedding), but I do love me some chap stick. I have recently discovered these two lip glosses and love them. Both kinda have a thick texture to them (which I like) and seem to stay on way longer than any other lip gloss I have used. Both come in lots of colors, check them out!

Burt's Bees Lip Shine in Whisper (I am also a big fan of Burt's Bees lip balm)

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

This past weekend, I went and got a pedicure. I am not a big fan of nail art, I am just the simple, plain jane girl that just gets polish all the time. But this time, I wanted to switch it up a bit. I got a little art work done on my big toe (#truth...I HATE feet, which makes this "what I'm lovin'" a little ironic) and even a crystal added...trust me, I couldn't believe it either. And I also can't stop looking at them because I think it is so adorable, the art work, not my feet. I have even got some compliments on it. I couldn't bring myself to post a picture of my feet on here #yourewelcome but I can post the picture where I got the idea from...Pinterest of all places...imagine that.

Couldn't find the original source for it...
 All of my toes are done in white (I like Marshmellow by Essie) and then my big toe has a replication of the middle finger above. It looks like a pretty firework on my toe...with the crystal in the middle, not the pearl. I feel weird just knowing the difference there...

And finally...not sure if anyone knows this, but I am a Scentsy rep. And I just wanted to give a shout out to some of my favorites being offered this month...

Bring Back My Bar

Bring Back My Bar continued

Summer Lovin' Laundry Care

Summer Lovin' Personal Care

Scent of the month (10% off) Vanilla Bean Buttercream
 
If you have any questions about the products mentioned here, please feel free to ask me. You can comment on the blog or email me at simplysouthblog@gmail.com
 
Okay, that's all I got today.



Hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

 

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Lookin' Good



Hey look, it’s another post…progress people, progress. 

If you have been here before (and if anyone is even here now…) and are back again; first, God Bless You. Second, things might look a little different around here…

I finally decided to bite the bullet at purchase a domain name, no reason really, other than to say “hey my blog has a real website now” and I got a little makeover. The great Beverly @ Halfway to Fearless hooked a sister upppp! 

We started emailing back and forth one day over something and somehow got on the topic of what I wanted to do. And she was totally up for it. And I love what she has done with it. So cute, so simply, so me! I still have a lot of catching up to do and getting things organized. Which I hope will be sooner than later. But with moving on the horizon, I cannot promise anything.  I just want you all to know that she is awesome, girl knows whats up, and super friendly and helpful. Check her out!

And in case you are from around these parts…check this out!


http://www.halfwaytofearless.com/2014/06/tennessee-bloggers-meet-greet.html


 ^^^that is the original reason Beverly and I started chatting. I signed up to go. Yeah, I can’t believe it either. But I am super excited and super nervous at the same time. There are only a few spots left, so sign up fast! I hear lots of great things are going to go down at this event, can’t wait!!!

Let me know if you are going! I would love to know if you are! :)

Have you ever been to a blogger meet up? How was it? Would you go again?



Happy TGIF friends!!



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