Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Statement Earrings For Summer {From Amazon}

Summer is almost here and that means it is time for bright colors and fun earrings!  We love dressing up a good basic pieces with cute statement earrings and we found some really great options from Amazon all for under $20 each!  Most of these all come in multiple colors, too!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

4 Spring Reads

This post is sponsored by HTP Books, but all opinions are my own. 

Reading is our favorite year-round activity. We can't help but love the Spring releases though. This is typically when new books by our favorite authors are released and the covers transition from snow bedecked to a more brighter, beach-y vibe. And we are so here for that. 

Today we are sharing four great new releases that you are going to want to put on your Spring TBR piles ASAP. These are some of our all time favorite authors - the ones we pick up whenever we need "a really good" read, and don't want to waste any precious reading time on something we won't love. From thriller to romance - this stack has got your Spring reading needs covered.


The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery
Mallery is one of the queens of the beach read, and in her latest novel we take a peek at the mother/daughter relationship. The Summer Getaway follows a single mom and her need to getaway. Her children each have their own lives and their own demands, but she longs for freedom. Even if it is for just a short time. But as the center unit of her family, she quickly learns she can't escape them for long. 

Read this if you enjoy fictional dramas set in a gorgeous backdrop. Think Elin Hilderbrand, Susan Wigg, and Nancy Thayer. 

Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne Thayne
Thayne always gives us stories that pull at our heart strings and right off the bat Summer at the Cape does just that. The Porter sisters have experienced so many family hardships, that when Cami learns that her younger sister (and twin) has died in an accident, she rushes back to her hometown to see what can be salvaged of the remaining family relationships. Each sister must come to terms with each other, and their mother. Cami also must decide if romance with an old flame should be reignited. 

Read this if you enjoy fictional drama with a side of romance. Think Debbie Macomber and Barbara Delinsky. 

An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher
An Honest Lie by best selling author Tarryn Fisher is a total page turning suspense novel about a Vegas girls weekend gone wrong. This gripping and twisting story will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read that not all secrets from the past can stay there. 

Read this if you enjoy novels like The Push, Girl A, and Pretty Little Wife

The Wrong Victim by Allison Brennan
Brennan gives us the third book in her Quinn & Costa series with The Wrong Victim.  A group takes a chartered boat in the San Juan Islands, but twenty minutes after their departure it explodes. Now it's a race against time as the FBI has to determine whether this was a targeted act of domestic terrorism, or was one person the target and the others mere victims. With few clues to go on, are they able to stop the killer before they strike again? 

Read this if you enjoy political and organized crime thrillers. 

How amazing do all four of these novels sound? Which one will you be grabbing to read first? 

Psst...these would also make great gift ideas! We plan on sticking them in our girlfriends beach getaway goodie bags! 


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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Everyday Organizing for Busy Moms {Laundry and Dishes}

May is for Moms and Margaritas!!! Yay for May!!! A new month means new calendar pictures and a new post in the Everyday Organizing for Busy Moms series.  

I mentioned this on Instagram stories last week, but May is one of those months that just seems to FLY by without even realizing it. Between end of the year school stuff, end of season sports stuff, and just regular life it often feels like a whirlwind!  Keeping up with everyday chores like laundry and dishes might not seem like a big deal, but I've found that not keeping up with it is when you really get into trouble. This topic is really not exciting at all, but I thought I'd share a little about how I keep up with the laundry and dishes in the hopes that even one of these tips might help one of you. 

1. I know some people like to wait and do all the laundry in one day, but I'm not one of those people. I have found that doing at least one load everyday is best for my family.  

2. In most cases, I wash everyone's clothes separately meaning I don't wash two of my kids clothes together. This makes it so much easier for folding and putting away because I don't have to figure out who's socks are who's and which pair of shorts belongs to which kid. 

3. When I fold clothes I always listen to an audio book.  I despise folding and putting away clothes, but when I'm listening to a book I hardly realize that I'm doing it and it makes the time go by so much faster. 

4. Speaking folding and putting away, I only put away mine and the Mr.'s. I'm happy to do my kids laundry for them, but they each put it away and have been doing so since a really young age. I have several laundry baskets so I put each person's clothes in their own basket and usually place it outside their bedroom door during the day. The rule in my house is you have to put it away sometime that day (before bed). If I don't enforce that they just keep the basket full of clothes in their room and dig through it when they are looking for something to wear.  Plus, I need the baskets back for the next round of laundry. 

5. Make your washer work for you when you aren't around.  I always set it to run when I'm doing something else or when I'm about to leave the house to run errands so I'm not sitting around waiting on it to finish.  Then when I get home I can throw things in the dryer.  Also, most newer washers have a delayed wash setting. I love this feature! If I don't want wet clothes sitting in the washer for hours I can time when I will be back home and set it on a delayed start so it is done right before I will be getting home. Sometimes I will also set it to begin during the night so it is done first thing in the morning and I can toss things in the dryer when I get up. 

6. There are a lot of items that I don't put in the dryer and instead air dry.  I used to find all sorts of crazy places to lay them to dry and then I got really smart and spent about $20 on THIS drying rack.  Why I hadn't done this before is beyond me, but my girls and I keep this thing in constant use. I lay items like swimsuits, sports bras, Lululemon, and other items I don't want to worry about shrinking on this and then often just toss them in the dryer for a few minutes after they are dry to "fluff" them before putting them away. 


1. Use the dishwasher!  The Mr. and I disagree on this, but I put just about everything in the dishwasher.  Big mixing bowls, Tupperware, pots/pans, all of it. I love the dishwasher and don't mind if a big bowl is taking up the spots that 5 plates could fit.  I'm not having to wash/dry it so I'm happy to load it up with everything that I can. 

2. Run your dishwasher every night. It's one of those tasks I usually do before going to bed or just after we finish dinner. I like to run it each night and unload it each morning, generally while the kids are eating breakfast. This way you aren't stuck in the middle of the day with a full dishwasher because if that happens you would either end up leaving dirty dishes in the sink or hand washing them. Instead, if you run it each night, unload each morning, and fill it up throughout the day it keeps the rhythm going nicely. 

I know this wasn't the most exciting topic, but a necessary one because it's something that all of us deal with.  I hope some of these tips helped some of you and if you have any tips to share, I'd love to hear them because let's be honest, the laundry and dishes aren't going away! 


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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Book Club: April 2022


Another month is here and you know what that means...Book Club Day!!! Last month started gearing up for end of year craziness for school and sports, so neither of us got to read as many books as we had hoped. But, the ones we did read we really liked!  We're excited for summer break which means lazy afternoons by the pool with a book in hand, but until then we will squeeze in some reading when we can.



First up for me was All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata. The main character, Aurora, was in a 14 year relationship with a musical superstar that ended abruptly, so she made her way back to her hometown in Colorado. There she meets single dad, Rhodes, and his teenage soon. 

She reconnects with some friends from her past, but the slow-burn romance and the sweet relationship she begins to form with the son are the sweetest. She hides the fact that she's got some musical talents of her own and it just so happens that Rhodes' son is an aspiring musician so they bond over that. Much of this story is set in the beautiful outdoors, so lots of references to nature, hiking as Aurora tries to connect with her late mother who was an avid hiker.  It was a sweet story that I think most would enjoy!

I couldn't wait to start on The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I loved this book!  Harvey's stories never disappoint me and this was no different.  

It had a historical fiction component that shared about the Vanderbilts and much of that portion of the story was set at The Biltmore.  The story flipped back and forth between past (The Vanderbilt Family) and present following 3 generations of women who's family veil is a symbol of love and long lasting relationships. That is until a grandmother helps her granddaughter become a runaway bride to save herself from making a big mistake.  

This story was entertaining, emotional, and educational!  I highly recommend it! 

I wrapped up this month with Love, Lists & Fancy Ships by Sarah Grunder Ruiz.  Jo is a yacht stewardess who is working her way through a 30 by 30 bucket list leading up to her 30th birthday.  

A family tragedy combined with some miscommunication land her taking care of her teenage nieces for the summer and the three of them become a team trying to work through the list while working through their grief.  Kissing a stranger as one of her list items leads her to meet a potential love interest if she is willing to open herself up to love.  This story was super cute and had some deeper messages and I really enjoyed it. 


I LOVED this book!! Pretty much anything Kristy Woodson Harvey writes, I'm reading. ASAP. 

Right from the very first chapter, I was sucked in. I’ve always been fascinated with the Biltmore and the stories it grand walls hold. So when one of my favorite authors wrote a book intertwining a bit of the Biltmore history in this dual timeline novel, I couldn’t resist.

The novel opens with a wedding weekend in the beautiful setting of the Biltmore. Everything is as beautiful as the estate itself - except the relationship. A mystery veil, a questionable groom, a secret or two waiting to be discovered...needless to say I was hooked.

The relationship between Julia and her grandmother is lovely and endearing. As the novel unfolded I realized their relationship was the true love story being written.

From start to finish The Wedding Veil is a treat in family legacy, family bonds, and perfect timing. I highly recommend you adding The Wedding Veil to your reading list right this second!!

This book gave me all the feelings. Talk about a gut wrenching, yet heartwarming story. What Matters Most takes places in picturesque Nantucket Island. As two heartbroken and grief stricken individuals cross paths, a friendship blossoms and each realizes maybe life has more in store for them.

As each character journeys on a path of healing, longtime kept secrets threaten to disrupt their newfound peace.

The story is a contemporary romance, but it’s theme is a message of forgiveness and the power of it in all different facets.

I highly enjoyed this one and recommend it for anyone looking for a page turning picker-upper.

It’s been awhile since I was so into a book I finished it in one day. Then comes along What Happened to the Bennetts. Y'all I devoured this book!

This story was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It’s a political thriller but the main focus is family and what lengths you would go to for those that you love.

The whole time I was reading it, I kept imagining what I would do in this same situation and how horrible it would be. But in today’s crazy world it also seems like something that could happen in real life.



Next up for me is Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score. I have no idea what it is about and I don't think I've ever ready anything by this author, but it popped up on a search and has a ton of great reviews!  I'll keep you posted! 


I'm still in a mystery/thriller mood, so I grabbed The Golden Couple to read next. I've GREAT things about this one, so stay tuned! 



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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

All Booked Up with Findlay Rowe


Okay book loving friends - we are kicking off something new with our pals at Findlay Rowe and we can't wait to share it with you. This has been in the works for months, and now it is finally here!

We are excited to invite you to a new book club...


All Booked Up with Findlay Rowe will be a book club with a few layers. Think of it as us giving you a book club to join, but also a way for you to host your own book club. Our goal is to give you a suggestion and a few book centered ideas/items to take home with you to your own book club. Or maybe even inspire you to start one of your own! 

And we knew just the book to kick it off...

When we saw that Dolly Parton teamed up with famed writer James Patterson to write a country music based mystery novel, we knew Run Rose Run was the perfect book to begin with. 

Dolly is the queen of the South, but we have to say...Audrey and Barbara are a close second. And with a store filled with southern goodies at our finger tips, putting together the first All Booked Up with Findlay Rowe was a piece of cake. 



From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller—a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Every song tells a story. 

She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. 

She’s also on the run. 
Find a future, lose a past. 

Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny.  It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her.  And destroy her. 

Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire—a story that only America’s #1 beloved entertainer and its #1 bestselling author could have created.


Carrie BethI have always had a fascination with Dolly and couldn't wait to see what this book was all about.  I listened to it and for me that totally made the story.  Many of the characters are narrated by different people, including some big name country music starts including Dolly herself!  There was a bit of a mystery tied in to a story of the country music business and Nashville.  I found it all very entertaining!  If you enjoy country music I think you would love this book!

JenThe second I saw Dolly Parton wrote a book (and teamed up with James Patterson), I knew I’d want to read it! I was given a sneak peek at the audio book and it is so good too! Dolly narrates it with a cast of country music stars. RUN ROSE RUN is a fun, enjoyable suspense novel based on a character who turns into a country music star with the help of a legend. Secrets threaten the musicians career and life, but she takes a “no hold” back approach to following her dreams. The characters are fun and endearing, and I was totally sucked into the gossipy peek at behind the scenes Dolly seemed to sneak in as fiction. The book was just twisty enough with mystery and romance that it kept my attention. Mix that in with the witty banter and Dolly's humor and I never wanted it to stop. Here's hoping she has a few more novels up her sleeve. 

Audrey & Barbara's Review: Check the Findlay Rowe website and social channels to see what they thought of Dolly's debut novel!


 You can find copies of Run Rose Run in store at Findlay Rowe as well as these fun items to pair with it for your own book club - whether it is a group or a club of one! 


RUN ROSE RUN by Dolly Parton & James Patterson

Peepers! Reading Glasses
(These would make for a great book club gift!)

 Seagrass Glasswear
Tumbler + Wine Glasses  + Carafe
(Throw in some ice cubes and the drink of choice from the novel, bourbon, and you have yourself the perfect book themed cocktail for hosting! Would also make for a great book club gift!)


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Friday, April 15, 2022

On-Trend Gifts For Teens {Athleisure Clothing They Love!}

Earlier this week I shared some cute on-trend jewelry and accessories that are great gifts ideas for teens and today is all about the athleisure clothes they love. 

Here is the thing...I know a lot of these items are expensive.  I know it is crazy to spend over $100 on a pair of sweatpants.  BUT, I also remember what it was like to be in middle school and just wanting to fit in. I am at a point in my life where I don't care about the labels and having what everyone else has, but when I was 13 you better believed I cared.  Like I have explained to my husband on numerous occasions, that is why I purchase these things for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas. Plus, the lucky thing for me is that my girls wear the same size now so they can share everything. 

That said, I've also found some great dupes for some of the items that I'm also sharing today!  My girls have some of the dupes and they are all great quality so only sharing the ones we personally own. 

These cropped tanks are super cute.  Linking a great dupe from Amazon HERE with over 16,000 reviews!  I bought one of these for my daughter's birthday and the quality is amazing!  The only difference is it is missing the logo.  

My girls are constantly swiping these from each other's rooms.  I've purchased several of the dupes from Amazon and they really are just as great! Shop HERE and see over 1,500 reviews. 

They love all the fun colors, but I will say my girls wear the white and black the most because they match all of their colored bottoms. 

Wish I would have known flair leggings were going to make a comeback because I would have saved all of mine from early 2000's.  These are super cute, super soft, and super on trend with the kids. 

Want to make a kid's day?  Gift them an Aviator Nation piece of clothing. Who knew a zip-up hoodie could make a kid so happy. Another great option is the Aviator Nation cropped sweatshirt

Notice a trend with the brands here??? It pained me to buy these at Christmas, but she has 100% gotten her wear out of them.  Super soft and runs true to size, but a little short. Also available HERE

These skirts are adorable and have built in shorts. The Amazon dupe looks EXACTLY THE SAME!!!  

So many cute colors, but the smaller sizes usually go quick.  My girls like the 2.5 inseam best. 

Another adorable shorts option that sort of looks like a skirt. Also nicknamed the butterfly shorts.  Lots of fun colors and lots of options for less than the original on Amazon. 
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

On-Trend Gifts For Teens {Jewelry & Accessories}

My middle Mini Magnolia turned 13 this weekend! I can hardly believe she is a teenager.  

A friend and I were talking about gifts for our new teenagers and how they all really love having the "in" items to feel like they fit in with their friends.  We were comparing ideas so I thought I'd share some of our favorite on-trend gifts for teens in case anyone else was looking for ideas. I had lots and lots of suggestions so decided to break it up into a few different parts.  Today is all about some fun jewelry and accessories. 

1. Smiley Face Trucker Hats 
Summer is coming!  These are fun for the beach and the pool. Another cute option HERE.

These cute necklaces come in several different colors! 

Not only the ultimate mom bag, but teens love these bags, too! The perfect size for a sleepover or for the beach. Tons available on Amazon, but we love supporting a local mom owned business, Lolly Luella! She has some really cute ones! 

Last week I shared all about the Stoney Clover Ln stuff at Target and the personalized letter patch trend is everywhere!  Judith March has a lot of great options and some super things you can personalize with the letter patches at a much more affordable price tag. 

This was one of the top things on my daughter's birthday list.  Everyone loves a good bracelet stack and these come in a bunch of different colors. I did a turquoise and off white for my daughter.  

Want to complete the bracelet stack?  These gold beaded bracelets are a great addition to the E Newton ones for a fraction of the price. 

Even though my girls are driving yet, they love these keyring bracelets.  They can keep a little card pouch attached for their gift cards/money/etc. 

These are a great everyday sneaker that will match all the Lulu! My daughter has these and raves about how comfortable they are.  Plus, she loves everything to match so the neutral colors are great. 

This is when wearing the same size as my girls comes in handy. These adorable sneakers are the perfect addition to any cute outfit.  They look darling with denim shorts, casual dresses, or skirts! 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Spring Fashion with Findlay Rowe

 Spring might be our favorite season for fashion. Everything is warming up, and brighter colors start to emerge in our wardrobes - after a winter full of black and fleece, it's refreshing. And just like our homes, we've felt the need to do a little spring updating. 

We've made our way to the usual retail favorites to check on trends and pick up a few new staples here and there, but one of our favorite places for spring fashion finds is Findlay Rowe! We usually share them for their fabulous home decor and gifts, but they have a great section dedicated to fashion. 

From on trend accessories, to fun dresses, to on trend sneakers - they have it all!

Here is a quick peek at just a few of our favorite looks. 

Spring Fashion with Findlay Rowe

All items head to toe are from Findlay Rowe! 

Items are updated on Findlay Rowe's website daily, and are constantly fully stocked in their two locations. If you are one of our out of town readers, just email them and they can ship any item you see to you! 


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