Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Autumn Inspired Outfits {Featuring Amy from Keepin' up with the Smiths}

HAPPY HALLOWEEN and now I will hand it over to Amy! :) Thanks Amy!!

Hi Few of My Favorite Things readers! My name is Amy. I blog over at keepin' up with the Smith's where I write about being a new SAHM to Cash, recipes, DIY projects & life in between.

I will be filling in for Kristen today & am so grateful that she is trusting me with her blog! Is she not one of the sweetest, nicest ladies out there? I'm so glad that we have become blog friends! 

Today, I will be sharing with you autumn inspired outfits! {By the way, isn't autumn a prettier word than fall?} Pinterest is one of the best inventions ever! All of your favorites in one place! {heart} If interested, you can follow me here. I get so much time wasted many of my recipes, DIY projects & wardrobe wannabe ideas from this place.

Let's get inspired, shall we?

This outfit has Autumn written all over it. From the checkered scarf to the rustic colored bag & ending with the leather bracelet. All you need is a pumpkin spice latte & I think you are all set.

 polyvore fall outfits

{2} I'm loving the color combo of orange & navy lately! Throw in a plum colored bag & cream & white layered sweater to complete the look.
 "Fall 1" by smithamy on Polyvore
{3} This is my favorite look out of the {5} that I will be showing you: a basic white shirt, pair of jeans & flats. However, throw in the blue bag, earrings & scarf completely jazzes this outfit up!

 fall outfits

 {4} In WI, you occasionally get the chance to wear a dress in the fall {last week we had {2} days in the 70's.} By adding the leather belt to the dress, helps you achieve the autumn look you are trying to achieve. A cozy sweater because by the time you leave work it will drop twenty degrees {at least here in WI}.

 Super cute outfit.

{5} Last but not least is this cutesy, comfy outfit. I'm a big fan of the leg warmer/sock things under the boots. The bag is so cute, too!

 "Fall Knits" by kaseyofthefields on Polyvore

What is your favorite go to outfit or piece of clothing for autumn?

 Thanks again for having me Kristen! I would love to have you stop by & keep up with the Smith's!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

InstaTuesday with Jane!

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is having a great week! I'm liking up with Jane at Taingamala 

 If you missed my Thrifty Treasures post, you should check it out to see what treasures I have found for our bedroom.

Jon brought home flowers for me!! :)

Don't you HATE it when this happens!? I love this palate but I don't want to buy another one for just the one color.

What do you think about our new flower bed in the backyard?! Come spring we are hoping to plant some peppers, tomatoes and maybe some peas :)

Made this yummy treat the other night! Perfect for a little salty and sweet evening snack!

These are all the pics I had from this last week! It's your turn to link up with Jane and share what you captured this week! 

You can follow me @ kris10_favoritethings

Monday, October 29, 2012

Good Morning

I am a slacker today! I did not prepare a post and I'm asking the question, "where the heck did the weekend go?!" It went by so fast! It was a great weekend though! Jon and I made a flower bed in the back yard and planted some flowers and I also had my singing debut with the praise team at our church. Hope you all had a great weekend and I will leave you with this....

Praying for those in the path of the storm!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What are you up to today? Are you going to the grocery store or just for a nice walk around the neighborhood?  Are you taking your car in for an oil change or grabbing a nice warm cup of coffee at Starbucks? Whatever you do today, smile at someone and say hello. You never know what joy you can bring to someone's life with such a simple gesture. I have been on the receiving end before when having a bad day and it got much better after that!

Have a great weekend!

Source: via MOIRA on Pinterest
Well said....:)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Time for a change

It is time to make some changes around here and I'm hoping that if I share them with you, it will hold me accountable...

1. Get a new blog design (I am getting tired of the one I have and would like to find someone who can personalize it more to reflect me and the purpose of my blog) Anyone, know of any good blog designers they have worked with before?

2. Host a guest blogger! It's time to pay it forward :)

3. Have a fun photo shoot for new pictures for my blog (there are so many blogs with the prettiest faces!!)

4. Reach 100 followers ( And when I do I would like to do a giveaway for the 100th follower)

5. Make a new button (well I guess that fits in with the whole new blog design)

6. Get out of the habit in participating in so many linkups. I truly love link ups, they are really fun and it has helped me meet a lot of other wonderful bloggers, but participating in just link ups was not the reason I started blogging. I will still participate in my favorites but also include some of my own writings when I do.

7. Assign two days out of the week to respond to emails and comments. I hate it when I have waited too long to respond to a comment or an email, and I get stressed when I see emails piling up so I think assigning Tuesdays and Sundays to respond to these would be a good idea!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!! :)



Happy Friday! I found this on Pinterest yesterday and would like to share it with you today!!

Have a great weekend! -Kristen

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Love this!

Love this!!

Are you ready....

for another THRIFTY TREASURE post! I literally go to Goodwill on a weekly basis, about twice a week! I don't always get lucky, but when I do, I usually find some pretty good stuff!

I have been collecting items for my vintage vanity which was given to me by my mother in law along with a matching dresser.

Here is what it looks like right now...

There is still work to be done, I would like to find a stool (I'm just using a simple chair right now ) And I would like to find a lamp and little mirror on a stand. I found one at Trade Days I liked and I should have bought it...

Gold Tray- My mom found this for me at Trade Days in Fredricksburg

Small glass jar with gold lid- This belonged to my great grandmother. I was about 7 when she gave that to me and it has been empty ever since until the other day I filled it with my face cream I wear under my makeup

Tall glass jar with gold lid- Goodwill find!! I found that yesterday. It is an old Estee Lauder Perfum bottle and I filled it with my makeup remover

Tea cup- Goodwill find! I found that last week and decided to put my cotton balls in it

Clear glass jar- I don't remember where I got that but it used to hold small shells and now it is holding my q-tips

 White milk glass vase- Goodwill find! I have about 7 of these now and still on the hunt for more

Gold picture frame- My grandparents are are the couple in the closest frame. My grandfather gave me that picture and frame a few years ago. One day without even looking I found one very similar at an antique store in Farmersville, TX and I put me and Jon's picture we took very similar on our wedding night

My great grandmother made the doilies which gives my vanity the perfect feminine touch.

I also found these Christmas tins this week at Goodwill! My plan is to make little treats to put in them and give them to our neighbors during the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a great week!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's my turn to share it with you

My friend Ashfany shared this quote with me on instagram today and I thought I would pass it along...

When you find yourself thinking the wrong thing, immediately interrupt yourself with the Word.
                                                      -Joyce Meyer

It's a Pinterest kind of day and a Walkabout!

Covered in Grace

I love fall fashion! The boots, sweaters, scarves. Here are a few outfits I pinned recently :)

Today is also.... Grab the button from Jane and start getting to know more bloggers like you :) Have a great day! Kristen

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Song of the Day

I just love this song! I heard it driving home today and it just made me melt. It also made me think of my sweet husband. Enjoy ;)


I hope everyone has had a great start to the week!! Here are a few things that have gone on in the past week through my instagram pictures!! Follow me if you aren't already!!


 Jon and I went to Starbucks on the way to Wednesday night bible study! Can you guess what I got? ;)

After going to dinner with my in laws and Jon's grandfather on Friday night we decided to head over to his parents house where I enjoyed a nice glass of wine on the back patio as the sun was going down.

This reading from New Day New You by Joyce Meyer really touched me! I even wrote a post about it called Thought of the day: Confident Heart. 

 Jon and I went on the Ghost Tour. Honestly, it was ok, but not what I had expected after hearing about other tours. We made up for it though going to Denny's for a late dinner :)

We went to the local candy store downtown! Mmmm I love me some runts, sprees, and sour cherries!!

Yay! Now go link up with Jane and share your pics from instagram! :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunshine Award

I have received the SUNSHINE AWARD!! It was presented to me by Sarah Beth at Our Family of Three! Thank you Sarah!!


Include award logo in blog post and thank the blogger who gave it to you & include a link back.
Answer 10 questions about yourself that you have made up yourself (yeah, I know, kinda weird)
Nominate 10-12 bloggers for the award and contact them at their blog site to inform them

So without further ado...ten questions about me that I made up.

1. Why did you start blogging?

Honestly, to get my mind off some things. It has provided me with sort of an outlet to post some creativity and meet some inspiring bloggers.

2. What is your favorite holiday and why?

Thanksgiving! I love all the decorations and it is such a simple holiday and a perfect time to just focus on what it important to you. I love Christmas too. It comes in a very very close second. 

3. What is something you like about yourself?

My smile :) It is so important to smile at people!

4. What is your favorite bible verse?

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you" Isaiah 41:13

5. If you could have any pet you want, what would it be? 

A Boxer puppy! They are the sweetest and cutest dogs!

6. Why do you like thrifting so much?

I really enjoy the hunt and I like re-purposing things for a cheaper deal than if I were to buy it brand new!

7. What is your favorite childhood memory?

When my family and I would pack up the camper on Friday's after school and head to Lake Livingston State Park for the weekend! I would love to do that with my husband once we have kids of our own. It was so important for us to have that family time together.

8. What is your favorite color?

yellow and turqoise

9. When did you get married?

My husband and I got married May 27, 2011 and it still feels like yesterday! That was definitely one of the best days of my life!

10.  Where did you go on your honeymoon?

A beautiful place called Playa del Carmen and I would love to go back!

So there you have it!

 Here are the lovely ladies I nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Erin at Love, Fun and Football

Jane at Taingamala

Angela at Living Pretty

Amy at Keepin' Up with the Smith's

Kenzie at Life According to Kenz

Allie A Day in a Joyful Life 

Kristin at Kristin's kNook 

Crystal at Mason's Mama

Rachel at Life as Mrs.

Brooke at Covered in Grace

Rachel at Making Life Fabulous 

Pam at Vintage and Antique Creations  

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Thought of the day: Confident Heart

"My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is steadfast and confident" Psalm 57:7

What is that telling you at this very moment?

Joyce Meyer put this verse in great perspective for me this morning. She said it is important to be confident! The devil will always find a way to "introduce thoughts into [our] head to make [us] lose confidence." My example is while I continue to study to pass this license exam, I feel people are saying things like, "she just isn't smart enough", "she doesn't have it in her". Whatever we do or think, the devil will always find a way in our thoughts to destroy our confidence in our self. The devil wants us to go day by day feeling insecure and like a failure!

The best advise Joyce Meyer said was, "...we should get up every morning prepared to keep Satan under our feet." We should not fear discouragement, but to know that we can conquer anything with the help and love from God. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13

How will I do that?

I will have FAITH and continue to have CONFIDENCE that God will lead me through this hard time and in the end I will have gained a better relationship with Him and a mature character. 

"We exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance and perseverance, proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hears through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:3-5

"Let us draw hear with CONFIDENCE to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" Hebrews 4:16

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you" Isaiah 41:13

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" Romans 8:28

Friday, October 19, 2012


Hooray for Friday!!!! Wow, this week went by so fast!! I'm linking up today with Lauren for

Here are the five things I was blessed with this week!! 

1.  The surprise birthday party for my mother in law was fantastic! She was definitely surprised and it was nice having the family over for dinner.

2.  I had breakfast Saturday morning with some friends and took a spontaneous trip to McKinney Trade days where we enjoyed a really good corn dog and had some refreshing lemonade.

3. My good friend Ashfany came over Monday and we were just lazy together all day drinking our coffee.

4. The weather was beautiful all week long! The sun was out and it felt so good!

5. Had dinner with a friend I haven't seen in a long time! It was great catching up on life :)

I hope you all had a great week! Enjoy your weekend!!!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thrifty Treasures

Happy Thursday everyone! Hope ya'll are making some plans for the weekend!! We are going on a ghost walk here in town and I'm so excited! Have you ever been on one before?

This will be my second Thrifty Treasure post! You can find the first one here where I post all of my treasures for our coffee/tea bar! Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram I have already shared this picture :)

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 I found this giant key for our home office at Goodwill here in McKinney. Before I spay painted it black it was more of a dark grey, but someone had written on it and I didn't want that hanging up.

The Revamped Lamp you see in the picture is also a Goodwill find! The crazy thing is, I found the same exact lamp at another Goodwill and it's waiting for a face lift too! I will now have matching lamps in the office!

Hope ya'll are having a great day!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Better Late Than Never!!

Ugh! I always forget about this blog hop that Jane does every Wednesday, but even though it is late in the day I am participating!! :) Thanks Jane for the blog hop!! Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! The week is half way over!! :)

Pinspiration (Laughter is the best medicine)

Today I'm linking up with Grace for...

Covered in Grace

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Hope you have a wonderful day!!