Thursday, June 9, 2011

Savoring The Summertime

Hello Friends!
I've missed you all. I can't believe I couldn't hold off from posting any
longer. It's been over three weeks but I thought I would be gone for
at least two months before I posted again. Wow, blogging really does
become a part of our routine doesn't it? I hope you all are well and
are beating the heat. Whew! It's been a scorcher of a week for sure.
I have tried to comment on most of your blogs these past few weeks
and apparently some glitches have been happening with blogger. 
If you don't hear from me then you know why.
We still have no definite news on the move and I have not done one bit of
decorating. I haven't been to Kirklands in over a month. I'm having withdrawls!
Join me for a completely random post about random stuff.
I always enjoy eating fresh fruits and making more salads in the summer months.
This becomes my main meal of the day. It's been so hot it feels right to eat light. 
I found these new sugar free drink mixes at the grocery store and they are my new favorite.
They are really delicious and refreshing. They taste exactly like what the flavor describes.
I've been having a great time shopping for cool summer tops.
This ruffled royal blue is from Cato Fashions along with the silver jewelry.
I found a chocolate brown top at Marshalls to wear with my khaki capris.
I've been going gaga over fashion jewelry lately. It's fun and not very expensive.
What's not to like right? Do you wear chunky fashion jewelry too?
I found these little shrugs at Target. They are on sale this week for $14.99
and come in a many colors. I decided to go with basics and the orange for a pop of color.
Have your tried them before? Just so you know they run small. I bought the XL and wear M.
They also have the tanks that go underneath on sale for $7. I got a few of those too.
I love zebra and found the purse and silver jewelry at Cato.  
The ruffled black top is a jacket that goes over a black tee. They are from Marshalls.
This white flowered peasant top is from Ross and the hot pink jewelry is from Cato.
I'm still searching for a pair of brown capris or shorts to wear with it.
I love summer clothes and all of the bright colors. 
I ordered this decorating book from Amazon and it's giving me so many ideas.
I can't wait to move and get going on my many home decor' projects. 
Check out my previous posts in case you missed the update on our upcoming move.  
I've been searching the internet daily and have found another home I like.
This one is three years old and is in the target neighborhood we have in mind.
The garage is in the back and it's about 3500 sqare ft. Can you believe the size
of these homes? They all have large basements. We will have to make do with it.
 We definitely want a finished basement. They give me the creeps unfinished...:) 
I'm not sure I like the small lot. Oh well...we have time to look and we may build.
Chestnut says Hello to all of you too! He's been a silly boy full of energy one
 minute and the next he's sleeping in the middle of the floor with his belly up.
 That's our big ole' boy. Click on my sidebar if you have time to read his story.
Thanks for sticking with me. I really appreciate your patience while we go through
this process since I won't be blogging with any kind of schedule. Please feel free
to comment or email me anytime you would like. It's always good to hear from you!
Let me know what you are up to this summer. Stay cool!


Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Hi, Melissa! So good to hear from you. You're making me want to go shopping! You found some adorable things!

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Love all those wonderful summer clothes! And the jewelry is awesome! I love decorative, chunky jewelry to match my outfits too! Your kitty is so handsome. Stay cool!

Love the Decor! said...

Good to hear from you!! love all your new things!!
Hope you are having a great summer in spite of the heat!!

Richella said...

Hi Melissa! It's good to hear from you. I've missed you in the blogosphere!

Your summer clothes are just dreamy. I've never shopped at a Cato, but you find the cutest things there. I should look for one! I just love your fashion jewelry--I'm terrible at remembering to put on jewelry, but reading this post makes me want to make more of an effort.

Hope you're having a great summer! :)

LDH said...

So nice to see your post, Melissa! Cute new items you picked up :)

Susan said...

Melissa, it's so good to hear from you again! I've really missed your posts, but understand that sometimes we just need a break to recharge. I love the posts about your outfits!!
Have a great summer. See you soon, I hope.

Julie Harward said...

I was just thinking of you this afternoon and here you are! I love all your cute tops etc, so cute! Good to see that cute cat again too. Love eating light in the summer and saving my calories for desserts at gatherings! Love the house you found, very pretty. Good luck with selling. :D

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Love the outfits,and the healthy salad looks great. Glad you are back Melissa. Three weeks was about all I could do too when I take breaks LOL!

Lisa said...

I love that house! What a beautiful porch! It's OK to take a break from Kirkland's now 'cause when you move look out! LOL!
PS I'm going to look for those drinks. I hope we have them in TX.:)

Kimberly said...

Glad to see your post this evening! You found some really cute clothes. I love Target's clothes. I have gotten a few sundresses there lately.

iSavor the Weekend said...

OMG! I was so thrilled to see that you had posted! I've missed you. Love your post, I shop at Cato's too and really love that white peasant blouse.....I'm going tomorrow to look for it ;) Glad to see that you're back, hopefully to stay this time even if it's once a week <3

Judy said...

Hey sweet pea! I was thinking of you the other day, missing your sweet self!

I love salads too. They are so good in the summertime. And I'll have to try those drinks. I've been drinking lots of water and adding peach mango green tea packets from WM.

Love all your clothes. Don't you just love Cato? I feel a trip coming on!


Marianne said...

Your outfits are just so accessorize them all so nicely. And that salad looks simply yummy. I also eat a lot of salads in the summer. And your kitty is just adorable!
Marianne :)

Lori said...

That salad looks YUMMY, I love the bright summer colors too (love the orange shrug!) and that house is beautiful!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Good to hear from you. Ro and I were just chatting about you and wondered if you knew anything yet. Your outfits look really cute. I love shrugs...may have to check out Target.

9405018--Pat said...

So glad your back! Cute new outfit...thanks for sharing..pat h

Mary Ellen said...

Great seeing your post and all your pretty new outfits!! I need a friend like to to shop for me- I hate shopping for clothes!

Ashley said...

Love all your pictures! =)))

Nancy said...

I am so happy you're back :) I've missed you! We are in the process of buying a second home and this is more of a cottage/bungelow than what we've ever had before. I beyond excited to begin the plotting and painting :)
Don't go away again!

Amy Kinser said...

So nice to hear from you. Happy Summer!

Pam said...

I'm glad you posted again! That salad looks delicious! I love the picture of your cat. He is such a pretty boy! :)

Good luck with the househunting.


Allyson Pecilunas said...

Melissa, it's so good to see a new post from you!! I must say I missed your posts very much!! I love all of your new outfits and jewelry. Those salads look YUMMY :) Stay cool!

Lori said...

Chestnut is looking grand!! Lori

Paula said...

It's good to see you back! Your summer salad looks delicious. I'm so ready to eat fresh, chilled foods to beat the heat. You are making me want to check out Cato for some cute fashions. I'll have to figure out where one is located in my town.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Chestnut's days sound like me on the weekend, Melissa! Either full of energy or belly up on the couch! : ) I love the tops and jewelry you got. I seem to wear more bracelets in the summer months. I guess it's the wearing of short sleeves.

I was glad to see your post!

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

Hi Melissa, I'm so happy to hear from you! I love your cute new tops- especially the royal blue one and the white peasant blouse! I wish we had a Cato near us. You've inspired me to get my act together and wear more jewelry!

I love eating lots of salads in the summer, too. I like the way you have large slices of avocado. Hope to hear from you again really soon!

Heather's Stitches said...

Good Morning Melissa!

I'm so glad you posted, I love your Summer clothes and I really enjoy how you share the jewelry too, I have a devil of a time piecing items together and grab inspiration from others.

Maybe in the future you can do more posts like this?

Have a Wonderful Weekend!


Wendy said...

So happy to read your post this morning! I am drooling over your it! You did get some great deals, spring clothes shopping is one of my favorites :)
The house you showed us is beautiful, loving the front porch!!
Keep cool and take care.

Liz said...

Hi Melissa! Love your summertime post, it's fresh and it's fun! Oh my, your salad looks so delish. I love avocado, yum! Your new clothes are so pretty. The black top, jewelry, and zebra bag is SOOOOOOO me! I want! Your photos look amazing, you sure are a whiz with the camera.

By the way, I've seen that model before and it is very nice. You are going to have so much space to decorate, you will truly be in decorating Heaven, trust me!

Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed this post. XOXO ~Liz

Denise said...

So happy to see post from you, love the tops you got, the white one looks so pretty. Yay it's Friday, we'll be trying a new summer cocktail tonight, wish you could join us.

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Hi Melissa! So glad to see you posted. I was thinking just the other day how much I will miss you!I love your clothes and jewelry.I don't have any fun and pretty fashion pieces but wear a cross and gold earrings and a watch everyday. Due to my allergies and asthma issues I am allergic to most watch and jewelry backings on my wrist. I had to purchase a Swiss surgical stainless steel Longiene watch....too bad.I love the Target shrugs and my girls always find neat clothing there. I will have to tell them. I always shop at least once a week at Target. I see Mr. Chestnut is fine too. Thanks for missing us also and we had scorcher here, 99 degrees and felt like 100 Thursday, lousy. Thanks Melissa, thinking of you! Emelia.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa! Been missing you! Glad to see you post..I am eating alot of salads now too, just finished one.I don't want anything heavy these days either, it's just almost too hot to eat! Love your clothes. I have been so bummy lately. I just wear shorts,tee shirts and flip flops most days. Just got done watering and pulling weeds outside...whew! It's already so hot!! After all of the rain and terrible storms we have no rain and 90 degree weather. Wierd! Well, try to stay cool and have a great day!! Kristen

Traci said...

I've been eating a lot of salads too. It's just way too hot! You got some great stuff. I bought quite a few things this week at Cato.

Farica said...

I am SOOO glad to see you back!! I have missed you!!! I just have to tell you...Mr. Chestnut steals my heart every time I see him!!! So very, very happy you are back. :)

Melody Parris said...

I'm so glad you posted! That salad you made looks yummy. Maybe you could have a post on different salads you make in the summer? Those new clothes look great for the summer months… I love the blue outfit the best. Mr. Chestnut looks a bit cranky in his picture but I'm sure he is having fun in this warm weather. LOL I'm looking forward to your next post!!!

Jen said...

Nice to see a post from you today. Love all your new clothes!


Jen S. said...

Hi Melissa!! So nice to see you had posted. Sounds like things are going well.
♥ the little shrugs you bought at Target. I need a few of those, so I think later today I'll go see if I can find some there too.
I hope you find (or build) an awesome home that you absolutely love.
Here's to a great summer!

bluebird1959 said...

So glad to have you back! Gotta love all the summer clothes and jewelry. :) Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Kat said...

Hi Melissa! Funny, we both returned to blogging at the same time. Love all those cute summer tops. We had a Cato here, but it closed a while ago. I sure miss it. I LOVE that house. The porch is beautiful, and I love that the garage is in the back. Hope you have a wonderful summer. Kat

Nancy from OHIO said...

Hello Hon Bun! Guess what you need to post now more then ever 'cause I am on summer vacation now! You do know it's all about me! LOL!! I loved seeing your fashions. I also want to say I buy many clothes at Target... I just bought a cute floral maxi dress from the juniors dept. (yep, Juniors!! I have kept the weight off, remember you were my inspiration!) Glad to see you posted. Love random posts! On facebook I just liked a boutique you may like... idelee ... see if you like. Have a good week and bring the posts on girlfriend!

Jessica said...

Glad to see you back already! :-)
Love the house you shared the pic of....

Lizabeth said...

Hey girl! Glad to see you back! Your clothing looks great and your jewelry is fun! I love the picture of the house you like! What a wonderful move that would be! Hugs to you and Chestnut! Liz

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Love all your summer clothes! I'm moving too so it's just a crazy time! Good luck with your house search! Love the house you posted.

L said...

Hi Melissa! It's so nice to see a post from you. I have missed reading and seeing new posts from you.
The outfits and jewelry are very nice. I love the zebra stuff. I have a purse that is zebra and it has a cross on the front of it..with some bling on it!! When I'm carrying it I get stopped and asked where I found it! I have a weakness for handbags and shoes!

The salad looks so yumm. I love avacados in my salad.

Have a happy Monday~ L

Stacey said...

Hey, how did I miss this post?

Your clothes and jewelry are adorable. I just might have to strike out for Cato today. I've been enjoying a little time off since school is out. :)

Your perspective new home is amazing! A-maz-ing. Can't wait to see what y'all choose. Looks like you've had nice choices to look at.

Angela said...

Hi Melissa,

I'm so happy that you did another blog post. I miss reading your blog. Love all the new summer clothes. I really can't wait until you move into the new house. I am dying to see all of the new interior designs you come up with. Have a great summer!


Brittany said...

Enjoyed catching up with you, Melissa! I've found several cute summer things at Cato, too - they had several things that work well for maternity :) And your salad looks so good! I'm with you - when it's this hot, that kind of food really tastes good!

Becca said...

Hi there !! Great to hear from you. Hope you're enjoying house hunting ... beautiful home you shared ... love the dormers. And, love your new clothes and baubles, too ... CATO has so many cute things, doesn't it? You have me wanting a nice, refreshing salad now, too, even though I eat one for lunch every day. xoxo

Jeanette said...

Hi Melissa, so glad you came back. I found myself checking all the time to see if you posted anything. I feel that I have become addicted to the blogs I view. I am glad that you weren't gone for to long. Beautiful summer clothes. Give Chestnut a kiss for me, he is just so cute!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Melissa, it is good to hear from you. I have been out of touch making the rounds also. Love all of your wonderful new summer clothes, they look fabulous. I need to go shopping, I just hate to shop for clothes though, not as fun as decor stuff. I hope you find the perfect house. I would love to have a large one again. This downsizing thing is really hard to get used to. Take care. Hugs, Marty

Val said...

Love the home and all of the outfits are so fabulous.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Hey, Melissa! It was great to hear from you; glad you are back to posting! We have been so busy with a new baby I've barely had time to blog. And, when I have, blogger has been giving me fits! It does become so much a part of our lives!! Love all of your outfits!! I enjoy the fun chunky jewelry, too. Just adds a bit of joy! blessings ~ tanna

"Blossom" said...

Was so excited to see your post this morning Melissa. I'm going to have one of those delicious salads for lunch today. Love the cloths, every gal needs new summer cloths.
Lately my dress attire has been shorts, tees and flops with painted toes! lol stay cool.

Pamela said...

Love all your new tops Melissa and that house is just darling! Hubby has us talking bat possibly moving this time next year so I have been house browsing too!:) it's so much fun. Hope all is well!

Shana said...

I love summer clothes!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Glad to see you back! Have missed you!

Neat post, love the cute clothes, bet you look great in them!


Connie said...

I wish we had the Totally Light drink in this area. I'll have to look. Love all your summer clothes and jewelry.
Good luck with the move. Hope you find the house you love!

Debbie Kay said...

I am so glad you posted, I love your blog. Cute tops, I just love the summer time.

Debbie Kay

All That Glitters said...

Hey Melissa! I was thinking about you and dropping by to say hey!!! I hope you are enjoying your summer girlfriend!


Bringing Pretty Back said...

Melissa, I was So excited to see you had a new post!
That photo of Chestnut cracked me up! love all of your new outfits!

Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life said...

Hey Girlie!! I'm glad you made a visit to blogland...I havent' done much posting myself but I am trying...It's tough when it's been as hot as it's been lately...And, like you I eat lightly...there is nothing like a cold salad..iced drink on a hot evening :-)

Oh yah!! Love the new tops & chunky jewelry...

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

It's so wonderful to hear from you. I adore all the new fashion that you have shared with us!! Makes me want to go shopping. LOL.

Liz said...

Well, moving will have a tendency to cramp your style. :) But your potential new home is beautiful! :) that is sucha sweet picture of kitty:) Cute outfits... isn't shopping fun when you actually feel good and look good in them. :)


Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Glad to hear you're doing well and having a good summer! Good luck with the house hunting.

Michele Alger said...

Way cute outfits! You ought to check out my big and chunky interchangable watch bands! I get so many compliments (even from men!) on mine ;)

Good luck on the house hunting!