Crafting · Fall

Giving Bullet Journaling a Second Try.

Hello, my dear internet friends! Happy Monday to you all! Today feels like a fall day, and I am over the moon about it. It’s a little gloomy, a small chill in the air… I love it! I’m sitting on my balcony right now writing this post, just soaking it all in.

Today’s blog post is definitely different than our usual posts, but I love trying new things on this blog of mine. I fell down a bullet journaling rabbit hole on youtube, and it made me want to give it a go. It’s not my first time trying bullet journaling, here is one that I did a couple years ago…

Bullet journal: August 2017.

Now, I don’t think the one I did in 2017 is too bad. HOWEVER, as someone who struggles heavily with perfectionism, I kind of gave up on bullet journaling… And I decided today to give it another go. And let me tell you, I struggled the entire time of wanting, DESPERATELY, to give up on it. I think that Pinterest and Youtube are great places for us to find inspiration, but gosh, I find it so difficult to not compare my creations to what I see online. And if I continue to be super honest with all of you, I spent about four hours straight working on this bullet journal entry. Just overthinking it completely. I think it’s important to put thought into whatever we create, but it’s not helpful to our creative process to completely overthink everything. Don’t let YOU get in the way of YOU.

All that being said, and all things considered, I’m pretty happy with how this entry ended up. It’s a fun way to be creative, and afterwards you have a homemade calendar, completely tailored to your own taste!

I’m not an expert on bullet journaling, but I felt like drawing, and I had the fall itch! I don’t think that we have to be experts in something to enjoy doing it, because more often than not, we’re not going to be great at something right away. Let yourself be confident in not only the creative process, but also YOURSELF.

Bullet journal: September 2019.

If nothing else, I think my eye for photography has gotten better! And now my dear friends, I think I’m going to cuddle up with a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee, and peruse Netflix for a nice fall movie.

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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Cleaning Chronicles

My Daily Cleaning Routine.

Hello, my dear friends! And happy Friday to you all! The weekend is usually when I try to get my home in order, and when I try and do the majority of my deep cleaning, but I’m trying to start doing more daily so that the deep cleans are less intimidating when I get to them. If that makes sense…

I’ve been slacking a little bit on cleaning lately. Some days I feel super motivated to clean, and then other days I just want to stay in bed and rewatch Mad Men for the fifteenth time. And I think that’s okay. I don’t think we need to deep clean our homes every single day. That wouldn’t make much sense. HOWEVER, I do think that there are some cleaning related things we can do daily to make sure our home doesn’t get TOO messy. Below I’ve listed some that I TRY to do every single day.

Clean the kitchen! One of the chores that I did when I was younger was clean the kitchen. Every single day. My brother and I alternated, but the idea was to have the kitchen be clean every day. I kind of got away from it for awhile when I moved out, but I’ve begun to embrace the routine in my own home. Having a clean sink just makes me happy. It’s the little things… I don’t deep clean the kitchen every single day, but I try to make sure that the dishes are done, and the counters are clean. When I walk into a clean kitchen to make my morning coffee, it makes me feel ready to take on the day!

Do a load of laundry. This is, of course, not feasible for everyone, but if it is, I would recommend it. When I lived in my old apartment, there was no washer or dryer, so doing laundry was always quite a to-do. Now, I am blessed to have one in my apartment, so I’m able to do laundry whenever need be. HOWEVER, sometimes I let laundry get away from me, and then it’s been weeks and my dirty laundry starts giving me the STINK eye. (Ha!) I’ve found that if I do one load of laundry a day, it doesn’t get away from me, and another added bonus is that I have access to all of my clothes, which makes me less likely to get the shopping itch, because I have my fully stocked closet at my disposal!

Make the bed. Over the years, I’ve heard so many people rant and rave about the benefits of making your bed every single day, and I just kind of ignored it. And then I started doing it, and I realized that everyone out there was not lying! It really does make you feel good! And it makes you a little less likely to crawl back in bed and stay in your pajamas all day…

Clean off the bedside table. I do my best to not eat or drink in bed, but sometimes… I just want to cuddle up in bed, and eat some ice cream. If this is the case… sometimes you can end up with quite a few dishes on your nightstand, and you DO NOT want those to pile up, because if you let it get too crazy, they may start growing mold, which NOBODY wants. And if you do it every day, you’re making sure that it never gets to be too much of a project.

Put shoes where they belong! This is one that I am VERY, VERY, VERRRY bad at. I generally kick my shoes off wherever I happen to be, and it drives my sweet and patient Bobby CRAZY. And it’s honestly such a hassle kicking them off wherever, because half the time, I can’t remember where the heck I put my shoes. Which is not a great thing if you’re running late! So, make sure your shoes are where they’re supposed to be at the end of the day, because when you need them the next day, there will be no stress! This is definitely a reminder to future me as well…

Clean off the kitchen table. So often the kitchen table becomes sort of a catchall for random bits and pieces through the day. As I write this, mine is an absolute mess. My kitchen table has sort of become my unofficial sewing center, so it has been bombarded by various projects, and crafting scraps. So maybe I should take my own advice and actually tidy it up a bit!!! I think of the kitchen table as an extension of the kitchen itself, so it only makes sense to keep them both clean! A clean kitchen to make your coffee, and a clean table to drink it at!

And that’s that, my dear friends! I’m sure there are more things that I could incorporate to make my home even tidier, but as of right now, these are the main things I try to do! Everyone has a different home situation, so it’s going to differ person to person, but I thought I would share my routine!

Thank you for reading, my wonderful internet friends!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Makeup Looks · My Favorite Recipes

My No-Nonsense Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe.

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday to you all! I can’t believe that every day is bringing us closer and closer to September! How the heck did summertime pass so quickly? Personally, fall is my favorite season, so I’m getting really excited. I can’t wait to start decorating for fall.

Today’s blog post is all about my mashed potato recipe. I’m sure it’s nothing new or too unique, but Bobby and I really enjoyed it when I made it the other day.

Ingredients Needed.

  • Four medium red potatoes. (You can, of course, use whatever type of potatoes you prefer, but red potatoes are my absolute favorite. And of course you can use more or less potatoes, depending on how much you want. This ended up making six servings!)
  • Earth Balance Vegan Butter. (You don’t need to use vegan butter, but Bobby and I love how the Earth Balance tastes.)
  • Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. (AGAIN, you don’t have to use almond milk, but it’s just what we end up buying instead of other types of milk.)
  • Garlic Powder.
  • Kernel Seasoning’s Garlic Parmesan Popcorn Seasoning.

Okay, friends! Here we go. When I cook, I tend to freestyle it. I taste it and then decide if it needs more of this or more of that. SO, this “recipe” isn’t going to be very exact.

Steps.

  1. Wash your potatoes!
  2. Cut up your potatoes into evenly sliced pieces. I cut mine up pretty fine because I like my mashed potatoes to be very smooth, but if you like your mashed potatoes a little chunkier, I would cut them into slightly bigger pieces.
  3. Put a pot of water on the stove to boil.
  4. After the water has begun to boil, you can plop your potatoes into the water. I cooked them for about twenty minutes, which made them VERY tender.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, I put them into my mixer.
  6. At this point, I began to put in some almond milk. I poured some in, turned on the mixer, and repeated until it was the consistency I wanted. I would say it ended up being around half a cup.
  7. After the almond milk, I put in about two tablespoons of vegan butter.
  8. I mixed it all together so it was nice and creamy.
  9. My last step for all of this was to put in some of the garlic powder and then the garlic parmesan seasoning. I alternated between the two until I got it tasting juuust right!

I served it with a protein and a vegetable and it made for the perfect meal! It’s nothing revolutionary, but I thought I would share it with all of you, my dear internet friends!

Thank you so much for reading, friends!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Cleaning Chronicles

An Updated Closet Clean out.

Hello, my dear friends! I hope that your week is off to a great start! I’ve been spending it trying to tidy up our closet, as it has gotten pretty messy. I’ve been working on cleaning it for about a week now. Slow and steady, my friends. Slow and steady.

I’ve actually written a blog post about cleaning one’s closet before, last December, but, I have a whole different apartment now! I thought an update would be nice. Especially since I’ve been working on it all week.

My closet now is a whole new shape than it was in my old apartment, so I had to come up with a brand new way of organizing it. And for those who don’t know me super well, I can be a tad particular about organization… so it can end up being quite a process for me.

One of the first steps to cleaning out your closet is to remove anything that doesn’t belong. I had plenty of things that had found themselves in the closet that didn’t belong there. Generally just Bobby and me shoving things in there when we had guests… but remove anything that doesn’t belong in the closet. Maybe it’s dirty clothes that need to be washed, or perhaps some crafting supplies, or even clothes that you don’t want anymore.

In my last closet clean out, I know that I talk about the various ways that we can rid ourselves of clothes we no longer desire, but for this round, I chose to do two things.

I sold a lot of clothes to Plato’s closet. I didn’t have one in Mount Pleasant, so I really enjoyed the ease of being able to bring clothes in and then immediately be done with it. That being said, Plato’s closet is VERY selective with the clothing they take, so keep that in mind. You may need to find other ways to take care of those clothes.

The other thing that I’ve been doing is upcycling old clothing.I recently bought a sewing machine (!!!) and I have been having such a wonderful time with it. This may not be for everyone, but I think it’s a super fun way to make use of items we already have.

Once you banish all the items you don’t want in your closet, it’s time for my favorite part… ORGANIZATION!!!

I like to organize my hanging clothes by type AND by color. I have a section for my skirts, dresses, long sleeved shirts, and then short sleeved shirts. And then within those categories I organize by color. I also make sure that all the clothes are facing the same direction AND the same color. (I believe I mentioned being VERY particular about such things…)
For Bobby’s side, I hang up his belts, his short sleeved shirts, his long sleeved shirts, and then his suit jackets. And then also by color.
Our closet also has this wonderful shelving unit built in that I use as well. I have baskets that contain my folded t-shirts, undergarments, and then winter hats. ( A little random of an assortment, I know!)
I use the shelving units themselves for my sweaters, my sun hats, and Bobby’s hats as well.

The containers all from either Target, Walmart, or TJ Maxx, from when I moved into my first apartment. If I were to replace these pieces, I would probably start at the thrift store. I have quite a few other furniture pieces from Goodwill and I find that they are not only cheaper than something you’d find at a store like Target, but they tend to be better quality as well.

I also utilize hangers to hang up scarves and belts. I know that there are fancier and cuter ways to do it, but using hangers works just fine for me! Even if I do wish it looked just a little bit cuter…

Another item that is extremely helpful is an over-the-door hook. These can be as basic or as fancy as you choose. The one that I use in my closet has eight hooks. I use them to hang up purses and bags. I don’t have very many of either, so the four hooks work perfectly! Over-the-door hooks are useful for every room, though. I have one in the bathroom for my towel as well.

There is much more to my closet, but I don’t want to bore my lovely readers with the details of every nook and cranny. So, on that note, I bid you all goodnight! (Yet another late night blog post!)

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

OOTD

Five Timeless Additions to One’s Wardrobe.

Hello, my dear friends! A happy Wednesday to you all! I spent the majority of today cleaning out my closet, which was exhausting, but also VERY rewarding. And while I was sorting through all of my clothing, it got me thinking about how we can go about building a near perfect wardrobe.

Today’s blog post is going to be a little one talking about FASHION. And finding inspiration in days past. I recently went to an antique store here in Traverse City and it really reignited my love of vintage fashion. There were so many clothing items that were so absolutely beautiful. And TIMELESS. There’s something so magical about a piece of clothing that has been around for fifty plus years that someone can see years later and still find beautiful.

Each decade has styles that certainly did not age well, but there are some that I think will never go out of style. Below is a list of some such pieces.

  1. A-line dresses. I think that a-line dresses are not only universally flattering, but they are also timeless. They can be dressed up or down, and they will always look put-together. It’s my personal favorite silhouette for dresses and skirts, and one that I never stray far from.
  2. Red Lipstick. Now, red lipstick isn’t an article of clothing, but I think that red lipstick is something that really just adds so much to an outfit. I’ve probably mentioned it in a blog post or two, but I think it bears repeating. It can be a bit intimidating, but once you find the type of red lipstick that works best with your skin tone, you’ll feel unstoppable!
    Red lipstick can be light or dark, it could be a blue-red or perhaps an orange-red. Remember, while red lipstick is classic, NOT ALL RED LIPSTICKS ARE CREATED EQUAL. Find the one that works best for YOU.
  3. A dress coat. I recently picked up a BEAUTIFUL vintage coat from the thrift store. It’s white and made of cashmere. I couldn’t tell you what year it’s from because it is just that classic and timeless. It reminds me a lot of Betty Draper’s blue coat on Mad Men. Truly timeless. I’m still on the search for a trench coat, though… another true classic.
  4. A black pair of heels. Even for those of us that aren’t the most coordinated, a pair of heels is a staple for a wardrobe. There are so many different styles of heels, and each can serve a different purpose. I prefer a good kitten heel, because, as stated above, I am not terribly coordinated. And if you do choose to wear a heel, make sure that you feel comfortable and confident in it. No matter how beautiful a pair of shoes is, if we don’t feel good in them, people will focus on our unease rather than our style.
  5. A well-fitted pair of jeans. A good pair of jeans is one of the most difficult items to add to one’s closet. There are so many different types of jeans, various fits, and varying washes. But once you find a good pair… you’ll feel like a brand new person! And a small little tip: some jeans may need to be tailored just a little bit to become your dream jeans! Speaking from my experience as a girl with short legs…

My dear friends, there are of course so many different classic pieces and styling choices we can add to our lives, but I’ll leave you with these five for now. Of course every style is different, but I think that these five are generally pretty universal. They’re some of my favorites, anyhow! ❤

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Eco-friendly

My Bulk Aisle Favorites.

Hello, my dear friends! And a happy Monday to you all! As always, the weekend seemed to go by much too fast. I had such a lovely little weekend. This weekend we went to Traverse City’s co-op, which made me a a mite homesick, but also got me thinking about how wonderful the bulk aisle is… I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite things to buy in bulk! And I’m sure everyone knows what it means, but I’ll explain it all the same, as I can’t quite seem to think of how to differentiate that I don’t mean buying massive quantities when I say bulk. I mean when you’re able to bring in your own jars to a store and are able to fill it up with all sorts of wonderful goodies. Rice, nuts, oatmeal, olive oil, coffee… the list goes on and on. Speaking of, here’s my list!

1.Popcorn! Popcorn is such a wonderful snack, and it can also be used for scrumptious trail mixes. Put in some chocolate chips, some nuts, and a dried fruit, and you are all set! I also love how popcorn tastes when you make it on the stove as opposed to some microwave popcorn. Especially since you’re able to control just what goes into it. It’s especially nice for those who may be a bit weary of microwaves, or for those who do not own one!

2. Vanilla! This is actually the main reason I decided a trip to the co-op was absolutely necessary. I used up the last drops of mine making cookies. Vanilla can be SO expensive. Buying it in bulk is so great because you’re able to get just the right amount. And at some co-ops, you even get a discount for bringing in your own container! Which was the case at the Traverse City one! Yay! Which is double good news because I have a bunch of bananas right now just begging to become banana bread!

3. Oatmeal! Oatmeal is a great option for breakfast. Put some almond milk in there, paired with some chocolate chips, brown sugar, maybe some cinnamon, and you’ve got yourself a very delicious little meal! And of course how can you go wrong with oatmeal cookies? Oatmeal is a wonderful staple to have in your kitchen. It can be dressed up so many ways, and when you buy it plain, and in bulk, you’re able to dress it up however you desire.

4. Cumin! Cumin is one of my favorite spices to season things with, and I absolutely love being able to buy spices in bulk. Sometimes you have a recipe that has a really obscure spice, and you may need jut a teeny tiny bit of it. Cumin isn’t one such spice, but I enjoy buying it in bulk all the same!

5.Coffee! Buying coffee in bulk is such a great option if you’re trying to figure out what sort of roast you like. And it’s also really nice if you’ve made the switch to a reusable k-cup or if you use a regular ol’ coffee maker. A bonus of buying coffee in bulk is that most co-ops have a grinder in store, so you can grind it right then and there!

6.Garlic powder! Garlic powder is probably my absolute favorite spice to cook with, and it does not last long in my home. I love buying it in bulk because I can buy copious amounts to fulfill all my kitchen’s garlic needs.

7. Granola! I love buying granola in bulk as opposed to a bagged granola, or even a breakfast cereal because it cuts down on SO MUCH waste. All that plastic used to package the granola and/or cereal is insane! I find this to be a much better option.

8. Olive Oil! The bulk aisle has liquids, too! I think olive oil is such a staple for any kitchen, and being able to buy it in bulk is such a wonderful option. I especially love it because once you find a nice glass jar to use, you can fill it up over and over.

9.Flour! Another staple for the kitchen. And how cute do little reused jars look when they’re filled to the brim with flour? I even labeled mine, “flour power”, hehehe.

10. Sugar! Sugar is the last option I will mention on my list today. I use it in my baking a lot, and it’s always nice to be fully stocked up on sugar. You never know what baking fun you may need it for…

And a little side note, my dear friends! There are certainly items that I’ve bought in bulk that I ended up not finding a use for. I went a little crazy on some items in the bulk section because I thought that I would use them, and yet here they are…. still sitting in my cabinets. I’m looking at you chia seeds… just because buying in bulk is less waste than some other purchases, if you don’t use the item, it’s still being wasted!. Be mindful with all of your purchases, even if they are done with the best of intentions. Be honest and practical when shopping!

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Musings

A Clean Home is a Happy Home.

Hello, my dear friends! A happy Friday to you all. Perhaps this is a bit of wishful thinking, but it did feel like there was a slight autumn chill to the air today…Which has me thinking about how I’ve almost been writing on this blog for a whole year. That is so amazing! Perhaps I’ll do a post about what I’ve learned in my first year of blogging. I’ve enjoyed this yearlong adventure, and I can’t wait to continue on this journey!

Today’s blog I wanted to talk about the notion that a clean home is a happy home. I’ve written in previous blog posts that our homes needn’t be impeccable to be cozy and homey, and I still stand behind that. HOWEVER, I will say that a clean home makes for a happy home.

I write this blog post from my room that is a bit more messy than I’d care to say. And it’s making for a hectic mind. Too much stuff laying around has a way of making our minds reflect the state of our surroundings. I’ve always struggled a bit with being a messy person. It takes a very conscious effort for me to put things away instead of leaving them where I set them down. And the older I get, the harder I try to be a tidier person. And I will say that I have gotten quite a bit better at it, but there is certainly always room for improvement.

I’ve seen a sentiment floating around the internet that I absolutely adore. The idea that we need to begin thinking of cleaning in a brand new way. Instead of thinking of it as a chore and something we do NOT want to do, we think of it as an act of self care. The idea that we DESERVE to have a home that is clean. It seems like such a simple change, but it really has had quite a profound impact on the way that I view cleaning. And it’s really changed me, because as I write this, I’m compiling a list of all the things I’m excited to do around the house tomorrow.

For example, I’m excited to do my laundry tomorrow, because how wonderful is it that I have a washer and dryer to clean my clothes with? And how wonderful is it to have clean clothes?

As always, it’s the little things in life…

And on that note, my dear friends… I will sign off and wish you all sweet dreams, as this is another late night post.

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

 

Eco-friendly

I Made the Switch to Reusable K-Cups!

Hello, my friends! I hope that you are having a wonderful, caffeinated Wednesday! Or if you are less  caffeine addicted than I am, I hope that you are having a wonderful Wednesday all the same!

I drink coffee every single day, one or two cups per day. Last summer I was able to ween myself off of drinking coffee, but here we are… there are certainly worse vices…

A vice related to my coffee drinking, but not a result of the actual act of coffee drinking… was using k-cups that WEREN’T REUSABLE. I had even tried to use a reusable k-cup! I bought one and everything, but it did not work! For whatever reason, it wasn’t compatible with my Keurig. And as guilty as I feel saying this… I just didn’t try to make it work or even buy a new one… until now.

Today is day one of using my reusable k-cup and I am NOT going back. I will say that it is a little bit more labor intensive, as you have to clean it out, but that’s really not a problem for me.

On the Midwest Mattie blog we are all about saving money AND saving the Earth. Making coffee at home is already better for your pocketbook and for the Earth, but if you are using a Keurig, I couldn’t recommend purchasing a reusable K-cup enough.

I’m trying to make changes in my lifestyle that are doable, and sustainable. It doesn’t do much good for us if we try to make too big of a change at once, and then ultimately give up because it was too much, too fast. And I understand the allure of going big or going home, but I think that going at a pace that works for us and will continue to work for us is the best way to go about change. And being HONEST with ourselves. Only we can know 100% if we are doing our best to be sustainable. People have different factors in their lives that may change their ability to make an assorted amount of change in their own lives.

Thinking about things that we do EVERY SINGLE DAY that we can change is important. Despite my best efforts, there are days when I get a coffee from a coffee shop and it’s in a plastic cup. And I always feel guilty when I do that, but it is not an every day thing. We will all make mistakes. We cannot be in complete control of our lives and our surroundings 100% of the time. We just can’t.  We have to do our honest best.

Thank you so much for reading, friends!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

My Favorite Recipes

The Barber Family Cookbook: Triple-Treat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Hello, my friends! A happy Monday to you all! Over the weekend I had my bridal shower. I received SO MANY wonderful gifts from so many wonderful people. The majority of my presents were for the kitchen, and that’s given me all the more motivation to be cooking and baking. My gifts included one such KITCHEN-AID MIXER!!! I’ve wanted one for AGES, and Bobby’s family got me one! Well, I suppose they got us one, but I’m definitely the chef of our relationship. His first request? Cookies!

I honestly haven’t ventured too far into the world of baking. I find that I enjoy cooking more, HOWEVER, I do enjoy the occasional cookie. I don’t know that I’ve ever made cookies by scratch on my own, so I thought that there was no better time to try than when you’ve been gifted a BEAUTIFUL mixer.

The Barber family is filled with wonderful cooks and bakers. Around ten years ago, my family compiled a book of Barber recipes. It is now my goal to do my best to go through as many as I can!

Today’s recipe: my Great Aunt Wanda’s Triple-Treat Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I unfortunately had to make quite a few modifications because the grocery store didn’t have the ingredients. As such, I will make a note for each item/step I substituted.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 6 tablespoon of unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance butter)
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped ( I accidentally only bought 4 oz of bittersweet chocolate, so I supplemented with the semisweet chips.)
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of semisweet or milk chocolate chips (I used 1 cup of butterscotch chips and half a cup of semisweet chips.)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use parchment paper on baking sheet.
  3. Melt the butter, add bitter chocolate, unsweetened chocolate in small saucepan — low heat.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat to cool.
  5. Beat egg and sugar in batter bowl.
  6. Add vanilla, mix two minutes until dough is thick.
  7. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and stir.
  8. Add nuts, melted chocolate (from the saucepan) and chocolate chips.
  9. Let the dough rest for twenty minutes before baking.
  10. Use 1-3/4 inch diameter scoop to drop spoonfuls to dough. (I just used a regular spoon.)
  11. Space 1-1/2 inches apart, wet fingers lightly with water to gently flatten the cookies. (I forgot to flatten them.)
  12. Bake 10-12 minutes. ( I baked them twelve minutes.)

Bobby LOVED these. He said he even liked them more than the banana bread! Thank you, Great Aunt Wanda!!!

And thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

 

 

 

Monthly Favorites · Uncategorized

My July Favorites.

Hello, friends! A happy Friday to you all! Can you believe it’s August already? My wedding is in two months! What!!! I’m so excited!!!

I thought that I would do a July favorites for this month, as it has been quite some time since I’ve done one! Here we go!

  1. Eyeliner! I’ve gone through many a phase with eyeliner. Middle school I was very addicted to black pencil eyeliner, messily applied to the top lid and bottom waterline. Then I moved onto black liquid liner in high school, and I went a little crazy with the winged liner there. And then, at the beginning of college, I did a little bit of brown pencil liner. And after that, I didn’t really do much with eyeliner. But for the past week or two, I’ve been getting back into liquid liner. I’ve had an Elf liquid liner in a navy blue shade for longer than I’d care to admit… but I’ve been putting a thin little line of it on my lash line. I thought it would look a little strange with my black mascara, but it really doesn’t!
  2. My kitchen table! I ordered this table a couple months back, but we finally had it delivered! I love this table so much, and I think it’s a very classic piece that we will have for many, many years. It seats six and has an insert that makes it quite a bit longer. We keep the insert in it at all times, so we don’t have to worry about storing it somewhere. (Ha!) I love how neutral it is, and that it will match whatever decor our hearts desire.IMG_3567.JPG
  3. L.L Bean Dress. This dress!!! I am so in love. It is so cozy, and even though I bought it only a little bit ago, it’s safe to say that it’s going to be a favorite for a very long time. Which is what I consider before making a purchase! And blue is one of my favorite colors, and one of the colors I think flatters me the most.IMG_3772
  4. Journaling. Although journaling is nothing new for me, I’ve been making an extra effort to make time to journal EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s such a wonderful way to work through problems you may have, or even to document the small joys in life. As much as we’d like to hope we’d remember all these wonderful memories, we can’t possibly remember every single day of our lives. And that’s where journaling comes in!
  5. Bar soap. I remember being a kid, HATING using bar soap. To be fair, the ones that foam and bubble are far more whimsical, but not as good for the environment, as I’ve learned. Bar soap requires little to no packaging, and can last you for such a long time! I love it!IMG_3767
  6. Brown Boots. I’m a fan of all things fall, and these boots just scream fall to me. And what’s even better is that they were less than ten dollars! Just like the dress I’ve listed, I foresee these being a favorite for many a year.IMG_3742
  7. Trip to Frankfort . This was such a wonderful day! I had such a lovely time going to Frankfort with Bobby’s family for the fourth. It’s such a cute little town, and being on the beach all day… pure bliss. I can’t wait to take another trip to the beach.IMG_3411
  8. Wedding bands. I was SO happy to find our wedding bands. And they are so beautiful, and so us. The fact that after the wedding, we’ll be able to wear them for the whole rest of our lives is so amazing! How blessed are we???IMG_3325
  9. Banana bread. Perhaps banana bread will be my claim to fame… although I cannot take credit for the recipe. Bobby LOVES when I make this, and I even made some for his boss the other week! And the smell of banana bread… is there a banana bread perfume? If so, I desperately need it.
  10. Anne of Green Gables! This book has been a favorite of mine since childhood, and I reread it for the first time in such a long time, this month. And no surprise here, I loved it just as much, if not more. A classic book that I think everyone should read. It’s such a lovely book to read when you want to fall back deeply in love with life.IMG_3604

Thank you so much for reading, my friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

Xoxo,

Mattie Mae