Playing with Patterns

Hi y’all!!!  My name is Brittney and I am the writer of Pretty Little Pursuits.  I will be taking over Reasons To Come Home today while Paige is away doing amazing things in Rwanda on her mission trip.  I have known Paige since high school and I have always admired her classy style, sweet personality, and creative ideas.  I have thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with her through her blog and stealing all of her crafty DIY projects and party ideas.  Soo… needless to say- I was extremely honored when she asked me to guest post.  To keep your little reader eyes busy while Paige is away- I have decided to share a little bit of my own style with y’all.









 

MAXI DRESS:  Impressions   NECKLACE: Briley’s, Similar CLUTCH:  Tory Burch  SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker  SHOES:  Tory Burch
 

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Thank you so much to Paige for allowing me to share a little bit of my style with you all today!  I am sure I can speak for all us when I say we cannot wait for her return!  I am so excited to hear all about how God has moved through her work on her mission trip and to see all of her pictures as well!!!

To see more of my style posts swing on over to Pretty Little Pursuits!

xo,
Brittney Marie
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Isn’t she gorgeous, y’all? And that dress seriously makes me swoon. I’m a sucker for Maxi’s! I hope y’all enjoyed Brittney’s post today-  head on over to Pretty Little Pursuits to check out all her fashion goodness. While your there, follow along on social media so you don’t miss a thing!

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Hello! I’m Julie and I blog about life, food, shopping, crafts, hunting, and everything in between over at Just the Joy’s! I’m a newlywed and a furbaby mamma to 2 pups and 1 bunny, living an amazing country life in the Thumb of Michigan! Feel free to join me!

First of all, I would like to thank the beautiful Paige for being so thoughtful in asking me to share a post while she is on her mission trip to Rwanda! I wish Paige the best of time on their trip and can’t wait to hear all about it!

So let’s talk food! I’m no professional but I sure do love cooking delicious recipes and of course sharing them with ya’ll!

I originally found this buffalo chicken chili recipe from Liz at A. Liz Adventures and immediately knew I needed to make it!

{Although I did tweek it a little bit}

With the fall weather approaching fast, I find that I’m always searching for warm hearty soup recipes! If you like buffalo flavor and/or chili, you will love this! ♥

What you need:

4 cups shredded chicken {I used a rotisserie chicken because it’s so convenient and cheap!}
1/2 red onion, diced
1tsp olive oil
Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo sauce – Approximately 1/2 a bottle
2 packages dry Ranch mix
1 can chicken broth
1 cup chunky salsa {I use my homemade canned salsa & it’s not really thick, but it still works great!}
1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 small container heavy cream
shredded cheese {optional}
sour cream {optional}
green onion {optional}

1. Shred the chicken {whether you cooked it or bought a rotisserie}

2. Saute the diced onion with a little olive oil. Add shredded chicken, 1 package of ranch seasoning, and buffalo sauce to cover and saute a few more minutes. {Don’t over do it on the sauce or it may be too tangy}

3. Combine the chicken/onion mixture, beans {you can use more beans if you’d like a thicker/chunky soup}, second package of ranch seasoning, salsa, chicken broth, and more buffalo sauce if needed. Simmer on low until heated through.

4. Before serving, stir in heavy cream to reach your desired consistency.

5. Serve with optional toppings and a side of corn bread. {The hubby enjoyed eating it with tortilla chips! haha}

Enjoy!

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Doesn’t that chili look delicious, y’all? I love just about anything with buffalo sauce and I’m dying for some cooler temperatures so I can enjoy a big ‘ole bowl of hot soup in the evenings. Thanks so much for sharing Julie- be sure to head on over to Just the Joy’s for much more goodness. Follow her on social media while you’re there :)

Married Life: Pros and Cons

A big HELLO to the lovely Paige’s readers.  I’m Kayla and I blog over at Mississippi Mrs.  I mostly talk about my day to day life as Brian’s wife and my love for coffee.  I’m a true Southern girl at heart and am so blessed to have met Paige in this wonder land of blogging!  I know you all must agree!

I’m so thankful to Paige for letting me take over her blog today.  I’ve read her blog for such a long time and have gotten to truly feel like Paige is a real friend.  I just wish she lived closer and we could have one of those fancy “blates” that you see all over the blog-land.

Paige told me what I wanted to write was completely up to me, so I knew immediately what I wanted to talk about- Marriage. However, I want to talk about the things most wives do not talk about, openly.


Brian and I are still in the newlywed phase of our marriage so I do not claim to be an “expert” on the whole topic. However, I can tell you what “married life” has been like for me.  And it may surprise you.

First, a little background story on me.  I had been living alone for 5+ years, so sharing was not something I was used to anymore.  When Brian and I got married and I realized I had to share a closet, share a bathroom, share a HOUSE!, I was in for some changes.

This wonderful husband of mine just doesn’t do household things the way I did, and it bothered me. He would leave cups sitting around when he was finished with them.  He would leave dirty dishes in the sink instead of putting them in the empty dishwasher.  He would pile dirty clothes in the floor of the closet instead of putting them in the hamper.  He would leave his shoes in the middle of the floor.

I was going insane.  You see, I’m OCD and I think life is better when things are in THEIR PLACE.  Brian is not “dirty” so please don’t think that’s what I am implying.  He is just a normal guy.  Except he’s NOT.

My “cons” list was getting longer by the day.  Did I question marrying him? Never!  But I did ask God to show me how to change my controlling ways and learn patience and how to adapt as a wife instead of the girlfriend living in her own world.

This leads me to my “pros” list of marriage.  This may sound cliché, but Brian is everything I ever dreamed (and didn’t know I wanted!) in a husband.  He is there when I cry, when I yell, and when I just downright am lost.  He shows me unconditional love and is my biggest fan.  He completes me in ways I can’t even begin to touch on, expect for to tell you it is God working.

I was 29 years old when we married, but I think I still needed to accept things and “grow up.”  Marriage has helped me with so many other aspects of my life.  And I can’t imagine one single day without Brian in my life.  He’s the only guy I’ve never doubted in my life and I can’t wait to grow old with this man of mine, even if he leaves a cup on every table!

No marriage is perfect, and certainly ours isn’t.  But without him, I’d be lost.

Thank you again, Paige, for allowing me to fill in for you today.


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Aren’t Kayla and Brian just adorable? Just love her outlook on marriage to her sweet hubs. Thank you for sharing Kayla! Make sure to head on over to Mississippi Mrs. to read all about her marriage and follow along on social media while you’re there! Kayla, a blate must be in order soon!

Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Hey y’all!

I’m Maggie and I blog over at Polka Dots in the Country. I am so excited to be taking over today for Paige while she’s in Rwanda!

me and corey pink

Before we get started I wanted to take a second to thank Paige for reaching out to me to guest post while she’s away. Paige is one of the first blog friends I’ve made since starting my blog last October. Between our #oilyskinissues, love of crafting and of guys named Corey (mine spells Corey with an “ey” while her Cory is just a “y”) I’ve really gotten to know her over the past months. Not trying to be creepy, but I think we could be friends in real life.

Anywho… here’s the story behind my blog.

Polka Dots in the Country started last October to share the progress Corey and I make on our first home together. Corey bought our house in March of last year and ever since I’ve become even more obsessed with home decor blogs and Pinterest. (Didn’t know that was possible, but it is.) While most of my blog focuses on home decor, you’ll also see some Friday Favorites, random happenings, and pictures of our adorable pit bull Molly and our newest addition, Ms. Kay.

So, in honor of Paige’s love of Clemson I thought I’d share my Fall embroidery hoop wreath with y’all today. Because it’s orange.

Let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • embroidery hoop
  • fabric
  • monogram
  • spray paint
  • hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • burlap ribbon
  • twisties
  • floral wire

I used Lowe’s Valspar white satin spray paint to paint the wood embroidery hoop.

Heat up the glue gun so it’ll be ready after you secure the fabric to the hoop.

Once the hoop was dry I loosened the screw up top to remove the inner circle of the hoop.

Place the fabric over the outer hoop with the back of the fabric facing toward you.

Wreath tutorial 1

Then put the smaller hoop inside the out hoop and tighten the screw.

wreath tutorial 2

Flip it over and before tightening completely make sure to pull the fabric taught so there are no wrinkles in your wreath.

Wreath tutorial 4

Cut the excess fabric.

Wreath tutorial 5

I used two pieces of floral wire to make a hoop to hang the wreath.

Wreath tutorial 6

For the bow I used whatever I had on hand, so that included this white wired burlap ribbon and some leftover polka dot burlap.

Hot glue your monogram and bow and you’re done!

Wreath final 4

Wreath final 6

Wreath bow final

Wreath final 5

I hope y’all enjoyed and thanks again to Paige for having me guest post today!

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I absolutely adore Maggie and all her awesome DIY projects! She is such an inspiration! Make sure to head on over to Polka Dots in the Country and follow along on social media so you don’t miss any of her projects! By the way, I feel the same way Maggie- we would totally be BFF’s :)