Friyay Fit — Workout Wear

Bringing you a fun idea for kicking off the weekend!  This week we will dish on fitness wear. I don’t like to spend a lot on my workout wear, but I do want it to fit properly and make me feel good when I am wearing it.  I especially don’t want to be constantly tugging and pulling up my pants. Also, if I have to dash to an appointment or run errands after leaving the gym, I want to look stylish.  I’m sharing a few outfits from Old Navy Active.   They have wear for all kinds of activity — running, gym and studio and it’s my #1 source for purchasing new workout wear.   I have these Go Dry Compression Capri leggings and they are really comfortable.  The fit is slightly below the waist, but I feel like they hold everything in. You can wear this with a pink, navy, … Continue reading “Friyay Fit — Workout Wear”

Easy Chicken Salad

It is so hot.  If August weren’t my birthday month, I would totally right it off along with September.  It’s nice to explore foods that don’t heat up the kitchen and make enough to enjoy for a few days.   We have been smoking chickens every Monday so we can enjoy chicken in different recipes throughout the week.  Smoked chicken is super tasty in Ina Garten’s recipe for Chicken Salad Contessa.  I have pinned it on my Salads Pinterest board here. I like it with the grapes, but when I don’t have grapes on-hand, I’ll substitute with shredded carrots.  You could also use chopped apple.  I am not a nut-in-my-food person, so I omit the pecans and walnuts in the recipe.  Finely chopped almonds I might try sometime, because I love almonds. In a bowl I mix the mayonnaise and sour cream, salt and pepper and the tarragon until it’s … Continue reading “Easy Chicken Salad”

What Would Holley Wear: Go with the flow edition

Are you the type of person who can “go with the flow?”  I definitely can when it comes to flowy fashion.   So two things I love about a flowy look  A flowy top always makes me look smaller on bottom… …and flowy pants and skirts are so comfortable! Okay…let’s work our way from the bottom up.  Maxi skirts are my favorite go-to look for the summer. And the way I see it…the more fabric…the better!  Here’s a “Holley Style Tip”:   I like to tie one side of the skirt hem in a knot.  It’s a fun summer look, and all you need to add is a t-shirt and sandals.  If I don’t tie one side of the hem, I like for my maxi skirt to sweep the floor.   My maxis are usually floral or ethnic prints, and all I need to add is a t-shirt or a button down … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Go with the flow edition”

72 Hours in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Texas is one of my favorite places to visit for a long weekend.  Mr. Bee and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with friends and I wanted to share with you all the fun! First, I found this lovely house on VRBO to rent for the weekend. The Rustic Grape Guest House the ideal place to stay.  We stayed in the Farm House, a 1,500 square foot home with three bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a large open concept kitchen and family room with TVs in every room.  It was perfect for two couples to feel like they had their own private space (she has other smaller spaces to rent on the property, too).  The house welcomes you in with a big front porch with chairs and a daybed for reading or dreaming.  Nestled on 33 acres with cows, horses and views of the Texas Hill Country, you … Continue reading “72 Hours in Fredericksburg”

What Would Holley Wear: Sophie and Lolley Style

How does a fashionista celebrate her granddaughter’s 10th birthday?  Go to New York City, in style…of course! Actually, her daddy planned her surprise trip and asked me if I would like to join them.  Not to sound cliché, but it is hard to believe our little girl is turning 10 in August. Here’s the deal…the trip was planned by her dad, and since Uncle Chris lives in New York, we put him in charge of coming up with a “stylish” itinerary!  So, in honor of Sophie, this week’s article is about how a 10 year old girl makes her debut in the Big Apple!  Plus we have tips on what to wear when you travel to the city in the heat of summer….and not look like a tourist! So, what did I wear?  The day I left Fort Worth, the high was 102 degrees, so I decided to wear a … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Sophie and Lolley Style”

Keeping it Clean: Free Printable from Clean Mama

Since 2009, Clean Mama has been teaching people how to keep their spaces clean and organized with ease and style.  Her site is full of all sorts of resources — printables, schedules, products, and all the tips, tools and tricks to helping you achieve your homekeeping goals.  I follow her on Instagram and recently joined the 7-Day Simply Clean Start Challenge which helps you establish a cleaning routine. #cleaningismyjam Her trick:  Focus on just one task a day Monday through Saturday.  By the end of the week, you’ve tackled your entire house.  For example, Mondays is bathrooms only -whether you have one or five, that’s all you do is clean the bathroom.  Tuesday is dusting (which is my LEAST favorite chore. B-O-R-I-N-G), and so on.  You can check it all out on her site and in her book Simply Clean which I plan to purchase with my $50 Amazon gift … Continue reading “Keeping it Clean: Free Printable from Clean Mama”

The Saturday Breeze: Week of July 24

This week…I found a new dip recipe from the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten, and hosted our July Mrs. Twist Reads This book club. July’s book was Camino Island by John Grisham.  In keeping with the seaside theme in which the book takes place…we enjoyed everyone’s favorite cookie — Milano’s in Key Lime and Sea Salt Caramel.  Who can resist the little ruffled paper trays they come in? And this Herb Dip from Ina Garten.  It’s from her cookbook Barefoot Contessa at Home. Ingredients: 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise 4 scallions, white and green parts, minced 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, minced 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper   Pulse in a food processor and serve at room temperature.  I served it with cucumber spears and parmesan garlic pretzel chips. After we reviewed Camino … Continue reading “The Saturday Breeze: Week of July 24”

What Would Holley Wear: Check Please!

“Check It Out” is a phrase that was popular in the 60s and 70s….meaning “this is so cool, you have to look at it!” That’s exactly how I feel about this week’s article and Pinterest board.    So, two things I love about checks: …Checks look great on everyone, even guys, …and they give a fresh vibe to a summer wardrobe. Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.  What says fun more than a pair of checked shoes?  Whether you are wearing sneakers or high heels, this print will bring a whole lot of personality to your ensemble.  A pair of blue gingham bow slides by Jeffrey Campbell will add extra cuteness to any casual outfit. Think about wearing them with a pair of light blue jeans, white blouse, and a bandana tied around your neck. Another great look from J. Crew is a jacket worn with … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Check Please!”

Summer Salad: Avocado Lump Crab Salad

It feels like it’s 120 degrees in Texas during the months of July and August.  A cold salad for dinner is a great option to keep you and your house cool.  But sometimes I get tired of the usual “lettuce and tomato” cast of characters.  Sunday after a day by the pool we enjoyed this refreshing seafood salad.  It was perfectly filling. I have had Gina Homolka’s SkinnyTaste recipe for Avocado and Lump Crab salad pinned on my Pinterest salad board for a while.  It is very easy to make and keeps in the refrigerator for next-day leftovers. AVOCADO AND LUMP CRAB SALAD INGREDIENTS: 1 medium Hass avocado (about 5 oz avocado) 4 oz lump crab meat 2 tbsp chopped red onion 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice (from 1 lime) 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 2 grape tomatoes, diced 1/2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp salt and fresh black pepper … Continue reading “Summer Salad: Avocado Lump Crab Salad”