Archive | May 2016

Catching Up

I know my post have been few and far between lately. Well I am hoping to change that. I am officially a one job woman now and I even got a promotion. So my new full time second job is going to be this blog here. So I am going to do a little catching up…
 
Travel: Well we went to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge for a few days in April. The day we arrived down there was the day the helicopter crashed killing five people. My heart goes out to those affected by the crash. We are getting ready to go to Grand Rapids, MI for a few days here very soon. We have done two Cumberland Falls’ weekends with the kids. Now those were a ball. Well the first one was a ball, the second one the babies were sick so it was not as much fun. But of course our big trip this year is still to come. I’m going to Disney World! Yes again! This is a family trip in October where my three favorite people under the age of eight will be going too. I can’t wait to see how the one and two year old reacts when they see it for the first time. 


Baking/Cooking: Well this Southern Belle finally had one of her dreams come true. I got my KitchenAid Stand Mixer for Christmas so I have become the cake from scratch queen. I love it! Some days I will just look at it and think I am so lucky to have it. Cooking on the other hand I have not done too much of that. 


Reading: Since late last year I have been obsessed with the Dare Valley Series of Books by Ava Miles and then the Dare River Series and now the Dare Valley Meets Paris novellas. I can’t wait for the next Dare River now. I also read the newest Catherine Bybee book, “Doing it Over”, plus the fourth book in the In Dixie Series by Beth Albright, “Stardust in Dixie”, and then there was the final in the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, “One With You”. Boy I really am into series! I loved all those books though. 


Auntie: Beside the two trips to Cumberland Falls with the kids, I took the seven year old a girl’s day one day when I was off. We went to the local butterfly show, that was my first time going in years, I don’t think she liked it too much but I did. We also recently as a whole family did the horse park in Lexington, that was cool but I think the two year old how the most fun of any of us. The one year old was scared of the horse but she did well. Of course the hardest part right now for this Auntie is not being able to tell the seven year old we are going to Disney in October, her mommy doesn’t want to tell her till we are getting in the car to leave. 


Southern Belle Style: I love saying shirts. One of my newest ones I purchased especially for the seven year old “Suck it up Buttercup”. I always want to tell her that when she starts whining about something. 

Well I think that about covers everything I have been up too. I will keep you posted on my happenings and not go so long in between posts. Thank you for continuing to read Southern Belle Charm, without you the readers this blog would be nothing. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day. 
 
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2016 Reading 

By now I should be nine almost ten books into my 2016 reading Challenges. I have one book read out of the twenty-four total I am challenging myself to read. I have two challenges of twelve books each I am trying to complete. My personal reading challenge; 12 of the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime and the one from The Modern Mrs. Darcy Blog, the one book that I have completed so far is one for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge, a book published this year. The book I have read that was published this year is Stardust in Dixie by Beth Albright. It is part of a series so of course I was all over that. It was a good book and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I love those Sassy Belles. I need to get my butt in gear reading though; I have some big books on my list. The next book I think I am going to read is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Just in case I want to see the movie, because if a movie is based on a book you never see the movie before reading the book! 

On the Murder of the Buffalo Calf 

I was deeply saddened to hear about the murder of the buffalo calf in Yellowstone.  These beautiful animals have quickly become one of my favorite animals.  And as someone who has witness herds of them roam the prariers in both SD and WY I have seen their beauty and majastery in person.  I have even looked one in the eye.  These creatures are one of the many things that makes America Beautiful and killing one is killing part of America’s beauty.  And one last thought: what kind of person would take something like a buffalo calf away from its family and natural envirment?  These animals were built to withstand the cold and snow. 

   
 
(Photos taken 2012 Custer State Park, SD)

My New Scent 

I very rarely go to Bath and Body Works, maybe 2 times a year.  A few Monday’s ago was one of them for 2016.  I went in for some hand sanitizer, but this is what I came out with… 

 
  
That’s right I bought 5 of the same scent. When I see a big sign saying magnolia.  I’m in!  Magnolia is my favorite scent, just like any Southern Belle! 

Not So Breaking News 

I saw the news yesterday. Nashville and Castle have been canceled. In some ways I am not surprised. And it some ways I am not sad about it. If everything goes as it is now and Criminal Minds Beyond Borders stays at 10:00 on Wednesdays after Criminal Minds, I know what I will be watching. Sorry ABC but I love Gary Sinise and that Beyond Borders cast.