Currently | October 2016

Happy Monday, folks! I hope everyone had a great weekend. It has been a while since I just sat down to write and chat with all of you. So, let’s kick off the week with Currently … October 2016 edition.

Wearing …

all the fall things! Boots, military vests/jackets, blanket scarves – you name it. My fall closet staples are still my most-worn outfit, and I also seem to opt for cool and casual weekend wear when I don’t have to get dolled up. Plus, with the weather in the 70s one day and the 50s the next, fall layers are still a Midwest girl’s best friend.

Currently October 2016 Midwest Fall Outfit

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Reading …

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple. I’m only about 20% into it, but so far, it’s just okay. I also just finished The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. For all the hype surrounding that book, I wasn’t overly impressed!

Watching …

This is Us. Shocking, I know! We, along with the rest of the world, fell in love with this show week one and continue to look forward to Tuesday nights. It’s refreshing to watch a well-written, fairly realistic show – you know? Besides that, I’m still a loyal fan to Project Runway. Any Erin and Dexter fans out there?

Listening to …

Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller album. I. Can’t. Stop. Listening. This might be my favorite album of hers yet. I also am addicted to Amazon Prime Music for the radio stations. My go-to stations are Maroon 5, Sam Hunt and Britney Spears (for the gym).

Wishing …

to get our family photos back! I am hoping it only will be another week or so at most. In the meantime, last year’s family photos that we took ourselves are tying me over.

Currently October 2016 How to Take Your Own Family Photos

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Eating …

Zoodles! I can’t seem to get enough these days. My favorite way to prepare and eat them? Heat some olive oil in a saucepan, and then melt one to two tablespoons of butter. Add a handful of baby spinach, and sautee until cooked. Add some spaghetti sauce – my favorite is the traditional Prego Heart Healthy – and simmer until heated through. Then, add in some spices – basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, parsley, etc. Whatever your heart desires! Lastly, toss in the zoodles with the sauce and cook through for a couple minutes. Add some fresh Parmesan shavings, and you’re done! Quick, simple and delicious.

Drinking …

All our delicious wine from Door County! Don’t you worry – I have a travel guide coming later this week and will share my favorites.

Enjoying …

our half bathroom renovation! For once, this has been a relatively straight-forward and simple project. We decided to salvage the vanity and just paint and add new hardware to it. It’s amazing what a simple fix like that can do! Otherwise, a new toilet, light fixture, mirror and sink have been the only “major” purchases. Ryan is building the new vanity top, and it’s going to look just perfect when finished. I can’t wait!

Loving …

Carrie Underwood’s (obviously, I’m on a kick with her for some reason) haircut. I have a while now before my next haircut, but I’m seriously considering going for it this time. My last cut didn’t exactly turn out the way I hoped – I lasted about a week before being annoyed with hair all one length – so it might just be time to do something drastic. It’s just hair and grows back, right? We’ll see – I need to be confident first that I can pull off that type of cut!

Currently October 2016 Carrie Underwood Short Haircut

Looking forward to …

a quick overnight trip to Schaumburg this coming weekend! We will be headed to IKEA (of course) to pick up the loveseat for our sitting room (check out our modern farmhouse sitting room design!). Otherwise, we will just hang with my parents for the night since it’s the last time we’ll probably see them until after Thanksgiving.

How was your weekend? What have you been up to lately?

Linking up with Biana & Meghan.


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  1. 10.19.16
    EdyeNicolesMakeup said:

    Love your outfit! This Is Us sounds like a great show πŸ™‚

    Edye |

  2. 10.19.16
    Mes Voyages Γ  Paris said:

    You are sooo cute!!


    MΓ³nica Sors




  3. 10.18.16

    We’re wearing the exact same wardrobe right now!! I’m wearing vests almost every single day!!
    XO, Jillian

  4. 10.18.16

    I need more zoodles in my life, I think. πŸ™‚ Love the throwback family pic! And I think that haircut would be cuuuuuute on you!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  5. 10.18.16
    The Adored Life said:

    P.S. I love Carrie’s hair but not her so you should do that and keep your amazing personality.

  6. 10.18.16
    The Adored Life said:

    I really want to be loyal to Project Runaway but I can’t get into it right now. I feel like Heidi is just now trying to troll us with her trash taste sometimes.
    The Adored Life

  7. 10.17.16

    You are so cute! I love your scarf!

  8. 10.17.16

    That recipe sounds delicious, and right up my alley! I can’t wait to see your pictures, too:)! And You could SO rock that haircut! I’ve listened to a few songs on her CD but not the full thing.. adding it to my list now!

    • 10.18.16

      Thanks for the boost in confidence! I have until right before Christmas to make a decision, so I’m sure I’ll be mulling it over daily until then. πŸ™‚

  9. 10.17.16

    I’ll have to try that zoodles recipe! Sounds delicious! And I’m loving your floral scarf!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  10. 10.17.16

    Can’t wait to see your half bath come together! We started ours with wallpaper the weekend before Haddie was born… probably not the best time because we haven’t touched it since lol!

    • 10.18.16

      I kind of remember you saying that you guys did that, and I was like WHAT?! Although, that’s totally something I would/probably will do, so no judgment. πŸ™‚

  11. 10.17.16

    I really don’t think that it’s possible to get a carb light meal than a huge bowl of zoodles! Chris and I could eat them all the time, and they’re so easy! I’m looking forward to your recap of your trip, and I’m drooling over last year’s family pictures! All of the fall colors are just so pretty, and that’s a great picture of the three of y’all!

    • 10.17.16

      Right?! I never feel guilty about indulging in zoodles – there’s nothing to them! My trip recap/guide is coming Wednesday, so stay tuned. And, you’re so sweet – thank you! I think we did a pretty good job of doing them ourselves last year, but I’m looking forward to having professional ones this time around!

  12. 10.17.16

    We had zoodles last night. So good! I haven’t tried making them in the way you describe. Need to try that. I usually cook it all separately. I haven’t watched This is Us yet. Can you believe it?! Can’t wait to see your family photos and enjoy the trip this weekend!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • 10.17.16

      You definitely should try out that way of making zoodles! It’s fast and easy. Girlfriend, you SO need to watch This is Us. You’ll love it!

  13. 10.17.16
    Christina Sotherden said:

    So many fun things going on! Love all of Carrie’s songs and I’m always listening to Sam Hunt radio too! I can’t wait to see the family photos – we’re having some done soon too!

    Love that first outfit! πŸ™‚

    • 10.17.16

      I’m glad that I’m not the only one! It’s such a good radio station. Yay for family photos, can’t wait to see yours!

  14. 10.17.16

    I am on the zoodle train!
    your scarf is lovely.
    I’ve been watching This is Us too..

  15. 10.17.16
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I’m definitely going to have to get into the “zoodle” craze one of these days, it sounds delish! Still loving “This Is Us”, can’t wait to see where it takes us next. Be sure about the “Carrie Cut” before you take the plunge, but I do think it would very cute on you! Looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend!

    • 10.17.16

      I think you would like zoodles, especially since you like zucchini anyways! It’s been fun to talk about This Is Us with you every week. Don’t worry – I’ll do all my research and due diligence before I make any drastic hair changes. Good thing I have a couple months, lol!

  16. 10.17.16

    i used to be obsessed with carrie underwood but not so much anymore.. i still like her look, style and hair, but not her music. blah. i know what you mean about hating hair all one length though. i still haven’t watched this is us, might wait for the season to finish and binge watch the whole thing haha. Today Will Be Different is on my kindle, did you read her bernadette book? i was so-so on that, so i’m hoping this one will be more enjoyable. sucks about the Ware book, definitely waiting for the hype to die down on that one.

    • 10.17.16

      You crack me up – I honestly don’t like Carrie Underwood that much as a person. When I see her interviewed, I don’t think she has much of a personality. BUT, for whatever reason, I can’t get enough of her latest music for some reason. Must be a phase. πŸ™‚ I have the Bernadette book on hold at the library, but I’m not sure if I want to read it now based on this book. Still having trouble getting into it.

  17. 10.17.16
    Lauren Scorzafava said:

    I looove zoodles too! One of my favorites!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  18. 10.17.16

    Cute post and pretty pictures!

  19. 10.17.16
    Pamela said:

    So jealous of all your fall clothing and fall weather! And I logged into Pinterest yesterday and my entire main page was all Carrie Underwood hair pictures and I was like “what the…” then I realized it was from you pinning! Her hair is amazing! Can’t wait to see what you go with! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • 10.17.16

      I literally just laughed out loud about your reaction to your main Pinterest page – ha! Sorry about that, lady! I was on a mission to get pictures of her hair from every angle, I guess. πŸ™‚ Hope you get that fall weather down in Florida soon enough!

  20. 10.17.16

    I will have to check out that show some time. It does look good. Carrie Underwood is great and she was one of my favorite American Idol winners. Looking forward to seeing your family photos and hearing more about your trip. Oh and hearing more about this wine from Door County!! πŸ™‚ Have a great day! πŸ™‚

  21. 10.17.16
    Biana Perez said:

    I’m with you on This is Us…love it and I just started a new book and feel the same way – pretty meh considering I’ve loved the last 8 I read LOL!! Can’t wait to see more of your family photos! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 10.17.16

      Right?! I’ve been on such a good kick with books that now I’m annoyed that I’m reading a book that I don’t totally love.