Lingering lyrics

The lyrics from Chris Tomlin's new song 'I will Follow' are stuck in my head this week. I hope they migrate to my heart and stay there forever!

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I'll love
How you serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you

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Delicious, EASY dinner. Pork and green salsa

Here's a go-to recipe in the Huddleston household. SO easy and super d to the e to the licious.
{not my pic... but I wanted to give you an idea of what it looks like}
Ingredients (there are only 3!)
Pork loin
1 jar of green salsa
yukon potatoes

Wash and cut the potatoes into chunks. Layer the bottom of a casserole dish with a small amount of green salsa, add the potatoes, then put a little more sauce on top of them. Place the pork loin on the top. (to save time, I often cut slits into the top of the pork loin) Cover with remaining and majority of green salsa. One jar is plenty for a typical pork loin.
Cook at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the internal temp of the pork gets to about 165 degrees. Slice and serve with potatoes. Other options: make tacos or serve with spanish rice. Enjoy!
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Razorback game

Yesterday was our first Arkansas Razorback game -- it happened to be one of their biggest games in years (vs. #1 Alabama). My dad helped to score us a nice parking spot, so we set up a tailgate and invited Sean's grad school classmates. I'm wearing the game day dress I made and blogged about here.
Everyone was on edge for this game -- students started camping out almost a week before the game to get good seats. The hogs played well, but fell trap to undefeated Alabama late in the 4th quarter.
The team has next week off, and the week after we are headed to Columbia for a Mizzou game!
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If I had a million dollars

$700 would actually suffice. I've been eyeing some potential new additions to my fall wardrobe and in celebration of the first day of fall, here's what I need. Ok...maybe not need but definitely want.

Super duper awesome leather boots from Ann Taylor Loft $198 (likely not gonna happen)
Wool military jacket from JCrew. $228 (who do you think you are, JCrew?) Faux fur vest. I'm going to get some resistance from Sean on this one for sure. They have these at Old Navy for about $30.
Doesn't this sweater just want to make you cuddle up?? So great, but $128.
The name of this coat is spiced vanilla from ModCloth -- perfect name, right? $134.99
Totally impractical and don't have anywhere to wear it to, but I just love this dress from ModCloth! $64.99
Let's be honest. If I have any additions to my fall wardrobe they will likely come from either H&M or a local thrift shop. I'm okay with that. I found an awesome resale shop here in Fayetteville that carries some nice stuff (Express, 7 for all mankind, Citizen, gap, etc) -- I'm pumped to take some of my old clothes there and see what they will give me for them.

Happy Fall! (p.s. It's still 90 degrees here so it doesn't quite feel like fall yet)
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On my mind

I'm here. This past week was a little crazy with meetings, appointments and traveling. I fell off of the workout bandwagon, but plan to hop right back on today after work -- I really do feel better in general and am happy with my slow but steady progress.

Priorities have really been on my mind a lot recently. What do I spend most of my time devoted to? Are they things that help nurture meaningful relationships like my marriage or with God? A lot of times the answer is no. It's usually spent at work, worrying about the future, watching TV or reading blogs. If only I spent that time on something productive -- meeting a new friend for coffee or diving into God's Word for 30 minutes a day. I think I've been hiding behind the fact that I'm in a new place without many friends, blah, blah, blah. What a great opportunity to meet new people and build new relationships! I started a women's bible study at church last week -- we are doing Beth Moore's revised 'Breaking Free' study and I'm SO looking forward to that time Tuesday evenings.

I've got big ideas in store for my sewing world, but need to get all of my ducks in a row before it can become a reality. I want to make sure that it supplements my responsibilities at home and with family rather than supplanting them. Here's a sneak peek, though:
Grab my button!

I'll leave you with Matthew 5:5 -- this version from the Message is particularly meaningful to me right now.

"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought."

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Warm welcome for my new serger

Last night I welcomed this little beauty in our family. I've got an exciting venture in the works and I hope this serger is a catalyst for creativity.

I have to tie up some loose ends this week, but I really can't wait to share this new idea with everyone!

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Labor Day weekend festivities

Just realized I've had 121 posts and also 121 followers. Weird.

This past weekend was SO much fun! On Friday we headed to St. Louis to watch Fayetteville High School play a game (that's who Sean is working with this semester) and to spend time with our friends Kaitlyn and Brandon. It was all I remember about high school football, complete with a shout out to Sean over the speakers!

Saturday we headed back to Branson for some lake time and the weather fully cooperated. It was seriously perfect. Here are some pics from the trip:
Little Wyatt at the lake

Nifty handle on his life jacket. haha, he looks huge in this pic

The fam out on the boat. I promise my dog can see. Our good friends Kaitlyn and Brandon
My guys...
Sean and I with his mom, his brother Kyle and sister-in-law Jessica. Pizza Cellar makes a darn good pizza!

Wyatt some how snuck into every. single. picture.

My fitness routine suffered at the expense of good quality time with friends. Good trade, right? I was back in the gym today, no worries. I'm going to stop weighing myself because I want it to be more about a lifestyle change and feeling better, not about a number. Other new idea: not eating after 8pm...it's always junk food anyways. (Thanks, Bronwyn!)

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Fold over clutch

I made this super cute clutch for a girlfriend's birthday. I found the orange fabric at Joanns and had the green fabric leftover from this baby sling project.
I finally used the buttonhole feature on my sewing machine -- SO AWESOME!
It just opens up as a big bag, then {as the name suggests} folds over to close.
Great for evenings out to dinner -- especially with the great fall colors! {p.s. We will welcome fall any time now at the Huddleston household...can't wait for a cooler breeze and evenings out on our deck!}
Hope she likes it! I'm sure she'll pretend even if she doesn't. :)
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Dad's dress shirt into cute top

During a recent visit home I spotted a bag full of clothes that my dad was going to take to Goodwill. I of course claimed it as my own search for potential projects. I really liked the pale yellow polo I have on below. {Sorry for the bad quality, not sure what's up with that}
I cut off the long sleeves and cut them in strips to add ruffles down the front and brought in the side to fit a little closer.
The pics have a sneak peak of the next project I'm going to share with you!
Inside pics are def not my favorite, but it started pouring rain as soon as I was ready to take pics. {It did rain the entire month of August here, so we need it badly!}
I actually left the length of the shirt as the original, so it would be pretty cute paired with a new pair of khaki matchstick pants I just bought on major sale at Banana Republic, paired with cute flats!
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Blog swap with Learn and Go

Today I'm doing a blog swap with my friend Polly. She's super crafty and is such a fun girl -- check out the cool projects she's been busy with recently...
Hey there fellow bloggers!

I'm excited to blog swap with Nicole... (even though we probably have a lot of the same readers.)
If you don't know me, my name is Polly. I'm from Mid-Missouri and I'm excited to share with you a few things I've been up to.

I love to craft, sew, paint, create and make things drab to fab. I document almost all of it on Learn and Go.

Feel free to take a browse on what I've been learning over the past year! Here's a taste of some of my projects:

Chair Changes

Owl Pillows

I also just opened my own shop on Etsy. I would LOVE if you stopped by to take a peek!

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to stop by Learn and Go and check out all the other projects I've been up to!


Game day dress!

Sean's grad school selection has brought us to the SEC. One of the first things I learned about the SEC is that girls tend to dress up for football games much more than I'm used to. A little refashion of an XL U of A t-shirt I purchased at a thrift store for $2 has given me just what I needed!
Imagine the t-shirt above has a logo on it...forgot to take a before pic of this one. I just cut off the sleeves and collar of the XL t-shirt, then added casing for elastic at the top and waist.
I needed a little extra length, so I added some white jersey knit I had left over from this previous dress refashion {with a little ruffling for added cuteness}. The best part about the dress?? It's reversible!!
Pretty cute if I do say so myself! They're pretty easy to make, so if I get comments on it while tailgating the games here I'll probably offer to start making them for others. We'll see...
I'm linking this project to:
Between Naps on the Porch , Making the World Cuter, The DIY Show Off, The Persimmon Perch, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, A Soft Place to Land, Today's Creative Blog, Blue Cricket Design, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Beyond the Picket Fence, Remodelaholic, Tatertots and Jello

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