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Year in Review

Dear 2014, 
You have been a pretty good year. A year filled with ups and downs. This is by no means a post to be braggy but feel free to click away from here if a look back on our year doesn't interest you. 
We visited places old and new 


Drank a lot of tea


Drank in general 


Spent time with family 

Watched a lot of football 

Celebrated our one year anniversary

Celebrated in general 
Side note: Yes, I realize we need to get Shaun a new blazer. 
Saw friends get married and friends and family welcome babies. 
It's not my place to post pics of not my kids so sorry, more pics of us. 
Lost our dog, and found her!

Took a ton of dorky photos 

We faced challenges at work and challenges at home. I started a new job in July and Shaun ended the year with an offer to one he starts in January. Shaun struggled through PT for an old shoulder injury and I experienced it for the first time with a twisted knee. There have been car accidents and sickness. We ate too much and worked out too little. But in the e…

Cashmere Care

I like nice things, but sometimes I suck at taking care of them. Case in point, for a long time I have wondered how the heck people keep cashmere sweaters for years when I just look at mine and poof, fuzz balls everywhere! Somewhere along the way I discovered the secret the rest of the world already knew, you don't just wear a cashmere sweater like a regular piece of clothing, you have to take care of it. Perhaps this is why cashmere is so expensive, to insure only people with lady's maids to care for it have it. But since this is no Downton Abbey lifestyle here at Casa De MandySue I've had to learn these things on my own. 
But seriously, I love a nice cashmere sweater. I would never, EVER, pay the full retail price but I do love the way Lilly Pulitzer elevates cashmere beyond just a plain boring black turtleneck. 
This is the Nanette sweater, I got this ON SALE for $99, yikes! But oh how I love the ruffles 

And this one is the Madison, sale price $158, yeah, you better belie…

$40 Holiday Date

It's been awhile since I've done a $40 date, partially because we've been bad about sticking to a budget when going out but also because its been a lot of the same places visited. But with the holiday season I have a new idea for y'all!

A Memphis tradition is the Enchanted Forest. Many cities have a similar concept: festival of trees, winter wonderland . . . Basically a display of holiday decorated tree with the admission to benefit a local charity. For the past few years The Enchanted Forest has been held at The Pink Palace (sorry Lilly lovers, it's a museum). This year in addition to the daytime hours between Thanksgiving and New Year The Enchanted Forest is open until 9pm on Friday nights. So when I found myself too tired to attend a holiday party I figured this was the perfect low key activity. 
Good luck with the small print, but some history on the event: 

This year there is a nice display of trees, we looked at them all and then took some photos of our favor…

Happy Holidays!

It's the holiday season, yay! 
OMG, I love me some Christmas. I'm pretty good at (or bad about if you're a pessimist) self gifting year round so while gifts are nice it's the spirit of the season I love so much. This year I haven't felt as much cheer in the air as I'd like but it's a time of year where I try really hard to find joy in even the simplistic of things. 
Even though I don't have kids to set out a creepy elf for nightly I still like to do something Christmasey each day. Sometimes this is a bit of a challenge as it seems a lot of holiday activities are geared towards children and I don't like being the creeper adult at a kiddie activity with no kids, but really, are you ever too old to take a picture with Santa or have some holiday fun? 
On Monday Shaun and I busted out our advent calendars, I had this nice idea if us getting fancy ones and filling them with sweet notes and treats for each other but sometimes things just creep up on you and y…

Memphis Downtown Dining Week 2014

One of my favorite Memphis events is coming up: Downtown Dining Week! 


In Memphis we have this weird culture where people who live downtown or midtown complain about the suburbs being "all the way out East" and the suburbanites complain about going "all the way downtown". Mind you at non rush hour times these are 35 minute or less drives. Anyone from NY or Cali please take a moment to roll your eyes and say bitch, please! 
While the tasty locally owned establishment is an exception in the suburbs they dominate the food scene in downtown and midtown, which is why I personally beleive people afraid to cross over the 240 loop are really missing out. To provide an incentive to those who don't frequent downtown on the regular downtown dining week was created to give the downtown restaurants a chance to show off why they are "worth the drive". 
The rules: participating restaurants offer 3 course meals for $20.14, select parking garages offer $1 parking. Tradit…

Not so Glamorous

Like most people I know Facebook is a major source of information on the world outside my home and I check it multiple times a day. Yesterday I came across a great little article on dating that I just had to laugh at: 
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5936874

I understand what the author is saying about romance is easier said than done when kids are in the picture but she is majorly over glamorizing the pre kid single days. Maybe for the first few dates I might have bought a new outfit or spent two hours getting ready but that's not a sustainable way of living and kids have nothing to do with it. Now in my laughter I did have to remind myself that I did in fact spend all afternoon Saturday at the mall but I assure you this is an exceptionally rare occurrence. Just because I don't have kids doesn't mean I spend my nights at fabulous champagne cocktail parties and my days sleeping in until noon. 
This is NOT my life

Ok fine, I just ordered a similar sleep mask off Etsy, but that h…

Fashion Find Friday: cozy sweaters

Usually I'm a big fan of the Target designer collaborations. But looking at the recent Altuzarra collection I didn't see much that I was interested in that hadn't already sold out. But I went into my local Target anyway and the crane sweater caught my eye. 

It was cute but looked a little plain on to warrant the $49.99 priced tag so I put it back and decided if I saw it later I could always change my mind. 
But since I was at Target anyway I decided to wander around a bit and found two sweaters in my size on the clearance rack 

And the one I'm wearing today: 

I scored each one for $11.88. They're both sturdy enough to wear in the winter, especially if layered with a top underneath but not too thick that they can't be worn during early fall, very similar weight to my Lilly Pulitzer sweaters. 
Pretty much anytime I'm in Target I like to swing by the ladies clearance section as its a good place to pick up basics like cardigans and cotton tees or I could find a cut…

Haley's Road to Recovery

Today marks the one month anniversary since Haley was hit by a car after being missing for six days. It seems like such an odd thing to "celebrate" but more so I'm so thrilled with the progress she has made over the past month. Last time I posted about Haley we weren't even sure what her recovery would be, we just knew that we had her and loved her and would do whatever it took to get her better. 
Haley at the overnight vet day of the accident 

The week after her accident Haley went under surgery to have her leg repaired - it had split into four pieces and it took two plates, seven screws and one wire to hold it back together in the hopes that it would heal. For two weeks post surgery we kept Haley in a kennel 24/7 carrying her to go out, feeding her medicine (which is way harder than it sounds for our stubborn girl), icing her leg, coaxing her the eat and drink and petting her head comforting her. Basically if we weren't at work or getting some sleep we were carin…

Fall Crafting - Halloween Wreath

Last night when I left the office I was stunned to see bright sunshine. Between coming in a little later to keep up with the Haley morning routine and keeping up at work, and having an interior, windowless office I haven't seen too much sun unless I go out for lunch. When I got home I looked into my fridge, picked out several of my recently obtained grocery items and cooked dinner. And I know all y'all reading this are wondering what is so great about that but it is a routine that I haven't done in quite sometime and honestly I love it. 
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I get giddy seeing fresh school supplies hit the shelves in the late summer soon to be followed by the super fun hallothanksmas decor. As much as I despise this pumpkin flavored everything trend I love coming home to a pumpkin on my front porch, I got mine for $2 at Aldi this year - holla! Fall is like a new beginning, even for those of us without kids. In a month or so leaves will crunch beneath m…

Amazing Graze

I see a lot of subscription boxes out there and although I'm really jealous of some of the cute things people post and the idea of a monthly surprise sounds like a lot of fun I just don't need more random stuff. After years of fighting the good fight I finally have a facial care regimen that works for me and I don't want random products messing with that. But when a friend told me about a snack subscription box it sounded like a really good idea, when I found out my 1st box would be free it sounded like a great idea. 
Here's a not so shocking confession: I am a total workday vending machine snacker. I know it's awful but sometimes I just need a little pick me up and I never seem to be good at keeping up with stocking my desk with snacks. But thanks to Graze, this is no longer a problem. For $6.49 per box (which includes shipping) I now get four snacks delivered to my office each week. If I was really being good I would get the low calorie box, but gosh darn it some …