Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Favorites #17. {6.30.17}

Happy Friday!!  How was your week!?  Mine was pretty AWESOME because BIG BROTHER started!!!  Can we just cut straight to the BB talk?  I am so happy, y'all!  

I'm linking up as always with my other Mckinney Mamas (Erika, Narci and Andrea) for Friday Favorites!  

So let's go!  Guess what my first FAVORITE is!?!

1.  BIG BROTHER (of course!!)

If you are a not a Big Brother fan, just skip straight to #2. I'm sorry!  I get a little nuts when BB starts. 

I think I should start by saying we are two episodes in and the only people who have ALREADY cried are both dudes.  #suckitupbuttercup

They TOTALLY should have voted to evict Christmas in the first episode because DUH!!  She's a beast!!  She will dominate in physical, mental AND social aspects of the game.  What were y'all thinking?!  I like her though so I'm glad they kept her although they'll all regret it. #bigdummies

Raven is a little wacky and so far...not so much in an endearing way.  I voted (yes, I vote!) for her to receive the first temptation because I think she'll be fun to watch when she has to make a really hard decision. ;)

 My boys' favorite is Mark because he has big muscles and they think that's awesome.  I'm liking Matt (the salt/pepper hair guy).  He seems genuine and normal. Cody seems to be a quiet JERK.  I got an ick feeling from Josh from the beginning and when he tried to blame Megan for his reason for snatching that golden apple, I wanted to punch him in the throat.  Poor Megan.  He was just looking for some kind of excuse for being a selfish loser.  

Ramses makes me laugh but I still have no idea what "cos play" is.  He said "fanboying" and "nerding out" which I feel need to be hashtags, like immediately.  

Jessica is gorgeous but I can't focus on what she's saying because her boobs are always on display. (But...#goals)  

 By the way, we are going to talk about boobs a lot in this post for some reason.  They just seem to come up a lot today.

Dominique loves Jesus so she's a favorite.  :)  I think she'll go out early.  Not impressed. Jason the rodeo clown is adorable and I hope he goes far!  Megan...I'm not sure how far she'll go butI feel bad for her.  Josh was being crazy paranoid and taking it out on her for some reason.  The more I think about it the more I can't STAND HIM.   He was just way too aggressive with Megan and it rubbed me the wrong way.  And a lot of the houseguests too.

Elena--sweet and maybe a little ditzy.  I'd love to listen to her radio show though!  Another DFW girl!

Who am I missing?

Alex.  Alex is a confusing one.  Total nerd but also hates clothes apparently.  Did you notice how she chose to keep her bikini on until it was absolutely time to change into real clothes and never really attempted a cover up?  (I'd have been covering up my bod as soon as possible!!  No matter how fit I was.  Who wants your butt cheeks out on national television?  In HD?  Nope nope nope.)  

I want to add in here that I think its kind of wrong that BB makes all the girls wear those two piece bikinis for competitions sometimes.  Not every girl is comfortable in that and it is obviously not necessary to the game.  Shame on BB for doing that.  Not cool.

Alex had no problem with said bikini though.

Girlfriend went from the bikini to a bra top with leggings, to a different bra top with short shorts.  

(Seriously?  Your mama would be so proud. Put some clothes on, girl!)

I kind of want the older guy, Kevin, to win the whole thing.  Just because he seems completely clueless.  Has he ever even watched this show before!?!  He didn't even know who Paul and Nicole were!  However, he was clever enough to snag that first $25k temptation which I think was very smart of him.  He knows the odds are against him to win this thing.

And PAUL is back!!! I was not expecting that one but yay!!  I loved Paul last season but I was a little disappointed it wasn't James again.  He's my favorite.  :)

Enough BB chat though.  But it is a favorite for the week for sure.  If you haven't watched before, give it a try!  I bet you'll be hooked after a few episodes!!

I should add that I DO subscribe to the CBS All Access thing too so I can watch them 24/7....which I will.  ;)


My Christmas In July Sale has begun!!  Even though we aren't quite into July yet.  ;)  I just couldn't wait!!  

Right now, all Christmas signs are 15% off so get them now while you can take advantage of that discount!  You'll also be ready for Christmas like, the day after Thanksgiving (or possibly even before, if you are anything like me!).  

I know I will be incredibly swamped again starting in November with Christmas signs and Christmas gifts.  So take advantage now!

Click here for the selection!

And don't forget about all the other goodies in my shop! Glittery drinkware, water tracker bottles, other wood signs, burlap prints...  Check it all out here!


If you read my post from Wednesday, you'll know that I've finally booked our beach trip this year. I totally procrastinated and waited way longer than I normally do to book our condo. But I found what seems like a PERFECT condo so I'm hoping it'll end up being the FOREVER one.  We'll see.  Its pluses (from what I can tell) are that it's on the 3rd floor.  (High enough for a great view and low enough to take the stairs when the stupid elevator is being slow!)  Netflix ready.  (So important.  We have kids, yo.)  Carpet in the bedrooms.  This helps brush the sand off our feet before we slip into bed!  Nothing worse than sandy sheets!  Big balcony.  I think.  Cute, updated decor.  Twin beds in the boys' room.  And a KING bed in the master.  My husband is an ex-football player, y'all.  6'3" and 240lbs.  He needs a big bed.  And when it's time to go to sleep, Mama wants her space too!  A queen size just won't work for us.  So hallelujah for king size beds. 

And every year, I look for ways to make the trip better, more comfortable, more organized, etc.  Last year, I saw these people pulling this wagon across the beach filled with all their beach junk.  And it made me sooo jealous!  I knew I HAD to have one for our next trip!  So I did some Amazon'in and found a few options.  I have yet to pull the trigger because I'm not sure if it'll fit it in our car!!  We are usually stuffed to the brim.  But I'm hoping we can make it work.

This is the Beachcomber and has great reviews.  When I have slightly sunburned shoulders, carrying a sandy and heavy beachbag is the worst!  This would be AM.A.ZING.  I feel like it might be a must-have, especially since we hit the beach every single year.

Speaking of beach bags, how cute is this one!?!   Only $35!

And ohhhh the sand toys.

I've ordered a cheap set of sand toys so that if we lose them, we don't have to stress.  Because we WILL lose them.  But my kids need some sandcastle building equipment!  This is a great option.

Only $10.99 with free shipping for Prime members!  Find it here.  SO worth it!

We also need a new canopy this year.  

We've been using a Sunbrella for the past couple of years but last year, we got to the beach and realized we'd lost part of the handle.  Whoops. So the umbrella was super short and we had to dig out the sand, in order to sit without hitting our heads.  So we need a new one this year.  I want a full-size canopy like this one.

I love that this one can block the sun on the side.  #lifesaver

I am SO ready to get to the beach, y'all!!  We go every single year and it is just my happy place!  Anyone have a good rec for a canopy or wagon???  Leave it in the comments!


I talked about this top a little on a Wednesday but it's got to be a favorite this week!  And my wedges are not going anywhere...I wear them with pretty much everything when I actually get "dressed". ;)  Y'all know what I mean by that, I'm sure!  I wore this outfit to dinner with my girlfriends on Monday night.  

Erika wore these earrings (or something similar if it wasn't these exactly?) in turquoise to church on Sunday and I LOVED them!!  If you can't tell by now (if you've been following me for awhile), you know that I love big, colorful earrings!  These are so cute!  I also saw another blogger wearing them in this awesome blue ombre and it was just love at first sight.  I've got mine ordered!

Also available in a pink ombre!  HERE

So fun!!!


This may be completely random but I feel like I should post it anyway. Several months ago, I was talking to a group of my girlfriends about sleeping bras.  We are all pretty curvy up top and one of them mentioned that she always sleeps in a bra to keep them looking good.  Several of the others chimed in and said they did too.  At the time, I didn't but, as any smart 30-something woman knows, gravity is coming for your girls!!  So I wanted to do what I could to slow that progress. ;)

I knew I wanted a good sleeping bra option but something that was so comfortable that it wouldn't feel like a chore wearing it every night.  I got on Amazon and did some searching and ended up choosing two different styles.  I was pleasantly surprised that they were perfect!!! 

 They are inexpensive but soooooo comfortable and do a great job at keeping me feeling secure.  They have removable padding too which I feel is always helpful and makes it so much better than just the average sports bra.

Here is the first option which offers just a little more support than the other.

Find this style HERE.

I also got a different style but apparently, it is sold out at the moment.  I hate that because it was another really great option.  However, I found these and they look almost identical AND they come in a large variety of colors that are so pretty!  And because I wear these to bed, any color goes!  I can get as funky as I want without having to worry if I match anything.  I also tend to wear these under tanks with large armholes.  They are cute as a bottom layer without adding any bulk.

They have 9 different 4 packs to choose from so click here to check them all out and help keep those girls perky!  Can't hurt, right?


Can't leave a Friday Favorites without a fashion disaster of the week!!  This week I found something your mom may have worn back in the day.  But I bet they didn't cost this much.

Say hello to...


Y'all, these jeans are not just made to emphasize your mom pooch or make your friends all wonder where they can get their own high-waters.  (Back in the day we would have said this chick was "floodin'").  

Friends.  These are clearly a status symbol.

Because these beauties will set you back $1,350.

For jeans.

For THESE jeans.


And I'm done.

#icanteven #justsayNO

Have a fabulous Friday, friends!!  If you don't already follow me on Instagram you can find me @amandanall here and my Etsy shop @thatinspiredchick here.

Also linking up with the High Five for Friday girls...

and the 5 on Friday girls!



  1. I have never watched Big Brother. #canwestillbefriends
    I know you are so excited for the beach!
    Now I want a sleep bra. 😬
    Those jeans.. oh my.
    Hope y'all have a great weekend.

    1. Yes, we can still be friends. #iguess ;)
      Can't wait for the beach!
      You should totally get a sleep bra. I can't sleep without one on now. It's like a security blanket!
      Those jeans are the worst.
      And thank you! Hope yall do too!!

  2. When Megan had Togo over to tell Kevin who Nicole was, I laughed out loud. He seems pretty clueless most of the time.

    1. He's fun to watch because he's so clueless. haha I feel protective towards him!!

  3. love this my friend and so glad i came across your blog-- those earrings are adorable!

  4. I like the older guy too! He is absolutely clueless but he did hit the button. I would have hit that so fast! Hahaha! I love that he didn't even need to throw the competition because of Josh. Big Brother is a favorite of mine as well. I love those tassel earrings. How cute! That wagon will be so nice to have on the beach. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I think I would have hit it too! The odds are so low that you'll win any money that it's smart to do it!

  5. I love those earrings!! I may need to head over to Bauble Bar and see what I can find :) And those mom jeans are so bad!! Who in the world would pay $1350 for those!?!? #crazypeople

  6. Ah!! Those jeans are awful!

    That beach bag is super cute -- I need to purchase a new one for this year!

    1. There are some cute ones everywhere I turn lately! I love that one though!

  7. We are HUGE BB fans, too! Agree completely with what you said about all the players. PAUL!!!!

    Pull the trigger on that beach wagon and you will be so glad you did! It is an absolute must in our beach playbook. :) You will love the tent upgrade, too.

    Happy Friday!

    1. Yay! I'm so happy you said that!! Thanks girl!

  8. We just started the process for our beach vacation that we will be taking in the next week or so!!!! We're so last minute. We're going to Destin with the kids and that's just how we roll! :) I'm liking some of those beach necessities you mentioned. I know I need some sort of wagon and umbrella for the boys. And the sleeping bra...totally need that.

  9. When we bought our beach house, we made sure to put King size beds in our guest rooms. Nothing is worse then going somewhere and only having a queen bed. My hubby isn't an ex football player but he is 6'3 and 225. we snuggle but we like our space too! Get the wagon. When my kids were younger, I had one and it was a lifesaver. OMG no one wanted to help carry anything back to the car by the end of the damn day! LOL

  10. The wagon is a great idea. I'm going on vacation in 2 weeks and we're going to be at the beach for part of the time. I'm trying to get everything organized and buy all the last minute things we'll need. I might need to add a beach wagon to the list!

  11. Thanks for the tip on the sleeping bras. I'm in my 40's so gravity only gets worse with time. ;) Have a wonderful 4th!

  12. I think my least favorite part of going to the beach is hauling all the STUFF! We used to have a beach cart but then our kids when our kids were little, but once they got a little older and it was just easier for us all to carry the stuff separately. But if you're still carrying sand toys, I think you'll be glad to have it!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  13. Loving BB this season so far! If you don't think the wagon will fit into your car, check out local rental sites - we ran into that issue a few years ago (in our pre-minivan days, ha!) and we were able to rent a beach cart (along with a massive umbrella and some chairs to also cut down on packing) from a local company who delivered directly to our beach house. Well worth the money - the cart was a must, way too much stuff to haul everyday with multiple children. Good luck!


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