Weekend Realizations.

Hey sweet peas.

So this weekend was our first "real" weekend spent up (okay technically down...I hate when geographical people get all up in my business for not saying the correct direction...) at our little lake cottage. I am not lying when I say little. You can turn your head one way and see half the house, and then turn your head the other way and see the other half. It's like a shoebox on steroids with prettier scenery than cardboard. If that makes any sense.
Amidst all of this lake cottaging it up, I had a few realizations.

Let's begin.
1. I love car rides alone. This house is about an hour from where we live. An hour of driving//singing//thinking//trying to resist every temptation to tweet, instagram, text...bliss.
I'd like to think other than peeing its the only alone time I really get. Something about being married, I don't know. Not that I don't like being married, but I do like alone time. I especially like alone time when I happen to drive by TJ Maxx and Jimmy Johns. Just sayin'.
2. Leaves. All of you Southern people get jealous of us who have leaves. Tell me that after you spend hours sweating your head off and thinking your heart is going to jump out of your chest from beating so hard. All from raking of course....which brings me to my next point.
3. I should probably start exercising.  You know, so things like raking don't make me think that I am doing to die.
4. My mom. She rocks. She especially rocks when she does my dirty work and realizes that I can't handle physical tasks like raking.....Thanks mom.
4. Speaking of not being able to do physical tasks, having neighbors that are 80+ on each side of you....It's a huge perk in the "we still make food from scratch" department. Say for instance, cherry cheesecake. Totally something I could get used to. From now on, I am only moving to homes that have old people surrounding me. So like a nursing home or something thrilling like that.
5. Backyards that look like this.....I'm not mad about it.
6. Wearing no make-up and smiling like a whack job...while it sounds as though it would not be incredibly sexy, it is. Not.
7. My husband can do anything. No but for real. He is freaking amazing. My camera? Fixed.
Our bedroom at the lake? Painted. The baby in my belly? Definitely not. He's good...but he's not that good.
pssst...before and afters will come of everything we did. stay tuned. 
8. Capri Sun. Totally not just for middle schoolers after their soccer games. I may or may not have had a lunchable. Just in case the miniature Crunch bar didn't give that one away.....
9. Wood. I like it. And now would be a proper moment to say "that's what she said..."
10. Waking up to fishermen, swans, and coffee....yeah, I like that too.
11. My dog needs a haircut.
12. Apple Crumble candle from Bath And Body Works. So good I could eat it. Which judging by the fork pointing at it, I apparently tried to....
....And a few other realizations back on the regular home front.
13. Pumpkins. 90% creepy, 10% cute.

14. Almost empty glasses of wine. 100% more awesome than any Fall decor.
And last but not least, a few other realizations that have nothing to do with lake cottages, pumpkins, or dogs that need haircuits.
15. This is the last Mondays with Miss Chic for the month. Insert cries, screams, and hair pulling now. Thankfully we have a great one to go out with a bang. Check these beauties out....
So here are the deets. This gorgeous collar bib necklace is 20% off now through Friday.
Use code COLLAR20 which will bring the total to a whopping $14. Hollllller.
Buuuuut, this is not all.
You can choose another item of your choice and get 10% off of that.
All you have to do is mention Living In Yellow in the notes section while checking out.
The 10% will be taken off of your order before processing (however it will not appear on your initial invoice...). Trust me. Amy will have you covered. Don't believe me? Read what Courtney had to say about Miss Chic:

"You probably know this already but Miss Chic seriously has the BEST customer service!!
Amy was so kind and thoughtful....you just don't find that kind of customer service these days..."

.....It's true. Amy is the best. Which may be why she is my best friend ;) 
Anyhow, discounts await you now.
Shop on shopettes.
16. If your name is Libby, you just won yourself a premade blog template courtesy of my favorite, Melissa Rose Designs. I will be emailing you shortly :)
17. This blog is like thiiiiiiiis close to 3,000 followers. I know this may not be exciting to all of you
"I don't care about followers.." people (I'm gonna go ahead and call BS on that one), but it's exciting to me. So exciting that I think you should tweet, blog, paint billboards, and tell your mom to come follow LIY. Kidddddding. Not. No but seriously, thanks for hanging out around these parts. I kinda like you. A lot.
And last but not least...
18. I'm tired. Good night.
19. I really wanted twenty realizations.
20. Boo ya.



  1. Holler for a dollar, honey boo boo on that necklace. I'm sorry, I had to, I couldn't resist. Also, what's the update on your book, pretty lady? And if it's still in the works, I would like to write the afterword--you know, that part everyone skips.

  2. Looks like an awesome place to spend the weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  3. You rock my socks...seriously, they are jammin' right now! BTW totally jealous about that cabin.

  4. i'm not jealous of the leaves anymore... although i am jealous of your 80 year old neighbors that make everything from scratch. yum.

  5. I'm so jealous of y'alls lake house, it's SO pretty. But I'm still jealous of the leaves, just not raking them!

  6. Things are looking so great! I love your view! And good neighbors are a huge plus. So sweet of them to bring you a treat...you deserved it after all the raking you had to do girl. Haha.

  7. WOW...that is a backyard to be jelly about! Amazing. Kind of like Jimmy John's which I've just discovered having recently moved to the mid West. Yes, please! Almost 3,000 followers is something to be hella proud about girl! Happy week to ya!

  8. Wow, love the views! Can't wait to see before and after photos of your new place, I'm sure it looks amazing

  9. I'm in love with these pictures. I love fall pictures and being from the north, I love fall! I love all of this: the candles, the pumpkins, the wine. All of it.

  10. Oh man! can I come stay at your lakehouse?

    but really...

  11. The amount of people you need to get to 3000 people is more than even follow my blog :-P

    Your lake house looks amazing. Seriously, so beautiful. Pretty sure we can't get that here in Australia. Or if we can, I'm looking in the wrong places.

  12. 3000 is amazing. and i totally care about followers. not like "im gonna stop writing my blog cause i want 5000 followers" care but like "i just reached over 200 followers and pooped my pants" care. lol im not big time blogger like you but every last one counts and if i hit 3000 i would for real prob poop my pants. at least shart.

  13. 1. Driving long distances alone is my favorite thing EVER. I love singing at the top of my lungs to my ipod, which is 99% from 1999.
    2. I just moved from the south to the midwest - my first fall ever - and I actually just wrote a post about real fall versus blog fall. I know it's weird and spammy to post a link in a comment but it's so relevant I just have to, feel free to lock me up in blogger jail: http://www.werejustdandy.blogspot.com/2012/10/real-fall-versus-blog-fall.html
    3. A lake house that smells like apple crisp sounds like HEAVEN.

  14. I too have old neighbors and funny thing, they just made me cherry cheesecake 4 days ago... no lie!!

    I love your pictures

  15. What beautiful pictures! Your blog always cheers me up when I get homesick. I'm in Australia currently and missing the states! Hope your week is wonderful!

  16. Uh still jealous that y'all have fallen leaves. Because what does raking leaves lead to? A huge pile to jump on! I think there was one time in my whole childhood that we rakes the few leaves we had spread out all over the yard for hours just to make a pile to jump one. Tell me I'm not the only one that has done that?

    Have a great week!

  17. Hold up. Wait. You have a lake house!? How awesome is that?! Awesome view! Love the paint color in the bedroom! Love.love.love those pictures of the swans and man fishing. Perfect timing with the that's what she said, Michael would be proud. And yes, I will tweet your blog. So all of my 20+ followers can follow you! ha! I mean, 20 is still a little closer to 3000!

  18. Love the color of your lake bedroom! So pretty!



  19. Love everything about this post! Love the view, love the leaves (miss them) and I love the color of your room. Love that you have a chace to get away & unwind. I also agree with the fact that people really don't decompress anymore.
    Hope that you reach 3,000 followers. You are awesome!!
    <3, Amy **Trials & Triumphs of Loving my Sailor**

  20. Oh I would love to wake up to that! And I love being alone in the car too!

  21. The photos of the lake are so pretty! Swans?! Seriously. The leaves all changing. So pretty. Where is this?

  22. So I'm fairly new to your blog, and for any blogs that I read, I do actually go back and start from the beginning. Because seriously, otherwise it's like starting a book from the middle, agreed?

    Making that point, I WILL go back to the beginning of this blog and read start to finish... but in the meantime, until I can have a few moments to sit and do so, where are those amazingly beautiful lake pictures taken? So pretty girl!

  23. Your dog is adorbs!!! And I am so jealous of your views!

  24. Wow what an awesome weekend!
    Can you tell me the name of that paint color?! I'm looking for a nice tranquil green... Thanks love!
    I love being alone in the car...especially now with it cooler, and the sunroof open with the tunes jamming. It's my way to relax. :-)
    That necklace is so cute. But my hubby put a no more shopping limit on me until next payday...:-/

  25. I've been reading LIY for over a year via Google Reader and I realized today that I'm not actually a follower. But it's okay, you can now OFFICIALLY count me in!!

    Also, I'm ridiculously pumped about today's Shop Miss Chic deal. Holy awesome, Batman. If I buy 20 additional items, can they all be 10% off? Hopefully not (for her sake) 'cause I would buy her out of house and home.

    Another also: when your lake cottage is open for business, let us know. It's a beauty. K, thanks.

  26. I got one of the Bath and Body Works candles in my influenster box. It was grey which I love but did not smell like food. Which is a must for any fall candle. I can go outside and smell leaves...I however cannot make an apple pie, thats why I need a candle to smell like I can you just came over late and missed it.

  27. I can't wait to see the before and afters! Seems like it was an amazeballs weekend at the lake cottage (the one I'm still jealous about, shoebox or not)

  28. Thanks for the shoutout! You know I'll be purchasing that necklace!

    Oh- and I'm completely jealous of your lake house!!

  29. Completely jealous of your lake cottage! Thanks for sharing.

  30. WOW! I cannot wait to see all the before and after of the cottage! It is looking AMAZING. And the view? wow. You two are going to LOVE that place so much! Kuddos to you and your hubby for working so hard! And 3000! Wahooo!

  31. What an amazing place! I live in Ca and have never seen anything like this in reality yet! Beautiful! I'm new to your blog, just started following you through the Foley Fam Blog.
    Looking forward to keeping up with you!

  32. Jealous of your cute little cottage! Hope to have one or at least a beach house one day!

  33. What a great looking backyard to have a cup of coffee in! (or is it on?!) Can't wait to see your before and after pics!

  34. My BF fixed our ceiling fan AND our ice maker this weekend. What a man! :)

  35. Such a beautiful house and view!! Wowza! What a weekend! Jealous :) And your decorations are amazeballs. I just started getting all my fun fall gear out. Glad you had a good time! Can't wait to see more!

  36. You are such a cutie! Love the lake house. I could definitely get used to waking up to those views too. Oh, and the cheesecake- I am definitely jealous!

  37. your lake house is actually looking awesome. and i totally agree on the "up/down" thing, I was actually just saying yesterday how particular NZers are about it. I always just say up anytime I go somewhere that's not home ahahaha..I don't know why. but i'm constantly corrected by people here, I guess because it's such a small country? who knows. but i'm super jealous of your lake house. that's all. also i love this post.

  38. Oh my gosh. Your backyard view is gorgeous. Clearly I need to get me a lake house in Indiana, stat.

  39. I can come live with y'all at the lake house right?? BEAUTIFUL. Just absolutely stunning. I swear, one day I will live where there is actually a FALL season! Gah!

  40. Your blog just NEVER disappoints! I would love it if you could go have a peak a boo moment at my blog and give my some pointers! (Would like really appreciate that). because I would love to say in a few months "look biatches, I made 1000 followers". So yes that is my birthday wish from you. (which was this month by the way) :)

  41. #16. WOOOT WOOOT! lol thanks again for hosting a rd giveaway....my bloggiblog needed some lovin'!

  42. Don't worry, I'm not so good with the physical yard work either - my grandma has helped me on more than one occasion - all while berating me for being in my twenties and not being a good yard caretaker and reminding me she is 77 and her yard looks like something out of Better Homes & Gardens HAHA! Anywhoo, can't wait to see all the pics of the before and after of the cottage. Happy weekend!

  43. I'm obsessed with that view of your lake house! And the fisherman morning sun photo makes me want to pack up and drive there right now! P.S. Sorry for the late comment I am back reading blog posts I have missed :)


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