31 August 2018


So much to be thankful for this Fri-YAY!! The cool down with low humidity has arrived, it’s a long weekend, The Notre Dame Fighting Irish play tomorrow night and Baby Boy gets to play in his first Senior Year football game under the lights tonight!!!! While I am sad to see Summer leaving, I am SUPER Excited for the next 4 months of this sweet year!! Friday Favorites here we go!! 

1. Blogger Spotlight:
 Wrapping up the Summer Blogger Spotlight Series with a sweetie! Gina from On the Daily Express is a doll! I first started following Gina a few years ago and adored her style. It was when my pal Lisa told me how sweet and nice she was that I began corresponding more with her and she is the real deal!! She is so good at styling her clothes to show all the various ways they can be worn. I mean just look how cute she is in this outfit and she shows you even more ways to wear this awesome plaid top HERE. Obviously, Gina is great at what she does because she recently re-entered the work force as a Personal Stylist!! What a great job for someone with as great of tastes as Gina! Wish she lived down the road from me! She is a fellow Prime girl and showcases some fun Amazon finds HERE. She loves to read and I adore her choices. She had some great recommendations in her August Reviews. You'll love her sweet style, warm heart, and peaks into her Daily life! 
Just look how precious Gina is!

2. Beach Day with Mom
Every summer mom and I like to get at least one day up at our favorite Lake Michigan Beach town, St. Joe. It is about an hour drive and this latest visit was the perfect day. Beautiful, low humidity. We started out as we always do by walking around the little town and buzzing in the cute, various boutiques. They had added one called Friends by Design and it was decorated so cute with pinks and blacks and glam. Then, we head to our favorite restaurant there and have their loaded Baked potato soup, a cocktail and split a salad or sandwich. This day we split a chicken sandwich with provolone, pesto & aioli on a tomato infused focaccia bread, so good! Then we people watch on the beach and then change into workout clothes for a long walk before heading home. Fun Day!

3. Week's Attire
 This first look was actually inspired by Gina and you can see her cuteness HEREAs soon as I saw her shorts, I clicked over and got them. So comfy! They are on clearance for under $5!! Buy HERE! When Mr. Nine saw this outfit, he said "man early retirement is agreeing with you!" LOL
Hat HERE // Shorts HERE

Capri's Sandals HERE

4. Beach Town Outfits
Before changing into our swimsuits, here is what we wore to town. Just adore this outfit Mom got for me in Florida. And how cute is her black and white ensemble, The jacket laces up on the sides. 

More Inspo

5. Misc. Fun
Now there is a CUTE Fall Boot if I ever did see one. They are under $50 too.  Plus they are by my gal Fergie, ya know she's Fergalicious! BIG Want!! 

TBB ASKS ~ MONDAY, Sept. 3rd

The FALL Fashion Link-Up Prompts with The Blended Blog

As many of you may know, my dear friend Sarah from Meet the Shaneyfelts is going through the adoption process for their precious bundle with her husband Dustin. Please head over THERE to hear more about it and support their amazing journey to becoming parents.

Make sure to link up all your favorite post(s) of the week too over at TBB


Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday // Fashion Friday


29 August 2018


The Pants from 1990 something are back and man am I ever glad I hung onto them. Culotte denim at its best!! Every year when my garage sale would come up, I’d hold them up and say “Do I or Don’t I sell em’?” A little voice in the back of my head kept saying...”they may come in style again and your butt does look cute in them!” Imagine my fashion delight when this Year they are BACK BABY!!! 

Love this Chunky White Sweater And Reversible Necklace.


WUW Now, time for some What's Up in the Nine neck of the woods

1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK: Chunky...Chunky Chicken Chili, Chunky Chicken Salad, and Dreaming of opening the cans of pumpkin....



2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT: Here is where our house was this time last year. We've come a long way.

3. WHAT I’M LOVING: The Front Porch and really can't wait to decorate it for Fall!!

4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO: CUBS game I told ya about on Monday and Having Friends over for lunch yesterday.


6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON: Posts for Fall, Ideas for that Fall Porch Decor. And cannot wait to revel my Girlie Office/Craft/Seating Area next month in a 2 part post. Tiny peak w/ a new mirror. 

7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT: A Blogger Meet-Up to see my girls in Nashville a month from Saturday!! And getting my first PSL of the season soon, yesterday was 95 degrees so cool down come on!

8. WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING: The Five was a great lil 8 episode mini series on Netflix. Travelers is out there but good although we keep thinking Grace from Will & Grace is going to pop up! Really excited for Fall returns!

On Recommendation from Laura

9. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: Classic Rewind and Country

10. WHAT I’M WEARING: Lil Dresses while it is still warm out.

This is my new Favorite dress from Monday's Chicago Post.


11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND: Watching Baby Boy back on the football field, Mr. Nine and I taking him for a day out and movie, Notre Dame football opener and pool time.

12. WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH: Seeing my boys, lots of football, decorating for fall, temps getting cooler.

13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW: Time for TBB ASKS on Monday. This is a fun and "cozy" one!

Now, Let's Link! Last Freestyle week!


27 August 2018


Let’s Go Cubbies! And a big “W” they got with a 10-6 win over the Reds. Baseball games aren’t always exciting but this was a thriller. Being so close to Chicago, we have always been Cubs fans but it’d been 7 years since we’d been to a game. Mr. Nine thought it would be fun to treat ourselves to first row seats behind the cage of the Cubs dugout. Wow, what a treat! You know a baseball game isn’t just about the baseball, it’s about the whole experience so we made sure we did it right! 

You could say this was also our kids back to school depression buster. Lol. 

All week it had looked like rain but we got lucky and despite some serious heat, by the 5th inning the sun was behind us. We were so ready for a ballpark dog. I only eat hot dogs 2, maybe 3 times a year so this was a treat. 

And how fun to be sitting so close to the Players! 
 44 Tony Rizzo is my Favorite!

Another GREAT reason to be at this particular game was our beloved Notre Dame WBB got honored and recognized for their National Championship and Muffet McGraw lead the 7th inning singing of Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Side note, we were beside Muffet in her car when we were heading home yesterday. LOL

One big disappointment, Mr. Nine wanted his Cracker Jack but we were sad that they were in boxes and the prize you ask? A sticker for a digital experience! No no Cracker Jack, this is America’s pastime and I want a plastic toy I can actually play with. 

So, in the 8th inning, Mr. Nine gets a text from a business colleague saying “Hey Bro, we’re at the Cubby Bear!” That is a well-known bar by the stadium. The cover band was incredible and with rounds on him, ummm Andrea got what happens about once or twice a DECADE: Inebriated. Yes, friends I said it, I did it and I am not proud of it.
Last picture I took until Mr. Nine told me to look on the hotel mirror the next morning. 

I didn't dial 6615 but I should've, does that spell "Help?" LOL! Oh I needed it Saturday evening, Thank goodness, Mr. Nine took good care of me.

What SHOULD have happened was we would walk back as far as we could to town, get an Uber, rest, take showers and go do a photo shoot for the blog, have dinner and stroll around the city but......
Basically after tons of saltines and ibuprofen, I was in bed by 8pm, woke up to him asleep with his baseball cap still on. Took more ibuprofen and made it til morning. We are no young party goers anymore. Oh my. So Sunday was a take it easy by fueling up on egg whites, drinking lots of water, walking slowly around the city (Heat index was 102...whew!) and A afternoon snack of Shake shack fries and a vanilla malt!!

 Not too bad for the "next day" for us Crazy Cubs Game Goers!! 

How CUTE was this cool Linen dress for walking around the hot city.

Til Next time Chicago.....I'll only be consuming water, lol!