Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Happy Tuesday, m' dears! We're back in Swell Rio after spending ten fabulous days with my parents and grandparents. As expected, I tried to capture as many memories with my phone and camera as possible while simultaneously trying to remain present. Rather than dump ALLLLLL the images on you in one post, I thought I'd split it up and share some of my favorite details in two separate posts. I hope that's okay! It's still a little hard to write about everything we did without getting weepy, so I'll save the specifics for tomorrow. When getting back in the blogging groove, it's best to ease on into things after a two-week hiatus. Stay tuned!

Enough about me. How the heck are you? I'm dying to know.

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Monday, April 10, 2017


By the time you read today's post, we should already be in D.C. 
I'll be taking a break from the blog to enjoy time with my family. Hooray! 
Regularly scheduled blog posts will return NLT April 25th.
Until then, be sure to follow along via InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Painting used in striped design via Celsius by Laurie Fisher.

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Friday, April 7, 2017


Let's get right to it, shall we?
Here's what made me feel all twitterpated, smile contagiously, giggle uncontrollably, etc.

  • Fun Mail Subscription // I don't have much time for snail mail these days, but I thought some of you might enjoy this!
  • Kindred by Laurie Fisher // I got a few emails regarding Laurie's work and my heart was so happy to share it with you.
  • Fan Crystal Earrings // I started packing  yesterday and you better believe I stuffed ALL the accessories in m' duffel.
  • Tassel Statement Necklace // I want to see what this piece looks like in person. Madewell, my interest is officially piqued.
  • Drinks Are On Me // I can't decide if I love this cheeky tray or the black one. They're just TOO adorable! I want them all.
  • Neon Berry Cashmere Cardigan // This could very well be my last chance to don a sweater for awhile. Oh, the horror!
  • Kettle Chair // The gold legs on this puppy are driving me mad they're so spectacular. Just look at those gams!!
  • Palarosa Tote // Since Max has a carry-on of his own, I'm kind of excited my tote won't be chock-full of his "stuff."
  • Straw Hat with Pom-Poms // Oh, this is going to be a necessity! They say it's black, but it looks more like navy to me.
  • Herringbone Throw // With a combination the folks at KSNY refer to as maraschino and shocking pink, I'm SOLD!
  • Two-Part Espadrille // Gloriously colorful and they promise they're ultra-comfortable. This seems like a real no-brainer!
  • Cactus PiƱata // Leaving Swell Rio kind of feels like crushing a cute little cactus and devouring all the candy inside.

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count. 
Don't forget! We're off to visit my parents, so regularly scheduled blogging will commence NLT April 25th.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: Max is usually pretty shy, but he met a five-year-old girl named, Anna, this past Monday at the park and he hasn't stopped talking about her since. Can you say OBSESSED? Every morning he asks to go to the park to see Anna and he insists we bring extra toys and snacks for her. It's incredibly adorable until we get home after he's played with his new bestie and refuses my assistance. He only wants to be around Anna. I initially found it cute until I told Flyboy about her and he referred to her as Max's girlfriend. NOOOOOOOO! Stop that, right NOW! He's TWO!!! Sigh. I couldn't help but break out in a sweat and put my fingers in my ears to drown out the nonsense. Yes, she's a girl. And yes, she's his friend. But she's NOT his girlfriend. Nope. We will have NONE of those shenanigans until it's time for Max to pick out a college. Oy! I swear I got a whole new patch of grey hairs from that conversation.

THANKFUL FOR: Did I tell you that my grandparents (dad's side) will be visiting D.C. while Max and I are there?! I'm so excited and beyond grateful for this opportunity. It's not often that we get to have family together like this since we're all spread out across the country. While I wish my sister and Flyboy were going to be there to join us for Easter, I think it's going to be a great chance for Max to get to know his great-grandparents—much like I was blessed to get to know mine when I was younger. Growing up I never realized what a rare gift this is, but I have very fond memories of both my mom and dad's grandma and grandpa. I didn't get to be around them a lot, but the time spent together had a lasting effect and they still hold a very dear space in my heart. Ever since my mom's dad passed away last year, I've spent a lot of time thinking about how much he would have delighted in Max's wily ways and I wish we could have had more time together. For this reason, it means the world to me that I'll get to share Max with my grandparents. They check in often via text and ask for Max updates, so it will be pretty sweet to see them interact in person.   

WATCHING: A few weeks ago, while Max and I were headed to a park in town, I spotted a man pushing a lawnmower with several carts and balloons attached. He was standing in a turning lane on one of the main roads in Swell Rio. It was definitely a rare sight, so I grabbed my phone and snapped a photo to send to family. Perhaps some of you may remember it being featured in an old Instagram Story?? What in the world could he be up to?! Well, I humbly learned a little more about the man locals refer to as Chito this past week, and I'd be remiss if I didn't share this video with you. His story is beautiful and inspiring! If you have a moment, please watch.

EATING: Go on and roll your eyes if you want, but I promise THIS Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad via How Sweet Eats is a total game changer. You guys, it's goooooooood! In fact, if Flyboy was down with it, I'd want to make this multiple times a week. The flavor of the broiled chicken is fantastic and the vinaigrette is so simple it's stupid—but only in the most delicious way possible! 

LISTENING TO: Someone told me that when you turn thirty your body will just begin aching in places you didn't realize was possible. I was reminded of this yesterday morning while working out and listening to Pandora. My neck was killing me, and I began feeling sharp pains during the first climb. A popular Jay-Z song was playing in the background and I noticed it said the single was released in 2004. What?! How?! In that moment, I felt really old. Oddly enough, the pain went away shortly after my workout. Now I'm starting to wonder if the aches were just a ramification of me getting that Dirt Off Your Shoulder (well, my shoulder) with so much gusto??   

READING: As a longtime fan of Anne Lamott, I ordered her latest book, Hallelujah Anyway, despite getting mixed reviews. Have you read it yet? Much like Glennon Doyle Melton and Brene Brown, Anne's work has never let me down. As Heidi Stevens, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, so perfectly put it, "Anne Lamott is my Oprah. She's my pastor, my life coach, my book club leader and my personal trainer (except with words instead of reps: Ten more! You're almost done!). So if she wants me to practice mercy, by golly, I'll try. 'Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy,' released Tuesday, is a clarion call to the better angels of our nature: Rise up. Forgive. Show a little grace, will ya?" Tell me, how could this book possibly go wrong?! We can all benefit from words like these:
"Mercy means compassion, empathy, a heart for someone's troubles," Lamott writes. "It's not something you do — it is something in you, accessed, revealed, or cultivated through use, like a muscle. We find it in the most unlikely places, never where we first look."
LOVING: You know how Starbucks has the Spring cups and I really wanted a yellow one with a smiling sunshine?! Well, last Saturday we went through the drive-thru on our way to a craft fair downtown and I gave Flyboy my order. I'd given up on the notion of getting the mystical unicorn I pined about in this post and told him I'd take an Iced Grande Caramel Macchiato. Somewhat confused, he went on to ask, "But what about the sunshine cup?" I told him I was over it, but he insisted on asking for one on my behalf. Well folks, it turns out our local store is out of the Spring cups, but the dialogue between my husband and the barista was an absolute riot! I still can't believe he gave it a shot and asked for me—the girl that took our order was so confused. Sigh. I was honestly embarrassed for him, but it was just so stinkin' sweet that he tried. Almost nine years of marriage and this darling man is still pulling out all the stops.

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Color lovers unite and feast your eyes on the gooooooooorgeous work of Laurie Fisher! Yes, I should be making lists at this point or packing for our upcoming departure, but I've been obsessing over these pieces for days. Can you blame me? It only made sense that I bestow such bright work upon my dearest readers because I know we tend to get giddy about the same sorts of fabulosity. Squee! The simple composition, flood of cheerful colors, and layers of delicious texture are enough to help me survive the final stretch to Saturday. Huzzah! Naturally, I thought maybe a splash of hump-day hues could benefit you as well?! And for those detailed readers who keep a watchful eye on the blog, you may notice this isn't Fisher's first appearance. No, she's been mentioned before here and here after I first laid eyes on Laurie's abstracts when they were featured at Serena and Lily. Unfortunately the snippets I shared in the past weren't enough to do justice to the talented artist and her collection of work. Read more about Laurie and her process here.

Do you have a Fisher favorite?! If you stop by her site, be sure to let me know!
It's no surprise I gravitate toward her use of chartreuse and appreciation for punchy palettes that include pink, red, and orange.

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