Friday, March 24, 2017


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

  • Mountain Abstraction // Color me inspired! I can't help but get lured in by Lulu deKwiatkowski's vibrant pieces.
  • Enough Sun For Everybody // I was killing time on Pinterest and in a sea of inspirational quotes, this one stuck with me.
  • One Bowl Toffee Bar Cookies // Whip these up, but go ahead and leave a few at my doorstep while you're at it. 
  • Cream Pom Dot Throw Pillow // I see what you did here Target and Nate Berkus, and I can't say I hate it. This is fab!
  • Yuliya Gwilym Illustrations // I love the whimsy in Gwilym's art. Hey Max, are you ready to unleash your inner Picasso?
  • Grenada Double Strand Pom-Pom Necklace // I've been eyeing this number for a few weeks. It's gonna need to happen.
  • Uppers Canister // How many bottles of gin could I fit in here? Asking for a friend. Alright, Peanut M&Ms it is...
  • Striped Tie-Front Flats // These are SO flipping fabulous, J.Crew excluded them from their most recent promo. Sigh.
  • Easter Eggs Card // I haven't made it a habit to send Easter cards, but this one from Mr. Boddington gives me the urge.
  • Chelsea Chicken // Isn't she ADORABLE?! Max probably (I'm only saying that because I *should*) doesn't need another stuffed animal, but this fluffy creature is ridiculously charming. I swear he's nothing like the rest of them. Ha!
  • Smarties Hot Pink Cushion // If I refer to throw pillows as "cushions" like the Aussies, is it still considered hoarding?
  • Velvet Heart Cushion // You don't have to answer that last question. I know where this is going. #INTERVENTION
  • Gold-Tone Acrylic Earrings // A spendy addition to this week's list, but I can assure you they're a work of ART.
  • Embroidered Springtime Top // I think I squealed when I first laid eyes on this dainty number. Come hither.

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: Every six months or so I reach that point where I feel REALLY burnt out. Do you ever get this way?! Needless to say, the impending visit to see my parents couldn't come at a better time. With everything that's gone on with Beesly, we haven't had the luxury of leaving our beloved border town since late December as the rehabilitation portion is kind of high maintenance. I realize that probably sounds silly to some, but it's been enough to drive me mad. Lately I've noticed that I'm quick to snap about little things and I find very little joy in a routine that typically comforts my Type-A personality. I'm just checking off a bunch of boxes and going through the motions with a gusto meter that's running on empty. On a good day, I attempt to survive this whole motherhood gig with Max (preferably armed with a sense of humor and colorful ballet flats), spin, blog, hit 10k steps (if possible), make sure my people are taken care of, and then shampoo, rinse, repeat. I typically take a lot of pride in completing the everyday tasks, but I truly believe it's time to shake things up. Whether that entails a new haircut, an afternoon absorbing Contemporary Art, or a day trip to Falling Water, I'm just so ready to be giddy about a fresh scenery and the idea of handing Max off to my dad for a few hours without having to worry I'll get a phone call telling me my son is refusing to eat and participate in group activities. Ha Ha!     

THANKFUL FOR: Yesterday I woke up with another cruddy migraine. Bleh! The older Max gets the harder I find it is to take care of our wily toddler when my head is pounding and all I really want to do is lay down and let my medication do its job. Yesterday I found myself bawling my eyes out because I was really convinced Max was going to watch at least 30 minutes of a movie and I could rest, but my little busy body gave me ten minutes before he was ready to move on to another activity. Sigh. On days like this past Wednesday, I can't help but think about my mom and grandma who did all of this without any prescriptions for years. Yowzah! That alone is enough to make me grateful for my Zomig and healthcare that covers the cost of these pricy pills.  

WATCHING: Last week I asked you all for TV recommendations to watch while Flyboy was out of town and now I'm ready to let you in on what I picked. Ha! On Friday night I watched a free episode of Big Little Lies and I'm obsessed. You guys!! It's SO SO good. While we don't have HBO, I'm already trying to figure out how I can possibly watch more of the show because I'm pretty certain I need more of it in my life. But here's where it all goes downhill... On Saturday night, while scouring the web for orchid fabulosity I might include in last Tuesday's Color Study, I watched three episodes of Mama June: From Not To Hot. Erm, please excuse me while I bury my head in shame. Yikes! But in my defense, this was also the same night Max would not stop screaming and fall asleep, so I needed to watch something I didn't have to pay a lot of attention to. Insert side eyeroll here. Y'all it was trashy background noise, I swear!

EATING: I like to try at least one new recipe a week so I can report back to you on the blog, but I didn't get around to it this week. My bad! However, I did start meal planning for the next ten days, and I'm excited to make this Avocado Salmon Rice Bowl and this Turkey Cauliflower Baked Ziti. Have you tried anything great lately that you'd be willing to pass along?? We're not picky; we just love food.   

LISTENING TO: Last weekend while Flyboy was away, I was hit with the cruel reality that I'm much too boring for Max. Yep, just imagine the look on my face as I watched my two year old pull out his fake cell phone—on multiple occasions—shush me with an ornery smirk, proceed to tell me he was on the phone "talkee to daddy," and then 
look away pretending to be preoccupied. You know what?! It's cool kid, I'll just be over here trying to decide if you want ketchup with your ketchup for lunch again. Message received. 

READING: In an effort to bring a taste of Manhattan's chic cafe, Jack's Wife Freda, to Swell Rio (gigglesnort), I went ahead and added their new cookbook to my library. Hey, maybe it will make us one step closer to dining with the Seinfelds one day?! Did somebody say ULTIMATE couples date?? Ha! I'm eager to spend some quality time with my latest read this weekend and pick a few new recipes to try in the coming weeks. After thumbing through the book briefly on Tuesday night (the photography and layout is GOOOOOORGEOUS!), I have a feeling we may have to start with the Jalapeno and Gruyere Pasta first. Yum!

LOVING: You follow Liz Adams of Sequins and Stripes, right?! Did you catch last week's post where she shared her spring beauty routine?? It might have been her most endearing one yet, and that's saying a lot because I think she's the best. I'm a sucker for product reviews and tutorials anyway, but THIS was real and relatable unlike a lot of videos I've watched. Admittedly, I ended up purchasing a few of the featured products because I'm all for a low-maintenance look and Liz makes hers seem effortless. It's worth a shot, right? While she joked about the rogue brush hair on her lip, foundation in her hair, and concealer in her brows, I swear I didn't noticed any of it. She can do no wrong, and she'll always be adorable to me! Okay, now I just sound like a stalker. Oops!

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017



Happy Wednesday, m' dears! Let's jump straight to the details, shall we?!
  • Yesterday Flyboy took Beesly to the vet for her annual appointment. For the past few years I've ducked out of this yearly to-do because the dogs were getting up there in age and my heart just couldn't take the idea of them getting older. I worried about the doc finding something, and I suppose avoiding the appointment altogether seemed to help—a little. Additionally, the notion of juggling two neurotic dogs and a baby just didn't make sense logistically, so FB happily obliged to run this errand on his own. But now that Tripp is gone and we only received one postcard reminder this year, I found myself stirring yesterday feeling more anxious than ever. The mama bear in me wanted so badly to attend and ask questions about her overall health and the ongoing rehabilitation of her leg, but I still have a hard enough time driving by the vet clinic en route to Home Depot without my eyes watering. The idea of seeing the doc again (kindest and most earnest vet EVER) and sitting in the same room where we said good-bye to my favorite Golden was too difficult. Thankfully, our girl returned last night with a clean bill of health and my mind and heart can rest for a little bit longer.
  • You guys!! Remember when I asked for TV recommendations last week because Flyboy was headed to New Orleans for work and I was eager to relax in the evenings alone?! Well, I can't say I clocked in much time with the boob tube anyway. No, Max was an absolute terror who refused to sleep. At all. Sigh. Naps were nonexistent and our nights were filled with sporadic bouts of screaming. Please tell me this is another one of those sneaky sleep regressions and not our new norm. Right?! I felt like a walking zombie plotting my next trip into town for a triple venti ANYTHING. Not to mention, my neck is still killing me from my mediocre attempts to rest while donning noise-canceling headphones. Nice try, Ash!
  • In an effort to pass the time until "daddddddddy hooooooooome" on Sunday night, Max and I visited Starbucks both mornings for treats, built extravagant Lego trains, frequented the park (Barry the Brachiosaurus was invited too), took both his scooter and bike out for a spin, scooped mulch with one of many toy trucks, and raced down the slides more times than I preferred. I found myself looking at my watch and counting down the hours until Flyboy's return. It was clear we missed our beloved routine, but mostly we missed the rock of the family—the guy that makes us all smile. If there was any real upside to last weekend, I would say it served as a perfect gut check to enjoy life's slower pace in Swell Rio. After all, it won't be long before we get our next assignment, FB returns to a new airframe with a higher ops tempo, and all the coming/going will be our norm again. Sometimes life moves at a snail's pace down here, but I bet we'll find that we miss it a year from now—not necessarily the location, but the bounty of time spent together. 

Alright, that's all I've got for now. What have you been up to?! I'm dying to know.

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Friday, March 17, 2017


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

  • Mossy Missy's Matchbook // If you're looking for a colorful escape, check out Katie Benn's illustrations. They're fantastic!
  • Enamel Tassel Pendant // Always a sucker for citrus, I fell hard for this sunny and snazzy tassel beauty. Get over here!
  • Satin Bow Slingbacks // Coming in just under $25, who can resist this fashionable fan favorite from H&M? Sign me up.
  • Fun Patch // Because sometimes you need a punchy embroidered patch to remind you to have a blast, right?!
  • Silken Wool Pillow Covers // I see you West Elm with your delicious color palette. How fabulous are Nile and New Blue?
  • Heels On Fire Tee // I'll be wearing this easy tee all Spring and Summer. How adorable is the embroidered phrase?
  • Dandelion Drop Earrings // These dangly darlings are ADORABLE and the variety of colors add a perfect pop to any outfit.
  • Pink Collins Striped Basket Tote // Sometimes I think I want the navy version, but then I get lured in by that bright pink.
  • Grapefruit Fizz Cocktails // Sip on something equal parts pretty and fizzy. Don't forget there's a mocktail version too!
  • Kaico Set // I'm obsessed with the simplicity and elegance that comes with this functional (and spendy) Japanese design. 
  • Oval Tray // A shiny steal to keep bits and baubles organized in the bathroom or a centerpiece on the kitchen table.
  • Woven Brights Placemats // Doesn't every meal deserve a playful and colorful foundation? The yellow is yummy.
  • Ladies // No one does lettering quite like THE Internet design goddess Corina Nika. Who agrees with me?! 
  • The Precision Eye Definer // Oh boy! This will more than likely be the next eyeliner I try to master. Wish me luck!
  • StikIt Tape Dispenser // Grabbing a piece of tape with one hand never felt so breezy. Thanks for the stylish tip, Domino!

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count.
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