Friday, June 16, 2017


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

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count. 
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Thursday, June 15, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: Over Memorial Day Weekend, I snagged a set of these "washable" Sidewalk Chalk Paint Markers at HEB and figured it would be a fun and easy activity for Max. WRONG! I have experience with a lot of messy things and take great pride in my ability to embrace planned messiness (Type-A/ Control Freak FOREVER!), but this was by far my worst decision to date. You guys, I still have a pair of Max's shorts and his shirt sitting in a tub of my go-to cleaning solution (Oxiclean and Lysol Cleaner) and the neon paint spots just don't want to budge. This miracle mix gets EVERYTHING out, but it laughs at Rose Art's fake washable claim. It's been WEEKS of soaking, but the Monica in me refuses to accept defeat. Fellow parents, take my word, DO NOT buy these wretched things.

FEELING: I know I've talked a lot about how excited we are to get out of Dodge this weekend, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little hesitant to leave Beesly behind at the kennel. The last time she was there she had Tripp by her side. As many of you remember, the day after we picked them up from their stay at Christmas, we were faced with the decision to put Tripp to sleep in addition to learning that Beesly threw out her other ACL. I realize neither of the situations have to do with the kennel at all, but it definitely brings back a lot of emotions. I'm sure a lot of you pet owners can understand. Thankfully, a new facility opened in town and the owner seems very kind. I feel really good about it, and I think switching things up will benefit all of us. 

THANKFUL FOR: Nothing makes you appreciate the tactics (AKA threats) your parents may have used on you like having a kid of your own. Max is really beginning to understand consequences that may result from making bad choices and we've been having a little bit of fun with it. I've been known to get out my phone and make pretend calls to the base daycare center and park outside the facility as if I'm going to drop him off. Taking him there isn't an option at this point, so why not USE it if I can't really use it?! Flyboy finally had the pleasure of joining me in my creative efforts a few nights ago at dinner when Max was playing around and didn't want to eat his food. Little boys like Max have mad respect for the men in blue, so when FB told Max that he was going to have to call the police if he didn't eat his dinner, our little tot's eyes got ginormous, he locked it up, and shoved hotdogs and strawberries down his gullet as fast as he could. You guys, I tried my best to avoid eye contact with FB because I knew I would lose it. Max's reaction was priceless! Sure it's only a matter of time before the 2.5 year old starts to call our bluff, but we'll use the strategy while it's still effective.

LISTENING TO: Last Friday Max and I met friends at Chick-fil-A for lunch and I was introduced to a whole new Bravo bubble I wasn't aware existed. Gasp! Do any of you listen to Watch What Crappens? I seriously had no idea a weekly podcast that revels in all things Bravo existed. Also, why didn't I think of that?! It's GENIUS! The comedic duo behind the podcast dives DEEP into my favorite shows harping on the tiniest details, imitating housewives, and going off on ridiculous tangents that will make you giggle, snort, or both.

WATCHING: Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram when you come across a mom working out with her kid—who's peacefully playing alongside her—in the same room?! I typically exercise early in the morning so I can avoid Max altogether, but I've decided to incorporate this TIU workout video into my routine to focus on toning up a bit. Well, yesterday morning I ran out of time and didn't get to that part of my exercise, so I decided to have Max join in on the fun. I mean, the kids LOVES himself some push-ups and jumping jacks, so this seemed like the perfect solution to my problem. Yeah, NO! Five minutes into the DVD and my tyke is throwing a tantrum because I won't let him wield my set of weights and our resident Berner is sprawled out on my yoga mat making triangle lunges next to impossible. Sigh. After this failed attempt at fitness, I think I'll stick with the original early-rising game plan.

EATING: Here's the deal, I've got a laundry (or Launderette—Hehe!) list of restaurants I want to eat at when we're in Austin, but I can't decide whether to return to a few of our favorites (so worth repeating, I promise!) or try something new? Sometimes I feel like we just need to stay in the city for a full week and then we can eat it all because we do it SO well. For those of you wondering what keeps me up at night, it definitely deals with ATX dining. Prospects for the upcoming trip include June's and Mattie's. Thoughts?

READING: A friend recently told me about a snarky site where readers convene to complain and poke fun of bloggers. Maybe I'm just a total Pollyanna but I had NO CLUE this sort of thing even existed, did you?! Yowzah! The comments some of these people post are just awful. I was shocked to see what trolls had the gall to write about some of my Internet friends and favorite bloggers. Now, I won't sit here and pretend to be perfect and never pass judgment, but I really don't see how someone can sit behind a screen and anonymously pick people apart for fun. Why does it matter to you so much? Maybe you should invest in another hobby?!

LOVING: It's no secret my adoration for Madewell's Slim Boyjean runs deep, but after countless wears I'm down to just one pair. Gasp! Since it's been warm out I've tried to limit the amount of times I wear my favorite jeans and rely mostly on shorts, but that doesn't mean I haven't been stalking the website in hopes they bring back more options—preferably with minimal distressing because toddlers likes Max will hone in on holes and rips like it's their job. After months of losing hope and searching elsewhere for comparable options, I'm elated to announce that Madewell unveiled the perfect pair in their most recent rollout. Cue the hallelujah chorus. No more denim in despair and my mom uniform lives on! Yessssssss!

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017



Happy Wednesday, m' dears! We're Austin bound this weekend, and I'm having the hardest time thinking about anything BUT where we'll eat (priority #1), what we'll do, and where I'd like to shop. Finding the motivation to blog when I'd rather be scheming is easier said than done, but I thought I'd pop in anyway and share a few photos from the past week. As expected, we've spent the bulk of our time outdoors with Max. I swear this kid won't call it a day unless his head is dripping in sweat. Most evenings we have to lure him indoors with the promise he can lay in our bed and watch a cartoon before he heads to his room for the night. But with an abundant amount of Peonies displayed throughout the house and an afternoon iced coffee, I find the motivation to hang on until Flyboy comes home and he can help me with Max's second wind. Last night I think the two of us were ready to pass out by 9 PM. I could blame that on us being really lame, but I think I'll say we're just really excited to get to Saturday already. Yes, that's definitely it!

Well, that's enough from me. How are you doing? I'm dying to know.

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Friday, June 9, 2017


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

  • Bow Mule // In this week's edition of "If I Was A Rich Girl", I'd hand over my card and spring for these puppies.
  • Cotu Striped Superga // But since I'm just your basic mom, you will more than likely find me in a set of these. I'll take it!
  • GREER Chicago // Nothing makes me giddy like browsing Greer's selection of new arrivals. The card stock connoisseur in me has heart eyes for Statology's Yellow Notebook, this Work/Play Gold Foil Notepad by Anemone Letterpress, and OHTO's Mechanical Pencils. Would it be silly to plan a trip to Chicago just so I can visit the brick and mortar?!
  • Leather Mouse Pad // I still can't decide if I adore the packaging or the actual products at Appointed more. Perfection.
  • Habit Cosmetics // Speaking of pretty products, how about this colorful collection of vegan nail polish?! Bravo!!
  • True Blue // I got this last week and I can't stop wearing it. The cobalt gingham is even more gorgeous in person.
  • Ruffle One-Piece // I ordered this striped swimsuit, but I'm starting to think I should have went for this instead.
  • Permanent Vacation Tee // If you wear it, they will come?? We should really make this forever vacay a thing, no?!
  • Mornings // Just as Mindy Lahiri claims that best friends fall under a tier, the same is true for me in terms of artists. I can't imagine picking just one favorite, but I'm pretty sure if I HAD to, it would hands down be Helen Frankenthaler.
  • Blooming Floral Brooch // In a time when J.Crew's future seems uncertain, I'm glad they're looking to classics for inspo.
  • Enamel Tray // I have a weakness for West Elm's trays. I want to buy them ALL. The gold edges here are insanely good.
  • Choose Happy // We all need one of these! Hang this print wherever you could use a subtle and simple reminder.
  • Delectable Postcards // Doesn't it seem like National Donut Day happens every week on Instagram?! I'm down.
  • Post-Workout Green Smoothie // In the name of balance (or contradictions), here's the prettiest smoothie I ever did see.
  • PEONIES!! // You guys, these fuchsia blooms are as big as my face (almost). I can't handle it. This must be absolute BLISS.

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count. 
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Thursday, June 8, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: You guys, it pains me to inform you that this could (cough, SHOULD, cough) be the last summer you have to listen to me gloat about my knack for predicting the arrival of Peonies at our local HEB. Please refrain from crying. Yes, if we were to glance at the past three years, we'd see a disgruntled Ashley Fine living for the first Wednesday in June. You see, throughout our Swell Rio stint, they told me they never got my favorite bloom (but my records indicated otherwise), so I showed up anyway, had a Pretty Woman moment (big mistake, HUGE), and loaded my basket with the goofiest grin my cheeks could muster. You can categorize this behavior as passionate or stalker-ish, but I'll chalk it up as another colorful victory. Please, let me have my moment.

FEELING: Can anyone tell me what's going on at J.Crew?! First we lose Jenna, and NOW Mickey is stepping down from his role as CEO?! I know this sounds silly and slightly dramatic, but I can't help but feel a little sad and concerned for the future of my beloved retailer.

THANKFUL FOR: I'm not sure if Max is still under the weather (he got a cold last week) or if we've turned a corner (knock on wood), but the past few days have been utterly delightful. I mean, we've had our share of toddleriffic moments, but we seem to be jiving more than we have in past months and it's made a BIG difference. Even if this "phase" only lasts a few days, it makes my heart so happy. After a series of nonstop struggles and defeat, I feel relief and I'm hopeful. You guys, it's just really nice to enjoy my kid.

WATCHING: We're halfway through House of Cards: Season 5 and I'm dying to know what happens next; however, Flyboy and I have stayed up late TWO nights in a row (we're talking 10:30 PM) binge-watching the series and when our alarm goes off at 4:30 AM we have major regrets. Sigh. With just seven episodes left, here's hoping we can be heroes and finish strong this weekend. Let's do this! 

EATING: Since my parents are doing Whole30 this month, I began looking for new recipes I could prepare and suggest they try as well. When I did it on my own in May, it was easy to make a lot of the same meals, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't getting a bit burnt out by the monotony. This week Flyboy and I turned to 40 Aprons and we made Cheryl's Egg Roll in a Bowl along with her Chipotle Copycat Carnitas Bowl. I highly recommend both recipes, whether W30 is your thing or not. Each meal was incredible!

LISTENING TO: A few days ago, Max was eating lunch and insisted his plush Minion doll dine with him. Once the meal was over, I began cleaning my tot's tray when he started flailing his arms back and forth. I'm going to say this was because he was excited for his nap 
(yeah, right...) and not because he's just plain ornery, but I asked him to stop. I knew he was seconds away from knocking his cup over and spilling his milk, and unfortunately I was right. Shocker!! I've been focusing a lot on the way in which I react to Max (I don't want to set him off), so I calmly reprimanded him. Just as I turned away to grab a roll of paper towels and a bottle of cleaner, I overheard Max talking to Minion. "Minion, you need to listen to mom. That was not nice. No throw. Okay?" Ha Ha! I tried desperately to hide my smirk and mask my laughter, but suddenly it all made SO much sense. It was Minion's fault all along. Ah-ha!

READING: Would you believe I got the latest issue of Domino Magazine in the mail a few weeks ago (prettiest one to date) and I've yet to read it cover to cover?! Gulp. I kind of regret admitting that to you all. Is it too late to beg for forgiveness?!

LOVING: I can't say I've ever purchased any clothing from Tuckernuck, but this Striped Sleeveless Skipper Dress is beckoning. Could that ruffled neckline BE any cuter?! The style is simple, but polished and playful at the same time. I'm thinking it's a YES!

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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