Friday, July 31, 2015


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

  • Vibrant Stripe Print // This piece by Kristin Kohut is stunning! Can we just take a minute and swoon over the punchy pink and red color combo? Suddenly I feel the need to click my heels, I'm so stinking giddy.
  • Cocktail Recipe Card // I didn't think I needed cocktail recipe cards until now. Thanks for giving me another excuse to buy more paper, Rifle! I suppose this is a really good reason to test and document all of my favorite gin concoctions!
  • Rosé Sangria // Yes, way! With triple digits temps in Swell Rio, this might be a necessary weekend to-do. Who's with me?
  • Wall Light Peace Sign // Don't ask me how I came across this German gem, but I'm so glad I did. Let's pretend we're going to take an imaginary trip to Munich for some treasure hunting, mkay? Ja, bitte.
  • Fuchsia Lounge Chair // A pair of chairs never looked so pretty. I can already see myself lounging in these colorful seats.
  • Jump Rope // I can't remember the last time I played with a jump rope. Middle school, maybe? I definitely think I would have enjoyed it more with handles bedecked in polka dots. That's a fact.
  • Mama Tee // I was so sad to see this tee was sold out. Maybe the shop will get them back in stock and soon??
  • Shwings // These promise to make a pair of old shoes fly. Perhaps it's time Max put them to the test.
  • Puppy Slippers // I'm such a sucker for slippers and shoes, especially in a miniature form. These are charming!
  • High Contrast Dot Cube Bin // Land of Nod's collaboration with artist Lotta Jansdotter is absolute perfection. What's better than organization and polka dots? I'm stumped, because the answer is NOTHING. It doesn't get much better.
  • Gemma Flats // I see you, J.Crew. Don't think I'm not tempted by the wondrous shade of chartreuse. I just have my doubts about the comfort level. Someone, please tell me Gemma is easier on the ol' tootsies than the Harper Flats.
  • Hells Yeah Pennant // Picture me running around the house waving this pennant shouting TGIF! All together now...
  • Red My Lips // Seeing my mom and sister next week means I'll get some REAL feedback regarding all of the shades of lipstick I've purchased recently. I need some honest feedback from people I trust. Anyone else this way?

As always, thank you kindly for stopping by. Cheers to a snazzy weekend, m' dears! Make it count.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015



THINKING ABOUT: Glennon of Momastery likes to remind her readers that "we can do hard things." On Monday while Max ate lunch I was reminded of this in the most ridiculous way. You see, my dear child decided to sprinkle bits of quinoa and scrambled eggs all over Beesly. Do you know how ridiculously complicated it is to get that stuff out of her coat? Yowzah! Days later and I'm still finding remnants of his meal in her fur. With all of the messes we've got going on around here, this is a new one to add to the list.

FEELING: Earlier this week Flyboy forwarded me an email that was circulating around the office. They were asking for volunteers to move to Canada and be instructor pilots up north as part of an exchange program. FB asked, "Want to move somewhere cooler?" As I scanned through the email and briefly looked over the details of the job description, I couldn't help but get a little excited at the idea of leaving Swell Rio. Say yes to new adventures, eh?! I had visions of outdoor activities, a colorful winter coat collection, and donuts from Tim Hortons (Hey, Robin Scherbatsky!). Curious about the location, I referred to Lady Google for more information. After thirty minutes of searching the town and nearby cities, I was reminded once again why pilot training bases are often located in remote areas. This place was essentially a frigid version of Swell Rio. My hopes for charming rentals and amenities were quickly squashed when I browsed the local property listings (no bueno) and found a tire and collision shop listed as a shopping center. Come again? Panic really set it when I remembered the cost of shipping items from J. Crew to Canada. No, thank you. If this was God's way of reminding me to keep things in perspective, it worked. Listen big guy, I hear you loud and clear. Perhaps it's best in this case if hell doesn't freeze over. Swell Rio, you're not too shabby! And hey, Chick-fil-A opened yesterday so we've got that going for us...

THANKFUL FOR: In less than ten days Max and I are headed to Iowa. Hooray! While we're there, we plan to visit oodles of family and offer moral support to my sister as she gets situated at Creighton. I have a feeling it's going to be a trip for the books! The last time I visited the area, I was seven months pregnant and my relatives threw me a baby shower. The love, wisdom, gadgets, and gear I received from them has been invaluable these past ten months. There may be miles that separate us, but their ongoing support means everything to me. I have a BIG hug ready for each and every one of them, although I'm certain they just want to see the baby already. It's not often that we get together like this, so I'm beyond grateful for the opportunity to introduce Max to my dear family.

EATING: In case you have questions regarding the egg and quinoa fiasco mentioned earlier, let me explain. In my attempt to feed Max healthy-ish meals, I've been bookmarking ideas left and right. This week I decided to try two new recipes: Mini Veggie Frittatas and Cheesy Quinoa Bites. While I'm certain Max would have been content eating Cheerios (AGAIN!) and the banana pancakes I mentioned in last week's post, I'm determined to keep introducing new table food. I can't say there was anything too special about the frittata recipe, but I'd consider myself a fan of the quinoa bites. Now if only Max would share my enthusiasm and devour the dumb things instead of sprinkling bits around like confetti. Alright, fine, you can have the Cheerios! Here's hoping I have better luck with next week's recipes. Oh, and if any of you have ideas you think I should try, send them my way por favor.

LISTENING TO: Podcasts, podcasts, and more podcasts. Last weekend while Flyboy was out of town, I decided to paint our drab kitchen white. Now that it's finished I'm happy with the results, but I totally had regrets about taking on the task not even thirty minutes into the project. To help pass the time, I listened to The Longest Shortest Time, Sorta Awesome, and Mystery Show. It made hours of rolling, taping, and cutting a bit more eventful. If you're looking for podcasts to listen to, I highly recommend all three.

WATCHING: A few weeks ago, Grace of Camp Patton shared a link to this video. It made me so happy I decided to keep the link open on my phone for whenever I need a pick-me-up. After viewing the "Summer Safety Tips" more times than I care to admit, I've decided I need Veronica as my life coach. Because if you go into the shark's house, you're gonna end up on the plate...

READING: Kait Hanson of CommuniKait is a fellow military spouse and blogger that I "met" via social media within the last year. She's flipping adorable, and I was so sad to learn that we lived in Hawaii at the SAME time and didn't cross paths until AFTER I moved to Texas. Womp womp. Yep, I'm just a little bitter. Anywho, I can't tell you how proud I am of Kait! She recently published her first book, Sweet Eats & Dog Treat, a gluten-free cookbook of baked goods for you and your four-legged friend. With all of the baby food that's being prepared around here, Tripp and Beesly are super excited at the prospect of me whipping up a batch of Carrot and Apple Biscuits this weekend. Oh, and maybe the adults in the house deserve a Cookie Cake? You can download Kait's book on iTunes.

LOVING: Is there anything better than a freshly pressed button-down? I didn't think so. This boy shirt in pink and blue plaid is beckoning. For days I've been planning outfits around this piece. Perhaps it's time I just add it to my wardrobe already??

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Who's the bonehead mom that scheduled Max's doctor's appointment during the coveted nap time? Raises hand sheepishly. Clearly I WASN'T thinking. At all. So in an effort to remain optimistic and trust the babe will be nothing but sunshine this afternoon for the doc, I figured I'd go ahead and share these fabulous bundles of joy (just like Max!) from the online boutique Noble Carriage. These would be adorable gifts for anyone in your life who's got a bun in the oven. Not to mention, they serve as fantastic inspiration for assembling a personalized baby bundle of your very own. The best part? Pieces from each bundle are sold separately. Cute overload.

Have a swell Wednesday! You can count on more rambling in tomorrow's post. xo

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015



Happy Tuesday, sweet readers! Sometimes I sit down to write these posts and I think about what I can tell you that I haven't already said before. In fact, on my walk this morning with Max, I created a mental list of topics or details to cover—none of which inspired me. I guess it would have helped if I took more photos of my favorite moments, but it's getting harder to keep up with this child. He's into EVERYTHING! Anywho, while reviewing last week's highlight reel in my mind, I realized that motherhood makes me feel like a walking contradiction. While I have very few snapshots from this past week to show for, any stranger could look at the texts I exchanged with my mother and they might wonder if I could just make up m' damn mind already. It goes something like this...

"Max is a maniac. Yogurt fingerpainting was SO much fun. What a riot!"

"HE WON'T GO TO SLEEP. I've tried everything. I seriously need this time for my sanity."

"I really don't think I've EVER known a love quite like this." Heart face emoji overload.

"I'm so weak. I don't think I'm made for this motherhood thing. I can't make this child happy."

"Someone was a gem at nap time. What a dreamsicle! I think I'll make him pancakes for dinner."

"After a day like today, I deserve a good gin buzz."

"I picked up bubbles at Wally World for Max. This is going to be a BLAST!"

"Do you think God gave me a slightly disgruntled baby to keep me from being a Smother? #areyoutheregoditsmeashley "

"Some days just feel like defeat. Bedtime and Bravo will be nice."

So yeah, I'm definitely an oxymoron—emphasis on the moron, but the lovable kind (obvi). In the last nine months, I've learned within a fifteen-minute period Max can make me smile so big my cheeks hurt and also drive me so crazy I want to reside in my closet forever. I most definitely count down the minutes 'til nap time, but you know I'm eager to roll around on the floor and watch the babe giggle once more. And if a stranger in the checkout line points out that Max has my eyes, I can totally overlook the meltdown that occurred in the freezer section just moments ago because I'm so stinking proud to be this kid's mom. I'm equal parts honored and scared at the idea of motherhood, but this mom gig wouldn't make sense to me unless there was ANOTHER contradiction.

Alright, what are some of YOUR highlights from this past week? Contradictions welcome.
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Friday, July 24, 2015


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

  • Pocket Confetti // In the event of spontaneous joy, it might be nice to keep a few of these packets handy in my purse. You never know when you might need it, right?? Besides, if life is a celebration, it's best I show up prepared.
  • No. 2  Print via Sugar Paper // Artist Jennifer Vallez collaborated with my favorite stationery store and created a set of fabulous prints and note cards featuring her adorable illustrations. Also, is there anything better than a side pony?
  • Striped Peplum // Oh, you know this number is at the top of my J.Crew wishlist. I love that it has structure. And stripes.
  • Uptown Tote // Lord, help me! They went and made my favorite mom tote in the most cheerful shade of yellow.
  • Boom Chicka Puff // Last Friday on our weekly grocery spree at HEB, I stumbled upon this goodness. I initially thought it was the popcorn and got excited, but after a little a bit of investigating, I noticed the emphasis on PUFF (no Diddy). Intrigued by the concept, I threw a bag in m' cart and I'm so glad I did. Can I call it a healthy version of Cheetos?
  • Kids' Max The Monster Backpack // Is nine months too early to start considering school supplies? Because I'm certain Max needs this in his life. Can you just imagine my little half-pint walking around with this strapped to his back? I'm dying. Coming from a bag lady, it's never too early to start adding to your child's collection.
  • 50/50 Color Pencils // How fun are these? Better yet, you need to check out the online shop, Burro Goods. I'm obsessed!
  • Brass House Numbers // Because it's The Love List, you know I'm allowed to dream about a home with brass numbers.
  • Citrus Tufted Ottoman // And inside my dream house you'll find this delicious tufted gem in the living room. Swoooooon!
  • Wooden Bowling Set // Who knew bowling could look so cute? The best part? No ugly bowling shoes required. 
  • Fingerprint Fun // Since Flyboy will be away this weekend, I've been looking for ways to add some fun to the next few days with Max. You know, just a little something to make the weekend feel special or different from the work week?! Anywho, I've decided we're going to unleash Max's inner Matisse and play with with edible fingerpaints.

As always, thank you kindly for stopping by. Cheers to a snazzy weekend, m' dears! Make it count.

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