Friday, May 19, 2017


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

  • Ashley Mary Art // When I visited my mom, I fell head over heels for her gorgeous Ashley Mary original. Hubba!
  • How To Make An Eden Rose // This stunning tutorial is going to make me forget about that boring housewife on RHOBH.
  • Sugar Paper Notebooks // These ladies weren't kidding when they promised to create a stationery line with style.
  • Autumn by Rachel Castle // This colorful batch of cutouts is enough to transport me to Matisse's red room. Swooon!
  • Tropical Rum Coco-Lada // I've got 12 more days of this Whole30 nonsense and you better believe I'm ready to celebrate.
  • Orange Flask With Canvas Carrier // Because even a lush deserves a pop of color when he or she opts to accessorize.
  • Matisse Leaf Earrings // A work of art you can wear on your ears. I love this modern twist inspired by m' fave artist.
  • Tortoise Charm Bangle Set // My dearest J.Crew, I bet you knew this was a slam dunk when you added that terrific tassel.
  • Collection Embroidered Dot Tulle Skirt // You guys!! This. Skirt. You know it's marvelous when it sells out so quickly. Sigh.
  • Vintage Cotton Crewneck in Stripe // It's about time they got their act together and offer a striped version of the classic.
  • Kayu Mini St. Tropez Tote // I have this in black and I'm kicking myself because I should have gone for the PINK! Then again, is it possible for one person to have TOO many straw totes? Yeah, I didn't think so. Pom-poms sweeten the deal.
  • Tosca Storage Basket // Max has so many toys. It's time to purge a little this next week and rethink our storage options.
  • Tahini Brownies // I had to grab a napkin and wipe up the puddle of drool I had on my desk when I pinned this recipe.
  • Poplin Light Emerald Napkins // This soft green shade is so serene and screams summertime get-togethers. Gimme!
  • Wild Things Slide Flats // When can I expect a knockoff from Target or Banana?! These are spendy, but THAT color!!!
  • Hot Pink Bench // With all of the testosterone in this house, you better believe I'll have a piece of pink furniture one day.

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count. Oh, and drink something fizzy for me! 
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Thursday, May 18, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: On Sunday afternoon I took my phone and earbuds outside and watched the documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict while Flyboy went on an afternoon bike ride in town. I think I need to start doing this more often because it was so peaceful. I can honestly say I haven't been that relaxed while lounging outdoors since we sat on the beach our last day in Hawaii. Additionally, I highly recommend the film to anyone who's interested in the art world. I knew a little bit about the famed Ms. Guggenheim, but WOWZERS! Her story is brilliant and intriguing. You will become obsessed and hungry to learn more about this femme trailblazer.

THANKFUL FOR: Lately we've had a handful of neighborhood kids (ages 2-8) just show up in the evenings ready to play in our backyard. I suppose it might have something to do with the freeze pops and juice boxes I've been handing out, but Max is in heaven. Because our resident toddler is the youngest of the bunch, he mostly stands back with the goofiest grin on his face and watches everyone run around—occasionally trying to get their attention by throwing a ball or asking if they can drive his VW van. It's pretty adorable! As soon as he wakes up from his afternoon nap, he stands by the sliding glass door in the dining room and waits patiently for all the children to come home from school. He wants very little to do with his peers, but he's fascinated by the older kids.

WATCHING: Whenever I saw ads for the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn movie, Snatched, I couldn't help but laugh hysterically. Seriously you guys, I snorted on several occasions just watching a thirty second clip! It was clear I NEEDED to see this chick flick but I wasn't sure about going by myself until Flyboy encouraged me to catch a matinee and treat myself for Mother's Day. Awwww! I almost opted out of going so I could tend to some afternoon cleaning (BORING!), but with 15 minutes to spare I arrived at the theater just in time to find a seat. Score! Have you seen it yet?! What did you think?? I thought it was a riot, as expected, but I kind of wish there would have been more Goldie. My sister and I were smitten with her back in the day (Private Benjamin, Overboard, First Wives Club, etc.), so it was a little odd to see her play a somewhat bland character, but with Amy as a costar it was probably necessary.

EATING: During my first round of Whole30, I struggled with the whole black coffee thing. I can do it, but it's not ideal. Having tried a bunch of options, I didn't expect much when I read about mixing 1 tsp. coconut oil with my coffee (kind of like the bulletproof coffee craze) in a blender, but I'm surprisingly pleased with the results. I still miss my frothy whole milk, but this certainly fills the void.

LISTENING TO: Last week Max made the connection that the four-year-old boy, Walter, that lives behind us is not only his friend but also our neighbor. Say what?! Anyone familiar with Daniel Tiger knows that Daniel begins every episode by greeting the viewers with a jolly "HI NEIGHBOR!" Yep, my half-pint's mind was blown when I explained it to him. Now he insists on saying "HI NEIGHBOR!" every time he sees Walter. I'm fairly certain Walter is over the Daniel Tiger phase because he looks at me confused when Max greets him that way and asks "Why does he have to say that every time?" Wouldn't it be great if we all felt that giddy about our neighbors??

LOVING: Have you seen the new Sugar Paper goodies released this week? You guys, dreams are made of these darling striped and polka-dotted journals! How can I go about getting a fat stack of these cuties on my desk?! This is what I call Ashley's kryptonite.

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

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


If you've been following along for the past 2.5 years, you've learned grocery shopping is kind of the big to-do for us each week. Naturally that requires a cute and colorful outfit for yours truly, ALLLLL the Baggu reusable bags I can fit in my tote, AND a lollipop tucked into my purse that comes in handy when a certain toddler starts to get restless. Here's what I'll be wearing this Summer...

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017



Happy Tuesday, m' dears! Let's jump straight to the Swell Rio details, shall we?!
  • If I had to choose an MVP for this past weekend, it would have to be Flyboy. Then again, he'd probably get that title every weekend, but this past weekend he went above and beyond to ensure I got some relief from Max in honor of Mother's Day. Bless. His. Heart. In between a manicure and matinee on Saturday, I met the boys in town for a quick trip to the park and a stop at Home Depot. I was especially happy I brought my camera along to snap a few photos and document the day's most delightful event! It got me thinking about how many of my favorite images have occurred on a slide. It never fails, you will ALWAYS get the most raw and joyful expressions. The kid comes out in every one.
  • Sunday was rough. Max went from one lengthy tantrum (lasts up to 45 minutes) to the next. At one point things got so bad that Flyboy witnessed his first "airport level" meltdown and finally understood how Max can get so explosive, you can't help but feel rattled. It's hard to describe until you've experienced it. Needless to say, it wasn't exactly how I envisioned Mother's Day would look, but in the spirit of honesty THIS is our life right now. I pray it's a phase and continue to look for ways in which I can help Max manage his behavior when things escalate and he becomes aggressive. It only seemed fitting that I call my mom ON Mother's Day in tears looking for MORE advice and encouragement. She always knows what to say. I now celebrate the holiday on a whole new level because I appreciate her more than ever before.
  • Truthfully, I didn't have the heart to download photos from the park until Monday morning. Sunday was just so exhausting. If it wasn't for the steaks we devoured at dinner, I was ready to call it a day by 3 pm. Haha! How pathetic is that?! Flyboy tried so hard to make everything go right, but we've learned those standards are near to impossible when you're working with someone as volatile as a toddler. In my opinion, if you treat the holiday as just a regular day, the monstrous meltdowns don't seem to sting quite as bad—it's just another day in the books. Ha Ha! But when the time was finally right and I decided to take a look at the images after waving good-bye to Flyboy yesterday morning as he left for work, my heart was happy and I realized this weekend wasn't so bad after all. We're not perfect, but we're learning from our mistakes. And to say we're underprepared for this parenting gig is a giant understatement, but we continue to show up anyway and LOVE the heck out of this child. The beauty in bringing your camera along to document the little moments, something as simple as a Saturday morning at the park, is that maybe one day I'll forget all the tears I shed and instead focus on the faces I saw on the numerous slides we've enjoyed over the years. Because right now the tears feel like the norm and as much as I wish it wasn't that way, I understand it's just a part of the hardest job I'll ever love.

Enough about me. How the heck are you? I'm dying to know.
(Also, I know I'm behind again with comments and emails. Bear with me, peeps.)
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Friday, May 12, 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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