Friday, October 21, 2016


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

  • Small Belles Rive Tray // The sunny hue and scalloped edges would make any person excited about organization.
  • Library Card Socks // Current socks past due? Purchase a pair and Out of Print sends a book to a community in need. 
  • Ghost Napkins // As Max gets older, holidays just keep getting better. He's starting to get psyched for Halloween.
  • Green Snack Champ Bag // I'm obsessed with WAAM Industries' bags, and I adore their latest collab with Gunner & Lux.
  • Pablo Pillow // If Picasso was still around to design textiles, the product would look something like this. Right??
  • Lime Green Bubble Earrings // Playful earrings with a 60s vibe in the most delicious shade of green I've ever seen.
  • Velvet Blazer // As if this pretty number could get any more delightful, it's lined in stripes and contrast piping. Swoon!
  • Chanel Longwear Nail Colour // Is this cult favorite worth the hype and price tag? Gitane and Espadrilles look lovely.
  • Swatches // I stumbled upon this and fell instantly for the cobalt fabric. The electric hue pairs well with every color.
  • Metro Card Wallet // A sleek way for the minimalist to store cards and bills. How yummy is that Carnelian leather?!
  • Barbara Biel Gold-Leaf Heart // I snagged one of these hearts by artist Barbara Biel when we visited San Antonio last.
  • Embroidered Pointed-Toe Flats // Vibrant accessories are my thing. Would it surprise you if I went with these?!
  • No Rules Art Print // This seems like a perfect addition to Max's gallery wall, except there are rules but kindness is king.

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count.
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Thursday, October 20, 2016



THINKING ABOUT: A few weeks ago, I picked up a paper-mache Brontosaurus at Target. I thought it would be the perfect figurine for Max to paint the next time the two of us were feeling crafty. Yesterday morning was overcast and muggy, so after we got home from our walk, I got out the paints and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reveal my big surprise to Max. Just as I hoped, he ate it up and we were having the BEST time until Tripp heard thunder in the distance and began pacing near the kitchen table. Unfortunately, Mr. Bossy Pants took a cue from his mother's playbook and ordered our anxious pup to sit down. Just as Max finished barking commands to the dog, I watched my overbearing offspring accidentally knock his dino drenched in paint on to the floor and it landed perfectly in Tripp's freshly bathed fur. Prep and clean-up DEFINITELY lasted longer than the painting. Yikes!

THANKFUL FOR: I needed to accomplish a lot of random to-dos this month, and with the help of my visiting in-laws I was able to get my hair and nails done in addition to renewing both my military ID and driver's license. Tantrums and fruit snacks aside, I usually enjoy bringing Max along for most errands, but I think we can all agree it's best if we don't mix toddlers and the DMV. Ever. Now I just need to knock out my trip to the dentist along with a freelance deadline, and I will totally own the month of October. 

WATCHINGLast week Max's dramatic side took an interesting turn when I watched him slowly and intentionally "fall" to the ground, look up to see if I was watching, request that I ask if he's "Oh-tay?", and then extend his arm for some help up. Once these steps occur, he likes to dust himself off and respond with a nonchalant "Yeah." This series of events carried on about a dozen times before I realized we were going to be REALLY late to his two-year wellness exam. With the help of some trash to distract my little guy, we went on our merry way. Unfortunately, this routine has made several encore performances since it first began last Thursday. Because I can only tolerate so many repetitions of Max's latest favorite game, I noticed that he's started throwing his dinosaur and has swapped roles as the concerned witness to another fake fall. Apparently I'm raising the boy who cried wolf...

FEELING: I recently tried Woolite's INSTAclean Stain Remover to tackle a few stains Tripp has created over time on our living room rug. I was blown away by how well it worked to restore discolored spots on the cream wool rug. I almost gave up on a few of the stains, but this did the trick almost instantly. You know how much I love another cleaning success story. 

EATING: Usually I like to share recipes I've tried in this category, but I can already tell this Black Bean Pumpkin Turkey Chili via Ambitious Kitchen is going to be a winner. Why wait to share, right?? I can't remember the last time I experimented with a chili recipe that wasn't this one from Dinner: A Love Story, so I suppose that will be the ultimate test when I whip this up next week.

LISTENING TO: Max is obsessed with ALL the animals. Lately he's taken a real interest in sheep and goats; however, he continues to confuse the two mammals and has opted to combine their names into one hybrid species he lovingly refers to as "Sheet." For the record, yes, it sounds a lot like shit and he likes to shout it loudly with lots of gusto for all to hear. Because of course...

READING: After returning from Houston, I checked the mail and found the sweetest surprise waiting for me in a bubble mailer. I thought it was another birthday gift for Max until I opened the envelope and found the kindest note along with a bright yellow book from a blog reader named Erin (you might remember her from the Beautycounter giveaway). After she heard I was having a particularly rough day via Instagram, she thought I might benefit from one of her favorite books, Jen Sincero's bestseller You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. How sweet was that? The only thing Erin requested is that once I'm done reading the book, I pass it on to someone else that could benefit from it. Challenge accepted.

LOVING: It's really no surprise I fell hard (again!) for J.Crew's latest batch of new arrivals. I'm not going to ramble about EVERY little item that made me squee and grin (unless you want to go there in the comments section), but I would like to get your opinion on these Embroidered Pointed-Toe Flats. I ordered them in both colors because I couldn't make a decision and wanted to see them in person first. I plan on sending one pair back, but I'm interested in hearing whether you would opt for the Tangelo or Aqua Mist??

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016



Happy Wednesday, m' dears! It's usually a good thing when so much living gets in the way of blogging, but things have been crazy busy since my last post and I'm more eager than ever to return to a slower pace. Aside from a few pamperiffic appointments, pumpkin patches, and ID renewals, my in-laws visited Swell Rio for a few days, there was a family health scare, and my childhood dog, Schatz, passed away over the weekend. Needless to say, over a span of five days, there have been some joyful highs and somber lows. The tailspin of emotions that we've experienced lately has left me scratching my head and wondering what I should do next. Naturally, hopping over to the blog to touch base with you lovely people is always a nice place to start.

Here's hoping your week is wonderful! Tell me, what have you been up to lately? I'm dying to know.

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Friday, October 14, 2016


With visitors in town, I don't have a lot of time to ramble (you got lucky this week—you're welcome!). 
Here are some of my favorite places we went, things we did, and delectables we devoured while in Houston... 


(We had a napping toddler and wanted an air-conditioned place to keep him moving in the stroller.)


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

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Thursday, October 13, 2016


Happy Thursday, m' dears! I should have warned you the content on the blog would be irregular for awhile. After the three-day weekend in Houston, we've been going nonstop. There have been doctor's appointments and preparations for our inbound guests (hello, in-laws!). I've been killing time at the base clinic, buying groceries, and laundering linens in addition to entertaining a TWO YEAR OLD (eek!). These to-dos don't allow for much free time to blog, but I promise to at least get some pictures up from Max's birthday trip and share a few of my favorite places we went, things we did, and delectables we devoured this past weekend.

When considering places to go for Max's birthday, I picked Houston because I reeeeeeeeeally wanted to get pictures with Max at the Sugar and Cloth Color Wall. I'm sure there are plenty of fabulous attractions the city has to offer, but getting snapshots with this bright background was my primary goal. Blogging nerd alert! Unfortunately, I didn't realize they're currently doing construction on the building and there's a big fence barricade blocking the building from the sidewalk. You can only imagine the look on my face when I got the family primped for pictures and we pulled up to find machinery and dust everywhere. Oops! Thankfully, there was a photographer on-site that snuck in to take photos for his client. I hopped out of the car to get the low-down from him and then convinced Flyboy to enter with me. We made our stop quick and snapped a few images. This colorful conformist felt like a real rebel, so we celebrated with donuts and carried on with a day jam packed at museums. More on that later...

Taking photos with a toddler is tough because they're so mobile, but I think we ended up with some keepers!

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