Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Maxwell Christopher Fine, you are my favorite.
Don't forget!! Mother's Day is THIS Sunday! Mom always knows best.
Sometimes you engage in a little spring cleaning and come out bearing a disco ball. Winning!
Stripes and tassels forever. This combination makes for a mom-semble worth donning on repeat.
In a recipe rut? Trust me and try The Foodess' Spicy Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Lime Crema
Sometimes Nanny Fine assumes the role of neighborhood watch. Queen Bee is on Berner Patrol.
Monday's outing might have been a little uneventful, but at least we came home with flowers and mail.

Pureed peas are on the menu this week for Sir Maxalot. I hope he's just as giddy about this lovely shade of green.
Color lovers will rejoice when they get their hands on one of these adorable stickers from Pencil Shavings Studio.
Max gives a whole new meaning to the term "sloth meltdown". In fact, this looks more like shade.


Happy Tuesday, sweet readers! This week started off hopelessly optimistic, as most Mondays do. You see, I spent the bulk of last week sniffling and popping cough drops like candy. I'm still not entirely sure if it was a cold or allergies, but I felt crumby and was eager for a fresh start. Naturally, I threw on my rose-colored sunnies to greet the week ahead with gusto. Or so I thought... 

Living in Swell Rio, it's very easy to get caught up in all the amenities this border town does NOT have to offer and I've found myself going to that negative place a lot since we returned from our vacation. This week I was bound and determined to find something new or exciting to appreciate. Thankfully, I heard about a new juicery via social media, Googled the hours and location, and planned a little Monday morning excursion for Max and me. Upon arriving at the address, I got a little confused by the residential surroundings, stray dog, and roosters, so I flipped a u-ey. If we went any further we would have greeted Mexico. 

While I'm certain the address was accurate, nothing about the location said "We sell fresh juice!" Part of me was tempted to pull over and ask the gentleman in the Border Patrol truck if he knew about the place, but it started to rain and Max began to sob dramatically. I suppose this was probably divine intervention. In a stubborn attempt to escape the mundane, I can imagine myself showing up at a stranger's house with my infant in tow requesting a cucumber and mint concoction. Then again, that might cost me my "Mother of the Year" title and we can't have that. He He! Instead I was left wondering, "What would Meryl do?" We're talking about Streep, obvi.

Bummed and befuddled with a hankering for fresh juice, we headed to HEB for a few odds and ends. The ridiculousness of the situation was enough to make me call my dad because I figured he would find the humor in our uneventful outing. All chuckling aside, I've got a little digging to do because I'm not giving up on this magical and mysterious juicery. Until then, we'll stick to Starbucks.

Alright, enough of my babbling. How are YOU? How's your week?
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Friday, May 1, 2015


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

  • Neon Knotted Rope Necklace // Raise your hand if you have an unhealthy relationship with J.Crew's persimmon...
  • Here We Go Again Balloons // This just seemed really appropriate for The Love List. Another week ends with a smattering of swell items to lust over. Yep, that's definitely The Love List. What else would you expect?!
  • Peggy Heels // Pumps like these deserve all the heart eyes. Just look at those colors and that fabulous abstract print!
  • Sense and Sensibility // It's no secret I love Leanne Shapton (remember this post?), so I was ecstatic to see these Jane Austen classics with cover art created by the artist. What a pretty reason to revisit the classics!
  • Clambake Cocktail Napkin // Just as Andy Cohen loves a jumpsuit and a side pony, I love a cute cocktail napkin.
  • Pink Reading Glasses // Oh heavens! These punchy specs are just too much for me to handle. Damn you, 20/20 vision.
  • Save the Bees // I simply adore J.Crew's superfly tees created by Donald Robertson, which benefit the Xerces Society in the US in their mission to save the bees—the most important plant pollinators that are disappearing rapidly.
  • Heart Flower, 2014 // Have you heard of ThePosters.co? It's a website with artwork curated by Athena Currey and Adrian Rosenfeld making art accessible and affordable to the masses by publishing museum-quality prints available for a short period of time. A portion of each purchase will work toward their goal to fund 1,000,000 hours of art classes for kids.
  • Happy Card // I can't get enough of the shop, Easy, Tiger. I knew they sold adorable glasses and mugs, but had no clue they offered a selection of cheeky t-shirts and hilariously funny note cards.
  • Mid-Century Furry Stool // It's been a long week, so why don't you kick up your feet on something scrumptious?
  • Tea for Two // We could use a new teapot and I've got my eyes on the snazzy Smeg Tea Kettle; however, this Lizzy Yellow Teapot is an awfully nice pop of color and a bargain to boot.

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

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Thursday, April 30, 2015


THINKING ABOUT: While reading an article online, I stumbled upon the word "meraki" and immediately turned to Lady Google for a definition. I guess the meaning of this Greek word spoke to me in a really big way because I felt the urge to scribble it in my notebook. I spent the bulk of my twenties searching for a purpose and felt the need to be validated by my work. I wasted a lot of energy trying to figure out my place in this world; I wanted to be successful. Somewhere along the way I began to embrace that life's journey wasn't exactly as I'd expected and explored other outlets that brought me joy. Why fight it when you can delight in it? It was only when I read the definition of "meraki" that I realized I was finally at peace with my purpose right here and right now. Of course I still dream about what lies ahead, but for now I feel pride in the love, soul, and creativity I put into my current work (blogging, my role as Max's mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend). If every day I put a little bit of myself out there, I can call myself successful.

FEELING: Back in November, my father-in-law built us a few garden boxes and we filled them with some low-maintenance wild flowers, herbs, and a jalapeno plant. With the exception of pulling random weeds, I can't say I've done much of anything with the contents of the boxes, so I can't really take credit for what I'm about to share with you. Anywho, on Tuesday evening I went to water the plants and noticed I've got some peppers growing. Upon my little discovery, I ran inside the house to text my mom and sister. "YOU GUYS, I'M A GARDENER!" I'm going to pretend they didn't see the text because neither of them responded. Yeah, they totally left me hanging on this one, and no I'm not bitter at all, but I digress. I guess for a fleeting moment I got a taste of what it feels like to be Oprah. This must be how she feels when she tends to her garden in Maui filling baskets with gorgeous fruits and veggies proudly displayed for all to see on her Instagram account. Then I remember I'm not Oprah, this isn't Maui, and I've got two tiny peppers to show for. Hey, I guess the excitement was fun while it lasted!

Just when I complained about the toasty Texas temps, we experienced a few days this week where the high was in the mid-70s. It was GLOOOOOOORIOUS! Max and I could not spend enough time outdoors. I absolutely adore getting to wear him on walks in the ErgoBaby Carrier, so it was really nice to soak up the sunshine and not come home a sweaty mess.

EATING: I'm not entirely sure how I allowed this to happen, but I forgot to tell you some really exciting news. Hold on to your hats because Swell Rio is getting a Chick-fil-A this fall! I'm not sure how they pulled this off, but it's kind of a huge deal. Every time I swing by SBUX, I get a glimpse of the progress and my heart skips a beat. I see many chicken sandwiches in our future, and I don't hate it.

LISTENING TO: Aside from white noise and iTunes radio, I've been listening to a lot of Podcasts lately. Since Flyboy is back to working twelve-hour days, hearing another adult speak is rather refreshing. I remember streaming Podcasts in college and the selection was a bit stale. These days there's so much to choose from; I'm really enjoying myself. Are there any series I should consider listening to?! I know I'm late to the Serial game, but everyone seemed to really enjoy it. I'm still not sure it's up my alley, but I also said that about Breaking Bad and we all know how I feel about Walt and Jesse.

WATCHING: Here's the deal, I adore m' 
girl Bethenny, but does anyone else think she's acting extra neurotic in this season of RHONY? All of my crazy loves and appreciates all of her crazy, but it wouldn't hurt if she dialed down the intensity just a tad. I understand she's dealing with A LOT, but YOWZAH! I'm interested in seeing her interact with Heather in future episodes. Two alphas are bound to face off and it's about to get good. My money's on B. Frankel. Everybody say it together, "Get off my jock!"

READING: Don't confuse the blurb regarding the word "meraki" with me having it all figured out all of sudden. Not quite. I deal with varying degrees of anxiety each day, but I've found ways to manage and cope over the years. Sometimes I think we're quick to assume others have it all together, especially in this world of social media where it's custom to put our best out there for all to see, so I was incredibly grateful to read about Whoorl's experience with the "vortex of doom" and some of the practices she uses to prevent herself from going down the rabbit hole. It's easy for me to dial up to 100 when I think about the future, so I found a lot of comfort in this statement: "Focus not on the fear of what lies ahead, but the great possibilities you might create."

LOVING: Up until this past week Max hasn't been terribly entertained with mirrors or reflections. However, after a morning walk this week, I noticed he caught a glimpse of himself in the hall tree mirror. We stopped for further investigation and the expression on his face was priceless. The fact that he could see me AND my reflection blew his mind. He just kept grabbing at my face with a death grip only a mother would find adorable and then he'd stare at our reflection. It's moments like that I don't ever want to forget.

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

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


The striped tee is a wardrobe staple many of us already have in our closet. In fact, some of us may have more "options" than we'd care to admit. Hey, there are worse problems to have! On an average day, you'll find me sporting one of my favorite Bretons because it can literally be paired with ANYTHING. Since I've been wearing these Boyfriend Jeans on repeat, I figured I'd share one of my favorite mom-sembles. You could argue there's nothing entirely special about a basic striped tee paired with jeans, but they make the perfect canvas for playful accessories and random pops of color—two characteristics I believe complete an outfit. In my opinion, some pieces are worth the splurge like this tassel necklace and this studded bangle if I know I'll wear them regularly. Other pieces like this tote, these slingbacks, and sunnies are on-trend and budget-friendly buys that keep outfits current and fun.

I'm interested, what pieces are worth the splurge? Where do YOU like to browse for bargains?
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