Monday, June 30, 2014


It all started with this inaugural post. And since that lonely Friday at Lil' Puna, the header and fonts weren't the only things that changed — I'm different as well.  Just as I'd hoped, this was exactly the creative outlet I craved. I've created a forum to express myself, and in the process a tight-knit blog community has evolved. It's given me the opportunity to converse and connect with other creative types who've inspired me to dream a little bigger. I'm not sure what's in store for m' blog, but I'm forever thankful for your kindness. You stop by often, comment, and drop a line via email — you've been a snazzy and sparkly support system. 

With all the hormones we've got going on around here, it's best I spare you any more of the mushy details and give it to you straight. One Fine Day is celebrating THREE years of bloggie bliss, and I have you to thank for making this little space so stinkin' sweet! In an effort to show gratitude to my dear readers, I thought I'd give away another batch of lovely loot. Yep, it's that time of year when I get to break out my best Oprah voice and present one lucky reader with a box of m' favorite things.

Here's how you can win...

The winner of the giveaway will be announced on Monday, July 7, 2014. Go get 'em!
A special thanks to Ashley Brooke Designs and Kimberly Fitzsimons for donating items for the Blogaversary Giveaway. 

NOTE: The remaining giveaway contents have been purchased by the blogger and are not affiliated with the brands listed. 
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Friday, June 27, 2014


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

  • Who knew a brooch could be brimming with so much whimsy?! I'm slightly obsessed with these embroidered lips.
  • In true Love List fashion, there WILL be pom-poms. This week, I present CB2's Twinfin Throw Pillow. Not only is it delightful (one side is salmon and the other side is aqua), it's under $30. Oh, and you get the insert as well. That's a rare deal in the world of throw pillows, m' dears. Rare, indeed. CB2 continues to impress me with their fabulosity.
  • Katie Gastley of Idlewild Co. added a boatload of new note cards to her shop. I've got my eyes on the Lookin' Good Shades. I hate to encourage impulse spending, but if you're in the market for more paper, you'll want to check it out!
  • Life's short, drink good Gin. You can bet I plan to test some Prairie Gin this fall. How about that pretty bottle??
  • Yes way, Rosé! Would one of you be a dear and try this Sangria recipe over the weekend and get back to me?! Thanks.

Welp, there you have it. Cheers to a snazzy weekend. Make it count, m' dears.
P.S. You'll want to check back on Monday. I've got a giveaway planned, and it's one for the books!
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Thursday, June 26, 2014


THANKFUL FORThe more pregnant I become, the more grateful I am for random things like the half-tuck. And no, I'm not talking about gymnastics. I'm talking about leaving half of my shirt out with the other half tucked-in. A stint at J.Crew and years spent poring over their style guides will lead a girl to do silly things to achieve an effortlessly cool and less overdone look. I only ramble about this because I miss having the half-tuck as a styling tool. Button-down shirts are m' jam, and a growing bump doesn't really lend itself to this strategically laid-back look. Someone as structured and uptight as myself needs these options. Trust me.

EATING: If you're looking for a great marinade for steak fajitas, I suggest you try this recipe from Apples + Sparkle. Flyboy and I gave it a whirl last Sunday and we couldn't wait to devour the leftovers on Monday. That says a lot because I typically despise leftovers.

DRINKING: Citrus-flavored beverages make me pine for Hendrick's. It's kind of the best thing to mix with my spirit of choice. While I won't be whipping up any cocktails until October (le sigh), I recently discovered Simply Blueberry Lemonade and it's delish. Trust me on this one! After tossing a bottle into my cart impulsively, I rushed home to try it and I wasn't disappointed. I've found that just a few sips and stirs of my flamingo swizzle sticks are enough to almost convince me I'm sippin' on Gin and juice. Laid back...

WATCHINGLet's face it, the DVR looks rather dim during the summer months, and that's exactly why last night was such a big deal at our house. Drumroll please... Big Brother Season 16 premiered on Wednesday, and I couldn't be more thrilled! Each June I get to look forward to Julie Chen's smiling face, HOH competitions, and veto ceremonies. It always takes me awhile to get attached to the house guests, but that's the fun part. I can't even wait to see what this season has in store. Fellow BB fans, don't forget to tune-in to part two of the premiere tonight. You know how much I love discussing all the drama and juicy deetz with you.

FEELING: July is shaping up to be a rather busy month, and I'm elated! Next Thursday, my in-laws are slated to arrive in Swell Rio for the 4th of July holiday. Yay for visitors!! They'll be towing their boat along with them so Flyboy can use it for fishing at the local watering hole, Lake Amistad. Days after their departure, I'll be heading to Iowa to visit family. It's a trip that's long overdue. The opportunity to bust outta the Rio for eight days is like music to my ears. The best part?! My mom and sister will be joining me.

THINKING ABOUT: I'm terrible when it comes to secrets and surprises, so you can only imagine that I'm bursting at the seams regarding next Monday's post. Go on and twist my arm; I'll give you a BIG hint. On June 30th, I'll celebrate three years of blogging bliss, and I've got a giveaway planned that's guaranteed to knock your polka-dot socks off. The lovely loot will leave you smitten.

LISTENING TO: Oddly enough, I've been listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac lately, specifically their Rumours album. "Never Going Back" and "Go Your Own Way" are on repeat. They're both so catchy, and I just can't stop. I believe my dad will read this and give it his nod of approval. My mom, on the other hand, is probably shaking her head in disgust.

READING: After yesterday's post, I took a moment to revisit the book, Where the Wild Things Are. For some reason, it just felt right. My mom sent me a copy as soon as we found out we were having a boy. I guess it was safe to assume the name Max was a done deal; she knows me all too well. Upon receiving the book, I stuffed it with the other gifts we've collected since we announced we're expecting. Throughout this pregnancy, I've been cautious—cautious to get too attached. I've spent the bulk of the last six months afraid, and I've harbored mixed feelings about all this change. The  doubt and anxiety made me feel less maternal and disappointed. I convinced myself I wasn't doing this pregnancy thing right. Thankfully as each week passes, I'm able to embrace the change a little more than the day before. Dusting off the book and reading it felt like a big deal. I realized that I was allowing myself to let the excitement outweigh my fear of the unknown. Hooray for little victories! Instead of preemptively worrying about all the things I'll do wrong as a parent (and I will), I found myself dreaming about the day Max and I would read this book together. Uttering these words never felt so good, "Let the wild rumpus start!" What a fitting motto for this next adventure.

LOVING: Since we moved in a few months ago, my primary focus was decorating the interior of the house. Getting it in tiptop shape has been priority numero uno. Now that things are coming together and we're anticipating visitors, Flyboy and I thought it might be nice to spruce up the patio area. There isn't much going on outdoors, aside from a few plants and our potting bench, so we ordered this umbrella in Peridot Stripe from West Elm along with several strands of party lights from Target. As for the sitting area, we ended up repurposing our old kitchen table by giving it a weathering treatment so it could be utilized outdoors. I'm pretty jazzed for the umbrella and twinkle lights to arrive so I can finally set it all up and sip on my Blueberry Lemonade al fresco.  

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


More often than not, doubt consumes me. However, once I've made up my mind, I'm incredibly stubborn and there's no turning back. I'm all in, and that's that. I guess I'm kind of like a walking oxymoron (emphasis on the moron). Ha Ha! The moment we found out the baby's gender and we dashed out of the clinic to call our parents, I knew exactly what we'd name him. There were no reservations; I'd already decided. Poor Flyboy—he didn't stand a chance when it came to input! Bless his heart. I guess I blame it all on the Life List I drafted back in October 2010. In that moment, I knew if we ever had a son, we'd call him Max.

After we got married in 2008, we'd often discuss our future with a family—as most young couples do. It's kind of a fun and dreamy thing to chat about when you're newly married and not really committed to the idea of having kids just yet. We threw around a handful of names and the front-runners were Hunter, Ace, and Max. After discussing the possibilities, we arrived at the most important part. Yep, the part when you get to analyze all of the reasons as to why the names WON'T work. That might sound awfully pessimistic, but you have to consider the possible nicknames and stigmas that might come attached with the name.

For instance, the last name "Fine" is pleasant but also rather tricky. We're already setting this child up for a boatload of corny jokes in which he'll ask others how they're doing and they're just itching to respond with the ever so witty response "Fine." Nope, never heard that one before. You're so clever. Ha Ha! It doesn't really bother me (hence m' blog name), but I've only lived with it for six years. Hearing FB and my father-in-law talk about all the "Fine" punchlines of their past is a different story.

In the process of throwing around name ideas, I couldn't help but think about how it might look when it's listed on a roster or in a phone book (because we still use those, right?!). Do you really think the kid is going to like having his name listed as "Fine, Ace" or "Fine, Hunter"? Erm, no. In terms of Hunter and Ace, I had no choice but to give them both the kibosh for a few other reasons:

  • Hunter: I always loved this name; it just sounds strong and catchy. FB took to it because of his ongoing love for the outdoors and memories spent hunting and fishing with his dad. While I adore the sentimental reasons attached to the name, I couldn't get over the whole "Fine Hunter" thing. Can you blame me? This kid can be a sportsman, but that doesn't mean he needs to be named after one.  
  • Ace: This was one of those names that we discussed WAAAAAAY before FB got his wings and became a pilot. It's actually quite funny (and embarrassing) to think about now. I guess it sounded cute and hip at the time, but can you even imagine the kind of crap people would give us when they'd find out we named our son ACE?! Yikes! Just thinking about the cliche makes me want to bury my head and ask "What in the blank were we thinking?" It's so bad. Heck, maybe we should have considered Maverick and Goose as well?!

After crossing those two options off the list, we were left with Max. Doesn't that just sound like someone who's spunky and playful?! I thought so. And in case there's a need to go by something a tad more formal, his full name will be Maxwell. I'm thinking it will be key when he's president some day, but that's totally his call. I just want to ensure he's got the option to amp up the sophisticated factor if he needs to. For now, I just call him Max.

While some folks prefer to keep the baby name classified or info that's shared among family and friends, I've found it's just another detail I'm elated to divulge to anyone who will listen. I technically made it very public when I published my Life List, so it wasn't much of a secret anywho. In three years time, this little space has grown to mean a lot to me. It only seemed right to let you in on the details. Ladies and gents, come October I plan to share a whole bunch of Maxwell Christopher Fine with you. Stay tuned.

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about what you'll name your child? If you have kids, how did you decide on a name?
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


This here's a post for all the paper-lovin' princesses. That's right, I'm talking about YOU! 

I'm going to come right out and say it. I feel like I've been keeping a little secret from my fellow snail-mail fiends, and I feel terrible about it. Why it's taken me so long to share Ladyfingers Letterpress with you, I'm not exactly sure. Oops! I suppose it slipped my mind after stumbling upon the shop this past December. Hey, I had to keep some holiday gifts a surprise! Anywho, I should tell you I scored major brownie points when I presented family and friends with these Booze Bags. Can you say adorable?! They were a MEGA hit. I love them so much I decided to keep a spare set handy; you never know when you might need an impromptu gift. Am I right?! Six months have passed since my obsession with Ladyfingers Letterpress began, and I've found I'm just as smitten today.

Take a gander at some of m' favorites:

Visit the shop here. Oh, and learn more about the amaaaaazing owners here.
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Friday, June 20, 2014


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

  • Seafolly Stripe Towel // Oh gee, this towel is everything I love all wrapped into one. Chartreuse + Stripes = Hubba!
  • What Colors Look Best on Me? // It's no secret I've been a Real Simple loyalist since the 9th grade (nerd alert). Naturally, I look forward to their nifty tips and tricks each month. This lipstick quiz is right up my alley.
  • Neon Heart // Thimblepress just released gobs of goodies to their shop. I may have purchased the colossal confetti.
  • Embroidered Pom-Pom Tank // If it's the Love List, then there's probably going to be some form of pom-pom included. Am I right?! Then I guess I don't have to explain why it's a summer wardrobe MUST. Conveniently it's 30% off at J.Crew
  • Pineapple Illustration // Emi Ito's illustrations were a total bright spot to my week. How darling is this pineapple?!
  • Tenoverten Nail Polish // Always eager to test new brands, I snagged a bottle of this in the shade "Worth".
  • Printed Espadrilles // The number I own is a wee bit embarrassing, but they're SO comfortable and scream summer.
  • Mod Mortar + Pestle // As evident with the striped towel above, I'm a sucker for all things chartreuse and white.
  • Parcel Tag Trio Box // These warm neon parcel tags are incredibly fun. Is there such as thing as too many?
  • The Ultimate S'more // If it wasn't for that Dairy Queen jingle about S'mores, I honestly wouldn't have given it any thought. Now, I can't STOP thinking about them. I saw this sweet stack on Pinterest and it felt like divine intervention. "S apostrophe M-O-R-E, S'mores for you, and S'mores for me." Gah, make it stop!
  • More Peonies Puh-leez // I've managed to get my grubby little hands on these beloved blooms THREE weeks in a row. Can you believe it?! I can't decide if my behavior is gluttonous or extremely spoiled. At any rate, it's wonderful!

Welp, there you have it. Cheers to a snazzy weekend. Make it count, m' dears.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014


Artwork by Georgiana Paraschiv
THANKFUL FOR: I try not to pay too much attention to blog statistics, but I couldn't help but notice that these Thursday posts seem to be the most popular lately. It made me laugh because the posts I'm most proud of always have to deal with some element of layout or design—they're the ones that take me hours to whip up in Photoshop and when I get it just right, I might even beam a little. I'm so grateful to you and your loyal readership. You stop by often, and you continue to champion my quirks. Thank you! 

EATING: Bing Cherries all day every day. I would go so far as to say it's my official fruit of summer. Sorry, watermelon.

WATCHING: I must get all of this Bravo talk out of my system. What in the world has happened to Mama Joyce? I want to throw things at the TV whenever she opens her mouth on Kandi's Wedding. She's so awful. I can't take it! Oh, and that smug look she gets on her face. Yeesh! Then there's Shannon on RHOC. What are your thoughts? I find her incredibly whiny, and I'm over her martyr act. Andy, it might be time to give that girl the boot. I'm just saying... Also, Tamra is a real problem this season. What gives?! On the bright side, Carole and Heather of RHONY rock my world every Tuesday night. I want to know them! They're a hoot and a half. Don't get me started on Ladies of London. It's kind of my latest obsession. Juliet cracks me up, and I'd give anything for that sweet little daughter of hers. Marissa is a whackadoodle, but incredibly entertaining. How does Caprice look like that at 8 months pregnant? Annabelle is a rather mysterious character with a killer wardrobe. Phew, it feels good to get that off my chest.

FEELING: To all of my readers who love or own cats, earmuffs please. Two years ago, I shared ten random things about myself in this post. Here's the deal, I really despise cats. Nothing's changed; they still scare the bejeezus outta me. When we moved into this house, I knew the transition wasn't going to be an easy one. How did I come to this conclusion? We were greeted by a rando cat when they gave us the keys to our rental and it would not leave the property. I stomped my foot and squealed. It wasn't phased. This was my living hell. A day or two into unpacking, Flyboy and I realized that our new feline friend would become a recurring issue. But wait, there wasn't just ONE, there were FIVE. Where in the Swell Rio are these things coming from?! There's a two-pet rule on base, so who owns this kitty clan? I was all fired up. They were chewing our plants, and killing squirrels and birds in the front yard. Finding paw print marks on the hood of The Rig was the final straw. I'd had enough, and I knew exactly where they all lived. Flyboy and I had no choice but to complain. Although we've been assured that they've taken action to prevent anything else from happening, the cats still come and go as they please. We live on a military base, so you're going to have to conform to the rules. Is that too much to ask?! Why are their pets my problem? My goodness, now I just sound like an old bitty!

THINKING ABOUT: Pregnancy makes you do weird things. For example, I recently purchased some compression socks and a pair of Rachel Zoe's Skimmies. What the what?! I'm honestly kind of embarrassed to be sharing these details with you, but I feel like my Thursday's Thoughts posts serve as a weekly confessional. You might find yourself asking WHY I bought these things, and I can't say I blame you. In fact, I still scratch my head whenever I see them folded in my dresser drawer. While I don't plan on wearing both items together (Or do I?), I figured it might not hurt to have them on hand for preventative measures. As a lifelong worry wart, I fear things like varicose veins and visible panty lines. I realize this post has made me age several decades, but there will be no swelling, spider veins, or clingy mishaps on my watch. And no I don't believe Rach has any need for Skimmies. That's bananas.     

LISTENING TO: A little over three years ago, Flyboy was a student pilot at Laughlin AFB. Since our return, he's taken on the role of instructor. It's kind of adorable to listen to him discuss details from his day over dinner. He's become really attached to his job, and I think he's enjoying himself. When he talks about the progress he sees each day in his students, there's a lot of pride. I get a little glimpse of what he'll be like as a dad, and quite honestly it's pretty darn cute.

READING: I stumbled upon this quote recently, and I guess it kind of stuck with me. Suddenly the magic of the unknown (Oh, motherhood, hello!) excites me. There's still SO much to do to before his arrival, but I feel really prepared to learn and love with all my might. And suddenly you just know…it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”—Meister Eckhart

LOVING: Aside from the fact that my tube melted on its way to Swell Rio (sigh), I can already tell that I'm smitten with the NARS Matte Multiple Stick in Laos. I played around with what little product I could, and I've found it offers a really natural flush look to your cheeks and subtle color to your lips. In the past, I had to pass on the NARS Multiple Sticks because there was too much shimmer for me, and it drew attention to my less-than-perfect complexion. I was pleasantly surprised with the matte option. This one's a keeper, folks! Thankfully, Nordstrom customer service went ahead and sent a replacement. Hooray!

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

P.S. I'm sorry if I offended you with my cat spiel. Can we still be friends?!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


My PAK Essentials
When I found out I was expecting, I had an epic meltdown. Okay, there were actually a lot of those, and most of them dealt with the fact that I worried having a kid meant I'd have to forgo my favorite things—like a great wardrobe and fabulous accessories. Irrational? Yes. Shallow? Maybe just a smidgen. I knew it was bad when I lost all inspiration to organize my closet. I mean, when would I EVER turn down an opportunity to arrange and color coordinate pretty things? I couldn't help but think, "Why put all this stuff away when I can't wear it, and it will never fit again?" Dramatic, I know. When I'd tell others I was pregnant, I'd get comments like "Well enjoy looking cute and put together now, you won't in nine months!" I started to take all of this nonsense to heart, and I believed my J.Crew-loving, clutch-toting days were numbered. After all, you can't have nice things when you have kids, right?!

A few weeks after I announced the big news on my blog, I received the most thoughtful package from the über-talented Blair Ritchey. I quickly opened the box to find a sweet surprise and a glimmer of hope. Eek, it was another one of her gorgeous bags! I was absolutely overwhelmed by her generosity. This time, Blair gifted me with her latest design, the PAK—which is named after her dear friends, Paige, Anne, and Kristin. The pouch was originally designed with them in mind because all three ladies have children and in Blair's words, "Moms still want to be stylish and carry luxury pieces, too." Reading those words was like music to my ears. 

Blair went on to explain features of the PAK that make it functional. "Lined with Ripstop Nylon, it can be wiped clean on the inside; you never know when you may need somewhere to stuff a banana peel. This design is more structured so it will sit up on its own, and it's easy to open and close with one hand. It's perfect to keep in a diaper bag, or used as a clutch or crossbody. For those of us that aren't moms yet, it's the perfect traveler. When I travel, I store my in-flight essentials inside it and then place it in my Lango Messenger." While it's designed with travelers and moms in mind, jet-setting and kiddos aren't required for purchase!

Getting to know Blair over the past two years has been such a treat. I honestly should have known that she would be the one to restore my hope in being a stylish mom. Thanks, Blair! Having used my PAK religiously for the past two months (it makes me feel so fancy), I'm incredibly excited to incorporate it into my new role as fashionable mom. It's a beautiful thing when form and function mingle, my friends! When I flaunt this beauty around the border, I feel a little more prepared for what's to come. Gorgeous accessories seem to have that effect on people. Give this girl a great bag and she can conquer the world— or at least Swell Rio!

For more of Blair's collection, be sure to visit her website and follow the talented designer on Instagram

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


I like to give myself fancy titles. I think it has something to do with being first born and assertive—yep, that's just my subtle way of justifying bossy behavior. I'll go ahead and own it. Anywho, as a self-appointed curator of all things swell and snazzy, I don't take this role lightly. Naturally, I felt the need to up my game a bit when we found out we were expecting. Clearly I know how to treat m' self (nailed it!), but now I have a mission to treat a tiny little tot. These days, I bookmark all sorts of cuteness in miniature form like it's my job. When I'm not scouting finds on Pinterest, I'm probably hanging out on Etsy and clicking that little heart button. This week, I thought I'd share five of my favorite shops that cater to the tiniest of overlords.
  1. Mélissa Hévey Quilts // The loveliest selection of handmade baby bedding. I'm partial to the polka dots and stripes.
  2. Sara Carr // Whimsical toys and accessories are my favorite. Sara's woolly world is just too stinkin' adorable.
  3. Paul & Paula // This sweet little tee is SO happening, my friends! Eek, and these baby leggings. Somebody stop the madness.
  4. Jumping Jack // I'm a sucker for a baby in a headband. The pink-and-white stripe is absolute perfection. Maybe next time...
  5. The Coral Pear // How about a pair of baby moccasins for your little one? The color selection is exquisite. Oh, and bows!
Have you stumbled upon any like it, love it, gotta have it, Etsy treasures lately?
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Monday, June 16, 2014


A bright little ode to Ernest Hemingway—"You make your own luck."
In an effort to feel somewhat "cute" these days, I've found I must have one of my favorite accessories with me at all times.
Lately I've been spending oodles of time at my desk. This little space brings me so much joy. I just love it!
In Flyboy's absence, I had a chance to catch up on correspondence. How darling is this liner?! And yes, it's none other than Sugar Paper.
Beesly and I came to the realization that we're going to be outnumbered soon. As a result, I feel like we've been bonding more.
These days it feels like the baby is constantly receiving something in the mail. One of his first gifts was this Idlewild Co. print from my parents.
A weekend stop at Home Depot and a trunk filled with plants. Just another sign that I'm becoming my mother...
Happy Monday, m' dears! How was your weekend?! I can't say that much has been going on around here, but I've tried my best to put the swell in Swell Rio in Flyboy's absence. Two weekends alone in this rinky-dink town can drive a girl bonkers, but it's also been a great opportunity to focus on simple pleasures. Or at least that's how I tried to sell it to myself. Ha Ha! For instance...

"The details are not the details. They make the design."—Charles Eames
  • The Bougainvillea my mom gave us when she visited is starting to bloom again. Woo Hoo! After we repotted it, things weren't looking too hot and we were afraid it was dunzo. Call it dumb luck, but I'm going to chalk it up as a win.
  • I should probably be using this time to sleep in, but I've found that our little guy is incredibly active between 5 am and 6 am. Yep, we've got an early bird on our hands! Not quite ready to roll out of bed, I used the time to lay there with my hand cradling my stomach. It was relaxing to just be still and tune-in to his little kicks.
  • An early start to our day means the pups and I have logged in our daily walk by 7 am. The warmer it gets, the more important it is that we go on a quick jaunt before it gets too hot. Things are so quiet on Laughlin, I often wonder if we've got this base to ourselves. The silence and inactivity is kind of peaceful.
  • There's a lot of happiness that comes in a glass of iced-cold lemonade and your favorite striped straw.  
  • A stranger asked about the baby, which means we're officially passed that "Is she pregnant or chubby?" phase. Yay!
  • I spent two hours on Saturday preparing snail mail for dear friends. It's been awhile since I blocked off a chunk of time for correspondence. I imagine the post lady will appreciate my fat stack of washi-adorned mail when she collects it.
  • Anthropologie had a houseware promo this weekend, so I put it to work and ordered these pom-pom curtains for the baby's room. Those who frequent Anthro know that coupons are rare, so I saw it as a sign from the shopping gods.
  • When I drive into town to run errands, I feel like I'm on autopilot. To amp up the fun factor, I blare Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." Saturday trips to the Post Office and Wal-Mart kind of contradict the song's lyrics; it's a state of mind, right?!

Enough about me. Did you do anything fancy? What simple pleasures did you enjoy this weekend?

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Friday, June 13, 2014


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

  • Streamers Imprintable Note Cards // Yippee! Fridays should be festive, just like your growing stationery collection.
  • Pintuck Cami in Garment Dye // Remember those 100+ degree temps I mentioned yesterday. Well, I think this lightweight top might be the answer to all of my preggo summer problems. I think I'll take one in each color, please. 
  • Flores Beaded Coin Purse // No, I don't need it. Yes, it would be an adorable place to store lip balm and loose change.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich // I have an unhealthy relationship with ice cream sandwiches, and I really want to make some this weekend. Somebody stop me! Perhaps adding one to this week's Love List will satisfy my sweet tooth. Probably not.
  • Domino Magazine: Summer 2014 Issue // It's safe to say I won't find this gem on the newsstands in Swell Rio, so I planned ahead and ordered a copy online. Here's hoping it's chock-full of inspiration and design candy. 
  • Cotton Pom-Pom Dinner Napkins // A simple design with a fun twist. They would look darling on our new dining table. 
  • Citrus Fruit Melamine Salad Plate // I've been consuming an overwhelming amount of fruit lately. I can't keep enough in the house; it's ridiculous. My obsession has gone so far that I find it scrumptious and adorable in any capacity, even in the form of a salad plate. Hey, I guess it's better than devouring packages of Oreos or ice cream sandwiches...
  • Jeweled Sandals // A slightly cheaper version of the sold-out J.Crew sandals, I've got my eye on these snazzy shoes.
  • NARS 'Adult Swim' Lip Gloss // Now this is precisely the kind of pink shade I can get down with.
  • Fruit Ice Cubes // You see what I mean about fruit?! I want it in everything. In fact, I might have to whip up a batch of these lovely ice cubes and toss them into my lemonade. Surely it will make the rising temperature more pleasant.

Welp, there you have it. Cheers to a snazzy weekend. Make it count, m' dears.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014


I can finally put an end to my Peony pity party this season. Yay! I was elated to find these beauties waiting for me at the HEB.

THANKFUL FOR: This is going to sound dramatic, but Amazon Prime has completely revolutionized the Swell Rio experience for us. Don't get me wrong, I'd still warmly welcome a Target (or any other snazzy amenities), but I think you catch my drift. When we lived here a few years ago, it didn't exist, and we were happy to receive packages in the usual five to seven business days. Upon finding out that we'd return to Laughlin AFB, we knew we needed to sign up and stat. Now I can get just about anything my heart desires thanks to Amazon's complimentary two-day shipping. Have you used it?! It's crazy cakes good and incredibly convenient! Though this is starting to come across as a silly sponsored post, I can assure you it's not. I guess I just marvel at the fact that I received a crib mattress, some pregnancy cream, and Glucosamine for the pups last week—all in ONE shipment. Amaze balls!

EATING: Mama knows best, and my mom has never steered me wrong. Last weekend, she told me about her most recent find at Trader Joe's and I feel like it's my duty to pass this lil' nugget of info along. Have you ever tried their It's A Grand Slam Snack? According to my mom, it's the MOST delicious caramel corn ever. Oh yeah, and there are also peanuts, almonds, cashews, and pecans involved in this bag of sweet madness. Holy deliciousness! Is it crazy that I want to make the 2.5 hour trek to San Antone just to stock up and I've NEVER even tried it?! My mom doesn't rave about much, but when she does she means business.   

WATCHING: What I've been doing is probably more like staring, but for the sake of NOT sounding like a creeper—we'll just call it people watching. Yes, I've DEFINITELY been people watching. These days, I find myself closely examining parents and the ways in which they handle their little ones and interact with them. I've found you can learn a lot about parenting at the base pool on a weekend afternoon (um, yikes!), or at your local supermarket checkout lane. I can assure you this latest "hobby" doesn't come from a judgmental place, I'm just really curious about what life will be like when I'm in their shoes. I like to feel prepared and as nutty as it sounds, my social experiment allows me to run through the scenario and consider how I might handle things. Mind you, I'm aware that I'll probably throw all of this out the window when he actually arrives, but for the sake of feeling at ease now, it helps. 

FEELING: I was bummed to find out Flyboy would be out of town again this weekend. I know I don't have much room to complain and I should cherish what time we DO have together, but I'm really looking forward to our next weekend together. The long hours he puts in during the work week makes Saturdays and Sundays that much sweeter. Sometimes I feel like I only see him at breakfast and when we meet again at the dinner table around 8:30 pm. In fact, it doesn't feel all that different from Hawaii, except this time I don't have the beach or J.Crew to frequent whenever he's away. Ha! I'm trying to make the most out of the options available, but it's nice to break up the monotony whenever we get a chance. I sometimes question how I survived this madness the first time around, and I can't help but think I was spoiled with endless options and amenities in HI. I wonder if I'm any good at this military spouse gig and how I'll last three years here. That's when I channel the Little Engine That Could, "I think I can. I think I can."

THINKING ABOUT: In an effort to focus on the positive, I'm planning weekend getaways to Marfa and Austin. I'm still not sure when they're going to happen, but my tentative itineraries are going to come in SUPER handy. Type-A(shley) strikes again! When we visited Austin in April, I picked up this handbook and it's just as helpful as it is adorable. I hope to put it to work and stat!  

LISTENING TO: My mazel of the week goes to our air conditioner. I hear the whirring sound of it working overtime, and I tip my hat. Yesterday's high was 106 degrees and today we're looking at 111 degrees. I can't even believe it. I checked a few different weather sources just to see if my iPhone was going bonkers, but I think it was really just wishful thinking on my end. 

READING: Let's be honest, there's a lot of crafty crap out there. I don't know about you, but I've wasted too much time sorting through eons of blogs and tutorials. I truly thought I'd seen it all. Much to my surprise, Domino Magazine recently shared 17 of the BEST DIY blogs out there. Wasn't it sweet of them to do the dirty work for us?! Out of the 17 listed, I ended up adding three of them to my blogroll—Vintage Revivals, Almost Makes Perfect, and House Tweaking. Be sure to check them out!

LOVING: I bought my first pair of cycling shorts a little over six years ago. It's not something I'm proud to own, but it was necessary for the sake of m' bum. Because spinning helps keep me sane and I've got the energy to workout right now, I try to fit in a sesh at least three to five times a week. It wasn't until I recently started to feel pain near my tail bone that I realized the padding on my old shorts was non-existent. You guys, I feel SO legit! I'm not athletic, and I would have never guessed in a gazillion years that I could wear out workout gear or equipment. I felt so proud of myself, but I also needed to put an end to my aching caboose. Naturally, I put ol' Amazon Prime to work once again, and I ordered a new pair of cycling shorts. Y'all, the padding is HEAVENLY!

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