Friday, August 18, 2017


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

  • Gingham Clothbound Journal // Huzzah! Nothing says the beginning of a new school year quite like fresh notebooks.
  • Standard of Accuracy Ruler // I've never been one for straight lines, but this is cute enough to convince me otherwise.
  • Mokuyobi Thread Patches // How fabulous are these? I couldn't help but laugh at the dino and hot dog one. So Max!
  • Joy No. 3 by Jen Sievers // This collection of abstracts from a New Zealand artist are aptly named, wouldn't you agree??
  • Who Farted Tee // I reeeeeally wish Cheerily would consider making these in sizes larger than 2T. Flipping hilarious!
  • Max the Monster Slip-On Sneakers // These are on their way to Swell Rio. Some things just make sense, you know??
  • Boozy Coconut Freeze Pops // You know I'll be whipping up a batch of these puppies over the weekend. Come over!
  • Apple Throw Pillow  // This Land of Nod to the fall season is quite precious. The designers over there always get it right.
  • Halo White and Brass Armchair // Let's go ahead and categorize this under the file "If I were rich and child-free..."
  • Be Bright Keychain // Because who doesn't need a cheerful reminder in their purse?! I'm thinking it's a great gift idea.
  • Harlow Cardigan Sweater // My heart can hardly handle the fact that we'll  get to experience legit sweater weather.
  • Cocoon Coat // It's time I start dreaming about a coat that makes me feel like Carol Vessey. Any Ed fans out there?
  • Yes Please Free Download // Ionut Radulescu served up some serious cuteness this week on Design Sponge. Check it out!
  • Cheetah-Print Sneakers // Coming in under $25, these spotted sneakers are a "momsemble" MUST! Thanks Old Navy!
  • Easy DIY Paper Flower Topper // What's the chance I could convince my toddler that making paper bows is fun??
  • House Cocktails Tray // In the event I get too busy to make freeze pops, come over anyway for a gin-spiked beverage.
  • Carnation Drop Earrings // Now this is precisely the kind of Carnation I could get on board with. Bravo, J.Crew! Bravo!
  • Striped Cotton Napkin // I love cotton napkins, but they can be spendy. Thanks to H&M, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
  • Gardenia and Peonies Candle // Peony season might be in the past, but let's keep the spirit alive via this scented candle.
  • Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion // There's probably a good reason this magic sleep potion is out of stock. I'm intrigued!

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

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Thursday, August 17, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: Every time I look at Flyboy, I swear he's nose-deep in Zillow listings or flipping through the channels taking copious mental notes about what he's watching on House Hunters. Ha Ha! It's weird to think our time in Swell Rio is coming to a close and that it's finally time to start actively looking at housing options. For the past year we've been living in this bubble of hypotheticals and now we need to decide whether we want to buy or rent at our next location. Training and moving dates are still pending, so there's not a lot we can do right now, but it's on our radar. I'm equal parts terrified and exhilarated by the whole scenario. This move will be different in a lot of ways because we have a child now, but our PCS to Dover will be especially interesting as it's one of the first places we've moved to together that neither of us are familiar with the location. Say yes to new adventures, right?!

This past Sunday and Tuesday were a bust thanks to a series of really gnarly migraines. I maxed out on my meds (10 mg of Zomig in 24 hours) and had to rely on showers, Orthogel, and diffusers to survive. It's been about six months since I experienced anything like this. I forget how awful the reeeeeeeeeally bad ones can feel and medication isn't enough to do the trick.

THANKFUL FOR: Optimism with engagement can feel downright impossible when you tune into the news and see nothing but hate, bigotry, and violence as we did in Charlottesville this past weekend. But then I stumbled upon a quote shared by artist Oliver Jeffers on Sunday and I was reminded that despite the odds, it's best if we can still have faith in humanity. I hope I'm not wrong.

"For all the racism and xenophobia to be truly eradicated, all the closet racists and xenophobes 
need to reveal themselves. In my most optimistic moments, I believe we are witnessing 
the last dying thrust of the old world before a new age of enlightenment begins."

LISTENING TO: A few days ago, I caught Max playing in his mini kitchen. He was pretending to crack an egg open when I asked what he was making. Expecting an answer like cookies or muffins (his go-to response), he replied: "I'm making more Dump Ranch, ma!" I couldn't help but chuckle at his Whole30 specific response. This kid is definitely a product of his environment and I'm certain Melissa Hartwig would be proud, but wow we're going to look like he's part of the cult. If only they knew what his diet really consists of...

WATCHING: With an excellent cast like Billy Eichner, Cobie Smolders, and Keegan Michael-Key, I had HIGH hopes for the Netflix original series Friends from College. Have you watched it?! The characters are messy and the season (or series?) finale was even messier. Don't get me wrong, Flyboy and I found ourselves laughing a lot, but complicated doesn't even begin to describe the one-dimensional storyline. The show was just okay and while I wouldn't say it was an entire waste of time (we're talking Swell Rio on a Saturday night...), the last minute of Episode 8 left me with so many unanswered questions, I kind of wanted that four hours of my life back.

EATING: Per my sister's glowing recommendation, I've added these Thai Turkey Burgers to our meal plan next week and I can't wait to make them. You know a recipe has got to be good when you get a text that says, "I seriously can't wait to make them again and I'm still eating them." Hot damn! After reading Aubrey's message, I'm thinking she rests her case. No further questions, your honor. 

READING: Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar is exactly the kind of book I needed to read right now. Trust me when I say that you will feel ALL the feels, ugly cry, and your sides will hurt so much from laughing. You guys, it's like getting a much-needed hug from that friend you've been searching for. I want and need all m' peeps to read this one.

LOVING: This might be the best $17.20 I've spent in a very long time, so it's best I spill the tea. Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel exfoliating gauze pads are just as good, if not better, as the Dr. Gross equivalent I'd been purchasing at Sephora and a third of the price. Holla!

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

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017



Hola, sweet readers! Let's jump straight to the details...

  • If you have access to Austin Eastciders at your local Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, I can't recommend the Blood Orange Cider highly enough. My only regret is that I didn't stock up on more when we last visited San Antone. If you're like me, you'll find that the adorable design is just as delicious and refreshing as the actual beverage. How 'bout them apples?!
  • If I had to choose just one shirt to wear for the rest of my life, I think it would be this Striped One-Shoulder Bow Top from J.Crew. It will make you feel like a million bucks! That's right, you literally can't TOP this. Wink, wink.
  • Max wears many hats, but last week he opted to go the safari route. Natch! We set out on several adventures looking for wild creatures. The animal of his choice?! A fox. Ha Ha! So he grabbed his camera, a magnifying glass, and a notebook, and we moseyed around the base looking for a fox. Hoping to lure in a big one, Max decided it was best we bring his stuffed animal fox so that if we did find another on our walk they could be friends. Be still my heart.
  • You guys!! We found out that we're headed to Dover, Delaware next. Woo Hoo! Dates are pending as Flyboy will have to do 3-4 months of training to re-qualify in the C17, but we're absolutely elated. This assignment will afford us the opportunity to explore the East Coast and we'll live within driving distance of my parents. Get outta town!
  • When your toddler is truck and machine obsessed, you find yourself standing outside the grocery store for five minutes just to watch a cement truck in action. Trust me, I never thought I'd delight in something like this either, but here we are! Yes, Max and I spent the better part of the week making kid-friendly cement from sand and cornstarch, so we were pretty pumped to see THE real thing last Friday morning. At one point, Max began clapping for the workers. Day. Made.
  • Because the Fine household is extra classy, I leave you with a photo I took Sunday evening at the dinner table. With a grin that ginormous, I say to hell with manners. Bring me a marker and show me your belly!

Alright, enough from me. How's your week?! Anything fun on tap??
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Happy Tuesday, m' dears! When the week begins with a hectic start as it has in Swell Rio, I've found it's best to just add color. That makes total sense, right?! In fact, I think I was specifically meant to learn about Christina Zimpel's work last week so there would be a mental/creative reprieve from the looming nuttiness that consists of a toddler reluctant to nap, one doozy of a migraine, and a Monday where I just couldn't manage getting ahead of my to-do list. Le sigh. I know I'm not alone in feeling this way, so I thought I'd spread the love and share some of my favorite works by this Australian-born and Brooklyn-based artist with you. Eek!! Isn't it all so fabulous?! It should come as no surprise that I was sucked in by Christina's use of whimsical subjects and bright hues. Thoughts?!

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!! For more of Zimpel's work, be sure to check out her portfolio here. 
I promise to reply to blog comments, Insta feedback, and emails SOON. My tardy nature is getting to be embarrassing. Oops!

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Friday, August 11, 2017


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

  • Rylie Round Cushion // Pillows that look like 3-D polka dots, thanks to one of my favorite Aussie shops.
  • Lottie Tassel Flats // It's been awhile since J.Crew really wowed me with their flats. These make me excited for fall.
  • Wovenplay Organic Lola Swimsuit // I kind of want someone to have a baby girl so I can gift them with this perfection.
  • Cypress Double Sconce // The prospect of moving has me poring over lighting and hardware. Not that we have a place or anything. Ha Ha! I suppose it's just fun to think about non-base housing details. Can I get a woop woop!
  • The Beatrix Tote // If a mysterious Shopbop gift card arrived at my doorstep, I'd splurge on this puppy. Come here, you!
  • Natural Luggage Tag // Matine opened a brick and mortar near my folks, and I'm pretty sure I need to pay a visit SOON.
  • Color Swatch Soap // One of my favorite places to find gifts has free shipping through Sunday. That never happens!
  • NARS Liquid Blush // Color me intrigued! The reviews for NARS latest are raving and the shade selection is stunning.
  • Madewell x Tretorn // You had me at navy and VELVET!! These shoes have "momsemble" written all over them.
  • Flat Clutch // Is it too early to add this to my birthday wish list?? The Clare V. obsession is very real here, m' dears!
  • Tie-Shoulder Silk Top in Polka-Dot // I wore this number last Saturday and I'm itching to don it again. It's pretty fabulous!
  • Sequin Drop Earrings // Two words. Morning. Meadow. No, but seriously, how amazing are these earrings??
  • Voyager Chair // You guys, the shape of this seat makes me want to squeal I'm so excited. Can't hear me yet? Just keep listening. You're going to hear me from the armpit of Texas. I promise! Go on and wait for it...
  • Solid Brass Tape Dispenser // The recent CB2 collab with Fred Segal will have you dreaming of gems like this.
  • Paint Swatches // Is there anything better than when an artist you adore leads you to even MORE art you'll adore?!

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

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Thursday, August 10, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: Do you have a favorite Bravo Housewife?! Flyboy asked me this question recently and I had a difficult time answering; however, I couldn't help but notice that Dorinda has quickly found her way at the top of my list. Leave your luggage behind?! Not a problem, send an Uber to pick it up (what would that cost?!). Too hungover for brunch?! Order the Bolognese and CLIP! CLIP! CLIP! In fact, my thoughts on motherhood can best be described by this NYC gem. "I cooked, I decorated, I made it NICE!"

FEELING: In case you wondered about last Friday's police station fiasco, let me explain. The day was a disaster from the start. Max decided it was his mission to poke the bear from the moment he woke up that morning. Some days are like this. Knowing full well that we had plans to visit Flyboy at work and that Max would get to try out the simulator that evening, I knew I had the option to cancel the outing if needed. Thankfully, the child backed down and we made it to 4 PM. Hallelujah! He continued to test me throughout the day, but he ultimately fell in line and we made it to dad's office. The next 45 minutes were blissful and I *almost* forgot about the day's rough patches. But as soon as we left the Ops Group building and made our way home, our toddler decided to crank his mischief and tantrum level up a notch. Dinner was an absolute bust as Max continued to scream and whine, so I had no choice but to grab his book bag and my purse and pretend as though we were headed to the Swell Rio Police Department. As some of you are aware, the fear and respect Max has for the boys in blue is huge, so the idea of having to stay the night there scared the living daylights out of him. Flyboy didn't actually think we were going to go through with it, but after we didn't return 30 minutes later, I got a text wondering where we were at. Ha Ha! Driving to the police station on a Friday night was inconvenient, but following through with this kid is imperative. I've found I'm constantly looking for new tricks to use down the road. It's become essential to our survival because Max WILL continue to push boundaries. Le sigh. And so my journey with a strong-willed child continues...

THANKFUL FOR: Beesly continues to be our family's fluffiest heroine. For instance, our resident toddler took a tip from Daniel Tiger recently and decided he was afraid of monsters. Bless it. Thankfully Queen Bee came to the rescue (Again!) when I assured Max that Beesly makes it a point to sleep outside his door just so she can scare the mean monsters away. Yaaaaassss! This reassuring rationale made sense to our little guy, but now he insists on touching base with her before his nap and bedtime to remind her.

LISTENING TO: Last Sunday we met Flyboy at Starbucks for breakfast. Lately he's been riding his bike early in the morning before it gets too hot, and we like to join him towards the end of his trek for some caffeinated beverages and treats. Anywho, while driving into town with Max, my phone connected to Bluetooth and the last Pandora station I listened to while working out began playing in the wagon. Little did I know that Ludacris' "How Low" would be such a hit with my son because he's requested this song on repeat. Some of you may have seen him bust a move on Instagram last Tuesday night?! Although slightly aggressive and lacking in coordination, we've decided his moves have a good range of motion, much like Charlie Day's frayed jorts on It's Always Sunny.

WATCHING: Fellow Big Brother fans, what are your thoughts on this season?! I was initially skeptical about the whole temptations twist, but it's definitely kept things interesting. Are you rooting for anyone in particular?? I still can't believe Cody and Jessica have managed to hang on for so long. Truthfully, they irritate the hell outta me! I'm curious to see what the house dynamics would be like once they're eliminated and not the easy targets. While I still adore "your boy" Paul, I do think he needs to pump the brakes in terms of his need for control. He could take a tip or two from Max and Luda, and lay low for a hot second. His peers will respect him for it.

EATING: While I wouldn't say we're eating exclusively Whole30 (we leave a meal or two open for "earned" days), I do aim for recipes that meet the requirements during the work week. We've found that we feel better overall when we stick to the guidelines, but that doesn't mean I'm not constantly looking for ways to shake things up. Boredom can set in, but 40 Aprons has been a blog I turn to on the regular for meal ideas. Quite frankly they've all been outstanding! This week I tried this Healthy Greek Meal (a tasty hit!) and I've got my eye on these Enchiladas with Poblano Pork Stuffing and Creamy-Avocado Sauce as well.

LOVING: I've been on the hunt for a product that would serve as a heat-protectant but also reduce frizz. Does such a thing really exist?! I get tired of using a bunch of products and I typically lose track of the order in which I'm supposed to apply all the sprays, oils, balms, creams, etc. It gets overwhelming and I was about to write this unicorn of a product off as nonexistent until I tried Bumble and Bumble's Straight Blow Dry. Whoa! With the help of this styling balm, I was pretty stinking proud of the at-home blowout I gave myself. Perhaps I'm just getting greedy here, but I can't help but wonder what the shampoo and conditioner have to offer??

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

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