Friday, March 24, 2017

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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

  • Mountain Abstraction // Color me inspired! I can't help but get lured in by Lulu deKwiatkowski's vibrant pieces.
  • Enough Sun For Everybody // I was killing time on Pinterest and in a sea of inspirational quotes, this one stuck with me.
  • One Bowl Toffee Bar Cookies // Whip these up, but go ahead and leave a few at my doorstep while you're at it. 
  • Cream Pom Dot Throw Pillow // I see what you did here Target and Nate Berkus, and I can't say I hate it. This is fab!
  • Yuliya Gwilym Illustrations // I love the whimsy in Gwilym's art. Hey Max, are you ready to unleash your inner Picasso?
  • Grenada Double Strand Pom-Pom Necklace // I've been eyeing this number for a few weeks. It's gonna need to happen.
  • Uppers Canister // How many bottles of gin could I fit in here? Asking for a friend. Alright, Peanut M&Ms it is...
  • Striped Tie-Front Flats // These are SO flipping fabulous, J.Crew excluded them from their most recent promo. Sigh.
  • Easter Eggs Card // I haven't made it a habit to send Easter cards, but this one from Mr. Boddington gives me the urge.
  • Chelsea Chicken // Isn't she ADORABLE?! Max probably (I'm only saying that because I *should*) doesn't need another stuffed animal, but this fluffy creature is ridiculously charming. I swear he's nothing like the rest of them. Ha!
  • Smarties Hot Pink Cushion // If I refer to throw pillows as "cushions" like the Aussies, is it still considered hoarding?
  • Velvet Heart Cushion // You don't have to answer that last question. I know where this is going. #INTERVENTION
  • Gold-Tone Acrylic Earrings // A spendy addition to this week's list, but I can assure you they're a work of ART.
  • Embroidered Springtime Top // I think I squealed when I first laid eyes on this dainty number. Come hither.


Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


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THINKING ABOUT: Every six months or so I reach that point where I feel REALLY burnt out. Do you ever get this way?! Needless to say, the impending visit to see my parents couldn't come at a better time. With everything that's gone on with Beesly, we haven't had the luxury of leaving our beloved border town since late December as the rehabilitation portion is kind of high maintenance. I realize that probably sounds silly to some, but it's been enough to drive me mad. Lately I've noticed that I'm quick to snap about little things and I find very little joy in a routine that typically comforts my Type-A personality. I'm just checking off a bunch of boxes and going through the motions with a gusto meter that's running on empty. On a good day, I attempt to survive this whole motherhood gig with Max (preferably armed with a sense of humor and colorful ballet flats), spin, blog, hit 10k steps (if possible), make sure my people are taken care of, and then shampoo, rinse, repeat. I typically take a lot of pride in completing the everyday tasks, but I truly believe it's time to shake things up. Whether that entails a new haircut, an afternoon absorbing Contemporary Art, or a day trip to Falling Water, I'm just so ready to be giddy about a fresh scenery and the idea of handing Max off to my dad for a few hours without having to worry I'll get a phone call telling me my son is refusing to eat and participate in group activities. Ha Ha!     

THANKFUL FOR: Yesterday I woke up with another cruddy migraine. Bleh! The older Max gets the harder I find it is to take care of our wily toddler when my head is pounding and all I really want to do is lay down and let my medication do its job. Yesterday I found myself bawling my eyes out because I was really convinced Max was going to watch at least 30 minutes of a movie and I could rest, but my little busy body gave me ten minutes before he was ready to move on to another activity. Sigh. On days like this past Wednesday, I can't help but think about my mom and grandma who did all of this without any prescriptions for years. Yowzah! That alone is enough to make me grateful for my Zomig and healthcare that covers the cost of these pricy pills.  

WATCHING: Last week I asked you all for TV recommendations to watch while Flyboy was out of town and now I'm ready to let you in on what I picked. Ha! On Friday night I watched a free episode of Big Little Lies and I'm obsessed. You guys!! It's SO SO good. While we don't have HBO, I'm already trying to figure out how I can possibly watch more of the show because I'm pretty certain I need more of it in my life. But here's where it all goes downhill... On Saturday night, while scouring the web for orchid fabulosity I might include in last Tuesday's Color Study, I watched three episodes of Mama June: From Not To Hot. Erm, please excuse me while I bury my head in shame. Yikes! But in my defense, this was also the same night Max would not stop screaming and fall asleep, so I needed to watch something I didn't have to pay a lot of attention to. Insert side eyeroll here. Y'all it was trashy background noise, I swear!

EATING: I like to try at least one new recipe a week so I can report back to you on the blog, but I didn't get around to it this week. My bad! However, I did start meal planning for the next ten days, and I'm excited to make this Avocado Salmon Rice Bowl and this Turkey Cauliflower Baked Ziti. Have you tried anything great lately that you'd be willing to pass along?? We're not picky; we just love food.   

LISTENING TO: Last weekend while Flyboy was away, I was hit with the cruel reality that I'm much too boring for Max. Yep, just imagine the look on my face as I watched my two year old pull out his fake cell phone—on multiple occasions—shush me with an ornery smirk, proceed to tell me he was on the phone "talkee to daddy," and then 
look away pretending to be preoccupied. You know what?! It's cool kid, I'll just be over here trying to decide if you want ketchup with your ketchup for lunch again. Message received. 

READING: In an effort to bring a taste of Manhattan's chic cafe, Jack's Wife Freda, to Swell Rio (gigglesnort), I went ahead and added their new cookbook to my library. Hey, maybe it will make us one step closer to dining with the Seinfelds one day?! Did somebody say ULTIMATE couples date?? Ha! I'm eager to spend some quality time with my latest read this weekend and pick a few new recipes to try in the coming weeks. After thumbing through the book briefly on Tuesday night (the photography and layout is GOOOOOORGEOUS!), I have a feeling we may have to start with the Jalapeno and Gruyere Pasta first. Yum!

LOVING: You follow Liz Adams of Sequins and Stripes, right?! Did you catch last week's post where she shared her spring beauty routine?? It might have been her most endearing one yet, and that's saying a lot because I think she's the best. I'm a sucker for product reviews and tutorials anyway, but THIS was real and relatable unlike a lot of videos I've watched. Admittedly, I ended up purchasing a few of the featured products because I'm all for a low-maintenance look and Liz makes hers seem effortless. It's worth a shot, right? While she joked about the rogue brush hair on her lip, foundation in her hair, and concealer in her brows, I swear I didn't noticed any of it. She can do no wrong, and she'll always be adorable to me! Okay, now I just sound like a stalker. Oops!


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


"THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN." — CHARLES EAMES

Happy Wednesday, m' dears! Let's jump straight to the details, shall we?!
  • Yesterday Flyboy took Beesly to the vet for her annual appointment. For the past few years I've ducked out of this yearly to-do because the dogs were getting up there in age and my heart just couldn't take the idea of them getting older. I worried about the doc finding something, and I suppose avoiding the appointment altogether seemed to help—a little. Additionally, the notion of juggling two neurotic dogs and a baby just didn't make sense logistically, so FB happily obliged to run this errand on his own. But now that Tripp is gone and we only received one postcard reminder this year, I found myself stirring yesterday feeling more anxious than ever. The mama bear in me wanted so badly to attend and ask questions about her overall health and the ongoing rehabilitation of her leg, but I still have a hard enough time driving by the vet clinic en route to Home Depot without my eyes watering. The idea of seeing the doc again (kindest and most earnest vet EVER) and sitting in the same room where we said good-bye to my favorite Golden was too difficult. Thankfully, our girl returned last night with a clean bill of health and my mind and heart can rest for a little bit longer.
  • You guys!! Remember when I asked for TV recommendations last week because Flyboy was headed to New Orleans for work and I was eager to relax in the evenings alone?! Well, I can't say I clocked in much time with the boob tube anyway. No, Max was an absolute terror who refused to sleep. At all. Sigh. Naps were nonexistent and our nights were filled with sporadic bouts of screaming. Please tell me this is another one of those sneaky sleep regressions and not our new norm. Right?! I felt like a walking zombie plotting my next trip into town for a triple venti ANYTHING. Not to mention, my neck is still killing me from my mediocre attempts to rest while donning noise-canceling headphones. Nice try, Ash!
  • In an effort to pass the time until "daddddddddy hooooooooome" on Sunday night, Max and I visited Starbucks both mornings for treats, built extravagant Lego trains, frequented the park (Barry the Brachiosaurus was invited too), took both his scooter and bike out for a spin, scooped mulch with one of many toy trucks, and raced down the slides more times than I preferred. I found myself looking at my watch and counting down the hours until Flyboy's return. It was clear we missed our beloved routine, but mostly we missed the rock of the family—the guy that makes us all smile. If there was any real upside to last weekend, I would say it served as a perfect gut check to enjoy life's slower pace in Swell Rio. After all, it won't be long before we get our next assignment, FB returns to a new airframe with a higher ops tempo, and all the coming/going will be our norm again. Sometimes life moves at a snail's pace down here, but I bet we'll find that we miss it a year from now—not necessarily the location, but the bounty of time spent together. 

Alright, that's all I've got for now. What have you been up to?! I'm dying to know.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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

  • Mossy Missy's Matchbook // If you're looking for a colorful escape, check out Katie Benn's illustrations. They're fantastic!
  • Enamel Tassel Pendant // Always a sucker for citrus, I fell hard for this sunny and snazzy tassel beauty. Get over here!
  • Satin Bow Slingbacks // Coming in just under $25, who can resist this fashionable fan favorite from H&M? Sign me up.
  • Fun Patch // Because sometimes you need a punchy embroidered patch to remind you to have a blast, right?!
  • Silken Wool Pillow Covers // I see you West Elm with your delicious color palette. How fabulous are Nile and New Blue?
  • Heels On Fire Tee // I'll be wearing this easy tee all Spring and Summer. How adorable is the embroidered phrase?
  • Dandelion Drop Earrings // These dangly darlings are ADORABLE and the variety of colors add a perfect pop to any outfit.
  • Pink Collins Striped Basket Tote // Sometimes I think I want the navy version, but then I get lured in by that bright pink.
  • Grapefruit Fizz Cocktails // Sip on something equal parts pretty and fizzy. Don't forget there's a mocktail version too!
  • Kaico Set // I'm obsessed with the simplicity and elegance that comes with this functional (and spendy) Japanese design. 
  • Oval Tray // A shiny steal to keep bits and baubles organized in the bathroom or a centerpiece on the kitchen table.
  • Woven Brights Placemats // Doesn't every meal deserve a playful and colorful foundation? The yellow is yummy.
  • Ladies // No one does lettering quite like THE Internet design goddess Corina Nika. Who agrees with me?! 
  • The Precision Eye Definer // Oh boy! This will more than likely be the next eyeliner I try to master. Wish me luck!
  • StikIt Tape Dispenser // Grabbing a piece of tape with one hand never felt so breezy. Thanks for the stylish tip, Domino!

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


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THINKING ABOUT: I'm officially the mom of a toddler who has surrendered to letting her kid eat a combo like ketchup and cheese for lunch or dinner. As evident from anecdotes on m' blog, I have to pick my battles with Max and this one isn't currently a priority. This is a phase, right?! For the longest time he was a fantastic little eater, but we all know that a two year old craves independence and desires control. Sigh. This doesn't mean that I don't prepare a plate with ALL the options or encourage him to eat what we are, but at the end of a meal I'm hit with the realization that I probably should have just served Beesly the food on Max's plate instead.

THANKFUL FOR: Now that I'm 22 days away (but who's counting?) from heading to D.C., I'm starting to allow myself to get REALLY excited about our trip. Aside from spending quality time with my parents (the BEST part!), I'm giddy beyond belief that I'll be in the area just in time to visit Yayoi Kusama's current exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum. Eek, it was meant to be! Somebody pinch me. I went ahead and set an alarm on my phone so I don't forget to sign up for our timed passes—that would be a major bummer. It only makes sense that I experience the incredible works of a woman who believes "polka dots are a way to infinity." Um, HELLO!

WATCHING: Flyboy is going to be out of town this weekend and I'm desperate for things to watch this weekend. Who's got recommendations?! My yankee doodle heart simply can't resist The Great British Baking Show, but in the event I speed through the episodes with delightful abandon—and I will—I'm going to need some backup ideas. Can you help a sister out?! In the past I've been known to  stoop to new lows and binge-watch series like KUWTK and Teen Mom 2. Ugh, I can't believe I'm telling you this. Yikes!

EATING: Desperate for Max-friendly meal ideas that aren't exclusive to tomato-based condiments, I whipped up a batch of Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins featured on Tatiana's blog, Flora and Fauna, last Friday and they were a HUGE hit. In fact, as embarrassing as it is to admit, I ended up making another dozen two days later because we devoured them so quickly. Ha Ha! 

LISTENING TO: Why is it that whenever we begin our peaceful stroll around base we come into contact with what feels like NO ONE? But then toward the end of the walk when Max is having another epic meltdown and screaming bloody murder it feels like everyone and their dog is frolicking about, hosting barbecues, and throwing Frisbees in Utopiaville?! Yep, just imagine yours truly over here trying to catch and contain a greased pig while simultaneously attempting to remain chill, smile, and wave at passersby. 


LOVING: I'm just kind of obsessed with the Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray. Have you tried it? The scent alone might be my favorite part! While the product provides a medium (but buildable) hold, it miraculously manages to keep my fine hair in place. Yes!!


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


"THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN." — CHARLES EAMES

Happy Wednesday, m' dears! Sorry for the late start. Let's get straight to the delightful deetz, shall we?!

  • After last week's doozy at daycare, Max decided to take it easy on me for a few days and do ALL the sweet things. We went searching for ladybugs and took several sunny strolls around base with minor meltdowns. It was HEAVENLY! I even found myself texting my mom and sister mushy messages about my dear son. What the?! Y'all, I should really know by now that when I do that, the toddler terror is ready to strike again and he did. Ha Ha! After Max woke up from his nap on Saturday afternoon and I returned from my hair appointment, I was summoned to meet my boys at the base track field and asked to pick them up after a walk that went sour. Imagine the look on my face when I pulled into the parking lot and found both father and son on separate curbs each sporting VERY disgruntled expressions. I suppose that set the tone for the impending DST change. Unless you've ever lived with a toddler, you really have NO idea what it's like when they flip the switch. THEN throw a time change AND a full moon to the mix. Yeah, this weekend was fan-flipping-tastic!
  • Looking for a snazzy way to lift your spirits? I tried this Grapefruit Fizz cocktail recipe via Charmingly Styled over the weekend, but substituted gin for vodka (because of course...). Overall, I LOVED the drink, but ended up skipping the bitters the second time I made the drink. I think it's not necessary with gin. Heads up, it's also a great mocktail!
  • Hours before I got the infamous calls from the CDC, I basked in the glory that is walking into a Starbucks sans child. The drive-thru was hopping and then it hit me that I could just strut on into the joint if I wanted. Can you spell BLISS?!
  • On Thursday evening, Max and I watched Flyboy fly in dissimilar formation (achieved with three different planes, including FB's T-6)—a monthly ritual that kicks off graduation for the latest class of students receiving their wings. Now that Max is a little older, I thought he'd get a kick out of seeing his dad fly, but he was more concerned with a nearby fire truck and got upset when he realized we wouldn't be seeing Flyboy up close. Needless to say, the walk back to the car wasn't very pretty. The countdown to FB landing and returning home for dinner was brutal—it felt like FOREVER.
  • Some of you have noticed that HEB's floral department is killing it this Spring and you're right! Ranunculus and Tulips galore!!! I'm trying to soak it all up (AKA hoard ALL the blooms) before we return to glittery Carnations once more.
  • Speaking of hoarding, I mean collecting, if pretty books are your thing, then you MUST add Jane Cumberbatch's book Pure Colour to your bright stack. The hot pink edges alone will make you drool. It's a color lover's dream come true!

Alright, that's all I've got for now. What have you been up to?! I'm dying to know.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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

  • Ombre Watercolor // This will remain one of my all-time favorite color combinations in the history of all color combos.
  • Cape Light // Just call me Kanye because this brass beauty makes me want to turn on ALL the lights if they look like this.
  • Texas Postcard // A tiny part of me always hoped the folks at Sideshow Press would make one for The Lonestar State.
  • Illustrated Interview with Wasted Rita // This must be the definition of fun. I'm obsessed with the visual concept. Darling!
  • Matthew Williamson Tango Chair // If you need me this weekend, I'll probably be pretending to sit in this gorgeous chair.
  • Boss Looks Like A Lady Card // Spell out who's in charge by sending this card to a bestie or by hanging it at your desk.
  • Comrade Tech Wristlet // Ban.do does it again with this multitasking clutch. It's all that AND a cute key chain. Hello!
  • Pom-Pom Striped Linen Pillow // Classic but packs a pom-pom punch—hey, that's just how I like to describe myself. Ha!
  • Midi Skirt in Fringe Dot // Has anyone seen this skirt IRL? Also, how's the midi option in the petite fit?! Because dots.
  • Spring Forward // Don't forget about Daylight Savings Time this weekend. I'm already wondering how it will affect Max.
  • La Chocolaterie // How GORGEOUS are these chocolate bars? Also, don't they look like something from Rifle Paper Co.?
  • Gemstone Soaps // You guys, they're ALMOST too pretty to use. The peridot (obvi) is begging to come to Swell Rio.
  • Ultra Pink Multi Cami Heels // I can't stop dreaming about these color blocked cuties. Loeffler Randall strikes again!
  • Valerie Makeup Bag // Intended to store all of your cosmetics, I personally think this beauty could double as a clutch.
  • Tassel Earrings // Maybe I'm crazy, but when I wear tassel earrings I kind of feel as majestic as Salt Bae. Anyone??

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

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS




THINKING ABOUT: Have you heard of Aaptiv? Has anyone tried the on-demand audio fitness app? My interest is piqued and I think I might experiment with the free trial next week. I typically stick with the same spinning workout (because fish sticks on Friday...), but something about this setup seems like it could be fun and convenient. I know I could especially benefit from the "guidance" of a trainer to help walk me through new workout routines. The fact that it's synced to "the perfect playlist" can't hurt either.

THANKFUL FOR: Max and I are headed to visit my parents next month. Squee! The trip honestly couldn't come at a better time. I'm SO ready to get outta Dodge and spend some quality time with my mom and dad. It's been far too long since we saw them in November.

WATCHING: I was texting my mom and sister this week about Vanderpump Rules. Because, priorities. We decided the moment Tom Sandoval (dressed in drag, face full of makeup) dramatically kicks in the door only to find Tom Schwartz, who he likened to a battered wife, on the toilet happily texting and waving at his pals as one of our top five favorite Bravo moments (see gif here). Ever. Please tell me you watched that episode and had to rewind the scene a few times to get the giggles out like I did. HYSTERICAL!

EATING: If I prepare a new recipe for dinner and it's really good, Flyboy inevitably asks the following question: "Is this from that cookbook you mentioned?" Ha Ha! Yep, I'm still REALLY into the recipes featured in SkinnyTaste Fast and Slow. Slowly but surely, we're making our way through the book repeating favorites and dabbling with new recipes. This week we tried the Hamburger Stroganoff (can't find a link; may be exclusive to the book) and Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps upon my friend Jen's recommendation. As expected, both meals were predictably tasty and totally worth recreating again. Who would be opposed to a tasty trend like this?    

LISTENING TO: After gallivanting around Swell Rio sans Maxwell—my goal was to complete three days at daycare in an effort to switch it up for both of us—I sat down to write today's post and my phone rang. It was the CDC. Apparently Max refused to eat any food at lunch and it was a courtesy call to inform me of his refusal. Insert deep sigh here. Over the course of 19 hours, the caregivers were on to my son and his stubborn ways. Grrrrrrrreat! I explained he's very strong-willed and ignoring the behavior (as long as he's not causing a disturbance or any harm) is best. Sigh. Undecided as to what I should do in this scenario, I spent the better part of the lunch hour hemming and hawing over whether I needed to pick up my child or leave him there to complete that day as planned. As most of you are aware, very little is easy with this kid. The constant power struggle has been an issue since he was a newborn. In that moment, I didn't want to cry because I felt bad for my disgruntled child. No, I wanted to cringe instead because I felt so terrible and embarrassed that other people were having to deal with him and his wily ways. Ugh! In the end, I knew if I went and got him that he'd gain the control he so desperately seeks, so I waited it out and picked him up later as planned. Upon my arrival, I tried to make as little eye contact as possible with the employees, grab my son, and exit quickly. We peeled out of the parking lot and I heard nothing but Jay-Z's On To The Next One playing in my head—because that's what a typical day feels like with a child like Max. 

READING: On Tuesday afternoon I checked the mail and found a copy of Where The Wild Moms Are. I had NO clue this book even existed, but my parents saw it at The Paper Source recently and they felt like I needed a copy of my own. You guys, it's a hoot! 

LOVING: I tried Glossier's Cloud Paint this weekend and I'm totally obsessed with Dusk. I was hesitant to try the shade because the swatch looks kind of muddy, but after reading reviews and trying it myself, I'm a believer. If you're interested in the cream blush, check out Cindy's blog for an in-depth review and a few application tips. I found her latest post to be super helpful!


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