Friday, June 14, 2019

LURVE LOAVE LUFF




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


Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

VIA MORGAN HARPER NICHOLS

FEELING: In less than 24 hours, I became one of "those" annoying Apple Watch owners. Apparently my life revolves around closing my rings these days. I wake up and the first thing I do is start my device because I refuse to miss out on any steps, dammit. Then, when the weekend rolls around, I can't be okay with relaxing anymore because I'm too fixated on my activity. I used to make fun of my mom and Flyboy for these shenanigans; now I'm just as guilty!

THANKFUL FOR
Last Friday was one of the first days FB actually worked a full day since he's been home (Yes, we've been very spoiled!). By 4 PM, Max and I were struggling and I felt like time was crawling at a snail's pace. It made me wonder how we did it for four months. Haha! It clearly didn't take us long to become dependent on the guy again. 

THINKING ABOUT: Okay, gang! Are you good at following instructions? Here's a little test. Find out if your local nail salon uses the brand Perfect Match (new to me, as well). Then, cross your fingers and toes they have the shade Heatwave. I promise you, this color is like Clambake on crack. You will be pleased as punch with your mani/pedi.



LISTENING TO: It's no secret that Max has listened to a lot of Jay-Z and George Strait from day one. Since he was in the womb, I'd get the bass bumpin' with Hova or belt my favorite country classic a la King George on Highway 90. Some might consider the past 4.5 years as "prep work" in hopes it might amount to a love of either artist (hopefully both!). Over the past month or so, Max has taken to Old Town Road and lovingly refers to it as the "cowboy song." In a roundabout way it makes a lot of sense considering the music he was exposed to from the start. Then again, the lyrics "can't nobody tell me nothing" might be the part he relates to the most—it's like a four-year-old's anthem.


WATCHING: The last two weeks on Bravo have stressed me out, and we have a chef Mila to thank. Are you watching Below Deck? Did anyone review her resume before hiring her? Warming the steaks in the microwave is sacrilegious, but those pitiful nachos had me shouting at the TV. It's moments like these I wish I could be on The People's Couch.

EATINGMax and I went to a nearby town in Maryland this past Saturday morning for more touch-up paint while Nick rode in a bike race. After a pit stop at the hardware store, we ran into Tatiana of Flora and Fauna fame at a bakery she told me about recently. Thanks to Instagram, we’ve “known” one another for five years now, but we’ve never actually met. Her adorable and sweet family lived up to every Insta-expectation I had and more. They were warm and gracious, despite my nervous rambling and Max hiding the ENTIRE time. Meeting people from IG is nerve wracking to me on so many levels, but they were SO nice!! That being said, if you ever get the chance to witness Team Fine in the wild, we will fulfill every awkward expectation you can imagine and more. Sorry about that, Tatiana! Seriously, NOTHING can prepare you for our level of nutty; those curated squares are misleading folks. Thank God for the people who welcome our crazy with kindness and for bakeries that create tasty S'Mores Croissants so you can eat your feelings.

LOVING
: I've been on the hunt for a new curling iron for awhile, but was hesitant about investing in the T3 because of its steep price tag. After reading a handful of glowing reviews and one convincing recommendation from Sara Mueller (who was underwhelmed with her T3 and returned it), I bought the Kristin Ess Beach Wave Curling Wand from Target last week and I'm obsessed with it. I actually enjoy curling my hair now because the curl holds for most of the day, and that's saying a lot as someone with very fine hair who used to think adding a little wave to her hair was worthless.


How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

Happy Wednesday, m' dears! My goal is to get a few posts up this week before my in-laws arrive tomorrow afternoon, so I'm going to keep today's rambling to a minimum and let the colorful photos do most of the talking. God forbid we go TWO weeks without another Love List, am I right?? Also, laundry! I've got boat loads of laundry to do. Send gin!

While I go full Monica in preparation for our guests, fill me in on what you've been up lately. 
How's the Summer treating you? Any special plans?? I'm just dying to know.



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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WHAT I'M WEARING WEDNESDAY



The past two days in Delaware have been dreamy (we're talking temps in the low 70s, people!!). But when it does heat up and get muggy again (cough, later this week, cough), I know exactly what #momsemble I'll be wearing. These striped shorts will be a Summer staple for yours truly. You can literally pair them with any simple tank or tee, add a few colorful accessories for good measure, and you've got yourself a no-fuss, ultra fun, mom uniform. I think most of us will agree that a cute outfit can cure just about anything —even a meltdown or massive blowout at Target.

THE SUMMER STRIPES ESSENTIALS:

And since it's not always about mom, I'll be back on Friday with a Father's Day Gift Guide.
Seriously though, WHY is it SO hard to shop for guys?


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Friday, May 31, 2019

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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



Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA

FEELING: I got an Apple Watch this week (there was a really good deal going on at Walmart!) and I'm starting to think I have no business owning one after all. I mean, I'm super excited for the accountability portion, but I just feel way out of my league in terms of all the swiping and buttons. Everyone I know that has one is obsessed, so I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon enough. For now, I'm left feeling like an old lady. Where's my cane?? Technology be damned!

THANKFUL FOR: We came home this past Monday after spending Memorial Day Weekend in D.C. and were totally bummed to find out that one of the tall pine trees on the side of the house fell down in a storm while we were away. Thankfully, there was no damage to our house or the neighbor's. Phew! Shortly after we walked around the property and made this unfortunate discovery, a local tree service quoted us a mere $400 to take down the rest of the tree and remove the brush. Erm, how about NO?! So Flyboy grabbed the chainsaw and went to work, only to have two of the neighbors come over to help him remove everything (on an incredibly muggy HOLIDAY afternoon). Needless to say, we were absolutely blown away by their kindness! They not only saved us a pretty penny, but they helped get the job done a lot faster than we originally anticipated. We're truly blessed to have found this house and neighborhood.

THINKING ABOUT: All Max wanted this Spring was to grow something from seeds. After much deliberation (he talked about it NONSTOP for weeks until we finally took action), he decided he wanted to grow Sunflowers. I figured this should be easy enough, so we spread our pack of seeds in the garden boxes and let nature take its course. My mom reassured me this should be a slam dunk, as Sunflowers are very low-maintenance. Just as she promised, we began seeing sprouts almost instantly. Max was beside himself with pride until we began noticing the bunnies were eating his crop, and what started out as six flowers turned into two. Ha Ha! Bless his little heart. He's at odds with the situation because he absolutely ADORES the bunnies, but he's so disappointed in them for destroying his Sunflowers. 


READING: I was recently demoted from my duty of reading bedtime stories. I wish I could say it doesn't bother me, but it does. According to our resident four year old, "Daddy is better at reading." Insert eye roll and deep sigh here. Who out there agrees it's time I find a new kid? My creative read alouds should be appreciated, damn it. 

LISTENING TO: Flyboy is mowing outside while I type today's post, and I'm getting emotional again. I don't want to forget the gift we were given when we learned he'd come home early. Our quality of life has improved tremendously these past few weeks, and I've found myself taking stock in the littlest things like hearing the garage door open when he comes home from work, the sound of his boots hitting the steps before he walks into the house, or him firing up the lawnmower for an afternoon of yard work. What a privilege it is to pick up exactly where we left off.


WATCHING: Wednesday nights on Bravo are everything. I'm talking about our beloved RHONY chaos AND the return of Southern Charm sans T-Rav. Eek! A few random thoughts regarding both shows—who wants to slap the next person that says cabaret?? Lu went back to jail? Yikes! Barbara K should be on The King of Queens, not on the Housewives. WTF, Austen?? Naomi is DEFINITELY over Craig (sorry, buddy!). Eliza is a nut. What's Patricia's McD's order?

EATING: I got spoiled when Flyboy was gone and didn't have to do much in terms of meal planning. Now that he's back, here are a few recipes I've made or plan on making in the coming week:


LOVING
: The "fun" part about getting older is just when you think you're over something—like acne, for instance—you start noticing that you're breaking out on your neck and jaw line. Why Lord, WHY??? Hormones, who?! I found a patch of blemishes in that area a few weeks ago and freaked. I haven't had to worry about acne since I was pregnant with Max. What gives? I began Googling ALLLLL the things immediately and opted to try this EradiKate Daily Cleanser because of the impressive reviews. No, I didn't want to initially spend that much on a face wash, but I can tell you that after using it religiously for the past two weeks, I'm very pleased with how effective the product is. A little goes a long way, so I can justify the price tag when something works as quickly as this has for me. I highly recommend it!


How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 
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Friday, May 24, 2019

LURVE LOAVE LUFF




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

  • Lupa White Large Planter // Spot on is right, CB2! And how about that price? This is a need, right??
  • Acrylic Display Box // IKEA went and knocked it out of the park with this super chic display box. Bravo!
  • Magenta Check Baggu // It's like the designers at Baggu read my mind with this one. I'll take one of each.
  • Wholeness // I'm convinced Morgan Harper Nichols is the millennial's version of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
  • Matisse Leaf Poster // Because if we can't own the REAL thing, this is the next best option, am I right??
  • Hibiscus Ginger Lemon Camp Craft Cocktail // I saw these adorable jars for sale at Terrain a week ago.
  • Yazia Bow Slides // Have you bought anything from the Cupcakes and Cashmere line? These are perfect.
  • Snacks Tray // This tray along with Three Potato Four's line of canvas tote bags are giving me heart eyes.
  • Orange and Pink PT Cuff // The folks at Parker Thatch don't mess around. I'm swooning over this gem!!
  • Horizon Day Dress // The perfect beach cover-up or pajama dress. I'm here for the striped ribbon straps.
  • Goldenrod Flore // The Clare V. sample sale will be going on in LA next weekend. Who wants to go??
  • Teddie Gold Knot Headband // My obsession with headbands has reached a whole new level and I love it.
  • Overthinker // Trying to channel the wisdom of MHN, but deep down I'll always be an overthinker.
  • Cult Paper Note Cards // Who knew I'd have so much in common with Mark Twain's mother? Tee Hee Hee!
  • Oval Statement Earrings // I got these in DC a few weeks ago. They're fun and ridiculously lightweight!
  • Plant Party // This drawing from Object-Matter perfectly summarizes the past two weeks. Plants on plants.
  • Malfy Con Limone Gin // I'll be checking out Total Wine pronto to get my hands on a bottle of this beauty.
  • Avett Tufted Sofa // The shape of this sofa is dreamy. And how about the sinkably sweet and cozy factor?
  • Large Brass Candle Bowl // This bowl full of glow is proof that not all candles have to be pricey AF.


Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

Happy Thursday, m' dears! It's been awhile since I blogged, but I promise I have the very best excuse this time. Those of you who follow along on Instagram are well aware that Flyboy came home from his deployment EARLY. I mentioned the possibility of it happening briefly on the blog about a month ago, but I didn't want to get our hopes up for obvious reasons. Now, here we are—just seventeen days after picking him up from the Baltimore airport—and it's safe to say that our life got so much sweeter upon his return. Over the past two weeks, we've managed to pack in ALLLLLL the things we've missed doing together in his absence. There's been lots of mowing, yard work, afternoon jogging (for the boys), strawberry picking, visits to every park in a 25-mile radius, scouting bakeries and cafes in nearby towns for pastries and coffee, numerous nap-times swapped for Lego building and inflatable pools, etc. Anyone who has done the deployment thing knows that the idea of returning to your norm is all you have to hold on to when you're in the thick of it. It's what gives you hope. And now that he's home, the load is so much lighter and life feels whole again.


As always, thanks for tagging along with us. Your support and encouragement means everything.


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Thursday, May 2, 2019

JURASSIC QUEST


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

I wish every Sunday was as magical as the one we experienced this past week. With my parents and sister by our side, the day began by indulging in a delicious brunch followed by an afternoon of prehistoric bliss at the Dulles Expo Center for THE Jurassic Quest. Eek! Max was beside himself, equal parts overwhelmed and elated. I could tell by the intense gaze of his big blue eyes that his brain was about to explode from all of the excitement. We went into the event with no expectations. Parenthood teaches you a thing or two about that, so we let him take the lead. After all, this was HIS day. He wanted to do it all (minus the rides), but he wanted to hold someone's hand (or neck!) at the same time. Haha! Maxwell is at that perfect age where he's aware the interactive dinosaurs are either puppets or animatronics, but he also reminds himself and everyone else that while the ferocious creatures look lifelike, they're are indeed EXTINCT. While I wish Flyboy could have been there to join in on the Cretaceous craziness, I feel so grateful to have shared this memory with my family. It ranks up there as one of my favorites. Thank goodness for this sweet boy and dinosaurs!

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