Friday, March 15, 2019


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

  • Washable Placemats // You had me at washable AND navy dots. Add to your table for a fun update!
  • Minimalist Card Case // This poppy case from Poketo is what dreams are made of. I give it two thumbs up.
  • Green Pendant Light // I'm looking at all things GREEEEN! Do you have any big plans for St. Patrick's Day?
  • Ventall Lounge Chair // Sure the emerald fabric is stunning, but can we discuss the shape? Holy swoon!
  • Ellsworth Kelly Inspo // I love that Isabella cited Kelly's work as inspiration behind her colorful drawing.
  • George & Willy Studio Roller // I can't wait to add one of these to our kitchen. They're so much fun!
  • Beet Cookies // Not sure how I feel exactly about beets WITH cookies, but they sure look precious...
  • Petals // If anyone knows the source behind this punchy piece of artwork, please send info my way.
  • Letter Stickers // For those of us who can't afford $300+ luggage, but want the personalized option.
  • Purdy Navy Heels // One consonant off and these would be aptly named. Heels as purty as they come.
  • Pippa Bow-Tied Bag // Consider your girl a goner with gingham this sweet! The details. I'm obsessed. 
  • Striped Sweater Blazer // Currently 50% off!! I'm a sucker for double-breasted anything AND gold buttons.
  • Ping for Gin Bell // Need one and stat! I plan to make music with this bad boy upon Flyboy's return.
  • Hotsy Totsy Wayfarer // For $26 you can stroll through life looking snazzy with rose-colored glasses.
  • Bird's Nest Bowl // A handwoven bowl that screams SPRING. Have you seen a basket quite this beautiful?
  • Glossy Apple Green Desk Light // You guys!!! Can we stop and talk about that high-gloss apple green?
  • Hangover Patch // Hangovers aren't the norm around here, but the packaging of this line is eye-catching.
  • Domino Spring Magazine // I'm still trying to get my hands on a copy of Domino's latest. It's dreamy!
  • Marilyn Yellow Headband // Steep price-tag aside, we can all admit this hair accessory takes the cake.
  • V-Cut Swimsuit // I think & Other Stories has some of the most adorable and reasonably-priced swimsuits.
  • Number Rings // These Lulu Frost rings are lovely. Stack 'em up for the prettiest and personal memento!

Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019



FEELING: My parents visited this past weekend and I wanted to get my mom's opinion on a potential light to replace the one that currently hangs in the entryway of the house (it came with the place). I had my eye on this Rope Net Pendant Lamp, but the photo on the website doesn't do the piece justice. I knew my mom needed to see it in person to fully understand why I was so smitten with the light and to also get her input regarding the size/scale of the piece. The ceilings are pretty high, so I wanted to ensure the light wouldn't be dwarfed once it was installed. After getting her approval, I went ahead and pushed the purchase button. Yasssss! Seeing it in the space has me giddy! I'll probably have to wait for a professional to install it because of the tall ceiling, but getting this detail pinned down is exciting.

THANKFUL FOR: The service repairman showed up today to fix our dishwasher. Hallelujah!! Thank goodness it's just Max and me, because I'm SO over hand-washing the dishes. I know it's pretty pathetic on my end, but I can't remember the last time I actually had to wash the dishes myself. It got me thinking about Home-Ec class at Bitburg Middle School and the strict teacher we had. Everything had to be perfect and we weren't excused for our next class unless the sink was dry and our dirty towels were wrapped in the way she instructed us. I couldn't help but chuckle because memories of Ms. Reisman started flooding through my mind these past few weeks while the dishwasher was kaput. 

THINKING ABOUT: We've got BIG plans to paint the kitchen cupboards and island in mid-April. Y'all, pumped doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about this looming to-do!! It's going to completely change the look of our kitchen. I'll admit that I'm a bit nervous, but with my mom taking the reigns for this DIY, I know it's going to turn out awesome and we're going to learn a lot in the process. That being said, if you have experience refinishing cabinetry, give me all the tips and tricks you've got up your sleeve. I need to gather materials and start prepping, so any help is appreciated.

READING: Max is currently obsessed with the book, Boy + Bot by Amy Dyckman. He walks around the house treating it as though it's an instructional manual or best friend. The story itself is adorably funny, but the illustrations take the cake. In fact, we're currently collecting boxes and other recyclables so we can create a friend robot of our very own. 

LISTENING TO: There's a tune Max and I can agree to listen to in the car right now and that's Kacey Musgraves' hit, Rainbow. Her voice and the message in the song mesmerizes all ages. Ha! 
It's no wonder she won Album of the Year. 

WATCHING: If you need me this weekend, you can find me taking the hedge trimmer to our Liriope and spending the rest of my free time binge-watching the new season of Queer Eye!!! Eeeek! Who else is ecstatic about the premiere tomorrow?? I'm SO ready to get my feel-good, happy cry on. Now to load up on some snacks. Who's with me??

DRINKING : On Tuesday, I ordered the Cloud Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks and was sorely disappointed in my drink. Two sips in and I could hardly stomach the rest. Yikes! Unbeknownst to me, we have Ariana Grande to blame for the concoction as she recently collaborated with the coffee company. Let me take this opportunity to say, "Thank U, Next." Fellow macchiato lovers, do yourself a favor and don't waste your money on this one. Ew.

: These Acrylic Frames from Target are an incredible deal. I've seen pricier options at Crate & Barrel and West Elm for four times the price. I'm not sure how they compare in terms of quality, but for $20 to $25, they're definitely worth trying! The brass metal studs are such a fabulous detail. Can you picture a bunch of these in a grouping?? 

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

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019



Happy Wednesday! I'll leave most of the rambling for tomorrow's post, but I wanted to pop in quickly to say "Hi!" in hopes your week is off to an amazing start. Life post-DST in Delaware has been dragging, but I imagine you feel the same. I'm downright giddy to have an extra hour of light in the evening, but getting up early each morning to spin has been ugly. Naps for Max this week seem to be non-existent; however, he can barely keep his eyes open by the time 10 AM or 7 PM roll around. I'm at a loss and continue to repeat to myself, "This too shall pass!" On the bright side, we've been making the rounds on Dinosaur Drive and I'm doing my utmost to force Spring by wearing light eyelet tops and striped slides. Sunny temps in the 60s and budding Sedum are lovely promises that Winter is on its way out. Hopefully. 

Enough from me. What details have you found delightful lately?

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Friday, March 8, 2019


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

  • Wall Task Calendar // I have a love/hate relationship with calendars right now. The Type-A planner in me feeds off of them, but with Flyboy away it feels like time is crawling along at a snail's pace. Helllllp!
  • Rectangle Brass Boxes // Okay, these are absolute stunners! I'd like to see them stacked up on a shelf.
  • Balloon Dog // How fabulous is Oeuf's woolly homage to the iconic balloon dog by Jeff Koons?! Bravo!!
  • Poole's Diner Matchbook Watercolor // Jessica Rowe's matchbook series exclusive to Furbish is dreamy.

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

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Thursday, March 7, 2019



FEELING: Flyboy registered for the Marine Corps Marathon in October, and I'm super excited for him! It's a fun goal that both of us can look forward to. While he does the running part of our training program, I have seven months to plan our recovery meal. Ha! I don't want to sound haughty, but I have a little experience in this area as I've helped him make up for those lost calories after running the St. Louis marathon in 2008 and completing the Honolulu Triathlon in 2013. This Clydesdale has no business running, but I can definitely find us the best burger, pizza, or ice cream sandwich in the area. It's one aspect of marathon prep that people often overlook, but I'm up for the challenge. You're welcome.

THANKFUL FOR: In case you are invested in whether or not Flyboy received his care package, I'm pleased to announce that all three boxes arrived (in one week!!). The particular piece of contraband I was worried about (rhymes with "schmendricks") wasn't confiscated. Woo hoo! Maybe all of the heart confetti and Max's artwork threw them off?? 

THINKING ABOUT: Based on the riveting content in today's post, I think it's safe to say that cabin fever has set in and I'm SOOOOOO ready for it to be Spring. Who's with me?? Getting to spend more time outdoors is going to be a game-changer for Max and me. The two of us operate a lot better when we can "parallel play" outside. While he runs around the yard doing God knows what, I can work in the flower beds, water plants, pull weeds, etc. I'm already counting the days until I can order a truck load of mulch and have it delivered. Somebody remind me I said this when I start to gripe about the number of trips I have to make to and from the mulch pile with the wheel barrow, okay??

LISTENING TO: Honestly, I'm not sure how much longer I can stand hearing about Lucy Lucy Apple Juice. First, who gives a dog a name like that? And don't tell me it was the kids. Second, the cropped texts?? If this is going to be the only thing we hear about for the remainder of Beverly Hills this season, I'm out. Not really, because I'm a Bravo devotee, but can we find the drama elsewhere next time around?? Less Dorit and more Denise Richards. Mmkay?

WATCHING: I'm literally typing today's post and every few sentences I catch myself staring out the window to check and see if the garbage cans have fallen over again. It's windy outside and I was trying to be proactive, so I set both receptacles out in an effort to NOT forget tomorrow's trash day. However, they've tipped over multiple times over the past hour and I'm just hoping these gusts will give me a break soon because my heart wants to discuss the premiere of RHONY, but my head is like KEEP AN EYE ON THE TRASH and buy some freaking bungee cords while you're at it.

EATING: I picked up a bag of Skinny Dipped Almonds (peanut butter, por favor!) at Target last week and I can't stop thinking about them. Gulp! Are you familiar with them? Y'all, the ratio of the flavors is absolute perfection. WHY has it taken me so long to try them? In fact, I'm off to buy more of this delicious crack today. Did somebody say obsessed??

: I've been VERY loyal to It Cosmetics CC Cream for the past four years. But for some reason or another (perhaps boredom?), I decided to give Nars Sheer Glow Foundation a shot this past weekend after visiting our local Ulta. Fully prepared to return and exchange it after a few days of use, I've been kind of shocked by how much I'm loving this new-to-me foundation. I do wish it came with a pump, but I saw that you can buy one separately.

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

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Right after Flyboy left in January, I knew I needed to re-think timeout for Max. Some of you might even remember that we implemented the 1-2-3 Magic program from a very early start (around age 2) after attending a parenting class in Swell Rio. We still use this system; however, I found the need to tweak it a bit, which is recommended based on the child's age and skill set. For the past year, Max has had a designated spot on the stairs where he had to sit for timeout. Because nothing is ever fully Max proof, I found that he would sit there and become more agitated. Once his timer went off and he could be released from timeout, more often than not his behavior was elevated (Oh, great!) or he was so stubborn that he refused to leave timeout. Tired of the never-ending power struggle, I created "The Thought Spot" after seeing a similar approach used at my mom's school. Some might argue that it's rewarding bad behavior, but I've found that when some items are used as tools instead of toys, Max feels as though he's in control of the situation and he's able to calm down on his terms. You could say the fun, soothing, and strategic objects are a great way to distract him from his impulsive and reactive behavior allowing him to de-escalate and think clearly. Hopefully.

For those interested, here's how I implemented The Thought Spot...  
  1. After choosing a basket, buying a set of timers, and collecting a few thinking tools, I picked a designated place in the house that we could deem The Thought Spot. You can pick whatever space works best for you. I opted for the play room/office downstairs because it's fairly central and made sense with Max's table and chairs.
  2. As soon as I had a game plan, I sat Max down and discussed the new system with him. I was sure to include a few new thinking tools in the basket that he'd never seen before so it piqued his interest. I explained the items in the bin are tools, not toys, and they're meant to help him when he needs to calm down. I also explained that based on his behavior, I would inform him how long he'd be in timeout and that he would be responsible for setting the timer himself. If your kid is like mine and feeds off of control, they will eat that part up. We went through the basket and discussed how the various tools could be used to help him calm down. In addition to timeout, we agreed the tools in the basket could be visited whenever he's frustrated or needs a brain break.
  3. Depending on the reason he's sent to timeout, I decide whether we need to discuss the bad behavior once the timer has gone off. Excessive talking to Max isn't the most effective, so there's not always a need to re-hash the past. More often than not, he's aware of what he did to end up in timeout. Onward and upward.
Note: The Thought Spot might not work for everyone and it certainly isn't the answer for everything. It's merely a system I've found that helps when Max needs a regular timeout. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to respond to severe tantrums. As any parent knows, what works one day might not the next. This seems to meet our basic needs for now. If it's of any assistance to those of you out there in a similar situation, it's definitely worth a shot!

The Thought Spot Essentials:
We have this one from Target; use what you have.

I got a cheap set from Amazon for under $5!

Thinking Tool Ideas:
Raid your local Dollar Store or load up on Amazon.

Fellow parents, help a mother out. What has worked for you lately? I need all the tricks for my toolkit.
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Friday, March 1, 2019


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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