Thursday, October 22, 2020

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've dumped a load of Delaware deetz on the blog. Then again, with alliteration like that, it's probably for the best. Ha Ha! The photos shared in today's post are a handful of my favorites from the past six months—bright spots amid the pandemic mundane. Sure there's been Tik-Tok coffee, patches of grey hair, and loaves of banana bread (that feels like FOREVER ago), but there's also been toads, tattoos, 350 Peloton rides (which makes me really proud!), plot twists in Flyboy's future employment (spoiler alert: we're not getting out of the USAF as we'd intended...yet), an impromptu trip to meet darling Poppy in August, and Max starting Kindergarten. If you follow along on Instagram, you've more than likely seen most of these images; however, I decided there should be a place for them to live here as well. This year has been a doozy for a variety of reasons, but it deserves to be documented. The imperfectly perfect resides here, just as it always has. With the bad comes the good, but I must say my perspectacles are looking rather optimistic today. You see, it's my 35th birthday, and if you told me six months ago that this dumpster fire of a year would result in me getting to share the day surrounded by all of my favorite people, I probably would have rolled my eyes and responded with a dismissive "Fat chance!" Because that's how a lot of this year has felt, but not today. Nope. My sister, her boyfriend, and my niece are on their way to D.C. for an extended weekend at my parents' house. Squee! Together we'll watch Flyboy and his bestie run the Marine Corps Marathon virtually, eat lots of good food and drink festive libations, watch the new version of The Witches on HBO Max (the original was our fave!), and squeeze in lots of cuddles with Poppy. So many of our plans (just like the rest of you) haven't amounted to much this year, so I'm beyond grateful for the opportunity to safely come together and get a little quality time with the ones I love. In a time as brutiful as 2020, we're all looking for ways to adapt to this new normal and to do so responsibly, but our vision and priorities couldn't be clearer. There's so much to be thankful for when we slow down and focus on the little moments that matter. It's always better when we're together.


Enough about me, how the heck are YOU? Have you had a chance to hug your loved ones yet?   
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Thursday, October 15, 2020

LURVE LOAVE LUFF

  


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


My deepest apologies. I'm still getting used to Max's hybrid Kindergarten schedule. I really hope to blog more often than I have over the past six months. Yikes! Perhaps a life update will be published next week? Stay tuned. 


In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Friday, May 29, 2020

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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

  • Double-Dot Handled Tray // Double the dots, double the fun. I'll take one of these for my nightstand.
  • Focused-ish Journal // After 70+ days of quarantine, staying "focused-ish" sounds pretty nice. Anyone else?
  • Feel Kinda Super Weird // If I was doodling in a journal right about now, it would look something like this.
  • Color Pop Canvas Kiki Flats // Here's the deal, J.Crew. I won't give up on you. Not with cute flats like these.
  • Sunshine Rock of Love // Ah, a perfectly imperfect heart! Color me obsessed with this adorable catchall.  
  • Daffodil Dog Bow // The Foggy Dog has the cutest assortment of pet accessories. Check. It. Out.
  • Isadore Ivory Sunglasses // Don these specs and keep on the sassy side. The yellow detail is flipping fab!
  • Striped Face Mask // Wearing a mask is mandatory in DE, so I've set out to find a few cute/comfy options.
  • Peloton // A month ago we joined the cult, and I've got to admit I understand all the hype. We're hooked! 
  • AERIN Scalloped Salad Plate // I noticed these were on sale and it might be a sign I need to snag a set.
  • French Artist's Palette // I'd give my right arm to own a palette this dreamy. Just look at the texture! 
  • Grenada Straw Bag // Dear Artesano, I'll take one of everything from your collection. Please and thanks! 
  • Sardines Sweatshirt // Clare V. sweatshirts are a WFH workhorse. This darling number is en route to Dover.
  • Lips Keychain // I've gotten a handful of compliments recently regarding this keychain. It's just so happy!  
  • Moon Chalk in Cosmic Pollen // Nikolas Bentel created some of the chicest chalk you'll ever set eyes on.
  • Girls' Gingham Knot Headband // Could I get this in my size? Delightful neon edges should be mandatory. 
  • Mason Cabinet // I know exactly where I'd put this in our house. Now to win the lottery or something...
  • Michaela Drops // Dangly earrings meant to encourage the wearer to be "vacation happy." Why not?
  • Chartreuse Yeti Tumbler // I'm hooked on my coffee mug. It might be time to get a punchy tumbler too!
  • Aster Trivet // I had to do a double-take when I realized this was a trivet. Talk about fun and functional!
  • Sika Outdoor Ottoman // The price of this is a bit ridiculous. Target, could you create a bargain dupe?

Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Friday, March 20, 2020

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, March 19, 2020

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

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THINKING ABOUT: To be completely honest, all I want to do right now is hold my niece Poppy! She's got the sweetest little cheeks that I can't wait to kiss. Not to mention, all the photos make it seem like she's the perfect little snuggle bug. You guys, I can't seem to focus on anything else! It's like Raising Arizona up in here. "GET ME THAT BABY!" 

FEELING: Yesterday was heavy. It was the first day that everything started to sink in, and I just felt really sad. My mom left Wednesday morning for Missouri to meet Poppy and to help my sister and Justin adjust to their new normal. Originally, the whole damn fam (minus Flyboy, because work) was going to load up in my parents' car and make our pilgrimage to MO, but because of COVID-19, plans changed and it's disappointing. Max already knew what toys he was going to pack in his suitcase (mostly dinosaur figurines to teach Poppy), and I had a mental blueprint of how I was going to help my sister organize Poppy's closet. Obviously, we're aware that we're doing the right thing by staying behind and social distancing, but like many of you who have also had to change or cancel plans because of the Coronavirus know, it stinks—plain and simple. I trust God has a plan. I hope it includes meeting my niece very soon!    

THANKFUL FOR: Since we've got plenty of time to "shelter at home," we're trying our best to complete odd jobs around the house. One to-do I'm especially excited to tackle is reinforcing the garden boxes in the back yard. We got fresh wooden boards that I hope to paint Tricorn Black (the same color as our shed). We'll place them outside of the boxes to support the old boards, which were starting to disintegrate. It's going to look soooooo good!
           

WATCHING: On Monday, Max realized preschool was canceled and he had a bit of a meltdown. With his body stretched dramatically on the side of his bed and his face pressed down on the mattress, he sighed, "I can't believe I'm going to miss Lunch Bunch!" Yeah, me too, kid! Me too. In an attempt to make things more uplifting around here, I suggested we buy Frozen 2 and the start of our week at Camp COVID began to improve. Phew! Thanks for the assist, Olaf!   

READING: I'm attempting to read Glennon Doyle Melton's latest, Untamed, this week and while I'm LOVING the book, it's taking me forever to get through it because quarantined children are extra high-maintenance. It's like Max forgot that he has a room full of toys and a big ol' yard in which he can run around because the moment I try to sneak in a page or two to read and he needs another snack or he accidentally dribbled on his sweatpants again. Hellllp!

EATING: There's a meme making its way around social media and like most memes, it's funny because it hits close to home. This one is a photo of a large cat noshing on snacks and it says something about eating all of your good snacks the first night of being quarantined. Yeah, we're all out of Cadbury Eggs and Skinny Dipped Almonds. As far as meals go, I think it will be a few more days before the "fusions" start to get interesting. Thank goodness we still have gin! 

LISTENING: While I type today's post, Max and Flyboy are playing basketball in the driveway and I can't help but smile. Yes, we're going a little bit stir crazy. Yes, I'm sad I don't get to go visit my sister and her baby. But the sounds of a dribbling basketball and the giggling that goes with it leave me feeling very grateful for what's in front of me. The uncertainty of this whole situation seems stressful, but in the stillness, there are little slivers of happiness. 

LOVING: Last night I remembered to spray some of this St. Tropez Bronzing Face Mist all over my mug and I woke up feeling a gazillion times better than I did the day before. Hallelujah! I started using this spray about a year ago, and it remains one of my all-time favorite beauty buys. You can't mess it up and it gives the perfect amount of color to your face. Coronacation has me rethinking what I'd bring with me on a desert island, and I think a bottle of this magic potion definitely makes the cut. The best part? A bottle lasts at least six months. Treat yo self.               


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


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

Happy Wednesday, m' dears! I'm struggling to find the right words to type because my mind is in a gazillion places. By the time today's post is published, Poppy will have joined us, which also means I spent the better part of Tuesday waiting by my phone in anticipation of her arrival. That's right, Corona-cation got a bit more exciting thanks to my sweet baby niece! Squee!! Like so many of you, we're doing our best to practice social distancing (AKA the introvert's Super Bowl). In an attempt to "flatten the curve," we're playing board games, watching movies, dusting off paint sets, building more LEGO creations, picking weeds, and trying our best to not think about how long this period of uncertainty will last. I know we need to just roll with things, but plans seem to change daily, which has also meant some disappointment for all of us. Thankfully, this precious bright spot has graced us with her presence and we're reminded what really matters!! I'm not entirely sure how COVID-19 will impact our trip to Missouri and when we'll get to meet this bundle of joy, but I'm praying it's sooner than later. I can't wait to hug my little sister and her baby girl!!


Enough about me, how the heck are YOU? What are you doing to pass the time?      
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