Friday, October 5, 2018

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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

  • Ashley Mary for Designloop Co. // This is one of those collabs that's a dream come true. Gimme all the stationery!
  • Midcentury-Inspired Walt Chair and Ottoman // You can add this to my lust list. Seriously though, it's gorgeous!!
  • NYC Map // An adorable resource for the directionally challenged but aesthetically aware AKA yours truly.
  • Neil Rook // I can't stop referencing his Dribble account for color combinations and inspiration. I'm a HUE-ge fan. ;)
  • Train III by Luckey Remington // For those of you who heart art like your girl, check out Uprise Art on the regular.
  • Carolyn Dress // We like to tease Max about having a sister. I'm not pregnant; we just like to get a rise out of  him.
  • Sadie Ankle Boots in Leopard Calf-Hair // Heavens to Betsy these are absolute stunners! Bravo, J.Crew! Bravo!
  • Ruffle-Neck Sweater // I got this last year in two colors and it's one of my favorites. Intense pink, anyone??
  • Rollneck Sweater in Dots // Good riddance 80-degree temps! Is it safe to stow away my Summer clothes yet??
  • Ninth Street Women // I've seriously been waiting for this book to come out for over a year now. A-mazing!!
  • Ashley Mary Art // The Designloop Co. discovery sent me into a creative tizzy! I spent a solid 30 minutes just flipping through Ashley's artwork and getting lost in a sea of bright colors and textures. It's safe to say she could definitely hang with the likes of Helen Frankenthaler and Lee Krasner. They'd be tickled to death with her take of modern AbEx.
  • Tortoise Cat-Eye Sunglasses // I saw these while online window shopping and expected the price to be more than $28.
  • You Should Know Card // If I had an excess of free time, I'd send each of you this card. Thank you for your support! 
  • The Harper Mini Dopp Kit // It's almost like they read my mind or something. Finding a cute dopp kit isn't easy, folks!

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


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Thursday, October 4, 2018

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA

FEELING: In this edition of next-level adulting, I confess that we paid to have a truck load of dirt delivered yesterday afternoon and everyone but Beesly was downright giddy about the ordeal. To make matters worse, we placed our order at the local seed store last Saturday, which means said dirt has been the highlight of many discussions for four days straight. Are we becoming extra lame? Also, now we can't stop talking about whether we need ANOTHER truck load. Can somebody say intervention?

THANKFUL FOR: We're having a little get together on Saturday for Max's 4th birthday and since some of the activities would be best suited outdoors, I've been afraid to look at the upcoming weather. Given all the rain we've had over the past few weeks, I didn't want to get my hopes up for his party, but it looks like it's going to be a perfect Fall day complete with a piƱata and dino egg hunt!!

THINKING ABOUT: Earlier this week I was too stubborn to retrieve a set of pliers from the garage and managed to cut my hand while removing the spray nozzle from our hose. Knowing full well that we are currently out of Band-Aids (They're not stickers, Maxwell!), I put pressure on the cut to stop it from bleeding. Max came over and asked if I was okay. When I told him what happened, he took control of the scenario and made the following suggestion: "Stay calm and breathe. Let's try a little yoga. Do a tree pose first and then downward dog." He was so earnest; it took everything inside me to hide my smile and take him seriously. In an effort to humor him, I went on to ask how I could do a downward dog with my right hand bleeding as it was. Without skipping a beat, he responded "Let me show you the modified version." Sweet readers, this age is exhausting but moments like this are priceless!

READING: If you have a rather headstrong little one who has a hard time grasping his/her birthday ISN'T tomorrow like they insist, I suggest you keep a copy of When's My Birthday on standby. All of the party preparations and incoming packages have made the waiting game THAT much harder this year for Max, and I spent a good thirty minutes last weekend trying to explain that we still have a week to go until we celebrate. This book paired with an impromptu paper-chain craft have helped a lot, but it's got me thinking I will need to bring my A-game as we near Christmas. Hold on to your butts!

LISTENING TO: On Tuesday night, Max climbed into my lap and said, "Mommy can we have a nose to nose?" I replied, "Sure! What's up?" when he responded, "This is going to be hard to for me to explain, but I just like daddy better." Oy! Child, do I need to remind you that four years ago to the day I had to pee in a jug for three days straight and keep the hospital-issued vessel on ice so the nurse could run tests in preparation for your big arrival? Birthing aside, do these gross little details mean anything to you? Ha!

WATCHING
: The drama with Jeff and Jenni, a lukewarm season of RHOC, Jerry O' Connell's pitiful start to Play by Play, and the dissolution of friendship between Carole and Bethenny is making me feel kind of "meh" about Bravo right now. Since it's the source of 90% of my entertainment (no lie), I keeping wondering when things are going to pick up and get good again?? Tell me something great is on the way, Andy!! ATL? NJ? For months it's felt like I just keep waiting for one of the series to really BRING IT. Do you expect me to start reading books or something? Mama needs an escape, but not the Kandi Burruss spinoff variety.

EATING: Most of the items on my to-do list for Max's birthday can't really be done until Friday and Saturday. It's making me a little bit bonkers because I'm ready to GSD. That being said, I'm mostly excited to kiss Keto good-bye and bake a cake (The Perfect Birthday Cake Recipe via The Vault Files). I still have no clue what I'm doing with the fondant, and I'm not going to worry about it if it becomes a problem because this simple cake recipe is already a winner. We made it a few years ago for Max's first birthday and I was really proud of how it turned out. Here's hoping I can make it happen again! If not, I'll have a dozen backup cupcakes.


LOVING: I professed my love on Instagram last Friday for this Eyelet-Back Sweatshirt from J.Crew. It's currently down to $36 (they're offering 40% off thru Monday) and I might just have to snag another color before they sell out. I already have it in Cerise and wore it twice in one week. Ha! In my defense, it's stupid cute, comfortable, and makes putting together a "momsemble" ridiculously easy.


Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WHAT MAX IS WEARING WEDNESDAY



Happy Wednesday, m' dears! We've got family coming in later this week to visit us in Delaware for the first time AND we're throwing a small party for Max's 4th birthday on Saturday, so it's a bit nutty over here. Since we're a week out from our wily one's birth date, I thought I'd pop over on the blog and answer a question I've been getting a lot lately. "WHERE DO YOU FIND CUTE CLOTHES FOR A TODDLER BOY??" Hopefully some of you find today's post helpful! If you have any additional questions, feel free to leave a comment or message me directly. A handful of my go-to resources can be found below; they've been my trusty shops since Max was born. Over the past few years I've learned there are some things that are worth spending a little extra on and what's best to keep cheap. As evident from the blog, I'm willing to shell out a bit more on great layering pieces in colors I find are unique (looking at you, Boden and J.Crew), quirky designs, or in a classic pattern like stripes that he can wear A LOT. When it comes to things like tees, I typically buy from Target, H&M, Old Navy, and Zara; however, if I'm looking to add a bit of personality to his wardrobe, I like to buy online from places like Jean and JuneRamble and Co., Kira Kids, Kid + Kind, Fawn Shoppe, The Tot, etc.

THE GOODS:

*40% OFF FULL-PRICE AT J.CREW THRU OCTOBER 8, 2018


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Friday, September 28, 2018

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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

  • Classic Plane 3D Puzzle // Our toddler wants all the gaudy toys, but I've got my eye on errrrything from The Tot.
  • Classic Man Kid's Sweatshirt // I think we can all agree this top from Jean and June is going to be a Maxwell must.
  • Satin Bow Scrunchie // Something tells me I should have added this to my shopping cart earlier this week. It's precious!
  • 3' Balloons // I have approximately six dozen balloons I need to blow up for Max's birthday. Time to buy an air pump...
  • Flore Bag // Oh Clare V! How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Keep up it up with the dots, won't you??
  • Love Typography by Neil Rook // The amount of pink, orange, and red used by this graphic designer is fantastic!!
  • Calf-Hair Key Fob // Starting your car never looked so snazzy. Every day deserves a little cheetah print. Right??
  • Ruffled Cardigan // I donated a few of these cardigans to the Goodwill several years ago and now I'm having regrets.
  • Suede Pointed-Toe Slides // I can't say I have any flats in this style, but I think I want to add a set to my wardrobe.
  • Ashley Peifer Art // Ashley's work brings me so much joy! Are you familiar with the artist?? The patterns and color will make you downright giddy. Collage #9 and Papaya Party are some of my latest favorites. Check out her work.
  • Color Cord Mini Notebooks // Ashkahn notebooks!! Shut. The. Front. Door. Can I get both colors?? Pretty please.
  • Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur // Beige Rose might just be my new go-to everyday color. Fabulous!
  • The Slim Boyjeans in Hayes Wash // Finally a pair of my favorite jeans in a dark wash with little to no distressing. 
  • You're The Gift // Scott Patt's work is so fun! I can't remember how I came across it, but I'm so glad I did.
  • Candlestick // The H&M home selection this time of year is outstanding. How adorable are these?? They're under $10.
  • Large Polka Dots with Color Mug // It's a shame these are sold out. I hope they consider making them again and SOON!!
  • Cheesecake // All this Keto forces you to get creative. I've yet to try any of the recipes out there, but this looks tasty.
  • Decorative Bowl // I snagged this at Target a week ago and it might be one of my favorite purchases as of late.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA BEKKA PALMER

FEELING
: They say parenting doesn't get easier, you just get better at it. Well, with almost four years under my belt, I certainly don't feel any savvier. For the past few weeks, Max and I have been butting heads nonstop. The constant battle for control is downright exhausting and makes me question whether I was ever really cut out for this mom gig in the first place. In fact, a few nights ago after reprimanding our toddler and then releasing him from timeout, he came to me and asked "Mom, do you even like me?" Gulp. Flyboy witnessed the exchange and swears Max knew what he was doing when he dropped that emotional bomb, but it honestly made me feel like a crappy mother. There's a lot of pressure to be present and fun, but at the same time, it's my duty to be consistent and to raise a son that's both brave and kind. Junk behavior is to be ignored and not reinforced, but very little about my current techniques/approach seems to be working. The hunt to expand my parental toolkit continues.

THANKFUL FOR: Flyboy's plane had some maintenance issues yesterday and as a result his work trip was delayed by a day, which meant we got to watch the Big Brother season finale together on Wednesday night. I'm so glad I didn't have to choose between watching it on my own in secrecy or waiting until he returned. While we're on the topic, were you rooting for anyone in particular? I was excited to see either Kaycee or Tyler win. They both played a pretty admirable game.

THINKING ABOUT: With Max's FOUR-rocious birthday festivities just around the corner, I've decided to dabble with fondant but I have absolutely ZERO experience. For those of you who have worked with the sugary substance before, what do I need to know? Is it doable? I mostly just want to cut out a few letters and maybe some polka dots. Is this too much to ask for a novice?? Also, is there a certain brand you recommend? I grabbed two colors at Michaels earlier this week, but I have no clue whether or not it's even enough and if I should experiment with it beforehand. HELP!!


LISTENING TO: On Tuesday I called to confirm that we'd receive our Texas absentee ballots in the mail over the next few weeks. While I was put on hold two different times, I was tickled to death that the music playing was in fact George Strait. As if voting in the midterm elections couldn't get any sweeter, this afternoon ode to the King sealed the deal. God bless Texas! 

WATCHING
: Eek! This Is Us returned on Tuesday. I'm so pumped, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I have SOOOOOOO many questions. Flyboy fell behind on the series when he was in Oklahoma earlier this year,so I desperately need him to watch last season's finale and this season's premiere because he's freakishly good at predicting story lines and making sense of all the twists. I need answers.

EATING: Have you heard of Swerve? It's a sugar replacement and it may have saved Keto for me. Every time I talk about it or use it in a recipe (namely this no-bake gem), I immediately get sidetracked and think about Shahs of Sunset and Swervin' Shervin, but then I remember to thank the Keto gods for creating such a magical unicorn that allows me to satisfy my sweet tooth.   


LOVING: I know I mentioned painting both bathroom vanities a few weeks ago, but I wanted to give it some time before recommending the product I used so I could give you my honest feedback. Well, I'm here to tell you that the Magnolia Home Chalk Paint at Target is pretty fantastic and with just one quart it managed to give new life to our dated laminate cabinets. I went with the Chalkboard shade and then used this as a protective coat. As one of the world's most rammy painters, I can assure you this combo is a foolproof way to give furniture and cabinetry a modern or personalized update.

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

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