Friday, September 14, 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.

  • Minaret Wall Sconce // I'm currently on the hunt for sconces. We need a set for our bedroom and all the bathrooms. 
  • Dots Vale Pouch // I love how K.Slade paired with other local designers to create simple statement pieces.
  • Lucky Draw // I'm not sure how much hurricane prep is needed, but we have gin, water, and playing cards.
  • Sapphire Lake by Suz Shippey Borski // The artist's use of dark blue is enough to take my breath away. Swoon!
  • Ca Suffit! Sweatshirt // I've added this to my birthday wish list because Clare V. sweatshirts are my weakness.
  • Swear Jar // Something tells me we're going to need one of these very soon because ALL EYES ARE WATCHING. Gulp!
  • Fresa Pendant // Stray Dog Designs debuted a handful of new pendants and I'm over here in Delaware drooling. Big. Time. Owning one of their lights or chandeliers is on my bucket list. The color and whimsy gets me every single time.
  • RAINS Trench Rain Jacket // Is there anything quite as classic as a slicker that screams SUNSHINE on a dreary day??
  • The Harper Mini Satchel // The size of this bag is tiny but oh-so sweet! I've got my eye on you, Harper!
  • Dino Tail // We snagged a few of these for Max's upcoming birthday party. Can you believe he'll be FOUR-rocious?
  • The Frances Loafer in Velvet // Sleek and plush slip-ons. Thanks for the no-brainer, Madewell! I'm in LOVE!!!
  • Orange Is The New Blue // The type and colors used in this poster were a huge source of inspiration for me this week.
  • We Are Closed Mondays // Founded by Bekka Palmer, this textile brand makes baskets and bags out of rope and thread.
  • Tokyo Dream Sunglasses // Come back, sun! We miss you. I don't even remember what it's like to don sunnies. Sigh.
  • Polite AF Thank You Card // Ghost Academy might be one of my new favorite places to shop for letterpress. 
  • Works of Frederik Krogh // This illustration has made its rounds on Pinterest countless times, but I can find very little about the Danish graphic designer I believe is responsible for the work. If this is your area of expertise, please dish.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH TATE FOR BRIT + CO

FEELING: It might be time for us to get a family YMCA pass or something. Do you have one? Thoughts?? The past week has been nonstop rain and it doesn't look like it's going to let up anytime soon. It makes me a little bit antsy for Winter, which we only got a taste of last year. Max is the kind of kid that needs to RUN or the entire house will pay for it. Jumping around in muddy puddles will only get us so far. And as long as this kid spends his days with me, there WILL be a nap-time, but that doesn't mean I don't have to work for it. Here's hoping this is the secret to surviving the cold and snowy months ahead.

THANKFUL FOR: I was having a dickens of a time placing an order on IKEA's website last week and getting in touch with their customer service by phone is near-to-impossible. We've wanted another set of these bookcases to place in our bedroom for awhile, so Flyboy volunteered to go to the Philadelphia store last Sunday morning (with Max in tow—bless his heart!) and retrieve the pieces for us. The idea was all his, and it was a huge relief. While they ventured off to PA in the rain, I stayed at the house and continued to work on the guest bathroom vanity. He's a keeper, that guy!

THINKING ABOUT: Max keeps begging us to get another dog (one JUST like "boy") and he brought it up again last Saturday night during dinner. I went on and explained all the reasons this can't happen now when Flyboy asked "What kind of dog do you think you would get next?" for kicks and giggles. I've actually put a lot of thought into this answer and I'm caught between a Newfoundland and another Bernese Mountain Dog, but I'd only get another Berner if Beesly was around to mentor the pup. Hours later the two of us were on our phones Googling breeders and I took a bunch of screenshots of fur babies for sale in the local area. Days later I found the info saved to my camera roll and it felt something similar to that of a hangover. Woof! Getting another dog before Flyboy leaves for a deployment would be a ridiculous idea, but the only reason I even kind of humored it is our mutual fear of Bee's age. She'll be ten this December. How is this even possible?? After we found out FB would be leaving next year for six months, the two of us sat down and had a heart-to-heart about our game plan leading up to his departure and also our fears. My first thought was Beesly. What happens if something terrible occurs while he's away? She's getting old (especially for her breed) and the Winter months are tough on her joints. I felt silly for admitting THIS was my main fear about us being separated, but he admitted it was one of his top worries as well. The practical side of me knows the timing isn't ideal to add to our brood right now. We need to set ourselves up for success. Not to mention, I would really want FB to be around to help train a new pup. Lord knows I've got my hands full with Max already! In the end, there will only ever be one Stardust Beesly Fine (the breeder's preferred way of writing her name—Ha!) and I'm pretty sure no BMD can top this one. We got really lucky our first time. What are the odds it will happen again?

READING: I read this Ram Dass quote on Instagram this past week and it resonated with me so much that I couldn't screenshot it fast enough. During polarizing times like these when I'll do anything possible to avoid Facebook (Hey politics!), passages like this one are a nice reminder to not be so quick to judge and accept others as they are. This also includes self-acceptance.
"When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are."
LISTENING TO: Max is REALLY into singing these days and I love it! Half the time, I have no clue what lyrics he's added to his version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (like hell I'm going to try to correct him!), but his loud and proud approach reminds me of the little girl in the movie Prancer who sings like no one is listening. Yep, that's my Maxwell! His tone-deaf concerts are only a problem when we visit somewhere such as the library and he seems to think the whole being quiet thing doesn't apply to him. 

WATCHING
: The new season of Flipping Out premiered this past week. Are you up to snuff on all of the Jeff and Jenni drama? I hate to admit this because I adore Pulos, but after reading an article in People Magazine, I think I'm on Lewis's side. Also, this break-up makes me sad on a lot of levels. What in the world is going on with my go-to Bravo-lebrities?? Make it stoppppp!

EATING: For those interested, here are a few Keto recipes we tried this week. As much as I miss carbs and sweets, I will admit that I've enjoyed everything we've made thus far and wouldn't mind repeating them in the future.


LOVING: A few weeks ago when Sephora was having their big VIB sale, I decided to finally give the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask ago because the hype and reviews are unreal. Well, I'm here to tell you that it really is worth buying. My skin tends to be on the dry side, but after wearing this overnight, I was amazed by how soft my face felt and how dewy it looked after applying my CC cream.


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

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

Long time, no hear. Sorry 'bout that! Let's hop straight to the details...
  • I took last week off from the blog and social media to tie up a few loose ends around the house. I wasn't feeling particularly creative in terms of Photoshop and writing, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to finally paint the bathroom vanities upstairs (more on that tomorrow!), pick out photos to have printed and framed in our bedroom and Max's, style our new bookshelves, etc. I've learned that the to-do list is never ending when you buy a house, but it felt really nice to complete a few simple tasks that make the space feel more like us.
  • Flyboy and I were in desperate need of a nutritional reset and convincing him to join me for another round of Whole 30 was out of the picture, so we opted to try Keto this time. I have absolutely NO clue what I'm doing but my sweet tooth was out of control and this chocolate peanut butter "fat bomb" I found on Pinterest is allowed, so that feels like a win. Kind of. Knowing my luck, FB will lose weight and I will probably gain it. With just three days into the program, I've learned that I rely heavily on carbs. Is that reeeeeeeallly that bad??
  • Remember a few weeks ago when I was considering blue-light blockers to fill my spectacle void? Well, they arrived last week and while the frames are freaking adorable, the psychedelic lenses make me feel like a preppy version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Do you think if I took them to an eye doc and swapped out the lenses I could still call them blue-light blockers? Hehe! Then they will actually serve a purpose. Oh, screw it already! I just need to own it and wear whatever frames I want. As far as everyone knows, my vision has worsened with age. Thirties, man...
  • Is it raining nonstop where you live as well? Max and I are going stir crazy after spending so much time indoors. I think we've read every book we own, played every toy, whipped up every craft in our arsenal. Sigh. On the bright side, I did get to wear a light jacket on Monday and a sweatshirt this past weekend, so maybe that's a good sign Fall is coming??

Enough from me. How the heck are YOU? It's been too long.




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Friday, August 31, 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.

  • Tassel Pillow // I'm taking a page from Max's playbook. It's never too early to add something to your birthday list. Ha!
  • Prudence Dudan Collages // I can't quit these colorful collages. They're so simple but oh-so stunning at the same time.
  • More Coffee Mug // This could be the official motto of motherhood. Just add white strips or charcoal toothpaste.
  • Ganni Sabine Slingback Pump // You guys! These. I get tongue-tied just staring at them. They're drop dead gorgeous.
  • Houseplant Pin // So what if you lack a green thumb. There are no tricks to keeping this Fiddle Leaf Fig alive.
  • Cat Eye Sunglasses // Lives in Hawaii and Texas for a decade (combined) and decides sunnies are her weakness.
  • Vintage-Style Coin Pouch // All the honeys, who making money. Throw you hands up at me! File this under ADORABLE.
  • Parke Blazer // You know how I feel about the color cerise. Then they had to go and add this amazing pink collar.
  • Too Much Moodpatch // Wasn't it Mae West who reminded us that too much of a good thing can be wonderful???
  • Thick Stripe Vase // Don't mind me. I'm just over here picturing this pretty little thing perched on m' desk.
  • Oslo One-Drawer Desk // Dear Target, stop being so awesome. You make it really hard to get in and out of your store safely when you're out there flaunting all of your adorable decor deals like this. Love, Ashley
  • Create Your Own Opportunities // I was scrolling through Pinterest during nap time and this was a timely reminder.
  • Dot Basket // Here's the deal, this darling organizational vessel will be added to the fictitious birthday list as well.
  • Stabilo Pen Set // I associate this pen set with the beginning of the school year. They've been my fave for 20 years.
  • Monogram Postcard Set // I've dedicated ZERO time to snail mail in the past few months. Who am I?
  • Full Dry Volume Blast // Liz Adams, among a handful of other bloggers, swears by this stuff. Time to try it!
  • The Brush Crush // I've got the budget version of this bad boy, but if it gets THE Alli Webb's approval?!?


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


HALF MOON OVER WATER BY BOBBY CLARK

FEELING: My parents are coming this weekend and I'm excited! I have no clue what we'll do and the weather shows thunderstorms on the forecast, but it won't matter. It will just be nice to catch up and hang out. Do you have Labor Day Weekend plans?

THANKFUL FOR: Remember how I was on a texting basis with Patrick the trash man? Well, we had to let him go a few months ago. Sigh. It was an unfortunate good-bye, but at least we're getting our garbage picked up in a timely fashion again. Woop woop! There were periods in which we'd go almost three weeks without seeing him and it was getting to be a little bit frustrating. Yesterday he finally stopped by to pick up the two trash cans we were using and I'm pleased as punch to no longer house FOUR large garbage bins in our garage like we've been doing for the past three months. SCORE!! Suddenly it feels like we have SO MUCH SPACE!!!

THINKING ABOUT: I've been looking for an excuse to wear glasses since I was in grade school. There was that time I faked an eye exam in elementary school (3rd grade perhaps?!) and then again a few years later when I used an 8th grade trip to Paris to "reinvent myself" and I wore fake spectacles all around The City of Lights. I can't say I've let go of this dream just yet. In fact, I'm somewhat intrigued by the idea of blue-light blockers. Have you heard of them? They're intended to give your peepers some rest from digital eye strain and it just so happens that my go-to brand J.Crew is selling a variety in their accessory section right now. Coincidence?! I think not. They're by an Aussie brand The Book Club and they're pretty stinking cute. Do you know anyone that's used them? I'd like to give them a shot but fear the lens will take on a bluish hue and it could go from trend-tastic to transition lens trauma REAL quick. In the event I do try them, I'll be sure to share an update. 

READING: Walls by Brad Holdgrafer is one of those children's books that really nails it with the simple illustrations, rhyming text, earnestness, and timely message. There's no denying that we learn a lot about who we want to be based off the books we read when we're kids, and as a parent I'm truly grateful for tools like this that help nurture openness and kindness. This is one of those reads that would resonate with any age group for generations. Read it. I just know you'll love it.

LISTENING TO: We switched from AT&T to T-Mobile a few months ago because their offer for military/veterans cut our cell phone bill in half. As if saving $900 a year wasn't good enough already, they offer random weekly deals for their customers and this week we snagged a year of Pandora Plus for free. Yasssssss! Say buh-bye to ads and hello to offline listening, unlimited skips, unlimited replays, and more. As someone who uses the app a lot each day, this was a total score!!
 
WATCHING: We live down the road from one of the characters on Teen Mom 2, and apparently they're filming because Flyboy witnessed the crew getting footage of the D-list celebrity sending her kid off on the first day of school this past Monday. So if you see a familiar face picking his nose or something in a grey Volkswagen, be sure to let us know. We're going to need to get in on some of that $300K paycheck she's bringing in. Ha! Last week I was walking around the neighborhood and noticed girlfriend's got a snazzy new Mercedes sedan parked in her driveway right next to that tank of a SUV. Break me off a piece of that, am I right??

EATING: Last Saturday I made a batch of Chicken Zucchini Poppers (recipe via One Lovely Life) to have handy in the fridge for a quick lunch throughout the week and they were incredible. The best part?? They're gluten free, Paleo, and Whole 30 friendly. After making them, I can totally see why they're Emily's most popular recipe because they were stupid easy, delicious, and squeaky clean. I'm eager to make some more—between the two of us, they didn't last very long.

LOVING: Summertime has been pretty sweet and I hate to see it go, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm stoked to experience REAL fall weather again. Eeeek! It will be our first legit Autumn in over a decade and the idea of not having to fake it by sweating through my sweaters makes me silly giddy inside. Naturally I've been keeping tabs of all of the darling options available and I've got my eye on this polka-dot staple, this neutral no-brainer, and this classic work horse in Neony Peony.


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

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


"THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN." — CHARLES EAMES
Happy hump day, m' dears! First, I wanted to take a moment and thank you all for being so supportive in regards to last week's post. I'm glad I was able to share that little detail with you. Just as we hoped, Flyboy got back last Wednesday night from his work trip and we had the best four-day weekend ever!! We explored a bit of the local area—there's still sand in the backseat of the wagon to prove it, worked in the yard trimming trees (because #homeownership), let Max opt out of a few naps in the name of fun (not my best move!), devoured the tastiest chocolate ice cream, finished watching Sharp Objects (whoa!), and drank a few beers Sunday afternoon in the kiddie pool. If this is what Liz Gilbert meant when she said "Just keep serving the freaking peanuts," then count me in. Ha! Now it's just a matter of making it to Friday and we get to do it all over again. What's not to love about that? 

Do you have any big plans for Labor Day Weekend?? Do tell.
As always, thanks for stopping by.


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Friday, August 24, 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.

  • Belle Flats // Squee! Boden is really bringing it with the flair factor this Fall. These flats are insanely adorable. 
  • Whatever Print // Threenagers serve some serious attitude. I feel like the resident toddler is always in "whatever" mode.
  • Healthy Flourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites // I plan on making a batch of these this weekend. Stay tuned.
  • T-Rex Taxidermy // Dinosaurs or bust! See what I did there?! Anywho, Max totally needs this for his bedroom.
  • Karen Walker x Madewell // Talk about a dreamy collaboration. How fabulous are these sunnies? I love the quirky lines.
  • Kule Stripes // One of these days I will add THE ULTIMATE striped shirt to my wardrobe. It will be royal, obvi.
  • Love Y'all Tote // The Gen Sohr fan girl in me almost flipped when I learned they were going to sell their snazzy bags.
  • Lovevery Subscription Service: The Play Box // This would be such a great baby gift. The contents are adorable!!
  • Bunny Sweater // You guys!!! All the Oeuf sweaters make me want to have a gazillion children. Wait, nevermind.
  • Banwood Balance Bike // This is a seriously stylish and cute set of wheels. Can they make it in my size?
  • Alphacrete Letter // Words can't express just how much I love this marquee. We can agree these letters are lit, right??
  • Why Hello Doormat // It's not often that you find such an adorable doormat that's this big and reasonably priced.
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA

FEELING: Last Sunday while playing with blocks and dinosaurs in Max's bedroom, my child declared that stripes are kind of like his camouflage. Yes, my mama heart swelled with serious pride upon his proclamation. Also, it's rather perceptive of him considering the fact that he's been sporting them since day one and 75% of his bedroom (dare I say our house) is covered in the pattern. Ha!

THANKFUL FOR: I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support regarding yesterday's post. It makes me incredibly grateful for this online community. Just as the GIF promises, this will all make perfect sense someday. We can do hard things.

THINKING ABOUT: When my parents visited Delaware over the 4th of July, my mom and I created a little jute rug hack that I thought I'd pass along to you now that I know it's effective. In the event you also have one of these textured rugs and you're starting to see a little wear and tear in areas where there's high traffic (places in which the weave is getting loose and starting to pull), you can reinforce the back of the worn spots with strips of Gorilla Tape. Upon settling into the new house after Swell Rio, I was a little nervous about two areas in particular, but this has helped tremendously.

READING: In her Rising Strong podcast on Oprah's Super Soul SundayBrené Brown cited a Theodore Roosevelt quote that was so poignant I had to listen to her repeat it twice and then proceeded to jot it down in the notes app on my phone. Here goes:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
LISTENING TO: Good gracious! Flyboy's absence this past week meant lots of cretaceous-themed dance parties as well as our fair share of meltdowns. I much prefer Koo Koo Kangaroo's Dino Stomp to dramatic toddler scuffles, which have been all-too frequent. 
 
WATCHING: Oh. My. Word. The RHONY reunion has me shook. What the hell is even going on here? It feels like a giant gang up on Bethenny. I swear I'm not being overly sensitive of the SkinnyGirl, but even Andy looks overwhelmed by it all! 

EATING: Flyboy got back late last night and since he has Thursday off, we plan on making today a beach day in Lewes. While Max is pumped about dipping his toes in the ocean and digging around in the sand, I'm in it for lunch at Agave. Gimme that guac sampler!

LOVING: It's no secret I take great pride in my bed making skills. After all, it's one of the first things I check off my to-do list after I wake up each morning. For this reason, I would usually cringe if someone messed with my fluffed up masterpiece; however, Beesly gets a pass. She reigns as queen, of course! Whenever we're gone for more than two hours, I've noticed that she takes it upon herself to lay on our bed while we're away. This ritual is fairly new and I think it has something to do with the fact that our platform bed sits a little lower than our previous setup in Texas and Hawaii making it easier for her to get up. In her old age, this little bitty does what she wants and it's pretty hilarious.


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


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

With bellies full from pancakes, we said good-bye to Flyboy last Saturday as he departed on a five-day work trip. Just as the Touareg was no longer in our sight, Max came over and leaned his head into my thigh and said "When daddy leaves, my heart breaks into a thousand pieces." With a giant lump in my throat and very aware of what next year will bring, I put on a brave face and reassured him that our favorite person would be home in a few days and that it would be alright. We would be alright, right?! Then, a few hours later while Max was napping, I finally gave myself a chance to digest what our three year old expressed to me earlier that morning. It was so sweet and earnest, but it left me panicked. How on Earth will we explain the impending six-month deployment to him when it's time? I breathe and begin to talk myself through it. The three months we spent apart earlier this year weren't easy by any means, but we survived. It will be just like that, times two. Ugh. Yes, WE signed up for this when we chose the lifestyle, but I'd be remiss if I didn't admit that adding a child to the equation definitely complicates things. We've been down this road before, just as thousands of other military families have experienced or are experiencing something similar, but this time we'll navigate it with a very intuitive and emotionally aware child involved.

The pulled-together, can-do version of myself knows the next 3.5 months will give us time to prepare for the upcoming chapter apart, and leaves me feeling incredibly grateful to celebrate birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas together. But then there's also the overly emotional and uncertain Ashley that knows being separated is hard enough for adults. Now what about Max?

I share this with you not for you to feel pity, but for you to better understand where my head will be at in the coming months. We anticipated this would happen when we moved East and our time has come. Now we have the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and do the work. I may *occasionally* hide in my closet to ugly cry like I did this weekend, but I'll regroup, and take stock in the moments I'll miss like watching Flyboy assess his mow job from the windows in the guest bedroom and every night we get to tuck Maxwell into bed together. I imagine it's little details like these that I'll look forward to the most when it's all said and done.



     
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