July 13, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Ramblings

Hello and welcome to a post full of things that have been rolling around in my mom brain for the past week. This week has felt interminable and my husband is going out of town tomorrow evening until Sunday. Cue me hightailing it down the highway to my parents house for an extra set of hands to help. I don't always do this but the toddler tantrums have been OOC lately and I may lose any shred of sanity I have if left to my own devices all weekend. 

I digress. On to my riveting thoughts...

1. Prime Day. Um, I ended up going on a bit of tear with Prime Day yesterday and purchasing a whole slew of things I didn't intend on purchasing #storyofmylife. That being said, I feel like my purchases were all sound.. Natives in the next size up in the fun crayon yellow, a Widgeon fleece jacket that will get a ton of use in the fall (although my husband said this jacket looked like the jacket  a kid who is up to no good would wear, ha), Greenies dental chews for the dog (and a 900 count of poop bags because #doglife), and finally a laptop sleeve because I have delusions of taking my laptop to a coffee shop and sipping coffee and "working" on my laptop for hours. One can dream, right? Oh, and a pair of New Balances for myself because I love a good sneaker. These may end up being too white for my current lifestyle but figured I'd give them a shot. 


3. Southern Charm Reunion, Part I. Southern Charm is legit the only reality show I watch (the only TV show I watch at all actually) partly because I, like most of the female population that watches the show, have a girl crush on Camaran and want to be her. I formerly had a crush on Shep but he just makes me kind of sad now so that crush has shifted to Austen. Anyway, the reunion was this past Monday and like always, it was at times, awkward AF. I go back and forth between feeling incredibly bad for Kathryn and thinking she really is batshit crazy. Like, I cannot imagine not being able to see my children that must be heartbreaking for her but then she talks and 60% of what comes out of her mouth doesn't make a lick of sense and her immaturity becomes very apparent. On the other hand, I can't imagine Thomas being an easy person to co-parent with at all. He's an asshole with an inflated ego and I feel bad for her in that sense also. Wanting someone who 'feels honored and privileged to be with you'? Who in the world would feel honored and privileged to be with an overgrown man child?

As for the rest of them, Cam can do wrong. Shep at least owns what a hot mess his life is while Craig is too busy being overly sensitive that he's literally no fun at all and Naomi is.. along for the ride I guess? I get that relationships are hard and it's good to show the other side of relationships but they just don't seem that happy together. It seems weird to me to have 'hit rock bottom' when you've only been together a few years and not married...? Austen is adorbs and I hope that him and Chelsea are still together. I think Jennifer is adorable and girlfriend is looking bangin' post baby. I just can't with Landon.

3. Vacation on the brain. I am dying to go away somewhere lately. Seriously getting so jealous of everyone's family beach trips. Maybe I'm just itching for a change of scenery? I feel like an entitled twat even wishing to go away since we went on a wonderful family vacation to Rosemary Beach two months ago but the heart wants what it wants, I guess. Maybe next year. I'll take a round-trip plane ticket to this  slice of heaven, please. 

4. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Unless you live under a rock, you've been told by several bloggers about how to use the internet and click on things to buy clothes. I'm definitely going to take a look at  the sale but have to admit that I'm not feeling that jazzed about what I saw in the catalog or in the online look book so I'm not even sure if I'll buy anything? Definitely looking forward to seeing which Patagonia items are on sale because I am a Patagonia addict but other than that, meh. Are you shopping the #nsale?

That's it for me today. Hope you all have a lovely Thursday. One step closer to the weekend, ladies! 






July 11, 2017

Prime Day Deals!


Ah, Prime Day. I remember the anticipation of the first Prime Day like it was yesterday. I also remember what a let down it was the first time around. Amazon was basically selling all of the old stuff they no longer wanted but marketed it like it was the next Black Friday. In my opinion, it has improved a lot since then. I think this sale is best for electronic items that you might've been eyeing. There are some good deals on fashion but with Nordstrom sale coming up it's not imperative to take advantage of those deals (with the exception of these Lilly Pulitzer aviators - too cute!). It is also great for stocking up on kids items, I saw some really good deals on kids household items that went fast!
  Here are the few things I have my eye on this go round:

Top Row:
Fossil Q Wander Gen 2 Touchscreen Smartwatch 153.00 orig. 255.00 (an additional 40% of for Prime Members at checkout)

Bottom Row:
Lilly Pulitzer Women's Lexy Polarized Aviator Sunglasses 34.00 orig. 48 (30% off taken at checkout for Prime Members 

Happy Prime Day Shopping! 




July 7, 2017

5 on Friday: 5 Favorite Tops for Summer


1. J.Crew Factory Crosshatch Embroidered Shell. I love the embroidery detail on this top and the periwinkle blue color is my favorite. I recently purchased these shorts from Old Navy and I think this shirt will pair very nicely with them. 
2. SheIn Tropical Print Ruffle Hem Came Top. I adore the print on this fun top. Since finally embracing the peplum look earlier this year, I can't get enough of it. This would be so cute paired with jean shorts or jeans in the early fall plus the price cannot be beat! 
3. J.Crew Factory Scalloped Cami Top. I think this top is gorgeous. I got the black and plan to pair it with white jeans for our next date night. I originally ordered it in a 4 but exchanged it for a 6 because I want it to be a bit more flowy. 
4. Madewell Chevron Stripe Swing Tank. Who doesn't love a good swing tank when its 100 degrees out and you start wishing it was socially acceptable to go outside sans clothing. I've always been a big fan of the basics from Madewell so I'm interested to see how this one measures up to previous purchases. 
5. J. Crew Button Front Ruffle Top. Ugh, this top. SO CUTE. I need it in this pretty blue color and in the punchy rainbow color as well. Perfect with a pair of white shorts and fun sandals! 

Linking up with April, Christina, and Natasha today!


July 6, 2017

On My Bookshelf: Read in 2017 (so far!)



I have to admit that my reading in 2017 has been s-l-o-w. My Goodreads challenge for 2017 is 26 books and with the year more than half over, I've read only 6 books! I'm going to make an effort to read more and even though it is unlikely I will reach my goal, I know more reading is always a good thing! 

I have not read Marie Kondo's book but it is my understanding that the message is essentially the same (Jay doesn't ascribe to the 'spark joy' aspect of Kondo's book). I love Jay's idea of one in, one out. Meaning if you purchase a new dress another dress needs to leave your house. I'm not the best at employing this tactic but I certainly need to be, ha! A new, updated version was just released according to Jay's website

I'm not usually one for short stories but these were so good! Fun, easy reads that kept me entertained the whole time. If you're a JoJo Moyes fan like myself, I'd highly recommend this set of stories. I could read one of the stories during nap time because of the length and level of engagement the stories provided. 

Stephen Clarke is a great writer and I certainly laughed out loud several times during this book but it just wasn't my cup of tea. I believe this book is part of a trilogy so reading all of them might change my mind.. I don't know. My library had all of them so I might check out the others. I'll report back!

I find Allen Iverson fascinating for so many reasons. His story isn't necessarily unique but the guy had a huge impact on the game of basketball. I can't imagine the immense pressure a young athlete feels when he feels obligated to take care of his friends and family at home. Worth the read if Allen Iverson interests you (or any athlete that struggles with coming into millions and millions of dollars at a young age). I love watching 30 for 30 on ESPN and this is kind of like that in book form. 

This book came out in 2008 and have no earthly idea why it took me so long to read it. It is so, so good. It's a fictional account of one of our recent First Ladies (I won't spoil it in case anyone wants to read it) but some of the events in the book happened in real life so it's pretty easy to figure out. It chronicles the life of Alice Lindgren from her quiet, bookish life to the White House and her internal struggle over the course her life has taken. 

I'm a big Emma Straub fan. I loved The Vacationers and Modern Lovers did not disappoint, either. It follows the modern day life of 3 college friends now living in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn. Straub's characters are so well-developed that when the book ends, it feels like saying goodbye to friends! This book is a must read, in my opinion. 

Linking up with Natalie, Annie, and Julie for Thoughts for Thursday!



January 20, 2017

Five on Friday: New Year's Resolutions

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Back again! Let's see if I actually stick to blogging this time around, ha!

I love the new year. I realize we are a few weeks into 2017 but I still consider it the new year. I love a clean slate, a fresh start, a blank page. 

1. Exercise. I'm putting this on my list in an effort to keep up my momentum. After my sister had this wake-up call in the fall, I headed straight to my local gym to sign-up. I wasn't taking care of myself at all and needed to rectify the situation. I've made it a point to make it to the gym 3-4 times a week since late November and I'm proud to say I've actually stuck with it. I meet with a personal trainer once a week which definitely helps with the accountability factor. My goal is to simply keep up this pattern. Getting up at 5am sucks but I remind myself that this won't be forever. Once my child is in school I can work out at a more humane hour but until then 5 am it is. 

2. Drink more water. I think this is a goal of mine every year and it's a goal everyday. 

3. Be more mindful about purchases. I recently read The Joy of Less by Francine Jay. It was eye-opening. Last year, I set a goal of not shopping for the entire year. It did not go as planned. I certainly shopped less but was unable to abstain altogether. It was also a terrible idea considering I was newly postpartum and clothes simply did not fit the way they did before. This year, I am aiming to only shop the big sales for clothes I actually wear (Lilly Pulitzer's After Party Sale and the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale). I am also instituting the one in, one out rule from The Joy of Less. If I purchase something, something else has to leave my closet. This idea has already helped; I've looked at items of clothing and thought, "is there anything in my closet I'm willing to sacrifice to buy this piece?" and usually the answer is no. It has definitely saved me from impulse purchases in 2017. 

4. Volunteer. My grandmother passed away in October of 2015. My mom had this wonderful idea to have everyone put a goal they want to accomplish in 2017 in her Christmas stocking to be revisited at Christmas in 2017. My goal is to volunteer at a Baltimore based organization. I have a young child so I will likely need to find a virtual volunteer position but I am confident I can find something. Putting the feelers out next week. 

5. Cook more. Since the arrival of our offspring, cooking has definitely taken a backseat. G and I both agree it's something we'd like to get back into so we've started making Saturday nights a cooking "date night" of sorts. Hoping to keep this up as it will save us money and calories, which is always on the list of New Year's Resolutions for us, ha! 

6. Blog regularly. Being a SAHM means needing a hobby/outlet. Planning to make it to the blog a few times a week. Definitely need a redesign as I don't think I can claim us as newly married (coming up on 6 years this year) or new homeowners (coming up on 5 years of living in this house).  Look for that in the coming months! 

Happy Friday, friends! 

May 9, 2016

Monday Musings


We returned from our family vacation to Rosemary Beach, FL late last night. Normally after vacation I feel depressed but today I'm feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week after a great 5 days with my family! We are off to music class this morning and then heading to the grocery store and pick our best friend, Macy from doggy camp! Hope everyone has a great Monday!