Tuesday, May 23, 2017

StitchFix May 2017

Some things are guaranteed in life. The sun will rise; the sun will set. Every year you will have a birthday. And for me, when the birthday comes there will always be a StitchFix box on the front porch :)


It's a little gift I started giving myself in 2014.
I've added the links for previous Birthday Fixes.




My favorite items I received this month made up this outfit here.




The yellow top is Daniel Rainn Wilkie Split Neck Top paired with 
Kut from the Cloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jeans.
I am such a sucker for StitchFix denim! If you send it, I will buy!
My stylist finds the perfect fits for me. And I certainly appreciate it.
Is there anything worse than shopping for jeans?


#2 Papermoon Manresa Crew Neck Zip Up Top



I love the neon breezy tank top with the zipper front. I just wasn't wild about the print. I have something personal against chevrons. It is unwarranted and silly but I do. 
The overall look was cute for summer.


#3 Daniell Rain Tanzelle Sleeve Blouse


The crochet detail is perfection.


I love the color and the front detail.



#4 Skies Are Blue Izora Lave Detail Knit Romper


I love the periwinkle blue and the crochet details on the shoulders.


Summer + Rompers = 💙


Overall, a fun birthday gift to receive this month! I always love adding new pieces to my wardrobe.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Low Key Weekend



Is it perfectly normal to feel like you shouldn't write a blog post when you have nothing exciting to share? That is how I felt this morning. My commitment to post new content every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday had me feeling pressured though. I've kept to my goal but today I felt like who wants to know about our boring weekend? Well, it's Monday, and I'm writing about the low key uneventful weekend stuff because there is nothing wrong with relaxing on your two free days.

Friday was my favorite because everyone was home and we had a bonfire. It is getting increasingly harder to get everyone in the same place at the same time with these crazy teenage schedules. Of course, there were smores. It's the only reason for fire. I tried to start some campfire singing. Didn't work. We attempted a short lived rap battle which equates to trying to rhyme and make sense for as long as you can. I lose everytime. My husband does surprising well. It's very difficult and pretty funny/ embarassing. There was also fighting because #teenagers. One accidentally ran into the others marshmallow and it's his fault. Then the littlest made a snarky comment so the oldest got mad. Welcome to the circus!

Saturday was a lazy day. We ended our lazy night with a walk around our park located on the intercostal waterway. The boys played Pokemon Go and the adults found a bench to people watch. The four of us made a visit to the our daughter's workplace. This means we had ice cream and played in the arcade. That girl has the best summer job ever! 

Sunday was equally lazy. I did some work with my Little Free Library and tried to find a new book. I'm torn between Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng or My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman. I'm seriously torn! Have you read either? My husband is reading trucking his way through his second book this year. Hurray for him :) To cap off the night, I took my daily walk around the neighborhood. 

This past weekend, I have spent a lot of time thinking about life in North Carolina. It hit me I have one year left before we move on. Given my struggle to acclimate, I'm happy about it. However, given my desire to acclimate I want to make this next year worthwhile. I really want to commit to making this next year the best it can be. So, I'm working on it :) Send me your positive thoughts! 

I hope this week is a good one! We've got a holiday coming up which means fun in the sun! Unless, you are going to be under this damn storm headed east :( I'm watching it closely because I've got plans!!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Things I Love And You Might Too

Happy Friday Everyone! This week has felt like we were living for the weekend. The weather is warming up. The water is warming up. And our brains are complete mush and ready for summer! I wish our countdown to summer was only days; unfortunately, we have weeks left :( Today let us dwell on the positive!


First up... Mexican Shredded Beef recipe. I posted this on my Top 3 Tuesday when I was hopeful this recipe was going to work out. I'm happy to report the Mexican Shredded Beef was amazing! Everyone loved it and as proof, no leftovers! This will be in constant rotation. I'm added the recipe link above. If you like Mexican food, this will satisfy your craving. I served with corn tortillas, red onion, and cilantro. As a side note, if you are missing a couple ingredients, the recipe still turns out yummy. I substituted water for beef broth and garlic powder for garlic.


Second...I love that this girl is enjoying an upswing in life right now. I shared all of this girl's exciting news on Monday's post.  As a mom, it was so much fun to dedicate a post and  sing her praises. I'm so proud of her hard work and dedication. I'm so proud of her level head. I'm glad she is enjoying life here in North Carolina.



Third...one of my absolute favorites this week is my Mother's Day gift. I think it may be the best gift I've ever received! A Little Free Library made with love by my handy husband.
I have wanted a Little Free Library, since I first discovered them. Just to prove it I'm linking back to my Lovin These Libraries post I wrote when we arrived in North Carolina. 
Now I get to have my own fun and share books with others :) 


Fourth...this week Modern Mrs. Darcy revealed the Summer Reading Guide and my To Be Read list doubled! The titles at the top of my list were I Found You by Lisa Jewell and Beartown by Fredrick Backman. I'm currently reading The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn and enjoying the author's storytelling. I was a little put off by the racy premise but now I think the author is going in a different directions with this one. You will have to stay tuned for my book wrap up next month to see how The Arrangement turns out.




Fifth... my latest Stitchfix. I won't share all my treasures because I took the time to photograph everything this month. (Never Happens!) I'm a big fan of Stitchfix and loved receiving a box again. I think I've been on hiatus for 6 months. I got a couple things I really liked. My Fix was a favorite this week!



Bonus favorite...in one week I will be checking off #2 on my bucket list. I'm so nervous but excited. I will definitely be sharing with you all very soon ;)


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Top 3 Tuesday


Hello, empty beach chair. I miss you! I promise we will not waste this whole week of perfect beach days in the classroom :)

May is one of the very best months. The weather hints at summer more and more every day. I am loving shades of green, the flowers, and my most favorite, NO HUMIDITY! I thought long and hard about what to share with you on this fine May day. I'm sharing the Top 3 things I'm loving today.


#1


Birthday Dress

I want this dress in the most unjustified way!
#2


Dinner Tonight
I am attempting this recipe for our dinner tonight.
It might not be as pretty but I'm sure it will be delicious.

#3
Reading Lately


This racy book is pushing me outside my comfort zone.
The writing is so entertaining, I keep coming back for more.

What are your Top 3 today?
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Someone Had A Very Good Week


This girl had a very good week! Over the past 7 days (plus a couple more), she has reaped the rewards for years of hard work. I couldn't be more happy or proud to see her recognized.


Early in the week, she was inducted into the National Honor Society. 
She has worked hard and challenged herself with some pretty tough classes. 
This is a great opportunity to help with her college goals.
She amazes me all the time with her accomplishments. I wish I had been a smart about things when I was her age :)


Later in the week, she found out she made captain of the color guard.  This is a goal she set for herself freshman year. She had her heart set on it. When we learned we would be moving, she was confident captain was not a reality anymore. Regardless, Ky continued to work hard and commit to her new team.

A few weeks before try-outs rumors started to churn in her social circles and some mean things were said from people she considered friends. Pretty much along of the lines of "Who does she think she is? To try for captain when she hasn't lived here that long." Kyli was hurt. And I was furious. I hate when my kids get punished for our military life. We reasoned these are just high school kids who have never had to move in their life. They don't understand. It's not these kids' fault they have to move all the time. Thankfully military kids aren't going to let that minor detail prevent them from reaching their goals. They are just going to work harder! Luckily, her band director didn't share those same feelings as her peers. He recognized her hard work and devotion to her sport :) 



After all the good news in North Carolina, we traveled to Iowa 
to celebrate my sister's wedding.
Kyli loved dancing the night away and having our extended family 
dote on her for 24 hours. 
Everyone loves Kyli :) And she loves everyone.


To finish her week of awesome, Kyli went to her junior prom with 
a group of friends.
She has a great time and claimed she danced every song.


Who doesn't have great memories of prom?




Such a fun week (and a couple days) of goodness sprinkled over Ky's life.
I love sharing and recording these moments to look back on with her!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Travels. Love. And Wedding Bliss.


Spring in Iowa. Dandelion covered fields of green. This is my home state at its finest! My coastal city kids love it! Charlie dog does too! On our very long road trip to Iowa last weekend we took the time to lunch in a wildflower covered field. I think this is what would Thumper would call a meadow (total Bambi movie reference).
We loved it!



Someone didn't think riding in the car for 18 hours was so terrible.



Stopping in Virginia for a break. 
Virginia is for lovers. That is the state motto.
It didn't dawn on me how appropriate a LOVE picture is on our way to a wedding. Our whole trip had a love theme ;)



My kids are weird.


We rolled into town just in time for the wedding rehearsal.
How is this for Iowa cliche?
My sister was married at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in the Agriculture building.
Where they keep the butter cow 😆
Go big or go home, right?


Just to clarify, this was my much younger sister's wedding.
My first time being a bridesmaid (which was fun). However, standing up front with 25 year olds, not as fun. Literally, everyone in the wedding party was 25 years old. I felt like their mom. Haha



Age is only a number... says people who hang out 
with other people their own age.
Sometimes, you just have to own it like the rock star you are.






So, own it I did!
We loved every minute of celebrating with my sister and my new brother.
He is in for such a treat with us. He doesn't even know it yet!



Ready for more Iowa cliche-ness?
A tractor at the ceremony.
This tractor has been witnessing marriages of grandchildren for 18+ years.
One cousin started it and then it became a thing.
So yes, a tractor did pull my wedding party around on a hay wagon in 1999.
#iowaweddings


To end the night, we partied and danced until the stroke of midnight.
Yes, we Chicken danced and Boot Scooted like good farm kids.
So much fun with family!

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