Friday Favorites

Deep summer. Also known as the time of year when we are in the middle of running kids from camp to camp, doing nothing in the afternoon to recover, and taking hardly any pictures. So I have one. From the kiddos picnic dinner outside because our Concert in the Park was rained out, with no rain. Now on to some of our favorites of the week!

Slow cooker chicken tostadas for dinner this week.

The bento boxes in my Target cart for the boys’ lunches.

A week of outfits.

Interesting article on making college a four year plan.

Gold pineapples and dark blues create warmth.

Cityscapes with watercolor and ink.

Making these cookies this weekend for our Chamber of Secrets movie night. J just finished the book!

A giant jellyfish!

Finally, how to start and keep a creative habit.

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The kiddos have one week of swim lessons down! They boys are definitely stretching their skills this year, working on diving, backstroke, and longer periods of freestyle. And our newest swim lesson participant, my niece, is doing great working on her back float! This weekend we are headed to our local art walk downtown, and doing some hiking and biking with B’s parents if the weather holds out. I can’t believe we are winding down the second half of summer! Only three more weeks until school schedules, sports, and everything else is in full swing again!

Organization ideas from Target.

The puzzle we finished over the weekend.

Summertime lemonade options.

My yoga schedule for the month.

And a plan to get my heels on the ground for downward dog.

A cookbook dedicated to my most favorite food.

My Bible reading plan for the month.

Food meal planning ideas for high/low macro days.

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe.

Six herbs to grow inside when it’s too cold or hot out.

Corn fritters for a veggie filled weeknight dinner.

And, I’m not shopping the Nordstrom sale until next week, but if there is anything left, I’m picking up these sneakers, this tank, and these pants.

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Current mood.

A fun Fourth of July party with a candy tray!

Our Wednesday night dinner from this week.

Bark art.

Secrets kept by The Gone Dead haunt the living. Such a great tag line!

Drinking coffee is good for you.

Making childhood dinner favorites a little more grown-up.

We have been having family drawing nights with this Art for Kids YouTube channel.

Finally, I’ve been working on a list of potential items to purchase during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. So far, I’ve got a halter dress, jean jacket, boots, loafers, and a laptop tote saved on my favorites.

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The boys’ finished up their first camp of the summer, and they had the best time! This weekend we are having dinner with friends, testing out my parents’ new pool, and getting new hardwood floors put in our bedroom! It’s going to be a busy weekend! I got several more lesson plans outlined for the Fall this week, and I’m hoping to get my July course ready to go while they are putting in the hardwood floors today! In between driving kids to camp, watching Octonauts with my niece, and lesson planning, here are some of my favorites for the week.

I’ve started watching Racheal Ray in the afternoons and I’ve got this meal on my list for next week.

Traveling journals….this has inspired me to start including some collage elements for the photo books of our trips.

All the beaches in Honolulu to visit.

Almost finished with Hickory Dickory Dock.

Take a walk.

True words.

Summer palette perfection.

I’ve got this T-shirt and skirt in my cart waiting for JCrew to have a sale.

My favorite yoga practice of the week.

And finally, a lesson in making chilaquiles.

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Can we talk about our weather for five minutes? In the south our temps are notoriously hot beginning in mid-May. However, it’s June and 75 degrees. I mean. It couldn’t be more perfect. We stopped in Auburn on our way back from Disney last weekend and had the best time, I cannot believe how much construction is going on there! We’ve gotten back into the swing of things after our vacation, catching up on laundry, sleeping in late, and doing lots of reading. I’m knee deep in outlining chapters, extended lesson planning, and re-recording lecture videos for a new textbook. All of the things I have time to do now that I rarely have time to do during the school year. We are looking forward to pool time with friends today and then Father’s Day on Sunday! Here are some of my favorites from the week!

You had me at guava cake.

My favorite podcast of the week.

Amelia Bedelia….housekeeping rebel?

The video I had to save because not only do I love it, but also it shows the development of language that I can share with my foundations of communication course!

Adjusting foundation coverage, good for transitioning between summer and work.

Really the only cheese that needs to be on your charcuterie board.

The social influencer you need to be following. In other news…a great example of how something goes viral. Can you tell I’m lesson planning?

Lots of work wear ideas for fall featuring a pencil skirt.

Strawberry cake.

Got this faux leather hobo bag in my cart.

Summer is all about one pot meals. Or one plate. Or one grill.

Finally, I’m loving the brightness of this flushed coral lip gloss.

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When I was a kid and we lived overseas, vacation was always at least two weeks, if not more. Now that I’m an adult and B and I both have full time jobs, it sometimes seems impossible to even take a week off at a time, and with the boys’ activities that makes it even harder. So this year I declared it the year of the two week vacation. Even if we never have time to do it again (but I’m hoping we do), it’s been the best two weeks! We’ve had time with my whole family and time with just the four of us, and we have lived it up! We’ve put our emails on hold, went to the beach everyday for a week, and I’m halfway through my second book. It’s been a great introduction to summer!

The summer tea I have been waiting for.

The loveseat I’ve got my eye on for when we extend our back porch.

Matcha vanilla date smoothie.

Copying the idea of baskets for food magazines in this kitchen.

Lemon artichoke spaghetti for meatless Monday’s.

Summer of reading.

A cookbook to put on the list for my birthday.

Obsessed with my new reef sandals I picked up at the beach!

I loved the Hawaiian Loco line that I spotted at Uniqlo at Disney Springs! I picked up the Honolulu Cookie Company shirt. They do run a little bit boxy, but will be perfect for a fun pairing with high waisted shorts for summer, or pants for work in the Fall.

And finally, styling a coffee table three ways with 100 dollars or less!

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And just like that another school year is over!

Summer lunch ideas.

Five essentials for Spring into Summer.

Frittata, salad, and rolls = perfect Summer dinner.

Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle for Wacky Science Day with the kids.

Yup, that’s what traveling with kids is like.

Surf inspired shark party….maybe for B’s birthday since my kids won’t let me pick their theme anymore.

Cookie dough to make with the boys.

John Hughes definitely should’ve done the ending for Game of Thrones.

Mindful eating and other insights from a nutritionist.

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We are officially less than a week away from summer vacation! I’m so ready to be able to sleep in, not pack lunches every week day, and not have to race to multiple activities after leaving work.

Six tablescapes for Spring.

My favorite yoga practice of the week.

One of the many reasons Monterey Bay has my heart.

Summer work wear.

To all those May Mamas.

Ideas to refresh your workplace every season.

The most inspiring podcast I listened to this week.

A stylish dining room on a budget.

And finally, my lunch smoothie for the week.

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A little ball practice. It’s that time of year that it’s super warm, but then the winds come up and it’s like the trade winds from when we lived overseas. I can almost smell the sea air at times and it’s glorious! This weekend we are going to see Stomp, maybe attend a ball game if it doesn’t get rained out, and celebrate Mother’s Day! Oh and help A finish up an Alabama History Project.

Physical sunscreen choices for summer skin care routine.

Ways to reboot creativity in fifteen minutes.

Clean lines in a surf inspired bedroom.

These BaubleBar jewelry picks remind me so much of some of my favorite pieces growing up.

These illustrated books are on my library list for the summer.

Crispy salmon succotash.

Tips for container gardening. Perfect with the little container pot J brought me from school for Mother’s Day!

Spring nails.

Fabulously fluffy pancake pieces.

And finally, survival tips for flying coach.

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We are counting down the days to summer over here! This weekend, A has a Jesse Owens project he’s working on, J has multiple baseball games (that might get rained out), and I’ve got a short break before my Maymester class starts, and then after a quick three weeks it will really be summer! We are ready for a beach vacation, sleeping in, and lazy days! I’ve also got a few plans up my sleeve for avoiding the summer slump with the boys and I’m excited to share those soon! Meanwhile, here are some of my favorites from the week!

On being decisive. Which I am. But it’s good to have some reminders.

The skirt steak fajitas we had for Wednesday night dinner.

Skincare in your forties, because yes, I’m headed in that direction.

Salad that has me dreaming about summer dinners.

The striped pants and striped bikini top I have on my list from the Target Vineyard Vines.

You’re fooling yourself about the importance of sleep (unless you think it’s important….then you’re not).

Business connected Ted Talks that I’m making my way through for examples for one of my fall courses.

And finally, here are my actual Sephora purchases with my VIB discount:


I mainly went with basics for this round and decided to test out a new setting powder instead of the Laura Mercier powder I have been using. Especially since it’s summer, I tend to focus on skin repair after wearing make-up almost every day during the fall and spring semesters (and yes, as a college teacher, I live in the world of semesters). The Sephora sale continues for a few more days, so happy shopping!

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