Friday Favorites

All lined up after a day of model rocket creating, swimming, and playing outside watching the start of the newest Minecraft: Story Mode. The best of summer!

Simple, girly, and somewhat sporty summer outfit.

Books about wonder to read with the boys.

Such fancy pasta!

A bench to put on my next summer to do list.

How I love sunflowers.

Effortlessly adding woven wall art.

A panda array of solar power. Both mathematical, ecological, and adorable.

The reason why our Grandparents are just “resting their eyes” in the afternoon.

Inspiration arrives when…

And finally, why constraints are important in creating a narrative, definitely using these ideas as an activity in my speech class!

Continue Reading

Fourth & family

The boys have had a terrific time this Fourth of July week, with lots of cousin time, family in town, and time at the pool and playing outside.

We swam at the pool:

Twirled glow bracelets while watching fireworks:

Played spike ball:

Put together puzzles:

Played red light/green light:

And other outside games:

Had an anniversary celebration with my parents (43 years! They’re the best!):

Took a few family photos:

We had a terrific week!

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites

Oh to swing with abandon!

Styling out a future patio that’s more than just a concrete slab.

A kitchen filled with lovely plants and light.

Great tips for backpacking with kids, I’m going to need this in the fall for Cub Scouts!

And with that backpacking, some camp food ideas.

Chex Mix all dressed up for the Fourth of July.

A three part system for organizing kids clothes, love this idea for changing seasons.

The history of Pho. The boys will love learning about this because someone made Pho on their current favorite reality show, The Next Food Network Star.

Figuring out how to organize Legos…I’m sorry this is hilarious. Just put those things in the biggest bin you can find and dream on, my friends.

Playground equipment at night in Japan. Awesome? Creepy? I can’t decide.

And finally, summer hats!

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites

Party of five.

The Woman in White is a vintage classic that I’ve added to my reading list.

A panzenella summer salad of grilled peppers and torn mozzarella.

A book of summer memories. I’m getting started on this!

Put a label on it.

A mud cloth American flag, such a lovely idea for The Fourth of July.

Stylish pieces to move you through all of summer.

The home edit is the Instagram I can’t stop scrolling through.

Chocolate chip rosemary scones to make with our new fresh herbs!

Croissants taste better in France. Science says so!

A little s’mores popcorn for all of our summer binge watching. Currently the boys are catching up on Star Wars Rebels and B and I are watching House of Cards & The Chef’s Table on Netflix.

And finally, a dramatic sleeve once, twice. I feel a fall trend emerging!

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites

Waiting in the shade.

My inspiration for re-finishing our dining table and chairs. This year I may just make it happen!

The topknot scarf is my current summer solution for not doing my hair. Ha!

On the heels of my post yesterday, how to actually unplug during a vacation.

Love this all about Dad printable for Father’s Day.

Tapping into creativity through speeches.

A five minute exercise for strengthening your core.

It may seem silly to have an office kit on hand for college kids, but I’ve had meetings where I’ve passed out crayons for two year olds while I talk to their Mom, grabbed snacks for students who didn’t have breakfast, should have, and need to give a speech, and the list goes on and on.

The comfort clothing movement.

A modern superhero party that J would love.

I love planes, and I love the way the boys stop and turn to watch a plane as it soars overhead.

And finally, the Italian pressed sandwiches on my list for dinner next week.

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites on a Saturday

It’s s’more season!

Books to add to my summer reading list.

Long lists help you brainstorm better! Yeah, they do!

The art of successful storytelling to create better communication.

Great idea for spicing up our favorite slow cooker pulled pork.

Vivid and bright art studio with awesome collage inspiration.

 Simple and gorgeous summer looks. With these shoes.

Homemade dole whips to tied us over until our next Disney trip.

And finally, when J was two he bought me Wonder Woman pajamas because “she looks like Mommy and they’re strong”.

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites

School’s out for summer! I’m rejecting my slight-A type need to create a list of summer fun, instead I’m getting out with the boys and we are creating summer fun in the moment. Not that I don’t love a good list! However, after a really busy school year we are going to spend some time being plain bored, watching cartoons late, taking long walks, vegging at the pool, crafting, making fun foods, and reading! I guess we do have a bit of a list after all 🙂

For when the boys are older and we can tackle more adventurous hikes.

Easy cinnamon sugar donuts for one of our fun recipes!

A’s sweet teacher gifted me a book for being a room mom this year and I literally cannot put it down. It’s awesome.

Clean and fresh bedroom in four unique ways.

Literally the only people I talk on the phone with are my Mom and sister.

A fabulous shirt dress, I’m trying to figure out if I can re-create it at a more cost effective price.

Strategies for camping with kids. I better read up, I’m pretty sure we have at least three camping trips this fall.

One thing I decided to do this summer (mainly to keep my sanity), is not taking lunch requests from the boys. I never do that during the school year and I’m done running my kitchen like a short order cook for lunch in the summer. That being said I’ve got a list of lunch ideas in my back pocket.

And finally, the craft room of my dreams!

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites

Matchbox and Hot Wheel competition is the theme of our week. It seems like everything is a competition these days with the boys, especially J. Who can buckle their seatbelt the fastest, get their shoes the fastest, etc. You’d think it would mean we get out of the house quicker, but it really doesn’t. Insert my face every morning, here:

There it is. Now on to some of my favorites of the week:

The wavy hair I rocked for most of the week…and then one day looked like Hermoine Granger when the humidity got too high:

Thanks a lot Southern weather.

I love, love, love beachy surf style, so even though I don’t have a beach house, I’m putting a book on my list for a little surf style at home:

A’s second grade teacher has been awesome, and she’s also an artist, so the kids have done some really unique and cool art projects this year and this one may be my favorite:

I was inspired to start replenishing art supplies for fun activities for the boys this summer!

Creating a cozy bedroom through layering….I’m trying to figure out where to layer in a print that I think the boys would find hilarious, and have endless debates about. These are the the things you think of in a house full of boys…how can I make them laugh?

Ideas on teaching kids to have giving hearts. Love this!

And finally, adding Positano to my bucket list with the boys. So lovely!

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites

Love cuddling up with the boys after bath time and watching Iron Chef before books and bed.

Things people don’t discuss in business, but should. Great for my biz com students!

Weatherproofing outdoor chairs, on my list for our outdoor chairs this summer.

Coordinating colors for our bedroom wingback chairs.

Lemon ice box pie with golden Oreos, perfect Spring/Summer dessert.

Gorgeous summer dress and I’m already trying to figure out how to re-create her hairstyle.

I’ve got Hawaii on my bucket list for vacations with the boys. Maybe, Maui?

An alternative to the pencil skirt for the office.

Creating beautiful balconies in small spaces.

Hilariously readings of bad yelp reviews.

Y’all know I’m obsessed with bread and baking bread. I’m thinking about incorporating it with a Between the Lions episode this summer with the boys.

And finally, a kid friendly Fitbit that I’m betting will wind up on A’s Christmas list.

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites

This kid. He’s about to end his preschool years and officially enter elementary school with his brother. I’m soaking up the last days of being able to walk to pick him up from school, visit our neighborhood ducks and turtles, and arrive home to sit on the front porch, eat popsicles, and discuss what animals have ears.

Consider this tape dispenser already ordered for J for Christmas.

A perfect summer centerpiece.

A chocolate chip cookie is always a good reason to grow mint.

Cinnamon sugar tortilla roll-ups, the perfect end to a Cinco de Mayo.

Pool cover-up and flip-flops.

Did Jack Sparrow ruin The Pirates of Caribbean?

On the magic of having boys.

Thoughts on why we don’t embrace the scale for baking in the U.S.

Short ribs and romaine stir fry sounds amazing!

And finally, sunscreen touch up powder is on my list to test out.

Continue Reading