This and that

Okay the sickness in our house needs to go away. Stat! I’m currently running around like:

As soon as one person gets well, somebody else gets sick. So I’ve been cleaning everything and then cleaning it all again, and then saying a whole bunch of prayers that this week we are officially on the mend.

In between all that, J had a soccer scrimmage:

We harvested hydroponic basil that is literally the size of your fist:

This is my new favorite hat:

The hat is Codeword hats and the donate a percentage of their profits to children’s hospitals in that area code.

And despite the fact that it’s still 90 plus degrees I’ve been doing some fall online shopping and picked up this top from Nordstrom:

And finally the boys are obsessed with battlebots, so I already started Christmas shopping:

It’s never too early, right? Ha!

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Treat yo self Saturday

Since my birthday is just around the corner, my Mom, sister, and I headed out for Treat Yo Self Saturday, one of my very favorite days of the year. We shopped around our downtown and local stores this year and my favorite finds were re-stocks on some of my favorites from Sweet Pineapple and a 334 hat from Scout and Molly’s.

In addition to those finds Anthropologie was having a huge online sale (and I think still is…maybe?) and I bought five tops to refresh for end of summer and beginning of Fall (because realistically it’ll be summer here until mid-October).

I kept all of the tops except the polka dot one, it was way too small. I mean WAY too small. So I’ve got that on my return list, but the rest were keepers! I wore the one on the far left for our Saturday outing. Our downtown is gorgeous to walk around right now too! Lots of butterflies:

Historic churches…

And fancy lights….

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Summer vacation essentials

Whether we are headed out on a road trip, or headed to a summer camp, or just hanging out these are some of my must have items. I opt for casual and comfort during the summer, so with a few exceptions I look for super soft tees, moisture wicking tanks, and shorts that can be pajamas or I could wear if I’m working around the house. The best thing is that most of these tops and shorts come in a wide variety of colors so you can pick a color scheme and then just mix and match everything.

1. A halter for date night, or lunch out, that can be paired with all three shorts.

2. A lightweight cotton sweater for when we’re at home or at a hotel and everyone is hot and I’m freezing.

3. My go to work-out/hiking/running errands tank.

4. Printed pajama shorts, I always pack at least two pairs of these, and they can also work as swim cover-ups, or early morning coffee/donut runs.

5. A scoop neck striped tee, that can be tucked in or worn out, or tied slightly on the side.

6. Printed scallop shorts in lightweight linen/cotton that work with all the tops.

7. My favorite v-neck tee of all time. Seriously. I have it in at least four colors, and I’ll buy more.

8. These shoes shouldn’t be as comfortable as they are for the price point, but I prefer them over my Converse.

9. My favorite flip-flop brand I’ve owned a pair of mine since college and still love them.

10. The athleta shorts that I wear to work-out, or run errands, or go to Disney or anywhere else super hot.

11. A lightweight dress that works with the sneakers or flip flops. I could wear it with wedges, but honestly that’s a lot of extra effort when the heat index is 105!

 

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This and that

Last week was our first real week of summer at home (last week we were at the beach), and I already ran out of popsicles…

The boys also started refresher swim lessons, and my niece was the best towel holder (and so good, considering she couldn’t get in the pool)…

We did a few “avoid the summer slump” things…

And a whole bunch of reading…

And J has been doing his own hair…

I’m thinking of getting him some styling cream, but all I can think of is these neon LA look gel that we used in the eighties…

Oh and I totally want this shirt in my size…

And the boys and I made key lime pie jars

That we ate while watching baseball on TV! Summer is definitely in full swing!

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This and that

This is the haul of shirts I bought for the boys at Old Navy and The Gap for $14.15 (total):

No, this is not a paid advertisement. Yes, this is why I have a Gap card. And actually I got a free gift with purchase, so if you deduct that, the total is actually $2.

This is my favorite lunch at Connor’s…

Crab cakes with sweet potato fries.

This is the beach set B asked me to pick up from Costco…

Hopefully now we have enough sand castle building items!

These are the books J is loving right now, and are on his summer reading list…

I hope that he’s always this excited about summer reading!

This is the way the boys are chilling in the shade outback right now:

These are the baby birds hanging out by our baby maple tree:

And that was the happiest way to tell me I’m done grading in my Canvas app…

 

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Field trip with A

This past week, I went with A and his class on their field trip to one of our city’s historic cemeteries. I know what you maybe thinking…a cemetery, really? However, it’s one of the coolest tours the kid’s get to take in elementary school, and they learn so much about the history of our city. In addition to that the cemetery is beautiful a features some massive and enchanting magnolia trees.

 

A loves to learn about pretty much everything, so he enjoyed all the historical information about the settlers of our city, and how they played a part in what our city was and is. And I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful Spring trees.

We did a tour of one of the historical homes and then decided to not go on the bus tour, but instead A and I had popsicles in downtown Huntsville. It’s rare that I have off work on days when the boys have field trips during the school years, so this was very special.

Oh and I wore this backpack and these shoes. The backpack can also be carried like a purse and I love it because it’s comfortable, but also stylish. And the shoes are more comfortable than my Converse. Seriously. They have arch support and a bit of stretchiness in the toe that means I wore them all day and my feet didn’t hurt, nor did they slip off my ankle. Amazing!

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Sephora’s VIB Event

If you’re planning to shop the Sephora beauty insider sale, you’ve got about one day left! It’s rare that the items I buy from Sephora are on sale, so when they are I stock up! Here are some of my favorites:

Living proof full volume blast. It keeps my hair full from 8-5, and beyond.

NARS lip pencils. My go to for when I want more color.

Clinique chubby stick in graped up, my go to neutral (and it wears without effect, so I don’t have to remember to reapply).

Laura Mercier flawless fusion foundation that I had color matched to my exact skin tone.

Laura Mercier blemish-less primer for summer, hydrating primer for winter.

Kiehls lip balm, which is stashed in most of my bags.

Watermelon glow mask. My only mask, and my favorite. I use it once or twice a week, because it can be a little drying, but it also makes pimples disappear overnight. So there’s that.

NARS eye shadow primer. Double stick eyeshadow tape, essentially.

First aid facial radiance pads. Best tip I ever got was to cut these in half and they last twice as long.

Urban Decay Naked basics 1 & 2.

Sephora instant moisturizer, one of the few moisturizers that I can use, that doesn’t make my face break-out, but is also hydrating.

 

 

 

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Spring + Maine

One if my favorite Spring looks when it’s warm enough to wear sandals, but not blazing hot, thereby, making a sweater completely unacceptable. I’ve had these sandals since I was in college, so it’s a testament to Steve Madden that they’ve held up. I couldn’t find a match for my sweater, but the material in the JCrew tippi sweater is similar. Although if you ever find this weight and sweater type at JCrew factory, I suggest buying several. It’s a lighter cotton than the tippi merino wool and it holds up really well!

 

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