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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Current beauty faves

 

Mini Beauty Blenders…I picked up Sonia Kashuk’s beauty blender at Target about a month ago and loved it. I found this set of three mini ones (perfect for concealer and travel), and couldn’t resist.

NARS ashes to ashes eyeshadow. Besides ondine, ashes to ashes, is my go to eye shadow and one of the ones I use up completely.

Estee Lauder double wear foundation. I ran out of my current foundation and put in my color iq on Sephora and this one popped up as a match. I’m excited to try it out!

Sonia Kashuk’s blush brush and two eyeshadow contour brushes to update a few of my worn out ones.

Bean Body Coffee scrub from Target. This smells amazing, but it’s essentially like covering yourself in dirt. It’s kind of taxing to use, but I did really love the exfoliating properties of it!

Dry shampoo because mine was running out, and mini bobble hair elastics.

Volumizing spray and make-up remover that I got as a mini for travel.

 

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Look for less

One of my favorite looks from this past Fall:

I adored, but couldn’t afford 400 dollar shoes. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for knock-offs, and finally found some at Target. With a few other pieces I completed the look:

And then tried it out:

Pretty close, right? And for quite a bit less!

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Stars + sparkle

I love a JCrew tippi sweater, and if I could own one in every color I would. My favorites are the traditional ones, but I find that the embellished ones are actually slightly more lightweight, perfect for layering in the winter, and as a stand alone in the spring. Paired with just a few sparkly accessories and comfy boots, it’s a win-win.

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven

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