12 Happies du Jour

Happy Tuesday ... as you may expect I am drinking my coffee this am with my computer queued up to the Lilly After Party sale.  You may find that crazy since I shopped yesterday, but I have been holding out buying anything most of the summer anticipating this sale.  And, y'all it's good, like really good.  Today I shopped from my favorite summer release ... the rewind of some of the best prints released again. 


It's Party Time

It's here! The Lilly Pulitzer After Party is live and it is so very good.  I poured my coffee, got into the queue and after waiting 45 minutes was able to shop.  I got some really amazing things and the prices are sooo good.  I had to be careful to limit what I love since the selection is new each day of the sale.  So guess where I will be again tomorrow at 7 ish am ... yep, in the queue. 


Boozy Coffee Ice Cream

photo via Williams Sonoma

It is always a good thing when its Friday ... but Friday when its National Coffee Ice Cream Day, yes please!!  I love a good scoop, or two, of ice cream almost any day of the week but Friday after school is the ideal time for a ice cream treat.  Coffee is one of my go to flavors, it combines two things I just love ... coffee + ice cream.  Since buying our ice cream maker earlier this summer I have made many containers of ice cream.  Homemade ice cream is the perfect summer treat and ideal for dessert on weekends and super hot days.  It takes so little time and effort to create a fabulous result.


Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Did you see the news yesterday?  The Lilly After Party Sale is coming!!  The sale begins Monday online at 8 am EST and this weekend (September 7 + 8) in stores.  Anyone else a major Lilly Pulitzer lover?  I already have my eye on what will be on sale ... and added a few things to my cart to refresh on Monday.  There is just something about wearing Lilly that makes me super happy all the time.  Any day with me in a Lilly piece, or two, and I just seem to smile brighter and bigger.


The Leandra Medine Cohen Edit

This is the last one of Anna Grace's series and I am sad.  I have loved seeing her work and seeing it all come together in such a fun way.  I know y'all know I love and adore her, but I just have to say it again.  She is such a gift to me in so many ways.  Enjoy this amazing post ... I think it's so good. xo

I recently came across Leandra Medine Cohen, the founder of Man Repeller, and I cannot stop pinning her outfits. I may have copied almost every single one I could with what I have in my closet. Her style is eclectic and unlike anything I've ever seen. Here is my board for her where all of these images are from ... it's always growing don't worry. 


12 Happies du Jour

HI!!!  It's me, writing in real time and feeling good about it.  I needed a break from writing, thinking about the blog and worrying about anything other than what was happening right in front of me.  At many times I have wanted to just walk away for good but every single time someone (usually someone the medical field) has told me no and reminded me that an outlet is good for stress and anxiety.  This time was no different and last weekend I was ready to pull out my laptop at the hospital and write while he was sleeping.  Writing for me is so relaxing, and a few minutes into the post I felt like things were normal, even for just a few.  I don't know what kind of schedule I will keep while he is still recovering, but we shall see.  I am putting no pressure on myself and letting it flow when I am ready.  It feels good to be doing something "normal" and I am taking it one step at a time.


Managing Expectations

This season has been interesting for sure.  Just like any other one, when it is over and we are on to the next adventure I will be so thankful we walked through it, but for now it isn't my favorite.  If you have followed along with me for any time at all you will notice I really try to find the joy in every single thing.  I find myself always saying ... ok, what is the worst that can happen ... and then embracing the joy when it doesn't.  Life isn't easy (can I get an Amen?), its messy and its hard but the journey is made so much better with Faith, Grace and Joy.  I am doing the best I can to embrace the grace and joy as I lean full into faith right now.  I honestly don't know what I would do without my faith ... it truly holds me up and some days carries me completely. ❤


Labor Day Sale-ing!

As you know I have had some serious time on my hands while sitting in the hospital.  I have been living in sweatshirts with jeans and sweaters with leggings during the day as the hospital is so very cold.  With the weather being unusually cool I got online to order a few more sweatshirts since I never wear the same one without washing ... I am so worried about transferring germs.  I started texting my friends when I noticed that the sales this weekend are so good and I realized it would be easier to group them all together for them and ultimately for you.  I can't even believe its Labor Day weekend ... but I will think about that another time.  This is where we are supposed to be for now, so for now we just breathe through it and wait.


Avocado Toast

image by Angie Webb Creative

Happy Friday!  I hope your week was a good one.  I am writing today about one of my favorite breakfast/brunch treats ... Avocado Toast.  Just typing those two words makes me crave it so much.  I think I was late to the avo toast game so now I feel the need to catch up.  I promise you I could eat this meal over and over again and not tire of it one single bit.  I order it from a few of my favorite spots, but since two of those spots are in Florida (makes the daily order super hard!) I had to figure out a way to make it for myself.  After doing some super yummy research I have the best recipe to share with you.  I think I have it perfected (for my taste at least) and I hope you will give it a try.  It is so easy to make and a great meal ... especially if you add eggs on the side!   I am telling you the more I type the more I want some right NOW.


Key Lime Pie

Anyone else a pie lover?  I really do like a slice of pie and think I have basically my whole life.  When I was a child we lived in Lakeland, Florida (my home town) and spent many lunches and dinners at Reececliff.  I would order a small meal so there would always be room for the slice of pie at the end.  Grilled cheese, roasted grapefruit sections + coconut custard pie.  It was just a regular order for me and still brings me such comfort when I am home and order it.  In July when Southern Baked Pie sent me a Blueberry Pie for July 4th they added a box of Amanda's Signature Pie Crust Mix for us to enjoy later.  Since I do not bake, I promise it never works out, my mother generously offered to help me make a pie.  It was ... delicious and these photos have me dreaming of a slice of pie as I type.


The Big Little Lies Edit

It's week three of the four part series by Anna Grace .... I don't want these to end.  She is so good and so creative and I love her obsession with fashion.  She is basically the best of the best ... enjoy!  xo

image via Pinterest


12 Happies du Jour

We made it through the first two weeks after surgery!!!!!!  I am saying this with extra exclamation marks because I can share with you that that the road has been a bumpy one.  Of course the first few days after surgery are a blur and then he prepped to come home, then a complication, then we prepped again to come home and then he was released.  We all did the happy dance and I thought the road would be so much better once he got home. The first two days we both shed some serious tears.  He was in pain and oh so weak and I was so tired and feeling so inadequate as his caregiver and the grace was flowing constantly from both of us.  I think his mind was more ready than his body was to be discharged on day 8 and I thought about taking him back more than once that first 24 hours.  I have so much respect for nurses ... they all need raises and bonuses ASAP.  We are so lucky to have a nurse as a dear and precious friend who came to check on us and help us with a routine and make some amazing suggestions.  Between her, my best friends and their encouraging messages, my parents and a surgeon on speed dial they carried us when we couldn't do it on our own.  They were most definitely the hands and feet of Jesus. It has been rough but we are FIGHTERS.  Thank you so much for every message, DM and prayer.  It is so surreal to feel the days lighter than they should be and knowing we are being lifted in love.  ❤


The Cutest Headband

The headband game is strong right now and I am loving it.  I have always enjoyed a good headband and I am thrilled they are back in style, though I have been sneaking them off and on even though they weren't hip.  I do love the new top knot style even better than any other style so I guess waiting for them to come back into style was completely worth it. ❤


All The Raffia

I think anything raffia or wicker just gives you a more relaxed feel.  I think it comes from the idea that you grab a wicker bag for the summer months, wear a raffia hat to the beach, and stock your back patio with all the wicker furniture.  You add in a woven, raffia or wicker piece and I instantly view it as laid back and relaxing.  Raffia and wicker pieces have made a huge presence this summer, more than I have ever seen.  I see darling raffia top knot headbands, cute raffia sandals, the most precious raffia hair clips and so much more and I am loving the trend.  Can we just go ahead and say I never want it to end?


Slide On

I have always been a fan of flip flops and sandals, I mean I am a Florida girl at heart.  Spending so much of my growing up years in sandals all year long I just think they are more comfortable than most shoes.  With the exception of loafers (Catholic school girl!) sandals are my go to for shoes!  So, it really should not be surprising to you that I have found myself a huge fan of a slide for the warm months.  I bought two amazing pairs last summer and the collection quickly began! 


The Best Robe

Anyone else love a good robe?  For me a robe is ideal for right after a shower and towel off when you need something while you get ready.  I prefer to get ready in a robe instead of my clothes and then get dressed when I am all done with hair and makeup.  I think the idea of dressing last is something that was passed to me by my mother and I just stuck with it.  I also notice I grab a robe for first thing in the morning when I am letting the puppies out and I need a little something if I chose to sleep in a comfy white tee and pajama pants.   I was surprised a few weeks ago with a package from my favorite towel company and found a darling short sleeve robe inside.  Weezie Towels makes robes?  The answer to that question would be ... yes, yes they do!


The Gossip Girl Edit

Today is week number two in a series of four blog posts written by the darling Anna Grace.  I think this one is my favorite, but I am completely obsessed with the fashion of Gossip Girl.  

But really, what girl isn't??

image via Pinterest


12 Happies du Jour

Well hey!!  Happy Tuesday to you.  We are starting this week just so happy to be on the other side of surgery and on the road to recovery.  It was so hard to plan and wait and wait and wait, and I can not tell you the relief to be done. And the words "tumor free" is just the best phrase ever.  We are so much closer to being cancer free and I have my eyes on the prize! The Hubs is still in the hospital recovering, but each day is a new one and we hope to have him home so very soon.  I can tell you each day is a blessing and we are so thankful for all the love, support, and prayers.  We feel each and every one. 

Oh and can we discuss the sunrises we see each day?  The East wing is the perfect place to see this goodness each morning!


The Magic Of St. Simons Island

One of my favorite places to visit when I am craving some time at the beach is St. Simons Island.  With only a five hour drive from Atlanta it makes me so happy to spend a few days or more on the beautiful coast of Georgia.  With the gorgeous moss covered oak trees hanging over the streets and beautiful marsh land I think it is one of the most relaxing and picturesque places I have ever been. I think part of the reason I love it so is thanks to the yearly visit for The Southern C.  Once a year we all gather for the best view days of learning, connecting, and celebrating so it I always leave so refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for another year.  I have also visited a few times for vacation and always find it a wonderfully laid back destination to completely unplug and relax.  When we learned that surgery was coming quickly I knew I wanted to take a few days to get away with the kids.  And I chose the perfect location ... St. Simons Island. 


All The Books

I mentioned yesterday about my renewed interest in reading.  As a child I read nonstop and the older I get the less I seem to read.  I realized that I was spending more time watching tv at night then I wanted to when I could be reading.  My friend Ashley started a book club in January and I immediately signed up and ordered my first book.  I read it in less than a week and then was ready for another book so I picked out a new one and finished that one, again, in less than a week. Four books later the passion for reading was back and I was thrilled.


My Newest Hobby

One of my favorite memories from my trip to Palm Beach was a pop in to Lycette Designs.  I have been wanting to learn to needlepoint for quite some time but I had promised myself I would let Jessica teach me how.  After working with her on a blog post a few years ago I was really excited to learn from her and I just decided to wait until we could meet in person.  I was so excited to be able to visit Jessica at her darling store, take a lesson, and have her help me pick out three canvases to start the needlepoint journey.


The Jenna Lyons Edit

One of my favorite things about working with Anna Grace all summer is her fabulous ideas.  One day she pitched me a series of blog posts featuring fashion icons she really loved.  I immediately said yes, and then told her they were her's to write.  I remember the first time I told AG to write a blog post, she was nervous and excited and basically unsure but she delivered a great post.  Four years later she is strong in her ideas, strong in her writing skills and has four different blog posts to share with you.  For the next four Wednesdays the content is her amazing idea, her research, and her words.  All her and I am so impressed and proud of my girl.  She rocks!!


A New Phase

So many of you have followed along with our cancer journey and I can not express to you how much it means to me to have so many people I only know online loving on us and lifting us up in prayer.  As you may recall we had our regularly scheduled three month scan in mid June but this time the results were quite different than the other scans and we immediately shifted gears. So many of you have either emailed me or messaged me on Instagram checking in and I have had to be vague, which I hate, to all of the details and the happenings over the last five weeks.  I can now share with you all of the news and what happens next for this new phase.


Aromatic Gin + Tonic

I am rather new to the world of Gin, only have my first Gin + Tonic a few years ago with my friend Eric Ross in Highland's, North Carolina.  What I love about a good Gin + Tonic is how light it is and how is feels like it may be the perfect summer cocktail.  Since that first Gin + Tonic I have ordered a number of them out and about and still think it is such a great summer drink.  It is light, and depending on the tonic you choose has a number of really nice flavors.   Since our first G+T together Eric and I have had quite a few of them and I try to spice them up a little just to surprise him with a new take on what is his go to drink.  I think I may have hit the jackpot for summer cocktails!


A New Back Hall

Two weeks ago I took on a little project which ended up being one of my favorites I have ever completed in our house.  We have a hallway in our kitchen connecting the breakfast room to the laundry room and the garage, you probably remember it as being the location of our coffee bar.  It was yellow with a darling pink vintage bar cart and outfitted for all things coffee, tea and hot cocoa.  I thought the space was absolutely darling, but it stopped working for us in the way we needed.  A change needed to be made.


Blue + White For Your Home

As we both know I love all things blue and white, with blue and white dishes and porcelain at the very top of that love list.  I have collected a number of pieces over the years and I think it makes every corner of our colorful house feel more pulled together to have one or two things that are consistent.  In the kitchen I now have two areas that are favorites of mine with all our dishes stacked up and ready to be used every single day.  All of the blue and white crazy started for me when my in laws gifted us a stack of Blue Willow dishes they used for years and then passed down to us.  I know proudly use them daily and hope one day to pass them down to one of our children.  That gift a number of years ago began my love for blue and white and I don't see it ending anytime soon.


Golden Hour Cocktails

I love golden hour so much!!  It is that magical time of the day when you have technically "finished" the day and can enjoy the beginning of the evening.  It is called golden hour because the sky is almost yellow and golden as the sun is setting and the beauty of the sky almost shines.  For me it is such a wonderful time of the day when we are done with the busy of the day and can just settle in as a family and enjoy the time right before or during dinner. Our porch is one of my favorite places to spend golden hour, as our house sits with the back yard facing west and the sun sets in the back yard.  We live in a area with a lot of trees and its not a clear view but a view nonetheless.  The sun shining through the trees makes it so very pretty and I love it so.


12 Happies du Jour

Last Thursday the kids and I left for a long weekend at the beach.  I can not tell you how happy it made me to pack (super last minute) and load my kids in the car and head to the coast.  The next school year is coming at a rapid speed and I want to soak up every single second I can with my children.  As we were riding bikes, collecting shells and relaxing it made me so thankful for every single time they say yes to hanging out with me.  These children are truly the best there is and I am very aware of how lucky I am that God blessed me with their hearts. We had such a great time ... and coming home was pretty hard since all I wanted to do was soak up some more time with them.  


Getting Organized With Giddy Paperie

My children start school on Thursday and I am trying my best to be ready for all the paper that comes my way.  Even with our oldest in college I still get quite a bit of mail and I need to keep all of the important papers together since he lives outside our house.  It is always a pile of insurance documents, school documents, and the like. I love to be organized, really organized and nothing makes me feel more out of control than any pile of papers or mail.  I always have a system or two in place to keep all of their schedules and papers in order and this year I am using file folders to keep all their most important documents together and organized. 


Palm Beach ... All The Outfits

Packing for Florida in the summer can be tricky for some and it didn't surprise me one bit when some of you reached out to ask what I wore and how I stayed cool at all in the dead of the summer in south Florida.  Living in Florida I am prepared to be hot and sweaty while I am there most of the time.  Unless I am traveling in the fall or winter it is always pretty warm so I try to be alright with it.  For this trip I knew we would be outside a lot and it would be very hot so I tried to pack accordingly, but it was still really, really hot.  I just made peace with it, wore what I wanted to and between the day and dinner I would take a cool shower and just start again.


Silk Goodness

Can you even with this gorgeous scarf?  I think it is truly so beautiful ... but I would expect nothing less from Kate Hersch who is known for her amazing designs and excellent quality.  The first time I spotted it I was captured by the palm fronds, the zebras and those champagne drinking monkeys!  I have a soft spot in my heart for hand rolled silk scarves and this one is currently on the top of my favorites pile.


Beaded Perfection

I think I have mentioned it once, or 100 times before, but for about four years I owned a monogram gift company.  We carried small monogram gifts and created fun gifts for holidays and the like and I loved it.  Being able to walk into the work room and stitch something I wanted or needed at a moments notice was magical. When we were planning to move to Kansas City (such a long story) I decided it was time to close and focus just on my family.  I am super picky about monograms.  There are fonts I don't love and I am always hunting for new ways to use my monogram and new styles that can be stitched.  I guess you would call me a monogram snob and I am perfectly alright with that description.


The Best Cover Up

I really love this swim cover up and I really love wearing it. I think it is so fun to wear over a swim suit when heading to the pool or the beach. I also think it is so cute with a pair of jeans and a tank ... or even a pair of jean shorts and a t shirt.  I wore it repeatedly in Palm Beach and it was so good for both poolside and for a trip to the beach. The pretty navy and white pattern makes me so happy, but you know I adore all things navy and white.


12 Happies du Jour

You know those magical trips you replay over and over again in your head trying to soak up every single second?  That would our Palm Beach trip.  I can't stop staring at the photos and remembering every single giggle, sight we saw and every delicious bite we ate. It was just that good ... and can I please just go back tomorrow?  Or better yet, let's all just move. 😉 


Introducing Palm Beach Sandals

As a Florida girl I love sandals.  I love sandals so much that I will wear them 9 to 10 months out of the year when I am sure I should be wearing something more appropriate, but I just love them that much.  As a child I wore sandals all of the time and, since I wasn't an athlete of any kind, wore them over tennis shoes almost 100 percent of the time.  I love a sandal and this recent trip to Palm Beach I wore the same pair of Palm Beach Sandals almost the entire trip.  I had so many inquire about my sandals so I am dedicating this entire post today to my love of PBs and why you should love them just as much as I do.


Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Could there be a better National day of celebration?  I love ice cream, but doesn't every one? There is just something magical about a little cone of this magical frozen treat. I made my first batch of homemade ice cream in May and have been making in on repeat ever since.  I love my ice cream maker and I can't believe how easy it is to make.  I sort of feel like I mastered something magical being able to make it at home, like maybe it makes me a super fabulous summer mama.  Silly ... but true.


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