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Fall Break to Helen

So I sort of took a week off.  I didn't mean to, but it happened.  When we left for Helen, Georgia on Sunday I packed my computer with my posts queued up but found our cabin had no reliable service to be used and then when we came home on Wednesday I was so enjoying the uninterrupted time with the kids I just took a breath and set the computer in the office for the week.  It was a good week, lots of puzzles, lots of walks, lots of reading, a little needed down time, and most of all a time to focus on the family.  We all needed it more than I knew and I am sitting on the porch this morning feeling more centered and ready for our next three months of chemo. 


Life With Cancer

After the kids head off to school and I am home once again I always grab a second cup of coffee, my favorite protein bar, and sit catching up on my favorite bloggers new posts.  It is a daily routine I covet as it gives me some down time before the crazy but also inspires me.  If you are looking for me M to F from 8 to 9 this is where you will find me.  I am usually in one of the chairs in our master bedroom or on the porch just having some down time and starting my day slowly, the best way.  💗


12 Happies du Jour

Happy, happy Tuesday!  This week is already so much better than the last two and I can't be happier about it.  It was a rough two weeks of just the craziest stuff, which was not good at all. I couldn't get in front of the stress which was the worst feeling in the world but that has passed and I am breathing so much better.  I really had to take a few days and refocus my mind and find the joy.  It was not easy, the stress sometimes just piles on, but I made it through and I am so very happy to be on this side. So very thankful for a new week with some crazy behind me.  ❤


Summer Items I Wore Time + Time Again

Since summer is my favorite season I am sad to see it go, but I always am sad to move on from the late sunsets and the quiet evenings. A few weeks into fall and I will be ready to enjoy the crisp mornings and evenings on the porch with a light blanket, but for now I am now quite ready to push the button on all things fall.  Since brown and grey are not my favorite colors I always struggle in this area and tend to stick to blue stripes and plaid to keep the color in my wardrobe and in our house.  After a number of years struggling to decorate for fall successfully I finally gave up and just embraced that it just wasn't me.  💙


Ralph Lauren Celebrates 50 Years

I have loved all things Ralph Lauren as long as I can recall.  I remember being in high school and tearing sheets from fashion magazines with classic RL looks and attaching them to a wall in my bedroom.  I made a whole wall of them.  I am sure my mother was not to pleased to notice it, but she let me keep it.  I was obsessed.  I have always been a classic prep, and my years in Catholic school with argyle knee socks and shiny penny loafers only further fed my obsession. My first boyfriend wore Polo Cologne and smelling it today reminds me of being a sophomore all over again.  My first friend after moving to Atlanta had just left a job at Ralph Lauren and we were instantly connected.  When my oldest left his crib he was gifted with an all plaid RL room, which he may still have in his new house.  I am telling you my love for all things Ralph Lauren runs DEEP.


What Is On My Heart

It is Wednesday and half of this week is already beginning.  It has been a week, actually two and I have honestly been on the edge of what felt like crumbling for a bit.  It seems like I can't catch my breath but I will not let it beat me.  Instead of giving into stress I am tackling a list of things that are bugging me about our house.  I am focused on playing my cards and not folding and I will figure it out.  I had planned a different post today and I put it back into draft so that I could share what is on my heart.  I know it seems a little much for a Wednesday (is there ever a good day??), but here we go.


12 Happies du Jour

The happiest of Tuesdays to you!!  I think I really love Tuesday since it might be the best day of the week next to Friday.  I have never been a fan of Mondays and so Tuesday just gets an automatic love due to the fact that you survived Monday and now you are moving on.  I have such great things to share with you today, I am going to get right to it.


Classic Design Channel

In the time of the "new thing" and "what's in style" I always seem to find myself gravitating to what I love.  I am not the person to jump on a trend, but prefer a style that is more me, and more timeless and something I will love year after year instead of something I will love just for a season or two. If I really like something I can dabble in it with a small accessory or a shirt or pant that is moderately priced so I will not be sad when the love has passed. I find the same to be true in the designers I love.  I am drawn more to those who produce work that I find more timeless and classic versus a trendy room with minimalist tendencies and clean lines.  Give me an antique chest any day with a blue and white lamp and more silver frames filled with photos than you can count.  Chintz + Gingham + Brass + Wallpaper .. all day long and send them all this way if you please.


Monogram Place Cards

When I was getting ready to host brunch for my friends last month I realized I didn't own any place cards.  I was sure I had at least one set somewhere in the house and after looking in every single nook and cranny I could have stashed them I had to settle on the fact that I was not in possession of any place cards.  After checking my local paper store I was sad to learn place cards are something they don't stock. How could they have 18,000 different silly napkins and not one place card pack could be find.  I ended up locating some at Michael's but honestly they were not what I was looking for and I was not happy with the way they looked on the table.  I vowed to make a purchase of some as soon as the event was over so I would not be left short next time. 


Face Oils

Top || Earrings || Jeans || Shoes 

I can recall being in college and freaking out about the idea of adding oil to my already crazy face.  I had combination skin and it didn't even break out until I was in my first year of college and I was so stressed about how to control the oil that seemed to pop up over night.  Since I started college as a newly minted 17 year old (started school early, was definitely not on a fast track 😂) I think I was just late to the game of hormones affecting my skin and I tried all I could to keep the shiny at bay and the extra oil from creating issues with my skin.


My Beloved Porch

Yes, I realize I just said I am in love with my porch, but the truth of the matter is ... I might be.  Currently our porch is my favorite space in our house as I begin my day here and most days end it here as well.  It has become a refuge for me, a place I can sit a minute and gather my thoughts, take a breath and just relax.  I really do love being on the porch, even when it has been super hot outside you will find me at some point taking a break and sitting with the fan on just taking in the birds, the cicadas, and enjoying the peace and quiet.  Most times I am on the porch the door to the kitchen is open and you can hear someone in my family commenting on me letting "all the store bought air out".  Yep, just keeping it super classy at our house. 😂


12 Happies du Jour

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was exactly what I needed, the perfect mix of relaxation + adventure.  We started the weekend with a Braves game (plus a concert after) and finished it with a sunset on the porch + steak and this pasta recipe on Monday evening.  In the middle we went to the movies (Crazy Rich Asians was sooo good), I finished a book and started another, cleaned the porch, washed some clothes, relaxed a ton, and soaked up some fabulous hours holding the hand of the one I love most.  I call that a perfect weekend!  ❤


Labor Day Shopping

Hey, hey, hey ... happy Saturday!  I hope your weekend is fabulous so far, and the bonus part, you have an extra day to enjoy the down town with your people.  I can't tell you how happy that makes me.  I sat on my porch yesterday, with my Summer playlist on, and shopped some amazing sales to get some things for me and the kids with the amazing prices going on this weekend.  Since we live in the south I can buy shorts and things for great prices and we will be able to wear them for about two months before the chill in the air makes that not smart plan.  Plus ... I love starting next year with some cute summer stuff stashed away waiting for me. I wore the shirt above last night to the Braves game ... it is officially the last Friday of what most people consider summer.  Makes me sad to think it went so fast ... luckily we have one more lake trip planned before the chill in the air begins.

That is my focus ... summer is my favorite time of the year!! 🌞


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