Six Things I Bought + Loved Vol. 4

Happpppy Monday!  I am so thankful for a brand new week, last week was so very hard for me.  My youngest started her sophomore year (gulp), the pup had a load of issues, and the anniversary of surgery, plus a very full moon and I was driving the struggle bus every single day. It became evident to me on Thursday that I just needed to lean in and let it all happen knowing that it would end and I would be thankful I felt all the feelings.  Thank you Jesus for your unending grace every single day. 💗


Nordy Sale Goodness

One of my favorite sales of the year starts today.  It opens different days for different tiers of card holders, but today is the very first day of the sale!  I am a loyal Nordstrom shopper as their customer service truly can not be beat.  There are some amazing things in the sale this year, all of which are really great prices. I scoured the preview and picked up all of my favorites and have them for you below!!



It has been a week.  Full moon, getting kids ready for back to school (one virtual, one in person), and just catching up on school paperwork, sports physicals, all the things.  I have spent so much time in my car the last week and it has worn me out.  Add in a pup with issues and I am spent.  I can recall a time months ago where this was a norm and I am truly thankful for the pause and rest Covid has given our family.  Wow ... so much has changed


Monday Blues ...

Happy Monday!  I don't have any Monday blues today (and normally I do) as I have spent all weekend tidying and organizing our house.  The past five months the house has taken a hit for sure.  It started with Lawyer unpacking his office at our kitchen table and really only spiraled from there.  There were piles everywhere, something to manage every single place I looked and last week the anxiety and dread hit me in full force.  I could not manage it one more minute and at the same time did not know where to begin.  I am more than half way there and feel like I am on a roll for sure.  We have moved Lawyer into a quiet space in the basement, and even though he's sad (he hates change), it will be so good for all of us to have some normalcy in the chaos.  So ... while I am still hair in a bun, t shirt and shorts on, and getting it all done I have some great images for you of blue areas in our house.  

So while it may feel like a blue Monday, let's embrace it in the best way, with photos of pretty blue things!


Summer Tour Round Up

I shared last week that I was among an incredible group of women who had joined together to share their homes with you as part of  It's A Colorful Life Home TourSummer Snapshots.  I am always so honored to be included and this year the tour was so good, maybe the best one yet, and the round up most definitely deserves a whole post of its own. I think for me having missed out on so many things I loved seeing peeks of so many homes and feel so blessed they have shared their homes and talents with us.  


Lake Pajamas Sale

This is always one of my favorite sales to share the details on, as Lake Pajamas are literally the softest things I own, and they are the best price they will be all year.  This is the time to buy them, to stock up, and to grab some extras for gifts.  You will be so happy and thankful you did, I promise you!


Dining Room Dreaming

I love our home, I really, really do.  I love walking through it in the morning when the sun pours in and seeing all of the things we have collected, inherited, and bits and pieces of the family we have created.  One of my favorite places to stand is in the foyer where I can see the dining room, my office, the den and the stairs going up all at the exact same time.  Being home makes me so happy and having a house full of my people is just the icing on the cake. 


Snapshots of Summer Tour

Good morning!  I have a treat for you today ... these are always my favorite posts ... I am joining in with other amazing blogger friends for a sneak peek into our homes this summer.  It's A Colorful Life Summer Tour is filled with stunning homes from talented blogger friends and you do not want to miss a single one of them.  I have listed the lineup at the end of the post, make sure you get a coffee or glass of wine and read them all. 💥

When I first said YES to the tour I was a little worried that I would not have images to share with you of the inside of our house, since nothing has really changed.  But ... the more I thought about it and the more I looked around the more I realized that we have made some changes (small ones) to accommodate the very different summer we are all experiencing.  And then I as I was adding in the images I planned to share I realized that we have made huge changes to the yard and the porch ... so I will break this down into two posts, the inside and the outside and catch you up in both areas.


The Perfect Nightgown

Stop the presses ... I have found and purchased the best nightgown I have ever worn.  I spotted it on another bloggers Instagram and loved the look but, was of course, side eyeing the details thinking they may be more than I was wanting.  Well, I was completely wrong.  I loved the length and the ruffles edges and was very interested in the smocking so I went for it knowing I could return it if I didn't love it.  I now feel silly for thinking I would ever return it, I am in love!


All The Peaches

Peach season is one of my favorite parts of the summer ... though I will admit all the fruit available in the summer is just amazing.  Living in Georgia our menus include all the peaches from May to the end of July.  Peach pies, cobbler, salads, sauce for meat, salsas, and of course ... peach ice cream.  I honestly can not think of one person I know that doesn't love a ripe and sweet peach, they are just so very good. 


Six Things I Got + Loved Vol. 3

Happy Monday ... how are you? I am still on a high from the beach and the relaxation and so inspired in so many ways.  In other ways I am sad to be home and faced with school thoughts and news and life.  Life is hard ... taking it day by day and truly leaning into the relaxation I have from vacation and not letting anything tear any moment of that away.  Today I have a long list of things to do and I am excited that so many of them are really good things I am excited to do.  From put away clean clothes to grab flowers at market to water and fertilize plants ... its going to be a full and good day.  💗


Frontgate Sale

Happy Friday ... home from Amelia and so relaxed!  Five days at the beach did my head and heart such good. I have unpacked, well mostly, have the diffuser on with some good oils, have the beach playlist on and I am just taking it easy.  I do not want to lose that good head space into the reality of home and the news that public schools are 100% virtual.  Nope ... thinking all sorts of good thoughts and dreaming up the yummy frozen cocktail I will be enjoying later today.  😎


Throwing Shade

I have always love a good beach hat but the true love began this year when I bought one hat that I loved and the good hats just kept popping up on my radar.  Weeks later I now have three adorable ones that I have worn on repeat this week. The ones I have found are so cute I may need a hat wall in the house ... maybe my office? I even found one at Home Goods and added some ribbon from my stash and have truly loved it so, it is just so very cute!


Masks That Give Back

Day 2 with masks ... can you tell its on my mind?  Watching the numbers spike again in so many areas means I am in planning mode.  The kids have start dates for school, but technically that will change for one child and possibly both of them, so in planning mode I go.  Planning and praying helps me to manage my anxiety in all situations, I pray and look into all options and then let God decide which doors stay open and which ones close.  More than ever I want to beat any and all anxiety with prayer and faith. ❤


Chic Face Masks

Wearing a face mask is now a common practice for my family.  We have a box of them in the car at all times with two bags, clean + dirty, I have two in my purse at all times, we have a basket of them in the house, and the kids each have two on hand for them to grab.  As this virus climbs once again going out in public with other people near it is just a fact for us ... we wear our masks.


Homemade Salsa

Homemade salsa is a favorite in our house.  If someone spies a few of the ingredients on the counter they always say the same thing ... OOOH, are you making salsa?  I got the recipe years ago and it is a easy thing to make the day before and keep in a glass container with a lid for a weekend, trip to a friend's house, or even a trip to the lake.  We love it so much.


All The Sneaks

I think I have mentioned before that I do not wear socks.  As in do not own a pair and hate the idea of them, truly its a real thing for me. They literally make me feel claustrophobic and I get really uncomfortable.  I know, its odd, but it's true.  There are occasions where I am just freezing and a slipper won't do, but the second I warm up its goodbye to the socks. In this situation I have to go into my daughter's room and take a pair of hers and I always get busted. In that same scenario I do not wear tennis shoes.  I own a few, hardly ever wear them and when I do it is barefoot with powder every single time.  I was never athletic, and I grew up in Florida so I am very comfortable being barefoot and wearing flip flops ... it just is what it is.


Home Of The Brave

Can you believe it is already Wednesday?  What the heck ... I hope your weekend was amazing and relaxing and filled with yummy food and lots of fun.  We had a great weekend ... I was ready for the weekend to start on Thursday to be honest.  When Friday came I was literally dancing in the kitchen ready to get the fun going.  I think I put flags in every single plant on the porch, added a bow to the basket of flags on the door and managed to find all sorts of cute patriotic items for our barbecue.


Imaage by Andrea Cipriani Mecchi

I absolutely love this story and was thrilled to read all of the details.  This story, along with so many I read, makes me so hopeful for our future as a country and community.  The youth is so hopeful, so smart and ready to make some serious changes.  

I can't get enough


All The Red, White + Blue

top + shorts + shoes (sold out) + sunnies (Celine, but don't see white)

I realized yesterday when I put on one of my favorite August Morgan caftans (sold out sadly) that I definitely get very patriotic this time of year.  I find that I just gravitate toward all the red, white and blue with the beginning of July.  The hydrangeas are in full bloom and I want to wear all the Americana I can find.  Anyone else? So far it is July 3 and I have worn a navy shirt with jeans shorts, a red, white + blue caftan, and today I have planned to wear blue seersucker shorts and my summer Friday t shirt.  Yep ... its a problem. 


Holiday Menu

Can you tell I am planning to celebrate the heck out of this holiday this weekend?  Yep, all in for all the extras and over the top-ness.  Just prepare yourself ... I am here for it all. This morning I am hanging bunting on the porch and I have already placed way too many flags in the pots, on the front door and in the planters ... I am feeling 1000% patriotic and I love it. If you are like me and love to place flags in any and all things ... head to Home Depot and stock up on all the sizes.  


July 4th Table

What the heck happened to the rest of June ... I feel like it was crawling along for a bit and then BAM it is now July??  What??  I am watching the weather closely to see what the forecast looks like for this weekend, it seems that every afternoon this week we have had a thunderstorm.  Luckily our plans are simple for this weekend (isn't that the story for every weekend now?), so we can adjust ... but I am still wanting to dress our outdoor table for the holiday. 


Dressed For Summer Sale

Holy fun ... one of my favorite retailers is having a two day Dressed for Summer sale.  You can most definitely bet money on the fact that I made some purchases.  Lilly is timeless for me, something I collect and wear year round.  In the summer there are days and weeks I wear only my Lilly pieces, it makes me feel closer to my home state and brings me such joy. This sale is only two days and ends tonight at midnight, so shop fast.  


Summer Travel

Last week I headed out of town for two days with a dear friend to St. Simons Island ... and it was truly bliss. After months at home I really needed a change of scenery for my sanity + creativity.  I had most definitely hit a rut where I seemed to be floundering and the simpleness of two days away in a place I really love shook it all up.  I did a ton of research before I booked the trip, checked into the status on the island and made sure it was a place I felt safe and secure.  It wasn't easy to pull the trigger (so much anxiety before), but when I did and let it settle in I began to feel the excitement of getting away. 


Celebrate Summer

Can you even believe it?  I swear it was the first day of spring just a week or so ago. The weather this spring in Georgia was sooo good I never wanted it to end.  It has been so mild and so perfect ... and the ideal time to be outside.  As the temperatures get warmer (last week was HOT!) I am still spending so much time outside ... more than I have before.  The times are slower ... the days are more precious.  I think this may be the sweetest summer we have had in years and I can't wait for each and every day. 


Mirrors + Pendants Galore

When I posted about our bar area last week on Instagram I got so many requests for the source of my mirror (Homegoods) and the lights (sold out from World Market) and I was unable to deliver on your requests.  I did, however, do some research and find some beautiful options for pairing in a similar area or for separate places.  All of the mirrors are sooo pretty ... and I love each one.  The lights are all so different, I like them paired in groups or by themselves.  I might even have purchased a mirror that I decided would be ideal in a guest room.  


Normal ...

Normal is not my favorite word ... and honestly shouldn't be part of my vocabulary.  I remember when I first heard the quote above from one of our middle son's therapists.  I was sitting in their office trying to make sense of all they were sharing and all the delays he had and everything he would need to catch up.  I remember saying, which I completely regret, I don't understand how to process all of this, it doesn't seem normal.  Her response ... normal is just a setting on the dryer, it doesn't define anything else.  It was profound and helped me so many times when I was walking the path with a child who needed intervention (a lot of it) and had so many feelings.  I was young, I was unsure of how to handle it all, and most of all I was dependent on my faith.  


Sweet Gifts

Anyone else baking a little bit more than you normally do?  There isn't a week that goes by that we don't have either fresh baked cookies or brownies here at our house.  I am not a baker, but my daughter is and I love watching her create and share her delicious creations with us and her friends.  Watching her bake got me thinking that a box of something freshly baked would be a great way to love on our best friends that we don't get to see enough.  Can you picture it ... a box with warm baked goods, ice cream, and a little something extra to enjoy?  


Beautycounter Sale

It is that time of year where I stock up on all my makeup + skin care during the Beautycounter friends + family 15% sale. I buy what I need all year long, but since I joined and started using BC during the summer months I always seem to have a stack of empties that I can refill this time of year. To be completely honest, I wait for this sale as it is the perfect time to get what we all need and save money doing it.  I have told you many times how thankful I am that I switched to safe skincare two years ago and I can see and feel a huge difference in my skin.  Since I am 50 I can not just use anything and think it is going to do what I need it to do, nor do I need to be spending money on products that are unsafe and not going to work.  I can not say it enough ... Beautycounter is hands down the best


Summer Outfit Crushing

The official first day of summer is just two days away and even though I have been in a summer mindset since Memorial Day, I am most definitely going to be doing all things summer come Monday.  My outfits daily consist of shorts and a top, I have fully embraced dresses + flip flops, and I even have not one, but two beach trips on the books.  It is still a very different summer for all, but summer is most definitely not cancelled.  


Organized Bar

We have a wet bar area off the kitchen and open to the den.  Since our home was built in the 80s it is a normal thing to have this wet bar area where your guests would be gathering in the den and walk up to the bar to serve themselves or be served by you.  When we first bought our home I wondered if we would keep the space as it was, and with some upgrades, we have done just that.  A number of years ago I added wallpaper, we have since painted our den white, I added some fun lights and a mirror and also played with styling the glass shelves.  I would still love to replace that silly sink with a beautiful brass one I own and trade out the counter top ... but that is a project for another day.  I have a long list of these little to dos!


Table Talk With Freshly Set

By now you have seen the table I set with the amazing pieces I "rented" from Freshly Set.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with them and can not wait to do so again. The tablecloth + place mats I rented I wanted to purchase immediately and keep forever!  When Domino Media reached out to introduce me to this fabulous company they asked for a Q+A for their blog Table Talk.  I was more than happy to oblige and I have discovered it is live on their site.


Watermelon Margaritas

I told you last week I made the yummiest margaritas and today I am sharing the recipe.  I don't know what sparked this idea but the recipe started with a conversation between a friend and I.  I think we started with pink cocktails and it just sprung from there landing on a watermelon margarita.  Since a number of fruits are so fresh right now, watermelon being one of them, I thought it was a fabulous idea and immediately heading to the market for supplies.  Watermelon, limes, some ingredients from the bar and within an hour I was sipping the yummiest Watermelon Margarita!


Aperol Spritz Caftan

As you know I am madly in love with every single dress August Morgan creates.  I love her style, her eye for detail, the fit, and the way the dresses make me feel when I wear them.  In my opinion I have not met one of her designs I did not fall in love with.  As you can see by my collection, I am not kidding one single bit.  I own almost every single piece Kate has created with the exception of one or two that I missed snagging.  I think they are best described as the perfect preppy dress.


Introducing Freshly Set

Anyone else so ready to entertain and have all their friends and family over?  I know for me I am itching for a big dinner party, all our favorite people and long conversations late into the evening with glasses of wine and all the laughter.  I am craving some serious fellowship with those we hold dear.  With our new outdoor table I am ready to hold 6 to 10, depending on how snuggly we wish to be.  Since we both know I love to set tables, way more than cooking for sure, I happily set our table last night for just us ... and it was glorious.


Stitch Goodness

For the weeks my right thumb was in a brace I missed being able to needlepoint so very much. It is so relaxing to me and is the perfect thing to do while watching TV, sitting on the porch, and waiting for doctors, kids, and life.  I love to be able to pick it up, stitch for a while and then put it down when I need to.  With a brace, and a broken thumb, it was impossible.  I even tried once without the brace and my whole thumb was swollen in minutes.  It was a bad idea, but I really wanted to be able to stitch.


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