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Six Things I Got + Loved Vol. 2

I was looking over the statistics for this month to see what you have responded to and hands down, this post was it.  Second place was this post, which really makes me proud since I felt so passionate writing and publishing it.  I really enjoyed the six items post and was really excited to see it do well.  I figured, why not make it a regular post ... so here we are!


Happy Tuesday!

We had such a great long weekend, different than years past, but almost better in so many ways. It was a great lesson in letting go of expectations. I have found that when my expectations make me sad I am best to really just set them all aside and let situations be what they will be.  This quarantine has been a daily exercise in letting my expectations go again and again and let things happen. And in a lot of ways, so many amazing things have come, probably a lot of things that would have never happen had I expected to do things another way.


Sale Shopping For MDW

I love Memorial Day ... it is the unofficial start of summer and I do not know about you but I am ready for a new start!!  There are some amazing sales this weekend and after polling you on Instagram you stated you wanted to know what I would chose.  Some great things for the best outdoor months and some great swim options.  I grabbed some shorts, some new beach towels, and some great swim shirts!  There are really some amazing sales!!


Rattan Love

I think rattan is synonymous with summer.  From the wicker my grandmother had on her breezeway to the endless rattan bags we all use to the darling pair of rattan earrings that makes your dress just feel even more like summer, it is just so good. I have gathered up some amazing rattan items to check out, each one prettier than the last one! I am dying over the darling shelves! 💙


Bathroom + Closet Organization

Organizing and straightening is one of the most therapeutic things for my mind.  I find such joy and peace when things are organized and every single thing has a space.  I don't know if I have always been organized but I can tell you that having my own home definitely created a need for me in keeping things tidy and having spaces for things.  My mother is incredibly organized and puts me to shame so I am sure I inherited it from her.  I so wish I could share her pantry with you, its alphabetized by category and makes me swoon when I see it.  Her love of things in order, her love of her label maker, and her love of plastic containers ... yep, I have it all.


Wedgwood Obsession

image by Lele Fain Photography

I have a true love for Wedgwood Jasperware and am slowly building a great collection. I started with a collection of small plates I found at Scott Antique Market a number of years ago and slowly have added pieces to the collection over the years.  My favorite pieces may be my vases, and I love to add beautiful colorful roses, tulips, and other flowers to them.  I have a pair of them on my bedside table and I keep flowers in them as often as I can. There is something about Wedgwood blue that just makes me so happy ... it seems like the true perfect pale blue. 💙


Graduation Gifts For All

I think I mentioned that our oldest is graduating from college this year.  With all of the cancellations his ceremony was one of many that will not be happening and it has made me so sad for all the students who have worked so very hard and have a very different, or in some cases, no graduation. For my son there is nothing planned and when he took his last exam he simply received an exit email and seemingly that was it.  It is so hard to imagine graduating in this manner and so many students are in this boat right now.  There seems to be no closure, its just over.  Truly, my heart goes out to every single high school and college student this year and I think they need all the celebrations we can create for them.  For our son we are getting creative, and I hope he will feel celebrated and the closure that I know so many need.


Six Things I Got + Loved

Anyone else living for the once or twice a week little package that arrives in the mail.  I heard the doorbell ring today and literally tried to beat someone else to the door just to see what the UPS guy delivered.  Yes, it has come to that, but it's ok.  I have really been careful about what I buy recently but I will tell you if I think about something for more than a day (with the exception of the shoes above) I consider getting it.  Prices have been so great, I am trying to support the economy, and we all deserve a happy or two a couple times a week.  Today I am sharing six things I got that I really love and think you will love as well.  💗


What Are We Rushing Back To?

I saw a post on someone's Instagram with this statement a few weeks back and it stuck with me.  I have thought about it a lot with all my extra time and I think I have made some really good headway on my answers.  This time has been a true reset for so many of us, and a lot of that was really needed for so many reasons.  I have friends who had been working tirelessly and needed a real rest, I have some who have lost serious work and their answers are so different, and some who have had a true reality check on their priorities.  I don't think there are right or wrong answers and one persons answers are so different from another.  I can only share mine ... and maybe you will glean something from it or it will validate something you are feeling. My word of the year was intentional and I can tell you I am definitely getting the chance to live out every single letter in that word. This is definitely a very personal post for me and maybe for you as well.


Wallpaper In The Closet

I am finding my groove again after last week, and fumbling through being able to use my left hand more than I did before.  Completing projects and being creative has most definitely helped my thoughts during this crazy time and last week I was definitely in a funk.  This week I have already worked on a few outdoor projects and now I am once again focused on one I have wanted to do for a while ... wallpaper the guest room closet. 💚


Alfresco On The Deck

When we worked on the screen porch a few weeks ago I ordered a new outdoor rug for our table area on the deck.  When the rug arrived and the Hubs and I went to install it, the table we had for many years lifted apart.  It was an old table, something we had inherited from his family, and it finally just gave up and was all done.  It was made of red wood and very dry and it had completely fallen apart unbeknownst to us. The second we tried to lift it the boards came apart and it was clear it was all done.  I immediately chatted with my friends at Frontgate about getting a new one and we chose a beautiful new teak table to take its place.  Ten days later it was at the house, and on Friday I shared a sneak peek of the finished space for you ... it all its gorgeous glory.  Our eating space outside most definitely just got an upgrade!


Introducing Bauble Stockings

A few weeks before Summit this year one of my favorite business owners called me and told me about a girl I would most definitely want to meet while I was there. Taylor knew of my love for both Haiti and needlepoint and would absolutely fall hard for the story of Bauble Stockings.  Not only are these stockings amazing, and the story so very precious, but ... they are stitched by women of Haiti which allows mothers to have a steady and safe fair trade income for their families. Bauble Stockings in partnership with Good Threads is providing income for these communities.  They are working hard to make sure the families are safe, provided for, taught trades, and money is safely moving in their villages.

I was hooked.


50 Fab Finds Under $50

Can you believe it's already Wednesday?  Where oh where do the days go?  I have found that treating myself every few days to something makes the days so much more fun.  Maybe its some flowers from the grocery store, a new to me wine, a sweet treat, or even a little happy in the mail.  It is a fun little pick me up and it definitely brightens my day.


Cinco De Mayo ... at home!

Anyone else love Cinco de Mayo?  It is one of my favorite times to meet up with our best friends at our local Mexican restaurant and just hang out.  I am a girl who loves all things Mexican, I could eat it all day every single day and never get tired of eating it. Give me all the avocado, cilantro, grilled chicken + veggies, chips and most definitely salsa. As I type this I am thinking of Mexican for lunch ... yes please!


Melanoma Monday

I am so very excited to partner with a brand I think is doing amazing things in the retail community and chat today about something I am very passionate about ... cancer.  I have partnered with Cabana Life today, Melanoma Monday, to kick off Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  As you know my husband is in treatment for a soft tissue sarcoma and the surgeon who removed his tumor is a sarcoma and melanoma surgeon.  I have such a heart for this precious man, who will forever be a hero in my eyes for his care of us and for his passion for his field.  About a month into our care I was googling his practice to add his office phone number to my phone and I came across a video he made for the American Cancer Society about diagnosing his brother with melanoma.  Watching the video broke my heart and I sobbed.  Here was this precious man caring for us and doing all he could to keep my husband on the path to recovery and he was sharing his own personal story and why he was the man and doctor he was today.  It was a lot to take in and process, and a few days later I mentioned I saw the video.  He shared his story with me and told me he thinks of his brother a lot and wonders if he would still be here with the new things they have learned. 

My heart went out to him, it was a lot for him to deal with and share and it truly changed him. ❤

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