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september basics

September 29, 2015

comeawayI have been doing lots of fall shopping. My ten year old suddenly had no clothes that fit!. Sadly, his stuff isn’t too interesting to me- all my boys want are shorts and sportswear!!

Found these unicorn leggings at Target for Brooke- they are too cute for such a good price.  And my favorite cardigans for her come from Lands End- so soft and sweet- Sophie.

My friend Heather introduced me to the Madewell slub v-neck tees and I am wearing mine daily. At this point of the year, I needed new ones so it was great to find a good fit- they run big, FYI.  I also love the Cotton Citizen tees that are sold locally at Solemates- the softest fabric and they wash great.

As for shoes- I bought these Andre Assous shoes when I was in Chicago and they feel like slippers.

My friend Susan from restyle design gave me the Lafco Ski House candle for my birthday. Love this smell and she told me that after she uses them, she cleans it out and uses as a makeup brush holder or organizer in her home. What a beautiful idea! And have you smelled Jo Malone’s new scent- Mimosa & Cardamom? I just added the candle to my guest room as we are very “booked” this October!

Speaking of books… Just started reading Come Away with Me, by Karma Brown. Karma is actually a friend of mine from my working days in Chicago. Totally excited for her to see her book getting amazing reviews! I am 20% in and in awe she wrote such a great book! I about fell over tonight when I was on my local library page and her book came up as a recommended book for me!!! Wow. Congrats, Karma!

I am also looking forward to JoJo Moyes new release – After You.

Looking forward to fall arriving in Colorado…

late august

August 23, 2015

porchLove this time of year. We are eating outside and staying outside more- it’s been beautiful in Colorado!

I always share my favorite recipes so here is my most recent home run. Fish Tacos with Avocado Sweet Corn Slaw by Iowa Girl Eats. I bought halibut (never cheap, but so delicious) and omitted the cabbage as I just don’t like it! But everything else, we LOVED. My kids gobbled it up and my husband said it was better that the fish tacos we always go out to eat for. High praise! She has the best recipes over there- search them and tell me if you find some you love! Haven’t ever made one we didn’t like. (after we all had seconds, I didn’t even use a corn tortilla, just made it into a salad and it was just as good).

We hung a porch swing this month. I hesitated for years as I wasn’t sure if it would just collect dust, or collect appointments to the plastic surgeon. So far, so good. I bought this Sunday Porch Swing at Ballard on major sale- which is good because unless you hang it yourself, you have that bill to pay too. I also bought rope instead of the chain and that wasn’t expensive at all, but added a lot more character to the swing. We have used it everyday since it was hung. Read the reviews if you are considering it!

I stumbled upon Original Sprout hair products for my daughter and have now spread the bottles into my boys showers, too. The deep conditioner is my favorite for Brooke as her fine hair gets so knotted – and it smells so good. It actually helps me know if my middle son washed his hair rather than just wetting it! Plus, People magazine featured Princess George’s favorite things and supposedly he even uses it- if it’s good enough for royalty…

Another note about hair, my sister had a wetbrush when we saw her in Chicago. I quickly bought one on amazon for the rest of our trip and then bought another for me at Target when we got home. If you need to brush hair that’s wet, this is the brush.

TuffTaag is now my top choice to have on our suitcases for travel. These things are indestructible and easy to spot. It was time to move away from furious scribbling on a flimsy temporary bag tag at the airport at curbside check-in!

Finally, an early bday present for me was an Optrix. Most of you know I am crazy for photography and I have wanted an underwater case to be able to photograph my kids with my phone. Optrix seemed to be the clear winner and it’s soooo easy to use. I bought the one with the 4 lenses and have found I use two mostly- and just love this extra point of view!

That’s all for August- my boys start school in the morning! Always love hearing from you all- let me know if you have any great summertime finds!

the nightingale

August 1, 2015

Absolutely loved this book! Anyone who hasn’t read it, pick it up. The story and history are so rich. There were many times I realized that as children, we never know the wholeness of our mothers. And it will be the same for our kids. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

basil butter chicken

July 11, 2015

basilchickenUsually when I tell the kids we are having chicken for dinner, it’s met with a serious groan. zero excitement. UNTIL… I watched a cooking segment on The Today Show for Airline Chicken. Simple, fast and fresh- make this chicken with basil butter! I don’t care for bone-in chicken, so I just make this on my stovetop with chicken cutlets. I also halve the butter. It still tastes wonderful!  Easy summer dish-

baking with my kids today

June 4, 2015

cakeIt’s the fourth day of summer and we all wanted something sweet today. A welcome cake is my favorite cake to make with the kids as it’s fast and requires few ingredients- thought it was worth a repost!  Try it- it’s delicious!

favorite stores on etsy

May 7, 2015

animalsI love online shopping. Here are some of my favorite etsy sites-

Storyfor2– My friend Stephanie owns this etsy site- she is one of those secretly very creative friends- love her wedding seating charts and child silhouettes!

Julie Song Ink– I marvel at her writing and prints!! I wish I could write that beautifully.

Stephanie Shives Studio– and Supply & CO – if you want to throw a fun party- these shops have got the goods.

Precision Engraving– I just ordered 15 water bottles for my son’s soccer team with their last names engraved on them- they look amazing. Great quality.

Not on etsy- but a new find- The Animal Print Shop– love this sweet store and all their pictures!

What are your favorite etsy stores?

love letter to mom

May 5, 2015


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