Friday, June 24, 2016

Five on Friday

I have vowed to get in shape. However mother nature has been limiting my runs due to the 99 degree weather at dusk. Saying that, I reignited my love/hate relationship with Tony Horton. This new video is amazing and I have only done one. Yep I am sold. 

 I love this new dress from Banana Republic. Actually, I would love a place to wear it as it would look out of place at Chik-fila-A. All you people with exciting, traveling lives should totally get this dress and wear it in various exotic places.

The only TV I watch these days is Paw Patrol or reality TV. I got caught up on the Southern Charm finale and it left me with an epiphany: They are all crazy... every one of them! But really, I love the show and all their #realworldproblems. It actually makes me feel better about my drama-less life.

J. Wills is having a summer sale! Stock up on precious pieces for now or next year! Our Fall collection is coming in as well so snag some of the cutest little outfits before they are gone!

 Tomorrow is the husband's birthday! We love birthdays in our family, so much so that I try to pull out the most embarrassing picture I can find and post it to Facebook. Unfortunately I think I have used them up after 11 years together but I am holding out hope on finding a gem.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hacks {ikea hacks}

Ikea - a man's vision of a Swedish deathtrap.

I, on the other hand, am completely fascinated by it.  Yes their furniture is not the highest quality but we have plenty of their pieces around our house that have carried us from college to now.

Our two newest pieces are pretty great buys. The first is a large sectional sofa in our basement (aka doggie den) that is perfect for that space. It also doesn't break my heart when it gets dirty because the slipcovers can easily be popped in the wash. We also chose an Ikea dresser for the nursery and I am still very pleased with it. With a quick change of the hardware, it looks like a million bucks.

Ikea hacks are all over the internet and some of them are mind-blowing. You would never know it came from Ikea after a little elbow grease and imagination. Here are a few of my favorites:

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Dad Day

Oh man, this guy. We don't do public displays of affection, we don't do mushy. But oh man, this guy is an amazing father.

I don't tell him enough. I don't tell him how much is support means but gosh I am thankful. Thankful for his calming spirit yet the ability to be firm when warranted. I am thankful for his shoulder to cry on and his contagious grin to laugh with. Sadly I think I am more thankful for his lending hands when they aren't there (two weeks of straight travel can teach you that).

I am thankful for him, especially when I see that look in our daughter's eyes. That look of love, a love that will last forever.

There haven't been many girls in his bloodline. Saying that, there haven't been many hairbows, pink or baby dolls. There haven't been bloomers, smocked bikinis or princess castles but this man, this preppy, boys-boy has embraced all things girl. He has embraced all things his daughter.

I see this man being front row at ballet recitals, being that dad at a pop star's closest tour stop, being the tough father figure greeting her date for the first school dance or being that sentimental father-of-the-bride before taking a long walk down the aisle.

You hear everyone say they love their spouse more after having a child together. I think it is more of a greater respect. A respect, a silent acknowledgement, of we have got this. We can rally through lost sleep and temper tantrums as long as we are a team. To me, having a lifelong team mate brings that warm and gushy feeling.

So.....Thank you Aaron, my team mate. Happy Father's Day.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Let's just be real, Banana Republic had a few bad years. Everything was drab and slightly depressing. I love black clothes and their instant slimming abilities, but I also love a pop of color here and there.

However, they have been knocking it out of the park these last few seasons. It could be my favorite neon green or it could be the 40% coupons, but whatever the reason I have become a Banana fan again!

Envelope Clutch | Again with the clutches but this one is sleek and classy - perfect for a night out.

Flutter Sleeve Dress | I am not a print person. Seriously, you won't find too many printed items in my closet. However, I do like a pattern or two and this fuschia / blur-ple combo is a winner.

Vee Top | This chartreuse, neon green color is currently my favorite. I looks better with a tan which is a sad work in progress. Anywho I love the dressy look of this top, perfect to dress up or down.

Lace Shorts | I have become a shorts lover and these are great. This navy version would look perfect with a white blouse and wedges.

Fringe Sandals | I was gifted these for my birthday and that are as amazing as I imagined. Super fun and pretty comfortable.

Peplum Tee | Tees have become my weekend friend when I don't want to be that grunge mom rocking a fraternity shirt from 2006. (I will note this still happens more than it should)