a farewell to summer…
…that brought our family
bunnies and one day old chicks
a new zip code and a three hour time change
our first home purchase (+ a floor pooled with water in the laundry room on day two in the new house because #welcome-to-home-owning, the walls laughed)
a lot of therapeutic tears and hard conversations
“pokies” in the bottoms of our shoes from adventures in the desert
color swatches and personal thrill at painting my first front door any color i fancy
story pirates- keeping us on the edge of our buckled seats in car rides both long and short
a graduation from stroller napping
our first monsoon
a coconut creme obsession
soccer shoes with cleats hidden underneath
drawn up dreams on tracing papers with a home renovation slowly taking shape
the very best taylor swift album
freckles and tan lines and sun hats (and 110+ degree temps each day for 50 days)
a deeper love and appreciation for dear friends, family and loved ones we don’t get to see, hug and hold as often
the promise of a gentler winter
a determination to refocus ourselves on the good, and make the best of a new chapter we’d never anticipated writing
and things to look forward to in the near future –
a front stoop for carved pumpkins
fresh eggs from the coop out back
a roof strung with twinkling christmas lights soon enough
and a new mailbox out front for eleanor to paint spaceships and daisies on
so, if you know anything about me, you know how much i love to transform a space – be it with rearranging furniture around or adding a coat of paint. simply put, i’m a big believer in making your home space yours and a reflection of who you are. and while we’ve been in our current apartment for well over two years now and have really worked to make each room, from the bedrooms to the kitchen to the living spaces, match our family’s spirit and mood and feel, we had never paid much attention to our long apartment hallway....
hi everyone! with the holidays here, i wanted to round up some of my favorite things to gift this season for the little ones (both kids and toddlers), for you (or a dear friend!) and for the boys (men’s gift guide below by josh! and it’s a good one!). i know you’re most likely being bombarded left and right with gift guides this season from blogs and brands and stores and email lists and all the people!...
you might have seen my unboxing (it was actually more of a shattering!) on instagram a few weeks ago when i received a few new skincare products from Olay. sidenote: the box was made of chocolate and after eating almost the entire thing (my kids helped, too!) i haven’t stopped thinking about how fun this world could be if more mail was delivered in chocolate boxes....
about a month ago, i was able to attend vision expo east, which is a big event all about eye education, as well as having a preview of all of the latest trends in beautiful eyewear. i loved the chance of walking the grounds and meeting and chatting with people in the optical industry that are so focused on improving products and design when it comes to eyewear, as well as those who are dedicated to eyecare....