5.24.2017

Current Obsessions: What's in My Shopping Cart

You guys I have been trying so hard not to shop this month.  Since renovating the house we have a lot of furniture, artwork, decor that we need to buy so I'm trying not to buy clothes but it's so hard thanks to social media and those 1000 emails I get everyday from the retailers.

So if I were shopping for clothes this month, this is what I would buy...


 Well this shirt I actually did pick up because I could to resist the price at 40% off and it's so cute!! It can easily be dressed up or down and it's light enough to wear all summer. 



How adorable is this mini bamboo clutch?  Would you believe me if I said it was from Walmart and only $30?! 


This pink shirt looks so fun for summer with white jeans! I love the bright pink color to break up my normally blue and white wardrobe, haha. If I change my mind though it comes in a fun bright blue and a gorgeous blush, plus it's under $50! 



The last thing I need is another white dress but I am loving this one.  I love the embroidered detail with the ruffle sleeves, a fun feminine touch. 




The perfect basic tee for summer!! While I really don't need another blue and white item in my closet, I just couldn't say no to these stripes.  



More ruffle, more stripes, more blue and white, sensing a theme here?!  


So I've found the perfect Baublebar knock off for only $10!! These are from Charming Charlie which I never shop in but I saw them when I was in the mall with the kids yesterday.  This is the smaller size and then they have a larger size for $12!  





I have a thing for Toms and I'm loving these sandals.  I don't feel like this picture does them justice and they're so much better in person.  



How adorable is this chambray top?  The ruffle sleeve is perfect for summer and could easily pair with colorful shorts or white jeans.  



This is such a fun tote for summer! I love that the bottom is woven straw but that the top is cloth so it would be easier to use as an everyday bag and carry on your shoulder, rather than just a beach bag. 


The perfect simple affordable black dress for summer! Not only does it have the adorable v neck but it also has a cut out in the back.  You could easily dress this one up with heels and jewelry or down with flip flops. Plus it's only $15! 


These earrings have my name written all over them! I cannot get enough of the tassel and drop earrings this summer and these are under $20 which is key for trendy jewelry.  



Love this simple peplum tee for summer.  Of course I picked the striped version but it comes in a bunch of solid colors too.  



I picked up these shorts this week, again couldn't resist the 40% off and they're so comfy and flattering! This drawstring waist might be my new favorite.  


Sooo what do we think of these?  I have never owned Birkenstocks, I just can't get behind the look but everyone has been raving about these lately and saying they're perfect for the beach and pool.  What do you all think?  Nerdy?  Cute?  



So what's in your shopping cart these days? 






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5.18.2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Getting Organized

Hi Friends! Welcome back to another Thoughts for Thursday!  Remember you can write about anything you want, just grab the button and link up below.

Today is all about organization!  Since returning from vacation I am on an organizing streak.  As most of you know we moved out of our house for a little over 5 months for our kitchen renovation to be completed.   Since moving back in we have been slowly getting unpacked and organized.  As much as I hated the process of packing everything up for storage or moving it to the townhouse with us it has been so good for purging and decluttering.  It's amazing how much junk can just sit around in closets or boxes for months or even years if you let it.


So now that we are back home and approaching the two year anniversary of living in this house I figured it was time to really start decluttering and getting organized.

My first spot to tackle is our new open pantry.  It's a mudroom/pantry combination so while it's not right out in the open it's still a spot that most people can see when they're in our home.  The only thing separating it from our kitchen is a pocket door, which we rarely keep closed.

Here is the pantry when we first moved in:




Here is our pantry now:


While it doesn't look awful, it is still cluttered and disorganized.  We also have all our cable and internet boxes on the top shelf so I need to figure out what to do with those, in addition to the random toilet paper in here (Kyle did that) that needs to move to the linen closet and a whole box of baking supplies I haven't even unpacked yet.  I don't need this to be Pinterest perfect but I do what it to feel less chaotic.  

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Houzz over the last few weeks trying to come up with a solution to make this pretty and functional.   It took a lot of measuring, planning, and reading reviews (I'm a review junkie) and I have my first phase of organization ready to put in place.  Here is what I've purchased to get started and then I'll see how it looks from here:





1. OXO Good Grips 3.4 quart Pop Container- I bought this container to store angel hair pasta.  This is Kyle's favorite and we always have 3 or 4 boxes on hand so I knew this would be the best for it.  

2. OXO Good Grips 3 piece Pop Round Canister- I bought these to store flour and sugar and I'll probably use the biggest one for snacks.  I haven't decided for sure yet but that's what I'm leaning towards.

3. Target Threshold Seagrass Small Basket- these have been awesome!! We already have five of these in our pantry and they have been great for holding snacks- goldfish, chips, crackers, apple sauces etc. I like that they keep the snacks hidden but are short enough so I can still see the tops of snacks so I can easily pull it out to get what I'm looking for.

4. OXO Good Grips Pop Cereal Dispenser- We always have at least two if not three cereals on hand for breakfast and snacks for the kids.  Since the kids are always pulling them out I feel like they're never shut properly and going stale faster than they should.  I'm hoping these will help with that!

5. Native Spring Chalkboard Labels- Lastly I bought these labels off Amazon with this chalk pen.  I'm planning to label the canisters and all the baskets to help keep it organized.


All of my stuff arrived yesterday so today during nap time it's operation get organized! Once I get all of this in place I will evaluate what else I think we need and what our next steps should be.  I'm excited to have the pantry a little less chaotic and a little more organized.  I promise to share the final product once we get it complete.

If you have any organization tips, tricks, or must haves please let me know!



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5.11.2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Vacation Time and Blogging

Happy Thursday from Florida Friends!  I hope you all have been having a great week so far. We are down in Rosemary/Seacrest Beach area of Florida this week for a vacation with my side of the family.  After coming down here for my mom's birthday last May we had to come back. Since I'm on vacation I wanted to pop in and say hi and share a few pictures from our trip.


First I wanted to share details on this cover up and bathing suit since so many of you asked me about it after I posted it on instastories yesterday.

The cover up is from Shopbop and is still available, you can find it here.  There is also a cheaper version of it for only $24.99 here!! I have not tried the less expensive version so I can't speak for the quality but it's a steal.  
My one piece is Trina Turk from last summer but it's her cross back one piece style and it is the BEST!! I have bought this the last two seasons and just ordered her new one for this year, which you can find here and here.  


We had dinner at George's and it was just as good as we remember from last year. George's is in Alys Beach which is another beach with gorgeous architecture and only a five minute walk from our house in Seacrest. 
 

 
Annie from Home of Malones came to visit up with her two adorable kids Brody and Madelyn.  This is the second year she's come to visit us and I'm so happy that blogging has brought us together and we've gotten to meet in real life. This is one of the reasons I just cannot quit this blog, I have made so many wonderful "friends" through this community and feel so special about the ones I've gotten to meet in real life. Annie is just as sweet, fun, and down to earth as she seems on her blog and the kids had so much fun together! It seems like we're old friends who've known each other forever instead of people who just met on the internet 3 years ago.
 

 
 
 
 
I promise I will be back next Thursday with a full recap of our trip!  Have a great weekend friends!



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