Seven Things

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1. Things I’m grateful for this week: a kind, thoughtful message from someone I haven’t seen in years; a forever ongoing group text message thread with two of my bestest friends that is a constant source of laughter and encouragement; THE WEEKEND (I really feel like I earned it this week).

2. (last) Friday me: I really want a pair of mules but I am not going to let myself look because I don’t need them. Sunday me: has to pass by DSW on her way from Carter’s to her car, now owns a pair of mules. Straight copied from a text to a friend because I knew she’d admire them with me. 🙂  But just look at these, and I found them for only $28! No regrets, they’re incredibly comfortable and I’ve already worn them three times this week.

3. I had no idea who Van Jones was I did some googling, but caught a really interesting interview with him on the radio on my drive to work the other morning and he shared this thought on the climate in the U.S. right now: “we’re all just failing preschool and Sunday school right now” and I couldn’t help but find myself nodding my head in agreement.

4. The main branch of our local library has a semi-annual book sale and the fall event is this weekend! Last year I decided to make a small donation to their “friend of the library” program and one perk is early access to the sale. I took advantage of that last night and got quite a few kids books for only a $1 each, then found some books for me at only $3 a piece. I think I’m most excited about picking up Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham and most curious about a Deepak Chopra book I snagged. I listened to his episode on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast just this week and liked it so much that I thought $3 was worth giving one of his books a try. Another good find – the audiobook of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. I started it this morning on my drive to work and think I’m going to easily be hooked.

5. Maybe about a month and a half ago I got it stuck in my head that I really wanted to find a darker lipstick for fall that was the perfect purplish/berry color. I’m thinking that was my way of coping with that feeling of being so ready for fall but the weather not allowing dressing for it? I tried these lipsticks based on a recommendation from Jolie’s post and the blossom berry color was exactly what I was looking for. (I also have the forever fawn color she recommends and eternal flame – both good, but just can’t beat the blossom berry I’ve had on repeat lately)

6. The Columbus Marathon is this weekend and my husband signed up for the full this year and I’m actually pretty excited. The second half of the course winds through the campus of the college I went to so I’m thinking about using it as an opportunity to run around campus with Jacob. And of course after going to get donuts to kill some time during the last race my husband did, I’m declaring that a new tradition so coffee and donuts will be on the agenda too. 🙂

7. And if the donuts aren’t enough sugar for the family this weekend, then I’m toying with the idea of making this bourbon apple crisp recipe that was linked in Bridget’s post today. We’ve got apples, and there’s almost always bourbon in our house. Might be a winner!

Linking up

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Seven Things

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1. Jacob’s third birthday is coming up soon and I’m probably kidding myself to say that I don’t think his actual birthday will hit me with that momma hurt as bad as the last two years. You know the one, where you spend most of your days really loving this stage and you just want to tell time to slow the hell down a bit. But the little stuff is what’s been throwing the reminders my way that he’s getting so much bigger. Like this picture where he looks so tall, he’s starting to call me Mom instead of mommy sometimes, and the recent development of him listening well enough while we’re at the store that he’s allowed to always walk with me instead of being contained in the cart.

2. I saw Dani post a picture of apple cider Moscow mules in her IG stories and man did they look good. After a summer of loving margaritas I think I may just need to keep a seasonal favorite going. Maybe an apple cider Moscow mule will be the winner for fall?

3. You know that idea of if you don’t want to be asked to do something again, just really suck at it and you won’t be asked again? I think that officially applies to me making dinner, with the one exception being my pizza making skills. We had friends over this weekend and I decided I was going to make chili for lunch. I asked my husband one question about how he cooks up his onions and peppers and the next thing I knew he was taking over and just made the whole thing for me. Can’t say I’m mad about it, he is a far better cook than I am!

4. I treated myself to Friday off work but didn’t keep Jacob home partly because after missing two days due to a stomach bug last week I could tell he was ready to be back but mostly because I was feeling the need for a day to myself. I used to enjoy going thrifting but trying to focus on the hunt like you need to is nowhere near enjoyable when a kid is with you so I hadn’t been in ages. I finally went again and managed to find 3 pairs of brand new looking shoes, 3 sweaters, and a really comfortable sweatshirt for all of $29. Such a score!

5. This is the first year Jacob is old enough to have an opinion about his Halloween costume and each time we ask him the consistent answer is that he wants to be a cost. He’s also insisted that daddy is a witch and that I’m a lion for Halloween and it’s just so cute to hear him say it that we’ll entertain him and go along with it. 🙂 We’re going simple with ours – the witch is done after finding a hat and this hilarious green nose for $1 at Target, but I have to figure mine out. I have an old headband and glue gun so I think I’ll try buying some felt and giving this a try first and if that’s a fail then Amazon prime to the rescue.

6. As of today I’ve officially started making my Christmas list. After years of feeling bad about actually giving my mother in law a list when she asks me repeatedly what I want, I finally cooperated more than usual last year and of course loved the combination of a few things I specifically asked for along with things she found (I married into a family full of very good gift givers btw). Top of the list is this top because I love that you can style it two ways – check out Audrey’s post to see it styled, love the off the shoulder look!

7. If there’s one thing better than giving yourself a 3 day weekend, it’s treating yourself to a 4 day one. 😉 Using up some vacation days that are about to expire and I have tomorrow off work too. I plan to take it pretty easy with cleaning bathrooms the only must happen thing on my to do list (oh, adulting) but if the weather is nice then I’m thinking about picking Jacob up from daycare early and heading to the park.

Linking up….

Currently

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As usual, linking up for Currently with Anne and this month’s co-host Dana!

Styling

After at least a year now of a change in dress code at work to a much more casual, jeans are appropriate any day of the week type of policy, I feel like I live in denim and it’s starting to get just a little bit boring. In a recent shopping trip I found these wide leg black dress pants and they’re feeling like a really good alternative. The first time up I paired them with just this tee and denim jacket look so they still felt casual, but I could easily dress them up if I needed too!

Saving

My vacation days, and for not really a good reason. My employer has what I’d consider a pretty generous vacation time policy and with no special trips planned last year I found myself with 5 more days I have to use by the end of this month or I lose them. While  at least one of those is going to be a day for doctor’s appointments (just routine stuff for Jacob, allergist and 3 year well check), I’m making sure I plan for some family time together and the much coveted time off work spent completely by myself!

Searching

More like what I want to be searching for, a pair of mules. Like look how cute these are, or what about these?! Thankfully I’m not an impulsive shopper online and save that for just in person so maybe I need to just stay out of all shoe stores until the next season. 😉

 

Picking

Up after myself, way more than usual after reading this article. I know, congrats on being an actual adult, right? While I definitely have a long way to go, the whole “don’t put it down, put it away” concept is simple enough that it kind of works.

Making

A sincere effort to turn around my track record with plants at my house surviving mere days. I started with a house plant that still looks great even though it’s been in our family for a month. That got my confidence going just enough to buy some fall flowers for the front porch. My big planter of Gerber daisies may not have survived, but my mums are looking good! I’m sure I’ll show them off soon like only a proud plant momma would. 🙂

Weekend Wrap Up

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This weekend was a good one guys, and I hope you can say the same. I survived the 10k I had signed up for and then kept procrastinating on training and even survived it with a far better time than I was expecting and with my toddler sidekick along for the ride in the jogging stroller. How well he did might’ve been the biggest surprise of the weekend, especially after a particularly bad experience last weekend that involved him yelling and me getting pretty frustrated and angry so wins all around on the 10k experience.

It’s officially October and with that I let myself fall victim to everything fall related. I bought another mum this weekend to add to my crew of plant babies that I have a newfound determination to keep alive. Butternut squash pasta in the shape of pumpkins, pumpkin break mix, and actual pumpkins all found their way into our cart this morning at Trader Joe’s but I held strong and didn’t go for the apple cider jam that looked so good! Next Trader Joe’s, next time for sure.

But while I’m always happy to see fall come around and almost never sad to see summer go, this year I’m a little bit sadder to see summertime go. Sure I’m ready to stop sweating and experience temperatures that allow me to wear all the sweaters and boots again without looking like I’ve possibly lost my mind, but this summer was such a good one. I’m celebrating with one last favorite picture from the summer, one from a random stop on the drive back to Columbus from my parent’s house on and not letting myself feel bad about only making it through five of my eleven summer bucket list items. Catching the Peach Truck with my parents back in my dad’s hometown and using it as an excuse to spend the morning going down memory lane, spending my birthday with my boys at the Newport Aquarium, and completing the Columbus Coffee Trail with one of the girls at work all topped the list of my favorites that were actually checked off the list. Maybe time to start on this fall’s version?

Currently

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Feeling a bit rusty on the blogging front, but can never resist an opportunity to join in on the Currently link up with Anne, with Lowanda co-hosting this month!

Celebrating

The fact that I was smart enough to use some vacation time that expires at the end of October to take this week off and next Monday, for 10 whole days away from work. Good thing too because little man landed a viral infection that also led to an ear infection so we have been taking it easy at home together the past two days.

Watching

We almost never watch a show in real time, choosing to wait awhile to stock up on episodes and then be able to binge watch episodes of our favorite series but this season of Game of Thrones we got completely caught up in and stayed up late (for us anyway) to watch the finale. I really enjoy the show but can’t for the life of me remember every character’s names and back story so don’t count on me to have a good chat about the show!

Welcoming

Family! My brother gets married this weekend (hence the timing of using up those vacation days) and we have family coming in from out of state that I’m really excited to see.

Preparing 

My house for said family. 🙂 We only had one of my cousins stay with us for just a night before making the couple of hour drive to my parents house, but it was a good reason to finally get our house in order and do a big purge of things we don’t need anymore. Everybody’s closets got a good clean out and I have a nice big collection of items to donate to a local community free store in addition to some kids clothes to pass along to a friend and a co-worker with little boys. New rule established this week – I’m only allowed one plastic tub of old baby/kids clothes that I keep for sentimental value. I’ve always had a little quirk of associating memories with specific clothing so I’ve had a really hard time parting ways with some things until lately.

Photographing

No surprise here, but the toddler makes up about 95% of the pictures on my phone. 🙂 I’ve always enjoyed candid pictures of him which is good because that’s about all I can manage to capture, but he’s been flashing us this overly excited grin more and more lately and I was happy to catch it on camera as we celebrated one last summer day over the weekend.

Weekend Things

This weekend was another one of the good ones, a few things on the to do list that absolutely had to get done, but plenty of them that were ignored in favor of having some fun too. Now that Monday has rolled around it’s leaving me feeling tired but in that good feeling way. Here’s hoping for a slow start to the work week to ease back in!

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On Saturday we had to pick up my husband’s bike that had gone in for a tune up, and it’s in this great little area where riders drive out to, then ride out and back long distances because it’s this beautiful space that takes no time to be out in the country and you’d just never guess that you were 15 or 20 minutes away from the city. A biker I am not, but when we walked up to the bike shop that morning right next door to Starbucks the sight of several groups of people enjoying a post ride cup of coffee together out on the patio in the sunshine I decided that if anyone ever wanted to talk me into trying it, it’d be an easy sell if they told me we’d end there too. So I took matters into my own hands and decided that while my husband went on a long bike ride Sunday morning that Jacob and I would do some adventuring too that would conveniently end at a new coffee shop I have driven by every day for months, always thinking that I wanted to try it sometime soon but never getting around to doing it because you know, there’s plenty other things that bypass a coffee date with yourself on the ‘ole priority list.

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Because my incredibly inactive self has been feeling bad about that lately, we started off with a walk down a bike path – Jacob in the stroller because the name of my game is to contain him as long as possible because once he’s out of that thing it’s game over and I no longer feel in charge of the agenda. It felt good to get moving and enjoy the scenery, then we turned around and headed back to the part of town with the coffee shop.

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One big iced caramel latte for me and I happily obliged when Jacob caught sight of the “cakes” (donuts) and excitedly told me he wanted a pink one (and with a stern look and some silence on my part, finally adding a please in there). Pink frosting and sprinkles for him, an oreo one for me, and a fruity pebbles one to take home for my husband. Delicious little things, small enough to make you not feel bad about donuts and coffee on a Sunday morning but toppings that leave you feeling like you’re really getting away with a good treat. We will be back! Between the coffee, the donuts, and the nearby fountains I let Jacob run wild around, I’m sure there will be no problem talking us into making that a little routine happening.

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It was a hot weekend, with nights cool enough to remind you that fall will be right around the corner soon. We finally put our fire pit to good use and enjoyed some time outside watching comedy specials on Netflix with a drink once Jacob finally went to bed. Margarita for me, beer for my husband. 2017 – I’m declaring it the summer I became a fan of tequila. I’m not sure there’s much better than a margarita in the summer. Can I drink them in the fall? I don’t know, I somehow don’t think it’ll have the same feel. But maybe I’ll try. While my husband is falling prey to all things fall like Oktoberfest beer and cereals with pumpkin spice something or another I’m over here fighting it, restocking on peach juice and jalapeño limeade for my favorite homemade margarita recipe. It’s ok though, I went shopping and a maroon Madewell tee stopped me in my tracks and I bought it because it’s my favorite color for fall. Now I want to just wear it every day with my distressed black jeans, so maybe I’m more ready for fall than I thought?

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Playground hopping and some shopping rounded out the weekend – unsuccessful in the search for a ring bearer outfit for Jacob for my brother’s wedding in less than a month, but thinking his fiancee might’ve found me a winner on Etsy of all places. I would’ve never thought to look there! Going to listen to Glennon Doyle speak topped off the weekend which was a fantastic way to spend a few hours by myself, something I don’t often sneak away and do. I’m hoping I’ll share more about that later, just lost in my own head for a bit with it and taking it all in.

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And that was our weekend, filled with such incredibly ordinary stuff I feel like, but if this is life right now then I think it feels good. Here’s hoping yours treated you just as well!

Lately

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It’s been a little quiet around here so I thought it’d be fun to bounce back with a little life lately chat, just talking the day to day type of stuff that’s been occupying the time here in our world!

In life…

It’s still totally fine to be talking about my weekend when it’s already Tuesday, right? Right. A low key weekend with only a few hours of plans was the perfect way to spend a few days though, it felt good! It included an impromptu trip to the park for the three of us and then on the way home we decided we wanted to go out to dinner, so we did. The days with no agenda, just getting out of the house and heading wherever sounds fun at the moment are truly my favorite. Cheers to that (with a beer for dad, sangria for mom, and apple juice for Jacob)!

My brother’s wedding is coming up early next month and it’s close enough to have all things related to that weekend on the brain from putting in the request for time off work, figuring out when and where I need to be to help with the logistics of out of state family visiting, and figuring out what the hell my ring bearer child is going to wear – though this part is actually kind of fun, as long as I figure it out soon and avoid the last minute stress of it. I just dropped my bridesmaid dress off for alterations today and when I tried it on again I feel even more in love it with, it’s so flattering, comfortable, and it has pockets!! Bless my soon to be sister in law for choosing some really great bridesmaid dresses. 🙂

At home…

Lunches or dinners out as a family have turned into a pretty rare thing, especially this summer since potty training started. But I’m convinced that my husband actually likes to cook and he’s gotten really good at and I’ve been having fun learning how to play bartender, so it hasn’t felt like we’re missing out. Some of my favorite meals of the summer have been when he fires up the grill and makes potatoes, onions, and peppers to go with salmon for me and steak for him.

I’ve gotten a little bored with the style of our house, which I think is fair since most of it has been unchanged since we moved in over 7 years ago. I’m being real with myself and just accepting that I’m too lazy to coordinate re-painting the entire place so I’m going to have to figure out little updates. I’ve been wanting to put a bunch of plants around our house, but had to reign myself in a bit the other day and not let myself buy any because the poor things don’t even last a week in my care!

In parenting…

Warning, potty talk ahead. 😉 We had such a good start to potty training and now we’ve hit a rough spot, complete with more accidents and being terrified of “big potty’s”. We’re trying some different approaches but his absolute refusal of using a big potty and the drama that’s come along with trying to get him to do it stresses me out every time we’re away from the house for more than an hour. The other day he didn’t want us to go home yet and wanted to go to the store instead. My husband told him if we go home and use the big potty that he would take him to the store and that kid walked into the house, right into the bathroom and used the big potty without the usual tears involved. On to the store we went and we let him pick out a cookie. I think this proves that my kid does not take over his people pleasing mother and does what he want, when he wants. I’m actually very happy about this, but bracing myself a bit for the battles that are sure to be ahead.

My title as favorite is clearly coming to an end and it’s very much a shared title now, which I’m mostly fine with. 🙂 A recent naptime ended with him waking up upset, running to me and bear hugging me while telling me that he missed me and then he fell asleep that night holding my hand and basically my heart melted.

Songs are all of a sudden his favorite thing and he’s gotten to know certain ones well enough that he can sing them on his own. One night we were all sitting on the couch and he all of a sudden started singing that little speckled frog song and it was both hysterical and adorable! If you don’t know what song I’m talking about then here, and so sorry if you find yourself walking around singing it too.