Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites: October 13

Hello! It’s Friday. It’s Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious? I’m not, but there’s something delicious about a Friday the 13th in October, isn’t there? We should be doing something fall-y. Hell, maybe we are, and I just don’t know it yet. I’m writing this on a Wednesday, after all.

When I was thinking about this year at the end of 2016 when it was still “next year,” I remember being so sure that it was going to be a difficult one. I wasn’t at all excited to wake up in 2017–I actually dreaded it a little. I had a gut feeling that it was going to be a strange year full of so many transitions, and I was right.

Now, there have been some wonderful things. Most obviously, Buster was born, and I had a really, really good recovery, and shocked myself by having an unmedicated birth. Wacey and I (and Buster, technically) were in a commercial, we paid off our pickup, and I think I finally figured out how to curl my hair!

But it’s also been a year of a lot of uncertainty, and behind-the-scenes turmoil. I don’t mean like marriage turmoil–I’m lucky to have a marriage that’s solid as a rock, and two little boys who are the brightest light you could imagine. But in ranching, so much falls to chance one way or another, and this year it feels like someone else is in charge of our life, but not in a good way. I know who is actually in charge. I know who has our best interests at heart. I know who has a big, good, amazing plan for us. But I also know whose plans aren’t always immediately apparent, and right now, in the thick of big changes and hard things, I’ll fully admit that I’m tired. I’m tired of these seemingly never-ending big changes on the horizon that I have no control over. I’m tired of waiting on phone calls and for other people to make decisions that will ultimately affect us. I’m tired of being a SAHM because having a job is so important to me. I’m trying very hard to not just wish 2017 away because I know that 2018 is not a magic fix, but I have high hopes that it will be more about growing and thriving rather than just surviving.

But, I have so much faith that it’s all going to be okay. I have to, because if you don’t have that, what do you have?

So, this year, I’ve really taken refuge in words. In The Word, via the devotionals I’ve talked so much about here and on my Insta and via sermons on podcast. In words of moms and other people taking about hard things on blogs and in podcasts, and yes, being the millennial that I am, in a good quote meme.

Favorite Reminder: It’s Never Too Late. This is one I think about a lot when I’m just having a bad day, which is so easy when I’m worried and stressed. Nothing makes me feel worse than snapping at my children, especially for something entirely unrelated to them, and so I’m so thankful for a reset button.

it's never too late
Favorite Truth I Should Remember: Worry is a misuse. I once read in a book a lovely description of a character who didn’t really worry, because he wasn’t very imaginative and thus couldn’t think of the myriad scenarios that could result from a set of circumstances. I remember feeling jealous, because I’m a constant worrier, and wish so often I could turn my brain off and not imagine all the terrible things that might happen. But gosh, what a waste. I’d much rather imagine ways to make my children laugh, or how to make their Halloween costumes. (Fear not, Amazon Prime is delivering my costume supplies tomorrow!)

worry is a misuse
Favorite I Know This to be True: When You Cannot Sleep at Night. I think of this often, because (like every other mother on the planet) I sometimes lay awake at night, especially when I am woken up by one of the boys. I read this quote a long time ago, and now try to count my blessings and send up prayers for others when I’m lying awake. It works, and helps move me to a more positive space where I’ve found I have some great ideas at four in the morning. Like the boys’ Halloween costumes!

when you cannot sleep at night
Favorite Reminder for A Nervous Nellie: Finish Each Day.  Does anyone else constantly re-hash their days, especially if you said something dumb or did something weird? Ugh, me. This is a good reminder that, as Gus says in Lonesome Dove: “Yesterday’s gone and you can’t get it back.” For better or worse, but usually for the better.

finish each day and be done with it
Favorite Work Motivation: Every Successful Person. I have a trouble with the latter half of this because sometimes the road seems so long and windy and impassable. But, it’s a good reminder and motivator. I think I can I think I can I think I can.

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Favorite Work Inspire: Growth Strategy. This is so true. I often think “Oh, when we have more money/time/etc, we’ll be able to be more generous.” That’s true, but I can be more generous now, because generosity doesn’t have to cost money, and you can always make more time to help others.
generosity
Favorite Admonishment/Manta: What You Do. Isn’t this the truth, though? I keep this in the back of my mind especially when meeting new people, and when out and about in our new town. We all know someone who says all the right things but gives an overall impression of being disingenuous or flat-out creepy. I don’t want to be that gal. I’d rather be the gal who says awkward stuff or is overwhelmingly sunny but gives a positive overall impression.

what you do speaks so loudly
Favorite OMG I Feel So Gotten: You Are My Blue Crayon. This doesn’t need any explanation because you know exactly which color that is. I’m lucky to be married to my blue crayon and have two more blue crayons jumping around.

blue crayon
Favorite I-Should-Tape-This-To-My-Ceiling: Not Think, Not Wonder. This goes hand-in-hand with worrying being a misuse of the imagination. If there’s something you can do, then do it, but once you’ve done all you can, it’s time to rest and have faith. And eat pasta.

think wonder imagine obsess
Favorite Word Vomit Justifier:  What He Says About Others. This is a good reminder for a person likes me that tends to talk too much, and sometimes out of turn. It’s a nervous reaction to new situations and people and ugh so much word vomit. I suppose that if you’re going to word vomit it’s sort of okay if it’s all nice word vomit, right?
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Wellllll Happy Friday the 13th! I hope it’s not unlucky for anyone involved, and that your fall weather is treating you right. I didn’t mean for this post to be a downer, so I hope it’s not! But sometimes, you guys, adulting is hard and I want to throw in the towel and rake a huge pile of leaves and jump in it and then take a nap and then wake up and eat pizza and not be in charge of anything. Can someone make this happen? #Imissdeciduoustrees.

Also: Hocus Pocus has been on at our house nonstop and I’m pretty sure Bert is over it but I’m 100% sure Wacey and I are on Cloud 9. #overruled. Also: Wacey calls pumpkins kum-peeks and says “Wooooooooowwwwwww” every time he sees one and I can’t even it’s so cute.

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It’s Friday! I mean, late Friday, so almost Saturday, but still.

So. September’s almost gone. Can we all agree that it flew by? This week’s highlights include Buster’s induction into the 100th percentile club, our curtains all getting put up (!!!), Wacey’s vocabulary continuing to astonish us, and my very late-to-the-game obsession with Vikings. I am in the process of growing out my hair and I have such braid envy.

This Friday Favorites’ theme is Octobery Things. I’m a little bit at a loss about what to do with myself now that we don’t wean calves all of October, but this is the first year that Wace can get into Halloween so I’m sure we’ll make it work.

Favorite I Think I Can Actually Attain This: Bathroom Storage. You know how it is–you’re moving or remodeling, you jump on the interwebs and have all.the.ideas and then realize, one month in, that you’re sick of unpacking, building, and spending money, and promptly get real about your expectations. I like this. It’s simple, it’s pretty, and a variation would work nicely in both of the bathrooms. I already have two of these metal baskets, which I really like and are so affordable I’ll be ordering a couple more.

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Favorite Yes-I’ll-Jump-On-This-Bandwagon-Thank-You-Very-Much: BeautyCounter cleanser. Hi, the new house has harder water and I need to change up my skincare routine. This has everything I’m looking for–gentle, not drying, affordable–with excellent reviews and clean ingredients to boot.
BC CleanserFavorite Sweets: Brookies. My mom got us some killer monster-esque bars from Costco right before we moved and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them. Since the closest Costco is 160 miles away (womp womp), we’ll have to make these at home which I totally don’t mind because hi, it’s fall, so it’s time to bake. I think this recipe topped with M&Ms might do the trick. I shall report back.
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Favorite Get-In-My-Yeti: Sparkling Hard Apple Cider SangriaSparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria. I am not a big drinker at all. But can you tell me anything more festive than strolling through the crisp fall air sipping on something light and cidery? Yep it doesn’t exist.

cider sangria
Favorite Mama+Mini Festive Treat: Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins. I am SO excited to make these with Wacey. They’re so cute and a perfect treat to make with little hands. Also: Rice Krispie Treats are deeeeeelish.
krispies
Favorite OMG THE ANTICIPATION: Mini Pumpkins. I can’t wait can’t wait to take the boys to pick out pumpkins next week. I make myself wait until October to get pumpkins and it’s herrreeeeeee. Next year, I think I’m going to grow them at home and have a mini pumpkin patch because I love little pumpkins that much.

mini pumpkins
little white pumpkins
Favorite I Ought To Wait Till Christmas But I Don’t Know If I Can: Mini Mocs. Wacey’s feet are always cold at home, but he hates wearing shoes and socks inside. He’s always wanting to wear “Dad shoooooooz”  so I think he’d love having a little pair of his own.
toddler mocs

K that about wraps it up kids. This weekend, I’m doing real big exciting things like organizing the storage container and finally mucking out the mud room since it’s supposed to stop raining for a day or two. Although, dull as it is, if that actually gets done, I’ll be one happy gal because that’s one giant leap closer to us being 100% moved in.

Oh and I’ll be watching waaaaay too much Vikings because I can’t stop.

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Friday Favorites: September 1

Hey hey heeeeeeyyy. This week’s Friday Favorites brought to you by the fact that it’s finally September! My heart is so happy. My favorite time of the year is here (fall/birthdays/holidays) and turning the calendars to September always brings me such a deep satisfaction. September is going to be a great month, y’all. August was hard. September always feels crisp and bright and fresh (like the paint that will hopefully be done before this lovely month is out), and I can’t wait.

So, this week’s FF has no theme–just things that I saw that I just loved for no reason or any reason at all.

Favorite Organization: Numbered bins. Bins and baskets and boxes are, apparently, one of my love languages, and they’re great for small houses with little to no storage! I’d love a set similar to these for Wacey’s room, because I think he’s going to need a little bookshelf and I love being able to toss odds and ends (aka allthetrucksandlivestock) into a bin to get everything looking fresh and neat in a hurry.
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Favorite Mantra: Is It True? My MIL sent me a pin like this a long time ago, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head! Simple and to the point and so good. I have been really trying to put my very very best foot forward in our new home and in this new phase of our lives, and this is a great place to begin, especially for an over-talker like me.
is it true
Favorite Ugh I Should Have Bought This! Tasha Polizzi Scout Jacket. Another thing I can’t get off my mind? This beautiful jacket I came across last fall. The cooler weather has me thinking of it again. I wish I would have saved up and bought it, because I love it and now I can’t find it anymore! Ah, well, maybe it’ll pop up on Poshmark or ThredUp or somewhere!
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Favorite Fuzzy: Pendleton Blankets. Unpacking our boxes made me realize i have a throw blanket addiction, but I don’t care because they’re cozy. I’d love to have one of these for each of the boys’ rooms, and I love the idea of a handy carrier for when we travel! These are classic, and will last a lifetime.
pendleton blanketFavorite Planner: Make It Happen Powersheets. Every Fall I get to thinking about the next year’s planner. I’ve used Lilly Pulitzer, Anchored Press, and Erin Condren, and while there were things I loved about each of them, this one recently caught my eye since it’s a) from the maker of my very, very favorite devotional that I’ve talked about here several times and b) all about goal setting! 2017 has been all about change, and 2018 for me is going to be all about goals, and big, scary things, and being intentional about cultivating the kind of environment I want to be in and the kind of environment my people want to be in! It hasn’t yet been released for 2018 but you’d better bet I’m going to snatch one up. I’ve realized that in this season of life, I’m just not going to carry a planner with me and that wall calendars are more effective, so I love that this isn’t a calendar-based planner. I can’t wait can’t wait to try it!
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Favorite Tip: How to Keep Uncarved Pumpkins from Rotting. This is self-explanatory, because you know I’m going to have a pumpkin (or five) on my porch until December.
pumpkins
Favorite To-Try: Balsamic Roasted Potatoes. I have really started to love potatoes, and I’ve been on a roasted vegetables kick for awhile. These are mini hasselback-style taters with balsamic vinegar, so if you threw them into a bin and served them at Starbucks you’d have accounted for 98% of my love languages.
roasted potatoes
Favorite Most Perfect Thing: Rose Rose Cake. There is no explanation needed for this one. This is obviously the most gloriously decorated cake that has ever existed, and is major #cakegoals for me, and will be served alongside a bottle of rosé champagne whenever I check a big enough goal off my list that it merits celebration. I don’t even care that that was a run-on sentence because ugh buttercream. OMG I’m going to have a Rosé Day. Get it?!?

Also: even if you’re not into cooking, or her style of cooking, please just follow this gal’s blog. She is hilarious and her photography is gorgeous and she’s an unlikely farm wife so thus I love her.
rose rose
Favorite I Can Never Pick Which One: Address Stamp. New house, new address, new stamp. I kind of love this one. But I can’t ever pick because there’s so many gorgeous ones on Etsy! Either way, we’re going to have to get one this year because our Christmas Card Recipient List grew by about a million people and that’s an awful lot of return addresses to write.

Edited to add: the more I look at this stamp, the more I’m certain that it’s perfect for us. Will order and get back to you.
stamp
Favorite Wish List Item: Naketano hoodie. Every year for my birthday, I get to go shopping and spend the day by myself because the other part of my love languages all consist of time alone and I spend months looking forward to this day since I don’t do much shopping otherwise. This year, since we live near none of my favorite stores, I’m thinking I’m going to order the things I like, have Bert hide them, and open them on my birthday instead before heading out for a prolonged stay at the local (50-miles-away) Starbucks. It’s going to be hard to wait for this hoodie, though, because it’s basically the perfect article of clothing and I want it in my closet like, yesterday.

sweatshirt
Favorite Print: Tiny Dancer. I love this. When I saw this, I had originally thought “If I ever have a girl, I’d love to have this in her room.” But then I realized, “Hell, I’m a girl. I would like to have it in my room.” Sooooo this will probably also be part of the birthday shopping list and the aforementioned corner gallery wall. Because it’s perfect and something about it speaks to my soul, not to mention Hold me closer, Tony Danza is one of the most perfect songs ever written.

tiny dance .
Ah, perfect things. I love them. They make my heart happy. And so does unpacking. So I’m going to go do a little more of that, can’t wait to share the house progress with y’all, maybe next week!! Happy September. Also, if you’re an Essential Oils-er, diffuse you some orange and Thieves together and thank me later.

I mentioned that Buster was sick in my last post, and I’m so happy to report that while he’s not 100%, something (whether it was antibiotics, probiotics, or the rice+bananas combo he’s been eating) is helping, finally! Two nights without blowouts, and we’re down to maybe five or six poopy diapers every day, which is a huge improvement. Praise Jesus because yikes.

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Friday Favorites

It’s Friday! (Okay fine it’s actually Saturday but let’s pretend, k?) I’m glad. It’s been a long week of heat, trying to get the motivation to pack, and trying to get work done amidst babies who don’t want to nap and the lovely four-month sleep regression (woof).

This Friday’s favorites are brought to you by the new house. I’m looking forward to a fresh start, and while I was initially nervous about the amount of downsizing and simplifying we have to do, now I’m excited. I find it stressful to have clutter everywhere, and I feel like a smaller space is going to enable me to be much more intentional with my purchases.

Plus y’all? We have way too much junk. I don’t even want to admit how much stuff we’ve already thrown away or set aside for donation and we’ve done, like three rooms and the barn. All I’ll say is that I was right to buy the box of fifty giant black trash bags. I’m so glad we have a dumpster because that sucker is full. Also  my husband is a feed sack hoarder, judging by the dumpster’s current contents.

I’m going for neutrals-with-a-ranchy/Mexican-twist. Like J. Crew and Joanna Gaines went on a vacation to a New Mexican ranchero. Also Dolly Parton came along because #bighairismyfave.

Onward.

Favorite frill: Frayed bathroom rug. Our current bathroom rug situation won’t work in the new house, and I love these! Pretty, but not so girly that Bert will notice them, and grey, but the detail makes them interesting. Plus it’s on sale. I may have to pull the trigger and order one!

bathroom rug
Favorite Hide-the-Junk Solution: Big Lidded Baskets. I’m getting two of these to go under the (seriously cool) console table a friend built for us. We’ve never used the table in this house–although I don’t know why–and I’m so excited that it will finally be in our house! But back to the baskets. I’m planning on using these for the boys’ toys. Since we don’t have a playroom in the new house like we do in our current one, I wanted a way for toys to be accessible but also easy to put away and hide. I’m planning an excursion to Home Goods soon to see what I can find that’s similar (but less expensive, let’s get real).
big basketFavorite Art Inspire: Bright Cow. I’ve needed something to go over our bed forever, and never pulled the trigger because nothing felt right. In the new house, I’d like to have a painting or drawing over the bed and this one is almost right. I’d love a painting of a longhorn but everything I’ve found has been too expensive or not quite my taste. We’ll see! We had a ranch party last night and our boss’ two daughters are both wildly talented artistically, so I’ve asked them both if I could commission some art from them, and I can’t wait! I think my longhorn dream may come true after all!

cow
Favorite Deck Inspire: G&C’s Light-Covered Porch. My greatest wish for the new house is that we can build on to the current deck so we have a place to entertain outside. My bones tell me that we’re moving to a good neighborhood (aka a good 50 square miles ha), and I’d love to have a big ole porch with comfy chairs and a bar cart for when we have guests over. Also, there are a lot of rattlesnakes where we’re headed, and it would be nice to have an additional worry-free play space for the boys since we use our deck a lot here. And the string lights have been a dream of mine for many a year now, so I think now is the time!
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Favorite Crib: Gulliver crib from Ikea. Bert has refused to break down and set up our current crib because it was a horrendous pain to deal with and it has an attached changing table that makes it awkward to fit in smaller spaces, so we’re just going to get a new one. I like the clean, basic simplicity of this crib from Ikea, and it doesn’t break the bank. It’s actually fairly similar to one from Land of Nod that’s like, $700.
gulliver crib

Favorite Pillows: I‘m thinking a combination of all three of these (first, second, third), and maybe something graphic thrown in? I know it’s a design “duh,” but I like pillows being the “pop of color” in a room because well, you can change it in a jiff aka for Christmas in November. mexican pillow 1mexican pillow 2

pillow

Favorite Paint: Neutral. I’m boring when it comes to paint because every time I’ve tried to be exciting with a yellow or something I’ve hated it. I just have a bad eye for paint! But, our house right now is painted Revere Pewter and I love it. I’m not a fan of bright white, and the grey mellows everything out just enough. Now, the problem is that recently I’ve seen lots of Gray Owl and I love it, too. I don’t know which to pick! I showed my mom and she asked “Well, do you want one that’s more brown or one that’s more blue?” Yes.

Neutralpaint colors (1)Favorite Can I Get Away With This? Is This Too Trendy? Does This Make Me Look Fat?: Peppercorn doors. Okay. I’m not that trendy, but sometimes things are trendy for a reason. Like this new craze of painting interior doors. But I’ve always loved painted front doors, and our doors get so darn dirty with little boy hands and big boy cowboy boots that the idea of painting them a dark color is ever so appealing. Worth noting: Peppercorn is almost always paired with Gray Owl in Pinterestville and Instagramland. Food for thought.

peppercorn
Favorite I’ve-Had-This-Pinned-For-Years-But-Never-Done-It: DIY Restoration Hardware shelves. I love the look of these shelves. They’re masculine, rustic, unfussy, and look relatively easy to build. I’m thinking maybe in the boys’/guest bath!
rustic shelving
Favorite Bathroom: Fixer-Uppery Little Bath. I just love this little bathroom. I don’t remember exactly what the bathrooms in the new house look like, but once we’ve lived there for awhile I’d love to try a take on this!

small bathroom

It’s the weekend, I hope y’all are weekending! And that you have something lovely planned, even if that’s just a refreshing drink on your porch or a trip to some haven that has slushies. See you next week, and thank you for reading!

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Five on Friday/Sunday

buster 2 monthone: Buster turned two months old on Monday and I cannot believe how big he is! He’s gained over 4 1/2 pounds and three inches since he was born, and has inherited my large head. He’s very nearly into 3-6 month clothes, and is starting to sleep more predictably which is a dream. He laughs, coos, and smiles constantly, and eats like a horse.

Fitbittwo: Bert got me a new Fitbit for Mother’s Day since my old one (that he got me for Mother’s Day two years ago) was dying and Fitbit gave me a great coupon since it was past warranty. I LOVE IT. They fixed everything that bugged me about my old one (not being able to see active minutes without looking at my phone, not being able to choose my workout, the goofy charging cord, not being able to replace the band since that’s all that was wrong with my old one, etc) and added some really neat new features and made it looks more like a watch, and I LOVE the interchangeable bands so it doesn’t always have to look so fitness tracker-y. I use mine daily so it was really sweet of him to replace it–and with a really pretty one! Now if someone could figure out how to make a tooled leather band…

brothersthree: dressing Buster in Wacey’s little clothes kills me. Upon seeing this picture, one of my friends commented that Buster’s starting to look more like himself, and maybe a little more like me? I agree on the former, and would be tickled if the latter were true, although their daddy’s a pretty darn good-looking guy so I’m not complaining if he favors him too. They definitely look like brothers, though! I think Buster has more of my coloring though, if nothing else–lighter hair with darker eyebrows and lashes. We’ll see–it’s sort of fun to speculate what he might look like but I’m probably wrong on all counts, since I thought Wace would look like me and he looks just like his daddy.

little missfour: I still can’t get enough of Little Miss. Something about baby horses just makes me want to camp out in the bushes with leaves taped to my head so I can watch them all.the.time. “Every breath you take, every move you make, every branch you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you…” Not creepy at all, right? As it is, I’m going to bust out the big lens next week (Miss has Little Miss holed up in the trees and willows since the weather is so sucky right now so I can’t even see them to spy on them) and I can’t promise I won’t tape leaves to my head.

bean boots
potholes
blizzardfive: the weather outside is weather. By which I mean the weather is currently masquerading as Winter. So while y’all are all over Instastories with pictures of your kids at the splash pad, we’re breaking out the boots and coats again. Although, I don’t completely hate it, because I got to wear the Bean Boots that Bert (say that five time fast)  got me for Christmas for only the second time since I was so darn pregnant at Christmas that I couldn’t bend over to lace them up. It was lovely. The roads are a mess, and Bert had to move cattle in a near-blizzard on Thursday (the pastures they were in are full of oak brush, which can be poisonous to cattle if consumed in large enough quantities, which is more likely when the grass is buried by two feet of snow). But, much of the snow is already melted and you know it’s gonna be green when it warms up next week.

April showers bring more snow, I guess!

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Five on Friday

stroller cows

one: hallelujah the spring weather is back! We had a lot of snow and rain over the past week, and yes we needed the moisture and no I have no control over the weather but gosh we were going crazy. I’m glad to get back to going on walks in the morning with both boys and be able to play outside to shake our sillies out rather than having to deal with boredom- and confinement-induced toddler tantrums. We branded today and it actually got hot.

exercise selfie

two: shout out to my amazing husband, who kept the boys two evenings in a row so I could go out for a half hour of exercise. I’ve been trying really hard to stick to my workout routine, but it’s hard when it’s too cold to take Buster in the stroller, and naptimes are reserved for work only, so the treadmill hasn’t been happening (plus b.o.r.i.n.g.) Thankfully, Bert’s supportive of my quest to get back into shape a little faster this time (I miss my old pants!!!) and I’m still feeling the effects of two hard solo workouts in a row days later.

essie gel

three: one of my greatest friends is having her baby shower this weekend, and I’ve been planning my outfit for a while–dressing the postpartum bod with a limited wardrobe is no joke, plus I’m Type A. And, this is one of those social situations where I want to feel and look my best. We’ve all been there, right? Those gatherings where you don’t have anxiety, necessarily, but maybe it’s a group of people you don’t see much, or maybe it’s a little out of your comfort zone,  and you want to give yourself a little confidence boost. My outfit is planned (no boots and jeans for this fancy affair!), but I’ve always found I feel more put together when my nails are done. I’ve been meaning to go and get my nails done for months and months, but who has time for that, especially when the closest (and not the greatest) nail salon is twenty miles away? So I scooped up this little gel situation from Amazon and I can’t wait to try it! It’s gotten rave reviews from my friends and from beauty bloggers, so I’m excited to see if it will truly last a long time. Just to be safe, though, I’m waiting until after branding to do my nails. I’ll report back!

bb dress

four: speaking of dressing the postpartum bod, I had a little bit of sleepiness-induced trigger finger and ordered this dress from Brickyard Buffalo at around four am yesterday. Brickyard Buffalo is a flash sale site like Jane, but I find their items to be a little more unique and classic. I’ve seen dresses like this everywhere, but they’re always sold out, so you’d better bet I grabbed this one while it was in stock. It’s got full short sleeves, pockets, and a flattering cut, and I’m pretty darn excited for it to get here. I haven’t worn dresses in years, since they’re not that practical on a ranch, but I want a few items that are easy to wear while playing or running errands with the boys that will fit while I’m losing the Buster Belly. I’m trying to be very intentional about new clothing purchases as we, like the rest of the free world, are spring cleaning and bemoaning our (okay my) lack of discretion when it comes to certain purchases. Many Goodwill sacks and a huge ThredUp bag later, I am determined to only buy clothes that are filling a need, will get worn to death, or replacing a current item in my closet, and I think this will fit right in!

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five: #loveyourvillage. Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and this is such a beautiful idea. I balk at Mother’s Day being a gift-giving, must-have-brunch holiday. A gift is lovely, but most moms I know want a few things, in various forms, that aren’t gifts: recognition and appreciation, a little time alone, and a day where they don’t have to cook or clean. Being a mom myself, I know that just a little of these things goes a long way. So, love your village. Send a little card or give a little gift or bouquet to those gals in your life that get you through, or gift your mama friends the Coffee + Crumbs book, because it’s really lovely.

Happy Friday, and Happy Cinco de Mayo! I don’t think we’ll probably be having tequila, but I might go super #basic and make fajitas tonight like everyone else, plus I have a bunch of cilantro that’s about to go bad. Plus fajitas are deeeelish. And thanks, internet, for making me talk about fajitas after a dusty morning of branding because now I really, really want a marg.

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites on a Saturday

Happy Saturday! We’re snowed in, for the reals, and I’m trying very hard not to be annoyed by it because we need the moisture but it’s basically May so can’t it just rain?!? I’m ready to be able to reliably take the boys outside every day since my main workouts involve sun and the stroller. But, it’s basically May, so I’m holding on to hope that next week’s dismal weather forecast will give way to some sun and warmer temperatures soon. We were so spoiled with a mild winter that being stuck inside in the spring is tough this year!

So, I’m sitting on the sofa, thinking about anything besides the weather, which always involves a little Pinterest dreaming. Here are some things that have me going today!

Favorite Bedroom: Grey and White. I’ve been trying to figure out how to finish our bedroom for like, years. I don’t know exactly what direction I want to head with it, but we’re going to need new bedding and linens this year (I, like everyone else, am in love with this bedding), so it’s time to figure it out! I love the look of this room because plaid is my spirit animal and it looks comfy and cozy without looking unattainable or fussy. I’m thinking whites and greys like this since that’s the direction we’re heading, but with some pattern mixing and maybe a little color–this is a little too white for me, but I love the feel! And that rug. Swoon.

dream bedroom

Favorite Fashion: This lace duster. I just love it. I love things that are super feminine and versatile but that can be worn with jeans and boots, because that’s my life haha.

dusterFavorite Hair Accessories: Knotted hairties. I wear my hair up almost every day, and lately I’ve been wanting something a little prettier than your standard hairtie to pull my hair back with. These are gorgeous!

hairties

Favorite Goals: An organized closet. Ugh, don’t you wish your linen closet looked like this?? Although, does anyone have this many extra pillows? I need to invest in some baskets (and new pillows) because I’m tired of looking at falling-down stacks of sheets and towels!

linen closet
Favorite Sweet Treat: Madeleines. In the winter, I want chocolate and apple pie and thick, dense bars for baked goods and treats. In the summer, I want light and fluffy and simple, and madeleines always fit the bill. I’ve only ever made traditional ones, but this makes me want to try new kinds!
madeleines
Favorite Libation: MIMOSAS. Okay, I’m not big on alcohol, especially alcohol that tastes like alcohol. My mixed drink of choice is a whiskey sour, my favorite beer is Hoegaarden, and I like margaritas, but my favorite, favorite drinks all involve champagne because like plaid, champagne is one of my spirit animals. I think I drank 2+ bottles by myself at my sister-in-law’s wedding. As it gets warmer, and I’m not pregnant anymore, I’ve found myself wanting to sip a little champagne something every now and again, and mimosas are my very favorite.
mimosa
Favorite To Buy: Promptly Journals. I need two of these, please. They’re a little pricey, so they’re definitely a splurge for me, but I plan on getting one for each of the boys. I’ve been writing down snippets here and there, and keeping track of milestones with pictures, but I love the idea of having a book to hand them when they grow up. Being their mother is already the best thing I’ve ever done, and I want them to know.
promptly journalFavorite Baby Item: Shea Baby Boots. Hold the phone. Hold. The. Freaking. Phone. Have you seen these??!? They’re actual leather crib boots that are cowboy boots that are actual leather boots for babies. I mean, come on. I’m seriously thinking about getting this pair for Buster (and any subsequent siblings since they will probably last forever) for the fall, since all of Wacey’s crib booties are basically shot.
sheababy boots

Favorite “You Get Me” Thing: Sorry I’m Late shirt. This happens on a regular basis, so I need this shirt. That way, I can just point to it instead of offering up explanations as to my tardiness. Alternatively, I can point to the boys, and Wacey can moo, but that’s not quite as clear.
sorry I' late
Favorite Words: “Oh, there you are.” I don’t experience that overwhelming rush of adoration and attachment the very moment I give birth–like a lot of moms, it takes a little time (something that no one seems to talk about). But then, one day, I realize that I am completely in love with this tiny human, and it feels just like this.
soul
Favorite Wishlist Item: Withings watch. I love my Fitbit Charge HR, and wear it every day. My only complaint is that it looks like a fitness tracker and when it’s time to replace it I want something a little sleeker. The keeper on the band of mine broke this week, so I think my poor old Fitbit is going to bite the dust sometime this year. Just out of curiosity, I was looking at what’s out there now for fitness watches since a lot has happened in two years! I came across this Withings watch and I love how it looks and doesn’t scream “Fitness Watch!”, and it has a heart rate monitor which is something I use constantly. This one will definitely be in the running, along with the new Fitbit Charge HR and the Blaze, both of which now have interchangeable bands. What’s a gal to do?
withings watch