Welcome back friends! Did you have a good weekend?! On Friday, we had field day at school, followed by lunch and ice cream at Chic-Fil-A with grandma and then a trip to WalMart and Lowe’s to make a sandbox for Jordan. She loves to dig and get dirty, so it’s a perfect outdoor activity for her!
We wrapped up our last weekend of baseball with a tough loss. Our team finished second in our division #waytogo! but lost the second game in the playoffs by one run. See, I’m learning! 😉 The boys were in tears after the game and it was so sad to see them so disappointed. Also, I think they were just sad that the season was over because they really bonded and enjoyed playing together. Luckily, 7-9 year olds tend to bounce back as soon as the concession stand tickets are passed out!
Bad quality photo below, but aren’t those two are the cutest??!! While James is on the field, Jordan has been loving playing with all the big girls and running around and sharing junk food and getting filthy. When we got in the car to go home she said, “I had fun at baseball!”
SPRING & SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT INSPIRATION
And like I mentioned in Friday’s Dressing Room post, it’s been so very hot here already! We’re already in the 90s in Houston! We’ve got shorts on repeat around here and I have a few I’ve been wearing nonstop and can recommend for you!
First up, this easy to pull on safari shorts with pockets and a drawstring waist. I like the neutral tan color that goes with everything!
And I stocked up on these everyday tanks because they are great worn alone or as a layering piece. The fabric is a nice quality, not too thin and I like the shape of the shoulder strap and neckline as well as the length. As you can see, the white one is opaque enough to wear with this bra ‘cameo rose’ without really showing through.
Next up, a cute, well-made mid-rise short with a 3 1/2 inch rise that comes in so many fun colors for Spring & Summer that you’ll want them all! They’re made of cotton with a bit of spandex and feel great on! I really like the mint color ‘menthe’ too!
And you’ve seen me raving about the cute scallop detail on this pair! I have them in both black and white and they can be worn dressier because they have a linen-y look although they are cotton/elastin blend so they don’t wrinkle as much. They’re also currently price matched 30% off!
GET SH*T DONE
I realized that even though I’ve done a few GSD Instagram Stories, I’ve never posted it on my blog! #badblogger!
What is GSD, you ask??
It’s where you decide you are sick of your ever-growing and nagging to do list, and decide to tackle it like a boss and cross off those things! Basically, Get Sh*t Done!
All good GSD days start with either: 1) a quick workout to get you going, or 2) a cup of caffeine. Or at least that’s how I like to kick them off around here!
GSD – MAKE YOUR LIST
You want your list to be ambitious, but not so big that you won’t be able to complete it. A typical GSD day for me will last several hours, but I do tend to hit the wall in the afternoon! So maybe you pick things you can complete in a power hour, or two or three hours. If getting in the car and going somewhere is part of your GSD, then obviously, you’ll need more time.
Here’s one of my latest GSD lists:
GSD – GET AFTER IT WITH GUSTO
After you have your list and you’re ready to start, get after it with gusto! You’re on a GSD mission and you take no prisoners!
I make my bed everyday, but I still added it to my GSD list, because it just feels so much better to cross things off and I want credit for it!
One of the things that’s been bugging me everytime I open my bathroom drawers was the mess of hair and hairspray and general yukiness inside the drawers! I finally pulled everything out, wiped them down and vacuumed them, then rearranged!
The after is so rewarding!
And the funny thing is, it doesn’t take very long- it’s just a matter of getting the gumption to do it!
See, just nine minutes to complete that task that’s been bugging me for months!
We keep bins on the stairs to help corral all.the.things that constantly accumulate there and need to go up. I have a bin for laundry (our laundry room is on the second floor), one bin for me and hubby, and one for James and Jordan.
The plan is to empty them regularly, but sometimes things just pile up and no one but me seems to even realize the bins are there! It’s like they’re invisible to everyone else in the family! Really strange how I have such keen vision compared to everyone else here.
Those bins are many years old from Target and I simply labeled them with tags.
GSD – CROSS THINGS OFF YOUR LIST
As you keep crossing things off your list, it feels great and you build momentum to keep going! GSD baby!!
In retrospect, I’d make a separate line item for the 5 loads of laundry I did so I could check each one off as I went! 😉
For that GSD day, the only thing I didn’t complete was cleaning the wet bar. And I finally got ahold of my Grandma the next day! Hi Grandma!! I love it that you read my blog! 🙂
PRETTY LIP COLOR
Never have I gotten so many questions about a lip color as when Ashley and I went to Austin last week! Y’all were loving the cheerful pinky/red of this color! It’s by MAC, called EROS. I like this lipstick because the color is intense, but also feels creamy on and lasts all day. Also, I don’t find that MAC lipsticks have any weird smell or taste – and I’m particular about that!
I’m trying to kick my fitness level up a notch since June is just around the corner and we’ll be spending lots of time at the pool! Although I’m not tracking macros or counting calories, I try to make sure that most of my meals are balanced with carbs, protein and healthy fat.
Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of meals that have a bed of spinach, heap of lentils or beans or chickpeas to help keep me full and add protein, grilled or roasted veggies, then sometimes adding meat or fish protein like chicken, lean beef, pork or salmon/mahi/shrimp, and finally a drizzle of olive oil or avocado on top.
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In the photo below, the spinach was raw, but I’ve found I like it better sauteed. Remember it will cook way down, so I start with about 3-4 cups.
This weekend our nation honors our heroic service men and women and their families that sacrifice so much on the daily, things we may never see in our day to day lives. My Dad was in the military for a short time, and my Grandpa was a lifelong navy man. He retired as a Commander and our family is so proud of him.
Do you have plans for Memorial Day weekend?! Remember at the beginning of the year when we talked about planning your entire year in advance?! It’s weekends like this that can easily get overlooked and you end up organizing your attic if you didn’t make plans! We’ll be heading to Lost Pines again, a family friendly resort that’s only an hour drive away!
I’m already mentally packing my outfits, planning to bring these simple vacation-friendly pieces!
Both the straw hat and straw/raffia bag that I featured in MAY LOVES arrived and I’m digging them both!
The hat fit perfectly in size small and can be worn with your outfits as a cute accessory and as a practical way to shield your face from the sun!
The bag is great quality and nice size and super cute! I don’t feel like it’s too big to carry as an everyday tote and not to small to function as a beach bag.
I was so torn between the chambray and gingham on this top! The gingham won for me, but I’m still dreaming of the chambray one and thinking how good it would look with white shorts and white jeans!
This ruffled sleeve top is easy breezy goodness! I’m love the cut and pale colors that go particularly well with the safari shorts.
But, I’m super smitten with this smocked mini dress! It will be perfect for throwing on during the day, even over your swimsuit or for a casual dinner out at night. It comes in more colors too!
PRAYING FOR SANTA FE & ALL OF OUR CHILDREN
It’s heartbreaking to witness another school shooting and loss of innocent lives, especially so close to home. Santa Fe, Texas is just south of Houston, about an hour away. I heard about it Friday morning and couldn’t shake the sadness. I cannot imagine ever losing a child and hearing the reports about what the kids went through is devastating.
In our own school, they’ve practiced with drills (similar to what they did in Santa Fe) and I felt punched in the gut when James told me his instructions: “if you’re in the bathroom while there’s a shooting, go into the stall, lock the door, stand on the stool, be very, very quite and pretend you’re not there.” And “play dead” in the classroom if the shooter is in the room.
It’s just not right that our young kids need to be taught these things. And it’s not right that any of our kids lose their lives in this horrific way.
I don’t have the answer to such a complicated situation, but as a mom, I grieve with these families. I’m on my knees, praying for peace and comfort and a solution so that our schools can be safe places for our children. My friend Ailee shared this link to Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America that I’m currently researching so that I can figure out the best way to take action. Perhaps this is a good place to start.
Sending y’all so much love,