pickleball summer

This post has been sponsored by Danone Waters of America. All thoughts and
opinions are my own.

So my husband is weirdly good at tennis and LOVES playing in the warm months. Trouble is, I am not so good! He’s asked for years and years for us to spend time playing, but I never seem to get better– ha! A few years ago we tried out Pickleball, have you played? It’s essentially a mix of tennis + ping pong, and it is so fun! I feel like I was able to pick it up and improve so much faster!Evian US Open Sweepstakes! The differences are: it’s a smaller court, and it takes a lot less force and skill to hit the ball where you want it to go. Let’s just say there’s no such thing as Pickleball elbow 😉 You know you’re in the right place when the other couples on the court are all grey-haired and possibly retired! It is such a great workout and we’re both winded, chugging water and so sweaty after! Since I can actually keep up with him and get a good game going, it’s been such a great way for us to be active together! We’ve even made it a part of our vacations with friends — making sure a court is nearby or on the property where we’re staying — and the boys are getting on the action, too!evian® is packed with natural electrolytes If you buy this evian six pack at any Kroger Store, you’ll see there are sweepstakes to win two tickets to the U.S. Open! You can also just text ‘winevian’ to 24587! This is basically Russ’ dream so we’re guzzling evian like crazy. He watches every year, how fun would it be to go?!  We get these at Kroger which is the very closest grocery store to our home. Kroger is my go-to, so it’s been fun to team up with them so much over the past year or so!What do you guys do to be active with your significant other? Always looking for new ways!

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mine + ours: books #11

July Book Reviews!

I rarely, if ever, do this but I quit not one, but TWO books this month! (The last time was probably 6 years ago and it was Freedom by Jonathan Franzen) it might be my stress levels, a never ending to-do list with the move, not sure but I have the personality that finishes books to the bitter end so it’s shocking maybe to only me!

First– Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore. The story of Milo, a man who has died nearly 10,000 times. He only has a few more shots to hit perfection or he disappears forever, except one problem. He is in love with Death (a woman in the book) and can’t seem to commit to leaving her.

The premise caught my attention and seemed like a super unique and fresh book and it was entertaining and unlike anything I’ve read. I just couldn’t seem to get through it! So I exchanged it on Audible. From what my book club buddies said the content and language is rough throughout and it’s a little dark. Has anyone read this? Did I give up on the best book of my life?

Second — The Girl With Seven Names. This one has thousands of 5 star reviews and was a default merely because I had read “Nothing to Envy” last year and they information and presentation is super similar. I didn’t find myself learning anything I hadn’t already about North Korea so I passed on it! Nothing to Envy shares multiple people’s stories whereas Seven Names is one story, so if you find yourself leaning towards one over the other, maybe that will help make the decision!

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I Can Do That! Books have quickly become go-tos around here. For the church bag, the car, quiet time. Interactive books are our jam and these are great! The dry erase one especially!

Activity Books for Kids!Stickyscapes at the Museum was sent to us to check out and it’s RAD! It’s quirky and wonderful and I might have stolen it from my kids to play with. I love that it has stickers of famous artist and works of art and random other stickers that you can fill in the pages of the museum!Stickyscapes at the Museum

Catch all my past recs here!

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FRYday

Can I just tell you I don’t know how someone swiping would feel but I am EXHAUSTED from the last week of crazy sales. They were truly so good and I had to restrain myself. ENOUGH links already, Em! I apologize if I added to the frenzy! So hard to pass up sharing when they’re that good.

Here’s what is on my mind this week!

EATING: Nutrikid sent me this powdered shake and I’ve been working it into my boys’ smoothies and its a hit! It has 10g of grass-fed protein and a whole heap of vitamins, omegas, probiotics and no sugar! You guys know I have a super picky eater so I am stoked about this! Vanilla is great but they have several flavors here! Us “15OFF” for 15%!

WATCHING: I take it back, I finished Ozarks and it’s dark AF. Then I got my Hulu free trial because I couldn’t take it anymore — everyone talking about Handmaid’s Tail!! I have so much to say on this show. It is dark and gratuitous and uncomfortable, but it is also touching, and so well done. And the subject matter is nothing we haven’t experienced in history which.is.terrifying. I could never recommend it to the general public because it’s a tough, tough watch, but I also think an important one.

Coming off binging both seasons of that, I needed something light. And my friend Kim has been literally bullying me to watch Love Island and I finally did. I’m obsessed. Two eps in. Its a freaking treasure. Anyone else watching?

WEARING:

Kayti gave me this KKW Bake and Brighten or whatever the heck its called and its actually really good. Super happy with it and I got a few people wondering what my highlighter was this week — here she is! I have light and its great for me! It’s not meant to bronze at all, just contour so if it feels too light that’s why! I was also wearing these earrings a Little Sycamore ring in that same video and this lip in Carina.

Today the Nordstrom Sale goes live for all and I have several posts under this one of my favorites if you’re interested. I also finally got around to taking some crappy pics of what I bought. There are so many other pieces I wish I could buy, but this is what shopping the #nsale on a budget looks like! Ha!

Tissue Turtleneck (I got this in green too. I love the idea of it for layering under jackets or sweaters. $15!)

Slim Stretch Crepe Pants — such a great fit on these pants and they come in several colors! Personally I get sick of jeans and love having something different to throw in the rotation when it gets colder! Sneakers and a graphic tee. A long overcoat and heels for dinner, a button down blouse and flats for lunch with friends. $58 down from $89.

Button Detail Crepe Skirt — this is the same brand and material and I am dead over the asymmetrical hem! It has great coverage so you can freely bend and move but it’s still so freaking flattering. The buttons bubble on this one if it’s not a little looser so I’d size up. Or if you’re pretty straight up and down you’d probably be fine with your size? $48 down from $78!

Leith Nik Block Heel — I got these in “taupe” velvet but I think they show more grey or even a dusty lavender. I think they sort of chameleon to whatever you’re wearing which is great! $50 down from $80.

READING: Wonderstruck with my kids! Caldecott winner and I’ve never seen a book like it. It’s coming out to theaters soon and is a mixture of written story and graphic novel! Super cool.

ANTICIPATING: The move, always. Started de-junking my house one drawer at a time. Trying not to get wholly overwhelmed. We have basically one more purchase to make for the necessary decor and then we’re done! I am sure we’ll have lots to add later on but as far as purchases I can make before we’re actually settled in — we’re done! AHHH!

LISTENING: Which brings me to listening. Kind of a strange thing to share but I get asked about this a lot. Am I nervous to move? Absolutely. To put all your eggs in your big dream basket is not meant to be comfortable. To truly go all in. We saved for years. We then spent every dime we have and leveraged whatever we could. We have given every last ounce of ourselves, physically and emotionally. We have hustled harder, stretched thinner, and prayed harder than ever before. I truly don’t know how Russ has done it. Working 15+ hours each day, managing the bids and the draws and the bank. Coming home and showing up for our family, too.

What keeps us going? He says heavy metal, ha. He’s literally pumping himself up with every step, to keep motivated. Thanks for that, Metallica. He also watches this clip by Jocko who is in a higher up in the armed forces every now and then and “Good” has been our inside joke every time something doesn’t go to plan. Which is a lot. So much has been put into this, it’s hard to know how to manage expectations, even after all that its still just a house, and it’s how we live in it and away from it that truly matters. I just pray that this new place fosters the family culture that we’re hoping for, that it brings out the best in us all.

It’s funny that music is keeping him going because it’s keeping me going too! I made myself a playlist of songs that sort of encapsulate what this dream means to me, and to us. It is so much more than a house. And it is meant to heal so much more than a temporal need for a place to live. And one day when it doesn’t feel so tender to the touch maybe I’ll share about it. But I turn on the playlist anytime I get scared, or unsure. I turn it on when I drive to the house and when I leave it, and I feel such immense gratitude. This turned into a novel (what else is new!) but wanted to share for whatever reason.

HUGE HUGE thank you to all of you who messaged me about my school debate yesterday. I am gonna tour both schools and see how it feels!

Have the best weekend everyone!

 

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#nsale best of shoes

Top 13, according to me. 😉

White, Western Edge are two trends you’ll see a lot of this Fall. Combine both with 1. Marc Fisher // 2. Or this Steve Madden option!  // 3. A nice bootie option, love the perforated for something new + exciting! // 4. Love this classic side buckle suede boot. Such a classic staple! // 5.// Isabel Marant look alikes via Charles 6. The tougher, combat, hiking bootie is big for Fall, too! Love this Steve Madden brown pair // 7. // Nike Blazers 8. 9. Hunters for $89?? 10. Like the other hiking pair but basically an exact replica from a designer pair I saw endless celebrities wearing last Fall that I am certain will have staying power this year! I am eyeing this pair hard! 11. Pretty suede heel in several colors with the D’Orsay detailing at the arch! 12. Bought this taupe velvet heel SO FAST. 13. A perfect $60 heel in 4 great colors!

 

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best of #nsale dresses, skirts + pants

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best of #nsale coats

So many beautiful coats this year!!

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#nsale best of beauty

Holy smokes beauty is good this year! My favorite favorite deodorant (3 pack – split with friends or hoard all year long! // My all time favorite primer, eyeliner (basically you get a free lipgloss with it!), my favorite eyeshadow primer + setting spray + a shadow palette too! // Two favorite scents (Miu Miu and Narciso), Favorite Dry Shampoo, Brow Pencil, and so many great deals like 4 Nars Lips for basically $10 each. ENJOY THIS ONE!!

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best of #nsale KIDS

BABY + GEAR (Dock a Tot is $40 off!) Love these Pebble loungers, thinking about them for our loft!, such great deals on strollers and carseats and I love to stock up on cold weather essentials like these zip up bear suits!

BOYS — $18 cleats, Long sleeve tees for $10 in every Fall color, lots of great church shirt deals, Iniki by Adidas (fave!) or perfect emerald green Gazelles, $25 Natives (never happens!) and Hayes already scooped up this tie dye hoodie!

GIRLS -here’s my favorite super cool pieces for one stylish back to school wardrobe!

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best of #nsale HOME

Best of the Nordstrom Sale at home! Marrimekko bedding GALORE! Trying to decide if I might want to entertain some color in my bedroom. Love that #1 or #6 with the striped sheets?? SO cute.

#nsale home

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 //

Also dead over this NYC print for a boys’ room. DARLING! $75 and it comes with that decorative pillow, too!#nsale home

And a few more decor picks!

 

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Quiet Time Tackle Box

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToSchoolGoals18 #CollectiveBias

Currently trying to figure out where the boys are going to school this next year.  There is a great charter school that I would drive them to that spends half the day outside gardening, skiing, etc. Or their zoned public school as well! In our new town the bus comes right to our cul-de-sac to take them to the public school a couple cities over. I haven’t confirmed, but I think the bus ride is pretty long, maybe 30-40 minutes each way? It’s so hard when you’re basically choosing your kids’ future for them, how do you decide? Totally stressed but while I mull it over (procrastinate) I came up with this DIY Quiet Time Box that they can bring in their backpack that (hopefully) follows all their bus driver’s rules while we’re at it!For me Post-It® Notes are hands down MY must have back to school supply. You can’t miss them at your local Walmart, just look for the rainbow folder wall and you’re there!DIY Quiet Time BoxI use them like you wouldn’t believe for my own planning at home and work — if it’s not written down it’s not likely getting done  — and the way they’re stuck to everything around our house you can tell the adoration is wearing off onto the kids, too! I love how versatile they are for a box like this which relies heavily on my boys’ creativity to make things fun. Here’s what I included!Quiet Time Box DIYPost-It notes for writing down stories (I love this Super Cube because it has multiple colors in one block!), playing games, or whatever else they need as a base. Add things to glue on like confetti, string, washi tape, fun scissors, a mini stapler, paperclips, embroidery floss for making bracelets or monster hair, a story telling cube, stickers, mints in case of bus sickness, markers and more!Quiet Time Box DIYIt fits perfectly in their backpacks and since neither of them have textbooks to bring home it doesn’t weigh them down too much and hopefully provides some fun for them and their bus-mates.Quiet Time Box DIYDid any of you grow up with a longer trip to school? Looking for all the personal info you’re willing to share, ha!

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