Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Luscious List

Athleta is having their big summer sale. You can save an extra 20% with the code EXTRA20. I love this top (especially the thumb holes) and these shorts, but they don't have my size. I ordered the blue workout capris and love them. They are so soft and comfortable. These will be a staple in the cooler weather. The cap sleeve rash guard I got from here is sold out, but they have the long-sleeve available in a few colors. I also love the gray top below.

I mentioned this watch in my Nordstrom Sale favorites post, but it has sold out. My runner-up pick is this one by Michael Kors. I've never been much of a watch person and every fall I contemplate getting one, but I never do. I love gold jewelry so I would definitely choose gold over silver.  

I just printed this free wall art I found on Pinterest:

I am loving shirtdress from Banana Republic for fall. I really don't want to be thinking about fall yet, but this stood out as I was browsing the new arrivals.

My week started off great as I had a fun girls dinner Monday night with two close friends at Harvest Grill. Unfortunately, Ellie woke up with a high fever yesterday morning so that was sad especially on a hot summer day. She basically slept all day and didn't eat much and I gave her Advil to bring down her fever. She slept with me last night and woke up with a slight fever this morning. She is more like herself so hopefully she will be all better tomorrow. I'm really hoping Summer doesn't pick it up.

Hope you are having a great week!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and prices go back up August 4th. I love that they include beauty, jewelry, and home in this sale. Now is the time to order Frye boots for fall. I bought my first pair last year and I love them. You can save over $100 by ordering now. These are my favorites!
Happy Shopping!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Luscious List

I went to the mall this week and this necklace is on my wishlist. I love the grey one, but I don't like the stones on the border. I'll wait for a 40% sale for the turquoise one.

Gap was also having a sale on top of their sale. I got some great items for Summer, including this adorable blue leopard print dress for only a couple bucks! I also couldn't resist the "Oh Hey, Summer!" tank.

American Eagle is having 20% off everything in store and online. Plus, and extra 40% off clearance. I got this top for only $15. It is better than I expected. The fabric is very light and perfect for hot days. I love the bright orange. I also love this tank and this dress.

I received this fabric paint and I'm hoping to get started on painting our dining room curtains this weekend.

Yesterday my Mom, the girls and I, and my niece and nephew went to the city to Art Splash. We did this last year, too. This year there were two sandboxes filled with pink sand. Of course, it was a hit. I knew there was a good chance Ellie would be playing in the dirt so I threw the tank in last minute to go with the shorts she was wearing underneath the dress she insisted on wearing. Pink sand + sprinklers = a big mess. The sand really didn't come off in the water, but it did come out of her clothes in the wash. The kids had a blast playing in the sandboxes and they looked adorable in pink. Summer didn't go in so I chased her all over the place (since she loves running from me) and watched the kids play. On the way home we all stopped at Custard and Cakes Creamery for ice cream. I highly recommend this place. They are known for their ice cream cakes, which I have eaten twice in the past 3 weeks. It was a very fun afternoon!

A new hairstyle for Summer. I do this to Ellie's hair and this will definitely be a regular for her. So cute!
 Summer also insists on eating a banana now all by herself:
 Visiting family today and Ellie decided to entertain herself by rolling down the hill. Fun!
 She fell asleep in the car on the drive home and was still groggy so she watched an episode of Wally Kazam. That show is kind of odd. But, I always hear her laughing which makes me smile.
Then, we went outside to have a snack and play while Summer napped. Ellie was content playing in the water table so I brought out a couple magazines and my iced coffee and relaxed for a bit. This never happens during the day. If she is outside playing I am usually weeding or playing with her. I really should relax more often when Summer is napping! The weather was perfect today.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Spray Painting DIY Projects

I bought this sphere at Target on clearance for $5. I didn't love the metallic gray so I decided to try gold. I don't know if it's the color of the paint or the fact that I was painting over an already dark color, but I didn't like the dark gold. I was hoping it would be lighter. So, I did another coat of purple and love it!

When I painted the sphere the first time I put it on a canvas and it didn't adhere well. The second time I hung it on an "S" hook on a perfect branch in our yard. Now I know to do that for the future. I will just put the imperfect side down on the table. 

Ellie chose the purple paint for her chairs in our backyard. We were at Home Depot and I let her pick any color she wanted. Great choice! The new purple chairs look amazing. I got these cute little Fisher Price chairs at a garage sale for 25 cents each. This was one of those projects I asked myself why I didn't do this sooner. Love the color!

I used Rustoleum's Grape in Gloss (the same purple for the sphere). The chairs are plastic so I sprayed a few layers and did a couple touch-ups this morning. 

The chairs fit perfectly with this $2 Ikea table I picked up at a consignment shop. Ellie and I colored and did a puzzle using her "new" table and chairs.

I finally spray painted our umbrella stand from a light wood to a darker one using Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. It makes such a difference!

A few weeks ago I picked up this lamp on the side of the road- in a torrential downpour. I'm glad I grabbed it though because not only was it free and it works, but I love the shape. I went for a bright turquoise. Now I just have to find the perfect shade for it. I've already looked at Target and Home Goods. Next I will try Bed, Bath, and Beyond where I found our bedroom lamp shades. I'd prefer a white shade, but it has to be big enough to be in proportion to the base.

I also have plans to do these- a safari lamp and these two swans I found at a consignment shop for cheap. I plan to use them as bookends. I just have to decide on a color.

I love that spray painting is such an easy and inexpensive way to transform something. Have you spray painted anything lately? What are your favorite colors? The Rustoleum Grape is now one of my favorites.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Life Lately: Summer Days

I love iced coffee in the summer time. I've been really good about making my own at home instead of spending money at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. If I am buying it then either I'm treating myself or it's "one of those days." I'm still skipping the sugar at home and I just add organic 1% milk. I make a pot of coffee the night before and put the pot in the fridge so it's ready first thing in the morning. It has been so nice not to have to make it every morning, especially the mornings that I'm up early (5am) to run. I've been using this coffee from Whole Foods for $5. Can't beat the price. Plus, it's delicious.

This week Ellie is doing a soccer camp in the mornings from 9-10:00 am. It's at a park just a few minutes from our house. It's where I grew up playing soccer. It's for ages 3 and 4 and I signed her up last minute just to do something different. Usually we are at a playground at this time in the morning so this week we are switching it up. She got her own ball and a t-shirt and the total cost for the week was only $30. So cheap! Plus, I'm meeting new Moms so it's a plus for me, too. Ellie is having fun and that's all that matters!

Since coming home from the shore I feel like I have been so busy non-stop. I had a ton of wash and cleaning to do last week and I'm trying to get some house projects done. I rarely will do errands anymore with the girls because it is!! It takes three times as long and usually I can only get in one errand (if it were me by myself I would be a lot quicker and obviously get more done). Plus, Summer doesn't want to be in the cart anymore, but if she is out she just wants to run and I'm chasing her. This week I ran into TJ Maxx to do a return and at the counter I had to chase Summer out the door. And Ellie still wants to be held sometimes. I felt so worn out last week and just exhausted.

Even taking the girls to the pool is exhausting because Summer has no fear at 14 months and I am following her everywhere. This is her in the first picture running from me as I tried to get her to stand still. The only time I get a break is when I sit down to feed Summer or strap her in the stroller! She is lucky she is so cute and a happy little girl! She always makes me smile. My Mom and I have been going together and she will watch Ellie in the middle pool (pictured below). My Mom's arm is still recovering from her fracture so she cannot pick up Summer. This is where we usually hang out since the water gradually gets deeper, but only to 3 feet. Ellie wears her puddle jumpers and will "swim" and play where she can stand. We sometimes hang out in the baby pool, too.

I love this strawberry suit Summer is wearing. It used to be Ellie's and I had bought it at Babies R Us. It's so cute! I had just gone in the pool (after putting Summer in the stroller for a few). So refreshing!

Because I have been so busy I treated myself to an hour massage last Friday at my favorite spa, 3000 B.C. in Chestnut Hill. Beverly does amazing work. It was so relaxing and much needed. I definitely recommend this spa. I also see Leigh Ann for waxing. She is great, too. Plus, it's in such a lovely area. Sometimes I will eat lunch (alone) at Cake or walk the Avenue window shopping.

I know many other Moms can relate. Although I love Summer's age right now, it's a lot of work especially with a toddler. Summer is learning so much and it's so fun watching her grow. She understands everything I say and without being verbal she will do what I ask. She loves to play and is such a happy, smiling girl. And, Ellie is such a great big sister. She is my little helper with Summer and can help make my days easier. Ellie still doesn't nap so my days are long. We will read books and I will play with her and do arts and crafts during Summer's long afternoon naps, but there are days where I also just need a break and I don't feel guilty letting her watch a couple shows. She is also at the age where she uses her imagination to play and I love listening to her.

Reading books this week and snuggling on the couch:

Here the girls are using a chair to play with all their toys and build a fort. I also have to add that I love Summer's dress. Another one of Ellie's that I saved (I saved all of her stuff) and it's in great condition. It's from Nordstrom Rack. Ellie wore it HERE.