Hey all! We had a great week at the beach. My hubby was able to stay for half the week and the remainder of the week I spent with my nephew and bubs.
It was a lot of fun just hanging out with them and also not hanging out with them….reading my books, sitting on the beach…listening to just the waves…it was a bit of a retreat for me;)
These too are frick and frack….I love them so:) Such good boys!
I have read several great books already this summer and I wanted to share a couple of them with you. I don’t know why…but in the summertime I tend to read more than I do the whole entire year. I guess I just try to slow down a little bit and not work quite as much take a little bit more time for myself and my family. I do have a fun project coming up this week along with some fun summer inspiration. Last year you might remember we celebrated summer creating red white and blue projects,crafts & recipes. I joined in the fun again this year and we have even more summer fun to share. That post will go up on Thursday this week so be sure to check in on Thursday at 8 o’clock Eastern Time. You will be able to follow along on Pinterest and your favorite social channels to see all the bloggers that are participating. If you are having any kind of summer get together as you will want to be sure to check it out.
I hope that you are having a good end of school year / beginning of summer. Tomorrow I’m going to be sharing some awesome features from the link party last week. Until then here are a few summer reads to get into your bag for the pool this year. Each one of them I have not been able to put down! I love it when that happens. Happy Monday friends! (affiliate link below)
The pageantry of Mad Men will come to a close this Sunday. Oh boy am I going to miss the show. I started watching on Netflix about 3 years ago and have been hooked ever since. I don’t know if it is the incredible set design… the costumes that are so on point to the decade of the characters or if it is the characters that you really do love to hate…. Eye. Candy.
It is an emotional rollercoaster. One moment you’re cheering for Don as he figures out a character flaw that he’s had all this time and the next moment he falls from grace once again. Or Betty his ex wife who with-holds her love for everybody…is a stuck up snob…and only seems to be happy when someone else is miserable…including her own daughter Sally…..but yet at the same time you just want her to be happy….so complex….
She’s a mommy Dearest that dresses to the nines at all times and her hair perfectly coiffed….Grace Kelly bob…perfectly Aqua-netted. I loved seeing what she was going to wear every episode.
I remember some of these images as a child of the mid 70’s….going out for dinner and seeing the cigarette machines right next to the candy machines…Pull the knob and cigarettes would come tumbling out. The bright fashions and furniture of that decade….the rise of woman and their place in a work environment.
And then there’s Peggy….who starts the series as a Secretary….and ends up to be head of copy-writing….Seeing her character evolve has been so enlightening.
The whole show has been a fascinating story of the 50’s through the 70’s….and all I can think is what happens to all these characters as they enter the 80’s and 90’s….boy I am going to miss this show.
If you haven’t gotten hooked yet….make it your next Netflix marathon. It will not disappoint.
AMC has a little MadMen Yourself into a set….of course I had to participate:)
Have a great weekend friends!
Respect yourself so that others will do the same.
Spending time alone is not awful. You don’t always need to be where “everyone else” is.
Everyone can have a bad day…even a good mother.
Life is full of challenges but there’s always someone somewhere that has a challenge that’s heavier than yours.
Always listen to yourself first because 9 times out of 10 that’s the best answer.
When you count to 10 and ask the Lord for patience….He usually will send you some.
The seawater will cure pimples. (true story)
If you show a kid of food often enough they will eventually try it. Even spinach.
Remember to always play a little bit every day.
Cutting a child’s hair short every year to help it “thicken” does NOT work. (sorry mom, had to get that one in there…. #dorothyhamilfordays)
My mom loves me even when I’m a complete brat. She’s my biggest cheerleader. She has always supported all of my crazy endeavors.
I know that I make her proud. My mom stayed home to raise us. She sacrificed a lot and that is never forgotten.
I hope she knows that I think she’s done a great job raising three kids to be happy, healthy and productive people.
And being a mom myself I know how hard of a job it is.
Happy Mother’s Day friends!
Hey yall! We made it to Friday! I have had a productive week but nothing really that I can share with you… at least right now. I was browsing on Etsy a few nights this week and came up with a few things to share…all of these Mother’s Day gifts are all thoughtful priced very reasonably. Unique gifts that are personal always wins!
(sources and buying list is at bottom of post)
I also wanted to share with you a few amazing books. Both of these books I literally picked up and could not put down. I love it when a book captures you right away. Both of these would make great teacher gifts or mothers day gifts maybe packaged together in a little pool bag. Ready for summer reading! The first book I read was called Sarah’s Key. It was heavy….in terms of the subject matter. Took place in the 1940’s in France. Follows a young Jewish girl named Sarah and her family. There was a huge roundup of French Jewish citizens…who were eventually taken to Auschwitz. I had no idea that this actually had taken place until I read this book. It was heavy material but yet so captivating and I was so glad that I read it. I typically don’t read books like this but I would read this one again and again.
The second book that I read was called A Hundred Summers. I started this book when we left the beach and I finished it when we pulled into our driveway. I literally read the entire way in the car on the way home. I had to apologize to my husband for literally not speaking a word on the way home. It was a book that grabbed me and just I wanted to see what happened…. so so so good. I was chatting with the author on Instagram and she told me that her sequel to this book will be out soon. Don’t you love social media sometimes?? Chatting directly with the author of a book that you just finished!! So cool!
So what should I read now?? Do tell!!
Buying list to my picks…..all can be found on etsy!
Custom Rolling Pin
Fishy Iphone Case
Green Stone earrings
Funny T shirt
Handmade Soap Club
I pulled a winner for the Nespresso!!! Congrats to Dani B!!!
Have a great weekend friends!
We rarely took a spring vacation when I was growing up. It didn’t seem like many people did actually. When I was in high school we lived in Wisconsin so to travel anywhere south/warm you were going to be in the car for at least 24 hours. I don’t remember ever being bummed about it. It forced my brothers and I to hang out…like going bowling together…( I can still probably beat him;) We enjoyed sleeping in… maybe going out to lunch just hanging around doing stuff we didn’t get to normally do during the school week.
When Break. A break from school a break…from friends.. a break from routine… a break. Reconnecting…. taking naps…. listening to quiet….spending time playing cards or checkers or talking for an hour about what kind of queso you like best.
Life can be so busy when you let it be…and I do not do well with total busy-ness. There will be a day…it is coming soon when our kids will go on spring break and college trips with friends and begin their life outside of our family. We encourage that. Some days we look forward to that. I suppose that is our number one job as parents to help them to become independent, caring, good citizens. If we’ve done our job they won’t be coming on spring vacation with us forever and that’s okay. But until then we are definitely going to enjoy our time together. Not just enjoy our time…but fully be there. Step away from the technology….no need to share every moment. Leave some of those moments in your memory instead of online.
A break can happen anywhere….no need to leave town to pause and unplug. Soak it in…happy spring friends:)