Friday, September 4, 2015

August Gratitude In Numbers

Another month has come to a close!  Today I'm sharing my gratitude in numbers, and on Monday I'll be linking up with the lovely Deena at Shoes To Shiraz - you should join us! Here's what I'm grateful for this month...

--290 dogs washed and over $6,000 raised during the annual Scrub A Mutt fundraiser.  Great fun was had by both the dogs and the humans.  The weather was beautiful, nobody bit anybody, and I was only soaking wet for half the day.

--1 twelve year old.  My niece had a birthday this month!  She's the only girl in a sea of boy cousins, and she's smart, funny and pretty darn adorable.  So grateful for her in my life.

--28 days of sunshine.  The weather was glorious this month - until last weekend, when it all came crashing down (literally) with an historic rain/wind storm.  It seems that fall has abruptly arrived.  But I will always be grateful for summer...

--2 boxes of peaches.  My husband went over the mountains on business and returned with fresh picked, delicious peaches.  We've been eating them every which way - in pies, over ice cream, with every meal.  SO good.

--4 scones, 2 lemonades, 1 onion burger, 1 elephant ear, hundreds of animals.  It's time for the fair!  Usually the boys and I go, but this year they were both busy and we couldn't make anything work.  So my husband surprised me with a fair date, which is a big deal for him.  He's super allergic to hay, so he spent the whole time sneezing and snuffling. We ate our way through the day, saw Clydesdale horses and baby piglets, and had a great time. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How I Style Chambray

I'm joining Jill at Doused In Pink today for her How I Style It linkup.  The theme this month is chambray.

This 3/4 sleeve popover from Old Navy (similar) is a perfect fall transition piece. I paired it with gray shorts and converse, and added a dash of pink for some color.  As the weather gets colder I'll be able to wear this shirt with jeans or camo pants and a jacket.

Speaking of transitions, my friend Carrie at A Lovely Little Wardrobe will be sharing a 27 piece capsule wardrobe this month, with suggestions on how to remix the pieces.  Carrie is the queen of remixing and I know she will come up with some great outfits, so be sure to check her out.

Finally, it's time for the WearWhatWhere September style challenge.  I love having prompts every day to help me figure out what to wear.

Be sure to come back on Friday when I'll be sharing my monthly gratitude in numbers!

Linking up today with Get Your Pretty OnThe Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayCharming FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style It

Monday, August 31, 2015

Motivational Monday XXII

While all eyes were on Erika's path towards the East Coast, the Pacific Northwest decided to have a big storm of its own this weekend.

On Saturday we had 60 mph winds and several inches of rain - not unusual in winter, but record breaking for August.  Our power was out for over fifteen hours, and every store in town was closed.

We decided to make the best of things and pretend like we were camping out. My husband cooked homemade pizza on the grill and popcorn over the propane stove.  We played games and sang songs along with a battery operated radio - our kids thought turning the dial to find stations was hysterical and so much work.  Sigh.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Reminder About Teens & Cardiac Arrest

This is the fourth time I've shared this post, and for those who have already read it, I'm sorry to be so repetitive.  If you're new to my blog, please pass this along to any teens in your life. School and fall sports are in full swing around the country, and knowing this important information could save a life.


Those words shouldn't be in the same sentence.  

Unfortunately, sudden heart failure is the leading cause of death in teen athletes.  It's estimated that a young athlete suffers cardiac arrest every three days in the U.S.

Sudden cardiac arrest usually occurs during or right after exercise and there are no warning symptoms.  The heart stops pumping adequately and the child loses consciousness.  Unless a normal heart rhythm can be restored quickly, death will follow.

Scary stuff.  Tragically, these deaths are preventable in most cases.  A simple heart health screening, which involves a medical history and an ECG, will detect most cardiac abnormalities. If there is an issue, it can be addressed before it turns deadly.

Both of my boys are athletes, but I had no idea about this until a young man in our community died  suddenly after a football game.  His mother formed The Nick of Time Foundation, a wonderful organization that provides heart health screenings at local schools and helps to educate the community about this problem.

C and T have both been screened, and it only took thirty minutes from start to finish. Your child's doctor can perform the ECG or give you a referral to a cardiac specialist.

Mandatory heart health screenings should be included in every sports physical before a student can participate. It makes sense to be sure their hearts are capable of strenuous activity.  

So many of the things that can hurt our teens are out of our control.  But this isn't one of them. And no parent should have to suffer the loss that Nick's mother did after that football game.


I'll be linking up with Deena on Monday for The Nostalgic Series.  Be sure to head over and read all the great posts!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dog Days Of Summer

I've always called this time of year "the dog days of summer".  When everyone is thinking about fall and back to school, jeans and boots and books - but the weather is saying summer and shorts and swimming pools.

(On a side note, and for my own curiosity, I looked up what "the dog days of summer" really means.  It actually refers to the rising of the dog star, Sirius, and it's conjunction with the sun, which typically occurs from July 3rd to August 11th. So I'm about two weeks off - oh well).

I have to admit that I've been spending most of my time in sweats, tshirts, and yoga pants. Taking care of my mom has been like having an infant in the house again.  Because she's right handed, and broke her right arm, she's very limited in what she can do for herself.  But surgery went well yesterday and hopefully she's on the mend.

Today I actually got dressed for a lunch date with some friends.  I love this lime green top and white shorts - perfect for the "dog days"!

Linking up today with Get Your Pretty OnThe Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayCharming FridayPumps and Pushups

Monday, August 24, 2015

Motivational Monday XXI

My family and I spent a happy weekend volunteering for our friends and their non-profit organization.  Even though it was hard work, the smiles were worth every minute.

I would appreciate any prayers or good wishes for my mom today.  Her broken arm hasn't healed properly, so she will be having surgery to stabilize the bone with a metal plate, and hopefully she will finally start feeling better soon.

Have a wonderful week! 

Friday, August 21, 2015

What Inspires Me

Linking up with the Style Me sistas today to blog about the things that inspire us.  I love this topic, because as I get older, I've come to realize that something inspires me almost every day.  Some days I have to look a little harder, but it's there.

--Being outside.  No matter what, I can always get inspiration by simply going outside. Every morning, except in the very worst weather, I spend at least a few minutes on my deck. I love to breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds or rain, and think about the day ahead. If only I enjoyed coffee, this little scene would be perfect. And having my deck at the beach would be even more perfect. 

--Doing volunteer work.  Both the people who need a little help, and those that are doing the helping inspire me.  There are some truly amazing things being done in this world through the hands of volunteers.  It's awe-inspiring, actually.

--The family and friends in my daily life.  My grandparents, my mom, my husband, my boys, my friends.  Every one of them are strong, kind and loving. There's nothing more inspiring than that.

--Bloggers.  If I'm feeling down, anxious, afraid or sad, I can go online and start reading.  I always find some sort of inspiration from my blogging friends.

Speaking of which, this is the last link up from the Style Me Bloggers as we've come to know them.  It's been my privilege to meet and work with this great group of women.  We've grown and evolved together, and made lasting friendships.  But don't worry - it's not over! I'm excited to announce that we'll be back later this year with a new collective called The Blended Blog.  We'll be writing about a wide range of topics, and hopefully adding guest posters as we go along.  More to come soon!

In the meantime, be sure to check out the other ladies to see what inspires them, and link up with us below.

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