Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Style: The Magic Pencil Skirt


Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for Summer Style!  It's simple - choose something from each column above, put together an outfit, and share it with The Blended Blog on IG or through our weekly Wednesday link ups.

Today I have a fashion confession.  Until recently, I had never owned a pencil skirt.  Not sure how that's possible, but I'll blame it on 21 years of motherhood, because nobody wants to chase after a toddler in a pencil skirt.

And then I found this magical one by Renee C.  It's a spandex/cotton blend, and holds things in just the right place.  As soon as I put it on I looked ten pounds thinner.  Which is definitely magic.



It also has a fun print, and goes with pretty much everything.  I paired it with a Loft mixed media tank and a turquoise statement necklace.  It's the perfect outfit for almost anything, except maybe chasing toddlers around.

And in the spirit of the "summer of the dress"....



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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Years Went By Too Fast


It's been four days since we unpacked the clothes, made up the new bed, put away all the snacks and school supplies, and tacked the pictures of home onto the walls.  Actually, he did that, which is why they're so.... obviously put up by a boy.  Whose mom kept her mouth shut because it's his space.  Anyway.

There was one last breakfast, then a quick goodbye while I held back the tears. The drive home was long and hot and I finally let those tears flow.  Often.  

When he was born, we brought him home from the hospital, put him in his crib, and said "what do we do with him now?"  On Thursday I walked into the house, looked at his empty bed, and said "what do I do now without him?"

My life isn't over.  I know that a new chapter has begun for him and for me. And my nest isn't really that empty.  My husband and older son are still here, along with Abby and the new puppy.  Yet life as I've known it has definitely changed. Things will never be exactly the same again.  It's not the end of the world, but it's the end of something special.

And I'm just so sad.

I will miss him and almost everything about him.  His sense of humor, his kindness, his hugs, the impromptu dance parties with his brother.  I'll miss watching him compete in cross country and swimming.  I'll miss his wit and intelligence, his smart aleck commentary, and his goofy antics.  I'll miss his friends and the life they brought into our home. 

There are many worse places I could have left him on Thursday.  Jail, rehab, a hospital room. He's alive and healthy, and successful enough to start college and pursue his goals and dreams.  But nothing prepares you to leave a piece of your heart in a dorm room 334 miles away.

I'm just so sad.

I'm sad when I pass his room, and see everything neat and tidy, with every dresser drawer closed.  Sad when I fold the last bits of laundry he left at home. Sad when I look outside and see his car in the driveway.  Sad when I realize he won't be coming in the door to ask me to make chicken pot pie for dinner.

I know things will get better, as everything does with time.  We'll all find our new normal. I'll always be his mom, and he'll still need me, in different ways.

Still, I'm just so sad.

The years went by too fast.  It seems like there's so much time, until suddenly there isn't. And if I could, I'd go back and do it all again.  I'd bring home that little baby, lay him in his crib, and whisper in his ear that the next eighteen years were going to be the best years of my life.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Summer Of The Dress


Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for Summer Style!  It's simple - choose something from each column above, put together an outfit, and share it with The Blended Blog on IG or through our weekly Wednesday link ups.

A few months ago, I named this "the summer of the dress".  Apparently it's also the summer of pink.  So, I give you two pink dresses, one with a fun print, and one that's, um....monochromatic?





Before we get to the link up, I'd like to apologize for my lack of engagement in the blogosphere the last few weeks.  Getting a kid ready for college is no joke! The car is packed and today we're on our way to drop him off.  Any good thoughts and positive vibes would be appreciated.  I'll be back on Friday to let you know how it went.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer Style: Scarf


Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for Summer Style!  It's simple - choose something from each column above, put together an outfit, and share it with The Blended Blog on IG or through our weekly Wednesday link ups.

In the Pacific Northwest, we generally have mild temperatures and low humidity, so I often wear lightweight scarves during the summer, especially in the morning before the clouds burn off.  I love the fun print and bright pink tassels on this one!



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Monday, August 8, 2016

Summer Series: The Oregon Coast


Today I'm at The Blended Blog, talking about the Oregon Coast. I hope you'll click over to see pictures of this beautiful place and read about how much it means to my family!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summer Style: Another Dress


Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for Summer Style!  It's simple - choose something from each column above, put together an outfit, and share it with The Blended Blog on IG or through our weekly Wednesday link ups.

Since I've declared this the summer of the dress, and because I promised to actually put on an outfit and take a picture this week, I've got another maxi to share today.



I love the fun print and pretty colors in this dress.  It was a little long with flat sandals, so I tied it up in the front.  I'm going to be so sad when the summer of the dress is over and I have to wear pants again!

Speaking of fall, I shared these Converse on IG today.  The color is "powder purple" and they may find their way into my closet soon.




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Monday, August 1, 2016

Christmas in July

Blogger Gift Exchange

I may not be ready for cold weather and the holidays yet, but I'm always up for a Christmas gift exchange in July, especially if it involves my friends from The Blended Blog.  There were no rules other than a $20 limit, and I can't wait to hop around and see what everyone got!

My secret Santa was Nicole.  Poor Nicole - her gift to me got lost and didn't arrive yet.  She kept apologizing, but really, I should apologize to her.  Almost every time I participate in a gift exchange there is some technical difficulty.  So, probably my fault.  I know when it gets here I'll love it!


I'm so happy to have met Nicole through blogging.  She's a super busy lady with four daughters and a major talent for photography.  Right now she's documenting her weight loss journey on her blog, and I am continually inspired by her.  Several times a week, when I'm wavering on my own healthy eating/fitness program, I think "what would Nicole do?", and it always puts me back on the right track.  She's amazing, and you should definitely go read her story.  We'll finally get to meet in person next year and I can't wait!


I sent a gift off to another one of my favorites, Sarah.  We met in Vegas this year, and I felt an instant friendship with her.  Her positive attitude and beautiful family always make me smile.  Be sure to head over and see what she got, and hop around to the other ladies to see what Christmas in July looks like!

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