2.19.2018

Currently Coveting: For The Home

Spring fever has started, which for a Midwestern is rough. At least two months of cold weather to go, and counting. For those of you in warmer climates, I want to be you. 
With Spring Fever comes the urge to purge, one of my all time favorite hobbies (you wouldn't know it if you saw my kids rooms, but I swear it is true). And the biggest bonus of emptying clutter is seeing the spaces you are in more clearly and what might be added. 
Smartly, of course. 
After the clean out is done, add a few items to enhance your space. And of course make you happy, most importantly. 
Here is what is on my current wish list. 
1. This pretty mirror would bring some whimsy to the dining room. 2. Always on the hunt for a good runner, loving this one 
3. A modern print would add a great mix to usual antique wall art  4. Worship these ceramic canisters for pretty open shelf storage  
5. Mary could use these pink velvet drapes in her room. Other colors and great price  
6. An abstract painting that would bring some color into a space  
7. Blooming magnolia branches before the real thing starts. Silk is also an option, really 
8. Our family room couch needs a refresh. Thinking these bloom and print pillows would be a good mix  
9. A large white washed platter for my coffee table to hold remote/candle/candy 
10. An extra set of silverware in brass is so fun. These are on super sale 
11. Our kitchen has no clock, its weird. This wood one would bring some warmth 
12. I have a few of these classic French glasses and they are perfect for little hands. and big clumsy ones too.  
13. Having a few favorite photos in black and white  placed in these rose gold frames would be SO pretty  
14. A marble butter keeper to feel fancy for under $20

xo
Erin 


2.16.2018

Take the Time



Last night I decided to be selfish. Well, not really selfish, but have my own moment. A moment that was just about me. About relaxing my tired legs, abandoning my brain full of checklists, and refreshing my dull skin. 

While the kids were on iPads before dinner time, a common occurrence each night, I poured myself a bath and a glass of wine. I sprinkled the hot water with bath salt and painted on a charcoal mask. Then I climbed in and watched the RHOBH. I checked out. For thirty straight minutes, uninterrupted (thank you Apple). And it felt like I was doing something so incredibly decadent. Which is hilarious, right? But to leave so many other things left undone and just do what felt like what exactly was needed for me right then was a treat. Normally I would have been doing a combo of cooking, returning emails/texts, folding laundry, and general tidying up. 

But to leave all that  undone, unanswered, and waiting was a departure for me. 

It is tough since the modern woman is everything to everyone. Which is important and lovely and inspiring. But what we might all lack the most is fulfilling no role at all for a moment a day/week/month. Where you are doing a singular good for yourself and not anything else or for anyone else.  

Relaxing is tough knowing that there are emails that need to be answered, grocery lists to be made, laundry to be folded, new business to be won, and of course, the needs of the children. I have no complaints in doing any of these tasks, in fact I live for some of them. But the fact that there is a need to complete so many tasks in order to give me peace of mind is so lame. 

But last night I changed that. And it felt great and slightly powerful. It was not a convenient time for a moment for myself, but when is there ever. 

So my hope in sharing this is that you check in with yourself this weekend at some point. Stop all the life swirling around you and find what you might need. A quiet walk outside, a face mask and an extra long shower, a warm coffee and a magazine, your favorite workout class. Whatever it is, do it alone, do it for yourself, and turn off your phone. 

Happy Weekend. 
xo
Erin 

ps: In case you are wondering what products I used. This bath salt, and this pore cleaning mask. Then I slathered on my go to and spritzed on this rosewater mist that I am obsessed with. Oh, and I sipped this wine. a favorite. 


2.12.2018

What I Wore Last Week

How was your weekend? We were snowed in, so there was a lot of lounging and snuggling. And although you would think that the snow would have kept us in, there was also a lot of fun had with friends and even a concert seeing one of our favorites

While I did of course wear more than three outfits last week, these were the only ones worth sharing. I do repeat a lot and decided you did not need to see my heavy rotation of leggings and activewear again. But I did love these three looks. Easy, comfy, and just dressed up enough for what I was doing. 

From Left: 
I cannot tell you how many times I have worn this chambray shirt and jogger look. They are both crazy soft and feel like pajamas. I also rely on these bow slip ons a lot. Pink is sold out, but white is on sale. She just came out with a mule pair as well. 

I snagged this cashmere t-shirt sweater from my last post and I want three more. So easy to pair with my favorite jeans (worn them so much those rips happened, time for a new pair), a little cross body Valentino, and velvet slippers (similar). 

This sweet sweater was on sale (sold out, but this is similar and so great. I want it in green) and I bought it a size bigger to get a slouchy look. These Rag & Bone booties (now 50% off and more colors on sale) and Hudson skinnies (also on sale) are also on constant repeat this winter. Those jeans pull you in like nothing else I own. I am loving this little bucket in burgundy (comes in 12 colors) and the lip I am wearing is a great layering lip color by Glossier in Crush

Cheers to another week! 
xo
Erin 







2.06.2018

A Mix and Match Winter Capsule for Your Closet

After sharing a week of outfits to you all, I realized that my closet needed some holes filled (I need a pair of these and maybe this). Most importantly, interchangeable pieces that I can wear for a daytime meeting/lunch or a night out. Put together, but not fussy, and items that can be worn practically anywhere. 

When I say night out, I no longer mean a "going out top" and sky high heels. Although I do enjoy that once in awhile. I mean cozy dinners with friends and date nights at our local favorite. Pulled together and interesting, but not trying too hard. 

This is a true capsule where every piece fits together. I know that longevity and worth while investment is important to all of us. So here are 12 tops and 8 bottoms that could be worn with each other. I gravitated towards interesting knits with maybe a hint of skin and silky tops that can be worn loose or tucked depending on your mood. I really love the combinations and with a few of each category there could be many outfits to last well into Spring. 

1. This Sezane sweater can be worn both ways and I love the bow / 2. This poncho is so chic and cozy, perfect to wear as a layering piece / 3. A v neck top with sweet bows in soft silk (other colors) / 4. I live for a silk shell. Shows off shoulders and comes in other colors  / 5. The sleeves of this gray sweater keep it interesting / 6. A nod to pajamas, this silk shirt is SO good / 7. This off the shoulder sweater is a little longer to wear with slim pants or tucked into trousers / 8. And this darling ruffle sweater is sweet as can be / 9. This is a one shoulder sweater and it looks SO great in white / 10. A cashmere crew sweater in a fun print to switch things up (also comes in solid colors) / 11. You can wear this pink silk shirt in so many ways / 12. A cashmere v neck you will wear for years (other colors)

1. Straight leg is the new skinny and this vintage look is classic / 2. An uber flattering tie waist pant to tuck any of the above in (other colors) / 3. These skinny jeans are like wearing spanx and so comfy. love the dark wash to dress it up / 4. These are J. Crew's best selling pant but with a higher waist to pull you in (other colors) / 5. A silky pull on pant that will feel like sweats, but look like suiting (other colors)WANT / 6. I swear a pink track pant goes with anything. so fun! / 7. Another classic cropped jean, but in a darker wash. I really want these / 8. A cropped knit pant that has glowing reviews. They scream cool and comfy. Also in gray 

Thoughts? Any questions on how to pull these things together? 
Narrowing the selection will be hard for me! 

xo
Erin 

2.01.2018

What to get your Sweethearts (and yourself) this Valentine's Day

It is always hilarious and lame when you see the Valentine's Day swag the second the Christmas decor comes down at every store in January. BUT, Winter is even lamer and January is the longest stretch of gray if there ever was one. So I am kind of getting it. February first felt appropriate to bring the love and hearts and all the other sweet stuff. 

Matt and I are not a "let's exchange presents" kind of couple for Valentine's Day. Are you? If we were, this would all be on my list. Luckily for me, a gift to myself for Valentine's is a long standing tradition since my early single days. 

And guys that are reading, get her something! It will never NOT go over well.

I also put together a little list for the kids and a few ideas of the guys if you are feeling extra loving this year. 

1. A soft silk PJ set that screams luxury, but at an amazing price. / 2. A name necklace รก la Carrie Bradshaw that I am loving / 3. A cashmere sweater that will blow her mind. This sweet sweater is closer to earth and sweet too.  / 4. A beautiful new leather wallet with her monogram / 5. A cozy blanket because she is always cold  / 6. A set of rose scented products that everyone is talking about. / 7. Watermelon Glow Sleep Mask that I am currently obsessed with / 8. Rose gold sunglasses that are the coolest / 9. Bring home these champagne bears and a bottle of the good stuff / 10. A classic pj set with sweet little hearts. Love this one too / 11. Soft suede moccasins she will live in. 

For the kiddos
1. Love this t-shirt for boys / 2. A killer unicorn piggy bank / 3. Glow in the dark stars for their room is always a winner / 4. Rainbow water bottle / 5. A candy necklace / 6. Red Ray Bans / 7. A waterproof bluetooth speaker for the shower or poolside/ 8. Dying over these baby pink Adidas slides / 9. The best selection of candy from Dylan's Candy Bar / 10. A cute tee for the girls. This is cute too / 11. Sparkly heart necklace / 12. A classic rugby for the boys 

A few ideas for the guys
Clockwise from Top Left: Cocktail Courier will send everything your man needs to make the perfect cocktail / A new iPhone case that hides a few cards and money inside / A great duffel for those weekends away / A red terry sweatshirt because he would be cute in it. 

xo
Erin 


1.30.2018

What I Wore Last Week

One thing that I have tried not to do on this blog or Instagram is pretend. There are so many bloggers out there that do the best job of putting looks together and posting the most perfect pictures (no judgement I love them too!). And some are doing that for real, but many are staging photo shoots with racks of clothes from advertisers a couple times a month and pushing the shots as if they are wearing things real time. I prefer to do things as they happen and be as authentic as possible for you all. Selfies feel pretty ridiculous, but it is what I get comments on to do more of all the time. So I thought I would try and post weekly outfits here. Maybe not every outfit every week (hello raggy pjs), but pieces that I love and you might too. 

From Top Left: 
Monday included pilates and errands. That means the coziest Zara jacket EVER that is sadly sold out. This is similar and this. My go to leggings, this cute Gap sweatshirt (on sale), and my beloved wedge boots lined with shearling. 

I had a meeting Tuesday night, which gave me an excuse to wear my favorite silk button down (similar) with these velvet jeans (on sale, true to size). I LOVE this color combo and the booties (on sale) kept it comfortable. 

Wednesday I had pilates and had to meet a photographer for a property. So I wore my work out clothes under this striped sweater (on sale), my Uggs, and the classic Chateau Parka (on sale) from J. Crew. 

Bottom Left: 
Thursday I had a tennis match and wore this cute tennis dress (on super sale!) from J. Crew with these Gap compression leggings underneath. I absolutely love these kicks from Zara too. 

Friday I had pilates in the morning and then met a friend for a movie date. I hid my workout clothes under this super soft sweater (this is similar and this) and wore these easy slip ons in pink velvet (on sale $29!). And yes, I have the same hair as the day before because I am living my best life. 

Saturday evening we had dinner with friends so I wore this sweet ruffled sweater (50% off!) and the most comfy skinny jeans. (on sale) I paired them with my Zara velvet flats (similar) and the classic Claire V. leopard clutch. 

This was fun to make myself look a bit more presentable even if it was an errands and work out kind of day. As you can see I like to hide the work out clothes and move on with my day. I also am usually in pretty casual clothes with the occasional one or two dressier nights. If there are any outfits that you need help with most, let me know and I will try to include more. 

xo
Erin 

1.25.2018

Winter Beauty Heros

No matter the season, there is always skin woes, but winter seems to bring the worst. 
Dryness, redness, dullness. 
I'll take a little too much sun and shiny skin any day.
I have not been switching my daily face moisturizer, which I know a lot of people do. I just use a lot more and try to give myself a little mini facial massage after the shower and really lather a ton on allowing it to sink in. It is a favorite drugstore brand that my dermatologist got me on. 
other than that these little babes keep me happy. 
Well, along with my new go-to drink and cozy socks


Clockwise from top left: 
Weleda Skin Food: This is an all natural lotion/balm that is a miracle worker on hands, feet, cuticles, anything that is super dry. It has a fresh scent too. 
Dior Nail Gloss: This is like lip gloss for your nails. It makes the pink pinker and the whites whiter. It dries very quick and makes tired dry hands look like they were just manicured in an instant. 
Avene Cold Creme Lip Treatment: If you sleep with this on, you wake up with the softest lips. It is honestly life changing. 
Baby Foot: I have talked about this before, but it needs to be emphasized. You will not need a pedicure all winter long, promise. This is a treatment you do for one hour, wash off, then a week later all the dead skin on your feet peels off. You have to wear socks for a few days, but there is NOTHING like it. 
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer: One of my biggest pet peeves in life is coming out of a super hot shower to put on cold lotion. You use this moisturizer after washing, but before drying your body. Plus, it has coconut oil and makes you feel like you are on vacation. They also make it with self tanner
Bare Minerals BareSkin Serum Foundation with SPF 20: Paleness is at an all time high this time of year, so I like to buy this one shade darker in winter. You only need three drops of this and I like to mix it into my beloved moisturizer and POOF! I have a perfectly blendable, covers my imperfections, while being totally natural looking, sunscreen included, tinted moisturizer. 

You have anything that is saving your skin right now?
xo
Erin 


1.17.2018

Bringing Back the 00s: The Matched Set

Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got. I'm still,  I'm still...



Yep, we are talking juicy suits and cool new updates today. Ever thought you would see the day? Or maybe you have been waiting with baited breath to take out that set you have been hoarding for the last ten years? Now is the time, lady. 

So this was bound to happen. The return of the juicy (esque)suit. First of all, we are all spending way more on athleisure than real clothes these days. Wearing joggers to dinner is a real thing (and when styled right, cute) and there is nothing as comfy as that velour masterpiece that dominated the 90s. 

Juicy has updated their classic suit a bit and there are plenty of other matched sets that might have a more 00s vibe for those that cannot go down that road. All I know is that the matching sweatsuit is exactly what I want to wear at home and on the go (within reason of course people) all winter long. 

From Left: The classic Juicy in navy with updated jogger Nordstrom (top & bottom), Kohl's (top & bottom) / Another velour beauty that has blonde or brunette embroidered on the front. Brunette or Blonde Pants too / A throwback Nike top and bottom that is so good / This is a super soft terry top and bottom from Make + Model 

From Left: Even preppy J. Crew can get in on this action. Top and bottom / Gap has a great velvet version that is on sale. top and bottom / Feel 18 again in this varsity style sweatshirt and classic pants from Juicy / And cool girl Everyone has a French terry version with a great boxy sweatshirt and the perfect jogger

And ps: Amazon has versions for the littles. You bet I ordered one of those! 

xo
Erin 

1.14.2018

Checking In

Me. Being as bloggy as I can handle. 

2018 will mark my eleventh year blogging. 
Which blows my mind. 

So many of you have been with me since the very beginning. The bad photos and sometimes no photos! All the recipes that I loved coming up with (pre-kids was such a creative time in the kitchen). And the first day of this blog which was just a way to share style, beauty, and home inspiration and ideas. It has truly been a great outlet for creativity and sharing with a community of people that have always shown such love. 

Every single time I think I am going to throw in the towel I receive a text, email, message from a reader that sparks the motivation to keep going. Truly, it is eerie sometimes and makes me think that you all can sense when it seems like too much. 

The blog has never been my day job (I truly love my real one and taking care of my kids) and has never brought in a lot of money. I could have gone that direction with styled photo shoots and sponsored posts, but I always wanted to keep this space my own. No outside influence, just topics that I am actually researching or shopping for (or asked by a reader to look into). And while the more successful bloggers have beautiful professional photos and websites and mine has always felt amateur, it has always been real. No one is styling my mirror selfies, pretending to wear a fancy dress on a Tuesday during the day to sell it, or pushing me to post about a pair of shoes, it is just (amateur) me. 

This year I would love to find a way to keep this site true to what it has always been with a few upgrades. A redesign, a social media strategy so I can engage with more readers, a way to incorporate all that I do (real estate, styling, closet consults, interior design), and add video content (know anyone that can help me?!). It is a lot to take on and I want to be sure you will be with my for the ride. 

So what else would you love to see me write about or share with you? 
Would you like more videos via Instagram and the site? 
What are your favorite posts? 
Are you sick of blogs and being pushed content? 
Be Honest! 
Your feedback is what will make my little space on the internet relevant and I so hope you comment below or on this FB post so we can go into this together! 

Love you all. 
xo
Erin 

1.13.2018

Weekend Classics on Sale

One idea that always comes to everyone's mind after the holidays is simplicity. Whether that is in your diet, your routine, your home, or your closet. Getting back to basics and keeping things simple can make the start of any year feel fresh and calm. Most of our closets are filled with way too many pieces that frankly we do not even wear. And when we do purchase something it is easily worn and then forgotten about. I love the idea of classics that can be incorporated into wardrobes and never feel tired even after wearing twenty times. There are a few that I already own and love on this list, but the best part is every single one of these is on sale. 

1. The Chateau Parka from J. Crew is always sold out by season end for good reason. I have it in Gray, but loving this black. 
2. Rag and Bone booties are never on sale and make jeans and t shirts elevated cool-girl style so easily. Love them with dresses too. 
3. A knit duster that can keep you cozy, but also insanely chic. 
4. J. Crew has seriously upped their denim in the last few years and I live in these toothpick jeans
5. You can never have enough striped tees and this one is the perfect cut. 
6. Soft leather ballerina flats with a hidden wedge. Love these. 
7. Classic aviators with a little edge with black frames. 
8. A little black velvet dress by Joie for any occasion this winter. For colder climates, just add tights and heels. 
9. A simple sweater dress can be your biggest work horse. With tights, leggings, boots or flats. This cold shoulder one is cute too. 
10. The J. Crew cashmere tee is luxurious and the easiest piece to slip on and feel pulled together for under $100. It comes in many colors. 
11. I have been eyeing these Vince velvet cropped leggings for awhile. Soft and easy to pair with heels or flats for day or night. 
12. I tried this dress on and and consider the most femme, classic little pink dress. 

Happy Weekend! 
xo
Erin 

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1.11.2018

Kitchen Details

 I gave a little glimpse into our kitchen the other day on Instagram and I got a lot of questions about the details and sources. 


We kept out kitchen footprint almost the same, but expanded the island and attached our kitchen table to it based on spacing. I WORSHIP the pedestal under the kitchen table surface. I designed it with Artifactual Furniture Co. which did many projects in the house and I love them. The floors were original to the house, we just had them sanded and stained in this dark color. The wood has a lot of red, so I was not able to lighten them up asI would have liked, but the dark floors feel right for the traditional style of the house. Here are some other sources. 

1. I searched for the prettiest, but sturdiest (our last one was pricey and broke) pull down faucet I could find and loved the details of this Waterstone Faucet. We used this brand for filtered/hot water and this for the pot filler as well. 
2. We ordered our cabinets through Wellborn. It is a classic shake with a bit of edging detail. The island is in Bleu and the rest of the kitchen is Glacier. 
3. Our countertops are Aurea Stone. This was a new product for our fabricator and it is beautiful. It has all the best qualities and durability of quartz, but the veining has a lovely depth to it that sets it apart. It was less expensive than Ceaser Stone as well. 
4. Wishbone chairs come in a lot of price points, but I went with the lowest I could find (back in stock soon). I love the natural seat base, but my kids still fling tomato sauce and play with play doh so I wanted something I could easily replace with no pain. This natural finish is nice too. And these are a bit nicer. 
5. Fireclay Tile is such a top notch company. I worked directly with one of their reps and came up with concept design together. I wanted a fun shape and love the large size. We incorporated in the gray/bleau so the kitchen was not so stark white. 
6. I actually got this Caitlyn Wilson rug for our back door on her last sale. I think want to order in the runner size for in front of the sink now as I love the softness it brings to the room. 
7. My knobs and pulls are Atlas. Just wanted something classic in polished nickel. I also chose something that would not be painful price wise to switch out as now I feel like I want to switch it to brass. 
8. I found my giant dough bowl at a local antique store, but even PB is selling them now. It brings some warmth and is a great catch all/fruit basket. This one and this one on Esty are great finds and prices. 

Let me know what other questions you have. I will try and post more photos as time goes on and each room feels more finished. 
Ask any questions as well! 
xo
Erin 

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1.07.2018

Best & Worst Dressed: Golden Globes 2018

Hey Hey! Saying hi from my glamorous Midwestern couch! It is always hilarious to me that I can be sitting here in sweats judging these beauties who even on their worst days are 1000x more gorg and glam than I will ever be. Not that that will ever stop me. 

All the ladies wore black last night in solidarity of the Time's Up initiative. Which was powerful, but I am sure made selecting dresses much harder. Black is so tough to make interesting on screen and in photos. So many of these dresses looked so much better doing the show or on stage. 
Let's start with who got it right...

My top of the top of the Best list are these three beauties. Diane came in under the radar and found a new way to wear a cape. Stunning! Penelope also went full movie star with an off shoulder train number. And My absolute favorite was Jessica Biel. The drape and architectual detail is perfection. Love the hair and make up on all of these ladies too. So important! 

Other ladies at the top...
From left: Laura's dress looks boring here, but I swear this was amazing. Kendall looks young and fun. Love her hair with this. Allison's I liked (no the hair), but on stage it did come off a little skater costume. Maybe by design given her movie? And Nicole, always impeccable. 

From Left: Viola looks amazing. Love the mix of natural hair with the classic dress and pretty necklace. Margot's dress is so good, I bet that the embroidery is incredible in person. Millie wears the perfect look for a kid. A kid who we all want to be. Naomi has never aged and I love the pleating of this dress. 

From Left: Emma's dress does not stun here, but on stage it was really good. Sparkled just enough and fit perfectly. Traces owns this entire look and I love it. I do not know this girls name (on SMILF which looks so good), but I want to wear this entire look! Sarah always looks a little dark, but this was pretty. 

There were some Meh moments...
There were a lot of plays on suiting and tuxedos. Reese's and Evas fell flat for me. I can appreciate the look, but it could be better. Alicia is a fave and this came off Queen Victoria esque. Meryl looks pretty, but she needs some sort of dazzle. 

Pants under skirts. SUCH a hard look and there were many. 
You can barely tell that Maggie's look has pants. I think she pulls it off and I love those earrings. Brie's pose makes cringe and the top is not quite fitting. But I do not hate it. A little Audrey Hepburn vibe going. Christina's looked great onstage actually, but this photo proves this look can go bad fast. 

There was not as much skin as usual, but some
Kate had on a headband that I was not into and this is definitely something only she can wear. I am sort of eh on this look. Catherine looks amazing, don't get me wrong. I would die to look like this at 36 let alone 48, but the no pants illusion look feels forced on her. And Sharon Stone was on stage in this and looked incredible. Do I love it? No, but she is another person who either has the best doctors ever or lives in a cryogenic chamber. 

And now the bottom of the worst...
From Left: Susan or Susan. This looks like what a recent college grad looks like walking into her first interview. It is ill fitting and that shirt tuck makes me want to die. She also had a pony with a bow. No. And you have got to love Kelly, but the princess gown with the strange gold sleeve is awful. The point of the bodice to the skirt is so costume. This look on Claire Foy (THE QUEEN!) is devastating. I worship a good tux on the red carpet, but this is tragic. There is nothing interesting about it, the fit is not good, and the severity of the entire look is awful. I get the sentiment given the message of the night, but this is not the way. Mandy Moore came straight from a friends wedding where she served as a bridesmaid. What is this?! The fabric, the cut/necklaine, and that sash. It is tragic. Her make up is the only saving grace. 

Other ones that were on the not so great list 
From Left: Gal's look is so mother of the bride I had to look twice. The rucheing on its own is tragic. Michelle looks amazing, but this jacket choice is not fit for the globes. She should have chosen something more glam. Shailene's look is one of those that was so good on stage (the top sparkled and was covered in stones!), but it photographs like a plaid wool turtleneck from limited too. Sorry, girl. That too hair too. Angelina can wear anything, absolutely anything, and she wears this? It is a head scratcher to me. She has gone so matronly the last few years and I do not get it. In all fairness Dakota's dress is gorgeous on the back. Crystals, embroidery, train! But we do not see the back, Dakota. As a wise friend messaged me "it looks like my high school homecoming dress." yep. 

Halle, oh how I long to be as gorg as you. But this dress does NOT belong at the Globes! It looks like a nightgown. A bad one. Elizabeth is a young lady. Why would you dress like a nun?! This is beyond grandma and even a smidge little girl. Not a good combo. I love Michelle and she has had so many good red carpet moments. This dress looks straight from the rack at forever 21. The fancy section. SJP has so much going on with this look that it is hard to figure out what is wrong with it. The tulle, the lace, the corset, the belt, the brooch (?), the sleeves, and satin overlay? Then she adds the buckle shoes we all want to cry. Of all the black dresses in the world she has access to, how is this the one she lands on? I will never understand it! Drives me nuts. 

Whew that was fun. Too cruel?! Would love to know your faves and misses! 
xo
Erin 



1.02.2018

Random Things That Make Life Easier

Happy New Year! Do anything fun? We stayed in with the kids and did a countdown at 7pm. Perfect way to ring in the new year after the craziness of Christmas. 

And now January 2nd. I have been taking down decorations, tidying up, doing laundry, and it is making me think of resolutions. I generally do not make them and instead just try to focus on things that make me happy. This year I may make one simple one, stop slouching. Thinking that keeping my mind on it, this, and possibly this could help. We shall see. 

Another way to to sort of have a resolution, but not really, is to just try to make life easier. We all need that in some way, right? To save time, frustration, money, etc. I thought I would share a few things that are currently making my life a little easier in hopes to help any resolutions you may have this year. I would love to hear any of your life hacks too! 


1. In the rare case that I actually wash my hair, this towel takes so much time off the drying process. 
2. And when I do not wash my hair, this dry shampoo is the best. A quick spray even on the dirtiest of hair makes it easy to run out the door. 
3. These sweatpants are on sale and allow you to take lounging outside the house. Add sneaks and a cute sweater and it is is an outfit 
4. When I need to keep my eating/exercising on track I use this app. It automatically adds calories burned from your apple watch (or you can manually input workouts), then you add in what you eat. It has thousands of foods/brands/restaurants so super easy to keep track of everything accurately. 
5. We have drawers in our mudroom now where I do this, but using a basket (small or large) to store your kids clean and dirty socks by the shoes is a game changer. Sounds so simple, but to have a place to put their clean socks for easy reaching and to drop their dirty socks when they come in somehow changed my life 
6. Not new news, but this wet brush is the best for getting tangles out on adult and kid heads 
7. In the world of white countertops, it can be hard to leave things out to dry and not leave marks. This easily stored drying rack can sit on the counter to avoid those, but is also wide enough to use over your sink. Love it for my farm sink 
 8. If a resolution for you is to drink more water, get this. I love a yeti, but nothing helps you get down water all day more than this. And completely spill proof. I make myself drink a full one before coffee
9. These wireless earbuds are under $30 and do not fall out during runs. Makes working out SO much better
10. If you are trying to kick your Starbucks habit and making your own coffee at home, grab these cups. Makes it feel like you still hit up the coffee shop and they are easily tossed when done 
11. If reading is on the top of 2018 list, but finding the time is impossible. Try Amazon Audible. I have been listening to books in the car and on runs and getting through WAY more books. First one is free! 
12. BEST INVENTION EVER for moms and those with pets. Worth the investment I swear to you 
13. I love using this app to book fitness classes. My beloved pilates studio is on it, but there are tons of options to book/pay/explore classes in your area. 

whew, sorry, that was long. 
xo
Erin 

12.29.2017

Happy New Years to You Sales

Hello from Holiday Break. How did it go? 
Food and drink are still flowing heavily over here and I am not complaining. Kids are content with their loot and the cold has kept inside to snuggle and binge The Crown. Heaven. 
In all realness there is always the struggle of whining kids and cleaning up messes.
 But the good far out weighs the bad. 
In the case that you did not get what you wanted under the tree or are ready to spoil yourself a bit after doing all the things this season there is so much on sale. I put together some of the best. Happy New Year to you! 


xo
Erin 

12.22.2017

Christmas Traditions

christmas 2014

The big weekend is upon us. Are you ready? 

There were grocery trips and last minute shopping in my week, but I think I got there. Now just time to enjoy it all. And cook, always cooking. This year we kept the menus very simple, with meatballs and homemade marinara for Christmas Eve. Then turkey with all of the traditional fixings a la my Mom so everyone can get their fix. Oh, and these waffles for Christmas morning that are heaven and something we have had every year for as long as I can remember (and these). 

Another tradition we adopted a few years ago was making a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas Eve. I got the idea from this post (I miss that series!) and it helps the kids grasp the idea of Christmas a bit more before the madness of presents. 

Do you have any favorite traditions? I would love to hear them. 
For now I am signing off. Possibly until the New Year. Nice to take a break and I will be over on Instagram, so you can follow me there. 

Can I just say that every day when I login to this little space and see that people are still visiting after all these years, it still gives me all the feels. I have so much gratitude to my readers and I am planning on growing this little blog even more in 2018. 
Until then, Thank You and Happy New Year. 
xo
Erin 

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