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Friday Favorites: Early September

Friday, September 7, 2018

The "ber" months get me so excited and September starts it all off.  However, it's raining and it's still hot so you know that means it is muggy to the mug, mug, mug outside.  But do you think I'm down about that?  Heck no.

It's Friday and Fridays are always cool.  See what I did there? ;-P

Today I'm sharing 5 things that are on my favorites list these days.  These faves make me feel inspired for Fall (I love the warmth of the summer but I'm so ready for cooler temps, y'all) and really they just make me happy and that is why we share, ladies and gents.  

My Celebration Vacation at La Cantera Resort

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Birthdays are fun and I've always loved celebrating them.  However, some birthdays are just so special that you have to take the celebration up several notches.

Enter the Milestone Birthday Celebration Vacation.

I wanted to mark my 40th birthday by doing something different, and since I don't travel a lot (two young kids and not a lot of extra loot will do that), going on a birthday getaway minus the kiddos was special for me.  

Kindness Matters

Friday, August 3, 2018
Happy August and happy Friday!!  I just have a short and sweet message for you today.

Kindness matters.  Love this quote from the cutest book ever, "Everything Grows With Love" from @workmanpub.

I hope that people realize that no politician, man, woman, husband, wife, boss or any other person they hold in high regard should be more important than showing human decency and kindness to others.  Nor should money be a priority above decency, either.  Duh, right?

I feel so sad at the state of the world and especially America right now.  Sure, there has always been division, disagreement and discourse but it's just on another level these days and has me feeling pretty down at times.

I feel like some people have so little real control over their lives (or feel as such) that they take issues and politics and just go mad with rhetoric and "opinions" and are so thirsty to believe almost anything especially from a negative point of view.  The saying, "misery loves company" became a cliche for a reason, because it is true.  It is such a sad truth.  

Although I tend to teeter evenly between being a realist and an optimist, I choose optimism (at least for today, ha)!  In the spirit of optimism, I challenge you to rise above negativity in your life and perhaps shine a little light and positivity in your circle.  Don't be so quick to argue or judge.  Take a moment before you say something that might be hurtful to another, even if you feel it is justified.  Try to empathize or at least sympathize with others.  See how that makes you feel.  Perhaps you will inspire others to do the some and we can slowly embrace happier, more unified times. 

Have a great weekend!  Be the change!!

What to Pack for a Late Summer Vacation

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Ah, the Late Summer days of August and September are usually a bustling time.  Parents are sending kids back to school.  Shopping is major cardio this time of year as the seasons transition.  The third quarter ends and business goals are evaluated and set anew.   

*This post may contain affiliate links.  A girl's gotta eat.  :-P  #notsponsored

It's also the last opportunity to have a summer vacation and enjoy the long days and the warm weather before Fall and before the back to school craziness!  

Essential Elements of a Great Girls' Weekend

Friday, July 6, 2018
This past weekend my crew and I had our annual "Girls' Weekend" and when I tell you it was a blast, I do mean a blast!  #SpaceForce


We've been planning these weekends in this same style for at least five years, if not more.  We used to just kind of plan randomly and whomever could make it would come.  We had to put the kibosh on that.  These weekends are for making sure our already tight bonds develop that much tighter, so we plan ahead as much as possible.  Usually 2 months out is the sweet spot for setting the date but sometimes we can only manage about a month's notice.  It's really about communication with the host (usually we take turns but the last few years have been at the Kelster's Casa).

What seems to work is having a party with lots of friends on Friday night and then having a more intimate, formal agenda on Saturday.  Whomever can come out on Saturday is always welcome but we know it's hard for most mamas (the season of life where most of our friends are) so it usually ends up being the fabulous four of us.  Last year our Saturday activities included mini facials, eyebrow threading, henna tattoos, massages and dinner and a movie.

We have become very committed to really setting the time out to have a full weekend together and we mean business!

When I see this picture, I think, "wow, we all have really great natural looking eyebrows."  lol

Summer Dress Refresh

Friday, May 25, 2018
The Dress.

I would say it's making a comeback but it never left.  I'm just experiencing a resurgence of love for the frock, especially since the latest Royal Wedding

Now I don't know what occasions you wear dresses for but I hardly wear them.  So this resurgence has me thinking about practicality and staying true to my style.  I don't have any weddings coming up but I do have a few social engagements where a dress would be more than appropriate.  I am also obsessed with the idea of a breezy cotton or linen striped midi dress but haven't quite found the perfect one.

Luckily, as a loyal Nordstrom customer, I got word that their Half-Yearly Sale is on now.  And since girlfriend (me) is on a very strict budget (so not fun), I need a sale!

My favorite finds are featured below.  There is 1 dress in the collage not from Nordstrom's (the yellow one) but the price was too good so I had to usurp this post with it.