I really wish three day weekends were a monthly thing–something about having that extra day off is just good for the soul!
We are heading into the holiday weekend friends! For me the 4th has always felt like halfway point of summer and I just cannot believe we are already there! So now that we’re here, let’t talk about what to wear!
These earrings really are a no-brainer at $24 and this pom pom hat is speaking my name…I have a birthday reward to spend and I am thinking of pulling the trigger on this one. Tassels, pom poms and now bows! This blue bow front top is an extra 50% off and is so stinking cute. I would pair this white jeans and tan sandals for now and then over a striped tee when the temps cool. And we cannot forget the littles…can’t you just see Louis and Judy in this star tee and too sweet popsicle dress?!
Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!!
I love me a nautical look….I can’t help it. I am pretty sure I have three pairs of pants of just like these. I like what I like!
This particular pair of pants was the result of stalking JCrew and waiting for a sale. Finally, I scored–and got these for around $30! Time and money well spent! Not sure if my husband would agree with that statement but let’s not digress.
So, whenever I wear something nautical, I always want to pair it with navy or stripes. It is just the perfect pairing…like Audrey Hepburn and Rome or pork chops and applesauce (Seriously. Don’t knock it till you’ve rocked it). This bell sleeve top balances out the volume of the pant and I love the crisp and shape and classic color..unfortunately it is from last year but I did link a cute similar one from Nordstrom!
These espadrille sneakers were a major score..found them on clearance at my local Target for $8 so naturally I bought two colors and have been loving them! They fit true to size and are super comfortable. The little platform made them perfect for keeping these longer chinos off the ground but didn’t make me feel unstable and allowed for running around after the kids!
Hope everyone has a great week!
SHOP THE LOOK
Oh Louis. You have been in a rush since the day you were born (3.5 weeks early!)…you are the most articulate, spirited, sweet and crazy four year old I have ever known and I am so grateful to be your mama!
This past weekend (his birthday is actually June 6) was all about celebrating this special boy and while I didn’t manage to get many pictures (Doh!) you can believe, this was a weekend full of love and fun!
Joe’s parents, brother and sister all came down from Maryland for the weekend so we got the party started by going out for pizza! Wore this awesome ruffled WWW dress, which hid the pizza belly! #winning
The next morning it was on to the Botanical Garden first thing. Right now there is a dinosaur exhibit and the kids just love it! It was kind of muggy here as rain was rolling in for the weekend so this lightweight cotton dress was perfect for strolling the garden. Plus I felt like Dorothy which is always a good feeling!
Later in the day was party time! We kept it small with just family and a close friend with her boys. It was perfect and Louis kept saying how happy he was to have everyone at his house. See? Sweet as can be! He got lots of great toys, including the clubhouse we got them…excited for a fun summer in the backyard!
We had such fun spoiling this boy and I cannot believe I have a four year old. True what they say, the days may be long (and some are very long!) but the years are short. Love my babies so much.
So our Memorial Day Weekend was kind of a bust. We planned on going to Nashville for the big flea market and some shopping but the forecast kept calling for severe storms. Kept going on and on about how bad this weather was going to be, and so we got spooked…and…would you believe it? DID NOT RAIN. Then we thought about going on Sunday, but by then my enthusiasm had waned so we thought we would just go over to Decatur and check out the hot air balloon show. Well, wouldn’t you know it…too windy for the balloons to fly.
Soooo we wondered the basically empty grounds (save for the bored firemen and EMT who so kindly indulged Louis for a bit) and then headed over to the trails for a little walk.
Of course, the sky was ominous looking the whole time and therefore we didn’t wander to far. So then we just decided to head to a new (to us) Target and go out for lunch. #Goals.
So all in all…kind of a bust. It never really rained until night and today of course, when we told the kids we’d go to the pool. Win some, lose some.
Love this outfit though..I don’t know about you, but the worse my mood, the cuter my outfit needs to be! This blazer was a clearance score and I just love it so much! Looks to be sold out online, but this print is still available in a top and there is a new Liberty blazer that is also to die for.
This purse is getting major use this spring and I expect it to continue its MVP status into the summer! It doesn’t have any lining and is thus super light weight…I know there being no lining or pockets may be a deal breaker for some but to me, it’s a nice break from my heavier bags.
At least my outfit was cute for our one day of activities and I got to get some online shopping done! Did you guys catch anything good?
Shop The Look
So last week we were in Pensacola, FL to put my sweet Grandpa to rest. It was such a hard trip but with the kids in tow we needed to make it somewhat fun for them while still honoring Great Grandpa. Throughout our whole trip we did little things to remember him…like ordering his favorite soup at his favorite restaurant, McGuire’s, and talking about him with the kids. Grandpa loved Pensacola and Gulf Breeze and I hope this little guide would serve him proud.
Heading to Florida is heading home for me as I was born in Pensacola…my parents are high school sweethearts from the city right across the bridge…in Gulf Breeze, which is actually where Pensacola Beach is. Makes no damn sense to me either.
As an Army brat, Pensacola served as our home base when we were living all over the world and is actually where I went to college at the University of West Florida. Suffice it to say, I know the city pretty well and think if anyone is looking for a beach vacation with an awesome downtown to enjoy, P’cola is the place to go!
WHERE TO STAY
Of course, staying at the beach is an excellent option but I ain’t gonna lie to you. You are going to pay more and if you are going during the spring/summer you are going to deal with some pretty hellacious traffic. So that being said, I like staying downtown.
For this visit we stayed at The Penscaola Grand Hotel and couldn’t have loved more. We paid right around $100/night for a two queen bed room, which included WiFi, a rooftop pool and a gym. They also offered room service and a couple of in house bars and restaurants. One of the things we loved most was that the hotel is built right on top of an old train stop so the decor is awesome! Original tile floors and beautiful, vintage decor throughout.
WHAT TO DO
If you are in Pensacola for the weekend, the Palafox Market is a great place to start your Saturday. The size of the market rivals some of the big East Coast markets and is full of all kind of goodies and live music.
If you’ve got kids with you or a kid at heart, the MESS Hall is an awesome interactive kids museum we just loved! And bonus for you Huntsville parents, members of the Space & Rocket Museum get in for free!
The Blue Wahoos are an awesome AA team and we loved catching a game at this new, state-of-the-art park! Heads up, these games sell out so if you plan on going you’d be wise to purchase tickets online to save yourself the queue and some peace of mind.
Pensacola Beach is of course a great place to go and you will be amazed at the beautiful white, sandy beaches. While us natives may complain about the traffic and tourists, I still feel that Pensacola is a bit of a well kept secret. When you visit the beach, you can visit the Gulf of Mexico side where you’ll catch some waves and where most of the sun bathing takes place. I like hanging out on the Sound side which is where the Boardwalk is and the water is a little bit more calm.
Can’t forget that Pensacola is home to the Blue Angels …the most amazing pilots putting on the most amazing air show! If you can schedule your visit around a time they are in town, you can’t beat the show they put on from the beach.
There are lots of cute shops and so many places to eat, so without further ado…
WHERE TO EAT
On the beach, my favorite place to eat is Flounder’s. Man, I love this place. It is right on the beach so you can literally eat on the beach or sit on the open patio when the weather is less than optimal. If you are sitting near or on the beach, there is a great playground for your kiddos to burn off some energy while your food is being cooked which is just so awesome. There is also usually some live music going on and more often than not, people playing beach volleyball and grabbing a drink at the bar. They also have a bomb Sunday brunch. My all time favorite thing to order is the Shrimp Boat with Key Lime Pie for dessert, which is seriously enough to feed the whole family!
Back over the bridge, you have Food Trucks galore right in the heart of downtown and you can’t go wrong with any of them. It’s a perfect evening when you hit up the trucks and then stop by the Pensacola Museum of Art or catch a Broadway show at the Saenger.
If you’re heading uptown my FAVORITE place to go is New Yorker Deli. It is unassuming and just delicious! My love for this place runs so deep that my husband almost proposed to me here back when we lived in Pensacola!
The pizza is amazing and fresh and rivals the many pies I have had in New York. Their deli fare is of course amazing and you will love the 3 Salad Plate where you can choose three of your favorite chicken salads. Gah! So good.
If you are looking to take a nice beach vacation, or explore a new downtown, I highly recommend heading down to Pensacola! Any questions, please email me!
I love this. I love this because life has been hard lately and knowing, hoping that it will get better is getting me through it.
My beloved grandpa, my mom’s dad, is dying. There is no nice way to put it. He had a stroke two years ago and it has been an uphill battle ever since. When I was in college, I was over at my grandparent’s home so so much and we grew quite close. I am so sad that I have not been able to get down to Florida as much as I would have liked these past few years. I am even sadder watching my mom handle this heartbreak. It’s a pain I never imagined.
I am so happy that my little sister lives there. She is amazing and has been there for our mom and grandpa in such a wonderful way.
My mom has been down there often and right now she has been gone two weeks. Which I know isn’t an eternity but dammit she’s the Lorelai to my Rory and I miss drinking coffee and hanging out.
My parents live down the street (yay!) so while my mom is out of town I’ve been taking care of my dad. Yes, my fifty something year old dad who flew in the Army for 20+ years, fought in wars and traveled the world needs my help. Men. Lol. I’m happy to do it but I think it’s getting to the kids. It’s just so different from our usual routine….going over there during the day to an empty house, going grocery shopping more often than usual, etc. They are starting to act out and it’s throwing me for a loop. I find myself turning on them when I should be turning to them. I feel awful for that.
I have been trying to still take them to fun places and distract them/myself from what is going on but they, especially Louis, know something is up. Since Judy was born, we have only gone down to Florida a few times but Louis remembers great grandpa. Loves him. Thought his house (retirement home) was amazing. Pretends his chair is a wheelchair so he can be like great grandpa. I just don’t know how to tell him what is happening. He knows grandma is visiting great grandpa because he is sick. I don’t know how to tell him that he won’t get to see his great grandpa again.
All I hope for is that this is all going to get better.
My dearest little girl is now two. I am the mother of a two year old and a three year old…hard to believe sometimes!
I’d like to tell you a little bit about Miss Judy before I share details of her party 🙂
I found out I was pregnant with her when Louis was just 11 months old. I always wanted my kids to be close in age but this was definitely a little quicker than we planned! It took a while to get pregnant with Louis so we assumed the same would happen for the second…not so much!
I’m lucky in that I really enjoyed being pregnant both times and had uncomplicated pregnancies. My only issue was my own paranoia…I can be such a spaz and definitely had to work on staying out of my own way!
Judy’s due date was Valentine’s Day but she was was induced on February 6. I was 39 weeks but she was very low and large headed (that’s why she’s so smart lol) and I risked an emergency c-section if I waited much longer. So, all that being said, we chose the 6th so she would have the same birthday as her brother and we headed to the hospital at 5 AM that morning…which I loved since I am a morning person.
At around 8 AM, they broke my water and by lunchtime she had arrived! Like with Louis, I chose to do an unmedicated/natural delivery which meant right after she was born, I was able to get up and walk over to where she was being measured and bathed and marvel at my brand new sweet baby girl! We then walked over to recovery and enjoyed some cuddles and dress up 🙂
So now without further ado, let’s talk about Judy’s big day!
For her second birthday we went with a Judy’s Favorite Things theme. Featuring hearts, the color pink and lots of sweets!
All these dishes are from Target…what can I say, I like what I like! Got the little felt mail boxes from the dollar section and filled them with treats for our little guests 🙂
Louis, the ever helpful big brother, made sure she was able to unwrap all her gifts 😉
Now I think I know what he wants for his birthday…
I live in Huntsville aka Rocket City, AL. I could bore you with all of the awesome history of Huntsville and the space program during the 1960s but I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that we have an awesome museum dedicated to it and we love taking the kids there!
It was so cold the day we were playing at Rocket Park…pretty sure the high for the day was 32! That’s cold for Alabama my friends. Funny thing is, I remember when I used to walk to/from work when we lived in Baltimore that anything above 30 in the winter felt down right balmy.
Yes, the kids are wearing matching jackets and I love it. Judy’s coat was actually Lou’s but I just loved this Old Navy coat so I held onto it for her!
And since it was so cold, I busted out my fur hat. Thanks to my dad for getting this on one of his flights to Russia back in the day!
This Jcrew purse was a recent score from an Instagrammer’s closet and I love it so much! It is perfect for mom life. Need to be hands free at all times!
You may recognize my skirt from the AlieExpress post I did a few posts back…it is actuallly that dress! My leather jacket was a Target clearance score from last winter but my sweater is a current Gap clearance score. Shop savvy friends!