f r i d a y.

i actually woke up everyday this week thinking it was friday…so there’s that.

i thought i’d end the work week with a round-up of some favorites. and a photo of my babes, because…why not?

my little man is off to school next week. it’s so bittersweet! he’s pumped to learn all sorts of new things and make new friends – while i’m in a puddle of tears. haha! can’t help it. he was so cute opening up his new backpack and lunchbox! we are going to be using the bentgo lunch trayΒ for lunchtime. he is so picky as is, so i’m hoping by giving him a fun box with some little surprises he’ll actually eat lunch instead of roar at people like a t-rex… i found some cool ideas for keeping the lunch thing interesting here!

have you gotten into the bralettes? i have most recently and i love them! they are so comfy and cute! i have gotten a few from american eagle AND they are on sale right now: buy one get one free! my favorites are here, here, + here.

since we are moving, project decorate the rental house is underway. i just got this super cute bar cart and gold mirror (also on sale)! i have some plans for these two beauties. oh! and i also couldn’t resist this fun pillow! tassels + fringe get me every time.

moving out of our little house has been sad, but we are definitely looking forward to building our dream/forever home! i’m pinning all the ideas for interior! and this is the exterior i love…i just have to convince andrew. πŸ˜‰ i’m hoping we can use this concept and work with a designer. fingers crossed! and don’t worry – i’ll be taking you along for that whole journey. i know – you can’t hardly contain your excitement!

i hope you had an amazing week! happy weekending to you and your tribe! xx


it’s five o’clock somewhere

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summer is slowly winding down and school is about to start. our weather has been gorgeous here lately. we have those perfect evenings to sit on the patio and enjoy.

in between having everett and eleanor, i tried to spice up our mid-week slump with a wednesday happy hour. basically, every wednesday i created a new cocktail for andrew and i to try after rett was down for the night. i kept it going after eleanor was born, although with the move i have been a total slacker lately.

so, in spirit of a new wednesday, i thought i’d share five of our favorites!

the classic margarita
one you canNOT go wrong with. a little sweet, a little sour, and oh so salty. we LOVE a good marg!

1.5 ounces of tequila (we like blue agave tequila)
1 ounce of orange liqueur (i may go a smidge more than that… you know how i feel about orange!)
3/4 ounce of lime juice (we sometimes just buy the juice, but freshly squeezed lime is always so good)
salt or sugar for glass rim

use a lime wedge to wet the rim of your glass, dip into salt or sugar, mix all of the ingredients together in a shaker, pour over ice, + ENJOY.

orange moscow mule
moscow mules come in soooo many variations. while i love to change it up here and there with seasonal recipes, the good ol’ classic still my all time favorite. this one, though, is right up there!

2 ounces of vodka
2 ounces of orange juice
4 ounces of ginger beer
1/2 lime (juice)
orange slices + fresh basil for garnish

mix all ingredients in a copper mug (my favorite part of moscow mules), add ice, add an orange slice and basil. yum.

grapefruit + gin
the perfect combination of tangy and spicy.

1 ounce of gin
4 ounces of grapefruit juice
grapefruit wedge
sprig of rosemary for garnish

mix ingredients in a shaker, pour over ice, garnish with rosemary. such a pretty drink!

 rosé  slush
rosé  all day, people. my summer motto!

raspberry sorbet, your favorite  rosé  wine

add one to two scoops of sorbet into your mason jar + fill with rosΓ©. perfect for lounging by the pool.

blueberry basil smash
we grow our own basil…well, mostly me. πŸ˜‰ but i LOVE the smell and i love to add it to so many things! i may have gotten a little carried away this summer, so i have a lot of extra. using it for happy hour seemed like the logical thing to do!

4 to 6 basil leaves
handful of blueberries
1/2 ounce of lemon juice
1/4 ounce of simple syrup
3 ounces of gin
crushed ice

muddle basil, blueberries, lemon juice, + simple syrup. add in about an inch of crushed ice + stir. add gin, then fill with more crushed ice. zest your lemon on top of the ice + garnish with blueberries and basil leaves. super unexpected combo, but delicious!

CHEERS! and happy wednesday friends!

here’s to adventures.

growing up, my parents were so great about taking my sister, brother, and me to do lots of different things. family vacations, six flags, water parks, float trips, mark twain cave. we were always on some adventure in between all of the other extracurriculars we were involved with. to some, it may have seemed like we were always on the go – and maybe we were. but to us, we have the BEST memories of all the family adventures we went on. now that we are all older and our little families are growing, nothing’s changed. andrew and i like to take the kids to do lots of things; i think my sister and brother will do the same thing with their kiddos; and my parents are always up for an adventure!

so over the weekend, my mom, dad, and sister took my babes to jurassic quest. they had life-sized dinosaur replicas, baby dinos, fossil digs, bouncy houses, face painting, real paleontologists… that wasn’t even the half of it! if you’ve been around everett, you know that he is obsessed with dinosaurs so he thought this was the best thing since sliced bread! and now that eleanor is getting a little older, she thinks her big brother’s dinosaur collection is pretty cool. πŸ™‚

thanks to my sister, we got some great shots of the kids enjoying it all!

we are so lucky that our kids get to experience so many things! i know life can get in the way sometimes. heck, i’m guilty of it. i let it run me down. we are all so busy with work, taking care of our homes + families, and so many more day to day things. i saw a quote recently: ‘what is life but one GRAND ADVENTURE’. i thought about it for a minute and it couldn’t ring more true. don’t let these moments pass you by. time is fleeting. one day you’ll wake up and wish you could just have that one more moment to load the kids up in the car and make a new memory. we can’t do it all, guys. and we don’t have to. sometimes we need to leave the laundry and dishes, and go. so here’s to many more summer adventures! and remember life is an adventure and babies don’t keep.

happy wednesday, friends. xx ❀