This article made me laugh. I am on my phone way too often… it’s the first thing I look at in bed, and the last thing I look at in bed. I check my emails because I need to make sure all clients are happy and I hate having red numbers notifying me that people are waiting for responses to texts. I didn’t realize how bad it was until my son recently started mimicking me. Every morning, he walks around with my phone in one hand and my chapstick (I’m addicted) in the other. It’s actually really adorable but made me realize how he sees me. I know there are apps that tell you how many times you actually look at your phone, but I’m too embarrassed to know the actual number. What would happen if you didn’t actually take your phone out? These made me laugh out loud.
Hope it made you smile as much as I did. xo
One of the most important rooms of the home is the dining room, so give it some style!
Whether you’re entertaining friends or just enjoying a weekday meal with the family, you should design the space so that it’s somewhere people want to stick around. Whenever Ryan and I have dinner parties (though, it’s been a while since having the babe), we always end up sitting around the table for hours drinking wine instead of cozying up on the sofa.
This space in the inspiration photo is spot on. While it features glam elements, it’s still comfortable and spacious. The dark wood-tones keep it grounded, while the monochrome palette creates a classic aesthetic.
Get this look:
I belong to a group in Cranford called “The Newcomer’s Club” that is basically a social club in town for women to get to know each other, drink wine, have play dates and discuss events going on in town. I joined last September and was really excited to feel like I’m part of a community. Shortly after my sister died, I received an email about adopting a room at a local women’s shelter and it literally brought me to tears. They asked if they could dedicate the room to my sister and I was so touched. Several women from the group donated items to decorate the space. It looks like one person picked out all of the accessories but it all just worked together. The furniture is provided by the shelter, so I painted the room along with two other amazing women. We chatted over the course of two days and really got to know each other. The entire process was very therapeutic for me… knowing that this one room would help a woman and her young baby so she has a safe place to live.
We recently received an email from the director saying that a woman and her little one moved in the week after we completed the room, and the little boy walks around everywhere with this little stuffed dog from the crib. That made my heart smile. This is just a little reminder that even when you’re experiencing your own grief, you can be a healer for others.
Just a normal day, perusing Pinterest while I ate my second breakfast. :) I usually eat a small breakfast with Cole in the morning, but then get distracted and have to eat something small after I drop him off at daycare… when I finally get a chance to breathe. This was one of those fun mornings, drinking coffee for the first time in what felt like ages, where I was finding a clear pattern with each scroll…
I found so many rooms with perfect lighting! It’s amazing what a huge impact one pendant can have on a room. Just take a look at these four very different spaces above. No matter which room of the house, lighting is so important, for both style and function. Naturally, I had to do some on-line window shopping and here’s what I found.
It’s interesting looking back at my previous Summer To-Do Lists because each year they are very similar. I can’t believe it’s almost July, that school is out, and that it’s summer…?! I better get on my summertime goals.
Go camping at least once. I’m setting up my standards real high here. One time. That can’t be that hard, can it?! We’ve had two trips planned with Cole in the past year and each time one of us has gotten really sick. I really want to go with him while he’s little so he get’s used to being an outdoorsman.
Hike at least once. Again, setting my goals real high. We’ve been so busy on the weekends trying to get the house done that we haven’t really been outside.
Go to New Hope on a date. We haven’t been there since I’ve been pregnant, so it’ll be fun to go back and have a cocktail overlooking the river. Speaking of dates…
Go on a date night at least twice a month. Ryan and I have been so all consumed with the house, Cole, my sisters’ kids, that it’s easy to forget about us. Painting the bathroom or pulling weeds while we have a babysitter does not count as a date night. I want to get dressed up, go out, and connect. We’ve been wanting to go to Atlantic City so hopefully we can get this on the calendar. :)
Go to the doctor’s appointments I’ve been putting off. Wah. When did I get old and have so many responsibilities?!
Go to the beach at least twice. I’m kind of cheating on this one because we have two beach trips already scheduled. Sometimes I like to add things to my to-do list just so I can cross them off.
Go to the farm with Cole. I used to go to this farm when I babysat for Kate and Will and we loved it. We probably went almost every week and it was a perfect day out to just let the kids explore. Now that Cole can walk (!!!) and thinks every animal is called Jack (our cat’s name) I think he’ll have fun.
Finish powder room. We closed on the house one year and 2 days ago and the powder room has been demoed to studs since about the same time. I forgot we even have a powder room. I was getting used to storing cases of water in that empty room! Ryan’s painted and tiled this weekend so we’re almost there.
Be more active. I’ve finally lost the baby weight, so I just need to tone up. I feel sluggish and out of shape so I want to start doing Yoga to get centered. There’s a local park that has weekly classes outside by the river and I’ve been meaning to try it. Now is the time!
Have a water fun fight. Speaking of finding my zen, I want to remember what summer actually felt like as a kid. I have water guns and water balloons on deck for the next weekend my niece and nephew stay over. :)
Read at least three books. It seems this is on my list every year but I never find the time to actually read. All my shows I watched are over and I’ve given up facebook (the ultimate time waster). I’m currently reading “The Secret” and even though it’s a bit extreme, I’m reading it with an open mind. I have “Still Alice“, a self help book (not the most appropriate for summertime fun), and a light hearted comedy about a woman finding herself after her family goes through a tragedy. It’s supposed to be funny so I’m looking forward to that one. Do you have any books you’d recommend?
Create our 2014 “family yearbook”. When I was pregnant and nesting, I created books for each year we were married. I’d love to find an afternoon with some silence (ha!) so I can relax and put together our visual memories of last year.
Do you have any big plans for this summer? I’d love to hear what’s on everyone’s bucket list for the summer. xo