The Week That Was: October 23, 2015

After a long weekend away and a visitor the week before, I could not get it together this week! And now it’s Friday so I’m going to quit trying. Next week’s a fresh start, right?

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October 21, 2015 — just a few days ago — was the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future II. See how futuristic we really are.

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A fellow Stitch Fix stylist told me about Dressember. Have you heard of it? Do you think you could wear a dress every single day in December for a good cause? I’m considering it…

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I think Daylight Savings Time is a little hokey, too, but is there really a petition to end it? Seems so.

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Lots of talk about dogs in our house these days… I think we’re ready for one but we’ll see how soon it happens. If not by Christmas, then I’ll just need a tree full of these adorable dogs of Instagram ornaments.

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Some of my favorites made the cut in this list of how not to look like a disaster after a long flight. Some of them help me not look like a disaster on a daily basis!

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Have a lovely weekend!

The Week That Was: September 25, 2015

Artist at work
Artist at work

I’m feeling especially TGIF today. Felt like a long week! The little artist above is very into crying over everything these days — not getting to press the button to close the garage door, wanting a cup of milk, forgetting to say her prayer at dinnertime and of course any time the TV gets turned OFF. There just isn’t enough wine sometimes..

On Monday, I witnessed something that really rattled me. Nora and I were leaving the grocery store and there was a bit of a commotion in the parking lot. A woman was running, zig zagging through the rows of parked cars. She honestly seemed a bit maniacal. I overheard someone  say something about forgetting where she parked, but she seemed awfully distraught to only be looking for a car. We’ve all been there, right? She finally found her car, which was parked in the same row as mine, and her frantic state was warranted: she had left her infant in the car. It was truly heartbreaking to witness. She was so upset, crying, and so was the baby when she pulled her out of the car. I overheard her telling two other women who jumped in to console her that she didn’t know how it happened, she just moved here from Colorado, has three other kids, got into the store and picked up a package of strawberries and quickly realized she didn’t have her baby. Clearly, it was an honest accident and it rattled her, too. I’m not sure what was more heartbreaking to witness — this poor mother who probably felt like the world’s worst parent in that very moment, or the total asshole parked next to me who, while getting into his car, shook his head and said, “what an idiot.” Admittedly, when I see similar stories on the news that usually don’t end so well, that’s my first reaction, too. I always think, how can you forget your kid? Well, I’ve seen it happen in real life and can only say thank god this woman remembered before it was too late.

On Wednesday, we were awakened at 2:30 a.m. by our smoke detectors going off — two of them. And then again at 5:20 a.m. Why don’t those batteries ever die at noon? Miraculously, Nora slept right through it.

Wednesday was also the first day of fall. In Austin, we had an “unseasonably warm” temperature of 95 degrees. More of the same yesterday. It’s a good thing I no longer like pumpkin spice lattes (regardless of the fact that they’re finally incorporating real pumpkin…), because it’s still iced everything these days (probably gonna have to try the toasted graham latte, though — how good does that sound?!).

We have a busy weekend. We’ll go to the acclaimed Pecan Street Festival for the first time tomorrow. And on Sunday, Nora will have a babysitter while KP and I go to brunch with two other adults. Yippee! A reward to end the lllooooonnnnnggggg week.

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Apple cake: before and after
Apple cake: before and after (don’t be a dunce like me and forget to turn it right-side-up before serving!)

I’m loving everything from Smitten Kitchen these days. Correction: I’ve always loved practically everything from Smitten Kitchen, but these days I’m actually making stuff. Case in point — this delicious apple cake that I made for Nora’s preschool dinner this week. Sadly, and thankfully, we have no leftovers sitting around at home, otherwise I’d fall off the Weight Watchers train hard. Repeat!

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I have a love/hate relationship with Starbucks, but even still, I’m pretty jazzed about the fact that I can now order and pay on my phone — from home, or wherever — and have my drink waiting when I get there.

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Yeah, sometimes I wonder if I want to walk away from this blog altogether, too…

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I find it kind of funny that KP insists on using men’s Dove shower gel. I use his Jack Black face wash, after all. But apparently it could be much, much worse.

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Now that we’re homeowners, I guess we should be concerned with things like fall home maintenance… luckily many don’t apply because we live in Texas, after all.

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In case you missed it, my favorite Irish boy band has a new album coming out next year. Yippee!

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George Ezra’s “Barcelona” is on repeat at our house these days. Love.

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Have a lovely weekend.

The Week That Was: September 18, 2015

The Globetrotting Gal

I always feel so cliché when I lament how time is flying. But really, how did it already get to be mid-September? I pulled out my calendar to look at free weekends and realized they’re dwindling between now and the end of the year. And, thanks to Facebook’s “On This Day” feature, I was reminded that four years ago, I had already begun my Christmas shopping at this time. Time to get crackin’!

KP and I are having a date night this weekend. Sometimes we’re really good about having them regularly, and other times other things get in the way. Besides, our life is like a date everyday. HA. HA. HA. We’re going to Barley Swine, which is someplace I’ve wanted to check out before we even moved to Austin, and I’m glad we’re making it happen before they temporarily close to relocate.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, enjoy!

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Ever since Champion seemingly discontinued my favorite running tank, I’ve been on a mission to find one that I like that isn’t racerback. What’s with all the racerbacks? My search is over. I’m not a Carrie Underwood fan, but she has an awesome seamless tank top and it’s super flattering.

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I tried Clinton Kelly’s Creamy Cauliflower Rice Pilaf this week and even my non-cauliflower fan husband liked it — sans raisins and added a bit of grated parm. A repeat for sure.

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Twofer with recipes this week! Tried this Weight Watchers grilled eggplant recipe last night. Another repeat!

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Some of these travel accessories would make great Christmas gifts. And forget travel. That red-eye wrap looks great for any day of the week!

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It was like Christmas for me this week. The Mindy Project is back and I got her new book, Why Not Me? which, as to be expected, has me in stitches.

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If you haven’t read Room yet, a) what’s wrong with you, and b) hurry up and read this page-turner before it hits theaters.

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I had a makeup refresher at Sephora last week. It was just what I wanted and needed. Sometimes we all need a refresh in one way or another.

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Have a lovely weekend!

The Week That Was: September 11, 2015

“Over-wined, overfed and oversized.” – my friend Jen

My sentiments exactly. After a delicious summer of overindulging, I’m not loving how my clothes fit these days. Hopped back on the Weight Watchers train last week. It’s the only thing that ever works for me. My problem is being disciplined on an ongoing basis. The never-ending battle continues…

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Note: I said I don’t like how my clothes fit. I could care less what the scale says.

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I know a few moms who could benefit from this list of wines that pair with kids’ crappy behavior (myself included!).

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This makes me want to go back to Oregon right now.

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Guilty of asking Nora how her day was, but she’s only two. These suggestions will no doubt be helpful for the teeth-pulling-to-get-her-to-talk years.

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Hallelujah! Mindy is back next week (and her book comes out, too)!

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In case you missed it yesterday, how beautiful was the rainbow over NYC? Never forget.

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Have a lovely weekend.

The Week That Was: September 4, 2015

Rain

It rained at our house on Tuesday night. That was the big excitement of the week. I think Nora forgot what it was. We all stood at the front door in awe of the super brief weather event. Then KP and Nora relocated to the backyard and she saw her very first rainbow — more excitement! Now, every day when she looks out our back windows she wants to see the rainbow…

The last unofficial weekend of summer is upon us, although it doesn’t feel like it living in Austin. We’ve got plenty of time left for outside fun and BBQs. That’s not bragging; I am actually very ready for fall and hate seeing all the cute fall layers that I can’t wear here any time soon.

Whether or not you’re unofficially bidding summer adieu this weekend… enjoy!

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A healthy chocolate peanut butter banana shake?! Yes, please.

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Guilty of losing my shit way too often. Vowing to take more of these three-second pauses.

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I had no idea Grant Achatz had a casual restaurant in the works… that and other bars and restaurants to check out this fall here.

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Do your good deed for the day. It’s so easy. #DrinkGoodDoGood.

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I like to think Nora is a pretty good airplane traveler, but I’m going to have to employ some of these tips for wheels up next month.

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Have a lovely holiday weekend!

The Week That Was: August 28, 2015

Sunrise over Dundee, Oregon

This was the perfect view that I woke up to a week ago in Oregon. It looks like a postcard, doesn’t it? I’m struggling to put into words what a lovely place the Willamette Valley is, but I’m working on it and hope to share more on that topic — and our trip — soon.

In the mean time, it’s been back to reality. Kind of a crappy week, as post-vacation weeks tend to be. On the bright side, the week has flown. Nora started part-time preschool on Tuesday. There were a few tears (hers, mine) and more of the same on Thursday (only hers). She seems to like it; it’s just the drop-off that gets her down. But she’ll come around. I’m sure it was the combination of that and being back home with Mom and Dad after our trip that had her off-kilter and cranky and bailing on nap time.

I’m starting to feel caught up on life at home. I even organized three closets this week! And I have other projects in mind for the weekend. KP is thrilled. His reward in advance will be Chinese take-out tonight.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, enjoy.

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We experienced life-changing sheets at the inn we stayed at in Oregon. Seriously. I slept like a baby (and I’m not a good sleeper). I’m told they’re LUX by Jennifer Adams. Do yourself a favor and order a set, immediately.

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KP whipped up some homemade enchiladas (for the first time, and they were the bomb.com). My contribution was the skinny margaritas.

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Check out these 7 Airport Tech Hacks on your next layover.

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Nora always loves a good book. Adding all of these to her wish list!

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If only I had this, maybe I would have been more successful with breastfeeding.

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Here’s what happens when J. Jill, Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant and Eileen Fisher get together for tea.

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Happy weekend!

The Week That Was: August 14, 2015

Flowers

It feels like I haven’t posted in forever, although it’s only been two weeks. And as someone who loathes the “busy” excuse, with my tail between my legs I must admit that I haven’t had time to write because I have truly been busy. I started a new job, we had a houseful of guests last weekend and time went at warp speed, as it does. I have so many things I keep meaning to write about — all the way back to our time in our Chicago in June — but I just haven’t had time.

I like to think I’ll get more accomplished this weekend. We have nothing planned and it’s a nice feeling. Whatever you’re up to, enjoy.

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Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise inspired me to make mussels at home for the very first time. Why didn’t I do that sooner?

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Did you know Pottery Barn offers free interior design services? I’ll let you know how worthwhile it is in two weeks.

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I usually don’t need much convincing when it comes to buying an investment bag.

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In just over a week I’ll be packing Nora’s lunch two days a week… I think I’m gonna need this list of ideas!

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Teachers, remember not to hit the children.

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Until next time…

The Week That Was: July 31, 2015

And just like that, only one month of summer left to enjoy. I haven’t even made a single peach cobbler yet this summer! This weekend, I’m going to recruit Nora as my sous chef and do just that. Hope your weekend is equally delicious.

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Grilled peaches and pecans — another way to enjoy one of my summertime faves.

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We can learn a lot about ourselves outside of our comfort zone.

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My beloved white jeans have mysteriously gone MIA. Time to replace because they’re not just for summertime anymore.

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Proud to have actually finished a summer read this week: Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise. Delicious, easy read.

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Chicago-style or New York-style?

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With autumn around the corner, now is the time to detox the closet.

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It’s so sad that this is what dinner with family and friends has come to. Even sadder, I know a few who could use these placemats

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Have a lovely weekend!

The Week That Was: July 24, 2015

Lobster roll

I’m back East this weekend, visiting friends and their adorable kids just outside of Boston. I always get nostalgic when I come back and what’s more quintessential summer than the East Coast? Two highlights of my weekend will be a lobstah roll and watching the Red Sox at Fenway tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Not just because I’m in Boston, but how did the lobster roll not make the cut of 20 foods around the world you must eat before you die?

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I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: roll — don’t fold — clothes before putting in the suitcase. That, and other packing tips here.

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What do you love doing that you aren’t doing? Get inspired.

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Road trips often create happy memories.

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My new favorite recipe find is this mango salsa that we made to top our fish tacos.

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Have a lovely weekend.

The Week That Was: July 17, 2015

Juicing

Today KP and I are starting a three-day juice cleanse. Whole Foods now owns us and every penny we once had. I am not remotely looking forward it, but we both agreed that we needed a kickstart to getting back on the healthy eating track, and any weight loss will be icing on the cake. Argh. Cake… something I won’t be eating this weekend…

My juicing experience to-date has consisted of replacing one meal per day with a fresh, homemade juice. Surprisingly, some of the juice recipes I’ve tried are quite tasty and mildly filling. Still, nothing but juice for three days is going to be a challenge. I’ll report back once I’ve recovered.

Enjoy your weekend and please indulge in some summer goodies for me.

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It’s been so long since I’ve bought a new handbag. Eyeing Liberty London’s gorgeous Marlborough tote, in Oxblood, please.

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I’m envious of these kids’ passport stamps.

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Feeling saucy? Infuse your own vodka at home.

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Despite the blistering heat this week, I can still think fall. And I think I need to add these adorable booties to my collection. P.S. I love that Sole Society shows you how to wear the shoes, a la Stitch Fix.

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When Nabisco started introducing Oreo flavors, I thought the idea was stupid. An Oreo is an Oreo, period. That was until they introduced the addicting s’mores Oreo. I swore I wouldn’t buy another package after we devoured the one I bought on a whim, yet they ended up in my shopping cart again this week. Oops.

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Mrs. Meyer’s is my go-to for hand soap and some cleaning supplies. A little birdie tipped me off to their free shipping offer (and the fact that most things are cheaper than at my beloved Target).

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Have a lovely weekend.