Category: Monday Musings (page 1 of 3)

Monday Musings: Aspiring to Be Cool

Welcome to Monday Musings, where I share some thoughts and some links I’ve been loving lately!

Do you ever encounter someone or see a photo and just think, “damn, she is cool”?  And by cool, I mean that hard-to-describe combination of confidence, style, and attitude.  A cool woman has that quality where she knows what she likes and she could care less if you do too.  She knows the outfit she’s rocking or the work she’s putting out or the life she’s living is enough.  She doesn’t care what you think, which charms you and pulls you in and makes you want to know more.

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On Saturday, a friend sent me these photos from her wedding (shot by Lily and Sparrow Photography), and I was struck with the realization that my daughter is definitely one of the cool ones.  And it got me thinking – don’t we all start out cool?  What is it that causes us to question ourselves as we get older?  Maybe if we kept that confidence and devil-may-care attitude we had as children, we’d be braver and more willing to put ourselves out there.  We’d be who we want to be and be unapologetic about it, which is about the coolest thing I can think of.

As a total nerd and people pleaser who aspires to be cool (and by that very fact, will never be), I get a vicarious thrill from being around cool people.   There are so many cool women in my life (my sisters, my sisters-in-law, my mom, my mother-in-law, grandmothers, aunts, friends… I could go on and on), but I’m most excited to spend the rest of my lifetime with this cool chick.  May you never question yourself, may you always be confident, and may you always know how cool you are.

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Links

Here are some links I’m loving this week:

  • why you shouldn’t worry too much if your kid is lying to you
  • what makes a Nick Saban quarterback
  • what you should do if your child comments on someone’s differences
  • why I still use a paper planner(I talk about the one I’m using for 2018 here)
  • what’s new on Netflix this month

How was your weekend?  What are you loving lately?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Monday Musings: COLD Weekend with Aunt Mel and Granny Calamity

Welcome to Monday Musings, where I share some thoughts and some links I’ve been loving lately!

We had a wonderful visit with my mom (Granny Calamity) and sister (Aunt Mel) over the weekend.  It takes them about 7 hours to drive down, so we don’t get to see them near as much as I’d like.  Spending a few days with them was a real treat!

We mostly just ate a lot of food (my favorite activity), played with Carla May (when she was awake), and played board games (when CM was asleep).  What else can you do in Destin when it is this cold outside??  By the way, Bears vs Babies is such a fun game once you get the hang of it – I could not stop laughing!

My mom brought her guitar down, which Carla May LOVED!  She was bouncing and dancing to the music.  My mom also surprised me with my Christmas present – a gorgeous painting of our family in the Bahamas.  I absolutely love it and continue to be blown away by her talent!

Links

Here are some links I’m loving this week:

  • Alabama is playing in the National Championship game tonight! ROLL TIDE!
  • my best friend started a blog!!!  check her out here
  • why you don’t need a daughter to want a better world
  • handy chart to determine if it is too cold to walk your dog
  • so many good sales right now: J. crew (up to 75% off), Anthropologie (extra 40% off), Gap (up to 60% off)

How was your weekend?  What are you loving lately?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Monday Musings: Cherishing the Possibilities of a New Year <3

Welcome to Monday Musings, where I share some thoughts and some links I’ve been loving lately!

As I write this on New Year’s Eve during my daughter’s nap, I have a smile on my face.  We had a wonderful Christmas holiday with family followed by a visit from one of my very best friends.  My family from Alabama will be here in just a few days.  Spending time with loved ones is something I treasure, and I am so grateful for this time of year for bringing people together.

Carla May is at the most fun age where she understands a lot of what is going on around her and wants to be involved in everything.  She is able to communicate very well, and she is so, so affectionate.  At 14 months, she is still refusing to walk, but she keeps us laughing with her “signature scoot.”

My unofficial “word of the year” last year was relax (for obvious reasons), and after some thought, I am choosing cherish as my word of the year for 2018.  I’d like to cherish these special moments with my daughter, cherish making memories with loved ones, cherish time spent alone on things I’m passionate about, cherish every precious second.

Life seems to ebb and flow through periods of lightness and darkness.  My family is definitely in a period of lightness right now.  Being as happy as I am seems almost criminal, so I want to cherish that feeling.

Outfit Details (on the left): sweater, pants (similar), slip-ons

Links

Here are some links I’m loving this week:

  • why toddlers deserve more respect
  • fabulous analysis of my favorite villain (SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read unless you’ve seen The Last Jedi)
  • if you need something to listen to (linking this here partly so I can go back and look!  I LOVE 1, 2, 10, 11, 16, 34, 36, and 44)

Do you pick a word of the year?  What word have you chosen for 2018?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Monday Musings: Of Course We Saw Star Wars on Opening Night, Didn’t You?

Welcome to Monday Musings, where I share some thoughts and some links I’ve been loving lately!

This weekend was a busy one – Are Decembers this crazy for everyone?

My husband and I saw the new Star Wars movie on premiere night and had a great time.  I dressed up like my favorite Han Solo meme but nobody noticed (or if they did they didn’t say anything).  At least I got a good laugh.  Have you seen The Last Jedi yet?  What did you think???

On Friday, we met a friend and her one-year-old son out at Seaside for a play date.  Seaside is a special place where you can still find an independently owned grocery store, an independently owned record store, and an independently owned bookstore (along with a ton of independently owned boutiques) all on one block!  I love exploring Seaside anytime, but especially around Christmas.  Seeing the place decked out in garland and lights makes it even more magical.

Another exciting event from this weekend was the groundbreaking of Camp Longleaf, the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center‘s new summer camp facility!  I am so proud of the Biophilia Center team for bringing to fruition something we’ve been talking about for years.  I’ll share photos and more info soon!

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Outfit Details: jacket (similar), leather pants (similar), top (similar), backpack, baby outfit (similar)

Links

Here are some links I’m loving this week:

  • 2017’s top ten best books (I’ve read 3 and have another on the shelf!)
  • how to treat yourself without spending money or eating junk
  • absolutely fascinating and very important deep dive into why millennials are screwed

How was your weekend? What are you loving lately?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Monday Musings: Still Thawing Out from the COLD Weekend

Welcome to Monday Musings, where I share some thoughts and some links I’ve been loving lately!

Destin Christmas Parade

This weekend was the Destin Christmas parade.  My husband is a Destin city councilman, so we got to ride in the golf cart while he passed out candy.  Chatham really outdid himself on the candy this year – he went to Sam’s Club and bought cases and cases of full-size Butterfingers, Almond Joys, and Sour Patch Straws to give out to all the children of Destin.

We were a little worried about Carla May making it through the entire parade route without throwing a fit.  It was COLD (40 degrees, very cold for Destin!), and the parade started at 10:00 am (she usually naps at 10:30), but we needn’t have worried.  As soon as the golf cart started cruising, she snuggled up in my blanket scarf and fell asleep.  She hasn’t slept on my lap like that since she was a newborn, so supporting the warm, sleepy weight of my tiny human for a mile and a half of slow cruising was a real treat for me.

Outfit Details

I’ve gotten a few questions on some of the items of clothing that show up in my photos, so I’ll start linking them (or similar styles) here for your convenience!

Me: jacket (size down), sunglasses (sold out of brown), blanket scarf (similar), hat (similar), boots

Carla May: hat & gloves (sold out of white, but this color is cute!), boots (similar), jacket (similar)

Links

Here are some links I’m loving this week:

How was your weekend? What are you loving lately?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

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Monday Musings: Cookies for Breakfast are Allowed in December, Right?

A little late today… okay, a LOT late today, but I finally got my Monday Musings post together.  You may have seen from my Instagram stories that Carla May is teething and has been a little needy the last few days.  One of her favorite activities is to “help” me type when I have my computer out, so attempting to blog can be pretty frustrating when she is awake.

We had a fun and busy weekend, which included ordering Christmas cards, baking SIX DOZEN Christmas cookies, going to Christmas parties, and getting in a holly, jolly spirit.  We tried to visit Santa but the line was too long, so we’ll be heading back to the North Pole later this week.  I’m hoping she reacts the same way she did with the Easter bunny, but who knows?! Any tips for making baby’s first visit with the big man a success?

monday musings christmas baby in the airHere are some links I’m loving this week:

  • maybe she’s born with it.. maybe it’s something else
  • questions to ask to get to know someone instead of making small talk
  • SNL skit that speaks the ugly truth in the cutest way
  • how to get a tiny bit more sleep

How was your weekend? What are you loving lately?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

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Monday Musings: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring the Net Neutrality Issue

Net Neutrality is a system of regulations in place to prevent cable companies from taking advantage of consumers and small business owners.  By repealing net neutrality, as the Federal Communications Commission has proposed, broadband providers will be able to control what websites you can visit, speed up or slow down service, and charge you for access similar to how cable companies charge for different channel packages.  This will fundamentally change the internet as we know it, and not in a positive way for consumers or small business owners.  Read more here, here, and here.

I urge you to call the FCC, your Representatives, and your Senators and tell them how important net neutrality is to you (or leave a message, since they never actually answer their phones ).  I recommend using 5calls.org, which provides you with the phone numbers to the offices of leaders in your district and also gives you a handy script in case you get tongue tied.

In other bad news, Alabama lost the Iron Bowl this weekend in a very ugly fashion, but at least I got a cute shot of my crimson family:

Here are some links I’m loving this week:

  • a hilarious and instructive Thanksgiving letter
  • what self-care really means
  • in case you need another reason to own a dog
  • the best gift guide I’ve come across yet: gifts that empower women

How was your weekend?  Did you call your politicians about net neutrality yet?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Monday Musings: Prioritizing Rest and Creativity

Over the weekend, I happened upon an Instagram post with a caption that really hit home for me.  Amanda Watters of the exquisite Homesong Blog eloquently describes a phenomena that happens in my life every single day…. that feeling that every task on my to-do list must be completed before making time for rest and creativity (a struggle I have written about before).

These days, I have a limited amount of alone time at home – between 1.5 and 3 hours a day, depending on CM’s naps – and it is so easy to fill up that time with laundry, dishes, cooking, and other chores. BUT, when I put those things on the back burner and use that time to read, write, or take a bubble bath, I feel more energized and better prepared to be an attentive mother when my daughter wakes up.  Prioritizing rest and creativity is important, and Amanda’s beautiful reminder was exactly what I needed to read this weekend.

i wrote you a letter this morning about making time to make for those of you who need a gentle nudge. i am usually the person who needs reminding that i don’t have to have my to-do list completed before getting out the craft basket, or picking up a book, or making messes in the kitchen, or getting down on the floor to play with my kids – for whatever reason, i sometimes believe the lie, that feeding my creative spirit is not a priority while i raise my babies at home. like it’s selfish or something. it’s just not true. me time, mama time, making time – it all matters and it’s important. while there are certainly priorities and boundaries for those who happen to work where they live, and live where they work, there too is an opportunity to say yes to yourself and to embracing creating and that doesn’t make you any less of a mom. if anything, i believe it can make you a better one. 📝💛 #homesongblog

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Here are some links I am loving lately:
  • heartwarming story about a nonprofit centered around books
  • things you could’ve done instead of checking your phone
  • seven cute, easy, casual outfits for late fall
How was your weekend?  What are you loving lately?
xoxo

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Monday Musings: New Logo, Twitter, and 5K

A few exciting things:

  • My incredible sister-in-law Jane made me a logo for my blog and I LOVE it!
  • I made a Twitter but the pressure of a first tweet is weighing heavy on me.
  • On Saturday, Chatham and I ran a 5K and the conditions were perfect and we both finished in the top 3 of our age groups and it was SO much fun!

Here are some links I am loving lately:

How was your weekend?  What are you loving lately?

xoxo

Monday Musings: Critter Cruise

This weekend, we went out on the Biophilia Center Critter Cruise on the Solaris, an hour and a half boat ride with snakes, tortoises, birds, and skunks.  There were probably 100 kids running around and having a blast with all of the animals.  The Biophilia Center is planning on making this an annual event so if you are free next year, I highly recommend taking your kiddos out on the critter cruise!

By the way, I wear this denim kimono ALL the time!  It’s from Anthropologie a few seasons back, but here’s a similar one (with a gorgeous frayed-edge hem) if you like the look.

Here are some links I’m loving lately:

  • an issue I didn’t know was an issue before I became a mother
  • a secret to a happy marriage
  • a classic, hilarious, and extremely profane celebration of Fall
  • a reflection on the joy of unscheduled time

How was your weekend?  What are you loving lately?

xoxo

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