18 Jul

Friday Finds…

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I had to remind myself numerous times this week that, “It’s All Right”. With a very moody 2.5 year old along with a 2 month old that needs his momma and work that needs to get done this has been a very exhausting week as a working from home mom. I need to get myself a work space outside of the home so that I don’t have a little visitor every couple of mins that asks me, “What are you doing”. I have never been so excited to get to Friday.

Here are some things that caught my eye this week.

-I’ve been wanting to use my real camera more often instead of just my iphone. How pretty is this strap? Complete with a monogram! I’ve been known to drop a camera or two so a strap is definitely a must have for me.

-I have coolers on the brain this week and this DIY project to make your standard cooler a bit cooler is jaw dropping. Wish I had thought of it myself.

-A gold tattoo that is removable so it will come off once I’ve come to my senses. Perfect! Stamp me up.

-Aren’t these placemats so chic? Love the bow detail on them. Available in blackand greentoo!

-Note to self don’t toss out 90% of your shoes in a cleaning fit because your feet still aren’t back down to their normal size from baby #2 without having some replacements. In love with these sandals. Leopard plus a little accent of metal studs for a touch of rock and roll. Perfection plus they are only sale for less than $50! Wouldn’t want them to feel lonely in my closet so I think I will need these pom pom sandalsas well.

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17 Jul

Treat Yo Self: Jonathan Adler Warehouse Sale

Since I live in the NYC area I am lucky enough to have been able to stand with masses and wait on line to enter the sought after Jonathan Adler Warehouse Sale. It’s in Queens, NY and it’s full of Jonathan Adler goodies at crazy good deals.

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This year I found out that they are going to be having a warehouse sale online so that everyone can score something fabulous. I love Jonathan Adler’s style and have little home decor accessories of his in every room in my house.

I can’t wait to see what will be available today. Here are some peeks at things I know will be on sale.

Bobo and Waves pillow: Originally $88 On Sale: $25.99

JA Bobo Waves Pillow was $88 now $25.99

Lena Lamp: Originally $595 On Sale: $356.99

JA Lena Lamp was $595 now $356.99

Pop Sugar Candle: Originally $38 On Sale $18.99

JA Pop Sugar Candle was $38 now $18.99

Siamese Cat: Originally $88 On Sale $23.99

JA Siamese Cat was $88 now $23.99

Unicorn Salt & Pepper Shakers: Originally $48 On Sale $27.99

JA Unicorn S&P was $48 now $27.99

Ready, set, shop! If you pick something up at sale head back and let me know what you snagged. :)

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16 Jul

Kids Outdoor Furniture

Maybe it’s just because I have kids now, but doesn’t everything look cuter when it’s mini. I’m not a fan of traditional kids furniture that can be a little cheesy, but in doing a little research I found some great chic and affordable options for the mini people in your life.

Since it’s summer time I decided to just round up outdoor furniture pieces.

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No.1 I have this picnic table from Ikea and I love it. Hudson loves it and we constantly get compliments on because it looks like an adult table that has just been shrunk. Best part? It’s only $39.99.

No.2 It’s a sectional plus it has the striped cushions and umbrella! I love this and would actual love it to be supersized for me.

No.3 Love the mix of natural and painted wood on this collection from Target. A fun modern take on a classic style.

No.4 I have the adult version of these chairs on my own patio and I love them. Only issue with them is that they are typically not outdoor chairs so if you leave them out during rain the inner screws start to rust and you get bits of rust stain on the chair. Learned that the hard way.

No.5 A cozy bench for two. I can already envision Hudson and Ash sitting in it.

No.6 I think our 10 ft x 6 ft inflatable pool needs some pool side seating. This cabana lounge chair set up totally works with what we have going on in the backyard. Trying to figure out if it would fit anywhere.

No.7 Looks exactly like it’s adult counterpart. Available in the style featured above and this additional style.

Ah it must be fun to be little.

 

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15 Jul

It’s the coolest.

Last week Jon mentioned a kickstarter campaign that he thought was really cool, which he saw my cousins facebook wall all the way in Australia.

I watched the video and instantly fell in love with the coolest cooler. First off it was orange! You know that had me at the get go. Then it just kept getting better when I saw all of the cool features it had.

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It has the following perks:

-A battery powered blender
-Removable waterproof Bluetooth speaker
-USB Charger
-LED lid light
-Gear tie down
-Cooler Divider/Cutting board
-Extra wide easy rolling tires
-Integrated storage for plates and knives
-Bottle opener

Cool, right? The next day I decided we needed to pledge some money and be a part of it. When we saw the video there were 500 backers and Ryan had was a 1.5 million when his goal was $50,000. Within the next two days when we actually went online and pledged it had gone up to 1,500 bakers and was at 2.4 million.

Go over now and see what his numbers are. It’s crazy!

For those of you that hadn’t heard about it I needed to share this campaign.I feel like I am even more connected to it, because a long time blog reader and fellow blogger and pal, Loretta from Eco Happy Style is actually Ryan’s sister in law. Isn’t it a small, small, world out there. I was super happy to support her brother in laws coolest cooler.

Did you pledge as well?

 

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14 Jul

Scenes from my weekend…

Thank you all for the sweet messages about Moo’s passing. Losing him was so hard, but it was so nice to know that others were thinking of him too. Of course our week continued to get a little hectic when Hudson came up with a 103 fever Friday evening. Crazy end to a crazy week. We rushed him to an urgent care center and it seems like it’s just some sort of virus that needs to pass.

Saturday was spent resting with our sick little guy.

Asher slept over at my parents house until Hudson’s fever broke. So on Saturday morning when Hudson’s fever was almost back to normal I ran out to get my littlest guy and made a pit stop at a new farmers market a couple of towns over.

The highlight of the market was Sugar Mountain Catering.
They had the cutest tricycle with a keg that dispensed artisan lemonades along with yummy treats like gluten free/vegan peanut butter chocolate cookies that were amazing! If you live on L.I. I would definitely try them out.

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The rest of the day was spent at home so that Hudson could continue to recover. I managed to clean up a little and found this Leigh Viner print I forgot I had bought years ago.

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I also finished a little chair project for my parent’s home office.

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We ended the evening with Asher trying out his brothers old Bumbo chair.

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Plus a little relaxing on the trampoline:

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{Don’t worry we didn’t jump. Just laid on it to look up at the size and see planes fly by.}

On Sunday was much better so he headed out his daddy and some friends to go out fishing.

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I ran out with Asher and headed to my parents to watch the last World Cup game and then picked up some goodies at Target. How cute are these Oh Joy for Target paper goods?

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When the men arrived from their fishing trip we all got to hang out in the backyard and do a little BBQing for dinner.

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Every meal should end on a sweet note and we got to enjoy these yummy cookies for dessert. The Jacque Torres chocolate chip cookies were particularly delicious.

The sweetest note to my weekend though was getting to hear Hudson tell me he loves me. He has been talking for a while now and saying lots of new words/sentences, but for some reason never wants to say I love you. Luckily since I was out of the house when it happened Jon got it on video.

Happy Monday! Let’s hope this week treats me better.

 

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11 Jul

Saying goodbye to Moo

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This has been a very hard week. Last week Moo stopped eating. We figured it was due to the bad thunderstorms and 4th of July related fireworks which normally make him really anxious and typically he doesn’t eat.

After the holiday weekend though he still wasn’t eating. We tried everything, but he even turned his nose down to bacon. This is when we knew things were wrong and on Monday we rushed him to the vet. Turns out the poor little guy had tongue ulcers that the vet thought was related to bacteria on his teeth. We left him at the vet feeling good that all he needed was a teeth cleaning and antibiotics.

The next day his blood work came back and we found out he was in kidney failure. Not the news we wanted to hear. When we read up on the symptoms of kidney failure we saw that Moo had every single one of them and that the symptoms didn’t show up until 75-80 percent of the kidney was damaged.

He started treatment right away, but sadly things didn’t get any better and he just kept looking worse and worse and we had to make a really hard decision.

Moo was and will always be my first baby. During my college years Jon and  I worked at Nordstrom and on our lunch breaks we would go to the pet store in the same mall. I would fall in love with certain puppies, take them out to play and even name them. They would all end up getting sold.

One day this sweet little black and white shih tzu with a ton of spunk arrived at the store and I was smitten. I went every single day to see him and even named him Moo due to the cow print pattern he had on his belly. I was obsessed with him and sadly one day he was gone from the store. Little did I know that on Christmas morning he would pop out of a gift box from Jon. He was the best gift I have ever received.

He immediately became part of the family and became our little baby. Moo was with us during the years we dated, engagement, marriage, homeowner ship and the birth of our 2 sons.

He was always there for us providing loads of unconditional love. Hudson fell in love him as well and would always wake up looking for his Moo-Moo and making sure he was feed and of course got his dose of cuddles.

This was a very rough week indeed with the tears flowing and yesterday when we had to say our final goodbye was beyond heart breaking.

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Moo, you will be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Jul

Treat Yo Self: Beaded Clutch

Last week I was out shopping with my sister and on our way out of Nordstroms we got sidetracked by an accessories section. We spotted a beautiful beaded clutch, but at $200 it seemed like way too much for a bag that will only come out for special events like a wedding. We continued on and then found a clutch made by the same designer that was even more stunning and was only $139. Now I know $139 is still a good amount for a small evening bag, but it was oh so pretty and seemed like a bargain after the $200 on.

I helped talk my sister into buying it and told her that she needed to treat herself.

natasha couture "confetti" clutch
{Natasha Couture Confetti Minaudiere in Neon}

It was easy to convince her, because she had already thought it would be a bag that she would keep forever and eventually one of her future granddaughters would want the bag her kooky grandmother had. For all that $139 seemed like a bargain. ;)

All this seemed completely rational and we promptly headed to the registers. Sometimes it’s nice to just treat yo self!  I can’t wait to borrow this beauty!

It’s no longer available online at Nordstrom, but this is a similiar looking bag.

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09 Jul

Bathroom Re-vamp Reveal

The main bathroom in our house is teeny tiny. It’s only a 4 ft by 9ft space and while I wish it was larger it’s small size does make it easy to re-vamp it on a whim. Years ago I hopped on the black walls trend and painted it black. I loved it, but then black walls started to get really popular and I got the itch to switch things up. So, a while ago (2 years!) I shared a little mock up of what I wanted to do to switch things up. I did all of the changes rather quickly, but then I never got around to posting a reveal. Bad blogger, I know.

It’s totally overdue, but here is a look at the re-vamp:

Goodbye black walls and hello Rainwater by Martha Stewart paints:
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{DIY steps for ampersand artwork here.}

rainwater by martha stewart

rainwater by martha stewart

A small space made me get creative with storage. This elephant planter from Anthropologie (no longer available) became a corral for my hair brushes, hair dryer and curling irons.
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vintage elephant hook
{Elephant hook available here.}

black and white mosaic tile mirror

Of course now that I have shared this all with you I have decided an additional re-vamp is needed. I will be keeping the rainwater paint color on the walls and all of the main fixtures, but I’m going to switch things up a bit.

Stay tuned…

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08 Jul

All the fish in the sea

How adorable are these nautical pillows from etsy shop, Cathy Picone?

I’m smitten now I just need my own beach house to use them in. :)

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{Striped Aqua Fish Pillow}

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{Striped Green Fish Pillow}

stripednavyfishpillow
{Striped Navy Fish Pillow}

stripedredfishpillow
{Striped Red Pillow}

stripedyellowfishpillow
{Stripe Yellow Fish Pillow}

I’m a stripes girl so these were my favorite, but there are so many other fabric options available in the shop.All of them are available for only $22!

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07 Jul

Scenes from my weekend…

Oh Monday how quickly you sneak up on us.

Here are a couple of peeks from our holiday weekend.

We hosted a little get together on the 4th and had all intentions to eat outdoors, but mother nature had other plans.

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{I was playing around with tablescapes the day before, but alas we weren’t able to use it due to rain.}

I didn’t want to stress out hosting on the 4th so we kept things simple. We had help from both sets of parents with one bringing appitizers and the other set providing beverages so that was super helpful. My sister bought over desserts and we cooked up some kebobs on the grill. I couldn’t resist picking up some glazed donuts for dessert as well, because it just seemed so all American and lets face it I have a huge sweet tooth. My sister set up the dessert table and I love how she dressed up my plain glazed donuts with sprinkles!

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{Don’t my $2.99 for a dozen donuts look so fancy all dressed up with sprinkles?}

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On Saturday we headed out east bright and early for a get together and fun was had by all. I even put away my iphone for most of the day, which was surprisingly nice.

Since we were celebrating the 4th on the 5th I decided to wear a little red (ok so it was really orange), white and blue.

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The best part of our day out east was getting to see Hudson hang out with his cousins. He loves little friends so it was great to see him play.

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{Here is Hudson with some of the girls watching a little Sofia the first.}

We got home on the late side Saturday night, but try telling that to Hudson and Asher who were up bright and early. For some reason in my sleep deprived state I decided it was the perfect time to clean up this mess of a closet:

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{Yes that is still my wedding dress from almost 8 years ago hanging at the back of my closet door covered by massive collection of scarves. Whoops!}

I would love to post an after shot, but even after a handful of hours cleaning it the end results don’t love that photo worthy. Everything is more organzied though and I discarded bags of clothes/shoes/handbags that I didn’t wear anymore so, it’s a win.

We then spent the afternoon with my side of the family at my parents house in their newly re-vamped patio.

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The long weekend ended with all of us at home watching Finding Nemo before bed and this momma had her hands full with lots of love and affection for my little guys.

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Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday weekend!
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