On my Mind…Lately

This was my at 4th birthday party.  I wanted to be Sally from Wee Sing Together.  She wore a red dress and danced on the table and sang a song as she received her birthday presents.

Guess what guys!  It’s my birthday today!  I used to (as in up until this year) make a big deal of my birthday and tell my family that it’s my birthday month so I should be spoiled the entire month…but now I’m turning 28 and I’m not quite as excited to see the years fly by so quickly.  Not that I’m not excited for the future (and yes, I know I’m still young), but somehow I can’t help but compare myself to where my mom was at 28.  She had me at 27, so I’m already “behind” in that category.  I know it’ll be my turn to be a mom soon enough, and I really am so excited to become a mother when I’m meant to become one.  I have a feeling that 28 will be the best year yet, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Now that that’s out of the way, here are the things I’ve had on my mind this past week.  

1.  10 Tips on Working from Home.  I’ve been struggling with finding balance lately, and I attribute this to working from home and not having a regimented schedule like I did in the Army.  Often when Tom comes home from work I am in the same clothes I was wearing when he left (pajamas), and I’m lucky if I managed to brush my teeth.  I’ll try to work on posts and projects, but then get distracted by some mundane task like organizing the closet or cleaning out the pantry.  It’s hard to stay focused sometimes, but these tips by Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere are very helpful and hopefully I’ll get into a good routine soon enough.

Image via Leif Shop.

2.  Striped Marble Serving Board.  Isn’t this black and white marble serving board gorgeous?  I’d love to serve a yummy cheese plate on this.

Image via Refinery 29.

3.  Louis Ghost Chair…for Less!  I’ve been hoping to stumble upon a Louis ghost chair for ages now (a knock-off version…no way could I ever afford the original Kartell version), and I finally found one at Homegoods!  There were 6 of them (that would have been so amazing around a dining table), but I am happy with my current dining chairs so I scooped up two of them for a steal.  I don’t exactly have room for them at the moment, but that’s ok!

Image via Home Depot.

4.  A Pretty Bed.  Isn’t this bed beautiful?  Plus there is a sparkly disco ball next to the bed, so it’s pretty much perfection.  All the rest of the pictures are lovely too, so if you want some Christmas decorating tips (and some bedding envy) check it out!

Image via PB Teen.

5.  Thanksgiving Place Cards.  Isn’t this the most fun Thanksgiving table setting?  I love the ikat fabric, the gold flatware, the gold leafed pumpkin and the simple feather place card.  My friend Laurel from A Bubbly Life shared her Thanksgiving table on PB Teen this week, and I couldn’t help but share it here too.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

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  1. November 22, 2014 / 4:13 am

    And happy birthday! Sorry, I lost my train of thought when I went searching for Jamie's post. Hope you're having a fantastic day!

  2. Noelle
    November 22, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Happy Birthday! How exciting, we have the same birthday. ūüôā Look forward to your next post!

  3. November 22, 2014 / 1:30 pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful! Love reading your posts and I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!

  4. November 22, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Weekend!

  5. November 24, 2014 / 2:35 am

    IRT finding balance/direction after Army life, I saw this the other day and thought you'd be a good candidate: http://www.isuwannee.com/2014/11/for-hire.html. It could be a good way to get some experience and add some structure back into your life. Cheers and happy Thanksgiving!

  6. November 24, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    Happy Birthday weekend! I too saw the same chairs at HG and died a little (Merry Christmas to me?), but I paging through some other blogs I found this website:


    When the time comes (and I have the room) this is where I'll be grabbing mine from!



  7. December 26, 2014 / 4:54 pm

    Thank you Catherine! And that job in Alexandria sounds like an ideal fit for me! I wish I still lived in Arlington because that would have been an easy commute. Living in the burbs in Maryland is cramping my style!

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