10 Random Things, 5/4/2021

breck and grier totes

Hey friends!  Life got crazy last week and I missed out on publishing any blog posts.  But I’m back with a 10 random things update today, sharing 10 random things that pop into my head as I write this.  Hope you’re having a great week!

Mary of Mary & Crew and Breck & Grier recently collaborated on a collection of straw totes and they are so sweet!  They were so kind to send me a mommy and me set to share and I’m so excited to use them this summer.  Mary is a breast cancer survivor and a portion of the sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Alliance to fund research, education and outreach.  The totes have Liberty floral print-wrapped handles and encourage you to choose joy and live colorfully, no matter what comes your way.

I just bought this drip irrigation watering system on Amazon for my potted plant and hanging ferns!  It’s on Amazon Prime and is under $30 and a friend of mine recommended it to me after using it for years.  I had no clue irrigation systems could be DIYed and I didn’t know they were affordable either, so I’m excited to get it set up!  I’m hoping my plants will survive the summer even if we’re at the beach for part of it, and I think this will be a big help.

The Mother’s Day gift and card that Caroline made at school are the sweetest things ever.  She came home with them already and would not let me wait until Mother’s Day to open them.  She made a necklace for me with clay that has a heart on it and her initial on the back with 2021, and the card she made had a photo of her lying down next to chalk art as the “I” in “I love (heart) you!”  Absolutely melts my heart!

Tate is suddenly a new baby!  Ok not really, but she’s such a happy girl now and that has not been the norm since she was born.  She has been my hardest baby/young toddler (by far) and it seems as though she has whined and cried non-stop since she was born.  Truthfully, it’s been really tough and a few weeks ago after a particularly challenging weekend I found myself wondering if 15 month olds can be colicky.  I honestly think the culprit was teething making her uncomfortable, and now that the 8th tooth of her’s finally popped through she sudden is a pleasant child for the first time ever.  (Just being honest.)  She’s been playful and fun and sweet and hasn’t whined like she’s been doing non-stop the past few months.  She’s such a joy!  In other Tate news, she really isn’t talking and she’s 16.5 months old now.  I think we may have a speech delay in our future, but thankfully I know how to navigate those waters since we already went through it with Jack.

I’m almost finished with the book Firefly Lane and I’ve really enjoyed it!  (I let myself get distracted by a few new design books, so that’s why it’s taking me so long to finish.)  I’ll probably choose a beachy read, maybe something new from Mary Kay Andrews, after this since we’ll be heading to Fripp Island soon!  She’s one of my favorite authors and her books are so much fun.

I tried the frozen chocolate croissants from Trader Joe’s this past weekend and OMG I had no idea they’d be just as good as the ones you can get at a fancy bakery!  They box is so small so I didn’t have high hopes, but you let them rise overnight and by the time you wake up they’re nice and huge and ready for the oven, and then they grow even more.  These will definitely become a staple in our pantry for an occasional breakfast treat!  We gave them a quick egg wash over top before popping them in the oven to help then get that nice shiny brown color.

J.Crew Factory is having a great sale right now and I rounded up my top pics here.  I’m currently wearing this striped tiered dress and it’s on sale for $34.50!

Beautycounter has a new product called Hand Savior Radiance Boosting Serum + Hand Sanitizer!  I haven’t tried it yet but it’ll be in my next order.  It’s like skincare for your hands, since hands are one of the first places that starts to show age as we get older.   It has hyaluronic acid in it so it brightens and hydrates your skin, and it also has hand sanitizing benefits to it too!  You can shop it through my Beautycounter site here.

We’ve registered Jack for Kindergarten at our local public school!  Now I’m praying school will be back in person 5 days a week by the time fall rolls around.  They’re still only in person 2 days a week here but the registrar says they’re hopeful for a normal schedule next year.  Fingers crossed because Jack would not thrive with a distance learning program.  Crazy that I’ll have an elementary schooler soon!

The kids are loving soccer now!  Soccer was a disaster the first week the kids had it (as I shared in my recent 10 things post), but now they love it!  They’ve both participated and have had so much fun the past 3 weeks and it makes me so happy to see them trying something new and having fun while doing it.  I shared my tips/things we did differently on week 2 to help them in this recent Instagram post, if you need some ideas to help your reluctant little one!

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