1. My exercise pants – with pockets!
2. Face primer
3. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
Also – I might have a bit of reading to do this fall – my stack keeps growing.
4. The Marie Kondo folding method
5. This mom’s massive home de-cluttering videos
To my joy, she posted a part 2 video where she tackles her closet too, and I’m waiting expectantly for the next installments!
In other news, over this Labor Day weekend, I think I’m finally going to take the plunge and try to move this little blog of mine to WordPress (Whaaaaaaat!). Only about 5 years after everyone else – I know. I’m not 100% sure it’s going to work, but if anything funky goes on – that’s why. Wish me luck!
So, that’s what I’ve been loving lately. What about you? Any fun finds to share that have made your life better? Labor Day plans? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. If you’re looking for a challenge this long weekend, it’s a great time to tackle the de-cluttering checklist I posted!
This post contains affiliate links, which give me a commission. Thanks for your support!
September is the new January! I’ve told that to Brian so many times in the last week as he’s questioned why I’m de-cluttering, he now just rolls his eyes. Going back to school has permanently ingrained in me the feeling of fall being a fresh start, a time to refocus on old goals and make new ones. Maybe that’s why they say “turn over a new leaf,” because fall … leaves… MIND BLOWN.
Even though it’s still devilishly hot here in Arizona, I’m not going to let it get me down or chill my autumnal instincts. I’m preparing for one of my favorite fall traditions – the purge. Before I can cozy up for winter, I first have to get rid of all the stuff that’s creating disorder, stress, and holding me back from clarity and purpose by its mere existence.
This is a little different from my usual Friday Finds lists. As is probably obvious, I’ve never been too big on the whole Southwestern decor look, despite living in the Southwest.
But last month, as I looked for birthday party themes for Edison, I found so many lovely cactus/boho/southwestern decor items with a little feminine flair, and I just loved the contrast. I wasn’t on the cactus trend before, but now, I’m definitely stuck on it … too much?
I’m looking for creative ways to incorporate touches of it into our house, and put together this little inspiration board.
1. Watercolor cactus tapestry. This looks like something they’d have at Urban Outfitters, but at a fraction of the cost.
2. Boho macrame wall hanging.
3. Watercolor cactus pillows: top, middle, and bottom. I bought this last one already, and love it! It matches my other burlap and linen pillows and ads a great pop of color.
4. Pink Mexican blanket. These come in all colors!
5. Cactus light. I love this little guy, and he’s definitely going to stick around even though Edison’s birthday is long past.
6. Catctus candles. How cute are these?!
7. Vintage boho rug. I just need the right space for this – but I love the aqua and pink combo.
What do you think of the cactus trend? Love it, or steer clear? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
This post contains some affiliate links, which will earn me a small commission on your purchase. Thanks for your support!
It was also a short walk from Belmont park, where we played mini-golf one night, and rode the rides, including the old wooden roller coaster, another. I almost lost my glasses on the roller coaster, we felt a little sick after eating a funnel cake, Brian got ice cream as big as his head, and the whole thing was wonderful.
I also discovered Acai bowls, and took dozens of foodies that I will spare you.
It seemed like no time at all, and then we were road-tripping again to California, this time to LA for the fourth of July weekend.
A burger with gluten-free bread and dairy-free cheese – I thought I died and went to heaven.
Besides our trips, we had some great down time and just fun moments.
How does this even happen???
I posted on Instagram that I was beginning to understand why parents of two-year-olds sigh deeply. He does the cutest, sweetest things, and then the next second melts into a raging monster I barely recognize. These days are hard.
The sanity-draining whining, the fits, problems resurfacing at daycare, behavior issues that I just don’t know if I’m dealing with it in the right way, and others I don’t know where to even begin dealing with … parenting is just hard!
Lots of ice cream (after he goes to bed) and a sense of humor are essential, I think.
But after a particularly bad day of fits, Edison got sick at daycare and so he had to stay home the day after. He helped me decorate his birthday cakes, which you can see in this post, by finishing off the frosting.
I already posted about Edison’s birthday, but one of the presents Brian was especially excited about was getting Edison his first bike. He hasn’t quite figured out how to ride it yet, but he definitely loves it.
3. New mattress, sheets, and pillows
4. Cleaning Kit
5. Inexpensive Organizing Solutions
6. A Special Item to Mark the Transition
In the entryway, I changed my letter board to reflect the theme, and added this very cute cactus light. Over the fireplace, I added this cactus banner. I expected it to be made out of paper, but it’s actually felt! I think it will stay up year-round somewhere in my house.
Outside on the porch, I brought out all of my blue metal kitchen chairs, and bought a folding table from Target. The aqua plastic tablecloth I already had, leftover from a bridal shower I threw a year ago. I decorated the table with some of my little succulents on tiny cake stands, which I already had also.
- Walking Tacos. Apparently, this is a Midwesterner thing, because no one in Arizona had heard of this. You take individual bags of Doritos or Fritos, open them, and put a scoop of taco meat and all your usual fixings inside the bag, mix it up, and eat it from the bag. These are the original Doritos Tacos – but deconstructed. I cooked the taco meat in the crock pot to make life even easier.
- Guacamole, sour cream, cheese, shredded lettuce, salsa – all purchased and packaged, again, making life easy.
- Fruit from a handy fruit tray.
- Peanuts and M&Ms – Conley family tradition.
- Fanta, lemonade, and lime La Croix as well as bottled water. I wanted brightly colored, kid-friendly beverages. Although the La Croix was really all for us non-soda drinking adults.
- Taco Cakes!!! I’m still so thrilled with how these turned out. I made two round cakes, cut them in half, and stacked them to make the taco shape. Then I frosted and decorated them to look like a taco with fillings. Here’s a tutorial that I based my cake on, but instead of using crushed Oreos, I used the star shaped decorating tip and chocolate frosting for the taco meat. I didn’t create the tomatoes and cheese from separate frosting either, I just used the small round tip to pipe them on.
- Cactus light
- Letter board
- Cactus banner
- Gold number balloon
- Paper Mexican Tissue banner
- Paper Fiesta Fans
- Paper Fiesta napkins
- Mexican blanket
- Aqua Plastic tablecloth
- Paper honeycombs (similar? I bought mine locally)
- I made the “Drinks” sign with a piece of poster board, sprayed with black chalkboard paint, and wrote on it with a gold chalk marker.
One evening, I’d decided to take Edison on a quick walk, more for me than for him, to clear my head a bit in hopes of not tossing and turning all night. He was fascinated by the water flowing through the gutter, and I picked up a few pebbles and tossed them in. He was delighted, and I realized I’d made a terrible mistake – now we were going to be here all night, and we’d barely walked a few feet from the house! As I was trying to hurry him along without success, a lady came jogging past. “I miss those days when they were so small and so content to play with rocks!” She said.
I took a deep breath. The days are long, but the years are short.
I took a few photos and a video of Edison in the tub, being entertained by his Aunt Andrea playing peekaboo around the doorway. His giggle is just the best.