Hanging onto Summer


Ok all of you fall lovers. Yes, I mean YOU–with your Bath and Body Works candles burning and your brain thinking of greens, browns, mustard yellow and gray.

Fall does not officially start until September 23rd, ok. Let’s all try to savor summer just a little bit longer–after all, I didn’t talk to one person last winter who was not complaining about the 3 months of polar vortex we had. And you all realize what season comes after fall?? Just checking.

Every year, during this “limbo” time–after August 1st to September 20th, all I ever hear is “I can’t wait to get my boots out, ohhhh and sweaters, ohhhh and the pumpkin spice latte is coming back early!” Just wait, Starbucks will bring it back earlier every year. And, I’m pretty sure it will be on the menu year round before long and lose the lustre that comes with it. Remember the cinnamon dolce latte? It was only a winter special for a few years before it became a permanent member of the year long menu. Now I don’t want one because I can get one anytime I want. You see? Only in America would someone have that type of thinking.

We all do it though, seriously!

I love fall in Indiana just as much as anyone, but I realize it’s the beginning of the end of the year, when things will soon be cold, dark and dreary. Schools rush summer and start the first week of August now, but even so, I’m hanging on.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like summer takes forever to get here, and when it finally does show up, it’s gone again in a month. I feel like I try to pack so much into our summers and we don’t even get to accomplish half of it. For example, I still haven’t been able to take the boys to our neighborhood pool and we didn’t make it to the county fair this year either.

We did get to take an amazing beach vacation though, and had two wonderful birthday parties for our little guys, we started T-ball and now we have started soccer, Brayden rode his first ferris wheel and I had my first “fair style” corn-dog from a festival we were at (and it was heaven – big ups to deep-fried batter). Brock built the beginnings of our deck and I have tried to get to the park to walk or take evening neighborhood strolls (accompanied by Mason of course) as much as I can. I’ve hit up the local farmers market for dinners and also my parents garden as well. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of ice cream this summer and seen several summer movies. I’ve driven with the windows down jamming to Miranda Lambert on countless back roads and enjoyed coffee on my parents deck in the sunshine. Summer is my favorite and I’m not letting it go until that 4th week of September.

Step off fall, it’s not your turn yet!

What’s In My Bag-go ahead, snoop around

I have to admit, this post is inspired by me finally changing out handbags.  You would think a girl that was so excited to receive her new Kate Spade bag would jump at the chance to start using it.  Not this girl apparently.  It sat in the box on our flex room (otherwise dubbed the “get to it later” room) floor for over 2 weeks before I decided to set aside the time to unpack it and start using it–not because I wasn’t pumped tote it along and show it off, but just for the simple fact that I hate changing out hand bags.

Changing out hand bags, in my opinion, is like getting an oil change.  You have to do it, you have to keep them current, but dread taking the time out of your day to actually get it done.  Don’t even get me started on how much I loathe changing wallets.  I used to be the girl who had a coordinating hand bag for most clothes in my closet.  I would change them out daily and had a wide variety of sizes and types to choose from.  But then life happened.  Now….I buy the biggest hand bag I can find and throw everything I “may need” into it.  It’s like my security blanket.  Knowing I could most likely survive for quite some time on a deserted island with just the contents of my hand bag makes me feel happy.  There’s a chance I may need to talk to someone about this….


So let’s get to this, shall we?  Oh and just as a disclaimer, you should know that this is not everything I actually carry, these items listed below are what I consider the absolute essentials.  Let’s not forget about the items I didn’t picture here though, such as band-aids, hand sanitizer, Zicam, powder sponges, tweezers, random pacifiers, small baby toys and 3 small My Little Ponies that Brayden gave me for my birthday this past year.

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1.)  Oh, isn’t she lovely.  When Kate Spade has a sale, you take advantage.  She’s my new bestie.  I’m kind of a bag snob.  Since I carry them for so long, I buy good name brands.  You really do get what you pay for when it comes to hand bags and shoes.  Remember this.  (Like you didn’t already know!)

2.)  My Erin Condren planner.  I admit, when I first received this, I took it everywhere with me and used it non stop.  Then I went a month or two without it.  Now I’m forcing myself to keep it current because apparently “to do lists” need to come in the form of iPhone reminders, post it notes AND this planner.  My brain just can’t hold as much as it did back when I actually got 8 hours of sleep a night.

3.)  Check books!  Yes, I still write checks for certain things.  But never fear, I’m not “that girl” that holds the line up at Target for 70 ba-zillion minutes waiting for a check to go through the noisy scanner/printer contraption.

4.)  Extra Strength Midol and Ibuprofen.   I’m a girl.  You do the math.  In all honesty though, I get terrible migraines a few times a month and the midol is the only thing that even remotely alleviates the pain.

5.)  My trusty wallet!  I bought this leather Coach wallet last winter and I love it.  On top of holding so many things, it zips!  I thought I would hate a wallet that zipped originally, but now I don’t think I will ever own another wallet that doesn’t zip!

6.)  Thirty One coupon clutch, with embroidered initials—obviously. As a Thirty One consultant I had to get one of these when they first came out!

7.). MAC powder. I think this is just a girl staple. Another bonus is that it lasts forever!

8.). Compact mirror by Thirty One. They currently don’t offer these anymore but I can’t really figure out why bc who doesn’t need a cute compact? Love it!

9.) Orbit spearmint gum. Normally I chew aspartame free gum called Pur, but I ran out and I can only get it certain places. Anyways this is always my fav ‘go to’ gum if I can’t find the Pur brand.

10.) Loreal Voluminous False Lashes. I love this mascara so much! It actually does make my lashes look longer, and let’s be honest girls–isn’t that everyone’s dream?

11.). Stila lip gloss in guava and Bare Minerals lip gloss in layer cake. Two of my fav brands of lipgloss!

12.) Coach wristlet for my 600 reward cards. Every store has one now and it’s getting a little out of control. Oh but hey, if you offer one–I’m still gonna sign up—mmmk?

13.). Erin Condren pouch and a sample of her Island Fleur body butter. I am OBSESSED with this body butter and once this sample is gone, you better believe I’ll be ordering the full size bottle! Gardenia has to be one of my favorite smells in the world and that’s the main scent used in this lotion. And this adorable pouch came as a gift with my planner-so now I use it to keep lipgloss in.

I hope you enjoyed!! Have a wonderful day, all!



Currently I’m loving/liking/obsessing/enjoying:

Brow Gel–Where has this been my entire 32 years?  Why am I just now finding out about it’s magical powers?  I feel like this is only the beginning of a beautiful brow friendship.  Right now I’m sporting brow gel by Anastasia–the brow Queen, herself.

Bright Red-Orange hues of nail polish.  Mui Caliente!

This new addition:  Thank you Kate Spade for having a terrific summer sale.

Jessie James Decker:  Comin Home.  Girl can saaaaaaaaaaaang!  Seriously, she’s really really talented.

Miranda Lambert: Platinum.  Specifically “Automatic”, “Somethin Bad About to Happen”, “Bathroom Sink”, and “Pricilla”.
I don’t know why, but I always listen to country music so much more in the summer.

Our family photos we just had taken:
Photo by Kelly Gibbs Photography

The Daily Tay This lady, Taylor…well she’s hilarious! Check her out!

And these super adorable Chill-icious Thermal Totes from Thirty One.


What are you currently loving?


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