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I’m so happy to be down the Shore, guys. I’m not sure I even realized just how much I needed this until we actually arrived. But this morning, as Mitch and I (and Emma) were walking along the water, I found myself feeling indescribably happy in this oh-so-slow pace of life. Which might explain why I’ve been posting kind of willy-nilly, whenever, this week. To quote Jack Johnson, “frames can’t catch you when you’re moving too fast…” 😜

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Emma’s East Coast Birthday Party

Lilly Pulitzer Georgia May Palazzo Pants (Also love ’em in this pineapple print, in solid navy, and in white lace–obviously to be use as a coverup), Silk Cami (also available in navy and in this print — and I love this more affordable version) and Gold Flip Flops (Here’s the wedge version) / Lisi Lerch Earrings c/o (Similar here, here, here, and here from Nordstrom) / Grammie’s Tunic — Old, from J.Crew, but did you see that J.Crew came out with a ton of new arrivals today?! / Mom’s Lilly Dress and Jack Rogers Sandals / Emma’s Dress

This past weekend, my dad’s side of the family came from Long Island, New York to celebrate Emma’s birthday. It warmed my heart so much. Navigating the Belt Parkway is no easy task, yet everyone arrived with smiles on their faces, ready to play.

Off to Ocean City!

Sail to Sable Top (Also comes in pink!) c/o / Favorite White Skinny Jeans (On sale! Also, the Beloved AG Jeans are back in stock, as are the Rag & Bone Jeans.) / Monogrammed Jack Rogers c/o / Lisi Lerch Earrings c/o (This pair, this pair and this pair from Nordstrom are also wonderful!) / Monica Vinader Bracelet c/o

I’m really happy that Mitch and I carved out nearly two weeks in August for a family trip back home to Ocean City, New Jersey. This summer has been amazing, but we’ve been jet-setting around the country with our one-year-old like it ain’t no thang. (Did you see Emma’s birthday video?! Confession: I haven’t yet, haha, but we’re planning on watching it as a family this week!) It turns out that constant travel with a toddler is quite the difficult thang, though, and oy: I think we’re all in need of some true r&r on the Shore. I even pre-scheduled a bunch of posts to keep the blog afloat! (Who am I?)

Anyway, these photos were snapped a few months ago in Ocean City on a particular warm and lovely night. You may have seen a few of them in this hilarious post that Mitch wrote, but I found the rest of ’em on my hard drive last week and they got me crazy excited about our family vacation. I mean, how cute are my dad and Emma together?! Don’t they look SO alike?!

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Recent Finds, Vol. 23

Early morning cuddles on our new Gingham Duvet Cover from Serena & Lilly c/o / Navy Striped Top / Hudson Jeans (Love the white pair–on sale–and the AG legging is back!) / Monogrammed Pillows / Night Stands / Scalloped Bed Skirt / Rug / Gingham Sheets / Similar Lamps Here and Here / Gold Trinket Box and Frame / Candle / Emma’s Dress / Framed Lincoln Park Map 

We drove to the East Coast on Friday! Twelve hours was a bit of a struggle with a one-year-old, but Emma did wonderfully, all things considered. Mitch drove and I sat in the back and entertained her. We read a LOT of stories, but somewhere around hour six, we gave up and broke out the Kindle Fire, which Mitch bought for a mere $30. He pre-loaded it with Sesame Street episodes and then hung it off the seat that Emma faces, using a clear plastic bag and some zip ties. It saved us. We try to keep level heads when it comes to parenting, and feel that moderation is usually a good approach for most stuff. While we don’t let Emma watch hours of TV on a daily basis, on a cross-country drive? Heck yes, haha.

On an unrelated note, Mitch wants a Kuerig for the car. “How can a man be expected to drive 12 hours without a constant flow of coffee? I shall call it the Car-rig.”

Moving on. ;)

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Cookin’ with Mitch: No-Knead Bread (& Mad Libs)

Chef Mitch here!

As a teacher on summer break, I’m embracing my full-time daddy responsibilities with open arms. My funny face game is on point. My monkey impression is unparalleled. When Emma pulls all her books off her shelf, I have ’em right back up in descending order with her favorites on the lower shelves per Mommy’s instructions. I’m a bottle-filling, diaper-changing, story-reading, scary tickle-monstering sensation.

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Our Memphis Trip

Lace Dress (Here’s the original inspiration, which I LOVE in light blue. Here’s a SUPER similar dress on sale, and here’s one that’s pretty close for under $80! Also: No one does the little white dress like Lilly Pulitzer does. Check ’em out!) / Everlane Sandals (Back in stock! Are you sick of seeing these yet? Ha! SO COMFY. Can’t stop won’t stop.) / Longchamp Tote (Don’t travel without it!) / Replacement Sunglasses / Emma’s Ralph Lauren Dress (On sale! Top and leggings and swimsuit also available in the print!)

A couple of weeks ago, the Larkin Family boarded a mid-afternoon plane to Memphis, and touched down in the land of the Delta Blues.

Bahahaha.

Do you get it?

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Emma Goes to Maggie Daley Park (+ a Giveaway!)

Clover Blu Dress & Bloomers c/o / Newer Version of my Lilly Pulitzer Maxi / Everlane Sandals c/o / Sunglasses

Last week, the Larkins went to the new(ish) Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago for the first time as a family. (Seriously: click on the website. It’s insane!)

So. Much. Fun.

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Weddings with Mitch

Mitch here!

We’re smack dab in the middle of wedding season, and frankly, I’m a little stressed out. Yes, it’s beautiful to watch two people publicly monogomize (new word!) each other in front of friends and family, but why is there so much ironing and shaving and matching your clothes required to do so? Come on. No one’s looking at me. When am I getting invited to a true t-shirt and flip-flops wedding?!