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Before + After: Living Room

As we recently passed the year marker here in our “new” home, I can’t believe how many loooong projects we’re wrapping up. And by that, I mean how many rooms are becoming presentable… depending on the day and the time of day, of course. 😉 So. Many. Messes.

(Btw: Did you catch our recent basement playroom remodel?!)

That said, I’m not sure a room is ever really complete. A home is ever-changing, just as we are! It has, though, been really fun to look back on the progress we’ve made. A year ago, for example, our living room looked totally different.

Also, I need to admit that it’s 1 a.m. and I’m eating handisnacks in bed while typing this. That is all.

Growing Impatiens

Garden Planters (XL size here) / Faux Topiaries / Stoop Planters / Wreath (Love the tulip version!) / Newer Large Lanterns / Newer Small Lanterns

Mitch here!

I spent the last hour trying to figure out a pun on the words “impatient” and “impatiens” for the title of this blog post, and I’ve officially given up. If you have one, leave it in the comments… because I’m spent!

Backyard Holiday

Soft Straight-Leg Jeans 

^ When nap times align on a holiday.

Eyelet Top (Also love this onethis one, this one, this one and this one.) / Soft Straight-Leg Jeans (These are great, too! Madewell skinnies in white here.) / Rothy’s Loafers (But look at how cute these bow loafers are!) / Pottery Barn Sectional c/o / Teak Deck Furniture / Striped Umbrella / Outdoor RugFaux Topiaries / Sperrys / Sale Vineyard Vines Shirt (Newer)

We spent yesterday in our backyard.

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Long Weekend Sales

*Old photo. We’re safe at home!

Current Favorite Striped Dress  / Jack Rogers / L.L.Bean Tote c/o (It was a gift from the brand, so don’t judge me too much with the IG handle, haha.) / Tuckernuck Packable Hat

Highlighting a few great long weekend sales today:

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Before + After: Basement Playroom

I’m so excited to share our basement renovation with you today, and approximately one zillion before-and-after pics. 😆 We finished the work and furnished the space back in early March, and we spent the last few months organizing it and making it as functional as possible for our family. The area serves a lot of different purposes, and we’re thrilled with how it turned out!

Note: The playroom is rarely this tidy. Just want to put that out there. I cleaned for an hour before taking these photos. As evidenced by Instagram Stories on the reg, we let the kids go crazy here and everyone is better for it! :)

Pinkalicious Cupcake Day

Pinkalicious Dress, Hannah Anderson Wand (This newer butterfly wand would be perfect, though!) and Similar Fairy Wings / Serena & Lily Stools (We are doing product photography for the brand; not keeping… we only have them for a few days!) / MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check Collection c/o

This is one of my all-time favorite posts! 🧁 Something that’s really been helping during the quarantine has been themed weeks and made-up holidays. They give Emma something to look forward to, and I can’t believe how much she gets into it. It’s so unbelievably sweet. And her enthusiasm and happiness seems to transfer to everyone else, too!

This weeks focus was all things Pinkalicious: a pink-obsessed and cupcake-loving little girl from a popular children’s series. Pinkalicious turns pink herself when she eats too many pink cupcakes in this book, and so Emma and I set out to make those same cupcakes… and find out whether pink cupcakes do, in fact, turn your skin pink!

(As it turns out, they do not. 😉)

Weekly Outfit Challenge

Chambray Dress (Use code “GFNOW” to get it down to $32.79. Also love Draper James’ line of chambray dresses. This one, this one, this one and this one, in particular!) / Sarah Flint 1-Inch Leopard Loafers c/o / Newer Baby Ralph Lauren Chambray Dress Here and Here / Lucy’s Rug, Trunk, Bed, Bunny BankBookcase, Quilt, Duvet Cover, Wallpaper, Riley Sheehey Bunny Alphabet Art Print (framed by Framebridge), DachshundBunny and (Empty) Frame

Ah, Day #94785.

Today was dark, dreary, wet and cold. It’s been dark, dreary, wet and cold a LOT lately in Chicago, yet the iPhone continues to promise sunnier and warmer days ahead. At this point, it’s become a joke between Mitch and me. He complains, I show him the weather app, and we laugh. The weather app is terrible. Mitch recommends “Dark Sky,” which is apparently far more reliable. 😉

Anywho!

Back Up Your Computer. Seriously.

Desk / Rug / Gray Malin Print (Thank you SO much to Gray Malin for this!) / Brooke & Lou Lemon Wallpaper / Chair (Older chair from IG here.) / iMac / Lamp / Calendar (Clearly brand new. 😂 Also love this one.) / Day Designer Planner / Coasters / Striped Curtains / Sconce / Yeti Mug / Tote

Mitch here!

Computers break. They get spilled on, fall off desks, and get karate-chopped by toddlers. Sometimes they even get stolen. Or lost. (🤯, but yes. They get left behind in/on trains, planes and automobiles.) And, one day, your precious computer–with all those important pictures and files and work and stuff–will go, too. It’ll get so incomprehensibly broken that you won’t even know what to do with yourself.

But if you have just five minutes and six bucks, we can backup your data right now and save you the heartache. I mean, why not?

Let’s.

Just.

Do.

It.

MZ Wallace: 40% Off

Original post here

I’ve been obsessed with MZ Wallace for a long time, and today, a ton of the brand’s bags are on major sale via Nordstromthe MZ Wallace websiteBloomingdales, and Saks! (Thank you to my neighbor, Nicki, for letting me know about this!) Be sure to specifically browse the MZ Wallace Metro sale collection. The Metro line is my favorite, and so many awesome bags are currently marked down.

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Maximizing Productivity in a Home Workspace, by Mitch

Maximizing Productivity in a Home Workspace

Printer’s Desk / Rug / Broy Hill Lamp (found at HomeGoods) / Vintage Artwork found at estate sale / Vintage Chair / Creepy HomeGoods Whale / Paint color: “In the Navy” (Color #50BB 10/147) by Glidden

Mitch here!

I’m one of those people who worked from home before it was required. So I thought it’d be useful to share a few tips on how to create a productive home workspace.

Note: You don’t need a dedicated room to do this!

Recent Finds, 5/15

The famous Lululemon Align Leggings are back in stock in navy! (Seriously worth every penny. Changed my LIFE. So soft; feels like you’re not wearing pants. I wear them as regular leggings with tops and sweaters, too. Also perfect for maternity. FYI in case you’ve never tried the brand: Lululemon sizing is a little weird; I wear a size or two larger in Lululemon than I do in J.Crew, for example.)

Made it through another week, guys. 😜 Here’s what’s going on with the Larkins as of late:

Miracle Product: Bobbi Brown Face Base Review

Bobbi Brown Face Base review

Bobbi Brown Vitamin-Enriched Face Base (You can also find it via Sephora. And if you use Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Foundation, you can get a $60 full-sized jar for only $20 with that purchase! GREAT deal.)

With the exception of Olaplex and Rescue Shots, I rarely dedicate blog posts to beauty product reviews. But lo. A couple of weeks ago, I received a sample of Bobbi Brown’s Face Base as a “gift with purchase” from Nordstrom, and I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY. (You can also find it at Sephora.)

Cute Gingham Finds

J.Crew Gingham Pants (Here they are in solid. Also love the versions from 1901, NordstromJ.McLaughlin and Old Navy.) / Rothy’s Washable Loafers / J.Crew Essential T-Shirt (Also love Madewell’s Whisper Tee!) / Mark & Graham Stamped Initial Necklace / Diamond Jute Rug / Striped Curtains / Striped Couch / End Tables / Coffee Table / Lemon Wallpaper / Similar Lamps Here and Here

May through September is prime gingham season, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite gingham finds today!

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Gifts for One-Year-Olds

One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven / Eight / Nine / Ten / Eleven / Twelve / Thirteen / Fourteen / Fifteen / Sixteen / Seventeen / Eighteen / Nineteen / Twenty / Twenty-One / Twenty-Two / Twenty-Three / Twenty-Four / Twenty-Five / Twenty-Six / Twenty-Seven

Mitch here!

I spend all day with a one-year-old and yet I was clueless as to what to get her for her birthday this year. Luckily, my wife and our extended families love this stuff and they spent weeks chatting about toys. (Yes, it was a great distraction, but again, they normally really enjoy toy shopping. Am I the only one who doesn’t get joy from children’s toys?! Kelly, for example, would 100-percent opt to visit a toy store above all other stores. I’m sorry, but what? 🤯)

How to Make Beer Cheese

Mitch here!

This global health catastrophe really takes the fun out of binge-eating junk food, which is tough because binge-eating junk food is my favorite thing. But today I’m bringing you Kelly’s best family recipe–Beer Cheese–and if those two words don’t do it for you, then I don’t know what will.

Beautiful + Comfy One-Inch Sandals

Sarah Flint 1-Inch Perfect Block Heel Sandal (Here’s the 2.5-inch version!) / Sarah Flint Silk Scarf / Striped Jeans / Beach Sweater / Lucy’s Fleece / Outdoor Rug / Couches / Coffee Table / Pillow 1, 2, 3 and 4

Use code “SF-KELLY50” to take $50 off your first Sarah Flint order!

I’ve been pairing down my closet–shoe joke 😜– and I love that I’m to a point where I only own shoes that are truly comfortable. When I open the doors in the morning, I see all my faves–and I don’t just reach for whatever I wore the day before. It’s a nice change! (If you haven’t already embraced the KonMari Method, I highly recommended trying it! Here’s a novella on how I tackled my closet last year in our first home.)

Recent Finds, 5/8

Everlane’s Supersoft Boyfriend Jeans: EXCITED. (Priced great, too!)

FRIDAY. We’re here. We made it.

Last weekend was a bit of a doozy for us. It’s weird–I think we struggle on the weekends because we don’t have a schedule. Monday through Friday, Mitch and I try to keep the kiddos on a (loose) one, and we plan out the day every morning with Emma so she has some ownership over it. On the weekends, though, we tend not to do that because we’re exhausted and want a break, haha. BUT THEN IT BACKFIRES. So I think we’ll try to adhere by the ol’ schedule this weekend, yet obviously all play and no work or schoolwork. Lots of fun activities!

(If you’re a mom, how are the weekends going for you?)