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Lucy’s Strawberry Dress / Emma’s Rainbow Dress / Toaster and Egg Set

I apologize for the inclusion of 35 photos in this post, but we’re in the middle of a pandemic and photography brings me joy so here we are! Honestly, I want to do this kind of thing way more often. I carried my camera around for a couple of hours the other day and it was wonderfully soothing. Creative expression must have a calming effect or something. 😉 MAYBE I SHOULD START PAINTING.

Recent Finds, 5/1

Button-front top

Button-front top: $24.50


I published this post early yesterday, and labeled it as May 31.


Then I changed 5/31 to 4/31. April 31.




I really look forward to putting these posts together; it’s lovely to sit on the couch and turn my brain off for some time with the TV in the background. So thanks for reading, haha.

Some of my favorite things that are crazy marked down:

Leopard leggings you can wear as pants: $19.50 // These are AMAZING. Yes, they’re intended to be workout leggings, but they’re thick, and they totally look like pants when paired with a crisp white button-down or tunic. They honestly look phenomenal. I ordered one size up so they appear more like pants, and they’re fantastic. Can’t get over the price today!

High-rise Cozy jeans: $22.50 // Unreal savings today. These are Factory’s “Cozy Jeans,” which are almost a knit material. They aren’t particularly thick; just incredibly comfy. I also don’t find that they bag out throughout the day, which is really nice. I can’t recommend these more. I prefer them over my designer jeans!

Essential Tee: $7.50 // I have a bunch of these! They’re very simple, but I reach for the white, gray, black, navy and hot pink ones all the time. And how could you beat $7.50?

Mini Patio Makeover

Home projects have been so helpful these past couple of months. First, they pass the time and get our minds off things. Second, they provide us with a sense of accomplishment. (Turns out that it IS possible to be productive during quarantine with small children. 🙌) Third, they obviously improve the house!

Cute Outdoor Accessories

It nearly killed me, but this past week I knocked out a lot of time-consuming projects that I owed… and a weight has been lifted. Acclimating to two-hour workdays has definitely been overwhelming at times, and I’m often discouraged when I see friends picking up these awesome hobbies and doing fantastic activities with their kids while maintaining homes and/or juggling work. HOW DO PEOPLE DO IT? We’ve been quarantining for a long time at this point, and I’m still working on projects that should have been completed in early March. It’s almost May. 😂

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50 Ridiculous J.Crew Steals

50 Ridiculous J.Crew Steals

Eyelet Top: $22.49 with code “5DAYS.”

Today only, you can take 50 percent off sale styles at J.Crew with code “5DAYS.” The prices are CRAZY, and it’s a great time to stock up on basics or treat yourself to something nice. (You can also take 30 percent off full-priced products, btw.) Here’s the best of the best:

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Outdoor Space Plans

I’m freaking out over here.

I’m going to be working with Pottery Barn to make over our outdoor space! Working with PB has always been one of my biggest blogging goals, and I can’t tell you how excited I am. (Or how nervous I am. Pottery Barn, I WON’T LET YOU DOWN. 😂)

This won’t really be coming to fruition for a few weeks, but it’s a dream… and I’m so, so grateful for the opportunity. And, of course, I plan on sharing the process! (A fun little distraction, perhaps?)

Why to Consider Refinancing Your Home

Old Pottery Barn Faux Marble Table (Similar here, here and here) / Serena & Lily Bistro Chairs (On sale with code “ATHOME”) / Old Boy Hill Whale (Similar here) / Emma’s Ralph Lauren Dress / Lucy’s Nordstrom Dress

Mitch here!

As the economy continues to suffer from the pandemic, so many Americans are in difficult financial situations. So I thought I’d take today to talk a little bit about refinancing your home, as it could shave quite a bit off from your mortgage payment. (Very helpful right now!)

There’s no catch. It’s free money!

10 Recent Outfits

High-Rise Gingham Pants (SO comfortable!) / Washable Loafers / Sweater / Mirror / Runner / Phone Case

Aaaand we’re back with more outfits! 😜 Here’s what I’ve been wearing around the house in an attempt to feel half-human.

(Also, my Tretorn sneakers are only $45 today! WHAT? And my most-worn nude pumps are $50 today only… the lowest I’ve ever seen them for!)

$50 J.Crew Shoes

Woven Bow Loafers

Please excuse me as my blog reverts to its younger years when I only posted about fashion. 😉 For the life of me, I can’t get anything done, haha, and this is about as much as I can manage right now while mom-ing in quarantine. But J.Crew has a ton of shoes priced at $50 today only, so that’s fun! (Nearly 75 percent off in some cases! CRAZY.)

Here are my faves:

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Latest Amazon Purchases

Dachshund Draft Stopper

In March, I published “2020 Amazon Purchases” and it was one of my most-read posts! So I figured I should make it a monthly series–especially now that the country is trying to limit how often we go to physical stores. (Though whenever possible, it’s great to select “fewest number of packages” at checkout for the sake of Amazon and delivery workers–and the environment, of course!)

Ready for Play + Cole Haan Sale

Cole Haan ZEROGRAND Global Trainer / Floral Leggings / Scoop Neck Tee / Emma’s Striped Dress and Loafers

I’m getting into a bit of a groove here. I’ve eased up on myself; I’m no longer trying to do everything I used to, and I’m slowly starting to feel content with this (much) slower lifestyle. I threw the mile-long to-do list out the window and now make a list every morning with three tasks on it. A seemingly small change, but such a big impact on my outlook. 🤗

Easy Everyday Look

Perfect-Fit Striped Turtleneck (SO cheap! 50 percent off with code “SALEONSALE. Here’s the solid. And here’s the striped Tissue Turtleneck. I also have the striped cashmere turtleneck, which is AMAZING. It’s only $56.50 the code!) / Madewell Roadtripper Jeans / Sweater Blazer / Tretorn Sneakers / Serena & Lily Woven Chair, Desk Chair, Pillow and Rug / Pottery Barn Desk, Curtains and Sconces / Brooke & Lou Lemon Wallpaper

Outfit shoots have never been more awkward for me 😉, but let’s start them up again, shall we? Here’s a super comfy and easy look, made of some of my favorite staples:

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Shopbop Sale Finds

Nude Ballet Flats (BUTTER! Here’s the leopard pair and the gold pair.) / RAILS Shirt / Madewell Jeans (White Pair/Dark Pair)

Hey guys. :)

Trying to stay on top of my blog a little better this week, so here are my picks–all under $100, except for the last few pairs of jeans which are $101 😉–from the Shopbop sale. (During which you can take up to 40 percent off thousands of products.)

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Help Patrick’s Hospital

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GUYS! I’m thrilled. It took some doing, but we started a GoFundMe for Patrick’s hospital, where he works the COVID-19 ward as an emergency room doctor in the New Orleans metro area. And to make things fun, I’m going to give Mitch a mohawk if (when?!) we reach $5,000! 😜 (Please note his hair situation in the below photo. Can’t get much worse, haha!) Your donation will fund the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), meals and other necessities to assist my brother’s team as they fight to save lives.

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