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August 31, 2015

A Mother's First Day of School Prayer + What Children Love From Their Parents + Anthropologie Extra 30% Off Sale

I hope y'all had a fabulous weekend!  My sister-in-law and her husband and two kids came in town on Thursday and stayed until Saturday.  We had the best time hanging out with them and catching up on life.  The children loved hanging out with their cousins too!
It was fun taking them to different places around the city, since they hadn't visited Charleston in awhile.  Wearing my new Twine and Twig Necklace, and paired it with this Anthropologie Tee.  

Wheeler got this baby doll when she was 2 and goes in and out of phases of wanting to play with her. Lately, Baby June has been coming with us everywhere.  On Saturday, she walked up and down the street with her on her shoulders like this.  

On Saturday night, I went out and helped celebrate my friend's birthday.  We had the best time!  Thankfully, the weather was absolutely perfect!  Since then, all we've had is rain.  Lots and lots of rain.  Really hoping it stops soon.  I wore my new J.Crew Necklace that I love, and paired it with this J.Crew Silk Blouse.  More photos to come on this week's Wednesday Whereabouts.

Anthropologie's Sale is on Sale.  For a limited time, take an additional 30% off all sale items with code: EXTRA30.

My friend had these fun sunglasses that I'm going to order too!  Especially now that they're on sale with an additional 30% off, making them only $42.

My friend posted this to Instagram last week and I had to share it.  So incredibly true.  If you don't have children yet, trust me, this stage is so hard!

And another good one I found last week.  Couldn't wait to share with you!  These little articles are just the reads I love for that extra little bit of advice, or a reminder or two.

The Top 10 Things Children Really Want Their Parents To Do With Them
Erin Kurt

What do you think matters most to your children? You driving them to lessons and practices, or is it the smile and hug you greet them with after school? If you guessed the latter, you are correct.

Sixteen years of teaching and giving the same assignment every Mother’s Day has led me to the exact same conclusion. You see, every Mother’s Day I would ask my students to give me advice on being a mother. They were to think about things their mother or guardian did for or with them that made them feel happy or loved. The classroom would go silent as the students wrote intensely for longer than they had ever written before. Often smiles would appear on their faces as they reflected on the happy experiences they were remembering. After reading their responses I would add to my list all the ideas they mentioned. Surprisingly, many of the responses were the same. Year after year, in every country I taught, and in every type of demographic, the students were saying the same things and had the same message: It’s the small things that their mothers did that meant the most and that they remembered.

Many moms today feel as if they are not good mothers unless they are racing around, shuttling their children from lessons, to practices and back to lessons again. I’ve had mothers tell me that they want to give their children every opportunity they did not have. While this thinking might bring the mother some comfort, it really does not do the same for their child who is potentially feeling overextended, stressed and tired.

After speaking endlessly about this topic with my students, it became clear to me that children today are involved in too many activities and are in turn becoming less in touch with themselves and their families. In addition, my students told me they really wished for more time to “just play”. Of course many of them enjoy their extra curricular activities, but it is not necessary they said to be allowed to do everything. What they enjoyed most, and what made their hearts happiest was when their mothers did simple things for or with them.

Here is a list of the top ten things students around the world said they remembered and loved most about their mothers.

1. Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in and sing me a song. Also tell me stories about when you were little.

2. Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately.

3. Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around.

4. Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy.

5. At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend.

6. At night talk to me about about anything; love, school, family etc.

7. Let me play outside a lot.

8. Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favorite TV show together.

9. Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care.

10. Leave special messages in my desk or lunch bag.

Children are incredibly wise and tend to see the world more simply than we do. Perhaps it is time we start taking their advice. Maybe we would all feel a little less stressed and be satisfied with the fact that doing little things really is… good enough.

Isn't there so much truth to so many of these?

Looks like we'll be trying to dodge rain all day.  I hope y'all have a great start to your week!  My Hunters will be coming in super handy!  Oh, and I'm always on the lookout if Hunters are back in a bright pink, like I scored a few years ago.  They do have a pink pair this season, but it's a muted pink, shown above.

Happy Monday!

August 28, 2015

OOTDs August Round-Up!

It's Friday!! I haven't done this in awhile, but today I thought I'd round up my latest OOTD (outfit of the day) pics for you, for the month of August.  Enjoy!

**Click on items in images to shop or links below.**

Madewell Tee (in Blue Moon) // Paige Skyline Jeans // Steve Madden Wedges (go down a half-size; on sale with limited sizes here; also available here in all sizes, but not on sale) // Gigi New York Clutch // Stella & Dot Cady Wrap Bracelet // J.Crew Tortoise Floral Necklace

 Top (on sale) // Flip Flops // Necklace

Sandals // Shirt (runs small, go up a size for a less fitted look) // Cutoffs (on sale) // Wrap Bracelet // Cuff Bracelet

Tank // Necklace // Sandals // Shorts // Sunnies // Bracelet

Mara Hoffman Swing Dress (on sale, true to size; this Mara Swing Dress is also on sale) // Michael Kors Wedges (on sale, true to size) // Essie Fiji // Gigi New York Uber Clutch (on sale) // Kendra Scott Cuff // Gorjana Crossover Cuff // Kendra Scott Parker Studs

Lilly Pulitzer Wright Dress (It's fun, swingy, the fabric is so soft and comfortable, and it's true to size.) // Michael Kors Wedges (on sale, true to size) // Tory Burch Envelope Wallet // Kendra Scott Cuff // Gorjana Cuff and Ring // Kendra Scott Parker Studs and Elisa Necklace in Iridescent Drusy // Essie Fiji // Smashbox Lip in Fuchsia Flash Matte

Baublebar Garland Brooch Necklace (Regularly $58, but for the month of August it's only $32) // Lilly Pulitzer Gigi Tank // 'Mrs. Fancy Pants' Mug

J.Crew Pom Pom Tank (runs big, go down a size; not many sizes left in this top, but this pom pom tank in the same color combo is really pretty too) // J.Crew 3" Chino Short (this neon watermelon has almost sold out, also love the neon capri and the new deep peri color would be really pretty paired with this top too) // K Jacques Epicure Sandals (for a similar look at a lower price point, see options #1#2 or #3) // Kendra Scott Ripley Triangle Bracelet // Charleston Rice Beads Bracelet // Essie Fiji // Gorjana Elea Ring // Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

Striped Tee (Only $25, and lots of colors available. I'll be ordering more, great for layering later on too. For fit, if you want a slouchier fit, go up a size.) // J.Crew Chino Short in Honey Brown // K Jacques Ganges Suede Sandals (For a similar look at a lower price point, I love these too!  They're also pink suede and only $69.95!) // Ray-Ban Tortoise Aviators // Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace // Tory Burch Logo Studs // Gorjana Cross Cuff // Tory Burch Messenger (I scored the one I'm wearing during Tory Burch's Private Sale last week. The crossbody I linked to is the one most similar to it, and this one is super similar too.)

Top (super comfy, like I could sleep in it, it's so comfy) // Cutoffs (can you tell these have been a favorite lately? Still on sale. They run big so order a size down.) // Flip Flops (Even if I'm just hanging around the house, I wear these every single day. I'm an 8.5 and wear a 9 in these.) // Necklace (I could honestly own every single color, they make every outfit pop with just the right amount of color.)

Anthropologie Blouse (Love love love this blouse! It's the perfect weight for Fall and a great length and fit. I wanted mine a little longer so I went up a size to a medium.) // J.Crew Shorts // Steve Madden Wedges (on sale; these run big, so order down) // Julie Vos Moonstone Ring (Can't stop wearing this ring! Definitely a new favorite!) // Charleston Rice Beads // Gigi New York Monogrammed Clutch (still on sale!) // Kendra Scott Parker Studs

Old Navy Swing Dress

I've had a few of you ask about the fit of this dress.  I'll try and get a pic of me in it next week so you can get a better idea of how it looks.  I'm 5'6" and it hits about an inch above my knee, so not to short.  I probably could've gone with a small since it's a swing dress, but I decided on the medium and it fits great all over.  I know sometimes on swing dresses, the bottom part can be way too swingy, if you know what I mean.  This one isn't.  It has just enough swing and the sleeves are fitted which I like.  The sleeves are a little long, but I like them that way.  It's just a great simple dress that you can pair so many fun necklaces with, add leggings later, and wear it with almost any shoe, booties would be cute this Fall.

In case you missed it, Tory Burch started her summer sale yesterday.  And my blue Millers are included in the sale.  Many of you have asked about fit, since they are a little over the place.  That's what's a little tricky about Tory Burch and sizing.  Each year, the fit can be different, even on the same classic shoes.  The Millers this season are fitting pretty true to size.  I'm an 8.5 in Jack Rogers and wear an 8.5 in Millers too.

Vaughn's first day of school ever is TODAY!  Please let me take a moment to compose myself.  I most likely will be bawling, and if not that, then I'll be trying to hold it together until I leave his classroom.  Thankfully, my sister-in-law is in town, so I'll have her to keep my mind on something else.

It really is the end of a time in my life.  No more babies.  Especially now that Vaughn is out of a crib and starting school...I never thought this day would get here...or at least not this quickly.  Then again, Vaughn will always be my baby.  Maybe that's another reason I'm so emotional with him starting school.  My baby will be in school.  This will also mark the first time in seven years that I won't have a child at home with me on a regular basis.  I've always had a baby here with me, since Wheeler was born.  What will I do with my time?  Haha.  The boys will only be going to school until 11:45, and Vaughn will still only be in school for three days a week, so it's not like it'll be a long time before I get to see them again, but still.  Today especially, I'll be counting down those minutes as soon as I drop him off, when I get to see him again.

With worry, there's prayer.  And with prayer comes thanksgiving.  I'm very thankful that he and Logan are only a year apart.  The teachers have already reassured me that they'll have the same playground time.  They'll be so thrilled to see each other!  Wish I could witness that today!  And all Logan kept telling Vaughn yesterday, when I picked him up from school was about all the cement mixers and cool toys in the classroom and the playground.  I know he's going to love it!

Alright, enough sappiness!  At least it's Friday, right?  The weekend is here!  I hope y'all have an awesome one!  The Panthers are playing another pre-season game tonight, and I just got these sandals for a subtle pop of Panthers blue.  For fit, they're true to size.  Cannot wait for the regular season to start!

TGIF, Y'all!

August 27, 2015

A Visit to Candlefish + An OOTN + Tory Burch Sale

 Instead of a cocktail recipe today, I'm talking candles.  And when I say I have a different fragrance in many of my rooms, I'm tell you I have a major love for candles.  With that being said, when the first day of Fall arrives, you better believe I'll be lighting my Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle until the last flicker.  If you've been reading SSP for awhile, you'll know that I've always talked about them since forever.  Believe me, it is the best smelling candle for the season!  And don't get me started on the Holiday one in winter.

Anyway, back to why I'm talking candles today instead of cocktails.  Last night, my friends and I thought it would be fun to attend a candle making workshop.  This particular place in town is called Candlefish, but I'm sure they probably have other candle places in your area that may do the same.  You provide your drink of choice and they provide two candles that you get to create.

To start things off, they had a little introduction and ice breaker.  I think there were about ten people at the workshop?  Then we were asked to smell many fragrances and decide which one we liked best, to use for our candle creations.  You can kind of see some of the fragrances behind us.  That was probably the toughest part, narrowing down our favorites to just one.  From there, the actual candle making started.

First, we measured out our favorite fragrance.

Then poured our hot wax, making sure to hit the scale at the correct weight.  After that, we added our fragrance to the hot wax and stirred it for about ten seconds.

Labeling our candles.

Have you ever seen such an enormous hot glue gun stick??  We used these to glue our wicks into our candle jars.

After letting the hot wax cool a little bit, we poured them into each of our candle jars.

Our hostess, Jordan, then gave us popsicle sticks to balance on the top, to make sure our wicks wouldn't move while the wax dried.

Afterward, we shopped around and played.  And today, we'll be back over to pick up our candles!  Can't wait!

And of course we finished the night at Cru!  The BEST!

What I Wore...

Anthropologie Blouse (Love love love this blouse! It's the perfect weight for Fall and a great length and fit. I wanted mine a little longer so I went up a size to a medium.) // J.Crew Shorts // Steve Madden Wedges (on sale; these run big, so order down) // Julie Vos Moonstone Ring (Can't stop wearing this ring! Definitely a new favorite!) // Charleston Rice Beads // Gigi New York Monogrammed Clutch (still on sale!) // Kendra Scott Parker Studs

Such a fun night!

Some of you asked if these Jack Rogers Jellies that I've been wearing to the pool are slippery.  They don't have much traction, but not much different than flip flops.  I think they're really comfy too.

Tory Burch just announced their latest sale!  Lots of awesome markdowns.  Remember, the best will sell out the fastest!

You know I love my Millers!  Currently on sale!  For sizing, they're true to size!

Today, I'm taking Logan to his first day of school!
Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!

August 26, 2015

Wednesday Whereabouts + Swing Dresses for Fall

I feel like all this past week's posts I've been sharing intermittently what we've been up to, so today, I'm sharing the rest with you!  On Thursday morning, we met my inlaws (Poppy and Grammy to the kids) halfway for breakfast.  Yes, that's Waffle House.  Logan loves that place!

As I mentioned on Monday's post, Vaughn slept in a big boy for the first time on Saturday night and did so well!  He did keep asking to get back in his crib because we hadn't disassembled it yet, but after I laid with him for a little bit, he was totally fine.  I convinced him that his big bed was more comfortable, had more pillows, more covers, and more room.  Plus, I told him that I could now lay next to him when I put him to sleep each night.  Since Saturday, he's napped in his bed too.  I'm so impressed!  His cute kayaker pjs are by crewcuts and currently 25% off with code: SHOPNOW.
The one thing I will add is that he's been getting up earlier in the morning.  His usual wake up time was between 7 and 7:30.  Now, it's more like 6.  But he doesn't come out of his room, so I know I can't complain.  He has this clock in his room and knows he can't come out until it turns green.  And he loves to read books, so most mornings I hear him turn off his sound machine, turn on his light and read books in his bed.

Group hug!

On Sunday after church, we headed to Vickery's for lunch.  They have a great view of Shem Creek.  The kids loved watching all the paddle boarders, boats and kayakers.
And a Bloody Mary for Mama.

 He looked at the little boy illustration and said "Dat's Vaughn, Mama. Dat's Vaughn."
Cracks himself up!
Since school started, Wheeler and Effie have been begging me to take them to the pool right after picking them up.  It finally happened yesterday, and they loved every minute of it!

Wheeler came home with an All About Me book yesterday.  Couldn't help but share the illustration above.  I think it's safe to say she loves a good boat ride.  Her image of the boat is pretty spot on too.

I posted a little later in the day yesterday, so in case you missed it, check it out here.  I shared an outfit I wore to dinner two nights ago with my new wedges.

I've been looking for a few toss-on dresses for Fall, that I could wear with flats, booties, etc.  This one is right up my alley.  Flowy for this warm weather now, and with leggings later.

I actually just ordered this Swing Dress in dark grey from Old Navy that came in yesterday.  Love it so much that I think I'm going to go for the dark red color too.  Will be perfect for Fall!
15% off today with code: EXTRA.

My sister-in-law, husband and their two boys get here tomorrow!
Can't wait to see them!

Hope y'all are having a great week so far!