Happy Thursday friends! How is that for a post title? Random one today. :) First up for discussion.. my roses are blooming! I took some pictures of them quickly last week. They are just too pretty not to share!
When we were picking out plants and flowers for our yard I wanted TONS of hydrangeas! Then my builder and landscaper reminded me (for the 645th time) that I don’t live on the East Coast. Those plants don’t do well in Southern Cal.. so why couldn’t I just pick out a Spanish tile roof and some Palm Trees and move on already… ha! Clearly I was supposed to live in Nantucket and missed my true calling. ;)
Ok. Fine. Next best thing to hydrangeas? White roses! So we planted LOTS of white roses. Lining the driveway and around the yard.
They bloom on and off during the Spring/Summer and I get absolutely giddy when they first start popping out every year. So pretty!
These are white iceberg roses. They are always a bright white at first..
and then they start turning pink. :) (Still need to get some flowers in that window box!)
Kole and I have a little routine every week. He brings the trash up from the street to our gate while I check on the roses. Then I open the gate and put the trash cans were they go and then we play outside for awhile. Sometimes we play hide and seek. Sometimes we look for bugs. :)
Last week I brought out my camera and while I was snapping pics of the roses I realized that I’ve never shared pictures of our side gates!
They are simple, but one of my favorite things. My builder and husband wanted the gates on the sides of our house to be rock. I wanted white gates. Because I think I live in Nantucket remember. ;) I sketched a picture of some inset wood gates (similar to the cabinets in our home) but wanted a fun detail on top so I added the little open squares you see on top.
I was excited about how they turned out! Kind of craftsman coastal like the rest of the house. Plus they cost less than rock gates would have so my husband was happy. He got to stay in budget and I got to continue on with my East Coast home fantasy. Win win. :)
A view from the other side.
I also added this on the side of our yard for an enclosed trash can area. Kenny gave me a hard time about figuring out a way to make the trash cute. But why not? :)
Then we added that same style of gate to the side of the house.
It hides all of the ugly swimming pool equipment!
White roses and white gates. I’m a fan. :)
My little buddy loves to skip. Seriously the cutest thing. This picture makes me happy because it has SUMMER written all over it! Roses, green grass and skipping in the sunshine without a care in the world.
We are almost there moms! This May has been so insane. A couple of nights ago I found this post I wrote last year and re-read it! I needed the reminder. These 5 Strategies really do help me whenever I start feeling overwhelmed. I thought I’d share this post again in case any of you are also drowning in end of the school year activities!
And for those of you who are finishing school this week or next (I’m so jealous btw.. we go until mid June!) here is what our Summer To-Do list looked like last year for some fun ideas of things to do with your kids while they are home. My kids really look forward to brainstorming this list every summer. Almost as much as I do. :)
Ok! A little fashion before I sign off! I know.. this is the never ending post. My week is so busy that I have to fit in as much as I can when I have time. Major back log of blog posts going on around here! But Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale and it started today! Woot woot! So many of my recent favorites are on sale!
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This picture is awful because it was cloudy when I took it, but I’ve had this Ribbon Tie Sleeve top for a while and love it! Perfect comfy top for some of our recent cool May weather.
The ribbon sleeves are such a fun detail. It comes in 4 colors and is marked down to $29!
Keepin’ it real with this one! CRAZY month = no time to get ready. I look real impressed with myself don’t I? Ha! It’s all good because I have no problem running around in sweats on days that I’m working from home and then playing taxi driver all afternoon. :) These Liberty Jogger Pants have been on repeat! Cute, comfy.. a great fit. They are Make and Model – one of my favorite brands of lounge wear. And I know lounge wear. ;) Love them!
Remember my Valencia Tee? LOVE love love this top. It’s on sale too! Also comes in a pretty coral color.
I wore it this week with these cute Zella capri joggers. I have a feeling these pants are going to be my favorite thing to wear this summer! They fit darling! True to size. SO lightweight you guys. They come in black too and I already have the black pair in my on-line cart. :) Zella has always been a favorite brand (love their leggings!) so I was excited to try these and even more excited after I tried them on. Perfect summer staple!
My favorite ruffle sleeve top is also on sale! I told you all how soft this top is! Like wearing pj’s all day. After I shared it a few posts back I heard from so many of you that you bought it and love it. It always makes me so happy to hear when you love one of my recommendations! This comes in gray and black too and sizes are going fast. It’s a good one. :) My wedges are also 40% off! And I don’t have a picture in this ruffle sleeve top but I love it and it’s also marked down!
So excited about this one. My Vince Camuto cross body purse is 50% off! Shut the front door! I think this color just sold out (it was still there when I started writing this post and isn’t now) but it comes in lots of fun colors. They won’t last long. Such a good deal!
And we can’t forget fun things for the home now can we!? My cute coral fringe pillow is just $26! And this throw or this one would look so cute with it and are also on sale. This sale is a good one you guys! Kind of excited. Good sales have that effect on me. :)
Favorites (most are on sale!)
Other sale items I’m excited about (the headphones are my husband’s favorite!)
Rugs I’m loving that are marked down!
Alright. Signing off! I’m sorry my posting is so sporadic this month! Kind of in survival mode right now. I have two more crazy weeks and then everything starts to SLOW down. And I will limp across the finish line like I do every June! And then I’ll have lots to catch up on with you all.