Nearing the end of summer friends and I can honestly say that I’m completely exhausted. Ha! The best kind of exhausted but exhausted none the less. :) I know a lot of you are already headed back to school. (Here’s a fun post on back to school organization if you’re interested!) I hope the transition is going well! Two more weeks for us and this mom is hanging on by a very thin but mostly happy thread. ;) Here’s a picture dump of what’s on my camera and phone at the moment!
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This kid. His outfit says it all. :) Love him. There is no rest with this one in my life, but his toothless smile makes up for it.
My little buddy is allergic to something in regular sunscreen – his skin breaks out and he gets the worst rashes from it. I’ve struggled with this problem for years and have seriously tried over 20 different sunscreens on him. I finally found something that works! Sharing this for any moms dealing with the same issue. This Burn-Out Eco-Sensitive sunscreen is amazing. Goes on so smooth and doesn’t bother his skin at all. (Hallelujah!) I initially found this at a health food store and then later found it here.
Ad lounging at the pool with friends. Rough life, right?
Plasma cars are still our favorite!
This girl has had a great summer hanging with friends, hanging with the family and working on her play. My little Alice debuts in Wonderland next weekend!
Back to school is going to be a rough transition for my girls. Ha! I am going to start getting them to bed earlier each night and waking them up a little bit earlier each morning next week. Wish me luck with that one. I’ll need it. :)
El has spent her summer dancing. She recently got back from a week long dance convention in Long Beach. I told her to pack before the trip and she said “I already did mom!” Her stuff was laid out so neatly. It made me smile so I took a picture. :) She’s such a little mini-me when it comes to organization.
Proud of her and her cute friends.
I snapped this at her dance studio a few days ago. She came home from her trip and has been there non-stop learning next year’s solo routines. Hardly a break from dance for this girl! And hardly a break from workout clothes for me. I’ve been living in Zella leggings and tanks this summer. I always have great intentions of getting dressed and ready after I exercise, but most days it’s suddenly 6 pm before I even realize I forgot to get dressed. Some days it’s 6 pm before I realize I forgot to exercise too. :) #summerproblems
I did clean up one day this month for a camp performance and dinner with friends. Snapped a picture to document the rare occasion. ;)
If I do get dressed I’m wearing these joggers! Hands down my favorite summer staple. They sold out so quickly and have now been re-stocked. I have them in the green and black and just keep rotating the two with different summer tees. My girls tease me each time I put them on about wearing them yet again. They are just so light weight, flattering and comfy!
Something else I adore that was re-stocked is my favorite tie front pullover. Love this. They came out with it in a pink (so cute) and also now have this similar version. I can’t wait to wear it more this Fall! I just can’t wait for Fall period. I’ll take cool weather and all of the tie front pullovers please!
We’ve been doing some MAJOR paper organization at my house this past month. I tore my office apart last week. Again. Shared some pics on my IG stories of the mess. :) I’ve been trying to get all of my files and everything in order before school starts. Today I had my girls sort through some of their old work that was accumulating. We had a movie paper sorting party mid day. :) I can’t wait to have this project checked off my list!
New backpacks for 6th and 8th grade! Did I really just say that!? El’s last year of middle school. My girls picked out their own and I love them both. Nothing like a new backpack full of new school supplies for day one. :) I’m going to see if I can stretch one more year out of Kole’s backpack, but it might only make it to Christmas.
The start of a new school year gets me so excited to plan ALL the things! My head is bursting with ideas and projects right now! Some I can’t wait to finish and show you all and some that I can’t wait to get started on. OneCanoeTwo came out with their new planners for 2018.. SO cute! They sent me this adorable version and now I’m itching to use it! I’ve loved using their planner from 2017 this year.
Remember the fun new lamps from Barn Light Electric that I shared in this post? Betty (who works there and is such a sweetheart) wrote a fun post about them on their blog if you want to check it out!
Remember when I shared my Summer Living Room re-fresh? I’ve been looking high and low for something to replace that square Spring sign because it just never looked right to me. Too many square shapes and not the right size.
So last week I took it down. And I love it with nothing there! Which made me think about how we sometimes overthink decorating (at least I know I do!). A lot of times when I don’t love the way something is styled, after playing with it forever I always end up taking off half of the “stuff.” And like magic.. it looks better. Breathing room is a good thing and quite often less is more. A little life tip I needed to hear myself today. ;)
Found the quartz I’m using for our theatre room! Man. What a project that space has turned out to be. It has occupied a lot more of my energy this summer than I planned on, but things are moving right along and I can’t wait to get it finished. We have one counter in the room (I’ll share another progress post at some point!) and I chose this slab of quartz called “Calcutta Vicenza.” Very similar look to marble but it will hold up great in a space that will often be used by teenagers. Mission accomplished!
Summer evenings outside are my favorite! My outside lights all click on and there is such a soft glow when the sun starts to set over the ocean. I can just smell it. The summer evenings and my neighbor’s BBQ. ;)
Then it gets dark and we all head inside to continue our Harry Potter Marathon. Ad is reading the books and is flying through them at record speed so that we can watch each movie after she finishes a book. I don’t think I’ll let Kole watch the last few (they get so dark and scary!) but he has loved the first few movies. And I love our time spent cozied up on this couch together.
Maybe I’m not so ready for summer to be over after all.