Checking in after a hard, emotional week. Like so many of you my heart is broken for the families of the beautiful children whose lives were taken after another school shooting. It’s just devastating and I can’t even begin to imagine the suffering. I’ve cried so many tears thinking about it that my eyes are puffy. Add that to the end of the school year madness and emotion with our oldest graduating from high school next week and my youngest graduating from Elementary school and I’m honestly just drained! We are celebrating Addison’s 16th birthday this weekend and are also trying to rest and spend time together as a family. I hope that you are all able to do the same!
On a lighter note I’m sharing some May favorites today. Things I’ve been loving lately! Not long ago I shared this fun seagrass set of dishes (on sale this weekend!). They are so beautiful for summer entertaining.
I love the salad bowls! I’ve been making my favorite salad a lot for lunch lately so I thought I’d share it although it’s about as basic as you can get! I just toss in:
pre-washed spring mix
sliced almonds and walnuts
sometimes I add chicken (if I have the time/energy to pre-cook it!) and sometimes I add grapes.
This Briannas poppy seed dressing is my favorite and so good with this simple strawberry salad! Toss in other fruit or whatever you have on hand. I always have strawberries cut and washed in my fridge so this salad takes two seconds to make.
Isn’t this little cheeseboard the cutest!? Perfect for summer entertaining or just to use for decor in your kitchen.
We also love raspberry lemonade with fresh raspberries around here in the summer. I can’t wait to get my kids out of school so that we can stay up late and sleep in! That along with raspberry lemonade and popsicles are true signs of summer for me.
Speaking of fast lunches.. a while ago I asked who could remember my go-to for lunch and so many of you nailed it! Pretty impressive because I think it has been a while since I shared that little tidbit. You all have good memories. :) A turkey sandwich with cheese, baked lays, strawberries and a Coke Zero. I’ve been eating this for lunch most days for honestly over 20 years! Dinner is all over the place but at lunch I just want something quick and easy that I know I like. I’m lazy like that. :)
Another summer favorite.. this free people you rock t-shirt. I’m honestly embarrassed about how much I’ve been wearing this! At least 3 times a week if not more. I love the length, I love the way it hangs and I love the casual sleeves. Here’s proof that I worship this tee. I have it in white..
I have it in black.
And I have it in green. Of course I do. :) Once in a while if I love a top I’ll get one more in a different color, but this is the first time I’ve bought 3 of the same tee! I’m wearing it with jeans in these pics but I also wear them a lot with my Vuori performance joggers.
I love the thick collar too. Really cute with a little initial penance necklace. :) It comes in other colors too. Nordstrom has so many fun things marked down for their half yearly sale! I have my eye on the CeCe tops on sale (love them for a dressy look in the summer!), Natori bras (my favorite), and I always go through the best sellers to see if there is anything else I love marked down. So crazy that the Anniversary sale is right around the corner! Another fun sign of summer. :)
My carpenter Chuck (who many of you know well!) came by my house last week and gave me this box that he carved by hand and painted himself. Isn’t it beautiful? He wanted to thank me for the help I’ve given him and clients I’ve sent his way. We had a teary exchange because I feel like I owe that thanks to him! He is my right hand man around my house – has done all of my woodwork and continues to help with hanging pictures and fixing odds and ends. He is truly a family member at this point and I’m so grateful for him. I had to share this among my May favorites because it is something I will treasure forever!
A while back I went in to buy some new eyeshadow and the lady helping me at the make-up counter noticed that my skin was dry (I have really dry skin so I wasn’t shocked she noticed!). She suggested this vitamin nectar glow water and sprayed a little on my face. I fell instantly in love and bought it faster than I bought the eyeshadow! It’s a face mist that smells amazing! It instantly re-freshes your face and gives your skin a glowy, dewy look. I’ve absolutely loved it and I spray in on every day. You can use it with or without make-up. If you have dry skin (especially this time of year) I would highly recommend it! I love it so much I started exploring other best selling fresh products and am trying this vitamin nectar face serum that has great reviews. I’ll let you know if I love if after I’ve tried it a while!
Speaking of beauty favorites my beloved Colleen Rothschild Quench and Shine hair mask is finally back in stock! I have been patiently waiting for it for a while now. It’s one of my favorite products – makes your hair look and feel amazing! You can use it as an every day conditioner or a deep conditioner once a week. I’ve done both but not a week goes by that I don’t use it! Colleen Rothschild products are on sale this weekend! Other favorites I use daily are the extreme recovery cream and the complete eye cream and retinol supreme eye serum. They make a huge difference with the wrinkles around my eyes and my dark circles. Both from late night blog post writing no doubt. ;)
I recently bought this gorgeous large terra cotta vase from CB2 (I think it’s sold out because the link keeps taking me here and I can’t find it on-line anymore!) I’m having a love affair with round vases like this at the moment and rounded up some favorites below!
All so gorgeous right!? Add faux or real greenery/flowers for a beautiful summer display in your home. I’ll take one of each please. ;)
This Ayla black bowl is simple but I love the shape and size! Perfect for fruit in the kitchen..
In other fun news my antiqued metal tray is also on sale this weekend!
My black bowl also looks great on a shelf stacked on some books. Lots of ways to use a simple decorative bowl!
If you are shopping the sales this weekend check out my previous post if you missed it! Sharing so many fun things I’ve been wearing and everything is marked down!
Also most items in my family room are on sale! You can find all sources for this room HERE.
Below are a few other favorites that are on sale this weekend from Mcgee & Co and Pottery Barn. Serena & Lily is having a sale too and you can find my favorites HERE.
Take care everyone! I’m sending you all a huge hug after last week from my family to yours. XO