Summer is here! Wait, it never left.

Summer has always been my favorite season, but now I live in Florida, and summer is the only season. Not only that but, summers in Florida are rainy. Yeah, this pretty much sums it up:

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But as strange as it sounds, this year, I’m rather enjoying the summer weather. There is something about the sunshine filtering through the rain that just reflects my current mood.

Despite the rain, this is still my favorite time of year. July is my favorite month, and not because Harry Potter and I have our birthdays. Independence Day has always been my favorite holiday.

In fact, real quick,

Three Ways Independence Day is Awesome

1. There’s a BBQ. Grilled meats and corn, guacamole, watermelon, casual socializing, checkered tablecloths, American spirit.
2. There’s fireworks. Not only are sparklers hands down the best thing ever, but sparklers without wearing a sweater are even better.
3. There’s fireflies. And not just fireflies, but frogs and birds add their ambience to the sunset. Okay, I guess that one’s more a general summer thing.

But anyway.

Since the rest of the country has joined in on the forever Florida weather, I thought I’d share a fun outfit!

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I recently wore this to have a casual dinner date with my husband. Heels are
rare for me right now because my son is still a very chaseable tot, so any night out without the little ones is a night for my heels to go out too!

Necklace- Bealle’s Outlet
Shirt- Walmart (beautiful similar option here)
Shorts- Macy’s (similar here)
Shoes- local boutique (no longer available, but see them here up close and personal. So. Beautiful.)

Oh, and these nails!

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I am totally obsessed with this color but have no idea what it’s called! I just can’t remember the name of it and when I went back to the salon I couldn’t find it on the rack. So frustrating. If you have any ideas please, please fill me in.

What’s your favorite thing about summer?  Anyone else have to temporarily retire their heels for the toddler years? What about Independence Day? Anyone else as obsessed with it as I am?

How To Make A Spring Easter Wreath: Wonky Edition

Happy Spring!!

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So I work really hard on a wreath one afternoon last week, hoping for a real showstopper.

Afterwards, when I pick up the kids, it sure does stop them.

“I made a wreath today.”

They pause mid-step as their eyes turn towards the door.

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After a beat, one of them pipes up.

“What’s wrong with it?”

“What do you mean?” I busy myself putting the key in the lock.

“There, on the side.” The other one says, pointing.

“What side, this side?”

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“No, the other side.”

“Here?”

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“Mom!” They say together.

“Okay, fine. Yes, it’s wonky.”

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“Wonky? What’s that?”

“It’s weird, it’s a little off, you know- it’s wonky.”

“What happened to it?”

“I stepped on it.”

“You stepped on the wall?!”

I try to keep a straight face as I realize they are picturing me pull a Spiderman on the front door.

“No, not on the wall.”

“Oh. Well… it’s beautiful anyway.” One says.

The other one reaches up and pats my elbow.

How To Make An Easter Wreath: Wonky Edition

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Materials

-Fabric
-<a href=”Ribbon
-Three hand-crafted flowers
-safety pins
-scissors
-glue gun & glue sticks
-Small stuffed bunny
-Floral wire
-Wreath form
-Carelessly placed foot

Instructions

-Measure your fabric on the wreath form and cut it to size.

-Step on your wreath form as you gather other materials.

-Mutter curses and epithets under your breath as you attempt to fix the break with glue and tape.

-Wrap the fabric around your wreath form, careful to fold and cover any raw edges. Pin and/or glue in place.

-Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, failing to space it evenly no matter how hard you try. Tuck the end of the ribbon under on itself and add a dab of glue to secure it.

-Secure your flowers and bunny in place.

-As a last and crucial step, attempt to hang the wreath on your front door and watch as it comes apart on one side.

Tada!

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In all seriousness though, it can be easy to get frustrated or to down ourselved when we learning something new. But a sense of humor is essential in order to move forward in the growing process; it makes the hard parts bearable and good parts awesome. So don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself, because you never know, the story might be better than the stupid wreath!

Okay, as much as I love to figuratively listen to myself talk, this is not a one-sided conversation. Your two cents in the comments please (come on its the only coin I’m making right now)!

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