One not-so-great thing that happened was a super-fast bug that seemed to run rampant through our house. Each boy was sick but only for 6 hours. It was the strangest thing! Rhett and Ryder threw up but never had a fever whereas Chase had a fever but never threw up and everyone was back to normal within 4 to 6 hours. I’ve never seen anything like it! Unfortunately it knocked Ryan out much harder and he’s still not feeling his best so we’re hoping he’ll feel much better by the time the weekend rolls around. (I’ve thankfully avoided it so far which is good since I’m pretty sure moms aren’t allowed to get sick.)
As for the weekend ahead, we initially planned to host a bunch of friends for a cookout and lake fun but the weather looks awful — rain every single day and temperatures around 60-degrees — so we’ll put that one off until we have a warm, sunny weekend. I’d like to do something unique and celebratory for the boys as an end-of-the-school-year celebration of sorts so I’m sure we’ll figure something out!
I hope you guys all have a good weekend and, as always thank you for making my blog a part of your week! Now onto this week’s roundup of favorites!
Things I’m Loving Friday
XL Makeup Bag (with lots of sections!)
Last year, in the midst of moving and home-building mayhem, we lived in four houses in 6 months. It was insane to say the least and I did all I could to make living in so many different places as seamless as possible. One thing that worked well was to unpack as little as possible and I applied this to my makeup! I began storing all of my makeup in one giant makeup bag and took it around the house with me to apply my makeup using my favorite portable mirror (often at the kitchen counter while the boys ate breakfast) and ended up loving this system.
My previous makeup bag was looking a little rough so I recently upgraded to this option. It immediately appealed to me because it was not only aesthetically pretty but it has multiple interior sections to make dividing makeup up into different categories a breeze. I how have all of my makeup sorted into different sections (face, eyes, lips and brushes/applicators) and no longer feel like I’m digging through an abyss to find the specific product I’m looking for when I’m applying my makeup in the morning. I love it!
Have you guys heard of the whole “empties” trend? I am likely 5,000 years late to this one but I think it’s a trend that began when beauty influencers started sharing their beauty favorites whenever they’d run out (aka their empty bottles) as a way of highlighting their favorite products they use consistently. I’m telling you fashion and beauty influencers are ON IT when it comes to creative sharing ideas!
Anyway, I have an “empty” to share with you today that I’m fairly certain I’ve shared in the past but if I did it was a million years ago. This hairspray has been the ONLY hairspray I’ve used for years so I figured it was worth highlighting again since I need to order a replacement today. I have very fine hair but apparently I have a lot of it (according to anyone who ever does my hair) but it looks so lifeless and flat without a little help. This hairspray was one of the best beauty discoveries I ever made for my hair because it adds volume and a little texture and the hold actually lasts! I will often let my hair air-dry which is a recipe for seriously lifeless hair for me but this hairspray can work wonders bringing it back to life and adding a little oomph while providing hold for my waves. It’s a winner and one I am sure I will continue to buy for a million more years.
True story: I saw another mom wearing this bag at preschool drop off a few weeks ago and thought it was so cute that I legitimately sprinted across the parking lot to ask her where she got it before she hopped into her car. I loved the black and brown combination of colors and the quilted leather look and crossed my fingers it wouldn’t be a million dollar bag. When she said it was an Amazon find, I was psyched and ordered the bag from the preschool parking lot. It’s not huge so it’s best for smaller events (aka it doesn’t hold ALL THE MOM THINGS) but it pairs well with so many looks and I’ve found myself reaching for it over and over again.
Memorial Day Weekend Sales
Just rounding up a few sales that have already started this weekend just in case you’re hoping to take advantage of some pre-summer savings!
- Old Navy: 50% off everything (We love these slim-fit pull-on jeggings for the boys / I’m also eyeing this coverup and this floral maxi dress!)
- aerie: 40% off + 50% off swim
- Madewell: 30% off everything with code WARMUP (The whisper cotton tanks have been a summertime staple for me for years)
- Anthropologie: Extra 40% off sale
- Maaji: Up to 60% off swim (My favorite swimwear brand! They have a lot of mom-friendly sporty tops that still look pretty and feminine. Note: I always size up in the bottoms.)
- Nike: Up to 40% off (All of our boys have worn Flex Runners — they pull right on and off but stay on once they’re on / Love these retro sneakers so much!)
- American Eagle: 30-70% off everything
- Abercrombie: Up to 20% off (I’ve heard great things about their denim shorts)
- QUAY: BOGO sunglasses (I have and love their Sweet Dreams sunglasses)
- Serena & Lily: 20% off everything with code SPLASH (Their LaJolla Baskets have been a favorite in our house for years for a pretty way to store toys. They also majorly hold up to kid craziness — our boys have sat on the lids and they’re still going strong. // My sister also gave us this step stool for our kitchen for Christmas and we use it every single day. It’s stunning and the quality makes be believe we’ll have it forever.)
- HatiHome: 20% off everything (We ordered their stool #2 in natural for around our kitchen island. I eyed them for well over a year before purchasing and they never did a sale steeper than 20% off. We LOVE them. The quality is fantastic, they wipe clean — a must for us with kids — and are very comfortable. They’re a splurge but a purchase I do not regret for one second.)
- McGee & Co.: Up to 25% off sitewide (25% off is the most I ever see them offer and I pretty much only shop this site during sales. I took advantage of 25% off to order our bathroom mirrors and extra long dining room table last year. We also have this small wood pedestal in our bathroom to hold our hand soap and I think it would be a great gift paired with a favorite soap.)
- Ruggable: Up to 20% off with code MD23 (We have these all over our house! They’re fantastic. The Kamran is my favorite. We have the Kamran Ivory Opal as our living room area rug as well as in our bathroom as bath mats in front of our vanities. Definitely get the cushioned pad for high-traffic areas. We have the Kamran Coral as a runner in our kitchen and mudroom.)
Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp (For anyone grilling out this weekend who might want a delicious alternative to burgers and hot dogs.)
Chopped Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts Salad (A lettuce-less salad you can prep ahead!)
Questions of the Day
Do you have any plans this weekend?
What is one thing making you smile this week?
This might be a silly question, but I have a similar hair type to you (fine hair, but a lot of it) and I admire how your hair always looks so styled and put together. How do you apply the hairspray on air dried hair to give it volume and body? Do you just spray the roots?
Thank you and I hope you have a fun weekend!
Hi!! When I air dry my hair, I begin by doing a light mist of the hair spray all over my hair before styling! Then I’ll curl it and spray it all over again but more thoroughly, brush it out and spray again! For my roots, I swear by Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray! It gives my hair volume and a little grit.
janet pole says
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that makeup bag … but it’s $98 here in Canada on Amazon…guess I will have to look elsewhere there and hope to find a good quality one.
DO ANY CANADIAN READERS HAVE ONE TO SUGGEST? My 20yo VIctoria Beckham one did not survive the last vacation … and I need a lot of room for setting spray, SPF etc etc etc
Happy Memorial Day … we do not have a day here for Vetran’s, per se, that is a holiday for all,…it’s just a holiday for banks, post offices and federal government employees. We do enjoy the ceremonies on telly though.
Hi Julie. Can you please tell me the series of books that you mentioned that Chase enjoys. I couldn’t find it again on your blog. Thanks.
Magic Tree House and Dragon Masters are two of his favorites!