Summer Wardrobe Wishlist

I haven’t really been shopping too much, I did need some new jeans and I got them from an ethical fashion brand (review coming soon!). A big part of the reason is that I’d like to be making more of my own clothes; however, right now, I’m really lacking the time. I also don’t want to invest hundreds of dollars in fabric and while I have some stuff that is appeal appropriate, they are not the most current patterns. So. Here’s a few things I’ve been eyeing while I’m window shopping and I’d love to make it into my summer wardrobe.

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Boden Phoebe Jersey Dress (honestly, any of their dresses! I’d love to try one and they look the right length for toddler mom life)

Boden Embroidered Linen Kaftan

LL Bean Signature Madras Shirt in Pink Pearl

Everlane Cotton Twill Short

What are you loving this summer? I’m really craving an easy to pull together but still classic style.

18 Pans of ’18: May

Items used in May: 6

Total this year (thus far): 40

I have really enjoyed the two things I’ve tried from the Soo Ae brand, I would love to try something not in a foil packet. I really did not enjoy the Jergens – it ran down my legs and got all streaky AND smelled like self tanner! I think the traditional Natural Glow would be much better.

Weekend Recap May 26, 27 and 28

I know that Baby C is still a bit too young to understand the whole ‘experience as a gift’ thing but we really like that philosophy here in this house. While he might not remember exactly, we wanted to get that started early! We booked tickets for a ride on Thomas the Train (our little dude is quite the ‘choo choo’ lover) when he was visiting the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. We drove up on Saturday morning, had a blast riding Thomas, seeing all the other train related activities.

We were meeting friends from lunch and had an hour to kill so we popped literally around the corner to the Cuyahoga National Park Visitors Center and took a look around, saw the river (C had a really hard time not jumping into the Cuyahoga) and picked up our traditional National Park coffee cup. We had a lovely BBQ lunch and then headed back south. Our overtired dude did not nap well in the car and since he is up we stopped at the new outlet mall on our way home. I forgot it was Memorial Day weekend and it was so busy so we didn’t stay too long.

Sunday we kept it low key and cooked out at home. Monday was a pool day and cook out at my parents house. C loves the water so much and it’s so much fun to see him get more and more confident in the pool.

12 Bakes of ’18: May-Manhatten Cake

I was issued a challenge by M for this year’s birthday cake – something with booze and cherries in it. I found a recipe for Manhattan Cake and made the cake exactly as instructed but made my own buttercream recipe and added the flavorings they mention. It was much too dense a crumb for me – I don’t really like all in one cakes. It was bea-u-ti-ful and M loved it, which is all that really matters. Now to think of something hard for me to set for him for my birthday, per tradition.

What I Read: May ’18

Incendiary by Chris Cleave: “When a massive suicide bomb explodes at a London soccer match a woman loses both her four-year-old son and her husband. But the bombing is only the beginning. In a voice alive with grief, compassion, and startling humor, Incendiary is a stunning debut of one ordinary life blown apart by terror,” (via). I really enjoyed this book – I found the narrator compelling and heartbreakingly human. I had moments of wanting to Google the terrorist attack mentioned in the book as I surely felt it had to have really happened!

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara: I only started listening to this after the news that they caught the Golden State Killer came out – and honestly, I probably couldn’t have finished it without knowing that he was caught. McNamara’s writing is captivating and the story is a thrilling who done it.

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot: “Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma,” (via). I read this in one sitting on the plane and it was quite the read. I found it easy to fall into her mental state, which she is able to clearly get the reader to feel her fuzziness, by reading it in such a way. But I did feel like I missed some details and wanted to shout ‘Girl, run from him!’ at her several times.

That Ohio Feeling

One of my happiness and productivity gurus, Gretchen Rubin, talks about what she calls her America Feeling. I have to admit, I haven’t had my own America Feeling since voting for Hillary and it feels like my country is one I no longer recognize (or, I’m now seeing what was always there in a terrifying new light).

I do, however, still get my Ohio Feeling. I get it watching the sun set over the trees while driving alone down SR 16 and the sky is that perfect shade of pink and filled with cotton candy clouds. I get it trying new beer brewed here and it’s easy to find when checking out a new state or Metro park. It’s in a perfect summer day, in cornfields taller than I am.
And I definitely get it at the Ohio State Fair. Its in the Ag & Hort building. It’s deep and rich when I get my Ohio lamb gyro, when I ride on the SkyGlider, when I eat my one annual deep fried buckeye.img_0549IMG_6115

12 Bakes of ’18: April


I have been craving lemon meringue pie for AGES and I have had the recipe printed out for months! I finally made it and took it to a family dinner where we promptly ate the whole thing. Even the toddler had a slice and it was a hit! One small hiccup – I tried to use a pie crust I’d frozen but it crumbled and did something funky while pre-baking so I had to toss it and start over with the one listed by King Arthur Flour and it was good.