Thoughts for Thursday:Confessions

Thanks again for joining us for another Thoughts for Thursday!!  Remember you can post about anything you want- just grab the button below and link up at the bottom.

Thoughts for Thursday

Today I'm throwing some confessions your way:

- I failed on my no spend month. Once I ripped the band aid off buying the hanky panky underwear it was all down hill from there. I'm not proud of myself but besides one item the rest of the stuff was stuff I need. Like shirts that actually cover my stomach and new pajamas for Miller. 

-My husband travels a lot and works late a lot and I've started to rely on the tv more to entertain Miller in the evenings. I'm not proud but I'm exhausted and need to get stuff done, like making him dinner.

- I'm so happy that Miller can walk but man is it exhausting. We go on another vacation next weekend and I'm scared he's not going to sit still at all. Which means no relaxing for me. Ugh.

- I am in no way prepared to have 2 kids in 3.5 months.  I think I'm in denial.

- I made my husband buy me chocolate chip cookies the other night and I immediately ate 4, the next day I ate 4 and then I threw the box away because I have no self control.  I almost went back into the trash for them a few hours later. Almost.

- I'm not sure I'm cut out to be a stay at home mom.  I'm not saying I'm ungrateful for this opportunity or regret my decision but some days are just really hard. Sometimes I just want to talk to adults about stuff that doesn't involve babies, kids, schedules, diapers, bottles, etc.  I also miss getting dressed, showing up somewhere and really using my brain.

- In addition to adult interaction I miss having my own money.  A lot.  

- I like for the main living areas of my house to be neat, tidy, and organized. Our master bedroom is another story- it looks like a bomb went off in there 5 out of the 7 days in a week.

- I'm pretty sure I'm going to gain another 40lbs this pregnancy.  I was doing so well and lately I am just packing on the pounds.  It's really frustrating because I'm being so good compared to when I was pregnant with Miller yet I'm still gaining weight.  I'm trying to just come to terms with the fact that this is how my body gains weight while pregnant.

- After just about swearing off reality tv for the past year I am back to watching all the trash- housewives, millionaire matchmaker, the kardashians.  Ugh. Why do I just keep getting sucked into that trash?!

Now it's your turn!
Grab the button below and link up to Annie and Natalie  on your Thoughts for Thursday post.  


Thoughts for Thursday
Use #thoughtsforthursdays on Instagram and tag us @homeofmalones and @eastcoastnat.
Link up starts at 7am EST.
Follow us on Bloglovin' too:
Home of Malones and East Coast Chic
 
 

Five Things I'm Loving this Summer

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it's July 23rd. This summer is just flying by and pretty soon I'm going to be posting about jeans and pumpkin spice lattes.  Until then I'm going to continue to soak up these long hot summer days.

Here are five things I've been loving this summer:

1. Strawberry Salad

We had a strawberry salad with goat cheese and candied walnuts at the wedding we went to two weeks ago and now some version of a strawberry salad has been my lunch every day for the past two weeks.
 via

I'm a horrible blogger and haven't taken a pretty photograph of the strawberry salads I've been making lately but this one above from The Healthy Foodie is pretty close.  
I've been using mixed greens, strawberries, crumbled goat cheese, and honey roasted pecans.  I've been using Annie's Balsamic dressing or Annie's Raspberry dressing, I use a very small amount of dressing not to over power the other flavors.    The salad is heavenly and so light and refreshing.  



2. La Croix Passion Fruit

Have you tried the new passion fruit La Croix flavor?  It's so good and just screams summer.   I can imagine it might be good with a little vodka in it too.  Maybe you all can try that for me? The passion fruit, apricot, and mango are only available at Target right now.. 

3.  Pink Stitch Maxi and Mini Dress 





I know I am totally beating a dead horse here but this maxi dress is the best!  First of all it's so comfortable for hot summer days since the material is so light, but lined so it's not see through, and the cut is really airy.   It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I've worn mine with heels, Jack Rogers, and regular old flipflops.     
For those of you that aren't pregnant my sister tried the dress on and it was just as flattering on her as it was on me and didn't make her look big at all. 

I have my eye on the mini dress because it looks just as cute but I'm a little worried with my height and baby bump that it might be too short. 


4. Step 2 Tropical Island Resort Water Table

Step2 Tropical Island Resort


My parents gave Miller this water table for his birthday and we love it!  We just set this up next to his mini pool in the backyard in the afternoons and it's endless fun.  He can play and splash and just has the best time.  If you have a kid around Miller's age and are on the fence about the water table I say get it!   It has helped pass the time on these long hot days recently! 




5. Justin's Maple Almond Butter 

 I was introduced to almond butter at the beach a few weeks ago and now I'm hooked.  I had wanted to try almond butter for awhile but I didn't want to buy a huge jug and then hate it so when my father in law had some at the beach I had to try.   It is sooooo good.   I ate mostly the maple almond butter while we were there and I've been having it at home on apples as a snack.   It just feels a bit lighter than peanut butter and is much more delicious.   The best part is it tastes sweet but only has 3 grams of suger per serving size! 

So what are you loving this summer?

Vanity Dreams

The last big items on our need to renovate list is the upstairs bathrooms.   For our master we want to make upgrades and reconfigure the layout if possible.  I have a built in vanity right now but the lighting is horrible and I really only use it for storage so we would try to accommodate it into our new bathroom or closet.   Since I would be losing my vanity and cosmetic storage I would need to move it to another part of our bedroom.
When One Kings Lane contacted me about participating in the Reflect Your Style campaign to build my vanity around one of their mirrors I jumped at the chance.  OKL is one of my favorite places to shop for unique home decor pieces and I've had the bathroom renovation ideas fresh on my mind so this was perfect. 

Vanity Dreams
 



I designed everything around the Lenior oversized mirror.  This is such a classic feminine piece and I knew it would be the perfect item to start my vanity. 
I decided to pair it with this Erica console table and Graham mirrored vanity stool.  I love the classic lines of the console paired with the glamour of the mirrored stool. 
The Wallingford storage accessories are a nice touch of gold and perfect for storage of cotton balls, brushes, and perfumes.
I've been a fan of Michelle Armas art for awhile now and I think this bright piece would help bring some color to the space. 
I can't forget my favorite cosmetics that would live on this vanity:  Origins Vitazing tinted moisturizer, Benefit They're Real Mascara, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, and my new favorite scent, Tory Burch

Be sure to check out One Kings Lane and if you don't have your own account yet, you can sign up here

Do you have a vanity in your room?  What are some of your vanity must haves?   Do you shop with One Kings Lane? 

Monday Randoms

Happy Monday Y'all!  I hope everyone had a good weekend. 

We had a visitor in our bed Friday and Saturday night.
Separation Anxiety is in full force around here.   Someone does not like to be more than 3 feet away from me at all times.  Friday night was the worst and we couldn't calm him down or get him to bed until 11pm.  It felt like having a newborn again because we couldn't figure out what was wrong and nothing could soothe him.  Saturday was better even though he ended up in our bed again and last night he slept in his own bed after many trips into his room.  
This is a rough phase and the blood curdling screams that he is doing would rip anyone's heart out.  Ughhhh.  I'm hoping it doesn't last too long. 

Saturday night we went to the new Annapolis Smokehouse for dinner with my sister and brother in law.   The food was so good.  We ordered so many appetizers and they give you free hush puppies before dinner, needless to say I was stuffed.  I ended up taking my whole dinner home with me. 

I wore this Target maxi dress that I picked up a few weeks ago.  It's from the juniors section but fits the bump great.  The bonus is that it was only $30



My sister and I are having an instagram sale with clothes that we no longer wear.   You can find all the stuff @shopnandpcloset.  We will be adding more stuff this week as we continue to clean out our closets. Free Shipping on everything! 

Here are some items we have left if you're interested. 

Lilly Pulitzer Dress- 100% Silk-size Small- $45.00


Gap Leopard Flats- size 10- NWT- $35.00

True Religion Faded Jean Shorts- size 29- $30.00
 
I leave you with this...

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

If you're like the rest of the world then you know today is the day that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens up to the rest of us (without the credit card)!! I think the sale just gets better and better each year.  Since I'm on a no spend month I hope some of you will shop for me so I can live vicariously through you. 


Here are some things I have my eye on this year: 
This is one of my dream bags!  I've had this bag on my wish list for many, many years.  It's not practical for me right now but I still have my fingers crossed for one day.  It's marked down $573 for the anniversary sale to $1322.90 so snag this one if it's in your budget.  She's a beauty

 Marked down to $33.90
Kendra Scott jewelry is always so stunning.  I absolutely love this blue color and think these would be so fun with a little black dress.

Marked down to $33.90
Everyone raves about these leggings and I think they might be perfect for post baby this winter when I need some comfortable pants that will suck me in.


Marked down to $14.90 a pair or 4 pairs for $52 which comes to $13 a pair 
Confession: I actually bought myself 4 pairs of these- the sale was just too good to pass up.    Hanky Panky is the only brand underwear I will wear and I really need some new ones so my husband approved this purchase as a need not a want so I was allowed to splurge.  

$208 value for $85 
Love, love, love these sets.  Bobbi Brown does such a good job with her make up palettes and this one does not disappoint.   

 Marked down to $57.90
I've been on a hunt for a script monogram necklace for ages and this price is such a steal.  Most are $80 or over, if not a lot more. 


Are you shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  What items did you pick up? 

Thoughts for Thursday: Random Thoughts, Questions, and Advice

Welcome back to another Thoughts for Thursday!  If you want to join us just grab the button below and then link up at the bottom. Remember you can write about whatever you want.

Thoughts for Thursday
I'm keeping this one totally random and full of bullet points today.   I still don't think anyone in this house is back on a normal schedule from our vacation- sleep is lacking for all of us here!

- A week vacation with a toddler is exhausting.  I owe a whole post to this topic.  It was so much fun but it's hard to get back into our normal schedule now.

- I used to be really loose about Miller's schedule and didn't mind pushing around naps and bedtimes.  The past 2-3 months I have become crazy about his schdule and absolutely hate getting off schedule.  I don't think I realized how much more pleasent we all are if he gets naps and I get a few minutes to myself. 

- Speaking of schedules I think I have finally found a good schedule that works for us.  I have to admit that I struggled for awhile with finding the right balance for us.  I was trying to fit a lot into each day not realizing I was overstimulating and exhausting Miller and even myself.  I have learned that big days of go go go and then quiet days of doing nothing do not work for us.  We need to do a little bit each day to keep the day balanced and keep everyone sane and happy.

- I would love to hear your recommendations for under eye concealer?  My dark circles are looking awful these days and my Laura Mercier secret concealer is just not cutting it.

- I would also love to hear about double strollers too.  We have a double BOB which I got off Craigslist (in excellent condition) that I will use for running and walking but I still need one for  errands, trips to the mall, etc. Anywhere that the double BOB will just be too much.    Any advice on the tandem versus the side by side?

 


- I feel like I cannot keep up with reading blogs these days, or I read them but I don't comment.   I read a lot of them on my phone through my Bloglovin app and sometimes I just can't get the comment functionality to work (annoying).   So I want you all to know I'm still thinking of you and I'm trying to catch up on everyone's posts this week.

- I made a house project list of things I would love to accomplish before baby #2 makes his debut.  I'm starting to panic because I only have 16 more weeks.  I know it's still plenty of time but this pregnancy is just flying by on me and these aren't all easy projects.

- The nursery is on the list of house projects.  Unlike Miller's room at this point I have gotten no where!  I have a few ideas but nothing I'm sold on.   Miller's room is gray and navy with pops of orange and white furniture.  I'm leaning toward tan/gray/green/natural wood furniture for this one.

- Does anyone know where I can take a grammar enrichment class? I can't seem to find one at our local community college but I may need to search again.  Writing has never been my strong suit and I would love a little refresher since I'm guilty of making many grammatical errors.   Especially after seeing this:



Who knew Weird Al Yankovic would make me want to improve my grammar!

- So far I've made it 16 days into my no spend month.  I'm quite proud of myself as I have zero self control but I have my eye on a prize so hopefully it will be worth it in the end.   Anyone else do no spend months?   I try to do them through out the year and they aren't easy.   Especially with all the products floating around blogs and social media!

Now it's your turn!
Grab the button below and link up to Annie and Natalie  on your Thoughts for Thursday post.  
Thoughts for Thursday

Use #thoughtsforthursdays on Instagram and tag us @homeofmalones and @eastcoastnat.
Link up starts at 7am EST.
Follow us on Bloglovin' too:
Home of Malones and East Coast Chic