3 fall things

I started to title this fall y’all but I hardly ever say the word y’all, so it felt weird.  I’m sitting here with a cup of reheated coffee and a few extra minutes and wanted to share some fall pretty since I’ve been AWOL for a while.  I’ll explain my absence at the bottom of the post.

I hear the first day of fall is this Friday, which is kind of comical because where we live it’ll still be 85 degrees.  Our cooler temps usually hit closer toward November.  So I’ll have to pretend in this post.  When I think of fall, I think of classic navy.  Love this outdoor picnic set up so much.  Oh to live in a place with seasons!

And how about these chairs with a pretty pop of navy.

And this isn’t navy, but goes great with jeans (which are in the navy family).  I’ve seen a lot of bell sleeve sweaters and tops this season.  Not a huge fan of that look, but just found something bell-sleevish I do like.  It’s this cozy top – not as in-your-face bell sleeves as some of the others I’ve seen.  Plus it looks soft.


About my absence…

Peter and I have spent the last 34 days working our tails off emptying 5,000 square feet plus two storage units.  We did this nonstop every.single.day in between driving kids everywhere, cooking dinners, and the regular craziness of life.  I seriously thought it would kill me, but somehow it didn’t.  So glad it is OVER.  Our kids helped us as much as they could in between their demanding schedules…and we are all zonked.  Grateful we were able donate several truckloads to help other families in need, and also get more organized in our home.  It is nice to live with LESS.

My goal is to have some scheduled downtime days in the next few weeks to regroup – something I’ve never really done before but think is necessary after this type of work.  At this point I would be happy with a pedicure!



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white desk + hurricane update

Wow, another hurricane.  We’re preparing for Irma, who may be headed straight this way.  Working on evacuation plans.  I leave you with some restful white.

We’ve been emptying our storage units and purging for several weeks now.  Feels good to make progress and donate to others in need, but man it’s been a lot of work.  Mainly the challenge is combining a crazy busy parent schedule with lots of hauling, sorting, and moving.

Also been working hard on cleaning out rooms in our home (before we knew about Irma).  Our youngest daughter needed a smaller desk to fit next to her bed, and I found this one and really like the price and aesthetic.  Not bad for less 95 bucks + free shipping.  She loves it.  Requires some assembling, but it’s pretty easy.



I paired it with a white slip-covered Ballard chair we already had – super cute.

Gotta run for now.  Prayers for all Florida residents as we brace ourselves for Irma.


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a time to help

We have many Texans visit our beach year after year and we always enjoy their warm and friendly presence.  Many of you reading are Texans, and I pray you are all safe.  Right now our prayers are with those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  It’s beyond unbelievable and my heart hurts for all who have been impacted by this disaster.  I wanted to share a few sources as options to help the countless people and  animals in need.  Every little bit makes a difference.  Texas friends, we are with you!


Harvey first hit our Gulf Coast neighbors in Port Aransas, and their town was devastated.  In the spirit of hope and recovery for Texas, I’m only going to share positive images in this post.  Pictured here is a room inside the Cinnamon Shore showhouse, a Port Aransas New Urbanism development designed by friend and local architect Mark Schnell.  Cinnamon Shore weathered the storm well, and now they are pulling together to generously help others who suffered the wrath of Harvey in their town of Port Aransas.

The kind folks of Cinnamon Shore have started this fund to help those in Port Aransas.  You can donate with just a few clicks here.

From those in Cinnamon Shore: “We are raising funds, not for ourselves as we weathered Harvey well, but for our friends in Port Aransas where Harvey hit first.   Every dollar donated will directly support the restoration and recovery of the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. We’re incredibly appreciative of your outreach and generosity, and we’re looking forward to your special support of our city in this trying time.”

Help comes in all forms.  In Austin, artist Mint & Maple is offering a $5 download of this lovely watercolor of Texas  – 100% of your purchase goes to hurricane relief through the Red Cross.

There are so many ways to help.  I also believe in the POWER of prayer.  It’s the one priceless gift we can give to anyone in need.  I’ve learned time and time again that prayer is the answer.  God can do so much and we are witnessing it with all of the selfless first responders and volunteers right now.  So many are rescuing, helping, and serving those in need.  Right now, the volunteers and survivors all need our prayers.  They say in Texas they do everything big…so let’s DO IT.


Additional ways we can help human and furry Hurricane Harvey survivors:

American Red Cross  / Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund  /  Houston Humane Society Houston Food Bank Harvey Relief Fund









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floating into the weekend

I’ve been a little under water lately, not gonna lie.  This year’s schedule is nuts and there’s a lot of “new” going on.  Still in the adjustment phase.  The older our kids get, the more intense their schedules become.  I’m always grateful for the excitement and progress, but breaks are very needed in order to keep up.  In fact, I’ve started going to bed two hours earlier than last year so I can adequately function.  Anybody else there?  Here and there I’ve had the thought that I’d like to “float away” and just relax for a spell.

If I could quietly escape without phones, texts, or emails dinging, it would be in something like this lovely water-floating abode in a Coastal Living story I recently spotted.  May have found it after googling “Calgon take me away.”

Breakfast in bed while whale-watching?  I’ll take it.

This adorable little cottage is part of a small floating-home community called the Oregon Yacht Club, which many years ago was a traditional yacht club with a clubhouse, sailboat races, and swimming events.  What a fun concept!  #emptynestgoals

The entire house is floating on the Willamette river.  That’s 2,100 square feet of breathtaking water views in every window!

You can take a tour and read all about their surprise aquatic house guests in the original articleAlso, if you love that black and white plaid chair above as much as I do, you can find it over here.

I’m going to come back down to earth and get back to our daily schedule.  Hope you have a restful and fun weekend!!



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