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What I Wore Wednesday


Technically it's still Wednesday... I'm barely gonna make it though!
Here are the few outfits I wore this past week (and actually had time to take a picture of).
It's been a wee bit hectic!

No. 1
Target top, Silver jeans, Target flats

No. 2
thrifted top, Banana Republic jeans, Rue21 sandals

No. 3
Old Navy tee, Dress Barn maxi skirt, Ross sandals

Pretty simple week! Have a great rest of yours :)

pleated poppy

The kindle.. aka "where to find me"


It's not quite my birthday yet, but Russ bought my present already: a kindle paperwhite to replace my dearly beloved old keyboard style kindle that broke forever back in March of this year (may it rest in peace.)

After 5 days of use I am now here to sing of my eternal and everlasting love of the paperwhite and all it's many virtues, and to also tell you: don't bother me.

I'm busy.


Reading everywhere, because it's so darn small & light, reading for long spells, because there's no glowing LED screen, and most importantly, reading in the dark, with a built-in adjustable light that is super easy on the eyes and doesn't change the battery life of EIGHT FREAKING WEEKS.

(Changed my life, people. Also, my sleeping habits ;)

I could go on and on but this isn't a paid review or anything, I just really love the thing, and I really love my husband, who was so obliging as to get it for me early and give it to me right away because I could wait NO LONGER, DEAR SIR!

That is all.

For the love of reading,

Monday Confessional {And melted crayon art)


I have nine young teen girls sleeping over tonight for my daughter's belated birthday party and I think I'm having as much fun as they are.

Confession: I'm a sucker for a girls-only all-nighter. The planning, preparation, running of it, it's all fun.

So far activities have included, but not been limited to: swimming at the river, with rock jumping and rope swinging, spaghetti & meatballs dinner with cupcakes and ice cream for dessert, giant shrink-wrapped candy ball game (fun party game we found on pinterest), Pinterest-inspired melted crayon art, scorch (flashlight tag) in the dark, and as of 12:01 am (the time right now), a full on hair and beauty makeover session while rocking out to Pandora.

In an hour I'll send them all out to the huge tent set up in the backyard, and in the morning when they roll in around 10am, I'll make them cinnamon rolls for brunch and then send them all home.

And it will have all been completely delightful!

SUPER BONUS: Pinterest did not let us down.

We tried out melted crayon art without any real tutorials and were pleasantly shocked when it actually turned out to be as easy as it looked! I found the canvases in a multi-pack on clearance at Michael's, used hot glue guns or painters tape to affix the crayons either permanently or temporarily, depending on what the girls wanted, and then used an embossing heating tool to melt the crayons (heats much hotter than a blow dryer).

The girls were so creative and absolutely loved the process, and adding their own touches at the end.

Nope, I'm not minding this at all :)

Now please excuse me, it's Divergent time ;)

What I Wore Wednesday


No. 1
a.n.a. blouse (clothes swap), Banana Republic jeans, Famous Footwear shoes, Fred Meyers necklace

No. 2 
Old Navy dress, Maurice's shirt, Sak purse, Target sandals

No. 3 
Cabi top (clothes swap), jean cut-offs, Ross sandals

No. 4 
thrifted top, Banana Republic jeans, Target sandals & necklace

(yes, I like stripes, why do you ask?)

pleated poppy

Children of the Corn


{Elijah, Hayden, Kendall, Lincoln, Cooper, Blake}
Do I even need to write anything in this blog post? I think these cute cousins speak for themselves.

 (Dressed and posed quite spontaneously in the field next to Kelly's new house, within hours of our Mum requesting a "grandkids" picture for her Portland-to-Coast relay team van window... because my sister and I are awesome like that.) 

(Yes, Mum is off on yet another amazing adventure, she's awesome like that too ;)