Though the weekend is always something I look forward to, I really have no reason to complain about this past week! Davis and I spent time with several of his friends and my mommy friends, I was able to have a coffee date with my best friend (she lives in France) who is in NC for the summer, and Todd and I had a date last night! Huge thanks to my mom for keeping our little guy! They’ve had squirt gun fights and eaten homemade popsicles. Grandparents are the best!
Todd will be traveling a lot soon, so I’m looking forward to a weekend with no set plans. I hope you all have a fantastic Friday and rest of your weekend!
ONE: I posted on Instagram earlier this week about how I hardly ever wear real clothes and fix my hair and makeup. As a stay at home mom, I typically feel like a hot mess! These days I’m either wearing gym clothes or pool clothes, and I rarely feel “fixed up.” Well this week I have worn a real outfit so many times, I had to document it! (Today I’m back in gym clothes).
TWO: As a housewarming gift, my sister-in-law, Ginna, gifted me with some prosecco (my fave!) and this awesome candle from World Market. The scent is Peach Nectar and I’m obsessed. She also said the honeysuckle scent smells delicious. I will certainly buy more of these candles in the future!
THREE: My long-awaited coffee date with Casey! I’ve talked about her on here before – she and I have been best friends for years. We went to most of middle school, high school, and college together, and now we’re only able to see each other a couple times a year. Her family comes home to NC each summer, and it is a high priority for me to visit! One of those friendships that never waivers, even though we rarely see one another.
FOUR: Have any of you read any books by Liane Moriarty? I read The Husband’s Secret on our trip to the Dominican, and Big Little Lies while we were at the beach over the 4th. I think Big Little Lies is my favorite so far, but I enjoyed them both! They are great beach reads, with plenty of complexity.
FIVE: As I mentioned before, Todd and I had a date night last night! We enjoyed some (new to us) places to eat and drink in Charlotte. I’m planning to write about those soon, if you’re looking for date night ideas.
Okay, a few blogging thoughts…I was doing my usual perusing of blogs this morning on Bloglovin and I ended up coming across some really negative commentary about a blog that I follow and read almost daily. I am NOT a fan of being negative simply because you have the freedom to comment. I avoid GOMI, because it truly spoils my opinions of my favorite blogs. But this particular set of commentary had a point. People were calling out a blog, one of my favorites, for being inauthentic, materialistic, and dishonest. I still feel like such a blogger rookie, and am always open to changing and adjusting how I blog, etc. This morning I learned a few things:
1. Be authentic. People appreciate transparency, honesty, and real-life moments. Though I never plan to share every tiny detail of our lives, I can do my best to stay authentic on my little online space.
2. Respond to comments. This is, admittedly, not my strong point. I need to schedule my days better so that blogging is more of a priority, and along with that, networking and replying to other bloggers! I apologize to those of you who I have ignored. It was not my intention to be rude, but I’m very sorry!
3. I need to explore and find some new blogs to follow – ones that are not solely focused to making money. I can and have learned from blogs through others’ experiences, and I know there are more blogs out there with great ideas. Reading others’ ideas, recipes, motherhood experiences can enhance my faith and my creativity. There are some solid, talented women out there sharing their lives and ideas – just need to find them. The link-ups are a great start!
Sorry for the rant, guys. Just needed to speak my mind for a second. 😉 Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog. I greatly appreciate it!