Coffee Talk 10.10.21

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It’s a dark and dreary morning here in Philly, and I’m moving rather slowly. I woke up to the comforting sounds of a light rain tapping on the roof… you know, the kind that keeps lulling you back to sleep and makes it really hard to get out of bed.

I’d be happy to drink lots of coffee and putter around the house all day, but we have church this morning and then we have to make a Sweet Sixteen birthday party happen, so I’ll have to rally. R wants to go with me to pick out props and decorations, and with her band schedule, she hasn’t had a spare moment this week, so we’re supposed to go together after church this afternoon.

All that to say, it will be a full day. Rain, rain, go away!

The rest of the weekend has been dreary, but dry. Paul and I had a nice dinner out on Friday night, and we both had some work to do and errands to run yesterday. Then last night we went over to our old neighborhood for an Oktoberfest-themed get-together, and that was fun. As much as I love it here, I do miss the ease of walking down the street to see my friends. I’m glad they’re still close enough to see regularly.

After we get this party behind us, we’ll be switching our focus to getting C home for fall break. She has a plane ticket to come home this weekend, and we arranged for her ride to the airport, so hopefully it all goes smoothly for her. I hear lots of harrowing tales of air travel these days, and I would hate for her to get caught up in a big snafu. At least there are several flights a day going from Boston to Philly, so if she misses one, she can probably get on another.

As far as the blog goes, I launched my first holiday gift guide yesterday, my Gift Guide for the Guys. Be sure to check it out if you missed it. I’m planning to release a new gift guide every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday until I get through them all. This is what I have planned so far.

Be sure to let me know if there’s something else you’d like to see.

Speaking of gifts, I just got a notification in my email that Soma is doing 25% off select styles, including lots of pajamas and sleep sets. My mom and I have gifted Soma pajamas back and forth to each other so many times!

And tarte is doing one last big sale day, with 50% off fan favorites for teamtarte™ Rewards members. You can see more about my tarte makeup favorites in this post.

Also, Shopbop just launched their Fall Style event, and it’s open to members a day early. (You can sign up now, if you’re not already in their Rewards program.) It’s a tiered sale, where you can save up to 25% off. I just worked up a quick Shopbop Sale Picks page for you!

Before I go, let me show you R’s birthday cake. I think it’s so cute. Their marching band show this year is a 70’s theme — Earth, Wind & Fire, and their costumes are colorful bell bottoms and headbands. And she’s having a roller skating party, so we kind of combined the two themes.

Isn’t that fun!?! I hope it tastes as good as it looks.

Okay, on that note, I need to sign off and get ready for my day. I hope you all have a restful and blessed Sunday!

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24 thoughts on “Coffee Talk 10.10.21

  1. That cake is great!! You guys are such amazing parents! My kids are grown-and I want to say all you do will be so appreciated by them!!

  2. I hope that you have a fun-filled day celebrating Becca. I am so glad that Paul is feeling better and is able to participate in normal activities again.

  3. Love love LOVE the cake theme!!!!! What engaged, caring parents making memories to last her lifetime. Loving the gift guides. Thank you!

  4. Looking forward to the list of gift guides to come. Lots of work for you and I appreciate all you do on top of your family. Love the bday cake and Happy 16 th to Becca. Sounds like you had a great weekend so far. Have a fun day.

  5. These guides are going to be so helpful – thank you! And love the birthday cake – have a great time celebrating :)!

  6. Sounds like such a fun weekend! Happy Birthday to Becca! Glad Paul is feeling better, that Caroline will be coming home and your family can enjoy the celebration! Love the cake! Thank you for your shopping inspirations!

  7. Hi Jo-Lynne,
    I joined the rewards program today and added three pair of jeans to my cart that you suggested. I applied the code but it is saying all three are not included in the sale. Do you think it’s because I just signed up today so will have to wait until tomorrow to shop?

  8. I love the cake 🥰 and I hope Becca had the best Birthday ! Thank you for your gift guide also. I’m usually a procrastinator but this year I’m trying my best to get shopping done early.

  9. Happy Birthday Becca!! Hope your Day was Wonderful!!
    Thank you for the Gift Guides! These are Great!! Hope you had Great Day!!🍁🍂🌾

  10. I hope that Becca thoroughly enjoyed her sweet 16 party! The cake looks fabulous. I love the theme that the marching band has for this year. So much fun with great music, and lots of memories for me.

  11. That cake is the cutest, having “grown up” in that ERA I love it. Can’t wait to see some photo’s of her party! Happy Birthday Becca! I’m an Oct 7 girl myself.

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