Coffee Talk 06.12.16


I was playing with Canva this morning and made this graphic. I am super talented at finding a gazillion ways to waste time. Ha!

So how was your weekend so far? Our schools let out for summer on Friday, and the kids are beyond excited. Even my typically reserved 16-year-old son seemed slightly giddy. Later that afternoon, we met friends at the swimming pool for dinner. It was a gorgeous evening, and we just enjoyed hanging out outside and reveling in the official start of summer vacation.

I love summer, it’s my favorite time of year. I believe I’ve mentioned that once or twice. Ha! My kids have a few camps and vacations to break up the summer, so my prediction is that it’s going to fly.

I went out to dinner with some girlfriends last night to send off a friend who is moving away. I have THREE friends who are moving away this summer. It’s crazy! I will miss them tremendously. They’re all positive forces in the blogging community. Fortunately, they are all three quite active in the blogging community so I won’t lose touch with them, but it’s still bittersweet. They are all excited about their next phase, so I’m happy for them.

I’ll share what I wore last night because I don’t plan to photograph this outfit for a dedicated blog post. It’s too similar to this one. But that Lush top sold out quickly, and this mixed media top from LOFT is a great substitute. I actually like it better because it’s a better color for me. It’s currently 50% off, making it $19.

This green mixed media top from LOFT is the perfect partner to your favorite white skinny jeans!

My earrings and necklace are also new — both from Stella & Dot. (I’m a rep for them, in case you didn’t know.) My earrings will be back in stock on July 4th, but these are also similar. I’m trying to challenge myself to wear some bigger earrings every once in a while, and I really love these.

Anyway, back to my weekend. Yesterday morning we took some outfit photos and stopped by our local Farmer’s Market, and then I finally finished reading The Good Neighbor. I really liked it. It’s the perfect light, summer beach read — clean (always appreciated) and well written.

The Good Neighbor

After that, I took my daughter to the pool for a short visit before I had to come home and get ready to go out to dinner. In other words, I could really use a nap this afternoon. It’s been a busy weekend!

So I just realized that today is Father’s Day. Ooops! Good thing my husband doesn’t give a fig about Hallmark holidays — no offense to Hallmark. I love Hallmark, personally. They have the best cards, and I did a longterm campaign with them last year that was really fun. But my husband won’t care that I forgot it’s Father’s Day, and that’s a good thing because I got nuttin’.

Well, evidently next week is Father’s Day so I still have time. Haha!

I do want to say, however, that this man is the best father I could possibly ask for. He’s certainly not perfect; no one is, but he’s an active, loyal, and loving father and husband, and the world could use more of those. I’ve heard it said that one of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother, and I absolutely believe that to be true. I’m so grateful for him, Father’s Day and every day.

JL and Paul

That’s one of my favorite pictures of us — from our trip to Turks & Caicos a couple of years ago. He hardly ever gets airtime on the blog because he’s always behind the camera, so I had to hunt to find this one.

I hope you all have a happy Sunday. It will be Monday before we know it!