Home Sweet Home 🏡 #CoffeeTalk
Greetings and good morning from the suburbs of Philly! It is sooooo good to be home!
We got up before dawn yesterday morning to drive home from Ipswich, Massachusetts — it’s a 6 hour drive with no traffic delays and no stops. We did well on time, the only delay being a busy rest stop on the Jersey Turnpike and my insistence on a Starbucks latte, and we arrived home right around lunchtime.
Savannah (our little rescue pup) was as happy to see us as we were to be home. We had a house/dog sitter staying here while we were gone, which worked out beautifully.
After we got reacquainted with our fur baby and unloaded the car, we all scattered to our various rooms to soak up the silence and solitude — we’re a family of introverts, for sure!
I think we were all a little bit done with the togetherness, although we did have a really nice time while we were away. To summarize for those not following along, we spent a little over a week with my parents in Maine at their home on Green Lake and then stopped in the Boston area for a few days on our way home.
In Maine, we did some hiking and sightseeing and spent a lot of time playing on the lake — sailing, paddle boarding, and towing each other on the Bandwagon.
After that, we drove down to the North Shore of Massachusetts and stayed in an Airbnb for a few days.
The North Shore is a beautiful area, and it’s also where Paul and I met exactly 26 years ago. We took the girls over for a walk on Crane Beach the first night.
We spent one day in Boston, did a trolley tour, and walked a portion of the Freedom Trail.
The next day, we took the kids over to see Gordon College (my alma mater) before heading over to Lexington to do some sightseeing and to have dinner with my aunt and her family who lives in the area.
And then yesterday we drove home!
It was a long time to be away, and we’re all really happy to get back to some semblance of a normal routine… if there is such a thing in the summertime.
While we still have a whole month of summer left, the kids’ school activities are kicking off this week. Becca (my 8th grader) is super excited for middle school band camp, which starts tomorrow; and David (a sophomore in college) is going to working with the drum line at a local high school in the area. His first day is this week as well.
Caroline (a junior in high school) doesn’t do any school-related extra curricular activities, and she is determined to eke out every last drop of summer vacation before her cyber charter school starts up at the end of August. She will resume piano and vocal lessons in September.
As for me, I’m happy to get back to regularly scheduled programming here on the blog. I need to get my head back in the game and start planning my August content. I have a few brand collaborations in the works, but not as many as I had in July.
From time to time, I see disparaging remarks about bloggers doing too much sponsored content (not from you guys — but around the ‘Web) and I do try to keep a healthy balance, but I also feel like those collaborations push me out of my comfort zone a bit and allow me to offer you guys some different shopping options from the ones I typically feature.
I’m actually trying to decide right now which retailers I want to continue working with. Some of them are a little off-brand for me personally, but I get a good response from a portion of you all when I feature them, and I’ve been debating about how to proceed going forward.
It’s a bit of a balancing act between being a personal style blogger and trying to stay true to myself, and wanting to be a helpful resource and provide a variety of options for you all as well.
I’m happy for constructive feedback — the brand collaborations you like, and the ones you don’t, and why.
At the end of the day, I know not everyone is going to like every post and I can’t be all things to all people, but it’s helpful to hear what resonates and what doesn’t.
I need to wrap things up here so we can shoot a look before church! Speaking of brand collaborations, Lord + Taylor asked me to do another post for their First Look at Fall before the end of the month, so I ordered a couple of dresses and had them shipped overnight so I could shoot today.
I haven’t even tried them on yet, but they look promising. Fingers crossed that they fit and I like them!
Meanwhile, if you’re interested in summer styles on sale, LOFT has 50% off their full price styles and Boden has 20% off their Heatwave Heros. I updated both pages in the Shop — see my Boden Favorites and my Loft Favorites. I ordered a few things from LOFT, so I’ll do some try-ons when those come in.
I need to update my other Shop pages, but I won’t be able to get to that until tomorrow.
And with that, I’m off to get ready for the day. I hope you have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!
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