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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Spring Kimono

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Today I'm at The Blended Blog talking about spring sweaters - shocking, I know.  Hop over to see my favorites this time of year.

A few years ago I bought a kimono...and didn't wear it even once.  I never could figure out how to style it, and I think it was too short.  So during my early spring closet purge, it got donated.  BUT then I started seeing all these cute kimono looks, and decided I needed one again.  Trust me, I even annoy myself sometimes with the indecision.  

Apparently the clothing goddesses agreed with my assessment, and this adorable kimono appeared in my next Stitch Fix box.



I love the print and the length, and as soon as the weather permits, I can't wait to wear it with shorts, or over a sleeveless swing dress.

My Seattle friends Julie and Krista of Last Seen Wearing recently wrote a post about 5 Ways To Style A Kimono.  This look is one of my favorites!



What are your thoughts on kimonos?  Yay or nay?  

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge 



And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.  


Monday, May 21, 2018

Long Weekend Celebrations

Happy Monday!  Did you watch the royal wedding on Saturday?  I didn't get up early, but I recorded it and watched later.  Having seen Charles and Diana's wedding in 1981, and William and Kate's in 2011, this seemed like a full circle moment.  It makes my mama heart happy to see Harry smiling and clearly so in love with Meghan.

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog to talk about long weekend celebrations.  We haven't gotten away for a weekend in a while, so instead I'll share a few blasts from the past.

We always love visiting Canada, and Whistler is especially beautiful for a quick getaway.


Last year we headed for the mountains closer to home, and spent a long weekend in the old West town of Winthrop.


Finally, I can't leave out weekend celebrations with my friends from TBB.  How has it been a year since Toronto?


Link up your long weekend celebrations below!


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Style Perspectives: A Graduation Look

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Today we're sharing graduation looks.  My nephew is a senior (or 4th year for my Canadian friends), so I actually have a ceremony to go to next month.  It will be held in the evening in an auditorium with bleacher type seats - so no short dresses, and an extra layer is a must.



The ceremony is not super formal, so this London Times maxi dress will be perfect.  I bought it at the end of summer last year and completely forgot about it - oops.  I'll be bringing the denim jacket because it's still chilly in mid-June, but hope I can get away with flat sandals for all of the bleacher climbing.

The wind was giving me fits while taking these pictures, but then I realized it was helping to show off the pretty skirt of this dress.


Do you have a graduate in your life?  If so, congratulations!  It truly takes a village of loving family and friends to raise a child in today's world!

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge 



And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.  


Friday, May 11, 2018

Ten Things Motherhood Has Taught Me


Happy Friday, friends!  Hope you've had a great week.  Thank you so much for all of the kind birthday messages and texts.  I appreciated every single one!

Today I'm linking up with Erin for 10 on the 10th, and the topic this month is about motherhood.  Yep, I'm a day late, but what else is new.

Being a mom, and raising these two awesome young men, has been my greatest accomplishment in life.  They're not perfect, and neither am I.  And there's still some parenting left to do.  But both boys had some big victories this week, and it's reminded me how proud I am of who they've become.  Momhood is hands down the absolute hardest job in the world.  It's nonstop, and just when you think you've got a handle on things, it all changes.

So I'm going a different way with this topic, and sharing the ten things I've learned about parenting in my 23 years on the job.

Expect respect.  This is my number one rule and the foundation for everything else.  No matter how mad they are, or how much the don't like what I'm telling them, I expect my boys to respect me and everyone around them.  It's normal to have a bad day or feel emotional, but it's NOT okay to take it out on the people in your life.

Don't try to be their friend.  This is so important.  Growing up, they had enough friends, and they needed me to be the mom.  Just now, at the ages of 23 and 21, I'm feeling like we're finally friends.

Having said that, remember to have fun.  Sometimes we forget how great they are when we're caught up in the daily grind of parenting.  When I was younger, my parents rarely did anything fun with me, so I've made it a priority to hang out and laugh with my boys.

Hold them accountable for their actions.  It's so tempting to step into their lives and bail them out of tough situations.  No parent wants their child to feel hurt or disappointed.  But I want my kids to be accountable for themselves and figure out how to handle the difficulties that life throws at them.


Don't try to control everything.  Set boundaries for the things that are most important to you and your family, but remember to be flexible.  Learn to pick your battles.  I gave the boys a little leeway to make choices for themselves, even if they weren't always the right ones.

Which means, know when to step back.  Let them fly.  As a mom, this is SO hard, because you want to be there to protect them every step of the way.  I love the quote "being a mom means forever having your heart go walking around outside your body".

Keep communication open.  Your kids aren't going to tell you everything, nor should they.  But as teens, my boys had to inform me where they were going, when they'd be back, and if their plans changed.  It was non negotiable.  

Know their friends.  Who your kids are hanging out with is a good indication of what's going on in their lives.  We made it a point to get to know all their friends and made our house the gathering place.  Just know that this involves providing tremendous amounts of food.

Let them know you support them NO MATTER WHAT.  If my boys were in trouble, or needed someone to listen, they knew they could come to me, or I would come to them.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  If needed, I yelled later.

And finally, don't blink.  It's hard to believe when you're knee deep in tantrums and laundry and homework and the grind.  But trust me, it all goes so, so fast.

To all the moms out there, have a wonderful Mother's Day this weekend!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Style Perspectives: Favorite Tees

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Ahh...t shirts.  After sweaters, they're my favorite thing to wear.  I love a good graphic tee, and have way too many in my closet.  But nothing beats a plain white t shirt.  It goes with everything, and can be accessorized in all the ways.



I bought these frayed bottom chinos at Loft during one of their gazillion sales.  They are super comfy and a fun color - although not as yellow as they appear on their website.  I would definitely size up as they're pretty narrow through the hips.

Although white t shirts are a great closet staple, finding the right one can be difficult.  Not too sheer, just the right weight, washes well, yada yada yada.  This one is from Old Navy, which is my go to for tees.  They're made well, and for the price, I can replace them seasonally if needed.  They also have really cute graphic tees.

If you want to spend a little more, Nordstrom always has a great selection.  I like this one from Bobeau, since I'm a disaster at the half tuck.



Having said that, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect tee.  Where do you get yours?

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge 


And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

TBB Asks: Entertainment Edition


Welcome to another month of TBB Asks.  We're talking about all things entertainment today - hope you'll join us and link up!

1/ Comedy or Drama?  I like them both, but as I've gotten older, I'd rather see an uplifting comedy.

2/ Fiction or Non-Fiction?  Fiction is my favorite, but I'm also partial to biographies and autobiographies.

3/ Movies in theater or at home?  Depends on how lazy I'm feeling!  That being said, we have a few new theaters with the recliner seats, so it's the best of both worlds.


4/ Musical or Play?  Musical!  I wish I could see them all.  "Mamma Mia" is my most favorite to date with "Spamalot" a close second.

5/ Which meal of the day is your favorite to eat out?  Breakfast.

6/ Favorite book ever read?  So many books, so hard to choose.  Today I'm going with "Jonathan Livingston Seagull".

7/ Game night?  Yes!  

8/ Fave outside game?  When I was little, we played "kick the can" for hours on end.  Croquet is also fun.  And golf.  And catching fireflies.  Is that a game?

9/ Favorite TV series ever?  "Murphy Brown" was so, so, so, so good.  And it's coming back!  I also loved "Mad About You".  I've heard it might be coming back too.

10/ TV of today or growing up?  Honestly, I have such fondness for TV shoes from my youth.  I remember sneaking out of my room when my parents were watching "Sonny and Cher".  The first show I was allowed to stay up and watch was "The Love Boat" - but never "Fantasy Island", which came on afterwards, because it was too "racy".  According to my mother.

11/ Mini golf or bowling?  So hard to choose!  But I'll pick miniature golf.  I'm great at putting.

12/ Favorite movie theater candy?  I love to put M&M's in my popcorn.

13/ How do you like your popcorn?  Salty and buttery.

14/ 3D glasses yes or no?  No.  They give me a headache.

15/ Fave book genre?  Murder mystery.

Be sure to come back next week for Favorite Books, TV and Movies.  Can't wait to read your suggestions!




Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday Ramblings: May Edition


Happy Friday and happy May, friends!  I think winter has finally given up, and my tulips have decided to show their pretty faces.  We're off to move college boy home for the summer.  Two years done already!  What are your plans for the weekend?  Let's ramble...

💋  One of my goals this year is to say "yes" more.  I have a tendency to get stuck at home, doing the same routine.  This month I said yes and attended two events with my Ageless Style friends and the Seattle blogging community.  It's so much fun to get dressed up and see what's going on in the world.


💋  Watching:  The Quiet Place.  My son drug me kicking and screaming to this movie, because I don't like horror films.   But it's more suspense than horror, and it was SOOOO good.  Emily Blunt is absolutely amazing, and it's the kind of movie you want to see on the big screen.  I also saw I Feel Pretty with Amy Shumer, and give it two thumbs up.  It's a must see for all women, especially if you have daughters, nieces, granddaughters, or any special girls in your life.  I teared up a little, which I never thought I'd say about an Amy Shumer movie.

💋  Reading:  I only finished one book this month, but it was a really long one, so maybe it counts for two?  Elizabeth George is my very favorite author, but I was a little meh about her newest title.  If you like British murder mysteries, go back to the beginning of her career and start reading - you won't be sorry.


💋  Remember last year when I wrote about straw bale gardening?  We were really happy with the amount of produce we got, but I realized that I never came back and showed you a picture of our straw bales.  We're doing it again this year, and just started planting last weekend.


💋  I'll be writing more later for this month's "Try Something New", but can I just say... goat yoga!!  This is Elwood, and I really wanted to bring him home, although I'm sure I would have regretted it later.


💋  Conner finally had his shoulder surgery a few weeks ago, and it's been an unexpected blessing for me.  He's pretty much helpless for another four weeks while he's in a sling 24/7 and can't use his right arm.  Mama to the rescue!  I'm enjoying taking care of him again.  As soon as he's healed up and back to work, he'll be moving into a house with his best friend, so I'm taking advantage of this last bit of togetherness.  He can't drive, so he's pretty much my shadow, and I'm loving it!  He might not agree, but he's stuck with me for now.


Happy weekend!

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