Pretty Simple Editions.

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I know that day is coming around where most of us girls buy Mum big bouquets of bright colored flowers and give her a necklace that we hand-selected (blah, blah, blah), hoping the gesture will bring about some sort of common ground for all the years of serious mother-daughter torment.

Well, I decided to make a bit of a conscious ‘everyday’, simple, sort of ode to her. Although I’m sure tradition will still carry on. {*those cute ‘state necklaces?’/with the heart on your hometown seem like a brilliant idea…X’s 2, perhaps?/I’m horrid.)

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1. When you know she’s trying to help, but starts by saying, ‘If you want my opinion, the first thing you’re doing wrong is…’ Yea, that one. Keep calm, listen, and just simply say, “Thank you.”

2. If she insists you look breathtaking when you wear your hair straight, the next time you see her, wear it straight. What’s the worst that could happen? Well, aside from knowing you’ll be resembling a less-than-impressive version of a frizzy-hair Ariel, that Mr. Walt  Disney himself would laugh at. {Oh, and yes Mom, I’ll end my sentence in a preposition, I know it’s wrong, it just sounds better}

3. A handwritten note is almost extinct. So put some thought into it, then walk to one of those weird blue things that you see on the street and voila! It’s a lost art, and she’ll be seriously thankful.

4. Call her up and have an actual conversation about HER. When is the last time it wasn’t about US? She listens to our sometimes mundane life events, it’s the least we can do to listen to hers.

5. Make her dinner, or lunch, or breakfast. It would be dependent on whether our expertise lies in toast, or that handed-down recipe of your Grandmother’s. Either way, she’ll finally be relieved we aren’t surviving off of trendy smoothies we constantly rave about. {“Mom! Chia seeds are amazing when mixed with bananas and almond butter!”}

6. If she doesn’t live near you and you can’t cook for her- send her your favorites from the bakery you frequent. Most places do an awesome job of shipping these days, and it would be a cool way to share at least a little part of your life when distance separates you.

xoxo.

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Monday Morning Madness: Birthday-Filled Weekends; Children’s Books, Cocoa Butter, and Cardigans.

Morning Loves. Hope your weekend was a dear.

This is a spastic post. Mainly because I was all over the place this weekend, and well, pretty much altogether.

For starters, my Monday morning was an early one. I’ve been up since seven and it wasn’t the most relaxing morning, or weekend for that matter. For sure.

The weekend was met with exactly three birthdays, and looking back, it almost seems I haven’t been anywhere but a car for the better part of all of them. So to the parent’s house I went, partly because one of the birthday’s included my Father’s 72nd birthday, which still seems crazy to me! I can never quite grasp he was born in 1940, but his history has made a big impact of my own life, and so for that I will forever be grateful.

However, to add to the madness, there were a lot of question marks as to what random ideas I would pull together for a gift, but, there is one thing my father does adore. Food (as any man, of course). So I found some knicks and knacks of sorts which perhaps might help you if you’re in a crunch during a loved one’s birthday, as I was;

1. Sarabeth’s Strawberry-Rhubard Jam; Which may I say I had this a.m. and it was delicious/highly recommended.

2. This fancy Grapeseed Oil for high-heat cooking, plus the company itself seems pretty awesome.

3. Oh, so salty, Capers for Fall-inspired recipes.

4. Garlic-Basil Oil for bread dipping/quick appetizers.

5. A large ice-cube tray for cocktails- it’s great because the ice melts slowly so your drinks don’t become too watery!

5. And, an awesome versatile (stove top, oven, microwave!), Italian Terracotta, cooking pan. Which also helps because it’s Green. 🙂

After the present was already given, of course, I realized a good coffee would have been another great addition. Then again, there is still Christmas’s steady approach. However, all in all, it was kind of a perfect assortment because both my Mom and Dad could use it, which made me feel like I didn’t leave her out. So that was nice. Anyhow(www)…

Even in the hectic last-minute birthday cake runs, present searching, and deciding on an either funny or serious card (another dreaded decision!), laughter filled a lot of the craziness in. Which isn’t too hard because I have one of the funniest people in the world around a lot of the time, my boyfriend (aww, haha.), but, this book made for a pretty good competition. Have you ever heard of SkippyJon Jones? My niece’s fourth birthday was this weekend and I looked high and low for a good children’s book and came across this absolute jewel. We read it on the way to their house and…hysterical. Seriously, I haven’t laughed at a children’s book since I was a child myself, and for any parents out there/crazies like me whom love funny randoms…this book is too cute and hilarious!

 He kind of reminds me of Ciel, my precious pup. Whom Liddy (my niece) is obsessed with. She was her baby for the day, below. Too precious (haha!).

 Happy (now belated-ish) Birthday!

Another high, the weather. It was a chilly cool which called for two essentials; 1. Jason’s Cocoa Butter (heart, heart, heart!) because my skin seems to be switching to dehydration mode (<—post I’ll touch on very soon!), 2. and a little more layering. I wore a light beige J.Crew chunky cardigan I bought last year and practically lived in it yesterday. It was pretty much amazing. Aside from my makeup-less face and non-strategical ‘messy hair’ look, but whatever.

On that note, this rainy morning is definitely calling for a latte. Au revoir, my beautifuls. xoxo.