A Few Random Favorites & Life Lately

Oh sweet Friday, you have finally arrived. Hallelujah! It’s been a bit of a rough week around here you guys. Nothing major happened really, but it just seemed like nothing could go my way. You know how those weeks go. Everything just seems to be a hot mess. It reminded me of that old song The Bug by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Do you remember that song? It goes, “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug”–you can listen to it here if you need a reminder, it’s really a lyrical masterpiece. Well this week I was definitely the bug. Smashed up against that window and barely hanging on for dear life. The kids were crazy, I got a flat tire, I’ve been dealing with tons of issues on the back end of my blog, etc etc. It’s just been rough. But I made it through and that’s all that matters at this point. Today I feel like a bit of chit-chat, so I’m going to share a few favorites I have this week then just ramble to you about life lately. Sound good?

 

So have you guys heard about the Nordstrom anniversary sale? It seems like everyone and their sister is talking about it Instagram these days. I’m not usually a big Nordstrom shopper, but they do have a ton of great stuff at crazy prices right now so of course I had to take a quick peek. Apparently things have been selling out super fast, but there’s still lots of awesome deals available and most items have free shipping. I have my three top picks from the sale to share with you today, but you’ll have to shop fast. The sale only goes through August 6th!

Jute rug

This jute rug is currently marked down by almost $100, which makes it a great price for such a high quality rug. I just checked and there are still several large sizes available. We have one just like this in our front room, it’s a 5×8, and I loooooove it. Jute rugs are awesome because they are super durable (especially with kids!) and they’re great for you neutral loving gals like me!

plush throw

I kind of have a crush on this super soft plush throw. It’s available in lots of different colors, but I just love this peachy tone. I just ordered one for myself, but I think this would also make a great gift too.

 

I had to snag this peplum jacket. Isn’t it just perfect for fall? It actually makes me kind of excited for cooler weather. And we know how much I love summer and the heat, so that’s saying A LOT folks. Ok, let’s move on to a few random life updates:

  • My sweet little Ava Pearl is almost a month old (how the heck did that happen!!?) and growing like crazy. Things are going well, although she did have a few really fussy days this week. Thankfully that seems to have passed (knock on wood!) and she’s been back to her happy, sweet self. Sometimes I look at her and I still can’t believe I have another little girl. I just feel so incredibly blessed. But I’ll tell ya, three kiddos is no joke! It’s definitely felt a bit like Crazy Town around here lately, but we’re settling in more and more everyday and starting to find our groove as a family of five. Thankfully my husband has some time off from work, so he’s been home helping with everything which has been a complete life-saver. LIFE SAVER.
  • I have received a few comments and messages on Instagram lately about how crazy I am to still be blogging with a newborn. And I get it. It probably does look crazy for a tired mom of three to be blogging with a brand new baby. But to me, it makes perfect sense. You see, this blog is my happy place. It’s the only thing in my crazy life that is all mine. As a mom, I do everything for everyone else. But this blog is for ME. I mean, it’s also for all of you that are here everyday, but blogging is my “me-time” and it’s what I want to do whenever I get a free minute to myself. Thankfully I did prepare several posts before Ava arrived, so I actually have had a lot of down time to spend snuggling that baby girl. But I still want to make time for blogging because I enjoy it so much. And I have to keep doing what I love in order to feel like me. I hope that makes sense.
  • My sweet little boy starts Kindergarten next week and I can hardly think about it without crying. Seriously, just typing those words makes me tear up. I’ve been dreading this day for a while now and I just can’t believe it’s already here. I’m not ready for him to go. Not even close. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like to have him gone every day, all day long. And even though I know it will be good for him, I really wish I could keep him home with me forever. Say a prayer for me, I’m going to need it!
  • This weekend is going to be jam-packed with fun because it’s Allie’s birthday on Saturday and my birthday is on Sunday. Whoot! We’re doing a little party with family on Saturday and I can’t wait to celebrate my sweet girl and eat lots of yummy food. Then on Sunday I’m hoping to do a little antiquing for my birthday. I mean, is there anything better than looking for old junk on your birthday, my friends?! No. The answer to that is no!

OK, I better stop rambling here. I think this is the most scattered, random post I have ever done. But it’s been fun to chit-chat a bit today and update you guys on life lately. Thanks so much for dropping in today–I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Sarah here! Nice to meet you. I’m a mama to three, wife to my high school sweetheart and accidental blogger. We recently moved to our little homestead on ten acres and we're loving the small town life in Colorado. I hope this space can inspire you to create a home you love and enjoy the simple moments the most.

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42 Comments

  1. 8.4.17

    There is this lovely thing called homeschooling! I am a twenty year veteran, lol, and I wouldn’t change one teeny tiny second of those years. You truly don’t realize how much is totally wrong with sending your five year old out the door until you understand you do not have too. Nor do you have to force the views of a wayward world on his tiny self either. My third child was my first that was homeschooled from start to finish and I cried when he went to local college. My youngest two simply flourished at home. It is the MOST amazing journey!

    • 8.4.17
      Lisa said:

      Yes! I homeschooled too, and I am not one of those who is the Aplus kind of women…you would be amazing at it, Sarah – but it is something you pray about with your husband and see where it leads. I am grateful that in our country, we still have a choice, and I think if you are sharing Christ’s love, letting them see it in you and your husband’s lives, and constantly drawing them to the Father, your children will Do well! It was a wonderful experience for us, but I know kids who went to public school who are crazy about Christ because of His grace and the good that was going on at home…praying for you and your decisions! And I just love you and your authenticity…we are all desperately seeking people on the Internet who are… BLESSINGS, darling!!

    • 8.4.17
      Marilou said:

      Like Lisa, we home schooled our children (now 31 and 36). Actually, we “did” public school, private school, AND homeschool. Their favorite (and ours) was homeschooling! Our daughter is now a nurse with two degrees and our son is in grocery management and speaks Chinese. Both are world travelers, well and broadly read, and stellar human beings. Homeschooling? Go for it! P.S. Am new to your lovely, lovely blog! Blessings, Marilou

  2. 8.4.17
    Jennifer V. said:

    Honestly, I love all of your posts but I really love these “random, chit-chatty” type of posts once in awhile, it’s a nice way to mix things up!

    Have a great weekend and Happy Early Birthday!

  3. 8.4.17
    Jessica said:

    Love it! Happy birthday!

  4. 8.4.17
    Mary said:

    Happy Birthday!!! 😊

  5. 8.4.17
    Beth Levenstein said:

    Have a Happy Birthday to you and your daughter. Enjoy your time together, I remember when my oldest started Kindergarten many years ago, I was crying at the bus stop.

  6. 8.4.17
    Tammy said:

    Happy Birthday to you and your sweet Allie!! xo

    Love your blog friend,
    Tammy

  7. 8.4.17
    Shannon King said:

    Happy Birthday! Eat cake and enjoy antiquing. Absolutely LOVE your blogs. Thank you!!

  8. 8.4.17
    Lydia Guillory said:

    Happy birthday! Me and my baby have close birthdays too! she’s October 26 and mine is October 23. She will be ONE …she’s our first and it does go so fast. I can’t even deal!

    • 8.7.17
      Sarah said:

      Aw that’s awesome, you’re almost birthday twins too!

  9. 8.4.17

    Thank you for being so authentic with your readers, Sarah! That’s one of the reasons I love your blog so much. Seasons of life can be hard sometimes, oh but God’s grace is so sweet, and He gives us just what we need to get through each day. Happy Birthday to you and your sweet girl!

    • 8.7.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Heather, I really appreciate that! And I agree with you, God’s grace is so sweet and He gives us exactly what we need to get through each day.

  10. 8.4.17
    Jody Jackson said:

    I know sending your child out into that big world is hard, but think of it as being able to give your baby more lovin’s. And maybe think about homeschooling when he’s ready to move into middle school. I’m sorry, don’t cry. Anyway, I love your posts and look forward to reading them. Ramblings and all. Happy Birthday my sweet new friend. Jody

  11. 8.4.17
    Jan said:

    Happy Birthday to you and your sweet Allie!

  12. 8.4.17
    Nikki said:

    I totally understand what you mean by needing to blog for your personal me time. While raising my five boys I worked two nights a week as a nurse. They were home with their dad so all was good. I needed to have a “professional” side of me in order to keep my sanity! They now range in age from 25 to 12 and are some great young men. Happy birthday to you and your daughter!

    • 8.7.17
      Sarah said:

      I totally agree Nikki–I need that “me” time to keep my sanity. What’s left of it anyway!

  13. 8.4.17
    Donna Bergthold said:

    Love all of your posts! Actually yours is the only one I really read from start to finish! Sorry that you had a crazy week but now you can look forward to the Birthday celebrations for you and your daughter! Have a fantastic weekend! Oh and Happy Birthday to you both!

    • 8.7.17
      Sarah said:

      Oh sweet Donna, thank you so much. That means the world to me and I really appreciate all your support!

  14. 8.4.17
    Dina said:

    I am a true advocate of public school. Whatever you decide to do will be the right decision for you if you own it – your children will adopt your perspective so be positive – not every teacher is your best teacher just as in life, some weeks you’re the ‘bug on the windshield’. Just because your children go to public school does not mean you are not right there beside them, discussing the day, helping with homework, serving on the PTA board, helping the teacher cut up laminating for bulletin boards! This way your kids get the best of what being in the world can provide them – like exposure to the diverse world out there, with you to help them interpret it. My four have become high functioning adults as a result of this experience – and would have turned out the same had I made a different decision!
    Love the days when you ‘chat’. Have a great week-end!

  15. 8.4.17
    Theresa said:

    Oh my!! Sounds like a wonderful weekend! You and your sweet daughter have a great birthday! 🎂 Happy antique shopping! God Bless your family!

  16. 8.4.17
    Faith said:

    Funny I never cried at the beginning of a school year, I always cried on the last day…seeing our 3 kids flourish spiritually, socially, and emotionally, grow in knowledge, and make good friends always touched my heart, realizing that their teachers were with them more waking hours then me, and they loved their teachers so much…teachers were gifts to guide and understand them. I’m so grateful for them. On having 3 kids…remember that transition to motherhood with the first? It takes a few months to feel on top of a routine…I experienced that transition with each new baby…it takes a while to establish, but once you do….life seems to run smoother, except for those off days everyone including our husbands and children go through….it will get better soon, it was easier with 2/3rd ones knowing to expect it and giving myself grace as I walked this new uncharted territory….savor some moments…take time this weekend to reflect on the sweet faces around your table and really see the joy in all their eyes…happy birthday to both of you…have fun! You’re a great mom to take care of you!

  17. 8.4.17
    Vickie said:

    Happy Birthday to you and Allie!! I know how you feel about your little boy starting school. I always cried too. Mine are 42 and 39 now but I still remember. I think I was the only mother at that time who loved when school was out for the summer so I would have my kids home!! Everyone I knew thought I was nuts!! Have fun with them while you can!!

    • 8.7.17
      Sarah said:

      That’s kind of how I feel Vickie–everyone else is all excited for school to start again and I’m over here crying. I’m too emotional!

  18. 8.4.17
    Angela said:

    Life has ups and downs, roll with them. Keep your focus on the Lord, he is right there rolling up and down with you. He always has your back, so when those days/weeks come just grab his hand and enjoy the ride. Have fun with your daughter on her birthday and wishing you a great time on yours. Hugs, Angela

    • 8.7.17
      Sarah said:

      That’s great advice, thank you Angela!

  19. 8.4.17
    Kellie said:

    You are doing great! And I get it about the blog being your me time!!! Love your N finds and happy Birthday to you and Ally! Oh and I’m knocking on wood with you! 😉For sweet Ava

  20. 8.4.17
    Helen said:

    And I too totally get your blogging time is for you…..heck I’m doing it now thanks to your influence and I know that ‘doing something for you’ time is important as well as caring for your babies. Some advice? Do what works for you. It’s not the same for everyone and if you want to blog, blog! And if you want to cuddle your little one’s and forget a post, do that too…enjoy your birthday and Allie’s too xx

    • 8.7.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Helen, I really appreciate that advice. xoxo

  21. 8.4.17
    Doreen said:

    Happy Birthday. Have a great weekend!!

  22. 8.4.17
    Cynde said:

    Happy birthday!!, I totally agree, nothing better than looking at old junk on your birthday!!! I can totally relate to your week! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

    • 8.7.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Cynde, I hope this week is going better for your so far!

  23. 8.4.17
    Deanna said:

    Ahh…my heart hurt a little reading about your little guy going to Kindergarten and remembering how I always hated the end of summer too! I read the other comments and I really hope you consider the home school idea. It is such a growing community now with so many opportunities for kids and personalizing your child’s education. Wish I would have made a move sooner than I did…however we switched over to private Christian when they were 3rd and 6th. Best thing we ever did and now they are in college and thank us too! I was a Mom of young kids and did what everyone else did without thinking outside of the box. We made the move after getting involved with some wonderful teachers in regards to public education. I am not a tin foil hat person but after becoming very involved in the research I can say there is a lot of social engineering taking place. Here in WA teaching Kindergartners gender identity and sex ed just doesn’t feel right with my value system. Each child and family is different and I’m sure your decision will be great. If you are interested check this out: https://betrayed-whyeducationisfailing.blogspot.com/
    Laurie took over where we left off. Even wrote a book:
    https://www.amazon.com/Betrayed-Education-Establishment-America-about/dp/1610480457/ref=tmm_pap_title_0/187-4001314-4992431?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1293776231&sr=8-1&al_rs=#al_rp
    Take care! Love you chats!

  24. 8.4.17
    Lynn said:

    I always loved the first day of school. My kids were always so excited to go back after summer break. They always looked so cute in their new clothes and backpacks ready for a new adventure.
    Happy birthday to you and your daughter.

  25. 8.4.17
    Marilyn S. said:

    I have 8 words for ya …..Home School – you CAN do it -Happy Birthday !

  26. 8.4.17
    Megan said:

    My oldest, who is entering 8th grade this year, had a hard time adjusting at first to all day school…and it truly does break your heart! I remember telling him that God is always with him, and if he felt lonely, to pray that God would help him. He came home one day and said “I went to the bathroom and prayed to God and it didn’t work…I was still sad.” Oh how that broke my heart! But he had a great teacher, and after a few tough weeks, he did great! And I’m sure it will probably be harder on you than it will be on him! And your little family reminds me of mine…I had my third child, another daughter, when my son was in kindergarten, too. Hoping for a smooth transition for all of you!

  27. 8.5.17
    Harzanne said:

    Happy Birthday! Hope you find a lot of treasures!

    I bought three of those blankets from Nordstrom but I am returning them. I was so disappointed because the tag says An American Family Business and many made on vintage looms in New Hampshire. Then Made in China! Not opposed to the made in China, but the tag saying American Family Business then made in China for me is off putting.

  28. 8.5.17
    Fran said:

    I love hearing your chitchat blogs! And sorry you had a bad week but onto a new and better week! And a big Happy birthday to you and your daughter!

  29. 8.5.17
    Cindy Bourque said:

    This is actually my first response ever to a blog. I stumbled onto your blog via a remodel I saw on pinterest.
    I have a couple of things in common with you that I thought were uncanny. My 2nd born is named Aleigh. Pronounced alley. She’s my only girl, but I also have 3 kids. My youngest was 6 weeks old when my oldest went to kindergarten. It was hard but we had half day kindergarten. That kindergartener is now 25 years old, married, and gave me 2 beautiful grandbabies and turned my name from Cindy to MaeMae. Best. Thing. Ever.
    I just wanted to encourage you that whatever education route you take, you’ll know what to do if you pray diligently about it, hear God and follow what you know you heard your heavenly Father leading you to do. We did finish that year of kindergarten in public school, this was almost 20 years ago,and then we made a big switch to homeschooling. My middle went to kindergarten, then home schooled through the rest of her education. My youngest home schooled all the way through.
    They all are successful academically, socially, and most importantly they are all strong in their Christian faith, serve God in missions, and all kinds of other service.
    Homeschooling is a calling really. You have to know why you’re doing it, because like anything in life, there are hard days, but when you know that you know, that you KNOW you are supposed to do it, you’ll have the grace for it.
    Happy birthday! And congratulations on your new sweet baby girl!
    Cindy

  30. 8.7.17
    Vicki said:

    Feels like people are using the comments section of your blog to push their “Home School Agenda”. Not cool in my opinion. You are a wonderful mother, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with sending your children to public school. I have always had to work for a living-certainly could never afford to stay at home with my child all day, every day. Please don’t ever feel guilty about the parenting choices you make!

    • 8.7.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you so much Vicki, I appreciate that!

  31. 8.11.17
    Lorri Rauscher said:

    I agree. Homeschooling isnt for everyone. I am sure you and yr Hubby will make the right decision when it comes to figuring out what is best for yr children. Parents are always the first Teachers in their child’s lives. Enjoy your children, they grow so fast.