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simply loving

hope you are having a good tuesday. things have been going well today on our end. tonight will be even better when i get to go to the movies {a theater that serves wine!} with some girlfriends to see the movie, 'bad moms'. we are in a book club together and met up last week at a restaurant in town called dogwood southern table {so delicious! we closed that place down. literally.} to talk mom and baby things. it was absolutely wonderful {and very much needed.} so we are heading back out tonight for a little more girl + mom time. last week {i had not had a night out in charlotte for about two months} so i spent the day tellings parks about my night out, filled with lots of excitement, as he kept shaking his head, 'no.' it was hilarious. it really is all about balance. i love, love my time with parks but want to nourish and savor the important relationships in my life as well. i love these fellow moms in my life. so tonight should be fun! have you seen the movie? thoughts?

+ here are some things i am simply loving:
we have this rug {target} in two rooms and love it.
{this site, enter my attic, is so incredible.}
[via}
chunky white/cream sweaters + this cactus necklace from modcloth
taupe bootie for $89.95
{via}
are you a fan of any of these?
have a favorite?

a grateful heart | august picks

august picks
shop this look: 
august picks by janelle-monaco 
i have a grateful heart for all of these pretty things today; pieces i am simply adoring. i am planning on embracing the extreme heat here in the carolinas for a bit longer by finding fun, colorful items that exude a summer day. this summer has had its ups and downs but i am determined to stay positive. there are a lot of exciting adventures ahead and i know God has an ultimate plan for us. praying, in my heart, to have faith in him and know that things will fall into place. i am very grateful for the good times and i know that the difficult struggles will only make us stronger. most of all, i am thankful for our health (especially regarding parks); the most important thing of all.
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what are you grateful for today? 
anything awesome happen this past weekend?
... i would love to hear...
... 
also, linking up with sweet emily of ember grey 
{who shared the most exciting news ever. today!!}

our summer trip to ohio

i am a little behind on sharing our travels this summer. i have a few posts coming but i wanted to share a few from our trip back to my hometown in ohio last week. 

1 | beautiful blooms + my new lularoe olive carly dress {i could wear this every single day!}
2 | my sister + parks + the pups enjoying a quiet morning 
3 | my parent's pond
4 | 'so big!' 
5 | great grammy and parks playing at dinner
6 | we love uncle alex and i get my dapper style from him 
7 | snuggly bath time with mimi
8 | the pretty art and food at 17 west in new bremen were better than ever
9 | my aunt, mom, brother, and grandma went to dinner together
10 | sleeping on mimi- she has the magic touch 
11 | boutique shopping in tipp city {full post coming soon!}
12 | looking for treasures
13 | this gold tipped chandelier is now in our bedroom and i adore the look. 
14 | i spent wednesday with my childhood/high school friends - we laughed, drank charlotte beers, at 'square' pizza {something i can't get in the city!} and caught up- i love them and how they love me. i am so lucky. (this photo is silly and grainy and it makes me happy)
15 | country walks, where you can see for miles, are my favorite
16 | a walk with uncle alex 

we plan to visit again in early october and i am already looking forward to it
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happy weekend, sweet friends
any fun plans?

'back to school' bags


hey! happy 'back to school' week for most of you and your precious children. after about twenty-five years straight of 'back to school' for this girl, it feels very weird to not be focusing on lesson plans, decorating my middle school classroom, and preparing for the 'first day of school jitters' {the thing is though... i was at the point where i was no longer nervous about a new year}. another reason why i feel like my calling in life is taking me to new places. i strongly believe that change is good. right now, i am at peace with my decision and know that God has a plan and has big things in store for me and my family. the continuous love and support {i am talking hundreds of sweet notes} have meant so much to me. truly. i feel like it was His way of saying... 'you did what you set out to to do and it's okay to let go; you did achieve your heart's calling.'  time for a new chapter in this one life.

{more on this decision here}

in honor, i am sharing some of my favorite 'back to school' bags from etsy 
i hope you find one that inspires you | one that you simply love 
simple and sweet
vegan leather love 
i love the tassels and all of the decor in this pic
anything floral has my heart

i am currently all about the bucket bags
have something fun you want to say? 
you can personalize this tote with anything you want for right around $16 

+ a few things i also love at the moment: 
these natural and peach tipped hooks for an entry way or bedroom to hang accessories
this infinity scarf from loopy mango
lastly, nothing says back to school like a cute lunch bag
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which one do you love most? 
happy wednesday, sweet friends
and happy 'back to school!'