Weekending Catch Up

I may be a week late, but am playing catch up from all the fun had last weekend with family and celebrating a friend's birthday over the best meal of the week - brunch.

Lil' Miss had another baseball game on Saturday morning where she was the only player on her team to get a base hit off a pitch instead of the tee. Did I mention she's the only girl on the team? After a quick dip in the pool, and some lunch at home we headed down to Universal for some rides and of course more food. Each time we go, we try out new-to-us rides, and mix in some old favs.

We started off in Islands of Adventure where I finally got on The Hulk (it rained and shut down the past few times I was standing in line), my husband tried out VelociCoaster while I took Lil' Miss on the Pteranodon Flyers Fliers and to the Jurassic Playground. We then took the Hogwarts Express over to Universal Studios, had some Butter Beer, and re-rode the Simpsons Ride before trying out Jimmy Fallon's Race through NYC and the Minions ride. We were exhausted after, but already can't wait to go back for more!

On Sunday, we celebrated one of our good friend's birthdays over brunch at The Osprey. I broke back out one of my favorite resort dresses that I always pack for warm weather vacations, and it did not disappoint. Such an effortlessly pretty piece to wear in the heat, and I love how airy and flowy it is when indulging in all the food, 

Disclaimer - I don't even eat seafood (I'm allergic - womp womp), and thought this spread was too pretty not to capture. 

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Alice in Wonderland Experience

Experience indeed! My friend Tina and I were treated to an afternoon at The Alice in Wonderland Cocktail Experience where we journeyed down the rabbit hole and enjoyed tea, a performance, delectable cookies, themed drinks and solved riddles. I even ordered a mini top hat headband fascinator just for the occasion, and will break it back out when I bring Lil' Miss to the tea room downtown that I've been wanting to check out. Always down for a good themed outing!

Dress {sold out - similar} | Mini Top Hat Headband | Camera Bag | Lipstick in Rose Stiletto

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Puffy in Pink

I am all about fun statements, and have been gravitating towards tops with a little extra flair lately. This bodysuit is available in 6 colors, and was super comfy. We headed out for dinner and margs at our favorite local spot, and even Lil' Miss said "Wow Mommy that is so pretty." Heart is officially full! I paired it with this crossover waistband skirt, and should have listened to the reviews to size up because it was super snug. I'm attributing it to the crossover waistband, and the fact that I'm one of the few people who is not the biggest fan of high rise. I'm a mid rise kinda gal. Love the look of this skirt, but contemplating returning it for the next size up. Definitely size up, and you'll be happy as can be. 

Puff Strap Bodysuit {comes in 6 colors} | Denim Skirt | SunglassesSandals | Lipstick in Crème Cup | Necklace

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Camo, T-Ball and Universal Studios

Another summer weekend mixed with fun and getting things done around the house. I'm still all for the 3 day weekend - we need a day to have fun, a day to get things done and a day to relax. Who's with me?

Camo Dress {only $20} | Sneakers in Cyber Metallic | Sunnies

I hadn't purchased clothes at Target in FOREVER - I mean who am I?! I attribute it mostly to everything being way too Gen Z focused (sorry not sorry, but I already lived through the fashion choices of the 90's) or too Little House on the Prairie. Then I saw this dress which comes in 7 different prints and colors and is only $20. It's easy and breezy to throw on, and I've now worn it drop off Lil' Miss at camp, to root her on during t-ball and for patio mimosas. It does run large btw - this is an XS and I am not XS anything. (who else hears Joey Tribbiani right now?) So definitely size down! 

Lil' Miss had her 2nd t-ball practice and game, and she was way more into it this week. She even won a medal for "most hustle" so needless to say she is very proud and already looking forward to next week's game. She's the only girl on the team which she was upset about at first, and we presented it as how special it is that SHE is the only girl. She seems to be just like me when I was little - loved to play with dolls and dress up, but also loves playing outside, getting dirty and playing sports. Best of both worlds! 

After she took a quick nap, and I squeezed in a workout we headed down to Universal for the rest of the day. We started at Islands of Adventure, and I was once again standing in the single rider line for The Hulk rollercoaster when the skies opened up and shut down all the outdoor rides. Womp womp. We made our way over to King Kong then of course to Hogsmeade before deciding to head over to Universal Studios. We lucked out with short wait times at Transformers, The Simpsons Ride and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Lil' Miss squealed with delight on every single ride and is officially living her best life. 

We had been promising Lil' Miss one of the giant milkshakes at the Chocolate Emporium, and she got her wish since she was so good all day. She chose red velvet, and honestly the cupcake on top was the best part! Even with all 3 of us sharing it, we only got about halfway down before we were all done. It's A LOT! 

I had promised myself that I wouldn't utter the words Nordstrom Anniversary Sale or NSale in these parts, but I did end up picking up a few items considering even by the time I had early access the majority of my wish list was out of stock. ZERO surprise there. I scooped up a top for work when I do need to head down to the office and a birthday gift for a friend. I will never understand the hype for this sale that is always the same, pushing fall items while fall temps are months away and almost everything is sold out. I will say there's been noticeably less coverage all over the place this year so the feeling is definitely shared. 

We ended up taking more advantage of Target's Deal Days and Amazon's Prime Day to get a head start on birthday and Christmas shopping for Lil' Miss. We picked up a scooter, magnetic tiles, books,a bento lunch box since she starts Kindergarten soon and I have to start thinking about packing lunches for her, and a new swimsuit for me. 

Blouse {$20 off and comes in 4 colors}

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Baby You're a Firework

I am of course in a state of disbelief that we are already well into July, but we rang in the 4th with fireworks, face painting, pool time, lots of grilling and another trip to Universal Studios. 

We were nervous about the weather, since it was a soggy day before the fireworks. But, thankfully the skies cleared just in time. Lil' Miss got her face painted, and we supported a lot of the local vendors that had tents or food trucks at the event and the live music was also fun before the main event.Totally worth risking the weather!

Tiered Stars Dress {15% off} 

On the 3rd of July we risked the crowds and went to Universal for the day to take further advantage of our new annual passes. We went right to the Escape from Gringotts ride only to wait in line for a while before it was shut down due to technical difficulties. Womp womp. We brought Lil' Miss over to Fievel's Play Area for the splash pad and slides, and set an alert for the re-opening. The alert came through while we were on the E.T. ride, and no one but me cared about it anymore at that point so I ran back over to the single rider line and was on and off in a matter of minutes. Yes please!

A Jaws Drink experience was on deck - HINT you can experience this drink at the Chez Alcatraz stand in the San Francisco area. Definitely worth it! The bartender goes all out and it's delish!

Extra pool time on the 4th in festive suits, and Lil Miss had her first baseball game the following weekend. She was proud albeit super hot and sweaty, but still prefers gymnastics. We told her she needs to stick with it until the end of the season, and then we can try something new.

On Sunday, we celebrated one our girlfriend's birthdays over bottomless brunch. YUM! As always, it was good for the soul to catch up with some of my favs and the laughs are also endless. Love my crew!

This romper made another appearance after donning it in a few weeks ago in St. Maarten. The perfect piece to beat the summer heat! 

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