Pour a Cup of Coffee, and Let's Catch Up

Happy Monday Lovlies! Lots to catch up on, as I apparently decided to take an unintended blogging break last week. As I've mentioned before, I've actually been quite enjoying this forced slow down and extra time at home. I've been savoring my morning cups of coffee, extra time with lil' miss, and not rushing out the door each morning. With that said, I stepped back a bit from other things that take up my time and that's OK. 

So, what have I been up to? It's amazing how we envision staying at home with doing nothing. Ha - I wish! I'm blessed to be able to work from home throughout this pandemic, I've been keeping up with online workouts, rifled through two books, tackled lots of house projects that have been sitting on the back burner, donated clothes and toys, and of course extra time with lil' miss. I'm not big on gifts for Hallmark holidays (like Valentines Day or Mother's Day), but I did treat myself recently and scooped up this Marc Jacobs tote bag at 50% off which will fit my work laptop so I don't need to lug a laptop bag to and from the office or on planes for work trips (whenever that happens again).
I finished The Widow Clicquot which I highly recommend if you're into champagne, and learning more about it's history. I then immediately dove into The Thousandth Floor which is set in NYC 100 years into the future in a massive 1,000 story building. Incredibly intriguing, and I had no idea when I began reading it that it was a part of a series. Now, all I can think about is the next book! Has anyone read it? I'm bursting at the seams to discuss the 1st book!

It has felt great to get some much needed organizing, purging, and deep cleaning done around the house. I even cleaned the oven... guys the OVEN! We also finally picked up a shampoo carpet cleaner at Target to clean the carpets in the house. I do love tile or wood floors throughout the living areas of the house, but I'm a stickler for carpet in the bedrooms. There's just something cozy about waking up in the morning, and stepping onto a soft carpet. Anyone else feel the same?
I typically work out about 5 days a week, with 2 rest days but while we've been sheltering in place at home we've been going for lots of walks around the neighborhood and I've been taking advantage of all the free online workouts available to me. My local Bar Method studio goes live on Instagram each Sunday with FREE community classes, and they're available for 24 hours so you can hop on and join the workout when it's convenient for you - from anywhere around the world. This is the perfect time to try out a barre class if you've never experienced one before, and the instructors are fabulous! Just follow them here and join the fun! I'm also blessed to have an on-site gym at work which also has a personal trainer on staff. While we've all been working from home, he's been conducting Zoom workouts MWF each week, and another co-worker has been streaming yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Zoom. So, my only rest day now has been Saturday which would have scared me in the past, but has been exactly what I need right now. Pass another glass (or bottle) of wine - I've earned it! 
This sweet girl made me a mommy, and her infectious giggles and sweet kisses warm my heart each and every day. She and my husband treated me to brunch at home yesterday morning and mom-mosas after a sweat inducing Bar Method session on Instagram Live. After her nap, we did some gardening together with pots and seeds my mom sent for springtime. My parents were supposed to move down here by Easter, but the pandemic has obviously put a hold on things. So FaceTime and care packages have been common-place instead. 

Getting dressed in actual clothes (I can't remember the last time I wasn't in pajamas, workout clothes, or a bathing suit) and blow drying my hair for the 1st time in 2 months needed to be documented. I felt like myself, and it was nice. But it was also nice to change back into cozy shorts and tank to hit the couch! 

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  1. I read the first book and thought it was so cool! I talked about it for an entire month!! I need to read the others too! Love your new bag and glad you had a great mother's day! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  2. Glad you had a good mother's day! I really am not looking forward to the morning rush coming back at all. Have a great week!

  3. Both of those books are on my reading list! Love your new laptop bag! It sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Your daughter is so cute in those sunnies!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  4. I need to read the Widow Cliquot! Slowing down is the best and I'm glad you're still able to get in work outs and so much family time! And that you treated yourself :) Happy belated Mother's Day love!

  5. I have that book on my list to read, need to get around to it! I have been cleaning, purging and doing random house projects that I have been meaning to get around to. I still have a few more things I want to do, but they require trips to stores that I am not going to do right now. Little Miss's hair is getting so long! So fun you guys did some gardening. And that your parents are planning on moving!

  6. Love your friends mug. Haven't seen that one. Visiting you from the hello monday link up. laurensparks.net

  7. Lovely post! Thanks for the tip on the tote bag.
    I hope you and your loved ones stay safe.


  8. I know it is amazing with all this extra time to have no time. I am teaching myself so much stuff: sound editing in FCP, coding html emails, trying out different gif techniques, editing videos on my phone for TT. Learning French, I can not keep up! And how great to garden with your little one!

    Allie of

  9. Lovely casual outfit with the stripes and denim! :) I'ts good you've found time for a lot of extra things with home isolation! I dropped back my posting frequency as I'm getting dressed less, I'm not going to post pyjamas or loungewear outfits, but I'm surprised I haven't had any extra time, haha! It's the kids learning from home while I work from home juggle that is so exhausting I think, I'm glad the rules are changed so they can go back to school now.

    That bag looks like a great one for when offices open again! I haven't been thinking much about bags or fashions hopping but the boys did get me a bag for mother's day :)

    Hope your week is off to a good start :) With all the restrictions being relaxed here in Brisbane, my son is back at school this week!

    Away From Blue

  10. Little miss is presh. Love your tote bag.

  11. this is a completely random comment from me, but that blond woman in the yoga picture looks just like my daughter!
    and your little girl is darling!
    xo Eva

  12. I've been enjoying the slower pace as well and always think it's a good idea to take a step back from things when needed. I love how special your mother's day was! Totally have to document when you get dressed these days lol.

  13. Oh my gosh, her little glasses! :) I so agree with you too...I've been enjoying this time working from home. Love the extra time with my hubby and pup!



  14. I love that outfit! My girls have the same watering can. So cute. Looks like you guys had a great Mother's Day weekend! Love all the sunshine and pool time that you got!

  15. Love that you slowed it down a bit. Nothing wrong with just going with the flow! I bet it felt good to tackle some of those home projects. Looks like you and little miss had a good week. So sweet. Happy Mother's Day!

    Kaitlyn @ Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

  16. I don't think I've EVER cleaned my oven. Maybe I should do that...
    Love your tank top and jean shorts! Can't believe you got that Marc Jacobs bag 50% off. Great find!

  17. That book is now on my reading list and I have to have that mug!

  18. Definitely need to check out that book--sounds so good!! Also what a GORGEOUS bag! Glad you're doing well!!

    Rosy Outlook 

  19. I have read a lot less than I thought I would mostly because I have psent a lot more time supervising the kids play in our cul de sac. We did get some things done around the house and I did go on a little shopping spree in April.

  20. I am the queen of blogging breaks so I totally understand. Glad you could step back and recharge. I’m adding The 1000th floor to my want to read list. And I love that striped tank!

  21. My husband feels the same way about carpeting in the bedrooms! Thanks for linking up with the Style Six!

  22. You got so much done during this quarantine and all that exercise oh wow. Good for you. WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE OFFICE?

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