Loving Lately: May Favorites

Hey pretties!  It’s been SO long since I’ve done a favorites post like this, but I get a lot of requests for them. It’s not that I don’t want to do them, it’s just my follow through isn’t the best. Honestly I can’t tell you how many times I start a draft on one and never finish it!

I didn’t have an outfit post ready for today because Craig pulled off the ultimate Mother’s Day surprise for me. We’re going away for a long weekend as a WHOLE family. It’s been over two years since we’ve been able to have a vacation with all three kids. Devon, our college senior, usually takes summer classes and his spring break hasn’t lined up with the girls. His last final is today so we’re getting away as a family! I’ve been running around like a crazy lady getting ready this week and haven’t had time for outfit photos.

So without further ado, here are ten things that I’m doing, using, wearing and loving lately.

1. My Goats

Besides Craig, our kids and our dogs, few things bring me more joy than our pygmy goats! Meet Theodore and Eleanor (Theo and Ellie for short), our goat siblings that fell into my lap a few months ago. I’ve always dreamed of owning goats and these two came into my life by happy accident. It was love at first sight. They are #totesmagoats.

Theo looking all cute and innocent. Never mind the fact that he just head butted me.

Aww, my babies! Oh yeah, and Craig too. 🙂

2. Running Outdoors

See that? It’s my first outdoor run of my adult life, I kid you not! I haven’t run outside since the horrible mile and a half we did every spring in high school when all I wanted to do was puke after. It never made sense to me why they made us do that after being coach potatoes all winter. What it did accomplish was making me a lifetime hater of running.

Thanks to OrangeTheory Fitness some of that has changed (not all of it). I’ve been improving my pace on the treadmill for the past year but never dreamed of running outside. Last week I had to miss one of my workouts so I strapped on my sneakers and took to the streets. I promised myself I’d take it easy and quit when I needed to but to my total surprise, kept going for 2.55 miles.

Granted, snails, a tortoise and some power walkers passed me by, but I did it!

Which brings me to my new favorite running shoes that I bought a few weeks back, these Nike Epic React Flyknit. My over 40 knees and ankles need extra cushioning and support and these are like strapping pillows on my feet. I have them in gray but want ALL the colors, especially this light cream color.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

3. Mother/Daughter Workouts

Aubrey joined me at OrangeTheory this past year and it’s been such an incredible bonding experience for us. There are definitely many advantages to her spending her first year of college at home and this is one of them.

Not gonna lie, our cute outfits from Fabletics make workouts slightly more fun, but only slightly.  🙂

4. Kimonos

If you’ve seen me in actual real life lately, I’m wearing one of two things – my PJ’s (which I’ve been staying in until about 1 pm each day) or one of these kimonos. I have a slight obsession with them. Mainly because I’m lazy when it comes to putting together outfits and these instantly transform my daily jeans and tee uniform.

Mint Kimono/Navy Kimono

5. Pretty Pink Blush

I’ve gotten three compliments on my blush lately, which has never happened before! I figured it must be worth noting and sharing. It’s Your Happy Look Pore Minimizing Blush in Clover Pink from Julep. It has a just right subtle amount of shimmer.


6. Summer Candles

Besides fall candle season and Christmas candle season, summer candle season is my absolute favorite! Here are the two that are taking me away to paradise lately.

Fiji White Sands/Tiki Beach

7. Pink Magnolia Lotion

Speaking of Bath and Body Works, I want to buy this stuff by the gallon. It smells SO good and lasts all day! Have you tried it?

Pink Magnolia Lotion


8. Patio Weather!

Craig and I got our patio cleaned up and ready for summer a couple of weeks ago. It was time for a total refresh of our patio furniture pillows (they needed it desperately). So I went with this summer’s trendy tropical palm tree print, with some flamingos thrown in for good measure.

I found most of these pillows at Ross except the solid green ones which are from HomeGoods.

Skye and Bailey couldn’t stand the fact that we were working in the backyard without their “help”, so they pouted at the kitchen window all day.

 9. Espadrille Sandals

I’ve been on the lookout for a pair of flat espadrille sandals but haven’t quite found “the one” yet.  Here are a few contenders.

This pair had me at stripes.

Knotted Slides

Love the price and color of this pair.

Sigma Bow Espadrille

This pair has a little bit of a heel but it’s more of a platform so they’re still comfy.

Ava Cognac Espadrille

10. Gingham Errthang

Gingham is everywhere for summer and I can’t wait to get my grubby little fingers on some of it. Here are a few pieces I’m eyeing up to add.

Gingham Scalloped Shorts

Gingham Tie Waist Midi Skirt


Gingham Slides

It’s Your Turn: What are you loving lately? Share it with me in the comments!

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