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Friday Link Love, Vol. 2.05

Friday Link LoveOur Indian Summer has called it quits and this Friday, it certainly feels like Fall.

Trees are starting the change colors, the sky is grey and cool rain is in the forecast. I. LOVE. IT. Our new home is surrounded by mature trees and I’m excited to see all of the colorful changes as the days go on. Now, cleaning up all those leaves… eh, not so much.

This weekend, I’ll be up to more of the same: packing, purging + organizing. Not the most exciting of weekend activities, but it’s nice to see an end in sight. I also foresee some fall-inspired cocktails in my future (keep reading for one of my favorites!). Hey, if I’m gonna be home packing, might as well make it fun!

Here are a few of my favorite internet reads, recipes and sales (a.k.a. Friday Link Love!) to inject a bit more fun into YOUR weekend!

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 2.04

Friday Link LoveSeptember is cruising right along, isn’t it?

This week, Cleveland went all blazing hot summer on us, after 3 weeks barely hovering in the 60’s-70’s. Just in time for the official start to fall! Getting dressed becomes much more complex when you’ve already packed the majority of your summer clothes away. D’oh!!

Speaking of packing, I still have a ton of house packing to do. Sometimes, I look around and think, “It won’t be so bad — I don’t have THAT much stuff?!” Other times, I’m completely paralyzed with anxiety about getting it all done.

Clearly, my brain/nervous system likes to keep me on my toes.

On today’s agenda (besides getting some major packing accomplished), is squeezing in some guilty pleasure reading, eating + shopping — starting with these Friday Link Love finds!

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 2.03

Friday Link LoveGood morning, people.

Can you believe it’s already mid-September!? My favorite month of the year is flying by way too quickly. In style-related news, NYFW wrapped up and it’s off to Paris for the next iteration of Fashion Week. Get ready for some Parisian inspired looks next week!

In house news, progress was made at the new Casa de Heart’s Delight — overhead utility lines were buried and the electrical upgrade is almost completed. The kitchen and bathrooms were designed and finishes selected. Today is the final design meeting with the contractor team and up next — walls will be coming down!! The thought of wide open spaces and good traffic flow makes me giddy with joy. I can’t wait to share photos and progress with you… because you know, if you don’t post it on social media/internet, it didn’t happen.

In the meantime, hopefully this week’s Friday Link Love reads will keep you occupied!

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 2.01

Friday Link LoveI gotta be honest, I just haven’t been feeling it lately. Have you ever had one of those days/weeks/months? My creative brain is closed for business, I’ve been distracted, overwhelmed and uninspired. As a result, I feel as though I just haven’t been my best — at work, at home, etc.

Just going through the motions, you know?!

In all truthfulness, there’s been a lot going on and the constant stress, anxiety and responsibility have crushed my sleep, my appetite and my general disposition.

(Sorry to be quite vague, but I’ll be sharing more in a few days. Don’t worry, it’s all positive stuff!)

I feel like I’m constantly on razor’s edge, which trust me, is not a good place to be. I’m hoping this upcoming holiday weekend will take some of the “Ugghhhh!!!” out of my daily lexicon and bring me back to a more balanced place. Coincidentally, one of the few things that helps me escape all of the mental chaos is online browsing. I love to get lost in new news feeds, blogs and shopping sites. It’s pretty therapeutic (at least for me!) to peruse “NEW ARRIVALS” at my favorite stores. Even though I may not buy anything (at least I didn’t until this morning – whoops.), it’s a relaxing exercise to fill up my assorted virtual carts and think about fun things like fashion, accessories, food, travel and beauty.

So, on that note — let’s get to this week’s Friday Link Love!

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 2.0

Friday Link LoveFirst, my apologies for falling off track when it came to this week’s regular posting schedule. Even after 4 years of 5x/week regular posting, there are days/weeks where life just gets in the way. This was definitely one of those weeks.

I’ve been working behind the scenes on a few pretty fun and exciting, albeit overwhelming projects (which I’ll be sharing with you shortly!), getting the kids sorted out for their first day of school/assorted sports activities and running the styling end of THD. Usually, I’m pretty decent at the balancing act, but when it all piles on something has to give. In this case, it was the website… and unfortunately my sleep.

(P.S. Insomnia is the WORST.)

You know what, though? My family is happy and healthy. The kids are officially back in school. I’m fortunate enough to be doing something I love and am passionate about… AND it’s Friday. Not to mention, I have a whole queue of Real Housewives, Younger and Odd Mom Out to get caught up on. It’s going to be a great day.

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.99

Friday Link LoveThis has been quite the crazy news week, huh!?

Between the North Korean nuclear threat, the racial tensions/violence in our own country and the terror attack in Barcelona, I’m hesitant to turn on the TV with my kids in the room. I feel as though I say this more and more in the last few years: What is WRONG with people!? I had to have a conversation with my 8 year old earlier this week about kindness and how important it was to be kind to others. I emphasized that his one small act of kindness can entirely change the course of a person’s day. Now imagine if the adults in the world followed the same guideline I gave my 8 year old. I’m not saying the world’s problems would be solved, but man, what an impact that could make.

Now, with all of the heavy stuff out of the way, how about a light distraction in the form of this week’s Friday Link Love roundup!?

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.97

Friday Link Love…and just like that, it’s August.

With only a few weeks left of school free summer, I’ve been thinking about how I want to spend these last glorious no-lunch packing, no homework monitoring, no school sports/activities shuttling days. As much as the kids and I have been spending a lot of time together and occasionally grating on each other’s last nerve — more specifically, they’re grating on mine! — I am going to miss this low-key time together.  I think about how many more summers I’ll have left before my 8 yo little guy doesn’t want to hold my hand anymore, or if I’m under-appreciating those small moments when my daughter finally declares domination over the playground monkey bars. To be honest, all of this sappy stuff might be the result of monthly hormones. Just in case it’s not, the next 2 1/2 weeks I’ve decided to attack our summer fun bucket list with a vengeance. Which means I actually need to create one… So moms, local NE Ohio/Cleveland residents and all-around creative people — please help a sista’ out!

What’s on YOUR summer bucket list?

Perhaps find all the inspiration you need in these Friday Link Love reads below.

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.96

Friday Link LoveHappy Friday, folks!

Have you ever had one of those weird limbo weeks where you’re waiting on so many pieces and things to fall into place? Yeah, that would best describe the past 7 days. Between work life and family life, there’s been a lot of risk taking and pushing into unknown territory which is both exciting and extremely uncomfortable for me at the same time. As things sort themselves out (which they always do!) I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about it. In the meantime, I’m just trying to tackle one piece at a time and not get overwhelmed. Hey, I’m a Libra. I like my balance.

I also like some entertaining internet reads, which I’ve got right this way! This Friday Link Love is a good one — make sure to check it out.

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.95

Friday Link LoveHello, Hello, Hello!

As expected, the first week back to post-vacation reality is always a doozy.  Between an endless game of work catchup and trying to get everyone back into their regular routines, I’m all tapped out. Needless to say, I’m very excited that the weekend is finally here. As it turns out, this weekend happens to be a pretty special one: I’m celebrating my 11 year wedding anniversary. Big shout out to Mr. Heart’s Delight! Another year bites the dust and I couldn’t be a luckier gal to have him by my side through it all. This is probably the only time in my life you’ll see me use #blessed non-ironically! Cliché, but 100% the truth.

So, that’s the latest and greatest…

Now, onto this week’s latest and greatest Friday Link Love reads!

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