Saturday, November 30, 2013


A beautiful sentiment for the holiday season...


~image via Cup of Jo~

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Friday Five

Sorry for the lack of blogging as of late.
A LOT has been happening in the world of a + b,
both good things (new house!) and not so good things (sick baby!).
Oh, and I've officially entered into the "super pregnant stage".
More on all that to come, I hope.
But in the meantime, here's what's good this week...

Mumford and Sons
Saw them live in MKE just over a week ago,
and it was all I hoped it to be.
(Note:  I was not 32 weeks pregnant and shirtless at the concert.  Rats.)

Funky chandeliers.
I will need a few more for our new home!!
Love the color and structure of this one, in particular.

charcoal gray + b&w strips + gold baubles
A new twist on neutral!

Giant coloring roll
So fun!

Everyone deserves a love like this:

And a few more fun links, just for you...

A crostini party!  Just pair with wine.  How easy and delish!

IKEA 2014 collection.  Wow!

10 veggies you can grow in the shade.

Surprising facts about parenting in India.

Purdy little candles.

Best holiday onesie.  Ever.

These parenting fails made me giggle.  (Probably because I'm guilty, too.)

Happy Weekend to you!

~images via,,, &

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Friday Five

How is the summer over?!
Please tell me it ain't so.
But it's my birthday weekend, and a long one at that, so I will relish it.

Let's go!
So catchy for a birthday weekend.

Watercolor maps!
I want one for so many special locations.

Polka dot perfection!
I know, I know.  I seriously have a colossal hard-on for polka dots.
But they simply never get old for me!

Glass jar art supply storage
LOVE how streamlined (and fun) this looks!

What Not to Say to Kids (and What to Say Instead)
I can literally hear myself saying some of these things on a daily basis.
Le sigh.
But this article offers some really insightful alternative suggestions!

(P.S.  Isn't my naughtly little biscuit just the cutest?
He's also equipped and ready to handle your biggest shits.)

And alas, a few more fun links to kick off your weekend...

This set for your sink smells divine.

What to put in your annual photobooks.

Loving these boys' Mini Boden graphic tees.
(Bonus:  Current sale is buy any 3 items, get the 4th item for $1 + free shipping!)

J. Crew maternity - finally!  Small collection, but so exciting.

"Then and Now" images of NYC - so cool.

The cost of raising a baby today.  Wowza!

Ha!  So fitting after Miley's VMA performance.

TGIF, m'loves!

~images via,, & / photo by b~

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Heat wave hair

With these hot and hazy dog days of summer we've been having,
I've been rocking the messy top knot all week.

Complete with a cat eye shade,
and you have a classic summer look with minimal fuss.

How are you keeping cool?

~images via duskjacketattic.tumblr &

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Party in style

It's my birthday tomorrow,
(I'll be 29 for the 3rd time...ssssssh, don't tell anyone!)
and while I'm not having any big shindig this year,
I always festive summer parties on my mind.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas for your next gathering...

A little glitz and garland.

Fringe-y placecards.

And al fresco dining.
(LOVE the lighting at dusk and the bold floral centerpieces.)

Happy partying to you...whatever the occasion may be!

~images via, mintdesignblog, &

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Friday Five

Sorry I've been MIA.
Vacationing up North for the last 7 days.
(Pics to come!)
But I'll be back in full force next week!
Here's what's good for now...

Vampire Weekend
Road trippin' for a total of 12+ hours in the car with the huzz
ensures a LOT of Vampire Weekend will be heard.
Why not embrace them in all their glory?

blue & white stripes + navy blazer + tan leather belt
A perfect end-of-the-summer look for a night out on the town, no?

Mosquito repelling plants
Must remember to position a few of these in pots on the deck, near the front door (and anywhere else we might be spending outdoor time) for next year!
Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Castor, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Cedar, Peppermint, Clove, Geranium, Verbena, Pennyroyal, Lavendar, Basil, Thyme, and Garlic!

5 warm grays for the home
I'm feeling these way more than the drab beige realm.

Finding the calm
Hoping to achieve exactly just this up in the North Woods of WI.

And a few more fun links just because it's Friday...

A less messy, hand-held version of s'mores.  Still made in the campfire!

LOVE this flowy anthro dress.

50 rules of vacationing.  So apropos.

An interesting twist on a Cobb salad.

OMG, this is hilarious.  And true.

Have a happy, happy weekend!

~images via,,, & the fresh exchange blog~

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Modern living

Loving these open, airy, modern LR's...

Like a breath of fresh, beachy, California air.
Can't wait to (hopefully) get into our new home and start renovating soon!

~images via Julius Shulman, coco+kelley, & the decorista~ 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Weekend recap

A few days late and a dollar short.
(Story of my life these days.)

Baby with fevers (of unknown origin) for the entire weekend,
left us feeling less-than-refreshed for the week.

Thankfully, between fever spikes we were able to enjoy the following...

A stroll along the beach!

Complete with lunch from Northpoint Custard.  YUM.

...And a little people-dog-triatholon watching over afternoon coffee!

A Target excursion for the necesseties (and then some...obvi.)

And, of course, the State Fair!
Ruined slightly by rain,
Herb running out of rootbeer milk, and the return of sick baby.

Thankfully, everyone's health (and sleep schedule) seem to be back on track.
And, it is already Hump Day!
Thank you, Jesus!

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Friday Five

Oh, Sheryl.
Just when I've forgotten you exist,
you occasionally come up with a tune even I can't resist.  
A catchy mix of country and rock'n'roll.
(Not to mention the perfect kick off to a lazy weekend with your love!)

white + collar necklace + straw tote
Get it while the gettins good, ladies.
(And by that, I mean before Labor Day is soon upon us.)

Cute toy storage
On sale! ~ {HERE}

Summer centerpiece
So pretty!  Simply place fresh-cut flowers from the garden in glass bottles (or mason jars), place on a silver tray, and voila!  A perfect (and easy) summer centerpiece.

What happy people do differently
Always nice to hear a few helpful tips!

And a few more fun links, just because it's Friday!

What color eyes will your baby have?
(Crazy how both the huzz and I have brown eyes and Baby A has blue!)

LOVING these interior pops of green.

Holy popsicle-gasm!

Pretty, pretty baubles.

Madonna's insane workout (a.k.a.  "No, thank you.")

Essential must-have home barware.

Haha!  Hot.


~images via vogue, container store, dyingofcute.tumble & psychology today~

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday wisdom

(27 weeks and counting!)

~images via gratitude1000.tumblr, happydayout.tumblr & / photo by b~

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Some of my favorite organizing tips as of late...

Fabulous travel photo storage boxes!

Cupcake papers in a spaghetti jar!

Bed linens inside the matching pillow cases.
So tidy.

And we can't forget the ever-important "car kit".

Here's to a little more organization in your life!

~images via iowa girl eats, torie jayne, the daily buzz, & pink polka dot creations~

Monday, August 5, 2013

Weekend recap

Another gorgeous, sunny, summer weekend in Milwaukee!

Water fountain play outside of the art museum along the lake front.

Post-swim cowboy cookies + coffees and watching the bread-baking
at Alterra...err, Colectivo.

Reaping the benefits of fresh garden tomatoes...

...along with a Pinterest-ed brunch recipe.

But don't be fooled.
It's not all stress-free bliss...

The huzz is still working nights
(and had out-of-town guests for a baseball game Saturday),
leaving me with my very energetic and adorably mischievous date!

Lesson:  Don't even try to do laundry, dishes, bake, etc. until the toddler is asleep.

Needless to say, as wonderful  as my solo time with the little man is,
Mama's le pooped!
If only I could channel 1/8 of his energy.
But alas, it is Monday.
And all I have is this decaf Americano.
So bring on another week of the same ol' grind.

Hope your weekends were lovely as can be!

~photos by b~

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Friday Five

The huzz is working nights the past 2 weeks,
leaving me a full-time working, single mother.
Oh yeah, and I'm 26 weeks preggs.
I don't know how the thousands of super single moms do it.
Kudos to you!

Links aren't working from my work computer, nor is formatting,
so excuse the odd bolding and poorly functioning links until I can fix tonight.

Not to mention, I'm falling asleep in my decaf coffee.
Nor have I been able to wash my hair in 3 days.
Hot mama.
But at least tomorrow is Saturday!
And here, in true rough draft-style, is what's good this week...

This makes me want to ride my bike.  Really fast.
(Or partake in some other summer-like activity).

Tomato Sandwiches!
'Tis the season.
From "Dinner:  A Love Story" still need this book.

A delicious summer scent
sand + jasmine + sea spray + mandarin = yum.

Flattering on one and all!
And nice and breezy for the muggy August days.

Be a Better Mom
Some great reminders.

And a few more fun links to end your week...

Fun monthly calendar templates
(for those of you who have August-ending planners like me!)

Finally!  LOL.  Bishes take note.

Have a happy weekend!

~images via dinner a love story, nordstrom, thedaybookblog, & diapers & daisies~