Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What's Up Wednesday - August 2016 Edition

Happy Wednesday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week!  It's the last Wednesday of the month which means I am linking up with a few of my favorite girls today... Mel, Shay and Sheaffer for a little What's Up Wednesday.

What We're Eating This Week



It has been a beautiful Summer and the weather doesn't appear to be cooling down anytime soon.  Fortunately for us, our pool is going to stay open past labor day this year and what doesn't go better pool side than my Skinny Poolside Dip!  There is nothing in the world I would rather eat than dip and this is certainly one of my favs this time of year.  

What I Am Reminiscing About 

With the start of a new school year a few weeks ago, I have been reflecting a lot this month about how much my babies have grown.  Jillian is no longer a Kindergartner (sob!) and Nicholas is starting his last year of preschool next week.  I always go through a little bit of a "mourning period" this time of year, I miss our carefree days of Summer and think about just how far we have come in the last 6 years as a family.  Next year at this time I will have 2 kids in school full time and am completely conflicted with mixed feelings of shock, sadness and perhaps a little bit of pure excitement that maybe, just maybe, my house may remain clean for more than 30 minutes?  


Jillian's first day of school printable can be ordered here.

What I Am Loving
 

I have always loved make up, however, my love has taken on a whole new obsession lately and am especially loving my new items from Limelight by Alcone.  Limelight by Alcone is a newer direct sales cosmetics company that I have recently fallen in love with.  First of all, the cosmetics are PROFESSIONAL GRADE.  This company has been around for over 50 years and has only been available to celebrities up until now.  Limelight decided to expand to a Direct Sales model in the last year and I couldn't wait to try the products to see how they compared to my current favs.  The price point is very comparable to Department store/Sephora prices if not a little lower which was also a pleasant surprise.  So far they have all exceeded my expectations and hope to order the foundation next.    


What We've Been Up To

Swimming, swimming... a little soccer and football and then more swimming.  We have been making the most of our last few weeks of Summer and spending every moment we can at our neighborhood pool.  
 

Jillian has taken up soccer this Fall 


and Nicholas has started Flag Football again.  



Jeff is helping out with coaching this Fall for Nicholas's Flag Football team which should be a lot of fun.  My little guy loves football! 

What I Am Reading
 
OK, so don't laugh but I came across my collection of Sweet Valley High books in the our basement this Summer and decided that these were the perfect Summer reads.  Crazy?  A little but I can honestly say reading these again has been so rewarding and calming.  I have enjoyed them so much that I have ordered a few more to add to my collection and can't wait for them to come in.  They are just fun, easy and quick reads and with little ones, this all about what I can handle at this point.  It's been fun taking a little trip down memory lane this Summer.
What I Am Working On

Honestly, I began this Summer with the intent of "slowing down before speeding back up again."  I put a lot of hobbies/projects/blogging on the back burner this Summer and wanted to just focus on the kids and finding my true passion.  With Nicholas starting school next Fall, I don't have any intentions of going back to work full time and want to find something that I can do for years to come and work from home.  I have been so happy with my "Summer of Rest" that it has allowed me to truly slow down and think about what I REALLY want to do as we embark on a new chapter in our lives.

What I Am Excited About
 

 
Decorating for Fall and Football!  I plan on going through our Fall decor in the next few weeks and also will be hitting up Homegoods during those few hours when Nicholas is in preschool.  
 
Our family LOVES football at every level and can't wait to cheer on Ohio State and the Browns this Fall.  We kicked off our high football season by attending the home opener this past Friday and the kids had a blast.  



What I am Wearing
 

Basically this time of year my wardrobe consists of tanks and shorts.  Anything to stay comfortable in this heat and humidity.  I about died sitting outside watching Soccer practice last week it was so hot.  Any make up I had put on beforehand probably slid right off!


My favorite Summer tank has been this one from Jane.com.  I have them in 4 different colors and noticed this week that they have come out with some colors for Fall too.  Not the best pictures but I am wearing the Royal blue tank above and pink tank below.


It is my all time favorite tank, I love that is long and slightly loose in the belly area, yet extremely flattering.  It is also extremely versatile and can be worn with skinny jeans or shorts.  Here is a full pic :)


Clearly a favorite for me!  I am eyeing the Ivory and Cranberry colors next as the perfect layering piece for cardigans this Fall.
 

What I am Doing This Weekend

It's Labor Day weekend and we actually have NO plans!!!!  I can't wait to see where this weekend takes us.  I am thinking the neighborhood pool for one :)

What I am Looking Forward To Next Month

There are so many things to get excited about for September! Our calendar is jam packed with Soccer and Football games, birthday parties and even an out of town wedding.   We are trying to hold on to Summer as long as we can although we always do so many fun things as a family in the Fall, you can't help but get excited for what's to come, even if it means cooler temps for this Clevelander :) 

I think what I am most excited for is this little man going to school.  He has truly missed his sister ever since she went off to school a few weeks ago and must ask me 20 times a day if it's time to get her off the bus yet.  It seems like he just counts down the minutes until she is home!  I have also noticed more than ever that he is craving some structure and socialization.  He had a great year last year and know he will have an even better one this year!
 
Hope you all have an amazing Wednesday!
 
XOXO
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