links + small things

It’s been 10 years!

Well, how was your week? We very much enjoyed having a pool party on Monday, but that certainly disrupted the normal flow of the week! It ended up being a pretty leisurely and slow start, which was nice for the first official week of summer.

We have a lot of plans this weekend, one of which is a CPR course for Justin and me. Pool ownership comes with a level of worry and concern, and while we know the very basics of CPR from when I was pregnant with David, it will certainly be more helpful to be re-taught all of the things.

Amanda and I are volunteering this weekend at an organization that packs lunches for homeless people in the area. We’ve done it a few times before and really enjoy spending time giving back.

A few links + loves:

Patrick Ta launched an eyeshadow palette and I cannot wait to try it!

I recently got the Emerald Bay tank from Thread & Supply and it’s great! If you’re running into issues of bra straps showing on some racerback cut tanks, this one is just wide enough to avoid that problem!

These slides from Old Navy and nice and low profile. They aren’t quite as soft/comfy as the pair I have from Amazon though! The Amazon pair is more cloud-like, wears a little wider, and has adjustable straps.

Did you catch my recent posts about washing your hair? Part One is here and Part Two is here!

I mentioned this on the blog but I want to remind you that I’m celebrating my 10 year anniversary of this website with 10 days of giveaways over on Instagram! Go follow along if you aren’t already and enter to win each day!

And here are a few things I mentioned on Instagram Stories recently that you may have missed: 

J. Crew Long Sleeve Rashguard

Memorial Day pie recipe

“The People We Meet On Vacation” book

Summer Hat

Daniel’s Restaurant in Apex NC

BruMate Toddy Cup – my sister gave me an extra she had and I have to say it’s one of my favorite cups!

Billie Razor – such a great razor. Smoothest shave ever!

LOFT Pink Midi Dress – the bright pink of this is speaking my language!

Short Black Dress with Pockets – looks similar to one I have from Target, but this one has a cinched waist.

LOFT Green Drawstring Tank Dress

LOFT White Smocked Midi Dress

Kid Chore Chart from Canva – I’m working on getting our summer routines/scheduling going and Canva has been such an easy-to-use tool for printables and templates.


This week’s discount codes (#partnerships): 

Cinemood: LoveSmallThings will get you $100 off of a CINEMOOD

Miranda Frye: Smallthings10 will get you 10% off and free shipping!

Spanx: Use code Katexspanx for 10% off plus free shipping!

Sugarwish: Use code SmallThings7 for $7 off at (good for 1x use per user email)

Beddy’s: SmallThings saves you 20% !



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Michele says · 06.04.21

I enjoyed your hair washing miniseries, but am having a serious problem with the front part of my hair (no bangs, but the bang area). I’ve tried several things, but it always looks flat and greasy on day 2. Any helpful techniques?

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 06.04.21

Thanks for the links, Kate! ❤️✨

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Sara says · 06.05.21

Loving the kids spandex links and loves. Adding all the stuff mentioned on IG is great. So helpful. Keep up the great work ladies.