links + small things

Our Ski Trip to Utah (and what I would do differently!)

As an extrovert, I really enjoy being around people. Whether it’s directly with my friends, or generally just around other humans, I was finding myself feeling a bit lonely and isolated in the last few weeks.

So I set up a couple lunches and dinners with friends and here we are on Friday and my social cup is refilled! I hope you had a nice week too.

Luke, my middle son, turns 7 tomorrow! I cannot believe how old my children are getting. I’m going to be honest and say that the baby/infant years are not my favorite so I remember longing for the days we could play outside, ride bikes, talk about different things at dinner, etc. And while the days felt long, the years felt short because that is what we do. The kids and I have a routine of getting outside for ideally 1 hour after they get home from school. It’s a nice transition time to dinner and gives their brains a break before jumping back into homework.

The days are slowly getting longer with more sunshine, which is very nice to see.

Justin and I have started watching Yellowstone, and while Justin (really not a TV guy) is on the fence about what he thinks, I’m thoroughly enjoying the drama. No spoilers please, I’m only 5 episodes in!

My first round of “Friday Try Day” went live this morning on Instagram Stories. I’m trying things that you all are recommending to me. You can check it out on stories before it expires!

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

Hotel Lobby Candles – Miami is such a lovely scent

Tan Amazon Sweater

Skinfix Excema Plus Hand Cream

Nourishing Hair Oil Spray

Olive and June Cuticle Serum – I keep this in my bag and on my desk.

Milani Soft Focus Glow

Modsy Design – very helpful for visualizing a room!

Ashcroft Sunglasses

ABLE Merly Jean Jacket

JCrew Jean Jacket

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Lisa Hays says · 02.12.22

Keep going with Yellowstone! It took me a little while to get going but IMO – it’s worth it!