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A Shift in Motherhood

A word to define this year so far has been “shift”, but more on the personal/mental front than anything else. I’ve felt a shift in motherhood, like I wrote about yesterday, and I’m enduring a shift in my health that I shared a bit about on Instagram Stories. I’ll write a bit about that here soon.

We’re over halfway through the year, and at the turning point of summertime, and I’m very intentionally trying to keep the second half of the summer laid back, free, and easy. We traveled a bit during the first half, so I’m looking forward to more evenings at home, after-dinner swim sessions, and catching up with friends.

After tearing through two different pairs of the Funky Monkey slides from Amazon, I upgraded to the Birkenstock version. While they are a little bit stiffer than the Funky Monkey slides, they are still very easy to wear, have adjustable buckles, and feel like clouds! Shop here!

I finished off a tube of the Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Punch and found myself missing it so I just repurchased. It’s a super easy-to-wear, sheer, hydrating lip product! Perfect for someone who would like a wash of color without the impact of a standard lipstick.

My eye always goes to these colorful dresses from Banjanan. This is also a pretty floral pattern at a budget-friendly price point!

FRESH launched a new beautiful shade of their Lip Treatment in the prettiest coral pink called Papaya. I bought it immediately and love the color so much. I always recommend these to people looking for a simple wash of color for their lips that aren’t interested in fussing with a full coverage lipstick.

And Wander Beauty launched a beautiful face palette (in two shades) that is ideal for traveling!

I have trust issues with OPI Cajun Shrimp (sometimes it is much redder than other times?!?) so my new favorite color for summer is Olive and June Hibiscus. I’ve worn it on my toes for the past several weeks. It’s such a pretty summer color.

This brush set from Amazon that is under $15 has tempted me so I bought it. I’ll give it a go and report back on my take on whether or not the brushes are decent!

Last amazon rec: My favorite hairspray of all time.

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

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – the kids and I volunteered here last weekend (with Amanda and her daughter as well!!) and it was really great to spend a few hours working to help sort some of the food that goes out to help people in need in the area!

Ourself Skin Lip Filler product – currently testing, unsure if it’s working!

Athleta Sweatshirt

Ashwagandha Vitamin – has noticeably helped me relax, and I’m sleeping very very well!

Swift Run Sneaker

Quilted Jacket

Quilted Long Vest

Classic Cream Sweater

Sleeping Socks

Plush Jacket

Spanx Romper – the ultimate comfy romper.


Clinique Even Better SPF Foundation in Shade 52

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch in color Happy – a punchy pink, one of my go-to products lately!

bumble & bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Ultra Rich Hyaluronic Treatment Lotion – I used the entire travel size bottle of this and just purchased the full size so I could keep using it!

Miranda Frye Hoops

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

@Things.I.Bought.And.Liked teacher wish list – if you’re looking to help some teachers in need, check out the highlights of T.I.B.A.L’s to find a compilation of a handful of teacher needs from amazon.

Peter Thomas Roth Tinted moisturizer with SFP

J.Crew Factory Slub Sweater Tank

Kindle Paperwhite

T3 Airebrush Duo

Pureology Shampoo

Pureology Leave-In Spray

True & Co Bra

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – I wear this every.single.night.

Powerbeats Pro Earbuds – the only things I wear when I work out.

La Blanca Swim One-Piece

Sunday Riley CEO Glow

BaByliss Pro Hairdryer

Be My Eyes App – an app for visually impaired people to call volunteers to ask for help!

The Lazy Genius Podcast #270

Waverly Place in Cary

Revlon Blow Dry Brush 2.0

amika Blockade – Use code SMALLTHINGS10 for 10% off your purchase – it’s a thick serum/oil that soothes my ends.

Andrew Fitzsimons Body Volume spray – on the fence about whether or not this works, currently testing!

Perdue Simply Smart Chicken Breast Strips – yummy!

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day

This week’s discount codes:

Rent The Runway – Use code KATERTR for 40% off the first 2 months of an 8-item plan

Everlane – First-time customers can get 15% off using KATEB15

Ongoing promo codes:

amika: Use code SMALLTHINGS10 for 10% off your purchase

Spanx: Use code “KateXSpanx” for 10% off plus free shipping!

Bagging Rights: KATE10 gives you 10% off any items at

ABLE: KATEB15 will get you 15% off

Rifle Paper Co. x Summersalt: KATEB will get you 20% off your purchase at Rifle Paper Co and $10 toward your next order over $95+ at Summersalt

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


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