links + small things

links + small things

For better or for worse, I’m good at compartmentalizing. I can put things in boxes in my head and store them far away while I get on with my daily life. Whether it be little or big, it’s something that has both served me and probably prevented me from working through things, if I’m honest.

One of the small things I compartmentalized was dealing with some of the closets and spaces in my home that needed attention. For years I’ve told myself that I will deal with them when the kids are all in elementary school. And that day has come. It’s time to clean out closets, drawers, and more.

And you know what? Because I waited until I had the time to spend on those projects, I now feel ready to take them on. Honestly, I’m excited.

This was the first week that all the kids were in school and they all did well. The older the boys get, the more homework they have, so we’re sorting out the right time to knock that out after school. We have hockey practice one night a week but otherwise don’t have any other commitments and I’m grateful for that. The kids have time to play outside and play together, and we are typically all together in the evenings which I love.

I’m able to start my work day a bit earlier and it has been great from a productivity front. The quiet house helps me stay focused so I can work more efficiently. I’m able to wrap up the day at 3:00ish without feeling like I have a laundry list of work tasks that I didn’t finish. The mental space that this additional time has given me has been an unexpected gift.

We had a dip in temperatures last week and the mornings don’t have quite the level of humidity. It’s the first shift toward fall. We’re still in the high 80s during the day, which I love, but cooler mornings and less humidity are welcome changes.

It’s hard to believe that it’s the first of September already, isn’t it?

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

Ooni Pizza Oven

Function of Beauty

Florence’s Coffee Cake

Spanx tank

Align leggings

Eva Birks

Shokz headphones

Spotify Playlist: alone in the kitchen

Peach Crumble

Pretzel Chicken Fingers

Walmart Wide Leg Jeans

Created Colorful

Velvet Sammie Sweater

Long Sweater Blazer

Copper Metallic Shoe

Kitten Heel Ankle Boot

$26 Stripe Button Down

Patrick Droney music

Lululemon cropped rain jacket

Comfy pants

Merit cream to powder eye shadows


Amazon Fashion Finds:

Woven Crossbody Bag

Oversized Sweater

Shoes that would be perfect with black leggings

Patent Rain Boots

Sweatshirt with side zips

Metallic Woven Tote

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Have you seen something on IG Stories that you want to reference? If it’s not here it may be in last week’s links + small things post.


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