dreaming of summer

May 28, 2022

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Aloha from Hawaii! We’ve been having such a special time on O’ahu, soaking up some much-needed sunshine after our Idaho winter, and enjoying all the beach days! I have to say though, for as much fun as we’re having, I’m really looking forward to getting back home and settling in to enjoy summer. There are so many new recipes I’m looking forward to trying, not to mention getting back to my sourdough starter. I picked up this book, The Women’s Heritage Sourcebook, at the library before we left and I think I’ll have to buy a copy for myself. There are so many projects that I’m very curious about, like fermenting vegetables {these will come in handy!}, making my own butter, along with some fruity beverages!

I know we’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, me working on my summer garden and the kids playing alongside. I’m not sure who is more ready for al fresco dining, me or Augustine. He’s been asking to sit outside for months but the weather hasn’t allowed it. This seagrass-wrapped pitcher and matching glasses would be fun to have on our outdoor table with fresh lemonade, or maybe some sun tea!

I’ve had my eye on this great summer hat and, for days at the lake, I love this black textured one piece suit from Hunza G. It’s a splurge but this brand supposedly has amazing suits that last season after season and it should work with my bump {here’s a more affordable option I like too} Simple sandals like this pair are so classic, and pack easily for trips. If you’re between sizes, size up!

I’ve been looking for a pair of everyday hoop earrings and I have my eye on this style and this one. Which is your favorite? I love that it’s such a simple detail that can really elevate the most basic of outfits. And how pretty is this little flower dish? I have a thing for scalloped pottery right now. This one would be perfect to place jewelry while you’re washing your hands/feeding your starter, or you could use it under an espresso cup!

For days at the farmers market, this French market bag would be ideal. I have a straw tote but I love that this has a longer shoulder strap which would make it even easier to carry. If not loaded with vegetables, you can also use it to tote beach towels to and fro.

I can’t wait to visit our local farms and pick fresh fruits like cherries and peaches. An upgrade to some pretty bakeware might be nice to really showcase some delicious fruit cobblers and crisps!

Ah I’m totally dreaming of summer! I can’t wait to soak it all in! What are you most looking forward to doing in the warmer months ahead?



Also here are some of the best Memorial Day Sales going on this weekend:

J.Crew– extra 60% off sale items, plus 30% off almost everything else! I love this tiered midi dress and these cute sunnies! Use code SUMMER

Shopbop– up to 50% off designer sale! I think Shopbop’s site is so well-curated and I’m always discovering new brands through them.

Jenni Kayne– I’ve loved looking at Jenni Kayne pieces but have yet to add anything to my wardrobe. This weekend everything is 20% off and I’m so tempted by their most popular cardigan. They last season after season and I have a feeling I’d wear it all the time, making the cost per wear pretty low. I’m feeling more inspired to invest in quality pieces I’ll have for years to come and that’s how I feel when I’m on their site. At the very least, I think I’ll pick up this candle with scents of jasmine, clove, tobacco, and amber. Use code MDW20.

Serena and Lily– 20% off everything, including new sale styles. Use code WAVES. Another good excuse to pick up that seagrass-wrapped pitcher and the matching glasses. I also love their whole outdoor collection – totally has me dreaming of summer!

Lulu & Georgia– 20% off everything! We have so many pieces from Lulu and Georgia, like our comfy sofa! Whether you’re looking for larger furniture pieces, like a rug, or smaller accents, I always love looking at their selection! I also know the owner Sara and she’s pretty wonderful!

Parachute Home– 20% off everything (and it only happens twice a year). Love their bedding so much, especially their linen sheets! One day I want to get this cotton quilt in the natural/ivory combo! If you’re feeling like your bedroom needs a spring/summer refresh, this would be a great time to take advantage of their sale.

We’re Pregnant with Baby #3

May 16, 2022

pregnancy announcement- M Loves M @marmarFeeling so overjoyed to announce that we’re pregnant with baby #3! Praising the Lord for this sweet blessing that we have prayed so deeply for. I thought I would share a Q&A here with some questions I’ve received since announcing on Instagram the other week.


my Shopbop Sale picks

April 12, 2022

In love with casual and comfortable weekend styles

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! We’re finishing up Augustine’s last day of school today. We are homeschooling but meet with our community once a week so now we have a break from meeting until fall. So hard to believe!!

I’ve had spring and summer on the brain because Idaho has been hit with some crazy April weather. It’s been off and on snowing the last week and is supposed to continue through this week as well. Today we woke up and it looked just like it did on Christmas morning with white snow covering our whole backyard, as well as all the cars and rooftops! Thankfully we’re planning a trip down to Southern California in a few weeks and possibly another beach vacation next month. I always look forward to the Shopbop Spring Sale because they include so many of my favorite go-to’s in the sale. If you’re looking to freshen up your wardrobe with items you’ll reach for for years to come, keep reading! Sharing some of the items I own on sale (and have had for 2+ years at least!), and other cute pieces I’ve had my eye on. Would love to know if you pick up anything, or if you’ve been looking for something in particular!

One of my brands I always have my eye on is SEA. The price point has always been a little bit of a deterrent but I always click on their items because they are STUNNING! With the sale, you would definitely be saving. I love this gorgeous printed blouse or if you’re a white blouse hoarder like me, how perfect is this one?

Another brand with gorgeous dresses (that are slightly more affordable) is En Saison. I’ve had my eye on this eyelet midi dress and this floral dress, which could be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. And this pink dress from the brand is stunning too! Although I also love it in black. Which color would you pick??

This pair of sunglasses is one I wear ALL the time and I’ve wanted to get this colorway for the past year but it always sells out. I still love tortoise sunglasses, like this pair, but there’s something about a color change that feels so refreshing.

If you’ve followed my blog for the past several summers you will recognize this straw hat that I’ve worn to death. It’s a favorite and it really is the hat that made me actually feel like I could pull off hats. If hats are intimidating for you, please give this one a try! I really don’t think you’ll regret it. It is so versatile and I think it looks good on everyone!! I’m always looking for a new hat to work into my rotation and right now I’m considering this boater hat by a brand I hear many people love. What do you think? Another hat I have and love is this brown one. It’s my favorite in fall but it works in spring too! Definitely get it on sale when you can!

Longer shorts are harder to find these days but this pair is a gem! I love that they’re not distressed making them really classic. I also love this denim pair that’s not distressed but has the frayed hem and the slightly wider, more modern cut. You can’t go wrong with either!

Speaking of denim, jeans are a great thing to grab on sale too. I love this brand because of how well the jeans fit and hold up. This pair is a classic. I own these jeans as well and have loved them as an everyday go-to!

Now let’s chat shoes, shall we? If you’re a loafer girl, I love this style, and they can even be worn as slip ons too. The color is the best neutral and it really works with anything. Same goes with this cute pair of braided clogs. Anyone else love clogs? Or am I alone with that one?? If any of you are attending a spring/summer wedding, these gold sandal heels are my top pick! I have friends who have and love them and they really look so cute with dresses and even jeans!

I’ve been on the hunt for cute and chunky gold hoops and these are perfect! I especially love the price point, which could be a good gift option for a friend too!

Here are the details of the Shopbop The Style Event Sale:

15% off $200+, 20% off $500, 25% off $800. Use code STYLE

I hope you have fun looking  through the Shopbop sale like I did (and dreaming of warmer weather!) Have a wonderful week!



photo by Vanessa Lentine

hat & bag in the sale too!

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