These Kendra Scott earrings. Pull up a chair and let me tell you about my love of statement earrings. I got my first pair of Kendra Scott earrings about a year and a half ago, and then promptly lost one six months later in a tearful incident at the Knoxville Zoo. I blame the gibbons. Since then, I've gotten four pairs of Elle earrings, and I definitely don't pet them every night before placing them on a bed of red velvet and then locking them in a safe. Kendra Scott earrings are, in my opinion, fairly expensive for earrings, but they come in an array of beautiful colors, and I love that they pair with pretty much anything. I just got these abalone beauties during a Fourth of July sale, and they are every thing I hoped for and more. *This exact pair doesn't appear to be on the website anymore, but there are several pairs of Elle earrings still in the sale section!
These shoes. Do not go to Target, and do not shop the Ultimate Thread part of the store, unless you are prepared to spend some money that you did not need to spend on clothes and accessories that you did not need and yet adore. These Aileen sandals are really cute, surprisingly comfortable, and they stay on my feet since I double knot them like all the cool kids do.
This sandbox. I want to say that it doesn't bother me at all that I feel like I'm living in that beach house vacation rental on that Friends episode, but I promised never to lie on this blog. In a supreme act of motherly devotion, I encouraged my stepmom to buy Sam this sandbox for his Birthday, and he loves it so much. Who could have guessed how much a kid would enjoy playing in a box of what is basically kitty litter, as my husband Walter Matthau once eloquently said? But Sam loves it and it's a great way for him to get out of the house and be creative or something like that.
This place. I've written before about how much I love living on 4.5 acres and it's more true every day. My sister, brother, and I lived on acreage for most of our lives, and while it was always important for me to live on land like that once I had kids, I never realized how happy it would actually make me. There is nothing like it. Every day feels like a revelation of some kind. Also, I am highly sensitive and also anxious but I feel like carefree, beatific mother Earth every time I walk across our lawn barefoot.
Other Things I'm Loving: my new kitchen counters and backsplash, which Walter Matthau (I mean, Dan) is working on; a southern style restaurant in Sweetwater, Tennessee called The Dinner Bell; the virtuous feeling I get every time I don't eat a sweet treat (my sugar reduction lifestyle change is still going well, all things considered!); and these books, The Kiss Quotient, Spinning Silver, and After We Fall.