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Fall Bucket List

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … at least in my fall-loving heart.

I get it. Being obsessed with fall is a tad bit cliché and totally basic, but there’s something about it that gets me every time. Maybe it’s that I grew up in Miami, and fall still feels totally new to me, but goodness, I love the changing of the seasons. And this year, not only do I get pumpkin patches, apple picking, all of the best desserts, the smell of a crackling fire, cozy blankets and scarves, Halloween and Thanksgiving, but we get a brand new baby girl to share it all with. A baby I get to dress up like a pumpkin. I’m thrilled, to say the least.

Of course, we’ll have to keep our fall bucket list relatively low-key this year, since we’ll have a very tiny newborn baby in tow (eep!), but that won’t stop me from making whatever plans I can.

And just as in years past, because clearly I can’t get enough of all of the fall things, I’m pulling out my notepad, or in this case, trusty blog post, and making a fall “to do” list. Because what better way to enjoy every second of fall, than with a fall bucket list?

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OUR FALL BUCKET LIST:

Transition our home for the season. I’m breaking out the fall décor, blankets, pinecones, scented candles (I’ve heard this pumpkin jar candle is incredible … and I’m a fan of everything Capri Blue!)

Go to the goat farm. I know it’s a little cuckoo, but Scarlett would go crrrrazy for all of those goats.

Head to our local Pumpkin Patch (it’s so close!) and buy enough great big pumpkins to line our front porch steps. We may not make it to the apple orchard this year since baby number two will be so small, but we sure had fun last year! (If you’re in North Carolina, you have to check out this orchard.)

Decorate our front porch for fall. (Here’s last year’s set-up.)

Learn to knit, and then finally knit one of those giant chunky oversized knit throws I’ve always wanted. Or you know … just buy one.

Put together a fall reading list. With a baby on the way, I’ll have nothing but time to sit still under a newborn, and a few new books sound like perfection.

Plan a picnic – even if it’s in our own backyard – where we actually pack a yummy lunch, in a basket, and enjoy the perfect weather. (Here’s a little picnic inspiration for ya, if you feel so inclined!)

Go all out for Halloween this year. We won’t be venturing far from the house this year, so I’d love to decorate and have plenty of fun snacks and things to do here at home.

Plan a movie-viewing party in our backyard. I’ve always wanted to do this, complete with a drop-down screen (i.e., a white sheet hung over our back deck) and I’m determined to try to make it happen this fall … or winter.

Discover the perfect shade of vampy lipstick.

Discover the best pumpkin donuts in the area. There are pretty great donuts here in the Triangle, and I’m determined to find the best.

Go for a walk with the family along the trail by our house and pick our favorite fall leaves and pinecones to decorate our dining room table.

Bake a few recipes I’ve had on my must-try list. Oh, and these apple crisp shortbread bars from last year will most definitely be a repeat offender this season.

Take a trip to the farmers market to check out all of the new things they have to offer for fall.

Get creative with pumpkins. There are so many awesome pumpkin DIY’s out there and I’m definitely going to try out a few this season. (Remember the DIY marbled pumpkins and glitter-dipped pumpkins?)

Fill our fireplace with pumpkins. I’m pumpkin obsessed. Told ya.

 

What about you? What’s on your fall bucket list? Let me know in the comments!

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Looking for more Fall inspiration? Check out everything topping my fall wish list and our most recent recipes.

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20 Ways to Treat Yourself (When You’re Basically Always Too Busy)

This summer, I’ve been on an endless wheel of getting ALL of the things done; a.k.a., I’m basically always too busy. Every night, I crumble into the sofa, only to announce something along the lines of, “I need a break!” And then I pick up my laptop, and get back to work.

Part of it is that we have a baby due in just a matter of weeks (I think we have somewhere around 6ish weeks, and time is flying); and I feel an increased sense of urgency to be “ready” for the new babe, whatever that means. Let’s face it, is there such a thing as being “ready” for kids? ha, probably not. Not ever. Hubby and I; we’re also workaholics. We feed off of each other, I think. We both eat dinner, watch shows (Did you see Game of Thrones last night?), and sit with our heads buried in our computers. I swear I’ve had the thought that my over-churned/overheated laptop on my lap cannot be good for the growing babe in my belly. And now that I’m a mom, everything is about Scarlett. My head is a constant whir of planning her outfits, her lunches, her activities and playdates, whether we’re on track teaching her the alphabet and her numbers, if she’s social enough, if her current bedtime schedule starts a bit too late, when I’ll need to size up on shoes for her, if I have a raincoat that fits her for the new school year, what gifts I should bring for her new teachers, how to get her to fear going number two on the potty less, the list goes on and on, and on. Oh, and I have a job. I run a business, and all that goes along with it. How I managed all of this, while practicing law just a couple of years ago, I’ll never know.

My long-winded point is: as a mom, a business woman, and a go-getter, how do we make time for ourselves? how do you treat yourself? Do we? The answer for most of us is, probably not. I won’t be going on any girls’ trips in the foreseeable future, and I can’t really afford to pay a sitter to watch Scarlett (and soon enough, the new baby), just so I can go to a daily yoga class; so I have to start small, and practical.

But even the small and practical, it’s so worthwhile. Remember the old adage – ahem, Parks and Recs knows all – Treat Yo’ Self.

So here they are: 20 Ways to Treat Yourself (when you’re basically always too “busy” to treat yourself) …

… because you totally deserve it, FYI.

20 Ways to Treat Yourself (When You're Basically Always Too Busy) by NC lifestyle and mom blogger Glitter, Inc.

  1. Bake cookies. Forget the calories, bake a big batch of cookies, and eat one or three fresh out of the oven with a big glass of milk or cup of tea.
  2. Binge-watch a show or have a movie marathon. Make a big bowl of popcorn and settle in. NO computers or phones allowed. (By the way, I shared a HUGE list of the best shows to binge-watch on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, right here.)
  3. Buy a stack of girly magazines, and actually READ THEM. All in one sitting. Go wild, and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and just browse. Fold pages. Circle things. Feel inspired.
  4. Take a nap. Even if you can only sneak in a half hour, sleeping is magical, and odds are, none of us get enough of it. Spray a bit of lavender on your pillowcase and pretend you’re at the spa.
  5. Go to the spa or nail salon. A pedicure is a fraction of the cost of an actual massage, and did you know at most places you can pay just a few dollars extra to have them rub your legs and feet LONGER? Dooooo it. Treat yourself.
  6. Buy the shoes, or whatever on-trend item you’ve been mooning after for months. Since having a child, I’ve stopped splurging on seasonal trends, re-directing any of my shopping efforts towards more practical items. This summer, I really wanted a pair of espadrilles. And hey, this pair, they’re like sneakers; comfort and practicality. Save up or wait for the sale, and go for it.
  7. Read a book. I’ve started reading again this summer. I usually only sneak in a few pages at a time – waiting at doctors’ appointments, just before bed, when I just need to let my mind wander – and I’m LOVING it. I’ve read several books the last few months and it feels so good. It feels like a treat; and best of all, it’s both good for my mind and FREE. Our local library lets you check out ebooks online for free. Often, you have to get on a waitlist for the more popular books, but once you sign up for a book, you get an alert when the book has become available, and it’s so exciting when a bestseller you’ve been eager to read shows up in your inbox. You can also go to the library and check out a good old-fashioned book with pages. There’s something decadent about reading an actual book. (Stumped on what to read? Check out our book club.)
  8. Check your city calendar for events. Do this on a Monday, so that you have all week to look forward to your big weekend plans. Invite friends. Festivals, fairs, outdoor concerts, Bavarian pretzel-eating contests, whatever. Have fun, get out, enjoy all of the great stuff your city has to offer.
  9. Take a class. You’d be amazed at how important it is for your mind and spirit to learn; to continue to grow. Whether it’s a cooking class, a coding class, a knitting class, a macramé class, you name it; if it peaks your interest and one is available in your community, or online, give it a try. (Here’s why I love taking classes as a grown-up.)
  10. Take a hot bath. If you’re a mom, wait until the kids are asleep. Add a drop or two of essential oil or epsom salts or bubble bath or flower petals. Turn on your favorite mellow music, light a few candles, and stay in the tub until your fingers get all wrinkly and raisin-like. Put one of those gunky hair masks in and actually wait the time the package tells you to leave it in. Then wash it out, and stay a few minutes longer.
  11. Go on a date night. Check out a restaurant you’ve been dying to try. See a show. Spend the time to do your hair and makeup. I always feel extra special when I actually take the time to put on a bit of makeup, curl my hair, and slip into a pretty dress.
  12. Get your hair blown out. For just $30-$35 most blow-out salons will have you looking va-va-voom in no time. I ALWAYS feel like a rockstar when my hair looks great. After that, see number 9.
  13. Take the yoga class. (Or the barre class, etc.) If you’re a mom, find a gym that has childcare. This will be your new best friend. Try all different classes until you find the right fit. No sense committing yourself to a “luxury,” only to be shackled to a class you aren’t in love with. Then, once you’ve found it, even if you just go once a week, that’s your time. If you want to save time and money, try one of these 10 free online at-home workouts. (The best part, there’s no one to embarrass yourself in front of when you try hip hop!)
  14. Get outside. Even if you loathe going to the gym, odds are, a breath of fresh air sounds nice right about now. If you’re with the kiddos, strap them into a stroller, pack a few juice boxes and snacks, and take a walk. For some reason, it takes me all of this energy to muster my behind outside, but once we’re out and strolling, most likely singing to Taylor Swift at the top of our lungs (sorry, neighbors!), I feel so much better. And Scarlett LOVES it. She collects leaves and twigs along the way and tells me stories. Win, win.
  15. Spend a day complimenting yourself. Seriously. Every time you even think about putting yourself down, give yourself a compliment instead. And mean it. For instance, when you’re getting dressed in the morning and you feel the urge to think, “I look fat in these pants,” scrap the pants, put on your favorite dress, look straight in the mirror and think, “I look gorgeous.”
  16. Go for a drive. Pick a weekend day without any commitments, pack the family into the car and go for a drive. Sometimes, when we just want to aimlessly explore, we leave around our little one’s nap time. She passes out fairly quickly, and we get a pretty peaceful one-to-two hours to explore the scenery, make mental notes of places we want to try, and talk about future vacations, plans, dreams, goals. Treat yourself.
  17. Tour model homes. I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out. Grab your local paper or search online for model homes in your area. Hit up a few with a big cup of coffee in hand, and let yourself dream. Maybe it’s that we watch too much HGTV, but hubby and I LOVE dreaming about future homes and home renovation projects we could do in our current home. Even if you never have that gigantic kitchen island, it’s fun to play pretend now and then.
  18. Buy new sheets. As in, really, really soft sheets. Or a silk pillowcase. You’ll feel like a million bucks after just one night’s sleep.
  19. Take a trip down memory lane, with music. Pick a favorite album from high school or college and play all of the tracks from start to finish.
  20. Color or paint. All of those adult coloring books are popular for a reason. It really is SO relaxing to just sit and create. Pick up an intricate coloring book or print a few of these free adult coloring pages and using markers, colored pencils, or watercolors, have a little creative fun.

How do you treat yourself, even when you feel like the busiest person in the world? Send me your suggestions and favorite ways to unwind and reward yourself!

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We’re Headed to Maine on Vacation! (Summer 2017)

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And we’re off! Bright and early Tuesday morning, we’re headed to my parents’ house in Maine for our Summer 2017 vacation, and I am so looking forward to it. I’ve missed my family like crazy, and there’s something so relaxing about the coast. I crave the salty breeze, and I can’t say that I’m not just a little too excited about all of the lobster and baked goods.

Sadly, hubby has to work, and won’t be able to join us this trip. Throughout residency, he’s always encouraged Scarlett and I to see family and take trips, even when he can’t join. Right before trips, I always feel a pang of guilt, and of course we miss him every second, but I can’t pass up a chance to spend time with family – especially when Scarlett is so attached to my family as well.

We have so many fun things planned this vacation, and I’ll be sure to update you here on the blog, over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. If you’re craving the beach, stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I have way too many exciting things to share on the blog over the next few weeks, including our Summer bucket list, a dreamy Summer brunch, how to entertain in your own backyard, floral ice cubes, our favorite berry crisp, that salted chocolate watermelon you got a sneak peek of on my Instagram Stories last week, Summer fashion trends, a genius affordable design trick, a breezy and rustic California home tour, and so much more.

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Pop-Up Flower Flashes: New York City’s Flower Bandit

It’s no secret that I’m crazy for fresh flowers, so when I saw that New York City had it’s very own flower bandit, I was beyond intrigued. Lewis Miller has been dubbed New York City’s flower bandit. The flower designer, known for his over-the-top pop-up floral installations, has been flower bombing iconic New York monuments and ordinary street items, like trash bins, with gorgeous floral arrangements. His only mission: to bring joy to New Yorkers and tourists alike. And though I live hundreds of miles away, even just seeing pictures of exploding blooms out of trash bins has my heart all aflutter.

Miller calls them random acts, and in one photo on Valentine’s Day, explains: “Because Love is grand but it can also be rough, gritty and complicated just like our beloved City.”

More flowers, please.

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14th Street/Eighth Avenue

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Bowery and East Houston

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Whitney Museum of American Art (On Thanksgiving: “In these crazy times we’re living in, sometimes simply to marvel at something beautiful can help soothe a heart and lift a spirit. We made this 9 foot long cornucopia hoping to do just that. It lives nestled between the Whitney and the stairs to the Highline, but just for today.”)

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Village East Cinema

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Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park

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Bond Street And Bowery (Noho/Soho)

Doesn’t this make you want to put flowers everywhere? (Psst … have you tried making your own floral arrangement? It’s easier than you might think and adds major impact! One of our favorite local florists shows us how.)

You can follow Lewis Miller on Instagram @lewismillerdesign and read more about his pop-up flower flashes on Vogue.


Lexi

Celebrating 2 Years on this Residency Journey

I was asked to participate in the #JaredTimelessMoments campaign, sponsored by Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry. Although I have been compensated, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible!

If you don’t know by now, our little family and I, we love celebrating; even the small things. I think part of what makes our happy marriage tick, and a lesson I learned long ago from my own parents, is to enjoy the little stuff, to have goals and vacations and events; basically, things to look forward to. (I touched on this here.)

And although for some, a new job may not feel like the biggest thing – matching for hubby’s medical residency two years ago – that felt pretty monumental. (If you’re curious, this post explains medical residency, the match process, and the life of a doctor’s wife and here’s where we wound up.)

It was two years ago, just a few weeks back, that we matched for Mike’s residency at a big ceremony in Miami. We gathered with family and friends, and heard our fate read aloud from an envelope. In that moment, everything changed. We would be moving from Miami to Durham so that hubby could work at Duke. It was a huge dream for him, and a big move for me and Scarlett, who was just a baby at the time.

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We had two months to pack up our lives, find somewhere to live in a city we’d never been, and say farewell to our jobs, family and friends. Hubby was focused on his new career, and getting us there, so it was up to me to fret over where and how I would work, if I would take the North Carolina bar exam, if and where we might put Scarlett in school, if we’d need a nanny, the list goes on and on.

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But somehow, in less than two months, we had completely packed up Scarlett’s first home – a not-so-big apartment in the heart of Miami, and made the trek to a new home in North Carolina. Hubby always talks about how amazing it was that we managed such a big move so quickly, and we usually celebrate each year with a little celebration.  He lovingly jokes to anyone who will listen, “This is my wife; the rockstar.”

That guy. He’s awfully cute.

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Now onto the fun stuff. let’s talk jewelry gifts. You can color me obsessed because I am loving rocking this beautiful bracelet. Sometimes being unexpectedly spoiled can feel so unbelievably special. Hubby knew that jewelry gifts, particularly this tennis bracelet would be the most amazing way to commemorate the anniversary, and boy, was he right. I mean, just LOOK at it. I remember as a kid, thinking that tennis bracelets were the height of sophistication. My mom’s fancy friends had tennis bracelets. Getting to wear one from Jared – one that happens to be covered in diamonds – it felt pretty surreal.

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And if  gorgeous jewelry gifts aren’t one spectacular way to celebrate, I don’t know what is. Jewelry is one of my favorite ways to commemorate the timeless moments in life. Every piece of jewelry I own has a special meaning behind it. My engagement ring and wedding ring are obvious, but I also wear a small diamond ring my Dad gave my Mom when she had me, plus a few rings with special meaning as well (one for Scarlett, one for our wedding date, one for my blog … yeah, I’m a dork.)

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Jared has a huge selection of fine jewelry for any milestone or occasion, the perfect jewelry gifts. A tennis bracelet is topping my list. (Can’t you tell?)

How about you? Anything sparkly on your wish list? 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry. The opinions and text are all mine.


Lexi

Book Club: The Royal We

It’s that time again! Checking in with the latest book club, and you are going to love this book. I sort of stumbled across today’s book hunting on Amazon for something to read, and though the premise seemed a little bit silly (we’ll get to that in a minute!), the reviews were top notch. Let me just say: the reviews did not disappoint!

By the way, in case you’re curious, you can read all about why I started a book club right here. Stay tuned, read along, and join the conversation by tagging me (@glitterinclexi on InstagramFacebook and Twitter) and #GlitterBookClub in your posts.

So without further ado, book club is in session! On today’s agenda: The Royal We by by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

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The Royal We by by Heather Cocks and Jessica

It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to figure out that this rom com (romantic comedy) is loosely based on Great Britain’s beloved Prince William and Kate Middleton. Kind of like royal fanfiction, but better. It’s just that it’s done so well; you’ll literally be sucked into the web of romance, heartbreak, plus a little bit of British scandal. It’s hard not to root for “The Royal We”, as they struggle with a normal coming of age relationship in a not-so-normal setting.

From Amazon: American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess, but it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall-and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne. Nick is wonderful, but he comes with unimaginable baggage: a complicated family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a Brit. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex looks back on how much she’s had to give up for true love… and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.

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Come on, you know you want to join in on the #GlitterBookClub fun!

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So grab a cup of coffee or tea, curl up on on the couch, and dive into this adorable book. Then head back to this post, or find me on social media (on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter ), and let me know what’s on your mind. You can tell me what you think by tagging your picture and/or review with #GlitterBookClub on Instagram!

And you can catch up on last month’s book, right here. (The Hating Game was a huge hit!)

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