Life according to Instagram lately...
It's always fun to look back on the last 30 days and review life as we know it. Fall is such a busy time of year. It usually leaves me breathless but in the best way. It's been so long since I've done one of these that I felt today appropriate. I've had a bit of a black cloud over my head as of late but TODAY the sun is shining and it's Friday!
So far my family, friends and I have:
- enjoyed dinner alfresco well into October. The weather has been nothing short of amazing.
- attended a staycation with one of my girls. The perfect Mom's Night Out!
- tested and reviewed some spectacular new-to-me beauty products.
- picked apples with dear friends. We ate the entire day!
- mixed and matched high/low pieces to transition through a new season.
- indulged in comfort food on the not-so-great days.
- found motivation through some pretty rad quotes.
- discovered new female led brands launching locally.
- observed my kiddos with joy...utter joy. They grow up so fast.
What have you been up to?
Happy Friday my loves! Follow along on Instagram for more snippets of my daily life. xo
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