foyer styling

– flowers from our snowball bushes all around the house –

athens georgia home

– seriously, in every room –

planting herbs

– checking on my herb garden everyday –

glass picture frame

– purchasing this chic and simple photo frame

lemon pasta

– a one pot pasta that was pretty good and limited dish washing (*important in these times, you feel me*) –

We meet again on another Friday.  This week the quarantine started to feel “normal,” which I think always happens when any pattern continues long enough.  I am setting up zoom sessions with friends left and right and finally realizing that I better buckle in.

I’m sure so many of you also did not think this would go on as long as it’s looking like it will.  So I am emerging from the joggers-every-day mentality and am back on the routine/focus on your health mindset.  Honestly, when else will you have no community obligations?  No travel plans or busy schedules?  No frivolous or unnecessary errands?  If you have multiple kids and are homeschooling – that is major and you’re doing amazing.  Because you’re doing your best and putting your kids before yourself.  And that’s all you can do!

For the rest of us, there are really no excuses.  No reasons why you can’t go on a walk in the neighborhood every day or do that 20 minute YouTube workout daily.  There’s no reason I shouldn’t emerge from my house in a month (if we’re lucky!) feeling more like my pre-baby self.  I feel so close but not quite there, so I’ve made it a priority again.

Do I regret taking a week or two to lounge, watch an Ozark marathon and put on a face mask every night?  Nope.  Because it was glorious.  But I don’t want to come out of this quarantine with a slew of bad habits I need to break (like wine every day – I love it, but do I need it?), so I’m trying to get back to my healthy(er) self.

A few big sales happening if you are interested…

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Adidas | 40% off footwear with code ADIFAVS

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Anthropologie | 40% off fresh air favorites, 30% off all tops and jewelry

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Banana Republic | 50% off everything until 4/13

Crate & Barrel | 20% off wine and dine, up to 30% off dining and bedroom furniture, up to 20% off upholstery favorites

Express | 40-60% off everything

Forever21 | 25% off $75+ with code NEWDAY

Free People | sale pieces up to 50% off

Horchow | 30% off site wide

J.Crew | 50% off wear-now styles with code REFRESH

Levi’s | 40% off side wide with code SILVER40

Nordstrom | 40% off dresses, jumpsuit and sandals

Old Navy | 30% off your purchase

Pottery Barn | up to 40% off everything

Ray Ban | up to 30% off all eyewear

Saks | friends and family sale up to 30% off

Shopbop | 15% off your purchase with code SCORE15

West Elm | 20% off furniture with code UPGRADE, 40% off rugs and 25% off everything else

What are your plans for the weekend?  I’d love to hear where your headspace is.  Thank you so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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  1. If you had asked me on Monday where my head space was, I would have continued crying and said NOT GOOD. But on Wednesday morning, i woke up – rode a bike around the bayou here at my boyfriend’s house, took a shower and came ready to sit at the table and work from 8 to 5 with a better mindset.

    You are exactly right – we have no excuse during this time to not be active and outside (when the weather is nice) and try to change our mindset when we can’t change the world around us.

    I have also downloaded the Marco Polo app which has been amazing at checking in with friends without having to be connected right then. The video messages never go away so you can go back and watch yourself when you are so funny (guilty) or watch the friends who are responding. I’ve only been on it a week, but I highly recommend it!

    Happy Easter, Kittykat!

  2. Whoa. I find this “no excuses” attitude very dangerous and not in the spirit of self care. I get it too, and relate to it, but I also think it triggers for me feelings if eating disorder, unhealthy attempts to control the uncontrollable, and worse, to be mean to oneself. I love your blog but I don’t like this.

    1. I apologize that you interpreted it that way, as it’s now how it was intended. I’ve never struggled with my health, so for me it simply means trying to make healthy choices every day including moving my body, rather than eating oatmeal cookies and watching Bravo! marathons (which I have also done). Hope you can understand that perspective also –

  3. Like you, I gave myself some grace to ease up on a rigid schedule and enjoyed marathon sports watching, mindless TV, reading a ton of magazines, blogs, etc. I’m type A so I thrive being on a schedule. My husband is “essential” so he goes to work every other week (they have a blue/gold team for social distancing), and I’m not going to lie, I was in a much better place when he went back after a week off. I exercised daily, did some work, walked the dog more often, and did some bigger house projects. I actually feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel so I’m praying this will end before summer.

  4. The wine every night is the toughest one for me to break! However, working on working out daily! Thanks for keeping up the blog posts!

  5. Thank you Kathleen. You are not only stunning and amazing, but you are wise and fun and inspiring and forgiving. Love this post. Thank you so much. I think maybe sometimes you may not know who you’ve touched in a positive way, so thank you for that.

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