The sun is out, the temperature is reflecting summer (I have mixed feelings about this heat), and I have my mind on some summer items that help me get into the state of mind.

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A few recent things I’ve bought from Amazon – I just ordered this mini cocktail side table and have high hopes. I also bought this little tray for our powder room sink area. I am SO excited to get these net ballet flats in, really hoping they’re as chic in person as they look online. I have two of these rechargeable mini lamps, and I agree with my hostess expert friend Theresa, everyone needs a few.

In 2020 I asked for different outdoor games for my birthday (in July). We got bocce ball and croquet, which are so fun to play with the kids. Even Hudson has gotten the hang of bocce, and he’s not half bad! I think this ladder ball looks pretty fun too.

I recently got these sunglasses and I can’t say enough good things about the brand. I have pairs that are several years old and they feel brand new. Timeless and FUN styles!

I also have these earrings, and I live in them. They’re both simple and cool, also going with nearly everything.

Thank you so much for checking in and reading! xo –

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I have been talking nonstop on Instagram Stories about how much I love Old Navy right now, that it made sense to round up some of my favorite picks.

It’s really two silhouettes I can’t get enough of, but let’s break it down. To shop, click directly on the item or look underneath the collage –

Top Row, L to R: red | pink | black | orange
Bottom Row, L to R: blue | black | white | green

This isn’t the first time that I’ve shared that I now own this dress in 4 colors and this one in 3 colors. I can’t get over how classic, versatile and low-priced they are. And I always say that solids and stripes can stand the test of time.

I believe all of these dresses are under $50. Some are on sale for as low as $15!

How cute is this crochet dress?

And this linen-blend midi dress looks so perfect for every day. I also love this one in orange for a pop of color – both are on sale right now.

Have any of you bought anything from Old Navy recently? I have been joking that this is going to be the summer brought to you by Old Navy, but I’m impressed!

Thanks so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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I have been seeing so many cute things at great prices lately (hello Old Navy – talking to you), so I wanted to round up a list of summer picks under $150.

Granted, a lot of these items are even under $50 (!!), but let’s get into it. Click on the item or find its associated number below the collage –

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I have this dress in multiple colors and I am seriously into them. Worth it. See it in video here.

I have at least four sarongs from this brand, and I just love them. I wear them both to the pool/beach + as skirts during regular days with a tank. They are fabulous! You can see one I recently styled here.

I also bought this dress in three colorways. It’s easy, breezy, has pockets, and is on sale. What else does one need? See it in action here.

I have had my eye on this top and if I didn’t have a growing bump, I would buy it. I love the tie-front element!

I have this striped vest and pant, so cute. You can see it in motion here. I love the red version of the vest too!

Thank you so much for checking in and reading! Talk soon – xo –

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gender reveal video

Some of you may have seen a little video I shared on Saturday with some exciting news… we are expecting our third child in September!

The response was so tender and sweet. I am beyond touched by so many beautiful things you guys have shared with me. Christian and I are both one of three children (he is the middle and I am the youngest), and I think we always left a little space for one more child.

The boys will be 2.5 and 4 (almost 5!) when their sibling is born… so I’m biting off more than I can chew, but my sincere hope is that we will have a few foggy years of full hands and then their closeness in age will pay off as they get older.

My brother, sister and I are two years apart, making for some really fun childhood memories and tight adult relationships. We tend to go through life stages around the same time and that has built camaraderie that feels unique and special. I’m grateful my parents did that for us, even though I’m sure they were exhausted when we were little!

We are so thankful the Lord has trusted us with another Barnes baby, and after around many months of serious fatigue and nausea, I’m really starting to feel a lot better! I’m now almost halfway there, and while I may not be feeling as great as I did with Hudson, I do feel better than I did with Theo. So I’ll take it!

Thank you so much for experiencing all of these precious life milestones alongside us. I can’t express in words how supported and loved I have felt through many of my life’s peaks and valleys. As well as realizing that so many of you have been experiencing similar things as well. It’s the most interesting and cool feeling, and I am endlessly grateful.

Here we go again – we are excited! More to come –

And PS – it’s a girl. 😉 XOXO –

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pink rose garden

– our rose bushes in full bloom –

caged garden

– the herb garden growing (these are future radishes!) –

18k gold nameplate bracelet

– personalized 18k gold vermeil kendra scott jewelry –

wallpapered dining room

– loving the new grasscloth dining room wallpaper –

butter lettuce

– time to indulge in some lettuce –

1 | The first spring/summer in a new house is always so fascinating. We are spending a full year observing the exterior landscape of this house, watching what blooms and deciding what we want to do in the years following. It’s so exciting seeing what all we have in this new yard!

2 | I recently got a few pieces from Kendra Scott’s fine jewelry collection and I am so impressed. I really love this necklace and this bracelet. So beautiful, I haven’t taken them off since I got them.

3 | I started watching Under the Bridge on Hulu and this show is crazy. Based on both a book and a true story. Worth a watch.

4 | It’s the month of wallpaper! We got our dining room wallpapered last week and today we are having the powder room wallpapered in this Pepper Home paper. That should be the extent of the wallpaper, so I’m excited to start enjoying it!

5 | I’m heading out of town on a work trip this weekend. Last year I went on a work trip in June, and it was so refreshing and rejuvenating for me. It made me realize how beneficial going on a solo trip once a year can be, and Christian totally supported it. I will be back mid-week, but I’m going somewhere I’ve never been. Looking forward to sharing more details!

Thank you so much for checking in and reading. I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend! xo –

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I have stumbled upon so many cute Amazon finds lately that I wanted to round up some of my favorites. Some of these items have been in my cart for weeks!

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I did buy this scalloped two-piece set. I love it together and as separates, and I wouldn’t mind getting it in another color.

I’ve had my eye on this bag for months. I do not need it, but it’s beautiful and looks so much more expensive than the price tag!

I also have these 14k coated gold-plated hoop earrings and this t-shirt dress in multiple sizes/colors and wear them all the time. Absolute staples for me.

I bought this set and can’t wait for it to come in. I have the shorts version also and it’s great!

I am addicted to this self-tanner. I apply it to my entire body (including my face), and then rinse with water after two hours.

If you’ve had any Amazon wins lately, I’d love to hear about them! Thank you so much for reading – XO –

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This week’s wish list is a mix of things I have and things I’m loving. A random blend, but sometimes those are my favorite kind.

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best self tanner

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I am a HUGE fan of Loving Tan. I have been using their 2-Hour Express for a few years now, and I’ve heard amazing things about the Platinum Express. I can’t wait to try it.

I keep a pair of gold Birkenstocks by the door as my “garden shoes,” as well as grab the mail, quickly go outside, etc. I never wear them out into the world but let me tell you, I wear those things all the time. They are so comfortable and I love this more stylish version.

These Mary Jane’s were ordered a little while ago on Amazon and can’t wait to see how they look in person. I will update you when they arrive!

This kettle was a gift for Christian for his birthday and we’ve both been loving it. I use it much more than I thought I would.  I also ordered this rope door stopper for our side door and it’s been great. Originally I wanted this one but then thought… I bet I can find this for less. And I did!

I recently got this gray pullover and matching shorts. I can’t wait to wear them when the weather warms up more. That AirEssentials line is just so crazy soft. The best.

I bought this set in green and highly recommend it. I haven’t bought a second color yet, but I should.

Thank you so much for checking in and reading! Talk soon – xo –

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I have seen so many cute spring pieces lately, so I wanted to round up some spring staple picks. The kind you can wear in many different ways and still look timeless and classic.

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striped cardigan

I can’t get enough of stripes. In a tee, a cardigan, a collared shirt… never goes out of style.

I have some linen shorts like this and I get so much wear out of them. Highly recommend. Also love these!

These look so much like the designer version, really pretty.

I just got these rollers and have used them once. They are nice and wide which helps them to stay put better – so far, so good!

Wearing these small gold hoops as I type this. I love that they are a little misshapen and textured.

I have a few chambray shirts but none are oversized. I love this one. So great with some ecru denim.

Thank you so much for checking in and reading! xo –

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annie selke sisal rug

– getting our second Annie Selke rug for the main living space that really ties it all together –

dough bowl

– finding this beautiful dough bowl at Scott’s Antique Market for our kitchen island –

tahari three drawer bedside table

– loving these new bedside tables in the guest bedroom (more expensive version here), similar version here

black H sandals

– shocked at how good these designer dupe sandals are (and I also own the real thing!) –

birthday crown

– my baby Theo turning 2 today (felt crown) –

1)  I cannot believe my little blue-eyed baby is turning two today. My most difficult pregnancy. My dreamiest baby. My most difficult toddler. My biggest snuggle affection lover. He is sugar and spice in all the ways. Christian says he will be a CIA interrogator because he breaks people, and yet he still falls asleep on our chests like a precious angel. God has taught me so much through this firecracker son of ours.

2)  Our guest bedroom is ready to go for our second round of guests, and it makes me so happy to share this new home with people! We hosted our small group this week as well, and it was so fun to feel ready to share this space with more of our friends.

3)  We placed the order for dining room wallpaper this week. EXCITING! I’ll share the before and after when it’s up.

4)  We officially booked a long weekend at Dollywood, and I honestly can’t wait. You guys gave me so much great feedback about Dollywood for kids under 5. I think it’s going to be such a fun family trip and the boys will love it.  Thank you for all of your encouragement on social media!

5)  I am excited to think about what I want to plant in our new house. I finally think some of the super cold nights are starting to level out, so I need to be thoughtful about what space we have (other than a necessary herb garden of course) to expand some of my favorite pretty things. I love spending time outside in the spring. I’m really looking forward to it!

Thank you so much for checking in and reading! I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend – xo –

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Shopbop is having their annual Spring Sale Event, and I wanted to share some of my favorite brand picks that are included in the sale! It ends tomorrow, so snag your picks while you can –

Shop the pieces by clicking directly on the image or below. Thank you so much for reading! xo –

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We are seeing glimpses of beautiful weather in Georgia and I can feel that spring is around the corner. I am excited to ditch the vests and sweaters and embrace dresses, linen, and tanks.

I put together a roundup of some of the pieces I’ve got my eye on for spring. I’ve already ordered this set, fingers crossed it’s as cute in person as it looks!

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I got these drawstring pants a week or so ago and have already worn them. So comfortable and love that they also come in ecru.

I love this jumpsuit. It’s on sale for $30 right now and it’s taking everything in me not to order it. I don’t need another jumpsuit but man, it is so cute.

This pink cardigan is so sweet. In my opinion, light pink goes with everything and can really act as a neutral.

This hot pink tweed blazer is a recent addition to my closet, and while I haven’t had the chance to wear it yet, I can’t wait. I know it will carry into spring beautifully.

I do not need another vest, but this one? Gorgeous. I love the length!

This bag is such a great bag, and I have it in a different colorway. It also would make a great gift!

lily and bean tote bag

Thank you so much for reading! Aiming to get a Friday’s Five up this week as well. xo –

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valentines flowers

– beautiful flowers from my boys on Valentine’s Day –

black mary janes

– the prettiest mary janes

white counter stool

– getting new counter stools 20% off with the code SAVE –

faux coral

– adding some antiques from my parents into our new home –

framed scarf print

– getting the scarf frame up –

It’s been a minute since we have had a Friday’s Five and this felt like a great time to start back. I took the majority of January off because I knew the move was going to be demanding of my time and wow, thank God I did. I got super sick and it made everything a bit more challenging than I expected.

But now that it’s February, I’ve been able to return to working and getting back in the swing of my normal routine, which has been so wonderful. While I’m still battling some symptoms (the month-long cold that won’t seem to go away), I still feel much more like myself than I have in quite a while.

  1. Feud: Capote vs. The Swans. I can’t get enough of this show. I loved the first season of Feud: Bette and Joan. Ryan Murphy is so brilliant and just like Bette and Joan, I find myself googling and reading all of these articles about these New York socialite women, Truman Capote, and the scandals that made this story so fascinating. Highly recommend!
  2. Presidents Day Sales. I am anticipating some good sales on Monday, and I’ll be using the day to both entertain my kids while seeing if a few home items we need/want are marked down.
  3. I got this ivory belted jacket, and I can’t express how beautiful it is on. It is seriously so chic. I’ve only gotten to wear it once so far this winter, but I’m looking forward to wearing it again because it’s so gorgeous. It’s an investment, but it’s on sale right now!
  4. I saw this quinoa salad come across my Instagram, and I realized I had most of the ingredients. I want to make it this weekend!
  5. I stumbled across a movie on Amazon Prime starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus called You Hurt My Feelings. We watched it and were laughing several times throughout. The character Michaela Watkins plays (the sister) is hilarious. Definitely worth a watch!

We are planning on a long weekend of family time, popcorn movie nights, and getting a wallpaper quote (yay!). And of course, shopping those President’s Day sales, hunny. Thank you so much for checking in and I hope everyone has a great weekend! xo –

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