What I'm...

Reading on my Kindle:
Outlander book 4. I kind of put this away for a little while but am looking forward to picking it back up in Aruba.

Reading on the Internet:
Lots of blogs, as always. My favorites of late: hello giggles, Love Taza, The Life Styled, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


Listening to:
Nerdist podcast: favorite ep this week was the interview with Allison Janney (it actually aired a week or so ago but I'm behind)

WTF with Mark Maron's interview with President Obama. Nailed it, all around.


Shift dresses (at work, we call them bags), but I'm kind of obsessed with them! Perfect and comfy for summer.

The Comedians
Game of Thrones (so far behind from this season)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Wanting to watch:
Jurassic World
Inside Out - we are thinking of taking P for her first movie!
True Detective (starting this weekend)

Needing to finish watching:
Orange is the New Black, season 2
The Walking Dead, last season


A lot of salad and a lot of fruit. I'd love to drop a few lbs before Aruba but there's no way I cannot enjoy summer fruit this time of year. Grapes, cherries, berries...one is better than the next!

Iced coffee, iced tea and rosé

Working on:
A blog redesign! I've been thinking about it for quite some time now and I'm finally ready to bite the bullet. I feel a little daunted by the process because I'm doing it solo, but here's hoping we will be live within the next couple of weeks.

Looking forward to:
Our trip to Aruba over July 4th! I can't wait for our vacation. I'm feeling a little burnt out these days and I know this is just what I need.

Dreaming of:
Sitting on a float in a pool with a glass of rosé, a cheese board and other unhealthy snacks nearby.
Also coffee with evaporated milk stirred in during the early morning sunrise hours on the beach in Aruba.

Your turn! What are you...this week?

eats lately

Admittedly, my eating as of late has been a bit of a free for all. Between 3 weeks of sickness, a week in Las Vegas (plus long hours leading up to it), a long camping weekend, and just the thrill of summer has led me down a path of pretty delicious though not all together healthy eats. This week I'm trying to get myself back on track and since I haven't done a What I Ate in a while, I thought it would be fun to recap lots of fun eats I've been enjoying over the last month.

What have you been eating lately?

my new favorite bag

Is it me or is finding a great carry-on bag virtually impossible? I've gone through so many over the years and none have really ended in a resounding 'yes!'

In preparation for my trip to Las Vegas (and other upcoming summer travel), I was really stumped about this. I'd yet to find the perfect bag to house my many in-flight necessities that also did not feel like the straps (or my shoulders) would break.

My friend Carly told me about MZ Wallace and how they have the perfect everything totes. After doing some research, this bag fit all of my criteria:

Wipeable fabric
Shoulder straps
Zip top
Limited inner compartments
Able to fit a laptop

....and is Mom-friendly, without being diaper bag-ish.

It also seemed like the perfect size and so after digging around a bit, I settled on this floral print, a Nordstrom exclusive. Typically I'd go with a neutral (aka black) when spending this sort of money on a bag, but something about the floral just got me and when I couldn't get it out of my head, I knew it was the one.

In just under two weeks, I can safely say that I love this bag so much! It was awesome on the plane and perfect for carting my notebook, snacks, supplies and change of shoes to the trade show each day. Now that I'm home, it makes a perfectly chic carry all for my and Penelope's things on a day out. I know it will also be perfect for our upcoming Aruba trip and throughout the summer. This print will also carry through the fall and really, it will work year-round.

Thanks to Carly for the tip on this awesome bag...now I'm daydreaming of other MZ Wallace shapes, sizes and colors...

What are your favorite totes, bags or carry-ons?