One of the biggest perks of summer break is more time to spend with my nose in a book! I am a voracious reader, and, while there is no rhyme or reason as to what I like to read, historical fiction, specifically World War II, and suspense seem to dominate my Kindle. Lately, however, my emotions have been slightly out of whack. Family illness and death, overwhelming home repairs, and bittersweet feelings about my last baby finishing preschool have had me weepy and desperately in need of a little soul nourishment. Prayer is so powerful at keeping priorities straight and emotions in check, but sometimes I just need a little guidance as to what I should really be praying for! I’m excited to share with you some reads in my current rotation. These three books have been invaluable at helping keep my joy intact during this season filled with so many stressors!
Although they are a staple in any woman’s wardrobe, black pants are definitely not all created equally. This Enza Costa pleated “Easy Pant,” however, has earned the title of current favorite! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a pair of go-to black pants. Thinking back on how my favorite styles have evolved, I get a little tickled (and maybe a tad embarrassed) as I recall the trends! The first pair of LBPs I remember having a relationship with was a wide-leg pair from Banana Republic my senior year of high school. My sister gave them to me for Christmas, and I thought they were just so chic. With the faintest hint of a pinstripe on the draped silk (or more likely, rayon) fabric, those pants made me feel like I was going places!
Just before Thanksgiving, my sister traveled to NYC for a few days on a work trip, and I decided to join her for a little girl time. Our sister trips to the Big Apple usually consist of staying Uptown and schlepping all over to our favorite spots. What we’ve realized, though, is that many of our fave haunts are in Lower Manhattan, far away from much of the hustle and bustle, so we switched it up this time. At the risk of sounding like SNL’s Stefan, I’ve put together a guide of our go-to places to eat, stay, shop, and play in lower Manhattan. I have no clue about “New York’s hottest nightclub,” but I’m well-versed in shopping and eating!
Spring in Texas can be confusing…85 degrees the day before school let out for spring break and down in the 40s once the kids were out! So aggravating! But the one thing we can always count on is rain. I have a severe aversion to the air conditioning settings most places utilize on a good day, but when I’m wet from rain and have to be indoors, I can get chilled to the bone. I’ve learned to just cover up. No matter what season we’re in or what the thermometer reads, I need my arms, legs, and toes covered when it rains! This is the perfect outfit for a day like today!
Growing up in the fourth largest city in the U.S. can be a great problem to have for a kid. We have a world class zoo, every museum imaginable, six professional sports teams, and a playground on practically every corner. Camps and after school activities abound as well, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming to find just the right thing at the right time and on the right side of town for our littles. Thankfully, the brains behind iQurious Kids Houston have made it easy for us! iCurious Kids is a comprehensive search tool, allowing users to browse through thousands of after school programs and camps. You can narrow your search by age, location, and category, and once you select an activity, you can also see a list of similar programs for comparison. Listed activities run the gamut from the usual sports and dance options to animal care lessons, Lego classes, and programs specifically geared toward children with special needs. iQurious Kids is truly a one-stop shop for finding kids classes, programs, and camps for all kids with all interests! What busy mom doesn’t need this in her life?!