New York, New York

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In the name of my blog, have you noticed how “life” is the last one in the list?  I will be the first to admit that “law” and “mom” dominate my time, with “wife” a sad third, and “life” getting the scraps.  I’m not complaining – I love my work, I love my kids, and I love my husband.  However . . . every so often it is SO MUCH FUN to put “life” first.

This past weekend, my law school roommate got married.  She and I are from completely different worlds – she grew up in Long Island and Manhattan, while I was raised in a small Midwest farming town.  When we would visit each others’ homes, we always felt like we were in a totally different world.  It was so much fun to share our experiences.  Unfortunately, our paths diverged after graduation, and we haven’t seen each other much since.

When I got the invitation to her wedding, there were a million reasons why I couldn’t go.  Anyone with kids knows the end of May/beginning of June is a tsunami of end of school events.  That weekend, we already had a baseball tournament, two birthday parties, and my husband was going to be out of town.  But, for once, I put “life” first and said I would come.  I lined up a sitter, booked my ticket, and off I went.

This was the best decision I have made in a while.  I didn’t know how much I needed a weekend of self-care.  I walked the streets of New York at my own pace, and went where I pleased.  I had my hair blown out at Drybar, I shopped, I drank coffee.  I laid in a king sized bed overlooking Central Park and ate chocolate.  I attended the most fantastic wedding of my entire life.  I danced for hours, I drank a tiny bit too much, and I ate breakfast sitting on a bench in Central Park.

This weekend was a reminder that putting myself first every so often is okay – in fact, it is important.  I returned to my family feeling rejuvenated, and more like myself than I have felt in a long time.

I guess we are always learning, right?  I am hoping this lesson sticks!

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I’ve been “not so great” about posting lately.  This fantastic Jen Hatmaker post sums up EXACTLY what’s been going on around here.

I’m barely keeping it together, people.  The end-of-school celebrations are taking up mucho tiempo, plus we had ten yards of mulch delivered before Memorial Day.  Ten yards is a LOT of mulch.  We decided to spread it ourselves, but of course my hubs threw his back out on day one of mulching.  Good thing I do massive amounts of core exercises, because moving that much mulch was serious work.  Nonetheless, by day 10 of moving mulch, even my back was out of sorts.  I had some physical therapy to un-stick all my joints, and now I’m back, good as new.

So, here are my latest obsessions:

Women's T-Thong Silver

Saltwater Sandals, in silver.  These are SO comfortable and they work with everything.

Athleta Hypersonic Bikini.  How AMAZING is this?!?!?  I want one.

A capsule wardrobe – I have been purging, purging, purging and it is so wonderful to look into my closet and only see pieces that I love!  Investment pieces, basics that can work with everything, and accessories to make outfits interesting.  Love.

Elk Rapids, Michigan.  The kids and I went for a long weekend, and I am obsessed.  It is near enough to Traverse City, the Leelanau Peninsula, and Sleeping Bear Dunes to take part in all of these wonderful areas, but sleepy and quiet enough that we can kick back and relax.  I want to move there immediately.

My organic garden, courtesy of our local seed library!  Our library has a variety of seeds that you can “check out” and plant.  We have tomatoes, sweet peppers, several varieties of pumpkins, squash, watermelon and string beans going for this year.  The littles are SO excited to watch everything grow, and I love that we are supporting open-pollination.

Selecting a new sunscreen for the season.  Have you see EWG’s new sunscreen guide for 2015?  There are so many great choices this year!  We are a pretty fair bunch, and so we go through a ton of sunscreen each year.  My battle is always to figure out how to balance our budget with a safe sunscreen.  I think this year’s pick is Alba Botanica Very Mineral Kids, as it has an EWG score of 2 and we were able to find it locally for $8 a tube.  Score!

What about you?  What are your obsessions as we enter Summer 2015?  I want to hear what’s new!