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Twist of Fate

As I sit in my bedroom and gaze out my sliding glass door at this GORGEOUS sunset, it reminds me how fragile life really is, and how a moment in time can change the course of your life. Be it floods from weather (Here’s looking at you Texas, my adopted second home that I miss daily), a medical emergency at your daughter’s school, or death in the family, life is precious, fleeting, and you have to cherish every day, really every moment.

Earlier this year my daughter had a medical emergency at her school, which resulted in the administration choosing to NOT call 911 for nearly 2 hours. Through a lucky twist of fate, she is okay. Forever scarred by the experience, but also changed in ways I couldn’t have dreamed of as a mother. She’s become more focused, thoughtful and is growing into a young lady I am proud to call my mini-me (although she’s officially as tall as me!). But that tragic decision on the part of a single person changed the entire course of our lives! Of course other unspeakable things happened at this same school in the following months to my two younger sons that were awful in their own ways, but my daughters accident started it, and we are now a homeschooling/unschooling/independent study family. While I was initially terrified, technology and an INCREDIBLE support system has made the transition relatively painless. It also opens up the delights of Southern California for many hands on experiences that would not be available otherwise. 

That said, my focus may change a bit. I still shop, wear cute dresses (hey, now I can dress like a teacher!), and go to Disneyland far too much. But it’s become teachable moments in all these activities I enjoy. Disneyland turned into a keynote presentation on the origin of a ride, the difference between cars, and the mechanics of said ride. A shopping trip turns into a budgeting lesson (one I probably need to take myself!). And most of all, the kids picked up flying model airplanes this summer, which has opened up a world of avionics and the ultimate adventure of learning how to fly gliders and read wind patterns. Oh and today? They learned to drive a John Deere ride on mower, they leveled part of the field and thought it was just a big game! 

All this due to a twist of fate in February. Changed the course of their lives and has put them on a path to careers they dreamed about but didn’t quite know how to reach. 

I know I don’t often post about family and personal stuff, but the last year has brought many changes into our lives and I haven’t been blogging as much because of it. I still post regularly on Instagram, but I also forget about Facebook. Being a work-widow adds to my schedule, but it’s a job I am happy to fill, as I see the long term path we are on. 

And now for some fun:

No matter how hard things seem, hold fast and stay on that path. Those twists of fate, if you follow them and stick to it, even when it’s difficult, the changes will turn into blessings beyond your dreams.

Until next time,

Jules


Meet Arlowe

A week ago the weather was glorious and my mother decided to drag everyone outside to do a little yard work. (Sorely needed, our yard is OUT of control!!) While clearing my rosebeds the orange tabby cat who’s been hanging around our yard decided to “adopt” us. Like, he IS NEVER EVER LEAVING. 

Kids came up with the name “Arlowe”. My daughter has attached herself to him, and while his preference seems to be me (why?!), he will settle for her:

Seriously, these two lay on the floor with the front door open all the time (if you shut the door Arlowe freaks out). So, we now have a cat. I took him today to make sure he wasn’t microchipped (he wasn’t!), and to get him shots. To make him even more of a perfect cat? He loved riding in the car. WHAT?! 

On the way home he got the carrier open and was sitting in my center console watching the world fly by him. When I asked him to get back in his carrier, he looked at me, gave me a single meow, and crawled back in the carrier. Like seriously, has anyone ever had a cat like this? I am glad he prefers the outside, as my allergies are already bonkers wig him around, I don’t think I could deal with him inside 24/7. He’s the biggest love bug I’ve ever encountered, especially for a previously “feral” cat! I think someone dumped him….he’s so careful with his claws and everything, and he loves the kids. Sigh. And don’t worry, just because he’s an outside cat, I still picked up a quality cat food system! 

Some recent outfits:

  1. Cardigan/Dress/Belt: Kate Spade
  2. Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade Rachelle

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: handmade

  1. Top: Banana Republic
  2. Skirt: Kate Spade Madison Avenue
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade 
  4. Necklace: Kate Spade (in outlets currently)

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (in outlets now!)
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin (stressed by me in Alexandrite AB)
  3. Bag: Kate Spade (last year, not redone for outlets)

  1. Dress: Kate Spade Madison Avenue
  2. Belt: Target
  3. Shoes: Christian Louboutin 
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade

Everything: Kate Spade (the dress has made it to the outlet sale racks!)

We hit Disneyland again this last week….my youngest had a field trip, this was a sweet moment I captured of him pushing his sister around:

Then working on a puzzle with my dad (they always have a puzzle in the shop on Main Street!)

It was a fun day, even with the heat and crowds. We are very fortunate to have the ability to do all the things we do. Our recent situation with my daughter has reminded all of us that we only have one life, and we really should live it to the fullest we can! I am grateful for everything!

Until next time,

Jules


Mid Week Musings

One of my “goals” of 2017 is to be more connected in life, and not so much in my phone. It doesn’t always work out, but I suppose my lack of posts make it appear that way. I’m just still trying to get in the swing of our new family “normal”, and juggle all those plates I just can’t seem to put down! That said, I do still dress daily. Some recent outfits:

Dress, Belt, Cardigan: Kate Spade; Shoes: Louboutin

Dress(an older piece I recently found secondhand), Shoes & Necklace: Kate Spade; Cardigan: Banana Republic (old!) 

Everything: Kate Spade (because we all know I have a problem!)

I snuck out to Disneyland last week, it was rainy (AGAIN!), but not nearly as bad as the previous trip! The trolls enjoyed it:

When you spend the day with a big group, you designate a runner for fast passes….we never waited more than 30 minutes for a ride and the park was PACKED! In fact we rode the “big three” twice! (Indy, Space, Big Thunder)

Driving with my Mumsey: Put her me AND my daughter together and we look so much alike it’s eerie!


Yup, I like to make crazy eyes at Disneyland. 

Sunday we hit Universal Studios….I don’t care for the rides there, but their theming is just INCREDIBLE! Just be wary of tourists on the studio tour….I was whacked with cameras the whole time!

Off to prep for Valentine’s Day. So many Macarons so little time!

Until next time,

Jules


2017

2017 is here….and my posting has been non-existent! Our lives have been such a whirlwind with this two-household thing, I haven’t even sent our our Christmas cards that have been rebranded as New Years cards! OOPS!!

But some outfit recaps….starting with my attire for the Main Street Electrical Parade preview party last Thursday & a few photos from the night (what a blast we had!!)

It was so rainy on Friday morning…

Yes, PANTS! The weather has been brutal out here in SoCal, windy, rainy, but we need it so I won’t complain.

Some other outfits:

You can see my recent acquisition in many of the photos above:

If you are on the fence about this bag? Buy it. It’s so adorable, I just love it!! I’m scaling back this year on purchases (my closet is out of room!!) but I highly recommend this one if you’re a diehard Kate Spade fan. 

Happy new year!

Jules 


17 Hours at Disneyland

That’s right y’all. 17 hours at Disneyland…on a VERY crowded day at that! 

But it was so fun! Especially after two days there the week before. Some recent outfits & fun photos:

Wait, who are these two? Rocky has a partner in crime, Roxy!! They like to adventure:

Space Mountain at 9:30pm? YES PLEASE!!

Stealin a cell phone to call an uber to go back to Disneyland? They did that too…

And poor Roxy riding the Jingle Cruise sans Rocky because this troll mama left him in the hotel….I didn’t want to lose them trying to carry both by myself that day…

I know y’all. I’m ridiculous. I made lots of pie and food this week too:

And it’s officially my FAVORITE time of the year…when the screeners come in:

And I can catch up on all the movies I never had time to go see. Instead of shopping (which I have done well with not shopping all weekend!)

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Jules


Monday, oh Monday

Oh Monday, we meet again.  Sometimes you kick my butt.  Today was one of those days, albeit self inflicted!  Something about using the excuse of driving teenagers to an event in Irvine to justify a quick trip to Disneyland yesterday, which was late enough in the afternoon to hit traffic (people coming home from Vegas), and result in returning home late (after my Sunday 9pm bedtime).  But it was fun and worth it, especially for Rocky to experience more Disney fun! (My friends were still there, and we spend the 4 hours I had in California Adventure, with some amazing “anytime” fast passes, SCORE!)

  1. Dress: Kate Spade Chambray (it was a little heavy for the weather though, it was warmer than forecasted)
  2. Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed in Alexandrite AB
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade
  4. Troll: Rocky

And today, work beckoned….sadly! 

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (older style, yes I own it in white AND green too….hey it has pockets!)
  2. Belt: Kate Spade
  3. Handbag: Kate Spade (new September 2016 collection, online and in stores right now…and there is a splurge & save through the end of the month!)
  4. Shoes: Kate Spade (match the bag)

I really REALLY love these heels:

My husband doesn’t care much for the stacked/chunky heel (I get it!), but they are so comfortable that I will sacrifice style for the fact that I was on my feet today for 8+ hours.  Some days, you just need to be comfortable!

Until next time,

Jules


Meet Rocky

No, Rocky is not a purse….he is a rock troll I rescued from a dark bin yesterday:

Yes. I became that crazy adult who carried a stuffed animal around Disneyland. With a Fox Purse. 



I know. I have ISSUES. But man it was fun! I even went to a “character breakfast” (wait, WHAT?!):


It was fun. I ate too much:

(And I even had more than that. OOPS!)

My dress is Kate Spade, one that I finally tracked down! I love it. My fox purse is also Kate Spade, available at your local outlet and maybe still online? (If the surprise sale is still up?)

Wednesday I wore this:

  1. Dress: Kate Spade
  2. Belt: JCrew
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade (bought them last weekend, they are SO comfortable!)

And today I pulled out my favorite white linen dress….it was easy as I was exhausted this morning!

  1. Dress: Kate Spade (old, one of the first clothing releases)
  2. Belt: JCrew
  3. Shoes: Kate Spade
  4. Handbag: Kate Spade 

I LOVE this bag. It’s so pretty and the cross body + regular straps makes it very versatile. It’s like a Quinn & Small Rachelle bag rolled into one! Hits stores next week (I think?), and should be online soon!

Oh and I made more cake today, carrot walnut:

Yes, that is Gilmore Girls on my iPad….how did I NEVER watch that show before?! Thank you Netflix!!

One last photo of Rocky: (okay two)


I know. I will be that batty grandmother one day with crazy purses and stuffed animals everywhere! Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Jules