Life Lately: February Edition
We are midway through the week and I decided to change things up for today’s post. As much as I like blogging about fashion, I want to make this blog more than just another fashion blog. Outside of blogging, I have so many interests and things going on, I thought it would be nice to talk about these things! February is a short month, but it has been an interesting one to say the least! With all the cold and snowy weather we have had, the month seems like it will never end. There is never a dull moment however with four kids! My daughters are wrapping up their competitive ice skating season. My oldest did exceptionally well, as her team placed first at one of the events, and she received second and third place at two other events. My other daughter is doing great as well – she passed her third major skills test, and we are hoping she will be moved up to her sister’s team next year. And as a sign of just how fast they are growing up – my daughter just signed up for her first “away” summer camp without her family – oh no!
As for other family, I have mentioned before my dad has been battling esophageal cancer for almost three years. He was diagnosed with inoperable stage IV cancer in June of 2016. Treatments have included chemotherapy, immune therapy, and radiation therapy. He has done remarkably well considering everything, and to look at him you would never know what he is fighting. He was just hospitalized for radiation pneumonitis last week too. He is in good spirits, and he wants to go back on his immune therapy (Keytruda – I call it the “Jimmy Carter Drug”) as soon as possible as that is what is keeping him alive. Every day truly is a gift, and my dad certainly knows this and lives life to the fullest. He is truly an inspiration for everyone.
I told one of my patients about my dad, and this patient did the sweetest thing I have ever had a patient do. He gave to me to give to my dad a Navy Seal coin (my dad is a veteran) as motivation to “keep up the fight”. It brought me to tears to think how someone could do such a nice gesture for a complete stranger.
In Other News
My main floor living area is going through a huge renovation right now. It has been taking months to complete, but we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My kitchen is going from a French Country yellow, to a traditional bright white kitchen with shaker cabinets and quartz countertops. We added this Caitlin Wilson wallpaper to the laundry room and bathroom, and I just love the way it looks. I can’t wait to show you the big reveal when it finally happens!
For spring break, we are headed to Washington DC this year. My kids are about the age where they would start to appreciate the history and all the museums. It was challenging trying to find a hotel that sleeps six in one room. I did find this hotel at the Navy Yard. With a kitchen, room for 6 and a Metro stop nearby, lets hope this is an enjoyable stay! I’m hoping to be there when the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom as it would be a photographer’s dream!
Around the Web
Leopard is not going out of style anytime soon – I’ve been featuring leopard pieces on the blog throughout the winter. This leopard coat is one of my favorite pieces of the season! And for a slightly different take on traditional leopard, I love this pretty soft blue leopard coat.
What to do with a day off – Tomorrow is one of two days off I get for the month. It’s not even a full day as the kids have early release. I want to make the day productive and this NY Times article tells me exactly what I should do with the day! And speaking of being organized, this post gives lots of tips on how to organize a small master closet.
Opioid addiction affects anyone and everyone – I recently read this Marie Claire article and all of it’s shocking detail. I’ve known people in med school that this happened to, and it is scary to me how easy it is for this to happen. At least doctors have a fairly low rate of relapse with proper treatment. Now if everyone could have access to that kind of care. And this article puts a new perspective on how to think about addiction.
February reading – I just started reading Sophia of Silicon Valley, an inspirational take on what it is like for a woman to be successful in Silicon Valley. I have several friends I know who can personally relate to this, which is what inspired me to read it!
Latest Gal Meets Glam Arrivals – Spring is almost here, and I am dreaming of finally being able to wear lightweight dresses again! The February collection has arrived just in time too! I could see wearing this romantic floral print dress to a classy beach resort. This plaid puff sleeve dress would be perfect for a spring lunch with the ladies. And this elegant navy belted jumpsuit would be perfect for an evening affair.
On raising well-adjusted children – This is something I worry about all the time! I love this article by Mother-Ly about the 10 habits to shape a kind, happy and well adjusted child. We implement so many of these behaviors on a daily basis, but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder.
Just Be You. – One of my favorite home decor bloggers, Remington Avenue posted her little girls bathroom reveal with an adorable DIY “Just Be You” sign. My girls would love this!
Podcast to note – On my daily commute I love listening to podcasts to pass the time. This best-selling novel about the death camps of Auschwitz has been adapted into a riveting audio book. I just started listening to it, and I am intrigued by this miraculous story of love and perseverance.
Have a great week, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
xo | April
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