it’s Sunday and I have a minute to blog

Hello, from Sunday afternoon nap time.  I’m going to be real honest… I’m exhausted.  Chance has been out of town all week, Sloane has been sick all week, and I’ve had a very busy work week.  Life is not always easy.  I also realize things could be much worse.

There’s a lot of fun stuff going on at Urban Grace Interiors, but unfortunately by the time I finish the work day it seems so uninteresting I can’t imagine that you’d want to see what we are doing… which I know is probably not true.  You love the design posts, but when you are living in the design world and it’s hectic and busy it feels as though I’d be boring you with details.  When I find time to actually sit down and blog, the moments I want to capture are the sweet ones spent with my girl.  So, please bear with me.  The struggle to find balance between work and mothering is… never-ending.  I know that I will never have balance, my daughter is at the forefront of my mind always and work is a necessity and that’s a challenging thing.  I know others can relate.  Just gotta take it one day at a time, and drink lots of coffee.

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Our friends got chickens, I believe I’ve told you this already.  Chance was elated because they are within walking distance of our home and we aren’t responsible for cleaning up any chicken poop.  We get the pleasure of visiting the girls and.. ahem, boys.  That’s right.  Two accidental roosters in their mix.  Anyway, I’ve been crowned fairy godmother and I am very proud.  (Just for the record, I still think we need a few chickens of our own.)  My friend asked me to do a little fairy godmothering this weekend while they were going to be out of town.  You know, check on the chickens.  Sloane and I bundled up ran over this morning to check on the birds.  She was in heaven, until she realized they weren’t too interested in her.

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My girl is much like her Momma.  She got distracted playing farmer and decided to try her hand at a little decorating.  Perhaps it was that she knew these cushions were covered in Scalamandre.  ;)

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She worked so hard aligning her cushions she collapsed when she completed her task.  I doubt we’ll be getting a call from Scalamandre’s marketing dept requesting rights to these photos, this is probably the first time their fabric has been paired with astroturf.

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There are not words to express my love for that girl.  We have spent so much quality time together this week, and while it’s a lot of work and exhausting work, it’s so very rewarding.

As we were leaving she spotted this contraption… and  I had to bribe her.  These friends who have the chickens are also the friends who introduced me to the hydroponic garden system.  Theirs is just a little bigger than mine!  ;)


Someone may ask… Sloaney’s jacket is Lands End from last year, her boots are OshKosh.  The moose hat is from Target.

While we are talking about clothes, let’s talk about Joules. Joules is based in London, but a client of ours in Boston is responsible for sales/marketing in the US… and that’s from memory, I could totally be wrong on exactly what she does for the company, but I do know one thing for sure… she is very generous.  After we posted that we were madly in love with their sweatshirts she emailed asking for our sizes.  Last week a big ole box of goodies arrived.  It was like Christmas.  Thank you, Marie!!!!!  This is a terrible iphone picture… but you get the idea.


Sloane really scored.  The goodies for her made my heart skip a beat.  This very Auburn-y tunic top/dress is about the cutest thing I have ever seen.  And you fellow Auburn people who are reading need to hurry and scoop this dress up- it’s on CLEARANCE now!  It runs small.  Sloane is a 2T and hers is a size “3″ and fits perfectly, so order up a size.  I attempted to photograph her in it yesterday, but she wasn’t exactly in the mood for pictures…

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Have you seen me this weekend?  If you have, you saw me in this… I put it on Friday night and here it is Sunday afternoon and I’m still wearing it.  Did I sleep in it last night?  Hmmm…. perhaps.  I usually wear an XS, and mine is a UK size 8, fits perfectly.
SWEATSHIRTSo now I can really vouch for Joules… their stuff is fantastic!  I just need those orange ugg slippers to complete my weekend uniform and I’m set until Spring.  But wait, it rains here a lot in the winter so I’d need a back up for the Uggs.  I believe that the other boots in my closet would be delighted to welcome these guys to the crowd…

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Speaking of boots in my closet.  You might have spotted my newest addition in the last post.  Ebay gives me panic attacks.  I almost cannot do it.  I only get on ebay once a year and it’s because of the stress level the bidding process causes, you see I suffer from high blood pressure.  My blood pressure under “normal” conditions is scary, but when I’m on ebay it’s like fear-of-a-stroke high.  I wanted some new Frye boots.  Who doesn’t want new Frye boots?  But the new ones I wanted were $450.  I can’t do that.  So I went to ebay and googled “vintage frye boots” and there they were.  The auction was ending in one hour.  I notified my husband that he would have to watch Sloane for one hour and that the nearest stroke center was at Bay Medical in Panama City, in event of an emergency.  I survived the bidding process and won.  Then proceeded to send Darby a picture and she wrote back, “Loretta?”.  Then she said, “Just kidding, Justin likes them!”  In other words, she thought they were Loretta Lynn boots, but her husband approved.  I like them.  And I love Loretta Lynn, so it’s a win-win for me.  Have you seen Coal Miner’s Daughter?  I just watched it for the first time this year and loved it.

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In other footwear news… a few folks asked about Sloane’s mary janes.  They are Clarks, I bought them at the Clarks store in Puerto Rico, but I’m sure they have them stateside, they just don’t sell them online.

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Am I boring you to tears?  I feel bad when I don’t answer questions… but then feel like I’m boring you when I do.  Her sweater in the last post I bought last summer when Darby and I went to Italy.  I bought it to go with her Valentines pants, but that was poor planning because those pants were 12-18 months and the sweater is 3T.  Anyway, the brand is Monsoon.

And… I did not make Sloane’s Halloween garden gnome costume, it came from Amazon.

It’s the thankful season so let me say… thank you to those of you who leave such kind comments and feedback, I  wish there were enough hours in the day to respond to you each individually!  Hope this post answers some of your questions.

Alright, now it’s Monday morning and unfortunately Sloane did not get the time change memo.  Let me leave you with this… I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house.  A first for me and I’m pretty excited!

Happy Monday!!


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Greetings from my Infirmary.  I started this post last night and am glad to report I am feeling better this morning.

[The doctor gave me a cortisone shot yesterday.  But on the first attempt the nurse hit a vein. So she had to do it again.  The last time I had a cortisone shot I was up all night.  Wired.  Felt like I drank 100 cups of coffee.  I'm hoping I can get a little rest and that won't be the case this time.  Cortisone shots make me feel so much better when I am sick.  Are they simply masking my ailments?  Or are they pumping me up to fight off whatever it is trying to get me!?  I don't know that I really care if they are just masking my ailments, because I just want to feel better... and they make me feel better.]

Someone inquired about my shoes in that suitcase picture from a few posts back.

I saw them at Tar-jay.  Once I laid my eyes on them and flipped the tag, they had me at $14.99.

They are cheap and cheaply made.  Which, unfortunately, typically go hand in hand.  But I can’t help it, I still like them.  They are so comfortable.

I’ve worn them three days.  And the bottoms…

Not sure who thought it was a good idea to make the sole of a shoe out of burlap, but I don’t weigh 500 pounds and I wasn’t doing any serious walking.  I’m wondering if I peel away the burlap if there is rubber beneath it?  Regardless… I still like the shoes.

Speaking of navy striped shoes… I bought another pair last week.  I zipped into TJ Maxx to look for a long black slip (do people not wear slips anymore? have spanx replaced slips? I couldn’t find a slip anywhere!) and I got distracted in the shoe department when I saw these:

Navy and ivory with a teeny tiny pinstripe of gold.  I couldn’t resist.  I also picked up a can of Scotch Guard.  As a child I always knew summer vacation was coming to an end when Mom got out the Scotch Guard and started spraying the back-to-school Keds.


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In our Mississippi journey we lunched with my friend Laura.

Laura lives in Jackson.  Laura has a friend named Jessi.

Jessi is a graphic designer in Brooklyn.

(Jessi, I feel the same about Laura. It’s so refreshing to have a friend like her.)


Jessi recently went to Palm Springs for a week and ONLY packed a week’s worth of undies.

Upon arrival she bought her clothes at thrift stores and then after she wore them, gave them away.

She spoke at TED Active in Palm Springs.  What did she talk about?  She talked about packing just a week’s worth of undies.

The dress she wore to deliver her TED talk was my favorite.

Jessi loves color and clothes.  I think she’s inspiring.