A few photos so far

GDI - Cava

Tomorrow we'll head back to Columbia. It's always so nice to get home & realize how much you love your own home (& we've missed Bud SO much!) - but I can honestly say we've had one of our funnest trips ever. We've had delicious coffee, went to an outdoor festival (hot & exhausting) & played in the sprinkler.

I've got a million pictures to share, but for this quick post I'll just do a few.

Hope you're having a great long weekend & see you soon with more photos!

(yep, we got Cava Grill covered)

GDI - Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts - melt in your mouth & you get to watch them putting on your toppings.

GDI - Truett Viva Vienna GDI - June little jeep

We went to a very hot, very sunny festival called Viva Vienna. Truett and I rode the ride above and it was his first time on a fast ride. He loved it! Not nervous at all. xoxo

Friday tidbits

GDI - DC wsj

What are you up to this weekend? We're headed to DC in a few minutes (!) to see Georgia & her family. Summer will also be up there, so it should be a super fun sistersssss weekend :)

Happy Memorial Day & hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you do. I'll be back Monday with some travel photos.

Let's do some links.

Wake up with a sunrise simulation. I think this would be so much better than a beeping noise.

Tiny homes, coveted neighborhoods, in New York.

A 70 year old mug from Auschwitz held a secret.

Technically, the glass is always full.

I love this beautiful, beachy feeling house redo in Massachusetts.

I thought this was a good read on how clean eating & wellness can actually be damaging. 

My child is falling behind...and I couldn't be happier. I loved this essay. 

Thing to make not buy. I'm going to try each of these recipes this summer. 

Bottom line? Learn to entertain forchrissakes. It's easy, it's fun, we NEED YOU.

And I'll just leave you with this impossibly cute video of baby foxes.

PS - I also thought this was a good guide for DC.

(image via wsj)

Trip to DC

GDI - Dolcezza coffee

On Friday I'm packing up the kids & the dogs and heading to Georgia's house in Northern Virginia (DC area). 

We'll mostly hang-out, laugh, argue, & drink wine after the kiddos go to bed. I'll be forced to cuddle & smooch Aurelia about five millions times. Her new favorite thing to say to me over FaceTime? "Auntie Hooope, can I come to your house and eat all your caaaady (candy)?" 

I actually hope to avoid the pressing crowds of Memorial Day tourists, but I'd love to take the kids to some cool places, & of course, to eat my face off, DC-style.

These are my tops picks:

A strong cup of Dolcezza coffee to start the day.

GDI - Cava Grille

Cava Grill. I've mentioned before. It's like the Chipotle of Greek food, & I plan to eat my weight in hummus & other yummy foods.

GDI - DC flowers market

The Outdoor Eastern Market for big bunches of flowers, or other local goodies.

GDI - Lady Camellia tea

Afternoon tea at Lady Camellia. I am obsessed with this ritual & wish I could have it every afternoon.

GDI - Georgetown houses

A walk around Georgetown & Old Town. 

GDI - loulou earrings

Hit up LouLou's (right around the corner from Georgia's house) for pretty & delicate jewelry.

GDI - Mosaic District fountain

And, while we're there, let the kids splash in the fountains.

PS - our last trip to DC.

(images from: blog.freepeople, lady camellia, food network, ytravelblog, loulouboutiques dolcezzagelato, & kusser)

Breakfast smoothie recipe + cookbook

GDI - breakfast

In a fit of visual-endorphin-release (I'm looking at you illustrated Harry Potter), I bought Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook, It's All Easy. I get a little kick of the title, because I like to think it's a middle finger to all of her haters. But maybe that's just me.

Some of it is a little inaccessible - there are quite a few ingredients I wouldn't find in Trader Joe's, much less an out-of-the-way grocery, but generally I think you can get by with substitutions, or a stock-up at Whole Foods that will last you a long while. (I did have to laugh when she mentions a certain fruit, "by the acai in your groceries frozen section," oh right, by the acai).

GDI - GP breakfast

The overall vibe of the cookbook though is inspiring, tasty, moderately healthy food. In other words, indulgence can be a necessary ingredient.

I particularly love the smoothies & energizing drinks she references, like, pitaya bowls (next to the acai), coconut cafe au lait & the ginger, sesame & almond drink.

GDI - GP picnic

Part of the reason I was so excited for this cookbook is because I'm making an effort to eat far more plant-based fibers. And making a giant smoothie for breakfast helps get me down the right track. You'll want to toy with your own flavors, I'm sure, but here's the gist of what I throw in the blender to make a stick-to-your-ribs, super nutritious and, honest I promise, tasty drink.

Hope's hippie breakfast smoothie guaranteed to make you feel superior

Frozen banana - I peel & chop bananas & pop them in the freezer once they're ripe

Frozen berries

Full fat yogurt (homemade is best, but I use store bought too)

A tablespoon of sauerkraut juice (sounds awful, but if you only use a bit, you won't notice)

A tablespoon of maple syrup

Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed

Two tablespoons of rolled oats

A tablespoon of peanut butter

A tablespoon of cocoa powder

At least one tablespoon of coconut oil

If you don't like your drinks chewy, use seedless fruits like mango, peaches, apples (cored) etc

Blend in a blender, vitamix, or food processor. Thin with your favorite type of milk (I'd recommend almond, but I use cow's when I'm out of almond milk (here's an easy recipe))

Bottoms up!

Friday tidbits

GDI - Harry Hagrid

What are you up to this weekend? I kept thinking - with field day & a recital - that Wednesday was Friday, so I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that today is the start of the weekend.

We'll watch a movie tonight - last week was Brave and I looooved it - and then this weekend I'm hoping to pore over a new recipe book & continue prepping for camp :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you do, and see you back here next week.

Let's do some links.

Yesterday Truett had a good day at school, so we went to Target to look at books. When we got to the book section, Truett almost immediately pulled the first illustrated Harry Potter book for us to look at. I DIE.

This morning I've been reading about the illustrator - Jim Kay - and going over his absolutely stunning drawings. While I was reading his interview from NPR, I stumbled across this quote that resonated with me, 

"If everybody thought of people as illustrators do, I think you'd appreciate the variety of shapes and sizes. You know, there's no such thing as beautiful or ugly; it's all interesting. It's usable, it's all valuable.

I am really digging Susan Sarandon these days & I'm always wondering how people can love Woody Allen but leave this out.

Astronomers crack the secret of this poem by Sappho.

Sweet video, reminds me of Sadie.

Go Eliza! Eliza O'Neill has received gene therapy :) :) :)

5 books to read this summer. Also - I just started The Book of Speculation & love the evocative imagery, if you're looking for something to read.

Synchronized fireflies

The history of the swimming pool.

Lunch the French way. And, on a similar note, why beauty matters. I often wonder about this when I'm at the children's school.

15 vacation rentals I can drool over.

Little kids & disco. So cute.

I'm really digging this instagram account.

Have a great weekend! xo

(illustration from telegraph.co.uk)

I'm knackered

GDI - Truett hula hoop

Yesterday was field day for the kids (June chose not to participate) & then, June had her gymnastics/tap/ballet recital. THEN we went out to a delicious, crazy dinner with friends (think: seven wound up little kids OR visual birth control for the 20 year olds surrounding our table). 

Anyway. I thought I'd share some pictures, if you'd like to see :)

Hope you're having a good week & see you back here tomorrow for Friday tidbits.

GDI - Truett field day cone

GDI - T dance

(a synchronized dance the whole school knows :) love love love love love love love. One of those moments where you get all chokey uppy.

GDI - Truett field day goof

GDI - June ballet pose

GDI - June Boots macarena

(field day, June's friend Boots teaches her the Macarena)

GDI - June dance hula

GDI - June goof face

I told her to smile, and this is what I got HAHAHA.

GDI - Bud June chicken dance

Bud totally took one for the team & did the chicken dance with her. Why do they insist on humiliating parents like this?

GDI - June ballet finale

GDI - June tap

GDI - June gymnastics jump

GDI - June finale

Five of my favorite things on etsy right now

GDI - mama bear mug

This mama bear mug.

GDI - zodiac bowls

Zodiac constellation bowls

GDI - handmade sandals leather

These handmade leather sandals in gray.

GDI - gold stacking ring

Super delicate gold ring.

GDI - French butter keeper etsy

French butter keeper

happy Monday!

Friday tidbits

GDI - mother child, PT

What's up with you this beautiful Friday? I've spent the morning tie-dyeing at Truett & June's school & tonight we'll veg out in front of a movie :) Then tomorrow June is hosting her first ever Mermaid Dances Club...? Dunno, your guess is as good as mine.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and see you back here Monday.

The Continuum Concept. This feels like something my brain has been trying to say for years, without the words to bring it to life. This article is so so so so powerful & important (I just put the book on hold at the library). 

Which brings me, in a roundabout way, to this comedian, Ali Wong I just fell in love with. She has a special on Netflix & she's 7 months pregnant while filming. She's hilarious, offensive & on-target in so many ways. I also found myself getting annoyed at certain things she said, which I think is good. In this one awesome line she references Cheryl Sandburg's Lean In by saying, "I don't want to lean in, I want to lie down." HAAAAAAA.

I really loved these pictures of George Bush on 9/11. There's something so human in them.

How to eat like a local in South Carolina.

I just ordered a few samples of these all-natural perfumes. I'm so excited to try them out!

I think this drape-front tank (on sale at anthropologie), would be flattering.

Photographer takes pictures of people before wine & then after 1, 2 & 3 glasses

I'd like to try this deep red polish, from Chanel, on my toes, for a date night.

Foods that magically regrow themselves from kitchen scraps. Pretty way to decorate a kitchen shelf, too.

Where to eat in Nashville - I can't wait!

(image via psychology today)

Off-the shoulder shirts

GDI - CDM jnsq

Nowadays, when I look at something online - and it inevitably looks so pretty in the picture - I try to imagine how it would actually fit into my small wardrobe. And how often would I truly wear it. And do I love it. And is it worth the money. 

So it is with great confidence that I say I am pretty sure I would love an off-the-shoulder shirt. They seem to be all the rage which I'm delighted about because they highlight a beautiful area (shoulders, collar bone), and still allow you to eat a big lunch.

I'd prefer one without tight elastic because I find myself constantly tugging the shirt back to a comfortable place when it's highly elasticized.

These swingy, beautiful summery shirts look like they'd be effortlessly sexy & comfortable to wear to the beach, or out to dinner on a patio somewhere (in Paris perhaps? I digress.)

Here they are in no particular order. 

GDI - madewell off shoulder

This one from Madewell has fluttery sleeves that would be flattering on everyone.

GDI - loft dress embroidered off shoulder

La Bonita from Loft is so 1970's chic, I love it (Singapore Sling, anyone?)

GDI - pixiemarket off shoulder

Pixie Market has a pretty, 100% cotton off-shoulder, although you'd have to get on the waitlist.

GDI - vici collection off shoulder

I'm adding this one from Vici against my better judgement because it just looks so good. It is all-rayon, which for me is usually a no, but....it's tempting. 

GDI - ASOS off shoulder

ASOS has one that looks cool & crisp. 

GDI - HM off shoulder

Lastly, if you'd like to try the style without spending much, H&M has one for $15(!)

What'd you think? Have you jumped on the bandwagon?

(image of one of my favorite style icons, Caroline de Maigret, from jnsq)

Little Fox Summer Camp

GDI - frozen banana pops

(banana popsicles for today's class)

Last summer we did one week of summer camp here at the house (this year, instead of French, we've focused more on art + cooking), but this year we have enough interest for two weeks of summer camp! I'm so excited it's ridiculous.

Liz & I have been drawing up lesson plans, poring over recipes & interviewing for an extra set of hands :)

GDI - mudpie kitchen

Bud has picked up a stack of pallets & stumps which will become an outdoor mud-pie kitchen & stage for the kiddos when they're not cooking or crafting.

We're hoping to make floating islands, homemade peppermint marshmallows & samosas for cooking.

GDI - homemade marshmallows

For crafting we're going to work on animal masks, dream catchers & rope coil vessels. 

GDI - dreamcatcher

We've also collected a bunch of huge cardboard boxes for endless creative play - like making hideouts, pretend washer/dryers & televisions.

GDI - cardboard laundry

Do you have any genius summertime ideas? I'd love to hear them.

GDI - fresh water

Between camps & traveling, I'm going to let the kids have a 1980's summer - endless backyard play, riding bikes, and trips to the pool. 

(images here, here, here, here, here, & here)


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