Monday Morning Musings | No. 211

Summer vacations are just so fun…

We’re driving home from Charleston as I’m typing this… and we’ve spent the last 10 days in full-on summer family vacation mode. I have to say, it’s been the absolute best. I lost track of time more times than I could count, and I couldn’t have told you what day of the week it was to save my life.

We are heading home with a messy car, a trash bag of laundry, and very full hearts!

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AYR shirt (full review here) // Petite Plume swimsuit c/o // Sunshine Tienda hat (more here!)

We spent the first half of our vacation at my family’s cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia and the second half of the trip in Charleston, South Carolina with Ryan’s family. We’ve driven all over the Southeast and have made more memories than I can handle. Our first vacation with Laurens was definitely one for the books and something I’ll forever treasure.

I’ve always loved traveling, but with a baby in tow, everything is just *so* much more fun! He’s a great little traveler, and I’m seriously ready to pack back up and do it again! Truly a dream trip with all of our favorite people, and I couldn’t ask for more.

But more on all the vacay things later! Let’s get into the five things I’m loving right now…

5 Things I’m Loving

A few new obsessions…


Waterproof Picnic Blanket

At the last minute I threw this picnic blanket into the car, thinking maybe we’d use if while on vacation, and honestly I’m SO glad I did. We used it so many times over the past 10 days! It is large (but compact!), waterproof, and super soft. Such a great find.

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Blue & White Coffee Mug

While in Blue Ridge, we stopped into a new little shop called State and Season and I picked up a few of these blue and white coffee mugs. I couldn’t get over how pretty they were and the fact that they are bone china! Plus, you can’t beat the price. I did a little digging and found the Etsy shop they came from… so sweet right?!

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Sporty Sneakers

My sister-in-law was wearing these sneakers while we were in town and I just thought they were adorable. Consider me totally influenced!

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Retro Sunglasses

I love that fun sunglass styles have come back and these from J.Crew have my eye. I currently have them in my cart with a few other things (like this and this!). But seriously, I can’t stop thinking about the pretty pink sunnies!

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Summer Book List

I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut! I’ve read some really good books lately (check out our July’s ABBC pick!), but it’s been sloooow going. During vacation, I read about a half a page in 10 days… but I have so many books piling up that I WANT to read. This, this, and this are currently on my TBR list.

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