my soccer star + links!

as you can imagine i am pretty pumped to be a soccer mom now. i have been waiting for it, and hoping that she will like it and SHE DOES! she loves it, and she’s actually pretty good (all mom bias aside). she hasn’t completely figured out why someone would want to take the ball from her, probably b/c we tell her every day we need to SHAREEE, and she gets rather mad when it happens – but she’s starting to understand what defense means. she’s also tried her hand a goalie, and says “mommy i’m just like you” which makes my little heart melt into puddles.

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and OMG my online shopping has suffered this month with being away for work and i have discovered so many new obsessions…

like these sunnies

or this Copacabana pineapple pendant

summer bags, here, here, here & HERE

summer wedding? here

new kate spade BABY (i die) / favorites here, here and here

and the toddler collection here, here and here 

via spiga slingbacks on sale here 

THIS anorak (in love)

toddler girl joe fresh rompers here & here 

“king of cool” for your little man here

minnie mouse poncho towel

60% off toddler clothes at H&M favorites here, here, here & here

this paisley dress 

 

#NBAfinals

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coming down from the NBA Finals has been tough. i ran on adrenaline for so long that i just simply can’t seem to get “un-tired” but what an experience it was. my co-workers have all been doing this for decades now so I was definitely their entertainment as every single thing we did, excited me. being apart of such a big event & working it.. seeing how the well oiled machine comes together to produce an event of that size, was amazing. not to mention how great the games were also. i am very glad to have been apart of it, and to say that I work for this organization. every day is something new, and having a job that i enjoy is something i haven’t had in a very long time. i guess ill get my mini-fix thursday for the Draft Thursday, and hopefully ease myself back into being behind a desk again. thank you to the warriors & the cavs & my all of my co-workers for hand holding me through my first #NBAfinals

PS get your own Golden State shirt here, here & here 

wahoo, so excited, it’s here, YESSSS

due to my imminent departure for the NBA Finals!!! i decided to launch my “other baby” today… so ONE15 is officially here!! (enter applause, whistling & cheering) i am so excited to announce i’ve officially launched my little graphic tee shop for tots & moms. the current designs are available in a variety of colors (and tank tops) + i have a few more designs to release this fall. the name is inspired by Madison, who lets be honest, inspires everything i do these days. she was born January 15th (ONE15). and this is something i’ve been wanting to do for so long – with the help & support of brian and my mini model madison and jackie (who has listened to ever single idea spewing out of my mouth for months, bless you friend), finallllllly it’s off the ground. now i just hope she can fly. please help me give her wings!! and follow us on instagram @one15clothing and facebook for more information, giveaways, discount codes & more.  to anyone who reposts any photos please tags us & use #one15clothing 

and for my wonderful readers, use code: mrstoes for free shipping for the month of june

for any collaborations, loops or giveaways please contact me at one15clothing@gmail.com

and a big thank you to everyone who’s been helping me along the way!!!! and to all my mini models xo

MDW recap, BBQing on a budget + links

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for those who have given and those who continue to give, we honor you today & everyday

For all of those who put their lives on the line in defense of freedom, past and present, thank you for standing “The Watch.”

For all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, you are not forgotten

so thankful for everyone who has ever stood watch (most especially my brother) and those who continue to do so. i hope that we can honor you all in our every day lives by truly appreciating the freedoms that we are given in this country. i hope that we can continue to raise our flags high, and pray for each other. and i hope that in doing so we can also help the families of so many who have lost loved ones over the years. we are not in this alone.

and for BBQing on a budget… lately we have been total ikea whores. i mean absolutely everything comes from that little swedish warehouse in red hook. we have become slightly obsessed. brian can’t even go on the website anymore without allocating thousands of dollars we need to spend on various items. but for inexpensive patio sets we got this one, and we love it! everything is mix & match, it’s the perfect size for a not so huge backyard & has extenders for when you need more space. the umbrella is also from there, and in my favorite color, duh.

plates & bowls are from the sommar collection & this watermelon tray 

adorable ice pop maker + for the ice pops (slice strawberries, add non fat greek yogurt, a dash of water & a dash of honey… blend… pour… freeze… delicious!)

also an adorable pink ice cream maker here (and a not pink one here)

our grill we found at home depot & it’s a brinkman, we have been very happy with it so far! it’s affordable too!

also if you’re grilling and not using THIS, you’re doing it all wrong

my dad also introduced us to sportula and brian probably needs this for father’s day (brian… don’t look)

this apron is also totally outrageous, so i like it

favorite drink dispensers here, here & here

in ours was a sweet tea lemonade (1/3 sweet tea, 1/3 lemonade 1/3 sweet tea vodka – firefly preferably) and a favorite drink of the Spaniards, tinto de verano (1/2 spanish red wine, we used tempranillo + pellegrino lemonata)

personalized beverage tub here (and 25% off today with code PCPLA25) other favorites here and here / and for parties these plastic tubs are inexpensive & great! (bigger version here)

also a super cute summer shirt for your little here and here :)

nypd memorial run + links

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this weekend we ran in & completed the NYPD Memorial 5k. this was Madison’s 4th 5k since birth & i really can’t wait until she can run beside me instead of in the stroller. her 30 pounds + the strollers 29 pounds has made running, all the more difficult. however i love the versatility of our jogging stroller for the city & hopping curbs & being able to have her yell at me to “run faster mama” / she is my mini personal trainer. i’m also so happy brian got to run with us this year, we ran it together & finished together, sunburns, sweat & all.

other jogging strollers i am loving are here, here & here

best time watches for running here & here

just got these new nike sneaks for brian to start running again / and my favorites here 

new favorite sports bras here (moisture wicking & they have a very slight padding in the front so you don’t have to worry about your perky nipples showing up to say hi) / i like this style also

favorite work out tanks here, here & here

water bottles to get your drink on here, here & here

this is my favorite healthy post workout snack / also this smoothie

thank you

everyday i leave the house and kiss my sleeping husband’s arm. that crook right where his elbow is. he’s usually rolled up in blankets & sheets, his pillow long ago knocked onto the floor and gus curled up on top of him. there is possibly a little bit of drool on our sheets. okay we will go with probably. and i don’t want to wake him. he was working late. always working late. getting home around midnight or one in the morning usually. and crawling into bed next to me. that’s when i let out the breath i’ve been holding all day. from the moment i leave him until the moment he comes home & is beside me again. because these days, i find myself filled with anxiety & fear that i will open my eyes, and he won’t be there. that i will roll over in the middle of the night and reach for him, but not feel him. and i realize i can’t live my life that way. full of fear. always holding my breath. but a shield has become a target. it doesn’t matter that he straps on a gun everyday and goes out into the night to defend people who would spit on him in return. we are in the midst of a war on cops. a war on my husband & our friends & our family members? i can’t grasp this. i can’t grasp how devoting your life to an honorable cause has somehow become the center of contempt. how the pride i feel seeing him in uniform is equally matched by hatred across another line. how someone can want to take him from me, because of the uniform he wears. and sometimes i wonder… i wonder how does one remain human when dealing with such inhumanity? how do you stay sane? how do you deal with shots fired, rape, blood, dead bodies, children with guns, drugs, domestic violence, child abuse, neglect, anger, fear, and bewilderment at work and are then able to come home and do pony tails & piggy back rides? to read stories and have tea parties? to hold your wife in your arms and make her feel that she is the only thing that matters. how do you do it day in and day out? how do you separate the hate from your compassion? how do you hold onto your empathy? is it even possible? or are these demons & fears always there? fighting to come to the forefront of your thoughts. do they follow you home in the night? is there anyway to get rid of them?  i wish i could promise you you’d never have to bury another brother again. but we both know i don’t make promises i can’t keep. i wish i could help alleviate the pressure of it all.

does holding onto me in the night help?

i hope so. i hope you know we can battle together. and that you know you can always release your fears to me. and know that i’ll never see anything but strength behind those eyes. this house will always be your escape. from the chaos and violence and the hate. we will always be here for you to come home to. and for you to hold.

it is often a thankless job. but i want to thank you. all of you. my husband’s band of brothers. a cord of three strands is not quickly broken / Ecclesiastes 4:12 / there is truly strength in numbers & i am grateful for each of you. that you help ensure my husband walks through that door way each & every night. and for allowing me and my daughter to safely lay our heads down at night to rest. please join me in thanking a cop this week during national police week. and pray for these families & all from 2015. and if you’re in the NYC area this weekend, please come out & support us on Sunday at the NYPD Memorial 5k. This race is run in honor of all NYPD Officers who have died in the line of duty. There are more than 850 NYPD heroes whose names have been etched into the granite New York City Police Memorial Wall in Battery Park City. We gather yearly to honor these brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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mother’s day recap + links

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grammy’s surprise was a great success. how lucky are we to be able to do such wonderful things? i am so grateful for a father who loves me & mom so much he made this possible, and for a mama who was so excited to just have me home. although….. i think madison stole the show. the few phones calls grammy made after my arrival consisted of “guess who came to visit?! MADISON!” as i exchanged “what about me looks?” with my dad across the room. he just smiled to remind me that i am “chopped liver” now compared to M (his exact quote). i guess that’s what happens lol, she’s cuter. but the weekend was wonderful. even with tornados and flash flooding. i miss being apart of their every day life and i wish madison could grow up knowing them more and seeing them more. but i cherish every minute we do get to be together. i will continue to try and convince them to retire in NYC (because it makes economical sense) so they can see madison, and secretly me, every single day.

daddy might go hide in east texas.

i miss you both already.

i miss dillards in texas, mom & i went and found so many dresses i wanted (here, here, here & here)

this top / these birks in pearly hazel / these tanks all day every day

i also discovered the fitness section at kohls which was pretty great / i got these pants in several prints (they’re amazingly comfortable)

trying this new moisturizer and loving it / another favorite here and well here also

zella live in leggings

i want to fill our house with these prints especially this one 

summer is coming, you need corn hole (‘merica)

favorite anthro new arrivals here, here & here

obsessed with earning starbucks stars & free drinks / earn your free drinks here & try the new s’mores frap (it’s bomb.com) but my favorite combo is a soy vanilla latte #allday #everyday

nook books under $5 / and currently reading 

HELLO monday + links

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derby day had our family betting on 3 horses: american pharoah (brian), firing line (madison said she wanted the pink guy) and frosted (me, b/c well “frost yourself”). and check us in the courier journal (number 67).

it’s no secret i love derby. this year was fairly uneventful for us though, other than a little dress up & some virgin mint juleps for M. but i love to look up the fashion from the day & well the BEST HATS! my favorite looks from the 2015 derby are herehere & here.

and my favorite hats for summer are here, here & here

and the bourbon! kentucky is known for horses, bourbon & basketball (in no particular order) / you can find my favorite mint julep recipe here

and in derby fashion for today, my favorite mint colored styles for spring are here (on sale now), here & here / and some mint colored beach faves here, here & here

wild horse artwork here (all prints are for sale, contact kristen)

derby / horseshoe jewelry here, here & here

running for roses / rose gold faves here, here & here

easy derby pie recipe here (it’s so good, it’ll change your life)

favorite books with horses in the title (this is getting fun huh?!) here, here & here

and lastly kids horse inspired style here, here & here

hello wednesday + links

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made this super simple baked salmon recipe last night & it was ammmazing / only 5 minutes of prep time (for you working mamas out there who have toddlers demanding to be fed as soon as they walk in the door)

loving the new kate spade kitchen items including aprons, kitchen mitts, kitchen towels and other accessories / would be great housewarming gifts! also this table runner (NEED!)

currently reading (and highly recommending)

just purchased this kids folding picnic table (for those of you small urban spaces like us) / some other kids patio furniture i love here, here and here

new coach bags / slightly obsessed / here, here and here and this collection too here, here and here

this dress

phone clothes are officially lifeproof (since we’re on our like 5th iphone at this point…)

extra 50% off sale at piperlime today

swimsuit season is coming (time to hit the gym people) fave suits here, here and here

rashguard set options here & here

and to get you ready & still feel cute at the gym here, here and here

wedding season is also approaching / favorite spring dresses from RTR here, here and here (OO and this jumpsuit)

madison is starting soccer in june (I’M SO EXCITED!) / here’s some cute athletic apparel for your toddler girls here, here, here & here

happy hump day, xo