I lived in these Blank Denim Relaxed Galaxy Jeans this summer. They were so easy to throw on with tees, tanks and camis, and worked with both flats and the stacked-heel sandals I grew to love over the last several months (put me in a stiletto these days and I’m like Bambi learning to walk). There were many mornings that I pulled them off the top of the hamper for round two/three/four, and I am not ashamed.
I have no plans of slowing down their heavy rotation as we [oh-so-slowly in Florida] transition into fall; they’ll play just as nicely with sweaters, long sleeve tees, loafers, and booties.
Last weekend, we celebrated Labor Day and my friend Steve’s birthday with a lake day and BBQ. I offered to bring cupcakes — I will always volunteer as tribute for handling dessert — and since Steve is the only person on the planet who loves cupcakes more than I do, I wanted to make something I hadn’t tried before.
We’re all pretty big fans of Nutella (in fact, most of us won’t keep it in our pantries because we can’t resist eating it by the spoonful right out of the jar) so with a quick Pinterest search for Nutella cupcakes, I found Gimme Some Oven’s recipe.
I used a chocolate box mix for the cupcakes (devil’s food, I think) and made the simple 5-ingredient Nutella frosting from scratch. After I iced the cupcakes and ate at least a cup of the leftover frosting, I chopped up some Ghirardelli dark chocolate hazelnut squares and sprinkled them on top.
Now I want to keep a tub of Nutella frosting in my fridge, like, always.
I’m sitting on the couch in my sweatpants because I got greedy with the long weekend, slowly tapping out my first blog post in over a week (I’m rusty) and choking down a giant green smoothie to atone for the sugary sins of the holiday (more on that tomorrow).
I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like I blinked and August disappeared.
This summer was so good to us: the flower shop was much busier than I anticipated, we made it to the beach, C spent a week in Canada with his family, our friends had a beautiful baby girl, we celebrated birthdays and holidays with our favorite people, and I tackled some overdue projects on my to-do list. It was pretty perfect, as summers go.
At the start of it, I decided to cut myself some slack. I took a break from blogging regularly, let tumbleweeds roll across my Instagram for days at a time, and skipped out of the shop as often as I could manage. I cooked a lot for C and me, read several books in the sunshine, watched two seasons of Once Upon a Time on Netflix, and went to bed early almost every night. Good grief, it was lovely; and it made me realize that maybe I really can have a better work/life balance if I just slow down and make it a priority.
The end of August marked the one-year anniversary of C’s job (I keep wanting to type “new job,” but nope, no longer applicable) which also means I officially survived the first year of running the flower shop on my own. I feel like there’s a blog post in there somewhere about the things I learned about myself over the last twelve months, but it will have to wait because my brain still thinks it’s Labor Day.
Now that September’s here, it’s back to business as we head into our wedding/event season. But I’m going to hold on to summer for as long as I can; at least a little of the work-less-relax-more part.