It’s been a busy month, and I’ve been on the go! We’ve had kids in and out of the nest, and we’ve been on planes, trains, automobiles, and cruise ships! Along the way, I’ve learned a lot and discovered some cool new things, and I can’t wait to share them with you! Let’s jump right in, okay? Click any of the pink links in the text OR the images anywhere in this post OR in the graphic at the top for more information. You’re gonna be SO in the KNOW!
What I’m Learning
Suitcase Situation Solved – Some of the stitches on a seam of my favorite carry-on suitcase unraveled. (What, me overpack???) I took it to my tailor to see if he could fix it, but he said his machine and needles weren’t strong enough. Guess where he sent me? The Cobbler. √ Problem solved! (For $27.)
The Fashion Industry is Pulling a Fast One. – In a brilliant article in the Washington Post dated July 19, Fashion Critic Robin Givhan takes on the resurgence of “ugly” fashion (like fanny packs, prairie dresses, and frumpy shoes) in today’s fashion marketplace, and explains why we’re drawn to these once-dismissed and much-derided styles. (Hint: It all started with the Birkenstock.) It’s worth a read if you like fashion and keep up with the trends.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again – If you read June’s SO in the KNOW, you’re aware of how much I was looking forward to the opening of Mamma Mia 2. I finally admitted to all the world that the first Mamma Mia is my very favorite movie in the world, and I could not wait for the sequel. In a supreme act of love for my husband, I agreed to take our anniversary trip not only during the opening weeks of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but also during the opening weekend of Mamma Mia 2. When we got home, Bob and I finally went, and much to his embarrassment, I started bawling when Dancing Queen came on and never really pulled myself together again. When Cher showed up as Sophie’s grandmother, I was openly sobbing. #Ihaveaproblem #poorbob #soundtrackonrepeat
A PSA to Make Your Kids Stop Laughing at You Behind Your Back. – In today’s Public Service Announcement, your friend, Suzy, is here to formally announce the following: The word “text” has officially been declared a verb. Yes, it’s true. That means the past tense of “text” is “texted.” Stop saying, “I ‘text‘ her yesterday, and she ‘text‘ me back.” This is making you sound old and out-of-date, and your kids are probably laughing at you behind your back (or right to your face). It’s time to update your lingo! The past tense of “text” is “texted.” As in, “I ‘texted‘ her yesterday, and she ‘texted‘ me back.” There. Now you know. Text amongst yourselves.
What I’m Loving
1. Felt Handbag Organizer – If you love tote handbags like me, or if you take a big tote when you travel, this felt organizer is perfect for keeping you organized. It makes switching from one bag to another a snap, comes in a variety of sizes and colors, and the price is right. Be sure to take measurements before you order!
2. Portable Battery Charger – I know there are tons of portable chargers on the market right now, but I think this one is the best – hear me out, please! Most portable chargers come with two different cords – one for charging the device, and then another for when you want to charge your phone. This is SO ANNOYING – I don’t want to carry around more cords than I already have and then try to figure out which one I need when my phone is almost out of juice! This portable charger has a BUILT-IN lightning cable that you plug right into your phone when it needs charging. It’s also slim and about the size of an iPhone. I bought the gorgeous rose gold one for myself and got Bob the black one, and we took it on our cruise. It was a lifesaver!
3. Dual 2 Port USB Charger – If you travel, I know you’ve left chargers in hotel rooms before like I have. Also, if you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know that there aren’t many electrical outlets in staterooms. Each one of these of colorful chargers allows you to charge two devices at a time, and the bright colors mean they’ll be tough to leave behind when you pack up to leave. I ordered this happy little 6-pack and Bob and I each picked one to keep. I’ll stuff the rest in stockings come December. #niftygifty
4. Louis Vuitton Phone Case – Handcrafted from authentic, repurposed Louis Vuitton logo canvas, these phone cases are a fun and affordable way to sport this designer logo. I bought a Louis Vuitton Pop Socket to match mine!
5. Bamboo Cutting Board with Drawer (and iPhone holder) – This cutting board is my new kitchen must-have! The bamboo repels odors and bacteria, and it comes with a convenient drawer for scraps. It also comes with a matching phone holder – so handy if you’re following a recipe or just watching Netflix while you’re cooking! Not bad for $11.50.
6. Make Up Forever Ultra HD Concealer – I’ve tried lots of concealers, and it’s tough to find one that doesn’t settle into wrinkles and make your undereye area look cakey! This one won’t do that. The makeup artist that sometimes does my make up for photo shoots turned me on to it, and now it’s all I use! This baby’s a game-changer!
7. MQ Motion Sickness Patches – I’m so sensitive to motion sickness that I’ve actually gotten sick the last two times I’ve snorkeled due to the movement of the waves! (Probably TMI. Sorry!) Unfortunately, I’m also so sensitive to medication that even the Less-Drowsy Dramamine puts me right to sleep! I tried Sea Bands, but I found them uncomfortably tight and difficult to wear in exactly the correct spot on my wrist. These all-natural patches are worn behind the ears or at the navel, and they work! I was always afraid to cruise because of the motion sickness, but thanks to these patches, it’s become our favorite way to travel the world!
8. Quell – This wearable and natural pain-relief technology has been a life-changer for Bob. He has a degenerative hip and will one day require hip replacement surgery. He’d been managing the almost daily pain it caused with lots of ibuprofen. So when he read an article about this innovative new technology, his interest was piqued. After much research, he ordered it and began using it. The results have been such a blessing for him and he only wishes he’d known about it sooner! Quell works by stimulating your sensory nerves, which carry neural pulses to your brain. Neural pulses trigger a natural response that blocks chronic pain signals in your body. In this way, it blocks chronic pain signals in your body for widespread relief, no matter where your pain is located. (Although it isn’t designed for headache relief.) It’s the same price on both Amazon and Walmart.com, and both come with free 2-day shipping. (BTW, this is not a sponsored post!)
9. Cozy Throw – At just $25.90, I think this soft and snuggly throw is one of the best values in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year! It would be perfect for a college student, an elderly relative, or even as a yummy addition to your favorite chair. It’s machine washable and comes in a whopping 14 colors!
What are you learning and loving in the empty nest right now? I’d love to know because your ideas are always awesome!
I hope July has been a good month for you! August always brings that back-to-school focus and my inbox and social media DMs are full of messages from lots of sweet (and sad) new empty nester mommies. If you know someone who is a new empty nester this year, I’d love it if you’d send them this way. I would so like to encourage them! I have a bunch of resources on my website for soon-to-be empty nesters, new empty nesters, and even long-time empty nesters. Also, for a limited time, I’m offering my free guide, Adjusting to the Empty Nest, to anyone who subscribes to the Empty Nest Blessed email list.
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