life of charmings

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

heeeey, sassenachs! [a little outlander talk!]

the outlander topic is back, sassenachs!!!! because i have to. i have to talk about it on the reg. and there might be some light spoilers here! you've been warned...

"'and sassenach,' he whispered, 'your face is my heart.'"
[james alexander malcolm mackenzie fraser. melt! aaand let us proceed...]

so, hellooo, latest in outlander happenings: the season 2 finale of the show!!! right? right? i finally caught up a few weekends ago, and much like the book, dragonfly in amber... it left me in shattered little pieces of brittany right there on the floor. in my puddle of tears. ugh. ugh. ugh. i still think that was an absolutely cruel twist on diana's part!! and i still remember how i felt when i first opened book 2 and felt the sledgehammer to my heart... but i also can't complain! because never, ever have i loved a book series more... slash, been more delusional about my relationship with two characters. lovingly delusional. just how i like it!

sidenote! i usually don't get my undergarments in a twist over book-to-show changes [ahem... looking at you, characters with VERY wrong eye colors. i mean, i still have my opinions!], but there was one thing they left out of the finale that kiiiind of devastated me. then i read why, and felt a bit better!

also!! heavens to betsy, i have been trying for waaaay too long to finish a full reread of the books before i dive into the latest of the eight... which came out a year ago! a year! and i still haven't read it! so, anyway, somewhat recently, i finally wrapped up book 5, dove right on into the next book that was on my kindle [easiest for bed reading, travel reading, you know...] and made it a whole quarter of the way into the book, thinking... man, i must've skimmed a lot of the last book?!? i'm sure missing some key points here... befoooore realizing i'd accidentally skipped book 6 and gone to book 7! ahhhhhhh. so now i'm back trying to plow through 6. BUT it's truly worth taking it slowly. jamie and claire are two characters you don't want to miss a moment with. :) well, i don't. because i need to be with them.

AND! by the way!! there's an official title for the 9th book!!!!! gives me chills, CHILLS, people!!!

ps. around the time the show was coming out, i got on skreened and whipped up a little sassenach t-shirt that i wanted to give to my sis and bestie for their birthdays. i mentioned it here once around then, too, and it's been the. best. t-shirt. ever! and a whole handful of them have sold since then,  too, which has been such a fun bonus!!

SO, i thought... in honor of the summer heat, and the recent season two experience, which was mostly  so frenchy and fancy, right?! [i loved getting to visualize all of that!!] well, i finally couldn't help myself and drew up some sassenach tanks! i mean, i didn't literally draw them. but, you know. okay, AND THEN! i thought... well, we're gonna need something to cozily watch and read in come winter... soooo... fine fine! i'll just have to tack on some sweatshirts, too. :)

so, if you need something to watch or read or color your outlander coloring book in...

here they are! [each with green, plum, and black writing]

also, baby sassenach love. :*

[to sum up a smidge!! tee // skirt // and books in order: outlander, dragonfly in amber, voyager, drums of autumn,  the fiery cross, a breath of snow and ashes, an echo in the bone, written in my heart's own blood // additionally, there's the outlandish companion, volumes one and two, and the graphic novel! i have not read the lord john series or the novellas.]

so, if only we knew when season 3 was starting, right? and when book 9 will be out! okay, maybe i don't want to know. i'll just keep on with my re-reads! :) xoxoxo

Monday, July 25, 2016


[saturday evening after a little rain shower!]

there is nothing quite like strolling at sunset, visiting our big furry beauties, and watching my little babes stretch their sweet legs across an open field to put me in a place of peace!

and oh, i've been needing it extra these days!! i'm sooo craving more simplicity in life... meanwhile everything just seems to get more and more complicated! because... that's life, yes? ;)

i mean, for every one item you let go of, there are 10 more things you "need," a million fabulous sales, birthdays, holidays, and then a handful of reasons not to donate old stuff just anywhere because then it could still likely end up in a landfill...

for every one house issue tackled, there are always more to address... [and something probably waiting to break on your car, lets be real, ha!]

for every super healthy health decision made, there's something being ingested that's totally secretly poisonous... geez.

and for every unsubscribed email list... oh my lawdy! haha!! it never ends.

so, normally my answer to it all is easily... mooore coffee! oooh, coffee, you warm, wonderful mug of delight and motivation, you!

but then, when i get too caught up in every darn detail of every little thing... i have to just stop. and remind myself of where i'm happiest. where i'm most at peace. where life is as simple as it gets...

outside. barefoot. with creatures that are perfectly content to have food, water, and love. they wouldn't know complicated if they tried... and neither would my sweet, innocent mini-humans, frolicking through the grass, just as their precious little legs were made to do!

now, that's life. :)

come at me, monday!!! i'm happy. i'm refreshed. i'm coffeed! the sun is shining... and i'm ready to jump in it.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

leftover bits of summer sweetness from june 2016 was june, and the world smelled of roses. 
the sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. 
[maud hart lovelace]

ps. june, you are my favorite, always!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

summer hours!

last saturday turned out to be sooo beautiful! it started out gray and i was going to be majorly bummed because i was totally in need of a good, classic, summertime farm day. but!! the sun came out and the pool was perfect and the evening was golden as could be.

and gosh, iiiii just love so much that at 6pm you still have an hour to go until golden hour is at its prettiest! summer evenings, you have my whole heart!

a handful of randoms from that eve...

oh, melt me with that gaze, rocco bear!!

just out here doin' one year old stuff, of course.

she is the absolute best. sister. ever.

DONKEEEYS! watching him walk/run with his hands in the air is the highlight of my life these days.

absolutely completes me. <3
[and keeps him from tumbling down the hill!]

m convincing her daddy to do some adventuring with her // rocco is currently completely extra obsessed with his coggin. [that would be "uncle stephen" in 1 year old maddalena language so it stuck!]

PINK! it's my fav-o-rite color.

fluffies reunite!! i miss sophie, but being a farm kitty has been good for her. and for all our stuff. ;)

sunset means lightning bugs and yard yoga with chrissy these days!

...yep, motherhood at its finest...

...buuuuuut when we try to initiate any sort of migration toward the vehicle for night transfer to our designated living space... it never goes all that well!

so we just... dance? [oh man, what a depiction of typical us moves! scary!]

what if we give you chocolate? what if we give you a million dollars?
what if we snuggle? <3 <3 <3

...aaand eventually we head home! well, most of the time, anyway.

oh, summer!!! i love you!!! even if the little bunnies are falling apart by daylight's end. i kinda think that's just how it's supposed to be. :)

ps. rocco's gator onesie is my favorite that he has! i got my linen top from a latest fav online boutique. and m's ralph lauren peasant dress was a steal from thredup!

Monday, July 18, 2016

obsessed: sneakin' in some soul food!

i'm always worrying over whether or not i'm giving each of my little ones enough direct, focused, interactive attention every day... constantly concerned over the balance of productivity and quality time... and i pretty much always end up torn and frazzled and terrified that i'm failing at it all! haha.

aaand then it hits me... time out! do i do this over my time with God? do i prioritize that enough? do i even pause in my day to seek His guidance, or do i go straight to pinterest?! when i'm overwhelmed, it's easy to just keep moving and checking off tasks. i don't have a set "quiet time." and lawdy mercy, i tried just yesterday to go sit in church and really soak it in, but my rocco baby cried the whole time in the nursery, and i just can't go that route every sunday during nap time!

ahhhh... are you there, God? it's me, brittany. ;)

[...oh, hey, judy! please tell me you read that book, too!]

so, there's always a lot to figure out... but i have figured out a few things that help me day to day to get some quick but actually meaningful soul food in! thought i'd share a few!

5 Minutes with Jesus: Peace for Today - apparently this is the second one in sheila walsh's 5 minutes series, and i have not read the first... yet! but oh. my. gosh. i LOVE this little book!!! i received it c/o thomas nelson after getting an email about it and thinking, "5 minutes? I NEED THAT!!!" and truly, i do. the little chapters are hardly 3 pages long, and each ends with applicable scripture... but i've been absolutely shocked at what it has done for me in just 5 minutes. there have been times now where i have opened it up and the chapter that i was on was so specifically what i needed that i straight up cried! it's soooo perfect for moms, or really, anyone who is scattered and busy and pulled at all ends! or anyone who just wants 5 quality minutes with jesus. ;)

She Reads Truth - i've been following their plans online for some time now [added them to my bloglovin' feed and there they are, daily!], and i love them! that way i can read them in bed on my iphone and that's pretty easy for me to keep up with. you can also pick from a whole bunch of plans they have available online, and that's awesome, too. aaand i actually purchased the proverbs study book a couple of months ago [i love proverbs!] and i enjoyed reading through it that way! not to mention, their books are absolutely gorgeous.

journaling Bible - i was totally and completely the student in class who had just as many doodles in the margins of their paper as actual notes. i could. not. help. it! i finally got this beauuuutiful journaling bible with space to be creative in the margins and i so wish i'd had one like this years ago! 

ABC verses for the little ones - yes yes yes, i've posted on this before, but this pre-school age is soooooo absorbent and there is no better time to start verse memorization!! they are so good at it and it's just the sweetest thing to hear those little voices reciting the bible. :) and you do it with them without even realizing!

YouVersion Bible app - we have used this on our iphones for years now! it's the best to have on hand whenever you need it! i love searching for specific topics and highlighting verses i want to save. they have study plans, too... and they have a kids app! for all these sweet, screen-savvy youngens we have on our hands, of course. :)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

charming house peeks: our bright and happy sunroom!

when we were looking at houses to move into, two of our biggest requests were 1. more natural light. gosh, our old house could get so depressing!! and 2. a happy, outdoorsy little place to have coffee in the morning and wine in the evening!

the first house we thought we really wanted had this aaaaMAZING screened-in porch situation right off the master bedroom and we were so bummed when we didn't get that house. looking back, however, it was definitely not the right one for us for a lot of reasons we didn't think about at the time! so, when we looked at this house [ironically just one street over!], we fell in love with the addition they had done of the sunroom! ahhh, yes, a sunroom, of course! what an idea!

it's kind of a perfect space for us. the kids have a lot of room to play on the floor area, it leads right to the deck and the back yard, we use the table to play games, we can sit and sip our wine - just us or with friends - and we can see a lot of the yard for when maddalena wants to romp around out there! plus, if it's too hot or too cold outside, we don't have to feel too trapped indoors. we also have a great view of the little birdies and squirlies that love the neighbors' back yard gardens and the rolling farmland that we so adore across the street!

also much appreciated is the fact that this room has required the very least in updating. we had the trim painted, changed out receptacles, and there are still some things left on our list, of course... but! we loved this room from the beginning. :)

[i'd been looking for the perfect wall clock & recently found ours at michael's! // my favorite planters are from home depot // handmade you are my sunshine throw pillow - which i'm sooo beyond in love with!! - c/o with lavender & grace // coffee + end tables from havertys // antique brass tub from the antique store! i was head over heels when i saw that thing. it's currently hiding some of m's rotating footware ;) // the lamp was also an antique store snag // of course i have a favorite quote on the wall :) // comfy rockers inherited from in-laws, yay!! // oh! and the hello darling doormat i won from sugarboo & co. through my girl sarah's instagram! // and ps. can i just say, the slipcovers on our old sofas drive. me. BANANAS. with their constant need to be tucked and straightened! but for the price, they aren't the worst, either.]

okay, and i just have to highlight here hoooow absolutely much i love the you are my sunshine pillow that sweet bianca sent me from her gorgeous handmade shop, with lavender and grace!! i have always loved that song so much, as makes me think of two things i love the most: sunlight and my family... so, from the time i first came across it, i knew i needed it in our sunroom! is there a more appropriate theme for a sunroom, and, oh, i don't know... the story of my entire life? ;) plus, bianca and i have just emailed so much and connected on sooo many things, i mean, i just completely adore her, too. anyway, every time i walk in the room it is just making me so happy!


what we've done...
-had trim painted
-changed outlets & covers [thanks again, daddio!!]
-removed some hardware that was left behind
-caulked lines in the ceiling where ants were sneaking through
-shoved some plastic wrap into a hole i found in the corner because i'm a serious professional like that

still on the list...
-change out doorknobs for matching ones. i don't even know why we haven't done that yet!
-i really want to paint or replace the fans. we like them, functionally, because they have little remote controls, and they really help because the heat/AC does not run to this room... it has a separate wall unit for air. but... with the rest of the room, i don't like the look of them! it couldn't be too tricky to just paint them white, though, right?
-when we first moved in and i was on a total get-er-done high, i fully believed that i was going to paint the bamboo blinds white as well. hahaaa, yeah right! but... i maybe wouldn't hate it if we replaced them with white ones at some point. :) although, i also don't completely hate them right now since they pull together with some of the other warm + natural tones in the room, so that will wait!

[peeking in from the family room!]

and of course, the before and after!

[taken from the listing // my iphone]

so... come on over and sit with us? we'll provide a beverage of your choosing! haha! xoxoxo