Hello my friends! Did you have a good weekend? We spent ours cheering on the Tigers and visiting with friends and family. I wish every weekend could be a three-day weekend. I somehow let the entire month of August slip by without a sponsor shout out post, so here it is. Better late than never!

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Little Eli is the brainchild of friends Amelia and Meghan. Meghan makes jewelry, Amelia works with concrete, and together the two of them have some seriously covet-worthy creations, like their new line of concrete jewelry! They also have several pieces that would make great gifts for wedding season. They’re working to expand and move studios but you can still view some pretties in their Etsy shop.

Concrete Hexagon Pendant. Metallic Gold or Silver Finish. Gray or Black Concrete Jewelry. Necklace. Minimalist. Subtle. Cement. Gray.

Concrete Hexagon Pendant. Metallic Gold or Silver Finish. Gray or Black Concrete Jewelry. Necklace. Minimalist. Subtle. Cement. Gray.

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Sprigs Jewelry and Accessories has over 100 items to choose from and they are all adorable so you’re sure to find something that you or someone you know would love. Ashley also has lots of options for customizing colors and finishes so if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for just ask! The majority of her creations are earrings but this simple and elegant birthstone bracelet is actually my favorite.

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Anna Birthstone Bracelet

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Every month I like to feature a worthy nonprofit. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of call centers all reachable by one easy to remember number: 1-800-273-TALK. Anytime, 24/7, you can dial that number and reach a trained counselor in your area. I spent several years answering calls at my local crisis center while I trained to be a social worker, and if I wasn’t afraid that I’d recognize the voice on the other end of the phone there have been times when I would’ve called myself. I’ve never been actively suicidal, but I do struggle with depression and I have had what we psychobabble folks like to call “suicidal ideation.” Suicidal ideation is a symptom of depression and is treatable. The counselors you’ll reach by calling the Lifeline have very specific training in how to help someone climb back from the depths of hopelessness. The call is always confidential and always free. If you’re in the Baton Rouge area, you can reach our local crisis center directly by calling 225-924-3900 or 1-800-437-0303.

Have a great day, y’all!

About this time last year, I was searching high and low for a round side table that was at least two feet tall to use as a nightstand. It was much harder to find than one would have imagined! Most accent tables were only 18″-20″ high, and even without a boxspring on our bed that height is awkwardly low next to the mattress. I ended up eventually getting a friend to help me make one out of copper plumbing pipes.

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So you can imagine my mixed emotions when I spotted not one, not two, but three adorable and appropriately sized tables at my local Target the other day. Option #1 was even adjustable, but I couldn’t find it online. It was marked down to $72 in-store. Still a little expensive, to my mind, but I like it.

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The other two were $80 each. The one on the left is especially dreamy. You can view them online here and here.

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Although I wouldn’t say I’m in love with the two nightstands we have now (one is the copper and wood construction pictured above and the other is this from Ikea), my yearning for a replacement isn’t nearly deep enough to spend $70-$80 on a new one. That’s probably more than I spent on the other two tables combined. But if you’re in the market for a new nightstand or accent table these are excellent choices! Like I said, I especially like the two-tiered option. It’s made of iron, rather than aluminum, and is more traditional than trendy.

After making a solo trip to Atlanta weekend before last, I felt so refreshed that I didn’t even mind packing back up to head out again this past weekend. This time Nick and I went together and it was fabulous. We spent Friday night at my parents’ house in Slidell and then Saturday morning left Jack and Juliet behind to get spoiled by their grandparents. We drove east through Mississippi, then headed south and took a ferry from Dauphin Island across the mouth of Mobile Bay. It’s a route that I’d never taken before, and both Nick and I enjoyed the ferry. We were having so much fun that Nick took my picture. Don’t I look relaxed and happy?

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A few moments later, another passenger started feeding the seagulls cheese puffs. I thought it mildly inconsiderate, but Nick was much more concerned. “Let’s go get in the car,” he said. “These birds are about to start crapping everywhere.” I told him to stop worrying so much and just enjoy the rest of the ride. And literally, right that second, I looked up and saw bird poop flying at me in slow motion. Fortunately(?), it landed on my face and sunglasses, rather than in my hair or on my clothes, and I was able to clean it up pretty easily with some baby wipes I had in my purse. At least I was able to laugh about it!

The ferry deposited us in Fort Morgan, a rural stretch of coastline about 15 miles west of Gulf Shores. It was, in a word, amazing. There were no high rise condos, no traffic jams, no crowds. I’m not sure I even saw a streetlight. There were two restaurants and a whole lot of adorable beach houses.

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We were there to meet up with some of Nick’s friends from college who were staying there for the week. They’ve been doing fantasy football together for years and now that they all live in different states they meet in a central location for their annual draft. It’s not exactly a kid-friendly event, hence the decision to leave Jack behind. We only stayed for one night and I’m not sure we could have handled anything more. Those folks know how to party!

As much fun as I had visiting with old friends and pretending like I was 21 again, my absolute favorite part was the few hours in the afternoon during which everyone was drafting their teams. I’m not in the league and have no interest in it whatsoever, so I took the opportunity to hang out on the beach by myself. Considering that the last time I was at the beach I had my two year old in tow this was pretty great. When I started to get burned, I moved to the shaded deck where I sat and read. I really enjoy spending time alone and I don’t get much of it these days so I savored every moment.

That night we stayed up entirely too late doing things we’re entirely too old to do, then the next morning Nick and I slept in til the leisurely hour of 8am, bid farewell to various people sleeping on various surfaces, and stopped at the local restaurant for a quick breakfast before hopping back on the ferry and beginning the slow transition back into reality. I never would have thought it’d be worth it to drive all the way to Alabama just for one night on the beach, but it so was!

This is one of two books that I listened to on my recent road trip, and it was so good that I kept listening at every available opportunity once I got home. It was my constant companion in the car, at the gym, and while doing housework. And when it was done I felt like my internal dialogue had become permanently afflicted with a British accent.

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One Day | Amazon**

The accent wore off after a few hours, but the impression the story made on me didn’t. I was deeply moved by this detailed study of people and relationships and the passage of time. I don’t even want to talk much about it for fear of spoiling it. It was made into a movie, and Nick and I watched it on an Amazon rental Sunday night, but it wasn’t nearly as good. I enjoyed it because I’d read the book but Nick fell asleep. I’m not sure that film as a format is really capable of capturing the depth of this story–the book is nearly 500 pages and covers a period of twenty years. Maybe a miniseries would’ve been better. And also it was labeled as a romantic comedy but I’d call that entirely inaccurate. There’s romance and there are laughs but a rom-com it is not. Anyway, if you are into character-driven novels, this one is for you.

PS my Chloe + Isabel pop-up shop is open until tomorrow! You know you want some.

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