Lomellina® Swimwear – too pretty to get wet?

This J.Crew Lomellina® one-shoulder maillot has me in love with the idea of wearing a swimsuit – not an easy feat.

The Lomellina® technical fabric is sourced from one of Italy’s top mills, and is as flattering as it is comfortable.

The criss-cross draping of this one-piece suit is also very figure flattering and the two-way stretch gives you a little extra assistance in the “holding in” department too.

At first glance, I thought this bathing suit would leave awful tan lines and then considered that I change up my bathing suits often for precisely that reason.  The thick one-shoulder style is not only sophisticated, but would be perfect for keeping it in place while I was wading, chasing and swimming with my kids in the pool this summer.

And the “red chili” color?  To. Die. For.  Especially for a blonde like me!

Daily Covet: Hats Gone Wild

I’m sure you’ve noticed that animal hats for kids (and some adults… although I have some thoughts on that matter) were all the rage this past winter. My kids received some from their Aunt for Christmas this past season, and they wear them everywhere.  When I say everywhere, I mean like to bed, to the basement to watch cartoons, to school even when it’s supposed to be 50+ degress out, and more.

So, when I saw this fab sale on Zulily, I thought it might be a good idea to stock up on some great new options for next winter.  An at $6.99, how can I afford to pass up these super cute animals and colors from 2 Crystal Chicks?

Boys and their pet hats… (mine are the 2 on the right)

Hot Pink Lim Owl, zulily.com $6.99

Lime Bright Blue Owl, zulily.com $6.99

Mint Chick, zulily.com $6.99

Blue Stripe Cat, zulily.com $6.99

Lime Pink Cat, zulily.com $6.99

Daily Covet: Botkier Sunflower Tote

Botkier Evans Tote, Sunflower, lastcall.com $345

This adorable sunflower Botkier tote so reminds me of summer.  And lemons, lemonade, hard lemonade… ok, anyway… since my summer days are usually spent toting kids and their stuff around, totes are a major staple for me.

This Botkier Evans Tote even has some edgy hardware so no one thinks I’m just your normal, everyday mom!  And it’s on sale at lastcall.com, so I’ll have more to spend on a new bathing suit!

Daily Covet: A Playroom with Room to Play

We need a playroom with some room to play.  Is that asking so much?

Last night, we decided that since my youngest has been wanting to sleep in the “guest bed,” which also is located in his room, it might be time for him to actually stop sleeping in his crib full time.

While my oldest begged us for almost a year for bunk beds, he declined the opportunity to finally sleep in the top bunk, as we had originally intended.  So we had the surprisingly easy task of taking the beds apart so that each boy has his own little twin bed.  In the same room!

The task we didn’t foresee was that of what do we do with everything that had it’s place before the room had two twins bed in it – unstacked.

I've been dreaming of this look since we've found out we were having our 2nd boy!

However, we are now missing an entire wall of formerly well-used real estate in the room.  Enter the need for a separate playroom, and that comes with a hitch.  That room also has to suffice as our family room in our basement.

Playrooms… playrooms…I perused google images for some ideas… and while it’s not this bad (from www.realsimple.com):

It's not this bad… YET.

It’s also not this good (from kencangbanget.com):

Great playroom, but my kids are not getting a nicer TV than me!

And let’s not talk crazy talk here (from http://www.roemahku.com):

Right… that'll happen.

But maybe something a little more this speed (from apartmenttherapy.com):

So this would be a nice room...

Why does a mixed-use space have to be so hard to create?

Daily Covet: These Bubbles Aren’t For Kids

I’ve been buying fun, costume-y jewelry for years.  Some of it I get rid of, some of it I keep forever, and most of it – well, I never actually wear it.

But I’m turning over a new leaf.  Not a resolution really, but I’m trying to put some effort into getting dressed every morning.  I’ve always been of the opinion that if you look good, you feel good.  And I need all the feeling good I can get this winter!

I have had my eye on this necklace or a version of this necklace for a few years now.  Because of the price, and the number of times I would have actually put it on (zero), I’ve declined.  But as of today, I have successfully worn something other than my stud earrings and my wedding band, three days in a row!

What can’t you wear this with?  A strapless taffetta dress.  A white, slub t-shirt and jeans.  A cashmere twinset and pencil skirt.  A button down flannel shirt (as long as it’s a flattering cut) and a wool mini… the possibilities are endless.  And it’s such an effortless way to say, “Hey, I put some thought into getting dressed today!”

It might just be time to spend a little of my Christmas money…

Turquoise Bubble Necklace, J. Crew $150

Daily Covet: Ask, and Ye Shall Receive

Levels of Discovery Monster Double Revolving Bookcase, Zulily.com $97.99

My weekly blog for Momaha.com put the call out for gift ideas for a two-year-old, whose five-year-old brother already has everything.  Zulily.com must read my blogs, because in my email this morning, came these adorable revolving book shelves.

There’s only one problem:  Finding a wall or corner that doesn’t already contain furniture (furniture that is currently housing books I might add!)

Well, if I can’t find space for it, that doesn’t mean you can’t!

Levels of Discovery Owls Revolving Bookcase, Zulily.com $99.99

Daily Covet: Transportation Authority

So, my daily covet came from spending an evening with my neighbors at our block party.

An old friend of my husband’s from high school, just happened to crash the soiree (see what parenthood will do to you?) with this amazing wagon, which is collapsable and has millions of pockets and can fit, like a gaggle of kiddos in it….

Ok, so I’m exaggerating a little bit but check out the picture.

And it’s not only great for parents.  Imagine how much alcohol you could haul to your next outdoor concert or how many groceries you could pull home, should you happen to live in the big city.  The possibilities are endless!

Mobile Folding Wagon, Frontgate.com $139.50