If You Love Something

Yeah, you let it go. And if it comes back, it was meant to be. If it doesn’t, it wasn’t.

But I’m not talking about that.

I’m talking about how sometimes if you love something – heck, even if you just like it a whole lot – you will find people who want to support you and connect with you and help that love grow more.

And it’s totally awesome.

When I was in high school I had a thing for frogs. Clocks, figurines, towels, clothing, wall decor, jewelry, dinnerware, even my closet doors. If it had a frog on it, I probably owned it. I think the last time I counted my collection I had nearly 500 items of frog-adorned paraphernalia. I even had a live pet frog named Captain Smollett (after Kermit the Frog’s character in Muppet Treasure Island, of course). 🙂 Part of the reason my collection grew was due to that support I mentioned before – support of the thing I loved. Friends would travel and bring me back froggy souvenirs. Someone would go to a restaurant and take a photo of themselves with a frog statue. A friend’s relative heard about my collection and painted the purple one in the photo below for me. Birthdays, Christmas, every gift-giving holiday you can think of resulted in more frogs.

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I never asked anyone to stop, because I loved it. It made me feel so incredibly loved and thought of, and I loved every single one.

I had to put my frog-loving days behind me though, because when Jay and I were planning our wedding it was apparent that things had gotten out of control. When guests were asking us if we’d be interested in frog-related wedding gifts or if our wedding was going to be frog-themed (themed weddings were all the rage then), we knew we had to ditch the amphibians. So we packed all the frogs away, and had an almost frog-free wedding. I still love the little wedding cake toppers we chose, and I still love my hubby for being a good sport about it. ❤

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Although a few frogs can still be found randomly placed around my house (and I think a few are decorating my parents’ place), the rest of them are still tucked away in a bin in the attic. And I no longer receive frog-related gifts or photos or anything.

But I am still feeling the same kind of love, just in a more internet-y way.

Somehow people have caught on that I enjoy Tiffany & Co., and word has gotten out that I’ll pretty much publicly drool for anything in that color. And as a result, I’m getting the 21st century social media version of the frog-frenzy love.

And I love it.

I’m constantly being sent Tiffany-related images from friends through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or even just text messaging. Anytime someone sees something in Tiffany blue, they send it my way.

These two are the most popular items I’m tagged in or sent:

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Yeah, I’m pretty much dying to have some Tiffany-colored footwear now… and no, I’d never run in those shoes, they’d get too dirty. I’d definitely wear them out on a date night like this though! 😀

I’ve also had people share phone cases and beverages/food items a bunch:

I actually tried a Tiffany-colored phone case before, but it was pretty flimsy and I’m just too clumsy for a weak case. I ended up getting this one by Speck though, so I’ve still got my favorite color scheme! (not an affiliate link)

This one wins the prize for most unique share though… gun lover or not, you gotta admit this is a pretty classy looking piece of metal. ❤

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I try to pin everything that’s sent to me on Pinterest, where I have a board for all things Tiffany. You know, for those days when I’m feeling kinda low and just feel like visually swimming in my favorite color. Despite the fact that I can’t afford 99% of what I pin, it’s so pretty that it actually does cheer me up just looking at it.

So I say, keep those images coming. They make me feel loved and thought of and I love every single one.

And if you happen to visit a Tiffany store and feel compelled to buy me a souvenir, I’m certainly not going to stop you. 😉 ❤

 

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A Salesman, a Security Guard, and a Cobblestone Necklace

I’ve said it before. In fact, I’ve said it here… and here… and here. Oh, and here.

Tiffany & Co. is the best store in the world.

And in case I haven’t made you a believer yet, allow me to spend yet another blog post trying to convince you how fabulous this store really is. And I’m not sorry.

My bestie and I just took our annual Girls’ Trip, this time to snazzy, jazzy New Orleans. Our trips always include a few stops for frappuccinos, and while waiting for our order at the mall near the French Quarter we spied it – Tiffany & Co. ❤

We got our coffee, and because my bestie is the best bestie in the world, she was happy to let me wander through the mall and swoon over the store’s entrance, which was flanked on three sides by beautiful tiffany-blue lighting. She humored me and guarded my beverage and my purse while taking yet another photo of me in front of a Tiffany & Co. sign.

And the security guard comes over and asks if he can be in the picture with me.
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Here’s where I knew I’d be having yet another great Tiffany’s experience. Here’s where this visit to Tiffany’s became my favorite ever. Here’s where I knew I’d be writing another post about this establishment and its total awesomeness.

After my photo moment with Ben, Sanne and I went in to look at all the goodies. We were immediately offered assistance by a salesman with an incredibly kind face, to which I politely declined. I explained that I wasn’t going to buy anything, I was just looking to get some ideas for my upcoming birthday. Sanne and I walked around admiring all the pretty things – and then I saw it.

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This is the Tiffany Cobblestone Medallion Pendant. It is by far my most favorite item the store has to offer, and I had never seen it in person before.

Cue the drool.

This pendant is absolutely breathtaking, and comes with a pricetag completely worthy of its beauty – $14,000. There was no way they were going to let me try that on, especially knowing I had no intention of purchasing it. But I had to ask. See, right before we left for New Orleans Jay accidentally made a joke about money while planning a trip with his friend, saying, “There’s no time like the present to spend money.” So, naturally, I saw the perfect opportunity to freak him out a little. After all, what’s good for the gander is good for the goose too, right? 😀

I asked the kind-faced salesman, John, if there was any way I could try it on. He didn’t even hesitate – he pulled it right out of the case and while my jaw dropped to the floor and tears began to form in my eyes he brought it around the counter and clasped it around my neck. I’m still in shock.

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Can I just stop for a minute and say again that this is the most stunning piece in the entire Tiffany & Co. collection?

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I took a bunch of pictures with the necklace on before reluctantly handing it back over to John to return to the case. He wasn’t done with me yet though, and called me to join him behind the counter to have a look at the matching Cobblestone ring on his computer screen. Definitely on my wish list too, but as I told John, if you’re going to spend that kind of money then you should definitely go for the more eye-catching piece. 😀

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We finished looking at everything, but before we left I asked John to take a picture of Sanne and me. He looked around the store for a minute, then found the perfect backdrop. I wish this picture did it justice – the wall behind us was beautiful.

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Then I took one with John too because, after all, we had become such good friends by this point.

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I asked him if he was okay with me posting his picture on my blog, and he got all excited, writing down my blog’s web address and complimenting its name, which then led to a brief conversation on Slurpees, Icees, and slush puppies. 🙂 In case you can’t tell, John is awesome. He then called Ben (the also-awesome security guard of entrance-photo fame) over and told him that the two of them were going to be in my blog post.

Sadly though, we couldn’t stay all day, and Sanne and I bid adieu to our new Tiffany & Co. besties. On our way out John gave me his business card and told me that he hopes I get my necklace someday.

Me too, John. Me too. ❤

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London on a Bicycle

One of our favorite things to do whenever we vacation somewhere is to locate a bike rental shop and check out the area at our own pace. Jay and I have biked through Williamsburg, Toronto, and even on Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island), and now we’ve added London to that list!

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This past June Jay and I decided to spend our 13th anniversary in London. We knew we’d want to go exploring on a bicycle at some point in our 3-day stay, and after doing a little digging online we came across BrakeAway Bike Tours. The company offered a number of different tours, and we were thrilled to see that one of them would cover many of the popular tourist attractions that we’d already planned to visit – which would save us a ton of sightseeing time on our trip.

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We met our tour guide, Matt, in Waterloo Station, then took a short walk to where the bikes were housed – a crazy tunnel where spray painting the walls was completely legal. The tunnel was frequented by graffiti artists who would just paint over the existing work on the walls, and as a result the walls were constantly changing daily – we were advised to take pictures of anything we liked because it would most likely be gone the next day! There were even artists spray painting in the tunnel while we were there, which was pretty cool to watch (albeit a bit smelly).

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We put on our helmets, grabbed our bikes, and headed off through the tunnel. I was a little nervous about biking on the “wrong” side of the street, but Matt was a great guide and always made sure everyone in the group stuck together. He explained biking signals, that there would be areas where we’d be required to walk our bikes, and that we could feel free to stop him any time we needed.

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Big Ben, Buckingham Palace (including the Changing of the Guard), St. Paul’s Cathedral, and MI5 were just a few of the stops on our tour. At every location we went to, Matt would give us interesting tidbits of information that made us feel as though we were really getting insider information – past and present – about the city. He quickly caught on that Jay and I are Harry Potter fans, and any chance he got he’d squeeze in a few factoids about the actors and the movies. 🙂

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The ride was an easy 7.5 miles, which we finished in only about 3.5 hours (including a 20-minute break). Despite the crazy traffic and not being used to everyone driving on the left, we didn’t have a single moment where we felt things were dangerous. Our tour included the bike rental (mine was named Audrey Hepburn – how perfect is that for a gal who loves Tiffany’s?) and helmets, and of course, an amazing tour guide. My bike had a little basket on the front, which was perfect for holding my purse, jacket, and water bottle. If you’re ever headed to London for a sightseeing trip, I highly recommend checking out BrakeAway Bike Tours! 🙂

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Jay and I have always enjoyed walking and biking through the cities we visit, but I think this tour has made us consider booking bike tours on our future travels to other cities, too! Now, where to go for our 15th…? 😉

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PS – I was not paid or perked or even asked to write this post. Jay and I just had such a good time that I wanted to give this company some internet love! ❤ 🙂

Speak to Me

There are a LOT of quotes out there. Happy quotes. Inspiring quotes. Snarky quotes. Encouraging quotes. I’m-frustrated-so-take-THAT quotes. These catchy phrases can be a great way to summarize how you feel about anything, and because we can all relate to so many of them they spread like wildfire. I have a few friends that post quotes so aligned with their mood that you can tell what kind of day they’ve had without ever asking them.

To be honest, half the time I don’t even really read quotes. But every once in a while I run across one that speaks to me. And almost every time a quote touches me, I’m able to see it as a reminder of how much God loves me and how much I need to lean on Him to get through life.

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I’ve loved this quote for as long as I can remember. It makes me take pride in who God has created me to be, and as a result I want to give my best in whatever I’m doing. This quote reminds me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), and that I need to take pride in who He has created me to be and reflect my best for Him.

Usually when a quote sticks with me it’s because it draws attention to an area of my life that I’m struggling with and leaves me with a nugget of quirky wisdom:

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I definitely struggle with expectations I put on myself. Is my house clean enough? Are my children behaving enough? Do I look good enough? But exactly when – and why – did I decide what my life is supposed to look like in the first place? When I set these expectations of “supposed to,” the only one ruining my happiness is ME. I love how this quote puts it in perspective – my life is already awesome, as long as I learn to love it for exactly what it is! ❤

Once in a while a few simple words reveal things about myself that I was never even aware of:

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This quote is 100% me. I’m constantly getting disappointed when I don’t feel the same level of commitment that I give being returned, and I never realized why it bothered me so much until I read this. It makes me remember Psalm 46:1: that God is my refuge and strength. Not people. I can’t let myself get depressed or frustrated when others aren’t being exactly what I need them to be, because I know He promises to never fail me.

Quotes also have a way of reaffirming something I’ve already been learning somewhere else in life:

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Last year our church held a women’s Bible study by Kay Warren called Choose Joy. It was during a time when for some crazy reason I was insisting on being miserable instead of choosing to be happy. These quotes popped up on my Instagram feed in one day from two different people and instantly reminded me the importance of the choices we make. along with this one, which not only helps me to evaluate the current choices I’ve been making but also helps me realize that if I want something to have greater importance in my life, I need to find a way to make it happen.Screen Shot 2015-07-04 at 9.55.28 PMI keep all the images of these quotes in a folder on my computer, and occasionally I’ll take a look at them and remind myself to focus on what’s important: my faith, my family, my friends, and myself. These quotes, along with the Biblical truths that back them up, help pull me out of whatever funk I’m in at the moment.

And this one helps too, of course. Words to live by. 😉

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Running Bucket List

Runner’s Envy.

Oh, it’s real, and I’ve got it BAD.

It doesn’t help that I was born with a green streak running through me – jealousy is a nasty beast that I find myself beating into submission on a regular basis. And when I started running there were lots of things other runners had that I could be jealous of. Speed, distance, cute running clothes, tight tushies, fun sneaks, racks full of medals… other runners seem to have it all figured out. But to be honest, I’ve never been jealous of any of that. In fact, for the longest time the only thing I wanted was to be able to breathe without sounding like a freight train.

Then I ran my first 5K, became a medal junkie, and found that easy breathing wasn’t the only thing other runners had that I wanted.

I wanted events. Experiences. Medals. I wanted to be able to say, “I did such-and-such event!” when it came up in conversation. Or even if I just wanted to casually bring it up in conversation. Or if I was talking to myself and wanted to mention it out of sheer lunacy. I wanted to see a brochure or an ad on Facebook for an upcoming run and already have an opinion on it because I’d already added the event to my list of completed runs. I wanted to do it ALL.

Running events aren’t cheap though, so a girl’s gotta be selective. I’ve also got two sweet girls that need caring for while I’m off at these events. Not to mention I’m not exactly the most devoted runner, and while one month I may be able to run 8 miles at a time, the next month I might barely be able to finish two. All in all, it’s not easy to plan out which events I want to participate in the most. I’ve got a few events that I’m determined to do though, and jump on any chance I have to make these happen!

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I almost signed up for the St. Augustine Half Marathon last year, but the dates just weren’t working out for our family. It usually falls right around my birthday though, so I can definitely see this – or even the 10K – in my future! 🙂

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 9.45.34 PMI’ve never dreamed of being a princess, but I have definitely dreamed of completing the Glass Slipper Challenge during Disney’s Princess Half Marathon weekend! First, you complete the 10K on Saturday, then you complete the half marathon on Sunday for a total of 19.3 miles. You end up with a finisher’s medal for the 10K, the half, AND a third medal for completing both. How ridiculously awesome is THAT?

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After my first half marathon I felt invincible. Seriously, I was ready to enter the IronMan competition. Thankfully, I didn’t, and instead set my sights a bit lower – now I’m dying to complete an obstacle run of some sort. If there’s mud involved, all the better!

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I grew up watching Nick at Nite (back when they aired Petticoat Junction and Taxi), and I loved I Dream of Jeannie. So I was kinda giddy when I heard that there was a half marathon in Cocoa Beach with a medal shaped like Jeannie’s genie bottle. Plus I’ve heard there’s a division for folks who want to run dressed like Jeannie or Major Nelson, so that definitely makes it more entertaining!

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 9.02.01 PMThe last run on my bucket list is perhaps the hands-down winner… medal-wise, anyway. Completing the Run Nike Women’s 15K or half marathon earns you an exclusive necklace designed in part by Tiffany & Co. Yup. Finish the race, get a Tiffany’s necklace. Because of its popularity, the event allows entrants in via a lottery system. The next event is a half marathon scheduled for this fall in San Francisco, but I think I’d actually prefer to do the 15K if they hold it again in Toronto next year.

I’m sure once I’ve completed a couple of these I’ll have a few more ready to take their place on my bucket list, but for now I think I’ve got enough to tackle! 😀

My Signature Color

I think I have Tiffany blue radar. Seriously, I see Tiffany blue everywhere. Anytime I come across something in my favorite color, it catches my eye and makes me smile. And sometimes I take a picture of it… just in case I suddenly decide that everything I own needs to be this color. 🙂

On a trip for my birthday last November it just so happened that the lampshades were the most soothing shade of blue. I know I slept better because they were so beautiful… is that crazy?

IMG_3190I swear I could run faster if I had these sneakers… especially if I was running to Tiffany’s IN these sneakers!

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IMG_4136This chandelier was hanging in the Tiffany’s store on 5th Avenue in New York City. I really, really love this and would love to have something like this hanging over my dining room table.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 9.54.10 PMThis past Christmas brought a little more Tiffany blue into my world all on it’s own. Jay found a killer deal on a Kitchenaid mixer, something that I’d been wanting since we got married. Emily picked out some new earbuds in my favorite color, and I received a new copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. There was also a pretty blue box in that white satin ribbon under the tree – Jay barely managed to rack up enough flyer miles to qualify for a gift card, but he did – and we are going shopping on our next date night!

IMG_4629I’ll leave with you one last picture… Emily realized that she, Julia, and I all have mint jeans and decided that we should all wear mint and gray one day over the Christmas break. This photo makes me smile more than any of the others. ❤ 🙂

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I recently told a friend at church that every so often I feel like I might be overdoing it – that I wear variations of Tiffany blue too much and maybe should consider resisting the next purchase I want to make that has anything to do with it. She told me no way – this is my signature color.

I’m going with that. 🙂

Happy Birthday to Me!

Last year I wrote this post about what I was giving myself for my birthday. This year I decided not to be as deep. In fact, I went in the completely opposite direction and got about as shallow as I’ve ever been and bought a nice gift for myself… at my favorite store in the world!

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  1. I am cheap, and I hate spending large chunks of money all at once. Even if I’ve saved up money for something, I still break out in cold sweats at the register when I hand over my credit card. My heart rate goes up with each “beep” of an item being rung up, I fan my face, and for a few hours afterward I try to decide if there’s anything I want to return to get my money back.
  2. When I do spend a bit of money on something, it’s usually because I have been thinking about that item nonstop day and night. Actually, I rarely impulse buy anything – usually I walk away, and if I’m still thinking about the item hours or even days later then I know I’ll be happy with it and I go back to get it.
  3. I absolutely adore Tiffany’s. ❤

IMG_3354Earlier this year my best friend Sanne and I booked another girls’ trip to New York City. We timed out our trip with the release of the movie Mockingjay, which just happened to come out near my birthday. Seriously, how awesome is that? 🙂 We also planned to stop by Tiffany’s, so I started saving my money months in advance – I had my eye on the most beautiful tote I’d ever seen. I’d wanted the Jitney Tote for almost a year, and that’s about how long it took for me to be okay with the price tag it came with. Once I decided to go for it (at Jay’s insistence), I started saving. I sold things on Craigslist, had a yard sale, did some internet work, and saved some money in my budget along with birthday money I’d received from Jay’s & my parents. I drooled over it online every few days, and got myself super excited about finally bringing it home.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 5.30.46 PMAfter Sanne made her purchase at Tiffany’s – a beautiful key necklace – we headed upstairs to the gift floor. A salesclerk was there waiting for me, knew me by name, and waited why I examined the bag. He was so pleasant, and made me feel like I was every bit as important as their wealthier clients. (He knew I’d saved up for the bag – my big, over-explaining mouth gave that away. So much for last year’s gift to myself). We left the store with that gigantic box inside an even larger bag, and walked back to where we were staying, pretty much crashing into everything (and everyone) I passed.

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IMG_3484I love this bag. It’s made of canvas and leather, all in that fabulous Tiffany blue. It has tons of space, and just the right number of pockets – I really dislike bags with too many pockets. The outside pockets are magnetic, and there are three zippered spaces. It’s large enough to fit my laptop and would work excellently as a carry-on bag. The tote came with two dustbags, one in Tiffany blue with the company logo on it and another one in white to protect the blue dustbag. I’ve never been so fancy!

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 5.43.22 PMI’ve only used it once, truthfully, it’s larger than I expected and I’m not eager to fill it with juice boxes and snacks and crayons and whatever else my girls ask me to carry. But I recently went out for my Bible study group’s Christmas party, and it was the perfect thing to carry our white elephant gifts in. It didn’t even work with my outfit, but I felt like a million bucks just having it on my shoulder. 🙂

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My Blue Pumpkin

Teal PumpkinI cannot imagine what life must be like with a food allergy. Or even worse – being the parent of a child with a food allergy. It is estimated that 15 million Americans have a food allergy of some sort. Thankfully, no one in my family possess any true allergy to anything, food-related or otherwise. But I have friends who deal with this, and it’s made me extremely aware of how limiting a food allergy can be.

Take Halloween, for instance. Tons and tons of candy being handed out by the handfuls, and since large percentage of it is made with milk or nuts (or is processed among candies with milk or nuts), most of it becomes taboo for kids with food allergies.

Enter the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) is hoping to start a new tradition this Halloween, one that encourages families to add a teal pumpkin to the front of their home, indicating that they offer non-food items for any trick-or-treaters with food allergies. The goal is to raise food allergy awareness as well as promote safety and inclusion, making this a fun holiday for all who wish to participate.

As I have friends with food allergies, our home will be eagerly participating in this new tradition. We’ve already spray-painted our teal pumpkin (teal is the color of food allergy awareness), and we’ll be printing a sign to put beside it so that families will know that they can request a non-edible treat at our house. Of course, we also plan to have a bowl of candy for the kids who are able to eat it without worry… but why not make the night a little more fun for those kids who do have to worry? 🙂

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Here are some suggestions of non-food goodies that you could hand out – just be sure to keep them in a separate bowl from the candy to avoid cross-contamination. 🙂

glow sticks
bubbles
stickers
tattoos
erasers
pencils
crayons
bouncy balls
notepads
mini containers of Play-Doh

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Besides – why wouldn’t I want a pumpkin on my porch that reminds me of Tiffany’s?
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I Should have Been Born in Tiffany’s

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 10.36.25 PMNo joke, I think that the next time I get a cut I’m going to check to see if the blood in my veins has turned robin’s egg blue. Don’t worry, this isn’t another post about another trip to my happiest place on earth, although I did recently manage to snag these killer Tiffany’s sunglasses:

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I found them on a Facebook group where mommas barter and sell things (I’ve sold a few things there myself, and despite some trouble with one sale I’ve had really good experiences). The mom who didn’t want them was selling them for $40. They had a few small scratches, but $40?! They retail at $385! It wasn’t easy handing over money for something that was slightly damaged, but since I never pay more than $15 for a normal pair of shades, I went for it and called it my Mother’s Day gift to myself.  Boo-ya.

And not too long ago, a friend posted a quiz on Facebook: What Classic Actress are You? I took the quiz and to my complete joy, there it was in black and white:

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It was like angels were singing, telling me that I was born to be blue. I was Holly Golightly!   Ok, so I was Audrey Hepburn, but seriously, I can’t tell the two apart.

Then there’s this KitchenAid mixer at Target that I’m in love with:

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If I had 8 inches of space on my kitchen counter that baby would be in my shopping cart faster than a shoeless kid on a hot sandy beach.  As it stands, we don’t have anywhere to put the massive beauty, even in our cabinets, so I’m just going to keep drooling whenever I walk by it, even if it means someone has to come by with a mop when I’m done.

But right now the Tiffany-related thing that’s putting the biggest smile on my face is knowing that I’ll once again (for the 3rd time!) have the chance to walk through the iconic Tiffany & Co. in New York City. My bestie and I just booked our tickets for the weekend after my birthday, which means means another trip to my favorite store! (We are also going to see Mockingjay Part 1 opening weekend, but that’s another post for another day). My plan is to save up whatever money I make selling things over the summer so that hopefully this time (for the first time) I won’t walk out without a blue box wrapped in a white bow. I have no idea what I plan to shop for, but once it gets closer and I know my budget I’m sure that Jay won’t be able to tear me away from their website.

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Jay laughs at me whenever I talk about Tiffany’s, and I can tell he thinks I’m crazy. But he’s about to trade in his car, and now that he’s found the new car he wants he’s like a kid who’s about to go to Disney for the first time. He’s showing me pictures, talking about it nonstop, dreaming about where he’s going to drive first, and describing every detail. He’s ridiculously giddy. I told him that’s what Tiffany’s does to me.

I think he gets it now.

My Happy Place

Earlier this year Jay took a new job – a total blessing, since it not only gave us the peace of mind that comes along with job security (which we’d been without the previous 12 years of our marriage), but it also enabled me to become a stay-at-home mom again. Trying to juggle a full workload as a teacher, both of the girls’ school schedules and events, and potential illnesses that always seem to occur at the worst possible times would be much easier on everyone if I returned to the homefront full-time.  I was more than happy to oblige.

But there’s another silver lining… one that comes in a blue box with a white bow.

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Oh yes – I still can’t believe it – I got to go to Tiffany’s again!  And 8 years sooner than I expected!

And boy oh boy, gosh golly gee – I was in heaven.

Jay travels almost every week, sometimes taking multiple flights within each week.  As a result, he racks up points or credits, which in turn earn him perks.  Usually it’s just a bump up to first class or the ability to change his flight without financial penalty (a particular blessing the morning his alarm didn’t go off and he missed his flight).  But his most recent status upgrade gave him the best perk ever – a gift card to Tiffany’s.  Jay also decided to cash in some of our credit card points for another Tiffany’s gift card.  Merry Christmas to me!

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I am not materialistic.  I am not a name-brand lover.  I am not above knockoffs.  I hate paying full price for anything.  I actually don’t enjoy advertising for other companies at all – you won’t find any clothing with brand logos across the front in my closet.  I do love Coach purses, but that’s only happened within the last few years (after Jay convinced me that buying 3-4 poor-quality $20 purses a year didn’t make any sense). And even then, I only buy Coach products at their factory outlet store.  So being able to walk into my absolute favorite store with what I consider “free money” in my pocket is a dream come true.

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I’m ridiculously (and perhaps embarrassingly) giddy when I walk into Tiffany & Co.  I’m like my dad in a hobby shop, my mom in a scrapbook store, or Jay at an auto dealership. Something happens to me when I’m in Tiffany’s.  I lose all sense of time, and even forget Jay is with me every few minutes.  I love to look.  I love to drool.  I love to imagine myself on a Tiffany blue sofa just sitting in there all day drinking frozen cokes through a silver straw and tying white ribbons in my hair.  It’s just so dreamy.

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It’s possible I may have compared the joy I feel in Tiffany’s to the joy I felt when my beauties were born.  But I’ll never admit to it.  I know it’s silly, and I know it’s shallow.  But I also know women who drool over the newest Kate Spade or Tory Burch or Michael Kors products.  I’m not judging – clearly I have no room for that – but I can definitely relate.  Those brands may not hold any interest for me, but this is my vice.  My Achille’s Heel.  My claim to shame.  Except I’m not ashamed.  Just check out Julia’s Halloween costume.

I love Tiffany & Co.  I won’t apologize for it.  Perhaps I was duped as a child into thinking that it was a wonderful place after watching Holly Golightly come alive every time she mentioned it. Perhaps I’m a victim of advertising at its very best.  I don’t care.  Whether I purchase anything or not, I leave with a smile on my face.  And when I am blessed enough to leave with that beautiful blue bag, whatever is inside is a constant reminder of how special I am to my husband, even though he can’t be with me all the time.

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