Weekend Notes 10.12

It has been a long week around here with soccer practices, Taekowndo, school fundraisers and projects around the house. I’ve started to realize we’ve really over extended ourselves with commitments and activities, and I’m ready to slow down a bit! I think we get so eager to get back to our routine and jump into activities at the start of the school year, and this is about the time when burn out begins to creep in. Fortunately we have a few extended weekends coming up, and I’m also planning a leisurely weekend ahead!

Best Birthday Gift We bought Cole the GizmoPal for his recent birthday and it has been one of our best kid purchases to date! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a watch that also functions as a phone (to limited pre-set numbers) and also has GPS tracking. Cole loves to call home throughout his school day to check in, and I love the GPS tracking feature. It also gives me peace of mind when dropping him off at birthday parties, playdates, or even leaving him with a babysitter. GizmoPal is only compatible with Verizon, but there are other versions you can read about here.

Spooky Story On a recent shopping trip I came across the cutest book “The Spooky Express Idaho” that I just had to grab for my kids. It’s a sweet little story of a spooky train traveling around the state of Idaho on Halloween night. The book is available in a version for almost all states and a number of larger cities as well! (You can find it here) It makes for a fun bedtime story this month!

Peak Foliage The leaves are really getting beautiful here in Boise, and we are very near to peak foliage. It really is such a short time when the colors are at their peak, so I really want to get out and enjoy these beautiful leaves while they last! Take a look at the Fall Foliage Nationwide Map to see when leaves will be at their peak in your area.

Skincare Drama I was in a bit of a panic this week when a friend informed me that our skincare favorite brand The Ordinary was closing down amid some strange actions and claims by the founder & CEO. Today a judge ruled in favor of shareholder Esteé Lauder to remove the CEO and resume operations. An interesting read at BuzzFeed.

Winter Wardrobe I know it’s only October, but its a good time to start thinking ahead and grab some winter staples! J Crew is having a sale of up to 40% off which is a great deal for some of their classic pieces. I have this parka and this cocoon coat both in 2 colors and I highly recommend them!

Feminist Fashion Heidi Slimane has officially taken over Céline after the departure of Phoebe Philo…and the reaction has not been a good one from Céline fans. I have to admit, I am sad to see the aesthetic I loved change so drastically and this Vox article really does a great job of talking about why this drastic change in the brand’s direction is so controversial, especially in light of the #metoo movement. It is rumored that Phoebe Philo’s beloved handbag designs for Céline will be discontinued at the end of the year as well…so I’m off to search online consignment shops!

Have a great weekend!

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