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Happy weekend!

It’s been a pretty wet week around here.

I think it may have rained every day?

I say “I think” because I spent two days flat on my back with vertigo (this is Anne writing to you this week, by the way!).

Have you ever had vertigo?

It’s been something I’ve dealt with since I was in high school, and my dad and uncle both get it too.

For me and my dad it’s usually because of our sinuses and allergy season can make it flare up.

Or sleeping on the same side.

There’s really not much you can do for it besides lie there and wait for it to pass.

But I’m feeling almost normal today!

I’ve got a few random thoughts for you this weekend…

1. There’s one positive that always comes from being sick: it really makes me appreciate my health that much more. Have you noticed that too? Honestly, any difficult thing in life has a way of making me take notice of all the little things I might take for granted. What’s something you may take for granted that’s truly pretty wonderful? Hit reply and let me know, or leave a comment at the end of this post!

Woman's hand holding a large, wide-mouthed mason jar filled with a pumpkin spice latte custard shake.

2. It might still feel like summer outside, and say it’s summer on the calendar, but once the kids go back to school my mind naturally turns to fall. This tea is my absolute favorite for fall! I also love this shake recipe that has the flavors of fall but keeps me cool when it still feels like summer.

3. I’m really missing the sound of my kids being in my house. I adore my husband and spending more time with him is the silver lining of this empty nest. But geez, it’s really quiet around here! If you’re an empty nester too, what are some of your tips for adjusting to this new chapter?

4. Speaking of the kids all being in college this year, one thing that gives me some peace of mind is this box that I sent with them. I’m also starting to plan some fun care packages to send to them in a few weeks! AnnMarie really inspired me with this fun idea!

before photo of exterior of home prior to painting with tan house and black shutters

5. This summer both AnnMarie and I had our houses painted. Our builder used Hardie Plank fiber cement siding in our neighborhood which requires a little bit of maintenance (like a fresh coat of paint every 12-15 years…). AnnMarie completely changed the way her house looks! Wait until you see how it looks now…

We found all kinds of super fun inspiration for you around the web this week!

Like this couples trip.

This budget-friendly Anthropolgie dupe.

This idea to prepare for next year’s flower garden.

These date night ideas.

This back-to-school breakfast.

This colorful wreath.

These cutting garden tips.

This fantastic idea for when you travel.

These tips for thrifting.

These simple and pretty ideas for starting your fall decorating.

This healthy snack idea.

We hope you have a fantastic week!

Signature for AnnMarie and Anne with headshot photo

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Monday 30th of August 2021

I'm so glad you are feeling better Anne. My dad had issues with vertigo and found it debilitating at times. Can't imagine. I always appreciate my health after being sick. Thank you so much for sharing my garden post. I really appreciate it.


Monday 30th of August 2021

Thanks, Kim! Being sick always makes you realize just how much we take being healthy for granted doesn't it? We're always happy to share you and your blog!


Saturday 21st of August 2021

Thank you so much Anne and AnnMarie for including my breakfast bar in your Saturday roundup. Such an honor and I appreciate it.☺️ I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Xo ~Jen


Monday 23rd of August 2021

Hi Jen! We love sharing great ideas!! Have a great week.


Saturday 21st of August 2021

Anne, I hope your vertigo is over. I don't think I could handle having that even occasionally. Thanks so much for sharing my thrifting ideas this week. Have the best day.


Monday 23rd of August 2021

Thanks so much Rachel! I'm not sure I could handle it either...Anne's a trooper. We love sharing awesome ideas!


Saturday 21st of August 2021

I can't imagine Vertigo. Having MS since 26 makes me appreciate mostly everything.

I have had huge ups and downs. With my new drug I can do the things I haven't been able to for years.

Your pumpkin tea looks delicious


Monday 23rd of August 2021

Hi Cindy - So happy you've found a new medication that helps you! That must make all the difference. Have a great week!