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Love List

Love List

Popping in with a last-minute Love List before the weekend! I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile–my childhood friend is getting married tomorrow, my family will all be there (my brother and one of my sisters are in my house right now!!), and then we’re headed to Charlottesville for our first family trip since 2013. I can’t wait to spend quality time with everyone, soak up the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views, drink some fabulous wine, and take advantage of the many babysitters to do a little bit of relaxing :) But first, here are a few things I’m loving lately–and I’d love to hear a few from you in the comments!

Local spot: There are a bunch of places I could have picked for this category because we’ve been out and about a lot lately, but this one is time-sensitive, so I’ll prioritize it! If you’re in the Triangle, take a little drive up to Clayton to see the Neuse River sunflower field, now in bloom. It is gorgeous, and such a fun little adventure! Bring a camera, obviously :) We took some of my new favorite photos of me and Charlie while we were there.

TV show: Dave and I have a really hard time agreeing on TV shows to watch together, but we just found one that we’re both loving! Father Brown is a BBC series based off of the Father Brown stories by G. K. Chesterton. It’s set in the English countryside in the 1950s and is about a priest with a knack for solving mysteries. It did not sound like something I’d be into at all, but I’m really enjoying it! It’s not scary or gory, the stories and characters are really interesting to follow, and they dive into themes of mercy and redemption in a beautiful (never cheesy) way. It’s on Netflix, and the episodes can be watched on their own (each one features its own mystery), so there’s no pressure to binge-watch!

Recipe: Dave and I have been making How Sweet It Is’ 30-minute Cajun salmon so often, I mixed up the spice blend in bulk to cut out even more time! It is definitely one of our new favorite healthy entrées, and it couldn’t be simpler.

Beauty product: As you know, I exchanged most of my skin care products for Beautycounter last month when I joined as a consultant, and I just ordered some more of their makeup to try before the wedding I’m in this weekend. My favorite from my mini-haul is the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen–I love the applicator and the coverage is definitely impressive. I also picked up the Color Shade Eye Duo in Peach/Bronze and another Lip Sheer lipstick, in Coral.

Sale finds: Confession…I have only ever bought one thing from Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, but I do love perusing it every year to get a peek at what’s in style for the season ahead (praise hands that ruffles and off-the-shoulder don’t seem to be going anywhere, because those are two trends I still really love!). If you’re in the market for a higher priced item (jeans, boots, a coat, etc.), this is definitely the time to buy. I also noticed a bunch of really cute tops and fun fall dresses–perfect for if you live in a place with a mild fall/winter. I linked a few of my favorite products that are included in the sale above! That polka dot blouse is seriously tempting–it reminds me of my favorite shell that I’ve had for years.

Upcoming event: My childhood friend Leah is getting married tomorrow!! I’ve known her since I was three years old, and we roomed together for a semester in college, so it feels almost like my sister is getting married. SO excited to see her and celebrate her marriage!! (Side note, any tips for being present as a bridesmaid with a baby in tow? Dave and my parents will all be there to take care of Charlie with me, which I’m so grateful for, but I’d love any advice if this is a situation you’ve been in!)

Have a wonderful weekend! xo






  1. Mary says:

    Father Brown sounds great! I’ve been hearing a lot about it on some of my catholic podcasts. Sounds like something we need to check out for sure! Only thing I would suggest about being a bridesmaid is try to get your family to sit near the front and you sit close to the side aisle so you can escape to nurse/rock him or whatever, if needed! Also, bring a baby carrier for the reception, if you can. I got Jimp to sleep through a lot of yours in our ergo. I hope you gets lots of time to relax with your babysitters nearby :)

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks so much for these tips–the wedding went really smoothly, for the most part! :) I can’t believe how little Jimp was at our wedding…so crazy!

  2. Sadie Lewis says:

    Definitely making the Cajun salmon and checking out Father Brown this week! Have the best time celebrating your friend’s marriage with your family!

  3. Hope says:

    That 30-Minute Cajun Salmon is one of our go-to recipes too! I make the spice mix in larger quantities, just like you do, and we use it throughout the weeks on anything from chicken to rice to cauliflower. It gives every dish such great flavor!

  4. Kelsey says:

    just pinned the salmon recipe – always looking for good ways to spice up our salmon (literally!). Love reading your love lists :) Hope the wedding went smoothly!!

  5. Marisa says:

    I never say no to new ways to cook salmon! I feel like I always use the same lemon/caper/mustard combo — thanks for sharing :)

  6. Ali says:

    Just had to comment that I made the salmon last night (with a few spice substitutions- Trader Joe’s “21 spice salute” is a good addition!) and it was fantastic! Thanks for the suggestion. Even Craig LOVED it, and he’s not usually a salmon fan!

  7. Dana says:

    A bit late to the comments :/ I’ve enjoyed seeing these sunflower photos!

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