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Love List

Love List

I feel like I’m starting to get a hint of what this summer is going to look like. It may not involve summer camps, playgrounds, or museums, like last summer did…but our neighborhood pool is officially open. We’ve had a few friends over for social-distanced evenings under the twinkle lights on our back porch. We’re still going for lots of walks and have met a few more of our neighbors that we’ve only waved to from afar. We’ll even get to see different family members every two weeks until August!

An especially exciting development in our family this week is that this summer will also involve something very, very special…ice cream! After a three-year-long journey of navigating Charlie’s dairy allergy, he passed his milk challenge at the allergist this week!! I was literally sobbing with joy as Dave was texting me about Charlie’s progress. I had let go of so many dreams I had had for his childhood that involved dairy products, from cake at birthday parties, to family pizza nights, to summer ice cream cones. I am still in utter disbelief and complete gratitude that this prayer has been answered! (If you’re not familiar with our experience of navigating Charlie’s food allergies, I shared about it extensively in this post.)

Gardenias from our yard!

1. As promised, reporting back with my thoughts on Beautycounter’s new Skin Twin foundation…and I am happy to share that it is amazing. This sounds terribly vain, but on the first day I wore it, I found myself thinking about how good my skin looked every time I caught a glance of myself in the mirror, ha! It feels super lightweight and breathable, blends easily, and has a great finish that’s not too dewy or too matte. Best of all, it comes in 18 shades–find yours here (mine is Light 210).

2. One of my favorite recent small business discoveries is a Charleston-based shop, The Tiny Tassel. All of her pieces are so bright and cheerful! I think this dress would be nursing-friendly, so I’m eagerly waiting for it to come back in stock. In the meantime, I need to decide between cornflower blue gingham and the adorable Rainbow Row print…

3. I’ve mentioned the Promptly childhood journal I’m using for Azelie a few times before, but I wanted to share a beautiful initiative they’re doing right now through June 16th. For every journal purchased, they’re donating a journal with prompts and questions designed specifically for fathers who are incarcerated, as a meaningful way for them to connect with their children through prison walls. While Promptly is known for their childhood journals (and I really do love mine!), they also carry heirloom-worthy blank journals, travel journals, gratitude journals, and more.

4. My friend Kristin (who you surely already know and love if you originally found me through Southern Weddings!) finally launched her blog! This girl is the real deal–genuine, generous, loving, and wise as they come. I can’t wait to follow along.

5. I’m itching to paint Charlie’s room lately…we’ve been spending a lot of time playing in there and the dark beige walls are such a bummer. I’ve heard amazing things about Clare Paint, a zero VOC paint that looks like a much safer, cleaner option than many conventional wall paints. Charlie’s favorite color is green, so I’m trying to decide between Chill, a light gray-green, and Dirty Martini, a bolder pale olive. What do you think?

This could be a Love List item on its own, but since it inspired my question for you for the week, I’m putting it here instead! This essay called “How She Takes Her Coffee” resonated with me a lot, especially as I’ve been praying recently about how to become a better friend. So, how do YOU take your coffee? At home, I do a light splash of oat milk vanilla creamer, and at coffee shops in the summer, I’ll always order an iced lavender latte if it’s on the menu! Let me know your go-to below and I’ll randomly pick one commenter to send a Starbucks gift card to :)






  1. Jaime says:

    At home or work, I drink my coffee with cream (usually going for a toffee color!). I like to order a plain latte or a half-syrup vanilla latte when I’m out at a coffee shop! Also, I listened to the podcast you recommended a few weeks ago on “Race and the Catholic Church.” I’m so glad I did! I’m not Catholic so I was curious and thankful to listen to Gloria’s perspective. Thanks for recommending.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you for sharing that with me! I found her interview so insightful and am glad to hear that you did too. xo!

  2. Abbe Walsh says:

    I’m so happy for your sweet boy, I can just tell how hard you’ve worked to navigate the world of food allergies and done it so gracefully too.

    In the morning, at home, I love a cup of coffee (starbucks sumatra beans) with cream. My to-go order is a grande americano with cream and in the summer I order a “iced grande americano in a vent cup with extra, extra ice and cream”. It’s a mouthful but I’ve been ordering it for years and thats my perfect combination, the very strong espresso mellows out as the ice melts.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you so much for that encouragement! It is a tough world to navigate, for sure, but we’re so grateful to have an amazing allergist who has been the best resource and cheerleader for us. I love that you’ve nailed your perfect coffee shop order!

  3. Kerstin says:

    Hi Lisa!
    I am a big time coffee lover! At home we like to invest in good beans and then drink it black. Ha! When I order one out, I either order a cappuccino or an iced latte.

    • Lisa says:

      Good beans are such a game-changer! I cannot believe I used to drink Folger’s in college, haha…never again :)

  4. Taryn says:

    Such great news for Charlie, yay! Any coffee purchase feels like a luxury during these quarantined days, but I especially love anything with the new vanilla almond/coconut creamer from Trader Joe’s. It tastes heavenly!

    • Lisa says:

      I haven’t been to Trader Joe’s since February and I’m so anxious to go! Putting that creamer on my list!

  5. Christianne says:

    Very pregnant, decaf cappuccino all the way! Hopefully baby will be here in the next week and then I can drink a caffeinated cappuccino, and not have to run to the restroom five minutes after finishing—it will be magical!

    • Lisa says:

      Ahh, saying a prayer that baby is here by now, or coming very soon!! I will never forget my first iced coffee after Charlie was born…HEAVEN.

  6. Alisa Zimmerman says:

    That essay you shared was great. I need to start finding out how my friends take their coffee. At home or in the office, I drink coffee black. At coffee shops I either get an americano or mocha!

    • Lisa says:

      My friend Kristin sends out surveys to friends that include their coffee preferences, which I think I may need to do!

  7. Kelsie says:

    At home I just do regular coffee with “sweet cream” almond milk creamer. One of my favorite local coffee shops has an almond vanilla latte and it is SO good!

    • Lisa says:

      Oooh, that sounds delicious! My favorite coffee shop has vanilla and almond lattes, so I wonder if they would combine them!

  8. Viktorija says:

    My go-to at home and on the road is a half caff iced late!

  9. Connor says:

    In the mornings, it’s hot coffee with collagen and splenda, in the afternoons it’s iced coffee with almond or skim milk!

  10. Dana says:

    I like the Dirty Martini color so much!! If I liked painting, I would offer to help on my visit haha, but it’ll be done horribly, so I wouldn’t recommend asking! So proud of Charlie for beating his allergies!

    • Lisa says:

      Let’s be real…Dave will be doing most of the painting. I’m not enough of a perfectionist!

  11. Mary says:

    Soo happy for Charlie!! Gotta plan some pizza and ice cream nights when we get together! I love the Martini color. Thanks for sharing the paint recommendation! We’re doing lots of painting now and I’d love to add some color to the big kids’ room. I take my coffee lately with plain almond milk! :) At a shop it’s a cappuccino or latte. I love some foam!

  12. Rebecca says:

    Saw the Gal Meets Glam update today and immediately thought of you – praying for your family in this time of transition.

    Regarding coffee, I’ve shifted my budget around for more coffees “out” in this Phase 1 reopening… every morning, I throw on some clothes and walk about a mile to a coffee shop, pick up my coffee, and walk home to start working remotely. Some days (most days…) my morning coffee run is the only time I leave my apartment. I get one of two things – either a cold brew with a small splash of coconut milk, or an extra dirty (two shots of espresso!) chai latte!

    • Lisa says:

      That is so kind, Rebecca–thank you!
      A coffee shop walk every morning sounds so delightful! I wish we had one within walking distance!

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