The beauty of summer is everywhere! And while my favorite season is Fall, I am enjoying soaking up what summer has to offer! This has been a difficult week, Mr. Nine was traveling and thank goodness is finally home, because things just go wrong when he is gone and because a dear friend of ours passed away, I always called him my favorite dad of all our kid’s friends! He never met a stranger and had the kindest soul!! Pray for his family and prayers for another family who, we just found out, had a very tragic loss. Hold your loved ones a little tighter! 

1. New Gold Necklace..On Trend!
Talk about Beautiful! I am absolutely crazy about these Dainty and Darling Gold Necklaces! I was first introduced to this sweet jewelry company, Aurate, a couple years ago and I have loved their beautiful, affordable and feminine jewelry ever since! Their necklaces are probably my favorite! A big trend right now is the gold chain links and the small ones the encompass this one are so sweet and special! I love the uniqueness that the square pendant gave to it. I think I may get the Solid Square Necklace and the Mini Medaillion Necklace to layer with it as well!
Their Packaging is always so beautiful too!

2. Finally...The Campus Grad Pics
We finally did what we’ve been waiting to do for months, and that was go to our two graduated college boy’s campuses for pictures by all the iconic spots! It was a very hot day, but a very productive one and I even came home with a hotdog suit that a girl had left behind at a party. Don’t worry, I disinfected it well and washed on delicate so the condiments on it wouldn’t come off, LOL!
EXTRA SPECIAL for IU because they celebrated their 
Bicentennial...200 Years!

The Iconic Sample Gates

The Famous Bell Tower

3. My Nordstrom Wishlist
There is no way I am slamming the Nordstrom sale in your face like a lot of bloggers do, but I always have a few favorites and I will be sharing those, here is my most wanted wish list of the #Nsale. You can add this stuff to your wishlists and then when it is your time to shop, you can just add to cart.
1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. 
// 7. // 8. // 9. // 10.


4. The Good Pic
I call this the “good pic” because this is where I was posing normally, LOL! Going to share a silly one like I did last week of this outfit on Instagram with some ladies on Sunday. I do love this outfit!


5. Misc.Fun
Posts of the Week
Monday~ Awesome August Amazon Purchases
Wednesday~ Wanna Be Wednesday

Something else that has been a saving grace during all this are my beautiful flowers! Tending to them has given me something to do and brought immense joy. And the first pot is of the coveted bubblegum petunias that I have all over the place. This pot has just for bubblegum plants in it but look how huge it’s gotten.

You may have seen me talk about these as well, this is the first time I’ve ever had Elephant Ear plants and can I just say, our whole family is in love with these tropical beauties! The palms are huge!

The second picture shows some new shoots are growing up from the dirt as well, not just the main plant. And I love the coleus's with them.

I know many of you feel the same way, memes have given me life throughout this pandemic!

And of course the Reese Meme

CHEERS to a BEAUTIFUL weekend!!

Linking up with  Friday Favorites // 
#DreamTeam Linky // Metamorphosis Monday

This blog post is in collaboration with Nakturnal!


  1. What a week you've had my friend! I am so sorry about your friend, and the other family as well. Such tough times and there is just no way to comfort them with such tragic losses. So glad Mr. Nine is back home with you.
    Love ya!

  2. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. You got some really great graduation/ campus shots!!

  3. You should be so proud of your boys! What an interesting time to make such a big transition too. And now I want that Madewell bag as well!

  4. I love that necklace. So cute.
    I’m so glad you were able to get pictures of your boys on campus!!

  5. I love seeing your boys graduation photos and so glad you were able to get the campus shots! AUrate has so many good things! Your necklace is beautiful! I'm so sorry for your losses and am thinking of you.

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  6. Happy Friday ! I love the necklace, funny thing is that I've most always worn silver and now I'm hooked on all the gold jewelry I can find. Enjoyed looking at the photos of you all with your son on campus. Have a great weekend beautiful !

  7. I enjoyed looking at the photos and congrats on your boys graduating college. The necklace is pretty and I love your flowers. Thanks for the blog visit and enjoy the weekend.

  8. I feel like things don't go well either when Eric goes away. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I'm glad you were able to go to the boys colleges and take some pictures with them. Loving those pink pants! Your flowers are so pretty! I don't have the best of luck with my outdoor flowers but I've had flowers all around my house since March. I hope you have a nice weekend!

  9. The graduation pictures turned out so great! Both campuses look beautiful. I am super excited about the Nsale. I have several things added to my wish list and ready to check out! I just hate that so many card holder levels go before the 13th when I can go! Sorry to hear about your friend, sending hugs!

  10. I am so so sorry for your loss. Loving that outfit babe.

  11. Those pink pants are so cute! I love that you got the college campus shots with your grads!! Those photos are so special and you all look great! Your flowers are beautiful!

  12. Hooray for graduation pictures!!!! FINALLY! I know your momma heart is just soaring finally being able to get those done so y'all can have some closure. And I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I will keep his family in my prayers.

  13. Great college graduation pictures! I'm so sorry for your loss.

  14. I have an Aurate piece coming soon and I can't wait to wear it!! I know it wasn't the graduation your boys were expecting, but I'm sure you are such a proud mama!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  15. Hi Andrea- well firstly, I'm sorry for your loss...this can't be easy losing someone this kind always to all..
    Let me change your mood here for a second to tell you how much I always enoy reading your Friday posts! Love, Love the grad pics!! YOu have a lot to be proud of!! And you're so cute in all pics- not just that one!! Have a fabulous weekend, Doll xx

  16. What a sweet picture at the end❤️ The grad pics turned out so good. It was hot as all get out when we did Katie's too and I got 11 huge mosquito bites in 30 minutes. I hope and pray you'll have a good weekend. XOXO

  17. Love the grad pics! The memes are making me chuckle too- it is all we can do right now is laugh- have a great weekend beautiful!

  18. I'm so glad you were able to get to the campuses! But a hot dog suit?? that's too hilarious!!
    Sending big hugs for your friend's family. It's truly a reminder to love everyone daily.

  19. Those pink pants are awesome and that Madewell tote is so cute. I am keeping my Nordstrom list to 2 maybe 3 items.

  20. So in love with your Nordy picks! I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Praying for peace and healing. Love the grad pics! It's getting me excited to take Evan to IU.

  21. I love the items you chose from the sale. I have that tote now and it is amazing. I love the photos of your boys in their grad gear. Such special memories. Have a great weekend!

  22. Such a proud momma!!!!
    YES - that tote - that is gorgeous!!!!

  23. Such a jam-packed - that southern for lots of interesting and fascinating info on the blog today. Liked the pics of your handsome sons and those beautiful plants in your yard. My Indiana grand girls are headed back to Trine U. and Xavier in Cincinnati next week. I think they are both ready to get their lives back to some semblance of normalcy.

  24. I'm so sorry to hear about so many losses and tragedies in one week. It just seems like 2020 keeps bringin' it on! Love all the graduation photos.

  25. So sorry it was a hard week! Love your beautiful flowers. Glad you got to take those grad pics.

  26. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend again. Such sad news! I've been thinking about you and your family this week! Those petunias are so beautiful! I definitely need to get some next year! And the elephant ear plants are fun too! I love the height!

  27. Sad for your loss 😒 Congrats to your boys πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘lots of hard work πŸ‘Our grandson just graduated too 😍with an engineering degree πŸ‘And so we go on with this horrible virus and try to see the end of this MADNESS insight hopefully soon❤️πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜

  28. Sorry about the loss of your friend.
    You have such a close family, so good to see! Love those pink trousers!

  29. You have a wonderful family, I enjoy looking at your photos!


  30. Good choices Andrea, love the dress - it's very pretty. Jacqui x

  31. I love seeing everybody's picks for the Nordstrom Sale. We are all different which is very cool! LOVE the photos of you and your boys. At least they DID get their college photos in their cap and gowns! Adorable.

    xx Darlene

  32. Yay for getting those grad pictures done! They turned out great! You will cherish those forever. I am SO in LOVE with those boyfriend jeans, Andrea! You look amazing in them!

  33. Congratulations to your two college graduates! I'm so glad you were able to get pictures. I love that colorblock pullover with the leopard details -- it's on my wish list, too!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  34. I am so sorry for the loss you experienced last week! I’m glad you were able to get the boys pictures too!! Flowers and the meme’s about this year are the only thing getting me through too lol

  35. I'm SO sorry to hear about your friend, and sending lots of love and prayers your way. That necklace is so pretty, and love all the family pics on campus <3

    Green Fashionista

  36. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. :( Sending warm thoughts your way. You must be so proud of your graduates! Love all of those pictures. Memes are DEFINITELY still giving me life -- and laughs! xo

  37. I am so sorry about your friend. Sending hugs. I love that you came home with the taco outfit! I love the grad pics, I know y'all are so proud! Those pink pants are adorable!

  38. I just love that you did the college graduation pics! It's such a special time for the grad and family, so it's important to still make and have those once in a lifetime memories! Gorgeous fam!


  39. Yay for grad pics! The boys look great and you guys must be so proud!
    Loving your elephant ears- I bought a plant and have been keeping him out on the back patio. Definitely think I might try to bring him inside for the colder months because he's awesome.

    Sending you love about your friend- thinking of you!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  40. Sorry about your friend but lovely grad shots and I hope that gave you some cheer in these difficult times. #dreamteam

  41. Hey Andrea!
    I love your style and that necklace is so cute! I think it would go great with those pink pants you were wearing. Congrats about your boys graduating. It is always nice to see some good news in light of everything going on in the world right now. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

  42. Hey!
    I am so sorry to hear about your friend and I am sending my prayers. I love the grad shots btw, it's always so lovely to see happy photos nowadays! Also I'm a HUGE gardening nut and your plants look SO healthy and lovely! I'm especially in love with the Coleus plants.


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