Back to School 2016

This is the first year I will have both kiddos in school full-time! I am saddened that this milestone is upon us, but I also have big plans on the horizon, so I am trying to keep looking forward and am thankful both kids are excited for the upcoming school year!

Here in the Northeast we start back later than many of you, so we just did our back-to-school shopping today. My mom started an amazing tradition with my kids and their cousins that we all go shopping together and of course, have lunch. The kids look forward to it every year!

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too cool for back to school

And while we by no means accomplish all of our shopping with four kids under age seven, me, my SIL and mom have a great time together too. Here are some items I am picking up for their back-to school wardrobe:

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Top row: J.Crew Factory; Middle row: Cat & Jack for Target; Bottom row: Old Navy

 

All the Best!

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Planning a Garden and Planters

Hi All! Time to plan out our outdoor projects this year. Being in Zone 4 our growing season is mighty short. As such, I am going to try and plan ahead this year. Yes, I did say this at the same time last year and never got a seed, bulb or plant into the ground….but this season is going to be different. Backyard transformation here we come!

GOALS: PART ONE, SPRUCING UP FOR MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

We have a fabulous deck on which we always host a Mother’s Day brunch and I would love to have it stained and ready to go- even if Mother’s Day is early this year and the snow technically just left a week ago! I am determined to get the deck prepped and stained at the beginning of the season rather than just to protect it before the snow flies. As an added bonus, because power washing and staining does not exactly get the creative juices flowing, I am hoping to add decorative details to the back of the built-in bench. Here are the inspiration photos…we’ll have to see what hubs is up for!

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Additionally, I am hoping to add some landscaping but more on this later. For Mother’s Day, it will still be too early to plant, so I am going to focus on planters to bring in color and the feeling of Spring!  The deck is stained (and soon to be stained again) a dark chocolate so light colored flowers and white plantings stand out best. Here is what I am thinking:

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Sources here and here

Here we go!

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Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

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via Things that Inspire

Today the sunshine is streaming through the windows and while I try to ignore the dust, I am so excited for Spring! Here are a few things that signal Spring in our house:

Mrs. Meyers Geranium scented candle:

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The fun Lilly Pulitzer for Target floor pillow comes out to add a pop o’ floral (on ebay here):

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And I swap out frames with awesome Spring Printables! Here are a few I have incorporated into our home decor this season:

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via jones design company (P.S. They have similar awesome Essentials prints for other seasons! L.O.V.E!)

In my book, you can never go wrong with a flamingo:

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via Oh So Lovely

Lots of color choices:

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via The Turquoise Home

So many amazing beginnings can happen in Spring. Wishing you all the best friends!

 

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Welcome to Sara Langley

Welcome to Sara Langley! As an inaugural post let’s just say I have a lot to learn but I am tremendously excited to just.get.started.  If I had jumped into this journey when I first wanted to transition my business from the design and sale of accessories to a lifestyle blog, I would have five years under my belt by now. Sigh. But both kiddos will be in school full-time come the Fall, and I am looking forward to striking out on my own…from 9am-3pm anyway.

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via ClementineDaily

The transition of the brand into a blog is borne out of a need to create, share, and learn, while also being there for my young kids and juggling my many other part-time gigs. Running Sara Langley in its former form just no longer fit into my life and after many looooong discussions with friends and family, I hung it all up when my second child was born.  At that time I was not willing, or able, to make the compromises it would take to run the product side of things at the level I envisioned… and quite frankly the level my customers deserved. I didn’t want to tarnish what I had created by being stretched so thin. But as I closed up shop and tucked it all away, a small voice inside made a promise that I would someday dust it all off and start again.  That time is now.

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via Because I’m Addicted

While growing Sara Langley Designs, I met so many amazing and talented people along the way and I look forward to meeting many more on this new venture. Beginning anew friends! Welcome to my journey!

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