Happy Monday and welcome to the jungle!
I say “welcome to the jungle” because it literally is at my house! You all know that my son and his family (they sent their golden retriever ahead to my DIL’s family) have moved in with us for a couple of months while they are waiting to move to Columbus, Ohio. I think I mentioned that we live in a three-bedroom house that luckily has the master downstairs. We have also been keeping my daughter’s crazy dog because she was traveling so much.
Well, this weekend, our daughter came home to be here for a bit. I will explain that later in this post. Anyway, “welcome to the jungle” sounds appropriate for this look and my life right now!
I have found some fabulous dresses under $200
Since I have had a built-in prop in my house right now, I thought I would take advantage of my granddaughter, Evie, and show this cute palm leaf print dress (with a matching mini-me) that is so affordable. Plus, some other summer dresses that all come in under $200 (below). Y’all are going to kill me, but the adult version of this dress is sold out.
Why am I showing it? Because I bought it two weeks ago and paid to have the photographs done! Sometimes this happens. I shoot for the blog every other week, and things can sell out in that time frame. I’m sorry, but I have perused the internet to find some fabulous summer dresses (most under $150) that I think you all will like.
I love summer, but don’t like to spend a lot on my summer clothes, unless it’s a dress for a wedding that I know I will wear again and again or a great blazer. Tee shirts get dingy and summer dresses, I kind of get sick of after a year or so. There are so many cute and affordable dresses to get you through the hot summer months without spending a lot on them.
A funny Evie story
Quick Evie story…she is the cutest thing going and at four years old, very precocious and a lot sassy! My nickname growing up was Cat (my initials before marriage), and then it became Kitty. Tons of people call me that, so it turned into my grandmom name.
I had Evie out running errands two weeks ago, and we ran into her former teacher. She told Evie she had heard she was moving and was so sad. I said that I was devastated too. She asked if I was her aunt (okay, the chest is puffing up here). I told her I was her grandmom, and she very nicely said, “I don’t believe you.” I looked at Evie and said, Evie, what do you call me? Evie looked at me with an impish look and said, “I call you Grammy.” Where in the heck did that come from??? Kids are hilarious!
Welcome to the Jungle!
Okay, so the reason my daughter here is not fun. She is suffering from very painful and chronic fibromyalgia. She came home to be with us for a little bit as we try to find doctors and therapies that can help her. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in my early thirties and dealt with flare ups but never chronic like she is having. My father in law also suffers from it, and now my husband has been told he has some sort of myalgia (hereditary on both sides).
What is so hard about this particular diagnosis is that a lot of doctors still don’t believe it is a real thing and think the symptoms are in your head. We believe that holistic, eastern medicine and healing are probably the way to go with this. She is in so much pain that she has taken a medical leave from her job to get well. I know most of our children are older but checking in to make sure they are taking care of themselves is a good idea!
I hope you all have a beautiful day!
Photos: Danielle Sabol