Summer Jacinda and Watercolor Wednesday

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IMG_3652Hello my precious’. As Jaime explained in her last post, we are in Summer mode y’all and here in Texas we are unapologetically living life just exactly how we want to do so, with a few reading charts mixed in. I’ve been calling myself Summer Jacinda and Summer Jacinda can’t be held to a daily blog post calendar. Summer Jacinda is playing lifeguard, playing tennis, coordinating playdates, playing dominos, doing a lot of Summer reading, doing a little Summer weeding, sipping some pink beverages, and occasionally tapping away at a keyboard with pink fingernails. Summer Jacinda is going wild people, but in the most chill way possible.


A few days ago Clare had her cousin/best friend/neighbor Manning over for a sleepover so we set up an impromptu watercolor painting session just as the afternoon glow hit the cacti in our front courtyard. You can see more of that space here. It’s definitely due for an update but there hand-painted stools are hanging strong. The girls love to paint and I love their artwork so much. Aren’t they both beautiful and so unique? I want to frame them… but framing seems like more of a Fall Jacinda project. Time will tell.

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I hope that all of you are enjoying your Summer months. Making beautiful memories with friends and family and taking some time to refresh and relax, in whatever way means the most to you.



Prudent Summertime Updates & A New House!

This week has been ridiculously beautiful. More on what I’ve been up to in a minute, first just wanted to address that Jacinda and I haven’t been popping in quite as much lately and that’s because it’s summertime! Also, we are working on some behind the scenes update to our site, which are taking up some of our precious time as well. Scarlet is 8 now and going to third grade (at a new school next year, eek!) in the fall, that means only 10 more summers at home with me! I want to make them count.

So first things first, my big news is I BOUGHT A HOUSE! Carleton, Scarlet, and I have loved our spanish bungalow for the last 7 years – you’ve seen it in our Pretty Prudent Home book. Well, the time has come to make a change, and we are moving into a perfectly preserved 1949 mid century modern gem. Lots of posts to come on this as we get closer to moving in August, but here’s a sneak peek. Isn’t it wonderful?? Pretty Prudent House

So while I am going through the escrow process (so fun :/), I am also trying to make time for a magical summer with my sweet girl. This week I surprised her by starting her summer with two days and one night at the new Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. Jeez Louise, that place is exorbitantly expensive, but we did have a blast. We went on waterslides until closing time at 9 pm, and we magic-quested all over the hotel. She was ecstatic, so it was worth it. After that, the rest of our week has been utterly free, and also super fun. We went for a hike up around Franklin Canyon with our rescue mutt, Princess Cheese. Princess Cheese

Had to snap some pics of my woodland sprite.

Scarlet has taken a few photography classes down the street at Samy’s Camera, so she wanted to document our hike. I’m actually really impressed with her skills! Love this shot of the lake. It’s hard to beieve this little hidden gem of a park is smack dab in the middle of Beverly Hills. Franklin Canyon Lake She wants to do a post of her photography, I told her I would let her post her favorites here later this summer.

Yesterday we had her BFF Xylee over for a playdate. We headed to Jo-Anns to grab some crafty projects to do. They made these bird houses. This one says “Birds! Come! Eat!” Birds! Come! Eat!

And this one says “Birds Please Have a Good day at Restaurant For all birds!!!!Birds please have a good day

I also spent some time re-potting some of my succulents. I grew these from the some of the same tiny clippings I used to make the internet’s first Succulent Wreath DIY back in 2010. See how tiny they were? Now they are so big and beautiful. They are going to look lovely around my new pool! Potting Succulents

I’ve also been obsessively making and eating my grilled corn salad. Seriously, try this recipe. I can’t get enough of this stuff. I’ve been eating it outside on my somewhat-new equipales table and chairs. I’d been craving a set like this for years, and a few months ago I finally bought it. Backyard Equipales

Well I made the mistake of not properly treating it before setting it outside and it has a few rings and stains on it (spilled grilled corn salad). So I spent some time researching the best way to treat it, and then an hour or so doing the table top. The trick is to use Neatsfoot Oil and an old t-shirt scrap. Don’t drip it right on the table though, I did that and it soaks in so fast that it made darker marks. Apply it to the t-shirt scrap first and quickly rub it into the table. A few layers and it will be good. It won’t be uniform but that’s part of the appeal of equipales (which by the way are made of pig skin, not cow leather). I’m glad I spent the time to do this, and wish I had done it before I ate on the table. I haven’t done the chairs yet, but I will because the oil darkened the leather on the table top (attractively) so I want the chairs to match. Treating Equipales

So that’s generally what I’ve been up to this first week of summer break. Looking forward to taking Scarlet to the Curtis family reunion and the Elmswood Dairy farm in Pennsylvania next week, where we will be staying with her Great Granny (the queen of our family) and playing with all the extended family Curtis cousins! I hope you and your families are well and enjoying the season.

P.S. As I’ve been writing this, Scarlet has been making electrical circuits that make her playdoh light up and make noises. My friend Erin gave this to her for her birthday and it is awesome for any STEM minded kids out there: DIY Electro Dough Kit.


Best Bardot Styles for Summer

Best Bardot Styles for Summer 16 I know the off-the-shoulder cut doesn’t immediately register as a look most of us want to rock, but it’s actually more flattering then you think, especially when the silhouette is loose and blousy. Here are some of my favorite takes on the bardot style for the summer of ’16 (and I’m working on a DIY too)…

Love the longer ruffle on this one: Tennessee Dress from The Reformation.

Eyelet balcony off-the-shoulder top in mystic yellow from Madewell

This bright red is ballsy and I love it: Piper Bogo Embroidered Off Shoulder Romper from ASOS.

I don’t love the drawstring waist on this (not great with my large chest), but it would look adorable on many: Embroidered indigo mercado dress also from Madewell.

Love this low-cost version: Off-Shoulder Tie-Belt Dress for Women from Old Navy.

Love the color on this one: Embroidered Bardot Dress from Topshop.

I love florals on black, so I love this Retro Bardot Frill Off-The-Shoulder Top from Topshop.

I love some stretch. Just cause we are curvy doesn’t mean we can’t go off-shoulder. Get out your best strapless bra and rock this one: ASOS Curve Bardot Romper from ASOS.


Summer is Upon Us

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This is where I would typically share about being nervous regarding school ending and the terror of keeping my kids busy for the next three months but for some reason, this year, I’m all about Summer. Aside from those induced by Quinn’s plan to be home schooled,  by me, every day, the entire Summer, I have had no episodes of extreme anxiety. I mean really, I would be the worst homeschooler ever. She will soon see.

I do however, excel at lazy days by the pool and the occasional craft project. Here are some of my favorites from Pretty Prudent that are sure to delight the young and old. It’s going to be a great Summer. Don’t worry. I promise.

“How to Build a Campfire” Cookies

How to Make a God’s Eye