Recent purchase roundup

Hi there!  I hope everybody is faring well during this quarantine.  While I have never considered myself a homebody, this time at home has given me a new appreciation for slowing down and staying at home.   While I do have a new appreciation for being at home, my boredom can still get the best of me and I’ve been doing some online shopping to pass the time.  For the most part, I have only bought things that are more home centric.  

A few months before the quarantine began, my neighbors bought a Nespresso machine.  I fell in love with it and would often go over there with my own pod to make a coffee and chit chat with them on the weekends.  Well now that we're social distancing, I haven't been able to visit them and make my weekly coffee.  I tried really hard to convince myself that the coffee out of my regular old coffee pot was sufficient but who was I kidding.  The Aeroccino milk frother is what makes the coffee so much yummier.  So when I saw the Verturo Next was part of  Bloomingdale's Friends and Family sale a few weeks ago, I finally ordered one.  I've enjoyed being able to make myself my fancy coffee during this time of sheltering-in-place and I don't miss going to Starbucks anymore.  My trick to yummier coffees is mixing in a bit of flavored coffee creamer with the milk in the Aeroccino.  Yum.  

Another recent purchase were supplies to build my own quarantine garden.  I joke that I have a black thumb and every time I bring home a new plant, J will grumble under his breath that it’ll be another thing he’ll have to keep alive.  I quickly help him change his perspective by pointing out that at least I didn’t bring home a puppy.  Which I may or may not have been trying to convince him to do during our time at home together.  It was a hard no from him.  A girl can try right?  Now that we’re home all the time for the foreseeable future, I decided to give gardening a try...again.  We had a mini garden installed at our old house but it got neglected due to work, school and momming.  By the time I was done with all that, I didn't have any energy left to maintain a garden the way it needed to be.  So here I am again trying to become farmer Di.  After doing some research online, I settled on this raised garden kit from Home Depot.  Ordering was super easy and I was able to do curbside pick-up.  I think in addition to my lack of time for my previous garden, we started off with some tiny transplants.  Fortunately, my father-in-law has been an avid gardener since the day I met him and he was able to give me some very well established plants to transplant to my garden.  So far I have five tomato plants, two kohlrabi plants, two zucchini squash plants and one crook neck squash plant.  I am still on the hunt for a taco plant.  ๐ŸŒฎ  Let me know if you find a place that sells seeds or plants.  I’ll take either.  ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜œ  

And because herbs are so expensive at the store and because most of them usually wilt before I get around to using them, I transplanted some of my more frequently bought herbs.  

Since J’s birthday is this month, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use his 50% off birthday discount at Kendra Scott.  I’ve been really into the more minimal look when it comes to my jewelry selection and a lot of the more popular pieces that include stones are too heavy for my neck and ears but I loved the simplicity of the Danielle hoops that were released within the last few months.  I thought they would look great with my more casual wardrobe of sweats and mumus.  ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ 


While I was placing my order for the Danielle hoops I also went ahead and ordered the Larissa band in sterling silver, gold vermeil and rose gold vermeil.  I love the tricolor look of the Bulgari B.Zero.1 ring and decided to make my own tricolor stack.  I haven't worn gold in a long time and I've never worn rose gold.  I thought these rings were a great way to bring the different golds into my jewelry rotation.  I love how dainty these are.  My only issue with these rings is that they are so dainty that you cannot see the hammered effect on them very well.  

Do any of my fellow mamas have picky eaters. I do and while this quarantine has forced him to expand his palette, there are a few things he will not budge on.  Unfortunately, those items are not carried by H-E-B (a Texas chain of grocery stores) but we have found them at Target and Wal-Mart. So he finally ran out of his staples and I had to go to Target and Wal-Mart.  While I love my H-E-B, I will say that the masses of people do give me some anxiety because the last time I went to H-E-B so many shoppers not social distancing, not wearing masks and who brought the whole family for their shopping trip.  In order to make sure I got some much-needed essentials like soap and toilet paper for us and the in-laws, I usually have to get in line an hour before opening.  I got to Target and Wal-Mart an hour ahead of opening expecting the same crowds but there was nobody in line.  I realized that there was no line because everybody was standing in line at H-E-B.  Because everybody was at H-E-B there were fewer people.  So I may be reconsidering my store choice in order to avoid the crowds at H-E-B and exposure to any possible asymptomatic carriers.  While I was walking to the register at Wal-Mart, I passed this Time and Tru tiered knit dress.  I like the swingy nature of it because it hides the weight I've gained from all the quarantine eating and drinking of everything.  I love wearing dresses right now because it means I don’t have to try squeezing everything into jeans or have the waistband of pants squish my gut.  ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚. That is not a flattering look.  

Then this past Saturday when I went to Target to look for another one of Nathan's picky-isms, I found this Universal Threads sleeveless dress.  I thought it would be great for breaking up all the black in my wardrobe.  Plus, I have a thing for camo.  In my book, you can never have too much of it.  It's a great casual dress to wear around for a night out...on the patio for some casual people watching.  

Or creepy people watching.

We've missed hanging out with our neighbors, so we talked with each other over our fence.  So have you done any shopping during your quarantine boredom?  

This weekend Texas will begin allowing certain businesses to open at limited capacity.  As much as I would live to support the recovery of the economy by going shopping at the mall or go to a restaurant for date night, we will not be leaving our house except to get essential supplies (or grabbing a new mumu while picking up the essentials) for us and the in-laws.  I know we sit in a position of privilege that allows for us to continue to shelter-in-place and I know that for some this is not an option.  For those that have to or choose  to leave your home, I hope that you continue to remain safe.  Take care.  

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I'm a 36 year old full-time student, runner and shopaholic (not necessarily in that order) mom living in the burbs surrounding the beautiful city of Austin with my husband, our very active 9 year old and our rescue dog Buddy. This blog is my little space of the internet where I let my ADD run loose and I blog about...anything.



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