Victoria Emerson Columbus Day Weekend BOGO!!!

Friday, October 11, 2019


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Victoria Emerson is having an amazing promo on this holiday weekend - Buy one get one free site-wide! Buy yourself a bracelet and give one as a gift!!! My favorite are the Boho cuff styles. Shown above I'm wearing the Vigo bracelet, goes really nicely with Lilly Pulitzer if you have a vacation coming up! (More Lilly here, and more shell-cuff bracelet options here.)


See the  double-wrap bracelets here. I love the  leopard leather bracelet for a little bit of animal print! 


Lots of pretty signature wrap bracelet options too. Including the neutral toned one I'm wearing, here. These are adjustable so they can fit any sized wrist!

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October finds from Carter's (up to size 14!!!)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019


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Carter's isn't just for little kids... they make kids clothes up to size 14!!! Yes! Plus you can combine in one cart with OshKosh (also sizes up to 14) to hit the $35+ threshold and get free shipping!

My kids are really (really) into super heroes right now. They're obsessed with their hero fightning video game and we're on our way through every hero movie made in the past decade. So I was excited to find these sequin-flip super hero tees for them, in Batman and Superman. The sequins flip really well/easily so they'd be great for little kids too. Do go up if you're between sizes at all, I'd say they run just a bit small. They have Elsa from Frozen too!


Here are the reverse side of the flips. We paired them with Everyday Pull-on Pants (khaki) and 5-pocket skinny jeans. Note, they don't actually run that skinny - fine for normally-proportioned kids. We also like the Pull-on Denim Pants. (Those come in toddler sizes too.)


I asked the boys to pick out a jacket and Chase immediately said he loved this Varsity style. It's nicely lined, perfect for Fall. Available in baby, toddler and big kid sizes so you could do a match with multiple boys! (Chase is a tall 10 year old and is wearing sz 12 here.)


Alex is wearing this  Sherpa zip-front sweatshirt with a soft lining. The smaller boys sizes have hoods too. 


If you have younger kids, definitely do not miss the sale  fleece Halloween footies (so cute!) - Some  only $17 at post time here. 

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Update on Matt (October)

Thursday, October 3, 2019


If you haven't already, you can read my post about Matt's diagnosis with Hodgkin's Lymphoma here. My follow up post from August is here.

I wanted this to be a happy 'we're-in-the-home-stretch' update but unfortunately it's not. It's not too bad either, things are headed in the right direction. Just more slowly than we would prefer. Matt's latest PET scan still shows a little bit of activity in the outer rim of the tumor. We had been hoping the tumor would be completely 'dead' (inactive) by this point. It has shrunk to approximately 2.8 cm in width, from its original 9 cm size.

Matt has now completed nine chemo treatments of the total twelve. (He's had one more treatment done since this latest scan.) Due to the fact that the tumor is still a little bit active and still at 2.8 cm, Matt's doctor thinks he will likely need radiation to completely eradicate the tumor after he finishes chemo.

Radiation will probably be every week day, five days a week, for six weeks. We think he will need to begin some time in early December and continue into January of 2020. This means he likely won't be able to return to work until the new year either. And radiation has some worrisome long term side effects... It's still possible he won't need radiation, but it is most likely he will.

Over the past six weeks since I returned from my trip to Yellowstone with the kids, we've dealt with some other hassles too. Our dog, Felix, developed a bad abscess on his head and had to have major surgery and two follow up procedures. He needed a lot of after-care, but fortunately he and Matt got to be 'recovery buddies', hanging out on the couch together. Felix was in his cone of shame for about three weeks and has a huge scar, but now he's feeling a lot better.


Matt doesn't really feel like posing for photos these days, so here's a pic of Felix. Isn't he the cutest? It's hard to tell from the pic, but Felix had his head shaved for his operation. Matt is so funny, he joked that Felix was the only one who shaved his head in solidarity with him. (Yes, he asked the boys if they wanted to shave their heads. They said absolutely not.)

Matt is generally feeling okay, just tired, but the chemo seems to have a cumulative effect, and each time is a little bit harder than the last. His fingertips are numb all the time, he gets headaches, and there are occasional days where he needs to sleep almost all day. So, now we have to wait and see how the next scans look in another couple of months once Matt is finished with chemo. Cancer involves a lot of waiting.

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