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The Week in Tweets – September 9, 2016

T.G.I. Friday and T.G.I. Football! Not only does the NFL regular season kick-off in earnest this Sunday, but Heinz Field will really be rockin’ tomorrow when Pitt squares off against PSU in a college football rivalry that’s been dormant for over fifteen years.

My wife is a Penn State grad, whereas I am a University of Pittsburgh alum, so my three-year old son’s loyalties are split down the middle. Will he root for the hometown Panthers, or curry favor with his Mama by cheering on her Nittany Lions?

My prediction is that he’ll sit through about two minutes of the game before yelling for the television channel to be switched over to Nickelodeon. In my son’s eyes, no real-life sporting event can compare with watching The Adventure Bay All-Stars take on the Foggy Bottom Boomers in the Paw Patrol episode “Pups Save a Basketball Game.” Even though he’s seen it 1,273 times, it’s always a nail-biter!!

Alright, enough football (and dog basketball) talk. Let’s get to an all-new, all-different Week in Tweets!

5 – tie) Sweatpants Cher (@House_Feminist)

a fun thing about being a parent is when people ask “where do you see yourself in 5 yrs?” you can confidently answer “folding laundry” 

LIMEARITA PAPI (@arealgdtime)

Bought a shirt instead of doing laundry

I’m almost to the point of laziness where I eschew shopping AND laundering and just stop wearing clothes.

4) Lurk @ Home Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom)

Establish dominance over the other moms on Facebook by posting 2nd day of school pictures.

The amount of photos taken of kids by their parents these days is astronomically greater than back when I was a child. Personally, I’m averaging about two-thousand pics of my son a year. From birth to high school graduation, I’m going to estimate the number of polaroids taken of me by my parents to be closer to a hundred…total. Does that mean that my parents’ generation didn’t love their kids as much as we do now? Yes. Yes, it does…

3) Simon Holland (@simoncholland)

*tries to wave goodbye to the genie without spilling my 3 giant milkshakes*

If I ever encounter a magical genie who grants me three wishes, I’m definitely asking for (1) a cure for cancer, (2) world peace, and (3) the ability to eat unlimited breadsticks without ever having to set foot in an Olive Garden.

2) beth loves cake, so (@bourgeoisalien)

If I could have dinner with anybody living or dead I’d pick the dead guy. Then I’d order two dinners and eat both. Fuck that guy. He’s dead

I’m now going to amend my three wishes to include “dinner with dead Abraham Lincoln.” Sorry world peace.

1) Sean’s Ramblings (@seansramblings)

I think that my speed and amount of land covered to prevent my son’s wiffleball from going under a car would rival most MLB outfielders.

There should be a Dad Olympics where fathers can compete in such real-life tests of skill such as:

  • preventing balls from rolling under cars
  • navigating a packed Target while pushing a shopping cart full of cat litter and carrying a tantrum-throwing toddler who refuses to sit in the child seat
  • stepping on Legos and not swearing and/or taking the Lord’s name in vain

Go Pitt! Go Penn State! Go Steelers! Go Sports! Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

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My Mixtape Monday – August 29, 2016

First Name: sean
Twitter: @seanbeauford
Sex: M
Age: 28

Occupation: curator

Mixtape Name: what i’m on at the moment

Side A
1) The Way by Macy Gray
I randomly came across this song while randomly digging through Macy’s discography. It’s so vulnerable and inspirational and redemptive. Everyone goes through tough times, and this song makes you want to cheer for them. Or yourself.
2) The Sweetest Gift by Sade
This reminds me of my daughter, Neon. “Quietly while you were sleeping, the moon and i were talking. i asked that she’d always keep you protected. she promised you her light that you so gracefully carry”.
3) $ by D.R.A.M ft. Donnie Trumpet
Just a dope, relatable song. I first heard it while seeing the video which features vintage footage of D.R.A.M singing in church as a child, which was very nostalgic for me. There’s two versions of this, make sure you play the one with Donnie Trumpet.
4) How Great by Chance the Rapper ft. Jay Electronica & My Cousin Nicole
I grew up on gospel music, and while i loved the choirs, I was never a fan of gospel rappers, no matter how skilled they were. I wish there was a Chance when I was growing up. Chance isn’t a gospel rapper, he just raps his truth, and probably better than anyone else out right now. Him and Jay Elect destroy this. I’m here for 3 minute choir intros too.
5) Hello, Lakisha by Kilo Kish
I love this song’s energy. It’s about some of the things (black) people with different (black) names deal with growing up. Lakisha isn’t different at all to us, in fact it’s super common, which this artist didn’t like – I can relate to that. I didn’t want my daughter to have a common name.
6) Burgundy by Earl Sweatshirt ft. Vince Staples
The Neptunes produced this. It sounds like a band of elephants in tuxedos having a jam session. One of my favorites from Earl.

Side B
7) I Love My Music by Wild Cherry
Because I love my music too. I don’t know what it is, but there’s a lot of great songs from this era (late 70s, early 80s) that are dedicated to the love of music.
8) Bad Believer by St. Vincent
Low-key obsessed with Annie Clark. She dropped this as a part of a re-release of her already incredible, future Grammy award winning self-titled album. I love Annie’s ballads but rocker Annie is my favorite, especially when she’s shredding live. I love her + John Congleton.
9) Alive with the Glory of Love by Say Anything
I’m a big fan of sitcoms and one thing about the great ones, is that they always have great music, especially on finales. Songs that play during finales, season or series, always stick with me. Heard this on Scrubs season 6 finale and immediately loved it. It’s also one of the best love songs I’ve ever heard.
10) Maybe by N*E*R*D
I’ll always like Fly or Die more than In Search Of because I witnessed Fly or Die. This song is still top 5 in their and P’s entire catalog. The drums are underrated.
11) III. Zealots of Stockholm [Free Information] by Childish Gambino
One of my favorite songs off one of my favorite albums ever. Gambino showed a ton of versatility on this joint that he co-produced. The change ups are brilliant. The internet sample around 3:15 is one of my favorite musical moments ever. Kilo Kish is on here too.
12) Valley of Death by Rick Ross
Rick Ross is mostly known for his gangster persona and material flexing but he’s really human and humble on this one. My favorite lines, “I got two kids, and for me to feed them, I’ll get two gigs. I’ll shovel sh*t, I’ll C.O” are probably the most gangster bars he’s ever spit. Toomp killed this ish.

Apple Music Link: what i’m on at the moment

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The Week in Tweets – August 5, 2016

Hooray for Friday! Here’s my itinerary for the weekend:

Friday – beer and pizza

Saturday – pizza and beer

Sunday – leftover pizza and whatever’s left of the beer

Now that’s my kinda weekend! But before we get to that, let’s run through an all-new, all-different Week in Tweets!!

6 – tie) Hand Solo™ (@RdrJay47)

You can’t claim to be a pizza lover until you eat the box cheese.

Nope Jessie (@jessienope)

omg i tried to dip mcnuggets while driving & almost died, i couldve ended up like that cyclist i clipped

Remember three years ago when Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car crash when he took his hands off the wheel to save a pizza from sliding off of his passenger seat. Stories like that put everything into perspective. I mean, imagine if he wasn’t able stop the pizza? How horrible would that have been? #NeverForget

5) Beulah Maud Devaney (@TheNotoriousBMD)

*writes “move location from bed to sofa” on to-do list*

*marks it as done*

*pats self on back*

Number one on my to-do list every day is *wake-up*. Number two is *number two*.

4) aly (@WElRDAL)

I need potatoes in my life

I believe that it was the great Leonardo da Vinci who said “A life without potatoes is no life at all.”

3) cash hew (@CashewSpell)

I am farting all over this target I’M SORRY TARGET

Though farting while shopping is frowned upon in Target, it’s actually mandated at Walmart.

2) Nope Jessie (@jessienope)

my yard brings all the boys to the yard & they’re like “thats a really nice yard” damn right thats a really nice yard i could mow it but nah

Mowing the lawn really sucks. At least that’s what I assume since I pay someone to mow mine for me…

1) leahbron james (@wellthatblowes)

when all else fails, buy a block of muenster and hope for the best

Muenster is not only one of my most favorite cheeses to eat, but I also love the name because it reminds me of the Munsters television show. Below is a list of my other top-ranked cheese names, along with the ones I think are the worst.

Best Cheese Names
Affineur Walo Le Gruyère
Moot-zah-rell (or mozzarella for you non-pisans.)
Muenster
Brimstone (this cheese sounds tasty as hell!)
Formagella
Cornish Smuggler
Cameo (word up!)
Baronerosso di Capra (sounds like the name of female mafia boss.)
Etzy Ketzy
Gouda

Worst Cheese Names
Brick (how f*cking noncreative is this name?!)
Rollot
Sonoma Jack (I think I once ate at a crappy restaurant named Sonoma Jack during a layover at LAX.)
Lil Moo
Baron Bigod (this sounds like the name of some lame-ass DC Comics supervillain.)
Blue Vein
Carrot Rebel
Lemon Fetish (do not Google this one at work.)
Edith
Goat Log (sounds like a euphemism for a seriously large piece of poop; used here in an example tweet “sh*t for the 1st time all week and stuffed the toilet with the biggest turd ever! #GOATLOG”)

Below is a picture of Rachel and Oscar settling down for their 14th nap of the day. Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

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Dive Bar & Grille – Lawrenceville Neighborhood

Restaurant: Dive Bar & Grille

Location: The lower part of Upper Lawrenceville where Alchemy N’Ale used to be.

Atmosphere: The exposed brick, tin ceiling tiles and esoteric light fixtures added a nice touch of gastropub coolness to the otherwise casual “classic American diner” vibe.

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Menu: Wings, quesadillas, tacos, sliders, salad bowls, sandwiches, burgers and just about anything else you might need*.

* Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at “tacos.”

Food: I’m a sucker for po’boys. Lobster po’boys, shrimp po’boys, oyster po’boys, hell, I even like the song “Po’Boy” by Bob Dylan. So when I saw that Dive had a shrimp po’boy with chipotle aioli*, which you could also add a crab cake to for an additional $2**, it quickly moved ahead of all the other mouthwatering options. #MalacostracaDoubleDown

The sandwich turned out to be a real winner. Big ol’ chunks of moist crab cake covered the bottom of the sizable roll, which along with the cornmeal-crusted shrimp provided an ocean’s worth of seafood goodness. The side of fries was a little lackluster, but I still ate every one so who am I to complain.

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I paired my food with a Jibe Session IPA (American IPA, 4% ABV) from Green Flash Brewing. Its crisp texture and light-citrus taste made for a perfectly refreshing lunchtime libation. The beer rounded out a delicious meal of crustacean goodness that even Squidward Tentacles couldn’t complain about.

* Chip Aioli would make a great name for a contestant on The Next Food Network Star…

** Can you believe that!?? Only 2$?!?! I wish that everything came with the option of adding a crab cake for two bucks. And not just food either. Oil changes, haircuts, lap dances…what wouldn’t be improved with the addition of a two dollar crab cake?

Service: Good.

Final Call: The fact that Dive has a location in the North Hills suburbs and not the South hills suburbs near my house makes me angry. Other than that, everything’s awesome!

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The Week in Tweets – July 29, 2016

It’s Friday! Let’s get on to an all-new Week in Tweets before we blink ours eyes and it’s time to go back to work!

5) courtney (@CourtneySanto)

Could someone please tell me why the Thong Song is in my head????

Maybe it’s because you like to dance on the hip-hop spots and cruise to the groove like connect the dots?

4) Untastic Mr. Fitz (@UnFitz)

If I say “I’m pretty,” it’s not narcissism. I just haven’t quite finished a sentence that will eventually end with “tired.”

I’m pretty…narcissistic.

3 – tie) katrina (@ohhkatrina)

there have got to be more alternate spellings of “Caitlyn” than any other name in the world. I can’t keep up.

Real American Dadass (@R_A_Dadass)

You can tell a lot about a person by the name they choose for their baby.

My wife is expecting a baby girl in November and we’ve narrowed it down to four choices – Rose, Dorothy, Sophia or Blanche…

2) WendyDarling (@wendchymes)

I’m gonna open a gym in my home for millennials and charge them to do fitness challenges like-

Swiffer the stairs or empty the dishwasher.

You should also make them pay you to wax your car and paint your house and call it a karate class!

2) Damien Owens (@OwensDamien)

I hear you, Sanders supporters who plan to vote Trump. One time I asked for Coke but they only had Pepsi, so I set fire to my head.

I think that’s what happened to Michael Jackson back in ’84…

1) Hitmonjake (@jake_likes_naps)

*describes my ideal pizza on my dating profiles About Me section*

I also wrote “large pepperoni” in my Match.com About Section but I wasn’t talking ‘bout pizza!!

Below is a Prisma-filtered pic of Oscar and Rachel snuggling. Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

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My Mixtape Monday – July 18, 2016

First Name: Erin
Twitter: @pizza_please17
Gender Identity: Female
Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Mixtape Name: Summer Sangria

Side A
1) Spirits by The Strumbellas
2) 7 years by Lukas Graham
3) The Little Things by Big Gigantic
4) Elijah by Matthew and The Atlas
5) Riptide by Vance Joy
6) Follow You by Cheat Codes

Side B
7) Vagabond by Wild
8) Paper Walls by Relevant Elephants
9) Michigan by Arms Akimbo
10) Good As Hell by Lizzo
11) Reaper by Sia
12) Trampoline by Kalin and Myles

Liner Notes: This playlist is my go-to summer jam. I love the different mix of sounds and vibes. It is good for any time of the day!

Spotify Playlist Link: Summer Sangria

Apple Music Link: Summer Sangria

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The Week in Tweets – July 8, 2016

T.G.I. Friday!!! I’m rolling into the weekend fresh off a recent trip to Chicago for a family vacation. We had a good time, but as it is whenever you go on a trip with a toddler, it really wasn’t that relaxing of an experience.

As it turns out, going on a vacation with a kid in tow is kind of like getting a salad for dinner. Even if it has the freshest iceberg lettuce, creamiest blue cheese crumbles and most balsamic-est vinaigrette, it still isn’t a Crisp Braised Pork Shank, a Wing-O-Rito or Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos.

Regardless of the fact that my vacation days were less “wasting away in Margaritaville” and more “waking up at 7am to watch Paw Patrol”, we still had a lot of fun. I even found enough downtime to finish Daredevil Season 2, which I started watching wayyy back in March (#SpoilerAlert – Doctor Manhattan is behind everything!).

All right, enough complaining about my #FirstWorldProblems. Let’s get to an all-new, all-different Week in Tweets!

7) Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22)

If sitcoms in the 90’s taught me anything, it’s that a fat guy can marry a hot wife.

Or he can team-up with Jake to solve crimes!

6 – tie) Andy H. (@AndyAsAdjective)

Which is worse: that I had to wear a Frozen bandaid cuz all the regular ones were taken or that I spent 5 min. deciding between Anna & Elsa?

Lurk @ Home Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom)

If there’s profession that involves pulling tampons out of a box and scattering them in a hallway, my toddler is going to make us rich.

I’m starting to think that my son is secretly bankrolled by Big Pharma. Whenever he needs a band-aid, he always rips open and discards at least thirty of them onto the bathroom floor before he finds one worthy enough to be applied to his boo-boo.

5) Ian Valentine (@IanValentine11)

I hope all of my teacher friends are having, and will continue to have, a terrible summer vacation.

I was talking to my sister (who’s a middle school principal) last week and she was going on and on about how the rainy weather has really been cutting into her pool days. I responded by telling her that I didn’t even know what the weather was like outside because I spend the majority of my daylight hours IN A WINDOWLESS CUBE FARM. The only things that I’ll be swimming in this summer are pivot tables so she’s definitely not getting any sympathy from me.

4) goose (@bryisms)

Think it’s a nap-in-the-shower kind of day

With what’s been going on in the world lately, it’s becoming a nap-in-the-shower year…

3) ♥ (@SMASEY)

Being fat has saved me from ever experiencing mono, STDs, or teen pregnancy.

The historically low levels of teenage pregnancy is the silver lining of America’s childhood obesity epidemic… #ThanksObama

2) beth loves cake, so (@bourgeoisalien)

the saddest part about self driving cars will be all the times people die mid trip and then ur dinner guests or pizza guy will arrive dead

I would be extremely sad if I ordered a pizza and it showed up along with a dead pizza guy. But not so sad that I wouldn’t eat the pizza of course. I mean, I wouldn’t want his death to stand for nothing now would I?

1) gokitty (@goKitty)

Ate some sketchy burrata from the back of my refrigerator. Details to follow.

“Sketchy Burrata” has replaced Nacho Libre as my favorite name for a Mexican wrestler.

Below is a picture of Oscar and Rachel snuggling. Have a wonderful weekend everybody and please be safe out there!

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My Mixtape Monday – Best of Vol. VII

The following double-disc compilation highlights my favorite tracks from the past twenty-four “My Mixtape Monday” playlists. Along with sharing some really great music, each contributor did a thoughtful job ruminating over their selections in the associated Liner Notes. These retrospective essays are always a great read, and I highly recommend that you click on all of the names below to check them out!

Disc 1

1) Telstar by The Tornados (Matt)
2) Couleur Cafe by Serge Gainsbourg (Kate)
3) Let’s Go by Matt & Kim (Bree)
4) Steal Smoked Fish by The Mountain Goats (Kate)
5) Einstein On The Beast produced by DJ BC w/ Philip Glass and Beastie Boys (Goob)
6) New York by Ja Rule ft. Fat Joe and Jadakiss (Natalie)
7) Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac (Niki)
8) Winter by Lail Arad (Nick)
9) 4 Simple Words by Frank Turner (Kards Unlimited)
10) Saturday by Fall Out Boy (Amber)
11) Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley (Meg)
12) Gooey by Glass Animals (Leah)

Liner Notes: Disregarding the collective crew of Kards Unlimited and the amorphous Goob (personal data unknown), the individual ages of this group ranged from 22 to 38. Of these, eight were female and two were male. Their occupations included fashion photographer, greeting card creator, marketing coordinator and band instrument repair technician.

The twelve playlists were comprised of 148 songs in total, with only one duplicate – I Don’t Want Love by The Antlers. Six artists showed up twice, with Death Cab for Cutie being the only band to place three song selections (insert GIF of Seth Cohen nodding).

Disc 2

1) Desperately Wanting by Better than Ezra (Shannon)
2) The House That Heaven Built by Japandroids (Scott aka Kirby)
3) Where My Girls At by 702 (Sarah)
4) Brave by Sara Bareilles (Kerry)
5) Modern Jesus by Portugal, The Man (Kate)
6) Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) by Flight Facilities (Laura)
7) Santa Fe by Beirut (Kasey)
8) In The End by Linkin Park (Zain)
9) Love Yourself by Justin Bieber (Marisa)
10) Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths (Patrick)
11) Get Up by Sleater-Kinney (Toby)
12) Head Like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails (Samantha)

Liner Notes: The ages of this group of contributors went from 23 to 50 (really?), with four males and eight females. Their occupations included stay at home mom, orthotist, comedian, moonbounce cleaner and @stitchfix stylist.

The twelve playlists totaled 150 songs and the artists ranged from Adele to Kendrick Lamar to Zac Brown Band. No artist placed three songs across the collective, but five did garner two selections each – alt-J, Future, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Rob Zombie. Now that sounds like a concert that I’d love to see!

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My Mixtape Monday – June 27, 2016

First Name: Kate Mickere
Twitter: @katemickere
Sex: Female
Age: 28

Occupation: Writer // Assistant at Comedy Central

Mixtape Name: Obsessions

Side A
1) Ram On by Paul McCartney
2) The Love Cats by The Cure
3) Wig in a Box by Hedwig and the Angry Inch
4) Jesse by Carly Simon
5) Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones
6) Hey Ya by Outkast

Side B
7) Long John Blues by Dinah Washington
8) Let’s Spend the Night Together by David Bowie
9) Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush
10) Teeth by Lady Gaga
11) Another Day by Paul McCartney
12) Me & Liza by Rufus Wainwright

Bonus Track (since it’s not on Spotify): I Can’t Wait for Christmas to Come by The Loose Tapestries

Liner Notes: “Life is nothing if you’re not obsessed.” – John Waters

Confession: I’ve basically only been listening to podcasts and Paul McCartney’s Ram for the last year or so. Instead of hiding this (possibly) worrying behavior, I’m going to embrace it… with a playlist full of my musical obsessions.

Side A is a sampling of my current favorites. These are the songs that I just can’t get out of my head. Note: “Hey Ya” is just as delightful now as it was in 2003, when I was trying to avoid my homecoming date and only came out of hiding to dance to this song. (Sorry, Steven.)

I’m so obsessed with the songs on Side B that I’ve actually put them into plays I’ve written. From singing “Long John Blues” in my one-woman show Sprinkles & Shame at the Playground Festival at Carnegie Mellon to the current play I’m dreaming up about Liza Minnelli and Bianca Jagger being disco friends, these songs have inspired me in countless ways.

Bonus: Is it weird to listen to a Christmas song in June? This one is too delightful to be confined to a calendar. Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno and Mighty Boosh comedian (and my imaginary boyfriend) Noel Fielding teamed up to create a surrealist Christmas song that features a rap from Idris Elba. I’m swooning.

Spotify Playlist Link: Obsessions

Apple Music Link: Obsessions

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The Best of Summer 2016 Part V…Style

Welcome to the final chapter of summer sixteen’s “Best of…” series. This post highlights some seasonal style suggestions for the family. Here to handle the mother/daughter segment is the always-slaying Terra, whose return to blogging earlier this year was the most electrifying un-retirement to happen in the ‘Burgh since Lemieux in ’00. Everything that she does should be branded with the caption “Goals AF” and I highly suggest that you check ahht her site when you’re done enjoying our posts below. First up is my father/son part so let’s get on to it!

After my son was born, I struggled with maintaining the level of swag that I’ve grown accustomed to. Why spend time putting together a fly outfit if it would just end up adorned with spit-up in an hour? I immediately began to feel the pull of the Dark Side of Dad Fashion, and its promise of comfort through cargo shorts and crocs. But unlike Anakin Skywalker, I refuse to give in to the temptation. Though I rarely end the day without my son wiping some indiscernible schmutz on my outfit, the self-confidence that comes along with dressing well makes it all worth it.

Dressing my 3yo son presents a similar conundrum. He’s potty trained now so thankfully I do not have to worry much about the three p’s. However, much like his idol Hulk, it doesn’t take much time for him to wear-out even the toughest Toughskins. Thankfully kids clothier Carters manufactures plenty of stylish outfits that are reasonably priced so I don’t get too mad when he rips the buttons off his shirt to show me his muscles.

My go-to #OOTD for summer showcases a couple simple classics – a V-neck t-shirt and garment-dyed cotton shorts. This ensemble is available in a wide assortment of bright colors, but I’m embracing my inner Goth here. Not only does the monochrome look standout amongst a sea of pastel polos and boat shoes on the soccer field sidelines, they also serve as a sharp contrast to my boys’ colorful ensemble. There’s no chance I can complete with him as far as cuteness goes, so why even try?!?!

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Item Sources: 9” Stanton Short & Slim Broken-in V-neck T-Shirt (both J. Crew), Jack Purcell Signature Sneakers (Converse), Leather Suffield Belt by Polo Ralph Lauren, Sunglasses by Rayban, Animal Squirters by Floatzone, Toddler Boys’ 2-Piece Striped Shirt & Shorts Set by Carter’s, Paw Patrol Canvas Sneakers by Walmart, Spiderman Sunglasses by Target, Southampton Bucket Hat by Grandparents

And now to Terra!!!

Best of Summer

So far, June 2016 >> June 2015. Do you remember how much rain Pittsburgh had last year? Wow! The difference is amazing. And I for one will take these steamy sunny days anytime.

Each season, I tend to find a few pieces that I want to live in. This summer is no different. For me, it’s all about the perfect denim cutoffs and off-the-shoulder anything. The only thing sexier than a clavicle (besides any other word) is an open back. Either are a great way to show off your bronze skin.

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Speaking of… wear sunscreen. PLEASE. It’s so important. There’s nothing more stylish than when a person takes good care of their skin. I adore Neutrogena’s spray-on sunscreen. It’s light, smells great and doesn’t feel like a gross film on your skin. But how do you show off that aforementioned bronze then? Self tanner, all the way. There are a couple that I really like but Jergen’s makes a fantastic gradual self-tanner that smells nice.

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And when you’re lounging by the pool or sliding your toes into sand, you need a phenomenal bathing suit and a great book. This monokini is polyawesome. It cuts in all the right places to not only show off your beautiful curves (even if you’re like me and don’t actually have natural curves) but to also sit still if you want to be active. I prefer to tap my inner sloth when I’m sunbathing so I defer to my books and magazines. “Primates of Park Avenue” is a really easy and entertaining read. Perfect for the pool or beach.

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Now, to the little one. Stella plays hard and sweats like a mother. I don’t really sweat so that sentence is inherently erroneous but let’s not dwell on that. She insists on wearing dresses all of the time. If that’s what she’s going to wear when it’s 85 degrees, then the dress better be lightweight, able to withstand crude karate moves and sidewalk chalk art. This dress has been in heavy rotation along with these comfy sandals. The sandals are fantastic because she can run around in them all day without earning blisters or the stinkiest of feet.

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I’d also like to take a moment to call your attention to GoldieBlox. Stella is obsessed. They’re fantastic kits that teach girls (or whoever wants to play with them) engineering, math and building skills. There are stories and dolls and all of the typical “girly” equipment, but they’re not just fluffy cupcake toys. They actually teach important skills but they’re wrapped in a package that is attractive to little girls. If you know a little girl and she doesn’t have GoldieBlox, help a sister out and get her started with one.

I hope you enjoy your summer as much as I plan to! Just remember to protect your skin, nourish your brain a little and wear something sexortable. That’s sexy and comfortable ALL AT THE SAME TIME. What could be better?

Xoxo

Terra

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on mom
Top: Modern Citizen
Shorts: Free People (available at Shopbop)
Shades: ASOS
Bathing Suit: L*Space (available at Shopbop)
Sandals: Joie
Nails: Essie Big Spender

on daughter
Dress: Old Navy
Sandals: H&M
Shades: Old Navy
Bathing Suit: H&M (also have this one)
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