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want a look into my life & my head right now?  i always love reading rambling posts from others – it kind of gives you an idea of how a conversation would go with them if you were to sit down and catch up over coffee.  so grab a cup of your favorite drink and cozy up with me!

how’s my life after closing the shop?

this is my most often asked question over the last month and a half!  my quick answer:  wonderful!  next question:  what do you do with all your free time?  my answer: i’ve already filled it!  but what is totally different is my mind space.  i feel like i have room to breathe and space to think, things i haven’t had in a long, long time!

so, crazy weather here, right?

i know it seems silly to go straight to the weather, but seriously… it was around 85* today!  we spent the afternoon at the beach after church and it was hot!  i was prepped with comfy pants and a sweatshirt just in case, but so thankful i packed bathing suit bottoms and a tank!  the kids played, we hung out and chatted with friends, and then sean and i peppered with the volleyball for a bit.  and today:  i am a bit rosy from the sun and sore from the volleyball – apparently i need to do more squats!

i was part of a great round robin giveaway yesterday on Facebook, and i was giving away a $25 gift card to target.  i asked for a simple answer as an entry to the question: what was your last purchase at target?  it was so fun reading all the answers!  want to know the most common answers?  diapers, the movie frozen, easter treats, bathing suits, dollar spot items and bedding.

you know how i do fun things at our school’s thrift store, like setting up displays, rearranging sections, and doing the window displays?  well, my job there just got much larger, more of a consultant position that involves me working more closely with the staff.  i am super excited about this opportunity because i am so passionate about the store!  ever since heading up the renovation there, i feel tied to the store’s success, so i’m excited to get more involved!

even though i no longer have my shop, i am still running the stitch market with my partner emily.  its in less than 3 weeks!  the funny thing is, i plan on having a booth like always, but i am still finding out what i want to put in the booth!  i’ve been making a handful of things here and there, but i need to get on making more products soon!  i’m excited to see the response to my new, and totally random, products!  it feels weird, and oddly freeing, to not really care too much about what i’m going to sell!

so, thoughts on mom shorts?  when you’re a mom, is there a length you should stick to?  i know body type has a lot to do with it, but what’s appropriate?  i personally think i look better with a 3″ inseam, but as a mom i feel like thats a bit short.  plus, we tell our girls to stick to the school dress code, which says our shorts and skirts need to at least reach our finger tips, and at 3″, they don’t.  thoughts?

remember those houseplants i bought awhile back?  they are all still alive!  i cannot believe the difference that houseplants make in our home.  i know it sounds weird, but they add a freshness and vibrancy that you can’t get from other decorating items.  want to know my green thumb trick?  water!  i know, its brilliant!  actually, thats not totally true.  i have 2 tricks.  the first is to actually remember to take care of the plants and my second trick is ice cubes.  rather than pouring water on the plants, every few days i put a 1-3 ice cubes on each of the plants so they get watered slowly.

sean earned a trip again for us this spring – we’re going to barcelona!  we leave in less than a month and i am so excited!  while the majority of the trip is basically planned out for us, we are heading over a few days early to catch a world cup game, then explore on our own a couple days.  any suggestions?  we’re thinking maybe mallorca?  anyone have any suggestions for must-see’s?







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    Hi Lindsey! I loved this post. It’s fun to get a peek inside someone’s head!
    I’m curious to learn more about what you’re up to in your role with the thrift shop! I think you have so much to offer as a business consultant, so that makes sense!

    Regarding the shorts – Maybe I’m getting crotchety now that I’m in my 30’s, but I am horrified by how short girls’ shorts have gotten – for all ages. I think that moms should probably set the example for their girls, but in a fashionable way, of course! I remember how much I hated the shorts length rule in middle school. But at the same time. . . you don’t want to get stuck with ugly shorts just because of the kids’ rule! :) The longer shorts don’t look flattering on everyone. . . I’d be curious to see what you decide!

    Spain…wow. No recommendations, just take lots of photos and show us! :)

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    I’m so glad you are enjoying mind space! I think women struggle with that even before they run their own small business! I’m still trying to find a balance there myself! I loved hearing your updates. I’ve been wondering!

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    Hi! I am a FL girl and a mom of three, and here I am in shorts from March-November. This year I bought several new pairs because I felt like most of mine were too short. I found the ones I love from LOFT with a 6 inch inseam….double what I have been wearing! But they are super comfortable and surprisingly super flattering. I think we have similar body types, so maybe give them a try? The fit is called Riviera, and they come in lots of inseam sizes and some pretty eyelet ones and fun colors.

    My first two children are boys and my youngest is a girl, and I have been shocked at how short girl shorts are compared to boy ones!!!! Eeek!!

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    Lots of recommendations for Spain! Definitely have to see the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It is breathtaking! Also for a side trip, Madrid! My favorite place in all of Spain. Just got back! Plus, if you are there on the weekend they have one of the biggest flea markets in all of Europe!

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    ahhhhh, shorts. I prefer the 5 inch inseam but have monster legs (no heidi klum here).
    Now shopping with a 12 and 1/2 year old, we had a vivid discussion in Old Navy about the importance of length. School requirements or not. After trying on all the options and seeing the silliness for herself, her reply was, “mom, I’m going to be a 5 inch gal too.”

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    I am so excited about your trip to Barcelona and especially the fact that my grandson, Tim and his girl friend are going with you. It is so great that One Source won two trips. Good job!

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    Tracie M. says:

    3″ inseam! WOW, you have some great legs. I personally wear bermuda style because I feel like I look wretched in short shorts. I would love to be able to wear jeans all year long, but the summers in Richmond are so humid that I have to wear shorts. The dress code at my kid’s school is also fingertips and I encourage my daughter to wear shorts and skirts at least that long. She has some super shorty shorts that she can wear at home, but they aren’t appropriate at all for school, especially with her long legs!

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    So excited for you to visit Barcelona!!!! After going there last year, it is easily one of my most favorite cities in the world. You will love it! There are so many wonderful things to see. I recommend seeing the building designed by Gaudi and the fountain show at Montjuic, but there’s also the soccer arena and Olympic stadium which we didn’t have time to visit but look like a lot of fun. I wrote a couple posts about the things we did in Barcelona.

    Have a wonderful time! Can’t wait to see pictures!

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    Hosanna says:

    I just had the shorts length conversation with my husband yesterday! I’ve always worn the 3″ inseam ones and still prefer them (and so does he, naturally!), but now that I’m pushing 30, I feel like maybe my shorts length needs to get longer? He (and my other girlfriends) say that isn’t really a rule, and while I know it isn’t, something about being a mom of 2 and entering a new decade is causing me to rethink my shorts lengths. Off to the stores for some comparisons, I guess!

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    Enjoy your trip to Barcelona! My daughter studied abroad in Europe and was able to celebrate her 21st birthday on Mallorca and out of everywhere she went in Europe, that was her favorite place! She can’t speak highly enough of the scenery and the people there.

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    Lindsey, random rambly posts are my favorite too! Thanks for the update.

    Shorts. Here’s the thing, you have amazing legs and I’ve NEVER thought you look inappropriate or immodest in your shorts. I have pretty high modesty standards, too. If you FEEL uncomfortable, then make a change, but I think you always look great. As for sticking with your kids’ school dress code, well I guess that’s a decision for your family. You have long legs so it’s really tough. Girl, your cheeks don’t show! What does Sean think? I really think a dad/husband’s input has a huge impact on your kids. Now I’m rambling…
    I lead a summer mission project each summer with college students. “Dress code” is always hard. I want them to honor the “rules” because it’s an overflow of their hearts. A desire to honor the Lord and not draw attention to their body parts but also honor their brothers in Christ. I don’t ask the girls to be covered up in mumus but to avoid super tight tops and super short shorts. To help give a gauge, I do say middle finger tip length or I’d be measuring shorts every single day!
    My word, rambling!

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    Lisa W. says:

    This was a very fun post. Please show us some of the things your making. Your very talented and I would be thrilled to just see:)

    Ahhhh the shorts. Well I kinda agree, sometimes you might rock in shorty shorts but I always say when in doubt there is a good reason. Appropiate lengths, for appropaite age.

    I also work at a school and yes our dress code is the same. The thing is even when your little and a cuty young girl, too short of shorts just looks kinda trashy. It just depends, I am all for dress code, when at home then you can wear the tiny winy ones. Thank you above for the tip on shorts at the Loft. Love that store, and looking forward to checking them out.

    Have a wonderful safe trip!!!!!

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    I love this post too. Barcelona! You guys are so blessed to visit different countries like you do! Can’t wait to see pictures – and specifically – what you wear! haha. As to the shorts, I totally agree that body type plays a huge role, but I don’t like short shorts (the last couple of years teeny bop trend) and no matter how skinny a gals legs are, don’t think they look classy on grown women! I’m not necessarily talking about 3″ inseam though (although that’s too short for me only because I don’t “love” my thighs), I’m talking the barely-an-inseam at all! They’re everywhere!

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    The dress is cute. I actually like the chevron top. Your bro gave me a gift certificate to Stitch Fix- I requested mine last week, and am expecting it late May. Hoping to get some pieces I would never consider that surprise me and look great! :)

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    I love hearing your ramblings, because they show so much about your new perspective.
    As for Barcelona, I’ve been there for a long weekend and loved exploring. I suggest visiting the main market for some fresh squeezed juice and a snack. It is crowded and you have to say no quite a bit, but its a unique experience. My friends and I splurged on going to a Flamenco show. It was the thing we remember most and it was so impressive to watch.
    I’m excited to hear about the stichmarket! Thanks for sharing your ramblings

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    forget about shorts! go for skorts! they are my new favorite. a skirt is always more feminine. I personally love the ‘whatever’ skort from Athleta. I have 2!
    otherwise, I think finger length is a good rule for shorts, at least. shorter ones may look good, but who are you trying to attract?

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      Kim, I’m not Lindsey/Pleated Poppy (sorry!), but thanks for mentioning the Athleta skorts. I think you just solved my big dilemma for summer. I hate wearing shorts because I don’t love my back side or thighs, but I don’t particularly like the look of capris and cropped pants for myself either. Those skorts look like the perfect solution! Thank you!

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