SOLTY FRIDAY’S 9.18

As we head into the last weekend of summer, I find myself reflecting on these last 13 weeks.  Without a doubt 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone.  But through all the ups and downs, I find myself appreciating the lessons 2020 is teaching us all.  For me, I’ve learned to appreciate and embrace the present.  

I can’t remember a summer in my adult years where I have spent almost every waking moment outside.  Part of that has to do with trying to constantly keep a busy toddler entertained, but the other part of that has to do with taking advantage of these warm days full of sunshine.  The beginning of quarantine meant we spent A LOT of time indoors and with the uncertainty of the fall and winter upon us, I find myself holding tight to mother nature and all the warmth and beauty she brings us during this season.

September has always been my favorite month (it is my birthday month after all).  But this section of a poem perfectly illustrates my feelings about this month:

By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, With summer’s best of weather, and autumn’s best of cheer. – Helen Hunt Jackson 

I’ve said before that this month allows me to say goodbye to my favorite season but it also helps me to welcome a new one.  So, with this weekend being the last official weekend of summer, I’m ready to say ‘see you next year’, knowing full well that I appreciated the heck out of her this year.   

And without further ado, here are this week’s Solty Friday’s! 

> I’m in love with these blue and white DIY pumpkins! I bought some supplies to make these with L and we’ve slowly been surely making our way through a bundle of pumpkins this week. 

> I’m starting to look for indoor activities that are educational and engaging for L.  One activity that has really caught my eye are these super FUN letters from Lottie and Lizzie!  We are working on teaching L the alphabet, so what better way than with something as pretty as these?! 

> In case you missed it on my IG, L, my mom, and I went to our local flower farm to pick flowers this week.  The U-pick flowers was closed, BUT they already had the most impressive display of pumpkins and gourds, so we ended up stocking up on some goodies.  If you are local, the farm is called Garden View Flowers

> I bought L some rain boots this week from Target.  As much as I wanted to get her Hunter Boots, I wanted even more to get her purple rain boots. And what a parent homerun! She LOVES them and runs around wearing them yelling “PURPLE.”  Plus, they are a great price point.  So win for everyone!

> I’ve been wanting to bake these apple zucchini muffins for L – we are stuck in a rut of wanting to eat only cheese.  So I might try and whip these up this weekend. 

> And finally, Rob and I are shopping for a new front door this weekend!! I’ve been wanting a new front door since we moved into our house four years ago.  Our front entry/door has zero windows, which means there isn’t any natural light.  So, as part of our home renovations this summer, we are buying a new door with windows.  I think this is the style I want.  

And that’s it for this week.  Enjoy this last weekend of summer!! 

Slainte,
Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAY’S 9.11

Exactly ten years ago this month I packed up my belongings and moved to NYC. I was pursuing a career in the fashion industry and an internship in fashion public relations became available. I don’t remember thinking too hard about this decision – I was 24 and knew I needed to make a big leap to further my career. Little did I know how much living in the Big Apple would change me – for good and bad. I became more confident in who I was and what I wanted, but I also developed anxiety that I have to work hard every day to keep at bay.

My time living in NYC was fleeting, but I always, always look back fondly on the beginning of that adventure. I was happiest when I first arrived in that big city and the autumn will always remind me of Central Park and the charm that is NYC. So today, on September 11, I’m sending extra love to this city and all of those impacted by the unforgettable events of 19 years ago.

And now, this week’s Solty Friday’s:

> S.Lynch Knitwear JUST released the cutest Halloween Bundles for kiddos! By purchasing a bundle, you receive a knit hat and a 100% wool beaded necklace.  These are seriously SO fun! The collection is inspired by Salem, MA and Hocus Pocus, so you know it’s delightfully ghoulish. 

> Cinnamon Candied Pecans: I shared that I made these in my stories yesterday.  They are SO easy to make.   All you need is ¼ cup of water, 3 cups of pecans, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of butter.  Throw everything in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook/stir until they start to brown.  Allow to cool.  The original recipe can be found on my Bon Appetit Board on Pinterest and this one does include sugar! 

> I’m currently reading And They Called It Camelot.  It’s a must read for any Kennedy fans!

> I started watching Get Organized with the Home Edit and it’s fabulous.  The first episode showcases Reese Witherspoon’s home and WOW! Blue and white heaven! 

> We chose a paint color for our exterior!! We chose Naval by Sherwin Williams.  We love the color and so far every house I’ve seen painted in this shade gives me heart eyes.  Plus Sherwin Williams is Ohio based so it’s important we support Ohio brands. 

> Looking for beautiful printables? Check out Fernandina Paper Co.! You can sign-up for a membership and have access to a digital library full of notecards, stationary, etc.  These printables can easily be customized and printed in minutes from the comfort of your home! Definitely a fun membership to invest in! 

> I’m always thinking about and missing Scotland, and this Instagram account by this Scottish mama is bringing me so much joy every day.  I can’t get enough of this family’s Scottish adventures.

Have the best weekend! 

Slainte, 

Shannon 

SOLTY FRIDAY’S

A lot has been going on this week! For starters, it’s my birthday week – Yippee! We’ve also been busy getting quotes to paint the exterior of our house, we’ve had a few trees cut down that were no longer alive, and I’m working on giving our master bedroom some TLC.  Never a dull moment! 

Below are this week’s Solty Friday’s. 

> I’m currently partnering with two of my favorite ladies to give away a set of personalized stationery from Jen Strandberg’s Studio! Head to my Instagram for the details.

> The Emily Ley Simplified Planners for 2021 launched this week! These are my favorite planners.  I’ve had the daily for the last couple of years, but this year I switched to the weekly – I just don’t use the daily as much since I only work part time. 

> We are currently obsessed with the show The Morning Show on Apple TV.  Phenomenal acting and storyline.  We just finished up The Pacific on HBO and that was also excellent.  Highly recommend both! 

> We are celebrating birthday week with a morning trip to the Bay this weekend – can’t wait for my water fix.  You can read about this favorite beach of ours here.

> Rob gifted me these pajamas for my birthday and I loooove them.  So comfy and cozy.  

And there you have my favorite things for this week.  Enjoy this last unofficial weekend of summer! 

Slainte,

Shannon

SOLTY FRIDAYS

Happy Friday!

I’ve been wanting to start a new series for awhile and I think today is the day.  I’m always shopping, exploring, and in general playing around online.  A lot of times I don’t share these musings on my Instagram, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the items, stories, images, ideas, thoughts etc. that are inspiring me at the end of each week.  Call it a Friday Favorites or Weekend Reading or even Weekly Wonderings. Whatever, you want to call it, this series will be a fun glimpse into the Solt universe! Enjoy this favorite things list below!

> My friend Sam from S. Lynch Knitwear is releasing her fall collection of headbands tonight at 7:00 p.m. and the styles are so.good.  Don’t miss this drop as styles are limited! 

> I’m shopping for a new set of curtains for our newly painted family room.  Right now we have solid navy blue blackout curtains, but I’m looking to brighten the space even more.  Currently loving the Riviera Striped Linen/Cotton curtains from Pottery Barn. 

> I’ve been eyeing this striped dress from J.Crew Factory and it’s 50% off this week.  Eeek!

> I’m starting to think about birthday ideas for L.  So far I’m thinking a dollhouse, a garbage truck (she LOVES them), another Eloise at the Plaza book, and maybe a coffee maker for her play kitchen.  

> My friend Stephanie from Linen and Littles shared this from the Burt’s Bees Baby Instagram and it’s SUCH a good reminder that your children are the most important thing in your life. 

> Michelle Obama’s Podcast.  I’m three episodes in and it’s incredible.  Truly inspiring and motivating.  

> My friend Whitney from Whitney Caves is sharing all the garden inspiration! 2021 is going to be the year of re-landscaping and you better believe this lady is inspiring me to plant a flower garden. 

Enjoy the weekend!

Slainte,

Shannon 

From a Dash of Solt recently:

Brand Spotlight: Kylie and Bryn (a super fun, Ohio based jewelry company)

Style: Fall Headbands with S.Lynch Knitwear 

Motherhood: Favorite Books for Toddlers

Coastal Ohio: A Local’s Guide to the Beach at East Harbor State Park