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August 8, 2018

Midweek Ramblings.

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  • Help and prayers for the Robson family: This is one of the saddest things I've ever shared in a Midweek Ramblings post, but I wanted to let y'all know in case you missed this update on April's Instagram over the weekend, or aren't familiar with her blog. Sweet April and her family live in Charlotte, NC, and she's been running a fabulous lifestyle blog for years now! I started following her about five years ago, when her blog was called A. Liz Adventures (it's now called A Smidge of This). April also sells LipSense and we collaborated for a couple fun posts last year. Her blog has been such an encouragement to me over the past few years, so I was devastated to hear this news. April's middle child, sweet toddler Charlotte, was diagnosed with a terminal and incurable illness last week. I can't even imagine the pain that the family is going through, and the medical bills for Charlotte's care will be exorbitant. There is a GoFundMe page for the family- if you've followed April for awhile (or just want to love on the family), I highly encourage you to donate! 
  • Dollar Tree Cleaning Haul: I'm not going to include this in my "Purchases" section of this post because I don't think anyone wants to hear me ramble about buying a bunch of cleaning products and supplies- but I did still want to put this in this week's Midweek Ramblings post anyways! Y'all- I had no idea that you could find such cheap cleaning stuff at the Dollar Tree! I've really only shopped there for holiday decor and greeting cards in the past, but there is SO MUCH good stuff to be found. I bought name brand dish soap for $1, as well as a ton of other cleaning supplies that I needed to replenish at home. I saved so much more money from Walmart (where I normally buy cleaning stuff), and it's ridiculous to compare my receipt to if I'd bought those same items at a store like Target or a local grocery chain. Dollar Tree has me converted now for cleaning supplies! I might work on a blog post soon of things I've started to buy there. 
  • Excited for Labor Day Weekend: Apologies in advance because I probably won't be shutting up about this anytime soon, but we are now less than a month away until I get to go back to one of my very favorite cities- my beloved Charlotte, NC! I will be visiting for the long weekend for Labor Day this year, and getting to celebrate my birthday a little early with my dear friends that still live there. True life: if I think about the upcoming trip in detail for a few minutes I will start crying because I am just SO EXCITED to go back to Charlotte! Did I mention that I CAN'T WAIT?! (I warned you I'd be annoying.) Minus a quick airport layover, this will be my first trip back since I moved in April 2017.
  • New Name for Midweek Ramblings: I've decided to start calling these weekly Wednesday posts simply "Midweek Ramblings" - instead of "Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases + Current Wishlist." I think just saying Midweek Ramblings sums up all of the different categories- and it's so much less to type! Lol.

  • It's one of my dear friend's birthdays in a few weeks, and I splurged on matching gifts for both of us! I'm not going to link them in today's post in case she's reading this. 😉But I can share what it was in a few weeks. 
  • Speaking of my trip to Charlotte... this crazy and over the top jumpsuit is currently on its way to me. Is it very extra? Yes. Will it be ideal for wearing to celebrate my birthday in my favorite city with my favorite people? HECK YES!

  • A darling pink top that comes in a couple other colors and is under $20!
  • This pair of mules are adorable. They're such feminine shoes and I'd love to add them to my fall wardrobe. 
  • Kind of can't believe I'm admitting this on my blog- but these Chacos are officially on my wishlist! I've done a lot of outdoor activities with new friends in Charlottesville this summer, and most of the girls (and guys) I hang out with have at least one pair of these. They're such practical summer outdoor shoes- especially for water activities! 
  • Okay third shoe wishlist item of this post- but I've had my eye on these Valentino dupe heels for a long time! I might actually have to order them soon as a birthday or Christmas gift to myself. They look just like the real deal! 
  • I've been recently cleaning out my entire wardrobe, and while organizing my pajamas dresser drawers I came to the conclusion that I need some cute pajamas in my life ASAP! I have a few cute winter sets, but for summer I live in old oversized t-shirts, and that needs to end! This little summery pajama set is adorable. 

Recipe of the week: Apple Crisp Oatmeal Squares from chocolatexdiaries.  I shared in last week's Midweek Ramblings that I've been looking for more healthy breakfast recipes to make. Over the weekend I tried making these healthy Apple Crisp Oatmeal Squares! The topping is absolutely delicious on them. They really are more like baked oatmeal squares than traditional apple crisp, but still a fun and healthy-ish breakfast item.

Song of the week: Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden. Throwing it back to the 90s this week y'all! I have loved 90s pop duo Savage Garden for years and years but lately in the mornings before work I've been listening to a lot of their songs on Spotify. Truly Madly Deeply is just so good- ah!! What a precious and happy love song.

On the blog this week: 

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. Girl!!!!! I WANT TO HEAR WHAT YOU BOUGHT AT THE DOLLAR STORE!!! I love shopping there! It’s so cheap, however I never thought to buy holiday decor! So smart!

  2. Hope you enjoy Charlotte!! I live in Raleigh! We will be near Charlotte at our house at Lake Norman!

  3. Have an amazing trip to Charlotte! It's been on my list forever and I still have not made it, excited to see your pics from your travels

  4. The dollar store is my FAVORITE! Seriously! We only have one near my apartment right now and the selection isn't great (it always looks like the shelves need stocked) but there are a few in my hometown and I always got so many cleaning basics, snacks and other home items there!

  5. Omg that song! Such a throwback and it brings back SO many memories! Can't wait to see that pink jumpsuit on you-so cute!

  6. So happy you can visit Charlotte soon :) Labor Day is coming up soon! Also, such sad news about April's daughter. Sending prayers and thoughts to their family.

    And loving that PJ set you picked out! :)

  7. I am so sorry about the girls who's child has a terminal illness. I can't even imagine how awful that must be. I will say a prayer.

  8. I love the jumpsuit you bought for your birthday. I only recently bought things from Shein, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Now I know that I would definitely buy more clothes from there. I got a tie waist graphic tee and cropped peasant blouse to wear with my midi skirts.

  9. Ahh that jumpsuit is so cute! Definitely prefect for an all-out birthday party!

  10. Oh no, how heartbreaking for April and her family. Keeping them in my thoughts.

  11. That hot pink jumpsuit is AMAZING!!! It's extra in the best way haha

  12. Cute post idea! Also I so want the mules!


  13. Hope you have an amazing trip over Labor Day weekend!! I will be going to NYC and I am beyond excited and wont stop talking about it haha.

    xoxo, Hannah


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