I wrote this post a year ago and it is so weird to think about how much the world has changed in the last 365 days. If there was ever a time to practice thoughtfulness, it is now. I hope you'll join me in this challenge. <3

I think September is kind of a boring month. Haha. I think it is because summer is over and the back to school routine settles in. September in Florida tends to feel even hotter than the summer months. Other parts of the country are getting a taste of fall and we are m e l t i n g. Another reason I feel this way because I really enjoy the holidays. Starting October 1, I start prepping and decorating for Fall and Halloween. And then comes November when we do our Thanksgiving tree and then Christmas! I LOVE all the traditions that come along with the holidays and the only thing standing in the way is September... so I decided to start my own September tradition to help pass the time and keep me busy while I count down the days... Plus, I think this new tradition will be good for my soul and I'd love to invite you to join me.

Sidenote: because I feel like I have to say this. September may be Patrick's very favorite month of the year. Saturdays and Sundays are for football with friends. Mondays and Thursdays are also for football. And Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are great for chit chatting about football with your friends. Did I mention Fantasy Football Leagues? Additional Side Note: I do start bringing out some Fall decor around September 22. It is just so hard for me to decorate for Fall when it is 100 degrees outside.

So... for the Terrys September has officially become the month of Thoughtfulness. I have challenged myself and Patrick and Tripp to perform 10 Acts of (Pre-Meditated) Thoughtfulness.

When I made this announcement to my family, Tripp immediately saw it as a competition and began picking up toys in the living room (which I had already asked him to do) and then looked at me and said, "Got one done!" I totally appreciated the act of service, but I explained these need to be something you think about... something that would mean a lot to another person, because you know them and care about what they're going through. We will make a list of ideas and work on completing them throughout the month of September. I also explained that these tasks can be as simple as writing someone a note (or for Tripp, drawing someone a picture) or as elaborate as taking someone to dinner... or to the spa... or to DISNEY! No limits!

A couple of weeks ago, a dear friend of mine dropped off the cutest book with a handwritten note on the inside (is there anything more thoughtful than a handwritten note in a beloved book?). It was the sweetest random gesture and meant the world to me. It reminded me that the simplest things and on the simplest of days can become an unforgettable and precious memory.

I'm really looking forward to using our month to be intentionally thoughtful. When you challenge yourself to carry out a mission like this, your brain gets really creative with ways you can meet your goal. And the best part is, it is all about others. As Im writing this, my best friend is sitting at Wolfson's Children's Hospital with Chet, her 1 year old son. She had to spend the night last night and has to spend the night again tonight. Because this challenge is fresh on my brain, I immediately thought of a few things I can do for her to showing her I am thinking of her. And not kidding, while I am sitting here, another friend texted a group of us and asked if we could take Danielle a meal when she gets home. Within minutes, we had an entire menu and plan to deliver dinner to her! I promise, this act of thoughtfulness will not be lost on Danielle. Because people don't forget thoughtfulness.

I also want to point out that my brain doesn't always work like this. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but being thoughtful doesn't always come natural to me. Not because I don't value relationships, but because I can be really consumed with what is going on in my own life and leave no room to think about what others are facing. Truth is, when you start training your brain to think in this fashion, you won't run out of ideas or opportunities to be thoughtful!

Do you know someone who is struggling right now or someone who has asked for prayer? Do you know someone who has seemed a little off lately - maybe they’re quieter than they normally are or they’re stressed? What about someone who you just appreciate... like your kid’s teachers or the person who highlights your hair 🙌?

Will you join me in showering others with thoughtfulness this September?

Here are just a few ideas:

(I hope you'll comment with other ideas that you have, we could all use the inspiration)! 1. $5 Starbucks cards to your kid’s teachers... because they’re exhausted! 2. Handwritten note to someone who needs a pick me up 3. Drop off a book that you’ve finished to someone you think would like it (include a note about why this book made you think of them) 4. Ask someone to coffee or lunch 5. Drop off your favorite beauty product “just because” to your bestie 6. Take a meal to someone who has experienced a life change (new job, new move, new baby) 7. Take or send your mama some flowers 8. Ask a neighbor to go on a walk with you so you can catch up 9. Take the crossing guard muffins in the morning 10. Invite a friend or family over for dinner 11. Send a kind text to your husband (EVERYDAY)! 12. Drop a plant off to one of your girlfriends and include a note reminding them of a funny memory you share. 13. Send a new pair of earrings to your friend who doesn't live near you (how fun is it to get a package that you weren't expecting?)

14. Take coffee to a work colleague (maybe even the one who gets on your nerves?)

15. Bring a bath bomb to your hair stylist (they're on their feet all day).

16. Leave a small toy in your child's seat or a milkshake in their cupholder when you're picking them up from school (Tripp loves this one!)

17. Leave a cold drink for your mail carrier or delivery man!

18. Send a scripture or cross bracelet (these make such sweet gifts!)

Your 10 Acts of Thoughtfulness could be 10 handwritten notes or 10 kind text messages. Or it could be a variety! You could spend a lot of money or no money at all.

If you decide to participate, snap a picture and hashtag #brightentheirday. It will be so fun to see how you practice thoughtfulness. I am sure you have great ideas!!

I can't wait to see how others are blessed through your thoughtfulness!

Want to get better at making flower arrangements from your backyard? I have some tips!

1. It is all about the vessel.

When using flowers from your backyard, choosing the right vessel is crucial. Look for ones that have small openings. The smaller the opening, the easier it will be to keep your flowers in place - especially because many flowers in your garden will have thinner / shorter stems than the flowers that you can purchase at the grocery store or flower shop!

For the vessel, don't overlook glass bottles or jars that you already have. Normally those have smaller openings and are super unique. I am working on adding vessels to my web site and I am specifically looking to add an array of bud vases.

2. It is all about the greenery.

Gather up a lot of greenery. The more greenery you have, the easier it is to create a fuller, sturdier flower arrangement. Fill up that small opening with greenery – piece by piece. Turn the vessel and make sure your greenery is evenly spursed all the way around. At this point, you’re still laying the foundation for your showstopping flowers. When adding your greenery, think of making it like a grid – crossing one stem over the other. This really helps hold you’re larger flowers in place.

*Don’t be afraid to use more than one type of greenery. I love mixing solid green with anything variegated!

3. Find a showstopper

Your showstopper is the most thrilling flower in the arrangement. It is kinda what the arraignment is all about. In this example, I had three white roses. You can see that because I chose a vessel with such a small opening and filled it with so much greenery, 3 was the perfect amount. I used to think I needed so many big flowers to make my arrangements look professional, but some times that can make an arrangement look to formed and not as free. Again, using a lot of pretty greenery is a subtle, but beautiful backdrop to give your showstopper the stage to shine.

*If you feel like you don’t have any show-stopping flowers, think about adding some next time you’re at the plant nursery. I highly recommend roses, because they’ll bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. These roses came from a plant that I bought years ago for $9.99. Or you can always pick up the your showstopper at the grocery store and use the greenery from your yard to turn it into an arrangement.

4. Use fillers to finish it off.

I could have left this with just the white roses, but I had some salvia and maiden hair, that elevated the elegance and interest! Using different textures, shapes, colors always creates more interest.

These simple arrangements are really fun to make and make great centerpieces for #fancydinnernight or a lovely addition to set on your front foyer table. You could even set it next to your bed! Never underestimate what a simple arrangement like this can do for a space and your mood!

I think every room should have something green. Plants and flowers breathe life into a room and make it feel fresher. I can't think of a better time to start making these arrangements to enjoy around your home! This is also a great way to get to know what you have around the yard and decide what you need to add. Bring in different stems and see how long they last in water. I've learned that the jasmine flowers don't last, but the greenery does and I love that the greenery is curly! It adds such a whimsical look to your arrangement.

Have fun and send me pictures of your arrangements!

Yay! It is Friday! I still get excited about Fridays even though they kinda feel like just another day at home in quarantine. If you're new around here, there are no rules for my Friday Favorites. No theme or rhyme or reason, just the few things that I've found to be enjoyable lately. I'd love for you to comment and let me know what you've been favoring too. It can be a recipe, a book, a pair of slippers, a plant, a song, a mom-hack, a word you decided to start using.. you get the idea! No rules.

1. The Revlon One Step Hair Dryer

I am know that I am super late to the Revlon party, but I have seen many, many bloggers rave over this new hair too.l for a couple years now. I remember the first time I saw @Pizzazerie share. She was over the moon and singing high praises for it. I thought about getting it then, but just never got around to it. A couple months ago, it was on sale on Amazon for $35, so I pulled the trigger. I cannot believe I waited so long. IMO, It is the easiest and quickest way to get an at-home blow out. Friends have complimented my hair lately and asked what I've done differently, and I am proud to share the magic with them. If you're on the fence, let me push you right on over. It is worth it.

2. This Blue and White Dress from Amazon

How hard is it to dress when you're breastfeeding? I love wearing crossover shirts and dresses for easy access. I found this one on Amazon and I really, really like it. I got a size medium and it fits just right (not a lot of extra room at all).

3. These long layering tanks from J.Crew.

I LOVE these long tanks. I like to wear mine with leggings. I think they wash really well, too. I know I will wear these a whole lot this summer.

4. Tripp's School To Do List

Let me be the first to say, homeschooling your own children is not for the faint of heart. The first couple of weeks were an absolute bust. It was a struggle everyday to get Tripp to sit down and do his work and I felt totally disorganized. I emailed Tripp's teacher and asked if it was really hard to get Tripp to sit down and do work and did he lose his mind if he had to complete a worksheet? and she said, "No." Hahaha. First of all, I was relieved by her answer. Second, I knew it was time for me to get creative and more importantly, more disciplined. Third, I still expected that he was going to complain, but I was going to be more prepared so there wasn't enough time during transitions to get distracted and run away from the table. Ha. Once I realized that the big colorful lists I was making THE NIGHT BEFORE, was a game change for us, I decided to fancy them up a bit. Now let me know tell you, this is the kind of thing I get really excited about and perhaps, a little naive about too. I taught middle school for 7 years, I know exactly what it is like to think you're going to knock a lesson out of the park, that your students will be on the edge of their seats hanging onto every word you say, and you might even think they'll leave your class shaking their heads in disbelief for how their mind was blown during that lesson, but halfway through teaching it you realize they all look confused... I say all that to say, I should have been a little more prepared for how underwhelmed Tripp would be with my new printable list. But I am still sharing it with you, because it took me an embarrassing amount of time to create it and I think it is cute. Please download and use, but don't get overly excited about it. LOL. I thought incorporating a little game like "collect all 7 icecreams for a treat" would be motivating. And it has, but not as much as I was hoping. :)

I also made a girl version!

5. Wrapped CBco Earrings

I love these wrapped earrings, because they are so light and easy to throw on. I think they go with so much and the colors make me happy. They're perfect for lounging by the pool, running errands, BEING OUTSIDE (or inside) of your house! And they make great gifts!

6. Three Ingredient Cobbler

My sweet Mother-in-Law brought a big bag of freshly picked blueberries last Saturday and I knew that I wanted to make a cobbler with them. I totally forgot about this 3 ingredient and super delicious recipe. One box of yellow cake mix, 1 stick of butter, and the fruit of your choice. Since I was using fresh blueberries, I sprinkled them with sugar and a little bit of cinnamon, then let them sit in that for about 30 minutes before I put the cake mixture on top.

I used about 2 cups of blueberries

Melt the butter, then mix into the yellow cake mix. It will be crumbly.

Pour the cake mixture on top.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. (I never set timers, but I think it was in there for about 20-30 minutes or just until it is golden brown on top).

Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed my Friday Favorites! Now is your turn, tell me what you've been favoring!