Last Friday night, Shaun walked up to me, dropped a prepaid rebate card we’d gotten in the mail in my lap and said, “You have the day off tomorrow. You’ve worked hard taking care of the kids while I’ve traveled a lot, and you were cooped up with sick kids all week, so take this and go shopping or get a manicure or go see a movie. Or all of the above. Come back whenever you want. You deserve it.”


{Rebate card: check. Super cash: check. Time to get my shop on!}

I’m pretty sure I looked like a surprised fish as my mouth opened and closed several times without any sound coming out. I mean, Shaun’s been known to do pretty ridiculously awesome things before, but I just wasn’t expecting this one at all.

I think I said something like, “I would argue but…I’m not going to.” Followed by several cartwheels around the living room.

Just kidding. I’m not nearly flexible enough for cartwheels. But I did wiggle my toes quite happily. I have expressive toes, y’all.


On Saturday, I got up at 6:15 to meet up with some friends to run seven miles.

Because that’s a totally normal thing to do on your day off, right?

It was a glorious day for a run, though, and, as I have recently discovered that I don’t hate running nearly as much as I have always thought I do, it was quite an exhilarating start to my day.

Right up until the moment when I got in my first ever honest-to-goodness fender-bender (with me behind the wheel), and the woman jumped out of her car with her phone camera blazing, snapping shots of every angle of everything. That wasn’t my favorite.


This is:

a) my expression after being told that I had at least 12 child-free, paid-for hours at my disposal

b) what I decided I had to do instead of cry after getting in an accident on my day off

c) my reaction to the ridiculousness of attempting to take pictures in the middle of a windstorm.

d) how excited I got when I finally found that military jacket ($20 from Old Navy) I’ve been wanting for so long

e) all of the above

The rest of the day was spent browsing shops at a very leisurely pace (I might or might not have spent 2 hours at Marshall’s), eating in complete and total peace and quiet (although, how I ended up at Chick-fil-a with no children in tow, I’ll never know)…


{Mmmmm….waffle fries}

…and getting the world’s longest (read: oddly slow) pedicure that resulted in mismatching big toenail shapes, which I’m trying not to look at because the sliver of me that is OCD twitches a little every time I do.


{Why, oh why, wouldn’t you file them the same shape and length? And why, oh why, didn’t I notice before I left?}

As a result of my shopping “labors,” I scored this sweater and jeans from Old Navy with coupons for about $20. The purse is from Urban Outfitters ($20) when they had their extra 50% off sale blowout before Christmas, and the stripey shoes are from Marshall’s ($16) about a month and 1/2 ago.


{It is my considered opinion that every girl needs a pink purse at some point in her life if it can be accomplished}

The day ended with a yummy meal I didn’t cook (courtesy of my awesome Mama, brother, and sis-in-law) and lots of snuggles from my sweeties.

As I’m sure you might have already gathered, it was pretty divine. I felt recharged (and a wee bit jelly-legged) when it was over.

Pink purses be darned. Every girl needs a day off every once in a blue moon.

What would your ideal day off consist of? Mine was pretty darn close to perfect (minus the fender-bender, of course), but I would have loved to have squeezed in some reading and writing time. That was my fault, though, for taking too long hunting for bargains. Other than that, it was sublime.


  1. Awh! That’s an awesome idea – great husband! I’m glad you had such a lovely day to yourself. 🙂 I, also, am quite enamoured of that purse!

  2. How wonderful! I’m so glad your husband did that! I love reading posts like this. I have been searching for pink pants and a blush bag. I think pink is going to be big this spring. I have a kid free Saturday coming up and I can’t wait! Great finds, BTW.

    Come link up with me at Whatcha Wearing Wednesday!

  3. 1. I love pink purses, I totally agree
    2. I got that coat recently too and am so in love, and your original post on military jackets did help spur me on in my quest to find one.
    3. I continue to love reading your post each day – my blog lovin’ feeds get full of others but your is always read right away. Thanks for having such engaging posts!
    4. Love your new hair cut! The boldness is a great decision, super fun.

  4. What an awesome. It’s special he saw what a fab mama you are and how much you do for your family. Sounds like you had a fabulous day.

  5. My hubs and I make date nights a huge priority, but we rarely get out of the house solo. As much as I love being home, my day off would have to be out of the house or I would never relax and stop doing things. 😉 It would definitely include at least some window shopping and probably Panera’s! If I had a friend with me I might see a movie . . . would you believe I’ve never gone to the movies alone?

    Such a sweet idea on your husband’s part!

    1. I love going to the movies alone (although I almost never do), but I think of myself as weird that way, so it doesn’t surprise me that you’ve never been. I highly recommend it sometime, though. It’s pretty fun! 🙂

  6. I’m going with e, it’s a “just one of those awesome amazing unexpected weird blessed kinda day” expressions lol my youngest is 6 months and I get my first half kid free day Saturday thanks to my amazing mother in law oh and I did do cartwheels. still sore 3 days later hehe so happy you had a great day minus the fender bender

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