Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Bucket List

Well, call me a slacker because I should have gotten this post up at the BEGINNING of the summer. Buuuuuut, obviously that didn't happen.  #bloggerfail.  However, I thought instead of scrapping it altogether, I would go ahead and post it because maybe some of you need a little inspiration after being home with your kids for a month or so now.  Maybe, just maybe, some of you have crossed off everything on your summer bucket list and you need some fresh ideas!  (ahem, overachievers!) And if you don't need any fresh ideas, then you can just breeze past this post because obviously you have your shit together, unlike me.  ha!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DIY Flag Pallet (And Some Other Patriotic Crafts)

Happy Flag Day!  Did you even know it was Flag Day?  Well, it is.  This has been ingrained in my brain for the past 36 years because my brother's birthday happens to fall on Flag Day.  (Happy Birthday Drew!)  Every year, despite the ninja turtle party he probably wanted, my mom would decorate in red, white, and blue and put sparklers on his flag-inspired cake.  I'm thankful my birthday doesn't fall on any sort of holiday!  It allows for a little more party variety ;)

At any rate, the 4th of July is right around the corner, and I wanted to share some fun red, white, and blue DIY's with you!  I found this super cute pallet style flag DIY in one of those Lowes catalogs that comes through the mail.  I don't even know if they send them out anymore, but luckily I was able to find the instructions online for those of you who want to duplicate it!   Gosh, I just really love the internet!  Anything you want is just a few clicks away.  I am always looking for large items to decorate my mantle, and this one is perfect.  I distressed mine a little bit, but you could keep it crisp or get crazy with the sandpaper for an even more distressed/farmhouse-y look.

That vase with the sunflowers in it was a steal from the Target Dollar Spot this year!  So cute!  And then, I just stuffed some burlap ribbon in a tall glass vase and stuck some flags in it.  Easy peasy.

If you don't already follow me on Pinterest, you should!  What are you waiting for?  (wink wink)  I don't have a ton of things pinned to my 4th of July board, but there are a few things on there that I've already tried and have turned out really cute!  One of my faves is SUPER easy and fun for the kiddos...and it will give you a memento to keep and use as a decoration each year.  This firework canvas is made with drinking straws!  Genius!

And how fun and EASY is this idea?  Spray painting stars on your grass would be so festive and fun if you're having friends and family over for a BBQ.

Check out my 4th of July Pinterest board for more inso!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

May Roundup

Hey friends!  I am trying something new, which is exciting, but I'm also a little nervous about the learning curve!  I thought I would try and do a monthly roundup of outfits I post on social media so you would have one place to come and look for inspo and also shop the look if you are interested.

I wear a mix of old and new items, so if something is old, or sold out, I will do my best to try and find a similar item so that you can put the look together even if the items aren't exactly the same as what I'm wearing.  I love seeing what other people are wearing so I share some of my outfits (on days I actually get dressed) to hopefully provide a little bit of inspiration for you to try something new with your existing wardrobe as well as show you what's trending out there in the stores I frequent.

So, underneath each picture, there should be a "shop my look" section with each individual item shown.  You can scroll from left to right if there are more items that don't fit on the screen, then just click on the item you are interested in and it should take you directly to the retailer!  (Hopefully!  Fingers crossed I did this correctly)

Ok, here we go!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I Have a Flair for Flare

In a world of skinny jeans and jeggings, I have never stopped loving the flare.  Call me old fashioned (or hippie), but I think flare cut pants are flattering on all body types and they help elongate your legs.  Who wouldn't want that?  At any rate, these wide legged jeans and pants have been rather hard to find until recently.  Flare is making a comeback and I couldn't be happier about it!

I ordered several pairs from American Eagle, which has quickly become my new favorite place to shop.  I love my Tom Girl jeans that I picked up a couple of months ago, so I thought I would give them a shot at some flare jeans.  Here are my reviews on the pairs I ordered, along with a couple of real-life photos because I think it helps to see them on a real body instead of a 6', size 0 model! ;)
A-line Flare:
These have a super wide flare at the bottom.  They are extremely stretchy and soft, which make them very comfortable, but you would definitely need to size down.  They fit snuggly around the thighs but then start to get loose above the  knee.  I think I would have liked them a little bit better if they were a little more snug around the knee and then started flaring under the knee.  At any rate, overall, they were :very cute.  The hem has cute detail with a fade line and a rough hem.  I don't know that I'll keep this pair simply because I think they look best with a wedge or a heel and at this stage in my life, those types of shoes are merely collecting dust in my closet.   Momin' in heels is hard.
Kick Boot:
I liked these a lot.  They were also very stretchy, but fit true to size.  Even though they claimed to be mid rise, I thought they were a little lower on the back rise then the Artist A-Line, but not too terribly low.  However, the waist band seemed a little too large for my body and they didn't stay in place when I bent over or sat down.  I tried down-sizing, but the smaller size was too snug on my thighs and rear.  I thought these were super comfy though, and I really wished the waist was just a tad more tapered.  They might be perfect for you, especially if you are looking for a wider leg jean, without going full on flare.
Skinny Kick:
These fit true to size but didn't have as much stretch as the Kick Boot.  If you waiver between sizes, you may even have to size up.  They were pretty snug, but my regular size seemed to fit perfectly.  The leg opening was smaller then the Kick Boot, and I was wishing it was just a little bit wider.  I like this pair a lot, and I think these will be the ones I ultilmatly end up keeping, but they aren't exactly the flare style I was originally looking for.  They would be a good every day jean for when you aren't in the skinny leg mood.  I liked the wash, it was a little on the casual side.

Vintage Hi- Rise Flare:
Ok, these are freaking CUTE!  I didn't order them to try because they are 100% cotton and this mama needs a little stretch in her jeans.  But, if you don't mind that they aren't stretchy, I love the look of them and the distressing is way cool!

And, I wish they had THESE in my size.  I'm keeping an eye on them because I think the skinnier upper leg, with a flare opening is the ticket to the perfect pair!

American Eagle also has some other flare/bootcut jeans available, that weren't necessarily available in my size when I ordered.  Overall, I have been impressed with most everything I have purchased there recently!  Here are a few of my other faves:
Softest tee in the world
Lightweight cowl sweater
Ruffle tunic

So...I need to know...have you found any flare jeans that you love?  I'm still on the lookout for the perfect pair!

**Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay but it does help me maintain my blog!  So, thank you!

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Friday, May 26, 2017

School's Out For Summer

Whelp, that's a wrap folks!  School has officially ended for my kiddos.  And, that means we will be spending a lot more time together, be that good or bad.  I am excited for summer break...less of a schedule, more fun activities, outdoor adventures, swimming, fun with friends, and on and on.  But, that also means I will have a WHOLE lot less time of my own to do things like take a shower, pee alone, and work on this blog.

So, I'm not abandoning you guys forever, but just hang in there with me while I figure out how I'm going to manage everything!  I do have several half-completed posts in the works, so hopefully I can find a few spare minutes here and there to complete them.  At any rate, it's been a fun adventure and I definitely want to continue working on this little online space whenever I can find the time!
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale--My Fave Finds

The Memorial Day sales are starting to pop up, and this one ranks up there with the best!  Nordstrom has TONS of stuff on sale right now!  The absolute best thing about shopping at is that they have free shipping AND free returns!  Yep!  So, you don't live close to a store?  No problem...they will ship it to you!  Don't know what size to order?  No worries...order multiple sizes and return the ones that don't fit FOR FREE!  It's impossible to go through everything in this sale (I think they have over 20,000 items marked down!), but I rounded up some of my favorites below:

Tunic (Runs large, so size down)
Rebecca Minkoff hobo
Peep toe booties
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DIY: Rustic Farmhouse Sconces

Hey there peeps!  How goes it?  I've been doing some gradual decorating here and there in our master bedroom, and I'm almost to a stopping point.  Almost.  I'm not sure I'll ever quite be totally finished.  I am always on the lookout for something cool to incorporate into my decor.  But, I finally feel like this room is pretty much put together.   I don't know the technical terms for the style of decorating I have.  Eclectic maybe?  Random?  Definitely.  If I like it, then I find a way to make it work.  I have some modern stuff, some rustic stuff, and lots of random things in-between.

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