Fall Style | Beige or Bold

September 26, 2016

Fall is here! I seriously looked in my closet yesterday with the cool breeze in the air, and felt like I had NOTHING! I loved oversized everything last year since I had just had a baby, and so this year, I’m going to try to be a bit more fashionable instead of trying to hide the dreaded post-partum baby bump that never really goes away #amiright But I still can’t deny the oversized trend! Haha! Soo had to include it :) This fall I’ve seen so many great outfits already! Here are some of my fall pics – loving the beige trend, but I never turn down a bold style! The military green is so hot again this fall!

fall style 2016

Beige | bootie | knit sweater | bomber jacket | jeans | bag | off-the-shoulder sweater
Bold | black bootie | brown bootie | animal print handbag | cardigan | trousers | sweater


I think my favorite item is that off-the-shoulder beige sweater. It looks sooo soft and delicate with the off-the-shoulder look. And give me all the chunky oversized sweaters still! That green one has four other colors and I basically want them all, but the mauve and green are my favorites! And those trousers look so comfortable! Haven’t ever worn trousers really, but I’m seeing them all over lately.

I’m also loving the long cardigan style (like this) and of course I always love a bootie. Ponchos are popular too (like this). Just pretty excited about everything here! What’s your favorite? And how do you guys feel about that sherpa bomber jacket? I kinda love it! And man does it look cozy!

Happy shopping!

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Mermaid Birthday Party Inspiration

September 15, 2016

Ivy turns THREE on October 1st! So cute and so crazy that she is going to be THREE! My goodness. Ivy said she wanted a “mermaid party!” She sings “Part of Your World” (and “Tomorrow” from Annie!!!) all day and it’s so cute. She loves to play with her Ariel Little Mermaid barbie, so I wasn’t surprised she picked mermaids, which is totally ok with me because Little Mermaid was my FAVORITE as a kid! Totally living vicariously through her for this party! :)

Cutest theme for a three year old – “Join us Under the sea, Ivy is turning three!” Adorable. Can’t wait to celebrate her big day! Here’s some inspiration I’ve gathered up so far. Tons of cute ideas out there!

Mermaid Under the Sea Party Inspiration

balloons // tassel garland // under the sea invitation // happy birthday banner // mermaid cake topper // mermaid fin cupcake topper // sequined peplum top // sequined mermaid skirt


I’m obsessed with that Carken Designs mermaid skirt and top! So fun! Ivy is going to FLIP!

And I LOVE the color scheme, the invitations are perfect for it. They even come in a blonde, brunette, or redheaded mermaid! How amazing is that? And what I usually always look for, is to see if they have the extra stationery for the party, and this invitation had other matching items! Favor tags, welcome sign and thank you cards! All to make my life much easier, thank you :)

I am totally gonna copy this mermaid party from one of my favorite mommy bloggers, Little Baby Garvin. The balloon arch is so cool! Let’s hope I can get crafty maybe? And the seaweed?! God she’s good.

mermaid-party

And the mermaid tail (made with an ice cream cone) cupcakes are totally awesome! I think I could actually make those! mermaid-fin-cupcakes

Anxious to get it all together. I kind of procrastinated because I get so sick of planning these birthday parties! UGH! But now that I’ve gotten a start it’s been fun! And this year, her birthday lands on a Saturday (October 1st), fun to get to party on her actual birthday! Can’t wait to see you in your little mermaid skirt, Ivy. We love you xoxo.

Getting Mommy Rejuvenated

September 11, 2016

Being a Mom is sometimes EXHAUSTING. Like, when was the last time you ENJOYED your hot shower? Or wait, when was the last time you even GOT to shower?! Or when did you take an hour for yourself? Ugh. Us Moms have a green light dangling in front of our heads at all times. GO GO GO. And, I’m not just talking physically, I’m talking mentally and emotionally. So many things to juggle as a Mother: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, naps, playing, learning, disciplining, picking up, cleaning, loving, happiness, caring… the list goes on. Being a Mom is TOUGH.

I go through days where I’m in a Mom rut, or things feel as if they’ve gotten a little monotonous, or I’m just kinda bored and not too involved with playing with the kids, or I’m a hot mess, or I feel like I’m screwing everything up, but sometimes on the other hand, I’m feeling FREAKING AWESOME, we go out and do things, go on adventures, I’m in play play play mode, I have dinner on the table (HELL YA), I’m hardcore loving my kids, and everyone is happy. Such ups and downs. I truly believe my morale can dictate the entire households. So being a “happy mom” benefits everybody.

Last week, I was in one of those ruts. I couldn’t wait to get out of the house away from the kids. Going berserk. I ended up going to the movie “Bad Moms” with some of my girlfriends that night, and it was EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED. I just needed that little push that made me rejuvenated again. Not only was the movie HILARIOUS (seriously, EVERY MOM NEEDS TO SEE IT), but it was uplifting and motivating and inspirational all wrapped into one. It proved that us Moms can try to do it all to be a “perfect mom,” but sometimes, we just CAN’T, and sometimes we need to be selfish and take care of our mental, emotional, and physical side of being a mom (and a human being of course), and the rest will fall into place.

When the movie ended, I left there feeling a much deeper love and appreciation for my children and being a mother. I literally wanted to go home and wake my kids up and squeeeeeeze them so hard and tell them how much I love them and appreciate them, but wait, I went to have two bottles of wine with my friends instead, shit. Well, you get the point! Sometimes we all need that reminder that being a Mom is FREAKING AWESOME and it’s the best job on Earth and our kids are going to be JUST FINE! We have to stop trying to be a perfect mom and be a bad mom! Well maybe not bad, like in the movie bad (And whoa! It’s bat shit crazy funny bad!!), but ENOUGH with the perfect! We live in a world in which the social pressure on mothers is constantly ratcheting up. It’s exhausting. Exhausting.

Now, just remember. Being a Mom has so many sides to it, and being a happy and loving mom is the best side. So I challenge you this week, to do what it takes to uplift your morale and get back some mojo in your mom groove. Whether it be to go see the movie Bad Moms, or go try out a new gym (I’ve been going to Barre3 and I’m obsessed! They have daycare! A MUST for me!), or go on a date night with your husband, or go out for a girls’ night, or go get a pedicure! Something, whatever your hobby may be, take time for yourself this week, get Mommy rejuvenated, and you’ll feel your love pour out for your children and your husband all over again.

And to end on a Bad Moms quote, “We all work too damn hard trying to make our kids’ lives amazing and magical, their lives already ARE amazing and magical.” True DAT.

Take care, Mommy

xo


 

First Day of Preschool!

September 6, 2016

Ivy had her first day of preschool today! It was so exciting for her!! I was a teacher for eight years before staying-at-home with the kids, so I’ve really been talking up school, and learning, and the teachers! I think mostly she was excited “to play!!!” but, I am most excited for her for learn new things and interact with other children.

We walked in today and she marched STRAIGHT into the classroom! I didn’t even have a second to give her a hug goodbye! But that probably made it an easier transition on us both :) No tears from either of us! Total proud Mommy seeing her strut her stuff into the room without turning back. Such a confident little girl!

So proud of you Ivy! And I can’t believe how grown up you’re getting already! We love you so much baby girl!! Muah! XOXO

first day of preschool

And last night, I had to do a questionnaire with her to see what she had to say at this age, and the answers were so hilariously cute!!

Here’s the video! LOL!

Ivy
What’s your name: I-VY
How old are you: Two and a half!
What’s your favorite food: Chicken strips
What’s your favorite toy: My lamby  (Her little lamb she got for Easter that she is all of a sudden obsessed with)
What do you like to do for fun: Play with Shannon!
What’s your favorite color: Pink and purple!
What do you love the most?: Mama! And I love Leo too (I DIED. SO SWEET!!! Sorry Daddy, hehe)
Who’s your teacher? Miss Sonya!

first day of preschool

Dress // shoes // backpack // bow

Love you Ivy! Can’t wait to see all the great things you’re going to do!

Back to School

August 25, 2016

Ivy starts preschool this fall! I’ve been SO LUCKY to get to spend this last year with her staying home, but I am excited to get her into something instead of relying on play dates all the time to keep us both entertained ;) She starts September 6th and she is so excited! We’ve been talking about school and behavior, because, well, my previous job was a teacher for eight years, so I’ve been telling her about teachers, and school, and all that fun stuff! She is pretty anxious!

I have already been seeing tons of pictures online about the kids’ “first day of school,” and I have to start thinking of ideas and what she is going to wear and the picture we are going to take! I remember this being SUCH a big deal as a kid and teenager, back-to-school shopping, filling my binder with organized mechanical pencils and gel pens and pretty folders, and looking all cute for the boys at my first day back, haha! Remember those days?! Kinda miss that! Well not looking good for the boys, but all the fun new school supplies! I was obsessed! A great pen still gets me :) Anyways! Ivy doesn’t need to look cute for dem boys yet, but we can start out with clothes and a backpack first! And OMG, the backpacks out there, GAH!!! 💔

Here’s some back to school inspiration, holding back the tears! ;)

Back to shool

Outfit Left: Dress // bow // backpack // shoes

Outfit Right: Dress // bow // backpack // shoes


And now what to do for “THE PICTURE.” I’ve been seeing tons of chalkboard ideas out there and those are soo cute! This one is cute, has a ton of info. Or this one is more simple, kinda like that. Or, if you have great handwriting, go for it and do the writing yourself! I just took a handwriting class and I might actually do this, if I get brave! Might copy these printables. Love this handwriting!

But I think I’m loving most, are letter boards! Look at this picture from @letterfolkco – LOVING THIS! Plus you can use the board afterwards for funny or uplifting sayings. Their insta feed is so funky!

Letterfolk Back to School Photos

So many fun choices!! Either way, it’ll be very proud MOMent for me and Daddy! Our little girl is growing up. Smarter and smarter (and sassier!) each day! :) We love you IVY!

Stay tuned for pictures!


Friday Finds // 8.12.16

August 12, 2016

Ivy

Bow // Bla Bla Doll // Dress

MY goodness, it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these! Summer gets so busy, totally been neglecting this blog! SORRY!!!These Friday Finds are some of my favorite posts to do. I love seeing what’s out there in fashion, lifestyle, and news. Anyways! Our lives have been NUTS these past couple weeks. I’ve hardly had a chance to take a minute to myself! I love being busy and getting things done, but I’m also ready for a breather! We are having a big get-together with friends down at the Yankton Lewis and Clark Campground this weekend so I cannot WAIT to have some fun and relax a little! Hope you have a great weekend!


Fashion Finds

Summer sale at Coquette Couture! I’ve been eyeing this dress foreva and finally it’s on sale!

So maybe I’ll get on the pilot jacket trend this fall

LOVE this easy-going plunge dress. GORG

I want this shirt SO BAD

V-neck tops for life

This gingham shirt. AHHHH

ANTHRO sale! I want this and this and this and this… okay, the whole store please.

This fleecy raincoat for Ivy. So sweet!

I kind of HAVE to get this sweater for Leo. Hedgehogs!

Links I Love

I want, like, everything in my house to be covered in this fabric now! Obsessed with the new collection!

THIS signet bag! I want it in every color! I love how it kinda pops out and has the tassel. GAH. I really love the chestnut, red, and wine!

This fall bow trio is so cute! I’m imagining pictures at the Apple Orchard with these in Ivy’s hair!Pretty obsessed with Jillian Harris lately and all her style and home decor! AND she just had her baby boy… Leo! :)

Back-to-school backpack for Ivy

Living super vicariously through this family. Can I just go to ONE of the places they’ve been?

October. BAM. SO excited.

10 unexpected places to add paint. I love these ideas!

Instagram Stories – what do you think? I’m kinda liking it!

News on the Net

OLYMPICS!!! Obsessed with Phelps and the Final Five girls! Individual All-Around finals tonight. Go USA!

So sad about these jogger murders :(

Did you see the meteor shower last night?! Peak days to watch were yesterday and today!