Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Instagram Roundup

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you've had a good week so far! Has anyone else watched Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix?! I'm kind of intimated by it but also super intrigued. I am all about the concept for letting anything go that doesn't spark joy! I feel like I have been working towards that this past year but I've feeling the urge (and motivation) to purge and organizing!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram roundup, including three of my favorite mom uniforms. My goal when creating an outfit is to always be comfortable yet put together!

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Leggings and a sweatshirt will always be my favorite and most comfortable way to dress in the winter. Layers area also a must!


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Leopard and more layers. This vest was an item that I realized I was missing in my closet because I found myself looking for a black vests a couple of times. I've worn this one so much!


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What's better than a Target run and pink cake pops?! Not much.


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I finally upgraded my workout sneakers and I have been loving this pair! The gold caught my eye but the comfort has me wanting to wear them in and out of the gym! They fit true to size.


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Oversized sweaters have been my go-to lately. I dress them up with heels and down with sneakers. I just absolutely love a cozy sweater!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Currently Loving

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm currently loving. Several of this week's are items that I already own or I have something  super similar. I love to share items again that I am still wearing, using, and loving!


Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. B O W | Inexpensive accessories are one of my favorite ways to make an outfit feel new without spending a ton of money. Throw this bow on with a denim skirt and black jeans for a fun, new look!


2. S W E A T  E R | I already own a sweater in this same fabric and it's the softest thing ever. I love this blush pink color and the side slits on this one!


3. M U L E S | I own and love these mules! They have been restocked in all sizes and I would recommend sizing up a half size for the best fit. Super comfy, too!


4. B A G | Windowpane plaid is one of my favorite and I love the tan trim detail on this bag. Since it's a canvas material, you can spray it with Scotchgard to prevent stains!


5. S W E A T S H I R T | How cute is this mama sweatshirt?! It would be so cute to throw on with leggings and a comfy pair of sneakers for the ultimate mom uniform.


6. J A C K E T | I have been a fan of denim jackets for a very long time and I love the boyfriend fit of this one. A closet staple for sure! 


7. E A R R I N G S | I own a similar pair of earrings that I love but this pair is even more affordable at around $8! I love wearing tortoise earrings with brown and black.


8. L I P S T I C K | This is my all time favorite lipstick and I know I've shared it here many times but it's worth sharing again! The shade "backtalk" is so pretty plus it's a very long lasting formula without drying your lips out. 


Thank you so much for visiting! Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Instagram Roundup

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Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going great so far! We are fully back into the swing of things with work, school, and dance. I love a good routine during the week! Back in August when I began intermittent fasting (click here to read about my first 90 days), I decided to just do a whole overhaul on my morning routine. I mean, if you are already giving up food in the morning, why not just change everything up?! Well, it's nothing really drastic but it's helped me get my day started better. I set my alarm for 10 minutes before I need to get out of bed and check any text messages that I might have missed after 10pm because I don't touch my phone after that (mostly because we are pretty much always in bed by then). Then I get up and open the curtains, brush my teeth, wash my face, and apply moisturizer. By this point, I'm awake enough to mostly function so I make my bed. It's a big deal that I've been making my bed since August because this is something that I was never programmed to do before. Making the bed takes maybe 2-3 minutes but it makes me feel better and less anxious. When I walk back into my bedroom in the evening and I see a bed that has been made, I feel so much less stressed out. So, if you are looking for a simple way to reduce some of your stress or anxiety, I highly recommend making your bed each morning.

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup including simple and easy yet put together mom outfits from last week. I'm all about making life has simple as possible right now!

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This is what I wore for our road trip back home last week. This is my go-to mom uniform! Jeans, sneakers, and a comfy top! I have also been wearing this headband pretty much every day.

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You don't need a ton of accessories to look put together. Again, another easy outfit recipe. Jeans, oversized sweater, and fun shoes. Easy!

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I may have bribed them with Sour Patch Kids to take these photos for me but I know it will be fun to look back at them when they are older!

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Hello, cozy new sweatshirt! This one is so super soft and leggings friendly. It's nice enough to dress up with skinny jeans and heels to wear on out or completely casual with leggings and sneakers for running errands with the kiddos. I love versatile pieces!

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After getting my kids ready for church on Sunday, I had literally 15 minutes to get myself together and get out the door. When I don't know what to wear, I always go for either stripes or black. Those "I need to get ready fast" or "I have nothing to wear" days are much easier with a neutral wardrobe full of closet staples that you love!

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On Saturday, I thrift store hopped with my mom and ended up going to five different stores. I found so many great treasures and only spent about $20. This old VHS copy of Beauty and the Beast was only 40 cents! I'm starting to collect some of my old Disney favorites. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet so stay tuned.

Thank you so much for visiting! Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Beach Break at Isle of Palms

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Hey y'all! I hope your week is off to a good start! I started my week with a visit to the dentist. As if going to the dentist on a Monday morning isn't bad enough, I was somehow scheduled for a tooth extraction instead of a tooth repair. Yikes! Thankfully, I made it through and I didn't lose any of my teeth in the process. But yeah, I'm not a fan of going to the dentist. It might be my least favorite thing to do. I'm just thankful that I was able to go and my tooth is fixed. Be careful with Tic Tacs, y'all!

Today's post is all about my most favorite thing to do... go to the beach! Literally while I was lying in the chair at the dentist, I was thinking about the beach and how much I would rather be sitting in my chair by the water instead of the one I was in. The beach is my happy place! While we were in South Carolina visiting Josh's dad, we took a day trip to Isle of Palms because it was only about 45 minutes from where he lives. This might sound weird but I knew we were going to the beach but it didn't prepare me for how much joy I would have when I actually got there! It just instantly relaxed me and brought me so much peace. I will absolutely retire near the ocean! Sometimes just going to where you feel the most content is necessary, even it's a 45 minute or four hour drive away.

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This was such a great December day to visit Isle of Palms because the high temperature was in the 70s and we even got to see some sun break through the clouds. We started our visited by getting lunch at Coconut Joe's. We literally did zero planning for this little day trip (we decided five minutes before we left the house that we were going to the beach). So, when we arrived to Isle of Palms, I Googled family friendly restaurants on the beach and this was the top pick. We got to sit at a table with the best view of the beautiful ocean and the food was delicious. Josh and I shared a giant shrimp combination dish and loved it! It even came with pimento cheese grits... yum! I would definitely recommend Coconut Joe's if you are visiting the Isle of Palms area.

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The rest of our visit, we literally just played on the beach. The girls rolled up their leggings and went straight for the water (that was 55 degrees... brrrr)! They squealed with delight because they love the beach just as much as their mom and dad do! We brought bags to collect seashells, we took a walk, we found lots of fur babies to pet, we took lots of pictures, and we just enjoyed some simple family time that was completely cost free. It was really just the break I needed! 

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Monday, January 7, 2019

My One Word 2019

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fun weekend that was equally restful! In case you missed it last week, I shared a recap of my word of the year for 2018. As promised, today I am sharing my one word for 2019. Every year for the past six years, I have chosen a word that I will focus on throughout the year. It's a replacement to the long list of resolutions that will we will all give up on by February. It's one word that is your road map for the year. A word that gives you a vision for your year.

I truly feel like I didn't pick this year's word. I feel like it was chosen for me, by God. Throughout the past few months, my word for 2019 has popped up in songs I was listening to, Bible verses I was reading, and conversations I was having with friends. I have even seen it pop on posts on Instagram. This word has shown up to me as if it was in bright neon lights. Maybe my brain was looking for this word or maybe it was my heart but regardless, I found it. Everywhere.

My one word for this year is...

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Since my word for the year last year was joy, I found myself going back to this piece of scripture over and over. I distinctly remember in early September, when I was going through a really hard season of parenting, thinking about this word faithful. I questioned whether I was truly being faithful in prayer, especially in regards to this tough situation that I was currently facing.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 NIV

But, what does faithful really mean?

F A I T H F U L: faith·ful /ˈfāTHfəl/ adjective: loyal, constant, and steadfast.

But, the ways faithful popped up in my daily life didn't stop there, as soon as the new Elevation Worship album was released (also around this same time), I hurried to Spotify to listen to it. I remember sitting in the YMCA parking lot when the song, Faithful, started to play. Before this moment, I wasn't listening intently because I was too busy paying attention to Instagram. However, this song stopped me in my tracks. I put down my phone and listened to the lyrics. 


The lyrics that stood out the most to me were: 

When I felt like the burden was more than I could hold
When the whispers of worry overwhelmed my soul
You never left me alone
You were there all along
You are faithful
Why should my heart be afraid?
You are faithful
I know You're not gonna change
You are faithful, faithful

Tears were flowing out of my eyes because I needed this reminder of just how faithful our God is. We just have to trust Him. He will never let us down!

Now, fast forward to December. My heart is again at an unstable place, like it was back in September. God faithfully walked me through my parenting struggles and things are much better there but now my heart hurts for something else. I don't want to be vague about this pain but it's not really my story to share but it does involve two people that I love incredibly. I'm at a shaky point of disappointment, sadness, fear, and uncertainty. I am ultimately praying to God for total restoration but I'll take peace. I know God is in control and this is in His hands. 

While I was in South Carolina, I had a really rough day/night. I just felt off and just kind of sad so I deliberately went to the She Reads Truth Instagram page for some encouragement. I went down a rabbit hole reading various verses and kept finding verses that pointed to the word faithful. I don't think this was by accident. This was the day that I knew without a doubt that I needed to focus on the word faithful this year. It was the bright neon lights moment for me.

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This year I am going to focus on being faithful in all areas of my life, particularly my prayer life. On the hard days that are filled with struggles and disappointments, I'm going to remind myself of God's never-ending faithfulness because God is good and He is forever faithful.

“He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— 
He remains faithful forever.” 
Psalm‬ ‭146:6‬ ‭NIV

What's your one word for 2019?

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