Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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Hey y'all! Today is all about Mother's Day! Between lots of family birthdays and Easter, Mother's Day seems to sneak up on me every year. I usually feel like I am rushing around trying to find the perfect gift, only to realize that it won't arrive on time if I order online. This year is going to be different! I am starting my Mother's Day shopping early so that I'm ready for one of the most important days of the year. So, to get you ready (P.S. Mother's Day is May 13), I am sharing six great gift ideas for mom... or these would also be excellent ideas to pass along to your husband if he's shopping for you!

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This absolutely perfect personalized floral coffee tumbler is my top pick for a Mother's Day (or any day) gift! Even if your mom doesn't drink coffee, it can be used to hold any beverage of her choice. It keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. This cute tumbler is also available in a ready to go gift box set! Use the code MOM2018 to save 10% your order at LaLa Confetti.

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I typically wouldn't choose shoes for a Mother's Day gift but I am all about purchasing things that I genuinely love myself for other people. These sandals are my current favorite and are seriously even prettier in person! Who wouldn't want a gorgeous pair of comfortable sandals as gift?! Find out her size and order them as soon as possible. A pair for you and a pair for her. 

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How pretty is this bag?! It can be carried as a clutch or as a crossbody. I think it makes such a great Mother's Day gift because it's a unique piece that you can guarantee she doesn't already own. If your mom loves bags like mine, this would one would totally make her day!

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Buy mom a pair of earrings that she might not buy herself! Get your mom out of her comfort zone with a great pair of statement earrings. This pair is fun and flirty yet lightweight and comfortable to wear. The SugarFix collection is filled with lots of great jewels for great prices!

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This candle is my absolute favorite and it would make such a great gift! I've shared this scent before but this budget friendly option smells just like Capri Blue for a fraction of the price. This scent comes in this cute little tin plus several other sizes and styles. 

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I really thinking buying a fragrance for someone else can be seriously difficult. However, I think this is a great perfume for everyone! The scent is light and clean. I absolutely love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

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Tumbler | c/o LaLa Confetti (use code MOM2018 to save 10% off!)
Candle | Target
Earrings | c/o SugarFix by BaubleBar
Perfume | Philosophy
Sandals | Target

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Instagram Roundup

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Happy Wednesday! Sometimes I forget how old I am and then I start talking about the weather (again) and I remember. I'm okay with being less cool and chatting the forecast. But seriously, our weather has been crazy. One day shorts are totally appropriate and the next day you need at least two sweaters. No wonder I haven't been feeling well! 

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram roundup. Spring and summer is my absolute favorite time to shop because the happy colors are my favorite. Pink, purple, and turquoise are my absolute favorite colors right now. I'm also really loving colorful springs! I have recently purchased a bag and a skirt that are colorfully striped! 

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I bought this top last summer and it's a closet staple for me. You just can't go wrong with stripes! I paired it with comfy denim and my favorite heels for a friend's birthday celebration.


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These shorts are so mom friendly (the perfect length) and so affordable! I am also really loving head wraps right now and this one is my favorite. 


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My girls have been wanting a pair of overalls since I bought mine a few months ago. I found these adorable shortalls for them and they loved trying them on!


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I am also really loving using my button up shirts as cardigans. They are perfect for layering over a basic white tee.


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These are a few of my favorite things. These shoes are seriously comfortable! I sized down a half size for the perfect fit.


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This top is my go-to when I don't know what to wear or I just have pretty much zero time to worry about what I'm wearing. It's a great material that can work pretty much year round. I love it!


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And I couldn't leave out this 5 lb. cinnamon roll! 


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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Four Jays Leather Accessories

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Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start! Today, I'm sharing a new to me Etsy shop called, Four Jays! I am such a big fan of leather accessories, especially earrings, so I was so excited to try these gorgeous, lightweight leather earrings. I can't wear earrings that are heavy so these dainty leaf shaped leather earrings are perfect for me! Plus, the rose gold is just gorgeous! I styled them with a little black dress for an easy, yet put together look.

Four Jays earrings come in so many gorgeous color options and are made by hand. Check out all of these gorgeous colors:



Four Jays also creates the most beautiful and dainty leather bows! Jessica, the owner and designer, sent over these pretty bows for my girls. She pays such close attention to detail and the quality is amazing! They are even prettier in person!

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Four Jays earrings and bows have also been featured on TV so you may have seen these pretty handmade accessories before! 

"Over time my hand crafted leather bows improved and gained popularity. And started attracting popular bloggers, hair stylists and celebrities. My bows have been featured on major TV series on Fox, New Girl. Worn by Zooey herself on an aired show. My bows also are currently on the New Netflix Series, Wet Hot American Summer. Worn by Allysa Milano in all episodes. I've also been featured on The Voice, by the contestant, Karli Webster. And look out for my bows on the NBC new series, A.P. Bio!" - Jessica Merriman | Owner, Creator, Designer

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You have the chance to win two pairs of gorgeous handmade leather earrings, like the ones pictured above, over on my Instagram today! Be sure to head over there to see how you can win!

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Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great day! P.S. Be sure to enter the giveaway over on Instagram (look for the photo below) for a chance to win two pairs of Four Jays handmade leather earrings!

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Earrings | c/o Four Jays
Bows | c/o Four Jays
Dress | Nordstrom
Bag | Madewell
Sandals | Target
Necklace | Kendra Scott
Lip Color | Urban Decay (backtalk)
Sunglasses | c/o DIFF


Monday, April 16, 2018

Pops of Pink for the Living Room

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Hey y'all! I hope you had a great weekend! We spent our weekend staying busy at usual with good food, a soccer game, painting class for the girls, shopping, a quick impromptu trip to the zoo with family, a cookout, and picking out items to spruce up our living room. I had fully intended to share some of my favorite picks from the Target and Hunter collaboration but I was very underwhelmed by the selection. The one thing I was planning to actually purchase (the women's tall boots), weren't even available to purchase at all. So, I'm switching it up and sharing the items we bought for our living room. I shared my favorite picks from The Opalhouse collection at Target last week and it totally inspired me to finally buy some things that I genuinely love for our space!

First of all, I have to say that my husband is quite the trooper. He lives with three ladies, is the best girl dad, and just fully embraces our love for the color pink. I mean, he did paint our front door pink! I have been hunting for the perfect pink area rug for our living room for months now and I couldn't find what I was looking for, especially in the price range I needed. I saw this rug in the outdoor furniture section at Target and absolutely loved it but passed on it because I was hung up on the fact that it was an "outdoor rug." Well, after searching and searching, I came back for it because it actually can be used outside or inside. The colors are vibrant and I love the pattern!



We have also been on the hunt for an ottoman that works as an additional seating option and a foot rest. Our old one also had a storage option, which turned into a place for my kids to shove all of their junk when I told them to clean up the living room. So, we decided we didn't want a storage option at all this time. I was looking something that was neutral and would go with any rug that I picked. I immediately loved this one when I saw it online last Sunday! It wasn't love at first sight when my husband saw it online but when we found it in the store, he quickly changed his mind. The quality is really fantastic too! I'm thinking of getting the matching chair for my desk!



The last item we picked was another pop of pink for our space! This floor pillow is another great seating option. It's also super soft and my husband plans to put it on top of the ottoman to make it cozier when he's ready to put his feet up. I also just really love the pretty blush color!



The picture below is my sweet Olivia being super excited that our cart was full of pink items for our house! I have never seen the girls so excited about home decor before!

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Currently Loving

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! Yesterday, I got to spend a few hours with my youngest daughter's class and y'all, kindergartners are hilarious. They kept me entertained and smiling the whole time! Oh to be five again. Today, I'm rounding up my weekly favorites that I am loving... or I already own.

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

1. White Denim | I have been on the hunt for a good pair of white jeans but I didn't really want a skinny style or a boyfriend style so this straight leg pair is perfect. I own in two different colors and they are my go-to jeans! I can't wait to try this white pair. 


2. Lip Color | I am loving this shade called "backtalk." It's the perfect neutral color! I just got it in the mail this week and I know it's going to be my new favorite.


3. Blush Top | I also recently got this in the mail and it's such a pretty top! It can be dressed up or down and the colors are my favorite. I found the fit to be true to size.


4. Floral Kimono | When springtime rolls around, I am always on the hunt for great kimonos. They are the perfect lightweight layer for spring and summer, plus they make great swimsuit cover ups.


5. Black Espadrilles | I love finding a shoe that gives me height without sacrificing comfort! This great pair of espadrilles come in three color options and they fit true size.


6. Pink Backpack | This is such a fun backpack! It would be the perfect bag for a trip to your favorite theme park, such as Disney World (p.s. I can't wait to go back... we are planning our Disney next trip for 2019 and I'm thinking a Disney cruise is in order)!


7. Muscle Tank | I already own this and I love it! I have it in black as well and it's my favorite tank for the gym or leisure wear. I personally size up one size for a more relaxed fit.


8. Straw Bag | I always love round bags, especially straw ones! This cute crossbody is the perfect little back for all of your spring and summer outfits. I think I need it, too!


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

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Target Try Ons and Favorites

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Happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! I have been on the struggle bus with allergies. Go away, pollen! Yesterday morning, we woke up 30 minutes late and I had forgotten to pick out clothes for the girls the night before. Ahhh! I get so much anxiety about being late for anything, especially getting the kids to school. But, we powered through our morning routine at a lightning speed and momma took the kids to school in her pajamas... for the second morning in a row, lol. Yep, I'm that mom who drops her kids off to school in her pajamas. At least the kids looked nice and were on time! Haha! Just keeping it real over here.

Today, I'm a few try ons that I did at Target recently plus I'm sharing some new items that I am loving from their Universal Thread collection. I had hoped to try more of these items on but my size was gone in many of my favorites or my store didn't carry some of these items. Oh and I was in the dressing with two very busy with little girls who didn't want to be in the dressing room. The joys of shopping with children! There's just never a dull moment.

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Like I mentioned above, sizes were super limited at my Target so I grabbed this shirt in the only size they had available, which was a large. I typically wear a small or medium so I would definitely say this top runs small. The length of it is short but it works well with high rise denim. Despite it running small, it was my favorite item I tried on! The jeans fit true to size and were very comfortable.


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This dress runs small as well, especially if you have any hips like I do. I typically wear a small in dresses but this one was too small in me in my normal size. My store didn't have a medium and I debated on whether or not to even include this one because the fit was off. However, if you get the right size, this is a great dress! It has pockets and the material is super soft. I think the medium would have been perfect for me.


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This top isn't normally something I would pick but I love the lavender color and the flutter sleeves are very feminine. I tried this top on a in medium. This top is also pretty short so it worked well with these jeans that I tried on since they have a high rise.


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I have tried this top on before but I loved it more this time when I sized up to a medium and tied it in the front. It is slightly sheer but is totally fine with the right color nude bra or a cami underneath.


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I loved this gorgeous dress but again, I needed a bigger size. I tried on the small but it was a little snug in the hips on me. I think I would definitely try it again in a medium because it such a great throw on and go maxi dress for summertime.


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I love a good wrap top! This super affordable one is great quality for the price and fits true to size. Perfect with jeans or shorts!


And more of my favorites from the Universal Thread collection at Target:


Oh and the last item that is still one of my very favorite Target finds in this candle. It smells so much like Capri Blue that you can buy at Anthropologie but it's a fraction of the piece. The scent is amazing!



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

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