Thursday, May 24, 2018

Budget Friendly One Piece Swimsuits

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Hey y'all! Last week, while we were at Great Wolf Lodge, I literally lived in a swimsuit. We were at the waterpark and pool for several hours on Friday, pretty much all day on Saturday, and back again on Sunday. I've purchased a couple swimsuits this season but I was thinking more towards hanging out in another country (Mexico!) on the beach with my husband (of almost 10 years) when I bought them. This weekend vacay let me know that I have a major shortage of mom friendly swimsuits. Why is every single swimsuit I try on super duper cheeky?! I can't have half of my bottom hanging out of my swimsuit at the YMCA splash pad or the local pool. That just ain't happening. So, I have been on the hunt for some some mom friendly and budget friendly one piece swimsuits that make me feel comfortable enough for mommying by the water, but while still having some style to them. 

Swimsuits are seriously my very least favorite thing to shop for. It's awful standing in a dressing room in this swimsuit that is cutting you in all of the wrong places and that you aren't completely sure you are going to be able to get back out of without the assistance of another human being. Anyone else felt like this?! And, of course the lighting is usually terrible as well which makes everything much worse. But! I think I have found us some good one piece options and I am planning to order a few of these to try in the comfort of my own home. Yay for budget friendly one piece swimsuits!


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Instagram Roundup

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Hey y'all! I hope you're having a great week! We are gearing up for the girls' dance recital this weekend and I can't wait to watch them perform! This year, the girls were in the same dance and tumble classes so that has been super convenient as far as scheduling goes. Next year, they will be in different dance classes so I'm excited to see them perform together in this showcase since they won't be able to be in the same class again for a couple of years. Watching them be in their element on stage is my favorite. We are hoping to get Julianna involved in the local theater this year as well because she born to perform and be on stage! She loves to act, dance, and sing!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup. I am currently loving floral, stripes, and of course pops of my favorite color, pink!

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I wore this "be nice" tee on Mother's Day because what more appropriate day to wear it since I say this to my children all of the time?! Lol. I have literally worn this top twice a week since I got. I'm pretty sure you'll see it at least one more in this blog post. It's so soft and the fit is true to size.


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I bought these gorgeous sandals in this year's updated rhinestone version because I literally wore my pearl ones every other day last summer. They are so comfortable! Plus, they are casually fancy which is always my favorite. Size up a half size for the best fit.


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Yes, I'm sharing these cute girls in these adorable overalls again. I love them (the girls and the overalls)! The fit is true to size and they want to wear them everyday.


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How fun is this tee?! I saw it online and I had to get head straight to the store that day to get it. The fit is true to size but I like my tees oversized so I sized up one size. 


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Look! Here's my be nice tee again. This time I styled it with my favorite kimono and shorts for Friday afternoon errands. The colors in this kimono make me happy!


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I live in jean shorts during the spring and summer. This pair is perfect for moms who like a little distressing but need an appropriate length for hanging out with the kiddos. I sized up one size for the best fit in this pair.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Great Wolf Lodge Weekend Trip

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Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a great weekend! I really meant to write this post and share it with y'all yesterday but we were so busy prepping for the week and I was just so exhausted that blogging wasn't a priority. Social media all together wasn't at the top of my list this weekend. It was really  refreshing to just put my phone away and just focus on what's happening right in front of me. As much as I love sharing my life and style here on the blog and on Instagram, spending time making memories with my little family always is my top priority. 

So, now that we are all back into our regular school and work routines, I did want to share about our weekend trip to the Great Wolf Lodge since I've had lots of questions about how we liked it. We visited the Great Wolf Lodge located in Concord, North Carolina so it's was less than an hour and a half from where we live. Several of the questions I got were about the cost of going there. It can definitely get pricey! Between the dining packages, activity plans, and themed rooms, the cost can really add up. But if you know me at all, you know that I do pretty much everything at the best price possible. Great Wolf Lodge consistently has great deals and promo codes available so I would recommend signing up for their e-mail list if you are planning a visit. Also, Groupon occasionally runs deals there as well so definitely hunt down the best price before booking. We personally didn't buy a dining package or any of the activity packages because we wanted to spend the majority of our time enjoying the waterpark because that's what our girls were most excited about.

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When we checked in, the girls were given the cutest wolf ears to wear during our stay. Since we were there to celebrate Olivia's sixth birthday, she got these fun birthday themed ears. The staff was amazing (reminded me a lot of Disney) and told her Happy Birthday when she had them on. She absolutely loved it and it made her feel so special!

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great wolf lodge, north carolina blogger, weekend getaway, nc weekend trip, family trip, mom life


We picked the Standard Family Suite for our family of four and we loved our accommodations. Our room wasn't anything fancy but it was perfect for us. My husband and I shared a comfortable king size bed and the girls slept on the sleeper sofa with no issues. Our room was very spacious and I would definitely recommend it for families!

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The waterpark was definitely our favorite part of our stay and we spent hours enjoying it! On the day you arrive, you can go into the waterpark as early as 1pm, even before it's time to check in to your room. The indoor waterpark area is great for everyone from the littlest of kiddos to adults. There is something for everyone! Our girls absolutely loved it all but my favorite was definitely the waterslides. Julianna was able to ride everything and Olivia was able to ride all of the slides except for one. My husband and I couldn't believe how much our calves hurt from walking up the stairs to the waterslides so many times over the weekend! It was a great leg workout, lol! But, the smiles and laughter (and good sleep) from our girls was all worth it. I love experiencing new things with them!

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great wolf lodge, north carolina blogger, weekend getaway, nc weekend trip, family trip, mom life

There's also an outdoor pool that we all loved! The girls didn't want to leave the outdoor area and we ended up having great weather for playing outside. I thought it was going to rain all weekend but we ended up with warm weather and quite a bit of sunshine!

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great wolf lodge, north carolina blogger, weekend getaway, nc weekend trip, family trip, mom life

We didn't purchase any of the activity packages but we did spend some time in the amazing arcade area. Our girls loved playing the girls... and my husband and I did too! I'm always a kid at heart when I go into an arcade. I want to play all of the games! The girls also loved meeting the characters and the daily story time in the main lobby area.

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great wolf lodge, north carolina blogger, weekend getaway, nc weekend trip, family trip, mom life

 One of my other favorite things during our stay was the Dunkin' Donuts breakfast delivery! For a $3.00 delivery fee, you can get your coffee and donuts (plus other breakfast goodies) delivered straight to your room! I did this on Saturday morning and really regretted not doing it on Sunday morning when I had to wait in line for 45 minutes to get coffee. If the Great Wolf Lodge you stay at offers this service, definitely take advantage of it! 

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great wolf lodge, north carolina blogger, weekend getaway, nc weekend trip, family trip, mom life

A few other tips we learned during our visit... bring your own water bottle or bottled water. Water is three dollars a bottle there but you have a refrigerator in your room to keep your own cold. You will save lots of money by bringing your own drinks and snacks! Check out early. If you sign up to check out early, you will get a coupon for a free locker rental at the waterpark plus a free large pizza. Share food. We always share food and it helps us save so much money everywhere. My kids end of wasting so much if they get their own plate so we often have them split a plate at dinner and my husband and I do this as well when we aren't super hungry. Don't worry about bringing towels or life jackets or puddle jumpers. Great Wolf Lodge is always fully stocked with towels in your room and at the waterpark plus they have life jackets and puddle jumpers for kiddos to use. Also, there are bars for the grownups in several locations at the indoor and outdoor water areas. I was actually surprised by this so if you were curious, there's your answer, lol. 

Overall, we had an amazing weekend! I also had questions about whether we would go back again and the answer is definitely yes! It was such a fun family experience and I can't wait to plan our next visit. I loved getting to enjoy the waterpark and all of the other great activities then just walk straight to our room to relax and rest. We loved the Great Wolf Lodge!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Currently Loving

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! I've had a such a busy week that I missed blogging on Thursday but I was busy with good things like celebrating my baby's birthday. We are continuing the birthday celebration this weekend by going to Great Wolf Lodge. I am so looking forward to some quality family time, fun, and relaxation! 

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm currently loving. When May rolls around, I love adding more vibrant colors to my wardrobe! Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. Statement Earrings | I have these earrings and they are just as pretty in person. If you are looking for a great budget friendly turquoise statement earring, I would definitely recommend these!


2. Coral Mules | I absolutely love any kind of shoe that I can just slip on so mules are one of my favorite styles of shoes. This coral pair is so fun and would make a little black dress even better!


3. Denim Shorts | I'm pretty sure these shorts have made the currently loving list before but they are such a great pair, especially for moms who do not want to wear booty shorts!


4. White Tank | Every woman needs a great basic white tank in their wardrobe. I love these super budget friendly one because it's not see through at all with a nude bra. I own this in my regular size and one size up (for knotting). A closet staple!


5. Striped Dress | How gorgeous are these colors in this dress?! I absolutely love the color combination and the swing dress style. So cute!


6. Head Wrap | I am loving head wrap right now and I just got this one in the mail this week. I really love that this one is adjustable so you can tie it however you want. A must have for beach days!


7. Pink Top | This blush pink top is so pretty and feminine. I'm adding it to my wish list because I think it would be perfect with denim shorts and straw bag for summer.


8. Floral Swimwear | Swimwear is seriously hard to shop for and it can be seriously overpriced for such little fabric. I found some really adorable suits in all kinds of styles at H&M! I am really loving this adorable floral print option and it's super affordable, too.


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Instagram Roundup

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Hey y'all! Today I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup but more importantly today is my youngest daughter's sixth birthday! I say this with every single birthday that passes but really, time flies! On Mother's Day, I shared this on Instagram, "Motherhood is one bittersweet roller coaster ride. A mix of happy and sad. Victories and defeats. Wanting your child to grow and wanting time to just stand still. The longer I'm a mom, the more appreciate my own mother. raising tiny humans to be good humans ain't easy." I am really feeling the wanting time to just stand still part today. I love watching my children learn and grow but a part of me will also miss the stages that have passed. So today, we'll celebrate Olivia. Our beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed, pretty on the inside and out, super silly, and incredibly sensitive child that loves with her whole heart. These past six years have been so super sweet with her in our lives! Happy Birthday, Olivia!

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Basic tees and denim will be a warm weather uniform for me. I also really love a good white tee and this one is the perfect budget friendly option! Yes to comfortable and casual, all day everyday!


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How cute are my girls in their overalls?! As soon as they saw these in Target, they had to have them! 


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Yes, I'm wearing this kimono again and I think I've worn it at least twice a week since it came in the mail. I loved pairing it with a comfy peplum and jean shorts for a casual way to style it.


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These pearl slides are from last year but I just got the new, updated rhinestone version in the mail this week. These are my favorite sandals and so incredibly comfortable. I love to be comfortably fancy! I sized up a half size for the best fit.


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This tee is another one of my most worn items lately. I wore this shirt on Mother's Day and it was pretty appropriate because it's one of my most used phrases when speaking to my children, lol.



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A little black dress is a closet staple. I have a sleeveless one, a short sleeve one, and a long sleeve one. I am prepared with a little black dress for all seasons!



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