the one with a floral romper

April’s series is ‘how to wear and dress up your shorts’. When I was younger, I made the assumption you could only wear shorts for casual events or active events. Even now I see myself and my friends struggling to figure out how to dress them up a little. After 2 years in Florida, I have a pretty good idea considering I’m lucky enough to wear them year round. Since summer is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share a few easy outfits to dress up your shorts! This weeks post is all about this floral romper.

I’ve never wanted to wear rompers before since I’m borderline plus size. I say borderline because the top half isn’t the bottom is. They hit the tummy area a little weird. But this floral romper made me fall in love enough to take a risk. Guess what!? I’ll probably never buy another romper unless I fall this in love again. Rompers are an easy way to dress up your shorts and this one is incredibly comfortable. But, guys, they are a pain to get off when you need to breastfeed or pee.

similar wedges . similar wedges . sunglasses . bell sleeve romper . clutch . earrings via

the one with a day in the life with Evian facial mist

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I love day in the life posts! I love them because I love schedules and routines. Also, I love seeing how people keep up with their discipline and motivation. Most importantly though – I’m nosy. Keepin it real, ya’ll. I share these about once a year, and in the past 6 months our daily routine has been shook. S o it was time for an update!

You’ll notice we use Evian Facial mist often. This spray is pure and gentle on Jack and me. It has a leak proof canister so we can take it anywhere! Evian Facial Spray gently cleanses and helps refresh baby’s skin. It has a unique balance of minerals, a neutral 7.2 pH, and is free from any chemicals so it won’t irritate your baby’s delicate skin. It is also propelled by nitrogen, so it’s safe for babies and for the environment. Moms can use the spray to rinse off sticky fingers, to help with kid’s hair brushing or styling, and many more.  Here’s our day in the life and many of the ways we use the spray! Look for the giveaway at the end!

630: Wakey wakey! We’re sleep training Jack so I’m very tired and full of breastmilk. While I pump, I drink my first cup of coffee and have a lactation muffin. Once I’m done I hurry to brush my teeth, get myself some water, get dressed for a workout, and wake up my face with a spritz of Evian facial spray, eye cream, and a hydrating bb cream.  Usually, Scott wakes up Jack and changes his diaper about 7.

730: Jack and I hit up the boardwalk for a walk/jog after dropping daddy off at work. We usually listen to some praise music while we do it. If there’s a place to sit I nurse him while adding the blog to link ups, commenting on my favorite posts, posting to instagram, commenting on my favorite instagram posts, and checking my email. I’ve got that down since I’ve done it for 4 years so that it takes me about half an hour. We always end our time by putting our feet in the water and prayer journaling. I always keep an extra Evian spray in the diaper bag to clean up our feet. Babies don’t like sand on their feet 🙂

9: I’m starving by the time we get home at 9. So I put  Jack in his jumper while I eat, have more coffee, and finish my blogging tasks from before. Then it’s time for Jack’s first nap!  Today we went a little late and he takes about 10 minutes to fuss before giving in .

945: This is my time to get everything done I can’t with a baby. It’s what my husband calls the tornado. I have certain chores I do each day – today those are to clean the kitchen, prep more breakfast, and wash a load of laundry. I’m a neat freak so I go through the house to pick up everything and take the trash out as well. I can always find something to clean at my house.  I write or do a blog post each weekday so today I start writing a post including editing the pictures. Tomorrow I won’t write one I’ll have a shoot instead.

12: Jack slept a little longer than usual, and it’s been 4 hours since he ate. Time to wake him up for lunch! Today I’m really hungry so I make myself a sandwich and grab some veggie chips to eat while I nurse him. While he eats, I play around on pinterest, check instagram, see if there are any sponsored posts I want to apply for, respond to emails etc. Phones are great things.

1230: For the next two and a half hours while he’s awake I engage with him. He’s at a really fun age, and he’s finds everything I do super interesting. Today we read a couple pages of peter pan, played with colored ice cubes and then some fuzzy puppets (sensory skills are big right now) , sang some songs, and I wore him in his wrap while we checked the mail and got stuck talking to a neighbor. I try to give him some time on his play mat as well so he can work on crawling and other motor skills. We finish up with that outside while I finish writing the blog post from earlier. So I put some sunscreen on Jack’s legs – evian helps me get it blended quickly on his fidgety legs.

230: Time for Jackers second nap 🙂 He goes down easily this time

245: Usually, I’m trying to finish my to do list from earlier. But Jack took a long morning nap so I have no more chores for the day. I try and have something creative for me to do each day whether it be playing the piano for 30 minutes, a craft, baking, reading, whatever. Today I made a raspberry pie and practiced a new piano song.

345: His 2nd nap is always short! He had a big poop and he’s hungry! Guess what comes back out – yup the evian mist. It really helps clean up his booty so I don’t have to use 20 wipes. I’ll spare you from that picture 😉

415: Once the boy is full I let him play with his teethers and watch some animals on the tv. He loves animals! With the tv time this morning and now it’s only an hour a day. He’s also only 7 months old so if it interests him I don’t feel bad about it. I start dinner so we can eat as soon as daddy is home, and talk with Jack about the animals. I read to make lots of noises and talk to him at this age. So chatting and cooing at each other is our favorite game right now. He’s very good at it.

440: We go get daddy from work, and Jack cat naps in the car 🙂

530: Daddy entertains Jack while I finish dinner. Then everybody has dinner together! Family dinners was part of my dream life so the fact that it’s here is the best part of my day. I meal prep so we can eat at home as much as possible, but we always eat out on Friday’s. Friday’s are my favorite days, ha!

630: The facial mist comes out one more time to help us clean the boys face up 🙂 Once dinner and the dishes are over, Jack and Daddy play and relax. I call my mom and start getting ready for the next day – laying out clothes, prepping breakfast and lunch, picking up the house one last time. Then I relax with them a little.

745: Jack gets his last nursing session, a bath, and then his bedtime routine.

830: Jack is fast asleep and it’s time for mama to chill now. Honestly, if he’s not sleeping well i go ahead and go to bed. But usually I’m spending some time with Scott, listening to my music or watching my tv shows, or read.

10: goodnight!

3 lucky winners will receive a Skip Hop Duo Signature diaper bag, in Heather Grey filled with a 10oz, 5oz, and a trio of travel sized evian facial sprays! Just go here to enter!

the one with Disney Spring’s

April’s series is ‘how to wear and dress up your shorts’. When I was younger, I made the assumption you could only wear shorts for casual events or active events. Even now I see myself and my friends struggling to figure out how to dress them up a little. After 2 years in Florida, I have a pretty good idea considering I’m lucky enough to wear them year round. Since summer is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share a few easy outfits to dress up your shorts! I live 2 hours from disney. So the third outfit in this series features the perfect outfit to wear around Disney Spring’s.

Living so close to Disney definitely has it’s perks, Disney Spring’s is one of them. Now that a sugarboo and anthro are there it might be my favorite. It’s such a stylish area I always feel the need to look a little nicer than usual, but I do a lot of walking as well. So comfort, casual, and fashionable are the key words for the day. This floral top has been my favorite for about two years. But I’ve got several similar ones down below for you!

Fun fact, my 10 (almost 11) year old nephew -MeSean – is the photographer for these fabulous photos 🙂

similar tee . similar tee . similar tee . shortsjacket . sunglasses . sperry’s . earrings . monogram necklace . bar necklace

5 pieces 1 outfit: spring trends

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a spring trends.

There is the saying not to try too many trends in one outfit, but I think it works out pretty well in this one. One shoulder, laser cut, ruffles, cut offs, statement earrings, pink, pastels, scallops, and espadrilles are all huge spring trends. In 2017 anyway! I happen to love them all so I decided to throw them all into one outfit.

top . shorts . shoes . earrings . purse

Shopbop Spring Sale 2017

It’s time for the shopbop spring sale 2017.  You guys should know by now I love shopbop. My favorite thing about them is that it’s not all clothes there. So today I wanted to share my favorites for home decor and entertaining.

watermelon candle . be amazing tray . kate spade bowl . bottle opener . ice cube trays

kate spade plates . ice cream maker . champagne flutes . chips and salsa set . coral jewelry tree

decanter . cheese board . dreamcatcher . decor boxes . elephant bowl

the one with the off shoulder trend

April’s series is ‘how to wear and dress up your shorts’. When I was younger, I made the assumption you could only wear shorts for casual events or active events. Even now I see myself and my friends struggling to figure out how to dress them up a little. After 2 years in Florida, I have a pretty good idea considering I’m lucky enough to wear them year round. Since summer is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share a few easy outfits to dress up your shorts! The second outfit in this series features the off shoulder trend that is everywhere this season.

I LOVE this top which I purchased at my favorite online store shopbop. It’s a a bit of a statement piece withe the sleeves so the accessories are simple. That necklace is my new favorite because it keeps double duties. It’s also a great teether for Jack. He’s showing a lot of interest in my jewelry so I have to be cautious of what I wear. He is also teething like crazy so this necklace is the perfect choice most days.

My sandals are also new. I have to be honest. I felt weird spending $44 on flip flops. But the quality and price per wear won out, and I will never regret this decision, ya’ll. Get you some nice flip flops!

shortsflip flops . similar bag . necklace . earrings via . sunglasses . hat . top

the one with the pallet gallery art

A few weeks ago I shared our new round coffee table! We needed one that was more safe for Jack, but I love the design of the old one. Plus we had made it ourselves. So I decided to make it into some art for the dining room!

Here’s what you’ll need:
pallet
80 grit sandpaper
120 grit sandpaper
paint in your color choice
wax/polyurethane protectant of your choice
2 paint brushes
french cleat set
stainless steel wire
plies to cut wire with
stapler and staples
binder clips/clothes pins
screwdriver for french cleats
measuring tape
pictures – mine are from parabo

  1. Sand your pallet until completely smooth. We used 80 and then 120.
  2. Then paint it your desired color! I’d recommend priming it first, but you don’t have to.
  3. Once you are done painting, I’d also protect it with some sort of wax or polyurethane.
  4. Take your french cleat and screw one side into the back of the pallet on each of the vertical posts. Be sure to check them twice and screw once to be sure you have them placed correctly.
  5. Next measure the distance between the two cleats and screw the other ends into the wall. Again be sure to check the measurement twice and check the decoration of our cleats.
  6. Then hang it on the wall!
  7. Now the fun part! Take your wire and staple one end to the top plank. I twisted it over and placed a few more staples over top for extra security. Then unravel the wire all the way across to the other side of the top plank, cut it off once it’s a good size, and staple it securely.
  8. Repeat step 4 for as many rows as you need/want.
  9. Set your pictures out along the rows and decide how you want them placed. Some pictures have colors or filters that don’t look well next to each other. You also want to be sure people, places, landscapes, etc are not repeating. Or maybe you want them to repeat!
  10. Once you know have you pictures placed secure them with your hooks.

I’ve wanted a family gallery wall for awhile now, and this is the perfect solution until we have more space! I do have a flat back to my pallet since it used to be our coffee table instead of the openness they usually have. If you wanted that look instead, just measure the space between the two vertical pieces and have the hardware store cut a piece of plywood to fit. Screw it into the middle horizontal pieces and paint it the same color! If I were making this from scratch, I wouldn’t worry with that tho.

the one with dressing up your shorts

For the past 2 months, I’ve had a monthly series of outfits that all focus on one thing. The first was nursing outfits and the second was easy, classics. I’ve decided to keep up with it. First and foremost, you all seemed to enjoy it. But it also backs up one of the things I try to hold true to here on the blog and in my closet. That being buying things you can re-wear often. That’s real life, and I want my blog to show my real life. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but it’s not quite realistic for me right now. 6 months ago my body went through a very drastic event (childbirth) and it’s still changing. Plus, I’m still getting used to those changes. So my wardrobe will be changing for a few more months as I figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Until then I’ll be wearing lots of the things that I already know do work. One of those things are these shorts from old navy. So April’s series will be ‘how to wear shorts’. When I was younger, I thought you could only wear shorts for casual events or active events. Even now I see myself and my friends struggling to figure out how to dress them up a little. After 2 years in Florida, I have a pretty good idea considering I’m lucky enough to wear them year round. Since summer is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share a few easy outfits to dress up your shorts!

The first is my favorite white peasant top that I’ve had for years. I got it at Charlotte Russe years and years ago. This is my favorite way to wear it – sweet and simple. This outfit is perfect for date night, dinner with friends, brunch with the girls – anything where you need to be a little nicer than casual but not business.

shorts . similar top . similar top . hat . clutch . earrings via . sunglasses . lipgloss . sandals

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