Sunday, August 30, 2015

Honey We're Pregnant!!!

We are thrilled to share our exciting news with you that our precious family of three will soon be expanding to four!  Growing up with brothers of my own, I've always wanted James to have a sibling and now he will have one come March.  He's super happy and has already picked out names:  'Hulk Smash' for a boy and 'Little Callie' for a girl.  Don't you just love that?!

Sometimes I still can't believe that I'm actually pregnant and going to have a baby (although the nausea and exhaustion is a good reminder!) but I couldn't be happier.  Since James has been our "angel baby" and just so very easy since the beginning, we might have a bit of baby amnesia and could be in for quite a shock come March!  And our due date is just days away from James' birthday.  

I shared our news on Insta and a few clever friends noticed that, yes, as timing would have it, I was actually already pregnant when I competed in my competition in July.  I was shocked myself to learn just days days before the contest date that we were expecting!  Trust me, I'd rather be pregnant any day than dieting and competing, but I'm glad it happened close enough to the end to finish what I'd started.  And now my body is changing in a whole other, glorious way!  At 13 weeks now, I'm definitely starting to show that baby bump. 

I'll be sure to keep you updated along the way and will share more details of what the last few months have been like soon.  We have so much to be thankful for and I'm really happy to finally be sharing this experience with you!  

Can you believe it?!?!


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Friday, August 28, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | Summer Sales & Fall Steals

Can we get a big 'ole YAY for the weekend!!!  Lately, with school back in session, weekends are even more precious and I find myself longing for a lazy Saturday morning as opposed to the hustle and bustle of busy weekday mornings.  

I love this time of year when the summer styles go on major sale and the Fall fashion is popping up in stores everywhere.  It's more like summer temps here for the majority of the year, so I'm always taking advantage of those discounts, but of course, I'm looking forward to the air getting crisper and the day I can bust out my leggings, sweaters and booties!  I found a great pair of leggings too (over 1,300 positive reviews and only $36!  They will go great with this lightweight tunic or this knit one. I created two cozy Fall outfits below, just after the Summer Sale items.

Hope you have a great weekend!! 

summer sale

First up, on big time sale is this Halogen Linen Tank for under $10!  You can't have too many of these, worn alone or layered under cardigans, jackets, or other tops.  

Summer Fashion - Halogen Linen tank under $10
Halogen Linen Tank $34, $9.90 (regular & petite, other colors) 43 positive reviews

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | Boho Chic Styles

It's Wednesday and we're already halfway through this week. :) I'm knee deep in several home projects with none of them quite ready to show, so hopefully, I can get it together today and focus on completing one thing at a time!  It feels a little chaotic to have multiple projects going on in different parts of the house, and I'm really looking forward to wrapping some of them up.  

Today is Wardrobe Wednesday and I have one of my favorite things I'm wearing lately to show you- this Free People lace trim tunic. It's one of those items that I'd been eyeing for months and finally purchased and am so happy I did.  You know you really want something when you can't stop thinking about it! And considering all the ways you can wear this tunic (as a dress, swimsuit cover up, or top with jeans or leggings), it's going to transition nicely from summer to fall.  Especially if you bought it in a rich Fall color. 

Fall Fashion - 4 Outfits from the Free People Lace Trim Tunic

Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | Getting Ready for Fall

I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for this weekend! It won't be a lazy one though with a couples dinner tonight, two kids' parties, a family photo shoot, and (hopefully) a couple house projects I'm working on.  What are y'all up to?  Getting ready for school to start?  We started on the 12th, so we're already getting into that school groove over here.  

weekend steals & deals 

This week, while browsing online, I feel hard for this pullover fleece sweater for $45.  That heather grey and plaid combo is awesome, but scoop it up, looks like sizes are limited!  I'll be checking back because my size was sold out before I could get it.

And did you happened to pick up those fringe ankle booties during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?!  I hope so because they were $109 then, and up to $169 now. :(  But, I love that style with this outfit, so I put them together. Who's also looking forward to all those dark nail colors?  This one is called "limited addiction" by Essie.  Gorgeous! And right now at Nordstrom, if you purchase $100 in Kendra Scott jewelry, you get a a gift with purchase - a $70 value black faux-python wristlet. 

Fall Fashion - sweater, ripped jeans, fringe booties and dark red nails (Limited Addition) by Essie

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Organized Purses

Cleaning out and organizing our linen closet prompted many other organizing changes throughout the house.  One new idea I'm excited to share with you is a quick and easy way to organize your purses and tote bags.  I don't know why I never thought of this earlier, but it finally occurred to me to hang them from the rod on shower hooks so I could easily see them at a glance.  Before I organized and hung them, some were hanging on the back of my closet door and others were stuffed into cubbies.  I like this way much better! 

Organized purses hung from shower hooks - genius!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday - The Wrap Dress

Happy Wardrobe Wednesday friends!  Today I'm highlighting one of my favorite, easy-to-wear looks, the wrap dress.  Of course, Diane von Furstenburg made these famous back in the day, and they are still as popular as ever!  I'm wearing a Maggy London wrap dress here, a brand I wore often especially when I did full-time legal work.  I found that brand to be great quality and my pieces lasted for years.  Now that I'm a stay-at-home mom, these dresses are perfect for date night, church, or other professional functions.  

Fall Fashion - Maggy London wrap dress
wrap dress (size 0) | heels (similar)

Fall Fashion - Maggy London wrap dress

Fall Fashion - Maggy London wrap dress and quilted black clutch

I found more wrap and rusched-waist dresses that are universally flattering, don't you think?  Makes me want to get dressed up a bit more! Are you a wrap-dress fan too?  

Fall Fashion - wrap dresses universally flattering on all body types
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

:: shop the look :: 


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

20 Inexpensive Teacher Gifts (& lots of FREE printables)

It's that back-to-school time of year again!  I was sad to say goodbye to summer break, but always welcome the change of seasons and the fresh start that the school year brings.  My son is just starting kindergarten and I'm absolutely loving this age and his fun personality.  I really need to start recording or writing down some of the things he says because they are just too good and I don't want to forget! We're also excited about the teacher he has this year because she also taught our nephew and he (and his mom) said she was his favorite teacher ever (and he's in middle school now). 


We like to give our teachers a little something special to let them know we appreciate them at the beginning of the year.  Teachers always love getting gift cards, whether it's to Target, Amazon, Starbuck's their favorite restaurant.   And they can never have enough school supplies, many of them often buying things for their classes out of their own pocket.  Thoughtful, personal notes rank high on teachers' most favorite gifts, so even if you give an actual gift, send along that sweet note as well. ;)

Today, I rounded up 20 inexpensive, and relatively quick teacher gifts that I'm sure any teacher would appreciate.  Many of these gifts come with FREE printables that you can find at the original source, which I've linked for you.  

Wishing y'all a great school year! 

20 great, inexpensive teacher gifts with lots of FREE printables
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