*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring today’s post!

I’m so excited to share our New Orleans trip with you today!  We ate, we drank, saw the sights, shopped and hung out at the pool and did I mention, ate?!  It was a lot to pack into two days, but we made every second count!  This recap post was becoming longer than a novel, so I’m breaking it into two posts- Day 1 today and Day 2 tomorrow.  You’ll definitely want to come back so I can share ALL the good food we ate with you!

Our trip was couples only and we went with four of our good friends.  We’ve traveled with them before and it’s always fun when you have a great group to spend so much time with.  Unfortunately, my husband got called away on work at the last minute so he didn’t get to meet up with us until dinner the first night there.

Gingham Top ⋅ Boyfriend Jeans ⋅ Sandals ⋅ Necklace ⋅ Bracelet ⋅ Watch

I wanted to be comfy and cute for the trip over, so I wore my relaxed boyfriend jeans and the fun gingham top with tassel sleeves you saw in my latest dressing room post.  I got so many compliments on it, seems everyone is a fan of classic black and white gingham, but the petite tassels put it over the top in the cute department.

It’s a quick flight from Houston to New Orleans, so we arrived in a jiffy.

gingham top2

Gingham Top ⋅ Boyfriend Jeans ⋅ Sandals ⋅ Necklace ⋅ Bracelet ⋅ Watch

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Happy Monday friends!  We’re back from our trip to New Orleans and we had the best time!  It’s pretty rare that we travel without the kids, so this was a special treat! We crammed so much into the two-day trip and I can’t wait to share it all with you on Wednesday!  We got home Sunday afternoon and even though we were so tired from late nights and early mornings, we powered through and got a ton done.  I didn’t want to wake up on Monday morning and still have to unpack, do laundry, grocery shop and meal prep, so we took care of it Sunday night.  

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Can I get a giant Amen for getting the first week of school under our belt?!  It was emotionally and physically draining, but we made it through! I’ve heard from so many of you moms of older kids who’ve assured me it doesn’t get any easier and the pang of separation still stings even after all these years.  But it’s heartening to know we’re all in this together and that we’re all going through it at the same time, even if our kids are different ages.  Thank you for your sweet messages this week.  It felt so good to hear from you!

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We’re getting in the swing of things over here!  James loves his new teacher, which is always a good thing, and I’ve dried up my tears and am trading them in for morning sweat sessions!  It’s good to get back to those morning workouts, but waking up early will never come especially easy to me.  I have to give up my afternoon caffeine to make sure I get to sleep in time, and I have more early wake up tips here.

Today, I’m sharing a fun fashion post with you. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and going for a bold print pant and I’ve styled them for you 4 different ways,

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