Yay for FRIDAY!! And yay for the first real cool temps in Houston! It really made our week getting a brief respite from the high 90s that love to linger on here. It’s looking like our trip to the pumpkin patch farm on Saturday will be in the 60s! Woo hoo!
It was a full week on the blog too- we’ve had October Loves, the Best Sales, adorable (and affordable!) Fall outfits from JCPenney and Nordstrom Rack. Don’t forget about those places when you’re shopping online- they have incredible deals!
THIS & THAT
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a random This & That post, so today will be just that- a bit of everything that’s been happening lately. I share a lot of this on Stories, and you can catch those almost daily if you follow me on Instagram.
Now grab your hot cup of coffee or tea and get comfy!
Your Top 5 Fashion Faves This Week
V-Neck Sweater • Perfectly casual style and only $35
Boho Dress • Comfy with cute tassels – on major sale
Wedge Sneaker • Y’all went crazy for this one
Plaid Button Down • Such a great Fall flannel and comes in so many colors
High Waist Skinny Jeans • These are a fave of mine too and I love the raw edge step hem
OLD NAVY TRY ON
This sweater is definitely a winner! It’s a v-neck, so it can be worn on or off the shoulder if you size up. It’s lightweight, but will still keep you warm in the cooler fall weather.
Sweater Fit: I’m wearing size S
This henley top was super soft and comes in 9 different colors- the buttons are only decorative. Throw on this cute flannel and you have an easy layered Fall outfit.
Top Fit: I’m wearing size XS
Plaid Top Fit: I’m wearing size XS
I could have easily grabbed this quilted vest in every color. It’s a slim version without bulk, so easy to wear as a layering piece and take off the chill, while being super cute.
Vest Fit: I’m wearing size XS
Isn’t the pink one pretty?!
Vest Fit: I’m wearing size XS
I wasn’t sure I’d like the mustard vest on me- but I did. If you’re brunette, it would look even better on you!
Vest Fit: I’m wearing size XS
This leopard cardigan is the Fall equivalent to my leopard tank! It’s super soft and would also dress up well for work.
Tee Fit: I’m wearing size XS
Cardigan Fit: I’m wearing size XS
How cute are these leopard joggers?! They’re close to a sweatpants material, so they’re super comfortable, but can be worn with a sweater for running around. I love the material of this sweatshirt, and the shirred sleeves help dress it up a bit.
Top Fit: I’m wearing size XS
Pants Fit: I’m wearing size XS
Y’all are as crazy for Amazon as I am! #mypeople
Your Top 5 Amazon Fashion
Kind Sweatshirt • Sweet sentiment on this long sleeve graphic tee (with pockets)
Wool Fedora • Perfect replacement for your Summer sun hat, only $16! And it’s adjustable.
Chunky Cardigan • One of my favorite cardigans I’ve found on Amazon
Checkered Tote • My everyday bag
Sweater Coat • Is it a sweater or a coat? You decide.
I also love this bag organizer, which fits perfectly inside the bag and helps keep everything in place.
Your Top 5 Amazon Decor Faves
Pinecone Garland • I strung two on my mantel and added lights to make it extra festive
Flickering Candles • These are battery operated and come with an easy to use remote (Jordan loves to turn ours on and off)
White and Gold Pumpkins • These are all along our stairs now and I love how it looks!
This Fall wreath was such a big hit. It came packaged very carefully and looks great on our front doors, plus it was very reasonably priced. If you missed it, you can check out my Amazon Fall decor post to see what else I ordered to decorate for the season.
How to Easily Shop My Amazon Faves
Did you know you can shop my Amazon finds via screenshot?! #Iknow! Technology is truly amazing and I often have to ask my nine-year old for help! 😉
Here’s the scoop: Amazon StyleSnap is an easy way to shop my Instagram posts. All you have to do is take a screenshot and upload it to the Amazon app.
Here are the easy steps :
1. Take a screenshot of any outfit you want to shop
2. Go to your Amazon App and click the Camera icon next to the search bar
FOOD & FITNESS
Switching gears, my Instagram Story about zero waste meal planning got loads of responses. I’ve been trying to be more intentional about what we eat and eating the food that we already have before buying more.
We had 16 frozen turkey burgers in the freezer, along with tons of fish, shrimp and veggies, not to mention what was stocked in the pantry. When I took a good look at what we had and made my meal plan from that, my grocery bill was only $58 dollars that week! #what?!
TOP 5 TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY ON GROCERIES
Y’all answered my poll and gave lots of great tips on how you save on groceries:
1. Meal plan taking stock of what’s in your fridge, freezer and pantry before you shop- there might not be that much you need to buy!
2. Order online and pickup to avoid impulse shopping (it costs $5 at Kroger for that service)
3. Don’t throw away the leftovers– eat them! You can have a ‘smorgasbord night’.
4. Aldi, WalMart and Trader Joe’s have good prices on certain things.
5. Use the Ibotta (cash back) app & coupons- I haven’t tried the app, but now I’m curious!
FALL FITNESS CHALLENGE
Cari and I put together a Fall Fitness Challenge for any of you that want to join. This Fall Challenge is totally FREE and we will be posting all of the workouts and recipes on our VIP Facebook page – so be sure to tell your friends to join!
You can also purchase the Get Fit Done MEAL PLAN here.
🎃 Fall Workout and Meetup 🎃
I’m PUMPED to announce an opportunity for us to workout together and hang out after! Join us on October 29 at Whole Foods for a fun, Fall-themed workout class! I can’t wait to meet you guys and Get Fit Done together! 🙂
If you’ve followed me for long, you might know I’m quite religious about getting my nails done every 2-3 weeks. I get shellac polish and love it because it lasts so long!
But, I have a bad habit of peeling off my shellac when it’s time to get my nails redone and that’s so bad for my nails. I decided to give my nails a bit of a break and removed my shellac at home – the right way!
How To Remove Shellac at Home
1. Use a nail file to sand down the top layer of polish
2. Soak a cotton ball in acetone
3. Keep the cotton ball in place over your nail with a small piece of foil and soak for 10 minutes
4. Use a nail scraper to gently remove the shellac
Yep! That’s the ugly after- before I cleaned them up, filed them and repainted them at home. I lasted over a month, and just went yesterday and got shellac again! #addict
A lot of you ask what lip color I’m wearing in my Stories. When in doubt, I’m most likely wearing Eros by Mac. It’s a great redish pink color that brightens up your face and is good for both casual running around or a night out!
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James has been teaching himself to play the keyboard/piano, and I’m SO proud of him! I bought the Williams Legato III Keyboard a few months ago and he’s been playing nonstop. He practices every night (on his own!) and uses the Piano Academy and Flowkey app to learn. Of the two, I think he’s having more fun with Flowkey.
My friend Jamie told me about the Greenlight Card, which is a parent-managed debit card for kids. I want to start teaching James about financial responsibility- giving, saving and spending – and this has been a huge help.
First, it was practical because with his weekly allowance I often didn’t have $9 cash or I couldn’t remember if I gave it to him or not. With the Greenlight card, I schedule it to go into his account automatically every week and don’t have to think about it. The more things on auto pilot, the better!
Also, if he wants to buy something, he can manage his money to save up for it. He recently asked me for Apple air pods. #baller I told him that if he wanted those, he could save up and buy them with his money. He started saving and then realized just how long it was going to take him to reach that goal. After several weeks, he realized he could buy a pair of air pods at Walmart for about $30.
Guess which ones he went with? The cheaper pair! Of course, since it was HIS money, he was happy to pay less for them and that pair is working perfectly! And he takes good care of them because he used his money that he saved to buy them.
This isn’t a sponsored shout out, but we both get $10 if you sign up with my referral code. Then, it costs $5 a month to use. I customized James’ card with his picture, and he appreciated that.
These reusable snack bags are super handy for lunches and I love all the cute designs!
Jordan is still crazy for her Peppa Pig decals and the application process was painless. The hardest part was deciding who to put where! For more about her big girl room, go here.
James and three of his friends are going as The Beatles circa the Yellow Submarine album. He’s obsessed with them and loved the movie Yesterday.
I hope you enjoyed this random peek into all.the.things over here lately! I actually love these kinds of chit chat posts, but let me know in the comments if you agree!
♥ COLUMBUS DAY SALES ♥
Colleen Rothschild • $25 off any $100 purchase, code CDAY25
Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets • BOGO FREE
Macys • 25-50% off select styles + extra 10-20% off, code SAVE
JCPenney • Extra 20% off your purchase, code STYLEUP
Gap • 40% off everything, code GAPFALL
Old Navy • 50% off all jeans and sweaters
Pottery Barn • Up to 40% off everything
Have a great weekend friends!