Ten Things About Me

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I love reading fun and quirky facts about people, so I thought today I would share ten (strange) things about me.
  1. I love sleep more than anything in the world but I am also a night owl. I get a burst of energy every night around 9:00. Even if I try to go to sleep early, I just lie there awake for hours. That being said, I could sleep until noon if someone let me.
  2. I love exercising almost as much as I love sleep. I will choose it over any other activity every. single. time.
  3. I am deathly afraid of spiders. Like, I will not enter a room if there is a chance there might be a spider in it. Every night before bed, I check every corner of my bedroom to make sure there aren’t any. I also have an exterminator come every three months to remove any “spider presence”.
  4. I am also terrified of deep water. The thought of water deep enough where you can’t see the bottom makes me sick to my stomach.
  5. I cannot stand the sound of people chomping on their food. Gum chewers are the worst. I literally have to remove myself from a room if someone eats like a cow.
  6. I hate being home alone. And by alone, I mean when my husband is gone overnight. I am such a scaredy cat. He travels for work, and I have called him in tears a few times in the middle of the night sure that someone was trying to break into our house.
  7. I never make my own coffee. I know that makes me sound like a brat but Starbucks just makes it so much better! But in reality, I just always forget to in the throes of getting two children out the door in the morning.
  8. I am a huge germaphobe and hate airplanes because if it. All the recirculated air. Barf. So nasty. It has also led to my fear of flying.
  9. If I didn’t have a full time job, I would never wear regular clothes. As soon as I’m home, the pajamas come on. My husband claims he has never seen me in anything other than sweats. 😉
  10. I love reading books backwards. I read the ending to find out what happens, and then I go back and read the whole thing from the beginning. I just can’t stand the suspense.
So how weird do you think I am?
Are you ready to unfollow me yet? 😉

The perfect jeans for spring

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Sweater // Jeans (on sale) // Booties // Bag // Bralette

If you are looking for the perfect jeans for spring, these are it! They fit TTS, and have that loose, mom-jean look while still being tailored to the body. They are also a perfect ankle length for anyone over 5’1″. I had to get my hem taken in slightly to give them the look that I wanted. I love that you can wear these jeans with boots or flats, and still have some ankle exposed. I am always drawn towards distressed denim in the spring and summer since I tend to be more casual as the weather warms up. And the best news, these jeans just went on sale! I am shocked they haven’t sold out although they do look much cuter on than in the stock photos, so don’t let that deter you.

What are your go-to jeans?

Stocking Up For Spring

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Spring is in sight. Can I get a whoop whoop?! Living in Chicago, I know that most likely we will have two more months of winter weather, and then warm temps will start one day out of nowhere. We have three seasons here in the midwest – winter, sort of winter, and summer but not necessarily in that order.

I like to stock up on spring and summer clothes for the kids this time of year so that we are prepared when the warm temperatures hit. I don’t want them to be high and dry without a few pairs of shorts or short sleeve tees that fit. One day it may be 40 degrees, and the next day 75. It’s best to be prepared for anything.

For Ryan, I tend to buy most of his clothes from Old Navy. The fit of Old Navy’s clothes are perfect for his tall, skinny body. They fit him better than Gap does which tends to run wider. Ryan also tends to destroy his clothing much faster than Chloe, and Old Navy’s prices are great so I don’t feel guilty if I have to throw something of his away and replace it.

Ryan’s Spring Stock Ups

I get most of Chloe’s clothes from Nordstrom and Gap. Gap fits Chloe’s body well, and I’ll stock up on tops there. I also love Nordstrom for Chloe because they have some of my favorite children’s brands like Tucker and Tate and Tea Collection. I hoard Tea Collection leggings for Chloe because they are THE BEST. They are the only leggings she owns that never get holes. They tend to be pricer but you can usually find some pairs on sale. When I do, I buy ALL the colors.

We actually went shopping at Nordstrom last weekend, and Chloe picked out all of her clothes and tried them on in the dressing room just like a big girl. I am creating a monster. My poor husband 😉

Chloe’s Spring Stock Ups

I always pick up a few new pairs of shoes for the kids for school. I recently bought these and these. I also grabbed a pair of Native shoes for each kiddo which go from pool to school and everything in between.

What are you stocking up on this spring for your kids?

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Everyday Jewelry

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Necklace c/o // Watch // Sweater // Jeans // Boots

If you are a mom like me, you probably don’t wear a ton of expensive jewelry. You’ve got small children pulling at you all day long, and toddlers going through your jewelry box to play dress up. Most of my “expensive” jewelry, I’ve tucked away for safe keeping. I can get away wearing this necklace and this necklace daily mainly because they are almost choker length but somedays I miss wearing something with a little more pizazz.

Even though having kids makes it difficult to wear jewelry, I do still like to pull out a fun piece of jewelry every now and again. I recently discovered Tiny Lumber, and I am so excited that I did. It looks expensive bit it ISN’T! Tiny Lumber makes jewelry entirely out of WOOD. Everything is handmade in the US, and you can even have custom pieces made. Everything is so reasonably priced, and looks much more expensive than it is. The designs are also durable so I am not worried about wearing them around the kids. They have statement pieces like this one, and then other designs like this and this that you could wear everyday.

Tiny Lumber would make a great gift for a girlfriend, teacher, sister, mom, grandma – the list goes on. I hope you will check out their website, and unique pieces!

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Wear now and into spring all under $100

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Black Dress // Gray Cashmere Sweatshirt // Twist Front Pullover // Adidas Running Shoes //

Zella Legging // Adidas Sweatshirt // Earring Set // Pink Velvet Pants // Striped Top // Mules //

Gray Dress // Favorite Tee // Floral Top // Soft Navy Cardigan // Crossbody Bag

I’ve complied this list of recent adds to my closet. I’m beginning to purchase things that I can wear now but also into spring – I am so over winter. Anyone else? Between the cold and the snow and the constant illnesses I am dreaming of warmer weather.

The best part about everything on this list? It is all under $100. Oops I lied. This sweater was but is not anymore. It is so gorgeous though. It is worth the investment. I did snag this dress on major sale for under $30. I already wore it out for my birthday dinner. I sized way down to a 00. I am normally a 2/4 in dresses. This bag comes in a few colors, and I’m excited to wear it with white jeans this spring. I have these mules in black, but plan on purchasing in either the pink or gray for spring. They are super comfortable. I can wear them all day at work. I just got these velvet pants for under $20, and they are sooo soft. I sized down in these to a 24. They need to be hemmed but will be really cute with this top and this cardigan once they are ankle length.

This top is going to be a spring staple, and I have been living in these leggings and this sweatshirt. This top is so soft, and the twist front looks so cute with jeans. And lets not forget about this tee. I own it in 4 colors, and plan to wear it under cardigans now, and with shorts everyday this summer.

What have you added to your closet lately?

Easy health and fitness changes to make now…and keep all year

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We all have high hopes for a new year, and if you’re like me, mounds of things that you want to change. I have found though, that positive changes only happen, and continue to happen, if they are small and gradually happen over time.

Below I have outlined FIVE easy health and fitness changes that you can start today, and maintain all year:

  1. Set a date and time to exercise at least 3 days/week. Don’t just say, “I’ll workout on Monday.” Figure out your exact when and where. On Tuesday, I will run for 30 minutes outside. I will do this ____ while my kids are ____. Pack/lay out your gym clothes the night before. Have your pre workout snack ready to go. Pack a water bottle. Do not set unrealistic expectations for yourself. If you NEVER wake up before 6am, do not schedule a 5am workout. Be realistic with yourself. My best time is right after work before I pick the kids up from daycare. I change at work, and eat a small snack in the car on the way there. NO excuses.
  2. Make one small health change, and stick with it. Bring your lunch each day instead of buying, add in daily vitamins, eat an apple instead of chips, switch to Stevia instead of Splenda, start buying natural deodorant. Pick something and do it! Feeling brave? Make a small change each week.
  3. Follow the 80/20 rule. You will not be able to maintain a diet if you deprive yourself of everything that you love. Everything in moderation. I try to eat relatively healthy on weekdays, and then let myself indulge on the weekends. I love a good burger, fries, ice cream, and wine. During the week, I eat two eggs every morning, a banana for a snack, turkey with hummus and carrots for lunch, and nuts or an apple for a snack EVERY day. Dinner is some sort of meat and veggie. Boring, I know but it is what works for me. The best way to maintain this is to plan out your meals, have the food in the house, and pack your lunch with healthy food.
  4. Invest in a good pair of workout shoes. Trust me on this one. Some of my favorites are here, here, and here.
  5. Cauliflower. I’m a lover of all things starchy and covered in butter. So to keep myself from eating all the pasta and potatoes, I buy a lot of cauliflower. Roast it, boil it, turn it into rice – it’s delicious any way. Add a little butter and salt and pepper, and you’ll almost forget you are not eating a baked potato. Almost 😉

What changes have you made in the new year? I’d love to hear!

 

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One Cardigan, Two Ways

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Each year like clockwork, November 1st hits and I start reaching for layers upon layers. Most days I leave the house looking like a Sherpa. Anything that I can layer on, and peel off throughout the day is fair game. Today I wore two scarves, TWO! And I didn’t even notice I was wearing two until Ryan yelled at me to take them off (scarfs scare the little guy). He’s an odd one that son of mine.

So I was excited when I found this Reversible Co. cardigan to incorporate into my fall and winter wardrobe. It is nice and thick without being too heavy. You can definitely transition it from fall to winter and then back into spring. It is also REVERSIBLE. One side is black, the other is gray making it a great neutral option to pair with any outfit. It’s perfect for moms too because we are always covered in sticky little finger prints; usually finger prints that I don’t notice until I am walking into work. No problem here, just flip the cardigan around.

Right now you can get 20% off on any purchase on their website with code: “happy20”. They have pieces for children as well. I hope you will check them out!

What is your favorite winter layering item?

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Holiday Outfits

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Still have no idea what to wear this holiday season? Yes, me either. Below I’ve styled two different outfits to help inspire you. Maybe it will help you, maybe it won’t, but a few of these pieces are too cute to pass up.

Sweater Dress // Earrings // Necklace // Boots // Bag // Cardigan

Skirt //  Blouse // Scarf // Boots // Earrings // Watch

What I do know? Booties are my jam. Christmas Eve, I figure I will be wearing these booties in gray and these adorable earrings. I am leaning towards this dress, mainly because it is comfortable and forgiving so I can enjoy my Candy Cane Pie. 😉 Honestly, I would prefer to be wearing these around a fire but alas, duty calls. This will be the one day each year that I don’t look like I just crawled out of bed. I kid, I kid. 😉

On Christmas day, it’s all about being festive and cozy. I plan on wearing this top with my most comfortable jeans. We travel from house to house on Christmas Day, and who wants to be uncomfortable while sitting in a car? Or maybe I will just wear these…game time decision!

What will you be wearing this holiday season?

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Winter Cozies

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Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Hat

If you follow my stories on Instagram then you know that I have been battling the stomach flu everywhere I turn. It’s been brutal. It is my worst nightmare. I literally want to curl up in a hole and not come out until May.

But alas, that is something that I cannot do. So until then, I will just turn into a hermit-like creature that only wears things that are fuzzy. This outfit is something you will typically see me in from December through March. My tops this time of year need to be warm and cozy. The more they feel like a sweatshirt, the better. Normally, I only wear my Uggs around the house as slippers until it’s really too cold to care what I look like. Then I just make the conscious choice not to take them off all winter (sorry, Dean!). 😉

Below I’ve linked some other favorite cozy must haves

What cozy pieces are you wearing this winter?
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Slouchy Sweaters

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Sweater // Jeans // Booties, similar for less here and here

I am ALL about slouchy sweaters when the weather turns cooler. Personally, I don’t like my sweaters to fit tight. I feel like sweaters should fit roomy and cozy, so I tend to shy away from sweaters that are meant to be form fitting. The bigger, the better, is how I like ’em. I usually size up, like I did here to get that extra slouch.

I found this sweater at a store that I have not shopped at in probably ten years. I feel like the store had taken a turn, and didn’t really have it’s style niche – if that makes any sense. The clothing had also gotten a little to “young” looking for my taste. So I don’t really know what made me go in when I was shopping the other day but I was shocked to find so many beautiful (and inexpensive) sweaters. I’ve linked a bunch of other slouchy sweaters that I found below.

Favorite slouchy sweaters

Will you be wearing slouchy sweaters this season? What’s your favorite?

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