Flowy tops you need for summer.

If you've got kids, you're probably feeling the school year creep. It's happening to me. But I'm still not ready just yet to give up on summer. I need cookouts! I need pool days! I need popsicles! 

When we get to this point in the season, all I want to wear are flowy tops that barely graze the skin. There's nothing worse than having a sticky back, and if you're in the south in the summer, it's bound to happen. But this cute, striped top was perfect for a recent (hot) date night! I felt cool and breezy all evening, and you can wear it with a regular bra. That makes it nearly perfect in my book. I'm almost always in jeans, but this cutie also looks great with white cutoffs, too. 

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Target top (similar) | High waisted cropped jeans | Tan sandals | Crochet bag | Earrings 

Check out a few other light and loose styles that I'm thinking of adding to my closet! 

 Flowy and floral - the perfect combo! 

Flowy and floral - the perfect combo! 

 Another cute option from target - now on sale for under $12! 

Another cute option from target - now on sale for under $12! 

 The loft knows how to do cool and casual just right... 

The loft knows how to do cool and casual just right... 

 I bought this, and it's adorable. 

I bought this, and it's adorable. 

After looking through this round up, I'm pretty sure I'm obsessed with blue and white  for summer - and I'm ok with it. Are you as crazy about these super easy styles as I am?? 

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Hey there sweet friends! 

It is VACATION time!!! Long awaited, over-due, and much needed. Lauren and I are headed to put our toes in the sand. YESSSS, I am bubbling with excitement.

I grew up going to Panama City Beach every year and I treasure those memories. But we are making our own traditions, not sure what that is yet. Possibly different beach each year? Who knows.  We would love to hear what your family does for summer vacationing.

Weekly Round-ups are here...


1. Reading 75 summer recipes and I ran across this one.  YUMMY!! I am one of those weird people that think pineapple belongs on pizza but never thought of adding it to my taco. I bet these are amazing!! A little sweet and spicy! After vacay, I am going to try these. 


2. Do you remember my Tony Moly peeling shoes? I am still very much a fan of this product. But it is kinda like getting a bikini wax... the end result is good but the in between and right before the final product isn't so lovely. ha! You really need to plan it right to use these peels otherwise when you're sitting at your friend's house chatting about life and look down to flakes of your dead foot skin on their rug (sorry Lauren), it can be a little embarrassing.  Maybe for you, this would be a better mask to use in the winter.

Which leads me to this, exfoliating foot scrub to pair with schwanky & soft. I bought it from my friend who sells Perfectly Posh. It works really well! I have relatively dry feet but not quite sandpaper heels. Ya know?  


3. I seriously cannot wait to read this book at the beach!  I have a list I wanna share with you soon on my next reads,too! Stay tuned.



4. Have you ever used Bumble and Bumble? These have been my travel go-tos for the last few trips we have taken. The thickening spray is the BOMB.  And as much as I love my Batiste dry shampoo, Pret-a-powder is neck and neck. I do realize that it seems quite pricey for a bottle but it lasts! The aerosol cans at best may last two weeks if I only wash my hair twice a week. I have really oily hair so I get that may not be 100% accurate for your hair type. But at 13 dollars a pop, I am spending roughly 20-30 bucks (depending on if I have a coupon) a month on my Batiste dry shampoo alone.  This large bottle is $28 bucks but I suggest trying the travel size bottle first. 

5.  We certainly do not have a home cooked meal Mon-Fri. I wish I could say we do. I admire Heather's post. To be honest, her take on life, marriage, and parenting in general.  And guess what we are eating for dinner tonight? PIZZA! 

6. Are you a Amazon Prime member?  You should be! Monday July 16th is PRIME DAY!  If you are not a Prime member, you can sign up here for a free 30-day trial.  "Prime Day" is a 36-hour sale that have prices better than Black Friday. It starts are 3 p.m. so this is no set your alarm for 2 a.m. kinda sale. I suggest downloading the Amazon app that way you are ready to go when it is live! 

Amazon has already released some deals and you can purchase these now...

On Monday, there will be all-time low sales on kindles, echos, echo dots, fire sticks, tablets, security cameras,  etc. 


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7. There are a couple sunflower fields here in Chattanooga. My friend, Nicole, owns JN Photography and we had a Mommy and Me session.  This was the sneak peek she gave me. I am DYING to see the rest. 

Bonus: Watch our stories so you can see what I get in my next Boxycharm!! If you wanna join, click here. My referral code is Meage-QHJHABFO. If you want more info, check out my blog post on my subscriptions.



Nordstrom- If you are a card holder, you can shop the Anniversary Sale now. Otherwise, July 19th it opens to the public. 

Marley Lilly- always bringing it in with cute monograms

Mud-pie- Sale tab has some great items and use code SHIP2 for free shipping :)

That is really all I got, I am in a shopping funk. Nothing really that is wow-ing me more than what I have already shared. The Loft, Blossoms, and Gymboree are always good sites to check. I think my brain is already on vacation. Not gonna lie.


We hope you have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy it! School starts in less than a month! Where has the summer went? 



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Hi Lovelies,
I hope you're enjoying your weekend! We had a great 4th of July holiday - it was super laid back, and had so much fun hanging with family and throwing together an impromptu cookout. With the holiday in the middle of the week, it kind of felt like the week had two Mondays. I had my days all mixed up! Yesterday was pretty crazy - my mom was in a wreck and that shook us all up a bit. She's ok, sore and resting, but it was still scary. Whenever something like that happens, I always hold my loves a little tighter. 

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We decided to take vacation later in the summer this year - we're leaving next Saturday for St. George Island, Florida! We've been once before (to the same house), and we love it. There's not much to do, but that's EXACTLY what I'm looking forward to. But I didn't consider that I'd be thinking about vacation and getting my boy ready for kindergarten at the same time. So I'm packing for the beach and picking out new backpacks and buying school supplies. #momlife. I don't think I'll do this to myself again next year. :)  

 This girl makes me laugh constantly. I love her. 

This girl makes me laugh constantly. I love her. 

If you get a minute, send Meagen some birthday love! She is one of the sweetest, kindest, most fun and supportive friends in my life. She's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. And she also has The. most. adorable. style. You know I'm right! I want her to know how much she means to me. Happy birthday, love! I hope your hubs and besties are making sure you feel extra special this weekend! 

Here are a few fun reads and finds from around the web. 

1. I love the clean lines of this Target brand. Simple, but beautiful serving pieces, cookware, bedding, storage options. Made by Design is right up my alley. I think these beechwood utensils are so pretty. 


2. One of my favorite things to do is look at home tours. I could live here. :) 

3. Do you care about the Nordstrom anniversary sale? It's hard for me to think about jeans and boots in July, but it's supposed to be amazing savings. Here's one of my favorite blogs' take on what to buy. 

4. Our 4th of July favs are still perfect finds to finish summer out strong. Check out post here >>>> 

5. The definition of being an adult. I'm still working on this haha ;)  

6. Why kids won't listen. Trying to implement this strategy with the boy. They really need to move, explore, and take a few risks. I think it makes for happier kids (and moms).  

7. Just snagged this cute little top. Less than $12! I'm working on a flowy top round up - should be up on Monday! I think this one will be perfect now with white shorts and later with darker denim. 

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Summer Sales 

Now that the holiday is over, there's a little time to scout the summer clearance racks. 

Target's Top Deals  Discounts on home, furniture and outdoor!

GAP | Up to 70% off and an extra 40 % off with code HAPPY 

Baublebar | So many statement earrings are calling my name! Up to 70% off some styles, with lots of new things added. 

Overstock | Extended 4th of July Blowout! 

LOFT | 50% off full price tees and shorts! 

Welp, that's it for today. Hope you enjoy what's left of the weekend, summer is slipping by so fast! 

xo, L

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Red, White and Blue Favs

I love everything about 4th of July. It's laid back, there's good food, and it really comes without the stress that can sometimes come along with holidays. How do you celebrate? We don't have any specific traditions like most other holidays, and that's perfectly fitting since summer is the right time to see what comes up. I'm thinking the pool or spending the day on the lake followed by something on the grill is going to get the job done. 

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Red & White Striped Top | American Flag Tote | Red Slides | White Jean Skirt | Blue Twist Top | Watermelon Float | Ice Pop Float | White Tennis Shoes | Shark Rash Guard for Boys | Patriotic Swim Shorts for Boys

I've really been drawn to red and white this year. It's been my go to when I want to feel fresh and put together. Red and white with jeans or jean shorts just can't be beat. Here are a few of my favorites - even though the 4th is almost here, these basics will take you all the way to Labor Day and beyond. Do you have a favorite? I've already added those red slides and American flag tote to my cart! 

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This weekend, the hubby and I headed out for our annual tradition to see Zac Brown Band. We have gone to at least one ZBB concert every year since we have been together. They are the bees knees. SO.MUCH.FUN.

Double check on our bucket list

 I rounded up my finds this week...


1.  Because, some days, being a momma is just plain hard. Remember, you matter. This article is perfect for the mom that feels like she is not enough. 




2. My friend, Whit, sent me this hummus she decided to grab. It is delicious, tastes like chocolate, and is a healthier alternative! Check their website out for recipes and more flavors. 


3. Ummm... are these something new? Why have I never heard of these? Does anyone use them? This article has had me doing research. I am very intrigued. 


4. Tassels & pom-poms are so fun. This pom-pom cover-up & this beach cover-up are adorable!!




5. Dying over pineapples but palms are a close second. I got this dress for vacation!! The quality is great and the price is even better!  I sized up to a large after reading the reviews. 


6. My Usborne cards from a fundraiser I purchased. Aren't these fabulous? I did not know until recently that Usborne was not books only.  There is such a variety of books and at a reasonable price. Check out my friend, Paige's site.



7.  This Bible study speaks right to my heart.  

"All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you." -Shirer

 Ephesians 6:11-18  // 11. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15. and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.//


8. I have told you guys about my friend Candace's son, Samson, who was born with a genetic disorder called FOP. Samson is about 6 months younger than B. At this current time, there is no cure for FOP. If you missed the chance to donate, here is the direct link and choose "In Honor of Samson Hixson". You can follow them on the Samson Strong: Fighting FOP Facebook page to keep up with the progress of case studies and how Samson is doing. Most importantly, pray for them.

Well, I am off to sing my heart out and enjoy some quality time with the hubs. 

As predicted, I have you some deals....Happy Saturday, ya'll!


Gymboree- Up to 80% off entire site

Belk- 4th of July Bonus Buys up to 70% off

Dot & Bo- Up to 60% on farmhouse decor & 80% on bedding

Simply Dixie Boutique- 25% off Pikos & final sale tab is worth browsing

Michaels- Up to 70% off Summer Decor

Old Navy- Up to 60% off entire store


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Hi lovelies! How's your weekend going? As I type this, we're headed to Pigeon Forge to Dollywood’s Splash Country! I think the adults are probably more excited than the kids! I’m taking my bucket list seriously, haha. I’ll also be sharing some on insta stories, in case you’re wondering what it’s like. My family takes going to water parks seriously. :) I haven’t ever been to Splash Country, and I’m curious about how it stacks up to White Water! Either way, I'm hoping the weather holds. Fingers crossed! 

Hope you have a great one, and here's a few fun links and great finds! 


1. I love to travel – to see new places, eat different foods. This article about travel really resonated with me. How Travel Changed Me.

2. The most darling little backpack.

3. The older I get, the more serious I am about protecting skin from the sun. So I'm saying yes to sun hats and a serious SPF (at least 30, and 45 on my face!) If you have littles, this is a really great resource about what types of protection to buy and some cute, but protective clothing. 

4. Loving this date night look - cropped jeans (my current favs), breezy top (another cute option), natural clutch. Done. 

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5. Not sure what I think about this. An interesting alternative to forcing kids to say ‘I’m sorry.”

6. I won’t be needing one of these again (not on purpose anyway! ;)), but these diaper bags are too cute. Cool moms, read this >>>>>  

7. We’re a little pineapple crazy. :) Meg’s dying over this pineapple bag! It's nearly sold out online, but still available in store! 

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Meg found this sweet little pillow for $3.88 (in store!), but this one would also look so cute on a back porch. 

Well, that's it for today! I'm off to hit the water park! Before I go, here's a few sales from around the web. Have a beautiful day! 


Abercrombie | Up to 60% off in their Summer Sale
Gap | Up to 50% off everything, plus an additional 20% with code EXTRA. 
J Crew Factory. | Everything you need to round out your summer wardrobe. 
Nordstrom Rack | Birkenstocks, Lucky Brand Sandals and Sperrys for lower prices! 
Old Navy | Lots of good sales this weekend!

My Makeup Organizer

Hey Beauties!

Does your counter ever look like this? Yeah, mine either. Just kidding, I could never find anything. 

I decided I needed a little structure in my makeup counter life.  This large rotating organizer keeps all my right-now goodies in one place. My products are always changing through the year so this was perfect. The shelves are adjustable for various size items which I love! I snagged this makeup tower for less than 30 bucks! Game changer.

Pretty amazing, huh?  It gives me a chance to use up what I have too instead of buying more! I mean, I am going to buy more {eventually}, but when I look in my storage bin of all my makeup and see an extensive amount of palettes, primers and lipsticks. I think, I should probably use some of this up. My husband said I am a hoarder. HA! I have vowed to not buy any makeup until I have cleared a good bit of this out. 

 what i have spinning right now :) 

what i have spinning right now :) 


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Happy Saturday!!

It is supposed to be a hot one this weekend which I believe calls for ice cream! Listen to me, haha!! It is not even officially Summer until next week and I am already talking about how hot it is. Either way, wear your sunscreen! Promise, being super tan is not worth the wrinkles :) I know, I know...I am turning into my mother. ::sigh::


My finds this week....

1.  Awesome parenting article

2.  My GHD flat-iron is on sale. I highly recommend it. I always used Chi but the last two irons were lousy.  


3.  We love to grill. Grillin' season deserves some cowboy butter

4.  Did you see my post of the hubby's Original Grain watch? If Father's Day came too quick and you missed your chance, this would be a great present for an upcoming birthday.

  RElaxed tee   and  Denizen shorts  from target//  Cute Cork wedges  - bought my Steve Madden's a couple years back.

RElaxed tee  and Denizen shorts from target// Cute Cork wedges - bought my Steve Madden's a couple years back.

5.  I rave about Denizen jean shorts but for colorful bright shorts I go for Crown & Ivy. They are marked down to $19.99 now. STEAL! The boys clothes are SUPER cute, too!

6.  I found this blog called But Why is the Wine Gone?  HAHA. She even wrote a blog about why it is gone. It was a much appreciated laugh. If you're a parent, you get it. We need to know not everyone has it together all the time. 

7.  Just ordered these! Because, I NEEDED them. ;)

8.  My friend, Candace, shared these baseballs studs she bought at KNSJewels. I do not even have kids in ball....but I do love these. I may need them for the Braves games.


9.  In honor of Father's Day and the hubs and I went to see Dallas last night.... 

Watch this cover.

10.  Any Americas Got Talent fans ?  Two weeks ago, a guy named Michael was on there. Michael and his wife Ivey went to school with my husband, Adam and Brunette Edit's one and only, Lauren. Basically, they are famous now. Lauren says she remembers Michael killin' it at the talent shows in school. Obviously, I do not personally know him but Adam had me follow them a couple years back so we have kept up with their life. Michael got the golden buzzer by Simon!!!!  Listen here to what got Simon in the feels. You gotta hear their story and how God orchestrated these amazing adoptions. And follow Ivey on Instagram because she is refreshing, hilarious,  and real. 


Alright, that is all.

Have a fantastic weekend celebrating those wonderful men in your life! We have a jammed packed one planned.

Much love!

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Sale Alert!

Belk- Lancome & Estee Lauder Gift Time

Bath & Body Works - Semi-Annual Sale

Express- Extra 30% off clearance

Smallwoods - 50% off in June & extra 30% today CODE: SIGNSALE


Blossoms Boutique - Seasonal Clearance 50%-75% 

Elliott's Boots Hixson -  20% off all YETI products & 25% off select BROOKS  * TVA Employees get additional 15%






Summer Bucket Lists

Summertime – when living is easy and work is hard. You know, dreaming of being in the sunshine, eating ice cream, and on the water. That is where my mind drifts to during the days.  Lauren and I thought it would be fun to share with you the ideas we have for our summers. 

Our last few summers have been chaotic. Who am I kidding? Our LIFE is chaotic! I decided to choose some good ole' fun that takes me back to my childhood.  As moms, we spend our lives watching and creating fun but hardly ever jump in on it. This list is all-inclusive to the fam, aside from a couple date nights and a girls night with the gals.  - Meg

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I love the idea of a bucket list! Let’s be honest, I love the idea of nearly any list. There’s something satisfying about crossing off those to-dos. The great thing about a list like this is that I want to do everything on it! This is me trying to create the summer highlight reel.

It’s easy to stay on that busy track – even in the summer. Work, family commitments, baseball tournaments, house projects. Life keeps coming even when you just want to take a break. I’m busier than ever right now with work commitments, but I’m determined to not let it spoil all the fun. So this summer, I’m being intentional about planning for fun and relaxation. I’m hoping that putting these intentions out there will remind me to take some deep breaths and seek out the simple pleasures. What’s more relaxing than that? - Lauren

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Here's a few of our summer adventures so far! 

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Ahh. We made it to the weekend! I hope you're getting a little bit of time poolside or by some body of water! I'm trying my best to soak up some sun and the summer vibes. :) I've found a few things that caught my attention this week. Hope you enjoy! 


1. You either love it or hate it. (Chattanooga peeps, where do you stand???) My husband is fan, so we definitely hit Riverbend up several nights each year. I’m not sorry that I’m going to see the Wallflowers and Third Eye Blind. Aging myself, but I don’t care! 

2. Here’s all the justification I need for staying in bed a little longer this morning. >>> Because, science. :) 

3. Comfy, but not too short. I'm really leaning into shorts this summer. 

4. Would love to find a dupe for these. I love rainbows. 

5. Don’t miss Meg’s uplifting post on the Power of a Positive Attitude!

6. Can’t get enough Brussels sprouts recipes! 

  Photo via Ambitious Kitchen

Photo via Ambitious Kitchen

7. So sad to hear about this news. I loved Anthony Bourdain's straightforward take on the world and the cultures that produced beautiful and interesting cuisines. I read somewhere that we should all check on our strong friends, because life is hard no matter what. 

8. The swimsuit that's sending me running to Walmart this weekend. (It's that good!) We have a post coming soon about all our darling Walmart finds! 

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Don’t Miss These Summer Sales!

Old Navy | 20% off everything | Code SWEET

Gap | up to 50% off everything! | Code FORYOU

J Crew Factory | 40-70% off Top Summer Essentials  

Have a great weekend! XOXO

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Happy Saturday!!

I hope your week treated you well and you have lots of fun planned for this weekend. It is supposed to be a decent day here in Chattanooga and we are going to spend it on the water. It has been wet & rainy for a week now. A little sunshine will do me some good! What are your weekend plans?

By the way, it is already June?! That seems unreal to me. It also means a little over 6 months until Christmas! :) 


This week, I am rounding up my favorite finds from all over....


1. This Cucumber Basil Lemonade sounds delicious. I bet it tastes like summertime.  I am seeing basil everywhere now. We tried a strawberry basil ice cream at a local place. My husband even approved!

2. I shared these shorts a couple weeks ago but I feel they need to be shared over and over.  They are so comfy! 

3. My $17 Jumpsuit I have been gushing over in our stories. Walmart pics do this adorable thing no justice! .

Check out my precious friend, Whit, wearing hers with wedges. Not her same shoes pictured but cute green ones!












4. While we are on Wal-Mart, these tassel earrings.

5. I love everything about this suit!! I know that high-waisted are either a love or hate item. This one I took a gamble on and I am so happy I did!

6. Stumbled across this classic & cute blogger a few weeks ago ....https://www.instagram.com/ashleysmithfitness/... I might be a little obsessed with her.  Is that strange? I don't even know her but I think we should be real life friends.

7. Man, this article hits home with us. Our oldest struggles tremendously, even the normal daily tasks tend to be a chore. But this.....so much grace. I have friends all over the spectrum in life of parenting/children and from straight A's to straight struggles. We just finished elementary school last week and on to middle school. Whew, are we ready for that? We should be. God has already laid the order for his life and we should find peace with Him.

8. Because some reviews are too good not to share. The first two "critical reviews" struck my funny bone. Despite the collarbone mishap. Come on, Troy, you bought a 12 foot beach ball. Sounds pretty awesome to me....should I buy the kids one?

9. Looking for a fun Girl's Night Out?  Paint it Yours is a place me and two of my favorite gals have been a couple times. Photos below of the door hangers we did earlier this week.


Don't miss the SALE!

Target- Patio sale up to 30% off + an additional 15% off.

Nordstrom- Half-yearly sale ends Sunday June 3rd.

Gap- Online sale up to 50% off.

Sephora- Urban Decay Primer buy a full size and get mini for free. *this is my fav. eye primer!*

Coco & Main- Summer Sale get an extra 20% sale items. Code: EXTRA20






Bad days are inevitable. Life can be challenging and sometimes you feel you are being kicked when you are down. 

I have had some really trying days in the last few months and if you know me,  I am typically pretty laid-back and optimistic. 95% of the time I have a smile on my face. I have a smile on my face not out of fakeness (is that a word?) but because although some days are far from what I hoped for I know that tomorrow is a new day and bad days do not equal a bad life. 

"Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react."

Charles R. Swindoll's quote we have all heard our entire life. We almost roll our eyes at these cheesy life quotes. Maybe you even did. He was not wrong, though. We are absolutely in control of how we react to things. Usually looking back on instances we were hasty and quick,  when we have a little more clarity and think "Yep, I could have handled that better." 


Here are habits that help me---


1. Choose your Attitude

         What? I have control over this? I am pretty sure the Devil has control of mine at times.  Have you ever prayed for God to give you a little bit of breathing room in an area and it feels like the Devil hears that weakness and says "oohhh, let me just drive that stake a little bit deeper." ? Yeah, that. Regardless, I can choose for my attitude to be ill and hateful based on the things that happen around me or I can choose to not be controlled by those circumstances.  Whichever we choose will certainly set the mood of the situation. It is much harder and takes more practice to do the latter but know you cannot maintain joy and peace if you have a bad attitude. 

" A positive attitude gives you control over circumstances instead of circumstances controlling you."


2. Do Not React Immediately/Take a Deep Breath

         This is honestly extremely grueling for me.  It has been a struggle my entire life. My mom will tell you, I was a great kid but my mouth got me in trouble more than anything. I am opinionated, I cannot stand a liar, I have zero tolerance for unnecessary rudeness, and if you mess with my kids -MAMA BEAR IS COMING.  In these moments of heat, sometimes I just react without thought.  Ya'll, it is like the words come flying out of my mouth so fast I have no time to catch them. The tongue is a dangerous weapon, believe me, I do know it.   What works best for me is to remove myself,  go outside, count down from 10 (close your eyes if you must), stop immediately and pray, go hop in the shower. Give yourself some time to clear your head before acting or speaking out of anger.

"Begin each day with a grateful heart..."

3. Keep a Journal

         Write down every good thing that happens. Big or small. I know that might sound silly but do it. On those bad days,  reading even the most insignificant "good thing that happened" a few weeks ago will uplift your spirit so much. This is a great reinforcement for me especially on the days that one thing feels like it ruined my entire day. I have much to be thankful for and I tend to get clouded by the garbage in life. If you feel like you cannot get out of the trenches of negativity, I think this is the perfect place to start. 


 This hangs in my dining room from Smallwoods.      

My exact one is not on the site but they do custom orders & it is currently on sale!


4. Share Kindness to Others/ Pray for Others

         I keep a prayer list on the wall in my bathroom so in the mornings when I brush my teeth, I pray for things that are going on with my friends and family. When you start praying for other people actively, your perspective changes drastically. 

         Other habits that help me are to give honest compliments, be kind to someone who looks like they are having a bad day, listen to someone without coming with your opinion, offer help where you can help, and make someone else smile. I find joy in making other people happy. It truly brightens my day. 


5. Practice Smiling

       I am serious. Have you ever felt out of sorts and the more you frowned or sulked the worse you felt? Surely I am not the only one.  Studies suggest that smiling activates a chemical reaction in our brain and releases dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. Dopamine is a hormone that increases our feelings of happiness. Endorphins are natural painkillers. Serotonin when increased lowers blood pressure and anxiety.  Boom, scientifically proven....Smiling makes us happier. So try it, smile a little more. Smiles are contagious. The more you smile the more people around you will, too. No one wants to be around a Debbie Downer.



I remember when I was a kid my mom often asked me questions like, " Is that true or nice? Did you talk/were you nice to _____ today? Is that how you would want to be treated? You should pray about that. Surround yourself with kind people. Remember, actions speak louder than words." She instilled these things in me early on. Not because she thought she was without fault, she just knew kindness is never wasted. Mostly, she knew attitude is everything.  

These are not self help tips for a miraculously better life. These things will not stop bad things from happening.  We will still experience disappointments, unmet expectations, setbacks, misfortune, tragedy, frustrations, arguments, fatigue, and fear.  These are simply things that do help me especially when I get the "you are always smiling" comment.  I am guilty as the next person so please know this is not me saying that I have perfected it. 


  I shared this quote on my personal page this January after reflecting on a conversation where someone made a sweet comment about me always smiling...    "Because happiness does not depend on people, stuff, status or titles.    Often, I am asked "Do you ev  er not smile?" Uhhh, yes is the answer.  Everyone has bad days but those days effect my mood (temporarily) not my happiness or my smile.     Happy people make the best of what life throws. I challenge you to find the good, enjoy the simple things, disconnect to reconnect, search your heart, de-clutter the mess, find a passion. "

I shared this quote on my personal page this January after reflecting on a conversation where someone made a sweet comment about me always smiling...

"Because happiness does not depend on people, stuff, status or titles.

Often, I am asked "Do you ever not smile?" Uhhh, yes is the answer.  Everyone has bad days but those days effect my mood (temporarily) not my happiness or my smile. 

Happy people make the best of what life throws. I challenge you to find the good, enjoy the simple things, disconnect to reconnect, search your heart, de-clutter the mess, find a passion. "

I hope today you can find joy even in your mess.



How I'm Wearing Floral Pants

Most of the time if I haven’t worn something in a year or two, it’s out the door. I’m not terribly sentimental about clothes, and I don’t have any trouble getting rid of what’s not working for me. These floral print pants could have easily been in the Goodwill pile, but for some reason I just couldn’t let them go. Even though I can’t remember if I’ve ever worn them.

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When I put them on recently, I was surprised how easy they are to wear. Seriously, they feel like PJs. But you know, PJs you can wear to the office on casual Friday. :) For the corporate world these aren’t going to fly. But if you want to take a step up from jeans and you work in a semi casual atmosphere, I think you can pull off floral pants – especially if you add light blazer. I stayed pretty safe here with the black and white print, but I'm feeling a bit more adventurous. 

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I’m not going to lie, I tend to stick with neutrals when I’m going for a pattern. But I found several other floral options that just might get me out of my color comfort zone. What better time to try something bright than summer, right? See below for a few that caught my eye. 

 My most trusted color combination - black, white and a pop of color. 

My most trusted color combination - black, white and a pop of color. 

Floral Joggers and Casual Pants

 Love this print from SHEIN, and it still stays within my go-to black and white combo.  Click image for a direct link to the product listing. 

Love this print from SHEIN, and it still stays within my go-to black and white combo. Click image for a direct link to the product listing. 

 These are my favorites. On sale at Old Navy. I just might have to bring these home! So easy, chic and fun. 

These are my favorites. On sale at Old Navy. I just might have to bring these home! So easy, chic and fun. 

 These just feel like summer! Want. 

These just feel like summer! Want. 

 I do not know what's up with the weird RIP headstone in this image, but the print on these joggers is perfect! I can see these working really well in the fall, too. 

I do not know what's up with the weird RIP headstone in this image, but the print on these joggers is perfect! I can see these working really well in the fall, too. 

Do any of these pants speak to you?? Do clothes speak to you?? We'd love to hear or see how you wear them! XOXO

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Happy Weekend! | Happy Things, Pretty Things #1


What are you up to this weekend? This is a big one for us. My baby is graduating from pre-school, it’s my birthday and we have lots of chilling at the lake to do. :) My mom is making my favorite dinner tonight (the best lasagna in the world!). I request it every year for my birthday. Tomorrow night is Mexican with friends. I’ve basically got the whole weekend’s menu planned!

This 3-day break is coming at just the right time, and I’m planning to soak up the sun and all the family time I can get. While you’re by the pool or just relaxing on the couch, here’s a few links that caught my eye this week (and one or two favorites). 

1. I die over everything from Studio McGee. Here’s their latest home tour. The colors, the finishes, everything is so classic and I love it!

2. Do you ever buy something from Amazon and forget, just to be surprised with a little treat in the mail? Guilty. This rose quartz roller was definitely an impulse buy, but at under $9, I’m not feeling too bad about it. I’m testing it out now, so stay tuned for whether this beauty tool is the real deal or just a fad. 

Here’s a little background from Lauren Conrad on jade rollers and whether you should be using one.

3. A history of my dining room design woes, and the light fixture that makes me swoon.

4. Wish I had known this when my hair was falling out after having a baby. Veronika offers some great tips. 

5. Black or Rose Gold? Because flip flops. 

6. Because I read every article about having bright eyes

7. Just ordered! For $15, I’m taking a risk.

8. Corn, feta and cous cous salad. I almost always tweak every recipe I make in some way. Not this one. It’s so fresh and delicious, even more so if you use fresh corn instead of canned. It’s light, flavorful and is the perfect side for your Memorial Day cookout. Recipe here.

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Sales This Weekend

 NordstromHalf-Yearly Sale now through June 3 – Save up to 40%

Gap’s Summer’s Official Kickoff up to 50 % of every single thing. Extra 20 % off online (no exclusions + free shipping). Use Code PARTY

Old Navy - $1 dolla Holla Flip Flop Sale. Use code FLIP

J Crew Factory50% off and an Extra 50% off clearance. Use code WINWIN

Loft’s Memorial Day Sale40% off with code LONGWKND

Hope you have a great weekend with your family! XOXO 

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How a Light Fixture Saved the Dining Room

Our dining room needed help. Serious help. It’s one of those rooms that just ended up as the receptacle for décor that didn’t go anywhere else and I was kind of stuck. To take it back to the beginning, this room has had issues. I wish I could find a picture of the heinous wall paper that was here when I moved in. Burgundy floral. Yikes. This room has had the paper removed, floor torn out, joists replaced to make sure the house doesn’t fall in on itself, painted brown (bad, bad decision), painted a bright white. All the while none of it looked good. 

 What was I thinking with this chair?? The whole room looked like poop. 

What was I thinking with this chair?? The whole room looked like poop. 

 My husband, standing on a ladder (in the basement) coming up through the floor in the dining room.

My husband, standing on a ladder (in the basement) coming up through the floor in the dining room.

Even with all these other issues, there was one nagging problem. Our light fixture over the table was absolutely blinding. When you’re at the table with friends or family and enjoying time together, this blinding light did not make you want to hangout and visit. It was so bright and not my style and I had just been living with it because I didn’t know what to do.

 Here it is in all it's glory - this is week 1 of our dining room renovation. 

Here it is in all it's glory - this is week 1 of our dining room renovation. 

My husband and I decided to take on the dining room this winter. This happens every year – we’re bored in January and decide to do something major. I was pinning away on Pinterest and tried multiple colors of paint on the wall, all while incessantly searching for a new light fixture. I was obsessed. I don’t know about you, but finding the right lighting online is so tough. I’m not very good at imagining how big something is in a space. This is definitely why I struggled geometry, I can’t envision it – I need to see it in person. Photos can be so deceiving, and our dining and table are BIG. I wanted a light that didn’t look dinky AND set the tone for the overall style.

There were several other lights that I *almost pulled the trigger on. This is the photo that sent me on a spiral of finding these lights, only to decide that the light pattern it made on the wall would bug me, especially since we most often use the dining room at dinner time. They’re gorgeous, just not right for this room. 

 So dreamy. 

So dreamy. 

After about two months of searching, I finally landed on this drum light from Wayfair. I highly recommend searching Wayfair, Joss & Main, All Modern and Birch Lane. They carry overlapping styles and some things are more expensive on one than the other. I have idea why that’s the case, but I always cross reference prices.

Isn't it pretty??? I'm so happy with how the fixture (and the room) turned out. I guess all that obsessing paid off. ;) This is the light I ultimately chose. It’s the Young 6-Light Drum Pendant from Wayfair. It gives off the most subtle and soft light, but the fixture itself really makes a statement. It’s my favorite part of the room (and there’s so much I really do love!). I’ll give you a full tour of the dining room later, but today it’s all about the lights.

The other awesome lighting store I found during this search was Shades of Light. They have so many beautiful lights and the price point is definitely fair. My last stop was Amazon. I was really surprised at the options and pricing there, too.

Here are a few of the lights that caught my eye and almost made it to my dining room. I think they’re all beautiful. Which do you love? 

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Memorial Day Finds



We had big camping plans with family & friends this weekend.  As we look at the radar, the weather is the pits. We decided to just keep it simple, stay home, catch some movies, relax, bake festive food, and hang with the kiddos. Sunday after church, we are going to do a shrimp boil. Yum!! Rain can put a damper on our plans (literally) but it won't stop our fun...

Lauren and I decided to start a weekly round-up for you guys. Things we have shared in our stories, things we like, things pertaining to what is going on coming up. 

This is a round-up before the round-up since I found some fun & festive 'Merica stuff I wanted to share with you. So you get a double dose this week. Lucky you!!




Last but certainly not least, thanks to all the men and women who have served and given their lives for our country. Thank you for protecting our freedom. Remember, although today can be an excuse to have a cook-out, a long weekend with family & friends, or even a camping trip, we are celebrating those who no longer have the ability to do those things. So let's wave our flags high, pray for those lost lives, and thank the Good Lord above we have the freedom we do!

Hope you & your families have a safe weekend!




A pretty kimono – two ways

I’m going to be honest, that I didn’t think I could wear a kimono. I don’t really wear too many styles that are flowy and tend to go for more tailored styles.  But when I saw Meg wear this black and rust number out on a date with her hubby and friends, I decided I had to give it a try.

The kimono is the first item in our Versatile Style Series. We’ll take a piece of clothing – classic or a little trendy – and style out the outfit based on our unique approach to dressing and our own personal style. Here’s Meg to tell you how she styled the kimono her way – perfect for a date night or brunch with friends.

The kimono - one of my fondest items.
You wanna know why? Because you can wear them with literally anything at any time of the year. 
For real. Jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses, bathing suits, sandals, heels, whatever your heart desires! 
It is a great alternative to your basic cardigan or blazer.

I paired my kimono as an added layer to my black tank, high-waisted jeans, and open-toe bootie sandals.  This flowy duster gives that extra flair to an ordinary outfit. 

Exact jeans from Nordstrom. (I suggest sizing down. I am wearing a 29.) Booties like I am wearing.

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Ok, Lauren here. Even though I loved the idea of trying out this new look, I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to wear it. My go to date night outfit almost always means jeans/cute top/heels and I’m done.

We usually keep it semi-casual, but this was the perfect chance to spice things up. But true to my personal style, I paired it with a black pencil skirt (it’s fake leather!) that I’ve had in my closet for more than a year and haven’t found a place to wear it. Sometimes you gotta make your own destiny. :) High Waisted (Minus The) Leather Pencil Skirt. – Currently $20 in ‘Fawn’ or ‘Chocolate’ from Express.

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I’m was pretty surprised how great I felt in this outfit. I think I’m going to let Meg start getting me out of my style comfort zone. :) Check out these darling kimonos that would pair perfectly with jeans, and tailored skirt or even a solid dress. Does a kimono fit into your style? Would you wear it? Let us know! 

 Red Floral Kimono Jacket $69

Red Floral Kimono Jacket $69

Hair Products I'm Lovin'

Kenra 25 Hairspray

I have been using this hairspray for approximately 10(+) years. I worked with one of my besties back in the day at Trade Secret and we both swore by this product. This is the maximum hold volume spray by Kenra without the sticky, oily look and build up along with controlling humidity.  One thing that can be a little inconvenience is the nozzle ever so often may clog up. It is an easy fix and not a deal breaker for me. People seem to either love or hate the 25. The ones that are not a fan of 25 usually love the Kenra 13 which is the medium hold. . 

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In

After babies, my hair is all kinds of crazy. My biggest issues are the breakage and dullness. I received its a 10 as a gift when I purchased an item last summer at Ulta. Now, I use it all the time. It helps with tangles, breakage, shine, and frayed dead ends.

Not Your Mother's Sea Salt Spray

Because my hair is straight and I have a lot of it, it tends to be heavy and somewhat flat. This sea salt spray is for soft beach-like waves. It does not do that for me. I use this spray to give me a little texture. On a hair washing day, this is a good addition for grit. 


Batiste Dry Shampoo

I have always been a daily washer but then I met dry shampoo. I am down to two to three washes a week. Batiste is my favorite brand at an inexpensive price. The tropical scent is my favorite. 

As a brunette, I have found some dry shampoos leave white residue that take a little more work than others to get out. For best results, I suggest putting it in your hair the night before so that it can absorb while you are sleeping. Although, there have been mornings when I decide to hold out a day longer, I will throw dry shampoo in with a headband on and hop in the shower. Batiste seems to do well in soaking up the oils even at the last minute.

On freshly washed hair, dry shampoo is good to spray into the roots to give some volume and texture. 

Let me know some of your favorites that we should try!

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Notes on Mother’s Day


I’m sitting at my desk today, half recovering from all the activities of the weekend and thinking about what motherhood means to me. I’m coming off the high of my favorite Mother’s Day as a mom, and I’m feeling really introspective. I can understand that Mother’s Day can be fraught for some. A year or two ago I can remember thinking that I’m just not good enough, not doing enough, not strong enough. There are so many ways that the joys of others can seem like an assault when we’re not seeing things clearly. I think social media only magnifies that if you fall into that trap. I have.

My own relationship with my mom is so strong, and before being a mother myself, I had always enjoyed Mother’s Day – the presents, the special dinners, telling my mom how much she meant to me. It wasn’t until I had my son that my perspective on Mother’s Day and motherhood in general changed so much. I guess none of us get to really understand how much our mothers do for us, or give to us, or sacrifice to us until we become mothers ourselves. All this you know if you’re a mom, I’m not treading new ground here.


But what I’m starting to understand is that it's not the sacrifice of motherhood, but because of it we are so profoundly changed. I think I resisted this change, even resented it a little bit. I didn’t like how my mind was never my 100 percent my own – what and how my son is doing is never far from my thoughts. It’s harder for me to concentrate. I was never a worrier, and sometimes my mind races even though I’m demanding that it stop.

My son has had some challenges – some that are not unique to many parents’ experience, and some that are. I’ve never liked feeling out of control, and my parenting experience has felt a little like being in a freefall. But somewhere in this last year, I’ve found my footing. I feel stronger. I’m more confident in myself as a mom, more at peace with those little thoughts and worries that pop up. I’m seeing my little buddy blossom and grow and learn new things and overcome difficulties, and it makes my heart swell and my eyes fill up with tears as I write this sentence.


As much as we have a God-given responsibility to raise our children to love God and honor others with their hearts and hands, I’m not so sure that we as mothers aren’t the ones that come out on the other side changed even more. At least that’s the way it feels for me.

Motherhood, just like other parts of life, has its ups and downs. Today I’m thankful for the opportunity and blessing it is to have a mom who loves and to be a mom who loves. I’m resting in the joy that I’m the right mom for Reid, and he’s just right for me. He'll keep changing, and so will I. Whatever comes our way, we’ll get through it together.

Much love,

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A little pop of color

I love big statement earrings - especially for going out. And there's no doubt that statement earrings are having a moment. They're everywhere. And I love the idea of a big earring to jazz up one of my outfits, but when I'm wearing jeans and a tee and am running errands after picking up my son from school, I find that I pass over those big 'outfit makers' for something a little more subtle.

That's where these earrings come in. I've looked at the A New Day line at Target several times, but nothing really caught my eye until I saw these beauties. Sometimes you just know when something has to be yours. :) It didn't hurt that they were under $10 bucks. These little drop earrings add just the right amount of punch to your outfit. They look equally great with jeans and a tee as they do with a crisp white top and wedges for spring! If they came in more colors, I would buy them all! 

PS - they're less than $7! 

Where do you find cute, everyday earrings?  

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