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Monday, March 13, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Day to Night

Mommy Style Monday is a blog series my friend Kiana and I created, so that we could share our style with each other and moms like us! Style is an all encompassing word. It can mean a lot more than just what you're wearing, and everyone has their own unique style in every aspect of their lives.  Our hope is to share our "mommy style" with others, to inspire and have fun! I feel like as a mom (especially a stay at home mom like myself) it's really easy to get in a rut. I love seeing other people's take on motherhood, and I love it even more when I know it's something I can easily implement into my routine. It's totally possible to feel like a million bucks without spending a million bucks. Being a mom isn't always glamorous, but we can help each other out by sharing what we do to make it beautiful, with as little effort as possible ;). Every first and third Monday of the month we will have a Mommy Style Monday post sharing different inspiration for fashion, makeup routines, diaper bag organization, nursery decor, favorite baby books and toys, date night ideas, etc. We are all here to help each other out!

If you would like to be a part of the next Mommy Style Monday, fill out the form here. We would be thrilled to have you! If you know of a cute mama who has style to share, let her know about this link up!

This week's post is all about taking a look from day to night. I was wearing this super comfy sweater dress to church that I thought maybe I could style from day to night, but then I realized that would not be super true to my typical style, so I came up with something more normal haha. I used to wear dresses during the day all the time back when I was teaching, but lately I've been much more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl!

I'm afraid I'm just naturally not a super dramatic or fancy person, so my day to night isn't all that exciting. Basically I took a look I would wear any day of the week and dressed it up a little as if I was going out with the ladies or out with Alex for date night!

DAY:


Lip Gloss: Burt's Bees  Shirt: Jane.com  Jeans: Nordstrom  Shoes: Vans

 
Like I said, my day look is a typical jeans and t-shirt kind of look, but I guess it probably looks more put together since the shirt is a button up. Or is it button down? I really don't know the difference, someone educate me. On any given day my hair is usually up in a ponytail or low messy bun. I usually do my makeup each day because it helps me feel ready to go, and I love lipstick, but if I'm on the go or staying at home I'll usually just swipe on some chapstick or a moisturizing gloss.

NIGHT:

Jacket: Nordstrom  Booties: Target  Lipstick: Katy Perry's line, this one is called Kitty Purry


For my night look, I changed into a pair of wedge booties, (Heels always feel fancy to me. People who wear them every day are my heroes!) and a casual leather jacket. I also put on some lipstick, but I still chose a pretty neutral color ha ha, so there isn't much of a difference. I thought about going darker, but the color I was thinking of was in a different room and I was lazy... yep, that's how I do fashion.

So there you have it! A pretty casual look from day to night. Let's check out how these other fancy ladies did by clicking the links below! Thanks for reading!

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Erica at Good Job Momma
Monica at It's All About

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Learning Lately: 2

I mentioned a while ago that I'm trying to make sure I am feeding my soul by learning some new things I've always wanted to learn! My last Learning Lately post was about learning Spanish, which I want to let you know I am still keeping up on! It's a blast.

Today I want to talk about cooking!

So, I have always been a decent cook. Like, I didn't really cook, but when I did it always turned out great, if that makes sense. Haha, I don't want to sound like I'm bragging or anything, but it's true! I just have never made anything that didn't turn out. (Except the other night when I accidentally burned the quinoa, but that's another story...)

The thing is though, I just didn't really work on making it a true skill. I love baking, and I've always been more motivated to make a delicious sugary treat. Cooking intimidated the heck out of me, because I was always terrified of ruining it. I would totally read the instructions like 20 times, and making a meal would take twice as long as it was supposed to because I was sweating bullets and the timing of everything would get off. But, like I said, I never ruined anything!

So this year, I decided I wanted to really focus on being more confident in the kitchen. This meant that I would have to actually cook frequently, and meal planning is honestly not my favorite thing to do. So one day I saw a friend post on Instagram that she was using meal plans made by Six Sisters Stuff, and I was like, wow! I'll check that out! (This is NOT sponsored at all, this is a true story!!)

can we talk about how this meal literally takes 20 minutes to make??!? And less if you already have browned beef in your freezer?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? 

So it turns out if you pay a small fee (I'm talking ridiculously small), the Six Sisters will send you a menu plan each week. They have menu plans for large families and small families, gluten free families, and super healthy families! I mean!! I talked to Alex and then decided to sign up for 6 months of menu plans.

It has been AMAZING!! They send 10 recipes - 6 main dishes, 2 side dishes, and 2 desserts, and they also include the shopping list! So when I get the recipes I go through the shopping list and cross off everything that I already have, and then Nathan and I run to the store and pick up what we need. When all is said and done, I'm spending about $10 per dinner to feed the three of us, which is super affordable.

Anyway, I've been doing it since January, and I really feel SO much more confident in the kitchen! I just waltz in there, pull out my recipe for the day, and get cooking! I've notice that I'm a lot better at timing things, so like I'll check how long it should take to make anything, factor in that it's my first time making it so it might take me a bit longer, and then I can have it ready right when I want it to be ready! This is HUGE for me ha ha. Every single recipe has been delicious, and Alex is loving it because we always have leftovers just enough for lunch the next day! I look forward to making dinner every day, which is so weird honestly, but it's just so fun to try new things and it's so yummy!

I took a screen shot of one of our favorite recipes and put it above so you can try it if you want! (Sorry there are no glamorous pictures of me cooking in my {all white} kitchen, the lighting is bad at dinner time and my kid is usually super grumpy and clinging to my legs, and there are usually dishes everywhere. So fancy!!!)

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Spring Cleaning!

Mommy Style Monday is a blog series my friend Kiana and I created, so that we could share our style with each other and moms like us! Style is an all encompassing word. It can mean a lot more than just what you're wearing, and everyone has their own unique style in every aspect of their lives.  Our hope is to share our "mommy style" with others, to inspire and have fun! I feel like as a mom (especially a stay at home mom like myself) it's really easy to get in a rut. I love seeing other people's take on motherhood, and I love it even more when I know it's something I can easily implement into my routine. It's totally possible to feel like a million bucks without spending a million bucks. Being a mom isn't always glamorous, but we can help each other out by sharing what we do to make it beautiful, with as little effort as possible ;). Every first and third Monday of the month we will have a Mommy Style Monday post sharing different inspiration for fashion, makeup routines, diaper bag organization, nursery decor, favorite baby books and toys, date night ideas, etc. We are all here to help each other out!

If you would like to be a part of the next Mommy Style Monday, fill out the form here. We would be thrilled to have you! If you know of a cute mama who has style to share, let her know about this link up!

Ok! So somehow like two weeks went by without any posts from me, and I don't have any excuses really except we got the stomach flu, and I regained my health but lost all my motivation. Still working on getting it back ha ha...

Anyway, today we're talking about spring cleaning which I wish I felt more prepared to talk about! Right now spring cleaning is a beautiful dream that exists only in my head. Here are my favorite ways to stay organized and clean:

I apologize for this picture. I just... I just didn't even feel like trying tbh.
1. I have a cleaning chart for myself for each day. Some weeks I do better than others at this, but for the most part I stick to it! Mondays are bathrooms, Tuesdays are the living room, Wednesdays are the kitchen, Thursdays are the laundry room, and Fridays are bedrooms and laundry days. On Saturdays I'm supposed to do monthly chores like washing windows and cleaning out the car... I'm the worst at the Saturday ones ha ha.

2. Cleaning my closet. I LOVE CLEANING MY CLOSET. I'm serious. I love going through all my clothes and just tossing stuff. I do this about twice a year. Once in the spring, and once in the fall. In the Spring I go through my closet and get rid of all the winter clothes I didn't wear the whole season. Because if I didn't wear them this winter, I'm most likely never going to wear them the next winter! In the fall I do the same with my summer clothes.  I usually donate most of the clothes, but my nicer ones I like to send to ThredUp!

3. The One Minute Rule. I have tried really hard to abide by the One Minute Rule, which means, if something is going to take me one minute or less - I just do it. If there's something on the floor and it will take two seconds to pick it up, I pick it up! Isn't that weird how tempted we are to just leave it and "pick it up later"? Haha and by the time later comes there are three more things on the floor! I am always tempted to leave things for later, so I try really hard to be strong and just do it in the moment. It makes a big difference!

Anyway, that's pretty much all I have! Alex and I have so many goals as far as updating and maintaining our house. I try to take good care of what we have so that we can really enjoy living here, and then it's more fun to keep it beautiful. I should do a whole post on our tiny house someday, but then I'd really have to be on top of cleaning... so I will get going with that!! :)

Let's all head over to check out these other ladies who probably know what they're doing way more than I do!
Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Britt at My Little Sunshine
Monica at It's All About
Cayli at Nightchayde


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Keeping the Romance Alive!

Mommy Style Monday is a blog series my friend Kiana and I created, so that we could share our style with each other and moms like us! Style is an all encompassing word. It can mean a lot more than just what you're wearing, and everyone has their own unique style in every aspect of their lives.  Our hope is to share our "mommy style" with others, to inspire and have fun! I feel like as a mom (especially a stay at home mom like myself) it's really easy to get in a rut. I love seeing other people's take on motherhood, and I love it even more when I know it's something I can easily implement into my routine. It's totally possible to feel like a million bucks without spending a million bucks. Being a mom isn't always glamorous, but we can help each other out by sharing what we do to make it beautiful, with as little effort as possible ;). Every first and third Monday of the month we will have a Mommy Style Monday post sharing different inspiration for fashion, makeup routines, diaper bag organization, nursery decor, favorite baby books and toys, date night ideas, etc. We are all here to help each other out!

If you would like to be a part of the next Mommy Style Monday, fill out the form here. We would be thrilled to have you! If you know of a cute mama who has style to share, let her know about this link up!






Before having Nathan, I felt like all anyone wanted to tell me about having kids was super negative things! Like, to the point that I was wondering why any of these people had kids? ;) One of the things most people said was that after you have kids, alone time with your husband is not really a thing anymore. This was particularly frightening to me because I LOVE Alex! He's my best friend and the person I have the best time with. So life without those things just sounded awful.

Here's what I can tell you about time with your husband (or s/o) after baby: It's just... different.

And different doesn't mean bad! The biggest thing I've noticed that's changed is that there isn't really the spontaneity factor anymore. Like, we can't just be sitting around on the weekend and then say "Hey, why don't we see what movies are playing?" and then just go to the theater. You catch my drift? Alone time can happen, but alone time takes planning. It's not bad, just different. Since Nathan was born, we've made some good friends and they are willing to babysit Nathan so we can go out, and then we babysit their kids so they can go out, and it's been the best thing! Everyone with kids needs to find some friends to swap babysitting with.

My marriage is the most important thing. Alex comes first. This may sound mean or wrong to some people when it comes to having kids, but here's the deal - when your marriage is happy, your kids are happy. So yeah, Alex comes first. In our marriage, we don't do a lot of spectacular show stopping things to keep the romance alive, it's more in the little things. Here are some examples:

Things I do for Alex:
1. Make things at home less stressful than things at school. Alex has a super demanding school schedule and is under a lot of pressure to perform well in all aspects of his life. I try to keep things running smoothly at home so that he doesn't have any extra worries when he pulls into the driveway.
2. Laugh at his jokes. 95% of the time they are actually funny. The other 5% I just laugh because why not? What do I have to lose by NOT LAUGHING? Life is better when you laugh.
3. Listen to his problems. I don't understand hardly anything he says about his problems at school because they are all about engineering, but I will happily listen anyway just so he can get it off his chest! And if I do understand, I'll try to see if there is anything I can do to help.
4. Don't keep score. We're a team. If I do something, I don't automatically expect him to do something in return. I don't expect him to "pay me back". There will be times where I'm pulling more weight in the relationship, but there will also be times where he is pulling more weight, and that's ok! We said we'd do this life thing together, and we intend to see it through.

Things Alex does for me:
1. Looks great every day. For real, the kid just wakes up looking good. Why are boys like that?? Seems unfair.
2. Pays attention to the mundane details. e.g. Remembers when to change the furnace filter, get the oil changed, watches to see if any tires are low on air, notices when the gutters need to be cleaned out, etc.
3. Kisses me as soon as he walks in the door. It's always nice to feel like he's excited to see me.
4. Slays everything in his life like a Boss. Even when he thinks he isn't doing well, he's still doing better than 95% of  people around him, and that's like, super attractive. I like to know my man can handle life haha.

I am only doing four for each of us, which seems random, but equality in all things, etc, etc. What do you do to keep the romance alive in your life?

Check out what the other lovely ladies who joined us said by clicking their links below!
Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Chandler at Life as a Larsen
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Kahana at A Beautiful Life
Monica at It's All About
Andrea at Snow by Heart
Melissa at The Frolics of Mama Llama
Erica at Good Job Momma
Cayli at Nightchayde
Juli at Enjoying the Journey
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday's Look Book: 2

You guys, Nathan is turning into a little camera man! Yesterday I got out the tripod, and he seriously instructed me how to set it up and where to put it on the floor. Then he gestured toward my camera and let me know I should put the lens cap back on the table! And then he ran over to the wall. I don't know if this is good or bad. Still up for debate.

Anyway, here are my outfits for the week! (I forgot one of the days. Maybe Wednesday? Who can tell.) And I've decided I'll always include a funny story from the week at the bottom. Because, why not?

Nathan's outfit: Baby Gap  My shirt: Roolee  Pants: Nordstrom
Sweater and Pants: Nordstrom
This was Sunday, and you better believe I changed out of my dress WAY too fast to allow for picture taking. Pajamas it is!
Nathan's Outfit: Baby Gap   My Outfit: Gap
Nathan: Guess where?   My hat: Alex's USU Engineering hat  Hoodie: Jack Wills  (I got it in England)  Leggings: Coco & Main
Nathan directed me to do this pose.
Beanie: Roolee  Sweatshirt: Gap  Pants: Nordstrom
Scarf: gift... maybe Hope Ave.?  Sweater: J. Crew  Leggings: Nordstrom  Socks: Costco

So in church I have a calling (if you aren't familiar, that's where the leadership of our church asks us to please volunteer in a certain capacity), and that calling is Activity Days. Twice a month I hang out with 8-11 year old girls and do activities! I have a few wonderful helpers, but this time it was my turn to plan the activity. The night before I had a nightmare that I didn't have anything prepared (I didn't. I'm a procrastinator. But I had a plan in my brain!) So in the afternoon I bundled Nathan up (it was a snow storm) and took him to Target to grab the materials I needed. We braved the snow, got into the store, grabbed all the stuff, accidentally also grabbed some e.l.f. brushes ($2!) and headed to the checkout. Once at the self-checkout it dawned on me that I did not have my wallet.

I searched and searched my bag hoping that $20 would suddenly appear in a pocket! (It did not!) And finally I admitted defeat and tried to cancel my order. I waited for 5 minutes until a nice guy named Austin showed up and helpfully offered to put my bag of items in a waiting area while I went to get my money.

So, Nathan and I ran out into the cold, jumped in the car, and then drove home to get the wallet. Once the wallet was in my possession it was time to repeat the process of going back to the store. Luckily Austin was still right where I left him ("They gave me a cart of miscellaneous items and said I had to find where they went!" he said, with a tone of exasperation.) I paid for the stuff, went home, and let Nathan run in the snow for a bit until he face planted one too many times.

 Tell me a funny story from your week!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

One Sunny Day

Hi everyone! Just thought I'd drop in a share some photos we took from the one sunny day in January where it was suddenly 65 degrees and absolutely heavenly! We had all our regular Saturday plans of heading to Sam's club (me), doing homework (Alex), and living the good life (Nathan), but when I looked at the temperature on my phone I announced that Alex and I had to cancel our plans and live the good life with Nathan! How could we not! We got dressed and headed to one of our favorite parks where almost every other family from our area was also hanging out, and then later we even went and got some frozen yogurt! 

The frozen yogurt expedition just solidified in my mind how awesome my baby is. Sorry, I just have to brag haha. Like, we literally finished dinner, cleaned up, and put him in the car. He talked happily to himself on the way there. We chose our frozen yogurt and let him share with us. He happily played with his spoon and ate a few bites and then calmly sat in his high chair observing the world. And when we got back in the car, he happily chatted to himself on the way home! I just feel like we lucked out big time. He is literally the easiest kid to lug around. (Knock on wood). Sometimes the thing that scares me the most about having more kids is that they'll be way harder than him and I won't know what hit me haha!

Anyway, on to the pictures!





^^ This picture looks like an adorable mommy/son shot but what really happened is he was being a total daddy's boy and crying his eyes out that I picked him up to take a picture with me. And I was laughing like I always do when he has strong opinions about random things. #reallygoodmom ^^






Nathan's hat is c/o Littlest Prince Couture, for those of you who are as obsessed with it as me!
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday's Look Book: 1

So I got this idea from my sister, who got it from Man Repeller, if I'm not mistaken, that it might be fun to take a picture of yourself every day. Document what you're wearing for sure, but pictures sometimes pick up on other things too like emotions. I thought this would be fun for a few reasons:

1. It will be the real deal. Whatever I'm wearing that day, whatever I did with my hair, whatever I did with my makeup. There it is, no smoke and mirrors.
2. Maybe it will help me be a little more creative with what I'm wearing if I know I'm going to be photographed, ha ha. (I'm sure we'll still see plenty of t-shirts and leggings.)
3. Just to see what changes, day to day.

Anyway, mostly I want this to be a carefree, super cool experience. One that brings joy! So far, Nathan gets really excited about it, because he loves when the camera beeps so that we can get into our places. Although now when he sees me pull up the camera, he runs over to the wall to get ready... so maybe he's trained too well. And I love clothes. I love them! So it will bring me joy to share what I love with you. Yay! Happiness.

Also, please excuse weird lighting, blurriness, heads cut off etc. for this first week especially. Indiana has been mostly cloudy, so natural light is hard to come by, and I don't have a remote for my camera yet, so the focus sometimes gets wacky. I'm trying. That's what matters ;)

Hoodie: Nordstrom Rack  Leggings: Nordstrom 

Striped T: Gap  Sweatshirt: Gap Outlet  Jeans: Nordstrom

Sweater: Anthropologie  T-shirt: Madewell  Jeans: Nordstrom Rack

Beanie: Roolee  Cardigan: Gap  Shirt: Anthropologie  Jeans: Nordstrom  Socks: Target dollar section :)

I linked to anything that's still in stores (not affiliate linked, just for fun linked), just in case you wanted to check it out. Most of my stuff I've had for a while, and I love to change it up!

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