Mommy Style Monday // Red, White, and Blue

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are still having fun gearing up for the 4th tomorrow!

The 4th is one of my favorite holidays and we have been having a blast at our family Lakehouse! In my effort to blog more I am here with another fun mommy style Monday post!

For those of you who are new to the blog Mommy Style Monday or #msm on Instagram is a fun collaboration of mom’s talking about different things from how we do park days to our favorite mom fashion finds. I love joining in when I can because it’s so fun to see what other moms are up to and it helps me record what I’m doing in my daily mom life!

This week’s post is all about the 4th of July and our favorite mom friendly holidays outfits. I love the 4th of July and am always keeping my eye open for fun 4th of July outfits.

I have a lot I love so I thought it would be fun to show you a couple of my favorite patriotic momiforms!


First up is this fun dress. I found it over on Neesees dresses and had to add it to my collection! I love the stripes with the stars and the fun ruffle.


It’s lightweight and perfect for hot summer days. It is long enough where I can chase my kids without feeling like I’m exposing myself and I can easily dress it up for date night or church with a cute pair of sandals.

The second outfit is this fun “In God We Trust” shirt that I grabbed from Lettie Boutique. I thought it was so cute and something I could wear all year.


I love the baseball sleeves and it is one of the comfiest t-shirts I own! I wore it for a family picture and then out to dinner with my siblings the other night. It is perfect to pair with jeans or shorts!

Pretty soon I might have to start wearing all my patriotic shirts year round so I get to use them all, haha!

Are you in to patriotic clothes or how do you celebrate the 4th? However you do it, I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday tomorrow! And be sure and stop by all the other bloggers to see their cute patriotic mom outfits!

If you want to join in the next Mommy Style Monday stop by Kiana or Madeline’s blogs to sign up!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Alexis at Witt Family Happenings

Happy Monday!

Mommy Style Monday // Favorite Things Box Summer Edition

Happy Monday everyone! I have been a little MIA from the blog lately as we have a lot of house projects going on, etc! I’m hoping to get back to blogging more consistently as I have a bunch of posts I’m behind on right now – eek!

Today I am here though (yay!) with Mommy Style Monday. I’ve been doing Mommy Style Monday off and on for a while and I love it because it gives me a chance to connect with other moms and get to see what other moms are doing that they love in their life! This month we did another favorite things box trade and it was so much fun. The theme was fashion / beauty and we had a $20 limit. It’s always challenging to pick out some of your favorite items within a money limit and pick items that you love and hope someone else would love, but it is really fun to put the box together and to see what you get from someone else!

I got my box from the lovely Melissa over at Frolics of Mama Llama. She was so sweet and sent me the funnest box of items she picked up while out thrift shopping. I am a huge love of thrifting so it was fun to see what items she found.

I feel like she and I could definitely be thrift shopping buddies because I loved everything she sent me!

Bright colored shirts summer

These tops are so fun and the bright colors are perfect for summer! I’m a huge fan of having 3/4 length shirts for those breezy summer nights and the pink top is me all the way!

favorite things jewelry

The jewelry pieces she picked out are also super awesome! I’m a big fan of jewelry, but I’m finding as I get older that I lean more towards minimal pieces that have a small element of fun. I have a few bold pieces I love, but my everyday jewelry is really basic. I loved all of the pieces she sent me because they are all things I wear.  I love the color of the bracelet and have so many things I can wear it with!

Earring up close

Dangly earrings are so fun and the neutral colors make these awesome because I can wear them with so many outfits!

feather ring up close

Also this ring is so, so fun! I love funky rings that are unique but still simple and this one fits that description perfectly.

All in all, I loved the box I got and am having so much fun wearing all of my new things. A HUGE thank you to Melissa for her thoughtful box!

I got the pleasure of sending some of my favorite beauty and fashion items over to Madeline at CaseyLand! Be sure and head over there to see what some of the things I love for summer are.

While you’re at it go ahead and make the rounds because there were so many fun moms who participated this month and you’re not going to want to miss their favorite fashion and beauty items!!

If you would like to participate in the next Mommy Style Monday visit Kiana or Madeline’s blogs and if you would like to join us in September for our next favorite things box click this link!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars

Monica at Oh Happy Us

Alexis at Witt Family Happenings

Britt at My Little Sunshines

Melissa at Frolics of Mama Llama

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!! xoxo

Mancessories: Upping your man’s style with JORD Watch + Giveaway

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**A huge thank you to JORD watch for sponsoring this post today. All opinions are 100% my own and as always I only talk about products I truly love and believe in!

Hey guys! Today I’m stepping a little bit out of my normal comfort zone and talking about menswear. It might seem a little random since I normally talk about my kids, home décor, and women’s fashion, but I try to encompass all the different parts of my life, and one of those parts is menswear believe it or not, haha.

My husband isn’t a huge shopper, and I still remember my shock when I got him to not only try on clothes at the GAP, but walk out with new clothes. After 5.5 years of marriage he is somewhat more tolerant of shopping, but it is no where near his favorite thing to do, so I tend to do most of it for him.

He has a fairly simple, laidback, classy style so he is pretty easy to shop for, but it wasn’t always that way. When I first started shopping for him I was never quite sure what to buy because he could be picky and I felt like I had to have him with me or I had to send pictures of clothes so he could approve them before I bought them. Over the last 5 plus years, I’ve gotten better at knowing what things he likes and he’s gotten less picky so I usually feel pretty confident in my purchases.

When it comes to accessories like shoes, socks, watches, belts, etc., his style has changed a few times so I’m not nearly as confident and still find myself sending pictures of dress shoes before I buy them. That might seem silly because dress shoes are dress shoes right? Wrong, accessories might be small and seem insignificant, but I’ve learned they can be game changers when it comes to the overall statement an outfit can make.

I’m getting better at figuring out his style in that category, but I’ve found the best way to rock in the menswear accessories department is to take a product he loves and find variations of said product or products that are really similar in style and make. This takes a lot of the guessing out especially when I find a great brand he loves like JORD wood watches.

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I first discovered JORD wood watches about a year and a half ago when my husband told me he wanted a wood watch. I think my first thought was “a wood watch? interesting…” It probably wouldn’t have been my first pick, but I checked out the watches he sent me and was decently impressed. They were very cool, but there was something lacking for me so I started researching other companies that sold wood watches which is when I stumbled onto JORD and was honestly blown away. Their watches were beautiful and the quality was amazing. I knew when I bought my husband a wood watch it would come from them. My husband was equally impressed and had a hard time picking out a watch because he loved several of them. (Also, yes this is a sponsored post, but this story is 100% true). Their watches are so awesome my husband went from being an occasional watch wearer to an everyday watch wearer.

So when JORD reached out to me about reviewing one of their current watches, saying yes was a pretty easy decision. I mean, he already has a watch, but just like with women’s accessories, variety in men’s accessories is important because different suits need different watches. I mean, we don’t need to go overboard and buy our men a different watch for every suit they own, but just like certain ties make your outfit pop so can other accessories like watches.

Other than the amazing look of JORD watches we ( my husband and I ) love them for their amazing quality. Both their men’s watches and their women’s watches are the best quality and are handcrafted from natural sustainable material. Yep, you read that right – handcrafted from natural wood. My husband is wearing the Conway Walnut and Jet black watch and I loved reading all the fun facts about it here. Another thing I love about JORD is their transparency. They share about each different type of wood and tell where it comes from, how sustainable it is, and some basic facts about it. That is a quality that is hard to find in companies and something I really appreciate.

Some of the other things I love about JORD are that they will custom size your watch and their sizing is perfect. My husband gave them his wrist size when we ordered and he says it fits great! They also provide great information on how to care for your watch and their packaging is to die for! I may be odd, but I really appreciate great packaging and JORD’s is on point 100 percent.

I know some of you might be thinking that watches are somewhat irrelevant with smart watches and smart phones, etc., but even if your man doesn’t use his watch to tell time they are a great way to add an extra element of class and professionalism to his office wear and everyone could use that!

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AND because I’d hate to leave you hanging here are some more great men’s accessories that add individuality and class to any outfit.

Dress Socks – boring old solid color dress socks are a thing of the past. I know, this surprised me too, especially when my semi-conservative husband came to me and told me he wanted “colorful” dress socks. I about died, but gladly did my best to find him some he’d love. When looking for colorful dress socks my tips are look for bold colors, fun but simple patterns, stripes, or color blocking. I wouldn’t get too crazy and for the office I’d stay away from character socks.

Belts – Belts can be surprisingly classy (and expensive!). My husband’s favorite type of belts are click belts. He loves them because there are no holes to stretch out and the fit is always perfect. Amazon has a great selection of classy ones for a decent price.

Shoes – Dress shoes can add a lot or take away a lot from an outfit, especially a dressier office outfit. They can be an expensive investment, but it is important to keep your shoes in good shape and get new ones when your old ones start to be a drag on your professional look. I let my husband buy his own shoes and his favorite place to get them is Zappos. They have a great selection and decent prices especially for nice brands like Steve Madden (yes they sell men’s dress shoes).

Ties – Ties aren’t always a must have and a lot of professional offices don’t require them. However, some work places do and they are a nice touch especially when interviewing for a new job. I know a lot of people believe price = quality, but to be honest I have gotten my husband some really awesome, classy ties for less than $15 and sometimes I buy them at one of our local grocery stores (gasp!). Personally, I feel the key to ties is keeping them simple. Patterns and stripes are great, but keep the colors simple and classy, and don’t go overboard. Less is more and you don’t have to pay $35 plus to buy a nice tie.

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If you made it through that, congratulations! I hope some of those tips were helpful and can bring some peace of mind when you are out shopping for the man/men in your life. AND because you are all awesome I have a special treat for you – a JORD watch giveaway! To enter the contest, like my Instagram photo dated today 5/4/17 and click this giveaway link for a chance to win a $100 gift voucher toward any watch. As a bonus everyone who enters will get a $25 voucher toward any watch! The contest will end Sunday May 14th so be sure and enter ASAP!


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Easter Pictures and Life Updates

Easter Pictures Family photo

After church on Easter Sunday we snapped a few family pictures so I thought I’d share them with some family updates! I was glad we got a few good ones, but I think my favorite photos are the “not so good” ones.

These two crack me up because Amelia is the sweetest, most patient little girl until she isn’t and then she lets you know how unhappy she is!

Easter Pictures pouting baby pink dress

She cheered up once she got the step to herself… Amelia is a little firecracker and it is so fun to watch her grow! She is 14.5 months and full of energy. She isn’t walking, but can climb halfway up the slide at the park and stand by herself on our memory foam mattress, so you know… She is into everything and can get around pretty fast without walking so I have to make sure I keep things up and doors shut! She is so happy (most of the time:) ) and loves her dad and playing with her brother. She is warming up to the dogs, but is not their biggest fan.

Carter got kicked off the steps by Amelia, so I didn’t get an individual picture of him, but I love these because he is trying to hard to be sweet and loving to Amelia. He is learning that sometimes being a big brother means putting up with hair pulling and sharing toys you really don’t want to share, but he is doing a great job! Carter loves riding his bike and has gotten really fast! We have to jog to keep up with him these days. He loves swimming and playing outside and can’t wait until summer!

Just an idea of how family pictures really go ;)! Laren is still working hard these days. He made it through his first year of graduate school and has 1.5 years left – woohoo! He is still working in Salt Lake and doing photography on the side. His life is crazy busy so we’re always grateful when we get to just hangout and play with him.

Easter Pictures Family smiling daddy daughter

I’m keeping busy balancing work, home life, church, and everything else life throws my way! I officially took a job as a part time crisis worker in the ED. I’m still at the hospital, but in the ED and not doing PRN work these days. I love it and am glad to have a permanent schedule. I’m working with the 10-11 year old girls at church and I love it, they keep me young!

Overall, life is good. We’re busy, but enjoying most moments and working hard to make the best of the not so fun moments!

 

Easter Eggs and the Perfect Spring Tee

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday and overall Easter weekend. We had a great time doing Easter activities and spending time with family. I love Easter so much because it is a set aside time to think about Jesus Christ, but I also love it because it feels like the beginning of spring.

Outside our apple trees are blossoming, the tulips have bloomed, and everything is full of new life and hope. The weather is also a lot warmer so hurrah for that!

We didn’t get around to doing Easter Eggs until Saturday afternoon. It was a crazy morning, but we squeezed some time in before work to hangout as a family and make beautiful eggs!

This year I added extra food coloring to the dyes to make them a little more intense and it worked surprisingly well! It did change some of the original colors, but it was fun to do something different.

We also used pastry brushes to decorate half of our eggs. It gave them that pretty water color / tie dye effect.

Carter thought the pastry brushes were really fun because he got to “paint” the eggs rather than just wait for them to dye. It was a super fun experiment that would be a fun art project any time of the year!

Sometimes I’m not the best at doing art and science projects with my kids, but this really made me want to be better at that! Carter was super interested in dyeing the eggs and did a great job. Amelia had fun watching on and admiring the eggs from afar 🙂

Being a stay at home mom I am always looking for clothing that is comfortable, kid proof, and still looks decent at the end of the day. I picked up this top in this pretty purple (and a few other colors… ) and I am in love with it. It is so soft and comfortable. I wear it all the time! It’s been to the park, Easter egg hunts, work, at home days, and Easter egg dyeing. I found it at my favorite little boutique in Provo – Cozy. If you are familiar with Provo it is by the DownEast and Walmart Marketplace on University Parkway.

I am definitely going to have to go by and get more before she runs out because it is seriously the perfect basic spring tee! I need to see if I can find the same or similar tee online somewhere because it is awesome and online shopping is my jam.

I hope no matter what you did your Easter weekend was great and if you’re in Utah county do yourself a favor and run over to Cozy and stock up on these tee’s. I promise you’ll thank me!

Did you guys do any fun Easter activities this weekend?

Where are your favorite places for comfy basic tees?

 

Birthday Zoo Visit

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None of these photos are picturesque model family outing photos, but I want to do a better job of sharing the activities we do as a family and my husband did a fantastic job of capturing the reality of fun family outings with our kids.

I love seeing Carter’s expressions as he is searching for the next thing to look at and I especially love the photo of him running off because it perfectly captures him. He rarely walks as running is just better and he has so much enthusiasm for life and is always looking for the next great thing.

Amelia loved the zoo and was enthralled by the animals and obsessed with trying to get out of the stroller, haha. She is so much fun these days being a little blonde busybody! She does not like being confined and was not happy with me when I put her back in the stroller after her excursion sitting on the tiger statue.

We had so much fun at the Zoo, the weather was gorgeous and all of the animals were out and about! Carter ran from exhibit to exhibit, but he loved seeing all the animals and exploring the gift shop with grandma. We can’t wait for our next visit!

What do your typical family outings look like?

Walmart Mirror Hack

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was full of cousins and food and lots of fun!

Today I’m sharing an easy hack of Walmart’s $6 mirror (well $5.88 really).

I’ve been wanting a full length mirror in our room forever, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money right now so I decided I would get a cheap mirror and give it a little face lift.

I love distressed farm style pieces so I decided I would do something that fit in with that. I probably should have done colors that fit our bedroom a little better, but I would love to repaint our bedroom to a more off white because the tan just isn’t doing it for me. Anyway, back to the mirror! This is a super easy project and I was able to paint and hang it all during nap time.

Supplies

Spray paint – This will be your base and will show through when you distress the mirror.

Chalk Paint – This will be your top layer and your main color

Matte Clear Coat Spray Paint – This will seal your mirror

Painter Tape 

Painter paper

Directions

  1. Tape your mirror. I put a layer of tape down and then tape the paper down so nothing could soak through on the edges. 

2. Spray your first layer, the number of coats you do is dependent on how textured you want your mirror to look in the end. 

Walmart Mirror Hack Original Mirror Spray Painted Silver

3. You can see the difference between multiple coats and a thin coat here. 

Walmart Mirror Hack Second layer of paint

4. I did 2 coats of pressed metal and then did a little distressing before doing a light coat of nickel silver. Once that dried I brushed the mirror over with an offwhite chalk paint. I used a wet cloth to distress it and then sanded it down a little bit. 

5. I used 3M velcro tabs to hang it against the door between my bathroom and bedroom. 

Walmart Mirror Hack Finished Mirror whitewashed distressed gray corner

Walmart Mirror Hack Finished Mirror Hung on Door

Like I said earlier it doesn’t really match the color of this wall, but oh well. It matches my theme of farmstyle decor like my barnwood headboard behind me. This was such an easy project, I don’t know why I waited so long to do it! You could really make it anything you wanted and if you were willing to spend a little more they have some cute $10-$15 mirrors that are a little bigger and more intricate when it comes to the design.

This was such an easy project, I don’t know why I waited so long to do it! You could really make it anything you wanted and if you were willing to spend a little more they have some cute $10-$15 mirrors that are a little bigger and more intricate when it comes to the design.

It is an easy way to add a pop of color to a kid’s room or spruce up a guest room. And who doesn’t love having a full length mirror in their room?! Yay for finally getting to see more than my upper half when deciding on an outfit!

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Spring Fling Ruffle Sleeve Dress

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Spring Fashion Linen dress ruffle sleeve detail

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Dress is from Uptown Cheapskate – similar here  // Trainers  – similar here  // Jean Jacket  // Necklace 

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so excited to be sharing this look with you today! When I was shopping at Uptown cheapskate last month I saw this dress and immediately fell in love! I’m not usually big on horizontal stripes, but the shape of this dress and the material were too good to pass up!

Also can we talk about the sleeves?! Ruffle bell sleeves are huge this year. They are all over place likes Forever 21, Target, Anthro, and J.Crew to name a few. It is such a fun look that you can wear during the day to run errands or out for the night.

This dress is so comfortable and airy that it honestly feels like you aren’t wearing anything! The only drawback to it is that linen wrinkles easily, as you can see in my pictures! But, it has pockets (WINNING) so I think I’ll overlook the wrinkle factor.

I’ve loved pairing this dress with sneakers or flats for the day because it is lightweight and comfortable and I can chase my kiddos around in it. I linked a couple similar dresses above and I saw on instastories the other day that Amara Salon’s online boutique is going to be carrying a dress almost identical very soon so keep checking there for it!

I’m also kind of obsessed with these ruffle sleeved top from J.Crew and I think these sneakers and these sneakers would be the perfect combo to a ruffle sleeve dress or top. If I get brave enough I will try and make one via refashion following a tutorial from either cottonandcurls or sarah tyau because I think it is such a fun piece to have in your closet.

What are your thoughts on the bell sleeved fashion? 

Mommy Style Monday: Favorite Things Spring Box

Hey everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your Monday is going well so far!

Today I am back linking up with Kiana and Madeline of Mommy Style Monday with a super fun favorite things box exchange we did.

When Kiana reached out about participating in a favorite things box exchange I was so excited. I recently did a favorite things night with some girlfriends and it was super fun so I knew this would be too! Kiana randomly assigned us someone to send a box too and we go to put together a box of our favorite spring items to send to another blogger.

I had so much fun putting my box together and sending it to Juli over at Enjoying the Journey. To see what some of my favorite affordable spring items are for me and my son head over there and check out what I sent her.

I got a box from the sweet Chandler over at Life as a Larsen and we had so much fun going through all of the things she sent!

First off she sent the most adorable card with it that I just love. I have a thing for unique or cute cards and this will definitely be added to my collection.

Favorite Things Spring Box tablecloth bubbles journal and sunflower kit

Second up is this super fun tablecloth she sent me. I love getting the vinyl tablecloths with the flannel backing during different holidays as a fun way to get in the spirit and protect my table from any crafts or kid spills, so I was so excited when I opened the box and found this one. I love, love, love the bright stripes. They are perfect for warming up my kitchen and making it feel like summer on these rainy spring days we’ve been having. If you want to get one for yourself I believe it is from Target.

Next up are these cute little notebooks/journals. I love having a notebook on me and being able to jot things down when they come to mind so these are perfect for having in my purse or diaper bag. I love the designs on the front. They are so pretty and calm and inspire me to write!

Favorite Things Spring Box water color journal notebook small

My son was absolutely thrilled to see that Chandler had sent over some fun bubbles in our box. It was raining when we shot this so we decided to try something new and blow the bubbles onto a piece of paper. It was super fun because they are colored bubbles so it morphed into its own little art project. Carter is obsessed with bubbles so these were a huge win for him and I’m always game for things that keep him busy and engaged!

Lastly she sent over this adorable little sunflower kit. I actually have been picking up little kits like these at Target the last month (great minds think alike!) in preparation for some spring projects with Carter so I was really excited to see this. I love sunflowers and I know Carter will absolutely love getting to help grow one with this kit.

It was so fun to get our box from Chandler and her favorite spring items! I loved everything we got and we had so much fun going through the box and discovering new favorites!

A big thank you to Chandler for sharing her favorite spring items and another big thank you to Kiana and Madeline for putting this together! Be sure and stop by all the other bloggers who participated to give some love and see what their favorite spring items are!

As always if you are interested in joining us for the next Mommy Style Monday sign up on Kiana or Madeline’s blog and keep your eye out for another favorite box exchange!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Melissa at The Frolics of Mama Llama

Shani at Sunshine & Munchkins

Cayli at Nightchayde

Rachel at Tutus and Heels

Erica at Good Job Momma

Juli at Enjoying the Journey

Chandler at Life as a Larsen
Hope you have a marvelous Monday and a fabulous week!
I’d love to hear from you. What are your favorite spring items this year?