I get so excited when I find a good dupe for a designer bag that I love. I am not one to drop several hundred $$$ on a bag. I’d rather make an extra car payment than do that. So, when I found this dupe for the Clare V. bag that I have been loving for the last 2 years, I knew I had to have it. Straw bags are all the rage and this one is only $48 and by a GREAT (and one of my favorite) brands. That makes it a dream come true. When it’s a brand you love and trust and they make the perfect dupe? Snag it up! I had a similar straw tote bag from the same retailer last year and absolutely wore it to death. I still wear it occasionally and it held up great considering I wore it nearly every day during the spring and summer. Straw bags are such a great spring and summer staple and a big trend again this year. They are everywhere, but here are a few that won’t break the bank.
I love this time of year. It really makes me reflect on all of our blessings and helps me refocus on what really matters in life. Family, our health, jobs, and YOU. I am so thankful for you, friends. Every year I am continually humbled by how many of you stop to read, comment or like my posts. You encourage me daily. For every troll/ ugly comment that I receive, there are 20 of you that fill me up with encouragement and good. Without you, I wouldn’t have found my passion. I wouldn’t absolutely love my job, and I probably wouldn’t be at home with my babies.
In the spirit of the season of family, friends and thankfulness, I wanted to share some of my favorite bible verses on thankfulness to hopefully encourage you today. Also, there is a little giveaway if you make it to the end! 😉
I had a really good talk with my mom on the phone the other day. It was one of those conversations that I know I’ll remember. She said so many positive things to me that I have needed to hear for a long time. She filled me with life, and I can’t tell you what that did to me. In our conversation, she said something that really struck a chord with me on being intentional with our time. It may seem simple to some of you, but it had a major impact on me. Being a mother of three young children/babies is tough. Since having Weston, most days I’ve worn sweat pants and haven’t even bothered putting on make-up. That is a big deal for someone who loves fashion and enjoys being put together. I haven’t felt like myself.
If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know how much I adore Minted. I rely on them every year for our holiday cards and wouldn’t buy them anywhere else! They are so beautiful and wonderful quality. I am never disappointed. They have so many holiday cards and decor to choose from, so I am making it easy on you and have pulled out my absolute favorites!
This post is sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me!
Happy hump day, friends! We are half way through the week and I could not be more excited about that. Over the weekend, my entire family caught a stomach virus that has been a tough one to get over, but we are on the mend and looking forward to the weekend! Also, this lovely unique watch came in the mail this week which made me all kids of happy! Who doesn’t love a new little slice of heaven when they are feeling sick!?
It’s official! As of Monday, I said goodbye to my twenty-seventh year and hello to twenty-eight! If you know me, or have read my blog for a while, you know how big of a number person I am. I was born on 8-8-88, was 18in. long and weighed 5lbs. and 8 oz. (which is 88 ounces). I bet you can’t guess my lucky number! So, I’m obviously really excited to be 28! I’m not a huge fan of odd numbers and my 27th year was a little crazy. This next year, we will be welcoming a new baby boy and moving into our new home where we will share so many new memories with our growing family. I am beyond excited to see what all this year will bring. We have already been so blessed and I can’t imagine what’s in store for our future! Today, I wanted to celebrate by sharing one of my favorite maternity (and non-maternity) shops – PinkBlush! They have been a favorite of mine since my first pregnancy and continue to wow me with their maternity options. If you read to the end, there might even be a PinkBlush giveaway or something! 😉
This week is going to be very exciting and busy for our family! Ryan has a big week with work related things, we are having Sophie’s 1 year photos taken (pinch me) along with some family shots, and lots of other fun things. In the midst of our busy, there are a few things I have to get done this week. Sometimes, I get so caught up in life’s little tasks that I don’t focus enough on what really matters. Last week was one of those weeks. I’m embarrassed to say that Hamp asked me to take him to the park nearly every day last week and I didn’t take him. I am determined to take him this week at some point!
Weekly Goals and To-Dos:
- Put outfits together for photos and iron them.
- Address Sophie’s Birthday invitations and mail them.
- Post more to Instagram (I was MIA last week).
- Take the kids to the park.
- Exercise every day.
- Catch up on laundry.
- Grow my social media.
- Find a new blog to read.
Now the fun part! A group of bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you another amazing giveaway. One lucky winner will take home an authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, a pair of designer sunglasses, and a gold iPad mini. Open to international contestants and must be 18+. Please review the full Terms & Conditions prior to entering. The more accounts you follow, the more chances you have of winning! Good luck.
Happy Monday everyone! We had a fun and busy weekend, but today it is back on the grind! I can’t wait to tell you all about the little brunch I hosted for my best friend this weekend as well as the much needed friend time I got. We played outside a lot and I even went jogging for the fist time in a couple of weeks which felt awesome at the time, but I am suffering for that time off today. Ouch. So, in the spirit of Mondays, I am filling you in on the perks of this glorious day and if you stay until the end, there might even be a little something something for you! Okay, there definitely is a little something something for you!