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The Long Weekend


I really wish three day weekends were a monthly thing–something about having that extra day off is just good for the soul!

I kicked off the weekend by celebrating the launch of Chanel’s new fragrance, Gabrielle, at Belk in Parkway Place. Being surrounded by delicious treats, beautiful makeup, gorgeous perfume and new friends (the wonderful photographer, Kylie of Lilac & Lemon ) is a pretty great way to start the day!

On Saturday we went to the U.S. Space and Rocket Museum to catch the Science of Rock & Roll exhibit one last time–the kids have been obsessed with it this summer! Seriously though, to any of my local readers who are considering becoming a member of the museum–DO IT. With the new exhibits every few months, indoor play area and free admission to other STEM museums around the country, it has been worth every penny for us!


By some miracle, Cars 3 was still in theaters this weekend and since I had told Louis we would go see it (only after realizing it was no longer showing) we got the first tickets of the morning on Sunday and headed to the movies! The kids (and who are we kidding, Joe) loved it! Judy fell asleep at the end–cause it’s surprisingly long–and I thought it was kinda boring? What can I say, I need some song and dance in my cartoons. #90schick



For the movie, I wore this outfit I scored on Poshmark–did a little review on my Instagram–and felt so cute! This clip dot skirt was on my wish list for EVER–I waited for it to go on sale and then missed out. I then began stalking it on Factory and even eBay but finally snagged it on Posh and I love it! This tee was just something that caught my eye in the seller’s closet and a girl can never have too many stripes!

Oh and these flats–love them! I am always on the lookout for a good leopard flat as I tend to wear through mine pretty quickly. I like the leopard print to be more on the yellow side than the black or brown if that makes sense and I definitely want leopard print and not cheetah (google it lol) so when I stumbled upon these the other day, I snapped them up quick! While these may technically be a heel and not a flat, they are as comfy as a flat with the bonus flattery of a heel.


We finished off the weekend with a hike with my parents, yard work, the pool and burgers grilling in the backyard–not too shabby!


Hope you had a great weekend!

 

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In My Cart

Some cute new arrivals from JCrew dropped today!

This terrier blouse is a must have for me! My family has always had Scottie dogs so this just has to be fine. Plus I love the color–perfect for fall!

Digging the addition of a cross-body strap on this classic tote. I have always loved the totes from JCrew but since having kids, I need hands free. Enter this bag!

This horoscope tee for a Cancer gal who wears her heart on her sleeve, what could be better than a tee with my symbol holding its little claws as a heart?!

Polka dot and camo chinos? Done and done.

Always a sucker for tweed–strap it on to a cardigan and add stripes, I’m sold!

 

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Our Weekend


This was one of the shortest weekends EVER. Joe’s contract allows him to have an alternate work schedule, meaning he gets to take every other Friday off but sadly it was not this week. Then I worked on Saturday, which basically made our weekend feel like it was one day. Gah! Oh well, we just crammed as much family time in as we could.


On Saturday morning we did a little yard work, so I wore my favorite overalls (these run small!) and then swapped out my shoes and top for an afternoon shift at Anthro! 

While I was doing yard work, Joe took the kids to Home Depot for class and sent the most adorable pics! I love this little monthly tradition they have! 


After work , we had pizza and watched School House Rock–the kids love it and it gives me all the nostalgia feels.

Sunday we walked up to Target with the kiddos and I wore this adorable cold shoulder dress from Old Navy. I am so impressed by the quality–it is fully lined and a really nice breathable cotton! It’s perfect for these summer days but will also be so cute with ankle boots when it starts to cool off.




To top off this short weekend, our fridge is on the fritz so we have been Googling and fancying ourselves repairmen. Spoiler alert…it still is not working. A Mondayest Monday.

 

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To Market

One of the best things about summer is the farmer’s market…and I am lucky to have quite a few here in Huntsville to choose from. On Saturday mornings there is a market in Madison, Lowe Mills and Providence, just to name a few. But for date night this past Thursday, Joe and I hit up the market at Greene Street downtown and we could not have loved it more!

We packed a picnic in this adorable basket and ate in Big Spring Park which was so nice but oh so hot! We are in the dog days of summer my friends and this outfit will come in handy for staying cool while sweating your face off!

These shorts are nice and light weight and this top is 100% cotton and breezy! Perfect combination if I do say so myself. These espadrilles are sold out but they might pop back up so keep checking! They are just perfect.

Do you have a farmer’s market in your town? I’d love to know!

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Summer Style

So it’s like a million degrees down here and I am trying not to buy more summer clothes–trying to be creative with what I have! This tote that I got from my Popsugar Must Have box has been just the item I needed to add a little something something to all my summer basics. My awesome sister got this box for me for my birthday and I have really been loving it!

Now I don’t know you, but my hair does not exactly thrive in the humidity–enter hats. This Old Nay panama one is old but they have it every  year and it’s darn near perfect. I wear it more often than I probably should!

Oh these sandals--I got them on clearance in white and then bought them again in the black. Note, I’m a true 7.5 and bought these classic beauties in an 8. Wondering if I should just buy ALL THE COLORS??

If you have been reading this blog for a while or follow me on Instagramyou know that I am a big fan of the Who What Wear collection at Target. The pieces are always on trend and are such great quality! This striped shell is no exception–I have it in both colors!

How do you keep your wardrobe interesting when you’re in the dog days of summer? Drop me a comment here or on Insta, I’d love to know!

 

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30 in NOLA

If you follow me on Instagram you know we spent my 30th birthday in New Orleans and it was just the best! This was our first family vacation that wasn’t to visit family and I am so please with how it went. My husband and I went to New Orleans when we were dating (true story, it was a disaster and we almost broke up!) and I have been wanting a do over ever since so Joe planned this little surprise trip a while back!

He found the hotel on Groupon, we stayed 3 nights at the Wyndham and it was pretty good, lol. The kids loved it, because they love any hotel, but the WiFi was spotty at best, no free breakfast and the room was not up to my OCD cleanliness  standard. All that being said, we got a GREAT price so the room was a steal for New Orleans in July, the staff was incredibly nice and the location was solid–right off to Canal street so we were close to the trolley and could walk to the French Quarter, plus it was in a safe area and relatively quiet. Not a lot of great dining options near by so I would plan of getting dinner in the Garden District, Arts District or Riverwalk before retreating for the night.

As far as food goes, if it were up to me we would just eat Beignets the whole time! I absolutely love them! Judy, however, wouldn’t even try them! Crazy girl. We went to two spots while there–Cafe du Monde (duh) and Cafe Beignet. Not surprisingly, the beignets at du Monde were superior–surprisingly though, the cafe au lait at Beignet was better!

For lunch one of the days we stumbled upon this awesome diner called, The GrillThis place was great! A classic diner serving awesome food and the people were so nice! All the servers and cooks came up to talk the kids–for no reason, just to be friendly! On top of that, the price was spot on and the food was fresh and the air was cool.

Couldn’t celebrate my birthday without doing a little shopping and scored this whole outfit at the Jcrew in Metarie–it rained every afternoon so we really enjoyed walking around and shopping at the Lakeside MallThere is also a Disney store and another Cafe du Monde. WINNING!

This skirt and top–on clearance to boot!–were a lifesaver for beating the heat! I also wore this little romper on the day we went to the New Orleans Mint and Jazz museum –hidden treasure alert, this place is right off the French Market, FREE and blasting the AC.

If you go to NOLA in the summer, you will soon realize that finding places with good AC is a necessity. I live in Alabama and even I was looking for relief!

The best way to end our trip was DONUTS! District Donuts was recommended to me by an awesome lady and she was right! I only wish we had gone earlier in our trip! Next time we go, I think we will stay in the Garden District where this gem and so many other cool places were!

Any of you been to The Big Easy? Hoping to go? Let me know!

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In my Cart

We are heading into the holiday weekend friends! For me the 4th has always felt like halfway point of summer and I just cannot believe we are already there! So now that we’re here, let’t talk about what to wear!

These earrings really are a no-brainer at $24 and this pom pom hat is speaking my name…I have a birthday reward to spend and I am thinking of pulling the trigger on this one. Tassels, pom poms and now bows! This blue bow front top is an extra 50% off and is so stinking cute. I would pair this white jeans and tan sandals for now and then over a striped tee when the temps cool. And we cannot forget the littles…can’t you just see Louis and Judy in this star tee and too sweet popsicle dress?!

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!!

 

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Hello Sailor

I love me a nautical look….I can’t help it. I am pretty sure I have three pairs of pants of just like these. I like what I like!

This particular pair of pants was the result of stalking JCrew and waiting for a sale. Finally, I scored–and got these for around $30! Time and money well spent! Not sure if my husband would agree with that statement but let’s not digress.

So, whenever I wear something nautical, I always want to pair it with navy or stripes. It is just the perfect pairing…like Audrey Hepburn and Rome or pork chops and applesauce (Seriously. Don’t knock it till you’ve rocked it). This bell sleeve top balances out the volume of the pant and I love the crisp and shape and classic color..unfortunately it is from last year but I did link a cute similar one from Nordstrom!

These espadrille sneakers were a major score..found them on clearance at my local Target for $8 so naturally I bought two colors and have been loving them! They fit true to size and are super comfortable. The little platform made them perfect for keeping these longer chinos off the ground but didn’t make me feel unstable and allowed for running around after the kids!

Hope everyone has a great week!

 

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Our Weekend

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend! We really did…went by quickly as they always do, but we got a lot done and had a lot of fun too 🙂

We started Friday off by hitting up the pool after the gym…I love that we have a pool in the neighborhood which means I get to enjoy it but don’t have to maintain it lol

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to hit up NASA in the park. It was really awesome! I kind of expected it to be lame honestly but it was really neat with food trucks, live music and lots of kid friendly exhibits.

This striped maxi dress was perfect for such a hot day! I was seriously sweating my face off but this dress is really light so it helped!

Despite the heat though, the kids had a great time!

Louis loved the rock climbing wall–he didn’t go very high but he was so proud of himself!

We finished our visit by feeding the ducks and meeting a space ranger–Louis was thrilled I promise!

Sunday we celebrated two great dads in our lives, Joe and my dad right down the street 🙂 After a delicious brunch (thanks mom!!) the kids napped at my parents while Joe and I ran to Home Depot and Target. Believe it or not, Joe said it was a perfect Father’s Day…he’s a keeper 🙂

Mascara and coffee are going to be essential to getting me through this day! Who are we kidding?? WEEK. Here’s hoping it’s a good one!

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In my cart

Do you have shopping carts all over the web filled with things you want to buy? No? Just me? Ok then…well if you’re curious to see what I’m stalking these days or looking for some things to add to your own cart, take a look at my pics!

 

THE JACKET: This thing is perfection! I’m waiting for a promo since it’s a little (ok a lot) out of my price range but can you imagine this layered over your favorite spring dresses?? Thinking it will transition nicely into fall over a striped long sleeve tee!

THE GLASSES: These are officially out of the cart and on their way! I can’t wait to wear them! I have worn glasses since I was 5, contacts since I was 12…and it was high time I upgraded my glasses!

THE SHOES: These espadrilles are such a good dupe and look so high quality! Also come in black…now which to get??

THE MASCARA: Like most ladies, I have tried A LOT of different mascaras and this one is by far my favorite! I don’t even remember how I came across it but I have been hooked ever since! It is not sold in my local target so it is permanently in my online cart so I can just add it onto my next order. It is not one of those rubbery wands but rather a nice full head that pulls every lash–plus it is paraben free, doesn’t irritate my eyes AND is wicked cheap. Score!

THE HAT: So I need a new hat like a need a hole in the head, but if you follow me on Instagram you know that I am a hat loving lady. This one looks so cute with it’s wide brim and chambray ribbon! Thinking I may need to add this to the collection!

 

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