Stilettos and Diapers: June 2017

6.23.2017

Instafashion Lately

I've been a little bit more active on Instagram than here lately, because let's face it. Snapping a picture by my garage door is way easier than loading up my kids and trying to sweet talk The Hubs into taking pictures of me in public. (You didn't realize that's how it happens?!)

Here's at little of what I've been wearing lately!



Taco Tank | Calia Leggings

Denim Jacket | Linen Blend Tee | Black Distressed Denim | Red Hunter Boots

Black Leggings | White V-Neck Tee (perfect fit and under $10) | Chambray Top | Diaper Bag

Romper: sold out, more floral rompers here | Heels: old, very similar | Clutch

Bag, shop more Michael Kors satchels | White Cutoff Shorts | Striped Linen Top

Cutoff Denim Shorts | Cross Front Tee | Sandals | Sunglasses

Striped Linen Top | White Distressed Denim | Wedges | Bag

Black Dress (been wearing this as a pool coverup!) | Platform Slides | Sunglasses

Platform Slides | Denim Shorts | Palm Print Top | Bag | Sunglasses

Tiny Humans Tank | Calia Leggings

Striped Dress | Chambray Top | Sneakers | Bag
One Shoulder Top, black version still available | Denim Cutoffs | Platform Slides

Denim Skirt | Linen Blend Tee | Striped Bow Slides

Sunglasses | Palm Print Dress | Lace-Up Sandals: sold out, similar | Bag | Necklace


We have a fun surprise for a friend planned starting today, so if you want to follow along, watch my Instastories this weekend! 

Happy Friday! 

6.20.2017

Summer Beauty Favorites (budget friendly!)

Happy first day of Summer! We've had summer warmth for several weeks now and I absolutely love it! I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite beauty picks for the summertime. I'm not a fancy beauty/makeup kinda gal and love me some drugstore finds. I'm not a pro, but these are things I absolutely love and use all the time. 


Elf Lip Lacquer - I wear this stuff every single day. I have the color natural and it's the perfect glossy nude. 

Banana Boat Self Tanning Spray - I actually use this all year round and less in the summer, but it's the perfect way to get a little color before you thrown on that bikini. I spray it on, rub it in, then let it sit a few minutes before I put pjs on. The next morning, I have a light, natural looking tan. I seriously have never had any orange color from it. 

Coola Mineral Liplux - This is new to me, but I am loving it for days on the lake or at the pool. I had a horrible sun blister when I was pregnant with Lincoln and I never go outside without SPF on my lips. This one is great because it has minerals in it, it exfoliates a bit and has a light tint. The color I have is Skinny Dip and it's a light nude. 


No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Serum - I found a sample of this in my drawer from an Ulta order. I had just run out of my normal cream and thought I'd try it to hold me over. The little sample lasted 3 days and I was totally hooked. I have dry skin and this serum really moisturizes without clogging my pores. 


Cellulite Massager - Don't y'all laugh at me about this, but I think this sucker is actually working. I've been using it for 1 week after seeing another blogger recommend it and while I've gotten some bruising, I can see a smoother appearance. Apparently the bruising goes away. The best way to treat cellulite is diet, but sometimes we can't all be perfect! I'm combining this with diet and exercise to hopefully get my legs back to how they were last summer after Whole30. Maybe I should just Whole30 again! 

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick - Looking for that dewey AF look? Yeah, this is it. A little on your cheekbones and down your nose will give you the appearance of just leaving the beach. I don't notice it as much when I don't have a tan, but when I have a little color, I will often just add a swipe of this and call it a day.

I did see that Target has a $5 gift card offer when you spend $20 on beauty products and it works online! Whoop! Most of these products can be bought there, which is a total plus for me. And 5% when you use your RedCard. And no this post isn't sponsored by Target, or anyone else for that matter. Just love what I love and want to tell y'all about it! 


6.16.2017

Tropical Dress

Happy Friday! I haven't had much fashion of my own to post this week, because I've spent the majority of it at the pool with the fam! I end up with a top knot, late shower, then wake up and do it all over again. 

One day, I did throw on a dress after the pool for some errands and it made me feel like I was on tropical vacay! 







Dress | Sandals: sold out, similar here and here | Bag: Michael Kors | Sunglasses

Hope you all have a great weekend and Happy Father's Day! 

6.14.2017

Mom Friendly Beach Picks

We've spent a lot of time at the pool already on summer break and the beach is in our summer travels. One things for sure, I need a suit that will stay put! I've found a few that I love, that give a little more support/coverage for us baby chasing this year! 


One Piece


Two Piece Suits


Bags


Coverups


Lord & Taylor is having their friends and family sale right now and I linked several piece from there! You can take 30% off almost everything with code FRIENDS. (That watermelon cooler is under $25 with the discount!) Shopbop is also having a 3 day sale and you can take 25% off all sale with code SCORE17! 

We're off to the pool. Hehe. Have a great Wednesday! 

6.13.2017

Hello, Summer.



Happy Summer! I'm way excited that my sweet boys are done with school and the calendar is finally looking less filled. One thing I really can't believe, is how much these kids grew in a single school year! 


We kicked off summer break with a day on the lake with some of the boys friends. We ate at our fave spot on the water and stayed out until the sun went down. 


On Saturday, we finally did something we have been talking about for awhile and built a fire pit! It was actually pretty simple and I think I'll post a tutorial once we have it all prettied up around it. 
It's already provided a couple smores nights just since Saturday! 


Sunday was one of my favorite events of the year...the mother son baseball game! It's become tradition to play it at the boy's end of season party and I love it. The moms lost by 1, but fun was had by all. 

How cute are these baseball donuts a local shop made for the party? 


Monday was one of the best in awhile. I woke up to two little heads relaxing on the deck like old men. 

We celebrated school break with mimosa Monday at the pool while the kids got all their energy out. 


Then finished the day with friends and more fire time. 
I hope all of your kids are out of school and that your summer is off to a good start! This is the first year in awhile that we aren't traveling in June and I think I like the settling down time before the vacations! 

6.08.2017

Favorite Summer Style

Today is all about my favorite summer style, dresses! I love feeling girly and dressing up, so a dress is usually my go-to. Living in the south, it gets really, really hot and a dress is usually the thing you can wear to keep the coolest. A little air flow never hurt anyone! 

Lately, I've been having a moment with floral maxi dresses, in particular. 
Dress | Wedges | White bag: sold out, similar (shop more white satchels) | Necklace

Dress | White bag: sold out, similar | Sunglasses (more Prada sunnies here)


This pom pom maxi dress is on my wish list and you can shop lots more floral maxis here

Other styles of dresses that I've been loving lately are the cold shoulder style as well as a shirt dress. This black cold shoulder has a peekaboo crochet midsection and would be a perfect coverup! 
Dress | Sandals (LOVE these)| Sunglasses

I was brave the day I wore this white shirtdress to dinner with kids, but I love an all white summer look. Put it in a dress form and I'm sold! 
Shirtdess (use code 30DRESS for 30% off today) | Striped Bow Slides | Sunglasses (more Ray Bans here) | White bag: sold out, similar | Earrings

I'm co-hosting alongside Living in Color and Stylin' In St. Louis today to talk about summer style. They host a link-up each Thursday and you can find tons of style inspiration in the links below! 


6.07.2017

Father's Day Gift Guide

Have you started your Father's Day shopping yet? I haven't! Ahhh! But I feel like I have a lot of good ideas for your man. Problem is, I've already purchased most of these for my husband! But that just means I'm sure they'll be hits for you. 

1. Boat Shoes - I LOVE how these shoes look and The Hubs wears his all the time on the boat. He's been wearing them for a couple seasons now and they're holding up well.

2. Decanter Set - If your man likes any kind of liqour, there's no better way to store it than in a decanter. A little monogram just makes it more special. 

3. Sonos Speaker - I think we have 3 of these around our house and they will always be a top gift suggestion from me. You can sync them to play the same music, or separate songs at the same time in different rooms. Totally worth the money! 

4. Monogram Beer Carrier - There are many weekends that we walk to neighbors for a little BYOB hangout. My Hubs isn't a beer drinker, but if your man is, this is the perfect way to bring your booze in style. 

5. Charging/Storage Station - Instead of having to look all over the house for your things in the morning, how nice is this station that holds all the essentials?!

6. Portable Charger - The Hubs and I both have one of these and they are fantastic for charging on the go. I use mine on the boat, at the pool or when I'm just out for the whole day. 

7. Key Holder - Another station type thing, this one hangs on the wall and I think it looks so cool! 

8. Oregon Trail Game - I got The Hubs this for Christmas last year. We both grew up playing this game on the computer and it's such a fun nostalgic game to play now! 

9. My Dad Rocks Glass Set - Whisky on the rocks never made a Dad's heart so proud!

10. Robe - Y'all know I love a good robe, but guess what? Women aren't the only ones who dig a little cozy! 

11. Nike Pullover - You can't go wrong with a Nike pullover. For cooler summer nights or cold weather weekends, your man will sure get some good use out of this classic. 

12. Stitch Wingtip Shoes - If you have a trendy guy, these are SO COOL. I love the detail and they will add a serious bit of style to a work outfit. 

13. Bluetooth Record Player - Hipster meets technology with this bluetooth record player. Looks like the classic, but functions with much more ease. 

One thing I forgot to add in my image above, is a Nest thermometer. It works electronically and even be controlled with Alexa! Which I think I need!

If you have any suggestions for others, feel free to drop them in the comments below! 

6.06.2017

June Meal Plan and Monthly Planning Tips


I know we're 6 days into June, but since I get so many questions about my monthly meal planning, I decided to share the menu! I didn't get around to making it until yesterday, so we ended up eating some junk. That's what happens when I don't plan! 

I keep our menu on the DIY menu and calendar board in our mudroom. It's a lifesaver for me to keep track of everything and when I can see the month's plans with it, it's easier to set a meal to a specific date. 
You can see my monthly meal planning and shopping post for how I got started with all of this. I don't monthly shop anymore, because our eating habits have changed since our Whole30 results, but I do plan the month and try to shop weekly. I need to update that post with my current schedule, but at least you can get an idea from that. 

I try to add in a new Pinterest meal every week. Sometimes they never get added again and sometimes they're huge favorites! I put a * next to the ones I haven't tried yet. All the others are winners! 

{Carnitas Bowls - a new fave}

June Meal Plan

Thursday 1 - Out (Callan's graduation)
Friday 2 - Leftovers
Saturday 3 - Chicken Tacos
Sunday 4 - Chicken Nuggets (seriously, plan before the month starts so you don't eat this!)
Monday 5 - Carnitas Bowls, brown rice, black beans
Tuesday 6 - *Chili Dijon Chicken - trying it with chicken instead of pork 
Wednesday 7 - Eggroll in a Bowl
Friday 9 - Out (last day of school celebration!)
Saturday 10 - Tuna steaks with avocado salsa, cubed potatoes, green beans

Sunday 11 - Apple Onion Pork Chops (I use boneless), spaghetti squash, steamed broccoli
Monday 12 - Chicken Piccata, brown rice, green beans
Tuesday 13 - Tacos (I eat mine as a salad)
Wednesday 14 - *Sweet and Spicy paleo chicken fingers, salad
Thursday 15 - Sloppy Joe bowls, salad 
Friday 16 - Lemon garlic chicken (crockpot)
Saturday 17 - Burgers, sweet potato fries, salad

Sunday 18 - (Father's Day) Filet mignon, mashed potatoes, green beans 
Monday 19 - Coconut Lime Chicken, rice 
Tuesday 20 - Sheet pan roasted veggies and sausage
Wednesday 21 - Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Thursday 22 - Eggroll in a bowl
Friday 23 - Out (company in town for the weekend)
Saturday 24 - Burgers, sweet potato curly fries, veggie tray

Sunday 25 - Pizza
Monday 26 - Marinated grilled chicken, salad
Tuesday 27 - Mahi Mahi with pineapple salsa, roasted potatoes, green beans
Thursday 29 - Tacos
Friday 30 - Chicken Stir Fry, rice

Now, don't go thinking I'm some crazy organized person. It is the 6th of the month after all! This is one area that I feel really helps my family with our health as well as our budget, so it's important to me! 

I start by putting meals on the dates that have events, like company, baseball games, etc. Then I fill in around those dates. We tend to do chicken most often and I add in beef, pork and fish, each about once a week. Sometimes we'll get crazy and go out when it isn't planned. Sometimes we end up with a lot of leftovers and will skip a planned meal. But for me to stay in the shape I want and to eat dinner at a reasonable time at night, this works great for me! 

If you have any questions about meal planning or recipes, let me know! 

6.05.2017

Diaper Bag to Mom Purse Transition

Happy Monday! We had such a relaxing weekend that was much needed! I told y'all on Instagram during the week that I was making a transition from a diaper bag to a mom purse! I'm not sure why I waited so long, honestly. It's been so nice carrying around a smaller bag and my back is sure thanking me! 
White and stripe linen, Michael Kors, Stilettos and Diapers, Concord Mills Bag Sale
Stilettos and Diapers, Diaper Bag to Purse Transition, Boymom, Mom and me style

I knew I wanted a nice neutral color that I wouldn't have to worry about changing to match different outfits. I also knew I needed a bit of space, as well as some inside pockets to make it all work. I went to Concord Mills Mall here in Charlotte, since they're having their Annual Bag Sale, and found this Michael Kors beauty for a great deal. 
Concord Mills Bag Sale, Stilettos and Diapers, Michael Kors

Stilettos and Diapers, Diaper bag to purse transition, Boymom, Michael Kors
Concord Mills Bag Sale, Mom and Son Style, Stilettos and Diapers
Concord Mills Bag Sale, Michael Kors, Mom Purse, Stilettos and Diapers
So let's talk about what is actually in my bag now. I thought about what I really use on a regular basis while I'm out, then started filling based on most important things. With Lincoln being 21 months, we really don't need tons of stuff anymore and I probably could have done this several months ago! 

Wallet. I have a Michael Kors folding wallet that I got from the Concord Mills store a few months ago. It's the same color of the bag and the long, skinny design fits great. 

Small Cosmetic Bag. I have a small, zip top bag that keeps my lipstick, chapstick, a little brush and a couple makeup items in it. 

Diaper and Wipes. I just keep 1 diaper and a small wipe clutch in my bag now. It's very rare that Lincoln would need more than 1 diaper change while we're out and usually he doesn't even have any. 

Snack Cup. I like this Munchkin Stainless Steel one because the flaps are soft and it doesn't hurt his little fingers. 

Sippy Cup. These Munchkin 360 cups are my favorite lately. They don't leak unless they're violently thrown onto the floor. Haha. 

Small Toy. He is really in love with his Blaze race car and I love that it's a little toy that keeps him entertained when we go places. 
How to transition from diaper bag to mom purse, Stilettos and Diapers
To make this smaller bag work, I still keep my Mom Car Essentials basket in the trunk with backup diapers, snacks and a change of clothes, just in case. Usually the only thing I use out of it is more snacks! 
Concord Mills Bag Sale, Stilettos and Diapers
Little Style: Native Shoes | Shorts | Tee
Mom Style: Top | Jeans | Shoes | Sunglasses

Concord Mills Annual Bag Sale runs May 26 - June 30, so you locals still have time to shop! There are additional savings off bags from many of the retailers, including Michael Kors, Coach, H&M, Vera Bradley and more! My bag was 60% off, plus the bag sale discount of 20% off on top of that! Head to their Facebook page to enter to win a $500 Simon gift card in the Handbag of Your Dreams Sweepstakes! 

What is the most important thing you keep in your purse? 
Have you ever made a diaper bag to purse transition? If so, when?

This post was sponsored by Simon and Concord Mills. 
All opinions are my own. 
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