The idea of having a capsule wardrobe has intrigued me for awhile.  However, I never fully embraced the idea for two reasons:

First, I didn’t think I could or would purge everything, every purse, every accessory every everything!  Since I knew we were moving and had a closet full of stuff that was never worn and would never be worn by me again I began purging.  The more I purged from my closet and dresser, the more I wanted to get rid of. When we knew we would be renting through the fall and winter months it felt like the perfect time to put all of those maybe items into boxes and into storage.  It was a way to get them out of my closet without getting rid of them.  When it’s time to move into our home next spring, I can really decide if they should be part of my wardrobe or be donated.

The second reason I didn’t get on board the capsule wardrobe train earlier was because I’ve had the intention of taking better care of myself for awhile but never fully committing to it.  What’s the point of creating a capsule wardrobe and possibly purchasing new items only for them not to fit a few months later?  The point is to have something to wear, something to feel good in, and to be put together running around town.

So much of what I’ve been wearing has long seen better days.  Since I have to replace many staples in my closet anyway, this is the perfect time to both try out the capsule wardrobe concept and take better care of myself.  I’ve decided to really try taking better care of myself and an onsite gym leaves little room for excuses. I am going to create a capsule wardrobe for the fall and winter.

Whether I tried creating a capsule or not, I need new clothes and shoes for the cooler months.  Since I also plan on losing some weight, I am going to keep those purchases to a minimum as they are not forever pieces in my wardrobe.

I’m calling this a mini capsule because it has substantially fewer pieces than a traditional capsule wardrobe.

Here’s my rough list:


If you use a capsule wardrobe, I would love to hear how you like it and any tips or ticks you have.  I will post updates once I get this project underway.  Wish me luck.



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We’ve finally caught up with the rest of the country and fall is on our minds over here. I’ve been cleaning out the kids closets and they both are in need of fall and winter clothing in a major way.  Today I thought it would be fun to share five fall dresses I am loving for Lex. Since we have a mild fall and she is all about dresses right now; these long sleeve dresses will be perfect once the weather gets just a little bit cooler. five fall dresses

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I love the neutrals and blues as an unexpected twist on the classic fall colors of mustard, orange and red. With her red hair, blue really pops and looks so pretty on her.

Dylan is on fall break this week and we have something really fun planned later in the week.  I can’t wait to share what we are doing.  Get ready for some over gramming (follow us on Instagram here). Happy Monday friends.



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Dylan had a day off from school on Monday so I took the day off work to spend it with my favorite five year old.  I don’t get nearly enough one on one time with either of the kids and look forward to finding ways to spend time alone with each of them.  It’s something I need to do more of while they still want to be with me.  Dylan and I went to the mall.  Mostly because I had procrastinated way too long and needed to find an outfit for Dylan for holiday pictures on Wednesday.  We had lunch, he played in the tree houses and then we went shopping.  Shopping with Dylan is so cute.  He has an opinion and has really good taste.  He occasionally surprises me with what he likes to wear, like plaid button up shirts.  He also can find any toy or trinket in the store and insist it comes home with you.  We may have purchased a Halloween lantern along with some jeans and a couple of shirts.  Our next date is to the aquarium or the “coral reef” as he calls it.  I can’t wait.

Tuesday evening Dylan had soccer practice.  Nick took him to practice and I took Lex for a walk through an outdoor shopping center with the promise of ice cream (frozen yogurt).  Spoiler alert, she’s only in it for the m&m’s.  The cooler evenings are so nice and such a welcome change!  We window shopped, ate frozen yogurt (well I did, she at the m&m’s), lounged at the splash pad and walked home two hours later.


I snapped these pictures while we were sitting outside enjoying the evening.  This is why we put up with the long hot summers.  On a random Tuesday evening in October, it feels like you are on vacation.


Tuesday morning we finally got our first taste of fall in Arizona.  It was sixty degrees and it was the perfect taste of fall weather.  We will still have warm hot days for awhile, but cooler mornings and evenings are a nice and welcome change.  Hello October, we are happy you are here!  My Instagram feed is filled with kids in layers, pumpkin patches and apple picking and while we won’t be doing any of those things for awhile (pumpkins don’t last in 90 degrees for long), but we will eventually get our turn.  Until then, we are getting in the spirit with a few fun things of our own.  Now that the kids are a little older, I am so excited to go all out and make holidays as special as possible for them.  Nothing is better than the magic of childhood; birthdays and holidays through the eyes of your child.  Get ready for years of overly done holiday months because here we come.

I love these things for making October extra fun for my two little favorites.

October Wishes

dress | tights | tee | trick-or-treat bag | boo garland | dishes | cats night out | room on the broom

Lex loves her June and January dresses.  She wore them four out of five days this week.  A grapefruit or even marigold dress with striped tights or adorable knee highs is the perfect outfit for her everyday and all month long.  Adding the cutest necklace to makes it extra fun for October and Halloween.  It’s no secret we love Peek tee’s for both kids, this is such a fun shirt for Halloween or anytime!  A couple of fun Halloween books make bedtime extra festive and change it up from our regular favorites for the season.

Last year I waited too long to order these PBK trick-or-treat bags but they are back in stock and on sale.  I love that they can be used year after year.  Adding some fun festive dishes (save 15% with this referral code: and the most adorable garland help to make meal time and everyday a little more festive leading up to Halloween.




Happy Hump Day!  Tomorrow is the first day of fall and I am more than ready for some cooler weather.  It was over 100 degrees again this weekend.  We have a lot going on in the next couple of months: kids activities, holidays, and road trips are a few things that I am most excited for.  I feel like so much has changed lately or will be happening in the upcoming weeks and months that there’s so much on my mind.  Today I am sharing three things:

  1. Lex had her second dance class Saturday.  We just watched the first week and Saturday she went into class without me.  After she warmed up she participated and came out with a big smile and said she wanted to go back next week.  She has a hard time warming up to new people and situations so I expect a few weeks before she really hits her stride but once she does I think she will really love it.  She loves to dance and only wants to wear a ‘twirly dress’ lately, so fingers are crossed that she warms up sooner rather than later.
  2. They broke ground on our new house Monday.  We are excited to watch the progress over the next number of months.  Once we have the keys we have so many projects to tackle.  Some need to be done sooner than later like window coverings and the back yard.  Others will take awhile to complete.  A major priority for us is getting the kids playroom together shortly after moving in.  I’ve been searching pinterest for ideas (you can follow us here).  I’d love to see your favorite toy storage or organization if you have suggestions!
  3. The kids are scheduled to take Christmas card photos in a couple of weeks and I am frantically trying to decide on a theme and outfits.  I originally had one planned and am second guessing myself.  I can’t help but wonder if I should go more seasonally neutral so I can display the photos year round.  You can see last year’s photos here.



This post is long over due.  It sat in draft mode for way too long and took awhile to get the photos since the computer they were on is packed in storage, but I can’t let his fifth birthday slip by without taking the time to share how much he’s loved and a few things I am currently loving.  Without any further delay…happy birthday dylanDear Dylan,

Happy fifth birthday!  I can’t believe you are five already!  At the same time, it’s hard to remember life before you were born.  You have changed our lives in the best possible way.  I am the luckiest mama to have you as my son.

You’ve grown so much over the past year.  You can spell a few words and write your name.  You are learning to read and recently read your first book to us.  You love cars and trucks, especially fire trucks.  Thanks to Mighty Machines and youtube, you know more about different trucks than most grown ups.  You never miss an opportunity to point out parts on different trucks when we see one driving down the road.  You are wicked smart and will do well in school.  You have a love for learning and I hope it never stops.

You ice skate, play baseball and taught yourself to swim.  Watching you be part of a t-ball team was so much fun.  You loved it and never miss an opportunity to wear your jersey or hat around town.

You have a big heart.  You love your family and your friends and get so excited to see them.  You love your sister and are excited to see her; even though she likes to take your toys.  I love when you want to play with her.  She looks up to you and copies everything you do.  I love that you still hold my hand and want to cuddle with me.  I know these days are numbered so I cherish each time hoping it’s not the last.

You are my first baby and I couldn’t have been blessed with a better, more lovable, fun son.  Four was a good year.  I can’t wait to see what five has in store.

I love you,

Mama dylan55 dylan53 dylan54 dylan59 dylan58


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