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The transition from summer to fall is almost nonexistent in Arizona.  The months on the calendar change but the summer weather sticks around well past the return of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.  The downfall to this extra long summer weather is that it becomes incredibly hard to find fall colored clothing in summer styles once fall actually hits.

I hadn’t really given this much of a thought until last October when we were going pumpkin picking and the choices in Lex’s closet all screamed summer.  I wanted something for her to wear that wasn’t bright and summery and I just didn’t have anything that fit the bill.  I forgot all about it until a month or so ago when I spotted the cutest romper, it is sadly too small for us but I love the dress for Lex.  Here are a few of my favorites for Lex for fall, or summer 2.0. summer to fall hoodie | flower headband |shorts | striped dress | glitter shoes | leather bow | romper | tights | floral dress

You can see some current favorites for boys in the back to school post.



Dylan’s first day of kindergarten was last Monday. We visited his school the Friday before school started.  We saw his classroom, met his teacher and picked up a bunch of information about the school and activities and programs they offer. He also learned that he wasn’t in the same class as his best friend, Avery.  He took the news much better than I expected.

First Day of Kindergarten

On Monday morning Nick and I took him for his first day of school.  The kindergarten teachers have you drop off the kids on the playground in the morning instead of in their rooms. We met his friend Avery and her parents on the playground.  The kids played and asked when we were leaving while the parents were getting choked up about their babies starting school. We waited until they lined up, watched them go into their classes and got one last peek at them inside their classrooms before we left for the day.

First Day of Kindergarten

best day ever tee

Avery’s mom and I texted all day Monday and were excited to pick up the kids.  We were disappointed when they didn’t divulge many details. Pretty much the only thing Dylan told us was that he had music class and that the cafeteria is too noisy.  Avery didn’t have much to say about her first day either.

I’m glad they had a great first day and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.



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I always love trying new products and often change up what I use on my hair, skin and for makeup.  Even if I really love something, I usually grow tired of it and think there is something better out there and start trying new things which is how I found myself using an old favorite again.

Today I wanted to share my current skin care routine.  If I would have been blogging ten years ago, this would be a repeat post.  Approximately ten years ago I stumbled onto Trish McEvoy makeup and fell in love.  Shortly after trying and loving her makeup, I tired the skin care line and fell in love with her skin care products too.  Now that I am using them again, I am not even sure why I ever stayed from her brand.  It’s good and definitely one of my all time favorites.

current skin care routine

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I use the same products day and night.  I love that her products don’t leave my skin feeling heavy or greasy and I have seen improvement in the short month or so since I have started using them again.  Who doesn’t love quick results?

I start by washing my face with the Gentle Cleansing Wash.  I either use my hands or Clarisonic, if I am not being lazy.  After drying my face, I use the Daily Exfoliator Beta Hydroxy Pads and once a week (at night) use the Correct and Brighten Weekly Peel.  Next I use three different serums: Line Eraser on my neck and chest, Beauty Booster Serum all over my face and Beauty Booster Eye Serum under and around my eyes.  I finish with the Beauty Booster Cream or Beauty Booster Cream with SPF 30 if I know I will be spending the day in the sun.

If you want to try just a few products; I recommend the Gentle Cleansing Wash, the Daily Exfoliator Beta Hydroxy Pads and the Beauty Booster Cream.



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This is Dylan’s last week of summer vacation before school starts and he’s officially a kindergartner.  The last month or so has been jammed packed.  I will post more about it in the coming weeks, but today wanted to share a few back to school favorites for Dylan and the little dudes in your life. back to school tee | hoodie |tee | backpack | pants | long sleeve tee | shorts | sweatshirt | shoes

Peek Kids is always a favorite around here and the perfect place to shop to add a few new tee’s to Dylan’s closet to make him ready for kindergarten.  The other day Dylan and I stopped into our local store to check out the new arrivals in person.  These are a few things we both really like and will be perfect for him.

The tee’s are perfect with his favorite shorts now or the softest jeans once the weather cools off (probably not until November – eek!)  This hoodie is the perfect addition to any outfit for cool mornings on the playground later this fall or in the air-conditioned class room now.  This sweatshirt is my absolute favorite.  He is the leader of the pack and makes friends wherever he goes.  I am sure he will come home with a bunch of new friends on his first day.

We got Dylan this backpack last year for preschool and even after a year of use, it’s in excellent condition.  I was flipping through the PBK catalog a couple of weeks ago and he asked for the matching lunch box, which we ordered with his name on it to match his backpack.  As we get closer to the first day of school, I have mixed feelings on sending him to school with his name on his backpack for anyone to see and call out to him by name.  If I decide against using it for school this year, this bag is the perfect size.

All of his supplies have been purchased and I am still trying to figure out why each child needs twelve glue sticks.  We are going to meet his teacher and visit his classroom later this week and on Monday he’s officially a kindergartener!



Dylan’s fifth birthday is quickly approaching.  How is it possible that he is almost five?!?!  When I asked what kind of party he wanted he answered that he wanted a fire truck themed party at the same indoor play place we had his fourth birthday party.  We had such a great experience there last year I was more than happy to oblige.  Since the party space at the venue is pretty open and shared with other parties that might also be happening; decor will be kept pretty minimal but it’s fun to tie in a theme with a fun invitation, balloons, party favors, thank you cards and of course the cake! fire truck party invitation

I had these invitations made on Etsy and could not be happier with how they turned out or the quality.  The dog driving the fire truck is my favorite part and so totally Dylan.  The flames are the backside of the card!  How fun, right?  Now if only finding a baker for his cake was only just as easy!

*I edited out the date, time, location and phone number for privacy reasons.


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