Monday, August 14, 2017


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The kids started school last week which means we had to ditch the flip flops for closed toe shoes; for school anyway.  A few weeks ago we bought the kids new sneakers (or do you call them tennis shoes? gym shoes? running shoes?  I think it’s a regional thing, but my husband makes fun of me… whatever you call them) and some Natives.  I knew Dylan would likely wear his Nike’s everyday but was hoping Lexi would switch it up a little.  So far, all she wants to wear are her black and hot pink Nikes.  I have nothing against a comfortable sneaker, but I not so secretly hope I can lure her into some other options before too long.  She’s always liked shoes so hopefully this won’t be too hard.  Here are a few completely school appropriate closed toe shoes and boots I am loving for Lexi for fall and winter.Mini Style: shoes for fall

  1. Old Navy had either the same boots or very similar last year and they sold out before I bought a pair. I love Old Navy shoes for Lexi.  They are always have the cutest styles and you can’t beat the price.  If they take a beating on the playground, I don’t feel too bad about it.
  2. I’ve had my eye on these gold ballet flats for a long time.  I think she would love them because they are similar to her ballet shoes for dance but she can wear them outside.  They would be perfect with some of our favorite dresses and rompers now and jeans later into the fall.  I hope she loves these as much as I do.
  3. Another shoe Old Navy either brought back or released it’s twin sister this year; T-Strap Mary Jane’s.  I saw these enough around Instagram last year to give them a second thought this year.  With dresses and knee high’s I think I can get on board.
  4. Like everyone else, I love these Adidas shoes.  I’m pretty sure I had some back in middle school or high school and kind of want a pair myself.  Maybe if we twin, she will be into them?
  5. I’ve been lusting after these boots since I first saw them last fall.  I love them with dresses and think they would be equally cute with leggings or skinny jeans too.

And a few others we just can’t get enough of….

These rain boots are super cute for a pop of color to any outfit.  Lex loved wearing her pink boots even when it wasn’t raining – which is a good thing since it hardly ever rains here.  We’ve had a very similar version of these black boots the last two years and they aren’t heavy so I don’t have to worry about her tripping and falling and held up really well.  I also love Converse, they just look so good with just about anything.  If you haven’t tried them with these striped knee highs, you’re missing out.

I really love these shoes for Dylan, but will probably wait until it’s cool enough for jeans.  I need to keep an eye out for some dressier shoes for him as well.  If you see anything for boys you love, let me know.

Friday, August 11, 2017


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June & January is having their end of summer sale and it’s too good not to share with you! They are offering 40% off select summer styles like the play dress, tank swing dress, play romper, basic short, striped bloomers, shorty, tank shorty, crop top, striped ballet top, racer tank and swim!

June & January - end of summer sale

June & January is a staple in Lexi’s closet. She wears it all the time and it washes up great. It’s pretty much all she’s worn all summer long. After we moved, I put all of her June & January in one drawer in her dresser. Most mornings she would dress herself from that drawer and because all of the colors coordinate, I didn’t have to fight her on what she was wearing. Huge win in my book.

A few of our favorites that are on sale are: the play dress and tank swing dress, striped bloomers with racer tanks (Lexi loved this outfit this summer), both kids loved the swimsuits and if you have a smaller babe – the play romper is a must. Since bloomers aren’t exactly on the approved list for bottoms for preschool, Lexi traded those in for basic shorts and a racer tank yesterday in school colors to show her school spirit. They aren’t on sale, but their hair clips are pretty dang cute too! And they don’t fall out of her hair!

If you live somewhere warm like we do where we have months of hot weather ahead of us, or if you want to grab a few pieces for vacations over the winter or next spring, now is the time to do it.  Shop June & January here and use code BYEBYESUMMER at checkout to save 40% off select summer items now through 7am EST on 8/12/17.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


It’s teacher appreciation time again!  Depending on where you live, you’re probably celebrating teacher appreciation week this week or next.  Dylan’s school makes it so easy and sent home a flyer a week or so ago assigning each day a theme to show their teachers how much we care.  Teachers do so much for the kids and the smallest gestures tend to mean the most.

teacher appreciation

all images via Pinterest: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

I’m writing this after just having gotten home from a client appreciation event from our favorite local photographer, Marriott Photography.  Marnee has been photographing our kids since I was pregnant with Lex and you’ve seen her work multiple times on the blog.  Sometimes just letting your clients, or teachers know you appreciate them goes a long way.

Here’s what we’re doing each day for teacher appreciation week at Dylan’s school this year:

Monday – Show your teacher your best writing skills.  Bring in a card and let your teacher know how special they are.

Tuesday – Shower your teacher with their favorite snack or restaurant gift card.

Wednesday – Wear your teacher’s favorite color.

Thursday – Bring in an item from your teacher’s wish list.

Friday – Sketch a flower, bring a flower or a gift that smells as sweet as flowers.

Last year for Dylan’s preschool teacher, we had one day set up where everyone brought a flower to make a bouquet for the teacher, it turned out really cute.  If you set that up, you will want to make sure someone brings her a vase.

Don’t forget to acknowledge teacher’s aides, PE teachers, music teachers, nurse etc.  They all go above and beyond for our kids every day.

I’ve also been pinning ideas on Pinterest and would love if you followed along.  I’d love to hear how you’re showing teacher appreciation in the comments.  If you are a teacher, thank you for all you do!  We all appreciate how hard you work for our kids each day!

Monday, May 1, 2017


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Happy May Day! I can hardly believe it’s May. It seems like just yesterday it was Valentine’s Day and here we are already in May!

We’re going to hit 100 degrees for the first time this week so it’s fitting that we start to think about summer and all of the fun things we have in store including summer holidays! Whether it’s Memorial Day, the Fourth of July (my favorite!) or any summer day; red, white and blue looks as fresh and summery as it does patriotic. I’ve been keeping an eye out for Americana releases at some of our favorite stores and they are starting to hit the shelves. Here are a few of my current favorites for the little lady in your life. I’m sure my list will grow and of course we need some festive pajamas too.

Red, white & blue for the little lady

romper | top | romper | dress | shorts | sandals | swim suit

I always think it’s funny when one of the kids happens to get a glimpse of a collage I am working on. Lex saw this one and would like that bathing suit in her closet as soon as possible. Since we will spend Memorial Day and the 4th (and every other day this summer) at the pool, and she loves it; it should probably happen – right?

Any of the other outfits would be so cute with a cute hat like this or this and red sandals during the day. Add a jacket, I love this one or this one, and swap the sandals for some chucks for the evening and s’more making or playing with sparklers.  Just thinking about it has me excited for summer!

Friday, April 28, 2017


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I recently received my April Play! by Sephora box and I’m really excited for everything in this month’s box. Play! by Sephora is a monthly subscription beauty box. For ten dollars, you receive five deluxe samples of beauty products sold at Sephora as well as a perfume sample and card to redeem in Sephora stores for 50 extra beauty insider points with any in-store purchase.

Play! by Sephora - April 2017

This month’s theme was “Step it Up!” – Upgrade your everyday routine. I’m pretty in love with the theme and contents of the April box.

Here’s what was in my box and what the Sephora info sheet that’s included with the box has to say about each. I haven’t tried them all out yet but will let you know what I think soon!

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream – Lightweight moisturizer with airy formula delivers a burst of hydration with three different types of hyaluronic acid. I’ve love the other Peter Thomas Roth products I’ve used and am always on the hunt for a great moisturizer, I cannot wait to try this one!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate – Clinical strength exfoliator gently polishes skin with natural fruit enzymes to repeal a glowing complexion. I’ve used (and loved) this product in the past and am so happy to have it in my bathroom again.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – This iconic primer creates the perfect canvas for makeup application while leaving skin soft and silky-smooth. Another one I’ve used and love and am excited to have in my makeup bag again.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil – Beloved by makeup professions, this creamy, budge-proof eyeliner glides on easily and leaves and intense, jet-black color. This is actually the black eyeliner I’m currently using. I received a sample with an eyeshadow pallet and am excited to have a back up for when that runs out. Have you noticed a theme yet? This is why I love this subscription box. Everything I’ve received are products and brands I use and love!

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover – A gentle, go-to waterproof makeup remover perfect for sensitive eyes and enriched with lash-strengthening vitamins and extracts. I’m out of eye makeup remover so it’s the perfect time to try something new.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume – A playful, free-spitted, floral scent featuring a sparkling bouquet of wild strawberries, violet and jasmine.

I love that everything in this box is something I’ve either used and loved and am happy to have again or from a brand whose products I’ve used and loved and am happy to try something new. So far, the Play! by Sephora subscription has not disappointed and I find it a good value for $10/month. Have you tried it?