the not so little white dress

Jul 24, 2017

This summer I have been really trying to find dresses that I like. I don't always go for a dress, you know I am usually in a tee and jeans. But I am always one to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to my style. I am always gravitating towards pieces that I feel like not everyone would go for. A white cocoon dress? Not every ones first choice I imagine. But when I saw this dress I immediately knew I could conceal a medium pizza baby, and therefore I needed it. 
dress: stylewe c/o // shoes: tibi // bag: cult gaia 

I love the light material, but not light enough to be sheer. The textured pattern. Also....pockets! Pockets just make me feel like I can dress it up or down, and I am all about the options! I know white can be scary, clearly I have four kids, I get it. But bleach pens are your friend! 
Anyway, how was your Monday? I did some cleaning and played about 15 games of checkers with Pierce. Which until Saturday he didn't know how to play and then he beat me almost every time. I am really trying to soak up this time with the boys before school starts. Just doing things that they want to do. Ace tried to teach me how to play Minecraft, but I think the last video game I played was Mario Cart, and Ace just could not believe how I didn't just know how to do everything. BECAUSE I'M OLD! 

4 beach ready hairstyles

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The beach is a regular occurrence around these parts, and I cannot say that anyone is complaining. Since most of the beaches in our area are about a 45 minute drive or more, we really try and make a full day out it. We spend a good five or more hours in the sand before calling it quits. And our family really goes by the majority rules vote (I am usually the majority) so on beach days, just about everyone has to want to pack it up for us to throw in the beach towel. This is all good and well for depleting energy levels, but not so good on the hair! Direct sunlight, sweat, sand, and heat don't exactly make a healthy hair situation. 

I have found that for me I like to have my hair up and off my face while I am at the beach. I usually pin back my bangs because they become a sticky mess, and throw the rest of my hair back as well. As with everything in my life, I need things to be simple. Once the kids find out we are leaving for the beach I have about ten minutes until full meltdown mode that I am not moving fast enough begins. So here are four super cute hairstyles that will get you to the beach and back!
-This one I do all the time! So easy to braid everything to one side and then throw a hat on top. The undone messiness of the braid is perfect for running around on the beach!
-Twisting my hair from the root is the best way for my bangs to stay back. Simply grab little pieces and begin to twist backwards, while holding tightly. Once you get to the back of your ear use a couple bobby pins to keep the twist in place. Then you can go with a side pony, or even a high pony tail looks cute.
-Who doesn't go for a top knot in any situation? I know I wear a top knot about 90% of the time. I go for a more loose top knot, the ballerina bun is just not for me. Just grab all your hair and pull it up as high as you can and wrap it. I let it loosen a bit while I put my hair tie around it so it gives it a relaxed look. 
-Scarves are such a fun hair accessory and if you have one that matches your bathing suit even better! I like to pin mine right at the top so it stays in place. Also if you tie it slightly over your ears it prevents it from slipping back. 
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I have been using the Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultra Repair Shampoo and Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultra Repair Conditioner and I love how it leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. The scent is light and refreshing as well! On days that we go to the beach, or have been at swimming lessons all day I like to throw on the Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultra Moisture Anti-Breakage treatment after I wash my hair, because I really want to combat any dryness that may occur for being outside all day. It is a quick conditioning treatment that you can do in the shower, and doesn't weigh down your hair, but instead leaves it hydrated and soft. 
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What are some of your after sun hair rituals? 

kids like the nordstrom sale too

Jul 21, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale- Kids
Well hello there! The blog has been a little quiet this week, which was kind of nice. We had a lot going on, and since summer is quickly coming to an end I have been spending my nights watching movies with the kids, letting them bask in all the no set time to wake up glory, before I switch that up on them next week so school mornings won't be such a shocker. 

BUT! It's Friday, and the Nordstrom Sale is now open to the public! I shopped most of everything last week, but I did get some things for the kids too. I kind of went for an opposite strategy for the kids shopping. For me I got things that I knew I would want come fall, but the kids have SO much fall and winter clothing from Alaska, because we bought all their things a couple sizes big to accommodate the layering needed. So I couldn't bring myself to buy another Patagonia. I always get some pajama sets because we seem to go through those quickly. There are some great deals on shoes as well...hello back to school! Ace is super into the athleisure pieces right now, so whenever I see Nike on sale I have to grab him some pieces. Pierce still lets me dress him without too much of an opinion. And the girls are dresses and leggings for the most part. 

weekend by the water

Jul 17, 2017

Another weekend, another beach trip. Are you sick of seeing us at the beach yet? I wish I could say that are lives are more exciting on the weekends, but I would be lying. The beach is our new happy place. In Alaska, it was the hiking trails. Anywhere that our kids can be wild and free, and I can listen to their little stories and laughter is where you will find me. 
We headed back to Jekyll Island, but decided to check out a southern beach on the island instead of going north like we did last time. And I think we found our beach! Glory beach to be exact, the movie Glory was actually filmed on this beach so there is little fun fact for you. 

And it is beautiful, tucked away, quiet, with quite the abundance of wildlife!
We knew about all the turtles that occupy the island, but we had no idea just what was lurking close by in the water. Chris got bit by a crab, a somewhat large crab, and it was every bit as funny as it was painful for him. I caught a glimpse of it on Instastories, if you follow me over there. Once the tide started to go back out we saw a crew of fishermen moving in with their nets. We were quite intrigued with the production they had going on. They skimmed their large nets on the bottom of the water that my children has been swimming around in most of the day and pulled out a TON of crabs!! Like, buckets full. 
After the kids witnessed that, coupled with their dad getting bit, they moved out towards the waves a little more. As did the fishermen with their lines. Within a few minutes one of the guys started reeling in something and sure enough at the end of his fishing pole was a shark! That's when I was like hell no. Mama can deal with a lot of things, but snakes and sharks are not on the list. They took a couple pictures, and then released him. But they caught two more sharks before they packed it in for the day. 
I couldn't help yelling "SHARK BAIT MOO HA HA" every time the boys and Chris headed out with the boogie boards. The girls and I hung back to play in the sand. We stayed well passed bedtime, and got home with just enough energy to all rinse off and fall into bed. 

Not one of us woke up before 8:45 Sunday morning. 

The dogs were not thrilled. 


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