ballooning into the week

Jun 26, 2017

Summer tops and shorts
Hello friends!! How was your weekend? I have to say we had a good one. Even if we did nothing but stare a paint dry, it would have been good because we were finally all back together. Chris was gone for a little over three weeks, and it kind of felt like an eternity. There is no need to tell me it could be worse....we have done much much longer. But it seems as the kids get older it gets just a little bit harder, in terms of them realizing just how long he has been gone, or how long it has been since we talked to him. 

My goal this go around was pretty much to just jam pack the kids' schedule with activities, which was great to pass the time, but then of course they wanted Chris there to watch them do various things. And I know it just kills Chris to miss stuff like this....but that is just the nature of the beast right? 
Gingham shorts
Cute gingham outfits
top: shein (sold out, similar here and here) // shorts: old navy (old, love these ones and they are on mega sale!!) // clutch: j.crew // shoes: anthropologie 

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw my little boomerang video of me running out of the house after Chris' arrival home. 23 days with not even a pee break to myself had me longing for a little silence. So I took myself out to dinner. It was Chris' idea, and he stayed home listening to an overwhelming amount of stories, some which included how "crazy mom is". 
Off the shoulder white tops
Off the shoulder outfits
So after many uninterrupted bathroom breaks over the weekend, I am ready to take these balloon sleeves into a new week! Well, kind of ready. I wouldn't mind if the week decided to hurry right along, and if the projected forecast didn't include so much rain! It always comes back to weather doesn't it? 

I hope your Monday is as good as it gets folks!


fourth of july outfit brainstorming

Jun 23, 2017

July 4th Outfits
one // two // three // four // five // six

Am I the only one that is already thinking about July 4th? I mean, outfit wise that is. Not that it calls for crazy coordinating outfits and photo ops, but who doesn't love a little red, white, and blue combo? It is like the American summer uniform, and why not celebrate your patriotism in a cute outfit right? Or maybe just some cute accessories. Stripes are just a no brainer for the fourth. But I also like a classic look with a white top, jeans, and a red lip. So in case you are still a little undecided about your outfit options....here are some cute easy pieces to get you started! 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

dresses and sneakers

Jun 22, 2017

Little black dress and sneakers
Oh, happy almost Friday!! This week has flown by in some ways, and kind of lingered on in others. Does that even make sense? We have been going at full speed. Avalon has been dancing three hours a day this whole week, which seems like a lot for a four year old (at least I thought so when I signed her up), but she is loving it! The boys have basketball camp in the mornings and swim in the evenings, and Odette and I have been logging some serious hours in the car. But this is summer right? Just go go go and then crash. 
Summer dresses
Styling a dress and sneakers

Well, a super easy summer mom outfit for summer is a dress and sneakers. It could take you from day to night if need be. You know if you do those kinds of things like date nights (I'm awkwardly laughing from my paranoid mom perch) I think the last date night Chris and I went on was like 18 months ago? Long overdue. Grandma are you coming to visit soon? But anyway, I love this dress! It also comes in red  (and is only $35) which is pure perfection for July 4th festivities. 
Summer black dresses
Dress and sneakers
And I am pretty sure it is some kind of unwritten fashion rule that you can never have too many black dresses. Even in summer. Or I am completely making this up, which I am fine with. I'll say just about anything to justify my shopping habit. 

How has your week been? Doing anything fun now that is it officially summer? 




my favorite styling products for bangs

Jun 20, 2017

best styling products for bangs
So I've had bangs for almost five months now, and I love them like I did day one. I have had bangs in the past, but wasn't really fully committed to the maintenance attached to them. But since I most definitely have a five-head, bangs really work to frame my face. They are certainly a commitment because you have to style them everyday. Well....maybe not everyday. I pin mine back on the days where I just can't be bothered with a blow dryer. I also trim my own bangs about once a week, so I don't worry too much about having to go and get them cut. I have been cutting my own hair for years so scissors to my locks are not intimidating, but I know for others that comes into play when taking the bangs jump. 

I have pretty much narrowed down my styling products to ones that really work to give me volume and keep my bangs from getting greasy in the humidity. Obviously these products are not designed solely for bangs, and I use them to style all my hair, they just happen to work really well for the heavy bang look I am going for. 
best styling products for bangs
Kenra Hairspray- This is hands down the best hairspray. I have used it for years, and one bottle will last you a long time. It is lightweight but still gives you the hold you need. I always set my bangs in place with this. 

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo- I'm telling you, I have tried no less than 20 different dry shampoos. It became an addiction at one point, I think. I have had my favorites here and there and then I was introduced to this one. I wanted to not like it because the price tag attached is a little shocking, but I couldn't. It soaks up oil, but leaves your hair feeling soft and fresh. 

Living Proof Humidity Shield- I have posted about this spray before, but it is a hair saver! If you live in even a little bit of humidity you need this. It isn't a hairspray, it just controls the frizz that you get when you spent all that time styling your hair and then walk outside. I spray this on and then give a spritz of hairspray. 

Oribe Matte Waves- This is a product that I cannot live without. You have heard of sea salt sprays for textured waves, but those tend to leave your hair crunchy and with a little added weight. This cream does the opposite but gives the same result. I have naturally straight hair, so I rub this in when my hair is still a little damp, then I blow dry it or let it air dry and curl. It gives my curls more texture. I also use it in my bangs after washing. It just gives them a little more fullness. And it smells amazing!

Living Proof Dry Volume Blast- I am sure you have seen so many people mention this product, and it lives up to the hype. It gives unbelievable volume, even on third and fourth day hair. For bangs it is a time saver because I don't have to wash them after sleeping on them and having them flat as a pancake. This does all the work! 

Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo- I saw Grace mention this in a post on her blog, and I had to give it a try. After all these products being used in my hair, I really needed a shampoo to get in there and freshen me up a bit. This does the job! It gets rid of all that product residue, and makes your hair feel so fresh and clean. I only use it about once a week. I only wash my hair twice....maybe three times a week. 

Boar Bristle Brush- This is the secret weapon to styling bangs. I blow dry my bangs and use this brush to move them from side to side so they get a nice full look to them. It creates volume while drying, and helps get rid of my natural part so my bangs dry forward. 

*a little tip for bangs too....on days that I style my bangs I don't put moisturizer on my forehead! That just creates a magnet for your bangs to stick too. This was like a light bulb moment for me. Ha! So at night I will usually pin my bangs to the side and then go through my nightly skin care routine.

So that's it! I know it seems like a lot of products, but I can usually get my bangs dried and styled in under six minutes. And I don't always use all these products at once, it just depends on the day. Of course all of these are great for styling any and all hair as well. 



i'll take another weekend for 200 hundred, please

Jun 19, 2017

Can I get a weekend from my weekend? I am exhausted. Just worn out completely. On Saturday the boys had swimming and I was talking to one of the moms who works the front desk and she even looked at me and said "remember when summers were relaxing?". I do in fact. I mean, I like to be busy. I get bored very easily, as do my children of course. So filling our schedule with activities is always great. But damn!
top: nordstrom // jeans: zara // shoes: mango // sunglasses: perverse 

Chris was working on Father's Day, so we didn't really get to celebrate with him. But that just gives us a reason to celebrate on a random day of his choosing I suppose. We did FaceTime with family though, which is always quite chaotic. Does anyone else's kids turn into complete crazy asses while on FaceTime? I mean all mine have to be the center of attention, and they turn up the cast of characters. I had small people climbing on the table, making gorilla noises, pillow fighting, singing, crying, and my head was spinning. Needless to say my family was like, okay gunna let you go love you. 
We also didn't have a cheat night this weekend because I was a little overzealous with my meat thawing (that all just sounds weird). And now all I can think about is a burrito and sushi! 

How was your weekend? 




friday favorites

Jun 16, 2017

Oh Friday, I just love you. Even though tomorrow will look very much like today....there is just something about Friday. I have a few favorites from this week, so let's jump right in. 

-Starting with this picture!! I was dying when my mom text me this on Monday. My little brother Chance graduated from high school, and it killed me that I was not there to watch him give his speech and walk across that stage. Chance is by far the smartest out of all my siblings. The most kind hearted. And the most humble, down to earth person I know. Which is saying so so much if you knew the rest of this crazy crew up there! My mom knew I wanted to be there so bad (thank you Army and your timing of things) so they put me in. I have always wanted to be tall as my older brother Dustin too, so thanks guys! Regardless, I am just so incredibly proud of him. 

-This week we had the trees trimmed around our house, and the nice man came and knocked on the door to inform me that there were two very large copperhead snakes on the side of the house. YOU GUYS!! We seriously attract so many snakes! How? Why? Is this some kind of sign? Anyway, he kindly disposed of them for me (which is why this can be considered a favorite thing of the week), but now I am so paranoid. My neighbor solidified my idea of being cursed by saying "I have lived in Georgia my whole life and never come across one of those suckers!". Really? Thank you, this is snake number four and five for me and I have lived in GA for a year.

-I binge watched the new season of Orange Is The New Black this week. I have read mixed reviews about this season, but I thought it was good. Not the best season, since last season was pretty intense. But now I am like.....what do I watch? More Chopped? What are some of your favorite shows right now?

-It has been a little over a month since we moved to Savannah, and my house has been put together for the majority of that time, excluding my bathroom. But I went to Target yesterday on mission to find some makeup organizers. These copper ones caught my eye immediately so I picked up a few in a couple different sizes. Now the real task of actually going through the baskets and baskets of makeup I have piled in the linen closet. 

-If you are in the mood for a little more shopping (when are you not?), there are some GOOD sales going on right now! Shopbop is doing up to 70% off sale items! Gap has a 40% off your purchase code going on. Old Navy has the entire store up to 50% off!! And H&M is doing a summer sale with up to 60% off


So go forth, shop, have a great weekend, and have fun celebrating DAD!

blush crush

Jun 14, 2017

Summer Outfits- Blush Dress
A little blush dress downtown just feels right. I have been looking for more dresses lately, which is kind of hard for me, because I always end up looking at jumpsuits instead. But I wanted a super simple blush dress that I could easily throw on and go. And I found this one for $10!!!!! (and it comes in four colors). Although, my life would never be complete unless there was some denim somewhere, so this vest had to come out. 
Summer Outfits- Blush Dress
Summer Outfits- Blush Dress
dress: h&m // vest: zara // shoes: donald j. pliner c/o // bag: doen 

The historic district downtown is just so charming. There are little groups of people getting tours of all the historic homes, which I just love. I would love to spend the afternoon doing that, but my children happen to think walking around and reading plaques outside of old houses is rather boring. I can relate. Growing up my mom took us to every ghost town on the west coast. She was obsessed. My older brother and I would groan and complain and generally just make fun of her absolute need to go off the map (no gps or iPhones....remember those days?) and find these run down towns. But now? I am that mom. 
Summer Outfits- Blush Dress
Summer Outfits- Blush Dress




around savannah: oatland island wildlife center

Jun 13, 2017

Last week I psyched myself up for a little animal adventure with the kids. When going at these things alone I know the best outcome can only come from doing something outdoors. My children do not do well with quiet, as our local librarian can tell you. She sees us once a week and the only one of my kid's names that she knows is Pierce. So outdoors where noise levels don't matter is where we set our sights. 
We decided to check out Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I loved that you just parked, grabbed a map and went for it. An easy trail to follow with stops at each exhibit. We went close to when they opened to beat the heat, but we also beat the people too. I think we saw six families ( each of those families was very interested to find out if alllllll these children were in fact mine) the whole time we were there. Which was fantastic when talking about prime animal viewing real estate. 
There were tons of animals to see, many of which are native to Georgia. The kids had fun playing out different animal scenarios, and I had fun trying to block out said animal encounters. 
The whole place was so clean, and the animals all looked so happy and well taken care of. I love taking my kids to places like this, but as a crazy animal lady and having grown up raising animals on a ranch, I am always so skeptical. But the views of the wetlands surrounding the animal center were beautiful. Even though walking on this boardwalk over the wetlands with four kids and pushing a stroller gave me a mild panic attack. 
They had a little farm animal exhibit, because I mean kids just eat that stuff up. Mine are no different. They loved the chickens and turkeys. However, that sign up there should really say "goat will headbutt the shit out of you". I mean this thing was fierce! Of course my boys got a kick out of it, and Pierce may have tried to headbutt him back.....boys. 
After two hours our journey came to an end at the bison. The kids remember seeing so many bison on our drive from Alaska to Georgia, so they pretended like they were long lost friends. This big guy was clearly excited about the reunion because he put on quite the show playing, bucking, and rolling around. Ace said it reminded him of how Shameless plays. Ha! 

This place was so fun and we can't wait to bring Chris here too. Savannah friends, this is definitely a place to take the kids! Also if you are planning a trip be sure to checkout Oatland's Shopping List page, they are always in need of items that you can swing by the store to donate. And if you aren't local but are feeling generous, they also have an Amazon wishlist with some things for the animals! I thought that was so cool, and the kids felt like they were treating the animals to something special. 


rebel

Jun 12, 2017

Gingham Top- WhoWhatWear
Denim patches and gingham tops
The weekend wasn't overly exciting, all the usual things happened I suppose. Friday night the kids and I went out for pizza, which I am always excited about. Friday has pretty much become our designated cheat night and every time I ask the kids what they want they always say pizza. I can't complain, but I am thinking we need to switch it up for this week. Look at me....already thinking about Friday, on Monday of course. 
Gingham Outfits
Summer gingham outfits
top: who what wear // jeans: asos (now on sale!) // shoes: zara // earrings: sugarfix x baublebar c/o

Wait, I guess one exciting thing happened this weekend. Grocery delivery! Last week I got an email that our local grocery store extended it's delivery radius, and you bet your domestic dollar I pulled a Tom Cruise and jumped up on my couch! I hate grocery shopping, I'd much rather just not eat then have to bring four kids to the grocery store (dramatic much?). But in an effort to lessen the reasons for CPS to be called, I get it done. But as soon as I read that email I started loading up my virtual cart. Chris does the grocery shopping around here, and he rather enjoys it. I used to use this blessing of a service when we lived in Scottsdale and I was flying solo with a newborn Pierce and a 19 month old Ace. I have been livin' on a prayer ever since for us to live in an area that would make my semi domestic challenges easier. 

Prayers answered! 
Gingham tops for summer
Off the shoulder gingham tops
Moving on to this outfit. You need this shirt! The perfect lightweight material, super flared sleeves, and gingham of course. Paired with my favorite jeans!! I am always so drawn to a high waist and a baggy fit. I know it does nothing for my figure, but the tomboy in me feels right at home. So I classed it up with some pointed toe heels and tassel earrings. 

The perfect mix and match. 





Father's Day Gift Ideas

Jun 9, 2017

Shout out to all the dads out there! Shout out to Chris who has to put up with a mom like me, the ring leader of crazy! I swear some days he walks in the door and we are having flip contests onto the lovesac and he looks at me like......pretty sure this sums up the nature vs. nurture argument in this house. 

He puts up with a lot, he does a lot, and we would be lost (possibly homeless without him. kidding. kind of). Anyway, because he is the super sentimental type (but really he keeps everything! every card, letter, post-it. Very unlike me) when Father's Day rolls around he always says "just have the kids make me something, that is my favorite". And it is. But my favorite is shopping and I love to buy him gifts. So I put together some ideas I have for this year, and some past gifts that have passed his picky test. 
Father's Day Gifts 2017
one: New Balance Sneakers. I turned Chris into a sneaker head many many years ago. Truthfully I think he was just jealous of my sneaker collection, and all the room it takes up in the closet. I love these New Balances and the color way fits perfectly into Chris' neutral wardrobe. 

two: GoPro. I actually got Chris a GoPro a couple Father's Days ago, but it is currently sitting at the bottom of some river in Denali National Park after it fell off of his raft. He has said repeatedly that he doesn't want to replace it, but I know he wants another one. 

three: Le Labo Rose 31 soap. Chris is obsessed with this scent! He uses the body wash and lotion, but I thought it might be nice for him to keep a bar of soap in his gym bag. 

four: Replica Jazz Club. This cologne smells a-ma-zing! Chris got a sample with something he bought from Nordstrom, and I was like......HELLO!!! So I think this might be a good gift. 

five: J. Crew Shave Set. This set is such an amazing gift. I got it for Chris a few years ago and have since sent it as a gift to multiple men throughout our families. 

six: Solar Panel Charger. For the tech savvy dad. Or maybe the outdoorsman. This is always something that Chris recommends to people. He takes it to the field with him, backpacking, and even stashes it in the car when we go hiking. It charges so fast, and is able to charge just about any other tech device. 

seven: Stainless Steel Pour Over. For the coffee lover, and I secretly love this one too! We are a pour over coffee makin' couple. And this one makes it so that you do not have to use a paper filter! One less thing to worry about is fantastic in my book. 

eight: Adidas Ultraboost. Chris swears by these running shoes. He runs 55+ miles a week, so he goes through a pair of running shoes about every two months. He also just LOVES these shoes. 

nine: Grill Set. Is it too cliche of a gift? I don't know. Chris really loves to grill, my dad really loves to grill, hell my step-dad is a grill master, and my father in law hopes to have a bbq food truck when he retires....so I am thinking this is a great gift all around. 


That's it! That's all I got. What are some of your gift ideas? 

mixing some new favorites

Jun 8, 2017

You would never know there are two diapers and some wipes in that little basket bag, now would you? 

I am clearly obsessed with this year's bag trend. It just feels so summery! Every time I put an outfit together, a heavy purse just doesn't feel right. And, I know, I know, going places with four kids and a small basket bag just doesn't make any sense. But nothing I do really makes sense, so I just go with it!
top: anthropologie // shorts: h&m // shoes: j.crew // earrings: sugarfix x baublebar c/o

Also really loving this eyelet top! The large eyelet detail is pretty, but it is the mock neck that really sealed the deal for me. You know I love a good turtleneck....and well....humidity and summer just don't allow that. This top is the next best thing, at least for me. 

This outfit takes me back to a summer day, even though it was only a few days ago. I feel like so many people could turn their blogs into weather related blogs at this point! What is happening? Can we get a string of days without rain? Like three...I won't even ask for a whole week. 

Although, the lime tree that we planted in the backyard is loving life! Don't even ask me why we chose a lime tree. Lemon so would have been more appropriate for our eating habits, but lime is what we went with. 

Again. Nothing I do makes sense. Ha!
I am hoping weather permitted, that we get out and do some exploring today. Next week starts a whole new set of kid activities, so I want to capitalize on no set schedule! 

How has your week been?




the "it" top for summer

Jun 6, 2017

Asymmetrical tops for summer
Oh my lanta it was a Monday yesterday! Not in a bad way, just in a it felt like three Mondays. I swear I looked at the clock so many times throughout the day and it still said 1:00. It was as if I couldn't think of enough things to do with the kids. Shopping, check. Snack, check. Playground, check. Lunch, check. Digging outside, check. Snack, check. Legos, painting, reading, check check check. Oh...it's still only 1:00, kill me. 

But that is just how it goes right? Not everyday of summer is going to be something new and exciting. I get it. 

That doesn't mean your outfit has to be any less exciting right? I am sure you have seen these asymmetrical tops floating around on Instagram that is not so instant anymore. They have been deemed "the it top" for summer, and I have to agree. I love the shoulder cutouts, the ruffles, the stripes, it is all so feminine and eye-catching. 
Summer Trends- Asymmetrical tops
top: stylwe c/o // jeans: old navy // shoes: j.crew // clutch: j.crew 

I paired it with white denim, but I really think the outfit possibilities are endless. Unlike my creative mom skills! What summer fun things do you have planned with your kids (if you have kids)?? 

Short and sweet today, I am gearing up for a day of errands. 

See....my fun mom skills are lacking!


create your sunshine

Jun 5, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
#CreateYourSunshine #WetSkinIsBestSkin 
Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin
Summer summer summertime! The time we have all been waiting for, school is out, the heat is on, and the sun is (hopefully) shining. Even though beach weekends are a new development for us, that doesn't mean I will be coming back with a tan. I mean, I wish I had that natural glow to walk around with, but my natural shade is pale. Layers of sunscreen are my summertime shield! 

Because skin cancer runs deep on my dad's side of the family, I try to always err on the side of caution. Growing up though I didn't take it seriously because when it came to the Italian gene pool, my brothers and sisters really inherited it all. I was the only one with light hair, light eyes, and I missed the olive skin train. It took me so long to embrace my natural skin tone. I used to tan, and dye my hair much darker to maybe blend in with the annual Christmas photo. 

As I got older and wiser (well in some areas of life) I started to embrace my lighter features. But let's be honest, we all look and feel better with a little glow, so I turn to gradual tanners. I have been a huge fan of JERGENS® for so many years. So when the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer came out I knew I had to give it a try. Jergens Natural Glow WSM is specially developed for use on wet skin. When blended with water, it glides on instantly to lock in moisture and gradually build natural-looking color each day.
Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin
I was so pleasantly surprised with this gradual tanner, not only is it super easy to use, but the technology is actually pretty cool.  JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer capitalizes on that crucial moment when the skin is still wet and at its best state to receive the key benefits of moisturization and color. So I just shower like normal, shut off the water like normal, but instead of reaching for my towel and hopping out, I quickly add an even layer of moisturizer to my skin. Then I jump out and towel off. There is no color transfer to your crisp white towels as the DHA (the ingredient that creates the color) interacts with the proteins in your skin but there are no proteins in your towels!
Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin
I find it so much easier to create my own summer glow, by picking up a bottle from Walmart while getting all the other items on my list. I also like that the color develops over time, so once I see a natural result that I like and that compliments my skin tone I can just wait to apply another layer. 
Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin
How do you get that summer beach glow? Are you a fan of gradual tanners? Have you tried this one?

I would love to hear your thoughts! 



 

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