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. 

The Trends I'm Looking For At The Nordstrom Sale

Jul 14, 2017

So by now I am sure you have seen 120 posts about the Nordstrom Sale. Hell, I started seeing some pretty in depth posts on "how to shop" the sale starting a few weeks ago! If there is one thing I know how to, it is shop. But for the Nordstrom Sale I go in with a game plan. Since the real deals are on the fall items, I try to stay away from some of the summer items that are thrown in, unless it a basic piece. I try and look for things that I know I will want come fall and then I will be kicking myself for having to pay full price. So, I have picked out some of the upcoming trends that I am looking forward to for fall.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

And here are some of the things I found at the sale that fit the fall bill for me. So many great finds under $50!!

shoulder show

Jul 13, 2017

One shoulder tops
It has been a week, my friends! I am not sure what it is but this week had me saying....when does school start again? The fighting, and the whining, and the I'm soooooo bored.....despite my best efforts to do different things. I get it, I remember summers growing up where you just hit a rut, as a parent and a child. That is probably why my mother shipped me and my siblings off to a wonderful camp in Caramel Valley for a month each summer. We loved going each year, and I can just imagine how much my mom missed us. Ha! 
One shoulder top outfits
One shoulder tops and high waist denim
top: old navy // jeans: asos // shoes: zara // bag: dôen // hat: h&m (old, similar here and here)

Realistically, school starts in less than a month and that just seems kind of crazy right? The summer is just flying.  I mean, Pierce, and kindergarten! I am about 49% emotionally ready thanks to the daily shenanigans, but 51% of me knows I will be a total basket case come that first day of school. Motherhood really is an emotional roller coaster....daily....hourly. 
Cute summer outfits- one shoulder tops
But maybe I will wear this incredibly large hat on the first day of school, therefore hiding my face completely! I actually love this hat, as ridiculous as it may be. It is such a great beach hat, or on this particular day a great lunch to park hat (I changed my shoes for the park part). Also, I know we all love the off the shoulder tops, but why not throw in a simple one shoulder number? Change things up a bit? 

WHO is shopping the Nordstrom Sale today? Anyone? Anyone? 

summer highlight

Jul 11, 2017

Summer highlight
Glowing skin in the summer....we all want it, and thanks to the invention of highlighters we can all have it. I love a good bronzer/ highlighter combo, but I also love for my makeup to be as minimal as possible. I strive for "natural looking" and basically anything that can be done in ten minutes or less, because that is all that my children will allow before people start climbing up on tables or swinging around the columns in the living room. 
Summer highlight- Becca Sunchaser Palette
My favorite product for a summer glow right now is the Becca Sunchaser palette, simply because it has all you need right there. Bronzer, blush, highlighter. BOOM. 

It really gives you that golden summer look, that is buildable. I like to use this palette for everything so I am not reaching for a ton of products. Bronzer on the cheekbones, but also as my eyeshadow. Blush blended into the bronzer for a little color pick-me-up. Then the highlighter on top of my cheekbones, down the center of my nose, and also in the inner corner of my eyes to make them pop! 
Becca Sunchaser Palette
Summer Highlight- Becca Cosmetics
I mentioned this palette on Instastories a few weeks ago, but it truly deserved its own post. If you have been on the fence about a good bronzer and highlight combo, I would definitely recommend this palette

I will link to all the other products I used below as well. 


Jul 10, 2017

Summer graphic tees
This weekend we kept things pretty low key, and local. No beach adventures, not too much exploring, just stuck to some local favorites like a crepe or two and a coffee. Which after the busyness of last week, it was nice. We made it to the pool, and got out for a little bike riding, and just worked a little bit in the yard. 
Tongue in Cheek Chic tees
Local Graphic Tees
tee: tongue in cheek chic c/o // hat: h&m // jeans and shoes: zara 

Last week Chris and I snuck out for a long overdue (last time we went out just us, we lived in Alaska) child-free evening. My kids have never been left with a babysitter before, my mom is the only one I have ever suppressed my paranoia for and had watch my kids. But thanks to some pretty awesome neighbors and their daughters who would like some summer cash, Chris was able to talk me out of the house. Which was great because we got to attend the Tongue In Cheek Chic pop up shop at the RMC Boutique in Downtown Savannah. I love supporting other bloggers and their businesses, and I got to meet a bunch of ladies in the flesh (and they are just as lovely as their Instagram feeds. Ha!). 
Styling a tee and jeans
Graphic tee and jeans
After the event we had a work event to attend for Chris, which just so happened to be only a couple blocks away! Score on the parking front. 

So we went there, did that, and then had time to kill so we went to an oyster bar near by and pretended like we were on a date night all along, and that I didn't text Ace 300 times to make sure everything was okay. I may have even stepped out at one point to FaceTime some teeth brushing. 

Everyone survived, and it was a great night! So here's to a full fledged date night in the future! 

20 of the best summer items on sale now!

Jul 7, 2017

(Image credit: Saint Signora)

Okay, I'm calling it right now. Three day work weeks are the new standard! I mean, not necessarily for me because almost everyday is a Monday, but Chris will be home in just hours. Makes me so happy!! 

But if you didn't shop the crazy amount of 4th of July sales....I got stuff for the kids mostly, but didn't find too much that I considered a must for myself. Fret not because there are so many cute summer must haves on sale right now, today, on this glorious Friday that should be a Wednesday! 

south carolina for the fourth

Jul 6, 2017

J.Crew Striped Dress
For the 4th of July we really didn't have any plans other than attending a little barbecue. But when we woke up that morning the kids were begging to go back to the beach. Chris and I were a little surprised since we got home from Jekyll Island pretty late the night before. But who were we to deny them back to back beach days? This is summer, right? 
J.Crew Striped Dress
J.Crew Striped Dress
J.Crew Striped Dress
I had to throw that last picture in there because as we were snapping some pictures Ace yelled "MOM ALLIGATOR!!" and then I jumped in the air and yelled a few choice words just for him to say..."just kidding". Even though there were a few alligators under this bridge. 

Anyway, I bought this dress awhile ago just holding out until the 4th to wear it (and now it is on major sale!!!). And now I think I will just live in it! I love the lace up detail, and obviously the stripes were a huge selling point. I don't think I have ever had so many people come up and ask me where an item of clothing is from! 
Folly Field Beach, South Carolina
After I ate eight hot dogs, and about a pound of queso dip we headed to the beach. We have been wanting to go to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, and even though this was probably one of the busiest summer days to go, we said eff it! Just like many of the other beaches we have visited, there are plenty of options to plant your umbrella and set up shop. We decided to go to Folly Field Beach. There is very limited parking at this beach access spot, but as we were about to give up the minivan gods were on our side and one pulled out so we could pull right in. 
Folly Field Beach, South Carolina
Folly Field Beach, South Carolina
A hop, skip, and a tipped over wagon full of stuff and we were in the water. The beach was packed! I am talking like combat beaching. You know us and other people, we avoid them like the plague. So we walked and walked, and the kids whined and whined. Then we found a nice big open spot. 
Folly Field Beach, South Carolina
Folly Field Beach, South Carolina
Folly Field Beach, South Carolina
The beach was so nice! And even the short drive through Hilton Head was beautiful. Chris has already made plans to go golf there. And I have made plans in my head for a little staycation there as well, maybe by myself, who knows! 

Even though going to the beach with kids is just non-stop movement. I love watching these little people running around in and out of the water, laughing, screaming, and just having so much fun. I am also happy that all these swimming lessons have been paying off. The boys are fearless out there, and I am just so thankful that Chris is like my oldest fifth child and is right out there diving into waves with them. I have to all but threaten them with their lives to come out of the water so I can reapply sunscreen, and force feed them! 

And the very best part is there is NO fighting!! So beach days forever...for-ever ever!


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