Friday, July 1, 2016

Sunflowers




 

 


We had a blast taking pictures at Anderson's Sunflower Farm yesterday. Its amazing how fast these sunflowers come and go though! Last summer I discovered the farm by driving by and we decided to go take pictures there that weekend. By time we got there, the sunflowers had all been mowed over! It was like they never even existed. I was excited we actually got to take some blog pictures here this year before they disappear! We are actually getting some family photos taken next week here, and I can't wait!

After dodging a ton of bees at the farm yesterday, we were able to take home a dozen sunflowers that we got to pick ourselves. I am happy to have such an adorable little farm just down the street from us! 

I recently found this dress and instantly fell in love. Its made of a light gauzy flowing fabric that is perfect for the super hot summers here in Atlanta. I adore the lavender color and the orange flowers really just pop! If you saw my post from yesterday, you would know that I am a sucker for a great summer dress, and this one is so divine. Where do you like to shop for summer dresses?



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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Favorite Summer Dresses



 Dress, Shoes (old, similar here), Sunnies

One of the reasons that I love summer so much is because of all the adorable short dresses, maxi dresses and rompers that are out there. I'm not a huge fan of wearing shorts, so a skirt or dress is usually my daily summer staple. I have linked up some of my favorites (all under $100) below. Which one do you like the best?


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Break Time and an Ingles Giveaway!







My husband and I decided take a little vacation last weekend and went to Florida. We had originally planned to bring our son with us, but my mom offered to babysit Bennett at the last minute, so we decided to go without him. I had  a lot of mixed feelings about not taking Bennett and constantly went back and forth about whether we should bring him or not. Bennett is almost 14 months old and we haven't gone anywhere since he has been born. The longest I have been away from him is for one night while my husband and I went into the city (not too far from our house). 

While on our little getaway, I missed Bennett like crazy, but despite missing him (and the 50 FaceTime calls) we had an awesome time. It was nice to take a little break and spend some one-on-one time with my husband. Since I am no longer teaching, I am watching Bennett full-time now. I try to get in some "Me Time" whenever I can.  I try to take a 5 minute break during his nap times even if it just means sitting on my deck and reading, taking a bath or doing something for myself.

  During my mini breaks (and even on my vacation break!) My new favorite indulgence are Café Breaks pudding cups. I found them in the snack aisle at Ingles near the other pudding products. I bought them in the Caramel Latte and Mocha Latte flavor (also available in Chai Latte and French Vanilla Latte!) 

Café Breaks are gluten free, 100 calories or less per cup and don't require refrigeration until opened. This was perfect for our trip to Florida, so I just threw them in my bag and then refrigerated them at the condo when we got there. When we were out at the pool and beach, it was a delicious snack to open up one of those cold pudding cups and have a little coffee flavored snack! Be sure to enter the giveaway below, and you could win a $250 gift card to Ingles!

After this weekend, I learned that as a new mom, its really important to take a break when you can. I think this is really important for your marriage too! I am happy to say that I survived my first trip away from Bennett and we are now planning a beach trip at the end of the summer to take him with us! How old was your child when you first took him/her to the beach? Any tips for this new Mama?


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*This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence, but all opinions are my own!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Boho Romper






When I find a romper that actually fits me, 1.) I have to buy it. 2.) I have to share it with you. I can never find a romper that doesn't ride up or that doesn't expose my butt cheeks, so when I found this romper, I knew I had to add it to my closet. I'm not that tall (I'm 5'6") so I'm always amazed that I have such a hard time finding a romper that fits. So for all you girls out there with a long torso, this romper is for you.

I decided to size up in this romper so that I could have a longer length in the shorts. This romper has little has little flecks of pink in it, so I added these pink tassel earrings for a little pop of color. I love the lace accents on this romper, which adds a little feminine detail. This romper is so comfortable, so I can't wait to throw it on this summer when its super hot! I might need to get this romper in other colors too. One thing I have learned, is when something really fits and is comfortable, you buy lots of them! I hope you all have a great week!


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Dress






Dress: c/o Southern Grown, Necklace: c/o Southern Grown, Shoes: old, by Steve Madden, Sunglasses

I love summer, but who doesn't? Besides the fact that as a teacher summer for me usually means time off, I love it because of all the bright colors and adorable dresses I get to wear. With it being so hot here in Georgia, I really enjoy wearing dresses daily, as it seems to keep me the most cool and its more comfortable than shorts! (I have a love/hate relationship with shorts, always have) Whether its a casual cotton dress (I've been living in these all summer so far), I am dress obsessed. My entire closet is filled with the majority of short dresses and maxi dresses and I love having a huge variety to choose from.

This summer is going to be a bit different for me, as I won't be going back to teaching in the fall. I have decided to stay home with Bennett for a little while and work from home. I plan on doing lots of fun things with him this summer, taking him to the beach, the zoo, the aquarium etc. Do you have anything special planned this summer?


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rite of Passage







My outfit: Tunic, Shorts, Shoes
Bennett's outfit: c/o Little Me, Shoes: Converse

 Cheerios. Every baby's right of passage. I remember my mom telling me about how my first real food (besides baby food) was Cheerios. Cheerios have always been a family favorite in our household and I was excited to share this tradition with my son, Bennett.  In our home, we don't just eat regular Cheerios anymore, we have switched over to the new Multigrain+Ancient Grains Cheerios (exclusive to Sam's Club).  With only 5 grams of sugar, 17 grams of whole grains per serving, the new Multigrain + Ancient Grain Cheerios includes KAMUT wheat, spelt and quinoa. Eating healthy in our house is our number one priority, so I feel good about letting my baby (and my husband and I)  eat cereal with added nutritional value. 

After the first time I let Bennett have dry Cheerios, I made myself a bowl. He took one look at my bowl and started whining. He now loves Cheerios with milk, so its nice that we can have breakfast together (even if he wants to eat out of my bowl the whole time!) I love taking Cheerios with us on the go too. I take them out to eat with us and in the car as well. I'm trying to instill good eating habits in Bennett now while he is young, so one day he will be able to make healthy choices on his own (and hopefully pass down the Cheerios tradition to his children!)

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* This post is sponsored by Multigrain+Ancient Grain Cheerios, but all opinions are my own!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Off-Shoulder Boho







 Dress: Target, Shoes: Target, Necklace: c/o Wiesner Products made for Free People, Sunglasses

 I have been trying to channel my inner "Bohemian Child" lately, as this seems to be whats in style for now. It's obvious that Off-the-shoulder looks are all the rage right now, so combining these two trends was a no brainer for me. 

I got this Free People necklace and it definitely helped inspire this outfit. I love how its double layered with a longer section featuring some fringe detailing. Chokers are now back in style (I guess its true that fashion is constantly repeating itself)  and this necklace has an adjustable choker section as well. 

I know that life has to go on each day, but I can't help but feeling silly for talking about fashion today  after the Orlando mass shooting yesterday. I watched the latest updates this morning on CNN and cried watching the devastation that has been left in Orlando. I can't help but feeling angry and violated. I remember feeling this way when I was living up in New England when the Boston Marathon bombings occurred. How could this happen? I don't know the answer, so for now I have to hold tight to my faith in God and just pray. My heart truly goes out to all the people who know and love every single one of those people that innocently lost their lives yesterday. 
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