Trend Report | Distressed Denim

Distressed denim is ALL over the place right now and is a huge fall trend!  My particular fave is black distressed denim as it can look a little more put together than the blues.  Distressed jeans give that cool girl vibe that can be dressed up with heels or down with tennis...kind of the all-purpose denim, if you will.  I've spotlighted below some of my favorites in stores right now, all having various degrees of distressing...according to your comfort and style!

One of the best ways to wear distressed denim this fall is with an easy, no fuss t-shirt and fun cardigan or jacket...paired with some killer jewelry.  However you choose to wear your distressed denim, make sure to take care when washing and alway hang-dry to extend the life of your garment.

denim: Old Navy // top: Brooks & Co. // bag: Fawn Design // earrings: Lavish Leathers // choker: Urban Outfitters // loafers: Madewell



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Time Saving Tips for the School Year

School is well under way and I feel we have just began to come up for air.  Activities, homework and tests, and schedules in general have been quite busy lately.  It's a challenge (and priority) for our family to spend as much time together as we can, so anything that provides a bit of a shortcut is a definitely MUST for us right now!  This is especially true when it comes to after-school snacks and dinnertime.  Anyone else in this boat?  I think mommas, including myself, love when they can feed their kids good food while benefiting from some convenience and ease.

We've been loving a few products I received in a recent Babble Box.  Not only have they made dinner time quick and easy with the Veetee Rice packs and Kahiki chicken, but after school snack have been extra fun with new snacks such as Popchips, Sabra Hummus Spreads, Chocmeister, and Peeled Snacks...it's been so refreshing for have unique and quick options rather than the usual granola bar.


Such a yummy dinner!  We sautéed up some zucchini and married it with Veetee Rice and Kahiki chicken...viola!  The Kahiki chicken is one of the best oriental frozen foods out there and the Veetee rice can be microwaved or sautéed as well...so yum!  I can't wait to try the Kahiki bowls for when I just need a little dinner for myself!


My kids get lots of "junk" for lack of a better word, at school and when they're with their grandparents...so at home, I'm pretty protective of what they eat.  I love that these Peeled Cheddar Peas Organic snacks are healthy and nutritious.  My kids eat these baked snacks up!

My kids have always loved hummus for afternoon snacks...with either carrots, cucumbers, or pretzels.  These Sabra spreads make it kid-friendly because you can just squeeze however much you want on your kids' plate!  Also, these Popchips didn't last long in our house...in fact, they were gone in one afternoon!  They especially loved the cheddar flavor!  And on days they choose sweet over savory, we go for some apples or pretzels dipped in the Chocmeister hazelnut spread, a sweet chocolate delight!  Again, I feel good about a "healthier" option and my kids absolutely LOVE it!  Dipping is definitely preferred when it comes to snacks...I guess it just adds another dimension to it and helps the kids feel empowered.

>>>I've got some fun deals and coupons for you!  See below for your next shopping trip:

-Chocmeister:  LessSugarChoc for 20% off orders of $25 or more on
ilovepeanutbutter.com. Offer will be valid through September 30th.

-Peeled Snacks White Cheddar Peas Please:  One time offer of 15% off total cart over $25 at http://shop.peeledsnacks.com, promo code BABBLE16. September 5th-30th, 2016.

-Kahiki Crispy Tempura Item:  Print a limited time Buy 1 Get 1 FREE coupon for our new Yum Yum Stix™, Bowl & Roll™ entrees or Egg Rolls. While there, download our FREE Asian Dinner Party Planner!


Can't wait to try these other Kahiki products as well!!!!


**Because I love sharing family tips that make life easier, I've partnered with BabbleBox.com and Single Edition Media on this post. All opinions are my own.







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Magnolia Market Recap & Pictures


My friend Sienna and I have been wanting to visit the Magnolia Market Silos for a while now.  Summer schedule just didn't work out for us to go, so we were so excited to have the chance on our way home from the Pinners Conference last weekend!  The Magnolia Market just screams JoAnna Gaines...I mean, what else would you expect?  But really, each and every single detail is thoroughly planned and intentional.

Inside the market was a treat for the eyes, as one can't just stop at one thing...it all flows together in perfect rustic-industrial harmony. After perusing the market, we explored other areas of the grounds, such as the Seed & Supply garden store and the Magnolia Market bakery.  My favorite was the actual manicured grounds. (Did you happen to catch my cartwheel shenanigans on Insta?)  Even though it was still burning hot outside, I envision how fun it would be to bring the family on a cool fall evening to run around, enjoy some food truck snacks, and just hang out.  The old jazzy music playing loudly outdoors makes quite the ambiance.

After having visited, I think I'm good.  You know where you're like "checked that off my list" kind of good?  I'm sure I'll go again, but I've seen it, enjoyed the experience, and got to soak in all that I've admired from afar.  But I'm good.  Except of course for those bakery cookies...I could definitely go for that again!

^^^ outside on the lawn looking at the market ^^^

^^^ which is your fave? ^^^

^^^ I was drooling over all the antique tables they put the displays on! ^^^

^^^ What a gorg vignette, huh? ^^^

^^^ Cotton and some more cotton ^^^

^^^ Did you know their iconic magnolia wreath is almost $100?! ^^^

^^^ Picture perfect garden ^^^

^^^ Bakery goodness ^^^

^^^ I heard Letterfolk will soon be sold at Magnolia...how cool! ^^^

^^^ The iconic Silos ^^^

^^^ Why don't cha stay and play!?! ^^^




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Pinners Conference | Personal Style Class

Hey friends...Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was fairly eventful, starting with attending and presenting at the Pinners Conference.  I taught a class on personal style, dos and don'ts, and tips for feeling your best when getting dressed.  I was SO grateful to have this opportunity and loved every minute of it. (My outfit I wore for the presentation below.)  Those who attended my class were amazing and contributed so much to the conversation....thanks y'all!

The night before presenting, we attended the V.I.P. night and met some new people and brands.  I would HIGHLY encourage you to attend one of these conferences if you ever get the chance.  Pinners Conference originated in Utah, but now holds four separate conferences in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, and Utah.  It's basically Pinterest in real life...crafts, shops, hair, beauty, style and so much more.  They really did a wonderful job putting on the Texas conference this year!

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blouse: Nordstrom Rack // jeans: Level 99 (On MAJOR SALE) // scarf: old (similar) // clogs: Target // earrings: Lavish Leathers // bag: Kate Spade // sunnies: Nordstrom

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Trend Forecast | 3 Must-Haves For Fall

Happy first day of September!!!!  Let's all take a big inhale and exhale...we made it through the summer and the beginning of school!  I can't help but have my sights on fall fashion and style right now.  Heck, I even got an autumn manicure yesterday!  Maybe I'm jumping the gun a bit (anyone else wanting to whip out their fall wreaths and decor?), but in terms of clothing, now is the time to plan accordingly for your fall wardrobe.

There are three major trends this fall that I think are super versatile, worth the money, and have staying power....non-Skinny Jeans (flares and bootcut...can I get an amen?), tie neck blouses, and of course the beloved bootie (but in different heels than we've seen before).  I've put together some of my favorites that are in stores right now, and I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the Labor Day Sales coming up this weekend to get your bang for your buck!  Stay tuned for a sale round up post coming tomorrow...Happy Shopping!


Flares & Bootcut Denim (non-skinnies) >>>

Thank heavens new denim silhouettes are back on the scene!  While I still appreciate (and will wear) skinny jeans, I think we're all a tad over them, aren't we?  The flare and bootcut styles are where it's at this fall...and denim is on MAJOR sale right now if you're looking to score yourself a new pair.  These bootcuts from Old Navy are $19 and these Paige jeans are almost half off!








Feminine Neck Tie Blouses >>>

If you've done any shopping lately, you've surely seen neck tie blouses all over!  Not only do they add a sophisticated feminine look, but they are effortlessly chic and look great under a smart blazer or cardigan!  My favorites are here and here.








Versatile Booties >>>

The most comfortable (while looking on point) shoe is the bootie!  The bootie is the MOST versatile shoe for fall!  Pair them with dresses, skinnies, denim...and the list goes on!  I have these in gray and they're SUPER comfy!



Easy Summer Style | Color Wall

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denim: Nordstrom // tee: Target // earrings: Lavish Leathers // wedges: Korkease // clutch: Clare V // necklace: Stella Dot // belt: Madewell



Not long ago, I heard about the Sugar and Cloth Color Wall in Houston...anyone know of it?  It's pretty much just a long wall painted with various colors, aaaaaaand it's awesome!  So when we went to Houston this past weekend, I had my mind set to visit the wall for a little photoshoot.  The kiddos weren't too keen, but hey, momma got some outfit pictures and that counts for something, right?

I wore this easy outfit (#momstyle) to my nephew's birthday and I pretty much stuck with my go-to colors...black, cognac, and denim.  They never fail me!  I was also excited to pair this Clare V clutch I got from a recent blogger event...super cute, isn't it?  In these dog days of summer (almost fall), I feel myself leaning back towards my capsule wardrobe I wore last year.  I loved it and think I'll do it again because of the no-brainer dressing it allows me.  I'll have to do a follow up post soon with some new items I'll be adding to it this year, but be looking for some more of the same!


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Family Fun Day

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We made it through the first week of school!!!!  Yippe!  Although our week went pretty great, I'm still finding myself in the "summer mindset"...that tra-la-la, easy-going kind of life.  Anyone else?  I was looking back over my recent pictures and remembered that I hadn't shared about our last little hurrah of summer.

The Friday before school started, Blake took off work and we had a Family Fun Day!  It involved going to the mall, getting smoothies at The Soup Peddler, YMCA pooltime, frozen yogurt, and our favorite...bowling!  My kids had never bowled before, so this was not only a fun experience for them, but a good learning opportunity as well.  We pretty much had the place to ourselves and treated ourselves to some amazing cheese fries and root beer.

And do you know what?  I came in DEAD last.  Turns out I'm only good at wii bowling (insert eye roll).

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