BeautiFALL with CAbi

As I teased via my social media yesterday, I'm completely head over heels with this CAbi outfit...perfectly styled for Fall!  It's no secret I have a mild obsession with the clothing line...I'm always finding people who love CAbi as much as I do...we high five each other, wink, nod, do the secret handshake, and go on our way.  :)  Just kidding...but truly, my closet gets little heart palpitations each Spring/Fall when the new collections are debuted!  I just love the chic sophistication that can be worn any and every day!


This next Tuesday, CAbi invites you to experience their BeautiFall Career Event, where you can learn about their latest collection and receive an exclusive sneak peek at Spring 2015.  There's a viewing party here in Austin and I'll be live tweeting with all the make sure to follow along with @CAbiClothing and me!


This BeautiFall outfit of mine features the Ryder Jacket, the Ladylike Tunic, and my new favorite jeans...the Stormy Wash Super Skinny Jean.  You can check out CAbi's entire Fall collection here, where you'll recognize some other pieces I wore in this post!

Want to see more???  Check out some of my favorite CAbi outfits below:

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5 Online Boutiques You Need to Know About

I follow quite a few online boutiques on Instagram (I find that they put their best stuff on there), so naturally I start remembering the ones that consistently post really unique and amazing clothing.

And I wouldn't be doing my duty to all you fabulous readers of mine if I didn't share, now would I?

So here's 5 of my favorite online boutiques along with a couple of my picks from their shops.  Maybe you've heard of some or maybe you haven' hopefully you can find something that suits your fancy, or the fancy of someone special.  Make sure to click through to the shops, as these are just my individual picks.
Hello, Christmas is knocking on the door people.

Psst-The Mama Bird tee is my fave!

Noonday Collection:

Moorea Seal:

Style Lately:
Which of these shops sticks out to you?
All of them, right?
Make sure to follow them on Instagram for all their's the best way to snag one for a good chunk of a discount!

This has been a're welcome, friends!

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Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves

For some one who LOVES dressing up for Halloween, I just might not be up for it this year at our upcoming Trunk-Or-Treat and Halloween night.  Who AM I?

Friday night I hosted our Halloween-themed bunco and dressed up as a gypsy.  While I liked my costume and was content with how it turned out, I guess I just feel like it was a lot of work...loads of makeup, hot head wear, etc.  That's totally lame, I know.  But once I post what my kids are dressing up as, it'll be apparent that I really don't fit into the mix anyway.  AND, Blake's being party pooper about dressing up, so there's that.

In true form, our bunco group had a fabulously crazy time and I loved every minute of it!  My prizes for the winners were all Halloween decor and everyone brought yummy Fall dishes and desserts.  I love how having guests over makes for a clean house, which I predict will last until this afternoon...

And then I'll just have to come up with another reason to invite people over!

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Gone Junkin'...A Home Decor Post

Y'ALL.  I had my first junkin' experience a couple of weekends ago.
Some call it antiquing.  Some call it junkin'.  Some call it Round Top, Texas.
I call it a kid in a candy shop!

A couple of girlfriends and I took the hour and a half drive out to Round Top and totally scored some amazing finds and deals...haggling is completely the norm...something I didn't realize until AFTER my first purchase.  After we got the jist of our whereabouts (booths as far as the eye can see) and what we mainly were looking to find...the day was a hit!

^^^ I got one of these candle holders....but no candles.  Hoping to find some on Amazon for cheap. ^^^

^^^ My favorite old windmill I somehow was lucky to get for only $60!!! ^^^

Okay, so let me tell you about my personal "interior decorator".  My friend Sienna....who's track record of suggesting amazing additions to our new home has resulted in the barn doors and the above windmill turned kitchen light fixture.  I absolutely love it!  Her husband and Blake turned it into a fully functional light that's now over the kitchen table.  She's got an eye, I tell ya'!

Speaking of interior decorating, I thought I'd just share some festive decor we have up.  In years past I've hardly decorated for this little bit we have up is a huge step.   It might have something to do with me hosting Halloween Bunco this Friday (remember this costume from last year's Halloween bunco?).

^^^ replacing those blue tapers with some black ones methings ^^^

Do you decorate much for Halloween?

Do you go junkin'?

Have you even heard the work junkin' before this post?

I'll stop there.
Happy Columbus Day...or as we call it, "He Never Realized This Wasn't India" Day.

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Off the Beaten {Homeschooling} Path

The other day we went to our local park to have a little change in scenery for Tyler Bree's homeschooling.  On this particular day, all three of the other kids were at school, so I decided to make it special for her with a picnic, but didn't want to use the worn-out sandwich, snack bar, or goldfish route....those foods don't stick with my kids anyway.  So instead, I brought along some snacks with healthy protein and a welcomed variety for both of us!

I picked up these two Hillshire snack varieties at our local Super Target and was pleased with how much Tyler Bree loved them...especially the chicken with honey mustard.  My palate was content with the yummy gouda and salame plate.  I felt fancy!  We ended up hanging out there for a bit while she did some of her reading...but then felt rain drops, so we cut the outing short.  For Tyler Bree, changing it up makes a huge difference in terms of her focus and motivation...and besides, being outdoors always uplifts the spirit!

As a quick homeschooling update, she is really doing well with the two-day school program and has impressed me with her drive to complete tasks while at home (I'm guessing it's that accountability to her teacher, rather than to me).  I'm supplementing a few things at home such as vocabulary, writing, reading comprehension, and a little extra math.  I'll keep updating as we continue to figure out this homeschooling really is true that it's a day-to-day, year-to-year type of deal...but so far, it's still the best thing for her and is working quite nicely for us.

For any of y'all looking to add some unique snack into your repertoire, I'd definitely suggest trying some of these Hillshire snack options...with 15+ gram of protein and pops of bold flavor, they're a refreshingly new way to snack for our family.  Added bonus: they can easily be on-the-go and minimal chances for mess...thumbs up for kids!  I can't wait to introduce them to my other three littles ones!

>>> How do you mix up snacks for your family???  I feel like we're always looking for healthy, nutritious options...I'd love to hear what you feed your family!

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A Wistfully Longing Momma

Yesterday, I took dinner to two of my friends who recently had babies...

I'd like to say that I intentionally bring food several weeks (sometimes months) post-birth because that's truly the time family and friends have gone on their way and moms really are deep "in the newborn trenches"...but maybe the reality might be more like I just haven't gotten around to it and feel guilty for taking so long to help out.  However it may be, I think I'll stick with that first reason.  :)

As I drove away from my friend's house yesterday (she just had her fourth), tears stung my eyes a bit as I sat in my suburban, my two youngest giggling about something in the backseat on our way to pick up my other two kids....I had the kind of flashback I've occasionally had before, but in a much more longing way...because you see, when I went into her house and saw my friend with her sweet new baby and her three other very young children, I saw myself.

A short three and a half years ago that was me...navigating life with a newborn while surrounded by three other tiny people (Tyler Bree wasn't quite in kinder yet at the time).  It was a simpler time, yet extremely stressful on a day-to-day basis.  I now have room to breath in terms of my child rearing (because of their ages) and our day-to-day life has become easier, but I couldn't help but feel a little envious of my friend yesterday.  Such innocence surrounding her in those four little souls and I could see the joy in her eyes, as she knew how preciously special this time is for their family.  I also know she's aware how this phase is so fleeting.  How easy it is to forget.  I wondered, "Is it because we've become too busy?"

Driving away, I called Blake and shared my wistfulness for that time in our lives...that time that seems like only yesterday.  I asked him how these past years have flown by so is it even possible?!?  Where did they go?!?  (He didn't have any answers by the way.)  After we hung up, I thought some more about how quickly this season of parenting passes by, and I resolved to improve some areas of my life, which hopefully will allow me to both better live in the moment with our children and record my memories in a more meaningful way.

1.  Slowing down and letting things go in order to better use my time by playing sword fight with Bennett or listening to Riley explain her newest playground game or helping Tyler Bree to better understand a scripture or being the "mom" in one of Blakely's made-up scenarios.  I kind of get annoyed with the phrase "live in the moment", so I'm going to re-coin it "leave out what doesn't matter."  Dinner can wait to be cooked, the house can be messy for a few days longer, social media isn't enriching my life so much that it's get the idea.  Quality time listening, playing, and filing away these memories for years to come, so hopefully the sting isn't so harsh when down the road I ask myself, "How did they become teenagers?  Where did the time go?"

2.  Journaling.  I need to do much better about daily journaling.  Had I been more consistent the past several years, I may have been afforded the luxury of reading some of my thoughts and feelings during my time as a mother of little bitties.  Yes, I can be nostalgic and recall the general feel of that time, but truthfully, I don't think I can tell you many specifics.  That first year with four was a complete I hardly remember.  Journaling can/will help not only with my own memory preservation, but for my kids and grandkids, as well.  I want them to look back on it someday when they're dealing with their own mothering struggles and feel they're not alone.  Shooting video, taking pictures, blogging, writing are all ways I hope to journal our life better....because our memories can only take us so far.

Time marches on, our kids inevitably get older (at astronomical speed), and life will most assuredly get busier...but I want to be able to look back on these days and say that I tried my best to "leave out what doesn't matter."  I have a long way to go, as there are countless ways I can improve in this area, but today I'm remembering how my heart felt yesterday seeing myself in my friend's eyes and trying to keep that with me as long as possible....

Because tomorrow, I may forget.

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10 Fall Booties Under $100

It's October people...the beginning of boot-wearing weather (at least here in the south)!!!!
I've expressed my love a time or two for booties and how they have staying power, right?  Not only are they super versatile (can be worn with jeans, skirts, cropped pants, dresses, etc.), but are a fail-proof outfit chic-maker (did you know that was a term?).  I've compiled 10 of my favorite booties in stores right now that all are under $100!!!!  There are several even in the $50 range, which is a total steal considering the quality and materials with which they're made.

STYLE TIP:  If you're on the fence between investing in a black or brown bootie, go for the brown/cognac color.  You'll get more wear out of them, as the brown can be paired with anything...especially black outfits.  In my personal opinion, the cognac shades look more sophisticated, refined, and effortless.

1.  Dolce Vita brown suede bootie
2.  Steve Madden brown leather bootie
3.  Sole Society tan suede bootie
4.  Gap black leather bootie
5.  Jessica Simpson tan fringe bootie
6.  Sole Society brown leather zipper bootie {MY FAVORITE}
7.  Modcloth gray strap bootie
8.  Dolce Vita black suede bootie
9.  Jessica Simpson cognac leather bootie {STEAL at only $55!!!!}
10.  Steven black leather heeled bootie

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