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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When Your Baby Goes to Kindergarten


When the last baby goes to kindergarten, one's heart is never the same.  The girls?  No biggie.  But my son...he's a different story.  As I kissed my little guy goodnight last night, the thought went through my head that nothing will ever be the same from this point on.  We've reached a turning point in our family...all 4 kids are in school.  

I didn't quite know how this morning would pan out, emotion-wise.  We were at the school super early (still dark outside) with warm cinnamon rolls in hand (a first-day-of-school teacher gift tradition), and my oldest two pretty much peaced-out on us without giving so much as a look back.  The third dropoff was easy and quick (Miss Independent), and then came Bennett's turn to be dropped off in his classroom.  Thankfully he was excited about his own cubby and went straight to work coloring after I insisted on some pictures.  He didn't seem too phased about us leaving (or maybe he was wrapped up in the newness)...which was a huge blessing, because I might not have held it together had he not.  A couple of weeks ago, he told me "Momma, I might cry a little on the first day of kindergarten...Will you?"  Heart-melt.  Thankfully, all went well and they were EXHAUSTED at the end of the day.

My favorite after school quote was, "Momma, my shoes are ruined.  They're not new and shiny anymore because we went out to the playground." Ha!  Sweet boy loves his new shoes...and hopefully will see how they can be "made new" again!  I'm praying tomorrow will go just as smoothly and that today wasn't a fluke!  



>>> Do YOU have school age kids?  How did your 1st day back go?





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Back-To-School Kids Style

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The countdown is on for the first day of school, and while some mommas have their game face on and are ready to hit the books, er, carpools...some are still collecting school supplies and looking for that perfect first day outfit for their little ones.  Either way, back-to-school style is everyone's favorite and kids are SO much fun to shop for...especially girls, don't you think?

We found most of our back-to-school outfits from Nordstrom and Old Navy...and a bit from Dillards.  Me and my two oldest did a little photo shoot with their first day outfits.  They were so excited to wear them before the actual day (because they've been off-limits until then)!  Out of all those stores, Nordstrom consistently has darling clothes, Old Navy has killer sales (huge one going on now!), and Dillards has great and unique finds for kids. 

>>> Where do YOU like to shop for school clothes???



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dress: Nordstrom // shirt and vest: Dillards // converse: Nordstrom

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top: Gap // skirt: Nordstrom // Toms: Nordstrom // backpack: Claires // earrings: Lavish Leathers

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Smart Style | Pleated Leather Midi Skirt


Friends, this leather pleated midi-skirt is absolutely EVERYTHING!  I snagged it as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale when I was in the store.  It was misplaced on a "last one" rack, and the one I tried was too big.  Sadly, I told the sales associate it didn't fit and that it was the last one.  She was like "oh I'm positive it's not...it must have been put in the wrong place."  WHAAAAT!?  So needless to say, I was super stoked to get it correctly sized and have been waiting to wear it ever since...until last week.  This August has been brutally hot so far, so I paired the skirt with a Topshop v-neck tee for a more laid-back, cooler, summer vibe.  Come fall, I'm excited to wear it with more heavy fabrics (think turtlenecks).  I highly suggest this amazing skirt (psst, it's currently full-stocked in all sizes, but make sure to size down)...it's kind of like the demure hot-rod of my closet.  Both sassy yet sophisticated.

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skirt: Nordstrom // tee: Nordstrom // bag: Kate Spade // booties: Nordstrom // earrings: Lavish Leathers // choker: Urban Outfitters // sunnies: Nordstrom










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School Night With Reward Style

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top (similar): Tiaras // denim flares (currently 40% off): Nordstrom // wedges: Nordstrom // sunnies: Nordstrom // bag: Fawn Design // earrings: Lavish Leathers



The other night I had the privilege of attending a special "school night" for online influencers...more specifically, ones affiliated with Reward Style.  In the blogging world, there are multiple ways to monetize...sponsored posts, partnerships, ads, and affiliate links.  For those not familiar, Reward Style is a network designed to benefit online publishers connecting them with brands, facilitating small commissions from affiliate links, aaaaaaand you may have a heard of a little thing call Like To Know It (wink, wink).  So when I share products here on my blog, I often link them straight to the site so my readers can shop the exact items.  In a nutshell, Reward Style makes that happen.

The "School Night" was held at local Austin eatery Olive & June, which is a darling spot in a great location.  It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  I came home with a renewed motivation and drive to reach my potential when it comes to my online presence.  Reward Style shared some great ideas to improve my strategic content and optimize my social platforms...I'm so grateful for their training and continuing education!

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Synergy Plastic Surgery Review

Let me tell you about something friends...I turned 35 last week.  THIRTY-FIVE.  Smack dab in the mid-thirties.  And as this milestone birthday crept up on me the past year or so, I've noticed some things.  Things that don't lend themselves to eating whatever you want, and not working out, and not wearing a hat outside, etc. etc. etc.  Those kinds of things have been hugely apparent and pretty much shoved in my face by Mother Nature as of late.  Seriously annoying.


So when I was approached to do a cosmetic review for Synergy MedSpa, I thought "of course"!  Now, I want to get something clear before I get into the meat of this post...I'm not at all opposed to enhancing one's appearance if one has the desire, means, and opportunity.  I mean, why not?  One of the reasons I started this blog was to encourage women to feel their best...and when you feel your best is when confidence soars and all other areas of your life can work together.  Being your best self includes how you feel on the inside AND outside!


Prior to going to my appointment at Synergy, I spoke with some of the office staff who assured me I'd have a thorough consultation to see what would be the best fit for me.  I had in my mind that I'd probably go for a chemical peel, as I have a pretty large area of melasma or dark spots on my forehead.  (Consequently from being out in the sun when I was on Accutane.)  But when I went in and sat down with the nurse, she went over everything they offer...from chemical peels, to Botox®, to laser treatments.  I felt she truly cared about helping me make an informed choice, which I so very much appreciated.  After carefully considering my options, I ended up heading in a different direction from the chemical peel...mainly because I knew I was going to be out in the sun quite a bit during the following weeks.  After learning more about Botox® Cosmetics and how it's used in both a corrective and preventative way, I chose to get a few injections on my forehead, my crows feet area, and between my eyes (the frown lines).  It was so interesting to me (and made perfect sense) that Botox® can PREVENT wrinkle lines when done starting at about my age.  How perfect is that!? 

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From the moment I walked into Synergy, I felt they treated me with the utmost respect, courtesy, and friendliness...I felt so welcome and any nerves I had dissipated immediately.  I love the results from the Botox and am glad I went that direction...and I'm hoping to go back and receive that much-needed chemical peel too!  Thanks to Synergy Plastic Surgery and MedSpa for such amazing service and professionalism.

Also for you Austin locals, If you’re looking to start your own anti-aging treatment regimen, now is the time! Synergy Plastic Surgery is giving away an anti-aging package, including both BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers. Enter here: http://goo.gl/LAQN1Q.  Good luck!


Synergy has two amazing Austin locations (I visited the Round Rock location):

Synergy Plastic Surgery 
805 East 32nd Street #101
Austin, TX 78705

Synergy Plastic Surgery 
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681



*Encouraging women to look and feel their best is what I love, which is why I've partnered with Synergy Plastic Surgery on this cosmetic service review.  All opinions and views are my own. 


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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Last Chance

There's just a few more days left in the Nsale and inventory is getting pretty low.  I was checking out some products today and lots of them were already sold out.  And the other day when I was in the store exchanging some shoes, a style was in stock online...but by the time I got home, it was sold out!  So I thought I'd post about what IS STILL in stock for those of you shopping the sale in its final hours.  Don't get me wrong...I'm still shopping it too, just having to be smart about it, you know?  Also, just for reference, you can shop the top sellers HERE.



I've put together a few favorites of mine that are still in stock and are super great deals.  I'm obsessed with the pleated leather midi skirt, the MAC brush set, and the cropped flares!  Don't miss out on what you'll be needing both now AND in the fall...prices go up after August 7.  


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