Weekend Alert | Summer Sales

I don't know about you, but it seems like LOTS of stores on running pretty huge sales right now.  Even Target had amazing steals the other day, such as frames, clothing, and home decor!  This weekend, some online retailers are having pretty decent sales too.  Check out my below guide:

J. Crew - Up to 50% off with code SALESTYLE

H&M - Up to 60% off

West Elm - Up to 70% off (what!!!???)

Old Navy - $1 Flipflops + up to 50% off

Target - BOGO Swimsuits + Lots of Clearance items

Also, just to put on your radar...the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is coming up in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for my picks.  Every year, it's always the absolute BEST sale and I love how I can get my hands on lots of fall finds for a fraction of the price.  Here's my "tips" from last year's sale if you want to get an idea of the amazing deals and how best to shop the sale!  Happy Weekend!

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Annual Texas Beach Trip | Port Aransas

Each year our family drives 3 hours down to the beach with Blake's side of the family and it's always a great time with cousins, waves, food, and general relaxation.  This year, Tyler Bree went fishing with the boys and had a blast!  Somehow, that girl can catch some fish...every time she goes, she's just got the magic touch.  We also spent lots of time jumping waves, swimming, and hanging out together as an extended family.

For our anniversary, Blake recently got me a new GoPro Hero5, which was definitely broken-in on this trip...check out our little video!

Are you headed to the beach this summer! Where is your favorite!

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End of School | Hello Summer

Today will mark day 7 of summer vacation and I feel like we're not quite in the groove yet...but trying our best to get there.  I've cracked the chore whip and set boundaries for summer screen time...however, our mindset hasn't migrated to the laid-back, easy, cool, summer vibe that I'm anxious to get to.  We waited a LOOOOONG time for end-of-school, so I guess it's just taking a while to RELAX!

This year, the last day of school was rather emotional for me.  I can't put my finger on one specific culprit that caused the tears, but it was some combo of:
  • All 4 of my kids being at the same school this past year (for the first and last time ever)
  • Bennett (my last baby) finishing kinder from the same teacher who taught the 3 girls as well
  • Tyler Bree graduating from elementary
  • And the basic unfairness of time flying by before my eyes

At one point amongst the end-of-school parties, Blake looked directly at me and mouthed, "Pull it together!"  He later told me it was because if I didn't, he thought he might be the one to get emotional.  We're not a very emotional family to begin with, so needless to say, this was a big day for us!

But alas, here we are...looking into next year with a first, second, and fifth grader...and considering homeschooling for our sixth grader.  This last year was definitely one to remember and hold dear to our hearts...I actually consider it somewhat of an anomaly.  But time marches on, babies don't keep, and I'm guess I'm just gonna have to get used to my momma heartstrings being tugged yanked more often. 

Happy Summer Friends!!!!

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Summer Gingham | Smart Style

Happy Hump Day friends!!!  Gosh this week is flying by, and it is O-K-A-Y by me!  Summer can't get here fast enough.  I'm not too excited about the heat, but not being on a schedule with the kids is going to be heavenly!!!

One thing I love about summer is how gingham is EVERYWHERE right now!  I've seen it in skirts, tops, and even shoes.  This checkered trend can be styled in so many different ways, like this ruffled-sleeve gingham top I'm wearing.  I cannot wait to mix up this top dressy and casual...it's super chic (did you notice the neck cut-out?) and light enough fabric for the summer months.

What is your go-to for summer wear?  Lots of whites?  Easy-breezy? or just plain Cool?

Outfit Details:
Gingham Cutout High Neck Billow Sleeve Top:  c/o Shein
Skirt:  c/o CAbi (similar)
Bag:  Kate Spade
Shoes:  Nordstrom
Glasses:  Nordstrom

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Shoe Edit: 8 Must Haves for Summer

It's pretty hard to be believe summer style is already on the mind, but friends let me tell ya'...here in Texas, summer starts right about now.  When it's scorching hot, sometimes we tend to just reach for the easy footwear like flip-flops (guilty here), but there are loads of other cute options that are just as cool and easy.  Okay well...maybe not as easy as flip-flops, but definitely more stylish and will up your outfit a few notches.

While normally when I do a "must-have" or round-up list, I usually own most of the items already...and thus can recommend them because I know for a fact that they're pretty great.  But this time around, I only have two of the below must-have shoes for the summer (no. 2 and 6) and am deciding on which of the others I need to get first.  You really can't go wrong with a classic espadrille, a strappy black heel, and a casual sandal for summer...but here are a full EIGHT pairs that I'm in love with for Summer of 2017!

(Of course, they can be worn well into fall, too!)

>>> Click on each image above or on the links below to shop: 

1. Black Crisscross Sandal // Nordstrom

2.  Espadrille Wedge Sandal (hottest wedge of the season) // Nordstrom

3.  Assymetrical Sandal // Nordstrom (Free People)

4.  Block Heel Sandal // Target

5.  Leopard Slip-on Sneaker // Nordstrom

6.  Red Tennis Shoes // Finish Line (Nike on sale)

7.  Strappy Sandal // Nordstrom Rack

8.  Nude Pump // Nordstrom

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Stock Show 2017

This year's stock show was something else!  My two oldest girls, Tyler Bree and Riley, showed rabbit meat pens and entered homeskills projects of baked goods and photography.  Being our second year of rabbits, we still don't know that much about them.  Over the course of the month leading up to the show, we had two die...not good.  We also keep them in our garage, which I'm pretty sure is against our HOA.  Shhh, don't tell.

For the baked goods, we chose to submit yeast breads...cinnamon rolls and kolaches.  In hindsight, this was way more work than it was worth.  In looking at what won, we could have totally eased up on the difficulty factor.  I mean, we've been working on perfecting that kolache recipe for months now.  They sure are good tho!

And as for the photography projects, we were absolutely floored when we found out that BOTH girls won Grand Champion!!!!  Riley was in the junior division and Tyler Bree was intermediate...so it was literally a win-win!!!  Thankfully, they were both able to enjoy the fruits of their hard work.  We had said that this was the most they've worked on their photos, so most likely, nothing would come of it. ;)  What's even cooler is that both of the girls' pictures that won were photos of our new puppy Margo.  I posted all of the photos they submitted over on my facebook page if you want to take a look.

All in all, it was a good year for the girls.  We'll probably do rabbits again, maybe food, and definitely photography!!!  Until next year!

^^^ Chillin' during the LOOOOOONG rabbit show. ^^^

^^^ Pretty sure her rabbit made the sale celebratory high-five. ^^^

^^^ Tyler Bree in the sale for her photo, with help from her cousin. ^^^

^^^ Already starting on those thank-you notes. ^^^

^^^ Riley receiving her Grand Champion banner and plaque. ^^^

^^^ Sometimes being a little brother is boring. ^^^

^^^ Riley in the sale with her photography, assisted by Tyler Bree. ^^^

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Momma Style | Striped Ruffles

top: J. Crew // jeans: Old Navy // necklace: J. Crew // earrings: Lavish Leathers // boots: Target (old) // clutch: Clare V

Happy Friday friends!!!  Are you ready for the weekend???  This week seemed to fly by, as does this vague time in January.  It's after the holidays, a sense of routine and normalcy has returned...and I feel we're in that "no-man's-land" of the beginning of the year.  Anyone know what I mean?  I think we all do best when we have something to look forward to...whether that's the next holiday, a vacation, a pedicure, or what have you.  That's where I am right now...in-between things to look forward to and I just need to set some goals for myself. ;)

I think I'll put together a goal post soon, but for today, I want to share this darling J.Crew top my momma gave me for Christmas.  I've had my eye on it and loved when I tried it on and it fit!!!  Not fit meaning the right size, but fit as in layed right and didn't look too boxy.  Right now, it's 20% off at both Nordstrom and at J. Crew.  I styled it with simple skinny jeans, but am looking for a pink or navy pencil skirt to pair it with...Lots of possibilities for this top!!!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!!!  For those in the winter storm, stay warm and safe!

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