Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Heartfelt thank you + what I wore in Dallas............


You guys are amazing!! I seriously spent the day smiling, laughing, and crying reading all y'alls comments and emails. I mean, talk about making a girl feel good.......I'll say it again, y'all are amazing! I feel so much support and really a lot less nervous about my surgery now, thank you guys!




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Many of you asked through Instagram where a lot of my outfits that I wore in Dallas were from so I thought I would do a little recap of what I wore. If you want a recap of the trip my girl Ashley told it all right here!! It was so so much fun!!!

Friday during the day I wore a Lilly Pulitzer maxi. It is all sold out everywhere :( I searched high and low and nowhere to be found!

I also got to meet my big girl crush Emily Maynard!! And yep, she's even more stunning in person and so sweet!!



Lilly does have some other beautiful maxis this year though! Here are a few of my favorites! 
*Note: her dresses are usually long so I have mine hemmed*. 


On Friday night I wore this romper! When I spotted this online from Forever 21 I almost died!!! It's even cuter in person!

I am shocked at how many cute rompers I have found this year!! The prices on the ones below are pretty good too ;) 

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The outfit that I wore on Saturday during the day you will have to wait for. I have a full outfit post for that one tomorrow ;) 

But last, the real dress everyone wanted to know about is also sold out ;( I bought it last year, and again can't find one anywhere. It is a Rachel Pally which I am now a huge fan of! It may be the most comfortable dress in my closet!! 


Luckily she does have some amazing dresses that are still available! Two of my favorites being this dress and this skirt and both are on major sale!!!



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dirty Secret Part 2.................

So I have gone back and forth on if I was going to put it all out there and tell you guys about this! But I look at you guys like family and close friends, and if you know me in real life you know I am an open book. What you see is what you get. I just don't hold back, it's not my style ha! 


About three months ago Todd and I made the final, real decision that we were done having babies. We are both just so content with Taylor and Carson, and our lives just feel complete. It really was an easy decision and that's how I knew it was the right one.

So that leads me to tell you what is about to happen (y'all my arm pits are sweating as I type this). I am  getting a mini abdominoplasty. In plain English terms, this is a mini tummy tuck.

Standing up in my swimsuit I feel ok, but when I sit or lean over it's all down hill, literally. The doctor was actually in shock when I sat down and he saw the amount of loose skin I had. He immediately told me I was actually a candidate for a full tummy tuck, and he wasn't the first doctor to tell me this. I quickly explained I did not have 20 days to recover, nor did I care for a hip-to-hip scar, or my abs being repaired. So we nipped that in the bud and agreed on the mini. He explained it would be a lot better but not perfect. I am okay with that, nobody's got time for perfect ;) 

I know many of you remember my post on my Dirty Secret part one where I talked about my insecurities with my stretch marks. This surgery will also help with those, but again it won't take them away completely or be perfect! 

I really hope this doesn't come across to you guys as me being vain. In the end, I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin. I work really hard to be healthy and stay in shape, but this is just something I can't fix on my own. And if I am honest, I am really excited and totally terrified at the same time.

I go into surgery on Friday at 7:30 am, so if the blog seems a little off it's not me it's the pain killers ;) Haha I kid....kinda. 

When I stand up.

When I slightly bend over.

A full bend over. 

Now who's ready for breakfast ha!! In all seriousness I am pretty sure Todd has only seen me like this a hand full of times, so it took a lot for me to share these pictures. It makes me so insecure, but I wanted you guys all too see why I am having my surgery. 


Monday, April 28, 2014

A date with my little man...........

Having two kids just ain't easy! That being said I wouldn't have it any other way! Taylor and Carson make my life so unbelievably happy! The bond that they have melts my heart, and they have actually become quite the little playmates. Carson said the other day, "Mama I love my baby sister, and she's my best friend". Tear, tear.

That being said, I still try to make time for just me and my little man. After all it was just me and him for so long.  So last week I though of the perfect idea. I could tell Carson just needed some one on one time with me. 

We had a mini date across the street while Taylor napped. Don't worry I locked the door and took the monitor with me ;) I just threw down a blanket, packed up some strawberries (his favorite), and grabbed three new books that he got for Easter. It was the perfect little date, and I could tell it made him so happy. {Daddy was on his lunch break, so naturally I had him snap some pictures for me}.

I need to do this more often. 














My Outfit Details:
Dress // Necklace // Sunglasses // Flip Flops{currently 25% off}

Carson's Outfit

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* In other news it's is last day to shop the Saks friends and family sale and the Tory Burch friends and family sale! If you wanted something you better grab it today!!

* Also, I am guest posting today over at at my beautiful friend Courtney's!! We are chatting about fashion and decor, so make sure you check it out here!

* I promise to update you all very soon on my girls trip/ blog conference to Dallas!! It was an absolute blast, and I met so many inspiring ladies!!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thoughts on Thursday..........

It's been a while since I've done a post like this, and I feel my brain is about to explode! So really, welcome to my Thursday brain dump :)

* I am leaving on a jet plane today!! Ha, not really, just a regular plane :) I am super, super excited though! I am headed to Dallas for a blog conference and I am pretty pumped to finally see some new and old faces! Follow me on Instagram if you want some sneak peeks!


* I am feeling a little overwhelmed with packing and leaving my family. I know they will be fine though, I am leaving them in the best hands possible! Todd you rock, love you man! 

Tory Burch just announced their friends and family sale!!! So many amazing things for 25% off!
Here are a few of my favorites!
Use code FRIENDLY to save!



Mine and Taylor's new Lilly purchases from Saks came in yesterday! I am completely smitten!! My top is even more gorgeous in person! You can still save 25% with the code FRNFAM!

  I am not usually a big on color blocking (is that how you say that?), but I am kinda loving these together!
Blouse // Skirt old similar here  // Necklace (on sale)


* I am pretty much in love with this little white dress! Plus the fact that it is $48.00 makes me love it just a little more! It comes in a gorgeous yellow and black too!



* I got my hair highlighted this week, and decided to embrace some curls. I wish my curls looked like this when I tried to style it! Any suggestions on how to get this look on my own?



Last, do yourself a favor and go look at all the goodness Baby Gap and kids Gap has going on right now!!! These just came in the mail last week for baby girl, so naturally I had to check and make sure I didn't miss anything else!! Holy cuteness galore! Somebody stop me!!!
This swimsuitthis set, and this top are on their way to me!!
And you can save an additional 30% off with code SPRING!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!! Until Monday Loves!!!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Clean Eating........snack edition + shrimp tacos


I love to snack so here are some healthy snack options for all you peeps like me :)
Dreaming of those chocolate apples right now!







Shrimp Tacos with no mayo slaw
One of the easiest and tastiest dishes ever!
Buy a bag of slaw, add 1/2 cup of greek yogurt, one half squeezed lemon, one tbsp of white wine vinegar, and 2 tbsp of honey. Mix all together, and toss in with the slaw.
For the shrimp I just tossed them with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Then Todd grilled them for a few minutes on each side.
Ta-da, healthy dinner served!
 My kids wouldn't touch it ha!



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A pop of color.............

So it's no secret that I love color. I feel so fun and energized when I am wearing bright colors, probably why I adore Lilly so much! Funny I love to wear color, but in my home I prefer very little.
Anyway, back to the point.......

I was super pumped when my new top arrived! I wish I would have got it on sale, but oh well, you win some you lose some :) Luckily for you guys if you like it, it's included in the friends and family sale at Saks, as are my jeans!
{they are just a little shorter on the model ;)





 Check out that goofy balance ;)



Outfit Details
Shark tooth bracelet // Shoes old similar here 

And I had planned an entire outfit post on this romper, but there are only a few left. It's probably the most comfortable thing I have ever put on! Act fast if you want this one!
Oh yeah, do y'all like the black sandals? Thanks for all the help!


I'll be back tomorrow with some clean eating recipes!! xoxo

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend + Pretty Things............

I hope you all had an amazing Easter! I know we sure did. I wish the weather would have been a little bit nicer, because it was cold outside! But, the most important part was that we were with our family, and in the end that's all that matters.


This was the best family picture we could get out of the 50 that we took! As you can see it was too cold to wear my Easter dress, but luckily for you guys it's now on sale! Guess I will bust it out later this summer!
*as seen here*

Are you wondering why my child has on a swimsuit? Ha! My parents gave all the grandkids new swimsuits in their baskets and we were making sure it fit! It is the cutest thing ever, and it's included in the friends and family sale for 25% off! You can find it here! Along with the cutest dress and bloomers here and here!

 My dad just bought/ rebuilt the kids a new swing set and they were loving it!!! Mimi and Papas house just got a lot cooler ;)






 My mamas pretty new flowers!! I really wanted to steal them ;)


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Now, speaking of the Saks friends and family sale, I tried to update you all on Saturday...... only to find that I was having technical problems and y'all couldn't see jack crap! Still having problems so I improvised and made a collage instead with a few "pretty things"from the sale.
*Remember to use code FRNFAM to take 25% off, and code FREESHIP, for free shipping!
Such a great Lilly selection this year! And the Mara Hoffman isn't to shabby either!