Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites-Mid-July

Hooray for Friday! Is anyone else in total shock that we are already only a week out from August. Where has this summer gone!? I remember as a child always getting sad at this time of summer because I knew the school year was so close; and then for awhile I really didn't care ;-) Now that I have kids, I am back to wanting to soak up every bit of summer that I can. Of course, the arrival of my favorite season, and a job that doesn't give me summer vacations makes it all ending a bit less salty. Anyways, enough of my tangent, I will move right onto my favorites today!
1. Bracelet
This week I received a new bracelet, and it has a plate that is engraved with a bible verse. I am so in love with it! It is subtle, but such a special reminder to glance down at and remember throughout the day.

2. Nordstrom Sale
You guys, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially open to the public! Yesterday I founded up all of my favorites; there are SO many good items I am dying to get my hands on. I apologize in advance, wallet ;-)

3. Ombre Tank
You guys, I have seriously found my new favorite tank top from Pink Blush. It has pink, ombre, tassels, and fringe. I seriously cannot get over how much I love it! I love everything from Pink Blush, but this has been my favorite piece to date!
4. Mirror
I have been on the hunt for some mirrors to start filling the many empty wall spaces in our house. But go figure, they are expensive. I am a bargain hunter, and so regardless of size, I cannot justify spending anything about, like, $40. Our master suite is all white and gray, and I swung through Burlington Coat Factory and found this gem! It was only $29! I was so excited and scooped it up immediately. We are planning on hanging it about our dresser. Now, a question for you all; how do you place a full length mirror in your home!? I would love to have one, but really can't even begin to figure out where I could put one where it fits in and doesn't seem out of place!
Pardon all of the smudges. And the unmade bed, And the toy lamb on the floor ;-) Just keeping it real, guys!
5. Pink Drink
I have known about Plexus and have wanted to try it for some time, so I was so excited when my friend Elizabeth asked me if I was interested in a few weeks ago! I have been having the famous 'pink drink' for about a week now; it has been clinically proven to help in weight loss, but more importantly it produces the growth of good gut microbes and overall improved GI health. Most of their products are also non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, and have no caffeine. And okay, most important, it seriously is YUMMY! I have been looking forward to drinking it every day because it is so delicious. If you have ever thought about giving Plexus a try, I would say you absolutely should!
 I hope you all have the best weekend. We (and okay, by we I mean Mike) will be finishing our brand new patio! So, I think a grill session and meal outside is going to be on the agenda when that is all said and done. I cannot wait to share the final product!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nordstrom Sale! Roundup For the Public Sale

As much as I would like to, I am not one of the lucky Nordstrom Card holders. You're welcome, husband ;-) Despite giving it a thought (or three), I held off and decided to wait to do any shopping until the sale opens to the public. And tomorrow is the day! There are so many awesome pieces during the sale this year that I am dying to get my hands on! This sale is seriously the best. I don't think I can think of another sale that puts brand new items on sale when they are released, before returning them to their regular prices in August. This is the perfect opportunity to snag up any fall goodies you may be wanting before the season arrives!

Similar to the popular option from last year, this striped tee is so cute! I love a classic black and white stripe, and I am always so happy with the items this brand rolls out. I am dying to get my hands on this v neck sweater. Again, I am all about classic pieces, and I am speaking from experience when I say these will get there worth in wear, and then some! The coveted blardigan is once again included in the sale, and I am shocked there are still some in stock. If you are wanting one, do not hesitate to get it! One of my favorite fall staples is a plaid shirt, and I love the feminine cut and details on this one; and it is such a great length! You can never have too many long, cozy cardigans. This tunic may not be exclusive to this sale, but yes, I own it in five colors, and yes I wear one to work almost daily. I am in love with the blue fog color and think I need to add it to my collection. Speaking of work, my wardrobe always gets neglected and stale, and I am always on the hunt for more knit blazers, they are so professional while still being comfortable! I adore this ruffle tee, the detailing is absolutely darling. And while I am all about basic pieces, I adore this bow OTS top, I think it would be so perfect for date night with some dark skinnies! And last but not least, while cooler weather may seem like it is ages again, this moto jacket will come in handy sooner than you would think, and I love the fun, edge style!

The coveted zella leggings are once again included in this sale! Again, a piece that, if you want, you should snag while you can! And how pretty is this pink option!? These jeans have such great distressing, and are at a great price! These Madewell black skinnies come in at a great sale, and if you are looking for a more affordable black skinny, these are adorable, too! I am a huge fan of boyfriend jeans, and love the wash on these! For work I also love to wear skirts, and love the pretty foil look of this one! You can also never go wrong with a classic pencil skirt. For a fun flair, I am OBSESSED with the ruffle hem on this skirt!
Dresses have and always with be one of my favorite things to shop for. This blue sheath dress is absolutely darling and I am already plotting where I could wear it. This sweater dress is so edge while still being pretty in a soft pink color. Bell sleeves add the prettiest detailing here. This lace midi dress is gorgeous and would be so perfect to wear to a wedding. And I literally love every single detail on this dress from the stripes, to the color, to the shoulder details!

I'll stop there, before even touching on the accessories or home pieces I am lusting over! Have you shopped the sale early, or did you wait until the sale went public? What are some of your favorites!?

Linking up with Julie today!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stop and Smell the Roses

Is anyone else in total disbelief that we are already into the second half of July? This summer is absolutely flying, a little bit too quickly. I have said it time and again, but I have never really been a summer person. The heat, the mosquitos, I really could do without it all. But this year, something magical seemed to happen. I cannot recall every loving a summer as much as this one.
Both of my boys live to play outside. We are in our beautiful new house, and have spent this summer tackling as many outdoor projects as we can (currently in progress: our brand new patio!) We have been spending lazy Saturday's soaking up the sunshine with family while all of the kiddos splash in the pool, stopping for popsicle breaks. This summer has been a sweet one. I feel like it is a summer we are always going to remember, and yet I also have a feeling that this may only be an indication of what is to come; that life with our boys as they grow is just going to get better and better. I may be cliché, but I really feel like I have been stopping to smell the roses and recognizing just how sweet our life is lately.

I am seriously in love with this pretty pink tassel top. Seriously, how perfect is this for summer!? It is plenty long, but thanks to my height I can wear it with shorts ;-) It would be so adorable with a pair of distressed skinny jeans, or a pair of white bottoms! The pretty tie detailing on the back is my absolute favorite part-such a fun touch and SO pretty! And, most importantly, this will be perfect to throw on over a swimsuit for those long, lazy, summer days that we have been living for!
*I received this product from Pink Blush in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Stang&Co!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello, hello! It has been awhile since I posted my Friday Favorites. The summer blogging slump is so, so real. Is anyone else just totally unmotivated lately!? I have such a hard time sitting down at my computer when it is sunny and there is a cold adult beverage calling my name and a kiddie pool that needs to be supervised ;-) Summer is so short, I am trying to soak in every last minute! But go figure, it is cloud and only in the 60's today, so here I am! I have plenty of exciting things I have been loving lately, so let's get to it!
You guys, I finally did it. I got a letterboard! After much searching, I finally decided to go with Mcleod Letterboard Co. Their prices are excellent, and Kimberly, the owner, is so sweet and provides exceptional customer service. I got a 16x20 board, as I figured it would provide more versatility and we would be able to use it in more ways. I cannot wait to share all of the ways we use it!!

Jackson has been all over the letterboard..and the letter O. He clearly loves to help decorate.
2. New Patio!!
This is by far my favorite thing happening right now! Last night, we officially went and purchased pavers and all the things we need to put in our new patio!! If you have followed along with our home building process, you may know that we essentially moved in with zero work being done to the yard. We didn't even have grass that we could be out on until just this past month! Our lot is huge, and sometimes it gets so frustrating to have this big, beautiful yard but essentially feel like I can't use it. I am so ridiculously excited for this patio. We will finally have a place to put our grill outside of the garage, and I cannot wait to get a table and chairs and be able to sit outside in the evening! I will be sure to share the progress as we move forward!
3. Fun office look
I recently scooped up this pencil skirt, and love it so much! The side zipper is such a fun detail that makes it a little bit edgy, and there is a great amount of stretch to the fabric while still being structured. The length is nice and long too, perfect for the office. And, it was already on sale plus I had an extra coupon, so I was able to snag it for only $23! I have to say, I think my favorite pencil skirts are all from Express; they know what they are doing!
4. My (still) Favorite Shorts!
I have shared these shorts before, but they continue to be my go-to shorts this summer. They are so unbelievably comfortable, and look great with just about everything. I cannot recommend them enough! There is a mega sale on these tomgirl shorts, too, but sizes are limited. I haven't seen them priced this low so if you see your size now is the time to grab them!

5. The Prettiest Fall Sweater
I know everyone is focused on the Nordstrom sale (I will be recapping my favorites when it opens up to us poor non-cardholders ;-) ), but other stores are totally rolling out their fall goodies, too! Gap has this adorable pink sweater and I am obsessed with the pontelle detailing. Right now, their website is an additional 40% off with code NOW, so if you are need to scoop up some goodies, today is a great day to do so!
We have another exciting weekend ahead; yard work to prepare for the pavers that we will hopefully have completed by next weekend, helping take newborn photos of my new nephew, and hopefully meeting my new niece! Five boys, and the streak is finally broken on my husband's side ;-)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Things I Never Want To Forget

As a mother, I have experienced more emotions and stages in the past three years than in my entire life leading up to it. Some days are a whirlwind, and from the time my alarm clock goes off in the morning until we finally get the kiddos to bed, I am on autopilot, going through the motions of another day. Being a mama of little ones is a hard job. But, in all of that difficulty, all of those early morning wake up calls and bedtime battles, is more sweetness and magic than I knew existed. While I spend some days counting down the clock, I know all too well that, much sooner than I would like, I will be willing the clock to turn back. There are little things in every stage of life that are fleeting, that we don't realize we will miss until they are gone.

Some things I never want to forget..

The way that Lincoln silently plays in his crib in the morning. Unlike his older brother, he doesn't often cry to be let out. Many mornings, I am able to sneak upstairs, open his door, and the second he hears me, he sits right up with his back against the wall, and smiles his little pacifier filled smirk and I just melt.

The way Lincoln looks as a new walker. This past month he has really graduated to a full blown, steady walker, and has even attempted running a time or two (Lord, help me!) Watching his little booty walk down the hall in a diaper and those chunky thighs just about does me in.
The things that Jackson says. Oh my goodness, the things that he says. His entire vocabulary is just precious. I find myself listening to his sweet little voice and willing myself to remember exactly how it sounds. Lately, he loves to announce his opinion on anything and everything. This morning, I wore a pair of shoes that haven't gotten any use yet this year, and he immediately noticed and declared 'mommy get dose shoes at the store. Oh, me wike them. Those shoes so beautiful!' I mean, practically crying as I type this.

Jackson telling us he loves us. He has started doing it unprompted, and it is just the sweetest. One of those things as a parent that, in the throes of the baby days, you don't think you will every get to. And yet here we are, with an almost three year old who loves to tell us every last thought.

The way my boys fight. Not that I want to remember this because I enjoy it, but I hope I can one day look back and know that it was all worth it. They butt heads, and then I will turn around and find them giggling and playing so sweetly together. They are total opposites, but I love watching them be brothers.

When Jackson doesn't want to do something, or doesn't want someone else to do something, he says 'think me not' or 'think them not'. And it is just my favorite.

Also, that Jackson declares his like/love of everything. He met his newest cousin last week, and laid his hand on him and announced 'me wike this guy'. He will tell me that he loves food, inanimate objects, you name it. But gosh I love how proud he is when he tells me!

I want to remember this stage in our marriage. These past few years were tough. We brought home two babies. I went to graduate school. Mike started a new job with a rough commute. We built a new home. There has been very little time in the mix for us to focus on our marriage and each other, but we are finally getting over that hump and feel more and more like the couple we used to be, before the craziness of life got involved.

The beauty in our seasons. I have never really like or appreciated the weather we have, but this year, experiencing the new weather, a cool breeze on my face, the sight of my boys playing in the pool on a hot summer day, has all felt new and magical. I may complain about it a lot (I'm talking to you, January through March), but really, there is a lot of magic in this place that we live.

I want to remember how much fun this summer has been. We have spent many lazy weekends letting the boys splash in the pool, grilling out with family, playing yard games, and just soaking up this phase in life. When I look back on the summer of 2017, I want to remember that it was a good one.

Linking up with Annie today!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Toddler Playtime

Ever since having kids, I have kind of loved exploring the new toy options that are out there. I swear, things have gotten SO much cooler since I was a kid myself ;-) Teepees have been all over the place the past few years, and I love it. They are such a cute alternative to kid's playhouses, providing a fun little space to have a fort or clubhouse, while still looking cute and serving as a decoration to the room, even when they aren't in use!
 We have let our kids play in teepees before, but one thing that has always been an issue for us is them getting knocked over. I am a mom of two boys, and they are all boy, rough and tough. Most of the time, it would take a few minutes before they managed to knock their teepee over. It honestly was so frustrating!
    I was so excited to work with Tnee's Tpees (fun fact: it's pronounced tee-nee's tee-pee's) because they saw the issue that left me so frustrated, so often and provided a solution! These teepees come equipped with four wooden poles that cross on the inside of the piece, so once your teepee is assembled, it provides structure and keeps it upright and intact.
 My boys seriously adore playing in this teepee. Lincoln squeals with delight whenever he sees it, and loves to be chased into it, where he hides and laughs his heart out. As is the standard with my kids these days, our greatest issue with this teepee has been sharing ;-) But for the most part, they play nice and absolutely love it! Fun bonus feature: there is a mesh window in the back, and you better believe Jackson found it right away and declared "Mommy, look a window!"
 If you are looking for a teepee for your kiddos, Tnee's Tpees is just fantastic. Not only is the structural design so smart, they also have fun mix and matched patterns, and have a style to match any personality! Their little girl options are to die for, now if only they came in my size ;-)

*I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Stang&Co!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Personalized Storytime

 We love storytime in our house. Our kiddos love to cuddle up with a good book and listen to us read the words on the pages. I just love seeing things through the eyes of a child. How a book can transport them to a different world, and the excitement that goes along with that, is such a precious thing to be a part of.
As my children grow and learn to understand more and more, I have found that things like personalized books can be so powerful and exciting. I couldn't wait to show Lincoln his new book, The Little Boy Who Lost His Name. It features a child who is customized to look like him (precious blonde curly hair and all). As he goes on a search for his name, he finds all of the missing letters to spell it out. It is so precious, and such a keepsake item for him to have throughout the years!

The pages within the book are bright, colorful, and so vibrant! Truly, the illustrations are absolutely darling. Of course, as with all things for Lincoln, Jackson couldn't wait to get his hands on this book and declare it as his own. I shared it with him and explained that the little boy is Lincoln, and had so much fun sharing the letters and how they spelled out his brother's name.
There are other books to this collection, and I would love to get my hands on them all. Jackson's birthday is right around the corner, and I think this one would be the perfect gift!
What are your favorite storytime books for your little ones? Have you ever tried out personalized books before?

*This post is written in collaboration with Lost My Name. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Stang&Co!

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