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Mini Style // Fourth of July

The most fun weekend of summer is just around the corner, we can’t wait for food trucks, fireworks & sparklers!Β I put together a few of my favorite Fourth of July inspired mini styles, I always look forward to coordinating the girls in their red, white & blue. I love all of these because they are versatile enough to wear all summer long, my girls pretty much live in dot leotards & graphic tees! I’m also obsessed with those swim trunks and need that pattern on a swimsuit for girls asap! Something about ice cream & bomb pops always gets me.

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On the topic of online shopping, I thought I would share this story as a reminder as to why I rarely shop in stores (especially with my kids). Last week I took the girls with me to a local store to buy a dress for my trip back to Iowa, I normally put Eloise & Claire in the double stroller & Harper walks, but Eloise was begging to walk this time. I let her (against my better judgement), so while we were in the store, I had Claire in the stroller, Harper holding onto it, and then Eloise holding Harper’s hand, so she was the furthest from me but they were all being really well behaved. I bent down to look at a pile of folded clothes on the bottom shelf of a table, when all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in the back of my head and heard a crash. I fell to the ground and turned around to see that the girls had knocked over three seven-foot-tall mannequins, all of which came crashing down on top of me. I burst into tears, one because it hurt SO bad, but second because I had already been on the verge of crying all day buying a dress for my grandma’s funeral. Needless to say, I was so thankful they hit me and not anyone else or the girls, but damn. Lesson learned, we are online shopping for life.

What are your plans for the Fourth?! Hope you are having an amazing start to your summer break! XO


Beach Bound

I hope you all had an amazing Mother’s Day with your families, I loved seeing your photos & hearing from you all on Instagram! We had a great weekend soaking in lots of sweet family time, finishing up a few projects & packing! The girls are done with school & we are so excited to be kicking off our Summer break with a trip to Rosemary Beach! We have never been, but I have heard SO many amazing things about this area and we cannot wait to explore!! The girls have been packing their bags since last week, digging out all of their favorite swimsuits & tutus (because who doesn’t need a tutu for the beach?) & staying up late whispering in bed about their big plans. 1. Sand castles. 2. Playing beach (at the beach…?) and 3. Sneaking popcorn into their beach bags. I am rounding up some festive favorites & it is totally putting me in the mood for a beach beverage!

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I am drawn to lots of tassels + poms, fun prints & oversized hats to shade from the sun! I bought the swimsuit pictured above & absolutely love it, it is SO soft & fits so well (runs small), super flattering for the flat chested! πŸ˜‰ We also ordered this beach tent, hoping it will come in handy for a few other fun trips we have planned this summer & I am sure we will get to use it in the back yard!

If you have any beach faves you are loving or recommendations for our trip to Rosemary, I would LOVE to hear!! Happy Monday! XO

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Thoughts on Thirty

I turned 31 yesterday,Β which is hard to believe because I most certainly still feel like a college kid. This year flew by, and they say time will only pass more quickly as you age. It’s funny to think of how old I used to think thirty was (like back when I was sixteen and thirty seemed so old) and now I’m here and it’sΒ not so bad. It’s pretty great actually.

What I thought thirty would be like: wearing mom jeans, driving around in a mini van & having a million kids. Having my shit together, always being on time everywhere & eating kale on a regular basis. Waking up by five, doing zumba & in bed by nine. Strictly drinking sophisticated things like tea & red wine. Saying things like “thirty is the new twenty” and probably cutting my hair short.

What thirty is actually like: loving mom jeans, driving around in a mini van & feeling like I have a million kids. Still completely unorganized, late to (almost) everything &Β rapping Nicki Minaj on a regular basis.Β Barely waking up before my kids do, considers vacuuming an acceptable form of exercise & stays up way past bedtime watching netflix & drinking margaritas. Fueled by iced coffee & creativity. Feeling incredibly blessed and thankful for my amazing husband, sweet babies & the rest of our family & friends who make our world go round.

Thirty was good & I am so excited and optimistic about the rest of this decade.Β Thank you ALL so much for the birthday wishes, I am so grateful for all of you & this little community. XO

PS. This dress, to everyone who asked about it on my Instagram, I bought it a few months ago to wear to a wedding later this summer & wanted to break it in for my bday! Sadly it has been sold out for a while, but I found a bunch of similar styles for anyone who is interested!! Also my bag is by Cult GaiaΒ (Brandon makes fun of it and calls it the birdcage) & my shoes are these in Mushroom.