Fossil Stella Leather Watch

I stepped into Fossil the other day with no agenda–just to browse.  And I stumbled on this beauty.  It’s even more lovely on! It took every ounce of self control I had to not buy it on the spot.  But you bet it made my wish-list!  And $135 is a great price for a nice watch.  Plus you can switch out the wrist bands.

shop here (free shipping and free returns)

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My “Everyday” J.Crew Favs

I stepped into J.Crew the other day to make a return and I got sucked in. They were having one of those surprise sales where the entire store is 25% off and then another 20% off on top of that–the math confuses me, but I know thats a pretty great discount.  So I treated myself to a few wardrobe staples. This Spring I have a goal of sprucing up my Mom-uniform with some accessories. I still want to be comfy, so jeans and a t-shirt it will be–but perhaps with a bit of pizazz like a bauble necklace or a fun hat.

These shirts–I’m obsessed. They are linen and insanely soft.  And they hand loosely while still giving some shape (i don’t like my shirts to hug).
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// these are the days linen tee //

This Makes Me Happy

Frozen just brings me so much joy, I can’t even explain it. Glad to see I’m not the only parent who may enjoy the movie more than my kiddos.

This will be the best thing you watch today, trust me.
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Good Read

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This pretty girl–if you can believe it, her heart is even prettier!
And her blog, well it’s just pure awesome.
Hands down, my favorite go-to blog for all things mama style and kid’s fashion.
Check her out.

Spring 2014 Anthro Wish List

Anthropologie is probably the store I get the most giddy to stroll through when I get the chance to go to the mall.  Touching all the soft fabrics, smelling the nostalgic Volcano candles and scouring the sale section for that perfect deal.  And while I rarely take home anything that isn’t from the sale section, it doesn’t stop me from making my wish list.  Here are the Antrho goodies that I’m coveting from the Spring 2014 collection (you’ll note there’s a jacket phase I’m going through):

imgThis jacket is vegan, which is pretty rad.  And it seems like the perfect, timeless coat.  I’m obsessed. Also, it has a ruffle in the back! Shop here, it’s almost sold out.
img-8I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect little black coat.  Loving this one, especially the collar.  Pretty please, share links to your perfect leather coat finds–I’m ready to commit to one. Shop here. img-5Chambray AND a jacket.  I can think of nothing more glorious.  I tried it on in the store, and it’s just as fabulous as I knew it would be. Shop here. img-1The only thing stopping me from buying these cargos is the fear that I might be compelled to wear them every day of my life–they are soooooo soft.  Shop here. img-2On a whim I decided to try these floral pants on and I was so surprised by how much I loved them.  Its the only time this style of pants has not made me look 10 pounds heavier.  They are a super flattering cut and they make it to the top of my Spring wardrobe wish list. Shop here. img-3Classic, cotton tunic with LACE–enough said.  My girlfriend tried it on and it fit fabulously! Shop here. img-9I’m drawn to this tunic.  The universe wants me to own it.  And because I’m a shorty I know I can count on it being longer than it is on the model. Shop here. img-4These boots.  The perfect way to wear booties in the Spring.  The color, the holes, the slit–just perfect. Shop hereimg-6I’m a fan of a good ol’ rancher hat.  Love that this classic brown one is such a reasonable price.  The perfect everyday hat. Shop here. img-7Another reasonably priced accessory–these glasses add some vintage flair to a wardrobe.  Shop here.

Etsy Finds: For Little Guys

There’s something extra special about opening up a handmade gift for a little one–they’re always my favorite.  Here are a handful of the handmade goodies I’ve been admiring for a while.  You’ll want to visit these shops–they are incredible and jam packed with so many more fabulous items.

‘Little Mister’ by LittleMissMomma

A collection of goodies for little misters.


Bob the Bear Lambswool Plush…

$50

Black Knitted Helvetica &quo…

$95

Toy Alphabet Letters Boy Fab…

$50

Cloud Cushion Hand Embroider…

$35

Go Ahead, Swoon Baby Tee

$26

Crayon Organizer Roll – Laun…

$12

Wooden Toy – Personalized Bo…

$29

Wood Toy Slingshot with Pom …

$18

World Globe 12in Teal Painte…

$215

You Brighten My Day – hot co…

$40

Green Cardigan and Bow Tie S…

$37

Rainbow Village Blocks – A W…

$99

DRIFTWOOD and Colorful FELT …

$30

FANCY BABY SWEATER

$62

Pyjama set – red onesie and …

$51

Dinosaur Animal Set Wooden …

$27.25

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Cover Ups and Trucker Hats

 

81-4-Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 12.38.18 AM billabong-cali_fun_trucker-hat-chrMy absolute favorite everyday hat.  Billabong makes a great trucker hat for women because it isn’t too bulky but still has that tom boy look and feel. Found here.

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I lived in this crochet beach cover up on our Hawaii trip.  Soft, versatile and classic.
I got it from Aerie, and you can almost always find a coupon in stores or online.

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Trader Joe’s TOP 5

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I always tease Ben that if we ever had to move to a new city, so long as that city had a Trader Joe’s I would be happy.  It really is one of those stores I can’t live without.  Here are my current top 5 foods from TJ’s. Pretty please add yours to the list so that I can try some new yummies.  Also, I would love if you have any great TJ recipes.

1. Joe’s Dinner Mac ‘n Cheese, in the frozen section. Quite possibly the best mac n’ cheese that I have ever had–and that includes homemade.  I have even been known to microwave a couple packages, toss them in a casserole dish, throw some extra cheese on top and serve as an entree to guests.
2. These raisin rosemary crisps are addicting. They pair perfectly with goat cheese and a simple balsamic glaze.  Give them a try. You’ll be surprised, I promise!
3. A go-to dinner around our house is homemade pizza.  The TJ’s pizza dough is fantastic! And it makes the pizza making process quick and easy. Also, I prefer the refrigerated pizza sauce found at TJ’s as opposed to their jarred sauce.
4. You will always find a package of this naan in our freezer. It tastes amazing as a pizza crust. But my favorite is putting it underneath a delicious arugula and goat cheese salad or a vegetable salad. It’s also great to dip in hummus.
5. You know what…don’t even try this cookie butter. You’ll just be mad at me. Because it’s THAT good and you’ll never want to stop eating it. On crackers, on ice cream, on toast, on anything!

What We’re Reading: Pete the Cat

Wesley received this book as a gift a few weeks ago and we can’t get enough.  It’s a sweet story about a cat whose new white shoes keep getting dirty. But rather than get upset, he stays calm and keeps walking on.  It’s a great book for young kids that get worked up easily when things don’t go as planned.  The best part–it comes with a free audio download of the book with a special song to go along.  We read/sing this book a couple times a day and I believe it’s helping teach the boys simple self-regulation techniques.  I haven’t read any of the other books from the series, but I imagine they are fantastic as well.

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petethecat For those who asked, my boots are from Target.