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Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!

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I spent the weekend in Tulsa Oklahoma at the SeneGence Leaders Conference. It was so fun and I learned so much that will help me personally, in my business, and leading my team! If you would have asked me a year ago if I would be there this year, I would have told you no way, but this year has been amazing and I can't wait to see what the next year holds! 


Welcome to $10 at Target! Each month a group of ladies and I go the place of the red bulls eye and see what $10 can get us! Last month was a bit of a bust, but I was determined to make this month's shopping trip better!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!

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Russ had a wedding video job this past weekend up in NE Iowa, so the boys and I tagged along to spend some time with family. The boys had a blast and it was nice to see some cousins, aunts, and uncles we don't see often.





Growing up, I remember Cuddl Duds... those creamy white long johns that were notoriously known for being worn under jeans or tops to add a cozy extra layer. They weren't very attractive, but they did the job to keep you warm.

Fast forward, and the brand has reinvented themselves. Sure, they still have the cozy under layers, but they have so much more now too. Today I wanted to show you a few pieces I got from them and how I'll be styling them for out and about and cozy casual. I know I'll be wearing these a lot this fall and winter!

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!


This week was one of those that I was terrible taking pictures of anything!

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We have the boys' Halloween costumes and they are ready to go! No family theme this year, but each child's costume definitely represents their interests. Any guesses on what you think they'll be?



Hey all! I'm over at Des Moines Moms Blog today sharing some fall wardrobe essentials! Check it out here!

Fall is inching its way toward us, and I'm totally ready! I love the colors, the comfy cozy clothes, and the change in weather. This month DellaNicole and Tif and I are sharing our fall colors. I think the some of the other gals may be more Halloween focused, but I'm just loving on fall colors in general since I'm not a huge Halloween person.





Ya'll know I'm not afraid to wear a dress! I love them. They're comfortable to me and they are an outfit so you really don't have to add much to it besides a necklace if you don't want to!  Stephanie put out a challenge called Dresstember where we were challenged to wear a dress or skirt at least 10 days in the month of September, so today I'm sharing the dresses I wore last month!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us! Can you even believe September is over?!

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Friday night grandma and grandpa kept the kids overnight so Russ and I could have a date night! We went out to eat at Cheesecake Factory, walked the mall, and hit up Target. You know, a great date night ends at Target?! Haha!




Sometimes I feel like people get in the groove that to look good you have to spend a lot of money. I have found that is totally not the case and today I wanted to share this totally affordable work wear outfit that will make you feel like a million bucks!



Every year, LuLaRoe releases a new style or more at their convention. I've slowly been adding one of the new pieces to my wardrobe when I find something I like, and this week I wanted to share the Gigi with you. If you're familiar with LuLaRoe, the Gigi is basically the top half of the Julia dress. Worn true to size, it's form fitting, but I went up one size when I purchased my Gigi because I wanted to wear it a few different ways. I'm normally a medium in tops, but I purchased a large Gigi. Today I'm showing you three different ways you can style this top!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!

I'm also linking up with Beth and Stephanie for 5 Things That Bring Me Joy!

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Family Time



Des Moines Moms Blog had an event this past weekend that I helped out a little with and then Russ brought the boys. It was at our local park. There was a bounce house, vendors, yoga, free food, and more. It was such a great time!






Do you ever have that idea of, "Oh, this would be so fun to do with the kids!" or, "Oh, it's going to turn out so Pinterest-y!" Well, going into the idea for this post, I was so excited. Henry had just attended a kids in the kitchen event at our local library and there he told me that made cereal and yogurt parfaits. He said that he would really like to make them again for our family, so I headed to Hy-Vee to get the ingredients.

Welcome to $10 at Target! Each month a group of ladies and I go the place of the red bulls eye and see what $10 can get us! This month, my boys were in tow which made it a little more of an adventure!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!

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You should know my now I love Southern Joy Designs! Cristian has unique jewelry and she sent me some goodies in the mail to show off to you! I wore the wooden earrings earlier this week and they are so amazing and light weight! The Kind/Cool bracelet is perfect for teaching in the middle school and it's even in my school color of purple. I can't wait to wear the other bracelets, too! Thanks, Cristian! Use code SJDBG10 to get a discount when shopping!




It's time for another Stitch Fix review! I got my third Stitch Fix this summer right before our trip to Mexico, and soon after I scheduled a fix for September so I would have some fresh ideas for back to school. 



Today I'm linking up with Erin at Perfectly Port Family to share 10 things I love about my home! The photos are kind of a spatter of old and new because I was trying to save myself a little time rounding things up!

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!

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The big boys and I took a little trip to Target last weekend. They each had a little money to spend and I did my $10 at Target shopping. With them in tow it wasn't quite my usual relaxing "vacation," it was more of an adventure. 



Happy Wednesday! I'm back at it this month with Della, Nicole and Tif and we're all styling white after Labor Day! You don't have to put those white items away after this past weekend!


Every year, LuLaRoe releases a few new piece at their convention. Last year was the Carly dress, and phew, if you don't own one or more of those, you should! This year, they released quite a few different styles, one being the Shirley! Shirley is a kimono-type piece. It's kind of like their Monroe (if you're familiar with that one), but it is longer, has no fringe, and has smaller sleeves. The Shirley also comes in small, medium, and large where the Monroe was just small and large.

There are endless ways to style the Shirley, and today I wanted to show you two! First up, is with the LuLaRoe Julia dress!
Happy Friday! Can you believe it's September?! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us! I have to say that back to school is kicking my rear! I don't have many photos to share this week!

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I got to spend some time with a friend this week. We went to a yoga class and went out for a drink afterwards. It was so nice. I need to get back in a routine of going to yoga more often because it is so refreshing. 


Hey all! I'm over at Des Moines Moms Blog today sharing some tips for putting together outfits for family photos.

Go here to read it!
I pride myself in being pretty organized. Though I don't have it all in check, in the past two years we have really tried to meal plan better. I set the meals for the week, shop once, and we're done. Over the summer we got a little bit lax and were going to the grocery store more than I liked which usually meant spending more money than I liked.

Revving up for back to school, I wanted to get things in check. In the past I would sit down and plan out just a week and honestly it would stress me out. I mean, I know things we typically eat, but did we have it just last week? Was it a meal the boys would eat? Was it easy?

We eat early at our house. I walk in the door somewhere between 4 and 4:30 and the boys are begging for food. Instead of snacking (which eats up money), we try to hold them off and get dinner on the table around 5. This doesn't allow for elaborate meals. So, a few weeks ago, I decided to sit down and knock it out. I planned four weeks of meals that we could rotate so I wouldn't go crazy trying to brainstorm things every week.

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!

I'm also linking up with these lovely ladies for a new link up called:


So, here are my five things (and a couple bonuses) and most all of them were from this week!

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Back to school! We went back to school on Wednesday. We always get a family selfie and then individual pictures of the boys who are going to school. Henry was alllll about going to school. Wesley, not so much. This may go down as one of the most hilarious back to school pictures every. He really did have a great day, but he just wasn't digging the change in routine and that it was a little chilly that morning. 


Dear Mass Retailers,

A few weeks ago I took our son Wesley back to school shopping. He told me right off the bat that he wanted a Trolls backpack with Poppy on it and he wanted a Trolls shirt. We hit up Target and found a Poppy backpack right away. Yes, it is hot pink and yes it looks totally feminine, but he just loves it. I was so thrilled! Next, we headed to the boys clothing section and that's when the frustration hit.


Welcome to this month's edition of $10 at Target! Each month I head to Target with a $10 budget and see what I can find. Shopping at Target is an adventure, especially the times I get to go by myself! This month, I strolled around and saw lots of fun things!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us! We wrapped up our official summer break on Tuesday as Russ and I went back to work on Wednesday but still hope to get bits of summer on the weekends and evenings.

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When we moved into our house two years ago, Wesley was almost two. We bought a set of bunk beds but just kept them at twin singles beds. Last weekend the boys requested they be bunked and we agreed. They love it and everything is going well with them so far!


Raise your hand if you're excited for fall! Though I love summer and the freedom it brings, we've had some tastes of fall weather here lately in Iowa and I'm loving it. I also have quite the love for pumpkin things, so that makes me wish for fall too. I even made pumpkin muffins this week! Today I'm sharing a casual summer outfit that definitely makes me feel like fall!





Every year for the past nine years, we have taken one weekend late in the summer and headed down to southern Iowa with some other couples to have some kid-free fun. We usually just hang out, go boating, play some out door games and sit around the camp fire. It's a great way to reconnect with friends without the kids around. Russ and I have been digging sangria this summer, so we decided we would mix up a batch to share! 
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us! This week was our last full week of summer vacation.

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This past weekend we had our yearly trip to cabins in southern Iowa with friends! It's an adults-only weekend and we've been going with the same friends for 9 years! It was so fun and the weather was almost fallish! 


Today I'm linking up with Erin at Perfectly Port Family for her 10 on the 10th series. This month is 10 Back to School Must Haves and I'm excited to see what everyone has to share! I'm a teacher, so this back to school list is partially for me and partially for the family as a whole!


Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing the last outfit from our vacation to Mexico. This outfit was by far my favorite of the trip, so it gets a whole post by itself!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us! Summer is winding down, so we're trying to make the most of it!

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We went to our last Make It at Michael's workshop. The boys made a super hero and construction paper pizza and donuts. The third activity was to draw yourself as a super hero which Wesley wasn't really into. This was probably my least favorite of the workshops we've been to just because it wasn't making something with things we didn't have at home... but it got us out and about, so it was still fun. 

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Some days it's hard to keep it all together. With back to school right around the corner, life will get much busier for me and I will have to work double time to make sure we stay organized and on top of things! I'm totally a paper to-do list person, so today I'm sharing a cute DIY to do list center that you can make for home or to give as a gift for that busy person in your life!

We love a good s'more around here, and today I wanted to share a couple fun ways to do s'mores that aren't the typical graham crackers and chocolate.
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!

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I'm still thinking about the fun Russ and I had in Mexico last week! It was a great re-connection time for us as well as a recharge for the stay at home summer life!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know we just got back from vacation! Russ and I went to The Royal in Playa Del Carmen for five nights and it was glorious! 

Today I wanted to recap what I wore on the trip! I wore most of what I packed, but I will make a few changes for what I will take next time. I'm not going to go into detail about where every single piece is from just for the sake of my sanity, but I will highlight a few pieces and share some about each outfit. 


For traveling to our destination, I wore my Stitch Fix romper (see a better picture in my Stitch Fix Review post). This was the item that I kept from my last fix! I'm sure some people would say don't travel in a romper for a variety of reasons, but this one is so comfy! I brought a sweater for on the plane and I'm so glad I did because it was chilly. I also at the last minute decided to bring my Birkenstocks along. I'm glad that I did this too because they're easy to get on and off in security and they are comfortable for walking! And I totally realize the lighting is terrible in that picture, but that's what happens when you're tired from travel!


Russ and I had a fun summer date night in downtown Des Moines a couple weeks ago, and this is what I wore. It was a beautiful summer night and I wanted to dress up a little because we were going to a nice restaurant!

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Back to school is right around the corner, and now is the time to stock up on all the necessities. Being a teacher, life gets crazy for me, so I need to be prepared for back to school. Not only do I need to prepare for our family, but I need to prepare for my students and Henry's teacher!


Happy Tuesday, all! I'm on vacation for most of the week! I'll be back on Friday with a back to school post. Until then, have a great week!

Welcome to the Tuesday Talk Link Up!




Welcome to this month's edition of $10 at Target! Each month I head to Target with a $10 budget and see what I can find. This month I didn't have much of a goal going in except to browse and see what I could find. To start off, here's what I didn't get:
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!

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A few years ago I started a summer tradition of taking the boys each on their own day to out local amusement park, Adventureland! I started when Henry was 4, skipped the summer he was 5 because Calvin was a newborn, but picked it up last summer for him and started the tradition with Wesley, too. This past week I took each of them on a different day. Henry last Friday and Wesley on Monday. It's so fun to experience the park differently with each of them. Henry is so into roller coasters and fast rides while Wesley is more about the kiddie rides still! I had the best day with each of them!

{Disclaimer: This post isn't sponsored. It's just me sharing my journey of what is working.}

I've been mentioning a little bit, mostly on my High Five for Friday  posts, that I have been working on dropping some pounds. Calvin turned two in May, and I needed to stop making excuses. I was really pretty lazy between babies on losing the weight because I knew in a matter of a year or two, I would hopefully be pregnant again and just put weight back on.


You guys, this post went from being just a Stitch Fix review to a comedy routine! I kid you not. Friday I had just got home from hanging out at the amusement park all day with Henry, and we were going to be gone all weekend, so I really needed to get these pictures taken so I could have this post up today! Calvin wanted to be in almost all the shots! You may crack up because I'm cracking up looking at the photos!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us!

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I'm now a contributor to our local Des Moines Moms Blog. Check out my first post today!


This week, the How I Style It ladies (DellaNicole and Tif) are styling some novelty prints. It's always nice to have a piece of clothing in your wardrobe that is just plain FUN, and today's top is just that for me!
Happy Friday! Can you believe it's almost JULY?! Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and I want to welcome you to High Five for Friday! Each week we share the best parts of the week and hope you'll join us! Life is good around here and we are living up summer!

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I snapped this adorable picture of the boys leaving church last Sunday. Be still my heart.


Buying specific pieces for the Fourth of July is fun, but it's also great to pull pieces together that you can wear every day and make a festive outfit. If you haven't had time to shop for a new outfit for the Fourth, I bet you can pull some things from your closet and make it work!
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