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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 actually had an idea of what I wanted, silly as it may be. Read on to find out!

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's cousin, Marisa, got married last weekend to her high school sweetheart. It was a beautiful wedding. Russ did wedding video, but we had lots of family there to help me keep track of the kiddos!



It's no lie that every child is different. Henry, our oldest, was a pacifier kid. Wesley, our middle man, came out of the womb basically sucking on his two fingers and has ever since. I could go on and on listing the differences in our children, but one big lesson I've learned as a mother is totally embracing your children's differences.


I just love weddings! They make me all teary and I love the beauty of it all. The dresses, the flowers, the promises. Today I wanted to share what I wore to a wedding last weekend!
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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Last Friday night, we went to an Iowa Cubs game. The are just a step below the majors, and games are always fun. We got a Groupon for 10 general admission tickets for just $24, so at $2.40/ticket we can totally go, enjoy some ballpark food, and not feel bad leaving early when the kids go a little wild.


Everyone has that bucket list of things they want to do someday, right? Today I'm sharing mine!



This week, the How I Style It ladies (DellaNicole and Tif) are styling some tropical style. I don't own a ton of tropical prints, but I thought I would show you how a few touches can dress up a basic dress!


If you met me a year ago, handed me a bright lip stick, and told me to put it on, I would have likely handed it back to you with a kind, "No, thank you." At that time I was a tinted chapstick wearer at most and that was about it, but things have changed! Here's why!
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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We surprised my dad last night by the whole family getting together. Today is his last day of infusions for his Leukemia!

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I decided to give Stitch Fix another try after they emailed me saying it'd been a while since I had my last fix and would I give it another try if they waived my styling fee. I wasn't going to turn down some happy mail and the chance to possibly find some cute clothes. I put in a couple requests:

Because I can't get enough pom poms, I'm back this week with a simple and cute pom pom tassel earring tutorial! These can be made in all types of color combinations and they are pretty light weight, so they won't hurt your ears!
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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Hat (sold out but similar here)/ Necklace DIY/ Bag

TODAY is the last day of school for students. Though I do have to work two days next week, I'm thrilled to be *almost* officially on summer break! Bring on the slow mornings, adventures, and sunshine!



I blame it all on Russ and our drive back from Omaha for spring break and trying to get every big truck to honk at us on the interstate, but Calvin is obsessed with trucks. He gets so excited every time we see them and we have read so many books about trucks over and over and over. So, when it was time to think about the theme for his second birthday a few weeks ago, trucks was a no-brainer!

Pom poms are all the rage right now, and I love the pop of fun they give to an outfit. I have seen pom pom necklaces in a few shops, but I didn't see one whose color scheme really was for me, so I decided to try to make my own! Today I'll show you how I did it!


All you'll need is some scissors, embroidery thread, pom pom beads (I found mine on Amazon) as well as tape and a safety pin (not pictured). 


I cut super long pieces of embroidery thread. I would guess I cut at least three yards. I didn't en up using the whole length, but I went for having too much instead of trying to add some on. I used three different colors, tied them together in a knot, pinned the knot to my jeans, and then I simply braided them. This definitely took me back to middle school years and friendship bracelets! The braiding took a while, but it would easily be something you could do while watching TV.

I kept stopping to check the length. I wanted it to be long enough for a necklace plus a little extra length because you'll need it when you tie knots a couple steps from now. I think I finished with about 60 inches of braid, but you could probably do 50 or 55 inches and be okay.


Next, I took the tape and taped off the end of the string very tightly and cut it at an angle.


Then, I measured up about six inches and tied a knot. I used the taped end to thread through the pom pom bead.


Then, I tied a knot on the other end of the pom pom bead. I repeated the steps of measuring, knotting, adding the bead, and knotting again until I got to the end of how long I wanted the necklace to be. For me, I repeated the step six times. 


Last, I took the original end and tied it in a knot between the pom pom and the last knot I tied. I cut all the strings off.


It looks cute alone or layered with a shorter necklace. My monogram is from Southern Joy Designs. Use code BGSJD10 to get 10% off yours!

Also I thought it would be fun to send a couple readers a kit to make their own pom pom necklace. I have three different color combos to give away! Comment below on which one you'd like me to send you and I will pick three winners (US mailing addresses only, please).

{Yellow, Orange, White}


{Teal, Blue, Purple}


{Blue, Green, White}


Please comment by Monday, June 29th. I'll pick three winners on Tuesday, June 30th!


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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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We had Calvin's birthday party last weekend. I'll do a full post on it this coming week! Let's just say the cupcakes were a hit!


Today Tif from Bright on a Budget and I are teaming up to share how we styled our J. Crew Factory shorts!





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 wasn't quite sure what I was looking for, but it was a fun mom vacation!
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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Last Friday morning, Wesley's preschool had a "Muffins and Moms" breakfast. If was so fun and they had some special things Wesley had made for me! I just love our preschool!


Summer's right around the corner for us! Just about three weeks and we'll be in full summer mode. Though I know I could never be a full-time stay at home mom, being a teacher, I kind of get the best of both worlds with our long summer vacation. Today I'm sharing a few things that help make summers great for the kids and me!


I'm LOVING that we're having warm weather around here. I can wear dresses without tights or leggings and the boys have been able to play outside non-stop! Today I'm sharing a feminine outfit with you that just makes me feel good!
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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Yesterday was Calvin's 2nd Birthday! We love this boy so much and he completes our family well! His party isn't until next weekend, so we're totally going to stretch out the celebration!


This week, the How I Style It ladies (Della, Nicole and Tif) are styling some throwback fashion. I'm pulling out a few older pieces and mixing them with some new!

Teachers work hard all year long, and May is the perfect time to show your appreciation! Whether it is an end of the year gift, or a gift for Teacher Appreciation Week (which is this week), I always love to show a little token of gratitude to the ones who pour into my littles each day.

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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Sometimes it's easy to cruise by the little milestones, but I was taken aback this past Sunday when Calvin was practicing going up and down the front step before church. How can he be growing up so fast?! He'll be two next week!


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Cents of Style always has the best graphic tees. Today I'm sharing how I styled this one and I have a discount code you can use on one for you!



Spring is the season for the bright blooms of daffodils! Though we have no daffodils in our yard, I thought it would be fun to make some using recycled materials and things we had around the house.  Hopefully, this will inspire your child to participate in many creative learning activities this spring! So dig an egg carton out of the recycling bin and start creating
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 may receive a commission (with no extra cost added to you) if you make a purchase from the links in this post. Thanks for supporting the time and love I put into this space. Please see my disclosure for more details.


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I received this phone case free for review, but all opinions are my own!

There's just something about a pretty phone case that makes me smile. I love personalizing them to my interests! Today I wanted to share my new, one of a kind, phone case with you and how you can get your own for a discount!




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's solo trip was the perfect mommy vacation!

Before I get to what I did get, here a few things I passed up:

Happy Friday! Spring is here and we're excited to celebrate Easter this weekend! Here are highlights from this past week:

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