bybmg: 2017


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!

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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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Need a quick and easy way to color your Easter Eggs without much fuss? Today I'm sharing a way that can be accomplished in just minutes!


So, a utility vest. I've talked about it here. and I have worn it here, and here, and here. Let's just say it's another one of those staple wardrobe pieces. Today I wanted to show you how it totally adds to an outfit.

Erin from Perfectly Port Family has a 10 on the 10th link up and today's prompt is what's in your bag? It's been a while since I shared what's in my bag, but today I thought it would be fun to show you again.
Happy Friday! This week was a good one despite lots of rain. The sun came out yesterday and it was just the ticket! P.S. Did you enter the PayPal Cash Giveaway I posted Monday?

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Our sweet Wesley is FOUR today! I can't believe it. This kid zoomed into our world and we love him so much. He has so much personality. He is sensitive, humorous, and can break out into song and dance at a moment's notice. Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!


Who else is happy it's spring? Things are greening up around here, the kids are playing outside, and I don't have to bundle up every time I go outside. Today Della, Nicole, Tif, and I are all sharing our spring pastel looks!


Having a fresh pair of shoes (or eight) is always a good kick start to your wardrobe. Shoes typically always fit, they can be worn multiple times a week without question, and they just add a little to your outfit. Today I'm coming at you with eight budget-friendly pairs of shoes all from Target that will add some great versatility and character to your wardrobe this spring. 


Today I thought it would be fun to do a round up of what I've been wearing lately. I post my outfits each day on Instagram, but the day to day outfits don't make the blog all the time. As I look through my outfits, leggings and stripes make a frequent appearance!

Happy Friday! This week has been BUSY and I'm so excited for a weekend to breathe a little!  Here are highlights of what we've been up to!

 I may receive a commission (with no extra cost added to you) if you make a purchase from the links in this post. I received this skirt free in exchange for review. Thanks for supporting the time and love I put into this space. Please see my disclosure for more details.

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Top: c/o Lavish and Luxe Boutique - Jeans: Old Navy - Booties: Toms (similar) - Clutch: gift 
Earrings - A Pretty Pear - Necklace: Paparazzi Jewelry

Russ and I had a date night last Friday night. We originally were going to go to a concert, but honestly, we were feeling worn out from the week, so we sold our tickets and just got dinner and hung out at home. It was wonderful. The kids were at the grandparents' over night, so we even got to go out for breakfast!



I wish I could count the number of time someone has said, "Can you come dress me?" So, today ladies, I'm dressing you! If I could come shop with you, here are things I would pick out right now. I feel like they work for anyone and they will help you feel put together this spring! All of these pieces are under $40 and many are under $20!

Some days, it's easy to just to back to the basics. A chambray top is definitely a staple piece in my wardrobe because there are unlimited ways to wear it!

I got the crafting itch again. This time it was for something to pep up my table. I went to my felt stash, saw orange and green, and knew it could make an adorable carrot! It's so easy you can do it too! I whipped them all up in less than 30 minutes!
Happy Friday! I hope your week was great! Here are the highlights of our week. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for some awesome prizes I wish I could win!

 I may receive a commission (with no extra cost added to you) if you make a purchase from the links in this post. I received this skirt free in exchange for review. Thanks for supporting the time and love I put into this space. Please see my disclosure for more details.

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We ended spring break with a fun St. Patrick's Day. We had friends over to play, ate Lucky Charms + M&Ms + Rolos, and had festive floats to end the day! It was great!

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The boys don't have a ton of green shirts, but coincidentally, they all have green hoodies, so I snapped a quick picture of them on St. Paddy's Day on our way to the Y.

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The rest of the week at our house was basically overtaken by the plague. First Calvin and Henry were sick, then Russ was sick, then I wasn't feeling very well. Russ and I were supposed to go to a concert tonight, but we honestly decided we were just too worn out to do so. So, instead we sold the tickets and we're just going out for dinner and relaxing. Much needed after this week.

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So, remember that No Shop March I was talking about? Well, the Kate Spade Surprise Sale made me break down. I found this beauty for a great price. I LOVE the fold over style. I LOVE the polka dots. I LOVE that it's a cross body, so I bought it. BUT I did list a few things on Poshmark to make up for it, so it should more than even out. I made it to March 22. Not too shabby.

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Speaking of shopping, Cents of Style has this adorable tunic on sale today for their Fashion Friday. It's called the Hannah Keyhole Tunic and I just love it. It has adorable keyholes in the front and the back. I appreciate that they are still modest so I felt comfortable wearing this to school. This tunic comes in so many great colors like this olive, but also navy, black, blush, gray, and more! It's awesome for pairing with skinny jeans and is a great seasonal transition piece with it's 3/4 sleeve! Hop over and shop here and use code TOPSTORY today through 3/26 to get yours for $19.95 plus free shipping! 




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