bybmg: February 2017

Today I'm linking up with Momfessional's Show and Tell Tuesday! The theme this week is kids' parties, so I thought I would round up some that I've done for the boys over the years! I feel like my parties are a good mix of Pinterest Mom and Amazon Prime Mom. I think you'll agree! 

Today's the big 33 for me, so I thought it would be fun to share some random facts. Enjoy!

1. I hated Chinese food as a kid. I remember sitting at a table for hours (though it probably wasn't hours) because I would not eat my rice. Now, I love it!

2. When going to sleep, I must have the covers right up to my chin. Russ jokes that I'm in a cocoon, but really, I probably am.
Happy Friday, friends! Today the weather is crummy here, but I'm excited for a day off! Here are highlights of the week!


Ya know every once in a while, you just have to treat yourself? We were at the mall last week and I walked in to Altar'd State and saw this cardigan (which isn't on their website that I could see). With the lace detail, I just had to splurge. I rarely buy things at full price (besides LuLaRoe), so this was a fun little treat. I think it will be a great piece for spring!

I received this dress free in exchange for my review. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

So right off the bat I have to say that this dress has me feeling like a 1950s lady. I had a friend comment that it looks like I'm straight out of the movie Pleasantville, and I couldn't agree more. From the dress's fit to the polka dots to the bag, I felt all classy.

Welcome to another month of $10 at Target! Each month some lovely ladies and I hop over to the land of the red bulls eye with $10 in hand and see what we can find. It's always an adventure! In usual fashion, I'll start off with what I didn't buy:
TGIF!  We're in for a great weekend, I hope! Temps are supposed to be in the high 60s which is unheard of for Iowa at this time of year. We had a great week! Here are the highlights:


We made Valentine boxes for the boys. Wesley wanted Elsa (of course) and Henry wanted a Minecraft Enderman. I think they turned out well!

I didn't make any home made Valentines this year, but the slime Valentines I got from the Target dollar spot were a huge hit!

Having little ones, it's truly hard to decorate. Anything I put out usually gets picked up and taken somewhere else. I know it's just a stage, but I really miss having some decor in our living room. I've seen some really pretty trays, so I decided to decorate one myself to fill my crafting itch and make something the boys can't bother too much.

One fun thing I've had in my craft stash for years is an old dictionary. I've decorated a few things with it including a bust that I keep my necklaces on and some other home decor. I got the tray, paint, and Mod Podge at Target's craft section.

First, I gave the tray two coats of paint. Looking at the final result, I think it could have used three coats because it was a little streaky still at the finish.

After allowing the tray to dry, I cut a heart out from one of the dictionary pages. It's always fun to read the definitions and see what words they decided to illustrate on the margins.

Next, I put a coat of Mod Podge down on the tray and placed the heart where I wanted it to go.

I topped the heart with more Mod Podge, smoothed it out the best I could, and let it dry.

The end result definitely has a DIY look to it, but I like it. As I sit here and write this post, the tray already has a toy in it, but that's kind of a given around here. I know the tray will get lots of use and add a pop of color to my home!

Linking up with Creative Corner and The Blended Blog.

Lessons in Fashion: 
a sporadic series where I share little tips with you that help make my wardrobe stretch.

Today's Lesson: 
A fur vest is a fun and versatile completer piece!

Happy Valentine's Day! So, it's been forever since I've done an actual "lessons in fashion" post, but I thought I would bring it back! I recently got a fur vest from Gap. I really don't know what took me so long to get a fur vest because it is so fun! Today I'm sharing four different ways I will wear it!

TGIF! I've been terrible at taking pictures of things this week, but I feel like our schedule has been so busy!


Girl Scout cookies... yum. I actually got a couple boxes of Lemonades because they're my favorite!

My Valentine decor is lacking around the house, so I thought it would be fun to have the boys help me make something. Again, I'm a craft supply hoarder, so I had everything I needed to make this project at home!

Valentine's Day is just under a week away, and today Tif, Nicole, and I are coming at you with our LuLaRoe Valentine's leggings look today.

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 much. As I picked out some of my favorite outfits from January, I realized I've been wearing a lot of layers.


We had a super busy weekend. It started off Friday night with the boys getting hair cuts at Shear Madness and a trip to Buffalo Wild Wings. Saturday night, Calvin stayed with Grandma and Grandpa while we took the older two out to Fuzzy's Taco Shop and an Iowa Energy basketball game.


Sunday was also busy with church, Henry's soccer practice, and his birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. He had the BEST time! He and his buddies played lots of game, ate pizza, had cake, and cashed in their tickets for prizes. So. Much. Fun for six and seven year olds!


Monday mornings are always a little rough, but Calvin is back to his not so great sleeping habits. I was extra tired Monday morning, and then I showed up to this at my classroom door!  What a nice start to the week!


Tuesday was Henry's actual birthday, so I made the tradition of reading him this book the night before. It always makes me a little teary.  On Henry's actual birthday, I was able to go surprise him to eat lunch at school and then we had pizza at home for dinner. Hard to believe I've been a mom for SEVEN years!


I got to see the movie Hidden Figures last weekend with a friend. It was SO GOOD! Totally go see it if you have the chance!

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I'm excited for another month of our How I Style It series were some great ladies and I come together on a theme and share our versions. This month, Nicole, Della, Tif, and I are sharing our Valentine's Day looks. Here's mine!

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