bybmg: November 2017

Just like cardigans, jackets are fun pieces to add to your wardrobe! Today I'm sharing a beautiful floral bomber jacket that Shein sent me in exchange for review.

 Today I wanted to share my outfit from Thanksgiving!

This shop has been compensated by ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses and Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #TreatYourEyes2 #TreatYourEyes #CollectiveBias

I remember in ninth grade when I finally got to shed the glasses and give contacts a go. For me, a lot of my desire at the time for having contacts was about the looks. Glasses weren't cool or trendy back in 1998 like they can be now. After being a contact wearer for years, there's much more to my love of contacts than just looks!

Even better now, I'm wearing ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. These lenses are the most comfortable ones I have ever worn. At my exam at Target Optical®, I shared my concerns with the doctor about the lenses I had been wearing and he suggested I try the ACUVUE OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses. I've been wearing them for a few weeks now, and I love how they feel.

Today I wanted to share with you why I love wearing ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. If you haven't made the jump to contacts or are looking for comfortable and affordable lenses, give them a try.  If you're new to contacts, here are some tips to help you!

1. No Glare: I remember as a child having to pose my face a certain way during school pictures so that you could actually see my eyes. Because I wear contacts, I don't have to worry about tilting my head a certain way or removing my glasses all together to see my eyes.

2. No Dirty Lenses: Glasses lenses and smudges are a constant battle and I can't even imagine how much more of a battle I would have as a mom with my kiddos touching me all the time. With contacts, I can see clearly because they get a nice cleaning every night when I take them out before bed.

3. No Adjusting Frames: Growing up, my glasses frames would constantly get bent out of shape or even broken. I don't have to worry a bit about that now.

4. Wear Whatever Sunglasses I Want: Because my eyes need so much correction, I can't go anywhere without glasses or contacts. I am also the type of person who loves sunglasses, and because I have contacts, I can wear different styles of sunglasses depending on the outfit or activity.

These sunglasses are from Target. I love Target's affordable sunglasses selection so I can have different sunglasses for different outfits.

Make sure you check out Target Optical® for all your eye care needs!

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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 there was so much Christmas goodness; it was hard to know what to choose!

First off, what I didn't get! Looking back at all of these pictures, I realize so many are cups or mugs!

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! Just an FYI that we're taking next Friday off from the link up for the holiday. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!


I shared a little on my Instagram story, but I've been trying out Color Street Nails. I met a gal at a vendor show and decided to give them a try. I applied this set over my powder dip mani. I really like how easy they are to apply. I wore them for a little under a week. They wore a little at the tips but I think part of that was that my manicure was so smooth that they didn't adhere 100% like they would to a natural nail. All in all though, I really like them and I will wear them again. They come right off with polish remover and even the glitter came off without much fuss. I am impressed!

I received product free in exchange for my review. See my disclosure for details.

We use our phones on a daily basis, so having a fun case (or three) for your phone is a fantastic idea. There are so many pretty cases out there, but I love to design my own case using Case AppThis time I created a fun seasonal plaid case for me, a case for my LipSense biz and Henry designed a case too!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Hopster . All opinions are mine alone. #SaveWithHopster #CollectiveBias

We all know money doesn't grow on trees! Being a two teacher family and having three kiddos (two of which are in daycare), we're always looking for ways to save money. I'm also a very busy person, so I don't have time to go to different stores or always shop the sale fliers. I've had to look for other ways to save without a lot of fuss, so today I'm sharing four easy ways with you.

Always go to the store with a list.

I've learned that going to the store with a list really helps me stay focused on what I need to buy. If it's not on the list, it doesn't go in the cart. Sometimes it is an actual paper list, because I love a good paper list, but I also use the notes and reminders apps on my phone, too. Russ and I have a share reminders list for a couple stores on our phones so we can add to it, then we both know what we need if we go to the store without the other person.

Use Hopster.

Besides a list, I check the Hopster Mobile Rebates app when I go to the store, too. Or sometimes if I know we just need, something like cereal, I'll check the app to see if something that would work for our family is available with a rebate.

Using Hopster is so easy!

1. Choose your rebates from lots of different brands and items.
2. Shop at any store.
3. Take a picture of your receipt showing the item you purchased.
4. Rebates will be redeemed and credited to your PayPal account as soon as they're validated. You don't have to get to a certain dollar amount to cash out! Rebates go straight to PayPal no matter how much they are!

You can download the app on iTunes or Google Play!

Track what you buy.

Those little expenses can add up quick if you don't realize it. I've gotten in bad habits in the past of $20 here, $10 there and it truly adds up! We have a spreadsheet (which I can also access on my phone) where we track our expenses each month and this has truly curbed my spending. Knowing everything had to fit somewhere in our budget really makes me think before I buy those little things. The spread sheet is easily accessible and is categorized by type of purchase. AND, I can add some money back into our budget with my rebates from Hopster!

Give yourself a little fun money!

Everyone deserves a little unquestioned spending. We budget in some fun money each month that goes to whatever we want, no questions asked. Knowing that I have that little me money every month makes sticking to a budget easier. Deciding what to spend my money on is an adventure! And an extra perk if I can stretch the money further by finding a discount on Hopster!

What are some of your money saving tips while shopping?

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!


It's always fun to look in Henry's backpack and see what gems I will find. This was a note he wrote to his brothers and the pictures just crack me up because the describe them perfectly. Cal is obsessed with the Netflix show Mighty Machines and Wesley + Princesses = Life right now!

This post is sponsored by Shopko. All opinions are my own. 

Christmas will be here before we know it! Stocking stuffers are always fun. Some years I over to it and some years I am totally last minute, but this year, I working on being prepared and making some of our Christmas purchases useful things or consumable things so we aren't affected with so much clutter.

I am LOVING the embroidery trend. Embroidery, especially floral, is back in style and it's a fun little detail to add to your wardrobe. Today I'm sharing an easy way I transitioned this short sleeve embroidered top to be fall-wearable.

I'm over at Des Moines Moms Blog today sharing about how I shop on Poshmark! Go check it 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!


First, we'd better start off with the boys' costumes! We had a dino rider, Sleeping Beauty, and a construction worker. They had so much fun trick or treating!

The ruffle/bell sleeve trend is one I wasn't 100% sure was for me. Some of the way its styled, I'm not sure I could pull off, but when I saw this top, It called to me. I knew the classic print was something I could make work, so I gave it a try.

This month the How I Style It crew is sharing our spins on scarves and ankle boots! Make sure you stop by to check out DellaNicole and Tif's looks!

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