bybmg: 2018
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, 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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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Last Friday night and Saturday was spent at a vendor show. I have another show this weekend and one more for sure in December. It's not so fun being away from the boys, but it is fun sharing with some ladies who want to give things a try. The nice thing about this past weekend was the event was over by 2 and I was home by 2:30 so I had the rest of the dat with the boys!

Hey all! Happy Tuesday! I wanted to jump on and share my recent trip to Target with just a budget of $10! First, let's walk through the journey of things I didn't buy!


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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week! This is Katie's last week hosting the link up, so make sure you stop by and wish her well!

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Last Friday I got to hop over to Wesley's school and have lunch with him. It was so fun. Hanging out with Kindergarteners is always an adventure!

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Last week I hit up Starbucks and got one of their first holiday cups! I usually get cold drinks, but I just had to get a hot drink to kick off the season.

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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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Friday night Russ and I had a date night! We tried a new restaurant called Dumpling Darling and had treats at Molly's Cupcakes afterward! It was so nice to get out!

I received this product free in exchange for review. Opinions are my own.


Ever since I was in high school having nice nails was important to me. Whether it was getting a manicure, doing my nails at home, or something in between, I like to have nice nails! Having longer nails and motherhood don't always mix, though.



If you're a midwesterner, you've probably heard of Hy-Vee! I shared last week on Des Moines Moms Blog the many reasons I love our store! Read it here!
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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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Last Saturday, Russ was on an adventure, so the little two and I cheered on Henry at his soccer game. It was SO windy and cold, but they were all in good spirits. Thank goodness for blankets!


I feel like when people hear buffalo plaid and leopard they think of the red plaid wintery combo. Today I wanted to share a different spin on it!
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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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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Not this past week, but the week before, we were just stuck in a rain spurt. It would not stop! This fall, honestly, we have had so much rain so far. One night we decided we just needed to get out, so we took the boys to Target and let the boys each pick something out. They were all excited with their finds. Calvin got a crane truck that didn't make it into the picture.

I'm taking today off! Make sure you stop by Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea,  andTif at Bright on a Budget's blogs to link up and see other great posts!
I received this product free in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.



My smile is important to me. I show it every day in my work as a teacher and my work as a make up distributor. When Smile Brilliant asked me to review their electric toothbrush, I was excited because I am working to focus more on my dental health.



To be honest with you, I don't have the best teeth. Part of that has been due to laziness, and I think part of it to genetics. It also may have to do with the fact that I wasn't a regular to dentist check ups as a child and some of my adult life. In the past year I have been making it a priority to floss daily in addition to my normal tooth brushing routine. I have used electric toothbrushes in the past but wasn't a huge fan because I didn't like the brush it had (you know, the tiny round one), it was loud, and it didn't have any variety in settings.

Enter the Smile Brilliant cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush! The first thing that excited me about this brush is the type of brush it has. Instead of a tiny round brush, it has a brush that is similar to your traditional toothbrush. The bristles are not too soft, and not too stiff. They have angles that reach between teeth for optimal cleaning. I also appreciate that the replacement heads are reasonably priced.



Another great thing about the Smile Brilliant cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush is that it has five different settings based on your dental needs. My favorites were the Clean and Massage settings. They have different vibrations at each setting specific to that settings' needs. I also like that the brush has a timer that pauses letting you know to move to a different region of your mouth. I definitely know I wasn't brushing my teeth as long as I should have been with my manual toothbrush! My teeth feel so clean after using

If you want to know more, make sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions page about this brush.

I am excited to team up with Smile Brilliant to give a Smile Brilliant cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush away to one lucky ByBMG reader!

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And if you're ready to purchase a Smile Brilliant cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush for your yourself, use the code bybmgblog20 at checkout for a 20% off discount!

How do you make your dental health a priority? Do you use an electric toothbrush?

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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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We had a busy Saturday last weekend and that makes up a good portion of this week's highlights! Henry had a soccer game Saturday morning. Russ had a wedding all day, so it was just the boys and me, but Russ's dad came to watch too. It was a chilly game but the boys enjoyed watching. I got this cute picture of them in the wagon and then they ran around most of the rest of the game.



I thought it'd be fun to share some things I've been loving lately. From food to bath bombs to making my life better, read on!




I'm over at Des Moines Moms Blog today sharing some ways to style colored jeans for fall!


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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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I have my planning periods around lunch so sometimes I can pop out and go over to the boys's school. Last Friday I got to be the mystery reader in Henry's class. I gave the teacher 5 clues about me and she told the kids, then they had to try to guess who it was. It was so fun when I popped in the room and Henry said he knew it was me! My clues were: I was born in Iowa, I love make up, I have a cat, I love cotton candy, and I'm a teacher.




Last Saturday night, Russ and I got a baby sitter and had a little date! The night was perfect. It felt exactly like fall. We went to Target, the mall, and out for dinner and drinks. Though we were only away for a couple hours, it was so refreshing! It was fun to put together a casual outfit for the fall weather! This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission if you shop from my links at no added cost to you.
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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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I had a mystery coworker put this delicious mix in my mail box last week. It was amazing!


Happy Wednesday! Every once in a while I head to Target with a $10 budget and see what I can find! This trip was so fun! 


I'm pretty much addicted to bath bombs. This one looked intriguing. 



Do you have a face? Do you like skincare or make up? I've been with SeneGence for over two years, and today I want to share with you some great reasons to join!
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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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We had friends over this weekend for the Iowa vs Iowa State game. I totally neglected to take any pictures, but it was fun and we had some great food!


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We did s'more again this week, but have you ever roasted a Starburst? Basically you just take a Starburst and warm it up quickly (5 seconds) over the fire. We spent some time with friends this summer and they introduced us to this. It's yummy!
I received this item free for review. The opinions are my own.



I'll be heading to Tulsa for SeneGence Leaders Training in October, and when eShatki reached out to me to work with them on a custom dress, I just knew the event I was going to wear it for! I have worked with them previously and loved my last custom dress, so I knew I would love this one too. We have an awards banquet during the training where everyone gets dressed up and having a custom dress made just for me would be icing on the cake for this fun event!



I'm posting over at Des Moines Moms Blog about teacher discounts! This isn't just for teachers! Consider these stores if you gift your teachers gift cards so they can get more bang for their buck!
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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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Saturday after our long first full week of school we took it easy. Russ was gone doing a wedding video, the boys and I just stayed home, baked cupcakes, and took it easy. It was a great start to the weekend.



It's been a while since I've shared what I wear on a day to day basis! Today I'm rounding up some of what I've been wearing lately and links to similar pieces so you can get some closet inspiration! This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission if you shop from my links at no added cost to you.
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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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We had a great weekend last weekend. Russ had a wedding on Saturday, so he was gone all day. The boys and I hit up Costco and Target and spent the rest of the day at home. On Sunday we went to church and then out to brunch with Russ's parents. The place we went is called The Machine Shed and they have free tractor wagon rides. The boys loved it!

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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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As summer is winding down, it was fun that I got a new pair of sunglasses courtesy of Sunski! This are the Portola style and I chose them because of their pink lenses and the fact that I don't have a pair of black sunglasses that I love. The cool thing about them is they're made from recycled plastic and the company donates some of its profiles to environmental non-profits! You can use code GOODVIBES to get 15% off a pair for yourself!


Do you ever find a piece you just MUST have? Today I'm styling this skirt because I just HAD to have it!


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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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We hit up the Iowa State Fair last Friday. We went to the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit that we'd never been to before. The boys walked through an agriculture experience and got to do fun things like plant a fake seed and milk a fake cow. They loved it and got paid a fake dollar at the end to buy a treat in the farm store!




Once school is back in session, I am so ready for fall, though the weather doesn't usually agree with me. Today I'm sharing a little fall transition look!
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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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For the past ten years, Russ and I have spent a weekend away with a few couples. It's nice to hang out without all our kids and just chat and go out to dinner together without cutting up someone's meal. In past years we've gone down to an area with a lake and had separate cabins. This year we rented a house with a nice pond and it was a blast!


I saw Whitney try out the Thred Up Goody Box, and I thought it would be fun to try. 

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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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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Last Friday night, Russ and I had a night out with friends. We went downtown to a cute little place for drinks and food and then to an outdoor concert. We really don't take advantage of all the fun things Des Moines has to offer, so it was fun to get out!
We returned last week from five nights at The Royal in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. This is our third year staying at this same resort. We visited it first to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary and decided we need to take a trip just the two of us every year. 


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Sunglasses: Walmart (similar)
Necklace: DSW (somewhat similar)
Romper: Mainstream Boutique (similar)
Bag: Bath and Body Works (similar)
Sandals: Tory Burch

This is what I wore to dinner they first night. We got to the resort at about 3 pm. got checked in, dressed, and walked around the resort. The past two trips I've taken wedges, but since there is a bit of walking from place to place, this year I went with all flat sandals. I may change my mind next year because you do lose a bit of that dressy look with flats, but sometimes comfort trumps fashion. 
Even though we ended the $10 at Target Link Up, I still plan to post my $10 Target finds from time to time. Today I'm sharing a shopping trip I took to Target in early July!

As usual I share first what I didn't buy...


This cute little metal tote was in the dollar spot. I think it was $5. I always go back and forth about buying one of these for entertaining. I didn't buy it this time though.
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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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Russ and I had a totally relaxing time in Mexico. We got home on Sunday night. I'll post a vacation outfit recap next week!


I'm a teacher so I have summers off. I love dressing up in the school year, and it would be easy to take summers off and stick to work out wear every day (though I don't work out). But for me, there's something that just likes to feel pulled together. I don't have to be fancy and you're not going to see me dressed up all the time, but I've found a way to feel pulled together in the summer that make me feel good about what I'm wearing even if I have nowhere to go. It all boils down to one thing.


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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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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Summer is all about fun and fun clothes comes right along with it. In the past couple years I've become a lover of Lilly Pulitzer thanks to Tif's influence. I am styling a fun and bright outfit with my Lilly shorts today!

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This post contains affiliate links. I will make a small commission if you purchase through my links at no added charge to you.

Oh Amazon, how I love you! Amazon boxes all too frequently hit our doorstep, but I haven't just been buying anything! Today I'm rounding up some of my favorite recent Amazon purchases!

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! Remember you can link up your highlights post or up to THREE of your favorite posts from this past week!

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We spent last weekend in Okoboji, Iowa, a lake town, with my parents, my brothers, and our family. 16 people in a one house! It was fun!


Here's my brothers and me. We don't get a lot of pictures just the three of us!


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