bybmg: 2019

Every woman needs a little black dress that makes them feel fantastic. A little black dress (LBD) can be worn year-round and today I wanted to show you how to wear it for summer!

Today I'm putting together an easy outfit that looks... well... put together! Use some classic pieces and add a pop of color, and you're set!

It's time again to round up my Amazon purchases from this past month! This month includes some travel items, some fun, and a couple clothing items, too!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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!

We did a bit of traveling since I've updated you last! We went St. Louis, Gulf Shores, St. Louis, Philly!

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We hit up St. Louis on both ends of our trip before we went to Gulf Shores. Russ's aunt lives there and she took us to the City Museum! It's an amazing place


After Gulf Shores, we came back through and I met up my friend Krista, who I'd met through Instagram. This was our first time meeting and it was so wonderful!

Last summer we acquired a tent from one of Russ's friends. We set it up in the back yard once and the boys slept in it a couple nights. This summer, we decided to attempt our first camping trip outside of the back yard! The goal was to keep it simple, and I think we did just that. 
I got an email saying I had some ThredUp credit, so I went looking around their website and was reminded of their Good Box! What is a ThredUp Goody Box? It's a box where a stylist chooses 10 thrifted items to send you, you try them on in the comfort of your own home, you keep what you want, and send back the rest. I was really pleased with the box that I got. I put in the notes that I would like all dresses and jumpsuits for our upcoming tropical vacation. So, here's what I got and I'll share what I kept! The brands don't necessarily matter since you can't really go out and find these pieces, but all of the items where in the $18-$35 price range which I thought was really good!

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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!

Sorry I was MIA last week! My Friday posts will be off and on over the summer as sometimes we will be traveling and I won't have computer access. We've been living up summer and I've forgotten what day it is already! Also, I have a giveaway going on over on Instagram, so pop over and enter!

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Summer has begun! I'm working on a make up artist certification through SeneGence, and I have to make over 40 faces by March 31 of next year! As of when this posted, I've done 12 faces and have number 13 tonight! I'm hoping to get a lot done this summer when our schedule is a little more flexible!

Who is excited for summer?! I am for sure. We're going to have a rocking summer and fun outfits always help!





It's time again to round up my Amazon purchases from this past month! This month I didn't really buy a ton! There are a couple random odds and ends I got for my business that I didn't post, but this is the most of it.

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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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This past weekend we went to Russ's uncle's ordination. He is now officially a priest! It's such a big deal and it was fun to witness it all!

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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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These week (through Sunday the 26th), each item purchased gets the customer's name in a drawing to win one of two Starbucks color changing cups! I was lucky enough to score some of these, so I wanted to have a fun way to share the love. If you want to snag and make up or skincare, you can shop here! You can also join my Facebook group if you want a more personal shopping experience.


I'm coming at you with my first summertime outfit today, and I couldn't be more excited! We have just a few weeks left of school, then we're in full on summer mode!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 I dropped of 29 gifts to a local women's shelter thanks to some of my great customers and profits from my business. Everyone deserves a gift for Mother's Days, I hope this made these ladies feel special.


Hot pink! I love this color and I don't wear it nearly enough. Today I wanted to show you a fun work wear outfit that could totally transition to the weekend.

Have you tried any subscription boxes? I'm sharing my thoughts on some over at Des Moines Moms Blog.

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 morning, Calvin's preschool had Muffins with Mom. It was so cute. Calvin was so excited I was there. He even made sure to take care of  me. "Mom, you look thirsty, I'll get you some juice!"






It's time again to round up my Amazon purchases from this past month! We made a few big purchases this month, purchased some gifts for the boys, and of course a couple random things, too!


Athleisure (athletic leisure) looks seem to be on the rise, and I wanted to share one with you today!

The links in this post are affiliate links, meaning I make a small commission if you make a purchase through them at no added cost to you. I was also gifted an item in exchange for review for this post. The opinions are all my own.
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 got out Monoploy Junior this week. It's a great game for Wesley and Calvin and I forgot how much fun and learning happens in board games. We definitely need to get them out more!

I'm BACK with another Wearing Lately post. I feel like every months to two months is a good frequency for these posts. 

It was interesting looking back on what I actually wore these past two months. Now, this isn't every single outfit because you don't want to look at 61 outfits, and I didn't document my outfit every one of those days either. BUT, I did notice a couple themes: black, lots of black, some pops or pink, some blue, a few neutrals, and not much more.  

We have just a few weeks left of the school year, then I'm in full-on summer mode. It may be a good time in the next few weeks for me to take a good look at my closet and pair it down. I have cleaned out quite a bit lately, but I think I could do more.  

Also, I am not going to link every piece I share for the sake of time and because some of the things are old, but I will link some things that I think you would like. The links I do include are affiliate or referral links, meaning I make a small commission or shop credit if you make a purchase through them at no added cost to you.


Here's the start of the black theme! I wore a black LuLaRoe Amelia along with a LuLaRoe Sarah Cardigan. I haven't been wearing my LuLaRoe pieces as much, but the Amelia Dress is really a classic piece. I added tights and ankle booties and some basic jewelry. 

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 we went to Monster Jam! Calvin loves Monster Trucks, so it was kind of a pre-birthday treat. His birthday is next weekend. Even though he made a sour face for the pictures, he really loved it and so did the other boys!

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 Thursday night, I hopped on a plane after work and headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma for SeneGence's yearly Seminar! This is a training event and a celebration of all of our accomplishments throughout the past year.

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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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Henry had his first soccer game of the season. He got to play goalie the first half which is his favorite spot. He had two saves! And then the second half he got to play on offense and scored a goal!


Ya'll know by now that I love Amazon! I'm sharing 6 Spring Fashion Finds over at Des Moines Moms Blog!

Happy Friday! Sorry this is a little delayed! Blogger was having some issues last night so I couldn't get in to work on my post!

Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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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Our central US representative from SeneGence came to Des Moines Last weekend. I got to go out to dinner with her and some other local team leaders. It was so good! We also had a training on Saturday with about 50 distributors. It was fun and I learned a lot!


It's time again to round up my Amazon purchases from this past month! I said last month that I didn't think I would order much this month... well wrong! Though a lot of things were not just splurges. Check out all I got below:

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 got together with my side of the family this past weekend to celebrate all the spring birthdays! We got to meet my niece who was born in December, and we got a picture with all the kids! We have quite the crew!


This winter in Iowa has been one of the longest ever. We have had more snow than we've had in over 20 years and a lot of the bad weather happened on the weekends, which just made for more cabin fever. When we were in the depths of it, I thought forward to Spring Breaking really wishing we could do something fun. A beach sounded fantastic, but it wasn't in the cards with our budget. Instead, we looked at Google Maps, drug southward from Iowa, and landed on Branson. Neither of us had ever been to Branson before, but we figured being 6 hours south, it had to be a little warmer than we would be in March and so we booked three nights in a hotel with a water park and called it a trip!

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 got some more snow last week, ugh, but Calvin and I had a fun time scooping off the garage. Since this pictures, the temps have risen and it's rained, so the snow piles in our front yard that used to be multiple feet high are almost gone! BUT some areas of our state and surrounding are experiencing flooding. I'm praying it doesn't cause too much damage.

Ok, ok, that title is saying a lot. But it's the truth for two reasons! Read on to find out more!


Today, I'm taking about SeneGence VolumeIntense Mascara and UnderSense 3-in-1 Primer! If you're looking for mascara that will make your eyes pop, these are the products for you!


I'm over at Des Moines Moms Blog talking about 10 Things I Love to Buy at the Dollar Store! Pop on over and check it out.

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 made some homemade pizza this week. I tried a new crust and it was a win! It's the flatbreads from 


It's time again to round up my Amazon purchases from this past month! This month it was a lot of random things. I'm not sure if I'll order much in March because I want to save money for Spring Break! Check out all I got below:

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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!

Wednesday was my birthday and I really like to celebrate my birthday for a whole week!

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Last Friday the older two had the day off school so we took them out to Hu Hot. If they'd ever been there it had been a long time and Henry thought it was amazing!

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 date night last Friday. We went to one of our favorite local places and then curled up and watched a movie at home. It was so nice. 

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 morning I was filming a video for my business and Calvin needed help with something. I asked Henry to help him, and then I came out later and found this! "But mom, there was just a little juice left in the bottle." Whatever works, right?

I was thinking about this blog as a whole the other day and just reflecting on where I started and where I am now. Blogging is not a full time gig for me, and some days I just want to get back to the simplistic roots I had when I started this blog almost 6 years ago! Over the past 6 years I have written over 300 fashion related posts, and over 1000 posts total. That's kind of crazy! Today I wanted to bring it back to my roots and do a What I Wore Wednesday round up. I used to do this every week, and I think I need to bring it back. Probably not every week, but more often for sure. So, here is a round up of some outfits I've worn from the new year until now. Hopefully this will give you a little inspiration!

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I wore this outfit because a very similar version of it made my Top 9 for 2018 on Instagram. I love the coziness of it!

Sweater: Old Navy (similar)
Skirt: LuLaRoe Cassie (Shop with Amanda or Cassy to get yours)
Leggings: LuLaRoe
Boots: Steve Madden (similar)

Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 Henry had his birthday party with friends at a local place called the Old School Arcade. The boys had unlimited play time for almost 2 hours and had a blast!


It's time again to round up my Amazon purchases from this past month! This month I took advantage of the free shipping and free returns on some clothing items, because trying on things at home is so much easier! I also got a robot mop! Yep, you heard it right! Check out all I got below:
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I've shared about my love of eShatki custom dresses before. Today I wanted to share with you a new way to shop! They're now on Amazon Custom! You can create your custom eShakti dress on Amazon! How cool is that? Check out how to do it, then catch a coupon code at the end for your own custom dress!
Happy Friday! Della at Della Devoted, Whitney at Polka Dotty Place, Whitney and Come Home for Comfort, 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 was our elementary's night at the high school basketball game. At half time the kids could come out and shoot a basket. Henry made his and we got a coupon for a free large pizza and pop!

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If you've been checking out my Facebook page at all lately, you'll notice I've been sharing a lot of fun shopping deals! I love a good deal, and Jane.com has been my go to! Jane.com is a daily deal site where new items are posted from different shops daily. The deals run for just a short time, a day or two, and there are so many fun finds. Today I wanted to share some things I've purchased from Jane.com recently. Not all the links I will share are active deals, but you can always favorite them to get alerted if they go live again.
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