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Hey all! I wanted to pop on and share some outfits from lately! Some of the pieces are gifted from companies for me to share and this post also contains affiliate links. I hope your summer is going well! It's crazy it's already July!

You can use the code bybmgblog to get a 15% discount on your Shein order!

Hat: Target (similar)
Dress: c/o Shein
Bag: c/o Shein
Sandals: Tory Burch

I love just about anything leopard print, and I am so happy to have found this dress that is great for summer, too!
Hey all! It's been a while since I have done a life update on here. Honestly with everything that is going on, my brain has been scattered and the days get lost, but I wanted to make sure I recorded what we've been up to!

{Calvin's Preschool Finale}

Calvin hadn't attended preschool since March 13, but his school did a portfolio pick up where we could capture a cute photo. Honestly, I am sad he didn't get closure on his preschool time, but a lot of things are not as we had hoped right now.


Russ and the boys have been camping a few times. I went once to help them set up and eat dinner. The other time I wasn't able to go. but boy do they love camping!


Since we have been home, both Wesley and Calvin have learned how to ride their bikes on two wheels. We went on a family ride on a trail.

{Book Club}

I am a part of a book club and we have been reading one book a month. This title was very good!

{Air Fryer}

We have had an air fryer since before Christmas. I finally made some donuts in there and they were tasty and so easy!


My dad is retiring and I helped my parents move out of the home they have lived in for the past 20 years. I put this sign up in their kitchen way back when and it was funny to see if still there!

{Last Day of School}

We celebrated the last day of school. It was obviously very different than it has been in the past. The boys' school did a virtual end of the year "assembly" on Facebook live. We also take a first day/last day selfie each year, so here is our last day selfie. 


Since pools in our area are closed for the summer, we purchased one for our yard. Something I never thought I would do, but the boys love to swim and we wanted to make sure they had the chance to swim this summer. Everyday the weather has been great, they've been in it, and that has been so nice! I have learned a lot about taking care of it in the past weeks!

So, that's what we've been up to! Trying to keep going when life is abnormal right now. I'll share more as the summer goes on! We have a couple fun things planned!

Hey All! Shein is having their Summer Sale and I wanted to share some pieces they gifted me to share with you. You can use the code SUM405 for an extra 15% off your purchase. This post also contains affiliate links.

Earrings: Dawn Graham Designs Use code BYBMG for 30% off
Top: c/o Shein
Pants: Old Navy
Bag: c/o Shein
Sandals: Tory Burch

Hat: Target (similar)
Top: c/o Shein
Bag: c/o Shein
Sandals: Versona

Necklace: Noonday
Jumpsuit: c/o Shein
Sandals: Target

Hat: Target
Dress; c/o Shein
Bag c/o Shein
Sandals: Target

I love this dress! It can be worn as a dress or it would totally make a great swim cover up!

I love a classic stripe and this set is great for hanging around the house. You could also separate the pieces and wear them individually.

Tie dye is such a trend right now and you've probably been seeing ads for them all over the place. This set is just $20 and it's great for hanging around the house.

Which outfit is your favorite? Make sure you check out the Shein Summer Sale!

Today I'm over at Des Moines Mom sharing some recent purchases that are saving my sanity! Check it out here!

It's been a few weeks since I have been over here, but I wanted to pop on and say hello. Honestly with being home with the boys, it's been hard to find a solid routine. I forget what day of the week it is. My emotional state goes up and down. I am sure many of you can relate. Scrolling back through pictures of the last month, we have done a lot of things!

Russ and Henry stained our front porch and back deck. It's amazing how Henry has really stepped up some responsibility. I mean, money may be a tiny bit of a motivator, but he also learned how to mow the lawn!

Because the deck was freshly stained, I took the chance to order a new door mat. I love how it looks. 

Hi Friends! I hope you're doing well! I know not all of us have been getting dressed in anything besides lounge wear these days, but some days it's just nice to put on some other clothes! I wanted to share with you some cute tees I recently got from Shein. They're all so great for casual wear right now if you want to change up your routine a little. You can use the code T2ByBMGBlog to get an extra 15% off your orders at Shein!

This post contains affiliate links and gifted items.

Top c/o Shein
Jeans: Walmart
Sandals: Target

I love a good graphic tee, and the bright colors and cute message of this one are perfect. I paired it with flare jeans (yes, they're back!) and some fun accessories!


Top: c/o Shein
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Shorts: Target (similar)
Sandals: old (similar)

I love the embroidery on this top and the tie adds a little fun, too. 

Tee: c/o Shein
Shorts: Loft
Watch Band: Amazon
Sneakers: Rothys (use this link to get $20 off your first pair)

Striped tees are always a classic and I love that this one has a little floral pocket!

Top: c/o Shein
Bracelet: Touchstone
Jeans: c/o Fusion Boutique
Sandals: Tory Burch

Tie Dye is so fun right now, and I love the colors in this top along with the ruffle sleeve!

I hope you are all having a great week! 

Well, I can't say life has gotten busy, but it's been different. Some days I nail my to-do list and other days I can barely get off the couch. Last Friday I had all the intentions of blogging but just didn't, so this week you get highlights from the past two weeks.


Because we are a little crazy around here, one day Wesley and I went live in my Facebook Group and he did my make up. He got a little crazy at the end, but it was very fun!


Our boys' school did a teacher drive by parade and it was so sweet. The boys made signs and I definitely teared up a little bit.


We're still rocking the fire pit the boys made and one night we roasted hot dogs over it!


We celebrated Wesley's birthday and I worked with Card My Yard, Des Moines for a fun surprise in our yard!

Russ's parents came over to drop off gifts (and stay at a distance). :)

I arranged to have our local fire department drove by to wish Wesley a happy day!

Wesley helped me decorate his cake!

And we zoom called with my family to sing Happy Birthday and blow out his candles.


One of Russ's former students invited us out to check out their farm. They had horses and sheep and sheep dogs and it was nice to get out and away from our town for a little bit.


Easter Sunday the weather was cold and icky, but we enjoyed church from the couch in our jammies.

We also had an indoor egg hunt and got a little dressed up to eat take out for dinner.

This past week it has been pretty gloomy and cold. We have gone on some walks but spent a lot of time inside. As I type this, it's snowing, but next week is supposed to be nicer again so I can't wait to get outside more. 

Lots of love to you all in these stressful times. 

The H54F linkup is a place where you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week. You can also still drop your link for a Friday 5 post, but we want to make this a platform for our followers to discover a variety of fun new content each week.

I'm over at Des Moines Moms sharing some outdoor activities! We all need a little something right now being stuck at home!

Week three and I barely know what day it is! Just kidding, kind of! This week has definitely had its ups and downs. Good moments and not so good ones. It's hard to not be able to go places but I know it is for a good reason. Today they just extended our school closure through April 30th.

Today I'm sharing a few of the good moments of our week.


Calvin helped me make some popsicles this week and the boys enjoyed them on the deck.
Happy Friday (that's what day of the week it is, right?)!

We're still just hanging out at home. This week we put a little bit of a routine in place and that's helped the days go well.


One of my friends dropped some things by to keep the boys occupied. So sweet!

Hi Friends! How are you doing? I pray you're staying healthy and sane in this crazy time. I have definitely been struggling with the uncertainty of it all, but I know coming out of this we will be changed people.

Today I am sharing a few items gifted to me from Shein to celebrate their spring sale! You can use code SHSP021 to take 15% off your purchase through April 25.

This post contains affiliate links which means I make a small commission on your purchase at no added cost to you.

Necklace: Kendra Scott
Dress: c/o Shein
Shoes: Rothys

I have seen this leopard print pattern with the touches of blue before and just love it. I think this dress could be worn casually with sandals, for work with flats, or out on the town with heels! 

Happy Friday (that's what day of the week it is, right?)!

It's so crazy how life can just CHANGE in a week. We are officially off of school through April 13 and are practicing social distancing. This week was our spring break already. We'd planned a trip but decided not to go. We have just been hanging at home and enjoying time together. Here's what we've been up to!

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On St. Patrick's Day, we dressed in green and hit up the donut drive through! Drive throughs will be so helpful during this time as long as they stay open! They've closed all bars and restaurants in our state except for drive through, delivery and carry out.

Hey all! I hope you're all doing well. This is such a strange time in our world. Just to be transparent with you, I have some companies I have agreements with to share things, so I will still be sharing to meet that agreement. Likely right now you'll find me at home in some cozy lounge wear, but I'm excited to give you some outfit inspo if you're still working out of the home or for when you return to work after the quarantine. Many of you know I am a teacher, and right now our school district is closed until April 13.

One of the companies I work with is Shein, and I got these three pairs of pants free to review. You can shop Shein with my code T1BYBMGBLOG to get a 15% discount. This post also contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission on some of your purchases at no added cost to you!

This outfit is one that just came together easily. I got these new shoes, and the pants have a pop of the color of the shoes in them! This is an outfit I could totally wear to work in spring or fall!
Happy Friday!

First off, I want to give you all a virtual hug! Life is crazy, and I know it can take a toll on our mental health. Make sure to take care of yourself.

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I got around to sharing our Las Vegas trip. If you didn't catch the post, hop over here to read about the fun!

Hey all! I have been a little scattered between grad school, sick kids, and keeping up with other things in life, but I wanted to pop on and share some photos from our trip to Las Vegas! We headed out the evening of my birthday (Thursday, February 27) and came home Sunday afternoon. It was a fun long weekend and I didn't even get pictures of everything we did!

This is Russ and me waiting at the airport to fly out. We'd never done just a quick weekend trip flying somewhere, so we were feeling pretty excited!

The hotel we stayed at was called the Downtown Grand. It is right off Fremont Street in the older part of Las Vegas. We enjoy that it was small but nice and affordable. It was also a little bit away from the noise of Fremont, so it made sleeping easy.

Another month has passed, so that means it's time to share my recent Amazon purchases!

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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!

This week was a haze with sick kiddos, so we didn't do a whole lot! Yesterday was my birthday and today we're in Las Vegas celebrating, so I thought I would share a tutorial of one of my favorite eye looks with you! 

The H54F linkup is a place where you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week. You can also still drop your link for a Friday 5 post, but we want to make this a platform for our followers to discover a variety of fun new content each week.

Now, it's time to link up your favorite posts of the week!

Are you a jacket person? I have always been a cardigan person, but not necessarily a jacket person. But I am realizing jackets just take an outfit up a notch! 

This post contains affiliate links. I may make a small commission on your purchases through these at no added cost to you.  This post also contains gifted items c/o Shein. You can use my code T1ByBMGBlog for 15% off your purchase.

Jacket: c/o Shein
Top: Amazon
Jeans: thrifted Express (similar)
Shoes: thrifted (similar)
Clutch: old (similar)

We're heading to Las Vegas for a long weekend and I was looking up some ideas on Pinterest for what to wear with a sequin top. I found this one on Amazon and thought it was cute. One of the ideas was with a moto jacket and some nude pumps, so I tried to put together a similar look. I really like how it turned out and I think I will be wearing this as an outfit on our trip!

Necklace: Kendra Scott
Blazer: c/o Shein
Top: Target
Pants: Old Navy
Loafers: Walmart

Blush is a fun spin on a blazer, and when I was looking at pants to go with it, I pulled for these from Old Navy because they have some pink in the leopard print. Looking at this outfit later, it kind of has some Saved By The Bell 90s vibes to it, don't you think?

Earrings: Dawn Graham Designs use code BYBMG for 30% off
Jumpsuit: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Target (similar)

I'd seen some people posting about their love for the J. Crew Sweater Blazer, so when I found this one on sale, I snagged it thinking it would be fun. I really works with the greens in this jumpsuit and I got a ton of compliments when I wore this to school!

Necklace: Kendra Scott
Jacket: c/o Shein
Top: Target
Pants: H&M (similar)
Heels: Target (similar)
Clutch: Thirty-One (similar)

One of my favorite fashion tricks is putting together a faux jumpsuit look with a black top and bottoms. I thought this was perfect to wear with this fancy jacket I may end up taking to Vegas, too! I added these gold heels I got on sale at Target a few years ago and a gold glitter clutch and I think it all comes together!

Are you a jacket person? What's your favorite kind of jacket?

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