Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Simple Summer Outfit/Bloggers Who Inspire Me Linkup

First of all, I want to say thank you for all who left such sweet comments on my last post! The blogging community is such an amazing place :) I started by 14th week this past Thursday, and while I'm having more good days than bad, I am still having some sickness so hopefully it will pass soon (and hopefully I get my energy back too!)

Today I'm sharing with you all a simple, summer outfit. I took this back when I was 11 weeks (and could still fit into these shorts!) so you can't tell I have a bump yet :) 

Shorts: Gap
Tank: Gap (old!)
Kimono: Target
Sandals: Target
Earrings: The Limited
Watch: Gift

I've been wanting a kimono for awhile now and was looking at Target about a month ago when I found this beauty (plus it had a Cartwheel deal!). Of course, my size was sold out and I had to size down, but luckily kimonos run loose anyway, so you can't really even tell! It will be a perfect summer completer piece and obviously can grow with my expanding belly :)

Meet your Host: Rachel of Garay Treasures blog racheltargetgiveaway Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest

  Meet your co-host: Maria of Not Fancy, Just Life

You can follow Maria by Bloglovin and Instagram, please stop by her blog and meet her! Now onto the link up and this weeks featured five ladies: ***Note, while this link up has become quite the fashion link up, occassionally I like to feature posts outside of fashion and outfits. So while there were many fashion links I LOVED I also want to stay true to this link up and post other genres as well. You ALL inspire me though!

The Laundry Room Supermodel Tee The Laundry Room Supermodel Tee[/caption] Nikki linked up several lovely looks that it was hard to choose which one was my favorite as she has some lovely outfits almost always. I think what sold me on this look was her pointed striped flats (shoes I have had on my wishlist) and this tee (I LOVED these supermodels, especially Claudia because Claudia dated David Cooperfield the magician forever and as I child I loved both of them). I was inspired by Nikki's effortless yet casual chic look. Check out her post here.

Tiffany shows off a LBD with a BANG! I was inspired by the fact that while I don't think I have seen Tiffany style anything black I was impressed and thought she looked rather gorgeous. Tiffany normally styles bright colors, so her added neon pink clutch to stay true to her style was a cute addition. Check out her LBD look here.

learned-capsule-wardrobe.jpg   Sarah has been blogging about her month of picking only a limited number of clothes from her wardrobe and finding new ways to style them, a challenge she choose to do by a God given thought to see if she would come out being more thankful for the clothes she had and more. I was SO inspired by her results and the biblical principles she came to learn and realize through this challenge. I have seen God bless this young woman turned new blogging friend through this and I am so excited for her. You can view her challenge thoughts here. 

 Jennie redid a microwave cart and turned it into this lovely green coffee bar. Check out her process here. I was inspired to think outside the box of buying new furniture and instead how to re-purpose it or remodel it like she did here.
  Whitney created a list that works well for her on staying motivated, whether with blogging, work and blogging life as well as in the area of growth in general. You can view her tips in depth here

  Now it is your turn, just follow the link up rules below: 1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me (and co-host) in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you! 2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures (or co-host) and comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back. 3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired. 4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" link-up or series. 4). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Exciting news!

Yup, that picture is what you think it is! My hubby and I are expecting a baby and we are due the first week in December! We are super excited to be starting our little family and have an early Christmas present!

You may have noticed that things have been kind of sparse around here lately and you finally know the reason why :) I'm almost 13 weeks along, so I'm not really showing a lot yet (just looks like I ate a big lunch!) but I'm at that in-between state when my normal clothes are starting to get a bit too tight but maternity clothes are just too big yet. So lately I've been taking full advantage of maxi dresses and skirts! Kind of boring repeating things all the time (just wait until I'm 9 months and have 4 things in rotation haha) but it's just so much more comfortable to me than trying to fit into my pre-preggo pants with a belly band. 

I've also been nauseous pretty much all day, everyday, for the past 2 months. Definitely not fun but hopefully that will end soon with the start of the second trimester! That and I hope I get my energy back too!

I'm not quite sure how much time I'll be committing to blogging for the near future (at least until I start feeling better!). But my hope is to do some pregnancy updates/maternity fashion/nursery decor? We shall see!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Budget Babes: Head-to-toe White/Link-up

Happy Friday everyone! I'm back with Ada and Rachel for our final installment of Budget Babes. This week we are dressed in head-to-toe white! I love how we all had the same idea of pretty, summery dresses (or in Ada's case, a top and skirt!) and played them up with white or neutral accessories. Make sure to check out their posts!

Dress (JC Penney): $35?
Sandals (Gordmans): $5?
Necklace (Forever 21): $10?
Earrings (Gift): Free

Total = $50

All of these items I'm wearing are actually a few years old or older, which I don't really remember how much I paid for them! The dress I got for my bachelorette party over 3 years ago (and definitely fit into it better back then...) and the sandals I got to wear at my wedding reception! A fun outfit tribute to my wedding :) 

I hope you all have a great Memorial weekend (for us in the States)! I'm off for a fun bachelorette/wedding shower weekend with some college girlfriends!

Since it's the last installment of our Budget Babes series, we are making this one a link-up! Please share with us some of your favorite Spring looks you've recently worn!

Thanks for coming! We would love to see your spring themed looks! Please follow your hosts Ada (Bloglovin) Maria (Bloglovin) and Rachel (Bloglovin) and provide a back link of this post from one of our posts so that others can find us and to be nice. Please link up as many links with a spring theme and visit 2 or 3 other links. Thank you! We can't wait to see what you come up with. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Target Gift Card Birthday Giveaway!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I have an awesome giveaway to bring you! I have teamed up with several other bloggers in honor of the very sweet Rachel of Garay Treasures 30th Birthday to bring you a giveaway for a $120 Target gift card. One lucky winner will be selected to win this gift, courtesy of the lovely bloggers you are about to follow and meet below. All you have to do is complete the entries in the Rafflecopter box below. The more entries you do, the more your chances are of winning. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. Please follow all the entries as these will be checked for winner verification. The winner will be e-mailed when the giveaway is over and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Along with Rachel of Garay Treasures, Melissa of Missyg.com blog celebrates her Birthday today as well (you will see her in the photo collage, and as one of the lovely ladies participating in this giveaway). Please leave her a Happy Birthday as well. So without further adieu, GOODLUCK!!

And I hope you have the happiest of birthdays Rachel!!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thursday Fashion Files

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE. If you have already signed up for a Co-Host spot, take note that the party is now starting on Thursday at 12:00 A.M. instead of Wednesday evening.

I'm excited to be co-hosting Thursday Fashion Files with Carrie and Jill this week! I've enjoyed reading both of their blogs for awhile now- they both have super cute everyday styles!- and I'm excited to be joining them for their weekly link-up!

 Top: Thrifted
Cardigan: Target
Jeans: Gap
Flats: Target
Earrings: Gordman's

We've been having such weird weather lately. It'll get nice and warm for a few days, then we'll have a week of cooler temperatures and rain, then it gets nice again for a few days. Probably because of that I've been feeling really blah in my fashion choices lately. (and partly why it's been a little quiet in this neck of the woods lately) My sister had her junior prom grand march last weekend so it was a good excuse to put a little bit of thought into my outfit :) Funny enough, this top was exactly the same color as her dress and it even had beading on the top like my top had! These flats I got from Target a couple months ago and they pretty much go with everything! They add a fun pop to a more simple outfit and they are still sold in stores! You should definitely check them out :) 


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Maria from Not Fancy Just Life is our co-host this week. Maria has been doing a link up called Budget Babes with Ada and Rachel, so be sure to check it out to see some inexpensive yet stylish outfits. She lives in the midwest and is married and the owner to two adorable fur babies. Her blog has evolved into a budget-conscious, fashion blog with a sprinkling of every day life. So grab a cup of coffee (or wine), have a seat, and enjoy!

Now let's get linking!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Budget Babes: Floral Dresses

Happy Friday and welcome to the second to last edition of Spring Budget Babes with Ada and Rachel! Today's trend is all about floral dresses (but honestly, do these ever go out of style??) and the perfect way to end Ada's birthday week celebration on her blog! Don't these two ladies look lovely? Rachel and I had a similar idea of layering a piece over our dresses with some chunky necklaces for a fun pop. Ada let her floral dress be the star of the show and accompanied her dress, like I did, with a neutral peep toe. Make sure you stop by their blogs to check out their Spring looks!

Dress (Old Navy): $20?
Cardigan (Old Navy):$10?
Belt (Target): $10?
Heels (Payless): $5.05
Necklace (Edith Marie): $11.99
Watch (Gift): $0
Bracelet (Won from giveaway): $0
Earrings (Gift): $0

Total = $57.04

Extremely late in the game, but this is actually the outfit I wore on Easter Sunday over a month ago! Both the dress and cardigan came from my Old Navy working days, so they were both 25% off. I think that is the only thing I miss working there were the discounts! 25% off at Old Navy and 50% off at Gap and Banana Republic! So nice :) So needless to say, I've had both of these pieces for several years and have actually worn them together for another Easter past haha :) If something works, why fix it?? 

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! In between rain storms we are hoping to plant the veggies in our garden! We are trying straw bale gardening this year. Has anyone heard of it or done it? My mother-in-law has been doing it for a few years and loves it! I guess it is a much easier way to grow veggies/plants- you don't get weeds (yay!) and the bale acts like a greenhouse so the plants grow faster and the produce becomes mature much faster than planting it in the ground! Maybe I'll do a post about it once we get it off the ground :)


Friday, May 1, 2015

Budget Babes: Black and White

Happy Friday again! Once again I'm collaborating with Rachel and Ada for another week of Budget Babes. This week is all about black and white! I like this trend all year round but it seems so fresh in the spring, especially wearing white on the bottom. Rachel and I had the same idea in our outfits with white on bottom and black on the top while Ada mixed it up with a fun, white, windowpane top! Make sure you check these lovely ladies out! 


 Top (Old Navy): $10?
Skirt (Gordmans): $15?
Shoes (Gap): $10?
Necklace (Thrifted): $2.38
Earrings (Edith Marie): $3
Watch (Gift): $0
Bracelets (Tiny Dazzles and Purple Peridot): $0 and $7

Total= $47.38

The reason why I have so many question marks next to many of my items is because they are relatively older pieces in my closet and most things I got pre-blog I have no idea how much I paid!

I guess I am a woman of few words this week. That's about all I have to say! Now go out and enjoy your Friday :) Join us next week when we style floral dresses on a budget!