Friday, August 22, 2014

A little leopard, a little pink

Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: Old Navy // Shoes: Marshall's // Belt: H & M (Similar) // Necklace: Stella &Dot // Clutch: Stella & Dot // Bracelets: Stella & Dot (1,2,3)

Happy Friday!
So excited for Friday! :) We are hanging out with friends this evening (and the kiddos) and looking forward to that. Hoping to relax (and organize the house!) this weekend as well. We have tons of baby stuff that we are planning on selling/ donating. It's so sad to think we are passed the baby stage, and moving straight into toddlerhood. Sigh.

You know how much I love color, but I finding myself drawn to neutral colors lately. I added a little bit of leopard to break up the black, and hot pink, for a bit of color. Ok, I have to have a small dose of color. And this perfect little clutch is the right amount of hot pink. And this necklace! It's one of my Stylist buys. Seriously, a major reason of me becoming a Stella & Dot Stylist is jewelry, at half off. :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jayden's 1st day of Kindergarten

My sweet Jayden,
Mommy and Daddy can't believe you are in Kindergarten! Where did the time go?! We are so proud of the boy you have become! You are the sweetest, and caring little boy. You love life and play time is your favorite. Every day is imagination day with you and dressing up, especially in your Power Ranger costumes, is your favorite. You are loud and fun, and nothing gets you down. You are so full of energy. And I think your little brother is following in your footsteps :) I love how curious you are and all the questions you ask. Especially about Jesus. Your heart loves Him so much and Daddy and I are so proud to be raising you in a family who loves The Lord. You make us so proud in everything you do! Our first born, we love you more than you know. We are so grateful we got to spend 4 years with undivided attention just for you. You have mommy and daddy wrapped around your little finger. Ha! Your little sister and brother adore you.
We love you more than words could ever say! We pray you have a wonderful year in Kindergarten! We are so blessed to have the opportunity to send you to a Christian school where your faith will continue to grow.

Mommy and Daddy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recipe Tuesday: Easy salsa chicken

I've taken the crock pot out (after wiping off all the dust!), and I have my crock pot recipes ready to go this week.
I don't know why I even stop using it from time to time. And since I need all the time saving tips I can get now that school is back, I'm on a roll with the easiest crock pot recipes I can get my hands on.

4 pieces of chicken breast
1 jar of salsa
1 can of black beans (I don't like to use many canned items, but if I do, I like the Simple Truth Organic brand from Kroger)
1 bag of frozen corn
1 tub of cream cheese (I used reduced fat)

Throw it all together in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4.
That's it! Super easy and simple! We served it with tortilla chips but you can serve it over whole grain rice or tortillas.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pink polka dots and chambray

Top: Loft // Skirt: Eshakti // Bag: Vera Wang via Kohl's // Necklace : Stella & Dot (Somervell and Engravable) // Shoes: Steve Madden via Marshall's

Happy Monday!
I'm hopefully back to my regular schedule on this little blog of mine. I had to dig for some outfit pictures through my account and so glad I stumbled upon these pictures. I can't believe I hadn't posted them. That's how busy life has been lately. If I did post them, just pretend you haven't seen them. Ha!

I have left my pencil skirts to collect dust while I wear my full skirts, over bad over again. I paired this skirt with blue last time and I did it again here with a chambray blouse. The pink is a great color that will go with tons of combinations. Great thing because I will be wearing it again soon :)

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Our weekend in pictures

This was at the Museum of Natural Science a couple of weeks ago.

My little fashionista. Dress:Zulily // Shoes: Just Between Friends Resale // Bow: Gift


Sharing some gold fish and having a chat.

Jayden and the water hose. Hours of entertainment in the backyard.


So much fun!

                                       The water table. Hour of entertainment for the babies.

                                                   Sharing some giggles after they got all wet.

In her Sunday after church outfit.
Cardi: Carter's // Skirt: Children's Place // Headband: Emerson Grace Boutique // Shoes: Ebay
Playing in big brother's room after church.

                                                            Play time!

Our last weekend at home before Jayden starts Kindergarten! We spent it relaxing in the back yard, and riding our bikes in the neighborhood. Summer is winding down, well not temperature wise, but you know what I mean. Back to the routine, which I am looking forward to, but this is a big week for my big boy. He has been counting down the days to start school, and I'm pretty sure the all day routine of school will be an adjustment for him. All his school uniforms are bought, new shoes waiting in their box, new backpack and lunchbox, and supplies ready to go at school. And I am reminded of how blessed we are to be able to provide these things for him. I seriously stand amazed to see my 3 littles and most days can't believe they are ours. I try to savor each moment and memorize the time spent with each, because in the blink of eye, they are all grown up.

Enjoy these last couple of weeks of summer all you mamas with little ones in school. You have been so good to us summer 2014! #feelingblessed

Ps (anyone use that anymore? :)) Ava took about 10 steps today holding on to a plush soccer ball. I starting yelling with excitement because it came out of no where! And I may have shed a couple of tears. She is scared to walk and I think the comfort of holding on to something, gave her the confidence to walk. Isn't it crazy how life works this way. It's so hard to take a leap of faith in life but when you are holding onto The Lord, it's so much easier!

Have a great week!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Printed shorts and simple top

Top: Ann Taylor // Shorts: Forever 21 // Clutch: Stella & Dot (c/o my sister) // Shoes: Guess via DSW // Bracelets: Stella & Dot (1,2,3) // Necklace: Stella & Dot

Happy Thursday!
I'm back... I took last week off to spend time with Jayden (and the twins) before he starts Kindergarten next week (aghh)! We had a great visiting the Children's Museum, going to playground, visiting another museum, and hanging out. I can't believe our elementary school years are upon us! Seriously, where does time go?! I'm getting a little sad realizing how big my big boy really is. Sigh.

About the outfit, I wore this to happy hour and dinner with B on our Anniversary weekend. I love pairing shorts with heels (I need all the height I can get!) but wanted to keep the outfit simple for the most part. Except for jewelry, of course, and the accessories. I love color, and will add it any way I can with my jewelry. I am learning, as I host my Stella & Dot trunk shows, that some women shy away from the bright and bold jewelry. So I am also learning to work with my basic pieces to dress up outfits.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

A simple black dress

Dress: Target // Shoes: Katie and Kelly via DSW (old) // Clutch: Stella & Dot C/o my sister // Necklace: My Stella & Dot // Bracelets: My Stella & Dot (1,2,3)

What is it about a simple black dress...? I saw Lilly mention this on her Instagram a couple weeks ago. I loved the style of the dress and best of all, the price. So one day I stopped during my lunch hour to look around. I stumbled upon this dress. It was the last one in my size and 50% off. I tried it on, and the rest was history. I also picked up a pair of white skinny pants. Last pair, in my size and on sale. Target can be hit or miss with sizes. It was like finding gold : )

Anyways, I wore this dress to our 11th Wedding Anniversary dinner. B and I took a stay cation getaway weekend while his parents watched all 3 kids. I have to say we don't do this often, but it is very nice to do this once in a while. And the funny thing is, after dinner both nights, we went straight to bed. We slept 12 hours both nights. What?! I didn't know we were that tired. That's my story and I'm sticking to it :) Either that, or we are really lazy. Ha. But Seriously, taking care of 3 little ones can be exhausting. We decided sleeping was much better than a night out.

And if you are on the hunt for a simple and beautiful black dress, run to your Target. There is something about the design that makes it very flattering. The ruched design on the side sucks it all in :)

Have a great Monday!

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