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What I Wore - Camo Chic

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Camo sweatshirt, dark denim and ankle boots

Camo sweatshirt, dark denim and ankle boots

Camo sweatshirt, dark denim and ankle boots

It's no secret that camo is one of my favorite prints. I've been wearing it for years and can't seem to give it up. When I saw this camo sweatshirt on Groop Dealz a few weeks back, I knew I had to have it. (Although I wish I had sized up one or two sizes!) I also love my leather camo earrings and of course my camo pants. I  have had a few readers ask me where to buy camo pants right now so I've rounded up a few below.

Do you own anything camo? Which is your favorite way to wear it?



// Outfit Details //
Sweatshirt - Groop Dealz (similar)
Jeans - TJ Maxx (Lucky Brand)
Shoes - TJ Maxx (Sam Edelman) (similar)
Earring - Nickel & Suede


I am Brave and Beautiful - Getting Real

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I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My good friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed, and you might even recognize a few faces in there.


I, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes, and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instagram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am and I'm putting it all out there today. 



When Megan asked for help with the project it was a no brainer - of course I would help! My boys actually love Colbie's song and when we first heard/watched it I had the chance to talk to them about the important message behind it. Even they weren't too little to understand the value in the song. But once it actually came down to taking a no makeup head shot and sharing it, I have to admit I got kind of freaked out. I love makeup and how confident it makes me feel. But it feels better to be okay with being real and honest and just lay it all out there. Both photos are me. One is my best foot forward for an outfit photo shoot and the other is who you'll meet at the bus stop. 

share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com

Don't stop here. Get clicking around - it's a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some, this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it and the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or Google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com
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Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup - Brassyapple.com
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful

Ready to join in? Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!


I hope you'll click around and feel empowered today. There is something about seeing another woman be vulnerable that can change your day too. Happy Monday!


Sunday Style - Bad Habits and Some Good Plaid

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Bright, bold plaid skirt and glitter heels


Bright plaid midi skirt, white sweater and glitter heels

Bright plaid midi skirt, white sweater and glitter heels

Bright plaid midi skirt, white sweater and glitter heels

Bright plaid midi skirt, white sweater and glitter heels

I always love plaid in the fall, so when I found this skirt while thrifting a while back I was instantly drawn to it. It isn't traditional by any means, but the fresh and bold print is exciting to me, and I decided it was worth taking a risk on. If you know me, you know I don't often pull out the bright prints or something really different from my typical outfits. It is really easy for me to have my comfortable or automatic clothing preferences. I wear a version of the same outfit day in and day out like a bad habit.

Lately I've been realizing more and more how easy it is to get stuck in a pattern of choices. Whether it's what I wear or what I say or how I react, everything I do is some kind of habit. And they happen whether you mean for them to or not.When I was in counseling for an eating disorder in college, I remember working with a counselor to change my thinking patterns. I had to very intentionally work on changing and replacing my thought patterns, and it was hard. But it worked. And I'm glad I learned that skill because I think I'm going to need it again.

In the last few months I've allowed myself to develop unhappy habits of worrying, being really critical of everyone, and reacting defensively to most people, especially my husband. With our new business and the changes of our day to day life that have come with that, it's easy to see how those habits have developed - but it doesn't excuse them. These patterns have been making me pretty miserable and it just feels terrible. Especially when I know logically that life is so good!

Thankfully, I know I'm on the right track with the new habits I mentioned earlier this week, and I think I'll have to add thought replacement to that list too. How do you get out of bad thought patterns? What helps you change how you react?

P.S. Heads up - these Cobalt Suede earrings are the earring of the month for only two more days! They are only $16 until Sept. 30. Grab them while you have the chance!



// Outfit Details //
Shirt - Old Navy
Skirt - Thrifted
Shoes - Thrifted (Steve Madden)
Bracelet - Paparazzi
Earrings - Nickel & Suede

Back To School Recap - Kid Style with Ralph Lauren

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We have officially been back to school for about a month now and one month in kindergarten is a good milestone to hit. Things are getting to be routine and everyone is adjusting to our new normal. Easton is generally pretty happy to get up every day at 7:15 and get ready for school. (I just wish I didn't have to get him up quite that early!) He has made a few new friends including his super sweet bus driver. I'm grateful that he has really kind adults transporting him to school, and I love all the staff at his elementary school as well. Even just a month into school, I'm already seeing Easton's reading abilities improving and his favorite subject, by far, is math. So far elementary school is treating us pretty well!

Back to school style with Ralph Lauren

Back to school style with Ralph Lauren
Jacket - Ralph Lauren c/o, Shirt - Thrifted, Pants - Ralph Lauren c/o, Shoes - GAP




We started a co-op preschool for Kesler a few weeks ago and I'm so, so thankful that I decided to do it. I did a co-op preschool (where the moms each take turns teaching) for two years with Easton and last year about did me in. I thought there was no way I could fit it on my plate this year, but we are managing. It has been such a blessing because with as much as I work from home now, he needs something that is his to go and do. He really enjoys making new friends of his own and comes home having had the time of his life.


Back to school style with Ralph Lauren

Back to school style with Ralph Lauren
Coat - Ralph Lauren c/o, Shirt - Target, Pants - Ralph Lauren c/o, Shoes - GAP




As for Knox, he is adjusting to back to school too. He is such a happy guy in general, but it has been fun to start to see his and Kesler's relationship start to grow. I will often have to assign Kesler the job of playing with Knox (including a reward of some kind), but it's been paying off. It isn't a lot yet, but they are playing better already. Knox has a special bond to Kesler that is so sweet to see. He gets the most worried when Kesler gets into trouble or is upset. I think this will be the year that they really become friends. 

Back to school style with Ralph Lauren
Top - Zara Kids (similar), Vest - Ralph Lauren c/o, Pants - Target, Shoes - Stride Rite




How has the start of school been for your family? Do you find that it affects everyone in the family too?

How to Sew an Infinity Scarf - Tutorial

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How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Denim on denim with a gingham infinity scarf

Denim on denim with a gingham infinity scarf

Nickel and Suede Slit Cuff

I've tried before, but this year is the first time I've mastered sewing an infinity scarf. They really aren't very hard to sew - as long as you follow a tutorial! Because it's definitely scarf season, I thought I'd show you how I have made mine. That way, when you are in a fabric store and find something you can't leave without, you'll have an easy project to buy fabric for. (I have a bad habit of finding beautiful fabric that I have no use for!)

To sew this infinity scarf, you will need about 2 2/3 yards of fabric (This will make two scarves). You can use 1 1/3 yards to make just one scarf, but you will need to add an extra step. You can use a soft cotton, knit, or something fancier - I just used a basic cotton. Pre-wash the fabric and, depending on what it is made of, iron it. My cotton required ironing. You'll also need matching thread and a sewing machine.

Cut your fabric to 80"x 22". (If you only bought 1 1/3 yards, this is where your extra step comes in. Cut two pieces 40"x22" and sew them together to create a piece that is 80"x 22".) Then fold it lengthwise with the wrong sides together so you have a long folded tube. First you will sew a straight stitch down the long opening of the tube - the whole 80". You can use about .5 seam allowance.

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Once you have your tube sewn, you'll turn it right side out. Now the seam that you sewed will be on the inside of the tube. 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Next, take one open end of the tube and begin to pull/fold it up and around itself. You will still have a tube, but it will be doubled up. You want both open ends to meet each other at the top, and the bottom will have a folded end all around the tube of fabric. 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

As you can see in the photo, your fabric tube will now be shorter, and only raw edges will be next to each other. You are almost done! 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

 Match the original seam that you sewed on the inside of the scarf - both layers will have one. 


How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Once you have the seams matched, you will sew around the end of the tube that has the unfinished edges. Sew it closed except for about a 2 inch gap at the end. Leave that gap open. 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

After you have sewn that seam, pull the entire scarf through the 2 inch gap. This takes some time and needs to be done carefully. You'll be left with what you see below. 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

The last step is to close that hole. You can use a hidden stitch by hand to finish the scarf off in the most professional way, or you can use the machine and stitch a tiny straight stitch to close the hole. The scarf will fit so that you can easily hide that stitch if you choose the easy route (like me!)

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

And that is it! You have an oversized infinity scarf that you can loop two or even three times for an effortless fall accessory.

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Are you an infinity scarf fan? Have you made one yet?



// Outfit Details //
Shirt - Target
Jeans - TJ Maxx (Lucky Brand)
Earrings, Cuff - Nickel & Suede


What I Wore - Stripes and Slip On Sneaks

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Striped tee, tie dyed denim and black slip on sneakers

Striped tee, tie dyed denim and black slip on sneakers

Striped tee, tie dyed denim and black slip on sneakers

Striped tee, tie dyed denim and black slip on sneakers

Striped tee, tie dyed denim and black slip on sneakers

Striped tee, tie dyed denim and black slip on sneakers

Do you ever have those days where you feel like everything is going right? Not like a day where every lucky and amazing surprise happened (although those days are fun too!), but one where you felt like you had just nailed it. Yesterday was one of those days and it was just so refreshing. It was a day where it felt like I was prepared and on schedule and my priorities were straight. Even though I didn't get a blog post up, and I was accidentally late to volunteering at Easton's school, I still felt on track. Like my insides were pointed the right direction, so my day couldn't really be derailed. 

Lately life has been moving so quickly. We are constantly up to our elbows in orders to get out, emails to answer, elementary school papers, and events to plan or attend. I've really felt stretched thin and like I'm just hanging on day-to-day. It's hard and totally unsustainable for me. This week, I've decided to try some new habits, and although I'm only a few days in, I can already feel a difference. I know the key to a real difference is sticking with them, but I'm just so grateful that the right things can offer even a little immediate relief. My news habits include a gratitude journal at night before bed (listing three things I'm grateful for), more consistent prayers morning and night, and scripture study in the morning before I get my day started. Because I haven't done these things in so long, I can really tell they are making my day smoother, happier, and more productive. It's so welcome right now. In fact, maybe my new "habits" will make the gratitude list for tonight.

What habits have you been trying to start lately? Or maybe you already have one that makes a big difference in your day?



// Outfit Details //
Me -
Shirt - GAP (similar)
Jeans - Thrifted (American Eagle)
Shoes - GAP (on sale today!)
Backpack - Everlane
Earrings - Nickel & Suede

Knox-
Shirt - Target
Jeans - Old Navy
Shoes - Stride Rite
Belt - ONE little BELT