Taking Risks with Your Jeans Can Be Risky


TUNIC- Chicwish // JEANS- Old Navy (extra ripped by me) // SHOES- Thrifted (similar) // EARRINGS- N&S (Pebbled Black- large) // CUFF- N&S
If you've been around for a while, you know I'm not afraid to alter my pants. I frequently cut them into crops, rip them, fray them and sometimes patch them. In all honestly most of the pants I've done that to in the past have been thrifted, inexpensive or in my closet long enough to justify a change. But it doesn't always go as planned. 

These pants are new and when they arrived they had tiny rips at the knees. And if you know me, I'm all about going big or going home. So I took to ripping them a little more. And then a little more. And suddenly I hear a "riiiiip" and things have took a more drastic turn (literally ripping down instead of accross) than I expected. I almost freaked out, but then I just decided "Oh well. It's a look." Much of the time styling your clothes, or altering them is just about owning your look. Last week I cut off a brand new pair of J Crew Factory jeans and to be honest, I'm not sure if they look better or worse. I'm going to wear them in a bit and we'll see. Either they'll be the unfortunate victims of taking a risk, or they'll be a new look that sticks around in my closet and I'll warm up to. 

My point is that sometimes developing personal style is all about taking a risk and doing something different. You don't have to accept clothes from the store exactly as they come- although I understand it can get expensive if you do make a mistake! So practice on your old stuff. See if those pants wouldn't be improved by shortening them into crops. Or can you rip a tear in the knee a little wider for an edgier look? You don't have to know how to sew to change your pants- usually its just a simple as using a pair of scissors or a razor blade!

What are your thoughts on altering your pants? Have you taken any risks yet?


Products for Styling a Long Pixie/Short Bob


JACKET- Forever 21 // TEE- Old Navy // JEANS- Nordstrom 

Short hair is a crazy thing because it changes all of the time. Any amount of growth changes the look of the cut and when its this short I can't seem to decide how I love it. When I get it cut its too short and then suddenly its too long! Anyhow- I've had some requests for a new 360 photo so I've posted that over on Instagram. I *think* I'm going in for a trim again soon. I'll probably cut the back more stacked and can't decide how short to go on my right side. I realize it's more of a bob right now, but what I do know is I'm keeping all the length I have on the left. So much over thinking right? (I keep going back to this inspiration photo....)

Anyway- the other request I've had is to explain what products I use when I style my hair straight. I've tried tons of them- and when its a little shorter I think that I may use more, but I've settled into 4 daily products (well, 5 products on DAY 1). 

DAY 1 (Wash day):  
Big Sexy Root Pump Spray Mousse- Spray at roots, rub, blow dry.
Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo- Adds texture to clean, slippery hair.
Bed Head Spoil Me- Removes frizz, prevents dry hair from dry shampoo.
*Flat Iron Hair*
*Back comb roots and smooth*
Redken Wax Blast (spray on ends)

DAY 2:
Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo- Adds texture to clean, slippery hair.
Bed Head Spoil Me- Removes frizz, prevents dry hair from dry shampoo.
*Comb through hair*
*Flat Iron Hair*
*Back comb roots and smooth*
Redken Wax Blast (spray on ends)

DAY 3:
Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo- Adds texture to clean, slippery hair.
Bed Head Spoil Me- Removes frizz, prevents dry hair from dry shampoo.
*Flat Iron Hair straight or add curls*
*Back comb roots and smooth*
Redken Wax Blast (spray on ends)

I rarely make it to DAY 4 without deciding to wash it. It's possible and honestly with short hair, the more product build up in your hair the better for styling it. I just really love a hot shower where I can soak my head! Ideas for DAY 4 are to curl your hair if you haven't already, or pin the front back or add a braid. I've got some fun ideas in mind that I'm hoping to put tutorials together for. 


Monday Goals


CARDIGAN- Old Navy (old) // TUNIC- Chicwish // DENIM- TJ Maxx // SHOES- Old Navy (old) // BAG- HMK // CUFF- N&S // EARRINGS- N&S (Silver Chrome-large)

I've decided this week to set some goals. Monday's always show up with full to-do lists and messes to recover from the weekend. On top of that, lately I've been feeling tired, sluggish, lacking confidence and well just in a bit of a personal rut. So this week I'm setting a few personal goals and I think they'll make a difference in the overall week. And how I feel in general!

1. Drink 5 full Fiji bottles of water a day. (Refilling my same bottle of course!)
2. Start out each night wearing my retainer to bed. Whether I keep it in all night is another story- but I'll start.
3. Take a 20 minute nap if a nap calls- rather than eating a treat or drinking more caffeine. 
4. Start and end my days with personal prayers.
5. Don't attempt a fifth- four is plenty.

I'll be listing these babies on my bathroom mirror and kitchen chalkboard. Seeing things written down repeatedly makes a big difference in whether I get things done. 

How often do you set goals? What do you want to work on this week?


Sunday Style- One Way to Hide A Bump


JACKET- Forever 21 // TEE- Downeast Basics // SKIRT- GAP (similar) // SHOES- Sole Society // EARRINGS- N&S (Antique Brass- large)

I've got a measurable bump these days. If you could see me in my sweats right now you'd agree. But I've been working on hiding it a little and I think I've found a few ways. They'll all be in an upcoming post- but one of them I'm employing today. That trick is wearing a dark color- like black- in a monochromatic outfit under an open cardigan or jacket. This light, patterned jacket adds slimming lines down my middle and the black tee and skirt just blend together. I think a dark navy or charcoal could work well- but really black is my favorite and probably the easiest to find in your closet too. 

I hope you have had an uplifting Sunday. I've spent my day playing with my kiddos, organizing a few closets and working on the never ending task of picking up after 4 boys. Thankfully I've got lots of uplifting talks to listen to from a recent church conference and that makes Sunday feel a little more like the Sabbath. (Knox is under the weather so church was a no-go for us today.)

What makes you feel uplifted and inspired on Sundays? Do you do anything differently?


Everyday Style April

Me- JACKET- Thrifted // SHIRT- Gap // JEANS- Gap (old) // SHOES- Thrifted // EARRINGS- N&S (London Tan Cut Outs- large)
Knox- JACKET- Old Navy // JEANS- Old Navy // SHOES- 6pm

SWEATER- Old Navy // JEANS- Nordstrom // SHOES- TJ Maxx // PONCHO- Muchana // BAG- Sole Society // EARRINGS- N&S (London Tan Cut Outs- large)

SHOES- Old Navy // SHIRT- Everlane // JEANS- TJ Maxx

TEE- Old Navy // CARDIGAN- Old Navy // JEANS- Nordstrom // SHOES- Old Navy // EARRINGS- N&S (Bright White Cut Out- large)

SWEATER- Old Navy // JEANS- Nordstrom // SHOES- H&M // EARRINGS- N&S (Nude Cut Outs- large)

TEE- Nordstrom // SHIRT- J Crew // PANTS- TJ Maxx // SHOES- Easy Spirit // Cuff- Stitch Fix // EARRINGS- N&S (Gold Digger- large)

TEE- Chicwish // JACKET- Thrifted // LEGGINGS- Nordstrom // SHOES- Thrifted // CLUTCH- Stitch Fix // EARRINGS- N&S (Signature Gold- large)

TUNIC- Chicwish // JEANS- TJ Maxx // SHOES- Thrifted // EARRINGS- N&S (London Tan Cut Outs- large) // CUFF- N&S

CARDIGAN- Target // TEE- Piko tee // JEANS- TJ Maxx // SHOES- Free People // EARRINGS- N&S (Signature Silver- large)

Can you tell I've been getting back to feeling like myself a bit? If you follow along on IG you've noticed I'm sharing quite a few more #everydaystyle posts and part of that comes from feeling better- and part from buying bigger clothes that I feel better in. There is really nothing like growing out of your regular rotation of jeans. It doesn't matter who you are or why it's happening- it isn't fun. Thankfully I think I've found a few pairs of pants and leggings that I'm liking and so more outfit posts there shall be. 

We spent our morning garage sale shopping and it was great to get back at it. I have a few favorite neighborhoods to garage sale and they proved fruitful today too. We picked up a new pack' n 'play and a new crib mattress. I've been wanting to replace both of ours so today we did and next week we'll sell ours at our garage sale. Kesler and Knox found a few little toys to keep them happy and I grabbed some clothes for all of the boy's summer wardrobes. My only fun me-find were some fun cookie cutters. I actually have a huge collection of them and although I never use them for cookies- someday I have aspirations of professional cookie decorating. Have you seen the @doughmestichousewife on IG? Life goals friends. Life goals. 

What are your weekend plans? What secret hobby are you going to master someday?


My First Mother's Day + a Lily Jade Sale!


TOP- Stitch Fix // JEANS- TJ Maxx // SHOES- Old Navy // BAG- Lily Jade Madeline // CUFF- Nickel and Suede // EARRINGS- Nickel & Suede (Large Silver Chrome)
This year Mother's Day falls on May 10th. It will be an extra special day for us because my oldest also turns 6. He came into this world 6 years ago and made me a mother for the first time. And the day he was born was also Mother's Day. 
For some reason while I was pregnant with Easton I didn't even realize his due date was so close to Mother's Day- but sure enough the day before his due date was Mother's Day. I woke up in the middle of the night with pretty strong and steady contractions. I had already made a plan to try and stay home for as long as possible so rather than wake Soren up I decided to take a bath and shave my legs. Heaven forbid I have hairy legs during labor! I'm pretty sure after my bath I painted my toes although I may not have been able to reach them. During the last week of Easton's pregnancy my feet and ankles swelled up to elephant status. I couldn't even get flip flops on. Soren had tried to rub them and my Achilles the night before- so that may have been what set me over the edge to labor, but who knows.
By about 7 am I finally had Soren up and was walking around the house doubling over whenever a contraction hit. He was getting ready for church and was ready to leave me home and let me rest for while. We both knew all of the stories of women who go to the hospital too quickly and labor there all day so he naturally thought I'd be laboring at home all day. I did my best to set him straight. I told him to start getting things and bags ready for the hospital and eventually he began to take me seriously. 
Being the clueless first timers we were, we didn't call ahead to the hospital, so the nurses also didn't take me seriously. The took their time getting me paperwork and meanwhile I couldn't sit down. All I could do was pace and breath and felt like dying. We ruffianly got back to triage and when they checked me I was already at a 6. Things really sped up then! Within an hour little Easton was in my arms and no one could believe how fast he had come. 
It feels like its been forever since then and then again it feels like yesterday. I love having new babies and that part of motherhood is one of my favorites. I'm looking forward to our new baby joining our family this Fall and the awesome changes that will bring. If you are becoming a mom this year for the first time or third time- I'm excited for you too! 
And if you are expecting, I can't say enough good things about my Lily Jade Diaper Bag. I have the Madeline in Red and it has been so good to me. It really is made of beautiful leather that impresses even more in person- and we are leather people! The straps are the perfect length for over the shoulder or cross body style. When I'm packing for baby- it is so nice to have place for all 1000 things you may or may not need while you are out and about. If you've had a baby you know what I mean! Lily Jade is having a Mother's Day sale so this is your chance to snag the perfect leather diaper bag for a great deal- they rarely go on sale. All of their bags are on sale and you can even win on on their Instagram account. Call it a Mother's Day gift to yourself, or get one for your daughter, sister or best friend. They will thank you for it!

Pick Me Up Products- 6 Products To Instantly Refresh Your Look

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I don't know about you, but there are some days- lots of them right now- where I just wake up feeling sluggish and meh. Maybe I feel like (or know) I look exhausted, maybe I just don't feel like putting in any effort, or I feel insecure for some reason. While there are lots of things I can do to boost my mood and confidence- like exercise, drink water, or make fun plans for the day- I have some favorite beauty products that always pick me up. They make me look awake and refreshed and most of them don't take much extra time at all. 
1. NYX Lipstick (Harmonica)- This is my favorite lip color this Spring. It is very light and almost has a mod look to it. I wear it all the time and even though it is a lipstick- it goes on very creamy and lip butter-like. (I found mine at Target.)
2. Crest 3D Whitestrips- I've posted about teeth whitening before, but it's definitely on the list of my pick me ups. It does take 20-30 minutes- but I'll put them on while I'm showering, doing my makeup and getting dressed. There is nothing like feeling your teeth look bright!
3. Tanwise Dark Bronzing Sunless Mousse- This is my favorite tanning solution right now. I use it every few days and apply it with a mit. It goes on very brown instead of orange and also doesn't leave a weird smell. If you are interested in other tanning products and tips- you can read more about those here.
4. Tanwise Self Tanning Face Gel- This is one of the self tanners I use on my face. I apply it in the mornings after I use my moisturizer. It shows up instantly and isn't grease at all because it is a gel.
5. Elf Eye Refresh- This is my favorite and cheapest way to look awake in the morning. This eye rollar is just a cold, refreshing liquid that really wakes up under my eyes. It provides instant results and only costs $3!
6. Visine Eye Refresh- Truth be told, I always buy the generic Visine, but the results are the same. Bright, white eyes are a few and far between as a business owner and a momma so this stuff helps me fake it. 
What are your favorite pick me up products? Is it a lotion or a scent? Nail polish? I'd love to hear your ideas!

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