- Bugaboo Fox Stroller // 2. Combat Boots // 3. Tank ($12!) // 4. Jeans 5. Wool Fedora in Tan // 6. Teddy Coat
Levi is only a week here so you can bet I am gravitating towards classic pieces that are still flattering in this postpartum phrase. I love that Nordstrom carries some awesome basics like this $12 black tank I have in white as well. Style tip, when you find something good, you buy in bulk! Speaking of good, this hat is great for bad hair days, chic combat boots, and we can’t forget flattering jeans all shown here. All of which I find at Nordstrom at competitive prices (they price match!) mom-friendly perks (hello curbside pick-up) and Nordy Club, so I can still earn points for every purchase. And these are just some of the advantages of shopping at Nordstrom. Have you used those perks at Nordstrom? What are you buying this month at Nordstrom?
See more combat boots below:
I’m not a fan of complicated outfits, so I steer clear of them with tried and true basics like a black maxi, denim jacket and sneakers. This month, I have 3 doctor appointments, soccer camp, what feels like a gazillion trips up to Lake Arrowhead mountain to work on our A Frame renovation, etc. So spare time isn’t on my list. Here’s a short list of cute denim jackets to help you transition from Spring to Summer and that much anticipated summer vacation. How’s your week looking?
4. BLEACHED Love it worn with white jeans
5. BAGGY – love this one with so much character
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If I’m being honest, it’s really difficult to set up and execute individual dates with my children. Especially when you have more than one, the effort to single one out for one-on-one time and find a sitter for the other three and manage it all can be a challenge. Of course it’s worth it though, and when it does work out, I value the time so much. I have no idea how, but I was recently able to have one of these dates with my oldest daughter and it just felt so special.
On this particular morning (key time for my kids, as they’re happiest in the morning!), we visited a local coffee shop—Maru Coffee—and my 8 year old ordered her usual chocolate croissant and me, a matcha latte. We talked about how she is, I asked her if I could improve anything, and I tried to get her to share her chocolate croissant, keyword—tried! I’m always shocked how a little, and I mean like 20-30 minutes, of face time (the kind without the screen) bears so much fruit. She was noticeably happier throughout the day after she and I had that alone time together. She was heard and we bonded—something that’s so important for moms and daughters.
I kept telling her how cute my hat looked on her! I just adore her sporty chic personal style, which is one thing I encourage my children to express. Like today, I picked out the dress she wore, however, she chose the silver shoes, white hat, and you may not see it, but a turquoise necklace. I try and give my kids the opportunity to be creative when they dress instead of controlling all the details. Any seasoned mother would tell you, you pick your battles, right? I continue to encourage her (and all my kids) to express her style in the way she dresses, the sports she chooses, instruments to play, etc. I want her to know that the most important thing is to just always be true to herself.
Sundays are usually crazy busy, and if you’re like us, we try and squeeze every last minute out of Sundays. After church we eat a quick lunch at home followed by soccer, clean the house, get ready for the week and a popcorn and ice cream dinner. I know, so healthy. But speaking of healthy, I just started using a jade roller (it de-puffs under your eyes, leave it in the freezer for best results) and ordered a new prenatal. I’m also starting a new workout so let me know if you’d like to see more! In the meantime, my dress was restocked in size small so hurry up if that’s your size, and as an fyi that’s the size I’m wearing here! Also if you’re looking for some under $60 sandals for summer, these come in tan and black and they’re worth getting both colors like I did.
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A tank is that understated must that works hard under those overalls, paired with the cutoffs, and everything in between. I brought over 6 tanks on our road trip this summer and was amazed how many outfits I got out of them. If you love to layer, pair a cozy cashmere cardigan with jeans or a leather jacket. Boom, its a 5 minute outfit, because as moms we all know that is all we have right? My advice is, stock up, they’re worth the small investment and see my top 5 favorites below.
Comment with your favorite!
Drape Back Tank to show off your back after all those push ups
The tank with the best stretch (here I’m wearing it in white)
The Tank with great shape
Best Tank under $20
Cute Striped version under $12!?
Many people ask me about my fitness routine and diet. The truth is, I really don’t have a routine at all. With four kids at home during the summer, my workout is keeping up with their high energy and high impact youthfulness. I call my fitness more organic than routine.
Here I’m showing a recent trip to our favorite park. Getting the kids’ shoes on and them out the door is my typical warm up. My fashion minded self always slaps on some lipstick too before grabbing my keys. However, this park day had a new focus for me. I grabbed a jump rope and resistance bands with the intention of getting a workout in while the kids played on the playground. Well, I did get some jump roping in, but the kids were more interested in what I was doing rather than playing on the equipment. In the end we all worked out together; they burned energy while I burned calories. I’d say that’s a win-win.
Here are some benefits to jump rope:
Great for cognitive and physical health
A jump rope fits in my purse.
It’s something you get better at with practice
The kids totally want to participate too
Recommendations before jump roping:
Go to the bathroom before you get started
Wear this type of sports bra
Here is a great jump rope
Here are some benefits to resistance bands:
Builds strength and tones muscle
Variations of movement = full body workout
They also fit in your purse
They may be used as a slingshot
Here is a link to some resistance bands
Here’s what I’m wearing NOKAOI
I hope our video inspires you to dream up opportunities for an organic workout with the family. Life with kids is a discipline of endurance. Take advantage of their youthful energy and get yourself fit.
The best way to get out the door is have some favorite basics on hand. I’m loving the embroidered hem on these jeans, linen blend stripes and not too high block heels. And I never leave home without a large mom bag full of snacks, heels, and a small bag.
Shop some of my fave stripes here:
stripe top RAILS LA :: jeans MCGUIRE DENIM :: bag LIEBESKIND :: heels MATISSE COCONUTS :: hand chain LANE + LANAE
Motherhood for me is a series of mistakes and triumphs, lessons and growth. All the while giving myself and my kids grace! It is indeed the steepest learning curve and the greatest blessing. For example, it may sound silly, but there was a time I was upset I couldn’t attend golden hour photo shoots, the timing didn’t work with my kids or their schedules (hello witching hours!) However, I was able to step back, accept my responsibilities at home only to realize THESE are the golden hours!! Being present with my family, and loving the gifts my Heavenly Father gave me provided the greatest contentment.
One of my favorite quotes:
“Blessings, like children, are not ethereal and weightless. Sometimes they feel like they come at you like a Kansas hail storm – they might leave a welt! But if you accept your lot, and rejoice in your toil, God will give you the kind of overwhelming joy that cannot remember the details. Motherhood is hard work. It is repetitive and often times menial. Accept it. Rejoice in it. This is your toil. Right here. Those are their faces. Enjoy them. The days of your life are supposed to be full of things like this. But joy is not giddy. It is not an emotional rush — it is what happens when you accept your lot and rejoice in your toil. So rejoice in your children. Look them in the eyes and give thanks. You will not even remember the work of all this planting when the harvest of joy overwhelms you.”
from LOVING THE LITTLE YEARS – Rachel Jankovic
We like to try new brunch places and I’m always on the search for a church dress. We accomplished both at Ostrich Cafe and sporting this Topshop floral dress I love with leather. This low maintenance dress is so fun worn with a black leather jacket and wrap heels. Happy Friday!
6 Summer Dresses