Athleisure – Styling Moto Leggings

I’m all about looking put together, but also being comfy, so I love to rock the athleisure trend with a cute pair of joggers and sneakers, or in this case leggings. Before I get started, I want to address that there are a couple of ways to ruin the athleisure look. One is wearing work out gear from head to toe with no actual intention of working out. You have to chop it up with some pieces that are not what you would wear during a workout session. The second way is dressing in the latest 15 year old girl fashion, running shorts and your dad’s oversized tee, that may be on trend for the tweens but not us old ladies, aka mom’s. 😉

Examples of how not to dress athleisure:

Athleisure

As you can see, on the left I look like I’m about to start a crazy HIIT workout with hot pink lips and mirrored aviators because that’s what you do right?! ;P Now on the right you have to admit you could mistake me for a teenage girl, or I suppose a mom that just fell outta bed, and though I’m all about looking young (aren’t we all), I don’t want to be mistaken for a teenager with my three kids.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I want to talk more about these super cute moto leggings. They were in the sale of the year, you know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, duh. I definitely overlooked them the first time around. I thought they were cute BUT when would I wear them?!?! I mean, they are workout pants and I’m not one to get fancy with what I’m about to sweat my butt off in, then I took a second look and realized they are a great alternative to the basic black leggings without going too crazy with the faux leather leggings. Faux leather leggings are super cute but I just can’t bring myself to rock them.

So like I mentioned, I’m just wearing them the way I would with a pair of basic black leggings. I don’t think they would be a good pant for thigh or over the knee boots, but you could definitely wear some cute booties with them. For this post I’m sticking to the comfy styles.

styling black leggings-moto leggings
styling black leggings-moto leggings

The first look is rocking the leggings with stripes and a cardigan. The striped top and cardigan are both longer so they cover the bum and who-ha, which can be very important when wearing leggings. I paired the look with of course, a comfy pair of sneakers.

styling black leggings – moto leggings
styling black leggings-moto leggings-utility vest

I took a risk with the shorter white tee in this look, but an awesome thing about these moto leggings are they are a thicker material so you don’t have to worry about the shear affect happening on the bum. Just don’t go too crazy and hike them up because no one wants the dreaded camel toe. No bueno. Another great trend this Fall is both utility jackets and vest. I went with a vest in this look because it’s still super hot here in Southern Georgia.

mom graphic top – tee – tshirt – baseball tshirt

Last, I couldn’t complete this post with out showing you a basic car pool mom look!!! Just a cute graphic tee with a fun saying to rock while getting the kiddos off to school! This cute top is from Tread Tank. They sell the comfiest basic tees with an endless amount of cute graphics and saying.

6 months postpartum update

It has already been six months since I had baby Maxwell, and though that last miserable month is still fresh in my mind, not to mention labor, 😳 I am having total baby fever. Yep, he is just that great of a baby, or maybe it is just that mama finally has her baby boy. Like I have mentioned before, my husband is very much the “more the merrier” type of person when it comes to babies, so I have to be the strong practical one in the relationship. I am giving myself till Maxwell is one year old before making any hasty decisions on a fourth babe.

One of my reasons for wanting a fourth babe is that I see the relationship my girls have and they are thick as thieves. They may have their fights, but they also always have each other. With Max being so much younger (4 years) he is missing out on that with them, so he needs a sibling to be thick as thieves with too!

 

Anyway moving on to the postpartum because that is why you are here.

The very end of month four is when I officially stopped exclusively pumping. Maxwell continued to drink my milk until the end of five months and now he is on formula. I have him on this kind here, it was the same I used for the girls. The last couple weeks of his fifth month all he would do is stare when anyone in the family would eat, so we started him on some different types of food, he was so ready.

He rolls around the living room floor from back to belly and belly to back all day long. He is getting better and better at sitting up. I have a feeling he is going to give me a run for my money when he starts truly being mobile. He makes the sound “MuMu”, like Mama, but I would not say it is his first word because it is not directed towards me. He is a chunk and I love it! I love baby rolls! Adalynn was a chunky baby too. He also still really loves his sleep.

As for me, the hair loss is insane right now. I can easily pull handfuls of hair out with ease. My hair is everywhere and it is outta control! My itty bitty’s are back, if ya know what I mean. I have been checking my weight and I am not quite back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I am in a size four jean now, but was a zero pre-pregnancy. One think I keep having to tell myself is, I am comparing my four year post baby body to my now six month post baby body. They are not going to be the same. Though I wear a bigger size and am still not at my “normal” weight, comparing pictures of before and after I look pretty similar and I am happy with where I am at. I continue to workout 30-40 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week. I am eating a bit healthier but mostly just eating my normal portions.

Well, that’s it!

My current in shower beauty products.

My favorite time of day to take a shower is in the evening after I have finally put the kids to bed. It is then that I can take a shower in peace and be all clean and cozy for my own bedtime.

Let me start by saying that I am a poof and body wash girl all the way. Right now I am using the Raw Sugar, mango and coconut, body wash per the recommendation of a friend. I love all smells coconut and this one is no exception.

The first thing I do when I get in the shower is wash my makeup off. I have my favorite products for makeup removal in my skin care post here. Once all my makeup is washed off I wash my hair with my Dove shampoo, and I always deep condition when I wash my hair with my holy grail L’Oréal hair mask.

I recently received a razor and shave gel from Harry’s, a monthly razor subscription. You can also just find them at Target whoop whoop! Normally when you think Harry’s, you think men, but have you ever noticed how men’s razors are better than women’s!? Why is that? These razors are no exception to that assumption! They get an awesomely close shave even on those pesky knees! The shaving gel is very masculine in scent but I don’t mind, guys smell good and it doesn’t linger.

Once I am all done and have everything rinsed of I lotion up. I’m an avid lotion user. I do not live anywhere near a Trader Joe’s but recently was able to go to one and stocked up on my all time favorite coconut body butter, it smells like vanilla icing! When I am not able to get it I will use the Jergen’s coconut moisturizing lotion.

There you have it! Now you know what I’m doing and using in the shower….because that statement didn’t sound dirty at all!

Abercrombie Sale!

Thanks to one of my home girls, texting me this morning asking for a good recommendation for an oatmeal colored cardigan, I would have never seen that Abercrombie is having a 60% off sale. It is one of my new favorite online places to shop. They have some new and old stuff in this sale.

After the drawn out over publicized Nordstrom Sale I was going to cut myself off from any clothes shopping for a bit AND now I can’t because what a deal!

Here are a few items I ended up putting in my shopping cart today.

The henley tank will be perfect for showing off the bralette trend and I can’t pass up a great cardigan, I actually don’t have one in oatmeal so I’ll be twinning my friend. 🙂 I’ve been wanting a good shirt dress and at this price I had to have it! The cami is another great layering piece for the bralette trend and will be super cute under a cozy cardigan.

 

There are also some of my go-to basics in the sale too! I have this muscle tank in both the light pink and navy stripes and now they are marked down to $7.20 and the tee is also only $7.20

There is really so much good stuff in this sale and I wish I could buy it all! Go check out the sale and comment what you ended up purchasing!

My Favorite Foundation

Though I love recommending certain products and clothing pieces to you, I’m just as much of, if not more, a reader or viewer of products to get and try.

I’m obsessed with watching beauty gurus on YouTube. That’s where I get great makeup tricks and ideas and learn about products I’ve seen and want to try or have never even heard of.

I was using my It cosmetics Illuminating CC Cream but honestly I’m over looking like a Twilight character and the shade was getting to dark now that my beach tan is faded away.  I thought I wanted to go back to the L’Oréal Cushion Foundation. It’s a great light coverage foundation for summer. Everything out there makes you believe light coverage is best in the summer! Yay! But with all this heat the light coverage stuff just melts right off my skin. I’m a dry skin lady and in the winter full coverage just doesn’t work. That’s when my skin is at its worst and can look like a hot caking, flaky mess so that’s actually the best time for a good light weight foundation for me. I want to go full coverage in the summer when my skin is at its best…sounds strange but trust me a more full coverage foundation looks natural on my skin in the summer! It’s great.

A foundation I kept hearing about over and over again was the new Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation. It was always promoted by younger women with combo to oily skin. Being only $5 from the drug store I had my doubts on what it would do for me. Well I was strolling the beauty aisle of Walmart. Which by the way, I should totally do more often they have so much to choose from. I never think to go there. Anyway, they had the Wet n Wild Foundation and it is only $5 so I picked it up.

OMG ladies! It looks so good on the skin!! It last forever too!! I wore it during our trip to Texas and it never looked dry or cakey after a full day traveling and being on a plane. It was still looking amazing after a night walking in the heat and humidity of San Antonio. It seriously was the best! My makeup looked great from the moment I applied it at 8am till I washed it off usually around 10 or 11 at night. It looks so natural too! Not too full coverage that it looked like a mask. My freckles showed through, it just evened everything out.

 

I don’t know how it will work on my dry skin in the winter I may need to just go back to a good light coverage foundation but it’s definitely what I’m going to be rocking the rest of the summer!

Here are the products I use to finish up my everyday look.

 

The Nordstrom Sale-My Top Picks 2017

My favorite store to shop at online is having their biggest sale of the year starting today!! If you couldn’t guess, it’s Nordstrom. I don’t live near a Nordstrom store so I do all my shopping online, which honestly, I love because I can just peruse the website in my PJs while the babe naps, and it’s free shipping and returns! High five ✋🏻 to that!

Like I mentioned, this sale starts today for card holders, but starts on July 21st (my birthday whoop whoop) for everyone else. I did give in and get the Nordstrom card this year so I could check out the deals ASAP!

If you are a “plan ahead” type person this sale is for you. They are marking down brand new Fall apparel! How awesome is that? Just make a list now of what you need for this years Fall wardrobe and you’re all set. I’m going to be on the look out for some new booties and cardigans since one can never have too many of those, and jeans since my size keeps changing being postpartum.

Here are my picks so far.

There are A LOT of great stuff but I’m not going to post every item I think is cute. I’m only showing you want I plan on investing my money on. Also I haven’t found any jeans I like yet but they add new items to the sale each day. I’ll let you know if and when I find a good pair of jeans.

I live in southern Georgia so it probably won’t even get cold till Christmas if I’m lucky. If that’s the case for you as well, the sale also includes great deals on summer apparel too!

I’ll just be sweating my ass off, sporting my Fall boots in sweaters as soon as it’s declared Fall, even if it’s still 90 degrees. Yes, I’m that committed to the best season ever!

Be sure a follow me to see what items I end up snagging at this one of a kind sale!

Our family trip to Texas

With my husbands job it is really hard to get time off, but he was able to somehow get a few days after I convinced him to take me on vacation to his parents. So to Texas we went!

It was baby Max’s first time on a plane and he did great! He slept both during take off and landing. The girls had a blast getting to take a trip on a plane instead of the usual car ride.

While being around family the husband and I took advantage of it. The girls and baby Max had a sleepover with their cousins while he and I spent the night in San Antonio on the Riverwalk. We got to meet up with some long time friends and enjoy the evening kid free.

I was so excited the next morning to get back to baby Max, so when I saw him and got no special reaction I was a bit disappointed. My husband had to remind me that he is only four months old and is not the best at showing emotion, which of course I know, but my silly mom hormones wanted smiles and hugs.

The next couple of days were spent just letting the girls enjoy time with their cousins and celebrating Independence Day.

The day before we left we took the kids to downtown San Antonio to the Alamo and the Guinness World Records museum. The girls loved it! It was very hands on and had lots for them to do. While walking around in the heat we had the girls wearing their camelbaks. It’s a great way for them to stay hydrated and they do not mind wearing the backpack to hold water, but you know if they had water bottles I would be carrying them on top of Mr. Max and the diaper bag. So many people noticed and commented on what a great idea the camelbaks were, you never think to have your kids just wear a water source around town! Usually they are used for hiking but they are best for even around town!

 

That was pretty much it! By day six we were all ready to head home and be back to our stuff and our routine. The girls were so happy to be back to mom’s way of making food. You would be surprised how good your kids will eat mom’s cooking when they don’t have it for awhile. ;p

Hope you all had a great Independence Day! Now it is time to start getting ready for back to school! My kids start back in the beginning of August!

How to be Trendy for less

I definitely like to incorporate some of the seasons latest trends into my wardrobe. Just cause I’m a mama doesn’t mean I don’t want to rock the latest fruit print tees or bell sleeve tops but let’s be honest after the season is over it’s just going to hang in your closet for years collecting dust because you can’t bring yourself to part with since I t was kinda expensive and it might some day come back in style.

Well I think I found a great place to get the latest trend but WAY cheap! I know you get what you pay for so the quality is hit in miss and some times the sizing can be trick but hey, you can’t beat a $40 dupe tee for $5! I’m taking about the website SheIn. Just to make it clear I’m not affiliated with them (though if they reached out I would be cool with it 😉 )

For example, I’ve been eyeing this watermelon tee ever since I saw a fellow blogger rock it a few weeks ago but it was from Urban Outfitter for $40! It’s cute but it ain’t that cute… ok maybe it is that cute but work with me here. So I hoped over to SheIn typed in watermelon shirt and bam!! Dupe! The shirt itself is awesome too! Super soft and not shear. I’m not saying every find is a gold star but this one was, for sure!

Now when the fruit trend fades and I’m not in the mood to sport a giant watermelon collar I can feel ok about taking it to the Goodwill or even sell it for a couple a bucks at a garage sale, instead of holding on to it with the hopes of it coming back in style, I’m young enough to pull it off, or fit it because I spent $40 on a tshirt!

With the site SheIn I do recommend going to it with the intent to finds something specific because it’s a black hole of cheap colors that can add up quick if you’re not careful… I may know this from experience 🙈 Also like I mentioned sizing is tricky. If I’m unsure I size up and that’s worked best for me. Nothing worse than thinking you are a size small then getting it in the mail trying it on and looking like a popped open can of biscuits. I’ve heard returning can be a bit of a hassle so chose wisely and honestly with the price tag I’ve had no problem just selling it to consignment shops then dealing with the return process.

So yes there are cons but I still think it’s a great way to purchase the latest trend.

 

How I’m keeping the kids busy this summer.

I’m going to start off by saying I am NOT one of those total hands on mom’s. I don’t plans craft days and picnics at the park days, or have the week planned out with all kinds of fun activities. It sounds so nice to be one of those mom’s. I always have good intentions but then the days come and go and I’m just trying not to scream at my girls after they consistently fight with each other or having my patiences tested while they ask me to do things and get things for them all day long! Good grief! Baby Max is pretty easy going for now mostly sleeping through the day and not wanting much from me except food and the occasional diaper change.

I mostly just tell my kids to find something to entertain themselves. With that I’ve found some things that have kept them entertained so far this summer without having too many hours of the dreaded “screen time” (that last part was totally sarcastic).

An inflatable pool in the backyard. Yes! It’ll be one of the best forty bucks you spend this summer. The girls love spending hours beating the heat in ours, lil’ Max even enjoys it for 15 minutes or so when he’s not sleeping or eating. It also allows us to avoids the public neighborhood pool most days. Which I love because it’s such a task to get all the kids to the pool and finding a shady spot for the baby and keeping him happy for more then 45 minutes.

Next workbooks. I purchased a getting ready for kindergarten book for Emily and a 2nd grade one for Adalynn. It’s been a great way to keep them on track for the up coming school year and keeps them happy and quiet while they work on them. It requires a bit more effort on my part with Emily because she needs to know the directions on different pages but Adalynn is able to do it all on her own.

Dig it up, these are rocks that have gems or fossils in them and the kids have to chisel and dig to get to the prize. It’s the greatest, it kept my girls outside chiseling away for hours!!! It’s a great outdoor activity as it’s a bit messy.

Chores!! You heard me! I made a chore chart inspired by Pinterest and got my kids to start helping me around the house!! I mainly wanted Adalynn my oldest to really start earning her keep as she is now seven, but I couldn’t leave out little sis because she would want to have chores too and why shouldn’t she?! It’s been great! I had to lower my standards on what I think is clean because, well, a four and seven year old are doing the cleaning. BUT not having to empty the dishwasher has been A-mazing! Also it’s been nice for me to not be the one cleaning up their toothpaste all over the sink and bathroom counter.

I feel like it’s hard sometimes as a parent to grow with your kids. You are so use to them being dependent on you that as they get older you just continue to do things for them, when really they can totally do things themselves. Giving them chores had taught me that, if anything I wish I would have started it sooner with Adalynn.

Trips to the library! That I do make sure I do with my kiddos. The best part is every time we get home the girls spend hours reading and flipping through books. It’s another way for them to keep up and be ready for the next school year.

Well that’s it! It’s been about a month since schools been out. We are headed to see family in Texas and that will hopefully break up the summer break a bit and before I know it the girls will be in school again and it’ll just be Max and me during the day.

 

Summer Packing-Family trip

I’m leaving on a jet plane with the hubby and three kids to visit the in laws later this week. I’m making it a little easier on myself and got the girls their own suitcases to motivate them to roll around their own luggage. I still have to manage to fit my stuff, the hubby’s stuff and baby Max’s stuff all into one suitcase that we will be checking. Max is a great baby but that’s because he is very routine and has his “things” like we put him in his Dockatot in the crib while in his sleep sack and play his mobile every time he naps and goes to bed at night. He also likes his play mat and can lay there for hours content, SO I need to be able to pack those things (probably not the Dockatot). So I’m going to need to pack light for myself.

I recently read a blog post from one of my favorite blogger Cori Lynn of Dress Cori Lynn. Her post is all about what she calls capsule packing. Starting with a basic color scheme and a few pieces that you can put together several outfits from. I thought I’d give that ago and wanted to share with you the pieces I’m going to take with me and the different outfits I made out of them.

 

 

Surprise, surprise I decided to go with neutrals, white, blue and gray for my color scheme. I added a pop of color with one of my shoe picks, red tennis shoes. Since I will be on our trip during the fourth of July I thought the pop of red would be perfect! I can easily be patriotic with red, white and blue. I ended up with 4 tops, 3 bottoms, a dress and 4 pairs of shoes. I normally wouldn’t pack a dress BUT the hubs and I are planning a night away from the kids (in over a year, a hospital visit to pop out a baby doesn’t count) and I wanted to be able to get a little more dressed up than usual. The dress I picked, however, can be dressed up or down so it’s PERFECT for capsule packing. I’ll be in Texas in July so I didn’t bother with a cardigan or jacket so to add layers to a look I added a jean vest. The gingham button up can also be layered for different looks.  I prefer to wear pants but there will be days spent mostly outdoors and again its summer so I do have a pair of jean shorts for a bottom. White jeans and a great pair of distressed jeans were my other bottom choices. Besides the gingham button up I’m bringing a couple striped tops, (of course) a tank top with the cutest bow detail on the back and peplum top.  I added a gray bell sleeved tee as well. For shoes like I mentioned the red tennis shoes were chosen because of the holiday. I wanted more comfy sneaker too so my All-Stars were a must. What kinda summer trip doesn’t need a cute pair of flip flops and these sandals are a great neutral.

I also added a baseball cap, sunnies and a smaller cross body handbag to add a little something to the different outfits I put together. The accessories will make the different pieces stretch out to even more looks! After I rounded up all the pieces I was able to come up with more than 12 different looks. I’m only gone for seven days total so for the sake of this post I’m showing nine different looks because I may want to do an outfit change during the day. 😉

This doesn’t include the undergarments I will be adding or the pajamas, but really you put in one good neutral bra several underpants and a comfy shirt and sweats for pajamas.  Although I did buy a cute pair of jammies for the trip. When do you have an excuse to spend money on pajamas? So I made an excuse. 😉