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(Shirt: Old Navy  Belt, Skirt & Boots: Thrifted)

I have a new 8th grade student that I met last week and she is a sweet girl. She did however have the brightest blue eyeshadow on and poorly placed lipstick. I want so badly to help her out and then I thought about how awkward I was in middle/high school and how that time in life is such a learning period. The awkwardness and makeup experimentation is such a key part of growing up and I’m so glad that I was so awkward because I’m sure it kept me out of a lot of trouble.

Small Town Girl





 (Necklace: Instagram Shop  Dress: Plato’s Closet  Shirt: Thrifted (Target)  Boots: JustFab)

I have lived in the same town my whole life (in fact, my parents still live in the same house I grew up in). I moved away for a brief period to go to college and travel the world some, but in the back of my mind, I always knew I would move back here, raise a family and grow old in this city. It’s a relatively small town and everywhere I go, I run into someone I know. And I love it.

But this town is rapidly growing and my heart dies a little every time a stop light goes in because that is just a visual confirmation that we aren’t as small as we used to be and that makes me so sad. Why do things have to change?!

Deep Condition Your Hair With Coconut Oil


My hair sometimes gets dry and brittle and needs a little extra attention. When this happens, I deep condition it with coconut oil. It’s cheap and easy to do. All you need is some coconut oil and a shower cap. You could also use a towel and blow dryer. (continue reading over at Life As Mom…)

Third One Same As The First




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Very few things bother me, but something that’s been irking me lately is when people comment that Owen is my “third kid”. You know, like when you set the kid down on the ground and people say “third kid” like you would NEVER do that with the first kid. But the thing is I was exactly the same with my first, second and third. The only thing I would say that has been different is that first month figuring out sleeping/breastfeeding/etc. Being a new parent and dealing with that level of exhaustion/confusion for the first time was horrible. Otherwise, I’ve never been a germaphobe and am okay with my kids eating a little dirt (sometimes literally). I’ve also been the same level of relaxed with my oldest as I have been with my youngest, although the baby does have more people to hold him now and has incredibly attentive older brothers, so I actually try to put him down more so that he doesn’t grow up thinking the world revolves around him.

Time Change Is A Comin’


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(Necklace: Instagram Shop  Dress: GwynnieBee  Belt: HandMeDown  Shoes: gift-Steve Madden)

 I have always been a Fall person. I love sweaters, hearty soups and all the holidays from my birthday to Christmas. But I CANNOT stand when the time changes. Why does it have to get dark so early?! I am not ready for my long, glorious summer days to go away. There are few things better than sitting outside on the porch at 7:30pm and enjoying the cool breeze as you watch the sun go down. If it wasn’t for the excitement of Halloween coming up, I would be in serious mourning. Does anyone else have their costume thought out already?

You Can’t Say That




(Necklace:  Dress: GwynnieBee  Shoes: Instagram Shop)

Have you ever noticed that when you’re a kid you say whatever you want without thinking about it? Like when you’re little and you don’t realize that the things you say might be offensive or hurt someone’s feelings. I have been asked countless times by little people if I was pregnant when I was in fact not. But they are too young to know, so I brush it off. Well, I feel like when you get older (and I mean way older) people just start saying whatever they want again regardless of how it makes them look or others feel. Why is that?! Have you seen this video of Ellen talking to Gladys? It makes me laugh so hard that this old woman is just saying random things to this huge celebrity like she is talking to the clerk at her grocery store. Too funny.

Age Is Just A Number




(Sweater: Goodwill  Necklace: Instagram Shop  Dress: Clothing Exchange  Shoes: HandMeDown)

I turn 33 today and I am determined to make this an amazing year. I’m going to focus on being healthy, getting in shape and spending as much time as possible with my boys. I met someone the other week and after talking to her, I guessed that she was five or so years older than myself. It come up in conversation that she was only a year younger than me! That same day, my coworker (who is 25) was mistaken for an 8th grader! Age is only a number and after you turn 20, I think it’s hard to determine really how old someone is. All this to say, have a youthful mindset, take care of yourself and be happy because that makes the biggest difference in how old you look. :)


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