. . . for Lauren and Lauren: 2017

October 19, 2017

FIve for Friday

ONE.  Chris and I went on a date last weekend and it was great!  We got coffee and then walked around a few stores.  It's amazing what three hours alone can do.  I found this sweater at TJMaxx for $12 and I love it.  

TWO.  Here's some other fun sweaters that I love:

one //  two   
three  //  four

THREE.  I feel like so many people have posted pictures of their kids with these masks on.  The panda or the unicorn.  But they crack me up.  Especially Isaac's tiny little body with this huge panda head.  

FOUR.  We painted Addilyn's pumpkin and it was so fun and easy.  I think we'll do this every year. I took her to Michael's and she picked out these stickers and was so proud.  

FIVE. We're going away with Chris' family this weekend and it'll be nice to have a whole weekend together.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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October 12, 2017

Fall with Mint

Remember my post sharing my love for the most comfortable, amazing dresses in the world? My friend Kelley, is the creator behind Mint Standard Clothing and I am so proud of her.  If you missed my post proclaiming my love for her and her clothing read it here! I shared two ways I styled the original in black over the summer.  

The awesome thing about this dress, besides the huge pockets, and that it feels like yoga pants, is that you can wear it all year round.  I recently got the original in navy stripes and am ready to wear it styled for Fall, now that we're finally getting some cooler weather.  

It took me forever to find a denim vest that I loved (Target, of course).  And somehow I always forget how much I love it, and forget that I could've been wearing it all summer long!  I'll have to make up for it this Fall. These dresses look so cute with vests, and the layers and booties make it perfect for Fall.  

This gigantic blanket scarf was a $5 ebay purchase a few years ago and I love that I can wear it with stripes.  I've finally think I'm confident with pattern mixing, so hopefully that stays trendy for awhile, right?  I think this dress is the perfect length to wear with taller boots, even with it gets really cold, because there isn't much skin that shows!  

This is another Target vest find from when I was pregnant with Isaac.  It's super light weight and I love how it looks over this dress.  I am sure there are a million more ways to style this dress for Fall and Winter. Scarves, necklaces, different boots, a jean jacket . . . . . I am sure you could wear this dress once a week and make a different outfit every time! 

Make sure to follow Kelley on instagram (@mint_standard) to keep up to date with new items coming to their shop and check out all her amazing dresses at Mintstandardclothing.com.  You will love Kelley if you don't already and LOVE her dresses!

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October 11, 2017

Fake plants - yes or no?

I think I used to think fake plants were old lady-ish and definitely not appealing for my house. But I either was looking at the wrong fake plants, or styles have changed, because I love them now and want my house filled with them.  Because I certainly can't keep real things alive.  I actually kept this succulent plant thing alive for four months and I was incredibly proud of that, but that's the only success on my list.  So fake plants it is.   I've found a handful that I love, and I feel like look real and have made my space happier!

I think the greenery brightens up the space and it makes me happy, which should be the highest criteria in decorating your home right?  I recently got these two little olive trees and they're currently in our bedroom.  

We haven't done a ton in this room since we moved and I have lots of ideas, but thanks to time and money we'll have to wait a little while.  I kind of want to get rid of this big mirror and move the sign that's above our bed over the dresser.  Because moving things you already own doesn't cost money, right?  I think it would look cute between the two plants, and I already have a standing mirror so do not really need it! 

olive trees: c/o commercialpalmtrees.com

I want another plant in here like the one in the first picture.  Maybe inside the basket like my other plant?

Do you have any fake plants in your house? Where do you find them? 
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October 9, 2017

Little Monster

Last week I got these tees (Isaac's here) in the mail from Jumping Jack Apparal and I love them so much! I've called Isaac a little monster plenty of times in his life.  Aren't all toddlers little monsters??? All the more reason for those glasses of wine!  I will be wearing this tee on Halloween for sure.

And I know.  He needs a haircut.  I'm scared to do it.

We own a few pairs of Freshly Picked moccs and I love them.  I won these in a giveaway recently and think the bottoms are so cute.  Isaac loves them too!

I own quite a few things from Jumping Jack Apparel and always want their new tees each month. A few of my favorites that I own: top knot, yoga pants tee,  this cute succulent pouch, and my tired is tired tee. You can use code KATIE15 for 15% off any order!  I love their November/Fall tees and want one of them.  Follow them on Instragram because there are often pre-order sales for the new tees (@shopjumpingjack). 

I sure do love my Little Monster!!

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October 8, 2017

Lately . . . .

tee: c/o shein   pants: jcpenney  booties: nordstrom rack

THIS TEE.  I'm pretty sure you can't have too many striped tops, and I love this new one I got last week.  It was only $10 and is super comfy and will be cute with a sweater for Fall and Winter.  

THESE JEANS.  I had seen a few people post about these jeans and a few months ago JCPenney had awesome coupons online and I ended up getting these for $17.  I did have to exchange them for a different size in the store, which took me two months to actually do it, but totally worth it.  

ISAAC TIME.  We usually make plans each morning that Addi is in preschool, but this last week we had a few cancelled plans and ended up home each morning.  I love having plans and sometimes go a little crazy when we're home all day, but I'm learning to enjoy slower days and love having one on one time with Isaac.  

PICTURE DAY.  Addi has school pictures last week.  Remember last years? 

That smile still makes me laugh and has been on our fridge since last year.  I saw them take hers this year and she did a perfectly genuine smile.  And I want her outfit in my size.  Thank you Old Navy for every piece of it!

MY TIRED IS TIRED.  I probably should not by anymore t-shirts that talk about being tired or coffee.  But they make me really happy, and I love this one from Jumping Jack apparel.  (Use code KATIE15 for 15% off your order!)

Hope you all had a great weekend!
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October 5, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

This last weekend my whole family went to the pumpkin farm and then came back to our house for chili.  If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you'd know my family are complete suckers for traditions and once we find something fun, especially holiday/season related, we'll do it every year. This is the third year we've gone and it makes me so happy.  The weather was perfect and we had so much fun! 
Grandma and Grandpa and all their grandkids.
 And the best part.  Apple cider donuts . . . . 

And because these pictures are my favorite and I can't believe how fast time goes and how much changes in just a year . . . 

And Isaac! From my belly, to baby, to little boy!  I can hardly stand it! 

Happy Fall friends!

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October 3, 2017

I can hardly say the word

 top: shein   leggings:  Old Navy 

I don't even know if I can actually say or write the word athleisure, as it annoys me although as much as the words reimburse and moist.  But while I hate the word, I love the actual tread of feeling acceptable to wear workout clothes, working out optional.  Especially when the weather is cooler and that means leggings, and cute sweatshirts like this one.  Also these Old Navy high rise compression leggings are my favorite.  I got three pairs when they had one of their workout sales, and each pair was just under $10.  They are the softest and suck everything in.  Although they do make me slightly out of breath getting them off, but totally worth it.  
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October 2, 2017

My Target Steal

pants: Target (similar)  tee: Target   earrings: Noonday   shoes: Old Navy (few years old)

I frequent Target way less than I used to, so I'm even more happy when I find a great steal when I'm there! A few weeks ago I found these camo pants for only $9!  They are high rise, like almost to my boobs, and stretchy jegging material.  So clearly the perfect pant.  I could only find a pair with a slightly different color and for the full price of $30, but maybe you can get lucky if you go to your Target in person!  This tee was on clearance for $5 too and I love that it's thicker and seems like it will hold it's shape more than my other v-neck tees. 

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September 27, 2017

Wisconsin weekend

A few weekends ago we got to go away for a long weekend with good friends of ours.  We rented a house in Wisconsin and it was so much fun.  It was a perfect mix of doing fun things, and having slow moments (as much as possible with five little kids!) and we all had such a great time. 
Isaac woke up extra early one morning (even for him) and was so crabby and tired before we even ate breakfast.  So I took him for a walk and he fell asleep and it was so pretty outside. I was kind of crabby before that and this definitely put me in a better mood!
 I had never been paddleboarding before, but our friends borrowed a friend's boards and it was so much fun.  Michelle and I went out both afternoons and we loved it.  Then we took our girls out. I love that I get to do things like this with Addilyn and it makes me excited for more vacations and experiences together.  The whole time she kept doing this little giddy, nervous laugh that I used to hear all the time but only comes out once in awhile.  It makes me so happy. She wanted to stand up and has such great balance she managed to stay standing while we moved for awhile.  She was very proud of herself!
 Warming up with hot chocolate after their paddleboarding. 

Our friends have a fishing boat so we took it on a ride to this restaurant.  It was super fun on the way there.  The kids were happy and everyone loved it.  The way back? Not quite so much as it was a long ride, so we decided to go fast and it meant I hide under a blanket holding onto the three older kids because it was so insanely windy.  But good memories anyway! 
 Rock painting one afternoon. 
 Both mornings we went on a "nature walk" and the kids collected all kinds of things.  The weather was so cool and it was beautiful out! 
The girls "riding" the ATV.  Chris took them on lots of rides and of course they loved it. 
One the way home we stopped at Paul Bunyan's for breakfast.  Chris used to go there all the time as a kid, so he loved it.  We had such a great weekend away.  I'm slowly becoming better at vacations, I mean "trips."  We're definitely planning on repeating this trip next year! 

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