I’m 3.5 months into my new gig as an at-home mom (I purposely remove the word “stay” from “stay at home mom”) and I have learned a lot about myself and my kids in that amount of time. While it still feels like a vacation compared to the rat-race of my working-mom-life, I can easily see how and why many stay-at-home moms become lonely, exasperated, and frustrated. I have already had my fair share of days where I felt at least one, if not all, of those emotions. Being home with my children is one of the best gifts I have ever received. But just like any valued treasure, their is maintenance and care that comes with it. One of the things I quickly figured out is how important it is for my girls and I to get out of the house every single day. Here are 5 benefits I’ve found.

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Eek! It’s finally here! I’m so excited to be able to share Part 2 of my girls’ dream playroom makeover. If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, stop reading, go take a look, and then come back here. If you have seen Part 1 then you know that I had so much fun creating this space and am so proud of myself for having conjured it all up in my head without being able to see it live. That’s a huge win for me. So, I know you don’t want to hear me blab about it anymore so let’s just go take a look, shall we?

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Toddlerhood has it’s fair shares of ups and downs. The ups of raising toddlers are way up and the downs are way down. The terms “terrible twos” and “threenager” (who are technically “preschoolers” but I still call toddlers) exist for a reason. Life has a way of slowly conditioning us moms to brave the tantrums and battles and embrace the snuggles of toddlers, even if they seemingly sneak up on us. Toddlers are forming their own (strong) opinions and pushing limits. They’re exploring the world in a new way and testing your patience while they’re at it. They’re the perfect combination of sugar and spice and find a way to make you love them uncontrollably while wanting to sell them to the circus all at the same time. Today I’ve teamed up with Cottonelle Mega Rolls and the convenience of Wal-Mart’s Grocery Pick-Up (Save $1!) to let you know you might be a toddler mom if…

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Every so often I find a dress that has nearly every element I love and I get really excited about it. Today’s Boho Embroidered Midi Dress from BB Styled Boutique is one of those dresses for me. I literally thought to myself, I have to have it when I saw it online. I mean, it’s light and airy, loose and flattering, has bell sleeves, an empire-waist-tie, v-neck, and embroidering down the front. I mean, it’s perfect right?! I love the boho vibe of this dress and also how it is reminiscent of 70’s style (in my opinion). It hides the areas I like to hide without feeling the least bit frumpy. I paired it with my favorite chunky heels* and large filigree earrings [old].

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I stepped out of my comfort zone for today’s look from Mud Pie. Before I tell you what was outside of my comfort zone, let me tell you about Mud Pie. Mud Pie is a family-owned, Atlanta-based lifestyle brand that also has super adorable baby/kids and women’s boutique-style fashion! If you’ve ever purchased a super adorable baby item from a boutique, it was most likely from Mud Pie. That said, their women’s fashion line is a well-kept secret and I’m here to spread the word. What I love about Mud Pie’s pieces is that they are designed in-house (here in Atlanta!) and are high-quality, flattering staples. If you asked me to describe the aesthetic of their fashion, I would describe it as Southern Charm. So, back to stepping out of my comfort zone…

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