Mama said there’d be days like this. Yesterday was one of those days I read about in blogs all the time. You know the ones: stay-at-home-mom is flustered and exhausted; she just needs a break. See, my kids weren’t themselves. One was home from school for 2 days because she was sick and the other had what I’m assuming was cabin fever from being stuck in the house with her sick sister. Misery, whining, fighting, and crying all came together to create the theme of the day: frustration. This mama couldn’t deal. I found myself feeling alone. Tired. Aggravated. I raised my voice. I shut down. I put on Netflix and let it play for hours because I didn’t have it in me to do anything else. I counted the minutes until nap time. I wasn’t my best self. Far from it.

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Raise your hand if you hate your knees (*raises hand high*). I’ve hated my knees for as long as I have been able to be self-conscious about anything appearance-related. I’ve always had super skinny legs. Some people think that’s a good thing but it’s something I’ve always hated. The grass is always greener on the other side, right? I used to say that I wanted to get calf-implants so that my legs looked bigger. Sure, I have super skinny calves and I’ve come to own that, but what makes them appear even thinner is my knees (and the size of my feet). Why am I sharing this with you? Because my knobby knees make me love dresses that hit below the knee from an early age. Needless to say, I’m thrilled that midi-dresses have made their way onto the scene. Today’s look is from Fancy Frills Boutique; I love that this dress has a modest neckline, hits below the knee, and has a cut that is flattering to my mom-gut. Oh, and it’s on sale! I dressed it up a little with some patent one-strap heels but have seen it styled in a boho-fashion with a cute hat and ankle boots, too. Either way works for me!

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Happy Friday! Whew, what a week this has been. It was my 3rd full week of FUNemployment and I think I’m starting to find my groove… well, starting to. We had a great Easter weekend as a family, complete with super fun egg-hunting, I was able to take my youngest to Toddler Story Time at our local library, and I went to a media tour at Macy’s Backstage. Tomorrow I will be on a blogger panel at a brunch here in Atlanta that should be super fun! It’s a fun, exciting time for me right now! With that, I have a new kind of post for you today. See, every so often, I come across fab stuff that I love but doesn’t quite fit seamlessly anywhere else. so I’ve decided to round them up for you. I won’t do this every week but will once I feel like I have enough to share. I have 4 fab things to show you today!

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Ah, Mother’s Day. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite days of the year because it’s one of two when I can lay back, relax, and watch the world move around me (the other being my birthday, of course). I can already taste the sweet sangria I know my husband is going to make on that fabulous Sunday this year. Mother’s Day can be super tough in regard to shopping, though. I mean, buying gifts for me is a challenge because there isn’t really anything that I need. I have the same trouble shopping for my mom – she doesn’t need a thing; I probably get that from her. But I tell ya, I do love me some personalized gifts and I love things that represent my daughters. Mom mom does, too. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, I guess. With that in mind, Things Remembered is the perfect Mother’s Day shopping destination. All of their gifts can be personalized and shipped (quickly) to your home. I love Things Remembered because they have a great variety and the quality is top-knotch. Today I’ve rounded up 5 personalized Mother’s Day gift ideas from Things Remembered.

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Once upon a time, I thought I could never pull off an off-the-shoulder top. See, while I know I have a small frame, I have broad shoulders for a girl my size so I always thought that off-the-shoulder looks made me look slightly line-backer-ish. But, last summer my sister-in-law had the cutest off-the-shoulder top and it inspired me to copy her get one for myself. I’ve been hooked since then and am loving this trend! I found this adorable light blue sateen off-the-shoulder-top from Allura Boutique and paired it with my favorite flare jeans, chunky heels, a pendant necklace, and a simple clutch. I love this look because it can easily transition from day to night. It’s lightweight and flowy making it flattering and perfect for spring and summer.

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