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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You may remember that I recently had to forgo my cleaning lady as part of our new one-income journey. It didn’t take long for us to realize we needed a new vacuum; the one we previously had was a wedding gift and nearly 8 years old. Honestly, the first brand that came to mind was Dyson. I had heard such great things about the brand that I knew I wanted to give it a try. Although I don’t have any pets, I decided to try the Dyson Animal Ball 2 because my full head of hair sheds a lot and I have two [messy] daughters who take after their mama’s hair. What I wasn’t expecting, though, was how much I would be in love with a vacuum. Weird, right? I guess that’s what being an adult is: getting excited about a new vacuum and writing a heartfelt ode to it on the Internet.

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