Hallelujah, y’all. I think Spring weather is finally here to stay! My mother-in-law took my girls strawberry picking this morning (yay for MIL’s and lazy Saturdays!) so Todd and I headed to Target – mostly so I could return some stuff and so he could buy a shovel. I had every intention of leisurely wandering through the store and adding to my spring wardrobe while I was there, though. I tried on what felt like a million things and took only a fraction of them home. I love my picks so I thought I would share them with you, especially since Target has amazing 2-day shipping now! Total score. So, here are my latest spring picks from Target! Just click the photo of the item you want to see more of to be taken right to the product page. Spoiler: my two faves are the last two dresses!

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This may sound surprising, but I am a total creature of habit, especially when it comes to home decor. I find myself drawn to the same colors time and time again and while I always admire the beauty in others’ color wheels, I can never seem to branch out from my own. Well, when we moved into our home six years ago, our dining room was painted a deep blue color. It was so far outside of my decor comfort zone but I loved it and it felt fancy so I kept it. Well then I was stuck; I had no idea how to decorate a dark blue room. So I didn’t. At some point shortly before our small fire, we hung a mirror above the buffet, but then the mirror was accidentally broken by the cleaning crew so I was back to square one. Long story short, I finally decided to give up on the blue and went white. And I’m so glad I did. White is easy to decorate. Today I’m sharing our cozy white dining room makeover!

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Remember that time my guest bathroom caught fire? Well, it only took almost 6 months, but my super-handy husband rebuilt it from scratch! He had to remove and hang new drywall and everything. The only thing we kept was the tub and hallelujah for that because what a nightmare that would have been! Anyway, to say that I’m in love with the end result would be a huge understatement. I wanted to go for a bright, clean, crisp look that was also cozy with a touch of glam and I think I accomplished it. “Country Glam” is how I describe it; I’m not sure if that’s right – or if that’s even a thing – but it works for me! So without further ado, here’s our white, bronze, and silver guest bathroom makeover.

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Confession: I’m not a beauty blogger and I’m not an expert in makeup. But you probably already knew that. What I am, though, is a soon-to-be 33 year old gal whose makeup routine seems to include more and more steps with each passing year. Yet, I feel like I have less time to spare with each passing year, too. Funny how that works. Gone are the days of slapping on some powder, blush, and lip gloss and walking out the door; this mama needs a little more work than that lately. Despite it all, I sometimes receive very sweet compliments on my skin, brows, makeup, etc. I consider myself a pretty low-maintenance girl so I thought I would share which cosmetics I use as part of my everyday 10 minute (or less) makeup routine; I’m no pro but it works for me. Side Note: I usually add steps/products for special events and photo shoots. Some of my picks may be considered a little pricey for some whereas some products are super cheap. So, it all balances out. Without further ado, here’s what’s in my makeup bag. 

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A few weeks shy of one year ago, I made the announcement that I would be leaving the full-time workforce to spend more time at home. A year ago I was terrified and excited all at the same time. My life as a full-time working mom was hectic, mostly due to my 3 hour (round trip) commute that was often coupled with 10-11 hour workdays; I didn’t see my family enough and we were all suffering. We made the decision that although being a SAHM was never my “calling” in life, it was best for me to be home for awhile – not to be a full-time blogger, but just to be there. My last day in the office was 3/30/17. It’s been 8 months and I can honestly say that there are things I like about being at home and things I don’t, just like there are things I like about being at work and things I don’t.

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It’s after midnight. I should really go to bed but I just spent the past hour reading the blog of a mama who lost her 7 month old baby to SIDS earlier this year. As I read her words – words far more eloquent than anything I could have ever written – I felt her grief. I cried with her. I wished I could undo her tragic loss. Her story moved me. Broke me. Rattled me to the core. She is living my literal worst nightmare; no mom should ever have to experience such great loss. As I read, I considered sneaking into my youngest’s room to hold her while she slept. While I hope to never experience anything remotely close to what this sweet mom is walking through, I related to a few things she said as I reflected on my Sweet E’s experience.

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Ever since my now-five-year-old daughter was born, I always dreamed of celebrating her 5th birthday at Walt Disney World. I dreamed we would surprised her with the trip like you see on all those viral YouTube videos online, we would dine with the princesses, and she’d get pampered at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Well, I am so thrilled to say that my dream came true. This year, my oldest turned five. We had a small family birthday party at home like we’ve done in previous years and after my girls finished opening all their gifts (side note: my daughters are ages 5 and 3 and their birthdays are 2 days apart so we celebrate them together), we gave them the ultimate “We’re Going to Disney World” surprise gifts to open. After party clean-up that night, we donned our pajamas, jumped in the car, and headed to Florida! Today I’m finally sharing what was in their gifts and how we made the surprise memorable.

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So the other day while Todd and I were sitting in our living room, he asked what I wanted for Christmas and I was all, “I have no idea” which is so rare for me! I mean, there’s always, something we girls want, isn’t there? Well after lots of thought and web/social media surfing, I’ve compiled this list so that my loved ones can refer to it for ideas. I also hope to maybe inspire others’ Christmas lists and gift ideas as well! I’m actually surprised with myself in that aside from four items, everything on my “for me” list is beauty-related (hair and makeup). Can I just say, though, that the irony in making holiday wish lists (at least for me) is being excited about the gifts you receive but also being simultaneously low-key bummed about not getting everything on it (hint hint, Husband)?! I mean, I’ve been a good girl this year!

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