It’s here! It’s here! Fall is finally here! Except, it’s still like 80+ degrees outside here in the south. But, I’m holding out hope that the temperatures will drop over the next few weeks like they have in the past and I will be able to wear all the sweaters and all the boots! So, before I get into today’s effortless look, I have to confess that when it comes to buying fall and winter sweaters and tops, I always gravitate to off-white/cream/oatmeal shades. I just love how they look with my skin tone and that they match every.thing. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that today’s top from Filly Flair is that color. The side-knot trend is still going strong this season which is a good thing for me since (if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile) you know I love anything that hides/flatters my midsection. I paired it with some released hem skinny jeans (also from Filly Flair) and ankle booties. 

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Someone please tell me that I’m not the only one who gives their kids half water half juice cocktails. While I’m a juice lover myself, I cringe at the thought of my girls drinking so much sugar. If I had my way, they’d drink plain water and/or coconut water all the time but they get bored with both. Thankfully, I found a brand new, delicious and refreshing juice from Welch’s that’s 100% juice with 30% less sugar! Oh, and the best part? It has coconut water in it!

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8.5 years ago I went wedding dress shopping with my mom who was visiting from out of town. I was so excited. I had already found the dress but just needed her approval and validation. I came out of the fitting room so in love but was immediately, completely deflated when my mom said it “looked like everything else” and that she “wasn’t impressed”. She wasn’t mean about it at all. In fact, she probably had no idea how her words impacted me at the time. I was heartbroken. Later that day, at another bridal salon, I ended up choosing the dress my mom loved – the one that elicited her “now this is a wedding dress” remark. I chose it not because I had to, but because I wanted my mom to love my dress. It was a beautiful gown, but it wasn’t the one. See, my mom had a vision of what I would look like on my wedding day. The dress we purchased fit her vision but it didn’t fit mine.

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If you’ve been hanging with me for awhile, you may have heard me say a time or two that coffee wasn’t really my thing; I used to not drink it much and didn’t really get why people were so crazy about it. Then I decided to be home with my girls full-time and that all changed. It may sound surprising, but being home requires so much more energy than working in an office full-time did – at least for me. I’d like to say that I get more sleep now that I’m home but that doesn’t happen. So, the solution? Coffee. I don’t drink it every day but when I need coffee, I need it before I try to accomplish anything. Coffee has become my go-to, especially since there’s a McDonald’s conveniently located on the way to E’s school.

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If you’ve been a reader of this little blog for awhile, you know our mornings can be a little crazy and I usually opt for convenience when it comes to breakfast for my girls. Convenience and routine, that is. The problem is that my girls are starting to get sick of the same ol’ same ol’ breakfast foods which has left me searching for options that are just as easy, just as affordable, and just as delicious. Enter, Pepperidge Farm Swirl Oatmeal Bread. As silly as it sounds, one of the things that seems to take forever for us in the mornings is waiting on the toaster (why does it feel like it takes so long?!) so one of my favorite parts of the Pepperidge Farm Swirl Oatmeal Bread is that it’s delicious without toasting since it comes in Apple Cinnamon Swirl Oatmeal or Maple & Brown Sugar Swirl Oatmeal flavors. Winning!

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It. Has. Pockets. Three little words that immediately make any dress 10 times better. Needless to say, when I found that today’s swing dress has pockets after I bought it, I was more than a little excited. Anyway, now that Labor Day has passed, (making way for fall fashion), this Oxford Swing Dress from Free People is giving me all the feels. I love the flowy cut, embroidery detail, and cut-out back. And that it has pockets, of course. I also love that it’s fully lined and that the sleeves have elastic at the wrists that isn’t too tight! I paired it with my new favorite booties: perforated leather peep-toe with heel cut-outs from by Dolce Vita. I added a hat, choker, pendant necklace, and some sunnies for an extra bit of fall flair.

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Are my kids the only ones who come home starving every afternoon like they haven’t eaten in months? Just mine? I’d like to say that I give my children an I-grew-it-myself-in-the-backyard-and-we-harvested-it-together-as-a-family-and-had-a-STEM-lesson-while-doing-so-snacks but that just isn’t our reality. Reality is that I give my girls snacks that are affordable, delicious, and better-for-you than the many junky alternatives out there. I recently shared how we prepared my daughter for Pre-K and what a day in our lives look like during the school year so today I want to share some of our favorite snacks for after school.

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This may sound is cliche, but where does the time go?! It’s crazy to think that summer is over, A has already been in Pre-K for 3 weeks and E has been in KidsPlay (our church’s Mom’s Morning Out program) for 2 weeks! This new season of our lives has come with some adjusting (mainly mine) and we’ve had to learn how to rework our days. I’ve shared what my typical days looked like when I was working full-time and what my mornings were like when I first started being home full-time, so I thought I should share what these new days look like now that we have yet another new schedule to which we have to adapt. I’m sure it’s no surprise that PlaytexBaby products are still a huge part of this PlaytexMom’s days.

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