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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ways to Wear ~ Denim Jacket & Confident Twosday Link Up

I'm excited to be co-hosting the Confident Twosday link-up with the beautiful Laura at I do DeClaire! I just love her classic style and down-to-earth attitude toward clothes. I also love that she works in education as a speech therapist! She created Confident Twosday for women to share outfit ideas and encourage each other. Feel free to share you link at the end of this post!

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I had been eying this light wash denim jacket for about a year, but never pulled the trigger (it's $79!) Well, the other day, the stars aligned...it went on sale at Macy's and I happened to have a $50 gift card I'd been saving. Sooooooo....I finally bought it! I know I'll wear it a TON--I wear my distressed denim jacket at least 4 times a week! It's the perfect little spring or fall transition piece.

The thing about this jacket is that it is not your typical heavy, bulky denim jacket. It's light, a little stretchy and is just the most comfortable layer. It's so worth the money!!

Let's talk about ways we can style this lighter wash jacket for Spring!

Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket

Way #1: With Shorts ~ I don't know about where you live, but here in the Bay Area during Spring/Summer it's always chilly in the morning, and warms up so much during the day! I wear my jacket all the time during spring/summer mornings!

Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket
Way #2: With Camo ~ You know my obsession with my camo pants, right? I love wearing them with pretty much anything!

Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket
Way #3: With Dark Wash Jeans ~ Denim on denim?? Yes!!!! The dark wash jeans provide a good contrast to the lighter jacket. Don't be scared!!

Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket
Way #4: With a Short Dress ~ This casual short, cotton dress was on my Wardrobe Basics list. I love the simplicity and casualness for busy spring days...baseball games...or just hanging out :)

Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket
Way #5: With Black Pants and Grey Tee ~ Grey tee, Converse, the perfect denim jacket...so easy!

Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket
Way #6: With Pink, White and Bling! ~ I added a leopard belt, too!

Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket
The bling :)

Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket
Way #7: With a Maxi Dress ~ Great church outfit. I really like how the jacket dresses down the maxi.

Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket
Do you own a denim jacket?? How often do you wear it? Hope this gives you some inspiration to start wearing your jacket all spring/summer!

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Linking up with some great blogs this week ~ check them out!

Monday ~ On the Daily Express  ~  Fizz and Frosting  ~  Fashionably Employed  Rhea, etc. A Touch of Tartan

Tuesday ~ I do DeClare Style Elixir  Induffietely Me  ~  Elegantly Dressed and Sylish

WednesdayGet Your Pretty On The Pleated Poppy  ~  Because Shanna Said So  ~  Tucker Up Shopping my Closet  ~  Pampers and Pearls  ~  Pumps and Push Ups  ~  Style Me Weekly  ~ Classy Yet Trendy

Thursday ~ Doused in Pink  ~  Happiness at Midlife

Friday ~ Jolynne Shane  ~  A Little Bit of Everything  ~  Momfessionals Grace & Love  Fashion Should Be Fun

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stripes & Boyfriends

Stripes and Cargo Military Vest OUtfit

Stripes and Cargo Military Vest OUtfit
Stripes and Cargo Military Vest OUtfit
Boyfriend jeans are on-trend (again) this season and frankly, I'm loving it! Given last week's post on my 15 year old flare jeans, I'm obviously branching out past skinnies these days! They key is to find the right fitting boyfriend :) A few notes on boyfriend jeans:

1) No, they DO NOT have to have holes! See some non-holey options below. :)

2) Make sure you don't go overboard with the bagginess. They are supposed to have a relaxed fit but take it too far and it's mom-jean/frump central :)

3) You can cuff a pair of looser fitting skinny or straight leg jeans for a similar look.

4) Pair the looser-fitting boyfriends with more form-fitting tops.

5) These jeans can be easily dressed up or down. I also love boyfriends with a nice blouse, blazer and heels--very polished, yet slightly edgy...especially if you get holey ones :)

Here are some boyfriend options ~
1 ~ Loft Boyfriend Jeans

2 ~ Gap Sexy Boyfriend

3 ~ Old Navy The Boyfriend (with holes! i have these and love them--they are slimmer-fitting and not too baggy)

4 ~ Old Navy The Boyfriend Straight 

Outfit Details ~
Jeans: Gap (similar)
Top: Target
Vest: Similar
Flats: Similar

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Linking up with some great blogs ~ check them out!
Monday ~ On the Daily Express  ~  Fizz and Frosting  ~  Fashionably Employed  Rhea, etc. A Touch of Tartan

Tuesday ~ I do DeClare Style Elixir  ~  Induffietely Me  ~  Elegantly Dressed and Sylish

WednesdayGet Your Pretty On The Pleated Poppy  ~  Because Shanna Said So  ~  Tucker Up Shopping my Closet  ~  Pampers and Pearls  ~  Pumps and Push Ups  ~  Style Me Weekly  ~ Classy Yet Trendy

Thursday ~ Doused in Pink  ~  Happiness at Midlife

Friday ~ Jolynne Shane  ~  A Little Bit of Everything  ~  Momfessionals Grace & Love  ~ Penniness Socialite  ~  Fashion Should Be Fun

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Seven on Sunday ~ Week 13

I was slightly better this week about taking pictures!!! :)

Day 1: Sunday ~ We had the privilege of attending a beautiful Confirmation Mass for one of our dear friends. It's been amazing to see her grow up into such a beautiful young woman! Here is my attempt at taking their pic after Mass. Why does someone always have to not look or close their eyes?! GEEZ!

Day 2: Monday ~ I attending a a catechist class for the kid's school and although I love church, it's not EXACTLY where I wanted to be from 7-9 on a Monday night! But boy was it eye-opening! It was about the Sacrament of Marriage. Some of the biggest quotes from the night:

"God, who created us out of love, also call US to love--it is the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being."

"Our call in marriage is to model God's love for US ~ unfailing, unconditional and never abandoning."

It was so pretty heavy stuff, but I am so glad I went--i got so much out of the class.

Day 3: Tuesday ~ Total surprise when I walked into out local Target....Starbucks is opening! Starbucks and Target together??! Doesn't really get much better :)

Day 4: Wednesday ~ It was such a nice day, so after school we stopped at the park. Three happy kids on swings :)

Day 5: Thursday ~ Yep, I would say these two are ready for Spring Break!!!


Day 6: Friday ~ Girls and sunglasses :)


Brookey's class hosting Stations of the Cross (free dress day-woo hoo!) ~


Day 7: Saturday ~My brother is #1!!! Buddy's biggest fan :)

That's a wrap! Have a great week!!!!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Foodie Friday ~ Resurrection Rolls

I can't believe Easter is NEXT SUNDAY! We'll be spending some quality time with family and cousins during the most important holiday of the year. I don't have a true "recipe" for you this week, but I wanted to share with you a little Easter activity I do with my kids every year to teach the basic premise of Easter.

Now, my two older kids have been doing this activity for years and their knowledge of Easter goes far beyond this activity. However, they never seen to get tired of it, even though they always know what's going to happen :)

The basic premise is: The dough represents the tomb where Jesus was buried. The marshmallow represents Jesus (stay with me, here!). The kids put "Jesus" into the "tomb." We bake the "tombs" and when they come out of the oven, the marshmallows have melted so "Jesus" is gone and the tomb is empty! I have to admit, it makes a pretty delicious treat, too after all the learning is done!

I have great memories of making Resurrection Rolls with my two oldest and my 2 year old can get in on the action this year too! 

Resurrection Rolls Recipe Easter

Resurrection Rolls
(makes 8 "rolls")
1 10oz can of refrigerated crescent rolls
8 large marshmallows
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar (white or brown or both)

1. Preheat oven to 400 and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.

2. Separate crescent rolls into triangles. Mix together cinnamon and sugar.

3. Take out the marshmallows and explain that they represents Jesus--white and pure. Dip each marshmallow into the butter--this is to symbolize the embalming oils they used to prepare his body for burial.

4. Dip the marshmallows in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. This symbolizes the spices they used to prepare his body for burial.

5. Place one marshmallow in the center of each dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Try to be careful and not let any of the marshmallow peek out, otherwise Jesus, I mean the marshmallow, will leek out during the the baking process. Explain that the dough represents the tomb where Jesus was buried.

6. Brush each roll with melted butter and sprinkle with leftover sugar.

7. Bake for about 10 minutes (or according to package directions).

8. When the rolls have cooled, have the kids break them open to see what they find! (they'll be empty since the marshmallow has melted). Explain that this represents the empty tomb and Jesus has risen!


Have a wonderful, blessed Easter!!!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Instagramin'

HUGE NEWS FLASH!! I just got the memo....it's the 21st century!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....wait for it.....

I'm on Instagram!!!

I KNOW, I KNOW...make fun of me all you want, but I'm a late adopter here, m'kay? Don't hate.

I've been on Facebook for awhile and when I think about it, I kinda wish I would have just started with Instagram and bypassed Facebook all together. On Facebook, I LOVE seeing pictures of friends and family near and far, their kids, what they're doing..heck, I even like to see what they're eating! What I could do without is political commentary, posts that mean nothing to anyone but one person and just the general complaining that people feel they need to vent to the world. That's why I think Instagram could me more my style....?? Less drama, just pictures of fun stuff...?? Anyone with me?

So be patient with me as I navigate this 21st century technology. Please just.....


I will still be using Facebook (because I'm vintage like that!) but I'll also post blog stuff on Instagram as well (or at least I'll try!). Wish me luck!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mom Style Files ~ Volume 1


The goal of my "wardrobe" posts is always to give approachable, wearable outfits/styling ideas for busy mom/gals/ladies/hot grandmas, what have you :) I've mentioned it before, but I don't show anything on the blog that I haven't worn (or would wear) "in real life."

I will admit, I love looking at fashion bloggers with their heels, perfect hair and beautiful pictures. But sometimes, that's just not real life (well, MOST times, in my case!!! Ha!). Sometimes you just need a little "everyday" outfit inspiration.  That's the goal of Mom Style Files. Because I don't know about you, but if went to pick up my kids at school in cage heels and skinny jeans, I might get some looks.

Near the end of each month, I will put together some of my "real life" outfits that I wore out and about...to work, to pick up the kids, to run errands, to go to baseball games--everyday stuff.

Here are some of the outfits I wore in real life  this month :)

Mom Style Files Outfits for Moms

Outfit 1 ~ You know I love me a little Mint & Navy! I don't wear button downs a lot but I am slowly changing--this outfit was so comfortable!

Mom Style Files Outfits for Moms

Outfit 2 ~ I wore this outfit to church when the liturgical color was supposed to be "rose." This was honestly the closest shirt I had to "rose" I could find! It's just a simple Target tee, but I dressed it up with some bling.
Mom Style Files Outfits for Moms


Outfit 3 ~ I could wear this outfit every single day! Black jeggings, graphic tee and cardi LOVED it!

Mom Style Files Outfits for Moms

Outfit 4 ~ Sunshine yellow just makes me happy! I paired light denim with dark denim....yes, YOU CAN! :)

Mom Style Files Outfits for Moms

Outfit 5 ~ This is about as dressed up as I will ever get for work. Cords and a cardi, but I had to throw in a little pattern mixing with leopard heels and floral scarf :)

Mom Style Files Outfits for Moms
 Outfit 6 ~ Easy outfit formula--jeans, tee, cardi, scarf.

Mom Style Files Outfits for Moms

Outfit 7 ~  I wore this outfit to work. The kids about died that Mrs. Rooney was wearing skirt! I was so comfortable all day!
Mom Style Files Outfits for Moms

Outfit 8 ~  I had to memorialize this outfit because it was the last time I wore my boots before I put them away for the season. Made it "springy" with white jeans and floral scarf.

Mom Style Files Outfits for Moms
Hope you enjoyed the first volume of Mom Style Files! Be sure to come back for Foodie Friday when I'll be sharing one of my favorite Easter family tradition activities--it's the perfect activity/recipe for kids!

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Linking up with some great blogs ~ check them out!
Monday ~ On the Daily Express  ~  Fizz and Frosting  ~  Fashionably Employed  Rhea, etc. A Touch of Tartan

Tuesday ~ I do DeClare Style Elixir  Induffietely Me  ~  Elegantly Dressed and Sylish

WednesdayGet Your Pretty On The Pleated Poppy  ~  Because Shanna Said So  ~  Tucker Up Shopping my Closet  ~  Pampers and Pearls  ~  Pumps and Push Ups  ~  Style Me Weekly  ~ Classy Yet Trendy

Thursday ~ Doused in Pink  ~  Happiness at Midlife

Friday ~ Jolynne Shane  ~  A Little Bit of Everything  ~  Momfessionals Grace & Love  ~   Fashion Should Be Fun ~ Classy Yet Trendy

Monday, March 23, 2015

Florals and Flares ~ What's Old is New Again

Flare Jeans Outfit

Flare Jeans Outfit

Confession ~ I've had these jeans for 15 years...15 years, people!! That's like half my life!! Kinda...sorta....not really. Anyhoo! Let's just say, I've had these jeans for awhile :) On every closet purge I've done, I have always kept these jeans because they fit well and I like them. But ever since skinny jeans took over, these "flares" have been a little neglected. So last week, I pulled them out of the archives, paired them with a **new** little  top and bam! What's old is new again.

Is there anything **old** in your closet that you can make new?

Clothing Links ~
Top: Target
Jeans: Similar 
Necklace: Stella & Dot
Wedges: Similar

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Linking up with some great blogs ~ check them out!
Monday ~ On the Daily Express  ~  Fizz and Frosting  ~  Fashionably Employed  Rhea, etc. A Touch of Tartan

Tuesday ~ I do DeClare Style Elixir  Induffietely Me  ~  Elegantly Dressed and Sylish

WednesdayGet Your Pretty On The Pleated Poppy  ~  Because Shanna Said So  ~  Tucker Up Shopping my Closet  ~  Pampers and Pearls  ~  Pumps and Push Ups  ~  Style Me Weekly  ~ Classy Yet Trendy

Thursday ~ Doused in Pink  ~  Happiness at Midlife

Friday ~ Jolynne Shane  ~  A Little Bit of Everything  ~  Momfessionals Grace & Love  ~   Fashion Should Be Fun ~ Classy Yet Trendy

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Seven on Sunday ~ Week 12

Sooooo I was TERRIBLE at taking pictures this week! Not sure what happened but I totally fell off the wagon :) So hope you don't mind the mess of randomness this week! What else is new around here :)

Day 1: Sunday ~ We didn't do much today, but on Saturday, we went to a St. Patty's Day family dinner/dance with church. It was A LOT of fun-especially for the kids! They danced the night away to all the Irish music!


Even Father Jerome got in on the action!

Day 2: Monday ~ I didn't take a "Monday" pic but I did clean out my Gmail Inbox and found this pic a friend sent to me from our school/church Christmas Party! This is me with Father David, one of our retired priests. We seriously have the best priests around!!


Day 3: Tuesday ~ No pic AGAIN, so here's one of my favorite quotes. You can check out my "Quotes" board on Pinterest HERE.


Day 4: Wednesday ~ We watched Buddy play the first game of his coach-pitch Little League career! He got a base hit along the third base line on his first at bat (he was nervous, I could tell!!)! His team is BY FAR the best team in a league--they rock! Go Mets!


Day 5: Thursday ~ My girls catching ladybugs at baseball practice :)

Day 6: Friday ~ The kids had the day off school and they may have killed each other. That explains why there's no picture :)

Day 7: Saturday ~ Saturday mornings at the ballpark. Buddy did AWESOME! So proud of him.


See you back here tomorrow for another wardrobe post! Have a great week!

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