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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Create28 ~ My Go-To Summer Look

Hey Pretty Girls!! It's July 1st and I'm kicking of an entire month of Lovely Summer Looks with my girls Carrie and Whitney! Read about Create28 Lovely Summer Looks HERE.  Link up with us every Monday in July or use #Create28SummerLooks on Instagram and play along with us! See the entire month of prompts HERE.


Today's look is my favorite go-to summer look ~

Summer Outfits Barcelona Cami
Denim shorts, Barcelona Cami and  sandals. It doesn't get much better than this for me! Have you heard of the Barcelona Cami from Express? Jill from On the Daily Express got me hooked on these, just like she did the Express Portofino Shirt.  It's just easy-breezy AND it's reversible!!! This one is a lighter aquamarine color on the other side...so really, it's 2 tops for the price of one!!! (and apologies for the crazy hair...the wind was literally gale-force this day!!)

I also love the little multi-colored elephant bag charm for summer! I originally saw it on the Hi, Sugarplum blog and tried to order it several times but it was always sold out! I finally snagged one and I love it-it literally goes with everything!

Summer Outfits Barcelona Cami
Top: Express (exact cami, other colors)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar)
Wedge Sandals: Target (exact)
Cognac Tote: Similar
Bag Charm: Furbish (exact)

No one likes to mess with a whole lot of bulk and accessories in the summer, so I just keep it simple with a pendant necklace and a few bracelets. I also love pairing these camis with white denim shorts like I wore to Napa for our anniversary ~

White Shorts: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Sandals: Target (exact)

Do you have a go-to summer look or something you love wearing during this time of year? Don't forget to check out my girls Carrie and Whitney and see what their go-to looks are! And tomorrow, I will be showcasing Whitney's Graphic Tee look!

I'll leave you with my a Pinterest board full of more great summer looks! Enjoy!

Follow A Little Bit of Cheer's board Summer Go-To Looks on Pinterest.


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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 More Pieces of Me  ~ Monday Mingle ~ Beauty by Miss L ~

Tuesday ~ I do DeClare Style Elixir  ~   Elegantly Dressed and Stylish  ~   Myriad Musings

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  ~   The Mummy Chronicles


Thursday ~ Doused in Pink  ~  Happiness at Midlife ~ Sincerely Jenna Marie~ High Latitude Style
~ Mix and Match FashionShopping my Closet

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Summer Challenge Week 3 + Link Up

It's Tuesday and I'm recapping last week's favorite outfits from the Summer Challenge--a day early. Hope you're ready for some serious summer outfit inspiration....check out all of my blogger bestie's outfits linked below and feel free to link up your favorite outfits, too--the more the merrier!! The link up will open Wednesday at 2am Pacific Time.

I am posting this recap early because tomorrow, July 1st--Carrie, Whitney and I are starting Create28~ Lovely Summer Looks! Which means every single day in July, I will be posting an outfit created by either Carrie, Whitney or me!!! We'd love for you to play along with us, too! Get the prompts and all the details HERE. We are so excited to start #Create28SummerLooks!

Here we go ~

Outfit Formula: Chambray Shirt + Neutral Shorts + Sandals: This outfit was awesome. Just so simple, yet pulled together. It was a little too simple, so I added this amazing necklace my friend got me for my birthday. I thought it complimented the outfit perfectly.

Summer Outfits for Moms Chambray Tank
Chambray/Blue Shirt: HM (these are hard to find!! option, option)
Olive Green Shorts: Old Navy (similar)
Necklace: Pier One Imports (option)
Sandals: Similar

 Outfit Formula: Lace Tee + Denim Shorts ~ Anytime I can wear this awesome lace tee AND denim shorts is a total win in my book! I love lace tees because you really don't need to style them--they speak for themselves! I added a little pendant necklace (again, gifted for my bday..do my friends know me or WHAT??!) just because.

Summer Outfits for Moms Lace Tee
Lace Tee: Nordstrom (option, option)
Denim Shorts:  J. Crew Factory (similar)
Sandals: Target (exact)
Necklace: Gift (option)

Outfit Formula: Kimono + Tee + Shorts ~ OK! So here is a great example of 1) Sometimes you need to go outside your comfort zone and 2) You need to be patient and only buy things you love and that really work! I looked for about a month for a kimono...the struck out probably about 20 times! They were either too long, too short, too "fringy," too bold, too bright, too expensive...I could not find one that spoke to me. FINALLY--at Ross of all places, I found this one for $9.99! I think it's very "me" and I feel comfortable in it, yet it takes me just outside my comfort zone. I love things like that! I can't wait to try it with shorts (it was too chilly on this particular day).

Summer Outfits for Moms Kimono
Kimono: Ross (option, option, option)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact)
White Tee: Target (exact)
Sandals: Similar

Outfit Formula: White Top + Patterned Shorts + Sandals: I could have gone with my white lace eyelet top here but I'm about ready to throw that thing out the window because wear it so often! Instead, I paired these striped shorts with a sleeveless Portofino shirt from Express--LOVE these shirts! I literally got a splash of greasy spaghetti sauce on it this day and I FREAKED OUT! But I just sprayed on some Oxiclean and threw it in the wash and it was good as new! :) These shirts wash and wear so easily.


Summer Outfits for Moms Striped Shorts
White Top: Express (exact, in True White)
Striped Shorts: TJ Maxx (similar)
Sandals: Target (exact)
Necklace: Target (exact)

Outfit Formula: Chambray Shirt + Bright Shorts + Sandals + Statement Earrings: You can't see it well in this pic, but my shirt really is a light chambray (not white). I have to say I doubted this outfit to the core. I usually pair chambray with white or another more neutral color but never with bright shorts! But you know, I think it works! Plus, I can't express how much I love this chambray shirt from Target--it is literally the softest shirt EVER!

Summer Outfits for Moms Chambray Tank and Shorts
Chambray Shirt: Target (exact..on sale!!)
Bright Shorts: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Statement Earrings: Stella and Dot (exact)
Sparkly Sandals: Target (exact)

This was a fun week! I went out of my comfort zone a bit with the kimono and chambray and brights, but the other outfits were very "me"...or at least my put my "me" spin on the them. :) Next Wednesday will be the last Summer Style Challenge post! I'll be recapping my Top 3 Faves from the 21 Days.

See you back here tomorrow as Carrie, Whitney and I started Create28!



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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 More Pieces of Me  ~ Monday Mingle ~ Beauty by Miss L ~

Tuesday ~ I do DeClare Style Elixir  ~   Elegantly Dressed and Stylish  ~   Myriad Musings

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  ~   The Mummy Chronicles


Thursday ~ Doused in Pink  ~  Happiness at Midlife ~ Sincerely Jenna Marie~ High Latitude Style
~ Mix and Match FashionShopping my Closet

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

My First Pencil Skirt + Shabby Apple

Happy Monday!! First things first! The winner of our $200 Gap Brands gift card is.....drumrollll....

ASHLEY PEREZ!!

Yay, Ashley!! Alison from Puppies and Pretties will be contacting you shortly!! Maybe you can link up with us for Create28 in July so we can see what you buy!!!! Congrats, Ashley!! XO

Ok, pretty girls--If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I've joked that I am definitely not one of those bloggers who has brand-new clothes on in every post. In fact, I repeat items...A LOT. It's just all part of the #keepinitreal slant to my blog! One of the items I have repeated is this white eyelet tank--you can see it HERE and HERE. It just literally goes with everything. Sooooo..like I told you before #sorrynotsorry! :)

Shabby Apple Pencil Skirt Denim Vest

However, this time I am THRILLED to wear it with skirt from Shabby Apple!! And get this....it's my very FIRST pencil skirt!!! In all of those wardrobe "must have" lists don't they ALWAYS list a pencil skirt??!! I have never invested in one because I just didn't feel I would get enough wear out of it.

But when Shabby Apple allowed me to choose an item to review, I decided it was time to try a pencil skirt! Guess what?! I LOOOOVE IT! If I can find a way to dress down a "dressy" item, believe me, I will! I paired this fancy-pants pencil skirt with my beloved eyelet tank and my "new" DIY'ed denim vest.

Shabby Apple Pencil Skirt Denim Vest
Pencil Skirt: Shabby Apple c/o (exact, available August 7th)
White Eyelet Top: Loft Outlet (similar, similar)
Denim Vest: DIY'ed (similar, similar)
Neutral Wedges: exact
Clutch: similar, similar
Pendant Necklace: Similar
Coral Stud Earrings: Nordstrom/BP (exact)

Have you guys heard of Shabby Apple?? OMG-I am in love with so many of their pieces! They have so many gorgeous skirts and dresses. It literally took me DAYS to decide on what to review. I could have reviewed the entire boutique!

Shabby Apple Pencil Skirt Denim Vest
This pencil skirt is an awesome addition to my casual closet. Especially now that I know how to dress it  down. Let me show you a few of the other items I fell in love with from Shabby Apple ~

DRESSES ~ 




SKIRTS ~



TOPS ~



Judging by the skirt they sent me, Shabby Apple's quality is top notch! The skirt is fully lined and made of very good quality fabric. I couldn't be happier with it! Definitely check out their stuff and use the code FROCKS for free shipping on all dresses and/or the code BUOY for 15% the Sausalito line!


Create28 ~ Lovely Summer Looks starts Wednesday!!! You can read all the details HERE. Here is the list of prompts for the entire month--can't wait to see your favorite go-to summer look on Wednesday!


Don't forget to follow A Little Bit of Cheer on Facebook HERE

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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 More Pieces of Me  ~ Monday Mingle ~ Beauty by Miss L ~

Tuesday ~ I do DeClare Style Elixir  ~   Elegantly Dressed and Stylish  ~   Myriad Musings

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  ~   The Mummy Chronicles


Thursday ~ Doused in Pink  ~  Happiness at Midlife ~ Sincerely Jenna Marie~ High Latitude Style
~ Mix and Match FashionShopping my Closet

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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Seven on Sunday ~ Week 26

Day 1: Sunday ~ Father's Day! We celebrated these two awesome men!! I am truly blessed to have them in my life. This was taken in Kauai about 7 years ago! We have such good memories from that trip!

Day 2: Monday ~ First day of Everest VBS!! They're excited!! This is always such a fun week for the kids and we always end of singing the songs all month/summer/year long!

They took pics of all the kids and put them in these cute little frames.
Day 3: Tuesday ~ This book was written by one of my friend's hubby's--I started it on Tuesday and I literally cannot put it down! I don't read a whole lot, but I love finding awesome books like this ! Read it!!!!

Day 4: Wednesday ~ Thought this was a great quote :)

Day 5: Thursday ~ VBS had their ice cream social where the kids sang all their songs. As usual it was ADORABLE. Sarah was too young to participate in VBS, but she had no problem getting up on stage to perform the songs! This kid....!

Day 6: Friday ~ On Friday Brookey had her very first sleepover!!! Mama was sad, so I took these clowns to the movies to distract me! Inside Out...AWESOME movie...yeah, I TOTALLY cried....like a lot :)

3D!!!!


Day 7: Saturday ~ Wine pick up day!!! In Chicago, Scott used to work with Terin, the founder of Bryter Estates...one of our favorite wineries!! Once a quarter, we go to Sonoma to pick up our wine club shipment--they are always soooo nice and so gracious and welcoming to our kids! They have a 'fridge full of kid drinks and a basket full of kid snacks! We LOVE Bryter...the people, the tasting room and especially the wine!! AWESOME!


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Favorite Summer Reads

Happy Friday!!!! I know I typically do a recipe for Foodie Friday, but Foodie Friday is taking a little hiatus for the next few weeks. As you know, I'll be hosting Create28 ~ Lovely Summer Looks with my gals Carrie and Whitney throughout July, so it will be all summer fashion!! Read about Create28 HERE and please join in the fun!!

Today I'm linking up with my Blogger Besties (again!) to share what we're reading this summer!! I will be honest ya'lls---there's not much time for me to read up in these parts. Between 3 kids, work, laundry, blogging, and trying to put dinner on the table, I have about 40 seconds a day to read an actual BOOK. But I do TRY. Here is a little of what I've been reading lately ~

1. The Redemption Series by Karen Kingsbury ~ My best friend loaned me this entire series and I have to say it rocked my world. Even if you just read the first book, Redemption, I promise you will experience every range of emotion...joy, sadness, bitter, hatred..and possibly forgiveness. The characters and writing by this Christian author keep you enthralled and emotionally involved in every page!!

The next books are "reads in progress" ~

2. The Fives Run North-South by Dan Goodin ~ Ok, so this one has been on my Kindle for awhile but I haven't had the chance to read anything since the end of the school year!! I just picked it up and now (darn it!!) I can't put it down!! OMG--it is so good...I was reading it last night and I had to force myself to put it down at midnight so I could get some sleep!

I guess I will mention it just happens to be written by my good friend's hubby. Geez, I can say I knew them when....! Already has amazing Amazon reviews...i just love finding hidden gems like this one--WOW!

3. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young ~ I have heard about this book/devotional for awhile now but never purchased it until now. I got it for my mother in law for Mother's Day and she texted me a few weeks later saying it was "life changing." I guess I better get on this one, huh? I have been so busy lately, I have sometimes let my time with God slip a bit. I definitely think reading a little of this book each day will help get me back on track!


4. The Adventure of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain ~ I love reading to Brooke and Will before bed, but it's really rare when I can read a book that they both enjoy. The kids recently "found" this book at our neighborhood "free" library/book swap and boy, has it been a hit!! I read (parts) of this book when I was a kid, but had forgotten a lot of it. They are both at the edges of their beds when I read all about Tom and his adventures with Injun Joe! We are all loving it! It's one of the few books they have BOTH begged me to read more and more!!

So that's what's on my reading list this summer--and it's more than enough to keep me busy for a few months!! I can't wait to hear what you all are reading--i am always, always looking for ideas and motivation! Link up or leave you recommendations in the comments--please!!

Sprinkled Just Right | Nick and Nik | The Blondissima | Daily Style Finds | A Little Bit Of Cheer


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Summer Challenge Week 2 + Linkup + Giveaway!

Happy Hump Day, pretties! Today I'm recapping the first full week of Summer Challenge outfits! Hope you're ready for some serious summer outfit inspiration....check out all of my blogger bestie's outfits linked below, too! Feel free to link up your favorite outfits, too--the more the merrier!! Also, you only have 2 more days to enter to win the $200 gift card to Gap Brands...enter if you haven't already!!

OK-now for this week's outfits~

Outfit Formula 4: Kimono + Tank + Denim Shorts
I'm not giving up finding a kimono!! Still looking because I think the trend is darling--i just can't find one that looks right on me. In the meantime, I pulled this long cardigan/shrug thing out of my closet. I usually only wear it in the fall/spring, but now I know I can wear it with shorts!! Yay!

Summer Outfits for Moms
Cardigan/Shrug: Target (similar)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Coral Tee: Nordstrom/Stem (exact, in Red Fiesta)
Sandals: Target (exact)

Outfit Formula 5: Lace Top + Bright Shorts + Colorful Necklace
I LOVE this outfit. It's light, bright and super easy!

Summer Outfits for Moms
White Eyelet Top: Loft Outlet (similar, similar)
Bright Shorts: J. Crew (similar, similar)
Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar, similar)
Sandals: Target (exact)

Outfit Formula 6: Chambray Shirt + White Shorts + Sneakers
I chose to wear my white sandals instead of sneakers because I decided I really need to invest in a bright pair of Converse! I'm thinking pink, red or teal...any other suggestions??

Part of this Challenge is also trying new things with your hair. Soooo....I watched like 3,000 bun/top knot/messy bun tutorials! It looked sooo easy but once I had to do it on myself it was a mess!! This was my first attempt--I'll keep trying!!!

Summer Outfits for Moms

Chambray/Blue Shirt: HM (these are hard to find!! option, option)
White Shorts: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Sandals: Target (exact)

Outfit Formula 7: Maxi/Summer Dress + Denim Vest + Sandals
I feel like I have been wearing my long printed maxi dress to death, so I opted for this short little jersey dress I found on the Target clearance rack for $8! It think it works!

Summer Outfits for Moms

Dress: Target (similar, similar)
Denim Vest: DIY'ed (similar, similar)
Sandals: Target (exact)

Outfit Formula 8: Palazzo/Track/Printed/Soft Pants + Flowy Tank
Whatever they are called--I hopped on the Palazzo/Track/Soft pants trend a few months ago and I've never looked back. I LOVE them--totally feels like PJs, yet looks pulled together and not super frumpy. Nothing is more comfy than this outfit!!! You have to shop and be patient for the ones you like, but once you find them, you'll love them!

Summer Outfits for Moms Soft Pants Track Pants
Track Pants: Coscto (similar, similar)
Tank: Loft (similar)
Sparkly Sandals: Target (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom/Kendra Scott (exact)

Outfit Formula 9: Graphic Tee + Denim Shorts + Sneakers
This is one of the outfits I could just live in all summer!!! Like I said, though, I need to invest in some super fun colored Chucks!

Summer Outfits for Moms

Graphic Tee: Forever 21 (exact one is sold out i think--option, option)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Sneakers: Nordstrom/Converse (exact)

As a girl of comfort, I can attest that every one of these outfits was super comfy and functional for my everyday, running around mom-life! Next week I'll have 6-7 more outfits for ya!

And don't forget, next WEDNESDAY, July 1st Create28 ~ Lovely Summer Looks starts!! Read all about it HERE and join us!!!



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