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Top Summer Essentials

Hello!  I didn’t get this post done yesterday because I was busy celebrating with Max!  We have a preschooler!  Technically we celebrated his birthday all weekend by going to the zoo on Saturday and then on Sunday we went on a picnic, the zoo, had cake and opened his present from Asher (we bought a swing set but it won’t be arriving until later this week).  It was a full summer weekend of fun!

It was also the first weekend that was really nice and we were at home for this year.  Since summer seems to finally be here to stay (I feel like I have been saying for the past month) I am sharing my summer essentials.  These are products I use pretty much everyday during the summer and they help me not only fend off the heat and sun but also help me look a little more put together as a mom who basically lives outside once it warms up 🙂 .


Sunscreen: We all know about the importance of sunscreen, especially for the face.  I have been using Cotz sunscreen for awhile and love it.  I don’t feel it at all on my face and I can even buy a tinted color to help even out my skin tone a bit on days I’m not wearing makeup!  The tinted sunscreen can be a little too dark for me (although is claims to be translucent), especially if I don’t have any tan yet but it works really well once I have been in the sun a bit.  I have never gotten burned while using this brand, even in the Caribbean!


A nice pair of sandals for everyday: Since I work from home and am with my kids either at home or just around town I almost never wear nicer shoes than a simple pair of sandals in the summer (I’m not a huge shoe person!) .  I love finding a pair of sandals that are practical, comfortable, yet at least a little stylish so I look more put together.  I have ones similar to these that work great pretty much everyday.


A couple hats: I don’t really own a lot of hats but having a few really good ones helps keep the sun off my face and keeps my hair from getting too bleached by the sun.  My hats are all at least a few years old but the I have a hat similar to this one that I love.  I also have a bigger sun hat and a Cubs hat similar to this that is probably nearing 10 years old?  I keep telling David I am going to get a new one but it is still in really good shape so I never take the time to do so.  I also, of course, have a running hat which is just a basic baseball hat!


A good book: Summers are meant to include a little relaxing!  I have a list of books I want to read a mile long but I just finished this book and highly recommend it.  Especially if you are a fan of memoir type books.


Refreshing face mist: I discovered these types of sprays a few years ago and am hooked!  I am still working on find the perfect brand and type for me but they really do not only help my makeup look better on the days I wear makeup but also make me feel more refreshed as I use it throughout the day when being outside in the heat.  I haven’t tried this one yet but it is on my list to try this summer, and I typically like Tarte’s products so I’m hoping it works well!  I have heard good things about the Rain forest of the Sea product line so far.

These are five of my top must have products for summer.  I am off to spend some time chasing around two crazy toddlers for the day.  It is suppose to rain so it should be a crazy and busy day with them cooped up all day!

What is your must have product for summer?

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3 fall fashion trends anyone can try

Hello!  Does a new season give anyone else the excuse to go shopping?  Fall clothes are the best, they are a bit cozier than summer clothes but you aren’t completely bundled up like you are during winter.  There are some exciting fall trends this year I want to share because they are quite versatile and can be adopted by nearly everyone!

Patterns.  This fall is all about fun patterns, specifically plaid and Aztec prints.  Don’t worry, stripes are still all over the place along with more feminine patterns as well 🙂 .  Try implementing this trend into your wardrobe by picking out a print in a style of shirt you already know you like.  These are a few options I have been eyeing for myself (I’m not super adventurous but tend to lean more towards feminine patterns 🙂 ).


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I also love this blouse.

Boot cut jeans.  I love my skinny jeans, especially my cropped skinny jeans.  However, I am excited to see boot cut jeans coming back for a few reasons but mainly because skinny jeans simply do not work for each look and, in my opinion, look horrible with a lot of shoe styles.  Boot cut jeans are flattering for most people, and practical in multiple situations.



1970’s color inspiration.  Channel your inner 1970s persona for color inspiration.   This fall’s fashion has quite a bit of earthy colors as well as fun pops of color.  While I am not one who can pull off orange, I am enjoying the earthy color palate this fall.

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While there are always a ton of fashion trends each season these are three that I will be working on implementing into my wardrobe!

What is your favorite fashion trend this fall?