Close to My Heart

Every year on Mother’s Day and on each of my children’s birthday I am reminded of how blessed I am to have my 2 beautiful healthy children. Today I want to talk about something that is very close to my heart. My hope is that you will learn a little more about me and that I can be an encouragement to other women who are going thru something similar that I went thru.

I always knew I wanted to be a mother. When I was a young girl, teenager, early 20’s; when someone asked me what I wanted to do with my life I always answered “to get married and have children”. I dreamed of how many children I would have, what their names would be and how much I couldn’t wait to be a Mom.

When the time finally came for us to start trying to get pregnant I couldn’t have been more excited. John and I had been married for a couple years, we were so in love and wanted to start a family. Everything felt right in the world.
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family afternoon stroll

An Afternoon Stroll

Skirt: Chicwish, similar in white; also love this, obsessed / Top: Old, similar here / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Watch: Kate Spade / Earrings: old, similar here / Sunglasses: Here (only $20)

Sofia’s Outfit: Dress (similar) / Jacket / Shoes

Caleb’s Outfit: Tee / Shorts / Shoes

This past Saturday we had the most beautiful weather.  We spent most of the day outside enjoying the sunshine.  I love days where everything is done at a slow pace.  This day couldn’t have been a more slow and relaxing pace.  We ran some errands, ate lunch outside, then walked around; stopping to smell the flowers :)

Over the weekend my blog got a make over.  This is something I have been working on for months.  I am so happy with the way it turned out.  And I am so excited to finally show you all!
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white eyelet dress

White Eyelet Dress

Dress: Adrianna Papell / Jacket: Halogen / Shoes: Ivanka Trump (on sale) / Bag: Kate Spade / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Ring: Kendra Scott / Watch: Kate Spade / Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Lip: Dior ‘Princess’ Lipstick

Dresses like this are so pretty and very easy to wear.  I can some times get stuck in a rut of wearing “mom wear”.  The other day instead of putting on my jeans and tee uniform, I put this dress on and instantly felt beautiful and feminine.  The eyelet detail on this dress makes it extra feminine.
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robin eilers, rachel barkules, jaclyn hill, ritx carlton

Girls Weekend Getaway

This past weekend I flew down to Florida to surprise my Mom for a girls weekend getaway.  My sister had been planning for weeks a fun weekend for the 3.  My Mom knew something fun was going to happen, but she didn’t know what or that I was coming.  She was so surprised!!  I was so excited for our weekend I could barley sleep!  It was the fist time the 3 of us have been together, just the 3 of us, for a fun weekend since Jaclyn and I were kids.
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Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator sandals

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Gladiator sandals at the “it” shoe of the season.  I’ve put together all my favorites at all different price points.  These look gorgeous with dresses, skirts, shorts, rompers… everything!

BCBG Kaitlynn fit & flare dress

Feminine Black & White Dress

Dress: BCBG, also similar style here / Shoes: Kate Spade (similar style under $100) / Bag: Old, similar here / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lip: MAC ‘Real Doll’ Lipstick

This dress is one of my favorite dresses I have ever worn, I know… bold statement!  But it really is!  I love the simplicity of the black and white with a few pops of color.  While the cut and style is so ultra feminine and girly.  The dress flows so elegantly when I walk.  And the black waistband cinches in the waist (and it’s elastic so it’s super comfortable!).

I brought this dress with me to Dallas and didn’t know what jewelry I was going to wear with it.  The day before I received these earrings from Kenda Scott, and they look so perfect!  Now I can’t imagine this dress without these beautiful earrings.

This dress is so perfect for any occasion this summer.  I also love the idea of carrying a pink clutch to pull out the pink in the dress with a pink lip.  It makes the look more fun, plus I’m obsessed with this pink clutch and I think everyone should have it in their life!
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white spring look

Fresh Spring Look

Jacket: Hinge / Top: Old, similar here, here / Jeans: Frame / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

I just discovered this place right by my house.  Literally, it takes me 5 minutes to get here… how did I now know about it before?  It’s so beautiful!  I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the summer.  We are all enjoying the warmer weather we have been having lately.  It’s so nice to get outside without heavy winter coats and feel the sunshine.  Have a great Monday and an amazing week!
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skincare must do steps

Skin Care Steps Everyone Must Do

I often get asked “what are the steps I absolutely have to do in my skincare routine?”.  I think this is a great question.  For so many, you don’t want to spend a lot of time, or spend a lot of money on skincare products, or you just don’t know where to start in this big world of skincare.

Taking good care of your skin is so important.  Your face is the first thing everyone sees about you, it’s your first impression.  And you want to always put your best foot forward (or best face forward :) )  Whether you are a simple girl or just starting a skincare routine, here are my must do skincare steps that every single person should be doing.
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