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From This Moment

Today I was driving and the song “From This Moment” by Shania Twain came on. Do you ever hear a song and immediately get transported back somewhere?

Here is where I went:

wedding singer 2

This is my wedding reception. I started singing when I was 10. Music and singing have always been a HUGE part of my life. I wanted to find a way to work it into my wedding day but felt like singing during the ceremony would be awkward. So I decided to sing to my brand new hubby at my reception.

I chose from this moment because it was a big song at the time and summed up how I was feeling. Now it seems a bit on the cheesy side, but if you can’t be cheesy at your own wedding, what is the point.

I approached our worship pastor like the day before our wedding and asked him to play for me and he was game. And apparently he is also channeling Jack Nicholson wearing his sunglasses indoors…..

wedding singer

I know my eyes are closed in this one, but don’t I look happy? I had so much fun on my wedding day. It was one of my favorite days of my whole life. A million fantastic memories and so many people I love all in one place.

We are about to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary and I can’t believe how time has flown. Maybe I’ll post a few more pics leading up to the big day. What do you think?

This post is linked up to Throwback Thursday Stories at The Mom Creative

Travel Fashion – Sonoma Style

I just returned from a lovely getaway with my hubby to Sonoma, CA. We really needed a getaway sans kiddos after kind of a stressful year and thankfully he had built up enough miles to make that happen. We also scored a sweet deal at a swanky hotel thanks to Jetsetter (the second time I have used them and cannot recommend them enough). I drank a lot of wine, ate a lot of cheese and laid around doing a whole lot of nothing for a few days. It was heavenly.

When traveling I still like to look stylish but I don’t want fashion to be anything fussy. I want to be comfortable first and foremost. Secondly, I like to layer a lot so that I can adapt to changes in weather. Thirdly I want things that mix and match a bit so I am not packing 3 months worth of clothes for three days. Here is what I wore last week while traipsing around wine country.

This is what I wore on the plane ride out to San Francisco. I love scarves on planes because I always get cold and they keep me warm. The sweater was perfect for the cool morning but when I was in the sun in the afternoon I just took it and the scarf off. These are my boyfriend jeans but I feel like they are getting kind of dumpy looking and it might be time for a slimmer pair. What do you think?

citron sweater and scarf

 Sweater: JCrew, thrifted (similar)
Shirt: Everlane
Jeans: Target (similar)
Scarf: gift
Shoes: c/o Earth Footwear

The second day we spend in a bus/ van touring around wine country. Again it was slightly cool in the shade but low 70s in the sun so I layered. I think maxi dresses are the world’s best fashion invention. You are wearing a dress and can look dressy but it is basically like wearing pajamas around. I wish this necklace was a bit longer for this neckline, but I still like how everything came together.

black maxi

Dress: Old Navy
Jacket: Old Navy
Shoes: Target
Purse: Old Navy
Necklace: local boutique

The last day there we spent walking around downtown Sonoma so comfy shoes were a must. And layering was essential because we started out early in the day when it was still kind of chilly. I love these pixie pants from Old Navy so much. They photograph a little weird, but are adorable. Let’s pretend we don’t notice the obvious belly pooch which comes from too many days of a steady diet of cheese and wine……

pixie pants

Shirt: Old Navy (similar)
Pants: Old Navy
Jacket: Old Navy
Shoes: Crocs

We had such a good time in Sonoma and are so thankful that we have amazing parents who can watch our kids so we can get away!!

Sonoma

This post is linked up to What I Wore WednesdayRandom WednesdayI Feel Pretty. Affiliate links are used. 

 

 

How Do You Wipe Your Bum?

So. Let’s talk about bums.

A few years ago, when Dr. Oz was just coming on the scene and his books were all the rage, I heard him say something that forever changed my life.

If you got feces all over your hand, would you wash it off or wipe it with dry toilet paper? Exactly. You’d run over to the sink faster than a sprinter in an Olympic qualifier. So why do we wipe ourselves with dry, sandpaper-like toilet paper after we go to the bathroom? It’s also not the right leaning system because it is irritating and increases the likelihood of getting hemorrhoids.                                                            From You: The Owner’s Manual

Deep and profound right? But in all seriousness, doesn’t he have a point? I mean, I get that it isn’t exactly polite to talk about poop in mixed company (although as moms that doesn’t seem to stop u), but I think it is time I come clean.

I am steadfastly, enthusiastically, pro- cleansing wipe. You wouldn’t change a baby’s diaper with toilet paper alone, so why aren’t you treating your own bum the same?

We made the switch back in 2007. How do I know? Because I blogged about it (of course!!) I have never really shied away from discussing bodily functions and apparently I’ve been blogging about poo for quite some time. A few things have changed since 2007, but my love of wipes has remained steadfast.

Cottonelle

Here are the facts:

In our house, we teach our kids the wet + dry combo and I giggled when I saw Cottonelle was promoting the same thing. We are huge Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths fans because we have found a few other brands to be irritating to my kiddos sensitive skin. But the “doggy wipes” as Silas calls them (because they have a dog on their log0), are the one kind that doesn’t seem to irritate. We tell the kids to wipe first with normal toilet paper and follow with a cleansing cloth to get themselves nice and clean. A one-two punch if you will.

I’d say after 7 years, it works really well for our family. Can’t imagine dealing with number two any other way.

Here are some other facts in case you have questions about the safety of Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths in your septic system. They feature SafeFlush Technology and start to break down immediately after flushing.

They are:
- Flushable
- Break up after flushing
- Sewer- and septic-safe
- Alcohol-free
- OneTouch dispensing tub
- Great for the entire family

You should definitely try it for yourself! Head over to the Cottonelle Facebook page to hear Cherry Healey talk about bums and Cottonelle? I laughed because we call them bums in our family and now it feels very British of us. Like we should be drinking tea and eating scones on the pot. You can also snag a $1.50 coupon to save on Cottonelle Clean Care TP & Flushable Cleansing Cloths. 

Do you use flushable wipes in your bathroom routine?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Cottonelle, but my undying devotion for their wipes is all my own!

Land’s End Swimsuits for Every Body Type

It is the most dreaded time of the year. Time to drag our pasty white, squishy winter bodies into dressing rooms across America and try on swimsuits. I know. Collective groan. But I have good news!! I have found the most glorious swimsuits from Land’s End ready to solve all your swimsuit problems. I can’t wait to share them with you.

I have bought suits from a lot of different places over the years, but I can say with 100% confidence that swimsuits are one thing it is worth paying a bit more for. Cheap swimsuits lose their elasticity very quickly and they last thing you need is a suit that sags or becomes see through. The quality of Land’s End suits is top of the line. They are amazing.

The last few years I have been going with suits that have more and more coverage. Swim skirts, full coverage tops- basically if it was up to me I would wear a muumuu. I felt like this year I needed to find a suit that covered up my problem areas (my squishy belly) without looking so much like a “mom suit”. I am 100% confident I nailed it. A trendy, cute cut and a good balance between appropriate coverage and hip style. I present to you the Beach Club Oval Scoopneck Blouson Tankini Top .

Swimsuit Collage

 

I have clearly just lost my mind and posted a picture of myself in a swimsuit on the internet

These tops are great for those of us who want to camouflage our tummy a bit because they are blousy. You can match the top with any bottom you want. They have tons of great choices which range from tiny to full coverage. I thought I would highlight some of my other favorite suits based on what your problem area is.

Squishy Tummy: The key to camouflaging a tummy is to look for ruching or ruffles. Or find a suit with some built in shaping. Black is always a slimming color, but don’t be afraid of bright colors.

Slimming Suits

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Enhance Bust: Perhaps you lost all your tatas to nursing, or you just need a little boost. Look for suits with underwires, padded tops and gathered details at the bustline.

Bust  Enhance Collage

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Hiding Butt and Thighs: Swim skirts are perfect for this, and can still be really stylish if done right. You want to keep your swim skirt kind of short so you don’t look matronly.

Thigh Slimming Collage

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What do you think? What is your swimsuit problem area?

I was provided with a swimsuit by Land’s End to facilitate my review. All links in this post are affiliate links. This post will be linked up to Fashion Friday at Musing of a Housewife. 

 

Military Jacket Remix- Pinterest Inspired Fashion

Military Jackets are everywhere this spring. My love for military inspired fashion goes way back whether it be the camo jacket I had in college (so mad I don’t still have that) or the navy peacoat I loved in my 20s. These past few seasons I have gone all in on this trend with my camo pants, my camo shirt or my military jacket. I may or may not have also just ordered a pair of camo shorts. Um, I might be in need of an intervention.

Despite the fact that it snowed last night (UGH), I am powering through and dressing for spring. Which means no more winter jackets, no more tall boots and lots of brights and florals. I am freezing, but happy (but freezing). My military jacket is the perfect lightweight jacket for spring and it has been getting a WORKOUT lately.

To get some inspiration for my jacket, I turned to my fave source of fashion inspiration these days. PINTEREST!! Here is my attempt at recreating a few great looks I found.

Military and Neon Inspired Look

 

For this first look I was inspired by one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Alison from Get Your Pretty On. I loved how she paired olive green and a neon yellow. I got this neon yellow striped sweater from Loft last year as I dipped my toe in the neon trend. I would have never in a million years thought to wear it with olive, but I love how the look turned off.

Jacket: JC Penney
Sweater: Loft (similar)
Jeans: Target (similar)
Shoes: Younkers (similar)
 

Military Mint Collage

For my second look I imitated another one of my favorites in the fashion blog world, Audrey from Putting Me Together. I have long had a love affair with mint and navy, but again, I would not have typically paired it with olive. I love how this look came together and actually got several compliments when I was out and about today. I was unable to recreate the adorable mint flats because a) I don’t own any and b) IT WAS SNOWING (in April, serenity now)

Jacket: JC Penney
Tee: Target
Pants: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: c/o Land’s End
Necklace: Groopdealz (similar)

How did I do? Which look is your favorite?

This post is linked up to What I Wore WednesdayRandom WednesdayI Feel Pretty and Third Thursday Threads