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May 21, 2018

One Dress 4 Ways

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Hey Gals!

Spring and Summer are the seasons for dresses and I cannot get enough of them! The only problem we sometimes face when we purchase dresses is the lack of outfit options for the future.

Today I want to take the challenge and make easy for all of us! You can do this with any swing dress but what I love about this dress is the peplum aspect, but let’s get started!

#summerdress #1dress4ways

1. As Is

This dress is very lightweight and if you know me in real life you have probably seen me wearing it multiple times! I wear it with these flats. When the temps drop (I doubt it will happen in the next 8 months in Texas) you can pair it with boots!

#summerdress #1dress4ways

2. Kimono It

Another thing that comes with spring are Kimonos!

One of my favorite accessories. (I have a post on my favorites coming up) In reality, kimonos are a match with almost everything in your closet! This is my favorite way as it gives the dress a whole entire look!

3. Tied up

The new way to do every shirt! It always reminds me when I was in junior high and we use to tie our t-shirts! #90skid. Except now there are tons of tutorials out there for different knot looks and many of the shirts bring the knot already! #easypeasy

#summerdress #1dress4ways

4. Peplum Top

My second favorite. I love it this way and it’s super simple! Tuck most of the dress in your shorts and start pulling little by little until you get the desired length all around.

Hope you can see your dresses in a new light and get the most use out of them! And don’t worry we will be going to the beach this weekend so I can get some sun on them legs!

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February 7, 2018

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dresses

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last minute valentine's dresses, valentine dresses #lastminute #valentinesdaydressesWell, Valentine’s day is here whether we are ready or not! I cannot believe we are almost mid through February! Either I’m getting older or time is really flying by, but the deal is it’s here and I’m ready to enjoy it!

Our church has an annual Valentine’s day dinner and this year again our ministry will be in charge so between the planning and our regular services I have to get a party dress and be ready to fall more in love with my better half! Today I want to take you on the ride and show you some dresses you can actually pick up at your local stores and a few Amazon dresses, because hello, Amazon PRIME!

I do have to warn you I’m very traditional and honestly, I don’t go for minis or anything where I’m showing too much skin! I love a modest dress and something that feels like me so many of these may not be your style but I would love to see it in the comments! Dont get me wrong I have short dresses and show skin but everything with limits! Every item I’m going to share are things I would wear in a heartbeat!

Velvet Dress: I’m in love with this one and is currently in my cart! I love love the color and the sleeves!

Black Tutu Dress: If you saw my closet this dress fits right in! Is there a need to explain why on this dress?

Soft Pink Dress: I love this dress! The style is perfect and the lenght looks great! It also hides the post-baby bump or the c-section pouch too!

Lace Dress: Ohh this dress speaks my language! If you have bigger hips, like me, this is the dress to go for! It highlights your smaller areas and the color is amazing!

Red Ruffle Dress: I love a good ruffle! The best dress on the list probably if you are looking for something a bit more formal and on the modest side!

Peplum Dress: I have a peplum dress in black and it’s such a staple in my closet! I love how it makes me feel and more than anything how it looks!

Others I’m Loving:

This Red Dress: This red dress is beautiful! Unfortunately for me, carry a lot of weight on my hips and this is definitely a no for my body type!

This Polka dot Dress: Is on my birthday wishlist!

Red Lace Dress: If you are going for something a little bit more revealing! You know that hot date with your partner!

 

 

 

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January 24, 2018

TTC Tips: Second Time Around

 

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Almost a year ago I posted on our thoughts of baby # 2, and we are coming up to Bella’s 3rd, yes, her third birthday and I won’t lie, it has been tough! Not only because my sweet baby is growing up, but I imagined our family with another baby already.

 

We always knew we wanted our kids close in age but the timing has been off. Bella’s birth was not at all what we imagined, she got ear-tubes this year and lastly, we said goodbye to our first home. A full year for sure!

 

Now that we are settling into our new home, and praying constantly for our future, the baby subject is being touched more often. We think about him or her and how perfect it will be when we are blessed with another little angel. Meanwhile, there were a few things that we have to do, and if you are TTC you may want to stick around. I’m no doctor, nor nurse but these are tips that have worked for us back then and we are hoping they work for us when we start trying!

 

A little History

My monthly visitor has never been my best friend! I would even say we hate each other’s guts. I had months with two visits and months where she never came. It was plain hard. I had a condition where my eggs would rupture before ever getting to my uterus which caused me a lot of pain. I was even told that it would be very close to impossible for me to be a mom due to that. It would happen every month, and most of the time, I would end up in the doctor or even the hospital due to the pain. Once I got married things changed a bit. My visitor would come every month, and little by little the pain subsided. I still take aspirin during those days to make it a little easier on myself.

 

Trying to Conceive

Know your days!

This is very hard for all of us, women! I’m a planner type of person but most of the time, I forget to write my days and have to look back in my messages to find when I texted my husband about it. I also tend to forget how long my cycle is, as not all of us have a 28-day cycle, which is the most important number when TTC. My body seems to ovulate a lot and would let me know but it was still very hard for me to know when was my highest day or when my visitor is close by.

 

When we were trying for Bella I had a really difficult time when my monthly visitor had its shift! It would break my heart as I always thought “this month for sure”. I remember testing so much I got to a point of hating pregnancy tests. It took us 3 months which is not long at all, but as I was a first-timer I thought it would happen on our first try! Silly right!

This time around I’m more than prepared for this. I got my Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System and I love the fact that I have the info on me at all times. My test syncs into my phone and I get alerts as to when to test and my “peak” ovulation day. Here is an easy video!

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Take Vitamins

I start taking prenatal usually when we first touch the baby subject. It may be months before we actually agree on a time frame but my body needs it.

 

For some reason, before getting pregnant I can take gummy vitamins but when I’m actually pregnant the aftertaste kills me. I take these before and take these after.

Have fun!

This!!! When we were trying for Bella, it was my mission to get pregnant and forgot about the fun. I would then get stressed thinking if it happened or if it didn’t. Once I let go and just enjoyed spending time with my hubby things got amazing! TMI, but hey this post is about it all! Just last week we had a date and guess what we are having another one this weekend. Just the two of us!

 

On a more personal note, as I could get more personal, :). This is a tough time for many of us, so my only advice is to never take yourself too seriously. Don’t get me wrong trying for a baby is very serious but the whole trying part it’s very stressful. If you let that part get to you it will kill the joy. You know how the old saying goes, the journey is what matters!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 

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January 3, 2018

There is a Place

There is a place where fear has to face the God I know!

I heard this song this morning and it was just what my heart needed.  I’ve talked about this on here before but if you are new you can read more about it here. My heart has been a little fearful this past year.

Last year I lost a baby so close to me, a baby in our home daycare and it literally broke me to pieces. I have never imagined going through something like this and as much as I don’t want it to affect me I have days where it hurts too much. Where I can’t even think!

I have given that burden to God, but I would be lying if I said that I have never relived that call. Relived that moment! Relived my first the panic I felt, relived the moment where I felt there wasn’t enough air in the car for me to possibly breath in. Everything hurt, everything shattered at that exact moment!

This New Years Eve came but I came with a freedom I had not experienced in a while.

As I sat in church on Sunday my Pastor preached on fear, isn’t funny how God knows exactly what we need and when. He preached on how we are not to fear, on how we need to let those fears go to be able to not only move ahead but live the way God wants us to live. He talked about something most of us know, yet we lack the capacity to apply it.

The bibble states 366 times ” Do not Fear”. No matter the version or language do not fear is there. Even for leap years.

There, on that stage, I left my fear. I left the fear of letting Bella sleep without me. Without waking up in the middle of the night and checking on her more times than I can count to make sure I saw her breath through her belly.

As it marks the anniversary of my sweet angel’s death, I realized once and for all, God wants more from me. He wants me to trust Him fully, to give Him my all, which includes that fear.

That small fear, OK, that giant fear so it can meet my wonderful, HUGE God!

I will fell on my knees and glorified His name. Because when I’m at my lowest is when He glorifies through me!

This is not to say that my fear has miraculously disappeared but I lean on Him to be my steady ground! Maybe you too, you have fear, whether small or big but just remember the God that stands for us. He has given us the strength to make it through one more day, one more tomorrow and one more the next day!

I lean on Him to be my eyes, to be my strength and to be my all.

So what is your fear today? What has been keeping you down?

I hope you listen to this song and use your “do not fear” for today, remember that tomorrow will have it’s own and so will the next day.

If you wish to do the same please feel free to message me and I’ll pray with you and for you!

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December 15, 2017

Getting Ready the Mom Way!

“This post is sponsored by Everpro Gray Away. All of the thoughts and opinions are my own”

Raise your hand if you have ever put your makeup on in the car?

I bet most of you have your hand up. It’s just one of the things that us busy women do. We spend our days running around and solving everyone’s problems… and then we put ourselves last! Most of the time my daughter looks better than me! Last week I posted about taking time for ourselves, but as a mom my “me time” includes eating what I love, watching Hallmark movies, and getting all dolled up.

I don’t always have the time to do it all, but I do try to always look presentable and feel good about myself. It just makes me feel amazing, feeling like I can do it all. It may be an illusion, but who’s counting?

There are a few things that I don’t go without, such as nails and eyelashes. Something about those two just completes it for me. I don’t know if it’s the fact that it saves time, but my nails will look good for up to 3 weeks. And, with eyelashes, I get to wear less makeup and get away with it. That just leaves me with the last piece of the beauty puzzle: my hair!

To be honest, I only color it when my gray hairs are showing, which, unfortunately for me, started happening at the age of 19.

And then I found this….

Gray Away!

Is the next best thing to dry shampoo and all of us moms, or just busy boss girls, should own it.

I recorded a quick video to show you all my routine and how fast I hide those pesky silver strand until it’s time (or until I have time) to color my hair again!


I hope you love it as much as I do!