Affordable toy gift guide

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% my own.  As always, thank you for all of the continued love and support. xx

Needless to say, it’s been quite the year.  We recently made the decision to start homeschooling our six year old for the time being, so we’ve had to really start cracking down on screen time.  More than ever, it’s so important that we encourage our little ones to get down on the floor and use their imaginations!

Are you a last minute gift shopper like me?  I’m the worst about it.  Luckily, I can always count on Walmart for a wide selection of super affordable toys.  It’s pretty much my one-stop shop these days!

I went ahead and linked a bunch of toys that I already scooped up for Knox.  Walmart offers everything from classic LEGO sets, to retro musical toys, to the newest RC vehicles.  Walmart also offers free one-day shipping which is a dream for this last minute momma!

Make sure to check out all of Walmart’s amazing deals when shopping for your kids this Holiday season! There is something affordable for every age!

 

 

The middle name is Lee….don’t wear it out.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lee.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Fun fact: My middle name just so happens to be Lee, something I didn’t really dig too much as a little girl since it was considered the “boy” way to spell it at the time.  As I got older I really learned to appreciate it, because it was spelled differently than the way most people spelled it.  And I learned early on that being unique and “different” is what makes the world go round.  I think that was right around the time I was rocking my very first pair of Lee overalls in ninth grade.  And they looked a little something like this….

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Chronicles of my non-wash days

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene. All opinions are 100% mine.

We can all relate to the struggle of non-wash days when it comes to our hair. To wash…not to wash… can’t figure out anything other than throwing it up in a not-so-cute messy bun. Wondering why your hair looks a little more “lived in” than it really should. We’ve all been there.

I’ve played around with my fair share of dry shampoos, and I’ve gotta say I’m incredibly particular when it comes to them. A lot of dry shampoos seem to make my fine hair feel even dirtier which is just not okay. Some of them work great but leave too much white powdery residue, making you look even worse than you did with the greasy hair because well you now look eighty.

Can’t we just find a dry shampoo that has it ALL?! One that doesn’t leave you with a ton of build up but also doesn’t make you age thirty + years?? Well, Pantene just came out with their new Waterless collection and the Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray is perfect for finer hair (like I have). It instantly refreshes your hair between washes, gives me instant volume, and the best part is there’s no white powdery residue! It’s made with pro-vitamin B5 and wild mint, so it’s seriously just as refreshing as it sounds.

Make sure that when you spray your hair, you’re holding the can about six or so inches away from your scalp. Always take sections of your hair and then try flipping your head over and spray underneath for extra volume!

Pantene also came out with a Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist.  It gets rid of any flyaways and always leaves my hair nice and shiny! Spray it on at the ends of your hair right after you use the dry shampoo for a really pretty finish.  The best part is that both of these products are free of sulfates and parabens.

How do I typically style my hair on no-wash days, you ask? I’m going to give you my top five go-to hair styles because the messy bun just really isn’t my thing (and also doesn’t work with my new, shorter hair style).

1. Middle part with messy lived in waves

I typically curl my hair on the day that I wash it and then work with my Pantene Never Tell dry shampoo Spray and Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist over the next several days to maintain the style. I will start with it parted in the middle and then usually flip it over to the side for a dramatic side part on day two or three!

2. Add a cute headband

A cute headband, dry shampoo, and dry conditioner mist go a really long way these days.

3. Half up and half down

I have always been a big fan of the half up and half down look. Sometimes I will add a cute little bow scrunchie and sometimes I’ll just rock the high half up pony, but it gives me all the 90’s feels and you just can’t go wrong!

4. Add a fun initial accessory

I recently discovered the cutest little bobby pins and it’s the easiest way to extend your hairstyle if you prefer wearing it down most days like me. Switch up your part, spray in your dry shampoo at the roots and add a fun accessory! Good to go.

5. Classic low bun

So simple and classic, you just can’t go wrong. Not to mention REAL easy to achieve. I just throw all my hair up into a classic low bun and just tuck any loose pieces back into the hair tie. Then you can add a fun bow scrunchie like this one for the final touch!

Non-wash days don’t have to mean that you give up on your hairstyle. If anything, make it something fun to play with throughout the week! I’m telling you, Pantene’s new Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray and their Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist…game changer.

Hope you found this little post helpful! 🙂

2020…. the year of realness

Happy New Year, guys!  Wanted to share a few things with you guys in this post, including these brand new wrap bracelets by Victoria Emerson!  They are so pretty and add THE perfect touch to any outfit.  I’m especially loving the wrap bracelets I’m wearing in each of these photos as they’re right in line with my retro inspired, bohemian style.
I went ahead and linked all of my new favorite wrap bracelets as they are all buy one get one FREE right now!  I especially love the new freshwater pearl collection….I’m wearing one of my new favorites in the photo above with my velvet flares.

On a more personal note regarding the new year, I’ve heard people saying 2020 will be the year of clarity… really hoping there’s some truth to that and it’s not just another play on words.  I mentioned the other day on IG that I want to see more people rocking high rise flares this upcoming year, as they are truly the most flattering cut of jeans (regardless of your shape or size).  But WAY more importantly, I  mentioned that I’d love to see more realness.….

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Our holiday staycation at the Gaylord

Let’s be real, the holiday season can be a bit stressful as a parent.  And let me tell you….it can be pretty freaking draining as a full time fashion blogger around the holiday season.  After all, we’re the ones who are supposed to be flooding your feed with all the good Black Friday sales, right?  Well, this year, I needed a tiny break from all of the superficial chaos that comes along with the industry I’m in.

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Holiday inspired pieces that you can wear again

I don’t know about you ladies, but I don’t have that many reasons to get all dolled up these days.  The fact that Rob and I are both self employed – means we don’t get invited to too many company holiday parties these days.  And as far as friend parties….well, one of the kids usually ends up getting sick the week of Thanksgiving or Christmas.  You know how it goes.

That being said, I wanted to round up some holiday inspired outfits that you will be able to incorporate into your every day wardrobe.  Many of these pieces can be worn in a multitude of ways, like these amazing high rise plaid pants I’m wearing in the photo above.  They are under $50 and would be perfect for the office as well as a company holiday party or even date night!  This black bodysuit that I paired with the pants is a new fave of mine and makes such a cool statement!  Best part is that it’s under $35.

Speaking of every day, how amazing is this checkered blazer?!  I love the vintage cut and the fact that you can make it sexy for date night, or pair it with slacks and go more classic for the office.  I just love the colors in this blazer.  I am wearing an xs for reference.

I did want to also include a few “fancier” pieces for those of you who do have company parties this holiday season.  How gorgeous is the strappy velvet jumpsuit that I’ve got on in the first few photos?  It’s under $80 and would be such a pretty outfit for Christmas or New Years.

The same thing goes for this amazing little sparkly dress!  It’s such a fun piece and the cut is super flattering.  This would be the hottest little NYE dress.  It’s under $60 and true to size.  And hey, if you have nowhere to wear it like me, just rock it in bed and pour yoself a glass of sparkling wine.  Ain’t no shame in throwing your own little party as a parent now and then! 😉

Also, who can resist a cute little slip dress? This one is so good and on sale for $29 right now.  You can totally dress this piece up for a night out.

I hope you guys were able to draw some inspo from this post!  It’s always so much fun getting creative around the holidays… I love mixing and matching unique pieces while hopefully inspiring you ladies along the way.

 

All about the 90’s

Anybody else miss the 90’s as much as I do?  Now that I can (regretfully) say that I’m approaching my mid thirties, I’m experiencing all the nostalgic feels.  So, I wanted to give you guys some ideas on how to style some really cool 90’s inspired pieces this fall and winter!

A couple of things you’ll notice this season (the 3 C’s, if you will): corduroy, cropped sweaters, and camo.  I am all about each of those things right now…and to be totally honest, I never thought I would say that about camo.  Was never really a camo girl until here lately and now I can’t get enough!  These camo pants are authentic military cargo pants and fit TTS!  Under $70 and make such a cool statement.

In case you haven’t noticed, my style lately has been extra casual.  I also love to mix and match casual and dressier pieces.  For example, I will wear a dress or skirt with my Reebok classics or pair a corduroy hoodie with black booties for a casual chic vibe.

What I love about 90’s fashion is that everything seemed a bit more effortless and fun….no rules, just a time where everyone kinda expressed who they were!  90’s grunge is probably my favorite part about this era.

I went ahead and linked a bunch of my favorite 90’s inspired pieces so that you can have some fun with this trend, too!  You’ll also find some dressier, holiday inspired pieces (most things are on major sale). 😉  And remember, there are no rules to this fashion thing!  Have fun with it and wear whatever allows you to express your vibe best.

My job as an influencer is to INSPIRE you guys, not to tell you exactly what to wear (or what not to wear).  Wear whatever makes you feel like the best version of YOU – regardless of what this or that blogger is telling you to buy.  Because individuality is what makes this world interesting.  There are enough carbon copies already to last a lifetime.

 

Back to the basics

Do you see this happy little face?  This boy has been an old soul since the day he was born.  He’s always preferred using his imagination over screen time…and it was one of those things that we never even had to encourage.  So naturally, when I mentioned to this old little soul of mine that he would be getting his very own record player, he was pretty pumped.

There’s just something about the timeless sound of a vinyl record player that can’t be replaced.  I think Knox already feels that at his young little age which is just so stinkin’ cool and makes me even more proud to be his momma.

Not sure if you were aware, but Walmart.com is KILLING it right now in all departments, including their selection of vinyl bluetooth record players (and records). How cool is this teal green Victrola record player?!  There is a built-in portable suitcase which makes it super convenient to travel with or to just take it from room to room.  It also has three different speeds so that you can adjust the sound accordingly. It’s under $40 and free delivery as always!

Walmart.com also offers a wide variety of brand new vinyl records, all at super low prices.  I made sure to snag a few records that brought me back to my high school days…this Foo Fighter album happens to be one of Knox’s faves.

My five year old maaay have gotten his love for nostalgic things from his momma. 😉  After we snagged this record player, I purchased a few brand new vinyl’s from Walmart.com and then hit up an old record store for some oldies to add to our collection.

My suggestion when your kids are going wild?  Start with an affordable record player like this one from Walmart.com and introduce them to some oldies.  I have a feeling they will LOVE getting to lower that needle into the grooves as they listen to the scratchy sound of their favorite vinyl.

Let’s try to slow down a bit and set the tone for this next generation.  Let’s go back to the basics and teach our kids that sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.

 

*This is a sponsored post; however all opinions are my own.*

 

Holiday Boy

Since I was a kid, Halloween has hands down been my favorite holiday.  My birthday is in October so I’m sure that’s a big part of it, but it always felt like a fresh start to me.  The weather is better, football games have something nostalgic and comforting about them….even though I don’t like football…October is just an all around special month to me. Knox on the other hand – is obsessed with every single holiday there ever was.  We actually laugh about it and call him “holiday boy” because of how over the top he is!  It’s honestly just the cutest thing ever.

He will count down the days before each holiday and/or birthday, and he has a light in his eyes that takes me back to when I was his age. Back when you really didn’t have a care in the world and the world was in fact magical if you wanted it to be. You can probably relate if you’re over the age of 21. Truth is, as you get older… the world tends to feel less and less magical. So Jeans decided it was time to bring some of that magic back this year.

Doing something fun and “magical” for your kids doesn’t need to break the bank, either. Start by picking one little area in or outside of your house so that you don’t get overwhelmed.  Decorate one little corner and let your kids help decide where each decoration should go.  I promise they will LOVE it.  Knox and I snagged the cutest little Halloween decorations from Walmart this year, and the prices were incredible!  I snagged these “blood” filled tumblers for $2.98 each.

Walmart had such a big selection of decorations including skeletons!  I found the cutest little skeletons and Knox decorated this area on the porch all by himself!  How adorable is this little country scene?  Honestly cracks me up because it’s perfect for our little house in Richardson, Tx.

Knox has been loving skeletons so much that he decided to be a ninja skeleton this year.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about a scary Halloween costume.  But I have to admit that I sorta miss the cuddly animal costumes he used to wear (up until he became too cool for school this year). 😉

The moral of this story?  Our kids can teach us some pretty incredible lessons if we let them. Sometimes I question who is teaching who more. Knox allows me to see the world through his sparkly blue eyes…and it’s without a doubt a much more beautiful (and magical) place to be.

*Special thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this fun little post.*

Victoria Emerson Columbus Day buy one, get one FREE

Okay, you guys.  You KNOW how obsessed I am with my Victoria Emerson wraps and watches….. and right now in honor of Columbus Day, everything is buy one, get one FREE!  What better way to kick off the long weekend than by stocking up on some gorgeous bracelets right before the holidays.

How beautiful is this rose gold and blush wrap bracelet?!  It’s brand new and is the perfect bracelet for all of those chunky fall sweaters.  It’s also got this really pretty rose gold chain detail that I am in love with!  Makes such a statement and would look amazing with practically any bohemian inspired outfit.  If you grab one of these wrap bracelets now, you will only be paying $39 for two of these gems!

I am also DYING over these simple new (limited edition) tila beaded bracelets.  They are so chic and they look amazing whether you’re wearing it with a watch or all by itself!  This one is the Delilah and has gold and purple tila beads.  It can be worn by itself or layered with one of Victoria Emerson’s gorgeous gold watches that you’re always seeing me wear!

When I saw the colors in this single wrap bracelet — the lime green and gold — I pretty much died.  Not only gorgeous and on serious trend, but so versatile!  This bracelet is $34 and again, buy one, get one FREE with any purchase (sitewide).

The black, white and orange tones in this simple single wrap bracelet are SO PERFECT for fall!  I just love this bracelet and feel like it’s the perfect accessory when going casual.  You can also pair this bracelet with one of Victoria Emerson’s stunning watches (again, I wear these watches in the majority of the photos you see me in)!

Make sure to take advantage of this short lived buy one, get one free sale at Victoria Emerson!  The quality is outstanding and the new blush and rose gold tones are KILLER for fall.  I know I’ll be wearing these beaut’s with all of my cozy neutrals this season!

 

 

 

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