Recent home update – My 70’s inspired slice of Texas

Hey guys!  I recently decided it was time to make a few little home updates here in my cozy, retro inspired house.  My family and I live in a small house located in Dallas, Texas.  It was built in the 1950’s and not any bigger than 1,500 sq ft, so it’s fairly inexpensive when it comes to making little changes here and there.  The lack of space can be a challenge but there is something so charming and quaint about a small house that is decorated just the way you like.

I wanted my home to feel like me.  You know what I mean?  Just like your clothing, I feel your home should sort of be a reflection of you and your style.  So naturally, I went for a 70’s inspired, Bohemian vibe.  I really wanted it to feel like you were stepping into one of those San Diego bungalows….and I think you definitely get that feeling now!

A simple way to update your living room?  Change up your throw rug and add some greenery!  I am a minimalist when it comes to decorating, so I try to keep things simple and always tell myself that less is more.  My tufted area rug is from Urban Outfitters and I went with the 5×8 since my coffee table (and living room space in general) is on the smaller side.

My potted faux fern is so gorgeous and just $25…such an affordable piece that makes a huge statement!

As far as my little bedroom goes, I wanted it to look like you’re stepping into bohemian heaven… aka, a jungle.  I added more greenery around my mirror and it added so much!  The greenery is also from Urban Outfitters and is part of a decorative faux vines set for just $14.  My triangle shelf is just $8 and was the perfect little addition to the wall over my bed.

I’m obsessed with these printed tin candles — they smell SO good and are 2 for $20 right now.  My distressed check duvet set is under $70 (I have a queen sized bed) and would look amazing with any decor since it’s such a simple and classic print.

Can’t forget the boys’ bathroom update.  With a small bathroom, the trick is to just change out the shower curtain and bath mat and voila!  New bathroom.  I wanted it to be cute and fun and unique, so I HAD to have this “GET NAKED” bath mat.  It’s $34 and the quality is amazing.  This banana print shower curtain is so fun and under $40!

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

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

Victoria Emerson BOGO

Hey friends and fellow boho lovers!  I wanted to drop in to let you know that Victoria Emerson is having a BOGO (buy one get one) sale on all of their gorgeous wrap bracelets!  I am obsessed with these bracelets as they add so much to any outfit.

These wrap bracelets are perfect to wear alone with a neutral dress or can be layered with your favorite watch.  I personally love wearing the multi-wrap bracelets alone and then the single wrap bracelets with one of their stunning watches!  You can’t go wrong either way as they all make the most beautiful statement.

I have also been LOVING their freshwater pearl wraps.  How elegant do they look just worn alone?!  These bracelets would seriously make the perfect gift for anyone.

Whether you are shopping for yourself or someone special, you should probably take advantage of the Victoria Emerson BOGO sale!  These wrap bracelets are such amazing quality and you cannot beat the price points.

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

 

Dive Into Zappos

Sponsored by Zappos

Swimsuit season is officially upon us and there are so many amazing swimsuits to choose from these days that it can be mighty overwhelming. To be honest, I always knew Zappos had an amazing shoe selection, but had no idea they offered trendy clothing and swimsuits as well.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the best selection of swimsuits on Zappos and found one in particular that I HAD to have. This retro inspired one piece by Lucky Brand is right up my alley and fits like glove, you guys!

How adorable is this one-piece?! The back detail is so cute and the cut in general is super flattering for all body types. The fit is true to size, so to give you an example I ordered an extra small which fits like a 2-4.

Why shop this Lucky Brand swimsuit on Zappos? Two words: free shipping. Even if the suit costs the same on another retailers site, chances are there won’t be free shipping (there’s also a good chance the same swimsuit will be a little more expensive) which is pretty lame in my book. Swimsuits can be tricky, so the last thing I want to do is spend money on shipping when there’s a 50% chance I’m going to have to return it.

So, next time you’re in the market for the perfect swimsuit and don’t want to bother hunting down promo codes for free shipping, check out the huge selection Zappos has to offer! There’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll find whatever you’re looking for for everyone in the family.

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Our Xtreme Experience

One less item on the old bucket list…

Not really for me, per se, but for Rob and Knox? This past Saturday was a dream come true. As a boy momma of two, it can be rather challenging at times to come up with cool new things to do on the weekends…. especially when my job revolves around fashion. Although I am a boy mom, I’m not the mom who sits and plays on the floor with cars. I’ll admit it! I always say that’s what Rob is for, and to be honest he’s way better at it anyway so why rock the boat? But when I found out that we had the opportunity to drive super cars with Xtreme Xperience (think Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, etc.), I knew this would instantly score me major mom (and brownie) points.

Rob and Knox couldn’t wait to get there, but I was a little (okay, extremely) nervous to say the least! I will go ahead and admit that I’ve never really been a dare devil and the thought of wrecking a quarter of a million dollar car wasn’t exactly easing my anxiety.

Everyone at Xtreme Xperience was incredibly friendly, accommodating, and most importantly — informative. After turning in our drivers licences and checking in, we did a brief drivers class where they walk you through the course, go over all of the safety rules, and give you a better idea of what to expect from your in car instructor.

If there’s one thing that stuck out to me (other than driving super awesome cars), it’s when my instructor said, “trust me and I’ll trust you.” It was no secret that I was literally shaking when it was finally go time.

Talk about an adrenaline rush…

Momma got to drive the Ferrari 488 in yellow…it honestly didn’t even feel real at first. Sitting in it was one thing, but I couldn’t believe I was about to floor it in a car that costs more than my house. What if I hit a cone and get fined? What if I get a little too confident and lose control? Just a few of the many questions racing (pun intended) through my brain as my Xtreme instructor gave me the green light. Not to worry…I made it out alive and it was even more fun than I could have imagined!

Rob drove the Lamborghini Huracan in matte blue and you can just tell by the look on his face that he was in his glory. Meanwhile, all the employees at Xtreme Xperience let Knox sit in every single car they had! They gave that kid the royal treatment and it truly made us so happy. Even if I hadn’t driven one of the cars, just seeing that boy’s big blue eyes light up as he sat in the drivers seat(s)….let’s just say it was something that I will never forget.

I HIGHLY recommend Xtreme Xperience whether you’re looking for a fun new date night idea, want to make your kids happy or you just have an itch to drive a badass car that you can’t ever actually buy. It was a first class experience and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a Saturday.

*This is a sponsored post with Xtreme Xperience. All opinions are my own, and I mean it when I say we really had a badass time. Sponsored posts like these allow me to create quality reviews for you guys. Your support is greatly appreciated.*

How I found the prettiest spring outfit for under $30

What would you say this outfit costs?

Go ahead, take a wild guess. If I saw this off the shoulder dress and these cute little block heeled sandals on a stranger at the store, I would easily say the outfit was around $100 total — if not more. But this momma is looking for cute AND affordable, amirite?!

This ruffle off the shoulder dress was under $13, you guys. My black block heeled sandals were under $17! Insane. You’re probably thinking, “what’s that catch?” There’s no catch. Each piece from Burkes Outlet is brand new and the quality is amazing. I’ve ordered several outfits from Burkes now and haven’t been disappointed once! Everything seems to be very true to size and you just can’t beat their prices. Most of the tops I looked at were under $10 and you will find that most clothing items are under $20!

Burkes offers more than just cute, affordable threads.

Yeah, you’ll find some KILLER deals on clothes (for all ages) at Burkes Outlet, but they offer much more than that. You will find amazing deals on all the hottest toys, kitchen appliances, home decor, accessories…I could go on.

I also found these tan, perforated heels for under $18 which is amazing because they will go with everything this spring and summer! Keep in mind that because Burkes prices are so competitive, styles do tend to sell out pretty quickly. The good news? They add trendy new styles to their website on the reg, so you’re always bound to find something you’ll love at Burkes for a fraction of the price.

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Loving you for you

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

I don’t care what anyone says, there’s not one person in this world who hasn’t been insecure about something at one point in their lives. Growing up, I was often teased for being “too thin” and kids would even ask me if I had an eating disorder. Ahh, middle school — ya gotta love it! Meanwhile, I ate like a full grown man (some things never change) and at times people’s comments made me feel like I needed to be curvier.

Did I eventually get over that whole “skinny girl” complex? Yes. I started to appreciate my fast metabolism and focus on what I did love about my body. Does that mean I never feel insecure about anything anymore? Nah. I’m far from perfect and just like most women — I will let the occasional self deprecating thought run a muck in my mind. Let’s just put it this way — we are all a work in progress and the grass will always look greener if you let it.

CHOOSE to love the skin you’re in.

Now that I’m in my thirties and a mother of two, I want to feel sexy, confident, all while feeling comfortable. I love this seamless bralette — it provides the support I’m looking for and is seriously the most comfortable bra I own now. It comes in five different color options and is under $50. It’s the perfect bra whether you’re layering, lounging, or working out. I linked all of my favorite new arrivals from Soma, a company who takes pride in empowering women regardless of their shape or size.

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The truth about blogging

My very first photoshoot (photo taken by my SIL, Ashley Lindsey)

One of the questions all of us Influencers/Bloggers get asked about frequently is – “how did you get started?” or, “how can I start getting paid as an Influencer?” Well that’s kiiind of a loaded question, so I’m gonna have to give you a fairly loaded answer. I’ve been meaning to answer this in a blog post for quite some time, but ironically have been putting it off due to how insanely demanding this job actually is. Like, you’d possibly even question why I’m doing this to myself or how I can still function — and that would be totally fair if you did. I hope that by the end of this post (if you stick around, that is), you will have a new found appreciation for this very “new age” sort of career choice.

How it all started…

I started my blog right before my 30th birthday back in October of ‘16. I had been a stay-at-home working mom for about a year – working for StitchFix 15-20 hours a week. I loved being a stylist and the fact that my little part time gig allowed me to spend lots of time with Knox before he was in any sort of child care setting. I also loved that my job was all about fashion and making women feel good about themselves. I prided myself in getting women to try out new styles, gently pushing them to step outside of their “comfort zone.” Denim has always been my thing. My favorite part of the job was finding the client that PERFECT pair of jeans – something about it just made me so happy. What didn’t I love? Feeling like I was working 24/7 for very little pay… and there was just something missing. I knew it wasn’t what I was called to do.

First IG post – October 7th, 2016

You’ll never start anything if you wait until you’re ready.

I had been following a few fashion bloggers for a while and was just starting to figure out what LIKEtoKNOW.it even was. My inspiration was Cella Jane…. still is. I loved how effortlessly chic she always seemed, and admired every single look she posted! I drew inspiration from her outfits, but of course put my own retro spin on the pieces I would buy through her LTK links.

So one day it came to me. I was going to start my own blog before my 30th birthday. So I went for it without even hesitating… I posted my very first OOTD photo on October 7th, 2016. I had no idea what I was doing, but did it anyway not knowing what to expect. So I posted a very grainy selfie of my outfit and tagged each piece so that people knew where it was from.

And I’ve posted every single day since then….

My goal at the time was to eventually get some free stuff at some point. I mean, after all, I was buying cute clothes anyway and realistically had no place to wear these clothes half the time as a stay-at-home working mom. My shopping habit was pretty much a waste of money so I figured I better make use of these clothes!

Find a way to get paid for something you’re already doing.

I mean that’s the American Dream, isn’t it? Fast forward to 2017… I was still posting every single day but not seeing a whole lot come out of it other than meeting lots of amazing women through Instagram with the same exact dream (which is incredible in itself, by the way). I applied to Reward Style a little too early (before I had much of a following) and was rejected. So I waited a few more months and applied again. Still nada. I finally got accepted into Reward Style around August of ‘17 and was THRILLED. It was such an adrenaline rush because I had started to think I’d never be accepted and all of my hard work would end up being a waste of time. Being able to link my outfits and having the opportunity to make a little bit of money motivated me more than ever. Because I knew sales… I knew clothes…. so it had to be easy money, right?

Boy was I wrong.

But wait — Cella Jane and all the other bloggers make it look so EASY! They’re making a living posting effortlessly beautiful photos – so why can’t I? Surely the money will start rolling in soon…. right?

The reality is that nothing and I mean nothing good in life comes easy. I knew that deep down, but I was so excited about everything and didn’t realize at the time that there is a 90 day waiting period after you earn your first $100 in LIKEtoKNOW.it sales. Let’s just say it took a really long time for me to see $1.

But I kept going and going.

Was this news discouraging? A little. But it didn’t stop me from posting every day, throwing tons of money into clothes at the mall that we couldn’t afford. It sucked at times, I’m not gonna lie. I could have had a husband that said “why are you putting us in this position?” But instead, Rob believed in me enough to allow me to invest in this little side business of mine.

Eventually, I couldn’t handle two jobs anymore – I was holding onto StitchFix as a way to help “offset” some of the clothes I was buying for the blog. But it got to be too much and I knew deep down that you can’t do anything well if you’re doing too much.

So I left my part time job in February of 2018 and put all my faith into blogging…

It was scary, don’t get me wrong. But the excitement of this whole new chapter outweighed any cons in my mind. What I didn’t realize is that this would eventually turn into something amazing. Once I quit my part time job and was able to put my ALL into Boymominjeans, crazy things started happening. I was seeing a light at the end of the tunnel! Brands were emailing me, offering me free product in exchange for collaboration, I was starting to sell a tad bit more via LTK, and I’ve made some incredible friends along the way.

I knew this was my calling.

What didn’t I know? How to juggle it ALL. Because as I got deeper and deeper into this, I started to see that those big time bloggers I followed didn’t have it so easy after all!

This is hard. Like really, really hard.

Replying to emails and DM’s all day, coming up with content constantly just to sustain LTK (even though we were not in a good financial position)… all while taking care of a toddler who only went to Mother’s Day out twice a week. Oh and you have to engage…constantly. It’s one of my favorite parts about this job but can also be so difficult because you’re always. plugged. in. Thankfully I have an amazing support system including Rob who takes the majority of my pictures now, and of course my wonderful SIL Ashley, who volunteered to take pictures of me in the beginning (not knowing what she was getting into).

Never give up on your day dream.

Ladies, if starting your own business is something you REALLY want to do – then do it. But I will say that if you’re not willing to put your blood sweat and tears into it, then this probably isn’t the job for you.

Don’t wait until the time is right because it’ll never be the “perfect” time to start. That goes for anything in life, really. If I hadn’t impulsively started my blog 2 1/2 years ago it would have never happened. I’d probably be scrolling through Cella Jane’s feed right now wishing I would have given it a shot. Point is, YOLO.

Turns out that it’s ALL important.

For me, personally, paid collaborations seemed to be the way to go. But you kind of have to do it all until you figure it out – and I still don’t have it figured out, to be honest! I’m still doing it all. I’m posting every single day for LIKEtoKNOWit but I’m constantly working on a campaign or collaboration. Oh and the whole blogging thing….. turns out it’s pretty important to actually write blog posts in order to consider yourself a “blogger.” I don’t want to be JUST Instagram based, so my goal this year is to be more consistent on www.boymominjeansblog.com. Because that’s my name and my brand that I’ve been working my ass off to build.

For me, it’s not just about posting “pretty” pictures and it’s definitely not for ‘likes’…

For me it’s about much more. Getting real and raw with you guys and helping women feel GOOD about themselves. All while letting you know that I’m human, too….. boy am I. I have lots of shitty days and I’m not afraid to let you know that I struggle with anxiety/depression off and on. I’m not always dressed up and there are lots of days where this job can get to me, causing my anxiety to spiral out of control. I’m a perfectionist and a workaholic and it can be a real problem – it’s something that I’m trying to work on every single day. Trying to find balance as a mom and wife and blogger and friend. Mom guilt is REAL at times, you guys. It’s pure INSANITY keeping up with the collaborations that I commit to each month. The opportunities are endless which means although it’s a great problem to have – the work is never ending. And if you start comparing yourself to other bloggers…forget about it. Game over.

The best advice that I could ever give you ladies is to be YOURSELF and keep looking straight ahead.

This blog has also gotten me through some incredibly difficult times… maybe you can call it a distraction, who knows. But I love it and I pray that it shows. You see, I’m not writing this post to discourage you if you’re considering starting up your own blog or small business. I’m simply writing this to tell you about my own personal experience so that you have a better idea what all goes into this.

If you’re still reading this… THANK YOU. And if you’ve been following my blogging journey since that very first OOTD post… THANK YOU. For every encouraging word and every time you trusted me enough to shop through one of my links. I literally could not do this without all of your love and support.

It means the world.

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(Before on top, 6 days after on bottom)

Ohhh HAY!  As promised, I wanted to take you guys along on my very first lip filler journey….something I never thought I would actually pull the trigger on.

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60’s Mod & Blonde

Hey, Guys!  First off, I decided to go just a taaad bit lighter with my hair–I desperately needed a change for the new year and I’m lovin’ it!  Turns out that blondes really do have more fun. 😉  I also wanted to share with you this 60’s inspired look with a modern day twist.  I LOVE Anthropologie but as we all know–it’s not the most affordable place to shop when you’re a baller on a budget. So, it’s always super exciting when they have their after Christmas sales.  I snagged this super fab bell sleeve sweater for under $40 and it was originally $118!  They will go quickly so hurry and grab one before they’re gone!

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70’s Vibin’

Hi Guys!  So if you haven’t already noticed, I really enjoy a great pair of flares.  The whole 70’s feel, the flattering cut, and the fact that they make such a big statement – what’s not to love?  So you can imagine my excitement when I hit the jackpot with these vintage Wranglers from my favorite little consignment shop, Buffalo Exchange.  You know they’re vintage when the button constantly pops open and the writing on the inside tag has completely worn off.  So, I tracked down some [super] similar high waisted flares by Wrangler that will give you that same 70’s vibe!

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