Warm Nights

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Finally, FINALLY the weather has warmed up here in Ohio!!!  I wake up to the birds singing, the smell of freshly cut grass is seriously euphoric and my kids have become tramp dwellers.  n: someone who lives on trampolines and only gets off to eat popsicles!  For family night we put the twins to sleep early, got a sitter and went out for ice cream.  I’m going on a little work trip tomorrow for a few days so we wanted to do something special with the big kids!  We took advantage of the awesome weather and went window shopping through old Avon, which is the cutest part of town that has all these antique shops and quaint buildings and then we stopped to get ice cream.  Chatting and skipping as we went.

outfits:
mine: swing dress | Sandals: c/o Born from Dillards | Fringe Bag: Treasure & Bond | Watch: Michael Kohrs | Bracelets: American Eagle
Savy: Shorts | Swing top | Jellies
Bostons: Striped Shirt | Shorts | Moccs c/o Freshly Picked 

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Family Gardening

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When we built our home a year and a half ago we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into…  it’s been so much work!!  Our yard has suffered the most and we haven’t been able to use the space like we’ve wanted.  Last summer we were able to get the grass in, the fence up and the patio built and this summer we are working on making it a little homier.  Brian’s family came a few weeks ago to help us build a little retaining wall, we’re working on getting a play set put together and of course, some pretty plants in our new beds!  It’s been long nights in the yard, weekends spent wheelbarrowing top soil and countless trips to the nursery but I’m so excited to finally have a space we all want to spend some time!

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Cute Knotted Half-Up Hairstyle

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My obsession for this hairstyle is at an all time high right now.  AH, I seriously love it!  It’s so dang easy + it just looks effortless and fun.  I feel like I need to invest in a book of adjectives because I use the same ones all the time!  However many ways you can say cute and pretty, those are the words I’d insert here >>>>

My outfit:  Peplum Top (my favorite shirt evvver!  It’s a little pricey but when you wear it 4+ times a week it’s worth the investment ha ha!) | White Jeans | Lips:  lined and filled with Soar + gloss 

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Get Ready With Me!

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I haven’t done a get ready with me video in… have I ever done a get ready with me video?!  I put the boys down for a nap and the big kids were happily playing so I decided to film this little makeup/hair tutorial while I got ready.  I’m actually super impressed that I wasn’t interrupted and I was also ready before 10am… which NEVER happens.  The cherry on top was I made my bed AND put on pants :)

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Just some random thoughts + you’re great

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So… last weeks snaps inspired this line of thought that I just wanted to discuss a little further.  By now I feel like people are pretty familiar with bloggers and how it all works.  We run our lives like businesses, we stage some pretty gorgeous photos of perfect moments, our skin always looks pretty, our kids are always happy, houses always clean and outfits always put together.  But you guys know it’s all staged.  Right?  That it’s not real life… right?  I love blogging!!  It’s a HUGE escape for me because during the week my house is a MESS and I’m talking M-E-S-S.  Okay well it’s not that bad but don’t you dare go upstairs without asking and if you need to use the bathroom I’ve gotta run in there real fast and make sure the kids flushed the toilet and that there aren’t dirty clothes all over the place.  We live here so I’m not gonna apologize for any of it.  The outfits I style are just that, styled.  I’m usually at home picking up after little people, dealing with tantrums, folding laundry and yeah — I’m usually in leggings and a t-shirt.  In todays case the same t-shirt I’ve worn all week ha ha!  And that’s just life!  And it’s messy and it’s awesome, and it’s boring and it’s fun and it’s so dull but so exciting and all these little moments strung together are pretty amazing.  And blogging is a total escape from the messy – it’s a dream life.  I mean, I don’t pretend I’m something I’m not.  At least I try really really hard not to.  I really would wear this outfit if I went anywhere ha ha!  My job is to influence.  And if you need a cute outfit, or some makeup/hair inspo – I’m your girl!  And I love trying to new products and one of my favorite things about blogging is I get to try some of the best products and learn which ones are my favorite so that I can have an opinion to help you guys out!

Anyway, I’m getting side tracked and Coop just woke up so I gotta get to the point.  What was it again?  Oh yeah.  My point is that  I’m just normal.  And I’m me.  And my life is a mess and it’s clean and it’s boring and it’s fun and I don’t ever want you guys comparing your messy life to my perfect one here online.  Be good to yourself!  Want a few things here and there, have some dreams and goals and find things that inspire you to be better.  But just be happy.  Be happy with who you are, with what you have and know that what you’re seeing online, on instagram, on facebook are all the sweet images of peoples lives that they want you to see.  Cherry picked best images.  And when you go through your own very best moments, I don’t doubt it’s pretty dang awesome too!!

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