Pom Poms & Pineapples with Love, Everly





TOP / SHORTS / SUNGLASSES 

I've been so excited to share that I've been working on such a fun project with Love, Everly Shop!
It's been so fun seeing the whole summer line and photographing it all! All the pieces are so fun,
girly and happy. I just want all of it! Weird huh ;) But really, I'm in love because everything is not
only really cute but pretty dang affordable as well, which I'm all about these days as we are
trying to get our student loans paid down.

You can follow Love, Everly on Instagram HERE to be the first to know when they launch
later today because you won't want to miss out on this cute boutique!

The Perfect Fit



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Linen Top (on sale!!!) / Skinny Jeans (on sale!!!) / Heels 

I've always, always hated shopping for jeans. No joke the last time I bought a pair of jeans was over a year ago and before that, about 3 years prior. I've always hated trying them on and then feeling discouraged about how how they fit my shape. I have a pretty small waist and wider hips so finding a good pair that fit just right is hard and frustrating so I usually just end up with a a pair of the "they look okay, I guess. Let's just hurry and get out of here!" kind and live in them for years! I guess that's why I have such a love for dresses, skirts and workout clothes. These things tend to look good on everyone and every body shape.

Well when I ended up getting these Pink Blush jeans in the mail I was really worried how they would fit. I don't even like going into stores and buying them, so getting a pair of jeans from online was a bit out of the ordinary for me. Anyway, I can't tell you how in love with these jeans I am! They hug me in all the right spots and are unbelievably comfortable. I've worn these more in the past couple weeks that I've had them then I have worn any other jean in my closet! I'm obsessed with the how dark they are and the length is perfect!

I ended up pairing them with these nude pumps and this Pink Blush linen blouse but I've also worn them while just lounging around with a slouchy boyfriend tee. They are kind of the perfect pair to dress up or down :)

So if you're like me and really really hate jean shopping then check out these beauties because they are pretty amazing!




Pink Blush


DRESS / SHOES similar HERE, HERE & HERE / HAIR EXTENSIONS 

Two things. 

1) This dress is amazing you guys. I'm currently in love with everything from Pink Blush. I want their whole summer line in my closet like yesterday. If you haven't heard of Pink Blush you can check them out HERE and if you are loving on this dress like I am you can find it HERE (and on sale!) 

2) Josh and I both celebrated our birthdays last month and I 'm having a hard time dealing with the fact that I turned 27! I saw a quote somewhere, probably on Pinterest, that said "you only get ten years to be in your twenties."  I'm starting to realize that I need to take full advantage of the next few years and get the most out of my twenties because although I still feel like my 20 year old self, the fact is I'm getting older. There is so much I want out of life, so many things I want to accomplish and so many places I want to travel. I feel like a part of me is slowly dying along with my twenties. Does anyone else get that feeling? Like the older you get the less care-free you can be. The more responsibility you create for yourself the less you can actually live spontaneously? I've been missing that the most. The spontaneity I use to have. 

I've decided that I really need that back in my life. I crave it some days. Now I know that as a parent it's sometimes hard to have complete spontaneity in your life, but even if it were just jumping in the car one weekend and driving to a new hiking trail, lake or going somewhere we've never been and of course, getting pina colada Slurpee's on the way. Just things we use to do when we were two teenagers getting to know each other. I feel like I've talked about this before, but I'm always getting myself into these dang ruts and realizing I'm that much closer to 30 doesn't help haha. 




A Parenting Outlet





The other night my husband and I got on the subject of social media.
Instagram, to be more specific. He, my husband, has never been
into social media. He thinks it's a waste of time and has better things to do
than sit on IG scrolling through pictures of other peoples daily lives.
And his argument is completely valid. He has a 9-5 job where most
days he'll go in a little early or stay a little late. Then when he comes home
he has me and Copeland and now our sweet dog, Mayah. He's a busy guy
and doesn't really have time or find a need for something like Instagram or
blogging.

But then he asked me why I do it. Why I care or invest my free time to go onto Instagram.
Without thinking I told him I needed it and he looked at me like I was insane.
Now I know I sound like an odd duck. Who needs social media? Who needs to
look at other peoples pictures? Well you see, and I'm hoping some of you can
connect with me on this. From the time I was able to have a job I had one. I was
16 and worked at a kiosk in the mall, after that I was a barista and so on and so forth.
I've always had a job. I enjoyed working. I've loved almost every job I've had.
When Josh and I got married, no wait, before that - when we met
and dated, one of the first things we talked about was how I wasn't sure if I wanted
to be a mom. It just wasn't a childhood dream of mine to get married and have kids.
I enjoyed being independent. I loved being alone and becoming a mom, it's just
not something I ever really saw for myself. Obviously things change when you fall
in love. I couldn't wait to get married and be a wife! And things change when you're
in love and have been married for 4 years. You want the next best thing, children.

I am so in love with being a mom. I honestly wish I wouldn't have waited so long to
become a mom I enjoy it so much! But sometimes it's hard. Like really hard, ya know?
I can't tell you how grateful I am to be able to stay home and raise Copeland but gosh,
I feel like my brain kinda goes crazy being home all day, washing the dishes day in
and day out, vacuuming, cleaning, ironing, changing poopy diaper after poopy diaper after
poopy diaper (seriously, we need to lay off the fruit) having conversations with a toddler
who just wants to play "vroom" allll daayyy long. I really don't want anyone to take this
the wrong way and tell me how ungrateful I am or how selfish I'm being. Because trust me,
I'm very grateful to be home but that doesn't mean it's not hard.

So getting back to Instagram, why do I need it? Simple, It's an outlet. It's my adult conversations
that I use to have at my old jobs. It's a place I can connect with other moms. It's where I go to
see that I'm not alone in this crazy parenting thing. I love seeing all you cute moms on there!
I love looking at your stylish selves with your cute babes. It honestly gives me motivation
to take a shower some days haha. But really I need Instagram because I enjoy the friendships
on there. That sounds pathetic, doesn't it? An online friendship? But you know what,
one of my best friends is someone I met on IG! I never thought that would happen in a million years!
I love my friends outside of social media too but when it's nap time or even when it's not (hey, I'm
not a perfect mom who has my phone stowed away and only comes out when Copeland is napping)
it's nice to go on and see my IG mama friends on there and share just a little love with them to
hopefully brighten up their day because I can't tell you how many times I've gone onto instagram
posted a picture and have had one of you comment and say just a little something nice and
how much it has meant to me when I'm having a not so great day.

So why do I need it? To connect and share stories with you mamas on there. To share and feel
the love from other moms, other women. When you step back and see that we're all the same
it's nice to create a motherhood bond and be able to fall back on that from time to time.

We all use social media for different reasons, so why do you use it? :)