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Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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Over in the Midwest, we couldn’t welcome spring weather more!  Today I’m sharing my capsule wardrobe plans for spring and all about the trends I’m embracing for 2017!

I decided to start a SEPARATE Instagram account for my capsule since it feels like two separate audiences. This account is only about fashion & the capsule. You can follow me here (@momadvicecapsule) or if you just want the general usual odds & ends, you can follow me here (@momadvice). I hope that makes sense!

Let’s talk about this 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe!

Ruffled Sleeve Shift Dress

(check out some of my new options I purchased for this capsule!)

First, What is a Fashion Capsule & Why Should You Do One?

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.

The reason I think capsule wardrobes are worth exploring is that you realize when you have LESS in your closet you can do MORE with what you have. My closet used to be bursting at the seams with clothes and, what I like to call, one-trick-pony apparel. I felt put together after tearing up my room and trying to build outfits in the process, but it took me so long to get ready in the mornings and I never felt like I had a truly seamless style. Narrowing my wardrobe down to 33 items as outlined in Project 333 was just what I needed to make mornings less stressful and finding a real rhythm to getting dressed for the day. It’s been a beautiful shift in my life and I don’t think I could ever go back to the old ways of bursting closets and pointless purchases.

What Trends Did You Embrace For Spring?

Since I embrace a more feminine style, I love the lace, florals, and ruffles that are happening right now. I wanted to incorporate those into my wardrobe along with my usual mad love for stripes and the nautical feel.

I can’t quit you stripes, I just can’t.

I have a pretty standard wardrobe now after years of doing this that include the usual suspects of chambray shirts, a practical blazer, colored jeans, and basic neutrals. This spring I leaned into the baby blue and rose and lightened up my cardigan game with gorgeous lightweight dusters and, a rather impractical but lovely, lace layering piece. Ruffles are happening throughout on dresses and my sweatshirts.

Get some inspiration for creating and styling your capsule by following my Capsule Pinterest Board!

Why My Capsule Shouldn’t Be YOUR Capsule

I show you my capsule mainly as some sort of accountability, but not necessarily for you to copy it. My style is probably not your style and that is okay. Your capsule can look nothing like my capsule. Your body shape could be different from mine and none of these cuts of clothing or ideas will work for you. When creating your capsule, create it around what you feel most confident in.

That’s been the best place to start for me.

Do Accessories Count in the Capsule?

One question I get asked is if I count accessories and shoes as my items. I do not, but feel free to do that if you like. For me a scarf, belt, or great jewelry really do add to the enjoyment and experience of my wardrobe. I am, however, more selective about the accessories I am choosing and really making sure that they are worth the space in my drawers and the money that is spent.

What Are the Rules for a Capsule Wardrobe?

Here are my modified Project 333 rules or you can go to Courtney’s website to read more about the official guidelines!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

note- descriptions are exact matches and similar means I found a few pretty darn close to the original for you!
Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from

row 1- take care of one another sweatshirt/ white lace top (similar, similar, similar, similar)/ floral top (similar, similar)

row 2- black tee/ pink tee/ gray tee/ white tee

row 3- floral flutter sleeve blouse (similar, similar, similar, similar)/ cream shell (similar, similar), baby blue boho top

row 4- ruffled gray sweatshirt (similar, similar), ruffled rose sweatshirt (similar, similar, similar), striped top, black & white stripes (similar, similar, similar)

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from

row 1- lace cardigan/ jean vest (similar)/ black vest (similar, similar, similar, similar)

row 2- olive green pants (similarsimilar, similar)/ rose jeans (similar, similar, similar)/ white jeans (similar, similar)/ distressed jeans

row 3- basic jean (similar, similar)/ black cropped pant (similar)/ a-line black & white skirt (similar, similar)

row 4- ruffled shift dress (similar, similarsimilar)/ black duster cardigan (similar, similar)/ blue swing dress (similar, similar)/ belted shirt dress (similar, similar)

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from

row 1- black midi skirt (similar, similar, similar)/ jean jacket (similar, similar),

duster cardigan (similar, similar)

row 2- sleeveless turtleneck shell (similar, similarsimilar)/ pink blouse (similar, similar)/ chambray shirt (similar, similar)

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Get $10 for your first thredUP purchase (this is my favorite online consignment resource)

Stitch Fix can be a fun resource for shopping for smart basic wardrobe pieces if a stylist might benefit you!

thredup closet clean out bags- free!

Don’t forget to clean out your closet! Here is what I am getting rid of this time. Off to thredup it goes for credit for the next capsule- so proud!! Here is a list of resources to help you make money while organizing this corner! Happy wardrobe planning!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from

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Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping With

I debated on diving back into a capsule with you all again. It’s one of those things that I love planning and doing, but I don’t always love all the work that goes along with showcasing everything. That said, I went back over my stats on the site from this past year and five of our top articles visited were on  my capsule wardrobe and the planning posts that I had gathered.

With that in mind, I decided to dive back in and share another spring capsule with you!

You can also peek at last year’s spring capsule for inspiration over here.

Spring Trends I’m Loving

Since I am a more feminine style, I love the lace, florals, and ruffles that are happening right now. I wanted to incorporate those into my wardrobe along with my usual mad love for stripes and the nautical feel.

I can’t quit you stripes, I just can’t.

I have a pretty standard wardrobe now after years of doing this that include the usual suspects of chambray shirts, a practical blazer, colored jeans, and basic neutrals. This spring I leaned into the baby blue and rose and lightened up my cardigan game with gorgeous lightweight dusters and, a rather impractical but lovely,  lace layering piece. Ruffles are happening throughout on dresses and my sweatshirts.

This Seems Like Too Much Work

I know capsule aren’t for everyone and I won’t get into my laundry list of why I find them beneficial to me. I will say that I have been struggling with my health this year and I find that putting a little work in at the beginning of the season saves me a lot of time and effort later in the season when I am a little more depleted.

Knowing I feel good in the clothes that I wear brings me a bit of confidence and encourages me sometimes to not wallow in not feeling good and making more of an effort to get dressed.

I also consider this blog a sense of accountability to do my best showing you great ways to wear these pieces and make the most of every item in your closet. You can follow just my capsule on IG or you can follow me as a whole dang person over here. I have layers, people! :)

Let’s take a peek at some of my favorite finds for spring!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

(ruffle sleeve dress (similar style- lots of sizes, also similar with lots of sizes) * necklace with the cutest clasp *gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!!)

Sorry I forgot to shut my cupboards and move dishes.

Only one of us can look good right now.

I posted about this dress in my notebook and I know a bunch of you got this. If you haven’t there aren’t very many sizes left, but I will let you know if they restock. This one is a perfect substitute though!

This runs large- I’m wearing an XXS in this one. It is the perfect length, perfect weight with the ruffling, and doesn’t look clingy in the rear. If you suffer from Sir Mix A Lot issues, this might be a good one to check out because the cut is perfection.

My gladiator sandals happen to be on sale and are the most comfortable shoes ever. If you have a wider foot, these are generous in width and so fashionable. I have become a big fan of Naturalizer.

I also want to give a shout-out to this necklace. The clasp was tricky, but once I figured it out, I knew it would be my favorite piece. The mint also sold out, but it comes in a couple of other cute colors. The critter closure is adorable.

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

(striped boatneck tee* skirt from stitch fix* red belt* gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!! or retailer here*necklace)

I had given up for awhile on Stitch Fix, but had some referral credit in my account and a new capsule was the perfect excuse to use it. They really hit it out of the park with this adorable skirt and I can already picture styling it a million ways. Although it wasn’t lined, the fabric is a good weight for holding shape and keeping the rear covered.

I also have been on the hunt for a true long sleeve striped tee (not 3/4 length- it drives me crazy under layers) and this tee is perfection. It’s true to size and the arms were really long. I ran it through the wash and it shrunk a bit making the sleeve length a little better for me.

This necklace is also adorable and would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift to yo’self.

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

(boho baby blue top* flying monkey distressed jeans * belt* gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!! or retailer here)

I fell in in love with this gorgeous floral top for a couple of reasons. It has some really eye-catching details and the back swoops down to cover the rear so you can wear a tighter pant with it without feeling self-conscious. This top feels like a real statement top and is true to size.

I’m not crazy about distressed jeans, but these jeans feel like butter and have a great fit to them, particularly if you are curvy with a narrow waist. I did size up in these so go up one or two sizes if you are curvier on bottom. I like the angle of the ripped bottoms.

My husband does not like these so we had to have a talk when he called me Tom Sawyer. We talked about how some of us evolve and others of us don’t, and it is totally okay for both of us. *ahem*

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

(rose open cardigan duster *striped tee * floral top (true to size- I’m wearing an XS!)* flying monkey jeans *gladiator sandals for wide feet ON SALE!! or retailer here* necklace * lace bralette* world’s comfiest peep toe shoes)

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

black open cardigan duster* flutter sleeve top (true to size- I’m wearing a 00!)* flying monkey jeans * world’s comfiest peep toe shoes

I have been wanting to try those gorgeous longer sweaters, but at 5’2, it has the potential to swallow me up and rarely looks right on me. These lightweight open cardigans though could not be more perfect for a petite girl. It’s the perfect sweater weight for Spring and adds a great finishing detail to my florals, stripes, and basic tees.

This striped top, by the way, feels like pajamas, and it is so lightweight that it could be worn in the summer with a cute pair of shorts. I am not a fan of those weird twists or ties on the bottom that make one’s eye go right to my problem areas so this is nice because it has great movement and the twisted feel without the bulk.


What more could a girl want?

Cushy Peep Toe Shoes for Wide Feet

slip your feet into these cushy peep toe booties

I do treat myself to a good pair of shoes each year and I happened upon these gorgeous peep toe booties and knew they were the shoes for me. They come in wide that is actually generously wide and the bottom feels like slipping your feet onto pillows. It has a zipper in the rear for slipping these on and off.

They require ZERO breaking in and feel like wearing your slippers.

Now that I splurged on these, it’s time to get these feet in for a pedicure.

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

take care of one another sweatshirt* necklace

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

ruffled sweatshirts (got this in pink & light gray- true to size and perfect weight!)

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

best basic tees* flying monkey jeans * world’s comfiest peep toe shoes * necklace (similar)

I did want some comfier items in my capsule too and a few basic tees went into my shopping cart. I read tons and tons of reviews on tees and wanted one that wouldn’t require a cami underneath so I went with this style because of its high reviews. I think these run small and wish I would have sized up one size.

I also wanted a cozy sweatshirt for cooler nights and couldn’t love this one more. It has slouchy shoulders so feel free to cold shoulder it up on this one. I love the thoughtful messages on these pieces too.

I also wanted a ruffled sweatshirt since they are so cute, but ruffles can hit in some unflattering places. I gotta say, these ruffled sweatshirts are AMAZING and I get compliments on them every time I wear it. The ruffle is just right and would even be appropriate for my bustier friends.

Since I am a sweaty gal, my secret to keeping the sweat at bay is these. If you value your capsule wardrobe at all and tend to be a pitty mess like me, buy yourself a couple of these. They are helping my wardrobe last so much longer!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

(lace layering piece* flying monkey jeans * world’s comfiest peep toe shoesnecklace (similar)*best basic tees)

I love this lace layering jacket in a pretty rose. It was suggested by Ali Oesch, the shop owner, to consider it for packing for a vacation to wear over your swimsuit.

Wouldn’t that be cute?

I can picture belting this or wearing it over a pretty dress in the summer too.

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from

(pink shirt* white pantsworld’s comfiest peep toe shoes* necklace with cutest clasp)

These are two more selections from Stitch Fix and I’m on the fence with them so I will let you know tomorrow if they made the cut. I prefer a slim cut leg and these look like the boyfriend style a bit. I don’t know if I find this cut that flattering on me. Maybe you guys can tell me what you think?

The top is cute, but wrinkly so I will press it and wear it around to see how wrinkled it gets throughout the day. I hate ironing so this might just head on back to them although I’m loving the back detail.

Tomorrow I will share my entire spring wardrobe with links to shop, these are just the new pieces that I wanted to show off to you! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Make Money Organizing Your Closet

I’m Planning Another Closet Audit

Once I have everything in place, it’s time to count my pieces and whittle away anything I don’t need anymore. This process gets easier and easier each year, I promise you.  For ease, I usually just request a bag from thredUP and then send in items for store credit on my next capsule wardrobe. It’s fun to get items from them, wear them a season, sell them back, make money, repeat process, etc..

To me, it’s almost like those pricey wardrobe rental programs without the commitment or monthly fees.

Not only can you clean out your closet to make money, but you can also make money on your kid’s stuff and maternity items too! Simply order a bag with a prepaid shipping label to start your closet clean out. Their fashion resale professionals review your clothing and then pay up to 80% of the resale value. You can earn thredUP shopping credit, or simply cash out with PayPal.

Items that they don’t accept go to charitable partners or textile recycling companies. They can also be mailed back to you as part of their Return Assurance program for a $12.99 shipping fee. Be sure to check their quality standards before sending.

Get Professional Help if You Need It

I love fashion and feel like I have a strong sense of personal style, but it has taken me a few years to really feel confident in my choices. If you struggle with confidence, I recommend trying out a professional service or professional shopping service to help you.

I can’t rave enough about the Adore Your Wardrobe program (registration opens next month!)  for someone who wants to find their own sense of style. Not only do the video tutorials and printables help with your shopping, but you are connected to a FB community that can help give you feedback (and shopping discounts) as you put together your wardrobe. This program is like having a professional closet audit without judgement and that can be done in your own free time.

The other option is a shopping service like Stitch Fix. As you can see, this month I actually had some success with them despite being so particular about my style. Definitely look into that one if you value the advice of a stylist.

Spring Capsule from Ali on the Boulevard

A special thank you to Ali on the Boulevard for partnering with me to showcase budget-friendly ideas for mamas! I puffy heart love this shop and she’s put together a spot where you can shop a few of today’s featured looks! I love to support local and she’s happy to ship your items out to you! Yay!

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping With

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Small-Budget Crushes 11.20.16

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Son of a Nutcracker Sweater

son of a nutcracker sweater

Little People Big Dreams Book

little people big dreams book

Eiffel Tower Scissors

eiffel tower scissors

emily & meritt hanging toiletry casse

the emily & meritt hanging toiletry case

Wood Chess Board

wood chess board

Bike Repair Kit

bike repair kit

Golden Elephant Bookends

golden elephant bookends

Milestone Photo Prop

milestone photo prop (months & years!!)

Snow Bunny Pillow

snow bunny pillow

Sea Captain Embroidery Kit

sea captain embroidery kit


library neckties Polka Dotted Puffer Vest

polka dotted puffer vest

Faux Fur Stocking

faux fur stocking

Divers Art Print

divers art print

pride and prejudice coloring book

pride & prejudice coloring book


Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 

Small-Budget Crushes 11.13.16

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Origami Kitchen Cart

origami kitchen cart (many colors- this is the one I got) PS- FOLDS FLAT FOR STORAGE!!


holiday sack

Home Is Where the La Croix Is

a la croix welcome

Camel Cape

camel cape Feminist With a To-Do List

feminist with a to-do list pin

Tassel Earrings

tassel earrings

Fit & Flare Dress

fit & flare dress

Rolling Pin

rolling pin

Faux Fur Scarf

faux fur scarf

Leather Laptop Messenger Bag

leather laptop messenger bag

Dip Dyed Stools

dip dyed stools

Cuddle Weather Pillow

cuddle weather pillow

Silver Cat Stitch Markers

Silver Cat Stitch Markers Kit


single initial clay necklace

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 


How Capsule Wardrobes Build Confidence

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Ideas from


This post is sponsored by thredUP. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this site!

In 2014, I discovered the world of Project 333 and decided that I wanted to give a capsule wardrobe a try. It had a way of impacting not only my closet, but impacting my entire life. I realized the beauty in the editing, the simplifying, and the high that comes from discovering how much fun it is to make one piece work in multiple ways.

I also began to realize the importance of investing in good quality pieces since they work so much harder than they used to. The items I have in my closet are primarily from J. Crew, Madewell, Anthropologie, and Banana Republic. You might be surprised to know that I have rarely (if ever) shopped in any of those places though. My discovery of an online consignment resource called thredUP enabled me to make the finer things a part of my life on a Target-sized budget.

Over 80% of my capsule wardrobe has come from this store and I love the company’s mission to not only share great quality clothing for a fraction of the price, but they also love to inspire women with their #badassmoms series. This month, for example, they profiled journalist, Megan Alexander, on how she manages the mom juggle while tackling front-line reporting for Inside Edition and even the Super Bowl. “Hard work, hustle, flexibility, and a positive attitude. It sounds simple but it works,” is her motto for life. These profiles are meant to inspire and encourage women to be their very best.

You really get a sense of the hustle in this piece and the hustle of so many other moms that are making the world a better place while caring for their family.

I love each of these pieces, but Brandi Riley’s story, in particular, resonated with my own journey It isn’t just because she is a blogger, but it is because she is a blogger doing big things for others in her community. She founded a program, Courage to Earn, that lends support to female digital entrepreneurs. It inspires me so much to think outside-the-box with my own business and how I can help support other people around me to reach their own goals.

One of the things that has helped me gain confidence and feel like a #badassmom has been learning to live with less so that we can give more to others. Having a wardrobe that really looks like me and that is easy to pull together adds so much confidence to my life and cuts the clutter in our home.

I get a lot of questions about my capsule wardrobe and what pieces I would recommend so I shopped thredUP to show you some of the beautiful deals I found that would make perfect capsule wardrobe additions to help build your confidence and feel like a #badassmom too!

Must-Have Fall Capsule Wardrobe Basics

white blouse + polka dot scarf + tan bag + tan booties + dark denim

A Good White Blouse

A good collared white blouse is worth its weight in gold, BUT it took me many, many tries before I found the perfect version of it for myself. Ideally, this shirt is wrinkle-resistant, buttery soft, and fits your frame well.  Not only is it a beautiful item on its own, it is the perfect piece to layer over dresses, worn under blazers, can be worn over other shirts in your capsule, can be belted, can be tied, or can hang loose like a jacket. I consider it a must-have for my wardrobe, but you need to find one that feels like YOU. This top is Maeve (from Anthropologie) and was purchased for $32.99.

Remember, stark white blouses aren’t for everyone (something I learned in the Adore Your Wardrobe series) so be sure you pick the right shirt color for your skin tone.

peplum burgundy sweater + mint statement necklace + leopard print belt + ivory shirt + dark denim + tan booties

peplum burgundy sweater + mint statement necklace + leopard print belt + ivory shirt + dark denim + tan booties

A Good Cardigan

In the Midwest, it is all about layers and one of my favorite items for layering are cardigans. Finding the perfect cardigan can be tough and, I have learned, not all cardigan cuts are flattering.  This Fall, I got a J. Crew cardigan from thredUP that became my go-to cardigan. I loved it so much that it is constantly on my radar when I am shopping on thredUP. If you find one you love, you want it in all the colors, and the way I can tell this is my favorite is that the material that is listed is Cotton instead of Wool. Always check the fabric description to ensure a cozy (and not itchy) option for layering.

I love a good flare on anything or any fun details that seem a little out of the ordinary on a sweater. This Free People option ($24.99)  had beautiful buttons and a figure-flattering flare that I loved.

ivory shirt + kimono + tassel necklace + dark denim + tan booties

Although this isn’t a cardigan, a kimono can also be a smart layering piece and this inexpensive offering from Merona has an embroidered detail that can work well with your fall wardrobe basics ($7.99). I added a tassel necklace to break up that neckline and love that this looks pulled together without feeling too fancy for my usual errands.

gray cardigan over gray shirt + black leggings + tan boots + mustard accessories

I also loved this wool option to wear over my fall basics (Banana Republic $22.99). This is still a cardigan, but a completely different shape than the typical boyfriend cardigan I would normally reach for. I slipped a gray shirt underneath to keep this cozy and neutral. These boots are also, in fact, a thredUP find from last year. I get so many compliments on them and they are a brand I would have never been able to afford otherwise.

military jacket + gray shirt + statement necklace + black leggings + tan booties

military jacket + gray shirt + statement necklace + black leggings + tan booties

A Military Jacket

The military trend is still going strong and a good Military jacket can be another great layering option instead of a blazer this year. Pretty much anything olive green makes my short list of smart fall wardrobe basics this year and I found this practically brand-new Banana Republic jacket for a mere $39.99! What a dream! Don’t feel limited to just a jacket though, this same trend can be replicated in vests, pants, and button-down shirts.

flannel shirt + striped dress + statement necklace + nude booties

A Flannel Shirt

There is nothing cozier than flannel and this is one 90’s trend that I can get behind again and again. I remember being a kid and borrowing my dad’s flannel shirts to follow that Nirvana-inspired grunge trend. Did you do that too?  Now I prefer a more tailored look and love flannel options from J. Crew, Old Navy, & Madewell. These button-downs can be tied over a dress, added over a t-shirt, and layered under this year’s sweaters and vests. This cozy Madewell option was just $22.99!

pleated patterned top + leggings + tan booties & bag

Add a Little Pattern

Patterned shirts can add so much to a basic wardrobe and I definitely recommend adding just one shirt to make your wardrobe more interesting. This Mave top ($32.99), has a tie and gorgeous pleated details on it. You can still sit in your comfort zone of neutral tones while still adding a fun pattern to your basic wardrobe style.

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Ideas from

I hope these tips inspire you to feel confident and give a capsule wardrobe a spin. For more confidence-building pep talks, be sure to visit thredUP’s #badassmoms series for inspiration!

This post is sponsored by thredUP. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this site!



Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Stranger Things Couple's Costume

We hope you have a wonderful Halloween! I can’t tell you how much I love dressing up for Halloween with this guy, but I feel like this year wins all the years. We are a bit Stranger Things obsessed this year so this costume was so much fun to put together. If you haven’t dove into the series, may this costume inspire you to look into this show. You will not regret it!

Barb, Stranger Things

We didn’t want to be basic with this costume (it was swinging in that direction after all my traveling) so Ryan suggested that he go as Barb.

Maybe you don’t remember Barb. No one seemed to care about her. She was the fallen hero in this show. Everyone is crying over Will and poor Barb goes missing and no one hardly notices.

Barb Missing

Barb Missing

My husband put together a Barb costume that made me laugh all evening long. He actually designed a Trapper Keeper cover for an old binder and we blouse shopped for DAYS to get the right ruffled blouse. An old pair of jeans for snow plowing made the perfect “mom jeans” and he snagged some glasses on Amazon for his look.

My old Thelma & Louise wig from a Halloween past (doesn’t everyone have an entire bin of wigs laying around in their house?) was hacked down to a Barb length.

In short, he NAILED IT!

Eleven, Stranger Things

Eleven, Stranger Things

Eleven, Stranger Things

Eleven’s dress was almost impossible to find. We walked the malls for days, found a poor substitute for a dress, and sat down in the food court with our kids to tell them about our terrible luck. That is when Emily (who has NEVER SEEN THE SHOW, but I am sure has photographic memory) said that she thought she saw the dress we were after in Hot Topic while her and her brother were shopping.

After we got over the shock that our kids were walking around Hot Topic while we were dress shopping, we ran into the store and she was absolutely right.

It was the real Eleven dress.

I borrowed her blue rain jacket, we sprung for another wig for the wig box, bought some waffles, and I rocked my husband’s socks and a pair of sneakers.

We both debated on the blood and leeches bit. You totally could do that too!

I hope you will indulge me and let me reminisce about our other couple’s costumes for a bit…

Mary Poppins & Burt

Mary Poppins

Where's Waldo & Carmen San Diego

Glee Halloween Costume

Glee Halloween Costume

Glee Halloween Costume

'50's costume night Marilyn Monroe Costume



I know. SO. MUCH. FUN!


Every year is my favorite year and this is no exception. I hope you have a fun Halloween!!

And if you need a good laugh, here is a video for you. If you were wondering, this was my first glass of wine. Can you just imagine how much my dancing improved after that? :)





No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket from

This post is sponsored by Ever. All thoughts and opinions are my own! 

There is a lot of pressure, as a mom, to capture all of these precious moments that we get to experience with our kids. I am never without my phone for this very reason. Today’s craft is something I have had brewing in my head for years, but didn’t think I could easily execute it. I am so excited because I’m showing off an EASY DIY no-sew scarf that you can create that has a hidden pocket so you have your phone with you at all times.  Since I am constantly taking pictures of my kids, I love having the Ever app for all of those moments!


Not only am I showing off this scarf, but I’m also showing off this INCREDIBLE (and I mean it!!) phone app called Ever that you can use to backup all your photos, saving you precious room on your phone so you never get that pesky message that forces you to remove so many of those special memories.

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket from

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket from

Let me explain a little bit about Ever and why you should be using it!  This app automatically (and securely) collects and organizes your photos and videos from everywhere they live. You may not realize how many places you are taking photos, but Ever does. It grabs all the photos from your camera roll, social media accounts, emails, and texts then catalogs them for you in the correct order so you can quickly make photo albums in just minutes. The best part is that it keeps all my photos safe and encrypted so that I can rest knowing that my family’s  meaningful moments are only for me!  

This year I decided to get an iPhone with less storage because I thought it would help hold me more accountable to deleting and only keeping what is precious on my phone. My minimalist attitude makes me feel passionately about things like this, but I quickly realized the error of my minimalist ways.

I constantly had messages that the storage was full and then I would have a daily Sophie’s Choice moment where I was forced to choose the images that were most precious.

It’s no way to live, friends.

Ever iPhone App


When Ever reached out, I couldn’t believe how much one app could help my life so much. No more warnings and  tough decisions on what to keep because this app automatically frees space on your phone and backs up all those precious moments so you don’t have to.

Ever is also like hiring a personal organizer who can make sense of all your visual clutter and package it up in a way that finally makes sense.  I, honestly, never make the time to sort and organize photos, but this app is intuitive enough that it can do it for you automatically. No more excuses to not share those memories with grandma now that Ever is doing the hard part.

It also makes adorable albums that allow you to time travel and reminiscent about the good ol’ days with your kiddos.

Ever iPhone App

Oh, and did I mention that the app is FREE? Yup, unlimited free storage with security for all of your precious photos.

Dang, that’s a lot cheaper than buying an iPhone with more storage.

I might be able to help my kids with tuition after all!

For those of you who want your pictures backed up in full resolution, Ever Plus is also available by monthly subscription for $9.99 — or you can use their optional referral program to earn free credits for this full-res storage by sending invitations to your friends. Not to worry though, you can use all the other features without signing up for Ever Plus, thanks Ever!

Ever iPhone App

Please download the app right now- it’s a game-changer for sharing, printing, and storing all of those sweet memories. I promise you won’t regret it! I know I’m looking forward to our upcoming holiday even more because I can make an album of all our memories so quickly and easily. No more excuses for not getting these printed!

In honor of this app, today’s DIY is a scarf that offers a hidden pocket so you never miss (or lose) a photo opportunity again!

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Supplies Needed

2 yards knit sweatshirt material (you need the material to be thick enough to hide the pocket! This price is EXCELLENT- I paid $10 a yard at my local craft store)

1-2 yards tassel trim (I find the most affordable trims over here)

Coin Purse large enough to hold your phone (this is the style I purchased. As you can see, the bottom is not completely flat, but it was the ideal size for my phone), alternatively you could purchase an all purpose zipper and craft a pocket out of the scraps from your scarf

Hemming Tape- 1 roll is plenty!!

Scissors or Rotary Cutter

Tape Measure

Thread to match material

Your Favorite Scarf as a Guide For Width & Length

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1. First, find your favorite scarf in your closet and use this as a guide for the length and width of your scarf. The reason I am not telling you my scarf length is because I am a wee woman and my favorite scarf length might look silly on you. Do note that the width does need to be wide enough to completely hide that pocket. I actually love a wide  scarf that mimics the coziness of my favorite blanket scarves so I made mine very generous in width- it’s so wide that it can almost double as a shawl.  Cut the material to the same width and length, doubling up the fabric so that you have two pieces that are exactly the same size.

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2. Take the two pieces of material and have the pretty side facing each other so the ugly side of the fabric is on the outside of both pieces.

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket from

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3. Between these two pieces, you are going to be lining up your hemming tape. Use your wallet as a guide for where to start and stop the hemming tape, on one side, making sure that you have a little edge of the fabric above it (like I have show in the first picture) so you can fold it in a bit to support that pocket.

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4. Use your iron to iron the whole side of the scarf, taking your time so that you can make sure you have a good seal on the fabric. Repeat this process on the other side, but make sure to run the hemming tape all down it, unlike the other side where we made a space for our pocket. This takes time so be patient. This material is a little thick so you may need to go over it a few times to seal it fully.

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5. Flip the scarf out and then, slip the wallet inside. You are going to need to fold that hem back a bit to line up with where the hemming tape was so you don’t have a raw edge hanging out. Using a needle and thread stitch it into the material (I know I said NO SEW, but we do want that pocket in there nicely. Alternatively, you could try fabric glue, but I think it won’t be as secure!).

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6. Fold in the rough edges of the scarf and slip a strip of hemming tape between these two folded sides. Take your time and seal this to finish the construction of the scarf.

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7. Finish with a strip of trim on the front of the scarf (make sure you know where your pocket is before you are adding the trim). I am only trimming the front of the scarf so I can remember where my pocket is! You can definitely add more trim all the way around or anywhere else you would like to trim it. If you have a grosgrain trim like I do, take a lighter and pass it quickly over the two sides of the ends of your trim to seal both sides so it doesn’t come unraveled. Another alternative for sealing the edges is a little fray check- I’ll let you pick! To finish,  I slipped hemming tape under the trim and then used this, once again, to secure it by ironing it in place. Repeat on the other side of the scarf.

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket from

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket from

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket from

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket from

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket from

I am already dreaming up ways that I can make these for holiday gifts for others and no one will ever know that I didn’t whip out a sewing machine for this craft. Wouldn’t this be such a great gift even for your kiddos to tuck their hat and gloves in? I’m thinking of pairing one of these for my daughter with knitted ear warmers for the pocket. It could even be made more masculine in a beautiful plaid fabric, just like my DIY blanket scarves, for the men in your life.

Honestly, I can’t think of anyone who couldn’t use a scarf with a pocket. Can you?

I hope you find today’s DIY inspiring and I hope you also have a blast getting those photos organized, backed-up, and printed for your family this year, thanks to Ever.

This post is sponsored by Ever. All thoughts and opinions are my own! This post contains affiliate links that help support our website- thank you! 



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