DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe (GIVEAWAY With Summer Brain Quest!!)

April 17th, 2017

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

I’m partnering with Workman Publishing today to share about (and giveaway!!) their beautiful new Summer Brain Quest workbooks to help with the summer slump that always seems to inevitably happen in our house.  I am so excited to share these with you and showcase a fun new DIY recipe for Fluffy Slime that will DEFINITELY be on our summer craft agenda this year multiple times.

Summer Brain Quest Workbooks

Summer Brain Quest Workbooks

Summer Brain Quest workbooks are officially on sale on April 18th and are meant as a tool to help kiddos (and their teachers) to prevent “summer slide.” Did you know that most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math, and many also lose reading achievement, during the summer?  Now Brain Quest joins the fight against it with workbooks targeting each summer between kindergarten and 6th grade. As my own child is approaching her 6th grade year, we are so excited to get to work in these.

These smart books include a pull-out map that guides kids on a learning quest. They fill in their route on the map by earning stickers for completing workbook pages as well as pursuing outdoor activities. The map offers a choice of routes, allowing kids to customize their learning path and pursue what excites them most (extra math problems? more hands-on science?), and also encouraging them to jump around within the book to follow their curiosity.

I love that this structure helps them learn yet feels like a game! They even hired the  video game artist, Edison Yan, to  make every book feel fresh and fun for kids!

I’m so excited to be giving a set of these away to one lucky reader. Scroll down to enter today’s giveaway with Summer Brain Quest!!

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

In honor of this launch, we thought we’d launch a little something of our own and create some Fluffy Slime to celebrate. Slime is quite exciting at our middle school and I have heard there are even slime trades going on when kids mix up a batch. There has been so much slime-making that there has even been a reported glue shortage throughout certain areas of the country.

Who knew slime was so dang cool?

We wanted to mix up some fluffy slime with you today that would be the perfect summer activity to do together and another fun way to break your kids out of that summer slump!

How to Make DIY Fluffy Slime

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

Supplies Needed

Elmer’s Washable Glue (this size is the best bet so you don’t run out!)

Borax (make sure a parent supervises and assists with this ingredient)

Shaving Cream (the cheap foaming kind, not the gel variety!)

Water

Measuring cups, spoons, and bowl

Food coloring (optional)

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

Directions for Making Fluffy Slime

1. Measure one cup of hot water and mix this with 1 tablespoon of Borax. Mix until these two ingredients are fully incorporated and the water turns clear. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT- reports of reactions to Borax are because it has not been properly diluted. I recommend that the parents do this step to insure the safety of the slime. Set aside.

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

2. Add one cup of glue to a large bowl and mix this with a 1/2 cup of water until it is fully incorporated.

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

3. Add 3 1/2 cups of shaving cream to the bowl and mix together well. Next, add a few drops of food coloring (we used red in our version) to add a pretty hue to your slime. Once this is all mixed well, add a tablespoon of your Borax mixture and mix well. Keep repeating tablespoon by tablespoon until your slime pulls away from the bowl and starts to form into a ball. Our slime only required three tablespoons of our diluted Borax mixture before it pulled away into a ball!

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

DIY Fluffy Slime Recipe from MomAdvice.com

We are so excited to share our fluffy slime with our friends and to also share these Summer Brain Quest workbooks with you! Yay!

Giveaway Time

Summer Brain Quest Prize Pack

Enter below for our fun giveaway so you can fight the summer slide in academics with your kids!

One (1) winner receives:

  • Complete set of 6 Summer Brain Quest workbooks (grades K-6)
  • Branded colored pencils
  • Branded Frisbee
  • Branded swim goggles
  • And a branded drawstring backpack to hold it all!

Please follow the widget below to enter to win! I hope this post inspires you to get organized. As always, feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below! Good luck, everyone!

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You can learn more about Summer Brain Quest in the links below:

Visit their Official Site

Hang out on their blog Workman Blog

Follow @WorkmanPub on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

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This post was sponsored by Workman Publishing and Big Fat Notebooks. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

 

Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers

April 13th, 2017

Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers from MomAdvice.com This post is sponsored by Honeysuckle White. All thoughts and opinions are my own! 

With the hope of warmer weather on the horizon in the Midwest, I am looking forward to breaking out the grill and making dinner time simple again. In our house, I’m the grill master and I love the ability to cook in bulk on the grill for our week with a lot fewer dishes.

Today’s recipe is inspired by one of my absolute favorite foods… GYROS.  Before I went gluten-free, my favorite treat to indulge in at the airport was one of these. Now I appreciate making this dish just right for my own diet needs at home. I wanted to make a healthier version of of this and am partnering up with Honeysuckle White turkey because they offer a variety of products from turkeys (raised without growth promoting antibiotics!!)  perfect for upcoming barbecue parties and family nights around the grill.

Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers from MomAdvice.com Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers from MomAdvice.com

When making turkey burgers, I like the 93% lean option because it helps yield a more juicy burger. To lighten up the texture even more, I folded in some cooked quinoa (here are my tips for making quinoa in your rice cooker) along with the traditional gyro flavorings of oregano, garlic, and onion from my spice cabinet.

Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers from MomAdvice.com Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers from MomAdvice.com Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers from MomAdvice.com Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers from MomAdvice.com

I have found that many people are avoiding the hamburger bun these days so I’m showing off this burger piled on a bed of quinoa with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes and drizzled with our star ingredient, tzatziki sauce that I’ve blended up in my food processor.

I’ve managed to convert my ground beef loving family almost exclusively over to turkey burgers, but it took a little experimenting on the grill to figure out how to get a burger that retained it’s juices. For me, before I heat up the grill, I like to spread out foil on the grill and lightly spray it with nonstick spray. Turkey patties can be more delicate than ground beef and I find resting them that way yields a better burger. Always cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit and treat yourself to a really good grilling thermometer to help make it easier, especially if you and the grill are just getting acquainted!

The second requirement is making sure to add lots of spices to them to build the level of flavor on these. Now is a great time to make sure your spices are fresh and to reorganize that spice cabinet. You can even download some beautiful free printable labels on our site to help get you motivated.

Honeysuckle White certainly makes it easy to host like a grill master! Test new flavor combinations with wholesome, flavorful turkey products, including turkey breast cutlets, ground turkey and turkey brats, perfect for tossing on the grill!

I hope you love this recipe as much as our family. Now get out there and grill!

Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers from MomAdvice.com

Ground Turkey Gyro Burgers
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Recipe type: Main
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 4 servings
 
All the flavors of your favorite gyro in a healthy turkey burger. These gyro burgers can be served on top of a bed of quinoa or on your favorite gluten-free bun!
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce) container plain yogurt
  • ⅓ cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions (I did omit since we don't like onions)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Filling: 1 pound Honeysuckle White 93% lean ground turkey
  • ¼ cup cooled cooked quinoa (plus more for serving)
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. n a bowl or your food processor, combine first 5 ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate. In separate bowl, combine ground turkey and seasonings. Mix well.
  3. Shape into 4 patties.
  4. Grill, covered, over medium to high heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, turning once. Allow burgers to rest for five minutes before cutting.
  5. On a plate, pile your cooked quinoa, tomatoes,and lettuce. You can cut the patties into thin slices and serve over the quinoa or just serve the burger whole with knives and forks. Serve with the sauce.

 

Honeysuckle White turkey products are available in select states. For those on the East Coast (CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, RI, SC, VT, VA, WV), look for Honeysuckle White’s sister brand, Shady Brook Farms!

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

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The Importance of S-Town

April 10th, 2017

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We rolled in last night after the most lovely little getaway to explore Minneapolis. Things have felt a bit off this month with our family’s rhythm that I can’t really explain right now, but that have made our down time feel a little more stressful and less enjoyable.  As I surfed Midwest adventures on Groupon, I came across a deal for a cute hotel and we decided to just head on over there for a little escape.

For us, this trip was just WILD. Unplanned, poorly packed, and flying by the seat of our pants. A need to get the heck out after a gloomy, freezing, and dreary week in Indiana.

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One of the coolest things about this job is the ability to find and connect with someone just about everywhere we go and my dear friend, Kelly Whalen, offered to spend a day with us and take us on a tour of the city. Since we had no plan, this sounded like heaven.

It was a magic-making kind of day where the kids hit it off like crazy, we ate incredible food,  the conversations never dwindled, and we explored areas in her town that she hadn’t even got to do yet. Magic, I tell you!

Each of our trips end up having some kind of theme to them where we dive into something and just binge the heck out of it. Our fall trip, for example, was the trip of Hamilton that ultimately lead to our Christmas gift of tickets for our kids.

This trip ended up being the S-Town trip where my husband & I listened to seven hours of the most fascinating podcast I had ever encountered in my lifetime that has had my brain going nonstop since I finished it.  (please note, no, this podcast is not for the kiddos- headphones were on them with something else going!)

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If you haven’t heard of S-Town, it is a history-making podcast from the producers of Serial & This American Life where host, Brian Reed, leads their investigative team into a small town in Alabama to investigate a murder. John B. McLemore of Woodstock, Alabama, had emailed the producers of This American Life saying he had a story to tell about a covered-up murder that happened in his town. He calls his town, Shittown (thus the podcast name) and begins a year-long conversation with Reed that leads him all the way out to Woodstock to investigate McLemore’s claims. The series takes an immediate sharp turn that, honestly, shocked me to my core and the podcast becomes something entirely different than a true crime story.

They wisely released the show in it’s entirety which allows you to binge listen to this whole series without the usual Googling that I might have been doing between episodes, like I unapologetically did between episodes of Serial. Since the story develops and evolves so quickly, each chapter feels like almost its own unique listening experience and is almost like taking in a short story audiobook collection that come together in wild ways.

I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t dove into it, but I will say that the themes are dark, sexually graphic at times, and the language could be bothersome to some. The last two episodes, in particular, were unsettling on many levels, in what John might have wanted to have kept private and the fact that I don’t think much of it really added to the story of John.

What I will say is that this moved me in ways that I had not expected. It is a portrait of a tortured genius who desperately wanted love in his life. It’s about the cyclical nature of poverty, mental illness, frustrations with world issues that we cannot change,  the struggles about leading a life that is true to you for fear of perception by those in a small town, and the rich layering of all people. Reed’s compassion flourishes even through, in my opinion, some of its more dicier moments.

Since John B. McLemore was a horologist, one of the most poignant moments in it were McLemore’s own reflections on time and how we use our time. He reflected on how many hours we actually have in our life to make use of.  It was very mathematical and analytical, but so very rich.

Our time on earth is so fleeting and we are all gifted only so many hours in our day. How am I using this precious time and how can I make those moments really and truly count? Why are so much of my efforts and anxieties focused on things that just don’t matter and how can I make a better use of these hours given? 

It made me thankful we had taken that trip.

They were precious hours that filled my cup.

There is much that I found to be profound in S-Town and there are far more thoughtful commentaries to read than I what I can share with you. What I can say though is that it moved me and made me think about a lot of things in new ways and it challenged me in ways that only the best documentaries and nonfiction books have.

I plan to relisten to this one to see what new nuggets I can get out of it and what I will hear in the story now that I know where Reed is leading me.

Once you finish the show (and not before!), you can head down the rabbit trail of articles and podcast commentary like I did:

S-Town Host Brian Reed on True Crime Podcasts and That Major Twist

Brian Reed, maker of S-Town: ‘People’s minds go to paranoid places very easily’

What does the song at the end of S-Town mean?

Who is John B. McLemore

Pop Culture Happy Hour’s Take On S-Town

Sorta Awesome’s Thoughts On S-Town

Longform Interview with Brian Reed

10 Podcasts You Need in Your Life After ‘S-Town’

Have you listened to S-Town? What did you think about this podcast?

 

 

 

Amy’s Notebook 04.05.17

April 5th, 2017

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source: camille styles

This is an adorable way to wrap a little greenery for Spring!

I love these tips on ways to curb your phone addiction. I’m going to be playing in my settings this week to make some adjustments!

Are you a fan of the audiobook trend too? Here are some great suggestions for books to listen to!

As a crafter, I couldn’t be more excited about this show!

This is the season of overcommitment- this was a great advice on what to do when you find yourself with too many obligations.

Speaking of overcommitted, I shared this reminder this week.

As summer approaches, I needed this reminder on managing screen time. We also have a free printable for tech & chore tickets that should come in handy!

Birthday Pancake Tradition

source: dinner: a love story

Don’t let Pinterest fool you, traditions need not be grand to be appreciated by our kiddos.

I’m spending my spring break with this thriller and I’m really enjoying it!

How motivating is this to turn off your television? #goals

What a great way to think about comparison. Compare up versus down.

I’m a big fan of these online classes too and loved peeking at what other people are taking.

Whoa Wait Walmart Lace Swing Top

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This was your top purchase this week- so proud of my friends who launched this adorable line!

I’m going to work on under-calendaring my life.

This is one smart money tip for takeout purchases. I’m going to have to remember that one!

A couple of quick tricks to improve your Instagram shots. I’m an Afterlight lover myself!

Sheet Pan Salmon Recipe

source: cookie rookie

I definitely want to give this sheet pan honey mustard salmon recipe a spin!

Looking for a cute spring wreath for your door? I love this inexpensive idea!

I just was talking to our school staff about this one- here is some advice on social media in middle school. For now we are exercising the right to delay as long as we can!

How to make bacon, eggs, and hash browns with one eye open. This looks like a great way to do breakfast!

I’m scooting off for the week to spend some time with my family while we are on spring break! I hope that you all have a wonderful week and I’ll be back in the ol’ office on Monday to share more with you on the blog- xoxo

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

DIY Easter Egg Tree

April 4th, 2017

DIY Easter Egg Tree from MomAdvice.com

This post was created in partnership with Waverly Inspirations. Thank you for supporting the companies that support our site! 

Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner? Today I wanted to show you a fun centerpiece for your table that I created with a few acrylic paints and a fun item I found in the candy aisle! I’m showing you how to make this adorable DIY Easter Egg Tree that could be a fun craft to make for your home or a great alternative to egg dying if you have older kiddos!

DIY Easter Egg Tree from MomAdvice.com

DIY Easter Egg Tree from MomAdvice.com

Supplies Needed (all of these supplies can be found at Walmart!)

9″ styrofoam cone

1 package Whoppers Robin Eggs

Waverly Inspirations Acrylic Paints in Lagoon, Coral, & Sunshine (or whatever colors match your home interior)

Waverly Inspirations 4-piece wide brush set

1 package sheet moss

1 1/2 Waverly Ribbon

Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue Sticks

Scissors

Cup with water, paper towels, and something to cover the surface while painting and prepping moss (I used a large trash bag)

How to Make a DIY Easter Egg Tree

DIY Easter Egg Tree from MomAdvice.com

1. Begin by covering your styrofoam cone with your sheet moss and CAREFULLY securing it with hot glue.

DIY Easter Egg Tree from MomAdvice.com

Keep in mind, these fibers do separate so you want to be careful where you put your fingers. Overlapping slightly, keep adding pieces of moss to the cone until you get to the top. I folded a small piece over to cover the tip of the cone and then worked my moss around it, much like I did with the scrappy fabric trees I made for the holidays.

DIY Easter Egg Tree from MomAdvice.com

2. Give your candy eggs a good coat of paint. I selected paint colors that matched our home in coral, blue, and a sunshine yellow. Don’t worry if you don’t get every spot on the eggs painted because you can paint them once they are more secure. Give these about fifteen minutes to dry and then attach them with hot glue to your tree, carefully spacing the colors out as best as you can. I ended up painting 12 of each color to cover my mossy tree.

3. Once you have attached the eggs securely, now you can touch-up the paint to make sure they are covered fully.

4. Finish with a little ribbon and glue your bow to the top of your tree.

DIY Easter Egg Tree from MomAdvice.com

DIY Easter Egg Tree from MomAdvice.com

The moss does have a tendency to shed so put a plate underneath to catch the debris and put this beauty on your dining table, an end table, or on your mantle. Isn’t that too cute?

I hope you have as much fun making this craft as we did! It’s been a true pleasure working with Waverly Inspirations this year and sharing the journey with you!

How about more craft inspiration from Waverly? Try these!

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions

Fabric Wreath & Matching Garland

Fabric Bulletin Board Tutorial

Painting Pumpkins With Acrylic Paints

DIY No-Sew Hand Warmers

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray

15-Minute Scrappy Fabric Trees

Kid Craft: Easy Technique for Painting Gift Wrap

DIY Phone Charging Station

DIY Roll-Up Jigsaw Puzzle Mat

This post was created in partnership with Waverly Inspirations. Thank you for supporting the companies that support our site! 

 

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Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

April 4th, 2017

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe from MomAdvice.com

 

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 MomAdvice.com

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 MomAdvice.com

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 MomAdvice.com

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 MomAdvice.com

*this post contains affiliate links. I only recommend what I love!

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Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping

April 3rd, 2017

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping With MomAdvice.com

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 MomAdvice.com

(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 MomAdvice.com

(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 MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

(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 MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

(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 MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

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.

Also…pajamas.

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 MomAdvice.com

take care of one another sweatshirt* necklace

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

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

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

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 MomAdvice.com

(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 MomAdvice.com

Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Shopping from MomAdvice.com

(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 MomAdvice.com

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Small-Budget Crushes 04.03.17

April 3rd, 2017

Personalized Family Tree Print

personalized family tree print (great Mother’s day gift!)

Bell-Sleeve Top

bell-sleeve top

Literary Tote Bag

literary tote bag

Hanging Planter

hanging planter

Friends Peephole Decal

friends peephole decal

Acts of Insanity Card Game

acts of insanity card game

Pineapple Pajama Pants

pineapple pajama pants

Copper Boot Tray

copper boot tray (we have this and this cool insert to keep boots elevated!)

Denim Shirt Dress

denim shirt dress (use code GREAT for 40% off!)

 

Coffee Shop Tee

coffee shop tee

Hamilton the Revolution Book

hamilton book

Family Tree Necklace

family tree necklace

Flamingo Drink Holder Set

flamingo drink holder set

 

conquering mom life tee

conquering mom life tee

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 

March 2017 Must-Reads

March 31st, 2017

March 2017 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

I think I am setting a record for most pages read this month thanks, in part, to my commitment to give up social media and email checking after 5PM for Lent.  This month I managed to consume 11 (!!) books to share with you today for our March Must-Reads list. As always, I like a little variety in my stack so today’s list should have something for everyone and several 5-star books that you must, must read!

As I know many of my friends are leaving on Spring Break this week, I am hoping this list arrives just in time for a little vacation reading!

I’m still working my way through the MomAdvice Reading Challenge and tackled five categories for this month. It has really helped me to broaden a bit outside my normal genres. I hope you are enjoying working your way through it too.

Just as a reminder, I read many more books than are just featured here, but try to feature the ones that are my absolute best picks.  If you want to see more of what I am reading,  please feel free to friend me on GoodReads! You can find me right here and I am always happy to connect with people there too! There is nothing more motivating than seeing what other people are raving about and my to-be-read pile continues to grow with all of my new friends on there! In fact, many of the books featured are ones that I have found through my friends on GoodReads.

11 Must-Read Books from March 2017

 

Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Set in the summer of 1965, Flint’s novel reads like a true crime story as the author weaves the story of two missing children in Queens, New York and the story of their single mother who doesn’t fit the typical mother mold.

Ruth Malone, their mother, raises her children alone and doesn’t conform to the idea of what a good mother and wife should be. Working as a cocktail waitress, she is gorgeous with an overly done face and wardrobe. Ruth instantly becomes the suspect worth scrutinizing by the cops, the neighbors, and the press. When a tabloid reporter, intent on getting his first big story, begins covering the story of these missing children, he just can’t help but to become obsessed with her.

Much of the story is told through a series of interviews as Pete Wonicke tries to get the scoop and the reader is taken through this heart wrenching story from lost children, to found, to the agonizing building of the case.

Well-crafted and developed with a dramatic conclusion, Flint paints Ruth in such a way that she practically lifts off the pages. Although the conclusion was a bit too swift for me, I found this to be a solid read that left me guessing through much of it. I would recommend this one for fans of crime fiction, especially if you are a big fan of police procedural books since this book takes you through the case from start to finish.

3.5 Out of 5 Stars

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Exit, Pursued by a Bear is a MomAdvice Book Club selection this year and I can’t wait to discuss this with our readers. This YA novel packs a coming-of-age punch as it examines the story of a rape and the aftermath for its victim.

Hermione is a flyer on her cheer squad and proud to be their captain. While away at cheer camp, she attends a party where someone  puts something in her drink and she is brutally raped and assaulted. When she awakes, she has no recollection of what has happened to her, but must deal with the devastating consequences of this assault.

I love that this book focuses less on being a victim and more about continuing to fight through the pain, not allowing this horrible situation to continue to define your life. Hermione is a true hero as she picks up the pieces of her life and is determined to carry on.

Heavier than a typical YA read and filled with a supportive cast of characters, Johnston deserves all the accolades she has received for this one including being listed as a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize.

Brave and unflinching, it’s a beautiful, beautiful read! Join our book club to discuss! You can also check my exclusive interview with the author this month!

5 Out of 5 Stars

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

Dead Letters is a cleverly structured mystery that I devoured in a single day. Ava and Zelda are estranged twin sisters and their names happen to be the bookends to the alphabet. Ava is summoned to come home to her wildly dysfunctional family when Zelda is said to have possibly perished in a fire.

Zelda just might not be dead, however, and decides to send her sister Ava on a scavenger hunt to unwind the mystery of where she is. This craftily drawn goose chase will remind readers of a well-developed Agatha Christie novel.

The authors turn-of-phrase and creatively written characters make this book a treat from start to finish.

Do not miss this debut and have a wonderful time trying to piece together whatever happened to Zelda.

Reading Challenge Category Completed-A book by a debut author

5 Out of 5 Stars

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime was our MomAdvice Book Club selection this month and I am quite confident this book will be on my top ten list for 2017. Although I have been a big fan of his work on The Daily Show, I have an entirely new respect for this man and the survival skills he used during his youth in apartheid South Africa.

Noah is truly, “born a crime,” because his birth is seen as a criminal act since he was born to a white father and black mother. To keep him from not being rounded up for an orphanage, he often was sidelined indoors instead of playing outside with his peers. His mother also employed survival techniques, like pretending to be his maid instead of his mother, to just be able to play at the park with her son.

The reader is taken through the story of his childhood that, even in its darker moments,  Noah manages to add heart and humor to each and every story. This brave little mischievous boy’s story will pull at every heartstring and illustrates why he is now so passionate about politics and the world.

DO get this one on audiobook to appreciate every nuance and accent that Noah can bring to the table. It’s like listening to the most polished standup comedy routine to hear him read this out loud.

As soon as I finished it, I just wanted to listen to it all over again.

Reading Challenge Category Completed- A book on race

5 Out of 5 Stars

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow was chosen by my local book club for our selection this month. This one happened to be on my list from last year so I definitely looked forward to reading it. I will admit though, this book was a slow burn for me.

Set in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in Metropol, a grand hotel that happens to be across the street from the Kremlin. Due to the sentence, the entire book’s plot centers on this hotel and the unlikely friends, lover, and even child that become a part of the Count’s life.

While I appreciated the glimmers of stories throughout and the relationships that help sustain him in his time in Metropol, I really slogged through the book as this book really didn’t necessarily move plot, but was more of a study of character.  The Count was certainly a charming guy and I can see why so many are enamored with this book, but I was craving a little more action in this story.

Reading Challenge Category Completed- A historical fiction novel

3 Out of 5 Stars

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale has been on my reading bucket list forever and with the upcoming Hulu series soon to be released (watch the trailer here!), I knew I wanted to get this one under my belt before I watched it. Since the election season,  this book has seen resurgence in popularity and Atwood even shared about what her book means during the Trump era with the New York Times,  as it rocks the bestseller list once again.

This timeless dystopian novel, written all the way back in 1984, explores what the world looks like when women lose power over their own bodies and a religious totalitarian government dictates how and when they can reproduce. Women are given roles and seen as objects limiting them to roles like wives, Marthas, Handmaids, Aunts and Unwomen and everyone’s main focus is on procreation.

This book is disturbing in many ways, but I couldn’t put it down. I’m glad I waited to read this because it hit me at just the right time and gave me a lot to chew on, even if I found the ending to be an unsatisfying one.

I highlighted almost the entire book because there are so many beautifully written passages. Atwood certainly has a way with words! One line in particular has stuck with me…“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”

I couldn’t put this one down- be sure to add it to your stack in preparation for a Hulu-binge session!

Reading Challenge Category Completed- A Dystopian novel

5 Out of 5 Stars

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

The Stranger in the Woods shares the remarkable true story of the last true hermit. Christopher Knight, at the mere age of 20, decided to leave his home in Massachusetts, drive to Maine, and disappear into a forest to not return for almost three decades.

Yup, I said TRUE story.

Knight relied upon the neighboring homes for stealing the items he needed to survive and upon his capture, Finkel reached out to write him and to learn more of his own personal story.  Through those initial letters, Finkel formed as much of a friendship as one could with a hermit, and learned of Knight’s survival skills through brutal Maine winters and why he preferred the isolation.

With commentary from many experts, it’s a fascinating read on why some people flourish better in isolation and why humans crave relationships in the way that we do. The amount of effort Finkel goes through to carve an accurate story of Knight is admirable, but at times uncomfortable because a hermit doesn’t necessarily want to share his life story with the world. That’s kind of why he disappeared…

Reading Challenge Category Completed- A book you can read in a day

4 Out of 5 Stars

 

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls gave me flashbacks of the days of shoving V.C. Andrews books under my mattress for guilty consumption. It is that kind of twisted, dirty, and weird familial experiences that you are going to have if you decide to crack open this thriller.

This book is about a dirty family secret that has had great power over the wealthy Roanoke Girls and the power is so strong that many of them die. When one of the girls goes missing, her cousin returns to face the demons that have always haunted her.

Do a little research if you have issues with triggers because this one might not be for you.  I found the audiobook to be a great escape this week and would recommend it for people who like their thrillers dark and dirty.

Oh, you know who you are! Shame on you!

4 Out of 5 Stars

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I adored Jennifer Niven’s YA debut novel, All the Bright Places (read my interview with the author on that one over here!), so I was thrilled to hear she had a new book out called,  Holding Up the Universe. In this book, she alternates chapters between Jack, a popular teenage boy who has prosopagnosia (a neurological condition that causes facial blindness) and Libby, who enters high school after an astounding 300 pound weight loss that caused her to be a social media sensation in her town.

These two are both placed into an after-school detention program where they find solace in one another and their shared difficulties. These difficulties are just the tip of the iceberg though as they each struggle, in different ways, with the loss of a parent.

I knew very little about prosopagnosia and Niven develops the most advanced case of it in Jack where he cannot even recognize his family. It definitely sent me down a rabbit trail especially after discovering that Brad Pitt is believed to have this too (who knew?).

Written in short chapters, this is a sweet YA novel with a lot of heart and would be a great one for teens as she writes about the importance that all people feel and be seen.

3.5 Out of 5 Stars

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

White Tears is one of those books that I think you are really going to love and appreciate the genius of the writing or you will just be left utterly confused by the trip that Kunzru takes you on.

It is described as a ghost story, but I don’t really think that this describes it at all. This book is a deep reflection on race and what white privilege affords us and how white people often take what doesn’t belong to us.

It opens with two kids, one privileged and the other riding on his coattails, who are fascinated by recorded sound and music. When the narrator happens to pick up a blues song of a street musician, they try to pass it off as an early blues recording, adding the pops and hiss of vinyl to make this song feel authentic. Naming the unknown musician as Charlie Shaw, they set out to share and sell this music that doesn’t belong to them.

Of course the music wasn’t theirs to begin with and when they discover that there really is a Charlie Shaw out in the world, bad things begin to happen for the credit they took for music they never owned.

The second half of the novel took me awhile to really understand what was happening and I can’t even really say that I *got* it all, but I will say that the message that pulls through is brilliant and gave me a lot to think about after I finished the book.

This is a thought-provoking read and would be a good one to dive into with a book club!

Reading Challenge Category Completed- A book published this year

4 Out of 5 Stars

 

The Body Doesn't Lie by Vicky Vlachonis

The Body Doesn’t Lie by Vicky Vlachonis

Vicky Vlachonis is an osteopath and musculoskeletal specialist that works with a lot of celebrities and dancers. Her holistic approach to pain management is what has made her famous among these celebrity circles and she believes that chronic pain can be managed through better habits.

The big focus on pain is, of course, on sleep. Of course, most habits in this book do feel intuitive, but I needed reminding. From creating sleeping rituals that help your body to fall into better sleep to understanding the trigger points on your body to help relieve pain to food choices that can improve digestion. These tips make you think about where your pain stems from and help you find better ways to repair it.

Intuitive, perhaps, but a year of broken sleep makes me so thankful for this book and finally getting restorative sleep. If you have broken sleep or suffer from chronic pain, this is a book worth checking out.

4 Out of 5 Stars

Amy Allen Clark

Read With Me This Year:

January 2017 Must-Reads

February 2017 Must-Reads

March 2017 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

What did you read this month? Looking for book ideas? Check out our entire Book section of the site! Don’t forget to friend me on GoodReads! xo

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Amy’s Notebook 03.29.17

March 29th, 2017

String Wrapped Jars

source: design mom

I adore this string wrapped jar display. So pretty!

I don’t know if it is an age thing, but this article really resonated with me this week.

6 Kitchn editors tried Whole30 and share their results.

I loved reading this piece on limitations. I set a lot on myself and find comfort in the boundaries.

I just finished this fascinating read and have been thinking a lot about it this week.

You can make the most of a lunch hour with this list of websites to snag a new skill.

I love that this was your top purchase this month since I got one too! Definitely size down on that one.

I’m going to have to remember this steel oats trick for my crazy mornings.

We have a double desk and love it so I loved this Ikea hack studio desk tutorial.

Milk & Honey Soap

source: one good thing

I’ve been wanting to try a little soap-making and this milk & honey soap looks like a great start!

This unforgettable party is so incredibly inspiring.

10 fundamental truths that will change your life.

Imperfection Quote

source: my instagram feed

I am discovering that being vulnerable is a good thing.

The things nobody tells you about buying and renovating an old house. Looking forward to seeing this journey unfold!

These look like some creative ways to put yarn to work without knitting or crocheting.

This was your more visited tutorial this month. It must be salad season!

Considering blogging? This is a great article on finding your niche and getting paid for it.

I loved seeing how Courtney packed for her tiny wardrobe tour.

Comment of the Week: ❤❤❤ Finished this one today and loved it. I’d love to hear more about how she chose her own “champions”. Who are the champions in your life, Amy?- Kaytee

Loved to hear that you are enjoying next month’s book club pick! I’ve been getting lots of comments on this one so I’m excited to discuss it. As for my champions, I actually have two really amazing ones in my life.

My biggest cheerleader ever has always been my Dad. There are many things I have doubted that I could ever do and he has offered incredible pep talks to push me out of my tired boundaries. When I wanted to do this website, he would go from computer to computer clicking on advertisements to help support me because he believed in my work. When I had a particularly good day, I know he had been working really hard on clicking for me. As things grew, he has continued to be my champion and believed that I was capable of becoming successful in this funny field. He’s always the first person I call to share a life highlight with. 

The second is my husband. No one could talk me up more than he does even when it isn’t entirely deserved. He’s been my foundation for much of my life and I couldn’t ask for a better champion and partner. 

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo