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Easter With The Woodfield Mall

A couple of weeks ago, we took a family trip out to Woodfield Mall to see the Easter bunny and to do a little Easter shopping with Beckett. The Woodfield Mall (in Schaumburg) has always been one of my favorite malls in the area. Not only is this the first mall I went to when I moved to Chicago, but it really does have a little bit of everything, so you can find anything you are looking for.

This may come as a surprise, but I love to shop 🙂 Even when I’m not buying anything, shopping is just fun for me. And don’t even get me started on shopping for baby stuff. I’ve said it before, but it’s impossible not to have a good time when you’re browsing the aisles in children and baby stores. 

You know what else is a good time? Holidays! Holidays are so much more fun with children. When we took Beckett to see Santa in December, she was not a fan and we got that stereotypical “child screaming at the top of her lungs” 1st picture with Santa. That said, we weren’t expecting a successful visit with the Easter bunny either, but she loved him! She’s recently really gotten into stuffed animals (notice Demi from Vampirina? She spotted him in a store and HAD. TO. HAVE. HIM) and I think the Easter bunny reminded her of a giant stuffed animal. Nevertheless, we were happy to get a somewhat normal picture of her for the holiday!

We also used the opportunity to pick up some new clothes for our growing girl. She just recently transitioned out of 6 month clothes (yes, she’s almost 11 months old, but she’s on the smaller side) so we needed some new outfits that would fit her. Especially an Easter dress! If you saw my Insta stories, then you know she found the perfect one and picked it out all by herself. 

In the end it was a successful trip. Some of my favorite memories with my momma are our mommy/daughter shopping trips (I got this love of fashion from someone!), and I look forward to having those same memories with Beckett too. 

Ps: we might or might not have stumbled into an A&W and we might or might not have had more than one beer float. Sorry, not sorry. 

Happy Easter, loves! I hope you have a blessed weekend!

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Kendra Scott: The Hunt is On!

Kendra Scott is hands down one of my favorite places to get jewelry. Not only is the jewelry beautiful, well made and contemporary, but it also falls at the perfect price point! Today ONLY, Kendra Scott is having an epic Easter Hunt sale, with 8 codes hidden throughout her site that link to 8 different discounts.

While you can only use 1 coupon per order, these are some major deals and I went ahead and did the dirty work for y’all and tracked down all 8 codes 🙂 What can I say, it was my kind of Easter Egg hunt! Each of the codes are listed below!

I’m also including the two bracelets that I layer and wear EVERY. SINGLE. DAY below, as well as some other favorites that I’m hoping to get soon!

Code PASTEL; Buy One Get One 40%

Code BONNET; Extra 30% off sale

Code TULIPS; 20% off 1 item

Code HATCH; Buy One Get One Free Nail Lacquer

Code SPRING; 20% off $100+ home

Code CARROTS; 25% two or more color bar items

Code CHICKS; $100 off all gemstone fine jewelry

Code HOP; 15% off total purchase

 

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Wearing Wantable

Leather Jacket (Size XS) | Pleated Skirt (Size XS) | White Ruffle Top (Size XS) | Black Suede Heels | Lipcolor (Lolita & Matte Orchid)

Life is complicated enough, so sometimes we deserve a little something that not only makes life easier, but a lot more fun too. Given my love of all things fashion related, you can always count on me to take an interest in something that is fashion forward AND makes life easier. So of course I was a shoo-in for subscription services that sent clothes straight to your front door. I’ve dabbled around with a few of these companies, but I never settled on one that I truly loved until my Wantable packed arrived and this beauty of a jacket was hiding inside!

But how did they know I was looking for a new staple leather jacket? How did they know how much I love gold detailing? How did they find this perfect jacket that I’ve looked for so long to find and never could? How are they THIS AMAZING?

Truth is, I really don’t know. I suspect they have fashion fairy godmothers working at their facilities, but I doubt we’ll ever really know their secrets. Whatever it is, this box contained so many colors, fabrics, and items I loved that Joe had to talk me off the ‘I’ll just take it all’ ledge.

And so I settled with this jacket that is just as appropriate for work as it is play. This outfit is one I wore to a work function a couple weeks ago. I took the jacket off at work because I run around like a crazy person when I’m in full work mode and I need my arms and hands to keep up with my craziness. Yes I’m weird. Anyway, after work I was able to put the jacket back on, and had I been headed to a happy hour I would have been feeling mighty fine about my style selections for the day, but instead I took the first train home to little miss Beckett. On a plus side, this jacket made me feel like a badass momma, which is equally as great a feeling!

So enough about me – let’s learn more about Wantable and how you get 50% of the styling fee of your first box, because let’s face it – that’s really what you guys are here for, right?!

First things first, you take a brief lifestyle quiz. I’ll be honest, it’s not super brief, but I wasn’t still answering questions after 10 minutes either. Just don’t expect to answer 1 or 2 questions and call it day.

Spoiler Alert: this might have been how they found out I loved gold over silver. Just saying.

You have the option to choose from a Style box (curated apparel and accessories), Fitness (handpicked technical and athleisure styles) or Men’s fitness. Of course I chose the Style box but I’m super interested in the Fitness box as well so if you opt for this one, make sure you come back to this post and spill the beans on how great it is!

For a $20 styling fee, the fashion fairy godmothers will wave their magic wands and ship you a box containing 5-7 items you’re guaranteed to love, straight to your doorstep. Try it all on, figure out what works and ship back what you didn’t fall in love with.

Spoiler Alert: You’re gonna love everything.

Wantable only bills you for what you keep, and YES, you’re $20 styling fee is applied to any purchases you make from that box.

There are so many great things about Wantable: like their 14 day price match for any items you purchase, their buy 5 or more items in this box receive an extra 20% off, their XS to 3X (0-24W) size options, or their 5 day window to try on items. Okay, I know, I’m rambling but don’t take my word for it. Try Wantable for only $10. It’s super simple and I just know you are going to love it!

A very special thank you to Wantable for sponsoring this post, but as always, all opinions are my own. 

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Casually Awaiting Summer

Tie Sleeve Sweater (Size Small) | Jamie Jeans (Size 26) | Pearl Sneakers (Size 6) | Lipstick (Touch of Spice)

Recently it got as warm as 60 outside and you would have thought it was summer here. I went outside for a picnic, walked home from church, took Beckett for a walk, and did anything and everything to just stay outside. Maybe it’s the fact that I work from home most of the week, and winter keeps us inside anyway, but I’ve really been feeling stir crazy and claustrophobic lately.

Winter was relentless here in Chicago. So much so, that I think I forgot what grass even looked like until recently, and the snow began to melt. Our house has a lovely yard that we didn’t get to enjoy enough of last summer because we didn’t move in until August. Because of this, I’m literally itching for mother nature to warm things up so I can get some much needed Vitamin D. Plus now that Beckett is older, I feel much more comfortable about taking her outside (I swear when she was an infant I lived in a constant state of paranoia!).

This outfit was something I wore around for the day a couple of weekends ago. Yes, it’s taken me this long to get it posted! It was perfect because I didn’t need a coat, but the sweater, denim and sneakers still kept me plenty warm enough. Anyone else really into the sneaker trend lately? I swear I think I’ve purchased like three or four pairs lately, and I have every intention of wearing them with just about everything this spring and summer.

What’s your go-shoe in the summer? Share it below or stop by my Instagram page and leave a comment on my most recent photo!

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Grove Collaborative: Peonies Please!

This post is sponsored by my favorite delivery service for natural and organic cleaning and beauty products, Grove Collaborative! Be sure to read all the way through to find out how you can receive a free gift from Grove when place your first order of $20 or more…

Having a sick baby is truly the worst thing ever. Having a sick baby every other week is just down right unbearable. That was the case with Beckett when she was in daycare. For whatever reason (and I certainly don’t fault the daycare), our child picked up every single illness that went around at her daycare. She had colds every other week, stomach bugs, the flu twice and after about 4 months, Joe and I had enough and pulled her out of daycare. Knock on wood, she hasn’t been sick since, but that experience turned Joe and I into complete clean freaks.

Prior to having Beckett, I would never classify Joe nor me as a clean freak. The house was always nice and tidy, but we weren’t steam cleaning our floors every other day, and wiping every surface with cleaner, multiple times a day. Even after having Beckett, I swore I wouldn’t turn into a clean freak, cleaning frantically and constantly. Not that there is anything wrong with the mothers who do that. Trust me, I am an avid supporter of all moms doing what they think is best for their children. I just didn’t want to reinvent the wheel with parenting and I wanted to keep on, keeping on – ya know? But after seeing our child sick dozens of times, I turned into a crazy person and now Joe and I clean non-stop.

And frankly the one pitfall to cleaning constantly is the smell. Ugh! I can’t stand the smell of harsh cleaning chemicals in my house. I am very sensitive to smells (poor Joe – every time he buys a new candle or air freshener I make him get rid of it because my nose cannot handle certain scents!), so it’s important to find a great smelling cleaning product, that isn’t full of harsh chemicals, but also actually cleans.

Enter in Grove Collaborative. I remember reading about this company because of my obsession with Lauren Conrad (but seriously, who isn’t obsessed with her?!). I remember thinking – what a brilliant idea! I mean, the only time I ever walk down the cleaning aisle of any store is because I ran out of what I was already using at home. The beauty of Grove is that their recurring shipments are flexible, all products are natural and its super affordable.

So I gave them a try and they shipped me a set of Mrs. Meyers brand hand soap, dish soap, hand lotion and multi-surface spray in scent Geranium and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s the most lovely floral scent (not too strong, but strong enough that your house smells of fresh flowers – one scent my nose will never be upset about!).

Now through March 18th they are offering you guys a Mrs. Meyers collection of hand soap, dish soap, multi-surface spray (in any of the 3 limited edition scents: Peony, Lilac and Mint), plus the cutest kitchen towel (we have 2 in our house and we love them!), free shipping and a VIP trial with any $20 purchase. When I first signed up, I was able to easily hit the $20 dollar minimum with things I already needed, like toilet paper, beauty supplies, baby stuff, etc. ANNNNDDD you guys, I just received my Peony collection in the mail and it smells even better than I could have imagined! 

So don’t wait — Mrs. Meyer’s mint, peony, and lilac are limited-edition scents, and these kits always go fast! Here’s how to get yours:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here.
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Comment below once you receive your first shipment and tell me which scent you chose!

 

 

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