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Wow – honestly I can’t remember the last time I sat down to write a blog post, although WordPress tells me I last published back in July. It’s September – I mean where did summer go? You guys, I don’t even know where to start, and I feel like every time I start a blog post I tell y’all how busy I’ve been and with each passing day life gets busier and busier. And to be frank, I am someone who doesn’t like to do things unless I can fully commit and give something my 150% effort. It’s how I am at work (my full-time, day job), it’s how I am with parenting and relationships, and honestly  t’s how I want to be with this blog.

But most days – I’m exhausted. And not just physically, but mentally which doesn’t leave a lot of room for creative writing. I pride myself (and this blog) in not just being about ‘fashion’, but writing as well. I’ve always had such a special love of writing, and it’s something I’ve become ‘known’ for in adulthood. So when I started this blog, I promised myself that it wouldn’t be me writing about just sales and clothes, but rather would be a fun outlet for me to write creatively and freely, about whatever I want, incorporating life and humor along the way. And lately, I’ve found myself drifting away from this because it’s SO much easier to just write about a sale or to not even write at all, than it is to challenge myself and my exhaustion levels to put together a blog post worthy of my loving and fabulous readers (you!).

So I’m sorry. I’m sorry I’ve taken such a long break from connecting with each of you. I’m sorry the content I’ve published over the summer has been garbage. This is my commitment to being better. I’m challenging myself to being better by starting fresh and setting expectations for what you can see on this blog moving forward.

I’m committing to, at the very bare minimum, of two blogs posts a week (under promise, over deliver people!). These posts will be published every Tuesday & Thursday because the routine is something I love about other blogs I read, and something I want for you all with Jessica Lynna.

So without further ado, let’s get into it and for the love of all things holy stop talking about how busy life is, because apparently that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

So…this adorbs sweatshirt..pretty cute, eh?! I pretty much live in sweatshirts because our house is freezing 110% of the time and I work from home 3 days out of the week. Like seriously – it could be hell on earth outside, but I will be in a sweatshirt and pants because apparently Elsa from Frozen controls our thermostat (I’m looking at you Joe.). Any who, as a spokesperson for all things sweatshirt, I believe that qualifies me to tell you all that this particular sweatshirt (which is only $6 might I add) is extra special because you can wear it with standard lounge pants around the house, but you can also throw on some jeans and heels and look relatively casual but still dressed up if you’re going out somewhere. Hmmm, come to think of it, it’s sort of how I feel about most hoodless sweatshirts. So long as there is no crazy writing or print across them, you can basically get away wearing them in so many different ways.

For example: occasionally, I’ll throw a button down under a solid sweatshirt, to which my once comfy, slouchy sweatshirt now looks like a sweater. And if you want to wear your sweatshirt to work, just throw a blazer over it, and viola (I hope my boss isn’t reading this because I’ve done this more times than I can count – ha)!

Nevertheless, with Fall rapidly approaching (we’ve had several cooler days already here in Chicago and I’ve already broken out the crockpot for soups!), it’s time to start thinking about sweatshirts, sweaters, puffer vests and pumpkin spice everything. Although I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer (who is really?!), I’ve come to love the crisp cool air of Fall, the orchard trips, the homemade apple pies, and I especially love that this time of year, my skin seems to love me again (aabout time!).

On a completely random side note – does anyone have any Photoshop tutorial or class recommendations? I’ve been slowly (as in tortoise speed) learning Photoshop and I’m always looking for new classes and tutorials to learn more. Feel free to share any recommendations below or comment on my last Instagram pic here!

As always, thanks for reading!!

Sweatshirt | Favorite Black Jeans (40% off right now!) | Black Suede Heels | Necklace | Bracelets

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Amazon Prime Day

It’s here, it’s here – Amazon Prime Day! I’m such a prime addict that it comes as no surprise that this is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s quite literally Christmas in July for the Venti household 🙂 As such, I’m including some of my most recent prime purchases for you all below so you can see the things I’m loving lately and ya never know, maybe a few are part of the sale!





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Going for Gold Shoes at Macys

Thank you to Macy’s for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinion and thoughts are my own!

If you’ve been following along with my blog since the beginning, then you know I have a slight obsession with shoes. Truthfully it doesn’t matter what kind of shoe because I will wear just about any shoe that exists (with the exception of thong flip flops which you will never see me wearing!). I’ve probably said this before, but I get my love of shoes from both my mom and my dad who each owned a different pair of shoes to go with any outfit! To me, I grew up thinking that was completely normal, and here were are – way too many shoes later 🙂

So it’s probably not surprising that I’m constantly shopping around for the cutest shoes to add to my closet. One of my favorite places to browse for shoes is Macy’s because they always have a great selection and lots of deals! I stumbled upon these Clarks Keesha Donna Mules not too long ago, and I totally took a trip down memory lane remembering how much I loved Clarks growing up for both their style and comfort. I mean seriously, the cushiony pad inside makes wearing them all day, everyday a breeze! I may or may not be wearing a pair right now too 🙂

My favorite thing about the Clarks brand is that you can pair any of their shoes with just about any look, which gives you so much versatility from an already perfect and affordable shoe brand!  I mean, there are few shoes in this world that I’d be willing to give up wearing all other shoes for…but Clarks are just comfortable and cute enough that I’d consider it. So what are you waiting for? Go grab yourself a pair and you and your feet can thank me later!

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Mother’s Day

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Holy moly, it’s been a crazy few weeks! I think the last time I really looked at the calendar, it was the middle of April, and now it’s almost Mother’s Day and the middle of May! Mother’s Day will always be near and dear to my heart, because not only do I have an awesome mother and mother-in-law, but I have an awesome daughter who came home from the NICU the day before Mother’s Day, so it was a little extra special to finally have her home with us to celebrate such a special day.

I’ll be honest, growing up I always celebrated my mom for Mother’s Day and got her gifts, took her to dinner and tried to make her feel special, but I don’t think I ever realized what a special day it truly was until I had a child of my own. Mom’s do everything…like literally everything! Sure, dad’s rock too (they also get their own day!), but there’s just something about mommas 🙂

So I’ve put together a list of gift options below. Each of these are mom approved by yours truly and guaranteed to make her smile!

  1. GlossyBox

I got my first GlossyBox last month, and then my second GlossyBox (the mother’s day edition) last week. I opened the box to the loveliest floral scent and I’m dying over everything inside! The whole box was like one brand name item after another and all things that I know I will use and love. Plus subscription boxes are all the rage and GlossyBox is a great, affordable option for a mother’s day gift.

  1. A Spa Day

Being a mom is stressful….rewarding and exciting and blissful, but mega stressful. What relieves stress better than a day at the spa, am I right?!

  1. Breakfast in Bed

Sure it sounds cheesy, but I don’t remember the last time I slept in and I’m sure there are mom’s everywhere that can agree. Having a morning to catch up on a few Zzzz’s followed by a delicious breakfast that doesn’t even require one to leave the comfort of their bed? Um, yes please!

  1. Any of the items listed below 🙂

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WEYV Your Hands In The Air

Sweatshirt (Size Small) | Leggings (Size Small) | Sneakers (Size 6) | Sunnies (old – similar here and here) | Watch

Please tell me I’m not the only one who has their phone in their hand during all hours of the day? No, I’m not on social media all day long, but I do rely on my phone for just about everything. Text, directions, internet, the calculator, recipes, emails, phone calls, a thousand and one parenting apps lol. Like literally – everything! If I’m being honest, I don’t know how we survived before iPhones and androids and whatever other mobile devices there are.

Matter of fact, long gone are the days of going to music stores or places like Target to browse the CD (or cassette – I remember those days too) aisle for that new album you HAD.TO.HAVE. On a side note, does anyone remember their very first cassette or CD? My very first cassette was Celine Dion, because let’s face it – she’s boss and my very first CD was Spice Girls – HOLA! I remember this one time I wanted a Backstreet Boys CD SO BAD that I took all the money out of my piggy bank, walked my happy ass up in K-Mart and paid for the entire CD ($13.89 after tax) with change. Yea, the cashier was not pleased, but that CD was everything 🙂 Until it scratched…

Anyway, now days I stream all the music I need through an app. And while you may be over in your corner of the internet world streaming on Spotify or Apple Music, I’m all like – “hey, my app’s better than yours!”

Yep, I said it. I guarantee my app for streaming music is better than yours. Want to know why? Because not only can I stream music, but I can read an unlimited number of magazines (which is such a guilty pleasure of mine) AND every time I listen to a song via my app, a charitable donation is made 🙂 Soooo, that’s music + magazines + charitable, which definitely makes my app better than yours!

But don’t worry, I’m willing to share this holy grail of apps with all of you. And because I love y’all, you also get 2 free months to try it out (seriously, you don’t even need a credit card to do the trial – it’s completely risk free!). Is curiosity killing the cat yet? I figured so. So let’s just let the cat out of the bag. The app is WEYV and I use it pretty much all the time, because like I said before – I’m on my phone all the time lol. 

I personally love that up to 25 people can be on one plan, because let’s face it – not all families come in packages of four and unlike some of the other apps out there, this one has various different subscriptions and plans to fit lots of lifestyles and budgets.

So are you hooked yet? Are you dying to go try it out?! Click here to learn more about it, and don’t forget to use code MAKEWEYVS18 for your 2 free months.

**Thank you Weyv for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

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