4th of July Outfit Inspiration!

Hello friends and happy WEEKEND! I have been meaning to share with you some outfit ideas for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. And I'm now realizing that a lot of these items are on major sale! I always love dressing festive for the 4th because blue, white and red are some of my favorite colors to wear! 

I've rounded up some festive pieces to add to your closet! Happy Shopping! (click on the image below to link to the source)


Girls' Trip to Puerto Plata Recap


Remember that time I had a mimosa on the beach every morning for 5 days? Yea... that was nice! 

This trip was something that had been planned for a long time with my group of friends. It was something that started as an idea, maybe just a weekend get away. Then, it turned into a 'we need a REAL vacation' trip! Five of my friends (I've known them all since high school! Some even middle school!) and myself decided to take a trip to Puerto Plata! Four of the girls were there for a full week (Wed - Wed) and my friend, Kristen and I went for the last 5 days (Fri - Wed). I just wasn't sure about leaving my boys for a full week when we were booking the trip. But, five days and nights was plenty! 

I don't get to see these friends too often, so it was so nice to have the quality time with them! We are all working moms with busy schedules, so it's always difficult to coordinate schedules for some girl time. This trip helped me reconnect with them and now we have a slue of memories that have brought us all closer together! If you are a busy mom, I HIGHLY recommend booking a girls' trip at least once per year (doesn't have to be this extravagant!) just to reconnect with your girl friends. It's so important to keep friendships with other mamas! 

airplane outfit: tee | shorts | cardigan | hat | beach bag (carry on) | earrings | tory burch sandals

It took about 7 hours to get to Puerto Plata from Columbus, OH. We had a lay over in Miami for about an hour, so we weren't able to get a direct flight. But, once we got there, the long travel day was totally worth it!!

Where we stayed

We stayed in a private villa at the Lifestyle Holiday Vacation Resort in Puerto Plata, DR which is an all inclusive resort. We found out about it through one of my friend's parents (who own a time share here) and were able to get a little bit of a discount on the villa for the week. Our villa had 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, full kitchen, large stone patio with a beautiful view over looking our private pool!


The beaches at this resort were like nothing I've ever seen! We went to 'Serenity Beach' pretty much every morning. This beach is lined with white curtained cabanas with big pillows, beds with complimentary beach towels, hammocks and swings and little tiki bars! It was like Heaven on earth! 






Every morning we would get up and have breakfast, which was made for us by a chef in our villa!  He was the BEST and made such a wonderful spread of food every morning at 9am. He also made fresh fruit smoothies every morning which were always delicious! Our maid would set our table for us on our balcony so we could enjoy our breakfast with a view. It was amazing! Definitely one of my favorite parts of our trip was breakfast and coffee in the am and just chatting with the girls. 


Once breakfast was cleaned up, we got ready to go to the beach. We always wanted to make sure we got a good seat on the beach, but on this beach it was hard to have a 'bad' seat!

We also would start our morning at the beach off with a mimosa! The wait staff on the beach was so good and kept our drinks flowing! 


You guys... I actually finished a book on this vacation! It's been so long since I've felt like I had the time to read. Now that I've started again, I'm hoping to keep it up! I realized how much I enjoy reading! I brought 'The Couple Next Door' to read, but my friend had just finished 'Girl, Wash Your Face' by Rachel Hollis and insisted I read it. I'm so glad I did! I highly recommend it! Great beach/pool/summer read!


(tank available at my friend's online boutique Middle Sister Boutique)

My suit | sarong | sunglasses | hat from Target dollar spot!

Four out of the five nights we were there, we had dinner reservations at a different restaurant on the resort. One night we had a chef cook a big BBQ dinner for us in our villa! It seriously felt like I was on one of those 'Real Housewives' vacations lol! I didn't take too many pics at night, mostly because I wanted to be in the moment and focus on what was happening instead of being on my phone, but we usually at least got a group picture of all of us each night.

We also got to tour one of the high end villas on the property! This place was like something out of MTV cribs (is that still a show?)! I'm sure if the Real Housewives did come to Puerto Plata for a vacation, this is where they would stay!

Below was the view out of one of the balconies...


And it had an infinity pool!


By day 5 I was definitely ready to fly home to see my boys, but I am so glad I was able to take this trip!


You can go to this post to see everything that I packed for the trip!

PS - This post is not sponsored in anyway, just wanted to share our experience in case you are looking to book a vacation to the DR! 

May Favorites

Hello world! I'm alive! Well, feeling a little more alive today... If you watched my instagram stories yesterday, you know I came down with strep throat over the weekend which is just about as fun as getting a root canal... No, actually worse because it lasts for DAYS! But, I got some meds and I'm on the road to recovery as we speak. 

Also! I plan to post a little recap of my AMAZING girls' trip to the Dominican Republic (Puerto Plata) soon! There is just so much to share!

But, before this month gets away from me, I wanted to share some of my favorites from last month (May). As you all know, I am affiliated with the company Reward Style (which owns the Like to Know it app) and I use affiliate links when possible when I share products, clothing items, accessories, home decor, etc. This allows me to 1) receive a small (I mean tiny) commission when someone clicks through my links and then buys a product through that link. And 2) to track click through rates and purchases so I know what my followers like to see on my feed and on the blog. There's no specific information given as in name or anything like that. I literally only see how many clicks and item received in a specific time frame and how many items were purchased. If you have any other questions about affiliate links and how they are used, etc feel free to email me! 

Now, here are the most popular items that were shared on my instagram and on the blog last month (no surprise that the top 4 items are from Amazon!):


1. You all can't get enough of this $15 kimono! And for good reason. It is the perfect summer accessory and also works as a beach/pool cover up! 

2. Another Amazon favorite was this $18 palm print dress! I posted this on in my Amazon wish list and never pulled the trigger on it. So, if you purchased this one, let me know how you like it in the comments below!

3. This $10 lace racerback bralette was also a favorite again last month! Definitely, worth the money!

4. I'm pretty sure you guys sold out this inflatable pool with a slide when I mentioned it was in my Amazon cart last month! Since this one was sold out, I actually ended up purchasing this one instead! I need to get this pump to help blow it up. I'm saving it for Bennett's birthday party at the end of the month! 

5. This $19 side slit long sleeve tee continues to be a best seller! I can vouch for it because I now have it in 3 different colors!

6. This abstract kimono (out of stock) is probably one of my favorite purchases over the last few months! I just love the colors and it goes with everything! Shop more kimonos from Loft HERE!


7. This crepe shift dress was a popular item from my recent Nordstrom try on session. It is just a classic piece to have in your wardrobe. 

8. This $19 off the shoulder ruffle floral print one piece was also a popular item from last month! It was actually the most clicked on item, but only a handful of you purchased it. I will say it is a little 'cheeky' on the behind coverage and maybe not the best suit to wear with the kiddos, but it was the perfect suit for a girls' trip to the beach! Runs true to size (I ordered a Medium, but probably could have ordered a small). 

9. A few of you purchased these dark wash, chewed hem jeans (wearing these in the photo above) which are my favorite pair right now. There are only a few sizes left, so snag them on sale now if you haven't!

10. Last, but not least, a few of you loved these block heel pumps (wearing these in the photo above)! These are also on my favorite recent purchases list! Perfect for summer weddings and events!

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That's a wrap for May Favorites! Stay tuned for my recap of my girls' trip to the DR coming soon!