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Friday Finds | Fall (Budget Friendly) Wishlist

I'm hoping to get back to my #WIW Wednesday series next week, but wanted to share with you what I have on my wishlist/shopping cart for the month of October. All items are less than $100!

I feel like now is the perfect time to wear these long sleeved, crew neck t-shirts just about everyday. There are so many colors to choose from, might as well get a few different ones!

I'm also loving this henley style long sleeved shirt. I would pair it with this pretty, light weight scarf (only $19!).

Speaking of scarves... Can one have too many plaid scarves? I think not. I love the colors of this plaid square scarf. Perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

I'm on the hunt for a good pair of distressed skinny jeans for fall as well and this pair seems like the perfect fit. And the price tag is right on point, only $64!

I've had my eye on these black nikes for a few months now and I think it's finally time to pull the trigger. They would be the perfect every day shoe for running errands and chasing around a busy toddler. They would fit quite nicely with my 'momiform' of these leggings and t-shirts too. :)

I've been searching for a good casual, date night clutch for a while and I think I finally found one! This black fold over clutch would be perfect for date night or girls night out. It's also only $25! 

What's on your fall wishlist?
Happy Friday and happy shopping!

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Life Lately + Cbus Trip Recap

Oh, hello friends! I swear I am still alive! We had the best trip at 'home' (still feels like home to me) in Columbus last week and even though it was a loooooong car ride (took us 8 hours!) with 2 kids under 2, it was totally worth it! We got to see family and friends and just had a great, laid back week all around. 

Both Camden and Bennett did pretty well sleeping away from home too. Camden was a super star sleeper in his pack 'n play that my parents have. He has been used to sleeping in it since he was a baby when they baby sat him 2 days a week. Bennett was in our pack 'n play in my room (also using the dock a tot) which worked out for night time and naps during the day if we were home. I will say, I'm not used to sleeping with Bennett in the same room since he has been in his crib since he was 6 weeks. He is a very noisy sleeper and had a couple of rough nights, so this mama was tired most of the time. I'm happy to get him back in his crib now that we are home (using a monitor of course)!

I had packed the week full of plans to meet up with family and friends, so we were on the go a lot. Both babes were great and just went with the flow! Bennett finally met his great grandma Mary! She was so excited to see him and he was so smiley and even 'talked' to her which made her so happy!

We also got to visit the Columbus Zoo with a few of my friends and their kids. It was such a beautiful day too!

Camden wasn't too sure about riding the horses on the carousel, but we did get to sit on a bench seat for his first ride! He loved it!

Of course, I got to spend a lot of quality time with my boys and my parents during the week. The weather was great and we spent a lot of time outside just playing and going for walks!

I was also able to meet up with a lot of my high school friends and college friends while we were home. It was so nice to see everyone and made me realize how precious our friendships are especially at this stage of life. It's been so hard not being close to them geographically, but we continue to communicate on our little chat app (called Whatsapp) daily! I don't know what I would do with out them in my life!

We also spent a night at Bill's parents house on the way back to IL. We had a great night with a bon fire and lots of home cooked meals! Camden even got to pick out a few pumpkins from their pumpkin garden! Can't wait to decorate our porch with them this weekend! 

Well, that's a really quick recap of what I've been up to for the past week or so! I'm hoping to get back on the normal blogging schedule next week!

PS - Bennett is 3 months old as of today!! I can't believe he is no longer considered a 'newborn' since it feels like I just had him yesterday! I'm hoping to finish a 3 month update post soon!

Happy Weekend!

Just wanted to pop in today and let you all know I'm traveling to my home town of Columbus for the weekend and all of next week! I may not be able to blog too much and may just decide to take a little break and focus on visiting and spending time with friends and family while I'm there.

We are driving (in the new mini van, Honda Odyssey!) 6+ hours with the 2 babes today! Wish us luck slash pray for us!!! :) 

Happy Weekend!

#WIW Wednesday

Welcome to another edition of #WIW Wednesday! This week I have a few outfits that are perfect for the transitioning fall temps. It's all about layers during September because it can be chilly in the mornings and evenings and warm during the day. So, easy take on and off layers are perfect for this month. 

I just ordered and received this vest and I love it (bonus, it's on sale right now, almost 50% off)! I had my eye on it last year and just never pulled the trigger. It' not as heavy as it looks, but adds the perfect amount of warmth and style to an otherwise basic outfit. 


My basic 'momiform' at the moment is these leggings, tee shirts and comfortable sneakers. If I want to add some style or if it's chilly out and I need to run an errand, I love that I can throw on this vest and go!  

 vest | bp long sleeve striped tee (similar here) | leggings | booties, express last year (similar here and here) | monogram necklace

This second outfit is a different variation of the first, just adding a long sleeved tee and booties for a more 'weekend' look or if it's a bit too cold for a short sleeved top. 

leggings | long sleeved striped top (similar) | booties (similar here and here) | plaid scarf (similar) | monogram necklace

Another great layering piece is a blanket scarf. Did you catch my latest Friday Finds post with all my favorite blanket scarfs out right now? Make sure to purchase them now before all the good ones are out of stock!

Side note: I also bought these cutoff denim shorts in the same order as the vest. Since it is still warm out, I was able to wear them to go apple picking this past weekend! They are so comfortable and on sale right now for $29.50!

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Happy Hump Day and Happy Shopping!

Apple Picking + Other Fall To Do's

It was such a great weekend for apple picking! The sun was shining and it was a comfortable 75 degrees. I have been wanting to take Camden apple picking since we didn't get to last year. I was so excited to find a farmstand with an apple orchard less than 15 minutes away from our house. So, Sunday we loaded up the 2 babes and headed out. Even though it takes a lot of effort to get 2 little ones out of the house, I'm always so happy once we are out and I'm so glad we got the chance to create this memory!

I'm also glad we were able to check off one of my Fall To Do List items. Here's what I'm hoping to do this season:

+ Visit a pumpkin patch with the kids and pick out pumpkins to actually carve this year. (Of course take obligatory baby with pumpkins photo)

+ Find some pretty mums to put on our porch.

+ Figure out some cute costume idea for the boys this Halloween... I'm struggling with this!

+ Make at least 1 batch of chili and apple cider (spiked cider is a bonus).

+ Actually enjoy a fire in our fire pit in the back yard on a crisp autumn night.

+ Plan our anniversary 'stay-cation' in Chicago. We are hoping to spend a 2 days and 1 night in Chicago for our anniversary/my birthday weekend in November.

+ Enjoy many PSL's and pumpkin flavored items! :)

What's on your fall to do list?

Friday Finds : Scarf Season!

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bottom row: one | two | three

Scarf season is upon us! It may still be a bit warm out to rock a big, oversized blanket scarf, but you will want to purchase your scarfs for the upcoming season now before they are out of stock. I remember last year, all the good blanket scarves sold out so quickly!

A scarf is a great transitional piece to wear while the temperatures are changing. You can throw one on with a tee shirt and jeans when it's a crisp autumn day or layer it on with a sweater and vest when it gets really cold. 

I've listed some of my favorites below, all of which are $40 or less!

Happy Friday and Happy Scarf Season! 

#WIW Wednesday

Why not start a new series for the new fall season? Last year I brought you my Fall Basics series and shared all my favorite staple pieces for fall fashion. This time around, I'm going to be sharing some real outfits that I wear on a regular basis (What I'm Wearing Wednesday), plus some fun weekend wear and items I've recently purchased. I'm just getting back into shopping for 'normal' clothes (aka non-maternity and post baby clothes). I actually am starting to fit in my old pants, jeans and bottoms again (woo hoo!). 

My goal is to post real outfits of items from my closet and new items I purchased so you can see how I mix them together. I've always had a shopping budget since Bill and I have been married and it is something that I really try to stick to. We are all about saving and not having any debt (besides our mortgage), so when I do purchase clothes/accessories/shoes, etc I like to make sure I will get a lot of wear out of them. A lot of the items in my closet are basic pieces, but mixing them different shoes, handbags and accessories makes them feel like they are new! 

This week I have a few outfits with items I recently added to my wardrobe, including these leggings and this dress. Both items are going to be staple pieces for fall!

striped top (similar only $19!) | zella leggings | converse shoes | monogram necklace

This outfit will be on heavy rotation this fall. First, being a mom of 2 under 2 'athleasure' (as they call it) is my new best friend. These leggings are the best I've ever owned. They are thick and non-see through and suck you in around the mid section. Perfect for post baby bodies and really flattering on anyone. I bought the striped shirt last year and have linked to a similar one that is only $19! The brand of the one I'm wearing is Stem and I love their tops! I also own a few sleeveless tops from Stem and all their shirts are sooo soft and comfortable! 

dress | bp necklace (similar) | booties (less than $35!)

I am so glad I purchased this dress during the nordstrom anniversary sale. It is the perfect LBD for fall and winter. It is a heavier material that just feels like a high quality fabric and does not wrinkle. I love that it has sleeves too! It is such a flattering dress and is perfect for all body types. It also comes in 3 other really great colors for the fall season. 

I also recently scored these black booties from Target for a great price! I have some tan colored booties and thought I'd add a pair of black ones to my closet this season. 

I can't wait to wear this outfit on a date night or girls night in the next few months!

I can't wait to share some more outfits with you next week! I recently made a few purchases of some vests that I'm excited to style. 

Happy Hump Day and Happy Shopping!

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Labor Day Weekend Recap

My parents came for a visit this past weekend, which was just what the doctor ordered! It had been over a month since I'd seen them. The weekend was filled with playing, cuddling, over eating and football watching. The perfect way to end the summer. 

Saturday, we got all dressed in our OSU gear to watch the first OSU home football game of the season. A part of me was sad that I wasn't in Columbus for the first home game. Some of my friends texted me photos of them tailgating and I was definitely jealous. But, we had our own little family tailgate at home and having my parents there definitely helped. They got the boys cute little matching OSU shirts and Bill was so excited to hang our OSU flag on our house, so we had to take some family photos. OSU actually played my alma mater Bowling Green, so I would have been happy if either team won. Of course, the Buckeyes won (by a lot)!

Sunday, My parents took Camden to Phillips Zoo Park near us which is a big park with a small zoo inside of it. He loved it! Bill and I got to spend some quality time with Bennett at home while they were there. Bennett is becoming so smiley and loves to coo and 'talk'! It's nice to just be able to focus our attention on him every now and then. And Camden had such a great time at the park that he was exhausted when they got home. 

Unfortunately, Camden woke up with a fever Monday morning and I could tell was not feeling well. My parents were so upset they had to leave while he was sick. But after a dose of Tylenol and a 3.5 hour nap, he was back to his normal self in the afternoon with no fever. So odd toddlers can have a fever for half a day and then go back to normal?!

We also spent some time looking at Honda Odysseys this weekend and I think we are going to pull the trigger on one very soon! Just don't call me a #soccermom yet... :)

How was your holiday weekend?

I'm linking up with Biana for Weekending. 

Friday Finds : Fall Basics

Just wanted to post a quick Friday Finds for you guys today! I'm starting to get the fall shopping itch and came across these goodies while browsing nordstrom's site this week. I think each one is a staple item for your fall wardrobe. And the best part is that each piece is less than $100! 

I can't say enough about this blouse. I purchased it during the anniversary sale and now it's on sale again for only $25.20!! It is the perfect girls night or date night top. Pair it with some dark wash skinny jeans, lace up heels and your favorite necklace and you're ready to go! 

There's nothing better than a cozy, oversized sweater on a chilly day. I love this one with a big cowl neck that can be worn off the shoulder. 

Black and white stripes are still in for this fall. This striped, long sleeve tee will definitely be a staple item in your fall wardrobe. You can layer it with a military vest or pair it with a blanket scarf

A military jacket is a great transitional outer layer for fall. This one is the perfect neutral shade and is a great everyday jacket!

I hope everyone has a great 3 day holiday weekend! My parents are coming to visit this weekend and I'm so excited to see them!

Happy Friday and Happy Shopping!

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