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2 Casual Valentine's Day Outfits

So, I totally contemplated not publishing this post bc a) you can totally tell I'm using a remote with my camera (I had a shoot scheduled this day, but my friend and photographer had to cancel last I DIY'd them!) and b) my hair was a mess in the bottom photos bc it was so windy! BUT, my love for outfit and style sharing far surpasses my pride so what the heck!

I wanted to share a few casual outfit options for Valentine's Day. Bill and I don't have anything fancy planned for Valentine's Day and we usually don't go over the top with celebrating. We typically just have dinner at home, maybe exchange small gifts. If I'm lucky he might bring me home some fresh flowers 😉

Instead of going with the traditional red and pink outfits for V-day, I decided to put together a few neutral looks that are easy everyday outfits with some fun and festive accessories. This v-neck sweater has been one of my favorite purchases from last winter. I wear it so often and it was definitely worth the price! It's so soft and light weight! AND long enough to wear with leggings!

I'm wearing these jeans that I actually distressed myself, but this pair is almost an identical match if you don't feel like distressing them yourself. You can't tell in the photos, but I'm wearing these faux suede nude pumps that were a recent Target purchase (you guys know I love my Target shoes!), which I think helps to 'dress up' this outfit. 

My favorite part about both of these outfits are my fun accessories! I picked up these pink tassel earrings (that are currently on sale for $11!) while at Target recently (go figure) and I love how lightweight they are! I also snagged these cute heart sunglasses (currently $10!) from a recent trip to Old Navy with V-day on my mind! 

This outfit would be an easy one to take from daytime/casual work wear to date night! This blouse is on sale now and I snagged it as soon as I saw it online (also comes in a few other colors)! I love the belled sleeves and relaxed fit of this blouse. 

blouse | high waisted skinny jeans (these are seriously the best!) | riding boots | leopard clutch | pink tassel earrings | heart sunnies | monogram necklace

Don't mind my crazy wind blown hair in those last few photos! Oh, what we endure to take an outfit photo! 😂

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Do you like to get fancy and dress up or go casual? Share with me in the comments below!

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Friday Finds | Vol. 4

distressed jeans | $17 raw hem v-neck tee | similar cardigan | similar booties | similar beanie

1. These $17 Raw Edge V-Neck tees are back in stock with new colors for spring! I am loving the bright pink and the green jasper color. These tees are sooo soft and just easy to wear and layer. I bought the pale pink one last summer and wore it so much! I may have to bring it out again for Valentine's Day!

2. These pink joggers have got to be my favorite purchase recently! I seriously have been wearing them constantly when I'm home! I sized up to a medium (usually a small at Old Navy) for a comfy fit!

3. I received my $35 Vince Camuto Dupes in the mail yesterday and they are so comfortable! I am so picky with shoes (and they only go on my feet... what movie? anyone?!) and these are so good for the price! I'm sure I will be wearing them a ton once the weather warms up!

4. I recently picked up this L'Oreal Anti-Redness BB cream (thanks to the recommendation from Katie and Ashlee) and holy moly! It is awesome! It's crazy because it actually comes out green, but once you rub it into your skin it transforms into a 'universal shade' to help reduce the look of redness to your skin. I naturally have a reddish tone to my skin and it gets even worse during the winter months when my skin is dry. This BB cream really helps improve the overall tone and complexion of my face!

That's all I have for this Friday Finds! What have you been loving this week?

Make sure to watch my instagram stories today because I will be sharing some of my favorite IG accounts and bloggers with you all for Follow Friday!

PS - Have you entered in the JORD watch giveaway? The giveaway ends Feb. 4th!

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Save v. Splurge | Spring Shoes

I know what you are thinking... 'Lindsay, there's still snow on the ground... how can you be thinking about spring?' First, I feel like every year these cute new spring styles sell out of sizes so quickly! And second, I really just want something to help bring me out of my winter funk... So, let's look at some pretty shoes, shall we? I'm all about the designer dupes when it comes to trendy shoe styles. I'm not about to drop 3 figures on a pair of trendy slides or mules if I feel like they will only be on trend for a year or 2. Target is one place that I always look to for cheap budget friendly versions of the trendy shoe styles of today. I actually just purchased this pair the moment I saw them online! I was lusting after this pair last summer (and even pulled the trigger on a pair during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, only for them to go on back order. So, I ended up canceling my order) and was so bummed when I didn't get them. Moral of the story, now is the time to snag those cute shoes for spring!

Affiliate Links: block heel black sandals (save option | splurge option)
nude patent pumps (save option | splurge option)
pointed toe black flats (save option | splurge option)
pointed toe neutral flats (save option - these are in my shopping cart right now! | splurge option)
black loafer mule (save option | splurge option!)
ankle booties (save option | splurge option)
peep toe, block heel booties (save option - just ordered these! | splurge option)

A shoe for all occasions! And kept it pretty neutral with the black and nude tones. All of these styles seem to be on trend for spring but I have my eye on those pointed toe loafers for my next purchase!

Which style is your favorite? Do you save or splurge on shoes?

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A Unique Valentine's Day Gift for Him with JORD

Raise your hand if you struggle with finding the perfect gift for your man (this is me raising my own hand). Men can be so difficult to buy for, especially those that seem to feel like they don't need anything. Bill has always been a lover of watches. He likes having different styles of watches on hand for all occasions. So, when JORD watches reached out to me for this collaboration, a light bulb went off in my head! What a perfect, thoughtful, timeless idea for a gift!

JORD wood watches are hand crafted and have such a unique look and design. Bill didn't have anything like this in his watch collection, so I thought it would be the perfect gift. When his new JORD watch arrived in the mail, it was packaged in a beautiful wood carved box. It is so nice that he can protect and keep his watch in this box when he's not wearing it. 

The style I selected for Bill was the 'Frankie' series in Koa & Ash. The warm tones of the dark wood and large grey face compliments Bill's sense of style. It would be the perfect watch to wear everyday or to throw on with jeans and a tee shirt on the weekends. Bill loves that the watch itself is so lightweight and easy to take on and off. Did you also know that JORD offers a variety of women's watches? A great gift idea for the ladies as well! Hint hint to any of you men that read my blog!

If you are looking for a unique gift idea for Valentine's Day for any man in your life, JORD offers so many styles and designs of wood watches to choose from.

If a JORD watch is something you would love to give as a gift (or gift to yourself) this Valentine's Day, you are in luck! Right now JORD is hosting an amazing GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a $100 Coupon Code to go towards your online purchase of a JORD watch! All other entrants receive a 10% off Coupon Code! 
*Giveaway ends on Feb 4th, 2018 and the $100 and 10% off Coupon Codes will expire February 11th.

To enter the giveaway, click on THIS LINK, fill out the required entries and hit submit! Good luck!

*Thank you to JORD watches for this collaboration! I did receive a complimentary watch in exchange for writing this post. As always, all opinions are mine and 100% honest!

Friday Finds | Vol. 3

TGIF friends! What a week! We have been dumped on by snow here in Columbus and a lot of schools have been canceled, delayed, etc. Luckily the roads haven't been too bad because the salt trucks and plows have been out and were prepared for the weather. However, this weather just makes me want to hibernate in my warm, cozy home! 

I was able to get out of the house a few times and, of course, found myself at Target (go figure!). If you caught my instastories a few days ago, you know that I picked up a few new fun things that have me excited for Valentine's Day. I'm definitely on a 'blush pink' kick lately!

If you didn't catch my IG stories, I'll just give you a run down of a few things I found below:

1. This mug is just too cute for words! What can I say? I'm a sucker for a cute coffee mug! 

2. Also, with V-day in mind, I picked up this cute gold 'LOVE' banner that I plan to use for decorating our mantel. Just working on finding a few more 'filler' pieces to complete the mantel decor. I'll post the final product when it's finished!

3. This candle first caught my eye on the shelf with it's pretty pink container, but then I was sold on it when I smelled it's scent! It has a light, fresh, floral scent (not overwhelming at all) with a hint of vanilla and has me dreaming of Spring!

4. I have been loving the Essie gel couture polishes and am currently wearing the color 'pre-show jitters'. It is the perfect shade of white/blush! I love that it's not too stark white and has blush undertones. 

5. You guys know I love these NYX butter glosses and I just got the 'vanilla cream pie' shade. It is the perfect everyday pink/nude color! 

A few other random finds from this week are these Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Unleashed on the go cups! I got a few to try for breakfast and they are so GOOD! You just add water, mix and microwave! It is like a pancake in a cup. I added a little sugar free syrup on top!

Also, I've been using my $26 activity tracker I mentioned in my last FF this week and I am loving it! It is so light weight and easy to sync with the app on my phone (which is free!). It tracks my daily steps, calories burned and miles walked. It also can track sleep, but I don't use it for that. If you guys are looking for something similar, I highly recommend this one!

*Side note: I added a few new tabs at the top of the blog which are my 'Recent Purchases' and 'Lindsay's Favorites', which includes all my favorite products from makeup/beauty to baby/toddler and all other random things I'm loving! Make sure to check them out!

That's all I have for this week's Friday Finds!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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Wish List Wednesday | Cozy Vibes

These snowy days have me wanting alllll the cozy things! When I'm home all I want to wear right now are joggers, or leggings, comfy tops and slippers! All of these are currently on my wish list for January. 

This circle cardigan is a bit of a splurge, but this brand is so popular in the blogging world and people swear by how cozy and soft they are. 

This hooded robe is something I could totally see myself wearing around the house! And it's on sale for only $35! 

I am a loyal fan of all things Zella and this sweater is currently in my shopping cart waiting for me to pull the trigger. With the thumb holes and longer length of this top (to wear with these leggings) I have a feeling I'd be living in it! 

These pink joggers are just too cute to pass up! And everyone needs a pair of black, comfy lounge pants and this pair looks super soft and cozy!

Of course you can't forget the perfect beanie and cozy socks to keep your head and feet warm!

What's on your wish list this month?

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Currently | January Edition

Oh January... You are not my favorite month of the year. BUT, we've been enjoying the hibernation the month has provided. Camden and Bill did get out and play in the snow a bit, but other than that we've been hanging around the house in our PJs when we aren't working or the kids are at school. It's given me a lot of time to think about and start scheming different house projects I want to tackle for the year. I'm really hoping to start organizing and purging a lot of areas in our house over the next few months. Now, I just need to find the motivation/energy to get started!

I always love reading these 'currently' posts from other bloggers and it's a great way to just recap and share what I/we have been up to this month. I hope you enjoy this type of post too! I'd like to keep it as a monthly staple.

Currently I am...

Wearing... These high waisted leggings, these hunter boots with the sock inserts and this monogramed quilted pullover. Like, all 3 are on heavy rotation recently because #winter. 

Watching... I'm embarrassed to say that I've been enthralled with Relationshep on Bravo (season finale is tonight!) I've always been a big fan of the show Southern Charm mostly because of my obsession with the city of Charleston... What's worse is I haven't even started watching the new Bachelor season yet! I'm also SO happy This is Us is back on! I am thinking of starting a new Netflix series though and on my list is The Crown and Stranger Things... any others you guys recommend? I've also found myself just watching instastories at night to unwind haha! I just hit the 'watch all' button on top and I will literally just lie in my bed at the end of the day and watch them for a good hour. I love catching up with all my bloggers and friends that way!

Listening to... Justin Timberlake's new song "Filthy!' Are you guys a fan of his new song? It kind of has been growing on me and now I love it!

Reading... Ummm... do blogs count? I need work on reading some books this year! I see so many great recommendations from friends and bloggers that my list is pretty long! 

Eating... Healthy-ish? Trying to at least. I've been all about the slow cooker meals recently and I made this slow cooker chicken, broccoli and rice casserole last week and it was pretty good! Next up on my list is this slow cooker sesame chicken and this slow cooker lemon garlic chicken. I'm also working on meal prepping for the week to make things easier and I'm hoping to share a blog post on my process soon!

Enjoying... This slow time of the year. As much as I despise the winter season, I do love that it allows us to just hang out in our PJs with the boys on the weekends! 

Loving... How my boys are really starting to wrestle and play with each other. I still have to play referee for the most part to make sure they don't poke each other's eyes out, but it is so cute the way they roll around together and giggle! Also loving how much of a mama's boy Bennett has been! He's currently cutting the sharp teeth on the bottom (I believe they are called Canine teeth?) and he's been super whiney and clingy, but I love the cuddles I get! 

Wishing... I could find more motivation to work out. I've been going to a core strength training class at our local gym a few times a week and I love the way I feel when I go! It's just finding the motivation to get to the gym that is the hardest part! But, I am determined to have some sort of ab definition back (haven't had any since having kids) by summer time!

Looking forward to... Completing the list of house organizing and decorating tasks I have on my to do list! Also looking forward to sharing the progress on the blog! I also have a few fun brand/product collaboration posts in the works for the next few weeks that I'm excited to share with you all as well! Stay tuned!

How is your January going?

Friday Finds | Vol. 2

(vest - ON SALE 40% off! | v-neck sweater | distressed jeans (only $64) | similar sperry boots on sale! | monogram necklace)

Is it just me or is anyone else finding it so difficult to find the energy/motivation to get going on their diets/working out/organizing everything goals for the new year? Blame it on the snow and cold temps, my kids not sleeping well at night, and just overall winter blahs, but I'm already over this month and ready for February! We are going out for Bill's birthday this weekend, so I've had that to look forward to. Sorry to be a Debbie downer on here, but just trying to keep it real with you guys! 

I do want to share a few things I've found from this past week that have lifted my spirits and hope they lift yours as well!

1. J.Crew Factory is having a major sale currently with 40% off everything site wide + an extra 50% off all clearance! So many cute sweaters on sale including this sweet little tie bell sleeve one and this open front marbled cotton cardigan.

2. Is it lame that new kitchen towels make me happy? I've been meaning to update our old ones and get some fresh new ones, so I picked up a few of these and this cute one from Target!

3. Did you guys catch Caitlin's post on how she organizes her fridge?! Talk about fridge goals! I now have added this stackable wine tray and this can holder to my shopping cart because I feel like they would help with our fridge storage so much!

4. Recently I requested via IG stories for suggestions on purple shampoos for blondes. I got so many great recommendations! I wanted to make sure to share them on here before I forget. Natalie (East Coast Chic) suggested this one that has great reviews. Karly (Miss in the Midwest) suggested and says she uses this one, but also said she's heard great things about the Unite and the Paul Mitchell one. Marina (not a blogger, but is a Stella & Dot rep on IG @marina04118) recommended this Kevin Murphy one. My good friend and hairstylist recommended this one. I also saw that Laura (from Reese & Rowe) uses this one that seems to be a bit more budget friendly than most! I'm going to try out that last one first and will report back!

5. While searching for a cheaper more budget friendly version of a fitbit on Amazon, I cam across this fitness tracker. I really only want one to track steps and calories burned throughout the day, so I don't really need all the bells and whistles of a fitbit or a more expensive one. This one doesn't track heart rate, but that's the only major difference I see? I ordered it and hopefully will receive it this weekend! I will report back on how it works!

That's all I got for this week's Friday Finds!
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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Faves Under $50 | Vol. 1

Happy Tuesday, friends! By IG stories vote, this post won over 'winter essentials' ... However, I still have a winter essentials post in the works, so stay tuned for that one! This year one of my main goals is to focus more on our household monthly budget. One of the areas that I need a little (ok, a lot of) help with is my shopping habit budget. I want to be able to continue shopping for myself, but I'm making sure the items I buy are under a certain dollar amount AND are high quality pieces. I still believe less is more and quality over quantity. But, you can never have too many cute tops to chose from... Am I right? 😉   I've seen a few other bloggers share these 'faves under $50' posts and I decided to jump on the band wagon!

Here are some of my current favorite style pieces under $50...

one || two || three || four || five || six || seven

All of these are currently on my wish list (and most are on sale!), but a few stand outs are this tie neck sweater (how cute?!), these tassel earrings in the prettiest pink shade, and this pretty pink tunnel neck tunic. I know I always rave about my high waist zella leggings, but I've actually heard great things about these high waist leggings that are a fraction of the cost! I have this leopard clutch, but I love this one because it folds over and looks easier to carry. And I'm in need of a new pair of slippers and this pair looks so cozy!

Which one is your favorite?

I hope you all are having a great week so far! Happy shopping!

Friday Finds | Vol. 1

Hey, friends! Happy Friday! The first one of 2018! This week flew by since it was only a 4 day work week. I'm slowly getting into a routine with working more during the day and having the boys out of the house on work days has been huge!

If you don't know, Bennett started daycare this week (he will go 3 days a week, just like Cam) and it has been a little bit of a tough transition for both of us. Actually, I think I cried more than Bennett did the first day we dropped him off 😭. But, I know eventually he will grow to love 'school' just like his older brother and I know he will learn so much there! We love our daycare and the ladies there are the best!

Besides that, we are all just trying our best to stay warm because it is freezing cold here in Ohio and there is still snow on the ground. I loved seeing all my Charleston bloggers' posts of all the snow they got there! So crazy! 

Anyways, I wanted to start the year off with my first Friday Finds post today! I really like sharing these posts with different things I've found that are good deals, or just great finds in general with you all and you guys seem to enjoy these posts as well!

So, here we go....

1. This MarleyLilly pull over is still on sale for less than $40 (originally $60)! I've posted about it a few times on instagram, but I don't think I've mentioned it on the blog yet. I got one for Christmas and I seriously wear it all the time! It is long enough to wear with leggings and has elbow patches! I sized up to a medium for a loser fit so I could wear it over t shirts, or layers.

2. I also got this Black + Decker hand vacuum for Christmas and I have been using it everyday! It is so perfect for quick clean ups around the house or even just picking up all the little dust bunnies in the corners (because hashtag wood floors).

3. It has been so bitterly cold recently that all I want to wear are cozy sweaters and cardigans! Even though the Nordstrom half yearly sale is over, there are still so many cute sweaters and cardigans marked down. I have my eye on this cozy cardigan and this adorable off the shoulder sweater!

4. I've started to gather some simple, healthy meal recipes on Pinterest in the hopes I can get my meal planning act together this year. I'm all about crock pot, sheet pan, one pot recipes to make the cooking and cleaning process easier! If you have any good ones, send them my way or leave the link in the comments below!

5. It's only the first week of January and I'm already looking forward to Valentine's Day! Have you all seen the new line of V-day decorations at Target?! Ughhh... give me all the pretty pink and red things!

That's all I got for this week! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

How to Reach Your Goals in 2018

We've had somewhat of a slow start to our 2018 so far. We've been working on putting away the Christmas decorations and cleaning out the cabinets of all junk food, Christmas cookies, etc. The last few months, I've felt like were so gluttonous! I'm ready to cleanse myself of all the over eating, drinking, spending, etc. 

I don't really love to make resolutions, because who really keeps them? I do, however, love goal setting. But, a goal for a year seems so far fetched. I tend to reach my goals if they are more attainable and actually reachable so they don't seem so overwhelming. So, I'm going to start small... make baby steps and pat myself on the back when they are reached! 

I have decided that the word for this month of January will be 'CLEANSE'... I want to work on cleaning, purging and organizing our house. Before I make any purchases and bring more 'stuff' into our home I want to simplify and rid our home of things we do not need, use, etc. 

Same goes for my diet! I am feeling extra bloated after these past few months of birthdays, our anniversary, thanksgiving and Christmas over eating, sweets, drinking, etc. So, for this month I want to work on cleansing my diet. But, I'm not going to go cold turkey 'Whole 30' because I'm afraid my body would go into shock! I decided to cut out 3 major things in my diet that have been present over the last 2 months... 1) sweets/refined sugar, 2) diet coke (any soda for that matter, but that is always my preference), 3) alcohol aka wine (I may have a glass or 2 for Bill's birthday this month... but that is it!)

Over the past few days, I've stuck to my mini goals of 'restricting' my diet and I've also started to clean out my closet AND have completed putting away all our Christmas decor. I gave myself a little pat on the back for achieving these goals. These small tasks (as minuscule as they seem) are small steps toward a larger goal of mine for the year.

The best way to work towards achieving your long term goals, is to set smaller attainable goals in the short term. These goals also need to be measurable and it's always important to stick to a deadline. So, if you set a small goal for the day, mark it off when it's finished. If you do not accomplish your task for the day, add it to your list for tomorrow.

In my planner, I usually write down my top 3 tasks for the day. These are the tasks I need to complete to work towards my larger goals. I make sure that these tasks are completed before any other tasks to to do lists are completed. Obviously, there are other priorities in my day like taking care of my kids, working, etc. These tasks are meant to be completed around the top priorities of my day (ie. meal prep while the boys are sleeping, or finish my work project before I start to work on cleaning out our hall closet). Most of the time I will actually set a time during the day of when I will work on and complete these tasks. Having a planner that maps our your day by the hour is key! I also love using these daily to-do list notepad sheets to help me write down everything I need to do for the day.

So here's a little cheat sheet on how I work towards accomplishing my goals:

1. Set an attainable goal for the year, write it down on paper (example: lose 10 lbs).

2. What little tasks/goals can you set for yourself each month to help acheive this goal? (example: meal plan and prep once a week, go to the gym/workout at least 10 times)

3. What small tasks can you do weekly to help achieve your monthly goals? (ex. meal plan for the week on Saturdays, grocery shop on Sundays, meal prep on Sundays or Mondays. Make a schedule for working out at least 3 times each week, write it in your planner)

4. What small tasks can you complete each day to help you reach your weekly goals? (ex. stick to prepared meals and snacks, drink 8 glasses of water per day, go to the gym/workout).

When you break down your goals into daily tasks that don't seem so overwhelming, they are much easier to accomplish. Once you've accomplished your small tasks for the day, give your self a pat on the back and remember that you are working toward a larger goal that will slowly seem more attainable over time.

Have you set goals for 2018? What are some tips/tricks you have to help achieve them?