Friday Finds + Faves

Happy Friday, friends! Are you all ready for the long weekend? We don't have too much going on, but we do have a family wedding to attend tomorrow evening. We will be bringing along the kids again (Camden is the ring bearer!), so we will see how long they both last through the ceremony and reception! Although, the last wedding we took them to, they loved that dance floor! 😆 Also, very excited for college football to start tomorrow! We will be watching the first Bucks game at home while we get ready for the wedding, but we definitely will be cheering them on! 

Sorry this post is up later than expected! Life has just been super busy lately and I'm hoping to get on a better routine of posting soon! This week's post will have a lot to do with all of the amazing SALES that are happening this weekend! I will list a few of theme below, but check out my 'Current Sales' tab for more Labor Day sales as I will be adding them as I find them all weekend!

Now on to my Finds and Faves from this past week...


1. This cozy, oversized camo sweatshirt came in the mail earlier in the week and I'm in love! I am digging the lighter, more muted camo colors and the fact that it is over sized and works perfectly with leggings! Perfect for bumming around the house! BONUS - it just so happens to be on major sale for less than $27! 

2. These high waisted, olive green jeggings were the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe! The fit is perfect and they are really comfortable (run true to size). I love that I can mix them with so many different tops and layers! I love the mix of the olive green with this black and white striped top and my denim jacket. All fall staple pieces!

These jeggings are currently on sale for less than $38!


3. This graphic tee says it all... I love the easy outfit of a graphic tee with comfy jeans! Right now all graphic tees from this retailer are 50% off and most are under $10! Linked to a few of my favorites below!




5. Favoreats app - I just downloaded this app this week in hopes it will help me with my weekly meal planning and grocery shopping. Meggan from the Golden Style Book recommended it and I'm so glad she did! I have been feeling really burnt out with cooking and coming up with meal ideas, so this came at the perfect time! It actually will link to your Pinterest account so you can pull in recipes from there and you can also share recipes with friends that download the app too!

4. The first Game Day of the season is tomorrow! I'm super excited for football season to start! I feel like it is always the start of such a fun season of the year and ends with a slew of my favorite holidays!

That's all I got for this short and sweet Friday Finds + Faves! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!

Mother Daughter Day with The Blowout Bar in the Short North

Usually about once a month I like to take my mom out to lunch somewhere nice just as a 'thank you' for helping to watch our boys a few times a week while I work. It's also a great way for us to catch up and actually talk without the boys trying to interrupt us! I've always had such a great relationship with my mom and now that I'm in my 30s and have kids of my own, I feel as though we relate more on a friendship level which is so fun!


If you're new around here, I shared when my mom had to have heart surgery back in February. She was born with a heart murmur and one of her heart valves needed to be replaced. The doctors claimed that this type of surgery is 'routine' these days, but hearing my mom needed to have open heart surgery was probably one of the scariest things I've ever heard. We take these precious people in our lives for granted sometimes and hearing that news stopped me in my tracks and made me realize what is important in life. Luckily, her surgery was successful and she has recovered like a champ! She was healthy otherwise, so I think that really helped with her recovery. Since then, she has started watching the boys again over the past few months (with the help of my dad of course 😊) and is back to feeling like her old spunky self again!

So, I obviously like to spend time with her and make her feel special every now and then! When The Blowout Bar contacted me for this collaboration, I was so excited and knew it would be a great opportunity to bring my mom along with me for some pampering!

Mozart's Cafe in Clintonville

We started our day at Mozart's for brunch per my mom's request. It is one of her favorite places! They have the best brunch menu and also really good pastries and treats! They also had live piano music playing!


The Blowout Bar in the Short North

After our brunch, we headed to The Blowout Bar in the Short North. This location was new (there are locations in Dublin and Grandview) and I was looking forward to going down to the Short North because I hadn't been there for a while! There are so many great little restaurants, bars and shops. The Short North is also know as the 'arts district' and is peppered with art galleries that display artwork from local artists. The first Saturday of every month, the Short North hosts a 'gallery hop' and will open the galleries later at night. A lot of the local shops and boutiques will stay open later as well.


We were treated like queens at The Blowout Bar! The ladies greeted us and offered us something to drink when we arrived and sat us right down for our service. We looked at the 'menu' to pick out our hairstyles. I went with the 'Manhattan' and my mom went with the "Bahama Mama'!


After our shampoos, we each had our hair blown out and curled. They are great at using specific products based on your hair type, color, texture and length. Below are the products that Coco (my stylist) used on my hair...


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I was amazed at how fast they were too! We were in and out in about 30 minutes! I'm definitely going to come again maybe for a date night or girls' night in the future! AND my curls lasted a few more days after as well!

You can also buy gift certificates on their website which would make a perfect gift for any special lady in your life!



(with our stylists, Dakota and Coco!)

Clothe Ohio in the Short North

Now that our hair was looking pretty, we figured we had better go somewhere to show it off! So, we walked around the Short North for a bit and stopped in a few shops including Clothe Ohio which has some really cute Ohio themed clothes!


My outfit: jeans | lace trim cami | thermal cardigan | bow mules | handbag | monogram necklace

Wine on High in the Short North

After that, we stopped into Wine on High and sat at the bar to cool off with an afternoon cocktail! It was the perfect ending to our fun little afternoon!



It was so nice to be able to spend the afternoon with my mama and visit some of my favorite spots around Columbus!

*A special thank you to The Blowout Bar in the Short North for my complimentary blowout in return for this post!

Friday Finds + Faves

Happy Friday, friends! We made it through the week!

I want to start sharing these Friday Finds/Faves posts with you all again. I always feel like I have so much to share and then the week flies by! But, these Friday posts can be just a quick little round up of some things I have loved from the week and also a round up of the outfit posts from my instagram... So, let's get started!

1. Amazon Finds - I got $20 this tunic tee and this $10 blanket scarf on the mail earlier this week and I am loving the combo with leggings! The blanket scarf is actually a triangle shape, which I like so it's not so bulky when I wrap it around my neck. The tunic fits true to size and I'm wearing a small. It has a nice long length that is perfect to wear with leggings! Comes in a ton of colors!

2. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings - These were definitely a splurge and I actually ordered then right before the Nordstrom sale ended when they came back in stock in my size. They are back to full price now ($98), BUT I will say after receiving them and trying them on they are definitely worth the hype! They are true SPANX brand and really suck you in up top! And I love that you can dress them up or down. I'm planning to put together a blog post maybe next month with lots of different ways to style them. These run true to size and I'm wearing a size small. They are a little long for me, but I'm able to pull them up a bit so they don't bunch up too much at the bottom. (I'm also only 5'2" so everything is long on me!)


3. Target backpack: I ordered this backpack handbag after my girl Ja'Net (Running on Clean) raved about it on her instagram stories. I'm so happy I got this bag because it can fit all the things AND double as a diaper bag if needed. Also, it's less than $37!



4. Chilly Mornings: It has been chilly in the mornings this week and it really got me excited for fall weather! I actually wore a cardigan and jeans a few days this week! Of course, it's supposed to get back up in the 80s and possibly 90s next week, so enjoying it while it lasts!


Other random things I loved from this week...

5. Read Scripture app: I recently downloaded this app to help me with studying the bible. I've tried some other bible study apps and this one is my favorite because it actually has videos you watch before each chapter that gives a great visual of the stories. I'm such a visual learner and this has helped me understand the stories of the bible so much better than just reading it alone! Highly recommend!

6. Lindsey's 'LRT Fall' playlist on Spotify: This playlist is giving me all the 'sitting in a cozy coffee shop' vibes. I love this mix of music with all of my favorite bands/artists (think Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Vance Joy, etc). I've been listening to this mix in the morning while I work and sip on my coffee!

7. Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer (sugar free): Speaking of coffee... Call me #basic but, the combo of my freshly brewed coffee and this creamer in the morning just makes me happy!

8. One on One time: I've been loving our new schedule which allows me to have one on one time with my boys every Wednesday. I've been able to switch my work schedule around so that every Wednesday I'm home with one of my boys (the other one goes to my parent's house for the day). I've just been craving more one on one time with both of them, and my parents agreed to this set up so we made it happen! They are both at such fun ages that also require a lot of my undivided attention. Wether we spend the day out and about running around, meeting for a playdate or just hanging out at home, I just love being with them and having that quality time with them. This past Wednesday, I was home with Bennett and we had such a fun day! He was feeling a little under the weather (I think it's allergies!) so we just stayed home most of the day, but were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather in the afternoon. His little smile and laugh just melts my mama heart!



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What have you been loving this week?

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Middle Sister Boutique + A Trader Joe's Cheese Board

Happy Monday, friends! I wanted to give you all a quick recap of the 'sip 'n shop' event I had at our house Friday night. My friend, Jen, started her own online boutique a little over a year ago and since then it has taken off! She recently bought a bus and had it renovated inside to be a fully functioning mobile boutique! She brings the bus to all kinds of local events and you can now schedule the bus to come to your house for a private shopping party! 

I was so excited to have some of my girlfriends over to shop on the the bus and enjoy some wine and appetizers. Shopping at home with a glass of wine and girlfriends?! Is there any better way to shop?!





I got a few new items from her shop including this 'Game Day' over sized tee (also comes in Red)! Perfect for the upcoming football season!



Get your 'Game Day' tee HERE!

She has so many adorable pieces that are very affordable! Here are a few items she has in stock below...




You can shop her online boutique OR schedule your own private boutique bus party if you're local to the Columbus area here --> www.middlesisterboutique.com

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I made a few appetizers for the party, but one of my favorite easy apps to put together is a cheese board. Of course, I got most everything for this cheese board from Trader Joe's


shop some of my favorite cheese boards and knives below:



I love Trader Joe's cheeses and one of my favorites is the Unexpected Cheddar Cheese. This cheese gives a sharp white cheddar flavor that is perfect to pair with white wine and rosé. A few other cheese on this board are the Toscano Cheese with black pepper, and French Brie. I pared the cheeses with some peppered salami, roasted and salted pecans, some Raisin Rosemary Crisps and some of my mother-in-law's homemade peach jam! 

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend! 

PS - This post was not sponsored in anyway! Just wanted to share!

Recent Amazon Finds

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Ok, that picture really makes me realize I need to clean my mirror! Anyways... I have been wanting to post about some of my recent Amazon Finds for a while and I finally found the time to sit down last night and type up a post! Summer has been super busy, so thank you for stopping by this little ol' blog of mine that I've been neglecting!

Sometimes it's just easier to put everything down in a blog post instead of posting it on instagram, or stories or even facebook. (However, if you haven't joined my facebook group yet, you should! It is the easiest way to shop all my outfits and I sometimes post items and sales there that I don't post on my instagram.)

Back to my outfit above... The cardigan I'm wearing is actually from ASOS last fall, but I found this one that is very similar on amazon. I also am loving this tunic top! It is perfect for layering under a cardigan or jacket and is long enough to wear with leggings (It is over sized, but I ordered my true size small and I like the blouse-y/ loose fit). It also comes in a bunch of other colors and a long sleeve version as well. When I purchased this one it was $15.99 prime shipping, but now the white color isn't showing prime shipping. However, some of the other colors are prime eligible. 

My leggings are the high waisted Zella leggings (these run true to size, I have them in small) which were a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. However, it looks like the black color is all sold out. I love my Zella leggings and highly recommend this brand for the quality and thickness (not see through!). However, I found a very similar pair on Amazon for $20 with great reviews!

Last, but not least... How about my new furry slippers! I was in desparate need of new house slippers and I found these on Amazon and immediately pulled the trigger! I'm so happy I did! They run true to size, I got the Small size (6/7) and they fit great!


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Another great Amazon find were these $16 (prime shipping) blush bow mules! They are almost and exact dupe for this pair that I wanted so badly last year! When I found these on Amazon I did not hesitate to add them to my cart! They fit perfectly and run true to size. I ordered my true size 7 and they fit great and are very comfy!

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A few other 'dupe' finds are this crossbody (a dupe for the very expensive chloe bag), and these ankle booties (which are a close match to this pair). Both will be in heavy rotation this fall I'm sure!

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If you are still in summer mode, this $21 palm print kimono is the perfect item to bring along with you to the beach or on vacation! It can be worn as a kimono or even a fun cover up! 

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This navy floral romper was something I found as I was searching for a dress to wear to a wedding. I was skeptical about it at first, but went ahead and ordered my true size and it was perfect! I actually wore this to the rehearsal dinner instead of the wedding. I will say it was a little sheer, but we were out at night and it you can't actually see through it when you have it on. 

Here are a few other items I currently have in my Amazon cart... I'm serious when I say that my entire fall wardrobe may be all Amazon! 



To view all my favorite items from Amazon, visit my Amazon Finds tab! 

Happy (Prime) shopping!