Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Style with Amethyst & Opal

The #classicallymodest series is truly something that I look froward to working on and it's been a blast to have new shops join in and share their classically modest style with me & you! 

Amethyst & Opal is a shop that I have come across & have truly loved their style. It's, of course, trendy, cute & modest!

This olive embroidered insert dress is a dream. It's lightweight, airy & beautiful. The olive is currently sold out, but the black is available & I think it would be perfect in black, too! 

shoes (on sale)

I'm wearing a medium. It fits great & for helpful sizing... I'm 5'5" and 133 lbs. Hope that helps with your sizing questions!

A few of my other favorites from A&O are the Stonewash Jersey Skirt, Lavender Lace Cut Out Top, & the White Gauze Blouse (which is on SALE!)

Don't mind me telling Kess, "just a second, baby girl!" as she demands that I "Jump! Jump! Jump!" Haha

I hope you are able to find a little something that fits your style from Amethyst & Opal, the owner Kaley is a dream to work with & her customer service is great! Happy Shopping!

Friday, June 24, 2016

#BEtoddler Sensory Beads

This blog series has been swirling around in my mind for a while now, so I just decided to go for it. Over the last year & a half or so, as Kess' fine motor skills have developed, I have been thinking of little activities for her to do. Something she can do while I'm trying to cook dinner, or something quiet for her to do during church... all things to help her learn, grow or expand her find motor skills... or heck, just something to keep her entertained!

Today I'm going to share one of her favorite activities.
In fair warning, it's a messier activity. I grabbed these sensory beads from Amazon a while back & have loved them! They come in teeny tiny bead form.! You only use a teaspoon at a time so they last forever. You add water to the teaspoon of beads and let them soak for a few hours & voila... (tons of) slippery sensory beads. Kess loves to squish these, transfer them from one bowl to the other, run her little fingers through the beads. You name it. Now, they are bouncy little suckers & they most definitely get spilled, so once you're done, be sure to sweep up the beads because they make a bigger mess when you step on them! ;) 

I hope this inspires you to give your kiddos a little quiet play time & I hope you get to shower, cook dinner, clean or whatever the heck you need to get done while they play! Do you have a go to activity to keep your toddler busy? Share it with us! We would love to try it!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Neat Cheeks

I stumbled upon Neat Cheeks over 6 months ago & thought "That's genius!" I ordered a small bag & decided to give it a whirl. For the longest time Kess hated getting her little face cleaned after she ate. I used a damp paper towel & she was just not having it. I started telling her that we needed to make her face kissable. I would scrub her down super fast & ask, "Are you kissable?" She would show me her face, I would do a quick inspection & give her a smooch if she was all clean. 

This little game has continued to this day, but I'll tell you what... it's even easier & more fun now that we use Neat Cheeks. These wipes are stevia infused & they taste great!! I totally tried them myself! ;) The first few times Kess wasn't super happy about her face being wiped down so I wiped her little tongue quick so she could get a taste of the wipe. She looked up & said, "Mmmmm!!!" That also continues to this day! We have tried the "natural flavor" & the "just peach." I love the peach! It's so delicious! It doesn't taste artificial & the stevia is just something that can't be beat. For my local momma's - these are available at the Boise Nordstrom Rack or you can order them online! You can also find a location near you! 

These are a must have for us. We don't use them after ever meal, especially now that Kess is a little tidier eater, but you better believe that we have some in the car, in the diaper bag & some at home! I hope you all take the chance to try these! You won't regret it! Follow on Instagram for deals & promos!

Head on over to Instagram for a fun giveaway, too!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Bucket List 2016

I decided to do a Bucket List with Kess last summer & we loved it! Matt joined in when he could, but while he was working Kess & I tried to cram in all the things we could do together without daddy. We did things like trying new parks, going to the zoo, getting snow cones, etc. We will probably try to do a few of those same things this year, but we added in some new fun stuff that Kess will enjoy now that she is a little older!

2016 Summer Bucket List -

-Go to Roaring Springs
-Go to the zoo
-Make homemade popsicles
-Ride bikes on the Greenbelt
-Go on a Nature Walk
-Go to Babby Farms
-Run through the spinklers (a lot)
-Do more backyard activities
-Play at new parks

What are some of the things that are on your summer bucket list? We want to add to ours! Give me all the details! 

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Black Tux

Have you guys heard about The Black Tux? If you haven't, it's a cryin' shame. This awesome company is "not your traditional online suit & tux company." They offer quality & convenience. A tux or suit shipped right to your door? How handy this would have been for our wedding 6 years ago!!

We decided to infuse in the Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year; Rose Quartz & Serenity. Both colors are beyond beautiful. I wracked my brain for the perfect outfit to match the perfect suit or tux & finally decided on something versatile. Are you guys even surprised? I thought about going all out & getting glamorous & decided that that isn't quite the life I lead... so versatile, comfortable & classy it is. 

This gorgeous dress from Asos stuck in my mind from the first time I saw it. It struck me as sleek, modern, feminine with a classy 80's twist. I couldn't pass it up. 

I paired my Asos dress (a little darker pink in person) with some dark nude heels (similar here) I found at TJMaxx. (Score!)

Depending on the occasion, this dress could be paired with a black heel & darker accessories. Or you could brighten it up and keep it more casual with white heels & a pop of Serenity with a statement necklace.

I chose the Notched Lapel Tuxedo and Peach Linen bow tie for a formal look. It took all my will power to not rent this tux for Matt so I could hire a photographer for a glamorous know, because that's super necessary! ;)

I loved the Tan Suit for a Summer wedding look. This is definitely a more casual look, which fits into our lifestyle. I would pair the suit with the Navy Neck Tie for some contrast.

Head on over to The Black Tux, if you are ever in need of a great deal on a quality tux.