Monday, August 31, 2015

Lilly For Target Jumpsuit

I'm loving rompers and jumpsuits these days, and this Lilly Pulitzer for Target number is one of my favorites. It won't be in season for much longer (like, at all), so I'm squeezing the most out of it that I possibly can! I love navy, and this jumpsuit is so versatile. It can be dressed up like I did here with strappy heels, and it can also be a great casual look for day with sandals. Plus, it's SOOO comfy!

Green clutch options here and here / Shoes / Necklace

Of course you know the Lilly Pulitzer for Target items are long gone, but I found a few I really like that are linked below.  

1. / 2. / 3.

One more pic, just because it's pretty. :)

xo, Summer

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Some of My Favorite Gluten Free Products

I'm relatively new to the gluten free thing. It's been about 4 months I think since I figured out through process of elimination that I have a pretty strong gluten sensitivity. I won't lie and tell you it's been an easy road so far. There are highs and lows. I'm such a carbs girl, that not getting to have bread whenever I feel like it is tough. I have a pretty busy life, and there are many times we have to eat on the go. That has proven to be the biggest hurdle to overcome. Health wise, feeling so much better makes it worth the sacrifice for sure, but that doesn't mean I don't want to eat a freaking donut every now and then, know what I mean? If someone could just come up with a gluten free clone of Krispy Kreme I would love them forever. 

Anyway, even though I've been living gluten free for several months, I haven't experimented that much with a lot of homemade recipes. I'm more of a semi-homemade girl. I have discovered some really amazing items out there that I probably couldn't live without, so I put together a few of my favorite gluten free products for you. You can link to these brands under the photo. Also, FYI, I am in no way compensated for these suggestions. They're just some of the staples I've come to rely on. :)

If you haven't tried any of these, I highly recommend each and every one of them. The immaculate fudge brownie cookie dough is TO DIE FOR. and I eat the Thai Kitchen soup several days a week for lunch. So yummy. The Udi's granola goes great with Greek yogurt for breakfast. I've tried several different pasta brands, and Ronzoni is definitely my favorite. 

There's a ton of other stuff out there I still want to try, and I'm determined to try to make my own gluten free bread and baked goods from scratch. What are some of your favorite GF items? I'd love recommendations!

xo, Summer

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

White Jeans and Gold Pineapples

I get such pleasure from being able to buy clothes from the little girls' section sometimes. I love it when there's something super cute that fits, because it's also so much cheaper than shopping in the women's section! My daughter can't stand it of course, because she's now at the age where if our outfits are even remotely similar, much less matching, she's appalled. This pineapple tank top from Target was just too cute to pass up, so I snagged one for each of us. Pineapples were so big this season, and I loved the gold print with the gray tank, and everything goes with white skinnies, right? Since summer's almost over, this particular top isn't available anymore, but I linked you to a couple of other cute alternatives below. 

Pineapple Tank - options here and here / White Jeans - similar / Clutch -option here / Sandals / Earrings / Necklace and Beaded Bracelet / Lipstick

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Wish List - Back to School for Grown-Ups!

The back-to-school grind can be so overwhelming! New clothes, shoes, and school supplies for the kids, getting back into a normal routine with earlier bedtimes, trying to manage hectic schedules. But I look at this time of year as a new beginning, and I love kind of "starting over", and getting organized. Back-to-school shopping doesn't have to be just for kids! For me, I love organizing my desk area, which means new supplies, and I'm a sucker for planners and notebooks! I put together some items that are on my list to help streamline our routine. Many of these are from Target (surprised?) - Nate Berkus has a super cute collection. And of course there's a fair amount of Kate Spade thrown in if we're talking planners.

xo, Summer

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Have You Joined Fabletics Yet?

One of the main goals of this blog is to show how you can live a fashionable and healthy lifestyle on a budget. It's no secret that I love a good deal, and and hate paying full price for things. So one of my saving graces is Fabletics. I've posted about it before here. I love love love the clothes, and the prices are absolutely amazing. The best part is, there is no commitment. Each month you have the choice of ordering something super cute for a great price, or skipping the month. If you don't make a choice your card gets charged, but you can then use that credit towards a future purchase. 

Finding the motivation to work out can be hard, but for me, if I look cute it's way easier to get myself to the gym. That's why stylish work out clothes are a must-have, and they can't be crazy expensive. Which is why I'm totally obsessed with Fabletics. Plus, everything fits really well, and is great quality.

This is one of my most recent outfits, called Diamond Valley. All three pieces were included, and these are becoming my absolute favorite pants to sweat in. I tend to stick to black and gray, so the cutouts add a fun accent. So cute!

xo, Summer

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Will School Just Hurry Up and Start Already?

It's that time of year. I'm seeing all kinds of back to school photos and posts on facebook of everyone's adorable kiddos in their brand new back to school clothes and over sized backpacks, and their teary eyed mommas.  Our school still doesn't start for another couple of weeks. I'm not going to lie, I am SOOO ready! Do I love having my little girl by my side all day every day? Absolutely! I cherish this time together so much. And I will probably cry like every other mom when she starts fourth grade, but then I will celebrate! Because y'all, mommy needs a break!

I can probably count on my fingers the hours I have spent child free this summer. That's not a lot. And like I said, I've loved every minute of this time, but we seriously need to be back in a routine. The freedom that comes with summer break is great at first, but it can't go on forever. I'm so ready for schedules and books and structure. And some mommy time. If you can't relate to this sentiment, well, I don't believe you.  

The early days of summer are so blissful. You have so many things planned, so many "memories" to create with your kids that you found on Pinterest (thanks, Pinterest, for setting such unrealistic goals). We're going to swim, have tons of play dates, fun arts and crafts, complete the summer stay sharp packet of school work in a timely manner, read lots of books, plus a laundry list of other activities around town. Guess what? That lasted about two weeks. Once that list is done, what's left? Oh, by the way, that school work packet isn't even close to being done. Total procrastination. 

How have we gone from one extreme to another in the course of a few weeks? The first half of the summer is full of activity, and any spare moments where nothing is planned all I hear is "What are we doing next?" and "I'm bored! Let's go somewhere!". It is totally wonderful, and exhausting, and all I really wanted to do was relax and stay home (in the AC, Vegas is hot y'all), but I pressed on, wanting to provide the perfect summer for my kid. 

Something happens around the end of July, beginning of August, where now the tables have turned, and all of a sudden Mason wants to do absolutely NOTHING. Like, she doesn't even want to change out of her pajamas. Minecraft and YouTube videos fill her day, and I'm not even ashamed of it. Some days we both sleep until 8am! Some days we don't eat breakfast until 10! Some days I even let her stay in her jammies all day. Why not? It's summer! Don't judge.

But while this was kind of cool for a week, for me the novelty has more than worn off. Mommy needs a reason and purpose for getting out of bed each day. I need a goal, some reason to put on makeup and brush my teeth. 

Here's the deal. I just want a few minutes of complete peace and quiet every day. I would love to be able to go to the gym (haven't gone all summer). I would LOVE if my house stayed clean for more than an hour. How does one adorable child produce such a mess? It's like because it's summer and school's out she's forgotten how to do anything for herself. Empty milk glasses all over the house. Have a wrapper from that piece of candy? Just drop it on the floor-mom will get it. Can't find your shoes? Probably because they're on the living room floor with all your other pairs. Know how I know that? Because I tripped over them this morning. And last night. And the day before that. "Mom, can you hand me my water?", she says as she sits on the couch, apparently just too comfortable to reach over to the coffee table and get it herself. She has also forgotten how to get herself anything to eat or drink, make her bed, flush the toilet, and showering seems to be getting harder and harder to remember. And I swear, those headphones are going to mysteriously disappear one of these days. Of course I love repeating myself five times to try to get her attention.

Is this all her fault? Nope. It's totally mine. I own it. 11 months out of the year I am a great mom. But August? Well, hopefully it will be over quickly. School cannot start fast enough!

I will revisit this post in two weeks time, when I'm dropping her off for her fist day of fourth grade. Fourth grade! How did she grow up so fast? Can time please stand still for a while? Before I know it  she'll be off to college! So for now I'll enjoy these last lazy days of summer, spend a little more time with her at bedtime, and cherish every second. And just maybe make her finish that schoolwork, even though we're out of milk and the house is a wreck. Because when the first day of school does come I'll be crying just like all the other mommas.

xo, Summer

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Matching My Little in Lilly Pulitzer for Target


It's not quite fall yet you guys! Even though I'm SOOOO ready for cooler temps, I'm trying to squeeze in all the last minute "summery" outfits I can. Which means lots of color, lots of floral, and lots of Lilly Pulitzer.Mason and I both love our green Lilly for Target jumpsuits, and shorts with lace tops! It's especially fun when we match, although she would beg to differ. Apparently nine years old is the official age in which you are embarrassed by your parents. Oh well, we had a good run! 


As y'all know, these Lilly for Target pieces did not last long, but I'll link to some other items I love at the bottom of the post!

The link to these exact shoes is below, along with some other fun options similar to what I'm wearing in these photos. 

1. / 2. / 3./ 4. / 5. 

xo, Summer

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Few Random Thoughts This Thursday

I haven't posted in a few days, though I have a couple of things I'm working on. These are just a few things that have distracted me today, none of which are worth an entire blog post, but here ya go!

A few weeks ago I chopped and donated a lot of hair. Like, a LOT. Once you start cutting, apparently you can't stop, because a couple of days ago I went and chopped off even more. Still getting used to this short hair thing. Also, please disregard these terrible pictures of myself (really not cute), and my little one's creepy hand photo bomb. 

Last night was the annual open house at the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre. This year the company had a sale on lots of old costumes from previous stage productions. Everything was so gorgeous, and handmade, and it was so cool just to get to look at everything. Mason picked this gem out for her Halloween costume this year. This particular piece was worn in Nevada Ballet Theatre's production of Cinderella. It's so fabulous. Mason and I can both fit into it,which is way exciting, and traumatizing at the same time. 

Because it's #ThrowbackThursday, check out these two from a wedding around 6 years ago. How adorable are they? Love them! #tbt

Happy #NationalLemonadeDay! I am totally addicted to this sparkling pink lemonade from Trader Joe's. It's so yummy, and how cute is the bottle? This also comes in lemonade and limeade flavors. 

Have y'all tried these Lays West Coast Truffle Fries chips? I can't decide how I feel about them, so I just keep eating, apparently thinking the answer will come to me. They seem to be gluten free, but flavor wise I just don't know if I love them or hate them. Hasn't stopped me from almost finishing this entire bag though. Guess it's true you can't eat just one. 

xo, Summer

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