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Red Twist Back Top + Memorial Day Outfit Ideas







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Memorial Day is THIS weekend! Can you believe May has already basically come and gone? I find it crazy how quickly seasons seem to pass by now that I have kids. It can be pretty bittersweet, but I'm excited to summer to be here and have every plan to soak it up to the absolute fullest!

Now, about this top...SWOON! I think I might have to snag it in all the other available colors because I just can't get enough! It's such a staple summer piece with a fun twist (pun intended!) in the back. It was hard to decide on one color, but this classic red is one of my favorite summer shades, especially with crisp whites and natural accessories.






Since Memorial Day is basically the official kick-off of summer, I'm sharing a few patriotic summer outfits below that you can rock all season long, including for Fourth of July! I think my top 3 holidays are Christmas, Easter, and Fourth of July. There's just something so fun about spending the day celebrating our freedom and loving our country, all while digging into delicious BBQ and ending the night with a gorgeous fireworks display under the stars. Memorial Day is less exciting, but just as important; remembering those who made it possible to celebrate all of our favorite holidays in freedom. America really is the greatest country!






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So how do you celebrate Memorial Day? Our church usually holds a community prayer meeting and then we usually fire up the grill with family! I have quite a few military family members so we always enjoy a chance to thank and celebrate them while spending time together!



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50 FREE & Cheap Things to Do This Spring & Summer


Now that spring is finally upon us, and we've hopefully finished up all that spring cleaning, it's time to enjoy all of that fresh air! Soak up that sunshine and get inspired by these 50 FREE & Cheap Things to Do This Spring & Summer:

TAKE A FAMILY WALK OR HIKE

PICNIC AT THE PARK

PLANT SOMETHING OUTSIDE

RELAX OUTSIDE WITH MUSIC + A GLASS OF SWEET TEA

SKIP ROCKS AT A POND

FEED THE DUCKS, TOO

GO FOR A BIKE RIDE

TAKE YOUR DOGS TO A DOG PARK

VISIT THE FARMERS MARKET

OPEN THE WINDOWS WHILE YOU CLEAN THE HOUSE


TRY A NEW RECIPE ON THE GRILL

CATCH THE SUNSET OR SUNRISE

WINDOW SHOP AT SMALL SHOPS

WORKOUT OR DO YOGA OUTSIDE

EXPLORE YOUR HOMETOWN

ENJOY AN OUTDOOR CONCERT

TAKE A DRIVE WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN

PLAY BASEBALL IN THE YARD

BAKE SOMETHING NEW

PLAY IN THE RAIN


ATTEND THE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

SET OFF FIREWORKS

VISIT THE ZOO

HAVE A WATERBALLOON FIGHT

ROAST MARSHMALLOWS

RUN THROUGH A SPRINKLER

GO TO A BASEBALL GAME

MAKE YOUR OWN POPSICLES

EXPLORE YOUR HISTORIC DISTRICT

BROWSE SOME OPEN HOUSES


HOST A BBQ

GO FISHING AT A LOCAL POND/LAKE

PICK FRUIT AT YOUR LOCAL ORCHARD

MAKE HOMEMADE LEMONADE

CATCH FIREFLIES

LAY OUT A BLANKET AND LOOK AT THE CLOUDS OR STARS

BLOW DANDELION SEEDS (AND MAKE A WISH!)

HAVE A FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

HOST AN ICE CREAM PARTY WITH A TOPPINGS BAR

TRY OUT A NEW FOOD TRUCK


START A PINTEREST PROJECT YOU'VE BEEN SITTING ON

PLAY IN THE CREEK

ATTEND A MOVIE IN THE PARK

HAVE A GAME NIGHT

WASH THE CARS IN THE DRIVEWAY

GO TO THE FAIR

CHECK OUT A CRAFT SHOW

MAKE ROOT BEER FLOATS

BLAST SOME OLDIES AND DANCE ALONG!

CAMP OUT IN THE BACKYARD

As I was making this list, it occurred to me that one of the things I most look forward to in the spring is the ability to leave my windows open! Something about the natural light with a warm breeze rolling in, fresh air filling the house, especially while I'm baking or cleaning, is so relaxing and immediately puts me in a good mood! I love to have calm music on in the background, too (some of my go-to's are Big Band/Swing like Glenn Miller and Indie Folk like Fleet Foxes)!

As we edge towards summer, too, I keep thinking about all the fun we can have with the kids outdoors! From the zoo to the sprinkler in the yard, there are so many fun activities that don't cost a dime! I always look forward to warm weekends at home with my family. What do you look forward to most this season?


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3 Grab & Go Beauty Products I Never Leave Home Without



We don't spend too many full days out and about anymore, but you never know when you might be out a little longer than expected, or in conditions you weren't prepared for! I don't pack an entire beauty kit in my purse like I once did, but I do always reach for the same few items and never leave home without them!



A HYDRATING LIP PRODUCT



Packing a lip product that works double time as hydration and color is a game changer! Ever since I received these Neutrogena glosses in a PR package, I've been wearing them nonstop! I love wearing them over lipstick but they're bold enough to wear on their own and not too sticky! I also love this tinted SPF balm I recently picked up for the summer months.



A TRAVEL-FRIENDLY FRAGRANCE



I always like to keep a little fragrance on hand in case I need a refresher. You never know when you might get caught in a puff of cigarette smoke or smell funny after leaving a restaurant--yuck! A fragrance rollerball or trial size mini is the perfect size for popping in your bag. If you're not committed to one scent, head to your local Sephora and ask for some free perfume samples! They're completely free, tiny little spritzers in any fragrance you like and they're SO perfect for travel! You can also opt for select perfume samples in your free sample selection when placing an order at both Sephora and Ulta.


A GOOD HAND CREAM


No one likes having dry hands and those public restroom soap dispensers do nothing for hydration. I always reach for a good hand cream after washing my hands, at home and on the go, so I never leave home without a remedy! When out in public, I use Germ-X a lot, too, so it's always nice to have a little moisturizer ready to layer on over that drying antiseptic!



What beauty products do you always keep in your purse? Do you have any holy grail items you can't leave home without?



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20 Gifts Your Mom Will Actually Want for Mother's Day


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This year I'm not really expecting a Mother's Day gift, as we will be hanging out on the beach on our first day of vacation that day! But I still have a mom and mother-in-law to shop for that can both be difficult to shop for in their own ways, so I thought I'd share a few ideas in various price ranges that I wouldn't mind getting or already own and love! Click on any image below to shop that item directly!

$15 OR LESS



We all go through those hard times when money gets tight and we just can't afford a luxurious gift, or feel awkward giving a large gift. My own grandma has been known to throw a fit when given a gift over the $10 range! The thought is always more important than the cost, though! You can get a year long subscription to many magazines for only $5 (Related: 5 Magazines That Are Worth The Subscription)! Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! And who doesn't love a new candle? As much as I love the Bath & Body Works 3-Wicks, when I'm looking for an affordable alternative, I turn to these Walmart brand 3-Wicks. They come in TONS of scents and sizes, even wax melts!

Nail polish is always a nice treat. Add a gift certificate to her favorite nail salon if you can afford it. If primping isn't her thing, you can always pamper her with a new mug and a gift card to her favorite coffee shop. Sort of random, but the kids (ahem, Preston) got me a portable Bluetooth speaker for Christmas last year and I can't tell you how much I love it! I use it to listen to tunes and podcasts when I'm cooking in the kitchen or taking a shower/getting ready. I love that it's portable so I can take it wherever I need it! If mom is more into reading, this devotional is a fantastic one for women! I can't recommend it enough!


$50 OR LESS



Being a mom is a tiring job, so a cozy new pair of pajamas (also available in plus sizes) or a cushy new robe are the perfect treat! Combine them with breakfast in bed to really treat mom like a queen! Don't want to guess her size? A new accessory like a satin scarf or classic pearl studs are both lovely gifts that will go with everything. I also always love receiving perfume as a gift and this Nest Fragrances Grapefruit and Verbena body spray is on my own wishlist this year!

If your mom is into baking, these baking dishes from Target are an incredible value for the quality! I have this exact set (it comes in a few other colors/patterns) and can't believe they were only $20 for two dishes! The extra deep 9x13 pan has come in so handy. Another kitchen item I own and love is the Magnolia Table cookbook! Most of the recipes are simple and don't require crazy ingredients which makes it practical for everyday use.

$50 AND UP



I don't know many mamas who wouldn't love a new pressure cooker! If that's not on her list, consider what appliances she would like or see if there's one she owns that could use an upgrade and treat her to the newest model. I'm well aware that a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer is more than on the pricey side for a gift, but consider asking your siblings to go in on it with you if it's something you know she'd really love! They last a lifetime and have so many useful attachments that make great future Christmas and Mother's Day gifts! Another kitchen gift every woman loves is new pots and pans! I received The Pioneer Woman 10-Piece Cookware Set a few years ago and it's still holding up great! I put everything but the cast iron in the dishwasher and use them daily. A couple of my pans have some slight scratches on the surface and the bottoms are stained a bit from scorching, but overall they still look and work like new! The quality is great for a complete set that's less than $100.

Mom not into cooking? You can't go wrong with some dainty jewels like this Kendra Scott necklace and Kiel James Patrick ring. If she's more on the techy side, why not treat mom to a new tablet? I love Kindles for their affordability and ease-of-use.


There are so many different factors at play when it comes to shopping for the moms in your life! I hope this little compilation is helpful to you or at least serves as inspiration! Feel free to comment or email me with any questions; I love to think up new gift ideas!

Have you thought about what you're getting your mom this year? If you're a mom, what's on your own wishlist?


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Easy Do-It-Yourself Everyday Wreath



There's nothing more inviting than a beautiful wreath on your front door! I have a wreath for just about every season, but I realized recently that I was looking at a blank front door in between holidays and that's just unacceptable. I wanted something that would work in spring or fall, so plain greenery seemed to be the safest bet!


Unfortunately for us, the sun beats down on our front door for the majority of the day, so many of my homemade wreaths have fallen apart under the heat and my store bought wreaths see a lot of sun-bleaching and discoloring over time. This boxwood wreath was a TJ Maxx find under $20, which is perfect since I have to replace my wreaths more often than most! I wanted plain, but not this plain, so I opted for a simple striped ribbon that matched the door!


This ribbon is from Hobby Lobby (in the fabric section) and I just wrapped a long piece around the top section of my wreath, using my existing metal wreath hanger to measure the length based on where I wanted the wreath to rest on the front of the door. Pro Tip: Use an upside down command hook on the back of your door as your anchor and then "measure" your ribbon length from there! I chose a clear hook that holds up to 5 lbs and it's working great so far.




For the bow, I simply used the remaining bit of ribbon on my roll and tied it into a classic bow. For now I did hot glue the bow to the wreath ribbon, but if the sun proves too hot to hold up, I'll have to sew them together or use a staple/pin of some kind. To hopefully avoid sun damage and bleaching, I sprayed my finished product with a generous coat of clear UV spray paint. I'm hoping I can just reapply a coat every season and be able to keep my wreaths looking fresh for much longer! I'll report back after a few months and let you know if it holds up!




So that's all! Such a SIMPLE little DIY project that only took me a few minutes and costs so much less than most of the fancy, premade wreaths in stores! You can definitely customize this further by using seasonal ribbon, adding a few flowers, or even a monogram (which might be next on my list)! The options are really endless!


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Red Floral Kimono 3 Ways: Wear Now, Later, & Even Later


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There’s nothing more exciting to me than finding a new wardrobe staple that immediately puts multiple outfit ideas in my mind! That’s when you know it’s a justified purchase, and at only $20, this kimono has more than paid for itself. I love the long length and classic style of this kimono. It will stay stylish for years to come and works for summer and fall alike. Keep scrolling to see all three looks I came up with for this cute kimono!

WEAR IT NOW
Right now we’re in that tricky part of spring where one day it can be 80 degrees and the next, 50 and cool. I like how this kimonos acts as a light layer for spring. Seasonal accessories like statement earrings and a straw bag can lighten the look.

When the temperature finally decides it’s not backing down, ditch the jeans and opt for some cute cut offs and the perfect pair of sunnies. Add a straw tote (and a swimsuit!) and you're ready for the beach! Such a simple summer look that is anything but boring!

When fall starts to roll back around, just add a wide brim hat and rock this kimono over some white on white and you’ll be ready for that first PSL of the season in no time! I love the way the neutral first layers really allow the color in the kimono to pop! Sticking with white jeans is a great way to transition into the fall wardrobe without feeling too heavy--important with a lightweight layer like a kimono!

Honestly, I can’t wait to wear this as a coverup on vacation but didn’t consider that a true outfit since I wouldn’t be wearing it all over town that way. However, you could totally rock this kimono with even more outfits! Pair it with a simple t shirt dress and sandals for summer or a basic black tee and booties for fall. When you choose a kimono with multiple colors in the pattern, you really open up the outfit possibilities!

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Do you have a kimono in your collection? How would you style this one?



You can see other ways I’ve styled a kimono here:


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