April 24, 2017

Palm Print & Pom Poms

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I don't think I could be more "spring fashion" then pairing this gorgeous palm print maxi dress with my new pom pom tote.  I love both trends that are seen everywhere lately (and we will continue to see for years to come), of palm tree prints and also items draped in pom poms. So when it came to staying these two new additions to my wardrobe, I thought, why not pair them together? I am so glad I did as I loved wearing this outfit. Something about it just lifted my mood and that held strong throughout the day. Isn't that what we all love about fashion? It's a way to express yourself or your mood or even elevate your mood by wearing items that make you happy. This dress took me back to all my tropical trips and how much I love to look up and see palm trees, so obviously I was all smiles! 

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April 21, 2017

Spring Break: Day Five & Six

I hope you have been enjoying my vacation recap posts (1 & 2), I am having a blast re-living this amazing family trip via photos. OK, let's pick up where we left off, shall we? On day five, the boat pulled up to a port and suddenly we were in Cozumel. This was a day I was very much looking forward too. I have never swam with dolphins before, in-fact, the closest I've ever been is at the Shedd Aquarium. I have heard that kids with autism really love this experience and if exposing my son wasn't reason enough, this has been on my bucket list for some time. I mean, who wouldn't want to touch, kiss, and swim with a 600 pound mammal?! ;) OK, it's amazing and a little scary because they are wild beings after all. 

Day Five: Cozumel
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April 18, 2017

Spring Break Recap: Day Three & Four

I hoped you enjoyed yesterday's recap of my family's first two days on our spring break trip. Today, I am sharing details from day three and four. What I didn't mention yesterday was that this was the first cruise my husband and children have ever been on. We wanted to be prepared for anything so we brought items like power strips (there are not many outlets in your room & all four of us had IPads or phones), sea bands for motion sickness, MyCharge, and even brought a case of Lacroix. I mean, a girl needs what a girl needs. We ended up using all of these items! Day three was at sea, so the sea bands really came in handy. My daughter got sick twice and within minutes these bands saved the day. I also found myself wearing them on the two sea days and it made a world of a difference. 

We started off the day with watching the sunrise off our balcony while eating breakfast and drinking coffee that was sent to the room. Next up, we headed to the main pool to snag chairs for the day. That's a thing, if you don't get your chairs before 9:00am, you don't get chairs. Oh we got chairs everyday! ;) No, but seriously we did.  

Day Three: At Sea & Formal Night
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I have to say, I really enjoyed this day at sea. We were able to swim with the kids all morning, have lunch overlooking the ridiculously blue waters, and we even ran into Mr. & Mrs. Potato head on our way back to our room. This day was "formal night", so my mom booked a portrait session for all twenty-one of us. The photos all turned out amazing and I can't wait to hang a few in frames here at my home.

The food this night was also outstanding. Like I said yesterday, I probably ate more this trip I usually do in two weeks. Let's be honest, I'm not generally cooking 4 course dinners and enjoying ice-cream multiple times a day! ;) It was so good though, you guys! I mean, when in Rome...

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April 17, 2017

Spring Break Recap: Day One & Two

This past spring break was one I will not soon forget! My mom planned a trip for all of us, with a day or two in New Orleans before getting on a cruise ship for a week. This vacation was for my entire family (yes, all twenty-two of us!), and I do not know how that amazing woman put up with all of our requests, conditions, and mood swings! ;) No, but seriously, we did not make it easy for her so I am so grateful that she pulled such a wonderful trip together! I am one of five children and at this point most of us are married and have kids. Out of respect and privacy for my extended family, I am just posting photos of my kids and husband on my blog. Here are some of my favorite shots from the first two days. Unlike six of my family members, we opted to say in New Orleans for only one night prior to the cruise. We stayed at The Westin in New Orleans and it was beyond beautiful. The location was perfect and the views were even better. We flew in at 10:30am, so as soon as we dropped off our bags, we headed out to grab coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde, plus we had to check out the river walk. 

Day One: 

Dress: c/o J.Jill // Bag: Box of Style 

April 12, 2017

Subscription Service Review: Pley- Disney Princess Subscription

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Has anyone ever heard of Pley before? I had not, but it is a subscription service for kids that deliveries toys and activities to get them off their electronics and playing with toys again. I love the concept and also I love after snooping around on their site, I found that they donate proceeds to underprivileged children. I was recently reached out to because they have teamed up with Disney to offer Disney Princess subscription boxes. As soon as I heard it was for Beauty & the Beast, there was no way I could say no. My family is obsessed with both the cartoon & the movie, plus I was curious how this service works. Here is what you can expect.  

For just $24.99 you’ll get a mystery box containing between 4-8 Disney Princess toys, activities and fashion accessories (all have $50+ retail value). Each bi-monthly box tells the story of a new princess and, like a rags-to-riches princess story, the shipping box magically transforms into a castle, boat, or tower that can be decorated and played with, both reducing waste and increasing play value. How cool is that? 

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