Spring Wish List!

I can finally see a few signs of spring here in Ohio! There is a little green on the ground, the trees are starting to bloom, and the sun is in the sky a bit longer each day! We had a rough winter here and we are all ready for warm sunshine! After browsing my favorite magazines, and searching several of my go to shops on line, I have come up with a list of spring trends – items that will be hot this season. Or maybe they are just items that I want in my closet. I am sticking to my budget, so I will shop my closet first, and then add items as my clothing budget allows.

1. Spring sweaters – It is still chilly here in Ohio, so spring sweaters are a staple for me. I need to add some in pastel spring colors for this season. My favorite sweater is the J Crew Charley sweater. It comes in a variety of colors. Mint is on my list.

2. Stripes and gingham – I have a few striped tees, but I need a plaid button down in a light color for layering. You can wear buttons downs alone or layered with a jacket, and they look great casual or dressy. This one from Mindy Mae’s Market is fabulous.

3. Patterned pants – Old Navy has a great selection of these trendy bottoms, as does Loft. I love the Old Navy cropped pixie pant and just picked it up in the window pane pattern. I still love joggers for spring too!

4. Bold print and pom pom scarves – This is my favorite accessory no matter the season. Spring scarves should be colorful, light weight, and fun! Pair them with your favorite tee to create a more dressy look.

5. Casual tees – I always buy a white, gray, and black tee for the warmer months. I wear them all season and typically have to toss them in September. I love Old Navy and J Crew Factory for tees.

6. Handbags – I love a cross body bag for spring and summer. I like to have my hands free when traveling. I have never had a nice beach tote, so I need to pick one up soon. I love the Vera Bradley selection too!

7. Jewelry – I am using my birthday cash to purchase the Kendra Scott Rayne necklace. It coordinates with everything! I can’t decide if I should get turquoise, black, or white. Opinions?

8. Jackets – I wear jackets q lot in the evenings and I always take one when we travel. I even use them in the summer for movie theaters and dinners out. I think three jackets are staples for spring – military, denim, and a pretty pastel bomber.

What is on your spring wish list? Be blessed today!

Spring Wish List!


Frank Eileen checked shirt
matchesfashion.com

J Crew merino sweater
factory.jcrew.com

J Crew t shirt
factory.jcrew.com

Topshop blue jacket
$64 - nordstrom.com

Dorothy Perkins collarless jacket
$80 - dorothyperkins.com

J Crew long pencil skirt
factory.jcrew.com

Old Navy clothing
oldnavy.gap.com

Kate Spade imitation jewelry
$38 - nordstrom.com

Tube scarf
modcloth.com

Malabar Bay print scarve
onekingslane.com

Charlotte Russe scarve
charlotterusse.com


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Ebates!

I discovered Ebates via one of my IG friends just before Christmas last year. I was a bit hesitant to sign up, but I got several great referrals. I am so excited about this program, that I have to share it with you! I do 90% of my shopping online. Now I can earn cash back for nearly every item I purchase on line! I just received my first Big Fat Check from Ebates for $27.17! I plan to put all of my Ebates checks into our vacation fund!

Let me explain Ebates to you in a nutshell. Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online Cash Back Shopping. The company was founded in 1998 by two Deputy District Attorneys in Silicon Valley. Prior to starting Ebates, they prosecuted online fraud & identity theft cases. So, you can be sure they are very adamant about secure online transactions. You simply log into your Ebates account, and click on the link to your shop of choice. You automatically earn cash back for every purchase. I bought Ugg boots for my daughter for Christmas and earned $18 in cash rewards! I received my first cash back check this month, which has been placed in our vacation fund!

So go ahead, sign up and start shopping now. Joining Ebates is always free – you’ll never pay them anything. And four times a year or more, they mail you a Big Fat Check, or transfer the money to your PayPal account if you’d prefer. They can even send the money to your favorite charity. All 100% free. You will even receive a referral code to share with your friends so you can earn more cash back. It truly is a win win!

People often think that this sounds too good to be true. How are they able to do it?” It really is quite simple. Just like almost every other online shopping center, they receive a commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping that money – like almost all other sites do – they share it with you!

So, as long as 1,700+ of the world’s top online stores are happy to pay a bonus to attract the new, valuable customers we send their way, Ebates.com is going to continue to send Big Fat Checks to our satisfied customers across the globe.

Here are a few of the items I have purchased through Ebates!

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Jamberry Nails March Style Box!

I have a quick little announcement before I get to the meat of this post! Julep Maven is offering the Spring Fling Welcome Box for FREE to new customers right now! This box a $58.00 value and you can get it for simply paying the $2.99 shipping fee! I am a little jealous, because this is for new Mavens only. I am an old Maven, but I really want these shades! Remember that you can gift your Maven box to friends too. They make a fabulous birthday gift! I wanted to share this month’s Maven box with you because it is such a great deal, and the colors are simply perfect for spring! I have the lip gloss too, and it is one of my favorites! It is very hydrating and lasts a long time. You will love this subscription! Click here to add these beautiful new spring polishes to your collection!

Spring Fling Welcome Box Offer

This is the final installment of my Jamberry Style Box review. I signed up for a three month subscription through my friend, and Jamberry Consultant, Katie, and I have really enjoyed the wraps and manicure supplies in each box! I plan to sign up again for the summer months. And then probably again in the fall. And for Christmas. I am totally addicted and I have saved so much on manicures!

This month Katie is hosting a fund raiser for April Crozier, the owner of the Etsy shop Marine Parents. April is the most amazing seamstress and Lucy and I share at least 10 of her ruffled pouches. She also creates backpacks, Bible bags, and more! She is a military wife and mom and her family is in the process of moving back to the states and adopting two little boys from Taiwan. All proceeds from this fund raiser will be sent directly to April and her family to help with the costs of bringing these precious boys home. I can personally attest to the wonderful, talented, Godly woman that April is. I consider both April and Katie to be my friends and sisters in Christ and I am so excited to watch the Crozier family grow by two. If you would like to place an order and be a part of helping this amazing family, visit Katie’s page here.

You can subscribe to the style box for this fund raiser, or simply place an order for wraps. Your box will arrive like this.

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Inside the box each month you will find a Style Card. The Style Card provides an explanation of the box contents, along with a link to a video that will help you learn how to style your wraps.

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This month I also received two exclusive wraps. They are gorgeous and perfect for spring, and they coordinate with the Julep Spring Fling Welcome Box shades perfectly! I often use the Jamberry wraps as an accent nail and mix and match them with polish. These coordinating wraps feature mixed media pairings of pastel colors with floral, ombre, and chevron patterns for spring. I am in love! I have not had time to apply these yet, but I will be wearing them for our trip to Charleston soon. I will post a picture of them on IG so you can fall in love with them too!

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The Jamberry Style Box fits nicely into my budget ($25/month) and saved me the cost of going to a salon for my manicures. With the Jamberry Style Box, you receive exclusive Jamberry products to compliment your signature style delivered right to your door. Although the cost is $25 per month, you receive at least $30 in product. Each box includes nail products, a nail file, an orange stick, and a monthly style guide, as well a surprise or two. To sign up, you simply click on Style Box at the top of the page, take the style quiz, register, and select how many months you want to receive the style box. If you don’t like the box for a particular month, you can skip it or gift it to a friend. I signed up for a three month subscription. You can see my February box here.

In every box, you will receive a nail file and an orange stick. If you apply Jamberry Nails often, you will need to replace your file and orange stick approximately every 4-6 weeks.

If you are interested in signing up for the Jamberry Nails Style box, you can do so here with my friend Katie! Have a great day today!


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Love Yellow February Edition!

It seems like I am always a month behind on my Love, Yellow posts. To maintain consistency in my tardiness, I am styling my February Love, Yellow goodies today. This subscription box gets better every month!! This is not a sponsored post, and I am not affiliated with this subscription box in any way. I just love it and want to share it with you all!

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I don’t purchase this gift subscription every month, but I couldn’t resist this amazing striped top! I can’t decide if the color is coral, red, or pink, so I will call it a mix. Since February is the month of romance, the addition of lace on the bottom and the back of the top is perfect! I don’t have anything like this top, and it was the perfect addition to my monochromatic wardrobe!

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Also included in the February box were a pair of gold Love earrings. I have worn them several times, but have neglected to get a photo. Trust me, they are adorable and Lucy and I will be wearing them all year round. Because love never goes out of style!

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Party in the back!

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If you don’t know Erin, of the Living in Yellow blog, please stop by and visit her! She has great style, just finished remodeling a home worthy of HGTV, and her posts make me laugh out loud.

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I am not affiliated with Love, Yellow in any way (although I wish that I was!). I simply love this subscription and love to sharing it with you. This was the December Love, Yellow sweater!

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I think it is best to allow Erin to describe The Love Yellow box in her own words. Take it away Erin!

Interested in ordering yet? Good, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

A few things you should know—

1. Pricing is easy–it’s $42 for both pieces! Meant to be worn together as an outfit, or great separate as well!

2. As far as sizing goes, you can view the size chart here. I am typically a size small and am wearing a size small in this top.

3. You have several days to place your order. Limited quantities are available so you will want to order soon to ensure you receive your size!

4. Your order will be shipped within 3 business days of placing your order!

5. Remember that if you receive the items and aren’t happy with your order, you can ship all or part of it back! Instructions will be included in your order.

6. Spread the word about your Love, Yellow items! Tweet, Instagram, put it up on a billboard, whatever you feel is necessary ;) Please use the #LoveYellowLook hashtag so that I can be sure to send a thousand kissy faces your way for doing so!

7. Order now :)


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My New Favorite Cardigan!

I finally picked up the Bobeau cardigan at Nordstrom! I had seen this one button fleece cardigan styled by a couple of bloggers, and when it finally went on sale, I quickly snagged one! I am so in love with this soft, cozy wrap. I need it in 40 more colors! This purple shade I purchased is best suited for fall and winter, but I am planning to pick up a spring shade too. Spring is still a few weeks away here, so I will get some use out of this one before I pack it away until next fall. It comes in a gorgeous soft pink and a pale blue that will be perfect for spring weather.

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The Bobeau wrap also comes in several colors in a striped version too!

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I plan to take this wrap along on our spring break trip this year. It will be perfect for cold airplane temperatures and breezy evenings. Do you own one of the Bobeau wraps? I certainly give them my stamp of approval, for whatever that is worth! Blessings!

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St Patricks Day Style With Jill!

St Patricks Day Collage

I am teaming up today with my friend Jill of Doused in Pink to bring you St. Patrick’s Day Style ideas! I am not Irish, nor do I really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but I do love the color green. And I don’t want to get pinched. So green it is for today!

I love Jill’s white denim! It is a sure sign that spring is just around the corner!

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I kept my outfit casual, because I will be at work and driving my daughter to dance on St. Patrick’s Day. And because my outfits are casual 99% of the time! My Old Navy sweater is sold out on line. You may be able to find it in stores, or you can pick up a similar sweater here.

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I added a pop of pink with my favorite Kendra Scott Rayne necklace. If you don’t own one of these, pick one up now! They look great with everything from tees to dresses! The turquoise necklace is on my summer wish list!

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I kept it simple with tan cords, but you could add denim on the bottom for a similar casual look. I received the Sam Edelman leopard sneakers for Christmas! I plan to wear them until they have holes in the soles! Leopard is a neutral, and these are super comfy!

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I am totally obsessed with our dogs. Gus always finds a way to get in my blog photos, and I don’t fight it anymore. He is just so lovable. Everyone should have a Gus.

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What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day? Be sure to stop by Jill’s blog and check out her St. Patty’s Day style!!


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Jamberry Nails February Style Box!

I have not been adding any box subscriptions to my collection lately, as I have really been sticking to my budget. But when I heard about the Jamberry Nails Style Box, I made room in my budget for a three month subscription. My nails were in dire need of some color, and I simply don’t have the time, or the extra budget cash, for salon manicures. This is not a sponsored post. I simply love these nail wraps and enjoy sharing them with you.

The Jamberry Style Boxfits nicely into my budget ($25/month) and saved me the cost of going to a salon for my manicures. With the Jamberry Style Box, you receive exclusive Jamberry products to compliment your signature style delivered right to your door. Although the cost is $25 per month, you receive at least $30 in product. Each box includes nail products, a nail file, an orange stick, and a monthly style guide, as well a surprise or two. To sign up, you simply click on Style Box at the top of the page, take the style quiz, register, and select how many months you want to receive the style box. If you don’t like the box for a particular month, you can skip it or gift it to a friend. I signed up for a three month subscription. You can see my February box here. I will share my March Style Box goodies soon too!

My box arrived looking adorable and packaged neatly in pink paper.

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Since February is the month for New York’s Fashion Week, Jamberry included wraps in the trendiest new shades from Pantone. I received a patterned wrap named Stylebox Winner, and Teal Mini Polka Dot with tiny yellow dots. Simply fabulous! Bring on spring!

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As always, I received a nail file and an orange stick. If you apply wraps frequently, you will need new supplies every 4-6 weeks. They also include a style card with links to help you learn how to style your wraps.

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This month, style box subscribers also received a preview of a few of the wraps that will debut in the new spring/summer catalog.
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If you would like to sign up for the Jamberry Nails Style Box subscription, you can do so through my friend Katie here. Have a great day!


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Kitchen Pantry Organization!

Spring is right around the corner, and with the warm weather comes spring cleaning. If you have known me very long, you already know that organizing is my thing. It is right up there with cleaning. I find complete joy in organizing closets, drawers, and cabinets. Weird, I know. I would love to turn this passion into a job someday. But, for now, I will just share some pantry organizing tips with you all! This was our kitchen pantry before. The mess turned me into an insomniac – seriously.

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To begin the clean up, I took every single thing out of the pantry and cleaned the walls and floor. Starting with a clean slate is so important! I laid out a bag for trash and another for donations. I tossed anything that was expired or would never be eaten. I collected items that would not be used or eaten for donation.

Then I started at the bottom shelf. I organized cups, straws, and lunch box packables into categories and placed them in appropriate containers. Now they are easy to grab when we are packing lunches.

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On the next shelf, I grouped soups and other canned goods by expiration date.

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Then I poured anything that was in an open bag into mason jars to keep things fresh and tidy. It is also easy to see nuts, baking goods, and pasta through the clear glass.

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Spices were organized on small spice racks for easy reach. Seasonings were placed into a basket.

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I placed our muffins liners in a clear mason jar.

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We have teenagers at our house almost every day, so snacks are accessible in little baskets for a grab and go treat! Also in baskets are single serve peanut butter cups and bags of pasta and fish. The fish is for our dogs(:

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Finally, I hung small plastic hooks on the sides of the pantry to keep lunch boxes and aprons handy.

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I hope you discovered a tip or two today that will help you organize your pantry! I would love to hear any of your organization tips too! Have a great weekend!! And welcome Spring!!

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Printed Leggings!

I love trying new trends, but I also have to be cautious that I am not trying to look like I am my daughter’s age. I feel that most trends can work for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes if they are styled appropriately. I recently picked up a pair of floral leggings from White Plum. They have the most amazing selection – printed and plain! As for anyone who styles leggings, the number one rule is to cover your hind end. I don’t care how good it looks – keep it classy please!

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I choose a plain black dolman tunic to pair with my leggings. You can find a similar version in a variety of colors here. I needed to keep the rest of my outfit simple, because the leggings are pretty busy.

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When the weather decides to warm up, I can exchange the boots for neutral flats or slip on sneakers. And I will swap out the black top for a bright color – pink or coral! I love how our dogs nonchalantly appear in every blog post. They are hunting moles today.

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How do you style your printed leggings? Have you tried the trend?

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I have created a set of printed leggings with several options for you. I also love the selection at White Plum and Kiki La’Rue!

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Kiki La’Rue Favorites!

Let’s talk Kiki La’Rue. Kiki La’Rue is one of my very favorite on line shops! I have several pieces from this amazing shop, and I wanted to share my favorites with you today!

I recently scored the The Pattern Me This Dress in blue. I own this dress in mocha as well, and it’s brown, orange, and cream and is my favorite fall frock. It pairs perfectly with a scarf, a denim jacket, or a cardigan. I have even topped it with a sweater, and turned it into a skirt. The fabric is soft and cozy, and the fit is fabulous!

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When my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas, this Lenore scarf was on the top of my list. She bought one for me in ivory, so it coordinates with everything! There are several other colors too!

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So many of my favorite closet staples are from KiKi La’Rue, and I am excited to share a few with you! This Show Me The Ring Dress is my number one. I have worn it with wedge sandals in the summer, and paired it with a cardigan for cooler weather.

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I own this dress in olive and black. I have styled it for all four seasons, but I love it paired with simple sandals in the summer. The fabric is so soft! I can’t find it on their website, so we will all have to beg for them to restock. I need this in red and teal too please!

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The Maddie tops are perfect with leggings and skinny jeans. They are super soft and provide plenty of coverage for your hind end. They are form fitting at the hips and forearm, to give you style and coverage without looking too baggy or too tight. I could own this top in 50 colors!

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This Just Gotta Have It tunic was my first KKL purchase. It is available in several colors and I love it with patterned tights. It is perfect as a beach cover up too!

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