Another Outfit And Some Nature Photos

Top - Banana Republic - thrifted for $3
Jacket - Old Navy via Goodwill - $5
Necklace - Charlotte Russe - $8
Pants - Gap - $7
Booties - Guess via DSW - $19
Sunnies - Bannaa Republic - $17

Whenever we go see my parents, my son always says we are going to the woods. Their house is in a beautiful wooded area that has the prettiest trails that lead to wildlife parks in the area. While I was there this past weekend I got to go on a 5 mile trail walk with my Mom, a birding hike at dusk with my one brother and run a 5K with my littlest brother on the trails. There are so many trails yet to be explored. I wish my parents had lived there while I was still living at home!

Here are a few shots from my cell phone of the trip (you may have seen some of these on Instagram already):

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An Outfit and My New Favorite Lipstick

My husband shot these photos while I was at my parent's house. Love the little wooded forest that they live by. The weather was spectacular for our little Easter weekend visit, so we spent as much time out on the trails as we could.

Trench coat - Zara - $69
Top - J.Crew via Goodwill - $3
Necklace - vintage - gifted
Jeans - H&M - $2.50
Booties - Guess via DSW - $19

We have a family wedding this summer, so Mom and I went shopping for some wedding make-up for Mom. While browsing around at Sephora during Mom's makeover with the saleslady, I tried on the Color Reveal Unique Pink Lip Balm. The color is supposed to adjust to each person's individual skin tone so it should look good on everyone. I really struggle with finding the right lipstick color, so I knew I had to try it. I couldn't believe that I finally found something that works. This is the exact shade of pink that I was looking for! My Mom got it too and found that it was perfect for her as well. The only drawback is that it feels like an 8-hour lipstick in that it dries your lips out really fast. I just remedied that by applying a clear gloss over it after a few hours. There is a Unique Pink lip gloss that goes with it that I think I'll probably end up buying. 

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My Vintage Easter Dress

A couple of years ago I found the dress below at Goodwill. I loved the lace and the icy blue color and just knew I'd be able to make it wearable. Underneath the dress was crinoline that was starting to rot, so that was the first thing I took off. Then all I did was hem the dress, cut the lace to match the hem and pull the bow off. It looked like this. I never ended up wearing it, though. 

I finally decided I had to get at least one wear out of this dress before lace goes out of fashion. I added in a few more darts at the waist and it was good to go.

This dress also just so happened to match what the rest of my family was wearing for Easter Sunday, so it was perfect!

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My Simple SAHM Workout Plan

I love running, but working in the time to run or exercise can get tricky with a nursing infant and two other needy children. My husband likes to stay up past midnight to visit with me since he's a night owl, so I'm becoming less and less of a morning person, making the time to squeeze in exercising even trickier. I've learned to take advantage of my SAHM status to get my workouts in during the day with my children. While my babies are small, I incorporate them into my workout routine as well.

1. Plies. I try to do at least 30 deep plies while holding Capri and then pulse for at least 20 times in this position at least once a day. Sometimes the only time I have to do this is while I'm waiting for something in the microwave or when I'm talking on the phone. 

2. Plank. I get a 2 minute plank in while cooing at Capri. This usually happens in the evening after the two older kids have gone to bed.

3. Push-ups. I do 20-25 push-ups, but I only go down as far as it takes for me to get a good kiss on Capri. This is Capri's favorite exercise!

4. Lunges. I do 20 lunges (or are these knee bends or dips?) on each leg while holding Capri. 

5. Curtsy Jumps. This is an exercise I usually only get in if Capri is fussing. The swinging movement helps to calm her down. I get antsy when all I'm doing is holding a baby, and this move helps me to feel like I'm at least accomplishing something (not that holding my baby isn't accomplishment enough, it can just get a little boring when I'm doing it for hours).

6. Baby Raises. Every mom does this exercise numerous times a day. Not sure I should even count this as an exercise.

7. Seated Dips. Capri thinks I'm playing peek-a-boo when I do these. I do about 15-20 of these a few times a week and hope to work up to doing them every day with more reps.

8. Calf Raises. I also do calf raises while holding Capri - no particular number of how many I do. I just try to get these in whenever I'm standing around waiting for something or even while I'm teaching CJ.

9. Squats. I'll try to get one squat in a night where I just put myself in a seated position without any back or seat support while I hold Capri out in front of me. I hold this position for 30 seconds and am working up to 60 seconds. 

10. Stretching. I took a yoga class while I was pregnant with Capri and have tried to continue with keeping up the basic moves I learned, like downward dog. Capri stays right beside me while I stretch and for all she knows, I'm just playing with her. The stretching feels great and it keeps Capri entertained.

11. Running With The Kids. The weather is finally mild enough to take the girls with me on my runs, which means I don't have to wait till Chris is around to babysit while I either run outside or run at the gym. When I run with the kids we just do a 5K and I don't shoot for a fast pace.

12. Stairs. We live in an old historic home with a pretty high staircase. When I'm stuck inside (which happened a lot this winter) and need some cardio, I run up and down the stairs about 10 times while holding Capri.

Other ways I've found to fit in a workout is by using the exercise channel on our On Demand cable. The kids love to do this workout with me. When I'm really motivated I just go to the gym in the mornings. When Capri is on a predictable morning schedule I hope to switch to working out in the mornings again, but until then, the plan above keeps me strong and energetic.

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He Is Risen!

Happy Easter from our family to yours!

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By The River

We're headed up North today to see my family for Easter. I'm definitely looking forward to celebrating with them!

CJ and I have been going over the Easter story for our Bible study lessons each morning for the past couple of weeks. Watching him get excited because he truly understands this holiday has me more than ever excited about celebrating this weekend. This is also the first year that I've ever given up something for Lent, which has kept the importance of Easter at the forefront of my mind these past 38 days.

The river has only recently thawed out. It was still iced over in mid-March, which as I'm writing this was only a few weeks ago. That's how cold it has been here this Winter. The water was as brown and ugly as ever, but I am so happy to see it running without any traces of ice or snow anywhere. And look at all that green grass! Could it be that Spring has finally sprung?

With Spring finally here I'm getting excited about working outside. I didn't do hardly any work on the yard last summer due to my pregnancy, but this year will be different. I'm looking forward to mowing, weeding, and planting.

And all the running I've been able to do outside now - especially with the kids! Glorious!

Happy Spring folks and have a glorious Easter weekend!

Blouse - Goodwill - $3 (Similar)
Coated jeans - Gap - $10
Slingback heels - Steve Madden - hand-me-down from my Mom (Similar)
Peter pan collar necklace - Charming Charlie's - $2.99 

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Classy Girls Wear Marilyn

 Can't help it. I'm a fan of Marilyn Monroe. I love her old Hollywood glamour style and love that she was proud of her curves. Plus, I love bleached platinum blond hair. So there you have it.

 Check out my ombre hair in this photo. I didn't even do this on purpose. I just haven't re-colored my hair. Oh wait, is that how the ombre trend started? Hmmm...

Marilyn t-shirt - Goodwill - $2
Jacket - Old Navy via Goodwill - $5
Skirt - Target - $5
Boots - Steve Madden via DSW - $27

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