Outfit Post: Happy Memorial Day

I meant to post this yesterday, of course. My little boy in the Memorial Day March at the local legion hall. He was the youngest participant, but one of the best!
 This is what I wore. Not very patriotic, but the best I could do for 93 degree weather and my limited wardrobe options (until I get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight).
Dress - J.Crew - hand-me-down
Vest - thrifted - $2
Espadrilles - Nine West - gifted
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21


Outfit Post: Work lunch

I am late in posting, since this work related lunch took place last Thursday, but I love my new little green dress so I decided to post a picture. I have to say the pockets are a bit of a novelty for me, since most of my dresses, okay, all of my dresses are pocket-less. I don't really use pockets...ever...but it's kind of neat to have the option. :-)

Dress ~The Limited $50
Black heels ~ Nine west $60
Necklace ~ Gifted from Nic's wedding


Outfit Post: Apple Green

Do you remember this post? eShakti sent me another dress while I was pregnant. I couldn't wear the dress at the time, but finally found the chance to wear it to church today. I can't nurse in it, so it was perfect for the three hour time slot I needed it for and no longer!

Dress - courtesy of eShakti
Pumps - Jessica Simpson - gifted
Earrings - gifted


Outfit Post: Neutral Saturday

Hubby and I took both the kids out for our first family jog this morning. We only made it slightly over two miles, but considering we were switching off pushing 47 pounds in a non-jogging stroller, and considering I'm only 6 weeks post partum, we were proud of ourselves afterwards. I've started jogging along with pilates these past couple of weeks and feeling like my body is finally starting to get back into shape, but during our jog when my son told me I looked like a horse, I realized I still have a long way to go! ha ha! Leave it to a 4 year old to tell you like it is.

T-shirt with shoulder embellishment (not seen in picture) - Ann Taylor Loft (thrifted) - $2
Skirt - Gap - $17
Sweater - Ann Taylor - $9
Espadrilles - Nine West - gifted
Earrings - Kohl's - $7


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Jacket - thrifted - $2
Jeans - JBrand - gifted
Tshirt - Men's Hanes - stole from hubs
Necklace - Target - gifted
Earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21


Outfit Post: Stormy Weather

Leggings - Kohl's - $5
Tunic - Target Go International line hemmed short - $8
Pumps - BCBGirls via Macy's - $21
Necklace - Target - gifted
Earrings - gifted

Product Review: Sibu Skin Care

I was recently sent Sibu Beauty's daytime facial cream to try out. Reading up on their products, I was impressed with their commitment to natural and eco-friendly ingredients and packaging. The primary ingredient they use is the Sea Buckthorn, found in the Tibetan Himalayas. The berry contains powerful nutrients that are ideal for reaching the optimum in skin care.
After using the product for a week now, I really do appreciate how well it hydrates without leaving my skin feeling greasy, and also how firm my skin feels afterwards. The natural fragrance it has is very refreshing as well. For one ounce, the bottle is priced at around $20, which is not bad for a quality, and 100% natural day cream.

Sibu Beauty offers other products such as juice drinks and vitamin supplements along with a full skin care line that all contain the Sea Buckthorn. If you are interested in sustainable and natural products, this brand is definitely worth checking out!


Outfit Post: Teaching Preschool Sunday School

This is my second week back to teaching Sunday School for my son's 4 year old class at church every other week. Digging through my wardrobe to find something dressy enough for church, yet casual enough for a class full of rambunctious kids, and practical enough for the heat and nursing a newborn, was tough. Dressing for nursing has been a lot harder for me than figuring out how to dress my pregnant body. Not to mention having to figure out how to wear things that flatter my curvier proportions! I'm so grateful that Goodwill is only 2 minutes away from my house so I can snag anything that might work to remedy my temporary situation. And yes, I found this embellished knit top from Ann Taylor Loft at Goodwill for only $3! Perfect!
Top - Ann Taylor Loft (thrifted) - $3
Skirt - J.Crew - hand-me-down
Espadrilles - Nine West - gifted
Shell earrings (can't see them behind my hair) - Target - $1

Outfit Post: Our 6 Year Anniversary

Yesterday was our 6th anniversary! Unfortunately, we had to spend the day working a booth at a conference for the organization I work for. But thankfully, we found a really nice restaurant nearby to celebrate at after we worked.

My husband took care of the baby while I worked the booth, and then he just brought her back to me every 3 hours and manned the booth while I took her for a bit to feed her. It worked out smoothly, and the dinner afterwards was exceptional!
So glad to have had 6 wonderful years married to my best friend!

Dress - Ann Taylor (thrifted) - $5
Sandals - JCPenney - $8
Earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21


Outfit Post: Night Out

Blouse - Calvin Klein - hand-me-down
Earrings - gifted
Jacket - Jones New York - thrifted ($3)
Skirt - Banana Republic - thrifted ($7)
Pumps - BCBGirls - Macy's ($21)
Belt - Banana Republic - $4
Clutch - vintage


Outfit Post: Fall Clothes in the Spring

I know it's supposed to be spring, but all week it's been cold and rainy and barefeet and sandals just won't do.
 My son is missing last week when it was warm and sunny and is begging me to let him play out in the mud. He pinned on his Sheriff's pin (can you see it in the picture?), and even picked me some pansies.
 I'm trying to convince him to go shopping instead. Whatever happened to my sweet little baby boy who was content to sit in his stroller while I shopped all day? He's such a boy now...collecting ants and showing me the frogs he's caught.
Top - Kohl's - $11
Trench - London Fog - gifted
Boots - Jessica Simpson - gifted
Hat - Banana Republic - $6
Stirrup pants - Gap - $6


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Cami - Express (thrifted) - $1
Vest - thrifted - $2
Capris - Gap - $7
Wedges - JCPenney - $8


Outfit Post: Red and White Stripes

Striped sweater - Gap - $7
Jeans - Target - too long ago to remember the price
Wooden wedge sandals - Aerosoles - gifted
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
Scarf - Vintage (thrifted) - $.25


Outfit Post: Sunday

My daughter looked so sweet all dressed in white eyelet and pink ribbons, that I had to get a picture with her!
 Is it just me, or is the angle of this mirror flattering? I usually think something looks good when I see it in my mirror, and it's not until I take a photo later that I discover how it really looks on me.

Top - Target - $4
Skirt - Gap - $4
Pumps - BCBGirls (Macy's) - $21
Scarf - vintage - gifted


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It's getting pretty tough to find any summer clothes that fit right now. I need to go shopping - either that or lose weight fast!

Skirt - Gap - $17
Vest - Charlotte Russe - gifted
Tank top - J.Crew - $.4
Espadrilles - DSW - $8


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Top - gifted
Jeggings - Target - $4.98
Earrings - gifted
Shoes - Nine West - gifted


Baby Dedication

I wasn't able to get any outfit pictures the past couple of days because I was busy with guests we've had at the house all weekend, so here are some shots of the baby's dedication instead:
She is wearing the same christening gown that I wore when I was christened 29 years ago!


Outfit Post: New Shoes!!

Shoes - Nine West via Endless - my "push present" from my hubby!
Leggings - Wal-Mart - $1
Top - Wal-Mart - hand-me-down


Outfit Post: Missi's Visit

Although my maternity leave is over, I'm still staying in most days, and taking it easy. But with my sister being here this week, we decided to go out to lunch and do some shopping yesterday - I finally had an excuse to dig through my closet and see if anything fit!

 Of course, I had to dress my baby up, too!
 Kept my son pretty casual, though. Anymore he can't keep his clothes nice no matter what we do! He's at that stage where jeans last only a couple of weeks before he puts holes in the knees!
 Baby and Aunt Missi being so cute together!!
 So happy to have Missi here this week!!!
Top - Target - $3
Skirt - Macy's - hand-me-down
Belt - thrifted
Espadrilles - DSW - $8
Earrings - gifted


French Macaroon

Hi! Missi here, I'm out in Ohio visiting Nic "helping" her and getting my fill of her two adorable children.
Nic and I have been talking about making French Macaroons for awhile now, so this morning I thought I'd try my hand.

We did run into a problem, we were unable to obtain Almond flour for our delectable treats. So...I MADE some! Using Nic's blender I put in a few handfuls and whirled away. After, I went ahead and sifted the Almond flour, in hopes to rid myself of some of the skin.
Next I made a little raspberry puree for the cookies.
Sugar, Anyone?
After whipping the egg whites till light and fluffy, folding in the flour/sugar mixture and adding the raspberry puree. I pipped the filling onto parchment paper and placed in a preheated oven for about ten minutes.
After cookies cooled, I sandwiched with raspberry jam and had my taste tester sample for approval. Approval was granted:-)
I tried two batches. One batch I cooked longer then the other, seeing which would taste better.
In the end, the shorter cooked cookies not only tasted the best, but also kept their pink color
Next time I'll use blanched almonds for my flour, so there aren't any brown flecks in the cookies and I'll try some cocoa powder in the cookie and chocolate ganache for the filling!