Top Fall Fashion Trends

So if your an influencer, you'll want to know about this app called Popular Pays, which is a platform that connects brands with stories to tell and the content creators who'll help them say it (like me!). It's where I get the majority of paying collaborations. And if you're not an influencer, just disregard this first paragraph :)

Well, the other day, I had the opportunity to shoot with Marshalls. It was one of those "pinch me" moments. When they accepted my entry for the campaign, I about fell out of my seat. The either picked you to feature home decor or fashion for the gig and they decided that I was to focus on style. They sent me a long list of this year's top fashion trends + styling tips, and I thought that they were so good, that I wanted to share it with you all.

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Close To You: A Video of Us in Paia, Hawaii

When I envisioned this post, I thought the words that would accompany the video of us from Hawaii were going to be light-hearted, blithesome and effortlessly joyful. I, however, experienced something much deeper after watching this video. 

How can three seconds completely transform your entire way of being? I must have watched this video a thousand times, and I can’t stop crying when it hits the 50-53 seconds mark. The way her hands touch both of our faces at the same time, it’s like she knows. 

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Trunk Club Review: Is it Worth it?

So, I recently signed up for my first Trunk Club with Nordstroms. If you don't know what it is, you really should!! Basically, it's a personalized styling service that sends you clothes right to your doorstep. When you sign up, you take a style survey, add in your sizes to your profile and from there, you are linked to a stylist.

My stylist's name is Jennifer---and you guys, she nailed the first trunk!!

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5 Ways to do Mindfulness on the Weekends

Weekends may as well be the best invention in the whole wide world. It's a way to slow down, enjoy ignoring the to-do list and spend quality time with family. I have been doing a ton of reading on how I can bring mindful living into my everyday life as a working mother. I have noticed that mindfulness has helped me to stay centered, calm and grateful for the here and now. I am less reactive and a whole lot more patient. I feel less overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood and I notice myself having thoughts of gratitude. 

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Bohemian Halloween Decor That Everyone Needs!

Eek! I am getting so excited about Halloween that I can hardly stand it. I feel like this is the first round of holidays that Winter can take an active part in and I plan to make each holiday as festive as possible for her.

Below is a roundup that I did on how to decorate your home to be spooky and festive, while still being able to let your bohemian vibes shine through.

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The Best Bell Sleeve Shirts

I am loving the cooler weather and with fall right around the corner, I have been loving transitioning slowly out of my summer gear. My favorite go-to is wearing a bell sleeve top with a trusty ole pair of jeans.

Bell sleeves can be dressed up or down and work perfectly from running errands with your kids to going on a date night to your favorite restaurant. Below is a round up of some of my current favorites. And most of them are on sale!!!

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Things I Want to Remember about Winter at 22-Months-Old

It's all going entirely too quickly. I can't believe that in two months, my sweet Winter will be two-years-old. There are so many moments during the day that I find myself begging for time to pause so that my memory has time to etch every single detail of her into my soul. I want to savor every bit of time that I have with her while she is this little. Gosh, where is that darn pause button??! Slow down, time!!

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Bohemian Zen Family Room

We have lived in our house for a year now and I am excited to say that it is almost completely furnished and decorated. When we moved in, our family room (which is a converted garage) needed some TLC to truly make it ours. Perry built these shelves, and I must say, it feels like it grounds the room and frames our credenza quite well. We still have some minor tweaks and stuff that we want to add to this room, but for now it functions as the perfect space for my daughter to play in and for us adults to enjoy. We hope you like our take on a bohemian zen family room. 

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I Asked My Husband To Do 7 Days of Mindfulness...

The other day I had the privilege of creating and delivering a professional development presentation to my entire school staff on mindfulness and how trauma effects the brain. I was blown away with how well it was received and I am hopeful that my staff will not only begin to use it themselves, but use it with their students as well.

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Watercolor Cactus Wallpaper

I was born and raised in Arizona. I don't know if its the desert sunsets, the shades of green found in the various types of cacti, or the mild winter time, but something about the desert has always spoken to me.

When I saw this removable wallpaper from Coloray Decor, I almost spilled my wine all over the phone while trying to zoom in on the details. It was love at first sight. It has made this living room feel so complete. The Peel&Stick adhesive made this wallpaper super easy to install. It took us about 45 minutes to get up from start to finish (including cutting out the holes for the light fixture and outlet). The best part about this wallpaper is that you can remove it and stick it somewhere else and the quality of the adhesive will remain in tack. No wall damage and no fuss!

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What Traveling To Hawaii Taught Me About Home

I have so many photos from our time in Paia, Hawaii. I think that this post will be more of a visual depiction of the depth that I felt while I was there in lei of my words. But to set up this post, I have to write a little bit about my experience, because lets be real...I ALWAYS have something to say.

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Why I Continue Doing a Job That is Difficult

I have had this lingering feeling that unsettling thoughts and emotions about returning to work are in my near future. I know that I am beyond blessed to get the opportunity to stay home with Winter during the summer, but once I begin to get so used to it, it seems like I am already staring at the end of summer on a calendar. Before I can even blink, I am back to work; 10 weeks is not long enough.

I have written a few blogs on the topic of being a working mother (which I will link below), but this blog feels so much heavier, less optimistic, if you will. 

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So We Didn't Get Pregnant...

When I wrote this post, my view consisted of the beach, waves, and people enjoying the sunshine and beautiful palm trees. There was absolutely no reason to complain. Except, I keep sitting here thinking what could have been and romanticizing the video clip I had imagined in my mind. You see, about a month ago, I looked over at Winter and something came over me. This emotion that I had never felt before, the longing of another baby. Before, when people would ask, I would cringe at the thought of another child. The idea of it all made me feel sick to my stomach and full of fear. Postpartum depression hit my family like a banshee out of hell and I could not, would not, risk putting myself or my husband through that again. Fear would win in my mind, and for the longest time, I thought our family size of three could be complete.

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