Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Moms Takeover Target

A solo trip to Target. It sounds glorious doesn't it? What is even better than a solo trip to Target is a Mom’s Day Out at our favorite store!

I can think of few better things than enjoying our Starbucks and leisurely strolling the aisles in our red carts and filling them with things we  know we don’t need all without dealing with tantrum negotiations and husbands wanting to rush us along!

So, a few of us Target-loving mommas gathered on a Sunday morning and enjoyed a Mom’s Day Out!

Let me share with you what Moms Day Out at Target looks like!

Photography by: Kate Laraine Photography
 Moms: Julia Cruzan, Kate Laraine, Megan Fowler, Kailey Payne, Tori Jahner
Meet these mommas below!

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring Cleaning: Reasons to Hire a Professional Organizer

So with spring in full bloom, who has that itch to do some spring cleaning?

Today, I'm sharing my recent spring cleaning project and my first experience with a professional organizer, Kate from Orchid Organizing.

Last summer our family moved into a new house. The house was built in 1984 and we fell in love with its quirky floor plan and because it had so much room for the whole family. Noah has his man cave, the kids have their own play room and it has a nice open lay out. What the house does not have (to which I sacrificed) is my dream closet. There is no walk-in closet and the space is limited for sure.

As you can imagine a small closet is not ideal for someone with a love for fashion. I had clothes and shoes just vomiting out of it every day (i.e. first photo below). There was no rhyme or reason for anything and since moving in a year ago, I haven't had the chance to deal with the mess... Insert Kate Jones.

Kate of Orchid Organizing is a professional organizer. She specializes in helping clients clear the clutter and reclaim their space. She offers services that is best suited for you- from customized plans for the do-it yourself clients that just want some direction and tips to full in-home organization where Kate will spend the time with you to help do the dirty work! Another great option she offers is virtual organizing!

Now, some may wonder... Why do you need to hire a professional organizer? Well, I am a super organized person (usually) and I know I am capable of doing it on my own. However, there are certain things professional organizers are better at.

Today, I am sharing the my reasons to hire a professional organizer:

1) The task of organizing is overwhelming. I have been in the new house for a year and still didn't know where to start. I think this happens to a lot of people. They have all the intentions but because the thought of it is so overwhelming they tend to put it off.

2. Organizing is emotional. You hang on to the same pants because you think you're going to lose the weight. You hang on to that dress because you've gotten so much wear out of it and it makes you feel good. It gets way too hard making those tough decisions on what to keep, what to donate and what to throw away.

3. Clutter accumulates quickly. There is so much out there to purchase! I know being a fashion blogger buying things becomes your work. You buy so you can blog about it and it starts to fill your closet!

4. Hiring someone to help makes you more accountable. Working with Kate, we made a plan. We set a schedule for things and we had a planned date to get the job done. It's so easy to put the non-fun chores off for another day when it's just up to you.

5. Trying to organize yourself is like trying to cut your own hair. Some tasks are just best left for the professionals. This is their sole job. They are the experts when it comes to knowing where to start, how to best manage your time and accomplish the exact results you want.


The 4 bin system! Okay, so I noticed I spelled Sell incorrectly... I had yard SALE on my mind, okay?

Time to sort! 
The cutest little helper, Mia! 
Isn't Kate just the cutest!? 
It only took two hours from start to finish to get my closet organized! 

 AFTER: I'm so happy with the results! I love using the shelves for my shoes! 

I highly recommend anyone to work with Kate! She was so great to work with. Not only is she professional and sweet but she provided so many great tips and tricks about how to sort through my items and how to creatively use the space I had.

Check her out if you've got that spring cleaning itch! Also, if you mention this blog post you'll receive her signature consultation ($100 value) for FREE!

You can find out more about Orchid Organizing HERE

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Screen Printing with Moss & Marsh + A Giveway

Last week, I was invited along with my older daughters to join Candace, owner of Moss & Marsh, in studio to screen-print some tees in anticipation for their big T-shirt launch next week on April 19th!

Ava and Lily were so excited and I was too. I was excited to spend time with just them and also for use to learn something new together.

The whole screen-printing process is so interesting and super fun! I loved the reactions the girls both had as we lifted the screen to reveal their shirts!

I have always adored the coastal prints from Moss & Marsh. Their products are both beautiful and functional! They offer something for everyone, even if you have fur babies!
Moss & Marsh is celebrating their 2 year anniversary and they are having a HUGE sale next Thursday-Sunday. The entire site will be 25% off! I am going to stock up on my favorite items, especially in their new limited edition colors!

Over on my Instagram I'm hosting a Giveaway! Head over there for entry details! One lucky follower will win a T-shirt from Moss & Marsh's new product line and a necklace from Mud Happy River Jewels! If you comment on this post with your favorite Moss & Marsh print and Instagram account name it will count as 5 extra entries!

Spring Stripes: With White Denim

Happy Hump Day, friends! I hope you're not tired of stripes! I've been wearing them out lately, including today's look!

I probably have three or four different blue and white striped tops. They are classic and there are so many ways to style them. For today's look I paired them with white denim - another must have for spring and summer! This top has the cutest tie detail in the back and I love the ruffles and peter pan collar. It's only $12 too! I gave this look a pop of color with these fun acrylic yellow earrings I snagged for less than $5!

Shop This Look:
Denim Jacket // Striped Top ($12!) // White Jeans // Sandals (old), another great option  // Handbag // Earrings

Photography by: Hilary Hull Photography**

** If you're looking for a photographer, check out Hilary! She does weddings, portraits, family and styling!

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