I love sharing good deals and finds with y’all. I’ve compiled a little smorgasbord (had to Google how to spell that) of my favorite finds lately from clothes to gifts to accessories!

I bought this dress a year ago, but it was just too darn hot in Houston to wear it! I’m so glad I finally got to when we went to the Houston Symphony’s Christmas Pops Concert! It’s comfy, lightweight, and super festive.

Madewell Buffalo Plaid Dress

madewell buffalo plaid dress


I love a good, comfy, holiday shirt that’s got a little sass to it. I’m wearing a small in this one.

Target Sleigh All Day T-Shirt

sleigh all day target

 


This dress is SUPER comfy but still flattering. It fits snug in the top and flares out a bit at your mid section. Jon Boy loves this dress, so I know it’s a keeper!

Old Navy Fit & Flare Jersey Dress ($30) I’m wearing a small.

old navy dress


Leith Easy Circle Cardigan

Legitimately the best cardigan I’ve ever owned. It’s ridiculously soft, lightweight but still offers warmth, and comes in 11 different colors. I also love that it comes down a little lower than most in the back, so it’s perfect to pair with a long t-shirt + leggings. I’ve already got this color, but Santa may or may not be brining me another. I do love her.

leith easy circle cardigan

leith sweater


I just discovered this fella a month or so ago. I’ve loved Hobo wallets for years now, but this one is a little special. It has a clasp inside that can attach to your keys. The wallet is meant to fit your phone inside, and it does perfectly! I just throw my phone in the wallet, attach my key wrist strap, and put this bad boy in Corey’s diaper bag. That way, I’m not always carrying his bag + my purse.

Hobo ‘Sadie’ Leather Wallet | Wrist Strap with Clasp + Ring

hobo sadie wallet

hobo sadie leather wallet


I’ve just recently discovered Jane.com and ohhhhh my is it dangerous! They have deals that expire every 3 days, so unfortunately this sweater dress isn’t available anymore. BUT everything I’ve gotten so far from Jane has been of good quality and a great price. They have kids’ stuff and home decor, too. I use their app to shop, but you can find the same things online. Don’t say I didn’t warn you… It’s dangerous, y’all. Dangerous I say.

I looooove a cute Christmas t-shirt, y’all! This one was $16 during its sale on Jane. (Click here to visit the boutique who made this shirt.) BTW – I’m wearing these blush pants with it. I posted a picture to my Instagram Stories and folks thought I was taking a picture sans pants. I may be literally the worst selfie taker ever, but I ain’t never gonna post a naked selfie no matter how bad I am.

vintage holiday shirt jane

{Also – still obsessed with these leggings from Target ($15)!} | This tunic is from Jane, but the sale has expired! Click here to browse this boutique’s current stock.

jane app

I’m already a repeat offender with this adorable number.

plaid sleeved top

This floral tunic was only $13 on Jane during its sale! Super comfy, lightweight, and adorable. (Here’s a link to the boutique who makes it.) I’m wearing those lovely $15 Target leggings in navy with it.

fall floral tunic jane

I also got a few gifts for my fave people for Christmas from Jane.

This puzzle for kids that can be customized (bought from this site) is so adorable! They were on sale for $20 each.

Kids Name Puzzle

A Perzonalized Character Puzzle (bought from this site) was only $13! You pick the name and what type of character scene you’d like. Super cute!

Personalized Character Puzzle

I know folks love a cute little house flag to go with the season, and these were only $7 each on their sale. Here’s a link to the company who makes them!

Decorative House Flags

It’s tough to share the link love from my Jane steals because they’re only live for 3 days, BUT I’d highly suggest checking out the app for yourself. The deals are AWESOME! They will also do Sneak Peeks to give you a preview for upcoming sales.


KUT from the Kloth Skinny Jeans (On sale right now!)

kut from the kloth pants


Recover Gemstone iPhone Case

My poor pineapple phone cover finally bit the dust after months of being tossed on top of crumbs, olive oil, and salt while I’m cooking + trying to take pictures. I guess phone cases weren’t meant to be cooking utensils. Who knew? This case is so cute though and a great price ($20), so I don’t feel too bad about butchering my pineapple {case}.

Recover Gemstone iPhone Case


In a very related note, I owe our UPS guy a seriously generous Christmas present. I buy almost exclusively online, so he’s been a busy little elf lately thanks to all these great finds! Is it sad that we’re on a first name basis already? I feel like it’s only fair to keep buying goodies like these so that our friendship can continue to grow.

Pumpkin patches + adorable kids – is there anything better? I think not.

pumpkin patch

Definitely not.

corey douglas

Corey’s school puts on the most adorable pumpkin patch every year with themed pumpkin displays, a slide made out of hay, and even a bicycle ride. It’s adorable! Just look at that sweaty little man trying to pick up all the “bigg puunnkiiinnnns!” He kept saying, “I stwong Mama!” Gahhhh. I just love that kid + this time of year. Simply the best!

corey douglas

Now, if only Houston would jump on board. This friggin’ weather is ridiculous. 87 and feels like 98 with humidity. Gross. At least the puppy and the kid enjoy it!

corey douglas

There was ONE day this week that was actually cool enough to dress “fall” like. I grabbed my leggings and plaid shirt faster than Lucy swipes the football from Charlie Brown.

fall outfit

I wanted to share a few of my Fall Favorites on this Fabulous Friday the 13th! I like alliteration, can you tell? 

Here we go!

Favorite Side Right Now: Cauliflower Rice 2.0

cauliflower rice

We had it this week with a little Taco Tuesday Bowl – ground beef taco meat, roasted veggies, avocado, tomato, cilantro, and slow-simmered black beans (recipe coming soon). The whole bowl was only about 470 calories and still super filling + delicious.

taco tuesday bowl

Favorite Nail Color Right Now: Dark Hunter Green – like almost black. I’ve found that pure black looks pretty boo-boo on my skin, so I went for a dark green and I love it! I’m still all about that dip manicure, too. It lasts forever (even with all my cooking, dishes, LAUNDRY, and everything else). I also think it’s a lot better for your natural nails than gel manicures. Try it if you haven’t yet!

dip manicure

Favorite Clothes Right Now:

These jeans are everything (okay, they call them pants, but whatever… to me they’re jeans). They don’t stretch out too much throughout the day, and that ab-solution band really holds and tucks things that need holding and tucking if you know what I mean. Plus, they come in some super cute colors!

Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Stretch Twill Skinny Pants

ab-solution stretch twill skinny pants

These fellas are worth the money. They hug places that need to be hugged and still feel super comfy. I wear these bad boys with the Target t-shirt below as my daily Mom Uniform. They still makes me feel cute while being able to be functionally mom-ish.

Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans

Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans

THIS T-SHIRT RIGHT HERE! I can’t even. The v-neck is a great length (not too high and not so low that you show your goodies when you bend over for that dropped bunch of Goldfish) plus the sides and back are great lengths, too. I love to wear mine with the jeans above, but also with leggings.

Target Mossimo Short Sleeve Relaxed V Neck T Shirt

Target Mossimo Short Sleeve Relaxed V Neck T Shirt

Favorite Movie Right Now:

(No explanation needed – it’s awesome + Corey loves it)

it's the great pumpkin charlie brown

Favorite Halloween Garb Right Now: This adorable shirt from Magpie’s Gifts in Cypress. Baseball tee + Halloween + the word Y’all. I’m sold.

magpie's halloween shirt

Music class is always fun with this chubby bunny. No idea why my face looks like a hot mess, but he’s too cute. I had to share his joy.

corey douglas

Have I mentioned that my kid is IN LOVE with his music teacher? He literally stares at her like this for the ENTIRE music class. It’s adorable, but also, dude I’m paying for you to sing + dance. Not drool over your teacher.

corey douglas

Okay, I forgive you. You cute.

corey douglas

What are YOUR favorite things for fall (or in general) right now? 

Cheers to the weekend, y’all!

friday the 13th meme

Eh hem. You see this mess? DO you SEE this mess? This would be my little angel baby dumping his plate and throwing the unwanted (green peas) bits onto the floor so that Penny would eat it all up for him. Real cute.

Y’all to be real, ever since Corey started his preschool twice a week, we’ve noticed a huge change in his… let’s just say behavior. We’ve had tantrums, screaming, hitting (people and objects), yelling, “No!”, time outs, and well… you get the idea. I don’t know if he’s picking this up at school, but it is NOT my favorite thing.

terrible twos toddler

Have y’all experienced this with your kiddos? Corey used to have bouts of rough times, but this is getting pretty consistent. I’m hoping this is a short-lived phase. Mama’s running out of wine.

Anywho…

WHY DO I EVEN GO INTO TARGET!?!?!? I know what’s going to happen… I’m going to buy a ton of stuff I don’t need but WANT SO FREAKING BADLY! Guhh. I definitely couldn’t pass up these two Sandra Boynton Halloween books. Way too darn cute. She’s got the BEST books for babies and toddlers.

target halloween

No holiday or season can be complete without a themed wine glass. Just sayin’. Thanks to my bestie for this sweet birthday gift – she knows the way to my heart. (PS – definitely poured this glass immediately following the above mentioned food throwing.)

halloween wine glass

You gotta love a good ole comfy dress that you can throw on while rangling the toddler and slopping on some make up. This one is a cheap find (about $25) and is fitted through the arms and chest, but flowy at the waist and legs. I don’t know why, but I love when a dress is comfy + still attractive. It’s really easy for these kinds of dresses to quickly turn towards a Mumu-esque situation.

Old Navy Jersey-Knit Swing Dress for Women

old navy striped dress

So y’all know I love me some Crock Pot Wednesday. I also love me some freezer-friendly situations. I also reallllly like easy but still yummy weeknight meals. This shredded chicken covers all my loving bases.

It’s super simple and gives you healthy, cooked, shredded chicken that’s ready when you are.

crock pot shredded chicken

I just grab a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts (the big ones, not the chicken tender size) + 2 cups of chicken stock. Turn the Crock Pot on high, throw everything in, and cook for about 4 hours or until the chicken shreds easily. You could also leave it on low for about 8-10 hours depending on how much chicken you’ve got. Just make sure the chicken is almost totally covered with stock.

crock pot shredded chicken


Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups chick stock

Place the chicken in the bottom of a Crock Pot. Cover with chicken stock. Cook on high for 4 hours (or low 8-10) until chicken shreds easily with a fork.

Remove chicken from Crock Pot and shred. Store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Now that fall is here, (and yes, it IS here, buddy), I’m super excited to transition my wardrobe from bikinis + shorts to jeans + layering! By the way, trying to wear jeans in Houston in the summer should be rewarded with a medal of honor. It’s ridiculously difficult to get in them, stay in them, and not murder anyone. Anywho… I’ve been oogling lots of great pieces that can be layered throughout this transition time.

Here’s a few goodies I’ve found:

I love a good staple like this one that can last you for a few seasons. Bomber jackets + utility vests have been in for a little while now, but it’s taken me a bit to get on board. I’ve been looking for that ONE perfect vest/jacket that I could wear that wouldn’t cost a small fortune. This one is $79 and would be so cute with a t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, or even a tank like the model is wearing. LOVE IT!

 Caslon Utility Vest

Caslon Utility Vest

Jean jackets have also made a big comeback in the fashion world. Just like the bomber jacket, you’ve gotta find the perfect one. I love this one because it’s not too pricy ($118), and the colors are exactly what I’m looking for. I want one that’s not super light (think chambray), but also not too dark. I also weirdly love what the inside cuffs look like once you’ve rolled the sleeves up.

Madewell Jean Jacket

Madewell Jean Jacket

Okay – I’m not usually distracted by the models in pictures, but what’s going on here? What are we thinking? Hmm? I’m guessing she’s dreaming about a delicious Pasta Carbonara with a solid Cabernet. Or is that me?

Moving on… THIS is my staple t-shirt. Like my all-time favorite, go-to tee. Jon doesn’t always love them because they’re not skin-tight, but that’s exactly why I love them. I usually order a small so they’re somewhat snug but not form-fitting. The model’s looks a little too big, so don’t be fooled by the fit of this one. Plus, at only $16 right now, it’s a steal!

Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee

Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee

LOFT also makes great tees that are fitting without being too snug. They also come in some really cute colors that are perfect for layering + pairing with cardigans, vest, and jackets. PLUS right now, they’re on sale (buy one, get one 50% off)!

LOFT Vintage Soft Tee

LOFT vintage soft tee

BP also makes great tees – I especially love their long sleeve tees. I have this one in a few colors that I can mix and match with other things. Right now, this puppy is only $15!

BP Pocket Tee Long Sleeve

BP Pocket Tee Long Sleeve

LOFT has some of my favorite jeans. They always fit just the way I want them to whether I’m going for slim and sexy or loose and comfy. I just went down a jean size, too (toot toot for cutting out carbs and subbing for cauliflower), so I’m kinda excited to get some new pairs in a smaller size! These are also buy one, get one 50% off right now!

LOFT Curvy Skinny Jeans Dark Indigo

LOFT Curvy Skinny Jeans Dark Indigo

LOFT Modern Straight Leg Jeans

LOFT Modern Straight Leg Jeans

Blush is THE color right now, so getting a cute pump in this cute color is definitely on my list. The style is classic, too, so I know they’ll last me for quite a while. I’d pair these babies with some dark skinny jeans + a crisp white top.

Steve Madden Daisie Pointy Toe Pump

Steve Madden Daisie Pointy Toe Pump

 

I know I’ve talked a lot before about Alex and Ani, but I really can’t get enough of them right now. They stand for such a great cause (read here if you don’t know about them). They recently got some Calavera (Sugar Skull) pieces that I’m kind of obsessed with. I’m currently wearing the first piece, and I’m hoping to get the second sometime soon!

If at first you look at these and think, “Uhmmm creepy…” then lemme educate ya on the Calavera. It represents our ancestors who’ve passed on, and it’s celebrated mostly in the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Think: All Saint’s Day if your church celebrates that. Basically, it’s a symbol of celebration of the past and holding close those we’ve lost already. If you know me, then you know that’s especially important to me. (Pineapple… ‘m I right?)

Old Navy Jersey Knit Swing Dress for Women

Alex and Ani Calavera Color Infusion Charm Bangle

Alex and Ani Calavera Color Infusion Charm Bangle

One of my good friends gave me a Calavera necklace as a bridesmaid’s gift, and I can’t tell you how many times a week I wear it. I get some funny looks sometimes from people who don’t get it, but I’m okay with that. I know that it represents something dark yet beautiful.

Alex and Ani Calavera Cuff

Alex and Ani Calavera Cuff

I know this isn’t really fashion, but if you haven’t gotten yourself a good dry shampoo, you’re missin’ out. I use this every other day (days I don’t wash my hair because… mom life… or just life really). It’s lightweight, smells good, and doesn’t leave my hair feeling starchy. LOVE IT!

Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo

Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo

 

This little number is on my wish list right now. My sister-in-law swears by it, and I can’t wait to try it out! Some products don’t work with my hair, but most Dry Bar products seem to do well. Since I get my hair colored pretty often, I have to take pretty good care of it. I’m fairly particular when it comes to hair products, and this stuff is GOLD!

Dry Bar Triple Sec Texturizer

Dry Bar Triple Sec Texturizer

What are some of your favorite pieces, trends, and things you look forward to during this summer – fall transition?

 

 Not surprisingly, I’ve had my eye on some pretty things for fall. While browsing the good old Nordstrom, I also found some serious doozies. If I need some fashion schooling, let me know. I just don’t get some of these things that people make and/or buy.


I want to go back to school if only to wear this adorable + chic backpack.

Madewell Lorimer Leather Backpack

 

Madewell Lorimer Leather Backpack


This bangle comes in 3 colors and would be perfect for stacking or wearing by itself.

Nadri Wrap Hinge Bangle

nadri wrap hinge bangle


As if I need more booties… but I don’t care. These are easy to put on and still stylish. They come in two colors, too.

Sole Society Caribou Mule Bootie

Sole Society Caribou Mule Bootie


I’m not huuuuuge on the ruffle trend, but I feel like this top gives just a nod to the trend while still being slimming and sassy. I love, love, love this color, too!

Storee Ruffle Off the Shoulder Top

storee ruffle off the shoulder top


I’ve never been a big Tory Burch fan. I am however a huge fan of this hobo bag! I’m in love with the color and the long strap (mom life). It’s got tons of space for me to throw Cheerios and dirty Kleenex, too.

Tory Burch Frida Leather Hobo

 

Tory Burch Frida Leather Hobo


These lovelies are as preppy as they come but oh so cute! They come in different colors as well.

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules

gucci princetown loafter mule


Now for the My Wish NOT List Items…

Joshua Sanders Smile Genuine Rabbit Fur Loafer Mule

 

Smile Genuine Rabbit Fur Loafer Mule JOSHUA SANDERS

 

I just can’t. $348. For. These. Shoes. Like, first of all… y’all killed Peter Cottontail to make these shoes. But then you put a winky smiley face + dye it blue?! I can’t. I just really, really can’t.

Simone Rocha Teddy Feather Trim Tulle Dress

Simone Rocha Teddy Feather Trim Tulle Dress

Okay, I’m genuinely asking. Is this a joke? I need to know. I’m just getting used to the off-the-shoulder, ripped jeans, loafers, and choker things. Like, I get it, 80’s. Cute. But this? I’m just not sure. Emo + too lazy to wear anything but house shoes + stilly wanna be fancy with lace? I dunno. I need to brush up on my fashion, obvi.

Dried Van Noten Two-Tone Lamé Blazer

Dried Van Noten Two-Tone Lamé Blazer

I saved this gem for last. Can you please, please, PLEEAASE guess how much this one is?

………….

$1,995.00 – amigo.

I’d pay that IF the following conditions were met:

1) Michael Jackson wore it while singing Thriller to a President (don’t care which one).

2) It also had slimming powers and made me lose weight while wearing it.

3) It also had fun gadgets like Inspector Gadget’s except they didn’t backfire.

4) I wouldn’t pay it. EVER. Let’s be real. Even the model looks unhappy about wearing it.


Happy Weekend, Friends!

friday its kind of a big deal