Cat Eye Sunglasses

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Cat Eye Sunglasses

I am a big fan of cat eye sunglasses! Cat eye frames are just a classic, vintage shape and they work well on my narrow, child-sized face!

Sunglasses are a must for me because lots of bright sunlight exposure is one of my main migraine triggers. I don’t get them often but I can almost guarantee I’ll have one if I’m out for several hours with no shade. Wearing sunglasses is a game-changer for me and this is my current pair (the pic is clickable):

I picked a pair of frames I liked that fit my face and had polarized tinted prescription lenses put in by my doctor’s office.

With our upcoming trip to Punta Cana, DR, I have my eye on some amazing cat eye sunglasses! Some of them are outrageously priced ($650?! Yeah right!) but I love all the styles, how about you? Can you spot which frames are splurges and which are steals?

Cat Eye Sunglasses

Cat Eye Sunglasses

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Scroll through and click the pics for a closer look at each pair:

Cat Eye Sunglasses

Be sure to check out the swimsuits I have my eye on for our vacation here!

Vacation Swimsuit Inspiration

Vacation Swimsuit Inspiration

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Vacation Swimsuit Inspiration

I mentioned in my last post that Luke and I are heading to the Dominican Republic thanks to a contest I won at Blogger Bash last month…

And now ALLLLLLLLL I can think about is this trip!! What are we going to eat, what are we going to do, what am I going to wear?? We really love trying the local food when we travel and I am totally unfamiliar with Dominican cuisine. The DR really wasn’t even on my radar for places to travel to soon so I’m grateful to have this opportunity to step outside my little bubble of a bucket-list!

I was just going through my swimsuits the other day and thinking that several of them have seen their last summer. A good suit is hard to find so I feel a little stressed and sad to have to retire them but it is time!

Vacation Swimsuit Inspiration:

Diagonal Color-Block Bandeau One-Piece // Flounce One-Piece // Sweetheart One-Piece

Striped Bandeau One-Piece // Ladder-Back One-Piece // Color-Block Bandeau One-Piece

I love suits that have the option to convert to a bandeau neckline – no more strappy shoulder tan lines! I am also still loving the color-block trend…is that still going strong for everyone else?! I’m on the fence with the flounce top. Part of me says, “YES!” but part of me says, “JURASSIC PARK!” Which ones are your faves? Have anything I should add to my list?

Lose Yo’ Shoes with Woven Pear

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Lose Yo' Shoes Printable with Woven Pear

We have become that family. The ‘lose yo’ shoes’ in the house family.

Here’s the deal: We just bought a brand new home. We have light carpet. We have inexpensive light carpet. Also, we read a scare-tactic heavy article about all the germs, toxins, diseases, and bad guys that are on the bottoms of shoes. Do you know how dirty your shoes are??!!

So why do I feel so awkward about asking people to take off their shoes in my home? I guess I don’t want people to feel self-conscious about their feet…but I still don’t want their nasty shoes all over my crib, you know? I thought long and hard about it and then I was like, “DUH! Offer guests cute socks to wear and let a funny printable do the talking for me!”

Lose Yo' Shoes Printable with Woven Pear

Today I’m really excited to team up with Woven Pear to share their CUTE socks and a funny printable that gets to the point without being weird!

Lose Yo' Shoes Printable with Woven Pear

Lose Yo' Shoes Printable with Woven Pear

Garden Patch // Dream Big // Pineapple Whip

You can print out your very own sign by clicking on the picture below or the words “Click to Download.” I printed mine as a 5 x 7 photo at Wal-Mart for less than $3. My printer is on the fritz (my guess is a certain 3 year old has something to with it) otherwise I would have just done a quick print onto some cardstock. If you decide to print it bigger than 5 x 7 be sure to check the preview to make sure nothing gets cut off!

Lose Yo’ Shoes // Rock Some Socks

Want to win a pair of Woven Pear socks for yourself + a pair for a friend? Hop over to Instagram for our giveaway!

Lose Yo' Shoes Giveaway with Woven Pear

Entryway: A Pop of Color with Wayfair

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Entryway: Pop of Color!

Today, I’m sharing how I partnered with Wayfair to add a pop of color to our new interior entryway! As you can see, our entry is large and has great natural light. What it lacks is visual interest and personality.

Pop of Color: Before

It is just bland and lame so I made two goals for it:

#1 Function
We need a landing space for shoes, bags, keys, and seasonal items.

#2 Wow
I want to be excited to come in the front door.

As I was browsing through Wayfair for this project I initially thought I’d buy a fun and sassy rug. The problem was I could NOT decide! I liked too many and could never pull the trigger and buy something from my Rugs Idea Board. So, I started looking at console tables for a place to drop our keys and space to put some art. I fell in love with the style of the Safavieh Cindy Console Table and something about it in Red was speaking to me. I don’t normally go for red but I’m so glad I did! It’s a warm red with a hint of orange and it is really bright and cheerful. It gives our entry an awesome pop of color and is so happy! To catch our keys and break up all that red I added a white tray that fits PERFECTLY on top of the table.

Pop of Color: Console Table

While I was looking around Wayfair I decided to give the entry a bit of a summer vibe. We have a neighborhood pool just down the road so I added this cabana stripe towel to our collection of beach towels in the basket under the console table.

A pink and white pillow echos the cabana stripe and gives some interest and warmth to the shoe bench.

Pop of Color: Pillow

My other favorite Wayfair purchase was the coat rack. It will be perfect for beach towels in the summer and coats in the winter!

Pop of Color: Coat Rack

Wayfair has so many great options to choose from – be sure to check out my “Pop of Color” Idea Board for more ways to punch up your entryway!

So, here’s what my entry look like before:

Pop of Color: Before

And here it is after getting the Pop of Color treatment:

Pop of Color: Before

How do you use color in YOUR home?

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No Sew DIY T-Shirt

DIY T-Shirt

Do you remember making this easy no sew DIY t-shirt back in the day? My school was big on selling t-shirts for everything. Homecoming? Buy the t-shirt. French club? T-shirt. Blood drive? Duh, T-SHIIIIIIRT. But we were teens so heaven forbid we all show up wearing exactly the same thing. But we were teens so we were also lazy and lacked sewing skills. Enter fabric scissors.

I became a master thrift store t-shirt revamper in the early 2000’s thanks to my Fiskars and Bedazzler. But back to this tutorial. It is so easy and it goes perfectly with these adorable DIY Patriotic Shorts I’m sharing on Over The Big Moon today!

DIY Patriotic Shorts Pockets

So, here’s how to take a plain Wal-mart t-shirt and make it your own!

Supplies –
Fabric Scissors
icon*Buy the t-shirt 1-2 sizes too big
If you’re also making the shorts go ahead and add a bleach pen

DIY T-Shirt

DIY Patriotic Shorts Supplies

Step 1 – Trim the seams off the sides, cut the sleeves off, trim the seams off the shoulder seams, and cut the collar off. Trim as close to the seams as possible! You will have two separate pieces when you are done.

DIY T-Shirt

DIY T-Shirt

Step 2 – Lay the top piece on the bottom with wrong sides together. The “wrong” side is the inside of the t-shirt or the side that will be against your skin when you wear it. Line up stripes or patterns. Then make cuts about 1/3″-1/2″ deep and 1/3″ apart up one side of the shirt. For my stripes I cut each stripe into thirds. Then, tie up your t-shirt! I found that tying every other cut was the easiest way to keep track as I went along. When I did one right after the other they pulled it a bit too tight and made it harder to work with.

Do one side, then the other. Finish with the shoulders. I had to trim a bit of the bottom piece to line up with the top piece before making my 3 cuts to tie.

DIY T-Shirt

DIY T-Shirt

And there you have it! The great thing is this DIY t-shirt is less than $4!

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Girls Summer Staples: Under $10

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Girls Summer Staples

I love shopping for my girls in the summer. The swim suits and rompers are so little and cute! I don’t love spending a ton of money though. My kids play so hard in the summer- crawling through mud, dirt, grass, playing with chalk, ice pop stains, bloody knees and elbows. I tend to dress them in lots of old jeans cut into shorts and cheap new clothes that will last just one season (sometimes only half!). That’s where finding great deals comes in handy!

I rounded up some of my favorite girls summer staples and the good news is they are ALL currently under $10. I’ve been posting my favorite deals under $10 over at and they have been going really well- so trust me when I say if you see something here you like, snatch it up! Things sell out and sometimes the price goes up!

Girls Summer Staples

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I’m Glad I Wasn’t My Skinniest on My Wedding Day

Today we are excited to introduce you to Stephanie’s sister, Nicole Hock! She originally wrote this for a class at her university. We love the message and hope you all do, too! You can find Nicole on Instagram and Pinterest.

Why I’m Glad I Wasn’t my Skinniest on my Wedding Day

Your wedding day – the one day society tells you has, no NEEDS, to be perfect.
radmomcoolkid-nicole hock

This is me and my now husband.

This is me 10 months after I started getting help for my eating disorder.

This is me, not my skinniest on my wedding day.

Anyone who has every struggled with an eating disorder will tell you it’s an everyday battle. It’s a battle against food, it’s a battle against society, and ultimately it’s a battle against yourself. It seems like the solution would be easy, right? Just eat. Just be healthy, and exercise and stop being so worried about your appearance. I really wish it was that easy, for everyone’s sake, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Most eating disorders are psychologically deep-rooted. After eight years of battling my own eating disorder, I realized I had a problem. And I needed help.

I was just starting to get the hang of eating like a normal person when I met this super great guy that really liked me. To make a long story short; we dated, eventually he proposed, and we set a wedding date. It was a really hard few months. I was in recovery, trying to plan a wedding, and continuing to grow a relationship with my soon-to-be husband. Luckily, my fiancé was more than supportive about my eating disorder. Our engagement wasn’t easy but I was able to disregard all the, “Lose Weight Before your Wedding” articles and not excessively dwell on my wedding dress size. We got married and personally, I thought I was doing pretty great. Then I saw my wedding pictures.

I, like most other newlywed women, was quite antsy waiting for my wedding pictures to come back. The pictures are all you have left when it’s over, right? The second I got them, I popped the CD into the computer and opened the file. When I started looking through them, a wave of disappointment came over me. I didn’t look skinny. I didn’t look perfect. I thought I had looked okay that day. What happened? I looked… fat (a near curse word at our house). I cried as I flipped through the rest of the pictures. It was supposed to be a happy moment, but all I felt was anger and shame.

I spent a lot of time thinking about my pictures, my weight, and all the could-have-beens. I would see friend’s wedding pictures and deeply wish I could have a wedding do-over. If only I had looked as skinny and gorgeous as they did. Maybe if I had just lost five or ten pounds, or worked out more before my wedding. Maybe if I had purposefully bought my dress small I would’ve had more motivation. I just wanted perfect pictures, was that too much to ask?! My best friend got married a few months after I did, and seeing her pictures was the last straw for me. My poor husband came home to a sobbing, and completely inconsolable wife that night.

We recently moved and of course that meant a lot of redecorating for me. I put up a picture collage in our front room and it’s largely comprised of wedding and bridal pictures. As I finished hanging all the pictures up, I took a step back to see how it looked. It was then that I realized I had been successfully duped by society. So what if my wedding day wasn’t perfect? So what if I didn’t look perfect? What does being extra skinny on your wedding day say anyways? What would it have shown I’d accomplished? That I had given in? That I had fed the lie that the only version of beautiful is super thin? Though it felt like I lost something monumental (my dream wedding pictures), the loss was actually a tremendous victory for me. I didn’t give in to my eating disorder for one of the biggest events in my life – an event that our culture says you should be at your skinniest, and look absolutely perfect, for. My mind-set started to change.

Every day is its own challenge, but my bad days are becoming fewer and farther between. Occasionally I’ll glance at my pictures as I walk past them and smile. My wedding pictures are proof of a battle that I won, and am continuing to win (most days). It took a while for me to see it that way, but I’m not upset or ashamed of them anymore. They hold value for me. I’m proud of my pictures now, in fact I love them. They are not perfect, and that’s the way I like them. My appearance and weight do not define my worth.

I’m glad I wasn’t my skinniest on my wedding day.

Nicole Hock

I'm Glad I Wasn't My Skinniest on My Wedding Day

Alt Summit Survival Guide

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Alt Summit Survival Guide photo by Brooke Dennis

Last week I attended my second Alt Summit in Salt Lake. It was really weird to be back. It felt like home but not. I had a lump in my throat a lot because our life was easier there. We had friends, family, doctors, and lots of shopping options across the street. It was tough to be in the middle of all that but not belong to it any more. Anyway, back to Alt.

Alt Summit Survival Guide

1. WATER. Utah is soooooo dry. You need to chug water like crazy to maintain any sort of hydration. Skip the soda and booze and grab the water pitcher, friends! The water will also help you get over any altitude sickness, should you start feeling symptoms.

2. LOTION. The Honest Company stocks the bathroom at Alt with great products and I make sure I use their lotion every time I’m in there! Utah air is so dry and you really start to notice on your hands after you’ve washed them a time or two. I make sure to keep my hands and face moisturized.

3. LANOLIN. This was my secret weapon at Alt! My lips are painfully dry all the time. I have been weaning myself off of lip balm over the last several months and the downside has been a chronic split and peeling lip. I wrote a post about lip balm addiction here. Anyway, I was cleaning out a drawer the other day and found an old tube of lanolin.

If you’re not familiar, lanolin is generally used by moms at the start of breastfeeding. Well, if it’s good for the nips, it’s good for the lips! People all around me were busting out the chapstick all day and I was good to go with my lanolin! I slathered on a thick layer after I brushed my teeth at night and a thin layer in the morning after brushing. It’s amazing. My friend, Jill, thought I was nuts until she tried it!

4. COMFY SHOES. My tip for any conference is to wear shoes that will be comfy all day. For me, that means flat shoes that are about a half size bigger than what I normally wear. When I fly and walk around a lot my feet swell just enough to make my shoes feel tight and totally uncomfortable. I find that a half size up is perfect.

5. DRY SHAMPOO. I washed my hair once at Alt. I don’t have time to be doing all kinds of hair shenanigans every day because I like sleeping and meeting with people before and after the conference each day. My secret time saver is dry shampoo!

6. VASELINE/AQUAPHOR. This is a little gross but I get bloody noses when I’m in a super dry location. My best trick for avoiding them is to apply vaseline or aquaphor to a cotton swap and swipe it around the inside of each nostril. It’s a strange sensation at first but getting a bloody nose in the middle of talking with someone is not my idea of leaving a great first impression!

I wrote a recap of my experience with lots of pictures here, check it out!

Check out OneDrive for more photos from Alt or search #AltSummit on Instagram!

Stylish Women’s Winter Outerwear + Accessories

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Women's Winter Outerwear + Accessories
RUD styled by RUDSAK Faux-Fur-Trim Belted Puffer Down Coat • Rudsak
Portolano Pearl-Stitch Metallic Knit Gloves, Dreamblue/Silver • Portolano
Isabel Marant Nowles shearling-lined leather concealed wedge boots • Isabel Marant
Kenneth Cole Reaction Hooded Faux-Fur-Trim Quilted Down Puffer Coat • Kenneth Cole Reaction
ASOS Fair Isle Mittens – Multi • Asos
Joan Of Arctic Knit & Leather Boots • Sorel
S13/NYC Mogul Hooded Puffer Jacket • S13/Nyc
H&M – Leather Gloves – Beige – Ladies • H&M
Khombu Maya Cold Weather Faux-Fur Boots • Khombu
MICHAEL Michael Kors Chevron-Quilted Packable Puffer Coat • MICHAEL Michael Kors
Tinley Road Faux Fur Infinity Scarf
Sporto Women’s Daphne Faux-Fur Booties • Sporto
Vince Camuto Hooded Quilted Puffer Coat • Vince Camuto
ASOS Oversized Grid Check Square Scarf – White • Asos
Yorque wedge bootie • Sole Society

Winter is so much more enjoyable when you are dressed for the freezing temps and rain and snow. Nothing kills my mood faster than walking outside and realizing that my cute outfit is worthless and might contribute to me freezing to death before I get to my car.

Winter can be really tough on your hair, too. Click here for tips on protecting your hair during the cold season.

Now you’ll have good hair, great coats, and warm accessories that will keep you toasty- you’re welcome!! Just click the images below for more information!

Women’s Winter Outerwear + Accessories

Gift Guide: Home Cook

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Gift Guide: Home Cook

1. Measure Magnet
2. Measuring Spoons
3. Mortar and Pestle
4. Mixing Bowls
5. Blender
6. Mango Vinegar
7. Sushi Making E-Classicon

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8. The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings
9. Baking Collection
10. Cooking Guide Apron
11. Baking Mat
12. Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
13. Mixer
14. Ginger Infused Oil – Similar HERE (Pictured no longer available)
15. Chopper
16. Beginner’s Chocolate Making E-Class

Gift Guide: Home Cook

17. Pumpkin Butter
18. Round Dutch Oven
19. Herb Mill
20. Kitchen Scale
21. Grill Master Cookbook
22. Healthy Cooking E-Class
23. Vintage-Inspired Apron
24. Cookware Set
25. Spiralizer

My husband loves to cook and try new foods- he has been obsessed with food pretty much his whole life. He remembers parties, receptions, and other events based on the food served at them. I can tell you about the outfits, he can tell you the menu!

Luke is pretty hard to shop for when it comes to gifts. He loves to read but he doesn’t like collecting books- he loves the library. I’ve gotten him bookstore gift cards, a nook, books, and he always goes back to the public library! So, a few years ago, I just went to the grocery store and bought him tons of fancy ingredients- things we normally wouldn’t budget into our regular grocery store trips. It went over well…and I benefited from it, too!!

This list of gifts for food lovers has something for every budget- stocking stuffers, big ticket items, and upgrades of the everyday things we all use when we cook. I have my eye on that blender and I can’t wait to flip through the Kinfolk cookbook. Hey, these would make great wedding or off-to-college gifts, too!

If you’re looking for more ideas for your holiday shopping list, check out all our gift and style guides here.

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