Wal-Mart Haul

Well hello!  Hope everybody is enjoying their summer or what is left of it.  As much as I would love to buy all the things from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, right now we just don't have the money to do that.  Plus, all the stuff seems so fancy and all I do these days is either camp out at our kitchen island doing school work or go to the coffee shop to do school work when I start to go stir crazy.  And because it's summer, my sleep schedule is completely out of whack thanks to my two night owls.  😂😂😂 So...I really have no need for fancy schmancy clothes.  Plus I've been able to find alternatives for what I would have bought on Nordstrom Rack or Amazon.  Surprisingly, I've been buying a lot of things that are conducive to lounging around at home, the coffee shop or bed from Wal-Mart lately.  I haven't bought clothes from Wal-Mart since my insomniac days my freshman year at Texas State.  I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the items I have been able to find and I thought I would do a post of some of the items I've picked up from Wal-Mart lately.

So without further adieu, first up is this Time and Tru knotted maxi dress that I saw in store a few weeks ago.  But they were sold out in my size.  I checked their website for availability from my phone but they were sold out.  So I saved the item on the Shoptagr app and as soon as I got notification it was in stock, I ordered it.  When I saw it in store on the hanger, I was a little doubtful that it would fit.  It looked like a sack but that could just be because I was looking at a size medium.  I was able to order my normal size small and it was the perfect length for my short self (5'), the material is super soft and it's lined.  I may or may not have saved the dress in other colors in Shoptagr.  I'm hoping to eventually score one in black.

Next up, are these Time and Tru slip on sneakers.  I have been wanting some leopard slip on sneakers for a while now but didn't want to spend a lot of money on them because I see as being more of a trendy item than a staple.  So when I saw these at Wal-Mart for only $15, I thought they would be perfect to wear for a season or two and I move onto a new shoe 'need'.  They are super comfy because they are made with memory foam which feel like heaven on my funky, flat, old lady feet.

I love that I can wear them now and I can throw them on with some leggings in the fall and winter.

Denim Jacket: Elle (similar here), Leith Dress, Time and Tru slip on sneakers

Old Navy Faux Sherpa pull-over (similar here), SPANX Faux Leather Leggings (Part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!), Time and Tru slip on sneakers

Last but not least, I finally caved and bought a 38mm Apple Watch 3.  

Back in January, I bought a used Fitbit Blaze on my neighborhood's buy/sell page to track my runs and to see if I would like a wearable without having to spend a ton of money.  Come to find out, I did really like having a fitness watch because it helped keep me motivated to exercise.  So imagine my surprise when I was running the Austin Half Marathon in February and realized 5 miles into the race, that the thing had died fter charging it overnight.  After the race, I talked with Fitbit customer support and they told me it was no longer under warranty.  I went a few months without a fitness watch until Amazon Prime Day was upon us.  Amazon had the GPS Apple Watch 3 for $169 but by the time I decided to buy it, they were sold out on Amazon.  Whomp...whomp...whomp.  But after a quick Google search, I was able to find them  in Space Gray for $199 at Wal-Mart.  So we went and picked it up.  I've had it a week and so far so good.  I've run with it using the Nike Run Club app because that is what I've used for years and I've also been playing around with the Strava app after some of my more hardcore running friends had suggested it.  I've also downloaded the Pandora and iHeartRadio apps but would love suggestions for any other cool apps.  

I guess I need to add Wal-Mart to my growing list of places I shouldn't be allowed to go unsupervised.  Whoops! 

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Review: Kendra Scott Sterling Silver line first impressions

So about a month ago Kendra Scott released their sterling silver line of jewelry.  I was super excited because while I love Kendra Scott products, the reality is that most of her items are costume jewelry that is very prone to tarnishing and I can never justify paying full price for costume jewelry that I know will inevitably tarnish.

Then there's the fine jewelry line.  While I love the fine jewelry line, the prices are a bit steep.  While I know there are some rabid fangirls of her products that would happily pay the high prices, I can't justify the price tag when I can spend the same amount on better quality and bigger diamonds for the same amount.  I will say that I did buy a Marisa necklace last year but I used the birthday discount and a gift card my girlfriend’s gave me that made the price worth it to me.

When I found out about the sterling silver line, I thought it would be a great compromise between her costume jewelry and her fine jewelry.  I was hopeful that the silver wouldn't tarnish like the costume jewelry but be a more affordable option than the fine jewelry line.  At the moment the items are only available at the South Congress Kendra Scott flagship in Austin.  So for date night one week, J took me to go check out the new line. 

When we got there, Colton, the manager at the flagship store, told us that due to the custom nature of the engraving process, Kendra wanted to make sure staff were comfortable with the new products and engraving process with the goal of releasing the items to other locations.  Colton also told us that due to the custom nature of the items, staff cannot take orders over the phone and these items will never be available for purchase online.  

All items are sterling silver.  The gold and rose gold items are plated and I suspect the finishes will eventually rub off.  So are these pieces much better than the brass plated costume jewelry? 

After looking at all the products available, I decided on a signet ring.  I have always been drawn the simplicity of the signet ring and I loved the polished top and matte finish on the band of the ring.  With some help from Colton and J, I decided to have our last initial engraved on my ring.  The engraving is free and only takes five minutes which is nice compared to jewelers like James Avery that charge $20 and take a day to engrave items.  

I was super happy with how it turned out but I was nervous about scratching the top of the ring.  I try not to wear it around the house because I'm usually clumsier when I'm at home.  I try not to expose it to chemicals like hand soap, lotion or use abrasive paper towels while wearing it.  Despite the lengths I went to prevent damage, I noticed that the band was already tarnishing eight days after we bought it.  The whole time I was worrying about not scratching the top, the matte finish turned out to be more problematic.

Knowing that Kendra Scott has always made customer satisfaction a priority, I went back to the store and showed them the ring.  I gave them some feedback about the item and they made me a new ring.  I thought surely, the first ring was a fluke.  I took the same precautions to ensure I would not have the same issue.  

But within two days, I noticed thproblem in the matte finish again.  While I love the look of the matte, I feel that Kendra Scott needs to stop using the matte finish on these items until they are able to perfect the resiliency of the finish.  Otherwise, I expect a lot of items will be returned by other customers as well.  The thing that gets me about the flawed matte finish is that Kendra has been using matte finish for several other items such as the Fern necklace and the matching Barrett stud earrings that do not had this same issue.  Personally I would have been perfectly happy if the entire ring was polished silver if it meant not having these issues.  With that being said, I do plan to take it to a jeweler in the near future and have them polish off the matte finish.  I have such high ocd that seeing imperfections in the matte finish is driving me crazy. 

While I did have some issues with my particular ring, these issues will not stop me from exploring some of the non-matte items from the line because the top of my signet ring still looks great and has had no issues.  Now if I could only decide what to get next.  Oh the decisions.  

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Life Dump: Spring Break edition

Happy spring break!  I've been on spring break for a week now but spent last week preparing for Nathan's 9th birthday party.  In years past, we would invite his whole class and turnout was always dismal.  That's the joy of having a spring break birthday.  People were always out of town.  This year, his spring break was scheduled a week later.  So we excitedly started trying to plan his party a few months ago.  This year, he has really turned into the typical teenager and has been living on his XBox.  So we thought it would be cool to have his party at PlayNation in the mall.  After checking it out, Nathan asked if he could have his friends over at our house and play Minecraft.  J being J, decided to turn it into a modern day lan party.  We borrowed our friend's XBox and he was able to connect them through our wireless router and voila!  We had our own gaming party.  The boys had a ton of fun.  While we would have paid for a party if that's what Nathan wanted, I was very thankful that he did want a smaller party because it always sucks to reserve a place for so much money to have less than half of his friends show up.  With such a small list of friends to invite, we ran the risk of the same outcome but if figured that if that happened, we could always turn the party into a sleepover.  Luckily, we didn't have to resort to that.  We were able to have a fun party here at the house.  

Nathan wasn't the only one who celebrated a birthday this weekend.  While we don't know when Buddy's birthday is, when we rescued him, the vet estimated that he was the same age as Nathan and Sunday was Buddy's 5 year rescue-versary!  It's hard to believe that he's been with our family and been our shadow for five years.  It feels like we just brought him home from my old office after he was left on the property by his previous owner.  When he lived at my old office, he had 16 acres to roam and seemed to love country life.  The funny thing about Buddy was that he was very timid around people.  He would sit at the office door during lunch and watch us eat.  When we would open the door to give him a treat, he would always run away.  He'd eventually come back and we'd watch as he would pick up the treat, drop it and repeat his ritual as if he was trying to make sure we weren't going to take away the treat or that it didn't have something harmful in it.  The day we realized he had been abandoned, it was freezing outside.  My office was in contact with his previous owner but he never mentioned if he had plans of taking Buddy with him.  In the meantime, I would feed him during the week and then on the weekends we would load up and come out to feed him.  I'll never forget the one rainy and cold night we went out to feed him and I was locking up the gate.  When I looked up, there was Buddy's nose in my face.  His sad eyes were begging me to take him home with us but he's a big dog.  Neither J or I had had a dog in years.  We had no idea what Buddy's temperment was and how he would react to Nathan.  I sadly had to tell Buddy to go back and as we drove away, I could see his silhouette in the middle of the road watching us drive down the dark, country road.  I got back out of the car and yelled for him to go back, promising to bring him home when the time was right.  A few weeks later, his owner surfaced and I finally asked him if he wanted us to take Buddy for him.  He gave me sad hug and that's the only answer I needed.  If you were to meet Buddy now, you would never know that he was timid.  He's a gentle giant.  He used to let Nathan run his toys along his fur.  He follows Nathan everywhere.  He loves visitors and the more kids around, the better.  The kids can be an inch from stepping on him and he'll just sit there taking it all in.  He likes to talk.  He likes to sing.  He likes long walks and car rides.  He LOVES gummy candy.  

Look at that smile.

After surviving a house full of boys on Saturday, I decided to take some girly me time while Nathan was at school today.  A visit to the new Kendra Scott flagship store to treat myself to a new pretty using Nathan's birthday discount seemed like the perfect escape.  I always love going into Austin because it's such a different vibe from the burbs.  For SXSW, Kendra Scott's motto is “Anything is possible” and that has been my motto this year as I finish my degree. As a kid, my mom would constantly remind me how stupid I was. When I got my acceptance letter to Southwest Texas State, she said that because I was so stupid, I didn’t get any scholarships and that they’d have to pay for everything. I began believing what she said. I fell into a depression and had to withdraw after the first semester. She berated me for being a failure but after I met J, he encouraged me to go back to school.  It was difficult working full-time and taking a full course load.  I trudged through classes thinking I would never finish but after finally receiving my associate degree in May, I finally saw an end in sight.  J suggested that I quit work and go to school full-time. We took a leap of faith and with J’s support and my determination, I’ll finally graduate in December. I truly feel that anything is possible and am so excited about things to come.  All that to say, never give up on your goals or dreams.  Go chase them.

I love how quaint and cute the little house is.  I would never have guessed this was amid the hustle and bustle of the SoCo.

It was nice to be able to walk around the empty store and check out EVERYTHING.  Usually J and/or Nathan are with me and I have to rush and make an impulse selection that I later regret.  After walking around and looking at all the sparkly things, I ended up picking the new Ryan stud earrings in diochronic glass from the Color Bar.  These studs have only been available for two weeks but they're already really popular.  I ended up buying the last pair in gold at that store.  I picked the diochronic glass stone to try and match my Stevie necklace.  My Stevie is an older piece and was made with a clear iridescent stone.  The newer diochronic glass is supposed to be the replacement of the clear iridescent but was created through a different process.  I had a pair of Danielle earrings e but sold them because the glass looked too green to me and they were too heavy for my ears.  I think the smaller size and faceted design of the diochronic stone for the Ryan meant they didn't look as green and I'm super happy with how they turned out.  

How cute is her dinnerware collection?!?  I showed J the picture of the dinnerware and he let out an exasperated sigh.  J didn't ask me if I'll buy it.  Instead he asked me when I plan on buying it.  Ha.  We aren't that fancy.  😂😂😂😂😂  Lucky him.  

Talk about a life dump.  I plan on spending the rest of this week volunteering.  I also need to get a head start on my reading for the next 7 week session of classes.  Classes start next week but so does Nathan's spring break and I am certain I will not have a lot of time to do school work while he's off.  So I guess I better go hit the books.  Hopefully, I be able to come up for air and write another post soon.  I've missed blogging like I used to.  Until then, take care!  

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How to buy pre-loved luxury bags

Now that the newness of the new year has worn off and we have finally gotten back into a normal routine again, I thought it would be a good time to post the process J went through to find and buy my pre-loved Louis Vuitton Twice for Christmas.  Plus, I needed a break from my school work.

Why buy pre-loved?  
I have always been a new bag kind of girl.  There is nothing more exciting than being able to buy and walk out with a new luxury bag of your dreams.  If you're a luxury handbag junkie like myself, you know that they never go on sale.  Buying pre-loved is great for those who love luxury items but cannot afford to buy them new.  Somebody else takes the depreciation hit and you get a fabulous new-to-you bag.  Since we were on a tighter budget this Christmas, J and I agreed to focus on getting things for Nathan.  With that in mind, I really didn't have anything I wanted or needed this year.  Not getting me anything has never been J's style.  So when in doubt he gets me bags.   😂😂😂  He remembered I really liked the Twice and he began searching for it back in October.

Where to look for pre-loved goodies?  
By doing some Google searching, J found Tradesy and Fashionphile.  After he wasn't ecstatic about Tradesy's return policy of only issuing Tradesy site credit as opposed to a full refund.  What if I hated the bag?  Then he saw some vloggers review Fashionphile and how they received items that were not as described on the site.  He also looked at Yoogi's Closet but their selection was small.  Over the past year, J has been selling off his vintage toy collection on Ebay and so for grins and giggles decided to search to see what was available on Ebay.  He said he found several options and finally found one that met his perfectionist standards.   

How do you make sure you're not buying a fake?  
With so many very convincing fakes out there, J wanted to make sure the Twice was real.  Even though he was buying through Ebay who had a 100% money back guarantee, he still wanted to verify authenticity through a third party.  Unfortunately, most luxury bag stores will not authenticate pre-purchased products for you but luckily there are plenty of services that will authenticate purses for you through pictures or via mail-in service.  J did a quick google search and found and used Authenticate First.  He said the process was easy and inexpensive.  He sent in photos of the bag and the date tag.  Within days he  received notification that the Twice was indeed authentic.  Another authentication site that gets good reviews is Proauthenticators.com.  Paying for multiple authentications at a time can get pricey.  You can get items authenticated through the lovely authenticators on The Purse Forum (be sure to look over pictures needed for authentication) or join resale buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook.  I had joined several just to see what pre-loved goodies people had to sell and the ladies on there are super helpful. 

Once J received the confirmation, he ordered the purse and put it under the tree for me.  I totally wasn’t expecting a new purse.  He’s a sneaky one.  J was happy that I was happy.  Except J, being the perfectionist he is, did find a small flaw on the purse that drove him crazy.  It was something really little but it bugged him.  After I unwrapped the purse, he noticed that the button snap was all scratched up.  The fact that the button was upside down kind of bugged me too.

Sooooo...we dropped it off at the Louis Vuitton store this past weekend to have it replaced.  Unfortunately, they said they can't fix the alignment of the button.  Something about it not lining up with the snap(?).  Oh well.  I figured it was worth a try.  Luckily the new snap button will be a cheap and easy fix that will have a big impact.  I can't wait to get it back in a few weeks looking like new.

Now that J has purchased pre-loved and has told me about the process he went through to find my Twice, I don't think either of us will hesitate to purchase a pre-loved piece in the future.  Now...what should I get next?  😉😂 #shopaholic #crazybaglady

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Holiday recap and 2018 reflections

I hope everybody enjoyed the holidays with your family and friends.  Nathan starts school again next Tuesday.  I wrapped up my second fall term at UTPB and am happy to report that for the first time in my academic lifetime, I have a 3.0 GPA.  I've always been more of a C student but have been getting B's and even a few A's at UTPB.  Looking forward to starting classes again in a few weeks.

This Christmas was a little different than previous years because now that we're a one-income household, Christmas was a little lighter.  We had to be a little more selective about how we spent our money this Christmas.  For starters, we opted not to put up Christmas lights on the outside of our house.  Instead we used those funds on Christmas gifts.  The Christmas gifts we purchased were on sale or we used coupons in order to stretch our money a little further.  Once I finished school, my friend hired me to be her personal shopper to help her find, purchase and deliver presents to her clients.  It was so much fun and I would have totally done it for free because I just love doing that type of stuff for friends.  But she insisted on paying me.  I was able to use that money to buy a few things to put under the tree for J.  Beyond that, we planned on spending the majority of the present budget on Nathan.  I don't know if it's because he's getting older or if he realizes we don't have as much money this year but for the first time ever, he didn't have a list of Christmas presents for us.  J and I fretted about what to get him or that we didn't get him enough but on Christmas day, we were surprised and thankful that he was happy about the few presents that were under the tree.  He seemed more excited about getting markers over the Razor dune bug Santa brought him.  He hasn't even taken it outside for a spin.  #fail 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

If you follow me on Instagram, I shared that J bought me a pre-loved Louis Vuitton Twice.  Despite agreeing that our focus would be presents for Nathan this year, he had a few tricks up his sleeve.  J always has a trick or two up his sleeve.  Details on how he found this discontinued bag will be in another post.

While I do love my pre-loved pretty, the greatest gift J gave me this year has been the gift of time when he suggested I quit working back in May.  That decision meant I could focus on finishing school.  I've often joked that I was on the 20 year plan for getting my degree.  My 20 yenar reunion is quickly approaching and my goal was to either finish before my 20 year reunion (which I'm still not certain I'll attend) or before I turned 40.  I should be able to meet both deadlines by next December with a few years to spare.  Ha.  I have cherished this time off because now I can be here and be present for Nathan.  I feel like I am catching up on time lost.  I am able to visit him at school and volunteer more often.  I never had time to do either when I was working.  Nathan seemed angry and even resentful that I was spending so much time at work, at school or doing school work once I got home.   I wasn't ever able to spend any quality time with him and J.  We have seen a drastic improvement in his attitude.  He's not nearly as angry as he has been the past few years.  Not having to work has given me the time to heal.  The last few years have taken a toll on my health.  Working and school left me exhausted which often triggered migraines.  I had horrible eating and sleeping habits.  Overall, I didn't feel healthy.  Now that I'm home, I can catch up on much needed rest, exercise more and plan healthier meals for us.  Just as I have seen an improvement in Nathan's behavior, friends and family have noticed that I seem much more relaxed.  I don't feel nearly as foggy or scatterbrained as I have the past few years.  I am so grateful for J.  He truly is my best friend and I can't imagine where I'd be if he wasn't in my life.

As great of a husband and a friend as he is, there are just some things only the girls can understand.  These girls right here...
are like my sisters.  I have a hard time opening up to people and even more so in recent years after discovering I was adopted.  They have stood by me through the good, bad and my crazy that I'm pretty sure would have made other people run away.  Ha.

I have had a very gifted life and look forward to seeing what gifts 2019 has in store for us.  I hope that you are able to recognize the gifts in your life.  Here's to a fantabulous 2019!

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One down...

And seven more eight week sessions to go.  This past Monday, I turned in my last assignment for my first 8-week session at UTPB.  I have a week long break and I start my next session next Monday.  I managed to get two B's and a C.  I'm so used to being a C student that I can't believe I managed to B's.  I guess it just goes to show how much easier school is when I'm not working.  My next round of classes start on Monday.  Since I'm off this week, I have been camped out on my sofa watching fall (and some winter) movies on Hallmark Channel.  I also figured this would be a good time to write a post.  

Banana Republic Factory Tee
KUT from the Kloth distressed boyfriend jeans (similar here and here)
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals in copper  (similar here and here)
Wherelight glasses (similar here)

It would be so easy for me to just do my school work in my pj's at my kitchen counter but what fun would that be?  Getting dressed these days is different that it used to be.  As you can see, my style is much more casual than what I used to wear.  I managed to get these KUT from the Kloth distressed boyfriend jeans from my neighborhood buy sell page for $2.  It's like thrift shopping without having to go to the thrift store.  It's kind of become an obsession.  

Dress: Thrifted
Sandals: Merona (similar here)

I found this dress on my neighborhood's buy sell page for $5 and it is the perfect piece for fall.  I had my nose buried in my textbook and in my laptop finalizing school work last week.  But that didn't stop me from enjoying fall inside.  I wore this dress, burned my Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Cupcake candle and had my pumpkin coffee in hand.  It made being stuck inside doing school work more bearable.  

Old Navy Dress (old as dirt but similar here)
G by Guess gladiator sandals (Love the gold accents on these!)

I started Whole 30 again on October 2nd.  Weird date I know.  But Nathan started run club that day and I ran with him for part of it.  It felt so good to run again after twisting my ankle.  So I kept on running.  Run Forrest.  Then that run made me want to eat better.  I had this dress hanging in my closet and had planned to take it to a consignment store.  But I've lost 8 pounds and decided to try it on and it fit.  There's no better feeling than being able to fit into something that I never thought I'd fit back into.  

Loft top 
Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans (similar here)
G by Guess Gladiator Sandals (similar here)
Louis Vuitton Totally PM

I knew the weather was about to turn funky on Monday.  So trying to decide what to wear on Sunday was challenging because I wanted to wear all my summer stuff one last time before we froze.  I decided on this outfit for church mainly because thanks to Whole 30, I was able to fit into these Paige jeans after I bought them last Christmas.  Just because I could get them on, doesn't mean I could breathe in them or get them off.  Which was the reason I chose such a flowy shirt in case I needed to unbutton them.  Ha.  Luckily, I didn't have to resort to that.  

On Monday, I turned in my last assignment just in time for us to go to an event hosted by the Leander Excellence in Education Foundation (LEEF) and Book People to meet author Dav Pilkey.  Nathan loves Pilky's book series Captain Underpants and Dogman.  The event gave us a chance to get an autograph copy of Pilky's newest book, Lord of the Fleas, and Nathan got a chance to meet him.  Of course the temperatures were in the 40s but that didn't stop us from going to the event.   

 I really loved the message that Pilky shared with the kids.  He openly spoke about his ADHD diagnosis and through positivity, persistence and practice he was able to become successful. 

Gap Camo Jacket (old but similar here)
Banana Republic Sweater (similar here)
Articles of Society 'Sarah' Jeans (similar here)
Universal Thread Kelsey Triple Buckle Cut Out Western Boots

I don't think I ever wore my camo jacket last year and now I'm wondering why.  I foresee it getting brought back into the rotation a lot this year.  Jenn, the blogger behind Mrs. Casual, posted these Universal Threads booties a few weeks ago and I just had to have them.  I loved the color and realized I didn't have any booties in this color in my closet.  I had to fix that fast.  I love how Jenn breaks down her purchases by where she found them.  Super helpful and convenient but also trouble.  Ha.  

I've enjoyed having this week off to veg but I won't lie that I'm excited to start my next eight week session.  The sooner I start, the sooner I finish and the closer I will be to finishing my degree.  This last week, the UTPB Exes  posted that Balfour would be on the UTPB campus taking orders for rings.  After I finish my next eight weeks of classes I would have enough credit hours to be eligible to order one.  

I kind of want one because it would be a reminder of all the time and sacrifice it took me to get my degree.  At the same time, I feel that the whole school ring tradition is a thing that younger students do.  Honestly, I'm not totally in love with Balfour's design.  At one of my previous jobs, I remember a co-worker who had a simple signet ring with her school seal on top.  So I decided to see if any Etsy shops could do something similar.  Lo and behold I ended up finding a shop that did.  

I love the simplicity of this design so much better and the price tag was much easier to swallow than the ring from Balfour.  For a simple sterling silver ring, it would cost $74.  If I wanted to go crazy and get it in 14K white gold, it would cost $580.  Even in white gold, it would cost much less than the ring from Balfour in 10K white gold.  Reviews for the shop look good and the picture above was one that a customer had uploaded for a review.  Christmas is coming up and this ring may just be on my Christmas list this year.  

Other than that, not much else going on.  Hope ya'll are having a good weekend.  Talk to ya'll later!

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Instagram Roundup: September 17 - October 2

Hi there!  Since I'm somewhat caught up on my school work and Bible study material, I thought I would take a break and do a post of some of my recent outfits and what we've been up to.

Utility Jacket: Target (similar here)
Leith Tank Dress (similar here)
G by Guess gladiator sandals (similar here)
Leopard print leather earrings: Jane (similar here and here)

I just love wearing this dress and have so much fun styling it different ways.  A person can never have too many black dresses.  

Mossimo Supply Co. Floral Romper (similar here
B.P. Open Cardigan (similar here)
G by Guess gladiator sandals (similar here)

We finally got a hint of fall the other day.  I was super excited to fall-ify this romper I got from my neighborhood's buy sell page.  It was the perfect amount of fall.  Kept me warm in the morning but was cool enough to walk to Nathan's school.  

The other day, I had to run to the Domain to make a return.  It was such a nice day outside, that I decided to take Buddy with me and make a study date out of it.  We sat outside with my PSL and my psychology book.  While I read, Buddy made sure to people watch for me.  I felt so much more productive getting out of the house, away from the tv, laptop and other household distractions.  

I liked studying outside so much, that I decided to do it again the next day while I waited for J's car to get new tires.  I went to Redhorn Coffee House for a yummy cappuccino.  By that point I had already had three cups of coffee and I was a little wired for the rest of the day.  Having that much caffeine totally killed my productivity.  Whoops. 

Born Sandals (similar here)
On Saturday, we decided to drive up to Arlington for the Retropalooza.  We were trying to decide if we were going to visit the Texas State Fair while we were up there.  I couldn't decide what to wear and then I remembered that we had this shirt we bought at the Classic Game Fest a few months ago.  It combined my love of games and my love of Texas.  It was a no brainer.  We ended up not going to the Fair once we were finished at Retropalooza.  The weather was on the bubble and Nathan wanted to get home to spend the night at Casa de Nana's.  Maybe next year.  

Today Nathan started run club again.  I used his run club as a reason to start running again.  We ended up running just over half a mile at his school track and then I decided to go for a run around the neighborhood after I dropped him off at comic book club.  I didn't plan on running more than a mile but it felt so good to finally be running again after I sprained my ankle two months ago, that I kind of lost track of my distance.  

Old Navy Shirt Dress
B.P. Open Cardigan (similar here)
Born Sandals (similar here)

This dress was another find from my neighborhood's buy sell page.  I'm kind of addicted to looking for deals on there.  I actually just bought a pair of KUT from the Kloth boyfriend jeans and a pair of Just Black jeans for $2 each.  🙈🙊🙈🙊🙈🙊  Whoops.  So get ready to see those in my upcoming posts.  Anyway, when I went to go pick up Nathan from school today, it was 86 degrees outside.  So I wore this dress as is but I think it'll be a great transitional piece once the temperatures eventually drop.  
I have to say that this whole life as a stay-at-home mom/full-time student is exhausting!  I can't believe how fast my days go between school work and volunteer work.  Before I know it, I'm walking to pick up Nathan.  I guess my days fly because I enjoy what I'm doing.  If I manage to get all my class work done, I actually get to bed by 10:00.  Something I hadn't done the past two years.  It's hard to not overbook myself with volunteer work because I want to do EVERYTHING.  I love that I now have the time to give back to the community.  That was something I missed.  The time I spend helping is healing for my soul and helps me appreciate the simple things in life.  Is there anything you do that is heals your soul?  I'd love to hear about it!  For now, I have to go do an assignment for psych class.  Fun!  

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I'm a 36 year old full-time student, runner and shopaholic (not necessarily in that order) mom living in the burbs surrounding the beautiful city of Austin with my husband, our very active 9 year old and our rescue dog Buddy. This blog is my little space of the internet where I let my ADD run loose and I blog about...anything.



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