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Spring has FINALLY sprung!

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I don’t know about where you are, but here in St. Louis the sun is shining.  The flowers are blooming.  The grass is turning a brilliant shade of green.  Yep.  It simply glorious outside.  The spring has finally sprung around here!  I knew this day was coming eventually, but I also knew that the weather wouldn’t just suddenly change over night.  Especially not after what we dealt with for what seemed like eternity.  We had the LONGEST winter ever here!  I’m sure this sentiment resonates with the rest of the country; except of course for places like Florida and California.  Most of the country is highly envious of those types of places.  I’m talking the raging, green-eyed monster.  For St. Louis at least there have been signs of the coming days of honeysuckle and lilacs for quite some time now.  Albeit very slowly, but it has been warming up and the forecast hasn’t been predicting any of those crazy snow storms.  In fact the recent thunderstorms and even tornadoes (scary as those are) in the St. Louis area led me to believe that spring really was on its way.  Yes, I believe it’s FINALLY here!

With the spring weather also comes the need for some spring fashion.  That very need actually sent me to the mall last week, but I returned home with much disappointment.  I only made one measly little purchase.  A somewhat (long sleeved; mind you) spring blouse that definitely won’t carry me into summer.  All of the stores must not have been catching on to the hints of spring, because they only had winter clothing in stock.  Heavy sweaters galore, but nothing for spring.  It’s possibly that they are now stocked for spring this week, but I was at the mall LAST week.  I don’t have time THIS week to go back.

In my desperation to have something that I could fit in (remember I just had a baby 9 weeks ago) for this warmer weather I turned to my old standby.  Online shopping.  I will admit that typically I’m a little hesitant with clothes shopping online.  It’s difficult to often know the sizing or how the item will fit.  Generally I’ll only shop online at stores that I’m familiar with already.  Or ones that my friends have recommended.  So it took A LOT of bravery on my part to place an order on a deal site.  But after this purchase:

photo-90I will be purchasing a lot more off of that deal site!

I’m absolutely in love with this top.  I found it on the Jane deal site for only $19.99!  Isn’t that a steal of a deal?  I’m talking waaaaayyyy dandy.  It has these faux buttons up the back.  Seriously going to be my favorite all spring and summer long!

Jane features boutique clothing items for up to 80% off.  Each deal only lasts a matter of days or until they sell out.  So some of the more popular deals are only be around for a few hours!  Like these two deals:

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GONE.  Totally gone.  I shouldn’t have waited so long to make my decision.

Good thing they still have plenty of these cute maxi skirts!

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Click here…

Don’t miss your chance to get a deal at Jane!

Now… What did you see at Jane that you’ve gotta have?

*I am part of the Jane affiliate program, but I really did purchase the above blue top with my own funds.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Carefree Crafts {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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We had such a great 4th of July holiday at our house!  We enjoyed a pancake breakfast and flag raising in the morning at our church, some fun swimming at the pool with our family in the afternoon, then ice cream and fireworks in the front yard with some good friends to finish off the day.  Independence Day has always been one of my favorites since I’ve lived in a military community most of my life, and I’ve become especially patriotic since becoming a active duty military spouse myself nine years ago.  Thanks to all of those men, women, and families who protect our country and support our troops!

After our long day spent mostly outside yesterday, I’m realizing that it’s just not going to be possible for us to be outside as often as we’d like in the next several weeks since I’ve just entered my third trimester.  We’re looking for some good inside activities (thank you, summer reading program at the library!), and this one fits the bill perfectly!


Carefree Crafts offers craft kits ready-made with everything you need to spend some time crafting with your kids!  I’m not overly crafty (though my Pinterest boards reveal an inner crafty-person trying frantically to figure out how to get out!), mostly because I want to craft right then or not at all.  If I have the materials ready to go, I can create pretty easily, but the set up usually includes going to some craft store where I’m completely turned around and can’t find the things that I need.

Carefree Crafts sends these individual crafts to your door for a flat $4.95 shipping for every order, or the monthly subscription ships FREE every time!  Take a look at some of my favorites:

Carefree Individual Crafts


Fire Station Sticker Scene


Princess Necklace

Carefree Individual Crafts Kits


Spring Craft Kit


4th of July Craft Kit

Carefree Crafts Subscription

“Your kids will receive a new craft package each month, filled with 5 holiday- or seasonal-themed craft kits.  We hand-select fun crafts for kids from a variety of sources including Oriental Trading, Creatology, Darice, etc. to give you the best set of crafts each month. Watch your child build confidence, motor skills, and creativity with these crafts!  These crafts are meant to be assembled by kids aged 3-7 with their parents & caregivers.”  Shipping for these subscription kits is FREE!

Try out a new subscription for a discounted price:  Your first month is only $5.95 using SAVE60 coupon.

Enter below to win a Summer Craft Package from Carefree Crafts!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries  only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted  no later than the morning of Friday, July 12th, and emailed  within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48  hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored  by Carefree Crafts, but all opinions are strictly my own.


Finally spring!

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Spring has finally sprung around here and it is about time!


Our tree decided to bloom with its gorgeous white blossoms.  Not sure what kind it is, though.

Guess I’ll have to do some research and get back to you.  😉

As I said it’s great that we are finally in the spring season.

Mere weeks ago (the end of March) we were buried in snow here in St. Louis:


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One day it was gorgeous outside.  Temps in the upper 50’s.  Then literally the very next day we had over a foot of snow.

But here we are less than a month later and able to enjoy the outdoors!



The kiddos and I have been having a grand time with the nice weather.  We have been trying to take walks on a daily basis.  Ruby loves to ride in the big red wagon and Banjo loves to run ahead of us.  It has also been fun to get out and see the neighbors and I’m grateful for the wonderful street that we live in.

This gorgeous weather is a reminder that swim suit season is lurking.  In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing with you about some great workout programs.  Perfect for getting in shape for the swim wear.  For now let’s have a look at some of the ‘it’ styles for the summer from some of my favorite lines:


(DownEast Basics)


(Shabby Apple)


(Lands End)

What will I be wearing this summer?  Well, given my latest skin biopsy and subsequent minor surgical procedure scheduled for later this month I won’t be showing much skin.  In fact my doctor recommends that I wear a rash guard from now on.  Maybe this one from Lululemon:


Happy swim suit shopping!

My words of advice:  Wear sunscreen.  Don’t go tanning.  I wish I had known this when I was younger.

Fresh Produce Clothing {Review}

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Well, hello, Spring!  You look a little different than I remember from past years — except for maybe the two years that we lived in Eastern Washington state under at least six inches of snow for at least six months of the year.  :)  While we haven’t had ANY snow at our house this year, we have still had some cold weather that has made those t-ball practices and games a little more difficult to enjoy.  We had a beautiful weekend with 70 degree weather just a couple of weeks ago, and I’m really looking forward to seeing that again sometime soon.


Looking through the Fresh Produce website just makes my desire for nice weather even stronger!  While the website still offers sweaters, jackets, and cardigans, they also are welcoming spring with their new arrivals.  Take a look:

wrap top

This Spritzer Wrap Top is so versatile, and I could easily see it worn either out to dinner or to the aquarium on a playdate — it would be a great piece to dress up or down and add a little bit of flare to a spring/summer wardrobe.


This Chambray Beach Top is also a versatile piece that would be perfect for those in-between weather days when you don’t want to wear a jacket but aren’t sure it’s warm enough for a short-sleeved shirt.  And, I’m sure that the balmy weather and palm trees in the background come right along with this top.  😉


I’ve all but determined that one of the only ways I’m going to make it through these hot and humid North Carolina summers is by wearing skirts and dresses, and this No Fuss Surplice Dress in Cali is a great piece for exactly that reason!

wrap dress

Of all the pieces on the website, though, the one that caught my eye was the Faux Wrap Dress – I received this dress in Natural, and I’ll admit that I was a little concerned with the color right after I ordered it.  I had absolutely no reason to be concerned; I love everything about this dress!  The material is soft and flows easily, and the faux wrap didn’t feel awkward at all.  The sleeves were actually a little longer than shown in the picture, which was perfect for me.

Thank heavens that this package arrived during quiet time at our house, because within seconds of receiving it, I had the dress on and my closet torn apart looking for fun pieces to put with it!  I added a red cardigan and my brown boots for a look I could wear now in the cold weather, then switched to pair of flip flops and a cute flower accessory next to the cinched material.  I loved everything I put with it and am so excited to add this piece to my wardrobe year-round!

If you’re looking for some fun new pieces to add to your wardrobe for the next season, I’d suggest taking a look at Fresh Produce clothing.  Their customer service is impeccable, and the shipping was fast.  Head on over there to find something for yourself!

Fresh Produce Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

**This posting and review was sponsored by Fresh Produce, but all opinions are my own.


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