Sunday, August 17, 2014

Raezy's Peplum LBD

I was contacted by Raezy to review one of her modest dresses, so I looked over her website and picked out the peplum dress. I had been looking for a nice peplum piece, since they are super flattering for postpartum mommas. One thing that is hard about finding cute dresses in "normal" stores is that they are always too short on me! So, when I received this Peplum LBD from Raezy, I tried it on right away, and it was the PERFECT length! I was so happy! It also is SUPER comfortable. It's made from a very soft jersey-knit like cotton. So, if you've been looking for a nice, modest dress, Raezy's is the place to look! One thing that I LOVE about this shop, is that everything is hand-made and she even can do custom dresses! So, when I can't find something I'm looking for again, I'm just going to show her what I want, and ask her to make it the same, but longer!

Here's how I styled the Peplum LBD

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Dress: Peplum LBD
Necklace: Rue 21
Shoes: Marshalls
Belt: Ann Taylor

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And here's one of my cute little man! He's growing so fast! Already 8 weeks old!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Teacher Outfits 101

As a high school Math teacher, I have about 100 students throughout the day staring at me every class period! So, I try my very best not to bore them with the same repeating outfits. :) I'm teaching at a new school this year, but last year, my students would always say that they had never seen me wear the same exact thing twice. That is my goal! I want to re-mix and create new outfits every day! By the way, it is very hard for me to create new outfits every day with me still not being able to fit in all my pre-pregnancy clothes...but hopefully soon I will be able to! I finally got the clear from my midwife to start exercising again!

The easiest way for me to re-mix my clothes is to change the color of my accent piece and/or accessories. For example, with my navy polka dot skirt below, I can also wear a mustard cardigan, a red cardigan, with a white or navy camisole, and change the necklace with each outfit as well. (So that alone creates lots of different looks!) So here are the outfits I've worn this week so far!

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Skirt: Ann Taylor
Cardigan: JCPenney
Flats: Payless
Necklace: Forever 21

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Skirt: Cato
Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
Wedges: Bealls
Necklace: Forever 21

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Skirt: Target
Top: TJMaxx
Flats: Payless
Necklace: Rue 21

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Were It Not For Grace

This year our school's theme verse is I Corinthians 15:10 "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." Which just happens to be my life verse. I don't believe in "signs" but if I did, that is a big sign that we are in the right place!

One of my favorite words in the whole world is "grace". Grace means the free and unmerited favor of God. When I think of God's grace, I can't help but tear up. I don't deserve ANYTHING, (except for Hell) but God loved me (and you) so much that He GAVE His only begotten Son to die on the Cross for our sins so that we could live in Heaven with Him one day. How amazing is that grace He gives us?!

I don't have a family background in church. I am a first-generation Christian. My parents are saved now, but they got saved later in their lives. If it wasn't for God's divine grace on my life, I literally don't know where I'd be. I know for sure I would not be married to a preacher that loves the Lord and is an amazing husband and father. I know for sure I would not be a Christian school teacher. I know for sure I wouldn't have a beautiful son. I know for sure I wouldn't be working at my home church that won me to the Lord. God is so good to me. My favorite song is "Were it not for Grace," I want you to read the words and think about where you would be without God's grace and thank Him today for having favor on your life! :) Love you ladies!

Time measured out my days
Life carried me along
In my soul I yearned to follow God
But knew I’d never be so strong
I looked hard at this world
To learn how heaven could be gained
Just to end where I began
Where human effort is all in vain

Were it not for grace
I can tell you where I’d be
Wandering down some pointless road to nowhere
With my salvation up to me
I know how that would go
The battles I would face
Forever running but losing this race
Were it not for grace

So here is all my praise
Expressed with all my heart
Offered to the Friend who took my place
And ran a course I could not start
And when He saw in full
Just how much His would cost
He still went the final mile between me and heaven
So I would not be lost

Can't leave you without an outfit too ;) Excuse my child's face...he was not a fan of taking pictures today!:)

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Necklace: Rue 21
Sandals: Fred Meyers

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Friday, August 8, 2014

I Survived!

Hallelujah! I survived my first week back at school! I really enjoyed being a stay at home mom for the past couple of months, but I am kind of glad to be back in the grind and getting dressed up every day. I have missed my son terribly during the day, but my sitter sends me updates and pictures to help me not miss him so much! I have enjoyed meeting all my new students and feel like we have already created a nice bond together.

So my classroom was painted a random light sage green color, so I just decided to decorate with hot pink & lime green. I actually decorated my classroom in 2 days..(I know I'm a procrastinator!) I didn't even start thinking about school until the week of in-service. I was way too busy being a mommy. So all that to say, it's definitely not my best decorating skills, but it's what I could throw together last minute.

On open house night, I figured what better way to meet my students, than to wear an outfit to match my classroom!

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Here was my "first day of school" dress. I found it at Ross for $14! :) I was so excited!

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I had some people ask me to show my classroom pictures, so I took some today for you all!

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And here's some of my favorite pictures I took this week of my Lukie and my hubby! :)

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School!

Hello beautiful ladies! I have been so crazy busy running around like a chicken with it's head cut off! I've been taking care of a 6-week old, getting my classroom ready, moving, and trying to unpack. My life is a wonderfully chaotic. :) I can't believe we start school on Wednesday! Where in the world did the summer go?!? I am so not ready to go back yet...I feel like I didn't even get a summer with moving and having Luke! What a busy couple of months we've had!

I finally got my hair highlighted back to my normal blonde! It's a little blonder than normal, but I'll get used to it ;)

Anyways, I forgot to post my outfit last Sunday, which I loved! My husband took me to the mall for my birthday and got me a couple of new outfits that I felt pretty in! Feeling pretty is rather important when you are 6-weeks postpartum. My body is by no means pretty right now, but at least if I have pretty clothes on, I'll feel better! So he picked out this cute little black dress and a black and white maxi skirt with a gold top. Here they are! ;)

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Dress: JCPenney
Shoes: Thrifted
Purse: TJMaxx

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Maxi Skirt: JCPenney
Top: JCPenney
Flats: Payless
Necklace: Forever 21

I am in the process of decorating my new classroom, and this is all I have done so far...I know I really need to get on the ball considering Open House is tomorrow night and I have a million things to do until then! :) Let's just say, I'm going to be very busy tomorrow!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pinterest (Mom) Failure

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This is another "Keeping it real post"...I guess being a new mom does this to me!

So we've all seen those hilarious pictures of people trying to re-create some awesome dessert they found on Pinterest and it looking...ummm NOTHING like it. There is a whole website devoted to "Pinterest Fails!" But besides desserts and food, people (including myself) pin clothes, home decor, photography ideas, mom tips, and much more. Don't get me wrong, I love pinterest and use it from time to time, but if I spend too much time on there I tend to look at my life and say wow I AM a Pinterest Fail!

So many of my friends on Facebook are constantly posting their adorable pregnancy pictures with chalkboards that looked like they spent 5 hours writing on (who has time for that!?), showing off their perfectly healthy "clean" meals (I can barely get a pb&j in these days), and posting their perfectly decorated houses... (I don't even have my one-month old son's room decorated yet!) Now, granted most of these people who post these Pinterest worthy pictures are stay at home moms...But, it still makes us working moms and wives look & feel second-class.

Moms are always judging each other on social media. Whether it's about if you had a natural birth or c-section, co-sleep or not, or if you breastfeed or formula feed. Now, in the perfect world, yes, natural births and breastfeeding are the best. But, some of us, can't do it all! I had a perfect, amazing natural birth, but the aftermath....Oh man..FAR from perfect! My main battle has been with breastfeeding. You would think someone who had an unmedicated birth could breastfeed like a champ...well not the case with me! I am exclusively pumping and only get 2 oz every 2 hours...My son eats 4 oz. every 3-4 hours, so I had to do the unpardonable sin and supplement with formula. I really felt like a Pinterest Mom Failure.  Until I reminded myself, I am not a Pinterest Perfect Mom, I am Luke's Mom, and I am doing what's best for him and me! After I realized that, I felt such a relief from the "pressures" of being a "perfect" Mom.

This goes for all things in life. If we try to compare ourselves to Pinterest or others, we will fail miserably. But, if we try to be the best version of ourselves, we will be happy and content! I hope this was an encouragement to someone! Love you all! ♥

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."
2 Corinthians 10:12

Happy One Month Luke Daniel!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Dressing My New Body & Kameleonz

Luke is officially one month old today! Yay! I love him more and more each day! I love being his Mommy! I have done nothing but play Mommy at home all day for the whole month, so my husband decided we needed a date night out. I was so excited to get out of the house! I am so not a person who likes to sit at home all day, every day! So, thankfully, my Mom watched Luke for a couple of hours while we enjoyed a nice dinner and shopping trip for my birthday! Yes, I'm officially a quarter of a century!

Well this shopping trip that was supposed to be "fun" turned into a very depressing trip real quick when I tried on about 10 outfits and NONE of them looked good on. The problem was, I was trying to dress my PRE-pregnancy body, which was not the case anymore. This new postpartum body...well is 15 lbs. over my normal weight and still not fitting in any of my pre-pregnancy clothes. I don't know why I thought I would have Luke and in a couple of weeks be back to normal, but that is definitely not the case. (FYI: all new mommies to be) Prepare yourself for that truth. Your body will not be the same...I know it took 9 months to gain, it's not going to be all gone in 4 weeks...but I really miss fitting into my old clothes!! So, I had to try on a bunch of different styles I "normally" wouldn't wear to flatter this new body shape of mine.

I finally found out that the most flattering styles for my postpartum body are maxi skirts, shirts with details down the front to hide my belly, and a-line dresses. So I got a few pieces that I will be able to mix and match for the next couple of weeks/months until I can start exercising and getting back to my pre-pregnancy size. This is one of my dresses my husband picked out for me, and I loved it! I wore it to Luke's first Sunday at church. This dress is going to be great for the rest of this summer, super comfy and lightweight! Also, I am sporting my new sunnies from Kameleonz, love them!

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Sunglasses: Kameleonz (North Shore)
Dress: TJMaxx
Shoes: Belk
Necklace: Forever 21

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I love sunglasses! With my blue eyes and living in sunny Florida, sunglasses are a daily must-have. Kameleonz are seriously great sunglasses and perfect for the sunniest of day because the lenses polarized and UV400. And the coolest part about them are that they have interchangeable arms. YEP, interchangeable! Mine came with black, turquoise, and brown interchangeable arms. How awesome is that? You can literally change them out with each outfit to coordinate! So if you are looking for a new pair of glasses head over to Kameleonz and use the code “SUMMER” for 20% off! They are already a great price, so with the sale, they will be a super great deal! Let me know which ones are your favorites!!

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