Clothed with Grace: June 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lemon Print and 50% off at Loft

Hey guys! Excuse my lack of posting for the last few weeks, we have been busy! Between swim lessons, baseball, and being out of town any downtime I've had had been spent either reading for watching Netflix. There have been no creative juices flowing over here. But, we've been having fun and definitely keeping busy!

That being said I had a few minutes before swim lessons this morning to snap a couple outfit pictures. We were ready early-crazy! Perfect timing too because everything at Loft is 50% off online and in stores today! A few weeks back I had the sweetest reader send me an e-giftcard for Loft! What an awesome surprise! I'd had my eye on these lemon print shorts and caught them at 50% off last week so they ended being free! I originally tried them on with this tank (size down, it's flowy) and loved it, but then I saw the tee I'm wearing on clearance (which seems to be sold out now) and decided on it instead. It's a bit more casual, which works for our daily happenings. This tee is super similar and only $13.

I've also been keeping my jewelry super simple. Mostly wearing my leather earrings from The Leather Drop or from Nickel & Suede and a simple necklace. I actually sold a number of my bracelets on ebay recently. I still have a couple I like, but I feel like the blingy-bulky jewelry trend is done and I like to keep it simple.

I have continued to wear my sandals from Vionic like crazy. I even wore them on a pretty long walk over the weekend very comfortably!

Are you shopping the Loft sale today? I'm pretty well set for summer now, so I'll have to shop vicariously through you ; )

Monday, June 19, 2017

Vacation Life

For the last four years my family has gone on a trip together. This year we went to Lake Okoboji for the second time. We also went there last year and for Nebraska, it's not a bad drive; only three and a half hours.

Our first night the veiw from the dock was pretty breathtaking!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sassy Pants

It's hard to believe that we are three weeks into summer! Being at home with the kids has been great! We have been keeping pretty busy with a combo of the pool, playing outside at home, and going to the park and the library. 

Grant was at vacation bible school during the morning last week and at camp with Dad the weekend before, I had a lot of solo time with Sister. She is so full of personality and way more brave than I would like! She'll easily climb to the top of the play sets at the park and at home too. 

She also has been waking up super early-like 6:00 daily and she only naps for an hour and a half. I pushed back her bedtime to 7:30 from 7:00 but until Grant was almost 5 he wasn't up until about 7, slept for almost three hours during nap time and still went to bed between 7:30-8:00. I think Chick has FOMO.

The other thing that is super weird is that when we are outside Hannah hardly acknowledges me but when we are at home she wants me all. the. time. It's hard for me to do anything without her crying at my ankles to be picked up. This is totally different from Grant as well. He has always played pretty well independently.

Hannah also is seeming to get pretty picky at meal times. If she can eat it with a spoon, she's in, otherwise she is pretty picky. I know she's fine and I shouldn't worry, but if it was up to her she would have a diet fully consisting of go-gurt, apple sauce, bars, and fruit snacks. Grant ate everything.

She is talking a lot, but I mostly have no idea what she is saying. I've gotten her single words down like "ice" for "outside" and "DeDe!!!!" for "I really want to go play with DeDe and Greyson, like now!" She also does a great job with manners words like "please" and "thank you" and our names but she says a lot of things that I know means something to her and I have no idea what she is talking about.

Hannah also can open doors now. Yikes. I need to go get a safely lock for the pantry ASAP because, unlike Grant, Hannah will just go and help herself, where as Grant still asks before eating anything. 

It is just so interesting how much Grant and Hannah are different! Same home, same parents, same genes but two very different kids. It will be very interesting to se how her personality continues to develop as she gets older!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Prints

I may not have a ton of summer clothes but I'm pretty happy with what I have and that many of my work tops have worked with shorts. This top is from Loft early this spring and my favorite. It's sold out now but this blouse is the same style in a pretty print. Perfect for summer style or to dress up for work! 

These shorts are super old-like six years and still going strong. I love these currently on sale at Loft. I have the pant version and adore the color and buttons!

I've also been wearing my sandals from Vionic pretty much daily. I'm also adoring these espadrille flats which come in a number of colors and prints! I also realized my sandals come in a fun cream color too, for those of you not fans of gold I think these would be great for summer too!

A few years back I was a stylist for Stella and Dot for a while, mostly for the deals on jewelry. I bought this rebel pendent and even three years later it remains one of my favorite and most worn pieces, it also still looks new!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mom Style

I shared this top with you all last week and I'm styling it again this week. It's also on sale currently for about $25! I mentioned on Instagram how few clothes I have for summer, so the few I have will be on constant rotation, and I'm totally ok with that. I wore this last week, it was easy and comfy and perfect for running around with the kids. This top washed up really well and these shorts are also from Loft but three years old. These shorts are super similar and only $17.99! 

Once again, I'm wearing my  sandals from Vionic, which if you haven't gotten yet, I would highly recommend them! I know they are are bit pricey but they are so worth it! As I'm getting older once place I've quit buying cheap are shoes and my feet are definitely thanking me!

As for my earrings, these leather earrings are only $10! I'm wearing them constantly and they are perfect for summer! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Eating Update

I shared with you all last week that I was planning to start eating better, as well as begin to keep track of what I'm eating and the calories. Here are a few things I've learned in the last week and a half:

  • I thought I had some sort of an idea as to the calories of things, but I was waaaayyy off. For example, I made a sandwich, and the mayo and pickles calories were nearly as much as the turkey and cheese combined. Yikes!
  • Speaking of, there are a lot of "hidden" calories I seem to consume in a day, like coffee creamer. One tablespoon is 30 calories and I drink A LOT of coffee and never measured the creamer. I'm estimating an upwards of two hundred calories just in creamer each day, as I know I put in more than one tablespoon. Now, I'm measuring the one and calling it good.
  • It takes a lot of self-control for me not to eat when I'm bored. Seriously. I feel like I'm beginning to do a better job of recognizing when I'm really hungry, then trying to make better snack choices like yogurt or fruit.
  • Kids' comfort foods are  NOT healthy. Last week I made mac-n-cheese and hot dogs for lunch on day. The mac-n-cheese alone was nearly 300 calories! Same goes for burgers-nearly 500 when you begin to add things up!
  • I don't eat nearly enough vegetables, so the kids don't either. We have go to start doing a better job of that!
  • I have to be more thoughtful about how I fuel my body each day. My calorie ranges anywhere from 1050-1400. That's a big difference. Based on my age and size I probably need to be around 1200 a day. Take for example: we went out for breakfast once and the calories of that pretty much equalled a typical dinner, that means, I needed to eat lighter at dinner to compensate. 
I have lost nearly five pounds though, which is a good start. If I could lose five more I'd be sitting at my target weight and where I was about a year ago. Any substantial change is going to take a purposeful effort and it's going to have to be maintainable. I'm working to find a good balance that works for my life now.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Style

I shared on Monday that I got this dress at Loft. On the same trip I picked up this top. It's exactly what I love in a summer top-easy, comfy, with a special detail. I'll be the first to admit that Loft's sales are kind of ridiculous. On this specific day any top with "cotton" was 50% off and noting was labeled, so you had to check the tags for the UPC with the cotton code in it. Seriously. Anyway, luckily this top was part of the sale and only $22! The front is pretty sheer, so you do need a cami. Also, it's pretty flowy. This is a small, so I'd recommend sizing down as I've been buying mostly mediums from Loft lately.

These shorts are super old but this Old Navy pair is pretty similar. I saw them in stores and the quality looked good. On a side note-anyone else feel like the tops at Old Navy lately have looked really cheap? They have been one of my go-to places for easy summer tops in years past and this year-not so much...

I've been wearing  sandals from Vionic constantly too! We went to the zoo recently and it's a lot of walking! They were perfect and my feet felt great!

Random-last time I got my hair cut I asked my lady to not cut as much. I have to say, I'm loving it at this length. Since I haven't been doing outfit posts much, I don't see my hair in picture often. I think I need to try to curl it again, I find I like it more when my hair is a bit longer. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Dress

About a month ago I made a wishlist adding this dress to it. I love dresses and hadn't bought a new one since I can remember.  Grant and Brian were away at camp last weekend, so it was just Hannah and I. We went to a few garage sales and then stopped by Loft. What do you know, there was one left on sale! I grabbed it along with a few other things and once I tried it on, I knew it was coming home with me. 

I know my shape and that adding a layer, like a cardigan is flattering on me, but, you guys, it's summer-I just want easy style. I love that it's sleeveless and that there a drawstring waist to help add some definition. Plus, right now it's only $30. I would recommend sizing down, this is a small and I typically do a medium in Loft dresses.

These shoes are from ThredUp, use this link for $10 off your first purchase. They are Ralph Lauren and the perfect espadrille wedge! Here's the Chaps version at Kohl's and they are also on sale. 

I also am loving these white leather earrings. I got them from The Leather Drop a few months back and I'm loving them for summer! So crisp and only $12!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Life Lately

School is out and I couldn't be more excited to get to spend the summer with the kids! I got out the sand and water table and have decided to not let it bother me that the sand and water get mixed. #thestruggleisreal The kids love it though and Grant and I spent countless hours playing on it when he was little too!