Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kickin' It Clothes

Posted by Devin

Do you ever struggle between wanting to look fashionable and wanting to just throw on an old t-shirt and your favorite pair of comfy, old, ratty shorts? I do! And let's be honest, a lot of times that t-shirt and ratty pair of shorts wins out. But I usually try my best to find a way to look good AND feel good. And this outfit fits the bill!

These denim skinnies from Target are my go-to jeans lately. They're just a standard pair of blue jeans that look good with most tops and have a comfortable fit. A solid pair of jeans is a must for a kickin' it outfit.

Next, I need a comfortable top. I love this super lightweight and sheer top from H&M. I still get to wear my favorite plain, white tee, but then by simply wearing this over it I add a lot more style to my ensemble.

And of course nothing says "I'm chill. I'm relaxed. I'm enjoying my vacation." like a fedora, am I right? I picked this little beauty up from Target and I love wearing it on days when I find myself outside for long periods of time.

Last but not least, you need the right accessories and shoes. Accessories are an easy way to add style to an outfit without sacrificing any comfort. This map necklace is one of my favorites and it has a very casual feel to it. Click here for my tutorial on how to make your own DIY Hometown Map Pendant Necklace. For shoes, it doesn't get any more comfortable than moccasins. And personally, I adore them. I recently grabbed this Sketchers pair from Ross and I know I'm gonna be living in them all season long.

And that completes my comfortable, yet fashionable outfit for today! What are your favorite things to wear when you're "kickin' it?"

What I Wore:
Skinnies - Target
Blouse - H&M
Fedora - Target
Moccasins - Sketchers
Necklace - Home-made

Linking Up With: The Pleated Poppy //

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chewy Wheaties Cookies

Posted by Tara

Have you ever had a plate of cookies given to you as a random act of kindness? I have... and it was these cookies! Our good family friends the Carmichael's gave us a plate of cookies a year ago and they were something I had never tasted before! They were chewy and soft and ohhhh soooo yummy. At first I thought they were an oatmeal cookie. After asking for the recipe, I found out there was NO oatmeal in the recipe. It was Wheaties cereal! Crazy, right? I instantly loved them! The cereal and coconut add chewiness and "awesomeness" to these cookies. (That is a word right? lol)

Here is what you'll need:
Brown Sugar
Baking Soda
Baking powder
Wheaties Cereal

This recipe is like your basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. When making it, it's the same steps. You could even add in some chocolate chips if you wanted. My husband thinks white chocolate chips would pair well with these cookies. 

There is less flour in these cookies, so don't freak out when you pull them out of the oven and they are flatter than your other cookies. They are supposed to be that way. That's what makes them chewy!

Carmichael Family Recipe

1 c. Margarine
1 c. Brown Sugar
1 c. Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla

2 c. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt

2 c. Wheaties
2 c. Coconut
1 c. Finely chopped walnuts (optional)

  • Cream Butter and sugars together. 
  • Add eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 
  • Add to butter mixture and mix well. 
  • Mix in remaining ingredients (cereal, coconut).
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes

Linking up with: Moonlight and Mason Jars // Practically Functional // Link Party Palooza // Creative Collection // DIY Inspired Linky Party //

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BUHS District 2014 Bond

Elections are almost here! Are you informed about the issues in your community? Voting is an important and crucial part to being a responsible and involved citizen and every vote counts. When we were approached to share information about this Bond to our local readers, we agreed in hopes that it would help residents in our area make informed decisions on election day. No matter how you are voting this year, make your voice heard!

** This post is part of a campaign sponsored by The Citizens of Quality Education to spread awareness and provide information about the Buckeye Union High School District Bond to local residents. All opinions in this post are not our own. **

What will the Bond do for students?
  • Technology - An electronic device for all students
  • Classroom expansions at all four schools
  • Campus security upgrades
  • Building maintenance and repairs
  • Student transportation vehicles
  • Roof replacement
  • Field renovations

There is a lot of confusion about what the differences are between a bond election and an override election. The bond election typically focuses on capital needs of a school district, mainly building and maintaining facilities. The bond elections have been expanded by state law to cover capital expenditures for up to 10 years. The override generally provides money for staff and programs. By statute, the full override lasts for only 5 years and then begins to decrease until either it ultimately expires or the community votes to reinstate it to full funding. 

"To be ready for a global market, our students need real time access to information and the ability to navigate multiple research and informational resources. We need to make sure our students are ready for the challenges of the global marketplace, and technology preparedness will be a huge component of their success."
-Brian Turner, Community Member

The district heard the community's concerns about last year's bond election and has made the following adjustments for this November's ballot measure:
  • More focus on technology with sustainable plan
  • Eliminate school #4 until the student growth becomes more substantial
  • The passage of the bond can't and won't result in an increased bond tax rate  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Grey is here to Stay

Posted by Tara

Even though we still have 100 degree weather here in AZ, I dream about the days of cooler weather. After scouring the September issue of InStyle magazine recently, I saw a lot of one color: GREY. I am a huge fan of grey and my closet will prove it. I love a simple grey t-shirt or pants.

I recently got a simple grey dress from ModestPop.com. This dress is perfect. Perfect for summer or winter.

When I get ready for church on Sunday's I hate having to add tons of layers. Yes, I feel like sometimes layers are needed for a certain look, but other times I just want something easy and simple. This dress does just that! The fabric isn't too thin, so I don't have to wear a slip, but not super thick where I feel like I am going to die of a heat stroke. 

It's soft and comfy, and since I got grey, very versatile. So, what you do you think? They have lots of different clothing on their website (I fell in love with a few other items of theirs) and great customer service. Since we loved them so much, we decided to do a giveaway! 

Follow the directions below on ways to win! Good luck! Giveaway ends Monday, September 15th at midnight!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What I Wore:
Dress: ModestPop
Blazer: Forever 21
Wedges: Target
Belt: Target
Necklace: Charming Charlies

Linking up: Mix It Monday //  Manic Monday // DC in Style // Join the Gossip // Stylelixir // Trend Spin // Pleated Poppy // Because Shanna Said So // Tres Chic Thursday // Fashion Informant 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Fashion Inspiration

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, InStyle, Vogue and Elle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirefallfashion  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV 

Posted by Devin & Tara

Our favorite fashion season is here, woohoo! We love Fall fashion and the return of sweaters and pants and coats and scarves. We also love checking out all of the new trends hitting the runway and the stores! And for us stay-at-home mommas who can't usually make it to the runway shows (despite all of the top designers begging us to attend NYFW this year, lol), there is no better way to stay on-trend than by scouring Fall fashion magazines for great inspiration.

Tara headed down to Target to grab both InStyle and Vogue magazines for us to start pouring over in search of our favorite Fall looks. And right now through September 13th, Target is offering a deal when you buy any two Fall fashion magazines (InStyle, ELLE, and/or Vogue) you get a $5 Target gift card. Score! It's also fun to follow InStyle magazine via their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts to stay up-to-date on current styles and to get great fashion tips and inspiration.

After searching through the pages of InStyle magazine, we each came up with an outfit inspired by the Fall trends highlighted in the articles throughout the magazine. Here are our looks!

Devin's Look:

I am really excited about some of the hot trends for Fall. I particularly loved a few of the trends featured in the FALL Fashion Fever article in InStyle. This season, green is a go-to color and it also happens to be a favorite of mine. This green sweater paired with a blue and green flannel shirt is perfectly on-trend according to InStyle. Especially since knits and sweaters are another popular look they featured for Fall.

Animal prints are going to be enjoying the spotlight this season as well. So glad I already have these leopard print ankle boots in my closet! Animal prints in neutral colors are going to be great wardrobe staples to keep around. And these boyfriend jeans highlight the casual and laid-back feel to many of the styles featured in the hot trends for Fall. As a busy mom, I really appreciate when comfortable clothing is also in fashion.

Tara's Look:

I'm also very excited about a new color that is going to be big this Fall: PLUM. According to InStyle, plum nails, lipsticks, jackets, etc. will be everywhere. I love the deep tones the plum color has to offer. I paired my plum sweater and leather jacket with some light grey pants. You can wear plum with any other color. It is very versatile. 

I wanted my jacket to be the main focus so I wore it with light colored clothes. My blouse adds some simple detail as well as the leopard print belt. Another thing I'm excited about that InStyle mentioned was bootie shoes. I already have 3 pairs and plan on adding more this winter. They go great with dresses or a pair of skinnies. Here I wore a black pair of bootie wedges. They added just the right touch to this winter outfit!

These trends for Fall are so versatile and adaptable to real-life fashion. We can't wait for the cooler weather to hit so we can start sporting these looks every day! Be sure to check out these trends and more in your own issues of Fall fashion mags!

Linking Up With: Join the Gossip // DC in Style // Manic Monday // Rhea Et Cetera // Style Elixir // Trend Spin Linkup // Because Shanna Said So //

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rustic Candy Corn String Art

Posted by Tara

As Halloween approaches, I have been trying to come up with a fun, cute decor idea. As I scoured Pinterest I couldn't find what I was looking for. But then I came up with the idea of doing a candy corn string art on some of my pallet wood! If you don't have pallet wood, you can just use a piece of thick plywood or any piece of wood you have. If you do have a pallet lying around in your backyard, here is a tutorial on how to make a small board like mine.

Here is what you'll need:
Smal Nails with a head
Embroidery String in White, Yellow, Orange
Paint (if wanting a black wood background)
Candy Corn Print-Out

First paint your wood. Make sure it is dry before laying the paper on top. I only gave mine one coat because I wanted it to be easy to sand and it also gave it that rustic, unfinished look. Center your candy corn on your wood. Click here to get the printable candy corn outline.

Start at the top and hammer in the nails along the candy corn outline. I spaced mine about 1/2" apart. Since I did it on pallet wood, it was a little more difficult with all of the cracks in the wood, but it still worked. Make sure all of your nails are secure before moving on to the next steps.

After your nails are secure, rip your paper from your board. There isn't a particular way to do this, just make sure all of the paper is removed before starting the stringing.

You will get your string and first tie a knot around any nail. Trim any hanging strands from the knot. 

I started with the orange, but you can also start at the top and work your way down. There is no real tips about wrapping your string from nail to nail except to make sure you keep pushing your string down on the nail shaft. You keep it pushed down so you can add lots of string. Also, you can line the outside of the candy corn if you would like with the string. It's not necessary though. 

If you get all of your nails in straight, then more power to ya! I'm terrible at doing anything straight, as you can tell by my nails in the picture above. But really, it turns out looking cute no matter what! 

When you are done with one color, tie a knot in the string again like you do in the beginning and trim any strands. Then take your next color and follow the same process for the next section!

If you have another spooky design you want to try, all you need is an outline of your choice to print out and you can follow my instructions to do the rest! I hope this tutorial helped you create a fun and unique Halloween decoration for your home. Gather a group of friends (it's really fun to do in groups with some snacks and plenty of conversation) and get started on some holiday decor!

Linking up with: Practically Functional // Just Us Four //  Link Party Palooza // Creative Collection

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Polka Dot Skirt and Denim

Posted by Devin

Well what can I say about this outfit? I love it. I have been obsessing over a particular skirt from Shabby Apple and the way they styled it in their on-line catalog for the past month or so. However, I couldn't seem to find the $95 in my budget to purchase said skirt, so I needed to look for a more affordable option. This is what I came up with to copy that look. By the way, kudos to you if you already recognize my copy-cat job!

I found this skirt on eBay. Yes, eBay. I really, really wanted that Shabby Apple skirt but there was just no way I was going to pay that kind of money for it. So I thought I would just check eBay to see if maybe, possibly the stars had aligned and someone out there had bought the skirt in just my size and then miraculously decided they didn't want it after all and instead of returning it they would just sell it at a fraction of the price on eBay. Well to my great surprise, this plan didn't pan-out. However, luck was not entirely against me as I found this skirt instead! And it was only $18 with free shipping. Heck yeah!

This skirt is awesome. It is super full and flowy and just beautiful. My husband says that he actually likes it better than the Shabby Apple skirt! And you know what? I think I might too!

So since I was copying the catalog look, I of course paired my skirt with a denim button-down top and a large floppy hat. I love this laid-back, picnic by the lake look so so much! And yes, I was having a laid-back, picnic by the lake when these photos were snapped. ;)

For this look I wore strappy sandals, but this skirt can be dressed-up easily for more formal and fancy occasions. I love it's versatility.

Needless to say, I am super pleased with my budget-friendly version of a much more expensive look. I am so excited to wear this skirt many times and am glad I no longer have to drool from afar over my $95 obsession.

What I Wore:
Polka Dot Skirt - eBay
Denim Shirt - Max Azria
Sandals - Ross
Hat - California Boutique
Cuff - JC Penney