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My completely honest review of Lularoe

I love being a blogger. I get to try all sorts of things and report to you if they are worth your time and money. This time, thanks to a college friend, I get to report on clothes!

I’ve heard of Lularoe for a year or so, but never purchased anything. I have always heard amazing things about their leggings, but I don’t wear leggings as pants so I was never really interested.

I changed my mind once I looked at the catalog and saw all the tunics available. My style is typically a tunic with skinny jeans and ballet flats. So when Melanie asked me to review a baby-bump-friendly tunic and dress, of course I said yes!

I chose a red and blue striped Irma tunic in medium, and an orange striped Carly dress in X-small. I definitely could have ordered the Irma in a small and been totally comfortable. If I get any future Irmas, I will get the small. Even with a baby belly, I would have enough room (for reference, I’m usually a size 4 when not pregnant).

Because I am no stylist, I consulted Pinterest for ways to style my tunic. I chose to pull it in a bit by adding a button and wrapping string around it (you can also use a small hair tie). Belting is also an option. If I were more stylish, I would have such a belt.

Pregnancy update: We are 16 weeks along! I’ve been feeling little movements since about halfway through week 9, and definitely stronger now! Last week my coworkers started to comment that I look pregnant now. I think I’m a pretty good size for being 4 months, personally.

Review: I LOVE these pieces! I was skeptical of the Lularoe signature “buttery softness” that I heard about. Honestly, I thought it was a selling technique; a catch-phrase. Ya’ll, I was wrong. These are so soft, I feel like I’m wearing pajamas but I’m actually dressed for the day! I wear them to work and love that they are professional enough for work and comfortable enough for my growing belly. I also appreciate that these clothes are modest with decent necklines and longer hemlines. It’s unfortunately very difficult to find maternity clothes that are both stylish and modest.

And what is a maternity shoot without a couple family pics?? We had a great afternoon with our photographer/barista friend, Emma Lang! Emma was one of the first people we got to know in this town (at the coffee shop, of course) and she’s absolutely wonderful. Warm, genuine, and expressive, she’s a great friend and made the afternoon so much fun. Her art, Wild Iowa, decorates our home in the form of drawings and Christmas ornaments. She has all sorts of nature-inspired pieces. You can follow her instagram here.

Here is my favorite picture from the entire day! 

 

Dear Tristan

Dear Tristan,

Today is your second birthday. These past two years have flown by, and I treasure every memory I’ve been able to make with you.

The day we found out you existed, we spent our last dollar to buy you this sweater. It warms my heart to see that you are now big enough to wear it.

The day you were born is one of my favorite memories. You made the entire process of childbirth magical.

Now here we are, two years later, and you’re the biggest ball of never-ending energy. You have a smile that lights up the darkest room. You love without holding back. You rock out to Daddy’s music with good rhythm. You are insulted if I try to put on your shoes for you, because you can do it yourself. You love anything related to the Minions and you have a tender heart for the hurting.

You are the coolest, T-dawg. I’m so honored to be your Mommy.

<3

 

The Cure for the Mombie Effect

The Cure for the Mombie Effect

“Mombie” – a sleep-deprived woman barely held together by coffee and yoga pants (or, since I ditched my yoga pants, skinny jeans). 

A (non-glamorous) peak into my day last Friday morning:

I rolled over and checked my phone. 8:30!  I’m late!

Ran downstairs to start the hot water for coffee. Dishes in the sink. Encrusted with last night’s dinner. Goody. Started that soaking.

Ran upstairs to get dressed. It’s a good thing my only typical makeup is mascara, because there really isn’t even time for that. Got myself and Tristan dressed while Peter made the bed and got himself ready to go.

Back downstairs, poured the hot water over the coffee grounds into the french press. Started the dishes. Every other dish, had to stop and get Tristan away from pouring the contents of the trash can all over the floor.

8:55 am – time to go! Barely got the dishes done (I hate leaving Peter with dishes to do, it’s a priority for me to get them done before I leave), I remembered last minute to put on my wedding ring, and…I left my coffee on the counter.

The empowering part of this scenario is that while I know that situations come up and sometimes things don’t always go according to plan, there are steps I can take to make sure my day flows smoothly – even if I wake up a half hour before I need to be at work.

My morning, no matter what time I actually get out of bed, is determined by how I set myself up the night before.

I can give myself a huge step up each day by completing a few simple tasks the night before.

  • I can do the dishes each night before I go to bed. This leaves just putting them away as my morning task.
  • I can fill the kettle with water so it’s ready to go first thing in the morning.
  • I can pick out an outfit for the next day. Even jewelry if I’m really feeling crazy.
  • I can make sure that breakfast is baked and ready to go for the next morning. Through trial and error, we have discovered that homemade muffins is really what works the best for us.

When I actually do these things consistently, I free up space in my mornings for extra time with Peter and Tristan, or extra sleeping time if we need it. And I get coffee. Mombie cured.

Most of these realizations and habits came when I blogged through MoneySavingMom’s Makeover Your Mornings 14-day course late last year. I’m so excited for the release of her follow-up challenge, Makeover Your Evenings, which goes live tomorrow! I got an early release copy and have been looking through it. I can’t begin to tell you how awesome this course is and how many big things will be happening because of it.

I’ll be blogging through this one too starting on Monday. It’s literally been a struggle for me not to start as soon as I got it. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning, except for 14 whole days!

Ready to make over your evenings with me? Click here to sign up, then leave me a comment to let me know!

 

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2015 in Review

 year ornament snowflake 2015 
Last week, Peter and I went to an ornament exchange Christmas party. I got a yeti in a Santa hat, and Peter got this snowflake with 2015 inscribed on it. When he opened it up, he said, “2015 was a good year for us. I really like this.” 
Of course, when we got home this called for some reflection on 2015 and for awhile we just sat there in awe of how far we have come in just one year. Here are some highlights: 

  • We established a clear budget that worked for us. We had tried several ways of tracking our spending and budget and finally found the way that we can consistently follow. 
  • We have never had credit cards, and we never want them. When things were horrible and tight and our car needed to be fixed, we sold things to make it work. This saved us from being in a tighter situation later. 
  • We not only met our big audacious savings goal, we beat it! We met our savings goal in September and have saved another 50% on top of that! 
  • We bought our washing machine in March and have been able to stay home and save time and money by doing laundry ourselves. 
  • We have significantly paid down our student loans (our only debt) and will be debt-free before the summer. 
  • Thanks to the generosity of some friends, Tristan has everything he needs until he’s 4, and it’s all nicely organized in his closet. 
  • We have questioned, tested, and dissected what we believe and while that is a life-long process, we have really grown a lot in response this year. 
  • Peter finished his personal training certification and passed his test! Thanks to our savings, we found out about the class on the last day to register and were able to pay the $700 to sign up easily – and STILL meet our savings goal by 150%!
  • I started my awesome job in August. It has been a growing and stretching experience that I am so thankful to have. I’m learning everything from time management to conflict resolution to dementia care to how to be a manager. And Peter’s stress advice “it’s only a problem if there isn’t a solution” has been a huge source of calm and strength for  me. 

We have set some goals for 2016, but those will be in a later post. It’s so fun to look back!

What have you accomplished in 2015?