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Styling a Denim Jacket for Spring

Do you have a denim jacket in your closet? If not, I highly suggest investing in one as they are such a great piece to have in your closet, especially in the transitional seasons such as spring and fall.

Denim jackets come in so many variations, white, light blue, dark blue, black, cropped, oversized… The list goes on! Today, I’m going to touch on a very basic distressed denim jacket and five different ways to style it!

As always, everything you see is linked. Simply click on the picture to shop that exact picture or click on the linked words under each picture to take you directly to that item.

Style 1

This is probably the most casual of all the looks, and so easy to recreate. I’m wearing my Spanx Faux Leather leggings in this picture, but you can literally wear any leggings, add a t-shirt and sneakers and you’re good to go! Such a easy, but chic look!

Style 2

I love pairing a denim jacket with white jeans. This look is similar to the first one, just switched out a couple of pieces! The mules elevate the look to make it a tad less casual, but you could still easily wear this to the park with your kids or running errands and look instantly put together!

Style 3

Okay, how fun is this look?! When I was twirling around making a Reel for Instagram, I just pictured myself riding a bike to happy hour at the beach. Random? Maybe, but it’s such a fun look! I have a tank top on here, but would’ve much preferred a white bodysuit!

Style 4

Do you notice a theme here? All of these outfits are so easy and duplicatable! I’m just wearing dark denim with a peplum top and leopard mules for a pop of fun in there! This is great for those days where it’s chilly in the morning and/or evening, but warm during the day. Simply add the jacket and you’re good to go!

Style 5

This one is sooo easy! I am wearing a striped dress here, but you could wear any swing or t-shirt dress and simply layer on a denim jacket! You could make it even dressier by adding heels, but I kept it simple with my current favorite sandal and added a pop of color to my lips.

Let me know in the comments which outfit was your favorite!

xo-

LB

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How to Style a Chambray Shirt

If there is one piece of clothing everyone should have in their closet, it’s definitely a chambray button down shirt! This piece can be worn SO MANY ways, and it’s a great transitional piece from one season to another. You can find these basically anywhere from Target to Madewell to Nordstrom. It really depends on your preference and budget where you get yours, but this is definitely a piece you could invest in and have for years to come.

As always, everything you see is linked. Simply click on the picture to shop that exact picture or click on the linked words under each picture to take you directly to that item.

I styled this one seven different ways, but the possibilities are endless!

Pro Tip: Rolling your sleeves up will give you a more polished look! This goes for all button up shirts! 🙂

Style 1

First up, the Canadian Tuxedo! Don’t be afraid to pair denim with denim! My best tip is to just make sure the shades of denim are at least slightly different. I paired this with a neutral mule and this fun leopard bag. I’m loving this look for a day-date or a fun weekend trip with your best girls!

Style 2

How simple is this next look?! Throw on a pair of white denim to really make the chambray shirt pop. You could go with a neutral shoe or spice it up with a pop of color. Either way, this look is so easy to duplicate and oh so chic!

Style 3

Talk about a casual Friday work look! This is perfect for those who still have to go into the office, but have the ability to dress a bit more casually. Or, wear this out to dinner or even just to run errands. It’s a versatile look and so easy to put together. Just grab a pair of black (or dark) denim and pair them with a fun belt and shoe!

Style 4

How fun is this look?! All I did was unbutton the lowest button, and tied it in a double knot around my waist. This gives me more of a waist line so I don’t look frumpy. I love pairing this with a skirt! It’s girly, but still comfortable without being too fancy! Of course, you could throw on a pair of wedges and give this a whole new look!

Style 5

This may be my favorite simply because it’s the easiest! A t-shirt dress is another one of those pieces that can be worn a million different ways. Adding a chambray around your waist gives you some definition and point of interest for the eye making you appear thinner! I paired this with sneakers, but you could also throw on sandals!

Style 6

Okay, I’m also LOVING this look. This is so good for a beach date night or a night out with the girls. Sexy, comfortable, but also cute! Again, I tied at the waist, but this time I left all the buttons undone. Add some lipstick and jewels, and you’re good to go!

Style 7

If you’re heading anywhere on vacation this summer, this look is a MUST! I only ever travel in this jumpsuit and I almost always pair it with either a chambray shirt or a denim jacket. Planes (and cars) can get cold, so it’s nice to have something to cover up with. This jumpsuit comes in multiple colors too, so if black isn’t your thing, check out the other colors available. But don’t sleep on this one because it’s goooood!

Let me know in the comments which outfit was your favorite!

xo-

LB

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Four Ways to Style the Target Midi-Dress

I had so much fun last week styling the pretty floral Target dress, so I’m hoping to keep this going every week! This week I styled the Target Midi-Dress four different ways! This dress is only $15 and comes in four different colors/patterns. The last time I checked, it’s unfortunately out of stock, but you can always sign up for restock alerts! Either way, a version of this dress can easily be found and replicated!

As always, everything you see is linked. Simply click on the picture to shop that exact picture or click on the linked words under each picture to take you directly to that item.

I was a little worried at first with this dress since I’m so short. Typically, midi-length dresses don’t quite work well on me. That’s not the case with this dress! It fits me perfectly and is incredibly flattering. I can’t wait to wear this all spring and summer, and even into fall! For reference, I’m 5’2” and range from 135-140 lbs. I’m wearing a size small in the dress and a size 7 in the sandals. These both are pretty true to size for me.

Style 1

The first way I styled this is so simple! Literally just add sandals! That’s it! Sure, you can accessorize a little bit, but this dress makes a statement on it’s own, even though it’s pretty simple. So, throw on a pair of sandals and you’re good to go for a quick and easy outfit!

P.S. The picture below is the best screenshot I could get from the video I took. No judgement, please. 😉

Style 2

Next up is for my girls who love this dress, but want to wear it more casually. All you have to do is throw on a baseball hat, some sneakers and wrap a light jacket or chambray shirt around your waist for a little definition. I added leopard sneakers for a little extra something, but this would look cute with really any pair of sneakers!

Style 3

If you’re looking for a fun vacation vibe, this is it! Who would’ve ever thought throwing a shirt over a dress would look so chic?! These t-shirts from Old Navy are my absolute favorite, and perfect for tying a front knot (again, for that waist definition). Add a straw fedora, sneakers and a fun bag! The only thing you’re missing is a margarita!

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Style 4

You know I couldn’t do a styling session without giving you an option to dress it up, right?! I looove this look! Comfortable, but sexy all in one! This is so easy to recreate, too! Simply add a moto jacket (again, my absolute favorite moto jacket!!), some heels and add a pop of color to your lips!

My bag and shoes are both old, but I did find the shoes on Poshmark! If you’re looking for your size, search for “Treasure & Bond Sannibel Platform Wedge Sandal“.

Let me know in the comments which outfit was your favorite!

xo-

LB

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One Dress Four Ways

Whew! It’s been a while since I’ve been on here, but I’m so excited to bring a new series to you all! I’ll be styling one clothing item for you multiple different ways to show you just how versatile pieces can be!

First up, this $25 Target dress! Everything you see is linked. Simply click on the picture to shop that exact picture or click on the linked words under each picture to take you directly to that item.

As soon as I put this dress on, I knew it would become a favorite. You’re going to see me wearing this all throughout the spring and summer. It is so incredibly versatile and flattering! For reference, I’m 5’2” and range from 135-140 lbs. I’m wearing a size small in the dress and a size 7 in the sandals. These both are pretty true to size for me.

Style 1

The first way I styled this is so simple! Add a cute straw fedora and some sandals, and you’re good to go! This is so easy to throw on and head to a picnic, casual date night or stroll on the boardwalk on vacation!

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Style 2

Next up is another simple style! I pulled from the colors in the dress and added a cute pink headband and matching mules. You could always switch those out with flats, too, if mules aren’t your thing! Side-note: You don’t HAVE to match the headband and shoes. That’s just what worked for me with what I already had in my closet.

Style 3

Here’s one for my edgy girls! I LOOOOVE this look! It gives the dress a whole different vibe and really takes it up a notch. I can see myself wearing this out for a girl’s night or even a date night. Either way, this look is definitely one of my favorites! All of these pieces are closet staples too! So, if you don’t have them in your closet, I highly suggest grabbing them over time because you can really make so many different outfits from just these four pieces!

P.S. This is the BEST moto jacket I’ve ever worn. It is stretchy and comfortable unlike many others that are very stiff and constricting.

Style 4

The last way I style this dress is another easy throw-and-go look! This one is great for those days where the sun is out, but it might get a tad chilly here and there. I simply added some white tennis shoes and a denim jacket! You can either wear the jacket normally, just over your shoulders or tie it around your waist. There really are so many different options. Either way, you’ll look put together and oh so chic!

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! It was so much fun to put together and really inspired me to do more! Tell me in the comments which ‘fit (as the kids say these days) you like best!

xo-

LB

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FabFitFun

If you’re like me, you’re inundated with ads for FabFitFun on all the social channels, from influencers, targeted ads and even friends (hi!) But, there’s good reason!

It’s worth it! Each season, you can get hundreds of dollars of full-size products for just $49.99, most of which you get to choose! Or, if you upgrade to an Annual Membership, you save $20 and get to further customize your box!

To show you the value, I’m going to take you through what I received in my winter box and just how much everything costs!

Summer & Rose Cozy Robe – $70

This robe is heavenly! It’s the softest robe I’ve ever felt, and the best part is that it has pockets and A HOOD! Talk about cozy!

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm – $68

I’ve been looking for a good eye cream for a while now, so the fact that I got a $68 eye cream in my box that costs only $49 is mind-blowing! This eye cream has a blend of alguronic acid, vitamin C, and green tea extract which helps to reduce puffiness and hydrate your eyes. Who doesn’t need some extra hydration these days?!

dr. brandt® skincare PoreDermabrasion® – $58

If you’ve been following me for a little while, you already know my love of dr. brandt products. In fact, I was first introduced to them in one of my FabFitFun boxes, so I love that they continue adding them as options! The PoreDermabrasion is a micro-crystal solution that instantly deep cleans and refines pores. I used this one this morning and it left my face feeling as soft as a baby’s bum! 😉

Tula Skincare Rose Glow & Get It Cooling &
Brightening Eye Balm
– $30

This is one of the items I was most excited for! It’s been on my wishlist for months, so I was STOKED that it was a choice for the winter box. As soon as I got my box, I tried this out and it did not disappoint. It has a cooling sensation that helps to energize and awarenesses the under-eye area, but it also doubles as a highlighter on your cheekbones or cupid’s bow for an instant glow!

eparé® Cutting Board (Set of 4) – $19.95

How cool are these cutting boards?! I only have one very large cutting board, so I was excited for a lightweight option like this. These cutting boards have a non-slip back so you can cut all your food with ease!

Paradox Lucky Stars Blemish Patches™ – $18

Have you seen people posted about pimple patches?! I keep seeing them, but I’ve never tried them. These ones are super cute and have the added benefit of getting rid of blemishes. I’m excited to try these and will report back on how they work!

Daily Concepts® Daily Facial Dry Brush – $20

Dry brushing. A thing I’ve always been intrigued by! But, I’ve never seen a facial dry brush! You can use this on your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and neck to help stimulate lymphatic pathways and reduce puffiness! Another product I’ll test out and report back on! Comment below if you’ve ever dry-brushed before!

Phase Zero Makeup Making Moves Blusher – $27.50

I’m a sucker for new makeup products, so I’m excited to try this new blusher. It has a silky smooth formula that blends seamlessly onto your skin to give you just the right about of flush color.

Laura Geller® Cinnamon & Spice Eyeshadow Palette – $45

When you sign up for FabFitFun, you also get to choose add-ons which are more full-size products at a steep discount. This round, I added on the Laura Geller® Cinnamon & Spice Eyeshadow Palette for just $15. It’s normally $45! This palette include 12 beautiful shades perfect for both day and night looks!

Did you add all of that up? The contents of my box is valued at $326.45! I only paid $49.99, plus my $15 add on! Tell me that’s not insane?! What started as a one-time Christmas present from my hubby, has now turned into a seasonal surprise I look forward to very much! (Sorry, babe!)

If this is something that speaks to you, and you want to treat yourself, or treat someone else, I have a special link for you! You can get $10 off your first box simply by clicking here! Not sure if you’re ready to commit? Comment below with your email address and I will send you a box valued up to $75 for the price of shipping! But hurry, I only have three starter boxes to send!

xo-

LB

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Picture Perfect

Originally posted on 4/29/2020.

As many of us have been doing lately, I was group FaceTiming with a group of my best friends the other night, and something came up that I need to share. Honestly, it’s something that’s been going on for a while and I didn’t want to share because, well, it’s scary. But as we talked, we realized that it’s those scary and raw moments that you connect with others the most, and that’s what the whole purpose of this platform is!

So, let me take you back to the beginning of quarantine. You know, when we weren’t in the thick of it, and it wasn’t ALWAYS raining and cold. It was a gorgeous day, and my husband was off work so we took full advantage! We took a walk with the kids and both dogs. Audrey even walked one of them all by herself, something she was extremely proud of, yet made me a nervous nelly! Then, we went to our backyard and played for hours. We chased each other, played soccer, threw a frisbee, wrestled, and laughed until our cheeks hurt.

There was a moment during this where I took a step back and realized that I am literally living my dream. I have a white picket fence for goodness sake! I felt like I had stepped into the exact picture I had in my mind during my younger years of what I wanted my life to look like when I grew up. How cool is that?

But then, the days turned into weeks, and now the weeks are turning into months. I started breaking down. I alluded this in my post, This. Is. Freaking. Hard. Being home all the time trying to work and be mom is exhausting. Not necessarily physically, but mentally and emotionally. I know I’m lucky that my kids aren’t school-aged yet so that I don’t have to also worry about distance learning, BUT I still feel like I’m failing them. I can’t help but wonder if my irritability and lack of undivided attention are going to be engrained in them for the rest of their lives. Dramatic? Maybe, but I think in extremes.

Things kept mentally piling up on me. As much as I tried to continue being the happy, go with the flow, bubbly person that I typically am, it seemed to be getting harder and harder. I was crying, for seemingly no reason, every day. The kicker? My friends and I seem to be experiencing a lot of the same feelings. It may seem weird to say that, but we all went through something very traumatic together as teenagers…a school shooting.

I’ve always thought that I was good at handling the emotional stress that came from the shooting. And to be honest, I thought I was pretty good at handling the stress that came with other traumatic life events too. i.e. my parents divorce, my best friend committing suicide, etc. But now that my friends and I are all experiencing eerily similar feelings/thoughts, I can’t help me think that maybe I’m not as good at dealing with this stress as I thought.

I guess simply blocking out thoughts and memories isn’t good for you…

Another point that was brought up was social media. My friend mentioned that if someone looked at my Instagram page, they would think I have the perfect life. That hit me hard. Not in a bad way, though! But, I really, truly want to be completely authentic for my audience. I want to    show you the good, but I also want to show you the bad. If I’m going to connect with my audience the way that I intended, then I need to be completely transparent. Hopefully, if you follow me, you know that my stories are where the unfiltered, no makeup me is present, but still. I never want to depict a perfect life, because it simply isn’t the case.

So, after talking with my friends I decided to reach out to a professional. While I haven’t had my first appointment yet, I feel a sense of relief even knowing that I’m taking that step. I absolutely hate that there is still such a stigma around mental health. Just because you are seeking help doesn’t mean that you are broken. It doesn’t mean that you are crazy. in my opinion, it makes you strong!

I want to start therapy so that I can be my best self not only for me, but for my husband and especially for my children. I want them to know that it’s ok to seek help. It’s ok to not be ok. Most importantly, I want them to look up to me as someone they admire and hope to be like someday. I want them to look back and have joyous, fun memories of me. Not memories of me being sad and crying for seemingly no reason.

I’m writing this with hopes that maybe this will be someone else’s sign to seek help. You’re not weak or a failure if you want to talk to someone. You’re stronger than you know!

xo-

LB

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This. Is. Freaking. Hard.

Originally posted 4/16/2020.

Let me paint a picture for you…

I’m sitting at the dining room table eating grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch with my two- and four-year-old after a morning of trying to work my full-time job from my kitchen island while simultaneously entertaining my children, basically just making sure they are safe and alive. Mid-bite, I burst into tears. The kids both stop talking (their “talking” is honestly more like screaming) and stare at me, bewildered.

Are they shocked I’m crying? I know the four-year-old isn’t, but I’m sure it seems weird to my two-year-old. My kids are in difficult stages as it is., testing their limits and learning what they can get away with. There are constant attitudes, eye rolls, and fights in our house. Attitudes and eye-rolls towards me, fights between the two of them. Constantly.

It’s only Tuesday, and I’m crying, feeling defeated, in front of my children.

Like many others during this unprecedented time, I’m home working my full-time job and my kids’ childcare facility is closed. Since my husband is in law enforcement, he is an essential worker and is still reporting for duty. I’m only slightly jealous he gets to leave the house for human interaction on a regular basis…only slightly. My only solace is knowing I’m not the only one going through this currently, and the fact that I’m lucky to work for an incredible company that is supportive and understanding is a huge relief.

But this. is. freaking. hard.

I am not cut out to be a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM), and I sure as hell am not cut out to be BOTH a SAHM AND a full-time working mom at the same time.

Please don’t get me wrong here, I love my kids, I love spending time with them, but the fact that there are no boundaries between work-life and mom-life is chaotic. I can’t pay attention to my kids’ needs. I can’t play with them the way they want me to. I can’t hold them constantly. The list goes on, and it makes me feel like I am the worst mom in the world. In fact, my super sweet princess of a daughter has even told me that I am “the worst mom ever,” she “doesn’t like me,” AND that I’m “the meanest mom ever!”

The thing is, I know she doesn’t mean those things, but it can be hard to not take it seriously when you’re already thinking the same things about yourself. As I was crying during lunch, unable to form words, both my kids got up from their seats, came over, and wrapped their arms around me. They told me they love me, and that I’m the “best mom ever!”

It was nice, but, again…this. is. freaking. hard.

I know, I probably shouldn’t have cried in front of my kids, but at least there was peace and quiet for a solid two minutes. I’m kidding. Kind of.

The worst part of all of this is that I know I’m not being the best mom lately. I’m not being the best wife, the best employee, or the best me for myself. I can’t give anything I love 100%, and it only makes the guilt compound.

I’m trying to do things to stay sane like getting outside, working out and practicing self-care, but all of that is only going so far right now. I’ve lost any semblance of patience that I had (which wasn’t much), I’ve raised my voice more than I would like to admit, and I’ve cried oh so many tears.

The thing is…I’m a happy person! I really, truly am a happy person to my core. But this whole working from home while watching my kids and not having outside human interaction for almost two months has got me on a crazy tidal wave of emotions that I cannot seem to get under control.

So, if you’re a parent out there who is on the struggle bus like me, just know you are not alone. Every day we are in this is another day closer to normalcy. We will get through this. And let’s hope when we are on the other side that we won’t take for granted everything we are so desperately craving right now.

xo-

LB

I would like to add that I am extremely grateful that my husband and I both still have our jobs, we have a roof over our heads and are healthy. Just because I’m feeling all of the things above does not mean that I am ungrateful. This is simply my little corner to share my thoughts and feelings, and that’s exactly what this post is about.

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The Truth About Working From Home

Originally posted 3/26/2020.

Let me guess, now that it seems the whole world is stuck inside for the foreseeable future, you’ve read no less than 20 articles or blog posts that include tips for working from home. These range from articles for those who have never worked virtually before to those who now have to work at home with ultimate distraction…kids. Here’s my take.

I’m just going to say it. Working from home with kids sucks.

I love my kids. I love spending time with them. I love that I have the privilege to work from home while also being in the presence of my children, and I don’t take that for granted…especially now! BUT, trying to be both a great mom and an excellent employee is hard.

You feel guilty that your kids are watching yet another movie. You feel bad when you snap at them when they try to sit on your lap when you’re writing an important email. You feel paranoid that someone is checking to make sure you’re working at all times so you rarely get up from your computer because you’re afraid someone will message, call, or email you the moment you get up and assume you’re not working…as if you don’t ever step away from your desk when you’re in the office. It’s exhausting.

I’ve had the luxury of working from home the majority of the week for a couple of years now. I’m pretty used to it, but adding kiddos to the mix brings it to a whole new level. I don’t want to look back and regret that I didn’t use this as an opportunity to spend more time with them. I may not have the perfect schedule laid out for them everyday, but I did look up some fun activities and stocked up on Color Wonder pages to keep them busy when it’s absolutely necessary. Beyond that, I’m going to try to stick to the following tips to keep us all happy, healthy and sane:

TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME WITH KIDS

  • Wake up at least one hour before the kids. Allow some time to yourself. Drink a cup of coffee, read a book, binge your favorite show. Do something for yourself.
  • Get dressed. You don’t have to get fancy or even brush your hair, but at LEAST get out of your pajamas.
  • Take breaks. You have to step away from the work every now and then, especially if you have small children. Set a timer if you need to for the times you are working and the times you are on breaks.
  • Get outside. I know it may be hard to exercise for most people right now, but at least try to get outside if possible. Fresh air does wonders for the body and mind!
  • Practice grace. I once heard that “grace is the opposite of what one deserves”. I’m pretty sure it was my girl Rachel Hollis who said it. So, give yourself and others some grace. We are living in unprecedented times right now. I’m willing to bet that most people are going to be understanding when it comes to your situation. …at least I hope so because i have a committee call tomorrow and i’m praying that my kids are good!

Stay healthy. Stay six feet away. And wash your hands. Target misses me, and I’d like to go back sometime soon.

xo-

LB

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Not the Favorite

Originally posted 2/24/2020.

Becoming a mom was a dream for me. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a mom. It’s not like I was great with kids or anything. To be honest, I think there are a ton of kids out there who are little shits. I’m not quite sure how teachers and anyone working in childcare deal with so many kids all day, everyday. If you are one of these people, you are a literal angel. Seriously. Heck, some days I can’t even handle my own kids! BUT, I just always knew that being a mom was something I would find fulfilling.

I even naively thought I’d be a cool mom. I mean, don’t most moms think that? Not the kind of mom who is friends with their kids and can’t find that thin line of mom vs friend, but just like a stylish, fun, down-to-earth kind of mom. HA! 

I may be stylish sometimes, but most of the time I’m in leggings and an oversized sweater or t-shirt. I can definitely be fun, but usually my mind is going a million miles a minute trying to figure out how to be both efficient with my daily duties as a wife and mom that I’m not fully present (one of my goals for this year is to work on that!). And down-to-earth?! I mean, sure, sometimes I’ll let them walk on the wild side and not put their coats on them as we go to the car and it’s cold out or eat a cake-pop that’s fallen on the Target floor for two seconds…after the strangers pass and can’t see that I ended up giving it to them of course. But I am always so worried that something will happen to my tiny humans that I have to consciously tell myself “let them be little!”

My point is, I’m not a perfect mom. I’m far from it. I don’t think there is a “perfect” mom out there. I think we are all just trying to do our best so that our kids grow up to be functioning, kind humans. I know that’s my end goal. 

But while I’m here in the thick of the toddler years and four-nagerness, many days SUCK. People always said that parenting is the hardest job in the world, and I always kind of shrugged that off. Boy were they right! And I’m only 4.5 years in! 

For all you new mamas out there, ENJOY THAT BABY! The baby years are EASY! They may be sleepless, but those babies don’t talk back to you, they don’t scream at you, they don’t roll their eyes at you. They just want you to feed them, keep them clean and snuggle them.

Don’t get me wrong, my kids are pretty darn great, but they also have attitudes. They are learning and growing and pushing boundaries all while I am also learning and growing as a parent. It’s hard. What’s even harder is that my family, like many others, has a strange dynamic when it comes to schedules. Half of the time I am the only one doing the parenting. 

If you’re new here, my husband is a police officer. As one can assume, he has an often unpredictable and fluid schedule that can be altered at the last minute.

So here I am parenting, creating schedules, routine, and consistency, and then daddy comes home. Do not twist my words here. I am extremely lucky that 1) we are on the same page on almost everything related to parenting, 2) I have a husband who is very much present and active in our kid’s lives, and 3) that my kids adore their daddy so very much. 

But when daddy comes home, mommy doesn’t matter anymore. 

All those hours I’ve put into loving, teaching, caring and playing go out the window and all attention goes to him (as it should!). Anything and everything must be done with or by daddy. Mommy is no longer existent. Not only do they basically forget that I’m there, but they literally want nothing to do with me. At least that’s how it feels. I can’t sit with them, I can change their clothes, I can’t even bring their food to them without a fit. No! Daddy do! 

As I sit here typing this, I feel guilty and selfish. I know some people will read this and probably think that about me too. What I can tell you is that it’s a real feeling. It’s hard for me to articulate how it really makes me feel, but I also know that I’m not alone in this. There are memes out there about it. 

Exhibit A:

No matter how much I do, daddy is always the best. The thing is, I get it! My husband freaking ROCKS! He is one of those people who is annoyingly good at pretty much everything he does (except basketball, he sucks at basketball). He’s a great police officer, husband and best of all, an incredible dad. He works his ass off to provide for us, and then comes home, puts on the Daddle (check it out!) and trots around on his damn knees like a horse. I get it, he’s great! 

I told my husband last night “This is why we can’t have another baby. I can’t emotionally handle another child who loves you more!” I was only half serious…

Maybe after writing this all out I will feel better. Maybe not. What I’m here to tell you is that whether you’re a mom or a dad that’s NOT the favorite, you’re not alone. You’re still a rockstar. Your kids love you so much. I see you. 

xo-

LB

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Master Closet Reno

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Originally posted 2/18/2020.

For years, I’ve watched HGTV and basically drooled over the master closets in all of the homes. They were BIG, organized, and beautiful! It’s always been a dream of mine to have something like that, but not something I ever thought we would have.

Then, in 2017, my husband and I built a new home and one of the selling points of the model home was the master closet. It was HUGE! Like, I walked around the corner to what I thought would be a small closet, and literally smiled ear to ear like a little kid in a candy store. It was huge! It didn’t have the wow factor of all the closet organization, but it was a blank canvas and that’s something we could work with!

So, we put it in the back of our minds as a project we would add to the never-ending list. You think when you build a house from scratch you wouldn’t have a list of things you want to do, but here we are.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen this process from beginning to end. If you don’t follow me, you should. 😉 I’ve never gotten more direct messages about something I’ve posted! So, I figured I would take the time to write everything out for you. What we did from start to finish in case any of you are interested in doing this project too!

Full disclosure: We are NOT professional contractors by any means. We actually had a company come out to quote us for this first because we would rather pay someone than do it ourselves, but we just couldn’t justify the cost. We looked around at different options, and, well, keep scrolling for the final product!

STEP 1: TAKE PRECISE MEASUREMENTS

My husband went in the closet, and took all the measurements that we needed. This step isn’t terrible if you know how to use a tape measure.

STEP 2: DRAW OUT AN APPROXIMATE SKETCH OF WHAT YOU WANT

Again, we did have someone come out at first, and they actually gave us a really good idea of what would work well. We took that, and made it our own basically. We knew that I wanted/needed double hung rods, a higher rod for dresses and of course plenty of space for shoes. My husband’s side basically needed shelving and double hung rods.

STEP 3: CONDUCT RESEARCH ON WHAT TYPE OF CLOSET SYSTEM YOU WANT

In our first home, we had a very small closet, so to maximize space we actually did something very similar, but on a much smaller scale so we knew that type of closet system we wanted was out there! However, the exact one no longer exists. Of course.

So, after doing a cost comparison and standing in the closet organization aisle at Home Depot for 45 minutes, I finally convinced my husband that white is a neutral and DOES in fact go with everything. Now that it’s done, I’m SO glad we went with white. While our closet is big, it’s very long and narrow. If we would’ve done a dark wood, it wouldn’t have seemed as open and spacious as it does now.

I’ve linked the exact model of what we purchased below in case you want to do the same thing!

STEP 4: FINALIZE THE FLOOR PLAN

When we went to Home Depot to pick out all the supplies, we took our floor plan with us, and really analyzed what we wanted. There are so many different things you can get! Shelves, rods, tie holders, drawers…the list goes on! So, part of the 45 minutes was also spent discussing exactly what each side of the closet needed and what could fit.

STEP 5: INSTALLATION

Let the installation commence! As you can guess, I did little to nothing in this step. I was in charge of keeping our wine tumblers full and the Hamilton playlist going strong until instructed to hand over the level, hammer or some other tool I hoped was correct when I handed it over to the foreman.

I can put together a mean drawer though!

STEP 6: ORGANIZE

Okay, if you know me, you know this was my FAVORITE part! I’m very much a Type A personality which means I love it when things are organized! (Except my car, let’s not talk about that.) This step is where I got to put everything back into the closet.

For those who aren’t a perfectionist when it comes to organization like me, I’m going to walk you through how I organized everything in case you want to hop on the crazy train!

I had four rods to work with for the majority of my clothing.

  • Tanks & Short Sleeve Tops
  • Long Sleeve Tops & Sweaters
  • Pants & Skirts
  • Kimonos, Long Cardigans, Vests, Blazers, Jackets & Sweatshirts

For my tops, I organized them by sleeve length and color. So, if I have a one shoulder top, tank top and t-shirt, I put them in that order by color. I’m not SUPER crazy when it comes to the order of my colors, as long as they are all in the same color block in the closet. See the pictures below to help you understand what I mean. All of my pants were hung starting with denim, followed by dress pants and skirts.

I only got two drawers for my side of the closet. In those drawers, I folded up my scarves in one and my bathing suits in another. Again, I tried to do this as color-coded as I could, but with most of these pieces having multiple colors, it ended up being quite difficult to color-code.

Finally, I had to organize all my shoes. This part was actually the hardest. I have such a variety of shoes so I really had to think about how I wanted them organized. I definitely wanted them by color, but wasn’t positive on whether or not I should keep all categories of shoes together. When it came down to it, I kept it to color coding by category. (i.e. heels together, sneakers together, etc.) If you check out the pictures below, you’ll see that we bought the most genius thing ever…shoe slot organizers! These little guys are such space savers! They literally doubled my shelf space for shoes and made organizing all my shoes so much easier. I can say that they fit women’s shoes much nicer than men’s shoes, but we did use them for both my husband’s shoes and mine. I also have a ton of flats and sandals. There wasn’t a space that made a ton of sense on my shelves, so we just used one of my older two-tier stackable shelves for those.

Another thing I got from Amazon was a stackable headband holder. These things are great! They not only organize your headbands, but actually come in two parts and each compartment can hold things like your brush, hair ties and bobby pins. Currently, I only needed them for my headbands, but I did grab another one for my daughters room to hold all of her hair accessories as well!

This concludes our fun little closet reno. All of this took us a total of three days, and that included us painting first! Granted, we did have to order a couple more top shelves since Home Depot didn’t have the amount we needed in stock when we went, but we also did this all on a whim. You could easily order these in advance and knock out a closet reno in a weekend, too!

Below is a comprehensive list of everything we used in the closet: