On Fancy Dresses and Living Life Well

We were in a morning hustle to get out the door. We needed to get to the tire place to get a new tire on the van and I was rushing.

“Come on,” I called. “Get dressed.”

I’d laid out outfits that matched and grabbed sandals and crocs and pretty much ran about getting myself ready and Miss F came to me with a silver dress on a hanger from her closet. A dress I’d purchased awhile back at an end of season sale with hopes it’d fit just right to work this Christmas.

“This,” she said looking at me for approval.

I’ve really no reason to say no, I muttered to J and he agreed so I ripped the tags off, took it off the hanger and stuck it on my 2 year old.

She thought she was so pretty and was so excited to twirl and dance and show off.


We stopped at the store for donuts and a man asked if she was headed to a wedding.

“No, I answered for her, “just wanted to wear a fancy dress today.”

“Good,” he said, “Life is short.”


Today, pull out your fancy dress, whatever that may be in your life. Whatever it is you’re saving for a special day or needing to feel special. Live life well because life is short.


Tea Collection’s Summer Sale

I’ve been a Tea Collection for the last several years for a couple of reasons. Their clothes are high quality and wash up well and last and also because they aren’t the same old, same old that I often see in stores.

Their patterns are always diverse and vibrant and they are a brand that I’m proud to put my little girls in.

Right now they are having their summer sale and I’ve been asked to share some of my favorite dresses.


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I love the chevron look and this dress is perfect for both summer and sleeveless weather and also transitioning to fall with either a shirt underneath or a cardigan over it.
Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 9.31.36 PM I can’t get over this floral print. Love.

My little girls own several of their dresses and sometimes for special occasions I’ll purchase matching ones like these ones:


Have you ever shopped Tea Collection? What’s your favorite children’s brand? Shop Girls Styles at Tea Collection

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It’s Time for Your #AmericanSelfie

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We all love a good selfie, don’t we? Think you can manage an #AmericanSelfie? This 4th of July Macy’s is asking us all to take a selfie, an #AmericanSelfie, to honor our military veterans. Here’s the lowdown: What’s #AmericanSelfie? In support of America’s military veterans, Macy’s is inviting customers to use #AmericanSelfie to share their favorite “selfie” photos. […]

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EPantry- A Convenient Solution for Household Shopping


I recently, after the prompting of my friend Anna, joined ePantry. It was super slick to sign up, choose the items I’d normally buy elsewhere and order them to be shipped to me. I decided I had nothing to lose by trying it and placed an order for several Mrs. Meyers products I’d normally purchase […]

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My 6th Stitch Fix


My 6th Stitch Fix came this past week. I’ve been trying to schedule one every two-three months because they are typically a little bit more than I would usually spend on clothes but it’s been really fun to see what comes each time and I also know that many of the items I’ve received are […]

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And just like that our youngest, our last, our little Frannie. She’s two. Two years have never gone so fast, yet, it’s as though she’s still our babe that we’re carting here and there and everywhere. I am loving this age and stage with Frannie. She is busy and funny and so, so smiley. She […]

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On The Best Yes I Can Give Myself.


Last week, because of life’s commitments, my inability to say no and everything landing on the same week I found myself out four nights out of five. Three of those nights were “work” related and these evenings were in addition to going downtown a couple days, doing some media work within my community and trying […]

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Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo {Giveaway!}


The farm babies are back at the Minnesota Zoo for the month of April and my littles and I paid them a visit over spring break. We loved it, I knew Miss F would especially love the baby animals and hands down her favorite were the baby goats who loved nibbling right out of her […]

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Moms Rock! Expo Coming to Minneapolis


Moms Rock! Expo is coming to Minneapolis this spring so mark your calendars, grab your girlfriends and make a weekend of it because the Minneapolis Convention Center will soon by crawling with MOMS! Moms Rock! Expo (May 2-3, 2015) is two amazing days, just for moms, filled with inspiring and informative Keynote Speakers, Real Talk […]

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My Fifth Stitch Fix


My 5th Stitch Fix came today and I’ve been awaiting this one. With early spring like weather in Minnesota and my birthday approaching I knew that I wanted to update my spring wardrobe FAST. It was scheduled to arrive March 20 but when it hadn’t shipped by Thursday, March 19 I was a little nervous. […]

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