. . . for Lauren and Lauren

November 13, 2018

Grandpa cardigan

sweater: c/o shein    jeans: american eagle   tee: old navy

We got our first snow this weekend and the kids and I were pretty excited.  I will fully welcome snow now through Christmas.  I feel like now that it's really cold out, it may as well be pretty, right? Everything looks so bare, now we just need some snow that sticks!  Freezing temperatures also mean cozy clothes, like this cardigan.  You better believe the second I got home I changed into leggings instead, which this sweater is long enough I should have just started with them in the first place. 

 (You can use code katiejvale20 for 20% off your order at Shein!) 

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November 6, 2018

Give me everything sherpa.

 sweatshirt: c/o  shein   jeans: american eagle   shoes: target

My sister and I were talking this weekend when we went shopping that we're so glad most things that are in style or trendy right now are insanely comfortable.  Which explains why I've quickly reached my limit of fuzzy sweatshirts for the year.  This white and green one is super soft and I love it. It's a tad bit short so I wish I got a large instead of a medium, but otherwise I really like it.  Plus it was only $14.  I also got this one from Old Navy and it is so soft and warm. It was a birthday present so I'm not counting it as part of my problem. ;) I'm in full support of these kind of clothes being in style forever and ever.  

(You can use code katiejvale20 for 20% off your order at Shein!) 
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October 11, 2018

Five happy things

 tee: c/o shein   jeans: american eagle   shoes: target (goodwill) 

I've had a tougher week or so.  Honestly, this season has just been kind of rough and I feel like I spend a lot of time fighting off fears and paying attention to the so many things that I am grateful for. So here are five things that are making me smile today . . . . 

1. I wanted these shoes last Fall when they were twenty some dollars at Target, but never bought them. I found them for $4 at Goodwill, brand new at then end of the season. I love them and they make me happy. 

2. I had an appointment at the foot doctor today and had to take Isaac, which is often stressful and exhausting.  He did wonderful.  Forty five minutes or so in the room and he was happy and easy the whole time.  Major victory.  

3.  One of my favorite Fall recipes are those easy pumpkin muffins, made with a cake mix, can of pumpkin and chocolate chips.  Since I'm not eating gluten right now I wanted to find a substitute and made these.  They were super good and I made them for the second time yesterday.  I have no idea if giving up these food groups is a long term thing, but it feels good to find or make alternatives to food I love.  

4. I just finished reading The Book of Essie and I loved it.  Reading has been really good for me and I am thankful I've been making that much more of a habit.  I'm also reading the book The Gifts of Imperfections.  Totally a different kind of book than the first, but really great and has given me some really good things to think about and work on. 

5.  We've had some weird weather here like often with the start of Fall.  Really hot one day, insanely raining (hence the flooding in our yard), then cooler.  I am trusting that from here on out we'll be in real Fall weather and I am very happy about it! 

This cute tee also makes me happy and is only $11.  Plus you can use code katiejvale20 for 20% your order!  I hope you have a great weekend!!

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October 8, 2018


 sweater: c/o shein    pants: target    shoes: gap factory

1. I'm pretty sure this top is supposed to be worn with the twist in front, but at the risk of wearing a crop top and showing my belly button (no thank you) I turned it around and think it is super cute this way.  Plus it's only $15.  

2. I got these shoes online from Gap Factory for $18.  I didn't realize they were velvety and probably wouldn't have bought them had I know because they feel a little too "loud" for me, but I am starting to love them.  I couldn't find them online anymore but they have a ton of really cute shoes for pretty cheap! 

3.  I just got these pants from Target (on sale for $20) and the color is my favorite.  Plus they are stretchy and so comfortable.  Bring on all the Fall clothes now!

I hope you had a great weekend! 

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September 12, 2018

Give me your healthy snack ideas!

top: c/o shein    jeans: american eagle   shoes: payless  sweater: target

In an effort to find some relief from some of my joint pain and inflammation I'm trying an anti inflammatory diet, not eating gluten, dairy and sugar.  I'm a little over one week in and it has gotten a little easier, but I sure do miss a few things.  That handful of chocolate chips or chocolate covered banana I'd eat after bedtime, or my greek yogurt and granola, or a glass of wine!  Thankfully meals haven't been too hard overall, as I had been eating pretty healthy and "clean" foods, and I've found a ton of good recipes online.  But I would love any good snacks or "treats" that you've found.  Those things are what I am struggling with the most! 

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