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February 5, 2016

IMG_4907Madewell Jeans // Belong Magazine // Nine West Booties (similar)

Happy, happy Friday! We’re laying low this weekend with no real plans on the books, and I couldn’t be more excited. We have a handful of small house projects to work on, but other than that we’re laying low and taking it easy. Here are a few of my favorite finds from around the web this week!

Have you seen a dress this perfect before? I die.

A really amazing low-income housing project.

Practical advice on sharing the gospel with your littles.

The tinted moisturizer I can’t live without.

Why it’s okay to be uncomfortable sometimes.

Making THIS for dinner sometime very soon.

A good reminder on passing on Biblical womanhood to my daughter.

I think you need these booties in your life. Buy them for me?
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Madison

Fashion

Favorite Old Navy Finds

February 1, 2016

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This weekend Joe and I took a trip to our nearest city, about an hour away, because I was in serious need of being around large groups of people, eating Chick-Fil-A and drinking a cup of Starbucks while browsing stores and picking up a few things for Ainsley’s first birthday! (Cue all the tears…)

I ended up going to Old Navy because it’s my go-to for cute, cheap basics and trendier items I’m not sure I really want to spend a lot on. They had so many cute things, and I went home with a few new items for my wardrobe. Since online and in-person can be so different, I thought I would share with you the items that caught my eye!

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1. Quilted Crew Neck Sweatshirt 
2. Popcorn Stitch Sweater
3. Go-Dry Pullover
4. Classic Cardigan
5. Oversized Scoop Neck T-Shirt
6. Denim Jacket
7. Go-Dry Keyhole Back Top (pictured above!)
8. Short-Sleeved Tunic Tee (it’s just so good! I bought one but want to buy more!)
9. Long-Sleeved Boyfriend Tee

Madison

Fashion

The Number Doesn’t Matter

January 27, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I made a rookie mistake. You see, I found the perfect pair of jeans a few months ago. They fit great, looked good and were so dang comfortable. Then, a couple weeks ago, they started to feel a little bit loose. So what’s a girl to do? I bought the size smaller. Despite making huge strides in my journey to body self-acceptance, I let myself slip into thinking that the number on a pair of jeans had anything to offer me in terms of telling the story of my self worth.

Sure, the jeans zipped and buttoned, but they didn’t make me feel great. Actually, they made me feel like a sausage. I felt uncomfortable and self-conscious and generally gross. Because instead of seeking out clothes that fit my body just the way it is, I started chasing the number on a tag. And, as most of you know, that’s never a road that leads to happiness or satisfaction.

Since I needed a little reminder and re-focusing, I went back and read my post of finding the perfect pair of jeans. Hint hint: Tip number 5 was finding a pair that fits well, regardless of the number on the tag. Why do we always need to be reminded of this?!

In this case, the smaller number wasn’t the best fit. I felt more comfortable, confident and good about my body in the jeans that I had been wearing all along! And in case you’re looking for some additional reading, I remember reading this article from my blog-buddy Stephanie that is totally worth the read!

Madison

Fashion

What’s In My Makeup Bag: January Edition

January 14, 2016

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1. Love Springs Eternal || Youth Preservation Serum by One Love Organics
This product is a splurge, but the proof is in the results. Using a few drops of this serum every night makes a difference in the look and appearance of my skin, which is starting to show a few signs of getting older now that I’m edging up on 30 and getting less sleep that I once was.

2. Gentle Exfoliator Polish || Beautycounter
We’ve all fallen victim at some point to one of those super abrasive drugstore exfoliators. But would you believe me if I told you there is a safer and more effective way to exfoliate your skin? I’m in love with this gentle exfoliator from Beautycounter, which is easy on the skin but really helps give dull winter skin a fresh glow.

3. Invati Shampoo and Conditioner || Aveda
I would love to tell you that my postpartum hair loss is a thing of the past, but while it has slowed down a bit, it’s still an issue. In addition to getting more dedicated to taking my prenatal vitamin, I returned to using this shampoo and conditioner, which are made to help with hair loss. It’s amazing! PS: If you just want to try before you buy, they make a little sample kit for much less with all three of the products.

4. Moroccan Oil Treatment || Moroccan Oil
These days I’m a bit of a hair product minimalist. I’ve replaced countless products with a good shampoo + conditioner and a little Moroccan oil on my hair after I get out of the shower. On days when I have the time (especially if it’s warm out) I just choose to let my locks air-dry and then lightly style with a curling wand to smooth my strands a bit. I think protecting my hair and cutting back on the styling tools has really helped with the health of my hair.

5. Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer || Beautycounter
This is my new g0-to tinted moisturizer. I love the way it smells and the creamy, flawless look it gives my skin without actually feeling like I’m wearing make-up. I’ve always tried to avoid anything with a lot of coverage, so this is right up my alley!

Madison

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Fashion, Family

Christmas Gift Guide for Her (all under $100)

December 3, 2015

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1. “Wifey” T-Shirt | Ily Couture
I bought the sweatshirt version of this for my sister who just got married this year and it was a hit! I own an Ily Couture product and absolutely love how soft the material is that they use and the cute, cheeky sayings.

2. The Quinn Necklace | Natalie Borton
I love supporting small business owners, and I was so excited when my blog buddy Natalie decided to open up her own jewelry shop. Her pieces are so pretty and they are all limited edition, meaning only a few people will have the same piece of jewelry. How cool is that?

3. Volcano Mercury Glass Candle | Capri Blue
A candle is a candle, right? Wrong! I have fallen head over heels for the scent of this candle. (It’s the same one they use in Anthropologie stores…) It’s heaven on earth, I tell you, and anyone would be thrilled to get one.

4. Nourishing Cleansing Balm | Beautycounter
This is my new favorite face product and I can’t stop singing the praises of it. The balm functions as a cleanser and makeup remover while also giving moisture to your skin. Bonus? It can be used as an overnight face mask when your skin is feeling dry during these cold winter months.

5. Diaper Bag Organizer | Lily Jade
Lily Jade makes amazing diaper bags, but if that isn’t in your budget, consider buying just the diaper bag organizer from Lily Jade. I love that it immediately turns any large purse into a diaper bag, meaning you can enjoy fashion and function together in one. Great for any new or expecting moms!

6. Personalized Stationery | Rifle Paper Co.
I think personalized stationery is just so lovely, and it’s something that I’m always hesitant to buy myself. But when I do? It just feels so fancy and inspires me to write more handwritten notes. Do your family members a favor and buy them some beautiful paper products.

7. Eloise Brocade Sleep Pants | Anthropologie
I have a theory that you can never go wrong with giving a gift that is a “practical indulgence” – meaning that it’s something useful but a little more of an upgrade than what someone would normally purchase on their own. Sleepwear is a great example. I always want to buy beautiful sleepwear, but I can never justify the price. What a great gift to give, right?!

8. Chestnut Suede Slipper | Ugg
I have Ugg slippers and wear them all the time. They’re durable, comfortable and cute.

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