jcp-summer-style-striped-dress With summer here, I have been going through my closet and reevaluating everything. I love reorganizing and moving my favorite pieces to the front of my closet so I already have some outfits ready to put together. From my favorite bathing suit cover-ups to breezy tops, I have been rethinking my style for the hotter months ahead. Luckily, JCPenney has such a great selection that I headed over there to find the perfect pieces for summer. jcp-striped-dress One of my favorites looks during the summer months is throwing on a simple shift dress and pairing it with cute wedge sandals. It is quick and easy to throw on before heading out the door. Shift dresses are the perfect look for running errands, meeting up with friends, or tossing over a swim suit before heading to the beach. jcp-summer-style Wearing pieces that come in fun colors and patterns has become a go-to style for me. Adding some extra fun accessories like a fedora and bright lip can help dress up or down a particular outfit, making it incredibly versatile. jcp-summer-fashion I love incorporating whites into my wardrobe during the warmer months of the year. JCPenney has such a wide variety of tops, rompers, dresses, and swim suits that you can’t go wrong browsing through their site to find your favorite items. While I do gravitate towards wearing lighter colors during the summer months, pairing a patterned piece with a sheer or flowy item can really help dress up your look. dutch-fishtail-french-braidjcp-style-striped-dress-wedgesjsp-style-liz-clairborne-wedgesjcp-summer-striped-dress-fedorajcp-style-summer-fasion   One brand that consistently turns out great pieces is the Bisou Bisou brand. It is one of JCPenney’s bestselling brands and always offers the latest fashions with the highest quality at affordable prices. The I “Heart” Ronson line is another one of my favorites because it features tees, blouses, sweaters, jeans, dresses, and jackets while drawing inspiration from the modern woman. It’s a great collection that allows you to easily mix and match new pieces to create your own signature looks.

Now I’m feeling pretty inspired for the upcoming summer months! What is your favorite thing about summer? And what outfits are you planning on wearing during the summer weather? Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win a $100 JCPenney gift card!

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When I was first pregnant with Cohen I was constantly worried about having all the baby essentials. It was overwhelming to say the least. There are a million different types of strollers, clothes, bottles, things for sleeping, swinging, lounging, you name it. I tried to narrow things down with suggestions from friends who had babies, but I learned a lot more once Cohen came. I’ve previously posted a short list of a few favorites, but my friend is expecting a baby this summer, so I’ve been working on a master list of suggestions for her and figured I might as well share it with you mamas-to-be out there too! Many items are personal preferences based on you and your baby, but there are definitely some things I wish I had known we’d need over other things I registered for simply because they were cute or pretty!

Even though we had our shower locally, I found that having a registry where people could order online and have items shipped to you was the easiest, both for those who came to our shower and for those who didn’t. One thing that we always needed but never thought to register for were batteries! You would be surprised at how many things you buy for that sweet, little baby that actually need 2 or more batteries. A great brand to get is Duracell, because *Duracell batteries last longer in 99% of devices vs. the next leading competitive brand! I think AJ went to the store three different times to buy batteries for each of our soothing and sleeping items. Cohen slept next to us for the first month and his little bed had a convenient vibrating feature that helped him fall asleep easier.

 

We also used a sound spa every night and during his naps to help him fall asleep faster. That was a lifesaver and of course, it needed batteries that somehow we didn’t have on hand.

Besides having the obvious items like diapers, wipes, clothes, and a carseat, having batteries available for all the extra essentials was definitely wonderful and something I would recommend to every mom and new mom out there! Cohen is the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I love being his mama and spending time with him everyday. Of course, having a few extra baby supplies that help soothe him and put him to sleep are always beneficial. A happy baby is a happy mama.

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garnier-ultra-lift-miracle-creamNow that I am a new mom, my appearance and skincare routine is more important to me than ever before. Taking care of myself has always been important and I didn’t want having a new baby to change that. Before getting pregnant, I suffered from dry skin; during pregnancy, I had oily skin. Now that baby Cohen is here my skin is all mixed up with the change in hormones. This Garnier Ultra-Lift® Miracle Sleeping Cream™ Anti-Age + Anti-Fatigue Night Cream has been a dream come true for my troubled skin.

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A new hydrating face cream that fights wrinkles and signs of fatigue while you sleep for younger looking skin is exactly what I have been looking for. garnier-ultra-lift-miracle-sleeping-creamThis lush lotion is very pleasant to apply and has a clean, fresh scent. The texture is creamy smooth and dries very quickly. It provides the hydrating power of a mask with the lighter feel of a cream. It also contains very good skin-softening and hydrating ingredients such as jojoba oil and glycerin. When rubbed into the skin, the product becomes invisible and the skin is left moisturized. garnier-ultra-lift-miracle-sleeping-cream-anti-aging-review dutch-fishtail-braid-elizabeth-arden-prevageGarnier’s Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream has been a nice addition to my nightly skin care routine. The anti-aging formula reduces signs of dull, dry and tired looking skin. The cream is infused with Lavender Essential Oil that helps calm the senses for sleep. This coupled with the Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream: Anti-Age + Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream reduces signs of fatigue with the hydrating power of a cream to revitalize the skin. garnier-ultra-lift-miracle-cream-night-creamCan’t get your nightly beauty sleep? Garnier has you covered with prizes that will make you look like you didn’t miss a wink! Enter the Sleep With This Sweepstakes now for the chance to win Garnier Ultra-Lift® Miracle Sleeping Cream, a Westin Heavenly® Bed and more. 

Plus receive a $1 coupon* to try Garnier’s Ultra-Lift® Miracle Sleeping Cream out for yourself. Enter daily for a chance to win a Miracle Sleeping Cream product prize package. Do you plan to try Garnier’s Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream Anti-Age + Anti-Fatigue Night Cream to help fight wrinkles and the signs of fatigue? Tell me in the comments to enter for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card.

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dutch-boho-headband-braidHAIR: Half Up Dutch Braids  |  SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker  |  LIPS: MAC ‘In Anticipation’ Liner, MAC ‘Please Me’ Lipstick {fav combo!}  |  TOP: H&M – love this  |  NECKLACES: Baublebar  |  JEANS: Treasure&Bond  |  BAG: Petunia Pickle Bottom c/o  |  HEELS: old – similar 
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Let’s get real for a second here. Do you love your diaper bag? I mean, really love it?

You carry it with you everywhere you go! I mean, I certainly do and not having a cute one is such a bummer! I literally carry Cohen’s entire bedroom in mine. We’re talking diapers, wipes, onesies, shirts, pants, socks, burp cloths, binkies, bottles…I’ll even lug around his bottle warmer if I’m super desperate to get out of the house.

The thing I love about the PPB bags is that they don’t even come close to looking like a diaper bag. Am I right?

I love all of their designs and this City Carryall is both chic and modern. While it’s a very functional diaper bag, it’s also a stylish handbag that is convenient for taking everywhere.

I recently wore this outfit to my mom’s birthday dinner and everyone was amazed when I showed them my bag saying it was actually my diaper bag! I love that it’s both durable yet trendy and sleek. Plus, I can’t even count how many times I’ve asked AJ to carry it for me and there’s no way he’d do it if it even looked like it had a diaper in it. Double win.

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The day that I became a mother was incredibly painful and exhilarating and exhausting and beautiful. It was an overwhelming experience that I hope I never forget. The moment I held baby Cohen in my arms I was completely speechless at the remarkable feelings that came over me. Feelings I didn’t know could be felt enveloped me. I stared down at the babe in my arms and couldn’t believe he was finally here. Cohen-newborn-pics-6 I remember looking at him as he was being taken care of after birth and feeling an exhilaration that the long nine months of waiting were finally over. As I caught glimpses of him, a small wave of panic washed over me and I couldn’t help but wonder what came next. What would this little guy be like? Would I be a good mother to him? Would I be able to raise and nurture him the way he needed? Cohen-newborn-pics-2 When we were left alone, I held Cohen in my arms, gazing down into his sweet little face. Suddenly a feeling came over me, so powerful that I began to cry. I cried and cried, so overwhelmed by a feeling of love and joy so intense that I knew in that moment I would do anything for this little babe. I loved him so deeply; he was a part of me that I would cherish forever. That moment is one I hope to never forget. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much love in my entire life; I was so sure my heart would burst. baby-birth-story At times it still seems surreal that this little person who looks at me, quietly watching me every day, in that curious way that only he can, is mine forever. Getting to be Cohen’s mom is the brightest light in my life.  This life with him is sweet and full. I am so grateful every day that I was given the gift of raising such a happy little spirit. mothers-day-with-cohen Motherhood is one of the greatest privileges of my life and I am so lucky to share that with so many beautiful women. This year will be my very first Mother’s Day and I am so happy that I’ll be able to experience it with the two most important people in my life. AJ and Cohen are the two most important people in my life. I’m so grateful that I was the lucky one chosen to bring this beautiful baby boy, in all of his sweet and happy innocence, to earth, and be able to raise him with such a strong, kind man as his father. mothers-day-post-snow.2 mothers-day-post-missy-sue Happy Mother’s Day to mothers and future mothers everywhere, especially to my own beautiful mom who has been a wonderful example of love and strength to me in my own life. Also, a Happy Mother’s Day to my mother-in-law who raised the kindest, gentlest man, who will be a shining example to this little boy I hold so dearly to my heart; you have given me the greatest gift of all, my own little family. cohen-and-ajmothers-day-post-cohen

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