Top 20

It is so hard to believe that we are now officially over half way through 2022. We wanted to round up your favorite items that we have posted about so far this year! There is something for everyone on this top 20 list. From clothing items for you to a piggy bank for your little ones, this list is all over the board – and I love it! So here it is, the top 20 of the year so far.

one thing that I love about this list is that we have everything (except 2 items) from this list
  1. This blue and white dress is a go to of mine. It’s easy, it’s comfortable, it’s appropriate for pretty much any occasion, and it has been the number one purchase by you all this year!
  2. You all went crazy over this handbag! And for good reason, it could not be prettier (and also super affordable).
  3. This backless pink dress was a hit after I wore it in the Cayman Islands. I love that if you throw on a denim jacket you can easily wear it to work, church, or anywhere!
  4. The best Free People sweater dupe! Trust me. Buy it now, and you’ll be obsessed this fall.
  5. This Packit has been a lifesaver this summer! Anyone else?
  6. Double chin reducer – it really works. Trust me.
  7. Our favorite (and now yours) summer pajamas. If you haven’t snagged your little, or big, ones a set then do it!
  8. I could not be more obsessed with this visor. Major perk – it is packable!
  9. This little bench was such a fun purchase when we got it, and it still is! I love the little table that pops up, it is super practical.
  10. I wore this dress for Easter and I think it is absolutely precious. It is pretty, comfortable, and flattering for all!
  11. This ABC Busy Box was a hit with all three boys! This craftivity is great because kids learn to follow (picture) directions and after a couple they were able to do this completely independently (even Preston, my 3 year old!).
  12. This Spanx top is another top that you need to buy to have ready for the fall! It is perfect for work, errands, or running around with the kids.
  13. The cutest block letter toddler baseball cap. This is one on the list that we do not own, but we may have to get them!
  14. The creativity that happens with the boys while using these foam blocks is truly amazing. They build, create, and imagine all the things with these blocks.
  15. One of my favorite purchases of the year so far are these give, save, spend piggy banks. We firmly believe that all money taken in should be divided into three: 10% give back to God, 10% save, and the rest is to spend on whatever! This little piggy bank has made teaching this system to the boys so much easier.
  16. This floral dress just makes me want to twirl! It is so fun – perfect for a party or a date night.
  17. These shoes are the 2nd item on this list that we do not own, but we love these shoes nonetheless! Maybe I need to get them for Rob?!
  18. I just posted this red dress recently, and I also bought it for the 4th of July! I love it so much and will post it more after this weekend.
  19. The toothpaste cap that saves your counters from a toothpaste mess! Highly recommend.
  20. Another item I just recently posted was this stain remover that we use. If you don’t trust me, then trust the over 18,000 5 star reviews on Amazon.

4th of July Sales

Looking to refresh parts of your wardrobe but don’t want to break the bank?! There are a number of 4th of July sales happening right now! I’ve put together a couple items here for you to start shop[ing from .

Loft: 50% off using the code USA

romper * midi skirt * floral top * tie front tank * blazer * ruffle sleeve tank * lemon sweater * navy shorts * coral shorts * denim jacket * dress * headband * pink top

J. Crew: 50% off with code GOFOURTH

green dress * sports bra & shorts * blue top * navy suit * blue sarong * sweatshirt * tiered dress * raffia earrings * blue earrings

Blue Matching Set

Blue Matching Set

We recently had family pictures and our color story for this go around was blues, tans, and white (the easiest and prettiest IMO). I wore this matching skirt set from Pink Lily and could not have been more pleased with it! It photographed so well, was light and breezy for the hot summer day, and was easy to move around in. I work my Sarah Flint Mirjana Wedges in the Saddle Vachetta color (use my code SARAHFLINT-BATHEMERIDIANBLISS for $50 off your first order)!

Pink Lily has just recently dropped a new summer collection and I am loving it! See below for some of my favorites. Use the code JUNE25 for 25% off your order.

earrings * bracelet * coral maxi * yellow mini * pink midi * floral maxi * block heel * raffia wedge * clear strap wedge * mint sandal

They are also having their summer sale right now! If you use the code SUMMER30 you will get 30% off select dresses, skirts, rompers, and jumpsuits! See my favorites below.

sage * floral maxi * floral romper * blue set * orange (I have this romper in pink!) * yellow mini * blue jumpsuit * yellow maxi * plaid midi (they also have a matching option for your littles<3) * color block

Happy (sale) shopping!

Under $100 Finds

*Workout set – this sports bra and leggings set is adorable, buy them individually or as a set
*Fedora – at under $25, you can’t beat this hat!
*Headband – i adore this oversized raffia headband, it would at the perfect finishing touches to any summer outfit
*Wicker handbag – this is the perfect little bag for the summer, and the pearl detail gives it a dressier vibe too
*White dress – dress it up or dress it down, this one is a no brainer this summer!
*Blue dress – at over 50% off, I could not pass this one up! I just bought it and can’t wait for it to come in.
*Clutch – vacation is calling! this clutch is just precious and so, so fun
*Sandals – these sandals would go with everything and would be a summer staple, that’s for sure
*Top – on sale for $66, this top is too good to be true… and it comes in blue
*Heel – normally $118 and on sale for under $60, it’s a steal!
*Pajamas – sail to sleep in this adorable summer jammie set

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Last week we shared a gift ideas for mom that will pamper her. Take a look at that here, there are a number of things on that list that I have my eye on. Today we are sharing gift ideas for the active mom and let’s be honest… every mom (even if you don’t exercise) is an active mom, so this gift guide pertains to everyone!

Belt Bag – hands free is key, and this adorable bag can get you that look while keeping your belongings close
Workout Set – obsessed with this print, I love a workout set that can be worn as athleisure too! shop the top and leggings
Sweater – the perfect lightweight sweater to wear over your athleisure during the chilly spring days, or pair it with denim shorts for a casual look!
Sneakers – love the color of the light pink logo on these Vejas
Hat – cute and keeps your face out of the sun for baseball games!
Joggers – have and love these! They are extremely comfortable and flattering.
Scrunchies – the color options in this set are so good, not to mention the fact that they won’t damage your hair!
Claw Clips – in my cart now! Again, the colors on these claw clips are perfection.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

We are just under 3 weeks away from Mother’s Day! With it quickly approaching, we wanted to give you some ideas for what to get your mom, grandmother, aunt, friend, any female in your life really. This gift guide is specifically for the mom that likes to be pampered, who likes to take care of herself, and enjoys a spa day… obviously at home, who has time to actually go to the spa?!

ice roller * eye mask * brush * facial steamer * eye cream * towel warmer * light therapy mask * self tanning drops * candle * pillowcase

Ice Roller – depuffs, shrink pores, and helps with migraines
Eye Mask – my favorite eye masks, leaves your undereyes smooth and makes you look awake!
Mason Pearson Brush – obsessed with this brush! If you want a gift that will make your mom feel spoiled, this is it.
Facial Steamer – this is on my list of wants for sure, talk about a luxury
Eye Cream – SiO Beauty makes great skin care products and this eye cream is no joke (use code KELLY15 for a discount at checkout!)
Towel Warmer – my boys love having warm towels after a shower or bath!
Light Therapy Mask – I want to try this SO badly! I’ve heard great things!
Self Tanning Drops – how I look alive through the sunless winter months in Chicago
Candle – my absolute favorite candle brand
Silk Pillowcase – good for your hair & skin, this is a win for me!

Preston is 3!

Preston is 3!

My baby is officially three and has (I feel like) grown up over night. One moment he was a little toddler and then I turned around and he is a little boy. He is so excited to be three and is taking his role as a “big boy” very seriously. This weekend we had so much fun celebrating sweet P the whole time. We started Friday night with a party with all the cousins and family. Then Saturday we continued celebrating with a fun outing to Dads Slot Cars for some car racing (actually a lot of fun!), we had an early dinner and went to Triple Scoop’d for ice cream, and ended the day with popcorn and a movie in our jammies.

Party Details
Preston loves football, and specifically the Chicago Bears, so when I asked him what kind of birthday he wanted I was not surprised when he said a Bears party! I got pretty much everything from Amazon, and it was so simple to put it together. Here are the banner, candles, the bears balloons and orange balloons. Then I got this kit that included the plates, napkins, cups, and tablecloths. The polo that the boys wore is just a plain white collared shirt with a football patch that I ironed on. And the cake was (once again) from Sweet T’s Bakery. I absolutely love this bakery and highly recommend using them or stopping in for a sweet treat if you are in/near Arlington Heights.

Update on Preston
Preston is the total third boy in every way, shape and form. He loves playing rough with his brothers (who he calls ‘my boys’). And he would play football all day every day if we let him. But as active as he is, he is the also so content just playing quietly by himself. He loves dinosaurs, Blippi, and dancing. He cracks me up and melts my heart all at the same time. Preston is so much fun and definitely the life of the party.

Of the three boys, Preston is (and always has been) the pickiest eater. He will not try something that looks different and would rather be hungry than eat something he doesn’t want to. His favorite things to eat are: yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, apples, strawberries, broccoli, and any condiment. He would eat ketchup, bbq sauce, chick-fil-a sauce, etc by the spoonful with every meal if he had it his way.

Preston is in school 3 days per week and loves it so much! Other than school, Preston isn’t involved in any activities at the moment. We just finished a session of swimming lessons at CAST Water Safety in Forest Park. But now we are just waiting for the weather to get nicer to be able to play outside and spend more time at the park.

Love you Preston!

Beach Essentials: for the kids

Beach Essentials: for the kids

Yesterdays spring line launch with Minnow Swim made me realize how close spring break actually is! This year we are taking a trip to the beach for spring break. To say that I am excited is a complete understatement! But I am also completely unprepared.. so I started looking through the boys clothes/shoes and making a list of things I need to get them before we head south. I found items for both boys and girls and think that they are both adorable.

  1. Towels – the pink towel (they have other color options) is from etsy and the blue towel is from Cecil and Lou
  2. Initial Hats – both hats are from etsy, the pink one comes in other color options as well. Here is the pink hat and here is the navy hat
  3. Natives – so many color options! Here are the pink and here are the blue
  4. Sunglasses – I always buy cheap sunglasses for the boys because they always get forgotten places! Here are the pink sunglasses and here are the black ones (these come in a pack of three)
  5. Swimwear – like I said, Minnow Swim is our favorite swim brand. I love that they are shorter for boys swim shorts. I picked out the same pattern for both the girls suit and the boys suit here. They have SO many different styles and patterns to be able to mix and match with siblings.

Spring break cannot get here soon enough. This family of five is ready for fun in the sun!

Are you going anywhere for spring break?!

Baby Shower Outfit Idea

Baby Shower Outfit Idea

Last weekend I had a baby shower for one of my friends and we had the best time celebrating her and her precious little girl. I don’t know if it was the baby shower, or the fact that I am over winter, but it made me crave spring and warm temperatures even more than I typically do! Although it is still cold here in Chicago, I tried to make my winter baby shower look as springy as possible.

I wore this adorable jumper from Pink Lily with the white bodysuit underneath it (also from Pink Lily). I paired this outfit with my favorite Marc Fisher booties and an old Kate Spade handbag.

jumper * bodysuit * booties (similar here) * similar handbag * necklace

I put together an outfit option that I love for a spring baby shower (or brunch, date night, anything!). I found similar items at two different price points.

Here are the details for the items on the splurge list.

dress * earrings * handbag * shoes

Here are the details for the items on the Save list.

dress * earrings * handbag * shoes

Are you ready for spring?!