LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

5 Affordable Fall Shoes From Target

Whether you're looking for a new pair of booties, the most trendy mules, or even a basic high heel, Target is on it's game this fall season in the shoe department. Their shoes are so good, that many of them are the perfect dupe for more expensive brands. 

Note: This post contains affiliate links which means that if you click on the link and purchase the item I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. 

One.

This first shoe is my favorite! The Universal Thread Wenda Cut Out Bootie is identical to the $200 Free People Royale Flat but for a fraction of the price. And it comes in 4 different colors. I bought it cognac, but may also get the black.
Target Universal Thread Wenda Cut Out Booties

Two.

I wore the Velma Slip on Pointy Toe Mule almost all weekend and was surprised with how much I loved the blush pink color. It went with a ton of different outfits and acted as a great neutral.
Velma Slip on Pointy Toe Mule

Three.

When the lining literally came out of my everyday black work flat I knew I it was time to get rid of them. The Rebecca Pointed Two Piece Ballet Flat is the perfect replacement and also comes in SIX different colors!

Four. 

I bought the Dylan Microsuede Perforation Zipper Bootie last year and am happy to report they held up perfectly. I was a little worried about the microsuede fabric but it still looks fantastic and like I spent way more money than I did. 

Five. 

I know, a wedge bootie is nothing new. But, after owning a really uncomfortable pair of non-wedge black booties, I was amazed at the support and comfort the Bessie Microsuede Wedge Bootie provided. I also really love the little lace up detail. 

If you came over from my Instagram and are interested in my top, it is the Universal Thread Long Sleeve Wrap


Monday, September 24, 2018

Fall Bucket List 2018


//Trip to the pumpkin patch//
What's fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch?

//Give apple picking another try//
We did this two years ago and didn't have much fun. It was hot, there were lots of bees swarming near the fallen apples, and it was a long walk to where we actually picked the apples. The orchard has a new owner this year and I've heard good things so I want to give it another try.

//Make homemade apple sauce//
Using our fresh hand-picked apples. Now I just need to narrow down which recipe I want to use. 

//Participate in Homecoming activities//
Homecoming is pretty big in our town. Besides the actual game there are House Decks, the parade, and lots of tailgating. 

//Attend Crush Fest//
During last year's festival it was so hot and there were SO many bees that we didn't even get to stomp the grapes. Hopefully this year will redeem itself. 

//Kids cook dinner//
This was on our Summer Bucket List but we didn't get around to doing it. 

//Purchase a few new fall pieces and complete 30 Outfits in 30 Days//
I started this one this Summer and even took pictures but never finished the challenge. Fall seems like the perfect time to try this one again.

//Decorate our house with some new fall DIY's//
My Pinterest board is exploding with tons of ideas and I want to do them all.

//Visit as many festivals as possible//
Cool weather, fall outfits, and festival food equals perfection.

//Trick or Treat//
I'm sure the kids will change their minds about what they want to be 14 times between now and Halloween. 

//Carve pumpkins//
I'm going to try to talk the boys into doing a common theme amongst all our pumpkins. Avengers? Hocus Pocus? The possibilities are endless.

//Find our way through a corn maze//
I'm not super fond of corn mazes but the kids love them.

//Take family photos//
I say this every fall but I've officially got them scheduled with our photographer. 

//Go on a fall scavenger hunt with the boys//
Different colored leaves, sticks, and anything else they might find in nature.

//Watch Hocus Pocus//
No explanation needed. 

//Create a thankful wreath//
We have a lot to be thankful for this year and I want to make sure we're taking the time to reflect on that.

Friday, September 21, 2018

5 on Friday

Thank goodness for Friday! I was out of town for work Sunday and Monday so my days have been all mixed up. 

One.

We have had record high temperatures lately so our neighborhood decided to keep the pool open through the end of the month. Last weekend our HOA hosted a poolside tailgate and Jack's friend Jo (and his momma) joined us at the pool. They both loved the cotton candy and we loved that they shared with us :)

Two.

While in Joplin for work, we stopped by the Eagle Drive-In for dinner. It's definitely a hole in the wall but the food is delicious. If you go make sure you smother everything in their special Eagle Sauce.

Three.

The sunsets this week have been spectacular. J's grandma said it perfectly, "These sunsets remind us just how amazing God is."  

Four.

Have any of you listened to this podcast? It just might be my favorite one yet. The story is captivating and I'm SHOCKED at what this doctor did his patients. I can't wait for the final episode to come out next week. 

Five. 

I bought all the ingredients to make these sheet pan steak fajitas for dinner tonight. I don't know if it was the picture or the fact that it requires one pan that really sold me on this dish. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Summer Bucket List 2018 {Update}



Now that Summer's over, I always like to look back and see how many things we ending up doing on our Summer Bucket List.

//Explore 3 new (to us) parks//
We didn't make it to any state parks, but we did try out several (new to us) city parks. 

//Pizza by the Pool//
Labor Day weekend provided the perfect time for pizza by the pool. Friday night so quick and easy frozen pizza beforehand 

 //Camp in our living room//


//Try as many flavors of snow cones as possible//

//Go one day without technology//
All of us. I may have lost my mind. 


//Create the perfect S'Mores bar and make them with friends//

//Go Berry Picking//

//Visit the farmer's market//

//Enroll in the Summer reading program at our library//

//Grill the perfect steak//
After an unfortunate incident involving a frog in the grill I cooked our steaks on the stovetop. They definitely weren't as good but I'm scared from grilling for a while. 

//Watch a movie at the Drive In//
We passed on this one since there was never anything playing that the whole family could watch.

//Have a night-time swim party//
I had the 27 mosquitos bites to prove we were there at night :) 

//Visit the state fair//
Not this year. 

//Kids cook dinner//
The kids were super excited about this one but we never got around to it. I will be adding this to our fall bucket list though. 

//30 Outfits in 30 Days//
I started this one and even took pictures but never finished the challenge. 

//Make homemade ice cream//
Not only did we make ice cream, but it was so delicious I posted the recipe.

I'd love to hear how many things you did on your Summer Bucket List!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Weekend Recap

It was cloudy and cool the entire weekend which made it feel like the first few days of fall. I'm sure it will be back in the 90's next week, but we're soaking up the cooler temperatures while we can. 

It rained Friday night and all day Saturday so we just hung around the house. I finished reading Sharp Objects and started the HBO series. I loved the book but think the show is a little slow. Here's to hoping it gets better. 

Rainy Saturday morning donut run. 

By lunchtime the kids were going stir crazy so we headed off to Chick-fil-a. Thank God for indoor play places. When we got home the boys played with Legos and I painted my nails one of my favorite fall colors, I Cannoli Wear OPI. Don't mind my paint job.

The rain moved out by Sunday morning so we headed to breakfast in one of our favorite little towns. It felt so good to sit outside in sweatshirts. I didn't realize how much I was ready for fall :)

We needed to work off all that food so we explored the area and took a walk on the nearby trail.

Our weekend ended with the usual cleaning, laundry, and preparation for the week ahead. 



Linking up with Biana for Weekending.