It finally feels like SPRING!  Well, as long as the sun isn’t behind a cloud and you don’t get caught in a gust of wind — then it still feels like winter coat weather — but for the most part, I’m confident spring has arrived.  Even here in Boston land.  Yup, we are here!  (sorry about the super unplanned blog hiatus!) I’m absolutely loving so many of the trends this spring, especially when it means I get to match Harlow.  Boat shoes throughout the spring and summer are a staple for me, and knowing I can buy for my entire family at Rack Room Shoes means that she and I both get a pair!  (Especially with their everyday sale — more on that below.)

Rack Room Shoes has put together a great Spring style guide, and I’m teaming up with four other amazing mamas to share these trends with you.  

spring shoe trends

Jeweled Sandals


Bright Colors



I’ve shared Rack Room Shoes with you all a few times now — and they have become a favorite online shopping spot for me with it comes to shoes for the entire family.  I love that they’ve highlighted specific trends and curated shoes to fit those trends to make finding the perfect pair even easier.  They carry top brands, and they offer a BOGO 50% ….everyday!   Don’t forget to sign up for the rewards program as well.  

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It was so great joining back with the #MamaDaughterStyleSeries gals for this post — thanks for asking me to join in!  It’s been a whirlwind these past few weeks, and my daily groove has definitely been boxed up, shaken up, moved to a new location, shaken again…and dumped out on the floor.  So thank you for being patient with me as I figure out what this new grove looks like!

Thank you Rack Room Shoes for sponsoring today’s post and be sure to use the hashtag #MamaDaughterStyleSeries on Instagram for your chance to win a Flor De Luz baby/daughter dress by posting a Cinco De Mayo or bright summer look! 




This post was sponsored by Rack Room Shoes — all opinions are my own. 




Do you remember “Children’s Day”?  The holiday.  The one that kids made up —  I think — because they thought they could trick parents into giving them more gifts.  Children’s Day.  Geniuses.  Maybe it’s actually a real thing? 

It definitely wasn’t something we celebrated growing up, but there was one Children’s Day when we did.  My parents had a surprise for us, and the timing just worked out.  So when I think about this surprise, I think about the random holiday: Children’s Day. 

Is anyone even following me? Because I’m not really following myself. 

So this surprise.  My sisters and I were each handed an envelope.  Inside each envelope was a puzzle piece. 

My older sister opened her envelope first.  The state of California.  Easy.  We’re going to California?!

Kaitlyn opened her envelope next — an airplane puzzle piece.  Oh GOOD. We are not driving from Wisconsin to California…..

My turn: a puzzle piece with Mickey Mouse. 

My response: we are going to see…. a mouse???? Why???

Ha, guess I wasn’t the quickest in the bunch, but my parents still let me tag along to Disneyland. ;) I got the sweetest straw hat that I wore everywhere.  I should probably dig up old photos…. or I probably shouldn’t. 


You know when you avoid someone because you know about the surprise birthday being thrown for them and it’s easier to avoid them than see them and not spill the beans?  Well, that’s kind of been me and the blog lately.  Whoops about this unplanned hiatus.  It was well, unplanned.  

Life has been a wee bit crazy as of late, and when I sat down to write things, I would just stare at the screen instead because, well, I’m awful at keeping surprises quiet. 

So here are your three clues:

the ocean. 

the T.


some so so much ridiculous amounts of snow.


we are moving to Boston. 


….innnn about 3 weeks.  ohmygoodness that makes me nauseous because I need about 6 more.  It’s been a chaotic whirlwind of cleaning and packing and purging and showing and flying and cleaning and finding apartments and selling the house and being excited and crying every day because 

every emotion. 

Pittsburgh is where I met Andy.  It’s become a home for me.  (Now I’m typing this through tears.)  Pittsburgh is where my babies have been born, and it’s where some of my dearest friends reside.  It’s home to our first apartment and first house.  It’s a place I adore like a friend — I used to get so lost, and now it’s a place I am so comfortable in. 

Comfortable.  We all crave it, don’t we?  This whole move-to-a-city-I-have-visited-once thing (and happens to still be buried under way too much snow) is not comfortable.  If I’m honest with you all, I cry at least once a day.  Sometimes it’s from sheer exhaustion and sometimes it’s so many emotions I’m not sure if they are happy or sad.  

I’m excited. I’m scared.  I’m nervous. 

I am not really ready, but I’m ready to keep moving forward on this crazy adventure with Andy – whatever that means.  I am so proud of him and the position that is bringing us to Boston.  I am thankful for the forced change that comes from interrupting ruts and habits of every day life and freedom that comes from purging and giving away.  

I am completely a fake adult, and I keep waiting for someone to say, “gotcha! Great job playing dress up, I’ll take it from here!” but that isn’t happening, and I’m excited for the calm after the chaos for Harlow and Jones. 

There’s so much more to share and say — I’d love to say, “that’ll come this week!”  But in between the packing and details, I know these last weeks will be full of PEOPLE.  <– I need and want that.  I’m really great at pushing people away when I need them most, so just tell me to stop being dumb. ;)

thanks for being excited with us!  If you are local, expect hugs and tears.  I plan on wearing waterproof mascara from here on out because I have a feeling I’ll need it. 


and if Boston could just please melt all the snow before we get there, that would be great. 


Stitch Fix: maternity & petites!

March 11, 2015

You don’t have to be around long to know that I adore Stitch Fix.  Love’m. Like’m. Can’t get enough of’m. I’ve loved receiving Fixes post-baby, pre-baby, growing-baby and now post-baby again!  When I was pregnant with Jones, there weren’t maternity clothes available, but I still received some of my most favorite Fixes to date! But […]

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4 snowed-in mood improvers // bend the rules with HP x360

March 6, 2015

This winter has been, well, more wintery for many of us (I’m looking with empathy at you, Boston), and my little crew and I have been pretty stir crazy on a few occasions.  Andy typically bikes to work, but the weather has warranted him driving in a handful of times, which meant more days inside […]

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making & resizing robots

March 5, 2015

Anyone else love origami and paper models as a kid?  Or……maybe still as an adult?  *raises hand* I love it — did when I was younger, and I still do.  And when Brother released a new USB Stick full of various paper folding projects — including a robot — you know I jumped all over […]

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