Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pink Blush Wrap Dress

Ever since I was introduced to Pink Blush, I have been hooked!  Their dresses and tops are very versatile and are flattering to all shapes, sizes and stages of life.  The fabrics are also flowy, wash well and comfortable. I have also worn dresses from Pink Blush here, here and here.  I am giving away a $50 gift card to Pink Blush on my instagram @babiesandbluejeans, so make sure you check it out! 

Outfit Details: 

Denim Jacket (old) Similar // Floral Wrap Dress Pink Blush // Choker LOFT, Necklace Kohl's, Similar // Ivory Clutch, Similar // Aerosole Wedge Amazon 


Monday, April 24, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Me Time

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a good weekend!  Today I am collaborating with some other ladies on the topic of "Me Time".

Before Thomas was born, we had established a good routine of my husband taking the kids out of the house for a few hours every once in a while I got caught up on housework.  While that was always refreshing to catch up on chores and actually formulate complete thoughts and finish tasks (impossible to stay on task with kids around), I also found it helpful for ME to get out of the house!  When Thomas gets a little older, I'd like to make it a priority to go to the coffee shop or library at least once a month by myself and focus on creating lesson plans, meal plans and blog ideas.  But for now, while I'm not quite ready to leave Thomas, my "me time" has consisted of pampering myself in the bath and catching up on some inspirational reading and guidance.

I have felt a little overwhelmed recently at my 9 year old growing up so quickly and I've felt a little unprepared on how to navigate topics such as abortion, terrorist acts, material things, technology and even the very beginnings of the "birds and the bees" talks.  When my daughter asked me what a abortion was, my heart literally dropped and it made potty training feel like a piece of cake! Thankfully, she has not asked about sex yet, but it might not be as long as I hoped for the subject to arise, so I really want to be ready with a gentle yet informative response.  When my husband and I were first engaged, we did not have a true understanding of the Church's teachings on this topic. It wasn't until we were going through Pre Cana classes and were introduced to St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body that we truly began to understand God's design and plan for marriage and human sexuality.  I recently bought this book to read during my "Me Time" and then with my 9 yr old when she starts asking questions and I feel she is capable of understanding the information.  I feel a little more at peace knowing I have some resources to help me navigate this uncomfortable topic.
Another topic I have been concerned about lately, is entitlement.  We live in an age where you can receive instant gratification in so many avenues; shopping, communication, entertainment etc.  I really want to teach my children to be grateful regardless of their circumstances, obstacles and heartbreaks.  As we get older, there are so many times when life doesn't give us what we think we want and I feel the best way to overcome that is having a grateful heart.  Yesterday, was an absolutely beautiful day and one of my girls complained that it was "too hot"!!  She was half kidding, but it was still an opportunity to teach her the importance of expressing gratitude for the beautiful weather God provided.  I have started to read Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World during my "Me Time" in the bath and again, this book has given me confidence to approach this issue.

I always hesitate before publishing a post like this because I don't want to sound like I think I have all the answers (I know for certain that I don't HA!), but I love reading other Moms perspectives on these issues so I thought I'd offer mine as well.  What books, philosophies and practices on parenthood do you all recommend?  I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Lastly, I love to soak in the tub with my favorite essential oils and Epsom salts, and rejuvenate my skin and hair with various masks and conditioning treatments.  I wasn't intending on using this post as an ad to sell my favorite products, but if you are interested in more details, let me know!

Don't forget to check out what these other ladies do for their Me Time:

Madeline at CaseyLand
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Monica at It's All About

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lace Top

Lace seems to be a big trend this spring and I love the variety of lace tops, dresses and skirts that retailers are selling this season.  The delicate lace fabric makes any outfit look polished and feminine without many accessories.  Love this top from LOFT and they have some other great options that I linked below.  Thanks so much for reading! 

~ Rose 
Outfit Details:

LOFT Lace Top, Similar// LOFT Pants (On clearance)// Kate Spade Diaper Bag (gift), Similar // Earrings Franchesca's Collection, Similar //  Carlos Santana Ankle Boots

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Floral Skirt

This outfit is probably one of the most comfortable outfits I have worn in a long time!  Comfort and range of motion are key when you have a baby and an active toddler.  This turtleneck from LOFT is basically a glorified sweatshirt and this "Cassie Skirt" from Lularoe is stretchy and super soft.  This skirt happens to be a large which I like because of the length and the fact that it is not clingy at all.  The medium fit me fine too, but the large gives a little more casual feel.  

I linked a very similar turtleneck but could not find the exact one.  I also included some other floral skirts and turtlenecks (some short sleeved and sleeveless) at the end of this post!  Thanks so much for reading! 

~ Rose 

Outfit Details: 

LOFT Turtleneck, Similar // Lularoe Skirt // LOFT Necklace, Similar //
Kate Spade Diaper Bag (gift) Similar // Carlos Santana Ankle Boots 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Navy & Yellow

I have had this casual navy skirt for a while, but never really knew what color tights and shoes to wear with it.  Last fall, I purchased these gray ankle boots from Amazon and they really pair with every outfit!  The color matches with any color and the style goes nicely with skirts, pants and denim.  Plus, the heel is a good height for me.   

Thanks so much for reading! 

~ Rose 

Outfit Details: 

Merona Yellow Cardigan, Similar // Banana Republic Tee // LOFT Skirt Similar //
LOFT Necklace, Similar // LOFT Gray Tights // Carlos Santana Boots 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lace Hem

I love the "lace hem" trend that has been popping up over the last few years because it lengthens the silhouette of the top and helps to conceal my tummy.  Plus the lace adds a feminine touch that is so pretty.  Speaking of "my tummy", this denim leggings are pretty much the only pants that I can fit into right now.  With my other babies, I was able to at least squeeze into some of my jeans 5 months after baby, but this time I'm not even close! I don't know if it is because I am getting older or the fact that I had my first four naturally and had to have a C-section with little T.  Either way, I don't necessarily care about losing the weight, but I do want to tighten up.  I have been feeling super weak lately and need some motivation to get active again.  How do you guys fit working out into your busy schedules?  Would love to hear some advice!

Thanks so much for reading!  

~ Rose 

Outfit Details: 

Sweater Kohls Similar Style // LOFT Denim Leggings // Vera Bradley Diaper Backpack // Carlos Santana Ankle Boots // LOFT Necklace (Very Similar)

* Shop more lace hem tops and statement necklaces at the end of this post!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Tassels

So excited spring is finally here in the midwest!  When it comes to spring, I usually gravitate towards bright white, pastels and florals.  I love this multi colored tassel necklace from Target.  It pairs with a variety of colors, denim and white!  I wore it last spring here and can't wait to wear it with this skirt and this yellow dress.  I linked some other affordable white dresses/tunics and tassel necklaces at the end of this post.  

We are dog sitting for my sister in law for the next couple of weeks because we wanted to get an idea if we could handle adding a dog into our crazy household.  To be honest, I hardly notice he is here.  My 7 year old walks him all the time and the kids are on top of it when it comes to his food bowl.  I'm sure a puppy would be so much more work, but the kids would totally love it!  What kind of dogs do you guys have?  What breeds are family friendly?

Thanks so much for reading!  

Outfit Details: 

SheIn Tunic // LOFT Denim Leggings // Carlos Santana Ankle Boots //