Monday, July 17, 2017

Bright Yellow

I have been pretty absent here lately.   Unfortunately, my husband's sweet Grandma passed away, so we made an unexpected trip to MI over the Fourth of July holiday.  She was married to my husband's grandfather for 61 years!  Such a beautiful testament to the sanctity of marriage and commitment.  She took such good care of her husband and family and was constantly making sure everyone was well fed and happy.  Right before she passed, we also adopted a puppy!  He has brought a lot of joy (and a lot more chaos) to our family, and it was really comforting for the girls to have him as they dealt with yet another funeral (both my husband's parents passed away last year).  We have a few traditions we have instilled to try and keep their memories alive, but I would love to hear any of your ideas as well.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sweater Tank

This cozy sweater is the perfect top to carry you through those days when the weather is transitioning from spring to summer.  The weight of the knit keeps you a little warmer while your arms don't get too hot!  (I am always hot!)  Also, love any top that is long enough to wear with leggings!  This is on sale too!  

Linked some more of my favorite summer sweaters after the break!  

Thanks for reading! 

~ Rose 

Outfit Details: 

Sweater Tank LOFT // Leggings LOFT // Necklace LOFT // Shoes Target // 
Bag Gift Similar // 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Fun

Today, I'm taking a break from my usual "style" related posts and talking about our summer routine.  Even though we homeschool, and my kids are always home, I was still a bit anxious about having no routine or structure during our summer months.  While our daily schedule varies from day to day during the school year depending on the needs of the little ones, we still have expectations and deadlines that need to be met and a purpose to be fulfilled.  Last summer, was a bit chaotic with kids bickering about what they wanted to do that day, kids begging to do a craft but not having any of the correct materials, kids asking for electronics and so on.  So this summer after seeing Monica's post here, I was determined to create a similar schedule with a weekly focus.  I love how she chose a theme for each week and then planned a coordinating activity and field trip.  I stole a lot of her ideas for themes, and also based a theme or two off of what we were already doing that week.  I then went to and printed off all sorts of worksheets related to the themes for my younger and older kids alike.  I placed all the worksheets in a folder for each of the kids and they were super excited.  We plan to go to the library on Mondays and pick out books that reinforce the topic, then do a craft on Tuesday, then go on a Field Trip to further explore the subject.  Here are some of my ideas: 

Week 1 Starfish, Dissect Starfish at Museum 
Week 2 Manners, Go out to "fancy" dinner 
Week 3 Sewing, Take a sewing class 
Week 4 USA Mock Interviews with US Presidents/Heroes 
Week 5 Government, Springfield, IL 
Week 6 Money/Budgeting, Bake Sale/Lemonade Stand/Bank 
Week 7 Art, Local Felting Class 
Week 8 Dinosaurs, Field Museum
Week 9 Egyptians, Field Museum 
Week 10 Rocks, Quarry Beach 
Week 11 Beach

 I included some pictures of our calendar and the workbooks for the kids below.  

By the time I finally completed this post, we had already finished our "Starfish" week and it was a lot of fun!  We created our own tide pools for the craft and the girls really enjoyed it.  (Now I am just trying to figure out what to do with all of them!)  We also had plenty of time throughout the week for free play and going to the pool.  Some of the kids were interested in the worksheets and some were not and that was totally fine.  I also have a couple of chores the older three kids are required to do before breakfast which has also been very helpful.  They do receive $1.00 if they do their chores without being prompted.  My 9 year old has to bring up any folded laundry, fold any clothes I did not get to the night before and begin making breakfast.  My 7  year old has to unload the dishwasher or load any dishes I did not get to the night before and take out any garbage or compost.  My 5 year old has to wipe down the bathroom counters and sinks (mainly just for the toothpaste that they manage to get ALL over!)  I am not an expert at enforcing this yet, but we are getting into a really good rhythm thanks to a good friend's advice!  Would love to hear your ideas on making your household's run smoothly! 

Thanks so much for reading! ! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Printed Tee

Hello!  I know this outfit isn't really anything special, but I try to feature everything I wear, dressed up or dressed down.  I usually opt for solid colors as they pair with more items, but I also like to have a pretty printed top when I feel like throwing on jeans and a tee.

These sandals are so comfortable!  They are from Born and they are great for lots of walking- the foot bed is so supportive and soft at the same time.

Also, linked some more affordable printed tees after the break.

Thanks so much for reading!

Outfit Details: 

Tee LOFT // Denim LOFT // Shoes // Crossbody Bag Target, Similar // 
Sunglasses LOFT // Necklace LOFT Similar

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pink & Olive

When the crab apple trees were blooming a couple of weeks ago, their vibrant pink colors looked so gorgeous against the green grass and trees.  The beautiful colors inspired me to pair those hues in my closet as well!   I linked some other great pink and olive pieces too after the break.  

Thanks so much for reading! 

Outfit Details: 

J Crew Factory Sweater // Kohl's Vest Similar Style & on Sale // LOFT Necklace Similar // 
Aerosoles Wedges Amazon // 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Floral Dress

A pretty swing dress is the perfect piece for a casual day out, especially now that it is starting to get warmer.  I love this print from Pink Blush and this vest helps to add a little shape and polish to the dress.  The swing silhouette helps to conceal my postpartum belly too.  

I also added some other affordable floral dresses and different colored utility vests after the break.  

Outfit Details: 

Floral Dress Pink Blush, Similar // Utility Vest Kohl's Similar // Wedges Amazon // Crossbody Bag Target, Similar // Necklace Target, Similar  

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