Summer Sales 2

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Summer is almost over which means the sale opportunities are dwindling!  This is the second $12 dress I bought at Kohl’s.  Fit and flare is my go to style.  It’s the most complimentary for my figure (slightly pear).  It’s Lauren Conrad.  Usually her dresses have a waistline that is a little too high for me.  This one fits a little lower.  Still not perfect, but for $12, I know it’s something that no one else would notice but me.  I love the lace detail (it’s on the back too, but I forgot to get a picture of it) and it’s machine washable!  Perfect as a throw on dress and I bet if I ironed it :-), I could dress it up with heels.  I’m not sure the color comes through here but it’s a corally red.  Great for my skin tone!  The purse came from a golf outing giveaway (nice, right?–thanks for the invite, Elise).  It’s a Coach Peyton Swingback Crossbody bag (no longer available, but lots on Ebay). I had it made into a clutch (more on this in my next post).  The watch and sunglasses are from Target (seen here and here) and the flip flips are Lands’ End.  Nail Polish is Sally Hanson in Sheer Force (also seen here).

Dress/Lauren Conrad, Clutch/Coach, Watch/Target, Flip flops/Lands’ End, Sunnies/Target

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Light Bulb! A Dynamic Running Playlist

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Make your Top Rated playlist your playlist for exercise, in my case, running. That way you can add and subtract songs easily and on the go. Rating a song with 5 stars automatically adds it into your Top Rated playlist. Anything less will drop it out.

I am always adding songs (often for my kiddos) and decide I’ll try them on my run. Sometimes they’re great and sometimes they’re not as encouraging as I thought they would be. I need motivating music to exercise. I have been known to leave the gym if I realize I have no power to my iPod or I’ve forgotten it completely. Other times, I get sick of songs and want to drop them out of the shuffle. This routine allows me to do it literally on the run.

A friend of mine started running this summer and asked me about songs. I love this kind of exchange! I am always on the search for new songs and love to give and receive in this arena. I told her how I create my playlist by using the default Top Rated playlist. She had not thought of it before, enthusiastically told me it was a good idea, and that’s all I need to make it a quick Light Bulb! post.

First Day of School Chalkboard

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So much to think about and do before the first day of school.  I have always thought about doing these cute little pictures with the chalkboard, but never got it together.  This year I am planning ahead!

I did these in a Word Document (First Day of) using the following fonts:

KG Ten Thousand

Return to Sender

Pea Ellie Bellie

MT Funk Fusion (Dingbat font for the chalk flower)

Sports and Hobby (Dingbat font for the puck)

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I bought the frames at Michael’s for $5.00 a piece.  I love them because with the blackboard image background it looks like a real old school blackboard.

Then traced the matte with a white pencil to trim the page to fit.

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Easy peasy..one less thing to think about for the first day of school!

Summer Sales

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It’s time for summer sales!  I was in Kohl’s and found 2 adorable dresses for $12.00 each — this is one of them.  I layered a black V-neck tee (Merona) over it hoping for a more casual look.  Flip flops help that cause as well… These are Lands’ End (old).  Hope you’re enjoying your summer!  More posts are coming from me…having a hard time getting things together while the kids are off for the summer as shown below. 🙂

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Flirty Skirt

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This outfit turned out better than I thought it would.  An easy, but still pulled together outfit for me is a tank or tee with a flirty A-linish skirt and flip flops.  It’s so much cuter than just shorts.  The skirt is from Forever 21 at least 2 years ago.  Go figure, it still has a regular spot in my summer wardrobe.  The tank, in heather grey, is from Target this year. Denim jacket (also seen here and here) is so old. H & M about 15 years ago and I still love it. I can wear it open or buttoned up.  I liked it better buttoned up for this look.  The sleeves are pulled up a la J.Crew 2015.  The bag is Nine West, TJ Maxx last summer.  The flip flops are Lands’ End (no longer available and hard to find nice gold ones, so if you see a pair, grab them!).  Watch is Target (also seen here).

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Grey Day

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Wearing white jeans can be risky when you have little ones, but I love them on those summer days that aren’t hot but not cool either.  Today the kids and I are out and about, headed downtown for various fun events. 🙂  And per summer time crunches– I have not spent too much time getting ready for the day as is evident by my less than perfect hair (oh, well).  I wore my LC jeans from Kohl’s (also seen here with the backpack) with my Grey Camo tee from Walmart (also seen here).  I love the camo/white combo (inspiration here from last year) and the grey is a 2015 twist.  The belt is an old Fossil belt (I like this one too), backpack is from BJ’s Wholesale club last year, French West Indies, sandals are TJ Maxx last year, Nine West, style: Solitude (still have some on Overstock) and sunnies are J.Crew Outlet 2014.

Light Bulb! Reduced Fat Baking

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I love to bake, but making muffins from scratch is not something I do.  What I do is alter the mixes to make them a little better for my kids.  Mini Muffins are the easiest way to get something in their belly before school.  I always replace the oil with applesauce, but found when I bought applesauce in a jar it always went bad before I would use the whole jar.  So I started buying the snack cups of applesauce.  They are shelf stable and are just about the right amount for any muffin mix I ever use.  Some times a little over, some times a little under, but it rarely makes a difference.  They are always yummy. For Blueberry muffins, I replace the liquid (milk or water) with Trop 50 orange juice. When I make banana muffins, I add some mini chocolate chips.  A little goes a long way.

Working it Out

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I seriously updated my workout clothes this spring.  For my birthday my hubby’s family gave me a $150.00 gift card to TJ Maxx.  I decided to spend it on my workout wear (look at all that I got for $150.00).  Because I wear it almost everyday, it made sense to jazz it up a little.  I went for fun and colorful.  I needed a break from my black and grey leggings.  These floral leggings fit the bill! Every time I wear them I get a compliment, so why not show them here in the blog.  They are MPG and have a back zip pocket.  The top is 90 Degree by Reflex.  I bought this top in 3 different colors.  Great for running but also for yoga.  Tight enough to stay put in down dog, but not too tight. Running shoes are Adidas Energy Boost from the Adidas Outlet.  Since New Balance re-designed their 890s, I was in search of new sneakers and these are awesome!  Their tech-fit upper completely forms to your foot and the cushiony sole is just what I like for my workouts.

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Red, White and Blue

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I love these shorts.  I wear them often.  I found them last year at Marshall’s after I saw a similar pair on Pinterest.  I love the stripes that are more of a rope pattern and the gold button detail.  They are my version of neutral because they go with anything.  I like them with a polka dot ribbon belt that is reversible with stripes on the other side.  The belt came with a white shirt dress I bought 10 years ago at Target — back when Isaac Mizrahi had a line there.  For the 4th, I wore them with my red tube top (Walmart — seen here in mint green).  Accessories: gold flip flops, Lands End; watch Target; bracelets, Mantra Bands (also seen here); cateye sunnies, Target.

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