Jord Watch

Jord Watch

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You’ve probably seen Jord watches (prounounced YODE) all over your Instagram feed lately. Jord is growing popularity quickly because of their unique wooden timepieces. My husband Michael had a hard time choosing his new watch because they have so many different colors and styles! He ended up choosing the Koa and Ash style in the Frankie series. The watch arrived in a beautiful wooden box and was even nicer than we expected! I love the large grey face and the wood looks so pretty against Michael’s tan skin. So far he’s worn it with button down shirts and golf polos. It honestly looks great with everything and he says it’s really light on his wrist.

A few days after the watch arrived, it actually went missing. We were freaking out and searched everywhere but we couldn’t find it. Weeks later, after we had given up searching, the watch reappeared in the strangest place! I was straightening out our TV on it’s wall mount and all of a sudden I heard a huge “clunk”. I panicked and thought I messed up the wall, looked down and there was the watch! We think Max (our toddler) got his hands on it, threw it, and then it must have landed perfectly behind the TV on the mount! We seriously couldn’t believe it and we were so happy to have it back! We also found tons of legos on the floor behind the cabinet under our TV, so Max must have went on a throwing frenzy 🙈 Lesson learned, don’t leave nice things around toddlers! I can also now say with 100 percent certainty, Jord watches are made to last and can withstand being dropped or thrown. Now that Michael has the watch back, he’s worn it to work every day since.

I’m giving away a $100 gift code to Jord so that you can purchase one of these watches for yourself or as a gift! One lucky person will win, but everyone who enters will receive a $25 consolation code once the contest ends. Contest ends August 20th at 11:59pm. Click the link below to enter!

Enter Giveaway Here:

https://www.woodwatches.com/g/dallasmamablog

Michael’s Watch:

http://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie/koa-and-ash/#dallasmamablog

Jord Website:

http://www.woodwatches.com/#dallasmamablog

 

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Bell Sleeves and Light Denim

Bell Sleeves and Light Denim

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Saturday was such a fun day! My mom and sisters were in town for a visit and the first thing we did was grab coffee at a new shop that just opened in downtown Coppell. It’s called George: Coffee + Provisions, and it’s so dreamy!! If you live in the DFW area, I highly recommend you visit. The atmosphere is amazing and their coffee is so delicious.

While Max was taking a nap in the afternoon, I snuck away with my sister to photograph one of my favorite purchases from the Nordstrom Sale. I know everyone is so tired of seeing the N Sale all over their feed, but they really do have some great deals right now! This sweater is so comfy and only $30! I love that there is a fitted sleeve under the bell sleeve. It’s definitely a little warm for this 100 degree weather Texas is having right now, but I know it will be on repeat all winter long. It’s almost sold out in grey, but it still has a few sizes left in blue, and of course, it will likely be restocked after the sale. I’m wearing a Medium.

I’m so bummed because I wanted to link my bag as well, but it’s already sold out. I’m pretty sure it will be restocked after the sale, but it will likely be full price. If it comes back, I will be sure to let y’all know. It has the cutest little gold firefly! I think it’s around $45 at full price, and it also comes in black.

These jeans!! Let me tell you about these jeans. They are high waisted, super fitted, and so comfy! They are my first pair of Topshop jeans and I love them so much. I went up a size because Topshop denim typically runs small. They will  stretch while you wear them, but I still recommend going up a size. I was rushing to get dressed for pictures and totally didn’t realize that I had forgotten to cuff one of my legs! After pictures my sister said, “Oh, I thought that was the new style or something.” Haha! Definitely not.

My shoes are from Target and I like that they have block heels, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to walk in them. I need a wedge or a block heel to balance because I’m absolutely terrible at walking in heels. They are super cheap and go with everything. I hope everyone has a great week, and I will talk to y’all again soon! 🙂

Sweater / Jeans / Similar Jeans /  Heels

New Miffy Toys Available Exclusively at Walmart

New Miffy Toys Available Exclusively at Walmart

Brand Ambassador Badge

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Last week I announced on my Instagram that I am a new brand ambassador for Miffy! For those of you who don’t know, Miffy is the iconic white bunny created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Miffy has long been a favorite of children around the world, and with a Nick Jr. TV series and a new collection of books, she is fast becoming a beloved companion to American preschoolers as well.

Miffy now has her own product line available exclusively at Walmart! This weekend Max and I got to play with a few toys from the new line. The first toy we played with was a Miffy car. Max LOVED this. We took the Miffy car to the park and played with it in the shade behind the jungle gym.  Miffy was a huge hit with all of the other kids on the playground! At one point Max had a circle of kids surrounding him asking if they could play with the Miffy car too. Max loved the attention! After the park, we went to eat at our favorite outdoor restaurant, and Max had fun filling up Miffy’s backseat with pebbles. Her car got pretty dirty so we gave it a car wash in the bathtub when we got home. Miffy’s car looked good as new afterwards! I love how durable this playset is because Max is pretty rough with his toys, and the greatest part is that it’s only 12 dollars!

The second toy we played with was a plush animal named Snuffy. If you’ve ever watched Miffy on Nick Jr., you know that Snuffy is Miffy’s cute, playful puppy. Max adores Snuffy and carries him everywhere. Snuffy is only 6 inches long and fits easily in my purse when we are on the go. Walmart also has a Miffy plush animal and Melanie plush animal (Miffy’s best friend). I plan on getting the Miffy plush for him too so Snuffy can have a friend. Last night before bed Max shared yogurt pretzels with Snuffy, it was so cute!

I’ve linked our new toys from the Miffy collection below, along with a few others from the line. This collection is available exclusively at Walmart, both in stores and online. Our local Walmart doesn’t have the Miffy collection yet, but I learned that some stores have been slow to roll out the new product and all stores should have the Miffy line by August 1st. If you don’t want to wait, you can order your favorite Miffy toy online, or opt for the free store pickup option.

Miffy Little Blue Car / Snuffy Plush / Miffy Family Multipack / Miffy Plush / Melanie Plush

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For fun Miffy activities, visit www.miffyfun.com 🙂

5 Summer Beauty Favorites

5 Summer Beauty Favorites

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Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite beauty products for summer.

1. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant
I never thought I’d be this excited to write a review about deodorant but y’all, this stuff is WONDERFUL. I will never go back to regular deodorant. It smells amazing and it lasts all day no matter how active you are! I can go to work, hit the grocery store, pick up Max from school, make dinner, pass out by accident without changing to pajamas (it’s been known to happen once or twice), wake up the next morning wondering why I’m still in jeans and I still smell great!! The price is a little scary, but I promise it’s 100 percent worth it. You can find it at Ulta or Nordstrom.

2. Wet N Wild Bronzer
I had to follow my expensive antiperspirant with an amazing deal. This bronzer is the holy grail of bronzers, and it’s only 3 dollars! It gives the perfect, light, matte glow and it stays on all day. It’s similar to Hoola by Benefit but way less expensive. I’ve tried bronzers at every price point (In college I thought orange was a good look), but this cheap little bronzer is a slice of heaven. The only con is that the powder in the compact does break easily, so you can’t carry it around in your makeup bag. It will last you months If you keep it safe at home on your bathroom counter.

3. NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
I had my makeup done at the NARS counter a few months ago and was introduced to this. I’ve never been the biggest highlight fan. I’ve tried quite a few, including Becca, but I just end up looking like a disco ball. This highlight adds a beautiful glow to my extremely pale skin and it’s long lasting in the Texas heat. To apply, I swipe a tiny amount over my cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

4. IT Cosmetics Full Coverage CC+Cream With SPF 50
I used to think CC Cream = barely any coverage = only for people with perfect skin. I was totally wrong. I have uneven skin tone with redness like you wouldn’t believe, along with dark circles that I got the day I became a mother. I was using thick foundation thinking it would solve my skin issues, but it just made everything worse. This CC cream was recommended by one of my favorite bloggers and I decided I had to give it a try. I’m extremely happy I did because It goes on so light and evens out my skin tone perfectly! Bye bye redness and see ya later dark circles! I put this on every morning and it’s crazy how using just this alone completely brightens and evens my complexion. I use this in the lightest shade with my favorite NARS concealer in Chantilly and they go together perfectly. I feel like my skin can breathe now!

5. Dior Creme De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm
Okay y’all please don’t make fun of me for owning a $30 dollar lip balm, let me explain first! My best friend (Hey Anne 😘) let me borrow this when we were on a trip together. I put it on over my lipstick and fell madly in love. I’m constantly wearing lipstick because I have a small obsession with matte pink lips, so I feel like my lips are constantly dried out no matter how moisturizing the lipstick I use is. This balm keeps my lips moisturized for hours and I love how it feels! I now carry it with me everywhere. If you need more persuading, just look at the reviews 😊

I hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned next week because I have an awesome giveaway happening. Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

Current Favorite Shoes for Summer

Current Favorite Shoes for Summer

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My beautiful friend Caroline is a fashion blogger in Houston and she is the sweetest soul you will ever meet! We paired up to show y’all four pairs of shoes we are living in this summer. Max loves her and wanted to be in all of our pictures, so technically I’m sharing five pairs of shoes because I linked his too. I’ve known Caroline since middle school and some of my favorite memories with her include staying up all night watching Aquamarine and eating starburst jellybeans. I’m linking her Instagram and blog at the end of this post, so please go show her some love!

1. I love how we both chose shoes with studs. I’m seriously obsessed with Caroline’s rock stud heels! They’re even prettier in person and remind me of Valentino’s. Visit her blog linked here and below for the details on where to get them!

2. My Steve Madden Sandals have pearl studs, and I get compliments on them wherever I go! They are also insanely comfortable and I wore them every single day last week 🙈 I might need a backup pair.

3. Caroline’s Pom Pom sandals are so fun!  A few of our close friends were with us when we took pictures, and when she pulled them out of her bag everyone swooned. Also, how cute is her off the shoulder top and denim!? You can find out her full outfit details by visiting her blog linked here and below.

4. My taupe wedges are similar to the Marc Fisher shoes that every blogger has right now, but they are less than half the price! They are retro inspired and SO comfortable. I was able to pair these and the sandals with this really cute peplum pocket tank I found at Anthropologie. I don’t usually like tanks but this one is comfortable and flattering!

5. Lastly, Max’s shoes! Your little doesn’t need multiple pairs of sandals for summer, only these!  They are awesome because he can get them wet and they dry so quickly. They are also super easy to clean and comfortable on his feet. Perfect for school or the splash pad. I honestly thought these would be torn up by now with how active he is but they are so durable and will last all summer long!

Caroline’s Blog

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Comfy Sunday Tee

Comfy Sunday Tee

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How cute is this embroidered tee!? It was a total impulse buy. I was at Anthropologie with Max the other day and saw the embroidery peaking out at me from a shelf while we were in line. I grabbed my size and thought to myself, hope this fits!! I never get to try anything on when I’m with Max. I tried it on when I got home and was so happy with how well it fit! The shape of it is a little boxy but it’s really flattering on my curves. I checked online and it also comes in grey and pink with different embroidery patterns. The embroidery is so much prettier in person.

I ended up wearing this tee with my favorite denim on Sunday to run errands. I was so comfortable and wanted to live in this outfit! Max, Michael, and I spent the day grocery shopping and picking out a big boy bed for Max. We were going to wait until he got closer to 3 to transition, but he’s getting so big and we decided it needed to happen now. We can tell he’s been getting uncomfortable in his toddler bed (converted crib). We bought a full sized, white-washed bed with drawers at the bottom for storage. It gets delivered in 2 weeks and Max is so excited! He keeps telling everyone that his new bed is coming on a truck. At the end of the day Max wanted to take a walk, so we walked down the street to a yummy hibachi restaurant. I had Michael snap a few pictures of my outfit while we we’re walking, and as you can see Max was having fun running around in the background 😂

I linked this top along with my favorite Paige denim and sandals below. If you haven’t treated yourself to a pair of Paige denim before, do it! The quality is fantastic and they are the next best thing to leggings. I linked the full price pair here, but Nordstrom Rack ALWAYS has Paige denim in stock for $70-80. Their online selection is sparse but they always have tons of pairs to choose from in store! I also linked my sandals and new favorite hair ties. I picked the hair ties up while I was at Anthro and they hold my hair so well!

Embroidered Tee / Paige Denim / Sandals / My Favorite Hair Ties /  Max’s Polo / Max’s Shorts / Max’s Shoes

 

5 Products to Create a DIY Blowout with Texas Sized Volume

5 Products to Create a DIY Blowout with Texas Sized Volume

 

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Rather than having hair that’s fully curled or perfectly straight, I like my hair to be somewhere in the middle. I love lots of volume and soft, smooth, light curls towards the bottom of my strands. When I use these 5 products together, I create the perfect blowout with healthy looking volume.

1. Drybar Sake Bomb Conditioner

Creating healthy looking volume starts with how you wash. I don’t like to spend 50 dollars on shampoo and conditioner. I have too many diapers and goldfish to buy right now! I currently use a concoction of this sake bomb conditioner ($24 but worth it! So moisturizing) along with my good ole L’Oréal shampoo ($5). That way I still splurge a little without getting crazy! My hair has transformed since I started using this conditioner! It feels so much healthier and I don’t have nearly as many split ends, which means I can go longer in between haircuts. It also smells like walking into a Drybar. If you’ve never been to Drybar, I highly recommend you go and treat yourself! It’s heaven.

2. Drybar High Top Rollers

Blow drying with a round brush can be exhausting and it takes me a while. I blame it on my extremely thick hair. I started using these rollers for the crown of my head and the pieces of hair that frame my face and now it cuts my blow dry time in half! I just allow my hair to dry 3/4 of the way, place these where I want, and secure them with clips. I blow dry the rollers until they get really warm, and then allow them to set while I do my makeup and blow dry the rest of my hair. I don’t work too hard on the rest of my hair because I know the rollers are holding the most important pieces that will frame my face and lay over the hair I’m drying. If you want to do your full head you might need a few boxes of rollers depending on how much hair you have. I actually plan on buying a few more boxes for days when I want extra curl and volume!

Tip for taking out rollers: It’s super easy to secure the rollers as long as you have some type of clip, but removing them used to stress me out. I remember first trying rollers in college and making my hair a tangled mess. I was like nope…these aren’t for me!  After some practice I’ve learned to take out one roller at a time. When I first take a roller out, the strand looks a little frizzy and there may be marks from the clips (My clips are metal and I probably need to try plastic). To fix this I just run over the strand 2 or 3 times with my dryer and round brush to smooth it out. That way I get a perfectly smooth strand with a light curl at the end (See pictures below). Using rollers help create light curl without much work, and that’s why I love them so much!

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I run over the strand with a round brush and blow dryer, then set strand with hair spray and wa la!

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3. Olivia Garden Thermoactive Ionic Boar Brush

This is the round brush I discuss using above. The large barrel on the brush is 3 inches wide and works great with my long hair. If you have shorter hair or if you want tighter curls, I would recommend getting a brush with a smaller barrel. I’ve watched so many youtube tutorials to try and learn how to use this thing and I’m honestly still not very good. Just always remember to hold the brush with your writing hand, and the blow dryer with your opposite hand. Also, aim the blow dryer down the shaft of your hair to help keep you hair smooth and to stop frizz.

4. Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 and TRESemme Hairspray

I cheated and put two products under #4 because I can’t live without either! This Drybar spray is one of my holy grail products. After I finish blow drying and all of my rollers are out, I tease my hair. I always tease at the crown of my head and use this spray before I tease. Triple Sec creates as little or as much volume as you want and also adds soft, matte, texture. I ran out of this last week and tried teasing my hair and it just wasn’t the same. It also smells amazing just like the Drybar conditioner! P.S. – Ulta is having a deal right now where if you spend $35 on Drybar products, you get a 3-piece mini gift set for free. This offer is valid through 6/3. You get a mini triple sec spray, dry shampoo, and dry conditioner!

This TRESemme hair spray is only 6 dollars and it beats all other expensive hairsprays I’ve tried. I’ve been using it since high school and I don’t plan on stopping. It holds curl so well and it doesn’t make your hair a sticky mess. Have you ever tried a hairspray and then it totally ruined the curl and volume you had going? This hairspray will never do that and it holds volume so well!

5. Spornette Little Wonder Teasing Brush

This wonderful little brush is on Amazon for under 6 dollars. I use it almost every day because it creates so much volume.

Okay so I tried to get a picture of the full look on Sunday, but Max desperately needed to lay down for his nap so I had to put the pictures on hold. We slept for two hours and then I rolled out of bed and this is what my hair looked like. I’ve got some bed head going on but it still held so well. That’s what I love about blow drying and using rollers! Your hair will still look good even when you’ve slept on it. 😊 It’s now Monday night and I can still smell the sake bomb in my hair. I didn’t do anything to it this morning before work except put a few rollers back in and blow them with my hair dryer. So easy!

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I may be talking to just my mom and best friend right now but in case anyone else is here, thank you so much for reading!  I blew through everything a little quickly so if you have any questions please comment or message me. Hopefully one day I can work up the courage to make a youtube tutorial. Have a wonderful week everyone! xoxo