A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Are your cocktails killing your fitness?

Posted on April 25th, by Melanie

One of the biggest things that can kill your diet and fitness plan are your alcoholic beverages. You may work your ass off during your workouts, but if you are coming home and having a couple of beers a night you just ruined everything you did at the gym that day! A lot of our favorite drinks are packed with sugar, carbs and empty calories.

Here are my cliff’s notes for fitness friendly drinks…

Wine is not that bad for you…in moderation. If you check the ABV (Alcohol by Volume Percentage) you can gauge the calories you will be getting. lower ABV means lower calories. If the ABV is 9-12, a 6 oz pour will be around 110-140 calories. The lower ABV’s in white are in the dryer wines like pinot grigio. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay’s are higher in alcohol, which in turn has a higher calorie count.

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Evereve Dress Sale!

Posted on April 22nd, by Melanie

What I love about the dresses at Evereve is that they are EASY. They are the kind of dresses you can just throw on and feel cute and comfortable. I am not a huge shorts fan, so dresses like these come in handy on super hot summer days! They are having a dress sale that ends tomorrow, so scoop them up while you can!

this stripe number has a cute, cut-out back but is still bra friendly! It is under $60

This dress I wore constantly on my vacation; it comes in two colors and now it is only $29.99!

 Here are some of my other favorites…

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Sugar Detox

Posted on April 20th, by Melanie

So you may have seen on my insta stories me discussing giving up sugar for lent. By sugar I mean, desserts and sweets; they are by far my biggest weak spot. Going 40 days without any desserts was probably one of the hardest things I have done (when it comes to giving up something).  Maybe even harder than alcohol!

I just keep reading how bad Sugar is. You can read some of the effects HERE. It is so addictive they compare it to cocaine! I mean, how disturbing is this picture?! Funny, not funny…but so true! Sometimes I feel like when I start eating sugary foods I don’t want to stop.

I wanted to give up sugar for 2 things: 1. to test my willpower and 2. to see if there were any changes in my body. Here is what happened.

I was super cranky the first few weeks, it was almost like I was having withdrawals.… Continue Reading

Travel: Arizona

Posted on April 18th, by Melanie

After an extremely gloomy, rainy and cold March; the warm Arizona sun was just what the Dr. ordered! I was in a serious funk. I think I suffer from the winter blues, especially when we have had so many grey days lately! I came back from our vacation rejuvenated and re-energized.

We have been visiting my parents in Arizona for the past 12 years. The kids get SO excited for this trip each year, and frankly I do too! This year really felt like a “vacation” as the kids are so much easier now. I actually got to “lay out” and relax poolside which I don’t think I have done in about 5 years.

My dad is finally retiring for good this year; so I am excited for them to be able to spend more time there. It is gorgeous; the palm trees, cactus and mountains never get old! It seems like everyday is blue skies and sunshine.… Continue Reading

Kid Style: Joah Love

Posted on April 14th, by Melanie

One of my favorite brands at The Little House is Joah Love. It is super soft, casual play clothes that my kids live in.  It is not fussy; they use great fabrics in simple but cute silhouettes

We got this outfit for our trip to Arizona, and accessorized it with the cutest beaded necklace with bird and tassel details. And it made for the perfect outfit to ring in her 5th Birthday!

Top and Shorts by Joah Love and Necklace all from  The Little House in the Fairway Shops or call 913-236-9861 to order… Continue Reading

Spring Leather

Posted on April 12th, by Melanie

I have been searching high and low for the perfect light colored leather jacket. I about died when I stumbled upon this beauty at TJ Maxx; on the clearance rack for $100!!! There were no flaws, it was in perfect condition and it fit like a glove. I knew I couldn’t pass this baby up 🙂

I wasn’t sure how much I would wear a blush leather jacket, but I have actually been wearing it constantly. It really goes with everything. I love it with a simple white tee and distressed jeans, or dressed up like I did here with a black slip dress. It’s a very versatile piece that you can’t go wrong with!

photos by Ruthie Stark taken at Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

 

Dress: by Splendid from Evereve (and its on sale!), shoes by Dolce Vita, Jacket from T.J.Maxx, Necklace by A.Lavy (similar here) , Nails: OPI “let’s be friends” Gel color.… Continue Reading

Shopbop Sale!

Posted on April 11th, by Melanie

If you weren’t ready a month ago, now is the time to shop! Shopbop’s Spring Event is happening now! Get 20% off our purchase up to 500, and 25% off for purchases $500 and over.

During this sale, I will be shopping for great spring dresses, neutral mules, and a good straw bag to get me through the summer months!

If you are looking for some inspiration, here are some of my favorites:

Sale ends on Friday 4/14! you can view all the event details HEREContinue Reading

Shopping Scout: H&M finds under $50

Posted on April 7th, by Melanie

High waisted jeans are my jam lately. I can’t get enough of them! Now when I wear low rise I feel like I am naked. I tried these on at H&M and fell in love. For the high rise trend, you can’t argue with $39.99. Right? I also got this cute striped blouse…only $19.99! I am second guessing myself for not getting the shoes; considering they were only $34. Maybe I need to order them as well.

I found some other great pieces at H&M, like this sweatshirt that I have been wearing non-stop…

This star blouse was too cute not to pick up; it buttons up the back which I love. I wore it yesterday and got a ton of compliments

They also had some great knits online and I am still trying to decide which ones to get! You can shop my current H&M favorites here:

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