It’s a GIRL!!

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Yes, thats right!! Our little family of three is about to be a party of four, with a house full of ladies. Sorry, babe..we didn’t quite even out the playing field, but at least you’re still the King of your castle. 😉 ..Honestly, I think he kinda loves the idea of being the man of the house, protecting his princesses.

With our first, the excitement was in the fact of having our first child, so the gender was just another added fun surprise! Not a whole lot of thought went into it, until we found out what we were having, and then I went in to full on girl mode. The nursery was planned in days, and the shopping lasted for weeks. Ok, who am I kidding..the shopping hasn’t stopped! 😉

But, with our second, we dreamed of how our family dynamic would be if we were to have a boy or a girl. How different would our family be?? We always imagined multiple children, but the vision of those children was unclear. I think we had this thought that “we had a girl, so we’ll probably have a boy,” and we tended to play out scenarios of what it would be like to have a boy. We had this idea in our heads, for whatever reason, that we were most likely having a boy, so I began envisioning our lives with a little more blue and a little less pink. HA! God had other plans..

Finding out we were expecting was a huge surprise in itself. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, therefore I do not ovulate on my own, or have a cycle at all, for that matter. Because of that, trying to conceive is nearly impossible without a little medicinal/hormonal help. After being on my medications for approximately 6 months, I finally saw those 2 pink lines and completely lost my mind! I fell to my knees in tears, and I’m pretty sure I scared Charlotte! I assured her that mommy was ok, and immediately called my husband, Blake, to tell him our news.

From that moment on, it was non-stop, “is it a boy? or a girl?” “how do you think Charlotte will be?” “what about this name or that?” “what should we do with the nursery?” and so on.. That news completely consumed us and hasn’t stopped! Of course, we were anxious to find out what we were having, and because of certain medical conditions that run in our family, it was recommended that we do a chromosomal blood test that checks for several health abnormalities/defects, and also tells you the baby’s gender. So, at 10 weeks, I filled 10 vials of blood, and anxiously waited to hear the news!

After I received the confirmation that all the tests came back normal, and the baby was healthy, my mom picked up my envelope with the gender-so I wouldn’t be tempted ;)-and she took it straight to the baker who was making our gender reveal cake pops. I’m pretty sure it took everything in me to not peak at either envelope or cake pops..and, luckily, I only had to wait 4 more days. The longest 4 days of my life!!

At our reveal, we wanted our family and friends to be involved, so everyone received a cake pop to bite into! I assured everyone to wait for my count, so that no one would risk spoiling the surprise! 1…..2…..3…..It’s a GIRL!!! We all revealed our pink colored cake pops, and my eyes filled with tears. I was so excited and completely surprised, as were most people!

Of course, I tore open that envelope, just to be sure no mistakes were made 😉 and, sure enough, it confirmed it’s a girl! 🙂

We couldn’t be happier with our news, and the party was such a fun celebration to “kick-off” this pregnancy and start looking forward to the brand new life that will be joining our family.

Charlotte didn’t know what to think…other than that she loved her cake pop! 😉

I can’t thank God enough for this beautiful blessing, and for sparing me the horrible pregnancy symptoms that plagued me the first time around! 😉 Stay tuned for pregnancy updates, bump pics, maternity photos, and the anxiously waiting birth announcement! 🙂

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

Disney, Baby!

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Ahhhhh…Disney World. Oh, how I love your magical moments, your special memories, your insanely, unhealthy food, your Mickey ice cream sandwiches, and, pretty much, your Mickey shaped EVERYTHING, because, let’s face it..there’s a lot of it! And, even though our Disney vacations have changed dramatically with a child in tow, they have become even better and that much more special. Sharing the “magic” with my daughter is indescribable, and seeing her little face light up, beaming with that perfect smile, makes all the craziness worth it.

This trip, we got to experience all the fun with our cousins, which included Charlotte’s best friend, Emma! It was so much fun to see the two girls excited together and see how much they just loved being with each other! This was Charlotte’s second time to Disney, so as a veteran, she appreciated and understood Disney that much more! I couldn’t believe some of the things she remembered from last time, and how much more she was engaged and enthralled with everything. It was such an incredible feeling, to see her get so excited to meet her favorite characters. And, I’m pretty sure I watched her more than the shows, because she would sing and dance the whole way through! Talk about precious!! And, oh, so rewarding.

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Last time in Disney, the first thing we did was have our classic Mickey ear hats personalized in Magic Kingdom, and headed straight to the castle for some photos. So, in keeping with that tradition, we did the same thing, and had a special hat made for our second daughter that will be arriving this November! I couldn’t wait to see her name on her hat (the first thing I’ve seen her name on since finding out the gender) and race to the castle to make our announcement photo! I couldn’t keep our secret in any longer! Of course, it took several tries of convincing Charlotte to wear her hat, and making sure we had proper position of all hats so we could read the names, but we did it! And, I’m so in love with it. I just can’t wait for her little head to fill out her hat and to be able to experience the joy of Disney with both my girls!

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We had such an incredible vacation, and I think we already have the next trip in the works! 🙂 Check out some more photos from our vaca and see below where I like to shop for our Disney gear-because, you’ve gotta rock Disney wear in “the happiest place on earth.” 😉

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My Mickey tee is from Target. They have such a cute selection of comfortable, lightweight shirts that are affordable and so fun!

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My Minnie bow tee is from The Disney Store. They have a pretty extensive selection of Disney wear and they usually run several sales throughout the year, including free shipping and discounts on clothing!

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My Best Day Ever tee was made on Etsy. Check out their site, full of shops that make any Disney shirt you can imagine! And, don’t see what you want? Many shops will create a personalized shirt designed just for you, with whatever saying or colors you want!

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Charlotte and Emma’s Minnie shirts were also from Target. This is definitely a favorite place for me to stock up on the Disney wear, because you can find so much for so little! They really have a pretty large selection for both girls and boys.

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Charlotte’s Minnie Mouse travel vaca tee is from Kohls, which you can find here. This is where I found her Disney princess tees for the trip, and right now they have several of their Disney shirts on sale for buy one, get one half off! Check out their selection here. (This is also where I found Charlotte’s pink Ariel tank from the photos above)

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Charlotte’s Magic Kingdom outfit is from the Kingdom itself! But, we had so many questions about where we found her Minnie Mouse moccs! Those would be Etsy! They seriously have everything, and I love that it’s all so unique! You can find them here.

I hope this helps you prepare for your own Disney trip! If you’re thinking Disney is crazy with little ones, you are RIGHT. 😉 BUT, it is SO worth it, and I can promise you the fun, the laughter, the memories, and the moments, far outweigh the crazy. Happy shopping!

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From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

 

 

Travel In Style

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If you know me at all, you know I have a passionate love for the beach, warm weather, sunshine, and all things vaca. I’m pretty much obsessed with traveling, and my extremely understanding husband is so supportive of my addiction. 😉 Because I work from home, I have the flexibility to take off at any moment, and I have taken full advantage of that perk! Our most recent travels took us to my parents’ vacation home in Naples, FL, which we tend to frequent…A LOT.. 🙂

This vaca was a fun girls’ trip with my mother, my best friend, and her mother, which we do annually, and, now that I have a little girl of my own, I get to bring her along to join in on the fun and make so many amazing memories. I love that our mother daughter trip now includes my daughter, making it that much more special. AND, to make it even more special, my bestie is pregnant with her first little girl, who will soon be added to our girls’ trips, as well! 🙂

So, because I now have to pack for two, I decided to take note of all my travel must haves, as well as some of mine and my daughter’s favorite vacation looks! Check out some of our styles from the trip, and some of our favorite swimwear that we rocked this past week, and see where you can find them for you and your mini!

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My travel staples include a fun, floppy hat for added UV protection and style to your swimsuit, a cross body collapsable bag for easy travel, sunglasses..because, sun..duh..,sunscreen, spf lip balm, and after sun lotion to take care of my skin in and out of the sun, comfortable sandals for everyday, and a bikini, of course!

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My floppy hat was given to me as a gift from Calia by Carrie Underwood! They sent it to me, and I was completely surprised and fell in love with it instantly! You can find my hat here.

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My cross body fringe bag is from Free People, and I’ve had it for YEARS!! It has been a loyal companion that has stood the test of time. I highly recommend investing in a similar bag, and you can thank me later. 😉 My bag is sold out, but you can find a similar style here.

My pink aviator sunglasses are Betsey Johnson brand, which I found majorly marked down at Nordstrom rack! SCORE! My exact pair is currently sold out, but you can find the same shades in a different colored lens here.

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My Sun Bum Sunscreen, Cool Down lotion, and SPF lip balm are the absolute best! Not only do they smell amazing, but they really do their job to protect and nourish your skin, and they smell INCREDIBLE. I also love this brand because they are cruelty free, gluten free, and 100% vegan, and rich in vitamin E. These products are a perfect travel size and can be purchased as a set for only $19.99 here.

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My floral sandals are from Target and they are so, extremely comfortable! I love the fun, floral print, which surprisingly goes with so much more than you would think! You can find my sandals here.

My floral off-the-shoulder bikini is also from, none other than..Target! Pretty much my fav place-but, you already know that. 😉 This is a super flattering suit, and the floral pattern, mixed with the crochet print, is to die for! You can find my bikini top here and my bikini bottoms here.

Mine and Charlotte’s airport fashion. We travel in style 😉

My floppy hat and fringe bag linked above.

My black tribal print backpack is from Target, and this exact style is sold out, but you can find a similar style here.

My fringe booties are from American Threads, and are sold out, but you can check out their super cute and comfortable shoes here.

My black distressed denim cut-off shorts are from Dottie Couture, which you can find here.

My fringe tank is from American Eagle, and is currently sold out! (don’t hate me!!) Check out their super cute summer tank selection here.

Charlotte’s gladiator sandals are from Old Navy, which you can find here.

Charlotte’s navy leggings are from Gap, which you can find here.

Charlotte’s tassel, ruffle sleeve top is from Babies R Us and is currently sold out. Check out their cute section of summer fashion tops here.

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My favorite summer shoe selection made it all the way to Florida with me! I’ve listed where my shoes are from, which include some of my favorite places to shoe shop year round! From affordable, to durable, to stylish, to unique..each place has something I love! From left to right, the dark brown sandal heels are from Charlotte Russe, the dark tan gladiator wedge sandals are from a boutique in FL (can’t remember the name!!), the tan peep toe heels are from Altar’d State, the tan peep toe suede heels are Kristin Cavallari from Chinese Laundry, the cream criss cross heels are from Nine West, the fringe suede booties are from American Threads, and the floral print sandals are from Target.

These are some of my favorite looks from FL. All extremely comfortable, airy for hot days (and nights!), breathable material, lots of off-the-shoulder, which is my current fav trend, and oozing with beachy, summery goodness! Follow me on instagram, here, where I have detailed where each of these outfits are from! Some of my favorite places to find inexpensive and fashionable accessories are Dry Goods, American Eagle, Francesca’s, Dottie Couture, and Altar’d State. Of course, shoes and bag are listed above.

One of my favorite looks from Charlotte! Her floral dress is from Matilda Jane, and no longer in stock, but you can check out their super cute summer line here.

Her blush butterfly sandals are from Old Navy, and currently on sale for $12.99! You can find them here.

Another one of my favorite looks from Charlotte! This romper is EVERYTHING!! Ah, she just kills me in it! 🙂 Her floral romper is from Old Navy, and currently on sale for $18.99! You can find it here. Her gladiator sandals are also from Old Navy and linked above.

I like to buy swimwear from places where the sets are mix-and-matchable, affordable, and trendy! Some of my absolute favorite shops for swimwear are Target, American Eagle, and Altar’d State. Check out those links and find yourself a new ‘kini in time for summer! I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

We had so much fun at the Naples Farmer’s Market on Third Street South. Lots of sunshine, tropical ice tea, key west acai bowls, people watching, dog spotting, and plenty of photo ops! 😉 Her adorable watermelon swimsuit is from Target, which you can find here. Her floral flip flops are from Carters, and the floral pair is sold out, but you can get the same shoes in a fun, pineapple print for only $4!! You can find them here.

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Hope these links and sites are helpful for your own vacation planning or simply summer shopping! This vacation was so much fun, and I’m so excited to be returning to Naples with my girl and our girlfriends in June! But, for now…we are off to Disney this Saturday, so I better go unpack our beach wear and re-pack our park wear!

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

This girl comes with a bow

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I’m pretty sure a pretty, floral, wrap bow was the first thing I bought on Etsy, when I found out I was having a little girl. Because…priorities 😉 ..And, voilĂ ! My bow obsession began. She wasn’t even here yet, and I was already imagining dressing her up and adding that little finishing touch to her hair. I mean, isn’t that the fun of having a little girl? 😉

There’s nothing I love more than finding fun, cute little hair accessories to complete my daughter’s outfits! I have tried all different types of bows, head wraps, hair ties, elastics, clips, you name it. I love it all, but I have become such a fan of the classic, delicate, girly bows that go with absolutely everything!

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Also, in my shopping, I want to find bows that are made of the softest materials, to ensure my daughter’s comfort, as well as hope that maybe she will leave them in, if she can’t feel them! 🙂 And, I have to say, for the most part, it works! Is it because the bows are so soft and comfortable, is it because they are made of light materials, so she can barely feel them, or is it because I’ve been sticking a bow on her poor, little head every day of her life, from the moment she was born?

Either way, for whatever reason, she leaves them in, and I’m not about to question it! I’m not sure if she likes it, or if she just gave up, knowing i’m going to repeatedly place them on her head, but I’ll take it! 😉

After spending money/time searching for the best bows, I came across Little Poppy Co, and my world was forever changed. Ok, so maybe not that drastic–I’ve been told I can be a bit dramatic–BUT, I will say I fell in love with these bows and their concept. Little Poppy Co is a stylish bow subscription, online boutique, providing a set of three bows a month-all of which you don’t know what you’re going to get-for $11.99 a month! It’s such a fun surprise in your mailbox, each month, and an even more fun surprise when you open your package to see what this month’s bows entail!

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Each month’s bows correlate to the season, which allows you to not worry about finding that perfect bow for whatever month’s holidays/parties/events, etc. You also get your choice of having the bow in a clip or a headband. The headbands are made of super soft and stretchy nylon, that doesn’t leave a mark on your baby’s head! That definitely sold me, as well! Also, as a subscriber, you get access to the online store to shop previous month’s bows you might have missed out on, and other fun extras/bows they are bringing out for each season! I love that it does the shopping for me, and I just get the fun of styling my girl in her bows each month! And, don’t worry, the upcoming month’s bows always ship out at the end of each current month, to ensure you receive your bows in time for the new month. In these photos, my daughter is wearing the April bows, and they are seriously, TO DIE FOR!! (You can check them out on the site here.)

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Little Poppy Co April Bows in their packaging

If you’re not already signed up..what are you waiting for?! Girl moms, go treat yo self!

Charlotte’s outfits linked below!

Beauty and the Beast collection dress is from Target, which you can find here.

Blush pink butterfly cut-out sandals are from Old Navy, which you can find here. Also, they are currently on sale for $13!!

Sterling silver personalized “Charlotte” necklace is from Tiny Blessings, which you can find and have engraved here.

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Koala Kids pink pinktuck top is from Babies R Us, which you can find here. Her top is currently on sale for $10.49!!

Jersey leggings in light denim are from Old Navy, which you can find here.

Sand fringe leather moccs are from Love Winnie James, which you can find here.

Cat and Jack white tee is from Target, which you can find here.

Charlotte’s Oshkosh olive green vest is from Target, but it is currently sold out! I couldn’t find an olive vest, but I did find a similar denim vest, which you can find here.

Charlotte’s Cat and Jack denim joggers are from Target, but they are currently sold out. I found a similar pair from Cat and Jack, which you can find here.

Lace-up gladiator sandals are from Old Navy, which you can find here. Also, they are currently on sale for $18.00!

Happy Shopping!

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

 

She Can

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As a mother, it is my job to teach my daughter about the world around her; about who she is, what she means, and what she brings to this life. How she views herself starts with me, and I am making it my mission to show her love, show her self-love, and show her that she can do ANYTHING.

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There are so many times I look at myself, and think negative thoughts–I’m not pretty enough, if only I looked like this, I’m not strong enough, if only I had that talent, I’m not smart enough, if only I could achieve that accomplishment… Blah, Blah Blah… You know what that is? That is CRAP. PERIOD. Those are just hurtful words I tell myself when I feel inadequate, and it NEVER makes me feel better, so why do I do it??

Unfortunately, society, and the world we live in, shames us, exudes a false sense of perfection, and fills us with unrealistic expectations of who we are supposed to be. We get images thrown at us daily, that further self-hate and self-doubt, that we aren’t good enough, we aren’t worthy, or we can’t do it. All of that is complete garbage, and I want my daughter to know that. To know that another person’s beautiful doesn’t diminish her beautiful. That someone else’s smart doesn’t take away from her smart. That another talent doesn’t take away from her talents. She is beautiful, she is smart, she is talented, she is funny, she is affectionate, she is creative, she is joyful, she is loving, she is CRAZY! And, for all those things, and more, she CAN do ANYTHING.

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Yes, I am confident in who I am today, but I would be lying if I said I never experience insecurities. BUT, I think it is extremely important for me to keep those insecurities to myself, and not “bash” myself in front of my daughter. What is that teaching her if I do?? What does that do to her own self-image?? I don’t want her to look in the mirror and search for flaws, and, I definitely don’t want the focus to be on her outward beauty. I want her to know that she is so much more than that.

I strive to tell her that she is loving, that she is smart, that she has a pure heart and a beautiful soul. I want her to remember those things and use them to empower her. To some, I may sound crazy, because my daughter is only 19months old, but, I believe she understands more than I even know, and by instilling these habits now, they are more likely to stick with her, and me, as she grows up.

I know my daughter. I know her determination. I know her strong-will. And, I don’t doubt that whatever she sets her mind to, she will do it. I don’t want anyone or anything to ever tell her otherwise. There is no, “she can’t,” there is only SHE CAN.

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I absolutely love these shirts from Rachel Rene Designs, and I am 110% on board with spreading the message behind them! If you don’t currently follow her, go check out her website here, and like her Facebook page and/or follow her insta for up-to-date info! She makes handmade apparel, decor, accessories, and gifts, and specializes in customization. I promise, you will LOVE her stuff and the quality of her products!!

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

Yes Way, Rosé

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As a little girl, I loved and lived for all things pink–as do most little girls! Now, having a daughter of my own, I see that for whatever reason she, too, is drawn to that bright, happy color. There’s something about it that pulls her in, like a moth to a flame. No matter what it is, if it’s pink, she has to see it, touch it, hold it, whatever.. It got me thinking about that color and its significance, and what it means in my life.

The color itself is associated with charm, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, femininity, and love. Which, totally makes sense as to why I would be so drawn to such a color. I love all things girly, as does my daughter, and that color encompasses all those qualities. As I’ve grown and matured, I still love the color, pink. But, instead of living for that bright, loud, vibrant pink, I am drawn to the subtle, light, airy rose color that exudes harmony and warmth.

Because of that, I see hints of rose in my home, in my beauty products, and in my fashion choices. In my bathroom alone, I have pink roses on my vanity, a rose candle, and rose gold decor. I absolutely love my vanity–it is the only place that is completely mine, full of things that I love, where I prep myself every day. It is a peaceful space, where I gather myself, and take a moment for some “me time”, before I tackle the day.

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I truly believe that this place of serenity, which brings me peace in a chaotic life, is crucial for our home. I need it to take care of me, so I can take care of everyone (and everything) else. I urge you to create a calming space in your home that is for YOU, if you haven’t already done so. AND, I have listed some of my favorite, pretty little things that can help get you started. 🙂

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  • Pink Roses >> This is the most obvious, but most important! They instantly transform your space into a beautiful, graceful, tranquil environment, that exudes happiness, joy, and gentility. I absolutely love fresh flowers, and treat myself to a bouquet once a month, but for a permanent, cost-friendly solution, I go with silk. You can find so many pretty options, styles, shades of color, etc. at Hobby Lobby. They have an abundance of flowers, so go check them out, or visit their website here.

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  • Rose Candles >> The clean smell of roses is the perfect way to make you feel as if you do have a fresh bouquet on display. It’s such a fun, feminine, soft scent that makes your nice, little space an enchanting little cove. It invigorates your senses, making you feel calm and relaxed. Plus, the pretty pink jar is a fun touch! My candle is currently sold out, but you can find a similar candle, with a pink jar here. This scent is a combination of sparkling pink prosecco and rose petals. So, I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting this one, as well. 😉

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  • Rose Lotion >> I love a good hand cream, and my favorite is from L’Occitane, in the rose heart scent. It is amazing, because it is made of shea butter, so it truly makes your hands feel so, incredibly soft! Also, it absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave your hands feeling oily, greasy, or sticky-which, for me, is a huge perk! I would almost rather not use a hand cream than to use one that makes my hands slippery and slimy! Oh, and the scent of this one…TO DIE! Let that amazing, light, floral aroma from your candle last all day on your skin. This perfect cream is lightweight, fits conveniently in your bag to take with you, and it gets the job done. You can find it here.
  • Rose Polish >> What’s better than pampering yourself with a pretty, rose/blush nail polish? This soft, neutral hue is so fun to wear, and goes perfectly with everything. Also, the one step gel quality is perfect for me, since my routine needs to be simple and quick! You literally only need 2 coats, and it acts as your base coat, polish, and top coat all in one–THANK YOU!! And, it dries rather quickly when used with a nail polish drying spray. You can find this color, called Stay Classy, here.
  • Rose Lipgloss >> I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a light pink/blush lip. It’s a perfect neutral shade, that doesn’t distract from your natural beauty, while accenting your naturally pink pout. I have several shades of blush pink glosses, lipsticks, stains, etc., but, I always find myself going back to this color shine gloss from Victoria’s Secret. You can purchase it for $30 as a set with 6 colors on the site, here, or you can snag one in the checkout for $10.
  • RosĂ© Wine >> Last, but most certainly not least, is my absolute favorite rosĂ© wine from Mallow Run Winery. This rhubarb wine is the perfect blend of sweet and tart, and, in my opinion, goes with EVERYTHING. There’s nothing I love more, than when I have time to really pamper myself before a night out, where I can light my candles, turn up the music, pour myself a glass of wine, and relax while getting all dolled up. Or, as my night cap, at the end of the night to help me unwind and de-stress. Or, to sip on while eating dark chocolate and watching The Bachelor. Or, to savor while enjoying a nice, long bubble bath with a trashy magazine and fizzy, bath salts. Or, to enjoy pretty much anytime, anywhere, because, with a glass of rhubarb in your hand, you can’t go wrong. 😉 Check it out here. And, you can now purchase Mallow wine at, none other than…TARGET! 🙂 But, seriously..you can, and should go pick it up..NOW!

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Now, with all this talk of roses, I can’t stop thinking about The Bachelor Finale tonight!! I’m pretty excited to have my girlfriends over, chill out, enjoy my wine and chocolate, and stress over who he may or may not choose to marry. 😉

Cheers!

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From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

This mom runs on love..and Target

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I’m pretty sure no man will ever understand the gloriousness that is Target. It’s a haven. A sanctuary. A getaway…The Disney World of supermarkets–it has it ALL. To them, they see a hectic grocery store, crowded with people, overwhelming decision making, and dollar signs flying out the window. But, to us…it’s so much more..

Before becoming a mom, Target was my go-to. My one stop shop for groceries, “pick-me-ups”, gifts, beauty supplies, etc. But, this was just an in and out deal; part of my weekly routine. After becoming a mom, Target has become my escape. My one stop shop for anything and everything, for grabbing a Starbucks while perusing and browsing every aisle, and for aimlessly wondering around the “baby stuff” (as my daughter likes to call it) while she entertains herself with all the toys she doesn’t have at home, and that I don’t have to buy. (BONUS!)

Now, maybe to some of you that sounds crazy, and to you I am very sorry that you have yet to experience my oasis. But, to the yoga pant wearing, Starbucks drinking, messy hair don’t care mamas…you get it. And, when I pass you down the home goods aisle, we do the unofficial mommy greeting. You know, the head nod, the smile, the unspoken “I’m at home, at peace, and one with the world” vibes that we give one another. Instantly, we’ve bonded in a way that not even our husbands will understand.

These little trips to the store are actually big outings to an adult (and child friendly) playground. When my day is crazy, and we need to get out of the house, and I need that “one thing” from the store…it’s time. Time to put on my mom-iform, load up the car, grab the babes, and smile all. the. way. Ok, so I live 4min from Target. A coincidence?.. maybe..

Upon arrival, I’m greeted by the strong aroma of fresh brewed coffee mixed with fresh popped popcorn. I’m instantly drawn to the friendly barista behind the counter, where I contemplate the day’s biggest decision–coffee or tea? But, let’s be honest, it’s almost ALWAYS tea. 😉  Once that cup hits my hand, it’s go time.

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Truthfully, there’s no telling what’s going to end up in my cart. Yes, we all go with intentions of picking up that “one thing” we need..but, let’s be honest, we’re pretty much lying to ourselves to make us feel better, because we all know that the “one thing” we NEED will turn in to several things we WANT. And, suddenly that big decision in the Starbucks line doesn’t seem as bad as the decision in the check-out line. To buy or not to buy the super cute white and gold decorative soap dish that would be perfect in your guest bathroom, even though you use bottled hand soap, and it will probably, most likely, never get used. Ahhh..decisions.. You know what I’m talking about..

Even though many times my “put-back pile” becomes larger than the items in my cart that I’m going to actually purchase, it never takes away from my experience. It’s fun to dream, right? But, I’m not so far off the ground that I don’t realize that we aren’t millionaires that can throw our money away on useless materials. Besides, we all know it’s the baby clothes that I can never pass up.. 😉

If you’ve yet to experience this, I urge you to try it..and embrace it. In order to successfully achieve the “Target Experience” you’ll need to do these 5 steps:

  1. Wear your comfiest yoga pant/sweatshirt and sport shoe combo.
  2. Fill your purse with plenty of kid-friendly snacks to ensure you and your kiddo(s) don’t become famished–good to plan ahead, you’ll be there awhile.
  3. Order a venti or trenta of whatever Starbucks deliciousness you decide on, because..see previous step.
  4. Take your time-don’t skip any aisles-you don’t want to miss anything.
  5. Be sure to give all the other mamas the infamous mama greeting–because, after all, this is our place, and we all need to stick together. It’s us against the world..or our kids..

Now, I know these steps could sound overwhelming, and it may seem like a big commitment. But, I promise you, they are necessary for optimal Target pleasure. And, if you decide to skip these steps, wear whatever the heck you want, grab popcorn instead of Starbucks…it really doesn’t make much of a difference, and I’m pretty sure these steps were made up to make me sound legit.

You do you and enjoy yourself however you decide. And, you will, because…it’s Target. 🙂

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Check out this athleisure look from my most recent Target trip. Perfect for running errands and running after a toddler! 😉

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My sweatshirt is from the Victoria’s Secret sport collection, my leggings are Fabletics, and my shoes are Nike.

My top favorite athleisure brands:

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn