Little White Off the Shoulder Dress

If you’re loving the off the shoulder trend as much as I am, then you are really, really loving it. It’s easy to find because all the retailers you know and love are totally committed to this trend. And could we maybe just take a minute to rejoice in the fact that the hottest look of the Spring and Summer is pretty much just a pillowcase with sleeves. It’s loose. It’s forgiving. It’s flattering. It’s comfortable. We are living right, ladies.

This little white off the shoulder dress I’m wearing is from Dress Up and it’s no longer available online. BUT I did find a very similar style from Target.

And just a heads up, if you’re a small build like me (ie flat chested) then I’d go for the OTS styles with the ruffle at the bust. It gives a flounce where you need it and makes for a much more flattering fit.

Laura

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Keeping Your Kitchen Clean

Hi, friends!

Hope you’re settling beautifully into this short week. I’m so excited to share this yummy strawberry shortcake recipe that I tried this weekend for our Memorial Day family supper.

Shortcakes:
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 TBS Arrowroot flour
2/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 TBS raw honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 TBS water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients, then add honey, coconut oil, and vanilla. Combine. Add in water and stir until batter thickens. Grease a mini muffin tin with coconut oil and place small ball-shaped dough chunks into the muffin tins. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely. I put mine in the fridge for an hour before serving.

Coconut whipped cream:
1 can refrigerated coconut cream (Got mine from trader joes)
1 TBS maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine and whip on high til peaks form. Keep in fridge til ready to serve.

Slice up some fresh strawberries and enjoy a guilt-free treat that even those not impressed by healthy eating will love.

Original recipe here.

Now since we’re already in the kitchen… let’s talk about keeping it clean!

These “tips” are just things I do every day cuz if momma’s kitchen aint clean, it’s not gonna be good.

1. Before I go to bed every night, I make sure the kitchen is completely clean. I know this is tough because coming down stairs after getting the babes in bed or finishing up work, it sounds a lot better to netflix and chill than it does to load the dishwasher. But waking up in the morning to a clean kitchen is worth it. Every. Single. Time.

2. Clean off your counters completely after every meal. Part of the problem in the kitchen is that because it’s such a lived in space, the mess compounds. The bigger the mess, the more overwhelming it is to clean. The more overwhelming it is to clean, the less likely you are to want to do it, making the mess even bigger. See the cycle? Jump off that craziness and just decide to clean the mess while it’s still small. Commit to have completely cleaned off counter tops before leaving the kitchen after a meal.

3. Junk the junk drawer. Here’s the problem with junk drawers: They don’t just stay contained. When you start accumulating piles of stuff that you don’t feel like organizing, it develops a habit that will spill over into the rest of your house. We have a drawer in our house called organization station (feel free to make fun) and it’s where we keep things we need on a daily basis like scissors, tape, batteries, bandaids, and chip clips. As soon as it starts feeling neglected, I clean it out. Not only does it make life a lot easier to know where to find things, but it also keeps the clutter from creeping out of it’s drawer and taking over the rest of our house!

4. Train your family to help you. If you don’t have kids, you can skip this part. Set the expectation for your husband and kiddos that unless you’re in the middle of meal prep, the kitchen needs to be clean. This means if you’re done with something, you need to clean it up. As moms, it’s sooooo much easier to just clean up after everybody cuz we fast but teaching your kids (and husband) to clean up after themselves will really help you in the long run. It needs to be a team effort.

5. Add in pretty touches to make you want to clean your kitchen. I’ve found when I have lit candles, fresh flowers, and pretty music playing, I’m about a hundred times more likely to want to clean my kitchen. Then when it’s clean, it’s actually a place a want to linger and enjoy. I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So having a few of my favorite things in there is just a must.

Hope you have a great Wednesday today, yall! Later today, I’m sharing a sweet little white off the shoulder dress!
Laura

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Friday Favorites – Beach Edition

Hi, Friends!

Happy FRIDAY!!!!!!

There are few things I love more than the Friday before a long weekend. So excited to get some family time in this weekend.

I’m excited to share a few of my favorites for beach trips today. If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw that we just got back from a long weekend in Gulf Shores with our babies so I want to share while everything is fresh in my mind.

Beach Bum Sun Screen: Not only does it smell uhhhhhhhh-mazing, but it also is fairly clean. It has no parabens and is oil free and PABA free. It’s also not too thick. We’ve had some natural sunscreens in the past that were literally like rubbing tooth paste on your skin. No thank you.

This swimsuit from Old Navy. It’s a great fit and it’s currently 50% off!

Fringe Beach Towel: I found these beautiful Serena and Lili fringe beach towels but couldn’t pull the trigger on the $48 price tag. BUT #targetdoesitagain and I found a perfect knock off for less than $15! Hooray!

Pom Pom Cover Up: I’m a sucker for anything with pom poms and this swim cover is just the most perfect one I’ve found! The price tag is pretty sweet too!

I’m also linking a past post I did about how to have a successful trip to the beach with babies in tow!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have an amazing Memorial Day Weekend!!

Laura

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Off The Shoulder Dress

My goodness, do you ever have those days that all you want is to just curl up in comfy clothes and fall asleep watching the FOOD Network?

That’s me today. Too bad the to do list is still very far from to done. So on we go with no nap.

One of the only things keeping me energized this sleepy afternoon is my excitement over this SWEET off the shoulder pink flamingo dress. The fit is great and it seems like it would be flattering for lots of body types due to the rouching around the bust.

Side note: As the OTS trend is so widely popular, maybe you’ve wondered what the best bra is to wear with this style? I would highly recommend investing in a great bandeau. I use the word “invest” very loosely considering most bandeaus are less than $10. It keeps a smooth look rather than the fabric bunching around an every day wired strapless bra. You’re welcome.

Back to this dress…

Dress from Chic Wish// Bag from Old Navy
Be sure to check back in on Friday for a beach edition of Friday Favorites!
Laura
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Building Basics

Hi, friends!

Normally on the Monday after vacation, I’d be trying to keep myself from feeling super bummed out due to the lack of beach life and return to normal life….

BUT

This is no ordinary Monday.

Y’all! It’s Bachelorette Monday! I’m so excited! We will for sure be having a viewing party tonight that will include Mexican food and coconut ice cream. Can’t wait!

For today’s post, I wanted to share this super fun and flattering embroidered top. It’s under $20 and is one of my favorite finds of the summer so far. I paired it with some black skinny jeans that I cuffed at the bottom. Speaking of skinny jeans, did you know that H&M carries a line of skinnies that are $9.99? I have had mine in the dark denim and the black denim for two years now and they’re still holding up great!

Now onto some of the basics I think every girl needs in her closet. These items will help to pull you out of the “I have nothing to wear” rut because they are versatile and practical. So you can dress them up for a date night or dress them down for running errands.
Maybe if you’re like me, you don’t love buying basics because they’re kind of boring. But the problem with only buying loud pattern statement pieces is that once you’ve worn them once, it’s easy to get bored with it. This is what gives you the feeling of looking at a closet full of clothes and still feeling entirely uninspired.
Enter the basics. 
1. Chambray button down
2. White skinny jeans
3. Black loose fitting tank
4. Distressed cut off shorts
5. Leather cross body
6. Brown leather sandals
7. White v neck t shirt
8. Denim jacket
9. A favorite watch
10. Boyfriend crop jeans
If you’ve followed me on insta for a minute or two, you’ve seen these items on repeat. Once you realize how you can layer these items and create totally different looks just by adding the right statement jewelry and accessories, you’ll begin to see the value. 
So step away from the statement pieces just long enough to get some of these foundational pieces in your closet. 
Hope you have a super Monday! Tune in on Wednesday for my Bachelrotte recap and then later in the week for a rundown of our little family vacation.
Laura
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