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Revisiting 2018 in My 146th Post of the Year

31 Dec

With the year coming to a close, I usually spend a week revisiting some of my most popular posts from the last 12 months. Rather than spending an entire week revisiting 2018, I decided to just throw together one post of all the favorites.

Today’s post is the last of 2018, which brings me to this year’s total of 146 blog posts!

Top Fashion Posts

Advice Posts:

Clothing Review Posts/Dressing Room Pics:

Top Family Posts

Self-Improvement Posts

General Awesomeness

I hope you enjoyed today’s look back before we go full steam ahead into 2019!

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December Thrift Haul

26 Dec

During the month of December, I only had one day to go thrifting… but I made the most of it with THREE different stops! Of course, with thrifting you can sometimes find a dozen awesome items at one store, or absolutely nothing no matter how many stores you visit. I ended up finding just two items… but I’m pretty happy with them!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Item #1: Lou & Grey Sweatshirt, $4.99

I knew that Lou & Grey is a line carried at Loft, but I didn’t realize they have their own website too. This sweatshirt is a super soft cotton fleecy mix. On their websites, similar sweatshirts sell for around $60. This one is kind of cool because it has a zipper up one side.

So you can zip it up just a bit to show off a pop of color on a t-shirt. Or a little puff of love handles if you’re into that kind of thing. It was soft, comfy and new for $5, so it obviously had to come home with me for lounging this winter.

Item #2: J McLaughlin Zebra Wrap dress, $24.99

This is a J McLaughlin 100% silk wrap dress with the original tags for $218 still on it. I’m only familiar with the brand because I thrifted a sweater from them last year and did a little research. Dresses on their website run from about $190 – $250, and they appear to stick with classic silhouettes in fun prints. I tend to love a good black and white print, so this zebra one intrigued me. However, I posted a dressing room photo on my stories and it got very mixed reviews — with 44% voting to buy and 56% voting to pass.

I ended up buying the dress and I think it will be fun to style for work. I can keep it simple with a black blazer, tights and booties. Or add in some color with a bright cardigan and maybe some colorful brooches. All in all, it was a $25 gamble, so we will see if it pays off!

Did you have any luck thrifting this month? Share your scores!

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Poll Results: How Often Does Your Elementary School Aged Kid Shower?

26 Dec

Last week I was feeling super lazy and was trying to get out of throwing Jack into the shower, so I thought I’d procrastinate by running a random Facebook poll…

Jack is typically on an every-other-day shower schedule most of the year. We bump it up to an every-single-day schedule in the summer when he goes to camp, because he comes home each afternoon smelling like stinky feet.

According to everyone who voted in, the majority of kids are on the same schedule:

There were also some comments on the post saying that their kids are on the ‘less than every other day schedule’ which I’m totally cool with too. There have certainly been days where I’ve given him a sniff and decided he was fine for another day!

I guess it would be different if Jack was 100% on his own for washing activities… but I still need lean in to give his hair a good scrub.Which means I end up wet, the floor ends up wet, and Ollie also sometimes ends up a little wet.

Which brings me to ask, when are kids old enough to do it all on their own and get ALL their bits and pieces cleaned to a satisfactory level. Or, do you just not worry about how satisfactory the level is as long as you don’t have to stick your hand all up in their undercarriage?

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Movie Review: Mary Poppins Returns

18 Dec

Last night I had the opportunity to go to a screening of Mary Poppins Returns. My friend, Lindsey and I made a girl’s night out of it with dinner and a movie on a Monday night… so fantastic!

A photo from outside the theater, since they confiscated our phones before we went in.

By the way, the crispy brussels sprouts appetizer at the Cheesecake Factory is SO GOOD! There’s bacon involved. Anyways, after stuffing ourselves full of yummy food and even yummier conversation, we walked over to the movie theater.

We were both super excited to see the movie and holy moley, it did not disappoint!

You can see the movie trailer here:

The new movie re-visits Jane and Michael Banks, now adults with problems of their own. There are three adorable children, John, Anabel and Georgie who are dealing with the loss of their mother. The practically perfect in every way nanny, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), and her friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) help the family rediscover joy, wonder… and of course, magic!

To be completely honest, I basically watched the entire movie with a huge smile on my face. The sequel was like returning to visit old friends with new, exciting adventures. The movie somehow keeps the feel of the first movie, even though it was made more than 50 years later. It was absolutely MAGICAL and Emily and Lin-Manuel were perfection.

My only nit-picks were that it could have done with maybe one or two less songs for Mary Poppins. I love her – and her voice – but I would have liked a teensy bit of character development spoken, rather than sung. Also, the mustache on the now-grown Michael Banks’ face drove me CRAZY.

My favorite parts were a song very reminiscent of Step in Time, and a couple surprise old faces that made me tear up a bit.

Mary Poppins Returns comes out in theaters on December 19,2018. If you are looking for a wonderful, family-friendly movie with quite a sprinkle of nostalgia, I highly recommend it!

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the screening at no cost to me.  

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