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Black Suede Dress I Wear Multiple Times Per Week

An impromptu “parents night out” because we recently discovered the magic of having a joint babysitter! The little girls all love it; the older girls do too.

I used to love putting these slices-of-life posts together, so I’m back at it today. :) Here are a few photos I found on my camera roll today:

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Honest Yoto Player Review: Kids’ Screen-Free Audio Player

Honest Yoto Player review

In 2023, the girls and I fell in love with the Yoto, available via Amazon, Target and Maisonette. (Use code “NEW10” to get it on sale here.) If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a screen-free audio player that gives me all the listening-to-my-Discman-on-the-bus-in-the-90s vibes. (Okay, technically it has a tiny screen, but its only real purpose is to indicate things like volume or what chapter/song the child is on.) Now it’s time for a comprehensive, honest Yoto Player review!

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The First 10 Things of 2024

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Happy New Year, Friends! :)

I kind of can’t believe I’m here. (On this site, I mean. 😜) As you may remember, I reprioritized things last year, and purposefully put the blog on the back burner. In my 20s and much of my 30s, I had no problem burning the midnight oil and making sure I had new blog posts up on the reg. But when I started pushin’ 40—SO excited about the upcoming decade, btw!—and my babies turned into kids, I found myself unable to keep up with that lifestyle. While I miiiight have considered quitting for a minute there 😉, I ended up sort of taking a gap year instead, haha. From better sleep and uninterrupted time with loved ones to embracing new and old hobbies and taking true vacations, this past year was an awesome reset.

Who’s to say what’s in store for 2024, so why don’t we just dive right into the first “10 Things” of the year?!

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New Studio McGee for Target

Shagreen Frame / Framed Canvas / Accent Chair / Metal Bowl / Ceramic Lamp / Shagreen Tray / Wicker Lamp / Console Table / Throw Pillow / Door Mat / Stoneware Plates / Throw Blanket

This week Target gave us all the gift of a new Studio McGee collection! We just got home from our holiday travels and the girls are sick on the couch 😢, so I had a minute to scroll through and IT IS SO GOOD, GUYS. Too much to include in one collage, so I put even more picks like this ceiling pendant and this block print throw pillow further down below.

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After Christmas Sales 2023 (Up to 50% Off CASHMERE!)

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Did everyone have a merry Christmas?! Sometimes (okay, usually 🤪) it feels like SO MUCH WORK to get to the actual holidays but it’s always worth it. The girls are having the best time on break, and so are we. Popping in because I noticed J.Crew and J.Crew Factory are having some pretty great sales I didn’t want anyone to miss!

First of all, I can’t BELIEVE these darling bow heels are still available in every color and almost every size. Is this a glitch?! Actually, don’t even question it. Just add them to your cart now. If you’re looking for a more basic pair of heels in a similar style, these look so great. It sounds like you might want to go down a half size though! (The flat version is a little big.) Also, these sneakers have the same look as my go-to pair but unbranded and SO CHEAP. Just $24!

If there’s one thing J.Crew does well (besides, like, everything 🤣) it’s layers. I want one of every Lady Jacket, including this sherpa style with faux leather trim. Chic, but cozy! Same with this v-neck sweater blazer worn by Meghan Markle. It’s preppy and polished but looks SO comfortable. This cocoon sweater blazer looks like, well, the perfect cocoon for passing out by the fire. Or running errands, but preferably the latter, haha. Size way down! You may want to go down a size in this oversized turtleneck too. The 90% cotton-10% cashmere blend is just right for school drop-offs in the spring, don’t you think?

If you spot J.Crew denim you like on sale, I recommend going for it because it’ll almost always be a good deal! I’m LOVING the demi-boot cut and this pair comes in the *most* versatile medium wash. A few other finds too good not to share: a basic striped shirt, this pretty ribbed puff sleeve top, and leather gloves that will make you feel SO fancy.

J.Crew has some of the BEST cashmere, and it’s reasonably priced! Plus, you know I’m hyper sensitive to fabrics, so I mean it when I say it’s soft. Right now they’re offering up to 50% off cashmere which means NOW’S THE TIME TO BUY, GUYS. As of writing they still have a range of colors and sizes in some great basics.

You all love this shrunken crewneck – shown in a timeless navy and white stripe but available in approximately 7 million colors. It’s supposed to fit cropped but reviewers say it still runs a touch small, FYI! Apparently the shrunken cable knit is true to size though. The classic crewneck is one of my favorite basics and in CONSTANT rotation. I’m also loving this tank top, which you could easily layer beneath any of the cardigans: the ribbed v-neck, patch pocket, relaxed ribbed, and shrunken v-neck cable knit. (If you misplaced or need new gloves going into 2024, this pair is only $40, 100% cashmere, and available in three versatile neutrals!)

J.Crew Factory + clearance + extra 60% off = BASICALLY FREE. 😉 First, let’s talk denim. This pair reminds me so much of the famous demi-boot cropped jeans from J.Crew. Plus, they come in white! The white skinny jeans look great too—a high rise with PLENTY of stretch. There are a lot of shoes worth looking at too! These knee-high boots come in the *most* beautiful chocolate suede, as well as black. Of course I’m loving the green pointy-toe flats. Factory flats can be hit or miss comfort-wise, but these have good reviews. Also, while I’m loyal to my beloved Sorel boots, these faux fur winter hiking boots are too cute and have GREAT reviews.

My favorite J.Crew sweater blazer was discontinued a while ago, but this Factory one is a worthy lookalike. It’s one of those pieces you’ll have in constant rotation! How cute is this sweater dress?! The camel color, the subtle mockneck—I’m going to ignore that it’s made from 7% wool because not everyone is as ridiculously sensitive to fibers as I am. 🤣 The one review does say that it runs big, which makes sense because knit like this tends to stretch. This faux fur coat is SO PLUSH and a steal at only $40. I love the shoulder buttons on this $16 striped shirt, which comes in some classic (non-shimmery) colors in addition to the glittery gold. Also couldn’t resist adding these fun barrettes to the mix!

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas from Amazon

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket / Moccamaster Coffee Machine / Yeti Rambler Cocktail Shaker Attachment / Hatch Sunrise Alarm Clock / Eberjey Pajama Set / Our Place Perfect Pot / Woven Picture Frame / Roomba Self-Emptying Vacuum / Woven Tote Bag / Apple Watch / Cordless KitchenAid Hand Mixer / Dyson Hair Straightener / ThermoPro Wireless Meat Thermometer

It’s the final hour to wrap up any remaining Christmas shopping, and if you’re looking for a few more gifts to round out the rest, here are some last-minute gift ideas from Amazon that will arrive in time.

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