Operation fall in love with mom style.

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I love the transition from summer to fall. I love a warm color palette, layers and comfortable styles.

This year will get a lot more complicated for my family.  I have made the decision to send Brody to elementary school as opposed to homeschooling him. AJ is still part-time homeschooled, attending co-op classes twice a week. With three different schools to be at every week, Domi still home with me, after school commitments and working in-between; we are already seeing the pull to be everywhere at practically the same time.

I have been sorting out my commitments and preparing for how our days will change.   Working from home and homeschooling meant I could get away with just about anything in the clothing department.  You may still find me in my yoga pants, but I realize that my comfortable attire is just that. My attire is extremely dressy or extremely gym wear, with not much that can transition easily.

Enter operation fall in love with mom style.

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Four items I can’t live without this fall.

Leggings 
Leggings aren’t going anywhere soon. My number one tip is to try them before you buy them. Too loose, too tight, see through leggings are a definite no. Dark hues will go best on all body types.  Find a pair that aren’t bunching up around the thighs. Leggings should be worn with a long top that isn’t tight.  Chambray’s that cover your bottom, larger sweaters and tops.

Ankle Boots 
Wear them, love them.  Ankle boots are all the rage and add a trendy chic feel to just about any outfit.  Wear them with leggings, skinny jeans, dresses and skirts.

Jewelry 
A great bold black watch and dangle gold earrings will dress up a pair of leggings and denim styles.

Smart Phone 
My phone is my life line. It’s my calendar, alarm, emergency contact, and a long list of other awesomeness. I have found my favorite phone of all time in my Samsung Galaxy S5 . Not only is it a sleek phone, along with my Cricket Wireless coverage I get more for less.  Like no contracts, unlimited talk, text and data.

 

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Back-To-School Essentials Tanger Outlets San Marcos

Thanks to Tanger Outlets San Marcos for facilitating a gift card in exchange for this post. 

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Are you ready for back-to-school?  Brody is hitting a new milestone and entering kindergarten this year.  I am excited and sad that my little guy is growing up.  I mean where did my baby go and why did summer just fly by?!  I am going to miss our days together, so excuse me while I let out a good cry or two the next couple of weeks.  I fought with the idea of private school, public school and homeschool.  Ultimately public school was the best fit for us and I bit the bullet and registered my five year old two days ago, can we say procrastination.  I then sat pondering all of the back-to-school necessities Brody will need.  Seriously I am a last minute person, always have been.

I convinced Brody to take a little trip with me to Tanger Outlets in San Marcos,Texas.  We embraced the idea of of back-to-school, because who doesn’t love to go shopping for back-to-school essentials.  Backpacks, new shoes and fall threads…  oh my.

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Brothers – polo and khaki shorts | Naartjie Kids – button top and jeans | Journeys Kidz Sperry boat shoes | Abercrombie Kids  polo and shorts | Old Navy plaid button up| The Children’s Place jeans | Old Navy Outlet  shirt and shorts | Disney Store water bottle | Famous Footwear Outlet Nike backpack 

 

Back-To-School Essentials at Tanger Outlets San Marcos

Backpack

Our back pack of choice was the Nike Hayward Futura Backpack found at Famous Footwear outlet.  I wanted something sturdy that will last through the year.  We love the size of this backpack which isn’t overwhelming for my kindergartner, but also is big enough that he can carry his essentials, lunch box and a light jacket in.   

Water Bottle

I was surprised to see a water bottle on my kiddos school supply list.  We found this awesome Planes sports bottle at the Disney Outlet store.

Shoes 

We ended up with four pair of shoes, because my little fashion forward kiddo has a love for shoes of all things.  A good pair of tennis shoes will suffice, but if you are looking for a pair of dressier shoes that also look great with casual outfits opt for a pair of Sperry’s or converse.  We found both at Journeys Kidz Outlet.

Shirts 

Tee shirts, button shirts and polos, all essentials when you are looking for a back-to-school wardrobe.  We opted for 10 new shirts.  Two dressier button down shirts, three polo style shirts and five tee shirts that will go with just about anything.  All go well layered and will fit right in to his current wardrobe.  Old Navy, The Children’s Place, Abercrombie Kids had the best deals on long sleeve and short sleeve shirts all at ten dollars or less.

Bottoms

Being in South Texas means we have a lot more hot days, than we do cold days in the fall.  We still need shorts in our wardrobe and jeans are the ultimate essentials.  Six new bottoms will last us most of the year.  Three pair of shorts, 4 pair of jeans and three pair of khaki’s and dress pants.

Tanger Outlets in San Marcos has all of the stores and name brands we love with the best deals.  Stop over to the Tanger Outlets site now and get your coupons. 

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KidSTYLE Fashion Camp & Tour at Tanger Outlets San Marcos August 31st 

Bridgit Mendler Free Concert 

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 – TANGER OUTLETS SAN MARCOS

1pm – Live musical performance by Campfire Soul 
2pm – Bridgit Mendler in concert followed by Q&A session
3pm – Meet and Greet Autograph Session 

 

See you there. 

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Make your bucket list a reality not a dream #suntrustbucketlist

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

I always looked at bucket lists as a cliché. The reality is bucket lists for me seemed unattainable. I am a work-from-home mom to three boys. I also took on the challenge of homeschooling them for the past two years. Homeschooling is not cheap and actually rivals with the cost of private schooling in our area. For my husband and I we have switched gears and put our money into extra-curricular activities for our boys.

It wasn’t until I took a good look at my spending habits using the budget worksheet, did I realize I was spending frivolously on non-tangible items. More coffee shop cappuccino’s than I care to own up to, multiple lunches out each week and a few to many Target splurges every month. my spending was actually the reason my family and bucket list where unattainable.

The budgeting worksheet from SunTrust has helped me monitor how much I am making, spending and saving. I have found the key to gain back some financial breathing room through this plugin worksheet.

Now my dream bucket list truly looks attainable. If I skip those coffee shops, lunches out and Target splurges every month and reward myself with one a month as opposed to multiple a week my bank account will grow by the hundreds. Putting that money away for an entire year will allow my family to reap the rewards of my bucket list dreams.

I have always imagined taking the kids on a week-long excursion to a tropical paradise. I want to surprise my husband with a romantic getaway and I have been dreaming of a photography classes for myself.

My bucket list is now a priority list. I am more than willing to tighten up my spending in order to treat my family to a dreamy vacation. Making these changes in my financial spending will also allow us to build a bucket list as a family and make memories that will last us a lifetime.

I challenge you to join me and plugin your budget in the SunTrust worksheet. Learn what you can give up, in order to cross off that bucket list.

Do you have a bucket list, you are only dreaming about?

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well being. They help you get organized, make a plan, and stay on track so you can get and stay in control of your finances. When you are confident about your money, you can save for your goals and splurge knowingly on what matters most to you.

To get started visit suntrust.com/getorganized.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I said no to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge #IceBucketChallenge

Okay friends, I love you!  You’re over there posting your videos in your cute gym attire and your kids bouncing around with anticipation in the background waiting to plop buckets of ice cold water over your heads.  The idea behind this trending #IceBucketChallenge is an epic marketing tactic and it’s hysterical to watch you all squirm, but I decided to forgo the challenge.  

I was challenged and well ice water on my head doesn’t really do anything for the cause, so I’m going to take my ice and keep my drinks cold.   I’m not a party pooper though, you see I decided instead of standing in the heat and pouring ice water over my head – I would donate to the cause and share a little about ALS.

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When I first spotted this challenge trending, I googled ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  ALS is a disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord.  ALS is a progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in your body that leads to loss of muscle movement, which becomes aggressive paralyzing the body and eventually leading to death.

ALS is more common in people 40-70, and affects about 30,000 Americans.  There is currently not a cure for ALS, although the FDA has approved a drug that will slow the effects.

I challenge you to not only take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but DONATE to ALSA.ORG.

Spread the love, support the cause.

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Chile Habanero Egg Muffins #SauceOn

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SauceOn  #cbias #shop #CollectiveBias

 

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Breakfast in our home is a must every single day.  I have made it my mission to get the day started earlier in order to have a delicious start to the day with the family.  I love to spice up our meals with not-so-ordinary simple meals with authentic flavors.  Enter El Yucateco hot sauces, found at my local WalMart in four different flavors and perfect for my habanero recipes.  Red Habanero Sauce, Green Habanero Sauce, XXXtra Hot Kublik-ik Sauce and Black Label Reserve.

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This mornings recipe of chile habanero egg muffins is simply delicious.  We make these all the time because it takes very little effort and my entire family loves them.

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Take a muffin tin and grease it, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.  Next take a slice of bacon (lightly cooked) and line the muffin tin.  I put the bacon on a pan for two-three minutes so that it crisps up better.

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I reserve one egg for each muffin.  Today I only made two chile habanero muffins for myself.

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Mix all of your favorite ingredients in a small bowl.  I added spinach, tomato and a dash of El Yucateco XXXtra hot sauce into my eggs.

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Foll your bacon lined tins with your egg mixture.

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Place in oven for 12 minutes and presto breakfast is ready.  If you aren’t ready for El Yucateco chile habanero XXXtra hot sauce, I suggest going with my other delicious El Yucateco flavors, Black Label reserve or  Green Habanero Sauce.  El Yucateco adds a delicious spice infused flavor to any meals.

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Bathroom Makeover Project

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Charmin and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own. #TuiteaDesdeElTrono

We are in the middle of a huge home renovation, I feel like I have been saying this since we moved in 5 years ago.  Truly an entire home renovation and a guest house structure from the ground up is a huge undertaking.  Especially when you are living in the construction and adding to your family, not once but twice.  We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  My biggest project right now is our bathroom overhaul.  When we moved into our home we had visions of taking this outdated farm house and turning it into a classic updated farm home that is full of tradition.  I have big plans for my bathroom to be an oasis instead of a room I shut the door on and kept out-of-site.  We don’t plan to completely gut the place, but add fresh grey paint, white trim, new fixtures, refinish the cabinets to a warm coffee tone and new tile.  The tile is in, the walls have been painted and this is a peak at our for now bathroom.

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My next step is to have those cabinets resurfaced, those old fixtures replaced, new towels, rugs and chamomile scented Charmin toilet paper.  The new Charmin Chamomile scented toilet paper will help soothe all of your senses and give you a more enjoyable bathroom experience.  As a child I grew up with scented toilet paper being a staple, a small family tradition that is entering it’s way back into my home.  A family tradition that I can carry on.  Each roll has the scent of chamomile added to the tube.

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