How do you do it all?

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This is a question I often got asked and every time I did I simply answered with something like, “I’m a mom, I can do everything.” Don’t get me wrong, I totally have a sense of superwoman spirit since I had children and rightfully so, but even she has to take some time off. Then I was looking at the photo above that my husband took of me yesterday, and normally I would have deleted it. “I look too tired” or “do you see those bags” would have been my first response. And I will not lie, I thought about deleting them and then I stopped. I try to teach my children that they are beautiful no matter what, yet I sit here being my worst critique when most people would never notice my tired eyes if I had never mentioned them. To others they would just see me, a mom and a woman who looks happy. My husband told me I looked beautiful today, so why would I see anything less than that. I should not be ashamed to show a photo off of myself that to me is not perfect, because that is exactly what I want you to see me as. I want everyone to receive a sense of rawness from my blog. It really got me thinking about that question, how do I do it all? My answer: I don’t. I would be lying to you if I said that I did. Yes, I am a mom, but I am not perfect. If that is what my readers have received from me, I feel I have not done my job as a blogger and totally done you all a disservice. Yes, I am the girl who can totally turn it on in front of a camera and rock a day out at the park with two kids in tow, but my life has its down just like any other. While I do share a majority of my life, I try not to share the bad experiences, but I can promise you I have bad days, my kids do throw fits, and it is not all high heels and happiness. This is the reality, that there are days where I am just down right tired and the kids have managed to pull out every toy I have not seen for the last 3 months. I remember reading blogs and seeing all these fabulous moms and their lives look so perfect that I questioned what I was doing wrong. Why do they not look tired or am I not giving my boys the best experience because I do not do fun projects or make super cute lunches for them every day. The answer is simply, No. It is okay to not be perfect, because I would be willing to bet that all these moms I envied had their share of bad moments too. I’m just perfectly imperfect and I’m okay with that. I am also not going to be afraid to share that with you.

The questions should be, “How do I make it work with the good and the bad?” Let’s face it, it is inevitable that life will have it’s bad moments. It is all about how you handle them that will define those moments. For the longest time I took the bad moments so personally that they would all break me down and cause me so much anxiety. Before I had children I was so carefree and nothing phased me. As soon as I had Bentleigh, my whole outlook on life changed. I was not only responsible for my life, but my child’s life. My anxiety went through the roof about every little bad moment that happened, and I’m talking everything. I knew something had to change, but no matter what I did I was still so overwhelmed. Did it happen overnight? Heck no. It took lots of trying and failing and getting back up again. It took me a total of about 3 years to finally make a change.

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If you were to ask me how do I do it all now, my answer would be, “I take each moment for what it is because I am strong, because I know that the storm will pass, and every moment good or bad is a gift.” I may be in sweats some days and my house might not be magazine worthy, but I am surrounded by so many opportunities for great moments. Your life can be as amazing as you allow it to be. I love this quote by Jenny Layton from thehappygal.com, “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be.” We have to learn to see the joy in the picture that may have a little coloring outside the lines, but often times those are the pictures that were made with the most love and happiness. We have to learn to be perfectly imperfect. My picture could have been on the cover of Vogue or Marie Claire. Who are we kidding, I don’t even read those magazines unless I’m at the doctor! Now my picture is the cover of my favorite children’s book, that we can illustrate with any of our most favorite moments. It’s a picture that was created with love, hope, wonder, and a little bit of chaos. This is the picture I want to share with you, my perfectly imperfect life.

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Happy 4th of July ‘Merica!

July is fast approaching and if you are like me you are searching for the perfect outfit already for the 4th of July… I actually feel like I am a little  late in the game lol. Slyfox Threads just came out with these amazing ‘Merica tee just in time for you to snatch one up. I know that in Utah it is BLAZING hot come July, so I took it totally practically as to what we would wear here. Also, I of course had to do a outfit for the little ladies and dudes, because this tee is totally unisex.

For your little dude I paired it with these amazing suspender shorts from H&M. I love the little star detail on the suspenders. White, high top converse are a staple in both of the boys wardrobe this summer. They go with everything and if they get dirty, it is as easy as throwing them in the wash. Pair it with a little tough of camo with this warrior band and your little rocker is ready to take on the day!

For the little ladies, I found this amazing tie dye skirt from Peek that I absolutely wish came in my size. Slip on some cute little red Saltwater Sandals, I love these with the scalloped edge and heart detail, for a simple pop of color. Of course I had to pair it with a big, fabulous bow. This silver, oversized bow from Ruby Blue Inc is one of my all time favorites!
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I hope you love everything and get some inspiration for your little ones! Hope your summer is going great so far!
-Elexis ❤

Jamberry

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The one thing about summer I absolutely love is playing with all kinds of fun nail designs. Something about being in the sun and all the fun outfits puts me in the mood to paint my toes and nails. Plus, if I could go barefoot everywhere I would. I was introduced to Jamberry last year when I had my first party. I despise having in home parties, but I was desperate to try them so I said why not.

I was skeptical at first. I thought you heat this wrap up with a blow dryer and put it on your nails, no way it is going to stay. I was drawn in by all the options and designs though and you will never know how something works for you until you try it. So, I did and I was proven wrong. I will say this, your first time is not going to be perfect! It does take some time to get used to. I was a hot mess my first time. I cut myself and went crazy with the blow dryer, but I loved the results I got and the options to mix and match designs. Also, my nail beds are very curved, which makes application a little more tedious than someone with a flatter nail bed. It does take me a little longer to get a good seal around my whole nail, but it is totally worth it.

I am an artistic person I would say, but nail design is one thing I was never good at. I was stuck with just one color unless I wanted to pay to get my nails done.  With Jamberry, 1 sheet of wraps will last me about 3 manicures, sometimes more if I mix and match. If you think, the cost of a sheet of wraps is $15 and you can get 2-3 uses out of it…. that is $7.50-$5 a manicure! Heck of a deal and so within my budget. My problem was that I wanted them all. WARNING, they are addicting and you will want a ton of different wraps.

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For a while I stopped using them. I did not know anyone that sold them and life just got the best of me. I just painted my nails for the first time last week in almost 6 months if that gives you a clue. A while back I had met the lovely Halley through Instagram, noticing a trend, and she sent me a sample of some of my favorite designs I have seen yet. Fast forward to last week, I pulled out my nail polish and my Jamberry samples and vowed to never have boring nails all summer. The first step, the “7 Day Chip Challenge”. I did it a little different than most. I still applied 1 accent nail of Jamberry to each hand, but I took it one step further and on one hand I applied the recommended 2 coats of polish with a top coat and the other hand I just did one coat with no top coat. I am currently on day 5 of my challenge and of course my Jamberry is holding strong! My polish on the other hand is a hot mess.

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Jamberry is perfect for every mom. Whether you just do not have the time to continually paint your nails and touch them up or you want a cost effective way to get cute design, Jamberry is the way to go. Halley has a promotion running this month, any order placed will receive a FREE sheet of accent strips. So, what are you waiting for! Head over and try it out. You can check out all the wraps and purchase them here and if you have any questions, Halley will be more than happy to help you!

Slyfox Threads

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This feature is long over do. If you have not checked out Slyfox Threads, do so now! I was first introduced to them through Instagram, as most of the shops I feature. I purchased a few items and loved them. They then had a casting call for models, so of course I submitted us. Hurleigh and I went down for the shoot and the rest is history. Most people will read this and say, “well of course you love them, you brand rep for them”. To that I say, yes I am a brand rep for them, but it is so much more than that. I would not represent a company I truly did not love with my whole heart and soul. They are so much more than just the shop you see. They are amazing artists, photographers, parents, entrepreneurs, fashion idols, and friends. They continually create products that can be loved by everyone in your family. I loved their clothes, but I fell in love with their vibe and kindness. They will instantly make you feel comfortable, like you are long time friends. They put their heart and souls into Slyfox Threads like I have never seen before. Hannah and Andrew are truly an amazing power couple.

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Their designs are fun and free, with the little bit of edge that is needed in everyone’s lives. Of course the clothes are so effortlessly cool. Featuring sizes ranging from babies all the way up to the dad of the house, you are sure to find something that everyone in your life will love. They are continually thinking of new designs and release items all the time so you can expect fun new things throughout the year to add to your wardrobe. Slyfox Threads originally started as a happy accident when Hannah realized she could not find cute bibs for her son. Through that Slyfox Threads has grown from bibs to tees, leggings, hats, bags, and even prints. In the short amount of time Slyfox Threads has been around, they have made themselves widely know in the fashion world. You can see such children as Kourtney and Scott’s son Mason to Jessica Alba’s little girl Haven sporting their Slyfox Threads tees.

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I had the pleasure of spending some time with Hannah, Andrew, and their family for Bentleigh’s birthday. They are the sweetest family you will ever meet and made us feel instantly like family. They are also the hardest working people I know. Inbetween activities when we had down time, they were back at work answering emails and questions, getting items ready to ship. They run every aspect of their company from design to marketing.

You can check out all their items here and visit their Instagram and Facebook to show them some love. I truly love this company and family. You will for sure not be disappointed in anything they offer!

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I hope you love Slyfox Threads just as much as us. And stay tuned for some new exciting things to come!

Elexis ❤

 

Overalls // Casual weekend

I Am jumping on the overall bandwagon and I will say I absolutely love it! I thought for sure I would feel like a little kid, but I kept it simple and felt very chic. If you have been following me for a while, you know I love love love a great deal. I am not ashamed to say that I shop clearance racks like it is my life. I found the perfect pair of overalls for me at Rue 21, for only…… $7. Hello, I can barely buy underwear for that cheap! I of course already had the white tee, shoes, and necklace. It was the perfect outfit for the super simple day we had. We went to the park and I ran around with the kids. I whipped up a fish tail braid to keep my hair out of my face and it was perfect.
It was guard this weekend, so we are always excited when sunday rolls around for daddy to  come home. Today, he surprised me with my favorite summer treat. DILLY BARS! I love them more than any other ice cream treat. When I was younger I remember so many trips to Dairy Queen to get treats with my family. I was so surprised when I moved to Utah and not that many people knew what they were. I am so excited that I can share this little treat with the boys and start our own summer traditions.
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Overalls // Rue 21
White tee // Bohme
Shoes // Toms
Necklace // Brin and Bell
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All black and white.

We know I have an obsession with black and white. I love stripes, high waists, pointed toe shoes, and put them all together and its like the best day ever. I go a little nuts matching everything for birthday parties, so when I was putting together everyone’s outfit for Beni’s birthday I realized I only had white pants/skirts. I knew that was not a great idea for a birthday party. So, I decided to get creative. I always think of things that I want to make, and when I saw a DIY high waist maxi skirt on pinterest I knew I had to jump on it. I can make a lot, but my sewing skills are pretty limited to children’s clothing so this was a first for me.

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It was a pretty basic pattern. Honestly, I probably could have done it without seeing someone else’s project. In total it cost me less than $15. I purchased a basic black, flat bed sheet and I knew I wanted a contrasting zipper and stitching. It is far from perfect, but I am so in love with it. I am already looking for new fabrics to make more. The original pattern was not a big as mine. It used about half of the fabric I used, but you might as well go big or go home I always say lol.

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 Necklace // The Chic Orchid

Shirt // H&M

Shoes // Target