A Lovely Little Braid Hair Tutorial

I love being able to change up my hairstyles simply. This is a great tutorial to just change things up a bit!

You can find a similar hair clip to the one in the video here:
QTMY 2 PCS Metal Stars Hairpin Hair Clips Hair Accessories

I really like this one too:

Hair Clip Barrette Triple Stars Molten Lava Metallic Women & Girls Accessories (Golden)

You can find the tutorial on waves here.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Please understand that I have experienced all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something through my links. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals. Many times people ask me which products I use and where they can be purchased. I find supplying links to these products is helpful to those of you who may wish to purchase them for yourselves.

Ways We’re Making Our Finances Healthy

This year, instead of making a resolution for the the new year, I decided to choose a theme. You can read more about this here. Because my theme for the year is healthy living, I would like to dedicate a post each month on what I am working on and how it relates to my theme. This month, Jerry and are really looking closer at our finances. We have some bills we need to pay off and we need to find ways to save money. These are some of these things we are focusing on to get our finances healthy and they have already been paying off. We are hoping some of these tips will be helpful to you as well. If you have any other ideas for us, please comment! Let’s get started Lovelies.

1. Taking my calculator to the grocery store.

Talk about a wake up call! When I am not calculating what I am spending at the grocery store, it is so easy to just throw any and everything in the cart. Before I know it, I have spent way more than I intended too. Just this simple strategy has been a huge help. Knowing exactly how much I am spending and how close I am to my budget helps deter me from overspending and adding all those little extra things that I don’t really need.

2. Eating out only once a week.

I love to eat out, I’ll admit it. With both of us in grad school, parenting, and our commitments to church, we have been eating out or getting take out way to much. Plus eating out with a family of 5 costs a fortune! Especially when 2 of our boys eat as much as grown men! Fortunately, I finished up my 2nd masters in December and Jerry will be finished with his this summer! So there has been some relief for our busy schedules, with more in the near future. By committing to eating out only once a week, we are saving a lot of money.

3. Making our lattes at home.

On top of my terrible eating out addiction, I have a coffee addiction too. A $4 latte everyday really begins to add up. For Christmas I received a little stove top espresso maker, which I love! (This is the one I got The Original Bialetti Moka Express Made in Italy 3-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker with Patented Valve) This has made making lattes at home simple and fun. I have been experimenting with different syrups and have also started watching videos on how to do latte art. So I’m saving money and having fun with this one!

4. Finding free ways to have fun.

We have had Disney passes for the last two years, which we have thoroughly enjoyed. However, we realize that in order to save money, the passes need to go. Instead we are looking for ways to have fun for free (or at least for very little). We love to be outdoors, so we are looking forward to going to parks , kayaking, and going to local events that cost little to no money.

5. Getting creative with things we already have around the house.

Finally, we are looking at ways we can reuse and repurpose things we already have around the house. For example, we are looking at repurposing some old wood to be make backdrops for product photography.

6. Keeping our bills organized with a notebook.

For this one, I have to give my mom the credit. When Jerry and I first got married, my mom showed me how she kept track of the bills with a notebook. This way she knew exactly what was coming in and what was going out. Over the years with online banking, I got away from this. However, I realize how important it is to keep better track, so I dusted off my notebook and am using it again! This has helped give me a better picture of our finances as a whole and I plan to continue to use this method for years to come!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Please understand that I have experienced all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something through my links. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals. Many times people ask me which products I use and where they can be purchased. I find supplying links to these products is helpful to those of you who may wish to purchase them for yourselves.

The Truth About Being a Mom of All Boys

I am a boy mom. There was a time in my life that I truly couldn’t have pictured it. I mean I love the girl thing! I loved doing my friends’ and nieces’ hair and painting their nails growing up. I’ve always loved dressing up and can’t imagine life without makeup! I love chick flicks and delving into a good Nicolas Sparks novel. In fact Lydia & Lilac began with the nudging from my husband as being a great creative outlet for me in all things beauty and fashion. The truth is, now that I’m a mom to all boys, I couldn’t imagine anything else! There are some precious truths that go along with being a mom to all boys. I’m sure some of you can relate!

My house is full of legos, bey blades, and hot wheels.

Being new to the art of blogging, I find myself on Pinterest a lot! I am constantly looking at pictures of beautiful homes where everything has a place and it all stays there! To me a house like this would be as fascinating as taking a trip to the Land of Oz! My house is lived in. If you decided to stop by, you would find traces of boys strewn throughout in the form of legos, hot wheels, bey blades, and a myriad of other boy toys. You’ll likely sit on a nerf dart. Try as we might to keep things picked up, Jerry and I are outnumbered and this can be quite a challenge at times. I’m at a point in my life now that when I look around and see the lightsaber laying on the floor next to me, I realize that time is passing by faster than I could ever imagine and there will soon be a day where I will miss seeing their toys about the house.

I know nothing about Pokémon, Star Wars, D.C., or Marvel.

But I am learning! These subjects used to be a foreign language to me. However, slowly over time I am learning and even have some of my own favorite characters and movies within these series.

I still have a guest bathroom. (Which unbeknownst to me at the very moment I was writing this was being flooded by an overflown bathtub!)

We have 2 bathrooms in our home. One is for me and Jerry and the other is for our boys and our guests. Although our boys use it, I keep it ready for our guests at all times. This means beautiful towels, a gorgeous shower curtain, and tiny little soaps that look like seashells. Although far from Pinterest worthy, it’s important for me to have a nice space for family and friends when they come to visit.

It’s so easy to get them ready!

The truth is, they don’t care what they wear. This makes it incredibly easy for them to get ready each morning. They just throw on a shirt and shorts and they are ready to go.

Getting them out the door is like pulling teeth.

Although it takes them about 5 minutes to get dressed, brush their teeth, and get their shoes on, it takes them for.ev.er. to actually get out the door. There are always a 101 little things that they need to stuff in their pockets before heading out the door (this is where we go back to the legos, bey blades, and hot wheels!), because you never know when they might get bored!

It’s fun being the only girl.

Yes, I am outnumbered when deciding which movie to watch or which game to play, but it is nice being the only one interested in buying makeup, because it saves us money. Also, when we go out I usually have the door held for me and when playing make believe when the boys were little, they always would ask me to be the princess! Plus when it is my turn to choose the movie or pick what we do, it always feels special knowing that they are going along because they love mom.

I have a ton of animals.

More than I ever imagined we would. I always thought we would have a dog. I never would have guessed we would have a hamster, a bunny, two dogs, eight chickens, and a cockatiel on the way!

We have deep talks.

I know that the thought process for me, before having children, was that moms and daughters have these wonderful moments where they talk and bond and grow close, like I have with my mom. I didn’t realize that moms of boys had this too! Now that the boys are getting older, they come to me, ask me questions, and they want to share things with me that I wasn’t sure they would. We are so close and I love that!

My heart is incredibly full.

When I look at these three incredible little boys God has blessed us with, my heart is so full it could burst. I love hearing them laugh and giggle, I love watching them run around and play outside, I love to watch them create things, I love seeing how compassionate and kind they are. Being the mom of boys is so much more than than I could have ever imagined or asked for and I could not be more thankful!

Dressing Up Our Most Loved Dress for Winter

Winter is officially here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favorite dress anymore! This post is all about dressing up our best selling dress, Mia, for winter. Chosen by our customers for its comfort and flattering style, Mia is loved by all who purchase it! We currently offer Mia in Charcoal, Eggplant, and Lilac. So settle in with a cup of coffee or tea and browse our winter looks.

Look 1: Blissful Burgundy

For this look we paired our Mia Dress in Charcoal with burgundy leggings, a burgundy cardigan, brown boots, and our Lainey Blanket Scarf in Burgundy. I love how incredibly comfortable this outfit it!

Look 2: Cozy in Cream

I totally love this look, because it is centered around a vintage cream sweater that had once belongs to my Grandma Gron. I paired our Mia Dress in Charcoal with sweater tights, black wedges, and a cream knit hat. For a little added style, I wore my Cora Necklace from Lydia & Lilac as well.

Look 3: Pops of Color

I love pairing mustard with rich colors together and I love how much fun this outfit is! I paired my favorite mustard cardigan with our Mia in Eggplant and our Francesca Floppy Wool Hat in Teal. I added a pair of leggings and some brown boots for some added warmth and finished the look off with our Vera Statement Necklace.

Look 4: Grey Pea Coat

This look is great for a night out! I paired our Mia in Eggplant with my favorite grey pea coat and black thigh high boots. To provide an extra layer of warmth I added our cozy Lainey Blanket Scarf in Teal.

So there you have it, several ways to dress up our Mia Dresses for those blustery days ahead. How do you like to dress up your wardrobe for the winter?

Easy Waves Hair Tutorial

Find the Hot Tools 1-1/4 Inch Curling Iron here:
Hot Tools Professional Flipperless Curling Wand, 1.25 Inch

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Please understand that I have experienced all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something through my links. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals. Many times people ask me which products I use and where they can be purchased. I find supplying links to these products is helpful to those of you who may wish to purchase them for yourselves.

Win a $20 Gift Certificate for Lydia & Lilac

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