What I Wore

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Swooping in here to share a quick What I Wore post for this Wednesday! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably see my outfit posts before they show up here, but I like to have them all in one place! I look forward to Wednesday all week!

Here’s a week of what I wore, starting with a fun discount from one of my very favorite mom-owned shops!


Rainy day at home: hoodie – Evy’s Tree, tee – Target, jeans – Maurice’s, shoes – Sperrys, hat – The Berry Patch Boutique

This outfit just screams fall to me. It was the perfect early autumn ensemble, with layers to take off when the day got warmer and cute flats. It was a humid day and I didn’t want to dry my hair, so braids + a great hat to the rescue!


The hat was made by my dear friend, Renee, who owns The Berry Patch Boutique. Everything she makes is adorable and she is always working on custom orders! This trucker hat could be made with any state! I’m all about the distressed look + leopard print. LOVE.

I have more to share from The Berry Patch Boutique coming up, but go look around now and use the code HWTBFREESHIP to get free shipping on your order! You can order from her shop or send her a message on her Facebook page to discuss a custom order! Just remember to tell her you have the HWTBFREESHIP code when you order!

And now to the rest of the week…


Church outfit: duster vest + asymmetrical lace slip dress – Noelle Mae Boutique, leggings – Target, shoes – Wild Copper Tieks, necklace – Work of Worth, earrings – Paisley + Sparrow, silver bracelet (for Fitbit) – Funktional Wearables


Monday Night Football: tank – Amazon, KanCan boyfriend jeans – Noelle Mae Boutique, shoes – The Root Collective

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School + errands: Tunic sweatshirt – Everlane, black skinnies – Old Navy, boots – Frye, Waterfall necklace – fashionABLE, zebra cuff – Farmgirl Paints, silver Fitbit bracelet – Funktional Wearables

Notice all the jeans and boots and hoodies in this post?! Fall is here, people, and I am in heaven. What are you happiest to be wearing as fall begins?

Linking up to What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy!

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Winning the Day with Jack’s Pizza!

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Let’s talk about football game day. We are football family, through and through. I enjoy watching the game as much as any guy and I actually want to WATCH the game.

Our kids enjoy football, but they aren’t glued to the TV when a game is on. They usually want to play some football. And eat. They want to eat all the time.

Here is our most common game day situation: Mom wants to watch the game and the kiddos want to eat. How do we make this work? What can I make them to eat quickly that will make both them and I happy?

Enter Jack’s Pizza.

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Jack’s Pizza has been a staple in the frozen food aisle of our local grocery store since 1960. Jack’s is made with Midwestern pride and 100% real Wisconsin cheese. We picked out an original, preservative-free thin crust – another reason to love Jack’s!

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Did you know you can grill Jack’s Pizza? Our last game day was a warm one and I didn’t feel like heating up the oven, so we just set the pepperoni pizza right on the gas grill and it cooked up beautifully with a nice crispy crust! And all of it was ready in just 12 minutes – perfect for making during halftime! We served it up with apple slices + chocolate milk – a little something fun for game day!

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Can you tell how much they enjoyed their pizza? Jack’s is a favorite for families because everyone in the family loves it! We’re a pepperoni household, but we also have the cheese variety in our freezer to mix it up.

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I’m giving Jack’s Pizza a thumbs up with Double J because the price is low (just a few bucks) and the quality is high!

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I was totally winning this game day because the kids loved their food and I didn’t miss much of the game! Thank you, Jack’s Pizza!

What kind of Jack’s Pizza is the favorite in your house?

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Five Prints for Your Fall Wardrobe + How to Wear Them!

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I’m obsessed with everything about fall. It is driving me nuts that the weather is not lining up with this week’s official change in season because I want to wear all the fall things! My closet is full of fun fall outfits just waiting to be worn: layering ideas, cozy fabrics, boots + boot socks…I could go on and on!

Since this is the first week of fall, let’s talk about what to include in those outfits as the temps change. Patterns are everywhere, being mixed and matched, and I’m loving so many of them! Here are my five favorite patterns for this fall, plus two extras I just couldn’t resist and ideas of how to wear them all!

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I love a good polka dot, but any dots or spots will work! This splotchy dot tank (similar) from Banana Republic Factory is a great fabric that can be worn with a classy black pencil skirt for a dressier occasion or dressed down with jeans and an olive button down. Other items pictured: Merona olive button down from Target, hi-rise jeggings from American Eagle, mustard mocs from Noelle Mae Boutique


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I use to shy away from florals and there are still some I’m not crazy about, but subtle floral prints like this one make me all swoony and romantic now. I truly believe there is a floral print out there for every woman because they come in so many sizes and colors. I’m digging this floral tunic from Zulily because of it’s unique pattern and fall colors. It was just meant to be worn with cowboy boots this fall, don’t you think? When you search for fall florals, think darker colors and neutrals that can be easily layered as the months get colder. Other items pictured: cowboy hat from Target, Willow boots from Lane Boots, brown jeggings from WalMart


Fall Style Geometric Blog

I can’t be the only one who is loving all the flowing cardigans and tunics featuring geometric shapes and tribal themes! I love that these prints make a bold statement, but also come in classic black and white, colors any woman can wear with confidence! This Target baby doll dress is an amazing mix of geometric shapes, flowing silhouette, and muted colors. I can pair it with so many layers very easily – jean jacket or vest, leather jacket, and even this lace cardigan. Embrace geometry this fall and add some feminine touches to make it your own. Other items pictured: Josie tunic cardigan from Evy’s Tree, jeggings from American Eagle, Steve Madden ankle boots (similar)

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Fall Style Leopard Blog

My seven-year-old will love that I included this one. He’s a big fan of leopards and every time I wear leopard print, he compliments me. It’s super cute. And animal print is super cute, especially because it is practically a neutral these days! I picked up this adorable leopard print baseball tee at Charming Charlie’s and added a lace tank top extender underneath, for extra coverage with the sheer fabric and lengthwise. I will be wearing this top like crazy this fall. If leopard isn’t your thing, try zebra print for a walk on the wild side! Other items pictured: Cello Skinny Distressed Boyfriend Jeans and lace tank top extender from Noelle Mae Boutique, ankle booties from Amazon (less than $20!)


Fall Style Plaid Blog

Fall and plaid are like best friends. I was dying to wear plaid on the first day of fall, but it was just too warm. It was sad. This beauty of a plaid shirt is from Costco. It was less than $15. I should have bought more. You can’t go wrong with plaid – with a puffer vest, layered over a striped shirt, or like this, with lace and leggings and boots. I might not have tried this look a year ago, but it’s one of my favorites for this autumn. Rugged and ruffled are a perfect match. Other items pictured: lace tank top extender from Noelle Mae Boutique, Hue leggings, Mitscoots boot socks (use HWTB20 for 20% off), Lands’ End riding boots (several years old, but still amazing).

BONUS: Stripes + Camo

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Plaid + lace felt like a stretch for me at first, but now I’m loving mixing and matching, so this combo has me all giddy! The classic striped top can be worn a million ways. Camo is popping up on everyone. They are both so neutral that putting them together looks natural, but also a little funky. This basic H&M top is the perfect, inexpensive striped top. The camo pants (same cut pant) were a clearance rack score at the American Eagle outlet. I like to add a metallic touch and a classic solid to balance it all out. Take a chance on these bonus prints this fall – and bonus points for wearing them together! Other items pictured: GAP denim jacket (old), Wild Copper Tieks

Ok, fall weather! We’ve got our favorite prints all picked out + we’re ready for you!

Which print is your favorite this fall? Which ones do you want to add to your fall wardrobe?

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What I Wore

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I don’t think I ever managed to get a “What I Wore” post up last week, so I’ll be combining a couple weeks and doing it quickly since I need to go pick up the boys from school! Here is your fast and furious version of what I wore the last two weeks…


Speaking at our church’s mini-women’s retreat: Lace kimono jacket – Noelle Mae Boutique, black tee – Target, distressed jeggings – American Eagle, booties – Amazon, necklace – 107 Market Street, Fitbit silver bracelet – Funktional Wearables


Addyson hoodie – Evy’s Tree, geometric baby doll dress – Target, KanCan boyfriend jeans + mustard mocsasins – Noelle Mae Boutique


Red trapeze slip dress – eBay, lace tank top extender + mustard moccasins – Noelle Mae Boutique, leggings – Target, necklace – fashionABLE


Famers’ Market + Husker game day: Nebraska love teeBeeRich Designs, Cello Skinny Boyfriend Jeans – Noelle Mae Boutique, Nebraska earthenware necklaceEarthen Joy, Mini Crossbody BagBetter Life Bags, shoes – Converse (obviously)


Packers game day: HeadbandPaisley Wren Designs, hoop earringsPaisley + Sparrow, Packers jersey

I’m obviously obsessed with those mustard moccasins you see in a few pics above and they are just $26 shipped from Noelle Mae Boutique! Today only (9/23/15), you also get a free CC beanie with your order of $20 or more! Just add the beanie to your cart along with your other items and enter code FREE at checkout!

What are you wearing and loving these days?

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Just When You Think He’s Not Listening

We have that one child who seems like he never hears us the first time around. Getting his attention and holding it isn’t always easy. While he is very smart and does so well in school, sometimes I’ve wondered if anything we say is soaking in.

Do you have a child like that? Let me give you a little hope today.

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As we drove to school one morning last week, our three-year-old asked: “When do we get to be with Jesus?”

That’s a pretty deep question for 7:30 in the morning while stuck in stop-and-go traffic. I took a big breath and readied my answer, but seven-year-old Little J chimed in first.

“We get to be with Jesus when we go to heaven! And in heaven, there is no pain or sickness or sadness. It’s all happy!”

This definitely got my attention in the best way possible. Double J (our three-year-old) seemed very interested as well and his big brother wasn’t done yet.

“You get to go to heaven if you ask Jesus into your heart! Big J and I have both asked Jesus to come into our hearts so we’ll be in heaven with Him. You can ask Him, too!”

Cue the big mommy tears.

Our rides to school in the morning have been a highlight of my day. We always start with prayer and then the kids take turns picking music to listen to and sing. It feels like some calm in the middle of a chaotic morning.


But that morning last week. That morning topped them all. The child who doesn’t always listen, who seems to often be in his own little world…he has most certainly been listening. He has soaked up the true meaning of the Gospel over the years, and he was fully ready to share it with his little brother, without being asked.

His younger brother has been listening as well, because in the midst of hiding tears of joy behind my sunglasses and trying to keep my blurry eyes on the road, I heard his little three-year-old voice say:

“And Jesus is in heaven because He died on the cross and rose from the tomb!”

All those days of reading Bible stories over and over again, of memorizing verses and singing worship songs, of answering the same questions over and over again…they are 100% worth it, moms and dads. Our kids coming to know the love and saving power of Jesus is all His grace, but you are doing His good work when you share the Good News with your children day after day.


In the days following, three-year-old Double J has talked a lot about heaven and death and what he will get to take with Him. So much of this is a mystery even to us as mature Christians, so I don’t have all the answers for him. He’s pretty sad that his Duplos won’t go with him to heaven. But I love the conversation that is happening in our home, all because our seven-year-old was bold in sharing the message of salvation he has been hearing all through his young life.

All this discussion led to a few little words with big weight from our youngest earlier this week:

“Mommy, I can’t wait to be with Jesus in heaven.”

Me neither, buddy.

May we all live with the boldness, the faith, and the joy of our children, soaking up every little bit of God’s goodness.

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Pete the Cat: The Musical! {Giveaway}

This weekend, my guys will head to The Rose Theater to experience a whole new kids’ musical that debuted here in Omaha just last week and I know they will totally love it! How do I know? Double J and I got a sneak peek last Friday!


Pete the Cat: The Musical is based on the beloved character of the same name from the children’s books. He’s a rockin’ and rollin’ blue cat and, in the musical, Pete and his friends are headed to their first day of kindergarten. Their day is filled with new experiences, lots of fun, and great music!


The show covers a wide range of topics relevant to kids, particularly emotions and colors, but the music is what will captivate your whole family! While the story will appeal mostly to preschoolers and early elementary age children, the quality of the music and vocal performances are top notch and will be appreciated by everyone. It delights me so much when something intended for children is of the highest quality – they deserve the best, too!


And all of this is why we love The Rose! Great theater experiences for kids are hard to find, but not here in Omaha. With most performances running around an hour, even our three-year-old is able to pay attention to and enjoy the whole show. The Rose also adds extra special touches just for the kids: booster seats, post-show Q&A, and the most delightful atmosphere! For all of these reasons, we didn’t hesitate to get a family membership for this year and I know we will enjoy every single show.


Pete the Cat: The Musical started last weekend at The Rose, but it runs through September 27th and we want to help your family experience it! You can grab your tickets for $18 each or you can find ticket vouchers at your local HyVee for just $14 each! After getting your vouchers, you will need to make reservations directly with The Rose.

OR you could WIN four tickets to see Pete the Cat: The Musical right here!

Just leave a comment on this post telling me who you would love to take to see Pete the Cat: The Musical! For extra entries, share this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave a separate comment tell me how you shared!

This giveaway will close Thursday, September 17th at noon CST to give the winner time to make reservations for the show of their choice!

Who is ready to groove with Pete the Cat? Do you already have plans to attend?

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3 Ways to Motivate Your Kids for Monday Morning!

The older our kids get, the harder it is to get them up and moving in the morning. Our three-year-old will still often bound out of bed, all smiles, well before any of us are ready wake up. The nine and seven-year-old? Not so much. The alarm goes off, I go in to make sure they’re getting up, open the curtains…and sometimes they don’t move an inch. I know there are other moms with me in this experience.

Mondays are usually the worst. After a weekend of family fun, my tired boys need some extra motivation to jump start their Mondays. I try to give them some extra things to look forward to on Mondays so they are ready to tackle another week. Here are a few ideas that have worked well for us:

3 Ways to Motivate Your Kids for Monday Mornings

Make a special Monday morning breakfast

“Special breakfast” can mean a wide variety of things and is different for each family. For my kids, pancakes or muffins on a Monday morning would be a special treat. These guys get pretty excited about food, so knowing they have something extra yummy waiting for them for breakfast actually gets them moving pretty well! Your children might like cereal, so save a special kind just for Monday mornings. I have one kiddo who loves eggs, so this would be a treat for him. Find a family favorite that you can make ahead of time or without much effort to bless your family to start the week! Can I recommend these chocolate chip scones that are our back-to-school tradition? The boys ask for them for every special occasion!

Talk about the week ahead

Does anybody else have calendar-watching kids? My boys area constantly checking the calendar to see what is coming up – holidays, events, lessons, days off – they want to know it all. They thrive when they know the plan and they get excited about what’s coming. We like to talk them through the week ahead on Sunday night or Monday morning. They know what to look forward to and what we expect of them for the week. It might sound less-than-thrilling, but in our family, it works as a great motivator!

Morning devotions

You might not see your kids get all excited about reading a devotion before school, but having time with God before they head out or get to work at home is the most important motivator I can think of! Whatever has happened the day before or over the weekend, I want our children to go about their days motivated by the love God has for them and the love He wants them to show others. That’s what it’s all about, people. The love of Jesus in and through our kids. We have a copy of Every Day a Blessing that has been worn out by two kids going all the way through it during morning devotions. It’s easy to understand, short enough to fit into even the busiest morning, and packed with truth. If you’re looking for a great daily devotion for your elementary kids, I highly recommend this one! Your reading kiddos could read it on their own or you could read it aloud to them during breakfast.

Monday can be rough or Monday can be the start of something epic (my son’s favorite word right now). Try some of these ideas or pick something that would energize and encourage your kids and make Mondays the best part of your week!

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ONE DAY ONLY: Boots + Scarf Combo for $32.95!

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The great boots + scarf combo deal from Cents of Style is back and better than ever! You guys went crazy over this last year, so I was super excited when I knew it was make a repeat appearance! Please grab this deal RIGHT AWAY because it always sells out FAST!

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For this year’s combo, you’ll get a pair of CUTE tall riding boots with strap and buckle detailing, a half zipper on the inside, and a fair amount of room in the calf. They come in two colors: black and tan. I am loving these and SO glad they have extra calf room to fit boot socks!

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The scarf in this year’s combo is a knit infinity with small pom-like knit details.

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It comes in 7 great fall colors and looks super cozy! I’ve got my eye on the cream and gray!

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Here is a step by step instruction on how to get the boots and scarf for $32.95 & FREE SHIPPING!

  1. Add boot to your cart.
  2. As soon as the boot is added, a pop up will appear and offer to add the scarf for $4.00.
  3. Proceed to checkout.
  4. Additionally, when checkout button is clicked a boot cuff offer will popup for $2.99.
  5. Apply “BOOTSCOMBO” coupon code and it will drop the price of the boot and scarf to $32.95 (plus $2.99 if cuffs are added)
  6. FREE SHIPPING- as always, with Cents of Style!

Here’s a peek at the boot cuffs you can add on to your order for just $2.99:

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When all is said and done, you could have new boots + a new scarf + new boot cuffs for less than $36 shipped! And you’ll be all set for fall!

Ok, don’t delay one more second! Go grab this deal, then come back to tell me what you picked out! Happy shopping and HAPPY FALL!

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What I Wore

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Yesterday it “dipped” into the upper 70s for a high and it was just enough to give me hope that fall is just around the corner! But we still had plenty of highs in the 90s over the past week, so my outfits were a little all over the place, from tank top + shorts to jeans + long sleeves!

Here is what I wore this week…


I learned my lesson early: a hot day at the zoo means hair up and cool clothes. I’m still loving this “Be Strong and Courageous” tank from Zoe Clothing Company from last summer and I’m happy to say it’s still available! Polka dots are the best.


This is my excited look because my “Mothers of Boys” shirt from The MOB Society fundraiser showed up this week! Isn’t it super cute?! My oldest boy told me I needed to get pink so I listened and I love it. We’ll be doing more t-shirt designs in the future, so stay tuned!

The tee is even better when paired with the Josie bomber from Evy’s Tree. Warning: you’ll see that bomber again in this post. And the jeans + boots are from Noelle Mae Boutique! Don’t forget, you can still get 15% off your NMB order through tonight (Wednesday) at midnight CST with the code HOMEBLOG at checkout!


Another summery day, another summery outfit: Banana Republic outlet tank + a skirt I found at my local grocery store for just $10 (seriously!) + Saltwater Sandals. I wasn’t so sure about the skirt length at first, but it’s amazingly comfortable and I think it will look adorable with cowboy boots + a denim jacket this fall!


I told you you’d see that bomber again! That’s because I’m totally falling in love with lace and this bomber is just the perfect amount for any outfit. I wore it to church with this $9 Target clearance maxi dress, a necklace from Kohl’s from YEARS ago, and Clarks wedge sandals. I’ll be wearing all of this together again!


And yesterday, at last, fall started to peak through. I’m embracing the fall transition with distressed jeans (same from NMB above – use HOMEBLOG for 15% off), ankle boots (less than $20 on Amazon!), and the fall colors in this Elegantees tee + Starfish Project necklace! Also, lace top extenders are the best fashion invention ever. Jaime gets in different top and dress extenders in all the time over at Noelle Mae Boutique, so keep an eye out for some to try!

I can’t decide which fall clothes I’m most excited to wear! Hoodies, jeans, boots, scarves…happy sigh…

What are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

I’m linking up with What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy!


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Backyard Football Therapy

Saturday wasn’t the best day for our beloved Nebraska Cornhusker football team. We were crushed by the way it all went down, losing on a last second Hail Mary touchdown and all.

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The Hubby gets all the dad points, though, because instead of sulking, as we both wanted to do, he gathered the boys and headed to the backyard for a game of football. And I took my camera out there to capture the fun.

I think it was good therapy for all of us.

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Recovering from football with more football. That’s how we do it in this Nebraska house of boys.

How did your team do this weekend?


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