Little Splashes of Color: Whimsical Art for Kids

I received these items to review from Little Splashes of Color.

The art that goes up in our home is very carefully picked for two reasons:

  1. We want the pieces we put on our walls to mean something to us.
  2. I am very indecisive, due in part to some perfectionism.

We have Scripture art and family pictures. National park posters and Green Bay Packers adorn the walls in one boy’s room. A professional photo of the Cornhusker Marching Band (from our days in the band) hangs in our basement.

I recently discovered a local artist who makes the sweetest artwork for children and I knew our boys would each find something meaningful to them in the collection!

Little Splashes of Color features the beautiful, whimsical work of Kathy Jurek. From construction vehicles to mermaids and everything in between, Kathy has captured all the magical loves of childhood in her watercolors. My boys had such a hard time picking out their favorite because they loved so many, but here are their selections!


Double J (5) changes what he wants to be when he grows up every week, but firefighter usually remains somewhere on the list. My grandfather and uncle were both volunteer firemen, so I love that he chose this red fire truck to hang in his room!


Little J (9) has wanted to be a veterinarian since before he could pronounce it correctly! He loves animals of all kinds, but I know he was thinking of our trip to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. earlier this year when he chose this adorable panda painting!

As the oldest boy, I was worried Big J (11) may have outgrown some of the artwork on the site, but he saw this plane and instantly claimed it. He has big plans for including flying in his future! This plane design came in blue, but Big J loves green (like his mama) and asked if she could customize it for him. It turned out just as he wanted!

I was able to choose my favorite, too…

I am a sucker for cute alphabet prints and these animals are C-U-T-E. I think I’ll keep it to myself in my office!

A beautiful piece of art from Little Splashes of Color would make a wonderful gift this holiday season! For the next two weeks, you can get 20% off your order with the code HOMEWITHTHEBOYS at checkout!

Take a look around Little Splashes of Color and tell me your favorite pieces!

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3 Fall Looks to Love from Aventura

I am an Aventura Clothing ambassador and received this clothing to review.

When I became an Aventura Clothing ambassador earlier this year, I knew they had some great basic pieces for living an active lifestyle. Over this past year, I have learned that Aventura is so much more than just an outdoor company and I have fallen in love with their clothing! They were one of the first companies I had ever heard of committed to making clothing with a low environmental impact. Eco-friendly, sustainable, comfortable, AND fashionable – what’s not to love?!

Aventura really can be worn for any occasion, especially as we layer up for fall here in the Midwest! You know it’s my favorite time of year, right? Long sleeves, vests, pants, boots…those are my jam. Nothing beats fall fashion. Today, I’m featuring three fall looks I love for different parts of your autumn day!

Every Day Adventure


I knew I would love the Simone Vest the moment I saw that gorgeous smoke pine green color! It matches my Packers gear perfectly! I also love that is warm without being too bulky.

The vest is just the right piece to layer over the Crosby Top (OH SO COMFORTABLE) and pair with the Tara Pant! Really, this top and these pants are capsule wardrobe-worthy pieces because they are great starters for any outfit. As you can see, I’ll be wearing this to cheer on my favorite team, but could also go on a hike or volunteer at the boys’ school in it, as well!

Going Out

You can still wear your favorite little black (or grey) dress into the fall, especially when you have a great sweater to layer over it! The Bethel Cardi is cozy and classy – wear it with a dress and boots or jeans and slip-ons. It also comes in two other colors if you’re looking for more earthy tones!

Staying In

On Friday nights, we make homemade pizza and stay in for the night as a family to watch movies and snuggle. I will be spending every Friday night (and other nights, too) in the Luna Jogger from now on!

Lightweight, but warm and cozy, not too short or tight – these are the joggers I have been looking for! I think you will find yourself living in them, too!

I have lots more Aventura Clothing goodness to share this fall and winter, so I think now is a good time to mention the discount codes I have to give out to YOU! Who wants 60% off one Aventura order up to $250?! Just email me at homewiththeboys at gmail dot com and I’ll get a code sent your way!

A little extra fun: I’m joining three other Aventura ambassadors to talk about our favorite fall pieces today!

Visit my beautiful friends here:

Which fall outfit would you wear?

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A Grateful Heart + A Free Tee!

I received this shirt to review from Cents of Style. This post contains affiliate links.

There is a spirit in the air that only comes around each November. We can see and feel it on social media, in communities, in homes. When we enter the month of Thanksgiving, a spirit of gratitude magically appears and I find it one of the happiest times of the year to interact with people!

All you have to do is log on to Facebook to see daily posts giving thanks for family, friends, food, and more. Social media platforms that are commonly used for complaining and criticizing are transformed by hearts full of gratitude. Yes, I love this time of year, but I also wish our hearts were this focused on thanksgiving year round.

A grateful heart can change so many things. I’ve looked at the act of giving thanks so differently since being inspired by Ann Voskamp’s counting of 1000 gifts. Looking for the gifts all round us each and every day positively impacts our attitude, family, friends, work, minsitry, and so on.

Friends, let’s carry our grateful hearts with us past Thanksgiving this year. I have just the shirt to keep gratitude fresh in your mind all year round!

Cents of Style has the best graphic tees around and that is true once again with their Grateful heart tee!

This classic fit tee with a message of gratitude comes in three colors and fits true to size (I wear a size small).

Did I mention you can get this tee FREE this weekend?!

The Grateful Heart shirt in the color of your choice is yours FREE with ANY $29.95 purchase, + FREE SHIPPING! Just use the code FREETEE after you have items totaling over $29.95 in your cart! Anything on the Cents of Style site is fair game – any purchase that totals $29.95 qualifies for the free t-shirt!

Here are steps for purchase:
1- Find products you love (jewelry, clothes, shoes, whatever you have to have) and add it to your cart.
2- When the cart totals $29.95, add the Grateful Heart shirt from our Fashion Friday to the cart.
3- Hit Checkout.
4- Put the code FREETEE in the “Gift Card or Discount Code” Box to make your t-shirt FREE!

If you’re looking for items to fill your cart, these hilarious food tees are perfect for Thanksgiving lounging!

I have to admit I just went over to Cents of Style to look around and there are SO many new things to love – you’ll have no trouble hitting that $29.95 mark to get your free tee! Happy shopping!

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Fall Style from F & F Clothing at Hy-Vee!

I received these items to review from F & F Clothing at Hy-Vee.

Omaha ladies, this one is for you.

If you haven’t heard, select Hy-Vee stores have recently added clothing stores alongside the grocery aisles. While some may laugh at this idea, I think it is genius, especially if it is done well. I already shop at Hy-Vee because I love their service and selection, but now I can also check out clothes and accessories for the whole family while I’m there?! SOLD.

I am happy to report the collaboration between F & F Clothing and our local Hy-Vee is exactly what I hoped for!

  • The clothes – stylish
  • The selection – beautifully varied
  • The prices – very affordable

Between back to school clothes for the boys, new fall styles for me, and even a fun  hat, we’re all excited about F & F Clothing, so it’s time to share the fun with you with a fall outfit I’m loving!


Side note: It was sunny, windy, and 90º during this photo shoot. The fashion blogger life is so glamorous.

Jean jackets and plaid shirts and skinny jeans…ah, I love fall. F & F Clothing has all the fall colors and styles to update your wardrobe as the seasons change!

I’m all about plaid shirts when fall arrives, but I’m not quite ready for full-fledged flannel! This lightweight plaid shirt is perfect for the seasonal transition. The navy and white make it versatile, but the copper stitching gives it the perfect amount of flair!

These skinny pants are called the “push up jean” because of their high waist and skinny fit. Hallelujah for high-waisted pants! I went with a khaki color because it will pair well all fall and winter with my favorite tunics. Because these are more of a pant than a jean, there are no belt loops, which is the only drawback for me. I love the fit and length and they come in both neutral and flashy colors!


Last, but definitely not least, let’s talk about this denim jacket. It is hands-down the best denim jacket I’ve ever tried on in my whole life. It is amazingly soft and fits me perfectly. This is one of those pieces I will have in my closet forever.

This whole fabulous outfit came from F & F Clothing at Hy-Vee in Omaha, located at 180th and Pacific! Even if you don’t live near this Hy-Vee, you need to make the trip to check out the selection for yourself, your husband, your kids – everybody! And when you do visit for the rest of September, tell them you’re visiting from Home with the Boys and get 25% off any regular-priced items!

Here are few more of our favorite finds from F & F Clothing…

Matching shirts for the boys! Regular price was around $10, but they were on sale for less than $6 each!

Fun hat for all the seasons! Less than $20!

A note about sizing: The staff is super helpful in figuring out what size you wear in this brand because it won’t be your “normal” number size. In general, subtract 4 from the number on the hanger to figure out the US size. For example, a size 10 in F & F Clothing will fit like a size 6. If you’re not sure, just ask!

You really need to check out F & F Clothing at Hy-Vee for yourself! Don’t forget: shop in store in September, tell them Home with the Boys sent you, and get 25% off all regular price items!

Have you shopped F & F Clothing at Hy-Vee yet?

Follow F & F Clothing at Hy-Vee on Facebook for updates on all the latest sales and new fashions!

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DaySpring’s Christmas 2017 Collection is Here!

I received the items featured in this post from DaySpring to review. This post contains affiliate links.

I am SO over this summer weather as we welcome fall, so let’s talk about Christmas! Yep, Christmas is on my mind because, well, I love Christmas. The Hallmark Channel played some Christmas movies back in July and it led me down a holly jolly rabbit hole. Before I knew it, I was watching one of my favorite Christmas movies, The Holiday, and dreaming about how I would decorate our new home for Christmas for the first time!

I know I will be using lots of beautiful items from the brand new DaySpring Christmas collection to put our home in the Christmas spirit, with a focus on the whole reason we celebrate: Jesus! I’m excited to give you a sneak peek of their beautiful line here today!

Nativity Countdown Plaque

My kids LOVE a good countdown, so this Days Till Christmas metal chalkboard plaque will be a hit with them! The gold accents tie in with many other items from DaySpring’s Christmas line this year and this countdown is all about anticipating the birth of Jesus. Beautiful, meaningful, loved by the whole family – exactly why I keep coming back to DaySpring!

Christmas Ornaments

Last year, we were in the middle of moving during the Christmas season. We had no decorations up except for a pre-lit tree with no ornaments. It was necessary at the time as we were moving just days after Christmas, but it was also sad! This year, our tree will be back in full ornament-mode! Yippee! It should be no surprise that DaySpring has the best collection of Christmas ornaments. Whether your theme is elegant, rustic, or eclectic, you will find ornaments you love! This porcelain ornament depicts the birth of Jesus in a simple, beautiful way. I also have my eye on a fun set of wooden ornaments – so many great ones from which to choose!

Nativity Hurricane Trio

You may remember a while back when I got my first set of hurricanes from DaySpring. I had my eye on them for a long time and was giddy when they finally arrived in my home. DaySpring has one-upped their original design this Christmas and I am in love all over again! The brand new Nativity Hurricane Trio Luminary Set is absolutely gorgeous in gold with intricate cutout designs that declare the names of Jesus.

On the back of each hurricane is the Scripture verse that corresponds with name seen on front. This is my favorite thing from the whole Christmas line! The Nativity Hurricane Trio will have a prominent place in our Christmas decorating this year.

Also new this year…

Decor the Door – If you’ve always wanted to decorate your front door for Christmas, but didn’t want to put up a hook, Decor the Door is perfect for you! Each fabric banner fits over the door and features a design for both the exterior and interior of your home. I totally love this idea and will be ordering the red Joy to the World banner for our home!

Christmas Cards – DaySpring is THE place to go for Christmas cards! You can find beautiful designs like this one, as well as personalized boxed sets and premium cards to fit every style! Get ahead of the busyness of the holidays and order your cards now!

Head over to DaySpring today to start your Christmas decor shopping – you’ll be feeling like Buddy the Elf before you know it!

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My Favorite Summer-Fall Transition Pieces

I received these items to review from Sweet P & Fi.

I woke up Tuesday morning and the temperature was in the low 50s. Wednesday morning was in the upper 40s. “Is this heaven?” I thought. Nope, it’s just the first signs of fall in Nebraska and I’m in love all over again!

I’m not going to get too comfortable in my sweaters and boots yet because I know Nebraska weather could be warm into November, but I am counting on my favorite summer-fall transition pieces to enjoy the cooler mornings!

This in-between time can be tricky. A lot of my favorite cool weather wardrobe pieces are packed away still. I feel like if I unpack them, I’ll be chasing away these lovely temperatures! What’s a girl to do?! I have two go-to transition pieces that get me through this summer-fall limbo and I’ve found two favorite versions of each this year!

The key with being comfortable as the seasons change is using light layers. A light, versatile cardigan is a must-have for me as we move into autumn. My new favorite is from Sweet P & Fi!

I had my eye on this gorgeous cardigan last year but didn’t order fast enough and they all sold out! I am thrilled to have this dark heather gray beauty in my hands this year because it is even more comfortable than I imagined!

One of my favorite things about this cardigan is how it looks great open or tied shut. I love the long sides when it is opened, but I love the way it accentuates my waist when tied – and the ruffles look cute either way! I almost forgot to mention it is incredibly soft and perfectly lightweight. If you’re looking for a little more color, it also comes in rust and olive – great fall colors!

I paired this gorgeous cardigan with my other favorite summer-fall transition piece: distressed denim.

Distressed denim is ideal this time of year because it keeps your legs covered and warm in the morning, but also provides a little ventilation as the day warms up. I have a few pairs of distressed jeans I like, but I L.O.V.E. this pair, also from Sweet P & Fi! The Antique Blu Distressed Stretchy Jeans are labeled as mid-rise but fit as well as any of my skinny high-rise jeans. The distressing is fun, but doesn’t reveal too much. And there are zippers at the bottom – such a fun detail! I am not ashamed to admit I’ve already worn them for more than one day in a row.

Sweet P & Fi also has great jewelry at amazing prices! I’m loving that silver long necklace with this outfit and can imagine with many more of my go-to fall outfits.

Here’s the best news of the day: you can add any or all of these fabulous fall transition pieces from Sweet P & Fi for 20% off with the code HWTB20 this weekend! That’s 20% off your whole order! I think we can all agree this makes for a very happy shopping weekend, especially when you don’t have to leave your couch to do it!

What are you favorite wardrobe pieces as we transition from summer to fall?

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Encouraging an Active Family Lifestyle

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I’m excited to be over at the Tommy Nelson blog today sharing our journey to a more active lifestyle as a family! Tommy Nelson is getting ready to release a young reader’s version of Finding Gobi, as well a picture book version, featuring the adventure of an ultramarathoner and a dog. My son really enjoyed the young reader’s version and it reminded me that inspiration for active living can even come from reading a book!

Here’s a little bit of our story…

There was a time in our life as a family where our children didn’t want to play outside. They didn’t want to go for a run or walk or play backyard baseball. The boys preferred to stay inside to build with Legos, watch TV, and read. Building with Legos and reading are excellent activities, but kids have a lot of energy, and especially my boys. When they aren’t active, that energy can (and will) be spent in unproductive and destructive ways, such playing recklessly in the house and fighting with siblings.

I know, at the time, my husband and I weren’t great active examples for our kids. Exercise was low on our priority list for a long time, but five years ago, we both started to run and take better care of ourselves. Soon, we were running several days a week and training for races. Running improved our fitness level and gave us more energy to play with the kids. Instead of sitting around watching TV with the kids, we were inviting them to go for a walk or to go play tennis…

Head on over to Tommy Nelson to read more about how the kids responded to these changes and a few of my favorite tips for getting your family moving and healthy!

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It’s Time for Me to Be the Good

I received this shirt to review from Cents of Style. This post contains affiliate links.

As my son was turning eleven years old and getting ready to graduate from elementary school this spring, I wrote a little letter to him about being the good this world needs right now. I’ve seen him shine in loving his friends well, taking care of his younger cousins, and being bold about his values and love for Jesus.

This week, he hosted a lemonade stand with his brothers to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of his friend who has Type 1 Diabetes.

In two hours, they raised almost $115! It also meant a lot to Big J’s friend and his family. Seeing him think of this “be the good” idea, put it into action, and have great results was rewarding for all of us!

Now, it’s my turn.


I have lots of “be the good” ideas, but they often just stay ideas in the busyness of life. I am a dreamer, but I want to me more of a doer when it comes to blessing others.

This Bible passage came to mind as I was thinking on what “be the good” means to me:

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” -James 2:14-17

We have to make time for the things that are important to us in life. Living out my faith is important to me. Making my family and friends smile, helping in my community, and loving our neighbors well are important to me, so it’s time to make time for more of that!

You know I like to wear my reminders to myself, so this “Be The Good” tee from Cents of Style is perfect for my passion right now. Our world needs more helping hands, more smiles, more encouraging words – maybe this shirt will inspire someone else to also “be the good!”

All “Be the Good” items from Cents of Style are 40% off with the code BEGOOD17 this weekend! The bags are under $9, the hat + bracelets under $15, and necklace + tees under $17! Shipping is free, too! For your reference, the t-shirts run very true to size and I wear a small in both!

How do you like to “be the good” in your home, neighborhood, and community? Let’s inspire one another today!

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My Favorite 2017 Fourth of July Finds!

This post contains items I received to review from The Modest Mammoth and Cents of Style. I am an ambassador for PRO Compression. This post also contains affiliate links.

You know I like to go all out for the holidays and the Fourth of July is no exception! Every year, it’s fun to find new patriotic things to wear and 2017 did not disappoint! For most of these, if you order now, you can have them in time for Independence Day!

The Modest Mammoth

I love shopping local, so I am giddy about this brand new Nebraska-based shop! The Modest Mammoth has THE softest shirts I’ve ever worn and they keep introducing fabulous designs! I’m wearing the Liberty tee in size small and I think I will live in it over the holiday weekend! When the sun heats up, I’ll be reaching for the Liberty tank instead – watch for a pic on Instagram soon! BEST NEWS: Both the Liberty tee and tank are just $17.76 with the code JULYFOURTH through July 4th! P.S. PLEASE check out the rest of their shirts and hats while you there – The Hubby and I are both big fans!

And that hat?! It’s my new favorite! I’ve been trying to find it online to no avail, but it is available at Husker Hounds in Omaha!

Miles & Pace

Of course I had to include a running tank! Miles & Pace is a favorite running apparel company of mine and this is my favorite tank from them so far! The USA Run Because I Can tank is a great fitted racerback tank, perfect for a day at the lake or a Fourth of July race! I think I’ll pair it with my red sparkle skirt! They even have a trucker hat to match! Get both and get free shipping with the code SHIP40 right now!

PRO Compression

Get your feet in on the festivities! PRO Compression released their brand new Fourth of July sock and it is fabulous! These are limited edition and will sell out, so use the code JULY4 to get your for 40% off right now!

Cents of Style

Don’t forget the kids! I shared these last week, but I’m still loving the patriotic raglan tees for kids from Cents of StyleThey are still on sale for just $14.95 – what a steal for these adorable tees! As usual, shipping is free!

Well, I think we’re all set to celebrate the USA around here! Bring on the family, fun, food, and fireworks!

Any fun Fourth of July finds you’re loving this year? Please share!

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USA All the Way!

I received these shirts to review from Cents of Style. This post contains affiliate links.

One of my favorite things about the summer is the Fourth of July – the lake, the family fun, the fireworks! Our Fourth of July celebrations usually include a trip to my uncle and aunt’s lake cabin in Minnesota. It’s one of my very favorite traditions from growing up and now we get to take our boys there! With tons of family around and tons of things to do, the day just flies by and lots of memories are made. After tubing, jet skis, water skiing, front yard football and baseball, backyard badminton, and fantastic food, everybody loves to settle in around the campfire for stories and s’mores. It really is the perfect summer day!

There are two holidays for which I buy everyone in the family new shirts every year – St. Patrick’s Day and Independence Day! I just can’t help myself when I see all the fun new red, white, and blue apparel appear in stores and online. With the boys growing so fast now, they definitely can’t fit into their shirts from the previous year!

This year, I picked out the boys’ Fourth of July shirts from Cents of Style!

I love these baseball raglan tees so much and so do my boys! While are July days are usually quite hot, the nights can get quite chilly, especially at the lake, so these are a great option for layering as we head to the campfire!

The classic baseball raglan tee is perfect for any age because it never goes out of style! And these lightweight tees let my boys still be active without getting too hot! They even wore them for our newest favorite activity: shooting hoops in our driveway!

Gosh, I love being a boy mom! This new basketball hoop by our driveway has been the BEST thing for our active boys – I can’t get them to come inside!

 

Now, about those shirts…

Cents of Style has all kinds of fun and festive kids’ shirts on sale this weekend only! Use the code KIDSTORY to get 50% off all kids’ shirts – some will be as low as $5! Shipping is free, too! This deal ends Sunday, June 18th, so don’t miss out!

Which shirts will your kid(s) be sporting from this awesome collection?!

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