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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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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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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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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Straight Outta the Midwest

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

I’m a Midwestern girl. I was born and raised in South Dakota. I came to Nebraska for college, met my husband, got married, and started our family. All in the Midwest.

We love to travel all over the place, but I just adore life in the Midwest. I love the four seasons, even if they  sometimes happen all in one day! I love being near our family and our Huskers. I love the people, the landscape, the feeling of belonging. The Midwest is our home base.

This new tank top from Sweet P + Fi could not be more perfect as we head into another Midwest summer…

Sweet P + Fi is my favorite online boutique (based out of Nebraska!) because the pieces are fun and the prices are fabulous. This is another one of those great pieces!

The “Straight Outta the Midwest” tank is super soft and flowy – and it’s only $20! Even better – use the code Midwest15 to get 15% off! 

I love a good classic gray tank on its own, but you can always spice it up a bit with a colorful bralette like this teal one, also from Sweet P + Fi!

To complete this Memorial Day weekend-ready outfit, I went with distressed denim, Converse, and an Urban Halo headband! Comfy and cute and ready for some Midwestern family fun – that’s my kind of outfit!

While you’re over at Sweet P + Fi buying your “Straight Outta the Midwest” tank, make sure you check out all of the other great new items in the shop! I just added a couple more new soft tanks to my summer wardrobe! Don’t forget – use the code Midwest15 to get 15% off your entire order!

Where are my Midwest girls? Born and raised here? Recent transplant to the Midwest?

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Tunics in Spring are a Lovely Thing!

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

I will freely admit that spring is not my favorite season, but there are still many things I love about it! I’m happy to say goodbye to wind chills and hello to spring rain. Icy roads can go away and make room for new growth. By this time of year, I’m also happy to put away the dark plaids and heavy sweaters in exchange for flowy, flowery, bright spring clothing!

While fall beats spring as the best season of all in my opinion, March is my favorite month. Our youngest son was born in March (8 days late – I think he just wanted a March birthday). St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. The Hubby and I started dating on March 17th. And tomorrow, on March 25th, I will turn 36 years old.

Yep, I just admitted my age on the internet and I feel no shame. At 36 years old, I feel more beautiful than ever. I am stronger, healthier, more confident, and, most of all, secure in who God made me to be. Part of this confidence has come from embracing my talents and personality. Another part has come from finding a style that fits me and my lifestyle. I don’t feel stuck in a box. I wear what I want – things that are modest, that work with my active lifestyle as a boy mom, and that help me feel beautiful.

Tunics have been one of those items for me. I can throw on a tunic with leggings or jeans, for every day or a date or church, dressed up or down – I always feel good in a tunic. And I have a new favorite tunic from Cents of Style:

The Staci V-Neck Babydoll Tunic is everything I want in a tunic – flattering, long, and available in lots of colors.

This steel gray is a great spring color because it has a hint of blue/purple and pairs perfectly with floral accents! I think I also need this tunic in the lovely olive color! I usually wear a size small in tops and this is a small in the Staci V-Neck Babydoll Tunic.

There is much reason to celebrate today because this tunic and another lovely tunic are on sale from Cents of Style for just $19.95 this weekend! Just use the code TOPSTORY to get your tunic – or many of them – for just $19.95 each + free shipping!

How do you like to wear your tunics? What are some of your other favorite spring styles?

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Three Ways to Wear a Floral Skirt

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

Let me tell you this: I haven’t always been a floral girl. Sure, as a child, I had cute flower-covered Easter dresses made by my mom. My sister and I were even matching. But as I got older, I strayed from floral prints for quite a while because they were just TOO girly for me.

Then I had three sons. There were no flowers or girly things in sight. As I was dressing my boys in blue, red, and black, I started to crave more of the feminine things for myself – curling my hair, putting on makeup, and yes, florals. I now have floral-patterned shirts, tunics, and skirts in my closet and have just the little girly touch I need in my house of boys.

I don’t want to jinx anything, but our weather has been quite heavenly this week and I think it’s safe to say spring is in the air! There’s no better way to celebrate this spring-like weather than by breaking out all the floral skirts! Cents of Style had the same idea and put all their floral skirts on sale today! Grab your favorite – floral or pencil, super soft, sizes S-3X – for just $19.95 + free shipping when you use the code FLORALSTORY this weekend!

This adorable mint floral skirt is included in the sale and I’ve styled three different ways to celebrate this fabulous weather!

comfy casual

Floral skirts don’t always have to be fancy. Throw on a graphic tee and your favorite Converse for a comfortable every day floral look!

mixing patterns

I tend to get nervous when someone mentions pattern mixing, but this skirt eased my fears. Black-and-white stripes and black flats make this a great Sunday best outfit!

sweet + sassy

Gosh, I love a good floral skirt with cowboy boots. The denim jacket and bold tee layered together help you stay warm on a cool early spring date night!

However you like your floral skirts, this Cents of Style sale is for YOU! Use the code FLORALSTORY all weekend to get your favorite skirts for just $19.95 + free shipping!

Are you a floral skirt girl? How would you choose to wear yours?

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My Son’s Favorite Hand Soap (And How to Get It Free!)

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Weird title, I know, but that’s what I’m hear to tell you about today.

Last month, as we were settling into our new house (tour coming very soon), I received my latest Grove Collaborative order. In this order was a new Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap we hadn’t tried before – Lavender. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the smell, but I ordered it because the packaging would look good in our house full of grays.

When it arrived (along with some other household favorites), I knew the color would be perfect and was ready to put it next to my kitchen sink, but then our oldest son let me know he didn’t have any hand soap in his bathroom. I gave it up to him and left it at that since I still had the Apple Cider Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap at my kitchen sink from the fall (I miss fall).

Just a couple weeks later, I was getting ready to place my next Grove Collaborative order and thought to ask him how the soap was working. His response totally surprised me:

“Oh Mom, I LOVE that soap. It smells SO good!”

Not at all what I expected from my ten-year-old son as he has never commented on the smell of soap before, but what a happy surprise! His response was what convinced me to keep that Lavender Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap in my cart AND add the Lavender dish soap to my order, as well! Once I smelled it, I was convinced: everybody needs a little Lavender Mrs. Meyer’s in their home.

Here’s the good news for you – you can get your own Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap FREE! And if you’re a new Grove Collaborative customer, you can get even MORE free right now!

When you try Grove now and and place your first order of $20, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap
  • Free Grove Collaborative Kitchen Towel
  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

Already a Grove customer? They’ll add a Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap to your next order for free. Just click here!

The free 60 day VIP trial is especially convenient. VIPs get free shipping, which makes it easy to keep your home stocked up on essentials from favorite brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, and Method. Plus you’ll get free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales, and extra-fast customer service.

Go grab your kitchen essentials kit now — supplies are limited and this offer ends February 12. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Kitchen Essentials Set for free when you sign up!
  2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — this takes under 30 seconds!
  3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items.
  4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.
  5. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

That’s it! We hope you love the Lavender as much as my son does, but if Lavender isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other wonderful, natural scents to chose from!

Are you a Mrs. Meyer’s fan? Which scent is your favorite?

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One Tunic, Three Ways!

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

Oh, how I love wardrobe pieces that can be worn multiple ways! I love these pieces even more when they are flattering and affordable! You will find lots of pieces like this from from my favorite local boutique, Sweet P & Fi! Today I’m featuring my new favorite: a black long-sleeve tunic with side button detail!

(We’re working with indoor pictures thanks to a lovely ice storm, so bear with me. I miss the sunshine!)

Basic AND beautiful! I love this piece on it’s own because black is always a good idea. The buttons and asymmetrical hem give it just the right amount of visual interest, but don’t make it too complicated. The thin weight allows it be layered in the winter and worn solo into the spring!

Black tunics should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe because they can be worn SO many ways! This one from Sweet P & Fi is only $26 so it won’t blow your clothing budget! Let’s take a look at a few other ways to wear it…

The Everyday Look

Comfy, cozy, classic. I’ll call this my “mom-on-the-go” look, but you don’t have to be a mom to rock it! Target skinny cargos, Minnetonka moccasins, and a great fashionABLE scarf are all you need for this everyday look.

The Day Out Look

Let’s go shopping! This would be a fun look for shopping with my mom and sister or having coffee with girlfriends. We’re supposed to hit temps in the 50s later this week – this fabulous vest (also from Sweet P & Fi) would be just enough to layer over the tunic and keep me warm! Distressed jeans, riding boots, and a black floppy hat pull everything together.

The Date Night Look

Time to get a little sassy with gold leggings and heels for a night out with my main man! This is such an easy AND comfortable look, but it has just the right amount of edge and bling to make your date night special. We could all use an excuse to wear gold leggings, right?!

The black tunic goes with ANYTHING and everything. At $26 you just can’t pass this up! But wait…I also have a discount for you! Use the code Home20 to get 20% off your entire Sweet P & Fi order! That makes the tunic just $20.80 and shipping is always free! Grab that fabulous wrap vest while you’re over there at 20% off, too!

Don’t miss out on this 20% off deal! The Home20 code is only good for one week! Have fun shopping the already great pieces and prices at Sweet P & Fi with a little extra discount on me!

What’s your favorite black tunic look?

 

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Get a Fresh Start with Free Products from Grove!

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This year is all about a fresh start for us. We moved into a brand new home on December 30th and rang in 2017 surrounded by unpacked boxes, but so grateful and happy to be settling in.

A new year, a new home, a new outlook not clouded by the uncertainty of building timetables and moving dilemmas. I’m breathing a lot easier these days. Making this house into our home as we kick off a new year just feels right. And with a fresh start in a new home, I want to be using things that make it feel clean and fresh and wonderful.

Enter Grove Collaborative.

I had a monthly shipment arrive the week we moved in – a box full of pure joy! Who knew I could be so excited about dish soap and toilet bowl cleaner?

These are a few of my other Grove favorites! I take the cleansing towelettes everywhere – traveling, the gym, and even use them in the evenings before bed! The hand sanitizer spray is super convenient and the hand cream smells LOVELY. The best part of all – everything shows up on my doorstep!

I was skeptical about Grove Collaborative at first, but I have been completely won over by their natural selection, great customer service, and wonderful deals. I want you to give it a try and this Fresh Start offer is a GREAT time to begin your Grove experience!

Right now, when you sign up for Grove and place your first order of $20 you’ll get this Fresh Start offer for free:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s lotion
  • Free Grove Collaborative Enamel Cleaning Caddy
  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Free shipping

Can you believe that? $40 of free product with first order! I’m pretty giddy about all the Mrs. Meyer’s products, especially the exclusive hand lotion!

If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll get a free Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap with your next order when you use my link here

Choose your favorite scent — honeysuckle, lemon verbena, or lavender — when you check out. These brand new lotions are only available at Grove, so don’t miss out on your chance to try them! The offer ends January 15th at 6PM PT and supplies are limited. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Fresh Start Kit for free when you sign up!
  2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — this takes under 30 seconds!
  3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items.
  4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.
  5. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Once you have submitted your Grove order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. (I decided to keep the VIP membership after my trial ended, and I can say it’s well worth it! It has paid for itself in free shipping alone.)

Remember, there are only a limited number of free kits, so place your first order and get your free kit before they are gone!

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