The One Way I Know How to Be Brave Today

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I feel just about everything except brave today.

I felt brave seven months ago when I decided I would train for my first marathon the following spring.

I felt brave when I filled out my registration for the Fargo Marathon and sent it in.

I felt brave as I started my marathon training plan in February with my eyes set on conquering my next running goal.

I even felt brave as I finished my 20-miler a month ago, the longest run I would do during my marathon training.

Today, the day before my first marathon, those brave feelings escape me, so I’m writing this now to remind myself of the brave moments that led me to this one.

I’m also writing this to remember that I am not brave on my own. I am brave because my God looks at me and says, “You can be brave because I am with You.”

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We’ve taught our boys since they were little to approach life and the things God calls us to with faith and bravery. Joshua 1:9 is a key verse we refer back to often:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

This is a lovely promise, but it’s not just that. This is a command. A command WITH a promise: be strong, be courageous, be brave BECAUSE the Lord my God is always with me. 

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The feelings of bravery will come and go a million times before I cross the starting line and every step of the 26.2 miles, but God is not that wishy-washy. Unlike my feelings, He is steady and true. He will never leave me or forsake me and that is the source of my bravery today, tomorrow, and every day of my life here on earth. Standing in this truth is the one way I know how to be brave today.

I’m wearing my Be Brave shirt from Cents of Style today as we drive north to Fargo for my first marathon. It is just the encouragement I need running through my head as the time to run (a REALLY long way) draws closer. Be brave – embrace it with me (and maybe pray for an extra does of it for me?!) today!

What do you need the push to “BE” today? Cents of Style has an amazing Be Series with messages for each of us: be brave, be still, be true, be kind, be bold.

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This beautiful collection of shirts, hats, and jewelry from the Be Series is 50% off with the code BEYOU today! You also get free shipping! Choose your word and grab your favorite styles before they are gone!

One last thing: I’m running this marathon tomorrow in support of The Mercy House, a maternity home in Kenya. I need less than $100 to reach my fundraising goal, so every little bit helps! Would you consider making a donation of any amount to help us hit $262 before the race starts? Thank you so much!

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The Best Statement Necklace + A Summer Date Night Look!

I received complimentary product to review from The Jones Market. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own.

It’s the Boy Mom/Girl Mom Style Challenge! Shannon – mom to four girls – and I – mom to three boys – will be posting a style challenge twice a month and we want you to join in!

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Each #BMGMStyle challenge will have a theme. You just need to post a pic on Instagram following that theme and use the hashtag #BMGMStyle to be a part of the challenge! Shannon and I will pick our favorites to feature each week and one participant per month will win a giveaway from the month’s featured companies!

Are you ready for #BMGMStyle Challenge #3?

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I have been DYING to share my favorite new addition to my jewelry wardrobe with you and today is the day!

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The Jones Market is a dream shop for mamas. They are all about creating non-toxic, lightweight, tuggable (a.k.a. kid-proof) jewelry that is absolutely stunning. I have so many of their gorgeous necklaces on my wish list, but this green beauty won over my heart the instant I saw it on Instagram.

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This is the classic single cinch style and I love everything about it. It is bold, but I almost forget I’m wearing it because it is so light! AND IT IS GREEN. People, you know how I feel about green. All the love. I wear it no less than three times a week – no joke.

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While it is a great everyday necklace (check out how Shannon styled it for day), a necklace from The Jones Market can easily be worn for a fun night out! I have lots of black and neutral outfits for date nights, so they need a good pop of color! This single cinch necklace is just the perfect fun addition to this romantic summer look, don’t you think?

I know you are just itching to get your hands on your very own necklace from The Jones Market (I’ll take about five more), so let’s do a giveaway! Just enter below to win a $30 gift card to do a little shopping for yourself!

We would also love to see how you style your favorite statement necklace, whether it is from The Jones Market or not! Just tag your statement necklace style photos with #BMGMStyle on Instagram so we can see your fabulousness! 

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Three Must-Pack Items for a Sunny Getaway!

I received complimentary items from Avenutra Clothing to review.

I’m dreaming about hopping on a plane with The Hubby for a weekend getaway to somewhere tropical…

Beach. Water. Sun. Quiet. Sigh…

While I’m daydreaming and mentally packing my suitcase, I thought I’d tell you about three items I MUST have for such a vacation. These aren’t the only things I would pack, but they will cover lots of situations while relaxing under the sun.

Versatile, wrinkle-free sun dress

I love a basic, neutral dress that can paired with a variety of accessories to be day dress for window shopping, an evening dress for a night of dinner and dancing, or even a swimsuit cover-up! Black, grey, and white are my top choices for this piece.

Packable sun hat

Not only are wide sun hats totally in style right now, they are also great for your skin. I would go with a light-colored one to keep my head cool and it must be packable because I don’t usually have a lot of extra room in my suitcase (OVER-PACKER)!

Comfortable sandals

While I love to lay around and relax on a beach vacation, I can also get restless and want to explore. Also, I need those steps for my Fitbit! I have to have comfy sandals along to get me wherever we’re going without aching feet by the end of the day. Leather sandals (not flip-flops) are my favorite because of the look, the feel, and the durability.

These three items can be used in so many ways separately, but they also pair really well together!

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dress + hat from Aventura Clothing / necklace + earrings from Starfish Project / Merrell sandals from Orvis

This adorable dress and fabulous sun hat are from Aventura Clothing, a family-owned business operating with sustainable practices and using eco-friendly fabrics whenever possible!

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The Mallory dress is lightweight, comfortable, and oh-so-cute! I can roll it up to throw in the suitcase and pull it out when we get to our destination with no wrinkles – ready to wear! This color is great because it won’t show dirt like a lighter color and it won’t get hot like a darker color dress.

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And how about the fun Cruz sun hat? Just fold/crush/pack it in your suitcase and you’re ready for some shade in the sun! The hat has UPF 50+ and comes in four colors – something for everyone!

Check out more fun and functional clothing for an active lifestyle over at Aventura Clothing! And my friend Shannon is styling this very same dress over on her blog today, so check that out for more ideas!

I have my packing list all ready – now where should we go?! What do you HAVE to pack for a sunny getaway?

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Get It, Girl: How I Wear Activewear and a Sale for You!

I received complimentary product to review from Cents of Style and all opinions are 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

I’m currently training for my first marathon. I shared some of that story here, but I have to tell you that as the days have sped by and my marathon is only three weeks away, a little bit of fear has started to creep in.

I’ve been a runner for four years now. I hated running before that, but now it is so many things to me. Running is about a healthy body AND a healthy mind for me. I run because it helps clear my head. Running used to disgust me, now it makes me happy.

Running also provides a way to challenge myself and this is where fear can factor in. I never enter a race thinking I might win, but I always have goals and sometimes those goals are scary. Like this marathon.

If I let my mind wander for too long, I start to think, “I’ve never run longer than 20 miles – how will I make it 26.2?!” or “What if feel sick or get hurt or can’t finish the race?” It’s enough to make me want to back off, but I’m not going to be that person. I don’t ever want to be the person who backs away from challenge.

Since quitting is not an option and I won’t let fear get me down, I find ways to keep myself motivated, like fun activewear with great patterns and sayings that make me want to crush the run and reach that goal!

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I love the phrase, “Get it, girl,” and I often use it to cheer on my friends in their healthy pursuits. I love that I have that phrase to encourage myself now, thanks to this awesome tank from Cents of Style! I have a half marathon coming up tomorrow and I’m planning to bust out a new PR, so I threw on this sweet tank with a pair of heathered yoga capris (also from Cents of Style) for my easy run yesterday. I felt pretty darn good and a little invincible – ready for the challenge of pushing myself to a new best this weekend! Go ahead – tell me to “get it, girl!”

Cents of Style Activewear

Here’s the fun part for you: the fun activewear collection from Cents of Style is 50% off today with the code ACTIVELOVE at checkout! This includes great tanks and capris like mine for $14.98 each, as well as more yoga pants and sports bras. There are some GREAT sayings on these tanks – I know you’ll find one that gets your motivated or puts a smile on your face!

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Whether you wear activewear to run, lift weights, or go to the grocery store, grab this fun deal before it’s gone! Use the code ACTIVELOVE to get 50% off AND free shipping today only!

I have to know: which tank is your favorite?

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#BMGMStyle: Cool, Calm, and Casual with Chadwick’s!

I received complimentary product to review from Chadwick’s. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains referral and/or affiliate links.

It’s the Boy Mom/Girl Mom Style Challenge! Shannon – mom to four girls – and I – mom to three boys – will be posting a style challenge twice a month and we want you to join in!

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Each #BMGMStyle challenge will have a theme. You just need to post a pic on Instagram following that theme and use the hashtag #BMGMStyle to be a part of the challenge! Shannon and I will pick our favorites to feature each week and one participant per month will win a giveaway from the month’s featured companies!

Are you ready for #BMGMStyle Challenge #2?

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We’re partnering with Chadwick’s today to show you some cool, calm, and casual looks for spring! My absolute favorite everyday look when the weather warms up is a maxi dress. A maxi dress is an instant outfit – no mixing and matching necessary! Just add some simple or bold accessories and you are ready to go.

I also love maxi dresses because of the practicality and comfort level. Dresses are my favorite and I love all lengths, but the maxi dress has a special place in my heart for the following reasons:

  1. I can move around easily with my boys and not worry about anything (ahem) accidentally showing.
  2. A maxi dress won’t fly up and expose others in this Nebraska wind.
  3. I can look dressed up, but feel like I’m in my pajamas.

This maxi dress from Chadwick’s is all of the reasons I love the maxi dress…

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I firmly believe every woman needs a simple black maxi dress in her wardrobe. The knit tank maxi dress from Chadwick’s is the definition of cool, calm, and casual, with bra-friendly straps, fun front pockets, and small side slits. I could throw it on in the morning for just about any occasion and feel totally at ease all day long.

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I also love a pop of color with my basic black. I went for red with this ensemble, with a great hat from Cents of Style and my fabulous new Avarcas. If you see me out and about with the fam this spring and summer, there’s a high probability I will be wearing a very similar outfit!

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With the Nebraska wind and active boys, shorter skirts and dresses can be a little risky for a casual, active day. But this French terry skort – a skirt with shorts hidden underneath – is a great solution for those warmer, casual days. I can look sporty yet feminine when I pair this comfy skort with my Royals tank and classic Converse!

Find out how Shannon styled her Chadwick’s items, including the same maxi dress, over on The Simple Moms today!

Chadwick’s has great pieces for you to stay cool, calm, and casual this spring, so we’re giving away a $50 Chadwick’s gift card! Enter below and remember to tag your casual spring looks with #BMGMStyle on Instagram!

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What is your favorite cool, calm, and casual look for spring?

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The Perfect Spring Travel Dress

I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review.

Long road trips and weekend getaways, with family or friends, to a different city or state or country – I just love traveling. Seeing new places and meeting new people is a fun adventure, and we might do it a lot more often if not for the responsibilities and logistics of school, work, and activities.

Even with our schedules getting busier as the kids get older, we’ve managed to schedule quite a few fun trips for this spring and summer! It has become my mission to pack wisely for these trips, so finding versatile wardrobe pieces that pack well is a top priority. I just found a dress that meets all of the above criteria (and has a whole lot of awesome extra features) making it the perfect spring travel dress.

Have you ever shopped with Orvis? I will admit I had not heard of Orvis before a few months ago, but their new spring line for women has won me over with pieces that are both feminine and functional for an active lifestyle!

The Florence Travel Dress is a part of the lovely Orvis spring line.

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This classic popover-style dress is absolutely divine for travel for so many reasons. Let’s start with these functional details: wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying, and moisture-wicking. The fabric is SPF 50 and and the sleeves can be long or rolled up. There’s a zipped pocket on one hip to keep important things close and safe. So. Much. Function.

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Function is one side and fashion is the other. I love the versatility of this dress. You can never go wrong with black, especially for someone like me who is likely to spill while traveling, but also for anyone going for a classic look. The Florence Travel Dress worked perfectly for church with some bold red jewelry and tan wedges, but for travel, I’ve paired it with these great, comfortable Merrell Around-Town sandals. I can just imagine wearing this exact ensemble on those trips when you’ll be walking for miles a day to sightsee and find new adventures!

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The length of the Florence Travel Dress is modest and flattering and it has just the right cut where I’m not worried about the whole skirt flying up when the Nebraska wind rears its ugly head…which is happening every single day right now!

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Can you tell I really love this dress? I may even wear it when I hop on a plane to head to Nashville this weekend (with a great pair of cowboy boots) because it will take me from plane to day to night effortlessly! And I will pack it for many trips to come for these same reasons – and to keep my packing simple and streamlined!

Now is the perfect time to shop the fabulous Orvis spring collection for women! Use the code ICSPRING to get $25 off your order of $50 or more through September 30, 2016!

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You could win one of ten $100 Orvis gift cards! Just enter the giveaway below through May 2, 2016!

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What items are you loving from the Orvis spring line? How would you style this dress?

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#BMGMStyle Challenge: Spring Flats!

I received these shoes to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains referral links.

I’m always on the hunt for new style inspiration – the latest trends, new ways to wear things already in my closet, fresh ideas for each season. I find a lot of this inspiration on Instagram, so when my friend Shannon (The Simple Moms) and I were thinking about a way to connect with other moms about fashion, we knew an Instagram style challenge would be the way to go! So today we’re introducing…

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It’s the Boy Mom/Girl Mom Style Challenge! Shannon – mom to four girls – and I – mom to three boys – will be posting a style challenge twice a month and we want you to join in!

Each #BMGMStyle challenge will have a theme. You just need to post a pic on Instagram following that theme and use the hashtag #BMGMStyle to be a part of the challenge! Shannon and I will pick our favorites to feature each week and one participant per month will win a giveaway from the month’s featured companies!

Are you ready for #BMGMStyle Challenge #1?

Spring flats!

Here’s the thing about spring in Nebraska – it’s still not very warm. And it’s windy. I haven’t been able to pull out any sandals yet, so I’m super thankful for fun spring flats to keep my toes warm! Spring flats make us think of sun and flowers and new life all around us – bright colors, floral prints, sparkly neutrals are all hot for spring feet!

My favorite comfy flats from Ja-Vie Flats are now available in all sorts of fun spring designs, like this one:

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I’ve worn these beauties so many times already this spring, despite the cooler temps. The tropical pattern at least let’s me pretend warm weather has arrived! The great thing about Ja-Vie Flats is they look great with jeans and a hoodie or with a nicer dress. And because of the jelly + knit design, rainy days are no problem!

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I adore this pattern, especially all the green. Love. Did I mention these flats are washable?! Yep.

Here are two of my favorite outfits with the Ja-Vie Tropical Flats:

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tunic – Evy’s Tree // earrings – Nickel and Suede // jeans – boutique // tropical flats – Ja-Vie Flats

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hoodie – Evy’s Tree // tee – Target // jeans – boutique //tropical flats – Ja-Vie Flats // earrings – Nickel and Suede // necklace – handed down from my grandma

Staying warm while still celebrating spring – that’s my style right now! Spring flats are just too much fun, right?! Check out the fabulous spring flats Shannon is styling from Ja-Vie today, too!

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: Show us on how you wear your spring flats! Post your favorite outfit with spring flats and tag it with #BMGMStyle to join the challenge! You’ll be entered to win your very own pair of Ja-Vie Flats and more!

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LulaRoe + The Amelia Dress

I received this dress to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own!

I’m a little late to the LulaRoe game, but when my first pieces arrived, I was instantly in love.

First of all, there are the leggings. They are just as soft and lovely as everyone says. You need some. End of discussion.

But I want to talk about a different LulaRoe piece today: the Amelia dress.

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The Amelia dress is simply one of the most comfortable and practical dresses I’ve ever owned. The flattering cut and length paired with POCKETS makes it every woman’s best wardrobe friend. And with LulaRoe, you know it comes in a million different unique colors and prints! NOTE: I’m wearing an XS, but a S could work for me as well. The fit of the Amelia depends on the fabric, so check on that before buying!

I went with the most simple styling for this first look so you could see the whole dress in all its wonder. I can’t wait for it to warm up outside (for good) so I replicate this outfit often – fun flats and classic jewelry is all you need to complement the Amelia!

Amelia Rainy Day

The reality is the weather in Nebraska is not quite warm enough on a regular basis for bare arms and legs yet, so, for now, I’m more likely to grab a cozy sweater or hoodie, some leggings, and bright boots to pair with my Amelia! I love that the dress is not too fancy to be lived in on a “normal day.”

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The Amelia can also be a comfy spring day dress with a whole lot of flair! I’m loving it with my white denim jacket and Converse.

I’ve worn this dress with a black cardigan and black riding boots to church, and I could also throw it on with brown wedge sandals. I am telling you – there are endless ways to wear the Amelia dress!

LulaRoe is a fun company that operates through individual consultants, like my friend Danielle! LulaRoe offers leggings, dresses, tees, tunics, and more, all high quality and super comfortable. They make a limited number of each style and pattern, so the inventory of each consultant is unique and always changing! If you see something you like in your size, you better grab it quick because you might not find that exact piece again!

Did you know this is my birthday week?

Yep. I’m turning 35 on Friday, so I thought I might throw a little LulaRoe party for you Thursday night to celebrate! Is there any better way to celebrate than with shopping?! I think not.

Here are the details so you can join in on the LulaRoe fun:

  • Where: Danielle’s LulaRoe Facebook group (just ask to join the group!)
  • When: Thursday, March 24th at 8PM CST
  • What to expect: Just join the group before the 8PM party to find all the details on how to buy, sizing, and more!
  • Special bonus for YOU: When you checkout at the end of the party, use the code “homewiththeboys” to get free shipping on your order!

Danielle is so helpful and ships items out quickly – shopping her parties is easy and fun! I hope you’ll join us Thursday evening and maybe grab a fabulous Amelia dress of your own! See you then!

Do you own any LulaRoe pieces yet? What are your favorites?

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Styling a Sweater Vest for Spring!

I received this vest to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. I have included affiliate and referral links below. When you purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting this site and our sponsorship of our Compassion child, Samson!

When I mention the words “sweater vest,” you probably don’t think of spring or a date night, but I’m here to change that for you today! Chadwick’s of Boston sent me one of their boyfriend sweater vests in red – perfect for this Husker alum – to review and I decided to pair it with a dress for an edgy spring date night look!

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You can’t go wrong with lots of black for a night out, but I like to add a pop of color to all that black!

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A boyfriend sweater vest provides that pop of color without a heavy extra layer on these warmer days. Paired with the black Dressember dress from Elegantees (the dress is currently sold out, but get 10% off your order of anything else with the code “homewiththeboys” at checkout) and my black riding boots, the vest gets a little fun and funky!

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And I just adore a fun hat and great jewelry to complete a look! Because I get so much color from the boyfriend vest, I stuck with my black Cents of Style hat (on clearance for $19.95 right now) and tied it all together with a great Noonday necklace!

A sweater vest doesn’t have to be stuffy and it’s not only meant for winter! It’s fun to play with a piece like this to come up with fresh ways to wear it!

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I have teamed up with some very stylish bloggers to share different ways to wear a sweater vest this spring. Each of us are doing something different – how cool! Click on over and see…then come back and tell me how YOU want to wear a sweater vest, like the one from Chadwick’s of Boston, this season!

Shannon with the SIMPLE moms // Ellen with That Chic Mom // Andrea with Momma in Flip Flops // Erin with Home with the Boys // Erin with A Parenting Production // Maria with Very Busy Mama

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What I Wore: PinkBlush

I received this tunic to review. I was not compensated in any way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.

I love finding new trendy boutiques online, don’t you?! As a mom, shopping usually involves kids in tow and that is just not as fun, so online shopping has become a favorite for me!

I was recently introduced to a fun women’s online boutique for ladies of all shapes and sizes, including you pregnant gals! PinkBlush is a family-owned boutique with a little bit of everything and it is all gorgeous! When they contacted me about featuring an item, I had the hardest time choosing just one item because I love so many, especially the cute dresses for women!

Ultimately I landed on this fabulous piece:

PinkBlush Floral Shirt Tall

This bell sleeve floral tunic is unbelievably comfortable and so feminine! I’m wearing a size small and it has plenty of room. I also love the length which covers my behind! Yay for long tunics!

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I’ve worn this dressed up to speak for a conference and dressed down on a normal weekday. It’s really comfortable enough to sleep in, but I won’t take it that far! PinkBlush has so many versatile pieces like this that will make you feel like a million bucks, but cost much, much less!

PinkBlush is all over social media with great styling ideas and features from real women just like me! I love to follow them on Instagram at @shoppinkblush and check out the hashtags #pinkblush and #shoppinkblush for inspiration.

Now for the fun: who wants to go shopping at the PinkBlush Boutique?! I’m giving away one $50 gift card to PinkBlush and you could win! Just enter below and tell your friends!

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