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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Taking Aventura to Washington, D.C.!

I am an Aventura Ambassador and received the featured clothing to review on my blog. All opinions are 100% my own.

We took a fabulous family trip to Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago and I have several posts in process to tell you all about it, but today I want to talk about what I packed to wear for the trip!

Picking out clothes to take along was a little bit of a challenge because the weather was going to be all over the place – cool and rainy some days, hot and sunny other days. I also wanted to look nice for all the pictures, but feel comfortable while we walked all over the place all day!

The best solution for me was to pack several great Aventura Clothing pieces!

Day 1 had us touring the Capitol, visiting the Air & Space Museum, and exploring the city on a cool, cloudy day! The Hartwell Hoodie was perfect for keeping me warm and fashionable, even when that giant backpack was weighing me down!

Day 2 warmed up quite a bit, so it was time to pull out the Pilar tank for our trips to the International Spy Museum and Ford’s Theatre! It’s such a flattering tank AND the fabric is so lightweight – I will wear this SO much this summer!

Our third day was another hot one! I was very happy to have this ADORABLE Easton dress (in black) on a warm day of seeing all the monuments with the family! I put a pair of shorts like these Go Anywhere Shorties on underneath so there weren’t any unfortunate wardrobe malfunctions in the wind!

The Easton dress paired PERFECTLY with the black Albany packable sun hat and I was so thankful for it when the sun was beating down on us. I love how I could fold it up so it wouldn’t take up much space in my suitcase, then unfold it with no damage to the hat and wear it once we got here!

Every Aventura piece was easy to pack, came out of my suitcase unwrinkled, and made me feel cute and comfy the entire trip! We’re headed to Utah for a road trip in a few weeks and I know I’ll be taking even more Aventura Clothing with me for our adventures! Stay tuned!

If you’d like to place your own Aventura Clothing order for your summer adventures and get 60% OFF (up to $250 order), leave a comment or email me at homewiththeboys at gmail dot com to get your exclusive one-time use code!

Check out what other busy and beautiful Aventura ambassadors are wearing on the go this spring:

Mary at Real Girls Realm

Shannon at The Simple Moms

Andrea at Momma in Flip Flops

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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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#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!

One more thing…

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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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:

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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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What I Wore

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How about a little What I Wore post to break the silence here? Since it has been so long, I’ll pick a few favorites from the past month or so to highlight!

Common themes: lots of snow (and not the best lighting), vests, boots, and Evy’s Tree!

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maroon top – Cents of Style, vest – boutique, jeggings – American Eagle, boots – Frye, necklace – Noonday, earrings – Nickel + Suede

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Brooke tunic – Evy’s Tree, vest – Swellas, jeans – KanCans (boutique), flats – Tieks, necklace – Beautiful + Beloved

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Janelle hoodie tunic – Evy’s Tree, scarf – Cents of Style, leggings – Costco, boots – Roma Boots

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Nicole hoodie – Evy’s Tree, trapeze dress – eBay, jeggings – American Eagle, lace extender – Amazon, boots – Bed Stu, necklace – Beautiful + Beloved

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Britt cape – Evy’s Tree, striped shirt – H&M, jeans – Target, boots – LAMO, earrings – Paisley & Sparrow

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Sophie hoodie – Evy’s Tree, hi-lo chiffon extender – Grace & Lace, jeans – Cello, boots – Lane Boots, tote – fashionABLE

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Addyson hoodie + belt – Evy’s Tree, lace extender – Amazon, leggings – Costco, boots – Roma Boots

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Makenzie hoodie – Evy’s Tree, tank – Target, jeggings – American Eagle, boots – Frye, necklace – Greenola, earrings – Paisley + SparrowKuhfs Collage

sweatshirt tunic – Target (clearance!), leggings – NikiBiki (boutique), boots – Target, earrings – Nickel + Suede, Hampton plaid cuffs – Kuhfs

Have you heard of Kuhfs? They are a fun, unique accessory that can dress up your boots, pants, jeans, or leggings! I adore plaid, so this Hampton style is just perfect! I attached them to these boots quite easily and then can remove them to add to the bottom of my jeans when I want! Kuhfs has lots of adorable styles for every taste – check them out!

FYI: I’m much more consistent about posting over on Instagram – have we connected over there yet? I’d love to have you!

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Valentine’s Day Style with SoloHope!

It’s time for another installation of my collaboration with Shannon from The Simple Moms! She is a fellow fashion lover, but she is a mom to four girls and, as you know, I’m a mom to three boys! We thought it would be fun to show you how we view style from two different perspectives – a girl mom and a boy mom. Be sure to check out her fabulous post today as well!

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

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I love a good reason to get dressed up. And I really, really love red. Valentine’s Day is the best of both worlds. This year, I’m adding one more love to my Valentine’s Day style: fair trade jewelry!

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The Red Cheer set from SoloHope is THE perfect set to add a pop of red to your Valentine’s Day outfit. I love the jewelry and I love the story behind Solo Hope!

SoloHope’s founder, Emilee, fell in love with the people of Honduras on a missions trip at age 16 and, on her subsequent trips back to the country, learned of the need for many women to provide for their families as well as the lack of jobs for these women. Emilee dreamed up a jewelry design, partnered with these women as artisan designers, and started selling the jewelry here in the United States. And SoloHope just keeps growing! I love it all.

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The Red Cheer set – a necklace, bangle bracelet, and earrings – is part of the Luxe 2.0 collection just launched this winter. Each piece is beautifully handcrafted in Honduras with pine straw and thread. It is the perfect blend of fun + glam. Can you tell how much I love it?!

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I went for a dressier look with this fabulous asymmetrical dress, red skinnies, and short black boots. You can’t go wrong with black and red on Valentine’s Day!

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I also wore this set out on a more casual date night with The Hubby last weekend with a white button-down and distressed jeans. I changed up the length of the necklace by doubling it over and tying the ends with ribbon around my neck. If you want just a little pop of festive red, this is the way to go!

My friend and fellow fashion-loving mom, Shannon, is styling the In The Rough necklace from SoloHope over on her blog today – you have to check it out!

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We’re sending a little Heart Day love from SoloHope to you! Use the code VDAYFORMOM to get free shipping on your order until Valentine’s Day! If you want your pieces by Valentine’s Day, make sure you order now!

Do you have Valentine’s Day plans? Dressed up or more casual? How would you wear the Red Cheer set?

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