At Home in the Good Life

I received this necklace for review from Cents of Style. This post contains affiliate links.

I grew up in South Dakota. The same city and state my whole childhood. I loved “my” state.

When it came time to choose a college, however, I needed to spread my wings a little. I didn’t fly too far, just to neighboring Nebraska, where I found my place as a Husker. Lincoln was just supposed to be my college home, but it became much more.

In Lincoln, I found a personal relationship with Jesus. My faith changed and grew and made me a new person in Christ starting my freshman year of college.

In Lincoln, I met my husband. We were both in the Cornhusker Marching Band. He proposed to me in the Sunken Gardens. We got married in Lincoln and made it through some major challenges together in those first few years.

In Lincoln, we bought our first home. Just two months before our first child was born, we found a cute little place to call our own. We moved in record time with the largest moving crew of friends ever just one month before Big J made his arrival.

In Lincoln, all three of our children were born. Three handsome boys joined our family in the span of six years. Each boy was dedicated to the Lord at our church in Lincoln.

We no longer live in Lincoln, but we have found our place here in Nebraska. It truly is the Good Life. While South Dakota will always be my birth state, Nebraska is home.

When I saw the new state necklace design from Cents of Style, featuring the state name and the coordinates of that state’s capitol, I knew immediately it would be a treasure for me.

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Lincoln is the capitol of Nebraska and holds a very special place in my heart, for all the reasons listed above and more.

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I was hesitant to leave Lincoln at first, but we love our new hometown and I can’t imagine living anywhere else but Nebraska. I still love Lincoln and I can hold it and all its wonderful memories close with this beautiful double-bar necklace.

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This new state necklace design- with state name and capitol coordinates – AND the original Cents of Style state necklace are just $11.99 each with free shipping this weekend with the code NEWSTATE at checkout!

Tell me about the state that has captured your heart! Which state necklace will you order and why?

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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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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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3 Fabulous + Affordable Jewelry Sites!

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I love the online world of shopping. While it can be addicting {be careful!}, it can also be a really affordable way to dress up your current wardrobe!  I’ve discovered a few sites recently that offer fabulous jewelry at even more fabulous prices. Let me tell you about my favorite jewelry sites…

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1. Kitsy Lane

I was approached by Kitsy Lane to open my own little boutique where I get to handpick jewelry and accessories I love and offer them to you at great discounts! I started filling my boutique this week and it is SO. MUCH. FUN. You can check out the boutique at any time, but I will also be featuring items in a flash sale each week! I’m pinning my latest additions to the shop on my Pinterest Jewelry board, so hop on over there to stay up-to-date and catch extra deals like this one!

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Super special deal: The first five people to email me at homewiththeboys at gmail dot com will get $20 off their first purchase of $45 or more at Kitsy Lane! And don’t miss this week’s flash sale!

2. Cents of Style

My friend Jen introduced me to this incredible fashion site! The deals are incredible and the style is so much fun! In addition to jewelry, you’ll also find scarves, accessories, and SHOES! Oh, the shoes! Make sure you browse through all of the sections, including clearance and (Cents}ible, which offer even greater deals!

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Super special deal: Every Friday, Cents of Style hosts a Fashion Friday sale! This week, you can get an initial or word necklace like the one above for just $10.95 + FREE SHIPPING! These necklaces are normally $19.95! Use the code PENDANT at checkout for this deal!

3. Zulily

You may have checked out Zulily for kids’ clothes, but they also have great clothes and accessories for women as well! New sales start every day and the good stuff goes fast, but it is so worth it when you find something you love at a great price! Some of my favorite shoes have come through Zulily!

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Super special deal: I’m loving this cuff bracelet in the Vince Camuto sale that ends this weekend, but if you’re looking for a non-jewelry related deal, you have to check out the Zulily Back-to-School sale! This sale includes tons of cute kids’ clothes at up to 55% off AND if you use the code SCRTSALE54, you can get an extra 10% off your purchase of $60 or more from this sale only. This sale ends at 6 a.m. PST on August 18th.

Have you explored these sites at all yet? What jewelry sites do you enjoy? Do you have a jewelry style?

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