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Ruffles and Motherhood

Sorry for the short week last week! The end of our week turned a bit hectic and I ended up being out of town for a couple of days. The upside was that I was able to visit one of my favorite friends, her two sweet kiddos and amazingly adorable three month old! Goodness how I love baby snuggles and her little guy sure knows how to give them! Don’t worry, no baby fever here though ;) We’ve been friends since our oldest children were only a few weeks old and we met in a new moms group. There’s something to say about those groups of women that you walk through those first few months and then years with as a new mom! They get to see you experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows….or is that just me?! Over the next two months I’ll get to see my sister and SIL experience the birth’s of their first children and I’m so darn excited for them! Although the first is always a bit of a challenge because it’s all so new to you (I remember thinking, ‘these nurses are sending me home with this baby and I’m to keep it alive how?!’), it’s also an amazing, life altering event that earns you one of the most rewarding titles, Mom :)

Going off on a bit of tangent here….I found myself recently responding to another mom that I was a full-time mom and then I always pause and debate whether I should add in the fact that I blog and take on various projects here and there. Basically as an attempt to reassure her that I’m not just a mom. I hate that I always feel slightly awkward after a conversation like that because being just a mom is one of the hardest, most draining, emotionally challenging jobs on this earth. I have half-jokingly said to my husband on a number of occasions that I needed an out of the house job that I could basically run to! I don’t say this to be arrogant, because I am so very thankful that I am able to be home with my children while they are young, and I know that’s not always an option for everyone. I do say this though, to the many women who are home raising children and may not feel appreciated. Being a mom is hard! But it’s also one of the most rewarding positions one could have. There are more good moments that out weight the bad (most days), and watching my 1.5 year old play peek-a-boo while looking right through her own fingers can totally distract me from the fact that I haven’t washed my hair in three days ;) If you aren’t connected to a group of women you can lean on however, you need to reach out and find them! It honestly takes a village, and I couldn’t do it without mine! And whether you work in the house or out of it, high five to you! Motherhood is one heck of a ride but I’m happy to be on it with so many of you ;)

And this all relates to the outfit in absolutely no way at all, haha! But you know me and ruffles, and this top being mainly cotton with a touch of spandex means it’s super comfortable, not to mention adorable. Being that it’s still technically winter I tried to keep it somewhat seasonal with black denim, but the 60 degree temps allowed me to pair it with a denim jacket. I can’t wait to pair it with my pink pants or distressed denim or navy trousers….it’s going to be on repeat for sure!

Being President’s Day and all, I wanted to also share some of the great sales going on, so be sure to scroll down to check out what’s happening!!

Details: Ruffled top / Denim jacket (similar)/ AG denim (similar here and here) / Booties / Stella & Dot Necklace (similar here and here)

President’s Day Sales:

Ann Taylor: 40% of full priced items and extra 50% off sale with code: WEEKEND

Anthropologie: Extra 40% off sale items

ASOS: 205 off site wide with code: PREZ20

Banana Republic: 40% off purchase, some exclusions

Gap: 40% off plus free shipping with code: PRESDAY

ILY Couture: 20% off site wide with code: PRESIDENT

JCREW: 30% off purchase

Madewell: 30% off sale styles with code: MOODLIFT

Old Navy: 35% off purchase with code: HUGE

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