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moto leggings and sweater

I recently fell in love with moto leggings, as seen in my Workout Wednesday posts. So just because I had already worked out and showered, this didn't stop me from paring these HUNTER GREEN MOTO LEGGINGS with my favorite monogrammed cashmere. 

white long cardigan outfit
I am totally in love with open front cardigans and this one is my latest obsession. I have it in navy and this white and have worn it with everything from workout gear to over my favorite button down. 

My husband loves to emplacement a "uniform" and therefore has this shirt multiple times over in white and light blue, so Madrid was concerned all day that I had on "dada's" shirt and asked me about it at almost every time he looked at me. Toddler's are the cutest and say the funniest things!

rue saint honore t-shirt

This shirt has me at Bonjour. And VELVET OPEN FRONT CARDIGAN is too good, I got one for the nanny as well! It is beyond cozy and luxe that I was not only shocked where I got it from but also the price. 

burgundy back pack and moto leggings

Original post here

Y'all know that I love a great monochromatic look, so it was only a matter of time that this morphed over into my workout gear. Plus, this color was called 'Hunter' so I naturally loved it. As seen in my recent shopping haul, you saw how cute this FUNNEL NECK SWEATSHIRT is with jeans as well. Add it to your Christmas list. Santa will approve. 


red dress

red bow dress
wreath and dress

best holiday dress
red dress and black pumps
best christmas dress
red bow dress
red dress and black pumps

magnolia wreath and holiday outfit
best red dress


In honor of the holidays, I want to offer a chance to get my Christmas card.  To enter, head to my Instagram

I will be sending out Christmas Cards to a handful of readers. All you have to do is like the photo with the post with this red dress, leave a comment and make sure you are following me!

Because the holidays can be stressful, I wanted to share what I plan on doing to get through the holidays. 

Things that I do to stay focused are below:

  • Pray for thankfulness that I am grateful: If you know me personally, you know that while 2017 was full of blessings, it was also an extremely hard year for our family. While I like to keep these family struggles private {we all have them. I pray that yours aren't as gnarly as ours. ps- Cancer Sucks!}, they are a great reminder to be thankful for the blessings you do have. As we went around our Thanksgiving table to share what we were most thankful for, I said that difficult parts of this year because it makes me grateful for all the goodness in our lives.

  • Workout! : this is the easiest way for me to feel good about myself, less stressed and relaxed. Check out my weekly Wednesday posts for my workout schedule.

  • Datenight : some one on one time with my husband. This way we have adult conversation not in the middle of nap time and a chance to talk about world issues, how cute our kids are and how thankful and lucky we are.

  • Gifting done early : just because Cyber Monday and Black Friday are over, doesn't mean the sales are. Get a list, check out my Gift Guides and order online! There is NO reason to head to the mall. That alone will stress you out!


workout Wednesday : my weekly schedule

navy moto legging

3.25 family run outside

Kayla Itsines Week 2 Legs and Cardio

30 minutes elliptical
Kayla Itsines Week 2 Arms & Abs

With the first circuit, I add jumping pullups:
Use a step or bench to be able to reach the pull up bar. Jump up to bring yourself to the highest point of a pull up and slowly resist until you are dangling. x 10

With the second circuit, I added full sit up on an incline bench x 30

30 minutes stair master
50 minutes elliptical

3.5 mile walk around the zoo for Madrid's birthday!

CorePower Yoga Sculpt at 6am
5K Turkey Trot
2 mile run to and from the trot

Kayla Itsines Week 2 Full body

50 minutes elliptical

Arm Workout 3 times through:

Bench Press 15 lbs weight x15
Bench Flys 15 lbs x 15
Bicep Curls 15lbs x15

Side to side dips with 15 lbs x 15 each side
20-30 full sit ups on include


navy gift guide

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1. MONOGRAMMED PACKING CUBES - I used these this summer to keep all four of us organized in one suitcase. I also used them in our condo to keep our drawers organized.

2. MEN'S 1/2 ZIP - great for dads, brothers or uncles! This looks great over a button down for the office, {this one is my husband's favorite} or for layering on a run. 

3. SAINT LAURENT WALLET ON CHAIN - this has been on my Wish List for a while!

4. FITBIT - for the man on your list who is impossible to buy for. 

5. BOY'S VEST - here's one for you, one for your little me and one for the mister. Y'all can match in navy!

6. POM POM BEANIE - for $15, this is a cute stocking stuffer.

7. MY FAVORITE PJS- get them monogrammed!

8. MONOGRAMMED TRAY - great for the hostess or monogram enthusiasts on your list!

9. POM POM KEY CHAIN - for the chic lady, or, if like me, who is always loosing her keys. 

10. BOW HAIR ELASTIC - it comes in a multi pack. The perfect stocking stuffer.

11. NAVY NEW BALANCE - great for the gym and paired with a blazer!

12. BOSE SPEAKER - I've been looking for a new speaker for my husband's new office

13. NEW YORK SWEATSHIRT - for the New Yorker or wannabe. 

14. MONOGRAMMED WEEKENDER - for the bride on your list {get it with her new initials} or for the business traveler so they don't have to deal with baggage claim

15. NAVY TASSEL EARRINGS - how cute would these be with a simple white tee?

17. MONOGRAMMED LUGGAGE TAG - a small but thoughtful gift

18. NAVY STRIPED DINNER PLATES - for the new home owner on your list

19. NAVY VELVET BAG - would work as a clutch or a cosmetic case.

20. NAVY POM POM SLINGBACKS - lust worthy wish list!


Instagram Lately

gray sweater set outfit
You know that I love a great monochromatic look. So this COTTON SWEATER SET had me at hello. It is so comfy, yet chic,  I wore it to my daughter's birthday. I love the ultra feminine sweater set paired with these VELVET BOW FLATS. Can I wear this outfit everyday???  

oversized open front cardigan outfit

I wore this outfit to a Friends-Giving when the San Diego weather was actually acting like November. I wanted to look cute but we cozy. This budget friendly OPEN FRONT CARDIGAN is a must have. I have worn mine on date night and over workout gear. 

Being a mom is awesome. Like hundreds more times awesome than I ever thought. But sometimes, after bath time, I need nothing more than to get cozy and have a glass of wine. This $25 BLUSH HOODIE is beyond awesome and I love the matching joggers. I included more of what else I bought in this same delicious shade. 

plaid ruffle skirt outfit

This PLAID RUFFLE SKIRT I originally bought for family photos, but I used this sweater instead.  { skirt available here and here}. I have had a couple of readers ask for help getting outfits together for Holiday Photos and I have recommended this skirt a couple of times paired with other navy and subtle pops of red {like this for a little mini you}. I love dressing it down with chambray and my ruffle sneakers.


pleated velvet

If you haven't caught on, I'm all about easy dressing. 

The holidays are stressful enough between decorating and celebrating, that I love being a resource for  dressing ideas. Surely you already have a cozy cashmere sweater and pair of party ready heels in your closet that you can easily pair with this VELVET PLEATED SKIRT {$23!!!}. I originally purchased it without trying it on, thinking I could pair it with my ruffle sneakers and a boyfriend chambray. 

Our current holiday struggle is probably just like all of yours': trying to fit it all in. In my MOPs meeting {Moms of Preschoolers}, we had an interesting discussion about not trying to fit it all in. The weeks after Thanksgiving and before the 25th are quick and jam packed. Our speaker recommended to focus on three things and everything else is extra. The example that she gave was her husband's family friendly party, a celebration with her groups of friends and something that they were going to do just as a family. If you make time for all the little things, you don't focus the big things and stress will over come you. 

We have my husband's side of the family all coming to San Diego for the first time since I have joined the family. Normally they are scattered between Texas and Mexico, but they will be joining us to celebrate this year. While this might sound overwhelming, especially since our new digs allow the space to accommodate 35+ people coming to celebrate, I have chosen that this is something that I only look at and think about in a positive light. Yes, it will be stressful, but it will be more fun than stress. Yes, we will have to figure out how to feed everyone, but everyone loves to cook and knows that I do not. The most important reason for the season is Jesus and family and I will have my heart full with both. 

Something that was causing us stress was our attempt to do a holiday party {no kids!} for our friends to see our new house and to celebrate a fun, stressful, scary, sad, blessed 2017. Per my discussion in my MOPs meeting, this is something that I decided was too hard to fit in the next couple of weeks. We have tabled this idea for after the New Year or quite possibly, closer to Valentine's Day. A great example that you truly can have it all this time of year, it just doesn't have to be in the next couple of weeks. 


best men's gifts

best men's gifts
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1. SEINFELD SHIRT {$38} - for any fanatic or a dude who likes cozy shirts.

2.  APPLE WATCH CHARGER STAND {$39} - I got my husband a similar one a couple of years ago and he loves it. I think he might need an upgrade with this one.

3. THE MIXER'S MANUAL COCKTAIL BOOK {$15} - perfect for your college aged nephew or new homeowner on your list.

4. TOFU SOCKS {$8} - for the vegetarian.

5. BLACK NIKES {$90} - everyone needs a new pair of kicks for 2018 fitness goals!

6. AMAZON ECHO {$50} - perfect for Dad.

7. CAMO DOPP KIT {$30} - for the outdoorsman or the traveling business man on your list.

8. KITCHEN MULTI TOOL {$28} - for the handyman.

9. FLEECE VEST {$149} - truly, for any gentleman on your 'Nice' list.

10. TUPAC SOCKS {$20} - I get my brother comic socks every year for his stocking. I laughed out loud when I saw these and immediately purchased.

11. MONOGRAMMED PJS {$69} - perfect for the Mister or uncle.

12. FITBIT {$150} - for the gym rat.

13.BOSE SOUNDLINK REVOLVE BLUETOOTH {$199} - for the sound quality obsessed guy {for me, that is my husband!}


burgundy backpack and my weekly workout schedule

green moto leggings outfit

green workout outfit

solo new york varsity backpack

solo new york varsity backpack

green moto workout legging

solo new york varsity backpack

solo new york varsity backpack

alo workout outfit

top : FUNNEL NECK SWEATSHIRT // leggings : GREEN MOTO LEGGINGS currently 25% off! // shoes : WHITE NIKES // backpack : SOLO VARSITY PEAK BACKPACK c/o 

Handbag fashion has moms in mind lately.

Between cross body bags and backpacks, I am thankful for both of these trends. With two little ones, I have been looking for a backpack as we have since moved away from the necessity of needing a diaper bag at all times. With only one child still in diapers, and a short window to get out of the house due to two naps, a backpack is exactly what I need. 

SOLO NEW YORK just launched their Varsity Collection, meant to combine functionality with modern collegiate sports look. Their new Varsity collection would make a great gift for the fitness junkie on your list. The snap front top makes for ease whether you are excited to get to the gym after work, or need a quick way to load up your things while chasing your little ones. 

CorePower Yoga Sculpt

Sunday :
This interval treadmill training but walking.

Kayla Itsines Week 1 Legs & Cardio
{still sore}

Interval training on the treadmill

Kayla Itsines Week 1 Full Body

6am CorePower Yoga Sculpt 
{this is my favorite class. Love this instructor's energy and play list!}

YouTube Ab Videos

3.25 family run outside

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