35 at 35: A Year's Worth of Fun

I can almost hear Aaron's eyes roll when I start a sentence with, "So I heard on a podcast..." It's pretty clear that I'm a podcast junkie and I get way to much inspiration these days channeled through my earbuds. But if you're also a podcast-lover, I'm sure we're in the same boat. It's no surprise then that today's post was inspired by a long-time favorite, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

At the beginning of the year, Gretchen and Elizabeth shared their 18 in 2018 lists: 18 things they want to accomplish in the year 2018. On another episode they shared an idea for celebrating a milestone birthday: create a list of things you want to do in that year so you can look forward to it.

Today I turn 35. It's not really a milestone, but it feels a bit like one to me. I haven't been dreading it, but I do like the idea of making a list to make the year feel more joyful and less "oh boy I'm getting old." Inspired by the podcast, I created a list of 35 things I'd love to do in my 35th year. This isn't a to-do list and it doesn't include things that I feel like I should do. Instead, it's a fun list. I'm only including things that I truly want to do and that would bring more joy to my life. Things that, if I do them, will make me happy, and if I don't, I won't feel any guilt about.

{35 at 35: my want-to-do list}

Photo by Wout Vanacker on Unsplash

Camo Jacket and Tie-Sleeved Stripe Shirt: Updated Classics for Spring

My style hasn't changed too much over the years; I still love classic pieces and am very devoted to my denim. Lately I've been looking for ways to freshen up my wardrobe without straying from the style I love. 

One way I've done this is by swapping out my old, worn out olive cargo jacket for this fun camo print one. The color and print are still neutral so it goes with pretty much everything, but it's different enough that it makes every outfit feel new. 

I feel the same way about this striped top. It's a classic piece and I already have a few striped tops that I wear a ton. This one was a great closet freshener-upper because of the cute tie-sleeve detail. 

Has your style changed a lot over the years or are you, like me, looking for ways to update the things you still love? 

Camo jacket: Old Navy | striped tie-sleeve top: Old Navy | jeans: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | earrings: Nickel and Suede | teething necklace: Mama and Little | blush sneakers: Universal Thread, Target

Spring Shopping Reviews: Old Navy, J. Crew Factory, and American Eagle

Last month I shared an online spring shopping haul, which kicked off a bit of a spring shopping extravaganza. As usual, I shopped sales and tried to only buy the things I needed (with a few exceptions, of course), and I'm pretty happy with what I got for my money.

Since my last review post got a pretty good response, I thought I'd share round two of my spring purchases, sub-par iPhone photos and all. (Please forgive my dirty mirror--yikes! and cluttered background. That ugly chair and ottoman is in my room from my pumping days and needs to go...) Here are a few recent spring purchases from Old Navy, J. Crew Factory, and American Eagle.

Floral for Spring: Mom and Toddler Girl Style

What do you do when you have a spring outfit post planned, but on the only day you're able to take pictures the HIGH is in the mid 30s? If you're a dedicated, badass blogger, I'm sure you put your game face on, go outside, and try not to look like you're in pain. If you're me though, you move all the toys to the other side of the living room, and power through an indoor photo-shoot with an uncooperative toddler. I'm keeping it real over here.

I haven't really jumped on board the off-the-shoulder trend because it just isn't practical for my life. However, I love the subtle cold-shoulder cut-outs on this pretty floral blouse, and I find it much more real-life-friendly. If the weather cooperates (and it better!) this is what I plan to wear to birthday brunch with my crew in a couple of weeks.

On my recent Old Navy haul I also picked up a few things for the kids, including this adorable bell-sleeve floral top for Violet. Full length bell sleeves and toddlers would be a disaster, but this three-quarter length works. She's no more covered in food than any other day.

What trends have you been trying lately? 

On Violet: yellow bell-sleeve top: Old Navy | jeggings: Cat and Jack, Target (similar) | hair bow: Target (similar) | silver bow moccasins: Amazon (similar)
On Me: floral top: Old Navy (navy version) | jeans: American Eagle | tassel earrings: Sugar Fix (similar) | sandals: Universal Thread, Target (similar)