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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What I Wore // tried and true denim + 2015 denim trends

Hey loves! One of my biggest goals for the new year has to do with our closets-to buy with more intent, to donate whatever wasn't getting enough use in order to simplify, and to utilize the staple items that are tried and true and that never go out of style. Today I'm excited to go more into that as I partner with Sears in sharing details on denim!


Wearing:
shirt - covington | c/o SearsStyle (45% off!)
studded handbag - covington | c/o SearsStyle (30% off!) 
laced heels - deb
avaitor sunglasses - emblem | c/o SearsStyle
silver-tone watch - gruen | c/o SearsStyle

As I went through my closet this month and started making a list of my most important staples, my favorite pairs of jeans (from Sears) were the first thing on the list-as I'm sure they would be for you too! Denim never goes out of style, it matches with anything and everything, you can wear your favorite pair with pearls and heels for a big night out, and the next day roll up that same pair with flip flops and a torn t-shirt to go build sandcastles.haha

Here are a couple other favorites from the Canyon River Blues line sold at Sears:
side stripe skinnies      |      low-rise skinnies      |      color block skinnies      |      embellished skinnies

But of course denim isn't just about jeans! The Spring 2015 runway trends are full of all different types of denim, for every mood and every occasion there's a jean, a dress, a jacket, a skirt, you name it. Denim hasn't been this diverse or fashion forward for years, and it's time to get on the wagon train!

The top 5 denim trends from the Spring 2015 runways are grouped into these five categories:
1| super clean and crisp - classic silhouettes and shapes like skinny and boot-cut (never out of style!)
2| wider legs, shorter hems - think loose capri pants with rolled cuffs or high waists
3| long jean skirts - made with flexible weaves and with slits added for extra ease and comfort
4| messed up denim - even more shredding and fraying than ever before:)
5| patchey and decorated - covered with beading or color blocking, leather patches, brocade incerts, etc.

That sounds like just about any type of denim I have or want to buy will be technically 'on trend' without any extra effort! I'm excited to take more risks with clothing this year, and I'm excited to go to my favorite stores and bring home new and different ways to wear denim! I do have a big comfort zone (believe it or not) when it comes to clothing, and I want to break out of that in 2015. Are you with me? :)

What's your favorite way to wear denim lately? Have a fantastic rest of your week, and I'll see you back here tomorrow!
 
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided for this post by Sears via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up

This Week: was such a full and fun week! You already know a lot of these details if you follow on Instagram and/or Facebook (which I highly recommend *wink*), but this was my week to fly off into the clouds and visit The Grand America in SLC for Altitude Summit. Martin was a perfect angel in taking off work for my whole trip to watch the kids on his own! It was s huge spoiler for me and I'm so lucky to have such a patient and selfless guy by my side:)

The short version of Alt is that it was perfectly awesome:) The longer version will be coming in a blog post sometime this week after a bunch of you asked for my recap! haha Essentially though it's a big blogging conference where influencers and brands can connect, where people wear crazy outfits and stay up crazy hours, where the days are full of fantastic classes covering all aspects of personal branding, business marketing, social media, and so on, and the nights are full of themed parties (Downton Abbey dinner party anyone?) as far as the eye can see.haha I learned so much and met so many awesome people and brand representatives, and I'm feeling on top of the world:) 

Weekly Snapshots: 

To-do's and Goals for the Week:
- be more patient
- clean out all the cars
- work more efficiently
- drink more water
- catch up on the laundry folding (story of my life)
- go to bed earlier
- jump on the trampoline with the kiddos
- clean out the chicken coup
- take my vitamins
- write out my cleanse plan
- try lifting weights
- bake a pie with the girls
- be more present
- plan a camping trip
- get the girls chore charts set up
- clean off my desk
- find new music

A Few Facts: 
  • I'm currently addicted to the citrus and the coconut Lindt truffles. Soooo gooooood.
  • We've been having pretty warm weather recently, but my toes are still always cold! Do you have that problem? 
  • We went to the midwife this week to check on the little miss that kicks my guts all night, and she is measuring perfectly with a good strong heartbeat! People keep asking if I'm concerned that I'm not showing that much, but this is how all my pregnancies go really, and I pop out 10lb babies just about every time! haha
Something To Take Away:
"Great Things Never Come From Comfort Zones" - via Pinterest

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great rest of your new week!

 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#WorkFromHappyPlace | with Hp & Intel

Special thanks to Hp & Intel for sponsoring this post! All opinions expressed are entirely my own. #WorkFromHappyPlace

Happy Wednesday guys! I'm excited about today's post because I get tons of questions asking about my work, how I handle it all, schedules, keeping my posts up and so on, and this will hopefully be able to answer at least a few of those!
As you all know I've been pretty sick for the last few months, and so as I've started feeling better I've been trying to play catch-up every chance I get, and this is where my topic comes in! 

Working from home is amazing as it enables me to still be a legit full-time mother to all my little kiddos, but I've learned over the last couple years since I started my blog that the actual editing and writing portion of it is next to impossible with all my kids in the room with me(are you surprised? haha). 
Sometimes in order to really get into my creative mindset, I have to steal a few moments to myself to really get focused and back on track. These little 15 minute car rides during Martin's lunch break can really helped to clear my head, but before I was invited to try out the new HP Stream tablet with Intel Inside®, I was limited to only places that had wi-fi access so I could work. That's a huge deal!

Since I've been so cooped up inside with my morning sickness and also as the weather has been getting better, my happy work place is not usually stuck inside a cafe or something so I can have internet. Now that I have my HP Stream (because it has Free 4G data right out of the box) I can still use it at the salon or a restaurant of course, but now my happy work place can also be on the edge of an overlook, on a bench in the park, or in a boat on the lake if I want! haha I'm basically free to take my work any conceivable place that I can think of that will inspire me to be the most relaxed, creative, and productive that I can be, and that's just priceless. 

The HP Stream is a new kind of tablet with Intel Inside®, and since my desktop at home is an HP as well, I can log in with my account and it's like having a smaller version of my home computer wherever I go. I have the 7" tablet which is the perfect size to get real work done while still being able to fit into even my smallest bags for mobility. The built-in Intel Inside® processor makes for a lightning fast performance, it has 1TB of FREE cloud storage for a year and FREE office 365 for a year! This is huge too because I can get every type of work done with access to Word, OneNote, Excel, Powerpoint, not to mention all the tons of storage space for it all. I don't know of any other tablets that can do that. 

Well I suppose I could stop gushing at this point, but I hope I've been able to encourage you to expand your happy work places,  and I hope you have a great rest of your day! 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

And the baby is...

So excited about adding a fourth little girl to our family! I announced the gender on Instagram a little while ago just after we found out, but I realized I really should announce it here for you guys!

We were thinking because of so many similarities between this one and John's that this one would be a boy as well, but John is destined to be sandwiched between two girls on either side I guess! :)

This is the fourth time I've seen one of our little babies up on the screen (since our second, Sophie, was a surprise), and I'm still not used to it! I'd been feeling her kicking for a while, and I'd certainly been sick enough (not to mention the positive tests) that I was totally positive I was pregnant, but my heart still jumped a little when I saw her little body up on the screen for the first time. Our bodies really are so amazing! She would not hold still for the longest time-I was worried we'd leave without a verdict after waiting so long and driving all that way, but our technician (who turned out to be a lovely follower!) was awesome and it all worked out!

Thank you all for your comments reminding me to share this fun news, and also thank you all so much for your support and participation in all the crazy amounts of giveaways that have been taking over recently! haha It's felt awesome to post them finally and I can't wait till I can start announcing the winners! Ahh! 

Take care my friends, and as usual have a great rest of your day!


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Giveaway 11/14 | 1 Year Amazon Prime Membership

{UPDATE! Sorry about the rafflecopter issues again guys! I've extended the time for this one to compensate for the time lost to enter. Thanks for letting me know about the problems! xoxo}

Back again:) This was the last giveaway to join the bunch, which is funny because I probably shop on amazon a few times a week! There aren't a lot of stores with carts big enough to hold my kiddos and all the groceries, and even for the ones that are big enough it is a lot of extra work to load them all up when I just need some more mascara or laundry detergent, etc. And the prices are usually equal if not cheaper! So naturally Amazon Prime should go right along with my other favorite things for my birthday giveaways:)
The graphic lists the general perks, but one thing to keep in mind is that if you just renewed your own membership than the gift will be exchanged for an amazon gift card since they don't put memberships on top of memberships I guess. The rest of the info is here on amazon.com. And that's about it!

Giveaway Details:
- The Giveaway entries are all linked simply in the Rafflecopter widget
To ensure that the winner is a loyal follower of The Freckled Fox (they're for you guys after all!), you must be a follower on at least one blog reader (of your choice! Bloglovin, feedly, GFC, etc) in order to be eligible. And if you're not on one yet, I highly recommend Bloglovin! haha Thanks loves!
- Up to 3 days after each giveaway concludes, the winner will be chosen, verified, and announced! 
Good, luck and Thank You Thank You so much for all your support and love!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Additional Notes:
- All items included in the '14 Days of Giveaways' for my birthday are purchased by money generated by The Freckled Fox blog through its lovely supporters and sponsors. They are not sponsored.
- As with all other items given away on The Freckled Fox blog, all items included in this giveaway series are personally chosen by me and are items and brands that I love and support myself.
- If the prizes are not claimed within 10 days after being contacted, another winner will be chosen for the item.
- Don't forget that all winners will be posted on the blog post of the day no later than 3 days after each giveaway concludes, and also will be added to the bottom of that specific giveaway post. 
- All giveaways in the '14 Days of Giveaways' are open worldwide! :)

And that wraps up another giveaway! We're almost to the end here, but nonw of them are finished yet so if you're just joining the party be sure and back-track so you don't miss out on anything fun that you'd like to participate in!

Take care,


 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Giveaway 10/14 | $75 Modcloth Gift Card

Happy weekend you guys! I haven't really talked about it here on the blog, but I'll be going to a big fun blogging conference next week that I've attended the last couple of years, and I'm super excited! It's called Altitude Design Summit and will include lots of networking with awesome bloggers and some favorite brands, tons of classes during the day and parties in the evenings. I've made so many friends going to Alt and so many connections, and it's really propelled myself and my blog forward in so many wonderful ways! 

My reason for sharing that today is because my first ever purchase from Modcloth was a couple of years ago for my first Alt Summit conference, and I was hooked after that! Nowadays I always keep on the lookout for whenever they have sales, and I'm really looking forward to giving away a little shopping visit to one of you awesome people. 

Giveaway Details:
- The Giveaway entries are all linked simply in the Rafflecopter widget
To ensure that the winner is a loyal follower of The Freckled Fox (they're for you guys after all!), you must be a follower on at least one blog reader (of your choice! Bloglovin, feedly, GFC, etc) in order to be eligible. And if you're not on one yet, I highly recommend Bloglovin! haha Thanks loves!
- Up to 3 days after each giveaway concludes, the winner will be chosen, verified, and announced! 
Good, luck and Thank You Thank You so much for all your support and love!!
Additional Notes:
- All items included in the '14 Days of Giveaways' for my birthday are purchased by money generated by The Freckled Fox blog through its lovely supporters and sponsors. They are not sponsored.
- As with all other items given away on The Freckled Fox blog, all items included in this giveaway series are personally chosen by me and are items and brands that I love and support myself.
- If the prizes are not claimed within 10 days after being contacted, another winner will be chosen for the item.
- Don't forget that all winners will be posted on the blog post of the day no later than 3 days after each giveaway concludes, and also will be added to the bottom of that specific giveaway post. 
- All giveaways in the '14 Days of Giveaways' are open worldwide! :)

I hadn't shared my going until now because I wasn't sure I'd be able to go with how sick I've been, and with Martin being so behind on his work because of his helping me extra with the kids and all, etc.  It looks like it'll definitely work out now though for me to head to SLC for the conference, and I'm so thankful to my selfless husband for helping me go! I'll share more about my alt experience after I return home of course, but if you'd like to follow along with my trip in real time make sure and follow me on Instagram!

I hope you love this giveaway and are having fun with all these contests, and as always have a great rest of your weekend!
 

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