Summer Getaway in Sun Valley

Summer Getaway in Sun Valley

My Trench (Burberry – old, similar) // Top (H&M – similar) // Jeans // Belt // Boots // Necklace // Sunglasses // Bag

Last week we decided to take a quick vacation to Sun Valley for a few days! It is one of our favorite places to visit and we are so fortunate that it’s so close! (And it is truly my dream to live there one day). The weather is typically quite warm this time of year here in Idaho, but we have been experiencing a lot of cooler weather and rain over the past month. It was a lot cooler & stormier than we had planned when we booked our trip, but we still had fun and were able to enjoy spending some time outside.

Once we made it to town we went for a quick stroll and then out to dinner at our favorite place in town – Pioneer Saloon. It really is a must if you ever visit Sun Valley! The food is amazing and the ambiance is classic Sun Valley.

After dinner we went for an evening swim! Although it was cool, the hotel pool is heated so the kids were able to swim to their hearts content. When visiting we almost always stay at the Limelight. It is such a fantastic hotel in a great location in town, and it is very family friendly.

We had the most incredible mountain views from our room.

After breakfast the next morning we spent some time playing in the kids playroom! We really feel like the Limelight is our home away from home – and the kids even like to wear their pajamas down the the buffet breakfast and to play! This kids room is one of our favorite features of the hotel, and we always spent a fair amount of time playing!

After breakfast we walked over to Atkinson Park where the kids played for hours. We love this park and always come to play when we visit in the summer! It’s such a big park with a great playground – and the kids can literally spend all day there. They even have a splash pad for hot days!

We finally pried them away from the park with a promise to visit their favorite toy store (aptly named The Toy Store) and grab a late lunch. I have to admit – it really is a great toy store with some really unique toys. (They have another location at the Sun Valley resort as well which we visited on this trip too!)

While Sun Valley is known for skiing, there is quite a bit to do in the summer months. You can ride the lift up Baldy and hike, you can rent bikes from the hotel (or at other rental shops in town), you can ice skate, and a bit later in the summer they even have ice skating performances by Olympic skaters! I’m had hoped to perhaps go hiking or ice skating on this trip – but the weather was stormy off and on so we decided to head to the pool again in the afternoon while it rained. The hotel even provides kids robes – which of course the kids absolutely loved!

For dinner we headed to an Idaho favorite – Smoky Mountain pizza! They have a location in Boise we eat at frequently and it is a favorite of my kids. Evan especially loves to make his own pizza!

On our last day we headed out to the Sun Valley resort for a bit of shopping and just walking around the grounds.

My Shirt (Kobi Halperin, old – similar style) // Jeans // Boots // Sunglasses

One last game of tic tac toe at the hotel!

No trip to Sun Valley is complete without a stop at Gold Mine Thrift Shop. This shop is legendary for finding incredible fashion steals – and while 9 times out of 10 I don’t get lucky…this time I hit the jackpot! Digging through the racks I found a vintage St John jacket for $7! And I also found a beautiful Waterford crystal vase. While checking out, the cashier whispered to me that I needed to run over to The Gold Mine Consignment store across the street because she had just bought a Chanel jacket there – and they had tons of other amazing goodies! I ended up snagging a tweed, jewel trimmed Escada skirt suit as well as a Burberry tweed coat.

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Life Lately

Life Lately

This past week and a half has really been crazy. So much seems to happen the last week of school, and we really haven’t slowed down since school got out. I’m kind of ready for a few lazy days to be honest! Today I’m sharing what we’ve been up to since Cole’s last day of school!

I’ve been eyeing these sandals for awhile and they finally went on sale so I snapped them up! We have still been having some chilly days recently, so I paired them with jeans & a sweater, but can’t wait to wear them with a cute dress this summer!

Sweater (Topshop, similar) // Jeans // Sandals // Headband

While I shared about Evan’s last day of school, I didn’t share about Cole’s yet! For Cole’s last day of school a few moms and I organized a simple picnic on the playground for his 2nd grade class.

We’ve had play dates with old friends and also made some new friends in the neighborhood! We also made sure to check out The STIL’s new Boise location at their pop up ice cream stand!

We went and saw the new Aladdin movie as well and I was surprised at how much we all enjoyed it!

For Memorial Day we had planned on going swimming with friends – but the weather was pretty crummy so we ended up having a very low key BBQ at home. I did make these amazing Skinny Cheesecake Cupcakes and I highly recommend them! The whole family enjoyed them & they are under 100 calories apiece. They would be perfect for a 4th of July BBQ or picnic!

Skinny Cheesecake Cupcakes

We decided to get away for a few days and spent a few nights up at Sun Valley which I’m going to share a bit more about in another post! It truly is one of my favorite places, and although we didn’t get to do everything I wanted as the weather has continued to be uncooperative, it was still nice getting away for a few days. And with the heated pool the kids were able to swim to their hearts content!

We also had our annual family photographs taken this past weekend! We have never done a spring shoot so I decided that’s what I wanted this year. We had to reschedule multiple times due to crazy weather, but the wait was worth it and we were able to shoot on a beautiful morning in a beautiful setting! Here’s a little outtake of these silly boys at the end of our session – and I’m already so excited to get our photos back!

Cole’s Shirt // Shorts // Flip flops  —  Evan’s Shirt // Shorts (Gymbroee, similar) // Flip flops

Our local library always has incredible summer programs, and we went to their summer reading kick off party which also had a “Dino dig/fossil making” over the weekend as well. We even ended up randomly running into some of Cole’s friends from school which made it even more fun! The kids each chose a reading challenge to complete over the summer, and if they complete just 5 items on their list they each get a free book! We checked out a number of books to get started on their challenge, and are looking forward to taking advantage of their other wonderful classes over the summer.

I wore this casual outfit to the library party – and this little skirt is actually a skort! I’m a huge fan of this style as a mom – cute, comfortable and I can easily play with/chase after the kids in it!

Tee // Skort // Flip flops // Bag // Sunglasses // Necklace

I also recently grabbed this cute jumpsuit which looks so much more expensive than it is!

Jumpsuit // Shoes (Joie – old, similar style also here) // Bag

We are getting ready to head off on another quick summer adventure this week so I’m off to pack and get prepared! Happy Tuesday!Signature

School’s Out For Summer (Evan’s preschool party and teacher gift ideas!)

School’s Out For Summer (Evan’s preschool party and teacher gift ideas!)

It’s finally here…school is out for summer! Last week was an absolute crazy whirlwind of class activities, parties, and coordinating teacher gifts. I really procrastinated too this year, so it was a lot of late nights last week trying to pull everything together! (And yes Ev is wearing high-water pants because he soaked himself at the water table at school and the only change of clothes I had were a pair of too small pants…mom fail).

I had signed up to organize Evan’s class party at the beginning of the year. And wouldn’t you know it – I completely forgot. After a reminder from his teachers, I scrambled to come up with some ideas. One of his teachers had mentioned that the kids loved to play pretend ice cream bar at their little playhouse – so we thought it would be a blast to turn it into a real ice cream bar on their last day! I grabbed some cute summery flamingo print cups with a matching serving tray (as well as some pink cutlery, napkins, & tablecloth to match), and a coordinating pom pom garland at my local dollar store. I printed some ice cream cones and a little banner I found on Pinterest to finish off the decorations. One of the moms sat inside and served the kids their choice of ice cream, and we had a little table next to the “ice cream stand” where the kids could go add their choice of toppings! We also put together some really fun and simple activities and games with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a spoon/egg relay race!

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I was also tasked with a craft and I wanted it to be something somewhat meaningful to take home as a last day of preschool keepsake. I somehow remembered Cole having a popsicle stick picture frame craft he had done years ago in preschool (which we still have!) and remembered I have a Polaroid camera collecting dust in a closet. I found a few cute inspiration ideas on Pinterest, and put together these little picture frames for the kids to decorate at the party, and then take home with a photo of them on their last day of preschool!

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I also sent each child home with a party favor/gift which I thought would be perfect for them to play with over the summer.

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And as a thank you to the kids’ teachers this year, I got them each a gift card to a local ice cream shop…which isn’t your typical ice cream shop. While they are family friendly and do have incredible fresh made ice cream in unique flavors – they also have booze infused ice cream and alcoholic floats. They have been incredibly successful and popular, and also happen to be opening their 2nd location soon just down the street from the kids’ schools – so I thought it would be a fun treat for the teachers to be able to swing by after a looong day at school and treat themselves! It’s definitely something different than I’ve done in years past – but I thought it would be something they weren’t likely to get from someone else, and it’s always nice to support local businesses as well!

fullsizerender-3(Boise friends – be sure to go check out The STIL!) Printable card holder here

And if you are still in need of teacher gift ideas, here are a few other ideas I’ve bookmarked for next year:

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Memorial Day Edit (and sales!)

Memorial Day Edit (and sales!)

Top (J Crew (old), factory version & another color option) // Shorts // Shoes // Bag

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it really does feel that summer has arrived! (Someone just needs to tell Idaho to stop with the cold and rainy weather already!) Whether it is warm where you are, or Mother Nature isn’t quite sure what season it is like we are dealing with here – I wanted to share a few cute outfit ideas for your Memorial Day weekend!

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There are some great sales happening this weekend too!

MACY’S

Take 20% off at the Memorial Day Sale with code MEMDAY, plus receive free shipping at $75

NEIMAN MARCUS

Save up to 40% off new markdowns

LOFT

Take 40% off your entire purchase with code FINALLY

TARGET

Up to 30% off home items with code HOME, plus save on summer styles site wide

WALMART

Up to 40% off site wide

J. CREW

Take 40% off your entire purchase with code SHOP40

WORLD MARKET

Up to 50% off outdoor items

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Designer sale: up to 50% off women’s ready to wear plus 40% off accessories and men’s wear

WAYFAIR

Up to 70% off site wide

BLOOMINGDALE’S

Save an extra 20% on almost all already reduced items

LORD & TAYLOR

Take 25% off regular priced items, plus 20% off sale items with code HOLIDAY

BARNEY’S WAREHOUSE

Take 50% off site wide

NORDSTROM RACK

Clear the rack: Up to 25% off

SHOPBOP

Up to 40% off 5000+ styles

BACKCOUNTRY

Save up to 50% off North Face, Prana, Patagonia, Marmot, Arc’Teryx, Osprey, and more

OFF FIFTH

Take an extra 25% off with code SUMMER

URBAN OUTFITTERS

Take 50% off select styles site wide

REVOLVE

New markdowns up to 65% off

 

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Memorial Day!

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Trend I’m Loving: Hair Accessories

Trend I’m Loving: Hair Accessories

Pearl Hair Clips

One trend that has been huge this spring is hair accessories! I tend to get in a rut with my hair and style it the same way every day, but all of the cute on-trend accessories have really been encouraging me to branch out a bit and try out some new styles. All of these styles are so simple, yet just add a little something extra which is perfect for a busy mom on the go!

Scarf (Zara – similar)

Headband

Ribbon (J Crew, similar)

 

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Spring In Boise

Spring In Boise

Dress // Wedges // Bag

Spring in Boise really is beautiful. We’ve been soaking up the gorgeous blooming trees and flowers, sunny weather, and cute baby chicks. Taking a walk in the park is a regular evening activity these days, and we’ve also had a number of fun spring activities in recent weeks.

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Evan just had his last week of spring soccer this past week, and it has been so much fun watching him play every Saturday morning!

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Cole has been continuing to work hard at Taekwondo and earned his red belt a few weeks ago! He is pretty determined to get his black belt, and I’m so proud of his dedication to the sport. His annual spring tournament is coming up this weekend, and I think we are all a little nervous and excited for it!

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We also had a super fun evening at Cole’s school book fair last week. His school made it such a nice event with food trucks and live music, and we ended up spending a whole evening there eating, browsing all of the books, and playing on the playground with friends.

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And of course this past weekend I celebrated Mother’s Day with my little family! (BTW – if you are looking for a Meghan Markle dress dupe from her baby introduction this one really fits the bill!) I’m so dang thankful for these two sweet boys, and they really made the day so special for me with a delicious brunch and some precious homemade gifts. Mother’s Day is a bit bittersweet for me as my relationship with my own mother has been very complicated throughout my entire life, and I have been estranged from my family now for a few years. It is a difficult topic to talk about (I’m working up the courage to blog about it one of these days!), but for those with strained relationships with your mothers – you aren’t alone and it is possible to break dysfunctional cycles and have a loving relationship with your own children – even if you didn’t have the best examples growing up. These two are the absolute joy of my life, and all I hope for is for them to know how much I love them.

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Spring Trend I’m Loving: Paperbag Waist

Spring Trend I’m Loving: Paperbag Waist

Top // Pants // Shoes // Bag // Hair Clips // Watch

I first started loving this trend last summer and bought several pairs of shorts and a skirt with paperbag waists – and I’m so glad the trend is still going strong this spring! I personally love the look of a really defined waist and I feel like it is really flattering (especially at hiding the mummy tummy!). I had actually spotted a mom wearing the blue pants I’m wearing below at my sons Taekwondo studio and she looked so incredibly chic I immediately snagged them along with the black pair! I think these pants look great dressed up a bit as I’m wearing them – but also look great dressed down with a simple tee and sneakers or sandals.

Top // Pants // Shoes // Bag // Hair Clips // Watch

And here are a few more cute (& super affordable) pieces I’ve been eyeing!PaperbagBoard

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