Pajamas For Hot Summer Nights

Pajamas (sold out – similar here & here) | Slippers

With not a ton going on these days, I’ve been upping my pajama and loungewear game. As the days have gotten hotter, it’s nice having some warm weather pajamas that still look cute enough that I can drink my coffee in them out on the patio in the mornings! Today I’ve rounded up some cute options for hot summer nights.

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One | I have the pants version of these, and the fabric is so incredibly soft and comfortable

Two | These have over 2,000 reviews and are super affordable

Three | These satin pjs are so pretty

Four | Tons of rave reviews and only $22

Five | This little romper is on sale, and this is such a fun and different option

Six | If you don’t want to get shorts, you could try these capris

Seven | This lemon print set screams summer

Eight | These are just so classic

Nine | A nightshirt is another fun option

Ten | These flamingo print pjs are so sweet

Eleven | Mint green is so fresh feeling

Twelve | This jersey set looks incredibly comfortable

Scenes From The 4th…

How was everybody’s 4th of July?! Ours was very low key as we are continuing to quarantine at home as much as possible, but it was still a nice day spent together as a family. The weather was actually not as hot as it typically is here in July, so we were able to spend much of the day outside. We had a patriotic pancake brunch, and for dinner I put together an all-American hot dog bar! Today I wanted to share a few snapshots of our holiday…

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Ideas For A Fun 4th Of July At Home

Ideas For A Fun 4th Of July At Home

My Romper (old – similar and also love this similar blue option!) | Sandals | Bag | Sunglasses | Boys flag tank

Like many places, Covid cases are rapidly accelerating here in Boise and new restrictions have been reimplemented banning groups larger than 50 people. Which of course means no annual parade or fireworks. While we will miss these fun traditions this year, I’m all in favor of prioritizing keeping our family safe and healthy! That said, I still want to make sure we have fun celebrating the holiday even if we will be quarantining at home. Today I’m putting together a list of some activities you can do at home with your kids to celebrate the 4th of July this year.

🇺🇸 HAVE A BIKE PARADE 🇺🇸

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While we may not be able to attend an actual parade, we can still have our own! I thought it would be fun to have the kids decorate their bikes and ride around the neighborhood…and even invite other neighborhood kids to join in (safely socially distanced of course!)

 

🇺🇸 WATER FUN 🇺🇸

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With no local pools open, we will opt for some water fun at home! We were gifted a huge inflatable pool when Evan got home from the hospital, which we are planning to fill up for the holiday. We can also get our water guns and water balloons out for even more fun!

 

🇺🇸 HOT DOG BAR 🇺🇸

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An all-American hot dog bar is the perfect easy and patriotic meal for the 4th of July

 

🇺🇸 MAKE PATRIOTIC SHIRTS 🇺🇸

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There are so many fun ways you could create a patriotic shirt – from painting your own design, to tie dye, to bedazzling…this is sure to be a fun activity

 

🇺🇸 BUCKETS OF FUN 🇺🇸

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Putting together a bucket of activities and treats to keep the kids busy all day is sure to make the day a bit more special. Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, sunglasses, glow sticks, tattoos, cracker jacks, and pop rocks would all be fun options

 

🇺🇸 WATCH A PATRIOTIC MOVIE OUTSIDE 🇺🇸

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Set up a projector and screen, and watch something patriotic. My pick would be Hamilton on Disney+ which is coming out on July 3rd!

 

🇺🇸 FIREWORKS 🇺🇸

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While we may not get to see the big show this year, we will still be able to have a few small fireworks at home. My kids especially love pop its – which are super fun and safe for the little ones. You could also do some non firework festive options like silly string or confetti poppers!

4th Of July Outfit Inspiration

Red…

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White…

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and Blue…

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For the 4th of July, I always like to dress in festive red, white, and blue options but also keep things a bit more elevated than a full on flag tee or something. Plus these pieces can be worn all summer long! I thought today I would share a few outfit ideas I’ve put together from my own closet, as well as some other pieces I’m loving.

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An Exclusive Janie and Jack Promo Code For My Readers

One of my absolute favorite places to shop for kids clothing is Janie and Jack, and today I’m excited to share an exclusive promo code for my readers for an additional 20% off your entire purchase – including sale items!

  • Code: SHOPSTYLE20
  • Valid: Until 6/28 (11pm PT)

Here’s a few adorable sale items that have caught my eye…

Boys…

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Girls…

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Picks From The Amazon Big Style Sale

Amazon is currently having a Big Style Sale through June 28th, and they are featuring deals on clothing, shoes, and accessories. Here’s a few of my favorite picks from their sale!

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One | Majorly crushing on these gorgeous shoes

Two | This pretty off the shoulder dress is under $100

Three | Ganni really excels at leopard print

Four | This easy little under $20 dress is perfect for casual summer wear

Five | I’m really tempted to try out these $30 running leggings

Six | Classic espadrilles you will have for years

Seven | I have and love, love, love these jeans (they are my most worn pair). I just ordered them in another color and may order another pair in the same color I already have.

Eight | These are a great Castañer dupe

Nine | I love these chic platform sandals

Ten | This Mara Hoffman dress is so pretty and would be a great swimsuit coverup too

Eleven | I’ve been wanting to try a dress from this brand, and this one is a really fun print

Twelve | These are so minimalist chic, and this is an amazing price for Schutz sandals

Thirteen | This dress is stunning, and a great price for Self Portrait

Fourteen | A royally approved sneaker – Kate Middleton has these in several colors

Fifteen | This scrunchie is so cute – added to my cart

Sixteen | This wrap skirt would be perfect for the 4th of July

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Our (Socially Distanced) Summer Bucket List

This summer is definitely…weird. Not only are we very busy with and heavily focused on Evan’s rehabilitation (and spending most of our weekdays at therapy), we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. Our nation has also been witnessing horrible injustice and perhaps (finally?) coming to terms with the systemic racism that plagues us. This year has been a brutal one for our family personally with Evan’s severe brain injury, and so many of my close friends have also been facing horribly difficult times as well. The weight of the world feels heavy and life right now is just…hard. It really has all made our family pull together and focus more on one another, and what truly matters. While our state is loosening social distancing restrictions, due to Evan’s immune system needing more time to recover, we will continue to socially distance for the rest of summer. While this summer isn’t going to be one filled with days at the waterpark, camping trips, or vacations – it can still be meaningful. We can make positive memories too, in the midst of so much difficulty, and perhaps come out of this one day with a lot of personal growth.

As this isn’t a “normal” summer, this bucket list isn’t a conventional one either. I asked Cole to come up with some crazy (within reason) ideas, outdoor activities where we can safely socially distance, and some fun things we would normally do at home in the summer. From picking a night to stay up all night, to camping at home, to a day where I have to say “yes” to everything…we are still finding little things to bring joy and some positive memories we can one day look back on in the midst of these trying times.

The other day we checked off an item on our list by spending an afternoon at the river building a teepee, throwing rocks, and playing in the sand. We had and absolute blast, and it was a good reminder of how even simple time spent together in nature can be a ton of fun.

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One | We are going to need a projector if we are going to set up for outdoor movies this summer. This one has great reviews.

Two | I’m thinking a rock painting kit would be a lot of fun for a painting project

Three | A picnic basket is a must

Four | This cooking kit for kids comes with literally everything you need

Five | Cole did a tie dye project at school years ago and still talks about how fun it was so I thought it would be something fun we could do this summer

Six | This will make our summer nature walks a bit more fun

Seven | In trying to come up with a fun and different craft to try this summer I found this…and I think it could be a lot of fun

Eight | Camping in the living room is what the kids are looking most forward to this summer, and a cute indoor tent would make it that much more memorable

Cherry Picking

Cherry Picking

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It has become a summer tradition for us to take a drive out to the orchard for an afternoon of cherry picking. This summer’s weather has been (like the rest of 2020) weird. Idaho is known for wild weather swings – but we’ve had a lot of unusually cool and rainy days this month. Although the day we went picking last week was cool and sprinkling rain off and on, it was a lovely afternoon. Life admittedly has been difficult since Evan’s brain injury in March, but every day he continues to amaze me with his progress. And going to the orchard to continue one of our traditions was especially wonderful because it felt so…normal.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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One | My husband is obsessed with his Fitbit. This is a must have for any fitness minded dad.

Two | This wood card is the coolest Father’s Day card I’ve seen

Three | My husband loves this deodorant, and it’s a great way to give dad a little luxury that won’t break the bank

Four | Instead of a cheesy mug, give him a mug that will keep his coffee hot

Five | This super cool portable camping stove converts to a pizza oven. I wouldn’t even mind keeping this on our patio all summer long!

Six | My husband loves all things Patagonia and these are the perfect summer shorts

Seven | My husband has and loves this drill

Eight | Another favorite item my husband owns! This little speaker can go literally anywhere (it’s waterproof too!).

Nine | AirPods are sure to be a hit

Ten | My husband is super into having a smart home and this little gadget can control everything from your lights, to thermostat, to the TV.

Eleven | Perfect for the dad who travels a lot and this high quality bag is also 40% off

Twelve | Everything from Kiehl’s is pretty great, and this all in one body wash/shampoo has rave reviews

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LoveShackFancy x Target Review

I’m not one to really jump on the bandwagon of Target’s designer collabs, but this is one I was really excited about. Ok not excited enough to set my alarm for 2 am to shop online when the collection dropped, but excited enough to head to my local Target this week to see it in person. And surprisingly yes, my Target did have a pretty large selection still available! I ended up grabbing several dresses and today I’m going to share what I bought and my honest opinion of each piece. I’ll also share my opinion of a few dresses I did see in person, but didn’t end up bringing home.

Estelle Dress

This dress is probably my favorite and also by far the most impractical. We do have family photos coming up in a few weeks, so I grabbed it thinking this is most likely what I will wear. This one retails for $60 and is 100% cotton. It’s a lightweight cotton, but it doesn’t seem to be sheer at all. The sleeves can be worn off the shoulder as well, and I just think it is so pretty and feminine – and I love the color! I don’t have many places to wear this to beyond family photos, but it’s nice to have something on hand for a last minute shower or something. (I’m wearing a size 4)

Lou Dress

This is another that caught my eye on the website before I went in store. It is so girly & just such a sweet little summer dress. It is 100% cotton and lined. While honestly none of these dresses feel any higher quality than something you would typically grab at Target, this is decently made. It looks very much like a typical LoveShackFancy piece and I’ve been really feeling lavender lately. The biggest thing I dislike about the dress is how short it is. I know this brand tends to run short, but I was surprised how short this is on me at 5’3″. I do think I will keep it, but I will likely wear it with flats to make it feel a bit more modest. (This one retails for $50 and I’m wearing a size small)

Talulah Dress

I actually don’t own a simple white summer dress like this, and this is something that could easily be worn all summer long. It also looks really similar to LoveShackFancy pieces from the designer line as well. This one is lined and not see through which is always key to a good white dress. Again, this is another super short dress & I’ll probably wear it with sneakers or flat sandals. And after seeing this photo I’m definitely going to have to get a little sunshine before I wear this one! (Wearing a size small and this one retails for $55)

Camille Dress

This one was a bit of an impulse purchase. House dresses are having a moment, and I envisioned myself wearing this around the house as a slightly more fashionable mumu. In reality, I’m not feeling this one at all. It’s very shapeless and maternity looking. This one is also a size too big as my size wasn’t available, but I don’t like it enough to exchange it so I’ll be returning this one. Something nice I will say about it is that it is fully lined and feels more well made than some of the other dresses (Wearing a size medium and it retails for $50)

What I saw in store, but didn’t buy…

Fluer Dress

I really disliked the chiffon fabric of this in person. Yes it won’t wrinkle as easily as the cotton options, but it felt significantly cheaper. I’m not sure how I feel about the ruffle right under the bust either. This one retails for $55

Elise Dress

This one looks so cute in photos, but I hated the fabric in person. It’s shiny and looks/feels very cheap. This one retails for $55

Cécile Dress

Another dress with shiny, cheap feeling fabric. Had this been made in a different fabric I think it would have been so cute, because I love the style and color. This one is one of the most affordable pieces at $45.

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I think this dress would be cute for someone in their teens or twenties, but it just felt too twee for my tastes. That said, it could be a really cute swimsuit coverup or dress to wear to the beach or a pool party, but I just couldn’t see myself wearing this out and about anywhere else. It is the most affordable piece at $40.

Gemma Dress

This was one I really liked online, but I was disappointed with in person. It was so thin and see through, and looked more like a nightgown than a dress. This one retails for $60.

A quick check online shows that so many of these dresses have sold out or only a few sizes remain, but check your local store! Mine actually had a very large inventory even days after the sale went live. I’ve also heard a rumor that stores may be restocking next week as well.