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Choose Happy: Enjoying Life’s Littlest Moments

Happy Summer Everyone!

I hope summer is treating you well, I cannot believe its almost over. Most of you may be scratching your heads thinking, “Didn’t summer just start?”.  However, in the land of Teacherville back to school meetings are right around the corner.  Judging by the aisles at your local stores you’d think school’s already started, especially since I saw Halloween costumes out while shopping today.  ((This is a totally different subject you don’t want to get me started on.))

You may have noticed that I took a little hiatus, and let me tell you- I needed it.  You see, being a stay-at-home mom for summer’s is filled with many ups and downs.  In my head I thought this summer was going to be a cake walk filled with adventures and laughter.  While most days have been full of laughter, it was also more challenging than I anticipated.  With a 1 year-old and 3 year-old my days have been unpredictable, exciting, frustrating, overwhelming, joyful, and exhausting.  I read a quote today that really summed it all up for me:

THIS. IS. LIFE.

As a mom, I’m sure you can relate.  Everyone tells us that the days are long, but the years are short.  Some days feel like an entire week and other days I can’t believe its bedtime.  In the middle of our ups and downs, I found myself feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from my friends, family, and children. After speaking with my FANTASTIC friends ((& mommy support group)) I realized society is putting too much pressure on me to be “perfect”.

That’s when I pulled the plug, on everything.  I put time into my children and less time into my phone and social media.  I could hear them laughing and seeing that they craved my undivided attention.  I put time into my relationship, I no longer played on my phone at night once the kids were in bed.  Instead I sat with my husband on the porch and just talked. Most importantly, I put time into ME. I read a few books, worked out daily, and planned outings with friends.  In doing this, I am refreshed and a much better version of myself.

As moms we do not need to be perfect.  On social media it seems like we all have it together, but in reality I’m sure we spend 80% of our time in sweats with no makeup.  Don’t look at someones life through pictures and think its perfect, because everyone is facing something.  Instead smile at those happy moments people are choosing to share with you, because the world needs more happiness.  Then, pray for everyone.  I’ve learned all to well in this past few weeks that everyone is facing something.  Pray for your friends, family, and strangers every day to help them overcome those dark moments they may not want to share with you. It’s easy to talk about the good and hard to talk about the bad, but everyone has a a bad.  Prayer, communication, and quality time will help make this world a better place.

By simply going back to basics and enjoying what was in front of me, I am enjoying every day life. Yes, there may be yogurt smeared all over my hallway and the kids have nearly hurt each other playing hulk smash today but this is my life. I am going to love it, every scream and tear in between.  So happy I took this break and ready to get back to it.

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Sale: $10 Puddle Jumper

If you have a little one, chances are you take them swimming during the warm summer months. By now, you’ve heard of puddle jumpers and you may even own one or two of them. (🙋🏻‍♀️ yes, we own two).

Well, if you need a new one or just a backup amazon has select styles on sale today for….. $10! That’s an absolute steal. So, click here and get your swim on!

The sale runs through today so don’t hesitate.

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Summer Sale: School Supplies Edition

Yes, I am well aware that it is finally summer break.  However, as a teacher you can never pass up a good sale on classroom supplies.  Whether we like it or not, August will be here before we know it.  Below I posted some good deals I found on amazon this morning.  Even if you aren’t a teacher, most of these items are posted on student school supply lists and these are bargain prices for quality items.

Dixon Ticonderoga Wooden Pencils:

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These are the best pencils you will ever use.  The eraser actually erases, shocking I know, and the pencils sharpen perfectly in the classroom sharpener.  No one likes to stand at the sharpener for hours watching the pencil break over and over.  Do yourself and your favorite teacher a favor and invest in these bad boys. 96 pencils for $10! Run to this one.

Elmer’s Glue Sticks: 30 Pack

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Yes, liquid glue is cheaper and seems more effective.  But, have you ever been in  a classroom where the phrase, “just a dot, not a lot” has actually worked?!?! The short answer is, no.  So, here you can purchase 30 glue sticks for $10!

Expo 16 Count Vibrant Colors Dry Erase Markers

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Here’s another deal that I literally scooped up as fast as I saw it.  Expo markers are the absolute best, and they come with a serious price tag most of the time.  However, you can get a 16 pack of colorful makers for only $14 right now. This is almost half the normal price and in some cases more than half off. GO NOW. *If you prefer the more traditional colors, they’re available as well for $15 click here.*

Happy Shopping!

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Summer Accessories: Straw Handbag Edition

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been obsessed with a good purse.  No lie, for my senior pictures I actually had a picture with all my purses.  As I’ve gotten older, I definitely have not outgrown this love but I have learned its all about balance.  I will invest in one quality purse each year and purchase seasonally appropriate bags at a much more reasonable price point.

This summer, straw handbags are making a strong comeback.  I remember these were in style when I was in middle school, crazy how things always come back around. However, this year they are adding more details than ever.  You can purchase handbags with tassels, colors, pom-poms, flowers, and the list goes on and on.  Today, I am highlighting a few of my favorites in many different price ranges.  Essentially there is a handbag everyone will enjoy.

Mar Y Sol Zoe Crossbody

This bag is absolutely stunning and probably my favorite of all. The colors are perfect for summer and the tassels add a little extra pizazz on the side.  With a 19.75 strap length, it will work on most body types as a cross-body or over the shoulder bag. I love that it offers a zip closure and a cloth-lined interior with a pocket as well.  An added bonus is this brand is handmade and fair-trade, feel good about something you are purchasing. If you love it as much as I do, click here. 

Mar Y Sol Ibiza Tassel Tote

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Another great bag from Mar Y Sol, but this time available as a tote.  Everyone know that summer-time calls for sunscreen, swimming, and carrying a few extra supplies in your everyday bag.  This tote is spacious and gorgeous.  It’s available in 3 different colors and they are all amazing.  A double strap tote, with one inside lined pocket.  Take a look by clicking here.

A New-Day Straw Circle Cross-Body

Circle bags are EVERYWHERE currently.  They add a fresh take on the everyday purses we have all seen over the years.  This beauty is available at Target, for only $35. The purse is equipped with a cross-body strap, as well as two drop handles if you prefer to carry your handbag.  Additionally, the bag is lined with fabric and includes a drawstring closure at the top.  If you are lovin’ it, click here.

Circle Straw Cross-Body Bag

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You can pick this baby up from Urban Outfitters for $59.  Right on trend with the circular shape and button closure.  The interior of the bag is lined with a patterned fabric. The purse includes a leather strap, that drops down 21.8 inches.  If this is the one you love, click here.

Stella and Dot Awning Clutch

If a clutch is more your style, Stella & Dot has an impressive collection. I personally love this black and cream woven clutch.  It includes a magnetic closure and fringe along the trim of the flap. The interior includes one pocket and is also lined.  If you love it, this baby is $69 and available here.

Gottex Aruba Clutch/Cross-Body

I actually bit the bullet and purchased this one.  The woven bag stood out a little more to me since it includes pops of color throughout the bag.  It also includes colorful poms on the flap of the purse.  It is fully lined on the inside, with one pocket, and also includes a magnetic closure.  I chose this one because it can be used as a clutch or a cross-body bag. This is available from amazon for $45 by clicking here.

Small Zipper Clutch/Cross-Body

This bag is also available from Amazon for $19.  I love that it is so simple and stylish.  Detailed with a leather detachable wristlet strap, as well as a gold chain cross-body strap this bag can be used in a variety of ways.  It includes a zip-closure and fully lined interior with a small pocket.  It can be used as a clutch, wristlet, or cross-body. This small bag does it all for a bargain price.  Click here to see more.

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Have you made a summer handbag purchase? What style spoke to you? Can’t wait to see what you pick out.

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Enter to Win: Target Giveaway

Three giveaways in one week?!? That’s right, I’m ready to spoil some mamas for Mother’s Day. However, you don’t have to be a mama to win.

If you head over to my Instagram account: @mrs.sarah.hines you will find this weeks giveaways. One lucky winner could win $300 to Target ((or PayPal cash option)). Then another lucky winner could take home a Target, Starbucks, and Sephora gift card. Pretty awesome, if I say so myself. Plus, there’s still time to enter the JORD watches giveaway too.

Click here to enter JORD watches giveaway.

Click here for Ashley Jayne Giveaway.

Click here for the Target Giveaway.

Don’t miss out! Good luck to everyone!

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It’s All About Accessories: Kinsley Armelle

If you have noticed yet, drusy jewelry is all the rage. From Kendra Scott necklaces to Etsy shops, this is the hottest style. Which it should be in my opinion. It mixes the right amount of elegance with country chic to create a gorgeous rustic piece of jewelry.

Well, I recently discovered the company: Kinsley Armelle. Let me just start by saying, I’m hooked. The combination of stones, beads and metallic tones is completely on point. Plus, there are endless options to choose from and all at a reasonable price point. What really sold me on this company though is the fact that these bracelets ACTUALLY fit my wrist. Often times I cannot find a bracelet to fit my small wrists, but many styles are customizable so I have found several to work.

Stay tuned because I cannot wait to show off all of the amazing pieces available. I have purchased so many of my own, it’s actually a problem at this point.

Go check it out, you will not be disappointed. I’m sharing a code below where you can receive 15% off- it doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂 Simply click here or enter SHINES15 at checkout.

If you have any questions let me know! I’ve already ordered another package, this time with pops of colors. Can’t wait to share it with you all!!

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Make Mother’s Day Timeless: Wooden Watches

May is upon us, which means summer is almost here.  Before we jump into warmer weather though, Mother’s Day happens.  This year, celebrate your mom by making it a timeless event. A mother is the one person who deserves to be celebrated every day of the year and never forgotten.

As as mom, I now understand that this job is 24/7 and goes well beyond the mentioned 18 years.  Point in case, I still call my mom daily to ask silly questions like what to do when my child has a cut that won’t stop bleeding. ((I actually call her for most parenting decisions because she’s the experienced one here, LOL)).

When thinking of “timeless” I naturally began to think about a present that would last and not go out of style.  Yet, something practical and useful for every day life. That is when it hit me, a watch.  A watch is used to tell time, but as a mom we know “the days are long, but the years are short.”  The idea of a watch for Mother’s Day represents all the hours and days moms have put into making every minute of every day the best they possibly can.

Watches can be a dime a dozen, but I have stumbled across an amazing company that puts a natural twist on a typical watch.  JORD watches are created right here in St. Louis. Not only that, but they are actually made from….Wood.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I will be the first to admit that I was a little skeptical, but ever part of this company goes above and beyond any expectations.

JORD watches are available in a variety of sizes and styles, each one hand-crafted from wood.  Each piece creates a unique watch, different from anything you have ever seen before.  Not only are the watches gorgeous, but can we just talk about how lightweight they are?!?! I own several name brand watches and each one feels slightly heavy on my wrist, but JORD watches feel so lightweight and comfortable.  I was actually shocked because I didn’t realize the oversized watch style I loved could be so light. ((If you’re loving the watch above, click here.))

As if the watch on its own wasn’t enough to sell you over, the casing that comes with each purchase is out of this world.  Sticking to what the company knows, each watch is accompanied with a wooden box for storage.  Literally, the nicest box I have ever own.  It seals shit with magnets, which means my cute little toddler couldn’t open it on her own.  Additionally, the box has a little drawer on the outside where you can store the cleaning cloth and extra links. Such a well-thought and well-constructed design from this company, you can tell they want their pieces to last.

If you are looking for something for Mother’s Day, look no further than JORD.  Each watch is beautifully crafted and creates that timeless piece your mom will love.  If you’d like to give it an extra touch, you can have your piece engraved as well.

JORD is actually hosting a contest right now, where you could win a gift card to purchase one of their hand-crafted pieces.  Click here and enter to win.

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