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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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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.