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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


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


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.


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!

Kids Corner · Uncategorized

Save On Baby Items: Target Car Seat Trade-In

We all know and love Target, and this week they are giving you a reason to love them even more! (As if that were really possible, right?).

This week Target is hosting their car-seat trade-in event. Bring in an old car-seat or stroller and receive a 20% off coupon to be used to purchase a newer model.  This is great news for moms like me because my second is ready to get out of his infant carrier. Target will be accepting car seats until May 5th.  Combine that with your RedCard for an additional 5% off and you’re saving a ton. **Trade-in voucher can be used at a later date, but will have an expiration date on it.**

In addition to the car seat trade-in event, Target is also rewarding you for purchasing baby items this week.  When you spend a total of $75 on anything from wipes/diapers to baby food and formula, you will receive a $15 target gift card to be used on your next purchase.  Another STEAL.

I am a little crazy, my husband will back me up on this, when it comes to using these cards for more items we actually NEED.  My plan is to trade-in the car seat, load up on diapers and formula and head to the check out lane.  I will first purchase my $75 of baby items to receive my card.  For my second transaction I will purchase the car seat, using my 20% off voucher and then my $15 gift card.  Literally, this saves you quite a bit of money and can take a car seat that was regularly $150 down to about $105 (that’s without the 5% RedCard savings, but I figure thats really covering tax).  Sounds amazing to me!

Do you plan on taking advantage of this major sale? What items are you looking for?



Money Saving Makeup- Drugstore Finds

Although Sephora will forever own my soul, I have set out on a mission to find makeup also available at a reasonable price. Not everyone wants to spend $30 on foundation, and to be fair I don’t always want to either. However, I also want makeup that lasts all day and won’t cause any breakouts on my skin. So, this past month I tried several drugstore brands. Some were absolute misses and they went straight into the trash after a day, but some were absolutely amazing. Today I am talking about the products that worked for me. Who doesn’t like to save a little money?

L’Oreal Infallibile Glow Pro Foundation


This foundation is available in many shades so it can complement any skin tone.  Not only that, but it feels so light on your skin.  Sometimes drugstore foundations can cause my skin to feel clogged or heavy, but with this foundation I barely remembered it was on.  Another plus is the longevity of the product, it stayed in place all day long and I looked just as fresh at the end of the day as I did in the morning.  My favorite part about this foundation is the subtle glow it provides on my skin.  It almost reminded me of a built-in highlighter.  As the light hits the face, it provides a dewy glow all day long.  Such a steal for only $13.


L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation


Seems a little crazy that I loved both the matte and the glow, but I loved them for different reasons.  I choice the matte foundation on days where I wanted to apply custom highlight and a fuller face.  Just like the glow pro, this foundation provides medium coverage with a long lasting ability.  It will truly come down to your makeup preference and if you prefer a subtle glow or a more light/textured finish.

L’Oreal Eyeliner


I love everything about this wooden eyeliner pencil.  It literally glides right onto your skin.  Plus, it is easy to sharpen which is always a nice thing.  I also love that it lasts all day long and you will have this pencil for months before needing a new one.  (Although, its recommended you swap out eyeliner every three months).

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid


I. Love. Matte. Lipgloss.  More importantly, I love THIS matte lip gloss.  It is available for only $8, which is half the cost of my favorite brand from Sephora.  Vivid Matte comes in a variety of shades and feels like butter on your lips.  This is now in my purse every single day- LOVE it.

Essie Treat & Love


Nail polish can be tricky, no matter the brand. When doing my nails at home I prefer to use companies that have limited chemicals and are part of the 5 free campaign.  Essie certainly fits the bill for this. Their Treat Love & Color line provides everything Essie already stands behind PLUS the added bonus of strengthening your nails while wearing the polish. It is available in a variety of shades, but I am loving the soft pink shade “Soul Happy”.  Check out this polish for only $10, which is a lot cheaper than your bi-weekly gel polish at the salon.

Mixed Chicks Spring Bands


These cute little spring hair ties look like something you would hold your car keys on.  I was skeptical at first, but gave them a whirl.  This product does exactly what is states- hold your hair in place without the kink from a typical hair tie.  So, you can easily transition your hair from up to down without any creases in your hair.  I just chose this brand, but several are available at your local drugstore ranging from $3-$5.


What are some of your favorite drugstore makeup finds? Any must-haves that I should look into? Would love to hear your comments below. Happy Shopping!

Kids Corner · Uncategorized

Diaper Money

Another quick sale at Target this week on baby items. When you spend $100 on miscellaneous baby products, you receive a $20 Target gift card to spend in the future. This includes diapers, formula, food, breastfeeding supplies, bottles, etc. Be sure to check cartwheel and coupons because they can be applied to your purchase as well.

When you checkout be sure to hit the $100 mark pretax. Next, scan the $20 gift card coupon BEFORE any other coupons. After you have earned your $20 gift card, scan all other coupons to lower the price. This includes any formula vouchers you may have as well. So really, you can spend less than $100 and receive that gift card. After my formula vouchers, I spent only $85 to receive the gift card.

Who doesn’t love free money?? The $20 gift card can be used on any purchase in the future at Target. Happy Shopping!

Kids Corner · Uncategorized

Sale, Sale, Sale!!!

If you know me, you know my love for target and their baby sales. No, they don’t sell actual babies. However, they often have some major steals when it comes to baby gear pricing, sales, and earning gift cards to their store with purchases on items. Well, this week is a BIG one if you’re in need of some baby gear.

For starters, if you spend $200 on nursery furniture you’ll receive a $40 target gift card to spend in the future. If you’ve ever even looked at nursery furniture, you know you’ll be spending at least that much. We purchased the Delta Bentley Crib in white from Target 3 years ago and it hasn’t disappointed us yet. That specific crib alone is $231.99. So, buy the crib get the gift card and put that down on the mattress or dresser even. As long as you checkout in separate transactions you can use the gift card the same day.

In addition to the furniture sale, they also have a coupon where if you spend $100 on baby items you’ll receive a $20 gift card. This includes diapers, wipes, formula, baby accessories, etc. If you have a little one, you know how easy this is to do. Be sure to check cartwheel before you go because certain formula brands, foods and diapers are also on there.

Go check out the sale, because it is worth it. I highly recommend checking out separately so you can take your newly earned gift cards and throw that money down on the next baby purchase. Plus if you have a target red card, you’ll save another 5%. Grab some Starbucks and enjoy your mommy time today :). Happy shopping!!!