Best Summer Sales: Including my favorite wedges

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I love this time of year, as we are about to go into summertime. It’s a busy time of year for us with me teaching summer vocal classes and my husband gearing up for a big event at our church. One of my favorite things about the first weekend in June is National Donut Day!! Anyone else a big fan?! We have a local donut shop and I love their donuts!! I also love all the awesome sales that come after memorial day and into summer. I wanted to share with you all my top favorite sales.

J. Crew Factory is one of my favorites! They are having a 40% off sale on all their items and an extra 20% off for orders online with the code swimming, plus free shipping. I found my top favorite nude wedges for summer there for $40 on sale! They are the most comfortable wedges I have ever owned. I normally wear a size 7, so they fit true to their size.

Shein is a great online store that has lots of shoes and cute tops for affordable prices. I linked my favorites from this store too. They are having a ton of sales right now for summer. This Yellow Crop Top is one of my favorites from there and is only $9. I also love their swimsuits! How cute is this hot pink one piece for $13. I also love this dress from Shein that is perfect for summer!

Francesca’s is one of my absolute favorite stores as you all probably know by now. They have sales every week online. They have so many cute new arrivals on there now too. They are currently doing a buy one get two 40% off deal. I get a lot of my dresses and shirts from there including my white eyelet top I’m wearing in the picture.

I love a good sale! I hope you all enjoy some of these sales as much as I do! Have a great Monday! Feel free to comment and ask questions about any of the sales.

XOXO,

Autumn

Top Favorite Ice Cream and Snacks for on the go!

I absolutely LOVE ice cream!! I am a huge dessert fanatic. The only bad thing about ice cream is I am allergic to dairy. Thankfully there are several dairy free ice cream options at the grocery store now. I wanted to share my favorite and some of my go to snacks!

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I absolutely LOVE ice cream!! I am a huge dessert fanatic. The only bad thing about ice cream is I am allergic to dairy. Thankfully there are several dairy free ice cream options at the grocery store now. I wanted to share my favorite and some of my go to snacks!

SoDelicious is the name of the brand of ice cream I get. I love their pints and also the mocha fudge bars. My favorite flavor is the coconut milk cookie dough. It’s really creamy and tastes as good as the ice cream. I definitely recommend this one if you’re a cookie dough fan.

Having a snack on the go is really important since I’m a busy person. It’s difficult to find healthy snacks that are gluten and dairy free. Here are my top three favorite.

1. Larabars

They are the easiest and quickest healthy snack to grab. My two favorite flavors are Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. These are so good since they are mostly made with dates, which are a healthy sugar.

2. Walnuts and Blue Corn Chips

I love a bag of walnuts for a quick snack or some blue corn chips with guacamole. The blue corn chips from BJ’s wholesale foods are my favorite. You can grab a bag for $5 and it lasts for two weeks.

3. Fruit and Natural PB

This is one of my favorite snacks and easy to grab. I always keep some red delicious apples around or some bananas. I pair them with natural peanut butter that I get from Aldi. It’s a great protein packed snack!

I am a huge snack person, so it was definitely hard to narrow down my favorites. I hope you all enjoy some of these healthy snack ideas and the ice cream! Let me know if you find a flavor of SoDelicious ice cream you like. I would love some more suggestions!

Also, linked my green floral romper and my favorite wedges from Jcrew.

Hope you all have a great week!

XOXO,

Autumn

5 of our top favorite date night ideas

We LOVE date night which comes every Friday for us! We both have off work that day and take full advantage of that. I wanted to share some our favorite date night ideas. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are my top 5.

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We LOVE date night which comes every Friday for us! We both have off work that day and take full advantage of that. I wanted to share some our favorite date night ideas. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are my top 5.

1. Adventure somewhere close by:

If you love adventure, then this is a great date idea! We normally have Friday off together, so we can plan a short day trip to somewhere near by. If you live outside of a bigger city area, then consider going into the city. There are always fun things to do together in big cities. Some of our favorite places around the D.C. area have been the free D.C. Zoo, historic Frederick, MD, and the Baltimore Aquarium There are lots of different places for us to visit in the D.C. area. It’s definitely worth the 2 hour trip to go on an adventure somewhere.

2. Candlelight Dinner Date

This one is great if you want a night in and don’t want to spend money on dinner out. We usually whip up something nice for dinner, get dressed up, light a couple of candles, and turn on romantic dinner music. Our first Valentine’s Day was spent doing this. It’s a nice way to connect with each other in a romantic setting. Just make sure to put the phones in another room and don’t turn the TV on either.

3. Game Night With Snacks

This date night is perfect for those who have that competitive side or enjoy some nerdy fun with one another. My husband and I love game night with some snacks. So grab your chocolate chip cookie dough, popcorn, or your favorite snack for this one. My favorite chocolate chip cookie dough for this date night is. I recommend grabbing a bag of Skinny Pop Popcorn for this date too. Some of our favorite board games for two players include Munchkin7 Wonders DuelForbidden Island, and Ticket to Ride. We always have fun playing games together. We hope you enjoy these games as much as we do.

4. Classic Movie and Dinner Date

If we aren’t up for cooking a meal that night, then this is our go to date night. We pick one of our favorite restaurants to go to and a new movie we would like to see. One of the most recent movies we enjoyed was the Greatest Showman and Han Solo. These are definitely two of my most recent favorite movies.

5. Overnight Weekend Getaway for two

We went to Frederick, MD recently and stayed in a hotel there with a pool and hot tub. One of our favorite restaurants, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is there so we made sure to visit and then enjoyed time at the hotel. It’s refreshing and great to getaway for a weekend with each other.

Dating your spouse or significant other is very important. When we have conversations and spend time with our spouse, we grow closer as a couple. Hope you all enjoy these date ideas as much as we do! Please feel free to leave your favorite date suggestions in the comments.

XOXO,
Autumn

Favorite Brand for Spring and Summer Style

You all know how much I love Francesca’s Boutique and if I were to pick one store to go on a shopping spree to that would be the one. I usually stick with dresses and heels, but have started branching out more into casual and comfortable. I have started checking out Target more this year and have found SO many great casual outfits there, including a pair of shorts for only $20.

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You all know how much I love Francesca’s Boutique and if I were to pick one store to go on a shopping spree to that would be the one. I usually stick with dresses and heels, but have started branching out more into casual and comfortable. I have started checking out Target more this year and have found SO many great casual outfits there, including a pair of shorts for only $20. P.S. They are on sale today for $12!

I think the thing I love the most about Target this year, is they have a lot of trendy clothes for a super affordable price. Everything I am going to share with you today is under $40. For me, that is great, so I can make the most of wearing them this summer. If you’re looking for an affordable way to shop some trendy items, Target is a great way to go! They are having a sale this week for all their dresses too! If you use the code, DRESS20, you can save 20% on summer dresses online or in store with their app Cartwheel. Here are some of my favorite finds!

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Bottoms:

These Embroidered Denim Shorts are such a stable item for summer. They are super comfortable and have enough flare without being ripped. I can wear them with most shirts. I also love the floral detail on them which adds a summer feel. I am wearing a size 2 which is my normal size for bottoms.

Dresses:

I absolutely love their dress section at Target this year and have found several different dresses from their. Including this Green Floral Maxi which is now on sale for $20. The layer underneath the top one is cropped at the knee, so it makes the dress easier to walk in. It also helps keep me cooler on the hot days. I am excited to wear it out on several dates this summer with my husband.

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Earrings:

These White Tassel Earrings are my favorites this spring! They can be worn with so many different shirts and dresses. Definitely my best jewelry investment this spring. They have them in several colors online too. They are a brand called Sugarfix which is by Baublebar. One thing I will recommend with the earrings, don’t wear them for the entire day, since they are heavier earrings.

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Shoes:

I saved my favorite and the best for last…Shoes. If you know me well, you know my obsession for shoes. They are my favorite item of clothing to buy. Target has an amazing selection this year too. I found my favorite Tan Slides for only $24 at Target and just recently picked up a pair of black sandals from there as well. They are both super comfortable shoes and can be worn with jeans, white denim, shorts, and dresses. Also, I found the cutest gingham shoes there too. I sized down a half size for the tan slides and gingham shoes. The black sandals are true to my regular sizing.

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The comparison trap

Today I am talking about the struggle of comparison and how to overcome it.

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This has been an extremely busy week filled with lots of packing. We are getting ready to move to Waynesboro. This has been a challenging week, with lots of stress of getting things packed. Lately, I have been dealing a lot with comparing myself to others. So, I wanted to write an encouraging post for women about this topic.

With different social media platforms out there, it is not hard to fall into the comparison trap. Every time you get on instagram or Facebook, a new post shows up of a husband and wife who are on vacation somewhere or a mom who is doing five jobs while also taking care of her kids well. It is difficult not to compare yourself, but it is a trap. Don’t listen to those lies that are being told to you.

We are each beautiful women created by God and designed for his purpose. Our purpose in life is to love God and love others second. How can we possibly do that when we are comparing our looks, profession, status, or worth to someone else. Our worth is not defined by money, status, job, relationships, or talents. We can’t even find our worth in our husbands, which I am guilty of doing so much. It will affect our relationship with them negatively, so we must first find our identity in Christ.

We are defined by God and who He says we are. God says we are beautiful women who have captivated Him. We cannot live a full life if we are always comparing. Check out Christy Nockels Glorious in the Mundane podcast for some awesome content on comparison. I have absolutely loved it and gained so much wisdom from it.

So the next time we scroll on Facebook or Instagram, let’s remember that our identity is not found in how many likes or comments we get, but rather who we are. We are each special and unique people created with a purpose. God wants the best for our lives and desires us to find our identity in him.

Also, this shirt I am wearing is out of stock, but I linked a similar one to it above. I am wearing a size XS in the shirt and size 2 in the shorts for sizing.

Hope you all have a great week!

XOXO,

Autumn

 

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