Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We Are Moving!

All week long on YouTube, we've dropped the BIG news... we have a BIG change ahead.... we are MOVING!

And yes, yes... we have moved a number of times in the past. So the moving itself isn't the newest thing - however this move is something all new for us because we will be moving some place we have never lived before, and my husband also took a job with a brand new company to him after working directly or indirectly for the same company for the past decade.

This change came at a time when it was much needed in our lives. The emotional ups and downs of the past year had taken their toll and my husband was in a stressful position at his previous job, just because of the type of demands of that career field. After talking about it a number of times, we decided that maybe a change was in store and initially he was looking at opening up his resume to find a position in the metro Detroit area, just with a different company in the area.

However an interesting thing happened. Early on after he opened his resume up, he was found by a head hunter (basically person trying to fill a specific position for a specific company) in the southern region of the United States that thought he would be the perfect fit a position located in the South. At first we were skeptical, this surely couldn't be for us? We had moved eight times in the previous 11 years of marriage. We were tired of moving! We were ready to put down roots! The kids were getting older!

My husband looked into the position and new company, and the more information he found out - the more interested he became. The company deals in a segment that my husband is VERY interested in, and previously has had a lot of fun past times dealing with it as a hobby, so he knew their subject matter well. Then came the interesting fact that when we started comparing to our northern home in north metro Detroit - we realized that the cost of living in the new location would be significantly less, to buy a home and maintain it, than our current home here. And also that we could downsize a bit as well to save more money and make the most of it.

The company flew him down for an interview and all of the stars started aligning. He was offered the position and we did dwell over it for a few days to make sure we were making the right move. After weighing all of the pros and cons, we decided to take a leap of faith - and make the change.

The exciting things about this move, are that we will be closer to family - our new location is only 4 hours away from where my mom and stepdad live in the southern part of Illinois, the weather will be MUCH better down there (no more harsh winters! yay!), the lifestyle would lend itself to more of an outdoor lifestyle which we had been missing, there were lots of fun day trip adventures within driving distance of our new location, and, drumroll.... we would be closer to Walt Disney World!

Check out some of our thoughts and how we announced the move HERE:

All of these things combined with the fact that we felt like if we did this move it would help us to further along our financial goals made us to decide to take that leap of faith and give it a go.

So now on YouTube, moving vlogs are in full swing! Follow along on YouTube as we move from southeast Michigan to the southern part of the United States!

WHERE are we going?? Check out this vlog to find out!!

So exciting things are in store for us! I'll be sharing it all along on YouTube and on my blog! As always with moving, I've learned from previous moves that sometimes uploading on a regular schedule can be tough when you're right in the middle of it, due to staying at places with slower Internet speeds, travel days, and just plain being busy in the middle of a bunch of boxes! However I will do my best to keep at least a few videos a week scheduled, you may see me using the "LIVE" feature a bit more often when it is the best option for me to film an update, and also be sure to follow me in Instagram (@beingmommywithstyle) and Facebook, because I try to update regularly at those places as well!

More moving updates coming up this week and the next include a video with the girls and what they thing about moving! A look at how I staged our home to put it on the market, a weekend in the life moving edition vlog, and more!

Join us on our greatest adventure yet! Being Mommy with Style... goes South!

**This is not sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Father's Day Gift Giving Ideas!

Father's Day 2017 is fast approaching and in case you're still searching for the perfect gift, I've come up with a few ideas to share! Mr. BeingDaddywithStyle also has a summer birthday, so it is a season of gift giving for the man in my life, and to be honest - while I think I have shopping for girls nailed, I find that shopping for men can be quite hard sometimes! I've come up with three categories to make gift giving easier!

Three simple gift giving categories: The personalized, the utilitarian, and the practical!

The Personalized

I recently partnered with SprezzaBox to unbox one of their men's fashion boxes, which can be a monthly subscription box service or one time purchase box - and I thought these were a great way to get a number of items that go well together at one time through a quick and easy online purchase! Each box is uniquely tailored to suit a certain personality and vibe. I opened "The Belmont" box, which was the box of the month for May 2017.

Check out my SprezzaBox unboxing here:

Personalized items could also be related to their favorite sports team, a hobby, or upcoming vacation plans! Mr. BeingDaddywithStyle doesn't have particular teams he follows, so I usually steer away from sports related gifts, but when we have upcoming vacations planned, items he can use on vacation are always great!

The Utilitarian

So let's just say... I'm not the most handy around the house - that's why I married a man that IS. He already has a full line of tools in a massive tool box around our house, so getting more tools would not be an option for gift giving for me. (Like I would know what he was lacking anyways, am I right ladies?) However, for the man in your life that likes to work on things in the garage, I've found a quick and simple gift idea could be getting a gift card to a store like Harbor Freight (a giant tool warehouse store that I refer to as "the Sephora for men" to hubby), and that way they can go pick out something for an upcoming project that they might have in mind already!

Click pic for product info on Polyvore, most products from Harbor Freight.

The Practical

One essential gift giving category that I always go to for the men closest to me in life is practical! Who does love a practical gift you know will get tons of use out of it?!? Hanes is one of my husband's favorite undergarment brands, which I talked about in our Disney SMMC Hanes unboxing video. He has worn their socks and undershirts for years - basically since I first met him! These are items that I love to add in his wardrobe because I know they are going to be comfortable, they are going to last, and they are something he will get a lot of use out of over the year!

Hanes was awesome and sent Mr. BeingDaddywithStyle a surprise Father's Day gift, shown below - to try out some of their Superior Softness ComfortBlend tees. They want to share the softness with you as well!! As a part of the Hanes Father's Day Big Softy Giveaway!

You could win a chance to try Hanes Superior Soft T-shirts! Or even win a $50 Hanes Visa Gift Card!

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I hope you have a wonderful Father's Day and a great start to summer!

** Items shown in this post were received complimentary. All opinions are my own. All giveaway items are being supplied by a third company and BeingMommywithStyle is not responsible for shipment or transfer for these items. If you win, you agree to the terms of the giveaway and that your address information will be forwarded to Hanes to have your giveaway items sent to your mailing address. See giveway link for more details.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Spring & Summer Style

Spring is finally in full effect here in Michigan, which seems funny to say since it will technically summer soon! With the kids still in school for another week, and the weather just now starting to warm up consistently... it feels like spring is a very short season here! I'm welcoming the warmer weather, along with the style changes that come along with it! Check out some of the Spring and early Summer style picks I'm liking right now!

Spring & Summer Style Picks

Home Style

For home style, I've enjoyed adding in more faux greenery around the house that gives the room a fresh feeling and brighten the rooms up when you chose a light colored or green accent floral. I've gravitated towards white floral pieces or all greenery pieces and added them into rooms like the family room, kitchen - and even the master bathroom! It gives the room a subtle calming feeling and I think it helps the room feel more put together!

Some faux greenery I've added around the house - on entry way table is from Hobby Lobby.

Check out some my favorite faux greenery finds in my Home Decor Haul video and take a tour around our house to see some of my favorite greenery accents:

I've also been adding in some REAL greenery here and there as well. Fresh flowers are one of my favorite Spring treats to myself. I tend to pick them up at Trader Joe's, based on convenience (it's located near our house) and also selection. I think they have a great range of florals in my favorite colors for decorating.

Some fresh flowers on the kitchen table freshen up the space!

Kid Style

Warmer weather means more sundresses! Picture taken at Detroit Zoo.

The girls are of course growing as quickly as the greenery outside, and the change of seasons is always a great time to stock up on items for the new size they are going in to! This season, Isabella is going into some size 7 clothing, and still in size 6 for some items - Natalie is in a size 5 top, and size 4 bottom. For dresses, we are sticking in the 4/5, 5/6, and 6/7 ranges. Recently, I have tried a number of dresses from the clothing company Eleanor Rose, which makes classic style children's clothing which has more of a handmade or more customized feel to it than box store clothing. We are loving the dresses we have added in and shared some of the first ones we purchased in a recent girls' clothing haul:

I've also added to that since then, so I'll have to share what we've added in an upcoming haul video! And we are still loving clothing staples for kid's from Gymboree and Target! I just recently put in a Gymboree order to pick out some items from their mermaid line, and we've also found some great Tsum Tsum pajamas at Target.

Natalie in a dress by Eleanor Rose

We're still loving shoes from companies like Livie & Luca, that we've been purchasing for a number of years! I've added a few new pairs in each of the girls new respective shoe sizes, as they both recently jumped into new shoe sizes as well!

Natalie's preschool graduation outfit was an Eleanor Rose dress paired with Livie & Luca petals shoes!

Mom Style

I also like to freshen up my own wardrobe when the seasons change and add in some great pieces that I can mix and match with my functional wardrobe basics that I use from season to season. I might use the same pair of Apt 9 jeans (that are actually capris, but can be double duty if rolled down since I'm short!) in winter that I would use in Spring, and just change the tops and accessories that I would wear with it.

Screenshot from a video - wearing one of my infamous long cardigans!
Long flowy cardigans from Nordstrom have been one of my wardrobe staples the past few years, I particularly like the Bobeau brand and can alawys usually find pieces when I stop in that will work great for me. Over the years, I've collected the Bobeau long cardigans in a rainbow of colors and I use those over printed tanks to interchange with different looks. I find this works really well for me, because I feel polished and the outfit is still fun, while working with the demands (read: running after a child) of mom life!

Here were some of my early Spring finds in this haul video:

And I will have another late spring clothing haul coming up soon! I've been finding lots of great shirts at Marshall's this season. (On Rae Dunn hunting runs, if we have to be honest.) And I've also been finding some great wardrobe pieces for really affordable prices at - Charming Charlie!! Of all places!! So more on that in my upcoming haul (part 2) video!

New sign I purchased on Etsy from SouthernDunn.

Overall, the warmer weather and the prospect of summer ahead to be able to spend more quality time with the girls is exciting!! What are you loving for home style, kid style, and mom style this Spring?

** This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.