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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Styles from Old Navy

With summer finally officially here it is time to start looking at that summer wardrobe. I work at a school during the rest of the year, so when summer rolls around, I like to wear shorts as much as possible, but who wants to pay high prices for them? Not me. Me and my family head over to Old Navy to try to score the best prices on the latest trends and styles at the best price possible.

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Summer 2017 Latest Styles at Old Navy

The latest look this year is relaxed off the shoulder tops and Old Navy has this super cute striped one this year. The yellow stripes will look smashing against your tanned skin and finish it off with these white shorts for the easiest summer look ever. Many other colors available, but I have always been drawn to yellow during the summer months. If you go to any college campus right now you will see all the ladies wearing off the shoulder tops in every color imaginable. I know my daughter has at least three tops already this year!

Not quite a size 2 anymore, no worries, they have you covered (pun totally intended). I seriously can't even remember the last time I was a size 2, maybe junior high? But now that I said junior high, I have also told you how old I am too! Arrgghh, anyways, Old Navy also has this fun women's off the shoulder top from size 1X to 4X in two different colors. So no worries about staying in fashion this summer whatever size you currently are. I prefer their 5 inch inseam shorts and actually have quite a few pairs of them myself. I think I will need to go out and purchase these white ones to go with the top though.

Now that you have the perfect summer outfit, you need shoes. No matter if you found the outfit yet or not, don't you always need shoes though? I have to be honest here, Old Navy shoes are kind of hit or miss for me. I love their inexpensive flip flops, and if I happen to hit their $1 Flip Flop day I'm even happier, but I can still handle paying under $4 for a pair of flip flops for one season. Their other shoes are iffy for me. I need to try them on in the store to see if I like the fit of them. I have had better luck with sandals then booties, but I am always willing to try. These look like the perfect pair for me personally: slip ons, no ankle strap, no heel, nothing in between my toes and the color will go with anything.

But wait, there's more! What outfit isn't complete without accessories? It's like giving a gift without a bow on top, right. The summer of 2017 isn't letting us down with the necklaces. The "Rosary style" is what I tend to call this type of necklace. It's a bit longer and stops before the bottom with little dangles on the bottom, like a rosary. If you are going to try out the off the shoulder look in a top, you need to have the correct necklace with it, and this is the right one.

So now you have the perfect up-to-date outfit to wear out to the next summer picnic or gathering of friends. But what if it happens to be a pool party, on a boat or at the beach? Old Navy's got you covered in that category too. Just check out their huge array of bathing suits and coverups, and don't forget those flip flops! And if you happen to be close to a size two, there are tons of swim options for you also like this gorgeous one shoulder top. I seriously love how far swimsuit designs have come in the past few years, you never have to have the same design as your friends with all the options out there. And I haven't meet a teen girl who doesn't have at least five different bathing suits in her drawer.

I could go on and on about all the cute clothes Old navy has for the summer of 2017, but I think I will stop here. Go into an Old Navy or check them out online here to see all the different styles and trends they are covering this year, I know I will be. Check back later for my take on Back-to-School clothes at Old Navy. It's never to early to start thinking about getting those kids back into school during the day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Snoring Dog Warning!

We just finished up our bathroom remodel a few weeks ago and I am still madly in love with the room. My daughter was planning on having a large group of her friends over for a party and I noticed one additional piece of decoration that I thought needed to be added to the bathroom.

Now you see, we are a three dog family. Crazy, I know. But one of our dogs, Fluffy, is going on 14 years old now and is starting to act in different ways that she has in the past. Example, she now enjoys sleeping in the bathroom shower, a lot. I think it may be because it is cooler on her fur, she is alone and nobody bugs her, or maybe she likes the echo sounds. Either way, she ended up sleeping in the shower at least once during her day.

With all these kids coming over I felt a small sign placed on the sink would be appropriate, because I have been "using the facilities" more than once and have been startled to hear snoring coming from behind the shower curtain. For our family, we already know it's just Fluffy, but could you imagine if you were a guest and suddenly when you are at your most vulnerable, you hear noises from behind the shower curtain? Visions of reverse Psycho tend to come to mind.

So just a few hours before all her friends were coming over, I went to my favorite picture editing site PicMonkey. This site does more than just edit pictures, you are able to create small works of art like my little sign. I started by signing in, I have been a paid member for over five years now, then hitting the Design button. From here you are able to pick your size, use one of their templates or start with a blank canvas. I normally pick my size knowing that I can crop it to what I actually want later. Then it is just time to play. I try out different fonts and sizes and play with the colors until I find exactly what appeals to my eye. I did pull in my own clip art that I found online. If you do this, be sure to use clip art that is not copyrighted and has a transparent background. I found a little dog sleeping that I liked and it needed something along the bottom of the picture to add some detail. Play around with the sizes and angles until you find just the right spot.

Basic design skills can also make or break something like this project. I used the same color blue in three places, with the words 'heavy breathing & snoring' the word 'Fluffy' and I matched those to the collar on the dog. Red was used only once to convey attention and the dogs brown coat was used only once also. Using eye catching items like colors should be used in uneven groups, preferably in threes. It is more calming to the eye this way. I did also use four different fonts, warning was bold and easy to read using font Chunky Five, heavy breathing and snoring were the same and in a fun font called Laughing Gull to convey humor, Fluffy was in Sketch Block font which is bigger because she was the main reason for the sign in the first place and the other words are all in black and in my favorite font Shadows into Light Two. I like to use a bolder font mixed with a cursive type font to show definition between the words and they normally play well together. Plus cursive types of fonts can normally be closer to big bold fonts to soften them up. Remember to play around with the word placements to make them appealing. Every once in awhile step back to see if there are any weird spaces that need to be filled. Sometimes just moving the word around a little will solve this issue.

When you like what you have come up with, save it to your computer and print it out! I just cropped mine to a 5X7 size because I knew I had an old frame laying around the house that would work. I really didn't want to spend money on a little sign like this. So look around your house for an old frame and crop your design to fit the frame, making it a FREE PROJECT!

I am totally in love with my new bathroom and in love with PicMonkey. Be sure to try it out and make fun and easy decorations for your home too!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Most Important Part of your New Dorm Room

As my oldest child is moving home from her first year living in the dorms and my middle child is preparing for his first dorm experience next year, it is time for the Dorm Room posts to show you how I manage to have two kids in college and having their dorm rooms still have a little style to them. Today we are starting off with what my daughter said is the most important part of her dorm doom: Her Bed!

As my oldest soon discovered, the most important part of her dorm room was a comfortable bed. Most dorm rooms across the country only half extra long twin beds in their rooms, making the need to shop for all new bedding. We ended up waiting for "Back to school" season to shop for most of her bedding because that seems to be the only time of the year stores carry twin XL items. I felt we had gone overboard with her bed make-up, but she actually said that her dorm bed was more comfortable then her bed at home (hurtful). Knowing what I know now, I would have just shopped online for most of these products and saved the gas and time running around looking for everything.

Here is her list of what she said is necessary in order to get a restful night's sleep and to be able to succeed in college.

Dorm Bed Supplies:

Reasoning & End-of-Year Feedback:

The mattress protector was my requirement. Again, dorm mattress. I do not want to know what the last person did on that mattress, it makes my skin crawl. We bought a thick bug proof mattress protector that was cloth and not water-proof. I think she has outgrown (quite a long time ago) needing to have a water-proof protector. I just remember as small children being potty trained how noisy the mattress pads were, and didn't want that for her as an adult in college. 

She stated she required a thick foam mattress pad because the mattresses in dorm rooms...well let's face it, they are not high quality beds like we have in our homes. She opted for a 2 inch pad with ventilation holes, because there is no air conditioning in those dorms either! She noted that the 2 inches was good, but would have splurged for a thicker one next time around. For only about $40 more she could have bought this 4 inch gel memory foam mattress pad

Next on the bed came the down alternative Mattress Pad. We did not go crazy with the mattress pad as it was more intended to keep the thick foam mattress pad in place and kind of sandwich the entire bed and mattress together. Again, I did not purchase the water-proof one as I felt it was not needed and opted for the down alternative one for just a little extra cushion and comfort.

Now that the base of the bed was set, time for the sheets. We purchased two sets of jersey sheets in a grey color and a purple color, to go with anything and to match her comforter without being to wild. I wanted her to have two sheet sets so that she could have a set being washed and still be able to jump into bed with the other set. I know I am bad at making the bed back up right away after washing the sheets, and thought two sets of sheets might help her if she inherited that issue from me. 

Now so far, if you've noticed, most of what we bought was from Wal-Mart, but they did not have any comforters that she liked. And she and her roommate were trying to color coordinate so that their room would look cohesive. We were looking for a comforter with greys and purples and the roommate was greys and pinks. We ended up at Bed Bath and Beyond with a comforter that she actually found on clearance. The link above is for the same comforter but in blues instead of purple, they must not carry the same one anymore, hence the clearance sticker. 

Now that the bed looked pretty much put together it was time to have a little fun with all the pillows on top. She requested a body pillow, I think because that is what all the online people told her she needed for her bed. Well, those people were right. She absolutely loves her body pillow and ended up purchasing the cheap one with a grey furry case. It works as a buffer against the cold cinder block walls at night, and curls up behind her when she is reading in bed. It was a must have purchase and she said she will not let hers go. 

I am a sewer and I suggested a few fun accent pillows on her bed. We were at Ikea one day and found two (rather large) pillow inserts that were in their clearance section. I am not sure if they sell them like this, or if they were taken out of a pillow, but the price was right, so we snatched them up. I made very simple pillow covers to match her comforter and to give a little personality to her bed. She did also receive a fun pillow from her roommate's family for a graduation present, letting the girls have matching pillows on their bed to look nice too. Or when the two actually made their beds. 

And last, but never least, came the actual bed pillow. My daughter likes to use a flat, old feather pillow that she has had forever, but I wanted her to have some real pillows too, so I purchased her some My Pillows to make her bed complete. I have to admit, I do love this company and have one of their pillows myself, and it never hurts that they are a Minnesota company, buy local, right.

And no dorm room for my kids would be complete without some fun footie pajamas. Yes, my older kids actually do wear these, mostly to make people laugh, but I have caught them actually sleeping in them before. 

Stay tuned for more areas covered in a tiny dorm room to help make your kids feel at home-away-from-home. 
  • Dorm Room Decorations
  • Kitchen Supplies for your Dorm Room
  • Seating Arrangements in a Dorm Room
  • How to Host a Party in a Dorm Room

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