A little peek at a day in my life

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Props to all you regular vloggers.

I don’t have it in me. I’m not cut out for it.

I actually tried to vlog a “day in the life” a long time ago but I forgot I was vlogging in the middle of the day and so that footage was useless. I suppose I could have published it as “a morning in my life” but that felt dumb.

What’s even more eye rolling is that I vlogged as much as I found humanly possible on this day but I still left out parts that would have told the story of the day better. I also left Justin out of the dinner scene and I have no idea why. Again, props to vloggers for creating interesting, fun to watch vlogs. I’ll never be like you, but that’s okay.

To be totally honesty, I didn’t like filming so much with the boys. They have joined me for some fun projects on the blog but I don’t think I could make vlogging a regular thing with them. It’s too much camera for my taste.

Anyway, I managed to scrap together enough footage to give you a little behind the scenes peek at what a typical summertime day looks like for us. A lot of this looks like what you’d see on my Insta-stories, so if you enjoy this go follow me over on Instagram.

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Don’t pack the summer dresses away yet. . .

08
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Casual day dresses are the only way to stay cool during the heat of the summer, but I hate only getting to wear them for one season!

Well, the summer season is roughly May-October so I get a good bit of wear out of them, but I always like to change them up a bit come the fall months.

I found this great blue dress at Nordstrom and I knew I would wear it a lot. It has a high/low hem, a high enough neckline that let’s me play with the kids without feeling exposed, and while it’s relatively straight up and down in shape, it doesn’t feel like a shapeless “paper bag” dress.

I’m sharing two ways to style it today, and don’t doubt that I’ll try and make it work in the wintertime as well with tights and knee high boots too!

The easiest way to add a little extra to a simple dress is with a belt. This is my favorite thing to do in the summertime because it doesn’t require that I add another layer of warmth. Even a vest can feel hot over a dress in the summer, but a belt is like nothing. I chose these ankle booties because I’m so excited to start wearing them again, but sandals like these would be really cute as well!

For a cooler day, and perhaps something a little bit more “weekend”, grab a jean jacket and some slide on sneakers.

I swapped out jewelry for just a simple watch to keep the whole look really simple. I love the dress with sneakers look, and these slide on sneakers from Nordstrom are perfect for that. They are a crisp white so they feel clean and polished, but still casual.

I was clicking around the Nordstrom website and found a few other really easy to wear dresses that I’ll link down below!

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. Photos shot by Jordan Maunder at The Stockroom at 230

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My favorite mid-day drink: Homemade Iced Latte

08
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Welcome to one my favorite spots in my house! I love this little coffee room! It has come together nicely and it’s a much better option for my house than having a formal dining table.

I may be the only one who drinks coffee, but I drink enough of it to make an entire room dedicated to it make absolute and total sense.

Okay, I may have to justify it from time to time, but we had nothing else to put here so I happily just decorated it around the coffee bar!

I typically start my day with a hot cup of coffee with a splash of half & half. I used to be a die hard vanilla coffee creamer gal until I read the ingredients on the package and was repulsed. I switched to half & half and never looked back.

I love treating myself to a homemade iced vanilla latte in the middle of the day. It’s usually during nap time when I’m catching up on housework or e-mails, and it gives me a boost to keep my energy up until the end of the night.

My “recipe” is really simple, but could not be achieved without my Nespresso Citiz & Milk. I love this machine so much! I typically purchase the espresso pods on Amazon, these are the favors I like! I like using Roma and Ristretto when I make latte’s because they are a bit more intense than some other flavors.

To start, I fill a glass about half way up with ice. Then I’ll choose the larger of the two options on the machine, which I’m pretty sure equals 2 shots of espresso.

After the espresso is finished, I’ll squeeze 1 pump of Starbucks Vanilla syrup into the glass. I like to think the the warmth from the espresso helps mix the flavor in but I don’t actually know if that’s the case!

I’ll froth the milk on the cold setting for iced lattes, and obviously choose the hot/steam option for hot drinks. The frother works so fast and gives such a nice amount of foam.

It takes just a minute or two to cool down to a nice chilly temperature and then I drink it! It tastes almost exactly like an iced vanilla latte that I would buy at Starbucks but it’s better because I don’t mistakenly get served the skinny vanilla syrup which tastes like literal poison NOR do I have to leave my house to get it!

I haven’t experimented too much with other espresso beverages, but if YOU have please let me know your favorite recipes below in the comments!

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