Life Simplifiers: Back To School Edition


Whether you have children in school or not, parenthood is BUSY. And back to school time means even more busyness gets added into the day, specifically the morning.

This fall David, my oldest, will be in Kindergarten, Luke will be in his final year of preschool, and Emily will be in a very short Mother’s Morning Out program twice a week. We’ve done preschool for the boys for the past few years but this upcoming school year will be the first time I’ll have all 3 kids at some kind of education/program during a few days of the week.

I’m excited for the return of structure and schedules but with that can come stress and forgetfulness. I’ve learned that about myself, so in an effort to simplify the upcoming school year, I wanted to share a few things I’m doing in case it may also help you!

First, I label everything that needs labeling. I love the dishwasher & washing machine-safe labels from Minted. I’ve had these for years and reorder new ones anytime I get low on my previous stock. Each child’s drink cup needs a label, as well as their reusable lunch box, lunch bag, backpack, and even their jacket. I use the stickers on a lot of the kids’ jackets, gloves, and really anything that could be easily mixed up with other children’s things.

The boys have been using reusable lunch boxes (these exact ones and I love them so much), and I’ve only had to replace the stickers on them one time. We run those lunchboxes through the dishwasher every single evening so that speaks to how great of quality these stickers are.

I also got each of my kids some personalized stationery that says “thank you”. Between thank you cards for birthday gifts and any other time a thank you card may be prompted, I thought it would be nice to have some personalized ones ready to go.

Along those lines, I have a very small stock of gender-neutral toys for a variety of ages that I keep hidden away so in case we ever forget to buy a gift for a child’s birthday party, I know we have at least one option at home!

The last back to school simplifier idea is to keep socks in a basket near shoes. This certainly is an every-single-day simplifier but it’s been such a helpful concept for our family that I wanted to encourage you to do it for busy school mornings.

In our family, Luke loves socks, and David is more likely to go barefoot. I got tired of asking the boys to run back upstairs to grab socks before we run out the door, and after hearing this idea from the Young House Love Podcast I decided to designate a basket of socks right near where the shoes live. It has profoundly impacted how much easier it is to get out the door!

You can read another “life simplifier” post about kid’s clothes here, and also read my trick to meal planning that made that daunting task much more enjoyable!

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3 Versatile Fall Jackets You Need in Your Closet


The right jacket can really finish an outfit in the best way. The three styles I’m sharing below are versatile, great for a casual or simple wardrobe, and can easily be dressed up or down. I will link to all of the exact items I’m wearing in all three photos at the very bottom of the post!

The first, and most worn style, is the field or utility jacket.

I love how easy this is to throw on with jeans and a tee, but it can also be a good option for throwing over a casual dress as well. I’m drawn to the structure of this style of jacket, without the stiffness. I also love rolling the sleeves up a bit so it looks casual and relaxed.

Over the years, I’ve had field/utility jackets from J.Crew Factory, Old Navy, and Target. You can click on any of the images below to shop some of my picks for this fall.


A sweater blazer, or “swazer” as one IG follower taught me, is such a classic + fresh option for a casual wardrobe.

This is a new addition to my closet and I’m so glad I added it. The fact that it’s a knit makes it feel comfortable and easy, but the blazer style looks sophisticated and classic. It’s been the only outer layer I’ve grabbed this summer when I run out the door and am worried about being cold in a restaurant.

My exact sweater blazer is from J.Crew Factory but there is a very similar version at J.Crew. I linked up to a few other options as well!

Last, but certainly not least, is a suede drape jacket.

This is a great date night option, and also one of my favorites to pair with a dress. It’s shorter than the other two options I’ve shared which are good at highlighting your waist and not looking too boxy! This one I’m wearing is also reversible!

Curious about any of the other items I was wearing, click on the images below!

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About The Sephora Summer Bonus Event + a few holy grail products


I mentioned in Instagram Stories recently that one of the many reasons why I love wearing neutral tones in my outfits is that it gives me full and complete freedom over what I want to do with my makeup on any given day.

Like wearing blue eyeliner, for example.

The experimenting part of makeup has always excited me, and while I certainly love to have a “go-to” look that I can pretty much do on autopilot, pushing myself outside of the box to try something a little different can be a good reminder to try new things!

I’ve worn navy blue eyeliner plenty of times but I just recently put it in my makeup bag so I grab it much more often.

Sephora is celebrating the last few bits of summer with a Summer Bonus Event exclusively for Rouge and VIB members. In the past, you may have heard me mention other Sephora events that are open to all tiers, but this specific sale is a special reward for the top two-tiered members.

Here are a few details: it’s unlimited use in-store and online, and the code is “SUMMERSAVE” to enter at checkout. Rouge members will save 20%, and VIB members will save 15%! The event starts 8/19 for Rouge Members, then opens up to VIB on 8/20 and runs through 8/27.

If you are neither of these tiers but happen to have a friend that is a Rouge member, he or she can bring you in-store on 8/19 and you can also get 20% off your purchase!

If you aren’t signed up to be a Sephora Beauty Insider yet, it’s completely free to do so. You earn points and get access to special promotions, events, and more. You can sign up by clicking here!

I filmed a demonstration of this makeup look, with a focus on the navy blue eyeliner application. The smudge brush is key! It’s one of the few brushes that I never travel without and always have in my makeup bag.

More than ever I like my foundation to provide medium coverage instead of full coverage. I used to be a full coverage foundation wearer, but I’m loving the more natural look that allows my freckles to pop through. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk is one of my holy grail foundations. The coverage is simply beautiful, looks natural, but provides evenness and glow to my skin. Second in line is NARS Sheer Glow, another beautiful sheer to medium coverage that looks very natural and is buildable in coverage.

The eyeliner I used in the video is by Marc Jacobs, and the shade is “Midnight in Paris”. And Caviar Eyeshadow Stick is in shade Cobblestone.

You may have noticed in the video that I had a few red spots and scars to cover on my chin area. The trick I want to share with you is to apply concealer to those areas and allow it to dry for a few seconds. Sometimes the hasty act of applying concealer and immediately blending it in can blend away too much of the product. So dot it on, move on to another area of the face to apply, then return back to the first area and blend it in. I prefer to use my finger so I can warm the concealer up a bit too!

This post was created in partnership with Sephora. A few details about the bonus event: Product exclusions: . Not valid on The Ordinary products . Clients are limited to the purchase of one Dyson item, three Drunk Elephant items, five Morphe items, and three Tatcha items per SKU per transaction

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