Friday Confessions – Giveaway!

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Another Friday … another round of weekly confessions … and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Stay tuned to the end of this post for more details!!!

Lets get to it why don’t we?!?!

  • I am exhausted. ALL … THE … TIME. At any point of time in the day, I can take a nap. When I wake up in the morning, no matter what time I go to bed, I feel like I could go back to sleep for another hour … the thought of going to bed late, makes me want to cry. My 21 year old self is mortified in my behavior, and embarrassed I don’t suck it up, because as I once said, “You can sleep when you are dead … ” Well 21 year old self, I am dying slowly every day from lack of sleep .. touche!
  • Every Sunday, I make a deal with myself. I will shower EVERY day … I will style my hair everyday … I will wash my face twice a day (morning and night) … and I will maintain pretty painted nails all week. By Tuesday, I have already missed one shower … by Wednesday I decide washing my face twice dries it out and is stupid … and on Friday I look at my nails and wish I had painted them at least once … NOT ONE GOAL ACCOMPLISHED and they are standard self-care goals!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME???
  • When I am making dinner, my kids are always restless and constantly telling me they are hungry. It takes every ounce of self-control I have, to not throw a handful of Cheerio’s on the floor and tell them to, “go at it”! When I say every ounce, I mean I have grabbed the box of cereal, and then the thought of my husband walking in and seeing what I am about to do, stops me. Not the fact the kids are eating food off of the floor … the judgement from my husband … what kind of mother am I?
  •  It is my daughters 3rd birthday on Saturday. We are having a party with 45 people … at the zoo … who does not allow alcohol. It is my opinion that any location who offers space for a children’s birthday, should have a steady stream of wine and/or liquor at their locations. It is cruel not to.

I am so excited to announce my FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! The response to this blog has been incredible, and I want to thank my readers with something really special!

Up for grabs is the SOLD OUT ANASTASIA OF BEVERLY HILLS -NICOLE GUERRIERO GLOW KIT! Have you heard of this palette? I have been DYING to try it after all of reviews I have read, and seeing it is ALWAYS sold out means so many others are as excited as I am!! 

Follow the link below to enter!!! Winner will be announced in next Friday’s Confessions!!!

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Churchin’ It Up …

This weekend, my husband and I went to see Eric Church. We are BIG country music fans … judge me all you want, but I will SHAKE IT to some twangy country music!!

It is always difficult for me to choose what to wear to a concert. On one end, I love the country feel … a good plaid/flannel shirt … cowboy boots … cowboy hat …  really makes you feel excited. The problem is, most of those are things I don’t wear on a daily basis. They are just not … ‘me’ … you know what I mean? I like to wear things that suit the experience, while at the same time are still true to my personal style.

For this country concert, I wore a shirt dress, light military style jacket, and boots. I  felt like it was dressed up enough to make it feel like date night, comfortable enough to be standing all night at the concert and I didn’t feel ‘theme-y’ where I was self-conscious about how I looked.

The dress … oh my goodness, this dress is so comfortable and flattering!! It’s one of those shirt dresses that is forgiving and baggy, while at the same time giving you some shape. It is not just a tent, it has curves, but it’s not hugging every dimple of cellulite my kids gave my booty!

DRESS OR DRESS
Main Image - Current/Elliott T-Shirt Dress

If you follow me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/tshirtsandtantrums/), then you probably saw my post on Friday about my St. Patrick’s Day outfit. I absolutely LOVE the military jacket I wore. It is such a great color of green, which really compliments any complexion. I love the length too … it is long enough to wear with leggings and a longer tank/t-shirt, and short enough to wear with jeans. That is a tricky length to find in a jacket and this one delivers … BIG TIME!

JACKET (currently on sale – I wear a size small and find it to be TTS)BB Dakota Kierson Army Jacket

I chose my GO TO Frye boots … these are just the best boots! They are so comfortable, that after walking to the concert … standing all night … and walking to our car after … they never caused my feet to cramp or feel uncomfortable … SO glad I own these, and I am hoping to buy the black pair soon!!

BOOTS (I wear a 6.5 typically and wear a 6 in these)

For accessories and jewelry … I went with simple gold. I ADORE Gorjana jewelry … it is one of my favorites!! Simple … classic … understated …and beautiful. All things that SPEAK to me!!

EARRINGSMain Image - gorjana 'Chloe' Small Stud Earrings

NECKLACE (this is adjustable … and it is my favorite!! I found it at the Nordstrom sale … sorry it’s not still marked down, but it is worth it full price too!)

PURSE (I wore this in the Linen color, which is SO flattering to everyone … sadly, I can only find it online in this pretty blue color, which would be so perfect for Easter!)

It was an incredible night with some amazing friends … and Eric was one of my favorite concerts to DATE!!

What about you … what are your concert staple outfits? Any suggests for what to wear when I go to Nashville in May??

These are my confessions …

Did you read the blog title? Did you sing it to the tune of Ushers, “… these are my confessions. Just when I thought all I could say, all I can say …”  I’ll leave you to finish the song.

In an effort to ensure consistent content, I wanted to start a Friday feature … Friday Confessions.

Let’s get to it… Fridays Confessions. Since you may not know me well yet, I thought I would give you a little insight into just who I am today!

  1. When I vacuum my girls’ room, I don’t pick up all the toys before I do it. Instead, I run the vacuum and move the toys like a bulldozer. Slowly moving them into one pile. DONE – two birds, one stone!
  2. My life is currently held together by dry shampoo and wine. Without either one of those items, I am sure everything will crumble immediately.
  3. I am constantly feeding my toddler some form of chicken nugget: Monday Night: Chicken nugget; Tuesday Night: chicken strips; Wednesday Night: Chicken Sausage in a Bun; Thursday Night: Chicken Nuggets … and repeat.
  4. My husband and I have turned Friday nights into DATE NIGHT. I know what you may be thinking, “oohhh, date night!!!” … no, we take the kids to Costco and do all of our shopping on Friday nights. Costco is empty, the girls are either sleeping or watching a show on our phones, and we are able to have, what seems to be, the longest conversations with rapt attention spans, we have been able to have all week long.
  5. I am always on the hunt for great dry shampoo, that is INCREDIBLY cheap. I have recently been using Suave, and it has been great. But, switched to a combo of Batiste for Blondes and Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo. The Not Your Mothers is STUPID cheap … like … maybe $2 … and the Batiste is a little more than I prefer to spend ($6 …but I will spend more than that at Starbucks sometimes … shows how well I balance my life). I feel the combo of the two bring out the longevity of the Batiste, so I justify it.

I’ll keep today’s post short … I think my long ones force people to lose interest … and that is EXACTLY what I don’t want to lose!! Will you be back to read what I have to say next week? I hope so!!

Cheers!!

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Mom travel made easy

This weekend I left for a few days to attend a work conference.

I am going to get the doting mother quote aside right now. I adore my children, and I miss them so much when I am away from them!

Now that I have assured you that I am a loving mother and I and I adore my children, I will now say: I was SO excited to have a little time to myself. Time where I did not have to get someone a cup of milk, or walk around with my hair in a towel for over an hour after my shower because the kindle battery died, and someone MUST watch Cinderella or else she will DIE! Time where every conversation revolved around what I do for a living, and how I can grow and become more efficient and knowledgeable.

Time away also requires preparation. My husband took on the role of mom while I was gone. It’s not that I was worried … but there was the year he locked one of our kids in the car, while I was gone, and could not get into the house to get a spare set of keys. (This story is GREAT and one for another day … just another reason you should click the ‘follow button’ so you don’t miss it!!! I prefer Bloglovin’ for my blog reading preferences, if you would like a tutorial, let me know in the comments)

The preparation is key … meal prep, outfit decisions for the girls, setting our house up for minimal destruction while I am gone … all must happen before I can even THINK about preparing myself. I try to help my husband with the girls outfits, without him knowing it (he likes to be self-sufficient with the girls and I like to let him think he is). The girls looked AMAZING each day I was gone. Their sitter was very impressed with Jared. Little did she know, I know my husbands methods … grab the first thing on the top of the pile and pair with the first thing on top of the other pile – BAM – OOTD! To ensure the best outcome … I stacked the girls drawers so the first 4 or 5 shirt/pant combo would match. Worked like a charm!

For me … I really had to think about what I was wearing and how it would transfer to the different scenarios my conference offered. The first day included travel and then going directly into training’s. I am a representative of my employer, so I like to ensure I put as much ‘effort’ into looking nice, while staying comfortable during travel. This also means choosing items which do not wrinkle or stretch.

Jeggings for the win!! These jeggings were great, they are thicker than denim and totally mimic a dress pant fabric, but with a form fitting silhouette. Wrinkles were non-existent, and they did not stretch. Yes, you read that correctly … they … did … not … stretch … out!

These can be found here!

If you followed the link … I know what you are probably thinking, “Uh, pretty sure your ‘About Me’ states, “Champagne tastes on a beer budget …” and this is the second pair of pants you have suggested over $100.”  Well … I got really stinking lucky … I found these babies at a local boutique ON SALE for $35. I WISH they had an online store … it would be incredible!! However, after seeing how these babies performed this weekend … I would pay full price for them! I would buy them in EVERY color if they came in more of a variety!!

The next day I decided on a nice pull over dress. It packed well, and gave me a good balance of business casual and comfortable. While I cannot find the specific one I wore in stores anymore, here are a few similar ones and the same price point I found mine!

Dress 1 / Dress 2 /  Dress 3

Each of these dresses is under $50, and all would be great for a day where you are navigating to areas of different temperatures. My conference had training’s, which required you to travel from one room to another. The temperature was always changing, one room was so cold I would shiver, while another would be so warm I thought I might fall asleep. Having a lightweight dress with long or 3/4 length sleeves proved to be the perfect choice. I was comfortable in almost every room, and I looked effortless and professional at the same time. Win – Win – Win!
My final day was part training, part travel, so again I needed something comfortable and professional, which traveled well. I was able to put together a great outfit of leggings, boots and a flowy top. (I told you in my previous post, I like my flowy tops and leggings!).
My favorite leggings of ALL TIME are the Zella Black Live Leggings … HANDS down amazing!! 
Leggings (on sale in pink)!
These leggings are by far the best for the price. Biggest factor – they /do not turn see-through when you bend over! They keep their color, even YEARS after washing and drying, they DO NOT STRETCH OUT and finally … they suck your thighs in so tight you have a thigh gap! Okay – that is not a guarantee, but on a skinny day, if you haven’t had breakfast yet … it can happen!
Once I returned home … floors needed mopped, counters needed to be wiped down … and laundry needed to be completed. Why is it when you return home, after somewhat of a ‘break’, life seems to just HIT you, and suddenly you think, “Jeez life … can’t I have just a little bit of a transition?”!
What are your working travel staples? I would love to add a few more key items to my packing list for my next work trip.You never know when you might have a ‘fat-day’ and need that back-up outfit!

Mom Style Staples

I never thought of my wardrobe, as my mom uniform … but that is exactly what it is. I have the SAME things in my closet, different colors, different cuts – but it all is the same.

– Boots
– Leggings
– Flowy tops to hide the mom pooch
– Skinny Jeans / Jeggings
– Ballet Flats
– T-Shirts … a LOT of t-shirts

I try to follow trends when they are not too crazy … I never quite got into the silk MC Hammer pants or point toed boots … but I LOVE me some jeggings … I hope that trend stays for a LONG LONG time!!

I recently purchased a SECOND pair of Frye boots … in two colors … because they are THAT amazing!!! They have been discontinued, so they are hard to find – but that means they are almost ALWAYS on sale when I do find them!!!


The Frye Jane Boot – found here or here (for those who need a little more calf room). 65% off!!! Seriously?? On FRYES!!! Strike while the iron is hot!!

These boots have been my GO TO boot for years!!! I LOVED them when I was pregnant. It gave me a little more of a put-together look, rather than flats would have. It looked like I put in more effort than I really had.

Same goes for now … when I run to Costco or Target on the weekends, adding these boots to leggings and a flowy top, takes me from frumpy to classy, all in a pair of boots!!

For t-shirts, you cannot go wrong with your standard white v-neck. It is just a classic staple that goes with everything, jeans, leggings, even a pencil skirt for the relaxed, business casual look.

Main Image - Madewell 'Whisper' Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee
LOVE this tee in EVERY color. Being UNDER $20, it’s a great option for any wardrobe. You can find it here and here if you want it in color and on SALE!!!

Finally – JEANS … my favorite jean style is a long leg with a wide flare. I am on the shorter side, and something about this leg elongates me … I am pretty sure you if you were to look back into my high school days, you would see me in these jeans as well!!



I LOVE these jeans (wash on cold with a little vinegar and the fading will be minimal), you can find them here or here (if you don’t mind a bargain!!!)


I’m willing to spend a little more on my jeans – just because I wear them CONSTANTLY!! To me, its worth it. If I wear them all the time, and LOVE they way I look in them, I am willing to spend a little more. What about you? Are you willing to spend a little more on jeans, if you love the way you look in them and will wear them all the time?

What are your go-to items to pull your outfits together? A statement necklace or earrings? Where do you find them, I would LOVE some new resources!

I am making the jump!

Wow … so this is how you do it, huh? This is how you start a blog … you just sit down and write. Mind dump, in a sense.

To the public.

Letting everyone know what is going on in life. Do you hate those bloggers – who seem to make it look like everything is perfect, ALL THE TIME?

News Flash: THAT IS NOT ME.

For those of you who know me … a quick recap … for those of you new here, WELCOME to CRAZY TOWN! I live in Gig Harbor, WA with my husband … two girls … dog … cat … and home which is about to be remodeled … I will be covering that later.

These girls and their tutu’s

I was born and raised in Washington State and can think of no finer location to call home. I love where I live – and simultaneously wish I lived somewhere else. Somewhere grander perhaps? No … somewhere that was self-cleaning. I would pretty much live ANYWHERE if it was self-cleaning.

I work full time, which means I wake up at the crack of dawn, get myself and the kids ready – head out the door, come home, and continue to work until my brain and body give way and I fall into bed – UTTERLY exhausted.

I have an amazing husband, who is an awesome dad (he will change a diaper, or dance with our tutu’d toddler at the drop of a hat) and a great sport. He will soon be a topic of a post, or two … or three … and he is aways great to smile his way through it. I married up with that man.

That pretty much sums our little family … and my life … like I said … if you keep reading, you will definitely determine just how nuts I am!! And maybe how nuts my husband was to marry me.

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