All the Feels 

I was recently at Target, without my toddler, and had a chance to peruse the book isle. I spyed this sweet little pink book and was instantly taken with the title ” note to self”.  I took it off the shelf and opened it (there is something about a crisp new book that is so outstanding). The first couple paragraphs are stunning and I really connected with the author (Connor Franta).  The back of the book says ” this is an open diary. this gives my insides a voice through visuals and poetry; this is me spilled out on paper.”  I mean- WOW. I really wanted to buy it, but I put it back, thinking I needed to be better about managing my money. I know-LAME.

The next day at work I told my office mate about the book. I’d been thinking about it and wanted to share it with her, as I knew she would appreciate the idea and the content of the book. She humored me, as any good friend would, and agreed that the book sounded great.

Fast forward a couple of days.

I came to work and sat down at my desk. I thought to myself, I can do this just eight more hours left…ha-ha. My office mate said to me ” I bought something for you.” Now this may seem out of the ordinary but it’s actually not. My office mate (dear friend) is the sweetest and most observant person I know. She pulled out the pink book and handed it to me. She had taken the time to look at it and buy it for me. That’s a moment I will remember forever. To feel noticed and listened to is really one of the greatest gifts.

I spent time reading, looking, and enjoying the book over the next of couple days. I wanted to tell people about it. So why not blog about it?? Exactly. Done. There is truly so much beauty and pain in this book. I enjoyed an entry about ” her peach sunglasses” (my synopsis won’t do it justice).  Buy the book. I also loved this quote on page 92,

“I hope you know I still admire you 

 I hope you know I still desire you.

(This made me think of my husband)

And I could go on but I won’t. If your looking for a good book to read before bed, at the beach, on your lunch break this is it. If you do end up picking it up let me know your favorite parts- I ‘d love to hear from you.

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer-these are my own thoughts and opinions. I’m receiving no financial compensation. 

Take a Trip, Be Uncomfortable, Make Progress

If you’ve looked at my Instagram lately you may have noticed that I haven’t been in Iowa.  I had the honor of being invited to a dear friend’s wedding in California. And to sweeten the deal my friend, Lindsey, made the trip with me. It’s been awhile since I’ve left Iowa, been on a plane, and taken a girls trip. It’s was really nice to have some “me time”. Do I still feel guilty for doing it , yes, do I do it as often as I should, probably not. But I can tell when I do take time for myself everyone gets the best version of me. And frankly, that should be reason enough. So my first piece of advice ( if you are still reading) is take the trip, get a coffee, go work out, do whatever helps you recharge. You don’t have to be mother to do this either, everyone needs a break. Give yourself permission. I’m sure most already know this but I wanted to send out a friendly reminder.

Since I’ve started the blog I have been pretty focused on how to get it going and make it my own. I’ve spent a lot of time looking at other fashion/lifestyle blogs to try to learn more about blogging in general. I’ve also been working on my grammar and punctuation… sorry everyone it needs work.  I’ll fully admit to the fact that I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m enjoying myself. Which is really the whole point.

So, since I was going to be in California I thought I would have my friend take some photos of me on the beach. I mean it is a fashion blog so people might want to see some clothing. Sounds reasonable. However, I actually hate being photographed. Like on a scale of 1-10, I’m at a 12 on the hate-o-meter. Anyway, it happened and I survived.  The point I’m trying to make is-I’m not perfect. I don’t look like a model. My hair is frizzy. I’m awkward. I swear a lot (thankfully pictures have no audio). This was outside my comfort zone.  It’s tough to start a journey into something you know very little about (but want to be successful at) and not be critical of yourself. I’m glad I let my beautiful friend take my photos. I can move forward with these photos and hopefully improve. So my second piece of advice is give something a try and be uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable is progress. It means you’re not settling, you’re moving forward. I assure you there is something out there more valuable than your comfort, it’s your dreams.  I do hope I find my “niche” with this blogging journey but until then I’ll just keep moving the pieces around and enjoy my time. 

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxoxo
Disclaimer- these are my own thoughts and opinions. I’m receiving no financial compensation.

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Mama’s Day 

The month of May has officially arrived! It’s rainy and gloomy but I’m hopeful Mother Nature can get it together in the next couple of days. With Mother’s Day fast approaching I thought I would do a short blog on gift ideas. I don’t believe you always need to give a gift but I like to let my mother know I acknowledge all she has done for me (and still does).

When I became a mother, I had no clue how difficult it would be. Zero, zip, no freaking idea. People tell you things while you are pregnant but If you’re like me you are focused on what pushing a little bambino out of your nether region is gonna feel like. Anyway- when Ella Frances arrived I was in awe that this beautiful baby belonged to my husband and I and that the hospital trusted us to take her home. No joke. Needless to say, we brought her home and over the past two years there has been laughter, tears, joy, insecurity, and lots of calls to my mother. Her support, guidance, and empathy has made me a better mother.  I am blessed, and I acknowledge that. So if you are looking for a small and simple way to let your mom know you care I think these ideas would be perfect. Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful MaMa’s out there!

Disclaimer- The following are my opinions and I’m receiving no monetary compensation.
1. Bottle of Wine

If your Mom isn’t a wine drinker- skip to #2:) If she is, then I think a great bottle of wine is the ticket! Nothing like sipping a glass of wine with dinner or all by itself! If you live around the Des Moines metro area we have some great wineries nearby. My favorites are Summerset Winery, Jasper Winery, Madison County Winery, and Fireside Winery. I’ve had the oppurtunity to go to some events at these wineries and they do not dissappoint. I’ve posted the links to their upcoming events this summer. Check one or all of them out-Take your mom too!!!

2. Mantra Band

These are beautiful. End of story. They are simple and classic and can be worn with anything. There are a bunch of different quotes to chose from so there is something for everyone. I bought a bracelet for my mom last year and she loved it. Depending on what you decide bracelets range between $25-35 dollars and necklaces start at $55. You are able to chose silver, yellow gold, or rose gold. Check these out at

I purchased this Grace bracelet last year along with my Mom’s bracelet.
3. Sun Hat

An Iowa summer is right around the corner and I could not be more thrilled! A sun hat would be a perfect mother’s day gift. She can wear it in the garden, poolside, at a softball game , or strolling through the Des Moines Farmers Market. Shameless plug- if you live in or around Des Moines and have never been to the farmers market you need to put this on your Saturday morning To Do List.  And back to the sun hats, they are a really popular acessory this year so she will be right on trend! I added links to some of my favorites!
4. The Magnolia Story

I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love Chip and Joanna Gaines and their show Fixer Upper. It’s on my personal bucket list to make a trip to Magnolia Market. That place looks so magical!!! Anyway, this book is an easy read. I think everyone can relate to Chip and Joanna and what they went through to get where they are today. It will make you laugh, cry, and smile. You can find it at

5. Stitch Fix Gift Card

This might be a little outside of the box but stick with me. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Stitch Fix it is an online styling service.  You fill out a style profile on their website, pick a ship date, and then a stylist sends you clothing and accessories based on your style profile. The styling fee is $20 dollars. The best part is if you decide to purchase something from your Fix that $20 dollars can be used towards anything you want keep. However, if you decide to send it all back you are out the $20. It’s a different and fun way to get some great clothes. I think this would be a fun Mother’s Day gift!!! Check it out -

Affordable Fashion

I love scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest to see the latest fashion trends. It’s a great way to get inspired on what outfits you might wear on vacation, date night, work, or around the house with a 2 year old. The only flaw in this plan, that I’ve discovered, is that I want to purchase all of my “pins and likes”. Well folks, I can only speak for myself on this but I can’t afford all that stuff! So, in an effort to not drain my bank account, I started using Poshmark. Poshmark is a website you can buy and sell your clothing and accessories! I’ve personally had great success with finding some really gorgeous brand name clothes, shoes, and accessories for affordable prices. I’ve shared my love of Poshmark with some girlfriends and they have purchased some beautiful things as well. The best part about the site is that if someone is selling something for a certain price you can offer a lower price and the seller can decide if they want to accept it or counteroffer. By doing this it lets the seller and the buyer be in charge of what they are willing to pay and accept as payment. I know this isn’t for everyone, what is these days, but maybe for some of you this will be your answer to affordable brand named fashion! Disclaimer- I’m not getting any compensation for this blog post- it’s my opinion and my experience and I just wanted to share. So for your viewing pleasure, I will leave you with some of my recent Poshmark purchases!! Enjoy!!! If you get a chance check it out for yourself-

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1. Guess Pink Heels- This was my Unicorn find on Poshmark. I had been wanting a pair of pink heels for awhile but had never come across the right color pink. And when I found some online they were just way more money then I was willing to pay. (Rewind 10 years and I would have had them no matter the price but that is not an option these days:) I was able to purchase these pink beauties, for $16!! My guess is that retail on these would be between $75-100 dollars.

2. Kate Spade Gayla Sunglasses- If you are like me you don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money on sunglasses because the likely hood of you sitting on them, losing them, or having your toddler wear them is statistically pretty high. So I was over the moon when I found these for $35!! They are even polarized which is pretty cool. These retail for around $100.

3. Steve Madden Mint Flats- I LOVE STEVE MADDEN… and when I saw these mint flats, there was no point in me trying to resist. They are the perfect pop of color for any outfit and they are comfy too! I picked these up for $18!! I have not found this exact pair but similar styles retail between $50-70 dollars.

Steve Madden

4. Sole Society Travel Bag- This company is a new find for me and I love all their stuff!! I have a couple trips coming up this summer and I was on the hunt for a carry-on that was not my high school back pack from 2002. I came across this one, on Poshmark and it was love at first sight. I was able to buy this bag brand new w/tags for $50.  This particular bag is no longer on the Sole Society website but it is similar to their other travel bags which run around $80 dollars.

5. G By GUESS Peep Toe- This was an impulse buy due to the fact that the seller wanted $20 for these never worn heels! I have paired these with a floral pattern, cold should dress and they are perfect. The retail price on these is a little challenging but similar styles are priced around $50-85 dollars.

6. Banana Republic Hi-Lo Fringe Dress- I looked and looked and looked at this dress for months. I just could not decide if I could pull it off. I finally just said the heck with it.. let’s do this! (I am a nerd).  It retails for $198… I bought it brand new w/tags for $40 dollars. I’m hoping to wear it to an upcoming wedding I’m attending in May.  Don’t judge it by these terrible pictures.. someday I will have someone more professional take photos for me:)