Just Like Mom

I’ve heard “Just like mommy” and “minni me” even with my first two children for years, but I think this little girlie girl takes the cake. She is full of spunk and personality, but can be quite shy. It all depends on the vibe she gets off of people. I’m the same way.

She loves all things sparkly, all things clothes, all things girly, but then again Alexis, my oldest, used to be that way too, lol. So, I will enjoy this while can!!

I just had to have this shirt that I found that Target carried from Cat & Jack. I’m still a little iffy about the whole turtle thing though because we’re far from “slow”, but they are cute and glittery, haha!!!

She is a doll. See the OOTD and read the details below!! Always keep an open mind about saving in different areas for your family! Pride will only hold you back from great things.

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She was so antsy to get up and play!

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I had to be very quick to snap a pic before she slid off the chair to run around.

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This is how our sessions go, but I manage to snag a few cute pics each time. We’re getting better at it!!

ABOUT THE OUTFIT:

Top: Cat & Jack: Dirt Cheap- $1.00 NWT

Shorts: Park Bench Kids: Dirt Cheap (part of a 2 piece set)- $1.00 NWT

Headband: By BowPosh

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Let your love shine

Let your love shine, always, in everything you do!!

We are doing our best to teach our kids this, and as we head back into the school year this is even more important!! We are, of course, anti-bully- having been the kids that went through that in school, even into some high school. We believe that everyone is unique, and just because they are interested or like something that someone else doesn’t, that doesn’t make them non-friend worthy! We can learn so much from each other.

Our kids have done a phenomenal job at making others feel comfortable and being their friend even when others see things differently.  I pray that they continue to show this love to everyone, giving them the chance they deserve even as adults.

Now that our oldest two (13 and 11) are going to be in high school soon, we didn’t expect to have another to experience these things, lol! I think she will be just fine as well <3.

This shirt was absolutely perfect and we found it at Target on clearance a few months ago, in March I believe.

We usually buy a size up for Bentlie so she can get some extra wear time because she grows so fast. Now that the other two are slowing down, its becoming easier with their sizes.

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Bentlie sitting in her great grandmothers chair in the formal living room. So sweet! She even let me paint her nails. Now, she gets upset if I don’t paint them when she hands me he nail polish, haha. Girly girl!

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These gold bows just MAKE the outfit!

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This shows how the skirt was NWT! There were two available at 18 mo but unfortunately, I only needed one, lol.

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Those eyes though!!! This photo was taken for our OOTD (outfit of the day) we did a few months back around her birthday month :). The leggings have little gold flowers so it went great together!

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This was when she first got this outfit. The hearts on the leggings are half black and half gold :). Funny story about these leggings coming in another blog! Stay tuned.

About the outfit:

T-shirt: Cat & Jack: Target clearance- $3.49

Bow skirt: No brand (has snowflake/star symbol- Regular price $4.97 at Walmart online): Goodwill NWT- .99 cents

Bow headband (in first photo): BowPosh by Laura C Cole & Co. (made by me, can be found in our shops at http://www.lauraccoleco.esty.com).

 

 

About the other pieces:

Black leggings: Forgot brand: Goodwill- $1.99

Heart leggings: Cat & Jack: Target sale- Buy one get one half off (regular price $6.00).

Bow headband (in next to last photo): BowPosh by Laura C Cole & Co. (made by me, can be found in our shops at http://www.lauraccoleco.etsy.com).

Funny story about the heart pants coming soon!!!

 

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Love my family. Love my life. 

Love, The Family Coleition 

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Friends Forever

Since I am a bit behind on my blogs because there is some big news coming up in the Laura C Cole & Co. world, Im going to get them all posted this week so I’m hoping I don’t overload you with cuteness ;).

I hope you enjoy. These are super adorbs, and Bentlie absolutely loves them! We let her pick out her outfit each day :).

For this outfit you will see the same shirt worn different ways, but it is one of her favorite shirts. When she sees it she grabs it and hugs it with the biggest smile!!!

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This tutu skirt was originally only at Macy’s by Hello Kitty and it is super fluffy!!

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She taught herself how to rock and LOVES it!

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The photo below was from a few months ago, and it still fits her. We buy a size up so clothes can last a bit longer. In the above photos you can see how much her hair has grown!!

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Bentlie visiting my dad for the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, she never got to meet him but I know he would be so very proud!! He loved his other two grandchildren, Alexis and DuGrei!

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Here is another shot of Bentlie in her Friends shirt with some harem pants from this blog! We love all of the mix and matching!!

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About the outfits:

Friends Forever T-shirt: Target Clearance- $3.49

Hello Kitty tutu skirt for Macys: Goodwill- 1.00 NWT

Cute sneakers: Garanimals: Walmart: 3.00

About the other bottoms:

Tan shimmery harem pants with padded knees: Target clearance- $3.49

Zebra ruffled skirt with undershorts: Jumping beans: Goodwill- 1.00

Heather black harem pants: Target clearance- $3.49

Socks: Walmart- $1.97 (pack of two)

$3.49 was like a splurge, LOL.

 

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Love my family. Love my life. 

Love, The Family Coleition 

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Schoola Coupon

Hey everyone!!

As you know, Schoola allows your FIRST purchase of up to $20 to be FREE (as long as you are  BRAND NEW user and have never used any device, card, etc. on their site before). Click HERE for your free $20.

On top of that, I just found a coupon code for an additional 20% off which means you can add another item to your cart! WOOHOO!!! Enter coupon code “GSHOP”.

Here is an order I just did with this coupon (discount of $5.30) so I paid $1.22 for 4 shirts (I had $20 to spend as well). Not a bad deal, I tell ya.

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If you have any questions, feel free to message me at bowposh@gmail.com!!

Happy shopping, and don’t forget about the other awesome site where you can get your first order free as well!!! Click the link for a free $10 at ThredUP!!!

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Read more HERE!

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Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

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Be sure to look back at our other cuties.

Giving Friends Part 2

This post will be a little continuation of the “Thats what friends are for” post from a bit ago. Am I the only one that thinks of Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne singing that song in Bridesmaids??? Hahaha.

Here is a second piece that was in the bag I got from a good friend a couple of weeks ago!! This top was NWT (new with tags attached), and I was able to make it work with my maternity style for the moment.

When I first pulled it out of the bag I was excited because I love all things sparkly, and this top has a nice amount of gold shimmer threaded throughout the pale pink/ blush fabric!! Love. Short and sweet, lets get to it!

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Straight out of the shower and into clothes look.

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Still just a big ‘ol ball, but it sure is getting heavier ;).

My husband said he liked these because I wasn’t ready for the picture. Also, this is the bag I talk about in the other friends post that my friend had the clothes she gave me in! It does look bigger here, but I love its raw cut edges and sleek look.

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I actually took a few seconds to put some accessories on. Watch out now.

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The adorable shimmering fabric!

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Top: New York & Co.- a friend- $0 (NWT)

Tank: Gap- Goodwill- 1.99

Jeans: Oh Baby by Motherhood- $5 (included in a $10 bundle of two pants on Poshmark) Paid $0 (using credits)

Shoes: Calvin Klein- Goodwill- 4.99 (NWOT)

Necklace: Loft- 4.99 (clx)

Bracelet: Bealls Outlet (I think)- 3.99

Shoulder bag: Saks Fifth Ave- a friend- $0

See, name brands without the name brand hits to my bank account!

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Don’t forget to visit one of my previous blogs titled “FREE CLOTHES” to find out how you can get your own free orders on gently used clothes and brand new clothes 😀.

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Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.

That’s what friends are for

Friends help friends, right? Some of mine sure do, and I am so grateful. For the longest time I didn’t think I had many friends, especially after my move back to FL in 2010 (10 years after graduation to start over). I have a ton of “friends” on social media, but they aren’t REAL friends (you know what I mean).

It isn’t about how many, it’s the quality of the few you may have. I met a girl at a gym I got a job at a while back, and at first I was pretty sure she hated me (actually, I was positive). There was what seemed to be some tension, but over time, we became friends. After we both moved on from that particular gym, we remained friends (we now both work at another company together- she got me the job!), and that does NOT always happen with co-workers. Once one leaves, most of the time that is the last time you’ll speak to them.

She has been a blessing to me in some rough times, and even came through for a stranger along with another friend from back in the day (high school- wow) after I asked anyone that saw my Facebook status to help this lady with her daughters birthday who wasn’t going to have one otherwise. They took time out of their day to come up with items and money for this 9 year old who was having a birthday the next day.

The day that we dropped the items off to the lady for her daughter, my friend handed me a bag of clothes, and said they were for me. Her sister sends her clothes that she does not wear, and they are very nice, some new, and some new with tags. My friend even let me keep the bag that they were folded in, and I love it! The bag is a soft, black, faux leather, square satchel from Saks Fifth Avenue so now I finally have a black bag :).

This post will feature one shirt from the bundle that was given to me that fit with my biggo preggo belly :D!!! There may be one or two others I can pull off for maternity, and then I can wear those and the rest after delivery.

It is a size small, but is very stretchy! The criss cross layers do a great job at camouflaging any bulgy areas I may have, but still hugging my belly in a flattering way. The color is a beautiful, rich orange (unlike the photo because it was insanely bright out today which made the shirt look like a road cone with my camera in the original photo).

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Just another errand day with no makeup or too much going on.

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Some of the layers are flipped up here to show how they are flowy.

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My husband took this back view and I am very surprised at how you can’t even tell I’m pregnant!!! Turn me sideways and I may knock everything over, lol.

SO, my point here is that you all have amazing friends even if it’s only a few. They don’t have to know that you are struggling if you are, and you may be completely on top of your game and on top of the world, but you are still penny pinching for certain goals in life. That’s totally okay. They will understand, and you really don’t have to explain anything.

Don’t be afraid to ASK or make a post on your social media outlets for clothes that any of your female friends in your size bracket may be looking to get rid of for free or extremely cheap. Remember when we borrowed our friends clothes in middle and high school (even though sometimes we didn’t get them back)? This is the same thing only they won’t be expecting you to give them back! You can even do a swap so you both have a semi new wardrobe. I’ve seen many moms do this with kids clothes too, and it saves them a ton!

I was offered these clothes, but it IS an option and I don’t think it is anything to be too proud over. I have had other moms on my Facebook ask me if I wouldn’t mind giving up some of my daughters old clothes, and I was happy to bag the ones up that didn’t fit anymore and pass them on. I didn’t ask any questions because we all have our reasons :).

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Top: rafaella- a friend- $0 (like new- not maternity)

Tank: Gap- Goodwill- 1.99

Jeans: liz lange maternity ($5)- $0 Poshmark APP (bought in a bundle of two- used credits so no out of pocket expense)

Shoes: Mossimo- Goodwill- 4.99 (NWOT)

Necklace: No brand- Goodwill Boutique- 5.99

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Don’t forget to visit one of my previous blogs titled “FREE CLOTHES” to find out how you can get your own free orders on gently used clothes and brand new clothes 😀.

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Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.

Social Network Shopping

SNS? Whaaaat is that? This is when you search on Facebook for local community pages where the surrounding areas post items for sale. Yardsale/ garage sale titled pages, Mom pages, and other specifically titled pages are considered “seller” pages on Facebook. You can join these groups for free, obviously, and watch for posts of items for sale that you may need. Sometimes individuals on these pages give items away for FREE because they do not want the hassle of trying to sell it or maybe it needs some work, and they are not worried about making money off of it.

There are many “Pay it Forward” titled pages in your areas as well. These pages are strictly for giving away items. You are welcome to claim an item that you may need (not too many or too often), but if you truly are not in need then perhaps it would be best to let someone else claim the item, especially if they have been searching or asking about the items on previous posts :). Giving your old items away on these PIF pages is also wonderful so have fun Paying it Forward!

This post will be brief in explaining this post as it is very basic, and explained above! YAY!!!

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It has been weather crazy in SWFL lately with one day being freezing cold, the next day pouring rain with flooded parking lots, the next day kind of cold, but not really, then really cold, and then the next day being a breezy, warm day again!!!!

I chose this day to make my husband pit stop and take a photo of this shirt while we were sprinkled on, haha. I love you, Jason!

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Jacket: Gap- Goodwill- $4.99 (Was still in retail stores)

Jeans: Oh Baby by Motherhood- $5 (included in a $10 bundle of two pants on Poshmark) Paid $0 (using credits)

Shoes: No brand- Dollar General- $3.00

Top: Worthington- Facebook sellers page- $1 (not a maternity top, but worked for it as well)

Tank: Gap- Goodwill- 1.99

DON’T FORGET: Check out this blog post FREE CLOTHES to find out HOW to get more great deals on clothes!

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Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.