Ahh the temps are warming up, the sun is shining, flowers blooming, and we can start to shed some layers and dress for spring.
In this in between weather where it’s still a bit chilly, outfits can be tricky.
An easy way to style spring transition outfits is by wearing a warmer layer on top (sweater, sweatshirt, shirt with duster,etc.) and shorts or a skirt on bottom. I like to pair mine with boots or booties.
I’ve been living in these Anine Bing Sweatshirts. They run true to size. They are a bit pricey, but good quality, and I wear them over and over again.
These over the knee snakeskin boots are an Amazon find! They are under $40… crazy, right?! If you aren’t wanting something quite as bold I found a bootie version as well. You can shop those HERE. (They are $27 and another Amazon fashion find!)
A spring transition outfit staple is a faux leather skirt. Suede skirts are having a moment too! Here are some great options….
Nashville is such a fun and vibrant city to live in! It’s been so fun working on this Nashville Travel Guide Series. One of my favorite things to do here is hit up a local coffee shop. I’ve rounded up the best coffee shops in Nashville, TN! Also, be sure to check out my post on the best murals and photo spots in Nashville.
Best Coffee Shops In Nashville
It’s so picturesque! I’m typically a plain latte kind of girl, but they have this magical drink called the Gingerbread man. AKA “Cookie Milk.” Get it iced…so delicious! It’s also a full bar if you’d prefer a stronger type of drink. 😉 The breakfast sandwich is my favorite in town as well.
Another picture perfect spot. They are known for their rose flavored latte. Be sure to check out their breakfast too. So good!
They have a coffee called the “black bear.” It’s blackberry and honey, the perfect summer coffee drink.
The whiskey caramel and bourbon vanilla are two of the best coffees in town. There are multiple locations (Germantown, Gulch, East Nashville.) Each of the locations has it’s own decor and vibe… all awesome.
Inside of the Germantown location.
East Park Donuts & Coffee
The donuts are just so good. A great weekend spot for coffee with a treat!
If you are in need of a STRONG coffee, this is your spot. Their cold brew is the best. It’s like a shock to your system… in the best possible way.
My favorite black coffee in town. You can watch them grinding in the back.
For a “treat coffee” I love the “Nutty” or “Salty Single”. They have multiple locations as well. The prices seem to be a little more reasonable here than other coffee shops in town. Fun fact: Jordan Rogers and JoJo Fletcher are involved in the Nations location and you can see them there all the time!
There are more than one location. We are always at the 12th South location. However, the one in the Nations is much more “picture worthy.”
Coffee and Coconuts
So this one is actually located in Franklin, TN, but it is worth the drive! The best avocado toast, bourbon coffee, CBD infused coffees and a California chic decor style. Even the bathrooms are adorable!
Trey is taking over the blog for this one! I’m usually the shopper of the family, but when it comes to Amazon… he keeps our front porch filled up on the regular.
So here’s what he has to say about the best Amazon finds for men….
It’s awesome. I probably don’t use it to it’s full potential, but as far as it being a hub to stream anything for my phone, and keeping my iTunes and Apple Music up to date so I can stream anywhere in the house, it’s perfect. I also downloaded some apps that allow me to stream anything and everything on the projector upstairs. Simple to use, and great 4k quality.
Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera (works with Alexa)– I read a ton of reviews and was some what skeptical at first. I got a two of them after Ashley wouldn’t stop bugging me about getting some. Georgie broke 3 other baby monitors. These are high quality, easy to set up, and you can stream them on your phone or through your Fire TV wherever you are. (AND G hasn’t broken them yet…)
Fry Pot– This 14 qt fry pot is their big daddy. I like it because I have a bigger propane burner and it distributes the heat perfectly. I can let fish, or chicken, or whatever we are cooking up have space but still cook in large batches. I used it to cook a New Year’s day meal for 65 people…. so it works well.
Uppercut Deluxe Pomade– This has been staple for a while. You want to slick it back, your want to comb it over, it will lock it down! It’s water based so it doesn’t just clump up and stay, but it holds great. Their other products are really good too, I have just used this one for some time.
Mechanix gloves have become my “go to” for riding my motorcycle and anything else really. As long as its not too cold, they don’t have insulation. They’re durable but still have dexterity so I can easily shift gears.
Screen Cleaner Kit–
This Screen cleaner kit was something I found after we moved and there were finger prints on all the tv’s. I found this and it works great. It gets off juice, or yogurt, or whatever else the kids manage to get on any electronics. It got all the finger prints off computer where people touch the screen to point something out, like stop doing that, you don’t have to touch my computer screen to point something out. Great product, came with shammy, love it.
Butane Torch Lighter– Butane torch is a must have if you are doing any type of brûlée’s. We don’t make them a lot, because I don’t work out enough to justify 10k calorie dessert, but this torch is easy and defiantly does the trick. Also, any time you need a quick sear on something you baked in the oven like fish or chicken breast, it’s super helpful.
Best Air Mattress Ever– Air Mattress King is awesome. Since both kids have cribs in their rooms, we only have 1 guest bed. We get a decent amount of company so we needed another option. I have slept on many an air mattress and they were TERRIBLE. I took a chance on this one and haven’t looked back. Built in pump, sits up high, stays inflated, and is pretty comfortable I have to say. I did get the Lucid memory foam topper to put on as well and it fits perfect.
Led Zeppelin Hardcover– Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is just one of the best rock and roll coffee table books ever. It’s so personal, so many pics I have never seen from one of my top 5 bands of all time. It’s immersive and effortless a the same time.
Bug-A-Salt Lawn & Garden Gun– It’s a game, it’s a tool, it’s fun all the way around. Also, it’s effective. You can load it up with regular table salt, patrol the house and take out flies, spiders, yellow jackets, or any other breaching bugs. Kids love it too.
Patagonia Puffer Vest– Patgonia mens vest 5 moths out of the year its my go to quick run somewhere throw on. Nashville has very vesty weather, little cool, little foggy, little rainy, and this is great for all that. Plus, it flatters a dad bod. (AKA belly.)
BEST AMAZON FIND’S FOR MEN
If you are a fellow Amazon junkie, you can check out some of my favorite finds posts HERE and HERE.
As a family, we love to be outside. Exploring new places, hitting up the playgrounds and parks, eating outside. There is something so great about Vitamin D and the effect it has on our moods, but especially the kids.
Unfortunately, we have had day after day of rainy weather and cold days. We’ve been trying to not let that stop us from having some fun.
It’s so important for the boys to be stimulated in some way by learning something new or partaking in a fun activity at home.
If you don’t already, I suggest following “busytoddler” on Instagram. She has so many learning based activities using mostly items you most likely already have in your home. It’s my go to place to find fun things for the boys to do on our typical days at home.
We’ve also found some fun things that kept the boys attention and made for special family fun days indoors. I wanted to round those up for you so you could save them for a rainy day. Pun intended. HA!
10 Things To Do On Cold & Rainy Days With Kids
1. One of our favorites is to make movie night extra special. We would light a fire in the fireplace, get the boys sleeping bags, popcorn or a special treat. Then all snuggle up and watch a new movie we hadn’t seen before. P.S. How cute are the boys koala sleeping bags?! They are currently 50% off. You can find them HERE.
2. Build a fort. Use some chairs, blankets, make it the size of a room. The boys LOVE this one. You can grab some books and read or play in there.
3. Do a scavenger hunt or an egg hunt. (Since our boys are so young, I hid Easter eggs with little toys inside or post it notes with a shape or letter that they could practice.)
4. Play a board game. (We stick with Candy Land for now..)
Ahh the Shopbop sale is here! I’m rounding out my favorite Shopbop sale picks.
So this is a buy more, save more sale. You use code: GOBIG19 for 15% off orders of $200+, 20% off of orders $500+ and 25% off orders $800+. This is the time of year that I like to stock up on some spring essentials.
There are so many great finds this year, but here are some of my absolute favorites.
I’m thrilled to be working with Baby Jogger to review their newest stroller, the City Mini 2.
As a mom of two under two, finding the perfect baby products can make life much easier and the day to day run smoother.
I know as a new mom, finding the best baby products for your family can seem overwhelming, so hopefully this can help you make the right decision for your family.
One of the things I pride our family on is that we love to “adventure” together. Trey and I make it a priority to still get out and about with our kids regularly. It’s paramount in our parenting strategy to teach our kids by experiences.
We are always traveling, trying out new places here in our city, and like to stay out and about. This stroller parallels that on-the-go lifestyle perfectly.
My favorite part of this stroller is the ease of folding it down and popping it up. It’s got a one hand fold, and is lightweight. I can easily do it with a baby on my hip. (Ha! Most important for #momlife.)
Another thing that I really love about this stroller is how easy it is to maneuver. It’s really great for crowds and tight spaces. You can push with one hand and be in control completely.
The fabric is premium quality and is easy to keep clean and durable. (With two boys this is important to me!)
Georgie LOVES his glider board. He calls it his “skateboard” and has such a fun time riding along. It keeps him entertained and is very easy to pop it up when he isn’t riding.
We have been loving the ease of this stroller. It fits in perfectly with our families lifestyle, and I highly recommend it for families that like to get out and about a lot and want a no fuss stroller.
Thanks Baby Jogger for providing this stroller for review.
You can find more information including specifications and safety info HERE.
One of the top trends on the runways this New York Fashion Week was fringe. I’m totally here for it!
It can be styled so many different ways, and adds that extra flare to any look. To keep it simple pair it with a simple sweatshirt and white booties.
It was seen anywhere from blouses, to the bottoms of pants to full blown head to toe maxi dresses in fringe. It’s really versatile, and a bit unexpected.
Since this is trending as we go into spring there were lots of fringe in lighter colors. Here’s a $22 skirt option in a pretty light color that’d be the perfect way to dip your toe into the trend without breaking the bank.
While you are there, snag the leggings that everyone has been talking about. They are almost identical to the Lululemon Align pant for a fraction of the price. (They are on sale for $13..shop them HERE.
Nasty Gal– 50% off of everything!!! I scooped up this $20 dress and will be wearing it with sneakers all spring.
Neiman Marcus– $50 off every $200 using code: LOVENM. If you’ve been thinking about a pair of Golden Goose, or a designer item. Now is your chance! (Also, for my favorite Golden Goose by them and sizing..you can read my full post on that HERE.