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Happy Friday friends!  So I know I said this Friday Finds segment would only be like once a month, but you guys I was out shopping the other day and found so many cute things for summer that I decided we needed another round.  So this week I am sharing Friday finds at…..J.Crew Factory!

This is easily one of my favorite stores because it obviously has the color palette and style I love from regular J.Crew but at such a better price!

Don’t mind that all of my pictures are in the dressing room, but let’s get to it!

Top // Shorts

Okay, so the majority of what I tried on did not come home with me, but friends these two items did!  I have had this sweater with pineapples on it, sitting in my cart online forever and just couldn’t decide.  But once I put it on in person, I was sold.  It’s so preppy and lightweight, it will be perfect for those chilly summer nights.  And then the scalloped shorts are just so feminine and cute!  They come in a few colors.  I have navy from last year and wear them constantly in the summer so another color was in order!

And while I’m in the scalloped shorts, how cute are these sandals with them?

Don’t mind my pale legs or un-manicured toes but I love me a gingham pattern and these were no exception.  They were really comfortable too.  Ahh now I’m wishing I bought them!  They would be so cute with white denim too but I love them with these shorts.  They aren’t available online for me to link but there are 4 other colors and leopard here, that are also cute.

Speaking of shorts…..their selection right now is so so good!  I almost bought these striped ones too but didn’t, and now I’m kind of wishing I had.


Do you see Leyton’s little foot sticking out?  I can’t even handle the cuteness!  Next up were these blue shorts that were so loose and comfortable.  I would say definitely go true to size or even one lower.


I tend to size up if shorts are zipper and button tops like jeans but when they are just drawstring it’s a whole different ball game.  In those instances I go with my usual size or even down one.  Here’s another similar pair I liked.


I love the little trim detail!  They also come in black.  Oh and this white tee shirt I just grabbed to pair with everything.  It’s basic with the little tie in the front (that you can’t see because I love a good front tuck).  The white tee is buy one get one free currently!

The last pair of shorts I tried on were these cut off boy shorts.  I sized up one in these just because there is nothing worse than a tight jean short, am I right ladies?  They come in 4 colors.


Pineapple Top // Shorts

I love these shorts because they are so versatile.  Here I am in them paired with a button down and then a basic tee.

Gingham Button Up // Heart Tee

Switching gears a little bit, I also liked this blue top.  My only complaint was that I didn’t love that the top didn’t stay opened and looked so closed up, if that makes sense.  I’m kind of holding it open in the first picture but in the second you can see how it really lays.  Also, I decided to front tie it because it had some length to it but you could definitely leave it long or front tuck.  This top is currently buy 1 get 1 free with code shopsale.

Next up is this perfect, vibrant yellow jacket!  I’m definitely wishing I bought this one.  I love a good bright yellow and it’s just so darn cute!  It’s currently 50% off.

Lastly, I have been on the hunt for a white denim jacket but couldn’t find any I liked.  But, as usual J. Crew Factory came through.  I purchased this one and love it!  Also, notice my shopping buddy in the background.

Unfortunately it’s not available online to link, but they should have it in store.  Alright friends, that does it for this version of Friday Finds.  I hope you found some fun new items to add to your summer wardrobe.  Maybe if we wear enough warm weather clothing, those higher temps will actually get here!

Have a great weekend.  See you back here Monday!




Copy of Monday Must Haves-3

Happy Friday friends!  Wow, what a week it has been!  I know I was supposed to have a post for you all on Wednesday, but I got behind and planned to post in the afternoon and then the apocalypse happened that was Instagram and Facebook shutting down for hours, and I rendered myself useless for the day. All was not lost however, because in the downtime I came up with a new series I’m going to bring you all either monthly or maybe twice a month ( I haven’t decided) but one or more Friday’s a month I’m going to go to a store (or shop at a store online) and bring you my favorites finds from that place.  It will be anything from J.Crew, Nordstrom, Madewell, and Target, to HomeGoods, Old Navy, and Pottery Barn, etc.  Almost like a Monday must haves but with try ons and mostly clothing and home goods. Continue reading “FRIDAY FINDS AT….”



Happy Friday friends!  Last week at this time I was headed to what I thought was sunny, warm Austin, Texas when really it was, just as cold as Ohio.

I had originally planned this post for earlier this week but then I realized today is International Women’s Day and I thought what better way to celebrate the day then with a post about a trip with some of my favorite women. Continue reading “AUSTIN RECAP”



Happy Wednesday friends!  Originally this post was going to be an Austin recap but I’m saving that for Friday.  Today I decided to touch on something else because it’s been on my mind to do a post about it, and I’ve had some questions regarding it and I figured now was as good a time as any.  Oh and don’t mind I’m about to share several hair pics to coninside with the post.

I want to talk about MLM’s (multi-level marketing), in particular Monat, and why all MLM’s are NOT created equal, and why I think some of the stigma around them should go away as it seems all get a bad rap from a few bad apples, and I’m here to say that they aren’t all bad.  And, I think good ones are worth supporting, maybe even joining if you’re considering it because I truly think they are the way the world is going and residual income is a real thing that never hurt anyone. Continue reading “THE MLM THAT MADE ME A BELIEVER”



Happy Friday friends! I’m currently sitting at the airport waiting for my flight (I’m heading to Austin for my friend Mazie’s bachelorette party and we’ve been delayed twice) and I figured what better time to write today’s blog post because as much as I try to get packed in advance before trips, yesterday I did not and therefore was up late doing so and didn’t get a chance to blog.

So here I am, at the airport with my breakfast and coffee and look what I found!

I have been on the hunt for this magazine for over a week and couldn’t find it anywhere! But you know if Rachel Hollis is on it, I’m finding it. And what I’ve learned is, when in doubt check the airport. Their magazine selection is unrivaled.

Anyways, on to today’s post! A few weeks ago Shay of Mix and Match Mama did a post I thought was so fun! She named her top 3 answers to a variety of topics (ie: favorite books, favorite vacation spots, favorite movies, etc.) and I thought I would do the same! I asked for topics on Instagram and you guys delivered! Hopefully I can answer them all. So for a variety of topics, here’s my top 3 answers! (*side note: I’ve never written a blog from my phone so I pray that the formatting turns out ok. My apologies if it’s totally out of whack).

Favorite Places I’ve Traveled

  1. London
  2. Hilton Head
  3. Miami

Favorite Alcoholic Beverage

  1. Wine
  2. Lemon Drop Martini
  3. Cider Beer

Favorite Podcasts

  1. Rise by Rachel Hollis
  2. The Ed Mylett Show
  3. Goal Digger by Jenna Kutcher

Pet Peeves

  1. Snoring
  2. Chewing
  3. People that talk on speaker phone in public for the whole world to hear. (This is tied with people that listen to their music on speaker while in public. It’s called headphones people!).

Favorite Healthy Snacks

  1. Apples and almond butter
  2. Almonds with rosemary and sea salt
  3. Frozen grapes

Favorite Movies (there’s so many I love but here’s the top 3 that come to mind)

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  3. Legally Blonde

Favorite Workouts

  1. Running
  2. Video/circuit training
  3. Bikes

Favorite Makeup Brands (This has changed a bit now that I try and use clean makeup)

  1. Beautycounter
  2. Savvy Minerals
  3. (Non “Clean” fav.) Nars

Favorite Easy Dinner Recipes

  1. Pasta!
  2. Take out (haha guilty!)
  3. My Turkey Meatloaf

What Self Care Do I do Just For Me?

  1. Spa day! Massage preferably
  2. Get my nails done (every 2 weeks religiously. I hate not having my nails done)
  3. Alone time (now that I’m a mom I have found self care is as simple as being by myself to go run errands, shop, sit in a coffee shop, etc.).

Things That Irritate You About Society

Oh man this is a loaded one but I’d say my 3 big ones are….

  1. Animal cruelty and child abuse. Hands down the ones that make me the most mad!
  2. People trolling and bullying behind a computer when they would never speak that way to someone to their face.
  3. Bullying in general and people that don’t raise their children to be kind.
  4. Violence and the true lack of compassion and under appreciation for life in this world.

*See I couldn’t even keep it to 3!

Date Night Ideas

  1. Dinner/Drinks and a movie
  2. Eric and I enjoy Top Golf from time to time!
  3. Concerts/shows

Favorite Cleaning Products

  1. Thieves household cleaner
  2. Norwex cloths
  3. Vinegar and water

Favorite Pump Up Songs

Ohhh this is a tough one because there’s so many to choose from but the 3 that come to mind are…

  1. Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolph & Lil Wayne
  2. Trouble – Neon Jungle
  3. Turn Down for What – DJ Snake and Lil Jon

Favorite Hair Products

You know I love and swear by Monat so that’s a given. But my 3 favorite, non washing hair items are…

  1. Microfiber towel
  2. Wet brush
  3. Coil hair ties

Favorite Baby Activities

And lastly, my 3 favorite baby activities and an excuse to share this cute picture….

Our favorite activities vary by season but overall we enjoy…

  1. Being outside, park, zoo, etc.
  2. Going to different stores. Here we are at Homegoods. Leyton loves riding in carts and seeing himself in mirrors.
  3. Library class. It’s free (which is nice after too many Target and Homegoods runs) and Leyton loves it. Win-win.

Okay friends, I think I’ll stop there but this was fun! I plan to do more like this in the future. I’m officially on the plane and about to take off. Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here Monday.

– Jill



Happy Friday friends!  You may have noticed that I totally slacked and did not have a post Wednesday like I usually do.  I had so much going on this week and I gotta come clean….it definitely took a back seat to everything else. But I got everything done, managed to get parts of the house clean and organized, got some workouts in, and now I’m back and ready to bring you this post all about why I love Cincinnati.

I have been meaning to cover this topic for a while now, but had other blog posts planned first.  But, I found myself with no topics planned for today’s post and thought, I know just what I’ll do! Continue reading “WHY I LOVE CINCINNATI”



Hi friends, happy Friday!  Today I’m teaming up with my friend Megan over on Instagram, (@_jillkoch_) and she and I are talking our “5 mom must haves,” and I figured I would carry it over to here, add some additional items, and make it blog post!

This topic excites me because as a newer mom, I’m always learning what products I can’t live without and what products are overrated and not necessary.  For the sake of time though, I will just be covering make that, coming clean, about the products that I deem – “must haves.” So let’s hop to it! Continue reading “MY MOM MUST HAVES”



Happy Friday friends!  Today’s post is a short and sweet one to send you into the weekend, but it’s one I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  You may know how much I adore Rachel Hollis and several times on her morning live show on Instagram, or her podcasts she has talked about how she has a playlist of songs that are her go-to songs to pump her up when she’s needing a confidence boost, motivation, energy, etc.  I loved the idea and decided to create a playlist of my own for this same purpose.  We all have those days….days where you don’t want to workout, where you feel less than, where your confidence is lacking, where you feel like you’ll never achieve your goals, you feel like a failure, you’re moody, you’re tired, you feel like everything is going wrong, and the list goes on.  Days like those are when we all could benefit from some good ole encouragement.  The kind that tells us to buck up, get out of our head, get motivated, get energized, and move on. Continue reading “MUSIC THAT MOTIVATES ME”