Save Money on Summer Clothes

1Thank you to Groupon Coupons for sponsoring today’s post!

It seems like there is so much to spend money on in the summer! Summer travel, warm-weather clothes, back-to-school shopping…it all adds up, so saving money is important. I love getting deals so I can stretch my budget. Here are some of my favorite ways to save money on summer clothes I feature on this blog. Trust me, it’s not as hard as you think!

Take Your Time

Instead of buying on impulse, shop around. If you see something you like, check other stores to see if there’s a better price somewhere else. Sometimes it’s best to leave an item on the shelf to really consider if it’s something you should buy or not. Taking the time to comparison shop can help give you that clarity. Also think about how an item will fit in with what’s already in your closet. Read my extra tips on restyling your old garments and summer clothes on a budget.

Follow Your Favorite Stores

Find your favorite stores on social media and sign up for e-mail newsletters. You’ll be alerted of sales and promos, and after a while you’ll begin to predict patterns in the brand’s merchandising. Knowing when sales might pop up can help you make better decisions about when to buy (like knowing when the semi-annual Lilly Pulitzer sales are). Frequent shopper reward clubs are also an avenue to saving money. For example, Anthropologie’s Anthro Club sends a 15% off coupon good for the month of your birthday.

Check for Coupon Codes to Save Money on Summer Clothes

Before you buy something, it’s worth a look to see if there’s a code you can use to save a little cash. Groupon now has a section called Groupon Coupons that lists all available promo codes and sales for retailers including Macy’s, JCPenney, Target, Kohls, Aeropostale, and Tea. Just remember to check for coupons online before you click “checkout” on your online shopping cart! Pretty convenient.

Bee Safe Gardening: 3 Things You Can Do Right Now

Bee safeToday we’re talking about something dear to me: bees! Our bee populations are in trouble, but you can use these bee safe gardening practices this summer to start standing up for bees.

Plant More Flowers, Less Grass

Bees are starving on our turf grass lawns that provide no nutrition for them in the form of flowers. Even worse, for years over half of store-bought plants and flowers have been grown with bee-killing chemicals called neonicotinoides. If you maintain your own lawn, stop using sprays and chemical mixes that contain these insecticides right now. For what to avoid, start with this list from While you’re there, download a free poster like this one:

Bee Safe Gardening

Next, consider using a bee-friendly lawn seed mix that includes clover for them to snack on. Bonus–it’s also less maintenance than a pure turf grass yard. Did you know that once all lawns contained white clover? As standards for pure green lawns grew, the clover was eliminated–along with an important food source for bees.

If you don’t have your own lawn, consider talking to your Home Owner’s Association about the importance of helping our bee populations survive.

Buy the Right Potted Flowers

When you buy potted flowers, ask: were they grown using neonicotinoides? (These are sometimes called neonics for short.) Sometimes, the sellers will have NO idea what you’re talking about. I won’t buy anything there. However, awareness has been growing tremendously and many gardeners are conscientious about creating a bee safe yard. When I shopped at Lowe’s recently, the nursery staff was well aware of the issue and assured shoppers that as of this year they are 100% neonic-free.

bee safe garden

Advertise Your Bee Safe Gardening Practices

You can get a little “Bee Safe Yard” sign that announces your commitment to the health and safety of the planet. Get your sign for a small donation at Humming for Bees.

Pure green turf isn’t better! A bee safe yard is the most beautiful yard of all. Together, we can change our standards of yard beauty–bee safe gardening is the best solution for bees, and for us.

A Formal Spring Look

A dress that swirls! Perfect for weddings or formal

How many weddings do you have this summer? Its fun to have an excuse to dress up. I’m excited for my sorority Little’s wedding, my cousin’s wedding, and my college BFF/roomie’s wedding all coming up in the next few months. Today I’m showing off a modest spring formal look to give you some inspiration for any dressy events you might have on the horizon.

spring formal lookLong dresses are a good choice for formal events. I’m a fan for several reasons. For petite frames, it makes you appear taller! Yaaaasss. They’re fun to dance in, and they give instant elegance to your look.

Cute shoes for an event!Don’t be afraid to put together a few different colors in one outfit! Two very different blues (plus the navy clutch) make each other even more vibrant by contrast. A very basic, solid-color dress like this one provides a fun palette for bright and sparkly accessories.Formal shoes in mint green

Long dresses make it harder to show off your killer shoes, but you can get creative with it!

Spring formal look | photography by miles norwood

Spring Formal Look Outfit Details

Dress: GCGme

Shoes: Mojo Moxie, from a previous season. The update version is majorly discounted on 6 pm. Chelsea Clark also has a cut-out detail, tie-closure, peep toe that is just as cute but features a more comfortable heel height.

Necklace: Target

Clutch: Tory Burch, available in orange here. The updated style for this season is here.

Photographs by Miles Norwood.

Do you have any formal events coming up this summer? What are you thinking of wearing?

10 Travel Themed Mother’s Day Gifts

Travel themed mother's day giftsThis post includes affiliate links, from which I receive a tiny paper doll-sized commission if readers follow through with a purchase.

Whether she is an avid world traveler or a homebody with big dreams, travel-themed gifts are a fun way to show the mom in your life that she means the world to you.

If you can’t give her a trip to her favorite destination, get her something that reminds her of it! She’ll be reminded of a special place and a special person (you!) so it’s a win all around. On the other hand, if you ARE gifting plane tickets or a promise to drive to your favorite seaside getaway this summer, choose an adorable destination-inspired gift to help you announce the big surprise. Either way, these travel themed mother’s day gifts are fun to give and receive!

1. Airmail Jewelry Organizer

travel themed mothers day giftsAirmail is an ultra adorable travel-themed touch. I still fondly remember and miss my Kate Spade airmail iPhone 4 case from 2012! For home or travel, jewelry organizers are always a useful gift.

2. Paris Skirt

Fair is World's Fair SkirtBonjour, mom’s new favorite skirt! Enchanté. With a view of the Eiffel tower and Sacre Coeur on the skyline, this skirt is practically like taking a trip to Paris. Add macarons for the perfect present pairing.

3. Hot Air Balloons Weekend Bag

Keepsake on the Sunny Side Weekend BagRemind her of Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta with a cute bag that will come in useful for weekends in the southwest or really anywhere.

4. Artsy Wallet

travel themed mother's day giftsKeep all travel receipts and documents organized in a pretty wallet. The motifs on this remind me of hand painted Mexican pottery.

5. Tropical Beach Tote

Travel themed mother's day giftsYou can’t go wrong with pink and palm trees, especially if mom loves L.A. or Palm Beach!

6. Camera Necklace

And That's a Snap! NecklaceNow she can play tourist whenever she feels like it, with a cute camera around her neck. I have a camera charm necklace of my own and it’s one of my favorites–a great conversation starter.

7. Map Necklace

No Place Like Roam NecklaceFor the globe trotter, this gorgeous statement necklace brings the freedom of the open road to any outfit mom wants to wear. Bonus, you can borrow it from her when she’s not wearing it.

8. London Earrings

Here to Cheerio You Up Earring SetFor the London lover, these earrings are fit for Queen Mom. Serve her a Mother’s Day tea to go with it!

9. Juicy Stationary

The Moment of Fruit Notecard SetAs charming as postcards from a tropical vacation, these note cards are reminiscent of family picnics, summer vacations and Hawaiian getaways.

10. Be Adventurous

Ready, Frame, Admire! Wall Decor in AdventureFrom the Rockies to the Alps, this rustic framed print reminds us that there are always new horizons to explore.

Happy Mother’s Day!

April Natural Product Reviews

I get the opportunity to review a great variety of natural beauty, skincare and sustainable household products, and I love sharing my favorites. Here are highlights of the many I sampled in April.

natural product reviews makeMake Cosmetics

Make Beauty sent me some doll-sized samples that were so adorable I put them next to the rose for scale. Love that they are made in NYC, Paraben free and cruelty free. The brand is offering readers 20% off til 5/31 with code MAKEYOURSELF. Every purchase supports the We See Beauty Foundation. Also featured on my Instagram.

natural product reviews sojosSojo’s Dog Treats

I guess April was the month for teeny tiny samples, because these dog treats are SO tiny. Really simple ingredients make these a good filler-free treat for pets. Made in the U.S.A too!  Perfect for tiny pets like my 15-lb terrier mix Perry, but if you have a larger canine you’ll want to look for something a bit more substantial.

Natural product reviewsEco-Friendly Bath Products

These are samples that I was gifted at the Minnesota Blogger Bash Lowertown Pop Preview. Two MN-based companies are making natural, Eco-friendly bath products that smell delicious. The first is Moisturizing & Exfoliating Solid Lotion Scrub by Bodylish (cute name!) that’s made with real cardamom spices. The shea butter feels a little oily, so just be prepared for that. I love the packaging and I would enjoy trying more of their products! The second is the all-natural ingredient shampoo/shower/shave soap bar from Storm Sister Spatique. I shampooed my hair with it and didn’t love the results (to be fair I’ve never loved a shampoo bar), so I’ll stick with using it as soap. All packaging is 100% compostable and recyclable! Either one of these would make a great gift for anyone who appreciates locally crafted goods.

Thanks for reading my natural product reviews this month!

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