BLACK & GOLD

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This post is sponsored by 7 Charming Sisters. 

When I saw this necklace I couldn't take my eyes off it. It looked so unique and classic at the same time. I'm not one for wearing jewelry daily, but I do love a great statement necklace. This black and gold necklace from 7 Charming Sisters was exactly what my jewelry collection had been missing. 

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I love classic outfits such as a crisp white shirt and skinny jeans, and jazzing it up with something fun like a bib necklace. This necklace is only $27 too! 

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7 Charming Sisters has a ton of accessories to choose from. I also scored some black and gold fringe earrings. When I really want to make a statement I wear both the necklace and earrings together. 

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If you're in need of some unique WOW pieces, definitely check them out! 

Photos by Rennai Hoefer

REAL TALK REAL MOMS ON TECHNOLOGY

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Understanding how to use a computer, tablet and smartphone is imperative these days. You could argue it's a form of literacy. When you think about it from that perspective it doesn't sound as crazy to allow your kids to use devices at young ages. Technology is their world, whereas us parents born in the early 80s can remember technology as being just a part of our world. In this installment of the Real Mom Series we are exploring this idea of introducing technology to your kids, how we do it now and how others do it. 


Elle and Levi have an iPad that they share and they play games on. There are also iPhone apps that I keep on my phone for them to play. I don't feel guilty at all about it because to me it's not the fact they use a device that is harmful it's the type of content they consume and how much of it they are consuming. So, put away shame for letting your kids watch T.V. and a movie in one day.

There are definitely age appropriate apps and shows, and I think it's up to us parents to use discretion and to watch the shows with our kids so we can understand what they are consuming. We have all of the usual apps like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and even Disney Jr. and Nick Jr. Together we decide the show they are going to watch, and I make sure the kids either agree or take turns selecting. I am always in the room when they are watching a T.V. show or something on their iPad so I can monitor it. 

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I think that's the key. Be proactive as a parent in knowing how they are spending their time, what they are spending it on and how they are being affected by it. If you don't like how they are speaking to you after they watch Paw Patrol, then don't let you kids watch it. 

That said, I've seen a lot of buzz about the kids YouTube app going around on parenting blogs, and I agree that it's an app you don't want your young kids interacting with. There's a lot of strange content on there that Elle would get obsessed with such as the unboxing channels. And we ended up deleting it and she returned to her normal self.

What are your feelings on technology and kids? Are you proactive in being involved in what they watch? 

Read other thoughts from real moms: The LIfe Styled, The Effortless Chic, Design for Mankind, The Fresh Exchange, Natalie Borton, Apartment 34

MODERN LOUNGE DRESSES

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Maxi dresses have been here to stay for years, but have you heard the term, "lounge dress"? Well, Lucky Love Co. has created a dress that is one size fits all in the prettiest colors and prints for women of all shapes and sizes to lounge and look beautiful. Plus, they have just come out with a brand new design that makes nursing babies so EASY with this dress. 

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I wish this design had been around two years ago after having Levi. it's the best dress of your postpartum body, and the snaps on the sleeves open up so you nurse. Now, I'm not nursing anymore, but that doesn't stop me from wearing a pretty and comfortable dress. This dress would be great as a cover up for the beach too!

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Recently, Lucky Love Co. came to my home to do a photoshoot for their new line. It was super fun to get to model for them. I'd love to hear which dress is your favorite that I wore. I simply can't decide. 

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Photography by Cherie Mask.

REVIEW: VITRUVI ESSENTIAL OILS

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I'm very self-conscious of the smell of my home. There's nothing like inviting people into your home for the first time only to have them smell stinky diapers (thanks, Levi). On the other hand, you don't always want your house to smell like an Anthropologie volcano candle all of the time. Well, I mean, I do, but I don't have time for that, and I'll probably forget to blow out the candle. SOLUTION: VITRUVI essentials oils and their porcelain diffuser. 

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I'm going to level with you. I'm not a crazy essential oils person. I like the idea of them being able to help keep me healthy and I'm open minded to the benefits of them, but, truthfully, I just like them because they smell good. HAHA! There. I said it. Man, that felt good to get off my chest. 

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So, aside from their potential healing properties, I love these oils because they smell fantastic and I can create my own home scents. VITRUVI had me at their branding (sleek and modern), and then when I saw their beautiful porcelain diffusers I knew I had found the right oil company for me. They also carry oils that resonate more with me such as spruce, cedarwood and grapefruit. I like more woodsy and clean smells for my home, and I'm not a huge floral fan. 

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You can tell they care about the home experience and the product experience. The diffuser has a couple different misting settings and has a night light if you wanted to light a hallway or an entryway.

Out of all of the diffusers and oils on the market, I would say VITRUVI cares about quality and design more than the rest. Check out their site to see what I'm talking about.

Photos by Rennai Hoefer

DENIM THAT'S COOL

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This post is sponsored by NYDJ.

Like many people, I live in jeans because they are comfortable and coordinate with everything. However, 100 degree temperatures for five months takes away the "comfort" component and turns my fashion choice into a sacrifice. That is until I discovered these new jeans. NYDJ’s Smart Embrace™ is created with with high-performance, moisture-wicking COOLMAX® technology that keeps you cool and dry at all times. I was skeptical at first. I mean, how can stretch denim actually make you feel cool in 100 degree weather? But after trying them on and wearing them these past couple of weeks I can say it really works. Not to mentioned, they are way more comfortable than my other jeans.

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After wearing them all August I don't even want to go back to my other denim. Plus, when the winter months come they keep you warm as well. I have no idea how they have done it, but I’m excited to experience it when the temps get down to the 50s. I’m a believer!

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NYDJ is also known for their Lift-Tuck® technology guaranteeing that your backside looks the best it can be at all times. They place the pockets in the perfect spot to give the appearance of a lifted butt. Plus, their stretch denim ensures there is no gap in the back. As a girl that doesn’t have much of a butt, I’ll take help wherever I can get it. These jeans definitely help.

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I tried two different washes, and I like them both. The dark wash is their classic girlfriend skinny jeans, and I also got the Alina legging for a more casual look (pictured above). Both are machine washable with a higher waistline. I went down a size with these jeans and I ordered a 2. I'm 5'8" and 126 lbs if that gives you an idea on sizing. NYDJ’s signature just-right rise is definitely helpful for any woman that is self conscious of their stomach. I know I fall into that category.

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The jeans cost $134, and are worth the price for the technology and wearability. You can see more styles below. Photos by Rennai Hoefer

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