I'm not much of an impulsive shopper, especially when it comes to buying clothes online. But, when I saw this shirt on Anthropologie.com the other day I snapped it up in 5 seconds flat. I may have even said, "I gotta have this," out loud. I wanted it that badly.

Though Levi can't read, and could care less at the mere age of 16 months old that I'm wearing a shirt that say his name on it, I feel so proud wearing it for him. It's a declaration to the world, "I AM HIS." Yep, I will forever be his mama and no one will ever take that away. Even if, heaven forbid, he passes away unexpectedly I will remain his mom until the day I die. I know that sounds so morbid, but I find so much comfort in knowing that being Levi's mom can never be stripped away from me. It's a role that will forever bond me to him by blood.

There are very few things that are certain in this life, but we like to think that many things are constants. Things like being able to use our mouths to speak, our minds to reason or being a wife are not givens. But being a mom - once that baby is made - can never leave me. Even if you have given your baby up for adoption, lost a child or have years of totally sucking at being a mom - you're a mom. You are their one and only forever.

I know this all may sound so silly because it's just a darn t-shirt, but, if there's is another certainty that I know of in this life, it's that hard times will come - it's just a matter of when. So, as cheesy as it may be to wear a Levi's t-shirt for our mom-son dates while I watch him eat a Girl Scout cookie and splash in a fountain, I don't care one bit. I'm just going to treasure these little things in my heart for the hard times that will come, so that I can pull out this joyful memory when I need to. I am his, and he is mine.

Photos by Rennai Hoefer; this post contains affiliate links.

Perfect Jeans

Why does it seem like we're always on a quest for perfect jeans? Maybe because our bodies are constantly changing? Maybe because the washes and styles are always changing? I would say that both of those reasons can be true for me, and so I'm ALWAYS on the hunt.

Well, last week I was invited to attend an event called Mirror Mirror that was put on by LEVI'S. What really enticed me to go was that they were offering free makeup and hair styling along with a jean fitting to help you find the BEST fit for your body. The event was free and smack in the middle of ASU.

They not only offered the whole styling smorgasbord, but had a little photo booth area to take a picture in your jeans and the chance to vote for ASU to win a $10,000 grant toward women's academics, athletics or the arts. Being a Sun Devil, I had to support my school, right?!

I had a blast!

LEVI'S used an interesting measurement contraption that actually measured my natural waist in addition to my hips. This way they could tell the ratio of my hips to my waist and see if I was a slight, demi, bold or supremely curvy fit. I came out as a demi, they gave me a card with my exact size, and picked out some dark denim skinnies for my to try on.


I highly recommend visiting your local LEVI'S store if you're in search for new jeans. AND...if you you purchase your jeans online and use the code "sundevils," you'll get 30% off of your purchase. This discount is only for today only though. Have fun!