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Monday, February 8, 2016

Still need an idea for Valentine's Day??

I love this idea.  I think a candy bouquet is such a cute idea for a husband, wife, teacher, mother, mother-in law.. pretty much anyone.  Who wouldn't love a big bouquet of chocolate and candy??  It's really easy to make as well.  

The bottom of the vase is chocolate hearts.. The middle has the tissue paper with a circle styrofoam inserted to hold the candy.  Each candy is taped to a small wooden stick that is used to stick in the styrofoam.  Arrange how you want it and you've got a great gift!   I gave this one to a friend and it was a big hit! I guarantee anyone you give it to would love it!
If you need some additional idea's, I picked out a few of mine and my husband's favorite things that would make great gifts! Just click on the picture to take you to the correct website :)

Happy early Valentine's Day and Happy Shopping!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Style : Bows on toes!

The past year we have had 9 am church.  In January, our church start time changed to 8:30 am!! I know its only 30 min earlier, but when you have to get two kids ready, yourself ready, breakfast made and everyone fed and out the door and sitting at church by 8:30.. those extra 30 minutes make a big difference.  
I went with a simple dress and flats that were comfortable to move around in to chase my toddler around. It is finally starting to warm up outside here, so I didn't have to wear nylons today.  I realized when I took the pictures how badly I needed some sun on my legs!  

This is her "I'm tired and make me lunch" face. ^^
Hard to tell with my flats.. but they have bows on the front too. 

My Outfit Details:

Dress: Cotton on (similarsimilar similar)
Long duster/Cardigan: BCBG (similar)
Flats: Ross (similar)

Carly's Outfit Details:

Cardigan: Walmart (similar)
undershirt: Walmart
Tights: Walmart
Shoes: Zulily (similarsimilar)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Matchy Matchy

Carly and I got matching leggings for Christmas and I was so excited to wear them with her! Matching is always a good idea in my mind.  This is my first pair of Agnes and Dora leggings and I have to say that I'm a fan!  They are sooooooo soft.  
Carly has been very happy lately and it has made such a big difference in my life. I'm assuming she has been happier because she is done teething for a while and we are done traveling from the Holidays and finally back to a normal schedule.  

My Outfit Details

Long sleeve black shirt: Sexy Modest
Long sweater shirt: Motherhood maternity (similar & similar)
 (I'm not pregnant.. I bought it when I was and still like wearing it)
Leggings: Agnes and Dora
Boots: Nine West (similar & similar)
Watch: Fossil 

Carly's outfit Details

Black Sweater: Walmart
Leggings: Agnes and Dora
Boots: Old Navy (similar)
Bows: Walmart ($1 each in kids section)

Thursday, February 4, 2016


That Elsa barbie doll in her hands goes everywhere with us.  It's been funny to me how she has a few toys that she is very attached to.  Carly can't say please yet but she can very clearly sing "Let it Go" over and over again.  She is obsessed with dresses and skirts.  When I try to put pants on her, she always shakes her head no and points to a dress.  I'm in for it when she is a teenager because my little girl already tries to be in charge of everyone.
Carly's Outfit Details

Shirt and Skirt: T.J. Maxx
Socks: Ebay
Shoes: Zulily  (SimilarSimilar)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Making Diaper bags look cool...

I'm obsessed with my new diaper bag.  My first diaper bag that I had was NOT even close to this cute.  I love that I can wear it as a backpack so my hands are free when I have to carry Carly.  The best part.. It's really nice quality and it doesn't look like a diaper bag. 

My dress was such a good purchase. It's as comfortable as wearing sweat pants but I actually look put together.  Trust me.. You need one. 
My outfit Details:

Diaper Bag/ Backpack: Fawn Design
Socks: Ross
Boots: Steve Madden (similar, Similar)
Watch: Fossil

Monday, February 1, 2016

I'm Back.

It has been a very crazy year for my family.  My last blog post happened about a year ago and within a short time of me posting, my Dad passed away.  It really shook me and my family.  It was unexpected and it turned 2015 into a very, very hard year.  Everything else took a back seat to surviving life.   In August, my husband started Medical School In Washington State.  We were already living in Washington, but we did move to be closer to the Med School during summer break. 

I knew that being in Medical school was going to be hard.  Andy had been studying and working very hard for years to be accepted. I expected him to be gone a lot, I expected our weekends to be gone, and I expected it to be stressful... but when it actually happened, it turned out to be harder than I imagined.  We survived the first semester and have really started to find our groove again.  I have decided to start blogging again.. because one.. I love it and two.. it gives me an outlet.  

We live on tight budget so I'm still always on the lookout for a good deal.  I was surprised when I came back to my blog, how many readers I still had coming everyday to check my blog.  Anyways, I'm going to be blogging again to document all of our adventures through this crazy Medical School experience.   I keep being told that I'm going to miss all this someday, so I'm trying to make the best of it.    

Thanks for still reading. :)

Friday, January 8, 2016

New blog!

I'm keeping the Students wife blog right now but I just started blogging over on the Naptime Shopper.    I needed a place to blog all of my shopping finds online and in store. Come visit me at www.naptimeshopper.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday's To Do List..

Usually my monday consists of laundry, cleaning and getting random things done around the house.  Then when Tuesday comes I can run errands knowing that all my to-do list at home is all done. Today, I ran errands and my kids made it known that they didn't care to be my errand buddies.  Tantrums and crying fits happened. Yep.. both kids took turns... but we all survived and had cinnamon french toast for dinner and that made it all better.  It really amazes me how exhausted I can feel after running like 5 errands with two kids...     
Outfit Details:

Striped Dress: Target (similar)
Vest: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Birkenstocks 
Bracelets: Alex and Ani
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: T.J. Maxx

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday's around here..

I'm in Utah right now visiting family. The weather here has been HEAVENLY! We spent the morning at church and are now relaxing with a little bit of March Madness and eating strawberry shortcake on the porch outside. I love Sunday's in Utah.. Everyone comes home from school and it is a lot of fun to talk and enjoy each other's company.  I didn't realize that General Conference falls on Easter until I arrived at Church today.  So our "Easter Dress's" are what we wore to church today I guess!  Had to snap a few pictures to look back on! 
 My Outfit:
Dress: Eleventh Avenue ($10!) 
((It is soooo comfy and even though my sisters told me they didn't like it.. I bought it anyways and I am in love with it! I couldn't find my same dress online.. but I did find another color right here. The brand is Janette Fashions and I found a website that sells the same ones just different fabric right here))

Shoes: Salt Water Sandals (in gold)
Necklace: Local boutique
Watch: Fossil

Carly's Outfit:
Dress: Sam's Club
Cardigan: Tommy Hilfiger via T.J. Maxx

Carter's Outfit:
Button up: Crazy 8 (similar)
Shorts: Wranglers via Walmart
Shoes: Ross

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Memory Lane

I pulled out my sisters hair waver and it flooded memories of my Junior High and High School days.  I used to wear my hair like this alllll the time.  Seriously. Not sure if I will keep doing it, but it was sure fun to relive those days in my memories every time I looked in the mirror.  
Dress: J. Crew (On Sale!!)
Necklace: J. Crew (similar & similar)
Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Walks

I took a little walk with some of my family today.  This weather is HEAVENLY!! I used an old hiking backpack to carry Carly and I was surprised at how comfortable it still is.  I love that my parents have kept so many of their old toys and items from my childhood.  They are my favorite things to use.. They last sooo much longer and are so much better than a lot of products I buy today for my kids.

Today has been a great day. We have been playing hard the past few days and nothing beats a relaxing Sunday.  It was just what we needed to start our week off right!
((I posted this on Instagram as well.. you can find me @KateCrandall))

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Twinning is Winning

Carly's Outfit:
Shirt: Osh Kosh
Leggings: Osh Kosh (similar)
Socks: Old Navy
Bows: Wal-Mart (similar)
Bracelet: Local Boutique (similar)

My Outfit:
Shirt: Osh Kosh
Pants: Cello Brand via Ross (similar)
Shoes: Vans
Watch: Fossil 

I discovered that the baby stores (Carter's & Osh Kosh) carry sizes up to 12 or 14 girls, which is around a women's size small.  So when I found a shirt I loved for her, naturally I needed one to match.  I hope she doesn't grow out of the matching phase too soon because I loveeee dressing to match my kids! 

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