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LulaRoe Floral Amelia Dress, The Root Collective Millie Smoking Shoe, Made for Freedom Lily Necklace and Bracelet, Sseko Designs Leather Clutch, Nickel and Suede earrings | Mom Style | North Carolina Fashion & Style Blogger (1)

Dress: Floral LulaRoe Amelia DressShoes: The Root Collective (use this link for 10% off)Clutch: Sseko Designs (via Stitch Fix)Necklace and Bracelet: Made for Freedom c/o (Use code “stillbeingmolly” for 15% off your purchase) | Watch: Wristology Watches c/o (Use code “45” for 20% off) | Earrings: Nickel and Suede c/o | Ring Sling: Sakura Bloom “Catalina”

photography by Em Grey

Spring is ABSOLUTELY my favorite season and I love this time of year so much. I love when the days start to get longer, I love being able to be outside more, I love playing with my kiddos, I love enjoying the sun, and I love bright and springy looks. While I do love good “basics” and “neutrals” in my wardrobe, I am also (obviously) a HUGE fan of bright prints.

I mean, you can’t possibly be sad when you’re wearing beautiful flowers, fun shoes, and statement accessories.

LulaRoe Floral Amelia Dress, The Root Collective Millie Smoking Shoe, Made for Freedom Lily Necklace and Bracelet, Sseko Designs Leather Clutch, Nickel and Suede earrings | Mom Style | North Carolina Fashion & Style Blogger (2) LulaRoe Floral Amelia Dress, The Root Collective Millie Smoking Shoe, Made for Freedom Lily Necklace and Bracelet, Sseko Designs Leather Clutch, Nickel and Suede earrings | Mom Style | North Carolina Fashion & Style Blogger (3)

Speaking of accessories… I am in love with this Lily Necklace and Karina Bracelet from Made for Freedom. I’ll DEFINITELY be sharing more about Made for Freedom soon, but just to tell you a little bit about them… they are another brand that produces beautiful, ethically made products.

All of their products are made by those at risk and survivors of sex trafficking. They partner with different restoration and employment centers around the globe that provide dignified jobs to women coming out of tough situations.

They’re doing AMAZING things, y’all! Right now you can use the code “stillbeingmolly” for 15% off anything from Made for Freedom! (Think Mother’s Day gifts!!) Continue Reading →

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Endless Jewelry Review (1)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Endless Jewelry for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Any mother will tell you… motherhood is hard. It is beautiful, it is wonderful, it is amazing, it is life-changing… but it is hard. It will challenge you, it will break you, it will exhaust you, it will make you want to pull out your hair. But despite how hard it is, it is oh-so-wonderful. Endless Jewelry Review (2) There are times when I ask myself if I can do this. There are times when I question if I was cut out for this. There are times when I think, “There’s no way I’m going to make it another day.” But then that moment happens. That moment when your babies are in your lap and you’re reading to them and they’re holding hands. The moment when they smile at you. The moment when you watch them sleep so peacefully. The moment when they crawl for the first time or take their first steps. Sakura Boom Blackout Jet Ring Sling Review (2) Continue Reading →

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The Root Collective Fall 2015 Lookbook (12)

I have been wanting to do this for quite some time and FINALLY got around to actually doing it… I created a Facebook group called “Purchase with Purpose | Spreading Dignity Across the Globe” (that last part I took from inspiration that my friend Emily gave me…).

What is the group, exactly?

Purchase with Purpose is a group meant to be a safe place for people to ask questions, share resources, information, etc. about being intentional with our purchases. It’s a safe space for anyone and everyone who is even remotely interested in learning more about companies that are fair trade, manufacture their goods ethically, are doing good around the world, or are just “doing things right” in their practices.

Look, I want to say up front… I am NOT perfect at this by any means! Purchasing “fair trade” or “ethically” in every category is HARD and, frankly, highly unattainable for most of us. It’s just the reality of the world we live in. I’m not saying it’s not possible, but for the average Joe or Jane, it’s hard!

And Lord knows I don’t get this right all the time, but it’s something I’m just genuinely passionate about and try to make the best decisions I can and be as informed as possible when it comes to where I’m spending my dollars. And over the years, I’ve wished for a place where I can just ask others who are passionate about the same things the questions that I want to know!

“Where can I find a great pair of ethically made jeans?”

“What about swimwear? Anyone know of a great place to buy ethically made swimwear?” 

What’s your favorite way to shop ethically on a budget?”

Etc. etc. etc.

I’ve always wanted to be able to talk with other men and women about stuff like this!

Things the “Purchase with Purpose” group is NOT:

  • Snooty
  • Exclusive
  • Boring 🙂
  • Judgemental

Things the “Purchase with Purpose” group IS:

  • Fun
  • Open
  • Welcoming
  • Non-judgemental
  • Fun
  • Did I mention fun?

Over time I will be adding more and more directories, resources, information, etc.! It’s very much in the infancy stage right now. 🙂

I JUST started it and have just started small with adding a few of my friends who I know are passionate about this kind of stuff… and I’d love for you to join me!purchasewithpurposegroupscreenshot

So, if you’re interested in learning more about how you can make a difference or even a SMALL impact on this world JUST by where you spend your money, join our group! I’d LOVE to have you!!

You can join by clicking here!

 

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#MeanTweets and a Shift in Perspective with Online Bullying

Today’s post is certainly a little different than normal… but in many ways, is a return to my “old” blogging roots of sharing some deep thoughts. Today’s post is a little bit of deep thoughts and a whole lot of word vomit. You’ve been warned.

Most of us have seen that Jimmy Kimmel bit by now. The clips of celebrities sitting down in front of a camera reading mean things that people have said about them on Twitter. And, for some reason, we laugh. We laugh at the ridiculous things that these big time celebrities are reading and how mean and brutal some of them are. They’re vulgar, they’re offensive, and they’re hurtful.

But we laugh. It’s meant to be funny. Right? Because, you know, they’re celebrities and they “put themselves out there” for public ridicule or something. They “deserve” it or something. And it’s supposed to be funny and we watch it for our own amusement.

Look, I come from a background in comedy… I performed comedy for over 15 years. I get “lightening up” and having a sense of humor, but at what point are things no longer funny and they’re just plain mean? And at what point is it no longer just mean, but harassment?

Where exactly am I going with all of this? 

This week, a video went viral showing men reading Tweets out loud to female sportswriters. I won’t embed the video here, and I will include a disclaimer that there is crude language and vulgarity in it… plus, it is just plain tough to watch. If you want to watch it, you can do so here.

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In short, men sat down and read real, actual Tweets to female Chicago-area sportswriters, Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain. The Tweets start off in what seems like “poking fun” at these women, but quickly downspiral into hate-filled messages that truly sick people wrote. There’s nothing else around it.

The men get increasingly uncomfortable reading these tweets out loud to the women (even though they didn’t write the tweets themselves), and watching the women hear these things actual, real people have said about them is absolutely brutal to see.  Continue Reading →

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LulaRoe Kids & Toddler Fashion | Girls LulaRoe Gracie Tee, LulaRoe Kids Leggings (6)

My love for LulaRoe is no secret around this blog. I get asked ALL the time if I work for LulaRoe or if I’m a consultant or something. And the answer is, nope! I’m just mildly obsessed with their clothing.
LulaRoe Kids & Toddler Fashion | Girls LulaRoe Gracie Tee, LulaRoe Kids Leggings (1)And, as if I didn’t love it enough for myself, I have come to REALLY love their LulaRoe kids clothing for Lilly! First, their leggings for kids are the best. Why? Well, besides their buttery softness and adorable prints, I love that the kids leggings will fit for SO LONG. Lilly is a big fan, too! She loves wearing her “weggings” and she was just a tad bit excited to do her own “outfit post” for the blog. Bahaha! She is totally my kid. 🙂

Lilly currently wears a size S/M in the LulaRoe kids leggings and they fit 2T-5/6! The L/XL size fits about 5/6-12/14. They also have a Tween size. Right now Lilly has SO much room to grow in the S/M. She will honestly probably wear these leggings for at least 2-3 years. Totally worth it. Talk about getting bang for your buck! Continue Reading →

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A Few DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas (and a gift idea for the person who DOESN'T want to DIY)

Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away! Have you started thinking yet about what you’re going to do for the mama in your life? Now, I want to say this up front… as someone who has personally lost her mother, I know how difficult this day can be. But, now that I’m a mom myself, I realize that this day is about honoring the mothers and mother-figures in our lives. 🙂

I have put together a few ideas for you guys on some easy DIYS – both home AND bath and beauty related. And, for those of you who are NOT a fan of DIYing… I’ve got a gift idea for you, too… just scroll to the bottom of this post. 🙂

I hope you give some of these a try!

A Few DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (and a gift idea for the person who DOESN’T want to DIY)

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