The Great American Eclipse passed right over my little town August 21st and it was one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever witnessed!!! If you did not have a chance to view totality, then I HIGHLY recommend you make plans to view the next one in seven years! I did have some doubts seeing how much hype there was built around this one…but let me tell you, when you experience totality, there is nothing like it! You can see our reactions in my VLOG (video blog) below!!! I couldn’t contain myself! (Rypken couldn’t either! haha)

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Late summer (early fall)  weddings are approaching and this is a great option! A dress with a fun print that you can add a cardigan or cute leather jacket to later on if the weather turns chilly. I went with my favorite heeled mules I found for a steal at T.J. Maxx, but you can really style these dresses with any shoe in your closet! It’s not too short and has a high neckline to make dance the night away an easy task. 😉

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| shirt (similar) | shorts (similar) | sandals | bag (similar)| silver bracelet | gold pineapple bracelet (similar) | gold bangle | earrings (similar) | Photos by Rose Gold Photography |

I know these summer days are dwindling down…BUT here in the Midwest the humidity lingers on. That means I will hang on to these cute little outfits for as long as I can…or at least until September. Then, I will transition this top with white jeans and these white shorts with light sweaters. 🙂 I can’t believe the summer has flown by this quickly!?  We crossed off a ton on our bucket list these last couple of months, so it isn’t all sadness as we watch this fun season pass us by once again. We went to Disney World (that post is here), went to the beach (that post is coming!), and visited some of our favorite places in St. Louis. We’ve also completely rearranged our kitchen (that post is coming!), purged a bunch of s.t.u.f.f., and decided to make a huge lifestyle change by following Dave Ramsey! (I’m sure I will share this at some point when we are further into everything.) All in all, I think this has been our best summer yet! Now, I go into my tenth year teaching and Rypken starts Kindergarten!? Wow. Did I just type that? I’m just going to squeeze summer for just a little longer… Ok?

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It really was the BEST DAY EVER. We planned to visit Disney World’s Magic Kingdom before we headed to our family beach vacation this year to kind of “feel” Rypken out. Well, he absolutely loved it! We squeezed every minute we could out of our one day at the most Magical Place on Earth and you can see it all in the vlog (YouTube video) below! The trip started with Rypken riding an airplane for the very first time! That was an adventure on its own. That kid was a trooper! He even busted out some R. Kelly…just watch the video after you read this post. lol  We then met my Dad in Orlando, since he was already there for a work thing. We spent the rest of that travel day exploring Orlando and having fun at Disney Springs. (One of our favorite spots from our honeymoon 8 years ago!) The next day was the big one and it just happened to be my 31st birthday! Hooray! Needless to say, we made tons of memories! Now all we hear from Rypken is, “When can we go back?”

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Can July 4th really pass without sharing a festive outfit? This head-to-toe Cabi ensemble is perfect for the holiday weekend or any fun get together throughout the year! The striped top is super comfy and can transition with any outfit, and is very flattering.  White jeans are a staple for everyone’s wardrobe and these are a great choice! This blazer, though. It is a piece that polishes your look…plus the removable sleeves let you wear this all year round! 🙂

Do you guys do any traditions for this weekend? We always spend it with family…either mine or his. Last year Rypken broke his arm and we had to drive 3 hours back home to go straight to surgery. That was no fun. This year, we put up one of those easy set up swimming pools for Rypken in our backyard so he could have quick pool access without the expensive price tag or hassle. It’s definitely been worth it so far! Not the prettiest yard accessory, but the memories outweigh “the ‘gram”. I hope you all have a very happy July 4th and may God Bless America!

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