Friday Favorites 7.28.17

Hello Friday!

This week has been pretty amazing! Productive mornings have made for plenty of time to play in the afternoons (at the pool of course!) But our summer days are numbered friends. There are now only 10 days until we head back to school. We are planning to start our first week with half days to help ease the transition, but school is school!

However, as much as I hate to say it, I think we are ready. Summer has and will continue to be great, but we’ve been done with school for nearly 3 months now. It’s time to head back.

Let’s take a peek at this weeks Friday five!

Bathing Suit Capsule

I’ve never been into the idea of a wardrobe capsule, I need choices,  until recently… when I decided to make one for my swim wear!


I snagged this top for $5 at Target.

It took me a while to figure out my swimsuit style and I finally did it! Two piece tankinis, preferably with tops that have different strap styles so my tan lines are always changing 😎 . After wearing out some of my swim wear that I’ve had for a while, and deciding I really didn’t love other pieces I have, I started putting together a capsule.


I bought this top for $8 at JCP

I now have 5 pieces (3 tops and 2 bottoms) that can all be mixed an matched. I would LOVE to add one more pairs of bottoms to the mix but that is dependent on me finding the perfect shade of bright purple. 

This is probably the only kind of capsule I could ever rock and is it really “capsule like” to have several pieces of swimwear anyways?! Isn’t the point of doing a capsule to minimize things?

Do you mix and match your swimwear?


VBS Week

The girls have spent the last week attending VBS and they’ve been having the best time. I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a pretty great week too 😉 . It’s been fun to drop the girls off and have some time to do whatever I’d like durring the day time hours. I guess this is what our life would be like if we didn’t home-school 😆 . They are super sad that today is the last day, but super excited for their music performance and ‘Family Fun Night’ this evening. 


Ibotta Love

Do you use Ibotta?

Lately I have been using the money saving app more and more. It is a great way to save money on name brand purchases without clipping coupons. One of my favorite current rebates has been this. 

Buy one box of family size Cheerios and another box from this list ….. and get $3.75 back. The cereals have been on sale for 3.64. So when all is said and done I get two boxes for 3.53 and I could save even more if I took the time to clip coupons! It is a fantastic app and hardly take any time to use, especially since the recent update. 

If you haven’t tried it yet I would really encourage you to give it a whirl… and if you would use my referral link when you do I’d be super appreciative!


S’more Day

Did you know that National S’more Day is coming on August 10th? Last year I participated in a s’more recipe blog hop and I may or may not have something similar in store for Monday. So mark your calendar for August 10th and get ready by checking out some amazing s’more inspired posts.

S'more cookie bars and other great s'more recipes too!

Like these cookie bars that I shared last year. NOM!!!

Blog Highlights

This week on the blog I shared!

5 Years of back to school memories of my girls.
The Shouse, Our latest home update.
What’s up Wednesday, a look at our life currently. 

Have a great weekend friends!
We’ll see you back here on Monday!

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Friday Linkups

  • Happy Friday friend!! Can’t wait for the blog hop! S’mores are the best!!

    • They certainly are tasty. I really need to try out a s’mores donut :P.

  • Jessica

    Love your bathing suit capsule idea. I just went through the bathing suits I have and got rid of a ton. My sister had given me a bunch of tops, etc after I had kids because my top changed so much. Anyways..I need to do the same. I’m so glad the girls had such a great time at VBS. That’s awesome! And yay for the s’mores blog hop!!! Can’t wait!

    • YES! I know I am in better shape than before I had kids, but things just fit differently now. I had to get rid of some pieces too. It is nice to finally have a collection I love.

  • Yes oh yes I mix and match bathing suits like crazy! And I don’t know what I would do without Ibotta. The Kohl’s deal they had when we picked up sneakers was fabulous! They gave me $14 back on my purchase. Cannot beat that. XO

    • I mostly just use it at Walmart. Clearly I need to be looking at other stores more often too.

  • Tankinis don’t look good on me!! And can’t wait for the s’mores recipe! Happy Friday!

    • Oh that is such a bummer. They are my absolute favorite. Also, I have a hard time believing something doesn’t look good on you beautiful friend :*.

  • Marking my calendar for s’mores! I definitely think I need to try this recipe…so yum. I wish I could wear tankinis but since I’m so short waisted they don’t hit in the right places…I did finally find a new one piece this year that I am loving but haven’t even had the chance to wear yet. lol

    • It seems like your not the only one saying that about the way they fit. That honestly isn’t even something I think about. I often feel squished into one pieces though.Definitely remember s’mores day. As far as food holidays go, it’s one of my favorites.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Girl you know I love those deals you scored on the swim tops!! I finally found my style too, which is about the same as yours! I keep hearing about Ibotta! And national s’more day!?! Umm we have to participate this year, my kids have been begging to make s’mores!

    • Write it on the calendar girl. They will be in hog heaven. Ibotta is a great way to save on things you already buy. Definitely check it out. Those deals on those swim tops were pretty amazing. I was very proud.

  • Erin

    I love mixing and matching swim wear. I have 2 tops and 2 bottoms that can all go together and it’s awesome! 🙂 Also, it’s entirely too early to be wanting something sweet but those smores bars look SO yummy!

    • Those s’more bars are dangerous friend, SO good. Mixing and matching is definitely the way to go. It feels like I have way more variety than I actually do which I love.

  • I cannot wait for s’mores days and all the ideas I will get! What a great week of VBS and productive mornings so you can play in the afternoon. I hope you have a great weekend!

    • There are some pretty fun recipes coming. Last week was amazing friend. I can’t believe we are on our last free week before school starts, ACK! I was putting all the final touches on lesson plans yesterday so I don’t have to think about it this week.

  • The blog hop is Tuesday, not Monday, right? Just checking! Love the mix and match swimsuit idea!

    • Yes it is, I have been all kinds of off with this stuff.

  • Have a great weekend- I’m up to some smores mischief tonight to get my post ready for next week

    • I really need to get myself together today and write my post :P.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Great idea for your swim suits!! I usually wear one pieces, but I love finding cover ups that work for all of my suits so I can mix and match. Thanks for the National Smore Day tip. I just added it to my calendar 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

    • That is a great idea too Whitney! I tried to be a one piece girl, but it just wasn’t my thing. I love how everyone has their style and knows what works for them. I hope your weekend has been pretty great too friend!

  • The S’mores Cookie Bars look amazing. Happy Friday!

  • Confession: I don’t really know what a wardrobe capsule is! Explain it to me in Stephanie terms 🙂

    • It is where you have a limited number of pieces that all kind of flow together and match so you can take 10 pieces and make like 60 combos. I am exaggerating, but I think you’ll get the point.

  • Ibotta is my favorite app ever! Those little rebates really add up!!

    • They really, really do. Especially when you find a rebate you love and redeem it MANY times :P.

  • I’m not ready for summer to end! Because then I have to share my boy with public school. Ugh! I am glad you guys are ready. And you guys will probably get out much earlier than us. I love that floral ruffled bathing suit top. I love the idea of being able to mix and match them. So glad they enjoyed VBS. And glad you’ve had some free time. I don’t use Ibotta, but sounds like I should be. Oh s’mores…get in my belly!

    • You totally should check out Ibotta friend. It is such a fun way to save.

      I can’t say I blame you one bit about the school situation. I would be dreading that too. I love when moms love having their kids home in the summer. So many mams’s complain about it. That makes me sad.

  • That’s a good idea to have a suit capsule. I am moving toward any tops that can go with black bottoms I think!

    • That is a great way to go I ended up with a lot of blues So I have just rolled with that. I am loving to mix and match my pieces though.