10 Must Have Maxi Dresses Under $50

10 Must Have Maxi Dresses Under $50

It’s technically still winter, but many parts of the country are experiencing warmer than usual temperatures.  Here in the Midwest, we’ve had a few days over the past week or two that reached 70 degrees or more!  Despite being winter, it feels like spring, which makes me want summer. 🙂  This all means that I’m in the mood for maxi dresses!

In the spring and summer, maxi dresses are my equivalent of sweatpants – they’re so comfortable and easy to wear so I usually try to stock up on as many as I can if I can find some good deals.  Since the demand for these dresses will likely only rise over the next several weeks, I thought I’d try to get a head start on scouting some new maxi dress additions to my wardrobe.  Plus, since we haven’t even technically reached spring yet, there are several retailers that are offering maxis on sale to clear out inventory.  Click below to see my 10 favorite maxi dresses of the moment and where you can get them!

My Favorite Things

Every week I seem to have a few new favorite things that I seem to be using more than usual, so each week I’ll round up my favorite things from the week and feature them here.  At the end of the month, I’ll be hosting a giveaway that will include some of my favorite things from throughout the month.  Enjoy!

My Favorite Things | Sparkly Soul, Eos, Goody, Kendra Scott

Sparkly Soul | Kendra Scott | eos | Goody

Wide Satin Headband by Sparkly Soul • $17 • Athleta – I’ve had the same Sparkly Soul headband for at least 3 years and I wear it nearly every day.  Despite the probable overuse of my poor headband, it still doesn’t slip, hasn’t stretched out, and still looks amazing.  I rely on it so much that I panic when I can’t find it because there are seriously no other headbands as reliable as this one.

Kendra Scott Tessa Druzy Button Earrings • $65 • Neiman Marcus – My husband bought me these earrings for Christmas one year and while I don’t wear them often, they’re my favorite pair of earrings.  

eosTM 0.25 oz. Lip Balm Sphere in Strawberry Sorbet • $2.99 • Bed Bath & Beyond – I just started using eos lip balm a year or so ago when I got a bunch for Christmas.  Since then, I’ve become pretty reliant on these little spheres and I keep them everywhere – one in the car, one in my purse, one in my nightstand….you get the idea. 🙂

Goody® Ouchless Elastic Minty Fresh kit – 37 ct • $4.79 • Target – At any given time you can find at least a dozen of these around my house or in the bottom of my purse.  I have insanely thick hair and there are few hair ties that can actually hold it all up, but these hair ties have been my go-to for as long as I can remember.  And the good thing about these? You can find them just about anywhere!

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10 Best Free Fonts for Winter

Here in the St. Louis area we finally had our first real snowfall of the season! I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I love to watch the snow fall as it’s so relaxing and peaceful. However, I hate to actually go out into the snow for anything.

In honor of the first snowfall and to celebrate my (partial) love of snow, I’ve rounded up my ten favorite free fonts to use in all kinds of winter crafts and other projects. Enjoy!

10 Best Free Fonts for Winter | Rhinestones & Sweatpants

Snowinter | Coneria Script | Carrington | Snowflake Letters | Soulmaker in the Mountains | One Starry Night | Beyond the Mountains | Maple 3 Cartoon | Odstemplik | Rechtman

The Year to Read (30 Books)

This year I have pledged to read 30 books.  I used to be a big book nerd, but the older I get, the more I seem to get “too busy” to sit down and actually finish an entire book.  So this year, I’m making the pledge to read more!

I’ve tried this before and clearly have failed, but I picked up my first book of the year this past Sunday and I forgot what a great stress reliever reading can be!  So far, each night at bedtime I read a few chapters to help me unwind without technology and the harsh light of computer or phone screens keeping me up late.  It’s hard to put the book down and it’s definitely hard to keep myself from reading throughout the day too because I love the author.

The first book I got for this year is Chaos by Patricia Cornwell.  I’ve read several of her books and I love them all!  The Scarpetta series is by far my favorite as it follows one main character, Kay Scarpetta, throughout the years and is a mix of murder mystery mixed with science and forensics.  It may sound nerdy, but the storyline is so well developed, the books are quick reads as they suck you right in. 🙂

The first book on my reading list for this year: Chaos by Patricia Cornwell. Check out my bookshelves on Goodreads and see what else I want to read this year!

Wanna follow along with the books I read this year?  Or maybe you want to make your own pledge to read more this year?  Check out Goodreads – it’s free to join and allows you to create a virtual bookshelf of books you’ve read, are currently reading, and want to read.  It also lets you rate books you’ve finished and recommends others that you may like based on your ratings.  You can also set up or join book clubs or friends groups to share your thoughts on the books you’re reading with others.

Check out my bookshelves on Goodreads – where you can see what your friends are reading.


My Favorite Things

Every week I seem to have a few new favorite things that I seem to be using more than usual, so each week I’ll round up my favorite things from the week and feature here.  At the end of the month, I’ll be hosting a giveaway that will include some of my favorite things from throughout the month.  Enjoy!

My Favorite Things

Que Bella Sheet Masque | Old Navy Felt Sneakers | Pengems Pen | OPI Berlin There Done That | Apple Watch Series 1

Que Bella Professional Oxygen Sheet Mask 0.5 Oz • $2.49 • Target – These face masks are the perfect item to pick to on your next Target run if you’re in need of a little bit of relaxation.  They’re awesome for a quick little timeout for yourself and for only $2.49, you can afford to treat yourself every week or two at least. 🙂

Felt Sneakers for Women • $16 • Old Navy – These shoes are perfect for a lazy day running errands. They’re simple and comfortable and on sale for only $16!

Pengems Ballerina Autograph Crystal Pen • $10 • Pengems – These are my favorite pens! I now have 3 Pengems pens and I’ve got several more on my wish list.  I LOVE these pens!  They’re only $10, they write better than any other pen I’ve ever used, and they come with an refill for the ink!  Oh, and did I mention how cute they are?!  Everyone will want to steal these pens! 

OPI Germany Nail Lacquer Collection • $10 • Ulta – I’m loving OPI’s Berlin There Done That color right now.  It’s a great fall/winter color as it’s a little grey and a little purple.

Apple Watch Series 1 38mm Rose Gold-Tone Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Band • $269 • Macy’s – The Apple Watch is something I’ve had my eye on for a while now, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend a couple hundred dollars on myself when I’ve got an adorable little baby girl to spend my money on now.  🙂  However, my awesome hubs decided I needed this watch and surprised me with it for Christmas!  So far, I’m absolutely loving it!  I love being able to get texts right on my watch so I don’t have to be constantly glued to my phone.  I’ve also found it really helpful in getting me to relax with my current favorite app, Breathe, that reminds me to breathe when I’m getting stressed.

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