Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mix & Mingle: Say It Southern

Oh boy, do we have a treat for y'all today!  We were interviewed for a podcast.  We'll let that sink in just a bit.  A podcast!!!!  It was so much fun and we loved meeting some new friends and couldn't wait to introduce them to you.  It's been a while since we've had a Mix & Mingle here on the blog and felt like one was way overdue!

Mix & Mingle is all about giving you a sneak peek at some of our favorite boutiques, restaurants, brands and businesses, but with a twist! Who better to learn all of  the details than with the owners themselves!

Today we are introducing y'all to the lovely ladies that created and host the podcast, Say It Southern!

Courtney and Sarah are two modern moms bringing us the hearts and stories of the people creating the best of the south.  Say It Southern is a place to join real, warm conversation as if you were sitting beside them on the back porch. They explore the intersection of womanhood, work and creativity with honesty and grace. They want their listeners to feel inspired, encouraged, and educated by their guests living and celebrating the South!

First up we wanted to get to know Sarah and Courtney a bit more! 


What inspired you to start "Say It Southern"? 

I am turning 40 this year and as a mom to three girls I have given so much of myself to being just that.  I felt it was time for me to do something I am passionate about.  I want my girls to see me following a dream, setting goals & working hard to make the dream a reality.  I have always believed you can do ANYTHING if you work hard.  I love talk radio & once I discovered podcasts I knew this was it!!  I love all things Southern and believe a podcast is the best way to share the stories, places, food and people of the South. 

What is the most interesting thing you've learned about creating a podcast? Or the whole world of podcasts now that you've got both feet in? 

I was worried about finding content for the show since we want to keep it southern, however, once we started I have quickly learned that the guests are endless!!  There are so many people from all over the South doing amazing things.  I also feel like the region has become much smaller. Our guests have become our friends, creating a community of Southerners that support each other. 

Who would be your dream guest? The one person (or group) you would love to interview?  

Sarah Blakey, the founder of Spanx. 

Favorite place to vacation in the South?

This is SO tough….I grew up going to Wrightsville Beach, NC and this is still my favorite beach.  I love everything about New Orleans.  The food, the music, architecture, shopping & history are just a few of things I find to be good for your soul. 

You're only allowed to wear one article of clothing for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Spanx leggings! 

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that's happened to you as a mom so far? 

I was on an airplane for the first time with my first born.  She was about six months old so riding in my lap.  I knew she had a wet diaper because I kept feeling the warmth but also knew I had on the deluxe diapers because this was my first born and only the best will do…right??  Well, once it was time to get off the plane I quickly realized that this super diaper was NOT leak proof…..and worst of all….it looked like I had peed in my pants because she leaked all over my lap…I was mortified. 


What is the most interesting thing you've learned about creating a podcast? Or the whole world of podcasts now that you've got both feet in? 

I love finding the guests and creating the content. Its crazy how organic the guests and the growth has been. Every person that we have reached out to to be involved has said yes. And how amazing it to to find these curators of the Modern Southern Culture and let them tell their story? Honestly we could do a podcast daily on the cool people that we have found out about through this process of guest selection. we have a BIG list of fabulous people coming up!!!

Who would be your dream guest? The one person (or group) you would love to interview?  

Reese. She's kind of the poster child for modern southern women, right? Author, Actress, Activist, Entrepreneur and Mom..... yep, that about covers it! 

Favorite place to vacation in the South? (With kids? Without kids?) 

There are so many great places! We love Charleston for the architecture, charm and food.... but my boys love fishing and crab hunting on the beaches of 30A. 

You're only allowed to wear one article of clothing for the rest of your life, what would it be?


What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that's happened to you as a mom so far?  

Graham had character day at his school and we got busy making his costume. (Granted it was out of Dad's old t-shirt and a belt I had from the 80's but nonetheless..) He was so proud when the day finally came to wear the costume. We got up extra early to make sure every detail was just perfect. We rolled though that carpool line and I sent him into Kindergarten, my head held high. Around 10:00 AM I got a text from his teacher that said, "Graham looks precious and his costume is fabulous.  Can you make sure he wears it again next Wednesday for Character Day?" Y'allllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Aren't they the cutest?  When they reached out to ask if we would be interested in being a part of their podcast we said YES!!!  We chatted with them for what only felt like a minute and before we knew it we were all laughing together like old friends. They are the sweetest and so funny!  Plus, we love supporting other women trying to hustle and be great moms, so we felt like it was a perfect fit! 

We were able to chat about all sorts of things including our hobby blog turned influencer business, motherhood, and how we juggle it all.  

You can listen to it HERE.  

We are episode #17!  We've had fun listening to some of their other episodes and have learned a lot and laughed a bunch!  

They have Say It Southern tank tops that are so cute!  You can DM them on Instagram to purchase for only $25.  

We would definitely recommend checking them out on Instagram. Their stories are hilarious and here's a little something we learned...Sarah was the winner of The Bachelor.  She shares some fun behind the scenes info that we loved learning during the last season and Courtney keeps us laughing.  These ladies are both the real deal, down to earth and we just wished they lived next door to us because we know we'd all be the best of friends!  

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Spring Favorites at Findlay Rowe

The official start of spring is this week!!!  Now we just need it to start feeling like spring.  Spring Break and Easter are both right around the corner so we visited Findlay Rowe, our favorite boutique and gift shop, last week to check out all of their spring goodies.  SO many adorable things, as always!!! 

We love these Scout bags for the beach or pool.  Easy to wipe clean, lots of pockets to keep all of our things organized and so many cute patterns. 

The spring clothes and accessories at Findley Rowe are so bright and fun!  I loved this orange Spartina Dress and jewelry.  

And we both came home with one of these fun clutches!!!  Blue for Jen and pink for Carrie Beth.  We loved them because of the vibrate colors, the fun tassel details and the size is great! 

We were so excited to learn that Findley Rowe now carries Kendra Scott!  SO many beautiful and classic pieces. 

Spring sunshine means we spent a lot of time outdoors and we area always trying to keep the sun off our faces with hats.  These Judith March hats are so cute and we love the state pride patches.  

Anyone hosting Easter this year?  Or need a cute little hostess gift?  Findley Rowe has a huge selection of the most darling Easter accessories, gifts and decor!

Some of their items are online, but SO much more in store so if you are local you should totally stop in, say hi, and told them we sent you! To see some more of our favorites you can check out the video!  

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Amazing Amazon Finds: March

We're back for another Amazing Amazon Finds post.  The past two months this has been a reader favorite and it is definitely fun for us to put together.  Hello?!  Who doesn't love coming home to a fun package sitting at their front door?!  We are thinking about spring and so ready for warm weather so a lot of our finds are things that will work now and take us into real spring weather.

Carrie Beth's Finds 

I just love everything that I got from Amazon this month.  First up is this amazing maxi dress. I had been wanting a basic black maxi for a while and when I saw this one had over 2,000 reviews I knew it must be a winner.  It has a racer back, is super soft and comfortable and has pockets. The best part of all is that it only cost me $16.99!  Some colors and sizes are a little more, but all are under $25!

Next are these super fun earrings!  They are under $10 and super light weight. They come in several different color combinations and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be ordering another color.

I had been on the search for a great basic v-neck tshirt and I found it! These are an Amazon Essential brand and come in a two pack. I got the peach and white ones because I thought they would be great for spring, but there are tons of different color and pattern combinations. 

I just feel like these are great for this time of year when you need to layer for cooler mornings and warmer afternoons. I also love these because they have a bit of stretch to them which helps them keep their shape. 

I shared these products on a Friday Favorites, but because it comes from Amazon I wanted to share it again here.  I love the Moroccan Oil root boost so decided to use their shampoo and conditioner also after Jen told me about it. I love all three of these products and they help give my fine hair a little extra boost!

Jen's Finds
Okay, I Amazon just about everything. From home decor to diapers to my favorite snacks - everything! And now I'm super puffy heart in love with the Prime Wardrobe feature. The fact that I don't have to tote three impatient kids to a dressing room to try on clothes -winning! I love that you can just pick out a few items, try it on at home, send back what you don't like, and then get charged for only what you do keep. 

Its dangerous. In an oh so good way. 

This last month I found a ton of great items. 

This striped sweatshirt dress was an instant favorite! Like I want to wear it everyday. 
And I almost have. #sorrynotsorry

Remember last month when I bought this sweatshirt top

Well this dress is made by the same brand and it is so so comfy. Its just as soft, and super light weight, which is perfect for these transitional spring days. 

| dress | sneakers |  
It comes in a ton of colors too. I might grab the blush colored one like my top on my next order. 
| dress | pink sandals | pink earrings | denim jacket | 
One of my most used purchases from this month were these pink stone earrings

I've worn them with a ton of different outfits. I have a similar pair from Kendra Scott that I love, but these are so much lighter. They are a fraction of the price and they don't weigh down my ears by the end of the day. 

I love them so much I ordered a green pair too that will hopefully arrive in time for St. Patrick's Day this weekend. I have faith in you Amazon Prime. 

| tunic top | jeans | sandals | 

One of the toughest problems I have with Amazon Fashion is that sometimes it can be overwhelming to search and narrow down the good from the bad. There's just so much stuff. I've found a few go-to brands that I like, and one of them is Ella Moon. They have some really great items. I ordered this lavender tunic top and it quickly has become one of my spring favorites! 

| tunic top |

Its's just so pretty in person. My pictures do not do it justice. But it has some gold threads weaved into it, and cute little tassels. 

Note: Keep checking the price. I feel like it fluctuates a ton!

| pink ruffle pullover | white cutoff shorts | perforated sneakers |

These new few pieces were packed in my suitcase for our Winter Break beach trip. These white cut off shorts from last month's Amazon Finds were on repeat all week.  But the real winner was this pink ruffled pull over. It's the perfect lightweight pullover and I love that it has a fun little girly touch. 

Second favorite to the white cut off shorts were these lightweight pull-on cut-offs. I mean, an elastic waistband will always win. Always. 

The cut-offs are thicker so they aren't see through, and they are so so comfortable. No matter how many beach side tacos I ate, they were there for it. 

I already know these shorts will be getting a ton of use this summer. 

| cover-up | swimsuit |

Excuse the wrinkled-ness of this cover-up but I didn't think to take a pic until after a day of beaching it. But its just too cute not to share. 

The pom poms and crochet are so fun. The cover up comes in a ton of colors and it's under $20. 

This tunic top is one I've gotten a million questions about any time I wear it. I love anything blue and white, so when I saw this (and it's inexpensive price!), I quickly added it to my cart. It's a lightweight material and isn't lined, but not see through. 

| shirt | bag | jeans |
The rest of the outfit is pretty cute too. I love that Amazon carries both inexpensive brands as well as higher end brands. Because sometimes a girl just needs to buy herself a new spring bag for her birthday. And this Tory Burch tote was calling my name. 

I own this same bag in another color and love how easy these totes are so easy to care for. The material is easy to just wipe off. Perfect for a mom bag! 

Last up for me this month are these fun tassel earrings. I love the tassel trend and ordered a few pairs. These were the only winners. They are lighter in weight than they look. They come in a ton of colors and styles, and I'm thinking I might need a second pair. For less than $10 they are a winner! 

If you like what you saw or you want to see some of our past favorite finds be sure to check out The Magnolia Mamas Shop on Amazon! Everything is all in one easy space for you to see what we're getting our personal shopper Alexa to send us each month. ;) 

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sports Moms: How to Stay Warm During Cold Weather Seasons

Tips & Tricks on how to stay warm on the sidelines of cold weather sports.

Spring sports are fully underway, but Mother Nature hasn't gotten the memo yet to crank up the temperature. This is the South. We have our flip flops and sunscreen on standby so we can rock that awesome tan we get during the warm seasons.

If you're a spots mom, you know what we're talking about...

But for every sunny, warm tease that we get, we are met with ten days straight of freezing cold with a side of rain. It's the worst. Especially when it comes to sports that just play through it. We're looking at you soccer.

We've logged quite a few hours this season cheering on our favorite athletes while enduring those freezing metal benches and blustery open fields. Looking at the weather forecast and our game schedule for the weekend...we're already shivering.

But we've come up with some tips and tricks along the way that work to stay warm even on the coldest of days. From hockey moms to baseball moms and sports mom in between frozen on the sidelines while letting your kids live their best life - this one's for you. So grab your Hot Hands, and make the hop to Savvy Sassy Moms for the full read.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Fashion Fix: Spring Finds at Willow Park

It finally feels like spring here!!!  I know the official start of spring isn't until next week, but in my head when we hit March 1st, it should be warm and sunny.  It's been cold and rainy here. Boo!  However, these past two days have been gorgeous so I'm soaking up this little bit of sunshine until it turns cold again this weekend.

All this beautiful weather had me excited to check out the gorgeous new arrivals at Willow Park. Some of you may remember me sharing about them last month and I couldn't wait to see all of the new things they had gotten. Once again, I left there wondering just how on earth I would narrow down my selections from all of the cute items!  

All the tops were tried on with their white Spanx I seriously love these and feel like they are such a great staple for spring!  I also wore my gray rope wedges with every outfit. I love these shoes and how comfortable they are! 

Up first were a few tops that are great transition pieces. You know, good to wear now when it is still a little cooler and then light weight enough to work for when it really starts to get warm.  I loved this peach colored one. It was super light weight and had just a hint of gold threads running through it so it added a little something special to it.  Also, I loved the fun cutout on the back.  I paired it with one of their super fun tribal necklaces and loved how it popped against the top! 

I also loved this navy blouse as a transitional piece. It's super flowy and felt so silky on.  It looks cute with the white Spanx now, but would also be cute with denim or white shorts when it warms up! 

navy top//white Spanx//collar necklace 

I had it on with one of their beaded collar necklaces which is SO beautiful in person.  I just loved the look of this with an otherwise basic top. 

These embroidered tops sold out the first time they had them in stock and I bet this next round won't last long. These are SO gorgeous in person and the detailing of the embroidery is so pretty.  I couldn't decide which color I liked best and in fact it comes in a few other colors, too! 

These fun Brooke Wright tops just scream spring and summer to me.  The pink watercolor is gorgeous, the fish print makes me want to go to the beach and wear this outfit out to eat at a local seafood restaurant and the lemon print is so bright and cheerful!  I loved that these tops have adjustable tie shoulder straps so you can adjust as needed.  Which one is your favorite? 

With the blue fish print I wore these cute little lobster claw earrings.  I mean...adorable, right!??! 

I loved this embroidered poncho. It was really lightweight and super soft!  It is also just a bit longer so covers the booty if you are looking for something a little longer. 

I tried it on with this pretty blue stone cuff. I just love blue and white together and loved this outfit! 

I don't know about y'all, but I'm always on the hunt for a good white top. I feel like they are so versatile.  I love an all white look like this one, but also love fun white tops to wear with colored or patterned shorts or even with regular denim.  I loved the crochet detail on this one and the fun way the back ties. 

The last top was this darling one with the bow detail on the shoulder.  Super feminine and sweet!  

As for dresses, This one had the most fun details.  It had an elastic waistband on the back, a cute tie on the front and super cute little ties on each of the sleeves. Oh, and pockets!  I love a good dress with pockets. I feel like this one would be great for this time of year and would look super cute with a denim jacket thrown over it for cooler mornings or evenings. 

This dress is a bit shorter and sassier!  I think this would be so fun for a date night or party, but the cut would also make it great as a swim coverup. It has a deep plunging neckline and open back. The skirt has tons of movement and made me want to spin and twirl in it!  

You can always shop online, but if you prefer to see things in person and try them on, Willow Park is having styling hours this Friday 9:30-11:30 AM!

Are you ready for spring?!?!  

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