My Mint Jean Misson

  Mint jeans outfit  

Every season I try and add a few fun pieces to my wardrobe. I am a fairly “safe” dresser, and I am trying to expand my horizons. However, I am also very budget minded–so I cannot go out and buy a whole closet full of clothes every season. 

I am thankful for fashion bloggers (especially ones who are real women) and Internet resources like Pinterest and Polyvore to help me imagine outfit possibilities. 

At the beginning of each season I make a shortlist of things I want to add to my closet. I then also tell my friends, so then can clue me in when they see something they think I will like. 

This spring, I decided I am on the lookout for mint denim pants, red denim pants (these can work all year!) and some floral pieces.

 I assumed (rightly) that the floral would be hard to come by. I don’t want tiny sissy floral (think: my favorite dress in 6th grade), but I don’t want a loud tropical print either. And, while I am not young, I don’t want to look old.

I did NOT anticipate how tough it would be to find mint denim! My Pinterest and Instagram feeds are flooded with it–however, many retailers are thinking of it as “last year’s color”.  Well, guess what retailers–this 40 something takes more than two weeks to decide whether a new fashion trend is worth investing in. 

I shopped around a lot, online and in person. The closest I could get to a mint denim pant was a distressed pair of mint jeans. This mom just does not wear ripped jeans–trendy or not. I spend half of my weekday mornings sending children back to their room to change out of ripped jeans–I certainly cannot be THAT mom! Plus, I am far to practical to pay good money for ripped clothing. 

Sunday I finally fund success! A quick trip to Gordmans netted me an adorable pair of mint jeans–with just enough spandex to make them forgiving! The best part? They were only $24.99! At that price, I might go back to pick up another pair in Cobalt blue. (They also had a nice coral pair–but I already picked up a cute pair of coral ankle pants this spring). I like how grey loooks with mint green so I picked up a fitted tee for $6.99.  Gordmans had some lovely floral tops, but none of them spoke to me yet–so instead I found this awesome floral statement necklace for only $12.99! 

This whole spring outfit cost less than $50! I’d say that is a winner! 

 

receipt
Plus a winter coat on clearance for $5! Score!!!
 
I love Gordmans for their huge selection of fun and trendy clothes for all ages and sizes. If you can’t find what you want in the store, you can also shop online. There is free shipping if you spend $75 or more. Gordmans sent me a $25 gift card to enjoy on my shopping trip, and one of my readers will win a card! To enter, just leave a comment letting me know what is on your spring wardrobe wish list.  On April 21, 2016 I will choose a winner randomly. Must live in the US to enter and win. 
  mint jeans outfit  
Here are some of the different ways I plan on styling my mint jeans this spring and summer. (Link to Pinterest board)

So chime in! What are you hunting for this spring?

How to Get Your Kids Moving! (and giveaway!)

LeapBand

Last week I had the honor of interviewing soccer star and mom of three, Mia Hamm about kids and fitness. As a mom of six kids, and someone who spends more time at the library than the gym (and it shows!), I am always concerned about ways to keep my kids active.

Moms, we are fighting a big fight in working to keep our kids active! kids today have more homework than ever, and when they come home to unwind, they often follow their parents’ example and unwind with a heavy dose of technology. (Guilty as charged). Add to this, the trend of parents being prosecuted for allowing their kids to play outside, and you see that things are much, much different from when we were growing up.

So sit back, and listen to some great tips from Mia Hamm! When you are done, take a moment to enter the easy  giveaway! I have two LeapFrog Leap Band fitness trackers to giveaway, so two of my lucky readers will be winners!

a Rafflecopter giveaway