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These days it’s all about comfort, which is why today on the blog I am talking affordable everyday shoes that look polished and weekend ready. Being a busy mom doesn’t mean you can’t have style. Every year around this time I like to hoard a few new shoes to take me through the holiday season, and with Payless I’m not breaking the bank! Payless currently has a ton of great new styles for every holiday occasion, which you can check out for yourself here.

For a day on the go, I am loving these zip ankle booties. They’re sturdy, stylish, and under $30 on sale right now, so you really can’t go wrong! Keep your look classic by pairing it with your fave skinny jeans and cozy holiday sweater if you’re running about town with your kiddos. Or dress it up with a mini skirt and leather moto jacket for a Red Cup coffee date. The everyday fashion possibilities are endless when you have an easy peasy shoe like this! Personally, I love the dual zippers and the ease of slipping in and out of it… cuz ain’t no momma got time to mess with laces! I also like this tan mule, this brick red suede pointed bootie, and this tassel loafer . If you want to add a bit of edge to your weekend errands, try on this black suede bootie with cutouts for maximum style impact!

What’s your weekend style M.O.?

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I always love to say that my firstborn, Roman, is the life of the party. He’s social, sweet, and inclusive to everyone he meets. He lights up the room with his cheesy dance moves, big personality, and even bigger heart. When the children’s clothing brand Crazy 8 reached out letting me know it has teamed up with KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids, for the first-ever KIDZ BOP fashion collection, I was stoked! These limited edition looks are for kids with big star potential and give kids even more ways to rock the party in style. Not like Roman needs any help in that department! I meannnnn, there is a shirt that says “LIFE OF THE PARTY”!!

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Checked Blazer  |  Life of the Party Tee  |  Cargo Joggers  |  High-Top Sneakers

From bold plaid to sparkle and shine, the capsule collection has a curated offering of unapologetically hip threads for boys and girls. It arrived just in time to lend a little pizazz to your holiday wear! Roman is dressed head to toe in our favorite Crazy 8 + KIDZ BOP boys’ look. (My younger two are wearing the regular Crazy 8 line.) He has been begging to wear his new “cool” shoes, as he calls them, every day since we received these in the mail. I also appreciate the fact that many items in this collection can be unisex – like this on-trend metallic bomber jacket and cargo joggers – without verging on being too girly or too boyish.

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Have you heard the KIDZ BOP cover of Taylor Swift’s Style? My kids go bonkers over it and I think the lyrics are PERFECT for this collection that has super star status written all over it!

‘Cause you got that James Dean daydream look in your eye
And I got that red lip, classic thing that you like
And when we go crashing down, we come back every time
‘Cause we never go out of style, we never go out of style…

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Want even more fun ways to live like a pop star? Enter the “Rock the Party” sweepstakes by 12/8/2016 for the chance to win pieces of the capsule collection, KIDZ BOP swag and more! You can also get a free download of a KIDZ BOP song when you purchase a piece of the capsule collection in stores! (While supplies last)

Don’t forget to check out Crazy 8 and comment back on your kids’ favorite Crazy 8 styles!
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Every fashion blogger’s doing Thanksgiving / fall looks, and I’m all here like, heyyyy look at me in my bright florals and bare shoulders! Because I’m crazy like that. In all seriousness, I’m having a serious case of wanderlust because the weather turned cold overnight here in Chicago. We were experiencing a surprisingly long and beautiful fall spell, but now I’m pretty sure it’s time to bring out the puffy coats for good. Just the thought of yet another Chicago winter makes me daydream about my recent resort vacation in Mexico with The Giant. We did a lot of lazing around, sleeping in, and going to nightly shows and dinners. Aside from our extreme jungle adventure, our time at the beautiful Secrets Silversands Riviera basically consisted of hopping from room to hot tub to cabana to beach and back to room.

A lot of you asked on my Instagram where I got these outfits from, so I thought I’d do a little post recapping all the looks I wore on my resort vacation. You can scroll to the bottom and get direct links. Forget about winter weather for just a hot sec and take a little trip with me back to warmer days!

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Come Monday, who else feels like you need a day in between Saturday and Sunday? Mondays are back to work and back to school and I’m still on a weekend hangover from binge-watching Stranger Things the night before. Monday evenings for us also means my son has his weekly karate lesson, and I always struggle with coming up with a quick, nutritious, and tasty dinner for us all that fits into our Meatless Monday* rotation.

With three kids and the pre-dinnertime witching hour, my household is a circus. That’s why the new MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls checks off all those boxes for me – it’s easy to heat up, healthier as a veggie cuisine, and just tastes good. It is also conveniently available at your nearest Jewel-Osco grocery store.

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We tried the Chik’n Pot Pie, a twist on a classic favorite. It is creamy and herby, and more importantly, this Veggie Bowl is made with Chick’n Strips–100% vegan and lightly seasoned, offering 23g of protein at 150 calories. The kids don’t even know they’re not eating chicken, and I’m not complaining! It brings new meaning to that old phrase “winner winner chicken dinner!” Next Meatless Monday I want to try the Japanese Soba Noodles or the Moroccan Medley.

Obviously, my hectic mom life is why you are reading this Meatless Monday post on a Tuesday, seriously gonna have to work on that next time! Do you participate in the Meatless Monday trend? What changes have you made to bring your family on a healthier lifestyle journey? Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #MyWayToVeg.

*Fun fact: Meatless Monday is not a new trend. During World War I, the U.S. Food Administration urged families to cut back on meat on Tuesdays to reduce consumption of key staples to aid the war effort. In recent years Meatless Tuesdays has been revived for different reasons and replaced by a zingier name, Meatless Mondays. Now we can all agree that MM has a much better ring to it, am I right?!

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