Motherhood Chat Monday: Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Kids

Happy Monday! It's Motherhood Chat Monday time and today I'm sharing a Valentine's Gift Guide for Kids.

I'm THAT mom that tries to make any and every holiday special for her kids. I know a lot of people aren't about celebrating Valentine's Day and I totally get that but, for me it's more about celebrating love and this world needs a lot of that these days.

Every year I make my kids V-Day baskets or gift them something small. What's the worst that can happen? I spoiled my kids on Valentine's Day. Yikes! :) I've created this gift guide to share ideas with you of things I have gifted my kids throughout the years that have really created lasting memories. The gifts can be simple and inexpensive it's all about celebrating Valentine's Day with you little loved ones. For example, last year I bought the boys all books that we still read to this day. This year I am including puzzles in Ryder's basket from the dollar section at Target. He is going to absolutely love them.

The I love you because countdown calendar below is a great way to celebrate almost all month long. All my boys have pictures either as cupid or in Valentine's Day outfits as babies so I've also added to this gift guide cute themed tops and outfits. I added a baby play gym because maybe you have a baby niece or nephew you would like to buy something for and a play gym is both thoughtful and very useful. Clicking on the images below will take you directly to the websites where you can purchase these items. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.


Favorite Cami On Sale

LOFT is having a 50% off of everything sale with code: MYSTERY.

 I stopped by a LOFT store today  to pick up the v-neck basic cami pictured below. I ordered it online, picked it up in store and it was super easy. By doing that I avoided having to pay any type of shipping fee. This v-neck cami is perfect for layering under cardigans or under sheer tops and the quality is great. If you buy anything from this sale make sure to grab this cami because it is on sale for under $10!

Below I've also linked tops and pants that I got to try on today, with the exception of the pink tie cuff sweater which I already own. Everything is 50% off and for the most part under $40! Clicking on the images below will direct you to the actual site where you can purchase each piece.

Thank you for stopping by Life by Meli and please let me know if you have any questions. Happy shopping!


Motherhood Chat Monday: Sharing A Hole Parents

If you missed my Instagram post and ended up here, below I'm sharing my favorite A Hole Parents YouTube videos from Awestruck because sometimes you just need to laugh at the things we as parents go through. All I am going to say is kids are funny these days and if you need a good laugh check out these videos.

Potty training

Food Fails

Anthropologie Sale & Spanx Leggings

Anthropologie is having a 20% regular prices clothing items sale. These Spanx Leggings never go on sale and are worth every single penny! If you ever splurge on leggings these are the ones you want to splurge on! If you are in between sizes make sure to size up.

If you're shopping for a few items at Anthropologie and your total is $150 or more you get free shipping. If you only want to buy the Spanx Leggings or another item but you don't want to pay shipping click here, purchase the Spanx Leggings at the regular price and then after your order is placed call the customer service number and they will price match. Make sure the size and color you are shopping for is available on both websites. I just did it and it worked! I love free shipping.

Anthropologie always has the prettiest florals and dresses for spring. I've linked some of my favorites below. You can click on each picture to shop. Take advantage of this sale because it ends tonight and doesn't happen very often. Happy shopping!


Valentine's Day Looks on Sale

Sweater - LOFT || Pants - LOFT || Purse - Old Navy

Happy Thursday! Earlier this morning I read something online that said "Thursday we like you because you sit next to Friday". It made me smile because ain't that the truth! I ordered the pink tie cuff sweater (pictured above) last week when LOFT was having their 50% off sale and I just received it. I absolutely love the cuff detail and the fit. I sized up one size and thought it was going to be too big but it's just right in overall and sleeve length. Here's the great news, it's back on sale for under $23 with code: COZY.

This sweater is linked below for easy shopping along with other things that would be cute to wear on Valentine's Day. I chose pieces you could wear out on Valentine's Day for a date night or cute tops you can wear to work or just out that day.

I really hope you like when I share these sales. Please let me know if there is anything else you would like to see me post about. Happy shopping!


Motherhood Chat Monday: If I never heard this again it would be too soon!

"Wow!  Three boys!"

On Friday we were at dinner and some lady sitting across from us flagged me down just to say to me "OMG! Three boys! You have your hands full!" I was instantly so annoyed because my kids were all behaving and we were really enjoying our night out. First of all, I am very aware that I have three boys. Secondly, wouldn't I have my hands full if I had three girls or a dog, a cat and a chimpanzee? Would this lady have flagged me down and said anything if I had three girls? Yes, three boys are a lot of work but they aren't some awful species that requires more attention than girls. If I never hear a comment like this again it will be too soon.

It's not just about the boy comments it's about people making comments about people's kids that just aren't necessary. Other questions I can't believe people ask me are:
Three boys? Are you going to try for the girl?
You have three boys. Girls take care of their parents. Wonder who is going to take care of you when you're old?
or the all so popular "Shopping for your kids must not be as fun as if you had a girl."

I wouldn't know what it's like to have daughters but my boys are my world and that's that. I wear this boy mom title proudly. They will always take care of me, their dad and each other because we are raising them to be good people. Even if I tried ten more times I could end up with ten more boys so NO I AM NOT TRYING FOR A GIRL. IF I try I'll just shoot for a baby. Lastly, if my kids are bouncing off the walls it's because they are kids not because they are boys.

I could sit here and explain to you why boys are amazing but that's not the point. I've hesitated for so long about posting this because it sounds bitchy and that isn't what this blog is about but, I'm also about keeping it all the way real around here so I decided to go ahead and write this. I also want Motherhood Chat Monday to be about anything and everything motherhood. The moral of the story is motherhood is hard and we are all trying our best so just think before you flag a mother down to make an unnecessary comment or ask a ridiculous question about her kids.

What are some things you wish people never said or asked you again?


LOFT 50% off regular priced items, 60% off sale items

I just checked my e-mails and LOFT changed their 40% off sale to 50% off the entire store & 60% off sale items with code: FRESH. Also, they usually will not do free shipping unless your order is over $125 but today you get free shipping at $50. I am loving their new arrival with floral prints on them. Florals and pops of color are going to be big this year.

You can click on the pictures below to shop everything. Happy Sunday!


Sweater Sale

Give me all the cozy sweaters! Some of my favorite retailers are having really great sales right now.

This sweater (pictured below) is back in stock and on major sale for under $30! I own it in green but I think I need this taupe one in my life. I would size up one size for a slouchy fit.

LOFT is having a 40% off full priced items sale with code: FRESH, Old Navy is having a 30% off of sale items and 20% off of the rest of the store sale. Nordstrom has recently marked down sweaters and tops I've never seen on sale before. Make sure you check out the sweaters linked below before all of these sales are over.

Don't forget you can click on the images below (and the one above) to shop each sweater. Thanks for stopping by Life by Meli. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!



Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a good start. I can hardly believe it's 2018! Where has the time gone?

Last year was pretty monumental for me. Experiencing everything Reed had to go through was pretty eye opening. As a family we had to find a new normal and it was both hard and beautiful. I went from working full time to being a stay at home mom so I could care for Reed while he went through testing and a couple of rounds of sclerotherapy. I got to spend all year at home with my boys and honestly I had dreamed about doing that since Ryan was born. Being a stay at home mom isn't for everyone and I don't think it's for me for much longer but, it has brought me such joy and peace of mind that I will never forget this time I had being the mom I had always dreamed of being. I will forever be grateful to my husband for allowing me this much needed time with my babies.

I also took a leap of faith last year and invested in starting this little blog of mine. Everyone said the first year of blogging would be tough and they weren't kidding. I still have a lot of growing to do but I intend on doing just that because I've loved every minute of blogging. This year I hope to connect more with you. I'm still trying to get comfortable with  posting videos and talking to you daily but exactly that is what I love most about blogging. It's really pushed me to connect with people and be more comfortable in my own skin.

This year I hope to take this blog places I haven't even dreamed of yet. Fashion is definitely on my radar and I want to focus just a bit more on that than ever. My background is design and although that has been a little on the back burner I want to continue to share interior design content because it's truly my first love. I get a lot of questions about why I post things I shop for or if I am getting paid to post those things so I hope to clarify that all up in the near future. I want my blog to be an easy place for you to shop from and I want you to trust that I am sharing the best sales I can possibly find. I seriously love sale shopping and I want to share all about that with you.

As I look back on 2017 the word "growth" comes to mind. I feel like a completely different person than I was a year ago. I feel stronger, happier and most importantly I care a little less about the negative opinions of others. What a year!

I honestly wish you the best 2018 and I hope I can help you, inspire you and get to know you a little more this year. <3

Bed & Bath Flash Sale

I came across this sale kind of last minute but I thought I'd share it anyway. Target is having a 30% off Bed & Bath online sale that ends tonight. Below are some of my favorite pieces. It's always nice to start a new year off fresh and even just changing up the accessories in your bathroom can make such a difference.

You can click directly on the images below to shop each piece. Happy Shopping!