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A Great Spring Sweater and Favorites from around the Web

Hello out there! I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted but the baby is sleeping and the 4-year-old is playing outside since the sun is finally shining so I thought I would do a quick post on a great spring sweater that I ordered from J. Crew Factory earlier this week and a few recent favorites from around the web. Enjoy and happy Sunday!

This is the J. Crew Factory Summerweight Boyfriend Sweater and it is FANTASTIC. I got it in navy but they also have it in mint, summer pink, and heather silver. I had also ordered the pink but I think I'll return it because it's just too bubble gum/Easter egg pink for me. I may get one in the heather silver instead. I seriously wish they had more colors because I would order several more. I just love the drape of the sweater and the weight is perfect for spring and cool summer nights. The sweater is made to be quite oversized so I wasn't sure what size to actually order (it goes down to a size XXS) but the XS seemed to be the right size for me and that is the size I would probably usually order in normal tops. To be on the safe side though, depending on how you want it to fit, you could probably go down a size. I just checked and the sweater is on sale for $35.50 right now. An awesome price for a sweater I know I'll wear a lot.

This is the J. Crew Factory Summerweight Boyfriend Sweater and it is FANTASTIC. I got it in navy but they also have it in mint, summer pink, and heather silver. I had also ordered the pink but I think I’ll return it because it’s just too bubble gum/Easter egg pink for me. I may get one in the heather silver instead. I seriously wish they had more colors because I would order several more. I just love the drape of the sweater and the weight is perfect for spring and cool summer nights. The sweater is made to be quite oversized so I wasn’t sure what size to actually order (it goes down to a size XXS) but the XS seemed to be the right size for me and that is the size I would probably usually order in normal tops. To be on the safe side though, depending on how you want it to fit, you could probably go down a size. I just checked and the sweater is on sale for $35.50 right now. An awesome price for a sweater I know I’ll wear a lot.

Another shot of the sweater. I think this will pair so well with white pants and sandals for spring and summer. Add some simple jewelry and a cute bag and you're done. Love. (Pants/Old - Banana Republic Factory; Bag and Jewelry/Available Now - Stella & Dot)

Another shot of the sweater. I think this will pair so well with white pants and sandals for spring and summer. Add some simple jewelry and a cute bag and you’re done. Love. (Pants/Old – Banana Republic Factory; Bag and Jewelry/Available Now – Stella & Dot)

This super cute closet makeover was done by the blogger at View Along the Way. I love the whole thing - the wallpaper, the jewelry nook, the mini chandalier... You have to go over to her blog and check the whole thing out. Very cute!

This super cute closet makeover was done by the blogger at View Along the Way. I love the whole thing – the wallpaper, the jewelry nook, the mini chandelier… You have to go over to her blog and check the whole thing out. Very cute!

Love this outfit from Poor Little It Girl. A classic color combination and a great jean jacket. 'Nuff said.

Love this outfit from Poor Little It Girl. A classic color combination and a great jean jacket. ‘Nuff said.

This stenciled wall from Life on Virginia Street is awesome!! I've been thinking about a modern wallpaper in my dining room but we're still in the midst of peeling the original wallpaper that the previous homeowners had so maybe this stencil idea could be the way to go. I probably wouldn't have the patience to actually do it myself, but maybe...

This stenciled wall from Life on Virginia Street is awesome!! I’ve been thinking about a modern wallpaper in my dining room but we’re still in the midst of peeling the original wallpaper that the previous homeowners had so maybe this stencil idea could be the way to go. I probably wouldn’t have the patience to actually do it myself, but maybe…

This creamy tomato tortellini soup is super tasty and so easy to make. I found the recipe through someone from my mom's club but it originally came from Recipe Swagger. If you have kids, try it. You can even throw in some veggies like peas or chopped spinach to up the nutritional value. Click on this photo to get the recipe. Yum!

This creamy tomato tortellini soup is super tasty and so easy to make. I found the recipe through someone from my mom’s club but it originally came from Recipe Swagger. If you have kids, try it. You can even throw in some veggies like peas or chopped spinach to up the nutritional value. Click on this photo to get the recipe. Yum!

Happy New Year! Let’s Get Organized!

Hello, All! Happy New Year! I hope that 2013 is off to a fantastic start for everyone out there. I can’t believe that another year is over already, but here we are starting the third week of January and speeding right ahead.

If you’re like me, a new year often brings the desire to tackle issues, projects and goals with renewed vigor. Some years the focus is on getting more fit, other years efforts might be targeted towards career growth and exploring new paths. But for me this year my sights are set on getting more organized. Last year was largely about selling our old house – finishing up small repairs and projects to prep it for sale, making sure the house was clean and neat for each showing, evaluating offers, and then navigating our way through the final negotiation and eventual sale. Once that was all done, we then packed all of our belongings and moved to a teeny apartment to wait things out while we searched for a new home. Well, we’re now going on 4 months in that teeny apartment with no new home in sight and my patience is starting to grow thin. We’ve crammed way too much stuff into this tiny little place and I’ve never once felt organized since we moved in. To add to the craziness, we’ve got a deadline as Baby Arens #2 is due at the end of May. Eeek! The thought of bringing a new baby home to this cramped and crowded apartment is not appealing at all. Call it nesting, call it whatever you like, but as the new year has started I have an overwhelming desire to get moved, get settled and GET ORGANIZED. I cannot wait to have more space for our growing family and to be able to spread out a little – to have a space for everything and to put everything in its place. Whew!

So, while we wait for the real estate market to pick up and for more homes to come rolling out, I’m using the time to plan ahead. I’m busy picking out wall colors, planning out what furniture can be used where, and making lists of new items we’ll need. I’ve been doing lots of research online to give me inspiration and along the way I’ve come across a great blog, I Heart Organizing, focused entirely on being organized that I thought I would pass along in case any of you are feeling the itch to get organized as well. The writer behind the blog is a mother to three young boys and it’s insane how crazy organized her home is. I know I’ll never reach that level of organization, but even a quarter of it would be a welcome thing at this point! It’s really been a lot of fun to search around this blog and get some great ideas for our new home. This blogger covers organizing tips for every room in the house and every aspect of life – from managing schedules, to keeping toys and clutter at bay, to keeping an organized clothes closet (something any fashionista can love). And she does it all with super cute style – no plain manila folders or boring-looking storage units here. Everything she does is with style in mind and I can definitely appreciate that. I know that I’ll be much more likely to use something if it’s aesthetically pleasing. I don’t know why it matters what a file folder looks like, but a hot pink patterned file folder is just more fun than a black one.

So if you’re feeling like me in this new year and have the need to get organized, check out I Heart Organizing, you definitely won’t be disappointed. I know as we move forward with a home purchase (hopefully soon!!) I’ll be referring to this site again and again for more ideas. Organized 2013, here I come!

Happy New Year, All!