// Things I Love Thursday v.286

A day late... again. But this time I had a gnarrrrrly case of strep. That has not been fun...
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this stunning typography ♥
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♥ this rad collage ♥
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this blueberry mojito ♥
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this bomb creative direction ♥
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this WHOA milkshake ♥
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♥ this MOM flash ♥
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♥ this rad sandbox playhouse ♥
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these brand new tattoos !!! ♥
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these adorable cookies ♥
Earmo Smart Thermometer
this smart thermometer just went live on indiegogo ♥
I actually have this thermometer - with all the packaging in chinese (i think?) haha! It's *really* nice though (and the funded product would be packaged in english obviously)! As a doula and a mom I like to be in the know on all the snazzy gadgets and gear, and this little thing didn't disappoint. I didn't realize, before operating it, that everything shows up with little LED indicator lights on the front of the thermometer, because it looks like it's solid white plastic. That was a neat feature! It has 1-second results and a corresponding app, too. The ability to swipe and compare to the most recent reading is great if you're tracking someone's temp. I actually used this to convince myself to *finally* go to the doctor on Thursday morning because I most definitely have a gnarly case of strep. That 102* fever was the pits. Anyway - You can snag it for over 50% off if you back their crowdsourcing campaign, FYI! It looks like it will *definitely* get funded which is awesome.

// Sale alert: Get 20% off everything (under $500) - including sale items - at Shopbop! If you spend over $500 then you get 25% off everything! If you need any ideas: awesome pool floats, fun enamel pins and overalls should get you started! (The sale has been extended until 11:59 PST Sunday April 16th!)

// Steampunk sculptures from trash... these are pretty freaking neat!

// Pro Tip: If you have kiddos who love to play with toy vehicles, you should totally get some of this Play Tape stuff! I have a couple rolls (and curves!) for the boys, and you can even peel it up and reapply it. Praiiiiiise being able to do away with those awful and huge Hot Wheels tracks haha

// Get paid to give your opinion - side cash, holllla!

xo KB

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// Financial Confidence as a Single Mom

Well, I've officially been a single mom for a year now. Whoa. Twelve whole months of just me and those two goons around here. I can tell you exactly how much of it has been easy: zilch. Nada. Nuhnuvit. Obviously one of the biggest obstacles single parents face is finances. All of a sudden I was solely responsible for 100% of our living expenses, but with only half of the income. Couple that with being an independent contractor for work (but your spouse was half of that work team) and you've got yourself a doozy of a pair. Financial confidence? I didn't have much of it last year. One thing became very clear to me early on though - I needed to get my butt in gear and learn some discipline then figure out how to make it work. My knowledge didn't come from desire to learn more about personal finances because it sounded interesting, it came out of sheer necessity. Fear dominated my thoughts around being a single parent to two kids.

Now that I'm a full year in I can say that, while I'm still no Dave Ramsey, I have a much better understanding of what all those acronyms stand for and why it's smart to utilize reward points and rebates on cards, and all of that good stuff. I started by reading a couple books that friends or family had loaned out to me (like 'The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke' and 'How to be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents') and I pored over Pinterest and the abundance of "millennial finances" posts and e-books. Finally, at the very end of February, I was able to start each of the boys their own savings accounts for college (or whatever path they embark on post-high school.) It's a little thing, but it's a big thing at the same time. There isn't a whole heck of a lot in either one of them haha - but it's a start. It's something that I was able to do for them on my own. It's something I can 110% say I'm proud of and that gives me a great deal of confidence. The rest of it I'm still figuring it out as I go along. Being a creative freelancer and IC means I'm tasked with taking care of all my own retirement and 401k stuff, health insurance, etc. Now that I'm less than a year away from my 30s I'm starting to recognize how important all of that stuff really is. Some of it still leaves me shaking in my boots a little, but like I said, one step at a time! All it took was reaching that first benchmark to ignite some type of mama bear determination or something, because now I'm a mama on a mission!

I'm partnering with SunTrust to share a small part of my story in hopes that you'll think about your own and then be encouraged to ~move on up~ in the realm of personal finances. Whether you've paid cash for a large purchase or simply stuck to last month's budget, we all need that something to be proud of when it comes to money matters. Financial confidence will look different for each and every one of us. Those two little savings accounts are my pride for the moment. What about yours? For fellow millennials, the economic climate is so vastly different than it was for our parents. Many (read: most) of us weren't taught basic personal finance skills in school. (Which, by the way, is ridic! Sure, I'm totally more likely to utilize my knowledge on chemical nomenclature as opposed to, you know, something more practical like creating a household budget... haha) Our generation are at the stage where we want to buy houses and have families and actually invest money in something with more staying power than a cup of overpriced coffee. How do we do that though? The answer for most of us is to figure it out ourselves. Look for the resources around you, and arm yourself with the knowledge on how to navigate some of life's sticky situations.

We are responsible for our ourselves, but that doesn't mean we have to do it by ourselves. That's why SunTrust created their onUP Movement last year. To coincide with Financial Literacy Month (April, obviously), it's the perfect time to talk about financial confidence. . They're asking people to join them in an effort to inspire other Americans to take a step toward their own financial freedom. My little piece of advice: create BIG goals, with smaller benchmarks along the way. Why not dream big? If you can't dream big, you can't reach big. Your goal might seem intimidating at first, but if you lay it out in steady increments then your confidence will simply snowball toward the finish line. Having the check-in points along the way will help ensure that you're on the right track and allow you to make changes before you get too far in. Check out the onUp Movement and join over 1.4 million other folks, not unlike me and you, on a quest for financial confidence.

xo KB

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// Things I Love Thursday v.285

I know... it's Friday. To be fair, this was supposed to go up yesterday. I should really switch blogging platforms...

these signs on our dixie league dugouts ♥
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this adorable freaking bag! ♥
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this illustrator ♥
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♥ this neon sign needs to get in my house STAT ♥
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♥ this stunning tattoo (source?) ♥
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this llama painting ♥
♥ this photo (+ every photo) by cassie rosch via daisynatives
this local nashville artist ♥

♥ me, 24/7 ♥
happiest in nashville... literally the softest shirt i own ♥

"It wasn’t just my marriage that was over, it was me. I was done with not being happy, with not being the woman I truly am, and with not living a life that felt connected to my soul.  
In truth, it was me that broke long before my marriage did—and so I had no other choice but to break it so that I could find myself again—and perhaps really for the first time."

// Did you know there's an actual rosé festival?! Pinknic, I need to be in you.

// I just got this swimsuit in the mail via AMI Clubwear and holy crap it's so cute. The racerback tank top style matched with the high waisted bottoms is definitely my jam. Also super digging the contrast between the black and white striped top and the peach bottoms! And it's currently 50% off! 

// Trends I'm loving right now: tassles and pom poms! and jungle/wild animal themed bags.

// Try this: Make Ahead Smoothies.

// I am feeling absolutely everything about Marc Jacobs' latest stuff.

"For a long time, I held onto anger and resentment for things people had done to me. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean we let the bad behaviors continue. It means we create boundaries, but also understand that people are who they are and we cannot change them. We can only change our reaction to them, how often we spend time with them, and whether or not we let it go. I try to be like the ocean. I may have a wave of anger, but it comes and then goes just as quickly."
// Looking for a (legit) way to make a couple extra bucks online? This site has all kinds of surveys and stuff to get in on!

// ICYMI: How to get Festival Ready // Zappo's Friends With Benefits Recap // Weekly Recap v.4

xo KB

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