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When I first started Juggling in Heels, I started it for a number of reasons.  I had just had my third child and was extremely involved in the newborn, preschool and married life.  I thought perhaps a blog could be a great outlet for me that would be me…not mom or wife.  Just me.  I also have a thing for fashion and I felt that just because we become moms, our style doesn’t have to be sacrificed.  Another reason was honesty.  I felt that moms were not always honest about motherhood and I wanted to create a platform to be real and let others know that they are not alone in this crazy motherhood world.  Finally, I had just transitioned to part time working instead of full time and to be honest, I was a bit afraid of the “extra time”.  I thought about starting a blog for a bit and then the name Juggling in Heels popped in my head and I went for it.

Over the last few years, I have been able to experience things I would have never imagined.  I still remember the day when the Bloomingdale’s PR Manager at South Coast reached out to have me host an event with them.  I was floored that Bloomingdale’s wanted to work with me and I could not have been more excited.  Numerous events followed with incredible designers and stores but this first one was incredibly special to me.  I also remember when the January 2012 issue of Orange Coast came out and I was featured on a three page spread.  Again, something I would have never ever imagined happening.  Like the Bloomingdale’s event, I have since been in a number of publications that I  will hold on to forever but I will forever be grateful to Orange Coast for seeing something in me at the start of all this and giving me a voice in their magazine.  Finally, this year, I had the opportunity to work with Aveeno Skincare and create three ads/videos for them.  I still get giddy when I think about it and the opportunity.

Through each project, the most important part is that I have met some incredible people.  PR Managers, Boutique Owners, Designers, other Bloggers.  The list of amazing women that I have met and been able to work with while writing JIH is the most incredible gift I have been given.  These women are making such an impact in our community, our country and our world and they are a blessing to me and so many others.  There is no greater gift than friendship and I could not be more grateful for this.

Then finally, there is you.  The most important piece of this entire puzzle.  Thanks to your support through reading, commenting, and sharing, I have been able to achieve all of this.  It would have never happened with out my readers.  I am indebted to all of you for your love and support over the years.  I have shared a lot and have never felt judged, only supported, which in this pretty crazy internet world, is amazing.  YOU are the reason JIH has become what it is and I thank you for the bottom of my heart for believing in me.

Then here we are today.

Life is changing for me.  JIH began when my children were 7, 4 and 1.  They are now 11, 8 and 5.  What was a newborn and preschool world is now an elementary and middle school world, filled with friends, sports, activities, and homework.  There used to be moments when I would look for things to do while the kids napped.  These days I try to find just a second when I can sit down.  I am no longer working at all but am now involved in more volunteer work.  I was 33 when this all started and next year I will be 38.  The stages of life are changing and so I am evolving with it.  This means giving up some things that have been so great for so long to provide more opportunity for other amazing things.

In anticipation of 2016, I am beginning to de-clutter my life.  It just needs a good cleanse.  I think I have been trying to please too many people for too long and I am finally taking the steps to fix this.  I remember when volunteering left and right seemed like a good idea but then I began to realize that saying “Yes” too often is not necessarily a good thing.  I remember when I couldn’t wait to sit down and write a post over cleaning the house or doing laundry but now, it is getting stressful trying to manage it all.  And finally, I remember when I couldn’t wait to go to a blogging/media event on a weekday night or work with designers and PR Firms but now I have no interest whatsoever in attending events and committing to contracts leads to more chaos and stress.  My priorities have shifted and I really want to focus on simply being in the moment with my family.  For that reason, I am done with writing Juggling in Heels and this will be my final post.

I won’t be getting rid of it completely.  I will still post on Instagram and perhaps SnapChat here or there (they are a tad bit fun) and I hope that I can still inspire people through fashion or life’s trials and tribulations, it will just be on a much smaller scale.  It is time for a shift and I am going to make it.

Thank you thank you for everything you have given this blog the last few years.  You will never understand what it has meant to have so much overwhelming support from so many people that I have never met.  God gives us blessings in many different ways and you have all been a blessing for me to be able to do something that I love.  I am forever grateful.

I hope you all have a very blessed Christmas season and 2016 gifts all of you with love, laughter, joy and hope.

Love,

Sarah

 

So here is a little situation we are in these days.

When do you get your kid a cell phone?

To be honest, for a long time, my response to this question was “never”.  I just really didn’t see the need for it.  My thought is slightly changing though as my Oldest continues to get older.  A few weekends ago, we were at a basketball tournament in LA and I had to head out for an event, leaving my Oldest with another family.  Being that we were not very close to home and that he would be hanging out in a gym for a couple hours, driving home and arriving while we were out, it was the first time I thought to myself “it would be nice if he had a cell phone so that he could check in with me on how the game went, that he was heading home and that he arrived safely”.

So it got me thinking, is he getting to an age where we, the parents, will not always be around, should we provide him a phone so that we can connect with him in those circumstances?

If it was just for the phone, I would probably be much more willing.  Here is the problem I am seeing with this.

I have a MAJOR problem with seeing kids on cell phones.  It drives me insane.  I am not talking about communicating on their cell phone through a phone call.  I am talking about the silent obsession of sitting on their phone playing games, texting, and looking on the internet.  Who knows what they are doing but they are disengaged.  It is my biggest pet peeve.  I cannot handle when I have kids in the car and instead of doing all the things that kids do like chatting and laughing, they are sitting silent because they are too busy looking down at their phone.  Do parents do the same thing sometimes?  Absolutely.  But we have learned the art of communication thanks to not having any of this when we were kids so we understand the balance.  Unfortunately young children do not which has created a generation of kids who do not have the confidence they should when communicating with others and use technology to do the communicating for them.  And then I could open a whole can of worms when it comes to social media, videos, photos and online bullying.  Don’t even get me started on that entire mess.  There in lies my problem with the whole cell phone thing and why I am so hesitate to take that step forward.

What I am finding though is that the husband and I are quickly becoming the minority when it comes to kids having phones.  Entering 5th grade I drastically saw a jump in the number of kids who have phones.  Most of my Oldest’s friends have phones.  So am I being a prude when it comes to providing this kind of technology?  Perhaps.  I get that it is going to happen one day.  But when?  That is my biggest question.

I understand that this is really one of those “to each their own” situations.  I am in no way judging parents who have given their children phones.  I am truly unsure as to where I stand at the moment.  Believe me, if we did get him a phone there would be so many rules around using it that I am sure he would not find it fun at all to have.  And yes, I completely understand that this is hypocritical as I have made a business off of social media and technology and spent countless hours texting.  I get this.  Just another area of parenting that I am slowly entering and I would love to hear what you have to say!  Please share what you have done with regards to this.  This newbie is listening!

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This photo is the story of my life.  Three bags on my shoulders for all our after school sports, water bottle in hand for one of the kids, hat on my hair because I haven’t washed it and car keys because all I do is drive.  #momlife

Friday means a lot of things.  First and foremost, it is a celebration of making it through the week without dropping the ball on anything.  Well, anything major.  Of course there is sometimes a load of laundry forgotten in the washing machine, someone didn’t bring their lunch to school and perhaps I planned to cook dinner but we got take out instead.  Such is life.  This weekend we do not have a ton going on so we are going out with the kids for a Date Night.  That’s right.  Date Night with the kids.  With them a little older, we are starting to have a lot of fun venturing out to some of our favorite restaurants with the kids in tow.  I am loving these nights with the family and it gives us an opportunity to simply spend time together for dinner.  With so many practices at night during the week, we are not always able to sit down and each dinner as a family and I think this is one of the most important things a family can do together.  So, we make up for it on the weekends.  We are planning on going here this weekend.

Fall has officially started but we are a bit delayed in Orange County.  I am patiently waiting for the day I can wear this flannel tunic (under $20!) with these leggings and these boots.

My favorite blanket scarf from last year is back in stock and I highly suggest picking it up now because last year it sold out within days and was never re-stocked.

Over the Knee Boots are in and I am loving these Cognac ones.  The price is right too.

Just in case you missed it, I started a monthly series of my favorite beauty finds and you can see my September finds here.

I know we don’t want to think about it now but Holiday parties are right around the corner and DVF has their Friends and Family event going on right now, giving you 25% off with code FRIENDS25.  Such a perfect time to pick up those holiday dresses!  I like this one, this one and this one.  I own a number of DVF dresses but this one is one of my favorites and has been worn numerous times.  That is what I love about DVF.  Her pieces are timeless and can be pulled out for so many different occasions.

LOVE this blanket cape.

I stopped into Anthropologie today after lunch and am so happy I did.  They are offering 30% off all their sale with code XTRAXTRA.  I picked up this shirt for $35.  Score.  I also picked up this dress that was not on sale but under $100.  I REALLY wanted to get this poncho but it is entirely too hard to buy something so heavy when it is 95 degrees outside.  I just couldn’t do it.

This denim skirt is only $50 and so on trend right now.  Perfect with tall boots this Fall.

Happy Weekend

It has been a long time since I could say the hubby and I attended a number of weddings in one year. It just hasn’t happened that often lately. There was that crazy rush between late 20’s and early 30’s that flooded our Springs and Summers with weddings. Then suddenly, nothing. Sure there was one here or there but maybe one a year. Then this year arrived and we found ourselves RSVPing to three weddings within a three month period. For my younger sister, that seems like nothing. I think she attended a wedding every month of the Summer (no joke). For us though, this was a lot and it was awesome. I absolutely love weddings. Perhaps it is my old days of coordinating them but there is just something about a wedding that puts a smile across my face and without fail, I will always cry. My favorite part of the entire night is when the Groom sees the Bride for the first time. Ahhhh!! His eyes say everything. There is something magical about the way he looks at his bride at that moment.

With three weddings, it actually took us to three different locations; Mexico, Carmel and Los Angeles. One was on the beach, one was in a Mission and one was on a Ranch. What made having three totally different types of weddings fun was having three totally different looks to wear. Each wedding was special in its own way and I am sad to say that our wedding tour has come to an end. That being said, I am coordinating one in October for the most fabulous couple (that’s right, I am back, but just for these guys!) so I will still get one more taste of wedding season before the year comes to an end.

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So, today I turn 37.

And I take birthdays very seriously. I LOVE them. Granted, this one hit me a bit as it just sounds a tad older than the other years have felt but still, I love to celebrate. Here is the thing. I see every 5 years as big celebrations. We had a big dinner party for my 30th and a pretty fab 80’s party for my 35th. And yes, I am already thinking about the big 4-0. The in between years I take a more mellow approach and just love to spend time with my favorite people. This year, I wanted to do a Duffy Boat cruise through Newport Harbor followed by dinner with the hubby and kids. He rented a boat for two hours and we cruised through the islands, which is something the kids had never done. I had one of the best times ever with them. Then we hit Red O for dinner where we stuffed our faces. I actually think I am still full. I couldn’t image a better way to ring in 37 and I cannot wait for the year ahead. Every year we receive is a gift and I am looking forward to living it to the fullest.

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And what did I wear on this little adventure?

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Three favorites in my closet right now. This denim vest, this dress and these heels.

9:11

Today, I celebrate the birth of my Middle Man.

Today, I mourn those lost 14 years ago.

Today, I refocus on what is important in life.

Today, I feel angry at those who set out to destroy.

Today, I smile at the love I have for my family, my friends and my country.

Today, I feel scared for the world we live in.

Most importantly, today I lean on my faith.

A faith that shows me that even on such a horrific day in history, the beauty of life is still present.

Happy Birthday to my Middle Man and all the children who share the September 11th birthday.

You are the gifts that help us to hope, love and know that in the end, good will always overcome.

We will never forget.

Last year I wrote a post about sharing 9/11 with my Middle Man and what his birthday means to our country.  If you are interested in reading this post, you can click here.

16 days.

16 days until the school year is over and Summer can begin. I CAN. NOT. WAIT.

I am not sure who is more checked out of school, me or the kids. What I do know is that the beach is calling our name, the alarm wants to take a rest and I am looking forward to some fun times with the kids this Summer.

My mind is filled with the idea of beautiful swimsuits, beach bags, sandals, sunnies and all the goodies that mean days spent by the pool or beach.

Mother’s Day.  The perfect time to indulge your Mom, Sister, Friend or even yourself if you have one of those husbands that would prefer you to pick out your own gift for fear of getting the wrong thing.   But what do you get?  There are so many options out there and it can be hard to pinpoint the perfect gift.  To help out, I created three different sets of Mother’s Day gifts; Pamper, Vacation Ready and Day to Day.  Each of these sets can be given individually or mixed and matched to create the perfect gift.  Hint Hint: I suggest forwarding this post on to you-know-who (ahem, the hubby) with some notes on what you may like for Mother’s Day.  There is never anything wrong with providing a little direction..

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< Hat / Cologne / Heels / Bucket Bag / Pajama Set / Books / Sunglasses / Lipstick / Nail Polish >

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Day to Day

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< Tote / Shirt / Jacket / Hat / Jeans / Bralette / Heels / Lipstick >

 

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When I had Baby Girl, I became bored with my traditional ways of losing baby weight and began researching different types of workouts.  I popped into a Barre class and fell in love.  Not only did it melt away the weight but I loved the slow and controlled movements that helped create definition that I had never had.  It was perfect…until I fell back into my old workout ways and veered off the barre course, spending more time running and such.  After about a year, I didn’t return.

Fast forward to two weeks ago.  Baby Girl is just around the corner from turning 5 and I received an email from Barre 3 in Laguna Niguel to see if I would like to come experience their innovative 3-step sequence leading to balance, strength and flexibility.  Now, you all know how much I love a good workout and especially love trying something new, but I will be honest, I was a tad bit nervous.  It had been SO LONG since my last Barre class and I was certain that I would make a fool of myself.  I did what I always do when I am concerned about making a fool out of myself.  I brought a friend who had never done it either.  That way, we could potentially look foolish together.

Jessica, one of the owners of the studio, was our instructor and it was pretty amazing how quickly she made you feel at ease.  The movement was slow and small but HARD.  Yes, it is made seem silly to think that small movements could create the impact that it did but my legs will tell you, they were shaking.  And then my arms.  And them my abs.  Truthfully, every muscle in my body was shaking at some point through the class.  That being said, it was one of the most enjoyable, peaceful classes I have ever taken, which is weird because I also felt like I was going to fall over sometimes.  It was a crazy combination of a peaceful workout but also intense.  At the end, I felt as if my mind and my body both had an incredible workout.

So why is this Barre class different than all the others?  Well, it is the 3 step sequence I was talking about:

  1. Isometric holds work your muscles to their deepest point and increase strength and endurance. Holding still strengthens your muscles continuously; it also gives you time to make sure your alignment and posture are perfect before you move.
  2. Next, we add controlled 1-inch movements. These create just enough relief in the muscles to maintain the integrity of the hold for maximum benefit. By layering on one inch, you heat the body, increase your core strength, and rev your metabolism.
  3. After completely taxing the muscles, we flush out the body with functional, large, dynamic moves. This cardio blast lifts the heart rate, improves circulation, and energizes the body.

So it is Barre Plus basically.  And who doesn’t love a little extra something.  I know that if I am going to commitment to a workout, I want to maximize my results.  Who doesn’t?

 

 

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I am now back to loving Barre and Barre 3 specifically.  Nikki, the other owner, and Jessica have created an environment where women can focus on both physical and mental health, both equally important in our crazy schedules.  They also understand the lives of moms and how hard it is to get your workout in when you have little ones so they offer childcare at the studio.  One of the hardest parts of getting into studios vs. large gyms is their lack of childcare and Barre 3 has taken care of this for you.  Amazing.

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You will definitely find me back in the studio and I hope to see you there.  Barre 3 is located at 23882 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo in the Whole Foods Shopping Center.  Thank you so much Jessica and Nikki for inviting me in!

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Vans have been a long time staple in our home.  I have been wearing them since I was a little girl and have passed my love for them down to my children.  It is in fact one of the few lines of clothing that our entire family wears.  I love my leopard, the boys take theirs classic and of course Baby Girl needed the hot pink checkered.

I recently learned a little bit more about Vans that has made me love them even more.

Today launches the Vans Custom Culture competition.  This is a program that encourages High School students to celebrate creativity and raise awareness for declining funding in the arts programs across the country.  Over 2500 High Schools across the country are competing in this opportunity to win $50,000 for their respective art programs.  Here is a little look at last year’s Custom Culture final event in New York.

There are a number of things I love about this.  First and foremost, what an incredible way to connect with High School students.  I have to imagine that there is not a High School student out there who doesn’t not recognize the Vans brand.  It is well known and most likely worn by many.  Bringing together this connection in a creative way is genius.  I also love that this competition is focused on the arts.  A lot of times it feels that sports are given so much more priority over the arts and there are so many incredibly talented children and young adults out there that are never given the exposure they deserve.  I love that this competition allows young adults to push their creativity limits and create whatever they want.  Finally, I absolutely love that a large brand such as Vans is giving back and providing opportunities for those who may not have it.

To help celebrate the launch of this competition and the voting that is open TODAY to all of YOU, Vans has asked my little ones to create a custom pair of Vans.  Seems Baby Girl wanted to fill her entire shoe with I Love You’s and drawings while Middle Man went with his love for New York.

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You can vote for the top 50 entries by clicking here and I highly suggest checking them out.  These kids are beyond talented and I wish I had half the abilities that they do!

Needing a good pair of sneakers for summer? You can never go wrong with a pair of Vans.

* Thank you Vans for collaborating on this post.