Mixed prints for spring

Top of the day to you! 😁

Today I wanted to share my favorite spring outfit that takes me through these crazy fluctuations in Minnesota weather! Next I have been dying to tell anyone who will listen about our double stroller because we’ve had it a few months now and still absolutely love it! Finally, I wanted to give a bit of a life update to tell you a few things you didn’t know about us lately.

First, my long leopard cardigan sweater and buffalo check tee are both from Shein. The buffalo check top is literally under $6 now and it’s probably my most worn top and I highly recommend it. I think mine is a size medium. They were gifted to me by the company awhile back and I still wear them all the time! I think the top is a few years old now! The denim shorts are from the Universal Thread line at Target and they work so well for me and my after baby body. I feel like they are long enough and fit the right way to hide some of my baby weight, yuh know?

Our stroller is the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight and it is the best inexpensive double stroller ever! It’s sturdy, relatively light, folds up well, and has a cup holder! Plus, one of the biggest things about it for me was that it can hold a lot of weight so I don’t have to buy a new stroller as the kids get bigger. Oh, and the wheels work SUPER WELL, which was not our experience with our more expensive single stroller!

In other news, have you heard about our new business venture over here?! It’s an art subscription box called Classy Artist Box! Each month we send out supplies and access to a video lesson on our new site! This was our first month and I feel such a frenzy of nervously working out a few last minute kinks. BUT it’s so exciting to be able to do what I love and pass that joy to people around the country!

Today is an exciting day for us because in a little while we are launching our little kids boxes with options for preschoolers and elementary age kids! More on that soon, but for now here’s a link to our shop!

I love the kids boxes because it’s such a great way to spend time with your little ones in a way that you both can enjoy. Plus I’ve done all the shopping and creativity for you so you don’t have to come up with it all on your own!

Now I’m gonna go and start making the kids examples for our June boxes!! We are starting with fish related projects and I’m so excited to make them with Wolfie (who turns 3 this week)!!!!



snakeskin blazer & pushing forward in stress

About this Blazer:

Can you tell I’m a fan of snakeskin?! Yes, it’s trending right now, but I have to say I love it no matter what! I never met an animal print I didn’t like as long as it’s done in a classic way! and what is more classic than this $22 blazer?! (ps. if you can’t find the blazer with my link, use search ID 628289).

Use code SH4131 for %15 off, no limitation, valid until march 31st, 2019!

Shein has one of the best selections of animal print that I’ve ever seen and this blazer is just one of the many items I own and love of theirs! Yes, I agree that if you’re looking for classic pieces on their site, sometimes you have to wade through a slew of neon, barely-there “party dresses,” but I’ll tell you it’s worth it!

My favorite way to search is from their homepage and go to the dropdown titled “CLOTHING” and “Blouses.” Then select from the “elegant” or “preppy” categories, though the casual section hosts many great options as well.

I also like to browse their “casual,” “maxi,” and “elegant” dresses because they have great options for everything from hot summer days to fancy weddings.

Speaking of animal prints, my Leopard Print *actual art print* is just $20 over on my shop!

Life lately:

Have you missed me? Yes, I’ve been a bit MIA, but it’s because I’m constantly working on a secret project. So far, I will say that it’s honestly the biggest, most difficult, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my entire life — other than motherhood. In my mind, I keep comparing the work I’m putting into it on the time and effort I spent on my Master’s degree, which scares me a little because that stress reminds me of grief.

If you knew me back when I lived in Sweden or afterward, you would know how important Sven was to me. He was an orange rag doll who behaved more like a dog than a cat, and I cared for him like a child. So when he suddenly passed away one Friday morning — in the midst of all of the work, writing, teaching, and research — I grieved very hard.

So now when I have times of intense stress, sometimes my mind reacts by feeling like it should go into grief or survival mode. Instead of focusing on the next steps I need to take, sometimes I start worrying about the what ifs and the future. I’m no psychologist, but I know that’s unhealthy and unbiblical. God’s Word tells us to not worry about anything… to not worry about things because God loves us even more than we imagine and He’s like a Father who wants us to run to Him so He can protect and teach us.

It’s a conscious decision for me to focus on my tasks at hand instead of worry, but I know it’s the right decision.

What makes you worry? How do you actively work to combat those negative thoughts and press on toward your goal?



Morning Routine?

Hello Friends,
Today I have a really serious question for you all– almost as serious as Kendall Jenner’s big, raw, horrible secret she was embarrassed to talk about!!! No, I’m not talking about acne, I’m wondering if any of you ACTUALLY go to get your mail/paper with a cup of coffee like they always show in movies and commercials. It is not practical, as we discovered for this photoshoot! haha

What’s your morning routine?

Mine typically consists of:

  • finish feeding Wellesley,
  • wrangleWolfgang as he pulls things off of shelves and drawers,
  • try to make my hair look slightly less greasy/crazy/homeless,
  • possibly swipe on lipstick or a bit of makeup,
  • earrings or a necklace, bracelets if I’m feeling fancy
  • laundry or unloading the dishwasher during breakfast,
  • playing paw patrol pups on the floor with big W,
Look at these incredible earrings!!!!!! I love that these are now a regular in my AM routine because I can wear the same ones in a new way each day!!!
If you’ll recall from previous posts, I’ve been a fan of Carolyn Hearn Designs for a few months now since I found her and I finally can show you firsthand these GORGEOUS Lotus 3-in-1 earrings!!!! So gorgeous and versatile! Click to her site to see more ways to wear them, but I’ll also show you more ways to wear them soon! If you’re interested, be sure to use code KW20 at checkout in order to get yours for 20% off!!!!
This sweater was a Christmas gift from my friend Terri Yang from PlainandSmall.com go see her blog if you haven’t yet — she’s such a sweet friend and wonderful person and shares really great content all the time!
Oh hello Dakota!!!!!
These sparkly gold and black bracelets are also from Carolyn Hearn Designs!!!!! Check her out here!
The leopard cami is from Zara, but it sold out and is now avail. in red or a slightly different style of lace and lighter leopard…. pants are from American Eagle (where else?!) and my boots are Ugg!

This post is brought to you in partnership with Carolyn Hearn Designs, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Please know that a percentage of all purchases comes to me as part of a way I help support my family. Use code KW20 for 20% off your purchase and help me get the credit for the referral!



Long Leopard Cardi + lots of exclusive discounts just for you!

Hey gals! Here are a few things going on this week for me, what are you up to?

Life lately:

My sister Katie (see her here) came to visit us this week and it was so nice to catch up a little. And she also played with the kids while I did the dishes & curled my hair! I’m such a great host! :/

Beckett brought home a cold from school so we all have been fighting that off and now Wellesley has it and it breaks my heart to hear her so congested.

Right now I’m cuddling Wellesley while Beckett reads a Thomas the Train book to Wolfgang… for the millionth time! lol

This week I’ve also been working on a few bridal bouquet paintings in collaboration with a few other bloggers! Click here to order your own custom painting!

What to know (great Christmas shopping ideas):

For most of us thinking about Christmas shopping starts right about now because we want to be prepared. But shopping can be really difficult when you’re shopping for someone who seemingly has everything she needs! So here are a few special discounts for you to a few stores with really cool and unique designs, whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else!

  • Shein, one of my favorite companies to work with is offering you guys 20% off of your fall/winter needs (or anything really) for being so supportive of this blog! They are also sponsoring this post so here’s the link to my sweater. For 20% off, use code: 4theclassyartist20
    • That makes the sweater just $21 and something you’ll be wearing every fall & winter for yearssss! And the thing I love most about them is you can find literally ANY STYLE for a good price, so whether you like classic or trendy clothes, they have you covered!
  • Lemon Drop Love is also offering you lovely girls 20% off with code: LEMON and I’m all about their new berry colored sweater that will be out soon (I’ll link it when it’s launched!!!)
    • Check out Friday’s post about LemonDropLove.co here! What I like about this online boutique is that everything is affordable, comfy, and adorable. Plus, the owner and her daughter, Danica, are literally the sweetest people you will ever meet.
  • I have the lovely opportunity to work the the genius Carolyn Hearn Designs jewelry this week and they are also having a special sale for you! Get 20% off of her unique jewelry designs. Use code: KW20 
    • I’ll post more about her lines soon, but for now you can always check out Carolyn Hearn Designs here!
    • I’m going to be hosting a giveaway of a bracelet box, the Connection Box, soon but these earrings would make a super unique Christmas gift too!!!!!

Now… let’s talk about this fun outfit!

Shoes: Espadrilles (on sale!!!) | Sweater: Shein | Similar bag: Chanel or Chanel style by Rebecca Minkoff | silky cami: j crew | Jeans: similar Calvin Klein | Monogram belt: MK Michael Kors | Watch: timex | Necklaces: Monogram options–> love from Anthro & Wolf & Badger

To see shoppable images of the items linked above, keep scrolling!! 

I would love to hear from you!