Denim Dress Refashion + Tutorial

Denim Dress Refashion + Tutorial | Ever find a thrift store dress and think, well it could look good if I did XYZ to it? For me this dress showed its potential. With denim and chambray dresses being so popular, and it's lovely little pin tuck grid pattern on it's front, I knew I had a winner. Moral of this story: don't be afraid to rescue a sad dress and give it new life. Follow this sewing tutorial to learn the typical sewing skills you need for any too large dress alterations. | www.elizabethave.com

Denim Dress Refashion + Tutorial | Ever find a thrift store dress and think, well it could look good if I did XYZ to it? For me this dress showed its potential. With denim and chambray dresses being so popular, and it's lovely little pin tuck grid pattern on it's front, I knew I had a winner. Moral of this story: don't be afraid to rescue a sad dress and give it new life. Follow this sewing tutorial to learn the typical sewing skills you need for any too large dress alterations. | www.elizabethave.com

Let’s talk about ultimate procrastinating. I’ve had this denim dress for 3 years, knowing basically what I wanted to do to with it, but never making the jump. Until now. And now that it’s complete, I’m really kicking myself for not doing it sooner. But I love it nonetheless and I also love how it looks dressed up for fall’s cool weather (see the pics below).

This refashion tutorial is very universal. If you have a thrift store or too-large dresses with a waistline, many of these steps should help you carry out a similar refashion project. But the thing I probably love most about a refashion is how eco friendly it is. Just think for a minute about all the labor I didn’t have to do + a dress that was destined for a landfill? It really makes the project feel more significant.

Click through to the bottom of the post to find all the tutorial details. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my blog.
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Boys Clothes Shopping Formula (with Mini Boden)

This post was sponsored by Boden as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

School Clothes Shopping Formula for Boys | Simple shopping tips for the messy, energetic, darling boys in your life. From back-to-school, birthdays, or christmas, boys will still be boys and need the right formula to dress them well. Read about it here. | www.elizabeth.com

My oldest is going to preschool this fall. I’m a mess over here. It’s silly because he’s absolutely the most social kid I know. He’s stayed at grandma’s for almost a month before without us, and he’s never afraid to run off to his church class with out us even walking him. So he’s going to be just fine. But I’m feeling a little lost at the thought of him being away from me all morning. How do you let them grow up???

There is one thing I’m enjoying a lot though. Back to school clothes shopping! But the challenge is finding a few outfits that will stand up to a rambunctious preschool boy. There is tons of advice out there for how to dress women and girls, do’s and don’ts, outfit inspiration, etc. Boys clothes ideas? Zero. Zilch. But for boys it’s different, there’s not as much need for cute special occation ideas. What I love to read is advice on the shoes that won’t wear out in a week, clothes that work double duty, and all while looking cute and modern. When I went through this year’s Mini Boden school line, I kept finding items that fit those clothing needs for my preschool boy. Almost like a formula, Mini Boden has figured out how to keep everything durable, versatile, comfy, stylishly British, and did I mention machine washable! You can see just how nicely the formula works for us below and check out Boden right here for a special 25% off.
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Library Day: A Great Read Aloud Series for Boys

Library Day: A Great Read Aloud Series for Boys | My 4 year old son was actually able to sit still as I read him these books every night! | www.elizabethave.com

This is only my second post in my Library Day Series, and all ready I’m loving how these blog posts are going! They’re quick blog post, and quick is a welcome friend when it comes to my blog since most of my blog is DIY tutorials which take FOREVER to edit photos for and write. See all of the Library Day Series by clicking the link.

So, here we are! Today, I’m excited to share with you a fun read aloud series of chapter books. The Mouse and the Motorcycle series by Beverly Cleary. They are great for boys and girls alike, but I found that my 4-year-old boy really enjoyed them.
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Library Day: Books by Theme

Library Day: Books by Theme | One fun way to pick out library books is by theme. Choose a topic and go to town finding all the best books on the subject! Read all my tips over at Elizabeth Ave | www.elizabethave.com

Welcome to my new series about enjoying your local library, finding books your kids will love, enjoying all aspects of literacy and more! Inspired by all you readers, who have shown a great deal of love for my children’s book posts on instagram, I’m now bringing more depth to that here on my blog.

I’ve always loved going to the library ever since I was a little girl. In fact we often spent Monday Family Night at our public library, as all of us kids wandered the aisles of books. My parents probably loved it as much as we did, because basically we left them alone for a couple hours and everyone left happy! Now I find myself at the library at least once a week with my boys, and I’ve picked up quite a few tricks along the way which I hope to pass on to you.
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Host an End of School Year Movie Night

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias

Host An End of School Year Movie Night | Start off summer break with a fun movie night with all your kids and their friends. Download the free movie night invitation printable and grab some pop corn!  | www.elizabethave.com

Schools out, but that’s not really a thing with us yet, since Travis won’t start school until this Fall. But a lot of people are celebrating and with a family full of teachers, I know the feeling! So I thought, having just moved to a new town, that we could go with the theme and invite a few new acquaintances over with their kids to have a fun “end of school year” movie night. What better way to make new friendships for us and our kids, right?!?! With our Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan we are able to get a free VUDU movie every month, making this party a cinch to plan! Keep reading for all the tips I have for planning an awesome movie night and a free “movie night invitation” printable to throw your own movie night this summer!

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