Self-Confidence Over 40-Something and Not Being Afraid to Go For It

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Invisalign®.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed on my blog are all mine.

It’s tough for busy moms to carve time out for themselves. Between work, school, and after-school activities, not to mention the whole what’s for dinner dilemma, I don’t often find myself with much down time but I know how important it is to take care of myself.

If I’m feeling good about myself and not overloaded it definitely helps boost my confidence. Whether taking time out to exercise or get a massage or maybe even just take a hot bubble bath, it helps me to recharge. Now that I’m in my 40s I also try to encourage myself to do new things and take on new challenges. Since turning 40 I’ve traveled to Kenya to one of the world’s largest slums on behalf of Every Girl Counts, I’ve joined a great business networking group called Femfessionals and serve on the local board, and I traveled to Beverly Hills and attended a Variety Magazine/Honda event honoring powerful women in Hollywood. I’ve changed jobs and I’ve learned to say no. In essence, I am finding that being 40-something can rock!

Honda Variety Dinner Beverly Hills

Attending the Variety Magazine Power of Women event in Beverly Hills in 2000, something I never imagined I would some day do!

September was Self Improvement Month and I’d love to challenge you to do something that makes you feel more confident this fall. What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but been afraid to or been reticent to carve out time for? What’s something you’ve done for yourself lately to boost your self confidence? Share your experience(s) in the comments below!


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Picking Up Marbles With Her Toes and Other Physical Therapy Awesomeness

Physical Therapy Soccer Injry

I thought I’d share a little update in the fall crutch chronicles. The big news is the crutch is oh so yesterday. Well, sort of. The boot is DEFINITELY oh so yesterday. Miss C is now wearing a brace on her left ankle. She’s still depending a bit on her crutches to steady her walk.

Today I took her to her first physical therapy appointment since she fractured her ankle 5 weeks ago and we were so pleased with her therapist. Plus the office was playing Lightning 100 and it just had a fun vibe, and I don’t think it was at all what my girl was expecting. Hurrah!

She needs to work on range of motion and strengthening that ankle. Our hope is that her left ankle will be stronger than ever and that she’ll be back on the playing field for the spring season.

Get strong girl!

I’ve got a guest post up this week on the Monroe Carrel Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Wishing Well blog that covers the whole is it a sprain or a break question for parents. I’d love for you to read my post and leave a comment.


Nashville Style Blogging Scene: Fall Trends in Fashion at Opry Mills

Last night I attended my second Opry Mills fashion blogger night hosted by the fabulous Milton White, a Nashville fashion (and beyond) scene icon.

It’s always fun meeting new bloggers and Nashville has an amazing fashion blogger network. Heck Nashville has an amazing BLOGGER network that encompasses so many niches. Now while I’m not a full-time fashion blogger, I am a blogger and I love fashion. I’m also a firm believer that moms over 40 can be both fashionable and stay within budget!

Here are three overall fall trends in fashion that I took note of:




Can you tell which one of these trends has its roots right here in Nashville? I also noticed a lot of embellishment still (think boots and bags with bling), wedge boots, and subtle touches of animal print. There was also this fantastic Free People buffalo plaid type coat that had an awesome Mad Men retro feel and incredible gold buttons.

Fall Fashion Brandi Cyrus

That lovely long-legged blogger to the right who chose the coat for her fashion challenge is none other than Brandi Cyrus. I actually realized that when I got home last night and looking through Instagram pics. She’s older sis to Miley and a well-known fashion blogger.

Brandi participated in a fun 60-second styling challenge in which three bloggers’ names were pulled from a hat to participate. They had, you guessed it, a minute to put together a look from the evening’s fashion trends rack based on a theme such as Girls’ Night Out or Dinner and a Movie.

As you can see from my outfit last night, I am embracing the color trend! These can’t miss me yellow jeans are from the Banana Republic outlet store at Opry Mills and I bought them a few months ago for a whopping $12….my kind of price point people.

Opry Mills Fall Fashion Event Milton White Blog

Here are more pics from last night which featured styles from Opry Mills’ stores. I always hit Banana Republic, but I loved some of the trends from Off 5th, White House Black Market (where a rich burgundy is the color of the season), and Coach.

 Opry Mills Fall Fashion Trends

Pink Coat Outfit Fall

western tribal look

Bling Opry Mills

What trends featured here do you like? Check out the official Opry Mills Instagram feed for more photos from Nashville fashion bloggers such as Stilletoed to Steel Toed, With Wonder and Whimsy, Fashion of a Novice, Brandi Cyrus, Nash Fash Events, and La Joie de Vivre.

I’m linking up to Fashion Friday today, which is hosted by some fabulous blogs such as Musings of a Housewife AND Friday Favorites, a new link-up hosted by One Stylish Mom and a little joy!

fashion friday blog linky

Friday Favorites One Stylish Mom

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