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Take Me Out to the Ballgame


One of the best parts about growing up in a vacation spot is all the exploring we get to do when we go home!
If you follow me on snapchat (aleighjoy) you probably saw we took a little vacation to San Diego a week and a half ago!
Hunter and I are high school sweethearts and my parents just moved, so our parents now live literally 3 minutes away.
It is so perfect because we get to see both families in just one trip!
Even though we grew up in San Diego, it is even more fun going back to visit because we get to act like tourists and explore places we didn't all the time while living there.
Before moving to Utah, I had a full time job which hardly left any time to explore like I would have wanted to.
We have made it more of a goal to do fun things while there now and one of the super fun activities we did this time around was go to a Padres game!





Hunter loves baseball and the whole atmosphere so he was super excited to go.
We knew it would be a little difficult with our busy body toddler so we brought grandma and grandpa along too ;)
I had forgotten how beautiful the ballpark is!
It is literally right in the heart of San Diego.
It is right downtown and you can see the San Diego Bay, all the sky scrapers downtown, the Coronado Bridge, and Coronado island.
Is that not the coolest location?
The park also has a grass field where you can sit and have your kids run around.
There is also "the beach" where there is sand to play in. So cool!
You will also find mini fields for children to play on during the game!
Petco Park is both family friendly and adult friendly, I just love that there is something for everyone. 





Now let's talk about food!
I couldn't believe all the different food options!
When I think of a baseball game I think of hotdogs, popcorn, peanuts, and you know... cracker jack ;)
However, there was literally something for every single tastebud.
I still stuck with my (yummy) hot dog but the street tacos, ice cream sandwiches, and philly cheesesteaks were all super tempting!
Oaklyn stuck with popcorn and water and seemed to really enjoy it ;)



It was so fun to be there as a family and to meet up with one of Hunter's best friends while there!
Oaklyn and I did a whole lot of walking around the park and I loved exploring all of it... as did she ;)
Hunter and his dad were also super excited to see a home run from the Padres!
Baseball games are such a fun family activity, we will definitely be headed back another time!
Thank you San Diego Padres for an awesome afternoon!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy



A Little Kindness Never Hurt Nobody



I've been thinking quite a bit about this topic lately and it just so happens that I made a guest appearance on Steffanie's (from The Urban Haremocktail periscope series and the topic was on being kind.
This topic has been on quite a few mother's (or parents in general) minds lately based off the current tragedies that have made the news.
(If you are unaware please refer to the articles here and here)
It is interesting, and quite frankly, annoying, that the parents of these children have become the subject of ridicule online as they mourn the loss of their child.
No parent wants to outlive their child. Ever.
The thought alone makes my heart ache.

So what's interesting to me, is that others can't seem to offer their condolences to these families but instead feel the need to tell them that the death of their child was their own fault.
Seeing the cruel remarks of those hiding behind a computer screen makes me sick, and it needs to stop. Now. 
These words are harsh and unfair, and truly will do nothing beneficial in the end. 
You see, It’s easy to throw other parents under the bus when something horrific happens because we want to believe that we are somehow better. 
It's easy for parents to believe that their "superior parenting" can prevent a tragedy and that bad things can only happen to an "irresponsible parent."
Want to know the truth?
Bad things happen to good parents, good families, good people... and when those bad things strike they deserve our empathy, and never our judgement.

I want to share a quick story with you:
Somewhere around 10 months ago, when Oaklyn wasn't quite mobile, I was able to set her on top of my bed without worry.
In the mornings, she would lay next to me as I would relieve myself from the night and pump to supply food for her. 
She would smile and grab her toys as we laid there together.
One morning I got bored while pumping and turned my head for a split second to grab my phone. 
When I looked back she was already off the bed, in mid air, about to fall on the floor.
Her little body hit and she instantly began to scream.
I jumped off the bed and frantically grabbed her.
We spent the rest of the morning rocking on the rocking chair as I probably whispered "I'm sorry" 100 times in her little ear.
The reason I share this story with you, is because it is an example, though far less tragic, that resembles what is currently happening.
I'm sure it would be easy for a lot of you to say that I should have just kept my eyes on her and that wouldn't have happened. 
I'm also sure that some may say I shouldn't be so glued to my phone and that my daughter wouldn't have fallen.
But what I'll tell you, is that it was an accident.
It was an accident I wish would've never happened, but it did and accidents happen often.
Especially when you are a parent balancing a million things every single day.

There is no such thing as a perfect earthly parent.
So to all of you other imperfect parents out there, I beg you, to stop shaming and blaming all other mothers and fathers that are just trying to do their best daily. 
My heart breaks for all of the families that lose their children to bizarre and horrific accidents daily.
We all often point fingers, but try instead, to take the high road and show kindness to those in need.
Instead of criticizing and ridiculing, try uplifting and rallying around others.
It's much easier to smile than frown, and it is much easier to share a good thought than to deny it. 
Try your hardest to be soft and kind instead of letting the world make you bitter and hard. 
If the words you wrote on social media appeared on your skin, would others still think you are beautiful?
We all say that we want to teach our children to be kind and uplifting, well the best way to do so, is to practice what you preach. 
So I encourage all of you to back up other parents instead of tearing them down.
Parenting is hard enough, we don't need bystanders making it harder. 
And always remember, a little kindness never hurt nobody.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy 

Here's to You Dad!

 

I've always adored my dad, and I've always been excited to see my husband become a dad, but I didn't really understand everything that dads do, until I became a mother.
I think we can all agree that dads are pretty awesome.
There really isn't anything quite like a hug from your daddy.
And from the motherhood standpoint, they always seem to walk in at the perfect moment.
You know... that moment when you are at your wits end...
And, they play with the kids.
They ask you how your day has been.
They pretend to be a trampoline, a superhero, and a basketball hoop all as he listens to you rant about the 10 poopy diapers you changed that day.


From a child's eye, it seems that you can always count on your dad to be the first one to say no... (haha) and the first one to catch you when you fall.
Dad's are tough, they support, encourage, love, smile after a long day, give you ice cream and cereal for dinner, and supply the absolute best hugs. 
Dads offer protection and instill confidence.
My dad always had words of wisdom to offer and made sure there was a roof over our heads.
I didn't know it at the time, but he dealt with the stress of bills, work, and you know... taking care of us.
In my mind, he was already a superhero.
But, now that I see my husband doing those same things, I am even more blown away by all the unnoticed things my dad did for us growing up. 


I want to paint a scenario in your head.
It's 5:30 and you haven't even thought about what you're going to feed your family for dinner.
The baby has been throwing tantrums more than ever today, you dealt with and cleaned up yet another blow out, you managed to get the grocery shopping done in [almost] one piece, you watched the same Disney movies over and over again, you thought you might get a break during nap time but today the toddler decided she doesn't want to nap, there's spilt milk in more places than you can count but if you clean it it'll just magically appear again, and there's a mountain [or two] of laundry piled up on the bed.
You're about to pull your hair out, or run away, because it has just been one of those days...
And then, the door opens.
The kids run to the door and the toddler isn't far behind saying "dadadadada" over and over as you take a deep breath and realize your help just arrived. 
As you flash a relieved smile, he scoops the kids up and they tell him all about their day. 
You watch from a distance as he pretends he didn't just have another hard day at work, because he knows and expects there is still more work to be done.
He plays with the kids as you prepare dinner, he washes the dishes as you dry, he helps with bath time, he sings the little songs and reads the tiny books, he prays for his babies and he hugs you tight.
And you mama? You just smile and thank The Lord for dads.

 

It's easy, especially for me, to overlook all that dads actually do.
They have endless jobs they are performing and roles they are fulfilling, yet, they still make time for family and raising their children.
They are their daughters first love and their sons first hero.
Behind every great child, is a loving dad that supported them the whole way.
So here's to you dad!
To my dad, to the dad of my child, to my grandfathers, to your grandfathers and husbands... to dads everywhere, thank you!
For loving, protecting, serving, providing, encouraging, simplifying, rescuing, exemplifying, and smiling.
Happy Father's day to dads everywhere, you are and will always be, a superhero.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


Modern Modesty


Every single day when I get dressed, I choose to dress modestly. 
Dressing modestly can vary based off your own outlook, religious views, and the way you've been raised, but for me it means making sure I am covered where I need to be.
We're currently living in a world where dresses at knee length, and anything other than strapless bridesmaid dresses are hard to find. 
I often hold up what is supposed to be a "dress" while shopping and mistake it for a long tunic.
And don't even get me started on trying to find a pair of shorts that actually cover my bum...



Now that I have a child, and a daughter nonetheless, I feel even more obligated to dress modestly! 
I know it is possible to look and feel good in what you're wearing without being revealing.
It can even be fun!
You really don't have to show your goods to get people to notice you.
Instead, wear a midi skirt that has a beautiful pattern or a top with gorgeous butterfly sleeves.
I find that when I'm wearing something that actually fits, I'm more confident. 
I have a pair of new eyes watching me at all times now, my little girl, and I'm determined to teach her that dressing modestly should not be a hassle, but instead fun and will show class.
I want to teach her that fashion is a way to express herself and can tell a whole lot about a person.
My hope is that she will care for her body and attract a man that cares for her just the same, not just her figure. 



I'm constantly on the lookout for beautiful clothes that are also modest.
I get so excited when I find a boutique that meets all my fashion requirements and I love sharing them with all of you!
Dainty Jewell's is an online boutique with gorgeous and modest clothing.
I guarantee there is something for everyone on their site because there are so many flattering styles!
I was beyond impressed with how accurate their measurement guide is and the great quality of the clothes. 
In a nutshell, here is what Dainty Jewell's is all about:
"Dainty Jewell’s got our start when young Charity began simply upcycling tops, skirts, and dresses by adding embellishments. These bows, ruffles, and attention to dainty details on these garments were the start of a signature line that continues to the present in all of Dainty Jewell's original designs. What began as a creative outlet for a young girl to make beautiful yet modest clothing to fit her own godly lifestyle, has grown into a full ministry for women across the world who strive to present themselves as intentional ladies."



I fell in love with the Serendipity Dress  the moment I laid eyes on it!
It has a vintage feel and fits like a dream.
Not to mention, polka dots! All the heart eyes for polka dots ;)
I'm also loving all of their bridesmaid dress options. 
If I could redo my wedding I would totally pick this dress!


It's so rare finding a company that sells classy and stylish clothing without showing too much skin.
Thank you Dainty Jewell's for standing out amongst the others!
Check out their full site here.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Guest Post: Off the Shoulder Dress

Happy Friday Everyone!
I'm so excited to have Annie on the blog today!
I'm really loving this entire look she put together because I've always loved white and I have thing for pairing it with a pop of red.
Annie's blog is darling and her family is even cuter!
Make sure to follow along to catch more of the cuteness!
Next week I'll be on vacation with my little family, but I still have some fun posts planned for you.
Can't wait!
All my love,
Aleigh Joy

I am The Real Housewife of Fresno; I am a wife, mama, Realtor, and lifestyle blogger.  My blog is about family, friends, food, fashion, and my favorite finds.  I was born and raised in Fresno, CA and I truly love this place I call home.  I married my high school sweetheart, Kevin in 2009 and we welcomed our first bundle of joy, Emily Grace in 2011 and our second baby girl, Madison Anne in 2014.  I wear a million different hats a day but typically love all my roles.  My obsessions include reality tv, anything sweet, high heels, handbags, arm candy, sunnies, lip gloss, buffalo chicken salad, hot tea (I hate coffee), Instagram, Pinterest, and a good book, a pool, and a cocktail!

Speaking of my obsessions, fashion and especially this look are on that list.  Don't think I'm giving you the cold shoulder in this look.  It's just my favorite trend of the season- the off the shoulder dress.  This dress combines so many of my faves- off the shoulder, crisp white, sweet eyelet, and flirty and fun.  Not only is it fashionable but it's also comfortable and it didn't break the bank; that's a triple threat.  This dress is perfect for a casual summer bbq or even dressed up for a charity event or fun night out.  What is your favorite trend this summer?




You know me I've always loved a pop of color and that hasn't changed for me this season.  My favorite pop right now is coral.  I also love a wedge especially with this look.  I found these coral wedges at my local Forever 21.




 It's all in the details....





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Guest Post: Beautiful Boho Dress

Happy Wednesday friends!
I have another fun guest post for you today with Rema, the writer behind Jewelry & Jeans!
I'm obsessed with the dress she is wearing! 
I thought it would be fun to add in some guest posts every now and again to introduce some other bloggers to all of you guys.
I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful week!!
All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Hello, I'm Rema.  A wife and mom to two little men and the writer behind Jewelry & Jeans. I am a fashion enthusiast and beauty novice, who loves playing with new styles. I enjoy design and exploring my creative side and its an added bonus when I can do so without breaking the bank. I began blogging as a way to share my style with family and friends but I love that I have been able to connect with people from all over. Stop by and say hello at www.jewelrynjeans.com, I love meeting new friends.  


I love a good dress and this printed gypsie style dress is a definite win in my book.  The flowy sleeves and effortless style make it easy to live in.  I've been pairing all my boho dresses with my go-to fall booties.  I love to incorporate pieces from different seasons into my wardrobe year round if possible and shoes are an easy one to add. Once it gets really hot here (100+ degrees) I can easily throw on sandals or wedges and get an equally great look.  Plus, I recently wore this dress to the Carrie Underwood concert and it looked great with my cowboy boots! So many options make this a versatile must have!








Buy a Bag, Help Save a Child | Barri Handbags


Happy Sunday friends! 
I am so excited to be talking about Barri handbags on the blog today!
As you all know by now, I am incredibly passionate about the cause, O.U.R (operation underground railroad), and doing all that I can to help support it. 
That's why I was so excited to learn about Barri, a handbag company that gives 10% of sales to OUR to help save children's lives!
Not only are these bags absolutely beautiful, but they are supporting the fight against the third most lucrative crime in the world.
How amazing is that??



I wanted to spread a little more awareness about Barri today, because their kickstarter fund is currently live and has 3 days left to go!
With your support and help, Ashley, the founder, will be able to produce these gorgeous bags and donate to O.U.R. 
With three days left, they have a little over $3,000 until the goal is reached!
If you've wondered how you can help end fight child sex trafficking, this is a great way to help!
Simply click here to go straight to the kickstarter fund and see the video where Ashley explains the mission and purpose of her company.  




I was able to test out and touch these bags on Saturday and I can honestly tell you that they are amazing quality.
They had awesome durability, the colors were gorgeous, and the hardware was very well crafted.
They are made of all high quality materials and are produced in fair wage factories. 
Ashley has tons of experience in designing handbags and after looking at them in person, it definitely shows!
So lucky for all of you, if you donate to the kickstarter fund you will receive 15% off your preorder purchase and be guaranteed a bag from the beautiful, b. brave collection. 



I loved talking to Ashley about her company and hearing how passionate she is about it. 
I absolutely know she is doing this with a purpose and doesn't want to start just another handbag company.
 She wants this one to be different and special!
Besides already deciding to support O.U.R, she also has a goal to support and uplift women everywhere.
She wants to create a community within Barri to help women know just how special they are.
Each bag has a metal plate inside to help you remember your worth, daily.
The plate reads: | b. inspired | b. kind | b. active | b. change |
Each bag also comes with a purse fob in front with the word "freedom" inscribed to always remind you of the cause you helped support with your purchase.



As you can see, a whole lot of time and effort were put into creating these bags!
If you have the means, please help support this awesome company with their kickstarter campaign! 
If you don't have the means, please share their facebook page, follow their instagram, or simply just tell your friends and family to spread the word!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy