3 Things I am admitting to you & Thursday Moda Co-host

March 31, 2016

You probably won’t believe that I am asking you this now, but how was your Easter? Ours was pretty well, it was a grand day to bask in the knowledge and glory of Christs rising and it was a nice day for taking photos and believe me we got a ton.


Before we get to the Easter pictures I wanted to admit three things:


1). Easter is a great time for the “I need a new dress excuse” and so I was given an evening to myself at Target and  tried on 20 dresses before landing this one. This is probably the first dress I paid full price for at Target and while I loved it that night I came to realize when Easter came around and it came time to styling it I wasn’t as pleased with the turn out. I should have layered the dress with a jacket or cardigan. I just felt like something was missing and you all know I feel more myself with layers.

2). On Monday I shared my post called “6 of the Best Locations for Optimal Outfit Photos for Fashion Bloggers + Freebie worksheet” and while I did suggest the train tracks are an awesome place for photo shoots I have mixed feelings about shooting on tracks for this look. I do believe a colorful door may have done better,but lessons learned and I love my new worksheet that I made that you can get when you subscribe here. It has been really helpful since I made it and helpful to analyze what looks do better with said locations from the post.

3). As much as I loved this dress I felt huge in it and the shape of it made it look “bigger” on me.  I admit that lately I have not been feeling at peace with my body weight. When my husband was at his last job he was barely home and I stayed STRESSED so I ate a lot and the weight started piling. Lately though I don’t like to think about food. I know that sounds bad but food just doesn’t appeal to me like it did those months ago when he was working. Don’t get me wrong I am still eating but just not as all the time and in unhealthy ways like I did before my husbands new job.

Maybe it is the weather warming up or something but when I look at my recent blog posts compared to a year ago I am sad. I am sad that I choose an unhealthy lifestyle and it affected my moods, I stayed tired and more.  Instead of wallowing in this sadness I have started step- by -step to combat that with little workouts with my children (since we can’t afford a gym right now like we could months ago) so I have done some games like tag with them, hiking,walks by a nearby walking trail or in our neighborhood and I can’t wait to find out more ways to involve my kids in some active play or activity as the warmer weather rolls in.

*WHEW those felt good to get off my chest.

What things have you had to admit lately? 

Now on to some pictures with my little family on Easter:





Today I am thrilled to co-host “Thursday Moda” with Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood and we both decided to wear striped dresses. If you know Ada and I from the past you know that we have done several themed collaborations and here is one favorite of mine. We would love for you to link up, follow the rules below and we look forward to reading your posts.

Rachel xo

Outfit details: Dress: Target//Shoes: Pink Blush Boutique//Bracelet: c/o My Arm Charms//Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott via Rocksbox.

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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom March 31, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Oh goodness, your kids are ADORABLE all dressed up! 🙂 Happy Belated Easter! Good luck with eating healthier, it is always so hard with all of the Easter candy out and yes stress doesn’t help!!! I am so glad your hubby is working better hours again, he is so great in how supportive he always is for you and the blog/family.


  • Rachel Trampel March 31, 2016 at 11:03 am

    This dress is SO GORGEOUS! I love the colors on you!

  • amy March 31, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Thanks for co-hosting! We had a wonderful Easter as well. We went to our hometown of Milwaukee and saw an Easter musical, visited with friends, and went to a historic movie theatre to watch “Allegiant”. I really like your dress.

  • Becky @ bybmg March 31, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I love that Easter is an excuse to get a new dress! This is a fun look!

  • Shauna March 31, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I love this honest post. It’s so refreshing in a world full of “perfect posts”, you know? Your family is the cutest, and these Easter pics are so adorable!! Hope you guys have a great weekend XO



  • Sheela Goh March 31, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Ahhh Rachel, I think you know I’ve been sharing a lot on the blog lately. Remember how you and I both talked about being wary of oversharing? Well, I’ve made a conscious decision to throw that fear to the winds because unloading is so therupatic. It’s an almost tangible lightening of the load and I won’t give it up for anything in the world. Neither should you 🙂 and whilst I’m preaching wearing it and owning it, I still have my many moments of self-loathing. When nothing in the world can stop me from not liking the way I look now. The difference being that these days, when I feel like that, I stop looking at myself in the mirror and finding more things to detest. I go out and do something, typically a workout, and when those endorphins kick in, I don’t feel so bad about myself anymore. I start to see the little signs that show how my new nutrition plan and medications and exercising are beginning to yield results, and I work very hard to find new things to love and respect about myself 🙂 I know it sounds SO easy and it isn’t, but it’s worth doing because it really works. It really helps. And to be perfectly candid, I didn’t even notice your size, as you put it, because I was savouring the beautiful expressions on your face, on the faces of your little family xoxo

  • Konstantina Antoniadou March 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    That dress looks gorgeous on you!

  • Amy Arnold March 31, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Cute family pics! I love the stripes on you. It’s hard not to turn to food when I’m stressed.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Shea March 31, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Your Easter pictures are absolutely adorable! I really love that dress, but I think ultimately you have to feel comfortable. It seems like we all go through seasons where we are unhappy with our bodies and health for certain reasons and I do understand those feelings–I still have a lot of improvement I could do, health-wise, but I’m eating a lot healthier than I did a few years ago when my life was really stressful too. I feel like stress sometimes makes people avoid food, but it makes me eat! I think it’s great that you’re making a plan for yourself to feel healthier!

  • Trishna Patel April 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Such a beautiful dress and those lace up shoes are everything. Have a lovely weekend ♥


  • Emily Green April 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    First, I know I’ve said it before but your kids are absolutely adorable! Love these pictures of them!! Really, they don’t come cuter than that! Second, I know it’s two completely different things to hear it and to truly feel it, but I think that dress looks marvelous on you! It pairs so well with the lace up flats. It looks like an easy dress to throw on for a day out and about.:)

    Darling, Dearest

  • Leah April 2, 2016 at 9:39 am

    The print of that dress is so fun! You have the cutest family!!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

  • Jill April 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Your kids are adorable all dressed up for Easter! That dress looks fabulous on you! Love those lace up flats!

    Doused In Pink

  • Shannon April 3, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Aw you all look amazing in your Easter best! So cute! I love the dress and how you paired it with the lace up flats!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Jess April 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Hi Rachel,
    First, I love the pictures of your kids in their Easter outfits, so cute and ready for the day. I remember as a kid dressing up for Easter and being excited about it. I think you have found an interesting place to take pictures. Often times it is easier to take where one lives, but you are looking to make it interesting. Good Job! I like the dress, I know it is about how you feel and I have those times, I think just thinking about what is important, or what yo umay or may not want to change is healthy. I have had to admit to not being able to do all of the things I used to do because of my EDS, I just cleaned the house waiting for mom to visit and am paying the price with muscle pain. So , take care of yourself.

    Jess xx

  • Mikéla April 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I think you look beautiful in this dress! It is a cute style and I really like it – would definitely wear it myself! Target has the best clothes 🙂

    In regards to exercising, hiking and playing games is awesome. Going to the gym can be depressing. I personally hate it as I feel on display. Hiking is wonderful, though, and is my favorite way to stay in shape. And even though I know it takes longer to “get fit” with hiking (I’m still so far from being as healthy as I want to be) as apposed to hours at the gym each week, it is definitely a more fun and relaxed way to do so. So…you go girl! Good luck to you 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!