Best Fourth of July Dresses under $50

Best dresses and romper for 4th of July, all under $50!

Hello friends, happy Sunday!!

If you are anything like me then you would know how hard it is to find the perfect outfit for any event in your life. I always have a hard time finding the right dress for any occasion. I am the type of person who will wait until the last minute to find the right outfit for a big event, party, holiday, you name it! So this year I decided to start searching early for my Fourth of July dress. I LOVE the 4th of July, there are always so many parties going on and tons of delicious food to eat (my favorite part!).  Every year at my house we have a big cookout for all of our friends and family, so of course I want to need to look cute. which means finding the perfect outfit to wear outside all day in the heat. While I was searching I came across so many gorgeous dresses and rompers all less than $50, so I thought I would share these red, white and blue beauties with all of you. Hopefully this can save you some time trying to find the perfect outfit for one of the best days of summer. Click the highlighted links below to shop the style.

 

Three gorgeous short dress options for those hot July days!

  1. Topshop Button Down Rib Minidress, shop link here. (Nordstrom, $30.00)
  2. Suspended-Neck Striped Swing Dress for Women, shop link here. (Old Navy, $24)
  3. Calabash Rust Red Print Midi Dress, shop link here. (Lulus, $49.00)

Three gorgeous maxi dresses!

  1. Love Stitch Gauze Maxi Dress in Blue, shop link here. (Nordstrom Rack, $29.97)
  2. Love Stitch Gauze Maxi Dress in Red, shop link here. (Nordstrom Rack, $29.97)
  3. Field Day Navy Blue Print Maxi Dress, shop link here. (Lulus, $49.00)

 

Three stunning rompers to wear to those casual family cookouts.

  1. Solid Surplice Romper, shop link here. (Express, $49.90)
  2. Shay Romper Cover-Up, shop link here. (Nordstrom, $49.50)
  3. Shoreside Tie Strap Romper, shop link here. (Nordstrom, $49.95)

Maui Family Vacation

Highlights from our gorgeous family vacation to Maui in March 2018.

Hello! I am so excited to be getting back into blogging and sharing our family vacation to Maui, Hawaii with all of you. This vacation was such a blast, I can’t even count how many times I told Shane that I never wanted to leave, it was just TOO PRETTY!! I wanted to share a few of my favorite memories from this vacation… except I am having a really hard time picking my favorites so I may overshare. Honestly, they were all so great! The scenery was incredible, the food was delicious and the memories we were able to make as a family if three have been some of my favorites so far. Hope you enjoy!

On our first morning on the Maui we walked down to the beach to catch the sunrise, umm can you say SPECTACULAR! I knew from that moment on that we were going to be loving Hawaii. The beach directly across from our condo was called Kamaole Beach and was our favorite spot to visit each day. If you are looking to spot a few sea turtles swimming around this is the place to go!

 

Haleakala Crater was another phenomenal site we were able to visit while on the island. Warning, if you get motion sickness easily this may not be the trip to take for you. My husband and I both got sick on this drive, there are so many twists and turns as you go up the mountain. Makes me sick just thinking about it. Honestly, it was worth the trip though, I mean just look at these views…

My FAVORITE day from the whole vacation was the day we drove the Road to Hana. The trip was a full day adventure with many stops along the way (yep, we took Beckham and he did so well in the car all day!) The road to Hana is incredibly gorgeous, just the scenery along the drive itself is enough to take your breath away. Three of the stops we made are definitely worth recommending.

One of the very first stops we made was the Maui Garden of Eden Arboretum. It felt as if we were walking in the most magical beautiful tropical jungle, it was absolutely stunning. We spent about an hour here just taking in all the beauty. 100% worth the stop!! If you get the chance to visit you will not be disappointed.

Another stop that I loved was the red sand beach. This beach was one of my favorites because it is extremely secluded, we asked a few locals how to get to the beach and we were told that the police were telling all the locals not to tell tourists how to get there because it is such a dangerous. Not going to lie this made us want to find it even more, haha! The walk down to the beach was pretty difficult terrain, I would recommend wearing closed toe shoes and not taking small children (thank goodness Shane’s dad stayed back in the car with Beckham). Once we got down there we were actually surprised to find some people laying out at the beach… butt naked!!! LOL! Apparently the beach is a nudist beach, FYI! We all had a good laugh when we got back to the car. If you can find this beach it is worth it to take the hike down there. The sand and water are so so pretty.

The black sand beach was another one of my favorite stops. This one is a lot easier to find and is full of tourists. I found it hard to even get a good picture because there were so many people every where! I’m glad we stopped and got to see the sand/rocks that make up such a gorgeous and popular beach. There was a lot more site seeing to do at this stop however we left quickly to get back on the road home.

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Here are some other pictures that I just loved from this vacation. Beckham was such a water baby, we could never get him out!

Okay, after writing this I am so ready to go back!!!

 

Why I started Casa Blanca

Blogging has always been a dream of mine, very excited to have started Casa Blanca and to share my life with all of you!

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! Today’s post is all about why I started the Casa Blanca blog. For the past few years blogging has been a dream of mine. About three years ago I started following the Gal Meets Glam blog and fell in love with the whole idea of blogging. It is such a fun way to show your love for fashion, beauty, travel, family and so much more. You get to share all your favorite things, it’s all about you and your life. So, finally a little over a month ago I decided to follow my dream of stating a blog and that is how Casa Blanca came to be.

Since becoming a mommy 14 months ago, I have felt like I lost touch of who I was and what I wanted. Every second of every day was spent worrying about being the best wife and mom that I could be and I felt like I kind of lost myself in the mix. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom is my favorite thing on this planet, I was meant to be a mommy!! I am infatuated with my little Beckham he makes me the happiest person ever! However, I still felt a little lost and wanted to have my own fun outlet to enjoy. It has been a great first month of blogging. I have learned so much but I know I have a far way to go if I want Casa Blanca to continue to grow. I’m excited to keep working on it and sharing our life with all of you!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my posts this month. We have a few fun family vacations planned, NYC in November and Maui, Hawaii in February, that I can’t wait to share on the blog! As always, thanks for following along! Xoxo

 

Fall Utility Jacket

Such a fun fall day with my family. Providing details on the perfect fall utility jacket you do not want to miss.

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Utility Jacket: Forever 21 (You NEED this jacket for fall!! It is so versatile, you can dress it up or down and its sooo comfortable!) | Jeans: Express (These are my favorite pair of jeans right now!) | Pointed Flats: Old Navy, the style i’m wearing is from last year so I linked a similar pair here.

Happy HUMP day – half way to Friday!! I don’t know about you guys, but this week has been a rough one for me so I can not wait for the weekend to get here!!! Anyway, this past weekend Shane and I took Beckham to our local orchard to get into the fall spirit! Fall in Ohio is fantastic, there are so many fun things to do and see. We had such a blast watching Beckham experience everything the local orchard had to offer. Seriously, having kids makes everything 10x better!! We were able to feed the cutest little farm animals, picked some pumpkins and mums for our front porch and took Beckham on his first hayride. Of course, I also enjoyed the food. Have you guys ever tried a warm apple dumpling with vanilla ice cream? If not, you are seriously missing out! Probably one of my favorite desserts ever. It honestly couldn’t have been more of a perfect day. I hope you all had a great weekend too, thanks for stopping by to read the post 🙂