Modesty and Style on a Budget

This conversation is sponsored by Uptown Cheapskate! Our family has shopped there since its opening day and I’m thrilled to share a little bit about them with you! 

{Entire outfit from Uptown Cheapskate}

Growing up, I was never really a shopper. I knew what I liked and what I was looking for, and that was about it. My mom was so great about getting me cute clothes, I’m pretty sure I took it completely for granted. When my best friend and I went shopping, I’d just copy her outfit.

Fast forward twenty years and now I have my own teenagers who love to shop and have great taste. The first time I took Julia shopping as a tween, I remember calling mom from the dressing room. I had been finished for 45 minutes, and she still had a pile to try on. She knows exactly what she likes and is so good at not settling. She looks for quality, modesty, and how it really fits on her.

{Dress from Uptown Cheapskate}

Thank goodness she didn’t inherit a ‘grab a pair of jeans that looks like they will fit and run’ gene from me.

Nate has always been a fashionable gentleman is very particular about what he likes. He likes to find a store that has exactly the style he likes and be able to shop and pay within ten minutes.

They both know that spending a lot of money on clothes is not an option, so they have to be creative with their budget.

{Shirt from Uptown Cheapskate}

The Uptown Cheapskate here in Scottsdale is next door to Kid to Kid. We’ve been shopping at Kid to Kid for years, and we were so curious to see Uptown Cheapskate when it opened. It is perfect for our family! I take Riley, Mary Alice, and Sebastian to Kid to Kid and Julia and Nate shop at Uptown Cheapskate.

From Uptown Cheapskate: 

Uptown Cheapskate buys what you loved yesterday and sells what you want today. Bring in your gently used clothes, shoes, bags and accessories for cash on the spot, and snag amazing deals on the brands you love. At Uptown, you’ll find new and gently used clothes from brands like Coach, Michael Kors, Express, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters and more at a fraction of retail prices.

They always find great clothes and shoes within their budget. We were there a few weeks ago and found two pairs of jeans, two shirts, and a dress for less than $50.00.

After they’ve outgrown their outfits, we take them back to resell. The best part? If they don’t buy the clothes you bring in, you have the option to take them back home or to donate them to a charity that comes by the store to pick them up. This store donates to a women’s shelter. I love that I can drop everything off, and if they don’t buy it for any reason, I know the clothes are going to a great home.

Anyways, you know how I like sharing the places I love in my town with you. If you are local, they have a gift certificate they’d love to give to one of you! Just enter below…


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Isabella - Wish they had one of these here in Texas !

Allie - We need to check this place out!

Sara Blake - We love Uptown! I’m honestly kind of boring, I don’t have a favorite designer. I shop more on style and budget!

Ashley Whipple - I just drove past an uptown cheapskate in Chandler and I was thinking I needed to stop in. I’m constantly needing new clothes these days. It’s a good problem to have, but it can be expensive!

Allison Waken - Oh I need to go check them out for my super fast growing boys! And I always love a new place to shop for me!

Diana - I would love to check out this store! I rarely shop for myself but my fave designer for handbags is Michael Kors and my fave designer for dresses is Nicole Miller 🙂

The Ministry of Bring Present

Do you ever hear a phrase and it just sticks with you? Now, I can’t even remember where I heard the phrase ‘the ministry of being present’, but it has rolled around in my head for months.

It struck a deep chord with me about motherhood.

I haven’t traveled to foreign lands to be a missionary.

I haven’t completed voice training to sing as a worship leader.

I haven’t written books about adoption or miscarriage or grief or suffering.

My calling, at this time, is to be present.

It is to be there to for the bumped  heads, the runny noses, the hungry cries, the spike at the volleyball game, the driver’s license test. It is to be there for the first hurt feelings and the first second place. It is to be there for the hard and the messy, the exhausting and the peaceful, and the first breath  and the college acceptance letter.

It is not a glamourous calling, but a calling of the utmost importance.

Because we are present, we see and hear their need for love. We have the privilege of being their safe haven in the storm of life. Our home becomes the calm place they can run to when all seems  overwhelming.

And if you watch closely, you’ll see them do this with their friends. You’ll watch them be there for birthdays and shopping trips, where they can relax and laugh and be themselves. You’ll watch them accidentally learn to be present for one another. You’ll watch them put down their phones and really listen.

You’ll watch them embrace being present.

Isabella - Hey Eschbach’s !! Miss u guys so much ! I love the pics of Julia and Nate and I love ur blog ! Wish I was there with y’all having fun ! Miss you guys !

Mary Thompson - The cornerstone ministry and the most difficult. The Beauty and the moment balanced to create. So lovely.

Allison Waken - What an amazing reminder and example you’ve set for your kids. I love this!

Khristena - You’re doing a great job Mama!

AT&T Grand Opening in Phoenix {Giveaway}

 I am an AT&T Phoenix Mom. I received a UE Wonderboom to review and one to give away to a reader! It is my honor to share news with you from a company that I enjoy and support! #ATTPhxMoms

AT&T opened a brand new store in Phoenix and I had the honor of attending the opening! Entertainment is at the center of the design of this new store concept. It’s specifically set up to help customers connect to the content they want whenever and wherever. In addition to wireless plans and products, this new store shines a spotlight on our TV services: DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW (their streaming service). The store is set up beautifully and is very family friendly. It was easy to move around and look at all of their offerings, even with a stroller!

With the store opening, they have a few specials going on right now:

  • DIRECTV customers can buy one of our most popular smartphones on AT&T Next, like the Apple iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8, and get another one FREE. – See details.
  • If you have the AT&T Unlimited Plus plan, you can receive a $25 monthly discount for your DIRECTV or DIRECTV NOW service for life. – See details.
  • AT&T Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Choice customers will automatically receive HBO. – See details.
  • Customers can save 25% off select Beats headphones, like the BeatsX Wireless Earphones.

The store is located at:

AT&T Entertainment Store
10460 N. 28th Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85851

As always, AT&T loves to celebrate and is letting me give away an amazing prize to one of you!

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Betsy - favorite song is Adele’s Hello

Jennifer Cervantes - My favorite song right now is domick the donkey since I’m listening to Christmas songs to get into the season.

Jill Rivera - 24K magic by Bruno Mars

deanna - My favorite song to hear on the radio right now is the Believer song by Imagine Dragons. They have such good songs!

jenny - I love the new Bruno mars song!

Terra Heck - My favorite song right now is Point To You by We Are Messengers. Thanks.

Susan Genna - Hallelujah by Pentatonix

Annmarie W. - My favorite song lately is the Foo Fighter’s “The sky is a neighborhood”.

Suzanne - Sorry -Not Sorry by Demi Lovato

Cindy - Back to God Reba McEntire

Tamra H - “Little One” by Highly Suspect

Katrina Brockavich - My favorite sing right now is silver bells, because I’m listening to pretty much all Christmas music this month!

Chelsea - My favorite right now is any Adele song.

Allyson Tice - my favorite song is Despacito!

Brigitte Bauman - My all time favorite song is Pharrell Williams “Happy”

SANDRA H - Mine is Logic 1-800 song.

Amber Hites - Thunder by Imagine Dragons

Starla - This looks and sounds like such an awesome product. My favorite right now is definitely Sativa by Jhene Aiko!

Wendi - Broken Halos/ Chris Stapleton

Sean - Every Little Thing by Carly Pearce. Love it!

Stafford - Any song by Thomas Rhett 🙂

Brix - My favorite song is Written in the Sand by Old Dominion.

Alina - Small Town Boy by Dustin Lynch

NICOLE MARTIN - My fave song is Meant To Be by Florida Georgia Line.

Tiffanie Davenport - my favourite song is formation at the moment

Elena - My favorite song is Adele’s Hello

Mita - I don’t really have a favriot song right now

carol clark - wash it all away

Cheryl B - Thunder Imagine Dragons

Emily Smith - My favorite song right now is Unsteady by X Ambassadors.

Elle - I don’t really have a fav song right now.

Tiffany Banks - My favorite song right now is Niall Horan “Slow Hands”

Annette - Word of Life by Jeremy Camp is my favorite son.

Jessica Mcfarlin - My favorite is Sam Hunt body like a back road!

Dan Dykstra - All of me with John Legend and Lindsey Sterling.

Michel - don’t take the money by the bleachers!

Amanda Stovall - I like all kinds of music but I guess the last song I’ve taken a liking to is “He Like That”, by Fifth Harmony! Thanks!

Mary cloud - 24K magic by Bruno Mars

Rachel - My favorite song right now is You Look Good.

Ashley Perez - I currently love the song Drink up by Train 🙂

Will G - I don’t really have a favorite song right now.

Sara Zielinski - My favorite song right now is Toxic.

Khristena - My favorite song right now is, Slow Hands by Niall Horan

Sandra Watts - I guess I don’t really have a favorite song that is out now. I like more classic rock.

Photography Tips and a huge discount!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I am honored to promote Ashley’s classes. She is an incredible photographer, teacher, friend, and inspiration! 

I met Ashley in person in June of 2011 for the very first time. I had followed her blog for a few years and was so drawn to her photography. She captured her family so beautifully and I knew I wanted to learn from her.

Her words and pictures weave love stories that will leave an incredible legacy.

Fast  forward a few years and I’ve been blessed to spend time with her in person and developed a true, encouraging friendship. She is an amazing mentor and thoughtful friend. I am honored to help her promote her online photography classes. Her classes are amazing. They are all located on a website and the content just grows and grows! She covers topics for the absolute beginner to seasoned pro. Fresh, new content is being added all the time, and you can always go back and reference old content. So, when you are trying to take some photographs and think, ‘what was that tip she said?’, you can just go look it up! Whoop!

Her lessons cover a wide range from lenses she recommends to how to capture sparkling eyes. She dives into tips for newborn photography and an intro to photoshop. I love grabbing a cup of tea and diving into her lessons. It is rare to find a teacher who gives you the technical aspects while inspiring your vision at the same time. This is Ashley.

Whether you are a blogger or just the girl next door who loves instagram, this would be the perfect place to improve your photography.

I’ve written about her many times on the blog, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that I’m a huge advocate for her classes.

From Ashley’s website:

The most extraordinary parts of life are often mistaken as ordinary. Sometimes the simple act of looking through a camera lens allows us to block out the noise and recognize the marvelous around us. SnapShop exists to help others gain the tools they need to be able to capture the beauty of their days through photography. SnapShop is about the dance that happens when we recognize the magnificent surrounding us and are able to communicate what we see through photography.

SnapShop is a subscription-based photography site with two anchor courses – SnapShop: DSLR & SnapShop:Phone. Additional lessons and interviews are added monthly by founding photographer Ashley Ann Campbell and contributing photographers. With busy schedules in mind, SnapShop is designed for students to go at their own pace and fit into their schedule without time constraints.

Whether you recently purchased your very first DSLR and aren’t even sure how to turn it on or if you have a little bit of a grasp on terms like aperture and shutter speed – SnapShop courses and lessons will help propel you forward on your photography journey.

SnapShop is for the person looking to capture the beauty of their days through photography. It is also for the aspiring photographer hoping to hone skills without the constraints of sticking to class times.

Registrations include all access to content used by over 3000 students, including:

  • SnapShop DSLR Course
  • SnapShop Phone Course
  • Interviews & tips with leading photographers & bloggers
  • Course discussions
  • Additional lessons posted monthly by Ashley Ann and guests!

Click here: For one day, Ashley is offering the class at 50% off! So, even if you think that it might be a few weeks before you are able to jump in to the classes, you should absolutely sign up today!

Flash Sale will start at 12:00am CST on October 26th and will end at11:59pm CST on October 26th.

Use the discount code: FALL50 (discount code is case sensitive and can be entered at checkout. Subscriptions will renew for $5.00 monthly to maintain access to existing content and new lessons!)

Sara Zielinski - These are great photography tips.

Sandra Watts - I will have to look into some classes. I would like to learn more.

Alright moms… things are about to get real up in here…

It is that time of year. We have our schedules balanced, our carpools coordinated, and our leave times down to the second. But wait… here it comes.

Throw in the holiday parties, the school plays, teacher gifts, extra practices for concerts, extra babysitting jobs, cards to address and mail, and new pants to buy (because last winter’s pants just

We have got to go easy on each other. If I show up with mascara on only one eye, just whisper it to me gently. Let me know and for heaven sakes, do not let me go to meet my husband for lunch like that.

If I send the teacher gifts in a few days early, it is NOT because I have it all together. It is because I am terrified that I will forget if I don’t go ahead send them.

If I don’t invite you to our annual Winter Housewarming, it is because I have decided not to have one this year because that would involve putting away the five feet of laundry at the top of the stairs.

If you see me buying paper plates at the store, it’s not because I’m having a party. It’s because I just need a little break from the piles of dishes that seven people can generate with one meal.

Let the words out of our mouths speak goodness to one another. Let the glances towards one another be grins and kind smiles.

Together, we can make this crazy season we are about to walk into be lovely. We can pick each other up and give our families a season to remember.