A goal I have for my family, is visiting all 50 states before our two boys (Logan, 6 and Mason, 3) graduate high school.   Right now we’re focusing on hitting all of Missouri’s border states.  Arkansas is a reasonable distance away (less than 5 hours), so off we headed to the “Natural State”. This was a two part trip.  First, we went to Bentonville, AR.  After that we traveled to Big Cedar Lodge, which is just outside Branson, Missouri.  More details on Big Cedar Lodge in a future post.

Bentonville is a cute mountain town with a Wal-Mart on every corner.  No surprise, because Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton is from Bentonville.

Amazeum: 

Our first stop in Bentonville was the Scott Family Amazeum.  And it was true to its name, because it’s an amazing kids museum.  Some of the hands-on exhibits included:  Load-and-Haul (simulated an assembly line-like factory), art studio, cave exhibit, cardboard box mazes, and Nickelodeon Play Lab featuring Sponge Bob Square Pants.  Our visit wrapped up around closing time, and they give all the kids streamers for a parade out the door.

 

Crystal Bridges Art Museum: 

Founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation, Crystal Bridges Art Museum is a great and free destination for art lovers.  After viewing some of the art exhibits, we spent  a lot of our time exploring the trails that wind around the 120-acre grounds; which was absolutely beautiful!  It has two spring-fed ponds, with a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking them.

Downtown Bentonville:

Downtown Bentonville features the Wal-Mart Five and Dime Museum.  The gift shop is a fun stop, because it sells a lot of unique and historic items which were sold there in previous decades.  My boys chose a package of Peeps to satisfy their sweet tooth.

After a brief playground stop in Eureka Springs, we hit the road to Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri.  Stay tuned for more details on this excursion, as it’s truly one of the gems of the Ozark Mountains.

 

Happy Sunday Funday!

I am always looking for ways to spend quality time with my kids.  My son Logan and I had a blast at Companion’s Teaching Kitchen.  Companion offers classes for both adults and kids, and we took their “Kids in the Kitchen” tea party.  This class is geared to giving children the lead in the kitchen.

We had a blast making Strawberry Tea Bread, Mixed Berry Lemonade and Lemon Crinkle Cookies.

All food items are prepped, making it fun and easy for the kids to follow each recipe.  Logan enjoyed using all the restaurant-grade equipment, including the powerful blender.

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They have adult classes too.  My next trip to the Teaching Kitchen I make, will be the pizza class as a date night with Todd.  The chocolate class sounds like a great night with some of my girlfriends.  We booked our class through the Kidzxplor app  (which is a better price).  Also, you can book through Companion directly.

Here is the finished product:

 

Hello!  Here’s a breakdown of all the dresses I wore on my vacation to the Virgin Islands.  These are snap shots I also share on Facebook and Instagram, created by mixing and matching items I already have in my closet.  I hope this gives you ideas that maximize your wardrobe, and add new things for the summer.

We flew from St Louis to Charlotte, and because airplane temps are unpredictable, I layered for comfort.  These drawstring cuffed linen pants worked perfectly.  They’re light-weight and don’t wrinkle.

I’m always cold, so my denim jacket was a lifesaver.  I used a cross-body to keep my necessities (credit card, phone and lip stick) handy and it fit into my tote come boarding time.

I’m a huge hat fan! I narrowed my hat choices to two, and wore one on the plane.  With a long day of traveling I didn’t have to worry about styling my hair.  

Linen Pants | Denim Jacket | Straw Tote | Straw Hat (similar)| Polo T-shirt (TJMaxx)

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown St Thomas-

Taxis are very pricey in St Thomas, so  we decided to rent a car.  There were tons of shops close by in the main downtown area, so I changed into this cute open-shoulder ruffle romper.  It was a beautiful day, making this a good fit for outdoor shopping.  My beach bag doubled as my shopping tote, and I accented it with my “go to” hat, that shaded me from the bright Virgin Islands sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romper | Tote | Hat  (similar)| Vince Camuto Sandles (TJMAxx)  | Fitbit  | Earrings

Sky View

One morning we took the gondola up to one of the highest points in St. Thomas to check out the views.  It was absolutely gorgeous!  I threw on this casual and cool halter drawstring dress, again using my beach bag as a tote, and wearing my wedges I can walk in for days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halter Dress | Straw Tote | Cork Wedges (similar) | Sugar Fix Earrings | Straw Hat | Bracelet

St John

In St. John (a short ferry ride from St. Thomas), we went from shopping to hiking, to beach activities. This green dress worked like a charm.  It’s so light-weight and cool with the razor back cut in the back. This dress folds up to the size of a cell phone!  I paired it with the statement necklace from Target.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress | Necklace | Fitbit | Hat (similar)

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

This blue dress is not only chic, but flattering, especially after all the frozen drinks I had on the trip.  It comes in many colors and was great when going from around town and getting a little sun on my shoulders, to dinner with my husband.  The statement clutch added a pop of fun, and the earrings scream vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress | Wedges (similar) | Earrings (similar) | Clutch (TJMaxx)

The Ritz Carlton, St Thomas

On our last day I picked this Maxi dress.  We went from the beach, to lunch, to the airport.  It feels like wearing pajamas, but looks like the ultimate long flowing dress.  I knotted it on the side for a more casual look while walking on the beach with flip flops.  After lunch I had my denim jacket handy for the airplane, and the hat disguised my messy hair.

Dress  (similar)| Hat | Sunglasses | Clutch (Target) | Bracelets (Loft)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you got some outfit inspiration.  I’ll be sharing my beach and pools looks along with more details of our trip soon.  If you have any specific questions, please leave them, and I’ll address them in upcoming posts.  If you’re heading a vacation yourself, don’t miss my “Top Packing Tips” video.  You’ll never over-pack again!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  I love hearing from all of you, so please leave me some comments.  XOXO  Sarah

Hey guys,

I have gotten several requests for packing tips so I put together a video of what I do when I’m packing for a trip.  Check our the short video on the blog:  www.SarahOutandAbout.com

There are 5 easy steps:

  1.  Make a list of the days your traveling, what you’ll be doing, and what you want to wear.
  2. Start pulling outfits you’d like to take and accessorizing.  I hang everything on a garment rack.
  3. Snap a pic of the complete outfit.
  4. Roll everything up
  5. Cross pack with your travel partner

 

 

 

Happy Memorial Day!  School’s out, summer is here so I put together a family summer bucket list.  Here are a few things I’m planning this summer, what about you?

  • Explore Echo Bluff state park
  • Try Trapese STL
  • Go  strawberry picking
  • Take the boys to a water park
  • Enjoy the Solar Eclipse
  • Go on a roadtrip
  • Go to a drive in movie
  • Make a cold treat
  • Do a lemon-aid stand
  • Go for a family bike ride
  • Paddleboarding
  • Coordinate an friends family night at a pavillion
  • Binge watch a TV series
  • Track dow the Half Baked Cookie Dough Co TRUCK
  • Check out the ST Louis county parks 30/30 hikes.
  • Indulge with Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Ice Cream
  • Check out the shops of St Charles 5th Street
  • Watch a movie at Art Hill Film Series
  • Take the boys to the new Keiner Plaza
  • Admire the sculptures at Laumier Sculpture Park

Let me know what your doing this summer and any fun places you find.  XOXO  Sarah

I have an accessory obsession!  This summer I’ve noticed a lot of statement clutches.  I wanted to try a low investment fun piece to mix and match with different outfits.  Here are some of my FAVS.

This woven clutch is perfect for summer style.  It has a slight metallic threading throughout and is a great size for all your necessities.  I also mix and match the tassel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cork: This cork clutch will literally go with everything.  I love the clutch because it can hold your necessities:  phone, credit card, lip color without lugging a heavy bag.  I throw mine in my tote or work bag and just grab it out when I need those important things or am running in somewhere.

Check out the cork clutch at J Crew Outlet.

Bright Beauty:  This fun bright clutch is my summer favorite.  How perfect is this for summer BBQ’s, happy hours, and the beach.  Who would have thought it would go with so many things?  It’s less than $20 and makes a big impact.

http://www.target.com

 

This spicy clutch would make jeans and a white T-shirt amazing.  It’s so colorful and fun.  I snagged mine at the Runway TJ Maxx for a steal but Nordstrom has in stock or order online here.