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My Year in Review: 2017

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Hey y'all! Can you believe 2017 will be over in a matter of weeks? This year seriously went by in a flash. It seems like only yesterday we were finally adjusting to life here in Kansas City. If you read my review on 2016 you know it was a crazy year! If not, you can check it out HERE!
This year was in no way shape or form as wild as 2016, but it definitely had a few great moments and ones that I would never want to experience again.

To start off, I will say that 2017 has had way more positives than negatives! Let's start with the negatives first.

#1. My Mother in Law passed away right after Mother's Day. This was by far the hardest part of 2017. My husband and I spoke with her on Mother's Day and we were excited because she had told us she was wanting to go to our church in Dallas. She said she really enjoyed being there and that she missed us of course. But quickly within a matter of days, she was not even able to fight for her life. Her heart, kidneys and lungs gave out. My husband was a rock for the entire family through out the entire process. It is still saddening to think about all the things she will miss out on. but I know that she is at peace and we will see her again!

#2. Kids. Another negative thing that happened during 2017 was more towards our kids. First, B-Boy fell off his bunk bed and got a concussion, then he turned around and had surgery for a hernia. Then to add to that, Thai has been struggling with her eye sight (unknowingly) and she was diagnosed with Dyslexia as well as other processing disorders. So the kids have really been fighting their own battles as well!

Now, on a positive note!

#3. Last year I started working with a group of moms and posting blog pieces for a local magazine! It is going great and I have been taking on more work for them as well! I absolutely love it!

#4. Homeschooling. This has been our second year homeschooling and It has been great! WE finally found our groove and I am slowly giving myself a break! I have met so many mom friends online within this past year that have encouraged me and reassured me I am doing my best. Plus, the kids tell me all the time how much they love homeschooling and that I am the best teacher they had lol ( yes, they have had teachers before). Plus they like the fact that we get to sleep in!

#5. Blogging. My blog has done so much for me this year! I have worked with more brands and I was even invited to Kansas City Fashion Week! It was amazing! I met so many great bloggers, designers and influencers! My blog had actually hit a 2,000 page view stat this summer as well! A few of my Instagram posts were also featured on a few other popular pages as well. Over all this year has been great for my blog!

#6. Anniversary. We hit the 11 year mark this year! During the FOT, we celebrated our anniversary with the kids, my mom and my BIL and SIL! And the cherry on top was that we were in Osage Beach!

Over all, 2017 made me feel like I was in  a hurdle race. We would run, run, run then bam! Hurdle! But, I am always grateful to have my amazing supportive husband, spectacular 4 kids and the love that continues to grow! We are not perfect and we don't try to be... we just want to be the best we can be!

So, here are a few of my favorite photos from the year!



The Collins Crew



Apple Camp

Lemonade Stand = BIG MONEY!

FALL = PSL!

Some of my fave lip colors!

Love these pants!

Brunch with my girls!

Fashion is my PASSION!

Fashion Week!

Cocktail Party for FW

Birthday GIRL!

One of my favorite looks!

I have the best Instagram Husband EVER!

My heartbeats after Church!

My sweet P entered her last year of elementary :(

My love, my rock, my heart! 11 years STRONG!


How was your 2017? What do you look forward to in 2018? Let me know in the comments below!

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29 comments

  1. Wow what a year! This sounds like our 2016 - tough but we came out on top 😉 Hear’s to an awesome 2018!

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  2. I love that you were able to see past the negatives and focus on all of the positives that you had! Here is to 2018 being even better and your blog continuing to grow!

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    1. Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me!

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  3. Love the pictures from this year! I hope 2018 doesn’t have any speed bumps for you guys, only smooth sailing!

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  4. I'm glad you were able to work through he tough times! Your positives of 2017 were really great. I hope there's more to come next year! Your family photos were so cute!

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    1. Thank you so much Liz! I have a feeling 2018 is going to be wonderful!

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  5. Sounds like you have had a great year for the most part. Homeschooling is so much fun, isn't? We spent a weekend back in May at Osage Beach, we love it there.

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    1. Yes! It is very fun for the most part lol. Osage Beach is lovely!

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  6. I am delighted to read your narrative for passing year. Your family pics are beautiful and precious.

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  7. You look so fabulous!! Dyspraxia sounds so difficult. My son has processing issues and Hyperlexia (Self-taught reader). I was looking into homeschooling in case he doesn't get into a specific school next year. Glad it's working for you!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it has been a process but I believe HS has helped a lot!

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about what happen to your kid and hope she's feeling better! Also, I'm glad you are so strong and supporting everyone in the family~

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  9. Sounds like an awesome year for your blog, congrats!

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  10. I am so sorry to hear about your MIL passing away, I had a few losses in 2017 as well. I'm also sorry that your kids had speed bumps in their paths this early in life, but the good thing about that is that little ones are more resilient and have way more energy to get over that bump! Your style has been on point this year girl!! Cant wait to see what 2018 brings!

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind words! They really mean a lot! 2018 is going to be great!

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  11. What a year! Thank you for sharing both good and bad and showing real motherhood. Have a happy new year!!

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  12. I am truly so sorry to hear about your loss, its always hadr to say goodbye but its even harder when you have no idea or time to adjust to someone being so quickly ill. I hope 2018 will provide many more positive moments and that the kids have better luck with their health in the year to come x

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    1. It really all happened way too fast! I have a feeling 2018 will be great!

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  13. Happy 11th anniversary! It's so great that you're able to look back on all the ups and downs and wonder at it all. It's important to take the time to look back as well as hope forwards. Best wishes for family joy this year!

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  14. It looks like you had a great and awesome year. I love reading year in review and glad you shared yours. It is totally awesome.

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  15. First of all, many congratulations on your 11 years wedding anniversary! I feel sorry to hear about your mother-in-law!I wish you a wonderful 2018!

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    1. Thank you! We married so young and there were a lot of odds against us! But we prevailed! Thank you for your kind words!

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