5 pieces 1 outfit: 4th of July 2017

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is the 4th of july!

shorts . top . wedges . clutch . earrings . baby boy . mocs

the one with Jack’s 9 months update

My baby is 9 months old . . .

Height: 21 lbs

Head: big

Weight:  32 inches

Nicknames: Dumplin, jackster, jack jack, sweet pea

Sleep: He has an amber necklace for teething, but we never let him sleep in it. Well, I found out from a few friends that they let their kids sleep in theirs, and that’s actually normal. So we started letting him sleep in his necklace. Solids also starting going much, much better. So he now consistently sleeps from 8-230, nurses, then sleeps from 215-7. I like to sleep from 1076 (with the break to feed him it’s more like 8 hours) so this works out perfectly! I’ve known since we started breastfeeding he probably wouldn’t sleep through the night consistently until we stopped, so only waking up once is great! His tummy is still adjusting and he is teething like crazy so some nights he’s still up twice, but rarely more than that.

Feeding: Here’s a lesson in listening to your motherly instincts. I did a lot of pinterest and asking other moms research about introducing solids before Jack was born. From that I decided baby led weaning was what I wanted to try. But when the time came I got really scared he’d choke. So we did homemade purees instead. And we struggled. He loved food, but only wanted about 2 ounces a day. And he stopped pooping. I had this feeling the whole time that I should just do baby led weaning and he’d do better. Well he turned 8 months old and I finally gave in.

We started with rice, shredded chicken, and avocado one day when I was at lunch with friends and he was really fussy.  Welp, now he eats 3 meals a day and loves food so much. Eggs, chicken, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, zucchini, broccoli, blueberries, apples,  . . . you name it he eats it. He wouldn’t take to green vegetables, now he does. He’s pooping, and he’s sleeping better. It’s obvious he still prefers nursing so that’s our next step – increase the amount of food and start weening him from the boob. I plan to nurse for a year to 18 months so we’ve got plenty of time.

Fun Stuff:He prefers sitting up and playing over laying down now. He’s a crawling monster, but I think he might still want to just roll everywhere. He can pull himself up on his own, and is working on standing and balancing on his own. He gives high fives, sometimes waves bye bye, says mama and dada and I’m almost sure he knows who we are, he has 3 teeth, and he is so curious about the world around him. I love watching him check things out and learning about them. He’s a very excitable little boy. He claps his wrists together and jogs his legs like a frog when he gets excited. It’s the cutest thing.

the one with tassel coverup

This Summer it’s all about the 5 pieces 1 outfit in real life. 5 pieces 1 outfit is the first series here on the blog every other Friday. It stemmed from my love of classic yet modern, easy to wear, chic and simple fashion. This Summer will be one of the busiest ever for me, and I live in Florida so it’s gonna be hot. I don’t want to have a lot on, and getting ready can’t take a lot of time. It’s the perfect time to do a ton of 5 pieces 1 outfit real life posts! I have a formula when I do these in real life – top, bottom, shoes, earrings, finisher. My finisher depends on what I’m doing and it also means I might actually photograph 6 or more pieces, but I’ll explain each outfit so you’ll understand why. I’m not cheating I promise.

You would think going the beach it would be a struggle to get 5 pieces. Not for me. Especially now that I’m a mom, I’m on the beach more than in the water. So I want to look cute. This tassel cover up is giving me the life to do so this year. I’ve already worn it about a 100 times. I’m only kidding because it hasn’t been summer for 100 days yet. Paired with sunnies and a hat to keep the sun out of my face, my swim suit, and some flip flops I’m already at 5 pieces!

hat . similar flip flops . similar flip flops . swim suit . sunglasses . cover up

the one about cloth diapers

I get questions almost everyday about Jack’s cloth diapers. So I figured it was time for a detailed post about them. The most common question is do you regret buying/do you like cloth diapering? and the short answer is I love them! My husband even came around.  But because I know you want the ins and outs (and some of you wonder how I could feel that way). Here’s the details . . .

What diapers do you use? We have 18 one size adjustable Alva pockets that we purchased on Amazon before Jack was born. I chose pockets because they’re cheaper than all in one’s and you can personalize their absorption. All in one’s you can add extra liners to if the baby starts wetting through, but most of them are around $15 to $20 a diaper. The Alva pockets we purchased were 6 for $40 and came with 2 inserts a piece. You can also add more inserts/liners for more/better absorption. I also chose the organic cotton because they had better reviews. Finally, we chose snaps over velcro. I feel like it’s obvious that they will last longer since velcro doesn’t hold well through many washes. The snaps also help the sizing go smaller and bigger so he can wear them from 8 to 32 lbs instead of 10 to 25 lbs.

What inserts do you use? We just use the microfibers that came with our diapers. We use 1 diaper with 1 microfiber insert for 2-3 hours and we have no problems. I started doing that at about 4 weeks old, and still do. Now at night we actually put him in a disposable. We’ve tried putting in another insert and we’ve tried hemp and charcoal inserts as well (and many mixes of the three). The longest he lasts in a cloth diaper is 6 hours. We could do one change a night since he’s waking up after about 6 hours anyway, but changing his diaper would stimulate him enough that it’d be hard to get him back down. No thanks! You can’t put microfiber against their skin so I’m glad we have the hemp and charcoal inserts just in case.

How do you wash them? After each use we put them in an open mesh bag that’s in a open small hamper. We wash every other day 9 at a time. So I usually end up with 9 in use and 9 being washed. We have an old school agitator washer so if you have one of the newer front loaders this won’t work for you. We wash in hot water for a small load with a quarter cup of pyrex all natural soap for a rinse and spin. Then we use a full cup for a full wash. Then we dry on low heat for an hour. If there are any big stains or anything we lay them out in the sun for awhile and the stains come right out. Once they have cooled down we re stuff them and put them in a dresser drawer.

 

How do you deal with poop? We have this sprayer that we very easily in about 5 minutes attached to our toilet. After every #1, we just separate the insert from the diaper and put it in the pail. After every #2, we spray the diaper well then separate and put in the pail. You don’t have to do this with breastfeed poop per what everyone tells me, but we did and I highly recommend it. We’ve never dealt with poo smell, and our diapers rarely stain enough that we have to sun them.

but isn’t it gross? The spraying of the poop is gross. Not gonna lie. But so is wiping their butt after said poop. It’s literally 30 more seconds of gross for thousands of dollars saved.

but doesn’t his whole room smell? Nope. At first we did not do the extra rinse in our wash routine, and it would smell in his room. It also smelled highly of ammonia when we would take the diaper off of him. So after som research on pinterest we added the extra rinse before things got really bad. We haven’t had a problem since. If we leave them out for more than 36/48 hours before washing it comes back, but that’s our fault. Some moms use pails with lids (not diaper genies just regular pails with lids) or a closed wet bag. I imagine they don’t ever deal with stink unless they open it.

and what about the bulk? Yea they are bulkier than disposables, but we haven’t had a problem with clothes fitting or him looking weird. He’s usually just in a tshirt and a diaper or a onesie and a diaper. I think he looks cute. He’s 8 months old and he fits perfectly in 9 month clothes. He’s tall and lanky so sometimes even 6 month clothes still fit.

and what about leaks? Yes, leaks happen. It’s not common, and can always because of something we did. Sometimes it’s too tight because he’s bigger, sometimes we left it on for too long, sometimes we put it on weird, etc. Again this is not a common thing, maybe once a week. Nighttime is the struggle.  I really think I know of 2 ways that would work for him. But it would be very bulk or I’d have to buy a couple new diapers. Not worth it to me. Also – he’s never had a blowout in a cloth, but he has had many in disposables.

how much money are you really saving? A quick google search tells you most babies go through over 3000 diapers in their first year (i think that number is high, but ok). Huggies sells diapers 72 for $24. So in the first year you’d spend $1010 on diapers. Or you could spend $150 to get some cloth and buy 1 box of 72 for out of town trips and overnights to last you 3 months. Our water/electric bill went up around $10 a month. We’re doing more dishwasher loads, bathing a baby every night,  cooking more, and added 3 loads of laundry a week. Anyways, if Jack is potty trained by 2 years old we’ll save approximately $1500.

What would you recommend to someone thinking about cloth diapers? Do your research. Learn about all the different diapers – google and pinterest lots and lots. All in ones, all in twos, or pockets are going to be the easiest diapers. But there are many other options, especially for inserts and liners. I knew there were a lot of diapers that were going to be too much work for me and that my leary husband would not be ok with. So I chose to get all of the same without trying different options. I’d actually not recommend that unless you’re like us. I’d also recommend not buying more than 12 or so diapers until you know it’ll work and you’re 100% committed to it. Some people only have 12 forever anyway. You have to find what works for you if this is going to work for you.

the one with a nautical dress

This Summer it’s all about the 5 pieces 1 outfit in real life. 5 pieces 1 outfit is the first series here on the blog every other Friday. It stemmed from my love of classic yet modern, easy to wear, chic and simple fashion. This Summer will be one of the busiest ever for me, and I live in Florida so it’s gonna be hot. I don’t want to have a lot on, and getting ready can’t take a lot of time. It’s the perfect time to do a ton of 5 pieces 1 outfit real life posts! I have a formula when I do these in real life – top, bottom, shoes, earrings, finisher. My finisher depends on what I’m doing and it also means I might actually photograph 6 or more pieces, but I’ll explain each outfit so you’ll understand why. I’m not cheating I promise.

Sometimes I struggle to even get 5 pieces, and this outfit is proof of that. I saw this nautical dress while wandering around Target a few weeks ago, and I knew I had to have it. I even did that thing where you say you’ll come back the next day if you still really want it. Jack and I ended up going back just for that dress the next day. I wanted the dress to really stand out on it’s own. So I paired it with some block heels and my new favorite earrings. This outfit I wore to church where Jack spends most of his time in the nursery. I still need my things (like gum, purse, check book) to stay with me, so I paired my long time favorite clutch with the outfit as well (instead of just using the diaper bag).

That only left me with 4 things! A dress like this can be dressed up or down. If I were to throw my hair in a top knot, change the shoes to cute slip on sandals, and put on some stud earrings it would be the perfect dress for a casual date night. In those situations, your makeup goes a long way in showing how you want to be perceived. So for this one let’s consider my lipstick the finisher. Having a full face on including a bolder lip shows I’m dressing up today! Or you could count the sunglasses, but I wasn’t outside much when wearing this dress this time around. I wore them for pictures so you didn’t have to look at my squinting face.

earrings . clutch .  heels . sunglasses . lipstick . dress

5 pieces 1 outfit: Straw bag

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a straw bag every one has!

bag . romper . wedges . earrings . jacket

the one with 3 bedroom updates

The bedroom is where I always struggle with decor. I’ve always wanted a serene, calming bedroom with a nailhead or tufted headboard, and some purple in there. Being the diy’er that I am, I could not would not buy a headboard. Of course, I made it myself. You can find those here and here. However, I’ve lived with those nailheads for two years, and I hate them more every day. So I recently did 3 bedroom updates including getting rid of them.

  1. It was easy to get rid of the nailheads. I just used a hammer to pry the nails up, some ice to puff it back up, and ironed the wrinkles out. It feels like we have a whole new headboard that I can appreciate again. It’s 5 years old, and the fabric has started to fade so it will have to be replaced when we move. But for now it makes me so much happier. 
  2. I also added some new handles to our nightstands. These are the ikea brimnes nightstands. We had the plain white handles that come with it on. I always knew a better handle in a metal with make it look soooo much better. I just never got around to it. But we’re about to buy a new dresser, and I wanted the handles to match. So much better. The handles are $2 ones from lowes that aren’t online. Please ignore the milk dud in the carpet. 
  3. Lastly, I put up some new art above the bed. I love how it simplifies the area. It really brings it all together in the room. There were too many woods/metals going on. This fixes it I think! The frames are 16×20 Ribba’s from ikea. The prints are these.

the one with pink shorts

shorts . tee . sunglasses . bag . necklace . sandals . similar earrings

Now that I’m older I like to base most of my clothings purchases on price per wear. The more I’ll wear it, the more I’ll spend on it. But that means I have less money to buy clothes and accessories. So that means I don’t usually have on lots of pieces and I re-wear things a lot. Isn’t that what everybody does though? It’s real life, and this blog is real life. Keeping things simple and rewearing is what originally led me to start the 5 pieces 1 outfit series (which I do twice a month on Friday’s). And that led me to have monthly series to show how to re-wear certain items and trends.

So this Summer it’s all about the 5 pieces 1 outfit in real life. This Summer is busy ya’ll, and I live in Florida so it’s gonna be hot. This is the season I can finally prove that living in Florida isn’t all sunshine and rainbows . . . sometimes it’s bugs and blistering hot and rain for no good reason that still doesn’t cool things down. I don’t want to have a lot on, and getting dressed can’t take a lot of time. It’s the perfect time to do a ton of 5 pieces 1 outfit real life posts!

I have a formula when I do these in real life – top, bottom, shoes, earrings, finisher. My finisher depends on what I’m doing and it also means I might actually photograph 6 or more pieces, but I’ll explain each outfit so you’ll understand why. I’m not cheating I promise. These pink shorts I wore on a travel day. I had to drive 2.5 hours to Orlando then walk around Disney then drive back. I needed to be comfortable (for the drive and walking), have my big diaper bag (you never know when you’re far from home) keep cool (super hot outside all day), and still look cute for pictures (duh)! This was perfect for all of those!

You’ll notice I have on 7 actual pieces. If I’m doing something that won’t require I hold a bag all day long – the bag doesn’t count. But I need something to do with my hands during pictures, and I do choose which diaper bag to use based on what colors I have on. Also, sunglasses don’t count unless I’m outside all the time. Lastly, I always have my J necklace on unless I purposefully want to wear another one. It’s like my underwear – you know I probably have it on, but it doesn’t count. I feel like that’s a good place to say good bye for the day 🙂

5 pieces 1 outfit : Nautical

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is the perfect nautical outfit for summer!

shorts . top . shoes . earrings . bag