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Month: December 2016

5 pieces 1 outfit: Christmas tee

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 casual outfit perfect for any holiday outing featuring a Christmas tee.


graphic tee . jeans . booties . earrings . tote

the one with Jack’s three month update

time for Jack’s three month update . . .

Height: 26″ 100 percentile

Head: 16.34″ 92nd percentile

Weight: 15.75 lbs 100 percentile

Nicknames: Dumplin, babycakes, jackster, jackoby, munchkin, sweet pea

Sleep: We still have our good bedtime system, but we’ve added and made some adjustments. He gets a bath at 815 with lots of play time, and a good massage with some lotion (he has dry skin) afterward. Then I feed him and we put him down swaddled and sleepy (but awake) with white noise, nightlight, and essential oils in the diffuser at 9.  Most nights, he sleeps 8-7 hours before waking up to eat and get a clean booty. Then he sleeps for another 3 hours before waking up to eat and get a clean booty. Then we’re up for the day!

He usually takes a 3 hour nap in the afternoon and a cat nap at dinner time. But he’s not consistent. Everything I’ve read about naps doesn’t work for my kid. I finally gave up trying to give him a schedule during the day, and guess what, he’s a happy boy. I make sure we eat every 3 hours and that’s it. Sometimes without a nap schedule he struggles at the 7 o’clock hour to stay away before bathtime. But I find that’s better than struggling with each other throughout the day.

Feeding: still eating just from the boob, still feeling incredibly blessed. It’s still incredible time consuming. At 4ish months I think we’ll add in some purees to see how he does and maybe i’ll get a bit of a break.

Fun Stuff: Jack LOVES bath time. He kicks so much he moves his tub around, and he loves to have water poured on his belly and hair. Daddy is afraid he’s drowning because his eyes get HUGE, but then he laughs and smiles real big. When not in the tub, he’s still a mostly happy boy – kicking, giggling, grabbing at his toys. But we still hate tummy time and mostly prefer to be held and up high so we can look at all of the things. My sister says he’s nosy, I say he’s very curious and has a learning spirit.

the one with UncommonGoods

This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. All opinions are my own.

This year I’ve noticed a shift among my friends and family when it comes to gift giving. Everyone is wanting to give better, more thoughtful gifts purchased from stand up companies. So with Christmas just days away, I wanted to tell you about one my favorite places to find those gifts. UncommonGoods is an online marketplace that connects artists and makers of sustainable, handmade products from around the world with individuals looking for truly uncommon goods.

UncommonGoods is independently owned, which gives them the freedom to support causes they believe in and impact the world in a positive way. With every purchase you make, they donate $1 to the non-profit of YOUR choice. They are a B Corporation. That means they use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. UncommonGoods CEO Dave Bolotsky is passionate about the role of business in implementing a fair minimum wage. They run all operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal. The lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage.

There’s a little something for everyone–find curiosities for the home, anything and everything for the ladies in your life, or something personalized for your favorite newlyweds. Each product features a picture and story about the maker so you know who your goods are coming from. Here are a few of my favorites . . .


ring dish . state slate cheese board . Larry the Llama door mat . spa tower . elephant booties

the one with a vacation capsule

When I booked our flights to go home I reserved 1 large checked bag and 1 carry on bag. I figured that plus backpacks for under our seats would be plenty.  We can buy diapers once we’re in Indiana and we’re breastfeeding. So other than clothes, Jack only adds a noise machine, a breast pump, and a carrier. The car seat will not be packed, and we’re not taking the stroller (maybe I should tho?). But I forgot about presents. I have to somehow get our presents home. So we’re all going to be on a capsule wardrobe. Especially mama and daddy whose clothes take up quite a lot of room.

I’ve done the capsule wardrobe many times, but never for a vacation. So I was little lost. After some research and some pinteresting, I came up on the 5,4,3,2,1 idea and decided to make it my own for this vacation capsule. With the 5,4,3,2,1 idea, you take 5 of the main item and go down from there. For me the main items were tops, bottoms, shoes, and jackets (since we’re going North). Then I just needed accessories. So my list looks like this 5 tops and 5 earrings. 4 bottoms/dresses and 4 shoes. 3 jackets and 3 bags. 2 sunglasses and 2 necklaces. 1 hat and 1 watch. vacation-capsule

split neck top . navy v neck . chambray . button upgraphic tee . amethyst studs . black studs . tear drop earrings . cluster earrings . tassel earrings . jeans . black jeans . striped dress . green dress

leopard flats . riding boots . booties . sperry’s . jean jacket . northface jacket . cardigan . clutch . crossbody . tote . initial necklace . statement necklace

 hexagon sunglasses . coach sunglasses . hat . watch

Most of the time I’ll need to be dressy, casual so jeans and nicer tops were the way to go. The dresses are for when I need to be dressed up. I chose some dainty jewelry to wear during the day and a few statement pieces for the dressier times. The jackets I chose are mostly for warmth and to add over the simple shirts I’m bringing. Jackets are great finisher pieces  when you need a simple, warm outfit. I almost didn’t bring 3 bags. Jack will be with me the whole time as far as I know so I’ll always need the diaper bag. There is a chance we’ll go see a movie after he goes to bed (while grandma stays with him), and the clutch doesn’t take much room.

The rest  I think is pretty self explanatory! Have you ever done a vacation capsule?

Life update!

I don’t think I’ve shared a life update since the boy was born. So it was about time for one, right!?!


    1. My nephew Vonte took the most amazing pictures of our little family at the beach for our Christmas cards! They turned out amazing right – except JAck didn’t smile for 1!? I’ll share the actual card on Instagram once everyone has gotten theirs.

file_0032. Jack and I went Disney with our friend Aunt Liz. I know, I know he’s 3 month old, but it was the perfect day. And he was so alert the whole time. The Christmas lights are mesmerizing,but mice are kinda scary.

3.We’re looking so forward to going home in a couple short weeks to introduce Jack to all of our friends and the family that haven’t met him yet! It’s always a stressful trip to go home for such a short yet busy time, but this year it will be so, so worth it.

4.We’ve had a lot going on with our church and friends here in Vero – friendsgiving, christmas concerts, christmas parades, christmas light shows, christma plays etc. We’re so lucky to have such a wonderful family here.
file_0005. Can we talk about Target’s gift wrap!?!? Since we travel from Florida to Indiana wrapping paper is where I try to really shine. Target makes it so easy.

the one with christmas decor from oriental trading

This is probably the first year ever that when I look around my house at all the christmas decor . . . I’m completely happy. Just completely and utterly happy. Years past, I would think well if I had more . . . or that I needed to move something. I was constantly moving things around to make it perfect. But not this year. And that is thanks to oriental trading .

In our small house, all we have to decorate is the tree, ‘mantel’, dining room table, a small buffet table, and the front door. I’ve loved our tree for a few years now ever since I got the thick burlap garland. Specifically that it’s a thick garland is why I like it. This year I added some gingham black and white fabric as a skirt to make it a bit more modern. Plus it makes the ‘holly jolly’ match! My favorite addition to the mantel is of course our new stockings! We had to get new ones because of our new family member! (stockings, holders, and holly jolly are from Target – trees are all old – ornaments and burlap garland are old from etsy).

What really brings it all together and makes me so perfectly happy with our christmas decor this year, is the bottle brush tree centerpiece I made from items at oriental trading! I’ve craved bottle brush trees for two whole years now, and I finally broke down to get some this year! To make mine I used two of the pine boxes with cardboard (cut from the boxes they came in) to make a stand and white tissue paper (from the boxes they came in) to create the ‘snow’. Easiest centerpiece ever . . .

This weekend I’m having a cookie exchange party, and this will be the perfect table for the cookies to be around! Like a little christmas woodland town full of trees and cookies! What could be better this time of year! Oriental trading also has the perfect cookie boxes for my guests! I chose the paint cans and to be festive I hot glued some cardboard stars on the side! Be sure to check out instagram this weekend for all those details!

*I received some items from Oriental Trading in exchange for this post, but all opinion are my own

the one with the perfect plaid: gingham

Plaid is all over the place as per usual. But all the new plaid these days usually comes on heavier fabrics. That makes sense since plaid is usually only for Fall or Winter, but I live in Florida. I rarely need heavier fabrics, and when I do need them – layering is best. So this Fall I’ve really embraced gingham. When I think gingham, I think Dorothy from the wizard of oz. But gingham doesn’t have to be blue. It’s simply a lightweight plaid cotton fabric. So in other words . . . it’s the perfect plaid for Florida. Which makes me a very happy girl! I have a red buffalo plaid top I’ve been dying to wear, but it’s just too hot still.

I got my hair done, did you notice!? long layers, 7 inches off, and some highlights! The highlights are very subtle on purpose. A lot of women I know end up drastically changing their hair postpartum, and I made a promise to my husbands I wouldn’t. But I was ready for something a little brighter and happier! A week after I got it done, Olivia Munn got a similar hairstyle. Now everyone is saying it’s the go to style for 2017! I guess I’m just ahead of the game, guys. It certainly has nothing to do with the fact that I had to cut this much off because it was all dead. . .

jeans . jacket . similar crossbody . booties . sunglasses . top

5 pieces 1 outfit: Holiday Party

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 fun dress for that holiday party you have to go to but don’t want to. If you have to go then you should look good while you’re there.


dress . shoes . earrings . trench . gloves