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Month: January 2017

the one with the perfect nursing cardigan

Last week I started a small series of outfits that have been heavy repeats in real life lately. They all have one thing in common. They are all great for nursing. I’ve mentioned before that breastfeeding has gone delightfully drama free for us. But the one thing that was really frustrating at the beginning was nursing in public. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I try to keep the nipple under wraps, but that proves difficult with a wiggly baby on your lap. The key is an outfit with easy access and a little extra fabric.

This is definitely the most heavily repeated outfit of all the ones I’ll share. It’s just so easy – jeans, tank, cardigan, earrings, shoes. The cardigan is the perfect nursing cardigan. It’s sold as a maternity piece, but it works perfectly for my non pregnant self. The ruffles as I call them are that extra bit of fabric you need to keep covered, and the tank is easy to just pull down. Plus it’s easy to change things up with a different colored cardigan, statement or dainty earrings, booties or sandals. You could even add some leggings and make it a little athleisure.

jeans . tank top . cardigan . shoes . earrings via . necklace

 

Links and Loves

Here’s 5 links to some things I’m loving these days . . .

  1. I’m really into This is us and American Housewife on tv right now. Those shows are pretty opposite. But I’m notorious for doing a million other things while watching tv, and  they both grab my attention and keep it. 
  2. There was a recent episode of American Housewife where Katie downloaded an app where she could see every text on her children’s phones. It got me to thinking about what I would when Jack is older. That led me to this article which is where my head is at.
  3. I’ve got about 30ish pounds I still want to lose. AND I find myself wearing tennies shoes or flip flops more than cute sandals now that things are more active in our household . . . ya know with a 4 month old. So I’m looking into getting some neutralish tennis shoes. My only pair are BRIGHT pink. I love them, but they don’t go with everything. Nike’s classic sneaker is my top contender so far. 
  4. I made several freezer meals pre-Jack, and it ended up helping us eat SO MUCH HEALTHIER. I’ve been meal planning for a few years now. But a couple nights a week we’d always end up straying and going easier. Like grabbing fast food because we didn’t want to cook. Or just eating sandwiches and chips.  So I’m trying to keep it up with some make ahead/freezer meals so we don’t have excuses. Glitter guide just put out this list of 8 make ahead meals, and all of them are on my ‘must try’ list. 
  5. I recently took my sunglasses collection from 21 pairs to 7, and I’m thinking about rewarding myself with these. Yup, I have a problem with sunglasses.

the one with tv stand ideas from ikea

With baby Jack at home, it feels like every day I find something new we need to babyproof!  The most important is our tv stand. We have a great tv stand that I love currently, but the sound system sits on separate stands that are not sturdy. So once little man starts crawling they will be a major problem. The husband and I are taking care of the problem within the next month so I’m looking for all the ideas now.Our tv stand now is from ikea and it’s perfect! It was just a little longer to fit the speakers it would be perfect. It’s good quality, inexpensive, and easy to clean. Sure it could be better quality if we spent more money, but with a little man around and hopefully more kids down the line inexpensive and easy to clean wins out.

I’ve made the decision to use the besta for our new tv stand from ikea as well. It’s almost the same as our current, and it’s longer. I just need to decide which style to use it in. That’s the great thing and also the worst part of ikea. There are so many different doors and shelves and knobs and so many other things for each base. I love the individuality that you can chose for each piece. But it also gets a little overwhelming. So I’ve found a few things on pinterest to give me ideas, and I wanted to  get our opinions!

I like the simplicity of this one. The butcher block top also gives it a little personality, a little structure, and some ‘rusticness’ to it. This one is simple and sleek so the rest of the pieces in the living room stand out.

Again this one is sleek and simple, but the personality comes in with the feet and the handles. It would be cheaper and easier than getting a butcher block top most likely, but no rustic qualities.

I guess all of my choices are simple and sleek, huh?! The personality with this one comes in the cabinet doors, tho.

Which is your favorite?

the one with a green dress perfecting for nursing

For the next couple weeks I’ll be showing some of the outfits that have been heavy repeats in real life lately. They all have one thing in common. They are all great for nursing. I’ve mentioned before that breastfeeding has gone delightfully drama free for us. But the one thing that was really frustrating at the beginning was nursing in public. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I try to keep the nipple under wraps, but that proves difficult with a wiggly baby on your lap. The key is an outfit with easy access and a little extra fabric.

The buttons on this green dress give it that easy access, and the sheath underneath is the extra fabric you need to stay covered until the last possible second. It’s a wonderful crepe fabric which is perfect for the Florida warm weather. But it does wrinkle fairly easily. I’m learning that there are certain things I’m willing to give in for good fashion and easy nursing. Steaming has turned out to be one of them. If you would have told me that a year ago or even 6 months ago I would have laughed in your face. Motherhood changes a lot of things, right?

dress . flats . pouch . necklace via . sunglasses c/o

5 pieces 1 outfit: a simple scarf

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 simple scarf. Sometimes it’s cold and you need that warm scarf, but you still don’t need more than 5 pieces.

pants . scarf . white tee . booties . earrings

the one with Jack’s 4 month update

Height:26inches

Head: 16.34″

Weight:  16.5 lbs

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

Sleep: We have our routine (bath, massage, book, white noise, diffuser, nurse) at 830-9 and he’s asleep by 915 every night. He still wakes up once a night most but not all nights. We’re choosing to go ahead and just nurse him when he does instead of cry it out. It’s 10 minutes to feed him or we all sit up crying for who knows how long . . . If it didn’t seem like this was on it’s way out or he was 6 months old I might feel differently. We’ve gotten into a good routine of naps at 9 am, 11am, and 5pm. I stopped trying to sleep train him and this was sort of the schedule he led us to. Sleep is wonderful right now! I’ve heard of the 4 month sleep regression, and teething so ya’ll pray for us.

Feeding: That post I keep promising about breastfeeding is coming within the next two weeks. It’s still going incredibly well, and Jack is still exclusively breastfed. Everything I’ve read about introducing solids and water says between 4-6 months with most saying 6. At our next doctors appointment he’ll be almost 5 months so I’m going to ask about it then. I LOVE our pediatrician so I’ll go with whatever he says.

Fun Stuff: We still LOVE to go swimming every night in the bath. We can grab and hold onto our toys, stand on our own feet, can sit without support for a few seconds, giggles are full on laughs now, and we have two teeth coming in. He still hates tummy time so I feel like we’re a little behind on rolling over, but he can do it. He just never does because he’s realized it begins or ends with him on his belly. We’re workin on it. He took his first airplane ride and did so well! We set it up for him to nurse during take off /landing and nap while in the air. It worked like a charm.

Cloth diapering is still going really well. We used disposables while in Indiana for 10 days, and I missed it so much. Not the cost (well a little the cost), and he didn’t get a rash – but I could just tell he’s happier in cloth. We also never have blow outs in cloth and we had at least one blow out a day in disposables. He’s wearing 6 month clothes and sometimes 9 month pants because of the extra bulk in diapers.

Next week we go see the glaucoma specialist for the 3rd and hopefully last time for awhile. So far baby boy does not have glaucoma and shows no signs of it!! His eyes are clear blue pigmented just like his daddy’s, and the doctor says they for sure won’t change. Congenial (at birth) glaucoma (which my husband and his brother have) can introduce anytime up to a year old tho so we’re not totally in the clear yet.

the one with a blue druzy necklace

I am in love with this druzy necklace! Druzy is my favorite stone since it’s inexpensive and super sparkly. Unfortunately, this one is a couple years old (and I borrowed it), but I linked a couple similar ones that will do the job. It’s almost like druzy has an opal effect to it that features several different colors. So even tho the purple and the blue are both bold colors, it’s works especially since there’s so much purple in blue.

But the most important thing I want to talk about is my new haircut. A new haircut can change everything right!? I know quite a few women who’ve gotten their hair majorly cut off after having a baby. Then they end up with regrets. I didn’t want that, but I still had the urge for a little something new. So I had a few inches cut off, some layers added, and a few highlights added around my face. Turns out . . . I regretted it. It was just a little too short, and I want more highlights. But it’s starting to grow, and the blow dryer really leaves it bouncy!!

Have you ever regretted a haircut?

similar necklace . similar necklace . swing tee . jeans . booties