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Month: March 2017

5 pieces 1 outfit: rainy, spring day

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 rainy, spring day.

April showers bring May flowers, and all that right!?! Well for this year we’ve still got to make it through those rainy, spring days full of april showers! Hunter boots are my favorites for those rainy days, but this simple outfit needed a boost. The color pink was just that boost!

hunter boots . jeans . rain coat . tee . earrings

the one with lactation muffins

My lactation consultant says that there are no foods which will help with milk production. However, a friend gave me some of her leftover brewers yeast so I decided to try one of the tons of recipes on pinterest. Since I’m so hungry all the time, I start my day with a big breakfast. So these banana lactation muffins were the best recipe to start with.

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 cup flour

2 tbsp brewers yeast

1 egg

1/2 cup rolled oats

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 cup of your extras – chocolate chips, raisins, nuts

How to

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Put muffin papers in muffin pan – you can just spray it, but muffin papers make it easier
  3. Start by mashing up bananas with a fork.
  4. Then mix bananas and oil in a large bowl.
  5. Add vanilla, egg. Then the sugar. 
  6. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, brewers yeast, salt, and flax seed until well blended.
  7. Then add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients. Once it’s well blended add the oats and your extras.
  8. Once the oats and your extras are well combined, fill each muffin wrapper 3/4 full.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes or until fork comes out clean.

 

the one with a classic silhouette

The series this month is for easy, classic outfits. You know the ones that are all over Pinterest, and you think to yourself ‘that’s easy! I have that in my closet!’ But for some reason you never think to wear them until you see that pin. The key to making it yours is all in the accessories. This week’s post is all about the classic silhouette. Every woman has that silhouette she looks best in whether it be a sheath dress or a swing. For me it’s the fit and flare. With my large behind, the fit and flare cinches my waist in to give me that hourglass silhouette. The great thing about fit and flare is it disguises the hips but also creates hips. So really the fit and flare is the classic silhouette we all need.

A few weeks ago I had a series about outfits that are great for breastfeeding. Other than 5 pieces 1 outfit, it’s the first series I’ve ever had here on the niche. I liked it so much I’ve decided to do it again. I might make it a thing – every month is a new series. We’ll see how this one goes before we make that decision! So be sure to tell me how you like it and any others you might want to see!

dress . necklace via . heels . sunglasses . clutch

the one with Jack’s 6 month update

Jack is 6 months old. He’s changing almost daily, but still is my little baby boy. My favorite thing in the world is watching him learn. So here’s his 6 month update . . .

 

Height:28in

Head: 17 3/4″ inches 

Weight:  18.4lbs

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

Sleep: 4-5 months was a hard time for sleep, but it got better for about 4 weeks. Then all of a sudden it’s back again. I think he’s going through a growth spurt plus his belly is a little upset from introducing solids. We’re working on it. At least it’s not every day that he sleeps crazy.

Feeding: We introduced solids at dinner time. I am making all of his food myself. It’s much easier than I thought it was. We’ve had zucchini, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes. Jack LOVES to eat. We’re still mostly breastfeeding, and it’s still going really well. His little body is working on processing all of his new foods so he’s constipated a lot of the time (which is why I think he’s not sleeping well). Our pediatrician said to use mommy’s ease constipation (like gripe water). We’ve used that for a few days and we did have 2 nights of regular sleep!!

Fun Stuff: We are officially on the move- army crawling and rolling every which way all around the house. He’s teething like crazy, but his amber necklace and sophie the giraffe are helping. We’re over hating being on our belly. He spends plenty of time there now 🙂 Jack thinks his voice is the coolest thing ever. He’s cooing, squealing, and blabbing all day long – even in his sleep. He’s sitting up on his own which makes grocery shopping and eating out so much easier on mom and dad. It also puts him in a great position to flirt with everyone which he does constantly. The TV is the coolest thing in the world especially when animals are on it.

 

the one with jeans and a tshirt two ways

The series this month is for easy, classic outfits. You know the ones that are all over Pinterest, and you think to yourself ‘that’s easy! I have that in my closet!’ But for some reason you never think to wear them until you see that pin. The key to making it yours is all in the accessories. This week’s post features the classic jeans and a tshirt. It’s the easiest thing to just grab and go, and by far my favorite outfit. I love outfits that are simple and then just by adding a few accessories it’s completely new.

This week I showed two different ways to wear this easy, classic to show what I mean. The first outfit I wore for on a wednesday when Jack and I went to aldi, target, the pediatrician, the eye doctor, and lunch with friends. Then the next evening I decided to wear different accessories for dinner and drinks to celebrate a friends birthday

A few weeks ago I had a series about outfits that are great for breastfeeding. Other than 5 pieces 1 outfit, it’s the first series I’ve ever had here on the niche. I liked it so much I’ve decided to do it again. I might make it a thing – every month is a new series. We’ll see how this one goes before we make that decision! So be sure to tell me how you like it and any others you might want to see!

jeans  sperry’s  tshirt earrings  bag similar clutch  pink sunglasses  heels lipstick  similar necklace

5 pieces 1 outfit: winter to spring

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 transition from winter to spring.

Winter to spring is always a hard transition. It’ll be cold in the morning, but too hot for a jacket in the afternoon. Here in Florida, the bugs also start coming back out in a hurry. The easy choice to fix all these problems is a jacket. But that leaves no room for accessories when you’re only rocking 5 pieces. My favorite way to work around that is lots of florals and bright colors. Pair that with some skinny jeans and open toe booties and you have the perfect spring outfit. Then just add your jacket when it feels more like winter outside.

booties . jeans . blouse . jacket . earrings

the one with a whalecome sign

Today I have another easy, but still super cute craft for your front door. Front door decor is very important to me. This year taking down the Christmas wreath made me a little sadder than usual. So I knew I needed to make something new to decorate the front door with to get me excited!

Living in Florida, there’s lots of beach decor in all the stores. I’ve recently seen whalecome on plenty of decor recently. Being a lover of puns, I instantly fell in love. So I decided to make my own whalecome sign!

wooden whale – I found mine here, but I did see smaller ones in the Target craft section.

acrylic paint

paint brush

sand paper

metallic permanent marker

2ft of thin rope

pencil with eraser

stapler

If your whale is not painted then you’ll want to start by sanding it smooth and painting it.

Once it’s fully dry, take your pencil and slowly trace out your wording. This way there won’t be any mistakes when you go in with the permanent marker.

Trace over your pencil markings with the permanent marker slowly and carefully.

Fold your rope in half. Then staple the loop on the left side of the whale belly. As long as you do it near the top there’s no need to measure.

Tie a small knot at the end of the unstapled side of the rope then staple it on the right side of the whale belly. Again do it near the top.

Hang up your whale and enjoy!