the one with Jack’s 10 month update

Height: 31 inches

Head: 19 inches

Weight: 21lbs

Nicknames: Dumplin, jackster, jack jack, sweet pea

Sleep: We went on vacation at the end of June, and he started sleeping through the night. He wasn’t napping like he usually does, and we were a lot busier during the day. So I didn’t expect it to last, and it didn’t. But there was a big change once we got home. Some nights he does sleep through the night, most nights he only wakes up once. IT’s very more consistent than it used to be, and for him to wake up more than once it’s extremely rare, and usually only happens when he doesn’t have a good dinner. We’re still breastfeeding him so I’m not worried about waking up once a night. All my research shows that’s normal in all other breastfed babies, and we’re almost at a year . . . so it’s almost over.

Feeding: He’s such a good eater of all solids! We’ve tried everything mama and dada eat except honey, and he basically loves everything. Green veggies are a struggle unless they taste just right, but we eventually get it down. There are some tricks and some very silly dinner time shows to get him to eat. But we both think it’s worth it to give him a wide range and be sure he likes lots of healthy foods. He has breakfast, lunch, dinner, and nurses 4 times a day.

He recently weened himself off his mid afternoon nursing time. It was sort of an accident. We were really busy (moving, finding a house, going on vacation) and I forgot for about 3 days in a row. When I realized what had happened, I also realized he didn’t act fussy at all. So I continued for a couple days, and he was fine! So we nurse at 7 am, noon, and right before bed (then usually in the middle of the night). I am sure he gets a snack around that time now tho.

Fun Stuff: He’s sitting up on his own, crawling, army crawling, rolling, and just generally always on the move. He says mama, dada, night night, and bye bye. Night night is nana and bye bye is bi biii, but it counts because he says it at the right time. He loves to just play on the floor with his toys, go on family walks, flirts with every person he meets, have long conversations with mama and dada, still loves taking baths, and loves his jumper. We’re about to change him out to his walker because he’s standing on his own as well. He’s very shaky still, but with the support of his walker toy thing or someone close by he does just fine. He’ll be walking soon enough!

Jack has been such a champ through the move! It’s like he hardly noticed. There were a couple rough nights, the car trip up wasn’t awesome, and he’s been a little clingier. But I expected all of that, and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Also per my wonder weeks app he went through a major brain leap (the longest so far) the week of and after our move. Plus he still is currently. So with that, AND moving he’s being a champ.

the one with a black maxi

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.

This week is all about the perfect black maxi. This dress is another one of those times when I struggle with 5 actual pieces. The dress is just so amazing that it really speaks for itself. I love that you can dress it up or down easily with just a change of accessories. In the chillier months I love to add a jean jacket to this, but I’m so excited to be able to wear it and show off the fun back. It’s rare that those of us with big busts get to show off this much back. This look was for dinner out with friends. The dress with some simple shoes, killer earrings, my favorite clutch and we’re good to go!

earrings . dress . shoes . clutch . sunglasses

the one with watermelon salsa

I have a huge sweet tooth. But now that Jack is eating what we eat I try not to keep too many sweets in the house. Of course, that means I end up just buying candy on the way home. But sometimes I follow through and find healthy alternatives. Watermelon salsa is one of those. I’ve made it a couple times this summer, and it gets better everytime I make it. This dessert works as an appetizer or a dessert, and takes a bit more time than my usual recipes do. But the cinnamon chips are worth it.

For Salsa:

1/2 Small-Medium Seedless Watermelon, finely chopped
2 Cups Strawberries, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 Lime, juice of

For Cinnamon Tortilla Chips:

1 package Whole wheat tortillas, 10″
Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

For Salsa:

Combine Salsa ingredients in large bowl. Then let stand for about 30 minutes at room temperature before serving, to allow it to marinate. Of course, if you wanted to be fancy you could carve out half the watermelon and use that as the bowl.

For Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees c.

Then brush butter over one side of each tortilla.

Next, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar.

Then, use a pizza cutter to divide each tortilla into wedge slices.

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

the one with black in summer

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. This week we’re talking about black in summer.

Florida is officially hot, hot, hot. It has been for several weeks to be honest. We skip right past spring and straight into summer around April. So I wasn’t sure this outfit was going to work. Of course, black in summer isn’t always the best idea. But this top is the perfect lightweight material so it works. Plus it’s super cute and flattering.

I have on 6 pieces, but I think we’ve all learned that sunglasses rarely count. They are a staple, and as basic as underwear to me.

shorts . top . espadrilles . bag . sunnies . earrings

5 pieces 1 outfit: soak sandals

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 soak sandals!

shorts . tee . bag . earrings

Soak slides are an innovative sandal that are comfortable and offer great arch support! They designers made them specifically for our everyday needs from the city, seaside, or the country. They’re also vegan and made in the USA! I love my pair! My favorite way to wear them is just like this. They’re easy to slide on for errands and walks, and if I am out longer than I expect they’re super comfortable! Use code NICHE15 for your own pair!

 

the one about Indiana

Big news today . . .

Almost 3  years ago my husband and I took a giant leap of faith. We moved from our beloved home state of Indiana to Florida. It was a quick career path for him to get to his dream job. It also allowed financially for me to be a stay at home mama! Of course, there was a catch! We knew this move would be temporary as this job was a stepping stone to the one he wanted. And the likelihood of coming back to Indiana was also very low. But our God is an amazing God, and my husband is simply the best there is! So we’ll be moving back home again to Indiana later this month!

Since we knew this job was temporary I never expected for our little beach town to feel like home. But it does. This move is very bittersweet. Florida is just as much home as Indiana to us now! I told Scott recently I’m going to become the mom who takes her kids and their friends to Florida every year. It’ll be to our little beach town so I can see my friends that have become family here. We’re are truthfully going to miss this place and all of our people here so very much.

But we’re ready for this next step in Scott’s career! And Jack is very happy he gets to see his grandparents more often! 

the one with my favorite skirt

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.

This is my favorite skirt! I wear it all the time, yet somehow it’s never been on the blog. Of course, that’s because you never picture yourself on normal days for the blog. It’s chiffon so it’s light and breezy and lays perfectly. There’s not much to explain for this outfit as a whole. It’s only 5 pieces except for my sunglasses! Those are on so my eyes aren’t squinty.
top . similar skirt . similar skirt . belt . similar heels . similar heels . sunglasses . earrings

5 pieces 1 outfit: swim wear

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 designer swim wear! I’ve never had a swim suit over $30, and I’ve always kinda wanted one. So here’s my wishlist!

swimsuit . coverup . flips . hat . bag . jack’s shorts . Jack’s shirt

the one with chalk paint

Chalk paint has been all the rage on pinterest now for awhile, but I have yet to use it. To be honest, I didn’t even know what it was or how it was different than usual paint. So I finally looked it up! It’s just a furniture paint that makes it easier on the painter. It doesn’t require primer, is easy to cover if you change your mind, and gives everything that vintage look we all love without too much work. I recently decided to dip my toe in the water of chalk paint and wanted to show you the results!

I found this frame at goodwill for $3 a few years ago, and painted the glass with chalkboard paint. The details on it are stellar so I didn’t touch the actual frame at all. But over time I kept thinking I needed to. We have zero black in our house (except the dining room table, but it just seems to fit). All of the other frames are silver, gold, or white. So this one stuck out like a sore thumb sometimes. Chalk paint seemed like the best idea once I researched it. Everyone promised it would make the details pop even more.

I followed this tutorial to a tee (two coats of paint). It is pretty easy just like everyone said. And the details do pop just like everyone said. I’m also really happy with the parts where the black pops out.

In the end, I honestly don’t really think I’m a total convert yet. Luckily, I have a big beautiful new to me but very old piano I need to bring some life too 🙂

the one with vintage earrings

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.

This week is all about vintage earrings that are perfect for the 4th of July! It’s obviously hot, hot, hot here in Florida, and I’ve got a 9 month old to take care during the fireworks. So this outfit is super simple and casual. Perfect for my favorite kinda holiday. The stretchy material of the romper even makes it good for nursing. Also . . . I found this romper at WALMART! and it’s perfect! It of course is not on their website, but I linked some similar ones.

similar wedges . similar wedges under $30 . clutch . similar romper . similar romper . earrings (vintage) . sunnies