Favorite Baby & Mama Products

I’ve probably written this post a million times in my head. There are so many great products out there. These are some of the products I’ve loved over the past 15 months and would recommend to further parents.

For Baby

  • Anything Aden & Anais – the fabric is just so soft!
  • Keekaroo Peanut Changing Pad – it makes cleanup very easy.
  • Uppababy Vista Stroller – my 2014 is so jealous of 2015.
  • Stokke Tripp Trapp – its one good looking high chair
  • Wooden toys – battery free
  • Solly Baby Wrap & Wild Bird Ring Sling
  • Sprouts baby app – this kept my husband and I on the same page

For the Nursing Mama

  • Medela pump in style breast pump – Wish I had upgraded to the freestyle but I could not be happier. Also wish I had tried the freemie cups.
  • my breastfriend – really saved my back. We enjoyed our boppy more as a pillow.
  • Boob Maternity – I purchased one dress (through Figure 8) and have worn it at least once a week since it arrived.
  • Target nursing basics – tanks, camis, and bras all used daily.
  • Nurse Purse – my constant work companion.
  • BKR water bottle
  • Sprouts baby app – because you gain more milk when you aren’t thinking about the process.
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Nurse purse in action.

Fierce 15

2015 was a fast, hard, and fun year. I celebrated a year of firsts including my first year as a working mom. I was more sick than I’ve ever been before. I am in constant need of a nap. I laughed a ton, sometimes to tears. I can fall asleep anywhere. Some place around the middle I learned how to create some balance. Small doses of caffeine. Many bites of chocolate. A lot of water. This upcoming year I want clarity and focus.

Clarity in my home and closet. Focus on the why and how.

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Skirt Alexandra Greco – Shoes J.Crew

I think I may come back to this little patch of the inter web but I’m not sure how often or what I will post.

Happy New Year!

Fall Favorites

I don’t think I have a favorite season since I just love every opportunity to put together an outfit but these days it’s all about fall.

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At the slightest chill in the air I run tot he store to buy mums.

Precious cargo.

Then right before Halloween we have to go up to Burt’s for pumpkins. They cost a little more but I look forward to the drive up and seeing everyone going crazy for pictures with giant pumpkins.

Burt's 2013

Enjoyed a day at the pumpkin patch.

Our pumpkins at home.

And then there’s Halloween itself. I don’t have any strong attachments to the holiday, it’s just supposed to be fun and easy. So I usually add-on a headband, wings, or even a tail to something out of my closet. This year I wore my tulle skirt to work and then added the wings when I got home. The neighborhood kids loved it and my husband called me the fashion fairy.

Patience

June was a quick month filled with lots of to-dos. To help slow it down, keep me focused, and goal oriented I picked up my needles and started a blanket. This blanket has been on my knitting wish list since I first saw it in a Purl Bee newsletter almost two years ago and is knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Worsted Cotton.

Throughout the past couple of weeks I got many questions about why I knit. The best answer I have is that it brings me great joy. Knitting allows me to instantly feel calmer and more centered while making something beautiful. Here is my first blanket, which I have been affectionately called patience.

Sides

Done

And it's done.

Blues

Mediterranean, Periwinkle, Aloe, Tulip, Drift, Sleet & Graphite

Tip:

Place a stitch marker in the middle of your row so that its easier to identify mistakes. If I ever lost count I  knew what to do from my stitch marker.

Memorial Day Weekend

And with some sparklers in hand, the summer has begun!

On Saturday we celebrated the end of the school year with a gathering for hubs’ teacher friends. We had a shrimp broil, sweet tea vodka, margaritas, and rocket pops.

Summer is here!

J.Crew Anchor Dress Summer 2012
Jack Rogers Pink Sandals
Anthropologie Pink Beaded Stripe Clutch Spring 2013

Sunday, I put on some shorts (first true short shorts since 8th grade) and hung with some friends and their adorable 1.5 year old.

Attempting to wear shorts.

Anthropologie t.la raw-edge tee Spring 2013
Madewell shorts Summer 2013
Anthropologie gold flatforms Spring 2013

Monday involved the pool and then and evening cook-out.

Heading to a BBQ!

Old Navy Strapless Dress Summer 2013
Anthropologie Bow Belt 2012
Jack Rogers Gold Sandals

At this rate our summer is off to a great start!

Yay!

Warm

With the gradual shifts in temperatures that has happened over the last couple of years it seemed to take a bit longer for the warm weather to come and stay in the south. I pride myself on having a year-round closet giving the ability to add layers to go beyond one season. Even still, there are certain items in my wardrobe that due to color and feeling only come out for quick visits in the appropriate season. Here are a couple of outfits that I had to wear as soon as the weather hit 75 degrees consistently.

Bees & Lemons

Things are warming up!

Hot Pink

Tuesday brights.

An Easy Breezy Skirt

Hooray for hump day!

Kelly Green

Pop that floral collar!

Linen

OOTD

Details

Tea Party!

One of my knitting buddies is getting married in June so the girls and I threw her a little tea party. The guest list was just under 15 so we were able to create something a little more intimate. I got to work on Pinterest collecting lots of littles for the big day. Mixed tea sets and brightly colored tables linens helped bring it all together.

Mixed Pattern Teacups

The Menu:

  • Tea
  • Pomegranate Lime Prosecco Punch
  • Petit Fours
  • Wedding Cookies
  • Hummus, Garden Veggies, & Toasties
  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Zucchini Sweet Potato Bread
  • Cucumber Sandwiches

The spread!

The Outfit:

A tea party gave me the perfect excuse to pull out my tulle alexandra grecco skirt. I paired it with one of my favorite blouses of the season and some brightly colored slingbacks. I bought these shoes earlier this year and have more than gotten my money’s worth.  I just read the DVF section in InStyle where she wrote about how shape and silhouette often make any random color feel just right. I wish I had taken a better picture of this outfit but I was rushed. The teacups needed to be washed.

Tea Party Attire
The Details:

  • Colorblocked Teacups – Anthropologie 2008
  • Watercolor Petals Teacups – Anthropologie
  • Fleur de Lys Teapot & Teacups – Anthropologie
  • Tapestry Tea Towels – Anthropologie
  • Niffy Napkins – Anthropologie
  • Treadbloom Blouse – Anthropologie
  • Gretta Tulle Skirt – Anthropologie 2012
  • Kenley Slingbacks – Anthropologie
  • Havana Clutch – Anthropologie

Time

I’ve been away for quite some time. I’ve been making moves at work; spending lots of time with loved ones; and an exorbitant amount of time on Instagram and Pinterest.

What are you up to?

NYE-NYD

Last night we brought in the New Year with some friends at a big party. It was a lot of fun and something very different for me. Making our way home in the wee hours of the morning and finding our way to a good luck lunch the afternoon was exactly what I wanted for today. I am so lucky to have spent the first day of the year surrounded by friends and I hope this trend continues far past next NYE.

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Cheers to 2013 and best wishes to you all!

Best Time of Year

It's really now.

My friends and I celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday with all the traditional fixings and a lot of laughter. Sitting at a table with both old and new friends is exactly how I wanted to celebrate the season. Tonight I will be sitting down to dinner with my husband. After dinner we will watch a great movie and then its off to bed early for me. Tomorrow is game day and I could not be more excited to see all of our hard work push us into the holiday season. I am so thankful for the opportunities that have presented themselves to me and excited for all the challenges ahead.

I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving and a warm and cozy holiday season.