Monday, May 20, 2019

Thirty Second Messy Waves


Now that I can no longer wear a beanie every day (not that I am mad about that!  Please don't come back, winter!) I've been trying to actually do my hair in an attempt to disguise my postpartum baby hair situation.

I have zero minutes to spare when getting ready, and often do it with one small person holding my leg while another screams at me because I won't allow him to play in the toilet, so it has to be quick.

This definitely isn't revolutionary, but it's been working for me!



1.  Sleep in a braid.
2.  Pull the front chunks that didn't get very braided out
3.  Wrap the chunks around a curling iron barrel AWAY from your face.
4.  Shake out your braid and blend it together.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Nursing Friendly Summer Tops


We've got warm weather in the forecast!  I seriously can't wait.

Nursing in the summer is always a little bit harder because less clothing means... well, more opportunities to flash the world.  All those sweaters and sweatshirts are good for something- I could be nursing five babies up in there and no one would know.

So I wanted to share some summer tops that are nursing friendly so we can get out and enjoy the sun!

First off- this nursing friendly swimsuit gets seriously glowing reviews. 

This top would work beautifully for pumping at work.

I love a dressed up tee- with a wrap front!

This tank is seriously SO CUTE.

I just ordered this eyelet button down in white because, well, I am who I am.

I adore this easy tank- comes in three different colors. 

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

What I'm Buying for Summer


Let's take a look at my current online cart situation.... okay, okay, some of these are already in route to me!

This hat fits my giant head and I love it.

My pink sunglasses.

Pretty white eyelet tops, because I am who I am.

This striped tank is such a flattering cut.

These jean shorts are a splurge, but I wear them every single day. These are another good pair!

My new favorite t-shirt, in multiple colors.  So cheap and such a good fit!

White kick crop jeans, for something new.

Every year I get these same shoes in a different style and they fetch me tons of compliments.

These shortalls are a little more mom duty appropriate then my last pair.

This tee is just so cute for every day.

This flounced skirt for dressing up.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Our Outdoor Favorites


It feels SO DANG GOOD to get back outdoors. I wanted to share some of our favorite items that keep my kids busy outside!

1.  Bubble machine: If you enjoy the laughter of children, get this.  Seriously, it is a day maker. 

2.  Cozy coupe: I loved mine when I was a kid too!  I didn't put the eyes on ours though- why did they add that?

3.  Mini trampoline:  This was my kids' big present from Santa this Christmas and it is the greatest thing ever. 

4.  Gardening tools: They have this little dirt patch in our yard and they love digging in it and watering it and burying things in it and then digging it back up again. 

5.  Chalk: A must. 

6.  Sand table: This has been a favorite since Ophelia could hold herself up on the side. You can switch it up with all sorts of different sensory materials too!



Friday, May 3, 2019

ASOS Sale

Good news- ASOS is 20% off everything with the code ITSMAY20

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

DIY Personalized Jean Jacket

Jean jacket + letters (can't find my Michael's ones online, but here is an Amazon link!)



my inspiration! 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Montessori One Year Old Favorites


I was so diligent about creating a serene, perfectly Montessori area for Ophelia, and, well, Ralph mostly plays with Barbies.  And sticks.

But lately I've been trying to a little more Montessori work with him- the "ones" are my very favorite age (where they just waddle around like little people speaking complete gibberish!) and it's amazing how much they pick up.


Ralphie's very favorite thing lately is animals- seeing them at the zoo or outside, or reading about them in books.  He just LOVES our animal identifying cards- we point at the card, make the sound, and name the animal.  Then we match it with our animal figurine.

His other favorite is our musical instruments.  He and his sister love to play "music class" which is completely adorable.

I also show him the stacking ring (start with just two rings at a time) and a three piece puzzle, presented undone.  It is much more engaging for the babes (and thus lengthening the time they will spend working with it!) to have the pieces out. 

The last one we've done is transferring work- one year olds are all about taking things out of containers, right?  So having something like popsicle sticks or pom poms in one area and having them transfer them to another is a big hit! 





Saturday, April 27, 2019

Weekend Sale Finds



DSW- up to $60 off! code GOODVIBES
Everyone is obsessed with these- for good reason! Comfy and cute. 
I also loveeee these

Abercrombie- 25% off everything
This top is adorable and nursing friendly. 

Old Navy 20% off everything withe code SWEET
I just got this tank and plan to live in it this summer. 
You guys love this dress, it's one of my top selling things I've featured lately!

J.Crew- 30% off with code LUCKYYOU
Love this pretty top.
Ohhh my gosh how cute is this

Gap- 50% off everything
Ophelia needs these sandals- so cute!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Ralphie's Spring Style Picks


Some of the most purchased items off of my blog are my baby boy finds- I love that there are other moms like me wanting to dress their boys in something other then trucks and dinosaurs!  

Here are some of Ralphie's spring staples: 

These rompers are my favorite for warm weather. 
I love him in a henley, so these are going to be his go to tees this summer.  
These shorts are the best! 
Ralph is never without his amber necklace- it's his signature piece.  :) 


Friday, April 19, 2019

Weekend Sale Picks


Similar slides: HERE // HERE // HERE

Lots of good sales this springy weekend.

A new one!
30% OFF + FREE SHIPPING @ H&M - they never have sales!
WITH CODE 3376 


Everything at Loft is 40% off- and I'm completely obsessed with this and this.

Everything at American Eagle is 25% off. I think I need this for some reason?

Lots at Abercrombie is on sale too and these shorts get rave reviews.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Nursing Friendly Tops and Dresses for Spring


I just want to freeze these moments lately- where he is still my little babe.  Neither of us are ready for this sweet season of life to end.  
Going on 13 months of love, connection, exhaustion, patience,  and that wonderful milky smell, and there’s no end in sight. 

For all my fellow nursing mamas out there, I’ve found a bunch of spring dresses and tops with easy access to the goods.  

1.  Tencel wrap dress- such a flattering flare.  
2.  Eyelet dress- perfect for weddings, brunches, showers, graduations... all the spring events! 
3.  Button down dress- under $30!
4.  Floral dress- so pretty. 
5. Stripe dress - designed for nursing, it has a secret little pocket.  
6.  Stripe button down- easy for everyday.  
7.  Cross sweatshirt- I live in this!  So easy to nurse in.  
8.  Wrap top- great for dressing up.  
9.  Button tank- so great for summer!  

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

What Moms REALLY Want For Mother's Day


I asked, and whoa... I got SO many responses when I posed this question on Instagram- what do moms really want for Mother's Day?  Believe it or not, no one said a mug or candle.  😂

TIME FOR YOURSELF

"An afternoon. Handed the keys, a wad of cash, and say see ya after dinner!"
"I don’t think I’m alone when saying: being alone.  I want to get brunch with friends, not a toddler, a pedicure and a nap. HOME ALONE!"
"But really I wanna lay in bed all day in a silent house and watch Netflix and online shop and eat a bunch of dessert"
"Hotel stay by myself"
"Just the morning alone"
Some me time to get a good workout and a massage in, and probably a nap"
"The afternoon to stroll around the local greenhouse to pick my plants/flowers for hours of digging in dirt to plant my pots"

TO BE PAMPERED

"Spa day all alone"
"A massage" (soooo many of these!)
"A facial"
"An appointment made for me to go get my nails done"
"I want a spa day I didn't arrange for myself"
"A hair appointment with the works and no grief about the cost"

ACTS OF SERVICE

"A week off from the dishes"
"Mommy and Me photo session.  Photos are my guilty pleasure"
"Literally anything I didn’t plan or buy myself!"
"A fun day together as a family that I don’t have to plan!"
"A deep cleaning on the house by a professional! I’m talking like a full 8 hours while we’re gone where you come home to floors so clean you can eat off of them!"
"A few home projects to be completed without me hovering, taking the lead on, or nagging to get done"
"My car detailed" 
" I don't want flowers or necklaces or a hotel... I just want someone to do my job for a day"


FROM THE HEART

"A handmade card from my toddler I didn't help with" 
"I would say a handmade project by the little ones"
"I want a good picture of me with my kids I didn't ask for"


GIFTS

"A fully loaded Starbucks gift card that will last me months"

Anddd 47 mamas said (yes, I counted) sleep.  

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Mom Spring Staples: Bottoms



Let's keep going with the mom wardrobe staples, shall we?

1.  Boyfriend jeans- these are my favorite jeans ever.  I think they would flatter just about every body.  They also somehow feel as comfy as sweatpants?  It's wonderful.  

2.  Jean shorts- I live in denim shorts in the summer, so I have a wide variety.  But this pair with its high waist and longer hemline is universally complimentary.  They're literally called "the perfect jean short".  

3.  I wasn't going to include black leggings because they aren't very spring-y... but I realized black leggings are a mom must have, no matter the season.  This pair is SO budget friendly but seriously on par with my Lululemon's quality.  Seriously, read the reviews.  

4.  White jeans- This is my first year owning white jeans, so I wouldn't say they're a NEED but they're fun to mix in a little variety.  

5.  Comfy shorts- people are raving about this pair, and they have a longer inseam than most I've seen.  

6.  Not ready to put away my regular denim skinny jeans- They're a fall, winter, and spring staple here in Minnesota.  I own two pairs of these, they're that good.  




Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mom Spring Staples: The Basic Tee


Another round in my mom spring staples!  You can see the first round here.  This one is pretty standard- a white t-shirt and a stripe t-shirt.  But they're the perfect base to any outfit, and I've tried and tested a LOT to find the perfect fits. 

1.  The slouchiest, striped tee.  Seasonless, timeless... it's a necessity.
2.  Knot front white long sleeve- a basic with a little twist.
3.  Striped wrap front- nursing friendly!
4.  My favorite white tee.
5.  A classic striped boatneck.
6.  You know I love a peplum tee!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Easter Basket Ideas You Can Get on Amazon

Image is from here

Because who wants to leave the house?  


Mama Style Favorites


I recently went to a baby shower, and instead of a gift for the babe (who got plenty of new gear!) the sweet hostess got a lovely "new mom" necklace for the mom to be.  It reminded me of one of my favorite gifts I've ever gotten- my mama ring Ophelia gave me this Mother's Day.  

Here are some similar pretties, if you are looking to wear your badge of honor.  



Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mom Spring Staples: The Utility Jacket


I recently got a message asking if I had any recommendations for easy stay at home mom clothes- "basic and comfortable things you can mix and match to look put together" was the exact request.  I thought it was kind of a fun challenge, and I'm going to start a series on some mom staples. 

I'm starting with outerwear- my first staple is the good ol' utility jacket.  I actually have two, one heavier and one lighter- I feel no shame, living in Minnesota means I'm entitled to all the outerwear I want.  I love a utility jacket for fall and spring, and it dresses up any outfit it tops. 

Here are six current options I love:

1. Hooded option
2. Drawstring
3. Peplum - currently 40% off!
4. Zipper
5. Daisys
6. Cargo pockets


Monday, March 25, 2019

My Current Faves


That first warm weekend of spring feels SO darn good, doesn't it?  Here are some of the other things in my life I'm digging.  

1.  These pink sunglasses- they just feel so cheerful!

2.  Drink in the Box- have you guys heard of these?  They're awesome.  Perfect for smoothies, and my kids feel so cool when they use them!  

3.  Better Life Cleaner- I've bought and tried about a billion different kids of natural all purpose cleaner and they've all just been... okay.  But this one is the winner!  Read the reviews! 

4. Plant pots- Nothing like spring to kick start my cycle of buying plants.  These pretty pink pots had to be mine too! I hang my plants in these (cheap!) macrame hanging planters.  

5.  The perfect white tee- Enough said.  

6.  Leopard sneakers- I get a lot of questions about my leopard sneaks I wear on Instagram and sadly they're sold out.  But these look super similar!

5.  Defending Jacob- This is my current read and it's realllly good.  I usually don't like books by men authors (sorry) or written from a man's point of view (sorry again?) but this one is different.  And apparently it's getting made into a TV show with Lady Mary from Downton Abbey! 

6.  Raw Sugar Shampoo and Conditioner- the company sent these to me to try out, but I absolutely LOVE them.  I'd been using Perfect Day, which is so much more expensive, and honestly these are better.  

7.  Spring jeans- Sometimes you need to switch it up from your everyday skinny jeans.  THE FIT ON THESE IS THE BEST EVER.  Size down, they run big, but they're sooo cute.  I'm so excited to bare my ankle!  Hey, it's the little things.  

Friday, March 22, 2019

Sweatshirts for Spring

 

A trend I am totally digging this spring?  Sweatshirts.  Okay, I know sweatshirts aren't exactly a novel idea, but there seems to be a crop of dressed up sweatshirts everywhere lately (maybe a nod to the nineties, like everything else in fashion lately?) and a cute sweatshirt makes mom dressing so easy!

I've got this guy in two patterns (stripes and leopard print, duh!) and they're already staples.  And how freaking cute is this puff sleeve number?

My finds:
1. Amour
4. Stripes
6. Mama
7. Rainbow


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Water Play with Sponges- Young Toddler Activity


We love a good sensory bin around here- and Ralphie is water obsessed.  So I filled up one container with water and the other with sponges cut into different shapes and had him move them back and forth.  As an added bonus, chewing on the wet sponges was a big help for my guy's new teeth!






Monday, March 18, 2019

Affordable Green Beauty Products That Actually Work


Since becoming pregnant with Ophelia, I've made an effort to only use non toxic products in our home.  This of course, includes the things we put on our bodies.

 I think it's pretty safe to say that most of us don't want any chemicals in my beauty products- there are a million reasons to make the switch to greener products.  But it's tough when the things that are  safe are painfully expensive!  It feels hard to spend $50 on something I'm going to wash down my drain.

That's why I'm so happy that recently a lot more companies are producing green products that are actually affordable- AND WORK!  Here are my tried and true favorites:


1.  Vitamin C Serum- I originally was going to write this blog post JUST about this serum.  It's amazing!  I noticed a difference in my skin the very first time I used it.

2.  Honest Mascara- THIS STUFF IS THE TRUTH.  I am seriously terrible at applying makeup and this made it so easy!  I LOVE the primer on the end for making my short, stubby lashes look decent.

3.  Lavanilla deodorant- I've written about this deodorant before here.  I've tried TONS of natural deodorants, and I am a very sweaty gal.  This one works!

4.  Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer- I love this stuff for a pop of color, and it's also super moisturizing.

5.  Botanics Moisturizer- Super hydrating and good for sensitive skin.

6. Honest Face Wash- Gentle but effective.  It was super hard for me to find a green cleanser that wasn't a billion dollars, and this one fits the bill!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Amazon Budget Friendly Finds


I'm a little bit of a (self proclaimed) Amazon queen.  I love digging through that wild website and finding the gems.  Here are some of my recent finds- and they're all under $30!  


1.  Ruffle dress: comes in a bunch of other colors too.
2.  Striped sweater- so cute!
3.  Rainbow stripes tee
4.  Slipper booties:  my loves!
5.  Leopard sweater
6.  Pajama set
7.  Leggings: read the reviews.  People seriously write sonnets about these! 
8.  Henley- perfect for nursing!
9.  Espadrilles- Chanel dupes.
10.  Hat- the quality is amazing.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Ralphie Reads: Favorite Baby Books


I've received a few questions lately on instagram about if Ralphie is as into reading and books as Ophelia is.  Oh, he is!  He is constantly bringing me book after book, and gets very frustrated when they end.


I've said it about a million times, but I am really dedicated to raising readers.  I shared some of my tips on how to help your child to love reading in this post, but I also wanted to share some favorite books for this age group - often times the right book makes the difference!


1.  Baby Feelings:  He loves staring at the faces, and as a bonus big sister can "read" this one to him, which they both just adore.

2.  Peekaboo Kisses: This is probably his favorite- he loves peekaboo anything, and the mirror at the end delights him every time.  I do change the words a little on this one- because you can't see kisses, so it doesn't make sense to a young literal reader. 

3.  Babies and Doggies: A favorite of both my kids- cute babies and dogs, how could you go wrong?

4.  Old Bear: I love all of Kevin Henkes books.  Ophelia has this one memorized and Ralphie is on his way too!

5.  Everywhere Babies:  This one is more a favorite of mine- it's just so sweet!

6.  Baby Says Peekaboo: They shared this one at the baby storytime we attend recently and it was a serious hit.  Lots of textures to feel, flaps to fold, and a mirror!

7.  Dear Zoo: Such a cute story, and flaps.

8.  First 100 Words:  Both my kids just loved this book from day one- the clear, real life pictures are memorizing.  The animal pages are a favorite!