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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Baby Post.

I was putting together a list of my baby "couldn't live withouts" for a friend and thought I'd share it here as well.  The first couple months are usually a blur.  It feels like one long, continuos day that never really ends... until you hit your stride and it clicks!  With the help of a super happy, laid back baby and these items, we've breezed through the first 5 months with C.

(I. Cant. Believe. She's. 5. Months.)

















































1. Freshly Picked Mocs - They're ridiculously cute and go with everything.  Enough said.

2. Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover - I managed to get through 5.5 months of nursing with Winslow without EVER doing it in public.  I didn't have that luxury this time around.  I loved this nursing cover because it came in a muslin fabric and was much easier to deal with than the stiffer cotton.

3. H&M Wrap Bodysuit - Both of my little lost their minds when pulling anything over their heads.  So these were a must.  Cheap, soft, and nicely fitted.  I find that Baby Gap's bodysuits are made for chunkier babes.  They always fit way too baggy and short for my minis.

4. Nose Frida - God Bless the Swedish for creating a nose sucker that actually works.  I rate this a 10, while I rate the ball syringe a big fat 0.  Just don't forget to put the sponge piece in it.  Eek!

5. Little Twig Body Lotion - I love this line of baby products.  They're all natural, organic and they smell like a dream.  I also love the detangler which glides through my teenager/3.5 year old's hair.

6. Zutano Booties - The best.  Socks never made it longer than 2 minutes on my minis' feet.  They're active lil things and kicked them off way too easily.  These booties are adorable, come in different materials and stay on their feet beautifully.

7. CottonOn Dribble Bibs - First it's spit up because they can't figure out how to keep it down.  Then it's drool because they start teething for a year straight.  Winslow had a bib on at all times, covering up her sweet little outfits.  Such a bummer.  These dribble bibs were a gift from my sister for Collins and work seamlessly with an outfit.  They provide the spit up/drool coverage you need with the terry cloth on the inside.  I've tried other brands similar to this, but there's something special about this brand, the way they're cut and sit more like a chic scarf than a bandana.  Yes, I've become a dribble bib connoisseur!

8. Love to Dream Transition Swaddle - My kids are swaddle kids.  They basically demand it.  Till they're like 8 months old.  They're arms are out of control and they manage to wake themselves up or accidentally throw their pacifiers across the room at a sudden twitch.  They love to be swaddled.  Both hit a point around 4 months when they needed to be swaddled, arms down, but would go to battle to keep their arms out.  These swaddles were given to me by a friend and they were like a little gift from heaven.  My minis can keep their arms in and under control but still have them up by their heads.  And when I lose the battle to keep them in, I can easily unzip to let those little arms out.  Genius.

9. Water Wipes - 99.9% purified water.  Effective at keeping bottoms clean, but gentle enough to use on their faces.  No chemicals to irritate that precious, perfect skin.

10. Honest Healing Balm - They've done a amazing job with this line of products.  I love just about everything they've created, except those fancy diapers that I can't afford.  "They're cute" isn't a good enough reason to pay the extra money.  So those drive me crazy.  But this Healing Balm is in every bag and drawer in the house.  It can be used for just about everything under the sun... diaper rash, craddle cap, dry spots, chapped lips, boo boos....

11. Fisher Price Rock and Play - I'm not sure how to properly hammer this home but... this will change your life.  It's the perfect angle for babies with reflux.  It rocks and vibrates.  It folds up and makes it easy to take to kidless friend's homes.  My minis napped like a dream in this and Collins actually slept in it, by our bed, for the first 3.5 months.  Everything about it is perfect.  When C would fuss in the middle of the night, I'd reach over, give it a couple rocks till she was content again, never once breaking REM sleep.  No one talks about how amazing this contraption is, but let me tell you. Hands down, must have.

12. Pottery Barn Stroller Blanket - I loved getting these as gifts and giving them as gifts.  I am partial this one from Pottery Barn specifically because it's softer than soft.  And it's monogrammed. You can never have too many stroller blankets and this one got us through the colder months out and about in the fresh air.

I hope that helped any soon to be mommas or for gift ideas!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

So this happened...

We had another, amazing little girl.

Meet Collins...














































I could gush all day, every day about how incredible this girl is.  She sleeps like a champ, eats like a champ, is always happy and when I see her smile at her sister, I feel like my heart just might explode. Collins has wild hair that is lighter and isn't quite as thick as her sister's.  Her eyes are blue and she has the sweetest little lips and the BEST double chin.  She's super expressive and is happy in anyone's arms.  But if she decides she's hungry... watch out.  0 to 100 with zero warning.  She definitely gets that from me.

Let me catch you up...

























She was a week late.  I went completely overboard on Thanksgiving dinner, as I should have, and felt terrible.  Literally thought I would burst.  I woke up at 4am the next morning with pretty subtle contractions.  It felt like forever waiting until they were close enough together to head in to the hospital, but it was really only 11am.  We checked in, walked around, hung around and visited with friends who had just welcomed their sweet little girl that same week.  I started to push around 2:45pm and by 3:20pm, our sweet Collins had arrived.  It was hard to believe I could love someone as much as I love Winslow, but it was instant.  Head over heels for this one.

The transition to 2 has been easier than we could have ever anticipated.  We aren't the walking zombies that we were in the first couple months as new parents with Winslow.  I want to say we've hit our stride and are pretty high functioning these days.  There are definitely challenges, like how to get two ready and out the door without being 45 minutes late for everything, or getting them both down for bed to finally eat dinner at 8:30pm, and finding some time for yourself (doesn't exist).  But I thank God every single day for them and for the guy I get to do this with.  I couldn't and wouldn't do this without you.  Del, you are the absolute best.  I know D2 is so proud of you and the father you are to Winslow and Collins.  You did, after all, learn from the best.






We have been blessed beyond belief with these amazing little girls and I will cherish every moment I have to watch them grow up together.  Love, love, love.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Repurposed Birthday Cards

I think I'm a hoarder.

I have such a hard time throwing away the sweet little cards that Winslow has received over the years.  There's a part of me that thinks she'll have fun looking at and reading through them when she's able to.  Mother of the year, right?!  To prove to my hubby that I do not, in fact, have hoarding tendencies, I threw all but a couple away.  And I've FINALLY figured out what to do with them.  I picked up 16 two dollar frames from Ikea, threw a deer head into the mix and voila!














































Anything to pass the time waiting for Baby Girl #2.  We're ready to meet you, girlfriend!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Focused

8.5 weeks.  That's crazy.  8.5 weeks until we meet little girl #2.  Excited/terrified/anxious/terrified!  Winslow must ask once a day when she gets to meet her "baby sister".  Soon my child, soon.

With this quickly growing belly, I'm dying a little bit inside, not being able to shop for any fun new Fall clothing.  So, I'm zoned in on outerwear, boots and handbags.  100% focused.  Loving these...
















































1. Milly Feather Trim Jacket | $795
2. Zara Faux Fur Long Vest | $99
3. 10 Crosby Derek Lam Rounded Cardigan Jacket | $595
4. Zara Fur Lapel Coat | $169
5. Rebecca Taylor Melton Cocoon Jacket | $750
















































1.  DV by Dolce Vita Myer Over the Knee Boot  $240 
2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Regina Over the Knee Boot | $289
3. Tory Burch Simone Over the Knee Boot | $525
4. DV by Dolce Vita Pilot Bootie | $89
5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Salem Bootie | $198
6. Steven by Steve Madden Klick | $149
7. Zara Soft Leather Ankle Bootie | $99
8. Joie Rigby | $375

















































1. Kate Spade Cedar Street-Maise Satchel | $298
2. Vince Camuto Alice Leather Tote | $298
3. Chloe Medium Marcie Leather Bag | $1990
4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli  Leather Satchel | $895
5. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli  Leather Satchel | $895
6. SJP Waverly Leather Crossbody Bag | $345



Friday, September 19, 2014

Number 5!

We met 10 summers ago and have been married for 5 years, today.  Thank you for giving me our amazing little girl, her baby sister (arriving in 2 months!) and for this beautiful life we get to live together.  You are more than I ever dreamed I'd have as a partner in life.  Love you more every single day.  Thank you for being you :)

How about a stroll down memory lane...













































































































































Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hoo Loves You?

There's nothing like waiting till the last minute to figure out what to do for your 2 year old's class for Valentine's day :) Luckily Winslow and her BFF were up for crafting this evening...










































Pretty darn cute.  Yes, that's embossed.  Because when you purchase an embossing gun, everything in sight gets embossed.

Happy Heart Day!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Electric Orange.

Instead of ditching our bedside lamps completely, a good friend and designer suggested painting them.   And here you have them… electric orange!

Before...





































After…














































And my silly little monkey, who wanted to get involved…














































I love the way these turned out.  The bright accent of color is just what our room needed.  The next to go are those super dark and bulky bedside tables.  Hoping it doesn't take me another 10 months to pick them out.

Have a great weekend y'all!