Tuesday, March 19, 2019

How my Style has Changed as i'm Nearing Thirty

Thank you to Pink Blush for sponsoring today's post. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
You can shop all item from PinkBlush HERE

Light Pink Cardigan : HERE

Green Ruffle Dress : HERE

Although I'm still two years away from thirty I have realized that this past year a lot of things have changed. My style included. Amongst other things such as my body (thanks to my three beautiful babes that it carried.) My taste in furniture and home decor is evolving as well. I think back to the days when I thought everything in my home had to be brand new. I couldn't wait for the day that I could purchase all new furniture. It's seems as though when I hit twenty-seven I just woke up. I remember thinking, "Do I really care?" Honestly, the answer is no. I started truly finding my personal style when I found other bloggers with similar taste. I did an Instagram clean out and started following other accounts that were like mine. Since I did this my head has been more clear, I don't feel negative somedays for not having new things and I appreciate what I do have much more. One of my favorite past times since changing my lifestyle is thrift shopping. Not even kidding. I have started finding the best little nic nacs for our home this way. 

A few months after I had my third baby I realized the clothes that I had in my closet weren't really doing it for me. Not only did I not care for the style of them, since my body had changed I didn't like the way I looked in them. The older I get the more I realize that I am now drawn to less super bright outfits. When I was ready to update my closet I knew my staple pieces would come from PinkBlush. Their pieces truly never let me down all from pre, during and post pregnancies. They also have so many style options that I'm able to find things as my style is evolving! 

My everyday "mom outfit" for taking care of the kids and home is always a cozy cardigan, a tank and jeans. I found this light pink cardigan and I find myself wearing it multiple times a week. For my for dress up pieces I knew the color scheme I had in mind and this dress was a perfect fit. I find myself leaning more towards darker colors these days and I love it. 

I also want to say- something I've learned and feel like I have talked about numerous times since having my last baby is about postpartum bodies. Being closer to thirty, having my third baby and having them all within five years took a toll on my body. We are almost one year postpartum and I'm starting to truly love my body again. Instead of focusing on the number that is one the scale, I'm focusing on health. I believe feeling comfortable in your body has a lot to do with feeling good in the clothes you are wearing. I know for me that I feel so much better when my clothes fit and I'm not trying to get into a pair of jeans I've had for ten years. Things change over time. Styles and our bodies. It's perfectly normal to change things up from time to time. 

If you are on the hunt for a couple of great PinkBlush pieces I highly recommend these two!  You can find the Light Pink Cardigan here. It is available in three different colors. You can also find the Green Floral Layered Ruffle Sleeve Dress here. It's really flowy and comfortable. I love it for throwing it on those days I want to fee a little more dressed up. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

What Do you Really Need for your Newborn?


Being a mom of four means I’ve had my fair share of  thinking “What should I get for those Newborn days?” With your first baby it’s easy to get carried away with the latest and greatest of the current baby trends. As an experienced mom I’m here to tell what the things we found necessary, things we could have lived without and things that were completely useless. 

The Must Haves

1.A Breast Pump (if you plan to breastfeed)- I made this mistake of not getting a breast pump before the baby was born. Thinking I wouldn't need it until I planned to leave the baby with some one else while I was out of the house. Boy as I wrong! I become engorged the second we were home. Which meant my husband was running around town looking for a breast pump while I was home in tears! 

2. Accessible Nursing Wear- Before baby number one I grabbed one nursing bra and that was it. I sent my husband on a Target run to grab more. So for my second and third babies I knew what I needed beforehand. I stocked up on nursing bra’s, nursing nightgown and tank tops. During the first few weeks with your baby you will spend a lot of time at home, in bed. You’ll want to have comfy lounge wear with easy access to breastfeed! 

3. Swaddles- With our first I stocked up on tons of muslin cotton swaddle blankets- while these are great and high on our list, I found that using a true “Swaddler” worked much better while trying to keep them asleep for long periods of time. We went with the Ollie Swaddle and Miracle Blanket. These help to keep baby feeling secure and they aren't able to move around as easily to free their arms. Our babies slept usually slept 4+ hour stretches at night in the first two weeks. 

Other Great Things We Loved

1.The Dock A Tot- Easy for bed sharing and traveling the Dock A Tot is a great option to have. With two sizes available our littles stayed in their Dock A Tot deluxe for the first six months and the Dock A Tot Grand until age two. 

2. The Owlet Baby Monitor- No parent wants to have to worry about their newborn all throughout the night. The owlet baby monitor offers parents a piece of mind. Because these are a little on the higher end of baby gear prices, we used gift cards from our showers to purchase our Owlet. 

3. Lollipop Baby Monitor- Hands down one of my favorite baby items to date. We didn't get thus item until baby number three but I wish I would have had it from day one! The Lollipop Camera os great quality, gives parents access to their babes even when they are out of the house and it’s easy to install. 

Things We had but Never used 

1. A Diaper Pale- I know there are some parents who love these. For our family we found it easier to use our plastic grocery bags for diapers and take them outside everyday. 

2. A lot to Baby Gear (Swings, Bouncers, etc.)- We went above and beyond with baby number one. We got the latest swing, a highly rated bouncy seat and a Rock N Play. We quickly realized we didn’t have room for all of them and our baby only loved the Rock N Play. For the others we would always have our Rock N Play ready when we got home from the hospital. We then would get know the baby a little and see what would work best for that particular baby. Baby number two loved a swim while baby number three did not. 

3. A lot of Newborn Clothes- Newborns grow so quickly during their first few weeks of life. With our first we had so many newborn clothes. We kept her in baby gowns mainly and the next thing we knew she had outgrown all of the cute tiny clothes we stocked up on. Instead of getting a ton of newborn- grab those 0-3, 3-6 month instead. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

All About Why We Use Cloth Diapers

Happy Tuesday! 

I’ve been taking some time to really just enjoy my time at home with family. I rarely post to Instagram stories, I post to my feed a couple of times a week and try to write at least one blog post a week. You guys it’s been SO nice. My children will only be small for a second and I want to enjoy ALL that I can. 

If you have been around since my second pregnancy then you know we used cloth diapers. Our son had (what I thought) was sensitive skin. It wasn’t until our our third baby that I realized that we are dealing with the real deal now! I had a couple of friends who used cloth when I first started and it was so helpful- so if you ever need someone to ask questions, I’m your gal! 

Why do we use cloth? Our youngest baby has the worlds most sensitive skin. We strive to use non toxic products most of the time and chemical filled diapers are what is terrible for our daughter. She gets a diaper rash at the drop of a hat. So we switched to cloth with number two for the first two years. When he turned two I went back to work full time and it was hard to keep up with- oh not to mention I was also pregnant! I was really tired most of the time and adding another load of laundry to my day as hard. I packed them away until we needed them for number three! 

Okay for real now- we use cloth for a few different reasons. 1. There are no chemicals= there is no diaper rash! 2. It saves money- I wash a load of diapers at the end of the day. 3. We don't use them at night and not everyday- deciding to use cloth diapers is similar to what I say about using non toxic products. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Thankfully we have been blessed with great sleepers. My kiddos sleep 12 hours a night so a regular diaper at night time is what works best for us. I'll go through days of using only disposable. Whatever works best for you. 

Our favorite brand is Nora's Nursery. Why is it that we love adorable diaper prints? These prints are so girly and sweet. You can find these and other prints HERE

I hope you guys have a great rest of the week. If you have any questions about cloth I'd love to hear from you!