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Monday, March 13, 2017


baby shower ideas, baby shower gift idea

I feel like searching for the best, functional baby gear has become my part-time job these days. When I got pregnant with Penelope, I. needed. EVERYTHING. and honestly, most of the things we didn't really use or Penelope didn't even love them (insert MamaRoo here). 
After spending a ton of money on wasted items, I was determined NOT to have a round-two of the same scenario, besides, we have a lot of the stuff already so we just needed to freshen up on a few things, especially since we're having a boy, we got the chance to reload on a lot of different colors this time and of course, clothes!

I wanted to share my list of baby essentials that I'm pretty excited to try and talk about a few things that we received this go-'round!
If you use or have any of these items, especially the big ticket ones, let me know! I'd love to hear what the mamas are loving!

DockATot c/o
I received this DockATot Deluxe+ for out little guy last week and was totally sitting like a kid waiting on Christmas for the UPS man to drop it off. The first thing I noticed (because it'd be impossible not to) was how well it was packaged - total luxury! 
Once it was opened and taken out of the packaging, I quickly realized that this is something we would be able to use for our future kids... and it's even something that I could pass down to another baby once we're done using it. It's soft, sturdy and easy to transport, which is a huge deal for us since we travel a ton in the summer.

These swaddles are amazing. They're sooo soft and have the most amazing amount of stretch! They'll be perfect for swaddling and naps since they're so soft and such a large size.

This cover is good for the car seat, shopping cart and breastfeeding - so versatile and I love the ivory/grey stripes. Perfect for my neutral taste but they also have so many great colors.

I think I was more infatuated with The Mamaroo when Penelope was born because it was new and a "total must-have" because you couldn't turn a corner without seeing one. I was such an advocate for it - until Penelope sorta ended up hating the thing. I was bummed more for the face that we only got about 3 months of use out of it before we ended up shoving it in a corner where it sat unused.
I think that the range of motion was almost too smooth for her liking because she was definitely a swing baby instead. This totally got me thinking that this time, I was going to skip out on the MamaRoo all together and just get something that mimics a swing, without the space required by one. Not that we don't have room but I wanted something we could travel with and that was a huge selling point when we decided to get the Leaf. 

Needless to say, we have a pretty high bed. I've but a regular bassinet beside our bed and it was uncomfortably low so that's why we went ahead with this because the base can be raised or lowered, depending on your specific needs. Plus, the base is HUGE, which means that it's super sturdy, even with two crazy dogs and a toddler running around our room. 

 I'm always on the hunt for shops that carry both boy and girl clothing, especially shops that have cute pjs because I'll admit, I'm sort of over-the-top when it comes to my kids pajama collection. All of the cute ones out there really make it easy for me to go overboard with the sleep gear and Finn + Emma are truly one of the best places to shop to get luxury sleepwear and comfy bodysuits for the little babes. Plus, all of their clothing is organic! 

Since putting an infant carrier on top of a  grocery cart is a definite no-go, these little cart hammocks come in such great use during shopping trips, especially with two kids! The hammock sits in the back of the cart and allows your little babe to relax, just like in the infant carrier while allowing you to fill the cart full - especially on target trips where you end up buying aisle 9.  

These bottles might be a hit or miss (let's hope little dude likes em') But I fell in love with them when I held one at Nordstrom a while ago because of how flexible and lightweight they are. They also have a double handle (which you can get HERE) for when it's time for your babe to start holding their own bottle - a feature that will be suuuch a lifesaver.


Sunday, March 12, 2017


This post is seriously last minute but I couldn't end the day without letting the shoe-lovers in the loop! I've rounded up a few of my favorites from this sale but if you aren't seeing anything you're dying to have, then CLICK HERE to head to the website to find something you do like!
 Don't forget to use code: 25OFFBOOTS because this sale includes ALL BOOTS + BOOTIES! Uggs, Sperry duck boots, peep toe booties, lace-up booties - EVERYTHING! So don't miss out because sizes are going pretty quick, especially on the Dolce Vita (my fav brand) and Steve Madden!

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

Although this is the last day for this particular sale, I hope you get the chance to grab something you love and have a nice little delivery to look forward to this coming week!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017


We're less than 5 weeks until we're parents to two little babes! I'm just as excited as I am anxious but more than that, I'm READY. Ready to see what he looks like, how his personality will be, getting to see Devon with his son and Penelope with her lifelong best friend and just be able to kiss those sweet lips + cheeks!
All good things to look forward to but actually feeling pretty patient waiting of him to decide to come on out when he's ready. 

In the meantime, besides praying for a healthy and easy pregnancy (that has been nothing but, thankfully) I've been doing the best I can to moisturize and stay hydrated, especially during little guys growth spurts when I can actually feel my belly stretch.. so crazy! That's when I do my absolute best to up my belly butter and especially moisturize my ever-growing boobs. Seriously. They're MASSIVE - It's pregnancy and I ain't gonna sugar-coat it. It happens. So you can imagine how excited I was when Mustela wanted to send me their new pregnancy line along with a couple of products from their Bebe line for our little dude and Penelope.... I was pumped. So what are some products I received from the Maternite Line?

So far, all of these products have been amazing. I love a good oil anyway so I was super excited that I actually fell in love with the oil that they sent me! All of the products feel really moisturizing on the skin and absorb really, really well. This is a MUST for me because I hate when a moisturizer takes a lifetime to absorb. Above all, the best way I can describe the smell would be "clean". It reminds me of a fresh, clean baby, surprisingly enough. I don't really know how else to describe it haha but it has a really good smell that lasts, so that was a huge plus.

Although all of the products I received were great, my favorite two would be the Stretch Mark Prevention Oil and the Soothing Moisturizing Balm. Those two are ones that I've been drawn to most and seem to be the most convenient for me to grab and use. 

I use a few pumps of the Prevention Oil all-over my belly right after I hop out of the shower and before bed and I use the Soothing Moisturizing Balm all over my body the same way - right after the shower and before bed. My skin is generally pretty sensitive and I haven't had any issues with not just these specific products but any products from the line. It's probably because of the natural ingredients that Mustela uses in their products, plus they're made without any harsh chemicals so they're safe for you and your little babes.

Despite writing about how to avoid stretch marks, I want to add that I truly believe that they're genetic and just how each individual is made up but I feel that it can never hurt to moisturize anyway to give your skin a little bit of elasticity during the whirlwind of pregnancy. Your skin changes SO much (I can definitely attest to this!) during this time so it's important to find a good moisturizer or body oil which will help your skin stay hydrated and if you've been overwhelmed by the products out there, just know that Mustela is a GREAT place to start!


All products were c/o thanks to Mustela.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

SPRING OUTFIT INSPO | fashion + beauty

My style definitely varies day-to-day; I usually prefer to go super casual over dressy-dressy and lately, that has totally shown. 
     Basically: casual > anything that takes effort ha
So, today I'm sharing my faaaaavorite casual outfit + the BEST pair of jeans that literally go with everything AND they're 40% off making them only $40! 
In the boyfriend jeans, I suggest going down a size or two, depending on the look you want. More fitted, go down a size and for a more relaxed look, stick with that size you would typically buy. I go down a size and they fit exactly like these maternity jeans that I wore in this blog post.
I don't know how long they'll be marked down for but since I spotted them on sale, I figured I'd let y'all know too!
 They're my favorite brand of jeans in general, so if any other style catches your eye, don't hesitate - they're truthfully the best and super inexpensive for the seriously great quality you get! 

I also linked this seriously cute nursing bralette to wear under my sweaters and tees after this little dude is born (and definitely before because, yeah... comfort). It's sort of on the expensive side but the quality is reeeeeally good, which is definitely a necessity since it'll be tugged on and pretty much washed daily, ya know what I mean? But I wanted to share this one for the fraction of the cost - like we're talkin' $13! I love the thin straps and all of the colors they come in, so I grabbed a couple of them too!

Stud earrings are a staple for me because I always wear them. No question. They go with everything and they totally make me feel "put-together" even when I'm running out with my hair a mess and sunglasses on. These are great quality if you're not looking to dish on real diamonds, plus these will last just as long because they're sterling silver!

Speaking of sunglasses, I loved my other sunglasses so much that I had to get these too lol the color is totally fit for spring and I looove that these have the mirrored lenses.

Last but not least - these shoes! I'm obsessed with the ruffle detail! But I also secretly wanted a pair of Birkenstocks like these but I sorta refuse to pay $90 haha It's like I like them but do I really LOVE them? I wasn't so sure but I did find these and they're sooo cheap, it's crazy and all of the sudden, I fell in love. Plus, they're buy one get one for 50% off soooo you should totally grab em' all because I totally might.๐Ÿ˜

Oh and lately, I've been getting the SNS dip polish rather than gel. They wear like acrylics BUT they come off like gel. They're definitely thicker than gel too but I love them because they last soooo much longer plus they don't have the damaging effects that acrylics do - score!
 My go-to color is the plain white and I pair it with this polish on my toes. It's my absolute favorite color combo of all time!


Sunday, February 26, 2017


To all of the single mamas, mamas with husbands on deployment, mamas without family around - basically all of the moms that are doing it all (or mostly) on their own - I completely have a new appreciation for you. 
Being pregnant while having a toddler and having your significant other around is work but when you're totally in charge in every aspect - bedtime, eating time, bath time, story time, play time, - all. of. it. It's tough. Especially when you're pregnant. and don't even get me started on the mamas with more than one that are manning the ship. Seriously, props to you. I am totally exhausted lol

If you're wondering, Devon went to Ohio this past weekend with his cousin to a MX race so it was just me and the babe all weekend. Now, don't get me wrong, I loved every minute with my girl - we broke some rules, played outside way too hard and enjoyed some late-night snacking in bed before we dosed off but man am I feeling it today.... Maybe it's because I know Devon's coming home so I can loosen up a little but lemme tell ya, I will be SO happy to see his face. 

Anyway, I mentioned a few days ago about a few basic tees that were priced less than $10 each! I may have to wear maternity jeans but I definitely go on the hunt long enough to find non-maternity tops that are bump-friendly and these are IT. I'm even wearing an XS because the fit is so loose, while still being fitted, if that makes any sense at all lol 

I have the black, white and grey and wear them all so frequently. They're great for dressing up or down and can easily be transformed to casual or dressy depending on how you style the rest of the outfit. They're definitely my favorite tops right now AND they're even long enough to wear with leggings๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ So many benefits in a $10 tee, y'all.
Plus, this sweat and hoodie combo is
life. I'm currently living in them!

Hoodie // Tee // Sweats // Shoes

I was also asked by SOOO many people after I posted a snapchat yesterday about my lip and sunglasses combo so of course, I wanted to share those with y'all too! I normally go for the typical aviator Ray-Ban shades but lately, I ventured off to try something new and different and quick fell in love with THESE. They are the bessssst! And they just came back in stock so get them quick because seriously, they've sold out twice in the last month.

 Sunnies $59 // Lip in Dusty Lilac $16 sold at Sephora & Ulta

We're moving as slow as snails today but I just got myself pretty for my man and now baby girl and I are headed to grab an early dinner! I hope everyone has had the best Sunday ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•



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