Monday, March 5, 2018

Date Night Digs

Happy Monday, friends! This weekend was a dream, a quiet one running errands and spending days with my little family. The best weekends are those spent with nothing to do!
Date nights are few and far between these days with a baby, but Josh and I do our best to make time for each other, even if that means getting Nanny or Mimi to babysit so we can have a few hours to ourself. When we do get the opportunity to go on a date, we love keeping it simple by usually heading to dinner or some sort of sporting event; we like to do things that allow us to talk with each other since it feels like we are so busy during the week to sit down and talk together. Josh is a huge sports guy so if we can find inexpensive tickets to a game nearby, we take advantage of it! There are so many professional teams in Miami that always have events going on. 
This white mixed media top is perfect for a casual night out to dinner. It is flattering on all body types and it's on sale! I love the bell sleeve detail. These Articles of Society jeans are a recent find and I am obsessed! They are so soft and stretchy without losing their shape, which is hard to find! And they are less than $70! My wedges are not in stock anymore so I linked similar ones that are the same brand.  They are so comfortable, so I can wear them without looking like a penguin (ladies who can't walk in heels, you know what I'm talking about!).
I hope you all have a wonderful and productive week! I'm starting another grad course this week, so I'll be plenty busy with getting that up and running.


Matthew 11:28-29

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Establishing a Newborn Wardrobe

As an expectant new mom, you think you need EVERYTHING for your baby.  I was beyond guilty of this and to be honest, I still am.  I think it comes from the innate desire to provide for your child combined with the millennial thinking that "stuff" makes a person happy, and we want our babies to be happy. Happiness does not come from material possessions, but that's a post for another day.  Babies have to be clothed, so we might as well have fun doing it!
Baby outfits are by far the most fun thing to shop for in life.  Everything is so adorable, and fit doesn't matter since all they do is lay around.  It can be easy to go overboard buying baby clothes.  Knowing what I know after being a mom for 5 months, I have passed the newborn phase and I have compiled a list of clothing items needed for a newborn wardrobe. This is not one of those bare bones lists that includes only essentials, but a good solid list that leaves you with a few options to choose from when picking out your little one's daily outfit, and gives you time between washes so that you don't have to wash clothes every 3 days (even though you probably will be anyway). I will say that Addison only wore the newborn size for 3 weeks, so stocking up of 0-3 and 3-6 month sizes is a better idea if you are on a budget.
  • 5 Infant Gowns: I like these because they have the built in hand mitts to keep baby from scratching herself. Gowns are the best for the early days because trying to unbutton the buttons on a screaming baby's pajamas in the middle of the night is a huge pain.
  • 3 Footed Pajamas: These are my favorite because they zip up.  No buttons! 
  • 5 One-piece complete outfits: These are easy to put on and don't require a lot of fuss when changing a diaper, but don't look like pajamas when you are getting out of the house. I love this one and this one, and I linked a few other options below.
  • 3 "Going Out" Outfits: These are those super cute outfits that include the matching socks, bows, bibs, etc. for when you take baby out to see family and friends. Gap and Gymboree have adorable outfits with all the matching accessories.
  • Bibs: Addison has always been an expert at spitting up, so bibs have always been a part of her outfit.  I would say at least 2 per day if you have a baby who spits up a lot or has reflux, or for a teether, because the amount of drool is unreal!  These Aden and Anais ones are my favorite.
  • Socks: a few good packs of solid color socks will do the trick.  These are my favorite because they stay on baby's feet and last from 0-6 months.
And that's about all they need as far as wardrobe goes! I never used hand mitts or hats on Addison because she never needed them, but if you live somewhere cold or if your little one is a scratcher you may want some of those too.  Thanks for reading!

Proverbs 22:6

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring has Sprung!

Mixed Media Top // Bermuda Shorts // Initial Necklace // Jack Rogers Sandals
Baby Eyelet Set // Eyelet Headband // Ruffle Socks
Hi everyone! I am so excited that spring is finally approaching! Here in Florida the weather is back to being hot again which means the light sweaters and jeans we were wearing (one day a week) for the past few months are moving to the back of the closet to make room for shorts, tanks, and swimsuits. On second thought, maybe the swimsuits can still be in the back until this baby weight comes off! If you are a BBG girl, let me know and we can keep each other accountable! I'm on week 6 and Kayla continues to kick my hiney every day!
This fun shorts outfit is from LOFT, which is one of my absolute favorite places to shop! Everything they carry is easy to wear and looks great on everyone. Addison's outfit comes from one of my favorite baby retailers, Gymboree.  I wore Gymboree when I was a kid, and to me their clothing is amazing quality and lasts through the hundreds of loads of laundry I do these days. They have adorable styles at good prices and all the accessories to match, which is very important for my girly moms out there.  How cute is this adorable eyelet outfit? I wish they had this top in my size!  This color is currently sold out, but they have a beautiful mint color available (which Addison may have in her closet since her mommy is obsessed with eyelet).  It's also on sale right now, so click on the link to shop! This outfit would be perfect for Easter egg hunts!
In other news, my blog is starting to take a turn for the better! Now that I am a mom, I have become obsessed with all things Addison (as I'm sure every new mom does with their child).  My blog will start to focus on mommyhood and family life, which is my world. I can't wait to get more posts up and share what we are up to!  I love you guys!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Addison Lee 3 Month Update

Our little baby is three months old already! How can this be?? It seems like just yesterday I was holding her for the first time. These three months have brought a lot of learning moments as a new mom.  Here are a few things I have learned:

  1. A baby can cry for hours for absolutely no reason.  It's heartbreaking and mind numbing.
  2. You will hurt more than your baby will when she gets shots at the doctor.
  3. How on earth a baby can poop outside of her diaper and all over her clothes but not have anything inside of her diaper, I will never know.
  4. Baby's fingernails grow faster than anything else in life.  I swear I give manicures daily. 
  5. The mom bun is life!
  6. The two minute shower is real.
  7. If you are a mom to young children and can wash your hair everyday, then you are a miracle worker.
  8. I will never sleep again.
  9. My heart has never been more full.
By growing for three months, a baby learns a lot too! Here are some things Addison has learned:
  1. She can recognize her Mommy and Daddy and gives us a big smile!
  2. She knows that a bib = time to eat!
  3. She rocks her tummy time and has been rolling over from tummy to back.
  4. She loves sitting up in her bumbo seat like a big girl.
  5. She has recently discovered her voice and babbles to us all the time.  I know she is going to be a chatter box!
Because I know I am going to get asked about it, I have tried out a TON of baby products over the past 3 months. and these are the top ten for 0-3 months!
  1. FisherPrice Rock N Play: This is really great for the newborn stage because it keeps them at an incline (for those reflux babies) and makes them feel snuggled and secure.  Plus it rocks and plays music.  We attached a hanging toy to ours and it keeps Addison's attention long enough for me to wash bottles or throw a load of laundry in.
  2. Halo SleepSack Swaddle: Addison got her arms out of every swaddle blanket, no matter how secure I thought it was! This sleepsack swaddle 2-in-1 saved us and got Addison to sleep longer stretches at night without being awaken by her Moro Reflex.
  3. Halo Bassinest: This thing is a lifesaver! After giving birth, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed during those night feedings.  The Halo Bassinest swivels right up next to the bed and has a flexible side that allows you to easily get baby in and out.  It also vibrates and has a night light that is wonderful to use in the middle of the night.
  4. Baby Bling Baby Headbands: I really love these soft headbands.  They come in hundreds of colors and they are the only ones I have found that don't leave marks on baby's head.  Plus they are super stretchy and will still fit as baby grows.
  5. Boon Lawn Drying Rack: I didn't know how much I loved this thing until we went away for the weekend and didn't bring it with us! It keeps bottles and their parts upright so they dry out completely.  There's lots of adorable accessories that you can add too!
  6. Baby Bum Diaper Cream Brush: Because diaper rash cream under your fingernails is not a fashion statement.
  7. Dr. Brown's Bottles: I love these bottles! They do have a lot of pieces, but the vent inside that keeps the gas away is amazing! This set comes with a bottle brush and a bottle warmer too, which are both helpful. 
  8. Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Car Seat: A carseat should be chosen based on safety, and I personally loved the safety reviews on this one.  An added bonus is that it comes in tons of colors and it is the only carseat on the market that allows you to throw all the padding in the washer and dryer to clean!  Even with using a wet liner, I've had to wash the padding twice already due to baby blowouts!
  9. Baby Jogger City Premier Stroller: I use my stroller daily and this one is light and super easy to open close. It has a super smooth ride, has adapters available for most carseat brands, and doesn't break the bank like some strollers do!
  10. PB Kids Soothing Sounds Elephant: This sound machine is super soft and can attach to anything.  Addison loves to listen to white noise and it helps her fall asleep at home and when we are out and about.
Mamas, what other baby and toddler products are your favorite? I am always on the lookout for new fun products to try out!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Our Not So Little Secret...

Baby Royal is coming October 2017!!
Josh and I are beyond excited for all our friends and family to finally know the secret we've been keeping for the past 11 weeks.  Baby Royal is already so loved by so many and we are so thankful for all the people who have already wished us the best.  We definitely cannot ask for a better support system. 
 To our baby's soon-to-be Nanny, Papa, Mimi, and Pops: you guys have been the best secret keepers ever and we both cannot believe y'all have lasted this long!  This baby is already spoiled by having the best grandparents we ever could have asked for.  We love you!
We first found out about our little blessing on my birthday, the best birthday present I ever could've asked for!  I am 11 weeks along and so far I have been very blessed with minimal sickness, although I sleep like I'm in hibernation! It has been amazing to me how much you can fall in love with someone you've never even met.  This baby has only been a prayer and an element of wonder and now it is such a reality.  We couldn't be happier! 
Baby Royal, I am so excited to find out what kind of man or woman you are going to grow up to be!  Your Daddy and I love you so much more than you could ever imagine!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate + New Year's Resolutions

Sweater // Denim // Boots // Scarf // Beanie // Bag

Happy Tuesday! The photos from this blog post were taken during our trip to North Carolina.  One of the days we were there we ventured to Asheville and visited the Biltmore Estate.  It was such a beautiful place and I definitely recommend going if you ever have the chance.  The views were remarkable and the Vanderbilt mansion was imaginably gorgeous, especially decorated for Christmas!
Today is the first day back to school with all my prek babies back in the classroom, and the first week back in grad school. I am missing the mountains and the cool air from North Carolina, but I have to admit, I really missed the kids during Christmas break! Today was full of stories about their time off of school and what they got for Christmas, and we even made New Year's resolutions (most of which are hilarious...oh to have the goals of a preschooler).  

I have decided to share a few of my New Year's resolutions with you, in hopes that (1.) it will inspire you to set attainable goals for yourself, and (2.) this might give me some accountability to stick to them! 

  1. Cook More Often: I love cooking, but absolutely hate cleaning up the mess! This year, I am going to try to cook new, healthier meals for Josh and I and eat out a lot less!  If you have any recipe ideas for us, please post them in the comments so I can try them out!
  2. Travel: I love to travel, and there are many places on my list to travel to.  This year, I am going to stop talking about going, and just take off! I have already started on this resolution by booking two trips already for this year: Washington D.C. in March, and Dallas in September!
  3. Blog!: I am going to shoot for 2 blog posts a week! I love blogging and sharing my experiences with you all and I am going to try and be more frequent in doing that!
  4. Grow deeper in Christ: In 2016, I read the entire New Testament by following a devotional book written by the lead pastors at our church.  Through time with God each day, I found myself a lot more at peace throughout my daily life and I found myself to be a much better wife and partner to Josh when trying my best to love him in the way Christ loves us.  I am going to continue pursuing my quiet time each day by reading my newest daily devotional book, The Confident Woman Devotional, and other Christ-centered novels.  I love reading, and if you have any great books to recommend, please let me know!
 Ok so this blog post is really long! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic week!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Goodbye 2016

Top // White Denim // Booties // Crossbody Bag // Necklace // Cuff Bracelet // Watch

Happy New Year! The New Year is full of possibilities, new adventures, and having new goals for life.  It's such a refreshing time of year! 2016 was such an exciting year for Josh and I because we got married! We spent the year celebrating our upcoming marriage, moving in together, and growing closer as a united couple and growing closer to God.  Now in 2017, I am continuing my graduate education, working on my blog, and focusing on living a cleaner life both physically and mentally.

Josh and I decided to end 2016 with a trip to find some cooler weather, so we went to the (very) small town of Murphy, North Carolina.  We stayed in my grandmother's cabin in the mountains and loved the quiet atmosphere away from what we're used to in South Florida.  The weather was in the 30s and 40s and we even experienced some snow on our last day there (which was so cool for a couple of FL natives!!).  We visited the Biltmore in Asheville (photos to come), and took a train ride through the Smoky Mountains. It was such a fun getaway and was a great way to prepare for a busy upcoming year.

I of course had to take some blog photos because it's so pretty up there! This top is so unbelievably soft and cozy, I could wear it every single day! A good pair of white jeans is also always a staple in every closet no matter what time of year.  Pair with some booties and a cute crossbody bag and you're all set!

Do you have any plans and goals for the new year? Share them with me in the comments section!