August 13, 2019

First Day Of School || Outfit Inspiration

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First time preschool parents over here! And in exactly 27 days I get to walk Abby into school for her first day! (How did I just typed that sentence...and what year is it anyway?!?!)

So even though it's only for a few hours I've already started thinking about that  "first day outfit" and photo we'll glance back on for years. I can remember the "first day" outfit being SO special as a little girl so I'm excited to do the same for Abby! Not exactly sure what that outfit will be, although the above is certainly what I've been thinking!

I just purchased this  floral backpack online for $15 and it's rated 5/5 star's so I'm excited to get it next week! She doesn't need a backpack but our school director mentioned that it's require for all turning 3's classes to bring an extra set of clothes. So a mini back pack is the most convenient for us.

I usually pair Abby's  chambray dresses 9/10x with a comfy  pink sweater like this  one. Depending on the weather we may need to add these  pink polka dot leggings or these soft and durable  shorts underneath as they have circle time every day. Plus, my mother-in-law told me you can't have a bad day wearing polka dots and I think she's right! (I haven't had one yet while wearing polk-a-dots) I also found these cute  ruffle front shoes and thought they were just the right price and style for preschool! Then to complete any outfit, any day of the week we always add a bow. A handmade bow from a mama's shop we adore and lately it's been a lot of  Tahoom and  Wunderkin because they both have great classic bows!! 

I have a few more school related things coming to the blog soon! Including a couple DIY's and as always thank you for your readership! It's so fun getting to know all of you!

Warmly, Steph

August 1, 2019

Baby Wearing || Sling Vs. Wrap

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I’ve gone through my own fair share of baby products and gear as a second time mom! So a sling vs. wrap debate? I totally understand why a lot of you asked me to compare. I have the  Solly for the wrap and  Wild Bird for a sling. I’ve tried other brands and designs, though these two are hands down my favorite baby wearing products! So whether you choose a sling or wrap in the end (always based off your own life style and needs) I think you’ll love either one!

Please keep in mind before reading that all opinions expressed below are based off my own experience and that any of the proven benefits described in this post is linked back to the company’s website. 

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Wrap Vs. Sling

Custom Fit
Baby is snuggled as close as can be and just enough to kiss in both (which I’m sure you’ve seen over in Instagram!Each is designed to custom fit your body/baby and this is exactly how each one feels while on. I don’t think one is better than the other on this!

I was actually really surprised to learn the sling was just as comfortable if not more than the wrap.You may be like me in thinking(the sling looked off balanced and wondered if it was at all comfortable?) I truly questioned the designed at first until I tried one on. Now that I have one, I can’t seem to stop using it since it’s so easy to get baby in and out of! In all, both the sling and wrap are equally comfortable. 

I’ve honestly found myself feeling cooler in sling during this summer season since it’s less fabric around my mid-section. (That’s why you’ve seen me wearing it a lot over in Instagram lately!) When our PNW weather cools, I know me. I’ll be picking up the wrap a lot more since all that fabric (and baby) tend to keep me warmer.  

Hands Free
Both truly allow me to have my hands free however, I find myself bringing my other hand to her head more in the sling because it doesn't have that extra layer around the head that the wrap provides. So, with Emma being so little this season (0-6 weeks right now) I like that she gets that extra head and neck support while in the Solly. Full tutorial on this here. 

Compared to the larger sized baby wearing gear out there, both the Solly and Wild Bird pack nicely! Solly even has a sewed in pocket at the end in which you can fold up the fabric to tuck both ends in for neat storage. Either one fits into the diaper bag! 

Getting On & Off
The sling is a winner for this category hands down because you customized it to fit you and your baby at home and it stays that way all day as you take it off and on. You might need to pull a little here and there however, I find this one MUCH quicker! Especially if you're going from the car-to-store, to car-to store-etc. With the wrap it can get tricky real quick with all that fabric if you’re in a parking lot (especially a rainy one!) as you have to rewrap it every time. 

Life of Product
I’ve found after about 1 year (or whenever my child starts walking), I prefer for them to walk and or use the stroller. This is just a personal preference. The sling is designed to fit your baby up to 35 pounds and the wrap 25 according to both websites. You can wear your little one a bit longer with the sling.

Multi Use
I've used the wrap as a baby blanket in the stroller a dozen times already this summer! Although if you’re looking for something besides “baby wearing” or a "blanket." I would have to say the sling is your winner. It allows you to wear your baby front, hip, and back. In addition to being used as a nursing cover. 

Remember that diaper blowout we had this last week on cake pop Friday? It took 24 hours to clean my sling after versus the wrap takes 3 So, the wrap wins on this one because it's also machine washable. Whereas the sling prefers hand wash and or gentle cycle. Then you have to air dry the fabric and iron before baby wearing again. A lot of maintenance as a mom of two!

Baby’s Benefits
The Solly wrap seems to have more research on it's product and proven benefits for the baby overall after comparing the two. If you are interested in the full Solly benefits, you can find them here Both baby wearing products however promote bonding and both I truly love using! It’s hard to say which one I would pick! I find the sling perfect for busy days and the I love the wrap for everyday use around the house. 

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So, yes. I do love using them both! Each product was designed and founded by women (mothers!) and they both are made here in the U.S. I love all the helpful information both companies provide on their websites to consumers in addition to the social media plat forms they give us. Either one, you can’t go wrong!

I hope this helped you decide which one (or both) baby wearing product you want. For a wrap? Solly is by far the most comfortable brand I’ve ever had! And I’ve only tried a Wild Bird sling because it seems to be highly rated everywhere by other moms as mentioned here. The Hip Baby Wrap Sling seems to be another great option (and cheaper!) which you can read more about from the Today Show here. As I always say, you know what’s best for you and your family because your mom. You’ve got this!  : )

And thank you for your readership! It’s truly a joy and honor to do motherhood with you!

Warmly, Steph

July 25, 2019

Mom Style (That #momlife)

Three years ago, when the blue line read, “pregnant!”  I immediately started investing in a few high-quality maternity/nursing outfits as this was done on purpose because 1) We wanted more than one child and 2) I like to think of myself as a wannabe “minimalist time capsule” kind of gal. I do like modern and classic pieces, yet I don’t hop completely on the “new trend train” every year because I want to wear clothes more than once! Hence my love for the classics. The secret to always being in style ; )

For maternity items I have found H&M has the best maternity/nursing basics such as this blouse I’ve been wearing a lot over in Instagram stories lately (and styled above) I also really like there nursing dresses since they’re extremely functional while also very modern and classic.  

Big Moments/Photo Shoots
For my baby shower and important photo shoots (like maternity or family photos) I’ve always gone with Pink Blush or ASOS for a good dress. Their dresses are always unique and beautifully made for a decent price.  For our newborn family photos last month, I actually got there “regular” lace maxi dress instead of maternity because I know I’ll wear it again. Plus, the detail on it is amazing! Even our photographer said she feel in love with the dress! : )

Brands That Carry You Through 
Hands down for this category, it would be Ingrid & Isabella, H&M, Seraphina (this one is a bit pricy) and ASOS Maternity. I’ve tried cheaper brands and the clothes never last or hold up. Especially the cheaper nursing items after spit up had landed on them. Unfortunately for those, after a few washes, I had to throw them out. 

Investment & Quality
Even though Seraphina is a bit pricy, I can wear all of the pieces I’ve purchased from them while pregnant, nursing and after. Even last spring I was walking around wearing one of the sweaters I got from them. Ingrid and Isabella brand is equally the same quality, yet cheaper. They both “grow” with your ever-changing body and needs as that’s why I believe they're priced the way they are. 

On A Budget
If you’re on a budget, I think H&M is by far the way to go! I like how they are cut and designed to fit you better than other brands and the maternity pieces are certainly higher quality. Yet the price is the same elsewhere. To really break it down, here are my favorites for each category.  

Favorite Maternity Brands
Ingrid & Isabella

Favorite Nursing Brands

Favorite Maternity Undergarments 
Motherhood Maternity (nursing bras)
Motherhood Maternity (lounge pants)
Target (bigger undies)

Maternity Activewear
Nordstrom (Zella)
H&M (fantastic sport/nursing bras)

Shoes (for those enlarge feet!)
Nordstrom (for more than 1 pregnancy)

Favorite Brands That Do It All
(clothes that are designed to be worn during & after pregnancy!)
Ingrid & Isabell

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mom styleKeeping living the dream! That #momlife  : )

Warmly, Steph