April 19, 2019

Mommy & Me Outfits || Dresses


All options below are nursing friendly! And I even added in my  maternity polkadot dress from instagram this past week that a lot of you asked about, It's SO comfy on and I love that it covers my shoulders while also being the right price!! 

I just purchased these  espadrilles  and I'm obsessively IN LOVE with them! They are now the most comfortable pair of sandals I own and I get tons of compliments on them (so thought I'd share). Truly had so much fun putting together these spring-summer outfits for you, I hope you enjoy!

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Mommy and me outfit dresses
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Mommy and me outfit dresses
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Mommy and me outfit dresses
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I hope these Mommy and Me outfits for spring to summer help you think of all things bright and warm as I for one am feeling SO ready to start wearing sandals (hello puffy pregnant lady toes) and light breezy dresses (hello to you too growing baby bump!)  ; ) 

And Happy Easter weekend to you and your family!!

Warmly, Steph

April 11, 2019

Mommy & Me Swimsuits

Mommy and me swimsuits
Mommy and me swimsuits


Mommy and me swimsuits



I hope these "Mommy & Me" coordinating swimsuit ideas help inspire you for this spring-summer season! And that you enjoyed them as much as I did putting them together. Truly! This kind of stuff is SO fun for me! I've been secretly (which you now know) coordinating swimwear with Abby since she was born and I CAN NOT WAIT to add baby sis into the coordinating game soon!!

You ladies are awesome, never forget that.  : )


Warmly, Steph




April 9, 2019

5 Toddler Travel Tips || Hawaii Vacation

Toddler Travel Tips
Ok, after 11 trips (6 flights and 5 road trips) with Abby since she's been born, today I'm happy to share our 5 best toddler travel tips fresh off from our last trip to Hawaii! These ideas can also very well could be used for a long car ride too! And of course, at the bottom is a photo dump of our vacation because well... I LOVE photos and I always love it when others share! : )


5 Toddler Travel Tips

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A Time to Travel
When Abby is full of energy (yet calm) and happy, early in the morning has been our best time to leave when traveling long distances.  We’ve tried afternoon trips when she was 9 months and 1.5 years old and those just didn’t seem to go as smooth as when we left early in the morning around 7 or 8am. 

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Adjusting to Time Change
We’ve done 3 trips in the last three years where Abby has needed to adjust to a 2-3 hour time difference and by making it a priority to achieve a new bedtime on travel day, she’s been able to adjust in 24 hours will a little bit of effort. We let her take a very short nap (30-45 nap max) as late as possible to push bedtime.

For example, on this trip we left at 8am and arrived 6.5 hours later to Hawaii, making it 11:30am there time. So, first thing we did was eat lunch! And then get out in the sunshine. We then played at home and let her go down for a nap Hawaii time at 2:30pm (6:30pm PNW time). So this helped her adjust to staying up a bit later to go to bed at 7:30pm Hawaii time (10:30am PNW). Abby adjusted just fine the following day, and the rest of the trip and I believe it’s because we made that first day of getting her on a new schedule, a high priority.


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Comfort Items
Making it feel like home, really helps! Abby’s relaxed and feels comforted without having to hang on me the entire trip! This was especially important to us when Abby flew for the very first time at 6 months old (new sounds and smells are scary for little ones!) I truly believe this tip helps!


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Snacks
Bring tons of them! I’m always amazed on how much she eats while traveling though I’ve heard this same thing from other moms and it's true, snacks keep them happy. We brought gold fish, raisins, bunny cheese crackers, dum-dum suckers (for her ears during takeoff) fruit snacks and some chocolate chip cookies. 


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New Entertainment
I think I spent $15 total on new play dough, coloring books, water wow, and activity books for Abby this round and it was $15 well spent! Even though they have a movie screen setup on the plane, Abby can only watch maybe 20-30 minutes at a time. So, I rotate between eating snacks and keeping her hands busy. Abby did great! She even enjoyed just looking out the window. You can find some great fun things for little ones to do at the dollar spot in Target and load up a diaper bag full of them!

Ok, and now....



A photo dump.

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Links || Resources


As always, let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for your readership! 

Warmly, Steph


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March 30, 2019

Girl Toddler Easter Basket


One of my favorite things about being a girl mom, is pulling together lots of little cute things for Abby. Especially when it comes time to stuff her Easter basket!

This year, I decided to go with the theme of, "pink" since it's her favorite color. So I picked up this pink wire basket for $6 the other day and although I'm still a fan of classic white whicker basket, I decided to switch things up this year and go with the wire basket trend, which I'm SO glad I did!! I feel like the basket really pulls together the whole pink theme! 



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Here are even more pink themed ideas!




I hope this post helped you find some fun things for your little ones Easter basket (especially if they like pink!). For more ideas, you can check out last years "purple" Easter basket by going here. 

And be sure to check out Ellie & Pipper for more Easter basket goodies as well! I promise you'll be glad I sent you over. : ) Her shop is one my fav new finds! Tina (the women behind this darling company) is also offering all of you 20% your entire order with promo code MAMAJOTS! 

Happy spring!! 

Warmly, Steph

March 26, 2019

DIY Spring Wreath

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DIY spring wreathe
DIY spring wreathe
DIY spring wreathe
DIY spring wreathe

I loved mixing real peony flowers with a faux wreath!

Something that came to me while running a back-to-back errand to the grocery store and Target this past weekend (which never happens! Aka being alone). So with spring officially here, I decided to give this idea a try and I'm so glad I did!

It took 25 minutes to do this DIY which is my kind of project because I have a toddler running around after all! I would keep the wreath as is for a general spring look, and only add the peony flowers when hosting a birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower and or Easter.

DIY spring wreathe
I love how the pop of pink color gives the wreath a more feminine feel, especially with Easter right around the corner!

 I’m sure there are a ton of different ways you can do a floral wreath and by all means I say go for it! Especially if you want a more permeant look by getting faux peonies and glue gunning them instead (something I considered but decided I wanted to have multiply looks for this wreath).

Please note, I'm certainly not a florist! I just decided to make this process as quick and easy as possible so it wouldn’t be a lot of work to take it apart 48 hours later (since this is how long flowers tend to last without water).

Below is a very quick process on how I decorated this wreath with real peonies.


What You Will Need:
Real pink peonies (2 bundles)
Scissors

What I did

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Cut off the peony stem, leaving about 1-3 inches from bulb to base. 

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Stick the peony stem into the wreath base and wrap wire around both the stem and wreath base to temporally attach the flower. 

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Continue step 2 until you have a bundle of peonies at one corner of the wreath with a slow fade out on both ends.

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Hang on a wreath hook & Enjoy!

DIY spring wreathe
DIY spring wreathe
As always, let me know if you have any questions! And thank you for your readership, as always. You ladies are amazing. 

Warmly, Steph





March 19, 2019

Planning Blog Content

planning blog content

How do you have time to blog each week?

This is the one of the most asked questions and comments I get online (Instagram) so it’s about time I address it! Something I would never think so many of you would be interested in hearing me talk about! Though I’m always happy to share and connect with each of you. So todays is the day I finally answering this question as a group!

Being 6 months pregnant and beyond sick for the first trimester, a toddler to take care, running a household, teaching dance, and no outside help or babysitters… you do ask a great question. I would agree!

My best response has always been, I’m a planner. And I'm passionate about whatever I take on in life.

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planning blog content


I’m by far an expert on blogging! (and those of you who have told me otherwise, I so appreciate you! Your support and belief in me). I love what I’m doing, and I have so many plans and dreams for the future of this blog. 

However yes, planning and organizing is something I truly enjoy and it actually took me awhile to find a system that worked!

So, what do I actually do to get a blog post published every week? Well, below I'm sharing exactly what steps I take for the 7 days leading up to one blog post. Most of my daily tasks are done early in the AM hours before Abby wakes up, or after she’s in bed (if it doesn’t include taking photos).

There are so many ways to plan and create something however this is the setup that has worked for me as a mom! Below is how I planned for my latest blog post, The DIY Star Garland (Pottery Barn Inspired) to help give you an example. 



What I have:

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A booklet 
(for jotting down ideas)

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A weekly calendar 
(daily task to complete)

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A monthly calendar 
(Big due dates – weekly blog post/collaborations)

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Booklet 
(Jot down Ideas)

White gold
Shamrocks
DIY
Playroom
Abby’s room
Living room
Pink & Green colors
Rainbow art project
Pink rainbows
Pastel colored rainbow


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Monthly Calendar




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Weekly Calendar


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday 
Task
Live life, & get inspired!
Jot down ideas. Rough draft of blog post.
First draft of blog post.  
Take photos
Second draft of blog. 
Edit photos.
Final draft of blog post. 
Input photos.
Day off.
Publish Blog Post on all social media channels.



I hope this post helps those of you who are looking for ideas on how to organize all the mom things in life (a job that's constantly changing, amen?!) As we wear many hats and this system has worked great for me! 

And because I know a few of you will ask...

If you're interested in getting these stationary items for yourself, Ellie & Piper has so generously offered all of you 20% off her shop with the promo code MAMAJOTS! Ellie & Piper is a party, paper and all things cute and darling (no seriously, everything is just beyond cute my heart can't take it sometimes!) run by Tina. 

One of my favorites that I've recently connected with. Plus, I just simply fell in love with her shop and honestly, if I were to run a small shop (which also has darling Easter basket goodies!) her shop is exactly what I would I sell. I highly recommend checking out her out! 

Happy Planning : )

Warmly, Steph



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Sources: 

Book Of List C/O Ellie & Piper  
Weekly planning stationary C/O Ellie  & Piper


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