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An Every Day Basic Outfit

Top: Cleo Madison | Leggings: Express, (similar here and here) | Booties: Lucky Brand, (similar here)

Is anyone else on the struggle bus after last nights Super Bowl game? I totally vote the day after the Super Bowl should be a holiday! Am I right?!

I had a total mom fail last night and didn’t put anything together, so this morning I was running around making lunch, getting Ava’s bottles ready, getting her diaper bag packed, so early on I determined I’m in need of ALL the coffee today. On days where I’m running late, I put on my favorite basics. The best part is, I look put together even though I literally got dressed in under 5 minutes. #winning

Anyway, I figured since I resort to this look so often, I’d write about it.

  1. Basic Layering Top: When wearing leggings, an important reminder is to always wear tunic length tops…for ya know. One of my favorites is from Cleo Madison. It’s the perfect length and comes in 4 different colors. I’m a sucker for finding a good top and getting it in all the colors. Anyone else do that?!
  2. Leather Leggings: I’ve got a SERIOUS thing for leather leggings outfits these days, if you can’t tell. If you follow me on Instagram & Instagram stories then you know that I sport my leather leggings ALL the time and basically create outfits around them! I find that leggings – and specifically faux leather leggings – are SO flattering, comfortable, and stylish.

  1. Booties: I LOVE wearing black booties with my leather leggings. I think they’re perfect and make my legs look so much longer than they are, because I’m on the shorter side. Another option could be either tan or you could add a pop of color.

Be sure to check out Cleo Madison for other cute basics! They have new arrivals all the time and their clothing is perfect is your’re looking for a little more coverage, especially if you’re running after little ones.

Thank you to Cleo Madison for sponsoring today’s post. All content and opinions are that of my own!

Fashion

Swimwear Guide: Current Favorites

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Okay, I know its still freezing outside, but I can’t help but shop for Spring, including new swimsuits. Last year was just an odd year for swimsuits. During the Spring, I was at the point where my belly could have easily been mistaken for eating too many chips and salsa [guilty of that anyway]. One day, I just popped [moms, you know what I mean] and then the belly was large and in charge. I didn’t want to spend a lot on swimwear knowing I wouldn’t be able to fit into this Summer, so I opted for Target. Nothing wrong with Target, but I feel anywhere you go, you at least run into another person in the same suit. Any who, all that to say, this year I am SO EXCITED to shop for new swimwear and take my little one to the pool and get her used to the water. Last night, we booked a quick trip to LA, so so I’m already thinking of things I want to bring. Everything [at least the cute items] always sells out by early April, so I’m actually excited to start buying items now.

I thought I’d round up all the pieces I’ve got my eye on along with my favorite cover-ups, and accessories. PLUS, ALL of these items are [I think] under $50! I hate seeing a swimsuit and then see a $200 price tag….aint no one [besides maybe Beyonce] has time for that.

I’d love to hear some of your fav places to shop for swimwear!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Valentines Day is around the corner and I can’t wait! This will be Ava’s first Valentine’s, so I’m looking forward to new traditions we will start together. I’ll do a whole separate post on gifts for the little one’s, don’t you worry. 🙂 With Christmas and then my birthday in January, we like to keep it simple for Valentine’s Day. We’ll honestly probably order a pizza, watch Shark Tank, and call it a night with Ava.

Even if you aren’t in a relationship, I think this holiday is fun to just celebrate love in life in general! Love yourself and splurge on this bag #girlboss. Love your best friends and have a Galentines dinner. Love your couch and treat it to that cute pillow or throw you’ve been eyeing. If you have someone special in your life, pass this along to them, and thank me later 🙂

What are some of your favorite traditions you did growing up or you do now? Would love to hear!

Family

Motherhood: Month 5

I feel like I just wrote her last update, yet, now I sit here again writing about her fifth month. It’s CRAZY to think she will be 6 months old next month….cue all the feels.

I This has been a month full of changes, so I figured I’d share the Top 5 things from her fifth month.

  1. She started daycare. I discussed our reasons for starting daycare here. She seems to LOVE it. My favorite part is picking her up.  When I walk in the room, she is always playing in something, and I come up to her and say “hi, princess” and she looks up and gives me THE BIGGEST smile. Y’all, it melts my heart every. single. time. I’ll do an update on daycare some time in February on the do’s and don’ts we learned from our first month.
  2. She started solids. At our last Pediatrician appointment, she said she could start whenever she showed interest in food. She wasn’t really showing interest until about 2 weeks ago. We started with avocado, which has still been the only food shes tried, and she LOVES it. This girl loves food. I learned day 1 that this girl is just going to eat all her meals in the nude. SO messy and SO fun! I have this coming in to help me make her food and she uses these bibs. These bibs are so easy to clean and help catch any food that falls down.
  3.  She has TWO teeth coming in. I thought it was super early, but her Pedi said it can start as early as 4 months, which it definitely did. One thing I learned is that if your babies cheeks are flushed, and she’s not running a temperature, it could be the first signs of teething.  On, and ALL THE DROOL. Literally, for a couple weeks, this girl was going through 3-4 shirts a day if I didn’t put a bib on her. This teether is still her favorite.
  4. Her hair is starting to grow back. She didn’t full lose her hair, but it was shedding for a while. I think she’s going to have dark hair like her daddy. 🙂
  5. Last major highlight of Month 5, which is by far the biggest, is that she is sitting up! She gets super smiley when she does it. She’s had great support of her head for a while, so we just tried sitting her up one day by herself, and she sat there. We were in total shock, so tried it again, and sure enough, she did it again.

All these milestones are such big achievements and I’ll be so happy to look back one day that I documented this. I’ve heard a few people talk about this recently, and figured I’d put my two cents in. I feel this generation [and especially me] can really over think parenting. We have so much information at our fingertips [and ways to compare ourselves #hellosocialmedia] that it’s easy to second-guess every little move as a mom or comparing yourself to other women. But at the end of the day, if our baby is happy, healthy and fed…what on earth matters?! I think it’s wonderful that we are always evolving and educating, but at the point it interferes with our confidence as moms it must stop. So if you are a mama, I’m here to remind you that you are a great mama. You carried a little one (or ones), gave them life, and they love you more than you can imagine. They don’t care if you’re not at your pre-pregnancy weight, or if you have stretch marks, or if you feed them formula over breast milk. YOU ALL ARE INCREDIBLE. Thank you for reading along through her milestone. If you don’t have kids, but you’re just a sweet person that read this entire post, thank you for listening to me babble!