Fashion

Favorite Fall Sweaters

Hey all! Happy Monday! I’m so excited that it’s finally fall and (somewhat) fall weather. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I grew up half of my life in Memphis, TN and man oh man do I miss the fall seasons there. In CA we don’t get that entire feel but it’s still there. The changing color of leaves, that crisp air, pumpkin scents and the taste of pumpkin spice lattes…mmm. It’s the overall fall vibe…and I love it!

On that fall note I wanted to share some of my favorite sweaters for the fall. I think one of my favorite parts of fall is getting to wear those comfy sweaters that are just so cute. This year I feel has such a fun look with bell sleeves, cold shoulder, oversized sweaters and more. So without further ado, here are some of my favorite fall sweater looks for this year πŸ™‚

NORDSTROM

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This sweater is so cute and comes in 4 different colors…although I love this deep moss green. The sleeves are so cute and I think the fit would be on point. I just got this one in grey and LOVE love love it 😍 Fits tts.

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This cold shoulder sweater is super casual but I love it because I feel like you could dress it up or down. It’s currently sold out but the great thing about Nordstrom is if you save it to your bag or wish list, just keep checking back everyday and soon enough it’ll come right back for you to buy. So keep on checking…here’s the link

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Here’s another cold shoulder that I love that sold out 😦 But I just LOVE the lace detail. Keep checking back to see if it comes available soon! Comes in a bunch of different colors. Oh and btw loving most of what Halogen has to offer right now!!

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Seriously this one is only $28!! Hello lovely! This one comes in a TON of different colors and the twist knot in front is cute. Definitely going to getting this in a couple of different colors!

Update: I just got this one in the color above and just know it is meant to be oversized. So it will look bigger but that’s what it’s supposed to be πŸ˜€ It is so soft and comfy and incredibly lightweight. Love it!

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Love the scallop detail on this! So cute!

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Super cute ruffled sweater and this cardigan is adorable.

BANANA REPUBLIC

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This is one of the first sweaters I bought at Banana and it is so cute on! I feel like it’s one of those sweaters that will look good on everybody πŸ™‚

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This striped sweater and this bell sleeve sweater πŸ™‚

 

Hope you all get set up for some fun sweater weather this season. Have a great rest of your day!! Cheers!

 

 

Kids

Flying with kids

Hey everybody! Hope you are having a good start to your week! It’s been a little crazy for us. We are getting ready and starting to pack for our upcoming trip. We are headed to Tahoe for a little family getaway on Thursday and then Sunday night we will be heading back through to the Sacramento area. Jay and I are going to an event/dinner called the Tower Bridge Dinner. It’s kind of like a farm to table type of dinner but on a beautiful bridge in downtown Sac instead! We are so excited and feel so lucky to get to go πŸ™‚ I’ll for sure be writing a post on all of that soon! Anyway….on the subject of traveling, I wanted to continue on the topic of traveling with kids specifically flying with them. I’m not the most frequent flyer with kids but I’ve done it enough to know what (somewhat!) works for mine πŸ™‚

Flying with kids is jusssssst a skosh different than flying without them! hehe Talk about bringing everything and your mother just to keep your kids happy!!! πŸ˜‰ Sooo, I guess I’ll start by age. Just FYI, I’m only going up to 4 years old bc that’s all I know πŸ™‚ I’d love to hear any suggestions for flying with older kiddos! Okay, so babies first…

Babies I’d say are fairly easy to fly with actually! At least compared to the one year olds….ugh. First suggestion. Bring the stroller and car seat right to the gate! It’s free and makes life a lot easier for you and baby. They are so little at this point that I personally feel it’s easier just pushing them through security and lugging what you need to your gate rather than renting a car seat and/or stroller. The car seats that you rent are usually pretty gross too. Also if you carry/wear him or her you still have to carry some luggage, etc and it all just gets in the way of each other. So, go for brining that car seat! You can bag them if you’d like. I’ve heard lots of people even suggest to bring your not so nice stroller in case the luggage person damages it. But, we’ve never had an issue. Another benefit of flying with your kiddo….priority boarding!! Hello amazing. You and your family get to board before everybody else…except for the first class peeps. Also, with Southwest Airlines you board after group A.

One you’re on the plane, get that boob or bottle ready for take off and landing. We recently took Harper (right at 5 months) to Colorado. We flew from Oakland to Denver. A relatively short flight mind you. But, I fed her at take off and landing both to and from Oakland and she was a true champ. Never cried and was a perfect little angel πŸ™‚ We put Ben in the middle and when she needed to get a little energy out we had him sit on one of our laps and laid her in the middle seat (with a blanket laid down). She was a content little baby on both flights. We will actually be traveling to Hawaii in January when she’s ten months. So, that’ll be a different story. I will probably still feed her take off and landing but just need more to entertain her in between.

Flying with a one year old…I have no suggestions. But I guess just pray and hope for the best! lol Oh and maybe order a drink for yourself and your neighbors! I flew with my son to Hawaii and all I can say is that it was awful and I really would like to erase that from my memory πŸ™‚ Both to and from he was that child on the plane…screaming and crying most of the time. We tried everything. Trust me. I even read on sites that that age with flying is just a tough one! Nothing worked or pleased him and we were very thankful (we meaning me and everyone else on the flight!) for it to finally land. Any suggestions for a smooth flight with a one year old are always welcome!!

2 to 4 years olds. All I can say is, they are a breeze! Suggestions…bring snacks, a few toys (we brought little hot wheels cars that worked like charm), iPad with headphones and books. Also, maybe bring a new toy or buy a new game just for the flight. It’s such a happy surprise for them and they are so happy and occupied with their new found game πŸ™‚ We flew when my son was a little over two and he still needed a nap on the plane. But, it actually worked out perfect. he got so tired from all of the activity that he full on just passed out while playing πŸ™‚ Oh and with that age, we just rented a car seat. Much easier!

So there you have it! Traveling with kids is definitely hard. But 9 times out 10, I’m just so happy and grateful they are there with me to share the experience. Have a good night!

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Kids

Traveling with kids – Rent!!

Happy Friday everybody! Hope everyone has had a fantastic week so far πŸ™‚ So, I wanted to write about my experience with traveling with kids. I feel like there’s so much information to know on this topic that I think I’m going to break up the posts because I might be typing all day and this would probably be the longest post of all time. So, in a nutshell, traveling with young kids sucks! Haha. You’re usually dealing with at least one cranky child, you have to lug ALLLLLL of their stuff around and you know, you have to keep them alive πŸ™‚ It ain’t easy and that’s why I’m here to help you out just a bit to give you some of my do’s and don’t and more so just let ya know I’m here and I understand…the struggle is real!

I think the first thing I’ll post on traveling with kids is renting, renting, renting!! I’ve taken my son to Hawaii twice and I’ve taken both kids to Vail having flown to all of these locations. The best advice I can give that has been the biggest lifesaver has been renting baby gear!! Seriously the BIGGEST lifesaver, time saver, and space saver! So, what I mean by renting baby/kid gear is just that. Most metropolitan and vacation areas usually have a company that has a website where you can pick from all sorts of baby and kid items. You simply just pick what items you feel that you need and/or don’t want to take. Most have a per/day charge which is really nice because say you’re going hiking on only day of your trip and want to take baby with you. You could order a baby carrier just for that day. Once you’ve selected all of the items you want to rent, you fill out all of your information as well as your trip details. And here’s the best part: they will drop off your rental wherever you need them to! When we were in Hawaii they dropped off everything in our vacation rental and everything was already set up when we checked in. If baby needed a nap right when we checked in, done!!! Since we stayed in multiple locations while in Colorado, I had our rental company meet us at our car rental place and they even loaded it in our car! Seriously, it’s the best! It might be slightly expensive. But to me it’s so worth it! I mean who wants to lug around your kids, stroller/s, pack-n-play and whatever else through the airport??? Rent it!!! πŸ™‚ I’ll send you guys some links so you can get an idea and if you’re traveling to the areas I’ve traveled, you’ll have who I used. Have a great weekend!

Maui, Hawaii

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Colorado

Denver area (slightly cheaper than the small ski towns)

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Vail –Β Vail and Beaver Creek baby rental site

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Baby Recommendations

Best Breastfeeding App

Hey all! Happy hump day! So I wanted to share an app that I cannot live without…at least while my baby is a baby πŸ™‚ The app is called Baby Feed Timer. Pretty self explanatory. When my son was born a little over 3 1/2 years ago, I started breastfeeding him immediately. I kind of just went along without using any tools to help me remember when the last time I fed, how long I fed for, which side I was on, etc. Then, with the help of getting up every three hours to feed and lack of sleep, I started to forget everything. “When did we feed him last?” “What side was I on again?” Enter the Baby Feed Timer. This app is legit. It does all the work for you…except the breastfeeding part πŸ˜‰ And I now use it all the time with my daughter. It’s a game changer. Now I don’t have to remember what side I was on. (I totally realize I sound like a sales lady right now lol but I really just love this app!) And I can look to see when I fed her last. And if I’m feeling really crazy, I can look at charts to see all sorts of stuff: averages on how long she breastfeeds for, average time between feeds, how long she goes on a particular side, how many times a day I’m breastfeeding, etc. You can even chart growth patterns and see how much weight they’re gaining too. Another great thing is it not only helps with breastfeeding. It can help with logging how many diapers a day they are going through, times they sleep, when you’re pumping, and growth. It really just helps with establishing a routine…which is what baby needs. Here’s a few pics for ya so you can get it yourself πŸ™‚

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If you’re a breastfeeding mama, get this app! It’s beyond helpful and a total life saver. Anyway, that’s all for me. Happy Wednesday! πŸ™‚

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Tipsy Tuesday :)

Hey all! Happy Tuesday! I thought I would use Tuesdays as a great day to give some tips on anything and everything and vice versa if anyone has any tips for me, I’d love to hear them! And since I have a little baby, I will most likely be posting tips on baby πŸ™‚ So….here we go!

Bathtime and Bedtime – When should you give your little one a bath and how does that fit in with bedtime? Well our amazing pediatrician gave us a great tip that has worked like a charm for us regarding the two. We never did this with Ben and she (our Dr) suggested it with Harper and I have to say what a difference!! So here’s the tip:

LATE NIGHT BATH πŸ™‚ Our Dr recommended do your normal feeding throughout the day and then around 4-5 start cluster feeding, meaning every 2 hours or so. We usually do a 4:30 feed, 6:30 feed, and 8:30 feed. At the 8:30 feed we usually swaddle her after and she will fall asleep in the swing until around 9:30/9:45. From there, at around 9:30/9:45 we will give her a late bath and give her one last top off before bed. I have to say this little routine works amazingly for us. With Ben, we always dreaded bath time because he’d always be screaming his head off. With Harper, since doing this routine, she has literally not cried once during her baths. We usually just unswaddle her, change her diaper and give her a quick bath right at the kitchen sink. She is usually just so calm and smiles throughout the entire bath. From there, we put on lotion (we did no lotion the first month as recommended by our pediatrician), put on her diaper and bring her upstairs where I feed her with just the diaper on. The we put the velcro swaddle on her and she sleeps like a champ. For the last month or so, she has slept an average of 7 to 7 1/2 hours a night. Some longer some shorter. But I really think the late night bath has helped immensely. The velcro swaddle has helped a lot too. Along with the Dohm white noise machine.

I do know that this little routine won’t last forever and soon we will need to switch to an earlier bath time and bedtime. But for now this is what we do and what works. Once we switch (which will be very soon – I think around 4 months), we will mix it up and see what works best for us and I’l share with you all! Hope this helps any struggling mamas out there whether your baby is crying during bath or having trouble sleeping at night. And if anyone has any tips that work for them for earlier bath and bed time, I’d love to hear them! πŸ™‚

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Breastfeeding, Supplementing and Baby Weight Gain

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a good week πŸ™‚ I haven’t gotten around to writing about yet, but I thought I’d talk a little about breastfeeding…or lack thereof. I know a lot of mamas deal with this. Having trouble getting enough for your little one.

Currently, my daughter (who will be 3 months tomorrow) is in the 25% of weight. Month one she was in the 50% and then month 2 went down to 25% which is a significant drop. We are doing a 3 month follow up with our pediatrician next week to see if she’s made any progress.

With my son (who is now 3 1/2 years old and eats like there’s no tomorrow) he was also in the 25% of weight as well and I think still is. My husband is on the thinner side and I’m pretty petite so I feel it makes sense that they would be on the lower end of the spectrum. But, as mamas, we feel this pressure from people and our drs that we’re not doing a good enough job. And it’s so frustrating and emotionally hard when you feel that you can’t produce enough for your child. I know I’m making enough because I can pump a good 5 oz no problem. So, for me, I feel like I am producing enough but she just doesn’t want that much. And I think it’s just because it’s our genes. I’ve actually tried feeding her more (every two hours instead of every 2 1/2 to 3) and she doesn’t want it. I’ve even tried supplementing right after giving her a 2oz bottle because maybe she isn’t getting enough but she doesn’t want it. Ever since I had my gallstones I do give her one bottle of formula per day since I was not really able to eat sufficiently while having my attacks. So we do 8 feeds per day (she sleeps though the night now) with 1 being a formula feed. Hopefully when we got to the pediatrician on Monday she will have gained a bit more weight. But honestly, as emotionally hard as it can be, I’m telling myself not to worry. A fed baby is best. And if our pediatrician says I need to stop and switch to formula then I guess I need to come to terms with that and know that all will be ok. I was formula fed and I think I turned out all right! I just want my little girl to be happy and healthy. And for me to not get so beat up if I’m the one with the milk problem! πŸ™‚ Anyway, I’ll jeep you all posted on how it goes. Happy Tuesday everybody!

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Post Baby Craziness

Hey everybody! Yup, I haven’t written in a very long time, but for very good reason. There has been way too many unfortunate things that have happened to me since baby Harper arrived. But, alas, we are getting back into the swing of things and I’m finally starting to know what normal is like again.

First, I had my c-section which everyone knows takes a while to recover from. My c-section recovery has been very smooth sailing. No problems whatsoever (knock on wood!). Second, at about two weeks post baby, I had just gotten to sleep one night and around 11pm I all of the sudden started to get these awful pains in my chest. I honestly thought I was having a heart attack. The pain lasted for about 45 minutes and then all of the sudden disappeared. A few days later it reappeared same time but for a few hours. I had no idea what was going on. The next day I called my OBGYN thinking it may be due to the c-section and he told me to make an appointment with my GP dr and he thought maybe I had an ulcer. The day after that I went to the GP and they ran a bunch of tests on me. Did an EKG (which with my luck turned out abnormal – eventually got an echocardiogram and everything was fine), drew blood, and got an x-ray. Everything else came back perfectly fine and they just thought my digestive system was slow at trying to get back on track post c-section. More on this story in a minute…

A few days after that (baby Harper had just turned three weeks old), I noticed she was starting to feel a little warm. I took her temperature and it read 100.5. Now I had read that any temp over 100.4 call your pediatrician right away. I did and they saw us at 5pm that evening. The dr took her temp and it read 100.8. Of course I’m starting to freak out because it’s going up. She said I’m sorry but I have to send you over to Valley Children’s ED. Luckily, my mom had just come in town that afternoon. So we dropped her and Ben off at the house and packed a couple of items not knowing how long we’d have to wait. Once we got there the line was practically out the door. It was so busy that they were only allowing the patient and one other person to be in the waiting room. So Jay had to go wait in the cafeteria. I had to wait in line for 45 minutes just to be checked in and once we did that there was only one seat left in the entire waiting area. I again am freaking out because I’m by myself with her, she was still warm, and I had no idea how long we were going to be waiting for. I only waited roughly 5 minutes before they called us up. Apparently they don’t mess around with newborns. Her temp was still 100.8 so we were rushed immediately to a room and three drs came in with us along with about 4-5 nurses. She was instantly swarmed with people poking and prodding her and she was crying nonstop. One nurse was yelling that her heart rate was way too high. The head ER dr even came in. It was all very overwhelming and Jay hadn’t even gotten to the room yet! All in all, she had to get a catheter for urine analysis, an IV put in, blood drawn, and lastly a spinal lumbar puncture which tests spinal fluid for meningitis. At that point we were told that we were going to be admitted and had to stay for at least 48 hours. The reason being she had labs done (which turned out fine btw) and they had to grow cultures on all the labs because the initial results are not 100% accurate. It was a very long two days and one of the worst of my life, but it turned out she just had a viral infection. Thank God!!!! Valley Children’s was just amazing though and made our time there the best that it could be. Here’s some pictures of her at the hospital…my poor little girl 😦

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Once we were cleared to leave, we now had to address my lovely heart attack pains. I actually got an attack while we were at the hospital with her which sucked. The attacks started progressing to every other day and the pain was right in the middle of the chest. Fast forward to a week later, I got the pains so bad one morning and they lasted for at least 8 hours and I started to throw up from them. At that point I decided to go to the ER. Turns out I had gallstones and was having gallstone attacks. My liver levels were so high that they almost decided to do surgery that day but eventually decided I should schedule in an outpatient clinic. Apparently getting gallstones and attacks after you are pregnant is very common. A week later I had a consult with my surgeon and three days later I had my surgery. Turns out I had more than 30 stones in there!!! They even think I could’ve had this for a long time (think as far back as my first pregnancy) and that I just never had any symptoms until Harper was born. It’s been two weeks now since I’ve had my surgery and things are finally starting to look up and life feels normal again. The first week I was on a very low fat diet. Since then I’ve been slowly introducing foods again. Jay and I actually had our first date night since Harper was born last weekend πŸ™‚ And of course, my luck, my surgeon was at the same restaurant as us and spotted me!!! haha oh well! Here’s some pics from our date night…

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From now on, I will do my best to post more often on here! For now, here’s a picture of my smiling girl and another of my two kiddos together πŸ™‚

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