Inspired to Get Dressed

April 11, 2013

My friend Lydia posted on Facebook weeks ago about getting inspired to get dressed everyday in something kinda cute. I will admit it’s hard with kids, just this morning I got sneezed on with a mouth full of oatmeal and I was glad I wasn’t wearing a beautiful silk top. I have been tossing this idea around in my head for weeks and here are some thoughts. She was thinking doing themed days, I like this idea. Her thought was something like one day would be black and white day, etc, so here are my thoughts to expand on her idea.

Pre-kid day: I typically do this on Sunday or Saturday date night. I wear something that I wouldn’t wear with a kid, but would have worn pre-kid. It might be a silk shirt, high heels, a shorter skirt, but something that makes me feel less mom. I do this on the weekends when Andrew is around, usually I just wear it out for a few hours or to church, Andrew carries her mostly on the weekends so for me this is practical.

Pop of Color day: I’m thinking you could do all one color like white jeans and a white top with a fun shoe or statement necklace. Or a neutral outfit with a pop of color. This girl did this just right.

Whatever Wednesday: is it just me or do you feel like Wednesdays are a crazy long day of the week. For some reason the middle of the week is always a rough day so I’m thinking cute comfy. Like a maxi dress or skirt and a cute top knot hair do. Or maybe boyfriend jeans and a slouchy sweatshirt like this from Kendi.

Inspired day: I have never done this before, but this lady makes it look like so much fun. I don’t know about you, but when I had a baby I lost my clothing budget so this one is exciting to me because it’s all about using what you have.

I’m sure there are tons more ideas out there, feel free to leave some thoughts in the comments. My goal from day one with Ellery was to be showered and dressed by 4 PM so Andrew didn’t come home to a disheveled wife. I can’t say I’ve been 100% successful, but I will say that when you get dressed you feel so much better about yourself and I have noticed I look a lot thinner dressed than I do in my jammies.


Good for the Soul

February 23, 2013

I decided against my better judgement that I would take a little staycation this week. I know in the next week or so our life is going to get busy and I’m just not going to have the time to enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon reading in bed. We have a showing tomorrow (our house is not even on the market yet), our roof gets installed Monday and we are hoping to complete the exterior painting and get this house officially on the market as soon as possible! So I took the last two days and spent Ellery’s naps laying in bed reading the book When God Winks at You. My mom got it for me for Christmas and has been raving about it so I decided I would give it a try. It’s a book with a bunch of short stories about how coincidence is really God reminding you that He knows you and loves you. There are some really fantastic, surprising and inspiring stories in it. It’s been really good for my soul, I’m feeling very refreshed and cared for by God as I have been recalling stories in my life where I feel he has “winked at me or my family.” One story that comes to mind that is very relevant to our place in life right now is the story of my grandfather’s house.

My Uncle passed away in January of 2005, as soon as he died my grandmother confessed that she was sick. Come to find out she was really sick and died of surgery complications on February 28, 2005. On March 1st my mom looked out the window and saw that our neighbors directly across the street put their house on the market that morning. She called my dad and my grandfather purchased the house that very day. He was living in Florida at the time and definitely needed to move close and did not want to live with us so this worked out perfectly. My mom talked to our neighbors and they said they planned to put the house on the market in February, but something had told them to wait until March 1st.

When I start feeling stressed about the process of selling our house I remember that God knows how this whole thing is going to work out and we just need to finish our list and relax!

Video Monitor

February 8, 2013

I am so thankful we got a video baby monitor. While Ellery does sleep through the night most nights. She does wake up around 5:00 some mornings and lets out a scream or two. Literally one scream or two. I look at the monitor to make sure she isn’t wedged, roll over and go right back to sleep. I also miss her a lot in the evenings, when we gave up the twilight feed at 6 months old I started not seeing her for 12 straight hours and every evening I stare at her in the monitor before bed. She has a crazy good sense of if we go peek at her. We can make absolutely no noise and when we peer over the bed her eyes pop open, so I daily appreciate seeing her on the screen.

All that said, I would never recommend our monitor. I picked it because it had all the features I wanted. Video, temperature, talk back feature and small portable screen. Ellen gave it away for her Mother’s Day give away so I just assumed it was a quality monitor. Not exactly. It was great for the first month and then it started getting glitchy. I’ve had to sleep in the guest room on several occasions because it absolutely will not link. The screen is extremely bright. On the lowest setting it still lights up our room and the volume is too quiet to pick up newborn cries. On the loudest setting it was still so quiet, now it’s not an issue, but the first two months it was. I’m not complaining, I’m so thankful for the monitor, I just know a lot of soon to be mamas and I wanted to warn you to get a different one.


And mine too, but Elle’s name fits way better into the song.

How did our parents live without THESE swaddles? The Velcro is so nice to have and they are perfect for when they go to one arm and then no arms. We are to the point where I swaddle her under her armpits now and soon we’ll be done all together.

I have been loving these SOCKS since she was born. Makes you feel like you never need to put on shoes to finish an outfit. No need to buy these expensive trumpette ones, TJmaxx sells a much cheaper brand that are just as cute, maybe even cuter, baby basics I think is the brand we have.

THIS teething ring is the grand daddy teether. At least for our lady, she only likes this one.

We are loving BATHTUB books, but not in the bathtub. I love them because I can wash them often and when we have little friends over I know we can share them and wash them.

THIN WASHCLOTHS, I use nice thick ones for bath time, but the thin ones are perfect for cleaning up after meals.

On that note, get some SNAP BIBS. The Velcro ones ruin themselves and other laundry stuff.

We are in love with our EXCERSAUCER. I thought a lot about this when I was registering. I wanted one that had tons of different activities, but no batteries. I think there are so many stimulating toys out there that she needs some that require her to interact with them on her own. She really enjoys her time in the saucer, and I enjoy it too!

And I just realized how much better this post would have been with pictures, but I’m feeling a little lazy today so you’ll have to click on the links if you want to see the goods.

Weigh In

January 18, 2013

I’m not really sure if I could pull this off, but I’ve thought about it a lot and have wanted it for over a year. I’d have to look into how much it costs, but I am wondering your thoughts on this. If you know me I want to know if you think this would look good on me or if this would look totally out of character, like I’m trying to be someone I’m not. I would likely do them all smaller than this.



January 3, 2013

Cloth diapers. For some of you just the mere thought of this makes you feel uneasy. I’ve heard a lot of excuses why not to use them, so I wanted to educate people on the awesomeness of cloth diapers. I hope this post makes people feel empowered to do it if they have been thinking about it and want to take the plunge!!

We have two kinds of cloth diapers. Snap front Bum genius and Gdiapers. I use the Gdiapers during the day and Bum Genius for overnight. If I were to do this all over again I would PROBABLY get all bum genius. The jury will be out on this until I have another kid because the beauty of the Gdiapers is that it is sized so when we have nugget #2 (currently not in the works) there won’t be overlap if Ellery is still in diapers.

No matter what kind of cloth you do you will want a toilet sprayer! Not sure how my mom functioned without this, but whoever invented this was a genius. On that note I have no idea how my mom did cloth diapers period, they were SO much different back in the day. Now they are basically exactly the same as disposables except you wash them. And by that I mean the way they snap, fit around the legs and seem comfortable.

For the diaper pail I have a really old hand me down diaper Dekor that works wonders. I buy a roll of like 100 trash bags for $8 and shake the bag in the washing machine and throw it out. Don’t waste your money on the expensive diaper Dekor bags.

I won’t lie, I was intimidated by them at first. I had enough disposables from gifts for 2 weeks and when they ran out, that was it, I decided not to buy anymore. However I do typically have a small bag of disposables on hand just in case. Occasionally they aren’t dry in time and I always pack her diaper bag with them for church nursery. As soon as I started I have loved them! You just have to commit and not look back.

Some common arguments against cloth:

They leak. Biggest lie ever. We have had 10 leaks in 5 months, 7 of those were with disposables!!! two of those were because she hadn’t pooped in 7 days and 1 was because I forgot to change her and they won’t hold pee indefinitely. I change the Gdiapers on her feeding schedule, every 3 hours, and it works great.

They are so much work. At first because I only had 12 Gdiapers I did do laundry every night before bed. I know that is a lot, but that only lasted a few weeks. Now I have 18 cloths for the Gdiapers and 4 bum genius so I do one mini load every four days. Not bad at all, if you think about it, 2 extra miniature loads a week is nothing. If you had more diapers you could likely get away with one small load a week.

I don’t want to carry dirty diapers around in my bag. This one was something I was totally worried about. I carry a gallon ziplock bag with me and put them in there, haven’t had any issues with that yet.

They are complicated. I will admit I was super lucky to have a friend explain how everything works and give me suggestions on how many I needed. I am more than happy to be that person for you, drop me a comment, shoot me an e-mail or if you have my number just call me.

Why I love them:

I have spent almost nothing on diapers. I was really lucky to get them at my showers so I have only spent money on diapers for trips and some wipes. I’m thinking about doing cloth wipes because they would be no extra work, I’m washing diapers anyway.

No diaper rash. At least not yet, I know when she teethes I will likely experience some rashing.

They don’t smell, this is a pro and a con. I sometimes miss that she pooped because it locks in the smell.

They are SO CUTE on a baby bum!!!!!

And what makes it all worth it…I feel like I’m saving the planet one diaper at a time!! Yeah I know I’m using a little extra water, but the volume of trash in our house is still only about one bag per week.

They might not be for you if…

You don’t have access to a washer and dryer.

You plan to take your baby to daycare (most I know of won’t do cloth, which I think is really silly, it would be no more work for them).

You plan to only have one kid. You might save a little money, but the real savings come with subsequent kids. However I have about $450 invested in diapers (which I may have $50 of my own money in that). From birth to potty trained the average American spends about $1500 on disposables, so it still might be worth it!

Bottom line: if you are thinking about cloth diapers DO IT, you won’t regret it!!


December 27, 2012

Fifteen, the number of dollars I paid for my new pair of glasses that I LOVE! I wish I was sponsored, I am not, so this post is legitimately because I love the glasses, the price, and the short amount of time it took to get them. Coastal contacts gives you your first pair of glasses free and you pay the $15 for the shipping and handling. With your glasses you will also get a nice hard case, a cleaning cloth, cleaner AND a tool to tighten them!! With the holiday I still got mine in 10 days. Here they are, comment only if you like them, just kidding, I don’t care if you hate them.


Join Me?

December 5, 2012

First of all I want to say hello to all the people checking me out from yesterday, who knew my Babywise post would attract so many readers? I sure didn’t! This post has absolutely nothing to do with Babywise, if you are new around here you should know this blog has no real theme, it’s just a lifestyle blog where I talk about whatever I want, I honestly rarely talk about motherhood.

Which brings me to my post today. I’ve been reading 1,000 Gifts. Not sure if you’ve heard of it, but this lady challenges herself to write down 1,000 things that are gifts from God. A couple examples are soap suds in the sink and curls of cheese to make Mac and cheese. Just stuff in her day that she realizes are simple gifts that bring her joy. I personally think this is a hard read. Partly it’s because I read it aloud to Elle and her writing is really not conversational, my mom’s says it’s hard to read because she’s Canadian, I don’t really know. It has really made me start seeing things in my life as gifts and I thought it would be fun to catalog them using Instagram in 2013. Would you join me? If you want to, please comment below so I can follow you and/or when posting them use the hash tag #2013gifts starting January 1st. I am going to try to make this a daily thing, but to minimize feelings of failure I want to encourage myself and you to just post whenever it strikes you!

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Jewelry with a Mission

October 18, 2012

Have you heard of Noonday?  I am not really a home party person.  I know you are shocked considering I sold 31 for a short time, but I did that mostly because people wanted to host parties so I became a consultant.  Typically if you asked me to host a party I would politely decline, but then my friend Shanyn approached me to host a Noonday party and I was totally onboard.  This company is AMAZING.  Their goal is to create a pathway out of poverty for women in other countries or refugees living in the states.  They also help support adoptions which is very cool.  I have my eye on quite a few pieces, but I’ll show you my favorites from each category.

Stacked Arrow Necklace $39

Large Cow Horn Hoops $28


Zig Zag Gourd Bangle $24

Nahuala Oval Tray $18

They also have handbags, scarves, stationary, bags, sandals and tons more jewelry items.  I encourage you to check it out!  I would describe many of the items as anthropologieish (I know that isn’t a word, but you know what I mean!) If you would like to order something PLEASE LET ME KNOW!  There is something for everyone, you might as well get some Christmas shopping done!  If you live in the Austin area I’d love to see you Sunday from 2-4 at my house.  Message me at if you want to come and need my address.  I’ll be baking some fall treats for our little shopping party.

10 Ways New Dads Can Help

October 16, 2012

I won the new daddy lottery with my husband. Reflecting back on the early days of parenting I have tried to figure out how he was so helpful. Part of it is that he is just that helpful and part of it is that I’m just that blunt. Here are 10 things that a new dad can do for his new mom wife.

1. Find the humor in her moodiness. When I would start crying about Ellery being one day older or turning double digit days old. Andrew helped me find the humor in this and we would laugh. On the flip side when I cried because I had a c-section and was disappointed with how little I could do he reminded me that everyday things would get better.
2. Know Nursing. If your wife is going to nurse learn about nursing. Go to the class with her, read a few chapters in a breast feeding book or go on the Internet. Nursing is hard work at first and can be very painful. Be her biggest cheerleader and know enough that if she wants to talk about it you can carry on an intelligible conversation. If you are doing formula learn how to make a bottle and feed your babe.
3. Encourage her to go out. I believe it was day 5 the first time I left Elle for her first “daddy daughter date night,”. It was good for all of us and we’ve continued this once per week since. Also don’t take offense when she leaves you with detailed instructions. Yes, you are the dad, but there is nothing more powerful than motherly instinct, we can’t help ourselves!!
4. Become an expert burper! It was so nice in the early days to nurse and then hand her over. When Andrew was home he did 100% of the burping the first couple months.
5. Cut her a break. Lower your expectations about the house and intimacy the first couple months. She is trying to figure out how to be a mom, it’s overwhelming and the house and the bedroom aren’t at the front of her mind. If the house really bothers you and she’s on board hire a cleaner to come clean a couple times in the first couple months.
6. Cook dinner. Or bring home take out once a week for the first 6 weeks and on the other nights if you have to eat a PB&J sometimes, eat it with a smile. This will get better, or at least in our house it did. By two months I was able to make dinner almost every night.
7. Be a team player. You will not regret team parenting. We do baths together, bedtime together, take her on walks together, read her books together, we even change her diaper together when Andrew is home. Just be involved however you can, it is so much fun!
8. Get on board. There are so many different ways to parent. Don’t be a passive bystander. Make the choice together, will you do Ferber, Babywise, Attachment Parenting, co-sleeping, child led sleep and feed, the list could go on and on. Talk to your wife about how she wants to do things and learn the ins and outs so when she isn’t sure what to do she can go to you, instead of google! The biggest problems I’ve seen in marriages with kids is a divided home, dad gets left out from the get go, so make sure you are in the decision making from day one.
9. Take the monitor. Every Saturday morning I get a monitor free nap. Once Elle goes down for her first nap of the day Andrew takes the monitor and I go to bed. He started this on his own and it is total bliss. I tell him what time I have to nurse and unless she is extremely upset he does not disturb me until that time.
10. Compliment her. She has just had a body change 10 times more awkward than puberty. In the early days Andrew would say that he couldn’t believe how thin I looked. I know I still had a pooch and still do, but for him to compliment my appearance was so flattering and made me feel like a million bucks. And when you think she is doing a great job as a mom tell her that too!

Well there you have it. These are just my thoughts, take them or leave them. I hope this post inspires you men to be helpful and inspires you women to have an honest discussion with your man about what you need! All you mamas out there leave a comment with your helpful tips!