November 6, 2019

Baby Essentials: What I've Used and Loved

With baby number 6 on the way any day now the pain of finding comfortable things to wear on a daily basis has fully set in. It's hard for me to make big purchases on maternity clothes because I know I will be wearing it for only a short amount of time, but for those days where I know I need something to fit into I try to find things I'll be able to wear after baby too.

Pink Blush has been my recent go to for finding comfy items. Both of these photos I'm wearing tops I snagged on their website. I love the way they feel and comfortability they give me in these last days of being big--looking forward to wearing them more and more post baby too :)

Along with talking about maternity clothes and where I like to shop for them, I also get asked a lot about my favorite go to baby items. Since we've done this 6 times now, I compiled a list of what I've used over the years and what's worked best for us. I'll say up front that we are pretty simple when it comes to newborns. We don't need "all the things" the world might make it seem like you need and I've found that the less you have it's actually way better in the long run. Babies don't know much different anyways, in my opinion :) 

Swaddles- I looove a good baby swaddle. One that's breathable and soft and good for getting those babies tightly wrapped for all the snuggles. I have a handful from the brand Aiden and Anais and I've found that the more it gets washed, the softer they become. I still have some from when my girls were babies! Other brands I love for these, KB Cute Designs (this one is my favorite!), Mebie baby, Rylee and Cru

Bassinet- We've been gifted with a bassinet from a dear friend of ours since our first was a baby. It's a vintage bassinet that all of our kids, and their cousins have slept in as babies, so it's kind of been a family heirloom even though its not technically ours :) BUT a bassinet by the bed is a must for those middle of the night feedings. Here are some other great finds for baby by your side: Doc a Tot, Snuggle Me Organic

Clothes- My babies have all pretty much lived in onesies there first six months of life. One, because they grow so fast and two with living in Phoenix its easy to keep them warm here :) I don't splurge a lot on pieces that I know they'll outgrow so fast so I like to buy things I know they can get a long life out of. So with that said these are some of my favorites to shop for newborn essentials.
Burts Bees Baby, Quincy Mae (cutest, softest organic basics for babes--I've loved everything I've gotten from here,) Zara kids (really any and all things from here for kids I LOVE, the prices are pretty reasonable too!)

Baby carriers/slings- I've used a few different ones and I've found a benefit to each of this Ergo for when we were traveling a lot when the twins were babies or whenever we're at an amusement park or something like that with a newborn. They're great and durable and can hold essentials you might need on hand.
Wild bird ring slings have been a favorite for around the house or somewhere I'm not going to wear baby for a long time.
Sakurabloom ring slings I also love, but my all time favorite is their Scout carrier. I have this one with leather straps.  Not only is it stylish, its totally comfortable and holds everything in in all the right places. Love that I can use it for a long time while baby grows!

Pacifiers- We've always used these ones by Nuk, but I'm eyeing these for the new babe to try...and also...paci clips--life saver! Not sure why it took me so long to get some of these but they'll seriously save so much time and headaches hunting down pacis! :)

Diaper bag- We currently have a bag from whirlwind bags that I have LOVED for the past 2 years. It has still held up all this time almost like its brand new. Seriously no breaks or rips after 2 years of daily usage.  Another I've been eyeing is bodomint's bags. I like to find things that Shane would wear too and not feel like its too "girly" or "diaper bag-ish-- if that makes sense! haha

Crib- We currently have this one in Dash's room from Ashley home and its been great! We have another that is antique style was gifted to us from a friend when Raleigh was born and all of my kids have slept in it, so new baby will get that crib when they're ready to move into it.

Favorite Books- There's sooo many sweet kids books out there! I tend to always want to get the ones with the really good illustrations and meaningful stories behind them and these ones have been my favroite by far--and have maybe even made me teary eyed sometiems! :)
Anything by Nancy Tilman, Bear Series, Guess How Much I Love You

Favorite diapers- I partnered with this company last year Abby and Finn and reeeeally loved their diapers. I'm not picky usually, but when I tried theirs I saw what I was missing out on. Plus they deliver and you can use their subscription option to deliver when you need so you never have to make those midnight runs to the store when you realize you're out and your little one just exploded (not like that's happened to us before or anythingggg...!!!)

I also have an Amazon store front that you can check out here for a few other things I've added to my list that I use and love. If there's anything I missed you want to know about feel free to reach out and ask!

Now hopefully getting this post up means baby will make its debut now!

October 31, 2019

Peter Pan Family Halloween Costumes

Well we pulled off another year of family costumes together and I wasn't quite sure if it was going to happen with baby 6 due on Halloween. But it seems baby is staying put for a little longer so we headed out to a park this week to grab some pics of our family theme this year: Peter Pan and the Neverland gang. 

Shane as Captain Hook, Mama as Smee, Dash as Peter Pan, Jaelynn as Tinker Bell, Joci as Wendy, Raleigh and Sage as Mermaids. 

Earlier this summer I introduced the girls to this favorite childhood Disney movie of mine. It was when I was telling them stories about when I was little and pretended to be friends with Peter and the lost boys that one of them said we should dress up like the characters for Halloween! :) Since then, the ideas went swirling in my head of how we'd pull it off. I did a lot of DIY on this one, making the tinker bell skirt and mermaid outfits on my own (and teaching myself to sew with a machine for the first time ever). It was a challenge but actually kind of fun at the same time trying something new creatively. The girls were all really into helping me pick out all the pieces and putting it all together. 

We also added pieces that will be worn again in their regular wardrobe, which I always like to try and do so we get multiple uses out of it. 

I know I probably get myself way too into these things sometimes, but this year after looking back on all our previous dress ups it made me thankful that we have kept this tradition going. It felt like the girls were more involved in picking everything out and choosing what we'd do as a family together so that felt really fun to have them be a part of it more. 

And I can't go without mentioning again how thankful I am that Shane goes along with all of these ideas of mine. He's the best dad, husband, and trooper there is--especially trying out that wig without hesitation just to complete the "look" we were at least trying to go for! haha 

(favorite picture of the night right here--flying Peter Pan ^)

Pretty thankful for this crew of ours! And thankful they let me pull off these silly traditions with them each year. Not sure if I'll be in the hospital or not during trick or treating time, but we'll be wearing our costumes either way :) 

Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween getting full on all the sugar you can handle! 

October 18, 2019

Raleigh's Golden 6th Birthday!

A few weeks ago we celebrated our oldest turning SIX! I don't know what it is about this age, but it felt like such a bigger leap in her getting older than any other year before did. She turned 6 on September 6th so a golden birthday party theme was inevitable--it helped that gold is one of her favorite colors right now too! :)

She and I had been talking and planning this little party for months and it was so fun to come up with everything for her special day together. Her biggest requests were to have dancing and a piñata, so we did just that. We had family and a couple close friends over for an evening of dressing up in gold colors and hanging out together then ended the night with eating her favorite meal for dinner...mac and cheese! 

I've started a little tradition with the girls the day before their party baking the cake and decorating it together at home. I love that they get excited about it and we get to plan how it will look and all the pretty things to put on top. Raleigh's was pretty simple. I used a box cake, with pre-made frosting and added some gold spray sugar and sprinkles for extra details, then topped it off with sprigs of flowers here and there to add to the vibe of "pretty gold" I was going for. She loved it! 

It seemed perfectly fitting to have a golden themed party to celebrate because I think everything about her exudes light and joy and it's just so easy to love her. She loves people and being a part of the fun and naturally invites everyone around her into whatever she's doing. She's inclusive and silly, and bright eyed and smart. She cares deeply and is artistic and since the minute she was born she's made everything better. I find myself staring at her more these days, wondering how we got so blessed to have such a radiant beautiful girl like this--God is so good and I'm just so proud and honored and humbled to be her mama. 

We love you deeply Raleigh girl! 

A few sources from our party set up:

Flower arrangements: Milk and Honey Florals
Gold plates, napkins, gold utensils, baking supplies: Walmart baking, wedding and party section
Table cloth, golden crowns and gold sparkle runner: Target party section
Gold and white balloons for homemade balloon arch: Amazon
Raleigh's golden sparkle dress: Amazon
Gold star piñata was homemade

October 10, 2019

Dash's Vintage Inspired Sports Room

Right before I started taking pictures to document Dash's room we found out our new little one would be arriving. I've dreamt of decorating a little boy's room for a good while and when Dash arrived I couldn't wait to get started. The arrangement will change a bit after new baby arrives, but I'm hoping and praying for another little guy to add here to share in all the "boyness" of this room with big brother. 

The inspiration for designing this space came to me from both mine and Shane's love of sports as we grew up playing. I didn't want it to be overly sports themed that would dominate the decor and I knew I wanted to add in neutral pieces to soften it up a bit. Since Shane and I both come from sports backgrounds I thought it would be fun to add that into the mix of things, bringing in old pictures from our dad's sporting days and even some of mine and Shane's from when we were kids. This is where the "vintage" theme came into play. I started collecting all the old vintage sports items I could find, some that came from our own family and some that I found at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market (always a great place to find the perfect vintage items!). 

Some of my favorite pieces on those shelves are the ones that came straight from Shane, like all the little trophies from when he was growing up and the wooden bat he broke as a kid. The ASU basketball jersey was also Shane's from the time he played on the team during college. I added in old photos from my dad and Shane's dad from their basketball days too, which was a fun touch. And since Shane and I both love golf (he proposed to me on the 18th hole at TPC Scottsdale) we had to add in golf touches throughout the space. :)

We had some help from Burts Bees Baby and Ashley Home furniture from their new baby & toddler line with the bigger items in this room, like the rocking chair, new crib, and changing table/dresser and I love how they lightened up the space in a simple way. This room is pretty small and with any small space in our home I've always stuck to lighter colors on the walls. I knew I wanted to make this more boy-like so I painted one black wall to bring in contrast and bring out more of the dark blues and blacks sprinkled throughout the room. 

To bring some of my art into too I created this "lets play ball" watercolored piece and I love how it fits right in to everything else. 

Vintage photos of me and Shane from when we were kids. Shane's basketball photo, and one of my first from "playing" golf :) Both of us about 4 years old. 

This might be one of my favorite rooms I've done in our house yet. I'm not great about sharing all of the before and afters of our home--I can't remember to keep up with them-- but I've gotten a lot of requests in the past about it so I'll try to share more as things come together. We've lived here for 5 years now and done a TON of work to this tiny space and it's probably just now starting to feel more like "us"... even though the project list is really never ending :)

I'm in full on nesting mode around our house right now since new baby will be arriving in the next couple weeks so I'm rearranging and purging lots of things left and right (Shane's reeeally excited about it). But honestly it's so fun for me to create a new space that I know will bring comfort, freshness and more simplicity to our home. The girls room is on my list right now and I'll be sharing more of that when all the chaos is finished up. Four girls in one tiny room is no easy project! 

Thanks for being here friends!